Friday, April 17, 2015

A Turning Point in the Franciscan Papacy

[Chiesa] ...Last Sunday Pope Francis could have said as little as possible. Instead, and this is what is new, he went further, and by far.

Not only did he put the genocide of the Armenians at the head of the other genocides of the past century, but he listed them one by one, down to the ones that are still being carried out today to the harm of many who are “persecuted, exiled, killed, decapitated for the sole fact of being Christian,” whether they be Catholic or Orthodox, Syriac, Assyrian, Chaldean, Greek. Like one hundred years ago, he said, “it seems that humanity is not able to cease from shedding innocent blood.”

Virulent reactions from the Turks, waffling from Western politicians. For Francis the peace and quiet is over.

Back from Hospital -- Thanks For the Prayers and Encouragement

For Christ Has Reconciled Everything to Himself
On Easter Sunday, I went over many things in my mind, even some that have to do with I had not expected to spend the Easter Octave in the hospital.  Everything came unexpectedly quickly and radically.
The instantaneous decision to visit the hospital, proved to be  true coincidence. "This is very serious,"  I was told, after 48 hours the cause had been securely identified. The statistics speak indeed of an impressive situation. In the German speaking areas alone,  tens of thousands of people die every year of it because the symptoms are misinterpreted and the danger is not recognized.
The events led me to consider once more, just how fragile human existence is in this world. Out of the blue life and death come close. And how wise and humane, is the Church Who exhorts us to be prepared.
The so kind wishes, which were communicated to me, especially those of the readers, did not make it easier for me to stay in hospital, but I was also very touched inwardly. Praise for me dissolves in me a certain amount of embarrassment, but I could accept this gratefully as it was in brotherhood. It's an experience in such a situation for which I would like to thank from the depths of my heart.

The "Spiritualized" Emptiness of the Full Tomb

Minden Cross (almost 1000 years old)
In the hospital, there was the opportunity for some good conversation, which demonstrated the innermost desire and longing of people for beauty, truth and goodness. In each hospital room of a public hospital there was hung a cross, all anti-cross-judgments and secular attacks notwithstanding.
The visit to the hospital chapel was sobering, as far as the "spiritualized" emptiness found. It reminded me of the outrageous content, of the arrogant  Easter paper of the EKD, according to  which it was "not definitive" for the Christian faith, whether the grave of Christ was empty or not on Easter Sunday.  But Christ was present in the Blessed Sacrament. What a grace in such a place. The Tabernacle: a charming cube of a steal shell from a creative designer whose configuration might  be more suitable for a luxury refrigerator.
The wall before which  the priest celebrated Mass versus populum, though pleasingly colorful, was but meaningless. On the altar, after all, was a metal cross as the only support for the troubled human eyes. The bars of the cross without corpus were so thin that one's eyes could hardly fix it, they did not want to fall into the position of having to constantly watch the priest in his actions. On a side wall, a wonderful wood corpus of the Lord caught the eyes, hung a larger than life.   What a contrast in the same chapel.
A young man kneeling reverently beside me in the pew, I invited afterward in front of the chapel to an event, where he had the opportunity to get to know the tradition.
The appreciation of the readers made it easier for me to switch off completely for this time. This also means that I now have some catching up to do, it is read to follow up on contacts to gather information and to rate the seven and.

Call genocide genocide also - The Martyrdom of Armenians

Armenian settlement area in 1896
The only report, despite the "intermission", that I've received in the hospital bed, has pleased me: Pope Francis named the 100th anniversary of the suffering of the Armenians for what it was, namely genocide. That had been done before him by John Paul II. Already in 1915 Benedict XV, raised his voice in favor of this ancient Christian.
In the international sense we speak of genocide, in the canonical sense in a far higher level of martyrdom. What happened in parts of the Ottoman Empire and wanted the beginning of the 20th century by the young Turkish government, was the martyrdom of an entire people, even more so: the martyrdom of Christians. Flayed, interned, displaced and killed were the Armenians, the Greeks, the Syrian Christians (Chaldeans, Assyrians, Arameans).
Their crime? To be Christians. Expressed cynically: Your crime was to be Christians in the "wrong place". The new nationalism demanded uniformity by hegemonization. The hegemon was Muslim, Sunni and Turkish. There was no place for Christians, was the verdict that was mercilessly and violently executed in all directions in bloody deeds.
Unfortunate and disturbing is the reaction of present-day Turkey. It is doubly questionable because those governing now  stand in the tradition of the Young Turks and yet have a greater distance to the events. Only what insight can  be expected from other Muslim governments and political / religious movements in the Islamic world, when the Turkish government, which has been courted by the West for so many decades and is considered the closest partner of Israel in the Middle East, shows so little insight?
It is distinguished from the Church of Christ,  Who calls a spade a spade and stands to behind her brothers and sisters in the faith. Especially where the policy is prepared, based on which interest whatsoever, to expose merciless killing on the one hand  and on the other hand to cover up the killing of the other.

