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HEROIC CATHOLIC PRIESTS AND THE DEFORMATION

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WHO WOULD BE NEXT METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOP OF BRISBANE ?

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As July, 2011 approaches, many are looking at those spoken of as possible successors to Archbishop John A. Bathersby with concern. We look back at an earlier post:


WE HAVE PREVIOUSLY referred to Queensland as the “sick man” of the Church in Australia. This has been evidenced by the 2006 Advent Pastorals in Toowoomba and Brisbane.


It seems the Pastoral Letter is in these cases something of a subconscious cry for help - “See how far I am from thinking with the Church? - Help me!” The doctor has been and gone and we await his most direct prescriptions.(Reference to the Apostolic Visitation of Toowoomba - which passed without obvious result other than Bishop Morris'audience with the Holy Father in the company of Archbishop Philip Wilson,President of the Australian Catholic Bishops'Conference .)



A recent Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ has been issued by Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville. It is of an entirely different order to the letters mentioned…

CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL DAMAGED

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One of the true jewels of Christchurch, New Zealand's architectural heritage is the Catholic Cathedral on Barbadoes Street about fifteen minutes walk out of the CBD. Reading the tourist literature in this very Protestant inspired city - whose central square is Cathedral Square and another Latimer Square- you wouldn't guess it, for our Cathedral is hardly mentioned. Rather all the talk is of THE Cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral on Cathedral Square which in the media parlance of the day is "iconic"for the City.When a City has a Latimer Square and a not far distant Cranmer Street, Catholics should not expect too much I suppose.

The tragic earthquake which struck the City at lunchtime yesterday has produced an appalling loss of life with 65 confirmed dead (38 identified) and at least 150 missing and perhaps more hidden under mountains of rubble.

Media coverage in Australia has been exhaustive and much has been made of the collapse of the spire of "THE"Cathed…

DO THEY KNOW WHO THE POPE IS ?

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To-day 22nd February, 2011 the HOLY SEE's Press Office site on the Web has released the text of "the Holy Father Pope John Paul II's " address in preparation for Lent!

It is totally bizarre that such an error could be made. So much so, that the conspiracy theorists will have a field day. How many hours till it is corrected? And who will be the recipient of a well merited appointment to Tehran a la Bugnini?

OUR PRESENT POSITION

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SERVING WITH THE ANGELS


We stand in a difficult position – in the midst of great physical travail as a nation. As I write, the mud of the recent catastrophic floods is barely dry over much of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and in New South Wales and Victoria, firefighters are battling bushfires. And then, and then…. off Far North Queensland, the terrible spectre of Cyclone “Yasi” steadily works its dreadful way across the sea toward the region of Cairns and Townsville. It threatens death and destruction we are told, on a scale not seen since Cyclone “Tracey” which destroyed Darwin. Well might Dorothea Mackellar in the poem “My Country” write about “her beauty and her terror “.

But we are approaching the commemoration of another, infinitely greater tragedy. We are given every opportunity to approach this coming commemoration with great care and all attention. And just as the residents of Far North Queensland are given ample opportunity to prepare and are doing so, we should…

PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER

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ONE OF THE "WE...WE..." "HYMNS

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Isn't it great to assist at Holy Mass when there are no liturgical abuses, no heresies in the homily, all the readings well done, the Celebrant devout and concentrated on what he is doing in Persona Christi, and ideally with good music and chant or hymns to complement your participatio actuosa ( in heart and mind -- actively participating in the prayers of the Holy Mass.) How often do you experience it?

For me it last happened on Christmas Eve - special circumstances - a visiting Priest , home from his studies in Canada. More routinely we have minor liturgical abuses, no recent heresies, the quality of the readings unreliable ( there seems to be a problem for some in reading intelligently without lapsing into the dramatic or the infantile) ,of the several celebrants devotion is not a problem , but one or two still can't resist looking at the congregation after the Consecration , even when praying to Jesus Christ Himself! And yet another goes about the Altar clockwise whilst in…

LOST ICONS RETURN!!

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As you can see my lost NetworkedBlogs Followers' Icons have returned ! Alleluia! And doubly so because they came back with one extra - a new Follower. Just precisely which of the furiously active measures I took worked, I cannot tell. But I prefer to thank my dear Patron Saint , Saint Anthony of Padua and my Guardian Angel who is so active - and always has been - in looking after my interests - what a Team!

Have you ever thought what it will be like to converse with your Guardian Angel in Heaven? How embarassing the many times we have failed and frustrated his efforts to guide us - how pathetic we humans must seem to the Holy Angels - YET - the Angels must moderate their consideration, with the knowledge that God the Son became One of us, and that God loves us so much He willed that it should be so, and that the Son of Man should die for us puny humans.

Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
To whom God's Love commits me here,
Ever this day, be at my side,
To light and to guard,
To r…

THE SUFFERINGS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN

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"And thy own soul a sword shall pierce"( Luke II : 35) "We see here how God mixes bitter things with sweet. Our Lady had heard Simeon in praise if her Son while he recounted the blessings He was to give.What joy this was to her! But now she heard of a sword that would pierce not her body, but her soul. As a Mother, and as a most loving Mother of such a Son, she would feel as none other the injuries He was to suffer, for injury to a loved one is a torment to one who loves..........
II Let us think why God desired Our Blessed Lady to be impressed by the prophecy of this sword of sorrow even while Christ was in His Infancy. Perhaps it was that He willed that thus she would become more like Christ herself, that just as He from His Infancy always had His Passion before His eyes, so would she likewise always anticipate what was to come......
III The prophecy was fulfilled at the moment it was spoken, but more especially at the time of Christ's Passion. Let us review in o…

IN PURSUIT OF A GREAT GOAL

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"I shall console myself with the reflection, that life is not long enough to do more than your best, whatever that might be; that they who are ever taking aim, make no hits; that they who never venture, never gain; that to be ever safe, is to be feeble; and that to do substantial good, is the compensation for much incidental imperfection."
Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman - "University Sketches" 
As was noted around the time of his Beatification, Blessed Cardinal Newman was not some effete academic, but a Priest with his feet planted firmly on the ground.

LOST ICONS OF FOLLOWERS

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Despite my apparent composure in the  image above, once again, Blogger has your devoted scribe clutching his hands like a modernist priest ( you know, the reverend  guys who don't know how to join their hands during the Liturgy and only succeed in looking like anxious old ladies!). Tempted by the recent successful template updates by the famed Father Tim Finigan (Hermeneutic of Continuity Blog) and by  Mac McLernon (Mulier Fortis Blog),I once again ventured into the thorny thicket of design update in Blogger! Fools rush in.... Whilst placing pictures in any Blogger Post should qualify as a major penitential act, template updating/revision may stand some chance of meriting a Plenary Indulgence (under the usual conditions, of course) Firstly, it will only take background pictures up to 300kb ( my chosen image from the crypt of the desecrated Church of St.Genevieve in Paris-called by the republican desecrators the Pantheon) is over 600 Kb and my efforts to reduce it led me far afie…

THE MIRACLE OF LOVE - SAINT PETER AND THE HOUND OF HEAVEN

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This post had an unusual origin but I believe it will be useful, perhaps to a particular person I shall never meet. Saint Peter is of particular importance in the long history of the Church. We know a reasonable amount about him. He came from Capharnaum where he lived with his wife and mother-in-law. He was a fisherman together with his brother Andrew, and it seems they had more than one boat , so they may have been significant among the local fishermen. Fishermen are proverbially rough and tumble folk , hardy and hard living. So it might seem surprising that Jesus chose Simon Bar-Jonah - for that was then his name, to be an Apostle.Jesus knew all about Simon of course, but Simon did not yet know that.
 Such was the power of God's grace at work, that when Jesus bade Simon and Andrew to "Come follow Me, and I will make you Fishers of men", they dropped their nets and followed Him. In those earliest days their following of the Master was evidently not full time. For a day…

THOUGHTS ON LEFEBVRISTS AND POPE SAINT PIUS X

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LEFEBVRISTS
There was always about Giuseppe Sarto from his youth to the Papacy a certain serene integrity and honest simplicity which shone in his truly handsome countenance. Some who have come to habitually misuse his name are wholly bereft of the Saint's characteristics

On reflection I have come to the view that it is grotesque and offensive to use the abbreviation “SSPX” or the title “Society of St. Pius X” as the Lefebvrists choose for their organisation. It is as offensive to the thought and spirit of that great and sainted Pontiff as it could be , in its frequent disrespect for the Roman Pontiff both present and in the recent past, for the Second Council of the Vatican, the Magisterium ( except when they find it convenient) and the Church in her worship.
What can best be done to help those Lefebvrists who appear to be psychologically impaired, incapable of logical thought, devoid of Christian joy or peace, incapable of smiling? Their psychology sets them up to be vulnerabl…

"HOW DID YOU KNOW I'M A POLICEMAN?"

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Bishop Bossuet Chaplain to the King of France -Heroic Pose to Meet Court Conventions - Bossuet was a very holy and faithful Bishop


Clerical Attire


The way we freely choose to dress, expresses who we wish to be seen to be. But the way we are required to dress in a given situation, when it is fundamental to our calling, expresses who we are. These two truths are well demonstrated in the no-doubt apocryphal story of the “liberated” “feminist” nun who, in a disheveled state approached a police man saying “Officer do something, I am a Catholic Nun and I have been raped”. The Policeman responded: “How did you know I was a Policeman?”
Clerical attire has traversed some wide and varied territory from the Apostles’ sandals, tunic and cloak to the glories of a Chaplain to the King of France, to a Central Queensland Bishop in recent times. Are there standards? What is the ideal?

We are of course confining ourselves to everyday attire and not considering liturgical attire.

In the feverish period …