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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Papal visit

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to Turkish mosque on video.

Papal Pause Not Exactly a Prayer


ISTANBUL, Turkey, NOV. 30, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI's silent pause during his visit to the Blue Mosque was not prayer in the proper sense of the term, clarified the Vatican spokesman.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, confirmed, after the Holy Father's historic visit today, that "the Pope paused in a moment of meditation and recollection."

"It was a moment of personal meditation, of relationship with God, which can also be called of personal, profound prayer," Father Lombardi told journalists, "but it was not a prayer with external manifestations characteristic of the Christian faith."

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Early signs of trouble

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from Father Riccardo Lombardi SJ in 1962. He was the founder of the "Better World Movement".


His earlier effort "Crusade of Love".

He was called a "modern day Savaronola" and disliked by other Jesuits. I have his book "The Salvation of the Unbeliever" which is however decidedly pre-conciliar.

Spontaneity

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according to Aidan Nicholls OP

Monday, November 27, 2006

Utter scandal in Diocese of Linz

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CD promoting immorality still available on-line on the Diocesan website. CAUTION! Link provided for information.

From the CD, HLI International warns that are links to every abortion clinic in Austria.

If the Bishop does nothing, he should resign. If he does not resign, he should have a coadjutor appointed by Rome.

A boycott of payment of the Church tax is likely to take place in the New Year. There is a good case to be made even in a secular court that they are no longer Catholic.

It is my misfortune to spend much of my year in Linz, beset as it is by moral and liturgical scandal.

Pray the Rosary!

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For the Pope as he travels to Turkey.

Episcopal Vicar in Linz

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wants to distribute more CDs promoting immorality.

Archdiocese of Boston

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still addicted to church closing.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Prandtauerkirche, St Poelten

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Always worth a visit for anyone in the vicinity. They have a Scapular Confraternity in Honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Enquire about membership!

Archbishop Marini sees which way the wind is blowing

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and changes direction (sorry in German).

House of Stillness, Steyr, Austria

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A group gives a dry run for their new song book, You with us (does that mean God, or you are welcome at our retreat centre. Always difficult to know with modern self-obsessed spirituality).



The book contains almost no songs of repentance or conversion and you will have to look very hard for a song honouring Mary.




Celebrating 20 Years of the Day of Prayer for World Peace in the same place. Can anyone locate the Cross, our only hope?

In a similar outfit in Regensburg, they have given up the Cross entirely.
Can anyone locate the Cross, our only hope.


They say it is based on the meditation image of Brother Klaus. But who is going to know that? Most will think it is a symbol for pagan mediatation. The tabernacle looks as if it is part of the engine room of Star Trek, not the Holy of Holies.


This is the "corporate logo" for the organisation linking together Spiritual Exercise Centres in Germany and Austria. Worryingly, much more labyrinth than Cross.

Another day, no less than two stealth priestesses

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spotted in a parish of the Diocese of Linz.

The same parish of Neuhofen also has a wonderful piece of stained glass which from every splinter proclaims the Catholic Faith (or rather doesn't).
It is part of their project, Faith Image- Life image.

Prayer for and protest against

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the Diocese of Linz.

St Padre Pio

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says the Latin Mass.

Famous former seminarians

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as well as an Orthodox and a protestant drop out- all dangerous in their separate ways.

Our Lady of Montligeon

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pray for us!

Expiatory Work for the Deliverance of the Souls detained in purgatory. An Archconfraternity Prima Primaria - it now styles itself a "Fraternity without Frontiers".

God so loved the world

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Hear, O Lord the cries of the poor souls.

The nun and the heretic

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A picture of Joan Chittister (correction the Prior of Sister Chittister's covent- see comments) - with a German Benedictine nun summing up all that has gone wrong with religious life in the last forty years.

Sister Chittister runs around from conference to conference trading on the name of the Benedictine order. She fancies herself as a prophetess. St Benedict had harsh words for religious who wandered from monastery to monastery seeking food and board. One prefers not to think how angry he would be with one of his religious who was a habitual presenter at conferences.

Month of All Souls

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Again, in Metten Abbey the Altar of the Death of St Benedict.

Six days before he left this world, he gave order to have his tomb opened, and forthwith falling into an ague, he began with burning heat to wax faint, and when as the sickness daily increased, on the sixth day he commanded his monks to carry him into the oratory, where he armed himself with receiving the body and blood of our Savior Christ; and having his weak body held up by the hands of his disciples, he stood with his own arms lifted to heaven. As he was praying in that manner, he gave up the ghost.

