To Hear The SSPX Tell It….

June 29, 2008

 

One hopes the Pope of Rome can be found Catholic enough!

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Western Rite Orthodoxy?

June 29, 2008

Over at A Conservative Blog for Peace, an interesting discussion has been in process. Namely, on the recent phenomena of the Orthodox “Western Rite“. The combox discussion can be found here.

The Western Rite Orthodox concept has been around for about 100 years. Not to be confused with the Eastern notion that the west “used to be” Orthodox prior to 1054 (but no longer is) when I speak of WRO, I mean to discuss the movement to create parishes worshipping according to traditional western styles under Eastern Orthodox bishops.

Like Eastern Catholics who are Easterners in communion with the Roman See, the broad idea here was that these folks would be Latins in communion with Orthodoxy. The main reason and focus for this sort of effort has often been to accommodate Anglicans and Ultrajectines and Catholics.

The history of WRO has been an interesting one. A good deal of the finer points of its creation and authorization have been hotly dispu Read the rest of this entry »


Superstitious Catholics?

June 28, 2008

Q. Why do Catholics use “good luck charms” like medals and relics of the saints in order to perfom miracles? Why is that not superstitious?

A. It does sound superstitious at first. And perhaps there have been Catholics who used these things in a purely superstitious way. But we would not know for sure unless we questioned them.

Of course, the Catholic Church teaches that only God can perform a miracle. However, everyone will agree that He can perform these miracles any way He wants to. So He can act directly or indirectly. We know that He usually likes to work through people, like Moses-to free the people of Israel, Jacob and the people of Israel -to conquer the land of Canaan, Mary -to usher in the Messiah, etc. God could have just zapped it and gotten it done but He didn’t.

At other times He has acted through inanimate objects like the time in 2 Kings 13:20.

Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. 21 Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.

When a dead man came back to life when he touched the bones of the long dead prophet Elisha.

And in Acts 5:15-16 miraculous cures occurred through Peter’s shadow.

As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.

And, people who touched handkerchiefs that St. Paul had touched were healed (Acts 19:11-12).

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

The miracles that occurred through the inanimate objects above showed the intercessory power of these saints of God. So, also today, miracles that occur when praying with an object related to one of the saints is simply a variation of intercessory prayer. The saint prays to God and He answers the prayer –or He doesn’t. It is not a slam dunk.

The historical facts and foundation of this practice is simply because, at various times and in various ways God Himself chose to act in supernatural ways in response to prayers and the use of medals and relics. So, apparently He doesn’t see anything wrong with the practice.


Dead Man Feels Pretty Good

June 28, 2008

Dead Man Feels Pretty Good

I bet he does.


Our Lady of Madagascar

June 28, 2008


Stuff Catholics Like Telling It Straight On The Brown Scapular or “What Can Brown Do For You?”

June 28, 2008

4. Do I think if you wear a Brown Scapular and lead a sinful life and are not sorry ever but just run around saying, “Ha ha, I’m wearing a brown Scapular! Satan will never get me!” that you won’t see the fires of hell? Not a chance. Satan already has you. The one time you take it off to shower, you’ll slip on the soap and crack your head open. The bus that knocks you out of your shoes will knock you right out of your scapular. The flood waters that wash you away will wash the scapular off your neck. Your evil boyfriend will remove it while you sleep and murder you for your jewels. The paramedic will take it off to give you a shot of adrenaline that doesn’t work. The nursing home worker will steal it from you. The atomic blast will vaporize the Scapular one millisecond before it vaporizes you. As you tumble, end over end, down the basement stairs with no one home to hear all the thumping, your scapular will be tossed off and land right before your eyes along with you at the foot of the stairs. As the life drains from you as you lay bleeding from your head wound, you will reach pathetically for your scapular, but the cat will grab it and run out the basement window. At some point, you are going to want to throw it in the wash. When you do, you’ll drop dead.

You are not going to get away with it, mark my words. (READ ALL)

Well there you have it!


C of E bishop will defect to RomeC of E bishop will defect to Rome

June 27, 2008

C of E bishop will defect to Rome

C of E bishop will defect to Rome

Thursday, June 26, 2008, 08:13 PM GMT [General]

At least one Church of England bishop will defect to Rome soon after the Lambeth Conference, I gather from Anglo-Catholic sources. And there could be more to follow.

I can’t tell you much more than that at the moment, because the negotiations with Rome are so sensitive – and the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, who distrust Anglican traditionalists, are quite capable of throwing a spanner in the works. (READ ALL…)

5 bob to CVSTOS FIDEI

Who will it be?

Time will tell! (Note, image included in post is randomly chosen – no idea who those blokes are… if it just so happens that one of them is the rumored bishop, Rob owes me a Miller Lite™.)