Sunday, 29 April 2012

Courage Under Silence

Thanks to WAC-UK for the following post on their website . . . visit their website here.

Courage under Silence and Censure

We salute theologians and pastoral leaders in our age who have suffered at the hands of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - formerly the Holy Office of the Inquisition. How is it that a post Vatican II Church can so arrogantly cast the knowledge, research, Christian love and service of her sons and daughters aside?

These men and women had courage to speak out for justice, compassion, integrity, inclusivity, authenticity. They promoted a Church that could be 'Lumen Gentium' and offer a troubled world the message of 'Gaudium et Spes'

In his book, "The Pope's War" , Fr Matthew Fox lists 92 of our brothers and sisters and says,

"The work of these various persons varied as did their sentences. For example, some were fired from their jobs as editors of Catholic journals, others were expelled from their orders or expelled from their teaching postiions, and some were hounded. All were tainted by the accusations from Rome, and many had to withdraw from their ministries. Some were rendered homeless; others died of heart attacks under the pressure. It is the people they served who were punished the most by the detour of distration from their work that it took to defend themselves and ultimately by their absence."
We join Fr Fox in thanking them for their generous service

Sadly the list did not end in 2011 when he wrote "The Pope's War". It goes on ...

(We hope that eventually each name will link to further information about that person)

Fr Gerard Moloney SM (Ireland) Fr Owen O’Sullivan OFM Cap (Ireland)
Fr John Shea (USA)Fr Brian D'Arcy (N. Ireland)
Fr Sean Fagan SM (Ireland)Fr Tony Flannery (Ireland)
Sr Elizabeth Johnson (USA)Fr Bill Rowe (USA)
Bp Bill Morris (Australia)Fr. Roy Bourgeois (USA)
Prof. Juan José Tamayo (Spain)Rev. Dr. Andrés Torres Queiruga (Spain)
Jon Sobrino (El Salvador)Thomas Reese SJ (USA)
Bernard Haring CSSR (Germany)Prof. Michael Buckley (USA)
Sr Lavinia Byrne IBVM (UK)Fr Philip S Keane SS (USA
Jacques Dupres SJ (France)David Hollenbach SJ (USA)
Anthony de Mello SJ (Goa)Michael Morwood (Australia)
Bp Thomas Gumbleton (USA)Abp Paulo Evaristo Arns (Brazil)
José Antonio Pagola (Basque)Fr Hans Küng (Switzerland)
Fr Edward Shillebeeckz OP (Holland)Fr Charles Curran (USA)
Fr Leonardo Boff OFM (Brazil)Fr Anthony Kosnik (USA)
Fr Gustavo Gutiérrez (Peru)Fr Karl Rahner SJ (Germany)
Fr Matthew Fox OP (USA)Sr Mary Agnes Mansour RSM (USA)
Sr Elizabeth Morancy RSM (USA)Sr Arlene Violet RSM (USA)
Abp Raymond Hunthausen (USA)Fr Ernesto Cardenal (Nicaragua)
Fr Robert Nugent (USA)Sr Jeanine Gramick (USA)
Sr Barbara Ferrano SND (USA)Sr Patricia Hussey SND (USA)
Miguel d'Escoto, Maryknoll (Nicaragua)Fr Edgar Parrales (NIcaragua)
Uriel Molina OFM (Nicaragua)Jean-Bertrand Aristide (Haiti)
Fr Tissa Balasuriya OMI (Sri Lanka)Fr Eugen Drewermann (Germany)
Sr Ivone Gebara SND (Brazil)Bp Jacques Gaillot (France)
Fr Fernando Cardenal SJ (Nicaragua)Fr Roger Haight SJ (USA)
Sr Margaret McBride (USA)Fr André Guindon (Canada)
Bp Remi DeRoo (Canada)Bp Pedro Casaldáliga (Brazil)
Fr Paul Collins (Australia)Sr Jane Kelly (USA)
Bp Hélder Câmara (Brazil)Fr Gyorgy Bulanyi (Hungary)
Don Luigi Sartori (Italy)Fr Eugenio Melandri (Italy)
Fr Paul Valadier SJ (France)Don Vittorio Cristelli (Italy)
Bp Bartolomé Carrasco Briseño (Mexico)Fr Philippe Denis OP (France)
Bp Samuel Ruiz (Mexico)Teresa Berger (Germany)
Fr Renato Kizito Sesana (Kenya)Don Leonardo Zega (Italy)
Fr John Sye Kong-seok (Korea)Fr Paul Cheong Yang-mo (Korea)
Fr Edouard Ri Jemin (Korea)Jacquies Dupuis SJ (Belgium)
Luigi Lombardi Vallauri (Italy)Fr Jim Callan (USA)
Monsig. Luigi Marinelli (Italy)Reinhard Messner (Austria)
Fr Marciano Vidal (Spain)Josef Imbach OFM (Italy)
Don Franco Barbero (Italy)Fr Cipriano Carini OSB (Italy)
Juan José Tamayo (Spain)Don Vitaliano Della Sala (Italy)
Rev Mary Ramerman (USA)Rev Ludmila Javorova (Czechoslovakia)
Rev Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger (Austria)Bp Felix Maria Davidek (Czechoslovakia)
Rev Adelinde Theresia Roitinger (Austria)Rev Gisela Forster (Germany)
Rev Iris Muller (Germany)Rev Ida Raming (Germany)
Rev Pia Brunner (Germany)Rev Angela White (Austria /USA)
Fr Edward Cachia (Canada)Fr Clodovis Boff (Brazil)
Fr Bill Callaghan SJ (USA)Fr Johannes Metz (Germany)
Fr Pedro Arupe SJ (Spain)Fr Alvaro Arguello (Nicaragua)
Fr Jacques Pohier OP (France)Abp Oscar Romero (El Salvador)s
Bp George Robinson (Australia)Fr John McNeill SJ (USA)

