Long-awaited papal text to be released on April 8…

Christoph Schonborn and Conchita Wurst

Apostate Newcardinal Christoph Schonborn poses with Trannie Conchita Wurst…

Cardinal who backs progressives tapped to present family manifesto!

ROME – In a move possibly hinting that Pope Francis will side with progressives on some contentious matters regarding family life, the Vatican announced Thursday that a keenly anticipated document from the pontiff will be released April 8 and presented by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria.

The document, technically known as an “apostolic exhortation,” is designed to draw conclusions from two tumultuous summits of Catholic bishops from around the world, called “synods,” on issues pertaining to the family held in October 2014 and October 2015.

Carrying the Latin title Amoris Laetitia, subtitled “On Love in the Family,” the document will be presented in an April 8 Vatican news conference featuring Schönborn and Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the synod secretary, along with two Italian academics.

That press conference will be streamed live on the Vatican Radio site.

Although the Vatican did not release details about the document’s contents on Thursday, in broad strokes it’s expected to echo areas of wide agreement among the bishops during those summits, such as the need for more thorough programs of marriage preparation and the importance of supporting families trying to live the Church’s vision of married life.

However, the synods also exposed clear divisions among the bishops on three key issues:

Whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics ought to be able to return to Communion under some circumstances.

Whether the Church needs more tolerant language to talk about gay and lesbian relationships, without altering the substance of its teaching.

Whether the Church can acknowledge positive moral values even in “irregular” relationships, such as living together outside of marriage.

During the two synods, Schönborn was seen as a leading exponent of the moderate-to-progressive position on those issues.

He was part of a German-language group, for instance, which proposed an “internal forum” solution to the question about Communion for those Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church.

The “internal forum” refers to private exchanges between believers and priests or bishops, generally in the context of the sacrament of confession. Although canon lawyers debate whether, and how, it could be applied to the divorced and remarried, advocates of allowing them to return to Communion generally see it as way to accomplish that on a private, case-by-case basis.

During an Oct. 26 press conference last year, Schönborn, whose own parents were divorced when he was a teenager, told reporters he felt that the synod could not recommend a clear yes or no to Communion for the divorced and remarried.

“There is no black and white, a simple yes or no,” he said, arguing that situations vary widely and so too must the Church’s response. 

On the issue of how the Church talks about gays and lesbians, Schönborn also has been a champion of more inclusive approach.

“The Church should not look in the bedroom first, but in the dining room!” he said in a September 2015 interview with Civiltà Cattolica, a Jesuit-run journal in Rome.

“We can and we must respect the decision to form a union with a person of the same sex, [and] to seek means under civil law to protect their living together with laws to ensure such protection,” he said in that interview.

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Schönborn spoke of a gay friend who, after multiple temporary relationships, now has a stable partner.

“They share a life, they share their joys and sufferings, they help one another,” he said. “It must be recognized that this person took an important step for his own good and the good of others, even though it certainly is not a situation the Church can consider ‘regular’!!”

During the 2014 synod, Schönborn also argued that the Church can find positive moral elements in other non-traditional relationships, such as cohabitation outside marriage.

He drew an analogy with Lumen Gentium, a document of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), which taught that there are “elements of sanctification and of truth” outside the visible boundaries of the Catholic Church.

In the same way, he suggested, there may be virtues and truth in relationships that fall short of the Church’s full vision of marriage as a permanent, lifelong union between a man and a woman open to new life.

“Who are we to judge and say that there are no elements of truth and sanctification in [those relationships]?!!” he asked in 2014.

Given that track record, the choice of Schönborn to present the pope’s document may be an indication of where Francis is likely to come down on those matters, at least in a big-picture sense.

It may also reflect a degree of political savvy, since despite his progressive-seeming stances on the key synod debates, Schönborn nevertheless also has solid conservative credentials.

He’s an intellectual protégé of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, for instance, and was also the general editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church under St. John Paul II.

A member of the Dominican religious order, the 71-year-old Schönborn is widely regarded as one of the most intellectually impressive members of the College of Cardinals, and was mentioned as a possible candidate to be pope himself in both the conclaves of 2005 and 2013.

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A Heretic Speaks…Newcardinal Christoph Schönborn

 

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Newchurch of Filth: Catholic priest who viewed child porn on church computers and ‘took hundreds of photos of his students in erotic poses’ sentenced to THREE years in prison!

