Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Monday, April 30, 2018
"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."
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Trans: Tancred firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, August 18, 2016
The President of the German Bishops' Conference is being criticized in a suspected case of sexual abuse of a minor ten years previously by a priest in the diocese of Trier.
Trier (kath.net/KNA) The President of the German Bishops' Conference, Reinhold Cardinal Marx is being criticized in a suspected case of sexual abuse of a minor ten years previously by a priest in the diocese of Trier.
As reported by Saarland Broadcasting, Marx knew as the then Bishop of Trier in 2006 of the legal proceedings against the clergyman. While the accused had partially confessed to the abuse of a young person, the charges had reached the statute of limitations and the authorities discontinued the investigation. The diocese of Trier had thoroughly questioned the pastor, after the latter had denied the allegations. The files of the judiciary were not requested.
As a spokesman for the prosecutor of Saarbrücken confirmed on Wednesday for the Catholic News Agency (KNA). the diocese was informed in 2006 about the termination of the criminal proceedings. However, that was probably done informally - without giving any reasons, such that the adjustment was made due to the statute of limitation.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising confirmed on the same day that Marx took part in a meeting of the Staff Council of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trier in 2006, in which a message of the prosecution was that the case was being handled by discontinuing the investigation. The procedure was followed "according to the then applicable guidelines of the German Bishops' Conference" from the year of 2002. "Today, such a case would have been handled otherwise, it would have initiated its own investigations," said the spokesman. "The German bishops have experienced consequences from the bitter experiences and corresponding decided upon new guidelines that apply to all dioceses."
The Church's handling of the prosecution in cases of abuse have been clarified in the guidelines of the German Bishops' Conference in 2010 and then again in 2013. As amended in 2010, it states that a preliminary canonical investigation would be conducted regardless of method of secular justice. But they served only as much given the results of state prosecution.
In 2013 was the first handling of unsolved cases was to be regulated by state counsel. So it says in paragraph 39: If a statute of limitations period has occurred, "but factual indications exist which justify the admission of sexual abuse of minors or adult wards, the competent ecclesiastical authorities should take pains to clarify it within their own means."
As the diocese of Trier announced in May, an investigation of the public prosecutor took place in 2006, 2013 and 2016,against the now 64-year-old priest. The respective investigations have in the meantime been discontinued. The records of 2006 had only been received by the diocese in the spring of 2016. Those documents offer a reasonable initial suspicion for acts involving a then underage person which indeed is barred under state, but not by canon law. The Vatican has tightened the statute of limitations for such crimes in recent years several times.
On this basis, the current Bishop of Trier, Stephan Ackermann, initiated an ecclesiastical preliminary investigation against the priest, according to the diocese. The priest, who was around 30 years in a parish in Saarland, has been prohibited since, from worshiping openly and maintaining contact with children and adolescents. The clergyman had since undertaken multiple vacation trips with young people, according to the diocese.
Trans: Tancred email@example.com
Link to Kathnet...
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Edit: these are satirical levels of cluelessness. Maybe Germans don't care about gender politics and the decadent and failing tax church?
Former President of the German Bishops' Conference states that there are mostly empty halls despite prominent politicians: "This will have to be carefully examined."
Leipzig (kath.net/KNA) Concerned about some half-empty halls despite the presence of prominent politicians has drawn comment from the Catholic Cardinal Karl Lehmann. "This will have to be carefully examined," said the former President of the German Bishops' Conference on Friday evening in Leipzig. With appearances by such as the Federal Minister Thomas de Maiziere (CDU) and Andrea Nahles (SPD) many places stayed empty.
Lehmann named as potential causes not only "the usual disenchantment", but also "a bit far hopelessness". Some people choose to withdraw from current issues. But he can see a danger in that their interest be declining permanently.
Link to Kath.net...
Trans: Tancred firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, June 1, 2015
Edit: here we go again. There should be something in the bible about threatening lawsuits like this, no? Certainly something in the canon law must forbid priests from suing in civil court because they've got hurt feelings when they receive legitimate criticism from a layman? A heretical and litigious Old Liberal priest has threatened to sue. A reader sent us this story from Restore DC Catholicism, who writes:
A British blogger, who writes the http://faithinourfamilies.com/ blog, is being sued by the associate priest in her parish. Father Dan Fitzpatrick of the Durham Martyrs Church insists on referring to the Holy Spirit as female and the blogger rightly rebuked him. See Father's twitter page and you'll see this (before it's taken down).
