Sins of Our Fathers: The Missing Link…

collarpriestI’ve just watched the Newsnight Scotland discussion on the BBC documentary Sins of Our Fathers – exposing physical and sexual abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey, the prestigious Catholic school in the Highlands – broadcast last night, and available to watch for the next six days.

Throughout the entire documentary (and again on Newsnight Scotland) there wasn’t a single acknowledgment, not a mention of the fact that these were manifestly homosexual attacks by homosexual priests on boys.

And yet, we have Pope Francis widely reported as taking a lax approach to the homosexuals becoming priests. Gimme strength.

Throughout all the handwringing of the TV journalists and their bewildered Catholic interviewees (who, to date have said nothing to inform the discussion that a member of the Orange Order couldn’t have said even better!)  nobody thought to suggest that the Church in Scotland might make a start in clearing out the filth in the Church (to quote Pope Benedict) by instructing all Bishops and seminary rectors  to screen out men who might be tempted to sexual liaisons with other men and boys in much the same way that a supermarket manager would screen out kleptomaniacs.

It’s not exactly the stuff of a first class Degree, is it?  It’s really only common sense.

So, why the avoidance of the terribly obvious? Why has this issue not been hinted at, let alone raised by the BBC and their various commentators? Is it the case that we are not, for a single second, to think that homosexuals abuse children? Or that, perhaps, given the scale of the problem within the Church, homosexuals should not be ordained to the Catholic priesthood? Surely, if the BBC is serious about exposing the extent of this rot, the journalists would wish to exhaust every possible avenue, if not to assist the Church to put its own house in order, then, at least, to protect children?

I am, therefore, particularly disappointed that Mark Daly (an excellent investigative journalist) ducked this issue. I’ll send him the link to this thread in the hope that this little bit of less than subtle flattery just might prompt him to think afresh about the whole sordid business.

Well, you can’t blame a girl for trying, can you?

Pope Francis Strikes At Summorum Pontificum

For the First Time, Francis Contradicts Benedict

He has touched upon the sore spot of the Mass in the ancient rite. Ratzinger permitted its celebration for all. Bergoglio has prohibited it for one religious order that favored it.

“…the Holy Father Francis has directed that every religious of the congregation of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate is required to celebrate the liturgy according to the ordinary rite and that, if the occasion should arise, the use of the extraordinary form (Vetus Ordo) must be explicitly authorized by the competent authorities, for every religious and/or community that makes the request.”

The astonishment stems from the fact that what is decreed contradicts the dispositions given by Benedict XVI, which for the celebration of the Mass in the ancient rite “sine populo” demand no previous request for authorization whatsoever:

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Is this a huge surprise or, given his silence on the Mass to date, a case of our worst fears realised?

This pontiff has preached about Hell and appears to have a devotion to Our Lady. So, why is he disappointing us so much?

Catholic Herald & Homosexuality – A Marriage of Convenience?

Having spent some quite some time this week, in two telephone conversations with Madeleine Teahan, journalist with the Catholic Herald, as she wrote up her report on the Rob Flello MP & Co. attack on Catholic Truth, I was appalled to read her short report this morning, giving the majority of space to the Flello position and a short, inaccurate, quote from my letter in the final paragraph.

I found myself discussing the report after Mass this morning, with the two parishioners who had kindly brought me the paper to make sure I saw the report. As the discussion circle widened, the opinion was expressed by one person after another, that – surely? – the only people who support the same-sex marriage position and its advocates, are homosexuals themselves.  I must say, it’s a thought which clicked with me. I mean, which of us could write an article about same-sex marriage and give the majority of the space over to its proponents?

I have now emailed the following letter for publication to Luke Coppen, editor of the Catholic Herald.

Dear Sir,

Madeleine Teahan’s report on the Westminster campaign against Catholic Truth was decidedly unbalanced (MPs clash with lobby group over conscience, 19 July, 2013)

Despite the fact that I told your reporter that my own letters to my MP were published on our blog, material which disproves the MP Rob Flello’s claim that we were responsible for “condemnatory” emails to parliamentary colleagues who voted in favour of same-sex marriage, that lie was repeated in your newspaper without any corrective quote from me. Dishonest.

Ms Teahan does include a quote on conscience, taken from my letter to Flello, but even that is not accurate due to careless, if not malicious, repetition of “and moral order”.  

When Miss Teahan told me that she would write a “balanced report” I replied that such is the work of the secular journalist. Catholic newspapers should be promoting, not a “balanced view” but the truth. Ironically, this seemed to be news to her.

Juxtaposed with her disgraceful misrepresentation of Catholic Truth, unashamedly slanted in support of the misnamed Catholic Legislators Network, we see another article on the subject of same-sex marriage by the same journalist, headlined Bill on same-sex marriage passes its final hurdle. “Hurdle”? Your journalist (and presumably your good self) sees the parliamentary process for passing the (evil) same-sex legislation as a series of obstacles to be overcome?

Catholics are either against such evil as same-sex marriage or in favour – there’s no middle ground for a Catholic.

Is the Catholic Herald, then, its editor and journalists, pro-same-sex marriage?   I can only presume so at the moment, but I think we have a right to know for sure. There’s no reason to shy away from stating your position. You’ll face no sanctions. Neither TDs who voted abortion up to birth into law in Ireland nor the members of the Catholic Legislators Network who voted in favour of same-sex marriage in the UK will face the canonical penalty of being refused Holy Communion. Anything goes, these days, so let’s hear it – is the Catholic Herald, like the majority of Catholic MPs “pro” same-sex marriage?    END

The Vortex – where “lies & falsehoods are trapped and exposed” – really?

Describing the terminal decline of the Church in the USA (which really mirrors the decline of the Church just about everywhere else) Michael Voris manages to assess and lament the situation there without any reference to Fatima. He sees no “bright spots” – not even one: he cites the “bad stats” to illustrate his point, but makes no mention of the “good stats” which are to be found in “traditional” chapels. Is this an honest assessment of the situation in the USA or anywhere else?

Michael Voris concludes his script with these problematic words:

The time for advancing careers and protecting turfs and nursing bruised egos and shooting the messenger has come to an end. The Church is being killed in the United States and either you are on board with coming to Her assistance – or get out of the way and let those who are get to work.

The problem with those words is that Michael is playing his part in the decline by protecting the diocesan “turf”. It may be that he is afraid to lose the support of those bishops, like the bishop in the film, who support him, if he breaks ranks completely with the current Vatican line on “traditionalism” and refuses to toe the party line on Fatima.

I’ve always admired the work which Michael does in the media. He is very professional and his short, snappy videos are excellent – they just stop “before the end” so to speak. He is unwilling to go the whole ecclesiastical and theological hog, if you know what I mean. He seems to want things to sort of stay the way they are, only get better, if you still know what I mean!

That’s what I think. What do you think?