Showing posts from April, 2012

Twitterers: Stop What You Are Doing and Promote This!

On Tuesday 1st May, Mgr Andrew Wadsworth, dubbed the 'man behind the new Missal' will be giving a lecture at St Mary Magdalen Church, Brighton.

It is a must-be-there event for those interested in the liturgy of the Catholic Church and the direction in which the Church's liturgy is heading in the future.

If you are anywhere near Brighton or live further away but have the means to attend the event, do try to go.

Mgr Andrew Wadsworth is the Secretary of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) and is therefore exceedingly well-placed to give his thoughts on the future of the Liturgy to both clergy and the lay faithful, especially at these times of liturgical renewal promoted by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

There is, I believe, a Diocesan event taking place on the same evening, in which members of the lay faithful will be revisiting the documents of the Second Vatican Council. It is a shame that many of those people attending that Diocesan event shall …

Preparing for Battle...

This week Archbishop Antonio Mennini has called for the Catholic Church in England and Wales to join forces with other faiths in uniting to combat the Government's plan for homosexual marriage to be introduced in the United Kingdom.

It's been quite a couple of weeks on that front, at least in terms of the media coverage and let's face it, this is a national 'debate' that is being directed by the media.

Recently, I've been wondering whether, due to recent spats that have taken place between Catholic friends, whether the World would be a better place without Twitter.  Would the United Kingdom be a better place without 'the media'? Certainly the Fourth Estate are there to hold Government to account. It's meant to be another check on the power of the Executive. So often, however, it merely perpetuates its own agendas or the agendas of its owners towards either directing Government policy ('the Government must do 'this' and 'that') o…

Brazillian Bishop Honoured by Freemasons

How bizarre.

If I saw pictures of our Bishop being honoured at a local Masonic event, I would be going ballistic right now.

Rorate Caelireported that Brazillian Bishop, Luiz Demetrio Valentini of the Diocese of Jales, went on April 10th to the Masonic Lodge "Colonel Balthazar" in Jales, in honor of its 53rd anniversary.

Here is His Lordship being welcomed into the Lodge. Why is everyone in 'clerical dress' except His Lordship, I wonder? It couldn't be, could it, that involvement with Freemasons diminishes Catholic truth, Catholic belief and Catholic identity? All very odd and more than a little concerning. Hopefully, the involvement of Bishops with Masonic lodges is confined to the Diocese of Jales.

Nuns on the Run

Both Sister Act and Nuns on the Run, the lesser known 1980s comedy worked as nun-based musicals or comedies because the characters dressed distinctively as nuns.

Yet, people dressing up as a nun nowadays appears to be more common at stag parties and hen nights than in convents. Many nuns have outgrown their habits and fallen into new ones.

Well, you can imagine that there are nuns out there either going into hiding or dusting off their wimples in the attic in case there is some kind of inspection of the convent because the times 'they are a-changin'.

Meanwhile, great supporters of nuns who openly disagree with doctrine and tenets of the Catholic Faith, like The Tablet, are speaking up in defence of those poor sisters whose only crime was to move 'beyond Jesus'.

Professor Margaret Susan Thompson, writing for The Tablet's blog says that support for the renegade nuns is 'overwhelming'. It certainly is in The Tablet's office and perhaps, to a point, suppor…


A friend of mine emailed me to tell me that the above music makes him feel like the music below...

He asked me to do a blogpost on why it might be that 'Bread of Life' and such ditties repulse him so much. 'There must be a reason', he said. There is, Bro, most certainly.

It's because the 'Bread of Life' song is sh*te. The Church's back catalogue of incredible, transcendent music written by geniuses inspired by the Holy Spirit is extensive and yet parishes still wheel out 'hits'  from the 1970s. It's enough to make anyone want to slit their wrists in desperation.

However, if you have any more penetrating thoughts on the subject of quite why the music still sung in many Catholic parishes is so repellent, do go over to my friend's blog and give him your ideas. My opinion is that 'Bread of Life' isn't the music of the Catholic Church. It's the music of a strange 1970s cult. That's presumably why so many people fled the …

Abortion: Live with the BBC

The Daily Mail reports...

