"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Blessed John Paul II, Intercede for Us


Blessed Trinity, we thank you for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ and the splendor of the Holy Spirit to shine through him.

Trusting Fully in your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Sheperd, and has shown us Christian Life and is the way of achieving eternal Communion with you.

Grant us, by his intercession and according to Your will, the graces we now implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen.

Friday, April 29, 2011

US Commission Names 14 Worst Violators Of Religious Freedom


EWTN - For the first time, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has listed Egypt among the world’s worst violators of religious freedom.

In its 2011 annual report, the commission recommended that the State Department designate 14 nations--Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam--as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs).

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Newt Gingrich: Why I Became Catholic

Source: National Catholic Register - I am often asked when I chose to become Catholic. However, it is more truthful to say that over the course of several years I gradually became Catholic and then decided one day to accept the faith I had already come to embrace.

My wife, Callista, is a lifelong Catholic and has been a member of the choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for 15 years. Although I was Southern Baptist, I had attended Mass with Callista every Sunday at the basilica to watch her sing with the choir.

I accompanied Callista to Rome in 2005, when the choir was invited to sing at St. Peter’s Basilica. While there, I had the opportunity to talk at length with Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the basilica in D.C., about faith, history and many of the cultural challenges, including secularism, facing our country. Our conversations were enlightening and intriguing.

The Truth in the HOLY TRINITY



The Dogma of the Holy Trinity is this: There are three Persons in One God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each Person is distinct from each other but there is only one God. Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church and not any other book, then refute the Catechism line by line. The Trinity is suggested by the baptismal formula taught by Christ:
“Go, therefore, 12 and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.” (Mt 28:19)
The Father sends the Son (the Son is not the Father):
“Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. 15 Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God.” (1 Jn 4:14-15 )
The Son promises the Holy Spirit (the other Advocate distinct from the Son):
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate 8 to be with you always, 17 the Spirit of truth, 9 which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. (Jn 14:16-17)
“Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. 29 But whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit 11 will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” (Mk 3:28-29)

MOVIE PRESENTS BOY WHO WANTS TO SING FOR THE POPE




Shows Papal, Vatican Life Through Eyes of 11-Year-Old

ROME, APRIL 22, 2011 (Zenit.org).- A new movie presents the figure of Benedict XVI and the reality of Vatican life, seen through the eyes of Francesco, a boy who dreams about singing before the Pope.

The German-language movie, "Francesco und der Papst" [Francesco and the Pope], was released Thursday in 60 theaters throughout Germany and Switzerland.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Church that Celebrates Christ's Life

"If a church celebrates only the feasts related to Manalo, then it is the Church of Manalo. If a church celebrates the feasts related to Christ, then it is a Church of Christ." -Quirino M. Sugon Jr on April 24, 2011 at 10:47 am

“The Catholic Church which in the beginning was the Church of Christ... [Ang Iglesia Katolika na sa pasimula ay siyang Iglesia ni Cristo...]" -PASUGO Abril 1966, p. 46.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Key dates in John Paul II's remarkable papacy

Source: Inquirer News

VATICAN CITY, AFP —From his rise to the papacy as the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years to his prolonged agony played out in front of the world, there was nothing ordinary about John Paul II's life.

As the Vatican prepares to confer "blessed" status -- one step from full sainthood -- on the late pope at a solemn ceremony on May 1, here are some of the most important events that marked John Paul's remarkable papacy.

1978: A virtually unknown Polish cardinal, Karol Wojtyla, becomes the leader of the world's Catholics at the age of 58 -- the youngest pope of the 20th century. He salutes the crowd and asks to be corrected if he gets things wrong.

Royal row breaks out in UK over anti-Catholic legislation

British Parliament Building (Source: CNA)
London, England, (CNA/EWTN News).- In the week of the Royal Wedding, a centuries-old law banning British monarchs from becoming or marrying a Catholic is sparking an international row in the United Kingdom.

London’s Daily Telegraph reported on April 25 that plans to abolish the 1701 Act of Settlement have been ditched because of "significant objections" from the Church of England.

Now the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, has written to the British Government asking for urgent clarification.

"I recently wrote to the Prime Minister (David Cameron) calling for the abolition of all discrimination contained in the Act of Settlement, including its blatant discrimination towards Catholics, which is completely unacceptable in a modern society. I am deeply concerned at these reports that this much-needed and long overdue reform has been shelved by the UK Government," Salmond wrote.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Iraqi Christians celebrate Easter in Jordan - Easter in Islam Zone - Bomb at Baghdad Church - Photos from Islamization Watch

Thanks to Islamization Watch for these photos.


