Showing posts with label Argentina. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Argentina. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"Culture of Fornication": Argentina's Bergoglian Bishops -- Case Macri to Case Aguer

 (Buenos Aires) The bergoglian Argentine bishops, the greater the confusion seems to be (see The contradictions of the Church "the open doors": Argentine President Must not be Godfather ). The Archbishop of La Plata, the historic opponent of Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentine episcopate, criticized in a column the widespread "culture of fornication." His brother bishops distanced themselves from him.

The Case Macri and Political Antipathies

The newborn son from a Catholic  family with many children was denied baptism in Bergoglio's Archdiocese of Buenos Aires because - according to an Argentine tradition, the sponsor for the seventh child is the President -  who since December 2015, is the incumbent president Mauricio Macri, a remarried divorcee, who had been rejected as godfather.

Macri, who displaced the previously ruling (left) Peronist from power last fall, has ever since been the validly declared main enemy. It's a conflict that seems to have been transferred to the Church. That Pope Francis would have preferred the Left-Peronist candidate in the presidential palace, is an open secret.  A donation of the new president to the Pontifical University Foundation Scholas Occurrentes was returned in April's return mail to the donor. In other words: The donation came from the wrong (political) area, with which one would not even have anything to do in terms of good works. It was a veritable papal disavowal of a head of state.
The same had happened already in July 2015 at the Pope's visit to Latin America. While the Catholic Church leader met with the left presidents of Ecuador and Bolivia, dazzling the mind and   also expressed this in front of the photographer, Francis went against the conservative President of Paraguay on a collision course. He made unheard of public criticisms of ​​the head of state to thousands citizens and the highest dignitaries of the country and they were also completely groundless allegations . It would be difficult to express (political) sympathies and antipathies more outwardly.
No wonder then that Argentina's bishops and pastors, at least those who want to be particularly bergoglian, follow the example of the Pope, and in turn disavow President Macri. The reel of rejection of Macri as godfather was opened at the Cathedral of Buenos Aires, the long-term "domestic church" of the current Pope, where he made his successor Msgr. Mario Aurelio Poli, a close friend and even created him a cardinal.

The Case of Archbishop Aguer

There isn't just friction between  the Pope and President.  There had been friction long before the papal election between the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and the "conservative" Archbishop of La Plata, Msgr. Héctor Aguer.  Jorge Mario Bergoglio in the Argentine Bishops' Conference was like a leader of the "doves", while Archbishop Héctor Aguer was the spokesman of the "hawks".

Archbishop Aguer: culture of fornication

Since Cardinal Bergoglio had become Pope, he has been undermining the "hawks" by his new appointments, stripping feathers. But still the pugnacious archbishop of La Plata is in his office. In May 2018 he completes his 75th year.
In the daily newspaper El Día of La Plata Archbishop Aguer writes a regular column in which he knows how to swim against the current, as well as in his most recent column of August 23. Under the title "La Fornicación" to English "Fornication," where he raised his voice against "lewd culture", sexuality and love "trivialized".
What does he mean by a "culture of fornication," the archbishop explained with a practical example. He cited the Brazilian press, which had calculated that in just 17 days an average of 42 condoms were used by each participant at the Summer Olympics. Sexual intercourse with multiple partners, who are often perfect strangers, is a behavior that are in themselves, "animalistic," said the Archbishop. He used a popular Latin American gutter expression.
Among other things, Msgr. Aguer criticized the gender ideology and "other unnatural relationships." The Archbishop took up the cudgel for lifelong marriage in mutual love and respect between a man and a woman, and for the ability to bond, which sees destroyed contra naturam  through the fornication.
In this context, the archbishop engaged clear criticism of aberrosexual relationships and the possibility for them to adopt children.

The "trouble of the Church"

Archbishop Héctor Aguer drew with this column not only the wrath of liberals and the aberro-associations, but also his brother bishops.
In the issue from August 28 the newspaper La Nacion, the Argentine "house organ" of Pope Francis, published the article "Trouble in the Church on the Nature and Language of Msgr. Hector Aguer". The article "reflects," says the author, the "reaction of the Church" (!) to the column by Archbishop Aguer.
The article quotes three bishops who take a position against the Archbishop of La Plata  but remain anonymous.
"The same bishops who insisted in a conservative position in the case of Macri, represented in case Aguer the exact opposite, and therefore a liberal position," said Secretum meum mihi .
The distancing from Archbishop Aguer is established by the first anonymous bishops with "his language" and "his method."
The second anonymous bishop is quoted as saying that the column of Msgr. Aguer "is not representing the concerns of the Church, especially in a moment like this, with its much more important problems."
A third anonymous bishop reiterates the statement that it is indeed important that the people to know what the Church teaches on sexual morality and marriage, "but now tries to mediate teaching in a context of respect for individual freedom of believers."

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Wikicommons / El Dia
Trans: Tancred
Link to Katholisches...

