Showing posts with label Cardinal Marx. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cardinal Marx. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

After Receiving Green Light From Francis: The German Bishops Start the Aberrosexual Revolution, "Homosexuality is Normal"


Pope Francis with Cardinal Marx: who has what role in the current pontificate? Who drives, who is driven?
Additional: Cardinal Marx approves of blessing sodomites.

(Rome) Pope Francis announced the next revolutionary "resolution" for 2020: to "normalize" the relationship of the Catholic Church to homosexuality. On this point, too, he appears to be a compliant, driven man of the Church in Germany.
Pope Francis gave to understand that the "normalization" of homosexuality is in  his program for 2020 on December 16th, the day of his 83rd birthdayThe President of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich-Freising, immediately followed and announced the revolution as an early "Christmas present" in 2019:
"Homosexuality is normal".
The sequence confirms what insiders have long said: The pontificate of Pope Francis is not an Argentine pontificate, but a German one - albeit a completely different "German" than that of his predecessor Benedict XVI.
This link is confirmed by a multitude of “little things,” including those such as the immediate reporting on the Marx announcement in Argentina's leading Pro Bergoglio media.
The question of exactly who is the driver and who is driven, how exactly the positions are distributed between these two poles, cannot be answered exactly, but could be reconstructed to some extent on the basis of numerous references. It already follows that there is a fundamental agreement of interests between Pope Francis and the leading part of the German episcopate. Despite the remaining ambiguities in the details, it can be said: Pope Francis may be a driven man, but he is not a victim of the majority front of the German bishops.
The main Argentine daily newspaper, Clarin, headlined in its edition of the fourth Sunday of Advent:
"The German Church is revolutionizing Catholicism and proclaiming: 'Homosexuality is normal'.
The article is adorned with a large-format picture of the weighty Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who not only speaks the decisive word in the German Bishops' Conference but also represents Europe in the meanwhile, shrunken C9 Cardinal Council through papal appointmentThe shrinking of this advisory board increases the weight of those who remain.
Of course: In the case of Cardinal Marx, as with Cardinal Tagle, it applies that Pope Benedict XVI. was flattened. He made him Archbishop of Munich-Freising in 2008 and created him Cardinal in 2010. Under Benedict XVI - unlike under Francis - cardinal appointments were still foreseeable, since they were associated with certain bishops' chairs. The simulation factor should not be underestimated, since some bishops under Benedict XVI. behaved differently than now under Francis. 2011, when Benedict XVI resigned it was not yet foreseeable, when Cardinal Marx spoke in Mannheim of homosexuals as "failed and broken people".

The "synodal way"

Clarin describes the "synodal path" that Cardinal Marx and his Adlati want to prescribe for the "German Church". The goal is to revolutionize the Church. The agenda has been set. The path through the synod is the preferred instrument of revolutionaries only under Francis.
Francis soon announced "decentralization" at the beginning of his pontificate. At first it isn't really clear what he could mean. It is now known that the bishops' conferences decide whether to adhere to the traditional understanding of the sacrament of marriage or not; the bishops' conferences conferred responsibilities in the area of ​​liturgy and even the doctrine of faith.
Cardinal Marx and other German bishops, not least those appointed by Francis, follow a precise procedure. The agreements between Berlin - Munich and Rome are not known in their ramifications, but the far-reaching consonance is evident since Pope Francis on March 17, 2013, at the first Angelus of his term, did something unprecedented: He praised a cardinal and talked about his book. This Cardinal is Walter Kasper, the former President of the Pontifical Council on Unity, that is, the Vatican Minister for Ecumenism and the Jews. It is much more important that Kasper said to the inner-Church secret group of Sankt Gallen, called "the Mafia,” which Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose as his candidate, and that Kasper was a member of the four-member team Bergoglio (Austen Ivereigh), which organized the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope at the 2013 Conclave. In the meantime, Kasper is the only living representative of the “gang of four” within the Church. Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor passed away in 2017, Cardinal Lehmann in 2018 and Cardinal Danneels, who in a euphoric moment revealed the self-designation of the secret group of Sankt Gallen as a "Mafia" in 2015, died in March 2019.
The unprecedented praise, just a few days after his election, formally referred to Kasper's book on "Mercy," a key word that should be central to the new pontificate, but in reality you can see a thank you for his election to the papacy and also an anticipation of the alignment of this pontificate - on the German Kasper.

