Sunday, December 31, 2006

Polish in on the act

Rorate Caeli has posted the Declaration on the use of the Traditional Liturgy which was signed by Polish intellectuals and Members of Parliament including the Speaker of the National Parliament. Perhaps we can get an Australian version? I can think of about two dozen of the top of my head that would count and a few dozen more who aren't regulars that would oblige. But it begs the question, whether these things actually work when it comes to the Vatican?

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Whoops, there goes St. Michael

I will make a rash promise that Speck will return sometime in the New Year.
"Father - er - does a new statue cost very much?"

The Pope's Cologne

I got onto this tip from Dominicanus who suggests buying it for the priest who has everything! It's a website that claims to have re-created the cologne worn by Pope Pius IX in the 19th Century! Here is the exert from the website:
The Pope’s Cologne is a classic Old World cologne made from the private formula of Pope Pius IX (1792-1878). We obtained this formula from descendants of the commander of his Papal Guard and lifelong friend, General Charles Charette. We have followed this complex, exclusive formula meticulously, using the same essential oils that his perfumers used 150 years ago. We believe that we have succeeded in capturing the same fragrance that he and those around him enjoyed so long ago. This is a truly extraordinary cologne with surprising freshness and notes of violet and citrus. We are pleased that you will have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful, historic fragrance. It is an honor for us to be able to produce it and make it available for your pleasure today.
There was an article published about it in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Priests and Politics

This first one doesn't relate to a priest, rather a former bishop (and a hat tip to Rocco Palmo too). It seems a former Paraguayan bishop is about to run for President. Fernando Lugo was appointed bishop of the impoverished northern San Pedro diocese by Pope John Paul II in 1994, but 10 years later he was ordered to retire. There was no official reason.
The Vatican on Tuesday called on a retired Roman Catholic bishop to give up his plans to run for Paraguay's presidency or face canonical sanctions.

But retired Bishop Fernando Lugo said he had already resigned from the priesthood to lead a planned opposition alliance and challenge conservative President Nicanor Duarte of the Colorado Party in elections scheduled for May 2008.

I wonder how long it will be until a priest, or former-priest, has a run here in Australia. Remember this Canadian priest? There is a difference here in that the country is rather secular compared with the South American countries however that may not deter some... without publishing any names...
This second one surrounds the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. (Hat tip Curt Jester) There are reports that he is considering setting up his own state-sponsored church with him as the head bishop. Note that Venezuela is at least 90% Catholic! Father Jonathan Morris wrote this story for Fox News.
Archbishop Hugo Chavez?

Try to imagine Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, dressed up as a bishop — the head bishop — of his own state-sponsored church.

According to media reports coming out of Latin America, President Chavez is considering a proposal that would establish him as the high priest of his own form of evangelical Christianity, convert his cabinet members into bishops of a lower rank, and submit church activities to the civil and military power of his government.

It is still unclear who is behind the proposal. Publicly, it has taken the form of a petition by leaders of “Centro Cristiano de Salvación” (Christian Center of Salvation). The association claims to represent 17,000 evangelical churches and 5,000,000 Venezuelans. Their request is simple: make their denomination the country’s official religion, teach it in all public schools and pay the pastors from government coffers. In turn, they will make Chavez their head bishop and promise to submit absolutely to his authority.
Some call the Venezuelan leader “El Loco,” but if these reports are true, President Chavez deserves more credit. He may be crazy, but he’s not dumb. He promised the world that his recent re-election would launch the second phase of his so-called “Bolivarian Socialist Revolution” and he is now keeping his promise.
Full story...

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Lutherans blogging

I've just (somehow) found a Lutheran blog with a very very funny piece. The blog is Horn + Swoggled and it seems that there are maybe nearly as meny Lutheran blogs out there to match the Catholic ones. And as is the case with us, the Lutherans that are blogging are mostly pretty traditional and orthodox.

Anyway the story I came across was on Liturgy Card Girls Highlight Blended Worship.
Faced with an alarming absence of men in its pews, one Iowa church is borrowing from successful fight promoters in a new form of "blended worship" designed to please a wide audience. The Third United Methodist Church of Ames will continue to use the historic liturgical form of worship, but has begun using bikini-clad "liturgy card girls" to announce each new part of the traditional service.

