The Domincan Sisters of Saint Cecilia (“Nashville Dominicans”)

August 13, 2008

After “Mahoneyfest” a little hope seemed essential.

5 bob to The hermeneutic of community

“2008 LA Religous Educator’s Conference” (aka “Mahoneyfest”) Liturgy Of The Word

August 13, 2008

When does the good cardinal’s retirement begin?

5 bob to Musings of a Pertinacious Papist

Tiber Crossings, Anglican Mass Conversion in Fort Worth?

August 12, 2008

5 Bob to: Midwest Conservative Journal:

Will the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth make the ultimate jump?

A delegation of Episcopal priests from Fort Worth paid a visit to Catholic Bishop Kevin Vann earlier this summer, asking for guidance on how their highly conservative diocese might come into “full communion” with the Catholic Church.

Whether that portends a serious move to turn Fort Worth Episcopalians and their churches into Catholics and Catholic churches is a matter of dispute.

The Rev. William Crary, senior rector of the Fort Worth diocese, confirmed that on June 16 he and three other priests met with Bishop Vann, leader of the Fort Worth Catholic diocese, and presented him a document that is highly critical of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

The document states that the overwhelming majority of Episcopal clergy in the Fort Worth diocese favor pursuing an “active plan” to bring the diocese into full communion with the Catholic Church.

While declining to specify what that might mean, Mr. Crary said it likely would not mean “absorption” by the Catholic Church.

He cast the initiative as following Anglican and Catholic leaders in longstanding efforts to bring the two groups into greater cooperation, with the ultimate goal of honoring Jesus’ call in John 17:21 for Christian unity.

“These discussions between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion have been going on for 42 years,” he said. “We would like to bring these down to the local level.”

But other local Episcopalians interpret the meeting and document differently.

“There’s a very serious attempt on the part of Episcopal clergy in the Diocese of Forth Worth to petition Rome for some kind of recognition,” said the Rev. Courtland Moore, who is retired as rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Arlington.

“They make it clear that they no longer believe there is truth in the Anglican Communion, and the only way they can find truth is reunion with Rome.”

Mr. Moore is co-chairman of Steering Committee North Texas Episcopalians, a group that wants the Fort Worth diocese to remain in the Episcopal Church. He obtained a copy of the document the priests gave to Bishop Vann and made it available to reporters. Read the rest of this entry »

Map: Largest Non-Catholic Denominations by State

August 12, 2008

It’s not all surprising, but some of this is shocking. This map from, shows us the largest denominations in each state after the Catholic Church is excluded. Catholicism which comprises about 25% of the US population is the largest single church in the country, that is, the Catholic Church has the largest plurality. Read the rest of this entry »

How Can the Catholic Church Change its Doctrines?

August 12, 2008

Q. If the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus and many doctrines are supposedly based upon the teaching of the apostles and scripture, how can it change its doctrines, like at Vatican II?

A. Actually the Catholic Church has never changed its doctrines. She has held fast. That is why so many reject her for not approving modern views of contraception, homosexuality, etc. What she does change however are her disciplines. Disciplines are changeable but doctrine is not changeable because they are truths revealed by God–such as the incarnation, Trinity, Virgin Birth, etc. But disciplines are practices the Church decides to use to help lead the faithful to a deeper Faith and relationship with Our Lord.

For instance, for years Catholics were to abstain from the flesh of land animals on Friday. They could eat fish instead. This was a small sacrifice for the sake of discipline; to suffer a little bit on Friday in memory and union with the sacrifice of Christ on the cross on Good Friday. It inserted the practice of our Faith into an additional day of the week besides Sundays only. But by the time of Vatican II, it was decided by the Magesterium of the Church to remove this particular discipline as mandatory and change it. The new discipline for Friday’s is that each of the faithful may choose their own sacrifice to join themselves to the suffering of Christ. They may choose whatever is meaningful for them but all are encouraged to do something. However, due to poor catechesis, many ordinary Catholics think the Friday discipline was dropped altogether.

CCC1438 The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church’s penitential practice. These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works).

Another discipline that the Church has changed is married priests. We know that Peter was married, since scripture mentions his mother-in-law. We do not know if his wife was still living or if any of the other disciples were married. But there have been and still are married men who are priests of the Roman Catholic Church. Most are not, however. The practice of maintaining a predominately celibate priesthood is a discipline, not an unchangeable doctrine. That is why it is even possible at all, to have married priests in the Catholic Church. Theoretically this could change again. To learn more about the history of celibacy see here.