Monday, May 11, 2015
Great Support for the Appeal to Pope Francis -- Little Resonance for the Synod Questionnaire of the German Bishops
"Unwholesome Winds of anti-Christian Lobbies"
Even in Germany, There is Little Response to the Questionnaire of the Synod of Bishops
Friday, April 24, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
"The term 'New Evangelization' gives me problems"
Synod: "Will Decide the Future Prospects of the Church in the Field of Marriage, and Family"
"Doctrine of the Church must Develop"
Saturday, May 11, 2013
[La Times] The next day, a church spokesman said Mahony was "reducing his public profile" voluntarily. The cardinal had taken it upon himself to cancel appearances, including confirmations, the spokesman said.
But at the very same hour, Mahony was mounting a high-profile defense. In an extraordinary open letter to Gomez posted on his blog, the cardinal struck an aggrieved tone. "Not once over these past years did you ever raise any questions about our policies, practices, or procedures" for abuse cases, he wrote.
Gomez subsequently released a statement he said was designed to clear up "confusion" in the media: "Cardinal Mahony has all the prerogatives and privileges of his standing as a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church." [Why?]
Link to LA Times...
Here's an article by Charles Coulombe, a longtime foe of Cardinal Mahony in an piece entitled Cardinal Unbound.
[New Oxford Review] All the world, Catholic and otherwise, was agog at the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI and is keen to find out where Pope Francis is going to lead us. His record as a Jesuit and Archbishop of Buenos Aires is being scoured, his every action carefully examined for clues. No doubt the forthcoming months and years will reveal all. But against the background music of that cosmic orchestra is heard the codetta of a tinny kazoo: the implicit criticisms of Benedict XVI made on Twitter by Roger Cardinal Mahony, Dowager Archbishop of Los Angeles. Here is a sampling from the cardinalatial bouquet:
“So long, Papal ermine and fancy lace! Welcome, simple cassock, and hopefully, ordinary black shoes! St. Francis must be overjoyed!”
“Mass with Pope Francis: moving from HIGH Church to LOW and humble Church! What a blessing that we are encountering Jesus without trappings!”
Link to NOR....
He didn't have the grace to stay home from the Conclave, despite calls to do some from senior Church officials, so he's unlikely to shut up now. For many, including Robert Keiser, the Cardinal is a possible sign for discontinuity, revolutionary change and adopting the sins of the modern age.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Taxation of Disposession
In a discussion with the Berlin “Tagespiegel” on Easter Sunday 2013, Cardinal Woelki endorsed a stronger taxation of estates, explicitly the increase of inheritance taxes for a more equitable distribution between rich and poor.
Number of Hartz-IV Receivers Remains Constant
In the same breath the Berlin Cardinal wants to increase the length of unemployment benefits. The number of unemployed has dropped, yet the number of Hartz-IV receivers has not sunk.
A connection with (unwilling) willingness to work in parts of the Hartz-IV recipients is not something Cardinal Woelki sees. Cardinal Woelki also doesn’t betray us, since he wishes to reduce the number of Hartz-IV recipients. Mandatory resocialization courses for Berlin-Kreuzberg dwellers?
Cheap Apartments in Kurfurstendamm?
Even the homelessness is very closely connected. In Berlin there are 350,000 residences at moderate addresses. 373,000 Hartz-IV households and a further 500,000 low income households compete for these.
Cardinal Woelki sees a great danger that “many in the center will be pushed to the margins of the city, as is also the case with other large European cities”.
In a (system Cardinal Woelki describes as a “good system”) free market economy, the centrally located real estate is even more highly valued than would be encountered in the (industrial and trade ) peripheral areas. As if that weren’t enough, the rents and sales prices are higher.
Nazi-Church Tax is a “protected system"
The Church-tax which was directed to the dispossession of the Church is defended by Cardinal Woelki: “It is a protected system, through which the church members make contributions for the maintenance of ecclesiastical commitment. Through that they also do something for the common good.”