Days of Recovery

Now, these are still days of recovery, but the doctors were convinced that the therapy is going well and have released me to home. It will take a bit to close the gaps. The longer essay on Dom Helder Camara, on which I worked on Tuesday in the Octave of Easter and from which I was torn out, will have to be postponed for the time being. I hope to publish it as soon as possible.
I want to thank all of our readers and also all employees, authors, and not least the editor, for the sympathy and prayer, but also for the patience in such  fast-moving times and especially the "blindness" somewhat in the information area.  It will be my job and obligation to comply with this confidence through their daily work. In the meantime, I would ask you to recommend me the grace of our Lord, so that the recovery completely successful and no complications.
In grateful Bonding
Your Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred

Thursday, April 16, 2015

First Mass in the Immemorial Mass -- Joyful Celebration for the Church of Sardinia

First Mass in the traditional rite at the Marian Shrine of Bonaria in Sardinia
(Cagliari) This past Sunday, 12 April was for the Archdiocese of Cagliari on the Italian Mediterranean island of Sardinia, a memorable historic day.
On the afternoon of  White Sunday, known since 2000 as  Mercy Sunday,   the new priest of the Archdiocese, Don Michele Piras, celebrated his Primiz in the majestic Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria, the patroness  of the island, his first Mass. And he did so in the Immemorial Mass of the Roman Rite.
On the morning of the day before, Michele Piras was consecrated a priest by Mons. Arrigo Miglio, Archbishop of Cagliari and Primate of Sardinia and Corsica, in the cathedral church. Those present were Cardinal Luigi De Magistris, Emeritus Archbishop Pier Giuliano Tiddia of Oristano and the Bishop Emeritus Antioco Piseddu of Lanusei and about a hundred priests who had come to this happy day.

Shrine of Bonaria - After 50 years, first Sacrifice of the Mass in the Traditional Rite

For 50 years, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was no longer celebrated at the Marian Shrine of Bonaria in the Immemorial Rite. "A truly exceptional joy in many ways," says the traditional website Messa in Latino (MiL).
Sardinia was until recently, a particularly barren ground for the traditional rite. But the ordination of Don Michele Piras now made visible a fruit that had remained hidden. This was particularly evident in the participation of numerous Sardinian clergy for the First Mass. The liturgical service deliberately involved exclusively Sardinian clergy. The response of the diocesan leadership  and clergy show that rejection is not  a "self-evident" reflex in any way.

Sardinian Clergy is Actively Involved

Strong presence of Sardinian clergy (especially the younger)
Don Gianluca Pretta, pastor of Gesico (Cagliari) would have assisted, but had to cancel due to personal reasons at the last minute and was replaced by Father William Barker, Minister of the Personal Parish of  SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini in Rome, procurator of the Fraternity of St. Peter, the Holy See and official of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei;  Don Giorgio Domenico Lenzi, pastor of Sant'Antioco (Cagliari), incardinated in the Institute of the Good Shepherd, served as Deacon; as subdeacon, Don Angelo Cardia, pastor of Soleminis (Cagliari) and Master of Ceremonies, Don  Cristiano Piseddu, priest of the Archdiocese of Cagliari, who is currently completing his studies in Rome.
The first Mass' sermon was by Don Fabrizio Pibiri, pastor of Donori (Cagliari), who presented with both powerful and beautiful words on the greatness of the Catholic priesthood and pointed to how young priest  assumes the responsibility by his ordained ministry.
Also, numerous clergy appeared for the first Mass. In the first place was  Cardinal Luigi de Magistris, who comes from the archdiocese itself; the Vicar General of the Archdiocese, Canon Giovanni Ligas and many pastors and priests of the archdiocese, the younger clergy was particularly represented, who had come also from other dioceses of the island. Likewise, a number of seminarians of the General Seminary of the island.

Our Lady of Bonaria - Mercedarians and Founding of Buenos Aires

The Shrine of Bonaria has been under the care of the Mercedians for almost 700 years. The Order was founded in 1218 by St. Raymond of Penyafort,  in the first century as a knightly order and from 1317 as a purely religious order,  which put its main concern for the liberation of the Christians abducted and enslaved by Muslims. If there was not enough money for the ransom, the brothers offered themselves as replacements.  With the discovery of the Americas   the Mercedarians, who are among the mendicant orders since 1670, put their apostolate in the service  of slaves in the New World, which they supplemented by the proselytizing of the Indians. Today the Order continues its founding, especially in the prison ministry.
Sardinia from 1324 belonged to the kingdom of Aragon and for 400  years was connected with Spain. For this reason, the Mercedarians also came from there to the island. In 1534 the Roman-German Emperor Charles V, King of Spain conceived an expedition by Pedro de Mendoza in the New World. Mendoza, knew of Sardinia and the Shrine of Bonaria, and called upon her for a happy crossing and the discovery of the mouth of the Rio de la Plata, which was founded there by him, and called at first Santa María del Buen Aire  from which the present capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires comes.
The religious superiors and pastor of Bonaria, Father Giovannino Tolu, welcomed the new priest at the entrance of the Basilica and after he had put on his priestly stole,  accompanied him to his first sacrifice on the altar.

Large Participation of Faithful People

Flag of Sardinia
The polyphonic chants from the time of Palestrina were sung by the archbishop's Cathedral Choir under the direction of Canon Gianfranco Deiosso,  a Choral Schola chanted the Gregorian settings under the direction of Don Nicola Ruggeri, pastor of Senorbi (Cagliari).
The young acolytes came from the parish of Santa Giusta Gesico, who were noticeable by their natural seriousness and the ease with which they moved in great dignity in the Old Rite.
The largest church in the island was crowded at this festive occasion by a believing people, who had streamed in from the Archdiocese, but also from other dioceses to gratefully praise God for the grace to have been given a new priest, to receive the blessing of priest at his first Mass and to kiss the sacred chrism after yet fragrant, consecrated hands of the newly ordained.
Don Piras was born in Sant'Elia district of Cagliari. After the visit of the Archbishop minor seminary, he entered the seminary of his native diocese and completed his studies with a degree in Rome. His first pastoral care center will be as vicar of a parish of the Archdiocese in the country.
Text: MiL / Giuseppe Nardi
image: Messa in Latin

On the "Margins of the Church" -- Traditional Rite: Situation Report From Abruzzo

Holy Mass in Traditional Rite.  Don Gaston with his
Mass Servers

(Rome), Mass locations in the traditional Rite are  not available anywhere in the immediate vicinity. The Coordinamento Nazionale Summorum Pontificum(CNSP) in Italy recently reported the difficulties in the Italian region of Abruzzo on the Adriatic.

