Monday, March 25, 2019

In Order Not to Lose a Priest in Winter (of the Church) We Recommend the Soutane!

While Rome does not take any concrete measures after the Anti-Abuse Summit, the Society of Saint Peter gives a simple and concrete recommendation.

(Freiburg im Üchtland) The Church goes through a winter in Western Europe. So is the priesthood. A simple and concrete answer comes from the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), packed in a sympathetic message.

The two phenomena, the crisis of the clergy and the Church, are closely related. The winter is expressed in the decline of priestly vocations, the consequent shortage of priests and currently with great publicity in the sexual abuse scandal by clerics.

Against this background, the Priestly Society (FSSP) has launched an original initiative. It gives an answer with image and text, dressed in a sympathetic message with a double meaning.

You can take the picture and the accompanying text literally and take it as a sympathetic greeting. But it can also be read in response to the crisis, the winter that the priesthood is currently living through.

The picture shows in winter landscape four priests of the brotherhood in Soutanes, in addition the message:

"In order not to lose a priest in the snow in winter, we recommend the cassock."

It is a concise, catchy answer that appeals to reason, emphasizes the special status of the priesthood, and addresses in a friendly invitation both the Church hierarchy and each individual priest.

See also on the subject of priestly clothing:

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: MiL
Trans: Tancred

Francis Faking Out the Faithful

Edit: this in from Latin Mass Society Blog. Pope Francis is trickin’ people out at the House of Loreto. These people seem to think that he’s the head of the Church and as if to disabuse them of the notion, he withdraws his ring in order to prevent people from kneeling and venerating his ring. He’s most gracious to some guys in tracksuits who are probably professional athletes. They’re ok! It’s as if respecting the office and the Great Commission is out of bounds!


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Priest Stabbed by Man of Indeterminate Ethnicity

MONTREAL, March 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) -- Police flooded Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Oratory after receiving an emergency call that a priest was stabbed while celebrating Mass on Friday morning.

When police officers arrived at approximately 8:40 a.m., security guards on site had already apprehended the alleged perpetrator, who appeared to be a tall, bearded man reported to be 26 years old. He was taken away in cuffs by police to a waiting patrol car on the scene.

Edit: despite making concessions like this to the age and certain minorities, it didn’t prevent this attack, nor the one which occurred recently in Holland.

The attack at St. Joseph’s Oratory came during the same week that city officials announced that a crucifix that had been in place at Montreal’s City Hall since 1937 will be permanently removed. According to CTV News, city councilor Laurence Lavigne-Lalonde announced at an executive council meeting, “The crucifix was installed during an era that was completely different than the one we live in today.” Lavigne-Lalonde added, “We now live in a society that has evolved and is represented by democratic institutions that must be secular, neutral and open to all citizens.”


Friday, March 22, 2019

Ex-Communist Sees Another Dreyfus Case in Cardinal Pell

Giuliano Ferrara defends Cardinal Pell against a "scandalous" conviction.

(Rome) By historical comparison, a journalistic and intellectual heavyweight is taking sides with Cardinal George Pell, convicted in Australia at first instance. Giuliano Ferrara, publisher of the daily Il Foglio, sees behind the condemnation of the cardinal an anti-Catholic campaign disguised as anti-abuse. It's about an operation that is of far greater dimension and importance. The keyword "sexual abuse" is in the concrete a particularly useful cloak for the media, in order to emotionalize public opinion.

On February 28, Ferrara wrote an editorial for the newspaper he edited:

"The case of Pell is the new case Dreyfus. The shame lies with those who now turn away. "

The allusion points to the Dreyfus affair in France at the end of the 19th century. In 1894, the French captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason. He was falsely accused of having spied for the German Reich, the archenemy of the French then. The captain was sentenced in 1894 to life-long deportation to Devil's Island, a convict colony off the coast of French Guiana.

Dreyfus' dwelling on Devil's Island

The affair was highly charged with emotions because Dreyfus, a Jew born in Alsace, was loaded up with the pent-up anti-Semitism. The conflict sparked over the entire French public. In the Dreyfus figure some circles sought to combat  Judaism. The case became the biggest political scandal of the Third Republic. Emile Zola's "J'accuse ...!" (I object ...!) Became famous in the defense of Dreyfus. His intervention slowly changed public opinion. In 1899 the captain's sentence was reduced to ten years. In 1906 his acquittal and rehabilitation took place.

For Giuliano Ferrara, the case of Pell is of the same dimensions. The conviction in Australia was a new Dreyfus case. In addition, the outright sedition of public opinion in Australia has to be remembered in an anti-Catholic sense, which accompanied the Pell case from the beginning. The well-known intellectual writes:

The Pell case "is an anti-Catholic campaign disguised as a fight against abuse.”

This is not a shame for Cardinal Pell, but those who now turn away in a hurry, change the side of the street and keep quiet about the new case Dreyfus.

"Today hell broke out against Cardinal George Pell, and he runs the risk of ending up in hell [like Dreyfus on Devil's Island] because the prevailing unity of thought about him wants to bring the Catholic Church and its morality to its knees as the last obstacle or potential opposition to global unification in a new, de-Christianized gender and reproduction credo. "

Giuliano Ferrara comes from a liberal family tradition. His parents joined the Communist Party and the Partisan movement under the influence of the fascist dictatorship and the Second World War of 1942. His father became editor-in-chief of the Communist party newspaper L'Unità after the war, Communist Senator of the Italian Republic and head of Lazio Region. The mother was for many years personal secretary of Palmiro Togliatti, the Stalinist leader of the Communist Party of Italy (1927-1934 and 1939-1964). Ferrara himself was at the forefront of the 68 riots and then became a full-time party official of the Italian Communist Party and fraction spokesman in the municipal council of the communist city of Turin. In the 80s, however, he increasingly distanced himself from communism, switched to the socialists and finally in the 90s to Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia. During this time, he also made an approach to the Catholic Church under Pope John Paul II, for which he found a special veneration and solidarity for Pope Benedict XVI.

In 2008, Ferrara initiated an initiative for an international abortion moratorium, but it remained unheard of by the dominance of the abortion lobby.

The condemnation of Cardinal Pell, on which Ferrara is to make an example, sees him as part of a gigantic, anti-Christian cultural struggle. In detail, in his editorial he dissects the allegations against the cardinal and his "scandalous" conviction for a "secret abuse victim." That is a modern "witch hunt".

As early as February 27, Ferrara had criticized the Vatican's reaction to the conviction of Cardinal Pell. He accused Pope Francis of having "capitulated" and already "preemptively" condemning those in "future" in anticipatory obedience. This is an unacceptable approach in a time of increasing undermining of the rule of law, which deserves this name and is not just the product of the powerful right now.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Il Foglio (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

The Reconciliation of Ernesto Cardenal

Ernesto Cardenal, with stole, during the first Mass after lifting his suspension a divinis.

The Catholic journalist Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña, one of the most well-known Spanish columnists and bloggers on Church issues, has never made a secret of his rejection of Marxist liberation theology and his criticism of their representatives such as Ernesto Cardenal. His grandfather had been murdered by the Marxists in the Spanish Civil War because, as a Catholic and an industrialist, he belonged to the "wrong" credo and the "wrong" class. He knows about what is supposedly meant well but can lead to wrong ideas.

