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Why this hardship without a glimmer of grace or compassion? - A commentary by Fr Daniel-Ange on the most recent Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes
Father Daniel Ange is one of the most famous priestly personalities in France and founder of the prayer and evangelism school "Jeunesse Lumiere", from which numerous priestly vocations also emerged. After 30 years of monastic life (including 12 years in Rwanda), Fr. Daniel Ange felt the call in the 80s to bring the good news to the young people. At events of the Charismatic Renewal in German-speaking areas, many thousands of people regularly came to his events.
kath.net publishes a letter from the priest on the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes exclusively for the German-speaking area:
I am amazed and dismayed by this Motu Proprio. The least we can say is that it knocks us out! I share the tears of so many of my friends and relatives. I pray that they will not be led to bitterness, resentment, if not outright riot and despair.
Why this hardship without a glimmer of grace or compassion? How can we not be amazed, destabilized?
Of course, among those Catholic brethren who cling to tradition, there are some who - alas! Oh! - hardened, rigid, closed, withdrawn into a ghetto, up to and including the refusal to concelebrate at the chrism mass - which is inadmissible. But wouldn't it have been enough for this small minority to issue a clear warning, combined with the possible threat of sanctions? Inspired by the Book of Wisdom: “That is why you punish sinners little by little; you admonish them and remind them of their sins so that they will turn away from wickedness and believe in you, Lord. But you spared even those because they were human; you sent wasps ahead of your army to gradually destroy them. you only carried out the punishment little by little and gave room for repentance. You knew exactly that their origin was evil and their wickedness innate and that their thinking would not change forever ”(12, 2, 8, 10). [Naturally, no one who contributes here (I hope) agrees with this assessment typical of Charismatics and the dry conservative wing in the Church.]
Refreshing oases in a desert of general apostasy
But does the Pope know, when he only speaks of France, that there are wonderfully bright groups and communities there that attract many young people, young couples and families? The sense of the sacred, the beauty of the liturgy, the contemplative dimension, the beautiful Latin language, the docility to the Seat of Peter, the Eucharistic zeal, the frequent confession, the fidelity to the rosary, the passion for the souls to be saved and so many other elements that they cannot find - alas! - in many of our parishes.
Aren't all of these elements prophetic? Shouldn't they challenge, stimulate, drive us? Wasn't this the intuition of Saint John Paul II in his Motu Proprio "Ecclesia Dei"?
Young people, households and families dominate their communities, with almost 100% attendance on Sundays. It should not be said that they are nostalgic and anachronistic. On the contrary: Latin, mass ad orientem, Gregorian chant, cassock: all this is new to her. It has the allure of novelty.
Is it surprising that monastic communities that hold the Office in Latin and sometimes even the Eucharist according to the Missal of St. John XXIII. celebrate, flourish and attract a lot of young people?
I am thinking in particular of communities that I have gotten to know personally and that I appreciate and admire, such as those of Le Barroux (monks and nuns) and ND de la Garde, as well as the Missionaries of Mercy in Toulon. It is not to be said that they are not missionaries! The Marie Madeleine Chapter with its hundreds of teenagers, not to mention the retreaters who gather there, is grouped around the first. For the latter, there is no better way to evangelize Muslims and our little pagans on the beaches. Not to mention the ever-growing Whitsun pilgrimage to Chartres.
Along with the Boy Scouts and the St. Martins Community, this ecclesiastical movement is the one that brings the most priestly vocations to the Church. I am witness to the wonderful enthusiasm that prevails in the seminary of Wigratzbad in Bavaria, which was founded thanks to a certain Cardinal Ratzinger.
In a world so tough, where the struggle for fidelity to Jesus and His Gospel is a heroic one, where they are marginalized, despised and mocked already in schools and in their families, in which all their values are despised, if not prostituted, in which they feel terribly alone and isolated, so insecure, sometimes on the verge of desperation: why, but why are they denied these few fortresses that give them the strength, the courage, the boldness to go into the resistance and persevere? We are in the midst of a tumultuous time for the Church, in the midst of the collapse of faith in the world. The war against Christ and his Church is unleashed, we are in the middle of a murder-against-prince-of-life duel, young people have more than ever a right to be supported, strengthened, armed, and simply secured. We shouldn't close some of our most beautiful hideaways to them. Like a high mountain hut in the middle of deadly crevasses.
In the arid desert of a society in which "the quiet apostasy of man who believes to be happy without God" (John Paul II) is gaining ground, these groups and communities are true and refreshing oases. Her most beautiful flowers are the young people and even children who have reached the shining heights of holiness. How could one not mention Anne-Gabrielle Caron of the Parish of the Missionaries of Mercy in Toulon, whose beatification process has already begun? And the little martyr Jeanne-Marie Kegelin in Alsace, whose two brothers are priests of the Fraternité S.Pierre. (Provided that is not the reason that would delay this thing).
