Priest Uses Water Gun to Spray Congregation with Holy Water

Whatever happened to using an aspergillum?

The Deacon’s Bench:

Really?  Seems so. Details:

A Catholic priest from a small Mexican town has turned on his own congregation armed with a watergun which was loaded with holy water.

Father Juan Ramon Hernandez gives mass at a church in Acatlan. He became so saddened by the seemingly daily drug-related killings and violence he decided to take a stand… with a water gun.

“Let’s pray to change the heart of the people who use violence and kill other people,” he said. “Let’s throw all the guns far away.”

Some children, who were making their first communion, giggled as the priest sprayed churchgoers with holy water.

Read more.

Innovative stupidity.



Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown

The Jewish New Year 5772 begins at sundown Wednesday as the two-day holiday known as Rosh Hashanah calling sinners to repent.

And as Fr Robert observes:

Jewish tradition teaches that during the High Holy Days God decides who will live and who will die during the coming year. Indeed God is always sovereign & providential!

While VOA reports ‘Israel Observes Rosh Hashanah in Uncertain Times’:

Israelis are observing Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the High Holy Days and a time of reflection and prayer. There are 10 days of repentance leading up to the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement.

The New Year comes at a time of political uncertainty in Israel, as the Palestinians seek recognition of an independent state at the United Nations…

Rest here.

And there is more on the holiday self here.



Fish Hoek Shark Attack

Hey, I swim there from time to time! IOL:

A man is in a critical condition after being attacked by a shark at Clovelly Corner, Fish Hoek, on Wednesday, the City of Cape Town said.

A great white struck just after midday when the man was swimming, severing his lower right leg, spokesman Gregg Oelofse said in a statement.

He was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.

Earlier in the day, shark spotters raised the alert that a shark was in the vicinity and the beach was closed. When the man went swimming, the white shark-alert flag was still displayed and the beach was still closed, Oelofse said.

Shark spotters saw the man enter the water, and frantically ran to alert him, but did not reach him in time.

“The shark spotter stationed on the beach was warned by a spotter on the mountain that someone had entered the water. The shark spotter then ran to Clovelly Corner to try and get the swimmer out of the water, but the attack took place before he could reach him,” the city said

The victim of the shark attack was the only person in the water at the time.

Fish Hoek beach as well as Glencairn, St James and Muizenberg beaches were closed as a precaution until further notice.

The shark was still in Fish Hoek bay in the afternoon and being monitored by the spotters. –

Look at this monster:

The TV news this evening is reporting that the man ignored warnings. A fatal mistake.

The Telegraph also has the news above here.

The 42-year-old is understood to be an expat who had lived in Cape Town for  several years.

He reportedly lost most of his right leg and part of his left foot after being repeatedly bitten by the Great White.

Several beaches along the city’s False Bay coastline this afternoon remained closed after officials warned it was likely the deadly beast remained in the area.

Craig Lambinon, a spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute, said the victim was this afternoon in a serious condition in a private hospital in the city.

“This man was swimming around 50 metres from the beach when the shark attacked him at around 12.20pm,” he said…


The Ordinariate Unfolds in the USA

While others see nothing but obstacles, ‘Anglicanorum “Unfolds Before Us”: In Fort Worth, a US First’.  Whispers in the Loggia has the news:

Two years since Anglicanorum coetibus, they say the day is coming soon — the release of the CDF decree establishing a Stateside
jurisdiction for groups of Anglicans entering full communion with Rome, bringing with them distinctive elements of their lifelong patrimony of faith.

Yet even without the formal starting-gun, the groundbreaking B16 venture has already begun taking root on these shores, reaching a new level of its ramp-up last weekend.

At a Sunday Mass in Fort Worth, some 30 former Episcopalians became the first US group to enter the Catholic fold in
preparation for the American Ordinariate’s launch. Fourteen months since beginning their catechesis, the group’s Professions of Faith, Confirmations and First Eucharists in St Patrick’s Cathedral took place four years after four priests of North Texas’ Episcopal diocese met privately with Bishop Kevin Vann to investigate the possibility of swimming the Tiber.

Two of those clerics were among the group received by Vann, including the former canon, or top deputy, to the area’s Episcopal bishop. Both have received the nulla osta, the Vatican clearance to proceed to priestly formation in the Catholic church.

