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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.


Source-Frankfurter Rundschau

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".