"Men are staying away more and more on Sunday morning," said Pastor William Knight, a 52-year-old former marketing consultant. "We need to do whatever it takes to fulfill the Great Commission by winning men's hearts for God."

Knight initially proposed scrapping liturgical worship altogether, replacing it with a contemporary football-themed service. When some younger members complained that they desired to deep the "solemnity" of the liturgy, Knight struck a compromise involving the liturgy card girls.

"We're all going to have to sacrifice if we're going to re-engage men in the life of the church," said Pastor Knight. "That includes some young women who are going to have to sacrifice some of their clothing for the sake of their erring Christian brothers."

Oh dear. I'm not sure if it's working and I wonder what kind of men it's bringing to the liturgy.

George Pell: God doesn't take sides in politics

This article was published in The Australian today. I think His Eminence has made a brave move by challenging both Kevin Rudd and his Christian counterparts in the ALP to press for reforms within the ALP in favour of family and life. If you want to read the whole article see here.
IN his recent Acton Lecture, The Australian's Paul Kelly pointed out that God was making a comeback across the world, so that 70 per cent of the world's population will be Christian, Muslim or Hindu in 2025. In 1900 they were 50 per cent of a much smaller population.
In Kevin Rudd's earlier outspoken article in the October issue of The Monthly, "Faith in Politics", he obviously also felt that God was doing well in Australia, at least for the moment. He praised St Thomas More and especially the Protestant pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, killed by the Nazis, as an example of muscular Christianity, urging that the church should be in the middle of the village, not on the boundaries where human powers give out.

There is a certain tension in Rudd's approach because Bonhoeffer and More, executed by Henry VIII, are martyrs and it is difficult to be more marginalised than that, but he argues cogently against the political orchestration of various forms of organised Christianity in support of "the conservative incumbency".

The Opposition Leader obviously felt that his religiously framed attack on a host of Coalition policies would enhance the electoral fortunes of the Australian Labor Party and his own campaign for the leadership. He has been proved right on the second of these two issues.
Politicians and church leaders come to the problems of church and state, of religion and politics, from different perspectives. While politicians have an undoubted concern for the common good, their immediate goal is to present their arguments in a way that enables them to win power for their political party. On the other hand, religious leaders can afford a more objective approach, examining each issue from the perspective of traditional belief and the wellbeing of the community.
Political opinions vary among clergy and laity, and my own preference is for Christians to belong to the various parties rather than the churches having all their eggs in one basket. Like Rudd, I do not see the Christian churches as the political handmaiden of the conservative political establishment but neither do I see church leaders as handmaidens or regular spokesmen for the Opposition. Bishops and moderators have the right, and sometimes the duty, to speak out on public moral issues, to praise as well as blame any of the agencies in public life. Generally the instinct should be for co-operation, not confrontation, recognising that a strident advocacy for the marginalised, vulnerable and oppressed is often easier than helping them.

Moving from these personal perspectives, I welcome Rudd's religious concerns without necessarily sharing his conclusions. He does not challenge the separation of church and state in any way and effectively rebukes those secularists who wish to exclude Christian considerations from public discussion.

However, it remains to be seen how widely the ALP will avoid following the pattern of the Democrats in the US where, until the recent elections, Christians were not wanted as candidates.

Preselection of Labor candidates is not in the hands of the parliamentary leader. It is performed by local party members and-or elected bodies where secular influences are much stronger than in the general community. The influence of Emily's List in the selection of pro-abortion female candidates for the Labor Party is well known.

If the party were to follow nationally the old-fashioned views of John Cain, Joan Kirner and The Age editorialists in Victoria rejecting pro-life and pro-family policies, the ALP would be in permanent Opposition. Times have changed and many are troubled by the consequences of the revolutions of the 1960s.

God is making a comeback across the world and will continue to do better in Australia than many secular commentators allow. The moral challenges of war, biotechnology, refugees and social justice will not disappear. But there is no immediate prospect of a Christian Right here with the influence of the moral majority in the US, and economic considerations will continue to outweigh godly claims, the protests of the secularists and the dwindling number of atheists.

