Thursday, February 21, 2013
Here’s a quick translation of his speech:
GCC Chairman Zollitsch: "I would urge, as Chairman of our Bishops’ Conference, to turn to the Holy Father to beg forgiveness for any errors that may have been committed in the Church’s areas in Germany against him."
Trier (kath.net / dbk) Pope Benedict XVI. had “born hostility and injustice in the following of Christ. In his speech at the beginning of the week, the Roman Pope has asked for leniency for all of his flaws. I want, as President of our Conference of Bishops, to turn to the Holy Father and beg forgiveness for any errors that may have been committed in the Church’s area in Germany against him,” so said Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference on Monday in his explanation of himself in the end of the declining pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. within the German Bishops’ Conference Spring Plenary in Trier.
kath.net documents the assessment of the pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI. by the chairman of the German Bishops 'Conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, in the Spring Assembly of the German Bishops' Conference on 18 February 2013 in Trier, in full:
In a way all of Germany took a share in the share in the honor that was bestowed Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger when he was one of the Cardinals in conclave of 19 April 2005 to be elected as Bishop of Rome and the Successor of Peter. "We are the Pope," it said in a mixture of pride and joy. Today, after eight years, an overriding sense of deep respect and gratitude, but also quite mixed melancholy. A farewell still hurts too, especially when it comes to familiar and respected persons.
Pope Benedict XVI. all his life, struggled to fathom the unfathomable mystery of God. With great humility he wanted to get closer to God with all his senses to reveal Himself, let who God and what God wants for people: and the Praying in the celebration of the Sacraments, but also with the specifically human means of reason, and in ever new penetration of Scripture and the teaching of the Fathers of the Church, he dedicated his life to the approach to God.
This fundamental decision of his life shapes our Holy Father in such a transparent way that people revere him as their spiritual and intellectual authority. So do most people even those who can understand it because of individual decisions or adjustments or do not want. We are therefore well advised to his decision to resign in a few days, the Bishops, as recognizing what it should be: an expression of the life of faith that is aware of both: of the dignity of man, which is supported by the program Church, to witness God in this world, but also about the finitude of man knows that motivates him to recognize the narrow limits of his own strength and the latest live from the confidence that God, not man, brings success.
When the Holy Father was two years ago here in Germany, he urged again and again the fact that the Church for its own, draws from its transcendent divine source the vitality of its water and to fish in troubled waters is credulous and vulnerable to disappointment in the use of the forces of that world. The correct relation of the Church to the world is what he has particularly urged in his keynote speech to us in the Konzerthaus in Freiburg. We now know with more calm than at the time that he wanted to get the correct and important message of his life to bear draw some gift from the wells of salvation and let himself be the salvation of none other than the Lord.
This particular message, in fact, his words and actions during the entire period of his pontificate. The image of man acquires its contours from the belief in God and Benedict XVI. therefore life has a very positive image of people had, for man reflects God as his likeness, and was redeemed and brought home close to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Particularly, it is the aesthetic forces and reason that characterize the people - and Pope Benedict XVI. would add, his love of wealth. Why he was so happy and passionate theologian: Man, with all the forces of reason comprehend the self-revelation of God and wants to bring to bear. Each of us has guided always by the voice and persuasiveness of the oeuvre of Joseph Ratzinger and take guide us; last well until last Christmas, when he gave us at the end of his Jesus trilogy, the "Prologue" donated to the infancy narratives.
I am sure that the high opinion which the Holy Father cherishes in relation to man, has its basis deeply rooted in the experiences of his parents' home and in the faith life of the young Joseph Ratzinger. The security in a place of love gave to him the core beliefs of his life. More clearly Pope Benedict XVI. always a intuition for the degradation of wickedness and human error. Not that he would castigate sad and tragic developments in persons and society just simply to be denunciatory and unloving. He paid a visit to one of his closest aides in prison once. But he wanted to be clear in his assessments. This concerns the superficialities and turmoil of a society that separates itself from its Christian roots, values, as well as the failure of those who work towards reconciliation and not just peace, but not to let the violence in its many forms run its course. No, Pope Benedict XVI. did not shrink from calling a stop to destructive and hostile forces in the world and the people by name.
All this, however, in the spirit of honesty and self-criticism. Neither has anyone expressed the fallibility and seductibility of the Church itself as he. Honestly, he has spoken of the horrific wounds the priests and other representatives of the Church have inflicted on young people for life, humiliating them by sexual violence. In Rome, and while many of his travels, he found clear words of condemnation for sexual abuse and he was followed by his meeting with those affected by words and deeds.
