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Monday, January 29, 2007

Cardinal Lehmann hopes for ecumenical stimulus

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from the reform congress of the German Protestant Church. (EKD)

Original German text

The organizations, the Catholic Caritas and the Protestant, Diakonie could work together more closely.

26.1.07 Wittenberg

The Mainz Cardinal Karl Lehmann expects from the “future-orientated congress” of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) a stimulus specifically for ecumenism. Caritas and Diakonie, should above all work more closely together. This was stated by the Chairman of the German Catholic Bishops Conference in Wittenberg.

The congress which continues until Saturday is discussing the structural reform of the Protestant Church on the basis of a paper by the Synod of the German Protestant Church. This paper envisages amongst other things, the reduction of Regional Churches from 23 to a maximum of 12. Lehmann said that in the Catholic Church, there would be in future stronger cooperation between the Dioceses. A fusion of Dioceses was however excluded by the Bishop of Mainz.

Lehmann welcomed the fact that the German Catholic Bishops Conference was also invited to take part in the Congress. He gave a speech at the beginning of the Conference and the Secretary, Pater Hans Langendörfer is representing the Catholic Church during the Conference. The Cardinal rejects any criticism that the proposals do not specifically examine ecumenism. He says that with such basic questions of reform, it is necessary to examine your own back yard first.

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The reform document of the EKD is called "The Church of Freedom in the 21st Century" They clearly have taken to worshiping freedom rather than Jesus Christ- giving any ecumenism a very shaky basis. The Congress is taking place in Wittenberg, known in Germany as the Luther City. There too he proclaimed his freedom - his freedom to destroy all the Catholic Church stood for.

Cardinal Lehmann always try to do something for the Carnival season which has just begun. Sadly he is living out in the 21st Century, the life of the Joint Synods of the Protestant and Catholic Churches in Germany which took place between 1971 and 1975. Much paper (almost 1000 pages)- and without fruit. The present Pope even published in 1970 a book "Democracy in the Church" in preparation.

No British Catholic

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can vote for ANY of the three main parties (Conservative, Liberal Democrat or Labour) after David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party suggested his compromise, giving the Catholic adoption agencies four to five years to comply with the law. If this is what his new look Conservatism means he can keep it.

Letter to Father von Gemmingen on the Latin Mass

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The original text sent in German by my wife in response to his recent commentary.

Dear Father von Gemmingen

Your statements, as convincing as they may sound, leave a lot to be desired. One can only assume from this that you do not know the old Rite very well, because if you did, you could never have said that there is little difference between the old and the new Rite.

Have you ever heard of Rock Masses, Carnival Masses and Sand Masses with a Desert Experience thrown in? Can you imagine such Masses and trivia in the Latin Rite? You probably maintain that these were exceptions. Are you as surprised as I am that recently I heard the Creed in Pirmasens in Germany, which consisted of one sentence, “ I believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen”? In Gerwen in Holland, the Creed had been totally rewritten and made equivalent to an affirmation over which Robespierre would have been rubbing his hands in glee.

This “inversion” and “renewal mania” included the Canon itself. “Pro multis” became “pro omnibus”. In addition, the new Rite has endless bidding prayers at which even the cows would laugh if they were able to (German proverb!). In Germany, there are protestant hymns with no doctrinal content, if possible, accompanied by guitar. In Belgium, there is no singing but one sits and listens to a tape – no trace of active participation. The distribution of Communion is undertaken by all kinds of laypeople, often not even dressed properly. And last and by no means least, the priest is so stressed out and burdened with work, a female pastoral assistant preaches the sermon while the priest himself sits expressionless next to her. But he has so much to do, even with the reduced number of Faithful.

It is no surprise that a decent, thinking person is fed up with this to and fro and with the banality of it all. On the contrary, one feels repelled, as there is no hope of continuation and no passing on of the Faith.

Even introducing Latin and the redirection towards the Divine, to cite Klaus Gamber, the new Rite has fallen so far deeply that it cannot be rescued. Furthermore, as things stand now, the new Rite has attracted very few young people, despite its openness to spectacle. In Belgium, I see only people with gray hair in Church even in afternoon matters. What will happen in twenty years? The old Mass is visited by old and young, including many children and large families.

And finally, the Catholic Mass was always our most valued possession, whether one has prayed the Rosary during Mass or not. Over many centuries, the Mass has been understood and celebrated. (Many prayers are directed to God and not to the faithful) and especially now after 1969, when people have more opportunities of a higher school education, one started to simplify and make the Mass banal so that they can actively participate. The Schott was and is used in German speaking countries but I have in my collection many hand Missals in many languages dating from the early 19th century.

And finally, the new Rite has destroyed precious High Altars, dismantled tabernacles and Stations of the Cross, as well as disposing of many relics and removing the Communion rails. A table was used instead which serves as a flower table and for the Sacrifice of the Mass. In other words, we are looking in vain for the sacred. The Blessed Sacrament is no longer the central point and in a “nobilissimo loco” but has been relegated to boxes, walls or columns, and has to be searched for. These fundamental matters should be your first concern rather than the Latin language and “ad orientem”.

in Domino

Rosa Gillibrand

Original text

Sehr geehrter Herr Pater,

Ihre Ausführungen, so überzeugend sie vorerst klingen mögen, lassen doch einiges ungeklärt. Wenn Sie sagen, dass der Unterschied zwischen dem alten und dem neuen Ritus 'kaum zu erkennen' sei, so legt dies' nahe, dass Sie mit dem alten Ritus nicht sehr vertraut sind.

Haben Sie jemals von Rockmessen, Faschingsmessen und Sandmessen 'mit Wüstenerfahrung' gehört? Können Sie sich eine Rockmesse und ähnlichen Firlefanz im lateinischen Ritus vorstellen? Sie meinen, dies wären 'Ausnahmen'. Kürzlich hörte ich ein Credo in Deutschland, in Pirmasens, das nur einen Satz enthielt: 'Ich glaube an den Vater, den Sohn und den Heiligen Geist.' Amen. In Gerwen in Holland wurde das Glaubensbekenntnis komplett zu einem Bekenntnis umgeschrieben, über dass sich Robiespierre vor Freude die Hände gerieben hätte.

