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Meeting with Caroline Lucas MP

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Well, I am glad to be able to report to readers that I will be meeting with Caroline Lucas MP to discuss with her the forthcoming same-sex marriage proposals to which the Green Party have so whole-heartedly signed up. I and a small contingent of people will be meeting Caroline Lucas on 19th October. If you are in Brighton and you are one of her constiuents then drop me a line and I'll give you the time of the appointment.
Will you be so kind as to keep the intention of this meeting in your prayers? Also, pray for me because I voted for her. Gulp! Let's face it, readers, Caroline Lucas is so ideologically singing from the same hymn sheet as Stonewall that she could get away with being included in a local LGBT choir. It will be sure to be an interesting meeting. I would hope that I may be able to attract one or two people to the meeting who are not Catholics but who disagree with the proposals and am hoping to also attract others who have a same-sex attraction but who also disa…

Narcotics Anonymous March in Brighton

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A friend told me a couple of days ago that there will be a Narcotics Anonymous march going from Hove Lawns to Brighton tonight at 7pm.

Imagine that. Finally, a parade that nearly all of Brighton can attend!

He said, "Yeah, its going to be just like Gay Pride."


Feast of St Michael and the Archangels

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Green's Expulsion of Councillor Summers: The Plot Thickens

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Recently, Brighton has been in the news on two or three fronts. First, we had the Liberal Democrats here in Brighton hosting their party conference. Then, a teacher of moral relativism in Brighton decided to flee the country with his school pupil causing the girl's parents to plea for her safe return. Say a prayer for all concerned. Before this, however, Brighton hit the headlines for Christian and Green councillor for Brighton and Hove, Christina Summers.

Christina, as we know, attracted the ire of the Green Party because she felt unable in her conscience to sign a Green Party pledge to support 'same-sex marriage'.

Thus did a hitherto fairly unknown Green councillor hit national headlines for defying the consensus of current British politics that the 'gay marriage' debate is over and that its attending doctrines are already sacrosanct.

The Green Party, swift to move to counter what could be considered a PR disaster, as it could be seen as somewhat authoritarian, …

Catholic School

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It seems to be a well-documented fact that Catholic education has a problem in passing on the Catholic Faith to Catholic children. This isn't helped by the increased incursions by the State into the education of Catholic children in a more secular and 'diverse' world view. With the prospect of same-sex marriage around the corner, with all that will bring to Catholic schools in terms of a child's moral formation in PSHE, how can Catholic parents who aren't keen on their child being presented with graphic gay story books prepare for what will be a lesson in love totally at odds with the Catholic faith.
I know a couple who aren't happy with what they have seen of Catholic education in the area of Brighton and Hove and who were unable to get their child into the Catholic school that they had wanted, so they are paying for a year or two to send their child to a private school which is C of E. Generally, already we have reached a point where it is likely that a child…

Is this guy saying what people think he is saying?

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Listening to 'Gregorian Chant' on Last FM

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Just to let readers know that if you go to a site called Last FM and type in Gregorian Chant into the 'Radio' page, you can get some lovely music from chant to polyphony. At the moment I'm listening to Ave Generosa by Hildergard von Bingen. I had thought Last FM only did modern music, but I am pleasantly surprised. It reminds me rather of that Forest Gump quote in as much as this 'radio' site is like a box of chocolates. You never know which one you're going to get next...

Sorry, that's St Hildergard von Bingen!

Oh no, Amazing Grace has just come on with trumpets! That'll be the cherry flavour chocolate then!

The Civilisation of Love

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'This message of Good News, and the civilisation of love it occasions, we Catholics must now communicate imaginatively, with confidence and clarity, together with our fellow Christians, and all people of faith and good will, to the people of England, this wonderful land, Mary's Dowry.

We must offer this salvific message to a people, sorely in need of new hope and direction, disenfranchised by the desert of modern British politics, wearied by the cycle of work, shopping, entertainment, and betrayed by educational, legal, medical and social policy-makers who, in the relativistic world they're creating, however well-intentioned, are sowing the seeds of a strangling counterculture of death.' 
There is so much in this small passage of Bishop Egan's homily at his installment at Portsmouth for us to ruminate upon.