In the Episcopal city of Teramo  the Order of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate worked, who were birtually active in  ministry. This past February 11, the remaining brothers had to leave their friary on the instructions of the Apostolic Commissioner, Father Fidenzio Volpi.

In 2007, the diocesan Bishop Michele Seccia called upon the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate  to his diocese and gave them the recently abandoned (because of an absence of vocations)  Dominican Friary of the city. Since then, they have served the faithful in the traditional Rite according Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI.

Commissioner Volpi Took Away the Faithful's Mass Location

In August 2013, the religious leadership was deposed and Commissioner Volpi was commissioned by the Congregation of Religious  and with the approval of Pope Francis, to take control of the Order. His term is a raging against the traditional Rite and the traditional spirituality of the Order. The Commissioner has closed a number of friaries, including that of Teramo (see Commissioner Closes Convent of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate of Teramo ). Since then, the faithful have been deprived of their Mass location. This "collateral damage" (CNSP) apparently doesn't concern the Commissioner.

Marie Sanctuary Castelpietroso

Marie Sanctuary Castelpietroso

Finally, a priest who is only on temporary loan from the Diocese of Teramo-Atri has been found. Ironically, it is Don Gaston Munoz Meritello, an Argentine. He is chaplain of the parish of Castelnuovo Vomano. Teramo is  approximately 25 kilometers halfway to the sea. From the Adriatic town of Vasto to the south, however, it is an almost two-hour drive. It goes even further. In Abruzzo and Molise, the faithful who are accustomed to the traditional rite  have to travel long distances. Several bishops even aired their dislike of the Roman Rite also under Benedict XVI.

The now retired Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano in Molise, Armando Dini, has deprived the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception in autumn 2005, and prior to the promulgation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, the Marian shrine to the Sorrowful Mother of Castelpietroso. The reason: because they put too much emphasis on a worthy celebration of the Sacred Liturgy in the New Rite. The  Order made the celebration of the traditional rite its own in 2008. The removal of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate was justified by the Archbishop as "necessary" to strengthen the "new evanglization" in the Archdiocese.

Tiny Chapel in Seclusion

The chaplain is not allowed to celebrate Mass in the parish church, but in a small chapel in a remote hamlet. The faithful are simply happy it's  possible at all. The celebration of the Holy Mass begins at 5 O'clock. "The small church of St. Andrew is tiny, but very old. Everything is very simple, not to say poor. The pews are the beautiful proof that here, generations of believers have knelt and prayed.  Modest and small it all may be, yet as soon as the celebration begins, the sacrifice of the Mass shines here in great dignity," said the reporter.

"A last resort" say the faithful of the local Coetus and they refer to the seclusion and the capacity of just 20 faithful. In Teramo  a remarkable community has formed. When the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate were sent off the locks of church and sacristy were changed. An unfriendly gesture.

Thankfully, the believers still have, however, Don Gaston. He is one of the two Argentine priests of the diocese.

"Margins of the Church" Hardly More Tangible Anywhere

The bishop has   with the change of Pope, left behind the pastoral open-mindedness. He asked the faithful to be patient so that he could find a "new solution". "A fairly unique situation," said Messa in Latino . "The bishop is looking for a new church, although the former church is empty." The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate had to go, but the old Dominican church of Teramo is still in place: "Now it is unused and locked," say the faithful who but give  to understand that they hope with patient trust and wait for the Bishop's call. "Meanwhile, these faithful believers take long road trips," said Messa in Latino . "That is also a job:  not to let the small flame go out."

"A handful of Catholics who were forced out of the city into the impassable undergrowth, because for them there is no place within the ever emptier churches in the city. The slogan of the, margins of the Church,' which someone has spread abroad, is hardly more concretely tangible than in this tiny country chapel," said Messa in Latino .

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: CNSP

Trans: Tancred

Link to Katholisches....


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DICI: The State of Argentina Recognizes the Society of St. Pius X Administratively

Edit: copied from DICI for the record.

Argentina: The State of Argentina Recognizes the Society of St. Pius X Administratively
Filed under From Tradition, News

Queen Mary House, headquarter of the District of South America (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

On April 12, 2015, the Argentinian newspaper Clarin announced the decision of the Secretary of Religion, Guillermo R. Oliveri, published in the official bulletin of the Argentine Republic on April 9, 2015; according to this decision the Society of St. Pius X is recognized in Argentina as a juridical person and has been added to the Register of the Institutes of Consecrated Life in which are listed the Catholic orders and religious congregations present in Argentina.
This decision was made possible, among other formalities, by a letter from the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli, addressed to the Secretary of Religion as a part of the procedures undertaken by the Society’s authorities in 2011. This letter, in which the archbishop of Buenos Aires “asked that ‘the Society of the Apostles of Jesus and Mary’ (Society of St. Pius X) be considered as an association with diocesan rights, until a definitive juridical framework is granted to it in the universal Church,” is a necessary condition for all religious congregations in Argentina.
Cardinal Poli’s document has no canonical authority, for he cannot substitute himself for the Roman authority that alone can settle the Society’s canonical status. It is simply a procedure that allows the State of Argentina to make an administrative decision until “a definitive juridical framework is granted (to the Society) in the universal Church.”

It is important to know that in Argentina, Catholic religious congregations can only exercise their apostolate within an administrative and juridical framework conditioned by their inscription in the register of the Institutes of Consecrated Life, on the ecclesiastical authority’s recommendation.