When Pope Benedict XVI. from the freedom that faith gives, openly addressed the destructive and false sides of society and ecclesial life, yet never in a loud voice, and certainly not in a self-righteous tonality. He wanted - he has said repeatedly - to be a "humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord" and someone who knows about the wonderful power of compassion. Also to the power of compassion, for us as an example, were in my mind, the beautiful words during the Milan Family Congress in 2012 when he talked about how much it drives him, that in modern society, it has become so fragile and difficult for the family living together and all concerned that the Church has been close as brothers and sisters. Truth, clarity and compassion are three pillars of thought and action that remain to us from the present in a special way in this pontificate drawing to a close. How infinitely difficult it can be to be merciful, Benedict XVI. at last must see himself as he was deceived in the closest circle of his confidants and he did not even begrudge him this important place of protection and personal familiarity.
The Holy Father knew to make political points, especially in the context of his travels. As examples I will mention only the trips to Poland, where he, the pope from Germany, also visited the Auschwitz concentration camp, or his stay in the Middle East, especially in Israel and Palestine, or even in the United States and in Australia. Just as the Holy Father has made in relation to the ecumenical approach of the churches and communities, he never wanted for bold action and initiatives. This particularly affects the Orthodox churches, especially Russia. The great religions received the Pope and they have thanked him, especially the Jews and the world of Islam.
Not everything Pope Benedict XVI. has attempted has succeeded. He received the criticism and has an infinite number, of so many tense interrelated expectations of so many from around the world which he could not meet, of course. That is to say, implicitly and part of the honesty which Pope Benedict XVI. desired and practiced. In the act of turning to SSPX For example, he has invested a lot of energy and could not reach the goal. Their lack of understanding, he is just as exposed as the disappointment the other on the other side of the ecclesiastical spectrum, expecting certain ecclesiastical reforms. [Unlike the Jews and the Muslims, of course, or his own alleged contrition in the face of his own failings to implement desired reforms in the liturgy, and the ongoing withering German Catholic Church.]
Pope Benedict XVI. has suffered greatly. But he has steadfastly and consistently exercised his ministry in the knowledge that he on behalf of another, a greater man, stands. He has worn in imitation of Christ even hostility and injustice. In his speech to the beginning of the week the Roman Pope has asked for leniency for all its flaws. I would ask as Chairman of our Bishops' Conference to the Holy Father reversed pardon for any errors that may have been committed in the area of the church in Germany against him. Above all, I'm making a spokesman for the many millions of people in Germany and all the faithful who feel a very big thank you for his service: who feel spiritually from him nourished and in faith effort supported, and the his ministry as the Good Shepherd and bridge builders as great experienced. I want to thank you very emphatically say nice that our Holy Father has nourished our pleasure to be Catholic and to find a home in the church, which can not take a death and no power in the world to us.
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Outgoing Tip: 'We' have never been pope! Rend your hearts!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Of course, there is the assertion that the paper tiger of the sex-abuse crisis and an underground sexual cabal and Satanists, according to Father Amorth, and a Polish Priest researcher on deviant personalities, Father Oko, who says that the Holy Father is "waging a tireless war against evil".
An urgent message was handed to the Holy Father from the Archbishop of Palermo Paolo Cardinal Romeo, whose indiscrete comments during a trip to China were passed on to Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos of Colombia.
Fuel to the fire has been added by additional speculation from a German Journalist at Compact that there the Holy Father was indeed being threatened implicating the Central Intelligence Agency.
It was last year during the Pope's visit that he was threatened in Lebanon by an attempted terror attack thwarted by Anti-Terrorist Units and what seems to be a tip off from Hezbollah.
The German COMPACT magazine reports extensively about the murderous threat against the Holy Father
The completely surprising resignation of Pope Benedict is an unparalleled proceeding. In the history of Christendom there has only been one similar case in the last 2,000 years. In the back ground there is an internal power struggle in the Vatican, which is not only theological, but of a geopolitical nature: Ratzinger fought against CIA-insiders with concealed accounts in the Vatican bank, which had whacked his predecessor. COMPACT reports in an interview.
Jurgen Elsasser, born 1957, worked through the 90s primarily for the left media like Junge Welt, Konkret, Freitag, Neues Deutschland. Since there the climate of opinion became increasingly more restrictive, he went on his own way. Today he is the Chief Editor of COMPACT magazine.
The following in German, for now:
Monday, February 11, 2013
"Pray for me that I may not flee for fear of the wolves."
It surely is a mark of humility.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Edit: the Pope's secretary has been given a new post, Prefect of the Papal Household in addition to his current one. He will be an Archbishop.
Vatican City (kath.net/KNA) Pope Benedict XVI. will personally lead the Vatican celebrations on Christmas and the New Year. As the Vatican explains on Tuesday, the Pope will celebrate the Midnight Mass at 10pm to celebrate the birth of Christ. On Christmas day he will also personally give the traditional blessing >>Urbi et Orbi<< in the main loggia of St. Peters Cathedral. Then he will deliver his Christmas message as well. On Silvester evening Benedict will hold an evening prayer with the >>Te Deum<< to close the year at St. Peter's Cathedral. In the morning of the new year, he will celebrate Holy Mass.
