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Most Austrian priests refuse Church doctrine June 29, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals.
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A stunning and heartbreaking, if not totally surprising, survey of the beliefs of Austrian Roman Catholic clergy has revealed that most priests in Austria do not accept Church doctrine on one or more issues.  The ‘scientific’ survey found that, of 500 Austrians priests:

  • 79% think priests should be able to be married
  • 51% think the Church has done a poor job of handling sex abuse cases (no disagreement there)
  • 51% think women should be able to be ordained

This last one floors me.  This is a very well defined dogma in the Church.  If you want to quibble with married priests, at least you have historical precedent, if not much sense.  Our united eastern brethren in the Church, like the Syro-Malabars, who do allow for married clergy, have counseled the Church NOT to regularize a married priesthood because of the huge problems it causes.  But this issue of women’s ordination, this is nothing more than a succumbing to the will of the world and rejecting a well defined core doctrine.  It’s like this – the Church is the Bride of Christ.  The priest, in the Mass, takes on persona Christi, and must be able to perform the role as a man.   A woman cannot do this.  No matter what we on earth may think, what a bishop may do, what percentage of priest’s cave to worldly pressure, no graces will be conferred to a woman to allow her to celebrate Mass.  Any ‘Mass’ celebrated by a woman is null and void – the bread remains bread, the wine remains wine, and no graces are conferred.

Unfortunately, Austria has been a huge breeding ground of modernism/leftism and especially of women’s ordination.  It has even, apparently, infected Cardinal Schoenborn to some extent (balloon Mass, anyone?).  Expect to see more of this as time goes on, especially in Europe.  I think in the US, the Church may be turning a bit of a corner, but the modernist spirit is truly embedded in Europe.  Pray.

Patriarch Kirill decries change in protestant doctrine on homosexuality June 29, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, Society.
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At a recent meeting between the leadership of the World Council of Churches in Moscow, Patriarch Kirill stated that ecumenical efforts between the Russian Orthodox Church and various protestant sects is becoming increasingly difficult due to recent changes in regard to how these sects view homosexuality, among other moral issues.   While couched in very diplomatic language, the Patriarch challenged the protestants to examine their doctrine with a light to how they could draw closer to Orthodox belief, which mirrors that of the Roman Catholic Church.

Buried in this diplomatic language is something of a warning.  The Orthodox Church, in particular the Russian Orthodox Church, has grown increasingly concerned over the seculariztion of Western and Russian society, and in particular the departure of many protestant sects from traditional Christian moral belief.  This is part of the reason relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church have warmed; Benedict XVI is highly respected among the Orthodox, and there is a sense that the two great sacramental Churches must join together in order to form a united threat against the cold, dead hand of secularism.  The Russian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church have remained committed to the Truth revealed by Christ, excepting some doctrinal issues on Authority.  Many of the protestant sects have not done so.  In fact, there seems to be a rapid snowballing of rejection of traditional doctrine and concommitant fracturing of the protestant community.  Pope Benedict, through Anglicanorum Coetibus, has created a path toward true ecumenism, the reuniting of the fractured Body of Christ into one whole.  I don’t think the Russian Church is looking for that, but I think they do see in Benedict a true partner and someone they can work with to try to foster a much closer relationship.  Whether the Catholic and Orthodox Churches can ever reunite is up to the working of the Holy Spirit, but I think the trend is going to be for these Churches to draw much closer.

This is something I pray for daily.  Many more prayers can only help.

Petition to get CHA and Sister Keehan to oppose abortion June 29, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, General Catholic.
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The folks at Catholic Vote Action have a petition up to encourage the Catholic Health Association and Sr. Carol Keehan, the head of CHA, to support the Protect Life Act, which would strip the Obamacare bill of its abortion funding provisions.  CHA and Sr. Keehan were instrumental in getting Obamacare passed into law.  Will CHA and Sr. Keehan use their considerable clout, which swayed several democrats to vote in favor of Obamacare in spite of its pro-abort provisions, to remove the abortion-funding provisions of Obamacare?  Sr. Keehan felt that it was more important to pass Obamacare, in spite of the fact that virtually all bishops and every pro-life group opposed the bill, because of the benefits it would bring in terms of social justice.  Will Sr. Keehan now take steps to help insure justice for the most vulnerable human beings of all?

You can do your part by signing the petition.  Would you, in your charity, consider doing so?

Dominus vobiscum,