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  1. A bit of light relief to start this new discussion thread:

    (Hopefully this is not inappropriate).

    We are potty training my young daughter (aged 2) right now. At a recent saturday mass we attend she suddenly advised me “Daddy, I need a pee”.

    Praising her for alerting me, I scooped her up and made straight for the toilet at the side door. However, when we got there, she decided that in fact she did not need a pee after all, so we just went back to our seat.

    Later during the mass, a lady was making her way down the side aisle and turned to go through the door to the toilet. At which point my daughter, who had spied the woman, boomed in the loudest voice imaginable “THAT LADY IS GOING FOR A PEE.”. She even pointed right at the poor woman, just incase there was any ambiguity as to whom she was referring.

    I don’t know who wanted the ground to swallow them up more, me or the poor lady in question!

    • Gabriel Syme,

      That is, indeed, comical – no wonder showbiz folk say they are wary of working with children or animals!

      However, there’s a more serious point to be made here, and I hope you don’t mind if I do just that 😀

      Not only because of their unpredictability, but also for reasons of modesty, I think it’s important to choose language very carefully when teaching even the smallest children the most basic things. After all, that’s what the sex-education “experts” do. They deliberately familiarise children with crudities – resources that I’ve seen include instructions to name the sexual organs and list them on the board, for children to learn, when there is absolutely no need to do so, but the purpose is to break down “inhibitions” so that the children will think and speak freely about bodily and sexual matters. They are saturated with this sort of thing, both at school and via the media. All the more important, then, that they learn modesty in all things, including language, at home and that from the earliest days.

      It might seem “picky” but I know mothers who teach their children to simply say that they “need to go to the toilet”, and when they meet with unwillingness (often because of a sense of embarrassment, everyone will know why… etc) they explain that some people go to the toilet just to wash their hands or fix their hair. It’s also likely to be less distracting for others in the pew, if a child asks to go to the toilet rather than spell out what they plan to do when they get there!

      Thinking ahead, with the inhibitions broken down, and a toddler daughter becoming an older/teenage daughter with different “toilet” issues, it would be unseemly to hear her, as we hear others, dishing out the reason for a toilet visit at that stage in her young life. “Too much information” as they say these days!

      I do hear children around me whispering for permission to go to the toilet during Mass, and I think nothing of it. If they were giving more detail, I’m not sure I’d be able to get my concentration back!

      Anyway, please do not take this as a personal criticism – there will be plenty reading this who think I’m just being a prude again, but I thought I would throw it in for your consideration.

      • Editor,

        I think it’s important to choose language very carefully when teaching even the smallest children the most basic things.

        I agree, personally when discussing such business I usually just ask her if she needs to “use her pot”.

        Her great precision surprised me and was part of what I found comical, but of course I would not expect her (or any child) to offer such detail beyond the age of ~2.

        On the plus side, from a parental point of view – “forewarned is forearmed”, as they say!

        • Gabriel Syme,

          On reading over my comment, I must thank you for not ticking me off – I’ve just re-read it and it comes across as cheeky-through-to-arrogant as if I’m instructing you on how to be parent! I really didn’t mean to do that, but having lived for a long time in the north of England, I got used to these graphic descriptions of why people were going to the loo, and although I don’t mind us importing lots of stuff from south of the border, I’d prefer to not import that rather crude custom!

          I take the points you made in reply – and, again, thank you for not taking offence. Some would say that your response shows your charity, others might say it’s all about blogging experience…

          • thank you for not ticking me off

            Not all all Editor.

            Thinking about it more I think its important to note that the language skills of a bright 2 year old are much more advanced than their social awareness/experience and neither do they have any concept of being crude.

  2. I have been informed that the (retired) Lord Gill PC is to give a lecture in April, as follows:

    Title: The Consequences of Vatican II
    Location: Hillhead library, Glasgow
    Date and time: Thursday 12th April, 5.30pm

    Sadly the early time (and it being mid-week) means I am unlikely to make it, but its interesting to see such a topic pop-up.

    I understand Lord Gill was educated by the Jesuits at St Aloysius, so I wonder if he will be forthright about the disastrous fallout of the Council, or if he will spout Jesuitical waffle?

    I suspect (hope) it might be the former, given the talk is not being hosted by the Archdiocese (or by Lord Gill’s former educators in particular).

    In any case, I suspect the modernist luvvies of Glasgow will turn up (to fawn over themselves and their supposed great openness and humility).

    • Gabriel Syme,

      There is no way in this world that the Jesuits would have invited Brian Gill to address any topic on their premises, were he not of the same fold as themselves. He was (not sure if he still is) a member of the Una Voce Scotland (UVS) committee and fitted right in with them – that is, he would do or say nothing to upset the hierarchy applecart (or as RCA Victor so aptly dubs them, the “lowerarchy”) and as long as the bishops would permit the occasional TLM, all was well with the UVS world.

      I couldn’t write a book about Brian Gill but I could write a pamphlet. I’ll put it no more strongly than that…

      • Editor,

        There is no way in this world that the Jesuits would have invited Brian Gill to address any topic on their premises, were he not of the same fold as themselves.

        The talk is not on Jesuit or Archdiocese property, which is why I think his message may not be popular in those quarters.

        I had not heard of Brian Gill before and had to google his name to find out about him. For example, I did not know he was a Judge or connected with Una Voce.

        • Gabriel Syme,

          Apologies for reading that too quickly – I saw “Lecture” … “Glasgow”… “Jesuits/St Aloysius” and jumped to the wrong conclusion.

          I still wouldn’t bet on Brian Gill saying anything that would make him too unpopular. I’d love to be wrong but I’ve never forgotten the report in the Catholic press about his warm praise for Cardinal O’Brien at the annual Mass for lawyers and this despite being, at that time, in regular receipt of our newsletter and 100% in support of CT, or so he led us to believe. I removed him from the mailing list after reading that report (in the light of another disappointment, not for publication right now) – and I wrote to him privately to explain why.

          In any event, anything worth saying is next door to being pointless at this stage. For one thing, he’s retired – a major criticism of some of the dubia cardinals: why not speak out when their words carry some influence? And things are just so bad now that one retired judge in a city like Glasgow, not exactly in the media spotlight, speaking in a library… weekday, 5.30pm when some folk are still at the office… well… I rest my case. Not exactly going to set the heather on fire, is it?

          Still, interesting to know about – so thank you for posting that information.

    • Ertyghiiikkgg

      There are some interesting tweets, but I can’t see any apology from anyone except a vague reference to “religious leaders” and the mention of some “right wing” people. I take it that’s the reference to the Britain First people.

      There’s nothing there that hasn’t been said by people on social media already, so I don’t see the big deal. I’m not on Twitter and I think it’s a weird way to communicate, so maybe I’m missing something, but since you ask for views, my is “so what?” LOL!

    • WF,

      I think what paved the way for PF’s false notion of mercy was John XXIII’s opening speech to Vatican II, in which he gave mercy a most un-Catholic, false meaning. PF is the other bookend, the consummation of an evil begun in 1962.

      • RCA Victor,

        Hear, hear. That was a shocking speech of Pope John XXIII – I can never understand why people let him off the hook for the damage caused by V2 when he started the ball rolling with that insulting speech. So, well said, you!

      • Follow this notion down the Rabbit Hole.

        By judicial use of Mercy and Accompaniment and of course ‘CONSCIENCE’……one could construe that Abortion etc is OK according to one’s conscience!!!

        This is coming folks like a No. 64 bus says ‘Auchenshuggle.

    • Cardinal Burke “alluding to Fatima”????????? Shouldn’t he be screaming it from the rooftops! The headline was enough for me – I didn’t bother clicking on the link!

      As for who will be the next pope – give us time to get over this one, LOL!

      • Another amazing kite being flown just now is ‘what if Benedict outlives Francis’!.?…….as Frank Carson the late comedian would have said ‘it’s a cracker’!

        • That’s the first I’ve ever heard or thought of that! What WOULD happen!

          Except we had that before when Benedict resigned and there was a conclave so I presume the same would happen again.

          • Some ‘experts’ think that Benedict would come back part time, while they sort things out…total mess…I blame him for deserting his post and ushering in this Jesuit Pope.

  3. If anyone clicks on the second link they will see Cardinal Sean O’Malley (remember him, AS IN THE Pope and the Barrose caper..)…..being ANOINTED by (SO CALLED) HOLY OIL from a divorced female Scottish protestant minister at some service.


    In business and politics, there is such a thing as Succession Management…this is what we are seeing now..the VAT PACK are simply no longer Catholic.

    • St Miguel,

      … “they” have not been Catholic EVER… no real Catholic could do and say the things these prelates are doing and saying. Trust me. I really am trustable on this 😀

      • Yep, but what is MORE alarming is the vast number who have pretended for decades to believe.The no longer feel that they have to pretend any longer, it just a cushy career for most with the same back stabbing as any other corporation. I now believe that the Church of Rome today is no longer Catholic.

        • St Miguel,

          We’ve been saying for decades that it is a mistake to listen to what the bishops say – watch what they DO has been our constant mantra.

          Talking a good orthodox talk and then selling rags like The Tablet (which attack Catholic morals, marriage, sanctity of life etc) in parishes, cathedrals and “Catholic” bookshops, allowing public dissenters to address audiences of priests and teachers on Catholic premises, defending dissenters undermining the Faith and Morals in the media blah blah – i.e. the contradiction between what they say for public consumption and what they DO, has demonstrated for a very long time that the bishops of the UK are about as Catholic as the nearest Imam.

          I don’t agree with you that the “Church of Rome is no longer Catholic” since you refer to Christ and His Church. I’m getting a tad fed up saying this to you, St Miguel; you seem to have a problem with medium term memory. If you mean that the prelates inhabiting the Vatican are no longer Catholic then – blankety blank – say that but do not infer that Christ has abandoned His Church. That’s heresy.

          I do sympathise about the memory problem, don’t get me wrong. I haven’t noticed too much difference as I’ve grown older but I do have a bad memory. And I do have a bad memory… 😀

  4. Now let us see what Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider are going to now. Not much I bet.

    I also believe now that only Divine Intervention will have to take place. The rotten wood has to fall and make way for a new plantation.

    • St Miguel,

      “Now let us see what Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider are going to now. Not much I bet.”

      NOW you’re catching on!

      • Just dawned on me that Athanasius seems to be absent on this blog. I have always been interested in his views on all the threads.

        Is he OK ?

  5. Posting this here as the most recent “transgender” threads are now locked to new comments:

    We have surely reached peak absurdity with this madness. The Times reports that a “transwoman” (i.e. a mentally ill man) in the labour party is in danger of losing his post after he posted tweets attacking another “transwoman” (i.e. another mentally ill man) in the labour party.

    The man’s crime? Saying the other man was not a woman.

    A leading transgender activist and Labour Party official is facing possible expulsion after online comments that she made about the party’s first transgender women’s officer.

    Miranda Yardley, 50, who was born male and underwent gender reassignment nearly ten years ago, said she had no regrets after posting four tweets in February about Lily Madigan, 20, questioning her status as a woman.

    I know politicians are typically self-serving, amoral and incompetent snakes, but how even they can deal with this nonsense with a straight face, I don’t know.

  6. Roberto de Mattei puts to rest (once again) the false notion of a “Pope Emeritus”:

    “Benedict XVI had the ability to renounce the papacy, but consequently, would have had to give up the name of Benedict XVI, dressing in white, and the title of Pope emeritus: in a word, he would have had to definitively cease from being Pope, also leaving Vatican City. Why did he not do so? Because Benedict XVI seems to be convinced of still being Pope, although a Pope who has renounced the exercise of the Petrine ministry. This conviction is born of a profoundly-erroneous ecclesiology, founded on a sacramental and not juridical conception of the Papacy. If the Petrine munus is a sacrament and not a juridical office, then it has an indelible character, but in this case it would be impossible to renounce the office. The resignation presupposes the revocability of the office, and is then irreconcilable with the sacramental vision of the Papacy.

    Cardinal Brandmüller rightly judged as unintelligible the attempt to establish a sort of contemporaneous parallelism of a reigning Pope and a praying Pope. “A two-headed Pope would be a monstrosity,” says Cardinal Brandmüller, who adds: “Canon Law does not recognize the figure of a Pope Emeritus” (…) “The resignee, consequently”, “is no longer Bishop of Rome, not even a cardinal.”

    • RCA Victor,

      That is a very useful article indeed. I kept thinking this one is the most important, then that one, but I settled on this one because it just sums up the removal of the key reason for having the Church at all – the salvation (from Hell) of souls:

      “The notion of the Church contained in the tortuous article 1 of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium stands out [as different from the Tradition], presented as “a sacrament or as a sign and instrument both of a very closely knit union with God and of the unity of the whole human race,” without any mention of the supernatural end of the Church, that is the salvation of souls, the one thing that justifies her existence.”

      That’s it in the proverbial nutshell!

  7. N O T I C E . . .

    MargaretUSA has emailed the following request for prayers – read the time with the time-gap between America and here in mind. I presume 4/16 refers to yesterday…

    Please ask the CT family to pray for my mother Helen. She fell & broke her left hip today (4/16); surgery is likely tomorrow. She really needs prayers.
    Sending hugs to everyone.
    In Christ the King,

    I have replied to assure her of my own prayers for her mother – please remember Helen in yours.

    Thank you.

    • I will pray that MargaretUSA’s mother Helen is comfortable, has successful surgery and makes a good recovery.

    • RCA Victor,

      WOW! That makes chilling reading. I extracted this paragraph to highlight, although I was spoilt for choice…

      Pope Francis states that “the ‘truth-idol’ imitates, it dresses itself up in the words of the Gospel, but does not let those words touch the heart.” Is the Gospel obscured or falsified by truths taught by the Magisterium of the Church – which are drawn from that Gospel?

      That is exactly what he’s up to, in that nonsensical talk of “truth-idol” – using the Truth to undermine the Church’s authority!

      How much longer are we going to have to suffer this pope! He’s only 82! Could live for another ten years! Lord, please help us!

    • RCA Victor,

      I agree, another scandal indeed. I am afraid of every time Pope Francis opens his mouth to speak, confusion abounds with almost every word he utters.
      “Truth idolatry” is this his objection to Catholic Doctrines in the Deposit of Faith?

      Well, Vatican II plus Pope Paul’s New Mass concocted by Archbishop Bugnini and 6 Protestant Ministers have been an unmitigated disaster. Massive defections of priests and nuns from religious life. Too few men entering seminaries. Dwindling congregations attending the Novus Ordo Mass. Secularism is running rife.

      In Canada take note of the numbers of closures of Catholic Churches, due to, too few priests …. need I say more?

    • John,

      Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel was on 26th April, on the traditional calendar. Yesterday was the Feast of St Joseph, Spouse of Our Lady & Patron of Workers.

      Another example of the “mess” [Pope Francis’ word!] in the modern Church. We’re getting so we can’t tell what day of the week it is, or, more accurately, what FEAST day it is!

      PS, we don’t promote the America/Britain etc Needs Fatima people since they do not tell anything like the full truth about Fatima.

    • Thank you for that RCAVictor, simple and profound. It puts in to words what I have been thinking for a long time.

    • RCA Victor

      Call me a nag if you will, but this would have been more appropriately posted on the current Papa Francis thread (Evil in the Vatican – etc…) because it is likely to be lost here. Anyway, that’s my anti-General Discussion prejudice showing again…

      That is one very interesting interview, and let’s hope he is right about the cardinals move quietly and discreetly to organise a special conclave. Thank you for alerting us to it. As I said above…

    • WF,

      I missed this post from you – possibly because we’d already posted a topic thread on it – see the “Evil in the Vatican etc” thread.

      As you say, this would never happen to Islam or any other pagan religion, but we’ve become used to this blatant prejudice and discrimination. Doesn’t help when it is actively promoted in the Vatican itself. Totally shocking.

  8. Here we go again . . . after Cardinal Nichols’ non-consecration of England to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 2017, when he failed to mention ‘England’ in the consecration prayer – it seems that the bishops are up to their old disingenuous tricks again with the proposed 2020 ‘re-dedication of England’ as Mary’s Dowry. Although the event is being hailed as a re-dedication of England, a deeper look into the Dowry Tour website has revealed this paragraph:-

    “The re-dedication in 2020, unlike the dedication of King Richard II in 1381, WILL NOT BE THE GIFT OF THE COUNTRY OF ENGLAND, (emphasis mine) but the personal gift of the faith of the people of England to the Mother of God, to seek her help in building a strong spiritual foundation for the New Evangelisation”

    What is the phobia around our bishops consecrating or dedicating this nation and actually naming it? Why do they feel that they can only consecrate / dedicate those who have the ‘gift of the faith’? Our Lady asked for the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, She didn’t say that She only wanted the Russian Catholics to consecrate themselves . . . . In any event, by 2020 I should imagine the amount of people who actually have the ‘gift of the faith’ in England will be virtually non-existent.

    Is this going to be another lost opportunity?

    • WF,

      To answer your closing question – yes it will be another lost opportunity.


      Because Cardinal Nichols et al have about as much Catholicity in their souls as the nearest rabbi or imam. Or for that matter, the nearest Scots bishop. That’s why.

  9. You’ve hit the Big Time, Editor: Fr. Clovis mentions his speech to Catholic Truth in this Remnant interview (ff to 16:20):

    • RCA Victor

      WOW! Theresa-Rose had put the link to the Remnant page with this interview, on the “Evil in the Vatican” thread but I hadn’t managed to view it yet – just did though, and thank you very much for alerting us to the mention of our Conference. Father was a pleasure to be with – we thoroughly enjoying his visit and it’s great to hear him mention the Conference in his interview with Michael Matt. Thank you for that!