On that same day two monks, one being in his cell, and the other far distant, had one and the same vision concerning him: they saw all the way from the holy man's cell, towards the east even up to heaven, hung and adorned with tapestry and shining with an infinite number of lamps. At the top a man, reverently attired, stood and demanded if they knew who passed that way, to whom they answered saying, that they knew not. Then he spoke to them: "This is the way by which the beloved servant of God, Benedict, ascended up to heaven."

From the Dialogues of Pope St Gregory the Great

First Latin Rite ordinations in over forty years

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in the Diocese of Linz. Some pictures.

The same Bishop has just presided over the distribution of 15000 CDs promoting condom use. But sadly not a word of criticism from the St Peter's Fraternity in Linz. How could they given the Bishop's generosity.

Just before these ordinations, theBishop ordained the notorious Deacon Golatz to the priesthood. A poor deal, two traditional priests who could have been ordained elsewhere for a heretic.



At the back of the same Church, a book, which despite its questioning title openly supports Harry Potter movies. Written by a member of the Fraternity of St Peter.



His superior is
Fr Axel Maussen FSSP
Haus St. Michael
Kapellenweg 5
D-88145 Opfenbach

Tel. 0049/8385/16 25 or 9221
Fax 0049/8385/9221-33

Scenes from "mission"ary life

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He has actually never been on full mission, but he has been desk-bound administrator of mission and he is also a professor of missiology. Traditional mission he says, "was an unworthy competition for souls" and that Catholic missionaries were in the business of enslavement.

And contrast SVD Sisters.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Rowan Williams prays at the tomb of the First Pope

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and meets his Successor.

A pity then that all of the Archbishops of Canterbury since the reformation have not recognised the Pope.

Oxford returns

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to its former Catholic glory, if for only a weekend.

Vicious circle of decline

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hits the homeland of the Pope, as Passau and Bamburg no longer train priests and theological faculties are either closed or reduced in size.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Cardinal Arinze's speech

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on the use of language in the liturgy.

and the text of his speech to the Presidents of the ational episcopal conferences (for the existence of which the then Cardinal Ratzinger is on record as saying there is no theological basis), on the beginning of the end of the infamous "for all" in the canon of the Mass.

To their Eminences / Excellencies, Presidents of the National Episcopal Conferences]

Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum

Prot. N. 467/05/L

Rome, 17 October 2006

Your Eminence / Your Excellency,

In July 2005 this Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, by agreement with the Congregation for the Doctrine for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote to all Presidents of Conferences of Bishops to ask their considered opinion regarding the translation into the various vernaculars of the expression pro multis in the formula for the consecration of the Precious Blood during the celebration of Holy Mass (ref. Prot. N. 467/05/L of 9 July 2005).

The replies received from the Bishops' Conferences were studied by the two Congregations and a report was made to the Holy Father. At his direction, this Congregation now writes to Your Eminence / Your Excellency in the following terms:


1. A text corresponding to the words pro multis, handed down by the Church, constitutes the formula that has been in use in the Roman Rite in Latin from the earliest centuries. In the past 30 years or so, some approved vernacular texts have carried the interpretive translation "for all", "per tutti", or equivalents.

2. There is no doubt whatsoever regarding the validity of Masses celebrated with the use of a duly approved formula containing a formula equivalent to "for all", as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has already declared (cf. Sacra Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei, Declaratio de sensu tribuendo adprobationi versionum formularum sacramentalium, 25 Ianuarii 1974, AAS 66 [1974], 661). Indeed, the formula "for all" would undoubtedly correspond to a correct interpretation of the Lord's intention expressed in the text. It is a dogma of faith that Christ died on the Cross for all men and women (cf. John 11:52; 2 Corinthians 5,14-15; Titus 2,11; 1 John 2,2).

3. There are, however, many arguments in favour of a more precise rendering of the traditional formula pro multis:
a. The Synoptic Gospels (Mt 26,28; Mk 14,24) make specific reference to "many" (πολλων = pollôn) for whom the Lord is offering the Sacrifice, and this wording has been emphasized by some biblical scholars in connection with the words of the prophet Isaiah (53, 11-12). It would have been entirely possible in the Gospel texts to have said "for all" (for example, cf. Luke 12,41); instead, the formula given in the institution narrative is "for many", and the words have been faithfully translated thus in most modern biblical versions.

b. The Roman Rite in Latin has always said pro multis and never pro omnibus in the consecration of the chalice.

c. The anaphoras of the various Oriental Rites, whether in Greek, Syriac, Armenian, the Slavic languages, etc., contain the verbal equivalent of the Latin pro multis in their respective languages.

d. "For many" is a faithful translation of pro multis, whereas "for all" is rather an explanation of the sort that belongs properly to catechesis.

