Showing posts from April, 2011

Beatification Live

Nobody does a Royal wedding like the Church of England.

Nobody, but nobody does a Beatification like the Church of Rome!

Watch the Vigil and the Beatification of Ven. Pope John Paul II live, here.

A good Catholic monarch would be a fine thing, but watching this Vigil, it is difficult not to be impressed by the prayerful devotion, especially of the Polish, to God and the very soon to be Beatus. There is 'round the clock Rosary going on in Rome. It serves to remind us that the Lord's Kingdom, 'is not of this World'.

What we will see tomorrow in Rome is the joyous celebration and jubilation expressed by thousands lining the streets, because the Resurrection has brought someone, Pope John Paul II, to reach the Beatific Vision of God Himself, the destiny to which we are all called.

Certainly, Pope John Paul II led the great Polish nation out of the captivity of Communism and, more importantly, into the arms of Our Lady in prayer. As well as consecrating himself to the Immac…

"It's a Nice Day to...Start Agaaaaaaiiiiin!"

Was Billy Idol calling for the disestablishment of the CofE?

Tip of the cap to Fr Ray Blake, who has thrown a hand grenade into the Royal Wedding party. He will, I expect, be rewarded with another Argus headline this week! And he's called a commenter a heretic for denying the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Blessed Lady! Way to go, Father!

I didn't watch the wedding myself and opted for busking on St James's Street in Kemptown with Jason and 'Mister Paul'. I think we made about a quid or two, even with a union jack flag from Sainsburys and a Sun front page exclusive picture of Kate and Wills stuck up on the disused 'Taj' shop window. Everyone looked miserable as sin. Morrissey was right.

Turns out, down where we live, nobody seemed to give two figs for the Royal Wedding - not even on the campest street in Brighton, one of the side streets of which has a cafe dedicated to the Royals! All the bunting in the World couldn't cover up the fact tha…

Congratulations to the "Benefits Scroungers"

"So I broke into the palace/With a sponge and a rusty spanner/She said, "I know you and you cannot sing"/I said, "That's nothing you should hear me play piano"

It's been a long time since Morrissey has said anything witty or interesting. Usually nowadays he bemoans the fact that animals are still eaten. Yawn! Still, I thought his comment that the Royals are just "benefits scroungers"was quite incisive. There's not many on State benefits who can command such public adulation, vast media attention and get the taxpayer to pay for palaces, corgis and massive weddings. Mind you, there's not many who can command such a high rate of benefits allowances. Every now and then they do some volunteering, but then so do a lot of people on benefits. I don't think Morrissey is in line for a knighthood, somehow! Still, it is important that Catholic musicians only accept knighthoods from Catholics...

May God bless the wedding of Kate and William an…

Watch 'The Mission' on Gloria

Click here to watch the full length movie courtesy of Gloria TV!

'The Mission is based on true events surrounding the Treaty of Madrid in 1750, in which Spain ceded part of Jesuit Paraguay (a mission territory) to Portugal. The film's narrator, "Altamirano", speaking in hindsight in 1758, corresponds to the actual Andalusian Jesuit Father Luis Altamirano, who was sent by Jesuit Superior General Ignacio Visconti to Paraguay in 1752 to transfer territory from Spain to Portugal. He oversaw the transfer of seven missions south and east of the Río Uruguay, that had been settled by indigenous Guaranis and Jesuits in the 17th century. As compensation, Spain promised each mission 4,000 pesos, or fewer than 1 peso for each of the circa 30,000 Guaranis of the seven missions, while the cultivated lands, livestock, and buildings all built created by the natives in conjunction with the Jesuits were estimated to be worth 7-16 million pesos. The film's climax is the Guarani War …

Catholic Radio Roadshow Coming to Brighton

"Starry, starry night...", or not in this case...
I was terribly excited when I was was told a Catholic Radio Roadshow coming to Brighton. When I learned more about it, I realised that Don Mclean was performing...but alas not in Brighton. It looks like Don's involvement with the roadshow will end in Coventry or somewhere. [Update: It is not THE Don Mclean, it is a comedian who goes by the same name - not the musical legend, Don Mclean!]
Inspired by the Papal Visit the 'Heart Gives Unto Heart' Catholic Road Show is coming to Brighton on Thursday 26th May at the Meeting House, Sussex University, Station Approach, Falmer BN1 9RH.

