Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Diocese of Limburg Advertises for Abortion

Edit: the diocese of Limburg has since taken the referral down after threatening Katholisches...

[Katholisches] As the public prosecutor's office of Limburg confirms, the public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt am Main has been investigating  allegations against Bishop Dr. Georg Bätzing. Bätzing is accused of "promoting abortion".
On the website of his diocese under the heading "Pregnancy Counseling," mothers are encouraged to get a "counseling certificate", "which is necessary for abortion," https://hochtaunus.bistumlimburg.de/fileadmin/redaktion/Bereiche/hochtaunus .bistum-limburg.de / downloads / Ht_September2017_Kontaktadressen.pdf (page 23).
This formulation is not intended to protect the life of the unborn child, but wants to encourage pregnant mothers to have their child murdered unlawfully, but without punishment.
Because of the same offense, a specialist in general medicine from Gießen has had to answer in court on November 24, 2017. She had listed "abortions" on her practice's website among her fields of activity.
"Advertising for the termination of pregnancy" is punishable in Germany under § 219a StGBWith a petition to the German Bundestag, the general practitioner wants to petition the deletion of the penalty. 70,000 have already signed. She has to go through all instances.
The misogynist organization "pro familia" supports the petition. The abortion group itself operates four "medical centers", where more than 6,000 unborn babies are slaughtered every year. Two of these institutions have recently also promoted abortion on their website to assist the doctor. The Bishop of Limburg has apparently joined this support action. The diocesan abortion advertising document was published in September 2017.
Thus Dr. Georg Bätzing writes Church history. There is no other Catholic bishop who proclaims that he was directly promoting the murder of a child in the womb.
The diocese of Limburg has Germany's largest mass grave of children who were murdered by abortion. According to information from the state capital Wiesbaden, aborted children "from all over Germany" are referred to the pathological practice of Prof. Dr. Fisseler-Eckhoff and colleagues sent for histological examination and then buried in the "Star Garden" on the Wiesbadener Südfriedhof. Among them are also the annually about 5,000 victims of Germany's largest abortion clinic in Munich.
About two to three years ago, a mother from Bavaria, who was searching for the grave of her aborted child, contacted the association "Star Garden Wiesbaden." Since then, these requests are increasingly piling up. Since then, the Catholic community officer and hospital counselor Hildegard Hönig know about it, because she sits on the board of the small association. The increasing incidents are skilfully covered up. Thus, the Diocese of Limburg is the vicarious agent of the abortion industry. When asked, the press spokesman of the bishop simply avoided this fact.
The reason for the action of the criminal mediator because of the abortion advertising of the diocese of Limburg was apparently an ad by Gerhard Woitzik, national chairman of the German Center Party.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Holy Priest Persecuted by Vatican for Criticizing Amoris Laetitia -- Threatened With "Double Excommunication"



H/t Rorate...

AMDG

Friday, November 17, 2017

Freedom -- Father Alfred Delp SJ

One thing is as clear and perceptible to me as it is precious: the world is so full of God. From all the pores of things He swells, as it were, towards us. But we are often blind. We stay in the good and the bad hours and do not experience them through to the fountain point, where they flow out of God. 
That applies to everything beautiful and also to misery. In all, God wants to celebrate encounter and asks and wants the adoring, devoted response. The art and the task is only to make and learn lasting awareness and concrete attitude from these insights and graces. Then life becomes free in the freedom we have always sought."
Father Alfred Delp (SJ)
On November 17, 1944, Father Alfred Delp wrote a coded message with his hands bound, out of his cell in the Berlin-Tegel prison. After his death on February 2, 1945, his ashes were scattered to the winds on Hitler's personal orders.
During the detention, the Gestapo made him the offer of "release in return for his withdrawal from the Order," which was rejected by Father Delp. He was able to make his last solemn vow in custody on December 8, 1944, to a fellow brother who visited him on behalf of the Provincial of the Society of Jesus.
Image: Heizer, Wikipedia
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
AMDG