e. The expression "for many", while remaining open to the inclusion of each human person, is reflective also of the fact that this salvation is not brought about in some mechanistic way, without one's willing or participation; rather, the believer is invited to accept in faith the gift that is being offered and to receive the supernatural life that is given to those who participate in this mystery, living it out in their lives as well so as to be numbered among the "many" to whom the text refers.

f. In line with the Instruction Liturgiam authenticam, effort should be made to be more faithful to the Latin texts in the typical editions.
The Bishops' Conferences of those countries where the formula "for all" or its equivalent is currently in use are therefore requested to undertake the necessary catechesis for the faithful on this matter in the next one or two years to prepare them for the introduction of a precise vernacular translation of the formula pro multis (e.g, "for many", "per molti", etc.) in the next translation of the Roman Missal that the Bishops and the Holy See will approve for use in their country.

With the expression of my high esteem and respect, I remain, Your Eminence/Your Excellency,

Devotedly Yours in Christ,

Francis Card. Arinze, Prefect

A fine medieval tradition

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of glossing a text is revived for the Statement by the Pope and Rowan Williams. Well worth a read.

Better never than late III

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And guess what I found at the back of the Church of St Conrad, Linz (just now updating its structure to conform to the alleged demands of Vatican II.

Advertising for the latest and worst heretical translation of the Bible.

Cardinal Koenig in discussion

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"The Vatican Council was the high point in my life". Sadly, its aftermath has seen unfathomable lows reached in Christendom.

In contrast, Cardinal Ottaviani expresses himself forcefully in the other direction,

"I pray to God that I can die before the end of the Council, so at least I can die a Catholic".

Women's food evening for Advent

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"And you must not wait forever!" brought to you by a stealth priestess. Cost 15 euros.

Papal statement

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following meeting with anglicans.

See also Archbishop's Days are Numbered.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The Church of Our Lady of Victories in Paris

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contains a votive plaque. It prays for the TOTAL conversion of England.

Father Ignatius Spencer, Passionist

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"O God have mercy on England! Turn, O Jesus, thy meek eyes upon that people. Let pity drop from Thy glorious Wounds and mercy from Thy Heart. In what she is blind, in what she sins, forgive her, for she knows not what she does. Have mercy on England!"

Weep, weep O Walsingam,

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Whose dayes are nightes, Blessings turned to blasphemies, Holy deedes to dispites. Sinne is where our Ladye sate, Heaven turned is to helle; Sathan sitte where our Lord did swaye, Walsingam, oh, farewell!

Scent Erotic

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A report from the Catholic Women's Movement of Austria from their journal "World of Women"!


"Smells are not only the door to the soul but also the key to sexuality."

World War III is rather nearer than most people think, but Catholic women in Austria are being worried about perfume.

Is there a 4th secret of Fatima?

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Maybe. Certainly the world awaits the rest of the Third Secret.

ETC!

Words change meaning over time

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and dictionaries invariably lag behind the changes. I expect that, say, fifty years from now dictionaries will get around to defining "dialogue" as "a waste of time" (see the comments)

Runaway abbot

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Revd Father Dominik Nimmervoll (literally Never Full or Never Enough)

This man was the head of the Cistercian Order in Austria and Abbot of Wilhering. He decided he wanted a change at 50, not wanting to grow old in a monastery and became a parish priest.


His monastery






His new parish


They have a liturgy committee at this church which proclaims as its motto, "Church and Liturgy for the sake of humanity".

There is an old laybrother who can be found outside the door of the Church at Wilhering each day at sunset praying the Rosary. He did not run away and doubtless prays for the runaway abbot.

The lay brother has been on a handful of pilgrimages but he says his next pilgrimage will be when he ends his days in the monastery. He has an intense devotion to Padre Pio.

Cardinal Kasper keeps on eye on Rowan Williams?

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as well he might given the destructive tendencies of Anglicans towards Catholic Churches.

Computer chip novena

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"You will be my witness." Novena to celebrate 850 years of Mariazell in Austria.
The image is "Christ the Light" (!!!) which can be found in the Exposition Chapel. Why does the modern Church speak in riddles? Ordinary Catholics will never find these hidden meanings when looking at this "art".

Month of All Souls

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That the angels may take thee to paradise.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Students pray

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at the once Catholic University of Leuven.

Better never than late II

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The Church of St Conrad in Linz, only now been updated to allegedly meet the demands of Vatican II seems to be getting two altars, from this photo-peek inside the building site.

Month of All Souls

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At the Abbey of Metten in Germany

The Abbots have two tombs, one on either side of the two principal side altars.





The graves of the deceased monks are decorated with wreaths in this month.


An outside altar where I suspect requiems have been said, but certainly no longer.


Remembering St Louis

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Convent in Glastonbury, England. See especially the photograph section.

Pray for the total conversion of England!