The "German agenda"

Since then, Francis developed a "German Agenda", departing from what some felt was sloppy, or what others felt was disrespectful  dealing with religious customs over the first major point of recognition in the summer of 2013 of divorce and remarriage (third marriage, etc.) to the inter-communion, the Abolition of priestly celibacy and - yes  - the first sensational step to "normalize" homosexuality through his infamous phrase "Who am I to judge?" on the return flight from World Youth Day in late July 2013.

Cardinal Marx, Pope Francis: who hugs whom?

No matter how exactly the interaction and engagement between the majority front of the German bishops and Francis works, a public approach can be seen:
  • the program originates from the German-speaking world and is mostly several decades old, which is why the term Church agenda of 68 is quite correct;
  • There is strong lobbying behind the scenes in Rome, while public opinion is being prepared in German-speaking countries; Detours, for example via the Amazon, are included;
  • the first, visible step towards the implementation of the “German agenda” is taken by Pope Francis;
  • the German bishops, whether collective, in groups, or individually, hurry as soon as the green light comes from Rome, thus forming the open battering ram for the world episcopate.
Small deviations such as that the guidelines of the bishops of the church province of Buenos Aires were declared by Francis to be pioneering in the admission of remarried divorced persons to the sacraments confirm the rule. It was Francis, for example, who took the first step in admitting Protestant spouses to communion at the end of 2015 with his tortuous, cryptic no-yes-yes answer when he visited the Lutheran Church of Rome. The majority of the German Bishops' Conference followed up with a "handout" at the beginning of 2018. Cardinal Ladaria Ferrer SJ, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, protested against this, but was called back by his confrere Francis - of course, quite unofficially.
Bishop Jung von Würzburg, just appointed by Francis, rushed forward in July 2018 and created facts, further German bishops followed.

German bishops as "progressive Avant-Garde"

Clarin puts it in such a way that the German church agitates in the world church as a "progressive avant-garde" with the aim of "revolutionizing world Catholicism". This “exacerbates the conflict for Francis, who, as Pope, is the 'guarantor of the unity of 1,200 million baptized,'  with the “most conservative and traditionalist sectors” of the Church.
it reads:
"'Homosexuality is normal,' explains the majority of the bishops of Germany, who are calling for an end to the bans and for a change of policy."
And further:
"The German bishops want a 'binding synodal path' and have involved the Central Committee of German Catholics [Call to Action] in the process, the most important lay association, chaired by Professor Thomas Sternberg. The laity demanded that women be admitted to the priesthood, including the 14,000 religious, the end of compulsory celibacy for the 13,285 priests, and the blessing of homosexual marriage in 10,045 parishes.”
This is followed by a victim narrative in the Argentine daily newspaper. "In the Vatican" one tries to create "barricades" against these efforts, "but it will be difficult" because the "around 30 German bishops" have been demanding "changes" for a long time.
Amazingly, the newspaper mentions that “the Protestants”, by which the regional churches are meant, “in the country of Luther” decrease even more “drastically” than the Catholics. This process of secularization in the historical communities of the Reformation has been observed for a long time, but has so far not had a deterrent effect on modernist circles in the Catholic Church.
Clarin confirms the strategy mentioned:
"The synods are instruments for the reforms."

