Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Episcopal Secretary “Likes” Gay Pride

The revolutionary aspect of homosexuality with its persification of the concept of love: "Love changes history" and the blasphemy it contains, because "Deus caritas est": Love is a person.

(Rome) Homo-confusion prevails not only in some dioceses of the German-speaking world, but also in Italy.

For almost half a century, the Archdiocese of Genoa was the diocese of Cardinal Giuseppe Siri and was regarded as a refuge of a traditional understanding of the Church and of faith and theology. Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General Nicolò Anselmi, whom Pope Francis put down there in 2015, see things differently today. It had already participated in a gay event and has now imposed a ban on an atonement for insulting God through gay pride in the city. Such a prayer was "not desired" by the current Archbishop, Angelo Cardinal Bagnasco. He has not yet commented himself on the issue.

The approach of the auxiliary bishop and vicar general is not a slip-up. The head of the archiepiscopal press service, Msgr. Silvio Grilli, stated when asked, that as a Catholic, one could agree with the contents of Gay Pride. An atonement prayer in the church, on the other hand, conveys the impression of a "condemnation".

La Repubblica, the only daily newspaper Pope Francis reads on a daily basis, said he had read it (although the statement was later turned to the less leftist daily Il Messaggero). Msgr. Grilli gave an answer to what is today seen as positive and negative by the ecclesiastical authorities.

The traditional website Messa in Latino countered:

"Prayer is never condemnation, but reparation. Gay pride and similar events regularly include blasphemous slogans and actions, as well as unrepeatable vulgarity and attacks on Jesus, Mary, and the Church. "

But the ecclesiastical authority does not seem to be really moving, with a few exceptions. The majority ducks away and is silent. A homophile minority in the Church actively seeks to join the homosexual movement and the applause of the Zeitgeist.

Examples can be found not only in Genoa, but also in Vicenza, the home bishop of Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. Bishop Beniamino Pizziol was founded by Pope Benedict XVI. first as Auxiliary Bishop of Venice, then appointed Bishop of Vicenza in 2011. To express gratitude and sumpathy, he took Deus Caritas est for motto, a central statement of the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

But Benedict renounced the Petrine ministry and now Francis rules in Rome. Msgr. Pizziol explained in the run-up to the Gay Pride, which flooded cities in Western Europe last Saturday: "Jesus invites us not to judge.”

The bishop's secretary, Don Marco Gasparini, went one step further and gave the Facebook page of Gay Pride in Vicenza a "like” on his FB page. After the homophile action was revealed, a denial was made. Don Gasparini told Messa in Latino that he is not the only one using his Facebook account and expressly dissociates himself from the positive rating of Gay Pride. He had caused the deletion of the "likes" on Facebook.

The distancing does not really convince because the Facebook account is under the first and surname of the Secretary. Nevertheless, it is important. The Gay Prides of 2019 show that homo-heresy, as Dariusz Oko calls it, spreads at many levels in the Church, promoted by inner-Church cliques and the social climate.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Facebook / Gay Pride Vicenza (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Cardinal Ravasi Hypocrotically Attacks Salvini for Empty Gestures — He Forgets His Own Fabulous Gestures

Remember When?


Edit: this is part of the reason why growing numbers of Italian Catholics are ignoring the Church which has been all too willing to act against the best interests of the laity for the benefit of its evil masters. Banon’s own exhortation to the laity must also be noted.  From Mesa in Latino:

[Mesa in Latino] But couldn't these prelates take more care of the empty churches, the empty seminaries, the dead children killed in mothers' womb, instead of taking care of Salvini?

Andra Zambrano, also happily HERE  reminds him of the organization of the gala at the MET in New York with thePope  Rihanna and side by side with John Paul II's casules mixed with leather caps for bondage (on the disgusting story see MiL HERE.  But, as we know, as Merlin said in the film Excalibur, man's trouble is that he forgets.

Luigi

Sunday 16 June 11:00 - by Carlo Marini,  Il Seculo d’Italia


Also Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican "Minister of Culture", stands against Matteo Salvini. «Faith is an existential experience, a radical choice. Religion is the outward manifestation. Shaking the Gospel, showing off the rosary, kissing the crucifix does not necessarily make you a believer ». Thus, in an interview with Corriere della Sera, Cardinal Ravasi, theologian and biblicist and president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.


"Christ condemns those who make external gestures"

In particular, to the reporter's question as to whether theMinister  Matteo Salvini with his recent behavior was wrong or not, Ravasi replied: "These are signs that in themselves do not represent the authenticity of belief. Christ condemns those who take the first places in the synagogue, those who parade the phylacteries, the parchments with the verses of the Torah. Christ forgives all sins, but cannot bear hypocrisy. Self-salvation does not exist. One is not saved by outward manifestations, but by profound adherence to moral and existential choices. It is not the ritual gesture that saves. The sacrament is "opus operatum", an objective act marked by the divine presence, but also "opus operantis", a subjective act, a vital and moral choice. Otherwise it is magic ritual. Magic.”


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Even Succesor of Siri Fears the Rage of the Lavender Mafia

The Rosary Prayer Initiative for Italy wanted to invite Genoese to the solemn prayer for the Gay Pride in three churches, but the Archdiocese said it was undesirable

(Rome) The "Gay Month" June shows who wants and supports aberrosexualization. First and foremost are the politicians who channel public space into the tax box of the homo-agenda. The majority of Catholics react apathetically, because what the mass media suggests to them is in open contradiction to the teaching of the Church. But they are largely abandoned by the ecclesiastical hierarchy.

The voice of the Church is barely audible, because many diocesan bishops follow the papal model, and that means: no confrontation with the spirit of the times. From this and from the "delicate" treatment of homo-heresy (Dariusz Oko) in the Church, the overall impression of a latent paradigm shift in moral teaching emerges. Groups of devout Catholics, however, organize themselves here and there and call for atonement for the Gay Prides, which are an open recourse to dark paganism. But that bothers the official course of the Church, even in Genoa.

The archdiocese of the Ligurian capital is still associated with the name of Giuseppe Cardinal Siri. But whoever feeds on mere heritage will eventually need it. The Archbishop of Genoa is none other than Angelo Cardinal Bagnasco, who under Pope Benedict XVI. was President of the Italian Episcopal Conference until Pope Francis replaced him by a a churchman much closer to him.

Nevertheless, Bagnasco endeavors to please the incumbent Pope, which reinforces the existing weaknesses of his administration.

Also in Genoa, devout Catholics organized and called for a prayer vigil to make atonement for the abominations and outrages of the homosexual spectacle in the city. Only a partial aspect of the negative balance is that the cases of transmissible sexually transmitted diseases skyrocket in the wake of  the disgusting Homo-Carnival. Above all, homosexuality is one of the blatant sins.

However, the archbishop's ordinariate sent a message to the Vicar General saying that the prayer initiative was not welcome:

"His Eminence wishes that the prayer vigil in his church be canceled."

No confrontation with the world, no audible voice of the Church, no affirmation of the Church's moral teaching. Nothing should disturb the "peace". This is what Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had already said in Argentina in 2010, when he was a primate there and the believers turned to him in their desire to start action against the legalization of "gay marriage" but were sent home by the archbishop.