A sterilization syringe?
After all that, how can one understand that the Pope is apparently only aiming at their annihilation, dissolution, pure and simple liquidation? By simply applying the standards now imposed? This can be seen in the fact that their priests are torn out of their parishes and they are forbidden from planting new parishes: isn't that a kind of sterilization syringe? That no new priest of the ordinary rite can celebrate the so-called Tridentine Mass without the permission of his bishop, who is obliged to obey Roman guidelines.
John XXIII is no longer part of the Roman rite, since its "only expression" is now the unique missal of Paul VI. This rite is ipso facto a thing of the past, is outdated and is in a vacuum without weight ...
Isn't this a stab in the back or rather in the heart of our dear Benedict XVI? His stroke of genius was to save this Rite by simply making it the second variant or form of the only Roman Rite. What courage did he need! And this was by no means out of pure diplomacy or ecclesiastical politics, as the Motu Proprio suggests. How many times has he not affirmed that this Rite, which sanctified the Christian people, watered the whole Church and produced so many fruits of holiness over so many centuries, is now fully right and an integral part of the Latin and Roman Liturgy.
It was a scandal to try to eliminate them 60 years ago. And suddenly, with the stroke of a pen, it is overridden by a Pope who is certainly less liturgical than Benedict XVI.
Will Benedict XVI. in his monastic retirement have to ask his successor for permission to celebrate this Rite again, which he loved so much and which he knew how to save so masterfully?
Risk of split or underground?
Here, too, our Holy Father's intention is certainly well and good: to protect communion among God's people. However, the effect is likely to be exactly the opposite.
I am trembling: many might simply be tempted to join Ecône and the Society of St. Pius X, who generously shook hands with Pope Francis in the Year of Mercy. About 40 years ago they heroically parted from Archbishop Lefebvre and returned to the Mother Church in Rome, where they were welcomed with open arms by Pope John Paul II (how could the luminous figure of John Paul Hivernat of Ecône and then Rome and Versailles be forgotten, in the wake of holiness). And now they are forced to say: “You don't want us anymore: We are going back to where we came from”. So many sacrifices have been made for nothing! John Paul II and Benedict XVI. loved and understood us, as did many wonderful and courageous bishops, and we were betrayed overnight.
In short, there is a real danger of "schisms that will flourish on all sides when abrupt bishops exercise their power over rigid abbots" (G. Privat). Otherwise the temptation is great to go underground ...
Doesn't the Trinitarian community mean intra-Catholic ecumenism?
Isn't the ecclesial communion that of the Most Holy Trinity (Jn 17), i.e. that of beauty in all its diversity? The greater the differences - provided that they are lived as a complement - the more beautiful the Church. Isn't being different a condition for fertility? Why is it so difficult for us to receive, accept and love these baptized brothers and sisters with their sensitivity, their longings, their specific charisms, even and especially when they are not our own? Why should we impose our own preferences on young people who are already so sensitive? There is even a congregation dedicated to them in Rome. We admire their magnificent divine liturgies, whether Coptic, Ethiopian, Armenian, Syrian, Maronite, Melchite, Russian-Byzantine or Greek, and we refuse to accept the Latin and Roman liturgy in their traditional form!
It would only be logical if we standardized all monastic or religious life! Benedictines, Cistercians, Carmelites, Poor Clares: Goodbye! All spiritual movements should be unified in all their troublesome variety. Neo-Catechumenate, Focolare, Charismatic Renewal, Oaza, Communione e liberazione: exit! Benedictine, Carmelite, Franciscan, Dominican, Jesuit, Vincentine, Salesian etc. Traditions and sensibilities: trash! In the bin!
No and no, unity is not uniformity, but diversity! Community is not horizontality, but complementarity!
Saint John Paul II put it aptly in his Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei: “But it is also necessary that all pastors and other believers become aware anew that the diversity of charisms and traditions of spirituality and apostolate is not are only legitimate, but represent a treasure for the Church; in this way unity in diversity becomes beauty - that harmony which the earthly Church, stimulated by the Holy Spirit, lets rise to heaven ”.
Will you hear the screams and tears of your own children?
Has the Holy Father gauged the effects, if not the earthquake, that such intransigence threatens to wreak within the Church and even outside the Church? That an atheist with an undeniable charisma like Michel Onfray dares to admit that he is "dismayed". He said, “The Latin Mass is the legacy of the genealogy of our civilization.” And with his usual sarcasm, which of course I don't share, “For those who believe in God, the Latin Mass is that compared to the Mass on the long calm river which is a multi-purpose hall like today's Roman Basilica of St. Augustine... Augustine's contemporary Roman basilica is comparable to a multi-purpose hall in a block of flats: one looks in vain for the sacred and transcendent.”
