September 09, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI in Bavaria

The English version of the official website.

Click HERE for it.

The future Pope’s first priestly assignment was as a youth chaplain at a parish that had resisted the Nazi regime

September 8, Catholic News Service

Pope Benedict XVI's first posting as a priest was at a Munich parish that was one of the centers of Nazi resistance in Germany. In 1951, the young Father Joseph Ratzinger spent the greater part of a year at Precious Blood Parish in Munich-Bogenhausen where, among other things, he looked after young people dealing with the trauma of having two of their parish priests murdered by the Nazis. Retired Supreme Court Judge Konrad Kruis was a young member of the parish. "We had lost our youth in the war," he said, "and so, our approach to life was very different in that time. Two of our priests were killed by the Nazis, in conjunction with the July 20 (1944) assassination attempt on Hitler, with which they were involved. Our parish was one of the central points of church-based Nazi resistance in Germany, and we youths were severely affected by this." Kruis said he remembered the young Father Ratzinger helping restore normalcy.

Children ask the Pope

The Pope's secretary answers questions from Bavarian children

September 8, Catholic World News

Msgr. Georg Gänswein, the Pope's private secretary, has offered his perspective on the Pope's upcoming trip to Bavaria, in answer to questions posed by schoolchildren in Regensburg.

In the online edition of the daily Mittelbayerische Zeitung, Msgr. Gänswein answers a series of questions submitted by grammar-school students in the Regensburg diocese, where Pope Benedict will arrive on September 11. The Pope's secretary said that the Holy Father is looking forward to his visit to Regensburg, where he taught theology from 1969 to 1971.

The questions from the young children, who ranged in age between 7 and 10, covered a variety of topics. The children asked about the Pope's decision-making habits, his faith in God, his vestments, his reading habits, and his commitment to celibacy.

One young student asked if the Pope is ever homesick, and Msgr. Gänswein replied that the Pontiff "often thinks of his beautiful Bavarian country." He added that Pope Benedict had habitually visited his homeland before he was elected, and "he certainly misses that."

One youngster asked about the grades the Pope had received in grammar school, and Msgr. Gänswein diplomatically replied: "Unfortunately I don't know, but I'm sure they were excellent."

The Pope's secretary did refuse to answer one question, from a boy who wanted the Pope's telephone number. "If I gave it," Msgr. Gänswein said, "the telephone would be ringing day and night, and the Pope would never have any peace."

Feeling sheepish

This photograph was taken on September 5 in a Malaysian village. It shows a six-meter long python unable to move because it has swallowed a pregnant sheep.

The Bible tells us the original sin involved an eating disorder and a serpent.

September 08, 2006

Another Episcopalian congregation in San Diego decides to leave

In San Diego, the Episcopalians have approximately fifty congregations. On Wednesday, September 6, the congregation of Holy Trinity in the San Diego community of Ocean Beach voted to quit the Episcopalians and stay in its building as members of the Anglicans.

Excerpts from San Diego’s “Union Tribune” newspaper, September 8, 2006

That makes three congregations and six priests locally [that have joined] the more conservative quarters of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The [Episcopalian communion] is the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion.

Last weekend, the Rev. Eric Menees resigned from [the Grace Episcopalian congregation] in San Marcos [a city in San Diego County] to start an Anglican congregation [using the facilities of another nearby denomination].

The departures stem from the election three years ago of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire.

[The first member of the local Episcopalian clergy] to leave was the Rev. Keith Acker, who resigned from Christ the King Episcopal [a congregation in the town of Alpine] last December and started an Anglican congregation. Another [Episcopalian clergyman left his congregation] … and two other congregations, St. Anne's in Oceanside and St. John's in Fallbrook, along with their rectors, have withdrawn but are remaining in their buildings as Anglicans.

Parishioners from Fallbrook, Vista and Oceanside who want to remain Episcopalians recently began meeting together at All Saints in Vista….

8 September: the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I have posted a homily for the occasion.
Click HERE for it.