The traditional website Messa in Latino asks Cardinal Bagnasco a short but urgent question:

"Why?"

Although Cardinal Bagnasco lost his influence in the Italian Episcopate through the change of the papal throne, he is still acting successor to Cardinal Siri and since October 2016  andalso President of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences CCEE (not to be confused with the Commission of the Episcopal Conferences of the European Community COMECE which includes only the episcopal conferences of the EU).

The organizers of the prayer initiative "Rosary for Italy", set up by their archbishop, had to cancel the announced prayer vigils as planned. Yesterday they announced via the press agency ANSA:

"We are sorry to announce that the Curial Archbishop of Genoa has instructed the responsible priests of the churches listed below to cancel the planned prayer vigils for public atonement. We therefore invite the interested believers to pray elsewhere - in spiritual fellowship. "

But it is also different, as the diocese of Trieste under the leadership of courageous Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi shows. The Press Office of the diocese announced:

"Because of some public statements that insult and discriminate against the Christian faith and that were unfortunately made in the Gay Pride, which took place in Trieste a few days ago, on June 13 from 8.30 pm an atonement will take place in the Marian Shrine on Monte Grisa. "

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: MiL
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Viral Video of Child Playing Mass in Latin NO Ad Orientem

Edit: the video has 80k hits so far.  This was from ChurchPop and BigPulpit.  Demonstrating once again the enormous popularity of traditional practices and the thirst of ordinary people for what was handed down to us.



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13 New Priests for SSPX in Northern Hemisphere

On June 8, three deacons were consecrated in Zaitzkofen for the Society. The ordination takes place at the end of June.


(Berne) The seminaries of the fraternity of St. Pius X (FSSPX) in the northern hemisphere end their academic year in the month of June, the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At the end of the academic year, ordination is traditionally held around the 29th of June, the feast of apostolic princes Peter and Paul. The Society will receive thirteen new priests in a few days.

Founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society maintains three seminaries in the northern hemisphere, one each with a German, French and English language of instruction. There are two more seminaries in the southern hemisphere, one in Argentina with Spanish and one in Australia with English as the language of instruction. Diaconal and priestly ordinations take place there just before Christmas: at the Holy Cross Seminary in Australia on 19 December and at the seminary of Our Lady Coroner in Argentina on 21 December 2019.

In the United States, Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta will be consecrating five new priests - all Americans - on June 21 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Dillwyn, Virginia.

In Switzerland, Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais will hand over six priests — four Frenchmen, one Englishman and one Italian - in the seminary of St. Pius X in Ecône on 28 June.

Finally, Bishop Bernard Fellay will consecrate two candidates for new priests - a German and a Pole - on Sunday, June 30, in the Bavarian Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus  in Zaitzkofen.

All ordinations are open to the public. The seminaries explicitly invite the faithful to participate in the Holy Mass and to receive the blessing of the new priests.

Already on June 8, the Pentecost Vigil, Bishop Fellay had consecrated three new deacons in Zaitzkofen - a Pole, an Austrian and a German. In Switzerland, the diaconal ordination takes place at the same time as the priestly ordination, whereas in the USA it took place in April.

Regarding the consecrations Rector in Zaitzkofen, P. Franz Schmidberger emphasized on this occasion that:

"In this way, the Church will be renewed step by step in the German-speaking countries and in the countries of Eastern Europe, even if the work takes more time than one would wish."

P. Schmidberger was the first successor of Archbishop Lefebvre as Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X. He was followed by Bishop Bernard Fellay, who headed the Society for 24 years. In July 2018 he was replaced by P. Davide Pagliarini.

Text: Andreas Becker
Image: fsspx.de (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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First Mass at Notre Dame Since Fire Celebrated Ad Orientem



Notre-Dame de Paris: view through the ruined vaulted ceiling.

(Paris) On Saturday, the first Mass was celebrated in the ruined cathedral Notre Dame de Paris since the devastating fire of last April 15th. The celebrant was Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris, who celebrated it ad orientem (facing east).

Protected by helmets, the Archbishop and about 30 people entered the episcopal church of Paris, which together with the Eiffel Tower, is considered the most famous landmark of France, in contrast to this not only is it much older, but it also has a much deeper cultural and spiritual significance.

"The fire that destroyed the building on April 15 sparked a wave of emotions, not just among the faithful," said Archbishop Aupetit.

Secured statue of Mary in Notre-Dame.

With him, the church rector, Msgr. Patrick Chauvet, canons, volunteers, diocesan staff and construction workers came to the cathedral, who took a break from working to stabilize the roofless masonry. In total, there were about 30 people attending the Mass.

For security reasons, access was not allowed to other believers. The Catholic TV station KTO transmitted the celebration directly. It took place on the dedication day of the altar of the cathedral, a "highly spiritual" date, says Msgr. Chauvet.

The celebration took place in the Mary chapel in the outer ambulatory of the sanctuary, where the crown of thorns was kept until the fire. It had been rescued from the flames by the brave chaplain of the Paris Fire Department, Jean-Marc Fournier, a priest close to tradition, along with the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Crown of thorns in the Marienkapelle before the fire.

Since the devastating fire, the cause of which remains unclear, between 60 and 150 workers work to secure the cathedral. Even while the cathedral was in flames, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that it would be rebuilt within five years. For now, we are working feverishly on securing the stock. It should first and foremost be started with the planning of the reconstruction. The French Senate, the upper house of legislation, recently voted in favor of the faithful reconstruction, rejecting architectural experiments or misappropriation.

Of the 850 million euros in donations promised in the course of the fire, only nine percent have been paid.

Archbishop Aupetit at the celebration in the Mary chapel.

The media reports hardly mention it, but the KTO transmission shows that Archbishop Aupetit celebrated ad
orientem in the reliquary chapel in the Novus Ordo. The reason: there is no people’s altar in the Mary chapel. [Isn’t ironic that the Cramner table of the NO was something imposed on the people?] 

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has been recommending to all priests since 2016 to rediscover and resume this celebration, which was common until the liturgical reform of 1969/1970.


Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: KTO / Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Austrian Theologian Thinks Pope Talks Too Much About the Devil

Criticism: To portray people as "agents of Satan" carries the danger of halving their moral responsibility and simultaneously demonizing it - Pope's problematic speech about devils in connection with sexual abuse

Vienna-Würzburg (kath.net/KAP) From the point of view of the Viennese theologian Jan-Heiner Tück, Pope Francis speaks "a little too often" about the devil. Although theology struggles with the problem of evil, it is a mistake to try to explain the devil as an explanatory model and to trace human action back to "his invisible hand," according to the dogmatic professor teaching at the University of Vienna in the German "Tagespost" ( June 13). As an example, Tück cited the papal speech about the devil in connection with sexual abuse, which he classified as "very problematic" and "pontifical relief strategy". Not the devil, but "the concrete failure of priests who have preyed on minors," and the silence and inaction of bishops, leaders, and believers must be charged.

