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Record number confirmed in Baltimore, despite recent media attacks on Church
cna ^ | April 6, 2010

Posted on 04/06/2010 7:29:57 AM PDT by NYer

Baltimore, Md., Apr 6, 2010 / 07:02 am (CNA).- Despite the recent media attacks on the Church and Holy Father regarding clergy sex abuse scandals, one U.S. archdiocese set a record for confirming the most individuals in its history to the Catholic faith.

On Saturday, the Archdiocese of Baltimore confirmed a record 1,090 adults to the faith at the Easter Vigil Mass in parishes throughout the area, breaking the archdiocesan record for a second year in a row,  reported the Baltimore Sun on April 4.

“We're on a roll, I guess,” said Archbishop Edwin O'Brien to the Baltimore Sun. Although the bishop said he would like to credit the archdiocesan staff for the record numbers, “the rubber hits the road in the parishes,” he explained. “It's there where we find the real life of the Church.”

Local parishioner Rich Foster, 59, told the Baltimore Sun that the recently surfaced sex abuse scandals within the Church in the U.S. and Europe and the subsequent media attack on the Holy Father did not affect his decision to become Catholic.

“It reflects the frailties of all of us humans,” Foster said on Sunday. “We all have sinned … Part of what the church teaches us is reconciliation, redemption, and forgiveness.” An attendee of New All Saints Church in Baltimore, Foster described his church as “a congregation that I see doing wonderful work in terms of giving back to the community, being open and welcoming to both church members and the outside community.”

“I think that outweighs to me any concerns that may arise in this current controversy,” he added. “I trust my church will go forward in a righteous manner, dealing with these issues directly.”

The record 1,090 individuals confirmed on Saturday surpasses the 984 confirmed in 2009. According to Sharon Bogusz, coordinator of evangelization and adult catechesis for the Baltimore Archdiocese, approximately one quarter of those confirmed were the newly baptized. Others were baptized Catholic as infants but did not receive further sacraments and the majority of those confirmed were from others Christian backgrounds whose baptisms the Church recognizes.

“It's wonderful,” Bogusz told the Baltimore Sun, “our parishes are really doing a lot of hard work and sharing news and welcome.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: baltimore; md; media

1 posted on 04/06/2010 7:29:58 AM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
Contrast that story with local coverage from the CBS affiliate - WJZ

Archdiocese Sees Record Year For New Members

From the sex abuse scandal to school closings, some say the Catholic Church is facing a crisis of confidence. Yet the Archdiocese of Baltimore claims it's a record year for new members.

Adam May reports almost one in five Marylanders call themselves Catholic, and despite a lot of negative news, it remains the largest denomination in the state.

There was barely room for another parishioner at Easter services held Sunday at the Baltimore Basilica. Church leaders say more than 1,000 new Catholics joined the church this year, which is even more than last year's record.

But an unknown number of Catholics are leaving church. Some are disenfranchised by church policy, politics and scandal.

The most recent negative issue involves allegations Pope Benedict helped cover up clergy sex abuse. That has led to some protests by upset Catholics.

"Damage has been done. We're trying to repair that damage, help those who have been hurt. But we go on. We're still a church," said Archbishop Edwin O'Brien.

Another issue facing the church is the closing of many schools, including Cardinal Gibbons. Angry parents and students did more than just rally last week. Hoping to get the Archbishop to change his mind, one local businessman -- who has been a long-time Catholic school financial supporter -- started running radio ads asking other Catholics to reduce tidings.

"I don't know if it's working at all. My information is we're the same, even a little more than last year in donations," said O'Brien.

A few days ago, students at Cardinal Gibbons had to select new schools. It's estimated at least one-fourth of them decided to leave the Catholic education system.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has almost half a million members.

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2 posted on 04/06/2010 7:31:33 AM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

Only morons think you can destroy a religion by attacking it.


3 posted on 04/06/2010 7:44:22 AM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: NYer

A couple of us out here are looking for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Traditional Rite, which apparently was authorized in the Motu Proprio. In the New Rite it would seem like a mixed Catholic-Protestant thing to us.


4 posted on 04/06/2010 7:50:10 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Seruzawa

Historically, outside attacks on the Church have only made it stronger.


5 posted on 04/06/2010 7:50:18 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: NYer

the more they persecute, the bigger we get.


