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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    According to Wikipedia, he died in 1999, which sounds about right from my vague memories of it.

    Come to think of it, I think I might have received communion from Archbishop O'Connor too :five: And I snagged a quick blessing from Archbishop Nichols a few years ago, when I was really ill and went round getting pretty much every priest I could find to bless me
    I was definitely too young then...
    Well I'm glad the blessings seemed to work then x Did you not get a chance to go to Lourdes?
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    (Original post by kath_igidbashian)
    I was definitely too young then...
    Well I'm glad the blessings seemed to work then x Did you not get a chance to go to Lourdes?
    I went to Lourdes for the first time in 2010 and haven't managed to go back yet. Really hoping to go either this summer or, most likely, next summer or summer 2015 :moon:

    Everyone, great news! My sister has passed her Finals! She is now a junior doctor! :eek3: :king1: :ahee:
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I went to Lourdes for the first time in 2010 and haven't managed to go back yet. Really hoping to go either this summer or, most likely, next summer or summer 2015 :moon:

    Everyone, great news! My sister has passed her Finals! She is now a junior doctor! :eek3: :king1: :ahee:
    I went 2 yrs ago now and had my birthday then, going was one of the best experiences of my life, and I made some great friends was hoping to go back this year but so far nothing...

    Anyway congratulations to your sister, you must be all so proud of her!

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    (Original post by kath_igidbashian)
    I went 2 yrs ago now and had my birthday then, going was one of the best experiences of my life, and I made some great friends was hoping to go back this year but so far nothing...

    Anyway congratulations to your sister, you must be all so proud of her!

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    Thank you! We're so thrilled

    Same: going to Lourdes was a huge turning point for me in my life
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I don't think we are, actually. Fr S's church is the same diocese as yours but I'm actually in the Southwark diocese
    Ah, Diocesan neighbours then :ninja:

    (Original post by kath_igidbashian)
    Ooh hello diocesan neighbour, I'm Westminster
    Woo Westminster :five:

    And congrats to your sister TLG!

    Also Lourdes :daydreaming:
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    Ah, Diocesan neighbours then :ninja:
    :yep:

    And congrats to your sister TLG!

    Also Lourdes :daydreaming:
    Thanks hun :hugs:

    I know :moon: A friend and I are trying to plan a trip to Taize in August, so I'm not sure there will be time for Lourdes this summer :cry2:
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    :yep:



    Thanks hun :hugs:

    I know :moon: A friend and I are trying to plan a trip to Taize in August, so I'm not sure there will be time for Lourdes this summer :cry2:
    My Uni Chaplain and a few friends constantly try and get me to go to Taize.
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    :yep:
    Thanks hun :hugs:

    I know :moon: A friend and I are trying to plan a trip to Taize in August, so I'm not sure there will be time for Lourdes this summer :cry2:
    But that's okay, because you can go to Lourdes another time!
    I went during Holy Week, and that was lovely, because it wasn't too busy, so the shrine was never horrific.

    I think I would love Taizé :daydreaming:
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    (Original post by Three Mile Sprint)
    My Uni Chaplain and a few friends constantly try and get me to go to Taize.
    I might be doing a PhD on Taizé come October, if all goes to plan :ninja:

    (Original post by Aula)
    But that's okay, because you can go to Lourdes another time!
    I went during Holy Week, and that was lovely, because it wasn't too busy, so the shrine was never horrific.

    I think I would love Taizé :daydreaming:
    Oh wow! I would have thought it would be quite busy in Holy Week? Then again, it's not a time of Marian devotion and it probably wouldn't be nice and sunny, so can see how it might have been quiet.

    I'd love to be in Israel one Holy Week but that would probably set off my psychosis big time
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    New Dawn?

    Well done on finding the memory stick :yy:
    Yes, I think that's what it's called.
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Don't bother looking the website up: not worth the time :p: I don't think I have been to St George's Cathedral :nah: Whereas I have def been to Westminster Cathedral. I received communion from Cardinal Hume there, a year or so before he passed away :yes:
    Cool! I heard the queen liked Cardinal Hume, don't know much more about him than that.
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I went to Lourdes for the first time in 2010 and haven't managed to go back yet. Really hoping to go either this summer or, most likely, next summer or summer 2015 :moon:

    Everyone, great news! My sister has passed her Finals! She is now a junior doctor! :eek3: :king1: :ahee:
    Great news!