Thursday, November 16, 2017

De Mattei: Friendly Criticism of Rocco Buttiglione’s Theses

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
November 15, 2017

[Rorate Caeli] I have known Rocco Buttiglione for more than forty years. Both of us were assistants to Professor Augusto Del Noce (1910-1989) at the Faculty of Political Science at La Sapienza University in Rome, but since then our positions have diverged, mainly regarding our judgment on modernity. Buttiglione believed that the historical process inaugurated by the French Revolution was compatible  with Christianity, but I believed it incompatible.  Despite these differences, I appreciated Buttiglione’s work as Minster of National Cultural Heritage in Berlusconi’s government (2005-2006) and expressed my solidarity with him in 2004 when he didn’t attain the nomination as European Commissioner as a result of having called homosexuality “a sin”.  I refer to all this in order to show my sincerity in my “friendly criticism” of his theses, just as Buttiglione is truly sincere when he argues with Professor Seifert, his “life-long friend” in his most recent book (Friendly Responses to the Critics of Amoris Laetitia, which included an essay introduction by Cardinal Gerard Ludwig Müller, Ares, Milan 2017, p. 41).


The volume recently published has 200 pages, divided into four chapters. There is nothing in it that Buttiglione’s readers don’t know.  The chapters are in fact made up of essays previously published in several places, between 2016 and 2017. This explains the numerous repetitions, which, nonetheless, aid in a better understanding of his basic thesis: the possibility of admitting the divorced and remarried to Communion, since  in certain cases, “even if the acts are illegitimate” , people “may not fall into mortal sin because of the absence of full knowledge and deliberate consent” (p.172).


I have already had the occasion to criticize this position (see here: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/11/de-mattei-increasing-confusion-cardinal.html Additionally, in order to justify it, Buttiglione introduces a fallacious distinction between “grave sin”, “specified by the object (by grave matter)” and “mortal sin”, “specified by the effects on the subject (it kills the soul)”. He writes “ all mortal sins are also grave sins, but not all grave sins are also mortal. It may happen in fact that in some cases grave matter has not been accompanied by full awareness and deliberate consent.” (p. 173).

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cardinal Vingt-Trois Reaches 75 -- Pope Ignores Congregation of Bishops in Appointments -- Wants the Most Progressive Replacements



(Paris) On November 7, André Cardinal Vingt-Trois completed his 75th birthday. He has offered Pope Francis his resignation according to canon law. Who will succeed him as Archbishop of Paris?

The Cardinal has been the head of the Archdiocese since 2005, which had been evangelized by Saint Dionysius of Paris (Saint Denis). According to La Croix, the daily newspaper of the French bishops, the Apostolic Nuncio and the Permanent Council of the Episcopal Conference have already prepared a tripartite proposal, which will be examined by the Congregation of Bishops and presented to Pope Francis for help in any decision. The Pope is completely free in his decision.

He can leave Cardinal Vingt-Trois in office for another two years or more. He may if he wants to retire the Cardinal, he may or may not stick to the proposal of the Bishops' Congregation. While his predecessors rarely deviated from this, Pope Francis also strikes his own course on this point. Above all, he has appointed the important episcopal sees on his own, that is, past the competent Congregation of Bishops. As it happened in Chicago, Madrid, Sydney, Palermo and Bologna, to name just a few examples. Paris is one of the important episcopal sees, which is why the Pope is likely to take a similar approach.

Search for "the most progressive candidate"

It is not just a papal willfulness, but a directional decision. On 19 April 2016, Le Journal de Montréal quoted Quebec's Alain Pronkin, a journalist specializing in religion and good connections with his fellow countryman, quoted Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops as saying:

Pope Francis is looking for "the most progressive candidates".

"It is disturbing because it is the task of Cardinal Ouellet in Rome to propose the name to the Pope, but he ignores it and opts for completely different candidates".