Progressive Church circles celebrate the pardon of Cardenal by Pope Francis and take the opportunity once again to repeat their dislike of Pope John Paul II, who suspended Cardenal a divinis in 1984. This reaction was predictable and contains nothing new. How much more remarkable, however, is the conciliatory tone found by a hard critic of Cardenal like Fernandez de la Cigoña. The Spanish journalist sheds light on the extent to which the devout Catholic rejoices over anyone who returns to the full unity of the Church, and over any suspended or apostate priest who rightfully practices his sacrament of Holy Orders, even if he was once a harshly criticized opponent.

The video at the end of the article shows from minute 1:08 also Pope John Paul II’s meeting with Ernesto Cardenal, then Sandinista minister in Nicaragua. The gesture of the head of the Church clarifies the drama of the moment. He demanded Cardenal's immediate resignation as Minister of Culture, which he refused.

Here is the comment by Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña on the pardon of Ernesto Cardenal by Pope Francis in full:

Penalties waived against Ernesto Cardenal

by Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña

The penalties against Ernesto Cardenal have been lifted. That seems to me very good. He is 94 years old. He is in a hospital and looks very bad. It goes so far that it is not clear in the photos whether he is still fully conscious. Did he celebrate the Mass? Did he concelebrate? Whatever it is, it makes me very happy.

A priest of Jesus Christ who has been suspended for his political activities, minister of a Marxist government, communist, or whatever you wish to qualify it as, who has violated all the rules of the Church, is called by Pope Francis in articulo mortis [in the face of death] or almost pardoned. 

Blessed Mercy of the Church.

Like the Claretian priest and liberation theologian Pedro Casaldáliga, Cardenal was considered a poet. For me he was never a writer, this attribution was misleading. There is no merit in his literary work; on the contrary, it seemed to me right rubbish, which was crammed with the prevailing leftist thinking. He always seemed to me to be an eccentric who was especially concerned about his fame. But perhaps he was misunderstood, even though his life conveyed exactly that impression. All his Sandinista passion ended in a radical opposition to the system he advocated and which had cost him the suspension a divinis. He was really mobile like a donna. (1)

I read that a few years ago he rejected the pardon of the Church. In old age you may know it better, as in his now. So we want to believe that he has now reconciled himself with the Church before his conscience - and above all in the infinite grace of God, which overcomes all our weaknesses.

John Paul II raised his accusing finger against him as he had to. The criticism of the Jesuit Pedro Miguel Lamet, even now, is even more regrettable. Now if Francis generously offered his hand, then that is as it should be. He has not acquitted a Sandinista, but a priest from his past mistakes. Now he can look forward to the mercy of the Church. And we too. Today, Cardenal is against Daniel Ortega, though that does not matter anymore in his state of doubtful consciousness. When he expressed his opposition to the Ortega system, he was still conscious.

Because of his age and my age, I'm sure I'll never meet Ernesto Cardenal. If anything happened tomorrow, I would also devoutly ask him, "Bless me, Father." And I would be able to receive his blessings from him with the permission of the Church. That pleases me a lot.

The pictures say a lot about the Pope's mercy. At least this time.

There are a few more, but I hold back.

If someone thinks that you should not publish such photos, then please do not complain to me, but on the progressive websites Lamet and Religion Digital.

Text: Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña
Übersetzung: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Religion Digital (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred
(1) A play Canzone „La donna è mobile“ (The Lady is temperamental, fickle) in the Opera  Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.

Cardinal Dziwisz Defends John Paul II from Charges He Reacted Slowly Against Sexual Abuse

Cardinal Dziwisz defends John Paul II against "biased" criticism.

(Krakow) Opinions and allegations that Pope John Paul II has reacted too slowly to the sexual abuse of minors by some clerics, "are biased and contradict the historical facts". Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz, Archbishop Emeritus of Krakow, rejected this claim in a public statement. Cardinal Dziwisz served as personal secretary to Karol Wojtyla for almost 40 years.

Yesterday, the statement "John Paul II on sexual abuse in the Church" by Cardinal Dziwisz was published on the website of the Polish Episcopal Conference in Polish and English.

It is not true, according to the cardinal, that John Paul II "wanted to tolerate the crime of sexual abuse of minors in the Church". The truth is that the Pope was rather "shocked" and "fought against it".

Dziwisz was ordained priest in 1963 by Karol Wojtyla. From 1966 he became his secretary as Archbishop of Krakow. When Cardinal Wojtyla was elected to the pope in 1978, Dziwisz went to Rome as his personal secretary. Benedict XVI. appointed him Archbishop of Krakow after the death of the Polish Pope and created him Cardinal.

Dziwisz recalls, inter alia, the indulgences given by John Paul II to the United States of America (1994) and the Church of Ireland (1996), which approved a policy known as "zero tolerance". The former personal secretary of this Pope also refers to the document Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela for the Protection of the Sacraments, which was published in May 2001 on the initiative of John Paul II. It proclaimed new norms "on the more serious crimes" (de delictis gravioribus), which took the defense and fight against such crimes to a new level

John Paul II had observed how the local churches responded, in whose responsibility cases occurred. This was especially true of the United States, where the problem occurred for the first time massively. "If necessary, he helped them, often on their own initiative," or "at the request of the local episcopate." In the 1980s he reacted to the crisis in the US church.

"The pope first observed the activities of the episcopate of the United States, and when he came to the conclusion that new instruments were needed to combat these crimes, he gave the church superiors new powers. For the bishops, this was a clear indication of which direction to fight. "
When it became clear that the local episcopates and religious leaders still could not cope with the problem and that the crisis spread to other countries, John Paul II recognized that the problem "not only concerns the Anglo-Saxon world, but has a global character ".

It is known that a new wave of revelations came in the United States in 2002, caused by publications known as "Spotlight". On the other hand, as the cardinal states, it is scarcely known that John Paul II published the document Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela (for the protection of the sanctity of the sacraments) in May 2001 just one year before these events. "We know the groundbreaking significance of this law," said the emeritus Archbishop of Krakow. In doing so, the Pope responded to the apparent difficulties of the competent episcopates to respond appropriately to the problem.

"All sexual crimes committed by clerics against minors have thus been reserved for the jurisdiction of the Apostolic See."
"He also pledged every bishop and religious leader to report all these crimes to the Congregation of the Faith, if their probabilities were confirmed in a preliminary ruling."
The rest continued under the control of the Apostolic Tribunal.

The cardinal states that the main problem of sexual abuse of minors in the Church had already reached its peak before the pontificate of John Paul II. On the other hand, the Polish pope began to act as soon as he became aware of the problem. The demonstrable decline in crime since then proved the effectiveness of the measures, although the problem could not be completely eradicated.

"This analysis serves as a guide for anyone involved in the fight against the crime of sexual abuse of minors by clergy. It helps diagnose the crisis and shows the way out. "
At the end of his statement, Cardinal Dziwisz also commented on the case of Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ.

