Saturday, July 31, 2010
We were speculating in the office about the late Father John Chrysostom Brost, OSB, and whether he had been the oldest priest in the Archdiocese of Vancouver when he died at 98. We've now heard from Father Mark Dumont at Westminster Abbey, who is a walking encyclopedia of the Church, local and universal. He sends the following: "As far as I know, Father Chrysostom became the oldest priest in all of B.C. when Fr. J.J. Morelli died in Creston, B.C., in the Nelson diocese a couple of years ago. When I told him that after the death of Fr. Morelli, he said, 'I can't help it.'"
Friday, July 30, 2010
|Norman Rockwell's Sunday Morning|
Thursday, July 29, 2010
|Bishop Wilkinson at Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre|
Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller recently sent a letter to the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada which was holding its synod at the archdiocese's Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre in Surrey. The Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, of course, is the group seeking an Anglican ordinariate in Canada.
Speaking of Deborah Gyapong, follow her blog here to stay on top of developments on the Anglican/Catholic situation in Canada. In addition, the Anglo-Catholic is also doing a good job of tracking the story.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
A new motion picture that explores the nature of humanity and themes of forgiveness and reconciliation woven around the figure of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, will be released in theaters worldwide in early 2011. Directed by Academy Award nominee Roland Joffé (The Mission), There Be Dragons is set during the Spanish republic and civil wars in the mid 1930s. It is an epic film that celebrates the life of one of the Catholic Church's most popular modern saints.
|Canada Post / Special to The B.C. Catholic|
This fourth stamp of Canada Post’s five-stamp French Settlement
in North Ameria series recalls Grand Chief Henri Membertou of the Mi’kmaq,
the first Indian of North America publicly to embrace Christianity.
Full story here.
|Metropolitan and Ordinary of the ACCC|
Leaders in the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC), part of the Continuing Anglican Movement, voted recently to unite with the Roman Catholic Church through Pope Benedict's Apostolic Constitution. The meeting of the House of Clergy and the House of Laity focused on the implementation of a proposed Canadian Anglican Catholic Ordinariate.
“With the overwhelming support of clergy and laity for unity with the See of Peter and the establishment of a Canadian Anglican Catholic Ordinariate, our Diocese is now able to move forward united, renewed, and hopeful,” according to a letter from Dean Shane B. Janzen published on VirtueOnline.org.Full story here.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Around the world, the trial sparked much debate, and got me thinking about what I might do in the young captain's place.Read full article here.
That's not an easy task, as scenes of wartime chaos are but shadows on a TV screen glimpsed from the bulwarks of a comfy couch.
Still, I can try. The young insurgent's legs were severed, his innards protruding, a horrific sight to behold.
It was something a paramedic might encounter in the aftermath of an airline crash.
I had the same sort of feeling that can sometimes come over me when dealing with the hopelessly chronically ill . . . though I always manage to shake it off.
Confronted by such wartime misery, would I still hold firm to my principles that the ends (relief of suffering) can never justify the means (killing)?
Or would the stress of wartime terror blur my usual moral clarity, my sense of the uniqueness of human worth?
|The feast day of St. Anne is July 26.|
Monday, July 26, 2010
A stampede inside a tunnel crowded with techno music fans crushed 18 people to death and injured 80 at Germany's famed Love Parade festival on Saturday.
Thousands of other revellers kept partying at the event in Duisburg, near Duesseldorf, unaware of the deadly stampede that started when police tried to block thousands more people from entering the already-jammed parade grounds.
Police are still trying to determine exactly what happened, but the situation was "very chaotic," police commissioner Juergen Kieskemper said.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is responding to the growing food crisis in Niger. As the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis, Development and Peace and its Caritas partners are launching a $3.7-million program that aims to help close to 250,000 people. The program includes activities such as screening children and pregnant woman for malnutrition and providing treatment, distributing food and seeds, and organizing cash-for-work programs to increase household incomes.
We recently posted Spirit of Service, a list of Archdiocese of Vancouver recipients of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross. Unfortunately we neglected to provide a link to the recipients of the Benemerenti Medal. Apologies. That link is now included.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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Saturday, July 17, 2010
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has revised its procedures for handling priestly sex abuse cases in a set of new norms concerning the most serious crimes. The Vatican website provides an extensive number of resources on the new norms here. Rome says the norms will give strength to efforts to deal with abusive priests, allowing it to deal with abuse cases more rapidly and effectively, including by removing the offending cleric from the priesthood. Vatican journalist John Allen reviews the norms here.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
It’s the International Catholic Stewardship Council, taking place in San Diego Sept. 19 to 22.
One development director says he takes away ideas worth at least $500,000 in extra revenue each year for his diocese. Those who attend say they receive the benefits and new ideas that they use in their diocesan work every year.
Even better, $250 bursaries from the Archdiocese of Vancouver are available to help you attend.
Join Archbishop J. Michael Miller who will be attending and hear our own Msgr. Gregory Smith of Christ the Redeemer Parish who will present on the topic of Stewardship and Generation X.
The early bird registration and bursary deadline is Thursday, July 15, so hurry up and get your application in!
To apply for the bursary, send an e-mail to Barbara Dowding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information go to www.catholicstewardship.org.
Early bird registrations can be done online here.
Friday, July 9, 2010
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Friday, July 2, 2010
Charles Lewis responded by pointing out that religious adherents pay taxes too, which is true. But parents have more than a financial stake in their children's education. Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller makes the essential point that in fact the principal responsibility for educating children belongs to parents.