Anglicans Who Want to Come Home

From the Catholic Bulletin
Posted: 12 Aug 2008 04:05 PM CDT

Anglicans Who Want to Come Home
Posted Aug. 12, 2008 12:24 PM by Dr. Jeff Mirus

Both before and during the decennial meeting of the Anglican bishops at Lambeth (July 16 – August 3), Vatican officials were muted, to say the least, in their public responses toward Anglicans exploring the possibility of reunion with Rome. The intensity of such explorations heightens every few years as the Anglican Communion gradually disintegrates over such questions as the ordination of women, the blessing of homosexual unions, and the ordination of homosexuals as bishops.

In response to what seems like a growing opportunity for Rome, the public lack of Catholic interest can be confusing. Thus Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, has been heard to discourage the idea of large numbers of Anglicans abandoning their Church for Rome, and even Benedict XVI has publicly confined himself to encouraging Anglican leaders to address their internal divisions in fidelity to the Gospel.

At the same time, however, various Anglican bishops have been in communication with Cardinal Kasper and other Vatican officials about the possibility of being brought into the Church all at once with their dioceses and parishes, under an expanded application of the Pastoral Provision. This Provision was made in 1980 by John Paul II to permit married U.S. Episcopalian priests and some parishes to return to Rome while maintaining a distinctive identity through an approved form of the liturgy called the Anglican Use. At least one Anglican bishop has called for a generous response on the part of Rome, on an even larger scale, to accommodate bishops and dioceses desiring union with Rome throughout the world. While public response has been muted, there is ample evidence of talks proceeding privately behind the scenes.

The difference between the public and the private, of course, is that the public is largely conditioned by diplomatic and ecumenical concerns. It would be both undiplomatic and unecumenical to make statements welcoming breakaway Anglicans at the expense of alienating a far larger number of their coreligionists who are not yet ready to seek reunion with Rome. And of course Benedict XVI would like the Anglicans to settle their internal divisions with fidelity to the Gospel; how could he not? Not only is this right in itself, but such fidelity is all it would take to bring the entire communion closer to Rome. In this light, it is interesting to note that even Cardinal Kasper, in his own address at the Lambeth Conference, stressed that the Anglicans had to decide whether they were going to be an apostolic Church or a Protestant one, a decision which has always haunted Anglicanism, which is the result of a compromise. That choice is critical to ecumenical success—or failure.

But what of the pastoral care of those who are beginning to understand that full truth and sacramental security can be found only in communion with Rome? Whatever the wisdom of public reticence (the result of a debatable prudential judgment), such pastoral care clearly demands a different sort of response, and that’s exactly what all the private talks are about. If the interest persists now that the politics of Lambeth is behind us, we can expect something very different to emerge. We can expect arrangements to be made for those Anglican bishops who really do wish—with their people—to come home.

Let us pray for all to be as one.

de Brantigny

Family emergency

I will be gone for a week or so, my father will be having surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his brain. It is about 16 hours to Chicago, from my home. Please remember in you prayers, all who are ill.


Ste. Thérèse of Lisieux

"Je me attens a mon juge, cest (c'est) le roy du ciel et de la terre" (1)

I belong to a web group, which I frequent daily, called the New Joan of Arc forum, it is made up of the faithful devoted to La Pucelle.

This last week or so they have been discussing Ste. Thérèse as Joan of Arc. In Ste. Thérèse's time before Joan was canonized there flourished in the world great devotion
to Joan. You may find the messages which are not hidden here...

You are invited to viist and to join.

From this thread I found this web site with some spectaular photos of Ste. Thérèse. You may find that here...

The Joan of Arc Center, by my friend Virgina Frohlick is here...

The Maid of Heaven site by Ben Kennedy is here...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to all you at the New Joan of Arc Forum.

(1)"I trust in my Judge, who is the King of Heaven and Earth".

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny


The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The 4th Glorious Mystery of the Rosary. August 15...

"All-powerful and ever-living God: You raised the sinless Virgin Mary, mother of your Son, body and soul, to the glory of heaven. May we see heaven as our final goal and come to share her glory."

I have here placed some portraits of the Blessed Virgin Mary being assumed into heaven. I should like the viewer to note the pictures of Mary being carried into Heaven by tiny Angels. I have changed my mind about these Angels. Once I thought they were cheribs, I now believe they are babies who have been aborted coming to guide their mother home to Heaven. It is not hard to see a visual prophecy.

Children always run to their mommy.

I have refrained from placing the name of the artist purposely because it is the Mother's feast day.

