The Chair of Peter: Furniture Matters…

As a convert you come across some unusual practices within the Catholic faith (said he, making the understatement of the year)

One of them for me was to find that there was a feast day for a chair. What was I–poor Bob Jones graduate that I was–to make of such an odd celebration? There it was in the ordo as large as life–the Feast of the Chair of Peter.

What was a feast for a chair and what was the chair? Was it the splendid chair that pope sits on to be carried about surrounded by lackeys with peacock fans like some great Eastern potentate? My love for the dramatic gesture surged forward. Was the chair of Peter some obscure reference to a Peter I’d never heard of from a land far away and a time in the distant past? I was told it was a celebration of the Petrine Ministry, but this did not enlighten me much for I had not learned in my Sunday School lessons at the Baptist church what a “Petrine Ministry” was. What is a “Petrine” I thought it might be some sort of porpoise–”Look! The petrines are swimming and jumping!” Or perhaps a Petrine was an unusual type of plum. “I think for dessert I’ll enjoy one of these delicious Petrines.” What then would be a “Petrine Ministry?”

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Computer programming teen Carlo Acutis to be beatified 

Vatican City, Feb 22, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- The Vatican announced Saturday the approval of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager and computer programmer, who died in 2006.

The miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian child suffering from a rare congenital anatomic anomaly of the pancreas in 2013. The Medical Council of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes gave a positive opinion of the miracle last November.

With Pope Francis’ approval of the miracle promulgated by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints Feb. 21, Acutis can now be beatified.

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Jean Vanier and Total Depravity

The news broke this morning the Jean Vanier, the founder of the L’Arche communities for the disabled, was guilty of manipulative sexual abuse of at least six women over the years. The disappointment and shock is reverberating around the Catholic world because he was considered, along with Mother Teresa, to be a living saint.

At the same time the headlines rumble with indignation at the bigotry and misogyny of candidate Bloomberg, the alleged racism of Donald Trump, the sexual abuse trial of Harvey Weinstein and the echoes of the predator Jeffrey Epstein and his various cronies from Prince Andrew down to a whole crew of scurvy pirates.

You know what? It doesn’t faze me. I’m not too disappointed by such news and I’m not devastated, and I think I know why. Rightly or wrongly, I was brought up in a religious setting which was built on a foundation of underlying Calvinism, and one of the tenets of Calvinism is the doctrine of “total depravity”. This is the doctrine of original sin on steroids. We were taught not only that “there is none righteous, no not one.” (Romans 3:10-12) but also “All your righteousness is as filthy rags.” (Isa. 64:6) and some of the preachers didn’t mind telling us that the translation of “filthy rags” was “menstrual rags.”

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