'The BBC will make broadcasting history when it runs a live two-hour show from an abortion clinic, it has been revealed. Victoria Derbyshire, one of Radio 5 Live's top presenters, will interview patients and staff at an as yet unnamed clinic. The programme is due to be aired next month and is likely to feature conversations with women set to undergo terminations. The show comes after a series of high-profile attempts by hackers to bring down the websites of abortion clinics and jeopardise their work. Since early March there have been at least 2,500 attempts to hack into the British Pregnancy Advisory Service's website with a third of those in the cyber-attack traced to computers in North America and a third to Russia. James Jeffery, 27, was jailed for two years and eight months recently for stealing about 10,000 personal records of women held by BPAS. Derbyshire told the Independent: 'We have asked an abortion clinic for permission to b…

Happy St George's Day

A very happy St George's Day, readers. St George is the patron Saint of England, as well as a host of other countries. You can read his biography here. According to this BBC description, yes, BBC...(St George, please pray for the BBC!)

'Very little, if anything, is known about the real Saint George. Pope Gelasius said that George is one of the saints "whose names are rightly reverenced among us, but whose actions are known only to God." 

According to the Beeb, these are the 'facts in brief'...

'Everything about Saint George is dubious, so the information below should be taken as mythical rather than real.

Born in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey Lived in 3rd century AD His parents were Christian Later lived in Palestine Became a Roman soldier Protested against Rome's persecution of Christians Imprisoned and tortured, but stayed true to his faith Beheaded at Lydda in Palestine 23rd April was named as Saint George's day in 1222'
I know …

EDL: Not the Friends of St George

This Sunday, 22nd April, just shy of St George's Day, there will be a 'March for England' in Brighton. The march is being organised either by the English Defense League or a group linked with them.

The Anti-Nazi League will be present to make their own protest against the march.  This will not be the first time that Brighton has been witness to an EDL march.

The EDL claim on their website that they are 'peacefully opposing Islamic extremism in the UK'. The various pictures and videos that I have seen of the EDL suggest instead that the group is comprised of hooligans who enjoy sinking twelve pints, spewing hatred across the streets of the particular town or city in which they are marching and then protesting against Islam by going for a chicken korma afterwards. Perhaps a giveaway that this is the case is given on the website of the group who ask that instead of donations, supporters buy them a pint instead.

Of course, politicians of the mainstream parties have on…

Paganism in Schools

According to the Daily Mail, 'paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time'.

This is interesting because it suggests that prior to the arrival of Christianity on these isles there was no such thing as a religious education syllabus, or, indeed, any education whatsoever. It was the Church that was the great educating force of the British Isles.

Why is the Church depicted as being an institution trapped in the 'dark ages' but paganism now gets a free ride even though it precedes the Church? The Sacrifice of the Mass is 'medieval mumbo-jumbo', but the superstitions of paganism and its historical sacrifice of children (I know pagans don't sacrifice children anymore, at least not outside the womb), a practice which archeologists assure us was commonplace in pre-Christian England, is just one of those aspects of the pagan religion which we should now overlook. Hey, at least we educated pagans not to do that. No…

The Becket Fund on the Obamacare Mandate

Prison Planet picked up on thisCNS News interview with Mark Rienzi of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

It's a very good interview.

"Ale Mary" Bar in Baltimore in Sacrilege Storm

A Facebook page has been set up by a Catholic to protest against a bar in Baltimore, USA, called "Ale Mary's".

A Catholic themed tavern, at first, doesn't sound particularly offensive. Done tastefully, it could even be a good thing. In Spain and Italy, for instance, you'll find many cafes and bars with a pious image of Our Lady or a particular Saint. However, it is obvious that in the bar in Baltimore, there is a serious lack of devotion.

Pictured left is an image of a Monstrance standing in the bar. At the bar, drinkers can order alcoholic drinks in Sacred Chalices. I think we can assume that these folk are neither priests or nuns and that this bar makes even the sale of Sacred Vessels at auctions pale in comparison in terms of sacrilege.

The Facebook page, '500,000 Against "Ale Mary's" Abuse of the Sacred and the Sublime' has attracted the attention of the local press in Baltimore for standing up and criticising the tavern that uses sacred…




A Reluctant Sinnerhas an excellent post on the life of St Joseph Benedict Labre. Dylan's blog just seems to get better and better each week.

