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Tu Es Petrus

I found this little Tu Es Petrus video with images of Pope Francis.

May the Lord grant the Successor of St Peter, His Holiness Pope Francis, long life and a glorious and fruitful reign as the Chief Shepherd of the Faithful for the glory of God, for the Salvation of souls and for the wise and prudent governance of Holy Church. 

Sorry this gesture of affection and filial love comes a day late, Your Holiness, but that's what happens when the Bishops' Conferences are allowed too much authority. They'd move Christmas Day to the following Sunday if they could.


United in Our Differences

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'In the Church, variety, which is itself a great treasure, is always grounded in the harmony of unity, like a great mosaic in which every small piece joins with others as part of God’s one great plan. This should inspire us to work always to overcome every conflict which wounds the body of the Church. United in our differences: this is the way of Jesus! The pallium, while being a sign of communion with the Bishop of Rome and with the universal church, also commits each of you to being a servant of communion. To confess the Lord by letting oneself be taught by God; to be consumed by love for Christ and his Gospel; to be servants of unity. These, dear brother bishops, are the tasks which the holy apostles Peter and Paul entrust to each of us, so that they can be lived by every Christian. May the holy Mother of God guide us and accompany us always with her intercession. Queen of Apostles, pray for us! Amen.'

~ Pope Francis, Feast of SS Peter and Paul, 2013
'Dear Metropolitan…

There Could Be Trouble Ahead...

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Cardinal Burke at Sacra Liturgia Conference in Rome

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Cardinal Raymond Burke is speaking on the Sacred Liturgy at the Sacra Liturgia Conference in Rome. Fr Z, Fr James Bradley and others are live Tweeting his remarks on the importance of liturgy that is befitting for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the need for Sacred Ministers to adhere to the Church's rules and disciplines in Her Rites, as an example of love for the Lord and His Church. Some great quotes or digests of what Cardinal Burke is explaining are emerging on the live feed. Here are a few:

 'Discipline purifies man of self-centred thoughts and disposes him to lift up his heart to the Lord.' 'Liturgical law isn't rubricism but an expression of love for the Lord and his Church.'

'Only by honouring God's divine right of worship does man find happiness in this life and the life to come.'

'We are face to face with real falsification of sacred worship.'

'Bishops are to 'exercise vigilance so that abuses do not creep into […] the…

Suicide

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A Catholic man I knew has killed himself. Pray for his soul.

Aside from the grave act of evil that is suicide, suicide has a social dimension as I am now experiencing in all its depressing, horrific reality.

The last time I spoke to this man I tried to talk him out of taking his own life and urged him to come back to the Faith. There were probably things I should have said that I did not say. There were probably things I said that I should have said better. I will perhaps always live with this regret that I didn't call him more to reach out to him. His last words to me were, "It's been nice talking...don't leave it so long next time." It feels as if these words will forever be etched into my soul.

Suicide is not just the autonomous act of ending a person's life. This man was so consumed with his own grief that he forgot that I and those he knew were his brothers and sisters. He was so consumed with the grief that social services decided he could no longer se…

Gather with Peter

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No pun intended, but I find the 'empty chair' image quite disconcerting. Far be it for me, a lowly, if not particularly humble layman, to criticise the Holy Father. I have to reserve my disquiet, since we are talking about the Successor of St Peter, under whom we gather as children of the Lord in unity.

Would St Francis of Assisi have attended a concert in his honour? No, but then St Francis was never a Pope, nor a Bishop, nor a Priest, and again we see here the striking discordance between the role of anyone who wishes to imitate the poverello and stand in the shoes of St Peter, Prince of the Apostles simultaneously. 

The Lord Jesus knows what I've been thinking about the Holy Father's recent public action (or omission) and I'm certain that my thoughts have been uncharitable enough to warrant a Confession if only because we may not have the real/full story. Harbouring resentment and grievances is always wrong, and to do so against your spiritual Father, the Chie…

Pray for the Pope

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I can't quite express how I feel about this Sanctuary, but I think the above could be described as a post-Renaissance masterpiece.

