Saturday, 25 September 2010

Blessed Chiara Luce Badono

I have just been watching the beatification mass of Blessed Chiara Luce Badono on EWTN. I’m struck at the simplicity between this mass and the mass of Blessed John Henry Newman – and I’m a fan of Newman.

I’ve also caught a glimpse of the thanksgiving in the Paul VI audience hall in Rome. There is a markedly different tone in the celebration from the Birmingham Oratory thanksgiving Vespers and Mass. I know my heart and mind lies with Blessed Chiara’s celebrations, even though I love Newman's fidelity to his 'Kindly Light.'

Thursday, 16 September 2010

MacMillan Mass Setting

I’ve just enjoyed the Papal Mass from Glasgow and was really anticipating enjoying the Mass parts by Macmillan. I have to say I was disappointed. The Gloria seemed to meander with little sense of purpose as did the Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation and the Agnus Dei.

Many people have denigrated the Mass settings of Paul Inwood and others. The MacMillan setting didn't make me think I could use this in my Parish. Neither did I think his music was head and shoulders above other contemporary Liturgical composers, as many have said. Who am to say this I hear you say ? I have been a choirmaster and organist for 25 years, I have a B Mus degree and a knowledge of the music and Liturgy of the Catholic Church.

My highlight of the Mass has been the offertory setting by Noel Donnelly. It was prayerful and suited it's purpose. I Look forward to other Liturgies, but sorry James, I can’t recall any phrase of the Mass setting . . . . to be fair though, after being advised to listen to the above recording on Youtube I have felt a litle more positive about it, though the way some of the words are set feels a little awkward, rather like Handel's setting of "All we like Sheep." Let's see if it's still as popular in 30 years time as the Coventry Mass setting of Inwood and the Gloria of Peter Jones.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Women's Ordination Worldwide

Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) stands in solidarity with Catholic women in Ireland who call for a widespread boycott of Mass on Sunday, September 26, 2010.

Jennifer Sleeman, an active Catholic from Cork, Ireland initiated this movement when she urged women of Ireland to send a message to the Vatican that "women are tired of being treated as second-class citizens in the Church."

This call which began with one woman is now spreading beyond the shores of Ireland as women around the world link arms together for participation in the day of action.
  • On September 26th, 2010 WOW encourages people of Catholic faith to consider organizing one of the following options for their parish communities:

  • Withhold Funds: Instead of making a donation at collection time, place a note in the collection basket that expresses your support for women's ordination. (Print a postcard here.)
  • Wear green armbands to Mass

  • Boycott Mass: Grieving the Church's sin of sexism, participate in a prayerful fast from mass. Gather together in one of the many other meaningful ways in which the Eucharist can be celebrated, including women-led or community led communities.

Hans Kung Interview

I was delighted to read an interview with Hans Kung found on "The Progressive Catholic Voice" blog. This short extract below resonates with some topics being discussed at the moment.

"In a relaxed atmosphere, Dr. Küng expressed his views about the future of the Church. As he sees it, the institution we know will die soon, to be replaced by communities following the gospel of Jesus, with informal liturgies and a sacramentality related to life in community. He is very devoted to developing relationships between Christianity and non-Christian religions, the attempt to discover a global ethical commonality, and ultimately, a global understanding of God. What he sees emerging is a spirituality related to the human condition and stages of life, to replace institutionalized rigidity."

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

From Jesus Christ : The First Christians

This FRONTLINE series is an intellectual and visual guide to the new and controversial historical evidence which challenges familiar assumptions about the life of Jesus and the epic rise of Christianity.

For an overview of the series read the Synopsis. It includes links to some of the stories and material on this web site which expand the narrative.

This site is anchored by the testimony of New Testament theologians, archaeologists and historians who serve as both critics and storytellers. They address dozens of key issues, disagreements and critical problems relating to Jesus' life and the evolution of Christianity. Throughout the site, maps, charts (for example, the fortress of Masada), ancient texts (including Perpetua's diary), pictures of the archaeological discoveries, ancient imagery, and audio excerpts from the television program complement and illuminate the scholars'commentary.

A new addition to this site is the edited transcript of a two-day symposium at Harvard University. This symposium was a follow-up to the FRONTLINE broadcast and featured scholars' presentations, workshops and audience discussion.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Catholic Voices for Reform

Catholic Voices for Reform is a new grouping of concerned Catholics who believe that it is essential that the Church undergoes a process of reform. CV4R brings together representatives of many of the Catholic Reform Groups in Britain and, through these groups, has ecumenical, European and worldwide connections.

"(Christ's Faithfull) have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church.

They have the right to make their views known to others of Christ's faithful, but in doing so they must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals" (Can 212 #3)