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Is Tradphobia Endemic in the Church?

It strikes me that the words of Bishop Tom Burns betray a distrust of Priests who celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass grounded in little but suspicion and fear, even though Pope Benedict XVI has used his pontificate to explicitly encourage the celebration of bothrites of the Church.

Pope Benedict XVI sees the liberation of the traditional Roman rite alongside the Novus Ordo only as a positive - something that enriches the life of the Church, of the Church's liturgy and the Church's worship. In His Holiness's own words, the two rites "are, in fact, two usages of the one Roman rite." In particular, His Holiness remarked upon the attraction of the Usus Antiquior to young people.

It is, perhaps, only natural for more senior members of the Hierarchy and Clergy to recoil from the promotion of the Latin Mass, seeing it as threatening, or perceiving it as a polarising introduction into the life of the Church, at a time when all they have seen is continuity in terms of t…

"Flamboyant Modes of Liturgical Vestments and Rubrical Gestures Abound"

Fr Ray Blake has posted on a homily by Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia, formerly Bishop of the Forces, in which he appears to link Priests interested in celebrating Mass in the Extraordinary Form with 'clericalism' and, in particular, a kind of 'clericalism' which led to crimes against children.

I agree with Fr Blake that it is a very strange homily, with some rather ad hominem attacks and innuendo against those who support the celebration of the Usus Antiquior. It is worth recalling that the disgusting abuses of power and malicious silence over the sins of clergy took place in a period of the Church's history when celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass had been all but banished! Anyway, the quotes from the Bishop are in bold, the rest is Fr Blake's incisive response...
'One Bishop I know lives in the age of the Inquisition and will happily tell his priests, and anyone else who will listen to him, that complaints have been made against them but then will neit…

Too Much Persecution to Ignore

The BBC has highlighted quite a bit of the persecution of Christians recently, but then there is quite a bit of persecution of Christians going on in this World at the present time. Three different recent stories concerning the plight of Christians in Iraq (Yes, that's right, the blood that flowed in the Church of Our Lady of Salvation was clearly not enough), Pakistan and Egypt.

2 more killed in house attacks in Iraq

Asia Bibi of Pakistan has a price on her head

Christians forced to become Muslims in Egypt

A Clever Fusion of Two Classics

Pope Benedict XVI Foresees New Dark Age

I find Michael Voris a bit much sometimes, as he can be more than a little condescending, but he is a bold Catholic with the Faith of Christ coarsing through his veins and he is right to draw attention to the Holy Father's rather apocalyptic words.

Mejorada del Campo Cathedral

A wonderful story here from the BBC...

'A man in Spain has spent almost 50 years building a church entirely from scrap, after he was expelled from a monastery after he contracted tuberculosis.

Justo Gallego, 85, says the construction in Mejorada del Campo is an "act of faith" but others warn it's a huge folly - and say that the building, which has never had planning permission, could be pulled down.'Let's hope it stands and stays. Here is the BBC story of the fascinating man and his amazing Cathedral, built solely because of his simple and profound faith in Christ.

"Elton is a Daddy and David is a, um..."

I don't, at this time, have children, but if I did I don't know quite how I would explain this one...

There are a good few reasons why the Church would obviously raise concerned eyebrows over the news of Elton John and his partner David Furnish, as the press have reported, "becoming parents", but, I'd like to know, given it has been on TV news, how have parents been explaining it to their children?

This is pretty much as high profile a case as we could possibly see and it is surely now becoming impossible for the gay rights movement to argue against the Church's cry of "Down with this kind of thing!" on the grounds that the movement seeks to refashion the model of the family and to present a new model of the family which is wholly new, untried, untested and running contrary to natural law.

The language of the media has been somewhat misleading, to say the least, with media outlets desperately bending over backwards to present the news of Elton and D…

A Catholic Initiative Inspired by St Joseph Benedict Labre in Akron, USA

Walsh Jesuit High School in Akron, Oklahoma, shares 'food, faith, and fellowship' with people living on the streets through the inspiration of St. Benedict Joseph Labre. Interesting stuff.

Catholic School to be Handed Over to Mosque

A sorrowful moment of truth for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the news of which will send shockwaves around the Catholic World?

A stunning local victory for Islam?

An indicator of the rates of immigration in urban areas of northern England?

Or, a damning indictment of the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom and the overwhemling majority of the Faithful who failed to heed the prophetic warnings of Pope Paul VI's encyclical, Humanae Vitae?