So, let me restate the fact that the Catholic Church does not change her Doctrine. It is easy to see, however, that many, even Catholics, could be confused and think, erroneously that the Church “changed her doctrines”, dropped doctrines, or made up new doctrines.

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Carmelite Monks in Wyoming

August 12, 2008

5 bob to Roman Catholic Vocations Blog which writes: Carmelite Monks in Wyoming #1

The post below was written by Deal Hudson on September 25, 2007 and orginally posted on his personal blog.
The Last Carmelite Monks in America
By Deal W. Hudson

The last eight Carmelite monks in America, perhaps even the world, live in a four-bedroom rectory in the mountains of northwest Wyoming.

With 35 candidates in various stages of discernment, they hope to move 70 miles away to a 492-acre property near Carter Mountain once owned by Read the rest of this entry »

St. Peter Claver

August 12, 2008

For those convinced that the Catholic Church was forcing conversions in New Spain, let me introduce you to St. Peter Claver.

A native of Catalonia, Spain, Peter Claver spent all his adult life in Cartagena, Colombia, the center of the slave trade in the new world. Appalled at the dehumanization of the whole dirty business of slave trading, he made a personal vow in addition to those of his religious profession as a Jesuit–that until his death, he would serve and advocate on behalf of the Africans sold into slavery.

While the commonly regarded among Europeans as little more than advanced animals, he insisted that they were truly equal in worth and dignity to the Europeans. In his lifetime Peter Claver ministered to over 300,000 Africans brought to South America as slaves. Despite the contempt for him among the merchant and landed classes, his work was supported by the Jesuit Order and he was canonized a saint by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. His work and writings along with others such as Bartolome de las Casas, while broadly rejected in his time laid the foundation for the eventual rejection of the institution of slavery by the Catholic Church and the European powers by the early 19th Century.

An exerpt from one of his letters: Read the rest of this entry »

5 Transalpine Redemptorist – Now Known As Sons Of The Most Holy Redeemer Seminarians to study in the US

August 12, 2008

It’s a long way from the windswept shores of Papa Stronsay, Northern Scotland to the plains of Nebraska. The robust traditionalist community, the Transalpine Redemptorists, having restored its relationship with Rome, it will now send 5 of its youngest members to study theology at the Society of Saint Peter’s seminary, in Denton, Nebraska. Read the rest of this entry »

Vatican ‘Surprised’ at Plan to Move Parish into Anglican church

August 11, 2008

Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Wirral, to be abandoned

No, it’s not a case of Church swapping.  They are going to live together.  Ignoring all recent developments to the contrary, some “ecumenists” will not be deterred from their plans to blur the important distinctions between Anglicanism and Catholicism.  Apparently, this wacky idea includes the dumping of a grand Depression-era basilica style Catholic church building. Read the rest of this entry »

Why I Can’t Watch the Olympic Games: Forced Abortions, Abuses in China

August 11, 2008
Why I Can’t Watch the Olympic Games: Forced Abortions, Abuses in China
by Steve Mosher

August 8, 2008 Note: Steven W. Mosher is the president of the Population Research Institute and the author of Population Control: Real Costs and Illusory Benefits. He is considered one of the foremost experts on the coercive population control program in China.

Had the National Population and Family Planning Commission not rescinded its invitation, I would be in China right now as the Olympics opened. But the Commission, which is responsible for enforcing the one-child policy, belatedly realized that I was a well-known critic of that policy–and of that country’s human rights record in general– and barred the door.

I confess to not having been overly disappointed by their decision. Despite the fact that I read, write and speak Chinese, it would have been nearly impossible for me to do anything else in Beijing but the one thing that I will not do: attend the Games. For reasons that I will explain below, I have decided to Read the rest of this entry »

Inca Processional Hymn from 1631

August 11, 2008

“Hanacpachap cussicuinin” is processional hymn in the Quechua language of Peru (Inca), this piece was most likely written by a native composer and later published by the Franciscan scholar Juan Pérez Bocanegra in 1631, thus becoming the first example of polyphony printed in the Americas.