Iraqi Christians attend an Easter mass at Chaldean Catholic church in Amman April 24, 2011. Thousands of Iraqi Christians fled to neighbouring Jordan following a spate of bombings that targeted churches in Iraqi cities in the past few years.
Chaldean Catholic

A priest gives communion to an Iraqi Christian woman during an Easter mass at Chaldean Catholic church in Amman April 24, 2011.

An Iraqi Christian children break the painted eggs they received during celebrations after an


Iraqi Christian children pick painted eggs during celebrations after an

Iraqi Christian children show the painted eggs they received during celebrations after an Easter service at Chaldean Catholic church in Amman April 24, 2011.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians fled to neighbouring Jordan following a spate of bombings that targeted churches in Iraqi cities in the past few years.

Iraqi Christians attend an Easter mass at Chaldean Catholic church in Amman April 24, 2011.

A Pakistani policeman stands guard outside a Church during an Easter Sunday Mass in Lahore on April 24, 2011. Christian believers around the world mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Pakistani Christians pray during an Easter Sunday Mass at a church in Lahore on April 24, 2011

Pakistani Christians pray during an Easter Sunday Mass at a church in Lahore on April 24, 2011. 

Worshipers attend an Easter Sunday service at the St. Mary Cathedral in Lahore April 24, 2011

Worshippers pray during an Easter Sunday service at the St. Joseph Cathedral in Rawalpindi April 24, 2011.

Pakistani Christians attends an Easter Sunday Mass at a church in Lahore on April 24, 2011. Christian believers around the world mark the Holy Week
Pakistani Christians pray during an Easter Sunday Mass at a church in Lahore on April 24, 2011

Iraqi police officer stands guard outside the Virgin Mary church in Baghdad during Easter Sunday mass on April 24, 2011.

Iraqi Christians attend Easter services at St. Joseph's Chaldean church in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, April 24, 2011.

Iraqi Christians congratulate each other after attending Easter services at St. Joseph's Chaldean church in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, April 24, 2011. 

Iraqi Christians congratulate each other after attending Easter services at St. Joseph's Chaldean church in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, April 24, 2011
A wounded man lying on a stretcher is taken to a hospital ward in Baghdad April 24, 2011 in this still image taken from video. A roadside bomb exploded near the rear entrance of a Catholic church in Baghdad after Easter services on Sunday, wounding at least two police officers and two civilians. The bomb blew up outside Sacred Heart church in Baghdad's central Karrada district, shattering windows in nearby buildings and severely damaging a police pick-up truck at the church gate.

A Christian holds a cross as she prays during Easter celebrations at the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Baghdad April 24, 2011. A roadside bomb exploded near an entrance of the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Baghdad on Sunday, wounding two police officers and two civilians, an Interior Ministry source said.

Residents watch a play during Easter at the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Baghdad April 24, 2011

Residents watch a play during Easter at the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Baghdad April 24, 2011.

Women pray near a statue of the Virgin Mary during Easter at the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Baghdad April 24, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Catholic Church Targeted in Baghdad on Easter Sunday

Sacred Heart Church in Baghdad (Photo Source: (Al-Iraqi)
BAGHDAD, (Reuters) - A roadside bomb exploded near an entrance to a Catholic church in Baghdad on Easter Sunday, wounding two police officers and two civilians, an Interior Ministry source said. The blast struck a police vehicle providing security at the Sacred Heart church in Baghdad's central Karrada district, the source said.

Last October, 52 people died in an assault on a Syrian Catholic cathedral in central Baghdad. The attack was the bloodiest against Iraq's Christian minority since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Iraqi Catholic Child's
First Communion
Iraq's Christians once numbered about 1.5 million but are now believed to have fallen to less than 850,000 out of a population of 30 million.

Hundreds of Christian families have fled to Iraq's northern Kurdish region or to nearby countries since the October assault on the cathedral, the United Nations has reported.

Easter Sunday marks the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion.

Another IDOL WORSHIPER converted to Iglesia ni Cristo of Felix Manalo (1914) said a Catholic Priest admitted a Priest can be Rich by being a Drug Lord

ASSOCIATED PRESS The head of the Catholic Church in Kenya, Cardinal John Njue, carries a cross through the streets of Nairobi on Good Friday. A century ago, most of Christianity was in Europe and elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere. Today, 20 percent of the world’s Christians live south of the Sahara Desert. (Photo Source: Washington Post)
"The gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church Jesus built" (Mt. 16).

That's A PROMISE. The Church has survived for more than, 2,000 years now. History stands witness to this promise.

