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Monday, January 23, 2012

Stuff I saw today ...

* Time-lapse seasons at Yosemite National Park ....



* In the UK, bishops have what the US bishops can only dream of (thank God!) - voting seats in the nation's legislature ... yep, we're talking spiritual lordship. There's an interesting post by Andrew Brown on how that seems to work - This welfare bill has united bishops like never before

* Given all the media coverage of the Personal Ordinariates (Anglicans/Episcopalians switching to Catholicism), I was interested to see a post at the Episcopal Cafe that puts all this into perspective ....

[...] Thus far, 100 priests and fewer than 1,400 people in 22 church communities have expressed an interest in the ordinariate. Gather them all in Washington National Cathedral, and the place isn’t half full. Only six of these 22 communities have more than 70 members .....

According to the 2004 U. S. Congregational Life Survey—which I believe is the most recent one available—11.7 percent of Episcopalians were formerly Roman Catholic. The Episcopal Church had slightly fewer than 2,248,000 members in 2004, indicating that not quite 263,000 of its members were former Catholics .... there are currently some 228,000 former Roman Catholics in the Episcopal Church ...

The stories on the ordinariate also report that as many as 100 priests—many of whom may be Episcopalians—have also applied to join the ordinariate. Is this evidence that the Catholic Church is winning priests from the Episcopal tradition? It reads that way, unless one knows, thanks to the Church Pension Group, that 432 living Episcopal priests have been received from the Roman Catholic Church ...


* Saw a photo of Preikestolen ... Preikestolen or Prekestolen, also known by the English translations of Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, and by the old local name Hyvlatonnå (“the carpenter-plane’s blade”), is a massive cliff 604 metres (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet) square, almost flat, and is a famous tourist attraction in Norway ...




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