Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cardinal Sarah stands firm against the Pope

Cardinal Sarah does not respond to the Pope's request

No denial in sight

It has never happened before. Francis had publicly corrected the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. In a letter to him the Pope contradicts him and demands a reply. But he is silent.

In a theological debate initiated by him Curial Cardinal Robert Sarah has not responded to a request by Pope Francis for a denial so far. It deals with the question of who has the last word in liturgical translations in the respective national language. According to research by the Catholic News Agency (KNA), Sarah by Tuesday apparently did not respond to a request from the Pope to publicize his response to statements by the Cardinal on the Internet. The cardinal from Guinea leads the Congregation for Divine Worship in the Vatican.

Canon 838 of the canon law specified

Francis had specified in his decree "Magnum Principium" Canon 838 of the canon law. For the translation of liturgical texts, therefore, it is above all the national episcopal conferences that are responsible. They should only confirm these with Rome. So if there is there a concern about the change, no alternative translations should be written.

Sarah, however, sees the final decision still with Congregation for Divine Worship. At least that is the result of a post that Sarah let be published on the French Internet portal, L'Homme Nouveau. Several other portals took over this text or quoted excerpts from it.

Letter to the Cardinal
Francis then addressed a letter to the Cardinal questioning Sarah's authorship, but at the same time urging him to promote the dissemination of "this, my answer" on the relevant websites, as well as to all episcopal conferences and members and advisers of his Dicastery".

As confirmed by L'Homme Nouveau editor-in-chief, Philippe Maxence on request, the text was written by Sarah himself. So far, the Cardinal has also made no denial. Also, no request was made to the editors to publish a reply from the Pope. "If I had received something like that, then I would have published it," says Maxence. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has not yet commented.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Cardinal wants debate on ordination of married men....and more

Marx for debate on ordination of "viri probati"
Even Pope Francis is already talking about it: Cardinal Reinhard Marx wants a broad debate on the ordination of married men. In this context, then another topic would be on the agenda.

The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, considers a discussion about new approaches to the priesthood legitimate. So the opportunity to ordain proven married men (viri probati) to priests, should be thoroughly thought out and discussed "over the whole range" of the problem, said Marx on Friday evening in Munich at the autumn assembly of the Regional Committee of Catholics in Bavaria.

In a keynote speech, the Viennese pastoral theologian, Paul Zulehner expressed his conviction that Pope Francis will allow new forms of the priesthood. "We'll live to see it if no one shoots or poisons the pope." At the same time, the theologian called on Catholics to "step on the feet" of their bishops. It is "wrong to subordinate the celebration of the Eucharist to the celibacy of priests".

"No movement" in women's issue
Marx further explained that Pope Francis would talk to advisors about the ordination of married people. But it is not that there is a direct impulse from Rome to tackle the issue now. Therefore, he could "promise nothing" in this regard. The cardinal pointed out that in this context the women's question would come onto the table. But he sees "no movement". He had not heard so far from the Pope's commission of inquiry into female deacons.

At the same time Marx affirmed experiments with new forms of church leadership. These would not only take place in his Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. But such models should not be tried oout without or against the priest. Nor does he think anything of priestless parishes, said the Cardinal. "Eucharists must be celebrated." In addition, no quality reductions should be accepted in ecclesiastical actions. "Where we act, it must be good." Those who only occasionally came into contact with the church expected that.


Cardinal Müller criticizes Papal decision

Pope Francis wants to give the episcopal conferences more authority over liturgical translations. He receives criticism from one of his former closest associates, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller.

Curial Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller opposes greater powers of the Episcopal Conferences in liturgical matters. In a recent interview, he has criticised the Pope's decision to give more freedom to the national episcopal conferences in translating liturgical texts. The liturgy cannot and should not separate, said the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Passauer Neuen Presse on Thursday. Thus, in the translation, attention must be paid to accuracy and fidelity of the content as well as to the actual implementation within the spirit and culture of the target language. "The last authority in the case of doubt" could therefore not lie with the episcopal conferences, emphasises Müller.

The Cardinal pointed to several experiences that translators relied by the Bishops often diluted the biblical texts on the pretext of better comprehensibility. If the powers of the Episcopal Conferences were now increased, it was to be feared that the unity of the Catholic Church would be destroyed in faith, confession and prayer, Müller said. Muller cites "highly demanding teachings" such as the vicarious atoning death of Jesus, the birth of Jesus from the Virgin Mary, the physical resurrection of Jesus or the gift of his true flesh and blood under the species of bread and wine. In some countries, these and other truths have already broken down into ethical appeals and thus been stripped of their Catholic salvific reality.

The background to the discussion is a dispute between Francis and Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for the Liturgy. Francis wants to strengthen the Episcopal Conferences with the Pope's decree, "Magnum principium" ("The Important Principle"), giving them more responsibility in translating liturgical texts.

Francis does not shake faith
In the same interview Müller defended Pope Francis from heresy charges . "There can only be a question of heresy if a Catholic persistently denies a revealed truth of faith that the Church has made binding," said the Cardinal. For popes and bishops, this would be the case if they presented to the faithful a doctrine with the highest authority which contradicted the Word of God in Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the dogmatic decisions of ecumenical councils so far. This is undoubtedly not the case in the few controversial passages of the Papal letter "Amoris laetitia", stressed Müller.

Francis never wanted to shake the foundations of the Catholic faith or modernise the teaching of Christ as if it were outdated, the Cardinal said. Rather, it is about how to help in a pastoral way people in very difficult marital and often tragic family circumstances. At the end of this, the full reconciliation with God and the Church in the sacrament of penance and then participation in communion could also take place.