Pray to End Abortion.

de Brantigny


The Lady Clare, "shining in name, more shining in life," was born in the town of Assisi about the year 1193. Her mother was to become Blessed Ortolana di Fiumi. Her father is said to have been Favorino Scifi, Count of Sasso-Rosso, though whether he came of that noble branch of the Scifi family is not certain. Concerning Clare's childhood we have no reliable information. She was eighteen years old when St. Francis, preaching the Lenten sermons at the church of St. George in Assisi, influenced her to change the whole course of her life. It is likely that a marriage not to her liking had been proposed; at any rate, she went secretly to see Friar Francis and asked him to help her to live "after the manner of the Holy Gospel." Talking with him strengthened her desire to leave all worldly things behind and live for Christ. On Palm Sunday of that year, 1212, she came to the cathedral of Assisi for the blessing of palms, but when the others went up to the altar-rails to receive their branch of green, a sudden shyness kept Clare back. The bishop saw it and came down from the altar and gave her a branch.

The following evening she slipped away from her home and hurried through the woods to the chapel of the Portiuncula, where Francis was then living with his small community. He and his brethren had been at prayers before the altar and met her at the door with lighted tapers in their hands. Before the Blessed Virgin's altar Clare laid off her fine cloak, Francis sheared her hair, and gave her his own penitential habit, a tunic of coarse cloth tied with a cord. Then, since as yet he had no nunnery, he took her at once for safety to the Benedictine convent of St. Paul, where she was affectionately welcomed.

When it was known at home what Clare had done, relatives and friends came to rescue her. She resisted valiantly when they tried to drag her away, clinging to the convent altar so firmly as to pull the cloths half off. Baring her shorn head, she declared that Christ had called her to His service, she would have no other spouse, and the more they continued their persecutions the more steadfast she would become. Francis had her removed to the nunnery of Sant' Angelo di Panzo, where her sister Agnes, a child of fourteen, joined her. This meant more difficulty for them both, but Agnes' constancy too was victorious, and in spite of her youth Francis gave her the habit. Later he placed them in a small and humble house, adjacent to his beloved church of St. Damian, on the outskirts of Assisi, and in 1215, when Clare was about twenty-two, he appointed her superior and gave her his rule to live by. She was soon joined by her mother and several other women, to the number of sixteen. They had all felt the strong appeal of poverty and sackcloth, and without regret gave up their titles and estates to become Clare's humble disciples. Within a few years similar convents were founded in the Italian cities of Perugia, Padua, Rome, Venice, Mantua, Bologna, Milan, Siena, and Pisa, and also in various parts of France and Germany. Agnes, daughter of the King of Bohemia, established a nunnery of this order in Prague, and took the habit herself.

The "Poor Clares," as they came to be known, practiced austerities which until then were unusual among women. They went barefoot, slept on the ground, observed a perpetual abstinence from meat, and spoke only when obliged to do so by necessity or charity. Clare herself considered this silence desirable as a means of avoiding the innumerable sins of the tongue, and for keeping the mind steadily fixed on God. Not content with the fasts and other mortifications required by the rule, she wore next her skin a rough shirt of hair, fasted on vigils and every day in Lent on bread and water, and on some days ate nothing. Francis or the bishop of Assisi sometimes had to command her to lie on a mattress and to take a little nourishment every day.

Discretion, came with years, and much later Clare wrote this sound advice to Agnes of Bohemia: "Since our bodies are not of brass and our strength is not the strength of stone, but instead we are weak and subject to corporal infirmities, I implore you vehemently in the Lord to refrain from the exceeding rigor of abstinence which I know you practice, so that living and hoping in the Lord you may offer Him a reasonable service and a sacrifice seasoned with the salt of prudence."

Francis, as we know, had forbidden his order ever to possess revenues or lands or other property, even when held in common. The brothers were to subsist on daily contributions from the people about them. Clare also followed this way of life. When she left home she had given what she had to the poor, retaining nothing for her own needs or those of the convent. Pope Gregory IX proposed to mitigate the requirement of absolute poverty and offered to settle a yearly income on the Poor Ladies of St. Damien. Clare, eloquent in her determination never to break her vows to Christ and Francis, got permission to continue as they had begun. "I need," she said, "to be absolved from my sins, but I do not wish to be absolved from my obligation to follow Jesus Christ." In 1228, therefore, two years after Francis' death, the Pope granted the Assisi sisterhood a Privilegium paupertatis, or Privilege of Poverty, that they might not be constrained by anyone to accept possessions. "He who feeds the birds of the air and gives raiment and nourishment to the lilies of the field will not leave you in want of clothing or of food until He come Himself to minister to you for eternity." The convents in Perugia and Florence asked for and received this privilege; other convents thought it more prudent to moderate their poverty. Thus began the two observances which have ever since been perpetuated among the Poor Clares, as they later came to be called. The houses of the mitigated rule are called Urbanist, from the concession granted them in 1263 by Pope Urban IV. But as early as 1247 Pope Innocent IV had published a revised form of the rule, providing for the holding of community property. Clare, the very embodiment of the spirit and tradition of Francis, drew up another rule stating that the sisters should possess no property, whether as individuals or as a community. Two days before she died this was approved by Pope Innocent for the convent of St. Damian.