WE WERE WARNED OF THE GREAT APOSTASY... NEWCHURCH IS FULL OF ANTI-CATHOLIC WOLVES!

Another day, Another scandal in Newchurch…             

Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were, to be in collusion with the Church’s enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith. – St. Peter Canisius

“Listen, you Do-Nothing superiors of clerics and priests! Listen, and even though you feel sure of yourselves, tremble at the thought that you are the partners in the guilt of others; those, I mean, who wink at the sins of their subjects that need correction and who by ill-considered silence allow them license to sin. Listen, I say, and be shrewd enough to understand that all of you alike are deserving of death, that is, not only do such things, but also they who approve of those who practice them.” – St. Peter Damien

St Peter Damian, ora pro nobis!

St Peter Damian, ora pro nobis!

Former Kentucky Catholic priest who viewed child porn on church computers and ‘took hundreds of photos of his students in erotic poses’ sentenced to THREE years in prison

  • Stephen Pohl, 57, pleaded guilty to accessing images of nude underage boys on computers at St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church in Louisville

  • Pohl was not charged for taking photos of his students, who were clothed 

  • But the federal investigation began after a parent’s 10-year-old son said Pohl had asked him to pose for ‘weird photographs’

  • One pose included the boy putting his hands on his knees and spreading his legs apart, the affidavit states 

  • Investigators found 150 images of Pohl’s students during a search  

A former Kentucky Catholic priest accused of snapping hundreds of inappropriate photos of his students has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for viewing child pornography.

Stephen Pohl, 57, pleaded guilty in January to accessing pornographic images of nude underage boys on computers at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church’s office and rectory in Louisville. Pohl was not charged for taking photographs of his parish students, who were all fully clothed. But porn was discovered on his computer after concerned parents reported him to police.

A 10-year-old St Margaret Mary student told his mother that ‘Father Steve’ had asked to pose for ‘weird photographs’ on his cell phone while he was attending an after-school club.

Stephen Pohl, 57, was sentenced to nearly three years in jail after he pleaded guilty to accessing pornographic images of nude underage boys on computers at St Margaret Mary’s Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Pohl ordered the young boy to pose with his hands on his knees and spread his legs apart, according to the affidavit.

The boy’s parents confronted the priest when they saw him out shopping in Louisville and asked to see the pictures on his phone.

When Pohl handed it over, the parents found ‘several photos of other young boys posed in the same manner as their son’, the affidavit states.

Investigators discovered that the pornographic images, which did not feature any children from St Mary Margaret, were never downloaded to the computer. Forensic analysis of the computer’s hard drives were able to detect the images Pohl viewed online, according to The Courier-Journal.

More than 150 photos of Pohl’s clothed students students, some of which constituted child erotica, were also discovered during the search, a criminal complaint states.

The US Attorney’s office said students featured in the photographs are being identified and their parents are being contacted.

Pohl originally pleaded not guilty after his office was searched and he was arrested in August.

More than 150 photos of Pohl's clothed students students, some of which constituted child erotica, were discovered during a search at St Margaret Mary's Catholic Church (pictured) 

He later told authorities that some items on his computer ‘probably should not be there‘ and admitted he had visited ‘inappropriate’ websites, a detective said in an affidavit. The Archdiocese of Louisville placed Pohl, who was hired in 1985 and served at five churches in the area, on administrative leave after his office was searched. He resigned soon after. Pohl was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison on Tuesday and, under the terms of the plea agreement, will have to register as a sex offender following his release.

               The federal investigation in Pohl began after he was accused of taking inappropriate photos of his parish students

He will also be supervised by the US Probation and Pretrial Services for the rest of his life. 

Pohl, who has been on house arrest at his mother’s home while awaiting trial, surrendered to US Marshals following his sentencing. The former priest said in court that he is currently working with a psychologist, who has helped him understand ‘what is happening here’. The Archdiocese of Louisville released a statement Monday saying it welcomed the news that ‘Father Pohl is pleading guilty and accepting responsibility for his actions’.

But soon the archdiocese might be facing its own day in court. 

Pohl was not charged for taking photographs of his parish students, who were all fully clothed. But investigators noted that some of the pictures constituted child erotic (pictured is the church's parish school)

Pohl was not charged for taking photographs of his parish students, who were all fully clothed. But investigators noted that some of the pictures constituted child erotic (pictured is the church’s parish school)

Parents of another boy who was allegedly photographed by Pohl filed a suit against the Archdiocese of Louisville on Tuesday.