  10. Rorate Caeli reports that Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos has died. He was 88.

    Grant unto him eternal rest o Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon him,
    May he rest in peace

    • Thank you for that sad news about Cardinal Hoyos, Gabriel Syme. It was he who repeatedly pointed out that the SSPX is not in schism and that those who claims so do not understand the situation.

      May he rest in peace.

  11. One of our readers emailed me a copy of his message to Radio 4 where, in a discussion about the royal wedding, one of the presenters said: “religious marriages are from a more censorious age”. Jim wrote:

    I’ve been married for 31 years, we are Catholic and married in a Catholic church.

    At work in the construction industry we can’t use step ladders in case we fall off… we can’t use sweeping brushes because if dust rises we might get cancer…. we have a lockable steel box to hold a half pint tin of paint, the box is that small you can’t put the paint brush in beside the deadly paint.
    I’m finished for the day, off to the Co-op for my evening meal will have to pay for a carrier bag 5 pence…. I’m driving a diesel car…etc…etc…etc….

    Where ever did you get the idea that religious marriages were from a more censorious age…???


    • There is no ban on using step ladders on construction sites, simply a requirement that the risk is properly assessed, which seems entirely sensible given the number of deaths and serious injuries each year when using ladders.

      Dry sweeping similarly is not banned, but since it can result in inhalation of harmful substances better options should be considered.

      Securing harmful substances, including paint, is also just sensible and good work practice.

      And if you want to avoid paying for a carrier bag, get a bit more organised and take one with you to the shops. It really isn’t very hard.

      I suppose in a similar vein I could point out that when I was a kid anyone could buy cigarettes from a vending machine outside a lot of shops, age was very rarely checked in pubs, school teachers were still allowed to beat children on the buttocks with a piece of wood based purely on their own discretion and racial discrimination was not an offence.

      All in all, as a society we have made a lot of progress since my youth and should be proud of it.

      • Andrew,

        You have missed Jim’s point – or perhaps you agree that “religious marriages are from a more censorious age” and that we are living at a terrific time of wonderful freedom where we are not being beaten with PC sticks at every turn?

        Knowing zilch about the construction industry, my money is with Jim. We are inundated with daft rules and regulations (the plastic bags nonsense is one great example) and with people looking disapprovingly down their noses at us if we so much as “idle” the car engine for a couple of minutes to drop off or pick up a passenger, I think a very good case can be made for arguing that WE are living in an extremely censorious age. Unless you hold the permitted views on same-sex “marriage”, abortion, contraception, divorce and “remarriage”, transgenderism and all the rest, then we are out of step with the (recently) received “wisdom” of our very PC, promiscuous, permissive, anything-but-tolerant society.

        Maybe you get Jim’s point now?

  12. I’m kind of surprised the Pope’s comments to Juan Carlos Cruz haven’t been commented on here. For the overwhelming majority of Catholics I know they represent a huge and very welcome step forward to accepting people as they are and not attempting to take God’s place in sitting in judgement. Although I don’t for a minute expect them to be welcome on this site.

    • Andrew,

      You mean the meeting where Pope Francis tells a homosexually active man (“gay”) that: “God made him gay and his sexuality “does not matter”.” ?

      Why would we comment on that?

      Are you saying that, because what the Pope says is in direct contradiction to God’s moral law, that homosexuality is one of the four sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance, we wouldn’t expect a Pope to give it his blessing, that we ought to have commented on it by now?

      But why? This pope has made clear that he accepts every religion and none, every aberration, especially homosexuality, and that the only people he disdains are traditional Catholics.

      What is there to say? What’s new?

      But here’s a point: why not take YOUR disdain for us and blog elsewhere? I’m increasingly sick of ignorant Catholics (who are, in fact, Catholics-in-name-only) coming on here and spouting their drivel, insulting the bloggers here. And all in the name of “acceptance”, “diversity”, “equality” blah blah.

      Catholics-in-name-only who are in favour of promoting sin are welcome to READ this blog but we are not interested in your opinions – on anything. NOT remotely.
      To come on here and promote heresy and immorality begs the question, why? Why come on here where you know you are talking to authentic Catholics; we don’t want your nonsense, so who are you talking to? And what the heck are you talking about – you’ve lost us… Please, take your business elsewhere. We don’t want it.

      • It is interesting that you choose to focus on what you regard as Juan Carlos Cruz’s sins, but without any comment about why the Pope was meeting him, namely that he had been sexually abused by a Priest and that abuse subsequently covered up at the highest level by the Church in Chile.

        • So? Again, what’s new? What do you want us to say? We haven’t discussed the Australian bishop found guilty today of covering up abuse or any of the latest cases of alleged abuse …We’re much more interested in the serious damage being done to SOULS by this horrendous pope. Having been abused won’t take anyone to Hell, engaging in unnatural sexual activity – if unrepented – will. Reflect…

          • Ignoring the rather infantile memes that seem to randomly pop up under your posts, that’s an interesting take. Just speculation, but I doubt that someone sexually abused by a Priest is going to want to have anything to do with the Church, especially the Catholic Church, and will lose their faith. So claiming this won’t result in them going to hell is for me difficult to reconcile with, for example, John 3:16.

            My reading of the Bible is that the only way to redemption and everlasting life is faith in Jesus as the Son of God. We are all sinners and I really don’t think it is for us to second-guess God’s judgement on others. Rather, it is for us to help people in discovering (or rediscovering) their faith in Jesus. I do think that key to this is by example. Not by judging and criticising others, ignoring the beam that everyone of us has in our own eye.

            Perhaps I haven’t looked hard enough, but I can find references to homosexuality in Genesis and Leviticus (alongside various other rules, for example on eating which I’m not convinced most Christians follow). I can find a few in Paul’s letters. However, I can’t find any in the Gospel’s, indeed in anything Jesus said.

            My view is that we should, as the Pope did, help to guide people to a belief in Jesus as the Son of God, as the Redeemer. God will judge their sins as he will judge ours. Perhaps he will consider that homosexuality is a sin, and one more important than a failure to love our neighbour as ourselves because he is gay. I don’t know and it’s really not for me to say.

  13. Please see this from Coalition For Marriage: You can a response to the Dept of Education here:-

    Respond to consultation: oppose a same-sex marriage test for teachers

    Dear marriage supporter,

    Draft Government guidance will see schools in England assessed on their support for same-sex marriage. This will greatly strengthen Ofsted’s hand in policing political correctness. Initially this guidance will apply to independent schools, but the approach will inevitably be extended to all schools.

    This is the greatest threat we have faced since same-sex marriage was legalised. It is vital that it is faced down and defeated.

    Please respond to the consultation today. You do not have to provide any personal information if you do not want to. The key question to respond to is question 7, which is on page 3 of the online response form. The consultation closes on 5 June.

    Our short guide to responding to the consultation is below. There is more background detail in our new briefing. You can also read the key piece of the draft guidance, paragraph 20, here.
    Respond today

    Yours sincerely,
    Colin Hart
    Coalition for Marriage (C4M)

    The consultation closes on Tuesday 5 June, at 11.45pm.
    You can respond online.
    Question 7 is the key one to respond to: “If you have comments on the advice in relation to the Quality of Education standard (Part 1), please insert them here”
    Some suggested comments for question 7 are below. You may wish to use one or two of these comments.
    Specify that your comments relate to paragraph 20 of the draft guidance.
    If you feel able to respond to other questions, please do so.
    Your response will be far more effective if you use your own words.

    Suggested comments:

    Say that the Department for Education is acting as if Parliament has outlawed belief in traditional marriage.
    Say that the draft guidance breaks promises made by Government ministers that teachers who disagree with same-sex marriage will be respected.
    Say that teachers will be gagged. Even teachers who give views for and against could fall foul of this approach.
    Say that the draft guidance is deeply offensive. It implies that disagreeing with same-sex marriage is like being racist.
    Say that this guidance will further encourage Ofsted to ask intrusive questions of schoolchildren, as has already happened in Jewish and Christian schools.
    Say that in a democratic society people should be free to disagree.
    Say that same-sex marriage is a political issue that schools should treat in a balanced manner.

    • WF,

      Thank you for that – I would encourage everyone here, readers and bloggers, to respond to that important consultation.

    • Westminster Fly,

      That’s terrible but I think we were told about his dislike of contemplative life a while back – and Hilary White is not the best source, as she is one of those who think Francis is not the pope. She constantly refers to him as “Bergoglio” although she does call him ‘Pope Francis’ as well, in that article. I wonder if that was added by the editor? It seems an odd thing to do if you don’t think he’s actually the pope!

    • The analysis given ignores completely the actual directives of the document. Specifically, it ignores, “42 Bearing in mind the particular apostolate of the contemplative communities with the witness of their consecrated life, which the nuns are called to render to Christ and to the Church, and the eminent place that they occupy in the mystical Body of Christ, the nuns cannot be called on to lend the help of their work in the various pastoral ministries nor should they accept them.”

      Exactly how is such a sentiment an attack on the contemplative life?

      Misrepresenting Vatican documents serves no-one, and definitely not those who live the Contemplative Life. I suspect they would be hurt that people seek to use “the eminent place that they occupy in the mystical Body of Christ” to seek to attack The Pope, or The Vatican.

      • Petrus Regnat

        Genuine question. Are you for real? I love an optimist but your failure to address any of the glaring and scandalous comments/actions/lack of actions etc which the Pope and his faithful Cardinals and Bishops have perpetrated upon Christ’s Holy Church in the last few years is beyond a joke. You don’t only fail to address them, you bend over backwards to excuse them, and cherry pick the little bits of Catholic doctrine which are contained in these interminable statements in the hope that they will camouflage the overall message. Neither you, or our humble Pope, or his faithful supporters, are fooling real Catholics, who actually know the Faith.

        Please take your rose-coloured glasses back to Spec Savers and ask for a refund.

    • Petrus Regnat,

      “… delight the people who post here”?

      Surely, since this is basic Church law being affirmed, it should delight ALL Catholics?

      • I meant they would be pleased The Pope is being so clear on a subject they have doubted him on.

    • Petrus Regnat, do you think the Pope is correct in his affirmation…simple question, yes or no?

    • RCA Victor,

      That makes dreadful reading. Incredible that Pope Francis set up this film as soon as he became pope, more or less. His “humility” is just staggering.

      This, near the beginning of the article, says it all, really: “Francis is not reforming the church but denaturing it, reducing it to a social tool.”


      I’m still reeling from the fact – highlighted towards the end of the article – that he did not utter a single word about the dignity of the unborn life in the womb. Not a word about that in the run-up to the Irish abortion referendum, knowing that the film was to be released just after the vote.

      What a dreadful pontificate. What a shameless pope.

      • Editor,

        The word that comes to mind regarding this pontificate is “Sleazy.” And that not only describes this Pope, but those with whom he surrounds himself and rewards with appointments.

        • How many times on this blog have I used the word SHOWBIZ…

          This is Hollywood stuff from the days of the Ziegfield Follies to the Ghostbusters.

          It is ALL neuro linguistic programming for the masses.

        • RCA Victor,

          I agree, “sleazy” is the word to describe this pontificate, the pope and all his minions, because to agree to appear in a film that glorifies himself, well, what else can you call it, except “sleazy”. It’s all very sad.

          • There is a theory that x% of people in the world would LOVE to be in front of an audience…..failing that, actually ‘being’ in an audience.

            There is no shortage of people who will go in front of a camera in the vain hope of ‘being discovered’ as happened to Marilyn Monroe.

            They just want to be looked at and admired.

    • Petrus Regnat (why not Christus Regnat?),

      The author is a man, not a woman. And if Mr. Reno dissociates his magazine from Maureen Mullarkey because of her entirely accurate “tirades” (“She consistently treats him [Pope Francis] as an ideological propagandist, accusing him of reducing the faith to secular political categories.”) – remarks which, according to him, provide ammunition for “radio talk-show hosts to entertain the public with mock-battles against various Empires of Evil. I don’t want First Things to play that game.” – then I would be curious to know the source of these “rave reviews” which have been won by Mr. Reno.

      You may also have noticed that Mr. Reno apparently does not believe in well-organized evil – judging from his scorn for those who do. Perhaps he should recall the recent referendum results in Ireland…

      I find his middle-of-the-road posture (which exhibits neither good judgment, nor true balance, nor charity – only cowardice) to be the result of sloppy, secularist thinking, and completely useless in the war to restore all things in Christ.

      • RCA

        My post is in response to your link to Maureen Mullarkey and my link is about that same writer. Therefore “this author” who has “rave reviews” is Maureen Mullarkey. Wittgenstein said words derive their meaning from the context in which they are used.

        However, if what Mr Reno writes about Ms Muallrkey doesn’t raise queries in your head. Then the Publisher of The Federalist – who specialises in religion and culture – is a Ben Domenech, who we read:

        Domenech was hired by the Washington Post’s online arm to write a blog providing “a daily mix of commentary, analysis and cultural criticism”.Media Matters for America criticized the choice, claiming that “[t]here [were], however, no progressive bloggers — and no one left of center with the credentials of a political operative — on to provide balance to Domenech.” Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds told the New York Times that Domenech’s appointment attracted anger “because he was a conservative and he was given real estate at The Washington Post” and this spurred bloggers to find “something they could use to get rid of him.”
        Red America launched on March 21, 2006, but Domenech resigned three days later after only six posts, after other bloggers posted evidence that Domenech had plagiarized work from the Washington Post, The New Yorker, humorist P. J. O’Rourke, and several other writers. O’Rourke denied Domenech’s claim that the humorist had granted permission to use his words, adding that he could not recall ever meeting the college student. Editors for Domenech’s college newspaper, The Flat Hat, denied allegations by Domenech that one instance of plagiarism was because the editors had “inserted a passage from The New Yorker in an article without his knowledge,” saying that “Mr. Domenech’s actions, if true, [were] deeply offensive.” On March 24, 2006, the editors of National Review confirmed on its blog The Corner[31] that Domenech appeared to have plagiarized for at least one article he had written for that publication. Washington Post online editor Jim Brady announced Domenech’s resignation saying “[a]n investigation into these allegations [of plagiarism] was ongoing, and in the interim, Domenech has resigned, effective immediately.”
        After initially denying the plagiarism allegations, Domenech apologized, writing in a RedState post entitled “Contrition,” that “[t]here is no excuse for this…. I hope that nothing I’ve done as a teenager or in my professional life will reflect badly on the movement and principles I believe in.”
        In 2013, Domenech was involved in a journalism scandal that resulted in the removal of his work from The Washington Examiner and The Huffington Post when it was disclosed that Domenech received $36,000 from Joshua Trevino, a conservative pundit and lobbyist, to write favorable opinion pieces about the government of Malaysia without disclosing the relationship. The payments came to light when Trevino registered as a foreign agent of the Malaysian government.
        After disclosure of the payments, The Washington Examiner and The San Francisco Examiner, removed Domenech’s post from their websites and replaced it with an editors’ note saying that “the author of this item presented content for which, unbeknownst to us, and in violation of our standards, had received payment from a third party mentioned therein — a payment which he also failed to disclose.” The Washington Examiner owned The San Francisco Examiner at the time and content was shared. ”

        Are you sure such a publisher – whose reputation has been shredded – and a writer who lacks judgement, balance, and charity, and zealously goes after one target, are sensible for a Catholic concerned about the Church, and the reputation of its earthly leader?

    • St Miguel,

      I always think that these “artists” are having a joke at out expense. They must think they will keep pushing the envelope, to see how long it takes for someone to finally say “your work is absolutely rubbish, look at the state of it”.

      Of course, our esteemed Church leaders say nothing and greet each new hideous monstrosity with great enthusiasm*. Likely for fear of being thought ignorant or uncultured if they said otherwise.

      Right enough, the “tribalized chapel” in the link – which looks like a compost silo or similar – would give a few Glasgow Churches a run for their money in the glamour stakes.

      *the one exception to this was the late Cardinal Meisner, who did not hide his disgust at the modern “pixels” stained glass window installed his his (Cologne) Cathedral, some 10 years ago.

      I think the artist chosen to produce the window was considered a safe choice, but then he chose an abstract design of lots of coloured square pixels. Nothing else. It’s a pattern, rather than a picture.

      I have since visited the Cathedral and greatly empathised with the late Cardinal. (That said, it’s better than the modern wall murals in St Peter’s Cathedral, Trier, which genuinely look as though a child has done them.)

      • That Church leaders can be so easily convinced by and scared to tell so – called artists/architects to get stuffed, is appalling in as much as how they CANNOT be convinced of the gravity of Abortion.

    • Petrus Regnat,

      I saw that – it was good news and hopefully it will influence the Supreme Court in the UK which is to rule on a very similar case here – the Ashers bakery – in the near future.

      Its ridiculous, this global LGBTQIA-etc-etc persecution of bakers.

    • WF,

      I’ve just seen this today on the Fatima Center website – hadn’t noticed it here or would have been tempted to post it as a separate thread. Anyway, will be publishing it in the next edition of our newsletter. Our non-internet readers really ought to know this. Utterly scandalous.

    • Crofterlady,

      Nope – and will watch later, but I did find this a couple of days ago… And showed it to a visiting friend who is not online and was very interested indeed in the remarks about UK journalists and the lack of reporting…

    • Crofterlady,

      Call me a “racist” if you wish but I found Tommy Robinson an impressive person. If only he had a posh accent, the powers-that-be would perhaps listen to him. Then again, perhaps not. Douglas Murray has a posh enough accent and says much the same things, but he’s only ever very occasionally on TV and then always in a very controlled situation – such as Question Time, where he can be cut short at the ultra-Establishment Chairman’s will.

