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Friday, December 28, 2012

Saudi police storm celebration of Christmas

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Saudi police have prevented a celebration of Christmas.

Security forces broke into house and arrested 41 guests - the host was an Asian diplomat
This year's Christmas party ended in prison for 41 Christians living in Saudi Arabia. Riot police stormed a house on Wednesday night in the Province of Al-Jouf and arrested the Christians present, because they had planned, according to the police statement, a Christmas party.

Media reported that the host was an Asian diplomat who had invited 41 Christians, but also Saudi and Egyptian Muslims. According to the police statement, the host and two Muslims were "very drunk" . Whether the detainees have since been released is not known.

The practice of Christianity, even owning a Bible or a cross, is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia, although the country is home to more than a few Christian guest workers from the Philippines and India. In the State in whose territory the holiest cities of Islam, Mecca and Medina are located, no services may be held; Christian clergy are forbidden to enter. When you leave Islam the penalty is death.

Public Christmas celebrations have been always completely banned in Saudi Arabia, but intervening in private functions, is new.

Source Our Lady of Arabia pray for us!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Vienna church occupied by asylum seekers

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The occupation of the Votivkirche church in Vienna by asylum seekers protesting against the conditions they are being kept in and against deportation is continuing.

The protest is part of an ongoing debate in Austria about the lack of facilities for asylum seekers in the country centring around a row between the national government and regional governments about who was responsible for providing those facilities - and paying for them.

Frustrated at the lack of progress a group of asylum seekers set up a tent city in the park in front of the Votivkirche and when pressure was put on them to move a group of them fled into the nearby Votivkirche where they announced a hunger strike and refused to move.


Votivkirche occupation continues - General News - Austrian Times Online News - English Newspaper:

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Catholic website under pressure from authorities goes off-line

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Hetzportal Kreuz.net currently offline

The hate-purveying website Kreuz.net, which is run by right-wing Catholics, currently seems to be offline, as Kathpress reported today, citing information from numerous Internet users. It is unclear whether this means that the site will end operation - the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" in this regard is skeptical. They believe that the site was taken offline temporarily, because the pressure from the authorities had become too large.

The operators of the blog, who publish anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic post and defame specific people, are being investigated by both the German and the Austrian law enforcement authorities. In Austria, about four weeks ago, an investigation of a complaint of racial hatred and re-engagement in National Socialist activities was started. The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution consider Kreuz.net a threat to the constitution.

Diocese threatens with "serious consequences"
The blog excites great media interest because its critics claim that even official church representatives - among them are two active priests and one other person in Austria- work for the portal.

The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Vienna, Nikolaus Krasa threatened at the weekend in the ORF magazine "orientation" all authors - should they prove to be employees of the diocese - "with serious employment law consequences".


Hetzportal Kreuz.net derzeit offline - news.ORF.at:

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Will the next Pope use the Triple Tiara?

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Pope Paul VI cast aside the Triple Tiara, with its three bands, signifying Priesthood, Prophecy and Kingship, deficiencies in all leading to the decay in the contemporary Church.


The headgear of the Pope now Emeritus. More unfinished business from this Papacy.

Papa Angelicus

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ultimatum to Bishop Williamson expires

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News travels very quickly ... at the moment we learn of the existence of a new leak from Metzingen, namely about yet another private letter in which Bishop Fellay gives an ultimatum of ten days to Williamson, we also learn that the formalizing of the act of expulsion will not be delayed! Both pieces of news come from knowledgeable French and English members of traditionalist forums ... A high up bishop and Ignis Garden ... Now, everything is still to be officially confirmed ... New rifle butt against Bishop Fellay Williamson A new initiative of Bishop Fellay against Bishop Williamson risks causing the implosion of the SSPX. There is a new and explosive confidential letter which was sent by Bishop Fellay to Bishop Williamson. Source This letter was also sent in confidence District Superiors. In this very sententious long letter , the Superior of the SSPX announces he is acting on the exclusion by the General Chapter of Ecône. However, he says he may reconsider this decision, however, if Williamson finally closed down his site [note: the circular letter Eleison Comments] said nothing more, does nothing and sends a detailed letter of apology to having, by his attitude, caused confusion among the priests and faithful of the SSPX in criticizing the decisions of the Chapter. At no point in this long letter,does Bishop Fellay wonder about his own responsibility for the crisis that continues to shake the SSPX, or if this ultimatum does not exacerbate divisions within the SSPX of which he is in charge, at a time when the turmoil began to dissipate. Bishop Williamson is requested to act within 10 "working" days(these are the words!) Otherwise, he will be permanently excluded from the SSPX. This letter is authentic, its content was communicated to me a source which could not be safer! IT’S OFFICIAL! BP. WILLIAMSON HAS BEEN EXPELLED!!!!!! I JUST GOT WORD OF IT THIS MORNING. NOT A THIRD WARNING, BUT AN EXPULSION! LET’S MOVE ON. Source Everything remains to be verified in the next few minutes and hours ... Update 9:35 p.m.: The latest news: - The ten-day ultimatum issued by Bishop Fellay began Oct. 4. Today, we have reached the 15th ... - The act of expulsion is not yet formalized but it seems imminent, according to the news from His Excellency. Let us pray for our favorite bishop , the courageous Bishop Williamson ... Kyrie Eleison

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Rome to take action against homosexual Masses in London

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have decided to tackle the problem of the Masses celebrated in the district of Soho in the British capital

The new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, intends, very firmly, to address the problem of the Mass which is celebrated twice a month in London, Warwick Street in Soho for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people which has the approval of the Archbishop of Westminster, Mgr. Vincent Nichols. It seems that in the recent past other agencies of the Roman Curia, at the request and solicitation of Catholics in London, have asked for clarification and noted the concerns associated with such an initiative. Among other things, an expert on the liturgy and theology noted there is a danger that the initiative will lead to a ghettoization of the persons concerned.  

What hurts the sensibilities of Catholics in the neighborhood of London and the surrounding region, is the form in which the Mass is celebrated. In the petition sent to Msgr. Nichols recently, with copies sent to some Roman Congregations, there are complaints homilies are givem that appear to justify behavior considered wrong by the doctrine of the Church.  In the church, the rainbow flag, a symbol of peace that has become the symbol of gay pride in the United States and elsewhere is clearly displayed and apparently often other flags and banners cover the sacred images around the church. Transvestites and transsexuals are often asked to read the readings of the faithful.

The Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Gregory which takes place twice a month is certainly not in the "traditional" image of the Mass.  And the faithful who demonstrate their opposition by reciting the Rosary in the streeto have written to express their opposition to Archbishop Nichols,

In a different political and cultural climate, probably a homosexual Mass would not create much noise. But in Britain - as in France and the United States - there is a battle taking place for the protection of natural and traditional marriage against attempts to treat other types of union as equal, and consequently the ceremony of Our Lady of the Assumption inevitably takes on a "political" aspects. And, critics complain, as it is interpreted by the protagonists. Complicating the situation is the "competition" of the nearby Anglican church of St. Anne, which celebrates a dedicated services for homosexuals, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered people.

It seems that in the face of warnings and advice towards prudence and vigilance on the part of Rome, Msgr. Nichols, who could become a cardinal at the next Consitory has turned a blind eye to the Mass, and publicly said that anyone should refrain from casting judgment on others. The former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the American William Levada, in the last months of his term decided to leave the situation. But the new, energetic and rigorous Prefect, Msgr. Mueller wants to get a clarification. And is willing to go to the Pope, in order to get it.

Friday, October 05, 2012

No more negotiations with SSPX, CDF head announces on radio

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He only negotiates with Protestants 

Benedict's stubborn supporter of the faith has no desire to talk with Catholics. He has ended the Vatican's negotiations with the SSPX on a radio interview. 

 The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X is according to Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller - the stubborn supporter of the faith of Pope Benedict XVI. - "No negotiating partner."  He has said this, according to a preliminary report, to the radio station 'NDR Kultur'.  The contribution will be broadcast on Saturday on Concerning the "faith" there are no negotiations - said the heretic archbishop, who denies basic matters of faith. With his usual ambiguity, the Archbishop once again relativises himself: "In a pastoral sense, the door is always open". 

Against Catholics, he is hard and brutal 
There is "no minimisation in the terms of the Catholic faith" - the stubborn defender of the faith explained boldy. Immediately, he explained what he meant by "faith" - the non-obligatory blather of Vatican II, which understands itself as a Pastoral Council with no new dogmatic definitions. This leads Mons. Müller into error when he speaks of a "belief" that "was validly formulated at the Second Vatican Council " .  

Why he does not correct his own heresies?  
The heretic Archbishop insists that the Deconstructive Council allegedly does not stand "in contrast to the whole tradition of the church, rather to some misinterpretation of the Catholic faith ". He will not "discount the Catholic faith in negotiations". There is "no compromise". He is still not willing to correct the heresies in their own publications.  

No more further talks   
 The heretic Archbishop wants in the CDF supposedly to "decide" in union with the pope how to proceed. The SSPX had to accept the dogmatic preamble which is unacceptable to them: "I believe there are now no more further talks."  

