November 9, 2009
In the 60’s and 70’s, the beginning of the Radical Dissident Catholic Era, many priests were laicized and got married. In fact, many of them married former nuns. While I have only personally been acquainted (that I know of) with one laicized priest, he wasn’t someone who should’ve been ordained. He had the same sort of wardrobe malfunction that Ted Kennedy had. I believe it was intended as a way out. In his case it was successful.
Now that the personal ordinariate for Anglicans has been announced, The Washington Post thinks that celibacy for Roman Catholic Priests is on its way out. What impressed me about the article is that they do point out that Eastern Catholics ordain married men but that priests aren’t married; most people assume that priests may marry after ordination. Eastern Catholic Churches in the US typically ordain only celibate men. Eastern Catholic Bishops are always celibate as are Orthodox Bishops.
I disagree with the Washington Post; Anglicans have made many changes since the church of England was formed, including allowing priests to be married before or after ordination. Eastern Catholics, formerly Orthodox, were brought into Communion with Rome while retaining their traditions, traditions that had existed at the time of the Great Schism, including the Ordination of married men. The difference here is that a married priesthood in the Latin Rite Catholic Church did not exist at the time the Anglicans left and while married men in the Eastern Catholic Churches and the Orthodox Church may be Ordained, priests may not marry after ordination. While it’s certainly possible that the Church would decide to allow married men to be Ordained within the Anglican Personal Ordinariate, I would be very surprised if she would allow priests to get married or allow a married Priesthood in the Latin Rite.
September 30, 2009
BENEDICT XVI’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER
VATICAN CITY, 30 SEP 2009 (VIS) – Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for October is: “That Sunday may be lived as the day on which Christians gather to celebrate the risen Lord, participating in the Eucharist”.
His mission intention is: “That the entire People of God, to whom Christ entrusted the mandate to go and preach the Gospel to every creature, may eagerly assume their own missionary responsibility and consider it the highest service they can offer humanity”.
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September 10, 2009
5 bob to Cultural Catholic.
Do you suppose this means that Miss Piggy will convert to Catholicism?
Pope Benedict XVI installed 580 square feet of donated solar panels on his home in Regensburg, Germany, a home he designed. No Church funds were used. The solar panels are expected to generate 6 megawatts of electricity saving 11 barrels of oil and resulting in $3,500 of excess energy being sold to the German grid annually. Any profit from the sale of excess energy to the German grid will be used for vocational training for at-risk youth.
On Sunday, September 6, Pope Benedict XVI made a pastoral visit to the town of Viterbo and Bagnoregio in Italy’s Lazio Region visiting the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of the Oak, the Shrine of Santa Rosa, and the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas to venerate the relics of Saint Bonaventure.
September 7, 2009
Sorry, late on this!
BENEDICT XVI’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER
VATICAN CITY, 1 SEP 2009 (VIS) – Pope Benedict XVI’s general prayer intention for September is: “That the word of God may be better known, welcomed and lived as the source of freedom and joy”.
His mission intention is: “That Christians in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, who often meet with great difficulties, may not be discouraged from announcing the Gospel to their brothers, trusting in the strength of the Holy Spirit”.
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August 22, 2008
First Communion at Holy Cross College, Dhaka,
run by the Congregation of Holy Cross
HH Benedict XVI’s call to reform the practice of the liturgy takes root in Bangladesh. I am personally pleased to see that Holy Cross is taking a leading role in liturgical reform.
BANGLADESH Church Tries To Protect Traditional Hymns, End Loud Singing
DHAKA (UCAN) — Bangladeshi Catholic hymns are “out of control,” sometimes sung too loudly or performed by pop-style bands, so much so that some claim the deep spirituality the music is meant to inspire gets lost.The Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and Prayer (ECLP) has responded to the problem by trying to bring order to the chaos and restore a level of uniformity and a proper atmosphere for Bangla-language hymns. It did so in a six-day training program for liturgical music experts and performers that was conducted July 13-18 at the Holy Spirit Major Seminary in Dhaka. Read the rest of this entry »
August 21, 2008
Benedict the Re-Gatherer may strike again soon–in China!
According to the AP:
ROME (AP) — The Beijing bishop appointed by China’s state-controlled Catholic Church said in an interview Wednesday that he hopes Pope Benedict XVI will visit his country and that relations with the Vatican are improving.
“We strongly hope that Benedict XVI will make a trip to China,” Joseph Li Shan told Italy’s RAI state TV. “Relations with the Vatican are constantly improving. We can say that there are big developments.” Read the rest of this entry »