On January 6th, the feast of the >>Epiphany<<, the Pope will celebrate Mass before mid-day and consecrate several Vatican priests as Bishops. Among them is his longtime secretary George Ganswein, who will function in the future as the Prefect of the Papal House. On January 13th, at the feast of the Baptism of Jesus, where the Pope will give several children the sacrament of baptism in the Sixtine Chapel.
Link to kath.net...
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Georges Gurdjeff's "Fourth Way"
Gurdjieff claimed that he developed in the teaching of the Fourth Way to have discovered the symbol in the remains of an abidingly unknown monastery of an equally unspecified Sufi brotherhood. Since Gurdjieff publicized the symbol, many other esoteric authors have picked it up and used it in different ways for psychological and spiritual personality typing.
Two Roman dicasteries, the Papal Cultural Council and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue have with the joint document: Living Jesus Christ, The Water Bearer. Considerations for New Age from a Christian perspective , of 3 February 2003 rejected the underlying also the different Enneagram teaching of character analysis and explicitly warn against the use of these esoteric "tools" that are offered by various groups on the Internet.Rome's warning of return "of Gnostic ideas" under the guise of New Age
The Roman document reads: "John Paul II warns against, a return of ancient Gnostic ideas under the guise of the so-called New Age: We can not delude ourselves that this would lead to a renewal of religion. It is just a new form of Gnosticism that is practiced on a mentality that, in the name of a profound knowledge of God, results in distorting His Word and replacing it with purely human words. Gnosticism has never completely left the realm of Christianity. Instead, it has always existed side by side with Christianity, sometimes in the shape of a philosophical movement, but more often by assuming the character of a religion or mock religion that stands in appearance or even declared contrary to everything that belongs to the essence of Christianity' (John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, 1994, p 90). One example is the Enneagram and its nine types of character analysis, which, when used as a means of spiritual growth, with the result of an ambiguity in the doctrine and life of the Christian faith.
Spanish Jesuit publications in this esoteric doctrine of Enneagram retard personality development. This is of little concert at all to the Catalan Jesuit Lluís Iriberri, who describes his own Enneagram teaching in the same breath as the famous Spiritual Exercises of his order's founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. But these esoteric teachings of Gurdjieff have as much to do with the simultaneously appearing voelkisch-nationalistic and esoteric teachings of Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels as they have to do with Christianity.The distribution of the Enneagram by Jesuit teaching since 1971
The Jesuit dissemination of the Enneagram goes back to 1971, when the Chilean psychotherapist Claudio Naranjo, a leading exponent of Gestalt therapy and developers of Gurdjieff's Fourth Way at the Jesuit seminary in Berkeley, California offered an "Introduction". The event was attended by the "medium" Helen Palmer and the Jesuit Robert Ochs, who became the main promoters of this esoteric doctrine. Father Ochs was held exercises for in May 1972 in an eight-day intensive seminar with yoga and oriental exercises a more brothers of his order in the doctrine. Ochs was a student of Father Father Patrick O'Leary, Father Jerry Hair, Father Colin Maloney, Father Tad Dunne and Father Richard Riso. Father O'Leary has spread the Enneagram teaching since then at international level, religious, Father Hair teaches the Enneagram in retreat houses, Father Maloney brought the teachings to the Jesuits in Canada, Father Dunne teaches the Enneagram in connection with the "spiritual life", Fr Riso left the Jesuits and founded the Enneagram Institute, based in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Zurich.
The Jesuits not only belong to the "discipleship" of the Enneagram. A Known representative is American Franciscan Richard Rohr, author of the 1989 published book, The Enneagram. The 9 Faces of the Soul and the American Benedictine Sister Suzanne Zuercher, Secretary General of the Council Benedictine communities in the United States and Director of the St. Scholastica Academy. Both Rohr and Zuercher were "initiated" by Father Ochs in Chicago into the Enneagram theory.
Father Ochs, Father O'Leary and the Dominican Beesing Mary, OP withdrew way back a long time in order to examine the compatibility of the new "method" with the Christian faith. Sister Beesing published a book in 1984, with which she proposed a "Christian" Enneagram theory. The achievement, so it was then called from of the adherents of the Enneagram in the Catholic orders, was to have been the "cleansing" of occult elements.Jesuit Mitchell Pacwa warns of the dangers of substitute religion
In this context, the Jesuit Father Mitchell Pacwa should be mentioned, who also attended the intensive seminar in 1972 at Chicago, when the Enneagram theory initially spread. He realized the error and the danger of this doctrine. Today he is a recognized expert on as well as one of the most chief cationers against this substitute religion. He thinks it is a contradiction in itself, to say that one can "liberate" the Enneagram theory of its occult roots and "clean" to use them in Christianity. According to his experience it would be "all", who delve into the Enneagram, take the next step to practice Zen, Transcendental Meditation, numerology, tarot, astrology, or other non-Christian practices. The Enneagram does not lead away to a deeper understanding of the Christian faith, but away from it, says Father Pacwa. The Jesuit described the Enneagram teaching as "esoteric Gnostic infiltration" in the Catholic Church. As early as 1997, he warned of the "catastrophe": "No Jesuit in my class, except me, who followed the Enneagram theory is still a Jesuit. They have given up their priesthood." Father Pacwa was also consulted on the preparation of the aforementioned Roman document.
