Showing posts with label Episcopal Appointments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Episcopal Appointments. Show all posts

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bicycling in the Sanctuary --- The "Model" of the "Merciful" Bishops

Archbishop Lorefice Travels With His Bike Through the Presbyterium
of his Cathedral
(Rome) The new Archbishop of Palermo, recently appointed by Pope Francis, Msgr. Corrado Lorefice, swung himself in a bicycle and drove through the presbyterium of his Cathedral.
"Sometimes I ask myself whether certain prelates do not invent these surprises from a mere desire to see if they come into the media and land especially on certain blogs, for example, ours ..." according to the traditional website Messa in Latino.

News and pictures were published by the official website of the Archdiocese of Palermo with the following text:

"Palermo. Primatiale Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption, Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Feast of the Athletes. Image: His Excellency Most Reverend Monsignor Corrado Lorefice, Archbishop-Metropolitan, Primate of Sicily, on a bicycle in the chancel of his cathedral..

The Archbishop was given a bike that he didn't want to try outside the church. Instead, he rose immediately and in full regalia as celebrant,  chasuble and miter,  got on the bike  and drove it through the presbytery of his episcopal church. The Cathedral of Palermo is not only where lay the Stauferkaisers Henry VI. and Frederick II. and the Norman King, Roger II. It is above all one of the oldest Christian places of worship in Europe. The area of ​​the Cathedral was secret at the latest  in the second century gathering of Christians in underground tunnels. Here the martyrs of the persecution of Christians were buried. The Christians gathered at their graves. In the early fourth century, the construction of the first cathedral was carried out. Under Pope Gregory the Great, the second cathedral was built around 600. 

"Ultraprogessive slap"

Biking Archbishop

Msgr. Lorefice belongs to the so-called "compassionate" bishops appointed by Pope Francis. Observers speak of "progressive" appointments.

Born in 1962 in Sicily, he was ordained in 1987 a priest in the Diocese of Noto. On October 27, 2015, Pope Francis surprised with his appoinment as the new primate of Sicily. Last 5 December, the inauguration took place. Officially, church-related media cheered him as a "bishop of a Church of the poor and for the poor". Traditional media, however, spoke of an "ultra progressive slap for conservatives" in the Church.

Lorefice followed Cardinal Paolo Romeo, who made the ominous prediction in late 2011 that Pope Benedict XVI. would die within the year 2012. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, of Benedict XVI. taught thereat, in his exposition of the facts of an "assassination plot".

Pop music of Noemi and "School of Bologna"

Lorefice belongs to the progressive "school of Bologna", that historian school, looking at the Second Vatican Council as a "break" with the recent ecclesial tradition and as a "new beginning" in the modern age. Lorefice contributed to this school in a book about Gisueppe Dossetti and Cardinal Lercaro, who were both central figures of the progressive "Rhenish Alliance".

Dossetti was a left Catholic politician, who was consecrated a priest in 1959 consecrated by Cardinal Lercaro priest. Thanks to his political and parliamentary experience, he was the one who steered the Second Vatican Council for the "Rheinische Alliance" from the background. The lever which he used  was the Rules of Procedure. Until an incensed  Pope Paul VI. forced him to leave Rome.

Lorefice had become, before his appointment, less known because of a clerical draft, but especially because of his unusual sermons on the music of Noemi and other pop singers.

Messa in Latina wrote sarcastically about the Archbishop  biking in his church: "Ad perpetuam rei memoriam." The conspicuous drive into the presbyterate seems to proportionally match its desacralization.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palermo
Trans: Tancred
Link to Katholisches...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Dresden's Bishop Koch to be the New Archbishop of Berlin

The Berlin Cathedral Chapter have voted with the majority required for Koch as new archbishop of Berlin, says the Catholic News Agency (KNA) from well-informed circles - appointment by Pope Francis is still pending.

Berlin / Vatican City ( The Dresdner Bishop Heiner Koch (60) is to become the new Archbishop of Berlin. The Berlin Cathedral Chapter have voted with the majority required for Koch as new archbishop of Berlin,  well-informed sources told the Catholic News Agency (KNA). If the states of Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have no objection, Pope Francis may appoint Koch in the coming days or weeks as archbishop of Berlin.

The former Cologne Bishop Heiner Koch was Bishop of the diocese of Dresden-Meissen two years. The born Düsseldorfer has led  the German Bishops' Conference, the Commission for Marriage and the Family. He also is involved in the preparation of the family Synod in Rome for October. The Archdiocese of Berlin has been about eight months without archbishop. Last September, Cardinal Rainer Woelki had left the capital diocese after three years  at the head and is turning over the reins of the archbishopric of Cologne. 
  (C ) 2015 Catholic News Agency KNA GmbH. All rights reserved.Photo Bishop Koch (c) Diocese of Dresden / M.Kasiske
Trans: Tancred

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Pope Announces Cardinals at Angelus: Pope Francis Attempting to Appoint a Third World Conclave?

