Posts

Showing posts from October, 2009

It Must be the Postal Strike...

Image
How many applicants for EU Presidency are there? I hope that the post fulfills the equal opportunity legislation...

Well, I'm still unemployed as you probably guessed, but, determined to better myself and get a job, I've applied for the EU Presidency. I don't know if this sounds a bit audacious, but as far as I know, if you don't try, you don't get, right? Fortune favours the brave, right!?

I know I'm not as qualified in international war, sorry, I mean, international relations, as Tony Blair, but, you know, the last few years I've been to Rome, Assisi, Venice, Barcelona, Seville, Morocco and, of course, I've been on a day trip to Dieppe as well, once or twice. I even spoke a bit of french there. When I was little my mum and dad took me to Switzerland and Camping Cala-Go-Go in Spain I think, or was it France. Oh well, they're all foreign places so they're all the same aren't they? All in all, I'm something of a Europhile.

I don't know h…

Dawkins Hates the Catholic Church...What a Surprise!

Image
Meanwhile, Damian Thompson has drawn his readers attention to the latest paroxysms of Richard Dawkins, this time in The Washington Post. My comments in bold, orange...

Q: The Vatican is making it easier for Anglicans -- priests, members and parishes -- to convert to Catholicism. Some say this is further recognition of the substantial overlap in faith, doctrine and spirituality between the Catholic and Anglican traditions; others see it as poaching that could further divide the Anglican Communion. What do you think?

A: What major institution most deserves the title of greatest force for evil in the world? (The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science?) In a field of stiff competition, the Roman Catholic Church is surely up there among the leaders. The Anglican church has at least a few shreds of decency, traces of kindness and humanity with which Jesus himself might have connected, however tenuously: a generosity of spirit, of respect for women, and of Christ-like compassion for…

'The Tide is Turning'

Image
Exclusive picture of Ramsgate TLM courtesy of PA

Andrew M Brown pens piece for The Telegraph on the astonishing return of the TLM to St Augustine's Catholic Church in Ramsgate. Exciting stuff!

For Catholics in Ramsgate, Kent, Fr Steven Fisher is the man of the hour. Parishioners of the Pugin-designed St Augustine’s in the town had feared their church might be about to close but now Fr Fisher, who serves a neighbouring parish, says he will celebrate a Tridentine Mass there every Sunday.

Augustus Welby Pugin, who was something of a social theorist as well as an architect, designed St Augustine’s as part of his vision of an ideal Catholic community in the area, though as he died at 40 (of syphilis, probably) he didn’t live to see the church completed.

It is profusely decorated and Pevsner called it a “marvel”. But earlier this month the Benedictines, who had looked after the church for more than a century, announced they were leaving their abbey and seeking a new home, so the congregatio…

Thank You, St Jude

Image
Well, I'm afraid I don't have enough money for petrol to get to Faversham to make a pilgrimmage to the National Shrine of St Jude, so I'm sorry I can't take anyone's intentions there with me. I remembered those who asked in my prayers this morning. Now I've moved into a place I've got bills to pay and not much to play with. However the Shrine does have a prayer intentions webpage, so click here to register your intentions. Why, I suppose, travel all the way to Faversham when you can just thank the kindly Saint and spread devotion from your blog?

Brighton All Hallows Eve Procession?

Image
Henry of View from Outside has suggested a St Mary Magdalen's Procession to take place on All Hallows Eve, in response to pagan/new age/occult rituals and practises which undoubtedly, are commonplace on such festivals in Brighton. His suggestion is, 'to meet at St Mary Magdalen's Church and go round Brighton saying a decade of the Rosary at selected locations. I suggest the Abortionarium, the various witchcraft shops round the town and the dolphin fountain in the Old Steine.' Anyone up for it? Comment at his blog.

The UK: Down Right Disgusting

Image
The UK is fast becoming the designer baby capital of the World. According to The Telegraph, 'three babies are being aborted every day due to Down's syndrome, according to a study which shows the number of terminations has more than trebled in the last 20 years.'

