Saturday, April 29, 2017

Update: Pray for Frau Festing and The Knights of Malta

Clash between Festing loyalists at the Oder of Malta and the Holy See is reaching a boiling point 
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Leaked Report of Cardinal Burke Audience Reveals Background on Malta Crisis 
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Order of Malta Elects New Grand Master 
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The election of a new Grand Master of the Order of Malta in Rome on Saturday - tomorrow - has precipitated an avalanche of news stories, many containing intriguing claims about the root causes of the shock resignation of the last Grand Master, Fra Matthew Festing.

The most interesting aspect, which has been revealed already in part by past postings by Steve Skojek at One Peter Five, is the role of money in the saga of the Knights. The claim is that because Order was a beneficiary of a shadowy trust based in Switzerland, the attempts by Fra Matthew Festing to get to the bottom of this trust and ensure that the law was followed threatened to precipitate revelations which would be embarassing to people in positions of considerable influence in the Vatican. Festing had to be removed in order to remove this threat. The interim leadership of the Order has, at any rate, rapidly come to an amicable agreement with the trustees of this trust and we may now hear no more about it.


The Remnant: comprehensive article on the background

One Peter Five: Fr Matthew Festing has decided to go to Rome for the election despites attempts to stop him

Church Militant: several strands about the current situation and its causes

Lifesite News: members of the Order petition Pope Francis for an explanation of his unprecedented intervention in the Order

The Pope's delegate had earlier asked Fra' Matthew Festing, former Grand Master, to stay away from the ballot

The Knights of Malta soap opera took on new drama on Wednesday as the order’s ousted leader apparently returned to Rome on the eve of the election for his successor in spite of a papal delegate asking him not to.
Fra’ Matthew Festing, whom Pope Francis effectively ousted as Grand Master in January, is technically eligible to be re-elected during Saturday’s vote. But he told fellow knights he merely wanted to cast his ballot.
In an April 15 letter, Francis’s delegate running the order, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, had told Fra’ Festing to stay away from Rome, saying his presence at the election “would reopen wounds and prevent the event from taking place in an atmosphere of peace and harmony.”
Vatican commentator Edward Pentin said this instruction had been reconsidered partly because, as a professed knight, Fra’ Festing’s absence would have invalidated the ballot.
Fra’ Festing has told the order he plans to vote, and two knights told The Associated Press he was back in Rome on Wednesday.
The Knights of Malta saga erupted in December after Fra’ Festing ordered his foreign minister, Albrecht von Boeselager, to resign. Boeselager’s stated crime was that condoms had been distributed by the Knights of Malta’s humanitarian branch in Myanmar under his watch. Church teaching forbids artificial contraception.
The Vatican got involved after Boeselager complained, launching what became a very public spat between Fra’ Festing and Francis.
Francis asked Fra’ Festing to resign, ordered Boeselager to be reinstated and appointed Archbishop Becciu as his envoy to help run the order until a new Grand Master could be elected.
The Vatican takeover was a raw display of papal power and put into question the Knights’ fiercely guarded sovereign status. Francis added to the impression of heavy-handedness by inviting more than a dozen senior knights to a pre-vote huddle on Wednesday evening at the Vatican hotel where he lives.
The order’s leadership has recommended that the 56 knights eligible to cast ballots on Saturday elect a temporary “lieutenant” to run the order for one year, rather than the life term of a Grand Master. That will give the order time to reform its constitutions to broaden the pool of eligible future grand masters. Currently, the rules limit the pool to “professed knights” — who take religious vows of poverty, obedience and chastity — who hail from noble lineage.
Currently, 12 men fit the bill, but many of them are in their 80s.
The Knights of Malta is an ancient lay Catholic religious order that runs hospitals and clinics around the world. It counts 3,500 members and 100,000 staff and volunteers who lend first aid in war zones, natural disasters and conflict areas; members also make regular pilgrimages bringing the sick to Catholic shrines.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day the Idea of an Eccentric Murderer ?