The problem is talking of the devil in connection with sexual abuse especially for victims and those affected. For Tück, how do the victims behave when the head of the Catholic Church attributes the sexual violence of priests and religious to children and youth "to the work of the devil, shifting the issue from human responsibility to the spiritual level?” Without an "unvarnished perception of the facts" one comes "no further in the crisis," said Tück and demanded a moral and legal processing of the sexual assaults. This would include a systematic analysis of those factors that favored abuse - including a "taboo on sexuality" as well as "the blanket level of coverup."

For a long time perpetrators were covered and victims were muzzled so as not to jeopardize the credibility of the Church. It was a nuisance that many responsible persons had taken into account that in new places in turn, children and adolescents were exposed to threats and reprisals. So far, however, no one has dared to step out of anonymity and take personal responsibility for cover-up crimes, complained the theologian.

Man not agent of Satan

To portray people as "agents of Satan" carries the danger of halving their moral responsibility and simultaneously demonizing it, warned the dogmatic professor. Pope Francis emphasizes in his theology the duality of God as good and Satan as evil, which also brings a picture of people's lives as a battlefield of probation. The root of this thought led Tück back to the spiritual roots of Ignatian spirituality.

No one has the authority to define human wrongdoing immediately as the work of the devil, the theologian continues. Nevertheless, in return, it would be wrong to banalize "the problem of evil". As historical arguments, Tück cited "the barbaric excesses of the twentieth century", which manifested themselves in an escalation of violence, blind following and a masquerade of lies. "To deny this one would be blinded by reality".

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Based Bishop Fights Evil City from Helicopter With Holy Water

Edit: while Bishops in the developing world are cowering for fear of the gays, some bishops are using tried and true methods with modern technologies.

[Daily Mail] Ruben Dario Jaramillo Montoya wants to use his position as Bishop of Buenaventura, in Colombia, to purge the streets of evil.
Montoya told local radio station Blu Radio: “We want to go around the whole of Buenaventura, from the air, and pour holy water onto it to see if we exorcise and get out all those demons that are destroying our port, so that God’s blessing comes and gets rid of all the wickedness that is in our streets.”
Local media report the National Army support the bishop’s plan and have offered him the use of a helicopter to carry it out.
They are reportedly working with the priest to work out where they will pour the holy water.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

We Demand! Open Letter of German Religious Instructors

Homosexualization of the public space - and the religious teachers are at the forefront (or guiding zeitgeist?).

By a Catholic woman.

While in May Catholic sexual morality, women's priesthood, and celibacy were the central arguments by the Church strike activists of Mary 2.0., Catholic religious teachers with similar demands for reform of the Church now appear on the scene. The Federal Association of Catholic Religious Teachers at College Preparatory Schools [Gymnasia] has sent an open letter to the German bishops on 3 June. In a 10-point catalog, they call for "structural changes in the Church.”

The religious teachers emphasize that they act out of responsibility for the future viability of the Church as a "credible community of believers.” They could no longer offer students a sense of credibility in the face of abuse scandals, "religious power source of a clerical priestly self-image", "demonization of sexuality," "taboo of homosexuality and alternative forms of love and life" and "exclusion of remarried divorced".

However, given these questionable catchphrases, one can not help feeling that teachers are formulating their own agenda for the decatholicization of the Church under the guise of concern for our "pupils" who "in these contexts are an opaque, dishonest, power-oriented official Church who respect the protection of the sacrality of her institution more than the people who entrust themselves to her.”

In their letter the religious teachers urge among other
things, represent a "rethinking in questions of sexuality especially of homosexuality", the "end of a repressive dealing with innovative (sic!) thinking theologians" and a courageous ecumenism by the "dismantling of all barriers, which are based in the Catholic understanding of office.”

The religious educators are very self-confident. They see the fulfillment of their demands as a presupposition that "the Church and faith probabaly have future." Yet the human presumption that links the survival of the Church to autonomous contemporary operations in the body of the Church of Christ, denies the revelation of the Lord.

Superbia? The wording of the letter is at least very autocratic: we are ready to engage in the reform process with our theological and pedagogical expertise as soon as the first clear steps are taken with regard to the implementation of these demands. Participation in the "synodal path", which was decided upon at the spring meeting of the German bishops, is the conditio sine qua non.

It remains to be hoped that the theological expertise of at least these teachers of religion will be spared us, who, after reading the open letter, can only be assessed as "unsatisfactory". (A rating on the same scale, unfortunately does not yield a better result for many shepherds and pastors.)

Under these circumstances, perhaps it would be time to not only question religious education as a proper subject within the framework of the state mission of schools, but to think about its abolition. Too great is the danger to our children that they will not meet religious teachers who are faithful to Catholic doctrine and understand Catholic sexual morality as the foundation of moral life. [Orthodox instructors tend not to survive long in any level of Catholic education, whereas this was once only the case at in German Universities like Tübingen, which have been nurseries of Modernism at least since 1814 when it began its Catholic department.]

But the Episcopal Conference is not likely to refrain from having parts of religious education as an extended arm. Moreover, without religious education in the classroom, it would be openly recognizable in the pastoral duty to offer catechism lessons, as it is known, for example. happening in secular France outside the school on its own initiative by the Church. And it would certainly be harder to catechize the same mislabelling as is the case with "Catholic" religious education. Because that's the point, according to the teachers' words, "primarily about value communication, not about value eradication.” In fact, the departure from catechesis had begun with the decisions of the Würzburg Synod of Bishops (1971-1975).

There are hopefully many more religious teachers who are not behind the open letter, but unfortunately obviously too many who are no longer on the ground of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Image: VaticanNews (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Saturday, June 15, 2019

New Institute of Female Religious Blooms in Vocations Desert

For the tradition-steeped Institut du Bon Pasteur (IBP), six candidates in the traditional rite will be consecrated to priests and deacons on June 29th.

(Paris) In Bordeaux, where the closing of the Archbishop's seminary has just been announced, this year's higher consecrations of the traditional Institut du Bon Pasteur will take place on the 29th of June. Recently, the Institute also started female branch.

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, the Archbishop of Bordeaux, announced a few days ago that the Archdiocesan seminary, which has been serving as an inter-diocesan seminary for several years, will be closed at the end of the current academic year. The reason for the drastic measure is the persistent lack of appeal.

Not directly related to the closure, but symbolic, is that this year's rise in ordinations will be credited to the traditional Institut du Bon Pasteur (Institute of the Good Shepherd) in Bordeaux.

On June 29, Msgr. François Bacqué will consecrate six candidates of the Institute to priests or deacons.

Msgr. Bacqué, born in 1936 like Pope Francis, is titular archbishop of Gradisca and until his retirement in 2011, he was Apostolic Nuncio in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He himself comes from Bordeaux and was ordained a priest in 1966 for this archdiocese.

The consecrations take place in the church of Saint-Eloi beginning at 9 o'clock. It is the main church of the Institute. At the same time as the consecrations, the 40th priestly jubilee of the founder and Superior General Philippe Laguérie is celebrated.

