Sunday, July 30, 2006

Middle of the Road

All About Me

Hello, I'm back from the CL holiday. Thanks be to God, I have 3 interviews coming up. Thank you for any prayers you offered for me; please pray now that I'll do myself justice and get a good Graduate Trainee Libary Assistant position!

One thing that struck me about the CL holiday is that it's the realisation of the "Church of the Centre".

Not that we are all perfect Christians and more Catholic than the Pope, but there we were, a mixture of people from Oxbridge graduates and professors, through engineers, students and porters (and little unemployed me!) - Italians, Portugese, Germans, English and Scots...

...all very different, but united only for the reason that Christ is risen and alive today in the Church. Probably we all tend a bit to the "right" or to the "left", but somehow we tolerate each others' failings and differences. This is the amazing unity of the Church!

Education in The Family

Another important factor was that it was really a family holiday. We had children and young adults present most of the time (often looked after in a separate children's liturgy which was presented at the end). This makes me want to share with everyone what Don Giussani said in The Risk of Education:

What can the family do against a society that dominates its children through television? a school system where the teachers have the freedom to do and say whatever they want, manipulating the conscience of a child, even systmatically? counteract the barrage of advertising?

How can it stem the influence of what we hear on all sides, the trite repetition of the same arguments, some of whose tragic aspects are the lack of respect for the unborn child, and the casualness of sex, marriage and divorce? By itself, the family is powerless!

An intelligent family will come out of its complacent, comfortable position and create relationships, a social fabric, in opposition to the dominant social fabric.

It's clear to me that in this quotation he is talking about all the problems that we British and Irish Catholics (maybe the British ones more?) complain about all the time, but seem to more or less dispair of solving.

In case it seems that it's an abstract hope, he goes on to quote the encyclical of John XXIII - if a Pope can point out free (mature) association as a human right, we should take notice! Are we using this right?

The other thing he points out is that we can gain a lot from educating our children - we need to let ourselves be educated too, going beyond easy platitudes about how we are right and the world is wrong, and beginning to offer an alternative direction, converting ourselves towards the Lord.

That's why I love CL, not that it's already perfect, but that here, I can always begin to begin again.

The British Disregard for Family

Zenit has an article on Abortion in the UK.

It makes for sad reading. Oremus.

And if you know a Catholic doctor or other medical professional, why not suggest starting a movement to open pro-life practises?

I visited a synagogue yesterday. It was a bit confusing (99.9% was in Hebrew, and about all I clocked was Biblical place-names and people's names, as well as the odd "halleluyah", "amen" and "eretz" - "Land"). It was very beautiful and I felt honoured to be present, and warmly welcomed by the people and the Rabbi.

It was very poingnant since apparently, this time of year they remember the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD.

I remember studying that event in Roman History class at university (I wrote an essay on Judaia as a Roman province). It is referred to in the Gospels - Jesus warns people to flee the city. It marked the end of "Jewish Christianity" as such, although it's a moot point whether Jewish influence remained in the Church.

I would say that the Jewish influence did remain, in fact it's essential to our self-understanding as Christians and Catholics (correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Paul say that we are somehow "grafted onto" Israel through faith and baptism?).

In his book Radical Then, Radical Now, the current Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, suggests that acutally, Jewish influence on the Christian Church ended at about 70AD, and it's been purely Gentile ever since.

But is that true? I'm fairly sure that the Apostles evangelised "diaspora" Jews living in the Roman provinces, St. Paul was, or at least claimed to be a trained Rabbi, and at the very least, since Judaism is (technically!) hereditary via the mother, even if one or two early Jewish Christians survived, they could represent the beginning of a substantial Jewish element...?

I'm not an expert on modern politics and the current crisis, so all I can say is to echo Sir Jonathan Sacks
when he says "pray for the peace of Israel and Lebanon".

Lord help us!

Stuck in the Middle with You

One last quotation from our Popus Maximus:

It is of the very essence of the Church that she should be aware of her unbroken continuity throughout the history of faith, expressed in an ever-present unity of prayer.

This awareness of continuity is destroyed just as much by those who "opt" for a book supposed to have been produced four hundred years ago as by those who would like to be forever drawing up new liturgies.

At bottom, these two attitudes are identical... The fundamental issue is whether faith comes about through regulations and learned research or through the living history of a Church which retains her identity throughout the centuries.