I guess we shall have to wait on the consequences of this piece. My guess is that a number in the ALP won't be happy.

Midnight Mass II

Midnight Mass went off rather well. The chior was in fine form and there were just enough servers there to make do. (A number are quite young and weren't allowed out so late!). Everyone was surprised at the turnout. I would be guessing around 200 which is less than we usually get on a Sunday but from my position on the altar (with confirmation from some friends) most fo the churchgoers weren't regulars. In fact nearly a majority no-one had ever seen before. Why they chose to attend Midnight Mass in the Traditional Rite, I have no idea except to say that if I was one of those once or twice a year Catholics I'd be wanting to make sure that one Mass was up to scratch!

Not many of the servers made it up again for the 9.30am Day Mass however all the chior were present and again were fabulous. And the general numbers of parishoners were still high.

Et Verbum Caro Factum Est

To all the bloggers out there and their families I hope you had a blessed and safe Christmas.
(It's late I know but we are still well inside the Octave of Christmas!)

And I can't be bothered posting on the action in Rome over Christmas. I'm sure you can find all the necessary sermons and messages.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Midnight Mass

I noticed a whole lot of hits coming in through Google with people searching for a midnight Mass in Adelaide. So here is a shameless plug:

Midnight Mass (that is 12 midnight)
Church of the Holy Name
80 Payneham Road, St. Peters.

It will be celebrated in the Traditional Roman Rite with (there can be no doubt) a beautiful chior.

Dappled Things

I'm a little bit disapointed that ACSA didn't get out an edition of Sentinel before Christmas but have a read of the Advent/Christmas edition of Dappled Things instead.

Christmas Message from George Cardinal Pell

By + Cardinal George Pell
Archbishop of Sydney
23 December 2006

Most Australians approve of the feast of Christmas and not just because it is a good holiday break. Christmas celebrates birth and motherhood, innocence and promise. It is a feast of the future.

Most of us like to receive greetings and presents, while young children love being the centre of attention. In celebrating Jesus’ birth we honour one of their age group, one from their young tribe.

The Christ child and his mother are reassuring; only confronting to those who do not value children. A healthy happy baby, growing apace, is a source of wonder and awe and a stimulus to Christian hope. Christmas also reminds us that families and nations decline and disappear unless babies are born, loved and nurtured.

But the truths of Christmas are also central to the Christian idea of God. For some, God is a figure on the boundary, almost out of the game. For others, God is remote, uncaring and indifferent to our suffering.

God is not an absentee landlord. Recently, a grade six boy asked his bishop why, if God loved us so much, He didn’t come himself to visit us. The Christian notion of God means that he did, because the Son, the eternal word, is from within God and is God. Jesus has a divine and human nature.

Christmas shows us that God is personal, much more than the mighty forces of nature. The Son of God once lived among us and continues to act today through his followers and all people of good will. So we can claim in faith that Christ is at work in the firefighters, not in the bushfires they are fighting.

Let us pray once again at this Christmas that through our actions the Christ child will bring peace to all hearts and homes, especially to those who are physically or psychologically ill, to those in detention centres or gaols, to those with little or no hope.

I wish everyone a happy Christmas, to my fellow Christians, to those of other faiths, to those without faith and especially to all battling the drought in country areas. A happy Christmas to you all.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Shane Keith Warne

My tribute to Shane Keith Warne has been posted at the Recusant Cricket Club and includes a bit of a stab at the future make-up of the Australian squad.

I also note this news where Martin Crowe has called for a review of Muttiah Muralitharan's action which he claims deteriorates as the innings wears on.

DLP whoops

You can recall this post of mine about the election of a member of the DLP to the Victorian Parliament. Thus I was rather surprised to read in the Melbourne papers that the DLP's MP was prepared to back gay unions. The Age led with this:
INCREASED rights for gay couples in Victoria could be a step closer after the Democratic Labor Party said it would support measures to decrease same-sex discrimination.