The Programme runs as follows:

1.30 pm - 9.00 pm Free Catholic Art / Photo / Icon Exhibition - all day
Free Vatican Stamp Exhibition - all day
1.30 pm - 5.00 pm Catholic Charities will be have stalls in the Main Hall
Catholic Books, CDs and other Religious items will be on-saleRefreshments available throughout the day in the Main HallA free souv…

Rosary Wall Posters

Found this image on the interweb.

This is what every Catholic teenager's room looks like.

Rosary Leaflets...

I've been working with the old desk top publishing package and have come up with some nice looking Holy Rosary leaflets, because I have ran out of the ones published by other groups and don't know how you order such things in bulk. Anyway, I love the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on the front of my new leaflet.

I'm going to invest some money by getting them printed on some nice paper/card, so if any missionaries out there would like to order some leaflets, let me know. I don't know what printing is like in terms of cost, but I expect it will end up being something like 20p per leaflet, as they'll be in colour and on nice paper. On the inside the pictures are nice and fairly big (no Luminous Mysteries, I'm afraid!).

Hope the feasting is going well for everyone? Has anyone been sick yet? If you want to share your strict Easter feasting plan for the next 50 odd days, I'd be interested in how you will glorify God and keep the commandment of the Church to…

This is what guilt looks like...

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That was from my Goddaughter. I haven't seen her in years...It's her First Holy Communion this year. I am the absent Godfather. I hang my head in shame.

Programme on the Vatican on IPlayer

BBC Four has a programme on the Vatican. Might be rubbish, might be good, not sure yet.

Click here to watch.

Is this the most blasphemous song ever recorded?

I think it is about the euphoric effect of certain drugs. The link between Christ's risen and glorious state and euphoric highs is clever, but just because it is clever does not stop this from being perhaps one of the most blasphemous songs ever recorded. Or am I being over the top? Just on the surface level, the search for bliss, blessedness, paradise, Heaven, union with God, immortality are surely elements of drug use. St Augustine described the man looking for love in all the wrong places, as is our habit, as a man searching for God, that somehow, even notorious sins are an expression of that search for the Lord, for eternal union with the Blessed Trinity. Still, with all that said, there is something outrageously sacrilegious about a man singing "I am the Resurrection and the Life", even more so when what he really means is that he is just high on various chemical drugs.

Happy Easter

He has risen as He said. Allelulia! A very nice painting, indeed. Alleluia! Not like modern garbage. Alleluia! It is by Castagno, Andrea del Castagno. Alleluia! Circa. 1421/23-1457. Alleluia!

St George

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St George's Day has fallen on a rather awkward day, liturgically. Still, let us honour this great Saint and Martyr recognised by the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Church. Please pray for England, St George! I'm off to the Mater of all Masses. Have a Happy Easter! Christus Resurrexit! Deo gratias!

The Eighth Day

Here, The Beatles take up the profound theological discussion concerning the Eighth day, made by the Lord, which we celebrate tonight, introducing a new dimension to the discourse, of human, spousal, marital, romantic love, reflecting Creation, Re-Creation and Christ's love for His Bride, the Church.

"You're Dead, Mate!"

This is possibly what the early Christians said to the unbelievers, so it is possible that we can say that to Richard Dawkins.

Now that we know, thanks to the excellent work, 'Jesus of Nazareth Part II' by Pope Benedict XVI, that the early Christians went by the name of 'the living' (which, incidently, isn't a bad band name), does that shed new light on the phrase from the Creed, that Christ will return to judge 'the living and the dead'?

