Islam, Signs, Symbols & Catholic Action

In conversation recently about Islam, I mentioned that once, during a public rosary, I noticed that when a veiled Muslim woman passed by she looked straight ahead, studiously ignoring our group.

The chat then turned on the fact that while Muslims are not afraid to show their religion by their dress, Catholics tend to keep any public displays of the Faith to a minimum, unless, like a public rosary event, we are together in a group.

Then, surprisingly, one person said that he always made the sign of the cross when he saw a Muslim, signs being very important and powerful, with, of course, the sign of the cross having a particular potency.

That got me thinking. Should more of us follow his brave example?  Is there any other Catholic Action that you can think of, that falls into the category of “signs and symbols”?  Or is this sort of thing liable to fall into the category of  “Islamophobia”?

Creation, Evolution & Catholicism

The author of a book which we reviewed in a recent edition, and which we offered to readers who emailed for the pdf  copy, has contacted me with the following information: 

Re:  Creation, Evolution & Catholicism – A Discussion for Those Who Believe
by Thomas McFadden

BookcoverCreation, Evolution and Catholicism

From Thomas McFadden…

[Attaching] PDF of the most recent print version. It would be helpful if some UK supporters bought the print or kindle version on Amazon.uk. None have yet. The great thing about the kindle edition is that one can go right to the many online references I included by clicking on them. Readers of the PDF would have to type complex URLs into their browser to get the most out of the information in the book. The kindle version is only about 2 pounds [£2]  and can be read on any device using the free app from Amazon. Also, I think that once you buy it you get free updates. END 

I assured Thomas that I would post this notice and encourage readers and bloggers to read his book. It’s a crucially important subject, so please think about sending for the PDF or, as he suggests, buy the Kindle version – click on image above to read or purchase the Kindle copy.

I’ll leave this thread open in case anyone has any questions, which I can pass on to the author, or any comments, if you have read the book.  

Are There Any Educated Priests Around?

Are There Any Educated Priests Around?

This week’s Tablet (terrible rag) is running an article entitled: Women in the Church: how far can we go? by Fr Peter Day.

He begins (understandably) by quoting the eminently quotable Pope Francis:

“We must therefore investigate further the role of women in the Church. We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of the woman. The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions. The challenge today is this: to think about the specific place of women also in those places where the authority of the church is exercised for various areas of the church.” (Pope Francis, August 2013)

The rest of the article amounts to a thinly veiled plea for women’s ordination. To read the entire piece, click on the picture.

But, while bloggers are welcome to discuss the reasons for Catholic teaching on that subject, the point of this thread is really to explore the quality of the education – or lack of it – of priests today.

For, apart from repeating the daft feminist propaganda about patriarchy blah blah, Fr Day – absolutely astonishingly – quotes the verse from Galatians trotted out by ignorant “feminists” to make their case:

“There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can neither be slave or freeman, there can be neither male nor female – for you are all one in Christ.” (Galatians 3:28-29)

Listen, any priest who does not know that the above verse from Galatians means that God’s grace is available to everyone, absolutely everyone, and has nothing to do with women’s perceived right to be priests, needs help. Fast.