    (Original post by Three Mile Sprint)
    My Uni Chaplain and a few friends constantly try and get me to go to Taize.
    Will you? Not sure if I would like it or not. It's in France though right?
    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I might be doing a PhD on Taizé come October, if all goes to plan :ninja:



    Oh wow! I would have thought it would be quite busy in Holy Week? Then again, it's not a time of Marian devotion and it probably wouldn't be nice and sunny, so can see how it might have been quiet.

    I'd love to be in Israel one Holy Week but that would probably set off my psychosis big time
    Oooh:ahee:

    I thought it was busy all the time. Must go one day

    Maybe you could go on a retreat there (peace and quiet?), not sure what that would be like in Israel.
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    Thankyou for your prayers. My mum had the surgery and it went quite well but it hurts of course.


    My brother gave me the God Delusion about half an hour ago, just read a page and it doesn't sound too angry etc.
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    (Original post by rac1)
    My brother gave me the God Delusion about half an hour ago, just read a page and it doesn't sound too angry etc.
    Terrible book, my goodness me. Not only for it's insipid and demonic hate for Our Lord; but it's just a terribly attempt at discussing the philosophy behind religion. Even his co-atheists are ashamed by that book. If you want something to give back to your brother I suggest 'God is no delusion' by Fr Thomas Crean OP as a start and then 'The Last Superstition' by Ed Feser which is a real piece of work - it's polemical and academic but entertaining and really well done. Ed Feser also has a blog which is excellent for all things regarding the philosophy of religion from a Catholic perspective.
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    Great news!
    Thanks hun :hugs:



    Will you? Not sure if I would like it or not. It's in France though right?
    Yep, tiz in France. How come you're not sure if you'd like it?


    Oooh:ahee:

    I thought it was busy all the time. Must go one day

    Maybe you could go on a retreat there (peace and quiet?), not sure what that would be like in Israel.
    You should definitely go to Lourdes - it's a really remarkable place :moon:

    My uncle's decided he wants to go to Israel, so we may be going next year. Am saving up for it :yep: Hopefully it would be OK if I went with my mum and my uncle :yes:
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    Can anyone explain what the problem was with the Tridentine Mass? why was the Novus Ordo (the mass of Paul VI) created?
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    (Original post by Cornelius)
    Can anyone explain what the problem was with the Tridentine Mass?
    Nothing. At least, nothing worthy of the complete reforms of the liturgy as happened in 1970. The 'problems' of it were:

    a) It expressed Catholic theology in it's entirety without obfuscation and apology
    b) It was ancient, going back in its essence to St Gregory the Great
    c) It had a complete and beautifully Catholic Eucharistic theology
    d) It was uncompromisingly Catholic in it's wording, rubrics and symbolism

    All these were problems for a lot of the liberal, Freemasonic-inspired, hippy Marxist Bishops of the 60's who were caught up in a mania of ecumenism, univeralism and modernism. For a complete history I can give you some books to read which are enlightening for any Catholic at just how unbelievable the changes were not only in their very form but also the reasons behind them (all thoroughly anti-Catholc). Cardinal Ratzinger befrore he became Pope wrote about it a lot too. Michael Davies was inspired in his writings and research. Many priests today are getting wise to the complete destruction of the Roman Rite made by the liberals in the 60's. If you want a simple kind of history and comparison this (lengthy) article does a very good job. As mentioned, this is a huge topic and full of controversy right now. I am not SSPX; but I am one of those formerly-sidelined and hated Catholics who thinks the Traditional Mass is far superior to the new Mass. Not that I think the New Mass is invalid or cannot create good and holy Catholics.

    If you'd like more articles I can whip up tons! Here is a website with a lot of excellent resources on this issue (specifically under the headline: liturgy).

