Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Watching and listening to the increasingly ugly and violent attacks on the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate, it is quite chilling to see the hatred of children and child-bearing. I can't bring myself to quote some of the attacks on her for being the mother of five children - let alone being the mother of a child with Downs Syndrome - but the ugly hatred of life is quite satanic - if you doubt the satanic roots of the anti-life ("pro-choice") movement, check out the YouTube segment on the Hermeneutic of Continuity blog, showing the protest in Argentina - look at the venom and hatred of the female protesters against the young men who are defending the Cathedral against sacrilege - thanks to the Herman's Hermanaut for that clip. On Tuesday in Burlington, I was sworn at twice, by two different car-loads of young people - simply for being dressed as a priest. Careful readers of "Father Elijajh" will remember that open abuse of the clergy was one of the signs of the rise of the anti-Christ. Can we say that he is in our midst.....it is hard to know....some will say say we can't.....some will say .... yes, we can.
Monday, September 8, 2008
The Mulier Fortis has tagged me for one of those meme things - a "where were you" when some famous events happened. So, in order:
1. President Kennedy's assassination, 22 November, 1963
I was suckling at my Mother's breast.
2. England's World Cup Semi-Final v Germany, 4 July, 1990
In the Capuchin House of Studies in Canterbury, Kent.
3. Margaret Thatcher's resignation, 22 November, 1990
Ditto the above - actually that morning at the seminary - the Franciscan Study Centre.
4. Princess Diana's death, 31 August, 1997
I was just getting ready to celebrate the Sunday Mass at Our Lady of the Angels in Erith, Kent. I heard it on the radio and announced it to the people - it was a sombre Mass.
5. Attack on the Twin Towers, 11 September, 2001
I was at a rather dreary meeting in the rectory of St. Augustine's Church in Montpelier, Vermont. My Mother actually called from England to ask me what I thought! We had not heard or seen any news. We abandoned the meeting and stayed glued in horror to the television for hours.
6. Election of Pope Benedict, 19 April, 2005
This one is special! I was one of the five MC's getting things set up for the Ordination of our new Bishop, Salvatore Matano, in St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral in Burlington. Some 40+ Bishops were making their way back from lunch, about an hour or so before the Mass. Someone came running into the Cathedral where we were arranging things and said, "there's white smoke!" We went rushing into the house and turned on the tv. I was joined by about 14 bishops from different parts of the USA - I was overjoyed - they were not! Priceless! Bishop Matano became the first Bishop in the world ordained in the papacy of Pope Benedict.