Friday, February 11, 2005

Cardinal sends best wishes to Prince Charles and the future Duchess of Cornwall

One has to wonder how Cardinal Murphy O'Conner would have handled the infidelities of the King Henry VIII.

Timely repairs stave off ravages of age on historic church building

"Nobody builds them like this anymore":

Archdiocese of Boston

accused of of making land deals behind closed doors. How could anyone think this? Transparency has always been their strength.

Today the Office of the Passion is the Flagellation of Our Lord
Note: according to the Catholic Encyclopedia it should be the Crown of Thorns; however my Passionist supplement to the Breviary published in the US in 1941 thinks otherwise. Further research required.

The Column of the Flagellation of Christ is a famous relic; half of it is in the Franciscan Chapel inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, the other half was brought to Rome in 1222 by Cardinal Giovanni Colonna and placed in his titular church, San Prassede (Saint Praxedes), where it still remains.

St Michael's Church, Ancoats, Salford, UK

Also on page 3 of January 28 edition of the UK Catholic Herald an extensive report about St Michael's Church.

In the spirit of Christmas generosity, the Diocese announced a final Mass for December. They called it a Mass of Celebration. The Faithful did not think there was much to celebrate, so stayed on the steps outside.

The Faithful wrote to the Bishop; the Diocese replied,

"Thank you for your letter, the contents have been noted".

The font from the Church has been dumped besides the rubbish bins. What a symbol of the Diocesan contempt for the Sacramental life of the Church.

Every Sunday, they sing Faith of Our Fathers outside the Church, a hymn the Bishop has clearly forgotten. All Saints and Martyrs of England pray!

Faith of our fathers, living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whenever we hear that glorious Word!


Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers, we will strive
To win all nations unto Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
We all shall then be truly free.


Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach Thee, too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life.


Faith of our fathers, Mary’s prayers
Shall win our country back to Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
England shall then indeed be free.


The Jesuits in Britain: Latest news

Jesuits pull out of thriving London parish as reported in UK Catholic Herald, January 28

Diocese of Brooklyn

announces the biggest round of school closings in the history of the city's Catholic education system

"The schools, like Transfiguration in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Ascension in Elmhurst, Queens, have been cornerstones of their neighborhoods for decades, some for more than a century, and have provided a critical refuge and stepping-stone for children - Catholic and otherwise - in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city."

More of the vicious circle of decline. Fewer schools, lower Mass attendance, fewer Churches, fewer laity.

Forty years since the Council: the years that the locusts have eaten