Christeena and Richard Gallahue Jr have claimed Pohl’s behavior was ‘so open and obvious’ that the archdiocese knew or should have known he was taking inappropriate photos of children for decades.

 The Courier-Journal

The couple claim that Christeena came upon Pohl photographing her son and daughter, then 7 and 5, on the parish steps one day as she was picking her children up from school.

Christeena claims Pohl was nervous when he saw her and told her he would send a copy of the pictures, but never did. 

The mother claims she then saw Pohl taking pictures alone with another boy on the same steps at a Boy Scout banquet at a church, and once again appeared nervous when he saw her.

They reported the incident with Pohl and their son, who they said confirmed the priest had asked him to pose in unusual positions for pictures, to police after he was arrested. The Gallahues are seeking damages for emotional stress, saying their son soon stopped wanting to go to school and has since been sent to counseling.

The Archdiocese of Louisville paid $25.7m in 2003 to 243 people who were molested as children in Catholic schools and charges, at the time the largest an archdiocese paid itself.

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                     Another enemy within

NEWCHURCH OF ROT - SO CALLED PRIEST SNORTING COCAINE...

Catholic priest is caught on video snorting cocaine in a room full of Nazi memorabilia

‘Catholic priest’ is caught on video snorting cocaine in a room full of Nazi memorabilia… ‘Father’ Stephen Crossan filmed taking cocaine at party on church grounds.

 

 

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre’s Legacy by His Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre ora pro nobis!

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             Archbishop’s Legacy – I  

The Archbishop died, twenty-five years ago.

Have his successors followed faithfully? No.

Yesterday, March 25, was the 25th anniversary of the death of a great man of God, Archbishop Lefebvre, to whom so many Catholics keeping the Faith today have such a great debt. When in the 1960’s the Revolutionary demons of the modern world succeeded in bringing under their yoke the mass of Catholic churchmen either during or after the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), it was the Archbishop who almost single-handed stood by that Catholic Truth which Catholic Authority, blinded or cowed, was abandoning. For indeed to obey that Authority given over to the principles of the Revolution, Catholics had to abandon the Truth of the Church’s unchanging Tradition. Or else, to remain faithful to that Truth, they had to enter into “disobedience” to the Church Authorities.

Of course neither the Archbishop nor the Society of St Pius X which he founded in 1970 were in real disobedience, because Catholic Authority is the indispensable servant of Catholic Truth: indispensable, because Truth without Authority is torn to pieces amid the warring opinions of fallible men, but servant, because Authority is a means and not an end, the means of protecting and preserving that infallible Truth of Christ which alone can save souls. To this immutable Church Tradition Archbishop Lefebvre remained faithful to the end, yet without scorning or defying those Church Authorities which condemned him to the end. On the contrary he did all he could have done, in fact at a given moment, on his own admission, even more than he should have done, to help them to see the Truth and serve it, for the good of the whole Church, but in vain.

That is when, to ensure the survival of the Truth of salvation, in June of 1988 he consecrated four bishops without that permission of Church Authorities which is normally necessary. They must have hoped that his proceeding without their permission would spell the ruin of his Society, but on the contrary it flourished, because by now a significant number of souls had climbed out of their pre-Conciliar “obedience” to understand that Truth has to come first, and that truthful bishops are essential to the survival of the Church’s Truth.

But what happened to the Society which he left behind him when he died two and a half years later? His Catholic wisdom and personal charisma were no longer there to protect them from the magnetic pull of pre-Conciliar “obedience,” which took the form of seemingly reasonable propositions of a diplomatic compromise between Conciliar Authority and Catholic Tradition. False “obedience,” preferring Authority to Truth, now crept back at the top of the Society from which the Archbishop had exorcised it, and within a few more years his Society was hardly recognizable as its misleaders went to Rome, cap in hand, begging for official recognition from the Church Authorities.

