englische Abteilung

Das erste Dankesfest der Pilgerväter im Jahr 1621. Gemälde von Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (1863-1930). – The first Thanksgiving in 1621. Painting by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (1863-1930).
Das erste Dankesfest der Pilgerväter im Jahr 1621. The first Thanksgiving of the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621.

In this section English speaking users will get an opportunity to receive information about the „Union of Apostolic Fraternities" and the "International Christian Network“ and find documents which are important in the present ecumenical situation.

Durch diese Abteilung soll auch englischsprachigen Benutzer die Möglichkeit geboten werden, einen Einblick in die Tätigkeit und Ziele des Bundes Apostolischer Bruderschaften zu nehmen. Auch werden hier englischsprachige Texte aufgenommen, die ins Deutsche zu übersetzen großen Aufwand erfordern würde. Aber gerade in ihrer originalen Fassung können sie auch für deutschsprachige Benutzer, die eine gewisse Sprachkenntnis besitzen, interessant sein.

A Genocide of Christians is Underway - and the West Sleeps

June, 8th 2015

A new document attests to the genocide that is being ignored by the world.

Published in Arutz Sheva, Israel (Op-Ed): Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:29 AM

by Giulio Meotti

The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter and of "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.

Every year, more than 100,000 Christians are murdered just because of their faith. This means that 11 Christians are murdered every hour. The numbers are contained in a new document presented by John McAreavey, president of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops of Dublin. A genocide of Christians is under way.
In many Middle Eastern cities, from Aleppo to Mosul, the Islamists have dealt with each and every Christian by displacing, killing or forcibly converting them, and just like the Nazis painted the Star of David on the Jewish homes, the jihadists have painted the “N” letter on Christian houses to identify them before destroying them.
The churches have been demolished, the crosses burned and replaced with flags of the Islamic State, entire communities have been displaced, children and women massacred.  Everything has been done in plain sight. The Islamists proclaim that they will not stop until Christianity is wiped off the face of the earth.

These Christians are killed just because they didn’t agree to convert. How many in the West would have done the same? In the video of the recent massacre of Coptic Christians in Libya, it has been noted that many of them, before being beheaded, invoked the name of Jesus in Arabic and chanted prayers.
“Aleppo will be left without Christians within one month”, the Chaldean bishop of the Syrian city, Antoine Audo, has announced. He accused not only the Islamic State, but also “the countries of the region with their Wahhabi Islam and anxiety of historical revenge toward Christianity”.

More than 5,000 Catholics have been killed since 2009 by Boko Haram in the diocese of Maiduguri in northern Nigeria. In total, more than 13,000 Christians were killed by these terrorists. 100,000 Catholics expelled from their homes, 350 churches destroyed, many more than once, after they had been rebuilt.

But you don’t need to go to Mosul to see the crosses removed by bulldozers. Just take a train to Rennes, in France, because according to a court, the statue to Pope John Paul is “too ostentatious” in the square of Ploermel and must be removed.
Or take a train to Luxembourg, the “happy country” where the MP Xavier Bettel has just become the first gay prime minister to marry his partner.
In Belgium, religion will disappear completely from schools and will be replaced by courses in “ethics” and “secular values”. Behind the happy face of this small and rich nation of castles, picturesque forests and towers lies a kind of hypnotic nihilism.

The problem is not the Islamic fanatics who burn the churches and kill the pastors. The problem is that the apathetic, indolent West is letting them to do so because it has ceased to believe in itself.

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World Evangelisization or World Transformation?

A Call to Revive the Biblical Understanding of Missions

Tübingen - Pentecost 2013

May, 14th 2013

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

On 1 and 2 March 2013 a symposium was held in Gomaringen near Tübingen.  It was dedicated to the memory of Prelate Rolf Scheffbuch, a promoter of the Missions Movement, who had been called home on 10 November 2012.  The following mission-theological declaration was issued.  Now, at Pentecost, we address ourselves to all Christians who are committed to Mission and Evangelism.

Ever since the beginning of Church History, Pentecost has meant world Evangelization.  The ascended Lord, having received the Holy Spirit from the Father, sent Him as promised to His disciples (Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:8) to equip them for the Great Commission - to take the Gospel to all nations (Matthew 28:18-20), so that the pagans, too, should receive salvation from sin, death and the devil which Christ accomplished at the Cross and by His resurrection.

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A critical evaluation and evangelical proposal to the WCC-Assembly 2013 in Busan

Logo der Busan-Versammlung

by Dr. Peter Beyerhaus D.D.

November, 4th 2012

In 2010, the National Christian Council of Korea decided to invite the World Council of Churches to convene its 10th Assembly in 2013 in the Korean city of Busan. It will be the first time when a WCC Assembly is hold in the Far East. There are several reasons for this option; some lie in the interest of the NCC of Korea, others in considerations of the Geneva Staff of the WCC. Probably the latter is hoping that the hosting of the Assembly in a country known for the spiritual vitality of its Christian community will exercise a reviving influence on the future development of the WCC.

I. The present situation of the World Council of Churches

At present, the WCC finds itself in a rather ailing condition. Its former drive during the era of the famous Assemblies at New Delhi in 1961 and Uppsala in 1968 under energetic and visionary  leaders like the former General Secretaries W. A. Visser ’t Hooft and Philip Potter as well as the Indian Moderator of the Central Committee Mr. M. M. Thomas was halted after the 7th Assembly  held in Canberra in 1991. A whole block of important member churches, i. e. the Orthodox, were extremely dissatisfied with some spectacular events in the programme, especially the performance of a Shamanist ritual by the Korean feminist  theologian Dr. Chung, Hyun-Kyung who invoked the han spirits of the dead in the name of the Assembly theme: “Come, Holy Spirit, renew the whole creation!”
The Orthodox took this as a proof that the WCC had embarked on an openly syncretistic course. Moreover, they complained that the procedure of ecumenical decision making was in the hands of Staff members and Council authorities who followed Western parliamentary rules and ideological concepts. Therefore they threatened to quit their membership, unless the whole system of the WCC was thoroughly reformed.  During the last term of General Secretary Konrad Raiser, the WCC yielded to the Orthodox demands that the former authoritarian style should be replaced by a more democratic resp. conciliar one. Since then, the Geneva leadership has become rather restrained in making bold pronouncements and enforcing its own preconceived agenda on the member churches. As a consequence, the WCC has lost much of public interest in the secular press and even in its member churches in Western countries.

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A New Bridge across the Tiber

April, 7th 2012

by Rev. Dwight Longenecker

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has now been established in England. By Easter 2011, three bishops, sixty priests, and nearly one thousand lay people had left the Church of England to be received into the Catholic Church. Archbishop Donald Wuerl is working with interested parties to establish the ordinariate in the United States, and progress is being made in Canada and Australia for ordinariates to be erected there later this year.What will be the future of this new ordinariate? 

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Destroying all Churches? Bishops Protest

April, 6th 2012

A recent declaration coming from Saudi Arabia was meant to shock Christians in the Gulf region and far beyond. Sure enough, a sharp reaction came – from Europe. Read about the declaration and the reaction in an article written by Benjamin Weinthal, correspondent of the "Jerusalem Post", Reuters contributing to the report. It was published on 24th March, 2012, in the online edition – see

Opens external link in new windowhttp://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=263235 – under the heading,
“Europe’s bishops blast Saudi grand mufti”

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The Goslar Message

April, 3th 2012

The Cross of Jesus Christ – The Center of Salvation

Why people receive forgiveness of sins and redemption on the basis the Cross

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