Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Marriages by those baptised in the Catholic church: if performed outside the church- will now be INVALID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






(Tridentine South And Southern Africa)

Note by Marc Aupiais

Persons baptised Catholic are obligated to marry in the Catholic church, or with its approval, or their marriages are invalid. Previously there was a clause excempting those who formally abandoned the faith in a certain way from this- the clause is removed by the Muto Proprio just released by the pope, lets let the Vatican explain the rest:

"MOTU PROPRIO: VARIATIONS TO THE CODE OF CANON LAW

VATICAN CITY, 15 DEC 2009 (VIS) - Made public today was Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio, "Omnium in mentem". The document is dated 26 October 2009 and contains two variations to the Code of Canon Law (CIC), variations which have long been the object of study by dicasteries of the Roman Curia and by national episcopal conferences.

The document published today contains five articles modifying canons 1008, 1009, 1086, 1117 and 1124. According to an explanatory note by Archbishop Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, these variations "concern two separate questions: adapting the text of the canons that define the ministerial function of deacons to the relative text in the Catechism of the Catholic church (1581), and suppressing a subordinate clause in three canons concerning marriage, which experience has shown to be inappropriate".

The variation to the text of canon 1008 will now limit itself to affirming that "those who receive the Sacrament of Orders are destined to serve the People of God with a new and specific title", while canon 1009 "will be given an additional third paragraph in which it is specified that the minister constituted into the Order of the episcopate or the priesthood receives the mission and power to act in the person of Christ the Head, while deacons receive the faculty to serve the People of God in the diaconates of the liturgy, of the Word and of charity".

Archbishop Coccopalmerio's note then goes on to explain that the other changes contained in the Motu Proprio all concern the elimination of the clause "actus formalis defectionis ab Ecclesia Catholica" contained in canons 1086 para. 1, 1117 and 1124. This clause, "following much study, was held to be unnecessary and inappropriate", he writes.

"From the time the Code of Canon Law came into effect in the year 1983 until the moment of the coming into effect of this Motu Proprio, Catholics who had abandoned the Catholic Church by means of a formal act were not obliged to follow the canonical form of celebration for the validity of marriage (canon 1117), nor were they bound by the impediment concerning marriage to the non-baptised (canon 1086 para. 1), nor did they suffer the prohibition on marrying non-Catholic Christians (canon 1124). The abovementioned clause contained in these three canons represented an exception ... to another more general norm of ecclesiastical legislation according to which all those baptised in the Catholic Church or received into her are bound to observe ecclesiastical laws (canon 11).

"With the coming into effect of the new Motu Proprio", Archbishop Coccopalmerio adds, "canon 11 of the Code of Canon Law reacquires its full force as concerns the contents of the canons thus modified, even in cases were there has been a formal abandonment. Hence, in order to regularise any unions that may have been made in the non-observance of these rules it will be necessary to have recourse, if possible, to the ordinary means Canon Law offers for such cases: dispensation from the impediment, sanation, etc".
MP/OMNIUM IN MENTEM/COCCOPALMERIO VIS 091215 (520)"







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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Latin Mass Schedules in November, December- quotation is not an endorsement

(Tridentine South Africa)

Note by Marc Aupiais

We have not noted an update from Una Voce South Africa, since their decision to endorse a schismatic, and subsequent failed attempt to send a message to our subscribers without our permission, in order to confront our service. We did, however, allow the group to give their response, as we also allowed the SSPX locally to.

Here is the schedule of masses, noted by the grouping in PE and Johannesburg. As our organization played a large role in publicising the Johannesburg Mass, we can confirm that it is in fact licit. The PE mass, we are somewhat sure, though not entirely confident: is licit, as we spent several hours researching a mass held by what seemed to be the same priest (who had been Mgr John Clark), but not seemingly at the parish then mentioned; via email and phone, with local authorities, when we were still co-operating with Una Voce, in the interest of the public:

We certainly do not endorse Una Voce South Africa, due to their glorification of schismatic actions, what will follow is a small quotation from their main and only website, a quotation made by us of them: for the public interest. We have not verified their claims:

This quotation is made in terms of fair use provisions in South African law:



"Port Elizabeth
Location: St Vincent's Church, Dennehout Street, Algoa Park.

Fridays at 5:30pm.

Johannesburg
Location: Christ the King Cathedral, cnr Saratoga Ave and End Street.

Sundays:
29th November 2009 11:30am
6th December 2009 11:30am

Weekdays & Saturday:
Tuesdays, Thursdays 17:30pm
Saturdays, 7:30am

Exceptions/Additional Masses
21st December Monday 17:30pm"
(Una Voce South Africa (Used its influence in the past to glorify a schismatic priest; "Catholic"; "Independent"; South African; not endorsed by our service) 18 / November / 2009: site address http://unavocesa.blogspot.com/)


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Monday, November 9, 2009

Agenzia Fides belongs to the Vatican?

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Editorial by Marc Aupiais of South African Catholic and the Scripturelink.net news services

For ages now, I have been using Agenzia Fides for insight on Africa, its conflicts, its humanitarian problems. It was an on the ground news service, that I simply grew to love, despite its bad formatting and its programmers' poor programming skills.

Today by chance, I realized what I hadn't before, with all the hundreds of their articles I have read, Fides is the Vatican's official missionary news service, yes, I was as surprised as anyone could be. Vatican services are usually centered on the pope, out of touch, or plain boring, with a bit of snobbery, but not Fides, Fides, seems a genuinely expert service, the sort with goes with sources which are generally correct, and the right people to be speaking in the first place.

So the quesation emerges, we used to place Fides dispatches on our site, and they, like the dispatches we would place from Vatican Information Service, would get way higher ranking in Google results than Fides' own articles...

