|Patrick Degrieck as Lecturer for the Pontifical Center for Child Protection has spoken |
on the topic of "Secondary Victims" in child sexual abuse.
In the picture above (from the right) Bischop Bonny (Antwerp) und Cardinal De Kesel (Mecheln-Brüssel)
Thursday, April 6, 2017
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Heated social climate
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Sunday, February 9, 2014
"In the oven"
Trivialization of Death
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
(Amsterdam) There are rumors on the progressive wing of the Catholic Church in the German speaking nations, that the Lower German Dutch are to be added. From theologians Manifesto "We want women Cardinals" about the uprising German Bishops and Ordinaries against the indissolubility of the marriage sacrament, on the demand for priestesses by the new President of the Superior Conference of Male Religious Communities in Austria, is immediately seconded by the President of the Association of Women's Orders of Austria to the memorandum Cologne Catholics for an anti-Meisner as the next Archbishop of Cologne, the bandwidth registers nervous twitches. The latter demand is reminiscent of the desire for an anti-Benedict XVI. as the new Pope. The bishops of the Netherlands are on an ad limina visit to Rome. These progressive groups have written a "manifesto" to Pope Francis, in which they make statements of support for the new head of the Church as a "defender" of the Church and of the Church's heritage. However, the ulterior motives are different.
Friday, February 1, 2013
On 13 December, on the Feast of St Lucia, the Seminaryof St Willibrord of the Diocese of Harlem-Amsterdam celebrated it first Immemorial Mass of All Ages.
At Titennergthere is a Philosophy College next to the seminary, which is connected to the Papal Lateran University, the Theological Institute of St Bonifacious for Deacons, Catechists of the Diocese and a center for Catholic social teaching. In Tiltenberg there was originally a Gymnasium (School preparing boys for higher studies) with dormitory which was transformed by the previous bishop into a seminary in 1997.
The first Holy Mass in the "Old Rite" was celebrated for the seminarians by Chaplain Bunschoten. Two seminarians carries out the service of the altar. As the Rector of the Seminary Gerard Beuggnik with the approval of Bishop of Harlem-Amsterdam, Msr Jos Punt explained, the seminary will form future priests in both forms of the Roman Rite, as foreseen by the Motu Proprio of Pope Benedict XVI. In 2007.
In Nobember 2012 an event took place at the seminary Cale's "Liturgy and Sacrum". The speakers were noteworthy members of the Liturgical Movement which had been begun by Pope Bemedict XVI., among them the famous Liturgist Don Nicola Bux and the German Oratorian Fr. Use Michael Lang.
In Leiden, the home of the painter Rembrandt there is in Lodewijkskerk a biritual community. Father Smith celebrates the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass weekly in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
Soon an Italian Benedictine Cloister of strict observance will found a new cloister in Holland at the desire of the local bishop.
Text: MiL/Giuseppe Nardi
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The powerful are only horrified about child-abuse when it can drag the Church in the dirt.
(kreuz.net) Joris Demmink (64) is a high Dutch official.
Since 2002 he has been General Secretary of the Ministry for Security and Justice.
Yesterday the US-website 'cbn.com' reported that Demmink will resign this week and be honored for his work.
Demmink has been charged for raping two male minors during a flight in Turkey.
Witnesses Speak Out
On October 4th, witnesses spoke out before the Helsinki Commission at Capital Hill in Washington against Demmink.
"I was afraid to say no -- I was very young an innocent, " said one.
According to reports from 'cbn.com' there was an attempted murder against him, after his complaint became public.
He Finished in a Bordello
The alleged victim left his family at the age of fourteen, to seek work in decadent Europe.
There he ended -- not completely unexpected -- in an Amsterdam bordello. Fro this place of inhumanity he met Demmink.
Already after two meetings, he wanted to take the young Turk with him home in Den Haag.
The attorney of the victim -- Adele Van der Plas -- explained that Demmink's high position has made it difficult charge him:
"We may have beautiful laws in Holland -- but these don't help, if people from he upper classes abuse children and are not prosecuted."
The Dutch Government has taken the position that the complaints against Demmink are "completely baseless".
Straight to Jail?
