Showing posts with label Don Nicola Bux. Show all posts
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Don Nicola Bux: "Pope Francis has an aversion to the Church"

Don Nicola Bux: "the pope can not spread his private ideas instead of the eternally valid Catholic truth." Pope Francis at the General Audience of 2 January 2019.

(Rome) The well-known liturgist Don Nicola Bux is contradicting statements made by Pope Francis at the General Audience on 2 January. In an interview with the daily Quotidiano di Foggia,  the theologian esteemed by Benedict XVI said: "The Pope can not spread his private ideas instead of the eternally valid Catholic truth. The Gospel is not revolutionary".
Don Nicola Bux was one of the advisers who were especially appreciated by Pope Benedict XVI. This is especially true for the liturgical area. Don Bux supported the liturgical renewal, which the German Pope wanted to promote through the recovery of the sacred and the promotion of the traditional Rite.
Under Pope Francis, this changed. Like all the other consultors for the liturgical celebrations of the Pope, Don Bux was no longer confirmed in office. In an interview that Bruno Volpe conducted with him, he commented on Pope Francis' controversial statement on January 4, who two days earlier had stated during the first General Audience of 2019 that the Gospel was "revolutionary."
What was evidently meant to be a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution was supposed to be taken seriously as a statement from the ruling Pope's mouth, however. The statement of the theologian and liturgical expert Don Nicola Bux took it seriously and contradicted it energetically. Here is the full interview:
QF: Don Nicola, is the gospel, as claimed by the pope, revolutionary?
Don Nicola Bux: No. This is a thesis that came into fashion in the 1970s after the publication of a few books, permitting the ideas of '68 and Marxism to shine through. It was intended to make the figure of Jesus more attractive, but has no theological foundation.
QF: Why?
Don Nicola Bux: The Gospel tells us that Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but to complete it. A revolution, on the other hand, spares neither the past nor the present. Jesus is one of them, as St. Paul says so beautifully. He unites everything in himself. It is true that it is written in the Secret Revelation that He makes everything new, but this verse is to be read in the sense that He brings everything to perfection.
QF: Better atheists than Christians who hate?
Don Nicola Bux: I think that the problem is that the Pope deviates from the text prepared for him and directs his eyes to the audience. My impression is that certain statements come from a certain complacency, but above all from his aversion to the Church. Pope Francis prefers, instead of a people in the true sense of the word, a vision of the Church as a blurred, undefined people. He does not realize that he is sliding into a contradictory and Peronist perspective, a form of schizophrenia that even clashes with the idea of ​​mercy so much hailed.
QF: Why?
Don Nicola Bux: When I say that someone who hates, that is objectively in a state of sin, does well to stay away from the Church, but at the same time asks divorced men who are remarried by marriage, who are objectively also sinners, in to come to the Church and give them Communion, which is impossible, I find myself this is a contradiction. Both are in a state of sin. But why be strict with those who hate, but merciful with the remarried divorced? Let us return to Peronism. At present, paradoxically, one wants to let in those who are outside but wants to push out those who are inside. Certain statements are dangerous when they fall on weak or less conscious circles, and have devastating consequences. We risk emptying the churches even more.
Q: That means?
Don Nicola Bux: It's a matter of principle. Can the Pope spread his private opinions instead of the everlasting Catholic truth? No. He is not a private doctor, and it is inconceivable to change her at will or to provide versions of her that contradict the Catholic doctrine and beliefs that are not even found in a museum. And there's something else to say about that, too.
QQ: What do you mean?
Don Nicola Bux: If the museums were useless, nobody would visit them. Do you not agree? The Pastors of the Church must always express their faithfulness to the sound and everlasting doctrine and truth without any contamination, and have to preserve it carefully.