Should we do so again, what do you, our readers think- do you find Fides useful, as we do, as we find VIS useful also..? Or is it just a media thing?


On a different note, we have finally updated our Vatican Search site with a 21st hierarchical search engine. We have independently compiled:

http://vaticansearch.scripturelink.net/earthglobalbishops/


To search the world's Bishops' Conferences. While on the http://vaticansearch.scripturelink.net/ site, it is a separate search engine, as it does not search the Vatican itself, and is thereby disconnected from out main navigation on the site!

God bless, happy surfing.

Marc Aupiais






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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

NOTE ON CELIBACY FOR ANGLICANS ENTERING CATHOLIC CHURCH

VATICAN CITY, 31 OCT 2009 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office

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Quote by Marc Aupiais (Editor)

Note: we continue slow operation, but this is of note:


The Following is from today's VIS / V.I.S. [Vatican Information service] (Catholic; the official voice of the Vatican's apparatus; Vatican Based), as read in the dispatch sent to press and others in the English speaking world:

"NOTE ON CELIBACY FOR ANGLICANS ENTERING CATHOLIC CHURCH

VATICAN CITY, 31 OCT 2009 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. today released the following English-language declaration concerning speculations about the celibacy issue in the forthcoming Apostolic Constitution regarding personal ordinariates for Anglicans entering into full communion with the Catholic Church.

   There has been widespread speculation, based on supposedly knowledgeable remarks by an Italian correspondent Andrea Tornielli, that the delay in publication of the Apostolic Constitution regarding Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans entering into full communion with the Catholic Church, announced on 20 October 2009 by Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is due to more than 'technical' reasons. According to this speculation, there is a serious substantial issue at the basis of the delay, namely, disagreement about whether celibacy will be the norm for the future clergy of the provision.

   Cardinal Levada offered the following comments on this speculation: "Had I been asked I would happily have clarified any doubt about my remarks at the press conference. There is no substance to such speculation. No one at the Vatican has mentioned any such issue to me. The delay is purely technical in the sense of ensuring consistency in canonical language and references. The translation issues are secondary; the decision to delay publication in order to wait for the 'official' Latin text to be published in 'Acta Apostolicae Sedis' was made some time ago.

   "The drafts prepared by the working group, and submitted for study and approval through the usual process followed by the Congregation, have all included the following statement, currently Article VI of the Constitution:

   "1. Those who ministered as Anglican deacons, priests, or bishops, and who fulfil the requisites established by canon law and are not impeded by irregularities or other impediments may be accepted by the Ordinary as candidates for Holy Orders in the Catholic Church. In the case of married ministers, the norms established in the Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI 'Sacerdotalis coelibatus', n. 42 and in the Statement "In June" are to be observed. Unmarried ministers must submit to the norm of clerical celibacy of canon 277, para 1 of the Code of Canon Law.

   "2. The Ordinary, in full observance of the discipline of celibate clergy in the Latin Church, as a rule ('pro regula') will admit only celibate men to the order of presbyter. He may also petition the Roman Pontiff, as a derogation from canon 277, para 1, for the admission of married men to the order of presbyter on a case by case basis, according to objective criteria approved by the Holy See.

   "This article is to be understood as consistent with the current practice of the Church, in which married former Anglican ministers may be admitted to priestly ministry in the Catholic Church on a case by case basis. With regard to future seminarians, it was considered purely speculative whether there might be some cases in which a dispensation from the celibacy rule might be petitioned. For this reason, objective criteria about any such possibilities (e.g. married seminarians already in preparation) are to be developed jointly by the Personal Ordinariate and the Episcopal Conference, and submitted for approval of the Holy See".

   Cardinal Levada said he anticipates the technical work on the Constitution and Norms will be completed by the end of the first week of November.

OP/CELIBACY ANGLICANS/LOMBARDI:LEVADA             

  VIS 091103 (570)"
(Paragraphing may have been altered)

As expected, and reported on by our service, speculation is, according to the Vatican's voice: incorrect- the same procedure as always is being followed with Anglicans. No new rite of the Catholic church has been created, nor are celebacy rules, and regulations already applicable to all Catholic priests in the Western Rite being altered. Only, a prelature, like Opus Dei, is being made for Anglicans.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Anglicans may now join Church en masse due to Vatican document-NewsWires : euronews

(South African Catholic)

Notation by Marc Aupiais

With both sides stressing that this was a good move, and the British Catholic church ("Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales") noting it was not a criticism of Anglicanism...

In what is being noted as a response to many requests- the Vatican has launched a new document- which will see more traditional Anglicans able to easily convert, keeping many structures, and their own bishops, while candidates for priesthood from that background, would be studying alongside mainstream Catholics, and priests would be being included by already current age-old traditions:

"VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict on Tuesday took a major step to make it easier for disaffected Anglicans who feel their Church has become too liberal to convert to Roman Catholicism.

The move comes after years of discontent in some sectors of the 77-million-strong worldwide Anglican community over the ordination of women priests and homosexual bishops.

While both sides stressed the step would not affect dialogue between the two Churches, it was clear it was taken because of the growing number of Anglicans who want to leave their Church.

The Vatican said the Pope had approved a document known as an “Apostolic Constitution” to accept Anglicans who want to join Catholicism, either individually or in groups, while maintaining some of their own traditions.

It marks perhaps the clearest and boldest institutional step by the Vatican to welcome disaffected Anglicans into the fold since King Henry VIII broke with Rome and set himself up at the head of the new Church of England in 1534.

