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Firmly I believe and truly that God is Three and God is One

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Firmly I believe and truly
God is Three, and God is One;
And I next acknowledge duly
Manhood taken by the Son.

And I trust and hope most fully
In that Manhood crucified;
And each thought and deed unruly
Do to death, as He has died.

Simply to His grace and wholly
Light and life and strength belong,
And I love supremely, solely,
Him the holy, Him the strong.

And I hold in veneration,
For the love of Him alone,
Holy Church as His creation,
And her teachings are His own.

And I take with joy whatever
Now besets me, pain or fear,
And with a strong will I sever
All the ties which bind me here.

Adoration aye be given,
With and through the angelic host,
To the God of earth and Heaven,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

The whole of the Dream of Gerontius by Blessed John Henry, Cardinal Newman

Reaction to North African youth throwing stones during Mass at Catholic congregation

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Carcassonne: jets de cailloux sur des fidèles, l'évêché minimise, pas le FN - Le Point:

Several teenagers threw stones at worshippers at a church in a sensitive area of Carcassonne on Saturday night, causing no injuries or damage, an event described as "stupid, annoying, but not serious" by the bishopric, but strongly denounced by Front National on Monday.

"Four youths, aged 14 to 18, broke into the Church of St. Joseph, before launching handfuls of stones at the 150 faithful present at the Office", the local newspaper Midi Libre reported on Sunday, adding: "The parishioners, many of whom are elderly, have been greatly shocked by the actions of the disrespectful youth of North African origin".

"We denounce an act of stupid teenagers which annoying but not serious", the head of communications of the Diocese of Aude Sarah Jaffe told the AFP who refuses to use the term "stoning" used in the local press.

"We wish to avoid any confusion or association" related to the apparent ethnicity of the young troublemakers, she said stressing the "very good relations (of the church) with the Muslim community".

The same source estimated that the parish priest Father Bruno Garrouste would not make a complaint to the police, even if the faithful had filed a complaint to the police on the night of the actions.

However the federal secretary of the Front National in the Aude, Robert Morio denounced "the attack on the Church of St. Joseph of Carcassonne (...) by North Africans" in a statement Monday on the internet.

"This premeditated act, which has fortunately caused no injuries, is an act of hatred and pressure on the Catholics of this neighborhood," he said.

The event reported by the Midi Libre on Monday was denounced by many radical Catholic sites , that of "Secular Riposte" and on the blogs of several candidates of the Front National in the national elections, whose lawyer Gilbert Collard is a candidate in the Gard.

Openly homosexual Iman thinks homosexuality and Islam are compatible- supports Obama on same sex marriage

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"Gay is OK", says Iman

Women lead prayers, homosexuals are accepted and same-sex marriages allowed: In the US, a group of liberal Muslims have more and more followers. One of their leaders is an openly gay imam.

He is patient. It just takes time for everything. Daayiee Abdullah sits in front of a still locked house on a small stone bench, waiting. Behind the seat, a ladder is leaning against the wall, which leads to a window frame a few feet above. There, a painter is painting with white paint, directly above him. Abdullah does not care. He is clothed in a long black robe, the prayer cap on his head, preferring to simply sit. It takes an hour for someone finally to come with the key. Now we can start.

Imam Daayiee Abdullah. And he's gay. Abdullah is one of the "Muslims for Progressive Values" (MPV), a group of liberal, devout Muslims who came together six years ago. Their belief: men and women have equal rights in Islam, they pray together, and women can lead the prayer, gays and lesbians are welcome, according to imams such as Daayiee Abdullah they can marry.

The group has risen steadily to about a thousand members in the community of 2.6 million Muslims in America. That's not many. But in some cities, groups have formed that meet in small, mostly improvised mosques for prayers.

In the capital, Washington, this is the house in front of which Imam Daayiee Abdullah has just been sitting on the stone bench. It belongs to the Quakers who on Fridays give the progressive Muslims a few rooms. Earlier, these took place in a public library. "There is a growing movement," says the 59-year-old Abdullah. If things go well, some 20 worshipers come to pray.

