Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Or how a modern bishop sees the Rosary. A fahrad is a bicyle.
Within the booklet on the Rosary he calls it an "oldtimers prayer".
Some more pictures from the booklet. The only religious reference is a small chapel on a hill.
11200 found their way back after separation or death. Just over a thousand priests a year are leaving to marry. About 200 will come back sooner or later.
The headline figure is dreadful but the number who come back is surprisingly high.
Ex-priests also more often than not marry ex-nuns. It should be drummed into nuns how wicked it would be to marry a runaway priest.
Like St John Nepomuk, consider your vocation. He decided to be ordained to substitute for a runaway priest.
He who pays the piper pays the tune - but why on earth should the overtaxed, overspent, quasi-bankrupt Belgian economy have to pick up this tab.
Or as I said in an interview on Flemish TV, if Flanders is no longer Catholic, what will become of Flanders?
Once Catholic Flanders.
"No country sends out a larger proportion of secular and regular missionaries, some of whom (like Father P.J. De Smet, the apostle of the American Indians) have attained a world-wide celebrity. Flanders may, indeed, be considered the bulwark of Catholicism in Belgium. The Socialists are well aware of this fact, but the Catholics realize it just as clearly, and their defence is equal to the enemy's attack. Every Flemish community has its parochial schools; the Catholic press is equal to its task; and the "Volk" of Ghent has been organized to counteract the evil influence of the Socialist "Voruit". "