Die 'Umkrempelung' und der "Erneuerungswahn" machen selbst vor den Wandlungsworten nicht halt und so wurde aus 'pro multis' 'pro omnibus'. Dazu gibt es endlose Fürbitten, über die selbst die Kühe lachen würden, wenn sie lachen könnten. In Deutschland gibt es protestanische Hymnen, zum Teil gar mit Gitarrenmusik; in Belgien sitzt man da und hört ein Tonband an - von einem aktiven Mitfeiern keine Spur. Die Kommunionsausteilung wird von igendwelchen Laien vollzogen, die oft nicht einmal ordentlich gekleidet sind, und, last not least, for good measure, ist der Priester so überfordert, dass eine Pastoralassistentin die Predigt übernehmen muss, während der Priester selbst teilnahmslos dabei sitzt. Er ist ja so überlastet. Und das trotz so viel weniger Gläubigen.

Es ist kein Wunder, dass ein anständig denkender Mensch von diesem Getue und der damit einhergehenden Banalität abgestossen wird. All dies ist auf Dauer nicht tolerierbar.

Mit Latein und der Haltung zum Herrn hin, um es mit Klaus Gamber zu sagen, ist der neue Ritus, der so tief gesunken ist, nicht mehr zu retten. Auffallend ist auch, dass trotz des Einsatzes von Bild- und Toneffekten nur noch wenige junge Menschen dem Messopfer beiwohnen. In Belgien sehe ich ausschliesslich Köpfe mit grauen Haaren bei der Messe... Was wird wohl in zwanzig Jahren sein? Wenn Sie dagegen die Besucher der 'alten Messe' betrachten, so werden Sie viele junge Menschen, auch Familien mit Kindern , entdecken.

Im übrigen: die Wertschätzung der heiligen Messe war schon immer hoch, unabhängig davon, ob die Gläubigen Rosenkranz gebetet haben oder nicht. Über viele Jahrhunderte hin hat man die Messe verstanden und mitgefeiert, (gerade vor dem Hintergrund, dass viele Gebete ja an Gott und nicht an die Gläubigen gerichtet sind); aber dann, nach 1969, gerade zu einer Zeit, wo mehr Menschen denn je über die Möglichkeit, einer besseren Schulbildung teilhaftig zu werden verfügen, wird die Messe vereinfacht und banalisiert, um es für sie einfacher zu machen. Der Schott existierte in deutschsprachigen Ländern, aber auch in anderen Sprachen wurden Messbücher verfasst: ich habe viele Messbücher in meiner Sammlung in vielen Sprachen, etliche davon aus dem 18. und 19. Jahrhundert.

Und zuguterletzt: Dank dem neuen Ritus hat man kostbare Hochaltäre umgekrempelt und vernichtet, Tabernakel abmontiert, Reliqien ‘entsorgt’, den Kreuzweg abgenommen und das Kommuniongitter abgerissen. Dafür gibt es aber einen Tisch, der zugleich Blumentisch und Opfertisch ist. In anderen Worten, das Sakrale suchen Sie jetzt vergebens. Das Allerheiligste nimmt nicht mehr den ‘nobilissimo loco’ ein, ist vom zentralen Fokus verdrängt und in Schachteln oder Wandsäulen untergebracht, und da meinen Sie, dass die lateinische Sprache under die Richtung ‘ad orientem’ den status quo wiederherstellen würde!

in Domino

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Death and church closure

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Why do the authorities keep using this entirely unacceptable analogy? Suppose they are hoping that people will accept and move on.

Marquette Diocese

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on the road to closure. Church indulging in "negative mission" or "mismanaged decline".

Latin Mass breakthrough

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Since October last year, from Monday to Thursday at 12.30 pm on the Principal Altar of the Cathedral Church of St Aubain in Namur, Belgium the Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered according to the old Rite.



Still to go, Saturday and Sunday in Namur, and every day in every other Cathedral in the Catholic world, and every Basilica including St Peter's in Rome. A mountain to climb which with God's help will be achieved.

Do not doubt it, for in this Cathedral, amazing to say, is buried the heart of Don John of Austria, the victor of the Battle of Lepanto. His body is in the Royal Monastery of the Escorial.

If this is just the first month

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of Hallowed Ground.

Indult for Latin Mass

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A Radio Vatican commentary from Father Eberhard von Gemmingen SJ, Director of German Speaking Programmes. The aristocratic Jesuit is often on German TV and was granted an early exclusive interview with the new Pope, who he studied under at the University of Tübingen.

Weekly Commentary

In all probability Pope Benedict will give the permission to celebrate again the traditional or Tridentine Rite. It would however be completely wrong if Catholics started to quarrel over this, some of them full of joy about this reversal, the others full of anger. It is to be noted that the Pope will not on any account reintroduce the old liturgy or even make it compulsory. He is only of the opinion that the prohibition of the classical Rite after the Council is in contradiction to Church tradition, because according to his conviction, Rites can be further developed but cannot be abrogated.

The whole thing is not about Latin and the celebration with the back to the people. The new Rite allows both. The exact differences between the old and the new Rite are minimal and are hardly recognizable if the new Rite, as permitted and when sought, is celebrated in Latin and with the back to the people.

In my opinion, our actual problem in Europe is that the Faithful find today’s Masses often banal with little mystery and at times also with arbitrary additions to the Rite. Christians with a sense of aesthetics wish for a more classical form and mystery. Behind this is probably also a longing for European language which links all together in a common culture. At that stage, one knew that a Catholic Mass in Lisbon was the same as the one celebrated in St Petersburg. One was spared any surprises. But let’s admit it, at that time millions took part in the Mass diligently and faithfully but have not understood anything and only prayed the Rosary. The German hand Missal, Schott was only known to German intellectuals because in other countries it did not exist (untrue!). The desire to assist at the Mass, actively and with understanding is good and very important. It is my opinion therefore that in todays world we priests should learn again to celebrate the mystery so that Faith, heart and reason are in used to equal measure. If we look at the growing Churches in Africa and Asia, the celebration of the correct Rite is a mere trifle. I can hardly imagine that anyone in these young Churches will want the old Rite.