P. Laguérie emerged from the Fraternity of St. Pius X (FSSPX). The quarrel came when he began to represent sedevacant positions. He gave these up later, founded his own religious community and approached Rome again. In 2006, a year before the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, the Institut du Bon Pasteur was legally recognized as the Institute of the Apostolic Life of the Pontifical Right and returned to full unity with Rome. Since then, it has been under the authority of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which was recently incorporated by Pope Francis as a section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Last April 6, five candidates from the Institute were ordained as sub-deacons, while eleven candidates received the lower orders. Archbishop Emery Kabongo Kaumdowi, Archbishop Emeritus of Ludo and canon of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, consecrated the ordinations.

Ordination of Subdeacons last April in Courtalaine

On March 19, 2019, the feast of St. Joseph, a new branch was canonically established by the Institute in Warsaw. In Poland there are six priests of the Institute in Bialystok, Czestochowa and Warsaw.

On March 25, the first three novices of the still very young female branch of the Institute made their solemn vows. The Servantes Réparatrices de la Sainte Famille were established in Bogota in Colombia and recognized by the Archbishop there. Their charism includes tradition and the traditional form of the Roman Rite. They support the priests of the Institute through their prayer. In a special way they devote themselves to the sanctification of the family, both in prayer and in the apostolate.

On March 25, 2019, the first novices of the new female branch made solemn vows

The International Seminary Saint Vincent de Paul of the Institut du Bon Pasteur is located in Courtalain near Chartres. The female branch can be contacted via the branch of the Institute in Bogota.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Institut du Bon Pasteur (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Francis Actually Reads Blogs He Fears For His “Mental Hygiene”

 Pope Francis yesterday warned the apostolic nuncios (ambassadors) with an unusual footnote.

(Rome) "Because of the mental health", so Pope Francis assured, he does not read internet pages and blogs that criticize his administration. Yesterday, he warned the apostolic nuncios from "blogging" or "even joining groups," who are critical of him. In the same speech, however, Francis quoted just one of those websites that he says he does not read at all. Such as?

On January 16, 2018, Pope Francis met in Santiago de Chile with the Jesuits of that South American country. The main reason for the trip to Chile and Peru was the imminent Amazon Synod  as his confidant, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, explained. That was only a few days before the storm of homosexual abuse scandal in the Church began to break over Francis.

Francis also approached his confreres of the Society of Jesus SJ) about heresy allegations that had been made to him indirectly a short time before in connection with the controversial post-synodal letter Amoris laetitia. Contentwise, he did not respond to the criticism, but demanded “not to read” such websites and blogs for reasons of "mental hygiene.”

Yesterday, the Pope received in audience all the Apostolic Nuncios who are doing their diplomatic service in different countries worldwide. Their meeting, to which he called them to Rome, ends tomorrow.

In his speech  which was published only in Italian, Francis warned the ambassadors of the Holy See against criticism of his person. The head of the Church said:

"It is therefore incompatible to be a Pontifical Representative and to criticize the Pope behind his back, to have a blog or even to join groups hostile to Him, the Curia and the Church of Rome." 
The third person in which Francis spoke of himself is capitalized in the original Vatican publication. The speech was published on the official website of the Holy See and in today's edition of Osservatore Romano. It should not be forgotten that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a retired apostolic nuncio, criticized the current pontificate with the greatest publicity so far and called for the resignation of Francis.

When the pope quotes what he does not read out of "mental hygiene"

Remarkably, Francis quoted yesterday for the nuncios, just one of those websites, of which he - as a directive to the Jesuits (and not just them) - said not to read them. The reference can be found in footnote 14. The source quoted by Pope Francis is Corrispondenza Romana, whose founder and editor, Professor Roberto de Mattei, is one of the intellectual critics of the current pontificate.

Footnote 14: an essay by Prof. Roberto de Mattei on Corrispondenza Romana.

The Bergoglians tried to correct this  "embarrassment" immediately, first of all Il Sismografo, the digital press review hosted somewhere between the Vatican Secretariat of State and the Communications Dicastery, led by Luis Badilla, a former Chilean Minister of Popular Front Government of Salvador Allende. There, in tortuous form, an apology is sought,  cited in Santa Marta for what was considered there a scandalous "Faupax", from such an illustrious and honorable, intellectually outstanding and deeply traditional source as the historian Roberto de Mattei:
"After numerous checks and verifications, we have come to a conclusion and present it to our readers, just as this conviction has formed in our editorial staff in these hours: in all probability the Pope was not adequately informed, without complete information and not consciously aware of the very nature of the source used in footnote 14 of his speech.” 
Luis Badilla must have swept aside this formulation like the  beads of sweat on his forehead. There were "so many" references to this source that Il Sismografo felt compelled to respond in order to protect the image of the Pope. Prof. de Mattei is presented by Badilla as an "anti-Bergoglian Italian intellectual" who "in those years did not spare Pope Francis allegations, epithets, adjectives and criticisms, often morally aggressive and not very polite to the Bishop of Rome.”

Il Sismografo: semi-official press review of the Vatican.

But what did Pope Francis quote from Corrispondenza Romana? At first glance "only" the litany of humility of Cardinal Secretary of State Rafael Merry del Val (1865-1930). Francis recommends it to the apostolic nuncios, stating that it comes from a "colleague," Merry del Val, son of a Spanish diplomat, himself serving many years as a diplomat in the service of the Holy See.

However, the essay by Roberto de Mattei on the Spanish-Irish cardinal cited in the source not only includes the litany, but a tribute to the "true aristocrat" whom St. Pius X, though only 38 years old, made Vatican secretary of state.

The red cape for the close circle of Francis, however, is Roberto de Mattei, the quoted author himself: historian, university professor, like his father and grandfather, descendant of the Sicilian nobility and one of the leading figures in Catholic tradition. It was about them he wrote under the title "Defense of Tradition," a book that was published in 2017 in translation by the theologian and philosopher Wolfram Schrems and with a foreword by the writer Martin Mosebach in German and is to be regarded as a standard reference work in German. 

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Vatican.va (screenshots)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com

Book is available in English.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Eucharistic Smorgasbord Blasphemy

Edit: from Adoration e Liberacio blog.  This priest would phone it in if he could.


This happened yesterday at a mass in Iquique, in northern Chile.

The priest sits down; and the "faithful" freely serve the Eucharistic species. "Open bar"

Here we are. AMDG

Pride Month: Lesbians Stab Child to Death

Edit: the monstrousness of the Devil is eclipsed by the beauty, innocence and holiness of His martyrs, like a Charles Lwanga and his Companions who resisted the advances of their wicked King. We can also consider this in the light of the stories about Noa Pothoven who had her life destroyed by Mohamedan mairauders and the innocent children of Belgium who were groomed and preyed upon by the St. Galen Mafia.  Also, witness the fury launched against the  their own ideological ally, Pope Francis.

[Summit News] A lesbian couple in Brazil who tried to force transgender surgery on a 9-year-old boy have been arrested after stabbing him to death.