      One thing – it’s a pity they didn’t use our video-master. He’d have chosen a better location and microphone. Still, those details aside, I found that interview extremely interesting and at which point could anyone of average intelligence, reasonably disagree with what he said?

      By the way, speaking of our video-master, don’t think we’ve forgotten that we are running the Thinking Through Catholic Truth series – we have a couple of sessions lined up within the next week or so, and others in the pipeline. So, hang on in there!

    • Crofterlady,

      After watching your video and responding to it, I found this report of protests in London today – calling for Tommy to be set free; there were, unfortunately, clashes with the police, and injuries sustained.

      If only Catholicism were his target instead of Islam, he’d be out enjoying the sun today instead of languishing in prison!

      Truly, you could not make this stuff up…

      • Editor,

        The excuse for jailing him is that he broke reporting restrictions – nobody (except Tucker Carlson LOL!) is questioning those restrictions in the first place!

        Usually restrictions on reporting are for (supposedly) good reasons, maybe to prevent witness intimidation or whatever, but it’s obvious what’s going on here. The restrictions are to keep the facts from the public, and to cover up the suppression of free speech in the UK. The Tucker Carlson interview exposes this.

        It’s a pity that mob types attacked the police, but Tommy can’t be blamed for that. It’s worth noting that even with those disturbances on the streets of London yesterday, there was no reporting of it on any TV news that I watched, and that’s probably because they would then have to tell the whole story, exposing Tommy’s imprisonment for what it is – a punishment for saying what the establishment don’t like! Hence the reporting restrictions in the first place! It’s a vicious circle!

        • Lily,

          Well said. Either we have open courts or we don’t have open courts.

          I remember watching a BBC Panorama documentary programme about the Family Courts and the huge damage done by the fact that these are secret courts. The programme ended with a retired Family Court Judge saying that this secrecy had to end. The stories of ruined families, forced adoptions for no reason, were horrendous. And this is going on day in and day out in this country, but we know nothing about it. Disgraceful.

          The Tommy Robinson case proves that we are now, effectively a police state. Any one of us could be arrested and tried in secret, with journalists not permitted to report proceedings on any old spurious excuse (in case the jury see it!! Didn’t they see the news reports about Jack the Ripper or the more recent case of John Worboys, the London taxi driver murderer?) No reporting restrictions are put in place to keep the proceedings secret and that cannot be healthy.

          We can’t criticise North Korea when our law-makers are behaving in the same tyrannical way.

          • I totally agree. Courts are either open courts or secret courts. Between the SNP appointing State Snoopers to interfere in family life through their Named Person scheme, and men being locked up for saying the “bleedin obvious” (as they say in England, LOL!), we are definitely closer to being a totalitarian state than the democracy they keep telling us we are, as if, if they say it often enough, we’ll believe it!

  14. Why is it so easy for our state to jail Tommy Robinson. When it is so difficult to jail a group of men found with an underage girl in a bedroom.

    Easy to jail a Man leaving bacon at a mosque (later to be killed in jail) but difficult to jail jihadists who preach murder and death against the British people.

    I reckon most people who read this blog know the answer?

    • John,

      Idiotic as it was to have left bacon at a mosque, it’s hardly the crime of the century or worthy of a prison sentence. Heavens, when I think of some of the cases I’ve known personally where people have been viciously assaulted and their attackers walked free, despite overwhelming evidence, and the culprits being repeat offenders, that “bacon” case is decidedly under-whelming.

      The ridiculous PC brigade pick soft targets like Tommy Robinson to satisfy their need to be self-righteous about something, now that they’ve dispensed with the God-given moral law, and I don’t see things getting much better any time soon.

      • Editor,

        I hadn’t heard about this bacon crime so I Googled and found a report on it, where the majority of the comments were saying this is an over-reaction (to jail the man) and that includes several Muslims. I copied just one of the Muslims’ comments.

        “As a Muslim I think it’s ridiculous he went to jail for doing something really ridiculously childish. That’s all it was foolish and childish. Not jail worthy.”

        I became hooked on reading the comments – some of them were really funny, like “what happened to the bacon?” and some made good points like the blogger who said “Woman with 17 convictions glasses someone in the face causing permanent eye damage walks free from court.”

        Some of the funniest ones were about the bacon like the person from Singapore who wrote “Well, he was lucky. In Saudi Arabia, he would have been beheaded. They *really* don’t like bacon sandwiches.” LOL!

        It really is ridiculous that someone could be jailed for a year and end up dead for leaving a bacon sandwich at a mosque. He shouldn’t have done that, of course not, but I don’t see how the punishment fits the crime, if it should be called a crime, more a silly way to show disapproval of a religion. BTW, one person said on the DM blog that Islam is not a race, so how can this be a racist crime. That’s a fair point.

  15. I have sent the following email to my MP – one of the cuckoo SNP members who walked out of Westminster today in a churlish show of defiance to the Speaker of the House. I’ll append an email address and would urge others, especially Scots bloggers, to use it to express your disdain:


    I have emailed you twice without receiving the courtesy of a reply. In due course, I will be making an appointment to meet you at your surgery, because I don’t take too kindly to being ignored by the very people who bleat on about democracy and how much they care about constituents. Not my experience. On the contrary, I’ve found that the SNP does not give a toss about democracy or constituents. It would be advisable to let your secretary know that I don’t take kindly, either, to being quizzed as to why I wish to meet with my MP. After all, you wouldn’t want me turning up at your surgery and causing mayhem would you… Which brings me to the point of this email which is to copy you the text of the email I’ve just sent to the hapless Ian Blackford, following his disgraceful trouble-making in the Westminster Parliament today.

    TEXT OF MY EMAIL TO IAN BLACKFORD MP, SENT VIA SNP Website for your information.

    I was horrified, watching PMQ’s live on TV, at the childish antics of Ian Blackford and the walkout of the SNP MPs from the Westminster Parliament.

    Some years ago, I considered voting SNP, and even joining the Party – I’ve now decided when that will be – NEVER. I am thoroughly ashamed to watch such ridiculous behaviour from a bunch of MPs – seeing Joanna Cherry’s wild exit motions (isn’t she a lawyer of some kind? Not the best advert for the profession) – made me embarrassed to be a Scot.

    Finally, would SNP members please stop peddling the lie that “Scotland voted to remain in the EU” – rubbish. Two thirds of the population didn’t vote at all, people like myself voted to leave (they didn’t give me two Degrees for nothing) and only 62% of those who voted, voted remain. We all voted to remain in the UK, anyway, so that nullifies your daft claim that “Scotland voted to remain in the EU” – no, we did NOT! Please stop lying and please DO grow up – your antics in Westminster today were really mortifying. Gerragrip ENDS.

    Contact form to reach Ian Blackford MP

  16. Just in case we forget the Chinese debacle, a timely reminder from One Peter Five.

    Again I reiterate that Pope Benedict DESERTED his post NEEDLESSLY and allowed this character to take the reins and we are now where we are, with MUCH worse to come.

    Maybe someone will say I am uncharitable or something but the Emeritus Pope plays the piano while Rome burns….and says NOTHING..!

  17. I am currently on holiday and last sunday was in st agnes, amsterdam (FSSP). Ive been there a few times before and always enjoy it. The congregation join in with ‘domine non sum dignus’, but thats the only irritating bit haha.

    This time there was something I dont recall from before, in that they rang the church bells at the consecration. Was that once standard in churches?

    I thought it very appropriate and moving, but then also sad to think how many passers-by would be ignorant of what the peeling bells were signifying.

    We have noticed a lot of grand church buildings which are now secular in the netherlands. Theatres and the like. No doubt at least some were catholic.

    Yesterday in utrecht, we visited st wilibrords (SSPX). “Stunning” doesnt even begin to cover it. Cant wait to go to sunday mass there.

    Attending the traditional mass on holiday really displays the universality of the church, in a way the novus ordo could never even approximate.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      Isn’t it about time you and the Mrs settled down? You must be close to having completed a trip round the world by now!

      Seriously, never heard that about the church bells (as opposed to the server’s bells) at the Consecration. My first thought, though, is shouldn’t the bell-ringer be kneeling in adoration for the Consecration, instead of being outside ringing bells?

      Or am I moaning too much (again)!

      • I’ve known this practice and I rather like it. The housebound, or Catholics passing by, can pause to pray . It also scares the Devil away, as bells should be blessed

      • Editor,

        If memory serves (rather than enslaves), at one of the SSPX USA retreat centers, they do both: the server is of course kneeling as he rings the bells, but one of the brothers is also kneeling next to a rope right there in the chapel, attached to the bell in the tower.

        How d’ya like them apples?

      • . My first thought, though, is shouldn’t the bell-ringer be kneeling in adoration for the Consecration, instead of being outside ringing bells?


        That is a good point and one which did not occur to me before.
        I do not actually know the arrangements for the bell ringing at St Agnes, but I suppose its possible it could be automated and be activated by timer or button-press.

        Right enough, I see RCAVIctor has mentioned a place where a kneeling individual rings bells manually.

        am I moaning too much (again)!

        Hmmm, can I think about my answer? Haha! 😛

        We subsequently managed to go to SSPX St Willibrord’s in Utrecht twice on Sundays, which was wonderful. The late hour, 5pm, plus the duration (90 mins) were not ideal for my 2 yr old but she coped admirably and I was pleased she got to experience sung masses in such a beautiful Church. It really is something.

        After the mass the congregation were mingling in a sunny Church courtyard for drinks etc.

        The SSPX Church is very close to Cardinal Ejik’s Cathedral. I wonder how he feels about that? The congregation has a picture of the Cardinal displayed with its pictures of Bishop Fellay and the Pope.

        One minor criticism is that the pews and kneelers have so many cushions that I found they “got in the way” and could well have done without them.

        I did laugh to read what the dutch tourist office has to say about the SSPX Church:

        It gushes:

        One of the most beautiful neo-gothic churches of the Netherlands. The hidden treasure of Utrecht.

        Hidden in the historic city centre of Utrecht lies the St Willibrordkerk. The church’s wealth of decorations, unique to The Netherlands, will astonish you. Admire the colourful stained-glass windows, the beautiful woodcarvings and the lavishly painted walls and ceilings.

        And then:

        The neo-gothic St Willibrordkerk offers the opportunity to experience a characteristic church atmosphere at the time of the Middle Ages.

        A backhanded compliment? haha!

        If you ever consider a city-break, you could do much worse than Utrecht!

  18. Catholic Defence League,

    Assuming you make a return visit here (!) would you mind copying the comment about Communion in the hand/women’s ordination group at the Vatican onto this thread – I will then delete it here, and this request from me. The GD threads fill up so quickly and so we try to keep comments relating to topic threads together as much as possible. Please and thank you!

  19. It seems a certain MP and MEP feels that Cardinal Nichols and Co. let down baby Alfie and Catholic families in general and shares the sentiments of bloggers here.

  20. I agree – I can’t see what all the fuss over JRM is about – he’s really good on Brexit, but otherwise, I’m not impressed.

  21. Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court has announced his retirement, meaning President Trump will nominate a second Justice to the Court (after Neil Gorsuch, previously).

    I think it’s possible that the Trump administration may even get to nominate a 3rd Justice in the not too distant future, given the age of some of the other existing Justices.

    Its great that Trump is getting to nominate the new Justices, as opposed to HiIlary Clinton (ugh), given how involved the Supreme Court is in modern culture wars, and how it’s decisions tend to influence the wider western world.

    Hopefully The Donald can unearth a close copy of the late, latin-mass attending, Justice Antonin Scalia (whom Gorsuch replaced).

    If a conservative majority can be secured for the Court, then it would bode well for western culture in the decades ahead (Gorsuch is only 50, for example, so could possibly serve for 25+ years). This would be very reassuring in these days of abortion and transgender-madness etc.

  22. In the latest ‘Catholic Truth’ magazine, on page 3, in his piece ‘Implications of Ignoring the Fatima
    message’, Iain Colquhoun writes: “We need a popular ‘cultus’ to bring about the canonisation of [the eldest of the three seers] Lucia dos Santos”. The prayer below is the official one for her canonisation.

    Prayer for the Beatification of the Servant of God Sister Lucia

    Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly and I thank you for the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, that revealed to the world the riches of her Immaculate Heart. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I implore You, if it should be for Your greater glory and the good of our souls, to glorify Sr. Lucia, one of the Shepherds of Fatima, by granting us the grace which we implore through her intercession. Amen

    Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…

    With ecclesiastical approval

    Please send details of any favours received though her intercession to:

    Carmelo de Santa Teresa,
    Rua de Santa Teresa, nº 16
    3000-359 – Coimbra – Portugal

    Petitions can be emailed to the Carmel of the Coimbra, which will be printed off and left in Sr Lucia’s cell at the feet of the statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary:-

  23. Its been reported that a priest was spat on and “lunged at” yesterday, during the large Orange Walk in Glasgow, yesterday. The priest and his parishioners were also subject to abuse as they talked outside their Church.

    The Police and Media seem to be doing everything in their power to play matters down, as much as possible.

    Hopefully there will be many witnesses and/or CCTV footage.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      Disgraceful as it is, this won’t stop the Archbishop of Glasgow participating in, if not organising, the next ecumenical event, where the pretence of “we’re all Jock Tampson’s Bairns” will continue apace.

      • RCA Victor/Gabriel Syme,

        Notice this part of the Sun report…

        However cops were unable to confirm the circumstances and say they believe the attack was minor in nature.

        Would they be saying that if the victim were a member of any other religion?

        If I were attacked as described in these news reports, I certainly wouldn’t consider it “minor” – far from it. I’d be binning my clothes and spending at least the next month in the shower. I’ve always been the fussy type…

        • RCA Victor / Editor,

          Having first attempted to play the incident down, it seems the Police have now belatedly stepped things up:

          It seems that the Church actually had a police guard posted on it. However those officers were called away to an incident, leaving the Church & persons leaving it open to such attacks.

          Its remarkable that, in 21st century Scotland, houses of worship require uniformed police to act as guards.

          Additionally, there is now a petition on the go to end orange marches in Glasgow, I have signed and recommend everyone else does too:

              • Gabriel Syme,

                I’ve just received the following email from the Scottish Catholic Media Office (nothing personal – I’ve opted in to receive their emails!)

                FROM SCMO…

                Catholic parishioners call on Glasgow City Council to review Orange Order parades following recent attack on Canon Tom White

                10 July 2018

                The Parish Pastoral Councils of St Mary’s and St Alphonsus’ in the Calton, Glasgow, have issued a joint statement following an attack on their parish priest Canon Tom White during an Orange Order parade on Saturday 7th of July.

                The statement calls on Glasgow City Council to review the routes of upcoming Orange Order parades which are currently scheduled to pass St Mary’s and St Alphonsus’ Catholic churches in the east end of the city.

                The statement says:

                “While we welcome the statement by the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, condemning the assaults on Canon Tom, as a community we are distressed and deeply saddened that in the 21st century we are unable to exercise our human rights of freedom of association, freedom of assembly and the right to celebrate our faith free from intimidation and violence.”

                During the attack Canon Tom White was verbally and physically assaulted and spat upon a number of times.

                The Parish Councils also ask the Scottish Parliament to take steps to ensure that all those exercising their right to religious freedom will be protected by the appropriate statutory authorities.


              • Breaking News… (well, kinda…)

                Seems that Bishop Keenan has noted, on his Facebook page, that the Government don’t hesitate to impose buffer zones around hospitals to prevent pro-life protests, but will do nothing to protect Catholic churches from the annual anti-Catholic Orange marches.

                Let’s hope the bishops withdraw from all ecumenical activity until these hate-parades are banned. And before I’m accused of going soft on ecumenism, allow me to clarify… That would mean an end to ecumenical activity… 😀

    • RCA Victor,

      WOW! That should have made the national news in every EU country (except that it would be giving the game away and the EU tyrants are never going to allow that). I’ve copied this piece of dynamite from the Bishop’s words, answering a question asking for his opinion on the new Italian government:

      …the European Union (EU), which he compared to the Soviet Union.
      The bishop said he would applaud the government of any European nation that “tries to accentuate its own sovereignty and its historical, cultural, and Christian identity in the face of the totalitarianism of a sort of new Soviet Union, which today is called the European Union and has an unmistakably Masonic ideology.”

      Schneider’s words were especially poignant given his background, having been born in the Soviet Union in 1961, the child of ethnic German Catholics whom Joseph Stalin sent to gulags after the Second World War.

      Say no more!

    • Signed!

      I don’t recall Sadiq Khan (or any of the others protesting about Trump’s visit) doing anything much, if at all, when other leaders, even of totalitarian states like China, visited London. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to recall the minimum of protesting being allowed and those kept well away from the visitor.

  24. Just to let readers know of a good and reliable rosary repair service that I came across recently – Beads with Faith. My old rosary which I’ve had for 33 years broke recently. I didn’t want to part with it and get a new one, and I came across this Scottish based apostolate and was very happy with the repair job that the lady, Mo, did on my rosary.

    • WF,

      That’s interesting. Pity she’s obviously sold into the “Saint” John Paul II club, although, I have to say, that, measured against Papa Francis, JP II IS beginning to look more and more saintly 😀

    • Wendy

      It really is difficult to know whether to laugh or cry these days, when reading such ridiculous reports. Talk about having no shame… and then some!

