An Open Letter to Sr Joan Chittister & the National Catholic Reporter — Anne Boyd (aka Priest’s Wife), Fear Not Little Flock
You believe that ordaining married men to the priesthood in the Roman-rite of the Catholic Church will lead to the Church ordaining women. This thought of yours jumped out at me: “Why do they have ordained women priests in other Christian denominations? Think. Because they have married male priests, that’s why.”
I see that you have forgotten the Eastern rites of the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches that have a hallowed 2,000 year tradition of ordaining married men to the diaconate and the priesthood. There is little or no ‘push’ from the feminine believers of these Churches to be ordained to ministry.
Australian Bishops Point the Way for U.S. Church — Tim Staples, Catholic Answers
The Australian Bishops Conference, and Archbishop Julian Porteous of the state of Tasmania in particular, are under fire for one reason: they had the audacity to teach Catholics the truth about the nature of marriage—according to Catholic teaching.
Charlotte Bronte’s Inexplicable Anti-Catholic Burns — Mallory Ortberg, The Toast
Obviously I personally disagree with her about denominational yelling, but her constant flitting from all-shall-be-reconciled-by-the-hand-of-the-Father thoughts to get-that-foul-popery-away-from-me is weirdly precious to me. She was so judgmental, and there are few things I love more than a judgmental prude who is too dead to disapprove of me personally.
Everything is Not Awesome: We Need Penance More Than Butterflies — William Newton, Blog of the Courtier
This high-level espousal of what we might call a “smile and you’re saved” mentality which seems to dominate the Church in the West, has filtered from the hierarchy all the way down to the individual parishioner. Sunday after Sunday (when they actually bother to show up), Catholics are fed a kind of chicken soup theology, more appropriate for First-Graders who have not yet made their First Communion, in which the only real sin one can commit is that of not being nice to oneself or others. In essence, it seems as though we are all expected to join in a chorus proclaiming how, “Everything Is Awesome”, including ourselves.
Ember Days — Seraphic Spouse, Edinburgh Housewife
I was sitting at the head of the beautifully-laden table at the second, the lone woman at a table of Trads, when I remembered a mystery in my missal said “By the way, what are Ember Days?”
“What!” the men shouted. “You don’t know what Ember Days are? You ask such a question when you write posts on traditionalism!?! Oh, shame!”, etc, etc., itp.
This did not answer my question about Ember Days although it certainly made clear why men hate asking other men for directions.
The Secret to Praying without Looking at the Clock — Philip Kosloski
I felt I was either racing against the clock in order to “get all my prayer done” or I was struggling to fill the hour with meaningful prayer and checked my watch every five minutes. I knew I needed to find a way that took the distraction of time out of my prayer and allowed me to pray freely. Thankfully I had some great mentors over the years who passed on to me the secret of praying without worrying about time.
THE FINAL WORD
Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:6-7
Happy feast day of St Lucy of Syracuse!