See also comments on Rorate Caeli and Angel Queen.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Hell breaks out in Heaven

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It must be carnival time again. An Ecumenical Masked Ball for the German Catholics and protestants in Brussels. Modernists have always needed masks to hide their true nature.

Lecture hall Mass

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Yes, that is a female Lutheran minister next to the priest at this school in Germany.


The Church if St Alto in Unterhaching, far too much trouble to take them there!



Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Patron Saints of the Armed Forces II

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A contact advises me that the 1944 booklet omits some other important saints. And always say the Rosary for those that put themselves in harm's way for us.

St. Theodore Stratelates – the Recruit

St. Theodore was a Roman commander in Emperor Licinius' army and governor of Heraclea. He was tall, strong, good-looking, wealthy and a friend of the Emperor. He considered the Kingdom of God to be more valuable than all of his advantages on earth. He smashed the pagan idols of silver and gold and gave the pieces to the poor. This so enraged Licinius that he had Theodore brutally tortured. He received 600 lashes on his back and 500 on his stomach. Then he was crucified while they shot arrows into him. Finally, he was beheaded with a sword. All during this, Theodore repeated: "Glory to Thee, my God, glory to Thee." His suffering ended at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, February 8, 319. He is regarded as the protector of soldiers. His relics were later taken to the Blachernae Church at Constantinople.

St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki (Άγιος Δημήτριος της Θεσσαλονίκης in Greek) and St Nestor of Pamphylia


They were Christian martyrs who lived in the 4th century. St Demetrios is also referred to as "the Megalomartyr" (Great Martyr) by the Greeks.

Demetrius was a general in the Roman army and a high official in Thessaloniki. He was arrested for preaching the gospel and converting pagans even after an edict was issued prohibiting Christians from doing so. While imprisoned, a young Roman soldier named Nestor, who was a Christian disciple of his, visited him in his cell. Nestor asked Demetrius to bless him as he had made up his mind to duel against a pagan named Lyaeus, who was challenging any Christian to fight him. Demetrius blessed young Nestor with the words: "You will defeat Lyaeus and win a crown of martyrdom". Nestor then proceeded to challenge Lyaeus and with the words "God of Demetrius, help me!" attacked and killed his pagan opponent.

At this, emperor Maximian order the execution of both Nestor and Demetrius. Saint Nestor was beheaded while Saint Demetrius was run through with spears ca 306. Demetrius was extremely popular in the Middle Ages and, along with Saint George, he was the patron of the Crusades.

And St. Michael the Archangel! Click on the link for the full prayer of Pope Leo XIII.

Archbishop of Birmingham, UK

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Has just admitted on BBC that Catholic adoption agencies let single homosexuals adopt but he is opposing adoption by homosexual couples.

The head of one Catholic adoption agency said that he refers homosexual couples to other adoption agencies!!! Shades of the abortion referral debacle in the German Catholic Church.

Newsnight will be available on video shortly.

Background here. I had the misfortune to be a contemporary of Angela Eagle at University.

Our Lady of Bürglen

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Venerated under the title, Protector of the Catholic Faith, Pray for us!

Fellow bloggers!

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How to back up your blog!

We decorate living spaces

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to open spaces for belief (latter in small print!). Advertising for the Diocese of Linz.

Hitler, whose childhood was spent in Linz and whose first profession (the Allies alleged!) was home decorator used the search for Lebensraum to describe his occupation of Central Europe. One would have thought any organisation would avoid the term, not least in Linz.

And Linz now avoides the Cross as a symbol, prefering an abstract fish on some kind of lotus flower.

The prayer, Lord Jesus, you are the Way of God to people. Shouldn't that be the Way of people to God.

The Cologne Carmel

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Has survived everything but sadly not the buildings they occupied.

Who was spying on the future Pope?

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The future and short-lived Archbishop of Warsaw, one suspects.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Cathcon promotional cartoon

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Courtesy of Blogs4Life.

See "No future without children" March in Paris.

Before and after

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The liturgical vandals arrived.
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Twig worship in Linz

The end of all Christmas cribs

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in guess which Diocese ......Linz!

Mini-priestesses attend former Bishop of Linz

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You can say that again

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Contemporary art does not fall from heaven.

So why bother with creations of this world.

All too brief film

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of Pope Leo XIII.

Layperson preaches

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in Catholic Cathedral.

Pope John Paul II

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Contemplated the impossible- that the Vicar of Christ should take early retirement.

Nuns!

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But you would hardly know it.

St Thomas Aquinas

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The Angelic Doctor of the Church- Fount of Wisdom
While to these judgments of great Pontiffs on Thomas Aquinas comes the crowning testimony of Innocent VI: "His teaching above that of others, the canonical writings alone excepted, enjoys such a precision of language, an order of matters, a truth of conclusions, that those who hold to it are never found swerving from the path of truth, and he who dare assail it will always be suspected of error."

Infidelity in Linz

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Last year, just one priest was ordained in the Diocese of Linz. The ordination had in fact been postponed as the candidate had called for an open revolt against Rome. After full and as we can now see less than frank discussions with the Bishop, the ordination went ahead, the Bishop giving himself cover by ordaining two FSSP priests using the old books at a separate ordination around the same time.

Father Golatz has now broken every bound of discretion and published a new interview in the Standard, one of the main Austrian newspapers. The Bishop has issued a statement to say he is disappointed but there is not enough evidence to proceed against him. Judge for yourself below. A translation of the Bishop's statement will follow shortly.

The Bishop Ludwig Schwarz can be contacted

Herrenstr. 19
A-4020 Linz
Telefon: (+43 732) 772676-1121 und 1122
Fax: (+43 732) 772676-1163
E-Mail: bischoefl.sekretariat@dioezese-linz.at


The Interview
S
How honest can one be as a priest in the Catholic Church?

