Revolting Parishioners Abandon Parish …

Parishioners at a church in Portsmouth Diocese say they have been driven out by an order of traditionalist Franciscans who have been put in charge.   Bishop Philip Egan Portsmouth

The Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan handed over St Mary’s, Gosport, to the Franciscans of the Immaculate in June. Since then, parishioners say people are required to kneel to receive communion and women asked to cover their heads at Mass.

The order attracted controversy in 2013 when Pope Francis dissolved its General Council and forbade the friars to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form [sic] without permission. However the friars celebrate Mass in the old rite six days a week at St Mary’s.

Dr Amanda Field, a convert to Catholicism, says she has stopped attending the church after six years. “We used to have something really special here. The church was packed; people had to stand in the porch. But since the friars came we’ve been plunged back into the days before Vatican II,” said Dr Field.

Jean Watson, who has been serving the parish as a catechist and music-leader for 30 years, also described a “reversion” since the friars’ arrival. “I was a child in the parish before Vatican II and it wasn’t even like this then,” said Mrs Watson.

Bishop Egan announced this week that another traditionalist order, the Sisters of Maria Stella Matutina from Spain will reside at St Joseph’s church in Grayshott and assist with evangelisation.

The friars and the diocese declined to comment.     Source

Comment

While Cardinal Nichols is planning to spread “gay Masses” across the Church in England and Wales,  and in other ways making known his tolerance/acceptance of same-sex unions with barely a peep of opposition from any pews, let alone pew rage,  parishioners elsewhere in England are up in arms and walking out in high dudgeon because they have been asked to kneel to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion.

Think of that!  What are they actually saying? Kneel before the God who made me? You kidding? Wear something on my head out of respect for the Blessed Sacrament? What, you serious?  Still, they’re sure to be the kind of Catholics who will obey the Pope on changing their lifestyle to save the eco-system, so what’s the problem?

I’ve said it before and no doubt I’ll say it again – gimme strength.

What kind of Catholics think they had “something” so “special” in their parish, that kneeling in adoration before Our Lord could possibly destroy it? 

Listen: whatever was going on in that church before the friars came, it was not Catholicism. End of. Disagree if you think you can defend this scandal. But, I warn you. It won’t be pretty…

Book Sale! Don’t Miss It!

One of our young readers is keen to sell some of his books – he’s moving out of his flat and so had the brainwave of holding a “clearance sale” on the Catholic Truth blog. 

He’s listed the books for sale below, with a hoped for price, but is willing to listen to offers from anyone who maybe can’t afford the advertised sum.    IotaUnum

 Kevin’s Books For Sale….

St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Teologia, Leonine Edition (10 Vols, Hardback, Cajetan Commentary, Latin only). Cost me about £350 so I am hoping for about £175, but will consider offers.

One set of hardback Garrigou-Lagrange Commentaries on St Thomas Summa, £75.00 ono. 

Garrigou Lagrange: God: His Existence and Nature (£10 per volume) and The Essence and Topicality of Thomism £10 (hardback, a rather slim volume, it must be said!). Catena Aurea (English only, £40.00 hardback)

The following £5.00 plus postage (Garrigou-Lagrange, The Priesthood and Perfection, The Priest in Union with Jesus, St Joseph Cafasso The Priest: The Man of God, Blessed Columba Marmion, Christ the Ideal of the Priest), Amerio, Iota Unum £15.00 plus postage

 Fr Faber, Various works, (£7.00 each plus postage),

The Sermons of St Francis de Sales, (4 Volumes £7.00 each pp),

The Collected Works of St Louis-Marie de Montfort (hardback, £10.00 plus postage),

Prummer’s Handbook of Moral Theology (hardback £15.00 pp),

Tanquerey’s Dogmatic Theology (Hardback 2 Vols £25.00 pp) and The Spiritual Life £15.00,

Archbishop Lefebrve The Mass of the Ages, £7.00 plus postage, Against the Heresies £2.50pp, They Have Uncrowned Him £5.00 pp,