Edit: Pope Francis has just announced who his appointments will be at today's Angelus, surely on a day where news isn't common.  Neither the expected favorite, nor Arcbishop Chaput.  In fact, there are no appointments at all from the United States, only one from the Curia and some fairly obscure appointments from the "developing world".    In fact, there are only four voting cardinals from Europe, and all of them are from Latin countries.  

Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli has already submitted his resignation to the Holy See on October 15th of last year.

The really interesting one is the Archbishop of Addis Abada in Ethiopia.

+++Moraglia of Venice is out again as well.

They are, according to Vatican Radio:

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

Archbishiop Manuel José Macario do Nascimento Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon (Portugal) 
Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, C.M., of Addis Abeba [sic] (Ethiopia) 
Archbishop John Atcherley Dew of Wellington (New Zealand) 
Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli of Ancona-Osimo (Italy) 
Archbishop Pierre Nguyên Văn Nhon of Hà Nôi (Viêt Nam) 
Archbishop Alberto Suàrez Inda of Morelia (Mexico) 
Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, S.D.B., of Yangon (Myanmar) 
Archbishop Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok (Thailand) 
Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of Agrigento (Italy) 
Archbishop Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, S.D.B., of Montevideo (Uruguay) 
Archbishop Ricardo Blázquez Pérez of Vallodolid (Spain) 
Bishop José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán, O.A.R., of David (Panamá) 
Bishop Arlindo Gomes Furtado, of Santiago de Cabo Verde (Archipelago of Cape Verde) 
Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga (Island of Tonga)

“Additionally, I will join to the Members of the College of Cardinals five Archbishops and Bishops Emeriti who are distinguished for their pastoral charity in the service of the Holy See and of the Church. They represent so many Bishops who, with the same pastoral solicitude, have given witness of love for Christ and for the people of God in particular Churches, in the Rome Curia, and in the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See.
“They are: 
José de Jesús Pimiento Rodriguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Manizales
Archbishop Luigi De Magistris, Major Pro-Penitentiary Emeritus
Archbishop Karl-Joseph Rauber, Apostolic Nuncio
Luis Héctor Villaba, Archbishop Emeritus of Tucumán
Júlio Duarte Langa, Bishop Emeritus of Xai-Xai

Sunday, December 28, 2014

What Happened in the Conclave After the "Fourth" Ballot? Does Pope Francis Want a New Cardinal Majority?

John Paul II. Gives Jorge Mario Bergoglio the dignity of Cardinal
(Rome) The Italian journalist and Rector of the School of Journalism of Perugia, Antonio Socci, took the call of Pope Francis, "tear down all the walls" as an excuse, even to demand tearing down the "wall of silence" around the conclave. Socci is known to have doubted the validity of the election of Pope Francis. It's a daring hypothesis that has met with general rejection because of its insufficient foundation. Irrespective of this, however, Socci's questions  can not be passed over without further ado.
In his book "Non é Francesco" (He is not Francis) he gave a synopsis of the inconsistencies in the pontificate of  the reigning Pope that seems to strike a chord with many insecure Catholics. Two and a half months after its release, Soccis's book has been number one in Italy's Religion / Spirituality  area.
In the circle of his colleagues, they feel that since the publication of his book Socci has gone too far in his main thesis. Yet no one denies that he has mastered his craft as a journalist nor neglected  a flair for details. It is also not surprising that he sees in Austen Ivereighs book "The Great Reformer"  grist for his own mill. The more so, as Ivereigh, unlike Socci, is an avowed admirer of Francis.
Ivereigh, former Press Agent for Cardinal Murphy O'Connor, revealed the existence of a group of cardinals, which he called "Team Bergoglio". This group, which existed in its core of the cardinals Lehmann, Kasper, Danneels and O'Connor should have joined forces to raise a candidate of their choice to the papal throne. The candidate of their choice was the primate of Argentina, Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio. Back in 2005, after the obvious failure of the long-standing "Ante-Pope" Carlo Maria Martini, the voices of the progressive party had focused on another Jesuit, the Argentine Bergoglio, in the College of Cardinals. This conspiracy got cold feet in its duel against Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and retired.  For this reason,  said Ivereigh,  team Bergoglio, having a commitment from Bergoglio  before the conclave of 2013, would not back down this time. The "team"  then successfully organized the campaign to Ivereigh's delight.
The revelation caused such a stir that Cardinal O'Connor  published a correction and Vatican spokesman Lombardi at the request of four cardinals named issued a disclaimer.
And to this, Antonio Socci writes:

