Deborah Gyapong: April 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Congratulations Archbishop Lepine!

Last weekend, I was in Boston celebrating my mother's 85th birthday so I was unable to attend the formal installation of Archbishop Christian Lepine in Montreal last Friday evening.

Here's a piece I wrote about the significance of his appointment to Canada's second largest See and that of other recent episcopal appointments in Quebec.

BTW, I always say about Archbishop Lepine that he can say the simplest thing, such as "Jesus loves you," and on the lips of someone else the words might be cloying, even grating because they seem pat or maybe hypocritical.

But when Archbishop Lepine says them, I feel trees budding, and flowers blooming, because the words have life.  Jesus loves you!   What Good News.  What a difference when the man saying those words believes them from the depths of his being.  This is what impressed me about him when I first met him two and a half years ago, when he was a simple priest.  

Here is an excerpt of a story I wrote putting this appointment in the context of wider changes to the episcopacy in Quebec.

OTTAWA - Archbishop Christian Lépine's installation April 27 as archbishop of Montreal inaugurates a new era for the Quebec episcopacy, said a McGill University historian.

"Now there's a new generation of bishops who are very much in tune with the needs of young people in their dioceses, and this is crucial for the new evangelization," said John Zucchi.

A generation of bishops who were in their 70s, "many of them concerned with a 1970s and ’80s way of looking at the Church," have retired, replaced in recent years by a new age cohort that has "rejuvenated" the episcopacy and brought fresh perspective, Zucchi said.
Lépine's appointment earlier this year, after only six months as auxiliary bishop, "came as a shock to some people," Zucchi said.

"He came out of left field. I don't think many people expected this," he said.

"In many ways, his appointment caught people by surprise the way Cardinal (Marc) Ouellet's caught people by surprise when he came back to Quebec. The surprising way in which it happened is a sign that it really was God's doing."

Ouellet, who in 2010 left Quebec to become Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, one of the top positions in the Holy See, advises Pope Benedict XVI on candidates for the episcopacy. Among other surprising and innovative appointments was that of Ouellet's replacement a little over a year ago, Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, who had served less than two years as one of Ouellet's auxiliary bishops.

Lépine and Lacroix's appointments book end a process that saw other significant new appointments over the past year, including that of Archbishop Luc Cyr to Sherbrooke, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher to Gatineau, Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dowd in Montreal, Bishop Noel Simard to Valleyfield and Bishop Luc Bouchard to Trois-Rivières. Both Durocher and Bouchard are Ontario francophones named to prominent roles in Quebec.

A different perspective on why Christians are leaving the Holy Land

Giulio Meotti's most intersting but politically incorrect op-ed.

Veteran CBS News anchor Bob Simon just reported on the Palestinian Christians, indicting Israel’s “occupation” as responsible for their dramatic disappearance. The 60 Minutes story caused Israel tremendous PR damage.

Yet largely ignored by Western media, a systematic campaign of Muslim persecution against the Christians is taking place in Palestinian areas. It’s a religious and ethnic cleansing campaign silenced by the global churches.

Christians have long been the frontrunners of Arab nationalism. The most prominent Palestinian intellectual was a Christian, Edward Said. The propaganda term “Nakba” has been penned by a Christian, Constantin Zureiq. The terrorist George Habash was a Christian, as was Yasser Arafat’s wife. Azmi Bishara, the Arab MK who leaked secrets to Hezbollah, comes from a middle-class Christian family from Nazareth.

Since the first Intifada, Palestinian Christians created a Muslim-Christian unity to portray Israel as the aggressor, colonizer and invader. They thought that the Islamic-Christian front against Zionism would help secure their position in the Arab world. Indeed, Arab Christians, and especially their judeophobic clergy, have been in the vanguard of the battle for the destruction of Israel. It was a political operation that also served to cover the crimes committed against Christians by the PLO and the Islamic groups: forced marriage, conversions, beatings, land theft, fire bombings, commercial boycott, torture, kidnapping, sexual harassment, and extortion.

