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Orlando, Fla., Mar 4, 2010 / 03:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, leaders of the U.S. branch of the Traditional Anglican Communion formally requested to enter into communion with the Catholic Church.

In a statement released yesterday from a meeting of the House of Bishops in Orlando, the Church announced, “We, the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America of the Traditional Anglican Communion have met in Orlando, Florida, together with our Primate and the Reverend Christopher Phillips of the ‘Anglican Use’ Parish of Our Lady of the Atonement (San Antonio, Texas) and others.”

“At this meeting, the decision was made formally to request the implementation of the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus in the United States of America by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” the statement said.

The decision follows Pope Benedict XVI’s publication of “Anglicanorum coetibus,” which was released last year and addressed measures planned by the Vatican to allow Anglican communities to enter into communion with the Catholic Church.

Rev. Fr. David McCready, associate rector at St. John’s Cathedral in the Diocese of the Missouri Valley, offered his opinion to CNA on what will ensue after yesterday’s decision.

The associate rector explained that a long process and several stages are ahead for the Anglican church community. According to Fr. McCready, each diocese will have to meet for an individual synod and eventually come together for a national one. The rector believes that although there could be initial resistance among some within the Anglican community, as “people are often worried of what they don’t know,” eventually, once things are clarified, unification on the move should not be an issue.


Traditional Anglican community requests to join Catholic Church :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).


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Amen.  Amen.

VATICAN CITY (AP)—Pope Benedict XVI has sent his blessing and best wishes to Vancouver’s archbishop for a peaceful Olympics.

In the note sent to Archbishop J. Michael Miller, the pontiff said he hopes sport can be “a valued building block of peace and friendship between peoples and nations.”

The pope also made reference to the Paralympics in his message released Thursday.

The Vancouver Games open Feb. 12 and the Paralympics will be held in the Canadian city a month later.

Let me add my prayer that our Canadian neighbors and friends have a joyous, safe and successful Winter Olympics!  ..except in hockey, where I’ll be rooting for our men and women.  :-)

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I think I summed up my point of view in the title of this post.  I am very tired of the arm-waving, screaming in our face, out of control and irrational actions of the Gay Evangelists.  Are you?  You have read the CNA coverage of the Pope’ remarks.  Now, the next day international press version of the this story, as exemplified by AFP on Yahoo.   

To recap –What horrid thing did the Pope say?  He said that religious institutions such as the Church  should not be forced to hire, support or actively promote the gay agenda.  Most people agree with this, even if they don’t like the Catholic Church.   But the Gay Evangelists will keep pushing and yelling and arm-waving until they get their way.  Their temper tantrum has been making shocking headways since the ’70s.  Thank God for the Pope, for standing in the way. 

Let us join with him in standing up for our Christ’s teachings.

Anger after pope condemns gay-friendly laws

by Michael Thurston Michael Thurston 1 hr 42 mins ago

LONDON (AFP) – Gay-rights campaigners and secularists called on Tuesday for protests during a visit to Britain by Pope Benedict XVI this year after he condemned equality legislation seen as friendly to gays.

The 82-year-old pontiff made his comments on Monday, when he confirmed plans to visit Britain later this year in what would be the first such trip in 28 years. The papal trip is expected in September, one minister has said.

Human rights campaigner and gay activist Peter Tatchell said he saw the pope’s remarks as an attack on the legal rights granted to gay people and women.

“His ill-informed claim that our equality laws undermine religious freedom suggests that he supports the right of churches to discriminate in accordance with their religious ethos.

“He seems to be defending discrimination by religious institutions and demanding that they should be above the law.”

The pope said Britain “is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity.”

But he added that “the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.”

“In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed.”

Observers said the pontiff was referring to legislation that took effect on January 1, 2009 preventing adoption agencies — including Catholic ones — from discriminating against gay couples.

The government said equality legislation did not apply to purely religious jobs.

“Employment and non-discrimination law applies to religious organisations when they employ people in non-religious jobs in the same way that it does to all other employers,” said women and equality minister Harriet Harman.

“We have never insisted on non-discrimination legislation applying to religious jobs such as being a vicar, a bishop, an imam or a rabbi. Religious organisations can decide themselves how to do that.

“However, when it comes to non-religious jobs, those organisations must comply with the law.”

Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s spokesman said the premier had “enormous respect and admiration for the Pope and is very much looking forward to his visit”.