A few days earlier La Croix had written:

"It has already happened that Pope Francis rejected all three of the names presented to him by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, [...] and even sought others from his direction."

In order to seek "others from his own direction," the Pope, in order to obtain information, makes use of the Jesuit order. The decisive factor for Francis, according to Pronkin, is the progressive attitude of the candidate, which must be confirmed to him by a confidant. This confirmation is sufficient. The Pope would then need no dossiers and reports, as presented to him by the Congregation of Bishops. The recommendation of a person whom he trusts is enough to make someone a bishop.

Candidate for the Archdiocese of Paris

Several names have been mentioned in the past for the Archdiocese of Paris, which are given alphabetically:

Msgr. Michel Aupetit, 66, Bishop of Nanterre since 2014

Mgr. Jean-Marc Aveline, 58, Auxiliary Bishop of Marseille since 2013

Msgr. Jacques Blaquart, 65, Bishop of Orleans since 2010, Chair of the Solidarity Committee of the Episcopal Conference

Msgr. Jean-Paul James, 65, Bishop of Nantes since 2009

Msgr. Dominique Lebrun, 60, Archbishop of Rouen since 2015

Mgr. Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, 55, Auxiliary Bishop of Paris since 2008, Chairman of the Faith Commission of the Episcopal Conference

Msgr. Pierre d'Ornellas, 64, Archbishop of Rennes since 2007

Msgr. Laurent Ulrich, 66, Archbishop of Lille since 2008, former Vice-Chairman of the Episcopal Conference

Msgr. Pascal Wintzer, 57, Archbishop of Poitiers since 2012

There is also a name that has recently been given special mention and is also highlighted by La Croix:

Father François-Xavier Dumortier, 69, Jesuit, former Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

For the Paris See, Francis may not only use the Jesuit order to obtain information, but make another Jesuit Archbishop.

François-Xavier Dumortier

The Jesuit Dumortier was born on November 4, 1948 in Levroux, France. His family is from French Flanders. He studied Political Science at the Institut d 'Etudes Politiques de Paris and Law at the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris with a specialization in Legal Philosophy. At the age of 25, in 1973, he entered the Society of Jesus and studied philosophy and theology at the Center Sèvres of the Jesuit order in Paris and at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge Massachusetts. In 1982 he was ordained a priest and in 1990 also took solemn vows in his order. For 20 years he taught philosophy, mainly ethics, at the Paris Jesuit College Center Sèvres of which he was its principal from 1997 to 2003. His research focus was the work of Hannah Arendt. In 2003 he was appointed Pro-Provincial of France. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI made him the rector of the Roman Jesuit College Gregoriana. This is a post he held until 1 September 2016. Since the beginning of 2014 he is a Knight of the French Legion of Honor. Pope Francis personally made him a Synodal participant for the Double Synod of the Family in 2014. In 2008 he was already talked about as successor to Msgr. Gerard Defois as Archbishop of Lille. Now he is considered the most promising candidate for the Episcopal See of Paris.

On 15 April 2016, just a week after the presentation of the post-synodal letter Amoris laetitia , Rector Dumortier hosted a conference on this highly controversial document. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, and Archbishop Vicente Paglia, at that time President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, attended the meeting. In his greeting, Dumortier expressed his unreservedly positive response to Amoris laetitia, in whose establishment he had himself participated as a synod.

His introduction and the conference papers are in video:

 

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
 Image: Youtube (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
Link...https://www.katholisches.info/2017/11/wer-wird-naechster-erzbischof-von-paris/
AMDG

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cupich Crushed by Pro-Life Archbishop of Kansas City

Edit: cautiously speaking, this looks like good news.

Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2017 / 08:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a move seen as an endorsement of St. John Paul II's “culture of life” approach, the US bishops on Tuesday elected Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas as chairman of the conference's committee on pro-life activities.


The bishops also elected a conference secretary and the chairs of five additional committees Nov. 14 during their plenary assembly in Baltimore, Md. Board members for Catholic Relief Services were elected as well.


