Thursday, August 28, 2014

Immemorial Mass of All Ages Celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica by SSPX

Edit: as reported by Rorate, permission was granted, but this has been going on for some time, with Society Priests saying Mass at St. Peter's.

The Mass in the Vatican Basilica was celebrated by Fr. de Sivry on August 9, 2014, during this special centennial year of thedies natalis of Saint Pius X.

Italian Police Arrest Terror Suspects

According to media reports, the authorities have charged the identified suspects in the Veneto region, inter alia, of the recruitment of fighters for the "holy war". The detainees are reportedly to non-Italians.

Rome ( The Italian police have arrested five Muslims, who are closely related to the jihadist organizations in Syria and Iraq. According to local media reports on Wednesday that authorities have identified suspects in the Veneto region, inter alia, of the recruitment of fighters for the "holy war". The detainees are reportedly non-Italians. They are in the cross hairs of investigators in the course of the nation's increased security measures against militant Islamists. The Italian Interior Ministry fears that Islamist terrorists might deliberately mingle with the large numbers of boat people coming across the Mediterranean.

On Tuesday, the Vatican had denied reports that Islamic terrorists could be planning an attack on Pope Francis. This unfounded, said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, as reported. The Italian newspaper "Il Tempo" had reported that the terrorist militia fighters "Islamic State" could prepare an attack on the Pope. Citing Israeli sources, their leader, the self-styled "Caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, stated that he had ordered attacks in Europe and in particular against Francis as "the greatest representatives of the Christian Religion" and "supporter of false truth".

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Police Confirm: Fire in Berlin Mosque Was Arson

Berlin's Senator Henkel: "If religious buildings burn in our city, regardless of whether they are churches, synagogues or mosques, then I take that very seriously."

Berlin ( The fire in the Mevlana Mosque in Berlin two weeks ago was apparently a result arson. A police spokesman explained that a technical defect was ruled out as cause of fire, also negligent arson was considered very unlikely. This was reported in various media. There was no evidence for offenders. A political background could be neither excluded nor confirmed at this time. The state authorities have indicated as has reported.

The fire broke out on August 12 in an unfinished section of the mosque and caught fire, especially building materials. The mosque facade was heavily blackened. Traces of accelerants were detected.

As of last Saturday Sigmar Gabriel, Minister of Economic Affairs and Vice Chancellor, spoke during his visit to the Mosque of an "assassination" and determined that arson attacks on mosques, synagogues and churches are also "an attack on the center of the society." Even Berlin's Senator of the Interior, Frank Henkel (CDU) said on Tuesday during a visit to the Mevlan Mosque: "If religious buildings burn in our city, regardless of whether they are churches, synagogues or mosques, then I take that very seriously." To mark the event, a protest was staged where undreds of believers prayed on the road. There were also two fires started in mosques in Bielefeld in early August within a week. Link to Trans: Tancred AMDG

Liturgical "Sensibility" of Pope Francis Leads to the Demotion of Cardinal Cañizares

Cardinal Cañizares with Pope Benedict XVI
(Rome / Madrid) It had already been written for a few days. Now the confirmation has been made. Pope Francis today named Archbishop Carlos Osoro of Valencia as the new Archbishop of Madrid. The deposition of Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Francis was already expected a few weeks after the recent conclave. Now the Argentine Pope is sending him back to Spain as the new Archbishop of Valencia. The decisive factor is not in the move, the in rank is more like a demotion, but a reposting away from Rome.
So, this is the  second dismissal of a prefect of the Roman Curia, which was expected by observers since the late spring of 2013. With the election of a new pope all offices of the Roman Curia are forfeit.  In the course of his staff restructuring of the Curia, Pope Francis removed those two from a total of nine prefects. Their understanding of the Church was the closest to Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Mauro Piacenza was already  replaced as Prefect of the Congregation of Clergy on September 21, 2013. Today, even the delicate department the Holy Liturgy and the Sacraments follows. Delicacy, not least because of questions as to how Pope Francis has exhibited low liturgical sensibility.

Liturgical Abuse for Francis is No Offense? - There is Already the Liturgical Dignity of the Old Rite  

While the Pope previously confessed no connection to criticism the widespread liturgical abuses especially in the West, he had repeatedl incomprehension, yes even a recognized aversion to the traditional Roman Rite, especially against the faithful who adhere to this rite.
That there would never have been a  Motu Proprio under Pope Francis, Summorum Pontificum, with which Pope Benedict XVI. 2007, corrected the liturgical reform of 1969, the imbalance in the innermost core of the faith and gave the traditional Rite far reaching rights of citizenship and equal rights in Church law again in addition to the Novus Ordo, is not doubted in the even more broad environment of the Argentine incumbent.
Cardinal Piacenza and Cardinal Canizares of Pope Franzikus outclassed
Cardinal Piacenza and Cardinal Canizares Whom Pope Francis deposed as prefect of a Roman Congregation
The aversion towards the efforts of his predecessor was already visible during his first public appearance, against attempts in the  Church to reclaim the understanding of the sacred, continues with the deposition of Cardinal Cañizares. A replacement has not yet been made. Traditionally connected circles harbor fears. Among the candidates in the past year most frequently mentioned, there was also Curial Archbishop Piero Marini, the [evil] papal master of ceremonies of John Paul II.

Too Close to the Understanding of the Church of Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Piacenza was connected with the  attempt of Benedict XVI to provide the clergy with  Saint John Mary Vianney, a saint, as a model, who was anchored steadfastly in the traditional churches and religious understanding. A "priest in the pre-Conciliar image", which has been so violently resisted within church,  so violently that the attempt failed.
Cardinal Cañizares was connected with the effort of Benedict XVI.  to strengthen the sacredness of the liturgy and to reinforce this effort mainly by the appreciation of the traditional Rite. Benedict XVI. not only ended the monopoly of the Novus Ordo, he put it  under pressure through the Vetus Ordo. In fact, the papal action bore immediate fruits worldwide. A process that  has been increasingly put to a halt by the election of Pope Francis. Critics have blamed Cardinal Cañizares, of scarcely responding to liturgical abuses in the Novus Ordo.

