Thursday, September 30, 2004

From blog correspondent Samer al-Batal
Apparently the Holy See had nothing to do with the débàcle of Hindu services in the church at Fátima:

Portuguese newspaper reports: Vatican calls for resignation of Bishop of Fátima and Fátima shrine rector Guerra

Correio da Manhã means Morning Post, BTW. (If you can read Spanish you can read Portuguese - just like with Russian and Ukrainian - but the latter's pronunciation seems so Frenchified it's hard to understand.)

Light from the East
A priest of the order of Melchizedek
Photos of the late Coptic Pope Kyrillos VI

All of the following is from Samer:

Attention NewChurch, here's a brief corrective lesson in proper priestly humility for you rotten lot, courtesy of Egypt.

The celebrant's right approach to Mass and the Holy of Holies (noting the posture of God-ward prayer and the absence of ego-enhancing and asinine theatrical performances and general tomfoolery).

It is said that the priest's or bishop's chances of courting Hell are greater than that of most, given his responsibility over many souls as well as his own. Admittance into Holy Orders or the ranks of the episcopacy is an awesome privilege (it is best to disabuse oneself of the false notion that it translates as a ticket to a social club), and this fellow appears to exhibit the proper posture of humility in recognising his own unworthiness.

‘Pray for my weakness’

Hopefully, with such a spirit in mind, a cleric may at the end of his life obtain a look of peace upon his face as was the case for the late Coptic Pope Kyrillos VI.

‘God be your shepherd’

More monasticism and monastic bishops might be the right answer. It certainly works with the Copts.

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
- Hebrews 13:7

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