Archbishop Naumann won the pro-life committee with 96 votes, or 54 percent. The other candidate, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, garnered 82 votes, or 46 percent. The committee has customarily been overseen by a cardinal.

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/us-bishops-elect-archbishop-naumann-as-pro-life-committee-chair-90492

AMDG

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Message to Catholic Bloggers About Mark Shea

Edit: the people who are his apparent superiors are really the problem. He doesn't seem to be recognizably Catholic, despite his claims and appearances on EWTN, the network gone wrong. Here's Andy Nowicki, who asks the Catholic hierarchy, anyone, to intervene:

Friday, November 10, 2017

MSNBC et Christ Mathews Locuta Causa Finita

Edit: doncha just love it when people who are Catholic purely for social and cultural reasons suddenly remember they're Catholic and declare themselves as experts in all things Catholic when there's an axe to grind?

[Catholicism.org] Chris Matthews has just published a book on Robert Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit (Simon & Schuster), which he is promoting vigorously. Among the numerous interviews he has given (many to his colleagues at MSNBC), the one with Al Sharpton, embedded below, has come to our attention for its mention of Father Leonard Feeney.
Around the 6:14 mark, Matthews makes a fleeting mention of Father Feeney as an example of someone that had, early on, roused “raging spirit” of Bobby Kennedy.
The mention of Father Feeney is limited to these words, which I have transcribed as faithfully as possible:
When that priest, Father Feeney, in the 40’s… late 40’s… was saying “no salvation outside the Catholic Church, everybody else is going to hell,” Bobby wrote a letter to the paper, fought the … fought the Cardinal over it. His mother thought he was going to get excommunicated over it, and then the priest got excommunicated.
Read Brother Andre's commentary...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Rome Makes Quibbling Denial of Planned Future Sacrilegious Communion Service with Lutheran Heretics

Pope's effusive praise for the Protestant Revolt have inspired credible rumors
about a future "Mass" combining evil Protestant and Catholic elements and sacrilegious
Communion.
Edit: isn't the protestant prayer service  the heart and soul of the Novus Ordo?

(Rome) Roman authorities deny that the Vatican is preparing to conduct an "ecumenical Mass."
At the Vatican, it is denied that there is "a commission charged with drawing up an 'ecumenical Mass' for Catholics and Lutherans to attend and receive communion."
The Vatican assures that rumors surrounding the anniversary of the Reformation are "completely wrong."

Official Vatican Commission or informal grassroots group with papal benevolence?

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke: What exactly did he deny?
To be precise, the Vatican denied that there was "a commission" officially in charge. In recent days, informal initiatives have been reported by various media, including InfoVaticana and Vaticanista Marco Tosatti. "Roman grassroots communities" are to work with the alleged "benevolence of Santa Marta" at an "ecumenical Mass".
The difference between official and informal is blatant, but in the concrete case - if the information is correct - it would only serve to conceal it. In the absence of an official commission, the Vatican could dispute anything while informally prepared with a papal blessing, that which is disputed.
In any case, if the rumor is wrong, it shows what observers of the Vatican already know, since the "Bergoglio style" had its entry there.

Is Cardinal Sarah being kept in the dark?

Tosatti had published a chronicle in the US magazine First Things and wrote in it of a "commission", which was to have created a "legendary (fabulous?)," so InfoVaticana, "ecumenical Mass". The Vatican also mentioned that Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Worship and the Order of the Sacraments, was being kept in the dark about it.
This is credible insofar as Cardinal Sarah has already been bypassed (or deceived) directly by Pope Francis. Although it falls within the faculty of the Cardinal, it happened two months ago that the Motu proprio Magnum principium was kept secret from him. He only learned about it from the paper, although the document, in addition to the pope's signature, also bears that of his secretary, Archbishop Arthur Roche, who was supposed to be the Cardinal's closest collaborator.
The rumors of an "ecumenical Mass" are also considered credible, because in the past 18 months Pope Francis poured out the deluge of praise for Martin Luther and his Reformation.