The new structure allows for the appointment of leaders, usually bishops who will come from the ranks of unmarried former Anglican priests, to oversee communities of former Anglicans who become Catholics and recognise the pope as their leader.

“In this way, the Apostolic Constitution seeks to balance on the one hand the concern to preserve the worthy Anglican liturgical and spiritual patrimony and, on the other hand, the concern that these groups and their clergy will be integrated into the Catholic Church,” the Vatican said. "

Euronews (Secular; Independent; French), article by Reuters (Secular; Independent; French)

20 / 10 | October / 2009

http://www.euronews.net/newswires/40473-pope-approves-document-on-anglicans-joining-church/

Saturday, August 22, 2009

American Bishops do something about New Mass Translation, something which may help South Africans also, and be useful to others in the future!

(Tridentine South Africa)

Article by Marc Aupiais

When we at scripturelink.net attempted to get the local Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC), to place a version online, or permit us to scan a version in and load it online of their heavily copyrighted copy of the new draft version of the new order of the mass, which they rushed out early, without Vatican permission (the Vatican permitted the draft to continue in use for the sake of the faithful locally)- we only got constantly ignored and redirected, and told this was pointless. The fact that Catholics were struggling, or were not given the new words in some instances, while being forced to use them- was not a matter of urgency, and a (pro-legal abortion, pro-condoms, pro-homosexual priests c.f. Catholic Culture's review of the dissident paper's website) newspaper, which they are represented on the board of, and sell in parishes- the Southern Cross, slated the Vatican's decision to change the Order of the Mass. Not so with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), who have carefully constructed a website on their main URL to aid Catholics with the transfer, which has yet to occur in the USA.

On the website:

http://www.usccb.org/romanmissal/

The US Bishops have placed so many relevant documents, explaining the whole process of the change, and answering Questions and Answers. Included is a study version of the new English version of the Order of the Latin Rite (The Normal Mass, said at most parishes) Mass, and another with relevant scriptural annotations, which mean that Catholics can justify the Order to their Non-Catholic friends from the bible. I personally have not gone through the entire online text, but as these texts are assembled by the global community of English speaking Catholic churches (International Committee on English in the Liturgy), it is bound in the least bit to be similar to the draft version already in use in South Africa.

The explaining documents should also be useful. It might be noted that the version on the site is yet to be approved by the given bishops or the Holy See, but is probably the same, or a similar version to the draft being used in South Africa. The website should be updated regularly. We ask our viewers, who have lost their handy translations, or who are interested in finding out, to compare these texts to the drafts we are using, (they at least seem similar- I personally have been looking through the words the parishioners say, and it seems like ours- I do not have time at present to make a textual analysis of their study version against the draft version being used here), and inform us of the differences, so that we can possibly inform others. In any case, for those South Africans without a copy of the draft we are using, this may at least be useful, and the American Bishops, will surely update it when a globally accepted version emerges.


America's study version of the draft of the New Order of the Mass:

http://www.usccb.org/romanmissal/OrdoMissaeWhiteBook.pdf

Version with Scriptural Annotations: (it actually quotes the relevant verses)

http://www.usccb.org/romanmissal/WhiteBookAnnotated.pdf


The New version, was asked of the world by Benedict XVI, who wanted the Novus Order to be closer to the Tridentine Mass, believing it would be of benefit to the faithful.

Catholic News Agency has an article about the new website released by the USCCB, the website we are speaking of here:

Article:

CNA [Catholic News Agency] (Catholic; Independent; American) Aug 21, 2009 :

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=16905














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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Retraction: Due to tertiary measures: we have discovered a serious error in a Scripturelink.net News Article relating to Blog Rorate Caeli

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Article by Marc Aupiais

Retractions are not things any service enjoys to send out, especially not public, readable ones, however: in the interest of accuracy, and in accordance with our general policy, they are utterly necessary when we make mistakes which are larger than typing errors, which we are known to correct.

This retraction involves 2 events which both occurred, to our knowledge: in Bavaria, Germany, at around the same time: one conducted by the FSSPX / SSPX, a sect which was acting in direct disobedience to the Vatican via what they did, and the other done by the FSSP, who have left the SSPX for the mainstream.

Rorate Caeli reported on the ordination of 5 FSSP priests, seemingly in Bavaria Germany, at the same time as we were reporting on the Ordination of three SSPX priests in Bavaria, Germany. We assumed that they had misreported on the same issue, and they did not, to our knowledge note in their artilce any link to the FSSP.

The only hint, which we assume was certainly there at the time, was which bishop did the ordinations. We are not however in the habit of researching SSPX Bishops mentioned, and did not research the name provided by the blog: Rorate Caeli, which would have turned out to be a mainstream Catholic Bishop. We changed our rating in our articles of Rorate Caeli, from Catholic, to sympathetic with the SSPX, due to a perception that they were endorsing schism, something which took allot of time, when in fact Rorate Caeli were actually congratulating partakers in a perfectly licit event, simply nearby the proximity of another event.

We therefore are wading through the 8 Scripturelink Service articles we had altered, in order to take away our endorsement of Rorate Caeli as Catholic: now returning their status to Catholic!

With our multiple search resources, which we usually use, we apologize for assuming that we understood a story, without the adequate research, which we will hopefully provide in future. It is our public, and private search engines, by which our articles have become as sound as they are, along with general knowledge of the faith. We have in the past researched every important name mentioned by sources, perhaps we should return to this policy, at least where sources appear to have discrepencies: rather than simply noting apparent discrepencies.

Whenever we change the status of a seemingly Catholic website, we generally ensure a second opinion: in case we have made an error, in this case we asked Trinity Communications to review Rorate Caeli, noting our perception, in accordance with general policy. They returned our request, by noting that it was not in fact the SSPX ordination, which Rorate Caeli had been referring to. We then fact checked their conclusion, via the research we should have done into the Bishop who was noted as ordaining the 5 priests, and verified their facts.