The problem of schism

There is only one problem:
"The problem is how far to advance without causing breaks."
That is the concrete (and apparently only) objection Francis has against the "German way", according to the Argentine daily newspaper. What is meant is the danger of divisions. The word schism is not mentioned in the article, but Pope Francis has already done this twice specifically. At first, three years ago, he did not rule out going down in history as the Pope, under whom a schism would have occurred. Last September, he said that, of course, he should not strive for a schism, but also not be afraid.

The second, the "other" German pontificate of the 21st century

Some commentators saw this as a warning to the intolerant Fronde around Cardinal Marx. Which may apply a little bit, insofar as Francis wants to keep control over the "irreversible processeshe initiated Probably, much more likely, the warning targeted the "most conservative and traditionalist sectors" in the Church, as Clarin calls them. German media mostly finds only derogatory adjectives for these “sectors”. Even with these attempts at exclusion, the media title does not intend anything else, there is much agreement between circles inside and outside the Church. At stake is not just Church understanding, but nothing less than control over the Church.
Clarin names Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the leader of the opposition against the "powerful" Cardinal Marx, the prefect of the Congregation of the Faith  appointe by Benedict and deposed by Francis. The Argentine daily newspaper refers this German-German conflict not only to the “German Church”, but to the Universal Church. The Amazon Synod made the German weight clear last October: the exotic rainforest synod stood from the beginning in ecclesiastical circles in the German-speaking world. The detour through the Amazon was just a tactical maneuver to disguise. It was not by accident that the Austrian pastoral theologian, Paul Zulehner confused the Lower Austrian Waldviertel with the Amazon. The geographical knowledge is correct. The Amazonian Indios are only misused by these Church circles to act against priestly celibacy. The demonstrative anti-colonialists are really neo-colonists. It's an inclination that can also be seen in Francis.
How big is the danger really that 500 years after Luther there will be a new German schism? Quite, but only under certain conditions, and this includes the guarantee of German politics not to disturb the Church tax, otherwise the schismatic scare will be over quickly. Quite also because, in contrast to 1520 - it is always worth taking a look at history - in 2020 no emperor loyal to the Church would stop the German bishops from becoming schismatic.
In addition, there is the irony of history: Such would be if the Lutherans Dispose of its founding father, Luther, just after 2017 out of political correctness, which de facto has already happened, and just at that time when the majority of the Catholic German Bishops are schismatics and probably also become heretics.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: VaticanNews / Vatican.va (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
AMDG

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

German Politician: “Cardinal Woelki, Cardinal Marx, where are you now, depraved, disgusting hypocrites!”

Former Bild on Sunday editor-in-chief and current AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) politician Nicolaus Fest has unleashed sharp criticism of the churches, because they are silent on the JUSO extension for abortion until the 9th month.

Berlin (kath.net) Nicolaus Fest, former deputy editor-in-chief of the Bild am Sonntag and current AFD politician, has vigorously criticized the silence of politicians, media and the churches on the JUSO demand for abortion until the ninth month. "Cardinal Woelki, Cardinal Marx, where are you now depraved, disgusting hypocrites?" Mr. Bedford-Strohm, Mrs. Irmgard Schwätzer of the EKD. "Where is your outcry, you bigoted religious actors?" And Fest then criticizes the zeitgeist: "What we experience is disgusting mendacity of the left-green zeitgeist: on the one hand demanding children's rights in the constitution, but at the same time killing children in the womb."

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
AMDG

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Cardinal Marx Donates 50,000 Euros to Islamic Invasion Fleet

According to the archdiocese, the money comes from funds that are "available" to Marx - theologian David Berger: Marx is making more dead refugees in the Mediterranean  - Captain of the boat on Twitter: "Team Umvolkung" [Umvolkung is a National Socialist German word for the process of making the German people forget who they are.] for  and "tug king"


Munich (kath.net) The Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx has donated 50,000 euros for the not uncontroversial private sea rescue by the German ship "Lifeline" in the Mediterranean. This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, as the BR reports.