When asked about his own future, Müller said that he hopes to continue to serve the church in word and deed as well as witness and prayer with God's help. When asked if he would stay in Rome, he replied, "Man thinks, God is guiding." But a cardinal who is not yet emeritus or who does not lead a bishopric as a local bishop or otherwise exercises an office in the universal church, has a duty of residence in Rome. This is because he belongs to the closest advisory body of the Pope. In July, Francis had not extended term of office of Muller, who had led the Congregation of the Faith for five years.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Leading Catholic claims Pope Francis has "Lutheran qualities"

Thierse: Pope Francis has "Lutheran qualities"
Cardinal Marx and Provincial Bishop Bedford-Strohm appear to be "like twins". Pope Francis has "Lutheran qualities". "So why is ecumenism not going any further?" asks Wolfgang Thierse.

Former President of the German Parliament, Wolfgang Thierse (SPD) called on the two major churches to become more ecumenical active. In his speech to the central Reformation commemoration ceremony in the Rhineland-Palatinatem Thierse said in spite of all the happiness he was"dissatisfied". The talk of the "reconciled diversity" of the denominations is not enough, it stands only "for the administration of the difference". Catholics should seize the opportunity to have a head of church "with quite Lutheran qualities" with Pope Francis. The future of ecumenism is a matter for every single Christian.
Herr Thierse is a Catholic

At the same time, Thierse emphasized that Catholics and Protestants are now as close to one another as ever. The bosses of the two big churches in Germany, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm and Cardinal Reinhard Marx, were "twins" and one could have the impression that nothing could separate them. This was amazing considering the "history of demarcation".

Catholics were called "wrong"
Thierse was satisfied that in the course of the Reformation commemoration that the Protestant church was no longer built up as a church of freedom against the Catholic Church. It was good that this had not been said.

Thierse spoke in the Holy Trinity Church in Speyer. For his speech in the fully occupied church, he received long-lasting applause. The ceremony and the service before that were broadcast live in the SWR. In a personal address, the Catholic also described his growing up in a strongly Protestant environment in Thuringia. He had experienced strong contrasts and the Catholics were described as "wrong""


Luther nearing Hell

Monday, October 30, 2017

St Peter's (Mönchengladbach!) becomes a climbing arena


The destruction of the image of St Peter could not be more symbolic of the secularism and decay which is overtaking the modern Church in the West.

"Evil Inside" Techno-Liturgical Experiment


The liturgical experiment in Suite 15 was successful. Around 100 mainly young guests enthusiastically took up the alternative service in the discotheque. Under the name "Evil Inside", the Kolping Youth and the Association of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ) had invited people to a devotional hour on St. Peters Way. 

Poverty, hunger, war, flight and expulsion - all these were addressed by the Kolping diocesan chaplain, Stefan Wissel on Saturday evening in that "Techno worship", which was understood by his visitors as an appeal to humanity. Among other things, Wissel picked up on the biblical theme of fratricide and asked whether evil in man is also slumbering. "Man stifles by his own indifference and oblivion," he denounced in his sermon. Wissel critically considered border closure within Europe and the increasingly hostile attitude towards refugees. "Lonely and abandoned", they have to endure at the borders of Europe.

 The "Techno worship" in the Suite 15 on Saturday evening took up issues such as war, flight and expulsion. The dancers of the Hoffmann ballet school realized this content artistically "What is really important to us in life?" Wissel asked. To grieve once collectively - and "continue as before?". In the end, according to his conclusion, each person contributes with his personal decision to the big picture. "You co-create good in the world or build your end in indifference and selfishness. You decide." 

 The techno service was accompanied by dancing performances by the ballet school Hoffmann. The young actors entered the stage wearing worn clothes and depicting those who fled the war and had to leave everything behind. Covered in blood and bullet holes in their T-shirts, they wandered around - not knowing where to go. "It was a great challenge for us to portray this," said trainer Bettina Hoffmann in an interview with our newspaper. In order to plan the choreography, she had been given insight into the pictures, which were then presented on the big screen during the service. So, she adapted her stage program to the scenario of war, violence and expulsion, to implement the subject in an artistic way. 

 In the opinion of the visitors, this was just as successful as the worship itself. "I'll go there more often," said 18-year-old Patrick Willner from Kelheim. "The choreography is well done and appeals to young people like me. The service is just different. " Kerstin Dietzinger from the Kolping Diocesan Youth sees this similarly. At the end of the devotional evening, she was "torn" by the images, scenes and words that accompanied the service. Furthermore, she thinks it's great that the service took place where the "life-world of young people" takes place. And even the music selection, which included even Metal and Industrial music, was the evening justice. 

 With the “Our Father" and the blessing Wissel concluded the extraordinary event.

Cathcon: the chaplain appeals to Pope Francis saying that people should be met where they are......this just leaves them where they are!

"Mysticism, drama and cult music will be experimented with. Although the spoken word is not the main element as in traditional worship, it will still be a part of the sermon. Wissel sees it as an "attempt to go to the edges with liturgy" and reach out to people - especially the youth. He cites Pope Francis in a similar way, who demands that exactly those people at the margins of the church should say how they should be and how they should change. For he too does not shy away from the fact that in the meantime it would only be a "residual church".

  Source- which was an announcement of the event now taken place.

The priest subsequently resigned from Kolping for unclear, personal reasons....