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Fr. Joseph Gelineau, SJ, dead at 87

August 11, 2008

If you are Catholic, over 60 and into liturgical music, you will know his name and remember his psalm tones which were all the rage in the early 60’s. His psalm tones were much influenced by Gregorian chant, had simple, poignant phrasing typically in a minor tone conveying an often sad-sweet, sublime mood appropriate to the ancient liturgy but also modern. His later chants written for the Taize community were much brighter in spirit and reached several generations of European youth seeking access to the contemplative through music. Read the rest of this entry »

HLI Video: Pro-Life Counselors Homosexually Assaulted

August 11, 2008

Abortionists hire thugs to homosexually assault sidewalk counselors:

View Video: Read the rest of this entry »

TLM Parished Closed in Britain Despite Strong Attendance

August 11, 2008

Sanctuary of St John the Evangelist, Allerton Bywater

It seems this little charmer of a Church with strong attendance will be permanently close a week from today. Tragic.

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Does the Catholic Church Accept Traditions?

August 10, 2008

Q. Tradition is condemned in the Bible so why does the Cathlic Church base some of its doctrines on it?

A. Some people think the verses below condemn tradition and therefore, the Catholic Church.

Matthew 15:3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?

Mark 7: 9 And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[a] your own traditions!

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

However, in scripture there are two types of tradition–human and apostolic. Some human traditions are bad because Read the rest of this entry »

NOVA magazine 1970’s – It Speaks For Itself

August 10, 2008

NOVA iconic front cover5 bob to: WAY BACK THEN: NOVA magazine 1970’s « fashionfascista

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Ann Arbor Dominicans (Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist)

August 9, 2008
“We are consecrated women first, and so our foremost model is Mary, the Mother of God. Inspired by the charism of St. Dominic, our prayer life comes first so that our apostolate overflows from a contemplation nourished before the Eucharist.”
- Mother Assumpta Long, O.P.
By living this strong sacramental and liturgical prayer life, we hope to:
  • Attract and form women to be faithful religious serving the Church for the good of souls, especially through the total gift of themselves as spiritual mothers and brides of Christ.
  • Establish and support Catholic schools steeped in the rich culture of the Catholic faith to nourish the spiritual formation of youth, their families and society.
  • Promote the culture of life and respect for the dignity of each person through apostolic work.
  • Respond to the needs of the Church arising in the third millennium through teaching, catechesis and evangelization.Learn more below:
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    NOTE TO READERS: If you have any suggestions for orders or communities you feel should be highlighted for TCB’s “Vocations Tuesday” please Contact us! @! Include “VOCATIONS TUESDAY” in the subject line please!

    Can We Lose Our Salvation?

    August 8, 2008

    Q. Can we lose our salvation once we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

    A. Yes it certainly is possible. There are hundreds of NT verses that warn the faithful. These warnings are often found first affirming the salvation of those who are being written to and then there is an “IF” followed by one or more requirements in order to remain in friendship with God.

    John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. Read the rest of this entry »

    The Hook Up Culture

    August 7, 2008


    August 7, 2008


    A. The necessity for something to be explicitly found in scripture is the influence of Protestantism upon your thinking.

    Jesus founded the Catholic Church on Peter in Mt. 16. The New Testament as we know it did not exist
    for nearly 400 years after Jesus was born.(For perspective, the Pilgrims landed in America about 400 years ago)

    And yet Christianity spread across the known world through the oral teaching of the apostles and those they ordained. The Catholic Faith existed first. The New Testament was born out of the Faith of the first apostles. Please see my posts: Sola Scriptura/ Scripture alone? for more info.


    Are We Saved By Faith Alone?

    August 7, 2008

    Q. Aren’t we saved by faith alone just as St. Paul says in Romans 3:28?

    For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law

    A. When St. Paul says, “For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law,” he is teaching that the works of the OT Mosaic law, such as circumcision, could not bring salvation. In order to see this you will need to do a contextual word study on “works of the Law”.

    In the NT, faith does bring salvation, provided it is made alive by love/charity. Saving faith is active; it is…

    Gal 5:6faith working through love

    In I Corinthians 13:2 St. Paul tells us that faith without love is nothing (it cannot save).

    I Corinthians 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

    Charity means love of God, and Jesus says that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments.

    John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.

    When the rich man asks Jesus what he must do to be saved, Jesus’ first answer is:

    Matthew 19:16-17 keep the commandments.

    Thus, it is clear from Scripture that faith alone is not enough for salvation. We must also have charity and keep God’s commandments.

    St. James condemns the idea that we are saved by faith apart from good works:

    James 2:24,26 See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone….For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead

    The Catholic Church teaches that we are saved by God’s grace alone. Grace enables us to have the saving faith that works in love Ephesians 2:8-10. All good works must be done in the grace of God to have any supernatural value.