Courtesy of The Telegraph

Peter Elliott, Chairman of The Down Syndrome Research Foundation, who has a 24-year-old son David with Downs Syndrome, said: "Why are the abortions at such a high rate unless they have been given the impression the situation was terrible and it warranted an abortion?"

"I don't think the choice is presented to the parents in the light of the true situation where the children have a good life and are in fact viewed as a blessing to the parents, not a curse, and I don't think these parents getting the abortions know much about Downs syndrome at all."

Phyllis Bowman, director of the pro-life charity, Right to Life, said too many people do not appreciate the value of a …

CERN Fires Up and Fascinating Results In

Image
The multi-billion pound CERN Large Hadron Collider has discovered some very interesting things as seen from the image above. Click here for more stunning discoveries from the biggest and most dangerous experiment in mankind's big and dangerous history.

I wonder how they came up with the name Large Hadron Collider. I think the scientists got together and said, "So, guys, what are we going to call this preposterous waste of money?" The other scientists said, "Well, we know its a Hadron Collider, let's stick with that."

Other scientists said, "Yes but its not any Hadron Collider, is it? It's bloody huge!"

So another scientist said, "Yes! Let's call it the Bloody Huge Hadron Collider!"

Another said, "No, we don't want to scare people. Let's call it the Really Very Large Hadron Collider."

"That's a big long-winded," said another, "What about shortening it to Very Large Hadron Collider."

Eventually t…

'Be Safe, Use Protection, Wear a Rosary'

Image
Perplexed by continued soaring rates of teenage pregnancies, abortions and STIs, a new Government advertising scheme is to roll out next summer. The campaign, 'Be Safe: Wear a Rosary' is a stunning change in direction from the Government. The advertising campaign will feature a young couple getting hot under the collar. The controversial advert, which has received over 500 million complaints from atheists already, before it has even been aired, will feature a conversation from the young couple on the benefits of the Rosary.

The teenage boy and the teenage girl are watching a film when the couple begin kissing and hands start moving to places which could lead to impurity and sin. The teenage girl then says, "Did you bring protection?"

The teenage boy then says, "Oh no...I can't find it. Do you have one?"

The girl says, "Hang on, I'll have a dig around in my bedside drawer....Yes, I've got one. Shall we use a blue one or a white one?"

The bo…

Anglican Mystified by Catholic Bishops Fear of the TLM

Image
I've been engaging in some somewhat belligerent ecumenism on an Anglican's blog. In a good post, Tim Collard, a 'strong Anglican' (remember, Tim, Cardinal Newman was a 'strong Anglican' before he became a strong Catholic then a 'strong contender for Sainthood and soon to a canonized Saint) cannot understand why many Catholic Bishops are opposed to the Latin Mass. Tim, neither can many of us...He writes:

From what one hears, the Church of England should be shaking in its warm woolly socks by now. The Pope’s latest initiative, allowing ultra-traditionalist Anglicans to go over to Rome en masse while being allowed to preserve their traditional liturgy, is being portrayed as a devious Papist attempt to split and undermine our national Church.

As a strong Anglican, I don’t buy into any of this (Deo Gratias!). Many people may not think that there’s much difference between the churches, but that’s not how they see it in Glasgow, and that’s not how the Pope sees it e…

Men Should Marry Young, Smart Women, Say Scientists

Image
A scientist analyses the best conditions for marriage...

Courtesy of The Telegraph

Scientists tracked 1,000 couples who were either married or in serious relationships over five years and then looked for patterns among those who were still together. They found that neither should have been divorced in the past, the man should be five or more years older and the woman should have received more education than the man.
The academics’ report, published in the European Journal of Operational Research, did say that men and women choose partners “on the basis of love, physical attraction, similarity of taste, beliefs and attitudes, and shared values”. But it added that using “objective factors” such as age, education and cultural origin “may help reduce divorce”. Their research suggests marital bliss for pop star Beyoncé Knowles, 28, and her husband, the rap star Jay-Z, who is 11 years older at 39. She is also better educated as he did not receive a high school diploma. How…

St Jude, Patron of Hopeless Causes

Image
St. Jude, glorious apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the person who betrayed our Lord has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of. Pray for me, who is so miserable; pray for me, that I may finally receive the consolations and the succour of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (ADD YOUR PERSONAL REQUEST HERE), and that I may bless God with the Elect Throughout Eternity.

