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Catholic Bamberg: The Church of St. Getreu
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Starting off our series about Catholic Bamberg (cf. introductory post here) is the church of St. Getreu. This, like so many other things, is a foundation of St. Otto. Since he is such a determining figure for Bamberg, and we will encounter him quite often.
The name "Getreu" is a literal translation of "Fides", and refers to St. Fides (Foy) of Agen, whose relics are kept in the Abbey of Ste. Foy in Conques-en-Rouergue. St. Otto's foundation thus, like other churches and chapels he founded, represents an important station on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. St. Getreu was a priory of nearby St. Michael's Abbey (which we will visit in one of the next posts of the series). Its present form dates from the 1730s.
Here is an impression of the interior in its entirety:
Thomas A'Kempis 1; Thoreau 0
submitted by James SpencerWhen I took American Romanticism at Creighton University back about the time Caesar was crossing the Rubicon, I especially enjoyed Henry David Thoreau's wit and wisdom. However, without the Faith, even his immense talent falls woefully short. Here's an example:
If you read the article, you will see the author's intent is to promote orthodoxy among Catholic bishops in the U.S. After reading the article, I thought I would provide likely liberal translations of the named habits by using their abundant buzzwords and their even more abundant ability to obfuscate (i.e. change the meaning of the listed habits while saying something that appears completely inoffensive).
1. A bishop must be personally holy.
Liberal translation: A bishop must be pastoral.
2. A bishop must promote and defend the authentic Catholic faith.
Liberal translation: A bishop must creatively apply Catholic social doctrine to the evolving challenges of our modern age.
3. A bishop must be committed to Catholic education.
Liberal translation: A bishop must educate Catholics of their obligations to those that the church has marginalized.
4. A bishop must work to strengthen the Catholic family.
Liberal translation: A bishop must work to make the Catholic family inclusive.
5. A bishop must foster vocations.
Liberal translation: A bishop must work to remove barriers to vocations for all of the People of God.
6. A bishop must love the Mass.
Liberal translation: A bishop must make the Mass welcoming and accessible to all.
7. A bishop must be willing to start from scratch.
Liberal translation: A bishop must build upon the liberating spirit that infused the Second Vatican Council.
8. A bishop must be vocal in the public square.
Liberal translation: A bishop must listen to the "signs of the times" while engaging other faith traditions in such a way as to promote interfaith understanding.
See how just a little tweaking can change the whole meaning of what a bishop should be?
Most of us have lived through a period of transition in the Church, one where tradition was abandoned in search of a new way. As that new way begins to finally fall by the wayside (having born such little fruit), many of us are left with its vapid lexicon still wandering between our ears--like a lost tribe.
The new way, like all things that strive for relevancy, never really found it. How could it? Tradition, like nature itself, defines relevancy, and cannot be put aside. The resurgence of tradition, those fundamentals of the faith as practiced for centuries, cannot be done in by simple word play, at least not for long. And Lord knows they've tried--and will try still. Luckily, the educated and informed laity, the one that was to bring forth the new way to its triumph, can see through the word play at last.
Of course, as Holy Mother Church is comprised of dioceses, parishes are the building blocks of those same dioceses. So what is said here about bishops also applies to parish priests. Pray for our bishops and priests.