Saturday, March 31, 2012
Yours truly came across this rare photo at the city archives.
Next to the historic church can be seen the old parish hall, since torn down.
The parish was founded in 1873 and the church was completed in 1874. At that time there were some 3,500 parishioners, some 600 families.
The first parish priest, from France, also constructed the old parish hall, seen here.
In a diocesan book published in 1998, Planted by Flowing Water, we read, "This hall became the meeting place of French Canadians for more than a century." Further, of the rectory, we read, "His large presbytery frequently served as the meeting place of the French-Canadian religious and lay elite of the day." And, "Each year, well-known speakers led the Lenten retreat." The same book describes the stained glass windows in the church as, "among the most beautiful in Canada."
This year, by the grace of God, the nearby FSSP parish of St. Clement will be moving here, to this fine new location. Sadly, the old parish hall was demolished in the 1960s, along with the entire neighborhood, thanks to a vast urban development project of the then city planners, who gambled in a quick bid to "renew" the city's oldest neighborhood, and failed by all accounts.
St. Clement's, until 1984, celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Sisters of the Monastery of the Precious Blood, on Echo Drive. In 1984, they moved into a church on Albion Road, Gloucester, and in 1993 the community moved to its present location, the former parish of St. Pius X, a modern church located on Mann Ave.
We all look forward to the move and thank His Grace, the Archbishop of Ottawa, for His generosity and paternal solicitude.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Walk by the front of the building, and you will notice this odd scene.
In the background is the Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica of Ottawa, Notre-Dame. In the foreground is a "pregnant" spider, placed here in 2005.
Any modicum of restraint, eh?
The egregious inequality is always laughable. Would this same beast be placed by the City in front of the mosque at Tunney's Pasture? Er, um, no.
I complained to an employee of the museum who responded with a diffident laugh, "Oh, yeah, the spider is pregnant. And by an American to boot."
For your information, its name is "Maman" ("Mother").
Read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maman.
SUPPORTING MOTION 312
By JP Sonnen
OTTAWA, March 9, 2012 (www.lifecanada.org) - A Canadian member of Parliament, MP Steven Woodworth, has filed a historic motion in the House of Commons calling for a special committee to consider when human life begins. He proposes to confine the evidence strictly to the issue of the humanity of the unborn infant.
Section 223 of Canada’s Criminal Code, a 400-year-old provision inherited from British common law, states that a child only becomes a “human being” once he or she has fully proceeded from the womb.
As the enlightened minority opinion takes pains to explain, the scientific evidence is mounting relentlessly to establish more and more clearly that the human unborn is a person in its own right and that the issue, far from being settled, demands a broader ruling.
“This outdated law has turned into one of the most artful legal evasions of all time, a world-class circumlocution,” said Ottawa grad student, Ann Johnson. “We cannot remain in the state of biologic art of the Middle Ages. Thankfully this has now come under scrutiny. Today we have ultrasound.”
Ultrasound, or sonography, is a medial success story of the 1970s, ranking with fetal heart monitoring, transplant immunology and CAT scanning. It is a diagnostic method which relies on the use of high frequency sound waves passing through the body and giving off echoes as the sound waves hit various tissues of different densities. Watching a realtime ultrasound one can see a continuous projection of the ultrasonic images as a motion picture, revealing the tiny heart coiling and thrusting from between 18-24 days from conception.
“With these technologies,” continues Johnson, “The stage of prenatality finally emerges from the ultrasound shadows – convincing enough for most of us in science but apparently still not sufficiently convincing for the other side. If the suspect unborn creature looks like us, if it has the same metabolism and reproductive compatibility with us, if it responds to the same stimuli, if its organs are identical to ours, then there is a reasonable probability that it is one of us.”
This same theme was taken up by Dr. Bernard Nathanson in The Abortion Papers. Dr. Nathanson, a graduate of the McGill University Medical College in Montreal, was the former director of the largest abortion clinic in the Western World, the Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health. He writes, “In other years, much of the mystique of birth, and therefore the mistaken belief that life begins at birth, was the reality that we knew virtually nothing about the baby before birth, not even such a seemingly simple and certainly fundamental fact as its sex. Now with the masses of information we have of the baby before it is born, especially the certain knowledge of its sex, the mystery of prenatality is dispelled, and once and for all the myth of life beginning at birth should be entombed forever.”
Nathanson continues, “Incidentally, not only can we now ascertain the sex of the baby prenatally with ultrasound, but we now have positive information that female babies can ovulate while still in the uterus. Though it is not a common phenomenon, even the notion that it can happen while the female baby is still unborn is astonishing. It is yet another piece in the increasingly undeniable picture of the unborn child as one of us.”
With this window into the prenatal word, the irrefutable scientific data mounts which demonstrates that the unborn is a person in the law. The endless judicial review and interminable legal wrangling must begin, many argue, invariably ending with the highest courts’ determination that for all practical purposes society does not endorse the taking of human life, even at the prenatal stage, no matter the provocation.
Reactions are mixed. “I do not feel this case will be decided as it should be, purely on its bio-ethical merits, “complained one Ottawa student who wished to remain anonymous. “What about the money? The redoubtable economic clout of the physicians and entrepreneurs of the abortion industry? Or the shrill keening of the liberal media? The endless disputation on the exact nature of the prenatal human will sadly continue.”
Natalie Hudson, executive director for LifeCanada was quick to respond to critics, “The stark reality is that prenatal human life is being destroyed on an unimaginably vast scale in Canada. Motion 312 is a question of biological reality and not of political rights. The politically neutral scientific data has spoken and supports the concept of prenatality as one of the many passages in our lives. For sentient human beings to deny that life begins when sperm penetrates egg is to deny that the earth is round or that blood circulates.”
Hudson continues, “Given the general state of ignorance of the discipline of fetology at the time – 400 years ago – we can indeed almost exonerate the lawmakers of English common law. We are wiser now by virtue of ultrasound and fetoscopy and today we better understand the core issue in the abortion controversy – the definition of the nature of the unborn infant.”
You can sign the petition in support of Motion 312 here.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Church has produced, in recent decades, many of what I call "heuristic" "liturgists."
Luckily, this chapter is fast closing as we now witness a return to authentic liturgical scholarship.
This scholarship adheres to the most punctilious standards of academic exposition, as seen on the New Liturgical Movement blog.
You can read Gregory's fine works on the NLM site.
Happy birthday, Greg!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Finally, we have a decent Catholic running for the highest office in the nation.
He has ringingly supported the Church's moral teachings in season and out of season.
We support our own and we support him. Catholics vote pro-life. Hail to the Chief!
Reminds one of the 1928 candidacy for president of the Catholic Governor Al Smith, when the media used anti-Catholicism as the theme of their attack.
The still tender lesions of that attack on the American political corpus are felt even today. Meanwhile, the media continues with their same old splenetic anti-Catholic smear.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
-Vatican Council II (GS, 87).