Nasty church politics and intrigue in liberal Germany

One might think we were living back in the days of the Renaissance.

Tremendously high expenses for “luxurious” buildings by the Bishop of Limburg have brought him into the headlines as the “Protz-Bischof” (“the showy Bishop”). Scandal has rocked the diocese and Rome decided therefore in October 2013 that bishop Tebartz-van Elst was to take some time out, while a committee investigated the matter. He has retired to the Bavarian monastery of Metten, while awaiting a final decision.

Given the reaction of the press, of the diocese and the general public outcry, one might have thought he had done something far more serious. In reality, this affair is really about something quite different than a project that went over budget.

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Being authentically Catholic can be complicated

keeprightwrongThe Catholic vision of life permeates everything. Thus, it shapes the way I view sexuality – as a great gift from God but also with certain boundaries and limits – but also the way I view how we should build our towns and cities and care for the environment, raise our animals, cultivate our food. The Catholic principle of subsidiarity – mentioned earlier – causes me to be distrustful of big government – where it isn’t warranted – but also of big corporations.

None of this fits into our neat political categories. And it leads to quite a bit of misunderstanding from those on the outside.

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Veiled message to traditional Catholics: Hurry up and die so we elitists can get on with the revolution in the Church.

There is a sense something happened in 1962 that was not an organic growth, or a representation of a Church that is always young, always renewing herself, always beautiful, Mulhall said. Some have characterized Vatican II as something akin to the 1917 revolution in Russia, a distinct break with the past leading to the Bolshevik takeover. The change seemed to have an abruptness to it, that it created something new out of nothing, he said.

This before-and-after dynamic has some people seeing “before the Council” as good and after the Council as bad, and others who see the reverse, he said.

The Church has been living this tension for the past 50 years.

“The day is going to arrive when no one remembers the days before the Council,” he said. Then it will be perceived as part of the natural growth of the Church.

“It was an age of great difficulty and confusion for some,” he said. The Church faced “a perfect storm” in the societal changes of the 1960s. But soon people will no longer be looking back only 50 years but 2,000 years, especially for those invited to live the life of a priest.

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Editor’s note: “…part of the natural growth of the Church.”What growth?

Why are we surprised? Christian university retaliates against pro-life student for showing graphic reality of abortion.

“The hypocrisy I’ve seen is also disappointing,” lamented Diana. “When I told Dr. Elliott the punishment was inappropriate, she said I should have thought about that before. Seriously? I’m trying to save lives, and this is what she does?”

Diana has since written a letter to the Biola administration and nursing department faculty explaining her motivation for showing the reality of abortion.

“Most people on this campus would say they’re pro-life, but they don’t have a strong enough conviction to do anything about it,” said Diana. “You can say you’re a Christian all day long, but where’s the evidence? We are challenged at Biola to say what we believe and what are we going to do about it.

“Four months ago I didn’t know anything about the issue,” Diana concluded. “These last four months have changed my life forever. I can’t believe we’re doing absolutely nothing for these babies or the women.”

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Belloc: The origins of that great movement which shook and split for generations the spiritual world, and which we call the “Reformation”.

The most important thing about the Reformation is to understand it. Not only to follow the story of it stage by stage – a process always necessary to the understanding of any historical matter – but to grasp its essential nature.

On this last it is easy for modern people to go wrong, and especially modern people of the English-speaking world. The nations we English-speaking people know are, with the exception of Ireland, predominantly Protestant; and yet (with the exception of Great Britain and South Africa) they harbour large Catholic minorities.

In that English-speaking world (to which this present writing is addressed) there is full consciousness of what the Protestant spirit has been and what it has become in its present modification.

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Topical and Timely New Book – Not Peace but a Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity and Islam By Robert Spencer

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Robert Spencer has written a dozen books on Islam, as well as thousands of pages of commentary on Islamic law, scripture, and tradition, but this may be his most significant book yet because of its potential to alert Christians to a dangerous gap in their knowledge of Islam. Christian leaders are badly in need of a wake-up call about Islam and this is a wake-up call that is hard to ignore. Not Peace but a Sword asks questions about the relationship between Christianity and Islam that few others are asking, even though they are questions that beg for answers.

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The Great and Enduring Heresy of Mohammed (Free Selection)

Pope confirms need for reform of CINO (Catholic In Name Only) Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

The Vatican last year imposed an overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious after determining the sisters took positions that undermined Catholic teaching on the priesthood and homosexuality while promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” Investigators praised the nuns’ humanitarian work, but accused them of ignoring critical issues, including fighting abortion.

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Editor’s note: This is a “no-brainer”. The LCWR sisters have, for a long time, publicly bragged about their radical feminist agenda and “post-Christianity” philosophy … not to mention their modernist, secular, new-age pagan slant on many, many things. This is all common knowledge. What is being contended is what happens next.

Johnny come lately Miami politician attempts to close inner city mission founded by Mother Teresa.

MIAMI | Storm clouds gathered as the City of Miami threatened to close the feeding program that the local Missionaries of Charity had been doing for three decades. But seemingly as fast as it loomed, the storm faded.