Lack of Understanding of Liturgical "Restoration"

With personal integrity, but not particularly combative, the cardinal celebrated several times in the traditional form of the Roman Rite, as well as in autumn 2012 on the occasion of the first International Pilgrimage of Tradition to Rome . It was the first time since the reform of the liturgy that it was celebrated at a main altar of St. Peter again in a larger scale Sacrifice of the Mass in the Old Rite.
Cardinal Canizares Celebrated the Old Rite in 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica 
Cardinal Piacenza had just turned 69  at the time of his dismissal. Cardinal Cañizares is 68. Neither the one nor the other cardinals were close to retirement age. Both were, as it is custom of the Church, resigned with melodious and prestigious offices.  However, the key point to the line-up of changes, is the underlying directional decision. Pope Francis wants to correct the pontificate of his predecessor, Benedict XVI not only by gestures but by facts. But  that is why he was ultimately chosen.

Detente with Prime Minister Rajoy?

Antonio Maria Cardinal Rouco Varela, the former Archbishop of Madrid,  is retiring  from office because he has reached the age limit.  As usual under Pope Benedict XVI. he  left him two years longer in office. It was just another year, because Pope Francis wanted to take sufficient time  for this personnel decision. Spain plays a more important role in the Spanish-speaking world, to which Argentina is one,  than other European countries.
Cardinal Rouco Varela was a determined opponent of the socialist Zapatero government and its social policy. Because of his personal weight and as chairman of the Spanish Bishops' Conference he exercised a decisive influence on the appointment of bishops in Spain. Politically, he was close to the right wing of the bourgeois Partido Popular (PP). But that's not currently the acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose search for a  majority would prefer a quiet Church. 
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: 30Days / MiL / Asianews / Le Forum Catholique
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Resignation of Benedict XVI From a "Handicapped Pontificate"

Pope Benedict XVI. and a Ceaseless Multiple
Attacks From Within and Without Handicapped
Pontificat, Which Ended With His Resignation 
(Rome) Cordialiter, which is a blog of  Catholic tradition with a restrained and balanced editorial line, has published a quite credible eyewitness account. Credible in connection with  its evidence about that "disabled pontificate" of Benedict XVI. LIke no pope in recent history,  Benedict XVI. was not attacked from outside, but handicapped by open disobedience from inside.
The description confirms the existence of an apparent dichotomy between tradition and neo-modernism. It's also  visible that besides the so-called "crypto-Lefebvrians", of which the Apostolic Commissioner of battered Franciscans of the Immaculate spoke, there is a strong group of crypto-schismatics there that are in no way limited to those parts of the German, Austrian and Swiss episcopate and their apparati.

On the Resignation of Benedict XVI.

I would guess that I do consider the resignation of Benedict XVI  to be valid. What I am describing today is from  a dear friend who gave me permission to publish the message on the condition that their names not be mentioned.
In the cloistered convent, where she lived, modernist priests often came to propagandize  the sisters, to "aggiornare" [Bringing them "up to date"]. One of these priests asked the nuns to pray that Benedict XVI. resigns. My friend, who preferred to keep her  traditional friendly attitude from these priests, and thus made friends  with  a priest, a leading representative of the modernist movement. He confided to her  quite openly that he and others like him among the clergy and the religious gathered thousands of signatures to urge Pope Benedict XVI. to resign. 
My friend asked the priest what will happen in the event that the Holy Father were to refuse to resign. The Modernist replied that the Pope had already been informed about it: If he does not resign, they would establish a new, separate church of Rome. And it will not be a small church.' According to what was known to him, many Church leaders would be willing to join the new modernist church. The crypto-schismatic clergy also laid emphasis on the finding that they preemptively support had been assured by those already who control some of the leading mass media and the media would promote the new church.
Some time later, on February 11, 2013 Benedict XVI  actually announced his resignation. My friend told me many more details, whose the publication of for several reasons would be unwise.
Now many will think: If things are to be so, then the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. is invalid. Because in order to be valid, it must be done voluntarily and without any compulsion. To me it is still hard to believe that Benedict XVI. could have made such a serious step to make a false resignation leaving the church in the hands of a false pope (regardless of ever being elected in the conclave).
Therefore, I am of the opinion that Benedict XVI., as he saw himself besieged by a flood of conspirators who were willing to schism, the most stressful thing that can happen to a pope, who was already 86 years old, no longer felt the power to effectively govern the Church and to resist the subversion of the modernists, who preferred to abdicate.
Ultimately, he did not renounce his office, because he was put under pressure, otherwise the resignation would be invalid, but because he no longer felt the physical and spiritual strength because of his age, which he considers necessary in order to oppose the modernist movement.

Reason for Withdrawal too Banal For Office and Office Holder?

Cordialiter's argument remains weak on this point, that Benedict XVI. precisely because of the underlying, but noticeable  refusal to follow by  many church leaders could not guarantee that a Pope they desired would emerge from a conclave. The validity of this described also can be due to lack of secure data check difficult to understand why it is easy to brush off or could be initially dismissed even as a belated construct. The good reputation of Cordialiter guarantees sufficient credibility, not to omit any of the facts.
The  nun's description proves in any case, that the spectacular and completely unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. is still something of a mystery and which preoccupy many Catholics. The withdrawal is a serious shadow on the pontificate of this great thinker and prince of the Church who has had his legacy severely damaged. Ultimately, because that he did it himself and thus only official reason seems so banal. Too mundane for this office and this office holders.

Benedict XVI. Year and a Half After Withdrawal of "Extraordinary Mental Vigor"

This fueled speculation which will continue to boil as long as Benedict XVI. is in such good health, demonstrated in how he has held for the second time since his resignation the Schulkreis for his former students and celebrated Holy Mass  for the meeting with his on Sunday. He showed at the same time, in spite of all age-related restriction, to be intellectually and theologically clearly superior to the reigning Pope. Father Stephan Horn, spokesman for the Ratzinger student circle reported on the question to Vatican Radio : "What was it like to celebrate with the Pope Emeritus"
"Wonderful! The joy of the Holy Father, the solemn Holy Mass with an address is how he always does it, the theme of the Gospel and reading. We hope that we can publish this speech one day on our website. He has really preached freshly. This has been shown also in the subsequent meeting that he has worked almost livelier than a year ago. Of course he's a little older, and he feels that it is no longer as easy to walk. But his mental vigor was quite extraordinary."