Followers of the Enneagram can be found as well in Protestant circles, including Ecumenical Working Group Enneagram the first chairman of the Protestant pastor and "Enneagram teacher" Andreas Ebert in Munich, who worked together with Rorh to publish the book 'The Enneagram The 9 Faces of the Soul'. The Franciscan, Rohr, is common in German-speaking countries, including at Pentecost 2011 for the Benedictine Abbey Münsterschwarzsach. This closes the circle back to the aforementioned Zen Master Willigis Jäger. The department co-hosted with the World Working Group meeting, the Enneagram "Whit Symposium: God has many names. Pentecost experience with Father Richard Rohr ".
Willigis Jäger incidentally, was issued a speech-writing and performance ban in 2001 by the current Pope Benedict XVI. as Prefect of the CDF. The Abbot and convent community cared so little. They stood behind their "enlightened" Zen Master, who was only restricted to the monastery, but further to the Benedictine convent where he belongs and thus only can indulge his ideas unhindered.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: La cigüeña de la torre
Link to original...katholisches...
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Since the publication of 'Summorum Pontificum' the Pope has limited himself to writing mid-range books and promoting preachers of homosexuality and teachers of error into key positions. -kreuz.net
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(kreuz.net) On November 3rd thousands of pilgrims from all over the world are coming to a Pontifical High Mass in the Old Rite in St. Peter's.
The one to celebrate the High Mass is still not known.
The usually well-informed blog 'messainlatino.it' indicated in mid-September that the pilgrimage would go down in the history of the Church, if the rumors about the celebrant were true.
Observers indicated to this with the allusion that Pope Benedict XVI -- whose "Reform of the Reform" had some sand in the gearbox -- could use this opportunity to say his first Pontifical Mass in the Old Rite as Pope.
The time will be moved
On November 3rd Benedict XVI will celebrate the New Mass for the deceased Cardinals and Bishops from the course of years.
With that it is clear that he will not be the celebrant at the High Altar, which will take place on the same day in the afternoon.
At least he won't come
The planners must at least have no fear that the Pope will not command his teacher of error and Prefect of the Congregation of Doctrine and the Faith, Archbishop Ludwig Müller to say the High Mass that afternoon.
Because Msgr Müller -- who doesn't understand the Liturgy any more than Dogmatic theology -- would not be in a position to celebrate the Mass in the Rite of the Roman Church.
Link to kreuz.net...
Monday, September 24, 2012
How about divorced and remarried, or Catholic politicians who support abortion?
For example, there is the Socialist Vice President Wolfgang Thierse, who had the umbrage to receive Communion in the hand encouraged disobedience to John Paul II's wishes about abortion:
The German newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine" and public radio station "WDR" have published extracts of a stern letter in which the Pope orders the German bishops to decree an end to the service of public advisers who help women who want an abortion. "It is right to put an end to complicity in the granting of licenses to kill," Archbishop Johannes Dyba of Fulda said.
The revelations have elicited an immediate reaction from political quarters. Social Democrat Wolfgang Thierse, president of the Bundestag, criticized the Pope's decision and expressed the implicit hope that the bishops will have the courage to disobey.
This is not the first time John Paul II has expressed strong criticism of German legislation on abortion. The interruption of pregnancy is free and unrestricted in Germany during the first three months, but the woman who wants to abort must consult a visit a pregnancy consultation center, that is, a place with social workers, psychologists, doctors and religious experts, where the woman is offered material and social aid to raise and educate the child, should she decide to carry the pregnancy to term. Link to Zenit article...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Havanna (kath.net/KNA) Pope Benedict XVI is meething at the close of his Cuba visit with the earlier head of state Fidel Castro. The approximately 30-minute interview took place according to information from Vatican Speaker Federico Lombari, at the office of the Apostolic Nunciature in Havana.
The interview was "heartfelt, lively and intensive", offered Lombardi. The 85-year old revolutionary leader was received then at 12:20 (local time) by Cardinal Secretary Tarscicio Bertone. Castro told Bertone that he looked forward to the beautification of Mother Teresa (1910-1997) and John Paul II (1978-2005).
A little later he met Benedict XVI. During the interview, conducted through an interpreter, Castro's wife was present. At the end of the talk, he was introduced to Castro's two sons. The Pope relayed to Castro his "immense satisfaction" about the trip and his reception in Cuba, said the Vatican speaker. Castro, who in the short TV - reception, gave the impression of an exhausted man, asked the Pope about reforms in the Liturgy and what the Pope does.
As Radio Vatican reported, Fidel Castro told the Pope that he had followed his entire trip on television. Also, the 84 year old Pope and the 86 year old Castro, joked about their age.
