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2019 Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church

H/T Anglicanorum Coetibus Society*
(O)ur ninth conference, focussing on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church, will be held in Toronto, Ontario on November 15th and 16th, 2019. It will feature choral liturgies in the best tradition of the Anglican patrimony, including Mass, Mattins, and Choral Evensong and Benediction. Further details will be announced in due course, but please mark the dates on your calendars now and we look forward to seeing everyone in Toronto this fall.
* "Promoting the Anglican tradition & common identity within the Catholic Church."
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A Word from Pope

A little learning is a dang'rous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. An Essay on Criticism, Alexander Pope (1709)
The disciplining of a priest by his bishop, as in the case of Fr. Treco by Bishop Steven J. Lopes, is no light matter.

Too often, it seems, enthusiasts of a certain ilk - those laced or possessed with "a little learning", which "is a dang'rous thing" - infect a community with the bile of personal preferences. Those preferences may contain elements of the Truth. Sadly, however, whatever smattering of truth may be present is then suppressed and an agenda of not so pleasant fictions emerges to fray the edges of a community and eventually rend it entirely.

Pray for the Minnesota Ordinariate Community.

Opinions traversing the internet have amounted to much useless scuttlebutt and digital chaff. It is far too easy to get on one's online soapbox and prete…

Our Lady of The Southern Cross Ordinariate: Installation of Monsignor Carl Reid

Our Lady of The Southern Cross Ordinariate news: from The Catholic Weekly
The new head of Australia’s Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross for former Anglicans will be installed at a special Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on 27 August.
Monsignor Carl Reid, a Canadian, will become the second head of the Ordinariate as he takes over from its first leader, Perth-based Mons Harry Entwistle.
Meanwhile, a senior official in the Vatican’s top theological watchdog – the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – will give a public lecture in Sydney on the ordinariates the day after Mons Reid’s installation. ARCHBISHOP AUGSTINE DI NOIA OP, ADJUNCT SECRETARY OF THE CDF, WILL SPEAK ON 28 AUGUST ON THE PATRIMONY OF THE ORDINARIATES, CREATED BY POPE BENEDICT XVI BETWEEN 2011 AND 2012 FOLLOWING HIS APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION ANGLICANORUM COETIBUS OF 2009.Archbishop Di Noia’s lecture will be given at 7…

Walking Through Divine Worship (Part Three): the Kyrie and Gloria

Interestingly, perhaps prophetically, groups of Anglicans - received into full communion with the Catholic Church through the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus - are restoring to the Roman Catholic Church much of its heritage and identity.

Anglicanorum Coetibus III. Without excluding liturgical celebrations according to the Roman Rite, the Ordinariate has the faculty to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and the other Sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours and other liturgical celebrations according to the liturgical books proper to the Anglican tradition, which have been approved by the Holy See, so as to maintain the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church, as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared. Calling All Fowls (Catholics) Luke 13:19
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and …

Say what?! Training in True Religion

Catholic Australia reports a very un-Catholic doing that should be undone.
An excerpt from a column by Fr. John Flader at Catholic Weekly (Australia): 'A friend recently told me that in the Catholic school his son attends some teachers are now making the Sign of the Cross "In the name of the Father and of the Mother and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." I was astounded. Is this acceptable?' When I read your question, I too was astounded. In total disbelief. Is this acceptable? Of course not. Why would teachers at a Catholic school venture down a path taken by liberal protestants, i.e., liberal religionists that claim to know better than Jesus Christ, other than to impose a heresy that, disease it is, infects and weakens the Church? Perhaps they think they are doing some good. Perhaps they presume to know better than Holy Mother Church. The Church that, because they assume to know bett…

New Deacon for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

The Rev. Fr. Ed Tomlinson has the full story:
A snippet:
Yesterday Roy Cavey was ordained a deacon for the Ordinariate alongside three other men being ordained deacon for the Archdiocese of Southwark.

The 1879 Biglietto Speech of Soon-to-be Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman

Newman saw it: "this great apostasia".
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12 May 1879
Vi ringrazio, Monsignore, per la participazione che m'avete fatto dell'alto onore che il Santo Padre si degnato conferire sulla mia umile persona.... [I thank you, Monsignor, for informing me of the high honour the Holy Father has deigned to confer upon my humble person.]
And, if I ask your permission to continue my address to you, not in your musical language, but in my own dear mother tongue, it is because in the latter I can better express my feelings on this most gracious announcement which you have brought to me than if I attempted what is above me.
First of all then, I am led to speak of the wonder and profound gratitude which came upon me, and which is upon me still, at the condescension and love towards me of the Holy Father in singling me out for so immense an honour. It was a great surprise. Such an elevation had never come into my thoughts, and se…

Walking through Divine Worship (Part Two): The Summary of the Law

THE SUMMARY OF THE LAW Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. In our last visit we looked briefly at the remarkably succinct and sublime Collect For Purity. Now, we glide onward to its companion.

A visitor to an Ordinariate Mass might rightly ask why are there two penitential rites? To those unfamiliar with the nuances of the Mass, one might think of the Mass as a microcosm of the liturgical year.

An "Advent" precedes the Liturgy of the Word, what used to be called the Mass of the Catechumens. Advent, you will recall, is the season preceding Christmas, the birth of the Messiah. We prepare for the arrival of the Lord, the Word-Made-Flesh. The Introductory rites - that include the Collect For Purity and th…

Premature Press Release?

The story... at ACS Blog:
Christopher Mahon
As Canadians celebrate Canada Day, historically and still known by many as Dominion Day, some good news for the Deanery of Saint John the Baptist has been announced. Our former dean, Father Lee Kenyon, is being appointed pastor of the ordinariate parish in Victoria, British Columbia, and will be moving with his family back to Canada over the summer in order to take on the assignment in the fall. The timing is even more fitting given that it was also announced today that Blessed John Henry Newman, the namesake of the Victoria parish, is to be canonized this October 13th.

News gets around. Sometimes enthusiasm gets the word out before permission is granted. Probably no harm done. Better to ask for forgiveness... ?

Victoria is pleased to hear of the possibility of Fr. Kenyon's debut on the Island. We wait for the official confirmation from t…