Now Truth has no right to put itself in a position of begging for anything from a group of liars – “Catholicism is Revolutionary” is a dreadful lie – but the Society’s misleaders, then and now, justified their humiliating of Truth by appealing to the Archbishop’s example. For years, they said, he went down to Rome seeking official approval of the Society, and they were doing nothing else. But what might have seemed similar was in reality quite different. While they were going down to Rome in pursuit of some political agreement, by which, as became clear at the latest in the spring of 2012, they were ready to compromise doctrine, on the contrary the Archbishop only ever went down to Rome for the good of the Faith and the Church. For him the official approval of the Society by Church Authority was only ever a means to help that Authority back towards Tradition and Truth, and when that Authority in the spring of 1988 demonstrated once and for all its refusal to look after Tradition, then the Archbishop broke off all negotiations and diplomatic contacts, and roundly declared that they would only resume when Rome returned to doctrinal Truth. In fact the Archbishop’s successors had never understood him. And today? See next week’s “Comments.”           Kyrie eleison.

 

 

YOU JUST CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP! U.S. mother spends $7,000 on a trip to France so she can marry HERSELF!!

GOD'S DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE...ENOUGH SAID!!!

GOD DEFINES MARRIAGE… NOT MAN!!!

U.S. mother spends $7,000 on a trip to France so she can marry HERSELF – in a romantic ceremony under the Eiffel Tower!

  • Beautiful Existence, 42, from Seattle, went to Paris to marry herself
  • Spoke vows she’d written herself in a ceremony beside the Eiffel Tower 
  • Believes that everyone should commit to themselves before anyone else

The bride, who works in social media and marketing, wore a casual white dress and trainers, and recited vows that she had written to herself as an officiant oversaw the ceremony via Skype – as she couldn’t find anyone in France to do so in person.

Beautiful Existence, 42, who works in social media and marketing and is from Seattle, went to Paris to marry herself in a romantic ceremony beside the Eiffel Tower

The bride wore a casual white dress and trainers, and spoke vows she'd written herself as an officiant oversaw the ceremony via Skype - as she couldn't find anyone in France to do so in person

Now the mother-of-two is encouraging others to marry themselves ahead of her first anniversary in June 2016. ‘It was hugely emotional,’ Ms Existence said. ‘Looking at myself on that screen as I Skyped the officiant, saying exactly what I wanted to say to myself was soul-shifting. ‘I believe everybody should self-marry before they even marry anyone else. It allows you to drop that pressure of having to have somebody else with you in order to be successful.

‘I’d recommend it as much as I’d recommend being a parent, because the level of love you’ll feel is something you can’t describe until you do it.’ (?!!) Ms Existence was previously married for ten years and has two sons – Edge, 16 and Epic, six. During that time, friends would confide in her that they thought she had lost her spark. They told her she ‘wasn’t herself’ when she was married, and questioned what had happened to the independent, optimistic woman they knew. A painful divorce then left her wondering if traditional marriage was for her.

The 42-year-old encourages everyone to marry themselves before anyone else as it drops the pressure on having to have someone else with you to be successful. Beautiful's sons, Epic, 16, right, and Edge, six, left, are supportive of their mother's decision

She was further discouraged when she met a new partner and they decided to cohabit but not marry, only to find he wasn’t right for her either.   She discovered self-marriage on social media and spoke to other women who had done it. ‘After years of exploring different theories on how to understand myself, self-marriage felt right,’ she said. ‘Why couldn’t I have a fun, fantastic ceremony the way that I wanted it to be without somebody else’s approval?

Beautiful believes that the current norms around marriage and long-term relationships don't fit in with and honour who she am as a person

‘The current norms around marriage and long-term relationships just don’t fit in with and honour who I am as a person.

Before I get into any kind of relationship, I needed to commit to myself first.’ Within a month of finding out that self-marriage was an option, Ms Existence decided to have a ceremony herself. Her heart set on Paris, she set about finding a dress, photographer and inviting friends to the ceremony before jetting out in June last year. She picked her wedding date to coincide with her birthday.

‘I wanted it to all be one big adventure,’ she explained. ‘I figured if I was honouring myself, there was no point in picking a date at random.’ On 10th June 2015, under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower with a bouquet in hand, Ms Existence married herself, reciting vows similar to the ones she had said at her first wedding years previously. She said the experience was life-changing, and has completely freed her from the pressure of finding a partner. She explained: ‘The highest measurement of success society pretty much has is whether or not you’re in a couple, but it shouldn’t be that way.