His Holiness is reported to have said of a concert at which his attendance was expected, "I am not a Renaissance Prince who listens to music instead of working."



This could be received as a sideswipe at His Holiness's predecessor, who loved music and concerts. The Pope is now and always will be Successor of St Peter, the Prince of the Apostles and has various titles that connote a Sovereign or Monarch. If we did not believe this we should have to believe that the Chair of St Peter was empty, which makes the image above doubly freaky.

If His Holiness does not want to fulfill the duties placed upon him as Pope, why did then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio accept the Office of the Papacy? Every Bishop in the World has things to which he will be expected to attend. Not every Bishop actually enjoys Fairtrade craftsales or the Nativity at a local sc…

Pray for Ireland at a Pontifical High Mass

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New Pope, New Face in the CDF?

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When Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Gerhard Müller as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was he naive or just trusting?

Questions like this are today worth attention as Archbishop Muller heaps praise on 'liberation theology' as a development that "should in my opinion be included among the most important currents in 20th century Catholic theology."

Among the most important currents in 20th  century Catholic theology? The 20th century. Not a great century for Catholic theology, then. Liberation theology was the Church's answer to Marxism, because, basically, it was Marxism, despite what Archbishop Müller says. It pointed to Christ as Liberator, not of those enslaved to sin, but as liberator of peoples in class struggle and if that happened through violence, it did little to condemn that violence. This is what led Pope Benedict XVI as Cardinal Ratzinger and Prefect of the CDF to say of it:

'An analysis of the phenomenon of liber…

Rules

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If the 'rules' and 'laws' of the Catholic Church are not important anymore then there is there any reason why a layman, Priest, a Bishop or even a Pope should not be a Freemason?

Discuss. Of course, I'm not saying the Pope is a Freemason, but if the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has no 'rules' or the law of the Church is 'unimportant' or 'irrelevant', what does this mean for other rules, laws and disciplines in the Church, as well as those 'rules' adhered to by monastic communities, or laypersons, such as the one hour fast before reception of Holy Communion?

Ironically, if, hypothetically, a Pope was a Freemason (though not this one, of course), then severing the Church from its disciplines, customs, laws and rules would be a nifty way to start your pontificate. To suggest a Pope even could be a Freemason would be to commit calumny and gossip against the Pope. Both gossiping and calumny are against the 'rules', as we know, but …

No Reply Yet...

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'Dear _________

Thank you very much for the further information regarding this role.

Unfortunately, as a Catholic, I can see some things in the 'Statement of Faith' that I cannot in conscience sign, since they do not reflect what the Catholic Church believes.

Just as an example:

'3. The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour.' 
Well, the Bible is not, in the opinion of the Church, the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour, since it requires interpreting by an Infallible Body which cannot err, otherwise anyone can look at the Bible and behave or believe as they interpret it on a wholly subjective basis.

I believe that the Catholic Church is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour because it is holy, since it was founded by Jesus Christ and is guarded from error and falsehood by the Holy Spirit.

There are other points, as well, …

"The Carnival is Over"

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Would you sign this?

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I went to a local Catholic Church at the weekend and saw a job advertised by a local Christian homeless charity. In order to apply you have to sign this 'Statement of Faith'.

'Statement of Faith

1. There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

2. God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.

3. The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour.

4. Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

 5. The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son, is fully God; he was born of a virgin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.

6. Sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all …

Why Seven Times Seventy Seven?

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St Peter: "But why must I forgive my brother seven times seventy seven times, Lord?"

Our Lord: "Because this is the average number of liturgical abuses that will take place during the papal Masses of the twenty first century."

Lord, forgive me!

His Holiness Pope Francis has, however called upon us to be 'revolutionaries' in a very stirring homily, changing 'one heart at a time'.

I really do like this homily. Here is an excerpt:

“In the Gospel, there’s the beautiful passage about the shepherd who realizes that one of his sheep is missing and he leaves the 99 to go out and find the one,” Pope Francis said. “But, brothers and sisters, we have only one. We’re missing 99! We must go out and find them.” 
Avanti! Avanti!