    -excerpted from : Beginning Apologetics 1, by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnam pp 36-37

    One Year Ago Christian Couple In Iran Die From Police Attack

    August 6, 2008

    Wednesday August 06, 2008
    Hosts of house church succumb to injuries following raid; daughter still in custody.

    ISTANBUL, August 6 (Compass Direct News) – An Iranian Christian couple in their 60s died last week from injuries sustained when secret police raided a house church service hosted at their house and severely beat them, a source told Compass. Less than a week after Abbas Amiri’s funeral, his wife died from similar injuries and stress from her husband’s death, according to Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN). Police beat and arrested Amiri on July 17, along with seven other men, six women and two minors who were attending the service. He died in a hospital on July 30 from injuries sustained from the beating. His wife, Sakineh Rahnama, died on Sunday (Aug. 3) from stress-related causes, according to FCNN. Secret police raided the house church meeting hosted by Amiri and his wife in Malek Shahr, just outside the central Iranian city of Isfahan. They beat and arrested all those in attendance, including the two minors and the hosting couple. All those arrested at the house meeting are reportedly still in custody, including Amiri’s daughter and the two minors.

    Keep the departed and their family in your prayers.

    In Memorium: Servant Of God Paul VI

    August 6, 2008

    Propehtic author of Humanæ Vitæ

    Orthodox Metropolitan Soft on Sacred Tradition

    August 5, 2008

    Metropolitan Kallistos Ware was waxing philosophical in the wake of the Lambeth Conference, presenting a soft approach to Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. There are some interesting parallels with an earlier post of mine, Orthodox EP Soft Like Anglicans on Abortion, in that these comments are given with the intention of being sympathetic with the current Anglican predicament. Still, this cannot be understood as mere diplomatic speech as it was given in the wake of the Vatican’s stunningly frank language on the same matters delivered by Cardinal Kasper just days prior. The full interview is found here.

    An interesting exerpt (emphasis mine):

    … First, I admire deeply the way in which Archbishop Rowan is fulfilling his role as Archbishop of Canterbury, at this moment of crisis. It’s easy to say, with reference to his position here at the Lambeth Conference or generally in the current Anglican world, that he is in a no-win situation. But granted the immense difficulties that he is facing, he is not doing too badly. Now, what should he be doing here at Lambeth? Should he be offering very firm and clear leadership, insisting on a particular point of view, putting forward resolutions to the plenary gathering of the bishops for their acceptance? He has not chosen to do that. Some people feel disappointed. Some people feel he should be doing that. But if he were to do that, it would create confrontation and division. If you walk through the mountains and you find a large rock in your path, one method is to kick it out of the way. The other is to walk around it and go on with your journey. Now Archbishop Rowan has probably understood that if he tries to kick this particular stone, or this double rock – the ordination of women and homosexual relations – if he tries to confront it head-on and insist on a clear expression of the position of the Anglican Communion, to kick the stone out of the path, he is likely to hurt his toe. Read the rest of this entry »

    The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention For August, 2008

    August 4, 2008

    Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for is:

    “That the human family may know how to respect God’s design for the world and thus become ever more aware of the great gift of God which Creation represents for us.”

    Overlay Stoles: Enjoy Them Now!

    August 3, 2008

    When I am king of the world, anyone caught wearing one on the outside of their chasuable (the 70s are over!) is going to be run out of town wearing ONLY their overlay stole.

    New Booklet Outlines Frightening Facts about Contraception

    August 3, 2008

    New Booklet Outlines Frightening Facts about Contraception

    “Most people have no idea of the abortifacient nature of the birth control pill,” says author


    By Michael Baggot

    HESPERIA, CA, April 29, 2008 ( – Without a single reference to a Church document or a passage of Scripture, a new booklet from author Victor Claveau demonstrates that popular contraceptives, considered hallmarks of our modern culture and signs of civilized man’s technological conquest of nature, kill at least 6 million US children a year, subject women to a host of harmful side effects, subvert the meaning of sex and family life, and have played a key role in a black genocide.

    Claveau’s 28-page “‘Birth Control and Abortifacients’ begins with a detailed analysis of the various standard methods of contraception, noting their abortifacient action and harmful side effects on women.

    Claveau pays particular attention to the popular birth control pills that have been widely accepted, even by professedly “pro-life” women, as a means to reduce the sort of unwanted pregnancies that often end in abortion. Read the rest of this entry »

    Darth Vader, Aussie Anglicans & Icelandic Lutherans – What Is Going On?