The latest victim has been the Baptist Church in Bethlehem, which the Palestinian Authority just declared as illegitimate, as the US church’s message of reconciliation flies in the face of the hateful propaganda permeating Palestinian society. Arab Christians were obliged to make continual compromises, afraid to mention their own suffering for fear of irritating the Muslim authorities. Soon it became a taboo subject even in the West.
The rest. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Covering the religious leaders from Ukraine

Spent an amazing two days at events surrounding the visit of religious leaders from Ukraine.  My stories are now published. 

Here is one on the talk the Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church gave, published at B.C. Catholic.

Here is the other, about a motion passed in the House of Commons to honor a hero of the Second World War, Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky, at The Catholic Register.

Here's an excerpt of a post from Foolishness to the World, my other blog:

There are days when I thank God profusely for the work I do for the many blessings it gives me.
Yesterday and today I spent time with a delegation of religious leaders from Ukraine, brought to Canada by the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter.  Yesterday the representatives of Christian, Jewish and Muslim religions visited Parliament Hill, sat in for Question Period and watched as the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion praising Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, the leader of the largest faith group in Ukraine, who sheltered Jews during the Nazi occupation of World War II.
Sheptytsky has been the focal point for the religious leaders who have formed a Council that the chief rabbi of Kiev says is the most powerful NGO in the country.
Today, at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Christian Studies, I attended a symposium on the great religious leader and heard several talks, among them one by His Beatitude Sviastoslav Shevchuk, Sheptytsky’s who now fills the leadership role Sheptytsky held as primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics.   It was wonderful to meet him.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Woof! The dog meme and the Obama campaign

Some great analysis from Michael Walsh at The Corner:

Which is why the dog meme has legs. Derision is wolf bane to the Left; “The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn,” said Martin Luther. Or, as St. Thomas More noted, “The devil . . . the prowde spirite . . . cannot endure to be mocked.” It’s a punch, thrown right at Barry’s midsection, and the whoosh of the air going out of both man and myth is rushing across the land.

Amazing interview with a dying child

Monday, April 23, 2012

Recording of our reception Mass April 15

You can find the audio/video here.

There are 13 videos, some with sound, some with video as well.


You may have to follow American politics to get this

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I'm told I looked ecstatic on April 15

Photo by Kathleen Murphy, posted at the St. Patrick's Basilica Facebook page.
It's hard to believe it was already nearly a week ago.

Romney's faith not that big an issue for evangelicals

From First Things blog First Thoughts:

Much ink has been spilled (if that’s still an intelligible expression in this digital age) about the likely evangelical resistance to voting for Mitt Romney.  But, to my mind, the recent Pew poll paints a different picture.  Here’s what we learn:
  • Protestants favor Romney over Obama 51-43.
  • White non-Hispanic evangelicals favor Romney over Obama 73-20.
  • White non-Hispanic mainline Protestants favor Romney over Obama 50-42.
  • Weekly church attenders favor Romney over Obama 56-38.
  • White non-Hispanic evangelical weekly attenders favor Romney over Obama 80-16.
In other words, the most religiously observant white evangelicals are more likely–indeed, significantly more likely– than their less observant brethren to say they’re going to vote for Romney. (Evangelicals who attend less than once a week favor Romney over Obama 58-31.)