Don Felix Sarda y Salvana: Liberalism is a Sin £2.50 plus postage, Veuillot The Liberal Illusion £2.50 plus postage Fr Bormaud: 100 Years of Modernism £7.00 plus postage. Fr Fahey various texts and prices Webster the French Revolution £12.00 plus postage Pope Paul's New Mass   Davies Pope Paul’s New Mass. £15.00 plus postage. The thread is open for comments, to allow questions, recommendations etc. Any interested prospective purchasers should email Kevin (email address now removed – sold out!)  Update: Blogger, Westminster Fly will be posting a list of books, free to good homes, which belonged to a Catholic couple, deceased, now entrusted to WF to give away to interested parties. Thus, this thread remains open for now.

October Synod: Is Schism Inevitable?

Do you agree with the commentators who believe that Vatican permission for Communion for couples in sinful unions is “a done deal”? 

Is schism inevitable?  If so, what on earth are Catholics to do to keep the Faith?  Do you agree with the solutions proposed by the commentators in the video?

Same-Sex & Sibling “Marriage”…

Notice the failure of Piers Morgan and his pro-same-sex marriage guest to answer the question about the brother and sister who want to marry. After all, if “luv” is all that matters, why not? 

What does the uncomfortable (they were manifestly taken-aback) inability of Morgan and guest to answer the question, tell us?  That those who bleat on about “discrimination” and “gay rights” really haven’t thought it through? What then?

Also for this thread, consideration to be given to the “extremism” bill being proposed by Theresa May who refuses to define “extremism” and to rule out applying it to those of us who refuse to go along with the LGBT agenda.  We’re all at risk of being labelled “extremists” since, it seems, one of the British values she is determined to promote (and which from which nobody will be permitted to dissent) is the “tolerance” which has led to the legalisation of immorality of every imaginable kind and then some. Somebody asks me what I think of men who decide to go into hospital and return a woman, and I don’t reply “great, that’s his, or, er, rather, her choice”  then – unless I’m misinterpreting her rather muddled non-response to the interviewer’s persistent questioning –  I’m in danger of breaking the law of the land.  Check out her recent interview on BBC  Radio 4…

Should The Scots Bishops Apologise?

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 August Newsletter online early – click on image above to read…

note: this post published on 21 July (not 19th as per sidebar)

Comment:

For years, the Scots faithful have been told that the Church is thriving in the aftermath of the Vatican II “renewal”. 

Clearly, that has not been true at any point post-Vatican II.  Throughout this alleged “springtime” in the Church the  Bishops failed, by every objective measure, to deliver a healthy, faith-filled Church.  That’s their job. To teach and promote the Catholic religion, which means, in turn, quelling dissent and correcting error.  They refused, consistently, to do so and now they are forced to admit their failure.  Having closed our seminaries, one and all, having overseen clergy being “educated” by heretics galore, both during seminary training and through continuing “in-service” events, they are now having to recruit priests from “wherever” – to quote the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia – to replace those who have married wives, bought oxen, you name it.

But, will he?  Recruit priests from “wherever”, I mean.  You kidding?  There will be no “traditional” priests recruited by him or any other Scots Bishop.  They’d sooner we attended a Protestant church than an SSPX chapel.  Hence, it’s unlikely that the challenge issued on page 20 of the August newsletter will be taken up – can’t see the Archbishop of Glasgow handing over one of his churches earmarked for merger, closure or demolition to the Society of St Pius X, can you?  Better to stick with the “missionaries” from far flung parts like India – at least they’re from the Vatican II sector and will engage only in the “new evangelisation” – that is, “evangelisation”  in the name of  the ever elusive new “springtime”, in pursuit of the non-existent “renewal”.

