An interesting BBC podcasts:
It was once the case that Brazilians worshipped as one in the thousands of Catholic churches spread around this vast country. But a religious revolution is taking place, and a new dynamic form of charismatic Evangelical Christianity is taking over.
A quarter of Brazilians now worship in Evangelical churches, many of them practicing the Prosperity gospel which promises them happiness and fulfilment in return for a proportion of their wealth. And its wealth, along with power and influence, which the Catholic Church previously claimed as its own, is the result of this increased membership. Paulo Cabral investigates why Brazilians are turning from the Catholicism which has had a presence in Brazil for over 500 years, and how the charismatic churches have become so popular changing the way many Brazilians in some of the poorest areas of the country profess their faith and accumulating this vast wealth and political power along the way.
Give it a listen here (Mp3).
[Please don't bite my head off again Deborah, these are just my simple observations.]
I read, with interest, a report by former ACCC priest [Fr] Michael Birch on the recent gathering in Houston as part of the formation program of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, that was posted by Deborah Gyapong on her blog, Foolishness to the World. Today, she has:
By Susan Gibbs, who handles communications for the Ordinariate.
The reason is possible sensitivities regarding individuals who attended the formation weekend who may be at different stages in the process.
I am happy to oblige as it is not my intention to spook anyone or get them in trouble with their present ecclesial superiors.
I hope my readers who have reposted my Houston posts will consider the sensitivities.
Wanting to join the Ordinariate has always be fraught with danger. One tends to run the very real risk of incurring the wrath of your current denomination (for lack of a better word). Compounding that risk is the possibility of being turned-down by the Catholic authorities that be. Look no further than the devastating consequences that a Catholic ‘no’ held, for example, say, Archbishop John Hepworth and Bishop David Moyer, who simply overplayed their hands!
Is this right? Is it right to be clandestine in your aspirations? Well, it may not be right, but it would certainly appear to be occupationally necessary, very necessary – in order to save your ecclesiastical hide, that is. Few and far between are the Churches who would wish their brethren wanting to leave any love or support. Even fewer (are there any?) are those who would welcome back stragglers, men who Holy Church measured, and found wanting in places. This is sad, I mean, for Christians… Actually, quite an indictment…
There were apparently some 69 candidates at the meeting in Houston, from throughout the United States and Canada, who are applying to become Catholic priests for the Ordinariate.