He is reconciled with unfortunate Protestants 
In the same interview, the heretic Archbishop speaks with cheering words about Protestants. To mark the 500th Anniversary of the schism of the alcoholic and womanizer Martin Luther in 2017 he wants to "affirm the ecumenical process". It should be an impulse for "the road to greater unity of the Church being sought consciously" . The goal of the visible unity of all Christians is the one church. Mons. Muller went so far to say that the Church has for "a long time" achieved a "complete atonement" with the Protestants.  This has happened "through the whole ecumenical process". Protestants and the conciliar Church had much in common - the stubborn supporter of the faith said knowingly.

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Cathcon- German stubbornness on this matter is doing the Church no good. Italian flexibility is needed.  

It is a thing unheard of that one Council should be used a test of doctrinal authority, over all previous Councils and over all other authorities.    If they carry on like this the authority of Vatican II will be completely shattered, as it is being made to bear all the burden of the Catholic Faith.

Have we to wait for the next generation, who were not present at the Council and for whom it was not the greatest event of their lives whose memory needs preserving at all costs.

It really is the final parody when the head of the CDF deals more sweetly with Protestants than those that have preserved the Catholic faith.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

New charges against Bishop Williamson

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The case of Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson is expected to come to a new trial. The Regensburg court has re-adopted the charges against the SSPX member. His defense council has announced that they will oppose the charges. The Regensburg court has again charged the ultraconservative bishop and Holocaust denier Richard Williamson with incitement to racial hatred. The SSPX bishop downplayed the murder of Jews during the Nazi dictatorship, according to a court spokesman. The penalty provides for a fine of 100 equivalent daily units (financial penalties are on a tariff of days in Germany). The spokesman would not disclose the amount of the penalty sought. 

Williamson's lawyer has announced that a statement of opposition against the fine will be lodged with the court. The case against the 72-year-old bishop will therefore have to be reopened. There had been no new results from the investigation, so that the defense will seek an acquital, it was said in a statement. Williamson, Bishop of the ultra-conservative SSPX had, in October 2008, been intervieed in the seminary of the Society in Regensburg by a Swedish television crew. In it, he denied the existence of gas chambers and the killing of millions of Jews by the Nazis. The interview broadcast in Sweden was published on the Internet. 

 The District Court in Regensburg had demanded that Williamson as a penalty make a payment of a 10,000 euro fine. The bishop refused which led to the first process. In it , the District Court upheld the fine in 2010, which in 2011 was reduced to 6500 euros by the District Court of the Second Instance . However Williamson lodged an appeal. In February, the Nuremberg Higher Regional Court quashed the judgment because of procedural errors . The judges criticized the original judgment on the grounds that the distribution channels of the interview had not been shown. The Williamson case plunged the Catholic Church into a serious crisis. It was precisely at the time that the interview was made ​​public that the Vatican announced the lifting of the excommunication of Williamson and three other bishops of the SSPX. Pope Benedict XVI. said at the time that he had known nothing of the interview. Source

German Protestants parody Last Supper to attract custom

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Bishop investigated for sexual abuse

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For months, the Vatican has been investigating a South American bishop for alleged sexual abuse of minors. Bishop Marco Antonio Fernández Órdenes 

The neo-conservative Bishop Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández (47) of Iquique, is under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of minors in several cases, the spokesman of the Chilean bishops' conference announced on Tuesday. The port city of Iquique of population 160,000 is located in northern Chile . The Conciliar Blessed John Paul II († 2005) appointed Msgr. Órdenes in 1996 at the age of only 41 to be the diocesan bishop. 

Currently under treatment 
According to Chilean press reports, the bishop is is in Peru for the treatment of a congenital liver condition. He will return in the next few days to Chile. 

The Vatican has investigated since April 
The CDF has investigated the case since April. The Apostolic Nuncio in Chile, Archbishop Ivo Scapolo (59) has been concerned for months to find out if the allegations are true or a pack of lies. The alleged victims have been offered psychological help. 

The bishop protests his innocence 
According to the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, Mons. Órdenes has canceled due to his health several dates since August. Those close to him informed the bishop that investigations are ongoing against him. According to the Santiago Times, Mons. Órdenes has maintained his innocence and asked for prayer. 

Prosecutor found no evidence against the bishop 
According to 'terra.com' the prosecutors already investigated the bishop several years ago. It is unclear whether the former investigations are related to the current allegations. those days were there was no evidence against the bishop. If there are now new facts, the authorities want to start a new legal process.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Demonstrators against SSPX in Cologne in 2011

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Teddy Bear Mass or Latin Mass

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Long Shadows of Vatican II

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What muzzles many good priests with official recognition is that their status was accepted without stating they had every intention to denounce the errors of Vatican II and its progeny after recognition. They relied on an ambiguous agreement to be free to preach the Truth without clarifying the concomitant freedom to denounce error. The General Chapter appears clearly aware that such haste and lack of clarity leads to compromise. That is why they insist it can only be accepted if the sine qua non conditions are accepted and if the desirable circumstances are considered. In light of the first two conditions, to say nothing of the two year detailed presentation of the contradictions contained within Vatican II, any official recognition would come in the context of clarity. The Society will continue denouncing error and will continue exclusively using the 1962 Liturgy and will continue to have at least one bishop. If the Roman authorities will not accept these facts, then the unjust persecution will continue. No priest or group officially recognized thus far has ever been recognized on the basis of the combination of all of these clearly worded conditions and following two years of clarifying the details of the Society’s critique of Vatican II but only on an agreement containing either only limited aspects of them or ambiguously worded permission to prefer saying the Latin Mass and teaching the old way and living the old discipline if they choose. His Excellency places the level of principle at the wrong point. It is not the fact of official recognition that is a road to compromise but the acceptance of such official recognition on any terms. The General Chapter has been clear, if the unjust wrongs of the past are to be corrected, they must really be corrected and clear conditions fixed for preventing immediate relapse.


I am quoted on Newsmax on the lamentable lack of a condemnation of Communism at the Second Vatican Council.

“The lack of condemnation of Communism at the Council means, in modern times, that the church’s response has been ineffective to the assaults on human dignity by the arbitrary and all-powerful state”



Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Battle for minaretts in the middle of Germany

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This is a group of Muslims from India who would be looked on as heretics by many in the Islamic world. They want to build a mosque- the first one with a minarett in Nurnburg. "From the viewpoint of Christianity, it is clear, religious freedom is a fundamental human right". They then draw a distinction between Islamism and extremism.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Another attack from Rome on the SSPX

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Not the Protestants, but the SSPX are for him "so to speak in schism" 

With the appointment of the Regensburg heretic Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Benedict XVI gave a clear signal: The much heralded reform of the reform was a ruse to suck the Catholics in. The Pope places the most important posts in paleo-liberal hands. 

The prop for the Faith of the Pope, heretic-Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, has again taken pot shots at the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X. He spoke to Ingo Brüggenjürgen, the chief editor of the paleo-liberal chief journalist of the Cologne Cathedral radio.

Schmidbauer or Schmidburger  

 Brüggenjürgen posed a question about the SSPX, which made clear his total ignorance . There had been "from Schmidbauer" "harsh words " in an interview - he embarrassed himself: "Do you want to comment on something like that?"  There is no Schmidbauer in the SSPX. It is also mysterious which "harsh words" Brüggenjürgen was referring to. Maybe he was talking about a recent interview with Father Franz Schmidberger -. mathematician and German District Superior of the SSPX  In this the cleric referred to and with great respect the evil heresies of Mons. Müller in an interview 

 What is "that"?  

 Mons. Mueller evidently does not understand video. After a short pause he still rattles on. Everybody who reads "that" could imagine how far "that" is from reality, he said at random.  He wanted to comment on "that" "with the same words:" "I believe it not worth the effort. "  Father Schmidberger or other of his ilk were not the judge in matters of faith - he defended his heresies.  

Heretic about heretic  

The Archbishop assumed that the SSPX allegedly "had" distanced themselves from the church. They sit even "so to speak, in the glass house of schism." On 11 October 2011, Mons. Müller had called Protestants a part of the Church even though they reject Papal and episcopal office as well as the Seven Sacraments and support the abortion of childen and the marriage of homosexuals.  He defends his own career  Finally the Careerist criticised the criticism of the SSPX of his promotion: "If the Holy Father chooses his immediate staff for the Dicasteries, then I believe that it does not befit such people to criticize the Pope's decision."


Cathcon- I cannot understand what the Archbishop thinks he is trying to achieve.

Many a true word at the Council spoken in jest

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New book of Vatican Council humour published.

Like all humour, it has its dark side.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Will the Pope celebrate the 1962 Latin Mass in November?

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The alleged "reform of the reform" of Pope Benedict XVI has after more than seven years of his pontificate remained a paper tiger. Will the Pope try to give the movement a new impulse? On 3 November, thousands of traditionalists from around the world will assist at a Pontifical Mass in the old rite in St. Peter's Basilica. 

On 10 September, the organizers gave details about the occasion in the Roman parish of Santissima Trinita dei Pellegrini, which is run by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. Organizer of the widely supported pilgrimage is the platform 'Coetus Internationalis Pro Summorum Pontificum'. It is a union of several Catholic organizations. The spiritual assistant of the pilgrimage is a famous French priest, Right Revd Father Claude Barthe. A group of the lay organization 'Pro Missa Tridentina' will join the pilgrimage from Germany. 

It was not stated at the press conference who will celebrate the Mass. Therefore, a statement made ​​on the well-informed blog 'messainlatino.it' gives rise to speculation. It said that the pilgrimage will go down in the history of the church, if the rumor about the celebrant is confirmed. This is read by observers as an indication that Pope Benedict XVI- whose "reform of the reform" has long been stalled - could hold on this occasion his first pontifical Mass in the old rite (Cathcon- as Pope- he celebrated the Old Rite as Cardinal). 