Mysterious delay

Antonio Socci
"(...) To date, there is no explanation of  the unusual delay  for Pope Bergoglio to appear on the loggia of St. Peter the before the people.
Between the white smoke and the first appearance, it took twice as much time as with Benedict XVI. Why? What happened? And what about the strange episode when Bergoglio entrusted Scalfari  to  report this together with the first papal interview on October 1, 2013?
Bergoglio explained, 'When I was elected Pope in the conclave, I asked before I accepted the option to retire for a few minutes in the room next to the balcony facing the square. My head was completely empty and a great fear had fallen upon me. So it passed and I calmed myself, I closed my eyes and every thought disappeared, and to refuse the office, which the liturgical procedure allows. I closed my eyes and felt no fear or emotionality any more. '
Then, said Bergoglio further, I jumped like a shot and went into the room where the Cardinals were waiting for me and the table on which lay the acceptance. I signed, and the Cardinal Chamberlain countersigned and then there was the Habemus Papam on the balcony.'
It would be interesting to understand why the white smoke was given at 19.06 clock, about an hour before the Habemus Papam, which was at 20.12 clock. The white smoke could certainly not have been given before Bergoglio accepting the election, since there is only with the signing of the declaration of acceptance a new pope and must take this assumption of free will, and therefore may not take place before  the anticipated white smoke ,
It would also be interesting to understand the whys and the wherefores of this election acceptance after Bergoglio had indeed not accepted according to his  Jesuit vow, not to accept.
The aforementioned Scalfari interview was in fact confirmed by Bergoglio himself, who had published it in an anthology of the Vatican publishing house a month ago. Why are these questions and circumstances  not resolved and put to rest?"

Many New Cardinals in a Short Time

As far as Antonio Socci, he suggests the lifting of secrecy for the Cardinals. This could, said the Italian journalist, answer all the questions raised in his book. He would then like to acknowledge the facts.
But until now  it has not been confirmed by any canon that the election held has been canonically correct. The sequence of the conclave will be described by Elisabetta Pique in the Pope's biography. The Argentine journalist and Pope-friend here   based it directly on her personal  recollections of  the Pope's words himself.  It's a procedure that had been confirmed by an unnamed  cardinal to the Corriere della Sera.
If the conclave had been concluded, like he, Socci, describes it in his book, then the election would be invalid and thus there would be no white-robed incumbent on the Chair of Peter and all official acts since then would be null and void.
"The problem is now that Pope Bergoglio has announced the creation of new cardinals for the upcoming February 15 and may add up to 19 cardinals to be created in February 2014. Why so many appointments in such a short time? To shift the relationships in the College of Cardinals? There is a certain restlessness in the ecclesiastical world, because it is suspected that today progressives in the Curia will push for a future conclave with an axis shifted toward a more modernist leftist.
Apart from the fact that the Pope is 78 years old, we are constantly hearing about a possible resignation. Before that happens, maybe someone wants a progressive revolution in the College of Cardinals. Thus, there can be no opposite pendulum swing  by a startled Cardinal majority.
The conclave of 2013 had by no means a "progressive" majority. Bergoglio was only chosen because cardinals served up all kinds of stories to get their votes. From the transitional pope, to a pope of  necessity,   a pope in the southern hemisphere, but always with the assurance that the Argentine would stand in   continuity with Benedict XVI. and John Paul II. It was not  a coincidence that Bergoglio was found again at the recent Synod of Bishops in the minority. The result is the work of personal conversion. Thus, if the College of Cardinals were turned upside down with a view to a future conclave?" Thus is the final question of Antonio Socci in his essay, on 21 December, and thus one day before the little friendly papal Christmas message to the Curia staff in the daily newspaper Libero had been published.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Nuestra America / Sussidiario
Link to Katholisches...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pope Francis Will Name New Cardinals in February 2015 --- Will Family Be a Theme?

For the Second Time in His Pontificate, Francis
Will Name New Cardinals
(Vatican) Pope Francis is going to convene a new Extraordinary Consistory of Cardinals for   the 14th-15th February 2015. As Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi SJ announced, it shall be convened because Pope Francis will appoint new cardinals.
Immediately before the extraordinary consistory the C9 Council of Cardinal Advisors will meet from 9th-11th in February, and from the 12th-13th of February  the Cardinal Consistory will confer on the reorganization of the Roman Curia. In the ordinary consistory in 2014 Cardinal Walter Kasper made his speech about the "New Mercy" which was the official start of the current intra-Church conflicts around Marriage and Sacrament.
Currently, there are 112 papal electors. . By the end of February next year their number will be reduced to 110. A few days later, the Egyptian Cardinal Antonios Naguib will reach 80 years of age. Francis could thus create at least eleven new cardinals  who have not yet reached the age of 80.

Will Consistory Discuss The Family Again?