Numerous critics accuse the private rescuers that they are contributing to trafficking through these "rescue operations". According to the archdiocese, the money comes from means "available" to Marx. However, it is unclear whether Church  taxpayers' money will be used or Marx paid for it privately. His monthly income is according to the BILD newspaper 12.526 euros. Most recently, the Lifeline attempted to sail under the Vatican flag. This was rejected by the Vatican.


In his blog, the theologian David Berger sharply criticized Marx's donation: "With the donation of 50,000 euros to the NGO / Mediterranean ship Lifeline, Cardinal Marx from Munich is not only negligent in dealing with funds that do not belong to him, he also causes more dead refugees in the Mediterranean Sea and supports the Islamization of Europe, and those who continue to co-finance it are complicit.

Claus Peter Reisch, the ship's captain, also distributes controversial T-shirts on Twitter, which read "Tug King" and "Team Umvolkung". [Team Deracination] 

Kathnet tweets an admonition to the Cardinal about the passage in Mathew that a man who gives alms should not let his left hand know what his right is doing. Bravo Kathnet!

Mr. Plantiko points out that this is Church-tax money, not money from his own estate.
Sea Captain Reisch thanks the Archdiocese for the 50,000 to fund an Islamic invasion of Europe and Germany. Apparently, the AfD Party which is influential in Freising wont be happy about this.




Here’s the “Tug King” with one of his controversial t-shorts.



Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com

AMDG

Monday, June 4, 2018

Marx Sounds Displeased With Vatican Ruling on Sacrilegious Communions

Congregation of faith writes DBK boss Marx that the document to the Eucharistic approval of Protestant spouses is not ready for publication - UPDATE: kath.net documented original letter copy! - Cardinal Marx is "surprised"

Vatican (kath.net) After the conversation of Cardinal Marx and Cardinal Woelki and some other German bishops in Rome, the controversial document of the German Bishops' Conference for the common Eucharistic reception in confessional marriages. This was announced by the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Luis F. Ladaria, DBK Chairman Reinhard Cardinal Marx, in an official letter (in German). The letter is dated May 25th. Archbishop Ladaria explains to Marx that he spoke to Pope Francis on both May 11 and May 24. After the talks, he wants to bring with the "explicit consent" of the Pope a few points to consideration..


First, that "the manifold ecumenical efforts of the German Bishops' Conference" are honored. However, according to the letter, the conversation on 3 May 2018 showed that the text of the Guidance raises a number of issues of major importance. "The Holy Father has therefore come to the conclusion that the document is not ready for publication." Ladaria refers to the document "Going with Christ - On the track of unity. Confessional marriages and joint participation in the Eucharist. A Pastoral Assistance of the German Bishops' Conference ".

The Prefect of the Congregation of the Faith mentions three "essential reasons" for rejection in the letter. The question of the admission to Communion of Protestant Christians in inter-confessional marriages is a topic that touches the faith of the Church and is of relevance to the world Church. In addition, the question has "impact on ecumenical relations with other churches and ecclesial communities", which should not be underestimated. Literally, item 3 is quoted as follows: "The theme concerns the law of the church, especially the interpretation of can. 844 CIC. Because there are unanswered questions in some parts of the Church, the competent dicastery of the Holy See has already been commissioned to clarify these issues promptly at the universal Church level. In particular, it seems appropriate to leave the verdict on the existence of an "urgent and serious emergency" to the diocesan bishop.”

Ladaria expressly pointed out that it was a great concern of the Holy Father "that in the German Bishops' Conference the spirit of episcopal collegiality remains alive".

UPDATE 18.30: Marx reacts!