In his first interview since entering the Victorian Parliament, Peter Kavanagh, the DLP's first Victorian MP in almost 50 years, told The Age he would push for gay couples to have their relationships recognised and be given the same property and inheritance rights as heterosexuals.

And the Herald Sun this:
AUSTRALIA'S first DLP Member of Parliament in 50 years, Victoria's Peter Kavanagh, would support law changes allowing gay people to register their relationships.
The shock announcement -- designed to dispel the notion that the DLP is ultra-conservative -- comes as Mr Kavanagh begins finding his feet in Victoria's Upper House, where he holds a share of the balance of power.

"I'm not anti-gay, particularly," the 47-year-old former barrister and schoolteacher said, "provided we retain a special place for traditional marriage . . . if it is necessary to change the law to avoid exploitation in a gay relationship, or to help with superannuation or to end unfair discrimination, then I would support it."

The DLP was quick to try and get the point straight and within a coupel of hours I had received a copy of the DLP's media release... three times. It starts off with:
The Democratic Labor Party (DLP) is outraged and has moved immediately to issue a clear and definite statement on the party’s stand against legislating for same sex unions, following erroneous reports today that Peter Kavanagh, the party’s newly elected Member of the Victorian Legislative Council had expressed support for civil unions and the registration of same sex relationships.

The reports arising from a press interview given by Mr Kavanagh yesterday are completely misleading and have misrepresented the DLP position, according to a party spokesman.

Party secretary, John Mulholland, said, “DLP members have reacted to the reports believing they were intended to damage support for the DLP. It is not easy for our members to see this as anything less than deliberate, given the extent of erroneous reporting and the anti-DLP tone of earlier press comment on the party’s success in the State election”.

John Mulholland has blamed journalists responsible for the reports, for “twisting Mr Kavanagh’s words” to maximise the “shock value” they have been able to generate in the media. He said “it looks very much like it was intended to leave the public confused about where the DLP stands”.

Mr Mulholland said:
“The DLP does not support the legal recognition, in any form whatever, of the (same sex) relationships referred to in these reports”.

“The DLP recognises that where injustices to individuals in these relationships occur, just as they occur to individuals in any other kind of relationship they may warrant legislative attention, for example, in regard to property and inheritance rights”.

“But this is merely to recognise the individual rights of the persons involved in same sex relationships, wherever the injustices or inequities occur”.

“It is by no means to give any form of legal standing or recognition to their relationships per se. The DLP and the broad membership of the party are emphatic on this distinction”.

Guess the guy is new to politics... remember Barnaby Joyce and his first week or two?

The Holy Family

I know, it's not yet the feast the Nativity of Our Blessed Lord let alone the Holy Family but I'm doing a bit of a plug here for a fantastic brochure put our by the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family (Melbourne).

Go to their website here and download and read the brochure on the Holy Family. It's actually very good and worth reading.

This is the blurb I got sent:
"The John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family has produced a brochure to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. It has been written by a lecturer at the Institute with a view to explaining the origins of this feast and to offer some reflections from the contemporary theology of the Holy Family. So often the only thoughts people have on the Holy Family are of pastel holy cards from childhood. In this reflection we have tried to offer something a little more substantial."

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Holy Smoke

You either love them or hate them. The Irish... they are damn Catholic yet don't understand is this story from CathNews today?

Irish MP and medical practitioner, Dr Jim McDaid, has again lit a firestorm of debate over his warning of the potential danger for altar servers breathing incense smoke at church services.

Reporting on the comments of Dr McDaid, who first raised his concern for incense smoke in 2003, Dr W Gifford-Jones of Canada Free Press says there are unknown health problems associated with the Christian tradition of lighting candles and burning incense during Masses.

"Here you have quite a thick billowing type of smoke. Sometimes you see children with this instrument which is down normally around their ankles, and the smoke keeps coming up", Dr McDaid, who is a Minister of State for Ireland, was quoted as saying.

Dr Gifford-Jones says "it takes a brave man to criticise current traditions and clerics who have confirmed ideas about the burning of incense".

In another story, the Canada Free Press also warns that care of children is especially necessary at Christmas.

