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Hyde Park Entertainment Masks a Church Embarrassed by Catholicism

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I've read the 'Liturgies and Events' guide book produced by the Bishops Conference and it is thoroughly depressing.

For the 'gathering' prior to Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the presence of the Holy Father there is a, 'variety of groups [...] showing a rich diversity of styles and traditions which are all part of the Catholic community in England and Wales.'

There is RISEtheatre!, there is the Larondina Dance Group, More than Dance, the Zywiec Folk Song and Dance Group, the Doherty Academy (not to be confused with Pete Doherty's band) and Brooks Academy. Look all these guys up for a full round up of what we have in store at Hyde Park.

Thank God that the Holy Father will not be present to watch it. What one picks up from this dazzling array of performance artists, all perfectly wonderful in their own right, I am sure, is that the Church in England and Wales is bending over backwards to apologise for Catholicism, Catholic Tradition and the tra…

"This One Goes Out to All You Oratorians Out There"

The Sweet Eyes of Tender Pity

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Browsing The Catholic Herald website the other day, I was gobsmacked when I read that Jon Venables, the young man almost universally despised for the killing of Jamie Bulger, has turned to the One True Faith for refuge and hope, having sought out a Catholic priest in prison, where he is confined having been convicted of child pornography offenses.

In reality we should not be surprised. When the World judges it seldom does so in the light of God's unfathomable mercy. More rarely, does it wish to walk a mile in the shoes of another before casting judgement. More rarely still, does it have the humility to acknowledge its own sins as grievous faults which, too, deserve Divine retribution. God's justice is so much sweeter than earthly justice for He is full of tender pity and compassion. The World cannot comprehend His love and, of course, the pity and love of God's friends on Earth.There is no greater gift on earth than the gift of Faith.


The Mirror reports...

'Child killer …

Boyle to Bellahouston, Essex to Play Hyde Park?

With confirmation that Susan Boyle will be headlining at the Petrine Festival in Glasgow, sponsored by Peter's, purveryors of pies, pasties and savoury slices to the Faithful, details of the line-up for the Hyde Park Festival in London are yet to be confirmed.

According to my sources, Pete Doherty and Carl Barat of newly reformed rockers,The Libertines, were mute when asked to headline for Hyde Park, fearing a backlash reacton from fans. The Bishops of England and Wales also thought that their style of chaotic, electric guitar-led music would be, according to one source, "inappropriate."

So, after all, it looks very much as if it is all going to be down to David Essex to lead the Faithful in preparing the stage for Pope Benedict XVI at Hyde Park. "Don't knock David," said an insider, "There's a lot of spirituality in his music," said one key insider at Eccleston Square, "Hold me close, don't let me go," reminds us of God's u…

Pray for the Trapped Chilean Miners Keeping the Faith

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Sporting red vestments, a lacy alb and a red hard-hat, the Deacon and Martyr, St Lawrence, patron of miners (I didn't know that) has been brought in to aid and protect the 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,300 feet below ground in sweltering heat.

In Catholic countries, when there is an emergency or a disaster, people quickly call upon help from the Court of Heaven.

In Protestant or largely atheistic countries, like ours, people just say, "Oh, how awful. Poor people...Makes you thankful for Margaret Thatcher. Stick the kettle on will you, love."

According to The Telegraph...

'The miners' families have held vigil at "Camp Hope" for three weeks, at first praying that their fathers, husbands, brothers and sons would be found alive. Their prayers were answered August 22, with the delivery of a note strapped to a drill bit that emerged from the bowels of the Earth carrying a simple red-ink message: "All 33 of us are well and in the shelter".

Now, with of…

Religious Doctors are a Problem for the BMA

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The BBC reports that...

'Doctors with religious beliefs are less likely to take decisions which could hasten the death of those who are terminally ill, a study suggests. The survey of nearly 4,000 doctors found those with a strong faith were also less likely to discuss end-of-life treatment options with their patient.

The London University research urges greater acknowledgement of how beliefs influence care. Doctors and campaigners described the findings as "concerning". Dr Clive Seale of Barts and the London School of Medicine analysed 3,733 responses from doctors practising in a wide variety of fields, with a particular focus on those who worked in palliative care and with the elderly.