Rhuan Maycon was murdered by his mother, Rosana da Silva Candido, and her partner Kacyla Damasceno Pessao on May 31st.
Maycon had been suffering for a year as a result of a botched gender re-assignment operation performed by the pair with no medical supervision after his mother decided he should be a girl.
Brazil’s child protection agency said the women had attempted to perform a “Kind of a sex-change surgery. After removing the penis, they sewed the mutilated region and improvised a version of a female genital organ, making a cut in the groin.”
https://summit.news/2019/06/13/brazil-lesbian-couple-who-tried-to-force-transgender-surgery-on-9-year-old-boy-stab-him-to-death/

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Cardinals' New Declaration Corrects Rampant Confusion in the Church

This is a must-view for any concerned Catholic of today. Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in league with other concerned bishops have issued a historic declaration of truths refuting the many errors presently misleading the Church—errors that have been professed by Pope Francis. These include the false teaching that God wills other religions, that we should not attempt to convert Jews and members of other religions, that Jews do not need Christ, that God's mercy is unconditional, that God blesses adultery and homosexuality, that no sin can condemn us, that there exists no eternal damnation or hell, that the souls of those who die in mortal sin are simply "annhiliated," and much more.


Archbishop Viganò Identifies “Gay Mafia” Figures From Hiding

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia belong to this group, according to the former nuncio in the USA.

Edit: the Archbishop has had to hide. He’s
got the goods on Francis!

Washington D.C. (Kath.net) Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Ambassador to the United States, argued in an interview with the Washington Post that the "homo-mafia" in parts of the Catholic Church's leadership prevented the problem of sexual abuse from being seriously addressed by clerics. The problem of homosexuality in the priesthood is well known, but even the word "homosexuality" did not even appear in one of the recent Vatican documents on abuse. According to Viganò the "gay mafia" among the bishops prevents appropriate reforms, who want to protect themselves.

According to Viganò, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia belong to this group. This was already rumored in the  media a few months ago. The former head of the Pontifical Council for Pope Francis' legal texts and close associate was said to have been present at the drug and sodomite party a few months ago, in which his secretary, Luigi Capozzi was arrested in 2017. Archbishop Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, commissioned a mural in his cathedral during his time as bishop of Terni-Narni-Amelia, depicting naked and half-naked people, including homosexuals and transsexuals. [He himself appears in the depiction of an orgy.]

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Yellow Vest Priest Faces Charges for Opposing Evil Macron

Edit: a priest leads a chant against Macron inside his church. He’s wearing a beautiful baroque chasuble, but we’re not sure of the propriety of this. Is it a Yellow Vest Mass? Anyway, the priest now faces criminal prosecution, but has appealed to Rome for defense. As the commentator notes, however, this priest certainly has legitimate cause to rebuke Macron and his policies since the Muslims being brought into France are vandalizing churches across the nation. It seems intentional as Macron himself was laughing as Notre Dame burned.

The story about the priest is around, 2:05:



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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

August 1984: The Church Workgroup on Pedophilia in Belgium (II)


The Promotion of Pedophilia in the Church in Northern Belgium


On May 25, 2019, the first part of this article appeared  about the Church's "Ecumenical Working Group on Pedophilia" in Belgium. On August 9, 1984, it published an article in the official Northern Belgian Church Gazette, in which it reported on its actions and promoted interested parties.

By Ferdinand Boischot

The response to this really, blatantly vile ad was almost zero.

At that time the Catholic Church in Belgium was already in an unprecedented situation, and the once very Catholic Flemish population was totally uninterested in the Church and in Christian morality.

Belgium had become the sick man of Europe in the 1980s: economic decline, very high unemployment, exploding public debt, very high inflation, overpowered unions and decades of government coalitions of almost mafia-like Christian Democrats and Socialists strangled the country.

At the same time, there was a tremendous sexualization and decatholization of Flemish society, para- and post-conciliar.

The two prime ministers, Wilfried Martens (already an advocate of a "Progressive Front" as early as 1971 and the unification and quasi-fusing of the free Catholic education system with state schools, later introduced one of the most liberal abortion regimes in Western Europe in 1990, later left and liberal in the European Parliament) and Jean-Paul Dehaene.

The Flemish nationals, formerly very Catholic, had split in 1978 on the occasion of the Egmont Pact and split into a leftist-freethinker and modernist wing and a right-wing conservative (Vlaams Blok); the latter was isolated and muzzled by the media. 

Obviously, hardly a reputable person has read this very boring Church paper (the number of subscribers has dropped by more than 80 percent with a continuously decreasing tendency) or found it offensive.

As I said: at that time there were about 1.5 million readers with a total population of 6 million Flemings, of which about 60 percent were more or less Christian / Catholic.

One of two Flemings knew about it

Institutionalized pedophilia in the Church was considered normal.

In the early autumn of 1984, a worried mother (A.C.) contacted the ominous Church working group on pedophilia. The answering letter as follows:
"If your son (son) or daughter (daughter) feels the connection with the pedophile as pleasant / funny ('fijn'), ​​do not break this connection."

"The reaction of the neighborhood is often much more harmful than the events themselves."

"Many convinced Christians still have much to learn from pedophiles."

"It should be preferred that a trusting relationship develops between the pedophiles and the parents."

The big offensive of the pedophiles was launched.

In October 1984, the worried mother wrote to Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and Primate of Belgium.

There was no reaction.

Danneels did what he always did, nothing, and kept everything going.

He succeeded all the easier, till the worried mother had become a member of parliament for the right-wing conservative Flemish national party in the meantime.

Promoting pedophilia in the Church as part of the modernist agenda

Not a year later, in 1985, Danneels in Antwerp established the CPRL (Centrum voor Priesters op rijpere Leeftijd) as a seminary for late-career workers. This seminary soon became the hottest gay meeting spot in Antwerp (in 1999 the CPRL was closed due to too many homosexual scandals and AIDS deaths due to strong pressure from the Roman Congregation of the Faith and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger).

The ex-Rector of the CPRL, M. Gesquiere, severely burned by the scandals, was caught up by the pedophile bishop Vangheluwe in the diocese of Bruges. He became a Dean in Kortrijk and committed suicide in January 2011 after a torrid affair.

The homosexuality of Gesquiere was stubbornly denied by the ecclesiastical side in the diocese of Bruges (the then bishop was Jozef De Kesel, whom Pope Francis made archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, primate of Belgium and cardinal), until the membership card and photos of a Sado-Mas-Club in Antwerp came to light. As a result, much of the homosexual and pedosexual network in the modernist "Church" of West Flanders came to light.

It is very puzzling that at that time (1984-1993) the good and close friend of Cardinal Danneels, Roger Vangheluwe, who committed a crime against his 11-year-old nephew, and he did not bring it to the bishop of Bruges a year later (1985).

In those years, too, there were huge abuse scandals by the West Flemish missionary Eric DeJaegher OMI against the Inuit in Baker Lake and Igloolik, Canada, who organized atrocities at the Broeders Van Dale (Tordale) and the Broeders van Liefde (FC), the Affair Roeach3, the machinations of Roger Borremans.

The editor-in-chief of Kerk & Leven, Felix Dalle, died shortly afterwards.

