This blog contains information about the Ordinariate, the Secular Franciscan Order and the Catholic Church in general from a more traditional perspective.

The blog is associated with the Secular Franciscan Fraternity of St. Angela Merici Fraternity located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada within the Archdiocese of Toronto. It is also associated with the Sodality of the Good Shepherd, a community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

The views expressed on this blog are those of its administrator and do not necessarily reflect the views the Oshawa Fraternity or the Ordinariate Community of the Sodality of the Good Shepherd.

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols: Even If Disagreements Existed, There Was 'No Division' at Synod

The real question is whether the situation over the mid-synod statement was nothing more than a tempest in a teapot or a sign of genuine division in the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. Some have even suggested that it was the beginning of a schism. Only time will tell, but Cardinal Vincent Nichols holds that the opinion that there is no real division or an attempt to stray from the teachings of the church.

From my own personal viewpoint, I refrain from making an analysis of what happened, only to say that the mid-synod statement may have been hastily put together. Some good came out of it, in that it created a backlash among traditionalists which resulted in a more balanced statement by the end of the synod.

We can dwell on all this ad infinitum without being able to draw any conclusions. Thus, I re-iterate "Time will tell". Nevertheless, the whole thing created a sense of uneasiness within me and had the same effect on a number of people I have been in contact with.

This from ZENIT:

As the synod drew to a close, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, has expressed his belief that this Synod of Bishops will provide pastoral approaches to welcome Catholics back to the Church.

In an interview with ZENIT before the final session, Cardinal Nichols admitted that while there were disagreements, there was no division at this Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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A Personal Reflection

Up to now, I have refrained from making personal comments on this blog as far as the Ordinariate is concerned. I continue to support the Ordinariate, however my involvement in Ordinariate issues and in the Oshawa community has been somewhat reduced in the last few months. I must admit that I found it necessary to take a break from the Oshawa Sodality for more than two months in order to discern whether I wanted to continue with this or not. My desire to maintain my Anglican heritage within the Roman Catholic Church is what  drew me back into the Sodality of the Good Shepherd. However, most of my time, from a sacramental perspective is spent in other Catholic churches during the week where I frequently daily mass. Sundays are relegated to attending mass at the Oshawa Sodality. 

I have been a Roman Catholic for more than 33 years and wish to maintain my presence in the mainstream of the Catholic Church as well as having a foothold in the Ordinariate. I am especially drawn to the Tridentine Latin Mass which I still attend, at least one Sunday a month.

It is good that some communities within the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter are thriving and this is very encouraging.  Others, such as the Sodality  here in Oshawa have experienced a number of problems. A lack of real growth in numbers here, as far as committed members are concerned, has been sadly lacking. This is not to say that this can not be turned around, but it will require an increased effort on the part of the leadership of this community to take active steps to make gains in the size of the congregation.

As far as the Ordinariate experience in Canada, I personally find it has been disappointing to date. The Ordinariate communities here are relatively isolated and far apart from each other geographically and I have not seen any real active steps being undertaken to develop a greater sense of cohesion and community within the deanery. I have some thoughts about what could be done to remedy this, but alas, as a lay member I don't have much of a voice. The deanery is very much clericalized, in my opinion, and laity involvement is somewhat limited.

I am sorry to make these criticisms, but that's the way I personally see it. Other Ordinariate members have expressed a number of concerns, but few if any make their views publically known. I feel if they have concerns they should be writing letters to the Dean or the Ordinary, but I think few are willing to do this.

My point is this:

My involvement in the Ordinariate is somewhat passive and uninvolved, at this moment.  If I had to revert to the Archdiocese of Toronto, it would not be particularly upsetting to me. There are churches within the Archdiocese that can serve my traditional needs.

I think the important thing is to continue Sunday mass at the Sodality of the Good Shepherd, to pray for the needs of the Ordinariate and those in positions of leadership. I especially pray that the Holy Spirit may allow them to discern what has to be done to build a greater sense of community within the Canadian deanery. However, I can no longer be involved in exercises of frustration that have proven, in the past, to be disruptive my spiritual life and sense of peace.

Otherwise, I am leaving all this in God's hands. He knows better than I what needs to be done. In the meantime I simply go on within the Roman Catholic Church, as I have for 33 years whether it be as a member of the Ordinariate or the Archdiocese of Toronto.

I would like to remind anyone who  is reading this and may be a member of the Ordinariate, that the opinions above are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of other Ordinariate members here in Oshawa. Any dissatisfaction they have with the process should be voiced by them alone and I do not in any way make the pretense of speaking for them. They have a voice. Let them speak for themselves.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Oct 20 (Mon) St. Paul of the Cross, Priest

S. Pauli a Cruce Confessoris
 
Paul of the Cross was sprung of a noble family of the Danei, at Castellazzo, hard by Alessandria, in the Province of Acqui, in the territory of the then Republic of Genoa, but was born at Ovada, in the same province. The holiness with which he was afterwards to shine was foreshown by a strange light which filled his mother's chamber while she was in labour, and by the remarkable help which was bestowed upon him by the great Queen of Heaven, who delivered him unhurt from certain destruction when he was fallen into a river as a lad. From the first use of reason he burnt with love for Jesus crucified, and began to spend long times in contemplating Him. He chastised his innocent flesh with watching, scourging, fasting, and all severe hardships, and on Friday he drank vinegar mingled with gall. He was seized with a desire for martyrdom, and enlisted in the army which was being raised at Venice to fight against the Turks but in consequence of the Will of God, made known to him while he was in prayer, he left the army in order to serve in a more exalted regiment whose duty it should be to defend the Church and to toil for the eternal salvation of men. When he returned home he refused a very honourable marriage, and also the inheritance which was bequeathed to him by his father's brother, and would fain enter upon a straiter way of the cross and be clad by his own Bishop with a rough tunic. By command of the Bishop, on account of his eminent holiness of life and knowledge of the things of God, he began, even before he became a clerk, to toil in the Lord's field with great profit of souls by preaching the Word.

V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.

Collect 

MAY the Priest Saint Paul, whose only love was the Cross, obtain for us thy grace, O Lord, so that, urged on more strongly by his example, we may each embrace our own cross with courage. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.