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“With Love” From Freiburg — Zollitsch Attacks Müller!
In the Case of Tebartz van Elst Zollitsch Cardinal Zollitsch addressed what was sad said by Curial Cardinal Müller: “It amazes me that the old saying of Wittgenstein, ‘Whereof one can not speak, thereof one should remain silent’ is ignored”
Mannheim (kath.net / CBA / red) The outgoing chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, regrets overlooking the Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst, “that this particular case has become a central theme and overshadowed the really important questions. “ In an interview with the “Mannheimer Morgen” (Thursday) Zollitsch said, the test report issued by the Episcopal Conference was, “a good foundation, so that the Congregation for Bishops may decide fairly in agreement with the Pope.” That Zollitsch could as he says ”discuss in Rome in detail with the Congregation.”
Zollitsch criticized the German Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller. Accoding to the Assessment, The Report Showed no Wrongdoing by Tebartz van Elst
. Zollitsch expressed this: “It amazes me that the old saying of Wittgenstein, ‘Whereof one can not speak, thereof one should remain silent’ is ignored.” On the question of the influence he had on the decision on Tebartz, Zollitsch said: “The Holy Father knows my opinion. I have full confidence in him that he will make the right decision. “Zollitsch had handed over the report on Carnival Monday on the controversial construction projects in the diocese of Limburg to the Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops in the Vatican, Cardinal Marc Ouellet.
The Emeritus Archbishop of Freiburg also commented to another question, in which he has fallen out with Prefect Müller. Asked about the “contradiction
” and others of the Curial Cardinal on the admission of married divorcees to the Sacraments, Zollitsch said:” The manual of our pastoral ministry is trying to rewrite the practice in most German dioceses in Austria and Alsace. It’s also about how we look into each individual case according to how we can serve the whole community. Cardinal Kasper thinks similarly in this direction and represents the theological perspectives. For that I am grateful to him.” Zollitsch concluded with the comment: “I was told Francis had praised Cardinal Kasper’s presentation highly. “
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Some real liturgical music!
March 3, 2014 Message to Mirjana (Medjugorje)
“Dear children, I am coming to you as a mother and I desire that in me, as in a mother, you may find your abode, consolation and rest. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, pray. Pray with humble devotion, obedience and complete trust in the Heavenly Father. Trust as I have trusted when it was said to me that I will bring the blessing of the promise. May out of your hearts, from your lips, always come forth “May your will be done!” Therefore, trust and pray so that I can intercede for you before the Lord, for him to give you the Heavenly Blessing and fill you with the Holy Spirit. Then he will be able to help all those who do not know the Lord – you, apostles of my love, will help them to call him “Father” with complete trust. Pray for your shepherds and place your trust in their blessed hands. Thank you. “
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From Rorate Caeli
“Francis Effect” analysis: Confessions in sharp decline Why?
[Note: Francis conveniently omits the need for repentance and promotes sin (e.g. adultery), using the sin of presumption on the Mercy of God without taking into account His Justice, that sin has consequences and must be repented from. In fact, no confession is valid unless it includes a firm purpose of amendment, that is to try and stop sinning.]
Saint Thomas Aquinas explains
As we first reported yesterday, Pew’s poll on the first anniversary of the new pontificate revealed several stagnant trends, both in Catholic self-identification and church attendance. Jeff Culbreath has a particularly sharp analysis of one trend that cannot be overlooked: one that went sharply down.
Nearly six in 10 American Catholics in the poll said they expected the church would definitely or probably lift its prohibition on birth control by the year 2050, while half said the church would allow priests to marry. Four in 10 said it would ordain women as priests, and more than two-thirds said it would recognize same-sex marriages by 2050. Large majorities of American Catholics said they wanted the church to change on the first three matters, and half wanted the church to recognize same-sex marriages.
This is highly significant. Pope Francis is wildly popular, but that popularity seems to be rooted in what is perceived as a papal blessing for moral laxity and doctrinal indifference. Furthermore, the pope appears to be encouraging false expectations that the Church will soon be changing her moral teachings. Also significant is that Pope Francis seems to be having a negative effect when it comes to the most fundamental disposition of the Christian life – repentance.
As for confession, only 5 percent of Catholics said they went more in the past year, compared with 22 percent who went less.
Let’s be clear: enthusiasm for Pope Francis is directly correlated with a sharp decline in Catholics going to confession.