Introduction / Translation: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Quotidiano di Foggia / (Screenshots) 
Trans: Tancred

Friday, November 25, 2016

Don Nicola Bux Contradicts Pope Francis in the Liturgy Question: "The Traditional Mass is No Exception"

Don Nicola Bux
(Rome) Cardinal Raymond Burke, the eminent religious lawyer, does not hesitate tocontradict the assertion of Pope Francis, that the traditional Roman rite was "only an exception for nostalgics".  Also one of the most famous liturgists, Don Nicola Bux, raises his contradiction.
Since 10 November, the new Pope's book (Nei tuoi occhi è la mia parola) "My Word is in Your Eyes" in bookstores. In this interview book with the Pope's confidant, Father Antonio Spadaro SJ, Pope Francis addresses the Latin Mass:
"The Latin Mass? Only one exception. Pope Benedict has made a proper and generous gesture to accommodate a certain mentality of some groups and persons who are nostalgic and have distanced themselves. But it is an exception. "
This was contradicted yesterday by Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the most renowned canon lawyers, referring to the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontifikum of Benedict XVI.
The Pope is also contradicted by one of the most famous liturgists, Don Nicola Bux. The interview was conducted by the Internet newspaper La Fede Quotidiana :
FQ: Don Nicola, is the traditional Roman rite an exception?
Nicola Bux: That's  not what  the Motu Proprio by Pope Benedict XVI says. Rather, one reads explicitly that the two rites have the same dignity. This is what the Pope writes, not me. Therefore, we can not say with the document at hand, that it is an exception, unless one wants to come to a conclusion which is directed against the pope's document.
FQ: Whence this "exception"?
Nicola Bux: I do not know. We are probably in the area of ​​interpretations, which, however, are not confirmed in the document of Pope Benedict XVI.
FQ: of the traditional Roman Rite: Many young people approach it recently with interest. Why?
Nicola Bux: I can confirm that there is a renewed interest, especially among young people. I am of the opinion that this has to do with the fact that there is a need for mysticism, a quality which the traditional rite preserves and encourages. Of course it can be said that this rite has no monopoly on mysticism, and it is also possible to celebrate  the traditional rite sloppily.
FQ:  Preaching: Can we say that it is a "political" statement, as Francis has asserted it?
Nicola Bux: This definition seems ambiguous and requires clarification. When it comes to reading the day-to-day readings of current affairs from the concrete life, it is legitimate to speak of politics. I would like to say: When one is immersed in the life of our time. The sermon, however, must not enter a directly into political life in the sense of party politics. Not that.
FQ: As a theologian: Are there divine penalties  around the polemics surrounding Father Cavalcoli? 
Nicola Bux: In the Scriptures, the Old and the New Testament, we find different moments in which there is an open question regarding  God's punishment. In the Gospel, for example, there is the episode of the Tower of Siloah and the massacres directed by Pilate. It can be concluded, "If you are not converted, you will perish in the same way." A natural catastrophe or violence by humans is not necessarily to be seen as a punishment for sin, because they involve innocent people, but as a reminder to do penance. Jesus has said it: the Father rains upon the good and bad. The point is that many think that God -- if He exists -- has nothing to do with their lives, though they promptly complain when a catastrophe befalls them, and ask where God was.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
picture: FQ (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Don Nicola Bux: "The Church isn't Separated Between Traditionalists and Progressives, But..."

The Church is not split between traditionalists and progressives, but between Catholics and modernists.

Nicola Bux, a renowned liturgist of the Catholic Church, Consultor of the Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith and the Congregation of Saints. Under Pope Benedict XVI., he was also Consultor of the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Pope. Pope Francis has replaced all Consultors of this office.