The order of sisters, founded by the late Mother Teresa, had been feeding hundreds of the homeless every week for more than three decades. But in late March, the city said the sisters lacked a permit.

This week — after a flurry of newspaper articles and TV news reports — the city backed down.

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Editor’s note: Just another example of government usurping the proper, charitable role of the church … and doing it poorly … at greater cost and with much wasted effort  … for all the wrong reasons.

Pope Benedict XVI prepares to embark on high-risk trip to Lebanon

“My apostolic voyage in Lebanon, and by extension in the Middle East in its entirety, comes under the sign of peace,” Benedict said Sunday during the Angelus prayer at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. Despite the “dramatic situation” of a region torn by “incessant conflict,” people “shouldn’t resign themselves to violence or worsening tensions,” he added.

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Fortnight for Freedom Issue #2: It’s really all about abortion.

by Doug Lawrence

Once a couple makes a conscientious decision to prevent conception, the likelihood of abortion goes way, way up. Why? Simply because virtually all forms of artificial contraception have a high failure rate.

What constitutes a “high” rate? As little as a 1% failure rate may be considered high. How so? Consider this practical scenario: If  only 1% of U.S. commercial airline flights crashed each year,  some 200,000 passengers would die, and almost no one would feel safe flying the “friendly skies”.

Historical failure rates for birth control pills are substantially higher than one percent, while condoms routinely fail some twenty to fifty percent of the time. With abortion promoted and in many cases, subsidized by the government, contraceptive failure often leads to the untimely death of the baby.

The result is some 1.4 million abortions each year in the United States alone … accounting for 37 percent of the nearly 4 million annual recorded deaths in the United States … the number three cause of death … exceeded only by the “top twelve” major medical illnesses, combined.

Liberal/communist/socialist secular ideologues like our president, along with many who serve in the current U.S. House and Senate have long been committed to wide spread birth control and abortion at the hands of quasi-governmental entities like Planned Parenthood, in the hope of eliminating or minimizing the poor “underclasses” … so as to avoid the high costs associated with taking care of them.

These people … many of them allegedly Catholic … expect to achieve financial savings through government approved, institutionalized murder (legalized abortion) … yet somehow, they have been totally unable to live within their means. In truth, there’s no telling how many more innocents may have to be killed under ObamaCare, in order to bring the federal budget into balance.

While the problem of poverty still exists, the government has succeeded in denying the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to over 50 million innocent human beings over the past 40 years, by permitting them to be slaughtered, while still in their mother’s wombs.

For these and many other very good reasons, the Catholic Church teaches … and has always taught … since the earliest days … that artificial birth control and abortion are intrinsic evils … contrary to both the will of God and the common good of all mankind.

Many in the U.S. government (and elsewhere) obviously believe otherwise. Hence, the current conflict over religious freedom.

The result is the current spate of federal lawsuits by the Catholic Church and other related entities, asking for relief from the onerous, narrowly framed and unconstitutional HHS contraceptive mandate recently handed down by the Obama regime, which seeks to force the Catholic Church (and others) to pay for birth control, sterilizations and abortions, in spite of their consistent and strongly held religious beliefs to the contrary.

Abortion is a much bigger “deal” than most people think

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The American religious sister who’s had more conflicts with more bishops than any other…

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“Moscow is not Sodom”

MOSCOW, Russia,  May 30, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Orthodox Christians blocked an attempt Sunday by homosexuals to demonstrate outside of the Moscow City Council in response to the city’s ongoing refusal to permit a “gay pride” parade within its jurisdiction.

Calling the event “Gay Pride 2012,” despite the ban, protesters held rainbow flags and signs, and made declarations to the media. At least one wore a Wicca symbol on her neck.

According to video posted on YouTube by march supporters, Orthodox activists disrupted the event by snatching the signs from the protesters, and even splashing holy water on them.  Some scuffled with demonstrators and took swings at them, although there were no reports of injuries. Moscow police followed up by arresting the homosexual protesters, although some Orthodox were arrested as well.

Pro-family activist Dmitry Tsarionov told reporters: “I will not allow perverts to bring the wrath of God onto our city,” and added: “I want our children to live in a country where a sin that so awfully distorts human nature is not preached in schools,” according to the Associated Press.  He held a sign that read: “Moscow is not Sodom.”

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Ignorance is bliss: Jail warden demands priest substitute grape juice for wine, at Mass.

Chief Deputy Mitch Lucas, the jail’s administrator, has told Lofton to replace the wine — brought to the jail in a TSA-approved container designed for holy water — with grape juice.

He booted the chaplain Tuesday after he refused to do so.

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The Failure of Liberal Catholicism

It is virtually impossible to provide a summary of all the various elements of this two part series.

I suggest you read part one for yourself.

Part two is available only by subscription.

Is outright advocacy for unmarried teens having sex at the heart of people’s opposition to Planned Parenthood?

