And tells of his experiences- including interesting details on aspects of life in the Jesuit order in the New York metropolitan area.
(Above and below) In the “upper church” the great window of the Second Coming – with a commemoration of St. Etheldreda(Audrey)
One of the few medieval London churches to survive the Great Fire of London… Returned to Catholic hands in the 19th century.
And now the “lower church” or “crypt” has become a venue for parties: a dinner of the International Bar Association last Monday amid the statues of the past.
To the late Brent Bozell and Triumph magazine from neoconservatism, which movement seems to be groping towards the same conclusions on America reached by Bozell and Triumph – only some 45 years later:
“The End of American Civic Christianity” by Rod Dreher (see also the First Things discussion to which it refers)
There is much that is sensible written in these essays. However, the conclusion of George Weigel’s contribution – which returns to the same First Things cliches – demonstrates that the neoconservative movement still has to pass through a long process of understanding:
“The answer in America is to revitalize a civil society rooted in the moral truths embodied in human nature. Only a civil society so rooted is capable of sustaining pluralist democracy without imploding into chaos or sinking into the dictatorship of relativism. And it is likely that only the Church, among American civil-society institutions, can lead in that long process of national civic renewal.”
Today, of course, Catholic neoconservatism must face not only complete rejection by American Civil Society but also specific repudiation of all its main points by the Bishop of Rome. Here too an apology is due. In this case the mea culpa should be directed to the many traditionalists, true conservatives and “palaeocons” of the post-Triumph decades who were the target of neoconservative abuse on ecclesiastical and liturgical issues. But, as recent exchanges reveal, not everyone at First Things has come as far in his understanding of Francis as have the participants in the above exchanges in their assessment of American civil society.
A blessed and merry Christmas to all of our friends, benefactors and readers!
(Above: The window of the Nativity in St. Thomas More Church, New York. The parish is scheduled by the Archdiocese to close in August 2015)
“The observance of Ember days is the cherished tradition in the Roman Church. Four times a year, at the turn of the seasons, it was the custom to devote 3 days of the week, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdayt o prayer and fasting, so as to implore God’s blessing on the new season and on the ordinations which took place during the vigil on the Saturday-Sunday night. Advent, which is a later institution, has imbued the December Ember days with the distinctive note of expectation and preparation for Christmas.” (St Andrew Daily Missal)
Anyone who regularly attends the 9:30 Solemn Mass at St. Mary’s will be familiar with the Schola Cantorum, which sings at that Mass each week. But this evening’s Lessons and Carols service featured the other choirs of St. Mary’s Church—all of which are themselves strong choirs.The depth and quality of the choir program at St. Mary’s is indeed impressive. On the program were the St. Mary’s Choir (which sings weekly at the 11 am Mass), El Coro Hispano de Santa Maria under the direction of Welder Gomez (which sings at the 1:15 Spanish Mass), the St. Mary’s Student Schola, and the Regina Pacis Academy Schola. Musical selections for Advent alternated with scriptural readings, and the evening closed with Adoration and Benediction.
Charles Weaver, Student Schola Assistant Director, accompanies on the mandolin.
The St. Mary’s Choir
El Coro Hispano de Santa Maria
Thursday, December 11, 7 pm, Advent Evening of Recollection, featuring Rev. John Perricone, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Monmouth St., Betweeon 6th and 7th, Jersey City, NJ.
Friday December 12, 7 pm, Advent Lessons and Carols, St. Mary Church, Norwalk
The St. Mary’s Choir, El Coro Hispano de Santa María, The St. Mary’s Student Schola,The Regina Pacis Academy Schola.
Chants of Advent, choral motets, & congregational hymns will culminate in Adoration Benediction of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. A festive reception will follow.
Saturday December 13, 6:30 am, Rorate Mass, St. Mary Church, Greenwich, information
Saturday, December 13,10 am, Chapel of Santa Febronia at 557 5th Street, Hoboken, N.J., Sung Mass in honor of St. Lucy, information
Sunday, December 14, 3:30 pm, Vox in Rama, A Program of Sacred Christmas Music, Church of Holy Innocents, New York, NY, Solemn Vespers and Benediction, Sacred Music from Around the World
Thursday, December 18, 7 pm, Advent Evening of Recollection, Catholic Artists Society, The Catholic Center at NYU, 238 Thompson Street, New York
The Sisters of the Divine Compassion suddenly have put their White Plains campus – on the National Registrar of Historic Places – on the market. Endangered are an elementary school, a high school and the beautiful Chapel of Divine Compassion. In the chapel is the tomb of the founder of this order, Msgr. Thomas Preston, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. His famous parish in New York, St. Ann’s, has already been destroyed – will he now lose the chapel that was his final resting place as well? The foundreess is buried in the chapel as well.
Alumnae and others are organizing to save as much as they can. They have the benefit of a video, prepared by the Sisters of the Divine Compassion themselves last year to assist in fundraising!
For more information on the – so far unavailing – campaign to save the Good Counsel Academy (the high school) and chapel see HERE.
It’s official – from Radio Vatican.
Since the post on the Vatican Radio site seems to have disappeared, here is the post from Abuse Tracker:
Schweiz: Kein „Franziskus-Effekt“
[The numbers of Catholics in Switzerland who left the church increased slightly in most cantons during 2013.]
Die Zahl der Kirchenaustritte ist 2013 in den meisten Kantonen wieder leicht angestiegen. Das zeigt sich beim Blick auf neue Daten des Schweizerischen Pastoralsoziologischen Instituts (SPI). Es könne also nicht von einem „Franziskus-Effekt“ gesprochen werden, vielmehr belegten die neuesten Zahlen das Gegenteil, schreibt das Institut in einer Medienmitteilung. Sowohl die Kircheneintritte als auch die Kirchenaustritte weisen laut SPI „keine ‘positive’ Tendenz“ im Sinne eines starken Rückgangs bei den Austritten und einer starken Zunahme bei den Eintritten auf. Im Gegenteil sei etwa seit den letzten fünf Jahren eine Zunahme der Austritte feststellbar. Betroffen von einer stetig wachsenden Zahl von Mitgliederaustritten sind sowohl die römisch-katholische als auch die evangelisch-reformierte Kirche.
(It never existed except in the reports of Western news media – SC)
(Thanks to “Abuse Tracker“)