Has he thought of the shock that our brothers will experience in the holy Orthodox Churches? They were reassured by the Motu Proprio of Benedict XVI, who is valued by them as a great theologian: that the Latin Church would faithfully preserve and protect a liturgical Rite that has endured for centuries. And now they ask the anxious question: Aren't we going to throw it away?
Did he foresee the probable earthquake among so many young people, young couples, entire families who will be destabilized, unsettled, discouraged and led to revolt? Up until now they have loved their Pope Francis - as lovable and confusing as he is - they have been loyal to the Roman Magisterium, and now they are here, threatened by doubts, suspicion, if not rejection, with the bitter impression of being betrayed, denied , if not to have been betrayed.
How can we not cry with them?
May at least a great wave of baptized compassion, brotherly and fatherly affection of our bishops, ardent prayers surround them, comfort them, support them, encourage them, welcome them. Eager. Generous. That is, loving.
Dear Holy Father - whom I love, cherish and admire -, on behalf of many of my friends, young and old, I dare to convey to you, in all childlike simplicity, my deep sorrow. But, inspired by a maddened confidence, I venture to hope that, with the many tears on the cheeks of your own children, you will have the courage and the humility to reconsider such an unrelenting decision, despite your last words: "In spite of everything speaks against it, even if it is worth a special mention ".
Against all hope, I hope!
July 23rd, 40th anniversary of my ordination, at the International Eucharistic Congress in Lourdes
(c) the translation from French by kath.net
Trans: Tancred firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Aberrosexual Cliques in the Church - Polish Heresy Hunter Under Fire by Oppressive German Law and Aberrosexual Activist and Fake Conservative
Homoheresy in the Church: How Far Are the Power and Influence of Homosexual Affiliations in the Church? What role does the Munich parish vicar and gay activist Wolfgang R. Rothe play?
A bitter struggle is raging behind the scenes in the Catholic Church: aberrosexual clans and aberrophile circles close to them want to overthrow the Church’s teaching on aberrosexuality and enforce an open aberrosexualization of the Church. The roots of this struggle with increasing intensity go back to the 1960s. A particularly dazzling figure is the Munich priest and gay activist Wolfgang F. Rothe, who has left a trail of devastation in conservative circles over the past 20 years wherever he set foot. The most recent example is a criminal complaint against another priest under the notorious "incitement paragraph". Rothe has acted very differently in the past.
In the course of the past 55 years the initially subversive activities of aberrosexuals in the Church have turned into an open struggle in the course of the sexual revolution, in which aberrosexual clans increasingly seek support from secular circles, especially the media.
A particularly colorful figure in the struggle for the aberrosexualization of the Church is the Munich parish vicar and sodomo-activist Wolfang F. Rothe. Rothe is one of the aberro-activist priests who, in open contradiction to Church teaching, carried out or at least supported blessings for degenerate couples last May. Although a priest, Rothe did not shy away from bringing another priest to a German court, as happened recently against the Polish priest, post-doctoral theologian and university lecturer Dariusz Oko and against the Catholic layman and editor of the magazine Theologisches, Prof. Dr. Johannes Stöhr. Rothe obtained a penalty warrant against those named for allegedly homophobic “incitement”. The proceedings are pending.
Rothe makes use of the controversial instruments that a misguided, left-dominated legislature introduced into legislation in recent years to promote aberrosexualization and to suppress criticism of it and the aberrosexual lobby. The introduction of the offense “incitement” stands by definition for the will to restrict freedom of expression, which happens from year to year on more and more topics. This is exactly the intention of Rothe, who knowingly attacks Church teaching with his complaint.
According to the teaching of the Catholic Church, homosexual [sic] acts violate natural moral law (CCC 2357). They are judged to be morally reprehensible and seriously sinful. This view, taught by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, does not contradict freedom of expression. Thus, in principle, sharp criticism of groups of people using the stylistic devices of polemics is legitimate as long as they propagate an aberrosexual lifestyle. This is all the more true if these people belong to the Catholic Church or are even Catholic priests themselves. Those who adopt the doctrine of the Church must come to judgment: priests who carry out aberrosexual acts, advocate or encourage others in them, do serious damage to the organism of the Church. This is all the more true when they form informal networks that have the purpose of protecting their double life, filling key positions, covering up criminal machinations or even wanting to undermine and overthrow Church teaching.
In the Oko article incriminated by Rothe (Theologisches, January / February 2021), priests who live from the Church and sometimes make a career in it, such as the now legendary Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, use metaphors such as "cancerous ulcer", "cancer metastasis" or "parasites". That sounds drastic. Anyone who, as a priest, belies the morality of the Church to which he has voluntarily committed himself through shameful behavior and causes unprecedented damage to the community of believers, however, must reckon with drastic criticism, from the Church's point of view, and this should be for a priest alone be decisive, is not so drastic: After all, according to Catholic teaching, aberrosexuality is one of the "blatant sins", those sins that are so serious that they cry out to heaven, that is, to God, for vengeance.