The journal cites the case of a two-year old boy with a history of recurrent right-sided pneumonia since 10 months of age whose bouts of lung infection started a few months after his first Christmas.

Initially, doctors detected nothing abnormal after examining the lungs with a stethoscope, and the boy was otherwise healthy. But x-ray continually revealed a right-sided pneumonia.

Eventually an X-ray and CT scan showed a round mass in the lower portion of the boy's right lung that surgery showed to be a small branch of an evergreen Christmas tree that the child had swallowed.

"So keep an eye on toddlers who have a tendency to taste and swallow objects this
Christmas," the Free Press warns.

I recall seeing something a couple of years ago where a priest in Ireland banned incense becuase of health concerns. Compare that with the 'good old days' when Dominicanus celebrated Mass at St. Lawrence's Church Nth. Adelaide! Back int he days when a server and I used to go through two packets of charcols a week - that was excessive but...we were young. We used to joke about our addiction to Prinknash and thought about taking up smoking it in a pipe!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Australian Wins the Ashes

I'm trying to be gracious by extending my condolences to my friends and colleagues at the Recusant Cricket Club at the loss of something so close to them - the Ashes. But what a game! Australia and the England bowled out very cheaply in the first two days before Australia put bat to ball on Day 3 with Hussey, Clarke and Hayden making some decent scores before Gilchrist cimply finised them off. Adam Gilchrist, the Australian wicket-keeper scored the second fasted century in Test cricket off only 57 balls!!! Gilchrist hadn't made a decent test score for sometime and needed to regain some form. What a way to do it!

Monty Panesar bowled superbly on a pitch that, unusally for Perth was first a spinners' wicket then flattened to be a batsman's paradise. England's effort in the 4th innings was remarkable too.

And thankgoodness an Australian cricket ground finally let in the trumpeter! Meanwhile debate surrounds the urn remaining in Australia - even the one that Ponting is holding is a replica.

Shane Warne's wicket total now stands at 699, fittingly leaving him to take his 700th wicket in front of his home crowd in Melbourne on Boxing Day.

Prayers and thoughts are with Ashley Giles as he heads back to the UK to be with his sick wife who has just been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Putting Christ back into Christmas

If there is one thing you do today it is watching this video of the Christmas Linebacker. Another one via Roman Miscellany. I loved it so much I left the text of the post big.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The DLP and Victoria

Well I said I'd try and write a post on the DLP and the Victoria election so here you go (written in between watching the 3rd Test - Warne has just got Bell out caught on 87, the devil's number of cricket!)

The victory of the Democratic Labor Party's Peter Kavanagh in the Upper House last week and the effort of party chief John Mulholland who lost on recount to the ALP was a blast form the past for many. The DLP has not had a MP in a Parliament in Australia for nearly 30 years and no-on in the Victorian Parliament since the 1950s.

The DLP of today is not the DLP of yester year with BA Santamaria as it's brain child but there are many links to the past. Gerard McManus's article in the Herald Sun is worth a read. In summary for the overseas readers, the DLP split from the Australian Labor Party in the 1950s over the ALP's support for Communists in the Trade Union movement. It was largely a Catholic Party and the brain child of BA Santamaria and his movements. The 'Movement', as it became known, has support from Archbishop Daniel Mannix in Melbourne but was not liked by the bishops of Sydney and after some lobbying Rome, Santamaria was forced to drop the Catholic tag and set up the National Civic Council.

Both Mulholland and Kavanagh are good guys and deserve some support. For a day it looked like the DLP would hold the balance of power in the Upper House along with the Greens and Nationals meaning a with the Nationals there was a decent conservative bloc. However the DLP lost a seat on recount to the ALP and the Greens picked up one a the ALPs so a net gain to the government of zero still leaving them without a majority but with a greater Greens presence. had this to say:
Who would have thunk it! Fifty-one years after it last one a seat in Victoria’s Parliament, the DLP appears to have picked up two places in the new Legislative Council on less than 2% of the primary votes.