So, should the Scots faithful receive an apology from the Bishops who have misled us for so many years now? Surely, the Bishops should apologise for turning truth on its head by telling us that the dramatic lapsation from the Faith, the abandonment of priestly and religious vocations,  the closure of churches, the heretical meetings permitted in parishes, the false teaching given in schools and pulpits, and all the other scandals are nothing to worry about;  surely they should apologise for peddling the falsehood that these signs of decay are,  in fact, signs that the Holy Spirit is leading us forward into a Church where the laity is more active – by which they really mean lay people, especially women, could, and should, run around the sanctuary playing at being priests. We are, surely, due a very loud and sincere apology for the falsehood that these signs of decay are the work of the Holy Spirit? No? Well what about an apology for insulting our intelligence, because those of us who don’t fit the description “useful idiots” know perfectly well that the Holy Spirit could not possibly be responsible for the decadent state of the  Catholic Church in Scotland (or anywhere else) today. 

A sincere (public) apology to God and to the faithful for all of the above, and more;  an equally sincere and public expression of repentance for neglectfully allowing the Church of Christ to fall into decay; a firm determination to restore the Catholic religion in all its traditional glory – now there’s a recipe for a “new springtime”… Which, if any, of the Scots Bishops might be up to that challenge?  

Catholics & The Law…

Comment

Increasingly, we see the legalisation of  immorality.  People of good will who believe they are doing the right thing, in the name of Christ, refuse to co-operate with bad laws. Two examples spring to mind: the Irish bakers who refused to take an order for a cake for a same-sex wedding, and the two Glasgow midwives who would not facilitate abortions.   Does St Thomas More offer any insight to us on the matter of how to treat of bad laws – and if so, what lesson? Would he have advised the bakers to take the cake order?  Would he have urged the two midwives to facilitate the abortions?  Or are the words of St Thomas More in the famous “Devil” speech ambiguous? 

The idea for this thread came following a number of conversations and observations about people, including Catholics, who appear to change their minds about a particular immorality once it become law. Are they following the example of St Thomas More, by taking a “high” view of the law of the land?  Or would St Thomas More recoil to think that he could be represented as a supporter of man-made laws which contradict the law of God? 

Brown Scapular: A Sign of Salvation…

OurLadyStSimonStockScapularIn the year 1251, in the town of Aylesford in England, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite. She handed him a brown woollen scapular and said, “This shall be a privilege for you and all Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire.”
In time, the Church extended this magnificent privilege to all the laity who are willing to be invested in the Brown Scapular of the Carmelites and who perpetually wear it.  Read more…     Brownscapular

 


Comment:

As we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the 16th July, we ought to reflect on the central importance of the contemplative Religious Orders, always regarded as the Church’s “power house”.   

If not already enrolled in the Brown Scapular, it’s important to make the effort now.  Things are developing speedily in the world and the Church – I’m sure we’re all aware that we all need all the spiritual help we can muster.

The priest at St Andrew’s SSPX chapel in Glasgow will be enrolling those who wish to be enrolled in the Brown Scapular after Mass on Sunday next, 19th July.  Mass begins at 9.45.a.m.  I’m sure there will be scapulars on sale in the little shop if you don’t already have one.  However, any priest may enrol in the Brown Scapular and the procedure is set out here – just scroll down to reach it/print it off, if you think you know a priest who will conduct the enrolment.

It is a gift to us from our Heavenly Mother… 
“Whosoever dies in this garment shall not suffer eternal fire”

              – promise of Our Lady to St Simon Stock on July 16th, 1251                   

                                                                                       

New Auxiliary For Glasgow – But Why Doesn’t Archbishop Tartaglia Resign?

Archbishop TartagliaPope Francis has agreed to appoint an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Glasgow. The new bishop will assist Archbishop Tartaglia who turns 65 in January. The Archbishop asked the Pope for an auxiliary following his health scare earlier this year… Source

Comment:

If the Archbishop of Glasgow is not able to fulfil his office, due to poor health – for which our sympathy – then, surely the right thing to do is to resign? Having an auxiliary running the show can’t be good for the Archdiocese.  The clergy already feel they are neglected, with sources telling Catholic Truth that priests feel dissatisfied with the current situation,  so the way forward, it seems to us amateurs, is to allow a “new brush” to “sweep [the archdiocese] clean”.  Well?  What do YOU think?

