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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Innitzer Moment 2008

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Catholic Bishops At Conference Rebuke Obama's Support For Abortion Rights:

"The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that while bishops support some of Obama's goals, such as universal health care, they are troubled by his promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which they argue would remove legal restrictions on abortion procedures and require health care providers -- including those who are Catholic -- to offer the abortion services. George said, 'We are particularly concerned with the freedom of conscience of health care workers and the Catholic health care system.' He added, 'They stand as witnesses to the world that there is someplace in our society where no one is deliberately killed'"

A society that does not pray for the dead and aborts children in the womb cannot talk about justice.

I am sure that some Bishops in Austria in 1938 supported the anti-communist goals of Hitler, but it did not take long for Cardinal Innitzer to realise what a dreadful mistake he had made when he welcomed Hitler.

This was in contrast to the Protestant pastors of Austria who were so fanatically Nazi that Hitler honoured them with a special reception. He kept Cardinal Innitzer waiting for a meeting.

Extract below from The Holy Reich

Some of the loudest protests came from Austrian pastors (when all Protestant pastors were expelled from the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in 1939) . For years, while the NSDAP was banned in Austria, Protestants had stood in the forefront of support fof Nazism and Austria's reintegration into Germany. As in the case of Georg von Schönerer, this tendency fit in with an historical understanding of the nation that German nationalists in the Habsburg Empire associated with Protestantism. This held true as well in the 1930s. After 1933, the number of conversions from Catholicism to Protestantism in Austria increased dramatically, reaching 20,000 in the first half of 1934 alone. (Cathcon-one has to wait until 2008 and the Father Wagner case before there was such a wave of conversion again- but many came back when they got their own way)

Since 1898, the highest number of Protestant converts in one year had been' only
6,ooo. Konrad Henlein, the Sudeten Nazi leader who later became Gauleiter of the annexed Sudetenland, had been a convert to Protestantism out of "conviction and love for his Volk," as one pastor put it.Even Hitler acknowledged the strongly nationalist element of Austrian Protestantism. Long after he gave up on the Reich Church, he told Rosenberg that he "previously had certain impressions which he had brought from his Austrian background, where the Protestants had been a national church."

The German Anschluß of Austria was greeted by the Austrian Protestant Church as a "gift from God," as the salvation of the Volk from materialism through the hands of the Führer.


The Protestant Church in Austria even agreed with the Nazis' abolition of the confessional school, which for Protestants was associated with the long-endured dominance of the Catholic Church and the privileged Status it enjoyed in the Austrian State.In January 1939 the Deutsch-Evangelische Korrespondenz reported with great pride on the place of Protestant pastors in the Austrian Nazi movement:
Of the-127 Austrian pastors who responded to an inquiry, 73 were members of the NSDAP (Cathcon !!!!!!).
Before the Anschluß, the paper reported, pastors' homes often served as meeting places for the party. Pastors could be found holding party office as school leaders, organization leaders, cultural experts, and up the chain of command to Ortsgruppenleiter- The paper went on to point out that, because of their involvement in Nazism, several of these pastors suffered State action against them, including seventeen imprisoned or placed under house arrest.

Given their devotion to the Nazi cause and the consequences they endured at the hands of the Austrian authorities, these pastors could only receive the news of their expulsion with great indignation. One letter, writ-ten by a Protestant theology Student, expressed fairly typical sentiments. As a Protestant Christian, this Student was a convinced National Socialist and "true follower of the Führer" during the time of illegality. His fellow theol¬ogy students were some of Austria's most ardent Nazis. This Student pointed out that Hitler himself was aware of this, as he had.received an official dep-utation of the Protestant Church in Vienna on 9 April 1938, shortly after the Nazis entered the city. Others protested as well, all pointing out how they suffered legal and social consequences for joining what was then an illegal organization. One Pastor Kühne of Vienna boasted that he had been clandestinely supporting the movement since 1920.

See also 100 percent Protestant vote for Hitler

They always rebuild

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L' Aquila, Italy earthquake leaves over 150 dead; Central Italy on alert

Italy's worst earthquake in 30 years hit Abruzzo’s rough mountains in the middle of the night, killing more than 150 people as they slept and razing irreplaceable ancient buildings.

The death toll was expected to grow Tuesday: Faint cries filtered from piles of rubble in many devastated villages and towns as frantic family members, still clad in pajamas, dug in the stones with their bare hands last night.