Arius, Nestorius, Martin Luther, King Henry VIII, Gregorio Aglipay, Felix Manalo-- what do they have in common?  They  all LEFT the CHURCH and formed their own.  They all went AGAINST Catholics and the Catholic Church.

The same is true today.  The Holy Spirit  FORBIDS idol worshipers in spreading it's errors. Now they are out of the Catholic Church and joined Protestant churches and the cult of Felix Manalo, the Iglesia ni Cristo.

Praise and thank the Lord for keeping out those erratic members of His Church. (Extracted from Iglesia ni Cristo Confirms the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sir Catholic, Iam Arnel Of Manila, Sorry Sir I cant call you a "FATHER" Iam a Catholic before I became Iglesia Ni Cristo Member, I used to be in troubles and gang wars, I used to yell back to my parents, I used to drink, I used to say bad words, I used steal things that is not mine.. and all of that I realize that I did all that because of the lack of guidance, not only with my parents also with the church im in, So I pray to God seriously and with all my heart of course by that time im still in front of an IDOLS... Im still a catholic way back then, I Prayed that GOd help me in finding my path to my success to help me in finding the way to the truth, why Iam doing all these bad things I dant want this anymore... One day A friend of mine encourage me to attend thier worship service inside the Iglesia ni cristo in Locale of evangelista makati, I saw how each and everyone of them has respect on superiror and solemn and everyone is saying thier own prayers, and even crying, so start praying to and when the minister start thier own prayers, prayers for the brothers and prayers for every one Iam amazed to what I felt I start crying MAN I didnt felt that before... The holy spirit was on me I felt the love of a father for his LOST SON... I dont know what to say that day I know that god lead me the way of truth and to the way of my success, I attend the 25 Doctrines and I know that this is tru coz all are read to the holly bibble no other book was read to me I ask questions and it was read directly to the bibble, no doubt That this is the true children of the Only true GOD, why cat youre church my catholic do the same manner as the Ministers of INC is doing they are in one mind, can you tell me now mr catholic who do you think will be save whne JESUS christ our lord come back? I heard some of the priest told me the reason why they become priest is because of 1 thing, money.... he told me that there is only 2 ways to riches... TO BE A DRUG LORD, OR TO PRAISE THE LORD, that is THE WORD OF ONE OF YOUR PRIEST... Im a happy man, I am now one of the children of GOD, can you tell me or can you tell to your self mr. catholic if you are save? The success of the INC or the church of christ is because they are guided by the true GOD arent you afriad that you are insulting the son's of GOD? I hope you too can pray by youre own words tell to god what you feel and asked him to lead you to the way of truth If you are chosen GOD will give you the answer, if he didnt give you the answer you are not worthy to recieve salvation. Dont be affriad of the truth I accepted it, we are not against you sir... have you tried to listen or like to attend our worship service? try sir so youll know... GOD BLESS you I hope that your knowlege and your services inside your chuch will not go to nothing...

April 23, 2011 9:01 AM

Thank you very much Arnel of Manila for sharing us Catholics your very honest opinion.  First of all, I am NOT A PRIEST. I am a very ordinary Catholic who was once lured by Protestants and Iglesia ni Cristo members to join them.  But unlike you, I chose to stay in the Light for the LOVE of GOD and the CHURCH which HE FOUNDED (Mt. 16).

HAPPY EASTER!

This is the Day the LORD has made, let us REJOICE and be glad! (Psalm 118:24)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In the 'Rome of Pakistan,' Christians say they fear speaking out, worry about the future

By Nahal Toosi, The Associated Press

Photo Source: Canadian Press
KHUSHPUR, Pakistan — A church bell, not a mosque loudspeaker, calls people to prayer along the dung-lined streets and inside the crumbling houses of this village. The body of Pakistan's most recent Christian martyr is buried in its graveyard.

Khushpur is almost entirely Catholic, and for decades it has been an oasis for Christians in a nation where 95 per cent of people are Muslim and Islamist extremism is spreading. The village has produced so many priests and nuns that some call it the "Rome of Pakistan."

But Islamist militants' recent murder of federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian son of the village targeted for opposing Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, has rattled the peace. As they prepare to observe Easter, many of the 5,300 villagers say Pakistan's Christians face more pressure than ever.

Anti-Catholics Burned Down Church in California, USA

This is the latest in a series of anti-Catholic incidents in California the past couple of years including vandalism which read “Kill the Cathlics” on the walls of a Catholic church and the destruction of a 60-year-old statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary dedicated to the memory of veterans.