Should Papal Office Have Time Limit?

The Catholic Church should not have “leaders for life” in its ranks, otherwise it would risk being like a country under dictatorship, Pope Francis said on Friday.   Pope Francissmiles

Francis, 78, has said before that he would be ready to resign instead of ruling for life if he felt he could not continue running the 1.2 billion-member Church for health or other reasons.

“Let’s be clear. The only one who cannot be substituted in the Church is the Holy Spirit,” the Argentinian-born pontiff said in an address to some 30,000 people at an inter-denominational rally of Christians in St. Peter’s Square.

“There should be a time limit to positions (in the Church), which in reality are positions of service,” he said in an address that was in part prepared and in part extemporaneous.

Making clear his comments were not confined to the clergy, Francis added: “It is convenient that all (positions) in the Church should have a time limit. There are no leaders for life in the Church. This occurs in some countries where a dictatorship exists.”

In February 2013, Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict, became the first pontiff to resign in 600 years.

In an interview with Mexican television last March, Francis said what Benedict, now known as Pope Emeritus, did “should not be considered an exception, but an institution.”

But in the same interview he said he did not like the idea of an automatic retirement age for popes, for example at 80.    Source

Comment

Seems Pope Francis equates leadership for life with dictatorship. Is he right? 

Jihadists To Conquer Rome?

The first Islamic decapitation on western European soil since the times of the Battle of Vienna (1683) took place on June 26,2015, while the “champion” of the West, Barack Obama, was triumphantly celebrating the legalization of homosexual “marriages” imposed on all the States of the Union by the U.S. Supreme Court.  

RosaryImmaculateHeartExactly twenty years before, on June 21, 1995, the Islamic Mosque in Rome was officially inaugurated – the biggest in Europe, presented as a centre for ecumenical dialogue and religious peace. The only voice of protest heard in Italy at that time was the one of the Lepanto Cultural Centre, which promoted a Rosary of reparation in the church of St. Luigi Gonzaga, right next to the mosque, defining the construction of the Islamic centre in the heart of Rome as “a symbolic act of unspeakable gravity. Rome is the centre of the Catholic Faith: Islam at its very roots, denies the fundamental truths of our faith and intends to implant its dominion on the ruins that was once western Christian Civilization.”     

During that same period, between 1992 and 1995, the ethnic and religious war was going on in Bosnia, the first “mediatic-war” of modern times, but also the most distorted by the media. The politically correct version of the conflict, presented the image of a prevalently Muslim government, but in actual fact – multicultural, besieged by radical nationalists, the Croatians and Serbians, determined to annihilate the Muslims in Bosnia. The truth ignored was that Bosnia was al-Qa’ida’s first global Jihad front and the first international event from which Islam gained enormous benefits.  

John R. Schindler, an American analyst who spent almost a decade in the Balcan area, did a penetrating analysis on that war (Unholy Terror: Bosnia, Al-Qa’ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad, Zenith Press, St Paul, Minnesota 2007), which on many points coincided with those of Alexandre Del Valle, the geopolitical scholar, (Guerres contre l’Europe, Edition des Syrtes, Paris 2000). It was in Bosnia during the 1990s, that al-Qaeda, became the multinational of the Jihad under the leadership of Osama Bin Laden and his mujaheddin. Saudi Arabia, which had given thirty-five million dollars for the construction of the Mosque in Rome, spent hundreds in financing the fighters of Islamic guerilla warfare, encouraging young Muslims from all over the world to engage in the holy war in Europe. The first act of independent Bosnia, which remained mainly a Christian country, was its adhesion to the Organization of The Islamic Conference, that had assembled 57 Islamic countries, united in their aim of propagating the sharī’a all over the world.  