How can we reconcile Islam and homosexuality?

This Friday, there are only four of us. They unroll prayer mats in the Quaker House, pray and read from the Koran. "There is something in motion in Washington and around the world," Six-foot tall Abdullah said during his sermon. He chuckles when he is pleased with an effective combative statement. A giant laughing.

Abdullah is from Detroit where he grew up as a Baptist. Soon, he distanced himself from his religion - and during a study visit to Beijing, he adopted his new faith after contact with Chinese Muslims. His coming-out was already long behind him.

But how can homosexuality and Islam be reconciled? "The question was: How can I follow my faith and thereby be at peace with myself over the years, I then learned that Islam should be understood as a whole and not as uniformity. Various parts come together and produce a unity - like “a machine." Abdullah giggles again. In the Koran it is stated that Allah has created human beings in different colours. "This may be related not just to the appearance of a man."

And the critics? The resentment of Muslims who live by tradition?"There is usually opposition," says Abdullah dryly. "I read the same texts as they do, but they interpret them differently." Religion is alive, changing and developing steadily. "We can not apply the mindset of the 7th century to cope with life in the 21st century."

The change will come, one must only have patience, he says. He remembers previous trouble. "When a woman once wanted to lead the prayer, some men protested. I said. 'No problem, go away, let us pray' We prayed, and they found that the earth did not open up to swallow us. There were there at the next prayer session. "

Obama? "A feeling of elation"
There are such small success stories, to which Daayiee Abdullah clings. And sometimes there is a great one.

Like those of early May. Barack Obama appears on television, sitting in front of a U.S. flag and the seal of the U.S. President. The matter is completely official.

"For me personally, it is important to lead and to confirm that same-sex couples should be able to marry, "says the most powerful man in the world. The imam remembers the moment: "I have seen as a black man the first black president, how he made this statement as the holder of the highest office." This was a “great feeling”.


A day later, the progressive Muslims are sitting together in the House of the Quakers. Justin and Mohammed have come two years ago, Abdullah presided over their marriage, outside in the garden."I'm not really religious," says the 32-year-old Mohammed, who is from Syria: "But in terms of culture, I am a Muslim - and I think it's okay to be gay." Then there is Maliha. The 24-year-old has come as a small child with her Pakistani parents to the United States. Contact with the MPV has been made via the Internet, for a year, she has been coming for the past year.

Why? "Because I've noticed that my mentality does not fit together with that of the people in the mosque.” She has now met with Abdullah and Co. "I have a responsibility as a female Muslim, to do something about the discrimination against women and homosexuals. " Soon she begins law studies.

Then she wants to return to Pakistan. To make a difference.

Church of Don Camillo wrecked in Italian earthquake

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Kirche von Don Camillo in Brescello wurde durch Erdbeben zerstört | Rentner-News



Hundreds of churches have in part been very badly damaged in the catastrophic earthquake in northern Italy. Almost every third church in the Italian earthquake zone has been destroyed destroyed. The Vatican could only pay for part of the enormous cost of restoration which has been reported on Thursday. The church would not have sufficient funds for the reconstruction of so many churches.

From the province of Modena, more than 45 churches were reported destroyed. In the province of Mantua, more than 100 churches have been damaged. The cathedral in the town of Mirandola, the epicenter of the quake was particularly badly damaged thee. The 15th century building fell to the ground.

"After the earthquake on May 20, the roof had collapsed. We thought we would restore the cathedral over time, but after the new earthquake on Tuesday everything is in ruins. Even the bell, one of the largest in the area that is destroyed, "said Alex Sessayya Parish Priest.

Also the Church of San Francesco, one of the oldest Franciscan churches in Italy, has only damage left . The village church of Brescello, which as the setting of the "Don Camillo" films became world famous, has been badly damaged.

In the nearby town of Finale Emilia, near the epicenter collapsed, the upper part of the facade of the parish church collapsed completely. A similar picture is offered by many churches in the provinces of Modena, Ferrara and Bologna.

