Named Person Scheme Sinister… Gives State Sweeping Powers Over Family…

We’ve discussed this topic before – the legislation due to come into force in the autumn whereby the primary relationship of every child in Scotland – from pre-born to 18 years – is to be with the Named Person (NP) appointed by the State, not their parents.  Each time I’ve discussed this with some of the  parents in my circle, I’ve been absolutely astonished at their responses, which range from “it won’t happen” to  “it won’t affect me” to “I’ve got nothing to hide so it won’t be a problem”.  They fail to join up the dots in recognition of the fact that the NP scheme is Chapter 2 of the Communist Manifesto (destruction of the family) writ large.

In fact,  when we previously discussed this I remember a couple of our bloggers crossed swords, because one described parents who took a trusting attitude to the Government’s NP scheme as “simpletons” and another rebuked her suggesting it would be better, surely, to try to educate parents rather than call them names. Well, er.. yes. You’d think so. Except, over a year on, I know I’m not alone in finding it impossible to educate so many of them  – they just don’t want to know.  They refuse to recognise the gravity of this NP Scheme.  Yet, already, before the legislation has come into force, at least one parent known to me, who’d never heard of the NP scheme, now realises that she has had a visit from  hers – the health visitor attending to her during her pregnancy, called at her home (“just passing by”) and insisted on seeing her older (5 year old) child’s bedroom: one of the “standards” set by the government is that children will have a say in decorating their own room. Don’t laugh. That’s a fact.  Check here  And click here to learn about other parents’ experiences of the NP scheme ahead of its formal launch.  Another parent has told me that she is going to re-decorate her children’s rooms and make sure everything is as “perfect” as it can be, for fear (I repeat “fear”) of receiving such a visit to her home.  Looking on the bright side, this may be the first ever generation of perfect parents in the UK, if not worldwide… And children with their dream bedrooms!  Crazy. Totally crazy stuff.

I attended one of the NO2NP roadshows on 22 June – East Kilbride – and it was heartening to see informed people from all walks of life there, including concerned parents, medical professionals, education professionals, pharmacists and other health professionals, all there to hear the excellent speakers bringing home to us the sinister nature of this new law, with hard facts and concrete examples of how the legislation will operate in the lives of every family in Scotland, from pre-birth to their child’s 18th birthday. Sinister, with bells on, and nowhere to hide.

One speaker asked us to listen to Nicola Sturgeon’s response to Liz Smith MSP (Conservative) at First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament – see video below, and listen closely at 29.37 ff to hear Sturgeon asserting that “[the Scottish Government] will continue to act in a way that has the wellbeing of all children at the heart of “ourdecision-making” – i.e. the State’s decision-making.  Outrageous! A woman with no children of her own, telling parents how to raise their offspring! For, it is crucial that none of us makes the mistake of thinking that this legislation is aimed at protecting children at risk of abuse. That’s patent nonsense. Listen to Nicola Sturgeon speaking about the minority of cases where death has occurred, the exceptional cases, and then ask yourself why on earth she would want to label ALL parents as potential abusers and plant spies in every home – which is, effectively, what the Scottish Government NP is – a spy – in order to address a problem which affects a minority of children.

At least one top lawyer has savaged this piece of dictatorial  legislation – click here to read his assessment.

So, what can we do? 

1) Sign the No2NP petition – click here and send the link to every parent you know/Facebook etc.

2)  Write to your MSP – you can get the details here

3)  Spread the link to this blog far and wide – and send the link to every parent you know/Facebook etc. Encourage everyone to sign up and speak out. The stronger the voice of opposition, the better, and the more chance there is that this intrusive legislation is ditched.

Note: due to the seriousness of this issue, we are keeping this thread open, and at the top of the page, for easy access.  Feel free to post updates, any stories you hear etc. We all need to be as informed as possible, in order to fight this unprecedented and unconscionable intrusion into family life.  Say NO! to the NP Scheme – and say it loudly.  

General Discussion (8)

If there’s something of interest in the news that’s not covered in one of the topic threads, or you have a question to ask, a comment you’d like to  GeneralDiscussion3peoplemake about anything under the sun, more or less, this is the thread for you. However, please check first, to ensure that you haven’t missed a topic thread or another thread where it would be appropriate to post your comment.  Readers have occasionally gone straight to the General Discussion thread to post news that is already the topic of a thread or to ask a question that is already being discussed elsewhere. So, do your Sherlock Holmes before posting here, please and thank you!

Feel free, also, to share your favourite spiritual reading books, prayers and devotions. Whatever.


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Pope Francis’ Latest Craziness – World Day of Prayer For Creation…


“Sharing with my beloved brother the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew his concerns for the future of creation (cfr Encylical Letter. Laudato Si, 7-9) and taking up the suggestion by his representative, the Metropolitan Ioannis of Pergamum who took part in the presentation of the Encyclical Laudato Si on the care of our common home, I wish to inform you that I have decided to set up also in the Catholic Church, the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which, beginning this year, will be celebrated on the 1st of September, as the Orthodox Church has done for some time now.   