The "Murder Plot" and the End of the Pontificate

In connection with the Cordialiter report, namely that:  it is also important to recall  the "secure message" which Archbishop Paolo Cardinal Romeo of Palermo and his European travel companions, mostly businessmen, gave in the mid-November 2011 during a trip to the People's Republic of China, where he announced that the pontificate of Benedict XVI. will only last more than one year. Pope Benedict XVI. was informed  by Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos in a personal letter  deliberately written  in German language letter about it in January 2012.
The precise details of the end of the pontificate came from Romeos' interlocuters, of which the Colombian Castrillon Hoyos was informed, who had come to the conclusion that there was a murder plot afoot against the German pope. The anonymous note about Romeos' China discussions to Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos was dated 30 December 2011.   The frightening term "murder plot"  was  used by the Colombian cardinal, who had come to the same conclusion, then he wrote explicitly in his letter to Benedict XVI. and the person who brought the letter to the Pope   with the inscription on the envelope: "Strictly confidential". Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, then responded to the letter and content, and was limited to the words: "It seems so incredible that I do not even want to comment on it."

The Pastor Initiatives as Leverage Against Benedict XVI.

The nun told Cordialiter of signatures from clergy, with which the modernists wanted to use to force Benedict XVI.  to resign.  That could have been the Pontificate's interaction with the Pastor Initiatives since 2006, which were initiated in Austria and spread in the following years in many westernized countries. In June 2011, the "Call to Disobedience" followed. That the internal Church confrontation was decisive on this front, it witnessed what was for many observers the   direct rebuke of the rebellious cleric by Benedict XVI,  at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, 2012, ten months before the announcement of his official resignation. He refused for the world Church to hear the demands of the priest rebels. He took every effort,  to which the Austrian episcopate could not  or or did not want to implement.  Only the "radicality of obedience" is an appropriate requirement for a "real renewal" in the Church, said the leader of the Catholic Church  to the disobedient ones.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Chiesa e Postconcilio
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vatican Denounces Reports About Plans for Papal Assassination

Italian press report has claimed that Islamist terrorists were preparing to assassinate Pope Francis - Vatican spokesman Lombardi: "The Vatican does not harbor special concerns in this direction"

Vatican City ( The Vatican has denied a report according to which Islamist terrorists were preparing an assassination attempt on Pope Francis. This lacks foundation, in the words of Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi. "There is nothing to be taken seriously. The Vatican does not harbor special concerns in this direction," as the media quoted him on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Italian daily newspaper "Il Tempo" spread rumors, that fighters of the terrorist militia "Islamic State" were planning an attack on the Pope. Referring to Israeli sources, it was said that their leader, the self-styled "Caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had ordered attacks in Europe and in particular against Francis as "the greatest representative of the Christian Religion" and "support of false truth".

Currently, the jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq, are coming to Italy, militia mingled with the numerous refugees coming across the Mediterranean. Last week the Italian media reported that Italy is reinforcing its security measures. But a concrete suspicion of terrorism did not exist.

 During the general audience on 13 May 1981 in St. Peter's Square Ali Agca, surrounded by about 15,000 people, made ​​an attempt on John Paul II. The Pope barely survived.  There is still nothing certain known about the actual motivations and instigators of the Turkish-Muslim assassin. This assassination-Shirt by Pope John Paul II. (Rome Reports, Eng.) (C) 2014 CBA Catholic News Agency. All rights reserved.

Cardinal Brandmüller: Enthusiasm Surrounding the Pope is Superficial

"That is superficial. Were this a religious movement, the churches would be full "- Regarding the abolition of celibacy and women priests: "We draw clear boundaries faith clear. This is not a sign of weakness but of strength"

Hamburg ( Emeritus German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller (85) does not think much of the enthusiasm for Pope Francis: "It is superficial. Were this a religious movement, the churches would be full," said the former president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, in an interview with the Hamburg magazine "Zeit Geschichte" Brandmüller opposes the abolition of celibacy and is against women priests: "We draw clear boundaries regarding faith. This is not a sign of weakness but of strength," he said.

 A "laissez-faire, laissez-aller would mean watching passively the devastation of the Church from within," said the 85-year-old.

An ecumenism uniting the Protestant and Catholic believers could not exist with this doctrine, because "what is true now was true then, the Church in Luther's sense was a purely spiritual mass. Thus Protestantism is contrary to the Catholic faith."

 As the greatest threat to the Church today Brandmüller sees the absolutism of the individual: "Modernity does not ask: What is true?, but: What good is it? Is it feasible? Pragmatism and utilitarianism are the great heresies of our time."

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The Baroque Pictorial World of Ottobeuren Abbey

The Upper Swabian Benedictine abbey Ottobeuren is celebrating its 1,250th anniversary this year. On this occasion the monks, with at personal expense, and generous financial support from outside, have produced a two-volume book project entitled "Otto Beuren. Baroque Imagery of the Monastery in Painting and Sculpture ," published  by the EOS-Verlag. In hundreds of pictures - which are a bit too small, unfortunately, in some rare cases - the Publisher presents paintings, statues, stucco and other artistic features, which have given the Abbey  worldwide fame.  Almost everyone should know the problem of looking at a painting and recognizing its beauty, but what is represented is not really being  deciphered. The two illustrated books provide expert comments and explanations, which often open up new dimensions for the reader.
Founded in 764 it is the story of the Abbey, which was dedicated to St. Alexander and Theodore, closely connected with the history of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, which existed in about the same period. The founders of the monastery were the Alemannic noble couple Sylach and Ermiswinth whose son Toto a little later, was the first abbot of Ottobeuren. Already in the tenth century the Imperial City was obtained by Bishop Ulrich of Augsburg, but the advocacies were only removed in 1710 from Abbot Rupert Ness by the Bishop of Augsburg.
The baroque monastery of the 18th century, as we still know it today, has the enormous size of 480 by 430 meters and this is due to the initiative of the aforementioned Abbot Rupert Ness. The full imperial immediacy (Reichsunmittelbarkeit) meant that Abbot Rupert was full state and court master of an area of ​​around 265 square kilometers and about 10,000 residents. The rich immediate status of Ottobeuren explains the magnificent interior of the building, which of course not only had to serve for monastic life, but also the administration of the territory of the abbey.
Nevertheless,  the secular did not push the spiritual  into the shadows: "Only apparently did  the secular manorial features outshine the monastic elements of the Ottobeurer monastery structure, because the cloistered areas for are inaccessible to laymen; they belong 'to the monks.' That it was the kingdom of prelates and feudal lord, Abbot Rupert Ness, was above all in the beginning much less the representative of the Imperial Abbey and more about the Benedictine community, as the genesis of the new building began in 1711; in the care of his confreres Abbot Rupert first built functional cells refectory and kitchen build and equiped the south east quadrangle.  "In addition, the financial balance sheet  was not burdened by excessive pomp by the monks, as it was elsewhere often the case." Despite immense expenditures for construction and equipping of the monastery, they were able to accumulate no debt."
Text: Benedict M. Buerger
image: publisher
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Traditional Priest Refused Requiem

