Mar 272018

I was generally positive about the history concerning Pope St. Pius V. until I read this article.

It might sound ridiculous, but jesters used to be so common that nearly every powerful and important person had one. And I mean it: pretty much everyone. Kings and princes? Of course. Bishops? Yes. Cardinals? Yup.

But did the pope have a jester? It might sound ridiculous, but yes, the pope had a jester.

The thing you need to know is that jesters weren’t necessarily clowns. They were responsible for entertainment of every sort in the Renaissance period. Just like artists of the time were expected to be masters of sculpture, painting, architecture and even music writing, jesters were expected to be master entertainers. This included but wasn’t limited to storytelling, athletics, acrobatics, singing and acting. And yes, they knew how to juggle, occasionally wore silly costumes, and told jokes. Their trade was expendable, but also respected. So when dignitaries and nobility visited Rome to see the Supreme Pontiff, a little bit of entertainment was expected.

Have to admit that being the Papal Jester would have been my dream job if it had not been eliminated. I can even do some of the things listed – juggling, singing, acting, wearing silly costumes, and of course telling jokes.

Bring back the Papal Jester in a return to tradition.

Jul 282013

During the last week I have heard some noise regarding another “real Jesus” book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” by Reza Asla.

This week on Catholic Answers I heard a caller ask Jimmy Akin about it and he couldn’t say anything about it since he hadn’t read it. Now though since he has read it now he has posted 14 things you need to know about the new book Zealot.

Jimmy Akin critique goes beyond some of the complaints I have heard about the author of the book and how the book has been presented in the media. In fact those complaints are really not warranted and it is the scholarship (or lack of) in the book that is where the problems lie.

Nov 212012

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A church that has offered blended Roman Catholic and Episcopal services for three decades has been told by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond to meet in separate rooms for Holy Communion.

Clergy at the Church of the Holy Apostles were told to devise a plan that allows parishioners to remain under the same roof but worship separately. The plan is subject to approval by Roman Catholic Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Bishop Herman Hollerith of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.

Parishioners told the Virginian-Pilot ( the blended church has allowed families in mixed marriages to worship side by side and strengthen their community.

The Rev. Michael Ferguon, the parish’s Episcopal leader, said representatives of the Catholic diocese were supportive of the ecumenical congregation at a meeting this week but were firm on some degree of separation of worship. For instance, the use of a combined liturgy in which the priests move to separate altars in the same room was deemed unacceptable, he said.

They instructed the parish to come up with a plan that provides for separate liturgies in separate rooms, Ferguson said.

“What was left in our laps was to develop a way to be together in those parts of the service where it would be acceptable to the diocese for us to be together and then to separate.” Ferguson said.

Ferguson said he is confident an acceptable arrangement can be worked out. “It could have been much worse,” he said. [Source]

I didn’t realize this situation still existed.  I had posted on it several years back and thought it would be cleared up after they received their new bishop.  Though I did have fun with the idea back then and created a possible bulletin for such a blended church.

St. Thomas More & King Henry VIII

Roman/Anglo-Catholic Church

At each others necks since the 1500s

Established 2001

Fr. Joseph Maria Maria

Fr. Luther Smyth Calvin

Letter from the PastorsWe would like to take this opportunity to thank our combined congregations for the progress we have made in the last couple of years.
It has now been two years since the response at the kiss of peace was “Die,
Heretic Die” and the ushers no longer have to wear a tie with their riot gear. As we approach this years celebration of
Reformation/Counter-Reformation day I would ask you to refrain from some
the actions that occurred last year. We did not look kindly at those who placed a copy Luther’s 95 theses under the windshield wipers of our fellow Roman Catholics cars or those who placed detached Anne Boleyn doll heads on the antennas of our co-worshipers Anglican’s cars. We would also encourage people not to refer to the Immaculate Conception hall as the Papist Patio or the Tynedale Room as the WASPs Nest. Additionally this years memorial of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman is not to be referred to as traitors day. We would ask in the name of ecumenism that
whoever keeps leaving the copies of Apostolicae Curae in the Anglican Rectory to kindly stop. It is not charitable
to keep saying that the Anglicans have invalid holy orders.

In today’s sermon titled “That they may be Two” we will jointly preach from the Gospel of John on Jesus’ high priestly prayer.

Wednesday Night Bible StudyRegister now to start our through the Bible Classes.

Exploring the 73 books of the Bible –Immaculate Conception Hall.

Exploring the 66 books of the Bible –Tynedale Room

Everything you wanted to now about Sacraments, but were afraid
to ask.

These seven and two week series begin Tuesday at 7 pmThe Seven Sacraments —Immaculate Conception Hall.