G
One can be honest. It is my first principle to call a spade a spade.

S
This has been known to the local church at the latest since you called for “a revolt against Rome” via the interview with the Standard. Did you get muzzled for it?

G
I didn’t reckon that my ordination would be delayed but this gave me enough time to think about the topic obedience.

S
So what is your conclusion?

G
Completely clear. I am loyal towards the Bishop and towards Rome but I find it difficult to keep my mouth shut. If the Church wants to disseminate Christ’s message then a honest communication is a prerequisite. The latter can be either praise or downright criticism.

S
One had the impression that the Linz Diocesan Bishop who is usually quite nice and gentle has shown in your case for the first time a somewhat hardened attitude. How brotherly has your direct conversation actually been?

G
It was quite tense and I had to apologise for my statements. The Bishop has however said that I am not altogether wrong with the problems that I raised. So we were only not of the same opinion on how to solve these problems.

S
This is not very surprising. Apart from, your “Diocesan revolt against Rome”, you also argue for a “second way next to the path of celibacy”, as well as “women priestesses”.

G
These statements are definitely exaggerated and formulated as such. But I do not see any contradiction in shared thinking on the future governance of the Church and the obligation to obedience.

S
Does this mean that you still maintain your former statements?

G
Yes. When I look at the lack of priests, I simply do not understand why one adheres to entrance criteria for which 80 percent of the population would not qualify. We need a viri probati model and why should not we have women in a dog collar?

S
And the revolt against Rome?

G
“Revolt” is surely the wrong word. But the Dioceses must join and together fight Rome. We need a kind of rebellion at the basis level of the Church so that we can draw attention to the problems in the Dioceses.

S
Is there too little contact between the upper hierarchy and the basis of the Church?

G
Yes, I think so. How after all should the upper hierarchy know anything? If a Bishop goes to Church the benches are full. When the Pope comes a hundred thousand people go on pilgrimage to him. How should the upper hierarchy perceive these massive problems at the base, as on normal Sundays the benches are partly empty. The internal Church communication needs to become better.

S
Do you think that you have achieved anything with your critical statements?

G
Nothing has changed, but at least they talked about it for a while.

S
You have opened your mouth and you got a muzzle. Does your case not signify how the Church deals with problems?

G
There has never been a muzzle and nothing was swept under the carpet but there are many areas in which I expect from the Church more openness in the way that they deal with problems. Nothing will ever be changed if you agree on everything. For instance, on the topic of sexual abuse, this should have been handled in a much more radical way.

S
What do you suggest?

G
Similar to America, where finger prints are taken from every future priest and a DNA profile is made and if there is any abuse, there will be no false accusations and the guilty party is soon identified. Such a thing we need in Austria.
German text

END OF INTERVIEW Translation by REPORT-Europe for multilingual communication.

Father Golatz is an expert on the philosophy of Richard Rorty, the post-modernist and relativist par-excellence. He obviously takes more notice of Mr Rorty than either Rome or even his superiors.

Bishop Schwarz has acquired the nickname, The Disgrace Bishop for his inability to deal with Golatz. Rather than Blamage could be Blamange.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Hagia Sophia in Constantinople

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Some history of the mosaics.

Former Jesuit Church in Belarus

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Seems to have been destroyed by the Communists in 1957.

Ballade to Our Lady of Częstochowa

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by HlLAIRE BELLOC

I
Lady and Queen and Mystery manifold
And very Regent of the untroubled sky,
Whom in a dream St. Hilda did behold
And heard a Woodland music passing by:
You shall receive me when the clouds are high
With evening and the sheep attain the fold.
This is the faith that I have held and hold,
And this is that in which I mean to die.

II
Steep are the seas and savaging and cold
In broken waters terrible to try;
And vast against the winter night the wold,
And harbourless for any sail to lie.
But you shall lead me to the lights,
and I Shall hymn you in a harbour story told.
This is the Faith that I have held and hold,
And this is that in which I mean to die.

III
Help of the half-defeated, House of gold,
Shrine of the Sword, and Tower of Ivory;
Splendour apart, supreme and aureoled,
The Battler's vision and the World's reply,
You shall restore me, O my last Ally,
To vengeance and the glories of the bold.
This is the faith that I have held and hold,
And this is that in which I mean to die.

Envoi
Prince of the degradations, bought and sold,
These verses, written in your crumbling sty,
Proclaim the Faith that I have held and hold
The Papal Legate venerating the image for the Celebrations of the Millenium of Polish Christianity in 1966.

The Empty Throne - a wound in the heart of the Polish people. Pope Paul VI was not allowed to attend by the Communist authorities. Communism which the Second Vatican Council had just failed to condemn.


The entire Episcopate of Poland in the Crypt of the Kings where the future Pope John Paul II said his first Mass. I doubt if they would have been as reticent as their modern successors in publically and officially proclaiming Christ the King of Poland, if they had had the chance.
Archbishops with relics of St Adalbert, Proto-Martyr of Poland, St Stanislaus, St Hyacinth, Apostle of the North and among the first Dominicans clothed by St Dominic, St John Cantius and other saints of Poland, at whose intercession and through the power of the Rosary, Communism, the devil's own work was conquered in their land.