6 posted on 04/06/2010 8:05:58 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the media is your daddy.)
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To: NYer

Truth triumphs!


7 posted on 04/06/2010 8:30:21 AM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: NYer

Praise God for this continuing miracle despite all the attacks on it!


8 posted on 04/06/2010 8:40:21 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: steve86
You're going to have to find a very sympathetic bishop!

Our retired archbishop is very supportive of our FSSP parish (did the entire church dedication in Latin) but I don't think he's done a Confirmation over there.

9 posted on 04/06/2010 10:10:42 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: NYer

I wonder how many new Catholics have recently left the Episcopalian, Lutheran, and other denominations, holding their noses in disgust?


10 posted on 04/06/2010 10:14:57 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Got four over here who left ECUSA in 2003 after the “consecration” of “bishop” Robinson, who left his wife and two daughters to live in sin with a man.


11 posted on 04/06/2010 10:22:07 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother; steve86
Steve, I made my confirmation prior to Vatican Council II. I still vividly recall that day. The mass, as usual, was in Latin. The bishop addressed the candidates. He definitely got my attention when he said: "You are now Soldiers of Christ". To this day, I still feel that clarion call to arms in defense of my Church. The candidates processed up the aisle (large group because the bishop came every other year). We jittered nervously in anticipation of the "slap" we had been assured was forthcoming. It was more like a tap. Someone showed him a slip of paper with our confirmation name and he addressed each one of us by our full names, inserting the newest one at the end.

My daughter made her confirmation in one of the most progrssive dioceses in the US. The process, surprisingly, was very much the same. Since the group was smaller, her sponsor accompanied her to the bishop with his hand on her shoulder.

Just curious about what you believe the difference to be.

12 posted on 04/06/2010 10:35:31 AM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Hi, the closest FSSP parish — in the next state over — is where I was told to go. Have not yet contacted the parish.


13 posted on 04/06/2010 11:10:35 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: NYer

Hi NYer, I haven’t attended or been included in any confirmation, new, old, or in-between, and have not researched specific differences. However, I do know that when we had our two girls (we have permanent custody) baptized, the diocese priest asked immediately before beginning: “Do you want the old or the new rite”? This although the critical words might not have changed. I myself could probably not be confirmed in good faith because I do not accept the changes incorporated in the post-conciliar church, so I will have to go without this sacrament.


14 posted on 04/06/2010 11:23:00 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: NYer

Excellent news.


15 posted on 04/06/2010 12:10:25 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: steve86
I myself could probably not be confirmed in good faith because I do not accept the changes incorporated in the post-conciliar church, so I will have to go without this sacrament.

I'm confused. I thought you were Catholic.

16 posted on 04/06/2010 12:12:18 PM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

I am, the way it was for 1000+ years.


17 posted on 04/06/2010 12:20:08 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: steve86

There’s a Pontifical High Mass at the National Shrine in Washington later this month. Maybe you should ask if you can get confirmed by Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos.


18 posted on 04/06/2010 12:22:53 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: steve86
I am, the way it was for 1000+ years.

Sedevacantist?

19 posted on 04/06/2010 12:24:27 PM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Pyro7480

I’m probably on the no-fly list by now or I would consider it LOL


20 posted on 04/06/2010 12:24:50 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: NYer

I think there is a fallacy in a general implication (not yours, just the way the word is used) that sedevacantism is an either-or, all or nothing thing. One can accept certain tenets and changes and not others. I don’t believe I am much more in schism than say the average Catholic in 1955, who wasn’t at all. Do I believe popes can be wrong or mislead when not ex cathedra? Yes, I do.


21 posted on 04/06/2010 12:29:00 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Whatever else that can be said about “Bishop” Robinson, he certainly gave one of the ickiest quotes of all time:

“God’s light and God’s life ooze
over me like warm butter.”
— Gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson


22 posted on 04/06/2010 1:13:02 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
I actually know somebody from New Hampshire who has served on committees with the man.

She says, "It's all about Gene. All the time."

Icky indeed.

23 posted on 04/06/2010 2:17:53 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: steve86
I am, the way it was for 1000+ years.

I happen to reside in one of the most 'progressive' dioceses in the US. Our bishop was also elevated by the same one who put Mahony in his position, "Still Proud of the Bishops He Gave the US", Archbishop Jean Jadot. In fact, our bishop unleashed the "wreckovator of churches" - Fr. Dr. Richard Vosko.

