Hattip to commenter Greg Mockeridge. Cardinal Muller is not going quietly into retirement:
Cardinal Gerhard Müller has sharply criticized Pope Francis for the “unacceptable” way in which the pontiff recently dismissed him as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF).
“On the very last day of my mandate as CDF prefect, the pope informed me within one minute of his decision not to prolong me. He did not give a reason – just as he gave no reason for dismissing three highly competent members of the CDF a few months earlier,” the 69-year-old cardinal told the Bavarian daily Passauer Neue Presse.
“I cannot accept this way of doing things. As a bishop, one cannot treat people in this way,” he said in the interview, which was published on July 6th.
“I have said this before – the Church’s social teaching must also be applied to the way employees are treated here in the Vatican,” he added.
Pope Francis told Cardinal Müller in a private meeting at the Vatican on June 30th that his mandate as doctrinal chief would not be renewed. The five-year term officially came to an end on July 2nd.
Müller told the Passauer Neue Presse that the recently deceased Cardinal Joachim Meisner, one of the four cardinals to publicly challenge the pope on issues concerning marriage and divorce, was “particularly upset” to hear of Francis’ decision.
The former CDF prefect said he spoke to the 83-year-old Meisner about his dismissal in a long telephone conversation on the evening of July 4th.
“It moved and hurt him personally. He thought it would harm the Church,” said Müller.
“That naturally speaks for me – but it’s a fact – that was the way he expressed it,” he added
The two cardinals spoke at 8:30 pm and Meisner died unexpectedly in his sleep later that night. Müller learned of the death early next morning from the parish priest in the town Bad Füssing, the Bavarian thermal spa resort where Meisner was on holiday.
Cardinal Müller said during their phone call Meisner had expressed deep concern over the current situation of the Church, particularly “about the quarreling, disputes and discussions which were standing in the way of church unity and the truth”.
Cardinal: But, may I suggest,
in the manner of the Greeks. Michelangelo: No, in my own manner! Cardinal: True, no modern artist can
hope to equal the Greeks! Michelangelo: Why not? Why shouldn’t we equal
them? Surpass them, if we can. Cardinal: Really, Master Buonarroti,
I had heard you lacked modesty…
but do you claim to be
greater then the Greeks? Michelangelo: – I claim to be different. Cardinal: – For the sake of difference? Michelangelo: Because I am different.
I’m a Florentine and a Christian…
painting in this century. They were
Greeks and pagans living in theirs. Cardinal: Pagans? Christians? An artist
should be above such distinction. Michelangelo: And a cardinal, especially one who
pretends to understand art…
should be above such foolishness.
I’ll tell you what stands
between us and the Greeks.
Two thousand years of human
suffering stands between us!
Christ on His Cross
stands between us.
Screenplay, The Agony and the Ecstasy
Since Trump’s speech defending Western Civilization in Poland there has been a fair amount of commentary on what Western Civilization is. The Jews and the Greeks brought a constellation of ideas into being that were amplified by the Romans, producing unique cultures in Western Europe that gave birth to a civilization known as the West, a daring, ever questing civilization that is perpetually seeking to surpass itself, and which has proven simultaneously attractive and repellent to the other civilizations that inhabit the globe. Compared to the West most other civilizations are static and seek only to replicate themselves across time and space. The West is different, and everyone knows it, whether they love it or hate it.
(This post is from 2012. I will be reposting it each July 9.)
When July 9 rolls around each year I am always reminded of my personal belief that before our end, perhaps especially for those of us sunk deep in sin, God gives us an opportunity to atone and turn aside from the downward path.
In Sixteenth Century Holland one of the longest wars in history began between Spain and Dutch rebels. The war was waged on both sides with sickening atrocities. Among the most violent were the Sea Beggars, Dutch patriots or pirates depending upon one’s point of view. In June of 1572 the Sea Beggars took the Dutch town of Gorkum, and captured nine Franciscan priests, Nicholas Pieck, Hieronymus of Weert, Theodorus van der Eem, Nicasius Janssen, Willehad of Denmark, Godefried of Mervel, Antonius of Weert, Antonius of Hoornaer, and Franciscus de Roye, of Brussels. Two Franciscan lay brothers were also captured: Petrus of Assche and Cornelius of Wyk.