Thousands of flower children crowded Fairmount Park's Belmont Plateau for the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. The cast of Hair sang about love, welfare and pollution. Beat poet Allen Ginsberg lamented the end of the planet. U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine waited in the wings to give a speech, while a television crew for Walter Cronkite caught the action for the evening news. And Ira Einhorn - big, brash and boisterous - commanded the microphone.

Ira Einhorn, Earth Day's Dirty Secret  Click Here

On April 22, 1970, tens of thousands of people came together in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park to celebrate the first Earth Day: an event organized to raise awareness regarding pollution and other threats to our planet’s ecological health.
The master of ceremonies for the event was Ira Einhorn, a man known as "the Unicorn" after the English translation of his German surname, "one horn." Many years later, he would become better known as "the Unicorn Killer."
Einhorn was something of a Philadelphia celebrity, and rising star among the era’s activists, intellectuals, artists, and gurus. According to the writer Gary Lachman, author of The Dedalus Book of the 1960s: Turn Off Your Mind, the Unicorn counted among his friends the mystic Baba Ram Dass, author Philip K. Dick, "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, astronaut Edgar Mitchell , Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and Frank Herbert, author of Dune. Ginsberg and Herbert agreed to speak at Fairmount Park that day, joining an already impressive slate that included consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader, Senator Edward Muskie, and Zen philosopher Alan Watts.
Earth Day was a massive success, with a special report on the CBS news describing it "as much like a rock festival as a teach-in on the environment."
With his powerful connections and counterculture bona fides, Einhorn’s involvement was undoubtedly a boon at the time. How ironic then that over a few short years it became one of Earth Day’s biggest black eyes.
While most people knew Einhorn to be a gentle, kind soul, there was a darkness lurking behind the peace-and-love facade he carefully constructed. According to the late science writer Martin Gardner's book On the Wild Side, Einhorn had a well-established history of narcissism and predatory sexual violence. He was controlling and insanely jealous of his girlfriends, expecting them to remain solely committed to him even as he openly pursued dalliances with others. A self-styled poet, Einhorn wrote a verse about the "freedom" he found in 1966 when he nearly killed a young woman by smashing her head with a glass soda bottle. He also wrote journal entries detailing his passing thoughts of strangling another woman with whom he was involved.
Einhorn also indulged in the paranormal, cultivating friendships with parapsychology researcher Andrija Puharich and his protege Uri Geller, UFO researcher Jacques Vallee, and others in that world. In the early seventies, he worked his connections at publishing houses big and small to see their work and his own published and distributed.
In an introduction to Puharich’s book Uri, Einhorn wrote that he believed the purported psychic was a medium for an ancient extraterrestrial civilization. He also wrote a book of his own: 78-187880, an occult work named for its Library of Congress catalog number. Einhorn also developed a fascination with the "free energy" theories of Yugoslavian inventor Nikola Tesla, and wrote that the Soviets were using his inventions to develop mind control technologies.
Despite his eccentricities, Einhorn somehow continued to collect powerful friends like baseball cards, among them leaders at Fortune 500 companies who looked to the Unicorn for insight in navigating the future and engaging the youth movement. A combination of Einhorn’s dubious qualifications and glib charm also earned him invitations to lecture on these and other topics at prestigious universities.
In 1972, Einhorn met and fell in love with Helen "Holly" Maddux, a 25-year-old recent college graduate. Their relationship was clearly a stormy one, as Maddux made many attempts to break away from Einhorn, only to reconcile each time. In 1977, she left Einhorn for good, moved to New York, and began dating another man. Shortly thereafter, she disappeared.
Einhorn, still living in Philadelphia, denied any knowledge of Holly’s whereabouts after her family came to him with questions. They didn't find his claims particularly convincing, and neither did the private detective they hired to investigate the case. Tips from neighbors about a strong smell that emanated from Einhorn’s back porch enabled the local police to secure a search warrant, which they executed on March 28, 1979. A search of a storage room adjacent to Einhorn’s porch revealed a steamer trunk which contained a mummified body later identified as Maddux’s. It had been drained of blood and sealed in plastic prior to being placed in the trunk. When asked about the body, Einhorn responded, "You found what you found."
Einhorn was arrested, but managed to get a $40,000 bail thanks to the efforts of his attorney, future United States Senator Arlen Specter. Einhorn was freed after his parents put their home up for collateral, and fled to Europe only days before his trial was to begin. Once he was safely out of the United States, he stole a supporter’s identity, remarried, and spent the next sixteen years moving about Europe.
Incredibly, there were still those sympathetic to his claims, among them Barbara Bronfman, an heiress to the Seagram beverage company fortune. A 1997 article by the Philadelphia Inquirer claimed that Bronfman kept Einhorn comfortable by wiring him money through an account based in the Cayman Islands. She was one of several people who funded his life on the lam.
Einhorn was located and arrested in 1997 while living under an assumed name in France. Following a four-year legal battle over his extradition, Einhorn was transported to the United States to face justice. His claim that he was framed by the Central Intelligence Agency fell on deaf ears, and he was promptly transferred to a Pennsylvania prison to begin a life sentence without parole.
Einhorn’s sense of self-importance has not been diminished by his incarceration. He continues to claim that he was framed, and identifies himself as "the most famous inmate in Pennsylvania."
Kelly Kreth, a New York writer who has corresponded by mail with several high-profile murderers as part of a project she has titled "Letters from the Inside," corresponded with Einhorn from 2010 to 2011. In an interview for this piece, Kreth described Einhorn as "extremely bright" and "charming" and quotes an article in the Philadelphia Daily Times in which the writer refers to Einhorn as "sociopathic."
While Einhorn did not discuss Earth Day with Kreth, he has claimed many times that it was his idea. In spite of Einhorn’s powerful connections and former influence, there are very few people who will champion that cause. Most trace the origin of Earth Day to Senator Gaylord Nelson, who in 1969 called for a series of public "teach-ins" on the environment.
Unofficially, he’s everywhere, particularly in the conservative blogosphere where connecting an environmental cause with a notorious murderer might be seen as politically advantageous.
Officially, at least, Einhorn seems to have been scrubbed from existence. His name doesn't appear anywhere at the Environmental Protection Agency's Earth Day web page, or a website run by Philadelphia's Earth Week committee. The latter has a public photo gallery of the event online, but Einhorn isn't in any of the photos, a slight that -- for the Unicorn -- is probably more unbearable than life behind bars.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cincinnati Oratory Establishment Mass April 25th