Subsequent editor-in-chief became Mark Vandevoorde in 1987, previously press officer with the pedophile bishop of Bruges, Roger VanGheluwe. Vandevoorde climbed high in the North-Belgian Christian Democrats and brought him to the adviser (adviser) of the Prime Minister Yves Leterme and Herman Van Rompuy (later Chairman of the Council of Europe and strongly enthusiastic Mason) and the Minister Stefaan van Ackere.

Vandevoorde still fought in the defense of Vangheluwe (2010) and Danneels (2011) and writes to this day for Kerk & Leven and the related website Kerknet.

Toon Osaer followed in 2010 as Editor-in-Chief: Osaer, at that time was also press officer of Cardinal Danneels, who attempted to intimidate and silence the mother and leader of the True Catholic Resistance (Ms A.C.) in 1996 with a telephone call during the affair Roeach3.

Osaer was immediately dismissed by the respectable new Archbishop André Léonard. The northern Belgian bishops and Christian Democratic politicians caught him up.

Since then, Osaer has led the ecclesiastical, modernist and spiritist publishing house Halewijn in collaboration with Kerk & Leven and the Kerknet website in northern Belgium.

By the way, Jef Barzin  was not “pastoor" (Vicar) in 1984 but "onderpastoor" (Assistant), became nevertheless "pastoor" in 1988 with 13 parishes at the end. For this he was appointed Dean in 2007 (first in Antwerp-South, then he was transferred to Antwerp North after protests) and thus received a seat in the Bishop Council.

Barzin was protected by the Bishop of Antwerp (incidentally from West Flanders) Johan Bonny  Bonny is very homo-friendly (see his sensational interview in De Morgen, 26.12.2015).

When the newspaper De Morgen reported on Barzin and his pedophile activities in April 2008, Bishop Bonny commented that "the report (in De Morgen) had forgotten to see this advertisement in the spirit of the times."

Insight zero.

Precisely because of this lack of insight and absence of empathy, Bishop Bonny was then sent to Rome as the representative of the Belgian bishops and "expert on family issues" in 2015 for the second family synod (under Pope Francis).

The diocese of Antwerp is spiritually and morally totally in the swamp.

Bonny shows very little. He prefers to perform with Jef Barzin and his assistant Selleslaghs, who is eager for women's priesthood.

The Dutch-born, Protestant (Calvinist) pastor Th. Weerstra was a predecessor in Brussels and a figurehead of the Protestant churches in Belgium.

Shortly thereafter, he retired to the Netherlands, where he later died.

His widow was connected at the beginning of the century to this pedophilia.

The aged widow replied by e-mail that she would like to be spared further inquiries.

Mr L.P.G. who is obviously from the Netherlands,  used to live very skillfully from a canonical point of view, not far from the Belgian-Dutch border.

In the Christian field, he has not been publicly noticed since the ad.

Six years after the publication of the aforementioned article, in 1991, the religious book series Roeach was introduced for secondary education in northern Belgium.

The third volume, Roeach3, contained illustrations and texts that could appeal to 13- and 14-year-old students as a call for pedophilia.

The modern Church fostered the pedophilia by their staff

The "Mafia of St. Gallen" (Cardinal Danneels) is a benevolent protector of pedophile abuse on a massive scale.

Only in 2004, 16 years after the infamous article in Kerk & Leven, when the pedophilia scandals came to light in northern Belgium and Danneels came under increasing pressure, the Flemish satirical weekly, t Pallieterke published a photo with the original article and a discussion of this mess.

The official Church in Belgium and its press organs are still in silence: reaction zero.

In smaller publications and on the Web, this heinous story became known, especially abroad:

The Vatican and the nuncio in Belgium have been informed several times, as have bishops and cardinals abroad.

The Belgian press noted in 2008 that "Flemish arch-conservatives intensively tried to blackmail Cardinal Danneels at the Vatican to force their candidate, the reactionary bishop of Namur Léonard, to serve as future archbishop."

Bishop Léonard was not reactionary at all, not even conservative. [He was steadfastly hated and attacked by his staff and the media.]

The modernist-sexual revolution with openness to pedophilia and homophily, as the central point of the mafia of St. Gallen, was publicly defended in 2008-2009 by the formerly Catholic and now syncretic mainstream media

The protagonists of the pedophilia promotion are still sitting unmolested in the ranks of leadership.

Incidentally, ever since the pontificate of Francis, it has been stronger than ever.

Previously: the first installment appeared here.

Text: Ferdinand Boischot
Image: Wikicommons
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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article appeared

Maltese Knights Ban Immemorial Mass of All Ages

The bizarre order of the Order causes heated discussions within the Order

Rome (kath.net) Fra 'Giacomo Dalla Torre, the 80th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, has forbidden that the "Old Mass" will be celebrated at the official Masses of the Order of Malta. In the letter of June 10, the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite is to be banned at religious celebrations of the Order, which is currently causing fierce discussions in-house. The Extraordinary form is basically allowed since the Motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum" of July 7, 2007 in the Catholic Church. In England, among other things, members of the Order appreciate the "Old Mass".

Edit: I once attended a semi-reverent NO with the Ordinary parts of the Mass sung in Latin at the Maltese Chapel in Vienna during the week. Like most NO liturgies, it was a lackluster, perfunctory affair, which was only highlighted by the fact that the sacristan not only failed to genuflect as he walked out into the nave after Mass was concluded, but insisted on politicking (He was probabably SPÖ) with some people he recognized for some time, despite the surprising presence of a few Catholics trying to offer their thanksgiving afterward... if I thought it was street-level kabuki drama before, the idea of theatrical production was only heightened, based on the bald sacristan’s careless secular demeanor which had the effect of destroying the meditative qualities of the beautiful baroque chapel.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Prominent Jesuit Compares Salvini With Judas — Bergoglio-Church Takes Another Hit in Polls

Pope Francis with P. Bartolomeo Sorge SJ.

(Rome) The former editor-in-chief of the Roman Jesuit magazine La Civiltà Cattolica comes to his successor's aid and compares Matteo Salvini, the de facto leader of the European sovereignty movement, with Judas.

Matteo Salvini, leader of the Lega, Italian Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister, has been the "EU superstar" superstar since last May's EU elections. He has succeeded in forging a cross-party alliance. The sovereignty movement provides, which probably only Steve Bennon thought possible, more than a third of all MEPs, which is concealed by the media as much as possible, because this strengthening is not desired. Of course, the Alliance must first prove how closed it is on individual issues and how well it can get involved in the European Parliament. The first option is the appointment of the EU Commission President.

With 29 seats, the Lega is represented after counting all votes even with the same number of mandates in the EU Parliament as the Brexit Party by Nigel Farage and CDU and CSU together. Farage and Salvini represent the two strongest single parties.

The AfD had felt the headwind of the German Bishops' Conference under Cardinal Marx. An unusual scenario, since for decades the Church has rejected any partisanship as downright indecent, as if such things had never happened.
In Italy, the pressure against Salvini and the Lega was even more massive. Almost verbatim attacks by Church representatives against the AfD and the Lega suggest an ordered, but at least concerted party take. On the Apennine peninsula, however, everything was still a bit more emotional, aggressive and unconditional. In the Federal Republic of Germany it was a Protestant pastor who was caught destroying AfD posters. In Italy, however, it was Catholic monasteries that issued anti-Salvini banners.