Bob Santamaria must be lecturing God and St Peter on politics today, pots are calling kettles black with left wing nutter and new Green MP Greg Barber complaining about the election of a "right-wing nutter"; meanwhile, the psephologists are studying the power of preferences.

But if the DLP’s back, who will it draw to its flag. It’s cousins in the NCC have been stacked by the La Rouchists. Will they move on Santa’s Helpers in the DLP – or will the right wing bruvvers ride to the rescue.

Take the Shoppies, for example. Sunday trading has done wonders for their membership, but Joe de Bruyn keeps urging us to remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Will his union be the first lot to reaffiliate with the new resurgent DLP?

The split never really happened in South Australia, but the Speaker of the state parliament, Jack Snelling, is a grouper through and through. Labor has a healthy majority there, but still has the state’s sole National and a country conservative independent in the ministry. A speaker from the DLP would only add to the colour.

Think about it. There may be some real benefits for Labor MPs to join the DLP. Think of the Family First preferences to begin with.

So who else should shift their affiliations? We’re not just talking Labor members here. What about Tony Abbott? Johnno Johnston would weep tears of joy.
and this:
The Democratic Labor Party (DLP), pronounced dead by most observers 30 years ago, has stirred from the grave this week and on provisional results has won two seats in the Victorian Legislative Council. (There will be recounts, and there are some apparent anomalies; for a full discussion see the comments at the Poll Bludger site.)

Strictly speaking, this is not the old DLP that split from Labor in the 1950s under the influence of Bob Santamaria's Movement (later the National Civic Council). That party was wound up in 1978, but a group of Victorian dissidents led by John Mulholland carried on under the old name.

The old DLP was conservative and rigidly anti-communist, but it was still within the political mainstream. It held seats in the Senate until 1974, and in its heartland of Victoria its vote peaked in 1961 at just under 17% (with which it won no seats).

In the 1970s and 80s, after Santamaria pulled the plug on the DLP, NCC members (often called "Groupers", after the ALP Industrial Groups) with any taste for mainstream politics moved into other parties. The NCC-controlled unions were readmitted to the ALP in the mid-80s, and their leaders have gone on to play a major role in cementing right-wing control of the Victorian ALP.

They are also found in the Liberal and National parties: two of the new Liberal upper house members are commonly identified as Groupers.

But the Groupers had a third string to their bow; in addition to influencing the major parties, they were able to funnel their preferences to the surviving DLP, which under Mulholland had become an ever-narrower anti-gay and anti-choice brigade.

It was the best of all possible worlds, combining the advantages of mainstream politics and single issue pressure group.

Now they seem to have hit the jackpot: Labor preferences give the DLP a seat in Western Victoria ahead of the Greens, and Liberal preferences elect Mulholland in Northern Metropolitan ahead of the ALP's Nazih El Asmar.

In one sense, democracy is well served by denying the government control of the upper house. But the way in which it occurs threatens to make Victorian politics hostage to the extreme right.

The Greens' Greg Barber is not an unbiased source, but he hit the nail on the head this morning:

I think Labor has again, like with Family First, elected a right-wing nutter to the Parliament. If I was a Labor voter living in Geelong or Ballarat or Portland, I'd be absolutely furious because their vote was taken off them and sent off to a place where they never imagined it was going.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Gaudete Sunday

It's that time of year when the Rose vestments are dusted and brought out for the First Sunday this (Liturgical) year. They will have to wait until Laudete Sunday to be worn again. I'm looking forward to it as the chior tends to put an effort into this particular day.

The New Liturgical Movement has a simply awesome post on Rose vs. Pink vestments citing the following examples. I think you may be able to guess which one I prefer...

Pater Noster in Greek and Aramaic

I was Googling (the verb to Google) around and found a site with the Pater Noster in a number of languages (thanks to Wikipedia).