New food for rumors and denials

The rumors received new sustenance when the newspaper The Australian asked for a report from the Vatican about the nature of an "ecumenical Mass," but received no response.
"Ecumenical Mass" of tomorrow? In the picture a teddybear Mass
Last week, turmoil increased as names of alleged members of the ghostly "commission" emerged, including the well-known, progressive liturgist Andrea Grillo, who was a constant critic of Benedict XVI on liturgical issues, however, in this pontificate happens to be an Ultrabergoglian. Last Friday, Grillo denied to the Catholic Herald, the existence of such a Vatican Commission.
The restlessness must have been audible up to the highest floors of the Vatican, as it has now come to a double denial.
Curia Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, told Christopher Lamb of the progressiveTablet, that the rumors about a Vatican commission to prepare an "ecumenical Mass" are "completely wrong". Likewise,Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, who stated when he was asked, that the rumors are "just wrong."

How credible are the denials?

The readers of InfoVaticana, following their comments, are not reassured by these denials. Too many remember the apparent confusion, which took place a few months ago surrounding Pope Francis and his immediate circle about another "commission". On June 14, 2017, the Roman historian, Prof. Roberto de Mattei, quite concretely wrote in an essay of the existence of a "secret commission" with the task to re-interpret the encyclical Humanae vitaeDe Mattei also mentioned the names of Commissioners, including as Head Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo.
Curia Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, a former Family Minister to the Vatican and current President of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, spoke on June 16 in front of the microphones and categorically denied the existence of such a "commission" and especially such an intention. In the same breath, however, he casually let it be known that there was a "study group", which was almost completely lost.
Avvenire, the daily newspaper of Italian bishops, went so far as to present the information published by de Mattei on a "Commission" as "media manipulation.The rumors got louder and louder until on July 25, Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo of Radio Vatican gave an interview and confirmed the existence of a "research group." If one reads Paglia's disclaimer retrospectively and literally, he had ultimately only denied the existence of a "Commission". A "research group" is something completely different.
Such hair-splitting, which serve the concealment, are responsible for an apparent loss of confidence in statements by representatives by the papal clique, as the comments at InfoVaticana show.
The Vatican's Marco Tosatti was the first to report in mid-May about the existence of a secret commission on Humanae vitae, which turned out to be correct despite several weeks of denials by the Vatican. The same Tosatti now reported on the informal commission for the elaboration of an "ecumenical Mass". So should Pope confidante Roche and Vatican spokesman Burke have denied only the existence of an official Vatican commission, but not generally the existence of such commission on behalf of the Pope?
Text: Giuseppe Nardi 
Image: Vatican.va/Novusordowatch (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
AMDG

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cardinal Müller Adds Dubia of His Own!

[Sandro Magister] Two books have come out recently, both of them by prominent authors and both in response to the “dubia” submitted to Pope Francis one year ago by four cardinals, concerning the post-synodal exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.”
The first of these books, published in Italy by Ares, has already prompted a lot of discussion. It is by Rocco Buttiglione, a well-known scholar of philosophy and an authoritative interpreter of the philosophical thought of John Paul II, today a staunch defender of the “openness” introduced by Francis regarding communion for the divorced and remarried, and an equally resolute proponent of the perfect continuity between the magisterium of the current pope on the subject of morality and the encyclical “Veritatis Splendor” by pope Karol Wojtyla.
But even more than by what Buttiglione has written, which was already known, the discussion has been ignited by the preface for the same book, signed by Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, the former prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith.

http://magister.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2017/11/06/the-dubia-are-more-alive-than-ever-and-cardinal-muller-is-adding-another-all-his-own/
AMDG

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Canonization for John Paul I is Ramping up

"33-day Pope" complained a few hours before his death in September 1978 about severe pain in the upper chest - "La Stampa": confirmation of "heroic virtue" is imminent


Rome (kath.net/KAP) Details of the death of the "33-day Pope" John Paul I has come up now. Accordingly, the Pope complained a few hours before his death on 28 September 1978 about severe pain in the upper chest, but did not want to call a doctor. This supports the official account according to which John Paul I succumbed to a heart attack. The unexpectedly early end of the pontificate had provoked speculation about a possible murder.