At 1,100 years of age, the world’s oldest known life-sized crucifix

Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate a mass on Sunday, September 10, on the Munich fair grounds. In preparation for that Mass, Cardinal Friedrich Wetter, Archbishop of Munich, has personally asked for the use of the famous crucifix from the village church of Enghausen.

September 07, 2006




Click on the image to watch.

I saw it on Mark Shea's.
Click HERE for it.

Not drunk: Mel Gibson slams the Vatican

He called the Vatican "a wolf in sheep's clothing".

"I believe in God," he told the Italian newspaper “Il Giornale”.

"My love for religion was transmitted to me by my father. But I do not believe in the church as an institution."

The media reported these remarks four years ago.

September 06, 2006

More Benedictine fever in Bavaria

Bavarians are in the avant garde: their "crop circles" have already evolved into "Papal States". When these are completed, the text will read, "Bavaria greets Benedict XVI." The odd figure to the left of the text is an outline of Bavaria with two of the blue "checker diamonds" from the Bavarian flag.

Southern Germany has Benedictine fever

as it prepares for the Pope’s visit

. . . the most important sign of the impact of the Pope’s visit has been the decision by BMW to halt its daily production of 1000 cars and to close its manufacturing facility located about one mile from “the Pope’s Meadow,” so that workers who wish will be able to participate in the Papal Mass scheduled for September 12.

Read the complete article.
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Even non-Catholics are promoting the beatification of Pope John Paul II

The following is an excerpt from an online article.

Part of the process involves gathering statements from people who knew or who had particular information about him .

Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who was Vatican spokesman until this summer, said messages from people attesting to John Paul's saintliness have arrived from agnostics, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus. Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Polish priest overseeing John Paul's cause, has been quoted in the Italian press as confirming that at least five non-Catholics had sent him letters .

He recalled the case of an Anglican man who said he had been freed of a longstanding "pain" after dreaming of John Paul and an Orthodox Christian woman who said her son was cured of depression thanks to the pontiff's "intercession" .

Father Oder also mentioned a Jewish man, a Hindu woman and a Muslim woman who he said "expressed admiration" for John Paul.

You can read the complete article online.
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September 04, 2006

Deep Conversation with Five Persons

Another meme! "The Inspired Traditionalist" tagged me.

If you could meet and have a deep conversation with any five people on earth, living or dead, from any time period, who would they be?" Name five people from each of the following categories: (A) Saints, (B) Those in the Process of Being Canonized, (C) Heroes from your native country, (D) Authors/Writers, (E) Celebrities.

1. Mary Mother of God
2. Michael the Archangel
3. John the Baptist
4. John the Evangelist
5. Paul the Apostle

1. John Paul II
2. Teresa of Calcutta
3. Junipero Serra
4. Kateri Tekakwitha
5. Damien de Veuster

I will stretch this to two countries. Beginning at conception, I lived for 18 months in the Philippines. Thereafter I lived in the U.S.A.
1. Ferdinand Magellan
2. Rosa Parks
3. Rev. Paul Marx, O.S.B.
4. Archbishop John Carroll
5. Abraham Lincoln

1. Hans Urs von Balthasar
2. Clive Staples Lewis
3. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
4. Adrienne von Speyr
5. Author of "Anima Christi"

1. James Caviezel
2. Ricardo Montalban
3. Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B.
4. Lola Falana whom I met when she made retreats at my monastery.
5. Dion Dimucci. He is zealous and devout in his Catholicism. His star rose in the late fifties and early sixties. His website tells the story of his spiritual wanderings away from and back to Catholicism. Two of his hit songs: “Teenager in Love” and “The Wanderer”.

September 03, 2006

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

I've just returned from St. Louis, Missouri, where I officiated at the Wedding Mass of two friends. I have not presided at the celebration of Mass in a more magnificent sanctuary than this. It has the world's largest collection of mosaics.

If you click on the photographs, larger versions of some of them will show.

The basilica has a website with information and other images. Click HERE for it.

The homily for the Wedding Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Click HERE for it.