The Sea Beggars also captured the parish priest of Gorkum, Leonardus Vechel of Boi-le-Duc, and his assistant, Nicolaas Janssen. Also imprisoned were Father Godefried van Duynsen and Joannes Lenartz of Oisterwijk, director of the convent of Augustinian nuns in Gorkum. Later imprisoned was a Domincan priest Joannes van Hoornaer who bravely came to Gorkum to minister to his imprisoned colleagues and joined them in their captivity, Jacobus Lacops of Oudenaar, a priest of Monster, Holland, Adrianus Janssen of Brielle, and last, and no doubt he would say least, the subject of this post, Andreas Wouters of Heynoord.
To be blunt, Andreas Wouters had been a lousy priest. A drunkard and notorious womanizer, he had fathered several children. Suspended from his duties he was living in disgrace when the Sea Beggars captured Gorkum. This was his cue to run as far away as possible, based on his past history. Instead, perhaps understanding that God was giving him maybe his last chance to redeem himself, he volunteered to join the captive priests and brothers.
Harley-Davidson had been building motorcycles since 1904. During World War I the War Department purchased about 20,000 from Harley. ( Indian supplied the most motorcycles for the War, approximately 50,000.) The Harley military motorcycle was based on their series J and had a 15 horsepower engine. The electric headlamp was replaced with a gas powered one. At the time this was a fairly complicated piece of machinery for an army that was going from the horse age to the engine age in one bound. Harley founded the Harley-Davidson Quartermasters School which gave a three week crash course in the construction and maintenance of the motorcycles for Army quartermasters and mechanics. The course was so successful that Harley made it a permanent part of its operation after the War as the Harley Davidson Service School.
From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:
It’s been three years since Benedict’s colossal battle with the Roman Curia devastated Vatican City. The loss of spiritual life and collateral damage left many Catholics feeling angry and helpless about the Church hierarchy, including corruption-fighting Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. Convinced that members of the hierarchy surrounding Benedict is now a threat to Holy Mother Church, Bergoglio embarks on a personal vendetta to end their reign at the Vatican, while the conniving Walter Kasper launches his own crusade against ‘God’s Rottweiler’.
Benedict v Francis: Dawn of Mercy is out and reviews for the latest movie from DC/Vatican Cinematic Universe are not impressive.
Although the film, which currently has only a 29 percent rating on Catholic movie review site Decent Films, has been universally panned by critics, it’s opening weekend brought in an estimated $70.1 dollars in the Vatican alone.
The superpapal showdown, which cost nearly $1,000 dollars to make, is DC/Vatican Cinematic Universe studio’s bid to kick-start a Catholic movie universe to rival the protestant’s massively successful movie empire that has produced multi-hundred dollar cash cows, God Is Not Dead, God Is Not Dead 2, and the upcoming film, God is Still Not Dead.
But although critics have panned the movie, audiences have given the film a 65 percent rating, which suggests that many moviegoers don’t necessarily agree with critics.
“I thought it was pretty cool,” one viewer told EOTT after seeing the movie. “I mean, some weird choices, that’s for sure, like how Benedict and Francis stop fighting once they find out they both love Jesus. Francis has Benedict on the ground, you know, cause Benedict’s old, and before he delivers the final blow, Benedict calls out to Jesus for mercy, and Francis is all like, ‘WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME! WHY DID YOU SAY JESUS!’ and they realize they both love Jesus and stop fighting.”
Another viewer told EOTT that the movie was decent until the tension really began to pick up toward the latter half of the film.
“Yeah, that’s when it started getting pretty interesting. The bad guy Walter Kasper unleashes this monster he calls Synod, and both Benedict and Francis have to fight together to defeat it.
Benedict v Francis is the fourth biggest opening for a comic book adaptation, behind three protestant films, The Reformers, Ex-Catholic-Men, and The Dark Night of the Soul Rises.
Something for the weekend. The Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys, celebrating the exploits of the Vermont militia during the American Revolution. The Green Mountain Boys mustered again in the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Spanish American War.