The new findings are based on previously unpublished documents, which are now being published in a book by the vice-lawyer for the beatification of John Paul I, Stefania Falasca ("Papa Luciani - Chronicle of a Death"). The Vatican correspondent Andrea Tornielli quoted contents of the volume appearing on Tuesday at the weekend in advance in the online edition of the Italian newspaper "La Stampa".


According to Falasca, the note on the heart attack suffered by John Paul I in the presence of his secretary John Magee can be found in the report of the papal physician Renato Buzzonetti to the Vatican Secretariat of State immediately after the papacy. In addition to medical records of Albino Luciani, the later John Paul I, the book also documents cardinals' doubts about the cause of death: for example, the papal electors questioned doctors about possible signs of malign influence before the recent conclave.


On the day of the publication of Falasca's book, a session of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints will take place  on John Paul I in the Vatican. On Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Vatican correspondent Tornielli, a confirmation of the incumbent Pope Francis about the "heroic virtue" of his predecessor can be expected. This, together with the proof of a miracle, is a prerequisite for a beatification.


Photo: Pope John Paul I


AMDG

Saturday, November 4, 2017

French Government Demands Removal of Cross Atop John Paul II Monument

The previously "balanced secularism" is being shaken in France by "attacks on Christ and the cross." The Diocese of Vanne will help to find a solution.

Ploermel (kath.net) The Paris administrative court had ruled that the cross must be removed on the larger-than-life monument of Pope John Paul II, kath.net has reported. Now the Diocese of Vannes is criticizing the decision. Although the statue does not belong to the church, but to the small town of Ploermel, the diocese does not want to challenge the decision in court, the diocese explained in a press release. But the diocese regrets the tendency that Christians are less and less visible in society. The previous "balanced secularism" France has been upset by "attacks on Christ and the cross." The Diocese of Vanne will help to find a solution.

Even the mayor of Ploermel is committed to the location of the cross. He suggests that the ground on which the statue stands should be given to a private person, and French law allows crosses to be displayed on private property. The seven-meter-high Pope statue is visited by tourists.
The dispute over the cross has long been internationally known. Even the Polish government has since intervened and expressed its concern for the process.

The statue in its original form


AMDG

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Catholics Pray Rosary to Oppose Evils of False Ecumenism Endorsed by Grand Rapids Diocese


Edit: received this letter from a Catholic, Tyler Nethercott, who resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who organized a rosary prayer outside their cathedral to object to the false ecumenism going on, where the local ordinary and many others endorse the evils of the Protestant Revolt. 

Greetings,

I wanted to provide you with a recap of a prayerful protest at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

On Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, there was an "Ecumenical Prayer Celebration" taking place to commemorate the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther's schismatic revolt against Holy Mother Church.

This event was sponsored by none other than the local Catholic ordinary, Bishop David Walkowiak.

A video of the abominable event can be found here.

In the spirit of of so many great defenders of the faith before us, we had about 30 parishioners participate in the recitation of all 15 decades of the Most Holy Rosary while holding banners (for Our Lady, St. Joseph, and Christ the King) and posters (with professions of faith, a desire for true unity, and a call to pray the rosary). Our prayers and admonitions were, as St. Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "with all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity."

We were able to gather near the entrance to the Cathedral on public property and earned the attention of nearly everyone passing by.

A handful of people stopped, one of them expressing his displeasure with us, another for 5 minutes of discussion...even an older priest who we humbly and respectfully reminded of his duty to oppose error (and not to promote it!).

It is certain that Our Lady and Our Lord Jesus Christ, on this special feast day, would find some solace in these prayers of reparation for so many lost souls divided by the errors of one of the most infamous men of the past two millennia.