All I can say is "Wow"

Friday, April 20, 2012

Victor Davis Hanson outlines the two over-arching race-narratives

He writes:

Two racial narratives without much hope of a compromise seem behind these different views:
A) The current black leadership believes in the following narrative: Due to the wages of past American racism and well over a century of Southern chattel slavery, blacks have been damaged in ways still underappreciated by whites. Thus, true equal opportunity and justice will take decades more of instruction, recompense, affirmative action, and set-asides to achieve real fairness. Whites say that they are not racist, but daily they do or say things that to others seem very racist. One can be destructively racist without the overtness of Jim Crow.
When blacks employ the N-word, or a Rev. Wright uses racist language, or the Black Caucus (or Black Panther Party) employs incendiary vocabulary that would earn their white counterparts ostracism, all that is a false equivalence. One must see this apparent asymmetry as a faux-asymmetry, given the hurt in the black community that suddenly in 2012 cannot quite be held to the same standards as the inheritors and present beneficiaries of privilege. If 50% of the black community has achieved near parity in the half-century since the civil rights reforms, 50% have not, largely due to the unwillingness of the majority culture to invest the necessary resources and alter attitudes to finish the job of racial parity. Therefore continued federal reparatory action is necessary until 100% parity is achieved, to paraphrase Eric Holder. If black crime is inordinately high, it is largely because of either present racism or the legacy of racism or both, and continues on due to the general neglect of the white majority, who objects only when the violence spills into their own enclaves. As for other minorities, they have suffered from white racism and may have transcended it, but slavery was a special case and left an imprint on the American psyche that explains the sensitivity of black/white relations in ways unlike other racial and ethnic polarities.
VersusB) The counter-narrative is just as uncompromising. It runs I think as this: We live in a multi-racial society now, where almost every minority group has genuine claims on past exploitation, from the Holocaust to the frontier wars to the internment. But after a half-century of hyphenation and racial identity politics, and a trillion dollars spent on federal race-based programs, it is time to move beyond race and evaluate Americans on their behaviors and talents, without worry whether any particular group statistically does better than another–especially given that race itself in the 21st century is problematic with intermarriage and the waves of new immigrants. If we do not, our future is Rwanda,the Middle East, or the Balkans.
Millions of so-called whites are now adults who grew up in the age of affirmative action, and have no memory of systemic discrimination. To the degree some avoid certain schools, neighborhoods, or environments, they do so only on the basis of statistics, not profiling, that suggest a higher incidence of inner-city violence and crime. Most in this generation assume that a B+ white student in state college has none of the chances to get into law school, medical school, or graduate programs that a B- African-American student enjoys. If the black leadership were to preach a more balanced message of both monitoring race-based discrimination while addressing more vigorously endemic pathologies in the inner cities (such as illegitimacy, absentee fatherhood, drug use, crime, violence, misogyny, and anti-intellectualism), most racism would eventually disappear—as black crime rates, graduation rates, or illegitimacy rates matched those of the general public. Liberal whites and black elites profile as much as anyone (consider where they live, where they put their children in schools, and the fact that they associate with those quite distant from the inner city).
The phenomenal success of Asians, Punjabis, Armenians, Arabs, Latin Americans, and other supposedly non Anglo-Saxon groups is proof that the majority culture holds no one back on the basis of skin color. The crux for every group is culture, not skin color. Unfortunately, “racism” has become a careerist tool that leads to political and professional advantage when the charge is leveled; if there are indeed two black Americas, then the elite often uses the plight of the non-elite as arguments for its own claim to exemptions from criticism and often advantages in admissions and hiring.
Those two narrative don’t match and won’t, and so race relations have gotten only worse—as Barack Obama and Eric Holder well know. They do not seem to care or feel there is advantage to be had in the new polarity.

Mark Steyn has the new Obama campaign slogan

 2012! Grope ... and Change! 

Seeing as all those Secret Service Agents got caught with hookers in  Colombia.

How we have degenerated from Hope and Change!

Archbishop Lepine in the lion's den

Someone told me about this video and how well the new Montreal Archbishop handled being surrounded by those wanting to pounce!

He did a good job, from what I can understand, of setting the level of the conversation despite the questions thrown at him.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I am back at The Anglo-Catholic

Am I spreading myself too thin?   We will see.