Many TV stations will be covering the Mas The pilgrimage is performed in appreciation of the publication of the Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum." Further, it is a rally of loyalty for the Pope, given the current church decline. Several international broadcasters - including 'EWTN', 'CNN', 'Fox News',' BBC ',' RAI 'and even the Arabic channels' Al Jazeera ' will be covering the Mass. The organisers published a promotional video for the pilgrimage on 12 September with the title "Una cum Papa nostro"

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Can't think who is the most conservative bishop in England

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The Archdiocese of 
Birmingham Year of 
Faith Logo


The Official Year of Faith Logo
The boat represents the Church. The main mast of the boat is a cross and
its sails are formed from the monogram IHS, the first three letters of the
Greek name of Jesus.

The background to the sails is the sun which, associated with the IHS,
refers also to the Eucharist.

Up a creak with two paddles Mass

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Don Bosco would be horrified by his priest

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cardinal- no going back on the Second Vatican Council

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The decisions of the Second Vatican Council regarding liturgy, ecumenism, lay involvement and human rights are irreversible. This was the view of Cardinal Walter Kasper as the main speaker at the Styrian Pastoral Week in the Austrian town of Seggauberg. Although in the post-conciliar era, there was "lots of daylight and shadow", a dynamic has been triggered that cannot and should not be undone. This both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have made abundantly clear, said the cardinal emeritus and long-time President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity.

Kasper said that, unlike in the past, at the last council no formal doctrinal decisions were made. This explains also their main intention: There were no heresies for debate, rather Pope John XXIII wanted to carry the deposit of faith into the contemporary world today. It was for the Pope "not a simple adaptation, but the update of the inalienable content of the Christian faith," said Kasper. Cardinal Kasper said that one "should not see the council as a myth" that had happened once. The reception was a process in the Holy Spirit. Many questions such as those relating to justice and to suffering and death are ultimately more relevant than internal church problems. To answer this, knowledge about the faith is needed. Cardinal Kasper said, therefore a "theocentric revolution" in theology and preaching is necessary


Cathcon- as if the Church was not theocentric before the Council. There was a heresy that still remains un-condemned by a Council of the Church. Its name is modernism, and, as the Cardinal well knows was around in the early 1960s waiting its opportunity to strike. And strike it did.  But given the number attending church in Europe today, it has dug its own grave.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Modernist nuns gives blessing at leading pilgrimage shrine

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I am very grateful to A Catholic who loves Truth for sending me these videos. Similar material always welcome.

The nuns no longer realise they are doing wrong. If any are doing this out of obedience, it is a complete misuse of sacred obedience.


Saint Catherine Labouré would rather have been martyred than to presume such a thing.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pay up or be damned tax demand in Germany endorsed by Pope

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Catholic bishops place tax resisters under a ban


The German bishops have decided on penalties for leaving the church: those who pay no church tax are, in fact excommunicated. The shepherds respond with a cutting edge on a touchy subject.

The question is as old as Christianity itself Even the Apostles Peter and Paul have gotten entangled in the issue. And if the catechism is right, then this issue will again become quite important at the latest after death: who is actually in the church? Who is a member of the community of believers - and who has to stay outside?

This question is currently under German Catholics as controversial as it has ever been. For several years, some scholars represented the view that one could also be a Catholic without having to pay church tax. It should be possible, to withdraw from the church as a public corporation, thus avoiding the tax - and still continue to sense oneself to be a believer and to be a member of the church.

Salvation, they argue, depends not on a monthly payment, and a notice of resignation to the registrar's office was a bureaucratic contact with the state, which had no consequences for life in the faith community of Christ.

Completely catholic - or not at all

A sensitive debate for the Catholic bishops, after all, as it touches on the self-understanding of each believer, and at the same time it represents the present system of church tax as a principle. After months of negotiations, they have therefore now passed a law that will put an end to the debate.

The "general decree" that the German bishops' conference released on Thursday puts, now clearly states: Those who want to be Catholic must be either entirely Catholic or not at all. The church cannot be split into a worldly apparatus and a spiritual community of faith, both belong together.

Whoever comes out of the church can be no Catholic. They lose the rights of membership of the Church, until they return again.

The Pope himself has endorsed the document

To quote the two A4 pages long document that the Pope has personally approved and which came into force on 24 September: "The declaration of resignation from the church before the competent civil authority shall be considered as a public act of a deliberate and wilful alienation from the church and is a grave offense against the Christian community."

Whoever resigns acts contrary, "to the obligation to preserve association with the Church", and "to the duty to make their financial contribution to the church which she needs to fulfil her tasks."

Accordingly, Christians expect certain sanctions ("legal consequences"): Whoever does not pay church tax can no longer receive communion, be confirmed or go to confession. They can no longer be God-parents nor belong to any public church group.

Permission for marriage depends on conditions
For a church wedding, they can get a special permit under the condition that they promise "the preservation of the faith and the Catholic education of the children" . Finally, it says: "If the person who has left the church does not show any sign of remorse at death, the church funeral can be denied." In summary, the consequences of resignation from the church are like excommunication.

At the same time, the parish priest in future must seek to regain lost sheep for the church. As an addition to its decree, the bishops have adopted a "pastoral letter".

When a Catholic announces to the registry office their resignation, the parish priest responsible is to send them this letter and offer them clarifying discussions, which should lead to "reconciliation with the Church".  In addition to the offer of talks, the letter lists also the sanctions associated with the leaving the church.

Freiburg theologian wanted to create a precedent

The decree of the bishops is a special rule which applies only in Germany. The German church tax system is in fact an exception, as in most other countries, the Catholic Church regulates the contributions of its members differently. The German church tax was introduced in the 19th century, as compensation for the nationalisation of church property (secularization).

With their decision, the bishops are trying to get out of the defensive position in which they found themselves in, thanks to a theologian: The Freiburg Professor Hartmut Zapp wanted to set a precedent in 2009.

Zapp resigned from the church, but declared that he still continued to feel that he was a member of the Catholic Church. He could appeal to certain Vatican legal texts that make leaving the church not dependent on government agencies, but solely on the interior attitude of the believer.

Rome disagreed with the German bishops In addition, Rome has always took the position that no matter what a believer declares to any German registry office - as long as they say nothing about resignation from the church, they are treated as a member. From a purely theological viewpoint, leaving the church is not possible in any case. Those who have been baptised belong irrevocably to the Catholic community.

The subject puts the Bishops' Conference into a quandary.  They must fight against resignations from the church, but no matter what it does, they will inevitably be suspected of being only tough about their tax revenue. Simultaneously critics accuse the bishops of ignoring the will of the Vatican. Accordingly the negotiating position of the German bishops was difficult, who on this issue wanted to matters absolutely clear.

The evil word "excommunication" is avoided

The paper now presented represents a compromise with Rome. The German bishops have prevailed with their desire that participation in Catholic life is virtually impossible after a resignation. But they symbolically have not used the word "excommunication" - even the "legal consequences" decided on for resignation mean virtually the same thing.

This compromise was preceded by a month-long tug of war. Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz, Bishop Heinrich Mussinghoff of Aachen and Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg prepared the text and then sent the document on its way through the many levels and hierarchies of the Catholic legislative process.

The German prelates show a cutting edge 

The General Assembly of the German Bishops' Conference already approved the text in March 2011, after which representatives in Rome of the CDF, the Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts have deferred. Even the Pope has taken action.

Only a few days ago, the German Bishops' Conference has finally got the green light from Rome. Diplomatically it is a success for the German prelates. They have now papal backing for their course to show a cutting edge and for leaving the church to be interpreted as apostasy.

Many Catholics who live in clear commitment to their church and expect others to do so are likely to be satisfied. The signal is that there is no such thing as a bit Catholic, there is only full membership or nothing.

Let your yes be a 'yes' 

Catholics, who want to save on taxes, but still want to keep up organ music at the wedding or incense at the funeral will be faced with a clear choice. They must reckon for themselves and decide if they really wish to and can do without church life completely. "Let your yes be a 'yes', and your no be a 'no'” as it says in the Bible.
Yet the bishops should be aware that they are taking a high risk. The risk of being considered cruel and relentless, as happy with penalties and greedy for money. So they unintentionally increase the risk that some undecided or those who have already resigned will make the final break. And the centuries-old debate about who actually belongs to the church and who does not answer their individual manner: I do not belong.

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Cathcon- this gives a whole new meaning to Pay and Go (mobile communications package in the UK and I think beyond).     The next step will be credit card access at turnstiles- he says half-jokingly.  It is morally worse than the sale of indulgences, as while the purchase of an indulgence was a pious act, it was not the only means to salvation.    I have visions of crowds of Germans assisting at Mass in France or other neighbouring lands on a Sunday.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Documentary celebrates Vatican II

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"On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, in collaboration with Micromegas Communication, is releasing a documentary on the council.

Broadcasting will begin in Italy on Oct. 11, the date of the opening of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the conciliar meeting. The documentary, filmed in HD, lasts a total of 12 hours and attempts to reconstruct the historical, theological, cultural and emotive climate of an event that has profoundly marked not only the history of the Church but of the whole contemporary world.