A representative of the Dutch Embassy -- H.P. Schreinemachers -- criticized the results of the hearing.
The internet site 'arrestDemmink.com' has appeared.
Its operators also want to impede the honoring Demmink on his retirement.
Link to kreuz.net...
Friday, October 5, 2012
photogallery of ships that have served as churches...
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Amsterdam (kath.net/KNA) A large part of the Catholic grade schools in the Dutch diocese of s'Hertogenbosch will remove the description Catholic during the foreseeable year of 2013.
As the newspaper >>Trouw<< online (Monday) reports, that according to the determination of the scholastic board Signum, a large number of the 24 schools will eliminate the word "Catholic" from its self-description.
"The connection to the Church is already minimal now", stressed the Signum president Jan Timmers. Of a break with the Church one could not say. "We have been disengaging from the Church for years", says Timmers. So, the schools will also celebrate the Islamic Ramadan at some time between Easter and Christmas. Also the description of the scholastic mission statement will no longer be relegated directly to the Catholic Church, but to the "individuality of each child".
The Auxiliary Bishop in s'Hertogenbosch, Rob Mutsaerts, informed the report the following that it is better to
remove the designation "Catholic", because it doesn't correspond any more to the school's concept and moderating content.
This may enable the foundation of "truly Catholic" grade schools. Till now the state has denied such new foundations and it has adversely managed numerous existing Catholic grade schools.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Utrecht (Katolische Nachrichchten) Cardinal Wim Eijk, the Archbishop of Utrecht wrote a letter to all priests, deacons and laymen in pastoral ministry in his Archdiocese which addressed the observance of liturgical norms. The occasion involved a pastoral assistant [a layman] who had grossly violated the liturgical norms in the Archdiocese of Utrecht a few weeks ago which he committed during Holy Mass in the homily and in prayers in the Canon [Eucharistic Prayer]. The pastoral assistant was subsequently punished by the Archbishop and removed from Missio Canonica [faculties to act as a priest]. Meanwhile, the Cardinal has put him back in office, following his public apology for liturgical abuses and explained his understanding of the importance of keeping the liturgical norms in the future.
Archbishop Announces Canonical Penalties
In his letter, Cardinal Eijk endeavors "to promote general order of the entire Church and therefore to press for the osservance of all ecclesiastical laws" to the canonical obligation of Bishops (can. 392 § 2). He calls on all pastoral personnel, "to know and observe carefully", the liturgical norms. He admonished all "If in the future, unexpectedly, that the current norms for the Sacred Eucharist are violated, then I will not hesitate to impose canonical sentences, and also the withdrawl of Missio Canoninica [faculties] will not be ruled out.
The Archbishop stresses that penalties will be issued to those committing liturgical abuses all the way up to dismissal from the canonical state and lists the proper prcedures in canon law he will undertake in courts trying perpetrators.
Among the abuses he identifies are lay homilies, or attempts to encourage the laity to pray aloud the parts of the Eucharistic prayer. The Archbishop stresses that these prayers are meant to be said by the priest alone.
He urges that Catholics have a right to object to liturgical abuses and make them known without any acrimony on the part of Diocesan officials.
The letter continues to urge Catholic laity to report liturgical abuses as they occur also to the Roman authorities.
Link to kathnews...
H/t: Fr. Gero Weishaupt
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The great model of the Old Liberal Conciliar Languor of yesteryear is pulling itself up from the horrors of the Second Vatican Council. [He's referring to Holland, which used to be called the "Showcase of the Church"]
|First Mass in St. Agnes in Amsterdam|
(kreuz.net) In the Netherlands only about seven percent of Catholics practice their Faith.
This was according to French website 'paixliturgique' in a post.
The website also insists that abuses and scandals[scroll down and watch the Football Mass video] have not abated even in the Netherlands.
Actually the website holds the view that there is little hope for a renewal.
And yet those directing the New Eucharistic Celebration hold the Liturgical norm for the most part.
There is even a substantial current to have the Mass said in Latin.
Deadlock for the Old Mass
As far as the Old mass, 'paixliturgique.org' sees little movement.
In the wake of 'Summorum Pontificum' there was only one regular Sunday Mass in the Old Rite established.