The C9 Council of Cardinal Advisers will summarize the work on the reform of the Curia and submit their report directly following the ordinary consistory. According to Vatican spokesman Lombardi, it is also likely  that February will bringany decisions regarding the reform of the Curia. Pope Francis concluded this in an interview with the daily newspaper La Nacion for the whole of 2015. Whether the ordinary consistory will discuss again, and address the Annual Synod of Bishops in October 2015 on the family is not known
It will be the second Cardinal survey of this pontificate. On February 22, 2014, Pope Francis  will create19 new cardinals, 16 of which are potential electors. Among them is  Benedict XVI's  appointed CDF, Gerhard Müller, and Prefect of Clergy, Beniamino Stella and Synod Secretary Lorenzo Baldisseri, both of whom were appointed by Pope Francis.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi 
image: Infovaticana
Trans: Tancred

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Francis the Unmerciful: Cardinal Burke Dismissed and "Shoved Off"

(Rome) Since last September there have been rumors, now it has become reality. Pope Francis has removed the US Cardinal Raymond Burke  as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and appointed him Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Thus, the cardinal is removed from  Church leadership, to which he belonged as head of the Supreme Court.
The punitive action against the unpopular opponent by Pope Francis took place shortly before the start of Bishops' Synod about the family in the space following when Cardinal Burke emerged in the months previous  as one of the leaders of the defense of the Church's marriage and morality against the "opening" mottos of Cardinal Kasper (see Malta Exile? Final Papal Purge of Cardinal Burke? ). The threat did not intimidate the Cardinal a but. Rather, he was the most visible opponent of the new course supported by Pope Francis at the Synod of Bishops. With sharp words the Cardinal Burke also criticized outside the Synod Hall, the procedure of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, but also of the pope (see Cardinal Burke: Pope has "Done a lot of Damage" - Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura Confirmed Impending Dismissal as Pope: "Who am I, to judge? "- Burke:" We need to judge acts " ).

Vindictive Retaliation by Pope

Only a few weeks after the completion of the Synod of Bishops the "sending away" of the cardinal appears as revenge and retaliation by Pope Francis. So  the reigning pope seems to have acted in quite a hurry. On November 3, just 15 days after the end of the Synod, he approved a Rescriptum of the Cardinal Secretary of State, with the retirement provisions for bishops and cardinals eligible for papal nomination were tightened. It entered into force on 5 November, and the Rescriptum required all Cardinals over 75  (except  Cardinal Prefects of the Roman Curia) to immediately offer their resignations.
This also affected the previous patron of the Order of Malta, Cardinal Paolo Sardi. The resignation offered by  Cardinal Sardi  was immediately accepted by the Pope, thus clearing a space, to which Cardinal Burke could be deported in an "elegant" way to a management function in the Roman Curia with an honorary function.

Praise of Benedict XVI. Did Not Help

The demonstrative praise of Benedict XVI. from his self-imposed exile in a greeting message to the International Pilgrimage of Tradition  where the celebrant in St. Peter's Basilica in the Old Rite was Cardinal Burke on October 26, describing  "great cardinals," did not help.
The dismissal of one of the most prominent and recent cardinals of the Catholic Church is an affront for a significant part of the universal Church, which is intended by the papal retaliation that Cardinal Burke will be punished.
The measure has confirmed some Argentine voices, which described Jorge Mario Bergoglio since his election as  the head of the Church, as very resentful and would not to tolerate criticism of his person and opposition to his plans. They also confirmed that Pope Francis is the actual director behind the "new Mercy", which  was represented by Cardinal Kasper as a spokesman.
By deposing Burke from his post as head of a dicastry, he can no longer participate ex officio at the Synod of Bishops on the family in the coming year. Pope Francis has silenced the Cardinal with his "reshuffle" in the Synod.  It's a signal that the Argentine Church leader seems willing to make up for in 2015, that which has not been achieved at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 2014 and to push through his "new mercy". A "new Mercy", which can be very cruel.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: MiL
Trans: Tancred

Monday, August 25, 2014

„Doppelgänger“ of the Pope Will be New Archbishop of Madrid

(Madrid / Rome) Archbishop Carlos Sierra Osoro of Valencia will be the new Archbishop of Madrid. This is apparently confirmed by  Spanish government circles, according to Spanish media. An official appointment by Pope Francis has not yet been posted. Will Antonio Cañizares Llovera, who is Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship be appointed as the new Archbishop of Valencia?
Archbishop Osoro, was born in 1945, initially working in parish ministry, was then rector of the seminary of his native diocese of Santander and at the same time vicar general of the same. He was appointed in late 1996 by Pope John Paul II., Bishop of Orense, promoted to bishop of Oviedo in 2002 and 2009 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI.  to be Archbishop of Valencia.

"I'm Neither a Conservative Nor a Progressive"

For the Spanish media, Archbishop Osoro because of a certain similarity, is considered to be a "Doppelgänger" of Pope Francis. When asked whether he was a "conservative or progressive,"  the bishop replied: "Neither the one nor the other. It is certain that a man of the Church must be a man of dialogue. If it is progressive, it is to be faithful to the apostolic succession, like Benedict XVI. and before him John Paul II., to be a man of unity with the other bishops, to validly present  Catholic doctrine, and the Catechism, then I am progressive. "Catholic observers describe the archbishop as "sympathetic", "affable", "not partisan." He apparently has with that "all the properties that favor him for a career. A statement on his disposition and performance is thus did not connected," said José Francisco de la Cigoña.