Rubbish tip Mass

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of Father Roberto Guevara SJ. The Catholic Church used to raise up the poor to God.
Mexico was in contrast the place of martyrdom by Communists of Father Michael Pro SJ. He was trained in Belgium at the Jesuit house of Enghein (closed, I think as early as 1953)
From a biography
"The following day he said his first Mass at Enghein. "At the beginning I felt rather embarrassed, but after the Consecration I felt nothing but heavenly peace and joy. The only petition I made to Our Blessed Lord was that of being useful to souls." His zeal for souls now leapt forth as a devouring flame.
The young Father Pro was once again "El Barretero" (the miner) when he descended into the earth to visit the coal miners at Charleroi. Some of them were Socialists, and likely to sneer at the cassock. Father Pro climbed into a train compartment at the end of the day and the workers inside informed him that they were all Socialists. "So am I!" he exclaimed, getting their attention. "I find just one difficulty; when we get all the money away from the rich people how are we going to keep it?" Then he explained some facts of Socialism to these deluded souls.
Next they told him they were also Communists. "Good!" said Father Pro, "So am I, and since I am very hungry I am going to have a banquet with the meal you are carrying." They laughed, and wanted to know if he wasn't afraid of them. "Afraid? Why should I be? I'm always well-armed." They were a little tense as he rummaged in his pockets for his "arms," but came out with a small Crucifix. Some of them removed their hats as Father Pro explained the love of Christ for the working man."
Compared to a man without a cassock who shares the name and politics of Che Guavara.
Long live Christ the King!

The Key to the Divine Protection

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of the Third Order of St Francis
The Patron Saints

St Francis installs the first Crib.

No sign yet

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of the Indult for the Latin Mass due early this month. But in the meantime, a new range of perfume has been launched in France called Indult. The French bishops will not condemn this indult but have tried to condemn the real one

Solemn High Ambrosian Rite Mass

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a great glory of the Church

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Friday, January 19, 2007

I receive an e-mail!

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Dear Pro-Life Friends,
It's time to make final plans for Blogs4life, the second annual conference of pro-life bloggers. The event is hosted by the Family Research Council on Monday, Jan. 22, prior to and after the March for Life in Washington DC and will be show live, over the internet.
The conference program has expanded and is filled with noted pro-life leaders including:
Tony Perkins (President, Family Research Council)
Ramesh Ponnuru (National Review Online Senior Editor)
David Prentice (Senior Fellow, Family Research Council)
Peter Samuelson (President, Americans United for Life)
Joe Scheidler (Founder, Pro-Life Action League) – tentative
Paul Schenk (National Pro-Life Action Center)
Bobby Schindler (Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation)
Jill Stanek (WorldNetDaily Columnist, Pro-life Speaker)


The morning session will feature Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA)!


The afternoon session includes a panel discussion, moderated by the FRC's Charmaine Yoest, on the New Media. During this time you can expect to interact with a lively group of pro-life bloggers, videocast experts, media consultants and movie makers. Click here for the complete schedule.


Blogs4Life is an excellent opportunity for individuals and organizations to network with pro-life bloggers and develop an understanding of how weblog technology can be used to strategically promote life and transform ideas into action as we move toward a post-Roe America.
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Finally, please consider promoting the conference over the weekend by forwarding this email to your pro-life friends.
God bless you and give you peace!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Archdiocese of New York

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To announce "realignment plans" tomorrow.

Heresy central

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Also known as the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Their former glory.

The website that shows the whole decay in slow motion.

The beginning


and the end

Manifesto for the Latin Mass

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in Germany. For the Pope's own language in the Pope's other language.

Epiphany 2007

Manifesto for the renewed permission for the traditional Latin Mass

It is also important for the correct formation in liturgical matters that in the final analysis the outlawing of the form of the Mass valid until 1970 must cease. Such a ban has never happened in the whole of recorded history, as if the whole past of the Catholic Church could be annulled. How could one trust her presenly, if one abolishes her past? (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, God and the World, Munich 2000).

The undersigned welcome that Pope Benedict XVI will generally re-permit the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass as a consequence of his oft-stated policy. As early as 1971, several well-known international personalities such as the writers, Graham Greene and Agatha Christie, the pianist, Vladimir Askenazy and the violinist, Yehudi Menuhin issued a joint-appeal.

They saw in the traditional Catholic Mass an overwhelming opus of world culture, comparable to the great cathedrals and churches that have been built for this very liturgy and that no cultured person could allow to lapse.

Gregorian chant is integral to and has grown out of the Old Rite and it is without date one of the most superb treasures of the world. The beauty and sublimity of the Latin Mass has been a source for the greatest composers in their much admired musical work. In fact, one cannot understand anymore the significant creations by Palestrina, Charpentier, Bach, Beethoven, Bruckner, Haydn or Mozart without the Latin Mass. The traditional “Divine Liturgy” of the West joins the Church of today directly with the Latin culture of the Middle Ages and antiquity, in a similar manner to the “Divine Liturgy” of the East has inspired Greek culture. Therefore, a re-permission of the Latin Mass would provide a strong impetus for a broader concern with the cultural roots of the West.

In the time of a united Europe and a worldwide exchange between peoples, this would be a considerable advantage not to be underestimated which has been formulated by Pope John XXIII at the time of the Second Vatican Council in the Apostolic Constitution “Veterum sapientia”

“Of its very nature Latin is most suitable for promoting every form of culture among peoples. It gives rise to no jealousies. It does not favor any one nation, but presents itself with equal impartiality to all and is equally acceptable to all.”

Manifesto for the renewed permission for the traditional Latin Mass

It is also important for the correct formation in liturgical matters that in the final analysis the outlawing of the form of the Mass valid until 1970 must cease. Such a ban has never happened in the whole of recorded history, as if the whole past of the Catholic Church could be annulled. How could one trust her presently, if one abolishes her past? (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, God and the World, Munich 2000).

The undersigned welcome that Pope Benedict XVI will generally re-permit the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass as a consequence of his oft-stated policy. As early as 1971, several well-known international personalities such as the writers, Graham Greene and Agatha Christie, the pianist, Vladimir Askenazy and the violinist, Yehudi Menuhin issued a joint-appeal.

They saw in the traditional Catholic Mass an overwhelming opus of world culture, comparable to the great cathedrals and churches that have been built for this very liturgy and that no cultured person could allow to lapse.

Gregorian chant is integral to and has grown out of the Old Rite and it is without date one of the most superb treasures of the world. The beauty and sublimity of the Latin Mass has been a source for the greatest composers in their much admired musical work. In fact, one cannot understand anymore the significant creations by Palestrina, Charpentier, Bach, Beethoven, Bruckner, Haydn or Mozart without the Latin Mass. The traditional “Divine Liturgy” of the West joins the Church of today directly with the Latin culture of the Middle Ages and antiquity, in a similar manner to the “Divine Liturgy” of the East has inspired Greek culture. Therefore, a re-permission of the Latin Mass would provide a strong impetus for a broader concern with the cultural roots of the West.

