some personal views
You're becoming famous Father!Well deserved too!
You are too modest, Father. I am fascinated by the presenter's accent. I can often guess accurately someone's nationality by their accent but this young lady defeats me completely.
This whole extraordinary minister business sucks. It is now generating yet more red tape (as if the priest hasn't got enough to do). As a lay person, I resent the emergence of clericalised laity and the clericalism they inevitably generate.
"biskweets in a damn Church hall"
The eyes play tricks. I read your headline first as "Oh Gloria, again" and wondered what she'd been up to. Love SV's take on it. It has the ecumenical process to a "T".
Isn't it strange that the bishop has to do that? Don't lectors and EMHC join in the creed with everyone else? I can't understand why anyone who doesn't believe the teachings of the Church wants to take on responsibilities in the Mass. I wouldn't join Stonewall and help their activities while secretly believing gay sex was wrong.
I believe the presenter is Romanian. Her first name is Doina.
The presenter is, in fact, Moldavian, as the station is based in Beltsy, as anyone who can read the Cyrillic alphabet will see on visiting the site.The Moldavian language is essentially the same as Romanian.
I don't want to appear uncharitable here, but some people don't have much of a life outside the Sunday liturgy and so bustling about in church helps them to feel important. We need to point out that the lay apostolate is lived out in the world not in the sanctuary.
I found the accent attractive but given the poor quality of the audio, difficult - sometimes impossible - to follow. Is there a transcript available anywhere?
Dear Father,Your opinion on the ecumenical events of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, have the advantage of being consistent with your belief as a Catholic. The late and Great John-Paul II's initiative at Assisi did not, and continues to be a sorry source of scandal to many more than just myself.Your suggestion of inviting a priest from the FSSPX to come to your church and preach, as an act fostering Christian Unity, and your musing on possible consequences, is excellent. It reminds me of a cartoon by John Ryan (creator of Captain Pugwash) in the Catholic Herald, back at the time of the illicit episcopal cosecrations at Econe, and the consequent excommunications. It showed two RC bishops discussing the news and one saying:"Does this mean that, now they are outside the Church, we will have to start being nice to them?"On the other hand, the Bishop of Santa Rosa's requirements are so basic, that one wonders why the people he mentions have any pastoral role in the community, if their belief requires confirmation? I suppose that he is doing what new brooms do best....What a mess Pope Benedict has inherited! May God bless his patient efforts, and those of bishops and priests who follow his lead and instructions, to bring the Church's life into order.
We have Eucharistic Adoration at our parish, 24/7. There is a continual effort made to sign-up adorers to fill all the shifts. I casually suggested to one of the movers-and-shakers of the parish that it would be a good idea to have every E.M of H.C. (and they are legion) agree to fill two hours weekly as pre-requisite to his/her serving in such a privileged capacity. Move&Shake didn't think the idea would fly. Many of our EMsHC would not agree to serve one hour, let alone two!--William
Well done! I hope they got the British humour through the heavily accented narration!
Father, now you are famous you could sell autographs for the Church fund. ;-)
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