(From Feast of Faith by Benedict XVI)

Wow! How different, how much more alive and refreshing are the actual words of Joseph Ratzinger than the second-hand cliches that we get from the media or even from Catholics on both "sides"!

How true it is that people tend to split into "progressives" and "conservatives" on all the "issues", not just liturgy (although it's one of the clearest and most important).

And how true it is, as Papa Ratzi has said in Deus Caritas Est, that Christianity is none of these, not an "issue" but an event, the event of a Person who meets us and transforms our lives, like a sudden glimpse of solid reality and a slow dawning of light and warmth.

I heartily recommend this book, being one of the recommended texts of CL (many of which I'm sure our readers and contributors would already recommend!).

A full list of the recommended books can be found on the splendid Nouvelle Theologie blog. They include theology, spirituality, poetic classics and novels. They all serve to remind us that Christianity is fact, not just a theory.

Today's Gospel

Our Lord wants to make us co-redeemers with Him.

That is why to help us understand this marvel, he moves the evangelists to tell us of so many great wonders.

He could have produced bread from anything... but he doesn't! He looks for human cooperation: he "needs" a child, a boy, a few peices of bread and some fish.

He needs you and me: and he is God!

This should move us to be generous in our corresponding with his grace.

If you did help him, even with a trifle, as the Apostles did, he is ready to work miracles; to multiply the bread, to refom wills, to give light to the most benighted minds, to enable those who have never been upright to be so, with an extraordinary grace.

All this he will do and more... if you will help him with what you have.

(From The Forge by St. Josemaria Escriva)

OK, that's it from me for another week. Take care, and God bless.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Day of Prayer and Penance this Sunday

The President and Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have written to Cardinal Sfeir of Lebanon to assure him that the Catholic community in England and Wales will respond with generosity to the appeal of the Holy Father to keep this Sunday, 23rd July 2006, as a special day of prayer and penance.

The letter can be seen here.

"With confidence, we write to assure you that the Catholic community in England and Wales will respond with generosity to the appeal of the Holy Father to keep this Sunday, 23rd July 2006, as a special day of prayer and penance."

"A holiday, a holiday!"

Can you tell me which song begins with those words, and who's the band who recorded it...?

OK, sorry for the frivolity.

I am going away with the community of CL for the annual vacation... please join me in reading this text about the meaning of holidays and free time... if you like! It's your freedom you need to use.

I notice that this blog has been visited at least 40 times since I installed a "hit-counter" - that's amazing! I hope it's not just some computer program randomly hitting it. If you drop by, leave a comment!!!

Well, I finally got some more work - one day's temporary assignment to a technical library in central London. It was enjoyable work, I think I've learned a lot of things since my last position, and I hope I'll get better than this too. I want to focus down on one thing, to go in only one direction, library & information studies, and put all my efforts into this; I want to be "pure in heart", as Kierkegaard defined it, "to will one thing". Perhaps Blogging can help, then, you see! Library studies is more and more about IT these days.

I just bought a little book by St. Josemaria Escriva, "The Forge" - I recommend it.

Happy and holy holidays to all!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Future of the Catholic Church in England and Wales

There's a new report out looking at the problems we are facing and some suggestions for the future.

The author is a former long-standing Bishops' aide in E&W. From the summary, it sounds a bit management-speaky and over-optimistic, but it could have some good points too.

"Hat-tip" to the great ICN.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Tyburn Tree

Tybrun Convent

I was lucky to be invited by another member of this blog to visit the Tyburn Convent last week. What a beautiful place! I hope I get the chance to attend their annual lecture one day. It seems to cover lots of essential issues in the Church and the world.

It was one stop on a little tour of London's more touristy and more pious sites of interest that "Joee" was organising for some newly-ordained priests. It was our first meeting in "real life" (we swapped some emails beforehand and identified some common friends before meeting up). This is a good sign for me that this blog has a positive effect. I know about half the blog members personally now.

I think it's good to be part of an internet community that actually lives something wholesome "offline" when there are many fears about the safety of this medium. We are Catholics, so we have "optimism of the Baptised" (as JPII said) but we are also "realists" (as Don Giussani would exort us!)... How can we help to spread "good practise" to other areas of the net? Comments welcome!

Have you seen the news today? Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

I woke up this mornin' and none of the news was good
And death machines were rumblin' 'cross the ground where Jesus stood
And the man on my TV told me that it had always been that way
And there was nothin' anyone could do or say

And I almost listened to him
Yeah, I almost lost my mind
Then I regained my senses again
And looked into my heart to find

That I believe that one fine day all the children of Abraham
Will lay down their swords forever in Jerusalem

- Steve Earle, "Jerusalem".