Of note, please pray for a gentleman named Russell who joined us for all 15 decades. Russell is homeless and became Protestant during his adulthood after having been Catholic as a child. His wife died from cancer, and his mother just died. His family does not want anything to do with him.

There is all but certainly more to his story, but suffice it to say he still remembered all of the prayers. He was given a rosary and some money - neither of which did he ask for.

Let us pray that Our Lady will cover him in her mantle and help guide him back to the faith and to care for his temporal needs.

If you would like to email the Bishop to express your concern with this event (and so many others like it), I believe his email is:

dwalkowiak@dioceseofgrandrapids.org

Pax et Bonum
Tyler Nethercott


Monday, October 30, 2017

Oldest Frescoes of St. Benedict Rediscovered in the Ruins of Norcia Monastery

Newly Discovered Frescoes, St. Benedict of Nursia
(Rome) The heavy earthquakes that shook the birthplace of Benedict of Nursia in the late summer and early autumn of 2016 also brought down the consecrated basilica in Norcia's city center. In the rubble, the oldest fresco of the ba
silica was discovered last month.
It is a representation of the saint who founded the Benedictine order in the 6th century. "Due to the collapse caused by the earthquakes, the image came to light," said the Director of the Heritage Office of Umbria, Marica Mercalli. "At present, the collapse-endangered parts of the wall are being cleared away in the transept."

"A precious sign" from the rubble.

"The fresco is of great importance. It was discovered last March by the prior of the Benedictine monastery of Nursia, who also bears the significant name of Benedict. Now we were able to document it in all its beauty," says Mercalli.
The Benedictines knew nothing of this fresco before the earthquake. It only shone from the rubble of the church. "The discovery is a valuable sign for us," said the Prior.
After Napoleon had expelled the Benedictines from the birthplace of their founding father, the first return of monks took place in Holy Year 2000It is an Old Rite convent that revives the Benedictine tradition in Norcia.
The monastic community lost everything in the earthquake, the monastery and the churchThe basilica had been given to them by the local bishop of Spoleto for pastoral care, but also as convent church. In recent years, the monks gradually took the necessary steps for the celebration in the traditional form of the Roman Rite of restoration, as the basilica was up to the liturgical reform of 1969.
With the reconstruction of the basilica after the earthquake, however, the church was deprived of them again by the new local bishop, because he wants to rebuild the ruined church as "modern." This would be make its further use by the monks impossible anyway. The monks accepted the decision in humility and did not say a word about it. Others speak of an "unfriendly" act of the bishop, especially since the funds for the reconstruction were promised by the Italian Prime Minister.
The monks lived in tents after the earthquake. Meanwhile, they were able to build an emergency monastery and an emergency church made of wood, which were consecrated on the Feast of the Holy Cross.
Text: Gi useppe Nardi 
Image: Nebbie del Tempo (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
AMDG 











Sunday, October 29, 2017

Guest Post: Priest Attacks Latin Mass Community for Not Doing Their Part in Heartland

Edit: the following is a Sunday guest post from Laramie.

Sharing The Love On Fatima's Anniversary

By Laramie Hirsch

You would think that on the centennial anniversary of an apparition foretelling the world's doom, a Catholic would expect to hear a homily discussing either apocalyptic themes or perhaps a call to repentance with heavy emphasis on the use of the confessional. Or, if you are attending a Novus Ordo parish on the anniversary of Fatima, you can perhaps expect to hear a lovely little sermon about "the beautiful Miracle of the Sun." Myself, I can imagine a priest droning on and on about the beauty of God's miracles without even once mentioning a thing about the messages of the omen.

None of this was the case at a certain diocesan parish that I sometimes discuss. Though this parish has been hosting a TLM community since the reign of Pope Benedict XVI, it has recently been coming under fire under the tenure of Tulsa's latest Pope-Francis-installed bishop.

