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Please - the Next Doctors of the Church.

Given their extraordinary depth of understanding, the exceptional quality of their orthodox theological works (eminens doctrina), the tremendous influence of their writings, and their proven sanctity (insignis vitae sanctitas) and intercession before God, is it not good and true that Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman and Saint John Paul II (Karol Karol Wojtyła) be acknowledged (Ecclesiae declaratio) as Doctors of the Church ? In October of 2019, the Polish Catholic Bishops Conference formally petitioned Pope Francis to consider making Saint Pope John Paul II a Doctor of the Church in an official proclamation, in recognition of his contributions to theology, philosophy, and Catholic literature, as well as the formal documents (encyclicals, apostolic letters, bulls, motu proprio documents, homilies, and speeches) that he issued.…
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Will Tradition-minded Methodists enter the Church through the Ordinariate?

At the National Catholic Register, Peter Jesserer Smith writes The Methodists May Soon Split Up — Will Some Become Catholic? The United Methodist Church is considering a proposal for traditional Methodist communities to leave the church and enter a new denomination. Could some choose the Catholic Church via the Ordinariate? To read the article, click on the following link:

R.I.P. Christopher Tolkien (1924-2020)

From The Guardian:

Christopher Tolkien, the son of Lord Of The Rings author JRR Tolkien, has died aged 95, the Tolkien Society has announced. The society, which promotes the life and works of the celebrated writer, released a short statement on Twitter to confirm the news.
The statement said: “Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95. The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family.”
Tolkien, who was born in Leeds in 1924, was the third and youngest son of the revered fantasy author and his wife Edith. He grew up listening to his father’s tales of Bilbo Baggins, which later became the children’s fantasy novel, The Hobbit.
He drew many of the original maps detailing the world of Middle-earth for his father’s The Lord of the Rings when the series was first published between 1954 and 55. He also edited much of his father’s posthumously published work following his death in 1973.

Canadian Ukrainian Greek Catholic Bishop to London, UK.

From the Catholic Herald:
The Vatican announced on Wednesday that Pope Francis named Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski of the Canadian Eparchy of New Westminster, British Columbia, to be the new bishop of the Eparchy of the Holy Family of London in the UK. Bishop Nowakowski, 61, had led the Canadian diocese since 2007. Story at the BC Catholic:

Southern Cross Ordinariate dons new look.

Check out the update to the website for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross (Oceania).

The Pachyderm In The Parish

There are two rivers: one is healthy, teeming with fish; the other is drying up, a mere trickle, unable to sustain life. The first is a parish fully oriented to the Apostolic Tradition, to truth, beauty and to goodness. The second is a community marked by a preoccupation with - and an idolatry of - progressive ideology.
The headline reads: Island churches’ urge to merge: Two Saanich parishes are part of trend Two United Church parishes in Saanich are attempting to get ahead of any upcoming decline in attendance by merging. The article continues:
Rev. Cheryl Black, St. Aidan’s lead minister, said the coming amalgamation is driven by a shared vision. “We both believe the progressive Christian voice needs to be a strong voice and we both believe we will be stronger together. The United Church of Canada (UCC), which continues to hemorrhage members since it jumped into b…

Syro-Malabar Church: The Ad Orientem and Versus Populum Debate

The Syro-Malabar Church (SMC), an  Eastern Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church based in Kerala, India, is visiting the issue of the orientation of the altar. That is, the orientation of the priest at the altar. The question they are visiting: should the priest face in the direction of the liturgical east (ad orientem), or versus populum (toward the people)? The SMC is an autonomous (sui iuris) particular church in full communion with the Pope and the worldwide Catholic Church, with self-governance under the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. [Wikipedia]
Times of India reports that the issue pertains to the difference in conducting masses in dioceses under the Syro-Malabar Church (SMC). In Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese (and most other dioceses to the north of Ernakulam), the celebrant faces the laity during the mass. However, Changanassery Ar…

Ordinariate Scenes

Enjoy some photos from around the North American Ordinariate.
Southwest Riverside County, California

2019 Ordinariate Year In Review: A Few Highlights

Speaking of the Ordinariate: Part 2 - Digestives

More Ordinariate Speak (accompanied by an unnecessary pronunciation guide).
Issue: ISS-syoo
Mystery: MISS-tree
Temptation: tem(p)-TAYS-see-on or tem(p)-TEH-see-on

Digestives for High Tea
Slices of Englishness for Casual Conversation
Byrd: BURD
William Byrd (c.1539/40 or 1543 – 1623), was an English composer of the Renaissance. He wrote in many of the forms current in England at the time, including various types of sacred and secular polyphony, keyboard (the so-called Virginalist school), and consort music. Although he produced sacred music for Anglican services, sometime during the 1570s he became a Roman Catholic and wrote Catholic sacred music later in his life.Chesterton: CHESS-ter-ton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 – 1936) is a writer like none other. As a journalist, he wrote thousands of essays for the London newspapers. But he also wrote a hundred books: novels, poetry, plays, literary criticism, history, economic theory, philosophy, and theology. And detective stories. He wrote …

Walking Through The Mass: The Sanctus and Benedictus

Christmas is the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. Every Mass announces and "enfleshes" the mystery of the Incarnation, Birth and the manifestation (Epiphany) of the Lord. In the Presence of the Saviour, we become like the shepherds, bowing and kneeling in the presence of the Word-Made-Flesh, the Saviour sent to redeem us.

Because, in every Mass, we enter into eternity with the Lord, we are also present to the entire reality of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
And (Jesus) said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. Divine Worship, the Mass, begins with a Bethlehem - the Gloria, the angelic chorus heralding the Nativity of the Lord - and continues along the road to Emmaus, magnificently recap…

Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius - approved!

More accurately,
On December 23rd, the Feast of St. John Cantius, the documents and Constitutions of the first General Chapter of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius were signed and approved by Cardinal Blase Cupich. Since their founding over 20 years ago, the Canons Regular have grown to 21 members in three houses in the midwest, staffing St. John Cantius parish in Chicago, St. Peter Parish in Volo, and two parishes in the diocese of Springfield, Illinois. Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago stated in 2003, “Here are the beginnings of an order, founded to make available to the people of God, the heritage and gifts of the universal Church in all their forms and all their splendor.” Note, too, that
The mission of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius is the Restoration of the Sacred in the Church and in their own lives seeking the sanctification of …