Clare governed the convent continuously from the day when Francis appointed her abbess until her death, a period of nearly forty years. Yet it was her desire always to be beneath all the rest, serving at table, tending the sick, washing and kissing the feet of the lay sisters when they returned footsore from begging. Her modesty and humility were such that after caring for the sick and praying for them, she often had other sisters give them further care, that their recovery might not be imputed to any prayers or merits of hers. Clare's hands were forever willing to do whatever there was of woman's work that could help Francis and his friars. "Dispose of me as you please," she would say. "I am yours, since I have given my will to God. It is no longer my own." She would be the first to rise, ring the bell in the choir, and light the candles; she would come away from prayer with radiant face.

The power and efficacy of her prayers are illustrated by a story told by Thomas of Celano, a contemporary. In 1244, Emperor Frederick II, then at war with the Pope, was ravaging the valley of Spoleto, which was part of the patrimony of the Holy See. He employed many Saracens in his army, and a troop of these infidels came in a body to plunder Assisi. St. Damien's church, standing outside the city walls, was one of the first objectives. While the marauders were scaling the convent walls, Clare, ill as she was, had herself carried out to the gate and there the Sacrament was set up in sight of the enemy. Prostrating herself before it, she prayed aloud: "Does it please Thee, O God, to deliver into the hands of these beasts the defenseless children whom I have nourished with Thy love? I beseech Thee, good Lord, protect these whom now I am not able to protect." Whereupon she heard a voice like the voice of a little child saying, "I will have them always in My care." She prayed again, for the city, and again the voice came, reassuring her. She then turned to the trembling nuns and said, "Have no fear, little daughters; trust in Jesus." At this, a sudden terror seized their assailants and they fled in haste. Shortly afterward one of Frederick's generals laid siege to Assisi itself for many days. Clare told her nuns that they, who had received their bodily necessities from the city, now owed it all the assistance in their power. She bade them cover their heads with ashes and beseech Christ as suppliants for its deliverance. For a whole day and night they prayed with all their might- and with many tears, and then "God in his mercy so made issue with temptation that the besiegers melted away and their proud leader with them, for all he had sworn an oath to take the city."

Another story, which became very popular in later times, told how Clare and one of her nuns once left their cloister and went down to the Portiuncula to sup with Francis, and how a marvelous light radiated from the room where they sat together. However, no contemporary mentions this story, nor any other writer for at least one hundred and fifty years, whereas Thomas of Celano says that he often heard Francis warning his followers to avoid injudicious association with the sisters, and he states flatly that Clare never left the enclosure of St. Damian.

During her life and after her death there was disagreement at intervals between the Poor Clares and the Brothers Minor as to their correct relations. The nuns maintained that the friars were under obligation to serve their needs in things both spiritual and temporal. When in 1230 Pope Gregory IX forbade the friars to visit the convents of the nuns without special license, Clare feared the edict might lead to a complete severing of the ties established by Francis. She thereupon dismissed every man attached to her convent, those who served their material needs as well as those who served them spiritually; if she could not have the one, she would not have the other. The Pope wisely referred the matter to the minister general of the Brothers Minor to adjust. After long years of sickness borne with sublime patience, Clare's life neared its end in the summer of 1253. Pope Innocent IV came to Assisi to give her absolution, remarking, "Would to God I had so little need of it!" To her nuns she said, "Praise the Lord, beloved daughters, for on this most blessed day both Jesus Christ and his vicar have deigned to visit me." Prelates and cardinals gathered round, and many people were convinced that the dying woman was truly a saint. Her sister Agnes was with her, as well as three of the early companions of Francis-Leo, Angelo, and Juniper. They read aloud the Passion according to St. John, as they had read it at the death-bed of Francis twenty-seven years before. Someone exhorted Clare to patience and she replied, "Dear brother, ever since through His servant Francis I have known the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, I have never in my whole life found any pain or sickness that could trouble me." To herself she was heard to say, "Go forth without fear, Christian soul, for you have a good guide for your journey. Go forth without fear, for He that created you has sanctified you, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother."

