Showing posts from January, 2009

Morrissey by Request

How to write a Morrissey song.

1. Be Catholic, probably essential.
2. Be incredibly conflicted, guilty, tormented.
3. Write your incredibly conflicted, guilty, tormented emotions into song.
4. Pick up a guitar/play piano and string a few chords together.
5. Be honest, absurdly exhibitionist and yet at heart, really rather shy.

Of Your Charity, Please Pray For

Frank Blake RIP
Bob Finn RIP

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat eis. Requiéscant in pace. Amen.

Ampleforth Abbey

About 5 or 6 years ago I visited Ampleforth Abbey and thought it was delightful. Here is their schedule of prayer. Getting up at six 'o' clock in the morning seems rather civilised for a monastery! Lightweights! I wonder if they have TLM there. Apparently all the Brothers there train to be Priests and many of them serve the local communities around the Abbey. There are so many Abbeys around the UK. I visited Pluscarden Abbey, which was lovely too, nice chant there, then there was a brief visit to the Abbey of St Michael in Farnborough last week which was very lovely, oh and Worth Abbey for a short stay. Then there was The Friars in Aylesford, who were Carmelites and the Franciscans of the Renewal in Canning Town. I mean, seriously, if you felt called, where on earth would you start?!

Religious life in the UK doesn't seem to be waning so much as vocations to the Priesthood. I guess the secular Priesthood is possibly more lonely sometimes and isolating. I suppose…

The Miraculous Apple Tree

Just posted a children's short story I wrote a few years ago entitled The Miraculous Apple Tree. If you'd like to read it click here. If you know any publishers who you think would like it let me know and actually if you like it, let me know. If you don't like it, let me know, but with charity. If your children like it, definitely let me know!

TLM Post Translated into German

If you want to read that post on my first impressions of the Latin Mass at St Mary Magdalen's, only this time in German, click here. Thanks Michael Charlier, glad you liked it. Good Lord, nobody's ever translated anything I've written into any other language until today. Now its in German maybe the Holy Father will read it and make me his Vatican enforcer, crushing heresy through the power of the blog. I'll be known as 'God's Jack Russell.'

An Analogy of What Just Happened Outside My Window

Imagine that the jockeys are the homeless who gather outside my window to have a can of beer and chat and the 'Artist Formerly Known as Prince' is a Community Support Police Officer.' A***holes! Why can't they go out and catch some real criminals? I mean, what do other people pay their taxes for!?

On Prayer

"I must spend some time in prayer this morning...I'll just check my blog, oh how exciting a comment...nice one...S**t, I've left my car down the road, bloody traffic wardens, still haven't paid the last two, better move it...right back, time for some OJ, hmm delicious...right...must say my prayers...look at all that washing up, better do it...right, prayers...Oh, I'll just check Father's blog, oh that's interesting, what about Damien Thompson's, ah same old same old...need a fag, can't believe I'm still smoking through the flu...right, back, must say my prayers, oh but I need a cup of tea, I'll have a cup of tea then say my prayers, yes siree, any minute now, just have a nice cup of tea...lovely stuff, oh I need another fag...right back...Oh my, would you credit it a red wine stain on my desk, s**t, that must have been there for ages, that looks awful, just clean that up and say my prayers...oh my, better have a shower, I feel right groggy,…

New FOCA Protest Website

For info click here.

Someone Call a Doctor! It's a Theological Emergency!

Apotheosis of St Thomas Aquinas, by Francisco De Zurbaran

Today is the Feast of St Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church. Doctors of the Church are people whose writing, inspired by the Holy Spirit, builds up the Church, teaches the truths of the Catholic Faith and inspires others to seek the Face of God. The word doctor also suggests their works had some kind of healing or balming effect on the Church. Don't know, the last one's a shot in the dark.

St Thomas is known to have written vast reams of treatises on Catholic Dogma only to on his deathbed have proclaimed, "Burn everything! God is Love!" His devotees then went out and torched the whole town. When they came back, St Thomas said, "No, I meant the books." Alright, I'm joking, but seriously, he is said to have intimated that the sumnation of Christian belief was exactly what St John said it was in his letters and compared to the profundity of that theological fact, his works, he believed, pale…

SS Snatch Children and Hand Them to Gay Dads

HQ of City of Edinburgh Council

Now there's a headline of which the Daily Mail would be proud!