As Christians we wish to offer our contribution towards overcoming the ecological crisis which humanity is living through.  Therefore, first of all we must draw from our rich spiritual heritage the reasons which feed our passion for the care of creation, always remembering that for believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God who became man for us, “the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us.” (ibid., 216).   The ecological crisis therefore calls us to a profound spiritual conversion: Christians are called to “an ecological conversion whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.” (ibid., 217).  Thus, “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”(ibid   Read entire report here


Things are just getting crazier and crazier under this pontiff.  It’s difficult to find the words to describe the extent of the scandals caused directly by Pope Francis.  Some blog administrators seem to have given up trying, and I had to ditch one that I thought of using here, because of his description of all the key players as “b*******”.  Believe me, I sympathise with the sentiment, but we gotta keep reminding ourselves that we are Catholics, first and foremost, despite the shocking behaviour and lack of zeal of so many priests and  hierarchy.  

Anyway, what about you – will you be taking steps to undergo “a profound spiritual [and] ecological conversion, whereby the effects of [your] encounter with Christ becomes evident in [your] relationship with the world around [you]” – whatever the heck that means.  Or will you simply continue to pray your rosary and wear your Brown Scapular with both eyes on the four last things – death, judgment, Heaven and Hell? 

Should Catholics Join Prayer Groups?

A reader recently emailed the following message …

“Prayer groups to me suggest emotionalism, swaying, chanting, charismatic-type activities and I want none of it – but I am struggling to explain why I Padre Pioam instinctively against them.  I am not aware of any Church Teaching in this area, apart from Group Prayer in the form of the Mass, being the most powerful of prayers. Could you bear this in mind as a possible topic for some time in the future?  “The dangers of emotionalism, fired up in prayer groups”. 

I have to admit that I’m with our reader on this – prayer groups do not appeal to me, at all.  It always surprises me that Padre Pio was apparently staunch advocate of such groups.  Click  here to read more on the topic of Padre Pio prayer groups. Then share your thoughts.

Voris Fighting the Wrong Battle… Again!

From Catholic Family News…

[Yesterday] Michael Voris once again attacked the SSPX, this time for the SSPX’s strong reaction to the New Mass. But is Voris’ outrage properly directed? Are Catholics actually bound to accept a Protestantized New Liturgy? And what about those who impose – and who to impose – this “banal on-the-spot fabrication” on the Catholic world. Contains quotations from men who rejoiced — at the time of the Council itself — that Vatican II’s liturgical reform “destroy the uniformity of the Roman Rite.”  Source


Well? Is John Vennari of Catholic Family News right?  Is Voris’s rage against the SSPX misplaced? Should it be re-directed to question the (lack of) right of the churchmen who imposed this new Mass on the faithful? And before you answer that, take a deep breath and think of those quotes from both modernist priests and Protestants…

Blessed Pope Pius IX … Pray for us!

Pope Pius IXAt the time of the Pope’s death in Rome, a Belgian child, dying from an undiagnosed illness, told his mother he had a vision of Pius IX being crowned by the Virgin in Heaven. The child was instantly cured. Since news of the Pope’s death had not yet reached Belgium, the mother sent a telegram to Rome. The answer indicated the child had been cured at the very moment of the Pope’s death.  

Read more about Pope Pius IX here  – and note this remark:

“They write that I am tired,” said Pius IX five weeks before his death. “They are right. I am tired of so much iniquity and discord.”  

Now, of course, much of the “iniquity and discord” is being caused by a Pope – and wouldn’t Pope Pius IX be surprised to learn that it is the beleaguered faithful who are “tired” of it all.   

This thread is to help us recall the holy popes of days gone by and to share our favourite stories of these, their major contributions to the life of the Church and their fidelity in passing on the Faith through their teaching office, encyclicals etc.  A trip down Memory Lane, so to speak, with perhaps some thought given to what the contents of an updated Syllabus of Errors might include…

Vatican Event: Why Would Pope Francis Permit Protestant Heresy To Be Sung?

I found these videos on the website of The Remnant earlier today.  In the above video, Michael Voris of Church Militant TV rightly exposes the fact that the popular “Amazing Grace” should not be sung in Catholic churches as routinely happens these days, but now he faces a dilemma since it’s been sung within the Vatican walls – in the presence of Pope Francis himself: he who, according to Mr Voris, is above and beyond all criticism.  Watch the performance below – and weep to see princes of the Church behaving like Pentecostal Protestants and a pope apparently moved to tears by a  Protestant “hymn” packed with heresy.  And – as a side issue, because who, really, gives a toss – ask yourself what it will take to get Michael Voris to waken up and admit that the problem within the Church today – the problem – is Papa Francis.

I have to admit that I’ve never liked “Amazing Grace” –  tuneless, heretical  and singularly uninspiring. Why any priest would choose it over the many beautiful traditional Catholic hymns available, beats me. If you can think of a reason, spill. Ditto if you can think of a reason why the Pope (any pope) would permit Protestant heresy to be said, read or sung, in his presence, with his approval, and the obvious approval of the swaying, with-it/cool cardinals within the Vatican walls.