Catholic politicians defy the U.S. Bishops on the budget

Interesting (my emphases):

WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday defended his party's proposed deficit-c u tting federal budget plan against complaints by Roman Catholic bishops that it would hurt the poor and violate certain "moral criteria."
House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner argued that matters would worsen, with the government eventually unable to afford programs for the needy, unless it stops spending more money than it takes in.
Boehner, who is Catholic, acknowledged that the bishops have a "moral argument," but said, "I want them to take a bigger look."
"The bigger look is if we don't make decisions (to slash spending), these programs won't exist, and then they will really have something to worry about," Boehner said at his weekly news conference.
In defending the Republicans' proposed spending cuts, Boehner did not mention another option to help reduce the deficit - raising taxes, which his party opposes.
The spending plan drafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a Republican who has become a hero to many conservatives, has virtually no chance of becoming law because it is opposed by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats who control the U.S. Senate.
Yet its proposals to slash spending, particularly by shrinking social safety net programs for the poor, promise to make it a source of debate through the Nov. 6 congressional and presidential elections.
Ryan proposed major cuts to programs such as food stamps and the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor while reducing tax rates for the wealthiest Americans and for corporations as it shrinks deficits and debt accumulation.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network last week, Ryan said his Catholic faith helped shape his budget.
"The preferential option for the poor, which is one of the primary tenets of Catholic social teaching, means don't keep people poor, don't make people dependent on government so that they stay stuck at their station in life, help people get out of poverty," Ryan told CBN.

A perspective on the dog wars

The Romney campaign is showing it knows how to push back after spending months facing criticism for transporting the family dog in a carrier strapped to the roof of their car.

They lifted a quote from President Obama's autobiography where he talks about eating dog.  When even CNN starts laughing at the President of the United States, maybe Obama is not a shoe-in for a second term.  (I hope and pray he is not!).

Go on over and watch Jeanne Moos's piece. It's funny.

But "Spengler" has a more ominous take on the whole thing.   David P. Goldman writes:

What a careful reader will take away from Barack Obama’s memoir Dreams of My Father is not only that the president used to eat dog meat, but more importantly, that he identifies with dog-eaters. He wants us to understand that he is one of them. Obama’s most severe critics on the right think of Obama as a socialist, for example, Dinesh d’Souza, or  Stanley Kurtz in his exhaustively-researched book Radical-in-Chief. Obama used to attend the annual “Socialist Scholars Conference” in New York, which was a hard-core affair; I went to a couple of them, and they weren’t for the curious. But there is something far more visceral, more existential to the president’s dislike of the United States, and that arises from his early residence in the Third World, and his identification with the people of the Third World whose lives are disrupted by the creative destruction that America has unleashed.
Obama is the son of a Kenyan Muslim father, the stepson of an Indonesian Muslim, and the child, most of all, of an American anthropologist who devoted her career to protecting Indonesian traditional life against the depredations of the global marketplace. Her doctoral dissertation, “Peasant blacksmithing in Indonesia: surviving against all odds,” celebrated traditional cultures hanging on desperately in the face of the global economic marketplace.
Ms. Dunham was not only a Communist fellow-traveler, but the sort of 1960s woman who (as we used to say) “put her body on the line,” first by marrying two Third World men, and then by spending her career in the Third World. It is no surprise that Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States. Consider this description of the Jakarta of his childhood from Obama’s autobiography, Dreams of My Father: “And yet for all that poverty [in the Indonesian marketplace], there remained in their lives a discernible order, a tapestry of trading routes and middlemen, bribes to pay and customs to observe, the habits of a generation played out every day beneath the bargaining and the noise and the swirling dust. It was the absence of such coherence that made a place like [the Chicago housing projects] so desperate.” Obama had chance to compare the orderliness and regularity of traditional life with the rough-and-tumble of American capitalism, and chose to identify with the former.

He concludes:

It really isn’t unfair at all to bring Obama’s canine consumption to public attention. The President isn’t really one of us. He’s a dog-eater. He tells the story in his memoir to emphasize that viscerally, Obama identifies with the Third World of his upbringing more than with the America of his adulthood. It is our great misfortune to have a president who dislikes our country at this juncture in our history. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Some things will take a little getting used to!