Pray for Holy Priests

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I recently drove a young man to his home town as he makes preparations to join the seminary. He's young, just out of university where he completed a science degree. The first time I met him was at a local Catholic 'youth' group which had generated this year the majority (if not all) of the vocations to the Priesthood in the Diocese (or Deanery, I forget which) this year.

The group of young adults had played a distinct part in his 'coming back' to the Church after a period of lapsation. The group have a meal and a talk, usually on one aspect of the Catechism and is joined to a small lay Benedictine community near the Church.

What struck me about the man, still in his early twenties is how generous he is being to Holy Mother Church. His future having just graduated from university in his branch of science guarantees him a great career, but this field of science moves quickly, so his trying of his vocation to be a priest is really laying everything he has in terms o…

We built this city...

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H/T to 80s band, Starship

1,000,000 Rosaries for the Holy Father Facebook Campaign

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Join the Facebook campaign here.

But remember...no counting!

Police Unveil New 'Homophobia' Sniffer Dogs

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Can you sniff the scent of homophobia? Can you spot some homophobia from a 'long or short-range' distance? Well, meet the new range of sniffer dogs unveiled this week by Manchester Police which can smell even the trace of homophobia and prejudice against LGBT persons.

"Yappy are you when men revile you..."

A crack team of chihuahuas has been unleashed on Manchester in a new pilot scheme to clamp down on homophobia-related crimes amid controversial claims that the new team of dedicated foot soldiers combating prejudice is an attack on freedom of thought, speech and even conscience.

The 'hounds of homophobia'

While any moves to put corgis on alert for such undercover activity are said to have been blocked by Buckingham Palace, the elite squadron of chihuahuas are expected to be rolled out once the 'same-sex marriage' legislation is passed and Christian Monarch Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gives Royal Assent to the divisive and controversial law that w…

Walk for the Good Counsel Network

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Come and join The Good Counsel Network on Saturday 20th July in walking approximately 13 miles from Wandsworth to Wapping, starting with Mass at 10am and finishing with refreshments, cakes and biscuits.

For those who do not know, The Good Counsel Network is a Catholic pro-life organisation aimed at abortion bound women in order to help them to choose life for their children instead by assisting them with real alternatives.

The GCN are asking all participants to attempt to raise at least £100 in sponsorship. They are hoping to have as many participants as possible to help us raise lots of money to save more lives. Once you sign up they will provide you with a fundraising pack in order to help you with your fundraising, and give you all of the important details. They are offering a special Good Counsel Network t-shirt and a beautiful framed picture of Our Lady of Good Counsel for the person who raises the most amount of sponsorship by August 20th 2013.

Please note that on average about…

I've Got an Allotment

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Yes! I waited three years and now I've got one.

I hope one day my allotment looks like this. At the moment, it looks nothing like this.

What shall I sow first, apart from love? I may set up a special allotment blog so that green-fingered readers can keep up to date with what I hope will become a thing of great beauty.

It will need a shed of course. Every man needs a shed.

Security Gates

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Bill Gates has just bought a £110 million stake in G4S.

Not content with helping people not have so many babies, he'll be keeping us safe from the bad people too.
He's such a great, regular guy isn't he?

Obamaland

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Novena to St Anthony of Padua

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I am making a Novena to St Anthony of Padua for the intentions of those who I know and for help in discerning my state of life/vocation etc and I hope His Holiness Pope Francis will not be aggrieved that I will include his own intentions in the Novena, since people were making such 9-day prayers to St Anthony before the 1940s. Long, long before the 1940s...

Seriously though, we have been told that the Holy Father prays 15 decades of the Rosary a day and prays the Rosary while drifting off to sleep - much like His Holiness's predecessor. He has told us as much. Pray for our Holy Father. What an Office His Holiness must fulfil and what grave responsibility is placed spiritually upon his shoulders! Who knows, Pope Francis could be the 'last Pope' of St Malachi's prophecy of the Popes. Going by Pope Francis's 'radical' style and somewhat impulsive actions and remarks, that would spare His Holiness's Successor a great deal of trouble.

Let's pray also th…

Alex Jones on 'Same-Sex Marriage'

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More or less on the button.

