I just do not understand

The last two posts have caused me to wonder what causes people to be spiteful and malevolent. Deborah Gyapong writes about a blogger who has misused her photos to point fun at the Ordinariate. This particular “Cold Fish”-monger seems to have a life mission to belittle the Ordinariate movement, to dwell on our flaws and suggest that we are doomed.

Then there is Michael Davis, who wrote in the Catholic Herald about his “rubbishing” of the Ordinariate in his blog.

I can comprehend a staunch Anglo-Catholic regarding those who have joined the Ordinariates as some kind of traitors to the cause, but it was never our intention to deal a death blow to the Anglican Church or the friends we left behind.

The Ordinariate detractors, on the other hand, seem to have no other aim than to destroy the Ordinariates through their propaganda.

They can rest assured that we will not be disheartened. We will continue to report about the Ordinariate movement and its successes. We will go on enthusing about the ecumenical dream of Pope Benedict XVI of uniting the diverse Church while maintaining the many valuable traditions as treasures to be shared.

We are not blind to problems: we see small groups struggling and are aware that some of these might disappear, we hear the sceptical tones of some in the leadership of the Church who are perhaps not convinced of our mission or are perhaps afraid that our success might in some way be detrimental to them.

But we are certain in the importance of our apostolate. We have found a home in the Catholic Church and particularly in the Ordinariates. So we shall be sticking to the positive message, even if some might accuse us of being naive “cheerleaders”. I for one am happy to cheer about something I believe in to the bottom of my being.

This is the only time that we will mention these spiteful people – they cannot hurt us with their vitriol!

7 thoughts on “I just do not understand

  1. Perhaps more could be done to get the positive message out. There is lots of news for the picking as one looks about the web, but we get nothing on the OCSP website, and frankly only rather low-hanging fruit here. I used to send news links but preference now seems to be for random items of personal interest, many of which are only of tangential Ordinariate relevance.


    • Please continue to help us to scour the net, EPMS – and others of course! In recent months I have not been able to devote as much effort to this important exploratory work as I would wish, This blog still has the ambition of providing as full a range of info as possible as we did at “Ordinariate Expats”. Deborah’s more personal news from her parish and from her journalistic work is a definite gain and we look forward to having more and more contributors.


  2. I’m a supporter of the Ordinariates, and don’t think all of the criticisms in said blog are merited, but in terms of criticism, correct a fool and he will hate you, correct a wise man and he will thank you. One should not be bothered by criticism and should also try to see if anything can be learned from it.


  3. The community in Ottawa is an example of what all of us should aim for in all our Ordinariate Communities. Should I move towards Ottawa from Oshawa at some point in the future, they can add one more to their congregation.


  4. I, too, have been more than a little annoyed by the vindictive content of another blog regarding the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter who broke ranks with his former “continuing Anglican” parish and came into the Catholic Church as a member of his local diocese when his parish was not able to make the move into the ordinariate immediately due to lawsuits between the parish and both some of its former parishioners and its former “continuing Anglican” jurisdiction. I have repeatedly pointed out to this individual, via e-mail, that some of his statements were demonstrably false, and he has never corrected his posts. In a recent example, he posted three pictures of the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation (one exterior and two interior), then stated, ” I see no evidence of traditional Catholic icons or stations of the cross…” when in fact (1) five (5) of the Stations of the Cross are plainly visible between the windows on the far wall of the second photo (black on white provides pretty good contrast, so you don’t have to look too closely to see them) and (2) there appear to be four (4) icons visible on the walls in the first photo — one to the right of the altar on the wall behind it, another over the credence table on the partition behind it, and two more between the icon over the credence table and the doorway to the right of it in the photo. Additionally, he construes the second photo to be the sign of peace — but it actually appears to show an embrace after the service, as the parishioners who are leaving their pews are turning toward the rear of the oratory.

    Fundamentally, our vocation as Christians is to build up the body of Christ through prayer, study, fellowship, and ministry. When one is tearing apart, one is NOT building up. I believe this this individual’s negativity to be utterly diabolical. It would not be inappropriate to ask this individual’s pastor, or even his bishop, to speak to him privately about the content of his posts and the motivation therefor.


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    • While we are making corrections, the title of the church in question is Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, not Our Lady of the Annunciation.


      • Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!

        Thank you for the correction. I knew that, so I don’t know how or why I muffed it.



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