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be Adored, Glorified, Loved & Preserved throughout the world, now & forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, please pray for me. Saint Jude, Worker of Miracles, please pray for me. Saint Jude, Helper of the Hopeless, please pray for me. Amen.

Long Live Fox News!

This political commentator is spot on. It would appear that the rest of the news networks are indeed in the pockets of the White House. Remember, when the Fourth Estate goes, usually, whole peoples go. I hope Keith Olbermann is as ready to lambast the Obama administration on its faults as he was, rightly, to lambast the previous administration on its theirs. Or could it be that he, like so many in the mass media in the US have fallen for the 'liberal messiah'. Honestly, just because Obama is not George Bush, just because Obama is a liberal does not mean that he is not a git. Just because liberals swoon when he comes into the room does not mean he is not bad, bad news. Just wait...you'll see.

Swine Flu Vaccine Concerns Update

Image
Irish Independent
Wednesday, Oct 21st, 2009

Public health nurses may have to be drafted in to give the swine flu vaccine in some parts of the country. The nurses will also be used in Dublin because of a lack of GPs willing to take part in the scheme, it was learned last night.

I'd Rather be Fat than Split Up Families

Image
The wicked and evil exploits of Social Services continues unabated. Click here for a Daily Mail story which has me so livid I can't bring myself to copy and paste it a word of it onto my blog. Equality, eh? Isn't it wonderful! Say a prayer for this family which has now been destroyed by an arm of the State so pernicious, damnable and dangerous to the institution of the family that Satan himself could hardly do a better job.

Providence!

Image
This is not my sofa, but it is a visual representation of it. The Lord, in His great generosity has deluged me with gifts for my new studio flat. Yesterday I found a computer desk on the street and this morning my friend's mother gave me a chair that turns into a single bed. Then on our way to moving that, this guy who does freecycling saw us carrying the chair-bed. He says to us, "You looking for furniture." Me and my friend say, "Yeah, why?" He goes, "Need a sofa? I've got one going here." I say, "Yeah!" Then he drives this reclining sofa over to my flat and me and my friend move it in. A sofa and a chair-bed and a computer desk all free, which is lucky because right now I can't afford to buy new! How good is the Lord to those with a bad credit rating and stretched overdraft! Blessed be His holy Name! Today, I'm picking up a bedside cabinet someone wants rid of. Cracking stuff!

Swine Flu Vaccine Concerns

A doctor and vaccine expert tells Fox News that he will not give his kids the H1N1 shots because they are contaminated with deadly levels of Mercury.

The same Fox News which the Obama administration are apparently spending a lot of hours condemning in the media for 'bias' aired the views of this doctor who claims that the vaccine has 20,000 times the amount of mercury recognised as safe in water.

It appears that just as with the Obama administration's general, rather liberal-dictatorship agenda the administration doesn't like Fox reporting anything but the Government line whether it be the Healthcare Bill or the H1N1 outbreak or gay marriage, abortion or anything that offends it. Scary. Personally, it was obvious to me from the outset that the Obama team would not like pluralism in the media because their goal is so obviously a 'cultural revolution'. Heck! They've even got little children singing songs to Obama in schools. God preserve us!

Also, is it just me…

Anglicans Set to Transform 'Godless' Brighton

The Argus reports that Brighton, dubbed the 'most Godless town in Britain' (by Holy Trinity Brompton Church, London) is to be evangelised by Archie Coates and his wife and Jonny Gumbel and his wife. These inspirational, charismatic Anglicans will take Brighton by the scruff of the neck and haul it out of sin and into St Peter's Church - that is - St Peter's Anglican Church in London Road. Nicky Gumbel's son, Jonny, dubbed 'Son of Alpha' (by me) will be Curate. Click here for a great little video of Brightonian responses to being told their town is 'the most Godless' in the UK'. I love it! Middle aged ladies are featured saying, 'Actually, I really rather like it here...It's better than Hastings.' (LMAO!)