  25. N O T I C E . . .

    Election of the Superior General

    On July 11, 2018, Father Davide Pagliarani was elected Superior General, for a mandate of 12 years, by the 4th General Chapter of the Society of Saint Pius X.

    The new Superior General is 47 years old and is of Italian nationality. He received the sacrament of Holy Orders from the hands of Bishop Bernard Fellay in 1996. He exercised his apostolate in Rimini (Italy), then in Singapore, before being appointed Superior of the District of Italy. Since 2012, he was Rector of Our Lady Co-Redemptrix Seminary of La Reja (Argentina).

    After accepting his office, the elected pronounced the Profession of Faith and took the Anti-Modernist Oath at the seminary church. Then, each of the members present came before him to promise their respect and obedience, before singing the Te Deum in thanksgiving.

    The 41 capitulants will proceed tomorrow with the election of the two Assistants General, for the same mandate of 12 years. The Chapter will continue until July 21st at the Seminary of St. Pius X of Ecône (Switzerland)

    Ecône, July 11, 2018

    Click here to read an interview with him in 2011

    • That’s really interesting – I didn’t know Bishop Fellay would be replaced. He was always so calm and had a dignity about him that was impressive, so he’ll be missed.

      I look forward to hearing more about the new Superior as his conduct in the interview is also impressive.

      I’m wondering if this appointment means he’ll be made a bishop? It seems odd to have a superior who is a priest over bishops. That’s very strange, IMHO.

      • Fidelis,

        Actually, it was always supposed to be a priest who was Superior General. Believe it or not, it was Bishop Williamson who urged everyone to accept Bishop Fellay at that time! Priceless.

        Here’s something else that’s priceless, just arrived in my inbox, from a friend of the older generation…


        Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested, to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags aren’t good for the environment.

        The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We did not have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.

        The young clerk responded, ‘That’s our problem today. Your generation didn’t care enough to save our environment for future generations.’

        The older lady said, that she was right, our generation did not have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on to explain:

        Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed & sterilized & refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we did not have the ‘green thing’ back in our day.

        Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use, of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.

        We walked up stairs, because we did not have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine, every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We did not have the ‘green thing’ in our day.

        Back then we washed the baby’s diapers, because we did not have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind & solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we did not have the “green thing” back in our day.

        Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house, not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief remember them?, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old news-papers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back
        then, we did not fire, up an engine, and burn gasoline, just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working, so we did not need, to go to a health club to run on treadmill’s, that operate on electricity But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

        We drank from a fountain, when we were thirsty instead of using a cup, or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just, because the blade got dull. But we did not have, the “green thing” back then.

        Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bike’s to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the ‘green thing.’

        We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we did not need a computerized gadget, to receive a signal beamed from, satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find, the nearest burger joint.

        But isn’t it sad the current generation laments, how wasteful we old folks are just because we did not have the ‘green thing’ back then? Please forward this on, to another selfish, old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart (blankety blank) young person.

        We do not like being old, in the first place, so it does not take, much to (blankety blank) us off. Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart blankety blank] who cannot make change, without the cash
        register, telling them how much. Ends.

    • Editor,

      Thanks for that alert – let us wish Fr Pagliarani well and also thank Bishop Fellay for his many years of service as Superior General.

      And I have just noticed this, regarding the assistants:

  26. Recently, “FrancisCardinal” Farrell stated that priests have “no credibility” to offer marriage preparation courses to couples, because they have “not lived the experience”. Cardinal Farrell heads the dicastery for laity, family and life.

    In response, Bishop Thomas J Tobin, of Rhode Island, tweeted:


    Seems Farrell has the same “speak before thinking” habit as his patron, Francis.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      So much for ecumenism! Shame on the C of E for this fudge, as you say. They think they can separate truth from unity, but they can’t.

    • There was a definite purpose in ridding the Devils Advocate from the Canonisation Process in the aftermath of Vatican II. We are seeing the results of it now.
      That is terrible news indeed.

    • Michaela,

      Don’t worry, there’s an entire cohort of “saints” waiting in the wings (the wings of the fallen angels, that is): Teilhard de Chardin, Bugnini, Robespierre, Henry VIII, Luther, Wycliffe, Arius, Nestor…..and finally, Judas.

      Though maybe they’ll wait until the antiChrist appears for that last one….

  27. Below, an email received today from the NO2NP (No to Named Person Scheme) campaign:

    President of UK Supreme Court insists: Named Person legal victory was “most important”
    Baroness Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court, and one of the judges behind a unanimous ruling against the Named Person scheme, has stressed the importance of the legal challenge.

    At a speech in Edinburgh on devolution, Lady Hale considered the possibility of a devolved assembly passing laws that were outside its powers. On that point she said, the case against named person is one of the “most important” in recent years.

    She outlined how the challenge, by groups supporting NO2NP, resulted in the scheme being labelled “incompatible with the right to respect for private and family life”.

    Her words are another vindication of our campaign, and a reminder of the Scottish Government’s stubbornness in trying to press ahead with its deeply unpopular plans.

    When the Supreme Court judgment was handed down in 2016, Deputy First Minister John Swinney claimed that the legal bid had ‘failed’. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

    The Government has hit roadblock after roadblock in its vain attempt to resurrect the scheme. Just last week, we learned that a specially selected panel has not been able to come up with a working Code of Practice in time.

    It is long past time these plans were abandoned. Lady Hale’s words, two years on from the judgement, are a timely reminder of this. ENDS.

  28. Further to the recent election of Fr Davide Pagliarani as the new Superior General of the SSPX, Fr Z has posted an edifying story about Fr Pagliarani as a boy:

    There is an anecdote about him. It seems that, as the story goes, when he was a small boy, some clerics, including bishops, stopped at the inn which his family ran. He heard them joking about and denying transubstantiation. This boy then confronted them, saying, ”Jesus is truly present and I believe it. God is going to punish you for saying this!!” This was Fr. Pagliarani.

    Fr Z also recently made a post supporting our own Fr Morris amid his trials with the homo-mafia.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      If they were denying transubstantiation, that means all their Masses were invalid (and therefore they were masses without the capital “M”)!

  29. Not sure where to post this one – a chilling depiction of ‘Auld Nick’ welcoming the Cardinals.

  30. Pat McKay, I know it’s not really funny but tragic but still, I had to laugh at your post! In a way it reminded me of Dante’s depiction of the eternal “resting places” of these so called ~”pillars of the Church”. yes, in pillars and upside down for all eternity. Even that fate seems too lenient for these utter depraved apostates.

  31. As we know, the red hat symbolizes how a Cardinal ‘should be willing to spill his blood for the Church’.

    Alas for those who do not repent of their ways, it may symbolize eternal heat.

  32. N O T I C E . . . Amended…

    I’ve just received an email from a lady who enquired with Glasgow Subway about travelling into Glasgow city centre for Mass at the SSPX chapel on the two Sundays when they are holding a daft cycling race. Glasgow Subway said they will be open from this Sunday.

  33. Rorate reports that Pope Francis has changed the teaching of the Church, via altering the Catechism which now wholly forbids the death penalty.

    The reason given for the change is to create a movement for the elimination of the death penalty where it still exists. And so Francis has reduced the catechism to a lobbying tool to advance his personal views.

    As I saw in a tweet: if Francis has changed the Catechsim, it is because he did not accept it as it was, which means he is a heretic.

    I suspect he is trying to divert media attention from the McCarrick scandal, as well as test the water for changing the Catechism regarding homosexuality.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      Than you for that alert, but given the gravity of this development, I will post a dedicated thread on the topic, so would be grateful if bloggers would resist the temptation to comment just yet. Give me a few minutes or ten!

  34. Am I hallucinating or is this real?

    France Passes Law Saying Children Can Consent To Sex With Adults
    August 4, 2018 Baxter Dmitry
    President Macron’s government has voted against having an age of consent in France, becoming the latest nation to give in to pressure from an international network of liberal activists determined to normalize pedophilia and decriminalize sex with children across the world.

    Federal law in France now has no legal age of consent, meaning adults who have sex with children of any age will not be prosecuted for rape if the child victim is unable to prove “violence, threat, duress, or surprise.”

    The draft bill against sexual and gender-based violence, known as the Schiappa law, was signed into law by the French Parliament on 3 August, sparking outrage in France as parents and childrens’ rights groups accuse Emmanuel Macron’s government of betraying the nation’s children.

    The lack of an age of consent places millions of children in serious danger of sexual abuse in France, according to child protection officials.

    Childrens’ rights groups criticised Emmanuel Macron’s government for failing to provide a legal age of consent to protect children, pointing to the recent decision by French courts to refuse to prosecute two pedophiles for the rape of 11-year-old girls because authorities couldn’t prove the children did not consent.

    On Thursday, several groups, including the French Council of Associations for the Rights of the Child, issued a joint statement to express their “indignation” at the abandonment of an age of consent under French law.

    In a joint statement, the associations condemned the new law in the strongest possible terms: “This should be the flagship measure of the bill: the introduction of an age below which children would automatically be considered unable to consent to sex with adults.“

    The French child protection associations are demanding that Macron’s government revoke the Schiappa law and establish a legal age of consent under which any sexual act involving an adult and a child will constitute rape.

    The abandonment of a legal age of consent has shocked French society. The controversial bill had focused on an appropriate threshold for an age of consent — 13 or 15 years. However, the choice was made to abandon the principle of a minimum age.

    • Helen,

      This now means that the LGBT-Z brigade can reinstate the P on their alphabet list.

      We reported a while back that they had added the P to mean “Pedosexual” – that is, people attracted to children (not that they would act on it, of course, perish the thought… If you’re that naïve.)

      Now, though, they can go straight to openly supporting paedophiles. WOW!

      The politicians are right who describe western society as “secular, progressive nations” – yes, as in progressive cancer. Downhill all the way…

    • WF,

      WOW! That’s something. We have the 1961 Vatican document and Pope Benedict’s reminder of the prohibition, and now even the worst pope in history, the “outright modernist” is saying the same thing. That really IS something.

      Thank you for posting that link.

      • Exactly. If even Pope Francis upholds the 1961 and 2005 documents (below) on this issue, then it’s time to revisit those documents and take heed. If there are any seminarians out there with same-sex attraction disorder, it’s time to SERIOUSLY reconsider your vocation. With the help of God’s grace, there is still much you can do to save your own soul, and help to lead others to God, without being ordained.

        1961 document:

        2005 document:

        • Westminster Fly,

          That really is astonishing and very encouraging about Pope Francis. At last, he’s acted like a pope! LOL!.

          Thanks for posting the links – they’re very interesting.

          • Lily,
            Don’t get too encouraged. We’ve seen this schizophrenic behaviour a thousand times before with Pope Francis. Says one thing one day, does the polar opposite the next. He’s also surrounded himself with a homosexual coterie. I know for a fact that homosexuals are still going through the seminaries, so I don’t set too much store by this.

            • WF,

              I agree. This Pope not only talks out of both sides of his mouth, but as you say, he says one thing and does the opposite, depending on his audience.

              I would also like to point out that this is not a direct quote from Francis:

              “In these cases, ‘if you have even the slightest doubt it’s better not to let them enter,’ Francis said, according to Vatican Insider, because these acts or deep-seated tendencies can lead to scandals and can compromise the life of the seminary, as well as the man himself and his future priesthood.”

              (although the link to Vatican Insider turns out to be in Italian, so maybe it is a direct quote, I can’t tell)

              Therefore, it might just be spin….from a substance-less Papacy that hinges on spin, operates by spin, attributes by spin, and lives by spin.

              Also, take the “p” out of “spin,” for an additional comment.

  35. Now for something quite different – ‘We shall draw water joyfully, from the well-springs of salvation’. Some of you might dig this.

    • Pat

      I’m sure I’ve heard people singing that on pay day at the cash dispenser, only it was tenners, not water, they were joyful about drawing. Won’t be long til they’re rapping their way through the hymns while Father makes “beat” noises into the mic. That’s how ridiculous it’s become.

  36. Pat,

    Brings back (insert adjective) memories of my novus ordo-attending days, which used to engender thoughts such as “nice enough tune to sing in the car… but at Mass?”

    Even so, it wasn’t until I was regularly attending the TLM (odd attendances don’t count) that the utter shallowness of the NO liturgy and “hymns” (often psalms and scripture verses taken out of context and put to music) hit home.

  37. Shades of Carols from King’s College on Christmas Eve. Starts off with beautiful traditional hymns, then quickly turns into a concert, all arty-f#rty.

  38. Can anyone refresh my memory about Cardinal Danneels? Somebody just told me he should be in prison!

    • Crofterlady,

      I tried to answer, but somehow made a mess of it – my answer appears below instead of next to your post! Sorry!

    • Crofterlady

      You were right first time – Danneels is the name; subterfuge and trickery his game. If you’ve read The Dictator Pope he is mentioned as one of the “mafia” who worked against Pope Benedict to get our beloved humble Pope installed. He’s been a Modernist subversive for years and years, going back to the Council.

    • Gabriel Syme

      Retiring from the service of God to spend his remaining short years in earthly luxury, complete with “a grand-sized chef’s kitchen”. Seems to me this bishop should take serious thought about the direction he’s heading in. He won’t find “Hell’s kitchen” nearly as much to his liking, yet it’s where he’ll end up if he doesn’t abandon his present plans and retire instead to a monastic cell. He looks like he could be doing with losing a few tons anyway. It’s prelates like this who bring shame on the Church. And, as an aside, none of them should be “retiring” until serious illness or death takes them out of circulation. God is not served part time by his disciples, He expects absolute dedication and application unto death. As a monk once observed in this regard: “it may be a hard bed to lie on, but it’s a sweet bed to die on!”

  39. Crofterlady,

    Cardinal Daneels is a paedophile protecting Cardinal. He asked a young man who had been abused by his own uncle, a clergyman, not to report it.

    He is responsible for running the faith right into the ground in Brussels, where he was Archbishop. Like most prelates of his ilk, he is pro-gay marriage, pigs and monkeys as EMHC, installing Satan as Pope, and all the rest of it! If it’s anti-Catholic, he is strongly fior it.

    Benedict XVI replaced him with Archbishop Andre Leonard, a good and traditionally minded prelate. The world did not take kindly to this and ++Leonard had a difficult time in office, being attacked twice during public appearances by topless female “FEMEN” mobs. Obviously the devil had favoured Daneels in Brussels.

    Daneels was part of the liberal apostate St Gallen group, which plotted the election of Francis. In return for his vote, Francis rehabilitated him in the Church and he even appeared on the loggia with Francis, in front of the crowds on the night of the conclave’s result.

    The secular media said nothing about this, obviously recognising Francis as one of their own and not wanting to undermine him (yet).

    Daneels also supported Francis during his controversial synods, being hand picked to attend (despite being retired by Benedict in 2010) to try to stack the numbers in favour of Francis.

    Francis quickly binned ++Leonard in Brussels, instead of making him a Cardinal. He replaced him with a Daneels protege, de Kesel, who has been made a Cardinal already – of course. One of de Kesel’s first tasks in office was to destroy the small but thriving orthodox order of priests – fraternity of the Holy Apostles – which ++Leonard had created for vocation-wasteland Brussels.

    In summary, Daneels = bad news.

    • Crofterlady

      I think the covering up of a crime of child sexual abuse is what is referenced as a jailable offence in the UK.

      • Athanasius,

        Yes, indeed and if the rumours about Pope Francis are true, he should be spending some time in a cell. I’d happily see him behind bars.

        • Petrus,

          I agree – and it would fit in perfectly with the Vatican II spirit of introducing novelties at every opportunity. We’ve had bad popes before, throughout history, but a pope who ended up in prison – THAT would be a first!

  40. I’d like to ask about the sin of detraction. Clearly there must be varying degrees of culpability. For example, are the following examples detraction:

    1. Coming home from work and complaining about your boss or co-workers to your wife, telling her daft things they had done during the day.

    2. Telling fellow parishioners if a priest has been negligent and refused to carry out his duties?

    • Petrus,

      This is something that really interests me. I often feel guilty about the way I talk about people to other people. I make the excuse that I need to sound off, for example, at home about co-workers, but I still feel I need to confess that I’ve been uncharitable in talking of others, when I go to Confession. I am detracting from their characters, but I excuse myself by saying well, my family don’t know the co-workers so they cannot think any less of them, LOL!

      The second example seems a bit different, but if it’s for the right intention, to make sure other parishioners know of a serious defect in the priest which might affect them, I’d say that’s not the sin of detraction. But we are always detracting from the character of another when we tell something bad about them, even if it’s true, then IMHO, that would also be detraction but, as you say, with a different degree of culpability.

      I could be wrong about all of the above, but that’s just what came to my mind when I started to answer your question.


      • Petrus

        I would say it is an act of charity rather than a sin of detraction to either correct or report a priest who is not doing his duty. Indeed, it may be a serious sin of omission to fail to correct or report priestly laziness, bearing in mind the impact said lazy priest could have on other souls.

        Indifference in priests is a very common plague today, hence the state of the Church at parish level. So it’s down to the faithful to make the demands of their souls clear and to accept nothing short of complete dedication and full holy zeal from their priests, who, after all, entered the priesthood for that purpose.

        Priests, like the rest of us, can fall into tepidity and laxity, a kind of going through the motions of everyday life without improving their own spiritual lives or the lives of the faithful. That’s why it is much more deadly for priests to fall into indifference than for lay individuals. Our Lord has endowed his priests in such a way that their example, good or bad, has an eternal impact. Hence the old adage that if the priest is a saint his flock will be saints, if indifferent they will be lukewarm, and if bad he will have a parish full of demons.