The fact that Cardinal Poli is Cardinal Bergoglio’s successor to the archiepiscopal see of Buenos Aires is a legitimate reason to believe that this decision was not taken without consulting Pope Francis. Nonetheless, it is nothing more than a strictly administrative procedure in the restricted context of the Republic of Argentina.
(Sources: FSSPX-MG/Clarin/BO Rep. Arg. DICI, 4-13-2015)
Argentina: El Estado Argentino reconoce administrativamente la Fraternidad San Pío X

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Catholic Teacher Fired From Job at "Catholic" School Reinstated

Edit: apparently everyone wins, including the anti-Catholic school administration that objected to the appearance of Catholic schools in the first place.

Even Susan Sarrandon's evil presence in the controversy couldn't keep the woman from regaining her job, but one wonders if the administration expects her to be silent on this from now on.

Indeed, it's the school administration that should resign.

Metuchen, NJ, Apr 14, 2015 / 02:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Jersey Catholic school has reinstated a teacher who was the focus of media controversy over her social media posts critical of LGBT advocacy. The school stressed the need for a positive presentation of the Catholic faith while also lamenting “hurtful” media coverage about the teacher.

Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J., said that all issues related to theology teacher Patricia Jannuzzi’s employment are “resolved.”

Monsignor Seamus Brennan, the school’s director, said he and principal Jean Kline had decided to reinstate Jannuzzi. He said the school’s position is that a Catholic school teacher “must always communicate the faith in a way that is positive and never hurtful.”

Monday, April 13, 2015

Giuseppe Nardi, Editor of Katholisches Has Been Unexpectedly Hospitalized

Due to an unexpected hospitalization Katholisches editor Giuseppe Nardi can not currently publish any  articles.
Please offer your prayers and maybe make a goodwill donation to his site to keep the important work he does on line.

Thank you, Pope Francis!

We at the EF would like to thank Pope Francis for his courageous choice to offend the Turks (i.e., the wicked Mohammedan occupants of Asia Minor) by declaring their genocide of the Armenians a century ago, "the first genocide of the twentieth century," which it was. Thereby, the Roman Pontiff has done his duty to call a spade a spade and to acknowledge the blood of the martyrs which continues to water the garden of holy Church.

We should also draw attention to the Vatican's choice to reject (or at least its reticence to accept) an openly gay ambassador from France. Serves the dirty French revolutionaries right.

It is our hope that these pronounced disavowals of the world will serve the Pontiff well as he endures yet another Synod in Rome this autumn, a mess, granted, which is of his own making. Now that he has made that bed, he must lie in it, as the saying goes. Perhaps there's hope yet for a firm and unambiguous affirmation of the immutable doctrine of the Church? Pray and fast for him.

Pope's Argentine Successor Urges State to Recognize Catholicity of SSPX

Edit: this will make some people at Vatican Insider very unhappy.

Note from CFN: Bishop Fellay and SSPX Leadership have to yet to publicly comment on this development, but will probably do so soon.

Argentina formally recognizes SSPX as part of the Catholic Church - at the request of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires (and Pope Francis?)
Our partners at Adelante de la Fe have broken the news that the Argentinian government has recognized the SSPX as part of the Roman Catholic Church: La FSSPX reconocida en Argentina como parte de la Iglesia Católica Romana.In the words of the official state Resolution granting this recognition:

Friday, April 10, 2015

Benedict XVI.: Liberation Theology is a Falsification of the Christian Faith

(Rome) Benedict XVI. wrote the foreword for a book about his predecessor John Paul II.. "By the side of John Paul II.  Friends and Colleagues Tell" is the title of a forthcoming book. The publisher is the Polish Vaticanist Wlodzimierz Redzioch. Corriere della Sera published some preliminary statements.
Benedict XVI.  personally checked the translation of his words into Italian.  On the question of the "doctrinal challenges," he had to make together with Karol Wojtyla, during his tenure as prefect of the CDF, he replied :
"The first great challenge we faced was liberation theology, which spread in Latin America. Both in Europe and in North America it was common opinion that it constituted a support for the poor and was therefore of course approved. That was a mistake. The poverty and the poor were undisputedly the subject of liberation theology, but in a very specific perspective. (...) It was not about aid and reform, but  the great revolution, from which a new world should emerge. The Christian faith was used as a motor of this revolutionary movement and thereby transformed into a political force. (...) Of course, these ideas were in different variants and they not always appeared with absolute clarity, but overall this was the thrust. Such a distortion of the Christian faith had to be resisted, especially out of love for the poor and the service that would be provided in their favor. " (...)
John Paul II. "Guided us, on the one hand to unmask a false idea of ​​liberation, on the other hand, to show the authentic vocation of the Church to the liberation of man."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Chiesa e postconcilio
Trans: Tancred

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Photographic Comparison --- Urbi et Orbi: Easter 2010 and Easter 2015

Photo Comparison of Urbi et Orbi
 (Rome) The Italian journalist Antonio Socci, known for his book "Non è Francesco" (He is not Francis), in which he questions the legality of the papal election, published a comparison of two photographs of the image service of the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano.
They each show identical perspectives from St. Peter's Square at the blessing Urbi et orbi by Pope Benedict XVI at Easter 2010, and by Pope Francis for Easter 2015. These two years were chosen by Socci because the same weather conditions were present. At both Easter Sunday it was raining heavily in Rome.
One can question the usefulness of such a comparison. More should take care not to try to interpret into it too much.The pictures should speak for themselves.
The comparison may recommend  that  the nexus of attraction because of the "openness"  is stage managed in connection with the ruling Argentine Pope, while during the tenure of Pope Benedict XVI., they moderately campaigned representing the Pope as a "minus", indeed an obstacle to the Church, who is supposed to have deterred believers and those interested because "conservative."