Have you heard anything about this in the media? Could you imagine if someone had burned down a mosque? Or wrote "Kill the Muslims?" It would be the lede in every news program. The President would hold a press conference, the ladies from The View would cluck their concern, and Anderson Cooper would be reporting from outside a Mosque somewhere. But it's just a Catholic Church that got burned down. It's just a Catholics that people are threatening to kill. It's just Catholic statues being vandalized. So shhhhhh.

Christians all over the globe are suffering terribly and...nothing. Blogs write about it but nowhere else do you see even an eyebrow lifted in concern. Methinks this is all going to get a lot worse before it gets better. -Creative Minority Report

Photo Source: Woman of Grace
Suspicious fire destroys Hacienda Heights church, latest in series of crimes against Catholic parishes in CA

News Source: California Catholic Daily - Investigators suspect arson in a fire that destroyed St. John Vianney Church in Hacienda Heights over the weekend.

"The investigators have been quite definitive to me, this was very definitely a deliberate act," Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, told the Los Angeles Times.


The fire, which began shortly after midnight on Saturday, left only a burned out shell where the 5000-member parish’s sanctuary once stood. Various press reports said the blaze caused an estimated $8 million to $10 million in damages. The fire burned for almost three hours before firefighters were able to extinguish it.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday: Behold the Wood of the Cross

Photo Source: Catholic Online
WASHINGTON (Catholic Online) – When Catholics and Protestants have opportunities to talk about their Christian faith, at some point the topic will turn to the crucifix versus the cross. The Protestant argument usually ends (or sometimes begins) with the words – “but don’t you know that Christ was raised from the dead?”

Apart from the fact that, yes… we know that… we believe that with all of hearts, the question does not really address the real issue. In a few such conversations I confess that I have defaulted to an equally inane response.

“Well, if you really want to celebrate the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, why don’t you wear an empty tomb around your neck?”

By the way, a few years ago I did a web search and found a company called Empty Tomb Jewelry. Case closed!

National Catholic Reporter: Father of eight gives up job to become Catholic


It’s a brave decision for the Ian Hellyer to give up his job when he has to provide for eight children and his wife is pregnant with the couple’s ninth child.

But Hellyer is losing no sleep over his decision. He believes he is answering God’s call to become a Catholic priest in the newly created Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

On Palm Sunday, he formally gave up his 20,000-pound ($33,000) yearly salary as rector of four Church of England parishes in the Dartmoor area of southwest England.

On Holy Thursday, during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Benedictine Buckfast Abbey in Devon, he was to be confirmed by Abbot David Charlesworth. His wife, Margaret, and children, who are already Catholic, were his sponsors.

Hellyer then will make his first Communion as a Catholic, joined by 12 members of the ordinariate group he will lead after his ordination to the Catholic priesthood June 17. The small faith community will be based at the abbey.


“I truly feel that this is God’s call, and there has been nothing to make me think that it isn’t,” he told Catholic News Service April 20.

Indonesian Muslims targeted Church on Good Friday

I wish everyone a fruitful and blessed Good Friday as we comemmorate the Passion and Death or our Lord Jesus Christ. I am blest to have my brethren in Indonesia who were never cowed by Islamic terrorism threat. You are our modern "Living Saints" for standing for our Catholic faith. With your witnessing, the Church of Christ is bringing the Good News to all who seek for it, and God willing, they may come to realize that we are all invited to the Light of Christ.-CD2000
"Just like the siege of that church in Iraq on All Saints Day, and that bombing of that Coptic church in Alexandria at Christmas.

Muslims may not really understand much about Christianity, but they know when the churches are full.

Not only are the churches likely to be full at Easter time, but what could be more destructive than attacking Christian's on their highest Holy Days? What could more demoralize them than murdering them at a time that signifies resurrection, hope, and new beginnings?

What horror." -A Comment from Jihad Watch

Jakarta, Indonesia (CBS News) - Nineteen terror suspects were arrested in Indonesia Thursday in relation to a bomb that was found buried next to a church outside the capital city of Jakarta.

Police discovered the 330-pound explosive underneath a gas pipeline. Officials said they believe Islamic militants had timed the bomb to go off during Good Friday.

"The army and police are under high alert," Senior security minister Djoko Suyanto told reporters. He added that troops would be deployed at churches and other strategic locations.

"We want to guarantee safety," he said.

Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world. The country has been battling Muslim extremists since 2002.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Survey says 3% Iglesia ni Cristo Respondents are in Favor of Christmas


More Filipinos -- particularly Roman Catholics, the poor and the youth -- consider Christmas more important than Easter Sunday, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey made exclusive to BusinessWorld.