Cardinal Woelki: Women as Cardinals
As regards the false content of the commentary of the “Tagespiegels” (Claudia Keller and Rainer Woratschka): “In canon law it may even be possible, to name women as Cardinals” to which the Cardinal answered “somewhat” surprisingly: “You are right.”
And also: “Even at the level of the Universal Church women must be more significantly connected to responsible positions. The Pope needs good advice and one should be well consider, how the advisory boards in the Vatican should be occupied. We were very pressed just days before the conclave, to get to know each other for the first time.”
The erroneousness of the Cardinal, who “isn’t one of the narrow minded"
If Cardinal Woelki had now explored the theological and canonical foundations for his positive answer to “Cardinaltrixes”, we would have been grateful.
Already on Katholikentag in Mannheim the Cardinal dumbfounded with a private theory on homo-depravity: “I consider it as conceivable, that there, where people are acting responsibly for one another, where they live in a stable homosexual relationship, that it can be regarded in a same manner as heterosexual partnerships.”
The Catholic internet site has dubbed Cardinal Woelki for that reason with the honorary title of “Homo-Kardinal”. (previously even borrowed from Cardinal Schonborn)
For the adoption of a “distinction”, the gay homo-lobby decisive but really not courageous enough: “For such implicitness he can’t distinguish himself."
2012 no Priestly Ordinations in Berlin
Thus he was named as the Archbishop of Berlin and had been created by Benedict XVI. as a Cardinal with a productive mission: the growth of priestly vocations. In the year 2012 there hasn’t been a single priestly ordination.
Link to kreuz.net….
Saturday, March 16, 2013
There is not much of an outcry for the fifth estate to put this man away either.
Of course, who does CNN go to to get expert clarification? National Catholic Reporter. H/t: Alison
Friday, September 21, 2012
Germany. The priest who stumbled into a homosexual scandal, the Ex-subregent of St. Polten in Austria, Father Wolfgang Rothe, is going to be a Parish Vicar in Munich. The Old Liberal Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising has signed the decree of appointment on July 9th. Father Rothe will assume the position in September. He is the Parish Vicar in a Munich Parish organization "Transfituration of Christ -- St. Micheal". He was last active as a chaplain in a convalescent home.
It's been an interesting summer for reassignments and such. Bishop Finn of Kansas City was recently tried and found guilty for the misdemeanor offense of "failing to report child abuse". This was widely hailed by many as a symbol of the clergy's protected status and the continuing corruption in the Church. There were a few bloggers even on the traditional side who uncritically accepted the New York Times, professional victim side of all this.
It will be interesting indeed to see if it makes any difference to them that this wasn't just a case of homosexual seminarians and their professors (sad that many don't find that shocking enough to end a priest's career) having a frolic, but as Micheal Rose reported when it happened, these seminarians and priests had more than 40,000 pornographic images including ones that featured the sexual abuse of children. It is an indisputable fact that not only did the seminary rector Father Kueschel and the ex-subregent, Father Rothe know about the photos of children being abused sexually, but they even used them for their own gratification while abusing their own seminarians. Here's an excerpt from Micheal Rose:
The photos showed seminarians and priests from Austria’s Sankt Poelten seminary fondling and kissing one another and engaging in sex games. Profil also reported that some 40,000 pornographic images and films were downloaded to the seminary’s computers, including photographs depicting acts of pedophilia and bestiality.
Consequently, German-language media outlets have been saturated this week with reports of the Austrian seminary scandal chock o’block full of lurid details in what has become the Catholic Church’s Abu Ghraib. Headlines such as "Seminary orgy rocks Church in Austria" (Irish Examiner), "Church probes perverse pictures" (Toronto Star), and "Porn case could torpedo bishop" (The Guardian), made news from Britain to Australia to America.
The scandal immediately prompted the resignation of two seminary officials, an internal investigation by the Austrian bishops conference, and calls for a criminal investigation since the scandal involves a large cache of child pornography—illegal in Austria as in most other countries.
Monday, July 2, 2012
From the clear blue sky: no one knew what he brought to the dignity of his office. But apparently money was involved.
|Cathedral of Tyrnau|
(kreuz.net) Pope Benedict XVI has dismissed Archbishop Robert Bezak (52) from Tyrnau in Slovakia.