First, we see the phrase 'civilisation of love' applied by Blessed Pope John Paul II to the Catholic vision…

New Bishop of Portsmouth Challenges the Culture of Death

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Bishop Egan's homily at his installment as the new Bishop of Portsmouth... 'Dear fellow pilgrims on life's journey, we inhabit a remarkable century, the 21st, which despite the current economic distemper, is witnessing momentous advances in every domain of human knowledge and endeavour, with new discoveries and new applications in science and engineering, in computing and cybernetics, in medicine and bio-technology, in the social sciences, arts and humanities, all of which manifest the limitless self-transcending reach of human experience, understanding and judgement and the cloud of burgeoning possibilities for human deciding, undreamt of by those who've gone before. Indeed, even as we speak, Curiosity is roving among the sand-dunes of Mars, in anticipation of a manned space-voyage to the Red Planet. With all these exhilarating developments, the Catholic Tradition must engage, the old with the new, in a mu…

One Man, One Woman

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If only I had a voice like Freddie Mercury. Here is a re-post of 'One Man, One Woman', a song I wrote a while back. Will Archbishop Vincent Nichols sing along to this one? Unlikely, and certainly not while he is presiding over Soho Masses and Marriage Care?

The Rosary

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US Church Uses New Media to Campaign Against Same Sex Marriage

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I think these videos are quite impressive. Perhaps English Bishops could come up with a YouTube video in defense of marriage that we could send viral?

Totus Tuus: Gorecki

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I saw this performed this evening at St Bartholomew's, an Anglican Church in Brighton. Beautiful. Whenever I pop in there I always pray for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and an increase in their members.

Lib Dems Release Conference Promo Poster

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Watch Out for them there Bigots!

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This weekend welcomes the Lib Dem Party Conference to Brighton.

Delegates - Watch out for them there bigots!

There be bigots in Brighton!

In pubs...

In churches...

In shopping centres...

Under rocks...

If the Whole World Were Catholic

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If the whole World were Catholic, it wouldn't make the World a better place unless those Catholics truly believed and submitted themselves to the Magisterium of the Church.

For as we are aware, many public Catholics today speak as if they were atheists.

Busker in Brighton in Police Altercation

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As someone not entirely averse to a bit of busking myself, I find this a little disturbing. One guy busking is a 'menace to society'.

Reminder: Here is some footage of Gay Pride 2012. One law for some, another for others?

No licence for this kind of licence needed...


I thought Brighton was meant to be a 'diverse' and 'musical' town!

Pro-Life Update

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The pro-life movement in the United Kingdom is gaining in strength and vigour. Thanks be to God.

The controversial Abort67 group were found not guilty of public disorder in their grizzly and graphic anti-abortion campaign outside various abortion clinics, including Wistons Clinic Brighton. Whatever you think of this new evangelical pro-life movement, you have to say that the ruling is a victory for freedom of speech.

By the way, as an aside to this story, I read in The Argus on Wednesday that another reason the Green's got rid of Councillor Summers was because not only had she held onto her public beliefs concerning the nature and meaning of marriage, but had also publicly supported a vigil against abortion outside Wiston's. Pro-life and pro-marriage? Try UKIP, love.

I have far more sympathy, however, and support, for the work of The Good Counsel Network, who are to commence a massive pro-life campaign for 40 Days for Life outside the Marie Stopes Clinic on Whitfield Street, …

The State on the Retreat and Rise

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While Mitt Romney attempts to defuse an electorally explosive video of the candidate talking with wealthy private donors and writing off half the population as 'dependents' who will not vote for him, here in the UK, the State is retreating in its role as 'carer' of the vulnerable. Yet, in other areas, such as the definition of marriage, it is on the march. It is a curious juxtaposition.

Benefits are perhaps to be 'frozen' in an effort to save money, at a time when it is likely unemployment will continue to rise in the UK amid rising costs of living. People who are 'dependent' on various services are being thrown to the dogs. Here in Brighton, two NHS services to those with mental illness are to close in the forthcoming cuts. Disappointment among service users is palpable.