You can call it what you want, but this is nothing short of stunning news. It has to be said that unlike Catholics, Muslims did not and still do not embrace contraception. Not only this, but, for Muslims, passing Islam down to the next generation is of supreme importance. Read it and weep...

Courtesy of the Daily Star

'A Catholic school faces being taken over by a mosque after it was revealed that 95% of its pupils are Muslim. It is believed to be the first case of its kind in Britain. Church leaders say it is no …

Pope Benedict XVI Dines With the Homeless on Feast of the Holy Family

This is a wonderful story that highlights the Holy Father's simplicity of heart and exemplifies his desire to be 'a humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.' The story rather reminds me of Pope St Gregory the Great I who I learned recently would dine each week with 12 poor men of Rome.

Courtesy of E F Pastor Emeritus

'To mark the 100th birthday of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - and keeping with this pontificate's preference for acts of concrete charity at Christmas - on St. Stephen's Day, 26th December - this year replaced by Feast of The Holy Family - Pope Benedict XVI hosted a lunch for some 500 of Rome's neediest served by the shelters and kitchens of the Missionaries of Charity, the Indian-based community founded by the universally-beloved Nobel Peace laureate, the "Saint of the Gutters."Held in the packed atrium of the Paul VI Audience Hall - the same spot where the Pope recently hosted lunches for the delegates to October's Synod of Bisho…

Prelate Who Saved Some 10,000 Jews Dead at 98


Archbishop Ferrofino Assisted Pope Pius XII

Courtesy of Zenit

'An archbishop who saved some 10,000 Jews during the Second World War in his collaboration with Pope Pius XII died Monday. He was 98.

Archbishop Giovanni Ferrofino was the former apostolic nuncio to Ecuador and Haiti. He was born in Alessandria, Italy, on Feb. 24, 1912.

Gary Krupp, founder of the Pave the Way Foundation, told ZENIT that the archbishop “was perhaps the greatest living eye witness to Pius XII’s life-saving efforts on behalf of Jews interviewed by PTWF."

PTWF is a New York-based foundation, a non-sectarian organization whose mission is to identify and try to eliminate obstacles between religions and to initiate positive gestures in order to improve interreligious relations. It has been working to discover the facts regarding Pius XII and his efforts to help Jews during World War II.

“Pius XII sent [Archbishop Ferrofino] to the president of Portugal to request visas for Jews entering Portugal, and …

Who Said This?

"For many of us, this is a tough time to be a Catholic. The Church may seem like this old couple, Abraham and Sarah. It is largely ruled by old men, even older than me, who seem out of touch with the world. Every statement that comes from the Vatican seems to provoke more misunderstanding, more embarrassment, more frustration. My indignation with what the Vatican says is only exceeded by my indignation at its wilful misrepresentation by the press. To keep sane I keep repeating the words of, I think, Samuel Johnson: ‘Indignation is the last resort of the fool’." For the answer click here and then click July 18, 2010.

Obviously we can only assume that the Priest means that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is too wishy-washy and lukewarm in its public pronouncements, which could lead some into error, and that he wishes that the Vatican would 'recognise dissent for what it is' more. It will come as no surprise to many that this Priest is adored by The Table…

St Stephen's Day


With drums and synthesizer!

“Verbum caro factum est” – “The Word became flesh” (Jn 1:14).

'Dear brothers and sisters listening to me here in Rome and throughout the world, I joyfully proclaim the message of Christmas: God became man; he came to dwell among us. God is not distant: he is “Emmanuel”, God-with-us. He is no stranger: he has a face, the face of Jesus.

This message is ever new, ever surprising, for it surpasses even our most daring hope. First of all, because it is not merely a proclamation: it is an event, a happening, which credible witnesses saw, heard and touched in the person of Jesus of Nazareth! Being in his presence, observing his works and hearing his words, they recognized in Jesus the Messiah; and seeing him risen, after his crucifixion, they were certain that he was true man and true God, the only-begotten Son come from the Father, full of grace and truth (cf. Jn 1:14).

“The Word became flesh”…

Watching The Cardinal

It is still available for viewing on IPlayer.

Wishing All Readers a Happy Christmas


Pope Benedict XVI's Christmas Message to the United Kingdom

We Worship the Son and Honour the Mother Most Blessed

Christmas is as much about Mary, the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of God, as it is about Jesus, the Son of the Eternal Father. Since just as Our Lord said "Yes" to His Heavenly Father during His Agony in the Garden, so did Our Lady say "Yes" when she was asked by the Angel Gabriel to be the Mother of God. Therefore our gratitude for the saving work that God has begun in us and our prayers should be directed as much towards Our Lady as towards Our Lord, for without her "Yes", He would never have been born. In as much as our redemption depended upon Him, so did it depend upon she who said...