Veri Disturbing

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It goes without saying that The Guardian's coverage and exposure of the NSA's surveillance operations using Google, Twitter, Facebook and the rest simply must be read. Alex Jones is looking more credible as each day passes, but then, I thought he was credible anyway.

Tim Stanleyhas some interesting thoughts here and his colleague Mic Wright has explained the long and short of the 'Prism' scandal here.

Breaking: David Cameron to Attend Bilderberg 2013

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More on this tomorrow. I was interviewed very briefly by The Huffington Post today who told me that Mr Cameron will be attending the Bilderberg Conference. Some cheek, eh?

Down with the New World Order! Viva Christo Rey! Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

That's what I should have said. I got some great quotes from Alex Jones on 'same-sex marriage' and will post over the weekend on Watford. The word on the street is that Obama may show up as well. I always suspected David Rockefeller was Cameron's real boss.

Pray for all present at Bilderberg. Tomorrow, by the way, is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which we have been promised will triumph 'in the end'.

Bilderberg Conference and the Culture of Death

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When we talk about the Culture of Death and when we talk about Bilderberg, we are talking about the same thing, since the Culture of Death is funded largely by the architects of Bilderberg.

If we want to talk about abortion, it is impossible to talk about abortion without discussing Bilderberg participants. If we want to talk about artificial contraception, well, it is impossible to talk about this without talking about participants at Bilderberg. If we want to talk about 'same-sex marriage' - a momumental shift in the understanding of marriage and the destruction of family life sought to be implemented on a global scale, it is impossible not to talk about Bilderberg. The (oc)culture of Death is funded and developed by powerful men like David Rockefeller.

That is why this is a Catholic issue. That is why I blog on it. That is why I'm going to Watford. Men like Rockefeller and Soros do not own elected Governments and, even if they do, there is no reason why they should. T…

Go, Alex, Go!

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'Without justice - what is the State but a band of robbers?' - St Augustine

That was the BBC, covering Alex Jones. Rather it would be better for them to cover Bilderberg.

I am tempted to go to Watford tomorrow with my camcorder. I'd love to meet Alex Jones.

'The Great Wall of Watford'

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I'd like to say I'm reporting live from Bilderberg 2013 and that I've just dedicated a Rosary for the intentions of the rulers of the age. Alas, I am not there shouting in a megaphone in vain as I strive to save the world from the New World Order.

You can follow Charlie Skelton of The Guardian's live blog on the Bilderberg conference here and, naturally, Infowars and Prison Planet. Apparently, Tina Turner is there, singing, 'Watford, Got to Do With It?' Sorry, terrible joke.

It is notable that two Lords (at least) including Baronness Shirley Williams, are present at this year's Conference. Just saying. Present too will be Peter Mandelson, Ed Balls, Ken Clarke and George Osborne, who will be playing Scrabble with David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, the Chief Executive of Google, the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and, oh I can't be bothered with the rest. You'll have to see for yourself. No Nigel Farage, strangely...

What…

Oh Dear...

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Oh Dear...
The fight for marriage goes on. And there were we looking to the elderly for wise and independent counsel.
Shall we start camping in sleeping bags and tents and holding vigil outside Buckingham Palace with candles, holding banners of Our Lady and praying our Rosaries and offering flowers to the Queen now or leave it a few weeks?
Done well and advertised well we could make a real impact. And get arrested of course. International news no less. Oh, Archbishop Vincent Nichols would be delighted. His Grace would be so proud of us!
It could be a kind of ecumenical gathering of loads of people who disagree with 'same-sex marriage' - those who support real marriage - camped outside Buckingham Palace holding round the clock prayer vigils for the Queen.
She needs to know that, having celebrated the anniversary of her Coronation, we support her reign in its Christian ideals. She needs to know she has our support but that Parliament does not.

I really don't want to live in…

So Clever, So Intelligent, So Persuasive

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Well, I listened quite steadfastly to some of the debating in the House of Lords today. Overall it was quite depressing.

Lord Dear's address was pretty convincing - damning even - of the legislation. In any previous age you would be hard pushed to find anyone to disagree with it.

