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A “twofer” today. Please consider this post as the logical extension of the post titled Restoration Round-up: SSPX: 57 New Seminarians in 2016 (see here). Transitioning from the political sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium, et Invisibilium to the ecclesiastical side, we get a dispatch from the Restoration’s Eastern Front.
Before we begin, a few words to introduce this post.
The motivation for the below was brought about by a conversation I had with a cousin who lives in the Old Country, i.e. Poland. On an aside, All Saints Day is quickly approaching and each year, the US side of the family coordinates the cleaning activities of the family graves in the various cemeteries where our family members rest. In Poland, after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered on the Solemnity of All Saints, families go visit the graves of the their dearly departed. So the cleaning activities are an annual rite in and of themselves, and therefore the annual call to the country of my ancestors was in the order of the day, for yesterday.
Now, my cousin happens to live in a diocese that is administered by the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. (see here) For those who know their Catholic Church “Table of Organization and Equipment”, please recall that this Marian Order is presently the host and organizer of the largest Restoration symposium in present day Poland, i.e. the Ars Celebrandi held at their shrine at Lichen Poland. (see here) Furthermore, one of the member of this Order is none other than Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga M.I.C. (see here). And finally, this Marian Order has had their founder canonized this year, St. Stanislaw Papczynki M.I.C. (see here) And on the local level, I just ran across a post on the New Liturgical Movement’s Polish FB page that a proper Holy Sacrifice was being offered on October 1 at the Marianist Chapel where St. Papczynski’s remains rest.
So all in all, a very promising religious order, one that has not experienced the destruction of the new springtime, or at least to its membership ranks ( 288 in 1966, 335 today / 36 parishes in 1966 and 60 today) starting to move in the right direction.
So naturally, I asked my cousin about all these very positive developments and about his thoughts. The reply was a long period of silence. So he obviously has not heard anything about these “exciting” developments, which leads me to assume that this Restoration effort is being done under the radar, so to speak. However, my cousin did have some other information that he related to me.
He mentioned that a priest who is a family friend was over at his house a couple days earlier. This priest mention that over the summer, he made his annual one month sabbatical to administer a parish in Germany. This is an exchange program whereby Polish clerics go to Germany for a month each year to (earn some cash) provide their German counterparts some free time in order to take a well headed vacation. Or at least this is how it was explained to me. The interesting bit was that this priest’s German parish was in the Diocese of Essen Germany. And what this priest said was that at his German parish, he gets a total of 50 mass goers per Sunday Mass. However, the “Lefebvrists” in the neighboring chapel get 250 at their Sunday Masses.
So it would appear that these local priests are cognizant of their “competition” and that the way forward is the “Lefebvrists” way. It would appear that some of these priests on the ground in Poland are seeing the writing on the wall, yet it would appear that the message isn’t getting disseminated to widely.
But all in all, progress is being made. Or as our revolutionary bishop of Rome would say: “time is greater than space”. (see here)
Which brings me to a post I found pertaining to the German Church, in of all places the Diocese of Essen. Here is the post that I translated from the very excellent Polish website wpolityce.pl (original Polish text see here) that should give you dear reader a flavor of the situation on the ground in Deutschland.
Germany closes more churches. This is only the beginning of a process.
It is possible that the German diocese of Essen will be closing more Catholic churches.
According to the newspaper “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung”, a list of churches to be closed is ready. The reason for this decision is the increasingly smaller number of the faithful. Although there are “on paper” 200,333 Catholics in Essen, yet in practice, church attendance is less than 10 percent.
At the time of its creation in 1958, the diocese of Essen had 1.5 million Catholics. The newspaper pointed out that as early as 2006, Bishop Felix Genn began a drastic reorganization of the diocese, dividing it into 43 large parishes; every fourth church was designed to close, some were dismantled.
Today, there is less and less money. By 2020, the 10 urban parish in Essen will have about a third less funding than at present, and by 2030 a little more than half.
“The end of the shrinking process of the parish cannot see”
-with bitter consternation writes the “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung”.
So that is the dispatch from the German Front.
One more little bit of news was also offered on the wpolityce.pl website pertaining to the situation of Christianity in general in Germany.
At a party conference of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) this past weekend, the German Chancellor, Angela “the Mohammedan” Merkel had some advice for her party friends about how to advance “Christianity” in Deutschland. Here is what she had to say as related by the wpolityce.pl website: (original Polish text see here) (emphasis added)
Merkel ridiculed at the Congress. She called for singing carols and nurture the Christian tradition. Where did this about face come from? To defend against Islam
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on Saturday during the congress of her CDU party in Wittenburg, Mecklenburg Vorpommern called to her compatriots to more actively cultivate Christian tradition as a panacea for the fear of Islam.
“I know that there are fears of Islam”
-said Merkel. In her view, German citizens must combat these fears by fostering Christian values.
“We are a party that has a C in its name (CDU – Christlich-Demokratische Union, Christian Democratic Union)
– added Merkel.
“How many of you sings Christian songs during the Christmas festivities?”
– asked Merkel, addressing the participants of the congress.
“You can also sing tra la la or something like that?”
– Continued Merkel, to bursts of loud laughter from the delegates.
“What do we teach our children and grandchildren?”
-asked the head of the CDU, proposing that this upcoming holiday season, people should copy cards with texts carols and invite along someone who can play the flute.
“I am saying this with the utmost of seriousness. Otherwise, we will lose a part of tradition.”
– warned the German Chancellor.
Merkel’s father was a Protestant pastor. Until she began studies in Leipzig, the future head of the German government lived next to the seminary run by her father in the Waldhof near Templin. Merkel emphasizes on numerous occasions that Christian values are important in her political activity.
PAP / mall
So there you have it. The idea, if I understand this correctly is to “transcribe Christmas cards and to have someone provide the musical accompaniment on a flute.
And this is how the Germans will save Europe from the current Mohammedan invasion.
This is the REALITY in Euroland folks.
Stranger than FICTION.