Contradictions of the Church "of the Open Doors": Argentina's President May Not be a Godfather

Poor Little Tiziano Couldn't be Baptized in a Catholic Church
Because His Godfather is the Divorced President,
Mauricio Macri
(Buenos Aires) The new church line is coming snaking into the Argentina Church.  Everything seems to have its order, but  surely there is  no one, let alone the people, who might pass by the signals into a skid. Or is it all just a matter of policy?
The double Synod of Bishops had the obvious target, remarried divorcees - to better integrate into the Church - with or without admission, to Holy Communion. In an interview with the Argentine newspaper La Nacion, Pope Francis said on December 7, 2014:
"They are not excommunicated, that's right. But they may not be godfathers, they may not be lectors at Mass, they may not give Holy Communion, they must not be catechists. They may not do seven things, I have the list here.Stop! When I put down the bill, then it seems as if they were de facto excommunicated! Therefore: we open the door a little. Why should they not be godfathers?"
That was shortly after the end of the first Synod of Bishops and before the Second Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Baptism as Aberro Spectacle

On 5 April 2014, and a few months earlier, a child conceived by artificial insemination was baptized in the Argentine city of Cordoba Cathedral whose mother lives in a lesbian relationship with another woman. The two women who are active in the gay scene were previously briefly in a "gay marriage".

Baptism as Aberro spectacle (left the birth mother)

The baptism became a media event for the acceptance of homosexuality. The former Left-Peronist President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner was designated a godparent. The event caused a significant tempest, there was reasonable doubt that the lesbian couple could ensure a Christian education of the child. The same was true for the godmother, who had enforced the "gay marriage" in her term of office and wanted to foster the introduction of abortion.
All of the concerns were from the cathedral minister were brushed aside, not without the support of  the Archdiocese. This is about the baptism of a child, period. The girl wasn't just baptized in any chapel and in the absence of the media, but in the Archdiocesan Church and under a lot of hype.
Since there was no accompanying explanation, the impression remained that the Catholic Church recognizes aberrosexuality, "gay marriage" and artificial insemination of lesbian women. The sponsorship by State President Kirchner also gave the event a clearly political aspect and presented the baptism in the service of the aberro lobby.
With artificial insemination there is also the suspicion of  selective abortion is given in relation to aberrosexuals. Lesbians prefer girls, gays want to adopt boys or have the  delivery by surrogate mothers.

Transsexual as "Godmother"

In March 2014 a  "transsexual" Enrique Martinez aka Solange Lisette Luna Navarro, a prominent gay activist, complained that he could not be a "godmother" in an interview with Radio Fénix. "The law agrees with me,"  said the "transsexual" citing a "legal right", referring to the law of the state, not to the law of the Church.  Catholic doctrine had no influence on Martinez.
Shortly thereafter, the competent Archdiocese La Rioja published a press statement by the Vicar General, who announced that the "transsexual" may very well be "godmother."   The reasoning of the General Vicar was based, combined, on the "new legal order" of the papal pronouncement: "Who am I to judge."
The baptism of a girl with "two mothers" and sponsorship of a "transsexual," although in both cases the persons concerned expressed their rejection of a part of Catholic teaching in public statement, was for not a problem for the Argentine Church, nor for demonstrably politically tinged sponsorship of anti-Church State President.

Refusal of Sponsorship by President Macri

Things look quite different for the new conservative president Mauricio Macri. Macri has been married since 2010 in third marriage with businesswoman Juliana Awada. Awada, daughter of a famous Lebanese business family in Argentina with a Muslim father, Catholic mother (Syrian Catholic), had been baptized and brought up Catholic as had been her four siblings.

Pope Francis with Mauricio Macri and Juliana Awada in Vatican

Tiziano, the now four months old godson of the President had to be baptized in a Protestant church, because no Catholic parish had offered their services. The reason? Because the president is divorced and remarried.
Tiziano is the seventh child of a Catholic family. One tradition after it is customary for the President to be upon request the sponsor of the seventh child. 
The mother of seven, Natalia Alcalle, went "very happily" to the cathedral, the former episcopal  church of Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio to there to ask for baptism. The surprising answer was "No". Then she approached the most renowned Marian shrine of Argentina, the Basilica of Our Lady of Lujan. The answer was again negative.
In three parishes they asked. Once the name Macris was mentioned, "we were faced with a wall"  Mediamza wrote, citing the mother two days ago. After three rejections she had become "so embarrassed" that she did not dare a fourth request. "I was told everywhere, that is not possible, because the president is divorced and lives in concubinage."
After some consultation with the Presidential Chancellery, Pastor Victor Doroschuk of the Protestant  Church "Vida y Paz" was finally consulted.

Pontifical signal to remarried divorcees

It was Pope Francis, who significantly changed  the protocol of the Holy See changed abruptly, and President Macri had received last February 27 with Juliana Awada. Until then, the spouse of remarried and divorced State representatives were greeted by the pope only separately, and briefly  in a separate room. Also, there was no common photo with the Pope. The protocol was in order to engage clarity and  the conscience, to underline the difference between a regular and an irregular marriage connection.
The change means a few scant months after the end of the Second Synod of Bishops on the Family, a dramatic intervention in the Vatican protocol and it was understood as a signal of a change of course towards divorce and remarriage.