    August 2, 2008

    5 bob to TheForce.Net where it is written:

    Darth Vader & The Icelandic Church?

    Posted By Mike on July 26, 2008

    Our friend Kevin sent over the following regarding Darth Vader making an appearance with members of the Icelandic church:

    “This happened in Iceland where the national religion is Lutheren.

    At the start of a priest “gathering” or “summit”, for lack of a better word, 140 priests and all the top players of the Icelandic church took a quiet little photo-op stroll before Mass. A member of the Icelandic Unified Atheist League showed up to pester them and humiliate. The strangest part is that only one tv news network (believe it or not we have 3) and one newspaper (of which we have 4) covered this hilarious mystery guest.

    Notice the guy in the red frock trailing the priest procession? That is the bishop of Iceland, the most powerfull man within the Icelandic church. Notice the guys with guns protecting him and tackling Darth Vader for reasons of national security? No, me neither…”

    Interestingly… Darth recently appeared in procession with the Anglicans of Australia… image From our brethren at Stand Firm:







    The writer suggest that Darth may have converted and was leaving the dark side. Me? I think they may be confused Read the rest of this entry »

    That’s How They Roll – The Sisters Of Life

    August 2, 2008

    I have recieved a question or two about the photograph I posted in a previous post of the the two sisters in NYC rollerblading, habits flowing in the wind, rosaries swining with wild abandon.

    They are the Sisters of Life out of Brooklyn, NY.

    ‘”The Sisters of Life is a contemplative/ active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all r Read the rest of this entry »

    The World as You Have Never Seen it Before …

    August 1, 2008

    Guess what this distortion of the globe represents before you look below the break.

    What do you think this is? Read the rest of this entry »

    Modern Secular Santos

    August 1, 2008

    Start watching at 3:45 for a remarkable commentary on secular sainthood.  “People have to believe in something.”

    Anglicans With Open Communion Breaking Communion? What Does That Even Mean?

    August 1, 2008

    Lambeth time is here.  Has it really been ten years since the last one?  Time flies when your innovating I guess.

    As per usual, blustering talk of potential break up and dissaray circulates far and wide before and during the decennial conference of bishops in the Anglican community who are invited to England…

    The thought occurs to me that the all provisions and comprimises and supposed “11th hour settlements” that are foregone conclusions (nothing dramatic will ever REALLY happen!) are all like dogs without teeth.

    Inasmuch as the communion has open communion (making “inter-communion” somewhat redundant and meaningless!) about the very WORST thing that could happen in Anglicanism is that some people don’t make the guest list to tea with the Queen (or King) at the next Lambeth. Read the rest of this entry »

    Text of Cardinal Kasper to Anglican Bishops: It’s Over

    August 1, 2008

    Anglicanism Fading from Historic Christianity

    Cardinal Kasper, the best Catholic friend to the Anglican Communion, the one who has remained most optimistic for an ongoing relationship with Anglicanism, delivers the coup de grace wearing a velvet glove. Anglican orders will never be recognized and Anglican-Catholic relations are no longer ordered toward a future unity.

    Emphasis mine.

    Full text here.

    The Catholic Church’s teaching regarding human sexuality, especially homosexuality, is clear, as set forth in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 2357-59. We are convinced that this teaching is well founded in the Old and in the New Testament, and therefore that faithfulness to the Scriptures and to apostolic tradition is at stake. I can only highlight what IARCCUM’s “Growing Together in Unity and Mission” said: “In the discussions on human sexuality within the Anglican Communion, and between it and the Catholic Church, stand anthropological and biblical hermeneutical questions which need to be addressed” (§86e). Not without reason is today’s principal theme at the Lambeth Conference concerned with biblical hermeneutics.

    I would like briefly to draw your attention to the ARCIC statement “Life in Christ”, where it was noted (nn. 87-88) that Anglicans could agree with Catholics that homosexual activity is disordered, but that we might differ in the moral and pastoral advice we would offer to those seeking our counsel. We realise and appreciate that the recent statements of the Primates are consistent with that teaching, which was given clear expression in Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference. In light of tensions over the past years in this regard, a clear statement from the Anglican Communion would greatly strengthen the possibility of us giving common witness regarding human sexuality and marriage, a witness which is sorely needed in the world of today. Read the rest of this entry »


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