Beatiful picked the wedding date to coincide with her birthday, as she wanted the date to be meaningful to her

‘It’s like we’re programmed to be in couples, but it’s not a measure of success. A measure of success is loving yourself, and if you can do that, you come into a relationship as a better person. ‘I don’t worry at all about being in a couple now.’ Currently, self-marriage is not legally recognized. However, Ms Existence believes that this won’t always be the case. ‘It’s not like I’m going to get a marriage certificate.

Nobody recognizes it right now, unfortunately, but I do think that’s something that will be on the horizon,’ she said.

Beautiful says that unfortunately self-marriage isn't recognised right now, but that she hopes it will be on the horizon soon

‘There are a lot of people – women especially – who are not subscribing to the regular definition of marriage anymore.’ Since announcing her marriage, Ms Existence said people’s reactions have been positive, save for a few who don’t really understand the concept. Her two sons have been especially supportive. ‘Both my boys are wonderful children. I’m very blessed,’ she said.

Beautiful is pleased that her children are supportive of her decision and that accept that she doesn't subscribe to normal life protocol. She says that her 16-ear-old son has a lot of diverse friends so is a balanced soul

‘My six-year-old is too young to be anything but supportive. I talked things through with my eldest, but he’s used to the fact that his mum doesn’t subscribe to normal life protocol.

‘I mean, I have a Mohawk. My name is Beautiful Existence.

‘Plus, he has a lot of friends that are very diverse so he’s a really balanced soul.’ Now, she is looking ahead to her first anniversary, when she plans to get a tattoo on her ring finger to celebrate. Currently, she occasionally wears a ring but would prefer something more permanent. ‘Sometimes, people don’t know how to take the idea that I’m married to myself,’ she said.

‘But that’s because we’ve had this notion that you’re only worthy if you have somebody drummed into us.

‘What we need to realize is that we all already have somebody – we have ourselves.’

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The Tennessee PASTOR who was shot by police when he was able to pull a gun in the Capitol building!!

Larry Russell Dawson, of Antioch, Tennessee, was arrested after he pulled a gun on in the Capitol's visitor center - just hours after an active shooter drill in the government building

Pictured: The Tennessee PASTOR who was shot by police when he was able to pull a gun in the Capitol building – despite being banned months ago for shouting he was a ‘prophet of God!’

  • Pastor Larry Russell Dawson was gunned down by police after he pulled a gun at the Capitol’s visitor center
  • The incident at just before 3pm Eastern Time came a few hours after a scheduled active shooter drill in the building
  • Visitors were seen screaming and running from the building
  • Dawson, of Antioch, Tennessee was banned from entering the Capitol building after he disrupted Congress last October
  • He was arrested after shouting Bible verses and yelling ‘I am a prophet of God’ from the House’s balcony
  • Dawson was shot by officers when he produced the weapon as it triggered the metal detectors
  • The 66-year-old was taken to hospital for surgery. A bystander was hit by police officer’s shrapnel 
  • Meanwhile the Obamas are hosting the Easter Egg Roll just meters away 
  • White House was briefly placed on lockdown but that was soon lifted 
  • The visitor center’s underground entrance was built to provide greater security after two officers were shot and killed in the building in 1998

     Exit – by U2

(A crazed, fanatical, delusional Preacher)

You know he got the cure

You know he went astray

He used to stay awake

To drive the dreams he had away

He wanted to believe

In the hands of love

His head it felt heavy

As he cut across the land

A dog started crying

Like a broken hearted man

At the howling wind

At the howling wind

He went deeper into black

Deeper into white

Could see the stars shining

Like nails in the night

He felt the healing

Healing, healing

Healing hands of love

Like the stars shiny shiny

From above

Hand in the pocket

Finger on the steel

The pistol weighed heavy

His heart he could feel

Was beating, beating

Beating, beating oh my love

Oh my love, oh my love

Oh my love

My love

Saw the hands that build

Can also pull down

The hands of love…

_______________________________

Tennessee PASTOR was shot by police when he was able to pull a gun in the Capitol building…

A Tennessee pastor has pulled a gun in the Capitol, just months after he was banned from the building for disrupting Congress by yelling that he was a ‘prophet of God.’ Larry Russell Dawson was shot by police when he produced the weapon after it triggered metal detectors at the Capitol’s visitor center – hours after an active shooter drill in the government building. The 66-year-old, who has been taken to hospital where he remains in a ‘stable but critical condition’, was gunned down before he was able to fire the gun shortly before 3pm today. A female visitor was hit by shrapnel from the police’s gunfire. He has now been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer while armed, authorities told DailyMail.com. Dawson, a married pastor at St Luke’s Spiritual Church in Antioch, Nashville, had been banned from entering the Capitol building after an incident last year. In October, he was arrested in the US Capitol for disrupting Congress by yelling ‘I am a prophet of God’ from the balcony of the House of Representatives.