Pope "really links nothing" with President Macri

Overall, however, it is known that Pope Francis had preferred Macri's Left-Peronist opponent in the presidential election. Since then there have been several  taunts. This included that Macri, who took office as head of state on 10 December 2015 last March who offered the Pontifical Foundation Scholas Occurentes  a grant of more than one million dollars. "As of May 30th when the news came to the Vatican, the Pope took the anti-Peronist and Liberal Macri's victory very poorly, according to what his Argentine friends said," wrote the Vatican expert Sandro Magister. The money was sent back by return mail. Take no money from governments. However, that was something different under Macri's predecessor Kirchner.  Argentine media reported a "disavowal" of the President, with whom  Pope Francis apparently does not want to be associated.
Should political affiliations be decisive for baptisms in Argentina's Church under Pope Francis? Homosexuals, transsexuals and LGBT activists, yes, conservative politicians, no?
Education, training and information on Catholic doctrine and Sacraments in all directions and to all situations seem to be subject to the time of day.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: SMM / MiL / (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred
Link to Katholisches...

Friday, June 10, 2016

Cardinal Müller Describes Main Adviser of Pope Francis as "Heretical"

(Rome) In recent interview with the Herder Korrespondenz Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the CDF, described the closest adviser of Pope Francis as "heretical".
In the June issue of Herder Korrespondenz (issue 6/2006) reaffirmed the Cardinal Prefect, that "no one" should relativize the doctrine of the papacy as a divine institution, for that would mean, wanting to "correct God." Some time ago, there was someone who was presented by "certain media" as one of the "closest advisers" of the Pope, the Cardinal said. This consultant has opined that there would be no problem in transferring the seat of the Pope to Medellin in Colombia or elsewhere, and the various Curia offices could be shared among the various local Churches. This, says Cardinal Müller, is fundamentally wrong and "even heretical". On this subject, it is sufficient to read the Dogmatic Constitution "Lumen Gentium" of Vatican II in order to identify the ecclesiological nonsense of such mind games. "The seat of the pope is Peter's in Rome."
The cardinal added that it is the express commission of St. Peter, to lead the whole Church as her supreme pastor. This commission was transferred to the Church of Rome and its bishop by Peter. This is not just an organizational question. The general aim was to preserve God-given unity. This also applied to the task of the high clergy of the Roman church, the cardinals who assist the Pope in the exercise of his primacy.

Victor Manuel Fernández: Chief consultant and ghostwriter of the Pope

Cardinal Müller, interview the Herder Korrespondencz

With the Prefect in his allusion "aimed his sights," said the Vatican expert Sandro Magister, it is not hard to see: it is the Titular Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández , the Rector of the Catholic University of Argentina .
Fernández was already the preferred speech writer  of the then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires. Fernández was then, and still is, the confidence theologian and the ghostwriter of the Archbishop, and now,  the papal documents of Evangelii gaudium to Amoris laetitia . In the particularly controversial Apostolic Exhortation can be found verbatim, whole passages from [crap] essays  Fernández published ten years ago.
Cardinal Müller did not call the Pope's advisers by name. But what he said is unambiguous. Likewise, the word, which the Faith Prefect leveled: "heretic".
The Cardinal had in view an interview of Fernández in Corriere della Sera of 10 May 2015 where the speechwriter of the Pope explained, "the Vatican curia is not an essential structure. The pope could live outside of Rome, have a dicastery in Rome and another in Bogotá, and to connect, for example, by videoconference with liturgy experts in Germany. That which is around the Pope, in the theological sense, is the college of bishops to serve the people. [...] Even the Cardinals could disappear in the sense that they are not essential."

Fernández's attack against Cardinal Müller

Fernández attacked the Faith Prefect even directly because of this in a March 29, 2015 in La Croix , the daily newspaper of the French Bishops' Conference where he had said in the published interview, the pontificate of Pope Francis was essentially a "pastoral" pontificate, making it the object of the CDF was to "restructure theologically" this pontificate.
"Papa's favorite grumbles," Jürgen Erbacher wrote for ZDF  Fernández's reply:
"I have read that some say that the Roman Curia is an essential part of the mission of the Church, or that a Prefect of the Vatican is the safe compass which preserves the Church from falling into a Light-thinking; or that this prefect ensures the unity of the faith and the Pope guarantees a serious theology. But for Catholics who read the gospel, knowing that Christ has assured the pope and all of the bishops  as a guide and a special enlightenment, but not a prefect or other structure. When you hear say such things, it seems almost as if the Pope is one of their representatives, or one who has come to interfere, and must be controlled."
More than a  year has passed since the Argentine aimed his arrows  against the Prefect. Arrows that do not need for the Pope to have approved  them but which have not bothered him since Fernández is still the chief advisor at Francis' side.