Question of the Rite Must not be "Ideological"

As Archbishop of Valencia Msgr. Osoro has demonstrated particular attention to the poor. The promotion of priestly vocations has led to an increase in the numbers of seminarians. In the last academic year, there were 17 new entrants. Regarding  the traditional rite, the Archbishop of Valencia said: "The extraordinary form of the Roman Rite was the Apporbation of the Pope to the Ordinary form. There is no problem. Where there is a need, you only need to ask. But you can not consider the rite ideologically: Progressive and Conservative. It is important to recognize the doctrine of the Church, which is able to unite Christians of different sensitivity in the same Mass. "

Who Follows as Archbishop of Valencia

Since 2014, Archbishop Osoro has been  Vice President of the Spanish Bishops' Conference . The transfer to Madrid has predestined him in the next term of office for the presidency of the Bishops' Conference. Meanwhile, in Spain there is speculation as to whether Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship is to be appointed as the new Archbishop of Valencia. The speculation about the Spanish Cardinal has been engaged since the recent conclave because of the not very pronounced sensitivity of Pope Francis for the liturgy. It has encouraged them, because the Pope  Cardinal Canizaresas is the only prefect of a Roman Congregation who has not yet been confirmed in his office.  Cardinal Cañizares comes from the Province of Valencia.
The Church thinks over long periods, which is why decisions about appointments  can be corrected with difficulty to move in a certain direction." It took too long to replace the bad Montini-episcopate in Spain. The same would be required in Argentina to get rid of the Bergoglio-episcopate. "
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: antena3 (Screenshot)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pope Accepts Resignation of Cardinal Rouco Varela -- Who Will Be the New Archbishop of Madrid?

Cardinals Rouco Varela and Canizares:
Vacant Chair of Archbishop of Madrid
(Madrid) The Apostolic Nuncio to Spain, Archbishop Renzo Fratini has informed the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, that Pope Francis has accepted his resignation offer.
Thus, the most important episcopal throne of Spain is vacant and waiting for a replacement. Cardinal Cañizares Llovera  Antonio, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has been called for several times in the previous year.  He is the only head of a Roman Congregation, who has not yet been confirmed or replaced by Pope Francis in his office. A non-confirmation, which increasingly appears, of course,  in the context of a "deportation" back to Spain to a senior bishop's throne.
Cardinal Cañizares was appointed in 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.. For six years, he was in charge of Sacred Liturgy in the Congregation for Divine Worship. Previously, he was the Cardinal Archbishop of Toledo and vice chairman of the Spanish Bishops' Conference.
Cardinal Rouco Varela was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Archbishop of Madrid in 1994. From 1999-2005 and since 2008 he has been the chairman of the Spanish Bishops' Conference. In 2011 he hosted the World Youth Day in Madrid, in which two million young people joined Pope Benedict XVI. in  Eucharistic Adoration. In 2014 the Archbishop of Madrid was attacked by the unsavory political mercenary group FEMEN, which then wanted to demonstrate for the "right" to kill unborn children.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Wikicommons
Trans; Tancred

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cardinal Woelki is New Archbishop of Cologne -- “ A Bad Decision"

(Cologne) Pope Francis has appointed a new Archbishop for Cologne, which is, next to Milan, one of the most important and influential diocese of the world, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. Woelki has been, since 2011, Archbishop of Berlin. Previously, he was from the Auxiliary Bishop of Cologne from 2003.  A decision about Cologne has been eagerly awaited In Germany, but also in interested and informed parts of the world Church. The Spanish Church and Catholic historian Francisco de la Cigoña is unenthusiastic.
"A bad decision in Germany. Now the important see, vacant since the acceptation of the resignation of Archbishop Joachim Cardinal Meisner of Cologne Archdiocese.  Pope Francis has appointed the Archbishop of Berlin, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki  for the See of Cologne.  He is 57 years old and suspicious in doctrine. He is the fifth youngest cardinal of the Church and now holds  a archdiocese outside of  Catholic tradition like Berlin, where Catholics represent a small minority. He changes from 400,000 Catholics, or about ten percent of the residents of the German capital, to two million Catholics, or 40 percent of the inhabitants of Cologne. This is not an appointment that makes the bells ring. It is rather worrying. "