Prof. Oko’s criticism of the "homo heresy" in the Church
Of course, one no longer likes to hear that today, especially not in a worldly context in which everything seems allowed, especially what the Church forbids. Nobody has to agree with Oko's choice of words, but every Catholic has to agree with the Church's teaching on homosexuality, which Oko ably defends in numerous writings. Oko was the first to name the activities of subversive gay circles in the Church as "gay heresy". A pioneering formulation. Oko’s studies on aberrosexuality in the Church, especially in the clergy, explain the hostility that gay clusters and homophile circles represent, often from ambush, as they often camouflage themselves in order to be able to lead a double life.
Oko's criticism in theology was not aimed against aberrosexuals, but against blatant abuses in the Church, as the editor of the magazine defended the contribution of the Polish theologian against a penalty notice from the Cologne District Court. The grievances denounced by Oko include:
-lying double standards
-as well as reprehensible protectionism
- and careerism of Catholic priests.
The Catholic spokesman for Christians in the AfD-Nord, Adam Golkontt, said:
"The penalty order against Prof. Dr. Dr. Dariusz Oko is an attack on our fundamental rights. The judgment attacks the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of science, religion and expression. I call on everyone to show solidarity with Prof. Oko by signing the petition in his defense and reading his draft. Because a court's attack on fundamental rights affects all German citizens regardless of their ideology. "
Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller reacted with horror, who said in an interview with the Polish paper Do Rzeczy:
"As a German, I am ashamed that it is again possible in my home country to convict a Polish scientist of sedition just because he gave the facts."
A Catholic theologian raised questions about the Rothe case in connection with Oko's conviction:
“In the end, one will have to ask the question whether the priest and gay activist Wolfgang M. Rothe, who years ago was involved in a sex scandal in the St. Pölten seminary and was reprimanded by Rome as a result, who possibly can’t bear pointed criticism of his double life?
Why does he persistently spread the slanderous claim that Prof. Oko had disparaged aberrosexual persons as such, when it is easy to see that this was not his intention? "
Conservative circles abused for self-interest
The complaint against Father Oko by Father Rothe, of all things according to the "incitement paragraph", which is an instrument for gagging opinions, actually raises questions and seems to support Oko's main thesis in an exemplary manner. On the basis of his studies, Oko came to the conclusion that there are aberrosexual clusters in the Church that cover each other and create an aberrosexual milieu in which young seminarians and other young men are sexually corrupted and minors are seriously harmed. This includes the fact that the Church authorities in Munich and Rome have kept secret, that at least 80 percent of the unspeakable sexual abuse scandal by clerics against minors is made up of aberrosexual perpetrators and aberrosexual abuse.
Speaking of Munich: shortly after Cardinal Reinhard Marx became Archbishop of Munich and Freising, he accepted Rothe in his archdiocese in 2008. That Rothe, who four years earlier had been at the center of a scandal about the existence of an aberrosexual cabal at the seminary of St. Pölten as Sub Régent. This scandal was exploited by progressive church circles, which had allied themselves with left-wing liberal secular media, to overthrow one of the outstanding episcopal figures in the German-speaking area, Bishop Kurt Krenn, which also succeeded.
Rothe, a doctorate in canon law - his doctoral supervisor at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome was the current Archbishop of the Curia and private secretary of Benedict XVI., Msgr. Georg Gänswein, which opens many doors in conservative parts of the Church - stubbornly denied the aberrosexual charges raised against him. Conservative Church circles, who wanted to protect themselves in front of Bishop Krenn, made themselves - obviously in good faith like Krenn himself, as was now to be seen - also defenders of Rothe, who gladly took advantage of this defense.
Even more: the lawyer Rothe became an advisor to the conservative network of Catholic priests in the Federal Republic of Germany after a few years of hiding and incardinated in the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising, and it is precisely in this context that further questions arise today. It seems to be largely due to Rothe’s influence that the Priest Network vehemently opposed the decision of the German Bishops' Conference of June 2011, the well-known criminologist Christian Pfeiffer and his colleagues at the Criminological Research Institute Lower Saxony (retired public prosecutors and judges) to inspect the personal files of the priests of the past To grant ten years, in some dioceses even until 1945, to search them for evidence of sexual assault. In January 2013, the bishops surprisingly canceled the commission, citing the reservations of the Network of Priests as reasons.
What was Rothe's interest in the fact that the personnel files should not be viewed? How strong are the gay cabals in the Church in Germany? How is Rothe's career since 2008 related to this?
In this case, too, well-known elements were repeated, which seem to be a pattern: Rothe called in unsuspicious conservative circles for his cause. In plain language the question is: Did Rothe abuse the Network of Priests to protect aberrosexual clergy in the Church?