Cardinal Reinhard Marx is obviously not pleased with the letter from Rome. He informed his spokesman on Monday evening: "The letter of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of May 25, 2018 has reached the President of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, this evening (June 4, 2018) On 3 May 2018 in Rome, the participating bishops were told that they should find 'as unanimous a rule as possible' in the spirit of ecclesial communion, and the President is therefore surprised that this letter from Rome has arrived even before finding such a unanimous settlement. The President also sees further need for discussion within the German Bishops' Conference, especially in the Permanent Council and the Autumn Assembly, but also with the corresponding Roman Dicasteries and the Holy Father himself. "


UPDATE 17:45: Since now various translations of the letter are circulating, kath.net documents the letter of Archbishop Ladaria / Congregation of the Faith, to the DBK Chairman Cardinal Marx for DBK handout in dt. Original language.

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com

AMDG

Friday, May 4, 2018

Merciful Pope Demands Unanimity at German Bishops' Meeting in Rome -- His Unanimity, No Doubt

Edit: at Katholische.de is the site of the German Catholic Bishops of Germany, most of whom want to officially sanction the sacrilegious communions which go on almost everywhere anyway. Remember when a priest tried to enforce that by refusing Communion to an unrepentant aberrosexual in Washington, and Wuerl gave him the sack? Catholic conservative fall guy, Edward Peters, even agreed with Wuerl and false mercy, applying his canonical folderol.  We expect a that Cardinal Woelki, a notable and frequent defender and promoter of Old Liberal positions himself, will take the fall in the fifth.  The Pope expects unanimity, we expect Woelki to give it to him after a half-hearted defense of the Church's position.

+++Marx is probably enjoying his multimillion euro villa during the affair and isn't too worried about the outcome of this meeting.

 [KNA] The German bishops have ended their conversation with representatives of the Curia in the Vatican on a dissent on the issue of communion reception on Thursday evening. The Vatican has remanded the conflict to the German bishops. Pope Francis asked them to find a unanimous agreement in the spirit of ecclesial communion, according to the German Bishops' Conference and the Vatican. The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, explained in his speech in German that the Pope acknowledges the ecumenical commitment of the German bishops.
Various points of view were discussed in the conversation, such as the relationship of the question to faith and pastoral care, its relevance to the world Church and its legal dimension. Ladaria will inform Francis about the content of the conversation. According to the Episcopal Conference and the Holy See, the meeting was "in a warm and fraternal atmosphere."
 
The parties to the conflict, led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, had discussed the reception of Communion for non-Catholic spouses for about three and a half hours on Thursday afternoon, under the direction of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.



Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, explained that Pope Francis appreciates the ecumenical commitment of the German bishops and asks them to find as unanimous a settlement as possible in the spirit of ecclesial communion.
KNA
There is dissent in this question within the Episcopal Conference. A majority of German bishops including their President, the Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx, advocates that Protestant spouses in Catholic churches may receive Communion. Seven bishops around the [Neoconservative] Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, however, expressed disapproval and formal reservations against a corresponding pastoral care and turned to the Vatican. At the request of Francis, a meeting of some bishops with senior leaders of the Holy See was agreed.
 

The conflicting parties traveled separately to the conversation at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The group around Cardinal Marx arrived at 15:45 at the headquarters of the Vatican. Since then, people have been meeting behind closed doors. In addition to the cardinals Marx and Woelki, the bishops Karl-Heinz Wiesemann (Speyer), Felix Genn (Münster), Gerhard Feige (Magdeburg) and Rudolf Voderholzer (Regensburg), as well as the secretary of the German Bishops' Conference, Father Hans Langendörfer, took part in the deliberations. (Lu / bod / KNA)
 
04.05.2018, 8:50 am: updated with reference to source (Vatican) and first paragraph specified
 Photo: KNA
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
AMDG 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Cardinal Marx Attacks Bavarian Cross Proposal -- Calls Söder "Divisive"

The head of the German Bishops' Conference attacked the Bavarian Prime Minister. "If the cross is only seen as a cultural symbol, it has not been understood," says Reinhard Marx.