In the time of a united Europe and a worldwide exchange between peoples, this would be a considerable advantage not to be underestimated which has been formulated by Pope John XXIII at the time of the Second Vatican Council in the Apostolic Constitution “Veterum sapientia”



“Of its very nature Latin is most suitable for promoting every form of culture among peoples. It gives rise to no jealousies. It does not favor any one nation, but presents itself with equal impartiality to all and is equally acceptable to all.”

Signatures, alphabetical order

Consuelo Gräfin Ballestrem, Diplom-Psychologin
Dr. Heinz-Lothar Barth, Universitätsdozent der Klassischen Philologie,
und Frau Raphaela Barth
Dr. Johann von Behr, Bankangestellter
Wolfgang Johannes Bekh, Schriftsteller
Dr. Felix Bentz, Diplom-Ingenieur
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hugo Brandenburg, Archäologe
Prof. Dr. Peter Bruns, Professor für Kirchengeschichte
Marie Czernin, Journalistin
Prof. Dr. John Dudley, Philosoph
Prof. Dr. Hans Heribert Derix, Professor für Volkswirtschaftslehre
Prof. Dr. Edith Düsing, Philosophin
Dr. Anna Egler, Universitätsdozentin a. D. für Kirchenrecht
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Ehmann, Mediziner
Dr. Caelestis Eichenseer OSB, Theologe und Latinist
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Geerlings, Kirchenhistoriker und Patrologe
Prof. Dr. Christian Gnilka, Klassischer Philologe
Leonhard Graf von Habsburg, Dipl.-Ing. und Dipl.Wirtsch.-Ing.
Ulla Hahn, Schriftstellerin
Privatdozent Dr. habil. Christian Hecht, Kunsthistoriker
Prof. Dr. Rainer Henke, Klassischer Philologe
Prof. Dr. Walter Hoeres, Philosoph
Dr. Algirdas Kakarieka, Neurochirurg und med. Direktor
Dr. Rudolf Kaschewsky, Universitätsdozent a. D. der Ostasienwissenschaften
Prof. Dr. H.A.J.M. Lamers, Politologe
Dr. Heiner Lichtenberg, Mathematiker
Prof. Dr. Godo Lieberg, Klassischer Philologe
Prof. Dr. Peter Martin Litfin, Wirtschaftsprüfer und Offizialatsanwalt
Prof. Dr. Konrad Löw, Professor für Politikwissenschaft
Ralf Lürig, Diplom-Kunstmaler und Kirchenmaler
Prof. Dr. Georg May, Professor für Kirchenrecht
Bernhard Mihm, Stadtrat a. D.
Martin Mosebach, Schriftsteller
Prof. Dr. Christian Pietsch, Klassischer Philologe
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Charles Probst, Neurochirurg, und Frau Dr. Cécile Probst
Prof. Dr. Albert Richenhagen, Musikwissenschaftler, und Frau Dr. Elisabeth Richenhagen
Dr. Guido Rodheudt, Pfarrer
Dr. Helmut Rönz, Wissenschaftlicher Referent, Historiker
Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Rosen, Althistoriker
Privatdozent Dr. habil. Josef Johannes Schmid, Historiker
Dr. Heidemarie Seblatnig, Universitätsdozentin der Architekturwissenschaften
Dr. Hans Otto Seitschek, Wissenschaftlicher Assistent am Guardini-Lehrstuhl/München
Dr. Marc Stegherr, Universitätsdozent der Slavischen Philologie und der Geschichte Osteuropas
Prof. Dr. Michael Stickelbroeck, Professor für Dogmatik
Botho Strauß, Schriftsteller
Prof. Dr. Wilfried Stroh, Klassischer Philologe
Inge M. Thürkauf, Schauspielerin und Publizistin
Dr. Michael Tunger, Musikwissenschaftler und Kirchenmusiker
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Waldstein, Professor für Römisches Recht
Prälat Dr. Markus Walser, Generalvikar der Erzdiözese Liechtenstein
Prof. Dr. Dieter J. Weiß, Historiker
Prof. Dr. Alfons Weische, Klassischer Philologe
Dr. Gero P. Weishaupt, Priester und Kanonist
Prof. Dr. Alfred Wendehorst, Historiker
Dr. Markus Wessel, Richter am Oberlandesgericht, und Frau Riem Wessel
Dr. Claudia Wick, Lexikographin an der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Dr. Gero Winkelmann, Mediziner

Monday, January 15, 2007

Good news from Poland

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On 3rd January 2007, Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Rzeszów in Poland, Rev. Kazimierz Górny, issued a Decree on the formation of Latin Rite Community (Duszpasterstwo Tradycji Lacinskiej) in the Diocese of Rzeszów. The Bishop, having considered the humble request of the faithful whishing to participate in the Holy Eucharist according to the Traditional Roman Rite, with a view to their spiritual benefit and well-being, has decided as written in the preceding sentence. The Community shall follow the Rules & Regulations containing the mode of operation and the members’ goals to be implemented. The activity of the Community shall include without limitation

(i)
intellectual care through defence of catholic values in the public domain, discussion sessions, scientific conferences;

(ii)
spiritual care through dissemination of traditional piety and prayer, Gregorian Chant, receiving sacraments according to the Traditional Rite;

(iii)
liturgical service through the preparation of the Holy Mass celebration according to the Traditional Roman Rite and thereto-related indispensable education.

Membership of the Latin Rite Community shall require filing a request including obligation to respect and be guided by the a/m Rules & Regulations in everyday life.

Rev. Krzysztof Tyburowski Ph. D. was appointed the first chaplain of the Community.

Bishop Ordinary, Kazimierz Górny, gave his blessing to the Community and all involved in the formation thereof.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Website of Church Information Centre in Linz

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Lacks information!