    The thing is that the Mass was not perfect. We can never have a perfect missal in this life. But that is why we allow organic, traditional development that takes years. We don't just form a 'liturgical committee' composed of self-confessed liberals and create a new Mass (which is what happened). The Tridentine Mass (a bit of a misnomer since it has been properly and organically revised many times since the 16th century) does in fact stand in need of a few good changes if done correctly and with due order and process. The readings can be improved; and I am not averse to them being in the vernacular. Some other things can be restored (Holy Week for example) and other things changed which are not exactly traditional to the Roman Rite. There is a continuing series of scholarly papers on this very topic right now available here.

    why was the Novus Ordo (the mass of Paul VI) created
    To please Protestants is probably the greatest reason; but others include a misguided 60's-inspired attempt at being 'relevant' (an error in itself, as the liturgy is always relevant precisely because of it's heavenly and supernatural character: it is relevant by being culturally irrelevant) and some of the fall-out from the liturgical movement that started in Continental Europe in the early 20th century. A lot of it had to do with post-WWII ideologies and ideas. A lot of it was misguided with good intentions but poor delivery. And some of it was diabolical in it's attempted denial and betrayal of Catholic liturgical theology and thought.

    Again, the Novus Ordo when done correctly is not invalid or 'evil' as the SSPX would say. It is simply a deficient Rite when compared to the old Mass. If it is done properly - ad orientem, in Latin, correct rubrics and with reverence and traditional piety it can be okay though still not as good as the old Mass. However, there are probably only a handful of places in the world where this is done. The rest of the time it is psuedo-Protestant ad-libbed clappy-handhold patronizing stuff. It is a banal, on the spot product of it's time (to paraphrase Cardinal Ratzinger) and it has been the vehicle for liturgical abuse and sacrilege not seen since the Deformation in the 16th century. Communion in the hand, guitar mass, clapping, irreverence everywhere, lay people all in the sanctuary, themed masses, all this kind of rubbish is essentially anti-Catholic. And only in the last 10 years is this being recognized. Unfortunately this is a very polarizing issue because people take it very personally when they are suddenly asked to believe that Communion in the hand is irreverent or that the Mass is not about having fun and happy feelings but about serious worship and supernatural joy. Understandably it becomes painful and people see it is offensive to cite traditional Catholic liturgical practise and piety. But they're only experiencing what the faithful experienced 40 years ago when the old Mass was ripped away from them and within a month they were throwing away their Catholic worship in favour of Catholicism-lite where the guitars are suddenly great and the Eucharist is treated like a cookie. Which is why so many people became disillusioned. Terribly sad.

    Anyway, a big topic, this. Really big.
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    Nothing. At least, nothing worthy of the complete reforms of the liturgy as happened in 1970. The 'problems' of it were:

    a) It expressed Catholic theology in it's entirety without obfuscation and apology
    b) It was ancient, going back in its essence to St Gregory the Great
    c) It had a complete and beautifully Catholic Eucharistic theology
    d) It was uncompromisingly Catholic in it's wording, rubrics and symbolism

    All these were problems for a lot of the liberal, Freemasonic-inspired, hippy Marxist Bishops of the 60's who were caught up in a mania of ecumenism, univeralism and modernism. For a complete history I can give you some books to read which are enlightening for any Catholic at just how unbelievable the changes were not only in their very form but also the reasons behind them (all thoroughly anti-Catholc). Cardinal Ratzinger befrore he became Pope wrote about it a lot too. Michael Davies was inspired in his writings and research. Many priests today are getting wise to the complete destruction of the Roman Rite made by the liberals in the 60's. If you want a simple kind of history and comparison this (lengthy) article does a very good job. As mentioned, this is a huge topic and full of controversy right now. I am not SSPX; but I am one of those formerly-sidelined and hated Catholics who thinks the Traditional Mass is far superior to the new Mass. Not that I think the New Mass is invalid or cannot create good and holy Catholics.

    If you'd like more articles I can whip up tons! Here is a website with a lot of excellent resources on this issue (specifically under the headline: liturgy).

    The thing is that the Mass was not perfect. We can never have a perfect missal in this life. But that is why we allow organic, traditional development that takes years. We don't just form a 'liturgical committee' composed of self-confessed liberals and create a new Mass (which is what happened). The Tridentine Mass (a bit of a misnomer since it has been properly and organically revised many times since the 16th century) does in fact stand in need of a few good changes if done correctly and with due order and process. The readings can be improved; and I am not averse to them being in the vernacular. Some other things can be restored (Holy Week for example) and other things changed which are not exactly traditional to the Roman Rite. There is a continuing series of scholarly papers on this very topic right now available here.