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Antonio Socci (Facebook)/
Trans: Tancred

The Pope and the Transgender --- Scandal or No Scandal?

Transexual Receiving Communion at Prison Liturgy
(Rome) "The Pope and the transsexual", is how the media similarly described  the Holy Thursday liturgy of Pope Francis in the Roman prison Regina Coeli. On the first day of the Triduum Paschale, the Pope again followed his practice of having deserted the liturgically provided cathedral church of Rome and went to the "margins".
This year the Pope visited the Roman prison Regina CoeliHe washed the feet  of male and female prisoners and celebrated in the "Lord's Supper" in the prison hall.

Vatican Television rendered images all over the world

Among the prisoners, whose feet the Pope washed, there was also a transsexual. He then also received Holy Communion from  another priest. The Pope's visit was accompanied by numerous television cameras that transmitted the Liturgy on  Vatican Television and on other television stations around the world.
The sight was for pious Catholic, and perhaps unbelievers, a scandal.  "At first glance", the most famous of Catholic bloggers, Francisco Fernández de la Cigoña did not make it out.  De la Cigoña is known for his direct language and has already even criticized Pope Francis "with respect for his office  and  his dignity."

In prison one  meets the prisoners

"The Pope has celebrated the Last Supper  in prison. There are even murderers, robbers, pedophiles, cheaters, rapists, prostitutes ... " The Pope could not count on anything else "and we could expect nothing less in a prison."
"This time it was just a transsexual offender. Is it worse than a pedophile, rapist or murderer?  Innocent convicts are rarely found in a prison," said de la Cigoña. The Church doesn't go on the Penal Code, but the soul of man. " The transsexual has been excommunicated? Can they not be pardoned for  sin? Even a transsexual can become a saint."

Transsexuals are not the problem, but the impression

"It has even me, a little astonished," said de la Cigoña, "that one of the persons whom the Pope washed in prison, is a transsexual." But Jesus washed the feet of Judas Iscariot. The problem was not that person or other offenders. The question is whether those who were invited for Communion, were in a state of grace. However, the Church doesn't require a statement of confession. Why would they need one in a prison?
Precisely because of this connection: penitence, confession, contrition, forgiveness are not conditions for receiving Holy Communion and even faithful Catholics often are familiar with the scandal of the offense of images from prison that were carried into all the world. The Church has helped sinners at all times. She  has done well, not to broadcast certain things  out loud. Not to excite or give offense, but to avoid confusion. "We do not know what happened in the prison. But the wrong impression, however, should always  be avoided: all were able to unconditionally receive the Lord."
We are in a period in which the gender ideology and the homosexualization are imposed by force, nor is this a  question of whether there was an accidental or deliberate play with gestures and pictures. Someone had chosen those who were to be admitted to the washing of the feet, like two years ago someone had selected prisoners of various religions in youth prison in Rome. It is difficult to accept that it was done without consultation with the Vatican.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: La Cigueña de la Torre
Trans: Tancred
Link to Katholisches...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Rome Informed by Nunciature --- Till Now No Reaction to Illicit Ordination

Bishop Williamson and Jean-Michel Faure, Dressed
as a Bishop
(Brasilia / Rome) This past March 19th, Bishop Richard Williamson, who is excluded from the SSPX, has confected an illicit episcopal ordination in Brazil. The Nunciature in Brazil informed the Vatican in advance. To date, it has not received any response from Rome.
Even before the consecration took place, Msgr. Gouvêa Mattoso Edney, Bishop of the Diocese of Nova Friburgo, informed the clergy and faithful in his diocese in a pastoral letter informed and invited them not to participate in any way in the illicit consecration.
At the same time the Brazilian Diocese informed the Apostolic Nunciature about the illicit episcopal ordination by the "British Bishop Richard Williamson" in the convent of Santa Cruz. The Nunciature immediately passed  the report to the Vatican.
As the Brazilian press agency Estadao reported, no response was given to the Nunciature "from the representatives of the Catholic Church" in Rome and there has been no reaction to date on the diocese message.
Bishop Williamson also consecrated the  priest Jean-Michel Fauré without the permission of the Pope as Bishop. The Fraternity founded by Archbishop Lefebvre distanced himself by the illegitimate episcopal ordination of their former brethren.
As Secretum meum mihi reported, meanwhile, Fauré has offered his first priestly ordination on Saturday as a bishop and has ordained a monk, André Zelaya as a priest.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: InfoVaticana

April Fool's Joke and Serious --- Good Friday Processions in Paris and Munich

Pope Francis Blesses Political Stunt Prop
(Paris / Munich) From April Fool's back to serious. As a number of readers immediately realized  that the report on the Prohibition of the Good Friday processions was an April Fools joke. The French Blog Salon Beige wanted to illustrate the latent to open aversion shown by the French Government against Christianity in a joke. A serious issue was packaged into a joke.
At  several Parisian parishes, Good Friday processions are held as usual again this year.
So back to serious. Tomorrow is Good Friday, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the most influential supporter of the Kasper theses among the diocesan bishops is leading the Good Friday procession in Munich. He will wear the so-called "Lampedusa Cross", which was made on the Italian Mediterranean island to bring attention to the "fate of asylum seekers." This was announced by the archbishop's press office  yesterday.

Cardinal Marx's politically correct Good Friday procession

In July 2013, the island of Lampedusa was thrown in the spotlight when Pope Francis made his first trip abroad there.
The "Lampedusa Cross" is made of two planks of a ship, with which immigrants from North Africa came to the island, which belongs to Italy.  Lampedusa is off the coast of Tunisia and is the first destination of migrant vessels coming today mainly from Libya to bring illegal immigrants to Europe. Lampedusa is the first place where the arrivals are first received by the Italian Government  before being sent to  Sicily or the European continent.
The 60 kg cross was made by the carpenter Franco Tuccio of Lampedusa and shown to Pope Francis on April of 2014 at St. Peter's Square and blessed by him. It is apparently the symbol of a "spiritual relay race". "Whoever requests it,  gets it," said Emmanuele Vai, Casa dello Spirito, Director of the Foundation e dell'Arte, which supports the action.

