Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Belgian priest suggests ‘celebration’ when Catholics die from euthanasia

"A Belgian priest, Fr. Gabriel Ringlet, has suggested that a “celebration” should mark the moment of death for Roman catholics who choose euthanasia.

He also promotes the “spiritual accompaniment” of such Catholics in such glowing terms that they read like support for euthanasia itself. While Fr Ringlet says he does not aim to justify “mercy killing,” his approach is a boon to euthanasia proponents.

His book, written in French, Vous me coucherez nu sur la terre nue (“Put me out naked on the naked ground”), is coming out on Thursday. Its publication by a major French publisher, Albin Michel, rather than a Belgian one, is likely a sign that it will be used in the French “end of life” debate."

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No collar for Ringlet- never....

The Dominicans in Belgium give him a platform- the man interviewing him is a Dominican- Father Philippe Conchinaux!!!

First a Western Mass complete with Confederate Flag- then an Indian Mass


This one on the Danube Island in Vienna in 2008, but it is still going on.


O unhapppy day! In 2013.... and on it goes, the eternal banal refrain of liturgical abuse.

For balance- an Indian Mass!

If feminist nuns ruled the world


The decadent and dying religious life in America.

Papal initiative to forgive abortion not a first

Priests who hold confessions during the XXVI World Youth Day in Madrid will be granted permission to forgive the sin of abortion and cancel the automatic excommunication that results. The initiative of the Archdiocese of Madrid, headed by Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, and supported by the decree of plenary indulgence for those who participate in one of the celebrations that will be held in Madrid during the mega-gathering that takes place in the Spanish capital from today Sunday.

The goal, according to a statement by the Archdiocese is that believers "can more easily reach the fruits of divine grace, which open the door for them to a new life", and will cover "the faithful who are truly repentant, by imposing a appropriate penance. "

This absolution can be obtained in one of the 200 confessionals installed in Buen Retiro park, in the initiative known as the "Fair of Forgiveness", during which two thousand priests will be involved in a 'marathon' confessional session in seven languages. Pope Benedict XVI will also attend this ceremony on Saturday, August 20 at 9 am. The forgiveness of abortion, according to canon law, is normally reserved for bishops.


Cathcon- I understand that in the UK almost all dioceses provide faculties to priests to absolve the sin of abortion.   Can any of my readers provide feedback on the situation in the rest of the world/ individual countries?

Lutherans in Denmark conduct first transsexual church wedding

The Lutheran Church of Ringsted, west of Copenhagen, has celebrated the first religious marriage of a transsexual pair. The Danish parliament approved in June 2012 a law allowing "marriages" between same sex in the National Lutheran Church. However, until now there had been no "marriage" between transsexuals.

"For us, it is important not that we just get married at City Hall. We also want a religious marriage, and it's nice to have the acceptance of the Church ", Isabell Storm and Cecilie Mundt, both born men, said on public television DR .

The Lutheran pastor, Henrik Fuglsang-Damgaard, said he was "delighted" to celebrate the ceremony and be the first pastor to marry two transsexuals in this Nordic country, where there is no separation between church and the state, because the nation is Lutheran.

"I think they made a good decision, they followed the feelings of their heart and were not afraid to show to God and to men that they are together. I think that God rejoices in heaven ", said the pastor, Fuglsang-Damgaard.

The Lutheran Church is deeply experienced in LGBT advocacy. This Protestant stream has openly has long campaigned for the recognition and acceptance of "marriage" between same sex.

A transsexual pastor was at the same time admitted to this Lutheran church ...


Cathcon: Shows how completely useless modern ecumenism has become- unless the Pope is even comfortable with this.

For the reality behind this sentimentalism, a fascinating article.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Death throws of the Catholic Church in Germany

Catholic Church loses more elderly members

The Catholic Church in Germany has clearly significantly more withdrawals of older church members reported last year than the year before. This is the result of a newspaper survey.

According to the "Rheinische Post"  the screen that appears in Dusseldorf  almost twice as many people aged over 60 left the Church in 2014 compared to the year before. The survey took place in the 27 German dioceses, of which eleven have surveys of departures by age group.

In the Diocese of Essen according to the report, from 764 people aged over 60 left last year compared to 341 in 2013. In the Archdiocese of Hamburg, the number has risen from 330 to 886, it said. In Freiburg  in 2013, 950 senior citizens left the Catholic Church, a year later there were 2,185. The Diocese of Bamberg recorded an increase of 1,470 withdrawals to 2,074, and the diocese of Limburg withdrawals increased from 399 to 537.

The proportion of senior citizens in the withdrawals is however still relatively low: it lies in the various dioceses at about six to eight percent, according to the report. However, in the Diocese of Münster now one in ten are older than 60 years.

The Viennese pastoral theologian Paul Zulehner spoke in view of the development of an "epochal upheaval" in the church. "The institutions do not contribute any more, it counts only as a personal decision", Zulehner told the newspaper. In his estimation,  in the coming years, a sort of "representative, sympathetic churchiness without membership" could arise similar to trade unions.

Even as a whole last year, the two major hurches in Germanyhave lost more members than in previous years, . According to published figures in July, there was in the Catholic Church a decline of 230,000 believers and in the Protestant church of 410,000. In 2014, the Catholic Church lost almost 218,000 people -in the previous year it had been nearly 179,000. The Protestant church in 2014 lost significantly more members than in previous years.