While the bulk of the community — named St Peter the Rock — made its full entrance into the fold at the weekend, a handful who are on a later track took part in the preliminary Rite of Welcome; they’ll be fully initiated once their catechesis concludes.

For the record, the liturgy was the standard post-Conciliar Latin-rite, except for the propers of the day, which were taken from the Anglican Use Book of Divine Worship, which is likely to form the template for a Missal and Office for the global Ordinariates currently in the works in Rome.

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Long the nation’s de facto seat of Anglo-Catholicism, it’s fitting that the final turn toward the new national jurisdiction began in Lone Star Country: Stateside Catholicism’s two oldest Anglican Use parishes are in San Antonio and the Fort Worth church, all American clergy making the journey will have their formation at St Mary’s Seminary in Houston, and many expect one or another locale in Texas to serve as the US Ordinariate’s operational base.

All told, as many as 2,000 Anglicans (including a hundred or so priests) are expected to undertake the Canterbury-Rome trip in the
domestic Ordinariate’s first wave. Yet much like in England — where its Ordinariate’s launch birthed the UK’s largest RCIA class in years last Easter — an even larger second wave is expected once the structure is up and running. Along those lines, a second community in the Fort Worth church is soon to be established.

By provision of the Holy See, the US’ Catholic Catechism for Adults is the foundational text of the American groups’ formation for entry.

Having met weekly for Morning Prayer and catechesis at Fort Worth’s chancery since their path began in July 2010, the St Peter’s group has likewise integrated into their local Catholic parishes for Mass until their clerics are ordained.

According to their leader, the once and future Fr Timothy Perkins, none of the fellowship’s 50 members have a commute shorter than 40 minutes across the sprawling North Texas Metroplex to attend their gatherings.

Even for its sacrifices, a joyful Perkins called the experience “surreal” in a chat the other day between calls with his people.

With their entrance into the fold, “we have come to the fullness of faith.”

Now serving as one of three USCCB members overseeing Anglicanorum‘s launch on these shores, alongside Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester and the venture’s American chief, Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl (whose customary attention to detail has assured the Ordinariate’s smoothest possible start), here below is the fulltext of Vann’s homily at the Reception Mass:

Having briefed the bench at length over the summer (text/video) on the project’s domestic progress, the DC cardinal will preside at the reception of the next entering community — the former Episcopal parish of St Luke’s, located just outside the capital in
Bladensburg, MD — on 9 October.

Even though the group is one of a handful able to keep worshiping in its heretofore-Episcopal space, the St Luke’s rite will be held in the Crypt of Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. A week later, the 100-member community will welcome the English Ordinary — the former Anglican bishop, now Msgr Keith Newton — for a celebratory

Speaking of Tiber-swimming Anglicans, the St Luke’s reception coincides with the feast of Blessed John Henry Newman, this year’s marking the 166th anniversary of the future cardinal’s reception into the Romish fold.


The Liturgy Answers the Problem of Evil

Yet another fantastic (and timely) post by Taylor Marshall:

The Problem of Evil is a perennial problem for those who try to seek God’s will. If I seek to follow God, why do I suffer? I pray and grow poor. My neighbor curses God and grows rich? How is this just? This mystery is revealed in light of the Christ: God loved His Son and even He suffered more than any.

Even though I know the theological answer and I accept that redemption involves suffering (“unless you take up your cross daily
you are not worthy to be my disciple”), I still struggle against suffering in my soul.

One Psalm in particular is helpful for me – Psalm 72 in the Vulgate (or Psalm 73 in other Bibles). Here, King David laments how the “wicked prosper,” and he observes that those who despise God continue to enjoy life. The wicked don’t worry about death (v. 4). They don’t have to work hard or suffer (v. 5). The wicked are prideful, healthy, and wealthy (v. 6). They curse and blaspheme (vv. 7-9) – think of all those that take God’s name in vain repeatedly and yet they prosper upon the earth!

Then David asks in v. 11, “Doesn’t God know this? Doesn’t God see these people becoming rich and happy?”

David cries out:

Then have I in vain justified my heart, and washed my hands among the innocent. And I have been scourged all the day; and my chastisement hath been in the mornings. I will speak thus; behold I should condemn the generation of thy children (vv. 13-15).