I like this album (his later ones seem to get more and more angry and pessimistic). In this song he seems to have captured a childlike trust for a few instants amidst an album full of grief and irony about the state of America's home and foreign affairs. Anyhow, he has a beautiful voice and I like the "grunge-country" style!

Here is the Vatican comment on the Middle East situation.

I returned from the School of Community Assembly of CL yesterday and, invited by some South London friends, attended a kind of crazy pseudo-Bohemian arts festival called Spirit in the City! I only caught the final acts - a bit of poetry (interestingly about peace in Israel!) and some fantastic South American music. I met some of the West End Youth 2000 crowd there, a nice surprise; I hadn't seen them for about 3 years, since my University days.

The stuff which Westminster diocese is doing at the moment, with all these "open doors" days and initiatives like this is very impressive. Not only because we got free wine (!) but I think a little start like this is worthwhile, if we offer it Christ. It seems very little, but at least we are doing something for Him. The poetry and music were very beautiful. I hope through real friendships that many more Londoners can experience this.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Joyous News!

What Joyous news!

Please pray for
Br Lawrence Lew and Br Paul Mills
who will make Simple Profession in the Order of Friars Preachers
on 20 September 2006 in Blackfriars, Cambridge

So many wonderful things happening in the Church in the UK, what joyous news this is! Br Lawrence has a great blog which can be seen

Monday, July 10, 2006

Verification of the Presence of the Divine: Unity and Freedom

This is an invitation to all readers of this blog from the community of CL in London. We are having our monthly "assembly" on the 16th at Ealing Abbey Parish Centre.

It's a meeting to share experience and judgements on experience in the light of a theme from the teaching of Fr. Giussani and the Church as a whole. It's open to everyone, there is no cost, and you can take part as much or as little as you like.

The theme and program are detailed below. If you'd like to come or have more info, just send me an email at the address on my profile (you can find this at the top of the sidebar on the right of the screen: click on "1DAYIN7").

Sunday 16 July 2006

“The Christian’s unitary criterion for interpreting reality is not some intellectual principle. It is a person.” (L. Giussani)

For this, “true freedom is demonstrated in responsibility, in a way of behaving in which one takes upon oneself a shared responsibility for the world, for oneself and for others.” (Pope Benedict XVI)


“it is only in giving life that it is found; life is not found by seeking to possess it. […] The more one gives one’s life for others, for goodness itself, the more abundantly the river of life flows.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

10.15 (family Mass in Parish Centre)
10.30 (Sung)


1 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Assembly

Saturday, July 08, 2006


This could pompously be called a "vigil post", since I'm not quite into Sunday yet...!

Anyhow, I wanted to share a few things that have struck me throughout this week.

Although I have still remained unemployed since 3 weeks ago, and been feeling quite low, I have been helped a great deal by reading some good books from my local library.

One was Milestones, a memoir of the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, of whom I am a big fan (one thing which played a big part in convincing me to become a Catholic was reading "Dominus Iesus", for instance).

This book is beautiful, for its simplicity, its honesty and, I think, its usefulness. It's really hilarious; one of the things that came up when I googled it was this article from *the* traditionalist website (the Society of Saint Pius X). Put simply, they think he's crazy (I'm trying to be charitable).

I don't know if the review I link to above was written before he became Pope. But it seems to show very simply and elegantly how a mistrust of anything secular can crystalise almost into dogma.

I can't think of any clearer example of Tradition seen merely as a collection of documents and tightly formulated opinions; or any better snap-shot of a "Church" which exists "in theory".

That Ratzinger became Pope. This is for me the vindication of everything I felt about the Church! The "liberals", of course, shook their heads sadly - but surely the "traditionals" or the "conservatives", as I'm sure SSPX see themselves, were *equally* disappointed.


I guess I'm a happy man, a lucky man. I came to the Church like a nearly-drowned man being dragged on board with one last breath in him. I have tasted that "salt water" that Benedict XVI spoke of in one of his first homilies, and I can taste very clearly what is the fresh water of the living springs of the Church.

As Benedict has said in a recent catechesis, Tradition is a life which is "handed down" (Latin = traditus) to us in the Apostolic Church, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.