In addition they exchanged opinions the current religious, moral and cultural situations as well as the difficult situation of humanity and the promotion of science. Castro had also asked the Pope to recommend him some books about the themes they'd discussed, so that he might deepen his understanding of them. Benedict XVI had not decided then and there, however, which books he wants to foward to Castro, says Lombardi. The meeting came at an end according to the speaker, with a personal wish of Fidel Castro. This wish was reported by the Cuban side to the Vatican side. The Vatican Television Services filmed parts of the encounter.
Link to kath.net...
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
(kreuz.net) The German Bishops invite to dialog. They are, however, "not immediately dialog-ready" about the Old Mass.
Pastor Hendrick Jolie from the Diocese of Mainz said in the middle of this May on his website.
This is how he sees the Bishops' Offer of Dialog
There interest in the Old Mass is small -- cited Fr. Jolie the Bishops. That has a diverse number of causes said Father Jolie.
He says there's a "steadily growing indifference of many Christians for Faith and Liturgy".
Fr. Jolie sees a second cause in the "open secret that in many Seminaries, the interest in the Old Mass alone can be dangerous."
The clergyman knows seminarians who are hesitant to participate in the Old Rite, because they fear the consequences.
He cites a Seminarist with the words: "I just want to get ordained."
That cause Fr. Jolie to comment: "Is this how the Bishops see dialog?"
In the Diocese of Mainz there are priests who are open to the Old Liturgy, but are under pressure.
On that point he recalled the word of then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger from the year 2000:
"Whoever today is inclined to this Liturgy or participates in it, will be dealt with as an outsider; here all tolerance comes to an end."
Fr. Jolie put the question: "How can it be that in our Church where "Tolerance" has long been spoken of as the Superdogma, can such intolerance rule?"
Only the Right of the Strong
The clergyman is appealing to the consciences of the Old Liberal Bishops:
"Experience teaches that unresolved injustice in the Church can have fatal consequences."
Because: "Through silence, ignorance and the "right of the strong" solves no problems in the Kingdom of God."
Fr. Jolie recalled then that the Pope in 2007 had described the de facto prohibition against the Old Mass a "profound injustice".
Then he asked the question:
"Is it not indisputable, that on the one hand in our Church ecumenism is written of highly, while at the same time even Catholics, who are, very directly addressed and given permission from the Pope, are still punished with marginalization?"
Link to kreuz...
Sunday, February 13, 2011
The Internet, because of its ability to overcome distances and put people in contact with each other, presents great opportunities for the church and its mission, Pope Benedict XVI told the Congregation for Catholic Education.
Referring to a draft document on the Internet and seminary formation, the Pope told the Congregation that with "necessary discretion for its intelligent and prudent use," the Internet may be of help for both studies and pastoral work of future priests in the various fields within the church.
He stressed that it was important to have adequately trained persons to work in the Internet missionary sector.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Germany won't send drug for executions
Pope says marriage not an absolute right
Pope Benedict XVI told priests Saturday to do a better job counseling would-be spouses to ensure their marriages last and said no one has an absolute right to a wedding.
Benedict made the comments in his annual speech to the Roman Rota, the Vatican tribunal that decides marriage annulments. He said the right to a church wedding requires that the bride and groom intend to celebrate and live the marriage truthfully and authentically.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Vatican City, Jan 19, 2011 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Improving the unity of Christians today requires the same elements that united the first apostles in Jerusalem, Pope Benedict XVI said Jan. 19.
Pope Benedict met with pilgrims to Rome in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall for his weekly general audience. In observation of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25), he based his message on "the gift of full communion."
Christians take part in the week of prayer for unity "to bear witness to the profound ties that unite them and to invoke the gift of full communion," said the Pope.
"They devoted themselves to the Apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" is the theme of this year's prayer week for the unity of Christians. Pope Benedict said that this passage from the Acts of the Apostles offers a vision of four characteristics that defined the first Christian community in Jerusalem "as a place of unity and love."
In the teaching of the apostles, in fraternal communion, in the breaking of bread and in prayer are four "pillars" that continue to be the foundation of Christian life and build Church unity, he explained.
Every effort to increase unity must involve increased faithfulness to the teaching of the first Christians, the apostles, the Pope said. "Even today," he explained, "the community of believers recognizes the norms of its own faith in that reference to the teaching of the Apostles."
Fraternal communion was "the most tangible expression of unity between disciples and the Lord, especially for the outside world," he pointed out.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
In theory they know, in theory they believe. But in reality, do they believe? Do they really believe that Our Lord is God? Do they really believe that peace among men, among nations, is in His hand? Do they really believe in all the immediate, direct consequences of His divinity? …Are they all going, like the Magi, the Three Kings, to adore the true God and to look to Him for that peace and to ask Him for it? Are they going to the King of Peace: Rex Pacificus?