Anyone paying attention to events in Washington, D.C., and around the country has become acutely aware that thousands of people, and many elected officials, are very upset with the organization known as Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its many nationwide affiliates. They are so upset that they are trying to cut off all taxpayer money to the group.

Americans are asking themselves, “Why? What is so terrible about this group that it could be such a polarizing catalyst?”

The simple answer that is given by the media and many in public life is abortion. On the surface, this has some validity. After all, Planned Parenthood does run the largest abortion chain in the nation, with 321 surgical and medical abortion facilities that committed 332,287 abortions in 2009. The fact that Planned Parenthood has committed over 5,000,000 abortions since 1970 also gives credence to the media answer. Yet, in reality, there is much more that has people angry.

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Beneath Jerusalem, an underground city takes shape

Archaeological digs under the disputed Old City are a matter of immense sensitivity. For Israel, the tunnels are proof of the depth of Jewish roots here, and this has made the tunnels one of Jerusalem’s main tourist draws: The number of visitors, mostly Jews and Christians, has risen dramatically in recent years to more than a million visitors in 2010.

But many Palestinians, who reject Israel’s sovereignty in the city, see them as a threat to their own claims to Jerusalem. And some critics say they put an exaggerated focus on Jewish history.

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Traditional Catholic Priests vs. Liberal Catholics, in Platteville, Wisconsin Parish

The financial crisis coincides with Madison Bishop Robert Morlino’s decision in June to bring in three priests from the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest to lead the parish. The group is based in Spain and known for traditionalist liturgy and devotion to orthodox Catholic teaching.

Changes the priests have made, including barring girls from being altar servers, led to a petition last month signed by 469 of the church’s approximately 1,200 members asking Morlino to immediately remove the priests. In a response letter to the parish last week, Morlino said the priests have his full support and will stay. He chastised parishioners for conduct he called “gravely sinful.”

“It grieves me to acknowledge that the reputation of three happy, holy and hardworking priests has been seriously tarnished by rumor, gossip and calumny — lying with the intent to damage another’s good name — by some within the parish community,” Morlino wrote in the letter, a copy of which the diocese provided the State Journal.

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Hundreds of traditionalist clergy poised to leave Church of England for Rome.

Evidently, women priests and openly homosexual bishops have so strained the sensibilities of traditional Anglicans that the thought of women bishops is just a bit too much.

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Knights of Columbus refuse to allow suspension of members who promote abortion, gay marriage

In a letter to the Massachusetts K of C leadership, Marrella declared that “a subordinate council may not impose fraternal discipline with respect to a public figure’s official actions on matters pertaining to faith and morals. Rather, any such discipline must be made by or at the direction of the Supreme Board of Directors.”

“We recognize that some of our members who are public figures may use their public position to advocate or support policy positions that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals,” Marrella conceded in his letter. He went on to admit that such public advocacy “contradicts the Catholic identity and mission of the Order.”

Nevertheless, the top legal official of the K of C said that any action taken against K of C members who are public figures would “necessarily affect the entire Order.” For that reason, he said, any disciplinary action should be taken by the group’s top leadership.

Marrella went on to say that the K of C would not go further than the American bishops in taking public action against members whose public stands conflict with Church moral teachings. “If the public figure’s bishop has not excommunicated him for his public positions on issues relating to matters of faith and morals, it would be highly inappropriate for the Knights of Columbus to do so,” he wrote.

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, which had supported the proposed resolution at the state convention, decried the intervention by the top K of C office as an “abdication of responsibility.” C.J. Doyle, the executive director of the Catholic Action League, said: “This letter effectively kills any grassroots initiative within the Knights to address the scandal of pro-abortion pols in the Order.”

The Catholic Action League charged that the K of C’s refusal to take action against pro-abortion members would allow the continuation of a public scandal. “In the 37 years since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Board of Directors has never, to public knowledge, removed a single pro-abortion political figure from the Knights of Columbus,” Doyle noted. “In Massachusetts, a majority of Knights serving in the Legislature voted in 2007 against a constitutional amendment restoring traditional marriage, and voted in 2005 for a law which compels Catholic hospitals to distribute the so-called morning-after pill to rape victims.”

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Editor’s note: It should be noted that being excommunicated from the Catholic Church is a far different matter than being disciplined by or ejected from the Knights of Columbus. Excommunication can have a profound effect on one’s personal soul, while the Knights remain one of many Catholic organizations, in which membership remains essentially social, and purely optional.

The Knights collectively do much good work, have lots of political clout, and they also have the ability to write big checks, but when it comes to matters like this, they remain impotent, by choice.

It is the opinion/experience of this writer (who is also a member of the K of C) that qualifying for their life insurance products is more difficult than it ought to be, that the selection of insurance products offered is rather limited,  and that the price for K of C insurance tends to run substantially higher than the prices of other, virtually identical products, offered by similarly rated companies.

If anyone at the K of C wishes to provide proof to the contrary, I’ll be more than happy to publish it here.

Medjugorje

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A summary of various opinions on what may or may not be going on there, along with a number of good links.

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