He did not comment directly on the pope’s remarks, but said: “The government has set out very clearly its position on equal opportunities and the legislation that Harriet Harman and others have talked about is very clear.”

The date of the papal trip has not been confirmed but Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy was quoted last year as saying ministers had drawn up a programme for a papal visit from September 16 to 19.

The National Secular Society (NSS) reacted furiously to the pope’s remarks.

Terry Sanderson, president of the NSS, said: “The taxpayer in this country is going to be faced with a bill of some 20 million pounds for the visit of the pope.

“A visit in which he has already indicated he will attack equal rights and promote discrimination.”

He said he would appeal to gay groups, feminist groups, family planning organisations, pro-choice groups, victim support groups and “anyone who feels under siege from the Vatican?s current militancy” to take part in the protests.


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The Pope, as is his custom, spoke directly, succinctly, faithfully and charitably to the English Bishops yesterday and the left-wingers, as is their custom, completely went nuts.  First, the Catholic News Agency coverage of his remarks.  Second, the Gay Evangelists response.

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2010 / 11:14 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI spoke to members of the English and Welsh Conference of Catholic Bishops on Monday in Rome as part of their “ad Limina” visit. He used the meeting to respond to the wide range of issues being confronted by local Church and urged them to look to Cardinal John Henry Newman as a model for combating relativism and increasing vocations.

The Pope led off his speech with optimism, granting that “even amid the pressures of a secular age, there are many signs of living faith and devotion among the Catholics of England and Wales.” As examples he cited the enthusiastic reaction in Britain to the visit of the relics of St. Therese and the growing anticipation for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, as well as the popularity among young people for World Youth Day pilgrimages.

Benedict XVI also confirmed that he would in fact be visiting Britain, saying, “On the occasion of my forthcoming Apostolic Visit to Great Britain, I shall be able to witness that faith for myself and, as Successor of Peter, to strengthen and confirm it.”

He then moved on to the business of the day, starting with a reference to current laws in the countries that “impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.” In response to these, the Holy Father urged the bishops “to ensure that the Church’s moral teaching be always presented in its entirety and convincingly defended.”

“Fidelity to the Gospel in no way restricts the freedom of others – on the contrary, it serves their freedom by offering them the truth,” he added.

Benedict XVI incited the bishops to be insistent in declaring that they have a right to enter the national debate “through respectful dialogue with other elements in society” to make the Gospel known.

Additionally, the Pope invited all members of the Catholic community of England and Wales involved in communicating the Gospel: to “speak with a united voice” and to “be attentive to the promptings of the Spirit, who guides the whole Church into the truth, gathers her into unity and inspires her with missionary zeal.”

The Holy Father continued by emphasizing that the lay faithful must be “equipped to hand on the faith to new generations comprehensively, accurately, and with a keen awareness that in so doing they are playing their part in the Church’s mission.”

Addressing the issue of dissension, the Pope cautioned the bishops that in a “social milieu that encourages the expression of a variety of opinions on every question that arises, it is important to recognize dissent for what it is, and not to mistake it for a mature contribution to a balanced and wide-ranging debate. It is the truth revealed through Scripture and Tradition and articulated by the Church’s Magisterium that sets us free.”

Pope Benedict XVI also presented the bishops with Cardinal Newman’s “outstanding example of faithfulness to revealed truth” as a model for not giving in to the voices of relativism and to “spare no effort in encouraging priestly vocations and emphasizing to the faithful the true meaning and necessity of the priesthood.”

He also implored them to make an effort to promote support and understanding among the lay faithful of the pastoral life and its difficulties, especially in the midst of “declining numbers and increasing pressures.”

The Holy Father concluded by inviting the bishops to “be generous in implementing the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus,” to bring members of the Anglican community into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Delegates from the Holy See and Great Britain are still negotiating the arrangements for the pastoral visit to the island in 2010. The culminating event of the trip could be the Pope officiating of the beatification rite of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

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…and all hell breaks loose.

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God’s amazing plan…

We remember it today, we celebrate it, and hopefully we are awed by it. 

May peace be with you all throughout this year.  May the wonder of God’s creation and Jesus’ incarnation stay with you long past the removal of your Christmas lights.  Please keep me, my family, your pastor, the Church and Pope Benedict in your prayers.  You are in mine.

God bless you.

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Associated Press reports:

Woman knocks down Pope at Christmas Eve Mass

By ARIEL DAVID, Associated Press Writer Ariel David, Associated Press Writer 20 mins ago

VATICAN CITY – A woman jumped the barriers in St. Peter’s Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass on Thursday.