Click here for another official HTB video that will have heretics, unbelievers and traditonal Anglicans, as well as Catholics running for Sussex Downs. Rest assured, the new team at the landmark church which will no longer be ringing…

Let's Go Church Shopping!

Image
In light of the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI of a function for Anglicans to be incorporated into the Catholic Church and the possibility of thousands of traditional Anglican's converting en masse to be incorporated into Holy Mother Church, a new board game is being released called, 'Let's Go Church Shopping with Pope Benedict XVI!' A board game for all the family!

'Loughborough Parish Church is one of the major churches in Leicestershire. Its handsome 14th century proportions are crowned by its elaborate and pinnacled tower and clerestory which date from the 15th century. All this reflects the wealth and patronage of the local manor lords and more especially the merchants and wool traders of those times. Many of their heraldic symbols still embellish the external insets of the great west window and of the tower door. But the history goes back further than this, and the church almost certainly sits on both Norman and Saxon predecessors.'

That's cute! We&#…

Stephen Fry's At It Again!

Image
Stephen Fry: The atheist of the Little Flower?

Check it out! Stephen Fry apparently spent all evening last night, alongside Christopher Hitchens denouncing the Church in an 'Intelligence Squared' debate in London, I guess.

The motion put forward was, 'The Catholic Church is a force for good in the World'.According to Andrew M Brown of The Telegraph, Hitchens and Fry defeated the arguments of Archbishop Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria and the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe and the latter lost the debate as reflected in the votes. Well, whether people believe the triumphant distortions of truth and history given by the celebrities or the voices of the Church Militant is up to them. Whether the Catholic spokespersons were strong enough intellectually to match Fry and Hitchens is a matter in itself for debate. I guess it goes back to that campaign Fr Ray Blake and Paul Priest wanted to get more competent Catholic spokesmen and women.

Anyway, regardless, the same Stephen Fry (because, let&…

Holy Shockwaves from Rome!

Image
Courtesy of Damian Thompson of The Telegraph'This is astonishing news. Pope Benedict XVI has created an entirely new Church structure for disaffected Anglicans that will allow them to worship together – using elements of Anglican liturgy – under the pastoral supervision of their own specially appointed bishop or senior priest.The Pope is now offering Anglicans worldwide “corporate reunion” on terms that will delight Anglo-Catholics. In theory, they can have their own married priests, parishes and bishops – and they will be free of liturgical interference by liberal Catholic bishops who are unsympathetic to their conservative stance.There is even the possibility that married Anglican laymen could be accepted for ordination on a case-by-case basis – a remarkable concession.Both Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Rowan Williams are surprised by this dramatic move. Cardinal Levada, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was in Lambeth Palace only yesterday to s…

Abortion an Ecological Disaster Says Bishop

Image
Courtesy of Catholic Online

Bishop Demetrio Fernandezof Tarazona, Spain voiced his support this week for the October 17 March for Life in Madrid and warned that with the legalization of abortion, “a true ecological disaster” has been unleashed in Europe and will turn it into “a continent of death.”

“This is a true ecological disaster, which affects the unborn child, the mother who has conceived him, the different people involved in the issue (the baby’s father, the grandparents, health care workers, etc.) and all of society that will suffer from the negative impact of this ecological disaster,” the bishop said in a pastoral letter.

He pointed out that since the legalization of abortion, “some 50 million children were not born, who would today be 50 million young people,” which Europe needs desperately as the population “is prematurely aging and is dying of sadness and despair.”

For more click here.

At Some Point I Have to Ask the Question...

Image
What went wrong with me?

I have very generous parents, you know. My summer of car dwelling/friend's floors dwelling/parent's house dwelling is about to come to an end and I am about to move into a newly built 'eco' studio flat thanks to the generosity of mum and dad. I'm going to invite friends from Church and beyond round on Saturday/Sunday to come over and have some food and a few bevvies. There's a 'Lord Bless this House' picture left over from the Car Boot Sale which I'll ask Fr Ray to bless along with the flat.