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"With full confidence we call upon these (Our Lady, St Peter and St George) to be our pleaders before the throne of God that receiving the joy of ancient days, it may fill you with all joy and peace in believing" Apostolic Letter of Pope Leo XIII to the English People, 14 April 1895."

The following prayer was also indulgenced on the same occasion.

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and our own most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England, thy Dowry, and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. Through thee it was that Jesus our Saviour and our Hope was given unto the world; and he hath given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated English brethren, that they may be united with us in the one true Fold. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works, we may all deserve to see and praise God together with thee in our heavenly home. Amen.

Ad sanctissimom Virginem pro Anglis fratribus precatio. O beata Virgo Maria, Mater Dei, Regina nostra et Mater dulcissima bcnigna oculos tuos convcrto ad Angliam, quae “Dos” tua vocatur; a convorto ad nos, qui magna in te fiducia confidimus. Per te datus est Christus Salvator mundi, in quo spes nostra consisterct; ab Ipso autem tu data es nobis, per quam spes eadem augeretur. Eia igitur, ora pro nobis, quos tibi apud crucem Domini excepisti filios, o perdolens Mater: intercede pro fratribus dissidentibus, ut nobiscum in unico vero Ovili adjungantur summo Pastori, Vicario in terris Filii tui. Pro nobis omnibus depreccare, o Mater piissima, ut per fidem, bonis operibus fecundam, mercamur tecum omnes contemplari Deum in coelesti patria et collaudare per secula. Amen.

Pope Leo XIII (300 days indulgence, plenary indulgence once a day for Catholics who pray the prayer each day, with the usual conditions of sacramental Confession,Communion at Mass and prayer for the intentions of the Pope).

Rowan Williams is to be received by the Pope tomorrow. On the invalidity of his orders and those of Anglicans.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Still shameful

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Closure of Catholic Church after three years of meetings, study and debate. (!!!) If that's where the Diocese directs your energy, the Church will be closed for sure.

Three years of evangelisation however would give a different result.

At a Catholic University?

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I receive an e-mail.

A sinful movie called Brokeback Mountain is scheduled to stage at Seton Hall University, a Catholic institution, and I am asking you to protest immediately because the film…
Approves sodomy, adultery, nudity, profanity and drug use. It is a blow to Catholic education, America's Christian roots, the institution of the family and very foundations of morality and society.

The Conference of Catholic Bishops classified this pro-homosexual film as “morally offensive” – the very worst rating!“Brokeback Mountain” is the antithesis of real Catholic education. It teaches people to tolerate sin. Click here to protest now. Your signature will make an impact.

Newsweek stated the Hollywood movie: “…has the potential to change the national conversation and to challenge people’s ideas about the value and validity of same-sex relationships.” (Nov. 21, 2005)

Please sign your INSTANT E-PROTEST to the president of Seton Hall University, Msgr. Robert Sheeran. Urge him to cancel Brokeback Mountain.

But please hurry. The movie is slotted to show on November 20. That means you and I have no time to lose. I’m sending this urgent message to students at 716 college campuses. If you would also send it to all your friends, we will make a much, much bigger impact together. Will you do me that extra favor?

How to be more effective: After you sign your respectful e-protest, give Msgr. Sheeran’s office a call. Be polite and firm. Ask him to have the movie cancelled.

Please call today: (973) 761-9691

This protest has a good chance of working. How do I know? Because TFP Student Action recently stopped two blasphemies with peaceful protest just like this one.

Thank you for upholding traditional moral values!

John Ritchie TFP Student Action Director www.tfp.org/sa

Monday, November 13, 2006

Nuns adopt new habit

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made of paper (just for the sake of a party)

Catholic life

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Not thriving in Costa Rica.

Pope St. Gregory the Great († 604)

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"At that hour of the Sacrifice, at the words of the Priest, the heavens are opened, and in that mystery of Jesus Christ, the choirs of Angels are present, and things below are joined to things on high, earthly things to heavenly, and the service is both a visible and an invisible event."

Many thanks Argent by the Tiber.

You can say this 100 percent of the time about the traditional Latin Mass. Other Masses, I would not dare to fix a percentage. But it is less than 100, perhaps much less.

The post-Conciliar era has passed away

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It reached its logical conclusion on a cold, windswept housing estate in Austria a few days ago. Shed no tears, do not mourn, look to the future.






One of the readings or maybe the bidding prayers.
O Lord, what are we doing here?
Breaking of the loaf.


Communion of the altar girls



Where did you get that hat?


Extraordinary Ministers of Communion and Extraodinary Means of Communion

The Last Guitar

The hat still did not come off in Church.

One day she will grow up to be a stealth priestess and get to lecture on the Bible