The Archbishop was appointed in February 2009 to his office.
The 66,000 population city of Tyrnau lays in western Slovakia -- north east of the capital of Bratislava.
The Vatican demanded that Msgr Bezak vacate his office and leave the Archdiocese.
Announcement at Sunday Mass
Officially, there is no reason for the dismissal of the Archbishop.
Yesterday, Msgr Bezak read a letter in the Cathedral of Tyrnau, in which he announced the Vatican's dismissal.
He also had received a letter from the Nuncio in Slovakia, Archbishop Mario Giordana. In that the Nuncio demanded his resignation.
Many Questionable Signs
Msgr Bezak claimed to the faithful not to know why he was being dismissed.
The Vatican had asked him not to talk to the media bosses.
The letter from the Vatican speaks of "serious complaints".
A speaker from the Slovakian Bishops Conference refused to give a statement.
Darling of the Media
Msgr Bezak suspected that a reason for his dismissal was his criticism of his predecessor, Archbishop Jan Sokol (78).
Msgr Sokol was, because of his courageous defense of Catholic behavior, very much hated by the media bosses.
The naming of Msgr Bezak was greeted, on the other hand, by the media bosses with jubilation.
Earlier Complaints Against His Predecessor
Msgr Bezak entered the Redemptorists in 1979.
He was ordained a priest in 1984.
Pope Benedict XVI named him as Archbishop of Tyrnau on the 18th of February 2009.
At the beginning of March the newly appointed Bishop had criticized the previous management of the Archdiocese for financial irregularities to the Vatican.
Msgr. Sokol and his Financial Director challenged the charge.
The Resistance Formed
In February of 2012 the Vatican ordered a visitation.
The object of the investigation was the "management of ecclesiastical goods" as well as "personnel matters".
The evidence was not then published.
The administrator of the Archdiocese is the present General Vicar, Auxiliary Bishop Jan Oorosch.
This evening, supporters of the Archbishop are going to stage a protest march in the city center of Tyrnau.
Link to kreuz....
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Above: Auxiliary Bishop Richard Pates of the Archdiocese of St Paul/Minneapolis and Rev. James Pennington of Spirit of the Lakes United Church of Christ – Monday, May 14, 2007 standing together behind infamous Rainbow Flag.Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, former Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis, seeks to limit “creeping incursion” of sports into church activities
prohibit any Catholic school from holding activities not related to religious services or religious education on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.
May 28, 2012 By Dar Danielson
The state’s largest Catholic Diocese is implementing a policy to create a separation between church and sports. Bishop Richard Pates of the Des Moines Diocese has approved a policy at the request of the priest council that would prohibit any Catholic school from holding activities not related to religious services or religious education on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.
“Our priests especially are experiencing the fact that it’s kind of a creeping incursion Wednesday evenings and also Sunday mornings, particularly in terms of their participation related to youth leagues related to sports, etcetera, soccer and that sort of thing,” Pates says.
The Bishop says a young person confronted with the possibility of playing sports or going to church, they would naturally want to play sports, and the puts pressure on the parents that want them to go to church. The other Catholic Dioceses have varying policies that seek to accomplish the same end.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
|Old Mass by the SSPX|
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
|Kardinal Christoph Graf von Schönborn von Wien|
The problem with the Austrian Church isn't even the preoccupation of the Old Liberals with sexual issues, rather its weak faith, faltering piety and the lack of interest on the part of Bishops and priests in religion. -kreuz.net
(kreuz.net, Vatikan) At present the Austrian Bishops are advising with the Vatican Dicastries over the -- media inflated -- Old Liberal One Man Show 'Pastor Initiative'.
The regional news 'Salzburger Nachrichten' is talking about a secret meeting.
The members of the Austrian delegation in Rome is Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Archbishop Alois Kothgasser of Salzburg, Bishop Klaus Küng of Saint Pölten and Bishop Egon Kapellari of Graz-Seckau.
This morning they attended a pointless general audience with Pope Benedict XVI.
Otherwise they met with various Roman Dicastries.
There they can brown nose with the various Roman Dicastries, in order to provide cover for their Old Liberal schism-society.
