Cleansing Fire

Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church

We Shall Move Forward In Hope This Week

January 31st, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

We have been receiving a number of e-mails asking whether or not we have read Bishop Matthew Clark’s “masterpiece”, Forward in Hope. To answer these questions; yes, we have indeed read the book and are prepared to comment upon it. Thus, we will begin a week long journey through the dissident’s bible beginning tomorrow.

Here are the items that (probably, depending on time) will be covered by Cleansing Fire’s review of “Forward in Hope” in their likely order of completion:
1. A simple book review, covering the main points, themes, and plot (nothing substantial, just a little piece to salivate the taste buds)
2. Bishop Clark on obedience
3. Creation of a parallel hierarchy
4. Lay preaching
5. The role of the lay “minister” in the sacred liturgy
6. The bishop’s interpretation of Canon 517.2, and what the Church really says
7. The essays of Charlotte Bruney and Anne-Marie Brogan
8. Bishop Clark and women’s ordination

For the time being, you can entertain yourself with the progressives’ view of Forward in Hope, care of Mark Hare. Mr. Hare, as a good number of you probably know, is a former seminarian for the Diocese of Rochester, a Sacred Heart Cathedral parishioner who supported the renovations, an unabashed Bishop Clark fan-boy, and the DoR communications office unofficial 12th man. Here is his review of the book over at the Democrat and Chronicle:

The D&C; also published an article on the closing of St. Thomas and St. Salome today. It’s another fluff piece that neglects to give a fair voice to those being screwed by the IPPG process. Here is a link:

Tip: Don’t bother to read the comments over at the D&C; it’s just the same atheists and anti-Catholics with their ‘priests touching little boys’ and ‘the Church is sexist’ trash. If you wish to counter their comments, good luck. They post in numbers and they fight dirty.

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2 Responses to “We Shall Move Forward In Hope This Week”

  1. Ben Anderson says:

    great idea – looking forward to it

  2. Anonymous says:

    The first reading of this Sunday's mass is very appropoux for Rocheter. This is my prayer for you:

    You will pick up your loins and say to them everything I command you. Do not be dismayed by them.

    I make you this day, a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land against the king of Judah, its princes and the people of the land.

    They will fight against you but they shall not prevail. I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you.

    God bless

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