The following is from Damian Thompson. Apparently, the Requiem Mass for the departed Father Jeam-Marie Charles-Roux is being refused:

Latin Mass Society confirms that, shockingly, St Etheldreda's Ely Place has refused to allow the celebration of an EF Requiem Mass for Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux, who celebrated exclusively in the older form in that church for many years. I knew Fr Jean. This is an insult to his memory. The email address for the Rosminian Provincial, Fr David Meyers, is

Monday, August 25, 2014

National Pilgrimage of the German District of the Society of St. Pius X to Fulda to Renew the Consecration of Germany to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

For the 11th  year, the German District of the  Society of St. Pius X. has organized its a pilgrimage to Fulda for the 6 and 7 September. It was introduced in 2004 for the annual renewal and the consecration of Germany to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was completed in 1954 for the first time in Fulda by the bishops of Germany.
This year's pilgrimage takes as  its subject the life of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, against the background of the  100. anniversary of the death of the great Eucharistic Pope Pius X.
The pilgrimage begins on September 6 at noon at 12.30 in the center of Fulda in front  of the castle with a Marian procession through the city and surrounding area.
The venue of the two-day prayer meeting is the ballroom of the old Orangerie, in the castle garden (Maritim Hotel). There, a first solemn High Mass in the traditional Latin Rite will be celebrated on Sat evening at  6:30. At night the members of the Catholic youth movement  will hold a prayer vigil before the altar, which is built in the Orangerie.
On Sunday morning at 8:00  the day's program begins with a talk on the pilgrimage theme, which is followed by a solemn Pontifical High Mass at 9:30, which will be said by the Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay. 
The grand finale is the prayer of Consecration to Mary, as the   pilgrims who come from all parts of Germany will again commend their fatherland to  Maria.
It is an open event for all Christians who want to endorse the concerns of pilgrimage. There are about 800 people expected for the Mary procession, for the High Mass on Sunday morning, there will be up to 1000 participants from all over Germany.
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Image: Pilgrimage Office
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„Doppelgänger“ of the Pope Will be New Archbishop of Madrid

(Madrid / Rome) Archbishop Carlos Sierra Osoro of Valencia will be the new Archbishop of Madrid. This is apparently confirmed by  Spanish government circles, according to Spanish media. An official appointment by Pope Francis has not yet been posted. Will Antonio Cañizares Llovera, who is Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship be appointed as the new Archbishop of Valencia?
Archbishop Osoro, was born in 1945, initially working in parish ministry, was then rector of the seminary of his native diocese of Santander and at the same time vicar general of the same. He was appointed in late 1996 by Pope John Paul II., Bishop of Orense, promoted to bishop of Oviedo in 2002 and 2009 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI.  to be Archbishop of Valencia.

"I'm Neither a Conservative Nor a Progressive"

For the Spanish media, Archbishop Osoro because of a certain similarity, is considered to be a "Doppelgänger" of Pope Francis. When asked whether he was a "conservative or progressive,"  the bishop replied: "Neither the one nor the other. It is certain that a man of the Church must be a man of dialogue. If it is progressive, it is to be faithful to the apostolic succession, like Benedict XVI. and before him John Paul II., to be a man of unity with the other bishops, to validly present  Catholic doctrine, and the Catechism, then I am progressive. "Catholic observers describe the archbishop as "sympathetic", "affable", "not partisan." He apparently has with that "all the properties that favor him for a career. A statement on his disposition and performance is thus did not connected," said José Francisco de la Cigoña.

Question of the Rite Must not be "Ideological"

As Archbishop of Valencia Msgr. Osoro has demonstrated particular attention to the poor. The promotion of priestly vocations has led to an increase in the numbers of seminarians. In the last academic year, there were 17 new entrants. Regarding  the traditional rite, the Archbishop of Valencia said: "The extraordinary form of the Roman Rite was the Apporbation of the Pope to the Ordinary form. There is no problem. Where there is a need, you only need to ask. But you can not consider the rite ideologically: Progressive and Conservative. It is important to recognize the doctrine of the Church, which is able to unite Christians of different sensitivity in the same Mass. "

Who Follows as Archbishop of Valencia

Since 2014, Archbishop Osoro has been  Vice President of the Spanish Bishops' Conference . The transfer to Madrid has predestined him in the next term of office for the presidency of the Bishops' Conference. Meanwhile, in Spain there is speculation as to whether Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship is to be appointed as the new Archbishop of Valencia. The speculation about the Spanish Cardinal has been engaged since the recent conclave because of the not very pronounced sensitivity of Pope Francis for the liturgy. It has encouraged them, because the Pope  Cardinal Canizaresas is the only prefect of a Roman Congregation who has not yet been confirmed in his office.  Cardinal Cañizares comes from the Province of Valencia.
The Church thinks over long periods, which is why decisions about appointments  can be corrected with difficulty to move in a certain direction." It took too long to replace the bad Montini-episcopate in Spain. The same would be required in Argentina to get rid of the Bergoglio-episcopate. "
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: antena3 (Screenshot)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Leftist Ex-Mayor of Venice: "I Expect More From the Pope Than From a Renzi or Merkel"

(Rome) The Catholic journalist Antonio Socci has been harshly attacked for his criticism of Pope Francis' silence about the tragedy of the Christians in the Middle East. However, similar criticism also comes from an "unsuspected" wing, as expressed by philosopher Massimo Cacciari who was mayor from 1993-2000 and 2005-2010 of Venice. Cacciari began his career as a radical left-winger. For the daily newspaper La Repubblica, which Pope Francis prefers like no other medium,  Cacciari said:
"This is a radical change in the political theology of the Church ... but that's a neat problem ... Francis considered an intervention, where he decides to to legitimate the UN   - but that is a secularization of the Catholic idea of" just war "... The position of Francis is extremely weak. His point of view is actually one that a Renzi or a Merkel might represent. Forgive me, but from the Pope, I expect something more, that is, he should tell me that it is necessary to intervene on the basis of the absolute values he holds."