The General Medical Council, which regulates the profession, says that while doctors should start from the assumption that life should be prolonged, this should not be at any cost. While it is illegal to give drugs with the deliberate intention of ending someone's life, doctors may adm…

Susan Boyle to Sing for Pope Benedict XVI

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According to ITN News...

'She will perform as part of the Pontiff's open air celebration of Mass in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on September 16. The 49-year-old, from Blackburn in West Lothian, is expected to perform three songs, including her smash hit I Dreamed A Dream, which catapulted her to fame on Britain's Got Talent.
She said: "To be able to sing for the Pope is a great honour and something I have always dreamed of. It's indescribable. I've always wanted to sing for His Holiness and I can't really put into words my happiness that this wish has come true at last. I am humbled and honoured by this invitation and I hope I can do my best."'
I Dream a Dream? Is that the Communion Hymn? The other two songs are yet unknown but let us just hope and pray that they are not Shine, Jesus, Shine and Colours of Day or, well, anything else from Les Miserables or any other naff musical.

The SSPX and the Dangers of 'Playing Hard to Get'

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I see from Fr Ray Blake'sblog, via Rorate Caeli that Bishop Richard Williamson of the 'I want to break free' faction, the Society of St Piux X (SSPX), has been airing his thoughts aloud on his personal blog, to which one apparently has to subscribe in order to view! How very typical of Williamson's brand of Catholicism!

What hits home is the high-handedness with which he writes and his shocking arrogance, as if, somehow, the person with which the SSPX is dealing is the area manager of Waitrose in a customer care complaint, rather than the Successor of St Peter who holds the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Really and truly, in all honesty, the true position of the SSPX  towards the Holy See should be as that of beggars, since by embracing schism they have placed not only their immortal souls but those of all who followed them in jeopardy. I'm sure that's somewhere in the Catecheism.


Read this, Bishop Richard Williamson's latest musings:

'From France and G…

O Holy Father (We Love You, Holy Father!)

In preparation for the Papal Visit 2010, when our beloved, Holy Father visits the United Kingdom and especially England, Our Lady's Dowry, I have written a song dedicated to Pope Benedict XVI, now gloriously reigning. Obviously, this is the first draft. It needs a little bit of work and...well, George, obviously...


O Holy Father

The Holy Father’s coming over to the UK
We’re tellin’ you Holy Father that you’re welcome to stay
The Holy Father’s coming over to the UK
We’re telling’ you Holy Father that just can’t wait
O Holy Father (O Holy Father)
We love you Holy Father (O Holy Father)
The Holy Father’s coming over to the UK
The Holy Father’s coming and we’re happy to say

You Rock!
You Rock!
You Rock! (Because)
You’re the Rock!

The Holy Father’s coming over to the UK
Richard Dawkins ain’t so happy and Peter Tatchell ain’t so gay
The Holy Father’s coming over to the UK
The Bishops, they’ll be happy when you back go on your way
But O Holy Father (O Holy Father)
We love you Holy Fathe…

Judge 'Criticises' Council over Forced Contraception Attempt

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Laodicia yesterday blogged that:

'A trailer just popped up on Radio 4 for a new debating programme. The first topic up is the merits of sterilizing the mentally and morally unfit. Yes that's right folks the merits of sterilizing the mentally and morally unfit. This is to be chaired by liberal pseudo-Catholic Edward Stourton. The problem here is not the result of any debate but the fact that such a topic is considered a fit topic for discussion in the first place. This is part of the softening up process for our Eugenic future.'
Let us not be in any doubt. This is where the culture of death is headed and the BBC will, as usual, be at the forefront of not defending us from it. It is inevitable. A society that embraces voluntary abortion, assisted suicide and artificial contraception is ill-equipped to stand firm and rejects these evils when these practises are suddenly touted as potential methods to be used on citizens in a compulsory manner. Euthanasia was voluntary in Nazi …

Prayers of an Irish Mother

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I found this lovely little book in the Sacristry yesterday and flicked through it. Okay, I 'borrowed' it. I must say it is really a very beautiful prayer book and a heartfelt collection of traditional Catholic prayers, poems and consoling petitions, compiled by Mary Teresa Dolan, the eternal rest of whose soul readers are requested at the beginning to pray.