Fernández in his sights, but did he mean the Pope?

The conflict between Pope and CDF is heating up more and more, and with each new document with   ambiguous formulations which Pope Francis  publishes with the active help of his Argentine prompter, Cardinal Müller seems to be more irritated.
With his criticism in Herder Korrespondenz the cardinal prefect strikes close to the Pope according to the Interpretation mess of Amoris laetitia. So close that he has accused the pope's closest staff member as a "heretic."  It's a verdict that is meant for Fernández, but also radiates to the Pope, because of a "theologian of little brilliance" (Sandro Magister) in Argentina would hardly draw the attention of a Prefect of the Congregation.
The German cardinal is a clever man. He knows that his frontal attack against the right hand of the Pope, will bring his reputation with Francis to the point of freezing. A "risk",  Cardinal Müller obviously approvingly obviously takes into account. He knows that Francis has in fact sidelined, the CDF and cares precious little about the work of this curial authority and its documents. Just as he had been in June 2013 when recommended to the Bureau of progressive confederation of Latin American and Caribbean religious.

Redefining the understanding of the office of the Prefect of Faith?

Cardinal Müller seems to work on a new definition of his role as head of the CDF. As mere collaborator of the Pope, he can hardly make a difference. The pope made ​​him  to know only a few days ago , when he hinted that the authentic interpretation of Amoris laetitia was not about Müller's grueling effort, to somehow bring the controversial papal Fernandezian theses in  harmony with the ecclesial tradition, but the interpretation of  Vienna's [evil] Archbishop, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.
Cardinal Müller will have to understand his role in serving the Vicar of Christ on earth  as Prefect,  regardless of the current incumbent's understanding and exercise of that office. He may not really "theological structure" this pontificate, but he may strengthen the faith of 1.3 billion Catholics. And eventually this pontificate will also end.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: MiL / Herder correspondence (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Apparition of Saint Nicolás de Arroyos Recognized Officially by the Church

(Buenos Aires) The Apparitions of San Nicolás de los Arroyos in Argentina have been recognized. The competent diocesan bishop, Msgr. Hector Sabatino Cardelli, recognized the supernatural character of the events on Sunday, May 22.

San Nicolás de los Arroyos is located approximately 250 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires and is the capital of a separate diocese of the ecclesiastical province Rosario. Since 1983 the Mother of God has appeared to a mother, Gladys Quiroga de Motta. The seer, a simple woman who is now already a grandmother, has the stigmata of Jesus.

Stigmatized seer

Gladys Quiroga de Motta submitted to obedience to ecclesiastical authority from the beginning. Annually an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary appears in  the same day. Most recently, 250,000 believers gathered on this particular day.

Gladys Quiroga de Motta lives in utmost seclusion and spends most of the day in prayer. The reigning Bishop of San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Msgr. Hector Sabatino Cardelli have already celebrated Holy Masses and led processions to to the place on the river Paraná, where a large church is built. The order for this have been received from the Blessed Mother by the stigmatist.

A spring was found said place, as indicated by the publication. Church history is replete with such visions, where the Blessed Mother appears to the  faithful, demands the establishment of a church and names the exact building site. In such places arose pilgrimage sites which drew numerous faithful to pilgrimage and pray.

White Scapular for those who suffer in body and soul

The Statue of San Nicolas de Arroyos

The white scapular of Gladys Quiroga de Motta is recognized by ecclesiastical authority, which is designated according to the Marian apparition in a special way for those who suffer in body and soul.

Father Carlos Pérez, the spiritual director of the stigmatized, has always been convinced of the authenticity of her statements. So far, more than 1,800 messages have been made, which were given to the seer according to  instructions. Their publication has been authorized by the former bishop of San Nicolas, Msgr. Domingo Salvador Castagna, bishop of 1984-1994. Bishop Castagna said at the time: "I firmly believe that it is an event of the Virgin Mary."

Now his successor has recognized the supernatural character of the apparitions of San Nicolás. A few days ago, Bishop Cardelli led the second diocesan annual pilgrimage to the new Church of St. Mary of the Rosary. On this occasion he announced the official recognition of the phenomenon. The Church had examined the event in the past for more than 30 years and checked it accurately. It was in followed in a process by the prescribed critea of the universal Church. The Chur h considers three questions in such events: "Is a phenomenon of natural origin, it is a work of the devil, or it is of supernatural origin?" The answer to these questions is in the specific case, constat de supernaturalitate. The apparitions are definitely given of a supernatural character.

Maria "Forever Queen and Mistress"

Recognition decree of the Apparitions

The assessment of such a phenomena is the responsibility and authority of the local bishop. As such, Bishop Cardelli, speaks with the judgment of the Church. The Apparitions of San Nicolás de los Arroyos are now among the officially recognized supernatural apparitions by the Catholic Church. The messages have been recognized as authentic. The recognition by the Church does not mean that believers have to believe in the messages or the authenticity. They are not part of the divine revelation.