The film is drawn from the Vatican Film Library, which has close to 200 hours of original films that preceded the opening of the Council."


Cathcon- includes film of a young Bishop Wojtyła, who actively campaigned against a condemnation of Communism by the Council.  The rest, as they say, became history.

Vatileaks suspects get day in court

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"The two men charged in the “Vatileaks” case will go to trial Sept. 29, according to a communique released Sept. 17 by the Vatican Press Office.

Paolo Gabriele, the Pope's former butler, was charged with theft, having been suspected of leaking confidential papal and curial documents to the press. Claudio Sciarpelleti, a computer technician at the Secretariat of State, was charged with aiding and abetting Gabriele, a lesser charge.

Sciarpelleti is suspended but is still an employee at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State Department.

Gabriele could face six years in jail if he is found guilty."
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Saturday, September 08, 2012

SSPX- Bishop Williamson not welcome in Brazil

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At the invitation of Dom Thomas, prior of the monastery of the Holy Cross of New Freiburg, Bishop Williamson came to confer the sacrament of confirmation and give some lectures.

I would like to clarify that this trip has been organized independently of the SSPX. Indeed, according to the directives left by our founder Archbishop Lefebvre, only the Superior General, Bishop Fellay in this case, gives the mandate to the auxiliary bishops to undertake a pastoral visit. This procedure has not been respected, which is a serious act against the virtue of obedience but also a more basic lack of courtesy. In addition, the District Superior's agreement has not been requested as required by the statutes of our Fraternity. The harmonious collaboration that existed between the SSPX and the Monastery of the Holy Cross has been broken by this act of great gravity, so the organizers must take responsibility before God. Indeed, some have been deceived and faithful attended the ceremonies and conferences announced believing that they had been organized by the SSPX.

After reading the article of Dom Tomas de Aquino "Honor and Glory to Mgr Williamson", I denounce firmly the indirect accusations which were made ​​suggesting that the SSPX would agree with modernism and cease fighting for the defense of Catholic Tradition .

Such insinuations are gratuitous, false, hurtful and injurious to our Superior General and to the members of the SSPX. I cannot remain silent. If Bishop Fellay has rejected the outstretched hand of Rome on June 13, it is for doctrinal reasons. And it is because we reject the modernism imbued Vatican II which is the main cause of the ruin of the Church today and we want to continue saying it, it is also because we reject the Novus Ordo Missae that departs from both Catholic doctrine "as a whole and in detail", that no practical agreement has been signed with Rome. This was the position of Archbishop Lefebvre yesterday and this is the position of Monsignor Fellay today. The General Chapter last July confirmed it. Any other assertion is nothing more than a manipulation or lie. Any prediction of a practical agreement reveals a morbid imagination.

At the beginning of December, Bishop de Galarreta will come to visit and confer the sacrament of Confirmation in Brazil and other countries in our district as our Superior General has planned for many months.

I invite the faithful of the Catholic tradition in Brazil not to pay attention to rumors, to continue to support their priests with their sacrifices, prayers and generosity and beg God to send numerous and ardent vocations to defend and extend the reign of Christ the King under the noble banner of the Catholic tradition and the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. God bless you!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Pope's butler outed as "mystery man" in TV interview

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An Italian commercial broadcaster has outed the former papal chamberlain Paolo Gabriele as informant for the investigative programme on the Vatican. On Monday night, the station "La7" showed from the program "Gli Intoccabili" (The Untouchables) the full interview with Gabriele of 22 February in the original. At that time, the voice of the informant and the face had been distorted using pixelation.

As a motive for the theft Gabriele cites in the interview "anger" over a "wall of silence" in the Vatican that suppresses the truth. He admitted to working with 20 people. He was not concerned about money but about a more just church, as the Pope also wanted.

Gabriele was arrested on 23 May after a large amounts of Papal documents had been found in his home. A few days before the book "Sua Santita" by the Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi was published containingh confidential documents from the Vatican. Gabriele must after the completion of the judicial inquiry in the autumn stand trial for grand larceny before the Vatican court..

The butler went on to explain that the Vatican had not informed the Pope about the murder of the Swiss Guard commander Alois Estermann and his wife in 1998. "We are in a country where you go and cause a bloodbath and leave undisturbed again. And after 24 hours, no one can speak up about what happened," said Gabriele. As another example, he cited the case of abduction of the then 15-year-old Vatican citizen Emanuela Orlandi in 1983, which has not been solved.



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Catholic Church to confess guilt for Reformation in 2017?

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Ratzinger Student Circle also discussed "mea culpa" for 2017

Ratzinger Student Circle spokesman Father Stephan Otto Horn commented in an interview with "Vatican Radio" - "Reformation Commemoration 2017 would be a good moment for an admission of guilt"

Pope Benedict XVI and the Ratzinger Student Circle discussed at the meeting in Castel Gandolfo last weekend the question of an ecumenical "Mea Culpa" for the Reformation anniversary year: This was reported by Circle spokesman, Father Stephan Otto Horn  in an interview with "Radio Vatican". On this occasion, a Protestant representative also participated in the meeting of the circle of students - the retired bishop of Hamburg Ulrich Wilcken.

"It has been discussed in the conversation in a particular way, the question of whether a mutual confession of guilt can be of assistance. This is also a major theme of the Pope, that he sometimes has called it 'purification of memory'. This means to think about and consider these painful contradictions in a fresh way and to o admit guilt, and from there to look at the past with new eyes and heart, "said the retired Professor of Fundamental Theology in Passau to Vatican Radio".

The difficulty of these ambiguities that had "invaded the heart over the centuries " is continuing, according to Father Horn, "This is not just one thing that has been, but one that's present," he recalled, "thus you have to try to overcome that. "

The Reformation Comemorative Year 2017 would be a "good moment for this admission," said Horn. As possible, "to take over the year several days when one recalls events that have hurt the other" would be.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Vatileaks journalist gives major interview on the Pope, the Butler and the Vatican Bank

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Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of Vatileaks-book "His Holiness. The secret letters from the desk of Pope Benedict XVI"  is interviewed about the alleged plot against the Pope, prison cells and the machinations of the Vatican Bank.

Mr. Nuzzi, in recent times, the Pope was amazingly happy to start legal proceedings. Up until last week, he was suing the satirical magazine "Titanic". What are you accused of?

Nothing, because I have published documents whose authenticity is not disputed by anyone. They are like sandpaper, because the content is embarrassing and painful. But in Italy that is just as legal as distributing photocopies.

As one of your sources, the Vatican has revealed the former valet of the Pope, Paolo Gabriele. Is the result of the investigations true?

I will not breathe a word about my informants. But as Paolo Gabriele has designated myself as a recipient of documents - more specifically - photocopies of documents – this releases me at least partly from the absolute protection of sources.

Generally, there are two levels of interest. First, the question: Who are Nuzzis sources?

On the other hand the question: Why does a man like Gabriele - a devout Catholic, an absolute "Papist" who worshiped the Holy Father, who has accompanied him for years like a shadow – decide on such actions?

So, why? The Vatican speaks of a disturbed personality.

In southern Italy in the 1960s, there were women, who got pregnant out of wedlock who were put onto the psychiatric ward. Only can only badly solve problems with psychiatric reports. So, I the explanation of "crazy" leaves me quite perplexed. You mean about the Pope has surrounded himself with a weirdo for years, and nobody has noticed?

Article then gives short bios of the following
Paolo Gabriele, 46... counted as a servant of the Pope to his "inner family circle." The father of three had access to all the private apartments of the head of the church . "Paoletto" already served John Paul II and was widely appreciated. He is accused of  aggravated burglary of highly classified documents and sits in jail- according to his lawyer he wants to cooperate with investigators.
Gianluigi Nuzzi, 43
Tarcisio Bertone, 77
Federico Lombardi, 69
Piero Antonio Bonnet, 68
Investigating magistrate …..As well as the Papal butler, up to 20 further people could be involved in the leaking and publication of confidential documents. Further arrests thus are not ruled out.

Does it weigh you down as a writer, that one of your informants has migrated under lock and key?

I note with surprise that the man has been detained for months. Such a hardness in a state where everything else that always happens is just symbolic! Was that necessary? Commensurat with the Rule of law? Would it be possible in Germany for an offence such as theft?
Hardly.
Consider it! But beyond these procedural issues, there was perhaps a moral duty to publish these documents.

With the result of being arrested? Would Paolo Gabriele share this view?

Excuse me, we are all of legal age. Gabriele has not given me these papers to make paper planes out of them. I asked him how he feels. He told me that he was completely at peace with himself, and he had acted in full awareness of the possible consequences, because he considered it his duty as a believer.

Is there a conspiracy in the Vatican?

Against who?

I ask you! Against the Pope? Against his Cardinal Secretary of State? Against the goodie-two-shoes in the Vatican Bank? The hodgepodge of your documents does not give a clear picture, that's the problem.
Exactly! If the documents can be seen but no clear addressee, against whom they are addressed, this also means: There is no conspiracy and no conspirators, but only a few brave Catholics who have taken it for less serious that all these documents come to public light than to conceal hypocrisies and scandalous activities

For what purpose?
My grandmother always said, "Carta canta" – paper chatters away. These documents speak of how far the Vatican has removed from the church itself. And suffer from my informants.

That falls back ultimately on the Pope, who your informant supposedly wanted to help.
You will not find in my book anything that is directed against the Holy Father.