The prayers are for all times and for perhaps all time. Here one which exemplifies the rich Catholicism of the time in which she wrote:

'When Genuflecting.

We adore Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, and we bless Thee here and at all the Tabernacles all over the world, because by Thy Holy Cross and Passion Thou has redeemed the world.'
Have we in the UK and in Ireland lost that beautiful prayerfulness before the Tabernacle? You betcha! Here is another:

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

'O Sacred Heart of Jesus! We adore You with all the powers of our souls and we consecrate them to You forever with all our thoughts,…

Is Obama a Trojan Horse for Islam?

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It sounds far fetched, doesn't it? According to The Guardian, however, Americans are becoming more unsettled on Obama's self-declared 'Christianity'.


Anyway, for those of you who, like me, like to sound cleverer than they are and who do not actually know the mythology behind the whole Trojan Horse idea, here it is from Wikipedia, the site that helps stupid people to sound intelligent.

'The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War, as told in Virgil's Latin epic poem The Aeneid and by Quintus of Smyrna. The events in this story from the Bronze Age took place after Homer's Iliad, and before his Odyssey. It was the stratagem that allowed the Greeks finally to enter the city of Troy and end the conflict. In the best-known version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of 30 men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the Horse into their city as a victory trophy. That nigh…

Popes and 'Liturgical Entertainment'

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It is the year 595. Pope St Gregory the Great sits upon the Chair of Peter and spies from afar England and the British Isles and sees, in this country, rich and fertile land for the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The scene is set. He calls to him Augustine, a Benedictine monk who would later become St Augustine of Canterbury, to be the 'Apostle to the English' with some of his brothers.

He orders them to take the Gospel to the English, to be bold and to enlighten the hearts of a nation still in the dark grip of barbarism, pagan practises and an inordinate love for both football and celebrity, while producing only a saddeningly mediocre calibre of both.

How does he do this? Well, by Divine Providence it just so happened that it was in that year that a Benedictine monk called Brother Kendrick had released a song called'Shine, Jesus, Shine'. It was a hit around the sudden flowering of monasteries all over Europe. So close to the Almighty and Eternal, Holy Trinity, did i…

Bishop Athanasius Schneider on the Most Holy Eucharist

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Catholic is the quarterly newspaper published under the patronage of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour by the Desert Will Flower Press, organ of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer.

It is produced and distributed by the Fathers and Brothers of this missionary congregation from its Motherhouse on the island of Papa Stronsay in Orkney, Scotland.

They have published an excerpt from an interview with Zenit in June this year in their latest quarterly newspaper, with His Lordship Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxillary of Karaganda, Kazakhstan. The Bishop, who has become well known for his book Dominus Est (concerning reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament). He sounds very inspiring and refreshing in this age when true reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament is an issue taken up by only a minority of Priests and Bishops. This is Bishop Athanasius Schneider talking about the Holy Eucharist...


"For me it's not a new understanding. I, all my life, lived this because I received the Holy Co…

Bomb Scare at Lourdes

A commenter on my blog was present at Lourdes on the Feast of the Assumption, when a hoax bomb scare threatened. This is from our foreign correspondant...

'Oh the bomb scare! That was quite an experience. There was no panic as the officials evacuated all the sections bit by bit. The outdoor Mass for the French pilgrimage, with 30,000 present according to the local Lourdes paper, had just finished and we were all making our way to different places.

I took the opportunity of going to the baths. I came out of the icy water feeling euphoric and walked towards the Grotto not even noticing that there were only a few people sitting there! I heard a strange siren noise in the distance and various announcemnts in foreign languages but I found it easy to ignore. What must have been several minutes later I realised that there was no queue leading into the Grotto. Instead there was a dog handler and a very large dog with 'DOUANES' on his coat sniffing round the Grotto (the dog not the…

More Evidence of the Ontological Change?

Amazing skateboarding hungarian Priest!

Only those who worship money believe that it can redeem them...

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According to the BBC...

'Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to donate the profits from his memoirs to a sports centre for injured soldiers. A spokesman said Mr Blair would hand over the reported £4m advance payment plus all royalties to honour "their courage and sacrifice".'