After battling liturgical abuse at the diocesan level, I set off in search of - "a holy priest, a reverent liturgy and a community where my God-given abilities (whatever they might be) would be of assistance. That day, I compiled a list of several other RC parishes within a certain radius of home. Another freeper suggested that I also include any Eastern Catholic parishes. There were two and were added to the list. Each week I would attend Mass at one of the parishes and, with a sincere and humble heart, offer up that prayer to our Lord. On March 7, 2004, I stepped into St. Ann's Maronite Catholic Church. There was nothing impressive about the interior but I was immediately captivated by the 3 alcoves behind the altar containing - the Tabernacle, a beautifully simple Crucifix and the Book of the Gospels. Though disoriented by the different liturgy, I was moved to tears by its prayers that elevated my heart heavenward. The interior of the church was clean but dismal and I kept thinking "I will help them build a new church" (why that thought? I have no idea!) I left the church that day with a sense of peace unlike anything I had ever experienced before and, as already noted, I grew up with the Latin Mass.

That was 6 years ago. Two weeks later, I joined the parish and have never looked back. We are in the process of transforming a 160 y/o former Methodist/Episcopal Church into a Catholic Church. To restore the magnificent stained glass windows of the old church was much too expensive. Working with the pastor, we applied for recognition as a state landmark and were accorded both state and national status. The next day, I downloaded a large packet of materials to apply for a matching state grant to restore the brick masonry and the stained glass windows. More than 350+ applicants applied for a matching grant that year. I personally drove the 5 original copies up to the grant office on deadline day. The words of St. Paul rang out: "If God is for you, who can be against you?", and prayed to our Lord all the way back: "If it is your will Lord, please make this happen." Only 16 grants were awarded that year and we were one of them!

Over the past 6 years, I have been asked to serve in the women's society, elected to the Parish Council and acceded to the pastor's request to serve as Director for Religious Education.

My point in posting all of this information is to let you know that the Catholic Church is much larger and even older than what you imagine. There are 21 Eastern Catholic Churches that make up the One, Holy and Apostolic Catholic Church. The Maronite Church traces its origins to the city of Antioch where St. Peter served as bishop before proceeding to Rome. The liturgical language of the Maronite Church is Aramaic, the language spoken by our Lord, His Blessed Mother and the Apostles. It is the language still used for the Consecration, much like being at the Last Supper.

You don't get any older liturgy than that used in the Eastern Catholic Churches.

24 posted on 04/06/2010 3:14:08 PM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer
Points well taken and am always interested in hearing your experiences.. Last year I watched one or two Maronite Masses from NYC on Youtube -- I don't think it was your parish but could be wrong - and attended the Byzantine Mass while it was offered here a handful of times.

P.S. I have told a person or two that a couple of the best Catholics I know post frequently on FR and their usernames start with NY... and Sal...

25 posted on 04/06/2010 3:31:43 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: steve86
Thank you, Steve. And, no, our small parish was not one of those featured on YouTube. Our web site is still a work in progress but you can get a good view of those 3 alcoves on the home page. BTW - the wording over the left and right alcoves is in Aramaic. Over the Tabernacle it reads: "I am the Bread of Life". Over the Book of the Gospels, it says: "In the beginning was the Word" ... from the Gospel of St. John.

St. Ann's Official Web Site

I am working with the webmaster to include information on the history of the Maronite Church, pictures of the church restoration and other aspects of the parish.

Again, thank you! and God bless you and your family on your journey.

26 posted on 04/06/2010 4:27:34 PM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

The only thing I have to my credit is posting “Ave Maria hymn sung in Chaldean language” on YouTube, but it isn’t even my video and I didn’t get the language quite right. They were quick to tell me that.


27 posted on 04/06/2010 6:04:34 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: NYer
Hoping to get the Archbishop to change his mind, one local businessman -- who has been a long-time Catholic school financial supporter -- started running radio ads asking other Catholics to reduce tidings.

'Tidings'? If one in five Maryland residents is a Catholic, couldn't they at least have found a Christian of any denomination to tell them that the word is 'tithings'?

28 posted on 04/07/2010 10:11:36 AM PDT by nina0113
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