I must say I have a real liking for 'loser' Saints. I call St Joseph Benedict Labre a 'loser' Saint, because while all the Saints go against the grain of secular cultural values, I have a particular liking for St Joseph Benedict Labre because even when he had decided what to do, by becoming a Trappist, as well as being of frail mental and physical health, it seems that he just didn't 'fit in' at the monastery. Nothing seems to have gone according to plan. And yet...

He is a patron of people who refuse to conform or cannot conform and fit in with society, community, or even religious communities, only to be met with bemusement. He wasn't attention seeking, he wasn't performing marvels or building great projects, he simply loved Christ. He preferred nothing to His love. He died at 35 and lived off what he fou…

Divine Mercy Sunday

Tomorrow is Divine Mercy Sunday.

After having initially prayed the first day of the Novena, unfortunately every other day has gone out of the window.

Nonetheless, there are great graces attached to the devotion of Divine Mercy, as well as a plenary indulgence for those who go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday, so I believe.

You can read about the devotion here.

Is tomorrow the last day we can eat chocolate as if the Government has issued a chocolate drought warning, or can we carry on until Pentecost?

The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible!

An analogy of the power of the 'gay community' in politics and the media?

Anyone would think the whole country supports the Stonewall agenda, but in reality its just a few guys behind screens...

Playground Politics of the Buses

Well, you've got to hand it to born-again Christians. They've got a way with words and they know how to get under the skin of secular society.

While our Catholic Archbishops make 'prudent' and 'pragmatic' allowances for such things as gay civil partnerships, evangelical Protestants are grabbing the bull by the horns and saying outrageous things that have mayoral candidates, thePink Paperand The Guardian united in a call to suspend the principle of freedom of speech in the UK because the spirit of an advert runs contrary to the tenets of liberal tyranny. Yes, that's right: liberal tyranny, not liberal democracy.

Before I go any further, however, I thought I'd just say that I don't personally like the bus ad that has Boris Johnson falling over himself to win 'pink votes' and endorse Soviet-era censorship on London buses at the same time, something which, by any stretch of the imagination, is quite a political feat. I think that the tone set by…

Survival of the Wittiest: Dawkins Vs Cardinal Pell

There is a really fascinating look on Dawkins's face when Cardinal Pell discusses his belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist and the real bodily Resurrection at the End of Time. I'm astonished at how composed Pell is before the high priest of atheism. I've nearly finished all the chocolates in the house, yes, even the coffee and cherry filled ones. Time to move onto the tiramisu, I think...

The Liberal Fantasy Claims More Young Victims

Apparently, now young girls are made vulnerable to depression and suicide because young boys are sending pornographic images of them across social networking sites.

We could teach children to wait until marriage for that special person. Perhaps the Church had it right on sex all along. But we can't go back, can we?

At all costs, we must continue to promote morally vacuous sex to young children, because if we taught children Christian morality we'd have to admit the liberal fantasy was deeply flawed. Best carry on as normal then. And they said the Catholic Church had 'child protection issues'... 

In every age, societies and governments bury Jesus Christ. In every age, He triumphs over Death and in the tomb He is not to be found. He triumphs in every age is because He is the Truth. You can try to bury Truth with any liberal fantasy you please, but eventually it emerges victorious. Of course, it will take another generation before the liberal house of cards comes falling…

Perfect Love

We are now bathed in the radiant glory of the Resurrection of Our Lord which casts out the darkness of Good Friday. God has brought triumph and the most incomprehensible Good of all possible goods out of the evil of all possible evils.

We cannot fathom the depth of God's love. It surpasses all human understanding and knowledge. On Good Friday we were mourning and we grieved the bitter Passion of our Saviour and yet the joy of the Resurrection casts out all fear and grief by the supernatural power of Easter Day when the Lord rose from the dead, not merely to comfort us, but to destroy and banish forever the power of sin and Death.

In Holy Week we saw how very perfect is God's love. The Lord Jesus did not force His divinity and authority upon even those who believed in Him, even the Apostles. The perfection of His love is shown in His willingness to perfectly respect our free will. This we would never have expected from God. How can God who is Almighty allow the crowd to walk aw…

Polish Taize

Guitar, Latin, the vernacular and chant. It shouldn't work, but there's something about Taize that I rather like. Once it gets in your head it doesn't leave.

