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The Wagner-effect? Austria’s exodus

Last week, upper Austria’s main newspaper Die Oberoesterreichischen Nachrichten ran an article saying that 2009 marked the upper Austrian church’s largest exodus. Ever. (Or at least since such numbers have been kept).

The paper speculates that the reason for the decline lies predominantly with last year’s disastrous Wagner Affair (Causa Wagner–background here) but that secondary reasons include the storm following the lifting of the excommunications from the four Lefebvrist Bishops last January. Read the rest of this entry »


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January 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Aging Baby-boomers and the Church

As the Church in Spain gears up for the World Youth Day extravaganza that takes place every three years and draws hundreds of thousands of youngsters the world over, the National Catholic Reporter‘s John Allen Jr urges the Church to pay attention to its greying population.

Quoting from the United Nations population division’s report “World Population Ageing 2009”, Mr Allen points out that the numbers of older people (60 and above) in the world will exceed the number of children (15 and under) by 2045. The elderly, he says, are the fastest growing demographic segment of the population (from both ends–longer lives and fewer babies) creating a completely new phenomenon in human history. The demographers have named this trend, Grayby-boom. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Pray for quake-torn Haiti, Pope says

This just in from the Catholic News Service, the Pope Benedict XVI turned his thoughts to the victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti today:

“I invite everyone to join in my prayer to the Lord for the victims of this catastrophe and for those who are mourning their loss. I assure my spiritual closeness to people who have lost their homes and to all those affected in various ways by this calamity, imploring from God consolation and relief of their suffering,” he said.

Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based umbrella organization for Catholic charities, said it was mobilizing to provide immediate assistance to Haiti. On Jan. 13 it had already assembled an emergency relief team to fly to Haiti to assist Caritas members already working in the country. It said there had not yet been contact with the Haitian Caritas office

The US based Catholic Relief Services are already working on collecting help and getting it to Haiti, here

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January 13, 2010 at 2:20 pm

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Moules et Frites Express

The rumour mill has been rife this morning with the story that Mgr André-Mutien Léonard is poised to become the next archbishop of Mechelen/Malines-Brussels, Belgium’s most prominent diocese. VaticanistaAndrea Tornielli has posted on this in Italian here, as has Gregor Kollermorgen at the New Liturgical Movement (English) and our friend Rocco Palmo over at Whispers in the Loggia. I posted on potential candidates for the Belgian episcopate at the beginning of December. Tornielli reckons the announcement could come any day now.

Mgr Leonard has been bishop of Namur since and could be poised to take on the most important see in the Belgian Church, currently occupied by Cardinal Godfried Daneels, who was once a protege of the progressive Cardinal Leo Joseph Suenens, a big mover in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

According to Tornielli Mgr Leonard is the considered to be the most traditional bishop in Belgium (which is probably not all that difficult). Tornielli cites a 2007 profile of Bishop Leonard in the progressive French magazine, Golias. Read the rest of this entry »

The Baby (auxiliary)bishop of Sydney given diocese

Bishop Anthony Fisher OP–Cardinal George Pell’s baby-faced auxiliary– was today appointed to the diocese of Parramatta in New South Wales which was established as a diocese in 1986.

The young Dominican was in charge of World Youth Day 2008 and practiced as a lawyer before he became a priest. He is one of Australia’s foremost Catholic bioethicists and received his D-Phil from the University of Oxford. He was director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne. Bishop Fisher turns 50 this year and has been an auxiliary bishop since 2003.


Happy Epiphany! The Oxford Oratorians have been enjoying the snow that has covered much Great Britain. Brother Lawrence Lew OP has just posted a lovely picture of Br Ursus in the Oxford snow, here
The Anglican students at St Stephen’s House have produced a vested snowman, complete with maniple. He is standing next to Dr Robin Ward, the principal. With thanks to James Bradley.

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January 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

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