I'll have a key to the next block and I'll be able to use the lift to get to the top of the block of the flats and look out over Brighton. You can see the sea and everything, most of Brighton! The flat's got everything. A bed is on the way, it's got a fridge freezer, oven, grill, cupboards, washing machine and even a dishwasher. The cistern above the toilet is flat, so I can finally have the toilet fish tank I always wanted…

The Sacred Made Real Exhibition

Image
'Dead Christ' (c1625-30), a sculpture by Gregorio Fernández
Photo: Imagen MAS

'The Sacred Made Real' at the National Gallery is a groundbreaking exhibition of hyper-real religious works that will change the way we see art.

Courtesy of The Telegraph

In the northern Spanish city of Valladolid, I am examining the corpse of a man who has suffered a terrible and sustained assault. His eyes are glazed in death, his mouth hangs open, his body is covered in a mass of wounds and lacerations. It is quite hard to look at, yet at the same time it is beautiful. “This,” says Maria Bolanos, the director of the Museo Nacional Colegio de San Gregorio, which I am visiting, “is our Rokeby Venus!”

She is joking, of course, but only a little. We are contemplating 'Dead Christ' (c1625-30) by Gregorio Fernández, one of the great masterpieces of 17th-century Spanish sculpture. Next week it goes on show as one of the star exhibits in a remarkable and ground-breaking exhibition at the Nat…

Global Catastrophes

Gordon Brown is warning of a global catastophe is we don't do something about climate change. Meanwhile, Hollywood is warning of a global catastrophe which has nothing to do with climate change. Who to believe?! Hollywood, politicians, Hollywood, politicans...Either way, looks like we're shafted! Crikey! If 2012 is anything like the film that could really set back out the parish Building Restoration Fund...



...quite significantly!

"Behold I stand at the door..."

Image
Pilgrims! Forget Fatima, Lourdes and the place in the former Yugoslavia we're not supposed to talk about! Everyone! Over to Ikea in Glasgow!

The manager of Ikea, Glasgow said, "We had no idea the Lord was a minimalist having viewed the abundance of Creation. We're delighted that He has given a Sign that He blesses this Swedish chain of quality, competitively priced furniture."

Alright, he didn't.

St Mary Magdalen Priest Forced to Celebrate Ad Orientem

Image
Henry from St Mary Magdalen's posted this excellent picture of Fr Ray Blake celebrating Mass at the parish on Sunday. At the front you can see the Sanctuary floor being taken up before a new one is layed down this week. In the meantime, Fr Ray was forced to celebrate Mass Ad Orientem. There would have been no room to move on the other side. This picture makes a lot of sense!

Devolution?

Image
According to The Telegraph...

'Men today are the weakest in history and would have been no match for our ancestors in a battle of strength or speed, research suggests. Peter McAllister, the author of Manthropology: the Science of Inadequate Modern Man, described today’s males as the “sorriest cohort of masculine Homo sapiens to ever walk the planet”.
By analysing sets of footprints preserved in a fossilised claypan lake bed, Mr McAllister concluded that Australian aboriginals 20,000 years ago reached speeds of 23mph on soft, muddy ground. Bolt, by comparison, reached a top speed of 26mph at last year's Beijing Olympics during his then world 100 metres record of 9.69 seconds. Mr McAllister claims that with modern training, spiked shoes and rubberised tracks, aboriginal hunters might have reached speeds of 28mph - faster than Bolt's record-breaking 100m performance at the World Championships in Berlin this summer.'How does this square wit…

Did You Know That...

Image
Stephen Fry recently made horrid, awful anti-Polish and anti-Catholic remarks recently basically suggesting that that Polish Catholics were largely to blame for the Holocaust, citing which side of the German border Auschwitz resides. What a scandalous thing to say, given so many Poles met their deaths at the hands of the Nazis and how awfully anti-Catholic of him?

But did you know that the same Stephen Fry is hosting a screening of 'Brief Encounter' near on the South Bank or something, the proceeds of which will go to the Homeless charity, 'The Passage', (oo-er!) which was set up by the late, great Cardinal Basil Hume? I know not everyone thinks he was that great, but I thought he was great having read some of his stuff.

