Monday, August 11, 2008

The betrayal of loyal Catholics

from Holy Smoke

Next Sunday, a thriving little Catholic church in Yorkshire mining country which just happens to offer the traditional Latin Mass will be shut by the Bishop of Leeds, Arthur Roche (who, I learn, is a patron of an organisation called STOP - Start Treating Others Positively).

After I posted about this yesterday, parishioners of St John the Evangelist, Allerton Bywater, have contacted me with heartbreaking messages of support for their priest and their church. The more I learn, the more cruel the decision of the diocese appears.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Denver Archbishop Recalls "Progressive" Nuns


to Obedience to the Church:

"At a meeting of leaders of US Catholic religious orders, Denver's Archbishop Chaput has urged members to return to the principle of 'holy obedience' to the teaching and authority of the Church. The meeting, held this year in Denver, was for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), a group notorious among faithful Catholics for their disregard for Catholic teaching on moral and doctrinal issues, especially sexual morality.

Citing the example of saints and founders of religious orders, Archbishop Chaput called obedience the 'yardstick of love,' especially for people who have taken the three religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience."

Cardinal Pacelli

Later Pope Pius XII. "Under the Cardinal's purple, the ardent soul of a humble priest."
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Vote against women in the priesthood

Poll here and article about a woman on whom ordination has been attempted. As the article says, she is only eligible for excommunication.

Basilica of St Mary in Minnesota.

The outgoing rector speaks out.

Shamefully, they have got hold of the url

The suppression of a Latin-loving parish

from Holy Smoke

"One hundred parishioners of St John the Evangelist, Allerton Bywater, have petitioned their bishop, the Rt Rev Arthur Roche, to allow the parish to celebrate Mass only in Latin, in both the old and new forms. Instead, he is closing the church this month and has told the parish priest, Fr Mark Lawler, that he will not be appointed to a new parish because his ministry is 'divisive'."

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Feast of the Transfiguration


The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public life, as His Baptism is its starting point, and His Ascension its end. Moreover, this glorious event has been related in detail by St. Matthew (17:1-6), St. Mark (9:1-8), and St. Luke (9:28-36), while St. Peter (2 Peter 1:16-18) and St. John (1:14), two of the privileged witnesses, make allusion to it.

About a week after His sojourn in Cæsarea Philippi, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them to a high mountain apart, where He was transfigured before their ravished eyes. St. Matthew and St. Mark express this phenomenon by the word metemorphothe, which the Vulgate renders transfiguratus est. The Synoptics explain the true meaning of the word by adding "his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow," according to the Vulgate, or "as light," according to the Greek text.

This dazzling brightness which emanated from His whole Body was produced by an interior shining of His Divinity. False Judaism had rejected the Messias, and now true Judaism, represented by Moses and Elias, the Law and the Prophets, recognized and adored Him, while for the second time God the Father proclaimed Him His only-begotten and well-loved Son. By this glorious manifestation the Divine Master, who had just foretold His Passion to the Apostles (Matthew 16:21), and who spoke with Moses and Elias of the trials which awaited Him at Jerusalem, strengthened the faith of his three friends and prepared them for the terrible struggle of which they were to be witnesses in Gethsemani, by giving them a foretaste of the glory and heavenly delights to which we attain by suffering.
From the Catholic Encyclopedia

Monday, August 04, 2008

Extensive discussion

of the destruction of Irish Churches- includes quite a few photos in places.

Feast of St Dominic


At Bologna, our most holy Father St. Dominic, confessor and founder of the Order of Friars Preachers. He was most illustrious, being distinguished by nobility of birth, sanctity and learning. Until death he proserved without stain his virginity and by the singular grace of his merits he raised three persons from the dead. By his preaching he curbed heresies and established many persons in a religious and godly manner of life.
On August 6, his soul soared to heaven, there to receive a reward commensurate with his extraordinary works. His feast, however, is celebrated on this day, by an ordinance of Pope Paul IV. A totum duplex feast of the first class with a solemn octave.
Founder of my second favorite religious order.

Conference of Latin American Passionists CLAP!

Their modern logo.
Justice, peace and the integrity of creation.

for comparison
The traditional Passionist symbol.
May the Passion of Christ be always in our hearts

Long disused Redemptorist Church in Liege

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New Passionist saint in Manchester?


Full report

Former Convent of the Ursulines, Liege


Now an antique store.

Orthodox Patriarchs celebrate joint Eucharist


Saturday, August 02, 2008

Ballet school or Orthodox Church?

Former Brussels Convent of the Sisters of the Reperation for Sins against the Blessed Sacrament (now known as Sisters of the Eucharist). Decision due in September.
This was the location for the indult Latin Mass until they decided to realise the value of the property.

Rue des Deux Eglises- Two Church Street



In the good old days, one could look down the street to see the Church of St Josse, but looking up the street, the sight of one of the finest Churches in Brussels was blocked by the construction of Directorate General Development. The power line across the street can be seen in both photos.
What glory does the DG hide!

God so loved the world




This piece is sitting immediately in front of the high altar of Brussels Cathedral, as part of an exhibition called CORPUS.

Cathcon met the artist (!) Mr Karabitian and was assured that Erosio has nothing to do with the erotic, but erosion (as in riverbank by the flow of a river). He was neither comforted or consoled.

Feast of St Alphonse Ligouri


A contrast with the previous post.

1 Corinthians 1
21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world, by wisdom, knew not God, it pleased God, by the foolishness of our preaching, to save them that believe.
22 For both the Jews require signs, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumblingblock, and unto the Gentiles foolishness:
24 But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Hip Hop Church


New "Yuf" advertising campaign from the near bankrupt Diocese of St Poelten in Austria. The plague has spread from the neigbouring Diocese of..... Linz.