    To please Protestants is probably the greatest reason; but others include a misguided 60's-inspired attempt at being 'relevant' (an error in itself, as the liturgy is always relevant precisely because of it's heavenly and supernatural character: it is relevant by being culturally irrelevant) and some of the fall-out from the liturgical movement that started in Continental Europe in the early 20th century. A lot of it had to do with post-WWII ideologies and ideas. A lot of it was misguided with good intentions but poor delivery. And some of it was diabolical in it's attempted denial and betrayal of Catholic liturgical theology and thought.

    Again, the Novus Ordo when done correctly is not invalid or 'evil' as the SSPX would say. It is simply a deficient Rite when compared to the old Mass. If it is done properly - ad orientem, in Latin, correct rubrics and with reverence and traditional piety it can be okay though still not as good as the old Mass. However, there are probably only a handful of places in the world where this is done. The rest of the time it is psuedo-Protestant ad-libbed clappy-handhold patronizing stuff. It is a banal, on the spot product of it's time (to paraphrase Cardinal Ratzinger) and it has been the vehicle for liturgical abuse and sacrilege not seen since the Deformation in the 16th century. Communion in the hand, guitar mass, clapping, irreverence everywhere, lay people all in the sanctuary, themed masses, all this kind of rubbish is essentially anti-Catholic. And only in the last 10 years is this being recognized. Unfortunately this is a very polarizing issue because people take it very personally when they are suddenly asked to believe that Communion in the hand is irreverent or that the Mass is not about having fun and happy feelings but about serious worship and supernatural joy. Understandably it becomes painful and people see it is offensive to cite traditional Catholic liturgical practise and piety. But they're only experiencing what the faithful experienced 40 years ago when the old Mass was ripped away from them and within a month they were throwing away their Catholic worship in favour of Catholicism-lite where the guitars are suddenly great and the Eucharist is treated like a cookie. Which is why so many people became disillusioned. Terribly sad.

    Anyway, a big topic, this. Really big.
    Lol, many thanks . I have some serious reading to do on this.

    By the way does anyone know anything about the RCIA? do you have to want to convert to Catholicism to take part in it? or you can just go through it as a way to gain a deeper understanding of Catholicism without making any commitment to convert.
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    (Original post by Cornelius)
    Lol, many thanks . I have some serious reading to do on this.

    By the way does anyone know anything about the RCIA? do you have to want to convert to Catholicism to take part in it? or you can just go through it as a way to gain a deeper understanding of Catholicism without making any commitment to convert.
    What diocese are you in? I ask because some RCIA classes are unfortunately a bit iffy, or can be sometimes. So find a good solid one! But to answer: in all likelihood you would be able to join. I used to teach Catechism and would have no problem with someone who just wants to learn. It would be great actually! As Bishop Sheen once said (to paraphrase!) many people do not hate the Catholic Church, they hate what they think is the Catholic Church. But others may not be so open but I wish you well!

    If you're looking for some online Catechism I cannot recommend this series enough. It is everything a Catholic convert (or any Catholic even if he's born and raised in the faith) could want.
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    What diocese are you in? I ask because some RCIA classes are unfortunately a bit iffy, or can be sometimes. So find a good solid one! But to answer: in all likelihood you would be able to join. I used to teach Catechism and would have no problem with someone who just wants to learn. It would be great actually! As Bishop Sheen once said (to paraphrase!) many people do not hate the Catholic Church, they hate what they think is the Catholic Church. But others may not be so open but I wish you well!

    If you're looking for some online Catechism I cannot recommend this series enough. It is everything a Catholic convert (or any Catholic even if he's born and raised in the faith) could want.
    Leeds.

    There's a pretty good Catholic society at my university (where they teach their members how to chant in Latin :awesome:) but I didn't join cos I was afraid I would be lynched by the Catholics there if they were to find out I was a heathen . Seriously though I think that they'd probably know where to go so I'm just gonna send them an email.

    And I go directly to The Source for the Catechism but thanks.
 
 
 
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