Writer’s greatest Catholic moment (so far).

I have had, as we all have, many good moments in my life as a Catholic (greatly outweighing the inevitable bad ones); but yesterday was one of the very best. Have I ever, I try to recall, had such a vivid sense of how glorious it is to be a Catholic, of the transcendent splendour of the Catholic life? Probably, but I wonder if any liturgy ever passed off with such an exultant sense of joyful celebration?

I am referring, as some of you who read my last post may have surmised, to the reception of 11 sisters led by their mother Superior (all the active ones) now formerly of the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, into the Catholic Church, and their formal erection (joined by another former Anglican sister who had already been received) as a new community by the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Mgr Keith Newton.

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“Renegade” Episcopal Rector explains why he decided to become a Catholic priest.

The Rev. David Ousley was baptized a Methodist in 1951, was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in 1979, and left it in 1999 for the Anglican Church in America.

And on Saturday, this 61-year-old married father of three will make one more ecclesiastical leap: he will be ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in a 11 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Church in Mount Airy.

He is “swimming the Tiber,” as Anglicans call conversion to Catholicism — a reference to the river that runs through Rome — but the white-bearded Ousley will not emerge from his swim on some strange and foreign shore.

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Editor’s note: You don’t have to be a renegade to experience metanoia … a profound change of heart and subsequent spiritual conversion. Witness the power of God’s grace in the life of this man … and this man’s willingness to cooperate with that divine grace.

My “pick” for the most significant Catholic Church event of 2011: Pope Benedict’s Anglican Ordinariate Initiative.

by Doug Lawrence

In a church that acts with glacial speed, which took longer than a biblical generation (40+ years) merely to address the errors of the hasty, post-Vatican II translation of the Novus Ordo Mass, and which spent the same amount of time aimlessly pursuing fruitless and often “wacky” efforts at ecumenicism … a novel, papal initiative that actually achieved substantial and measurable positive results … right here and right now, in spite of certain negative political consequences … should not go unheralded.

Such is the nature of the new Anglican Ordinariate, conceived by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009, which made it not only possible … but extraordinarily practical … for large blocks of disaffected Anglicans, from all around the world … to finally return to the Catholic Church, with their dignity and their distinctive Christian faith intact.

The first group of Anglicans/Episcopalians were received into the Catholic Church on January first, 2011 … and they’re still coming!

While there is no substitute for prayer, it’s nice to see some decisive and positive action by the Catholic Church … especially when it comes from the very top.

So here’s to Pope Benedict … for actually getting something done, in 2011!

Benedict also deserves much credit for making the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Mass more available to the faithful, and for the latest, revised Roman Missal, which goes a long way toward fixing liberal abuses of the liturgy that have for so long, served to quietly and insidiously undermine and erode the faith of Catholics, everywhere. He’s also proved himself to be an excellent catechist, in general.

God bless Pope Benedict XVI and God bless his Holy Church! 

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Senior Anglicans: Pope’s Anglican Initiative “Insensitive”. (I Wonder How They Classify Henry VIII’s?)

Senior Church of England figures have attacked Pope Benedict XVI’s offer to disillusioned Anglicans to convert to Catholicism, describing it as “predatory” and “insensitive”.

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Editor’s note: These guys ain’t seen nothin’ yet!