I was involved in a discussion today about it. The upshot seemed to be no, in a literal sense, concerning Christ's return, but yes, in another sense, in that those who are cut off from Christ are spiritually speaking,  dead, since Christ is Life itself, the Resurrection and the Life, the Author of Life, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, the Living One, Who gives living water welling up unto Eternal Life. When Christ returns, according to St Paul, some will be alive, some will be dead, yet taking up on what the Holy Fat…

Holy Saturday

Thanks to Whispers in the Loggia for posting this beautiful and ancient text. I think I'll post it too...

'Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him b…

Good Friday

There was a time when art communicated the inexplicable, when art allowed people to delve into the unfathomable Mystery of God, a time when art would help people to contemplate and meditate upon God.

That time may have passed, as modern artists no longer think of God, rather of offending those who revere Him, but we still have those timeless pieces of art that are able to say, 'There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World'...'Behold, thy Mother'...'They shall look upon Him whom they have pierced'...'God is Love'.

Nowadays, artists just place a Crucifix in blood and urine and photograph it. A bold statement of humility is such an action. It is a statement that says, "It is true, I have no artistic talent. I can only make money out of offending those who revere Jesus Christ. I have nothing, absolutely nothing to say to the World. All that could and should be said, has been said and I have come to despise it."

In modern art, God …

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, in case you were mistaken over the meaning of this day in the calendar, not Good Friday, as we had hitherto believed.

Clearly, Google, not having a great appreciation of the death of the Saviour of the World, chose instead the neo-pagan ideology of the 'green' movement.

The green movement really is another religion altogether, isn't it? Remember to leave the lights on when you go to Mass.


While gardening yesterday, I disturbed an ants' nest under a paving slab. Suddenly ants were everywhere, on the ground. Under the slab, in the mud were ridges that made it look like they had built a whole city, which I guess they had. What I found astonishing was the way in which loads and loads of ants were only thinking of one thing. "Save the babies!"

Every ant was running around looking for pupae to carry down a hole leading to either that city or another one that they would soon be forced to build thanks to my barbaric trashing of their home. Every ant was intent only on rescuing the babies and taking them down a hole to protect them.

The whole thing reminded me rather of the excellent work of the Pro-Life movement, the Good Counsel Network in particular. How much greater is the ant's dedication to rescuing the unborn than the human race's! Be like the ant: Say no to abortion! Defend and protect every human life!

New Film about St Hildegard Von Bingen

This might be worth watching...

Courtesy of Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent

'The life of Hildegard as child, religious, and superioress was an extraordinary one. Left much to herself on account of her ill health, she led an interior life, trying to make use of everything for her own sanctification. From her earliest years she was favoured with visions. She says of herself:
"Up to my fifteenth year I saw much, and related some of the things seen to others, who would inquire with astonishment, whence such things might come. I also wondered and during my sickness I asked one of my nurses whether she also saw similar things. When she answered no, a great fear befell me. Frequently, in my conversation, I would relate future things, which I saw as if present, but, noting the amazement of my listeners, I became more reticent."This condition continued to the end of her life. Jutta had noticed her gifts and made them known to a monk of the neighbouring abbey, but, it seems, noth…

Who is Like Unto God?

I don't know who wrote this, but it is sublime. Perhaps someone could tell me who wrote it. I found it on the website entitled Who Is Like Unto God...

The Mystical City of God
Chapter 1
The Conception p. 84 – 92
“God said: Let there be light, and light was made.” He speaks here not only of material light, but also of the intellectual or angelic lights. He does not make express mention of them, but merely includes them in this word, on account of the proclivity of the Hebrews to attribute Divinity to new things, even of much greater inferiority than the angels. But the metaphor of light was very appropriate to signify the angelic nature and mystically, the light of their science and grace, with which they were endowed at their creation. God created the earth conjointly with the heavens, in order to call into existence hell in its centre; for, at the instant of its creation, there were left in the interior of that globe spacious and wide cavities, suitable for hell, purgatory and limbo. …


Not sure this is Lenten viewing, but Apocalypto is on BBC IPlayer. I never saw it the first time round. Apparently it is the 'prophecies' of these people who ate other people that are meant to have us conclude that the end of the World will take place in December 2012.