Oh, how history repeats itself, alas!
Link to SSPX site, here.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Rome [kath.net/as] Holiness means, to be formed by Christ. That is the goal in the life of a Christian. With these words, Pope Benedict XVI addressed today's Feast of All Saints to gathered pilgrims and visitors at St. Peter's Square during the Angelus Prayer.
The Feast of All Souls all were invited to raise their eyes to heaven and consider the fullness of divine life, which men await. As children, Christians receive the even the Grace, to bear with the tests of earthly existence. The Pope lamented the hunger and thirst for justice, incomprehension and the persecutions, to call to recollection that the man who at the same time has the legacy, which were promised to him in the Beatitudes. They reveal "the new picture of the world and of men, which has his beginning in Jesus."
Eternity is not merely the ongoing succession of days, "rather something like the fulfilled moment but more like the supreme moment of satisfaction, in which totality embraces us and we embrace totality—this we can only attempt... " (vgl. Spe salvi, 12) the totality of being, the reality and love.
Gift and Beauty of Holiness is also the society with the holy Souls. Those living Holy ones are not only in an earthly biography, rather also the working of God after death.
Referring to the morrow's All Soul's Feast the Pope explained that the separation of love is painful. Actually the Christian death is a part of the way to the alignment upon God.
"We must not fear him, who in the intercessory prayers of the Church can not break that deep unity, which unites us in Christ." Thereon the Christian remembers the feast of All Souls with a visit to cemeteries.
The Holy Father greeted German speakers with the following words:
"I greet the German speaking pilgrims and visitors with a hearty welcome. Today we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. As it comes to pass, we think on the incredibly large number of people, who have gone before us in God's and their beloveds' hearts with truth and unwavering faith. Their loving witness in life touches us. They are not only examples to us, rather also companions, who pray for us, that we ever grow in union with Christ and the love for men. I wish you all a blessed Feast Day."
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Constantinople (kath.net/KAP) Bartholomaios I, Greek-Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, sees signs for an improvement of the situation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey. In an interview with "Kathpress" on Monday afternoon in the Phanar in Istanbul he said, it is very certain, that the Seminary in Chalki will be reopened in 2011. Bartholomew referred to the most recent address of the Turkish Vice Prime minister Bülent Arinc, who had explained in a TV-Interview, that Chalki must be re-opened again, because Christians in Turkey had the right, to educate their own Clergy and Theologians.
Chalki was closed in 1971 by the Turkish Authorities in a train of prohibitions against private Schools. While private Universities were in the mean time, however, allowed for a long time to open, the same did not apply to Chalki. The reopening of the Seminary belongs also to the central requirements by the EU of Turkey in connection with discussions for entry to the EU.
After 40 years it has been pressing on time, to address their own priest shortage by educating them again, said Patriarch Bartholomew I. He is much more optimistic than earlier, that the Turkish Government will finally make the way for reopening free.
As another very positive signal on the side of the Turkish Government the Patriarch cited that the Turkish Government has reinstated the citizenships of 15 Metropolitans of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, who are active abroad; among them is also the Metropolitan of Austria, Michael Staikos.
According to a Turkish proposal the Patriarchal Office may only be occupied by one of Turkish citizenship. Not least because they were in any case only 15 more Bishops for the office in question, of whom 11 are already over 70 years old.
Recognition of Ecumenical Dialogue
The Patriarch did not want to directly address the most recent full assembly of the Catholic-Orthodox Dialog commission, which was held in Vienna and took place without substantial progress. He has still not been informed over the particulars of the Dialog. He reinforced, however, the desire of the Orthodox to travel further along the way of Ecumenism, till the full unity of the Church is finally reached.
He also reinforced this assertion with the consideration that the Orthodoxy
was resolved in its own Synod in the Phanar, to take up the dialogue again, following when the 2000 Full Meeting of Baltimore was put on ice.
But not only with the Catholic Church, we also strove for dialogue with the Reformed and Oriental churches, said Bartholomew I.; The same is also valid for relations to Islam and to Judaism. What especially leads to this dialogue, is that it requires a sound education, and therefore, the re-opening of Chalki, maintains the Patriarch.
Positive Signals and Unresolved Problems
As a positive signal, observers also recently noted the willingness of the Turkish authorities that the Orthodox Church henceforth once a year -- on the 15th of August -- may celebrate a church service in the Cloister Church of Sumela south of the Black Sea City of Trabzon. There were 1,500 Christians who came to Sumela for the first Mass in 88 years. Patriarch Bartholomew I. presided. The church was despoiled since the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1922 and became thereafter a cultural monument.
The Turkish Minister President Tayyip Erdogan had rejected pressure from nationalist circles critical of the service. Turkey has nothing to lose if a thousand or two thousand Christians were to come and celebrate their Service, Erdogan was quoted as saying by the Turkish media.