The ballad is taken from the poem, The Song of Vermonters, 1779. Long thought by historians to be a work of Ethan Allen, the poem was actually the creation of 21 year old John Greenleaf Whittier, writing anonymously at age 21 in 1828. The poem captures well the spirit of the Vermonters who created their own independent republic until Vermont was admitted to the Union on March 4, 1791.
Pope Francis and President Trump are gearing up to help Charlie Gard:
And now, the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu, also colloquially dubbed the “Pope’s Hospital,” has offered to take in the terminally-ill 10-month-old boy.
The president of the hospital, Mariella Enoc, told CNN she had asked doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital “to verify whether the health conditions exist to possibly transfer Charlie to our hospital.”
Charlie has been at the centre of a lengthy legal battle involving his parents, who want to take him to the US for experimental therapy, and doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
A family spokesman said: “The White House has been in talks with Charlie’s family, GOSH, the UK Government, the Department of Health and the American doctor who wants to treat Charlie.
“President Trump has a very good understanding of the whole case and he did not make an off-the-cuff tweet.”
Go here to read the rest. This is so heartening. Rumors are that the Pope wants to issue Vatican passports to Charlie and his parents and the Trump administration is making plain to the UK government that the US wants Charlie to receive the treatment that his parents wish him to make. Go Pope! Go President!
Trump’s best speech yet. The Polish people love freedom and seem largely immune to the pc death virus that has infected so much of the West.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. That’s so nice. The United States has many great diplomats, but there is truly no better ambassador for our country than our beautiful First Lady, Melania. Thank you, Melania. That was very nice. (Applause.)
We’ve come to your nation to deliver a very important message: America loves Poland, and America loves the Polish people. (Applause.) Thank you.
The Poles have not only greatly enriched this region, but Polish-Americans have also greatly enriched the United States, and I was truly proud to have their support in the 2016 election. (Applause.)
It is a profound honor to stand in this city, by this monument to the Warsaw Uprising, and to address the Polish nation that so many generations have dreamed of: a Poland that is safe, strong, and free. (Applause.)
Touching on the matter of language, Col. Roosevelt declared that “We must have in this country but one flag, and for the speech of the people but one language, the English language. During the present war all newspapers published in German, or in the speech of any of our foes, should be required to publish, side by side with the foreign text, columns in English containing the exact translation of everything said in the foreign language. Ultimately this should be done with all newspapers published in foreign languages in this country.”
TR gave a barn burner of a speech on the Fourth of July a century ago to a large audience in Forest Hills in New York City. I have not found the text of the speech online. Go here to read a report of the speech which appeared in the New York Times. In the speech Roosevelt, who spoke and read German due to his student days there, was quite clear that no discrimination should be shown to immigrants as long as they were wholehearted Americans. A duty of immigrants to these shores was to embrace their new country with love and to shorn themselves of foreign allegiances. Common sense from our twenty sixth President a hundred years ago.
The Lavender Mafia are in a mood for celebration at the Vatican, based upon this story that broke in papers around the globe yesterday:
Vatican police raided a drug-fueled gay sex party at a top priest’s apartment near the city, according to an Italian newspaper report.
The apartment’s occupant, who was not named by police, serves as a secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, a personal adviser to Pope Francis.
The apartment belongs to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith — the branch that reviews appeals from clergy found guilty of sexual abuse of minors, according to Italian daily Il Fatto Quotidiano, which first published the explosive report.
Police raided the apartment in June after neighbors complained of unusual behavior among frequent nighttime visitors.
Police arrested the priest and hospitalized him to detox him from the drugs he had ingested, according to the newspaper.
He was taken in for questioning, presumably on drugs charges, as gay sex is legal in Vatican City.
He’s currently in retreat at a convent in Italy, according to the report.
Coccopalmerio’s aide was reportedly under consideration for promotion to bishop.
For this reason the Second Vatican Council states that all the Pope’s teaching should be listened to and accepted, even when it is not given ex cathedra, but is proposed in the ordinary exercise of the magisterium with a clear intention to enunciate, recall, reiterate Faithful doctrine.
Pope John Paul II, General Audience, March 17, 1993 (Italics added.)
At Daffey Thoughts Dave Griffey celebrates the film Gettysburg, the only film that my bride and I ever hired a babysitter for in order to see, all the way back in 1993, which is now almost a quarter of a century ago, unbelievably enough to me. Time does run in a rapid stream:
An annual viewing tradition around July 4th. From a time before the dark days of Multiculturalism taught us to ignore the myriad sins of the world while refusing to forgive the sins of the West.