It is fortunate that we were the ones who initiated an investigation into our own facts: via our tertiary, and just about never before necessary: policy of getting an informed, external second opinion, rather than have an error pointed out to us in a manner unrequested. While I regret making an official retraction, which we have not made in more than a while, I am glad that our service caught the error. Any errors in any sections of our articles, are important enough to adjust, and any errors can be reported to us, so that we may alter them.

The article directly affected has been altered. Changes made due to that article, have been changed back to the extent that the error has in our observation: been contained. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Marc Aupiais
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

SSPX goes ahead: ordains three men in Germany, despite threat of excommunication

(Tridentine South Africa; c.f. BBC World News (Secular; Governmental; British) 27 / 06 | June / 2009; Vatican information Service V.I.S 17 / 06 | June / 2009 ; Archive: 18 / 06 | June / 2009; Rorate Caeli (Catholic; Independent; Unknown; Traditionalist) 27 / 06 | June / 2009: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2009/06/events_27.html)

[Noted Discrepancy cleared up: Rorate Caeli was refering to FSSP ordinations, in the same area and about the same time.]

Article by Marc Aupiais

According to the BBC, the SSPX / FSSPX (Fraternal Society of Saint Pius X), has gone ahead with three (3) ordinations, in Zaitzkofen, Bavaria, Germany. This despite the threat of excommunication, and Vatican opposition, and condemnation.

They ordained a Swiss (A man from Switzerland), a Pole (a man from Poland) and a Swede (a man from Sweden). The BBC had previously reported that the SSPX would ordain 30 men in June, however, this likely includes the additional ordination of priests (and possibly includes those planned of deacons) in America, and Switzerland, which the BBC, among other sources had noted to still be planned, by the SSPX. The SSPX's seminary's rector: cited the shortage of priests in Europe, as a reason to disobey the German and Vatican Church Authorities.

The German diocese in charge of the area, Regensburg, had said that the SSPX bishop, and three priests being in their view: illicitly, but validly (sacramentally) ordained: would likely incur excommunication.

The Catholic Bishop in charge of the Regensburg Diocese, which had noted possible excommunication, is Bishop Gerhard Müller.

The FSSPX/SSPX Bishop, who defied the Vatican, in addition to the applicable German diocese mentioned above, was reported prior the time to be SSPX Bishop Alfonso de Galaretta. Rorate Caeli, have an article about Bishop Athanasius Schneider ordaining 5 FSSP priests in the same area, however, this was an FSSP ordination, and the licit ordination of 5 FSSP has no relation to the Bavaria Ordinations of the 3 SSPX priests.

According to the Vatican (c.f. Vatican information Service V.I.S. 17 / 06 | June / 2009 ), who commented on the situation before the ordinations: the SSPX bishops and priests, while validly (Sacramentally) ordained, hold no legitimate (licit) authority in the church, and the ordinations, would be illicit (illegal).





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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Vatican: Lefebvrite (SSPX) Bishops have no authority in Church: as german Diocese threatens Excommunications of SSPX Bishop, Priests

(Tridentine South Africa; c.f. BBC World News (British; Governmental; Secular) 17 / 06 (June) / 2009 ; Zenit News Service (Catholic; Independent; American) 15 / 06 (June) / 2009 ; 17 / 06 (June) / 2009 ; Catholic Culture News briefs  (American; Catholic; Independent) on 08 / 06 (June) / 2009 ; 17 / 06 (June) / 2009; Vatican information Service (VIS) (Vatican Based; Hierarchical; Catholic) 17 / 06 (June) 2009)

Article By Marc Aupiais

See Also:

 Timeline:

2 July 1988: ECCLESIA DEI: John Paul II: 4 "Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X "/"SSPX"/"FFSPX" Bishops Excommunicated "LATAE SENTENTIAE" on 30 June 1988; as had been declared the day before, by Decree of the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops on 1 July 1988;

Ecclesia Dei: Organization formed to facilitate relations with SSPX: with aims of bringing them back into full communion: doctrinally and sacramentally

27 October 1998: STATUS OF THE SOCIETY OF ST. PIUS X: Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei: SSPX a schism, however: as it is a priestly schism: not all laity attending their churches are in schism: in extreme danger of such though

7 July 2007: SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM: Benedict XVI: ON THE USE OF THE ROMAN LITURGY PRIOR TO THE REFORM OF 1970: Priests may perform the mass via: Tridentine Liturgy's Order of the (Latin) Mass

21 January 2009: DECREE REMITTING THE EXCOMMUNICATION "LATAE SENTENTIAE" OF THE BISHOPS OF THE SOCIETY OF ST PIUS X: Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re: Congregation for Bishops: Re lifts Excommunications, after Benedict XVI expressed wishes to explore new avenues of bringing SSPX back into full communion. Excommunication is a pastoral measure to ignite repentance, and prevent spread.

