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Party Music

Now that's what I call 'hardcore'.

New Appointment for Congregation for Divine Worship Expected

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I'm putting £50 on that guy from Riverdance.
It would still be an improvement on Archbishop Marini.
Start praying now...

Wedding Playlist

I'm working on the music for the wedding.
If it was in the Novus Ordo, I suppose we could have had the above in the Mass but due to the rigorous restrictions imposed upon the form and setting of liturgical music in the Extraordinary Form, I guess it will just have to be played at the reception afterwards instead.
Shame. It could have been a themed Mass and everything.

I just bought the suit. I'm surprised. I look quite employable when I make an effort.
Getting rather tetchy now.
On a much more serious note, I ask all readers to pray for our brother in Christ,  Richard Collins of Linen on the Hedgrow.

St Cuthbert's Ice Bucket Challenge

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I do wonder whether the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge reveals a desire to once again live in a Catholic England, where seriously uncomfortable penance is embraced once more.

Join the Campaign to Boycott The Windmill

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I'm just scanning back in my mind. I have an appalling memory, but I don't think I have ever been formally barred from a pub. Well readers, I have been today! I feel like an ASBO recipient wearing his badge of honour!

As an aside, I did recently get very drunk and embarrassed myself, letting down myself and, more importantly, our God and His Church, but my, 'I think I'll just lay down here on this pavement and be sick a little bit for a while', escapade did not lead me to being barred from the pub which was immediately opposite my dormant corpus. I guess everyone else had gone to sleep. For this reason, I'm skipping a stag night before my wedding because, after all, I've had it already andI've been to Confession. What's the point in your friends tying you to a lamp-post in your underpants when you can quite easily make an idiot out of yourself on your own initiative, with nobody else around? I guess if you are a prospective employer, its best you l…

Logical Inconsistencies

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An atheist friend of mine has responded to my poston Dawkins for the Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma on the difficulties for atheists to reply.

I think you might find some inconsistencies in his repsonse. If you find any, drop them in his combox, why not? Interestingly, he says that 'on balance' he agrees with Dawkins. That's atheism for you!

A Woman of Few Words

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I have been thinking just recently about Our Blessed Lady and the interaction that takes place between her and the Lord as documented in the Holy Gospels. For a woman whose place and honour in the Church simply could not be any more lofty, or prominent, it could be expected that more would be written of her. On reflection, however, it is possible that the Gospel writers, when dealing with the topic of Our Lady, have deliberately, or have been inspired deliberately, to write very little indeed on Our Lady. The little that is written of her then becomes increasingly more important.

In this sense, less is more, because it encourages us to look at what is written, that we may draw out of little, the sea of information that is there, the star of which is Our Lady. With this in mind, then, I have decided to examine in a series of posts for The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma, that which is there, starting with the Annunciation. Today I have written on the first half of the Magnificat.

If a…

Jesus Christ is Not 'One of the Prophets'

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I found it interesting in today's Gospel that, among those standing around the Lord Jesus Christ when He asked 'Who do people say that I am?' 'they said', among other things, 'one of the prophets'.

I found this striking because of the time in which we are living. Plainly put, Islam, and presumably its fanatical adherents now making mincemeat out of Christians in Iraq and Syria and elsewhere, professes that Jesus is 'one of the prophets'. Looking back, the Lord Jesus was wise to wait for another answer but for that one because it appears that holding onto the view that Our Lord was 'one of the prophets' should come with a health and safety warning for those around the one who espouses it. It is a lie from the father of lies.

Those who said at the time stood before Our Lord and suggested that He was 'one of the prophets' were quite plainly and simply wrong. Our Lord waits for the right answer and receives it for he who was to become H…

He's Back! The Co-Prophet of the End Times!

I don't think I go along with all that the Third Eagle and Co-Prophet of the End Times is telling us. 
But isn't he wonderful!?
What I can say is that the 'poor Church for the poor' seems to think that ordering in a truckload of absolutely naff vestments and truckloads more naff liturgical caps for those participating in the Beatification ceremony of the Korean martyrs sounds to me a bit strange, perhaps a little inconsistent.
For a 'poor church for the poor' we do seem to like squandering a load of cash in order to make liturgy look ugly, don't we?
I'm not sure what to make of the symbology. I'm not a symbologist, but for future reference, the Vatican can buy some lovely cheap beautiful vestments at Ornaty
They could save a bob or two and then give the savings to the poor.
I don't know why the Co-prophet of the End Times is saying all this now. Haven't terrible vestments that detract from the holiness of the Sacrifice of the Mass been a …

Pope's PR Guru to Advise Richard Dawkins

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In the wake of devastating news reports and even liberal media shock at Richard Dawkins's 'controversial' views on the unborn children with Downs Syndrome, Greg Burke has been called in by Richard Dawkins to foster a more positive image of the high priest of atheism.