The SWS survey, fielded on March 4-7, found that 57% of adult Filipinos chose Christmas compared to the 36% that favored Easter Sunday when asked "In your opinion, which between the two is the more important day for you? (Christmas or Easter Sunday)"

New Christian Convert from Islam Murdered in Somalia

When will Muslims in Muslim countries ever reciprocate tolerance as Muslims in the West are demanding? When they will ever allow Muslims to convert? When will they ever realize that killing is morally EVIL and that God who gave life, HE ALONE has the SOLE RIGHT to take back the life he has given each of us.

To Christians being persecuted by Muslims, may your blood be a seed for evangelization. May you be brought in Paradise for having the crown of martyrdom. Remember to pray for those who are still persecuted.  Thank you for witnessing to our Faith in Christ Jesus. - CD2000

Stoning (according to Sharia) in Somalia
Muslim militants shoot young man dead after learning he had begun to follow Christ.

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 20 (CDN) — Two Muslim extremists in Somalia on Monday (April 18) murdered a member of a secret Christian community in Lower Shabele region as part of a campaign to rid the country of Christianity, sources said.

An area source told Compass two al Shabaab militants shot 21-year-old Hassan Adawe Adan in Shalambod town after entering his house at 7:30 p.m.

Christmas (Pasko) according to an Iglesia ni Cristo member

Photo Source: Manila Balita
In PRINCIPLE, Iglesia ni Cristo SHOULD NOT be celebrating Christmas or Pasko in Tagalog according to their teachings. But in PRACTICE they do. They enjoyed very much receiving Christmas bonuses, they eagerly accept Christmas gifts, they excitedly exchange Christmas cards, enthusiastically attend Christmas parties, their children do caroling with Catholic children, and they DEFINITELY look forward for another enjoying CHRISTMAS BREAKS with much EAGERNESS.


But this particular comment from Plaridel plainly made me laugh so hard that I almost fell down from where I was seated. Though I find it amazingly unusual thing to display such enormous stupidity, yet it's exceedingly funny. Mr. Plaridel's shameless display of "lack of common sense" is very appalling. He said @ this POST:
The term Pasko does not translate specifically to Christmas. the term pasko is from the Hebrew word "pascha" which means "Passover" which is a derivative for "pasko". So the INC does have "Pasko" but not christmas, pasko means Passover. We do celebrate "pasko" as passover.
Wow, a "Johny-came-lately" 1914 Iglesia ni Cristo sabotaging a TERM which was used by Catholics for centuries now and was celebrated for centuries now?

Mr. Plaridel, PASKO Is a Catholic celebration so we ought to know it by heart. Have you thought of that? Oh, I don't think  you have.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Muslim Convert is one of many converts to Catholicism this Easter Sunday

Easter Vigil. Photo by Mazur
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA /Catholic Online) - A Muslim, a family of seven, a marine, a former abortion clinic administrator - these are just a few of the many faces of people from around the country who are slated to join the Catholic Church at Easter.

The U.S. bishops' conference recently profiled a handful of unique stories from individuals in different states, each of whom will be either baptized or confirmed during the Church's universal celebration of the Easter Vigil on April 24.

Although the numbers are still trickling in for this year, the conference reported that in 2010, there were over 43,000 adult baptisms in the U.S. and more than 75,000 people received into full communion with the Church.

Soon-to-be baptized New Orleans resident Ahdija Cheumbike Baker was raised a Muslim. The daughter of a Detroit man and a Tanzanian woman, Baker is one of the 282 catechumens and candidates that the Catholic Church in New Orleans will be welcoming at Easter.

Waves of Anglicans coming to the Catholic Church begun entering the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walshingham


The ordinariate is really happening

Mgr Keith Newton annoints a candidate's
head with chrism (Photo: James D Bradley)
Source: Catholic Herald News - The ordinariate is really happening. It really is. After a year and a half since the publication of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus which made establishing an ordinariate possible, and many earlier years of gestation, it is finally becoming real. Sure, it was established in January but until last night, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham numbered fewer than 20 people.

Today its numbers have already more than doubled and by Easter morning its numbers will have swelled to close to a thousand members. These will not only include more than 60 members of clergy, but also very importantly, the committed lay people who have followed their pastors into full Communion with the Catholic Church.

I found it very moving to be at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark last night to watch Mgr Keith Newton, the ordinariate’s head, receive one of the first, first wave groups into the personal ordinariate. It was clearly a emotional experience for the people who were there with their families, some of whom were already Catholics, others who would not follow them and even others who were being received with their families.

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