Thursday, 28 April 2011

Saturday, 23 April 2011

same ole, same ole . . .

Always a good read.  The following article can be read by clicking the links.

The essential question Tom McMahon examines in his commentary today is why those who control the institutional agenda constantly want to revert to medieval culture and thinking from around the era of the Council of Trent and want to stuff Vatican II back in some box as some kind of historical aberration?

It's a mystery almost more confounding and perplexing than the Mystery of the Trinity! What do they find so attractive from that period of human history?  Read the whole article thanks to "Catholica," here.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

MacMillan Mass Setting

Can anybody send me a link to where I could buy the sheet music for the Mass setting written by MacMillan for the Uk Papal visit ?
I'd be grateful.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Gerard W Hughes leads the field

After checking my stats on my blog dashboard there are a few surprises.  My favourite surprise is my most popular post.  In the past 12 months my most popular post is Gerard W Hughes. My blog isn't short of topics and I try to keep a balanced view of attitudes to catholicism.  Delighted that Fr Gerard is ahead of so many entries for many reasons.

W.O.C. in Supoort of Fr Roy

Thanks to "Womens Ordination Conference" for the following post.

On Friday April 8, over one hundred justice-seeking Catholics and activists gathered in solidarity outside the Vatican's Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. with Fr. Roy Bourgeois as he read aloud his letter to the Maryknoll leadership, refusing to recant his support of women's ordination.

The community offered their blessings and support as Fr. Roy spoke of the primacy and sacredness of one's own conscience: "It is my conscience that compels me to say publicly that the exclusion of women from the priesthood is a grave injustice against women, against our Church and against our God who calls both men and women to the priesthood." View photos from the vigil

In just one week, over 6,000 people signed a petition in support of Fr. Roy, which representatives from the Women's Ordination Conference, Call To Action, RCWP, and Fr. Roy attempted to deliver to the door of the Nuncio. Though the secret service prevented this, a copy of the petition and statement of support from fifteen progressive Catholic organizations was sent to both the Embassy and the Maryknoll leadership. National Catholic Reporter covered the event.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Fr Roy Bourgeois

Sad to think a Church that once endorsed slavery cannot see the same discrimination at work in the case of ordination of women.  Fr Roy Bourgeois may be ‘kicked’ out of his religious communityand the RC Church just because he disagrees with Roman Catholic discipline. He has refused to recant his views in a letter to his religious superior.


Rev. Edward Dougherty, M.M., Superior General
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
P.O. Box 303 Maryknoll, NY 10545

April 8, 2011

Dear Father Dougherty and General Council,

Maryknoll has been my community, my family, for 44 years, so it is with great sadness that I received your letter of March 18, 2011 stating I must recant my belief and public statements that support the ordination of women, or I will be dismissed from Maryknoll.

When I was a young man in the military, I felt God was calling me to be a priest. I later entered Maryknoll and was ordained. I am grateful for finding the happiness, meaning and hope I was seeking in life.

For the past 20 years I have been speaking out and organizing against the injustice of the School of the Americas and U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. Over these years I discovered an injustice much closer to home - an injustice in my Church. Read more . . click here

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Viennese Waltz wearing 8” stilettos ?

As the imposition of the new translation of Roman Missal becomes ever closer I thought I’d better have a look at what all the fuss is about. With Easter on the way I thought I’d begin with the Exultet. How disappointing. I’m no Liturgy scholar but I am a musical scholar. The new translation of the exultet is below. Some of the lines just don’t appear to make sense or fall awkwardly on the tongue –“though unworthy among the Levites?” –“These then are the feasts of Passover?” – “The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness.?”


I’m no great scholar of latin either but the lyricism of the present translation and it’s flowing prayerful character appear to have been hacked away with the same sense of purpose Cromwell’s men hacked away at Britain’s cathedrals. Try singing the new translation here. Would you expect professional ballroom dancers to Viennese Waltz wearing 8” stilettos ? - That’s what the new setting of the exulted feels like to a professional musician – well this one at any rate. Happy Easter !

Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult,
let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph!
Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King,
let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness.
Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice, arrayed with the lighting of his glory,
let this holy building shake with joy, filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.

(Therefore, dearest friends, standing in the awesome glory of this holy light,
invoke with me, I ask you, the mercy of God almighty, that he who has been pleased to number me, though unworthy, among the Levites, may pour into me his light unshadowed, that I may sing this candle’s perfect praises.)

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and just.

It is truly right and just, with ardent love of mind and heart, and with devoted service of our voice, to acclaim our God invisible, the almighty Father, and Jesus Christ, our Lord, his Son, his Only Begotten.
Who for our sake paid Adam’s debt to the eternal Father, and pouring out his own dear Blood wiped clean the record of our ancient sinfulness.
These then are the feasts of Passover, in which is slain the Lamb, the one true Lamb, whose Blood anoints the doorposts of believers.

This is the night, when once you led our forebears, Israel’s children, from slavery in Egypt and made them pass dry-shod through the Red Sea.
This is the night that with a pillar of fire banished the darkness of sin.
This is the night that even now, throughout the world, sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin, lending them to grace, and joining them to his holy ones.
This is the night when Christ broke the prison-bars of death, and rose victorious from the underworld. Our birth would have been no gain, had we not been redeemed.

O wonder of your humble care for us!
O love, O charity beyond all telling, to ransom a slave you gave away your Son!
O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed completely by the Death of Christ!
O happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!
O truly blessed night, worthy alone to know the time and hour when Christ rose from the underworld!

This is the night of which it is written: The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness.
The sanctifying power of this night dispels all wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty.
On this, your night of grace, O holy Father, accept this candle, a solemn offering, the work of bees and of your servants’ hands, an evening sacrifice of praise, this gift from your most holy Church.

But now we know the praises of this pillar, which glowing fire ignites for God’s honour, a fire into many flames divided, yet never dimmed by sharing of its light, for it is fed by melting wax, drawn out by mother bees to build a torch so precious.

O truly blessed night, when things of heaven are wed to those of earth, and divine to the human. Therefore, O Lord, we pray you that this candle, hallowed to the honour of your name, may persevere undimmed, to overcome the darkness of this night. Receive it as a pleasing fragrance, and let it mingle with the lights of heaven.

May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son, who coming back from death’s domain has shed his peaceful light on humanity and lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Catholic Attitudes Survey Results

Although there has only been 30 respondents to the survey so far, the attached responses make interesting reading ! To view the results click here and scroll down. If you haven't taken the survey yet please do so and click here to ensure a representative sample. Thanks