Monday, February 16, 2009
The Four Articles
St. Peter and the popes, his successors, and the Church itself have received dominion [puissance] from God only over things spiritual and such as concern salvation and not over things temporal and civil. Hence kings and sovereigns are not by God's command subject to any ecclesiastical dominion in things temporal; they cannot be deposed, whether directly or indirectly, by the authority of the rulers of the Church, their subjects cannot be dispensed from that submission and obedience which they owe, or absolved from the oath of allegiance.
The plenitude of authority in things spiritual, which belongs to the Holy See and the successors of St. Peter, in no wise affects the permanence and immovable strength of the decrees of the Council of Constance contained in the fourth and fifth sessions of that council, approved by the Holy See, confirmed by the practice of the whole Church and the Roman pontiff, and observed in all ages by the Gallican Church. That Church does not countenance the opinion of those who cast a slur on those decrees, or who lessen their force by saying that their authority is not well established, that they are not approved or that they apply only to the period of the schism.
The exercise of this Apostolic authority [puissance] must also be regulated in accordance with the canons made by the Spirit of God and consecrated by the respect of the whole world. The rules, customs and constitutions received within the kingdom and the Gallican Church must have their force and their effect, and the usages of our fathers remain inviolable since the dignity of the Apostolic See itself demands that the laws and customs established by consent of that august see and of the Churches be constantly maintained.
Although the pope have the chief part in questions of faith, and his decrees apply to all the Churches, and to each Church in particular, yet his judgment is not irreformable, at least pending the consent of the Church.
There was no true "crisis", but open revolt against the Pope, inflamed and supported by the shameless Bishops of Austria, first among them the Cardinal-Archbishop of Vienna. If the Pope does not intervene urgently in this case, if a PUBLIC response is not given - since the Bishops of Austria chose to make the matter public - the perception of the authority of the Pope in Europe is finished. The anti-Roman rebellion of the Austrian Bishops is intolerable.
A view with which Cathcon heartedly concurs. Cathcon believes that a document will be forthcoming first on Bishops' Conferences- the Pope has long been critical of their quasi-doctrinal formulation and believes that they have no juridical status and then on the role of the individual bishop.
They had better take heed because the future prosperity of the Catholic Church depends on it. The crisis if nothing if not episcopal.
This pseudo-ecclesiastical spirit which is abroad, emanating from Linz, cannot and should not be appeased any more than that other product of Linz, Adolf Hitler. But not even he, thoroughly evil as he was, tried to interfere with the appointment of Bishops in the way that the bully boys of the Diocese of Linz and their pseudo-clerical lay accomplices have succeeded in doing. How can the Bishops say that there are opposed to local appointment when they have allowed this ecclesiastical crime to be perpetrated under their very noses in direct contravention of the will of the Vicar of Christ. They mouth fidelity to the Pope but readers can judge also their actions.
You start by trying to pick your bishop and then you end by trying to decide which "truth" to pick. One dreads to think of what heresies a "Church of Upper Austria" with its very, very own presiding bishop would fall into!
The press are proclaiming "The Hour of the Cardinal" - which may well be true, but certainly not the hour of the Catholic Faith.
The criticism by the Austrian bishops of the Vatican was top news tonight on German TV.
Cathcon spends months each year in Linz. High time for another visit.
The Austrian diocesan bishops gathered on Monday to search in common prayer to discuss the events in the last days which have caused worry and anger inside and outside the church. We owe to the people a word of clarification, but also want to express the hope that as with every crisis there are opportunities. This can for us as a church only mean that we focus on Christ and be open. Our talk of God must always also be a talk about people. For the interaction in the church, this means that we better listen to one another, to be able to see together "the signs of the times" with the eyes of faith. Thereby the church can serve all people.
1. The first word applies to the faithful, who share with the bishops the distress of a crisis, and yet have showed full confidence. The faithful have had to experience some criticism, even ridicule and rejection caused in part by errors in the church. Many people in this situation proved their loyalty and their love for the Church . We thank the many people who prayed, so the church endure and offer the people the blessings of God. We thank the bishops priests and deacons for their support of the episcopate,that it should be a aervant of unity. We thank the many major office holders and volunteers, who work generously for parishes, for young people, for the suffering, for the sick, for people in any emergency, and who strengthen a caring society. The thanks apply also to the many people in Austria, in different proximity or distance, trust that the Church has dealt with this difficult situation.
2. The Catholic Church in Austria is the largest community of our country and are part of the worldwide community of the Catholic Church. This involves actual communion with the Bishop of Rome, the Successor of Saint Peter. Just as we bishops know the loyalty of the faithful, we want to show our attachment to the Pope in the serious and stressful situations for him show our commitment - this is an expression of loyalty, which is precisely in difficult times has to be maintained. This attachment is also a inseparable element of Catholic identity.
3. In this context , we also want to make has statement about the "repeal of excommunication” for the four bishops illegally consecrated in 1988. Pope Benedict XVI has unequivocally stated that the Lefebvrist Bishop Richard Williamson has disqualified himself by the denial of the Shoah and that he must clearly take back in public his untenable denial of mass murder of the Jewish people. The measure of the "lifting of the excommunication" by the Pope is a hand outstretched to those who are separated from the church. It follows that in no case can these four bishops automatically hold office in the Catholic Church. Rather, the Lefebvriast community must give a clear signal on their part that they take this outstretched hand, and actually seek reconciliation. The prerequisite is of course, the unconditional acceptance of the Second Vatican Council. We hope that the inadequate communication processes in the Vatican will also be successfully improved so that the worldwide service of the Pope does not suffer damage.