Before Pope Francis, the numbers were already dismal with only 26 percent of Catholics confessing even once a year – the bare minimum. That Pope Francis has influenced Catholics in this way should not be a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The Holy Father has consistently lambasted what he calls “rigorism”, “legalism”, and “small-minded rules” but without specifically identifying which rules he has in mind. Following the Second Vatican Council, many Catholics have come to view the requirement to confess mortal sins as just another a “small-minded rule”, and Pope Francis appears to have confirmed them in this perspective. His own dismissal of rules he doesn’t like, such as his washing the feet of a Muslim woman on Holy Thursday last year, also sets a powerful example.[Source.]
How to explain this apparently strange disconnect, especially regarding confessions? How is it that despite so much talk of confession in theory, in practice this is the only part of Catholic life in America that has collapsed so low in one year that its downward movement was measurable in the poll? We could try to explain it, but why do it, when we can leave it up to the Saint of the Day, the Common Doctor:
[S]hamefacedness is fear of some disgrace. Now it may happen in two ways that an evil is not feared: first, because it is not reckoned an evil; secondly because one reckons it impossible with regard to oneself, or as not difficult to avoid.
Accordingly shame may be lacking in a person in two ways. First, because the things that should make him ashamed are not deemed by him to be disgraceful; and in this way those who are steeped in sin are without shame, for instead of disapproving of their sins, they boast of them. Secondly, because they apprehend disgrace as impossible to themselves, or as easy to avoid. On this way the old and the virtuous are not shamefaced. (S. Th., II-II, q. 144, art. 4)
If there is no “fear of disgrace,” in this life or in the next one, out of a sense of acceptance or normalization of sin, even if that sense is unwarranted, a major psychological incentive disappears, and with it the urge to confess.
Since usually the path to conversion is a longer one (and, perhaps, considering the very large total number of nominal Catholics, statistically difficult to measure by polling in the United States), it will take some time before the effect is noticeable there, too. We tend to believe there is bound to be a smaller inclination to join the Church if there is an increased sense that the future of one’s soul (if one believes in an immortal soul…) is not affected by one’s religious beliefs and practices.
From NBC News
[Could this be true?]
Pope Confesses He Stole Priest’s Cross from Casket
Pope Francis has made a confession — and it’s a doozy. He stole another priest’s rosary cross right from his casket.
The pontiff said the cross belonged to a clergyman known as “the Great Confessor” of Buenos Aires because he had heard the sins of most of the city’s diocesan priests and even Pope John Paul II when he visited Argentina.
When the man died, Francis was arranging roses around his casket when he saw the rosary in his hand.
“And immediately there came to mind the thief we all have inside ourselves and while I arranged the flowers I took the cross and with just a bit of force I removed it,” he told a group of priests Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
“And in that moment I looked at him and I said ‘Give me half your mercy.’”
Francis keeps the cross in a little pouch under his cassock, he said.
“And whenever a bad thought comes to mind about someone, my hand goes here, always,” he said, gesturing to his heart. “And I feel the grace, and that makes me feel better.”
THE POPE TO THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES: TAKE THE PATH TO FULL COMMUNION WITHOUT FEAR
Vatican City, 7 March 2014 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father met with Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, secretary general of the World Council for Churches, accompanied by a delegation. The Pope remarked that this encounter “marks an important chapter in the long and fruitful relationship between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches”, and acknowledged “the service it performs in the cause of unity between believers in Christ”.
“Since its creation, the World Council of Churches has offered a great contribution to forming the sensibility of all Christians with regard to the fact that our divisions represent a major obstacle to our witness to the Gospel in the world. These divisions must not be accepted with resignation, as if they were simply an inevitable component of the historic experience of the Church. If Christians ignore the Lord’s call to unity, they risk ignoring the Lord Himself and the salvation He offers through His Body, the Church: ‘there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name … by which we must be saved.’”
“The way to full and visible communion is a path which still proves today to be arduous and uphill. The Spirit, however, urges us not to be afraid, to go ahead with trust, and not to content ourselves with the progress that we have been able to experience in these decades. Prayer is fundamental on this path. Only in a spirit of humble and persistent prayer can we attain the necessary farsightedness, discernment and motivations for offering our service to the human family, in all its weakness and with all its needs, both spiritual and material”.
There is Only One Heart: “Jesus and Mary”
Mary is compassion. She truly is, since the Son was suffering and they said that the Mother was next to Him and suffered too. Reading Saint John Eudes, I understood that there is only one Heart, that of “Jesus and Mary.”
To have this spirit of compassion, we must have our heart pierced… We cannot do it to ourselves; we need to ask Mary to truly have our heart pierced. It is important to ask Mary, as she constantly stands by the Cross of the Lord, suffers, and offers her compassion for Him. She teaches us to be compassionate.
Pierre Goursat (1914-1991)
Founder of the Emmanuel Community in France.
Paroles (Collected Words), gathered and presented by Martine Catta. Editions de l’Emmanuel, Paris 2011.