The whole book is directed against him. He appears as helpless, powerless. He has so little grip on his business that confidential documents in cartloads could be taken from his desk, only to end up with you. So, he who has such helpers, needs no more opponents.

I understand your point of view. But I'm not doing these things on my own. The spokesman of the Pope has for my revelations coined the term "Vatileaks". It is an attempt to put my book on a par with WikiLeaks. An inadequate attempt, I think. Because unlike Wikileaks, you see with me no military secrets, and anything that might compromise the security of a nation. But you know how it is in the Vatican and what weaknesses there are – as extracts, I might add. Because the documents show only a part of the reality.

Since their release, it has become lonely around the Pope. Even his former private secretary and his former female secretary belong to the traitors - out of jealousy.

Of course, all these rumors do the Holy Father no good. But we maintain once again: Apart from Paolo Gabriele no-one is being investigated. If all the alleged traitors around the Pope are identified, it is a bad game to weaken people who have nothing to do with my book. What is that for a story? Only the valet, no, also the ex-private secretary and ex-female secretary - they all should have together gone crazy and have started to work against the Pope? Absurd!

But how was it then? But were there high-ranking Vatican officials, members of the College of Cardinals even at work?

You still dig for the sources, instead if considering he contents! Do you know what Paolo Gabriele told me in his first and only interview that will come out soon? "If the Vatican had investigated the scandals with the same zeal as the search for their leakers, then that would have been very commendable." Anyway, one thing I can still tell you this: No Cardinal has made a contribution to my book.

Again and again, your book goes into the shady finances of the Vatican. Is this, in your view of the crucial flaw?

That the Vatican bank was involved at least until the end of the 80s in Mafia business and money laundering, has been disclosed in the highest courts. The next 20 years are, to a large extent, still in a semi-darkness. The Vatican has indeed only introduced the offence of money launderin in 2010. A short time later, the leading bankers of the Vatican appeared on a list of Italian justices of those to be investigated for money laundering. One of them has now been sacked. Let's see who succeeds him. Should it be a German, of which there is some murmur in the Vatican, it is likely to be interpreted as a sign of the strength of the pope and his secretary, Georg Gänswein.

Their publications have anything else changed in the Vatican?

One thing for sure: jail cells, which had previously been used as storage rooms have been renovated and brought back to their original purpose.

But joking aside, I do think that the effort has grown for greater transparency. A friend from the Vatican told me: Three-quarters of the people here understand the spirit of your book, even if they are of course not allowed to say it out loud. The Archbishop of Paris even said that the Vatican is at a turning point. Interesting, is it not?

What do you say about the documents on the relationship between the German Pope and Germany?

The whole affair of the Holocaust denier Richard Williamson has very much irritated the Pope. There was friction with the Apostolic Nuncio, and there was actually an expectation that the German cardinals should clearly position themselves against the criticism of the Pope from German Chancellor Angela Merkel . But what came of the matter?

It just fizzled out like the attempt of the Pope to clean up the Welt Verlag who famously had erotic book titles on offer. Now to the shares of the dioceses are probably transferred to a foundation under ecclesiastical control. That's not the solution which the Pope sought, according to the documents published by me! This is at most - to stay in the field of eroticism - a fig leaf.


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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Cardinal Martini speaks to the Church from beyond the grave- full text

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Father Georg Sporschill, a fellow Jesuit who interviewed him for Night Conversations in Jerusalem , and Federica Radice met Cardinal Martini on August 8: "A sort of spiritual testament. Cardinal Martini read and approved the text. "

How do you see the situation of the Church?

"The Church is tired in Europe and America. Our culture has aged, our Churches are large, our religious houses are empty and the bureaucracy of the Church climbs higher, our rituals and our clothes are pompous. Do these things express what we are today? (...) The burden of care. We stand there like the rich young man who went away sad when Jesus called him to make him his disciple. I know that we can not leave it all with ease. But at least we can try to be people who are free and closer to our neighbours. As were Bishop Romero and the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. Where are our heroes to inspire us? For no reason, should we restrict them within the constraints of the institution '

Who can help the Church today?
"Father Karl Rahner willingly used the image of the embers hidden under ashes. I see in the Church today is so much ash over the coals that often a sense of helplessness comes over me.

Can you remove the ash from the fire so as to revive the flame of love? For first we have to look for this fire. Where are the individuals full of generosity like the Good Samaritan? Who has faith like the Roman centurion? Who are enthusiastic as John the Baptist? Who dare to be new as Paul? Who are as faithful as Mary Magdalene?

I advice the Pope and to the bishops to seek twelve people who work outside the box to point the way.

Men that are close to the poor and are surrounded by young and that experience things in a new way . We need the comparison with men who are passionate so that the spirit can spread everywhere. "

What tools are recommended to fight against fatigue of the Church?
"I recommend three very strongly.

The first is the conversion
the Church must recognize her mistakes and must follow a path of radical change, starting with the Pope and the bishops. The scandals of paedophilia impel us to embark on a journey of conversion. The questions on sexuality and all issues involving the body are one example. These are important for everyone and sometimes maybe they are too important. We must ask ourselves if people still listen to the advice of the Church on sexual matters. Is the Church still an authority in this field of reference or only a caricature in the media?


The second is the Word of God

The Second Vatican Council returned the Bible to Catholics. (...) Only those who feels in their heart that Word may be part of those who help the renewal of Church and will answer personal questions with a correct choice. The Word of God is simple and looks like a heart that listens companion (...). Neither the clergy nor the Church law can replace the interiority of man. All the external rules, laws, dogmas are data given to clarify the inner voice and the discernment of spirits.

What are the sacraments?

These are the third instrument of healing.
The sacraments are not a tool for discipline, but an aid to men in the moments of their journey and weaknesses of life. We bring the sacraments to the people that need a new power? I think of all the divorced and remarried couples who create families. These need a special protection. The Church supports the indissolubility of marriage. It is a grace when a marriage and a family succeed (...).

The attitude we take toward extended families will determine the approach to the Church of the next generation of children. A woman was abandoned by her husband and finds a new partner that takes care of her and her three children. The second love succeeds. If this family is discriminated against, not only the mother is cut off but also his children. If parents feel outside the Church or do not feel the support, the Church will lose the next generation. Before Communion we pray: "Lord I am not worthy ..." We know we are not worthy (...). Love is grace. Love is a gift. The question of whether the divorced can go to Communion should be reversed. How can the Church get to help with the power of the sacraments those who have complex family situations? "

What do you do personally?
The Church has been left behind for 200 years. Why does she not shake? What are we afraid of? Fear instead of courage? However, the faith is the foundation of the Church. The faith, confidence, courage. I am old and sick, and I depend on the help of others. The good people around me make me feel the love. This love is stronger than the feeling of distrust that I sometimes perceive in to the Church in Europe. Only love conquers fatigue. God is Love. I still have a question for you: what you can do for the Church?

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Saturday, September 01, 2012

Priest puts case for female cardinals

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In his new book, Where Do We Go From Here? The Crisis in Irish Catholicism, Fr Hoban also suggests that men, married and unmarried, who have proven their worth, should be ordained with a modified formation or education programme, like the new married deacons.

"Ordaining married men is an option that, out of dire necessity, no doubt will be considered in the near future... as the number of Anglican clergy who have been reordained as Catholic priests increases... the reality of married priests will become more accepted," he said. With celibacy becoming less of an issue, he argues, former priests could also start returning to the fold.

Quoting Bishop Edward Daly, he questions "why celibacy should be the great and unyielding arbiter, the paradigm of diocesan priesthood".

Fr Hoban also expresses serious concern about how Catholicism is vanishing from Irish culture. "The difficult truth," he argues, "is that we have no idea now where we’re going."

The only road left open, he believes, is a return to the spirit of Vatican II (Cathcon-!! - that spirit led nowhere for fifty years), where we build a "people’s church". There is a "huge problem of disconnect in the Church between bishops and priests, priests and the people, Rome and Ireland".

Friday, August 31, 2012

Cardinal Martini dies at age of 85 - Vatican Insider

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Of your charity, pray for the repose of  Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini who  "was born in Turin on 15 February 1927. He entered the Company of Jesus in 1944 at the age of 17 and studied Philosophy at the Aloisianum, a Jesuit Institute in the northern Italian city of Gallarate, where he had been living for the past four years. He continued his Theology studies in Chieri (Turin, Italy), where he was ordained priest on 13 July 1952. He graduated with a degree in Theology in 1958 from the Pontifical Gregorian University and after some years teaching in Chieri, he returned to Rome, where he graduated with a degree in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, awarded the grade summa cum laude. In 1978 he was appointed as Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University. That same year, Paul VI invited him to preach the annual retreat in the Vatican and in 1979 John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Milan, consecrating him in person on 6 January 1980. John Paul II also created him cardinal in the 1983 Consistory. In 1986 Martini founded the Schools of social and political sciences. The series of meetings on faith held in 1987, entitled “Cattedra dei non credenti” (Lecture Series for Non Believers) were also significant. In 1997 the late cardinal led the various events for the celebration of the 16th centenary of the death of Saint Ambrose. His Pastoral Letters and Speeches to the City of Milan were hugely resonant, beyond the territorial limits of this vast diocese. These texts often examined the world of politics and non believers. In 2002 he was awarded the Great Gold Medal of the City of Milan.