Radio Vaticana: Vatican Lifts excommunications of SSPX Bishops: "The four bishops are Bernard Fellay the superior general of the Society of Saint Pius X, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso del Gallareta" : 25 / 01 (Jan) / 2009: following oaths of allegience the Vatican gained from the four

10 March 2009: LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI:TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CONCERNING THE REMISSION OF THE EXCOMMUNICATION: OF THE FOUR BISHOPS CONSECRATED BY ARCHBISHOP LEFEBVRE: Benedict XVI: notes controversy around Williamson, SSPX are not legitimate part of hierarchy, Pope wants to place the commission of "Ecclesia Dei", set up to deal with SSPX as part of "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith",

Radio Vaticana: copy of same letter by Benedict XVI: they publish it on 12 March 2009

12 March 2009: Radio Vaticana: "Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ, Head of the Press Office of the Holy See" on Benedict XVI's Letter explaining the lifting of the excommunication

12 March 2009: Radio Vaticana: "Bishops Welcome Pope's Letter"

Article:

As the SSPX reportedly desires to ordain 30 new priests, in multiple different (The BBC mentions Germany and the United States of America (U.S.A)) countries: both one German Diocese, and the Vatican itself, have set out tough warnings.

Bavaria, Germany

Of the situation in Germany, on Monday the Eighth of June, it was reported: that Regensburg Diocese, under Bishop Gerhard Müller, has warned German SSPX leaders, that their Bishop, and the priests he validly, but illicitly ordains: will "almost certainly" (Zenit News Service (Catholic; Independent; American) 15 / 06 (June) / 2009) face excommunication, if they go through with ordinations (to be done by Levebvrite (SSPX)  Bishop Alfonso de Galaretta), set for 27th June 2009: in Bavaria, inside the well known  Western European country.

The rector, of the SSPX's Zaitzkofen, Bavarian seminary, has declared that the ordinations will go ahead, citing an alleged "Emergency" situation in the Church, and the recent decline in the Church in Europe, claiming loyalty to church and pope.

On the 17th of June, the situation had Yesterday, possibly escalated:

Vatican Information Service (V.I.S), published a Vatican Press Release:




"ORDINATIONS BY FRATERNITY OF ST. PIUS X REMAIN ILLEGITIMATE

VATICAN CITY, 17 JUN 2009 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office published the following communique at midday today:

"In response to the frequent questions that have been raised over recent days concerning the priestly ordinations by the Fraternity of St. Pius X, scheduled to take place at the end of June, suffice it to refer to what the Holy Father wrote in his Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on 10 March this year: "As long as the Society (of St. Pius X) does not have a canonical status in the Church, its ministers do not exercise legitimate ministries in the Church. ... Until the doctrinal questions are clarified, the Society has no canonical status in the Church, and its ministers ... do not legitimately exercise any ministry in the Church".

In the same Letter, the Pope also announced his intention to change the status of the Commission 'Ecclesia Dei', making it part of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. There is reason to believe that the definition of this new status is imminent. This constitutes a premise for launching dialogue with the leaders of the Fraternity of St. Pius X, with a view to clarifying the doctrinal questions, and consequently the disciplinary questions, which remain unresolved".
OP/ORDINATIONS/FRATERNITY ST. PIUS X VIS 090617 (230)"
Reconstitution of "Ecclesia Dei"

The second notice, while reported as though fresh by some: possibly from reading the V.I.S. article, as regards the restructuring of Ecclesia Dei, is not unexpected, as Pope Benedict XVI had already in March expressed such a desire to reconstitute the organization. In fact, is seems to us, as you may note above, to simply be a reference to the same letter, in which Benedict XVI, expressed such desire in March. This would mean that the hype over this reference to Ecclesia Dei, was due to human error on behalf of the media which reported this as fresh, and a misreading of the release.

The possible confusion, which sees such desire as fresh, may relate to a likely accurate report that:  SSPX Bishop Bernard Fellay, had already claimed (in an article Zenit published on the 15th of June), that:

 Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had on the 5th of June, informed him, that the Pontifical Commission of "Ecclesia Dei", would be reconstituted as a part of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

As many of the surface differences between the SSPX and the Vatican are doctrinal, especially involving the Vatican II Council, this possible reconsttution of "Ecclesia Dei"  was, at the time in March, when first mentioned: not an unexpected move, theoretically.

Context:

When Cardinal Re, of the Congregation for Bishops: lifted the excommunications of the 4 SSPX bishops: there was allot of confusion, and mixed statements from various bodies. In our timeline, we have noted some main events, which link to speeches and inter alia: Vatican based articles. These are meant to give some context.

As our service had already noted long before the mainstream news: the lifting of their excommunications did not give the SSPX / FSSPX Bishops any legitimate authority within the church: the excommunications' lifting: meant that they could possibly go to confession, or take communion, the second being: provided they were not inter alia in Mortal Sin. They could not legitimately act as bishops, or priests.

The statements by the Vatican, mean that the situations in Germany and the United States, have been noted. It may simply be another statement of accepted facts on the half of the Vatican, but once again possibly signals more trouble in the negotiations process.

It could also mean that perceived progress, has only been on the surface, with both Society (of st. Pius X), and Vatican: remaining in the same general situation as before.




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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Africa; CAR: Priests on strike, after Vatican investication into priestly promiscuousity causes archbishop to resign

(Tridentine South Africa; c.f. Catholic Cutlure (Catholic; independent; American)27 / 05 (May) / 2009 ; 29 / 05 (May) / 2009 )

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Article by Marc Aupiais

--29 / May / 2009- Central African Republic- Priests go on strike--

An investigation into the Catholic priesthood, in the Central African Republic, by the Vatican's: Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, has lead to the resignation of Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo (aged 54, appointed in 2003), of the Archdiocese of Bangui. Priests in the Central African Republic (CAR), have subsequently gone on a one day strike. A Vatican report, had noted that many priests were leading promiscuous lives under the aforementioned Bangui Archbishop.

According to the investigation, done by Archbishop Robert Sarah, the Congregation's Secretary: the prior mentioned: Bangui Archbishop: Paulin Pomodimo, has had:

"a moral attitude [...] not always in conformity with his commitments to follow Christ in chastity, poverty and obedience."
(Catholic Cutlure (Catholic; independent; American) 29 / 05 (May) / 2009 ).