In the municipality of Mirabello, the roof was completely destroyed in the local church- in San Felice sul Panaro, a big part of the walls were victim of the quake. In the town of St. Augustine, a historic tower fell.

The earthquake even had consequences in Padua, about 100 kilometers from the epicenter. There already existing cracks in the domes of the Basilica of St. Anthony, one of the most famous and most visited churches in Italy, deepened

A parish church was killed by church wreckage, as he just wanted to save the Madonna of his damaged church. The 65-year-old priest from the small town of Rovereto sulla Secchia north of Modena was accompanied by two firefighters who rushed into the church building, when a timber broke down from the vault and fatally hit him.

In Italy, 60 percent of all monuments and culturally significant buildings are earthquake-prone, as is evident from a study by the Ministry of Culture. In high-risk areas, more than 150 000 historical buildings are located. "Italy is one vast museum," explained art experts. There are not only churches and palaces worth preserving , but whole towns and cities of particular architectural value.

Since Tuesday morning, a series of earthquakes, the northern Italian region has been shaken for the second time in nine days . So far there are 17 dead and 350 injured. About 14,000 people were forced to leave their homes.

Feast of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity

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in LatinEnglish translation
Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem: Quam nisi quisque integram inviolatamque servaverit, absque dubio in aeternum peribit. Fides autem catholica haec est: ut unum Deum in Trinitate, et Trinitatem in unitate veneremur. Neque confundentes personas, neque substantiam separantes. Alia est enim persona Patris alia Filii, alia Spiritus Sancti: Sed Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti una est divinitas, aequalis gloria, coeterna maiestas. Qualis Pater, talis Filius, talis [et] Spiritus Sanctus. Increatus Pater, increatus Filius, increatus [et] Spiritus Sanctus. Immensus Pater, immensus Filius, immensus [et] Spiritus Sanctus. Aeternus Pater, aeternus Filius, aeternus [et] Spiritus Sanctus. Et tamen non tres aeterni, sed unus aeternus. Sicut non tres increati, nec tres immensi, sed unus increatus, et unus immensus. Similiter omnipotens Pater, omnipotens Filius, omnipotens [et] Spiritus Sanctus. Et tamen non tres omnipotentes, sed unus omnipotens. Ita Deus Pater, Deus Filius, Deus [et] Spiritus Sanctus. Et tamen non tres dii, sed unus est Deus. Ita Dominus Pater, Dominus Filius, Dominus [et] Spiritus Sanctus. Et tamen non tres Domini, sed unus [est] Dominus. Quia, sicut singillatim unamquamque personam Deum ac Dominum confiteri christiana veritate compellimur: Ita tres Deos aut [tres] Dominos dicere catholica religione prohibemur. Pater a nullo est factus: nec creatus, nec genitus. Filius a Patre solo est: non factus, nec creatus, sed genitus. Spiritus Sanctus a Patre et Filio: non factus, nec creatus, nec genitus, sed procedens. Unus ergo Pater, non tres Patres: unus Filius, non tres Filii: unus Spiritus Sanctus, non tres Spiritus Sancti. Et in hac Trinitate nihil prius aut posterius, nihil maius aut minus: Sed totae tres personae coaeternae sibi sunt et coaequales. Ita, ut per omnia, sicut iam supra dictum est, et unitas in Trinitate, et Trinitas in unitate veneranda sit. Qui vult ergo salvus esse, ita de Trinitate sentiat.
Sed necessarium est ad aeternam salutem, ut incarnationem quoque Domini nostri Iesu Christi fideliter credat. Est ergo fides recta ut credamus et confiteamur, quia Dominus noster Iesus Christus, Dei Filius, Deus [pariter] et homo est. Deus [est] ex substantia Patris ante saecula genitus: et homo est ex substantia matris in saeculo natus. Perfectus Deus, perfectus homo: ex anima rationali et humana carne subsistens. Aequalis Patri secundum divinitatem: minor Patre secundum humanitatem. Qui licet Deus sit et homo, non duo tamen, sed unus est Christus. Unus autem non conversione divinitatis in carnem, sed assumptione humanitatis in Deum. Unus omnino, non confusione substantiae, sed unitate personae. Nam sicut anima rationalis et caro unus est homo: ita Deus et homo unus est Christus. Qui passus est pro salute nostra: descendit ad inferos: tertia die resurrexit a mortuis. Ascendit ad [in] caelos, sedet ad dexteram [Dei] Patris [omnipotentis]. Inde venturus [est] judicare vivos et mortuos. Ad cujus adventum omnes homines resurgere habent cum corporibus suis; Et reddituri sunt de factis propriis rationem. Et qui bona egerunt, ibunt in vitam aeternam: qui vero mala, in ignem aeternum. Haec est fides catholica, quam nisi quisque fideliter firmiterque crediderit, salvus esse non poterit.
Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated; the Son uncreated; and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father unlimited; the Son unlimited; and the Holy Ghost unlimited. The Father eternal; the Son eternal; and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three eternals; but one eternal. As also there are not three uncreated; nor three infinites, but one uncreated; and one infinite. So likewise the Father is Almighty; the Son Almighty; and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties; but one Almighty. So the Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods; but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord; the Son Lord; and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords; but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity; to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord; So are we forbidden by the catholic religion; to say, There are three Gods, or three Lords. The Father is made of none; neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created; but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten; but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before, or after another; none is greater, or less than another. But the whole three Persons are coeternal, and coequal. So that in all things, as aforesaid; the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, let him thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation; that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess; that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God, of the Essence of the Father; begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Essence of his Mother, born in the world. Perfect God; and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father as touching his Manhood. Who although he is God and Man; yet he is not two, but one Christ. One; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh; but by assumption of the Manhood by God. One altogether; not by confusion of Essence; but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man; so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell; rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the God the Father Almighty, from whence he will come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies; And shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire. This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe truly and firmly, he cannot be saved.

