The Anglican Ordinariate and Celibacy

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.


Pope Benedict’s Prayer Intentions for October

September 30, 2009

Pope Benedict Holy Sepulchre


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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Pope Benedict is Green

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.

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.

Pope Benedict’s Prayer intentions for September

September 7, 2009

Sorry, late on this!


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”.


4 Years Ago Today

April 19, 2009

Time flies!

Liturgical Reforms Arrive in Bangladesh

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 »

Benedict to Beijing?

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 »

Evangelicals: Change of Heart toward Catholics

July 28, 2008

Evangelicals have been going through a major change of heart in their view of Catholicism over the past 15 years or so. In the 80’s when I was in college I lived in the Biblebelt and had plenty of experience with Evangelicals–much of it bad experience. The 80’s was the height of the “Are you saved?” question. In Virginia, the question often popped up in the first 10 minutes of getting to know someone. As I look back, Isurmise that this was coached from the pulpit or Sunday school as it was so well coordinated and almost universally applied. It was a good tactic for putting Catholics on the defensive even before it was known that they were Catholic—“ummmm, uhhh, well no, I’m not sure, I’m Catholic.” Then a conversation about works righteousness or saint statues would ensue. Yeah, nice to meet you, too.
Thankfully, those days are pretty much over. We now have formerly rabid anti-Catholics apologizing and even praising the pope. Catholics and Evangelicals have both learned that we have much in common and need each other to face the secular culture with a solid front. But, where did this detente come from? I think there is a real history to be told here and a book should be written. Let me give my perceptions of 7 major developments since 1993, which I regard as the the watershed year for the renewal of the Catholic Church in the United States.

1. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1993. When this document came out, it was uncertain that even Catholics would read it. We should have known that something was up when the French version hit the top of the bestsellers charts in France and stayed there for months. The English version did the same in the US. Catholics were reading the Catechism, forming study groups and challenging errant professors in the classroom. Read the rest of this entry »

WYD: Benedict Bedazzles at Sydney Harbor

July 20, 2008

Having been to two WYD’s (Toronto and Cologne) I can attest that they are supremely powerful experiences. To have the gospel sifted for its specific message for today’s youth by the greatest spiritual authorities on earth is just impossible to express. It is overwhelming.

But, it can be hard to convey that experience to those who were not there.

However, Benedict’s words in themselves, even without all the experiencial props to heighten the experience, have a power to clear ones thinking and set ones heart aright. He seamlessly weaves together concerns for the environment, sexual exploitation, materialism and secularism all in light of the universal spiritual hunger for the Gospel. Powerful!

Here are some of his words at Sydney Harbor on Thursday:

“…Dear friends, life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose (cf. Gen 1:28)! Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consumer in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choice itself becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty, and subjective experience displaces truth. Read the rest of this entry »

Catholic China News

May 16, 2008

What a Difference a Century Makes: The Catholic Church and Anglicanism

May 6, 2008

In 1900, one could not have guessed where Anglicanism and Catholicism would be today. Anglicanism was the chaplain to the British Empire and Catholicism was the religion of the failed Spanish Empire. Britannia ruled the waves and held a fifth of the world under its yoke. The sun never set on her majesty, Queen Victoria’s realm. What had remained of the Spanish Empire had finally just collapsed two years prior.

In 1900 the pope was still the prisoner of the Vatican, still reigning in the aftergloom of the Kulturkampf and Italian unification which “stole” the papal states. Catholics were second class citizens in English speaking countries and Anglicanism was the religion of the power elite in the most advanced society the earth had ever known. Anglicanism was busy baptizing the “white man’s burden.” Catholic countries were known to be the poorest and least educated in Europe and the Americas. No one could then have guessed the remarkable turns of affairs that would lead us to this present moment in which Catholicism would appear to all the Christian world as the bulwark of Christian morality and the last hope of a Christian West.

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Pope left off Time’s list of influential people

May 2, 2008

Hmmm… Time Magazine’s 2008 list of the “100 Most Influential People” has quite a few familiar and not so familiar faces on it this year.  A rather interesting mix.

Conspicuous by his absesnse from the list is an octegenarian German cleric who has his own micro-state in Europe.  Not all that well known, but you might have seen brief glimpses of coverage (if you were watching closesly) of his recent visit to America.  Rumor has it, he signed up and took a White House tour when he was here. (Maybe he was in the group of Girl Scouts rumored to have also toured that day…)

I suppose it is possible that a man who has made the cover and front page of newspapers and magazines around the world who leads a church of 1.1B, and got constant coverage for a visit he made to America ranks as the 101st most influential person in the world.

(BTW, the Dalai Lama was here at the same time the Pope was… Maybe I just don’t get the cable channels his all-day coverage was on.)

I can’t say I particularly covet secular accolades for the Pope in the secular media. It doesn’t bother me that they don’t.

More to the point, I am rather embarassed for Time which is either demonstrating a great deal of ideological bias or perhaps it is the case that the writers of this magazine don’t themselves actually read Time on a regular basis… If they did, they would likely begin to notice that Benedict XVI seems to get a lot more press than such a supposedly uninfluential person would otherwise garner.

How odd.

When Pope Benedict passes unto his eternal reward, we will see what sort of TV coverage his funeral gets around the world.  And than we will compare it one day to:

I bet the next time Shinya Yamanaka & James Thomson visit Washington and New York, half a million people will try to get tickets to go to any event they hold at the nearest baseball stadium!

Oh Time, how silly and uninfluential you have made yourself look!

Benedict XVI, Muslims, Spengler – 3 Years Later

April 19, 2008

AsiaTimes commentator “Spengler” wrote what is below on the day of the election of Pope Benedict XVI – interestingly, it seems to have been written and gone to print just before the election was announced.

Three years on, approaching the 3d anniversary of the pontificate of B16, and the events of the past 36 months, this is proving fascinating to review.

Spengler is best described, I think, as an Evangelical who has had some prophetic visions. I have written about him before on his vision of China and the future of Christianity. He is a man (actually, is he a man?) of big thoughts. Thoughts I don’t always agree with, but thoughts I can never ignore.

Click on the title for the full article. (Emphasis mine.) Read the rest of this entry »

Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI to America

April 9, 2008

Too Funny

April 8, 2008

5 bob to: American Papist