In the entire country there are only two regular Sunday Masses that are the responsibility of the Diocesan structures.
One has been celebrated since 2006 in Amsterdam at the Parish of St. Agnes by the Society of St. Peter.
Father Martin Knudsen (36) and Pater Andrzej Komorowski (36) have been active there.
On Sunday there are about 120 Faithful and on workdays about 20 highly motivated Faithful.
The other Mass happens in Utrecht in the Church of St. Willibord -- in any case only at 17:30.
The Old Liberals -- the seed bed for the Sedevacantists
Of the nineteen Old Masses -- which are more or less regularly celebrated -- there are only ten in full communion with Rome.
Of those which are the responsibility of the Diocesan structure, there are, besides the two regular Sunday Masses, only four monthly Sunday Masses and four regular weekday Masses.
In some Mass locations outside of the Diocese the Mass is only celebrated occasionally.
Two Mass locations are maintained by the Society of St. Pius X.
The remaining six belong to Sedevacantist groups, which are there owing to the presence of the Old Liberal Conciliar Confusion in the Netherlands.
Old Mass in the Seminary
One little glimmer of hope shines in the Seminaries.
In the Seminary of the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam and the Diocese of s'Hertogenbosch the students will be introduced to the celebration of the Old Mass.
In the Seminary of s'Hertogenbosch the Rector appears to have taken to the Motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum' with good will.
There, Father Gero Weishaupt, the canon lawyer who hails from Germany, celebrates the Old mass three times weekly.
The Seminarians are free to participate in these Masses.
The Rector of the Seminary appears, by reason of his open and liberal inclinations in the past, to have been put under some pressure.
Interest of among the youth
Since 2007 oer thirty -- mostly young -- Dutch Diocesan priests have learned the celebration of the Old Mass.
In the Netherlands, there are about 800 active Diocesan priests.
A recently established liturgical seminar demonstrates the interest of the seminarians for the Ancient Rite.
Link to kreuz.net...
Friday, May 27, 2011
"For the Novitiate of Koningshoeven!“
|Trappist in Cloister Koningshoeven|
During their deportation to Auschwitz six Loeb-Sisters met Edith Stein as well. by Anscar Christensen
(kreuz.net) After the Pastoral Protest Letter of the Dutch Bishops against National Socialism in 1942 all Catholics of Jewish descent were arrested in the Netherlands.
Among them they found three sons and three siblings of the Jewish Loeb family. They lived as Trappists in two Dutch Cloisters.
The time of their captivity found the Loebs in a brilliant society: Doctors, Intellectuals, educated Dominicans and a great Carmelite, Sister Benedicta a Cruce Edith Stein.
Because of her strong character, Sister Benedicta was the natural leader of the group of deported Jewish religious. The Holy Office and the Rosary was prayed in common.
Witnesses reported that both Loeb priests comforted them and heard their confessions. The Sisters were brave and helpful -- especially to the children.
We don't know anything more than this. The group was sent to the fearful Camp of Auschwitz in Poland. A National Socialist document soberly reported their birth and day of death: August and September 1942.
It was and unconfirmed report from an anonymous letter after that Fathers Ignatius and Nivardus Loeb together with two Polish and two Greek priests were shot, because they had heard confessions.
Father Nivardus, the former assitant of the novice master, called, before the bullets of the firing squad hit him: "For the Novitiate in Koningshoeven!
Sister Veronika Loeb, who contracted a serious case of tuberculosis during their incarceration, was later sent by the SS to the infamous Concentration Camp Westerbork.
Actually after only eight or ten days they let her free again. Her superior sent her thereafter to various hospitals. Finally she died on August 1944 in the Cloister.
The youngest Loeb-brother, Hans, who had not entered into the Cloister, was in any case arrested and was forced to work in a Polish zinc mine.
As the Soviet Troops neared, he was put on an open truck wagon and transported west. He suffered severe frostbite on his feet and died in February 1945 in an infirmary in Auschwitz.
Paula -- the youngest child of family Loeb -- married in Holland. During the war she was hidden in the house of a courageous Catholic in Nijmagen.
She is the only living member of the extraordinary family Loeb.
Link to original...