My soul doth magnify the Lord:
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour
Because He hath regarded the lowliness of His handmaid: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He that is mighty hath done great things to me: and holy is His Name.
And His mercy is from generation until generations, to them that fear Him.
He hath showed might wi…

CDF Issue Formal Statement 'Regarding Certain Interpretations of "Light of the World"

Note of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
On the trivilization of sexuality
Regarding certain interpretations  of "Light of the World"
'Following the publication of the interview-book Light of the World by Benedict XVI, a number of erroneous interpretations have emerged which have caused confusion concerning the position of the Catholic Church regarding certain questions of sexual morality. The thought of the Pope has been repeatedly manipulated for ends and interests which are entirely foreign to the meaning of his words – a meaning which is evident to anyone who reads the entire chapters in which human sexuality is treated. The intention of the Holy Father is clear: to rediscover the beauty of the divine gift of human sexuality and, in this way, to avoid the cheapening of sexuality which is common today.Some interpretations have presented the words of the Pope as a contradiction of the traditional moral teaching of the Church. This hypothesis has been welcomed…

When Two Forms Become One

Pictured left is the Latin Mass English Booklet Missal, first produced by Coalition Ecclesia Dei in 1990. St Mary Magdalen's Church have these at the back of the Church whenever the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is celebrated to help the Laity to do pray at Mass, or rather, as the quote in the booklet from Pope Pius X says, "Do not pray at the Mass, but pray the Mass."

This quote is at the heart of an issue that Fr Ray Blake has raised in his blogpost, 'What do you do in the Eucharistic Prayer?'.

I half wonder whether this question would have been even asked by Priests prior to the Second Vatican Council, but then, what our now gloriously reigning Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, is interested in is the careful, delicate knitting together of a garment which was rent so carelessly in the wake of the 1960s with some seriously damaging consequences.

I must confess that it was only after I began attending the Traditional Latin Mass at St Mary Magdalen's that I begun …

Nothing to Do With Christmas But...

Who did the best cover of this song?

Smokie, Creedence Clearwater Revival or Rod Stewart?

Enjoyable BBC Documentary on the History of Christmas Carols

"Once more with feeling...and in Latin again please".
Check out the 'informative, educational and entertaining' BBC documentary on the history of the Christmas carol. It makes for perfect Sunday viewing. It also makes you want to go out and sing carols.

Why is Christmas So Anti-Christ?

It's quite hard to find Christmas cards that depict the real meaning of Christmas in 2010.

Never one to be organised, I've just managed to send off some cards, but it took me a few shops to discover a box of cards with an image that reflected something about the Incarnation.

Two shops on London Road, one called Card Factory, for Heaven's sake, didn't have a single Christmas card with imagery which we would understand reflect the birthday of Our Saviour.

Loads of snowmen, loads of Santas, loads of trees, lots of wintery scenes, mistletoe and maybe, if you're lucky, a wreath here or there, but when it actually comes to a visual representation of the Nativity, which is at the very heart of the great Feast of Christmas, it is very hard to find. It's almost as if the World cannot cope with the enormity of the event, the huge spiritual implications of remembering Salvation History and looking forward to the End of History, so that, much like in Easter (which is obvio…

Catholics for the Burning of Santa Claus

Parents deceive children into thinking he exists!

He weakens their Faith in Christ having been deceived over his existence!

It would be nice if he were St Nicholas of Myra, but he isn't! He hasn't even been CRB checked!

Thousands of letters are sent to 'Lapland'. Where do they all go? An icy landfill? No Bishop of England and Wales would applaud that!

Rich children get flashy, expensive presents from him, but all poor children get is a lump of coal and a satsuma, even when they give him mince pies!

There is no mention of Father Christmas in the Sacred Tradition of the Church or the Catechism! Burn him!

See Fr Ray Blake's post and a link to the story of the Argentinian priest who scandalised a whole town by being honest about the awful truth of Father Christmas, Santa Claus, or, as we Catholics like to call him, Beelzebub in festive drag!

Burn him!

PrayTell: The Liberal Catholic Establishment's Contribution to the Blogosphere?