        The days of clericalist bosses came to an end with Vatican II. We see how many priests, forgetting the spirit of Our Lord, imposed error on their flocks and turned many faithful into nominal Catholics. Those days are gone, thank God. The faithful now see that they have to keep an eye on their priests to make sure they live up to their noble vocation, since souls are at stake. The Church has no place for ambitious clericalists.

        On an individual level, say as regards workmates, it is only permissible to reveal their failings if a greater good will come of it. We are never permitted to reveal the faults of others for selfish reasons. We are supposed to think well of everyone, which is much more difficult than it sounds.

    • Petrus,

      I think most people complain about their boss and co-workers to family, so I don’t think that’s a sin, it’s a safety valve, as you need to offload or you’d go round and round in circles in your head and things get out of proportion. I call it humdrum moaning! LOL!

      About your priest/fellow parishioners – well, isn’t that what Catholic Truth has been doing for years, warning about bad priests, and you are part of that group, are you not, so you should take comfort from knowing that you are doing the right thing to warn your fellow parishioners if your priest has been negligent and refuses to carry out his duties. I remember reading about a priest who arrived in his new parish only to post a notice right away to say there would no more be regular confessions, just on request. I’d say he was very negligent and I would certainly be complaining to him and to other parishioners if my priest did that, so I can’t see how that’s detraction. It’s always a charity to warn of spiritual danger and that’s probably all you were doing, I’m sure there was no vindictiveness in your talk to other parishioners.

      That’s my tuppence worth, hope it helps.

  41. Doesn’t sound like detraction to me but straight talking where it needs to be done. Well in the second example anyway.

  42. Thank you Lily but what I’m wondering is if this is a worthwhile venture for the likes of me. Or is it some new fangled enterprise?

    • Helen,

      I think only you can answer that. Their website says they are helping couples to strive after holiness, so that’s fine. I’d always be careful about joining anything about marriage these days, since church groups tend to be easy going about contraception. This looks like an American group and they are very lax about that. I really can’t answer for you, though – if you are over in that part of the world and think it might help, you have to decide.

      • No, I’m in bonny Scotland! Thank you though for your advice. Yes, I am very wary of anything new in the Church, terrible really that I think like that. My mother warns me to be cautious and says that we really have all we need in the Church’s teachings.

        • I did try to see if they had a team over here but when I clicked on their world globe, nothing happened, I couldn’t get the arrows to move.

          Your mother gave great advice. I’d steer clear of these teams, personally.

          • Thanks Lily. That’s also my gut reaction. Anyway, I’m expecting another baby and am too busy to bother about this. Also, I have a wonderful husband!

            • Helen,

              I had a brief look around their website – their “Endeavors” sounds much like a Third Order discipline. There is one very important thing missing, however: the daily Rosary. Instead they call for a daily Magnificat.

              I’d say you and your husband would be better off joining a traditional Third Order, if you can find one.

            • Helen,

              There are a few Traditional Third Orders around. The SSPX have a Third Order, but they have extreme requirements about television. There’s also a Dominican Third Order, which my wife and I are part of. It has a very Traditional, but well-balanced, Superior, Fr Albert OP, who is a priest working with the Fatima Center.

  43. I thought this tweet from Taylor Marshall, about vocation trends, was a happy thought. I daresay its very sobering for many in the clergy and laity.

    • Gabriel Syme

      The way things are going, the SSPX, in 20 years, will have more priests than all the institutions within the Church put together

  44. I’m not sure whether this is news or history, but I understand from the latest (16/09) Carfin Parish Bulletin that the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux are coming to Scotland for 3 weeks in August next year.

    This latest Bulletin hasn’t yet been uploaded to the Parish web-site, will keep you posted when it is.

  45. Here is a very informative article on the Ember Days, which start tomorrow, but this statement surprised me:

    “Early Christians amended both of these customs. The Didache, a work so old that it may actually predate some books of the New Testament, tells us that Palestinian Christians in the first century A.D. fasted every Wednesday and Friday: Wednesday because it is the day that Christ was betrayed and Friday because it is the day He was crucified.”

    Wasn’t Our Lord betrayed on Thursday, or is this referring to the day Judas made his arrangement with the Pharisees?

  46. Apparently there is some dissension among the Jews as well, including on the proper observance of Yom Kippur:

    • Just hours ago, new Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Mark Bartosic arrived unannounced at Resurrection Parish on Chicago’s Northwest side and told Pastor Paul Kalchik that he had just minutes to get his belongings together and vacate the premises or the police would be called to arrest him for trespassing.

      Fr. Kalchik was about to perform a wedding.

      Soon after, Fr. Kalchik left for an undisclosed location, accompanied by his brother who had been visiting the parish.

      Bp. Bartosic performed the wedding instead, hastily slipping out the door of the church only seconds after concluding the ceremony.

      Fr. Kalchik had been ordered by Cardinal Cupich and the archdiocese to report for psychiatric counseling and perhaps confinement yesterday after controversy broke concerning the exorcism and burning of a “gay rainbow flag” on parish grounds last week.

      Fr. Kalchik had also called for Catholics to “boycott” masses celebrated by Cardinal Cupich due to Cupich’s alleged involvement in the current clerical sex abuse scandal.

      The flag – a rainbow with a superimposed cross – had been unveiled above the altar by a previous pastor Fr. Daniel Montalbano in 1991 to signal that the parish would be “gay friendly.” Later taken down, it was rediscovered only recently by Fr. Kalchik.

      Fr. Montalbano, a confidante of Cardinal Bernardin passed away in 1997 at the age of 50.

      Fr. Montalbano was found dead in a rectory room behind and above the altar, literally hooked up to a masturbation device of his own design.

      Today, a small group of parishioners not involved in the wedding but who had heard of the sudden appearance of Bp. Bartosic, stood stunned outside the Church. The group also included two employees who were hastily told by the bishop to report to work as normal on Monday.

      One of the parishioners, a Chicago policeman, told me of some of the bizarre events of the last week, including numerous threats of death and rape against Fr. Kalchik, at least two probable attempted break-ins or acts of vandalism, one of which included breaking keys into all the locks in the doors of the church office. And then there was the visit by two Archdiocese representatives, yesterday, ordering Fr. Kalchik to vacate his parish and commit himself into psychiatric confinement.

      One of these was Fr. Dennis Lyle, the same prelate who had visited St. John Cantius a few months ago to inform parishioners that their pastor, Fr. Phillips, had been relieved of his position there.

      Fr. Kalchik had written of his own psychological trauma after being molested as a boy and as a young adult by two men – one of them a priest – in separate incidents. It is assumed that he will not comply with the order of the archdiocese. He is not now “hospitalized” as some reports have suggested.

      The parishioners outside told me that Fr. Kalchik, who has been at Resurrection Parish for eleven years, has the full support of his parish.

      Many of them will no doubt only discover what happened, tomorrow, when coming to Mass assuming it will be celebrated by Fr. Paul, will instead encounter Bp. Bartosic.

      • Another prelate who owed his position to Theodore McCarrick – and that says it all. There is one little detail left out of the above narrative: when Father refused the demands of the two clerical thugs who had been sent to remove him, he said that he had to say Mass the next morning. One of the thugs said to him, “You might be dead by then.”

        Now, it could be said that this statement was referring to the death threats apparently received by Father, but on the face of it, it sure sounds like a sinister threat of its own.

        • RCA Victor,

          Is Bishop Mark Bartosic the prelate to whom you refer, who owes his position to McCarrick? If so, it seems he’s running very scared to turn that horrendous priest (Fr Kalchik) out of his parish. I was wondering whether he was one of the “good guys” or, as I say, running scared. Seems the latter is more likely, if he was a McCarrick appointee.

          On a completely unrelated topic, one revealing my utter vanity, but when I changed email address for Catholic Truth, my log in details were changed plus my avatar disappeared.

          I spent ages looking for the old avatar but couldn’t find it and then it struck me that it was extremely dishonest of me to present myself as a young smart alex, when I’m and old(er) smart alex. So, after searching through various images of Our Lady, and not being able to make up my mind, I hit on the collage of the newsletter which now serves as my avatar.

          However, I’m thinking it’s insipid. Not really ME, if you get my (conceited) drift, so I’m inviting suggestions if anyone feels strongly about the issue and you MUST feel strongly to participate in this particular exercise.

          Now, no cheeky suggestions. I’m thinking “religious” so primarily Our Lady, but preferably an image that is beautiful, but not common, if you get my (again, conceited) drift.

          However, don’t let The Case of the Absent Avatar distract you from further debating Therese’s devastating and truly horrendous report. I can be insipid a bit longer… 😀 .

          • Editor,

            I was actually referring to Cdl. Cupich as owing his appointment to McCarrick.

            As for your new avatar, I have learned at least one thing in my old age: never suggest anything to a woman, even while she is allegedly still making up her mind…

            • RCA Victor,

              Oh yes, of course, Cardinal Cupich. I should have realised. Woulda, coulda, shoulda 😀

              Notice, I’m passing over in silence, with a disdainful look, your cheeky concluding paragraph and pic. Has nobody told that young man that smoking is bad for his health?

          • Editor

            I’ve tried to copy the image of “Our Lady of the fruits of the earth”; it’s a beautiful image, and certainly not a common one. Try it for size!

            • Therese,

              I think I’ve found it online – is this Our Lady of the fruits of the earth?

              Three things: my first thought on seeing the picture was that it just looked like a woman in a huge red dress.

              My second thought was that I am instinctively opposed to anything that smacks of the “Green” messages/care for Planet Earth etc.

              My third (and current) thought is…. I don’t know WHAT to think about it ! Especially since red is my favourite colour!

              I’ll do my best to contain my prejudices, whilst awaiting the verdict of the others…

              • Aha, red is my favourite colour too, which is strange as most of my clothes are blue. I know what you mean, but I received this particular image on a Christmas card some years ago, and it was so striking that I framed it. The face is so beautiful, as is the serenity of the figure. I think it epitomises the bountiful Queen of Heaven and the Mediatrix of all God’s grace. I too am opposed to anything that smacks of the “Green” message – that doesn’t stop me from loving animals and plants and every other wonder that God has blessed the Earth with, for our benefit.

                Anyhow, I look forward to seeing your eventual avatar!

                • Therese,

                  I hope you’re not disappointed when I say that, while I think the painting is lovely, I won’t choose it for my avatar because, while it depicts a truly lovely lady, and I do get the symbolism of the fruits of the earth etc, it could be ANY lady, nursing her baby.

                  I’ll continue my search for one that is self-evidently Our Lady – and hope I can find one with plenty of red in it!

                  Thank you, though, for the suggestion – so far you’re the winning entry, if only because you’re the ONLY entry! 😀

                  A few minutes later…

                  I found this picture, which I’ve attached as my avatar although it doesn’t show as much as I’d like – that’s the problem with avatars being so small. But I hope you like it – the Immaculate Heart of Mary … with plenty of red in it! Actually, though, it’s not as nice as an avatar as it is in full view, so give me honest opinion(s) please and thank you. Seeing it now as an avatar, I’m not so sure…

                  • A few minutes later, and I’ve changed it to another version of the Immaculate Heart because the feature which I love in the other picture, of the colours, green, blue, orange in the margin don’t look as clear in the avatar, so I’m going for a blue background, still plenty of red…

                    Let’s hope this one works! I’d no idea it was so easy to create an avatar now, much easier than it was in days of yore, so I’ll need to watch in case I become addicted to this!

                    All in honour of Our Lady, mind, so no cheeky chat!

                    PS now, seeing the blue and red avatar, I’m torn… Still quite like the previous one. Will leave it for a day or two, not least because I’m now feeling that I have some nerve using any image of Our Lady against my comments. Will need to give more thought to this, so watch this space!

                    • i thought the blue was too dominant in the sidebar so testing this one, now, given my latest motto “If at first you don’t succeed, keep trying till you annoy everyone around you!”

        • John,

          I don’t know if Editor is still in touch with Dan Graham, the author of the TLM/NO Mass comparison on the CT website, but years ago Dan wrote an excellent novella of thinly disguised fiction about the Fr. Haley case, and his persecution by his homosexual bishop.

        • John, I’ve just read that appalling article concerning Fr. James Haley. Do you know what has become of him? Why would good priests like him (and Fr. Despard?) not approach the SSPX? I’m also sure that good people would help to fund him.

          • Crofterlady,

            It does not follow, sadly, that a priest who is right-thinking on the issue of homosexuality (and other moral issues) is “traditional”. Supporters of Fr Despard have explained to me that he sees it as “going back” to offer the TLM. The modernist mindset has a grip on many otherwise well-meaning priests. They see the need for the Church to “move on” or “move with the times” – it’s tragic, really.

    • How utterly, utterly evil. I keep thinking that things can’t get any worse, and then they do. God have mercy.

  47. Anyone who thinks they’ve been ‘born the wrong sex’ is surely in need of psychiatric help, not surgery.

    Or is it too ‘uncompassionate, intolerant, hateful, judgmental, non-inclusive and condemnational’ of me to say this?

  48. The above school is in Warrington, south of Manchester, England. They teach about LGBT relationships and sexual orientation terms BEFORE children have been given general sex education lessons. Parents cannot opt their children out of the LGBT classes because they are part of the mandatory health curriculum.

    The curriculum used to teach sodomy to innocent children is Educate and Celebrate, supported by the BBC.

    In the video the teacher encourages the children to write a same sex love letter: “You’re Prince Henry. You’re going to tell Thomas why it’s brilliant idea for him to marry you.”

    Yes, isn’t it just brilliant. At the Personal Judgement after God asks her what she did with her life while on Earth, this teacher will say, “I taught sodomy to innocent children, then turned around and persecuted your Church for sodomite activity by the priests. I know that’s a double standard, God, but the priests were old enough to know that they shouldn’t do that to innocent children.”

  49. The Ashers Bakery, (In Northern Ireland), which was taken to court for declining to make a cake promoting the nonsense of “gay marriage” has won its appeal at the UK Supreme Court.

    The judges decided unanimously that the baker did not refuse service based on someones sexual orientation, but because the disagreed with the message the cake was to promote.

    Hopefully this will be an end to these long-running, spiteful cases brought by “gay activists”.

    The gay activist who brought the case, and the Equality Commission, are now bumping their gums over it. Good.

    • Had it been an Islamic baker’s who refused to entertain this, no more would been said or heard about it.

      • Pat,

        Funny you mention that.

        In the run up to the case, when even the likes of Peter Tatchell was saying the bakers should be cleared, one of the chief reasons banded about was that, if the guilty verdict was upheld, it would mean the BNP could force muslims to make cakes for them.

        This raises the question: should Muslim printers be obliged to publish cartoons of Mohammed? Or Jewish ones publish the words of a Holocaust denier? Or gay bakers accept orders for cakes with homophobic slurs? If the Ashers verdict stands it could, for example, encourage far-right extremists to demand that bakeries and other service providers facilitate the promotion of anti-migrant and anti-Muslim opinions

        It seems that its fine to demand Christians violate their conscience, but not if its one of the sacred cows (Jews, Muslims or Gays).

  50. Some great news for the SSPX. This year they have 65 new seminarians, which is a 30 year record (since the 1988 consecrations).

    These impressive numbers contain 2 British men (as previously communicated by Fr Brucciani) and 2 Irishmen.

    The biggest representations by nationality are Americans (24) and Frenchmen (12), reflecting the heartlands of the Society.

    The link also has good news about applications to be SSPX Brothers and some numbers of pre-seminarians. (you might have to select the English language from the menu).

    • Gabriel Syme,

      Thank you for that good news. Let’s pray that these new recruits exhibit some real apostolic zeal, as well as sound liturgical formation.

  51. I couldn’t resist this, from the satirical blog Eye of the Tiber:

    The Vatican said this past weekend that it had reached an agreement with China on the process of constructing the “largest, most biggest ever” bus to throw Chinese Catholics under.

    The deal paves the way for bishops and laity who have been faithful to the Rome to be “royally screwed for their loyalty,” while rewarding bishops created without papal approval.

    “For Pope Francis, the construction of the mega bus has been one of his most ambitious ventures to date,” says Ben Tammany, senior adviser to the Vatican. “It’s an effort to broaden the appeal of the Church no matter what the cost.”

    Francis has drawn criticism from many Catholic opponents, who say the Church shouldn’t “screw over people who have been faithful to the Pope” with this joint venture with an atheist country that has targeted and harassed Catholics with surveillance and persecution. Others, though, say that it is of the utmost importance to Catholicism in the region to “screw over people who have been faithful to the Pope” with this joint venture with an atheist country that has targeted and harassed Catholics with surveillance and persecution.

    Not long after announcing the agreement, the Vatican said that Chinese President Xi Jinping would be riding shotgun on the mega bus, alongside Pope Francis on its maiden voyage as they cruised through the devastated countryside of Chinese Catholic hearts.

    • RCA Victor,

      Typical Eye of the Tiber – it’s been a while!

      I came in to post the following jewel from your homeland, which is the best, most entertaining, and clearest expose I’ve ever seen of why we should ignore the polls and the commentators at election times 😀

  52. I see Pope Francis has just canonised Paul VI, thereby completing the canonisation of the Vatican II revolution. That’s John XXIII, John Paul II and Paul VI, all Modernist rebels, canonised in the blink of an eye without due process according to Tradition. Yet still no word on Pius XII, whose case was ready long before the others, and under the proper old process,. The reason for the delay in this is twofold: 1. Pius represents Tradition. 2. Nothing must be done to upset the Jews and interfere with the new inter-religious heresy.