It is not merely a collection of texts, as the SSPX seems to imagine:

The three functions of the Catholic Church have now finally all been "codified" by the Conciliar Church with the publication of this new Catechism. For the sanctification of souls we have the novus ordo missae; for the governance of souls we have the New Code of Canon Law; for the teaching of souls we have the New Catechism. We can expect that this Catechism is in the same line as the Second Vatican Council, and it is.


Yes, they are all in accord, because they express the conscience of one "personality". That of the Church, which is one, not "concilliar", or "pre-concilliar"; one.

It's a life!!!

More on this next week, especially my thoughts on the Mass.

The title of this post I took from a short book (more of an essay plus example) by J R R Tolkien (who should really be added to "Giants of the Isles" at some point!).

It explains (in a nutshell) what fairy-stories are, and why they are "useful". Let me just say that I think they are more than usueful; let's say "essential" for today's modern human being! And JRR's are some of the best for soothing tired minds and strengthening weakened knees.

Buy it!

Another one I read was Tales of Body and Soul by Lionel Blue. So sue me. I'm a Rabbi fan.

Quiz for people who claim to know their Popes: which one said "we are Jews"? Click the quote for the answer!

But anyhow, it had some good jokes, and a whole section about coping with unemployment!

I also watched a movie called Everything Is Illuminated - interestingly stars the guy who played Frodo Baggins in a recent 9-hour epic! I cried when they talked about spitting on the Holy Torah.

OK, that's my post (a very poor effort, I know!) for this week. Please just pray for me to find employment, God knows that's my main need, I have to do something to stop me reading all these books!!!

Thank you to everyone who posted and commented so far. You are all far more than I could have hoped for when I opened up the Blog-Doors.


Friday, July 07, 2006

GK Chesterton on your IPod

I have just been listening to audio books more recently and just been chatting to yet another person for whom Chesterton played a part in them coming to the faith.

Exciting free audio book of Chesterton's Orthodoxy

Also The Man who was Thursday

"Pope-hating Spaniards"

Although not strictly within the bounds of "blogging the Catholic Church in England and Wales", many Catholics from the UK have travelled out to Valencia, Spain for the fifth World Meeting of Families at which Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass and meet pilgrims from around the world including the UK. Also there was an article on this blog (click here) about the "alternative" meetings happening in response to the Pope's visit. Thus it seems appropriate to link this article entitled "Pope-hating Spaniards" (click here), taken from The Cafeteria is Closed, about the hostile response from some Spaniards to Our Holy Father's visit (see pic below).

One comment from this post read:

"Because "tolerance" means tolerating only minority religions, while despising the majority ones. Can you imagine the uproar this would have caused if there were these kinds of protests against a Muslim leader?"

Hmm... I wonder if there's sadly something in that?

"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first."
- John 15:18

Thursday, July 06, 2006

More on the Fall and Rise in the UK...

Catholic Decline in England a “pastoral and demographic catastrophe” says New Report
By Hilary White

LONDON, July 5, 2006 ( – A 260 page study has been released by the English Catholic bishops that shows a Church that has come to a point of near complete melt-down since the closing of the Second Vatican Council in 1965. According to the report, Mass attendance has slumped by 40 per cent and Catholic marriages by 60 per cent over the last 30 years.

The report by Anthony Spencer of the Pastoral Research Centre covers the period from 1963 to 1991 and also shows the number of adult converts fell by 55 per cent and first Communions by nearly 40 per cent. More recent statistics from 2001 show little improvement. In 1991 Mass attendance in England and Wales stood at 1.3 million, compared with 960,000 in 2004.

The report describes the crisis as the “greatest pastoral and demographic catastrophe” since the 16th century Reformation.

The British statistics, however, only confirm what is happening in every country that has embraced post-Christian secularist values and the so-called “sexual revolution.” The Associated Press reports today that the loss of the Catholic moral and social identity in Spain is of grave concern to the Vatican as Pope Benedict XVI prepares for a visit there. According to AP, while 80 per cent of Spaniards consider themselves Catholics, only 42 per cent believe in God and 50 per cent never attend church except for social occasions.

In his 2002 book, Index of Leading Catholic Indicators: The Church Since Vatican II, Kenneth C. Jones revealed the disastrous decline in every numeric indicator in the Catholic Church in the US.

After a hundred years of steady growth to an unprecedented peak of statistical health in 1965, Jones showed that numbers of priestly ordinations, women entering convents, adult baptisms and the number of children in Catholic schools had abruptly plummeted, sometimes by as much as 99%, to catastrophic lows by 2002.