In a new PR strategy designed to undo much of the damage caused by the apparent advocate of eugenic solutions to diseases and genetic conditions, Burke proposed to Dawkins a range of different photo-opportunities and selfies to be taken and then publicised around the world's press. It is hoped by Dawkins that the image consultant will be able to recover the reputation of the fundamentalist atheist in the world's media and win back some of the support he has gained over years among humanists.

So far, much of the public relations imagery publicised by Richard Dawkins's PR team has been lacklustre. It is thought by Burke that Dawkins's image "suffers because his role as a prophet of godlessn…

That Dawkins 'Gaffe'

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We know that Catholics can respond pretty emphatically to the latest Dawkins 'gaffe'.

The problem is: how should the atheists respond?

The question is, can they?


The Gloria Patri and the Consideration of the Martyrs

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Courtesy of the Little Office of Our Lady

'A praiseworthy practice is to incline the head when pronouncing these words [the Gloria Patri]...One day when St Magdalen of Pazzi bent herself thus, with more than ordinary earnestness, one of her Sisters inquired the reason of this observance. "It is," she replied, "a practice I have, through my confessor, to offer my life to the Holy Trinity in bowing my head at the Gloria Patri as if I were presenting it to the executioner to suffer martyrdom."'

How relevant to our times this little quote seems now, for so many Christians in the World. What for St Magdalen was a pious devotion is for these the reality that they now face.

Prepare for Death with St John Vianney

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From a sermon by Saint John Vianney...

'Alas! That there are so many of these blind people who do not open their eyes until the moment when there are no further remedies for their ills! Yes, my dear brethren, yes, a life of sin and a death of rejection! You are in sin and you do not wish to give it up? No, you say. Very well, my children, you will perish in sin. You will see that in the death of Voltaire, the notorious blasphemer.

Listen carefully and you will see that if we despise God always and if God waits for us during our lives, often, by a just judgment, He will abandon us at the hour of our death, when we would like to return to Him. The idea that one can live in sin and give it all up one day is one of the Devil's traps which will cause you to lose your soul as it has caused so many others to lose theirs. Voltaire, realising that he was ill, began to reflect upon the state of the sinner who dies with his conscience loaded with sins. He wished to examine his conscien…

Social Media: So, Er, What Happened to the Rules?

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Am I the only person online wondering just how it is that a group of people who parade themselves as international Islamic terrorists called ISIS or IS are able to upload their disgusting snuff movies onto YouTube.

I am sure I am not the only person online wondering just how it is IScan promote them on Twitter without either YouTube or Twitter removing their social media usernames and passwords and revoking their licence to use said social media, since their behaviour contravenes not just the rules of social media, but basic national and international laws?

The CEO of Twitter has said the company is now deliberately removing accounts showing or 'tweeting' beheadings yet the slick 'un'official IS feed still stands. I don't know whether IS's Twitter feed, be it 'official' or 'unofficial' has been 'suspended' but does 'IS' having a Twitter feed, which has still not been removed, and presumably a variety of YouTube propaganda channe…

Is the Pope a Saved Pusson?

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"I see it as the generosity of the people of God. I try to think of my sins, my mistakes, not to become proud. Because I know it will last only a short time. Two or three years and then I'll be off to the Father's House."*

Yep, without doubt the humblest Pope ever.

All the baptised are guaranteed that a place has been created for them in Heaven. All the baptised have not been guaranteed they will go to their place in Heaven, because we can, you know, lose it. Presumption is, last time I checked, a sin against the Holy Spirit. The missing phrase is "hope" or "hoping".

We should pray for His Holiness at this time and for his deceased loved ones. May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Police Take More Abuse Calls from Members of the Public

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Police have issued a statement maintaining that they have taken several more calls concerning abuse from a perma-tanned, high-profile celebrity pop singer in his 70s.

Metropolitan police are keeping the name of the singer under wraps while investigations are carried out in order to protect those who have been exposed to serial abuse. A spokesman for the police has said, "We have received numerous calls from members of the public complaining of serious abuse from a high profile pop singer."