Hard criticism of Söder: Cardinal Reinhard Marx Photo: dpa / Sven Hoppe

[Tagesspiegel] The head of the Catholic German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has criticized the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder for his cross-decree. It was encouraging "division, unrest, against each other," said Marx in an interview with the "Süddeutsche Zeitung".
 
"If the cross is only seen as a cultural symbol, it has not been understood," said the Archbishop of Munich and Freising. "Then the cross would be expropriated in the name of the state."
 




It was not up to the state to explain what the cross meant, said Marx. It was "a sign of opposition to violence, injustice, sin and death, but no sign against other people." Marx considers the social debate about the cross to be important, but everyone should be involved: Christians, Muslims, Jews and those who are not really religious.
 
The state must ensure that religious beliefs can be articulated. But it can not determine what the content of this religious belief is. It could do something to make those values ​​live.  "And this is what the state does with us." The Gospel can not be translated one-to-one into practical politics, Marx said. "From a Christian point of view, however, it should be a guiding principle for politicians to respect the dignity of every human being, especially the weak. He who hangs a cross must be judged by these standards."

more on the subject





New Prime Minister Crusader Söder and self-confident Bavaria

Here I am: Markus Söder, Bavarian Prime Minister (CSU)
Patrick Guyton
 
The Bavarian state cabinet had decided that from June a cross must hang in every office of  state. In the view of the state government, this should express the "historical and cultural character" of Bavaria and be "a visible commitment to the basic values ​​of the legal and social order". The decision was controversial throughout Germany. (AP)

Trans: Tancred verkon99@hotmail.com

AMDG

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Vatican Closes Ancient Cloister of the Briggitines in Munich

(Munich) On Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising announced the dissolution of the monastery of the Briggitines of Altomünster.
"The Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signatura has finally confirmed the dissolution of the St. Birgitta Monastery in Altomünster, Dachau district. In a corresponding Decree from the Vatican, which is now in the archdiocese, the rejection of the complaint of the last religious who lived in the monastery, Sister Apollonia Buchinger OSsS, already confirmed in June 2017, will be upheld. The decree, written in Latin, expressly states that there were no candidates, postulates or novices at Altomünster Monastery at the time of dissolution, and that the women thus designated were neither validly admitted or were nuns from another monastery. The decree confirms once again that a presumptuous resident of the convent, who was still living in the convent, was never regarded as such and is obliged to move out.

The archdiocese can now focus more on a concept of use for the former monastery and associated areas and develop the future of Altomünsters as an ecclesiastical location." [A boutique hotel or disco?  A bookstore where they can sell softcore pornography?]
On Monday, Pope Francis published his new Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et exsultate . In it are words that seem to be directed against the two-thousand-year-old, contemplative charism of the order:
"It is not healthy to love the silence and avoid meeting others, to want peace and reject activity, seek prayer and despise ministry. Everything can be accepted and integrated as part of one's own existence in this world and be integrated into the path of sanctification. We are called to live contemplation in the midst of action, and we sanctify ourselves in the responsible and generous exercise of our mission "(GeE, 26).
The Birgitines



Saint Birgitta of Sweden
Saint Birgitta of Sweden (1303-1373), the most famous mystic of Scandinavia, came from her mother Ingeborg's royal family of the Folkunger. Her husband, the knight Ulf Gudmarsson, held a leading position as Lagman in the Swedish countryside Östergötland. Birgitta had four sons by him and four daughters. After a joint pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, both decided to enter the monastery. Ulf became a Cistercian. In 1346 Birgitta founded the monastery Vadstena after receiving divine visions. It became the mother monastery of the Order of the Blessed Savior (OSSalv) founded by her, a contemplative order with a strict rule.
 