The Two Sacraments of the Church –Tynedale Room

The Last Church CouncilCome join us on Thursdays at eight for information on the documents of
the last Church Council.

Vatican II Immaculate Conception Hall.

Second Council of Nicea –Tynedale Room

Preach the GospelSign up for our new door to door evangelization teams. We will canvas
the neighborhood proclaiming the truth of why they should become Roman
Catholic or Anglicans. Since we have such a wide range of theological products to offer we should have a successful evangelization rate.

We start by knocking on the door and asking them if they are born again
and/or baptized and proceed from there.

This Bulletin is made possible by the good folks at:
Catholic Answer and Chick PublicationsWith the presentation of this bulletin you can get 10 percent off on
Where we got the Bible: Our debt to the Catholic Church from Catholic Answers” or “20th Century Holocaust Hitler’s Death Camps: Holocaust or Inquisition?” from Chick Publications.

This week’s Mass IntentionsMonday. Oct, 6

That Anglicans may convert to the true faith.

Tuesday. Oct, 8

That Roman Catholics may convert to the true faith.

Wednesday. Oct, 9

For the intentions of the Holy Father

Thursday. Oct, 10

For the prayers of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Friday. Oct, 11

Anglicans pray that Roman Catholics might have a translation as beautiful
as the 1662 English Book of Common Prayer.

Saturday. Oct, 12

Catholics pray that we might have a translation as beautiful as the 1662
English Book of Common Prayer.

Sunday. Oct, 13

For the poor souls in Purgatory, that is if Purgatory exists.

The Truth about ContraceptionNow on Fridays at six.

Humana Vitae – Why Pope Paul VI was right.–Immaculate Conception Hall.

Why the Anglican Lambeth Conference of 1930 was right. –Tynedale Room

Confession ConfusionBecause of problems in the past of mistaken cross-confession we have painted the Roman Catholic Confessional red and the Anglican Confessional blue.

Make sure you choose the correct confessional since what might be
considered a sin in one might not be in the other.

Homosexuality and the ChurchTo help stop the confusion these classes will begin Saturday night.

A read through of the document “Considerations regarding proposals
to give legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons.” 7
pm @ Immaculate Conception Hall.

Why homosexuality is always sinful –7 pm @ Tynedale Room

Why homosexuality is never sinful –8 pm @ Tynedale Room

Why homosexuality in committed relationships is not sinful –9 pm @ Tynedale

Movie Nights 

In the joint parish hall we will be showing movies each
Friday night at nine.Oct 10. Man for All Seasons

Oct 17. Luther – The Movie

Oct 24. The Song of Bernadette

Oct 31. Reformation Day – A new film where Will Smith Fights off illegal
aliens who are predominantly Catholic.

Sep 222009

You just got to love a post that includes the sentence “nameless Mouth of the Dark Lord of Newsweek” as used by John C. Wright responding to the article by Evan Thomas on the “The Case for Killing Granny”.

John C. Wright shows exactly why Mr. Thomas is wrong and is really being dishonest.

Americans are afraid not just of dying, but of talking and thinking about death. Until Americans learn to contemplate death as more than a scientific challenge to be overcome, our health-care system will remain unfixable.

We have often heard to explain things that Americans are afraid of death and in a culture that just about worships the body, or at least young bodies, so there is some truth to this. Though it would not explain why it is that many who are religious and who know we are more than just a body would object to euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide.

It is also rather interesting that he would talk about the need to “contemplate death as more than a scientific challenge.” This of course exactly what the Church has done throughout the ages. St. Thomas Aquinas kept a skull on his desk to do just that and it is a good to think about our own mortality. But the contemplation of death unlike what Mr. Thomas asserts does not necessarily lead you to be more accepting of removing healthcare, but of understanding the proper respect for the human person whether they are at the end of life or not.

There are of course the distinctions in Catholic thought between ordinary and extraordinary care. Though often what was once considered extraordinary care can become ordinary care. Mr. Thomas is making no such distinction as the title of his article suggests. The problem with government healthcare is that it also does not make such distinction and will assign the divide between ordinary and extraordinary as to the costs involved.

John C. Wright’s critique is much better than mine, just had to add my two cents.

Jan 252009

Carl E. Olson and Sandra Miesel discuss the NBC mini-series “The Last Templars” which starts tonight. It is based on the book of the same name and is in the mode of Da Vinci Code tripe. Their discussion focuses on the actual history and the abrupt end of the Templars. As always with these two authors it is an excellent and informative conversation. [Go here to download MP3 file]

Chance that I will watch this mini-series is zero.