I began calling Social Services 'the SS' a while after I left an organisation where we came into contact with them a lot in London. While obviously there were then and there remain now many exceptions to the rule, Social Services are inherently middle class, highly judgmental and often brutish, ill-mannered bureaucrats, unable to look upon people's poverty or misery without looking down on them patronisingly, and who have an uncanny knack of ensuring that all sensitive issues relating to families are tackled in the only way they know how: with a pen, a sheet of paper and some boxes to tick.

Ultimately, the families we worked with said that it wasn't just the fact that Social Services had taken their children away and put them into care, adopted them out, or put them into middle class foster homes because they were deemed to have been neglectful - even though they tried thei…

It's Classic Mass...

Post-Latin Mass Interview hosted by Franciscan Friar

"Congratulations on a marvellous result. How do you think that went, Ron?"

"Well, you know, at the end of the day, I can't complain. The boys gave 110% out there, I can't ask for much more. At the end of the day, there were three altar servers and a Priest out there fighting for Sacred Tradition against the weight of so many stubborn Bishops dragging their feet. We just got into our game and there was little they could do to stop us. I'm proud of the lads. Some of the Bishops were blocking us for a while, you know, they have a formidable defence, a 'magic circle' if you like, but we just kept hammering away at it and in the end, got the result we were after."

"But you came away with a cracking result and what a sublime finish at the end there at the 'Ite Missa Est'. Can you take us through that one more time? We've got it here on slow motion action replay."

"Yes, as you…

Pope Benedict XVI Receives Relics of Iraqi Martyrs

From Asia News

The Iraqi Chaldean bishops have given Benedict XVI the liturgical robe of Archbishop Paul Faraj Rahho and the stole belonging to Fr. Ragheed Ganni. Both men were killed in Mosul, Archbishop Rahho in 2008, Fr. Ragheed in 2007. The gifts were given during the concluding audience for the ad limina visit made recently by the Eastern bishops. The pope received the relics "with emotion," and recalled the "victims of violence in Iraq during these years" - and in particular the two martrys and the many other priests and faithful - saying that "their sacrifice is a sign of their love for the Church and their country."

In his address to the bishops, the pontiff emphasized the "irreplaceable" value of the Chaldean Church in the history of the East, and of Iraq in particular, and exhorted them to continue this mission in the service "of the human and spiritual development" of the country. For this reason, he said that "it is nece…

Celebrities "Pledge" Allegiance to Obama

Someone please stop these sick b****rds. Personally, I pledge to raise awareness of the distubring cult of personality that surrounds President Obama and his sickening disregard for human life in the womb. It is adverts like this that lead me to think this guy could be the new Hitler. I laughed out loud when I heard the celebrity who said, "I pledge to flush only after a deuce!" O my, that was classic. And then there's the lady who pledges to "reduce my use of plastic." Well, if she's a Hollywood celebrity she could start with her face! And then there is the frightening mantra at the end of the ad, which really makes you want to punch them and start daubing anti-Obama graffiti all over your hometown.

"It's No Good, You're Surrounded, Now Put the Can Down and Noone Gets Hurt"

Well its been one of 'those' weekends and entertaining as it has been I have fallen deeply into the mire of sin. It's a wonder I dare to show my face at Mass somedays, but then on Sundays it is obligatory and God wants us there whatever we have done. There are only three moral goods that can emerge from falling into sin, even though we should never promote it and should hate sin. Firstly, falling brings humility in realising one's great and urgent need for God and for His salvation. Secondly, falling means once again we can experience the forgiveness of God through the Sacrament of Penance, because God brings good out of every human evil. Thirdly, having an attachment to sin and falling into it makes one more compassionate about the weaknesses of others. God knows, I try not to go looking for trouble but every now and then trouble finds me, takes me home etc...I hope I don't sound like an heretic, I'm only trying to show the compassionate face of Catholic…

Feast of the Conversion of St Paul

Bartolome Esteban Murillo's 'Conversion of St Paul'

Today the Church calendar marks the Conversion of St Paul, the incredible man who spread the Gospel far and wide and who was martyred in Rome. The Acts of the Apostles tell of how the man Saul was present at the stoning of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr and persecuted the early Church, only to astonishingly be converted when on the road to Damascus. I love the paintings of his conversion, as he was blinded by the light of Christ who said to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" Saul became Paul and Paul became St Paul, who wrote the Letters which expound the love of God, the Grace of God and the formation of the early Church. He wrote this on love:

Love is patient; love is kind
and envies no one.
Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude;
never selfish, not quick to take offense.
There is nothing love cannot face;
there is no limit to its faith,
its hope, and endurance.
In a word, there are three t…

Feast of St Francis de Sales

Courtesy of Catholic Online

Born in France in 1567, Francis was a patient man. He knew for thirteen years that he had a vocation to the priesthood before he mentioned it to his family. When his father said that he wanted Francis to be a soldier and sent him to Paris to study, Francis said nothing. Then when he went to Padua to get a doctorate in law, he still kept quiet, but he studied theology and practiced mental prayer while getting into swordfights and going to parties. Even when his bishop told him if he wanted to be a priest that he thought that he would have a miter waiting for him someday, Francis uttered not a word. Why did Francis wait so long? Throughout his life he waited for God's will to be clear. He never wanted to push his wishes on God, to the point where most of us would have been afraid that God would give up!

God finally made God's will clear to Francis while he was riding. Francis fell from his horse three times. Every time he fell the sword came out of the …

More Afterthoughts on TLM: Benefits

I can invite a non-Catholic friend to Mass and I don't have to 'hold his hand' to help him or guide him through the responses for the Holy Mass, because the emphasis has been taken away from the congregation's audible participation. If he asks me what he has to do in the Mass I can tell him: Pray.
Mass becomes more about the interior than the functions of the exterior. I can reflect more humbly and more reverently on Who is to be consecrated on the Altar, Who I am about to receive, Who I have just received and Who now dwells within me.It is all too easy to forget that for over 2000 years the Church has been churning out Saints and Blesseds like a holy factory, even though She is a hospital for sinners. I am quite certain that the more exposure men and women have to TLM, the more Saints and Blesseds will be the result, because it draws the communicant deeper into the mystery of God and the Communion of the Saints. If the Church isn't churning out Saints and Blesse…

The Pen is Mightier (and Deadlier) than the Sword

President Barack Obama, still riding the crest of a wave of popularity has in the first week of office signed quite a few 'Executive Orders'. With the stroke of a pen, he assigned Guantanamo Bay to the ignominious dustbin of history to which it belongs and receives adulation and applause. It would appear that the powers of the President have been increased incredibly in the last few years and it is a worrying development. I mean, does no-one ever think, what if the guy was a total nutjob, even more nutty than the last one (I know its hard to imagine) and a serial killer in disguise.

It is with nonchalance and indifference that with the stroke of a pen also, he then proceeded days later to consign the unborn children at least partially protected under US legislation to the ignominious dustbin to which they most certainly do not belong, nor deserve to be consigned. Planned Parenthood's well-known and unholy alliance with Obama is paying dividends now. The pro-abortion co…

For a Friend in a Cell

A friend of mine was arrested yesterday having been spotted breaching his ASBO in the town centre. There are vast swathes of Brighton in which he is not allowed to stand, sit or walk until 2012. Society has rejected him and the authorities wish to control his movements. His crime? Having a can on the street and begging. Due to his arrest he could face a maximum of four years in jail for breaching his ASBO. So, he could receive a prison sentence merely for standing in the wrong place in town. A bit harsh? Welcome to Brown's Britain.

The Latin Mass: It Is Okay to Be

Tonight I went to the first Latin Mass I've attended at St Mary Magdalen's Church. It is the first Mass at which I have not uttered a word...and that is why it is beautiful. It is the first Mass at which I have not responded to what the Priest is saying...and that is why it is beautiful. I came away thinking, yes, that is how it was always meant to be. It is almost as if everyone suddenly knows his place.

The Priest is allowed to be the Priest, mediating and interceding on the behalf of his congregation, with vocal and inaudible prayer and entreaty. His assistant, the altar server assists in the responses during the liturgy.

The Laity are allowed to be the Laity, allowed to be still in the Presence of God, to acknowledge our unworthiness before the Lord and to be able to actually pray without distraction, without having to make responses, even 'Amen', without having to vocalise the pattern of the Mass and to simply be before God. The vocalised responses to the Mass…

God Help Us All

A friend of mine called Michael handed me this the other day, his thoughts on the importance of the kind spirited people who run soup runs for the homeless and what life would be like without them.