Or perhaps you are one of those who sang along innocently, not realising that it is a Protestant song containing heresy? I’ve met people in that category and I couldn’t even swear on oath that I’ve never sung it myself in years gone by, although I can definitely swear, hand on heart and a stack of bibles, that I’ve never liked it.  There is so much confusion in the Church today and so little sound teaching in pulpits and schools, that there are undoubtedly innocent members of congregations who will have joined in the singing, without realising that they were “praising God” with heresy.  And now we’ll even find some who will say “Well, if it’s good enough for the Pope, it’s good enough for me” (with the sub-text, “and it should be good enough for God!”)

Truly, you couldn’t make it up. Anyway, read the Remnant article on the subject here and then share your thoughts (politely!)

A Happy Feast Of The Assumption!

I’ll sing a hymn to Mary,
The Mother of my God,
The Virgin of all virgins,
Of David’s royal blood.
O teach me, Holy Mary,
A loving song to frame,
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
To love and bless thy name.

O noble Tower of David,
Of gold and ivory.
The ark of God’s own promise,
The gate of Heav’n to me.
To live and not to love thee
Would fill my soul with shame.
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
I’ll love and bless thy name.

The saints are high in glory,
With golden crowns so bright,
But brighter far is Mary
Upon her throne of light.
O that which God did give thee,
Let mortal ne’er disclaim;
When wicked men blaspheme thee
I’ll love and bless thy name.

But in the crown of Mary,
There lies a wondrous gem,
As Queen of all the Angels,
Which Mary shares with them;
“No sin hath e’er defiled thee,”
So doth our faith proclaim:
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
I’ll love and bless thy name.

(Fr. J. Wyze 1825-1898)

Is The “Catholic Women of the Year” Award… er… “Catholic”?

Our Lady of Sorrows2The four CATHOLIC WOMEN OF THE YEAR for 2015 have now been chosen.

In a tradition dating back over 40 years, Catholic women are chosen from among nominations sent in from across England and Wales. The choice is made by secret ballot by a committee made up of representatives of various Catholic groups and organisations. The aim is to honour the “unsung heroines” of the Church and to celebrate the service they give.

This year’s Catholic Women of the Year Luncheon will be held on Friday October 23rd, at the Thistle Hotel at London’s Marble Arch, and the speaker will be Father Alexander Sherbrook, of St Patrick’s, Soho.

The four Catholic Women of the Year 2015 are:

Mary-Jane Butler, founder and organiser of WORK,  “Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya”. She established this charity almost single-handed and it is now helping  over 500 widows and orphans,  and running six schools and two rural health centres.  A current project involves obtaining tools and equipment so that women can obtain jobs and support themselves while also completing their studies.  Mary-Jane spends part of each year in Kenya and while at home in Devon works as a spiritual director for the diocese of Plymouth. Her nominating letter described her as “one of the most dedicated people I have ever met”.

Dr Margaret Ann “Maggie” Burgess, founder of the charity “Promise Nepal” which raises funds to help people suffering from leprosy in Nepal. Herself a qualified nurse specialising in tropical medicine, she was a regular traveller to Nepal over several years and met leprosy sufferers in Kathmandu. Struck by their plight, she pledged herself to help them and has since founded a series of roadside clinics treating some 200 patients a day, plus a 15-bed hospital, outpatient clinic, school, and training centre. People who are receiving care and treatment are also given opportunities to train for work so that they can live full lives and care for themselves and their families, in a society where they are often treated as outcasts. In addition, “Promise Nepal” has helped clinics in remote places, providing access roads, clean water, showers, ambulances, and more.

Monica Cleaver organises and leads youth work in her London parish  (Our Lady of Dolours, Hendon including involvement in the nationwide “Flame” project. She runs the First Communion and Confirmation classes, and started a faith group which now meets regularly. She also took on the organisation of a befriending scheme for lonely and housebound people, and travels regularly with sick and handicapped people to Lourdes as a helper. Her nominating letter described her as a “well liked and loved parishioner, involved in everything.  She is always approachable.  Without her, our parish would struggle!”

Yolanda Fletcher, sacristan, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and all-round helper in her local parish in Wales. On St David’s Day she bakes Welsh cakes which she distributes to parishioners and also takes round to local neighbours especially the housebound, and at Christmas does the same with a batch of over 100 mince pies. Each week she cares for several elderly and frail people, visiting them, taking them Holy Communion and also offering friendship and conversation. She has served as sacristan for over 12 years and this involves cleaning and tidying the church and taking responsibility for preparations for Mass and all special events. Her nominating letter said “Her life is absorbed with genuine Christian love – she is always thinking of others”.   Source


This particular award doesn’t sit comfortably with me at all. And it’s not (just!) because I’m never nominated… :grin:

I suppose it’s partly because I think to myself: who wants to hear those terrible wordsyou have had your reward” when their time comes to plead for a place in Heaven. Then again, I’d better not scupper my chances of a future nomination by being too dogmatic about the whole thing. So, you tell me – IS the “Catholic Women of the Year” award “Catholic” – or not?


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