A great problem remains still in the unresolved question of the rights of recognition of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. The Turkish authorities recognize neither the title of the Ecumenical Patriarch, nor the responsibility of the Patriarchate for entire Orthodox world. They officially view Bartholomew I. merely as the highest Pastor of the few thousand remaining Greek Orthodox Christians in Turkey.
While in any event the already small number of Greek Orthodox faithful in Turkey is conceived as consistently sinking, around 3,5 Million believers in parts of Greece as well as in the Diaspora in North- and South America, Middle and Western Europe and Australia are directly under the authority of the Patriarchate.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
In 1999 then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger answered the objections of an old liberal Roman Liturgist. Now the letter is on the internet!
[kreuz.net] On the 16th of November 1998 the old liberal Liturgist and Claretian, Father Matias Augé (74), wrote a letter to the former Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine and the Faith, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.
Father Augé is from Spain. In the late 90s he was a Professor at the Benedictine Liturgical Institute 'Sant'Anselmo' in Rome, on the theological faculty of the Papal Lateran University and advisor to the Vatican Congregation for Liturgy.
In his letter he had criticized a proposal by Cardinal Ratzinger to keep the 10 year anniversary of the Motu Proprio 'Ecclesia Dei' on October 24th 1998.
He could not understand how one could celebrate the Old Rite, without contradicting the Constitution of the Council -- exclaimed the priest to the Cardinal.
For the Tridentine and the effective Rite are a single Rite -- namely "the Roman Rite in two different phases of its history".
Father Augé also mentioned in his letter that a return to the Old Rite brings with it the danger of destroying Church unity and bring into question the decisions of Pope Paul VI (+1978).
Brutal Liturgical Reform
The then Cardinal Ratzinger answered the priest on the 18th of February 1999 in a personal letter.
The exchange of letters was recently published by Father Augé on his Weblog 'liturgia-opus-trinitatis.over-blog.it'.
In his answer Cardinal Ratzinger then recalled that a "not inconsiderable number of Catholic Faithful, mostly of French, English and German language are very strongly attached to the Old Liturgy."
John Paul II. did not have the intention to review for them what happened in the year of 1970 -- "to impose a transitory period of only six months in the extremely abrupt manner as the New Liturgy was."
The then Cardinal mentioned that the "respectable" Liturgical Institute of Trier recommended a time frame of about 10 years for such a transition.
So, it was necessary upon the question of the authority of the ruling Pope and his respectful pastoral disposition to take them into consideration.
The Old Rite Must Help the New Mass
Cardinal Ratzinger made it clear that the unity of the Roman Rite is not today "threatened by a small community, who use the Indult [Permission to Celebrate the Old Mass] and are generally treated like they have the plague, as people not understood, if not even possibly doing something immoral."
"No" -- insisted Cardinal Ratzinger: "The unity of the Roman Rite is threatened by wild creativity, which is often encouraged by the Liturgists."
He reproved the project in Germany, "Missale 2000" which propagated the argument that the Missal of Paul VI. was already obsolete:
"I will remind you, what I have said in my proposal, that the difference between the Missal of 1962 and the Mass, which is truly celebrated according to the Missal of Paul VI, is much smaller, than the differences between the various so-called "creative" uses of the Missal of Paul VI."
Then the Cardinal brought his hope to expression that the presence of the old Missal will form a Dam against the sadly common aberrations of the Liturgy and to serve as an example of "authentic reform".
Today's Pope has sharply criticized the claim that the Old Mass threatens the unity of the Roman Rite:
"That the use of the Indult of 1984 (1988) stands against the unity of the Roman Rite, is in my experience a disposition, that is very far from reality."
In conclusion he stressed his regret that the priest had not noticed in the proposal the "invitation to the <
He also requested this, "to open up to the Council, to come to reconciliation, in the hope, with time that the break between the two Missals can be overcome."
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Monday, September 27, 2010
ROME, September 27, 2010 – The imminent promotion of Salesian Fr. Massimo Palombella as the new director of the Sistine Chapel choir is the latest in a series of appointments that have changed the visible face of the Vatican curia, in the five plus years of Joseph Ratzinger's pontificate.
There are, in fact, two curias around the pope. There's the one that the general public hardly sees, made up of the classical dicasteries: the secretariat of state, the congregations, the pontifical councils. The final decisions of this curia are made public, but little is seen or known of the toil that precedes these decisions.
But there is also a curia that, by its nature, is more outwardly projected and visible. It is that of the museums, the library, culture, the pontifical choir, the media. Much of the operation of this other curia is done in view of the general public.
Friday, September 24, 2010
We've said it so many times, he's not so much interested in the welfare of his victims, as the Communists alleged to be concerned about the Scottsboro Boys, whom they used to create an emotional outpouring and then discarded after their political goals were met. This is one part of a continuous attack to destroy the credibility of Religion in general, and Catholicism in particular. What's even more interesting is that, based on the various statements from others within the Church, he has help. Liberal prelates and priests provide him and his masters with the fodder to litigate, and you have another emotional outpouring and an outcry for justice. This was done before in Nazi Germany when Germany's propaganda minister launched a campaign against the Catholic Church in the early 30s using precisely the same techniques being used by Jeff Anderson and his masters.