I met an old lady the other day on Victoria station, in the freezing cold, collecting for the Passage, the local hostel for the homeless. We exchanged a few words and I was on my way and it set me thinking, 'What happens to the homeless and those less fortunate, when those old ladies and gentlemen who give so much of their time and energy, can no longer carry on? I do hope there is a place in Heaven reserved especially for them - the special ones!

If their legions deplete it is the whole of society that will suffer - not just the buttie and soup runs and the kind words that lift us out of the doledrums - these unsung heroes - carers without reward - should that tradition be lost, then so are we all.

Are they a dying breed or are there more coming through?

Because God help us all if there&…

It's Martyrdom Time...

Today was the Feast of St Agnes, Martyr of the Church who was beheaded for keeping her virginity and courageously proclaiming Christ to be her true Spouse. We Catholics have been quite left alone in the UK, the US and the West as a whole for a long while, but the story is very different in other countries in India, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, China and many other countries around the World, where the Church is still under daily attack.

Tertullian said, "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church," meaning, I assume that the witness of the holy martyrs only gives the Church more life because the men and women who still today lay their lives down for Christ say to the World, "Jesus Christ is the man I am willing to die for, because he laid down his life for me." I mean, how long can you keep killing the innocent and just until people eventually say, "Oh alright, you can have a Church and practice your religion, just keep the noise down and …

Catholic Dissent: Do We Need More Of It?

A friend of mine has a boyfriend who has been refused bail and is now residing in prison for involvement in a demonstration at the grounds of a firm whose ethics he took issue with. According to my friend he is innocent of taking part any wrongdoing in what took place, but was caught up in the chaos and was charged, simply because he is a protester well-known to the authorities.

Catholic dissent seems to be on the decrease in the UK. We have all gone quite meekly into the night when it comes to peaceful, civil protest at laws enacted in the UK concerning Life issues, the Human Embryology Bill and local bye-laws which punish the very poor, such as begging and street drinking. Civil protest is our right and we have a right to have our voices heard when they are not heeded by the political process.

While St Paul encourages us to be subject to the law of the land, it is perhaps a worry that, for example, around the abortion clinics dotted around the UK there are no small, peaceful gather…

Accosted by Raging Protestant

On my way to St Mary Magdalen's to do the admin I was accosted by a young man named Stephen who invited me to a talk called, "Evolution: Fact or Fiction" and wanted to give me a flyer for it. I refused politely saying, "Thank you, but I'm Catholic and I listen to the Church." Oh boy! He didn't like that at all! He proceeded to wax lyrical about salvation through being "born again" and through the reading the Bible. Having half an hour earlier prayed the peace prayer of St Francis, I was in no mood for a fight, but he held me for a good five or six minutes trying to persuade me of the error of my ways.

Key themes included:

1) There is only one mediator between God and man and that is Jesus Christ. There is therefore no reason for a Priesthood, Cardinals, Pope, Bishops and Clergy.

2) There is no need for Sacraments when you are 'born again,' because it is a "new life in Jesus."

3) There is no need to pray to the Virgin Mary a…

Feast of St Agnes, Virgin & Martyr

Looking for a biog of the life of St Agnes, I found a blog called Sponsa Christi from a young lady who has recently consecrated herself to a life of virginity. What a courageous, faithful and inspiring person she is!

Biography courtesy of Catholic Online

St. Agnes was a Roman girl who was only thirteen years old when she suffered martyrdom for her Faith. Agnes had made a promise, a promise to God never to stain her purity. Her love for the Lord was very great and she hated sin even more than death! Since she was very beautiful, many young men wished to marry Agnes, but she would always say, "Jesus Christ is my only Spouse."

Procop, the Governor's son, became very angry when she refused him. He had tried to win her for his wife with rich gifts and promises, but the beautiful young girl kept saying, "I am already promised to the Lord of the Universe. He is more splendid than the sun and the stars, and He has said He will never leave me!" In great anger, Procop accu…

"I Will Execute..."

An understandably nervous Barack Obama stumbled over repeating the Oath of Office when he failed to repeat the sentence, "I will execute the Office of President of the United States of America," only managing to state the words, "I will execute," at which point he had to be prompted and reminded of the rest of the oath.

Now, there is nothing to laugh about here, it is just a stumble of a man on a historic occasion on which we all congratulate him and pray for him to live up to the expectations of a weary nation.

The deeper underlying reason why I noted his pause and failure to repeat a very simple oath, leaving his sentence unfinished and merely saying, "I will execute," is that the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), is the first act he wants to sign in Office.

