Thursday, October 27, 2005

St James ' Church

resistance in the Archdiocese of Boston

Church goes bananas again


It must be the Diocese of Linz!

Demonstrate against blasphemous play

Our Lady of Flanders

Saturday 29 october 7.00 pm in front of the Flemish Theatre KVS,
Quai aux Pierres de Taille 7, 1000 Brussels

Our Lady of Cultural Differences

Archbishop O'Malley

invites traditionalist Catholics to help Catholic schools and into the administration of the Archdiocese.:

"There is no blacklist here. .... Every day we are called to conversion, to renewal, to support the mission of the church, and if people love their church and want to support it, they should come forward and do so."

Church turns to critic to aid Catholic schools

Political games- no way to run an Archdiocese. Famously, Prime Minister John Major kept his critics within the government in England to prevent them criticising him- and look what happened to him!

Breaking the vicious circle of decline

Prayers before the Blessed Sacrament, a zealous vocation director who seeks out Hispanic vocations “in the fields,” priests who assist the vocation director in recruiting seminarians, and “a bishop that is open to the work of vocations”—
these may well be the most important ingredients of the successful vocation programs of the future.

An excellent article, not all of which I agree with- but what a great article!

There are also worldwide many vocation directors who are positive barriers to vocations. These guys have to go!
Bishops are there to trust their own judgements, representatives of Christ and the Church beyond their Diocese and country.

What is certainly better is not to stand in the way of vocations. Allowing candidates to proceed to discern their own vocations is much better than the elitism of selectivity (as practiced by the "Church" of England).

There is an excellent book called "Die Verwundung" (The Wounding) about the destruction of seminary life in the years after the Council when many good vocations were destroyed for ever.

I think it was St John Nepomuk who realised his vocation when he heard about a runaway priest- and the Church is not exactly short of examples in the last forty years of priests who ran away with for the most part ex-nuns. Infidelity is also an ugly word. We need many fewer Abelards and just one St Bernard.

Vatican ready to quit Taiwan for ties with Beijing

Appeasement is an ugly word- and if not the cause of the Second World War certainly created the conditions for it to take place.

This is the direct consequence of the weakness of Catholicism in Europe and the world, whose governments are no longer willing to defend Catholicism.

How Austria came to be free

“Today, we, whose hearts are full of faith, cry out to Heaven in joyful prayer: We are free. O Mary, we thank Thee!”

Yesterday was the Austrian National Day celebrating this event.

Pope Pius X, speaking of the Rosary: "Of all prayers the Rosary is the most beautiful and the richest in graces; of all it is the one which is most pleasing to Mary, the Virgin Most Holy. Therefore love the Rosary and recite it everyday with devotion."