Wednesday, February 04, 2009

More Catholic fun

It deepens like a coastal shelf: following the matter of the Wykehamist prodigal Bishop whose main theological concern was how to solve a problem like Maria, the Pope has now appointed a Bishop who is wild about Harry. The new Bishop of Linz thinks reading Harry Potter leads to Satan and that Hurricane Katrina was God's divine vengeance; something to do with whores and homos, apparently. Oh dear.

Meanwhile, the Fundy Post has now used the power of Internet to track down some more Transalpine Redemptorists at home, which is Papa Stonsay. Here is a travelogue.

The Transalpine Redemptorists of Christchurch are a branch (the branch, to be exact) of the congregation on Papa Stronsay. Transalpine Redemptorists do the Latin Mass. They like bells and smells. They like to dress up. It is all very English.

The Transalpine Redemptorists should not be confused with the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, also known as the Redemptorists. The Redemptorists also have a presence in New Zealand. And here is a funny thing: remember that couple with the baby who appeared on the Labour propaganda leaflets during the last election? Well, it turns out that they are redemptorists.


Ukulatheist said...

I'd hardly call Papa Stronsay 'English'. Some people from the Orkney's don't even think of themselves as Scottish. If you are inferring that English people like bells, smells and dressing up - that's like judging a whole country after visiting a Harry Potter convention.

Lyndon said...

Perhaps he was another one who was confused by that Onion article.

I recall someone patiently explaining how christian the Harry Potter world view was - I think mostly on account of all the Evil being due to Bad Guys who are servants of The Bad Guy.

Paul said...

Ukalatheist, certainly the Orkneys are not English; I was referring to the Transalpine Redemptorists. Bells, smells and dressing up are enthusiasms of Engish Catholics, particularly the Latin Mass crowd. The majority English population, of course, wears shell-suits.

Anonymous said...

Ever seen "Killer Nun?" It was a video nasty, and involves a true story about an apparently homicidal good sister gone baaaad!

Craig Y.

Anonymous said...

That couple with the baby are actually Americans because it was a photo library pic that was used, causing a minor kerfuffle.


Paul said...

That looks like a New Zealand house to me. I thought the story was that the image was bought from an American stock agency, but was made in NZ.

Lyndon said...

"Labour's Kiwi happy family photo, which this morning turned out to actually be American, can now be revealed to have already been used by the Australian government to portray fair dinkum Aussies."

and now fundies