Rothe’s trail of devastation
Rothe, who initially had little contact with believers as a hospital chaplain in the Archdiocese of Munich, has shifted in the past decade to the rather weird topic of the “spirituality” of whiskey, which earned him the nickname “whiskey vicar”. In Munich, where he has been working in pastoral care again since 2012, the staunchly conservative Krenn-Adlatus, who resolutely denied any gay entanglement, became an avowed gay activist. The way from Paul to Saul, whereby Rothe was probably always a Saul, who for a while only disguised himself as Paul.
Wherever Rothe appeared, he left a trail of devastation in conservative circles. Even in tradition he briefly put out his feelers and was trained by a priest of the Society of Saint Piis X in the celebration of the traditional Rite, but then withdrew again. Some conservative circles, on the other hand, let themselves be captured by him and gave him a trust that they bitterly had to pay for.
Bishop Kurt Krenn, who promoted Rothe's career, enabled him to pursue a doctoral degree, obtained a lectureship at the Philosophical-Theological University of St. Pölten and appointed him Sub-Rector at the seminary there, as well as being his secretary and legal advisor in the last months of his episcopate, got entangled because of pedophile and aberrosexual scandals at the seminary, in its center among others. Krenn was so under public fire that he was retired from Rome as diocesan bishop. On September 29, 2004, Msgr. Krenn resigned at the request of Pope John Paul II.
As a result, conservative journalists such as Felizitas Küble and the magazine Der 13th began a dogged defense of Rothe, although this was primarily aimed at Bishop Krenn. They leaned far out of the window, too far, as Rothe's gay activism now shows.
The conservative Network of Catholic priests trusted Rothe and, incomprehensibly, opposed a consequent reappraisal of the sexual abuse scandal. The Network of Priests actually no longer exists today. It was decimated and leaders subjected to repression while Rothe continued his career, now under the protection of Cardinal Marx.
And another explosive question arises in view of the new circumstances around Rothe. From 2004 to 2012 the controversial and very hostile site Kreuz.net was active. The site went online a few weeks after the resignation of Bishop Krenn, who had put an end to Rothe's career, at least for the time being. When Kreuz.net was discontinued at the end of 2012, Rothe's most recent mutations began as whiskey and gay activist. His observation time in the Archdiocese of Munich ended at that time and opened the way to parish pastoral care for him in Autumn 2012.
The eight turbulent years in which Kreuz.net existed did serious damage to faithful conservative Church circles. As early as autumn 2004, the German and Austrian Bishops' Conferences distanced themselves from the site that seemed to confirm all prejudices that are cherished by poorly sympathetic liberal circles against Church orthodoxy and its representatives.
The radicalism with which it used, especially against homosexuality and homosexuals was polemicized, and was useful to homophile Church circles, as the finger could be pointed at the supposedly homophobic conservatives in the Church, with whose attitude the bishops wanted to have had nothing to do with the published opinion. [Kreu.net popularized Oko and his work, while exposing the activities of antifa, aberrosexual cults and evil clergy alike. They certainly didn’t deserve to be hounded out of existence and have their careers destroyed or eliminated. ]
Even more serious: Because of the lack of Catholic media, various conservative authors, priests and laypeople gathered around Kreuz.net who saw it as a publication platform, but in reality burned themselves and their concerns with it. [Only because the German government turned the secret police on them.]
The hunt for the makers of Kreuz.net, fueled by secular media, became the hunt for outstanding conservative priests throughout the German-speaking area who were also active in journalism. Although some of these were unrelated to the site, others had only published articles there, they were reprimanded by their bishops and their activities were slowed down. [Hardly surprising when you look at the sorry state of the German-speaking episcopate.]
Early on, the suspicion arose that the actual creator himself might be homosexual, as a conceivable psychological interpretation— and that Kreuz.net was a false flag operation. Anyone who still remembers the development and, above all, the fight against Kreuz.net, knows what damage the site has inflicted on conservative institutions, personalities and their concerns. [Kreuz.net attacked Rothe before Katholisches.info did. Let’s blame the victim, and accuse them of being sods, since they fell under the same unjust law Rothe is making use of here to silence Oko.]
This closes the circle on Rothe and its trail of devastation in conservative circles. His most recent victims include Prof. Oko, Prof. Stöhr and the magazine Theologisches.
Text: An anonymous theologian / Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred email@example.com
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Pedro Castillo, representative of the Marxist-Leninist party Perú Libre, was sworn in as the new president. A sensation for the Andean state that Pope Francis seems to pleased by.
(Lima) The political left is taking power in Peru. One of the well-wishers, which would have been astonishing just a few years ago, is the head of the Catholic Church.