The order spread mainly in the Nordic area, in the Scandinavian countries, in Estonia and Livonia as well as in the German-speaking world. Only to a small extent, however, in the Latin countries.
In Germany, the order perhaps flourished in the late Middle Ages and counted itself among the most  prosperous of monasteries. Birgitta founded a women's order, but provided for the celebration of the holy sacrifice of the Mass and the pastoral care of religious women that the monastery should also include priests (maximum 13), deacons and brothers. They lived outside the cloister and were strictly separated from the nuns. The leadership of the entire monastery was exercised by the abbess. The male branch was headed by a prior.
 
Altomünster - the youngest monastery survived the longest
 
The oldest monastery in Germany was Marienwohlde near Lübeck, which was built in 1413. Shortly thereafter, the foundations of Marienkron at Stralsund and Marienforst in the Archdiocese of Cologne followed. The monastery Maria Altomünster, established in 1496, was the twelfth and most recent founding of the Birgitten Order on German soil. It was one of two daughter foundations of the Bavarian Abbey Gnadenberg. In 760, St. Alto built a hermitage, which became a Benedictine monastery. In 1056 there was an exchange. The Benedictine nuns of Altdorf Abbey (Weingarten) near Lake Constance were able to move to Altomünster Abbey, while the Benedictines went to Altdorf and rebuilt the burned-down monastery. In 1496 the monastery was passed on a ducal wish to the Birgitine Order.


The visions of St. Briggita
Only four monasteries survived the Protestant Revolt, as the whole of the Briggitine Order was gravely affected by the Revolt's Nordic focus. In Scandinavia, under severe austerity, only the mother monastery Vadstena was able to hold for some time until 1595 when it was dissolved and expropriated by the Lutheran state. There has been a convent since 1963. In the Catholic countries, the Order experienced a second flowering in modern times, which led to the emergence of its own religious branch in Spain, where the Order only came after the Protestant Revolt.

The second flowering and the rapid decline

Still five independent monasteries of the original order existed in 2012. Today there are Vadstena and two abbeys in the Netherlands. Syon in England was abandoned in 2012 and now Altomünster has been dissolved.
 
The Altomünster Abbey survived the Protestant Revolt in Catholic Bavaria, thanks to the energetic Abbess Ottilia Öffler. On average, 30 nuns lived in the monastery and about 15 priests and brothers. In 1803 it fell victim to the storm of the monasteries in Napoleonic times and was abolished. The sisters were allowed to remain in the monastery until their death. Four sisters survived until the anti-Church climate subsided and King Ludwig I of Bavaria allowed them again in 1841 to accept novices. Since then  Altomünster has existed as a pure convent.


Monastery church of Altomünster
In 1947 the convent counted 62 nuns. Such a high number was reached only in the early 16th century. Today, only one Briggitine lives in Altomünster, the former prioress Apollonia Buchinger, which is why the Vatican had already ordered the abolition of the monastery in 2015. On the other hand, as it turned out, the only nun struggled unsuccessfully. Sr. Apollonia had to leave the monastery in February 2017. A candidate, who wanted to enter as a postulate, is now the subject of a lawsuit against the abolition of the monastery, which was decided with the verdict of the Apostolic Signatura. The archdiocese of Munich-Freising, which owns the properties, successfully attempted an eviction procedure before Bavarian courts.
 
A new Birgitine monastery in Bremen belongs to the third female branch, which was founded in 1911 by the Swedish convert Elisabeth Hesselblad in the tradition of the Order of the Redeemer, which today has 50 branches worldwide. The monastery in Bremen, which was built just a few years ago, does not yet include a German nun.
 
A few years ago, the youngest in the United States established a branch of the Order of the Briggitines, who have returned to the original tradition and cultivated the Immemorial Roman Rite.

Text: Johannes Thiel
Image: SMM / Wikicommons (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
AMDG 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bishop Voderholzer Denied Entry for His "Fantasy Costume"

That's never happened to Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer before: he had been refused entrance to a Bavarian folk festival. The security service of the "Landshuter Hochzeit" considered his soutane to be a "fantasy costume" and did not allow him entry, as the Landshut weekly newspaper Wochenblatt reported.