The Allen Centre, Hove and a drop-in centre for those with mental health issues in the city centre in Buckingham Road are to close. These services may not be used by all people with m…

Politician Discovered to be Not Terribly Sincere: Widespread Shock

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Who'd have thought it?

A Republican hopeful is running a cynical electoral campaign aimed at grabbing the votes of those floating voters.

The Obama team are going to make Romney's 'I don't give a fig about the poor' speech prime time repeated viewing over the coming weeks.

Looks like the Obama dictatorship will be re-elected in November.

God help America.

Marriage

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Good Old British Double Standards

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Does this court ruling make any sense?

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Today, a married woman, a mother, who aborted her own baby has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for the destruction of her child in the final week of pregnancy.

The language used by the authorities is really very strong and condemnatory. According to The Telegraph's report:

'Passing sentence, Mr Justice Cooke said the seriousness of the crime lay between manslaughter and murder.

He told Catt: "What you did was end the life of a child that was capable of being born alive by inducing birth or miscarriage. What you have done is rob an apparently healthy child, vulnerable and defenceless, of the life which he was about to commence."

The judge said Catt would have been charged with murder if the baby had been born a few days later and she had then killed him. "

The child in the womb was so near to birth, in my judgment all right-thinking people would think this offence more serious than unintentional manslaughter," he said.'
Call me d…

Rosary Crusade of Reparation 2012

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Saturday 13th October sees this year's annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Do go. I hope to be able to attend this beautiful procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima from Westminster Cathedral to Brompton Oratory as well.

Click here for more details.

This is video from a year or two back...



Spiritual Health Warning

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Tabula Delenda Est!

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Do read Protect the Pope's post today...

34 Million Bigots

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How to change opinions...

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Liberals and the Church

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Liberals

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After The Gold Rush

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You can watch a BBC documentary entitled 'Cash Britain' here.

The documentary looks at what is happening on the ground in the UK as pawnbrokers, knowing that the price of gold has escalated upwards sharply in recent times advertise that desperate customers can get cash for their gold, as your average Joe tries to make ends meet at a time of rising costs.

I'd like to know where all this gold goes once the public have been fleeced into selling it in exchange for paper money which could soon be worthless. China? The vaults of central banks?

Personally, I've seen, here in Brighton, an explosion of advertisements, stores and even stands in and around Brighton station of dealers advertising to buy your gold. I expect that investors somewhere are buying it all up because the dollar's days are numbered - they know a storm is coming. There are even stands in the station distributing envelopes in which you can send your gold to companies who will send you cash in return.

P…

Down's Syndrome Patients: Not Invited to the Equality Party

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Mind you, I don't think Catholics are invited to the Equality party either.

Courtesy of BBC News

Chilling...

'A man with Down's syndrome is suing an NHS trust over a hospital's decision to issue a do-not-resuscitate order giving his disability as one of the reasons. 
The instruction not to attempt resuscitation in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest was issued without his family's knowledge. Their lawyers describe the order as "blatant discrimination".'

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust says it complied fully with guidance from professional bodies. The family of the man, who can be identified only as AWA because of a court order, remained unaware of the do-not-resuscitate (DNR) decision until he had returned from hospital to his care home.
The DNR form, issued while he was in hospital in Margate a year ago, was listed as an indefinite decision, meaning it would cover the duration of his stay in hospital, with no pr…

Money and Marriage

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Gay marriage.

It's all about money, isn't it?

The 'pink pound' is 'vital' to the economy.

Homosexuals and lesbians can't have children by natural means.

Give them 'gay marriage' and, hey presto, you can sell them babies on a larger scale than before.

Top of the range babies too, not your 'damaged goods'.

They might be 'damaged goods' by the time they reach adulthood, but, hey, by then, you've made your money and the 'parents' are happy.

For a blond haired baby you could get £50,000 and for a baby with blond hair and blue eyes you could sell for £100,000.

Mind you, what with hyperinflation breathing down the neck of the West, those figures might have to be adjusted.

Before long, nobody will be able to 'afford' children...