Adapted from Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels, it marked that last point where the Civil War was popularly understood as driven by the issue of slavery, but also about many complex issues, as history always is.
But that was then. Today history, like so many things, has been whittled down to a soundbite. Hence the end of the Confederate memorials; hence raising new bigotries and racisms to replace the old. Those hellbent on ignoring the past are, after all, doomed to repeat it. Or – good news for the post-war generations – our posterity will be doomed to repeat it.
The Jesuit takeover of the Catholic Church continues as Claire Chretien of Lifesite News advises us:
July 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – “A number of cardinals” asked Pope Francis to fire Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the head of the Vatican’s doctrine office, “because he had on several occasions publicly disagreed with or distanced himself from the pope’s positions,” particularly as related to the exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
This information comes from America, a Jesuit magazine. As a magazine run by the Pope’s own religious order, America has enjoyed special access since Francis’ election in 2013. They published a famous interview with Pope Francis in 2013, and have since grown significantly.
On July 1, Pope Francis named a 73-year-old Jesuit, Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, to head the CDF. Ladaria Ferrer was previously Secretary of the CDF. He is also heading the pope’s commission on women deacons.
Müller confirmed that he disagreed with Pope Francis for firing three priests from the CDF.
“There were competent people,” he said. This comment is consistent with a more vague one that Müller made in a May 2017 interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo.
In May, Müller told Arroyo, “I am in favor of a better treatment of our officials in the Holy See because we cannot only speak about the social doctrine and we must also respect it.”
Müller denied to Allgemeine Zeitung that he and Pope Francis had “differences” and disagreements over the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. During his time as head of the CDF, Müller maintained that Amoris Laetitia must be interpreted through the lens of previous doctrine and therefore can’t be used to change Church practice and thus undermine its teaching.
Müller said the four dubia cardinals asking Pope Francis for clarity on whether Amoris Laetitia is aligned with Catholic morality raised “legitimate questions.” He also criticized them and maintained that Amoris Laetitia was consistent with the Catholic faith so therefore no “fraternal correction” of Pope Francis would be necessary.
The appointment of Ladaria Ferrer is “destined to have far-reaching consequences, not the least of which is to ensure that the C.D.F. and its prefect are rowing with and not against the pope on key issues, including the interpretation of ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ synodality and cooperation with the commission for the protection of minors,” America offered in its analysis.
“Ladaria Ferrer, though a competent theologian, is a low-key appointment who is never going to rock the boat, or cause any embarrassment to the Pope,” observed Father Alexander Lucie-Smith at the UK Catholic Herald. “His appointment means the virtual neutralisation for the foreseeable future of the CDF as a possible hotbed of opposition” to the pope’s agenda.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.—Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
One hundred years ago a moving scene occurred in Paris. After official American and French ceremonies at noon to commemorate Independence Day, a battalion of the American 16th regiment, from the newly formed 1rst Division, marched through Paris to the tomb of the Marquis de Lafayette, who had done so much to help the Americans in their Revolutionary War. French troops home on leave, some of them wounded, in impromptu fashion joined the Americans in marching along. The people of Paris went wild, showering the American troops with flowers, hugs and kisses. After the troops arrived at the tomb, Colonel Charles Stanton, a nephew of Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, gave a short speech with an unforgettable ending:
If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.
7:00 AM – 3 Jul 2017
After a statement by what was formerly the Pontifical Academy for Life, go here to read it, which basically defended the sentencing to death of the infant by the European courts, Pope Francis apparently, to his great credit, personally intervened:
Pope Francis has backed Charlie Gard’s parents’ desire to “accompany and care” for their sick baby boy “to the end”, saying he hopes their wishes will not be ignored.
The pope weighed in on the situation as Charlie’s parents spend their last days with him after being given more time before his life support is turned off.
The 10-month-old, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, has been at the centre of a lengthy legal battle that has made headlines around the world.
A statement issued by the Vatican today on Pope Francis’ behalf was in stark contrast to a controversial one issued just days ago by his Pontifical Academy for Life.