"Lampedusa Syndrome"

Cardinal Marx and the Cross
Cardinal Marx thus leads a "crossroads of peoples", who are gathered in "the various linguistic and ethnic groups", said the press office of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. The motto of the Good Friday procession is "I was a stranger, and ye took me in." It will provide the focus,  on the "often life-threatening exodus of asylum seekers."
In Italy, critics speak of a "Lampedusa syndrome", which had been introduced into the political debate. In this escapees and refugees would be interwoven with migration and migrants and generalized into the extreme example of immigrants in fragile boats in  distress off Lampedusa and stylized into a symbol that serves as a taboo for the immigration debate in Europe.
In reality, distress tragedies - thank God - even off Lampedusa, are a rarity. In addition,  only a tiny part of Europe's immigration comes by sea to Lampedusa. It is therefore inappropriate to give the impression to make Lampedusa a synonym for millions of migrants to Europe.

"The Cardinal always has the pulse of the times and the State"

Cardinal Marx thus puts the accent on Good Friday by manipulating a politically-correct issue. "The Cardinal  always has the pulse of the times and the State," said a Bavarian canon, who wishes to remain anonymous, with an ambiguous smile. "He's  taken a heavy cross to bear" in reference to the weight of Lampedusa Cross. 
The SSPX spoke in connection with the Pope's visit to Lampedusa 2013 of a "slant-progressive simplification" of a complex issue.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Famiglia Cristiana
Trans: Tancred

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BREAKING NEWS! Cardinal Nichols Changes His Tone!

As many of our readers know, Cardinal Nichols of Westminster isn’t always the most honest, tasteful, or concise member of the College of Cardinals, and recently many of his priests have offered him a vote of no confidence by publishing a letter in which they demand that the next Synod in Rome remain firm on doctrine. (You can read about the letter and his Eminence’s response thereto here.) Such a response is not surprising insofar as the Holy Father has now opened the floodgates for public debate and thereby granted conservatives and traditionalists license to imitate their liberal brethren by publicly airing their minds. Happily, it happens that Cardinal Nichols has now himself learnt a lesson from the priests of his diocese who were bold enough to sign the letter and has in fact changed his tone. In October last year, Nichols published a pastoral letter in which he speaks of the Synod approvingly and with relish. (It may be read here.) Now it seems his Eminence has learnt something of the preconciliar art of concision, precision, and brevity, and publicly changed his mind by publishing a revision, which may be read below. 

The full, revised text of Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ Pastoral Letter is as follows:

To all our brethren and spiritual subjects in Christ, both laics and clerks:

During this season of Lent wherein our holy Mother the Church ever exhorts her children unto increased vigilance, prayer, and penance, our grief and sadness compel us to make known unto you, dear brethren, the machinations of the recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops held in Rome on the theme of the tribulations afflicted upon the family in these foul days of ours. Although fain would we have abstained from such a conventicle of many who have fallen from the sweetness of truth, duty bade us stay and offer unto God the sacrifices of a heart contrite and pierced by the infidelity of so many of our fellow churchmen.

As you have heard or read, many of the Synod fathers were intent upon changing the teaching of the Church (which God forbid!) on marriage and family life. Such, alas, is the case. Superficially, the enemies of truth discussed questions of ‘pastoral care’ that the Church with maternal solicitude ever owes to repentant sinners. Such was all for the good. The primal error afflicting nearly all, however, was the intentionally willed ambiguity whereby almost none distinguished between the repentant and the unrepentant. Whereas the Church must always offer care for the sick of soul, that she might cure the spiritually infirm all the more, from time to time she must rebuke the proud and prod the unrepentant to turn and believe. The universal call to repentance was, we must report, sadly lacking from the Synod Fathers, especially those from Germany. Such widespread lack of faith, is especially disheartening as we consider the ever increasing number of listless souls for whom Christ died, yet who know him not; or who know him, yet love him not.

You may also have heard that the Holy Father was disappointed at the Synod’s outcome. At present, we are not altogether sure what the Supreme Pontiff’s attitude towards the Synod proceedings were or whether he was satisfied with its work. We were, however, taken aback at his refusal or at least unwillingness to reveal his own mind as to what precisely he would have done.

At Synod’s end, Pope Francis spoke at length about his joy, satisfaction, and frustration with its work. He told the assembled Fathers to take to heart how Divine Providence had touched the Synod through its proceedings, and to see how we may have been tempted to reject the promptings of the Holy Ghost. The Synod, he insisted, must needs be a spiritual journey, not a debating chamber. Yet debating is so often all we did. Our “journey” was nothing but a facile glance and glib perusal at some of the trials afflicting the family in the contemporary world. With the desultoriness of chimpanzees, certain speakers moved from topics like concubinage, polygamy, and whoring, to fornication, adultery, and even the sin against nature, with seemingly little cognizance that for sins such as these, innumerable sinners fail to attain salvation. The vagueness of the proceedings and the sins it refused to name was, at times, intolerable.

In the course of the proceedings, the Synod Fathers contributed to the veritable deluge of mindless dribble that passes these days for so-called ‘magisterial’ texts, which seek to appease all by saying little. By the end, it seems, the German revisionists and their allies had hit their mark and drafted the 'Synod Report' on which the Synod Fathers voted, paragraph by paragraph. Quite simply, the votes indicate the gap between the many who have rejected the faith once delivered and those who have remained firm. Unfortunately, this Report now constitutes the matrix from which will emerge the next Synod to be held this October on the predictably ambiguous theme of 'The Vocation and Mission of the Family Today'.