It's not a stretch to say it can't happen here. There are people who have an interest in undermining America's very foundations, its laws, its infrastructure, education system and culture. We're living in the days of tremendous debasement when an irreligious ex-Lutheran can do the bidding of irreligious Pinch Sulzberger at the New York Times to promote slanderous stories bent on destroying part of the fabric of American Society.
Just remember, Jeff Anderson has many friends within the Church, like him and him who aid his attempt to promote discredit and change the Catholic Church.
Sex abuse lawsuit involving Wisconsin priest names Pope Benedict as defendant :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Friday, September 3, 2010
Despite the current discussions between the Society of Pius X and Rome, it looks like for the foreseeable future, that Pope Benedict will stick to his Hermeneutic of Continuity. Does this mean that it is possible that the SSPX will be allowed to critique this point of view and still be fully reconciled?
It is encouraging that Archbishop Koch didn't stray from the course set for him by Pope Benedict. Unlike his predecessor, he doesn't appear to have an agenda all of his own making, he's Pope Benedict's man.
Accordingly, just now, we've discovered that Bruno Volpe has confirmed the Motu Proprio.
The priority of the Hermeneutic of Continuity -- Archbishop Koch and his reflections in Castel Gandolfo -- by Dr. Armin Schibach/ Rome
Rome (kath.net/as) The current year's meeting of the "Ratzinger Schülerkreis'
" in Castel Gandolfo was a reflection over the Second Vatican Council and devoted to its interpretation. "True to Tradition, open to the future": with these words the main speaker, Archbishop Kurt Koch, began the meeting, that the "most correct interpretation of the Council as a whole, that even in the third century it remains "the Magna Carta of the Church".
According to the Vatican times "L'Osservatore Romano" (edition from the 1st of September 2010) the President of the Papal Council Promoting the Unity of Christian his impressions together with his summation. The Congress of the Schülerkreis with Pope Benedict XVI. he descried as a "concrete, lively and positive experience".
In his first speech Koch presented in a reflection on the manner of reading and interpretation of the Second Vatican council and relegated that to a priority for a "hermeneutic of continuity". This problematic is taken up then in a second lecture and developed further. Then Koch had above all enlarged upon the Constitution on Liturgy "Sacrosanctum Concilium", in order to show in a concrete way, how the Hermeneutic of Reform can be realized.
The Papal Advisor for the Promotion of Christian Unity worked at the order of the Pope.
Both lectures were then followed by an hour of discussion. Therefor, it became clear, for Archbishop Koch to further encompass the spiritual dimension of the Christan life in all of its aspects. The concrete character of the discussions were very useful for the work of each of the participants, which were affirmed by the warm words of the Pope, as Koch began on the 30th of August with a private audience: "We have spoken about my new ecumenical efforts, that the Papal Adviser for the Promotion of Christian Unity is no reality unto itself, rather a mission of the Pope's, in order to see, how dialogue can be developed for the future".
The meaning of the "Hermeneutic of the Reform"
In the center of the first lectures "stand the Second Vatican Council between Tradition and Renewal", so Koch proceeded. He put the themes in seven points: 1. A history of the reception and the erroneous reception; 2. Hermeneutic of the Reform in a fundamental continuity; 3. Break with Tradition of the Council; return to sources and "Aggiornamento"; [There's a debate between the ressourcement and more liberal exponents, neither of which are satisfactory from a Traditionalist POV] 4. Criteria of a Hermeneutic of the Reform (complete interpretation of the Council texts, unity of Dogmatic and Pastoral; no separation between "spirit and letter"); 5. Catholic breadth and fullness; 6. The heritage of the Council in relevant challenges; 7. Ecclesiastical Reform of the spiritual mission.
The Liturgy -- Center point of the Hermeneutic of the Council
The second lecture concentrated itself on the theme of the "post-Conciliar liturgical reform between continuity and discontinuity". As Archbishop Koch made clear, he explained them withal in eight individual themes. Flowing from the declaration, that the liturgy is the center of the Conciliar Hermeneutic, these are discussed in the following eight points: 1. Phenomenology and Theology of the Liturgy; 2. The Liturgy in its organic development (with the principle of "participatio actuosa" of all believers in the liturgy and with the principle of an easier comprehension and simplicity of the rites); 3. Light and shadows in the post-Conciliar liturgy; 4. The protection of the great heritage of the liturgy; 5 The necessary Reform of the Reform, which must be based on the primacy of Christology; 6 The unity of the New Testament culture and the New Testament liturgy; 7 The Christian liturgy and the religion of man [Religionen der Menschheit] 8. The Cosmic Dimension of the Liturgy.
The renewal of the Paschal Mystery is then the last topic, which was discussed before the final remarks on the object for consideration.
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