'Let's not redefine marriage, think of the children and the future. This is a bad law that will ruin marriage, the family and see conscientious objectors sacked,' was the general thrust. It really should be as simple as that, right?

Sad, though, to see Satan working so fast and effectively through the elderly as well as the young with really very clever, intelligent and persuasive arguments. There did not appear to be many 'Bishops' in the House of Lords ready to cry out, 'Get thee behind me, Satan!' I'm not sure today's Anglican Bishops believe in him anymore. Did they ever?

What a cunning old serpent he is, Old Nick. Again, the saucy love of homosexual couples which…

God's Laws

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Anglican Michael Nazir-Ali, is worried about the Queen signing the 'same-sex marriage' legislation and thereby failing to uphold 'God's laws'.

Of course, I agree the Queen should uphold the Divine Law, but really, Michael, where were you for the Abortion Act (1967) and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act etc, etc.

You sound like a man who takes religion seriously, Michael. This is not what Anglicanism is about. Anglicanism is about doing what the Government tells you to do. Have you ever thought of becoming a Catholic?

That said, if Her Majesty wants to take her oaths seriously that would be just grand and now would be a great time to do so.

St Charles Lwanga and Companions, Pray for Us

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Two articles that are rather concerning today.

Viscount Astor has penned a piece for The Telegraph calling on the Lords not to throw out the 'same-sex marriage' proposal. Viscount Astor says:

'...to reject a Bill on a second reading that has been passed by the Commons, however strong opinions are, would be quite wrong. While it has happened very occasionally, it would be against the tradition of the Lords and would affect the relationship between the two Houses of Parliament. The Lords would be seen as an undemocratic chamber, not the guardian of democracy it often is.'
Lord Dear, however, was quite clear about the 'democratic deficit' that is contained within this legislation, saying, quite rightly, "There has been no royal commission; no committee of inquiry; no mention in any party’s manifesto prior to the last general election. Indeed, the possibility of its introduction was flatly denied by the leader of the Conservative Party in an…

Eucharistic Adoration with Pope Francis

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Thanks be to God the Holy Father knelt for the incensation of the Blessed Sacrament.
Deo gratias! 
No need to get up so soon though, Your Holiness.
After all... Dominus est!
Let us adore Him, our Eucharistic Lord!

Rosary for Marriage

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Rosary for Marriage tomorrow.

And the day after...and the day after that...and...but especially tomorrow.

Pray for the Lordsvoting on 'same-sex marriage tomorrow'.That's Monday. Tomorrow.

It just so happens on that day to be the Feast of St Charles Lwanga and companions, who died because they refused the 'same-sex' advances of a Ugandan King and stayed true to the Eternal King, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sadly, MPs lack the courage to stand up to the advances of today's advocates of the homosexual agenda.

Pray that the Lords throw the legislation out.

Bilderberg 2013

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Keep calm, everybody. 
There's nothing to see here, now.
Move along now...
Please.
I feel sorry for David Rockefeller, though.
No multi-billionaire should have to spend the night in Watford.

'Free Vote? Yes...Well, It Depends On Your Definition of Free...'

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In order to obtain the definition of 'Free' please refer to the Government's Ministry for Language and Definitions.

According to The Catholic Herald...

'MPs have urged peers to throw out the same-sex marriage Bill on Monday, saying that the free votes in the Commons were a sham. In a joint letter, a group of 15 MPs told members of the House of Lords that although the main parties claimed to have allowed MPs to vote with the consciences in reality pressure was placed on them to vote in favour of the controversial legislation.
The signatories said that MPs were threatened with the ruin of their careers if they opposed Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill. “The main parties announced a free vote but we saw varying degrees of coercion with threats made, for example, to an MP’s future political career or withdrawal of party support at future elections,” said the letter, which was signed by Catholics Edward Leigh, Therese Coffey and Jim Dobbin. “Regrettably, our ability as M…

Papal Digest

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You can read the gloriously reigning Holy Father's beautiful address to the children on the day of their first Holy Communion on Trinity Sunday here.