At the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis was referred to as a “sociologist on the papal throne” to draw an analogy to his predecessors: John Paul II (1978–2005) became “the philosopher” and Benedict XVI. "the theologian". However, it soon became apparent that in March 2013, Francis was less of a sociologist than "the politician" at the Cathedra Petri. The political attention of the ruling Pope is mainly focused on the American double continent. It aims at the USA, as the leading but no longer undisputed world power, and at Latin America, where Francis comes from.
The political sympathies of Pope Francis are located on the left, which he makes no secret of. This applies to the Democratic Party and its exponents in the USA, as well as to the representatives of the various left-wing groups who exercise power in Latin American countries or who reach for it. There are few American countries where Francis has not yet campaigned through elections, either directly or indirectly. He was by no means always successful, quite the opposite. This was especially true for the first few years of his pontificate. Meanwhile, the political left seems to be recovering. The USA could be recaptured, as happened in Argentina. In Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia, the communists, who today prefer to call themselves “socialists of the 21st century”, hold on to power. For Francis this is definitely a relief.
However, Jair Bolsonaro's election victory in Brazil is still an open wound. This could not be prevented despite the personal commitment of Francis. In the months leading up to the elections in autumn 2018, he had declared several preventative measures that if the Labor Party (PT) lost the election, it would in reality be a “coup” by the political right. The socialists couldn't have said it better. Since the successful removal of Trump from the White House, the political left in Brazil has regained hope. The wind has turned, it is said: The left is on the rise again.
Papal interventions of various kinds in favor of left-wing candidates and parties have existed since 2013 at least in the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile (see On which Side Francis in Latin America Stands).
In Peru, Francis intervened in the episcopate to achieve a new orientation. As in other Latin American states, Marxist liberation theology is widespread in the Andean state. A protective dam on the other hand was the bellicose Juan Luis Cardinal Cipriani Thorne, who was Archbishop of Lima and Primate from 1999 to 2019. The now 77-year-old cardinal and member of Opus Dei was retired by Francis at the age of 75, i.e. at the first opportunity presented (see And it Came to Evil). Previously, the head of the Church had given sufficient understanding of whom he wanted to promote. The cardinal was certainly not one of them. Francis had no hesitation in publicly humiliating Cardinal Cipriani in the dispute over the direction of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Pope Benedict XVI had intervened at the request of Cardinal Cipriani against an ecclesiastically progressive and politically radical left-wing takeover of the university. Francis reversed everything.
Yesterday, Sunday, Francis discovered "some Peruvian flags" according to his own statement on St. Peter's Square. He took this as an opportunity to send a veiled greeting to the new government of the Andean state. A few days earlier, on July 28th, Pedro Castillo Terrones was sworn in as the new president. In the runoff election on June 5, Castillo won against his rival Keiko Fujimori with a wafer-thin majority of 0.12 percent. He had threatened beforehand that he would not even recognize an election defeat. After a review, the national electoral court confirmed his election victory on July 19.
A novelty in the history of Peru has been in effect since last week: the first radical left head of state has moved into the presidential palace. Castillo is an exponent of the Marxist-Leninist party Perú Libre. With Bolivia and Venezuela, the Andean state joins the fronde of an agenda of socialist planned economy and left-wing nationalism for the first time. During the election campaign, Castillo called for the nationalization of the key industry, which is why his cautious distancing from Venezuelan Chavism can be seen as a mere election tactic.
Pope Francis said yesterday at the Angelus in St. Peter's Square:
“And I see some Peruvian flags and greet you Peruvians who have a new president. May the Lord bless your country always! "
When Dilma Rousseff was removed from office as head of state and government by the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT) in 2016, Pope Francis was “sad” at an improvised event in the Vatican Gardens. Yesterday he was visibly satisfied with the entry of a Marxist into the presidential palace in Lima.
Liberation theology in Latin America is not a tool for the Church, but against it. The left politicization of the Church triggered a mass exodus among the Catholics. Millions of Catholics have since migrated to Protestant free churches. Even Castillo's wife and children are evangelicals. But the Vatican has not wanted to see the negative consequences since the spring of 2013, and certainly not to analyze them.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred firstname.lastname@example.org
A young believer kneels in the cathedral of Lima and waits in vain for communion to be given to him. Archbishop Castillo Mattasoglio simply ignored him.
(Lima) Monsignor Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio, Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Peru appointed by Pope Francis, is so “merciful” that he refuses oral Communion to believers in his cathedral.
One scene was captured on video and posted on Facebook by Policia Liturgica. The recorded incident happened last Sunday, August 8th. The mass celebrated by Archbishop Castillo in the cathedral was broadcast directly by the main state television channel TV Perù.
The footage shows two believers, a young man and a young woman, approaching the archbishop to receive communion. Both indicate that they would like to receive communion on the tongue. The young man who approaches Msgr. Castillo first kneels to receive communion, but the bishop does not give it to him, but walks past him to turn to the young woman. He also refuses communion to her when she wants communion on the tongue. Whether Archbishop Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio also said something dismissive can be guessed from the disappointed expression on the young man's face.