Image: Messa tridentina Perugia Trans: Tancred
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Don Nicola Bux on Amoris Laetitia: "The Eucharist is Not a Sacrament for the Sinner"

"The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the sinner but the sacrament of reconciled sinners. Just as it is the source and principle of mercy. I hope I have been clear!
Nicola Bux, August 13, 2016 at a youth meeting in Schio. The theologian spoke on the theme "The sacraments are not a joke." The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the divorced and remarried, but for reconciled sinners. The liturgist Nicola Bux is one of the most reputable practitioners of the liturgical science and is one of the leading supporters of Benedict XVI's intended liturgical renewal. He is a lecturer at the Theological Faculty of Puglia and the local Institute of Religious Sciences, consultor of the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints  and spiritual assistant of the St. Josef Brotherhood of Bari. Under Pope Benedict XVI. he was also a consultant of the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Pope .
Image: Santa Maria dell'elemosina (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred
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Monday, January 4, 2016

"The Confessor is Not a Notary" -- Misunderstandings about the Holy Year of Mercy

(Rome) A remarried divorcee went to confession before Christmas, but the confessor refused him absolution. The incident occurred in the southern Italian city of Bari in the cathedral which is dedicated to St. Nicholas of Myra. The daily La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno printed a letter on 30 December   from the man who described his "disappointment" and demanded the "mercy from Pope Francis" that had been denied him in the "Holy Year of Mercy". Because as the divorced and remarried insisted, "absolution is given to all who confess." A misunderstanding?
Such a requirement, which presupposes an automatism, was an "absurd claim" says the well-known theologian and liturgist, Msgr. Nicola Bux. "The priest is not a notary." On January 3, the same newspaper published an interview with Msgr. Bux,  who is a priest of the Archdiocese of Bari. The Consultor of Roman dicasteries is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed books. His most recent monograph is entitled: "How to go to the Holy Mass, without losing faith," which has been translated into five languages.
Nicola Bux: "The priest is at the same time judge and psychiatrist.  To "absolve", to "free" and means in concrete terms,  to break the penitent  from his binding to sin. The priest, and not the believer, is to evaluate whether the conditions are met to grant the absolution or not.
Repentance is not enough?
Nicola Bux: The true repentance requires a commitment of the believer to release the connection. In the Gospel Jesus Christ says: go and sin no more. He does not say: Go and continue what suits you.
The priest saw the conditions of which you speak were not met?
Nicola Bux: Obviously. No absolution can be expected when there is no firm intention not to sin again.
And  the Holy Year of Mercy is called into question.
Nicola Bux: These rules recently led to quite a misunderstanding. The rules have not changed, and the priests have to stick to the traditional teaching, all, as well as all judges must abide by the law in the same way without exception. Why do we expect that this concept of course applies to the court, but to be knocked down in the Church?
San Nicola, the Cathedral of Bari
San Nicola, the Cathedral of Bari
It is clear is which side Don Bux is on.
Nicola Bux: I am of course on the side of Jesus Christ. No one on this earth has the authority to change the rules of his Church. Therefore, the Synod has produced a final document that absolutely nothing changes in terms of the Eucharist and the divorced and remarried.
But many think that Pope Francis intends to change course.
Nicola Bux: Another big misunderstanding. Cardinal Müller, the prefect of the CDF, and thus the guardian of the Catholic faith has said it very clearly: "The doctrine of the Church is not a man-made theory. The Magisterium of the Pope and the bishops is not above the Word of God."
According to the letter from our reader, the priest considers him   an even bigger sinner because he went to Communion, although he is divorced and remarried.
Nicola Bux: And for that we should place the guilt to the priest? It is Jesus Christ who proclaimed the indissolubility of marriage in the Gospel. And St. Paul warns against  receiving the sacrament unworthily. How can one demand access to the Eucharist if he  has left the community and bond with  and formed a bond with another woman? That is a contradiction in terms. And even more contradictions become visible in the letter. 
What do you mean by that?
Nicola Bux: Above all, the starting point. The reader referred to himself on the one hand as a "devout Catholic," but at the same time as a divorced and remarried, who betrays the indissolubility of the marriage bond.  Then he speaks literally of a "whim" that had driven him after 12 years, once again in the confessional.  Catholics are obliged to report to confession at least once a year. So we have to do it with a typical example of a "homegrown Christianity."   If I define what is Catholic, and if so, Church and faith would suit my needs. A phenomenon against which Benedict XVI. had warned emphatically.
One last question: Is not the Holy Door of the Cathedral  a separate, special penitential?
Nicola Bux: This also needs clarity: Sin pulls like a crime, here  a better understanding helps to make a comparison with the criminal law, guilt and punishment. Confession brings the repentant sinner absolution from guilt, but not of the punishment that is to be served in the afterlife on a supernatural level. That is the moment when the Holy Year comes into play, which makes it possible as a special way  to wipe out the penalties, comparable to a complete or partial remission. The gates of mercy in the Church are and will always be open. But on the usual terms. And the priests know that they do not give in and not allow themselves to be intimidated by the prevailing opinions.
Introduction / translation: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Mil / Arcidiocesi di Bari (screenshots)
Trans: Tancred