"It is said that John Paul II has covered up his criminal activities. But the facts say otherwise. I would just like to remind you that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith began in December 2004, during the pontificate of John Paul II, with the investigation into the allegations against Maciel Degollado. Msgr. Charles Scicluna, at that time promoter iustitiae and now Archbishop, was sent to Mexico and the United States with another lawyer to carry out the necessary activities in this matter. The decision to initiate these investigations could only be made with the knowledge and consent of John Paul II. The investigations were not interrupted in the time of the Sedisvakanz after the death of John Paul II and could therefore by a judgment at the beginning of the pontificate of Benedict XVI. be completed."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: (screenshot)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Permanent Apostolate of the FSSP in South Tirol

Benedictine abbey Säben

(Innsbruck) The Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) now extends its pastoral activity and now has a permanent apostolate also in the Diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone.

Already 15 years ago the first contacts to South Tyrol had been made. Priests of the Society of Saint Peter were invited to their parishes by friendly priests. 300 of the faithful had asked the diocesan bishop with their signature for the erection of a Mass location in the traditional rite. However, the promising start failed because of the then Bishop of Bolzano-Bressanone. The time was obviously not ripe yet. The Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum created by Pope Benedict XVI. initially freed the Mass in September 2007.

The pilgrimage church Mariahilf near Bressanone (built around 1650)

In the diocese, within two years there were two bishop changes. Since autumn 2011, the diocese has been headed by Bishop Ivo Muser. New possibilities opened up. Since June 2013, an FSSP priest celebrates Holy Mass once a month in the German church of Bolzano in the traditional form of the Roman Rite. From the summer of 2014, a second location in Bressanone followed in the same rhythm. Since then, the two episcopal cities, the ancient episcopal city of Bressanone (since about 960) and the new episcopal city of Bolzano (since 1964) have been reached by the Priestly Society of St. Peter.

The two Mass locations were looked after at the German church in Bolzano and the Mariahilf church in Brixen by the Upper Bavarian Mittenwald, which is itself looked after by Innsbruck already.

Additionally, contacts were established with the only Tyrolean Benedictine monastery, the Abbey of the Heiligenkreuz in Säben. It's a connection that blends well with the two Mass locations. Not only because the monastery is geographically located exactly between them, but because Säben from the 6th -10th Century was the first and oldest episcopal see of the diocese of Brixen.

The old bishop's palace, today's monastery, towers like a strong fortress of God on the Säbener mountain high above the Eisacktal. At the foot of the mountain, which for early Christians had been a safe haven, lies the small town of Klausen and the castle of Branzoll. The ascent to the monastery takes place from there on foot. The high age of Christianity on this venerable "Holy Mountain of Tyrol" can be felt everywhere.

Since 1686 there is a daughter of the Abbey Nonnberg in Salzburg on the mountain. Since then, contemplative Benedictine nuns live here in strict retreat. They dedicate themselves to choral prayer, domestic work and the gardens. Fr. Sven Connrade, the first priest of the FSSP, found a friendly reception with the nuns. Thus, the FSSP has its first office in Tyrol.

The monastery is the destination of many pilgrims to the Heiligenkreuz Church, one of the three churches of the monastery. There is also a guest house that is open to people looking for more than a few days more than just a hotel. Interested women can live in the monastery community.

From Säben the FSSP has looked after the two Mass locations whereby in Bressanone it was extended by the constant presence of a priest. In the Church of Mariahilf, the Holy Mass is now celebrated on every Sunday and public holiday in the traditional rite. This is a big win for the faithful in South Tyrol, which is gratefully accepted.

P. Conrad took over in the meantime new tasks in Bettbrunn. The South Tyrolean sites are now looked after by P. Bernward van der Linden, an FSSP priest with experience of the Benedictine charism, which is why he feels at home in the Benedictine Abbey on the Säbener Berg.

So there is the hope that in future in Bolzano on all Sundays and public holidays, Holy Mass can be celebrated in the traditional form of the Roman rite.


P. Bernward van der Linden
Säbener Aufgang 10
39043 Klausen

Mass Locations:

Pilgrimage church Mariahilf in Zinggen
Brennerstrasse 37, 39042 Bressanone
4th Sunday of the month at 6 pm, all other Sundays and holidays at 9.30 am

Bolzano (Bozen)
German Church of St. George
Weggensteinstraße 14, 39100 Bolzano
3rd Sunday of the month at 6 pm

See also:

Text: Martha Burger
Image: Wikicommons / Information Sheet of the FSSP (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Post-Synodal Writing: “Christ, our hope, lives.”

Next Monday, Pope Francis will sign the post-synodal letter on the synod of the Youth.

(Rome) Vive Cristo, esperanza nuestra, with these words Pope Francis begins his document for the first time in Spanish.

Official reproductions in other languages ​​are not yet available for these initial words. In English translation, the wording is as follows:

"Christ, our hope, lives".

It is the Incipit of the Spanish original text of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Youth Synod. The document, which Francis will sign this March 25, will be published in the form of a letter to the youth. The YouthSynod  took place from the 3rd to 28th October 2018 in the Vatican.

The daily bulletin of the Vatican Press Office did not mention it today, perhaps a note is then in the document: The choice of words was used on 14 April 2004 by Pope John Paul II at the general audience in the Easter week. For the first time he made them in the post-Synodal letter Ecclesia in Africa just for the Special Synod on Africa. The words can be found in the final document of the Synod Fathers. The special assembly, held from April 10 to May 8, 1994, took place under the impact of the genocide in Rwanda, which began on April 6.

The post-synodal letter summarizes the findings, in particular on the basis of the document of the Youth Synod, and reproduces the conclusions of the Pope. However, theChurch  leader is not bound by it. The final document has also been criticized as an "IKEA catalog" because of its numerous haphazard themes, and spongy formulations.

At the Feast of the Annunciation, the Pope will pay a visit to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto in Marche. There he will also put his signature under the post-synodal document.

The document will be presented after March 25 in a press conference at the Vatican. A date has not yet been announced.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Rome’s Most Popular Church: Warning Notice About Reception of Communion

Santa Maria in Aracoeli, the youngest of the Roman churches, which was built in the basilica style. On the left is the "Fatherland altar".

(Rome) The Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli on the Capitol is one of the most popular churches in Rome. In it, in a side chapel, the Santo Bambino, the baby Jesus, is worshiped. In the church, a warning board has now been attached, which is the opposite of what is said under the slogan "Communion for all".

The "Holy Child" was carved by a Franciscan in the late Middle Ages from the wood of an olive tree from the garden Gethsemani. The Franciscan order has been in charge of the church since 1250. From 1517 until the end of the 19th century, it even housed the Order's General House. The construction of the present church began shortly before.

The first church on this highest elevation on the Capitol, the former political and religious center of the city of Rome, was built in the 6th century. The church was connected to a Benedictine monastery. At that time the church was still called Santa Maria in Capitolio. The grand staircase to the church was built by the city council in the middle of the 14th century, as an exvoto for the end of the plague that raged in Europe at the time.

