Saturday, October 22, 2005

Eastern churches
In America, some retired Greek Orthodox priests and clergy widows are living in literal poverty
Kyrie, eleison!

Things are bad all round — near me a Roman Catholic order of sisters have to close a nursing home because they can’t afford to upgrade the building to bring it up to code. As wary as I am of government interference safety can’t be ignored as the Our Lady of the Angels school fire in 1958 Chicago showed — the story of which my girlfriend and I recently pored over in a well-done book.

The Eastern Orthodox churches in the West are much smaller and poorer than RC institutions so how can they do something?

Well, the Greek Archdiocese in America is the biggest Orthodox church in that land numerically and relatively well off, counting restaurateurs, university presidents and politicians among its at least nominal members, so I dare say some of that abundance could go to support richly deserving papas and presvyteras in their time of need.

Here’s an address you can send donations to.

Cardinal: East beats West in sense of sacred
In practice today that’s true but admitting it isn’t enough — now, Western prelates, put your money where your mouth is and do something about it

From Pontifications
Defending the Catholic faith East and West on the Blessed Sacrament
As wrong as the ageing ‘We Are Church’* are, giving themselves away as non-WASP Protestants with their complaint here, the perpetual-adoration craze (‘Let’s have it every day in every parish!’) isn’t traditional and while a healthy reaction to the problem isn’t the answer!

The Christian East’s balance, centred on the Liturgy and the Hours (in other words, Mass-and-office Catholicism), is.

*Well, if you’ve got real congregations and generational members you’re some kind of church but not one I’d go to. Meanwhile, my generation and younger are doing this:
If anyone is ever in the New Haven CT, USA area on Sunday evenings at 10:00pm, Christ Church Parish (Episcopal) [liberal but at least having the form or religion] offers compline every Sunday night while Yale is in session. A major part of the service is sung in Latin, especially the motets and the Salve Regina at the conclusion. It is a rare event that churches offer this particular office of the day and if you are ever in the area, you will not want to miss it.

The service draws quite a number of people, especially Yale students.

It is so nice to see young people in attendance at this, especially when the whole service is chanted and uses music that draws primarily from plainsong and polyphonic motets.

It is encouraging to actually see how many young people attend a service of this type that does not have "rock" or "pop" music and contemporary flavorings. So, I do not buy the fact that in order to attract young people to the house of God, you need to put in a rock band. All can learn to appreciate the beauty of this ancient form as most of us have.
I don't seem to have any problem attracting my share of younger people who are refugees from the rock band.
- Fr Peter Robinson


Dan Lauffer’s ideas on how high-church Byzantine Catholics can capitalise on all this
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