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Papal Consultor, Who Wants to Abolish the Pope -- False Ecumenism

(Rome) The Pope seems not to know, but in the "ecumenical" Monastery of Bose (in the sense of Base Community), they are  already preparing his end. On the other hand, it is Francis who recently made  the "Prior"  of this  "monastic community"  a consultant for Christian Unity.  Bose was established as an ecumenical Base Monastery, in the sense of base community of laity by Enzo Bianchi. Although the religious 68er pilgrim has posed for various photos with John Paul II. and even to Benedict XVI., but did not miss an opportunity to engage in criticism of the German Pope. Sufficient space was left him in the Italian media. He found support even with Alberto Melloni, now head of the progessives in the "School of Bologna" and their network.
While Benedict XVI. and Enzo Bianchi remained at a  distance from other at a distance,   ​​Pope Francis made  the enterprising ecumenicist Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity . Sandro Magister recently wrote an article about a "secret" ecumenical project of Enzo Bianchi and Alberto Melloni, which gathered a lot of attention. This project in the name of ecumenism provides nothing less than the abolition of the papacy, rather, its dissolution.
"The writings and speeches Enzo Bianchi has acted corrosively  for many years, not least because almost all are of the opinion that it is a young religious order at Bose. In reality, the community has never been canonically established, because it does not fulfill any necessary requirements. If Bianchi nevertheless,  calls himself a  Prior, appears in the Habit and a 'monastic community', 'monastery' and 'monks' are mentioned, this community still does not adhere to the laws of the Church, then there is at least a certain misnomer," says Chiesa e Postconcilio .
. The priest and philosopher, Monsignor Antonio Livi, founder of the International Science and Common Sense Association (ISCA), wrote of Bose: "Thanks to the not disinterested aid of the anti-Catholic media,  Enzo Bianchi has enhanced his reputation  very well to maintain his public image: if he is applies Catholics, Bianchi occurs as 'prophet', who fights for the Adventus of a new Christianity (a Christianity that must be modern, open, non-hierarchical, non-dogmatic and ultimately, not Catholic. "

For Enzo Bianchi, the Papacy is the Main Obstacle for Christian Unity

Enzo Bianchi, "Prior" of Bose
"The deconstruction of the papacy in its present form is an especially important concern of the Prior of Bose," said Don Nicola Bux the known liturgist and Consultor of the Congregation f the Faith and the Congregation of Divine Worship . Don Bux was also under Benedict XVI. the Consultor for the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Pope, till Pope Francis dismissed the Consuls  en bloc.
Enzo Bianchi claims, says Bux, that there is no hope  for the Chrustianian unity of "large traditional churches", because their argument about papal primacy was the decisive obstacle to Christian unity.
"In the Gospel is written that the disciples began to argue among themselves at the question of who was the first. It seems to me that this conflict has continued in the Church's history and still is a central hub for the question of unity. It overlooks the fact that each tradition is limited and partisan and that only together can all go to the full truth," Bianchi wrote in 1999 in his book Ricominciare (new beginning, p 73f).