The decree of approval of Bishop Cardelli ends with the words:

"Finally, and has just as the holy Virgin Mother of God asked, I beg to heaven on behalf of the whole diocese, that she may be forever the Queen and Mistress of San Nicolás de los Arroyos."

The Diocese of San Nicolás de los Arroyos was established in 1947 by Pope Pius XII. from parts of the former archdiocese of La Plata and what is today the Archdiocese of Mercedes. It has 422,000 Catholics, which corresponds to 92 percent of the population. There are 101 diocesan and 13 religious priests active in the diocese.

The number of priests has risen since the mid-80s, when the apparitions began, by 70 percent. Initially there was one priest to 7,100 faithful, now there is one for every 3,700 faithful m.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Wikicommons / Diocese of San Nicolas de los Arroyos
Trans: Tancred

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pope Francis Giving More Aid and Legitimacy to Communists

Edit: it's not like they were Communists or anything, and that there was a civil war. Following the Communist in Chief's example, Pope Francis is giving sympathy and support to a Communist insurgency in Argentina that nearly took the reigns of power during the Cold War.

VATICAN CITY - At the request of Pope Francis, material in the Vatican Secret archives relating to Argentina's "Dirty War" is expected to be opened in the coming months, the Vatican spokesman said.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, told journalists March 23 that the cataloguing of materials related to Argentina's dictatorship continues to move forward.

"The work goes on regularly and is expected to be completed over the next few months," he said, adding that the timing and conditions under which the material may be studied will be agreed upon with the Argentine bishops' conference.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Aberro-Delusion: "The Fool Wears His Heart on His Sleeve"

"Wisdom is like a prison to the fool, understanding is a
shackle to the uncomprehending."  Sirach 21:18
(Madrid) "Are they crazy?" Is what Spanish church historian and well-known Catholic blogger, Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña, wonders in connection with the accompanying picture. It shows Argentine Catholic women religious and gay activists who are shown together laughing  around gay flags and other LGBT flags.
Lesbian women religious or Catholic homosexuals? Neither is likely to be the answer, but it's the big new fashion to engage in propaganda for homosexuality and even to be proud it. The nuns are from the Argentine city of Saenz Peña Chaco.
Homo-flags hang from ministries and town halls. Christian Democratic parties do not differ from those of liberal or leftist parties. Everyone wants to be in the big race not to be too late  to be fashionable. Homosexuals are marching proudly in front, even among politicians, as they had reached a highly developed state of humanity with their unnatural sexual practices.  "No one has anything to say?" Asks de la Cigoña into space. A variety of responses were received on his blog: "Why should not a few women religious and lay Catholics join in  this fashion as they've run after other fashions in previous decades? That's much more convenient than to preach and evangelize," went the ironic query of a commentator on de la Cigoña.

"Consensus-relativism always at the expense of Revelation"

"The political left wrapped itself in the homo-flag, just as left-Catholicism also has gripped this flag. Who follows whom here? The left the cross? It is rather the other way around, as in the past. From history people learn hardly anything anyway," said another.
"This, 'gay pride' in the picture emblematically presents the consensus-relativism of our time. Everything is up for grabs, not categorical, but  submitted to the dominant opinion. How likely is it that the dominant opinion is Catholic? The consensus-relativism therefore is always at the expense of the revealed word of God,"  said another comment. And another: "In the Book of Sirach it says. The number of fools and gossips is infinite."
"If they do misguided things, then they drag out the habit, otherwise they run around in civilian clothes."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Torre de la Cigüeña
Trans: Tancred

Monday, May 25, 2015

Argentinian Marian Shrine Defiled by Worldly Hammering

(Buenos Aires) On Saturday,  there was a silent, but no less painful form of persecution "with kid gloves" to pick an expression from  word from Pope Francis on June 30, 2014. This is ultimately about a passage from the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus says, "It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer. But ye have made it a den of thieves" (LK 19:46). The "robbers" are those who abuse, insult and for whatever reason and in what manner whatsoever, they desecrate the house of God in which they are appear.
Canon 1210 of the Code of Canon Law is one of the most forgotten provisions of canon law. Literally there is:
"In a holy place only that will be permitted, which is for the exercise or promotion of worship, piety and worship, and anything  that is inconsistent with the sanctity of the place is forbidden." The  last sentence doesn't change anything: "Yet the Ordinary may allow however, individual uses which do not conflict to the sanctity of the place."
A rule which applies to every holy place, even more so at a national shrine like the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de Lujánin, Argentina. Our Lady of Lujan is patroness of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The city of Lujan is located 70 kilometers west of Argentina's capital Buenos Aires.