"No more silence" - Haunting Words of Saint Catherine of Siena

Antonio Socci provides affirmation  to Cacciari's statement  in the words of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380):

Saint Catherine of Siena, with a burning faith and an open heart
"Oh,  end  the silence! Call out  with a hundred thousand tongues. I see that the world is sick because of the silence, the bride of Christ is pale. "With these powerful words, the saint turned to  high church officials.
And what else did Antonio Socci write about in the newspaper  on 20 August  on the topic for Libero:
"Even today, one can feel the need in the Church, that women and men with burning faith and open hearts like St. Catherine, turn anxiously to the Pope (Gregory XI), who did not do what he was supposed to have done:  'In  your place I would fear that the divine judgment would come upon me.'
But in our time a strange clericalism and its flattery predominate and not the voices of the great saints or free men and women, or perhaps they are not heard.
It is very hard and very painful for a Catholic, given the tragedy of Christians and other minorities in Iraq, to understand the attitude of the Vatican by Pope Bergoglio and accept that they are hunted and killed by bloodthirsty Islamists of the Caliphate in these times.

A Week-long Illusion

In the first weeks there was a reluctance to talk about it. Even the prayer initiative of the Italian Bishops' Conference of 15 August, the pope, in open contrast to his predecessors, remained silent. Obviously, he cherishes a dislike of the Italian Church.
Then, finally, after 20 days of the massacre of men, women and children and a thousand times the pressure, especially by the bishops of that country and the Vatican diplomats, Pope Bergoglio decided to express those fateful words, even though he did it very quietly, 'It is legitimate to stop an unjust aggressor '.
What a performance ... That would have been missing, would  he have said that it is legitimate that the attacker kills innocent people, crucifies the  'enemies of Islam', buries children alive and rapes women and sold them as slaves.

The Attitude of John Paul II., And Benedict XVI.

In another tempo and energy, John Paul II called to defend the innocent. 'When I see that my neighbor is persecuted, I must defend him: This is an act of charity. That to me is humanitarian intervention.' He emphatically turned, however, in 2003 with his last strength against the non-UN-supported U.S. military intervention Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.  Similarly, Benedict XVI appealed against the. 2011,  UN-supported U.S. military intervention Opération Harmattan against Libya.
But neither John Paul II. nor Benedict XVI. are sitting on the chair of Peter. Pope Bergoglio hastened to shuffle off his words   immediately that one may legitimately 'stop the attacker, but without bombs and without going to war.'  Thus we imagine the bitter question of whether he really wants to save face or save the lives of innocents. How should a brutal gang of killers be stopped without weapons? What does  Pope Bergoglio suggest to the butcher to stop?  There will be those who will immediately say, a pope could not call for violence, even not when it comes to saving innocents. Wrong. For centuries, the Catholic doctrine teaches the right to self-defense against an unjust aggressor.
It was the theologians of the school of jurists of Salamanca, as well as the Dominican Francisco de Vitoria, precisely on that point, who established the modern basis of International Law on the basis of natural law in the early 16th century.
Pope Benedict XVI. in 2008, recalled to the United Nations: 'The principle of responsibility to protect was viewed from the ancient ius gentium  (international law) as the foundation of every action that is performed by the governing to the governed.' And pointed out that the Dominican Friar Francisco De Vitoria, is rightly regarded as a precursor of the idea of the United Nations.'
Thus John Paul turned II turned in 1995 in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae: On the other hand, "self-defense of the one for the lives of  others  responsible for the welfare of his family or the common good, is not only a right but a grave duty". 1 It unfortunately happens that the need to render the attacker harmless, sometimes brings his killing with it. In this case, the fatal outcome is put the attacker to load, which has exposed him by his act, even in the event that he was not morally responsible for lack of use of reason.' 2
What Pope Francis would have done if following in the footsteps of his predecessor, would have been a proportionate and targeted use of force to disarm the attacker and save the lives of the persecuted. But not for other interests.

Silence is a Child of Catho-progressive Ideology

Moreover, we find no single  mention by the Pope regarding the Islamist slaughter, not even once the word Islam, Islamists or Muslims. If someone had only the words of the Pope to go on,  he would not understand in the least, who is responsible for this humanitarian tragedy.
This serious reluctance is the result of Catho-progressive ideology, for dialogue with Muslims is wrongly understood and  pursued as surrender, even on a psychological level. This goes so far that there are Catho-progressive commentators who go so far as to repeat with zeal, that the butchers of the Caliph have nothing to do Islam and the  'true' Islam, since   actual Islam is something else entirely. Only: The Butcher of the Caliph forces his victims to convert to Islam if they don't want to be killed or driven away.
It is understandable and right that the church leadership does not seek conflict, controversy or even a religious war. But it is also a duty to tell the truth and to give believers a serious cultural judgment about  what is happening to Christians in the world. This is especially true given the cultural subservience of many Catholics, where some are even  seriously concerned, to keep so contemptibly, silent about 'the persecution of Christians.'  Christians are clearly the most persecuted group worldwide.