Still...It has to be said, at least things in the Catholic online community aren't quite this bad.

Troubling but Insightful Commentary on Vaughan School

The Noise of the Crusade has a thoughtful analysis of the Vaughan debacle which has been taken up by Offerimus Tibi Domine. For those of us, like me, who have been somewhat slow on the uptake of the plight of Vaughan parents, both are well worth reading.

Particularly troubling is this passage from Fr Simon Henry...

'There is a discernible trend to impute "clericalism" to those of the John Paul and Pope Benedict generation, to priests who have been convinced that orthodoxy is the only way for the Church to live up to the mission given it by Christ. There is a particularly nasty strain of this whereby priests who are considered "too" orthodox are accused of clericalism and a (completely spurious) link is made to the child abuse scandals and cover-ups.'
How on Earth can 'clericalism' be a charge levelled at the feet of those who hold fast to the Church's Magisterium and whose orientation is set steadfastly to the East? Was it traditional Catholic Pr…


I've succumbed.

My profile name is LaurenceEngland.

Requiescat in Pace

A local Brighton man named Jon Ellison has been murdered. Say a prayer for his soul's rest. Brighton has never lost its dark side. There have been some seemingly motiveless murders in this town recently and this appears to be yet another.

You know you're getting old when...

Image're telling teenage skateboarders not to skate where you are working because they're ruining the concrete border around the flowerbed of the hotel where you are gardening.

I told them. I said that the hotel manager would be out pretty soon to tell them to clear off, but did they listen? Did they? Did they heck.

Little blighters. In my day...

High Court to Rule on Release of Department of Health Abortion Figures

Just going off to do some gardening. Obviously, I would take out an A-board with an image of the Crucified Christ on it while I'm working, but not only is it Lent, but in modern Britain today, I'd probably be sacked like that electrician.

Anyway, here is a story. The NHS and presumably even the Government Minister responsible for it are very, very keen indeed that real figures on the number of babies aborted for being 'imperfect' foetuses are not released into the public domain. What, I wonder, has the Department of Health got to hide?

According to The Telegraph...

 'The Department of Health is making a High Court challenge today to stop figures being published on the number of late abortions on "less than perfect" foetuses with physical abnormalities, including cleft palate and club foot.'
NHS, eh? National Hitler Service more like! Good work by the Pro-Life Alliance to push this. I wonder how the High Court will rule. I'd say this was a matter re…

Extraordinary Form of the Mass with Commentary

This is rather good.

Quotes of the Day

"It is all very well to deliver speeches about the need for greater voluntary activity, but there needs to be some practical solutions." "At the moment the Big Society is lacking a cutting edge. It has no teeth."
"It is not sufficient for the Government, in its localism programme, simply to step back from social need and say this is a local issue.""We're now at a very critical point, with the philosophy of the Big Society getting clearer, but on the other hand the effects of the cuts are becoming real and there's real pressure about what will happen on the ground.""As we said in our discussion document, a government cannot simply cut expenditure, wash its hands of expenditure and expect that the slack will be taken up by greater voluntary activity.""As we said in our discussion document, a government cannot simply cut expenditure, wash its hands of expenditure and expect that the slack will be taken up by greater voluntary …

More LGBT Insanity

Today's Telegraph appears dominated by yet more LGBT insanity. Could it get more barking? Yes, it could and will!

California is to pass a law requiring 'gay rights and history' to be taught in schools. In another story, a gay couple have gone to the press to complain about their 'outrage' having been asked to leave the John Snow pub in London after a bar room snog. In another, children as young as 12 are to be given 'puberty blockers' if they feel like they are a different gender and may require a sex change.