Woelki Disappointed in Berlin by Colorless and Getting By

De la Cigoñas comments relate to the fact that great hopes were placed in the pupil of Cardinal Meisner, as archbishop of Berlin and cardinal. But Woelki disappointed and proved to be a quite colorless, quickly adaptive to the mainstream  prince of the Church.  Woelki doesn’t even come close to the stature of Meisner.  In the spring of 2012, less than a year after being appointed Archbishop of Berlin and shortly after his appointment as Cardinal, the Cologne Cardinal noticed an unpleasant  "openness” towards aberrosexuals in  Catholic  Mannheim. Subsequent "corrections" that were not real, were not able to correct the confusion. Will the Cardinal present an edgier Catholic profile as  the successor  in Cologne of Cardinal Meisner?
Cardinal Woelki was born in 1956 in Cologne. His parents were expelled at the end of the war from Ermland, the Catholic part of East Prussia. He was ordained a priest in 1985 for the Archdiocese of Cologne, where Woelki worked in parish ministry as a military chaplain and as Church President of the Kolping Society. In 1990 he became secretary to Cardinal Meisner. From 1997 to 2003 he served as director of the Woelki Theological Collegium Albertinum in Bonn and completed his doctoral studies. In 2000 he received his doctorate at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross of Opus Dei in Rome.  In 2003 he received  episcopal consecration as titular bishop of Scampa (today the city of Elbasan in Albania), Pope John Paul II then had appointed him on the proposal and request of Cardinal Meisner, to be auxiliary bishop of Cologne. The Cardinal is a member of the Roman Congregation for Catholic Education and a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Pope Francis appointed him last April, also as member of the Congregation for the Clergy.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: De la Cigoña
Trans: Tancred

Monday, November 4, 2013

Archbishop Alois Kothgasser to Retire at 75

(Salzburg / Rome)Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop of Salzburg Alois Kothgasser. The Primas Germaniae had completed his 75th year in July 2012. On this occasion he offered his resignation according to the provisions of canon law. Pope Benedict XVI. did not accept it because he left typically left resident archbishops for two years in office. The new Pope has now accepted the request. Last year, Archbishop Kothgasser was urged to leave from office. The question of succession is of great importance for Austria. Salzburg is one of two Austrian church provinces. Archdiocese of Salzburg subjects the bishoprics of Innsbruck, Feldkirch, Gurk-Klagenfurt and Graz-Seckau. The age of the archbishop's seat also is also a significant feature in the appointment of the successor. Conversely, as in the younger dioceses, it is the Holy See, where three candidates are proposed submitted by the cathedral chapter. For this there are the twelve canons who choose the new archbishop, who - although not cardinals - may carry the purple Legatus natus. And he must then as Primas Germaniae wear his rank everywhere as opposed to the other "born legates", not just within his diocese. Refer to the replacement of the Archdiocese of Salzburg's report Who will be the new Archbishop of Salzburg? Austria and the "white" heresy. [In German, but forthcoming.] Link to Katholisches...

Edit: the rank of "born legate" belongs to some of the major sees like Prague and Salzburg, which confer the rank by virtue of the Diocese.

Friday, October 11, 2013

New Auxiliary for the Embattled Archdiocese of St. Paul


Edit: the new Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul, Minnesota will be young, and even on the conservative side, he will certainly not be hostile to tradition, if not openly friendly and encouraging Sources say that the new Auxiliary Bishop will be Father Andrew Cozzens.  He's a very nice man and not to be confused with the heterodox apostle of the CTA, Father Donald Cozzens.

Bishop Cozzens was given the task of explaining Indulgences to the Catholics of the Archdiocese.

Photograph stolen from the "Catholic" Spirit.

These things are important because it is felt here that the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul are a test market for the direction of the American Church.  It was, incidentally, one of the first places in the world that had the Protestant innovation of Mass said the wrong way at the Parish of St. Helena in Minneapolis back in the 30s.  It is also not far from St. Paul that one of the most pernicious institutions in the Church still hosts a collection of Liturgical tinkerers in "Benedictine" Collegeville.

The CTA types will definitely complain about this appointment.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pope Benedict Names Traditional Bishop to Troubled Portland Diocese

Edit:  a correspondent sends us this citation from Archbishop Sample:

"What sparked my interest in it was Pope Benedict’s 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum [granting greater freedom to priests to celebrate the older form of the liturgy]. I thought, “I’m a bishop of the Catholic Church, and it’s my responsibility to know how to celebrate Mass according to both the new and old rites.” I’ve learned the Tridentine liturgy, and have since celebrated three Pontifical High Masses and Masses for the Fraternity of St. Peter and the Institute of Christ the King (in Florence, Italy)."

There's also another take covering the problematic OCP on Chant Cafe.

(Vatican/Washington)  Pope Benedict XVI named the Bishop of Marquette in Michigan, Msgr Alexander Sample, to be the new Archbishop of Portland, Oregon.  The 52 year old Msgr. Sample is then the youngest Archbishop in the USA, and was also at 45, the youngest Bishop in North America.

The new Archbishop was ordained as a priest in 1990.  He subsequently earned his doctorate in Canon Law in Rome.  He was on the marriage tribunal of his home diocese of Marquette and active as spiritual assistant of the Knights of Columbus.  In January 2006 Pope Benedict named him as the Bishop of his home diocese.

Archbishop Sample is a member of the new  Bishops Congregation in the USA, who speaks with a clear and powerful voice in the teaching of the Faith.  He gave seminarians in the Seminary of the Society of St. Peter in Nebraska, the diaconal ordination and on July 3rd, 2012 in Florence even ordained Italian seminarians in Florence also of the traditional Institute of Christ the King and Sovereign Priest for the subdiaconate and diaconate.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

6 January: George Ganswein Will Be Personally Consecrated a Bishop by the Pope

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.