Like seeing our former clergy wearing jackets and ties instead of clerical garb, and calling them simply by their names and so on.      

Over at Foolishness to the World, I have uploaded links to pictures of the Mass in Victoria, B.C. April 15 during which our former Metropolitan Bishop, Peter Wilkinson, several clergy, religious sisters and lay people, 22 people altogether, were received into the Catholic Church by Victoria Bishop Richard Gagnon.  I have also posted Bishop Gagnon's lovely homily.

Here's Peter Wilkinson at the reception afterwards.  Shocking!  

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

From the Catholic Register

Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast at the Rite of Reception of Anglican Catholic Church of Canada members.Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast at the Rite of Reception of Anglican Catholic Church of Canada members.- Photo by Robert Du Broy, courtesy of the Archdiocese of Ottawa
OTTAWA - Bishops in Ottawa and Victoria received two groups from the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) into the Roman Catholic Church April 15, including two former ACCC bishops and about a half dozen clergy.

"Today, the Body of Christ is a little more healed, a little more unified," Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast told more than 700 people who packed St. Patrick's Basilica. "Today, after half a millennium, separated brethren are separated no more. We are brethren, rejoicing at the same banquet table. Hallelujah."
In Victoria, an estimated 600 people packed St. Andrew's Cathedral, where Bishop Richard Gagnon welcomed the former metropolitan bishop of the ACCC, Peter Wilkinson.

The two groups received on Divine Mercy Sunday will soon become part of the Canadian Deanery of St. John the Baptist of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter under Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, who was named the Ordinary when the American Ordinariate was erected Jan. 1. Steenson, a former Episcopal (Anglican) bishop, is a married Catholic priest who teaches theology at the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary's Seminary in Houston.

"I am overjoyed to be a part of your journey today and to welcome members of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church," Prendergast said in his homily.

Great post on women's gifts

One of the gems via the Canadian Society of Catholic Bloggers from The Feminine Gift:

In the beginning, man and woman were assigned separate and distinct roles.  Man was instructed to cultivate and care for the Garden of Eden.  His role was primarily concerned with nature, that is objects, abstractions and things of the world.  Woman was made as helpmate, companion and bearer of life.  Her role was centered on life and love – centered on persons.  Sheen says, “The man is much more concerned with action, the woman with the inspiration to action.  She does not so much help man, as inspire him to help himself. …Woman, inasmuch as she is dedicated to life and is a symbol of rebirth and renewal, is personal.”  Woman brings her focus on persons.

In line with his nature, man proceeds logically in thought.  His thoughts are with objects, abstract ideals and business, while woman’s thoughts are more intuitive.  “…woman is concerned with love and concrete reality…her intuition is rather immediate, like the eye when it instantaneously measures distance or dimension.  She arrives at conclusions without taking intermediate steps, discovering undertones of character.  Her knowledge comes through identification and co-naturality with others.”  Woman brings her intuition. 

Men are more apt to be heroes through some great passionate outburst of heroism.  Whereas a woman is “capable of more sacrifices than a man.  A woman’s love makes a thousand small sacrifices, sprinkling them through the days and the months; their very repetition gives them the character of commonplace.”  Woman brings her ability to sacrifice for the sake of love.

“The essence of femininity was revealed when an angel came from heaven and saluted a Woman: ‘Hail, Full of Grace…’ and summoned her to be the bearer of the Divine.”  Just as the Blessed Mother uttered her Fiat to the Divine Mystery being presented to her and submitted to the requirements of the Divine Will, so too every “woman by nature is meant to be a collaborator with God in a work which brings Heaven to earth, God to man, eternity to time.  A pencil if conscious, would be happy when it is writing…so, too, a woman is happy when she is submissive to heaven’s holy purposes.”  Woman brings heaven to earth by her collaboration with and submission to God. 