Since then, it has appeared clear that Islam has been moving along two strategic lines. The « sweet » line, aimed at the Islamisation of society through the network of mosques, which constitute centres of politcal and religious propaganda – but also military recruitment – like the one in Milan, in Viale Jenner, which served as the operative base for men, money and arms to arrive in Bosnia. The expression of this «Gramscian » expansion is the Muslim Brotherhood, founded by Hasan al-Banna in 1928, a movement, as Magdi Allam refers, that « promoted the Islamisation of society starting from the base, through the control of mosques, Islamic cultural centres, Koranic schools, charitable entities and financial institutes.» (Kamikaze made in Europe, Mondadori, Milano 2005, p. 22).  

Alongside this “sweet” strategic line we find, not in opposition, the “Leninist” line of radical Islam which wants to achieve world supremacy through the instruments of war and terrorism. In recent years this hard line has seen the passage from al-Qa’ida to Isis, an Islamic State which extends from the Aleppo peripheries in Syria to those of Baghdad in Iraq, and has as its declared goal, the reconstruction of that universal Caliphate which as the foremost scholar of Islam, Bat Ye’Or, has made clear since the 1990s, is not the dream of the fundamentalists, but the objective of every true Muslim.  

Islam’s diverse strategic lines are today converging into the very same global plan of conquest. During his act of establishing the Jihadist Caliphate, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in a sermon from the Mosque in Mosul, July 4th 2014, called on all Muslims to join him: if they do so – he promised – Islam will arrive even in Rome and will dominate the world. In the video diffused by Isis the black flag of the Caliphate is seen waving on top of the Vatican, the Coliseum is in flames and a sea of blood is submerging it. Lastly, the statement from the Libyan caliphate: “we are south of Rome”, while Abu Muhammed al Adnani, spokesman for the Iraqi Islamic State and Greater Syria, states: “We will occupy your Rome, we will smash your crosses to pieces, we will reduce your women to slavery.”  

The same objective has been proclaimed for more than ten years by the main exponent of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Imam, Yusuf al Qaradawi; in a fatwa promulgated on February 27th 2005, he declared that “in the end, Islam will rule and will be lord over the entire world. One of the signs of its victory is that Rome will be conquered, Europe will be occupied, Christians will be defeated and Muslims will increase and become a force that will control the entire European continent.”  

Yusuf Qaradawi (who, after having led the Egyptian “Arab springtime” was condemned to death in absentia by the Supreme Court of Cairo, on June 16th of this year) is the President of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, their headquarters being in Dublin, and a point of theological reference to Islamic organizations with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. His ideas diffused through the satellite channel Al Jazeera, influence a large part of contemporary Islam. For the Muslim Brotherhood, as it is for ISIS, the final objective is not Paris or New York, but the city of Rome, center of the only religion, which Islam, since its very birth, has wanted to annihilate. The real enemy is not the United States or the State of Israel, which did not even exist when Islam arrived at the Gates of Vienna in 1683, but the Catholic Church and Christian civilization, to which Muhammad’s religion is a diabolical parody .  

Yet, the words used by St. Pius V and Blessed Innocent XI to incite the Holy War that held back the conquering march of Islam at Lepanto and Vienna are not resounding in Rome today. Moreover, if Pope Francis shares the words of the English Prime Minister, David Cameron, according to whom the attacks of June 26th were not in the name of Islam – since Islam is a religion of peace – the battle, on a purely human level, we can say – is lost.  

The West’s response to the actions and war proclamations of Islam would seem to be summed up in the hashtag LoveWins, with which the homosexualist lobby flooded Facebook and Twitter. The inversion of values that this message expresses is destined to turn what it asserts upside down: this is no victory, but slavery, the destiny of a world which repudiates its faith and turns the principles of the natural order upside down.  

And yet nothing is irreversible in history. Another hashtag would be worth diffusion on the social network – a silent, but overpowering maxim: in hoc Signo vinces, the insignia impressed on Constantine’s banner at Saxa Rubra containing the history of future generations when men correspond to Divine Grace. Help from Heaven is never lacking when men of good will fight so that the Cross of Christ triumphs and reigns in souls and the whole of society. Are there still such men in the West?  Source

Comments invited…