This investigation was reportedly shortly followed by the investigated Archbishop's resignation from his post in the Central African Republic. Reporting on the findings: the news service branch of laity initiative Catholic Culture notes: that the Vatican's investigation reported that many CAR priests:

"have homes and children"
(Catholic Cutlure (Catholic; independent; American) 27 / 05 (May) / 2009)
And that a local newspaper had noted: that most Catholic Priests in CAR, have girlfirends, and children.

The resignation, was hot on the heals of the (16th / (05) May / 2009) resignation of: the Diocese of Bossangoa's Bishop: François-Xavier Yombandje of Bossangoa (aged 52), who in 2007 lead the CAR Bishops' Conference.

The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples's report, attacked not only the single bishop who most recently resigned, but noted varying levels of the "cupability", among all levels of the hierarchy in CAR.

It is not unique for Clergy and Bishops to be involved in scandals in recent times. With local hierarchies of The Church: increasingly apposing the Vatican, in both the Developing and Developed world, and the open ignoring of various aspects of Catholic Dogmas and morality, among many members of the hierarchy. The Vatican, of late: has found its representatives increasingly hard to govern. The power exerted, to successfully gain the resignations of the two bishops, has certainly been a larger exertion of force, by the hierarchy, than has been seen recently.

Following the resignation, the report, and its demand that they change: local priests in CAR, have decided to go on strike for a single day, and have done so.

While the Vatican views those in the priesthood, to be servants of a vocation, many African cultures, according to one published opinion on the issue, spurred on by a stronger group identity, and family solidarity than in the west: increasingly have yielded many priests, which are encouraged to enter the clergy, by families which gain esteem from the position. Much like policemen in some countires, priests hold an esteemed position: meaning that the priesthood is not a sacrifice, but a gain for many in Africa: socially and economically.

Celebacy, is part of the vows of poverty and obedience, that are associated with the priesthood, however: even in Developed Countries, the Church has had some trouble inforcing various aspects of priests' committments. This has been enhanced by a shortage of priests, and a decline in actively practicing Catholics. In addition to the seemingly forsaking of their vows involving celibacy, the Vatican report, also claimed that the priests had ignored their vows to poverty, in that they had their own houses.

Whatever the motivation of the priests, who went on strike for a single day, the decision to strike over the replacing of Bangui Archbishop: Paulin Pomodimo : has again broken with the official Church regulations.

Canon 1373 of the 1983 Codification of Canon law: forbids persons from inciting their "subjects" to disobedience against the "Ordinary" or "Apostolic See", due to an act of "Ecclesiastical Authority".

CAR, according to Catholic Culture, is 21% Roman Catholic, and has 9 Dioceses. In June 2007, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, visited CAR. According to Catholic Hierarchy (link): Bangui Archdiocese, in 2004, was 21.95% Catholic, Bossangoa Diocese, was 25.00% Catholic.



Summary words and phrases:

Central African Republic; Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo; Archdiocese of Bangui; investigation by Archbishop Robert Sarah, leads to resignation of CAR Archbishop, strike by local priests.



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Thursday, May 7, 2009

"North America"; "America"; "San Francisco": Dissident "South African" "Bishop" "Kevin Dowling": to be honoured, along with "Gay activist", by "Jesuit" run "University"

(Tridentine South (And Southern) Africa; c.f. "Catholic Culture" (Catholic; Independent; American) 05 / 05 (May) / 2009; "Cardinal Newman Society" (Catholic; Independent; American) 04 / 05 (May) / 2009 )

Article by Marc Aupiais

On the 10th "October" "2005", "Rustenberg" "Bishop", "Kevin Dowling", was deemed a "hero" by "Time" magazine, for his direct apposing of the "Vatican". In the article, his stance: that not promoting condoms, was in his opinion: anti-life ("not pro-life") was noted, the "Time" article is linked to by the "Cardinal Newman Society", in their article: ("Cardinal Newman Society" (Catholic; Independent; American) 04 / 05 (May) / 2009). The "Catholic Church", believes that the "Life" of a man and his "Soul" are one, whereby the health of the soul, would be more important than temporary life on earth, according to a line possibly similar to the official reasoning on the condom's ban, in accordance with the biblical ban on condoms ("The sin of Onan").

"Kevin Dowling", a member of the "SACBC" ("Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference"), has consistently lambasted the "Vatican", from attacking it for apposing the promotion of "Condom" focussed efforts to prevent "HIV/AIDS" spread, to attacking efforts focussing on abstenence, to randomly attacking the "Vatican", via (what "Cardinal Wilfred Napier" of the "Archdiocese of Durban", calls the "Anti-magisterial" 'biased') "Southern Cross", for the implementation of draft liturgical changes by the "SACBC", without "Vatican"consent, before new mass changes were finalized. The "SACBC", later asked the "Vatican" permission to proceed, and churches which went along with the error, continue to have a different "mass" from the rest of the world.

Rather than defend the church, "Bishop" "Kevin Dowling", often chooses to appose it, and promote other causes: via the use of his position as a "Catholic" "Bishop". Where other "Bishops" in "Southern Africa", apologized for the error of implimenting a draft, but defended the long term decision by the "Vatican" to change the wording of the "Novus Order" "mass", "Dowling" chose to attack a decision of the "Vatican" (having already apposed it on "Condoms" and such), it was not the only time he had used his position to spread disobedience to "Pope" "Benedict XVI", and his predecessor "Pope" "John Paul II", but just one of the many times he has spread dissent against the "Vatican".