Pope Innocent IV and his cardinals assisted at the funeral of the abbess. The Pope would have had her canonized immediately had not the cardinals present advised against it. His successor, Alexander IV, canonized her after two years, in 1255, at Anagni. Her body, which lay first in the church of St. George in Assisi, was translated to a stately church built to receive it in 1260. Nearly six hundred years later, in 1850, it was discovered, embalmed and intact, deep down beneath the high altar, and subsequently removed to a new shrine in the crypt, where, lying in a glass case, it may still be seen. In 1804 a change was made in the rule of the Poor Clares, originally a contemplative order, permitting these religious to take part in active work. Today there are houses of the order in North and South America, Palestine, Ireland, England, as well as on the Continent. The emblem of St. Clare is a monstrance, and in art she is frequently represented with a ciborium.

Saint Clare, Virgin, Foundress of the Poor Clares. Celebration of Feast Day is August 12th by the pre-1970 liturgical calendar and August 11th (the actual date of her death) by the present one.

Taken from "Lives of Saints", Published by John J. Crawley & Co., Inc.

Thanks and a special prayer for the Priest's and the Nuns at EWTN

God is Still King!
de Brantigny

Jesuit artifacts to be shown

Jesuit Exibition Of Neat Catholic Things, from Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit

Exhibition of religious artifacts

ST FRANCIS Xavier’s Church, Liverpool, will be holding an exhibition of artefacts from July 30 to the end of September. The Jesuit church of St Francis Xavier, Langsdale Street, will host a collection of artifacts on loan from Stoneyhurst College, Lancashire, including St Thomas More ’s gold crucifix and his hat, John Cardinal Morton’s skull, Katherine of Aragon’s chasuble, the eye of Blessed Edward Oldcorne and James II’s prayer book. The exhibition helps celebrate Liverpool’s role of 2008 European Capital of Culture and is open to the public. For more information about the exhibition and planned events please visit www.sfxchurchliverpool.com

Link (here)

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Joseph.

de Brantigny


Back again

After a week of no blogging I have returned. It has been a gruelling week of re certification, and demonstrating my skills. I should like to thank those who in spite of my absence have seen fit to visit.

A lot has happened this last week.

My father went into the hospital on Friday and my mother-in-law went in on Saturday. Please pray for them.

The Olympics have started in China, who has not come through with their agreement to control pollution, human rights in Tibet, or freedom of expression with in that country. It seems as though one of the worst polluters in the world is given a pass by Al Gore. Al Gore has said in the past that the United States is a major cause of green house gasses. He has remained a bit reticent about the whole thing. Incidentally it is 82 degrees F. in Raleigh today.

Russia has invaded Georgia. No they are not marching on 'Lanta like Uncle Billy Sherman, but they are doing what has been learned from their communist examples. They are throwing their weight around. If anyone hasn't noticed, this is a slap in the face of the United States whose ally is the former soviet republic of Georgia, and who has troops fighting alongside of Americans in Iraq. Thanks God for the UN...

The cost of oil is down. Aunt Nancy Pelosi is still on vacation while the media focuses on the congressmen who remained behind in Washington to protest the failure of the House to pass a comprehensive energy bill. Nancy told America what the house would do with a Democratic majority and she has. They have done nothing. Of course Nancy doesn't have to drive to work, she has someone to do that for her. Congress will vote themselves a pay raise(1) to off set the cost of living though.

I made a pilgrimage to Walmart this weekend. I hate Walmart, not for getting a profit, but for being so damn big. I have never just gotten in and out except at 7 AM. It is at least a 2 hour ordeal. The fashion terrorists were out in force. I wish we had a Department of Homeland Fashion Security. Here are some no-no's in fashion. Women in tank tops who are one tattoo short of the perfect woman, the barbed wire thing around the arm, the rose bush on the hand which culminates in a bud above the breast, and the green thing on the ankle which looks like there is a growth there. Men in purple suit coat, shirt, tie, shoes and trousers. hats worn at odd angles on the head. I used to take mine off, now I leave it at home. Teen aged girls wearing tee shirts, printed with all manner of vulgarity, (who are not to be burdened with a bra). I long for the day when I hear, " Fashion accident on aisle 7 housewares...

The unfortunate thing is I see the same kind of thing at Mass... I have seen at Mass, "Mettalica" tee shirts, gum chewing going to communion, grown men in short pants just run in for Mass then back to the fishing boat... Flip flops, tank tops, excessive makeup on little girls... I could go on but I will get sick. Is it any wonder why we are losing Priests and the faithful? Now about thjose protestant hymns...

Well that's off my chest...

(1) Actually it is a negative vote, in other words they have to vote NOT to raise their pay or it is automatic.

God save us,
de Brantigny