Happy Easter, Readers!

V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia. V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia. R. Pray for us to God, alleluia. V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia. Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Regina caeli V. Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia. R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia. V. Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia. R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia. V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia. R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia. Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dom…

'Catholic' Andy Burnham Tells Andrew Lansley to Stop "Chasing Headlines"

Greetings, readers.

The Telegraph today reports that Andrew Lansley has come in for some concerted criticism of the substantially increased workload created for the Care Quality Commission by The Telegraph's investigation into abortion clinics.

The paper's investigation into clinics gave some particularly bad PR to abortion clinics in the UK and, credit where it is due, Andrew Lansley has made good on his promise to investigate procedures at abortion clinics across the United Kingdom. That investigation is now well under way and abortion clinic workers, the BPAS and Marie Stopes International must feel rather like how Fred and Rose West felt as their house and garden in Cheltenham received a visit from the police. Hot under the collar and sweaty brows, indeed.

So, why the criticism? Well, perhaps there is an innate feeling among abortionists that because it is plain as day that abortion is by itself an act which no civilised society should endorse and that it is, when all is s…

Everything's Going in the Right Direction

Everything's going in the right direction, if the Government is trying to build a surveillance or police State in the model of 1984.

Ken Clarke has today appealed to us to accept 'secret courts' because, er, that's what the US Government would like us to do.

Meanwhile, bloggers beware, because the Government also wants GCHQ to have wider access to every UK citizen's emails, social network accounts, mobile texts and phone calls. Both moves are being justified 'in the national interest' and in the interest of 'national security'. That is, the Government's interest at the cost of our liberty and, indeed, 'security'. It is worth noting that both Ken Clarke and George Osborne are members, or, at least, participants of the secretive Bilderberg club that meets annually to 'discuss' global affairs.

Anyway, its Holy Week, so we shouldn't be thinking about any conspiracy theories save for the conspiracy that led to the Passion and Dea…

Protests Against Protests

...are rare.

I know 40 Days for Life is a vigil, but why is there really only one protest that inspires a protest against the protest?

BPAS: Rattled as a Rattlesnake in Rattleshire

Courtesy of the Daily Mail

'New doctors will be put off from providing abortion services after recent pro-life protests at clinics around the UK, medical providers have warned.

Activists from groups such as '40 Days for Life' have been holding daily prayer vigils outside clinics run by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service in London.

Although the group claim their protests are peaceful some have accused them of intimidation. Last month one woman complained she was filmed leaving a BPAS clinic.

Abortion providers said trainee medics will also be put off from training as the service has recently come under intense political scrutiny. A spokesman for the BPAS said: 'Abortion is a vital yet stigmatised area of women's healthcare which few doctors train in. The current politicisation of abortion provision is likely to make it even harder to recruit a future generation of abortion doctors who are prepared to provide the care that a third of women will need in the course…

"What My Mum Fought For Is Now Being Threatened..."

Thanks to Neil Addison for this.

The Guardian have a video of their coverage of the culture clash over abortion in the United Kingdom.

It includes this statement from a pro-abortion campaigner:

"What my Mum fought for is now being threatened..."
Incredible. Do these people not think about what they're actually saying? Also, why is the BPAS nurse in Brighton blacked out? Is she worried that her friends and family will find out where she works for a living, or does she think she'll get attacked by a gang of murderous pro-lifers? Weird.

Experience the LMS Pilgrimages of 2012

If you want to go but can't walk, I have a van.

That would get me off the suffering!

What We've Lost

I was thinking today about the 'right to die' push that has been steadily gaining momentum in the United Kingdom.

Fr Tim Finigan has today posted on a man suffering 'locked-in' syndrome and how he differs in his belief about his life's value while living with the condition to that of another man who has publicly and through the courts campaigned for the right to die without the prosecution of his doctor.

I don't know what either of these men's private beliefs are about God and religion. It may be that some people, when it comes to such terrible afflictions are naturally positive, whereas others are naturally negative. Despite the scientific and medical progress that we have made, however, there does seem to be a huge void left by atheism which means that when people are diagnosed with terrible conditions that it will be the case that some will retain natural optimism and some will feel like giving up the ghost completely. I admire and take my hat off to any…