The Pope's Quiet Words   "at least" Refute the Loud Talkers

Despite all the words of the Pope on the flight back from Korea, it's a step forward, always with the hope that given the dramatic situation he will soon, as soon as possible, follow clearer and more decisive words.
The words should, meanwhile, already serve to order some of their thoughts to help. Even those who wanted to go immediately with sharp words, to  silence everyone in recent days who dared to call the papal silence by name. And those who were not embarrassed, to insinuate the same time, the demand to stop the attacker was the same as calling for a war or even a crusade.
The papal words, as quietly as they may be, at least refute those who  trumpeted the most loudly, that the silence of the Pope meant that he 'wanted to avoid even worse reactions'. Or quite shrewdly: 'If the Pope does not say anything, then it means that he is in secret '. This is much chatter, spoken by well-meaning and less well-meaning people.
In reality, we were under the illusion in the Vatican for weeks that there is a diplomatic way. However, the  Caliph just wants to conquer, massacre and forcibly convert. That's exactly what the situation as it was described by the Iraqi bishops who were perfectly familiar with the real situation for the Vatican, which did not want to hear. The bishops have indicated that the butchers do not even know what the word 'dialogue' or diplomacy mean.

An addendum

And an addendum: In his speeches during the Korean visit to Pope Francis called legitimately on the whole Church to reflect on the example of the martyrs of yesterday and today and for prayer. Quite right. The call is very weak, if he does not at the same time encourage the whole Church to rush to the aid of the victims. And it is weak without that profound cultural consciousness that Benedict XVI. knew how to give those who were willing to listen. Today, however, confusion rules.
Introduction / Translation: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Riscossa Christiana / fresco in the church of S Pietro di Carpignano Sesi (Novara)
Trans: Tancred
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Father Jean-Marie Charles-Roux Has Passed Away

The Curé of Nottingham

Edit: He was a fantastic man who will be sorely missed.  He loved the things we love, and prayed earnestly for the restoration of the Holy Roman Empire, as do we. Now Mel Gibson will have to find another Royalist chaplain for his movie set.  Thanks to PV Wood for this page from the Telegraph.

FATHER JEAN-MARIE CHARLES-ROUX, who has died aged 99, brought the mystical aura of French royalism to London as a Roman Catholic priest of the Rosminian order; he was devoted to the divine nature of monarchy and the Tridentine liturgy. 
Tall, elegant, and with a theatrically silky voice, Charles-Roux wore buckled shoes and medallions commemorating martyred sovereigns, and used an eyeglass to read a newspaper during more than 40 years at the medieval church of St Etheldreda at Ely Place, off Holborn. There he celebrated the Latin Mass every morning with his back to the congregation. Sought after as a confessor, he preached lively and eloquent sermons, flattering and shocking his listeners in equal measure. 
He would emphasise the Christian duty to the poor while maintaining that the parable of the talents proved that capitalism was not only acceptable but also a moral imperative. He made clear his abhorrence of the Allied bombing of Dresden by celebrating Mass for its victims. And once, comparing the transformation of the soul to cooking, he described how it was more likely to be successful in black saucepans (meaning priests) than in grander copper ones (casting a glance at Cardinal Hume sitting nearby).

Here is a more sympathetic article from the Catholic Herald, written by Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith.  In contrast to Father, we hope someone does take on the task to write the auto-biography of this fascinating priest:

Fr Charles-Roux was deeply concerned about the state of the Church; indeed, it made him despair, if a Christian full of faith ever can despair. In private he was always charitable but highly critical of the lack of leadership he saw in various authorities and in particular their refusal to confront the serious problems posed by priests whose way of life was not in keeping with their vocation. He told me on several occasions that he had made his concerns known, but that the superiors simply would not listen. This was a pity, because Fr Charles-Roux was a close and wise observer and they would have done well to have taken his advice.

He was not in favour of “modern” liturgy and he lived long enough to see the traditional way of doing things come back into favour. But he had long ceased to play any active role in the life of the Church by that stage. Indeed, though a very social man, he was adept at avoiding people and situations that he found distasteful. He had retired from the field, shell-shocked in the culture wars. For him, everything had gone wrong a long time ago, indeed in 1789: the French Revolution had been the start of the continuing catastrophe through which we were all living still. Marie-Antoinette, famously, was his favourite subject, though he was hugely knowledgeable on all aspects of recent French history. He was widely assumed to be an aristocrat, but the only ancestor who had played any role in the Revolution, he told me, was one of the guards at Versailles, who was killed during the storming of the Chateau on 5th October 1789. His father was a famous diplomat and head of the Quai d’Orsay, who left behind a several valuable volumes of memoirs. Charles-Roux pére had spent a great deal of his career before the War in Rome, where Jean-Marie was born. On one occasion, Fr Charles-Roux remarked to me: “I switched on the television, and there was this lady singing in Daddy’s office.” The lady was Catherine Malfitano, playing Tosca, and Daddy’s office was of course in Palazzo Farnese. On another occasion, scanning the newspaper through his monocle, a piece of glass that seemed to be no help at all, as he held the paper at such an odd angle, he asked: “Is there anything good on television tonight?” I told him the only thing on was the World Cup. “Ah,” he said after a slight pause. “What is world cup?”

A brilliant speaker, and most amusing company, and also a stimulating preacher – I have heard thousands of sermons, but his I still remember – he was a simply terrible writer, much given to prolixity and eccentric figures of speech. Sentences would continue for pages and pages of typescript. (Needless to say he never learned to use a computer, but was one of the last to keep to a typewriter.) He would send people postcards covered with spidery writing which were allusive and elusive, indeed almost Sibylline. It is a pity that he never produced any memoirs and so sternly resisted anyone writing his life story. His autobiography would have been fascinating, could he have written it. A biography would have been good too, but it is too late for that. His story dies with him, which is how he would have wanted it. After all, he knew very well that it was not about him. He abhorred egotism, particularly in the clergy.

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"Revolution Bergolio": Diocese of Treviso Insults Saint Pius X on 100thAnniversary of His Death

(Treviso) On 20 August 1914, a hundred years ago,   Saint Pope Pius X died,  who resisted Modernism and fought against it.  Pius X defined Modernism in Pascendi Dominici Gregis, his encyclical of 1907 as the "synthesis of all heresies".   Today  Modernism is becoming predominant, which has abused even the holy Pope for its purposes, to betray the everlasting Magisterium of the Church.  That teaching, which St. Pius X has devoted his entire extraordinary life in fidelity to Christ and His teachings.

