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Australian Ordinariate Head Wants Group to Grow, Evangelise

The Catholic Weekly:

Fr Harry Entwistle says his conversion from Anglican to the Catholic faith can’t be explained by anything other than the Holy Spirit’s “wicked sense of humour”.

As the inaugural head of the personal ordinariate of Our Lady of the South­ern Cross, a jurisdiction for former Anglicans in Australia, he said it’s “an awesome responsibility because it means that I have to lay the foundations of the Ordinariate to enable it to grow and flourish and be an evangelistic tool for the Church”.

“Apart from the legalities of erecting the Ordinariate, we’re getting enormous help from the Catholic Bishops Conference to set that up, it does mean with a shortage of few clergy we will have initially we have got to get the message out to others that we exist,” he said.

“Although we exist as an erected body that doesn’t mean that everybody knows about us. We will be hoping to encourage the Catholic bishops to spread the word. It will be a slow growth because groups will need to form. There is a group already forming in Melbourne, and hopefully soon in South Australia, and a group exists in Sydney. So it’s a question of now that the Ordinariate exists then other people may come and enquire about what it means, and whether they can be part of it.”

Ordained an Anglican priest in England in 1964, he immigrated to Australia in 1988 before joining the Traditional Anglican Communion in 2006.

A father of two, the 72-year-old’s “amazing journey” came full circle when he was ordained as a Catholic priest by the Archbishop of Perth, Bishop Tim Costelloe, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth, on 15 June.

Fr Harry described his ordination as an “amazing experience” and “something I never thought would happen”.

“I was brought up as a young man in Lancashire, England, in quite a sectarian district, where there was the great divide between Catholics and non-Catholics,” he said.

“Non-Catholics just covered everybody who wasn’t a Catholic. And while relationships would be described as sort of pleasant, they were rather like the Cold War. I wasn’t in an area where there was actually out and out fighting, but there was no doubt about which side of the divide you were on.

“Preston (Lancashire) was a very strong Jesuit area. There were a lot of manor houses around that area and so there was this very strong Catholic element. The population was almost 50 per cent divided, but there was no real ecumenical endeavour of any sort. And that was my upbringing. And so to find myself in a Catholic cathedral, being a Catholic priest can’t be explained by anything other than the Holy Spirit’s wicked sense of humour. The ordination was a wonderful experience.”

When asked about the differences between the faiths, Fr Harry says in the Catholic culture there’s a “greater sense of community”.

“Each parish belongs to a community and there’s less of the individualism that there is to a great degree in Anglicanism,” he said.

“Also I have never had such support and welcome from a hierarchy. They have been amazing in facilitating the process towards the Ordinariate.”

Words. Words are important. And saying (or suggesting) that the Holy Spirit has a ‘wicked sense of humour’, is not a good choice at all. Theologically, it’s in point of fact, a disastrous choice. Why? He cannot be wicked. That’s impossible. God and wicked are two impossible opposites. Nor would the occassion (or following His leading) give causes for amusement. But hey, that’s just my humble opinion.

 

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Syrian Rebels Ransack Christian Churches

I don’t pretend to know what’s going on in Syria, but I’ve learned enough by following these and such armed conflicts, that matters are not always as they seem:

NATO-backed thugs desecrate places of worship

Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet.com Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Shocking images have emerged which show the aftermath of Christian churches ransacked by NATO-backed Syrian rebels, illustrating once again how western powers are supporting Muslim extremists in their bid to achieve regime change in the middle east.

A photograph provided to us by a Christian woman in Homs, scene of some of the bloodiest clashes of the conflict, shows a member of the Free Syrian Army posing with a looted Catholic cross in one hand and a gun in the other while wearing a priest’s robe.

“Everyone knows simply removing these garments from the church is a sin. The priest is the only one who wears them too. They even pray before putting them on. Him posing in front of the funeral car as well is disgusting to the max,” our source told us.

“They destroyed the church and went in to film it. I know this for a fact.”

“The Robes can only be worn by Deacons or Priests or Sub-Deacons, and they a Christian man wouldn’t hold a Cross in one hand and a gun in another,” the woman adds

Another image shows a ransacked church in Bustan al-Diwan (Old Homs).

While Syrian rebels busy themselves ransacking Christian churches, they also rallying around the Al-Qaeda flag just as their counterparts did in Libya…

More here.

 

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Iconic Icon Supplements: The Symbols of Icons

Θησαυρος της εκκλησιας  (Treasures of the Church):

One of the biggest difficulties Western Christians have in appreciating icons is a lack of understanding.  I have previously discussed some of the theology behind iconography, but in this post I will discuss another big difficulty: the symbolism of iconography.  Even if one can understand the theology of the icon and why one should venerate it, it is still difficult to venerate something that seems to be such a strange mess of non-understood symbols.  This post will hopefully clear up some of that difficulty so that others can better understand icons and venerate them more worthily…

Read on here.

And from the conclusion:

I hope this post has been interesting reading, and I hope that it assists you in better understanding iconography and thus better venerating the holy images.  I am sorry for any mistakes or misinformation in this post.  Thank you for reading, and God Bless.

St. Luke, Iconographer of the Theotokos, pray for us!