Naked Last Supper in Germany has clergy support

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Würzburg: Nackt-Abendmahl in Kirchen-Museum nervt Besucher - Nachrichten Regionales - München - WELT ONLINE

With a new work by the Munich artist Henning von Gierke at the Würzburg Cathedral Museum, a talking point is generated. "The picture will perhaps trigger reservations if you focus on the term Last Supper and expect a depiction, said Juergen Lenssen, Arts Officer for the Diocese of Würzburg.

In the tryptic of the 1947-born artist, people are sitting, standing and lying around a table. They act like a normal family, some of them are naked, some sit on the sidelines, some look sickly. The scene is reminiscent of the famous "Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci. But the space in the center is free. At this point an image is projected of the visitor who is standing in front of the painting . He or she is thus part of a modern supper. (Cathcon- and takes the place of Christ in the scheme of things)

Clergy support the artist
"Communion for me is wherever the celebration of life happens," said Lenssen who is a priest. The picture does not show the Lord's Supper, but rather life at its different poles. Young and old, healthy and sick, beautiful and ugly, disappointment and joy. As a" declaration of love for life, " the artist Gierke describes his work.

Around the picture are twelve small paintings, showing details. Before one of them hangs a frame with a fig leaf in it. It hides the pubic area of a nude woman. "We were just wondering if we should remove the whole image, but decided against it. Instead, the artist has created later this fig leaf." The installation is called "The Last Supper and twelve companions."

Criticism by e-mail
Nevertheless Lenssen has already reaped criticism. He had already received a negative reaction in vulgar language by email, says the art historian. "Behind this stands, as far as I am concerned, a pathological relationship with sex or nudity. We speak of the paradisiacal nudity, which is completely pure."

Run by the Catholic Church, the museum houses the largest church in Europe collections of contemporary art. According to Lenssen about 50,000 people visit the Cathedral Museum annually.

See also Erotic Church Service