Primacy Question Decided by Christ

"In reality it was Jesus who chose  between the disciples in the pre-Easter debate   and confered the primacy of the Simon Cephas," said Don Bux.
Besides: Whoever is really Catholic knows that there are no "traditional churches", but only the one Church of Christ.  She is currently in the sealed apostolic tradition of Rome and is recognized by Christians, who organized independently in churches and communities in the first and second millennium.
Bianchi represents a relativistic variant of the unity of the Church. He does not say, but in fact represents the view of Jean-Marie Tillard, according to which the church is the sum of the "sister churches." To show the fallacy of this understanding,  the CDF under Prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger  and the approbation of Pope John Paul II. explained in  note  published on 30 June in the Holy Year 2000 abut "sister churches" says  Bux.

The Term "sister churches"

It states:
Unfortunately, in certain publications and in the writings of some theologians involved in ecumenical dialogue, it has recently become common to use this expression to indicate the Catholic Church on the one hand and the Orthodox Church on the other, leading people to think that in fact the one Church of Christ does not exist, but may be re-established through the reconciliation of the two sister Churches. In addition, the same expression has been applied improperly by some to the relationship between the Catholic Church on the one hand, and the Anglican Communion and non-catholic ecclesial communities on the other. In this sense, a "theology of sister Churches" or an "ecclesiology of sister Churches" is spoken of, characterized by ambiguity and discontinuity with respect to the correct original meaning of the expression as found in the documents of the Magisterium. 
And further:
In the strict sense are sister churches exclusively particular Churches (or part of church organizations, such as patriarchates or ecclesiastical provinces) among themselves. It must always remain clear, even when the expression sister churches is used in this sense correct that the universal one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church is not sister but mother to all the particular Churches.
Bianchi also represents a thesis, even more, he demands that the Pope has nothing to decide alone.  At the same time he wrote that the Pope has the power to "restore the church to  unity" (a new beginning, p 72f).
The ecumenical theologian Max Thurian described as follows, the ecumenical implications of the common creed of the Christian denominations:
"The visible unity of Christians can not be completed except in the recognition of the Eucharistic celebration and office of holy orders, which are in the structure of the Church, in the apostolic succession and communion with the Bishop of Rome. (...) For the Catholic Church, the fullness of apostolicity is the succession of bishops from the apostles and in their community thanks to the office of Peter, which is exercised by the Bishop of Rome "( Avvenire , June 29, 1997).

What Hinders, Must be Eliminated

For Enzo Bianchi recognition of papal primacy is quite the object of the real obstacle to the unity of the Church. And what prevents that must be eliminated.
"I do not know if Pope Francis knew all this when he appointed the Prior of Bose last July 22 as Consultor of the Ecumenical Congregation of the Holy See," said Don Bux.
The idea that Enzo Bianchi reflects  the "hermeneutics of rupture"  that central theme  of the multi volume council history Conciliorum oecumenicorum generaliumque Decreta is the "school of Bologna",  against which "there are reservations of doctrinal nature" according to the competent Vatican authorities.  This did not prevent the German Bishops' Conference from financing the German translation and thus to making it the official council interpretation for the German-speaking world.
Curia Archbishop Agostino Marchetto countered the "school of Bologna" at every available opportunity and refuted their arguments. Pope Francis has designated Marchetto  as "the best performer of the Second Vatican Council". But Enzo Bianchi he made the ecumenical Consultor. Certainly one of the numerous contradictions of the current pontificate. What really does  Pope Francis think about the Council?
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Settimo Cielo
Trans: Tancred
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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Signals of Church Renewal


Msgr Joseph Marianus Punt, the Bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam has arrected the first Personal Parish in the "Old Rite" at the St. Agnes church in Amsterdam according to the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. It is the first canonical establishment of this sort in Holland.  The Parish has been entrusted to the Priestly Society of St. Peter, which had been assigned the Mass site in 2006.  Its parish patron is Blessed Karl I of Austria.

On Sunday on the 20th of January Msgr Johannes Gerardus Maria van Burgsteden, the Bishop emeritus of Haarlem-Amsterdam will celebrate the Tridentine Mass and confer the Sacrament of Confirmation.