Apple: Do they know about forced abortions for workers in their Chinese plants?

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And why do the mainstream media ignore this?

Equality and Diversity

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"All people should be treated equally."

"Diversity should always be respected."

Hang on.

If everyone is different then why should everyone be treated equally, since their needs and abilities are different?


Facebook News

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Facebook.  Either it is a massive government surveillance project or it has the potential to be. As you can see, either Mark Zuckerberg doesn't like interviews, or he is genuinely a dodgy geezer running a massive citizen spy network for the CIA.

As Catholics, we understand that if Facebook is to be used as a tool in the process of rounding up dissenters to the new State morality before gassing or starving us to death, then that's just the way its got to be and that we should rejoice because martyrdom is a passport to Heaven.

It is in this spirit that, while we understand just what a potentially evil thing Facebook is, we should enjoy it because it is actually a great deal of fun and while we still have a modicum of free speech, we can use it to spread the Gospel.

Without further ado then. There are a few Facebook groups which you may wish to join.

Transalpine Redemptorists have just set up a Facebook page (They're safe from the New World Order, by the way, because they are…

CCTV in School Toilets

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The Telegraph today reports that over 200 schools in Britain have had CCTV installed in the toilets and changing rooms.

It looks like Big Brother isn't just into surveillance for adults, but is into kids too. Who, exactly, is going to be watching these images of children in the toilets and changing rooms of schools?

No, don't tell me. G4S?

Deo Gratias...

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Courtesy of The Catholic Herald...

The Diocese of Clifton has cancelled a lecture which was due to be delivered by the Catholic Professor Tina Beattie as a result of her support for legalising same-sex marriage.

The professor at the University of Roehampton was scheduled to deliver a talk on “Mary: Mother of God and a model of a pilgrim people – Lumen Gentium’” but a recent update to the online programme stated that the talk for later this month was cancelled without elaboration. A statement from Clifton diocese clarified Professor Beattie would no longer be speaking on behalf of the diocese. A spokesman for the diocese said: “Over the course of the last year, Clifton diocese has put on a series of different lectures to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. “Subjects have included among others; ‘A Word for life – Dei Verbum’, ‘For the life of the world: Vatican II and the mission of the Church today – Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et S…

Building Families Show 2013

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Yesterday I nipped into a nearby shop to buy a lighter and decided to have a quick flick through Gay Times magazine. I wondered, 'Exactly what does this magazine write about every month' and decided to have a gander. Despite the fact that its pricey, at £4.20, I decided to buy a copy. Above, in the pictures of a double-spread advert emblazoned on pages 4 and 5 of this month's edition, is the reason why.

It is disturbing, this advert, on many levels and for different reasons. Firstly, we know that it IVF, surrogacy and fostering does already occur within gay 'partnerships', so, nothing new there. However, this event, The Building Families Show, is targeted explicitly at the gay community - a gay day in which gay people can come and explore the avenues for 'building families' with surrogacy groups, IVF groups, fertility groups and fostering and adoption groups.

The second reason it is disturbing is that the vast majority of the public do not read Gay Times.…

Clegg Bigot Blunder

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Liberalism and those who told fast to it believe that there is no such thing as absolute truth.

Liberals believe in freedom, see. Absolute truth would be a great threat to freedom because there would be no diversity of opinion.

A world without diversity of opinion would be like a World without sunshine.

So, you can believe what you like. We're all happy. Until, that is, you disagree with them and they are in power...

Then...behold! A Magisterium, a liberal Decalogue, appears as if out of nowhere, coming down from on high, decrying your opposition to their view point as 'bigotry' on, lo, a range of issues from euthanasia to same-sex marriage.

Don't worry, though, because in the liberal World there can be no God but if there was a God, surely He would smite thee and thy children for not agreeing with the liberal viewpoint! Surely, He would! Wicked bigots! But given that He is not around, let us liberals do His job for Him and smite thee! Wicked, unbelieving sinner! Her…

Abortion Debate: Tonight in London

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Ann Furedi has agreed to a debate on abortion. I can't go myself, but if you can do go.

Click here for details.