He took part in numerous Assemblies held by the Synod of Bishops and was President of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe from 1987 to 1993. In 2002 the Pope accepted his resignation which he presented upon reaching the age limit for cardinals. Martini then moved to the Holy Land where he continued his Biblical studies. In 2008 he returned to Italy to be treated for Parkinson’s. The disease gradually forced him to reduce his number of public appearances."

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Vatican newspaper- those against the Council and the new liturgy are outside the Church

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The liturgical reform of Vatican II,'' as all the great movements for the renewal from the council is ' a matter of fact, an aquired criterion, part of the history of the Church, and 'Tradition at its best' .Everything that opposes it, it is simply outside the horizon that the Church is given, and cannot therefore be supported as any certain source'

This is what we can read today in L'Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of the Holy See In an article by Pierangelo Chiaramello, the of the Fossano Theological Institute, entitled'' The fully Montinian Reform'', which reconstructs the thought of Pope Paul VI on the liturgical reform. The article comes as the Vatican is still awaiting a response from the Lefebvre traditionalists, related to the Tridentine liturgy in Latin. "The liturgical renewal promoted by Vatican II” - writes Chiaramello - “has certainly found in Paul VI an authentic promoter and interpreter.”

He wanted to give the impetus to the liturgical reform, specify the criteria, to maintain the momentum, make a study of the issues, define the project, to explain to the people of God, to defend it from the unwarranted, capturing every time the key points, and of particular relevance to the life of the Church, urging the people of God, on several occasions, to embrace the fundamental principle: active participation.

For Giovanni Battista Montini, Church and liturgy were 'an indissoluble identity”, as a eminent place for living the Christian experience The liturgical renewal gave an always more authentic face to the liturgy, which gave a more authentic face to the Church.'

Cardinal Martini apparently close to death

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The former Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, is apparently close to death. Incumbent Cardinal Angelo Scola called on the faithful to pray for his 85-year-old predecessor. Martini's health had deteriorated significantly, the archdiocese said on Thursday evening in a statement on its website. The Cardinal, one of the most influential figures in the Italian church has suffered from Parkinson's disease for many years. According to Italian media, Martini has since Thursday been violently coughing and wheezing. His doctors needed to sedate him. Meanwhile, his closest relatives have been called to the bedside, among them his sister Maris Martini. Two months ago Martini stopped his weekly guest posts for the daily newspaper "Corriere della Sera". His illness had given him a "clear signal" to withdraw from the worldly affairs and to prepare for eternity, he wrote. The Jesuit and renowned biblical scholar Martini is one of the most popular Italian churchmen. For years, he was one of the key figures in the dialogue between the Church and society. At times, he was also considered a candidate for the papacy. In controversies surrounding the practice and teaching of the Catholic Church, he constantly supported more open positions. Since 1979, Archbishop of Milan, Martini lived alternately after his retirement in 2002 in Jerusalem and Italy, until his illness in 2008 finally forced him to return to his homeland.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Church closing- to become temporary theatre

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In Helmond, the Netherlands.

A Vatican II Moment: The Masonic Memorial Mass

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Pictures and report here:

"It may sometimes seem to a couple of readers that we enjoy reporting these things: we do not, we find no pleasure in it, it pains our hearts deeply. We actually saw this when it was first posted, and hesitated about mentioning it, but today our friends at Fratres in Unum asked us to make it known around the world, and we could not refuse their request."

I can but error these words at Cathcon.  Horrific.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Highest Duty of the Church

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is the preservation of the purity of the depositum fidei- for if that becomes corrupted, only evil follows.


All other drafts - particularly those prepared by the preparatory theological Commission chaired by Cardinal Ottaviani – are judged by Ratzinger to be “too scholarly”. One draft he dismissed particularly vehemently was the text on the preservation of purity of the depositum fidei (“it is lacking to such an extent that it cannot be presented at the Council as it is”). As concerns the text on the “sources” of the divine Revelation, Ratzinger suggested substantial changes to its structure and content. Meanwhile, the drafts concerning Christian moral order, virginity, family and marriage are dismissed with arguments based on pastoral opportunities. According to Ratzinger these texts “overwhelm the reader with their excessive use of words.” The young professor form Bonn University stated that Council documents “should provide answers to more pressing problems and should do so, as far as possible, without judging and condemning, but by using a maternal language, presenting the wealth of the Christian faith and its comforts.”

Friday, August 24, 2012

Bishop presides over Oktoberfest Mass

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At 7 minutes onwards. Archbishop Agostino Marchetto later resigned as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers- he has produced a critical study of Vatican II although this event could not be more Vatican II.

Cardinal absolutely insists SSPX must fully accept Council.

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Cologne's Cardinal Joachim Meisner insists that the SSPX must fully recognise the Magisterium of the Pope and the Second Vatican Council. This includes the decrees on religious freedom, the relationship with the Jews and the current form of the liturgy, according to a post published on Friday on the Internet platform "direktzu.kardinal-meisner.de" (Cathcon- cannot find the original- suspect Domradio have jumped the gun). A return of the SSPX to the communion of the Catholic Church also presupposes that it was withdrawing its accusations against the pope that he was not orthodox. "Whoever wholly or partly rejects doctrinal statements, cannot be in full communion with the Church ," said Meisner. He points out that the Pope has repeatedly expressed his appreciation for the Jewish faith and the importance of dialogue between Christians and Jews. Pope Benedict XVI during World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, visited the local synagogue and quoted his predecessor John Paul II: "whoever meets Jesus Christ meets Judaism."

Cathcon- one doctrinal standard for the vast majority of Catholics and another especially strict one for the SSPX. The comments about total acceptance are in direct contradiction to Archbishop Müller (perhaps Cardinal Woelki- will double check on this point).

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Complete diagnosis of all that is wrong with the modern Church and the modern world

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The Condemnation of Modernism

Letter of Cardinal Mercier- who the Anglicans and modernist Catholic are prone to say is a precurser of modern ecumenism.  Nothing could be further from the Truth.

DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN,

On July 3rd, 1907, the Holy Father prepared a list of errors which, later, were grouped together under the name of Modernism, and condemned.

On the 8th of September following he addressed to the Catholic world an Encyclical of incomparable fulness, vigour, and clearness, in which he sets forth his reasons for condemning Modernism. Thank God! these errors, which have so far invaded France and Italy, attract few followers in Belgium. You have been preserved by the vigilance of your pastors, by an impartial scientific spirit, and by the Christian submission that animates the representatives of higher learning in your country.

Nevertheless, beloved brethren, I consider it a pastoral duty to bring to your knowledge this Pontifical Encyclical, which henceforth will be known in ecclesiastical history by its introductory Latin words: "Pascendi Domini gregis", or, more briefly, "Pascendi."

Since the Holy Father addresses his letter to each Church in particular, that is, to the Bishops, priests, and Catholic laity, it is his intention that each one should individually profit by the Encyclical. The importance of this document, moreover, gives it an historic value: hence, those who are interested in our Mother, the Church, should know, at least in substance, its meaning. It is a well-known fact that scarcely had the Pope spoken, or rather before he had spoken, and from the moment that the telegraphic agents heralded his coming announcement, the unbelieving press began to misrepresent it, and the newspapers and reviews hostile to the Church in our country neither published the text nor the general tenour of the Encyclical with fulness or frankness. But with an eagerness and a harmony of opinion that altogether explain their attitude, they quibbled over the word Modernism in the endeavour to convince their confiding readers that the Pope condemns modern thought, which in their ambiguous language signifies modern science and its methods.

This offensive and false impression of the Pope and his faithful followers has perhaps been shared by some amongst you, hence it is our earnest wish to remove this impression by explaining Modernism, and, in so doing, enlighten you as to the reasons that led to its condemnation by the Supreme Authority of the Church.

WHAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL IDEA OF MODERNISM?

Modernism is not the modern expression of science, and consequently its condemnation is not the condemnation of science, of which we are so justly proud, nor the disapproval of its methods, which all Catholic scientists hold, and consider it an honour to teach and to practice.

Modernism consists essentially in affirming that the religious soul must draw from itself, from nothing but itself, the object and motive of its faith. It rejects all revelation imposed upon the conscience, and thus, as a necessary consequence, becomes the negation of the doctrinal authority of the Church established by Jesus Christ, and it denies, moreover, to the divinely constituted hierarchy the right to govern Christian society.

The better to understand the significance of this fundamental error, let us recall the teaching of the Catechism on the constitution and mission of the Catholic Church.

Christ did not represent Himself to the world as the head of a philosophy and uncertain of His teaching! He did not leave a modifiable system of opinions to the discussion of His disciples. On the contrary, strong in His divine wisdom and sovereign power, He pronounced, and imposed upon men the revealed word that assures eternal salvation, and indicated to them the unique way to attain it. He promulgated for them a code of morals, giving them certain helps without which it is impossible to put these precepts into practice. Grace, and the Sacraments which confer it upon us, or restore it to us, when, having sinned, we again find it through repentance, form together these helps, this economy of salvation. He instituted a Church, and as He had only a few years to dwell with us upon earth, He conferred His power upon His Apostles, and after them on their successors, the Pontiffs and Bishops. The Episcopate, in union with the Sovereign Pontiff, has then received and alone posesses the right to officially set forth and comment upon the doctrines revealed by Christ: and it and he alone are empowered to denounce with authority errors that are incompatible with its teachings. The Christian is he who confides in the authority of the Church and sincerely accepts the doctrines that she proposes to his faith. He who repudiates or questions her authority, and in consequence rejects one or more of the truths he is required to believe, excludes himself from the ecclesiastical fold.

