Showing posts with label Seminarians. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seminarians. Show all posts

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Twin Cities area priest called 'evil' by man who committed suicide

Last update: February 9, 2011 - 10:00 PM
EA man who shot himself in front of a Kentucky church posted sex abuse accusations involving Catholic clergy on Facebook just before taking his life and referred to a Twin Cities area priest as an "evil man."
David M. Jarboe Jr., 23, singled out the Rev. William Baer, who was rector of St. John Vianney Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul when Jarboe was there for three semesters between 2006-08. Baer, 53, is now pastor at Transfiguration Church in Oakdale.

St. Thomas spokesman Jim Winterer said neither the seminary nor the Twin Cities archdiocese has ever received complaints about Baer.

The Facebook post was removed shortly after Jarboe's body was found in front of an Owensboro, Ky., Catholic church on Thursday. But several Kentucky media outlets have quoted excerpts of Jarboe's post, which criticized the Catholic Church's response to clergy sex abuse.

Jarboe did not accuse any priest by name but wrote that abuse in the church is "real" and that he hoped to "save at least one child from the pain and torment that I had to go through," the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

Winterer confirmed that Baer was named in the note and said the priest was taken aback. Winterer said that Baer is not speaking to the media but that he is "very saddened" by Jarboe's death. Baer left the St. Thomas seminary in spring 2010 after serving there nearly 11 years.

"He does not know what motivated David's criticism," Winterer said. "He had positive conversations with David after he left the seminary."

Meanwhile, the Diocese of Owensboro has launched an investigation into Jarboe's post, according to a diocesan press release. Police are looking into Jarboe's death. The Twin Cities archdiocese and the seminary do not plan to investigate.

When reached by phone in Kentucky on Tuesday, Jarboe's mother, Karen, declined to talk about her son.

H/t: Stella Borealis.

Monday, January 24, 2011

270 Seminarians Huddle in Tents: Haiti

It is like back then in Postwar Germany:  "Those remaining alive, the completely impoverished people of the city, live in this single bunker.  Thousands are huddled here together.  There was a dominating and pestilent stench."

Seminary inn Haiti
( The Church in Haiti finds itself still in a state of exceptional circumstance after the disastrous  earthquake of January 2010.

This report is from the Latin American correspondent of the international Catholic aid association, "Kirche in Not', Rafael D'Aqui.

After the outbreak of cholera and the escalation of violence after the last election, the future is continually uncertain.

Priestly Seminary Under the Palms

"In the national seminary of Lillavoi there are at present 270 seminarians in tents learning philosophy and theology under the palms."

The earthquake destroyed the seminary of Port-au-Prince.  Many seminarians were then buried beneath the ruins.

"We have helped purchase land for a new seminary" -- explained D'Aqui.

The Nuncio hopes to be able to lay the cornerstone in January.

Till the building is complete, the seminarians must remain in tents.

A car should be dispatched to ease the supplying with sustenance and to bring the upcoming priests to the people.

Poor Sisters Help the Poor

The Little Sisters of St Theresa work in the small suburb Rivere Froid -- not far from the capital of Port au Prince.

They care for the residents in severe poverty in the impassable mountains of Haiti.

Through the earthquake the sisters had lost virtually all of their homes.  150 of their students and four sisters gave up their lives in the collapse of the buildings.

Since then the five surviving sisters are perched all together in a severely earthquake damaged house.

Some of them are old and frail.

Like in Bombed Germany

The report of their national correspondents are said to remind them "of the situation in Postwar Germany" -- said the business directoer of 'Kirche in Not', Karin Maria Fenbert.

Then Father Werenfried van Straatem -- the founder of the aid association -- wrote about the bombed city:

"There is almost nothing left of it, only a giant bunker, like the ones built throughout Germany, to protect the population from bombs.

"Those remaining behind, completely impoverished people of the city, house themselves in a single bunker. Thousands huddle here together.  There was a dominant and pestilent stench."

Then Father continued:  "It is Christmas again and Christ longs to be taken up Himself."

He wanders about our streets unseen.

Don't be like the predatory animals of Bethlehem, like the indifferent innkeepers, like the prosperous burgers in the chambers of their provincial self-satisfaction.

Open your doors and your hearts to everyone in need, which need is also Christ's."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Eighteen New Seminarians for SSPX in France

 Eighteen New Seminarians

France. []  This coming 2. February there will be 18 Seminarians vested at the Seminary of the Cure de Ars in Flavigny in Eastern France. The Seminary belongs to the Priestly Society of St. Pius X.  Of the candidates, 13 are from France, three from Italy as well as one each from Canada and Poland.  Otherwise there is a pre-Seminarian and two Brother Postulants also taken in, of which one comes from Austria.  In the Seminary the Seminarians are to graduate after the first year. Further studies will take place at Ecône in Switzerland.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

China: Communist Named to Vice Regent: 100 Seminarians in a Hunger Strike

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Editor: This article appeared about two weeks ago, this situation is still ongoing, will check for more information and join these brave souls in their resistance to Communism.

(Peking)All 100 Seminarians of the seminary in the Chinese province of Hebei are protesting against the Official of the State Commission for Ethnic and Religious Affairs in the Province.  For 19 Days the Priests are in a hunger strike with which they are protesting the appointment of a Communist to the Vice Regency of the Seminary.   The Seminarians fear that the Communist regime is going to interfere with the religious education and spiritual values by subordinating and making it docile to outside political influence.

The Seminarians are protesting in choir robes and have displayed on signs that they wish the cancellation of the appointment of Tang Zhaojun as Vice Regent.

"We protest are protesting before the Government Administration because this situation is no longer acceptable.  The demonstration is an initiative exclusively of the students.  This decision was not instigated by any priest or bishop,"  explained Asia News of the Seminarians.

During the "silence protest" there were two discussions between State Functionaries and the Seminarians.  An agreement cant in any case hasn't been reached.  The students have stuck to a written document, with which they demand the cancellation of the appointment of a Communist Political Commissar.

Tang Zhaojun was  named Vice Regent on 11. November. It was then that the decision was made by the students to protest.  Because the government was not prepared to reject the appointment, this  prompted the Seminarians to begin their hunger strike after  19 Days.

After the first days of the hunger strike the standing Administrative Director of the Seminary gave the Seminarians a verbal directive, to consent to the appointment.  On this point a delegation of the Prelates of the Diocese came to an agreement with the authorities.  The delegation however didn't come to an agreue.

ement because the prelates were abducted by the secret police and forced to participate in the illicit episcopal consecration of Chengde on the 20th of November.  So the question is still unclear.  "Till today we haven't received any news that the appointment has been withdrawn",  said a Seminarian to Asianews.  For that reason, the hunger strike will continue.

(Asianews/Giuseppe Nardi, Bild. Asianews)

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