Materialistic Fixity to the World Instead of Transcendence

Marian shrine of Our Lady of Lujan
This past May 16, a musical was featured in the Basilica of Creyendo Lujan, for the completion of the renovations. The Argentine state television filmed the performance and will broadcast this on May 25th. More than 20 well-known Argentine artists appeared in the event,  not on a concert stage, but between the altars and in the aisles. Among them was also the leading gay propagandist Sandra Mihanovich. Likewise, Leon Gieco, an "icon" of the Argentine left, who  is seen not by chance in a video next to an image of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. The musical spectacle was directed by Lito Vitale, who is known for his longtime left political activism.
The program was a mixture of rock Christ, "wisdom books" and Pope Francis. The offered texts were "in the best case scenario imbued with a pronounced materialism, a hymn to a purely earthly justice, of bread and work exclusively as a social requirement, and all without any view of the transcendent, incapable of looking beyond  its own nose  and rid the head  of ideological stereotypes of the real breath of faith," says the website .

"Where Might God Be, Who Stole Him?"

In the cliche ridden texts was asked: "Where might  God be, who stole him?" More correctly other questions might have   been put to: Did the archbishop Augustin Roberto Radrizzani of Mercedes-Lujan and the church rector, Father José Daniel Blanchoud OFM Cap. really believe that such a spectacle is greater than the glory of God? Was there really nothing more Catholic which could have been presented on this occasion?
These questions would urgently require answers not only for Lujan, but also of some European church, basilica or cathedral, where "Events" are given place, which are incapable of being reconciled by Canon 1210  of the Church's. Which  neither serves the glory of God nor does it strength and spread of the faith, but merely entertains people. [Can it be said to even be entertaining?]
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Wikicommons /
Trans: Tancred

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DICI: The State of Argentina Recognizes the Society of St. Pius X Administratively

Edit: copied from DICI for the record.

Argentina: The State of Argentina Recognizes the Society of St. Pius X Administratively
Filed under From Tradition, News

Queen Mary House, headquarter of the District of South America (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

On April 12, 2015, the Argentinian newspaper Clarin announced the decision of the Secretary of Religion, Guillermo R. Oliveri, published in the official bulletin of the Argentine Republic on April 9, 2015; according to this decision the Society of St. Pius X is recognized in Argentina as a juridical person and has been added to the Register of the Institutes of Consecrated Life in which are listed the Catholic orders and religious congregations present in Argentina.
This decision was made possible, among other formalities, by a letter from the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli, addressed to the Secretary of Religion as a part of the procedures undertaken by the Society’s authorities in 2011. This letter, in which the archbishop of Buenos Aires “asked that ‘the Society of the Apostles of Jesus and Mary’ (Society of St. Pius X) be considered as an association with diocesan rights, until a definitive juridical framework is granted to it in the universal Church,” is a necessary condition for all religious congregations in Argentina.
Cardinal Poli’s document has no canonical authority, for he cannot substitute himself for the Roman authority that alone can settle the Society’s canonical status. It is simply a procedure that allows the State of Argentina to make an administrative decision until “a definitive juridical framework is granted (to the Society) in the universal Church.”

It is important to know that in Argentina, Catholic religious congregations can only exercise their apostolate within an administrative and juridical framework conditioned by their inscription in the register of the Institutes of Consecrated Life, on the ecclesiastical authority’s recommendation.

The fact that Cardinal Poli is Cardinal Bergoglio’s successor to the archiepiscopal see of Buenos Aires is a legitimate reason to believe that this decision was not taken without consulting Pope Francis. Nonetheless, it is nothing more than a strictly administrative procedure in the restricted context of the Republic of Argentina.
(Sources: FSSPX-MG/Clarin/BO Rep. Arg. DICI, 4-13-2015)
Argentina: El Estado Argentino reconoce administrativamente la Fraternidad San Pío X

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pope's Argentine Successor Urges State to Recognize Catholicity of SSPX

Edit: this will make some people at Vatican Insider very unhappy.

Note from CFN: Bishop Fellay and SSPX Leadership have to yet to publicly comment on this development, but will probably do so soon.

Argentina formally recognizes SSPX as part of the Catholic Church - at the request of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires (and Pope Francis?)
Our partners at Adelante de la Fe have broken the news that the Argentinian government has recognized the SSPX as part of the Roman Catholic Church: La FSSPX reconocida en Argentina como parte de la Iglesia Católica Romana.In the words of the official state Resolution granting this recognition:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Order of Drought and the Order of Flowering -- the "Institute of the Word Incarnate"

San Rafael: Priestly Seminary of the Institute of the Incarnate
Word in Argentina
(Buenos Aires) Some have hardly any vocations, others have it in abundance. "It will not have a reason," writes the Spanish Catholic Church historian and blogger Francisco de la Cigoña and reports on the flourishing seminary of San Rafael Instituto del Verbo Encarnado (IVE) in Argentina.
In Argentina, the homeland of Pope Francis, the Catholic Order of the Institute of the Incarnate Word was born in 1984 in San Rafael (Mendoza).  Some years later, in addition to the apostolic, a contemplative branch of the order was also established. In 1988, with the servants of the Lord and the interior of the Virgin of Matará (SSVM), a female branch, which is also divided into an apostolic and a contemplative branch.
The founder of the flourishing religious family was the Argentine priest, Carlos Miguel Buela. In 2004, the it became a canonical establishment as a congregation in episcopal law by the Bishop of Velletri-Segni in Italy. In Segni there is also the Generalate of the religious family, which in addition to the male and female branch, also includes a Third Order. The monks and nuns take the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience including a fourth Marian vow.

