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What The Immaculate Conception is Not

What The Immaculate Conception is Not

Recently, in a group, a Roman Catholic told a joke which used the term the “Immaculate Conception”. The joke hinged on the idea that there was no sex, there was no father involved. That is NOT what the “Immaculate Conception” refers to. It is a common misconception – even, clearly, amongst well-educated Roman Catholics. Yesterday… Continue Reading

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Resources for 30th Ordinary Sunday

Resources for 30th Ordinary Sunday

Let us pray (in silence) [that God’s love strengthen us to do God’s will] Pause Almighty everliving God, [or God of holiness] increase within us your gifts of faith, hope, and love, and make us cherish what you command, so that we may obtain what you promise; through Jesus Christ who is alive with you,… Continue Reading

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The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the mongrel/platypus phenomenon that is Anglicanism, the via media is not half-way between catholic and protestant – it is both catholic and protestant; protestant software running on catholic hardware. It is unsurprising, then, that a catholic celebration such as The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord has some, possibly hidden,… Continue Reading

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Upgrading the Apostle to the Apostles

Upgrading the Apostle to the Apostles

Until recently, the status of the celebration of Saint Mary Magdalene was, for Roman Catholics, a “Memorial”. That’s almost as low down the Roman Catholic ranking of celebrations that you can get. Effectively, only “Optional Memorials” rank lower. Four days ago, Saint Mary Magdalene’s celebration was upgraded by the Vatican to the status of “Feast”.… Continue Reading

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Yet Another Prayer in Common

Yet Another Prayer in Common

I have discovered yet another prayer that is shared across denominations. This coming Sunday, Trinity Sunday, replaces the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Next week is the 8th Week in Ordinary Time. For that week Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and others use an ancient prayer which I have rendered as: Let us pray (in silence) [that… Continue Reading

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The Bible – necessary but not sufficient

The Bible – necessary but not sufficient

Recent discussion on the website Anglican Downunder (here and here) has once again highlighted the inadequacy of the “Bible-alone” approach. Put to one side that the Bible cannot tell us which documents are in the Bible and which are not (I remind you that Protestants, Roman Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox have different lists of books… Continue Reading

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