"Jesuit" run "University of California", like several other organizations, has decided to honour this obscure "Bishop", of an even more obscure "Diocese", on the 22 May 2009, according to the "Cardinal Newman Society" (a laity initiative which claims to promote fidelity to the church). "Rustenburg" "Bishop" "Kevin Dowling", will be sharing the stage, along with: "Kamala D. Harris", "District Attorney" of "San Francisco": a "gay activist": known for apposing the successful "Proposition 8" which outlawed "Gay Marriage" in California".

According to the "Cardinal Newman Society", along with many independent sources:

"Over the past few months, many U.S. bishops have reasserted the 2004 U.S. bishops conference statement, “Catholics in Political Life” in their opposition to Notre Dame’s planned honor for pro-abortion President Barack Obama. The statement reads: “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”"





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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lyons, France: The Cardinal and the homosexual condom activists

(Tridentine South Africa ; c.f. France Catholique (French; Catholic; such status is unknown to us at present) 30 / 03 / 2009; Catholic Hierarchy on Cardinal: Philippe Xavier Ignace Barbari ; of Lyon , France ; Archdocese of Lyon Website 29 / 03 / 2009; Rorate Caeli (Catholic ; Unknown; Independent) 21 / 03 / 2009; BBC World News (Secular; British; Governmental) 18 / 03 / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

As about 60 (Sixty) protesters of the likely uninformed type assembled, just before the 11:00 AM Mass outside of a Parish in front of the banner, with the Dogma denying words: " La capote, c’est la vie, l’Eglise l’interdit"(c.f. Archdocese of Lyon Website 29 / 03 / 2009) : claiming that the church, in denying the use of so-called "Condoms": was denying life, and that should have been it? Another anti-Catholic slur: largely prompted by the deathly media-bias of the Secularist French establishment: but that was not it: that was not what Cardinal Philippe Barbarin: would have it as: he wanted dialogue: and the protesters agreed to discuss their differences with the Cardinal. The protesters: were fortunately, at least faced off by some dozens of Catholics, but that also is not the story.

Of the around 60 protesters, of the Gay, Lesbian and Transsexual orientation, or at least supporting their cause, 7 requested to meet the Cardinal: to understand the Catholic position on HIV, and also: to give their own views on the delicate, and emotionally charged matter.

The debate took place in Fourvière, near the Notre Dame Basilica, in Lyon, France.

Such dialogue, was a far cry from the violent mobbing of Catholics: which has been seen in France. Such calm desire for dialogue: is also far from Catholics "singing in Latin", and throwing things at intrusive and insensitive pro-condom, anti-church activists.

The Cardinal explained the pope's words: the focus of the Papacy on societal change: on the need for love: to fight HIV: and the protesters also came to agree that there was a need of some sort of HIV education in Africa, and affected areas. There was also suggestions that the Cardinal debate the issue on Radio.

According to the BBC ( BBC World News (Secular; British; Governmental) 18 / 03 / 2009), condoms are only about 87% effective at preventing year on year transmission of the HIV pandemic from one partner, to their lover.

One of the hardest issues for the French Church: is that: not only is the faith regularly attacked: but further: its own words, as with the words of the Papacy: are regularly misrepresented. AFP, "Agence France-Presse", the French Press Association: often portrays the Catholic religion, in a very negative light. Left leaning Liberation, we recently read: even attempting to explain the actual statements of the Papacy: that is not to say that the Left Leaning paper agreed in any count with the Papacy: rather: in the interest of more accurate reporting: it seems they took it upon themselves to do so.

Most French Catholics do not attend Mass, and many of them want a church which supports abortion: more French Catholics (83% ) want a church supporting abortion, than want Benedict XVI to abdicate (43%), while 54%, want him to remain in the Vatican (Rorate Caeli (Catholic; Unknown; Independent) 21 / 03 / 2009).










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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Journey: Peter, drop that sword? Was Jesus a pacifist?

(Tridentine South Africa; Journey in a Broken World)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Now, is it not odd: that Jesus who told his Apostles to get swords: now attacks Peter for using one: "52 Jesus then said, 'Put your sword back, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword." (Matthew 26, NJB) We forget: that this is not the entire quote: in fact, the version in John, hardly mentions this: rather: a few verses before it notes that Jesus asked the attackers to leave his followers alone, and take him himself. Peter is not pleased by this: and rather chooses to fight. It is highly likely that Jesus is not prophesying, but rather saying to Peter: if you take up this fight, against all of these men: you shall die. It is further, seemingly a reference to when Peter desires that Jesus not be crucified: the sword: the human method of salvation: is here lambasted by Jesus: who knows that Peter does not desire for the events of Good Friday to happen: Peter would rather that God be proved a liar, than lose him temporarily.

This is furthered by Saint Paul who notes: that he who focuses only on the physical, shall die, yet the spirit is life.

Ultimately, we must view this verse, as is: a warning against viewing things in a purely physical way: Jesus tells Peter why he must put down his sword, in the same sentence almost: for he himself could stop it: this was not the "Time to Kill", but something that had to happen: God gave his life over in failed trust of the temporal, which he knew was to be abused: so that we would trust in God: Reality Himself.

This does not mean that we are not ever to take the sword, nor that the physical does not matter, clearly, Romans 10 says just the opposite: it means that the servant of God: must be in synchronicity with God's plan: sometimes: this even means disobeying the unjust command of even a bishop: in unison with the papacy, and magisterium: even from the pope in his personal capacity.

The principles of Just War are clear here: Peter had no chance of success: Jesus said that "He who takes up the sword shall die by the Sword!", could he not be referring to those in that very situation. plenty of sword fighters have not died in that manner: plenty whom Jesus would know of. Rather: he cures the damage done by Peter: and thereby spares Peter's life: in curing the enemy man's servant.