Every woman is born to be a mother, either biologically or spiritually.  This innate call to universal motherhood is the basis of a woman’s spiritual motherhood, even when she has no biological children.  “A woman becomes a spiritual mother when she holds out her hand to the weak and the abandoned.  …That’s why professions like doctor, nurse, social worker and teacher are not professions in the strict sense that they are for men, but are expressions of spiritual motherhood.”  But that is not all.  Woman, by being true to her feminine heart brings the Divine to the world.  She brings life into the world not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually by her very nature and this ability to bear life is deeply connected to her mission and vocation.   

“Woman has to bring the Divine to the human; otherwise she is not happy.  If she is denied, or denies herself the fulfillment of this spiritual mission of giving and surrendering herself to others, she has a far deeper sense of inadequacy and emptiness than a man can have, because of the greater depths of her fountain of love.  The frustrated and unhappy women in the world today are so not because of the economic and political and social world in which they move but because of themselves; the wreckage is due to the loss of their mission in life.  Woman has forgotten her nature, and she has forgotten that she is heaven’s instrument on earth.  Man cooperates with nature, but woman cooperates with God.  Woman, to be happy, must be a co-worker to the Divine; she bears what God alone can give.  As Leon Bloy has said: ‘The more a woman is holy, the more she is a woman.’” ~ (emphasis mine) 

Where do your human rights come from? Not the Charter.

Archbishop Prendergast's homily from April 15

How wonderful that someone recorded this!

Don't forget to check out my other blog Foolishness to the world for many pictures of that joyous event.

Monday, April 16, 2012

For pictures check out my other blog

I have posted several batches of pictures from our Rite of Reception into the Catholic Church on Sunday April 15.

Whew!  And I am looking forward to more that I will be able to post.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Alleluia! What a joyous day!

I have posted some of the first pictures over at Foolishness to the World of our parishes' reception into the Catholic Church today.  

More and better pictures to come.  I hope as well to be able to post Archbishop Prendergast's wonderful homily.

A great day for us.  We have hoped and prayed a long time for this.    It hasn't always been easy. But it was worth it.

Thank you everyone for your prayers and well wishes!

Hey! Vatican Radio is reporting on us

And interviewed Archbishop Prendergast!  How cool is that!

Anglicans received into full communion

In Canada, this Divine Mercy Sunday sees two former Anglican bishops, Peter Wilkinson and Carl Reid received, with members of their congregations, into full communion with the Catholic Church, in accordance with Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 Apostolic ConstitutionAnglicanorum coetibus, which provides a structure for welcoming Anglicans into the Catholic Church. The ceremonies of reception will be held at special Masses, one in Ottawa, the nation’s capital; the other in Victoria on Canada’s west coast. 

“We’ve tried to respond to a request from a certain group of Anglicans, who wish for full communion now,” said Catholic Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa. “And we also realize that we have to continue to work for the full unity of the Church in whatever way Christ would like that to be, however He wants to bring it about with the remaining Anglicans.”

Archbishop Prendergast spoke about Sunday’s liturgy: “I’ve learned how to celebrate Mass in the Anglican tradition that’s been approved for this group of Anglicans to come over, and I’ll be celebrating their liturgy on Sunday afternoon. And the priest who’s has been working with them has also learned their liturgy as well, so I think that will encourage them and comfort them.”

He also put the event into a larger, ecumenical context: “I think anything that will strengthen unity among Christians is going to be a positive sign for others. One of the great scandals, of course, in our world is that there are so many Christians who believe in Jesus Christ and all that He has brought to us and yet that we go about it in such different ways. Our disunity is a countersign to the evangelisation of our world, and I think anything that will bring us closer together that recognises unity in diversity is going to be rich blessing for us and a help to evangelisation.”

Listen to the full interview of Archbishop Terrence Prendergast with Christopher Wells: RealAudioMP3 

You may have to click on the Vatican Radio link to get the audio to work.