It is being presented as an "exchange of information of the Austrian Bishops in the Vatican" -- reported the Austrian Church's, news organ, 'kathpress'.
The Old Liberal press speaker for the Archdiocese of Vienna and father of eight, Micheal Prüller confirmed the Rome trip for them:
"The Bishops have used the opportunity on the beginning of a session of various Vatican authorities, to be informed by representatives first hand."
This exchange will enable the Bishops, "to communicate a different picture of the Church in Austria."
Sunday, November 13, 2011
|Edit: if you favor various forms of modern art like abstract expressionism, you are certainly disordered and perverse. Those who favor such forms of art prefer the esteem of the world to objectivity, and those who are relativists in aesthetics will be relativists in ethics as well.|
Is it any wonder that the Church in the world is in so much trouble with such Shepherds as the Archbishop of Paris?
| About 1,000 Catholics participated in a demonstration in Rennes against one of them criticized as blasphemous play.|
Thursday, October 6, 2011
|The Best Sushi in Northern Germany|
Saturday, August 27, 2011
That is the reality: Catholic Bishops sit on their thrones and can't do anything. The Church is under the knout of the secularized Old Liberals, who have have the media bosses to thank for their power.
|Bishop Vitus Hounder|
(kreuz.net) Bishop Vitus Huonder of Church has beaten a pitiful retreat.
Against an earlier statement, he now says he will not ordain or educate Seminarians in the Old Rite.
The press speaker, Giusseppe Gracia, said this yesterday in a press release.
Msgr Huonder will send Traditional Seminarians on to Traditional Institutes.
The decision has its advantages.
Because then only modern Seminarians will be poisoned in the 'Theologische Hochschule' [An Advanced Theological Program] , which is infested by the Church's enemies, at the behest of the Bishop.
Two Personal Parishes
Msgr Huonder is promising the Traditionalists a consolation prize.
He wants that two Traditional Communities in the Cantons of Schwyz and Zurich -- which have lasted for more than two decades already -- will be made into Personal Parishes.
The press release has to point out, though, that these exist as "de facto" parishes as such.
The Bishop promises to send personnel, "as the demand requires". That will be simple for him to accomplish as well. For in the Old Rite there is no priest shortage.
Msgr Huonder explains that the Traditionalists in the Diocese of Church will have plenty of opportunities in the future, to celebrate the "celebration of the Divine Service" in the Old Rite.
That is admittedly a formulation which hails from the Old Liberal self-promotions Liturgy.
In the Christian Divine Service the Priest is the celebrant of the Divine Service. The faithful take part at it.
Link to original...
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
An Old Liberal Church paper in the Diocese of Chur has frontally attacked the Diocesan Bishop. The good man has defended himself.
(kreuz.net) The press speaker of the Diocese of Chur is defending against allegations by the ‘Pfarreiblatts Urschweiz’.
The ‘Pfarreiblatts’ [Pastor's Paper] appears in the central Swiss area of the Diocese Chur in a mini-edition of about 17.000 copies.
It reported in its most recent edition about a privately organized celebration on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the installation of the Pastoral Consultants of the Diocese of Chur.
Despite their high spirits and the kindergarten freshness of their work, the Pastoral Consultants in Church and those associated with it are quickly becoming increasingly antagonistic to the Church.
The article insituated that the Bishop has been "aloof" to the occasion.
Reason: Msgr Huonder is said to have not participated, rather only appeared at the end of a planned "Vespers".
The Slander Takes Flight
The press speaker categorically declined to mention this portrayal in his response.
The event had been planned without the participation of the Bishop.
As he learned of it, he had made expressed his desire to participate in it.
The forty year old -- supposed--- "engagement of the laity" is valuable to him -- explained the press secretary.
Msgr Huonder would have gladly shown that with his wholehearted participation.
Actually the Senior Pastor received a rebuff: the organizers advised the Bishop not to be present for the entire day, because it is after all a, "celebration of laity".
The Bishop exceeded to the wishes of the self-important lay commanders.
Unlucky General Vicar
The General Vicar of the Diocese of Church tried his luck in any case.
He received an invitation and responded.
Actually the organizers recommended that he, with the Bishop to come "toward end of the event".
The General Vicar obeyed.
Link to original, kreuz.net...