At the end of the Synod, in his closing address, Pope Francis said this: 'Dear brothers and sisters, now we still have one year to mature, with true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront; to give answers to the many discouragements that surround and suffocate families......May the Lord accompany us and guide us in this journey for the glory of His Name.'

That, apparently, is what our loyalty to the Supreme Pontiff requires of us in this present moment. It is our earnest hope, in the meanwhile, to exhort you, faithful souls, during this Lenten season to join your hearts and minds to our Crucified Lord, stretched and nailed, rejected, dying, and alone, who is offered in every Mass and ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, that he avert from us the full measure of the Father’s wrath stirred up by the willful impenitence of wretched and degenerate men who prefer the path of perdition to peace.

With our Apostolic Benediction, we remain

Yours devotedly,
X Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"No Mercy Without Truth" -- Cardinal Müller on the Holy Year and the Synod of Bishops

Prefect Müller:  There are no secret pathways or shortcuts to
(Rome) The proclaimed by Pope Francis extraordinary Holy Year of Charity begins next December 8 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Virgin Mary. "The Holy Year is to serve the people to remember that mercy can not be without the truth," said Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation. Man and the Church "are often tempted to separate one from the other," the cardinal said.
The love of God is closely bound up with the truth. The same applies to the so-called broken families, those who are in an irregular situation. They need  the attention of the Church,  not in new pastoral ways, but by the truth.  Cardinal Müller led a discussion with the Italian news agency ANSA about the upcoming Holy Year. Cardinal Müller belonged to the most ardent defenders at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops last October, of the Catholic teaching on marriage. In preparation for the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the family next October,  he  always returns to take a position on the world stage for the sacrament of marriage as it has been taught by the Church of Christ and how this is why the Church has taught it  for almost 2000 years.

God does not intervene to "keep everything as it is"

In an interview with ANSA, said the cardinal,  the extraordinary Holy Year must "include all." God loves, "as he intervenes in history through His grace." But this is not just a "favor" as the cardinal used the Latin expression. So this is not just a favor- or proof of sympathy, a privilege or an acknowledgment. God does not grab one, "to let everything be as it is", but that the people "experience a renewal, a conversion, so we ever renew our hearts and truly change our lives. Therefore, we must remember also in the Holy Year, that we can not speak of mercy without truth," said Cardinal Prefect Müller.
In view of the Synod of Bishops in October, the German cardinal added that this also applies to the family. "We must accept  all,  especially sinners, because we are all sinners, but according to the instructions of God and not by human considerations. Because sometimes people see things a little differently as God sees them."

"We can not preach the resurrection without the cross"

It was important to show that there "is still sacramental marriage" and that the lifelong, indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman is not only possible, it will be a boon for both spouses and their offspring. "The mercy of God accepts us as we are, but it will not leave us as it finds us," said Cardinal Müller.
Always with a view to the forthcoming Synod of Bishops, in the interest particularly to the question of communion being valid for the divorced and remarried, the cardinal said that the goal of any intervention of divine grace is "salvation", and the  path to repentance. "We can not preach the resurrection without the cross. There is no second or third way," said the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who made it to be understood so that there can be no short cuts on these topics or abbreviations.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Radiosanmartin
Trans: Tancred

Vigil for the Feast of Blessed Charles of Austria, an Inspiration and a Hope

Edit: we have a devotion to Blessed Charles, and a hope for the restoration of a Catholic America.
Born August 17, 1887, in the Castle of Persenbeug in the region of Lower Austria, his parents were the Archduke Otto and Princess Maria Josephine of Saxony, daughter of the last King of Saxony. Emperor Francis Joseph I was Charles’ Great Uncle. 
Charles was given an expressly Catholic education and the prayers of a group of persons accompanied him from childhood, since a stigmatic nun prophesied that he would undergo great suffering and attacks would be made against him. That is how the “League of prayer of the Emperor Charles for the peace of the peoples” originated after his death. In 1963 it became a prayer community ecclesiastically recognized. 
A deep devotion to the Holy Eucharist and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus began to grow in Charles. He turned to prayer before making any important decisions.
Link to

Jacobins to Punish French Bishop for Daring to Describe Abortion in Accurate Terms

Edit: Hollande's France really is fast becoming a joke unto itself.
His Excellency, Bishop Luc Ravel,a Catholic bishops in the French Military Ordinariate is to be "punished" by the French Ministry of Defense, for his writings. He has also been told to cease using any emblems identifying himself with the army. The bishop apparently in his words and actions, contradicts "republican values". No doubt, as a good Catholic he does. But then, so did the thousands who were slaughtered by the Revolution... 

The bishop wrote: 

"...Christians feel shackled between two ideologies. On the one hand an ideology that is a caricature of God, which has contempt for man. On the other hand, an ideology that manipulates man, despising God. On the one hand, we have those who are declared and known: the terrorists of the bomb, the Prophet's avengers. On the other hand, we have terrorists of thought, the proponents of secularism, the admirers of the Republic. In what camp is a Christian to find himself"?  