Instead of mentioning anything at all about Fatima, the Latin Mass community was roasted by the priest for not "pulling their weight" with the collections. The overall message was this: Look folks, you have a nice Latin Mass thing going on here, but it ain't gonna pay for itself. We're in the red, and you need to pick up the slack.

Of course, the parish in question has been in the red before, so there's that. But on the other hand, this parish is in a very low-income part of the city--usually the kind of parish location where the TLM community is funneled to. But this sermon was given in spite of the fact that this year's collections were a substantial improvement from the previous year's collections.

Income

According to the parish church bulletin I've obtained, the facts and figures are thus:

Anglos (28% of the parish) contribute 40%
Hispanics (60% of the parish) contribute 46%
Latin (12% of the parish) contribute 24%

(The term "Anglos" is the priest's terminology, not mine. The priest even went in to comparing the annual income of the parish's neighborhood with the more well-off neighborhoods in the city.)

Now, consider how treasured the Hispanic community is to our bishops. Consider how they are embraced and welcomed with full love by the liberal Church hierarchy and Leftist priests throughout the United States. Consider how these priests will gladly stand outside the church to greet the Hispanic crowds with a smile. And then, consider the disdain that is showered upon those who take Catholicism seriously--the Latin Mass laity--who is considered the black sheep of the Catholic world.

In this situation, we see that the Latin laity brings in TWICE the amount of money that would represent them. Even when counting for sacramental donations and annual Kermes, the Hispanic community still cannot "carry their own weight." (A kermes is a sort of Hispanic festival that's held as a parish fundraiser.)

Nevertheless, the priest will continue to be stern, giving the congregation veiled threats of parish failure if they don't bring in more money.

The indelicate "sermon" was a slap in the face. To add insult to injury, this was only the second time the newly-installed priest--who is hostile to the TLM--gave any kind of homily to the Latin community. And, perhaps as expected, he did not help the Latin priest distribute communion.


Moral Of This Story

The New Order Church has it out for all remnants of the Catholic Church as your fathers knew it. It is easy to read about this sort of thing on the internet or in a book. But I must say, to witness this spectacle in person--the blackballing, the passive aggressiveness, the icing out--to see it all live and up front is quite startling to hear about.

A priest has recently been cited to say that:

"It's no use hankering for that 'Sunday Catholic' lifestyle which Traditionalists made a great effort to restore after the earthquake of Vatican II. Both the 1950s and the 1970s are gone forever. By this crisis God is purifying His Church, which may be reduced to numbers and to a lifestyle close to those of the early Church."

This same priest warns us that the beautiful buildings, relics, artwork, and museums will all be lost, so we should brace ourselves. Latin communities are holding on to the treasures of the Church by their fingertips. But at the end of the day, the laity doesn't carry the authority of a priesthood. We are told by Our Lady of Akita that the only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. This is not hard to imagine in a Catholic Church that now intends to celebrate Martin Luther.

The wolves are circling, and our previous pope fled in fear of them.

AMDG

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cardinal Brandmüller Demands That Pope Answers Dubia 

[Cathcon] Last year, four cardinals had made public their criticism of the Pope with their "Dubia". For this they learned a great deal of counter-criticism. One of them now defends the requests to Francis.


The German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller defended the "Dubia", which he co-wrote, to Pope Francis. He understood the criticism that had triggered the publication of the questions. But the step was "only taken after a waiting for an answer", he said in the interview of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" (Saturday). "And especially with regard to the fact that many believers have had the same questions and are waiting for an answer," the Cardinal explained.


"What do you mean, what phone calls, letters, inquiries we get?", Brandmüller continued. "They also say," Why do you not do anything, you Cardinals ? "We finally made an oath of office and are by office advisers to the Pope." They had asked for an audience, but they also did not receive an answer on this, the 88-year-old said.

http://cathcon.blogspot.com/2017/10/cardinal-brandmuller-demands-pope.html?m=1

AMDG

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