High altar with miraculous image

The church on the hill, today somewhat constrained by the oversized promulgation of the secular "Fatherland Altar", with which the Italian state celebrated its unification and the conquest of Rome (and also symbolically overshadowed the conquered Church, along with a new state cult), Throughout the centuries, it was the church of the Roman people - even more than St. Peter's Basilica and the other patriarchal basilicas. Here, the Romans make their pilgrimage today with their worries and requests for the baby Jesus. Here they thank with the Te Deum at the end of the year.

In 1797, the French Revolutionary troops expelled the Franciscans, robbing and destroying. The church was profaned. Already in 1799 it was restored and the brothers of St. Francis of Assisi returned. When Italy was united by force in 1870 and eliminated the Papal States, the monasteries on the Capitol, like all monasteries, were abolished. The young state turned it into a barracks.

ara caeli

In 1886 the monastic history of the monastery ended, which was demolished to give way to the aforementioned monument, which the Romans derisively call "the bit". Shortly before 1900, the Franciscans built a new, much smaller monastery next to it.

The baby Jesus was stolen in 1994 by unknown perpetrators. The excitement and indignation in Rome was very great - even Rome's underworld. From the prisons of the city, the imprisoned Roman
crooks appealed to the perpetrators to return the baby Jesus. It has remained lost until today. The Roman crooks then started a collection of money from the prison. With the money a faithful copy was made, which has been worshiped since then in the church.

The Franciscans, whether for a concrete or preventive occasion, at the entrances to the church brought a multilingual reference reminding and admonishing the faithful and visitors of the church in Italian, English, French and Spanish:

"At the Holy Mass, only baptized persons who are in the state of grace can receive Eucharistic communion."

A reminder that also applies to some German bishops.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Wikicommons
Trans: Tancred

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Benedict Addressed as Pope in Secretariat Stationary

Letter from the State Secretariat of 18 February 2019.

(Rome) There have been some concerns and annoyances in the Vatican, because not a few believers in Benedict XVI. see a pope or even "the" Pope. However, the Holy See should not wonder about it, as it contributes to it.

Benedict XVI. laid the foundation for this by stipulating, as a pope, what his life would look like after his resignation on February 28, 2013. He retained the name and clothing of the Pope and also signed as such, but with the addition of a Papa emeritus, an emeritus pope, hitherto unknown in Church history. If one uses the term analogously to the retirement of bishops, then it would mean that he remained pope with all rights, but was released from the leadership duties.

One difficulty is that one does not emeritus himself but is retired. It is related to the person concerned, to a passive verb. So can a pope emeritus himself?

For the clarification it is not helpful, but the interpretation was of two Pope’s was rather aggravating, who perform the function of Peter together in different ways. It was offered by Curial Archbishop Georg Gänswein and was certainly well-intentioned, but in the matter irrationally transfiguring. Emeritus Curial Cardinal Walter Brandmuller replied to the general question with a serious warning and the statement that there could only ever be one legitimate pope. There has recently been a private correspondence between the Cardinal and Benedict XVI. (See also the essay "Divine Providence compels Benedict XVI to witness the debacle he has caused" by Roberto de Mattei.)

However, the Holy See, of all people, promotes this ambiguous interpretation of a situation that is perceived as an anomaly and has repeatedly been described as such.

The State Secretariat of the Vatican, the supreme governing body of the Holy See serving the Pope, addresses Benedict XVI in a letter of 18 February 2019. as if he were still ruling pope.

The First Section - General Affairs answered a priest in the USA. The occasion and content of the letter do not matter. It is noteworthy that the Vatican Secretariat of State Benedict XVI. designated and titled like an incumbent Pope. The letter could not have been written differently before 28 February 2013.

Benedict XVI. is called by his pope name and as "holiness". That's exactly how a Pope feels, and that's exactly what Benedict XVI wanted. also. To distinguish him from his successor, he added but with the "emeritus" retirement. This distinction is missing in the letter of reply from the Secretariat of State, signed by Msgr. Paolo Borgia, after all, number two in the First Section behind the substitution of the Secretary of State.

Ob es sich um ein Versäumnis oder um eine besondere Form der Höflichkeit handelt, sei dahingestellt. Man sollte auch nicht zuviel hineininterpretieren. Allerdings sollte man sich im Vatikan auch nicht wundern, wenn Gläubige es anders auslegen und darin Zeichen sehen. Sie sind Ausdruck einer Verunsicherung und der erwähnten Anomalie, und beide gehen vom Vatikan aus.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Ann Barnhardt
Trans: Tancred

Francis Does Not Accept Cardinal Barbarin’s Resignation

Offered resignation of the Archbishop of Lyon sentenced at first instance for non-disclosure of sexual abuse "under the presumption of innocence" not accepted

Paris-Vatican City ( Pope Francis has for the time being rejected the resignation of the French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who was sentenced to a probation sentence for non-disclosure of sexual abuse. Barbarin retires from the exercise of the episcopal ministry "for a time" and hands over the leadership of the Archdiocese of Lyon to his Vicar General Yves Baumgarten. This was announced by Cardinal Barbarin and Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti on Tuesday in two communiques published in parallel in Lyon and Rome.

He offered Francis his resignation as Archbishop of Lyon on Monday in a conversation at the Vatican, Barbarin stated in his statement published on the website of the Archdiocese of Lyon. The Pope had "under the presumption of innocence," will not accept the resignation, reported the cardinal.

A court in Lyon sentenced the 68-year-old barbarian to six months' probation on 7 March for failure to report sexual assault. The lawyers of the 68-year-old cardinal announced that they would appeal the verdict. Under French law, he is innocent as long as the proceedings are ongoing.

Immediately after the first-instance conviction, Barbarin had announced that he would offer his resignation to the pope immediately. In response to the suggestion of the Pope, and in view of the fact that "the Church of Lyon has been suffering for three years," he has decided to "retire for some time and leave the leadership of the archdiocese to Vicar General Yves Baumgarten," Barbarin said , The decision applies from this Tuesday, added the cardinal.

Trans: Tancred

Islamic Invader Guns Down Women and Elderly in Utrecht

Edit: this invader was also a rapist.

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Gunshots shattered the tram ride in a heavily Muslim neighborhood of this old Dutch city. The prime minister called it possible terrorism. SWAT teams rushed in, residents were ordered indoors, and all mosques closed as the police sought a killer in a country that had been spared large-scale terrorist attacks. [ Theee were killed ]

Suddenly the mayhem on Monday in the Netherlands seemed as if it might be another planned public slaughter in a seemingly tranquil part of the world, like the mosque massacre that had traumatized the people of Christchurch, New Zealand.

The suspect, it turned out, was a Turkish immigrant described by acquaintances as a sometimes-religious man with a criminal record who may have been entangled in a dispute with his ex-wife.

Of course, the usual suspects are objecting to measures demanding an applicant for a gun license reveal his nationality and ethnicity. Holland already has very strict gun control laws and it’s difficult to acquire a license to own a gun and owning a gun for self-defense is not possible. Of course, the Islamic rapist who waged Jihad on Monday may not have gone through the trouble.