"We do not want to be held hostage by Islamists, but we also do not want to be slaves of correct thought. Islamic ideology has led to 17 victims in France, but the ideology of thinking correctly [political correctness] creates annually two hundred thousand victims in the womb of the mother.Abortion has become a fundamental right and a weapon of mass destruction "

Link to source... 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Victim of Modernist Abbey's Prior Died by Own Hand

Edit: there's so much that's wrong with this place, it's sometimes hard to know where to begin, and it's difficult to understand why nothing has been done. In most other parts of the world and walks of life, if there were  individuals devoted to a profession, a vocation, no matter how hallowed their institution was, who did not act according to the standards of their profession, its best practices and guidelines, hopefully, society would respond by correcting violations  of the rules by disciplinary, and even criminal proceedings.  But imagine if  a doctor violated ethical rules surrounding his practice and even broke laws? What if that doctor willfully murdered his patients and society did nothing to stop him?  That would indeed be a very corrupt and degraded society.

St. John's Abbey in Collegeville is a place where the spirit of the rules adumbrated by the Rule of the founder of the order of St. Benedict are routinely ignored,  but they're not content to ignore the rules, they vitiate them as well.  As for the dogmas of the Catholic Faith, these are routinely held in scorn by the monks through their public witness and their impudence and disobedience.  It's doubtful that the Masses said there are licit, they have often been blasphemous.

In contrast to the obedient and chaste Franciscans of the Immaculate, who have been going through their own Golgotha, and are charged with no known infractions of their own charters and rules, or any ethical violations, (Indeed, it's their Commissar, Father Fidenzio Volpe, who has broken Italian law by slandering the Manelli family.)   St. John's Abbey has a sickening catalog of sins, heresies, abuses and criminal acts of the most wicked kind.

Yet despite the public nature of the scandal surrounding St. John's Abbey, there is no visitor being sent, no coadjutor appointed.  St. John's Abbey is "in good standing".

We heard about this in mid-February, and have just now gotten around to putting it here.   A young man who attended the high school run by these "Benedictines" has killed himself, and the man who abused him is the Prior of the Abbey.  (The accusation was very solid by the way, since the Predator Prior wrote love letters to his victim.) What that poor young man described as a "culture of hypocrisy" thrives on in its festering malignancy, as reported on January 23rd of this year by the Pine Curtain. (The man's untimely death was announced in a warning to Kettler residents whose children were to be attending an event at St. John's Abbey.)

Despite all the time that's past, we haven't heard much about this, nothing has happened.

Father Tom Andert is not only a priest in good standing, but he's the Prior of St. John's Abbey.  It's arguably one of the least Catholic places in the world.

Josh Guimond is also still missing.

Bishops' Synod: Is Kasper's Star Sinking?

Is the Star of Cardinals Kasper and Marx Sinking?
(Rome) Cardinal Walter Kasper OR Cardinal Carlo Caffarra? "Even Pope Francis is distancing himself from the first and moving closer to the second.  And holding on to Cardinal Müller. And promoting the African, Sarah. All are resolute defenders of the Catholic teaching on marriage." With these words, the Vatican expert Sandro Magister introduces his latest analysis of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on marriage and family.
Magister is one of the most attentive observers of Rome.  Is there a reversal taking place in Rome? Is a door being flung open, which will now be closed again? In time? Or too late? Magister does not identify the reasons for an apparent shift in the attitude of Pope Francis.
The fact is that the statements of the President of the German Bishops' Conference (DBK), Reinhard Cardinal Marx, at a press conference on 26 February to the end of the DBK Spring Assembly were not only criticized by CDF Prefect Gerhard Cardinal Müller, but by completely "unsuspected" high and highest Church representatives, including those in the circle of  Pope Francis. Whether it is something personally felt by the Pope, is not known.
Cardinal Marx established a blatant schism threat as leverage to force the forthcoming Synod of Bishops of him and Cardinal Kasper formulated "opening" to the admission of remarried divorcees to Communion and the recognition of homosexuality. Since not the Synod, but the Pope makes decisions following the Synod, the threat was ultimately the Pope. It is therefore in early March, Santa Marta have come to a vociferous displeasure outbreak of a Latin American Pope's confidant in the presence of Francis.
Here's the official translation from Magister's site. 

Synod Exchange: Kasper falling, rising Caffarra

by Sandro Magister
ROME, March 20, 2015 – “This does not resolve anything,” Pope Francis has said with regard to the idea of giving communion to the divorced and remarried. Much less if they “want” it, demand it. Because communion “is not a badge, a decoration. No.”

In his latest big interview Jorge Mario Bergoglio threw cold water on the expectations for substantial change in the doctrine and practice of Catholic marriage, which he himself had indirectly fostered:

Los primeros dos años de la “Era Francisco” en entrevista a Televisa

 “Overblown expectations,” he called them. With no more references to the innovative theses of Cardinal Walter Kasper, which he had repeatedly extolled in the past but now seems to be keeping at a distance. On the other hand, for some time now Pope Francis has looked with growing attention and esteem at another cardinal theologian, who upholds ideas on the “Gospel of marriage” that are perfectly in line with tradition: the Italian Carlo Caffarra, archbishop of Bologna.

As a professor of moral theology, Caffarra was a specialist in marriage, family, procreation. And this is why John Paul II wanted him at the head of the pontifical institute for studies on marriage and the family that he created in 1981 at the Lateran university, following the 1980 synod dedicated precisely to these themes. So a stir was created last October by the exclusion of any representative of that institute - which since its foundation has spread all over the world - from the first session of the synod on the family. But now this gap has been filled, because last March 14 Pope Francis appointed among the advisers of the general secretariat of the second and last session of the synod, scheduled for October of this year, none other than the vice-president of the pontifical John Paul II institute for studies on marriage and the family, Professor José Granados."In order to solve anything," said Pope Francis in relation to the idea of ​​giving communion to divorced and remarried.  Especially not when they "want," they say.  For the Communion is not "a cockade, an award. No." 

[Continued at link below]
Introduction / Translation: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Settimo Cielo / MiL / / portals Famiglia

Link to Sandro Magister...

Link to Katholisches for German translation...

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