Super-heretical Bible translation

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promoted in article in official Catholic women's magazine in Austria.

Modern purgatory

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When Eugenie Smet founded the Society of the Helpers of the Holy Souls, she could hardly have thought that one of the 21st century members of the Society would have this vision of purgatory. An article celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Society says that purgatory is no longer a location where the dead must atone for their sins for a specific time rather a transitional situation which can even be found during our lives.


As the protestant King Henry IV of France once joked of the monks of St Denis, "Our souls will spend a long time in purgatory if we wait for these people to pull us out". Henry is buried in St Denis, so in the end it could be that the only people praying for him were these monks before the vile French Revolution disolved the abbey and desecrated the tombs.

More nightmare than expression of Catholic truth

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Paradise- a creative pause. Part of a modern art exhibition in the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria.




Christ the Wounded King

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Dedicated to the Catholic Faithful of Poland.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Climate protection is a moral obligation

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Says Cardinal Wetter (literally Cardinal Weather - a man who can always see which way the wind is blowing in Rome) as a Climate Partnership is ci-signed by the Catholics, Protestants and the Bavarian Government.

Leave the greens to save the planet, how about saving souls.

I heard the spokesman for Cardinal Wetter talking about this on Bavarian Radio. Not one reference to the supreme work of the Church. However, he did make one interesting point that there are several Benedictine communities who raise money from environmental projects.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Resignation of Archbishop Wielgus

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Remarkable film from Polish TV. The actual moment is three minutes in.

Polish bishops

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What should they do now? How about declaring Christ the King of Poland.

The Glory of an Archbishop

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Cardinal Wyszyński was within a hair's breadth of being succeeded by the collaborator, Wielgus. If this is what is meant by openess to the world, being prepared to spy on your fellow priests, you can keep it.

Fifty years ago.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Amazing scenes in Warsaw Cathedral

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as Archbishop quits. Video from the BBC.

Linz liturgical desert

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Brings the first sighting at the Church of St Francis, Braunau of a stealth priestess. She is the parish assistent. She, among many important tasks, runs the parish youth group called "the Crazies" where young people are not ministered to but are allowed to be themselves.

Meanwhile the cult of the twig spreads in Linz, this time to the Solar City Pastoral Centre. Yes, that's right, a new Diocesan centre opened in an environmental centre. Not too surprising, St Conrad's Church has a roof full of EU-funded solar panels. The cult has developed. The twig is now scary and in alien form.

And, needless to say that's the new Bishop of Linz.


And spot the Benedictine nun (!) that he is here commissioning to work as another pastoral assistent.


This is the priest of her new parish. The poster says "Share". One wonders how they will share responsibility. Who will be the boss?


Worst of all, he is now employing an "Expert in Pastoral Counselling". Doesn't the Diocese have any priests left?

She is stylish and elegant


and a financial supporter of the arch-heretical new German translation of the Bible.

This pastoral assistant in the Peace Church of Linz, Rebecca Mair, dressed in pseudo-liturgical dress read the Gospel and preached on December 3rd. The priest was too lazy and claimed that it was the will of the Bishop. Either he is being presumptious or I fear that he is speaking the truth.



Two years ago, in the same Church, the homosexual artist Keith Haring displayed his work, the Marriage of Heaven and Hell. What a title for a work of "art" in a Catholic Church. For his pains, the parish priest got a verbal handbagging from my wife, which he richly deserved. He clearly no longer knows the difference between good and evil. Strange in a town that produced Adolf Hitler.



And what a performance in Linz Cathedral! Modern art meets religion. An attempted synthesis. As if modern art can contribute anything to the divine.

Given out of the Flaminian Gate of Rome

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by Cardinal Wiseman on the restoration of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy in England and Wales by Pope Pius IX in 1850.

See The Flaminian Gate revisited.

No seeker of peace and quiet, longing to be loved collaborator with the world and its ways he!

NICHOLAS, by the Divine mercy, of the Holy Roman Church by the title of St. Pudentiana Cardinal Priest, Archbishop of Westminster, and Administrator Apostolic of the Diocese of Southwark :

To our dearly beloved in Christ, the Clergy secular and regular, and the Faithful of the said Archdiocese and Diocese :

Health and benediction in the Lord!
If this day we greet you under a new title, it is not, dearly beloved, with an altered affection. If in words we seem to divide those who till now have formed, under our rule, a single flock, our heart is as undivided as ever in your regard. For now truly do we feel closely bound to you by new and stronger ties of charity; now do we embrace you in our Lord Jesus Christ with more tender emotions of paternal love; now doth our soul yearn, and our mouth is open to you, though words must fail to express what we feel on being once again permitted to address you. For if our parting was in sorrow, and we durst not hope that we should again face to face behold you, our beloved flock, so much the greater is now our consolation and our joy, when we find ourselves not so much permitted as commissioned to return to you by the supreme ruler of the Church of Christ.

But how can we for one moment indulge in selfish feelings, when, through that loving Father's generous and wise counsels, the greatest of blessings has just been bestowed upon our country, by the restoration of its true Catholic hierarchical government, in communion with the see of Peter ?

For on the twenty-ninth day of last month, on the Feast of the Archangel Saint Michael, prince of the heavenly host, his Holiness Pope Pius IX was graciously pleased to issue his Letters Apostolic, under the Fisherman's Ring, conceived in terms of great weight and dignity, wherein he substituted for the eight Apostolic Vicariates heretofore existing, one archiepiscopal or metropolitan and twelve episcopal sees; repealing at the same time, and annulling, all dispositions and enactments made for England by the Holy See with reference to its late form of ecclesiastical government.

And by a brief dated the same day his Holiness was further pleased to appoint us, though most unworthy, to the archiepiscopal see of Westminster, established by the above mentioned Letters Apostolic, giving us at the same time the administration of the episcopal see of Southwark. So that at present, and till such time as the Holy See shall think fit otherwise to provide, we govern, and shall continue to govern, the counties of Middlesex, Hertford, and Essex as ordinary thereof, and those of Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Berkshire, and Hampshire, with the islands annexed, as administrator with ordinary jurisdiction.

