(Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
I got a reply from Reading's Uni Chaplain. The reply wasn't very good TBH. The Chaplain said that Reading's a very secular uni, that she doesn't know how many Catholics there are, there's no Cath Soc (and hasn't been for 8 years) and the other denominational socs are doing badly, there are obviously few activities and most are ecumenical ones, the local Tridentine mass also has few students attending.
(Original post by Alua)
Lots to think about.
EDIT: Here's the email in the spoiler below.
Thank you for your email - I'll try and answer your questions to the best of my knowledge.
1) The University is a very secular institution that collects no data whatsoever concerning it's students' religious affiliation, so I'm afraid* there are no data available on the number of Catholics.
2) There has not been a functioning Catholic Society for the last 8 years at least, and denominational societies in general are not doing well at Reading.
3) For obvious reasons, there are no CathSoc activities. As for the Chaplaincy, there is provision for Mass and for access to the Sacraments, as well as some social gatherings and a wide variety of ecumenical activities such as retreats, socials and discussion groups.
4) Mass in the Extraordinary Form is not offered by the local parish but by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, who share in the use of St William of York Church. As far as I know, few if any students attend this mass regularly.
5) All the parishes in Reading have a resident priest, although it has to be said the St William of York is the 'second' church in* a two-church-parish. In addition, there are two priests from the Fraternity of St Peter resident in Reading.
I hope that this information is helpful and wish you all the best for your application process.
Yours in Christ,
Last edited by adamrules247; 01-07-2011 at 11:33.
Am I correct in saying that they don't believe the current Pope valid
(Original post by yawn)
What would you assume is the position of the sedevacantist on the new Roman Rite?
Last edited by adamrules247; 01-07-2011 at 22:43.
I'm converting from nothing in particular at the moment so I did have these 'dark thoughts' as you called them until recently. And I realised this, scripture must be read as a totality, the second you do that is the second that they begin to make sense. And to quote St. Agustine, 'I would not believe the gospels were it not for the authority of the Catholic Church'. That is to say that the fact that the original apostles, those who led the early Church and claimed to have witnessed the accession of Our Lord into Heaven, were willing to die for what they saw, rather than sending others to die todos them, proves the validity of the resurrection of Jesus to my mind. Remember, Jesus didn't leave a Bible, he left four things; a Church, a papacy, an oral tradition and a magisterium.
(Original post by medbh4805)
I don't post in here, though I probably should.
How do you guys deal with dark thoughts? By that I mean doubts about the faith and the Gospel. I haven't prayed in a while because I keep being filled with doubts and these dark thoughts when I go to do it, then comes the inevitable guilt, self-hate and angst. I want to be a good Catholic again, please give me some comforting words
If you want to start practicing again I can give you a link to a set of Catechisis tapes made a 20 or so years ago by a priest who converted and, through these tapes, inspired me to convert. He is, quite frankly, amazing and has led an amazing life, including being used as slave labour by the Japanese army.
Last edited by adamrules247; 02-07-2011 at 01:05.