4. There were questions of communication also in the recent appointment of a suffragan bishop for the Diocese of Linz. The bishops are aware that Fr Wagner asked the Pope to withdraw the appointment. The theme of Episcopal appointments is therefore important because since the mid-eighties in Austria it has been associated with a number of problems. For many, the controversy over episcopal appointments led to the painful conflict, and they have triggered splits in the church,. It is precisely in this area sensitivity is most appropriate. There is no question that the Pope is free to appoint bishops. The bishops do not want to go back in time where - as in 1918 - the Emperor alone chose the bishops. Even a "people's choice" of the bishops would divide the church into parties and conflicts would be inevitable. We bishops are convinced that the procedure provided for in canon law for the selection and the examination of candidates has proved its worth, if this procedure is really followed. Then before the Holy Father takes the final decision, reliable and thoroughly tested basic information must be provided on which he can rely. In Austria in the next few years a number of bishops are to be appointed. The faithful are legitimately concerned that the process of candidate search, examination of the proposals and the final decisions should be carefully undertaken and with pastoral sensitivity are possible. This can ensure that bishops are appointed who are not "against" but "for" a local church. We bishops will make every possible effort to support the forthcoming episcopal appointments in the sense of monitoring these procedures in close cooperation with the relevant Vatican offices.
5. It is a highly desirable sign of the unity in the church if the appointment of a bishop for the faithful means joy and encouragement. Despite reservations, it is possible ina good human and Christian atmosphere, to greet a newly appointed bishop with good will. It is also expected that a bishop will meet the faithful with sensitivity and thus win their confidence.
6. The situation in the vast diocese of Linz makes the bishops worry - this even after the resignation of Father Gerhard Wagner. There is much good news from this diocese, which is often too little seen, even if some problems should be mentioned. Upper Austria has a very vibrant church, with a dense network of active parishes and pastoral centers, a keen sense of the social dimension of the Christian faith, provides great help in the solidarity in the worldwide church with the poor and marginalized. Major monasteries and religious communities dominate the country. Catholic lay organizations are especially active. We also moved as bishops that in the Diocese of Linz once again there has been significant tension with the recent appointment. It is not just about differences of opinion in terms of structures and methods, but ultimately the question of sacramental identity of the Catholic Church. This especially this concerns the ordination for priests and deacons in relation to the general priesthood of all the baptized. The pastoral path can only be followed which is in accordance with the worldwide church. For all differences, this path of the church persevering in prayer and in conversation with the universal Church should be undertaken on the basis of the Second Vatican Council.
7. Trusting in God's help , we will overcome the crisis of recent weeks. But we must learn from the events and from the mistakes see the proper consequences for the future. Without ignoring other pending issues, we will again draw near primarily to the centre of faith. That means beholding Christ, who does not desert his church and whose word and deeds must be a measure of our words and our deeds. During this time, the major economic problems and the problems of day-to-day existence continue, Christians should have hands, heart and brain free for the task of living the Gospel and to pass the Good News to all people. To this end we ask at the intercession of Mary, the Magna Mater Austriae, the blessing of God the Father, the power of Jesus Christ and the light of the Holy Spirit.
Diocesan Bishop Egon KAPELLARI
Diocesan Bishop Klaus KÜNG
Military Bishop Christian WERNER
Diocesan Bishop Paul IBY
Diocesan Bishop Alois SCHWARZ
Diözesanbischof Ludwig SCHWARZ
Diocesan Bishop Manfred SCHEUER
Diocesan Bishop Elmar FISCHER
VIENNA. The Linz Diocesan Bishop Ludwig Schwarz Bishop is not seeking an Auxiliary after the withdrawal of the Vatican appointed Gerhard Wagner Maria to: "Now we will have a break," the bishop said Monday afternoon after the Bishops' Conference. The fact that an Auxiliary Bishop is necessary in the Diocese remains unchanged, said Schwarz. When he will send a new request to Rome was however left open the bishop: "Not today."
In contrast, Fr Wagner has been publically nailed to a cross, from Christoph Zellenberg, banker and member of the Knights of Malta.
This morning the nominated five minute Bishop of Linz woke up relieved. The regional 'Oberösterreichischen Nachrichten rushed to the front line of the battle against Father. Wagner.
(kreuz.net, Linz) "This resignation has been done voluntarily."
Said Fr Wagner who two weeks ago was appointed Auxilliary Bishop of Linz, to the regional radio show 'Morning Journal' on Austrian radio.
Hw. Wagner was relieved this morning: "In comparison to the previous nights."
Now he inwardly feels free: "There are many who are happy about my decision, but also many who are not happy about it."
The nominated Bishop had detected from the beginning an often ruthless and unloving resistance to his appointment
He then asked himself what's good for the church and had then decided against taking office
He will also remain parish priest and pastor in Windischgarsten: "I am pleased so far and am now again, I am totally devoted to this task can be."
Who the new Bishop will be in Linz, he did not know. Cathcon- much media buzz this morning about whether anyone else will be appointed.
The special meeting of the Austrian Bishops takes place at 10.00 clock in the archbishop's palace in Vienna in spite of the resignation. The theme is still the church crisis.
It is already clear that the bishops will be careful, not to give the real reasons for it.
The Vatican did not seek his resignation. Bishop Kapellari of Steiermark says that it is no reason for jubilation. You can say that again.
Linz the diocese that brought you "The Shrine to the Devil's Own Disciple" Click on Linz below for the full horror film.
See Linz gets what it needs and deserves. Well, it didn't.
Apostolic Visitation now!