    So there it is, we now have the three new Pope/Saints of the “New Pentecost. A child could see through their tactics!

  53. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr George Dangerfield, who used to offer the TLM in and around London

  54. If anyone comes across a notice, or receives an invitation, to subscribe to a new “traditionalist” publication called “The Catholic Inquisitor,” just keep on movin’. The publisher/editor is Louie “Off the Rails” Verrecchio.

    • RCA Victor

      Why shouldn’t we read what Louie Verrecchio writes? If he is “off the rails”, we can call him out, can’t we?

      • Therese, with the missing avatar…

        Technically, yes, and we are living in such awful times that we are sometimes forced to do so.

        However, we were always taught that we ought to avoid reading anything damaging to our Faith. That’s how the Devil can get to us.

        It is difficult enough dealing with this dreadful pope, without having people like LV a relative new kid on the block, piling on his particular take on ecclesiology and theology.

        Stick with the more reliable writers, if you ask me, which I know you didn’t 😀 – the Editor at The Remnant, for example, if you feel the need to cross the “Pond”…

        PS – does this mean he no longer runs his other site- aka catholic?

        • Editor

          I miss my Avatar too, but the mysterious WordPress will not give me it back.

          I am sticking with the Remnant – and with you; I don’t care whether true Catholics live here or across the “Pond” or anywhere else on the planet. Plus, I don’t think that just because “new kids on the block” have an opinion -automatically means that their opinion has less weight or value than an old kid like mine does. For the life of me, I can’t understand why we can’t read what LV has to say. If his statements/opinions are false, we can challenge them, can’t we? Wouldn’t that be more beneficial and educational than just ignoring them?

          • Therese,

            You are perfectly free to read LV if you wish. I, personally, avoid reading – for example – the openly sedevacantist sites because I do not wish to unwittingly imbibe any of the thinking that leads to that error. Perhaps you are a stronger soul than I am, but I prefer to be safe rather than sorry, so I don’t wish to risk flirting with error. I tend to stick with the tried and tested, those I know to be sound.

            I usually begin by being delighted to hear of “new kids on the block”. Indeed, on my first visit to LV’s site (which name I cannot recall at the moment – before the Aka Catholic blog came into being) I actually emailed him to profusely praise his writings and express my delight. I’m still waiting for a reply.

            Now, that may seem a small thing, and of course, in the great scheme of things, and aware that I’m a nobody, it certainly IS a small thing, but it’s been my experience that the busiest people are the ones who get things done. I’ve written to various public figures and always received a reply. Only a couple of weeks ago I emailed a Tory MP (totally NOT for reasons of party politics be assured!) to congratulate him on withstanding the daft Kay Burley in a TV interview on Brexit – in no time, he had replied to thank me, personally, for my support. Wouldn’t have taken him a minute, but I can bet he has a much bigger postbag than LV or any of the rest of us. If he, and other VIPs can reply to nobodies like me, why not LV?
            Those who know me well, of course, know that I have a disdain for those who fail to acknowledge correspondence. I consider it just as bad mannered as ignoring someone who speaks to us in a room. We wouldn’t do that, would we?

            Anyway, I am only mentioning that incident, that wound to my pride, to demonstrate that I was only too ready to welcome LV to the world of traditional blogging. I was unimpressed with his bad manners but still hoped that he would do good with his blog – only to find him falling into the error of sedevacantism or is it Benevacantism (i.e. Benedict still the Pope, as if that would be much of an improvement!) … or was that Hilary White… another newcomer whom I was delighted to read until she called me “that Scottish nutjob” for correcting one of her errors…

            As things stand right now, I don’t have the time to read other blogs anyway, although I find that good articles on other sites are sent to me by considerate readers OR posted here. For which, folks, thank you!

            Just want to emphasise that it’s not the fact that someone is a “new kid on the block” that is the issue – it’s (speaking for myself) that they appear to quickly regard themselves as so expert that they can decide who is, and who isn’t the Pope!

            I have to add, too, that I’m always suspicious of those newcomer bloggers who make a living (literally) out of what I believe should be an apostolate. I wonder if the new publication is free? Doubt it, but will eat my hat if I’m wrong. Since I don’t HAVE a hat, that’s easy for me to say 😀

            One last thing – yes, of course, it is good to challenge those in error (that is our very bread and butter here) but I’ve found that when I try to discuss with sedevacantists, they are stone-deaf and will not budge. That is the one group of people, therefore, with whom I refuse to enter into discussion. Not a decision I took lightly but after a monumental email exchange with a sede (called Patrick, too! Can life get any more ironic?) I came to see that it was mission impossible.

            Nothing to stop you trying, though, Therese. You are in my prayers!

      • Therese,

        If you want to waste your money subscribing to the work of a hot-headed, egotistical pontificating (pun intended) pedant who has appointed himself judge and jury of this Pontificate, and decided, via an endless stream of straw man arguments, that there is currently no pontificate, then be my guest. He is obviously angry, like the rest of us, but we don’t need our anger stoked in the wrong direction.

        If you want to call him out on his blog, which I assume he will still be writing, that would be a worthy undertaking, but it also implies a tremendous waste of time reading through his prolix garbage. It will also have no affect whatsoever on the nature of his output, which can be summed up as follows:


        • RCA Victor

          As a blogger whose posts I have greatly valued, I’m so sorry that you have taken such a confrontational line in this matter. It seems that you have assumed that I am a supporter of LV; I am not, although I am happy to read his contributions; he clearly loves the Faith; and he is, as you say, clearly outraged by this horrendous Pope, like the rest of us.

          I can only assume (re your post below) that you yourself read LV, as you are able to recognise that John Salza has refuted LVs statements. I would like the same freedom to read LV as you, yourself, clearly do.

          With great respect.


          • Therese

            I think the general Catholic approach is if a person has entered into schism (i.e., denying the validity of the Pope), then he should be avoided as a danger to the faith. There can be nothing supernaturally beneficial in the writings of a schismatic, only danger. The Church teaches that we must avoided occasions of sin and that it is pride to think we can play with fire and not get burnt. Personally, I treat the ramblings of sedevacantists as I treat the doctrines of Protestants, that is, with a rubber ear!

          • Therese,

            I have not read LV in almost 3 years. I stopped once I had sufficiently analyzed his writing to the point where I could conclude that he was (a) not a legitimate or trustworthy commentator on the crisis, and (b) that he had become a sedevacantist. I was uncomfortable with his pedantic style to begin with, even before I decided to avoid him.

            I do see headlines of his on other sites, however – one of which was that he recently attacked the SSPX for failing to meet his self-serving standards. However, if I come across such links, I do not follow them, as I consider reading him to be worse than a complete waste of time. I think he is leading people astray – so if his love of the faith is leading people astray, then clearly there is something very wrong with his faith.

  55. Filochowski alert!!!!

    According to the latest Carfin Parish Bulletin (14/10), one Julian Filochowski (of the Archbishop Romero Trust) will be attending a Q & A session at St. Patrick’s Church Hall, Coatbridge on 31st Oct, following a 7:00pm screening of the film ‘The Claim, Archbishop Romero, his people and Pope Francis’.

    I shall post the link to the Bulletin when the Carfin web-site is next updated.

    • Pat McKay,

      I must try to find that parish bulletin – how shocking to invite public known homosexual to speak in any Catholic premises let alone Coatbridge, famous here is the central belt for being a very Catholic town. Shocking.

      For my part, I was so incensed at reading Gina Miller’s latest attack on Brexit – she’s involved in more than one group dedicated to overturning the referendum vote – that I’ve just emailed her, via her “end the chaos” group, from my personal email, as follows:

      Attention, Gina Miller

      I’ve just read quotes from you in an article online, in which you now openly call Brexit out for its “madness”, and I write chiefly to congratulate you on stopping the pretence of accepting the LEAVE vote.

      As a committed LEAVE voter, I prefer honestly to hypocrisy any day. For too long you tried to play the “I respect the vote… BREXIT will happen” blah blah card, but I’m sure not many people were fooled – I certainly am not fooled by that line, never have been. Panic is setting in, now that we are getting near the leave date. Hence the remainers spilling their own beans. Big time.

      If, however, those (like you) who are mercilessly campaigning to overturn the referendum vote, DO win the day (and the EU is not a club, it’s a prison, so you just might) you will never be forgiven.

      Even when I cast my vote on the day of the referendum, I announced to anyone who would listen that I knew it unlikely that we would be allowed to leave; so I am just astonished at the number of remainers who are determined to continue to belong to such a bullying and utterly, demonstrably, corrupt, organisation.

      Your children will not thrive in a country dominated by the EU – and remember, next time you are touting the “peace of nations” as a reason for remaining, that the former Italian premier’s first comment on hearing about the Brexit vote was that it was a great pity ”because Britain has the best army”. Yes, a United State of Europe, its own army, spells involvement in even more conflicts the world over. That is our destiny if the (insert adjective) remainers win the day.

      I am completely shocked at your ongoing determination to overturn the referendum vote – but at least you have stopped pretending to “respect” the will of the people. Yeah right.

      [Name] (it would be pretentious to add my academic Degrees, although I’m very tempted given the portrayal of Leave voters as racist thickos who didn’t know for what we were voting. One thing is for sure. We were not asked to vote for a trade deal. We were asked to vote to remain in the EU or to leave the EU. Reflect.)
      Glasgow, Scotland.

      • Well said. I’m sick of hearing about this self-appointed, unelected anti-Brexit bore. You can bet on it that somewhere along the line, it is in her personal financial interests to remain in the EU. Dig deeper.

    • Pat,

      I have now contacted the Parish Priests of both Carfin and St Patrick’s, Coatbridge.

      I emailed as follows, this morning:

      Dear Fr McGachey,

      One of our readers has emailed me a copy of your parish bulletin dated 14th October, 2018, in which you advertise an event in St Patrick’s, Coatbridge, to take place on 31 October, featuring the partnered homosexual, Julian Filochowski former Director of CAFOD, who was forced to resign when his 25 year “gay partnership” with Martin Pendergast (former Carmelite priest), director of the Catholic caucus of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement was made public.

      Given the tsunami of scandals afflicting the Church at this present time through toleration and promotion of the vice of homosexual activity, our reader is duly scandalised – and Our Lord has given a stark warning to those who scandalise the faithful. If Archbishop Romero truly IS a canonisable saint, then it is an insult to use his name as an excuse to provide a platform to someone who is living a life of counter-witness to Christ’s Gospel and all that flows from it – that is, Christ’s Church and infallible teaching.

      I would ask both priests receiving this email to reconsider how to proceed with this event. At the very least, the invitation to Julian Filochowski should be withdrawn.

      Kind regards.
      Catholic Truth

      Minutes later, the following reply was received from Father McGachey, Carfin:

      Dear [Name]

      I had no idea of anything about this. I included it in good faith. I will remove it forthwith. With my best wishes, Father McGachey Ends.

      I fired off a quick acknowledgement, to thank him for his speedy and dutiful response.

      Father McGachey is the exception to the rule that all communications from the editor of CT must be ignored. So, God bless him for his charity, and dutifully pastoral response.

      Father Sweeney of Coatbridge has yet to respond. Let’s hope he shows similar concern for the souls entrusted to him.

      • Editor,

        A PP didn’t know what was in his own bulletin? Or he didn’t know the background and the nature of the speaker?

        • RCA Victor,

          The priest didn’t know the speaker’s background – it was, after all, quite a few years ago. I’m very impressed with his speedy reply of assurance that he would remove the advert right away. So far, however, the priest who is hosting this scandal (Fr Sweeney of St Patrick’s Coatbridge) has not replied. Let’s hope – albeit (literally) late in the day – he responds in similar vein to Father McGachey, God bless his tartan socks 😀

  56. Here’s the text of an e-mail I received only today, From Austin Ruse of C-Fam.

    Dear Friend:

    Two nights ago, I spoke to a group of 50 students in Glasgow. It was a remarkable experience. They were so young. It gives me such hope.

    And get this. A few of them knew of our work already. One young lady said to me, “My dad has been reading the Friday Fax for years and shared them with me.”

    Last night I spoke to a similar group of students at the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. And once more, several of them came up to me and said they knew of our work and had been reading the Friday Fax.

    They are so young, and they are so brave and they are so happy to get the Friday Fax. Do you realize if it wasn’t for the Friday Fax, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world would not know of the danger coming from the United Nations and the radicals ensconced there???

    They rely on us to tell them the real story of how UN radicals are trying to impose abortion on the world, that UN radicals want to redefine the family, that UN radicals want the homosexual agenda imposed on the world (did you know that you are considered a hate group if you even THINK there is a homosexual agenda?).

    We have beaten back the radicals year in and year out. We and our allies have stopped them, but it has not been easy and we rely on YOU.

    I come to you again today to help us maintain our mission to stop the radicals. We will stop the radicals, but we cannot do it without your prayers and your financial support.

    We have an emergency need of $19,000 to meet our financial obligations.

    I ask you to prayerfully consider your most generous gift to C-Fam and our baby-saving family-saving work at the UN and around the world.

    Tonight, I am speaking to the Scottish Family Party. I will bet that a dozen of them already know our work! Pray for us and give. Right now!!!

    Yours in Christ,

    Austin Ruse
    Editor/Publisher/Friday Fax

    Well, I had no idea Austin was coming over to Scotland, otherwise I’d have made some effort to go see him. (Apologies for the begging bowl, this seems to be standard practice). However, surely this is the kind of thing our parishes ought to be making themselves aware of and promoting, rather than the ‘Filochowski Show’!!

  57. Still no update on the Carfin website, I’m afraid.

    However, I’ve been doing a bit of on-line research of parish bulletins elsewhere in the Motherwell Diocese, just to see if this Filochowski event might be something the Diocese itself was promoting. Bingo – St. Barbara’s at Muirhead has the exact same posting!

  58. Interesting. The web-site has now been updated, but Fr. McG has left the 14/10 Bulletin out.

    If the ‘effluent hits the impeller’ over all this, as well it might, poor Fr. McG may be the next one to find himself booted out of a job.

    Just imagine, if Filochowski gets told to stay away from the 31/10 event in Coatbridge… (perhaps Pendergast was meant to be there too, for an all expenses-paid ‘jolly’) …. that sort don’t take no for an answer – and are likely to throw a tantrum.

  59. Is anyone familiar with this book? It appears to be similar, perhaps the same book, as cited in an article on Sandro Magister’s site:

    The title of the book cited on Magister was “”Gone With the Wind in the Vatican” (about the Lavender Mafia).

    • RCA
      Yes I have a copy at home, I got it when it first came out. Don’t waste your money if you were thinking about it. It was years since I read it, but my recollection was that it wasn’t well written and made a lot of allegations but didn’t seem to be able to substantiate them.

    • Helen,

      I hardly ever look at this thread, so glad to catch this, very interesting, segment from World Over, EWTN. I think I’d probably have put it on the Groovy Cardinal thread just to show how some priests and bishops on the orthodox side are treated compared to Cardinal Tagle! LOL!

      I thought it was interesting to hear Raymond Aroyo admit he’s been wrong for so long – that’s because EWTN have been wrong!

  60. yes, Lily, but it’s still very courageous of Raymond to admit it. He is, after all, paid by the channel which in turn needs the approbation of the bishops, and I assume he is risking his job by being so outspoken. No?

  61. Rorate has an interesting article and commentary about PCED responding to a 29 question letter from a Polish priest, about various TLM aspects:

    Here are copies of the letters:



    There are various topics, but the response clarifies that the Church does recognise confessions from ‘SSPX Affiliated’ priests, such as Fr Nicholas Mary for example.

  62. Can I please ask everyone to pray for Nicholas Guest, one of our young servers in Edinburgh, who has been involved in a skiing accident in Switzerland. He is bleeding in the brain and is undergoing a two hour operation at this moment. Thank you.

  63. I spoke to Nicholas’ brother Paul at Mass this morning and the doctors have managed to stop the bleeding and Nicholas is now in an induced coma from which they are going to try to waken him this evening. His family were anxious that he should be seen by a priest and phoned Fr Brucciani to try to get a contact in Switzerland and it turned out Father was in Econe and the hospital is in the next town so he went to administer the last rites.

  64. Vianney

    I will remember Nicholas and his family and friends in my prayers, and hope to hear of his improvement.

  65. Nicholas had tests tonight and the doctors seem pleased with the results but have decided to keep him in a coma for a further 24 hours.

  66. Nicholas has woken up and recognises his family. He is unable to speak due to the tubes but doctors hope to remove them sometime tonight. Thank you for your prayers.

  67. Nicholas has water on the brain and the doctors are keeping an eye on that. He was sitting in a chair for three hours today but is having difficultly speaking. He is mumbling and difficult to understand. He will be in hospital for at least another week and will then be moved to rehabilitation. It is going to require a miracle if he is to recover completely. His family are finding great comfort in the fact that so many people are praying for him.

    • Vianney,

      I have only just seen this news about the accident, how terrible.

      I will certainly add my prayers for Nicholas’ recovery.

      it is encouraging that he is now awake and can recognise his family – hopefully he will make good progress, but it could be a slow process.

      Please keep us up to date with his progress.

  68. Stephen Bullivant, a Catholic Herald editor, is releasing a new book “Mass Exodus” which is about Catholic disaffection in the UK/US following Vatican II.


    Of course this type of conclusions is hardly news for traditional circles, but it is encouraging to see mainstream awareness increasingly all the time.