The collapse of the Catholic Church around the world coincides precisely with the period following Vatican II when bishops, clergy and religious decided to re-orient the Church to conform to secular values. Declining Catholic numbers can be correlated closely to decline in orthodox practice and preaching. The grim national statistics are often reversed in those areas and communities where traditional moral teaching, styles of worship and adherence to otherworldly values are prominent.

A case in point is the order of sisters founded by Mother Theresa, the Missionaries of Charity, who have grown rapidly especially in countries suffering severe material poverty. Traditional communities of priests such as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter are also refuting the trend with their biggest problem being finding funding to build larger seminaries to accommodate the number of applicants.

In the US, those dioceses known for close adherence to Catholic moral teaching and loyalty to the Pope are also producing the greatest number of priests and women religious.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest and most influential diocese in the US and known as a centre of vocal dissent from Catholic teaching, particularly on sexual matters, ordained four men in 2006. The much smaller Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, on the other hand, whose Archbishop John Myers placed the attacks on life and family as the most important issue in the 2004 presidential election, ordained 17 men to the priesthood this spring.

Faithful Catholics in the US and elsewhere have long refuted the existence of the so-called ‘vocation crisis’ in the Catholic Church, arguing that as many young people as ever want to dedicate their lives to service in the Church but cannot find orthodox dioceses, seminaries and convents.

- Highlighting added by Joee Blogs, in response to previous comments, which might be of interest to note.

"UK Church In Decline" - NY Times

This article from the New York Times first appeared on The Cafeteria Is Closed, hat tip to Gerald Augustinus for this.

THE Roman Catholic Church in Britain is facing its greatest threat since the Reformation, according to research.

Over three decades Mass attendance has slumped by 40 per cent, baptisms by 50 per cent, Catholic marriages by 60 per cent and confirmations by 60 per cent.

The 260-page study of the Church indicates that the number of adult converts fell by 55 per cent and first communions by nearly 40 per cent, described as the “greatest pastoral and demographic catastrophe” since the Reformation of the 16th century.

The study covers the period from 1963 to 1991. But more recent figures, from 2004, indicate little improvement.

In 1991 Mass attendance in England and Wales stood at 1.3 million, compared with 960,000 in 2004. Deaths among congregations rose by nearly 40 per cent between 1963 and 1991, reflecting the growing elderly profile. However, the Catholic population of England and Wales increased by 6 per cent.

According to the study, carried out by Anthony Spencer of the Pastoral Research Centre, the number of “late baptisms”, of children aged 1 to 14, also increased.

The only comment I could make is that whilst it may be true that numbers going to Church are decreasing, there are pockets of hope as the old liberals grow old and die, and the sound young people enter orders that haven't been corrupted by liberalism. In many ways there's a dying Church within the Church - that's to say the liberals are dying out, but there is growth. For instance, the Faith Winter Conference - a series of talks and socials organised by the Faith Movement - was the biggest ever this year with over 200 young people attending!

There are many thriving houses of monks, nuns, religious sisters etc... here's a list I've compliled of one's I can think of, to prove the Church is very much alive! This list is by no means exhaustive:

Pluscarden Abbey, Elgin, Scotland;
St Cecilia's Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight;
Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight;
St Michael's Abbey, Farnborough, England;
The Bridgittines in Manchester, England;
Norbertines in Miles Platting, Manchester, England;
St Hugh's Charterhouse, Parkminster England;
Missionaries of Charity of Mother Th
eresa of Calcutta, Bravington Road, London, England;
Tyburn Convent, Marble Arch, London, England;

The Poor Clare Colettines, Hawarden, Wales;

The Brompton Oratory, London England;

And finally...
The Blessed Sacrament Fathers (in Manchester) hadn't had any vocations for 15 years... until now! This September three young men are beginning their novitiate in Dublin!

If you open a secular paper, I bet you won't see articles on the wonderful things happening in the Church. So perhaps I'll have to write a little about these exciting houses of monks and nuns on this blog!

Photo I took a couple of weeks ago on the Feast of St John Southworth at whose Coffin this young Mother T nun prays with others.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

World Meeting of Families

Well underway in Valencia is the 5th World Meeting of Families.