As it happens, I met a straight couple last year who were evicted from a gay bar for having a snog on the dancefloor. They didn't go to the press about it, even though they felt personally injured that their love wasn't celebrated, tolerated or accepted in Brighton's Revenge bar. Perhaps someone could make the suggestion that the affronted gay couple take their public displays of affection to a bar where their love is promoted, like, er, a g…

High Court Rules Against Cardinal Vaughan Parents

It is saddening to hear this from The Catholic Herald...

'The High Court has ruled that the Diocese of Westminster acted lawfully over the appointment of trustees to a prominent west London Catholic school.The Court of Appeal handed down a majority judgment (full text) about the governing body of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School today, ruling that the Diocese of Westminster acted within the law when it refused to re-appoint two parents as foundation governors. The judges also ruled that the appointment of Paul Barber, the diocesan education director, to the schools’ governing body was legal.The Vaughan Parents’ Action Group described the judgment as disappointing.'
The whole affair leaves a rather bitter taste in the mouth, doesn't it? Can it really be that there are 'victors' in the Diocesan camp rejoicing over the outcome of this Court dispute? Is Oona Stannard wearing an even wider grin today than she was in that photograph with archetypal political villain,…

An English Voris? Yes, Please!

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Another compelling video by Michael Voris of Vortex fame, this time answering the criticism some have made that his speeches are 'insensitve to other religions.' Voris has a cutting edge that is attractive. He speaks truth openly and that makes him unpopular with many. It is no wonder that he is considered 'too hot to handle' for Church property. Can you imagine an English Michael Voris saying things that shake members of the English Hierarchy out of their complacency? I can think of a few who would throw a fit should an English Voris emerge!

Prayers at a Pro Life Vigil with Bishop and Franciscans

I was reminded today that there will be a Pro-Life Vigil at the BPAS abortuary in East Twickenham led by Bishop Alan Hopes and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (including police protection).  The Vigil will take place outside the BPAS at 15 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TE1 2AR, tomorrow on Saturday 16th April, 2011.

Click here for more details, at Maria Stops Abortion, concerning the Vigil and if you can't make it, pray for all at risk of abortion and for those bearing witness to the truth in charity.

Well done Bishop Alan Hopes! Deo gratias!

Authorities Fear Christ

Brent Council has apparently refused the go-ahead of the Way of the Cross Walk, this year, organised by several Churches in Willesden, London. It has been noted by not just one but two bloggers that the Council appear somewhat more relaxed about Hindu or Muslims publicly expressing their faith. It is a strange decision. It's not like the walk will involve perfectly liturgically and penitentially apt purple hoods that will scare the children of Willesden.

You'll be surprised, then, to learn that this year, Brighton and Hove City Council have given the go-ahead for a whole Passion Play to take place around Brighton and finally 'it is finished' on The Level, a green near the London Road.

I was surprised that the Council in Brighton leant their name and support to it. I'm more surprised that Pope Benedict XVI's warning to the United Kingdom not to push religious expression out of the public square has not been heeded by Brent, where the community is so diverse in t…

An Absolute Must See Voris Video (Especially for US Catholics)

Guild of Catholic Bloggers

William Oddie has today posted on his Herald blog, on the idea, proposed by another blogger, A Reluctant Sinner, to form a 'Guild of Catholic Bloggers'.

It is a great idea, but I must admit I have this wickedly fantastical notion in my mind that the first meeting would be like that scene in 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back', when Lando Calrissian takes the rebel alliance in on that moon base only to hand them over to Darth Vader who is waiting for them offering them scones and cream tea.

That's what I thought about the Rome blognic, where loads of Catholic bloggers are invited, only to be confronted by a stern faced Cardinal Sodano of greasing the wheels for Marcel Maciel infamy and an even less amused Cardinal Schonborn, still reeling from the worldwide viewed footage of that clown youth Mass in Vienna. "Turn back everyone! It's a trap!" the bloggers cry, but it is too late! All the bloggers are rounded up and then turned into 'carbonite' …

Stop that 6 Year Old American Girl...