    I’ve just received an email informing me that Mr Fred Stone, Chairman of Una Voce, suffered a mini-stroke recently. Apparently he is making a good recovery, but please add him to your prayers.

    Thank you.

  70. Vianney has texted to say that Nicholas has shown some improvement and is pleased that a novena has been started in his honour, praying to Margaret Sinclair for his recovery.

    For our non-Scottish visitors, Margaret Sinclair was a young Edinburgh girl whose Cause for canonisation is being investigated – you can read about her here (I’ve not read this link thoroughly so I’m hoping it is accurate).

    Below, the novena prayer for those who are willing to participate in the novena for Nicholas’ recovery…

    Venerable Margaret Sinclair

    Prayer for Private Use

    O Lord Jesus Christ, who did endow your lowly and ever cheerful virgin, Margaret Sinclair, with a share in your sufferings and in your zeal for the salvation of men, grant that, through her glorification, we too may arrive at a share in your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Novena Prayer

    O God, in the estimation of men has given us your Servant, Margaret Sinclair, as a model of holiness, especially to youth, in all the temptations of modern life and work; grant us the request we make through her intercession as a sign of the favour she enjoys in your sight. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  71. Gosh, imagine that Margaret Sinclair’s “cause is being investigated”. Gosh and gosh again. Has nobody told these investigators that there’s a fast track option in Vatican House? a la Popes Vatican 2?? Tut tut!!

    • Crofterlady, unfortunately Margaret has a bad reputation at the Vatican. Her first recorded miracle took place in 1926 when a baby was dying in Leeds and the doctor sent his mother out of the house so she wouldn’t see him die. She went into the cathedral where she found a card about Margaret Sinclair and prayed to her to ask God to save her baby. When she went home the baby was fit and well and the doctor told her it was nothing short of a miracle. It was reported to the Cause for Margaret Sinclair and after an investigation was declared a miracle and it is filed at the Vatican. Unfortunately, that baby was Jimmy Saville! There is apparently another certified miracle regarding the healing of a child but the family will not allow it to be used. Why pray for a miracle if, when it’s granted, you refuse to have it made public.

      • Vianney,

        That’s just amazing! I’ve never heard that, before, although I have a vague memory of hearing Jimmy Saville speaking about Margaret Sinclair.

        That’s a really interesting miracle though and drives home the truth that we all have free will. The fact that Saville ended up living as he did, takes nothing away, surely, from the miracle granted to his mother.

        I completely agree with your concluding sentiment. It’s something of an insult to God to refuse to make public a miracle, given that miracles are, in the nature of things, an aid to Faith and might bring others to the Church.

  72. Please pray for the repose of the soul of a friend of mine, Joe, from my youth. He died yesterday after quite a long illness. Eternal rest grant until him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace. Amen.

  73. Has anyone ever heard of Venerable Carlo Acutis before? He was of Italian parentage but born in the UK. He made his First Communion at 7 and then apparently attended daily Mass and did frequent Adoration and prayed the daily rosary. He died aged 15 of leukaemia. He was a computer genius by all accounts, and used computers to promote aspects of Catholicism (Eucharistic Miracles etc). I’m wondering if this is genuine, or just another of these post-conciliar conundrums. The official website is here:- Observations, anyone . . . ?

    • Westminster Fly,

      I’ve never heard of him but my gut feeling – after a long time reading this blog – is to just avoid any new causes, and stick with what we know to be genuine. Everything is so lax now, with no Devil’s Advocate in the canonisation process, that I have just decided to not bother with any new causes. Also, I don’t think the “we are all born originals but should avoid dying photocopies” (or something like that), rings true because we are supposed to imitate the lives of Christ and the saints so in a way we are always going to be photocopies!

      I might be being over careful, though, so I will look forward to reading what others think.

  74. …’The fire brigade don’t dialogue with fire, they put it out’…. Can’t recall where I heard this, but the same surely applies to heresy. Anyone calling themelves ‘Catholic’ ought to suppress heresy, rather than dialogue with it. Right?

    I know many regulars bloggers have a dislike of Facebook and wouldn’t touch it with a barge-pole. However…. I had some ‘Jehovie’ who recently had the nerve to get her tuppence-worth in on a Catholic page. I didn’t enter into any exchange with this person, just politely advised that if she wished to preach anti-Catholic heresy then she ought to do so elsewhere.

    Anyway, the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Lady is what was being denied. This person alleged that Our Lady ‘had not been kept free from all stain of original sin’ and that ‘She was not holy, but a sinner in need of salvation just like the rest of us’. This person went on to say that ‘Our Lady Herself acknowledged this in the words of Her Magnificat ….’my spirit rejoices in God, my saviour”…. My answer to this would be that Our Lady’s whole life was veiled in a mystery of faith and that it wasn’t until Her Coronation that the veil was lifted and the entire plan and purpose was revealed. Our Lady surely couldn’t have known about her Immaculate Conception during Her earthly life. At the Annunciation, the Angel Gabriel told Her …’fear not, You have won God’s favour’…, but didn’t tell Her about Her Immaculate Conception.

    There’s an old saying ….’for the believer, no explanation is necessary – for the unbeliever, no explanation is possible’…

    Any thoughts, dear bloggers?

    • Pat,

      Actually, the Church teaches that Our Lady WAS saved – as a human being she was, like the rest of us, in need of the Saviour – but that by exception God arranged for this to happen at the moment of her conception. That’s why Our Lady was able to proclaim that – notwithstanding the fact that she was sinless – My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

      This is also clearly indicated in the words of the Archangel Gabriel at the Annunciation: “Hail, full of grace…”

      Her ‘Magnificat’ is evidence, it seems to me, that she was very well aware of the huge grace bestowed on her, as Mother of God…

  75. Cardinal Newman is to be declared a saint:

    (tried to post this last night, but my internet was playing up)

    NB – I believe the Cardinal had to “slum it” to Sainthood – in terms of needing evidence of his intercession and associated miracles to be considered – as opposed to the V2 gang who all waltzed into heaven on the basis of their….er, great popularity (with Francis at least).

    • Gabriel Syme,

      Thank you for posting that – I saw it yesterday myself but wonder if it will be used to push the liberal agenda (despite Cardinal Newman’s denunciation of liberalism, they take certain quotes out of context to make him seem to be a liberal) and the LGBT lobby also seek to portray him as homosexual because, after all, it’s impossible to be friends with someone of the same gender without there being a sexual relationship, don’t you know.

      So, while this is good news, it is also not-so-good news because it will mean battle after battle, repeating the same facts, to show that he was in fact, a faithful Catholic and not either of the above. Indeed, I wish they would simply stop doing canonisations until this crisis is over or on the way to ending, because anyone canonised during this period is, unfortunately suspect and I’m sure they will all be re-examined at some future date.

  76. The Jesuits have done it again – St Aloysius (Glasgow) is the talk of twitter.

    One of this years Gonzaga Lectures, staged by the Jesuit College, is about how we can “Know Allah through the divine names”.

    See the Tweet. ironically the preceding lecture is about whether young Catholics are the “problem or the solution” – I would have thought promoting Allah in Catholic Churches was the problem.

    The same bulletin also promotes Medjugorje, just to put the tin lid on it.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      Thank you for alerting us to this latest Gonzaga scandal. I may post a dedicated thread on the subject later – for now I have to be elsewhere, but thank you; that is scandalous.

      Quite some time later…

      After a very adventurous day one way and another, I’ve not been able to find, quickly, anything on the St Aloysius website advertising this event, so I’ve abandoned that project in favour of another new thread but if and when I receive any first hand reports about the Allah Gonzaga Lecture, I’ll willingly launch at thread to discuss the scandal – for scandal it is.

  77. I’ve had an email this morning from one blogger asking if we plan to close the blog during Lent as we did in Advent – he plans to give up blogging for Lent anyway.

    I replied that, no, we always close the blog for Holy Week, but not for the six weeks of Lent, so take this as a reminder of that closure, which allows us to reflect on the suffering of Our Lord prior to His crucifixion, and participate in the church ceremonies during Holy Week.

  78. Interesting article about St Michael and an exorcism which I’d never heard of before. There is a book and a film about it, apparently.
    Caveat: This article comes from TFP and although they do good work in many areas, I don’t support them because they don’t promote the full Fatima message.

    • WF,

      That’s a fascinating article.

      I’m pleased your added a warning note about the TFP website though as they are not sound on Fatima. They tend to focus on various blasphemous plays, films, impure images etc while not relating any of it to the crisis in the priesthood and Church. At least, that’s why I stopped following them – if they’ve now changed their ways, I hope someone will let me know 😀

  79. The Four Last Things – A Lenten Mission preached by Father Isaac Mary Relyea (who is involved in the Fatima Network)
    Available to download free here:-
    I heard the first talk (out of five talks) last night. Very hard hitting and good.

  80. Westminsterfly

    I to have just heard the first sermon, it was an excellent sermon very powerful.
    Thank you for posting it.

    • Pat McKay,

      That’s a disgrace. As you say, compare that to how Muslim pupils are treated.

      At least the school said the teacher may be disciplined. I’m just amazed they reported in on CNN which is a really liberal channel on American TV.

  81. Please pray for all those affected by the Mosque shootings in New Zealand

    How sad that such an evil attack should take place in a town named after Our Lord – Christchurch – and how ironic since Christ abhorred violence and went meekly with his false accusers rather than allow his disciples to attack those who had come to arrest him: ““Friend,” Jesus replied, “do what you came for.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus, and arrested Him. At this, one of Jesus’ companions drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him. “For all who draw the sword will die by the sword.… And when He had touched his ear He healed him. (Matthew 26:50; Luke 22:51)

    • Editor,

      I’m glad you published that quote from the Gospels because a lot of people will make the link, even subconsciously, between “white supremacist” and “Christian” because of the name of the town where the attack happened.

      It was an horrendous attack – by a man of 28 years old, who has ruined his own life now as well as taking the lives of so many other people because of his skewed racist ideology.

    • WF,

      Thank you for that – I’ve now signed the petition.

      Having done so, I will be astounded if we ever get out of this prison they call the European Union.

  82. I saw this on a tweet from Edward Pentin over the weekend. It relates to the reorganisation following the CDF absorbing Ecclesia Dei.

    Pope Francis appointed on Saturday a French Vatican official to oversee the care of religious communities of a traditional nature, and to assist with the regularization of the Society of St. Pius X.

    Msgr. Patrick Descourtieux becomes head of the section within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith dealing with such communities.

    I have not heard of Msgr Descourtieux before, but he seems to be well regarded. Fr Z describes his appointment as “extremely positive”. His role is fundamentally the replacement for what Archbishop Pozzo did, prior to the reorganisation.

    Although I think the SSPX is sitting pretty at the moment, it can only be a good thing if this appointment bears further positive fruits for the Society.

  83. Some topical news items about the Church in Scotland today:

    1) St Simons Church (Partick) attacked:

    Police say its ‘not thought to be a hate crime’ – which obviously means it is.

    2) Protestant group ‘The Church of Scotland’ pays out £1m to 3 people abused while in their care.

    I heard this on the radio this morning, when a representative from a “survivors charity” was interviewed. The actual story was given the bare minimum of consideration and instead the segment was essentially used as an advert to encourage people to take legal action against the Catholic Church, it was a disgrace even by the standards of the BBC.

    The presenter kept saying “so, could this be done with other organisations, another Church for example?”. The “survivors charity” representative didn’t offer any hint as to what their cut of the payout was.

  84. I should think many of you did the same as me this morning, turned the page on your calendar to May.

    The calendar I have hanging in my kitchen is one of those ‘Pollyanna Pickering’ efforts, featuring garden birds. I couldn’t help but notice Monday 6th marked as ‘First Day of Ramadan’. Ok, I thought, so what about Ascension Thursday (30th)? Surprise, surprise – no mention of it.

    • Pat,

      That’s another reason why you ought to come to our traditional Mass – they sell traditional Catholic calendars every year, so when I look at Monday, 6th May I see “St Dominic Savio, C.”

      Just sayin’ 😀

  85. N O T I C E . . .

    I have received the following email, which I have also posted on the Hate Crime thread, currently our top thread…

    Dear Sirs further to your excellent article

    I write to tell you that sadly after a short illness with cancer Robert Green has died.

    Robert was always very pleased at the fairness of your article unlike the set up by David Leask of the Herald.

    At the time Robert suppressed the fact that the case had a very strong Satanic Religious Abuse SRA.

    Again thank you for your fairness and keep doing Gods work…your blog stands head and shoulders above the rest.

    HGJ END.

    Please pray for the repose of the soul of Robert Green, and for whatever truth has still to be disclosed in the Hollie Greig case.Hate Crime

  86. Regarding contemporary catholic schools – while there is no doubt they are typically poor at passing on the faith, I have at times defended them as being the “least poor option” for some families.

    I suppose that’s a bit like defending a poke in the eye over a kick in the….well, you know.

    Anyway, I think these two contrasting news stories indicate how mixed up things can be:

    1) St Martins, Tranent, fails to appoint a Catholic head teacher and may apooint a non-Catholic with the title “leader of learning”. Apparently the job description is the same, but a separate member of staff would have increased responsibility for the faith aspects in the school.

    I think the case shows the difficulty of having schools in areas where there is not a large Catholic population, but even still I think the Church should be wary here.

    If parishes can share priests, why cant schools share head teachers (likely supported by senior staff)?

    So it seems a further dilution of Catholicism here, but in contrast:

    2) Scottish Catholic Schools are encouraged to take part in an ACN Rosary initiative:

    I was encouraged by this, as it is worlds away from anything I got in Catholic School and certainly its better than the Hindu Gymnastics / Christian break-dancing etc which are all too commonly found.

    The initiative has a children’s consecration to Our Lady, encourages activities like a May Crowning and teaches kids how to pray the roasary. All this was completely alien to me, before tradition, though thanks to our Primary 4 teacher, a Mr McVey, I did know that “May is the Month of Mary”.

    The ACN page even briefly mentions Fatima: (I feel faint)

    Of course there will be drawbacks, I am sure the luminous mysteries will be included etc but it is good that young children will get exposure to the rosary and the idea of consecration etc.

    The rosary was so alien to me as a child that I remember being baffled when I experienced it for the first time. I had no idea what was going on, beyond the fact it seemed to last an age and seemed repetitive. So my first exposure was negative and left a lasting poor impression.

    Hopefully this initiative will help change that.

    However, to what extent will such initiatives be undermined if the schools are increasingly run by non-Catholics ?

    Right enough, I have been told that Catholic belief and practice is typically respected and understood more by teachers in non-denom schools, than by token-Catholic teachers in Catholic schools: how ironic would it be if a non-Catholic head produced better faith results for their pupils?

    • Gabriel Syme,

      Thank you for this update on Catholic schools – much appreciated.

      Schools have been having difficulty in recruiting Head Teachers for some time now, so that’s not much of a surprise, and that includes in the non-denominational sector. All about indiscipline and lack of support from both parents and local education authorities. It’s always the teacher’s/school’s fault.

      As for the ACN/Fatima/Rosary etc – that’s good but I wonder – as you say – just how “Catholic” will be the Rosary and Fatima story (neatly omit any mention of the Consecration as it seems to be widely accepted that it’s been done and Our Lady just got it wrong about that promised period of peace…)

      I was very sad to read about your negative impression of the Rosary as a schoolboy yourself. This is the thing about this Church crisis, it will have all sorts of consequences, both now and in eternity, for those responsible for it.

      And so say all of us!


    I’ve just received a text from Petrus, who has been taken unwell and is now undergoing hospital tests. He asks for your prayers.

    Honestly, some people will go to all sorts of lengths to avoid blogging… 😀

    Seriously, he is keen to have everyone’s support through prayer. Please oblige…

    Thank you.

    • Editor,

      Thank you for this news. Please be assured I will pray for a swift recovery for Petrus – and please do pass my best wishes on, if you are able.

      I did notice he was not at Church on Sunday – because it is very unusual not to see him. I figured maybe he was under the weather, but it is concerning to hear he has had to visit hospital.

      Here’s hoping for lots of bloggers prayers and that Petrus is back to good health soon!

    • Editor,

      Thank you for this intimation and thank you to Gabriel Syme and Therese for their prayers. I spent last night at hospital, but I’m home now, thankfully with a clean bill of health.


      I was actually at Edinburgh on Sunday for the Confirmations.

      • Petrus,

        Good news that you are now home from hospital, thanks for updating us.

        I was actually at Edinburgh on Sunday for the Confirmations.

        Ah, I didn’t think of that!

        Was one of your own family being confirmed?

        I hope the day went well – I would liked to have gone to hear Bishop Fellay, but was unable to this time. I went once before, when it was Bishop de Galaretta visiting.

  88. (Posting this here, as the original blog, from back in january, is locked).

    Bishop Huonder of Chur has retired as of today and will now take up residence with the SSPX as was previously reported. There has been a joint statement from +Huonder and Fr Pagliarani of the SSPX,:

    Joint communiqué of Bishop Huonder and Father Pagliarani
    MAY 20, 2019

    On Monday, May 20, 2019, Pope Francis relieved Bishop Vitus Huonder of his duties as Bishop of the Diocese of Chur (Switzerland), while appointing an administrator with a view to the election of his successor.

    According to an intention that he stated long ago, Bishop Huonder is retiring to a house of the Society of Saint Pius X. The one sole purpose of this step is to dedicate himself to prayer and silence, to celebrate the traditional Mass exclusively, and to work for Tradition, the only way of renewing the Church.