Pope Francis OK's Cincinnati Oratory of St. Philip Neri

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I am told that the money collected at Mass 
Stays in the Parish 
and is used for 
"Traditional Values Charitable Causes."

Mass of Thanksgiving and Reception for the 
establishment of the Cincinnati Oratory

Tuesday, April 25 at 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
123 E 13th St, Cincinnati 45202

with Archbishop Schnurr @ Old St. Mary's Church in Over-the-Rhine. Msgr. Frank Lane is the guest homilist.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Love of Brothers and Sisters.

Pope Francis OK's Cincinnati Oratory of St. Philip Neri

I am told that the money collected at Mass 
Stays in the Parish 
and is used for 
"Traditional Values Charitable Causes."

Sunday Masses Low Latin (Traditional) 7:30 a.m. Sung Latin (Novus Ordo) 9:15 a.m. German 11:00 a.m. English 12:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Old St Mary’s, as it is known, 
is the oldest church building still standing in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri

In 2017, Pope Francis issued a decree establishing the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The Oratory is based at Old St. Mary’s Church in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati.

Currently, Fr. Jon-Paul, ordained a priest in 2012, serves as the Moderator of the Community.  Fr. Jon-Paul is the Pastor of Old St. Mary’s Church and Sacred Heart Church.  Fr. Lawrence was ordained to the priesthood in 1975 and serves as Parochial Vicar of Old St. Mary’s Church.  Fr. Adrian was ordained to the priesthood in 2015 and serves as the Vicar and Master of Ceremonies of the Community, as well as Parochial Vicar of Old St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, and priest chaplain at Christ Hospital and the Hamilton County Justice Center.  Bro. Brent joined the Community in 2013, and is currently undergoing studies for the priesthood at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West.  Bro. Henry joined the Community in 2016 and is currently undergoing his novitiate before continuing his studies for the priesthood in the Fall.

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