More than 50,000 people were left homeless in L’Aquila, the walled medieval town at the quake’s epicenter, 70 miles east of Rome.

“A few houses have remained standing - but just a few,” said Stefania Pezzopane, provincial president of L’Aquila.

“It is like a horror movie.”

A grim-faced Gianfranco Fini, speaker of the lower house of parliament, said, “Some towns in the area have been virtually destroyed in their entirety.”

Italian TV reported on a 2-year-old girl pulled alive from the rubble, shielded from harm by her mother’s corpse.

A woman helped rescuers locate her in the dusty ruins of a house by talking to them on her cell phone. A man clad only in underwear sobbed and hugged his saviors after being pulled to safety. Pelted by a nasty hailstorm, shell-shocked survivors huddled in parks, soccer fields and open piazzas away from the crumbling buildings.

Italian officials said the quake registered a magnitude of 5.8 and shook all of central Italy when it struck Monday at 3:32 a.m.

The postcard-perfect Romanesque Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio, whose intricate pink-and-white facade made it one of the city’s most photographed sites, partly collapsed.
It had stood since 1300.

The National Museum of Abruzzo, housed in a 16th century palazzo, was badly damaged and could not be entered safely.

The bell tower of the town’s Renaissance-era Basilica of San Bernardino toppled.

The nearby village of Onna, home to about 400 people, was almost entirely flattened.

“It was like the apocalypse,” said Antonella Foresta, 35.

“When we came out of our house after the quake, there was smoke and dust, and buildings were still collapsing around us. My family was saved by a miracle.”

Pope Benedict said he was praying for the victims during Holy Week.

“There’s going to be a lot of people praying right now,” said Anthony Sacramone, 53, a co-owner of Sac’s Place, an Abruzzese restaurant in Astoria, Queens.

Like many Italian New Yorkers, he was worried about relatives back home. But he was confident the area would recover.

“They always rebuild. Look at Naples and the towns outside of Vesuvius,” Sacramone said.

Exotic dancer can't stop despite becoming nun

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See Lap Dancing Nun to perform for Bishops and Cardinals

She is due to perform in front of senior Catholic clerics next week at the Holy Cross in Jerusalem Basilica, one of Rome's best known churches.

The performance, based on stories from the Old and New Testaments, will be called: "The Bible: Day and Night".

Among the guests expected to attend will be Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, who is in charge of the Vatican's Cultural Department.






Letter to Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins

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from the Acton Institute PowerBlog

Dear Fr. Jenkins:

You are, no doubt, being inundated with letters, phone calls and emails objecting to the decision of Notre Dame to invite President Obama to give the commencement address this year and to receive an honorary doctorate from your university.

I feel compelled to write to you as a brother priest to express my own dismay at this decision which I see as dangerous for Notre Dame, for the Church, for this country, and frankly Father, for your own soul.

I have had the honor to speak at Notre Dame over the years in my capacity as the president of the Acton Institute. I recall the sparkling discussion and questions from the student body, notably from a number of the Holy Cross Seminarians. I have, in fact, been invited to your campus on a number of occasions and on my last visit I was given a statue of the Lladro Blessed Mother in appreciation of my speech. I was told the statue was blessed by Fr. Hesburgh. It has occupied a special place in our religious community since then.

Father, I have no degree or awards from Notre Dame to return to you to indicate how strongly I feel about this scandalous decision. So here is what I have decided to do:

I am returning this statue to your office because what once evoked a pleasant memory of a venerable Catholic institution now evokes shame and sorrow. The statue is simply too painful a reminder of the damage and scandal Notre Dame has brought to the Church and the cause of human life in this decision.

Moreover, I will encourage the young people from my parish and within our diocese to consider universities other than Notre Dame for their college career and I will further encourage other priests in my diocese to do the same. I will also discourage Notre Dame alumni to make donations to the University.

And you may rest assured that I will make this sentiment known from my pulpit and in other public outlets as the occasions present themselves.

This is not a matter of abortion (I presume we agree on how evil it is); nor is it about free speech (you could have invited the president to a discussion for that). This is about coherence. You no longer know who you are as a Catholic institution.

It pains me to write this letter to you. I ask that you go before the Blessed Sacrament and look into your soul – the soul of priest – and reverse this decision before more scandal is brought to the Church.

You and the students under your pastoral charge will be in my prayers and Lenten sacrifices.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Robert Sirico