Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The New Evangelisation?

Compare and contrast:

"They (the advisory group of Bishops), made it clear that the Extraordinary Form was not to be celebrated here, but that seminarians were free, within the constraints of the timetable, to experience the Extraordinary form where it is provided locally, both at home and here in the Archdiocese of Birmingham."     From Oscott College House Notes.

Yesterday's Gospel(Ordinary Form of the Mass):

"When Jesus saw the vast crowd, His heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd, and He began to teach them many things.
By now, it was already late and His disciples approached Him and said 'This is a deserted place and it is already very late. Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.'
He said to them in reply 'Give them some food yourselves'. But they said to Him "Are we to buy 200 days' wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?'
He asked them, 'How many loaves do you have? Go and see.'
And when they had found out, they said 'Five loaves and 2 fish'. So He gave them orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass. the people took their places in rows by 100s and by 50s.
Then, taking the 5 loaves, the 2 fish and looking up to heaven, He said the blessing, broke the loaves and gave them to His disciples to set before the people, He also divided the 2fish among them all.
They all ate and all were satisfied. And they picked up12 wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish. Those who ate of the loaves were 5000 men."      Mk 6 34-44


  1. Thank you for this sound post, Charlie. This statement by the Bishops leaves me with a very cold feeling. I try to be charitable but, all too often fail in the face of such appalling leadership.

  2. Hi Charlie ,I think I live quite close to you.
    I am training at Oscott for the permanent Diaconate it is a wonderful place and my formation is incredibly thorough .
    But this ban on the Extraordinary Form shows that the church hierarchy are overwhelmingly Post Vatican 2.
    My opinion is that our Church did not start in 1962/63!!
    We have much to rediscover/recover.
    Keep up the good work.
    God Bless.

  3. Hi Simon! I know who you are!! Thanks so much for your comment! With prayers for your studies and all your family, Charlie