Fabulous Media Priest Libels Church Militant — Voris Threatens Legal Action

Edit: Fancy priest, Larry Richards, accused Church Militant of threatening to kill him at a Legatus Conference for Catholic businessmen.

Someone should tell Father Richards that while accusing people of wanting to kill you might be campy drama, it might also be actionable.

Father Larry Richards has a lot of emotional issues.
Note if you will Richard’s  histrionicism and narcissism. Note his support of the evilness James Martin. We.wonder if Father Larry’s aberrosexual propensities would have been noticeable when he went into seminary. Shouldn’t a priest like this be liable to some kind of retroactive process of laicisation?

I suppose this is hard to define, but just how do you tell what “homosexual tendencies” are, and then, in what degree and number would they prohibit someone from entering the clerical state? If we were to take this document seriously, Father Richards and a host of other clergy, especially senior clergy, wouldn’t have made it into seminary. From CONGREGATION FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION: Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders

In the light of such teaching, this Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called "gay culture"


Monday, March 18, 2019

500 Baptized at Westminster Cathedral

(London) The Church, which suffers from abuse scandals and confusion in the doctrine of the faith, also has other sides. On Easter night, 500 catechumens will be baptized and inducted into the Church of Jesus Christ at Westminster Cathedral.

The message says a lot. Once, there are still people in the Western world in whom de-Christianization is advancing at a disturbing pace, asking to be accepted into the fellowship of the Church. And they do it even when the confusion in the doctrine of faith, in pastoral care, and last but not least in the liturgy  and scandals like those of the mainly homosexual abuse of minors filling the front pages of the media. The past year can be described as annus horribilis, and yet the number of neophytes is increasing, preparing for baptism for several months.

Some of the baptism candidates are converts, others have been without religion.

At a preparatory weekend, Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia, who is a convert himself and previously an Anglican pastor, said:

"It is your celebration of hope and trust in Jesus Christ, to whom you turn for your salvation."

Although there is no breakdown, it can be assumed that most of the converts come from the Church of England. The Anglicans are experiencing even more dramatic signs of dissolution through the decline of churchgoers and vocations than the Catholic Church.

If the decline continues to the same extent, it is calculated that the last Anglican will have died before the end of the century. Above all, the Anglican Church lives by its entanglement with the British monarchy. The magnificent ceremonies that take place in Canterbury on certain occasions of state and royal family, however, deceive beyond reality. The queen is not only the head of state, but also the head of the church, but a church without members.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: InfoVaticana
Trans: Tancred

Cardinal Sarah Calls in Faithful to Pray Novena to Our Lady for Bishops

Cardinal Robert Sarah calls on the faithful to pray for the bishops "at this difficult time".

The Prefect of the Roman Congregation for Worship and the Order of the Sacraments, Robert Cardinal Sarah, supports the novena "Marie qui fortifie les évêques" published by the French publisher Life editions, literally "Mary, who strengthens the bishops" "Mary, strengthening the bishops". Cardinal Sarah calls on the faithful to help prayerfully with their pastors, especially in these difficult times.

The imprimatur for the publication of the novena was given by Bishop Marc Aillet of Bayonne, Lescar et Oloron. The cardinal from Guinea refers to St. Paul, who in a few words expressed what the apostolic ministry of the bishop is:

"As servants of Christ, we should be considered and administerers of the Mysteries of God" (1 Cor 4: 1).

On the day of his episcopal consecration, the new bishop is turned upside down by the Gospel who has just been anointed with the christening oil. He receives a ring as a sign of his apostolic authority, which he always has to bear as an expression of the special, permanent and final bond and his unity with the Church

In the middle of the priesthood, the new bishop, as successor to the apostles, also wears the miter. It is the symbol of his supreme pastoral responsibility in the service of the people of God, with that very special holiness of the shepherd offered as a sacrifice for the salvation of souls. In prayer, each priest prays for the bishop every day. The faithful should also pray for their bishops and for all the bishops and ask the Lord to shape them on the model of great bishops and intercessors, such as St. Augustine, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Francis de Sales.

Finally, the new bishop receives the pastor's staff of the shepherd, because from now on his whole life shall serve the service and salvation of the souls entrusted to him by Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to guide them to the "green pastures" as it is described in Psalm 22, on which the grace which springs from the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ springs forth like living water.

"We understand at once that the episcopate is a heavy burden requiring untiring pastoral care ... a burden that can cause great fatigue, especially spiritually. Before serious decisions have to be made, the bishop is alone before God, which is why on certain days he can feel a very heavy and indescribable loneliness. The task of the bishops is therefore immense: in the West because of the complex situations of de-Christianization (...) "

"Above all, there are many bishops who live in real emergencies: material distress, sometimes with dioceses where misery reigns, and of course moral distress in all the countries where Christians are maltreated or even persecuted because of their faith. This is especially true of the countries under the rule of Islamic law and totalitarian communism.

"The bishop finds great comfort and strength in the prayer of his people, which rises like a pleasant fragrance to the throne of God. Pray for the one who has been commissioned to lead the people of God, true to the spirit of wisdom and the abundance of divine graces, faithful to the duties, fulfilling g his episcopal ministry in the present context of a Church plagued by persecution and the pains of relativism and indifference. The initiative of the "Novena Maria,” which strengthens the bishops, not only seems to me to be excellent, but indispensable. It reveals the intimate and inseparable union of the shepherd and the Christian people in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“May the Mother of the Church, Mother of the Believers and Shepherds, help us, enlighten us, guide us and lead us to the Heart of Jesus pierced for our sins! Because she was the first disciple of our Redeemer, the Virgin Mary, Redemptoris Mater - the Mother of the Redeemer - teaches us in the meditative prayer of the Rosary to listen to Him and trust Him despite all obstacles. She teaches us to pray to Jesus, her beloved Son, gradually to enter into His familiarity and to fully love and serve Him humbly.

“I wholeheartedly bless this initiative in trusting Our Lady, Mother of the Church, whom Holy Bishop Charles Borromeo has called as 'Our Lady of Good Counsel'. "

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: Riposte Catholique
Trans: Tancred

Hypocrisy of Austria’s Judiciary — What’s OK for Socialist Jews Not OK for Pro-Life Protestants

Honest and Dishonest 

Emil Goldberg, Christ on the Cross Mocker, complains of the new Good Friday rule

The sudden concern of SPÖ and Andreas Schieder member for a Christian festival

Email Goldberg, SPÖ: in 2015 with a Christ mockery on Good Friday he had become noteworthy, yet he is now concerned in 2019 for the Good Friday holiday [Pictures: twitter Email Goldberg]

Good Friday 2019

Strange. That anti-clericals from the SPÖ [Socialist Party Austria] and trade unions suddenly fight for Good Friday as a holiday, although they first supported the lawsuit in the European courts, which was directed against the favored holiday arrangements for Protestants. Logical consequence: The alleged factually unjustified leave of absence is to end.

How honest the concerns of the SPÖ and the union are, is shown by the example of Emil Goldberg, from the twitter account "Informationshandwerker für @spoe_at and @ SCHIEDER".