A reader of this blog, whose comments I sometimes publish and sometimes, do not, because quite often he is lacking in anything we understand by Christian charity, has drawn my attention to a new blog called PrayTell.

I do not like the look of it one bit. For instance, see pictured left a cartoon with the Holy Father's face photoshopped onto Humpty Dumpty (quite bizarre!) as it mocks the new translation of the Mass over which liberals are squealing! It is entitled, 'Pope fails own Latin test?'

Contributors include Priests and lay people, many, I assume who are 'theologians'. It is always important to remember that there are many atheists who claim to be 'theologians' because they've got the degree. There are also those who are Catholics but who dissent from Church teaching who are 'theologians'. I am not, in any way, referring to the former theologian, now author discussed in the comments section in the post below, as I don't know anything ab…

'Stand By Me' Performed by Street Singers Around the World

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around The World from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

This is a video of street singers from around the world being recorded, overlayed and mixed with one another while singing the song "Stand By Me". Very impressive!

He Was Right...

Yes, he was. I don't know much about Cardinal Kasper, all I know is that he was probably told, like many of our elderly this winter, to 'stay at home', following remarks in which he was said to have likened the UK to a "third World country".

Doubtless that comment will not have bothered the usually unflappable British Ambassador to the Holy See, Francis Campbell, because he's the kind of man who is so cool in a crisis that he goes around telling foreign dignataries and aides that the Anglican Ordinariate, generously extended to disaffected traditional Anglicans will unleash a violent and bloody persecution of Catholic by Anglicans!

And there we were thinking that the global warming, eco-fanatical, nature worshippers were alarmists! Anyone would have thought Campbell was being fed propaganda by high-ranking enemies of the new Ordinariate, who in their arm-foldingly stubborn old ways feared that the generous conversion vehicle offered by the Holy Father might j…

Hot Off the Press: Adoratio 2010

I am assuming that not just any Tom, Dick or Harry can turn up for this one, unless you are Bishop Tom, Fr Dick or Brother Harry (or Sister Harriet), but have a look, if you haven't already, at Fr Ray Blake's blog, at the fantastic Adoratio 2011 event to take place in Rome in, er, 2011.

The line up of guest speakers is mouth-watering.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, Emeritus Prefect of the Congregation of Divine WorshipCardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Vatican CityCardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, Prefect for the Congregation of Divine WorshipCardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, former Secretary of the Congregation for Divine WorshipCardinal Mauro Piacenza, President of the Congregation for the Clergy, Vatican CityCardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council Justice and Peace, Vatican CityBishop Giovanni D’Ercole, Auxiliary Bishop of L’Aquila, ItalyBishop D. José Ignacio Munilla - Bishop of San …

Breaking News...Cancun Saves Planet!

Great news! The leaders of the World, having got together in a beach resort in Mexico (I think we can assume they all flew, mostly first class, obviously), have saved the World from global warming! Thanks be to God! Or is that the Mayan goddess? It doesn't really matter at the end of the day because Cancun can save us!

Now we can all relax, safe in the knowledge that no natural disasters will ever take place in the future again!  Brighton, Hove and possibly Worthing at least, are saved! Northumberland is saved! Yes! Swanage, Bournemouth and Weymouth are saved! It might cost every taxpayer more in carbon taxes but think about it, we can all sleep safe at night now. Praise God!

Just think about it. If those 15,000 delegates had not flown over to that Mexican resort, at considerable cost to the public purses of the nations of the World, the Greenpeace campaign image above shows us exactly what would have happened. If they had not reached an agreement today on reducing carbon emission…

Students! Stop Rioting! Become Domincans Instead!

Think about it. Years of study, all paid for. No tuition fees and a full-time vocation at the end of it all, as long as things go smoothly, 100% guaranteed, and you can go onto, yes, study even more.

Only downsides; no wild partying, drunken orgies, random shagging, copious drug-taking or egging on of your unruly, anarchistic, violent tendencies by left-wing ideologue tutors who just can't put those Karl Marx books back on the shelf. Well, significantly less, anyhow. If you really want to be taught by dangerous, liberal, Marxist superiors you can always join the Jesuits.

Still, when it comes to the Dominicans, what you lose in terms of worldly affairs you will gain in terms of brothers and sisters, virtue, happiness, scholarly discipline, hopefully, holiness of life, fulfillment and God willing, eternal glory. Look! See how those Dominicans love one another!

Interested? Click here. You know it makes sense because, let's face it, in 3 years time there will probably be even fewe…