Parish in Berlin, Contemplative Monastery in Luxembourg

Sisters of female religious branch
The Order is now almost a thousand priests and is active world-wide  with 14 Provinces in 40 states and nearly 80 dioceses. In Europe, the provinces of Italy exist (with Malta, Greece and Albania), the Netherlands and Ukraine. In Germany, the Order serves a parish in the German capital of Berlin. In Luxembourg there is a nunnery in Peppange. It is one of ten contemplative monasteries of the nuns of the Order.
The Order operates to care for the persecuted Christians and evangelization in a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Syria and Iraq, Jordan, Israel and Palestine, Egypt and Tunisia.

Order Leadership and Spirituality

The Superior General since 2010 is the Argentine Father, Carlos Walker.  Born in Buenos Aires in 1959, he was ordained a priest in 1983. After various pastoral activities in Argentina and the USA, he joined the Order. From 1993-2001 he became Provincial in Argentina, and in 2001-2010 Vicar General.  During this time he received his doctorate at the Angelicum in Rome.
In Buenos Aires   there is also the Founder, Carlos Miguel Buela who was born in 1941 and ordained a priest in 1971. These  priests inculcated by Mary, have taught dogmatic theology at various Catholic universities in Argentina. The foundation of the religious family took place on March 25, 1984. On that day,  Pope John Paul II.  consecrated the world to the Blessed Virgin of Fatima. Father Buela was Superior General from 1984-1994 and from 2001-2010.
The spirituality of the monastic family is based on the Incarnation of the Son of God as the Incarnate Savior and God as a child. It leans heavily on the spirituality of St. Louis Marie de Montfort. Priorities for the Order are the worship of God, the salvation of souls and reparation for the de-Christianization of culture. The Spiritual Exercises are based on the model of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who hold popular missions  as St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Not Just Friends

In 2000 the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, undertook the attempt to close the religious seminary of San Rafael. He found support from the then Apostolic Nuncio for Argentina, who since then became his friend, today's Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló. The closure of the convent's Seminary of San Rafael at that time did not succeed.
Priests and Deaconal Ordinations on December 6, 2014
Bergoglio and Abril had recently attempted again to close  a blossoming seminary: Pope Francis sent the Cardinal last summer as an apostolic visitor in the Paraguayan Diocese of Ciudad del Este. The brief was to inspect the seminary under Bishop Rogelio Livieres, which had experienced extraordinary flowering   (see Vocation Boom by Old Mass - Pope Francis arranged visitation to ). In the seminary of the small diocese  (12 percent of Catholics Paraguay) had more  seminarians studying than in all the other seminaries of the other dioceses Paraguay together.
The seminary was not closed, but priestly ordinations were suspended and Bishop Livieres removed because he would disturb the "harmony" in the Episcopal Conference. The future of the seminary, where the seminarians were trained in both forms of the Roman Rite, has since been suspended. There are efforts to integrate the seminary again with all the other Paraguayan seminaries in Asuncion.
The Instituto Verbo Encarnado also works in Paraguay and this amazing little in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este.
This past December 6 was a day of rejoicing for the Congregation. Diocesan Bishop Eduardo Taussig consecrated in the cathedral of San Rafael six new priests of the Order and a number of seminarians as deacons who have been trained in the seminary of San Rafael.  Other of the order's seminaries have been established: since 1998  in Washington DC (USA), since 2001  an international seminary in Segni (Italy) and since 2002 in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: IVE / Accion Liturgica
Trans: Tancred

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

As Bergolio Was Sent As "Brilliant, But Crazy" into "Exile"

Aquele Francis -- This Francis-- New
Book, "little light"
(Buenos Aires) "Aquel Francisco" ( This Francis ) is a book which appeared last week in Argentina in the publishing house Raiz de Dos of Cordoba.  It is dedicated to the life Jorge Mario Bergoglio, particularly his "exile" in the Argentine province of Cordoba. It will bring a new "light to the time", in which  Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio  had  "fallen out of favor and been exiled" within the Jesuit Order.The priest was then referred to as "crazy and almost irresponsible". An incident that had affected not only the superior of the Jesuits in Argentina, but also  other Latin American countries and also the General house of the Order in Rome. A "series of defamations under which the Pope had suffered more than 20 years ago," write the authors of the book.

Four Years in Cordoba

In  four years in Cordoba Pope Francis had two key moments of his religious life. From 1958-1960 he visited Cordoba in the novitiate with the Jesuits and 1990-1992 he spent time in an "exile" to which his order had  "sentenced" him.
The main source for the book is Pope Francis himself, with  two journalists from Cordoba, Javier Cámara and Sebastián Pfaffen, with whom he carried on  multiple telephone conversations. Archbishop Carlos Ñañez of Cordoba had informed the Pope about the book project, so the contact with the writing team was born.
On September 26, the authors personally presented Pope Francis in Santa Marta, a copy of the book, which is to be presented to the public in Cordoba on 9 October.