Check out my other blog Foolishness to the World for more thoughts about our reception today into the Catholic Church.  I better stop blogging and get ready!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

What a testimony!

Storm’s life changed during a field trip to Europe in 1985. One morning, aged 38, he collapsed in his hotel room with a perforated duodenum. No surgeon could be found, and after hours in agony he “knew that it was over” as he fell unconscious.
“I fully expected that to be it: lights out, end of story,” he says. “Then, I found myself standing next to my bed, feeling wonderful. My senses were very heightened. The pain was gone. I tried to communicate with my wife. I thought she was ignoring me. I also noticed an occupant in my bed who bore a remarkable resemblance to me. I knew that person was dead.
“Then I heard people calling me from outside the room, saying: ‘It’s time for you to go. Hurry up. Let’s go.’ They said: ‘We know all about you. We’ve been waiting for you.’ I thought they were from the hospital.”
But when he stepped out into this “hallway” it was “very dim, grey and fuzzy, like a really bad black-and-white television picture”.
He says: “I went in to this hallway and had a very clear sense that the ‘portal’ back into the room was somehow closed. I could never go back. The people led me away, and the hallway subtly became darker and darker and darker over a long period of time. Eventually, I realised that I was in complete darkness, encircled by a crowd of people and overcome with fear. I said to them: ‘I want to go back.’ And they started pushing and pulling at me. The more I fought, the better they liked it. They were biting and scratching and tearing at me, all the while yelling and screaming.
“Later on, I realised that they were people like me, who had rejected God and had lived for their own selfish gratification. Their wish had come true: this is what they had. In the place they inhabit there’s no light, no birds, no joy, no hope, no love… a bunch of rats in a cage.”
They screamed and tortured him for an age, he says. “Eventually, I was too ripped up and defeated to do anything. I was solid pain. The real pain is the emotional pain. They did things that I don’t talk about… degrading things.
“I was lying there, when I heard a voice say: ‘Pray to God.’ I said: ‘I don’t pray. I don’t believe in God.’ Then, it came a second time; and a third: ‘Pray to God.’
“So, tried to think of a prayer. I started to mumble some things. A mention of God came into a few of these phrases. With each mention the people around me became very, very angry, and started screaming at me: ‘There is no God’ and ‘Nobody can hear you.’ It angered them so much that they were retreating from me. The mention of God was unbearable to them.” Encouraged, he mumbled other jumbled half-remembered phrases: “Glory, glory hallelujah, God Bless America, Our Father who art in heaven…”

Read the rest at the Catholic Herald

Father Z suggests Bishops meet with bloggers

He writes:
When the Obama Administration began to attack the 1st Amendment, Catholic bloggers rose up.
When the U.S. Bishops called for rallies for religious freedom, Catholic bloggers posted links and dates and places.
When the USCCB and Card. Dolan and Bp. Lori made statements or gave interviews, Catholic bloggers spread the word.
Catholic bloggers are to the establishment and the dissident Catholic media what talk radio and cable are to the old time news and entertainment establishment.
The great majority of Catholic bloggers would (and perhaps might have to) go to the wall for the Catholic bishops in a good cause and with good leadership.
Okay, let’s double-down.
I, in turn, call upon the U.S. Bishops to do what the Holy See did: host a conference… call a meeting with bloggers.
I ask fellow Catholic bloggers to pick up and renew this proposal on their own blogs.  Propose that the bishops organize a blogger summit, a blogger confab, a blogger powwow, a blognic on steroids.
Do they mean it, or not?  Are Catholic bloggers valued, or not?  Are these just words?  Vapor?
Your Excellencies…
“Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. (Joel 2:15)
Be nice to have a blognic for bloggers and bishops in Canada, too!    Colin Kerr and the Society of Canadian Catholic Bloggers?  Over to you!
H/t   Fr. Stephen Smuts

Friday, April 13, 2012

Check out my new blog

I awoke this morning to discover that Fr. Anthony Chadwick had deleted the entire English Catholic blog where he and I had posted many articles and photographs over the past year and a half about the response to the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus.