THE CHURCH AND THE MODERNISTS.

The excommunication pronounced by the Pope against wilful Modernists, which adversaries characterise as an act of despotism, is simple and natural, and in it we see only a question of loyalty.

Yes or no, do you believe in the divine authority of the Church? Do you accept outwardly and in the sincerity of your heart what in the name of Christ she commands? Do you consent to obey her? If so, she offers you her Sacraments, and undertakes to conduct you safely into the harbour of salvation. If not, then you deliberately sever the tie that unites you to her, and break the bond consecrated by her grace. Before God and your conscience you no longer belong to her: no longer remain in obstinate hyprocrisy a pretended member of her fold. You cannot honestly pass yourself off as one of her sons, and as she cannot be a party to hypocrisy and sacrilege, she bids you, if you force her to it, to leave her ranks.

Of course she only repudiates you so long as you wish it yourself. The day you deplore having strayed from the fold, and return to recognise loyally her authority, she receives you with clemency, and treats you in the same way as the father of the prodigal son, who welcomed with tenderness his repentant child.

Such, then, is the constitution of the Church.

The Catholic Episcopate, of which the Pope is the head, is the heir of the apostolic college that teaches the Faithful the authentic Christian revelation.

And as the life of the entire organism is centred in the head, which directs its actions and arranges with order all its movements, so the Pope assures unity to the teaching Church; and each time that one of the Faithful, even a Bishop, proclaims contrary doctrine, the Holy Father decides with Supreme Authority, and from that authority there is no appeal.

In fine, the entire question resolves itself into this: whenever a Christian is in doubt, he asks himself these two questions -- What must I believe now? And why must I believe it?

The reply is this: I believe the teaching of the Catholic Bishops who are in accord with the Pope, and I am forced to believe it, because the Episcopate in union with the Pope is the organ that transmits to the Faithful the revealed teaching of Jesus Christ. Let me say in passing that this organ of transmission is no other than tradition, which the believing Christian must loyally accept and follow. Hence the Modernism condemned by the Pope is the negation of the Church's teaching, a simple truth you learnt as a child when preparing for your First Communion.

THE AFFINITY OF MODERNISM WITH PROTESTANTISM.

The generating ideas of the Modernist doctrine first saw light in Protestant Germany. These ideas, however, became forthwith acclimatized in England, and several off-shoots have penetrated into the United States.

The spirit of Modernism has appeared in Catholic countries, where it manifests itself in the writings of certain authors who are forgetful of the traditions of the Church, and have shocked by the enormity of their errors loyal consciences faithful to their baptismal vows. This spirit has breathed over France, Italy has felt its blight, and some Catholics in England and Germany have suffered the infection. Belgium, happily, is one of the Catholic countries that has most successfully resisted its pernicious influence.

You understand, we make a difference between Modernist doctrines and the spirit that animates them. The doctrines disseminated in the philosophical, theological, exegetic and apologetic writings have been admirably systematized in the Encyclical Pascendi; and since it has been your privilege to escape their influence, it is hardly necessary to prove to you how completely these teachings are at variance with faith and sound philosophy.

But I dread even more for your souls the contagion of this spirit of Modernism, which is the outcome of Protestantism.

You know in what Protestantism consists. Luther questioned the right of the Church to teach the Christian world the revelations of Jesus Christ with authority. The Christian, he contends, is self-sufficient in his beliefs; he infers the elements of his faith from the Sacred Scriptures, which each man interprets directly under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. He does not admit the existence in the Church of a hierarchically-constituted authority which transmits faithfully to the world the revealed teaching, or that it has the right to interpret, or to claim to guard this teaching in its integrity.

This is the essential point in dispute between Catholicism and Protestantism. The Catholic contends that the faith of the Christian is communicated to the Faithful by an official organ of transmission: the Catholic Episcopate, and that faith is based on the acceptance of the authority of this organ. The Protestant says, on the contrary, that it is exclusively an affair of individual judgment based on the interpretation of the Bible. A Protestant Church is necessarily invisible, since it depends on the assumed agreement of individual consciences as to the meaning of Holy Scripture. Protestantism thus formulated was condemned by the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century, and the man does not exist who would dare to call himself a Protestant and think himself at the same time a Catholic.

But the spirit of Protestantism crept here and there into Catholic centres, and gave birth to conceptions wherein we find a mixture of sincere piety -- the religious instincts of a Catholic soul and the intellectual errors of Protestantism.

Frederick Paulsen, Professor at the Rational Protestant University at Berlin, speaking of the Encyclical Pascendi admits this strange fact. "It seems," he says, "that all the doctrines condemned by the Encyclical are of German origin, and yet there is hardly one theologian in Germany who defends Modernism in his own faculty of Theology."

This is most significant. But traces of the spirit of Protestantism in German University centres date further back than to-day.

When Pius IX called a General Council in 1869, a learned and well-known Catholic Professor at the University in Munich, Döllinger, who later openly fell away, writing à propos of the rôle of Bishops in these Councils, says: "The Bishops must be present at the Council to bear witness to the faith of their respective dioceses; and the definitions that result from the Council must be the expression of collective beliefs."

Here you have, beloved brethren, the accord of the individual conscience substituted for the direction of authority.

THE SPIRIT OF MODERNISM IN F. TYRRELL'S WRITINGS.

The most intelligent observer of the contemporary Modernist movement and the most expressive of its tendency, he who has seized its true significance and who is perhaps the most profoundly imbued with its spirit, is the English priest, Father Tyrrell.

In the numerous writings published by him in the last ten years there is much that is edifying, much for which we are deeply grateful to the author: but often in the spirit which animates these same pages there is the fundamental error of Döllinger, the real principle of Protestantism.

This, however, is not surprising, inasmuch as Father Tyrrell is a convert, and was educated under Protestant influences.

Tyrrell, who was intent only on the interior workings of the conscience, neglectful of dogmatic traditions and ecclesiastical history, zealous above all to hold in the bosom of the Church those of our own contemporaries whom the blustering assertions of unbelievers disconcert (those unbelievers who, sometimes in the name of natural science, sometimes in the name of historical criticism, endeavour to impose philosophic prejudices and hypercritical conjectures as conclusions drawn from science in conflict with our Faith), has, after the lapse of forty years, renewed an attack analogous to that of the apostate Döllinger.

Revelation, he says, is not a doctrinal deposit confided to the guardianship of the teaching Church of which the Faithful will receive the authentic interpretations at various times when an authoritative announcement is required; it is the collective life of religious souls, or, rather, of every person of good will who aspires to an ideal above the material ambitions of the egotist. The Saints of Christianity are the élite of this invisible society, this communion of Saints. While the Religious life follows unswervingly its course in the depths of the Christian conscience, "theological" beliefs work themselves out in the intelligence, express themselves in formulae commanded by the needs of the moment, but less conformed to the living reality of faith according as they are dogmatically defined. The authority of the Roman Catholic Church interprets the interior life of the Faithful, recapitulates the product of the universal conscience, and announces it in the form of a dogma. But the true inner religious life remains the supreme guide in matters of faith and dogma.

Moreover, the force of the intelligence being subject to a thousand fluctuations, the code of belief varies; the dogmas of the Church in turn change their sense, if not necessarily their expression, according to the successive generations to whom she speaks. Nevertheless the Catholic Church remains one, and is faithful to its Founder; for since the time of Christ the same spirit of religion and holiness animates the successive generations of the Christian world, and all meet on the common ground, which in the main is the sentiment of filial piety to Our Father in heaven, love for humanity, and a universal brotherhood.

CAUSES THAT FAVOURED THE GROWTH OF MODERNISM.

Such, beloved brethren, is the soul of Modernism.

The leading idea of the system has been greatly influenced by the philosophy of Kant; a Protestant himself and author of a special theory in which the universal certitude of science is opposed to the exclusively personal certitude of religious sentiment. It has been without doubt this infatuation, as general as it is ill-considered, that attracts so many superior minds to apply arbitrarily and a priori to history, and especially to the history of the Holy Scriptures and our dogmatic beliefs, an hypothesis -- the hypothesis of evolution -- which, far from being a general law in the domain of human reasoning, has not been even proved in the limited field of the formation of animal and vegetable species. This idea in itself, which in the beginning inspired many generous champions of the Catholic apologetic school, and which later on plunged them into Modernism, is none other at bottom than Protestant individualism, which substitutes itself for the Catholic conception of a teaching authority established by Jesus Christ, and charged with the mission of informing us what we are obliged to believe under pain of eternal damnation.

This spirit is everywhere in the atmosphere, and for this reason, no doubt, the Pope, specially guided by Divine Providence, addresses to the whole world an Encyclical, the doctrinal tenor of which concerns, it seems, but a fraction of the Catholics of France, England, and Italy.

The doctrines condemned by the Encyclical horrified faithful Christians by their mere announcement. But in the tendencies of Modernism there must be something seductive which seems to attract even honest minds, true to the faith of their baptism. Whence comes, and in what consists the charm that renders Modernism so attractive to youth? We see two principal causes, and these are the two errors I hope to dissipate in the second part of my pastoral letter.

PRETENDED ANTAGONISM BETWEEN PROGRESS AND THE CHURCH.

