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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

You know that you are seriously Catholic when....

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Anna Arco's Diary - Catholic Herald Online

F is the biggest section in your phone book: Fr X, Fr Y, Fr Z....
You think men not wearing a dog-collar look underdressed..
You don't think it's odd that almost half of all your male friends spend at least some of their time in skirts...
You've inadvertently said, "Father" when you mean "Mister"....
You've genuflected leaving the cinema...
You think the Office is something you do morning, noon and night, not somewhere you go....
You've spent time wondering whether you ought to wear a mantilla for the extraordinary form..
You know that extraordinary form doesn't mean that you are super fit, but that the priest and deacons will have to be....
You know the difference between a chasuble and a cope....
You don't think asperges is french for asparagus tips...
You can talk more intelligently about Mother Teresa's Cause than you can about the situation in Iraq...
You've preemptively ended a date with the words, "I'd better tell you now that I'm a practicing Catholic."
You actually know the difference between the Virgin Birth and the Immaculate Conception....
You would travel across half the globe facing dubious accommodation, bad food and little hope of washing in order to hear a certain senior citizen speak...
You think the word JPII should be followed with "We love you"...
You own at least one picture of BXVI...
You think he's so so cute...especially when he does that little wave...
There are more pictures of saints on your bedside table than there are of your family...
You've regularly had cross purpose conversations about Madonna....
You've found yourself spending perfectly good clubbing nights on your knees in front of the Blessed Sacrament...
You kinda wish you owned some relics...
You know the difference between chastity and celibacy...
You have at some point, at least once, seriously considered religious life...
Some one sent this to you and obviously thought you would find it funny...

The Catholic bishops want £8.4 million to fund their 'initiatives'

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Don't give it to them

The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has drawn up an £8.4 million shopping list of 'initiatives' that it wants wealthy donors to pay for. My advice to millionaires: politely decline, and give the money instead to better Catholic causes, such as the Westminster Cathedral appeal or the terrific charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Why? Because the Bishops' Conference has not carried out its promise to reform itself, making do instead with a bit of tinkering. So its 'Faith in the Future' programme still prominently features quasi-political projects such as 'promoting environmental justice' (£210,000), while the same old crowd are in charge of the bureaucracy.

The demand for £245,000 for 'formation of liturgical ministry' sounds innocent enough - but my experience is that the only thing that does more damage to parish worship than a liturgical minister is a trained liturgical minister (i.e., a Tablet reader who has been given a diocesan licence to boss around ordinary Catholics).

Latest Catholic video news!

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Between heaven and earth

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Video of Church turned into a climbing hall

Feast of All Holy Relics

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- a reliquary bust of a Bishop venerated by angels.

Free the Gunpowder Plot One

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- and stop celebrating the death of Guy Fawkes!

Was one of the executed Gunpowder Plotters an innocent victim of circumstance? As effigies of Guy Fawkes again go up in flames, is it time to rectify a 400-year-old miscarriage of justice?

After the failed attempt to blow up Parliament in November 1605, Henry Garnet, a Jesuit priest, was hanged, drawn and quartered, and his parboiled head displayed on London Bridge.

The new Altar beneath the Throne of St Peter- Holy Father celebrates Mass

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