The signing of FOCA will indeed be a watershed moment for US politics, because if it is signed it will consign thousands more innocent, unborn children to death through abortion.

May God guide him to the pr…

Feast of St Sebastian & St Fabian

The picture above reminds me now of a young man who I saw today who was recently stabbed. Please pray he gets his wound seen to soon, lest it become infected.

Courtesy of Catholic Online

According to his legend, Sebastian was born at Narbonne, Gaul. He became a soldier in the Roman army at Rome in about 283, and encouraged Marcellian and Marcus, under sentence of death, to remain firm in their faith. Sebastian made numerous converts: among them were the master of the rolls, Nicostratus, who was in charge of prisoners and his wife, Zoe, a deaf mute whom he cured; the jailer Claudius; Chromatius, Prefect of Rome, whom he cured of gout; and Chromatius' son, Tiburtius. Chromatius set the prisoners free, freed his slaves, and resigned as prefect.

Sebastian was named captain in the praetorian guards by Emperor Diocletian, as did Emperor Maximian when Diocletian went to the East. Neither knew that Sebastian was a Christian. When it was discovered during Maximian's persecution of the Ch…

St Francis of Assisi: Patron of Narcissists?

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a big show off. Anyone who started a band called The Astonishing is not going to be the world's most self-effacing person. The sin of abnormal self-love is certainly a problematic one in the Christian Faith because love of self stands in direct opposition to the love of God, who alone is worthy of our love and devotion. The sin of Pride leads the soul into chaos and self-destruction and history is littered with souls whose narcissism was made woefully manifest.

St Francis, is perhaps, an antidote to this disease of the soul. The famous Prayer of St Francis which is below, poignantly and beautifully reveals something about the soul of St Francis and moreover about the soul of the Christian who by Grace realises that the chief failing and wound he bears is the sickness of self-love, the ultimate false idol, and impediment to God and that it is from this sickness that every other sin flows. When the ego is in the driving seat of the spiritual life,…

Holiness: The Zenith of Evolution

The scientific studies and treatises on evolution often miss out on some important spiritual truths. I'm currently in a debate on Gerald Warner's Telegraph blog with a chap who quite understandably maintains that Faith is ludicrous because we cannot see God or prove His existence empirically. I've been trying to draw attention to the life of Christ and particularly His Saints, who either through their lives or deaths gave witness to Him who 'made the Heavens and the Earth.'

One question for the humanistic scientific community is this: Is the evolutionary process still going on in man today? The Christian answer to this could be, yes, very much so! Christian holiness and sanctity is the pinnacle of the evolutionary process. In Christ we have the Perfect Man because he was both fully God and fully Man and we, because of His Death and Resurrection, and because of our Baptism into His Church, have been crowned 'a little lower than the Angels.'

The regenerat…

Who is in Your Top Ten Saints of All Time?

10. St Joseph of Cuerpertino

"Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its Brother Joseph flying again!" Any Saint who can actually fly has to be in the top ten by virtue of sheer novelty and uniqueness.

9. St Christina the Astonishing

Died, came back to life, visited Hell, Purgatory and Heaven, got out of her coffin and gave an eye witness account of all three, told the congregation to stop sinning and flew up into the rafters to avoid the scent of human sin. Lived a life making incredible and often bizarre acts of mortification, penance and reparation for the sins of mankind.

8. St Simon the Stylite

Holy agony uncle who lived on the top of a pillar praying, preaching, fasting and interceding for his town in all weathers. Befriended a little worm who emerged from his tummy and told him to go back home to his stomach where God's Providence had placed him.

7. St Mary Magdalen

Heroine of Christian virtue, defender of Christ's divinity, herald of the Resurrection, instrument of…

The Catholic Response to Jehovah's Witnesses

A Jehovah's Witness knocks at your door. Do you:

a) Not answer.
b) Invite them in for tea and biscuits.
c) Tell them to renounce their heresy and that there is no salvation outside of the Church.
d) Politely tell them you are Catholic and believe in the teachings of Holy Mother Church, but thank you anyway.
e) Shower the witnesses with Rosaries from your window.
f) Tell them there is not enough time to talk as you have to go to hospital for an urgent blood transfusion.
g) Tell them you are not in.
h) Tell them that you've mathematically deduced that Heaven is probably full now, as there must have been at least 144,000 Jehovah's Witnesses who have already lived and died and now enjoy the Beatific Vision and you fear we are out of time.
i) Tell them that you'd love to chat, but you've hunkered down in the house with 10,000 cans of tinned spaghetti just in case the Apocolypse is around the corner and you literally can't open the door because you've put the wardrobe th…

Prayer to St Michael for Conversion of Abortionists

Click here to sign the pledge to pray to St Michael, Archangel daily for the conversion of souls involved in the abortion industry.

This prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and is offered for the private recitation of the faithful in accord with the decree of Inde Ab Aliquot Annis of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 29, 1985.

Sanctus Míchael Archángelus

Prínceps gloriosíssime caeléstis milítiae, sancte Míchael
Archángele, defénde nos in proelio advérsus príncipes et
potestátes, advérsus mundi rectóres tenebrárum harum,
contra spirituália nequítiae in caeléstibus.

Veni in auxílium hóminum, quos Deus ad imáginem
similitúdinis suae fecit, et a tyránnide diáboli emit prétio

Te custódem et patrónum sancta venerátur Ecclésia; tibi
trádidit Dóminus ánimas redemptórum in supérna
felicitáte locándas.

Deprecáre Deum pacis, ut cónterat Sátanam sub pédibus
nostris, ne ultra váleat captívos tenére hómines et Ecclésiae

Offer nostras preces in conspéctu Altíssimi, ut…

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin in England

The Wilton Dyptich

This beautiful pre-Reformation image illustrates the strength of traditional Catholic devotion to Our Lady and the Saints in England. The Orb above the St George cross has miniature image of England. That's what it says in my little book on the Catholic Faith, Credo, anyway. My PP says he can't see England in the orb...neither can I. Oh well...

The 4 Vincentian Vows

Fr Ray Blake has posted a good documentary on Poverty, Chastity and Obedience which I really enjoyed. I found this one on the 4 Vincentian Vows of Stability, Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, which is also good.

For those interested, including myself, Fr Luke Jolly of Worth Abbey was on the radio this morning highlighting that he is running a Compass course on discerning God's will regarding vocations to the Church, marriage and state of life in general.

Get 100 'Missionary' Rosaries for just £21.50!

Plastic Rosary - white (x100)
White plastic 'missionary' rosary. Price for 100. Circumference: 54cm. Length: 43cm, just £21.50. Click here for more info.

What a bargain! Anything the Jesus Army can do, the Church can do also, but only by merit of the fact that the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin and Mother of God, came straight from Heaven into the hands of St Dominic, to combat heresy, to defeat sin and error, to lead souls into virtue and holiness and into the arms of Her Beloved Son. Mwa-hah-hah-hah-ha! Mwa-hah-hah-hah! Now, where is my debit card? Ah, problem.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, "The Rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power …

No Important Roles for Women in the Church?

Think again. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.

Gay Christianity?

Catholic Online

And people wonder why the Church instigated the Inquisition...I don't blog much on the Anglican Church, what with being Catholic, but the CoE does seem to be like an asylum for crackpot heretics with ideas about Christianity so relativistic that as Bishop Gene Robinson says, it "is uniquely capable of holding two seemingly contradictory ideas together." He says it as if it is a virtue. It isn't. Leaving people utterly confused about truth is not a good thing, Bishop.

The Anglican Church is the perfect vehicle for creating a new “gay” Christianity by virtue of the fact that it is the only church that accepts the logical contradiction of asserting both the sanctity of human life and the existence of a right to abortion. Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson, whose ordination to the episcopate has precipitated the ongoing schism between traditionally Christian Anglicans and its ultra-liberal, secularized branches, is in London to talk about his vision for the…

ACN Pilgrimage to Walsingham

The inexpressibly important and excellent organisation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) are organising a pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday 27th June 2009. If you want to find out more about it email ACN at or call 020 8642 8668 or click here for the website.

I recently read a report that ACN produced called'Persecuted and Forgotten?: A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith', and it made for some pretty heavy bedtime reading I can tell you. We don't hear half of it in the mainstream news. The Church is under attack mainly in areas of Islamic militant extremism, Hindu militant extremism and (surprisingly) Buddhist militants.

Prayer for England

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle
Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England, thy
dowry, and upon us who greatly hope and trust in thee.
By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope was
given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we
might hope still more.

Plead for us …