Pope Benedict XVI. will have a full program over the days of Christmas: From the Christmas Mass over "Urbi et orbi" to Episcopal consecration and baptism.

Vatican City ( 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.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Appointment to Replace ++Muller of Regesburg

Edit: and so ends the speculation that the Pope's Secretary, Msgr Ganswein would be getting a See.

Passau/Regensburg (  Rudolf Voderholzer (53), should be named as new Bishop of Regensburg says a report on Thursday. "Passauer Neuer Presse" reported on Wednesday under a statment from "very well informed Church circles".   The Diocese hosted a press conference at 12 o'clock for an extraordinary press conference with Diocesan Administrator Wilhelm Gegenfurtner.

Voderholzer is a student of Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller,  who has directed the Diocese of Regensburg since the beginning of July and was called as Prefect of the Roman Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith.  The Munich born man's primary occupation is as a theology professor at the University of Trier.  Otherwise he's been given an assignment by ++Muller to lead the Regensburg Institute of Pope Benedict XVI., which is republishing he work of [Pope] Joseph Ratzinger.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Archbishop Luigi Negri, Appointed by Pope as Tradition Friendly of Ferrara

(Vatican)  Msgr Luigi Negri (71) is one of the most striking Italian Bishops was named by Pope Benedict XVI as the new Archbishop of Ferrara.  The Pope is very close to the Bishop.  His profession as Bishop of San Marino and Montefeltro was one of the last official acts of Pope John Paul II.   A much greater connection to the combative Bishop is shown by Pope Benedict XVI.  In the last year the head of the Church visited the small Diocese, which also includes the resting place of Saint Marino, in a pastoral visit. A particular sign  of approval is Msgr. Negri's holds a disposition of an unabbreviated message and the necessity of a confident Church.  For this reason Pope Benedict appointed him, about which the Italian Bishops' Conference did nothing, because of this personally in the Bishops'  Synod in October in Rome.   Then followed his elevation to Archbishop.

Hertofore Bishop of San Marino, now Archbishop of Ferrara.

Archbishop Negri was born in 1941 in Milan.  There he visited the  Gymnasium for the Humanities,  where he met Don Luigi Giussiani and entered this student movement.  From 1965 to 1967 he was the first president in the Archdiocese of Milan. Msgr Negri graduated from the Catholic University of Milan and was then the assistant of the renowned neo-Thomist Professor Gustavo Bontadini in the Seminary and was ordained in June of 1972 by the former  Archbishop of Milan, Gioanni Cardinal Colombo.

Neo-Thomist, Student of Catholic Social Teacher, Promoter of the Old Rite

In the society of Communion and Liberation of Don Giussiani Msgr. Negri was responsible above all for the area of school and formation.  His special point of attention lay in what was then the Catholic Social Teaching.  At the Catholic University of Milan he taught History, Philosophy and Introduction to Theology.  He is the author of numerous specialist works above all about the magisterium of Pope John Paul II.  Since 2010 he has been a collaborator of the Catholic internet publication La Bussola Quotidiana (The Daily Compass) and president of the Fondazione International Gioanni Paolo II per il Magistero Sociale della Chiesa (International Foundation of John Paul II for the Social Teaching of the Church), whose honorery committee includes Professor Nikolaos Lokowicz and Paul Josef Cardinal Cordes from the German speaking areas, and till his death, the [Emperor] Otto Habsburg.  The scientific committee includes  numerous others like Bologna's Archbishop Carlo Cardinal Cafarra, the Secretary of the Pope, Msgr George Ganswein, Karl Habsburg, Professor Waldsstein, malcom Cardinal Ranjith and the biographer of John Paul II., George Weigel.

Prominent, Militant Representative of the Catholic Subject

The Episcopal consecration received by Msgr. Negri by Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi, the former Archbishop of Milan.  He follows now for a second time his predecessor Msgr. Rabitti, who was Bishop of San Marino from 1995 to 2004 and then became Archbishop of Ferrara in 2012.
The chief shepherd of Ferrara bears the title of Archbishop, the Diocese is yet a small metropolitan district, and thus has no suffragren.  This particularity goes back to the time of the Church State.  Ferrara belonged in late antiquity to the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna and was added to the Kingdom of the Lombards in 774.  From 1589 to 1859 it answered directly to the Papal Legation of the Church State.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Old Liberal Bishop Trautman of Erie Resigns!

Edit: We found out about this from the German Traditionalist site,, who picked up on the nickname of the Bishop, "Trautsperson", which he earned for being an advocate of inclusive language.