Good Friday 2015

On the twitter account of Emil Goldberg, then as today (Jewish) member of the SPÖ, there is Christ mockery believed extinct since the Nazi era (top right picture).

"Special conditions" for SPÖ employees

The judiciary makes an offer to Emil Goldberg to avoid criminal prosecution:

"Understanding of the accused of wothdrawl of the criminal prosecution under determination of a trial period
and payment of a fine

The Federal Police of Vienna Have filed against you a preliminary investigation for the offense under § 188 StGB. Accordingly, you are under suspicion. You publicly posted a picture of the crucified Jesus on Twitter on April 3, 2015, saying, "If you're Jesus and you know ... Clap your Hands," which person is the subject of the worship of one in the nationally existing churches, degraded by posting this.

If you file an expense contribution for the costs of the proceedings in the amount of 90.00 EUR within 14 days of service of this notice, you will not be prosecuted for the charge. Account: Provincial Criminal Court Vienna

BIC: BUNDATWW IBAN: AT62 0100 0000 0546 0449 "

Goldberg: "A farce"

Emil Goldberg denies the prosecution's letter, "Jesus joke costs $ 90, ‘expense contribution’, and I have to be good for a year now. Alright. Nevertheless, a farce," can be found on twitter @ emil_goldberg (October 30, 2015).

Mind you: It was an expense for the Christ mockery, but no fine!

Time passes, prosecutor inaction

Only after a press query with the public prosecutor's office in Vienna was the application for punishment for disparagement of national religious teachings with the district court Döbling. For now, however, under a faulty continuation request.

No procedure at BG Döbling

At our request for the continuation of the proceedings, the head of the district court, Dr. Ing. Barbara Helige, granted that this procedure would certainly not be negotiated at the BG Döbling: It was not responsible.

Anti-Catholic General Tendency

Then finally the criminal complaint was addressed by the Provincial Court of Vienna. With a thoroughly curious - according to the anti-Catholic basic orientation of the Viennese courts - court order to reject the criminal complaint without trial:

"In the criminal case against Emil Oliver GOLDBERG for the offense of degrading religious doctrines according to § 188 StGB in connection with § 1 Abs 1 Z 12 MedienG the criminal complaint of the public prosecutor of Vienna from 13.04.2016 in accordance with § 485 Abs 1 Z 3 in conjunction with § 212 Z 1 StPO rejected and closed the case.” (twitter" Emil Goldberg "on May 30, 2016

"Court’s Decision"

"The readership of Twitter messages, including those who are being incriminated, include people from all walks of life who are interested in the personal opinions of individuals, organizations, businesses and celebrities on an unlimited number of topics. The only prerequisite is Internet access, so that the readers are mostly younger persons and persons who are experienced in dealing with modern media.

The reader from the aforementioned circle of readers summed up the incriminated tweet, especially in connection with Good Friday, in such a way that the defendant has a critical attitude towards religious communities, in particular the Christian denomination, and wants to shake up believers with his publication and start a discussion process by mocking one person, Jesus, and a symbol, namely, his crucifixion, worshiped by followers of Christian doctrine. The aforementioned readers see in the incriminated publication no factual statement, but see it as a valuation of the defendant, who would like to express his personal disregard of the mentioned religion in the form of satire. In particular, the inserted speech bubble with the words "Fuck!" clearly expresses to the reader that now Jesus Christ realized that his sacrifice was not a good idea for humanity.

Another characteristic of satire is the lack of seriousness of said depiction. This was also in connection with the follow-up tweet, which focused on the then well-known discussion of a statement by a former Justice Minister. Rather, it is therefore a provocative statement expressed in the form of art, at best the depreciation of a central person of the Christian faith, which, however, is not suited to provoke legitimate annoyance within the meaning of Section 188 of the Criminal Code. Thus, the defendant's tweet may well be considered a provocation of a person critical of religious sensibilities, especially given the timing of the publication, namely on a Good Friday, but this statement remains under the threshold of a punishable act and, in the absence of direct attack on a religious community in the framework of the right to freedom of expression, because an account such as this never triggers a profound (negative) feeling on the part of the average person or average member of the "challenged" religious community. "(Quoted from status / 737207480804118528 / photo / 1)

Catholic persecution by the Vienna Regional Court - Double Standard

Just two weeks later, Dr. Alfons Adam, founder of the "Christian Party" and committed fighter against abortion killings, was convicted of the same § 188 StGB by the Vienna Regional Court, although he did nothing but to co-copy a pamphlet with quotes not doubted by the court, from the writings of Buddhism and  to reprimand the Dalai Lama for contacts with former Waffen SS members and his foreword to a book by a representative of racial doctrine. The prosecution also involved the Regional Court of Krems (sentencing abrogated), the OGH and the Higher Regional Court of Vienna, as well as the General Prosecutor.

Trans: Tancred

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Francis Goes on Retreat With Pet Predator Bishop

"The City With Burning Desires"

Edit: this reminded us of Confessions of St. Augustine:

To Carthage I came. There I put my ear to the cauldron and heard from within and all around a song of unholy loves.1

(Rome) On the evening of the First Sunday of Lent, the fasting exercises of the Pope and the Roman Curia began. Through Twitter, Francis asked for the prayer "for me and my co-workers". Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta is among "my co-workers" who attend the retreat.

At 6 pm on Sunday evening, this year's fasting exercises for the curia started. They take place again in the retreat house "Divin Maestro" in Ariccia. They are being held by the Olivetan Abbot Bernardo Francesco Gianni of the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte in Florence. The Olivetans are a reform branch of the Benedictine Order, which originated exactly 700 years ago, 1319, as a hermit movement. The monks are also known as "White Benedictines" because of their religious habits. In 1960, the Olivetans joined as a Congregation of the Benedictine Confederation. The congregation has 26 independent monastic monasteries worldwide.

The theme of the retreat, which lasts until March 15, is: "The City of Burning Desires. For paschal vistas and gestures in the life of the world." The first part refers to the Florentine poet Mario Luzi (1914-2005), who was spiritually close to the Renouveau Catholique (Catholic Renewal). On the occasion of his 90th birthday, the then Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi appointed him senator for life. Luzi died five months later, without being able to speak in Parliament. The theme was chosen by Abbot Bernardo Francesco Gianni, who published on the lyricist on the occasion of Luzi's death.

In his last tweet, before the beginning of the retreat, Pope Francis wrote:

"I ask all of you to remember in prayer to me and my collaborators of the Roman Curia, who begin this evening the week of spiritual retreats."

Among "my coworkers" Pope Francis also included the Argentine Curia Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta, who in 2017 left his diocese Oran in a without a leader and vanished for half a year. With his disappearance, he submitted the resignation request, which the pope immediately accepted. There remained an irritated diocese, which did not know how it happened. Later, Zanchetta suddenly reappeared in the Vatican and received a high-ranking position from Francis in the Apostolic Property Administration APSA, which was specially created for him. At that time it was already known that he had left the finance and administration of two dioceses in chaos, first as vicar general of his home diocese, then as bishop of his diocese of Oran. An employment in the Vatican's property management was therefore particularly surprising.