Put simply, it's the World Youth Day but Mum & Dad are invited too. Whole families from all over the World have been arriving for the week of activities which will culminate on Saturday night and Sunday morning, when the Pope will pop along to lead the vigil and preside at Mass in the spectacular City of Arts & Sciences.

There are dozens of families from England making the pilgrimage, for which the Pope has granted a plenary indulgence, not just for those lucky enough to be there, but for anyone who joins them in spirit from anywhere in the World, fulfilling the usual conditions.

One person who probably won't be fulfilling the said conditions this Sunday is Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the president of Spain, who is snubbing the whole event on the grounds that 'it's got nothing to do with me'. Fair enough, I suppose, he's not exactly a loyal son of the Church, but I'm afraid he's taking it a step further: the government is funding in Valencia during the same week a conference for the 'gay' and lesbian community, which will include a demonstration outside the Cathedral the day before the Pope arrives there. Presumably we can expect to see more of the sort of hilarity that took place in London last Saturday. Zapatero's government, you may recall, was one of the first in Europe to 'legalise' that bizarre contract known as 'same-sex marriage', not to mention making it easier to get divorced or procure an abortion.

The upshot of it all is that this meeting of families is not simply a chummy get-together with His H, but is an occasion for the Church to bear witness to the beauty and dignity of family life - to be a sign of contradiction. In England, Spain and in the whole of Europe, the family is under sustained attack from people and institutions who, often with the very best intentions, don't understand it's importance. Speaking about the situation in which this meeting is taking place, the President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, Bishop Ricardo Blázquez says "there is an enormous difference between the basic and irreplaceable meaning of the family for persons and society, on one hand, and the treatment it receives from society and the state, on the other." Quite.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Brentwood Youth 2000

This post in addition to the fuller posts made onY2K Bristol Blog

I just wanted to make a couple of comments, as I was asked to write something, and feel it is rude (!) to refuse such a request.

This is not really a deep or profound insight, but the workshop on work really struck me. It simply rammed home that you cannot "cut out" of life the 9-5pm part and just live for the weekend and going out. It is not what being a Christian is about.

That is not what God means by "living life to the full". To use Gianlucas example, it is like having a Ferrari (analogy to gift of life) and driving it is first gear.

For those not in work, I think the same principle applies to any part of life that we somehow try to discard, day dream through or ignore, rather than engage with and live, even when it is living that scary dynamic of the cross, which is brought forward to resurrection. By that I mean practical day to day unpleasant and difficult circumstances, whether that is at work, illness or elsewhere, that put into God's hands is turned to a greater good. It does sound "too much" but that is what the cross is about. One girl described such a difficult work circumstance, how she had prayed about it and in the end how some good had come of it. Gianluca commented that in the end, her trouble with a colleague had turned to something positive...and that is the dynamic of the cross.

My first entry!

I'm very grateful to "1dayin7" for giving me the privelege of being able to post on this blog. This blog has a brilliant charism so all credit to him for coming up with the idea and setting it up! It was a great idea to found a blog in which Catholic lay people write and comment on the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Indeed this is the first and only blog to claim to do this.

I'm very excited about posting on this blog in addition to my own. In the same way my blog has a charism, this blog has a specific charism, in which I will write things that wouldn't necessarily fit the intention of my blog.

There's so many things going on in the Catholic blogosphere covering a plethora of issues, and I can't claim to be an expert on the most of these issues. So I wish to use this marvelous opportunity to write about and comment on the wonderful and exciting things going on in the Church in England, especially the London and South East.

Now... what to write... hmmm


It was originally my intention to only blog once a week (1dayin7).

After stirring up so much disquiet in the Land of Blog, I decided I shall try to do just that from now on, so as to have time to ruminate on topics of import and weigh in with a decent piece of prose at the right moment.

So, catch you in a week!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Let's see if this text is "sacral"

I just thought I'd post a quick resume of any remaining elements of "sacral language" in the text of the New Rite of Mass, to see if it's really true that they are all gone and the Church is thus doomed.

The full text is here.

OK, let's go:

Priest: Lord God, we ask you to receive us and be pleased with the sacrifice we offer you with humble and contrite hearts.

Priest (aloud): Pray, brethren, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.

People: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Church.

Priest: We come to your, Father, with praise and thanksgiving, through Jesus Christ your Son. Through him we ask you to accept and bless these gifts we offer you in sacrifice.

We offer you this sacrifice of praise for ourselves and those who are dear to us.

This could take all week! I haven't even got to the Consecration!!!