Copenhagen (Catholic news / CBA). Denmark's Catholic Bishop, Czeslaw Kozon, has approved the appointment of a church musician who lives in a registered same-sex partnership. First, the Bishop of Copenhagen had rejected the application of Ole Knudsen, and based this on the manner of the life of the organist, reported the daily newspaper "Dagblad Kristeligt" (Monday). This has, however, led to strong reactions from community members and members of the Catholic Church on the Internet and probably caused the shift in opinion, Knudsen told the newspaper. He further suggested as an explanation for the change of mind his own statement that he and his partner were living in sexual abstinence. He had told the bishop in person.
Bishop Kozon himself declined to comment. He explained that it was a personnel matter. His spokesman referred to the prospective employer, the Lawrence Community in Roskilde. Its President, Svenning Ravn Jensen said Knudsen was "an able organist and choir director." He was always ready to employ him if the diocese approved. The theologian Peter Lodberg from Aarhus University commented in the newspaper that he had never heard of such an approach. It could be a reaction to the recent remarks by Pope Francis on homosexuality. Apparently in this case, it is possible to live in a same-sex partnership as a church musician, as long as this is purely platonic. The Church's Canon Lawyer, Lisbet Christoffersen, said that the decision of the bishop could also have labor reasons, after which the Catholic Church has had similar similar problems with cases in other countries. Also in Denmark, the matter would be brought before the National Committee For Equality, says Christoffersen. She referred to the dispute over an organist sacked for adultery in Germany, before the case went to the European Court of Human Rights.
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Taken from Catholic News Agency on 13 August, 2013.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
|Im Bild die dänische Regierungs-Chefin Helle Thorning-Schmidt |
und Martin Schulz. (Foto: Europäisches Parlament)
[Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten] Die EU-Commission has taken up a proposal of the socialists in Europe’s Parliament. According to this future parties, which “do not respect EU values”, will receive fines. The group of Austrian Hannes Swoboda wants to prevent that “right radical or anti-foreigner” parties entering into parliament.
In the European Parliament there are at the present 13 member parties. They represent in total 31 million Euro in party financing. In the future should it be possible, the parliament will be able to exclude parties from this financing.
In Denmark the proposal is being rebuffed. The current Europe Minister, Nicolai Wammen, has been asked of several parties, to only affirm this ruling, if it could be previously defined, what “values” it concretely holds.
As the Danish website information.dk reports, Lykke Friis, the speaker for Danish Liberals said, there must be objective criteria, in order to prevent that the ruling can be abused as a “vendetta” against opposing points of view. The Green Nicholas Villumsen said: “that would be the case, as the parliament would impose punishments against parties with false opinions. It is very concerning that the European Parliament Parties will be punished for their convictions.”
Wammen appeased the critics and said the rules will not be directed against parties, which only participate in national politics. Otherwise it only relates to the “fundamental foundations of democracy, the due process and respect for minorities.”
Actually such a regulation is very dangerous. It opens the floodgates of political pressure on conscience. Because furthermore, what values mean, can mean very different things to different people. In a tense climate of crisis such a ruling may make EU critics stifled. The right to freedom of expression may be put under pressure by such a ruling.
A prohibition with a penalty of certain opinions will lead above all so that thought is also limited. One of the advantages of democracy is that one can speak his opinion and can form political groups freely, so long as they act within the bounds of the law.
“Values” on the other hand are not clearly cut, democratically approved laws. They are often hazy and may, as they are according to linguistic or cultural backgrounds, often not clearly defined.
The compulsion, to believe in “values” is undemocratic.
It is the foyer to a totalitarian system.
It is dangerous -- and on top of everything unnecessary: already today the European Parliament has the possibility, to prove especially distinctive speech with punishment: So, Nigel Farage has had to pay a 3,000 [2,700] Euro fine, that he had described EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy as having the “Charisma of a wet rag”.
In the future such a rebuff could also be punishable under the EU canon of values.
Earlier. this was described as an insult against the monarchy.
Those were, in any case, in a pre-Democratic age. [Oh, the irony]
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Edit: just whose values are we talking about? There’s no free speech for those who have differing views or even question historical events of 60 year ago.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
|Bischof Kozon bei einem früheren Pontifikalamt|
From Copenhagen to Neustadt
28 Jul 2010
[Summorumpontificum.de] On the morning of Sunday the 29th , the regular celebration of Sunday Mass in the Old Rite was celebrated in Neutstadt, Pfalz, by Msgr Czelslaw Kozon, the Diocesan Bishop of Kopenhagen. Bishop Kozon is a student friend of the Cathedral Rector Dr. Norbert Weis, who is celebrates the traditional Rite in the Catholic area in the Monastery of Neustadt.
It is beautiful, and we would have gladly pointed out this Mass celebration earlier, if we only had experienced it earlier.
In any event the question is posed with greater urgency why till has no serving German Diocesan Bishop not see the situation, to realize the Episcopal Mass for the Traditional faithful of his Diocese in this visible form: regardless whether it had been that these faithful had been marked as outsiders, who do not really belong and whom the German Bishop ordinarily greets them from afar? Will your Excellency be bullied at the next arrival of the Bishop Conference because of infractions against the German Catholic code of conduct, if he allows a Pontifical Mass according to the books of 1962? Is the grey eminence of Langedorf really concerned about more than just Summorum Pontificum? Or will one be mercifully spared the tender mercies of the Bishops of the Lehman-generation, to still experience the Liturgical bankruptcy of their life's work?
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