Obviously, even senior shepherds are no longer aware of the Church's ordinances which they are supposed to represent. Oral communion is the regular form of receiving Communion. The Bishops' Conferences have, in the course of the liturgical reform of Pope Paul VI., showed the possibility had been offered, if they see a “necessity” for admitting Communion in hand as an extraordinary form in addition to the ordinary form of receiving Communion. While Communion in hand could be abolished at any time, Communion on the tongue cannot be refused, no matter what rank a shepherd has in the Church.
The two believers, who were denied Holy Communion by the Archbishop of Lima, would have had no problem if they had demanded a “right” to Communion with the reference to live together in a wild marriage or as divorced remarried or to be in gay relationships. (Trudeau was given a Solemn Traditional Latin Mass Funeral with Chant) The post-synodal letter Amoris laetitia by Pope Francis makes it possible. It grants what no believer is entitled to.
The same “merciful” Church of Pope Francis, the Church of the “Open Doors”, the Church of the “Field Hospital”, however, denies believers what they are actually entitled to by denying them Communion, unity with the Lord, for trivial reasons.
If things are turned upside down contrary to their nature, a spiral is set in motion that creates a suction in which more and more things are turned upside down. In this specific case, it should not be forgotten that Pope Francis retired Archbishop Castillo at the beginning of 2019, one of the outstanding bishops of Latin America, Cardinal Cipriani Thorne.
Wherever ideology prevails, as in the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes, events such as the refusal of Communion in the Lima Cathedral are not far away.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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Monday, August 9, 2021
Sunday, August 8, 2021
(Madrid) Under Pope Benedict XVI. he was called the "little Ratzinger", now critics refer to him as "Mini-Bergoglio". Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera suspended the celebration of the traditional rite in his Archdiocese of Valencia because of the Motu proprio Traditionis Custodes.
Antonio Cañizares Llovera, doctor of theology with a dissertation in catechetics, was ordained a priest in 1970 for his home diocese of Valencia. After years in pastoral care and teaching, including as professor of fundamental theology at the University of Salamanca, he was appointed general secretary of the Spanish Bishops' Conference in 1985. In 1992 Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Avila. In 1996 he was promoted to Archbishop of Granada and in 2002 to Archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain.
In 2006 Msgr. Cañizares was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI. created cardinal and in 2008 appointed to the Roman Curia as Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacraments. Because of his theological closeness to Benedict XVI. the Catalan cardinal became known as "little Ratzinger" and was attacked by progressive Church circles.
After his election as Pope, Francis began to remove the exposed "Ratzingerians" from the leadership positions in Rome. Cardinal Cañizares was appointed Archbishop of Valencia by him in August 2014, shortly before the start of the family synod, in which he would have been able to participate ex officio as head of the dicasteries, and he was sent back to Spain.
There he expressed himself several times critically on political, especially socio-political developments, but held back on Church issues. Through the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, the “little Ratzinger” developed into a “micro-Bergoglio”, as Secretum Meum Mihi commented. In response to Traditionis Custodes, the cardinal suspended the celebration of the traditional rite in his archdiocese. The traditional faithful announced on July 27th, horrified:
“Following the publication of the Motu proprio Traditionis Custodes by Pope Francis, the Cardinal Archbishop of Valencia, Antonio Cañizares Llovera, ordered the provisional SUSPENSION of the celebration of Holy Mass with the missal before the reform of 1970, which takes place every Sunday and public holiday in the hermitage of Santa Lucía. Therefore there will be no mass in August ”(emphasis in the original).
The shocking decision.
When Cardinal Cañizares defended Summorum Pontificum
He had sounded completely different under Pope Benedict XVI., as it sounded in the mouth of the "little Ratzinger". In 2009, Cardinal Cañizares, in the foreword to the Spanish edition of Don Nicola Bux's book “La riforma di Benedetto XVI” (“The Reform of Benedict XVI. The Liturgy Between Innovation and Tradition, 2008”) complained how many priests were treated as 'anti-conciliar' just because they celebrated solemnly and piously or simply because they fully obeyed the rubrics! It is important to get out of this dialectic.
The cardinal defended the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum and took the analysis and criticism of Benedict XVI. to himself, “that our society needs at least one group with which it has no tolerance whatsoever, which can be attacked with hatred.”
“For years this was largely the case with the priests and faithful, who were associated with the form of Mass handed down over the centuries and who were often treated 'like lepers', as Cardinal Ratzinger said emphatically.