Further, we have to announce to you, dearly beloved in Christ, that, as if still further to add solemnity and honour before the Church to this noble act of Apostolic authority, and to give an additional mark of paternal benevolence towards the Catholics of England, his Holiness was pleased to raise us, in the private consistory of Monday, the 30th of September, to the rank of Cardinal Priest of the Holy Roman Church. And on the Thursday next ensuing, being the third day of this month of October, in public consistory, he delivered to us the insignia of this dignity, the cardinalitial hat; assigning us afterwards for our title in the private consistory which we attended, the Church of St. Pudentiana, in which St. Peter is groundedly believed to have enjoyed the hospitality of the noble and partly British family of the Senator Pudens.

In that same consistory we were enabled ourselves to ask for the archiepiscopal Pallium for our new see of Westminster; and this day we have been invested, by the hands of the Supreme Pastor and Pontiff himself, with this badge of metropolitan jurisdiction.

The great work, then, is complete; what you have long desired and prayed for is granted. Your beloved country has received a place among the fair Churches, which, normally constituted, form the splendid aggregate of Catholic Communion; Catholic England has been restored to its orbit in the ecclesiastical firmament, from which its light had long vanished, and begins now anew its course of regularly adjusted action round the centre of unity, the source of jurisdiction, of light, and of vigour. How wonderfully all this has been brought about, how clearly the hand of God has been shown in every step, we have not now leisure to relate, but we may hope soon to recount to you by word of mouth. In the meantime we will content ourselves with assuring you, that, if' the concordant voice of those venerable and most eminent counsellors to whom the Holy See commits the regulation of ecclesiastical affairs in missionary countries, of the overruling of every variety of interests and designs, to the rendering of this measure almost necessary; if the earnest prayers of our holy Pontiff and his most sacred obligation of the divine sacrifice, added to his own deep and earnest reflection, can form to the Catholic heart an earnest of heavenly direction, an assurance that the Spirit of truth, who guides the Church, has here inspired its Supreme Head, we cannot desire stronger or more consoling evidence that this most important measure is from God, has His sanction and blessing, and will consequently prosper.

Then truly is this day to us a day of joy and exaltation of spirit, the crowning day of long hopes, and the opening day of bright prospects. How must the Saints of our country, whether Roman or British, Saxon or Norman, look down from their seats of bliss, with beaming glance, upon this new evidence of the faith and Church which led them to glory, sympathising with those who have faithfully adhered to them through centuries of ill-repute for the truth's sake, and now reap the fruit of their patience and long-suffering. And all those blessed martyrs of these latter ages, who have fought the battles of the faith under such discouragement, who mourned, more than over their own fetters or their own pain, over the desolate ways of their own Sion, and the departure of England's religious glory; oh! how must they bless God, who hath again visited his people,—how take part in our joys, as they see the lamp of the temple again rekindled and rebrightening, as they behold the silver links of that chain, which has connected their country with the see of Peter in its vicarial government, changed into burnished gold; not stronger nor more closely knit, but more beautifully wrought and more brightly arrayed.

And in nothing will it be fairer or brighter than in this, that the glow of more fervent love will be upon it. Whatever our sincere attachment and unflinching devotion to the Holy See till now, there is a new ingredient cast into these feelings; a warmer gratitude, a tenderer affection, a profounder admiration, a boundless and endless sense of obligation, for so new, so great, so sublime a gift, will be added to past sentiments of loyalty and fidelity to the supreme see of Peter. Our venerable Pontiff has shown himself a true shepherd, a true father; and we cannot but express our gratitude to him in our most fervent language, in the language of prayer. For when we raise our voices, as is meet, in loud and fervent thanksgiving to the Almighty, for the precious gifts bestowed upon our portion of Christ's vineyard, we will also implore every choice blessing on him who has been so signally the divine instrument in procuring it. We will pray that his rule over the Church may be prolonged to many years, for its welfare; that health and strength may be preserved to him for the discharge of his arduous duties; that light and grace may be granted to him proportioned to the sublimity of his office; and that consolations, temporal and spiritual, may be poured out upon him abundantly, in compensation for past sorrows and past ingratitude. And of these consolations may one of the most sweet to his paternal heart be the propagation of holy religion in our country, the advancement of his spiritual children there in true piety and devotion, and our ever-increasing affection and attachment to the see of St. Peter.

In order, therefore, that our thanksgiving be made with all becoming solemnity, we hereby enjoin as follows:—
1. This our Pastoral Letter shall be publicly read in all the churches and chapels of the archdiocese of Westminster and the diocese of Southwark on the Sunday after its being received.

2. On the following Sunday there shall be in every such Church or chapel a solemn Benediction of the blessed Sacrament, at which shall be sung the Te Deum, with the usual versicles and prayers, with the prayer also Deus omnium Fidelium Pastor et Rector for the
Pope.


3. The collect, Pro Gratiarum Actione, or thanksgiving, and that for the Pope, shall be recited in the Mass of that day, and for two days following.


4 Where Benediction is never given, the Te Deum, with its prayers, shall be recited or sung after Mass, and the collects above-named shall be added as enjoined.

And at the same time, earnestly entreating for ourselves also a place in your fervent prayers, we lovingly implore for you, and bestow on you, the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Given out of the Flaminian Gate of Rome,, this seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord MDCCCL.
NICHOLAS,
Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. By command of his Eminence, FRANCIS SEARLE, Secretary.

The Cross of Youth Solidarity

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Lest the work of the faithful Poles rather than the collaborators is remembered.

Archbishop Wielgus resigns

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Thanks be to God and the Patron Saints of Poland.


Friday, January 05, 2007

Women on the March

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or the Three Queens. Across Germany and Austria, youngsters dressed as the Three Kings (Sternsinger in German) go around singing and collecting money for charity. Just back from Austria, where I have discovered 90 percent of the Kings are now Queens. Something has gone very wrong!