November 22, 2006

  I am to be ordained as a deacon in the cathedral in Charleston on 29 November, and as a priest at St Mary Church in Greenville on 14 December. So I have been shopping around for clerical clobber. This is obviously a niche market, and not a shopping spree for the faint hearted. What does a new clergyman at my stage in life wear? Shall it be a polyester alb, polyester wool mix? Should it be a front opening,… Read more

November 21, 2006

Today is the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the temple. She who was the temple of God is presented to live in the temple of God. The story of Mary’s childhood comes from an extra Biblical source called the Protoevangelium of James. This ‘gospel before the gospel’ tells us that Mary’s parents were godly Jews called Joachim and Anna. The tradition is that they met at the gate of the city and knew that they… Read more

November 20, 2006

Amy Welborn links to an interview with Ms Schori–the new head of the Episcopal Church who claims the plummeting numbers of Episcopalians is down to the fact that they are better educated than Catholics and Mormons who have ‘theological reasons’ for having more babies.Below is my email to Mrs. Schori:Deer Bishup Shorey,I see from the news that you have sed that Episcopaliums are smarter than us catholics because you don’t have so many babies as we do. I guess that… Read more

November 20, 2006

  Something’s cooking in Rome. An article in The Sunday Times suggests that Pope Benedict is drawing up plans to encourage Anglicans to come home to Rome. In my post a few days ago I noted the Pastoral Provision’s snazzy new website, and rumblings from various quarters that Rome was trying to make it as easy as possible to help disenchanted Anglicans come into full communion. As enthusiastic as all of us converts from Anglicanism may be, there are still… Read more

November 17, 2006

It has been brought to my attention that yesterday’s post contained a number of errors. The person who is visiting the Roman pontiff is not, in fact, the Druid Archpriest Rowan Atkinson, but the famous Anglican clergyman, Archbishop of Canterbury, and leader of the worldwide Anglican communion, The Right Reverend Rowan Williams, pictured here. The man pictured in yesterday’s post is actually an English comedian and star of numerous very humorous films like Mr. Bean, Johnny English and Rat Race…. Read more

November 16, 2006

Druid Archpriest Rowan Atkinson will meet Pope Benedict XVI next week in Rome. The archpriest will seek the support of the supreme pontiff for his church’s plans to re-introduce human sacrifice in Britain. Archpriest Atkinson said, ‘Our most important shamans and witchdoctors are in favor of sacrificing disabled children. We believe this is an important ancient tradition which will relieve human suffering, and we are seeking the help of Christians everywhere. We call them to hear the words of their… Read more

November 15, 2006

Tomorrow there will be a Vatican meeting to discuss mandatory celibacy after the renegade Archbishop Milingo ‘ordained’ four married men. Pope Benedict has called a meeting to discuss the implications of Milingo’s actions. I expect Rome will take a hard line and continue to insist on mandatory clerical celibacy. To do anything else would look like they were actually taking Milingo and his band of activists seriously wouldn’t it? On the other hand, could the Pope actually be considering a… Read more

November 14, 2006

Will the present melt down in the Anglican Church cause more Episcopalian priests and people to come home to Rome? It looks like the snazzy new website for the Pastoral Provision is making things easier.The Pastoral Provision is Rome’s procedure for allowing married former Episcopalian and Anglicans to be dispensed from the vow of celibacy so they can be ordained as Catholic priests.This could be a very positive way forward for many Anglicans who are already close to the Catholic… Read more

November 14, 2006

Last Thursday we flew from Greenville to Houston and connected to San Salvador. I was part of a small mission team associated with the Papal Foundation. We visited a village for the poor named Sideco. A dedicated group of lay people have started a new village to re-house the poorest of El Salvador’s poor. The village includes a market, clinic and school with a church about to be built. We are going to build a link between the school and… Read more

November 8, 2006

I’m off to El Salvador tomorrow for a five day mission trip with a medical mission associated with the Papal foundation. I’ve never been to Central America before, but I remember telling the Lord when I was a college student that I would go anywhere, but I really didn’t want to be a missionary to Central America.Be careful what you ask for. You might get it. Be careful what you ask not to might get that too. Remember God… Read more

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