     Larry Russell Dawson, of Antioch, Tennessee, was arrested after he pulled a gun on in the Capitol's visitor center - just hours after an active shooter drill in the government building

      Larry Russell Dawson, of Antioch, Tennessee, was arrested after he pulled a gun on in the Capitol's visitor center - just hours after an active shooter drill in the government building
Dawson was arrested in the US Capitol last October for yelling ‘I am a prophet of God’ from the balcony of the House of Representatives.

Visitors run from the US Capitol building after shots were fired at around 3pm on Easter Monday

Two students hug after being evacuated from the building, apparently with a school group 

Crowds of visitors swarmed around outdoors as police stand guard once the shooter had been detained

NEWCHURCH OF GREED: Saint’s treasure sparks battle between Naples and Church

Saint Januarius patron saint of naples

Saint’s treasure sparks battle between Naples and Newchurch…

Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Naples on Saturday in a bid to prevent the Catholic Church gaining any control over the treasure of a local saint that is reputedly worth more than British crown jewels.

“We’re protecting a centuries-old institution, we will not stand for interference from either the Church or the government,” Paolo Jorio, director of the San Gennaro museum where the jewels are kept, told AFP.

The protest was sparked by a decree issued by Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.

Critics say his move opens the door to Church control as it threatens a lay council that for centuries has guarded the jewel-encrusted treasures, donated by kings and aristocrats in honour of San Gennaro.

NEWCHURCH OF GREED This protester was wearing a t-shirt depicting San Gennaro

Over three thousand locals, some wearing T-shirts with pictures of the saint, tied white handkerchiefs to the gate of the museum and neighbouring chapel, with many holding signs reading “Don’t touch the treasure”.

The lay council was established in the 16th century as the southern Italian city struggled to overcome a series of devastating misfortunes: a resurgence of the plague, a siege by the French and an eruption by the volcano Vesuvius which set off earthquakes.

Those who survived pledged in 1527 to build a chapel to their patron saint — known as St Januarius in English — who was beheaded in 305 AD during the persecution of Christians by the Emperor Diocletian.

Not only was the chapel built with the city’s money, it was presided over by the newly-formed council, made up of 12 lay citizens and the mayor, and came to house one of the world’s most important collections of religious treasures.

– ‘Diamonds, rubies, emeralds’ –

As well as silver busts of saints, there are heavily-jewelled necklaces and earrings and a golden mitre, the ceremonial headdress of bishops, which is studded with 3,326 diamonds, 164 rubies and nearly 200 emeralds.

Alfano ruled that the council is the same as any other caretaker body which manages religious buildings — such as Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome — and ordered that four of the committee’s posts should be in the hands of the Church.

But the council and its supporters say it is much more than that, particularly because it oversees the Gennaro miracle.

St Januarius

Three times a year a ceremony is held in which locals pray for miraculous liquefaction of the saint’s blood, held in a glass vial clutched by a priest or cardinal.

If the blood does not return to liquid from its coagulated state, it is seen as a bad omen for the city — a harbinger, say the superstitious, of a disaster, perhaps even the eruption of mighty Vesuvius, which looms over the city.

A white handkerchief is waved to announce a miracle.

It is an important tradition, both for devotees and the Church, but it is the council which safeguards the vial, and the mayor who invites the Archbishop of Naples into the chapel for the liquefaction ceremony.

Critics say the Church has tried several times down the centuries to get control of the vial and treasure.

“We think Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe (Archbishop of Naples) has applied great pressure on Alfano, in order to extend his influence over one of the most well-known symbols of popular religion,” Jorio said.

He said the council would appeal the decree in court and further protests would be held in a bid to get it reversed.

Naples’ mayor Luigi De Magistris, head of the council, said they would do what it takes to “makes sure what San Gennaro gave us is not diminished!”

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Related: See collection of gems up close. 

‘San Gennaro’ collection of gems said to be worth more than England’s crown jewels

Note: Link above accuses the Vatican of owning the priceless gems which obviously is not the case but the city of Naples.