The Diocese of Treviso made a unique decision. On their internal page it says: "On 20 August 1914, Pope Pius X. died at 1:16  in the Vatican. The world was experiencing the outbreak of the First World War. The Diocese of Treviso will honor this anniversary in the third week of August with a series of initiatives." Ironically, churches were not opened on the dies natalis of the saint, in order to explain the meaning of the saintly Pope  to people that sin is sin, and to celebrate Eucharistic adoration under the slogan "God is love" but to invoke  the intercession of Pius X  to ensure that the forthcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family (October 5 to 19) of the Church will bring an "aggiornamento" and according to "all the needs of all couples."  In short,  the 100th anniversary of the death of so great and holy a Pope as Pius X, is to be abused to propagate the exact opposite of what the Church has taught for the last 2,000 years.  "That's a lie in its pure form, that is not even visible to the initiate is not visible even to," writes the Italian district of the SSPX, who made ​​the scandal public.

The Diocese is Praying that the Church Recognizes the Sin?

 "Today, one goes to far as to "pray" (to whom do we pray?) that the Church recognizes sin.  The sin, as such, to recognize and legitimizes the sinners to their actions without remorse and without repentance.  Were all previous generations who lived in marriage according to the commandments of the Holy Church, of your mind?   Or is the meaning obscured today? ",  says the report of the SSPX.

 The daily Tribuna di Treviso  advertised the following in the issue dated 19 August under the title "Revolution Bergoglio: The Curia opens the doors for the divorced" with  benevolent items for the prayer initiative of the Diocese:

 A whole night in the church for prayer and worship, to call upon the Holy Pope of Treviso.  One is  married in the Church and other with the wedding ring on her finger, but without a holy covenant.  And still others who live together without a promise to the priest or the mayor.  Or even with a divorce under his belt, but who has told an other, 'yes.'  Never before have all been found together, together, to pray.  On the day of the hundredth anniversary of the death of Saint Pius X, who died on the night of August 20, 1914, in the church of Treviso which opens its arms for the first time for all couples, married or not.  And she invites you to pray together without any distinction: Christian families, married couples, engaged, couples who are married in a civil ceremony couples living together, separated or divorced.  No one is excluded.   Five churches in the diocese will open their doors for the peace and quiet of a special prayer moment.  From the church of Riese, Pio X, the birthplace of Pope Giuseppe Sarto, over at the parish of Salzano, the monastery church of the Visitation in Treviso, the Piccolo Rifugio San Dona del Piave,  the Adoration Chapel of Ciano del Montello. A night of worship that is available to all pairs who cross the threshold of the church and want to sit side by side before the altar." Likewise, the Corriere delle Alpi  wrote on the Internet: "The Curia of Treviso Opens the Gates of the Divorcees."

Logo for the 100th anniversary of the death of Pope Pius X.

 "Opening Without Limitation"

 In the  diocese's listing there is no mention of remarried divorcees or homosexuals.   The media understood the "opening without restriction" literally in any case and  gave the impression that the Church accepts any form of "living together."  The Canon Law of 1917,  prepared by Pope Pius X, and the Large Catechism, which he himself wrote, however, takes a clear position on the sacrament of marriage.   For this reason the initiative of the Diocese of Treviso could only be described as a blatant violation of the Canon Law and the Catechism.   Equally, we are dealing with an insult to the Holy Pope, whose name is being abused for the opposite of what he had taught and fought for, says the SSPX.

 The same newspaper article has Monsignor Giuliano Brugnotto, the chancellor of the diocese and secretary of the Diocesan Committee for the Centennial Celebration of the Holy Pius X.  quoted as saying: "The Pope [Francis] has several times expressly asked for it it, he has asked for prayers to give an ecclesial event such as the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family answers to difficult situations or marital wounds.   In Treviso this is happening for a special occasion, which is intended on the centenary of the death of Pope Pius X.  We have invited them to live this moment of prayer, each with the experience and the character of his own love."

 "A love like God wants or Satan?"

"A love like God wants or Satan?" asks the SSPX.  It is noticeable also that it is difficult in the diocese to address Pope Pius X as a saint.

The Bishop of the Diocese of Treviso is the Franciscan Minorite Archbishop Gianfranco Agostino Gardin who was from 1995-2001 Minister General of the Minorites and from 2000-2006 Chairman of the Union of Superiors General of Religious Orders (USG). Benedict XVI.  made ​​him secretary of the Congregation of Religious and Titular Bishop. Upon expiration of his three-year tenure, he was raised in 2009  to the Bishop of Treviso ad personam with the rank of archbishop.  With the appointment of the incumbent Prefect, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and at least the last three secretaries of the Congregation of Religious, the popes were not particularly fortunate in this regard.

The celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the death of Pope culminates on Saturday with a Mass in Riese Pio X, which is celebrated by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Wikicommons Image: Wikicommons
Trans: Tancred
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Isabella I. "the Catholic" -- Cardinal Lustiger Blocked Her Beatification?

(Madrid) The emancipatory Zeitgeist has ignored the numerous and grand Catholic, female figures. Perhaps that is because while it is indeed feminist, but not very  female friendly? Among the women who are ignored by the liberal historiography, is Isabella I "the Catholic" of Castile. In Catholic Spain through the ages she has been venerated as the  "gran reina de la madre patria"  (Great  Queen of the Fatherland), while  political opponents and later Protestant anti-Catholics caricatured her.
It was the anti-Spanish Leyenda Negra (black legend), that has  darkened her memory since the 16th century by insinuations and untruths in Europe. A blackout that until now prevented her beatification, although she "deserves far more than others," this, as the Argentine priest, Javier Olivera-Ravasi, founded the order in Argentina beginning in 1984,  Institutum verb Incarnatum (Institute of the Incarnate Word, IVE) as InfoCatolica writes. Currently Father Olivera is working his way on his dissertation in history about the counter-revolution of the Mexican Cristeros .

Why this aversion to the Catholic queen?