The spokesperson continued, "We are very concerned. Members of the public, having seen the singer on stage, especially at Christmas time, have complained of having been left feeling 'violated' and 'confused' when the man appears on stage. Both his appearance and his voice have rendered several members of the public feeling 'incredibly irritated', others 'so beside myself with annoyance that I smashed my TV in. Usually I would just change channels but there…

Coming Out Narratives

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I really do doubt if there is a person on the face of the earth who can claim,'God loves me just as I am'

In the drama of the current 'coming out narratives' that we hear from celebrities there does seem to be a particularly Protestant theological strand that runs counter to our traditional belief of what we are and who God is. This phrase, 'God loves me just as I am' needs a little dissecting. It is rarely given any qualification nowadays, even rarer does it receive any criticism, even in the Catholic Church. The phrase, 'God loves me' can be aptly used by any sinner, but only a certain kind of sinner can follow it up by saying 'just as I am'.


The only people who can really assert that God loves me, 'just as I am', are those who would follow a 'once saved, always saved' creed that denies the idea that we inherit a fragile, fallen human nature and that we can turn away from God and fall into mortal sin. It also denies that the…

One of Today's Psalms

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Why, God, have you rejected us so finally?
Why this rage against the sheep of your flock?
Remember those you have gathered,
those who were yours from the beginning.
The stock you redeemed to be your own possession;
the mountain of Zion, where you chose to dwell.
Turn your steps towards the final devastation:
the enemy has laid waste the sanctuary.
Those who hate you have roared
in the midst of of your flock.

They have set up their emblems,
taking the place of your own.
They have raised their axes high,
hewing the wood.
With hatchets and axes
they have hewn down the doors.
They set fire to the sanctuary,
profaned and trampled your tabernacle.
They said to themselves, ‘Let us crush them
once and for all.’

They burned to the ground
every shrine of God in the land.
Our emblems have vanished,
our prophets are gone,
and none of us knows any more.
How long, O God, will the enemy deride?
Will he insult your name forever?
Why do you keep your hand away?
Why do you fold your arms?
God is our king…

Remembering Regensburg

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'I was reminded of all this recently, when I read the edition by Professor Theodore Khoury (Münster) of part of the dialogue carried on - perhaps in 1391 in the winter barracks near Ankara - by the erudite Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus and an educated Persian on the subject of Christianity and Islam, and the truth of both.[1] It was presumably the emperor himself who set down this dialogue, during the siege of Constantinople between 1394 and 1402; and this would explain why his arguments are given in greater detail than those of his Persian interlocutor.[2] The dialogue ranges widely over the structures of faith contained in the Bible and in the Qur'an, and deals especially with the image of God and of man, while necessarily returning repeatedly to the relationship between - as they were called - three "Laws" or "rules of life": the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Qur'an. It is not my intention to discuss this question in the present l…

How to Respond to a Disastrous Synod on the Family...

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1.  Don't be angry when the proverbial hits the fan. Best not to complain. Know what I mean?

2. Instead of getting angry, spend some time with the poor. It's a great distraction from the collapse of the Faith.

3. Stay calm and proceed calmly. Don't worry or fret. The Holy Spirit has spoken. Trust me on this, I know what I'm talking about.

4. Instead of being resentful and angry, consider a walk in the park instead. After all, its a lovely day, the birds are singing etc.

5. Look after your family. Don't worry, we're looking after the Church.

6. Think about it, you could be doing something useful instead, like employing young people to wash your car.

7. And remember to do the recycling.

8. Above all, don't be negative.

9. Respect the views of Cardinals Maradiaga and Walter Kasper. They've as much right to spout their heresies as you have Catholic doctrine.

10. Come on, people! Chill out and make peace! Cheer up, it might never happen!

Bringing Democracy and Human Rights to the Middle East

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1994

So, given that Cheney knew precisely what would happen before 'changing his mind' about what should happen, the question that has to be asked is: Is US policy status in the region still 'mission accomplished'?

Let's give George W Bush some credit. It most likely was not him who said, "Yeah, if you can put a sign saying 'Mission Accomplished' above my head on the warship, that would be great."

Whole peoples, nations, as well as their politicians seem to be just pawns in the hands of the bunch of psychopaths have been running US foreign policy. Is there any US policy of 'regime change' for Israel, since I hear they may be guilty of some serious human rights abuses?

Pray for the Christians of Iraq, Syria and for peace in the Middle East.