Here it is in

Πάτερ ἡμῶν, ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς·
ἁγιασθήτω τὸ ὄνομά σου,
ἐλθέτω ἡ βασιλεία σου,
γενηθήτω τὸ θέλημά σου, ὡς ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ τής γής.
Τὸν ἄρτον ἡμῶν τὸν ἐπιούσιον δὸς ἡμῖν σήμερον.
Καὶ ἄφες ἡμῖν τὰ ὀφειλήματα ἡμῶν,
ὡς καὶ ἡμεῖς ἀφίεμεν τοῖς ὀφειλέταις ἡμῶν.
Καὶ μὴ εἰσενέγκῃς ἡμᾶς εἰς πειρασμόν,
ἀλλὰ ρυσαι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ του πονηρου.


Avoen de-bisj-maïa
Nit ka-dasj sjim-moech
Tih-thih mal-khoetoe
Neh weh sev-ja-noech
Ai-tsjana de-bisj-maïa
Ap bar-a
Hah lan lach-ma de soenka-nan jo-mana
Osjok-lan cho-been:
ai-tsjana de-ap chnan sjvakkan le-cha-ja-ween
Ola ta-elan le nisjoena:
Il la passan min biesja
Mit-thil de-di-loech hai mal-khoeta
oe-chela oe tisj-booch-ta
Le-alam al-mien

And of course, just for a bit of a reminder, in

Pater noster, qui es in caelis
Sanctificetur nomen tuum;
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua
Sicut in caelo et in terra
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie.
Et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
Sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
Sed libera nos a malo.

I was dissapointed that I couldn't find it quickly in Gaelic.

Update: Thanks to Jovan-Marya Weismiller, T.O.Carm. in the comments, in Gaelic.

Ár nAthair, atá ar neamh, go naomhaítear t'ainm, go dtaga do ríocht, go ndeintear do thoil ar an dtalamh mar a deintear ar neamh. Ár n-arán laethúil tabhair dhúinn inniu, agus maith dhúinn ár gcionta mar a mhaithimíd do chách, agus ná lig sinn i gcathú, ach saor sinn ó olc.

My thoughts on Kevin

Kevin Rudd was in Adelaide yesterday and apparently met my sister and grandmother in a shopping centre. Anyway, what are my thoughts on Kevin? (Kevin Rudd is the new Leader of the Opposition (Labor Party) here in Australia). You can recall that I like to call him Kevin ‘I’m a Christian too’ Rudd because he likes to remind everyone that Tony Abbott isn’t the only strong Christian in Federal Parliament. This is true but it’s the manner that Rudd does it that amuses me.

Kevin was raised a Catholic but is now a practicing Anglican along with his wife and children. Mostly he’s a good guy on ethical and moral issues but lacks grounding like many of those that were educated or instructed by Jesuits. One day he is calling himself and old-fashioned Christian Socialist and the next day he is running round saying that the ALP would drop its socialist doctrines.

I think Rudd is truly a centrist but I’m not sure whether he will, in his nerdiness, gain the vote of 50% +1 of voters in 50% +1 of electorates. I don’t think Julia Gillard will help matters either. Now there is a Red if there was one. The way she looks and speaks is not Australian which is another problem Rudd will encounter – his accent isn’t typical Australian.

Let’s hope Howard wins again, this time with a greater number of Catholic/Christian MPs at his side.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Third Test

I have just posted a wow of a pic at the RCC. Just a friendly reminder of the Second Test for our English friends.

Day 1 in Perth was very interesting. Australia were bowled out for 244 with Panesar taking 5 wickets and Harmison regaining some form with 4. But at stumps England are 2/51. So not a bad day to be a spectator - nearly 300 runs and 12 wickets.

If it weren't for the cricket and work I would write a little on the DLP's victory in the Victorian election. Maybe Saturday, so watch for it. I've also been working on a bit of ACSA business which is finally getting somewhere with a few recent donations and a few letters sent out to bishops etc.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Scottish Sems

Last time I tried to post this it failed so here goes...

You can see below of pic of some Scotish seminarians wearing blue! I thought it was a tad odd so thought it was worth a post (thanks to Fr Nicholas Schofield who will be added to the blog roll when I next update).

