Saturday, December 17, 2011

Random thoughts

  • I can't stand Patheos. It's like the Borg on Star Trek. It takes fun bloggers and turns them into drones. Being with Patheos has  completely ruined the once delightful Anchoress and I just hope that Crescat doesn't change.

  • I don't understand the whole Anglican Ordinariate thing. Why can't people just convert on their own instead of the whole parish, "priest" (I thought the Anglican orders were invalid? Did this change?) and the building coming over with their own version of the Mass. Why not go to RCIA--wretched as it usually is and be done with it? I'm not knocking the Ordinariate. I just don't understand why it is necessary and why the Anglican patrimony is supposed to be such a boon for the Church. The Anglican church was founded because Henry VIII was a vicious lustful  sociopath who wanted a new woman and discarded his  devoted wife, only legitimate child, religion, faithful friends and servants and went on a killing spree.

    It's confusing because the same commentators who go into raptures about the beauty of the Anglo-Catholic service  and who hope if will either influence the Novus Ordo  or that they will  soon be able to take refuge in an approved  Ordinariate Mass would eat a brick before they'd go to a TLM.

  • I really miss the Gregorian Rite Catholic blog. Prima's wit was like an electric knife slicing through blubber.

  • Dear bishops who signed their names to this letter, I suggest that the next time you want want money for something in your diocese you ask donations from outside the country because you don't seem to give a hoot about the laws, and very real concerns of your American flock who have to deal with the problems massive illegal immigration brings.  

  • If Youth only knew, if Age only could.... Hilary White has written something with painful, avert your eyes honesty  about the bad gambles  girls make when we're young  because all the cool people told us that we must or be losers and how we can suffer will the debt comes due.

  • I  read this  post from the Vestal morons blog which uses Star Wars as a metaphor for Vatican II and what happened after.  I think he's wrong about a couple of things. Padme Amidala was a passive aggressive  idiot so she can't represent the pre-concilar Church and Obi Wan certainly wasn't Paul VI. Jar Jar Binks on the other hand, oh yeah, the young writer is absolutely spot on about Jar Jar.

  • There is a candy store near where I work that sells blasphemous "humor" items. Their Christmas display this year features revolting images of Jesus and Mary on various things that I will not attempt to describe. The owner of the shop must really hate Catholics. He or she always has something mocking nuns or priests in the window. I can't imagine how much time he or she takes to find all this stuff. For this reason I refuse to buy anything from the store or even go in there. The candy is supposed to be really good but as long as Christians make excuses and buy from people like the owner of this shop we are feeding the beast.

  • Speaking of work I wish I had the senority and the nerve to pull this off:


LarryD said...

Dymphna - vis a vis the Borg. You and I think alike.

Star Trek TNG: To Blog Where No One Has Blogged Before

LarryD said...

Oops - I mean Re: the Borg.

Matthew M said...

Dymphna, you do go on..........
Why so vexed over the new Ordinariate?
Look at it this way - before The Council of Trent there were many Uses of the Roman Rite. After the Council many were abolished others retained such as Monastic Uses as well as the Mozarabic, Ambrosian and the Religious Carmelite and Dominican Uses. Consider the Ordinariate (Anglican) Use to be a version of the old Sarum Use. Sarum was never abolished, Queen Mary I restored it at her accession to the Throne over the Tridentine and when the Catholic Hierarchy was restored in the 19th Century they could have restored Sarum as well.
Your angst and anger (I've seen your comments elsewhere) is most unbecoming and it exhibits a virolent jealously.
When a group of Syro-Malankara Churches were received into the Catholic Church a few years ago, priests, buildings, people, etc. were you angry they didn't go through RCIA? Or didn't that concern you?
You obviously don't care to learn "why" the Holy Father is doing this so I question your loyalty and faithfulness to the Pope and Magisterium.
You need to step back, do some research, read 'The Roman Option' as suggested and get over yourself. Open your heart.
Learn something new.
One more thing - the people coming in from the various Episcopal/Anglican jurisdictions and groups will be far better schooled in the Faith than you obviously were or anyone else through that post-Vatican II RCIA mess that has destroyed the faith of countless young people and driven who knows how many adults away (like me at one time). Fortunately I found a Byzantine Catholic Parish and priest who was Orthodox in Doctrine and taught me the True Catholic Faith by example as well as words. Oh yes, we Byzantines probably aren't "REAL" Catholics, right?

Mrs. H. said...

Stanley: Love it, love it, love it!! A blessed Christmas, Dymphna and Rocky!
Mrs. H.

japotillor said...

Matthew, relax :)

Spot on Dymphna, especially with Patheos (or however you spell it)...

Have a blessed rest of Advent and Christmas season

Joe of St Therese.

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

Dymphna, Patheos turning bloggers into drones might not be an entirely bad thing. I'd like to see our mutual bete noir, Mark Shea, who also posts on Patheos, turned into a drone. A lobotomy would be better, but nobody does them anymore, so I'll settle for drone.
The immigration thing burns me too. Here in Peoria, the "legal" immigrants are helping the illegals. What a fine example the Mexican-American Catholics are setting for us in Peoria! The only 'help' these illegal should get in a one-way ticket back to Mexico!

The Crescat said...

Dymphna, if I ever start to veer off course I hope you keep me in check. :-)

Lola said...


I have never watched the Office.
Amen Stanley! I laughed so hard the tears are still in my eyes!

I saw this and wondered if you attended the Cookie Tour? I know you have so much on your plate already, but it looked like a whole lotta fun.

God Bless you and Rocky and you whole family.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"Why can't people just convert on their own instead of the whole parish, "priest" (I thought the Anglican orders were invalid? Did this change?) and the building coming over with their own version of the Mass."

As having converted on my own and often changed parish since, that I CAN explain.

Some people would feel alright about Roming as such, but less OK about coming alone to a new parish.

On the other hand, if an Anglican High Church parish has been talking about Roming quite a lot in the parish, some Catholic parishes might not want an invasion of new converts coming all at the same time.

"(I thought the Anglican orders were invalid? Did this change?)"


To Ratzinger, back under Ordinariate times, the churchmen needed to be ordained after conversion.

Bergoglio who gave Tony Palmer (neither converted nor ordained and consecrated by anyone I know has valid orders) a burial as of a Catholic bishop, is on the other hand not a friend of the Ordiariate. He called conversion "solemn nonsense".

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"When a group of Syro-Malankara Churches were received into the Catholic Church a few years ago, priests, buildings, people, etc. were you angry they didn't go through RCIA? Or didn't that concern you?"

Unlike Anglicans, Syro-Malankara - are they Nestorians or sth? - do have valid orders.

However, another problem is that FSSPX pointed out the priest chief of Ordinariate had inadequate doctrinal changes since before, since he believed all religions lead to salvation.