The politicization of the Church, initiated by Pope Francis six years ago, has taken on an irritating course.

This includes a message from P. Bartolomeo Sorge SJ, who joined the Jesuit order in 1946 and was ordained a priest in 1958 for the Order. He was born on the island of Elba. His German surname was brought by his ancestors, who arrived in the 18th century to Sicily, whether still under the Habsburgs or already the Bourbons, is no longer known. The origin of the family Sorge, which is at least clear, is found in the Lower Franconian region and is located in the province of Zealand in the Netherlands today.

The seven-years-older P. Sorge was counted, like Fr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio among the group of brothers who were promoted by the Jesuit General Pedro Arrupe. Under Arrupe P. Sorge became the editor of Civiltà Cattolica, the most important Jesuit magazine in the world. At the time, Sorge was already a political strategist of "democratic Catholicism": he advocated a strong Christian DemocraticParty that was to be left-leaning, while rejecting "integralist" Catholic directions and organizations. The opponent for Sorge was on the right. Thus, in the 1970s, he struck the political nerve of the time when the Western European Communists proclaimed "Euro-communism" to emphasize their independence from the Soviet Union, and when in Italy the left wing of the Christian Democrats sought the "historical compromise" with the Communists.

According to a book published in 2017 by journalist Stefania Falasca, Pope John Paul I seriously contemplated P. Sorge in 1978 as a possible successor to the Patriarch of Venice, although he was "associated with some, somewhat suspicious, Catholic currents," as the then Pope himself in a personal letter to the Archbishop of Milan, Giovanni Cardinal Colombo, noted. General Arrupe had already given a positive opinion of Sorge. Resistance came, however, from Antonio Cardinal Poma, the Archbishop of Bologna and then President of the Italian Episcopal Conference. Reason was the public support on the part of Sorge for a "dialogue" with the Communist Party of Italy (PCI). The pontificate of John Paul I lasted only 33 days, and under John Paul II, P. Sorge was no longer eligible for the Patriarchal Office or another episcopate.

Sorge who will turn 90 this October is mentally fit and does not keep his opinion behind the mountain these days. In February 2018 he described his satisfaction with "myChurch  between Martini and Bergoglio". These are the two Jesuit Cardinals Carlo Maria Martini and Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who were also candidates for the papal throne. Cardinal Martini failed at the first attempt in 2005, but Cardinal Bergoglio was successful in the second attempt in 2013. A quick success, considering that only in 2005 the first attempt was ever made in the nearly 500 years of religious history to make a Jesuit Pope.

Father Antonio Spadaro SJ, acting editor of the Civiltà Cattolica, has not been squeamish with Salvini and the Lega in recent weeks. P. Sorge, his predecessor, intensified the tone after Salvini's election victory. The Democratic referendum aroused the Jesuit so much that he drew a drastic comparison:

"Italy is leghistic, not Christian anymore. The Lega follower says, 'The Italians First', the Christian says, 'The Excluded First'. It is not enough to kiss Jesus in public, that's what Judas did. "

Already in advance, bishops, theologians and Jesuits had loudly heard who chose Lega, "is not a Christian.” Something similar was already to be heard from episcopal mouths in Germany.


A Tweet from P. Sorge, in which he compares Salvini  with Judas. Salvini himself spread the anathema from P. Sorge on Twitter to add his answer:

"See what this theologian writes ... All that is missing is that someone demands my excommunication so that we have experienced everything ... Forward: with faith, respect and modesty!"

It is unclear what benefit Santa Marta expects from such a confrontation. Because of the unconditional Refugees Welcome line has lowered approval ratings in Italy for Pope Francis before the EU election even lower than its previous low, according to a survey by opinion pollsters Demos.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Vatican.va/Twitter (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Ultraprogressive Cardinal Appointments Upcoming — Liberation Theologian Disciplined By Benedict


Bishop Ricardo Valenzuela with Fernando Lugo, then President of Paraguay. Lugo was previously Bishop of San Pedro. In 2008 he was the liberation theologian laicized by  Pope Benedict XVI. Valenzuela and Lugo had both studied at the Gregoriana in Rome.

(Asuncion) Already in recent weeks, it has been said that Pope Francis might create new cardinals at the end of the month. The media in Paraguay report that this time the South American country is likely to get a cardinal. While at the end of June, as possible timing of cardinal elevations becomes less likely, the number of ultraprogressive contenders for the Cardinal rank is increasing.

The Cardinals under 80 choose the Pope. Any consistory for the creation of new cardinals convened by Pope Francis represents a powerful push towards progressive succession.

At the feast of the apostolic princes Peter and Paul, the Pope traditionally awards the pallium to the metropolitans appointed last year, as the visible sign of their attachment to the Bishop of Rome and the universal Church. In May, voices thickened that the ruling pope could take the opportunity to create new cardinals. The date seemed unusual because there is currently no need, as the full number of papal electors is given. This was last set to 120 by Pope John Paul II. Katholisches.info reported when this need will be restored.

In recent days, "rumors have intensified" that Paraguay will get a cardinal in the next cardinal surveys, as the Paraguayan daily ABC Color said yesterday. As possible contenders for the Cardinalatial purple the newspaper has named Bishop Ricardo Valenzuela of Caacupé (not to be confused with Archbishop Edmundo Valenzuela of Asuncion), Bishop Adalberto Martinez of Villarrica and at the same time President of the Paraguayan Episcopal Conference, and Bishop Francisco Pistilli of Encarnacion. All three have been already promoted by Pope Francis. The greatest opportunities are said to belong to Bishop Valenzuela. A few weeks ago he had already been called to Rome to talk about this issue, local voices said. However, on request from ABC Color, Bishop Valenzuela said "jokingly" that it was "just rumors and nothing more". The trip to Europe did not take him to Rome but to Lourdes.

The Paraguayan episcopacy is strongly liberation theological, as shown by the conflict over Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano of Ciudad del Este  who was an exception in the South American country. Due to disturbance of unity in the episcopate, he was deposed in 2014 by Pope Francis in a despotic manner. He refused a conversation. Bishop Livieres spoke of an "intrigue of other bishops" and warned that Pope Francis would even have to answer to God for the impeachment. Katholisches.info called the papal intervention "the nightmare of this pontificate: purges without procedure". A year later, the plucky bishop died as a result of an operation.