You can also see they are doing what seminarians should do best... looking after the booze!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Waiting on news on Classical Rite

Fr. Ephraem has two posts worth reading - one and two - and this one from Rorate Caeli. Effectively the Ecclesia Dei Comission is meeting to discuss the 'liberation' of the Classical Rite.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Christmas Hymns/Carols

We sang O Come O Come Emmanual as a recessional hymn for the second sunday in a row and no doubt we will be singin it next week too but I got me thinking - what is my favourite Christmas Hymn/Carol? And why? I'm really not sure.

I love Rorate Caeli during Advent and I am a bit of a fan of Gaudete and Puer Natus in Bethleham
but not sure what would top my list.

What top's your list and why?

Midnight Mass

It was made official today that there would be a Mass in the Tridentine Rite in Adelaide at midnight this Christmas. I'm looking forward to it as I've actually never been to one in the Classical Rite as there hasn't been a 'public' Mass allowed.

I wonder what the chior will choose and what the turn-out will be like?

Unfortunately we aren't lucky enough to manage a dawn Mass... maybe next year.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Worthy Links

Christopher Pearson has an amusing piece in The Australian today about Julia Gillard, the ALP's new Deputy Leader - Finding a job for Julia.

CNA has also published an awesome piece on Arch. Chaput - Denver Archbishop decries trend of discounting believers in political life.

OP Salve Regina

You can watch/listen to the Dominican version of the Salve Regina on YouTube here. I simply love this version and it's much more monastic in character.


Sheesh. Have I missed a bit of news lately or what! Cloning is now legal in Australia. There was some thought that an ammendment prohibiting the use of aborted foetuses would get up and then force the bill back to the Senate but that was not to be. I'm appalled at those 'Catholic' politicians who stood up and announced their Catholicism before supporting the Bill. Well done to John Howard and Kevin Rudd (the new ALP leader) for speaking against the bill.

Now that's a topic I've barely looked at either. The Labor leadership - the new dream team of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. And Pauline Hanson formerly of One Nation is back and goign to run for Parliament again. This time not against Aboriginals but against Muslims. Gosh she is a nutter. Maybe she is just short of money again.

Then there was the great win by the Aussie cricket team on Tuesday. Taking 9 English wickets before tea then scoring 168 in a small amount of over to win the test with only 2 overs to spare. Just sensational and undoubtedly the bext win by the Aussies at Adelaide. The most exciting loss being when Australia lost by one run to the West Indies in a dubious decision by the umpire to give Craig McDermott out, caught behind.

Hopefully I ave time and motivation to write on these things this coming week.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Personal Update

Happy New Liturgical Year. The blog has been dead quite for a few days. Why? The Test Cricket is in Adelaide! For a detailed analysis of the match please visit my post at the Recusant Cricket Club. This will simply be a personal account.

I got to the ground with my Polish Cricket Umpire mate just before the gates opened at 8.00am to rush with the crowd to get a decent seat in the members. Problem was that a couple of thousand others had the same idea – match starts at 11am… Anyway, we managed to get a couple of decent seats near the back of the Edwin Smith Stand at about a 30-40 degree angle from the line of the
pitch. We reserved a couple of seats next to us and just sat there for 3 hours waiting for play to start. (We had two newspapers to it wasn’t too bad).

We had a few beers throughout the day and hung around after play for a while out the back enjoying the atmosphere. Saturday morning we got to the ground at 7.30am to have a crack at getting some prized seats in the Bradman Strand. We managed some seat right behind the bowler’s arm where you can see the turn off the pitch. Only problem was that it is in the sun from about 12.30pm – 4pm and I got badly burnt. I blame the Civil Engineers and Architects…

I took it very easy on Saturday with the drinking and left when play ended. I made it to play late on the 3rd Day due to Mass which was celebrated by Fr. Michael McCaffrey FSSP who was visiting from Canberra before he moves to Sydney.

So I didn’t get a seat and spent much of the day out the back watching play on the big screens. We watched a bit from time to time and even spent the last half hour of play on the famous Adelaide Oval Hill in the middle of the Barmy Army.

Today I had a University Council meeting all day but will be at the match again tomorrow to see the end of one of the least exciting matches played in Adelaide in the last 10 years. The first pic is the view from just left of where we were in the Bradman Stand. The second is an action shot and the third is among the Barmy Army.