Monday, November 29, 2010
View Hl. Messen in Österreich in a larger map
Hl. Messen auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen
Netherlands and Belgium:
Mislocaties weergeven op een grotere kaart
H/t: SummorumPontificium,de, here. and Pro Missa Tridentina, here.
Related, Forty Four Percent of Germans Would Attend the Old Mass
Thursday, November 4, 2010
By Patrick B. Craine
Roermond, Netherlands, November 4, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Dutch bishop has made waves in the country after he called on politicians to defund abortion in the face of impending budget restrictions, reports French journalist Jeanne Smits.
Several members of the Dutch House of Representatives have complained after Bishop Everard de Jong, auxiliary for the Roermond diocese, sent a letter earlier this fall to each representative along with a plastic 10-week fetal model.
In the letter, the bishop suggested that the government could save money “on the backs of bloody abortion clinics.” The bishop also suggested that given the Netherland’s aging population, the country will need a younger generation to take care of the elderly; however, he said, there is no younger generation because “we have already ‘cleansed’ them” through abortion.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The Dutch Archbishop Wim Eijk sees the next decade as "years of truth for churches". The turning away of belief in the Church will stabilize itself by year 2020, said the Archbishop of Utrecht in an interview with the newspaper "De Telegraaf" (Saturday). At present perhaps 16 percent of the of the population of the Netherlands is Catholic. This will also sink by ten percent. "Catholics, who still practice their faith, are strengthened by the search for authentic Faith," said Ejik.
The Archbishop maintains, that in the Netherlands over the next 10 years, 1000 churches will close, 600 protestant and 400 Catholic. The Bishops deny the use of churches as mosques. Empty churches could be used by other Christian communities, as health care facilities, or for cultural uses. Also, buildings can be demolished, provided that they are not culturally important landmarks.
Eijk, who has led the diocese of Groningen since the end of 2007, attempted to work decisively toward the financial health of the Church in Holland. "Had we not done anything, we would have been bankrupt in the last ten years, and had no more money to pay salaries," he said. Eijk is receiving sharp criticism for savings measures by a group of institutions for priestly education.
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Friday, January 1, 2010
In Holland, There's No More Room for the Child Jesus. Or Then Again, There Is
ROME, December 30, 2009 – Until half a century ago, Dutch and Flemish Catholicism seemed to be in solid shape, strong in its traditions, active in mission. One of its symbols was Fr. Jozef Damiaan de Veuster (1840-1889), an apostle to the lepers on an island in the Pacific, who was proclaimed a saint by Benedict XVI last October 11.
A few days ago, just before Christmas, another great symbol of this Catholicism died at the age of 95 in Nijmegen, Dominican theologian Edward Schillebeeckx, Flemish by birth, Dutch by choice.
However, this is a symbol not of the flourishing but of the astonishing deterioration that the Church of Flanders and of Holland has experienced over the past half century.
Schillebeeckx reflected this metamorphosis in his own life as a theologian. In the years of Vatican Council II and of the period immediately after the council, he was a star of worldwide impact, a champion of the new theology in step with the dominant culture. But then he was almost forgotten, even by the Catholics who had acclaimed him.
The disregard that fell over him went hand in hand with what was happening in the meantime in Dutch Catholicism, increasingly more forgetful of itself, increasingly secularized, increasingly in danger of disappearing.
The survey reproduced below is a snapshot of the current profile of the Catholic Church in Holland. A country in which today 41 percent of the population say that they have no religious faith, and 58 percent no longer know what Christmas is. A Church in which there are Dominicans and Jesuits who are theorizing and practicing Masses without priesthood or Christian sacrament, in which those present "consecrate" collectively, around a "table that is also open to people of different religious traditions."
All of this while at the same time, a city like Rotterdam has been thoroughly Islamized, as www.chiesa showed in a shocking article a few months ago.
The survey that follows is by Marina Corradi, and was published on December 23 in "Avvenire," the newspaper owned by the Italian bishops' conference. Its epicenter is Amsterdam.
The reportage is accompanied by an interview with Cardinal Adrianus Simonis, archbishop emeritus of Utrecht.
Read the remainder of the article with an interview by a Liberal Prelate at the end.