The unbelieving Press loudly proclaims that the Pope, in condemning Modernism, puts himself in opposition to progress, and denies to Catholics the right to advance with the age. Deceived by this falsehood, which certain Catholics have imprudently believed, many right-minded and honest souls, until now faithful to the Church, waver, become discouraged, and imagine without reason that they cannot obey their Christian consciences and at the same time serve the cause of scientific progress.

It seems clearly my duty to reply to these calumnious accusations of a hostile press in an announcement addressed specially to the clergy, extracts from which they can make use of at their own discretion for the benefit of the Faithful. It is imperative, however, to convince men of good will in Belgium that, in being with the Pope against Modernism, they are not less with the times in promoting progress and in honouring Science.

Thanks be to God, the Belgian Catholics have escaped these Modernist heresies. The representatives of philosophical and theological teaching in our University, those in our free branches of studies, and those also in the Seminaries and Religious Congregations, have unanimously and spontaneously given weight to this declaration in a document signed by each one of them, in which they state that the Pope, by his courageous Encyclical, has saved the Faith and protected Science.

And these same signatories, have they not the right to proudly face their accusers, in the name of the Catholic institutions they represent, and to demand of them: What, then, is the science that we have not served, and that we will not serve, as well, if not better, than you? Do our Professors fear to be compared with yours? The pupils we educate, pitted by public competition against yours, do they not always carry off the honours?

The strength of conviction and the sincerity of love is tested by sacrifice. You know, perhaps, the liberality of the unbeliever in behalf of Science. This is true, and I rejoice in the fact, but I ask you without fear to compare it with the lavish generosity of millions of Catholic Belgians for all branches of learning.

THE UNCONSCIOUS ASSIMILATION OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH WITH MODERN POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS.

The second error -- an error which takes advantage of the spirit of Modernism to infect the youth of our day, and sometimes also to draw away the masses -- is the unconscious confusion of the constitution of the Catholic Church with the political organizations of modern society.

Under the Parliamentary system, each citizen is supposed to have a voice in the direction of public affairs: the revolutionary theories circulated by Rousseau, and adopted in the declaration of the Rights of Man in 1789, have disseminated in the masses a mistaken idea that the directing authority of the country is made up of the collective individual wills of the people; the representatives of power are thus considered delegates, whose exclusive rôle it is to interpret and turn to account the opinions and will of their constituents.

It is this conception of power that Döllinger wished to apply to the Bishops assembled in the Vatican Council. Later on, Father Tyrrell applied it to the Bishops as well as the faithful ecclesiastics or laics of the Christian community, reserving only to the Bishops and even to the supreme authority of the Pope the right to put on record and to proclaim authentically what the dispersed members of the Christian family, nay, even what religious communities have thought, loved, and felt.

This analogy is false: civil society, following a natural law, is born of the union and co-operation of the wills of the members that compose it. But the supernatural society of the Church is essentially positive and external, and must be accepted by its members as it was organized by its divine Founder, and to Christ alone belongs the right to dictate to us His will.

Listen to the Son of God, made Man, giving His Apostles His sovereign and indefeasible instructions: "Go into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature." "He that believeth, and, is baptised, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned." The Evangelist St. Mark, who quotes these words in the last page of his Gospel, concludes as follows: "And the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God. But they going forth preached everywhere; the Lord working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed." Hence the Bishops continue the apostolic mission, and the Faithful must listen, believe, and obey their teaching under pain of eternal damnation. "If he will not hear the Church," says our Lord, "let him be to thee as the heathen and the publican," that is like unto a man without faith. "Amen, I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth shall be bound also in heaven, and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth shall be loosed in heaven."

THE CHRISTIAN MUST PROTECT HIS FAITH BY ENLIGHTENMENT.

Hold fast, dear Christians, to the cornerstone of your faith. Confide in your Bishop, who himself is supported by the Successor of Peter, the Bishop of Bishops, the immediate representative of the Son of God, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Protect with vigilance the treasure of your faith, without which nothing will profit you for eternity.

Perfect your religious instruction.

It is an astonishing fact that in proportion as the youth grows to manhood, he considers it almost a question of honour to develop his physical forces, to increase the measure of his knowledge, to strengthen his judgment, enrich his experience, to polish his language and refine his style, and better inform himself on the march of events. Man has at heart the perfection of his profession, and is there a lawyer, magistrate, doctor, or merchant who would not blush if forced to admit at forty that for the last twenty years he had added nothing to his store of knowledge?

And is it not a fact that if Catholics of twenty, thirty and forty years of age were interrogated, they would have to confess that since their First Communion they had not studied their religion, and perhaps have even now forgotten what they then learned?

In these troubled times I understand the conquests of unbelief, and I deplore them; but what seems more difficult to explain is that a believing, intelligent man, conscious of the value of that rare gift of Faith, is content to ignore what he believes, why he believes it, and what the solemn vows of baptism pledged him to, towards God and his neighbour.

Every well educated man should have in his library a Catechism, if not to learn by heart, at least to study the text. The one most highly recommended is the Catechism of the Council of Trent, an admirable work in its clearness, precision and method, in which by the order of the Fathers of the Council of Trent, a commission of distinguished theologians was charged to condense the substance of faith and morals and the institutions of Christianity.

To instruct himself in the reasons for his belief the well-informed Catholic should have, beside his Catechism, a manual of the dogmatic teachings of the Church, and the principal Pontifical Encyclicals addressed to our generation, those of Leo XIII, of glorious memory, and the Encyclicals of Pius X.

All Catholics should have in their households, if not the integral text of the Bible, at least the New Testament, that is, the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. And they should have, moreover, a history of the Church and an apologetical treatise.

But to keep alive and nourish his piety every Christian should possess a Roman Missal, and a treatise on the liturgy that will explain the ceremonies of the Mass and the principal manifestations of religious worship in the Church.

The Imitation of Christ, Bossuet's Meditations on the Gospels, and The Introduction to a Devout Life, by St. Francis of Sales, and, in addition to these, several lives of the Saints that represent to us the practical application of the teaching of the Gospel: these books form together at a very modest outlay the minimum religious library of a Christian family. Every family, however humble, ought to have several books of piety.

I have sometimes glanced at the libraries of friends following liberal careers, and noticed books of science, of literature, and profane history; but how often one searches in vain for any religious literature. Is it then surprising that minds so poorly equipped are easily taken in by an audaciously formulated objection: they are then horrified, and appeal to apologetics for help.

Apologetics have without doubt their place in the Church, and oppose a defence to every attack. When one is ill the physician is called in, but hygiene is more potent than the doctor. Study for choice the statements and proofs of Catholic doctrine, penetrate yourself with its teachings and meditate on them, get to know the history of the Church, and learn her apostolic labours.

EXHORTATION TO PRAYER AND VIGILANCE.

Watch and pray! By the integrity of your life, by the purity of your morals, and by the humble confession of your dependence on God and your need of His merciful Providence, banish the interested motives for unbelief, and then will disappear, as mists before the sun, the doubts that rise in the soul and obscure the horizon. And if at times on some special point a doubt should trouble your conscience, have recourse to some enlightened man: the explanation he will give you will be adapted to your mentality and to your peculiar state of soul at that moment; and will be more efficacious than replies indiscriminately addressed to a large crowd of listeners or readers.

None of us, dearly beloved brethren, sufficiently appreciates the gift of Faith. Man is so made that he takes no account of what has definitely become part of his constitution. You have sight, hearing, good lungs, and a sound heart; and do you often thank God for these blessings? Ah! if you were menaced with blindness, loss of hearing, tuberculosis or paralysis, how much greater would be your appreciation of the blessings that you seem on the point of losing, and how spontaneous would be your gratitude when you had recovered your sense of security.

The Protestant nations are sick, and for four centuries the leaven of free interpretation has been working in them: observe with what painful anxiety religious souls are being torn asunder by the thousand and one sects between whose conflicting claims they cannot come to a decision.

And it is just when devout Protestants are attacked by liberalism and tossed about by doubts, and appeal in despair to authority for help, crying: "Save us, O Lord, or we perish!" that the Modernists would do away with the Chief who makes us the envy of our separated brethren, and invite us to renew an experiment that four lamentable centuries proclaim a failure.

No, beloved brethren, we will have nothing to do with such a painful experiment. More closely than ever will we hold to the Vicar of Christ.

"I have a great mystery to preach to you," said Bossuet; "the mystery of the unity of the Church." United within by the Holy Spirit, she has still a common tie in her exterior Communion, and must remain united by a government wherein the authority of Christ is represented. This union guards unity, and under the seal of ecclesiastical government unity of mind is preserved.

The unity of Christian Faith is safe only in the Catholic Church, and the Catholic Church is only stable on the Chair of Peter.

"We will turn then," said St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, at the end of the second century, "to the most ancient of the Churches, known to all as the Church founded and constituted at Rome by the two glorious Apostles, Peter and Paul: we will prove that the traditions held by the Apostles, and the Faith they announced to men, have come to us by the regular succession of Bishops: and it will be a subject of confusion for all those who, either from vanity, blindness or bad feeling, take in without discrimination all sorts of opinions that may happen to appeal to them; for such is the superiority of the pre-eminence of the Church of Rome, that all the Churches, that is to say, the Faithful the world over, must be in accord with her, and the Faithful, wherever they may come from, will find intact in her the traditions of the Apostles."