The 82-year-old pope quickly got up and was unhurt, said a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini. Footage aired on Italy’s RAI state TV showed a woman dressed in a red jumper vaulting over the wooden barriers and rushing the pope before being swarmed by bodyguards.

The commotion occurred as the pope’s procession was making its way toward the main altar and shocked gasps rang out through the public that packed the basilica. The procession came to a halt and security rushed to the trouble spot.

Benedettini said the woman who pushed the pope appeared to be mentally unstable and had been arrested by Vatican police. He said she also knocked down Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, who was taken to hospital for a check up.

“During the procession an unstable person jumped a barrier and knocked down the Holy Father,” Benedettini told The Associated Press by telephone. “(The pope) quickly got up and continued the procession.”

After the incident, Benedict, flanked by tense bodyguards, resumed his walk to the basilica’s main altar to start the Mass. He did appear somewhat shaken and leaned heavily on aides and an armrest as he sat down in his chair.

Benedict made no reference to the incident as the service started. As a choir sang, he sprinkled incense on the altar before opening the Mass with the traditional wish for peace in Latin: “Pax vobis” (“Peace be with you”). The faithful responded: “Et cum spiritu tuo” (“And also with you”).

It was the second year in a row there was a security breach at the service. At the end of last year’s Mass a woman who had jumped the barriers got close to the pope but was quickly blocked on the ground by security.

Benedettini said it was not immediately known if the same woman was behind Thursday’s incident.

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I want to pay tribute publicly to all those who in silence, in deeds not in words, strive to practice the Evangelical law of love which drives the world forward. There are so many of them even here in Rome. They do not make the headlines. They are men and women of all ages, who realise that it is not worth condemning, complaining or recriminating; that it is better to respond to evil doing good; to change things; or better, to change people, so to improve society.” — Pope Benedict at Rome’s Piazza di Spagna for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (quoted in Whisper in the Loggia)

The local free weekly Metro Times had this wonderful article from Detroitblogger John in its November 25th edition.  Although the reporter says that Dr. Walker is not religious, I wonder how that is being defined.  I think from the article it is clear that this man is at least living a life of Christian works, and he can teach all of us a few lessons.  He is truly “practicing the Evangelical law of love.”  May God bless him.

The two men sitting side by side couldn’t be more different.

One is a dignified former college professor who quit his university job so he could teach people how to read. The other is an animated ex-con fresh out of jail who visits the teacher every day just to be in his presence, as if some of his eloquence will rub off. 

“I needed something like him in my life for quite some time,” says Scott Hudgins, the 44-year-old unofficial student of Mike Walker, the man he’s made his mentor. His eyes fill with admiration when he looks at Walker, his body language is deferential.

“He gives me a lot of good insight.” Hudgins served 18 years for operating an auto chop shop while on parole for armed robbery. 

The two sit in a cramped little store owned by the former teacher, who’s known as “Doctor” around here by those who know of his academic past. The place is regally named the Snack and Gift Shop of the Michigan Academy of Reading Improvement. It’s in a little cove of a brick basement in the Detroit Boulevard Hotel at Second and Temple, which rents cheap rooms in the Cass Corridor’s south end. 

Walker, 67, is a tenant here. He gave up university life and moved to this area to teach the less fortunate, one at a time.

“I serve everyone,” he says. “Adults, kids in elementary school, everybody. I’ve had people as old as in their 90s who want to improve their reading.”

His gift shop provides for the hotel’s residents and those from the neighborhood who have no fixed address. He sells the essentials, the items that he has learned, over time, that they need — toilet paper, snack foods, candy, salt and pepper, soap.  

You can see his customers outside through the narrow basement window, sitting on the steps of the Masonic Temple across the street. They’re the ones who line up at the soup kitchen at dinner time. The ones buying and selling drugs and sex on the corners.  

“They really aren’t any different than other people,” Walker says, looking outside. “We think that we’re different when we get education or get money, but we’re not any different. You go out in the nice neighborhoods, they can camouflage what they’re doing, and have parties behind closed doors where they use dope and there’s prostitution and everything else. Here, they don’t have the sophistication or the money to camouflage what they’re doing, so it’s just in the open.”

Some of them, like Hudgins, have made themselves Walker’s informal students. Sometimes they come in just to hang out and talk awhile with the man they all look up to.

Please continue to read the rest of the article….Metro Times – Cass class.

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