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NO MORE LAY LEADERSHIP! IN WAHROONGA AT LEAST !

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Regular readers will recall our earlier post :http://vexilla-regis.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/bishop-david-walker-not-single.htmlon the many troubles besetting the waters of Broken Bay Diocese in the Northern reaches of Sydney. Apart from the total absence of Seminarians ( until , in the last week or so, two were imported from Vietnam) , the policy of Bishop David Louis Walker (retiring in 441 days) to introduce Lay Leadership and not appoint Parish Priests as required by Canon Law, had set him at odds with Parishoners at Wahroonga in Sydney's Upper North Shore and put him at odds with most of his clergy.

Well, this is it seems , is going to be good news week.Usually reliable sources have reported that on next Sunday it will be announced that the Lay Leadership Fuhrer Ms Gail Gill will finish her appointment on 16th September and that Father David Ranson has been appointed Administrator of the Parish.

It is not clear precisely why this much prayed for result ( at least as regards Ms Gi…

SALT, LIGHT AND A HILL - SHOULD BE YOU!!

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THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF APOSTOLIC MEN


Listen to Father Nicola Avancini S.J.:

I  "You are the salt of the earth"(Matt V : 13)

Pliny says that it is of the nature of salt to sting, to burn, to hurt, to break down resistance, and to dry out. Thus must an apostolic man be himself mortified, and so be able to lead others in this, the Purgative Way, before he can lead them in the Ways of Illumination and Union. What can we say of ourselves? How far have we progressed in it? Have we not still far to go?





II "You are the light of the world"( V 14)

The second stage in apostolic life is expressed under the simile of Light, and by this is understood the Illuminative Way, in which a man must perfect himself in the practice of virtues taken from the life and teaching of Our Blessed Lord. It is not enough to be merely "purged"" unless we are also adorned with - and abounding in - virtue which will communicate itself to others, enlighten them, dissipate errors, and move…

PARIS AND THE CHURCH - PART V

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E SUPREMI ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS X
ON THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS IN CHRIST
TO THE PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES,
ARCHBISHOPS, BISHOPS, AND OTHER ORDINARIES
IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE APOSTOLIC SEE

Venerable Brethren,
Health and the Apostolic Benediction.
In addressing you for the first time from the Chair of the supreme apostolate to which We have, by the inscrutable disposition of God, been elevated, it is not necessary to remind you with what tears and warm instance We exerted Ourselves to ward off this formidable burden of the Pontificate. Unequal in merit though We be with St. Anselm, it seems to us that We may with truth make Our own the words in which he lamented when he was constrained against his will and in spite of his struggles to receive the honor of the episcopate. For to show with what dispositions of mind and will We subjected Ourselves to the most serious charge of feeding the flock of Christ, We can well adduce those same proofs of grief which he invokes in his own behalf. &q…

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PARIS AND THE CHURCH - PART IV

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There are many strange histories attaching to churches, but not too many more strange than that attaching to La Madeleine. The great church occupies a fine commanding site at the end of Rue Royale close to Place Vendome. It lies in the 8th Arondissment.

The site has belonged to the Church since a Royal gift in the 12th Century. Several churches have stood on the site, and have been dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalen.But in the lead-up to the French Revolution a new church was planned and the site was cleared. The King laid the foundation stone for the new church which was to resemble the grandly domed church which is now Les Invalides where Napoleon's Tomb lies in a crypt / hole at the foot of the Altar( see subsequent post). But before it was completed the architect died and he was replaced by another who intended that the new church should resemble the Pantheon in Rome ( S.Maria ad Martyres), accordingly the work already done was demolished and a fresh start was made. However, by t…

PARIS AND THE CHURCH - PART III

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We are told not judge a book by its cover ( a saying developed before Paperbacks and Dustjackets) .The same principle can be applied to the great Parisian church of Saint Eustache.Situated in the Les Halles district - the ancient produce markets area- the church was built over 100 years commencing in 1532.  It is sometimes described as a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture. Be that as it may, externally it is very far from being beautiful or even impressive. . However, internally it is truly beautiful, noble and inspiring.






Every awkwardness of the exterior is trebly compensated for by the noble proportions of the interior with its three aisles beneath soaring ceilings, and at every turn, a wonderful aspect of some sublime architectural composition or detail.



The organ is said to be the largest in Paris , greater than Notre Dame and even surpassing Saint Sulpice.





The side aisles are in themselves superb elements ennobling the overall composition.


PARIS AND THE CHURCH - PART II

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The great church of Saint Sulpice is in the Jardin du Luxembourg area of the City of Paris. It faces onto a Place named for the church, which features a large fountain with statues of four ecclesiastics from French history . It is the second largest church in Paris after Notre Dame. Like Notre Dame, Saint Sulpice was desecrated during the insanity of the French Revolution and was designated a" Temple of Victory" for some time.It was built over 140 years commencing in 1646 at the instigation of  Fr. Jean - Jacques Olier a follower of Saint Vincent de Paul . Fr. Olier founded the Society of Saint Sulpice a religious Congregation of Priests educated in a Seminary then attached to the church. 



In a typically schizophrenic evolution of Parisian society the Jardin du Luxembourg area has become  a centre for many Catholic institutions, whilst Place Saint Sulpice and its fountain have become a focus of radical Left Wing political demonstrations during times of unrest. Two of the famo…

PAPAL NUNCIO'S NEW APPOINTMENT

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The Holy Father has appointed the Papal Nuncio to Australia to the post of Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine.

As yet his replacement in Australia has not been announced. Archbishop Lazzarotto had been generally very well - regarded in Australia, through a difficult time of considerable transition in several Sees - a process that is far from complete.

PARIS AND THE CHURCH PART I

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To love Paris is to be the essential conformist, for she enchants and captures the hearts of most normal folk who come her way. But for the Catholic, despite the ravages of the bloody Revolution, and the persecutions that followed in its wake over generations,and the still-prevailing anti-clericalism, the charm is redoubled.Our journey to Paris began on a chilly early morning from delightful Munich's Hauptbahnhof. Amongst all the deep red Deutsche Bahn trains interspersed with their white ICE trains , stood our solitary French SNCF TGV ready for its lightning run to PARIS GARE D'LE EST.

With no fuss at all, we left right on time and were soon out of the Munich suburbs  and out through the German countryside.Delightful villages, each with their several churches and their orderly appearance flashed by the broad windows of the TGV. It seemed no time at all, and we had crossed into France with its equally delightful, but markedly different villages, less orderly it seemed and often…

FORM VERSUS SUBSTANCE - A TALE OF TWO CHURCHES

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Church Hill in Sydney stands at the Southern end of the great Sydney Harbour Bridge. It could be said to be the arrival point in the City for those crossing the Harbour via the Bridge. For more than 150 years it has witnessed a  confrontation  - between the Church established by Jesus Christ and the Church founded by King Henry VIII and the British Parliament. 

Saint Patrick's Church - the Catholic Church - has stood on its rather unfavourable site for the whole of that period. Initially, the Established Church was located directly across the road from Saint Patrick's in what is now a triangular park facing that Church. But a superior site became available up on York Street, and the Establishment demolished its edifice and went higher up .

The two churches are very different in every respect. Saint Patrick's is small and rather dumpy in appearance as it nestles into the hillside leading down from the Bradfield Highway which crosses the Harbour Bridge. Its design could not be…