Friday, 27 April 2012

More Vatican Censure Nonesense . . . .

Fr Brian D'Arcy has been identified as the fifth Priest from Ireland to be deprived of the freedom of expression.  The same freedom of expression Pope Benedict requested of Cubas President during his visit to Cuba.

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affirs Correspondent for the Irish Times writes . . .

ONE OF Ireland’s best known priests Fr Brian D’Arcy has been censured by the Vatican over four articles he wrote for the Sunday World newspaper in 2010.

Fr D’Arcy is the fifth Irish Catholic priest known to have been censured by the Vatican recently. The others are Redemptorist priests Fr Tony Flannery and Fr Gerard Moloney, Marist priest Fr Sean Fagan and Capuchin priest Fr Owen O’Sullivan. read more

Sunday, 22 April 2012

United Christian Church, Poland

The following news item appeared on the front page of the Polish United Christian Church.  At first sight it looks like they wish to be affiliated with our United Ecumenical Catholic Church.  Fantastic news.  I'll post any updates.
"On 21 April 2012 in Warsaw the General Conference of the United Christian Church took place, whose purpose was to organize the law of the Church, the choice of the Bishop and to take a position on cooperation with the United Ecumenical Catholic Church.

The session was attended (in person and by absentee voting) more than 20 authorized delegates, including all the clergy of the Church.

Members of the General Conference adopted a codified Book of Law, constituting a source of status and rights of the Church, and decided to include (ourselves) in the structure of the United Ecumenical Catholic Church affiliated with the rights of a member.

By secret ballot Father Simon of Germany was elected Bishop of the Church unanimously  - the former head of the Church in Poland.  At the same time the Conference adopted the proposal of the Assembly of Christians Church in Chrzuszczobrodzie and agreed to the ordination of Father Christopher create gaps for the office of Pastor of the Church. 

The conference ended with a solemn Eucharistic Devotion."

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Austrian priest Resigns . . .

"Austrian Priest resigns after overruling by cardinal on homosexual in parish council."

This article by Hilary White, their Rome correspondent can be read by clicking here

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Fascinating !

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

Take a Break . . . . .

Have a breather and rest awhile.  Be inspired by some of the stories.  Visit this website . . .

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Fr Bernard Lynch

Peter Stanford wrote the following article in the "Independent" on Sunday 8th April 2012.

Father Bernard Lynch: 'The Vatican has told them to get rid of me'

He claims that half of all Catholic priests are gay – and has himself been married to his husband for 14 years. He believes celibacy is to blame for many of the Church's problems – and that the Vatican must take responsibility for the paedophilia in its midst. Is it any wonder so many people want rid of Father Bernard Lynch? To read the article click HERE Another article can be found in the Irish Examiner HERE.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Birettas ?

I could regret this but it made me laugh  . . . . I mean really laugh . . . . . 
click here to feel better about yourself.

Pfarrer Initiative

I was interested to see how the writers of the Pfarrer Initiaive website responded to Pope Benedicts criticism at last Thursday’s Chrism mass.  I visited through google translate.  Their home page is blank, but other pages can be read and there is a link to their discussion forum..

Interesting links to similar supportive initiatives can be found and I have linked these here through google translate.  They make interesting reading

Pfarrer- Initiative in Austria

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Fr Tony Flannery

After giving up blogging for Lent (with the exception of March 20th) I’m not sure I have the enthusiasm to return to it.  However, after the news of the last few weeks voices need to be heard, especially those that are silenced.  

I especially refer to Fr  Tony Flannery, Redemptorist priest and member of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests. The Irish Times has an article that explains Fr Flannery has been censured by the church and effectively silenced whilst it investigates him and his views.  Such treatment is deplorable. 

This censure follows hot on the heels of Pope Benedict’s criticism of the Austrian Priests Initiative in his Chrism Mass homily.  Once again the RC church is into condemnation and anathemas rather than dialogue.  Perhaps this is because the Vatican’s arguments just don’t stand up to scrutiny.  Christ made each of us a new creation.  The Vatican just wants clones.  Sad !