Initially, the bishop and the accompanying pastor, Alfred Wölfl, were thought to be particpants in the feast of a historical event. But it turned out that the Lord in black is not a participant at all! "Strange costumes" are not permitted on the fair grounds according to "Wochenblatt." The attendant wanted to enforce this rule at the entrance. "We then explained to him that this is the uniform of a bishop," said the priest of the Parish Church of St. Pius. "Anyone can say that," the attendant is supposed to have answered. But not a problem for the clergymen: "We finally showed them our service records, so the topic was then over."

"Never experienced before"

The attendant, was visibly embarrassed at his mistake, then apologized, Pastor Wölfl said: "We laughed to ourselves then." According to the "Wochenblatt", the diocesan press criticized the incident, which had already taken place on the previous Sunday: "I have never experienced anything like this before."
The organizers should have also been warned about Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who a week later celebrated a Mass on the occasion of the Volksfest. In fact, according to these press pictures, he appeared in the simple black suit with collar shirt, without soutane.
The Landshut wedding is a multi-week folk festival that takes place every four years. It is reminiscent of the wedding of the Bavarian duke Georg of the Rich with Hedwig Jagiellonica, the daughter of the Polish King Kasimir IV Andreas, and has been celebrated since 1903, when the legendary wedding for the first time was played by 145 contributors. Today, around 2300 performers take part in historical costumes.(Fxn)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
AMDG

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Cardinal Müller and Cardinal Marx Join Forces Against the SSPX in Germany

[Katholisches] We document here a letter from Reinhard Cardinal Max, expressly forbidding the marriages conducted by priests belonging to the Priestly Society of St. Pius X.

To the
Honorable
Members of the Permanent Council of
the German Bishops' Conference
__________________________________
To the
Highly Honorable Members of
the German Bishops' Conference
and the Vicars General
___________________________________
Most honorable gentlemen,
The Cardinal Prefect of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Cardinal Gerhard Müller had addressed my letter of May 11, 2017,  delivered to the consideration Permanent Council in which I expressed my concern about the possibility of granting authority to the priests of the Priestly Brotherhood of St. Pius X. on (on June 1, 2017). It expresses in its reply an understanding of our concern about the "still ongoing ecclesiastical illegality of the Society of St. Pius and the situation which has not yet been clarified" and stresses that it is "in the competence of the respective local ordinarius" to whom it grants the authority to conclude a marriage. He explained that the decisions taken by Pope Francis in favor of the pastoral needs of believers are determined by the consideration that the Priestly Fraternity is on its way to full communion.
Since we are able to meet the pastoral needs of the faithful who request a marriage in the liturgy of the Vetus ordo (extraordinary rite), by applying our guidelines for the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum for the German dioceses of 2007, the Permanent Council of 19 June, 2017 reaffirmed its decision of April.
In order to promote uniform handling in the German (Arch) dioceses, the Permanent Council has decided to make a corresponding text proposal available to members of the Permanent Council for publication in the Official Journal ( Annex ).
In this way, in agreement with the Cardinal Prefect, we take appropriate account both of the pastoral requirements and the church circumstances.
Oremus pro invicem.
Yours sincerely,
Reinhard Cardinal Marx
Annex to the letter of the chairman of the German Bishops' Conference (PA V 3044)
In agreement with the Cardinal Prefect of the Pontifical Commission, Ecclesia Dei, the Permanent Council of 19 / June decided:
Appeals from the faithful requesting a marriage in the liturgy of the Vetus ordo (ritus extraordinarius) are to be passed on to the respective ordinaries. This will ensure that the request is taken into account and that a priest is entrusted, according to the guidelines for the Summorum Pontificum of 2017. The marriage preparation, the preparation of the marriage protocol and the registration of the marriage are carried out according to the ecclesiastical provisions. There is no provision for granting power to priests belonging to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X.
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AMDG
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