Shortly before Christmas 2018 it became known that the financial disorganization of his diocese was not really the reason for the nightly departure as bishop, but allegations of an aberrosexual double life and the sexual harassment of his seminarians.

On January 4, the Vatican press office reported that an Argentine bishop had been charged with investigating the case. Bishop Zanchetta will "leave the job" during the investigation. Should the suspicions be confirmed, the case will be forwarded to the Special Commission for the Bishops."

The interim Vatican spokesman, Gisotti justified the Vatican's approach so that at the time of Zanchetta's resignation as the diocesan Bishop of Oran, only allegations were known of an authoritarian style of leadership, but still no allegations of sexual misconduct.

Shortly thereafter, a veritable media bomb exploded: The Argentine daily El Tribuno published a 2015 submission that showed that the Vatican had been informed of sexual misconduct even then, two years before Zanchetta's escape from his diocese. The complaint had been made by the two Vicars General, the Rector of the seminary and other prelates of the diocese. It was also about authoritarianism in the Bishop's dealings with his priests, but also about the bishop's "obscene selfies" found on his smartphone and about the bishop's sexual harassment of seminarians.

In 2016, the rector of the seminary turned "very worried" to the Apostolic Nunciature in Argentina over the behavior of Bishop Zanchettas towards the seminarians in the first year of studies, who let them attend classes in the episcopal residence. The behavior of the bishop demanded "urgent measures" to protect the seminarians, said the rector to the Nuncio.

Since then, the credibility of the Holy See has been severely shaken in the matter. Francis, however, sticks to his agenda as if nothing had happened. So far also Bishop Zanchetta. In any case, the protection of seminarians from lustful bishops does not seem to be a primary goal of this pontificate. Francis protected Cardinal McCarrick till the last possible moment, as he did with Auxiliary Bishop Pineda of Tegucigalpa. It is still the case for Bishop Zanchetta. All have taken advantage of their own seminarians. In all cases, Francis did not act until the media exposed the sexual activities too loudly.

The British Catholic Herald headlined yesterday:

"The Bishop who is being investigated for sexual misconduct is with Pope Francis at spiritual retreats".

To requests of the Catholic Herald regarding the current state in the case of Zanchetta, the Vatican press service has not responded.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

1. The Confessions of Saint Augustine, Modern English Edition, Spire, Baker Book House, 2005.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Evil Italian Bishop Forbids Immemorial Mass — Help Comes From Unexpected Source

For ten years, the bishops of Cremona have refused to celebrate Holy Mass in the traditional form of the Roman Rite.

(Rome) The Bishop of Cremona refuses believers the Holy Mass in the traditional rite. The hostilities of the ecclesiastical hierarchy do not want to end. On the other hand, however, criticism rises from an unsuspicious side.

The pastoral theologian Msgr. Antonio Napolioni was appointed Bishop of Cremona in 2015 by Pope Francis. "The Latin Mass is discovered by sociologists but hampered by the bishops," wrote the Nuova Bussola Quotidiana (NBQ) on 2 March. This is especially true in Italy.

For ten years, believers have been asking the local bishop to allow them to celebrate Mass in the traditional rite, but in vain. The Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum does not seem to have reached Cremona.

The predecessor of the incumbent Bishop, Msgr. Dante Lafranconi, appointed by John Paul II in 2001, did not want to know anything about the "Latin Mass.” His successor does the same. The episcopal behavior of Cremona shows, according to NBQ, "that many Italian bishops have a veritable phobia against the Latin Mass."

A new attempt after the Bishop's change

After the change of bishop took place, a new group of believers made an application in the hope that now the time would finally be ripe. On March 27, 2017, the answer was given by Bishop Napolioni:

"This request was already made to my predecessor, who saw in the diocese the conditions were not met to be able to accept the request and it was therefore refused, especially due to the fact that in more than 40 years the implementation of the liturgical reform of the Council throughout Diocese was adopted in peace. "

Bishop Antonio Napolioni

The faithful tried to make the bishop understand that there are a considerable number of believers in his diocese who have this desire. This is verifiable, because the faithful sought refuge in the monastery church of the Barnabites, which is thus not directly under the episcopal jurisdiction, where a priest after the repeated rejection of the bishops declared to celebrate in the traditional rite.

The bishop was unimpressed. He affirmed his refusal and cited the Barnabite priest himself. He reproached him severely and demanded that he bend down and stop the celebrations. Otherwise, he is guilty of a break in the ecclesial community. All arguments did not help. The bishop remained inaccessible. Since he did not want to bow, the religious was banned to celebrate sine populo two weeks ago. The Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum excludes private celebrations from any restrictions. The Barnabite the. capitulated. The faithful are back without Holy Mass.

"What problems does the bishop have?"

Since Summorum Pontificum, the bishop is no longer entitled to express approval or rejection. It was like that before, but it has not worked since.

"The prevalent liturgical creativity and pastoral relativism are prevalent everywhere, but that does not seem to be a problem," says NBQ.

The believers now receive support from an unsuspicious side.

On March 6, Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re spoke up. He was , until 2000, Substitute of the Cardinal Secretary of State and then until 2010 Prefect of the Congregation
Of Bishops. Since 2017 he is Cardinal Sub-Dean. In the local newspaper La Provincia di Cremona he was "astonished by the Bishop of Cremona" and stated: "The Tridentine Mass is allowed.” He adds:

"I do not understand the reasons, but I will deepen the matter. It is celebrated all over the world. "

On March 8, a tweet by Matteo Matzuzzi followed the Vatican newspaper of the newspaper Il Foglio. The journalist also did not spare a swipe that alludes to Pope Francis' judgments:

 "I am not a visitor to Vetus Ordo Masses, but I ask myself: what problems does the Bishop of Cremona have for forbidding believers who ask him to do so, according to a rite authorized by a Pope? Who in this case is the 'rigorist',
who is guided by an ideology? "

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Nuova Bussola Quotidiana
Trans: Tancred

Friday, March 15, 2019

Church Desecration in Madrid

Church desecration and robbery of the Holy of Holies.

(Madrid) On the night of March 9th to 10th,  unknown perpetrators invaded the parish church of San Rafael Arnaiz Sanchinarro in Madrid and robbed the Holy of Holies. Archbishop and parish call for reparation.

The parish dedicated to the holy Trappist and mystic Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911-1938) is still young. It is located in a new neighborhood of the Spanish capital. The church is a provisional one, since the future parish church is only under construction.

The perpetrators, apparently burglars, took things which seemed somehow precious. However, they also broke the tabernacle and robbed monstrance and ciborium. The consecrated Hosts were poured on the floor. The Custodia with the Body of Christ was also stolen, kept there in the form of a consecrated Host in the Monstrance.

The Episcopal Vicar celebrated an expiation on the day after the sad discovery.

The parish published a press release with an appeal to the perpetrators to return the Blessed Sacrament intact.

"We pray for the repentance of those who have committed the worst sin that can exist. We pray to make reparation for the sacrilege done to Our Lord. "

Members of the parish searched the area and all garbage bins for the body of Christ.