On Sunday the 20th of January Msgr. Raymond Centene, the Bishop of Vannes, celebrated a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  The High Mass is set to take place at 9am in the Church of the MIlitary Academy of St. Cyr-Coëtquidan.  "There is a small group of Bishops, who are ready and decided, to forsake the sure path of suicide, one of these is Bishop Raymond Cetene of Vannes," says the Spanish Church Historian and Catholic Blogger Francisco de la Cigoña.


On the Feast of the Epiphany, Gabriel Jocher of the order of the Servants of Jesus and Mary (SJM) made his solemn vows. The Order of Jesus and Mary was founded in 1988 by the deceased Father Andreas Hönisch and is since 1994 recognized as a Congregation of Papal Right.  On the same day, three candidates in the Novitiate of SJM were accepted.  The General House of the bi-ritual Order under its General Superior Father Anton Bentlage is located at Schloss Auhof in Lower Austria.


On Friday, the 11th of January, Msgr Edoardo Aldo Cerrato CO, the new Bishop of Ivrea assited at Holy Mass, which was celebrated by the famous Liturgist and consultant of the Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith and the Office for Papal Celebrations, Don Nicola Bux, in the Immemorial Mass of All Ages.  The celebration took place in the Parish of the Archangel Michael in Rivarolo Canavese in the Diocese of Ivrea and was planned on the initiative of the John Henry Newman Society.


Msgr. Dominique Rey, the Bishop of Frejus-Toulon is proving to be the outstanding bearer of hope for the European Episcopate.  He has consequently made his Diocese biritual.  [This should remind you of a fictional Bishop popularized in the novel "Mitre and Crook"] Although his Diocese only has one million inhabitants, he is assigned in relation by far the largest priestly seminary in France and by far the most new priests.  Now the largest Archdiocese of Paris can measure itself with the tiny Diocese of Frejus-Toulon.  Bishop Rey is considered a pioneer of the New Evangelization.  Pope Benedict XVI. had called the European Bishops to the New Evangelization in the last year, which consequently wasn't mentioned by the French Bishops' Conference.

The Archdiocese of Toledo invited Bishop Rey on the 11th-13th of January to Spain, in order to explain the Program of the New Evangelization to its new priests.  The spiritual program of action consists in 9 doors, 6 establishments and 8 changes.

Msgr Rey also was involved in the International event Sacra Liturgia, which took place from the 25th-28th of June in 2013.  He was a lecturer with Cardinal Antonio Canizares, Malcom Ranjith and Raymond Burke, with other Bishops, Dominique Rey and Marc Aillet, Abbot John Zielinksi OSB as well as the ceremonial minister of the Pope, Msgr Guido Marini and the Consultor of the CDF and the Office for Liturgical Celebrations of the Pope, Don Nicola Bux.  From the German-speaking lands, a prominent lecturers participated like the Oratorian Uwe Michael Lang, the Speaker of the Priest Network Pastor Guido Rodheudt and the Church musician Gabriel Steinschulte.


In Milan a lecture series for the Year of Faith will take place at the Cardinal-Ildefons-Schuster-Center, whose patronage has been undertaken by the new traditional Bishop of Ferrara-Comacchio, Msgr. Luigi Negri.  On Friday, the 25th of January, Don Pietro Cantoni, the Superior of the Priestly Society Opus Mariae Matris Ecclesiae will speak on the theme: "Break or Continuity?" on the magisterial significance of the Second Vatican Council.


According to Paix Liturgique there are between 83 to 95 French Diocese who have Mass locations in the "Old Rite" according to the 2007 Motu Proprio Sumorum Pontificum founded by  Pope Benedict XVI..  The movement of Tradition is young and beats with  dynamism. "They are spreading out and are breaking the last hard resistance of the old, demoralized modernist troops",  says Cordialiter. "The Modernist Maginot Line was broken through" and the further "positive developments" are foreseeable in the priestly ordinations which come from Tradition.

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Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Accion Liturgica
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