The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

You can pay Lourdes a visit by watching through the live camera that is pointed towards the grotto here.



Things That Are Bothering Me…

In no real particular order…

  • That the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus is not available globally.
  • That joining the Catholic Church would mean having to walk away from those entrusted to my pastoral and spiritual care. Impossible.
  • That the Traditional Anglican Communion is so terribly divided, experiencing a real crisis of authority.
  • The TAC Synod of Bishops, meeting in Portsmouth, England, from October 1 to 5, 2007, when all signed the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  • That those leaving to their respective Ordinariates and those staying are doing so on such bitter terms. What a terrible indictment.
  • That divisive squabbling and bickering is fast becoming a TAC hallmark.
  • That this will perpetuate as long as men are left to follow their own minds – each to himself.
  • That when you point out plain inconsistencies, you are branded ‘disloyal’, ‘negative’, or even ‘disobedient’.
  • That the answer to all the division lies in maintaining that ancient profession of faith, that we believe in the ‘one, holy, catholic and apostolic’ Church.
  • That I have to recite those words before the Altar tomorrow.
  • One is not two.
  • That Christ prayed the prayer that He did (John 17:6-26).
  • That we have such a clear Scriptural mandate to follow (St Paul to the Ephesians, 4:1-6), yet don’t.
  • That Anglicans, generally, have such a bad reputation for being divisive, innovative, and theologically undecided.
  • That people on the blogs are saying that the majority of the Bishops and Priests who are remaining in the TAC (where there are Ordinariates available) are in irregular canonical situations, are not eligible for ministry in the Personal Ordinariate, and thus not interested.
  • That Bishop Mercer left without even a note saying goodbye.
  • That the mainstream Australian media calls the TAC a ‘sect’.
  • Archbishop John Hepworth.
  • That Christians are being persecuted and dying at the hands of Islamists.
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • Hypocrisy.
  • Freemasons in the Church.
  • That I may be deceived.
  • The reality of existing outside the Ark. Perhaps I’m simply over thinking it, but it never helped being outside the Ark in the days of Noah, I somehow don’t think it will help today either… But who knows, perhaps hanging on to the moorings is close enough?
  • That I still have plenty of ironing to do for tomorrow.
  • My sins, which are ever before me.
  • That I should sing ‘When I survey the wondrous Cross’ more often, and don’t.
  • Dr Jim West (not that he reads this blog anymore). Sorry.
  • That I think I need to work harder for Jesus.
  • That my coffee just got cold.

Well, I’m actually glad Lent is fast coming. It’ll help me deal with some of these matters…



South African Bank Notes, Nelson Mandela’s Image

Nelson Mandela’s face will feature on all South Africa’s bank notes to honour the former president’s role in fighting apartheid, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

The announcement coincides with the 22nd anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison after serving 27 years in jail for his opposition to white-only rule.

“It is a befitting tribute to a man who became a symbol of this country’s struggle for freedom, human rights and democracy,” Zuma said.

“With this humble gesture, we are expressing our deep gratitude as the South African people, to a life spent in service of the people of this country and in the cause of humanity worldwide.”

News on Friday that Zuma would make an announcement of “national importance”, along with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus, spooked the market and sent the rand tumbling as much as 2.6 percent on the day. Marcus apologised for the confusion.

The new notes featuring Mandela, who became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, will be in circulation by the end of the year.

The frail 93-year-old has not been seen in public since the closing ceremony of the Soccer World Cup in Johannesburg in July 2010.




Australia: Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross

The Australian Ordinariate named:

The Australian “home” for former Anglicans coming into full communion with Rome is to be known as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.

Bishop Peter Elliott, a former Anglican charged with overseeing the establishment of the Australian ordinariate, also said that the structure should be autonomous more quickly than has been the case with its British counterpart.

He made his comments in an article for the breakaway Traditional Anglican Communion’s online journal The Messenger after his visit to England last month for first anniversary celebrations of the British ordinariate.

He added: “At this stage the [British] ordinariate is … a ‘nursling in arms’. It needs much support, care and encouragement as it gradually finds its place in the wider Church.”


Bible Archaeology

The Dead Cities of Byzantine Syria

Syria continues to be in the news as its government persists in its use of violence to crack down on protests inspired by the Arab Spring. It is the latest of many upheavals the country has been through since its formation as a state. In the northwest of the country are reminders of past turmoil and upheaval. Over 700 abandoned settlements bear the collective name The Dead Cities of Syria.

These abandoned municipalities scatter the landscape and contain the remains of a confident, vibrant and sophisticated culture – one which effectively disappeared over fifteen hundred years ago. Left behind, incredible and ancient structures are testament to the ingenuity and piety of the people who once lived here…

More here.