Today, thanks to the Motu proprio [Summorum Pontificum], this situation is changing noticeably. And this in large part because the Pope not only wanted to satisfy Archbishop Lefebvre's allegiances or limited himself to responding to the just wishes of the faithful, who for various reasons deal with the liturgical heritage represented by the Roman Rite, to feel connected, but also and in a special way, to make the liturgical riches of the Church accessible to all believers and thus also to enable those who still ignore the treasures of the Church's liturgical heritage to discover the treasures of the Church's liturgical heritage. How often the attitude of those who despise them is due to nothing but this ignorance! Viewed from this last aspect, the Motu Proprio therefore has a meaning that goes beyond the existence or non-existence of conflict. "
In this preface, Cardinal Cañizares firmly contradicted the claim that Summorum Pontificum was an “attack” on the Second Vatican Council. The Spanish edition of Don Bux's book was published in collaboration with the Institute of Christ the King and High Priest, an Ecclesia Dei community.
Preface to the book of a SSPX Priest
The cardinal went even further: in 2012 he also wrote the foreword for the 816-page church music book “Magnificat Dominum”, which was compiled by Fr Bernard Lorber, a priest of the Society of Saint Pius X, and published by Musica Sacra, a French association which became closely related to the Society.
“Music and liturgical chants, especially Gregorian chants, form a large part of this outstanding communication, even if the text of the chant is not fully understood (either due to a lack of knowledge of Latin or because of the melisms or the polyphonic structure of the song).
“ Listening to and singing along to the liturgical chant is also a high form of liturgical participation. To offer the faithful and liturgical cantors access to the Gregorian repertoire and to the songs of popular tradition, as the work Magníficat Dóminum in its second edition enables / effects, is a valuable help in this participation, both for the faithful who do this in the wish to use the so-called 'extraordinary' form of the Roman rite, as well as for those who live the Roman liturgy in the 'ordinary' form so as not to lose the treasures of the musical heritage of the Roman rite and to rediscover a language and form of communication, who still allow today to strengthen their faith, to confirm their hope and to grow in love. "
"No attack on the Council"
As prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Cañizares defended the use of the traditional liturgy in July 2013, under Pope Francis, a year before his return to Spain. At that time he wrote the foreword to the dissertation published in book form by the Benedictine Father Alberto Soria Jimenez of the Abbey of Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caidos, which the anti-Church left-wing government would like to banish, like the memorial for the fallen of the Spanish civil war. The cardinal rejected as "absolutely unfounded" the claim that the provisions of Summorum Pontificum were an "attack on the council". Such a statement shows a great ignorance of the Council.
In 2010 Cardinal Cañizares consecrated five new priests of the Fraternity of Saint Peter in the traditional Rite in Wigratzbad. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Pontifical Ecclesia Dei Commission, which was responsible for the communities of tradition and questions of the traditional Rite, until Pope Francis dissolved it in January 2019. The reason is now known: From the point of view of Francis, who probably intended to strangle the traditional Rite back then, such a facility was no longer needed. But what should one say about the chief shepherds who, like Cardinal Cañizares, sat on the commission responsible for the traditional Rite, but who now simply forbid it?
Cardinal Cañizares consecrated five new priests of the Petrine Brotherhood in 2010 in Wigratzbad.
The American comedian Groucho Marx (1890–1977) is - albeit incorrectly - ascribed the word, which was handed down in 1873:
“I have iron principles. If you don't like them, I have others too."
Last Friday, Vetus Ordo Missae, the association "for the promotion of the traditional Roman Rite" in the Archdiocese of Valencia announced that, according to the order of Cardinal Cañizares with reference to the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes of Pope Francis, from August 1st the celebration in the traditional Rite in the archdiocese is prohibited. For the time being it is a "provisional suspension" for a period of one month.
"On the basis of this new ordinance [Traditionis Custodes], the Archbishop has ordered the temporary suspension of the celebration in order to clarify its correct application in our Archdiocese."
In view of the defense of Summorum Pontificum by the same cardinal, the latest measure in itself, but above all its radicalism, causes astonishment. In order to “recognize” the “correct application” of Traditionis Custodes, the celebration of Holy Mass was prohibited. Is there an understandable need for this? Even if the celebration were to be permitted again in any form on September 1st, the damage to the traditional Rite and the reputation of the Church has already been done.
Cardinal Cañizares is not just one of 3,181 diocesan bishops, but one of 98 cardinal priests, these are diocesan bishops who also belong to the college of cardinals. He was also Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome for more than five years and is therefore very familiar with questions of the liturgy.
Even leading “Bergoglians” among the bishops such as Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago reacted cautiously to the Motu Proprop Traditionis Custodes and left everything as it is - at least for the time being - until there is greater clarity. All the more astonishing is the radical approach of a cardinal and archbishop, who as a "friend" of Benedict XVI. applies to the Pope who issued the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum and had a not inconsiderable influence on the creation of the Motu proprio Ecclesia Dei of 1988.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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