Bishop Valenzuela has the closest contact with Pope Francis. When Francis deposed Bishop Livieres, he appointed Msgr. Valenzuela, then reputed to be the most progressive Bishop of Paraguay, Apostolic Administrator of Ciudad del Este. For Bishop Livieres the appointment was an additional slap in the face of the deposition. Valenzuela, at that time Bishop of Villarrica, was entrusted by Francis with the execution of the Church renewal by Bishop Livieres. As a reminder: Bishop Livieres, a member of Opus Dei and an Argentine like Pope Francis, was one of the first to remove his seminarians from the Joint Paraguayan Seminary in Asuncion, following their appointment as Bishop of Ciudad del Este, to protect them from progressive and liberation theological influences. He promoted priestly vocations and in the parishes, Eucharistic adoration and the traditional Roman rite. He established his own seminary just for his diocese. Although the Diocese of Ciudad del Este covers only ten percent of Catholics in the country, the seminary of Bishop Livieres numbered 70 percent of all seminarians in Paraguay.

At present, 45 cardinals come from the American continent.

In the view of another candidate, who is vigorously named as a possible purple bearer, the Portuguese theologian and Archbishop José Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça, was named by Jornal Madeira recently with a more realistic date for February 2020. Curial Archbishop José Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça is one of those who want to "liberate" the Church from its dogmas.

Also the last Sunday in the Church year, the Christ the King celebration in Novus Ordo, could be a possible date for a consistory. Because of the vacant positions in the College of Papal Electors, the cardinal elevations should take place only in the spring of 2020.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Presidencia (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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The Secret Archive of the Popes and its “Legends”

The Prefect of the Vatican Secret Archives, Mgr. Sergio Pagano, spoke about the opening of the private archive of Pius XII. in the coming year and "legends" around the secret archive.

(Rome) The Prefect of the Vatican Secret Archives, the Barnabite Father Sergio Pagano, reiterated that the Soviet Union after the Second World War, brought the Black Legend of the "anti-Semitic" Pope Pius XII.  into circulation.

Born in Genoa in 1948, Pagano entered the Barnabite Order in 1966 and was ordained a priest in Rome in 1977. In the field of theology, he specialized in liturgy, while at the same time he completed a specialist study of archivistics, diplomacy and paleography. He taught at the Pontifical Diplomatic Academy, at the Pontifical Lateran University and other colleges. Since 1978 he works in the secret archives of the Vatican, where he was promoted to director under Pope John Paul II in 1997. Under Pope Benedict XVI. he was appointed Titular Bishop of Celene in today's Galicia, Spain in 2007 and then ordained him bishop in St. Peter's Basilica. Last year P. Pagano celebrated his 40th priestly jubilee. 

The Barnabite Order was created in 1530 in response to theChurch  crisis and Protestant schism at the beginning of modern times. Like so many other orders, the regular canons of St. Paul (CRSP), as their official name, reached their peak in the twentieth century, just prior to the Council and during the Second Vatican Council. Today, the Order counts just over 300 priests.

On May 30, Mgr. Pagano was awarded honorary doctorate by the Ateneu Universitari Sant Pacià, a Catholic University in Barcelona founded in 2015, named after Saint Pacian of Barcelona. The ceremony was the occasion for the Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia to conduct an interview with the honoree, which was published on May 31st.

At first, the prefect explained the rather confusing term "secret archive" for today's ears, which meant a private archive at the time of the Renaissance, in contrast to a public archive. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a question of "keeping secret" documents stored in them. It is rather the private archives of the popes, not the archives of the Vatican or the Church. The name is maintained because the archive has been internationally known for centuries, now also registered and quoted in scientific works.

Access, according to Msgr. Pagano, is only open to entitled scientists who can demonstrate a need for research. The access is granted for three months, but can be extended again and again. The archive is used daily by about 60 researchers. There are not enough staff available to be able to process the search requests in a timely manner.

Pope Francis had announced in spring that from 2 March 2020, the private archive of Pius XII, who ruled from 1939-1958, will be opened. However, the head of the secret archive is slowing down a bit.

"We only have 58 employees and we were not prepared for it. When the archive is opened, not everything will be perfect yet. The holdings of some nunciatures are still in order. "
However, the interested experts could already shed light on various aspects of the pontificate, including in particular the relationship with the Jews and with Adolf Hitler and the National Socialists, but also with Francisco Franco and Spain and the dictatorships in South America, including Argentina.

"The newly accessible documentation, if carefully studied by reputable historians, can clarify these aspects. It can illuminate the historical and political context in which Pius XII. moved, and his dilemma, whether he should publicly comment on the defense of the Jews and the persecution of the people of Israel. Pius XII. planned a public statement and discussed the issue with various ambassadors, but then hesitated for fear that a public statement on the defense of the Jews, as in the case of the Netherlands, might trigger an even more terrible persecution of Jews and Catholics. It could not save the Jews and bring Christians trouble. The question weighed on his conscience until the end of his life, although he came to the conclusion that the only action that could be taken was to save as many Jews as possible directly, but that a public statement would not help. Scientists will have to decide if that was appropriate or not. "

The pope was concerned with the salvation of as many Jews as possible, however. He activated sections, monasteries, dioceses and even the Vatican to give shelter to Jews. The Jews thanked him for this commitment. This not only applies to the former Chief Rabbi of Rome, who converted to the Catholic Church and accepted the baptismal name of the Pope, Eugenio, in gratitude. The State of Israel, founded in 1948/49, also honored Pius XII. for his commitment to the Jews during World War II.

But how could it then come to the Black Legend, that just Pius XII. was the "Hitler’s Pope"?

"This legend originated in the Soviet Union. After the Nuremberg war crimes trial, the idea was circulated that the Pope was guilty of not defending the Jews. As various studies have now established, this idea spread through the Jewish and American press and expanded into an indictment, that Pius XII. had sentenced the Jews to death by his silence.” The Secret Archive's holdings, which will be accessible from March 2020, also provide insight into the relationship between the Pope and the Franco government in Spain. Mgr. Pagano mentions in this context another concern of Pius XII, who considered a Soviet invasion of Europe with the help of the Communist parties in the various states realistic.

The private archive may also bring new insights to the question of the Catalan independence movement. The stocks, Msgr. Pagana, certainly allow a detailed tracing of the attitude of Pius XII. to General Franco and any changes in this attitude.

Then there are the many legends surrounding the secret archive the prefect dismisses. These are "sillinesses" that someone with some education "can not believe.”

"It is also said that we keep the seven-armed, golden Menorah, which stood in the Temple of Jerusalem, but in reality was destroyed by Emperor Titus. It was even written that we would keep heads of Martians and evidence of UFOs. "

The claim of writer Dan Brown that he has been denied access to the secret archive "is a lie", says Msgr Pagano.

"Dan Brown never asked to enter the archive. He wrote all sorts of nonsense, without any basis, just to make money. If he has the necessary titles, he is welcome to come, and then, when he sees the truth, he could no longer invent certain secret places and doors and non-existent labyrinths.”

An ingenious security and fire protection system protects the secret archive. Many documents are stored in a new bunker.

"If there was a fire, I really would not know which of the important documents were to be salvaged first. There are really very many!”

When a Pope's private archive is opened, “all documents are made available, as permitted by the Vatican Law. Excluded are marriage tribunals out of consideration for the persons concerned, the documents on episcopal appointments, because the Pope usually selects from a panel of three, and the non-appointees, of course, have relatives and a parish. This excludes purely personal documents that are found at the death of cardinals, bishops and curia employees."

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: MiL
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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