"Why this angry aversion," asks Olivera Father. Because the Queen in the eyes "of those who rule the world today, is guilty of  four unforgivable deeds":
  1. She united Spain
  2. She ordered the expulsion of the Jews
  3. She conquered Granada back from the Muslims
  4. She evangelized America
Is the ideological and pseudo-historical veil beginning  to lift, which has been placed over this queen? Is her public perception corrected? "We hope so, even though she does not need it. But we need it to be able to  hope to one day say: Sancta Isabella, ora pro nobis"  says Father Olivera.
Religion en Libertad  conducted an interview of   the non-fiction author José Maria Zavala, a proven expert in this historical figure of world renown. Zavala, who studied Communication Sciences at the University of Navarra and made ​​a name as a business journalist, is interested in  Spanish history, on which he published more than 30 books. He has just released his new book Isabel intima. Las Armas de la mujer mas y reina de la historia de España celebre (Isabella. The Armory of the Most Famous Wife and Queen of Spanish History, Planeta Publishing 2014, 352 pages). Zavala evaluated the records of the blocked beatification process for the Queen of Spain and presented a book that "smashed" the "Black Legend" against the Catholic Queen ( InfoCatolica ).

"John Paul II. Wanted to Beatify Isabella, but Lustiger Was Definitively Against"


Isabel intima: The destruction of the "Schwazen Legend" against a Catholic Queen
Are you ready for the controversy?
Yes, if one understands by controversy dismantling of an unjustified "black legend" against the most famous woman and queen of Spanish history. Yes, I think, yes I'm ready. Even though this should basically not be necessary if the files of the beatification process are subjected to an unprejudiced examination. I can assure you that the abundance of documents that support the most important decisions of her rule, is overwhelming.
They contradict not only the leyenda negra, but are in favor that the Church recognizes the virtues of the queen.
I hope that this book is turned into an effective tool to revive the beatification process of Isabella again. We remember that Cardinal Rouco Varela 1 gave a new impetus to the process in  2002, as he described  the queen as a "great Christian" and as a precursor for the defense of human rights in a meeting at the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See.
Was there a real  intention to perform this beatification?
Pope John Paul II was prepared to beatify Isabella. He was convinced of the sanctity of this woman and queen who led a life of heroic virtues. A conviction which is confirmed by more than 100,000 documents examined, of which 3,160 were selected and grouped into 27 volumes, of which the first volume consists of two double volumes. They form the Positio of the beatification process.  I had access to them for  my book.
Why was the beatification  then shelved?
As the beatification process should have been completed positive, the French Cardinal, Jean Marie Lustiger, a friend of Pope Wojtyla and as a Jewish convert, a proponent of Jewish-Christian dialogue was decidedly against it.
Who was Isabella the Catholic?
Above all else, she was an exemplary woman as a daughter, wife and mother. A woman and queen with a transcendent understanding of life. The Catholicity was not just lip service, as we experience it often today, but deep conviction for them. She was convinced that God in life always comes first and everything else must be subordinated to the supreme will.
Including the expulsion of the Jews?
A Catholic queen of the 15th century as  she was, was of the firm conviction that the Christian religion is the absolute truth and therefore had to be protected at all costs: including this decision and  above all  the unrelated phenomenon of the question of false Jewish converts to the Christian faith who procured a harmful proselytism. And do not forget: The Church thought then just like her. By today's criteria, the expulsion of the Jews was a serious mistake.
What exactly do you mean?
Well, the expulsion, in contrast as it is today claimed by some, had neither a racist nor an anti-Semitic motive, simply because racism as such at that time did not exist. It is a recent phenomenon. Nor was the greed for wealth a reason, since the measure led to significant revenue losses for the Crown.  In addition, the legal situation of the Jews of Castile was that of "tolerated foreigners", who can not speak of an expulsion in the true sense.
If there was no expulsion, what was it?
To be precise, in the language of today, the non-renewal of the permit to continue residence in Spain, without this being   connected to any defamation and without, in legal terms, representing an injustice as the postulator of the beatification process, Anastasio Gutierrez noted. The decree of the king is the only thing mentioned as a "great harm, detriment and disgrace to our holy Catholic faith." It should also be remembered that Isabella, at the time of her proclamation as queen, made an oath in the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio to govern her subjects, "as God gave her best to understand it"  Soon after, she consecrated their kingdom to God in the church of San Miguel de Segovia, so that she did nothing with the expulsion decree but as her duty and the fulfillment of her oath. Now we could talk at length about the details of this question, but I invite the reader to solve their issues and insecurities with my book.
What do you say to those who condemn the Inquisition condemned as a repressive and cruel instrument against non-Christians?
Historians have often focused on this issue on secondary and rather inconsequential aspects. The real reason, however, as to why  the establishment of the Inquisition in the Kingdom of Castile came to be, was ignored. The real reason was the religious phenomenon of "converts". I am referring to the Jews who outwardly took off their Jewish faith and were even baptized as  Christians, but remained secret Jews as before, including attempts to win others for the Mosaic rites. Apart from the establishment of the Holy Office was in Castile was not an invention of the Catholic Monarchs.The most important precedent goes back to a delegation of Pope Nicholas V to King John II of Castile in 1451. I must again refer the reader to   my book, because it is impossible to cover this topic so briefly.
Some even want to expropriate the Cathedral of Cordoba today. What do you say about the much-maligned Reconquista of the Emirate of Granada?
The reconquest of Granada was first, primarily, the culmination of a long process of restoration of Christian Iberia. A process that has already taken place at that time on the basis of the ideal of the Renaissance of national unity under the rule of a modern state. With the recovery of Granada, Isabella  and her husband Ferdinand of Austria were crowned, an undertaking that had begun in the year 718 in Covadonga and lasted eight centuries: the liberation of the Iberian Peninsula from the Muslim conquerors. The Reconquista was already agreed on the initiative of Isabella in the marriage capitulations and was  concluded in 1480 by the Cortes of Toledo.
The "Black Legend" against Isabella also relates to the discovery and Christianization of America. How do you answer those who say that the real motive for the expedition of Columbus was to increase the wealth of the crown?
From the wealth of documents that were collected for the Positio, it is clear that the main motivation was the spread of the Christian faith. Nothing in this expedition indicates a calculus with any future financial gains, as it is assumed. More, the Queen presented her own jewels as collateral to make a loan available to finance the expedition. We can therefore say with the postulator for the beatification process, that the inclusion of America in the Western culture and the evangelization of the New World is of such importance that they can only be compared with two other outstanding missionary events: the Christianization of the Mediterranean peoples and the Christianization of the Germanic peoples in Europe.
Introduction / Translation: Giuseppe Nardi
image: InfoCatolica / Planeta
Trans: Tancred
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