We should not easily read into the bible what is not there. What is there: is that human action by those in the church: actions contrary to the will of God: if taken to their extent, only damage God's plan: and in the end infuse death into those who do such. Compromise on justice, and obedience to God: is not a Catholic virtue, it is not a virtue: but illogical: if God is so wise: he sees what we are faced with: if he is not, he is not God: by compromising on our faith: we in fact testify that we do not serve God: let us not unintentionally blaspheme: we serve reality Himself, and we know that Reality is God, for every God must rely on Reality, and we know Reality is the source of all thought: and holds all the attributes of God, and that Reality is the name of God: and so: let us trust Reality: and do as we do in line with His true divine will: let us take up the swords he desires, and not those he apposes.




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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, My Irish Compatriots!

(Journey In A Broken World ; Tridentine South (And Southern) Africa )

Article by Marc Aupiais

Yes, it's that time of year, no I am not getting drunk (not just Irish, also Catholic). Today is the 17th of March: and us with Irish Heritage: are hitting the streets in an Irish Pride Parade: location: your office, lecture hall, or classroom. Personally, I have no green clothes: so I celotaped a three leafed clover to the left side of my jeans.

Have a Happy Saint Patrick's day: and if in Ireland: attend church: as is compulsory for those in that group of diocese, and living there.

And remember: Patrick was always loyal to the pope: so should you be.

God Bless,

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

America:USA: Tridentine South Africa: "American "Democrats'": Anti-Catholic Bill Fails to Pass

(Tridentine South Africa; c.f. AP (Secular; American; Independent) 11 / 03 / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

A bill, supported by the American "Democratic" party, of Barak Obama: and aimed at taking control of the Catholic church in Connecticut, away from the Vatican: had failed to pass ...for now that is. The Democrats have only agreed to kill the bill for one year.

On the Tuesday, it was scrapped, on the Wednesday: it is estimated 3,500 (Three Thousand Five hundred) Catholics still took to the streets, having already had the bill fading-ly scrapped for one year. America's leadership's consistent ignoring of Catholic concerns, under "Democratic"party leadership: has struck a negative chord: which Catholic voters furious, as with the possibility of the currently suspended: "Religious Corporations" bill, being reintroduced next year.

The guilty party in this case, is the Democratic party. Lawmakers: "Sen. McDonald, Rep. Michael Lawlor"(AP (Secular; American; Independent) 11 / 03 / 2009), fronted the legislation: to take away apostolic/ecclesiastic control over Catholic finances: that it was aimed at Catholics, in particular: a grouping whose leaders often appose the Democrats, has been viewed harshly by Catholic media. According to catholic media: the bill, like one from over 100 years ago: would have the effect of taking away control of the church, from the hierarchy. This: especially, as those who would be allowed on "trustee" boards: excluded Clergy.

The American "Democratic" party/ American "Democrats", are known for pro-"gay"-marriage, pro-"abortion", and pro-"banker" policies. It just so happens that Obama made clear promises to American Abortion Firm: Planned Parenthood; who the Democrats insure can teach sexual education at schools (an independent survey found that those taking this education were more likely to fall pregnant as teens, and thus have abortions), and also whom Obama pathetically attempts to insure: get top dollar for their, um... "services" against what the church terms humanity.

Bankers: a major funding source for the Democrats, have not surprisingly gained top dollar: in a so-called bailout: despite analysis that further liquidity to already saturated banks would not solve anything.

So, as the Catholic church apposes abortion, gay-"marriage", and other such legislation, and what some consider irresopsible use of money: or maybe for another reason: suddenly, the "Democrats": have attempted to take control over church property, and finances in Connecticut: and place it in the hands of people: not allowed to be clergy. Such property, of course is being kept, by the bishops for the Vatican: a foreign nation: which does allot of charitible, and religious work in America. An organization: which has consistently lambasted Obama.

Even Vietnam, and China: had not attempted as subverted an attempt to split the Catholic church: the Chinese state "Public" Catholic Church, and Vietnamese land-grabs of church property: at least allow clergy to have some say over "Church" affairs.

According to some internet rumours: those behind the bill: were the "Voice of the People" organization, an ecclesiastically banned organization: who want to usurp the pope, and take away all power of the Vatican, and Catholic bishops over church affairs.

Whatever the source of the bill: news sources, such as American Papist, and Headline Bistro: attacked the bill, and with the help of the local church in Connecticut, squashed the bill for now. Other bills considered anti-Catholic: which were squashed previously: included one requiring priests to break the sacrament of Confession (an action for which they would be excommunicated), in order to report sexual abuse dangers.

It was alleged by opponents of the bill, including the "Catholic League", that it transgressed separation of church and state, and further: was unconstitutional.

Coneticut, is governed by a Republican governor, who apposed the fronted legislation. It did not surprise many that the Republicans, a party which gains support from Protestant Christians: apposed the bill, while the "Democrats", known for anti-religious; pro-abortion, pro-gay-"marriage" ideology, and for publicly abusing, denying, and twisting Catholic dogma, and doctrine in order to gain the support of "Catholics" during the recent election: had in addition to such supported the bill.

A similar bill passed over a hundred yeas ago: resulting in schisms in many local parishes. The bill "justified" itself in a single sited case: where a priest abused parish funds in unjust enrichment, and was subsequently punished. While relatively rare: this isolated, of alleged theft of parish funds incident: was used in what seemed to many to be a land-grab: in which Catholic power over American politics, could be disrupted somewhat.

While unsuccessful: the bill could be re-suggested next year: leading Catholic media to remain suspicious.

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