...because she could be the kiddie bomber, right? This 'borders' on molestation.

Yellowstone: Mysterious, Beautiful and Potentially Cataclysmic

Fr Z, with exemplary apostolic zeal for souls, urges his readers to prioritise the things that keep them awake at night, suggesting people still concerned about 'global warming' downgrade climate change and upgrade Yellowstone National Park in the alarmism stakes.

I remember watching Supervolcano, a BBC programme that dramatised events unfolding after a future eruption of Yellowstone, the huge magma chamber slumbering beneath one of the World's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. It was very frightening, much like that one about a 'megatsunami' that could be caused by a chunk of La Palma falling into the ocean and wiping out the East coast of the US. None of us knows the day or the hour when we are called to give an account of our lives, when the state of our souls will be made plain before God. If there is anything to learn from the horror of Japan, let it be that. If there is anything to be gained from watching any dramatisations of potential future horrors…

Muslims of the World...Uniting

I know this is going to sound awfully Islamophobic but over the last couple of weeks I've seen this advertisement on You Tube and other mainstream websites.

Somewhere out there exists a Muslim dating agency now advertising on a global scale and in a way in which one presumes 'Ave Maria' Singles simply cannot afford to.

On Catholic sites one would maybe expect a Catholic singles advert to appear, but it must cost rather a lot of money to be able to advertise on YouTube, now owned by Google. Perhaps one might see a Jewish dating site on a Jewish site. On ordinary, mainstream sites, I'm yet to see a Catholic dating agency or a Jewish dating agency. I don't know what to make of it really. I suppose first time I saw it I was just a bit shocked and thought, 'Gosh, well I didn't expect to see that here.' Of course, I could say something like, "Phwoar...look at the burka on that!", but I'm not that immature or culturally insensitive.

Let's fac…

Voris on Controversy with Diocese of Scranton

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Apparently Michael Voris was turned away from the Diocese of Scranton in the US, having arranged a talk. Here the Real Catholic TV man gives his response to the decision. He makes a couple of good points.

Bob Marley Drinks

I can confirm that the new Bob Marley drinks do actually make you sing Bob Marley songs. Citrus makes you sing 'Three Little Birds'. I'll let you know what the other ones make you sing when I have tried them.

Archbishop Calls for Arrest of Koran Burning Pastor

Extreme measures recommended in extreme circumstances by Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore, Pakistan.

'Speaking from Lahore in an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Saldanha said: “The US government should detain the pastor for some time.“In view of the effects his actions have had all over the world, he should be controlled and understand the harm that has been done.”Archbishop Saldanha, who is president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Lahore, went on: “The US government talks about religious freedom – but we call upon the US government to prevent such actions by extremists and other fundamentalist Christians.”
The Catholic Herald reports on the the dire consequences of the nutjob US pastor...

'Since the Koran burning took place at the Dove World Outreach Centre in Florida on March 20, protests have been held in many parts of the Muslim world. In Afghanistan, an attack on a UN base on Friday in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif killed 14 p…

Calling All Bloggers...

Ad Deum Qui Laetificat Juventutem Meam

Juventutem London, of whom I am sure readers are aware, are assembling their own schola so that they can have regular sung Masses, sung by members.

Juventutem are establishing groups around the country, the latest, I think having been formed in Bristol. I would definitely try and assist Juventutem in setting something up in Brighton, as I am still two years short of the 35-year-old threshold.

The cost of forming a choir, however, is not cheap, as they need funds for the choirmaster and materials. They estimate that it will cost £150-200 per Mass to fund this. This is going to be well worth it, and will allow us to have high quality liturgical music, ad majorem Dei gloriam. Please give generously to them.  The paypal 'donate' button is on the right of the Juventutem blog. Juventutem London will shortly be arranging a sponsored event for this cause as well.

Juventutem constitute something of a youth arm of the new liturgical movement that has been given such inspiration by the p…