The declaration of the parish states, referring to the Lord present in Real Presence:

"This attack must make us love Him even more, love Him even for those who do not love Him, and for the times when we did not love Him enough."

Carlos Cardinal Osoro Sierra, the Archbishop of Madrid, will probably visit the parish today and celebrate a rite of expiation in the parish church. In the evening there will again be a rite of expiation with Eucharistic adoration.

[Update: 15:24 clock] Originally it was said that the parish is dedicated to the Archangel Raphael. An attentive reader pointed out the mistake. Brother Rafael Arnáiz Barón died at the age of 27 after a serious illness. In 1992 he was beatified by John Paul II and canonized in 2009 by Benedict XVI.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Parroquia San Rafael (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

“What Planet Are Our Ecclesiastical Leaders From?”

Cardinal Zen, archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong, sharply criticizes Vatican's China policy: "The call to trust the [Chinese] government is incredible!"

Vatican-Beijing ( "The call to trust the [Chinese] government is incredible! Is there any lack of information about the recent suppression of our Vatican supervisors?" asks Cardinal Joseph Zen, Archbishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, who criticized the Vatican's current China policy so sharply. This was reported by the "Catholic Herald".  Zen responded with a blog post to Cardinal Fernando Filonis (Vatican Secretariat of State) praising the controversial deal between the Communist People's Republic of China and the Vatican. The Vatican has been trying for some time to defuse the conflict over underground Catholics who are not recognized by China's government. Catholics in China are divided into two groups, a not-until-recently recognized Vatican Catholic State Church (which does not recognize all parts of Catholic doctrine) and a Catholic Church of underground Catholics, some of whom have suffered massive persecution and continue to suffer.

Cardinal Zen explained: "The Holy See intends to present the dialogue with China as a homogeneous process from John Paul II through Benedict to Pope Francis." It remains unmentioned, "that John Paul II and Benedict who lived under totalitarian regimes have never believed in the theory of Ostpolitik.” With the election of Pietro Parolin as Secretary of State of the Vatican "Pope Francis gave the group of powerful men of the Curia the opportunity to resume their project of Ostpolitik. By following Pope Francis in his optimism, he dangerously surrenders easily, hiding the terrible face of Chinese Communism, of which he [Parolin] is well aware."

The negotiations between China and the Vatican were partly also in the hands of the disgraced, after massive allegations of abuse, US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who provides further explosive force in the controversial deal.

Trans: Tancred

10,000 Come to Penance at Maria Vesperbild in 2018

While in some places the sacrament of confession is almost dead, it blooms in Maria Vesperbild.

Ziemetshausen ( While in some places the sacrament of confession is almost dead, it blooms in Maria Vesperbild. The pilgrimage directorate of Maria Vesperbild draws attention to this in a press release. "Maria Vesperbild do not complain about many other places of pilgrimage: In 2018, 10,247 people confessed their sins in Maria Vesperbild. We know that very well because every confessor records the number of penitants. More than 10,000 people have thus relieved their conscience and have come to terms with themselves and with God. "The Department of Sanctity recalls that these confessions are a blessing" also for society, for families and any other community, because "that is more than 10 000 people who do not let themselves go, but fight against their great and small wickedness and, in addition, avail themselves of God's help.”  Furthermore, in Maria Vesperbild nine priests for confessions and confessional talks are available.

In the sacrament of confession, Jesus Christ forgives the penitent and assigns to him the fruits of His suffering and death on the cross, as kathpedia explains confession. God forgives the penitent through the mediation and words of the priest. Only a consecrated priest, legally authorized by the Church, has the authority to administer the sacrament of confession.

Pope Francis had made several confessions in St. Peter's Cathedral in front of cameras in order to invite the faithful to emulate his own example.

Trans: Tancred

There Are Now 122 Papal Electors

As of yesterday, 122 cardinals are eligible to vote in the conclave.

(Rome / Manila) Yesterday Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo completed his 80th year. Thus, 122 cardinals are currently eligible to vote in a conclave. In the autumn, new cardinal appointments by Pope Francis could be forthcoming.

Cardinal Quevedo was born on March 11, 1939 in the northern Philippine city of Laoag on the South China Sea. Since 1954 he has belonged to the Order of the Oblates of the Immaculate Virgin Mary (OMI). He was ordained a priest in 1964 after completing his novitiate in Texas and his studies in the United States.

Cardinal Quevedo

In the same year he became chaplain of the cathedral parish of the Diocese of Cotabato. He spent all his priestly life on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Three quarters of the islanders are Christians. Two thirds of them are Catholics. In addition, there is a fifth of Muslims, which in the past has led to political and problems of violence.

He became Dean of Studies at the University of Cotabato and finally Rector of this University. In 1980, John Paul II appointed him bishop and prelate of Kidapawan. In 1982, when the Pope elevated the prelature to the suffragan of the archdiocese of Cotabato, Msgr. Quevedo became its first bishop. In the diocese is the Apo, which is the highest mountain in the Philippines at almost 3,000 meters.

In 1986, John Paul II made him archbishop of Nueva Segovia and in 1998 archbishop of Cotabato. From 1999 to 2003 he was President of the Philippine Episcopal Conference. In 2014, Pope Francis created him cardinal. His Roman titular church is the parish church of Santa Maria Regina Mundi and Torre Spaccata, built in 1970.

Cardinal Quevedo was almost 80 years old when Pope Francis made emeritus archbishop of Cotabato. Under Francis this means a very special appreciation. At the level of the universal Church, the cardinal has not been noticed. His elevation to  cardinal goes back to his personal contact with Pope Francis, who met the Filipino at the CELAM meeting of Latin American bishops in Aparecida in 2007, which plays a central role for Francis, as he edited the final document. Quevedo took part as representative of the bishops of Asia.

With the departure of the Filipino Cardinal from the electoral body, 122 cardinals remain eligible to vote in the conclave. These are two more than the limit set by John Paul II. This will be reached next April 27th. Until then, Cardinal Edwin Frederick O'Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore, and Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Emeritus Archbishop of Krakow and longtime personal secretary to John Paul II, have left the circle of papal electors. Both were elevated by Pope Benedict XVI.  to the rank of cardinal.

By the end of 2019, the number of papal electors  will drop to 114. After April 27, another six cardinals will reach the age of 80: Cardinal Tong Hon (Hong Kong, PRC) on 31 July, Cardinal Brady (Ireland) on 16 August, Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya (Congo) on 7 October, Cardinal Grocholewski (Poland) on 11 October, Cardinal Menichelli (Italy) on 14 October and Cardinal Toppo (India) on 15 October.

The exact number may change, however, as the conclave of 2013 showed, in which Cardinal Walter Kasper was still eligible to vote - and became the master builder of the current pontificate - even though he was already over 80.

In 2020, another four electors will leave (the Maronite Cardinal Raï, Cardinal Vicini Vallini, Synod Secretary Cardinal Baldisseri and Cardinal Wuerl, who was prematurely retired as Archbishop of Washington as part of the sexual abuse scandal in the United States).

If not already in the autumn of 2019, no later than 2020, new cardinal appointments by Pope Francis can be expected.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: MiL
Trans: Tancred

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