David ponders this problem and he worries about it. But then he finds the answer – the answer is liturgical. Yes, the liturgy of God is what opens his eyes to the truth – a sacramental answer comes from God:

[16] I studied that I might know this thing, it is a labour in my sight: [17] Until I go into the sanctuary of God, and understand concerning their last ends. [18] But indeed for deceits thou hast put it to them: when they were lifted up thou hast cast them down. [19] How are they brought to desolation? they have suddenly ceased to be: they have perished by reason of their iniquity. [20] As the dream of them that awake, O Lord; so in thy city thou shalt bring their image to nothing.

David’s heart doesn’t understand the problem of evil “until I go into the sanctuary of God,” and then he “understands concerning their last ends.”

Within the Temple, in the presence of God, God realizes that His presence is with His people. He also realizes that God is the
judge and that this life does not compare to what has been promised by God to those who remain faithful. The present circumstances do not constitute true happiness or true beatitude. David sees that the wicked will be “brought to desolation” for their crimes.

The rest of the Psalm is beautiful as David reflects on God in the sanctuary:

[24] Thou hast held me by my right hand; and by thy will thou hast conducted me, and with thy glory thou hast received me. [25] For what have I in heaven? and besides thee what do I desire upon earth? [26] For thee my flesh

and my heart hath fainted away: thou art the God of my heart, and the God that is my portion for ever. [27] For behold they that go far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that are disloyal to thee. [28] But it is good for me to adhere to my God, to put my hope in the Lord God: That I may declare all thy praises, in the gates of the daughter of Sion.

David’s desires turn from earth to Heaven. His desire is for God. He body and soul faint for love of God. He realizes that he
is made by God to praise God and enjoy Him forever. Note again how the Psalm ends with his desire to worship God: “But it is good for me to adhere to my God, to put my hope in the Lord God: That I may declare all thy praises.”

If you struggle with the problem of evil, follow David. Go to Church, kneel before the crucified Savior in the tabernacle
and open you heart. The troubles of life and the desire to compare your life to the fortunes of others will fade away. “Thou hast held me by my right hand; and by thy will thou hast conducted me, and with thy glory thou hast received me.”

The problem of evil cannot be solved through debate. Rather it won’t be solved “until I go into the sanctuary of God.”


African Bishop Michael Gill Joins John Hepworth Resignation Push

Which is the headline in The Australian that we wake up to this morning. It is nothing more than a rehash of a Virtue Online post on an e-mail said to have been received from our Bishop (which we reported on here).

Archbishop John Hepworth has lost the support of more of his Traditional Anglican Communion flock as the Southern Africa leader of his church joined US calls for his resignation.

TAC Southern Africa Bishop Michael Gill said yesterday he would not follow Archbishop Hepworth’s moves towards unity with the Catholic Church.

“Archbishop John Hepworth has exposed some of his deeper thoughts on Anglicanism in recent interviews, and these are indeed cause for concern, as he has publicly declared the Roman Church as his first love and alluded that his commitment to Anglicanism was never wholehearted,” Bishop Gill said.

“He is, sadly, no longer supplying any spiritual leadership to his bishops or the people of the TAC, and the silence from the Office of the Primate has been deafening.

“Many of us have had almost no indication of life from that quarter for the past three years, let alone leadership.”

Archbishop Hepworth could not be contacted to respond yesterday. He has been provided with a resolution from his US clergy, the Anglican Church of America, calling for his resignation on the grounds his claims the Catholic Church’s Adelaide archdiocese had mishandled his allegations he had been sexually abused by three priests were creating “immeasurable” personal stress that detracted from his role as primate.

He rebuffed the calls, saying they came from a small number of people in the church and did not represent the views of the majority of followers, most of whom were in developing countries and not privy to the invitation from the Vatican to unify with the Catholic Church.

The Anglican Church of America’s resolution said: “It is increasingly obvious to us . . . that recent developments have made it impossible for you to function effectively as Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, and that the responsibilities of that office add immeasurably to the personal stress inevitable in your personal situation.

“For the good of the church and your family, as well as for your own emotional, physical and spiritual health, we prayerfully urge you to consider submitting your resignation.”

Prayers for all are asked for, and required, at this time.