Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Съ праздникомъ
Happy Julian-date feast day of St Pachomius, father of cenobitic monasticism, Eastern Orthodox.

Тропарь Пахомию Великому, глас 8:
Слез твоих теченьми пустыни безплодное возделал еси, / и иже из глубины воздыханьми во сто трудов уплодоносил еси, / и был еси светильник вселенней, сияя чудесы, Пахомие отче наш, / моли Христа Бога спастися душам нашим.

Житие его

Just for today
by Samuel Wilberforce
From my 1920s copy of the Anglo-Catholic Prayer Book

End of an era
While not dead, it's clear the English Church Union is on artificial life support, sad to say. Its London HQ and bookshop at 7 Tufton Street in Westminster, where I'd done some browsing a long time ago, are closing for ever May 30. Requiescat in pace.

From Dr James Dobson’s Focus on the Family
‘Catholic’ dioceses to use explicit sex texts to teach 5-year-olds
Considering the headlines last year, not the wisest move.

'The curriculum — "Talking About Touching" — was written by the Committee for Children, a group that used to be called COYOTE, which stands for "Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics." COYOTE was founded by Margo St. James in 1973 to work for the repeal of prostitution laws.'

Bizarre.

Historically the Church has been libertarian about prostitution - teaching of course that it is wrong but not demanding the government outlaw it - but I agree this agenda is dead wrong and mind-boggling coming from putative 'Catholics'.

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