Does anyone know anything about Bishop Lawrence Brandt?  Most people are aware of the inclusive language, enemy of Traditionalism in one of the most desolate Diocese in the Western world.
Pope Benedict XVI has picked a canon lawyer in the Greensburg diocese to succeed retiring Erie Bishop Donald Trautman. 
Monsignor Lawrence Persico is the vicar general, meaning he's second only to Greensburg Bishop Lawrence Brandt in heading the four-county diocese east of Pittsburgh.
Trautman, who is now 76, sent his mandatory letter of resignation when he turned 75 last year but has continued to lead about 220,000 Roman Catholics in the 13-county Erie diocese in northwestern Pennsylvania. 
Persico, who is 61, was ordained in 1977 and has served as a canon lawyer under Brandt and two previous Greensburg bishops, William Connare and Anthony Bosco.
Pope Benedict elevated Persico to monsignor two years ago and he's been vice president of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference since 2006. 
It was not immediately clear when Persico will be installed as Trautman's successor.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cardinal Burke is in Line for Big Job?

Cardinal Burke as Crown Prince?

 Vatican:[] Pope Benedict XVI may put the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Raymond Cardinal Burke (63) into a position of responsibility. According to reports from Roman circles, the Cardinal is in consideration to be the next Prefect of the Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith, or the new Cardinal Secretary. Photo...Institute of Christ the King.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

German Archbishop Says Interest in Old Mass Very Small

Archbishop Zollitsch Underrates the Old Mass

Germany. With the Motu Prorio 'Summorum Pontificum' the Pope wants to show that he is doing "everything possible in order to avoid a definite schism." The Old Liberal Bishop Archbishop Robert Zollitsch said this in an interview with the newspaper 'Welt'. He fears that the reconciliation aims "God have mercy" will not be reached: "Point is that the interest in the Old Mass is much, much smaller in the Church than it looks like from the discussion."

  New Mainz Auxiliary Bishoop?

Germany. The Mainz Cathedral Rector Hans-Jurgen Eberhardt might shortly become the successor of the deceased Auxiliary Bishop Werner Guballa oof Mainz. Prelate Eberhardt is considered to be an Old Liberal protege of Cardinal Karl Lehmann.

A form of lifestyle?

Germany. Homosexual soldiers "should stand by their convictions as much as possible". That's what neo-conservative Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen recently told a soldiers' pilgrimage to Lourdes. One must be careful "not to be formed by public opinion" -- he cryptically explained. This is valid not only for "this form of lifeestyle, but for others as well."

The secret at issue is this: that one sacrifices the world with God's sacrifice, that the betrayal of the religion must entail also the betrayal of the culture after it. Western culture will live just as long as Western religion. 

 From the book "The Angel's Wreath" in the year 1946 by the famous author Gertrud von Le Fort (+1971)


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Traditional Bishop Appointed to Lourdes

Edit:  What's going on? Wondering why all the stuff about Lourdes today around and about. Today is the Commemoration of when Our Lady first appeared to the children. Here's the translation from Messa in Latino, it wasn't hard.  Feel free to suggest your own:
[MIL, Italia/Francia] On the day when the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Bernadette, the Holy Father Benedict XVI has appointed the new bishop of Lourdes : it is His Excellency Monsignor Nicolas Brouwet , the youngest bishop in France, now Auxiliary Bishop of Nanterre. 
 Born in 1962 has participated, both as a priest and bishop, several pilgrimages of Pentecost of Notre-Dame de Chrétienté, from Paris to Chartres, again last Christmas he celebrated Mass in the  ancient Roman rite . His appointment to Lourdes, a Diocese which is international and highly visible, represents a significant turn for the Church of France, which significantly strengthens the bishops who want to operate in the way impressed by Pope Benedict XVI since the beginning of his pontificate.
 Aware that the restoration is proceeding in the best ways, we express to Your Excellency our warmest wishes for a fruitful ministry!

Ad multos annos! 

AC at Messa in Latino

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rome Announces Massive Appointment for Venice Patriarchate

Edit: of course you probably would have heard it here, first.
VATICAN CITY, 31 JAN 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Bishop Francesco Moraglia of La Spezia-Sarzana-Brugnato, Italy, as patriarch of Venice (area 871, population 375,790, Catholics 372,032, priests 394, permanent deacons 29, religious 755), Italy.

 - Appointed Bishop Filippo Iannone O. Carm. of Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo, Italy, as vice gerent of the diocese of Rome (area 881, population 2,816,706, Catholics 2,473,000, priests 4,922, permanent deacons 116, religious 27,375), conferring upon him the dignity of archbishop.

 - Appointed Msgr. Matteo Maria Zuppi of the clergy of the diocese of Rome, pastor of the parish of "Santi Simone e Giuda in Torre Angela", and Msgr. Lorenzo Leuzzi of the clergy of the diocese of Rome, director of the vicariate of Rome's office for pastoral care in universities, rector of the church of "San Gregorio Nazianzeno in Montecitorio" and chaplain of the Italian parliament, as auxiliaries of Rome. Bishop-elect Zuppi was born in Rome in 1955 and ordained a priest in 1981. He has served in various pastoral offices within the diocese of Rome Bishop-elect Leuzzi was born in Traini, Italy in 1955 and ordained a priest in 1984. Before becoming a priest he qualified as a medical doctor. He has worked in pastoral care in his native region of Puglia and in Rome, and is author of a number of books.