So someone who clearly harbours anti-Catholic or even anti-Polish Catholic resentment is hosting an evening, the proceeds of which go to a Catholic charity. Who is being more charitable here? Stephen Fry? Or Westminster Cathedral? By rights, surely, in t…

England Family in St Therese of Lisieux Heirloom Shock!

Image
Hello.

My dear mum has handed me a small piece of parchment with a beautifully crafted paper rose and painted green stalk. Inside the petals of the pink rose, you lift up the paper petals and there is a little picture of St Therese of Lisieux! Next to it, is, written in pink, a little quote saying, 'I will let fall a shower of roses - St Therese of Lisieux'.

I don't think that we have much Catholic heritage in the family but it is from my mother's side. That St Therese - She gets everywhere! Prisons, churches, non-Catholic households!

286,650

That is the approximate total of the number of pilgrims who flocked to venerate the relics. Not bad for a 'casket of bones' eh?!! One of those who attended was Matthew Parris! Good for you, Mr Parris! Here's a good link to the Papal homily at her Canonisation


Anyway, here, for my friend with a little dog called Raphael is a picture of a chihuahua which I am posting for no apparant reason whatsoever.


Telegraph Pens Opinion Piece on Abortion

Image
Courtesy of The Telegraph

'It is extraordinary that it should have taken a judgment by the Information Tribunal last week to force the Department of Health (DoH) to release the statistics it holds on late abortions. It is also disgraceful. These abortions are alleged sometimes to be performed on what are euphemistically termed "social grounds": not because the mother or the foetus faces a serious risk to health, but because the mother has been advised that the foetus may be born with a feature – such as a cleft palate or a club foot – that she does not wish her child to have.

The information now to be released comprises statistics which are essential for the assessment of whether late abortion is or is not being used in order to ensure that "designer babies" are born. Many people oppose all abortions on principle; many more feel that terminating pregnancies for essentially cosmetic reasons is profoundly wrong, and should not be allowed. It is certainly arguable t…

The BBC's Question Time

Image
The country is in economic turmoil. The recession is hitting communities hard. Tensions are high and everybody hates the current mainstream political parties because of the expenses row. The BBC's response: "Let's invite the leader of the BNP onto Question Time!"

Here are a few Nick Griffin quotes...

“I am well aware that the orthodox opinion is that six million Jews were gassed and cremated or turned into lampshades. Orthodox opinion also once held that the earth is flat…I have reached the conclusion that the ‘extermination’ tale is a mixture of Allied wartime propaganda, extremely profitable lie, and latter day witch-hysteria.”

"So, what are we now doing with the British National Party? Well we tried to simplify its message in some ways and to make it a saleable message. So it's not white supremacy or racial civil war or anything like that, which is what we know in fact is going on, and we're not supremacists, we're white survivalists, even that frigh…

Lordy! Lordy! Vote 'No' to the Culture of Death

Image
According to the University of Bath...

'The University of Bath is giving people the chance to have their say on assisted dying, ahead of a free public lecture by pro-legalisation campaigner Lord Joel Joffe CBE on Tuesday 27 October.

Take part in our online poll to vote for or against the legalisation of assisted dying for the terminally ill and leave your comments on the issue. The poll will close on Monday 26 October and results will be published online.'
We know what this really means and we know where it eventually ends. Say 'No' to the Culture of Death. Click hereto vote.

Church Newsletters/Magazines Funny Errors

Image
My friend Tanya sent me this. The following have all appeared in church magazines/newsletters...

Next weekend's Fasting & Prayer Conference in Whitby includes all meals.

Sunday morning sermon: 'Jesus Walks on the Water'
Sunday evening sermon: 'Searching for Jesus.'

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale, it's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.

Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.

Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the…

Matthew Parris Visited Relics of St Therese at Westminster

Image
And appears to have calmed down now...

'Another miracle! Having now visited the casket containing pieces of her foot and thigh bone, all my doubts about the supernatural powers of St Thérèse of Lisieux have fled.