So it was when Judas threw back the silver at the high priests in the temple saying, "I have betrayed innocent blood."  Does Mr Blair really think that a sports centre is going to help these people? Let Mr Blair be an example for everyone that power corrupts the soul and that money deceives it into thinking that it is safe.

"Hey, I see my diasterous friendship with George W Bush and ill-judged war in Iraq against the advice of Pope John Paul II has led to your legs being blown off, having seen several of your friends blown up in roadside bomb, leaving their head and limbs in different parts of the road...but, nonetheless, don't worry, because I'm going to build you a swimm…

The Papal Visit Site Problems

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Don't worry, the problems are not technical. Here's a quote from the website...

'Who is the Pope?
The Pope is a follower of Jesus Christ and although he is coming to the UK as a Head of State (The Holy See – the Vatican), the primary purpose of his visit is to share the Good News that God loves us unconditionally and is merciful. It’s this reality – of God’s love and mercy – that is his primary message and is one that lies at the heart of the Catholic Faith. Visit our section on Pope Benedict XVI.
What is a Catholic?Catholics are Christians, this means that they are followers of Jesus Christ. They believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, the Son of God, their friend, liberator, Lord and Saviour. Catholics believe that Jesus Christ set up the Church (Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 16, verse 18) to pass on the fullness of his teaching, his life, and to carry on his work.'
So, to anyone interested in the Papal Visit, be they Catholic or not, let's just run through tha…

The LMS Announces its First Ever Walking Pilgrimmage to Walsingham...

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How exciting...just imagine making a pilgrimmage that doesn't end up with a folk-guitar Mass!

'The Latin Mass Society is organising a Walking Pilgrimage from Ely to Walsingham from Friday 20 August to Sunday 22 August. There is a noble tradition of walking pilgrimages to Walsingham which the LMS wishes to revive. The pilgrimage is inspired by the great Paris to Chartres Traditional annual walking pilgrimage which attracts thousands of young participants.

The LMS pilgrims will leave Ely on Friday 20 August after a 7.00 am blessing in Ely Cathedral. Accommodation will be in tents. There will be daily Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite concluding with a Traditional Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation at Walsingham at 2.30 pm on Sunday 22 August. This will be open to all.

The pilgrimage will be restricted to adults for this year whilst any practical problems are ironed out. It is hoped it will be much larger next year. Dr Joseph Shaw, LMS Chairman, said: “I am very excited by thi…

Dr Alan Keyes on Obama's Support for 'Ground Zero Mosque'

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I could scarcely believe it when I read of President Obama's support for a mosque to be erected at the site of Ground Zero. Tasteless? It doesn't do it justice. Insulting? It doesn't do it justice. Justice? Obama just doesn't do it. He strikes me as a President at war with his own country and his own people, if, indeed, they are his own people...

Loyal to Liberty is the blog of the excellent Dr Alan Keyes, and I post his anaylsis of the decision below.

'I always find it repugnant when Barack Obama pretends to articulate and apply America’s moral values. As products of Saul Alinsky’s finishing school for Marxist protégés, Obama and his crew have no respect for the self-evident truths in which those values originate. It’s not that they have no use for them. On the contrary, they refer to them only when they are useful for ideological warfare.

Obama’s reference yesterday to religious tolerance, and America’s respect for religious freedom, is a case in point. According t…

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION OF POPE PIUS XII
MUNIFICENTISSIMUS DEUS
DEFINING THE DOGMA OF THE ASSUMPTION
November 1, 1950
...39. We must remember especially that, since the second century, the Virgin Mary has been designated by the holy Fathers as the new Eve, who, although subject to the new Adam, is most intimately associated with him in that struggle against the infernal foe which, as foretold in the protoevangelium,[44] would finally result in that most complete victory over the sin and death which are always mentioned together in the writings of the Apostle of the Gentiles.[45] Consequently, just as the glorious resurrection of Christ was an essential part and the final sign of this victory, so that struggle which was common to the Blessed Virgin and her divine Son should be brought to a close by the glorification of her virginal body, for the same Apostle says: "When this mortal thing hath put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up …