The discovery disappointed me, especially as I was going over there to post the Ottawa Archdiocese's press release about our reception into the Catholic Church.  Thankfully, Fr. Anthony has saved the archive and will be sending at least my contribution to me, though given my level of technical ability and my lack of time, the material is not likely to make its way back onto the 'net.  And that's a shame, because much of what we wrote is part of the history of this new venture, this new Ordinariate structure that our parish will be among the North American pioneers in colonizing.

So instead of the writing that I had planned to do today, I set up a new blog on Wordpress that has allowed me  to post about Sunday's events with a better presentation for the photos than I can figure out for this blog.  Wordpress also allows  me to do a few things that I haven't figured out how to do with this blog, such as put on buttons to share on Facebook and Twitter and other things that can drive traffic to the blog.

I am calling my new blog Foolishness to the World.

I have already posted many "foolish" things on that blog, so go on over and take a look.

It has had more than 250 views since I created it earlier today.

Another benefit of  Foolishness is that it is included now in the constantly updating blog roll over at the Society of  Canadian Catholic Bloggers,

Over at SCCB, host Colin Kerr writes:

My Friend, Deborah!I suppose it's big news when the news-bringer becomes the news. I mentioned yesterday about Deborah Gyapong's post re. the entrance of some Traditional Anglicans into full communion with St. Peter. What I did not mention is that she is one of them. And we can mark this great event with the listing of her new blog on our SCCB blog roll. So, welcome Deborah's Foolishness to the World - and our prayers are with you on Sunday!
 I won't abandon this blog, and I'll remind you if there are new posts over at Foolishness to the World.

Only two ? three? days away

  The long-awaited and yearned for event is happening on Sunday.  Here's a picture of the rehearsal of the liturgy taken last night at St. Patrick's Basilica


Ottawa, April 13, 2012

The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa will receive some 40 members of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada’s Ottawa Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the Roman Catholic Church on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm at St. Patrick’s Basilica – 281 Nepean Street, Ottawa. Archbishop Prendergast will celebrate the Anglican Use Mass, approved for use in the Catholic Church. The parish-in-waiting will eventually join the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter under Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, as part of a Canadian Deanery of St. John the Baptist. All are welcome.
“April 15, 2012 is a date for us to remember for posterity, the day of our individual and collective reception into the Catholic Church,” said the Right Reverend Carl Reid, Auxiliary Bishop of the Pro-Diocese of Our Lady of Walsingham. “And not only us from the Annunciation, but also from several other parishes and fellowships across the country,” he added. “Initially, we shall be a ‘sodality,’ which would best be described as a ‘parish in waiting.’”
“I am honoured to receive members of the Anglican Catholic Church into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church,” said Archbishop Terrence Prendergast.
The Cathedral of the Annunciation is part of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada. It was founded in 1977 by conservative Anglicans opposed to the ordination of women, and other reforms introduced by the Anglican Church of Canada.
The Pope's overture, Reid said, is, in part, a response to a petition made in October 2009 by the 400,000 member Traditional Anglican Communion, of which the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada forms part.
It's expected that the Vatican will permit these new Catholics from the Anglican heritage to continue to use approved parts of the Book of Common Prayer, and to preserve other aspects of their traditions including, on a case-by-case basis, married priests.
In late February, the Right Reverend Bishop Wilkinson, Diocesan Bishop of the Pro-Diocese of Our Lady of Walsingham met with Msgr. Steenson, the Ordinary of the Ordinariate in the United States. Msgr. Steenson agrees that all of the Canadian sodalities, present and future, should be gathered as parishes into a Canadian Deanery of the American Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He also happily concurs the Anglican Catholics’ choice of St. John the Baptist, with profound historical meaning for Canadians, is an ideal choice for their patronage.

The pictures were taking during and after a rehearsal at St. Patrick's Basilica last night.