Monday, July 25, 2011


Church
  • All roads lead to Santiago. St Nicetas of Paphlagonia: We salute you, James, fervent preacher of the gospel truth, who with Peter and John hold the highest position and the chief dignity among the apostles. We salute you, as one who drank Christ’s cup in advance of your fellow disciples, and were baptized with the baptism of your Saviour as he promised you, and are adorned with the double crown of apostle and martyr! We salute you, blessed eyewitness of the Word, you who see God, for you have changed one fishing-ground for another, one desire for another, and one inheritance for another; in place of things unstable you have gained those that last, and in place of an earthly passing world you have gained a changeless heavenly world. We salute you who, as you formerly had direct physical contact with the God-man on earth, so do you now, united with him in spirit, converse with him face to face in heaven.
  • Goofiness from a few bad priests and a bishop, unsurprisingly mostly in Protestant countries. My comment. 150+ Americans and 300+ Austrians? Things are getting better under Pope Benedict but that’s still pretty bad. Dr Tighe: practically, women’s ordination has never helped the churches that adopt it. Riddle me ree, why has an innovation which has proved to be both poisonous in itself, and also a “theological carcinogen” to all “ecclesial communities” (apart from enthusiastic sectarians and some groups, perhaps, so far, from the “Holiness” Wesleyan tradition) that have embraced this pocky paramour, be viewed as being anything but totally baneful to the Catholic Church? Exhibit A, the Anglican Communion; Exhibit B, the Union of Utrecht Old Catholics; Exhibit C, the Scandinavian Lutheran bodies. IOW they made the change and even fewer go to them now. Liberal Christianity is self-defeating; the kids cut right past it and besides they don’t have many kids. Again, besides it not being up for a vote, what strikes me is in the Catholic world, outside of Protestant countries, this matter just doesn’t come up. The Holy Spirit guiding the heart of the church says no. Clerical celibacy: rule not doctrine. It can change but that wouldn’t necessarily boost the Latin Church’s vocations. The Orthodox ordain the married and their American vocations, certainly from born ethnic members, are hurting too. BTW Roy Bourgeois should be excommunicated for take your pick of reasons (such as, arguably with this vagante business, he’s joined another church).
  • I’ve stayed out of the Corapi mess because 1) I don’t watch EWTN. I admire the immense good they do (especially in the past 15 years as they changed from charismatic to quasi-trad) but their ministry is to the unchurched and uncatechised, not to me. 2. If it’s true, it’s not news. Priests sin. (OK, I’ll say it. If it’s true, at least this undoubtedly masculine fellow’s into women.) That said, although I understand many orthodox Catholics’ hurt from all this, what strikes me is, to his credit, to this day, he has never attacked/turned against the teachings of the church for any reason such to justify what he’s accused of (quitting the order and the active ministry ≠ heresy), unlike, say, the self-serving Alberto Cutié.
  • Diocese of Orange offers $50 mil for Crystal Cathedral. More from my archives on that. The highest bid so far. A beautiful building, and after Schuller’s misfortune I’d like to see it remain some kind of church, but NLM agrees with me it’s not suited for Catholic worship. However much money is poured into the project, the building will be resistant to Catholicization because it is not a church in the Catholic sense, but a large meeting-house. It is possible to convert a temple, the place of propitiatory sacrifice to pagan deities, to the home of the expiatory sacrifice of the Mass, but it is much less easy to turn an auditorium, with its relentless emphasis on sight-lines and open plan, into a cathedral. A converted Crystal Cathedral would be an immense glass shed with a lot of Catholic objets d’art strewn around it like a sort of museum, rather than integrated into the fabric. Exactly. It was designed to be a Dutch Reformed church, a preaching barn.

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