You may remember that some weeks ago, as a lapsed militant atheist, I experienced a miraculous reconversion to my dastardly faith after contemplating the arrival at Portsmouth (for a tour of Britain) of a casket containing some of the relics of St Thérèse. Well, yesterday the 19th-century French saint sent me another sign. It happened like this...

I had decided to visit the bones yesterday at Westminster Cathedral: a vast, gloomy, late 19th-century, brick-built cavern combining memories of Byzantium with aspects of a biscuit factory. Hoping to avoid the queues I emerged from the Tube around 7.45am. Whereupon something strange happened. An inner voice told me to wait; take a coffee; read the papers for a bit. I read The Times carefully, noting an infelicity in our poll questi…

The 'Relics' of the World

Image
A relic of Elvis Presley = £63,000

The Relics of St Therese of Lisieux...Oh boy! Priceless!

Of course, the Church is magnanimous to let the World have its heroes. The questions is, is the World magnamimous enough to let the Church have Her Saints?

MSN News Reports that...

Two separate auctions are offering people the chance to bid for locks of hair belonging to the greatest male pop stars of the 20th century: Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

Presley's hair is being auctioned in Chicago, while 12 strands of Michael Jackson's locks are going under the hammer in London. The clump of Presley's hair is one of around 200 items of memorabilia being sold at the Leslie Hindman auctioneers on Sunday. All hail from the collection of Gary Pepper, an Elvis superfan. The hair is expected to fetch as much as $100,000 (£63,000).

The strands from Jackson's head, meanwhile, date from the singer's freak accident in 1984 when his hair caught fire during the filming of a TV advertisement f…

Guardian Articles on St Therese of Lisieux

Image
Image: PA

Two very contrasting articles on the Relics of St Therese of Lisieux. One by an open-minded Guardian journalist who visited the Relics at Westminster and one by a closed-minded Guardian journalist who didn't.

Courtesy of The Guardian, article by Stephen Moss.
It is a gorgeous day, cold and bright, the sky a flawless blue. A day you could almost believe in God. Amid the throng just down the road from the Houses of Parliament (an institution in urgent need of divine intercession), here is Catholicism at its most assured: a grand sense of occasion, a large crowd to venerate the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux, the plaza outside Westminster Cathedral feeling like a miniature St Peter's Square. Even the burger van, installed for St Thérèse's three-day visit, is decked out in episcopal purple.I start queueing to commune with the relics at 10.30. The queue zigzags across the plaza, and a steward warns me to expect an hour's wait. Entertainment is laid on in the form of…

Catholic Countries Surrounded by Ravenous Wolves

Image
A Nicaraguan Catholic woman defending the Faith and the lives of the Unborn.

The Guardian today runs a piece on the 70,000 'unsafe abortions' carried out last year which resulted in maternal death, conveniently forgetting the infant deaths which also resulted from the 'unsafe abortions' and the fact that in every 'unsafe abortion' which results in maternal death, two human beings have died. The article highlights a report by the 'highly influential' Guttmacher Institute.

There is, of course, no such thing as a 'safe' abortion because it can never be safe for the unborn baby, even if it is made entirely safe for the mother. The article states that...'The report points to a global trend towards the liberalisation of abortion laws, which has allowed women with an unwanted pregnancy to end it safely. Nineteen countries have relaxed their restrictions since 1997. But in three countries, Poland, El Salvador and Nicaragua, tougher legislation has bee…

You Beauties!

Image
Despite harsh living conditions, irregular feeding, 24 hour days, noise pollution and poor sanitation my office fish are breeding like nobody's business. Today I counted seven, yes, you heard it, seven, baby guppies! These fish are most definitely pro-life and there seems to be no talk in the tank about over-population or environmental protection, despite the fact that the green plants I bought have turned yellow! These fish are swimming around in their own urine yet they're happy as Larry!

My fish have doubled in numbers in a matter of a month or so! Oh praise God for the miracle of Life! I'm going to change the water in a couple of days. These fish deserve the finest tap water known to humanity!

Holy Lizards!