Everywhere He Went There Were "Bergoglians" and "Antibergoglians"

The authors, with their wives on St. Peter's Square
Cámara and Pfaffen looked  for answers as to why Bergoglio was appointed auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires. An appointment that became the initial event of an ecclesiastical advancement that led to his election as Pope.  They also explore the question of why, wherever the current Pope appeared there were always groups of "Bergoglians" and "Antibergoglians" formed about him: "Whether his relationship to the religious, to the Argentine State to Peronism, to Marxism, related to Domingo and Eva Peron."
Asked about his "exile" in Cordoba, he did not want to speak of a "Noche oscura", a dark night, it was  "something for saints." He was "just a poor guy". For him it was more "a time of inner cleansing."

Meteoric Rise, Brief Case, Even Higher Rise

There were lonely years, thoughtful and hard for the future pope, the authors write. Bergoglio had initially experienced a "meteoric career". He was hardly an ordained priest appointed to be the novice master of the Province of the Order. At the age of only 36, he was already Provincial of the Society of Jesus for Argentina and rector of the  Order's University  of San Miguel.
Then there was a radical break.  In 1990 Bergoglio was relieved of all offices and duties and transferred  700 km away from  Buenos Aires to Cordoba. There he was for two years in a room in the religious establishment, but given "no task". He was not routinely called upon to celebrate Mass in the church of the Order, but for  Penance.
The authors write that Father Bergoglio was "demoted" from the new  Provincial leadership to Cordoba. For the exile the new provincial, Father Victor Zorzin, was responsible. He had already been Vice-Provincial under Bergoglio and did not agree with "many decisions that Father Jorge had taken both pastorally as well as in leadership." (page 176).

"Smear campaign"  in the General House in Rome

Father Victor Zorzin was Provincial from 1986-1991. He was succeeded by Father Ignacio 1991-1997 Garcìa-Mata.The authors write that there was "a smear campaign" against Bergoglio during the tenures of Zorzin and García-Mata, which assauled "across the borders of the Argentine Province of the Order and the Jesuit lines of other countries in South America and even the Generalate in Rome." This was reconstructed from a series of conversations with members of the Order.
In an interview with Radio Maria Argentina Pfaffen said that already the simple priest Bergoglio had become recognizeable for a  "special pastoral style."

"Pity he's crazy!"

Aquel Francisco, new book on Pope Francis from Argentina
The authors tell an anecdote of Father Ángel Rossi, a spiritual son of Bergoglio, who describes how much the current Pope had suffered: "The Order had related parties, who were responsible for the spread of rumors, which came from Jesuit sources, that the man who was Provincial of the Order, who was so young and so brilliant, had retired to Cordoba, because he was sick because he was crazy. When my mother died,  a layman who was very close to the religious establishment, approached me and pointed to Bergoglio, who knelt at the coffin and prayed! Pity he is crazy ' I looked at him and said: 'If this man is crazy, what am I?'"
Then, the authors propose a wide berth to the Present Time: Bergoglio as Archbishop had the impression that in some Roman dicasteries still, albeit with "low intensity" that a war had been fought against him. One of them, say Cámara and Pfaffen was "undoubtedly" the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza.Therefore, he was one of the first to be removed in this pontificate from their office. But Francis Pope had granted them a "dignified exit". Cardinal Piacenza was "promoted" to the Penitentiary. In its place, the Pope appointed his confidante Beniamino Stella, who then rose to cardinal.

"Iron loyalty"

The dismissal of Cardinal Piacenza was in no way an "affront" against Benedict XVI.,  nothing is "further away from reality than that." Pope Francis had his reasons. The Congregation has completely changed its face within a year.  More than half of all the employees had been sent back to their dioceses and replaced by other priests. Apparently, according to the authors, most of them had not enjoyed the confidence of Stella, who was a "very different type" from Piacenza. Stella calls it "iron loyalty".
The idea of the radical structural intervention at the Congregatino  is still said to be a development by Pope Benedict XVI., but only just implemented under Francis. Pope Francis  may have gotten the "dissatisfaction" in the offset, because the majority of the deposed, according to the authors, it was "natural" that they had not been satisfied.
The book presents key issues and offers interesting approaches. As to their claim that their  self-interjections  bring "light" in some contexts,  the two authors are, however, not correct. The declared intention to dedicate the book to the Pope,  already makes objectivity impossible from the outset. The dual authors  provide interesting details, but no coherent and above all coherent analysis that would offer better understanding of particular importance about this pontificate. The parts on the conclave and pontificate remain at the level of obsequious and uncritical reporting. It is amazing that it just barely distinguishes the publications about the Pope from Argentina and from those in Europe, where hardly anyone knew until the evening of March 13, 2013 about Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Sacro & Profano / Radio Maria Argentina (screenshots)
Trans: Tancred

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