    The Society of Saint Pius X appreciates Bishop Huonder’s courageous decision and rejoices to be able to provide him with the spiritual and priestly surroundings that he desires so deeply. May this example be followed by others, so as to “restore everything in Christ”.

    May 20, 2019

    His Excellency Vitus Huonder Don Davide Pagliarani

    Bishop Emeritus of Chur Superior General of the SSPX

    The part in bold, mentioning “work” for tradition, seems to indicate the Bishop may assist the SSPX Bishops in some manner, although it must be remembered he is 77.

    In March, Bishop Williamson spread information that +Huonder would consecrate 2 SSPX priests as Bishops,(1 of whom was to be Fr Bouchacort), assisted by 2 co-consecrating SSPX Bishops. And this was to be done with the approval of Pope Francis, “perhaps after Easter”.

    I tend to find critics of the SSPX from the more disaparate traditional groups often take exaggerated positions regarding SSPX relations with the Vatican, (usually for some propaganda reason). So I presume this rumour is most likely false. It would also seem an unlikely step to occur before the formal regularisation of the Society.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      I find this whole business very strange. Social media is awash with various versions of this story. Some commentators are saying the Novus Ordo bishop is spending his time in prayer only, whilst others are claiming he will engage in work. Like you, I was surprised by the “work for Tradition” comment.

  89. To All Clergy/Deacons in the Hallam Diocese,

    Roche Abbey is a sad reminder of the spiritual and financial asset stripping of the Reformation. Just down the road from Roche Abbey in Harworth St Patricks church is clear evidence of the current spiritual and financial asset stripping of the Catholics of Harworth. A notice on the door of the Church states it is to be demolished and ‘planning permission sought’ a euphemism for money grabbing by the diocese at the expense of the spiritual assets of Harworth parishioners. This follows on from Newbold, Stavely, Brinsworth, Carcroft, Finningly and elsewhere where similar spiritual and financial asset stripping took place. So called clustering and removal of masses and closure of churches is an ongoing manifestation of the covert machinations of the Bishop and Msg Sexton and Ryan to introduce centres of liturgical excellence and missionary outreach. Cannon Law states that Priests can say 3 masses on Sundays where there is a Pastoral need. Father Kieran O’Connell (RIP) told me that he was required to remove the 630pm vigil mass at St Gerard’s because clustering meant that he might have to provide cover for Mass elsewhere. He stated that such cover was required only once in 3 years. Missionary outreach as part of a church closure program is truly Orwellian Newspeak and duplicity as spoken of by St Francis de Sales who stated he hated duplicity as he hated death. Some priests are brought into Hallam from abroad but just enough to fit this covert model of a reduction in parishes sought by the bishop and Mgrs Sexton and Ryan.

    The diocese also continues in its mode of silent apostasy quoted by St John Paul II and Cardinal Sarah. Bishop Schnieder stated ‘some in the ranks of the clergy became activists and promoters of so called LBGT ideology – such surrender to the gender ideology and its acceptance constitutes ultimately a betrayal of Christ, an apostasy from the integral and revered catholic and apostolic faith’. St Irennaus was informed that St John the Gospel writer left the public bath house in which he met the heretic Cerinthus with the words ‘let us flee hence! the bath house may fall upon us since it harbours Cerinthus the enemy of the truth’. On a face to face basis and confirmed in writing I have told Msg Sexton of his apostasy regarding the boy child sent to school as a girl at St Bede’s school and now moved as a ‘girl’ to St Bernard’s school. Following the precedent set at St Bede’s this scourge and evil attack on the mystical body of Christ has now spread to Doncaster and elsewhere in the diocese. My daughters who teach and grandchildren are directly affected by this evil. Priests have told me privately it is wrong but not to reveal their identity.

    Other evidence of silent apostasy among clergy within the diocese with one or two exceptions concerns among other things the following. According to priests for life intrauterine devices, hormonal birth control including pregestin only pill, injections, Norplant, Implamon, the patch, Vaginal ring, emergency contraception and the pill itself through breakthrough ovulation are abortifacients and kill children thus clergy who self identify as apostates of silence on the issue above and others are people who taking St Johns advice I flee from. These priests say valid masses and administer valid sacraments but they remain nonetheless apostates whom I avoid.

    I continue with the picketing of the bishops seat St Marie’s and St Peter in chains Doncaster where the church approved LGBT agenda has now appeared in Doncaster schools. The picket is accompanied by written handouts available to all. 95% of people of all faiths and none that I meet on the picket are incredulous at the church’s stance and support the campaign of protest.
    Our Lady of Garabandal [Ed: unapproved apparition – we don’t promote unapproved apparitions] said ‘many cardinals, Bishops and priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them’. St John Paul II said ‘we are in the final confrontation between the church and the anti-church – between Christ and the anti-Christ’. Sister Lucia of Fatima said ‘the final battle would concern the family’.

    Under Canon 519 of Canon law states the role of the priest as follows ‘teaching, sanctifying and ruling with assistance of lay members in accordance with the law. Priest is to guide, nurture and guard laity.’ ‘The parish church is the centre of spiritual life’.

    St Maria Maddalenn de Pazzi said the following:

    1.Imagine everything you do is the last act of your life, decisive in an eternity of good or an eternity of evil.
    2.When the priests live badly the sun is eclipsed and the light turns into darkness filling everyone with disorder.
    3.The truth is so pure that if a mixture of something else was admitted it would no longer be truth.

    Hillaire Belloc talking about Catholicism stated ‘its whole point is the facing of reality’.

    Liam Jenkinson

    • Liam,

      do remember that “Saint” John Paul II is hugely to blame for all that you describe above.

      When good order and peace is restored in the Church following the Consecration of Russia, all of the fast-track canonisations, especially his, will be re-examined. Until then, he’s plain old Pope John Paul II – and we pray for his soul in the hope that he is, at least, in Purgatory. If by now he’s in Heaven, those prayers will go to the next soul in need. He may well be in Heaven, but canonisable – he most definitely is not. Don’t forget, it was he who did away with the role of the Devil’s Advocate – a key part of the canonisation process. He was very good on pro-life issues but there are Muslims, Hindus and even atheists who are just as good. Pro-life is not a “Catholic” issue – it’s a human issue, the very least we would expect of any pope is that he is pro-life.

    • WF

      Thank you a million times over for that information – I’ve been very confused about the voting system for the EU election tomorrow and my emails to the Brexit Party including their “Scotland” operative, have gone answered, so thanks a million for that.

  90. I hope readers enjoy these pictures and the report of the true mass being celebrated in Elgin Cathedral, for the first time in centuries (see link below).

    In fact, it was thought the last mass was in 1560 AD.

    The celebrant is Fr Ross Crichton (whom I believe was a convert to the faith). He is currently parish priest on the isle of Eriskay, formerly based on Barra. I met him once, (a few years ago), at a latin mass in Glasgow and was impressed by his zeal.

    The article says the mass was organised by the confraternity of St Ninian, a lay organisation which does much to promote the traditional mass and faith in Scotland.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      I saw this pilgrimage advertised a few months ago. I think it was a joint venture between Una Voce Scotland and this Confraternity.

      I have never really heard of the Confraternity so I’ve just looked at their Facebook page. I have to say I’m not impressed. Almost every second photograph shows someone carrying the image “Bonnie Prince Jesus”. Not for me and not what I’d call Traditional. Secondly, there’s a series of bizarre photographs with people posing with their Rosary beads. I don’t understand that and find it distasteful. Lastly, there’s a photograph of some of the group grinning beside Archbishop Leo Cushley. That seals it for me.

      I understand where you are coming from saying that they do much for the promotion of the Traditional Mass. However, any individual, or group, that is willing to go along with the lie that the Novus Ordo Mass is the “Ordinary Form” is part of the problem, rather than the solution. The Novus Ordo Missae must be expunged as it is an affront to Our Lord.

      • Petrus,

        My only exposure to the confraternity was at a mass they organised in Glasgow ~2 years ago, which I attended. I also know they arrange a walking pilgrimage from (I think) Edinburgh to St Andrews. I understand that it is quite a new organisation, one I think/hope can help bear fruit for Scotland.

        I too dislike the ordinary / extraordinary terminology which is widely used. It was wrong of Pope Benedict to introduce such language, but of course there is always a preoccupation with shoring up the novus ordo!

        I actually think that using contrasting language – while meant to indicate they are two forms of the same thing – actually highlights the poverty of the novus ordo.

        Much like portraying Ribena as “ordinary wine” and Chateaneuf du pape as “extraordinary wine”. People would say “drop the silly terminology and just give us the real wine, for goodness sake”.

        there’s a series of bizarre photographs with people posing with their Rosary beads. I don’t understand that and find it distasteful.

        I have not seen their facebook page, but I think these pictures may be related to something i heard about recently.

        You likely know that the Italy politician, Matteo Salvini, is not a favourite of Pope Francis and his regime. They have clashed over immigration and such like. Francis refused to meet him, it is claimed.

        Recently, Salvini made a speech entrusting Italy to the Blessed Virgin Mary and then kissed his rosary to underline the point. He also appealed to the 6 saints known as the Patrons of Europe.

        For this act, he was absolutely savaged by the Italian Episcopate and the Vatican. They accused him of politicising the faith, an accusation which would be much better leveled at Francis himself.

        The mask always slips, when someone makes an overt public display of unapologetic Catholicism. They are probably worried that this will alienate protestants / satanists etc.

        Anyway, in response to this, people started posting pictures of themselves kissing their rosaries, as a show of support for Salvini and his act.

        • Gabriel Syme,

          That’s interesting. I didn’t know about that. I’m not sure when the photos on the Confraternity page were taken, so it could well relate to that.

  91. Could I ask for prayers for two fellow Dominican tertiaries in Kansas, Audria and Eric and their little newborn son Theodore Sebastian Dominic? Audria gave birth to their first baby on time but with severe complications on Sunday. The poor baby can’t breathe on his own and he has frequent seizures. He took a turn for the worst on Tuesday but thankfully was resuscitated. The baby has been baptised by Father Novak.

    • Petrus,

      Be assured of a promise of prayers for your Dominican tertiary friends and their little newborn baby. Let us know of any updates.

      • Editor,

        Unfortunately the poor baby died today. He will now be in Heaven, having been baptised and confirmed. Please pray for his poor parents.

        • Petrus,

          I am very sorry to hear this sad news.
          Please be assured of my prayers for the baby’s parents.

        • Petrus,

          I’m very sad for the parents’ loss but it is also wonderful to think that they have their own little saint in Heaven. If you know his name, will you post it here – thank you.

  92. I discovered recently (a few weeks late, I believe) that the SSPX have again merged the Great Britain and Ireland areas into one district, after separating them a few years ago.

    And so Fr Brucciani is now in charge of Ireland as well as Great Britain, and its “back to the future”.

    Does anyone know why this merger took place? I am happy it did,as obviously the traditional Catholic of Ireland are very dear to us.

    I have a sneaking suspicion the merger was to allow Great Britain to er, “pinch” Irish seminarians for ministry in the UK?

    At the Easter Vigil / Midnight mass at Easter in Glasgow, it was a newly ordained Irish Priest, Fr Thomas O’Hart who was the celebrant – the merger had probably taken place already by then, although I was unaware. I had presumed Fr O’Hart was just helping out, but what good news if the UK can call on his services regularly.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      This is the first I’ve heard of it – no idea what is behind it or of the significance. Your guess is probably much better than mine, on this occasion.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      the Irish website says that the British District and the Autonomous House of Ireland will be merged on August 15th to become the District of Great Britain and Ireland. So the merger hasn’t taken place yet. Fr O’Hart is actually stationed in England so him being in Scotland had nothing to do with the merger. He was helping out so that our priory could supply the three churches with the full Holy Week Services

      • Vianney,

        Thank you for the useful information.

        I wonder how the merger is being received in Ireland, any ideas?

        • Gabriel Syme,

          I haven’t heard how it’s being received in Ireland. I know the last time people weren’t happy but I suspect that was down to the then District Superior (who wasn’t all that popular in the UK) rather than a take over by the Brits.

          I think one of the reasons for the amalgamation is the pulling of resources and many Districts comprise more than one country in order to do this. The Netherlands Belgium and Luxembourg are one district, as are Spain and Portugal. Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu are one district and all of South America, Africa and Asia make up one district each. With the addition of Ireland this district will now consist of seven countries as Norway, Sweden and Denmark are also part of it.

  93. Just wondered if you good folks were aware of this, it’s from a Facebook page called ‘Traditional Roman Catholic’ (I know, we could do without the ‘Roman’ thing, but otherwise I’m a ‘top fan’).

    ……’For those of you UNABLE to get to a Latin Tridentine Mass… we bring you this online link to the mass ANYTIME… For English speaking countries we recommend the one in either Warrington, or Sarasota — NOT because of the Language per se, as they’re ALL in Latin… but the sermons will be understood.

    You can even click a link to open a missal in a tab to follow the Mass with. It IS an FSSP Mass– we do NOT wish to have those who want to argue about this trad vs. that trad to interject their venom here. If you have an issue with the FSSP, just don’t watch it. For many it will be a WELCOME chance to see the Mass, the REAL Mass on a DAILY basis with the Traditional Liturgy and propers’…..

    • Pat McKay,

      I have sometimes watched those Masses and it is a good idea for those who may be housebound or can’t get to a Traditional Mass. At least two SSPX chapels in the US live stream their Masses, Sanford, Florida and San Jose, California. Wanganui in New Zealand and Rimini in Italy also live stream.

    • Pat McKay, Thanks for that link. I listened to yesterday’s Mass as per link but today, when I i log in to the site I get yesterday’s Mass again! What am I doing wrong?

    • Pat,

      Beautiful. Really beautiful.

      What is not quite so beautiful, however, is the sight of a musician sitting in a Catholic sanctuary, his back to the tabernacle. Although the church is empty, it gives the appearance of being about a performance to entertain the people, not about giving glory to God (although I’m sure that’s not the man’s intention).

      It just underlines, for me, the extent of the protestantisation of Catholics which was, of course, the outcome if not the specified aim, of the Vatican II revolution.

      Anyway, the music is beautiful, so thank you for posting it.

  94. Thought I’d post some good news as an encouragement to all and as an example of how dedicated teachers working in Catholic schools can make a difference. All year long I have taught my pupils that the correct way to receive Holy Communion is on the tongue. I’ve watched on dismay as pupils all receive on the hand. Well, yesterday something amazing happened. Three pupils came up after Mass and said they had received on the tongue and would now only receive on the tongue. It made my whole year!

    • Catholic Educator,

      Many thanks for sharing that wonderful news with us. That is truly marvellous. Realising it or not, you have set those young people on the road (back) to the traditional Faith. Fantastic news!

    • Catholic Educator

      Very well done! You will be richly rewarded for your efforts to re-introduce some reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.

  95. I would be interested to know other people’s thoughts on the different activities we Catholics can do to sanctify the Sunday. Also, it would be interesting to know what things we do that we shouldn’t do, but either don’t think about it or don’t know that we shouldn’t do it. I hope this is of interest to others too.

  96. I thought this was an interesting article, (see link below), regarding the G20 summit and meeting between Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin.

    President Putin made comments at the summit, attacking western liberalism – this was widely reported at the time. What was not widely reported were his comments on Catholicism:

    “Sometimes, I get the feeling that these liberal circles are beginning to use certain elements and problems of the Catholic Church as a tool for destroying the Church itself. This is what I consider to be incorrect and dangerous.”

    I do not necessarily agree with all of the authors conclusions, discussing liberalism and traditionalism as concepts in general, but I did like them pointing out the paradox of an unpopular Pope regarded as heretical, while the Russian President is regarded as a strong defender of Christianity.

    This is especially paradoxical when considered against the backdrop of Fatima, given it is supposed to be Russia, not the Papacy, which needs converting.

  97. A powerful true story how a Fatima priest was ordained into the priesthood thanks to his mothers prayers and sacrifice.
    A lady in England whose 16-year old daughter had left the faith and also left home heard the following talk vowed to pray the rosary more.
    The daughter is back home and practicing the faith.

    • Pat McKay,

      I’ve just posted on the Muslim Parents who are protesting about LGBT lessons in schools – that’s a useful back history, thanks for posting.

  98. Two of my favourite saints had their feast days this week, St Mary Magdalene on Monday and St Anne today.
    Wonderful story of how St Mary Magdalene and several other saints were caught in the persecution of Christians were put into a boat without rudder, oars, or sail with the relics of St Anne.

    They ended up in the south of France, when the persecution started in France ,the relics were hidden for safety , and were not found for several hundred years and by a 14-year old boy who was born deaf, dumb,and blind.

    • I hope to attend Confession and Vigil Mass this evening (Sat 27/07). After the final blessing, let the ‘end times’ roll….

      • Pat,

        I don’t really “get” your comment about “after the final blessing… end times roll…” but, in any case, I find it hard to believe that you would attend the vigil Mass, knowing that these were only introduced for the sake of people working shifts, such as nurses, who couldn’t keep the obligation on Sunday due to work hours.

        Indeed, I struggle to understand why any truly informed Catholic is still attending the new Mass at all, whether vigil or Sundays… given that it was concocted with the help of the six Protestant ministers photographed with Pope Paul VI below… Just as I struggle, with bells on, to understand how any priest who thinks he’s orthodox, let alone “traditional”, continues to say it…

        Signed: Puzzled, Glasgow…

        • Oh, I see.

          So if the end times do ‘roll’ this evening, it’ll be ‘the bad fire for all eternity’ for anyone who doesn’t attend the Traditional Latin Mass (strictly on Sundays and Holy Days only), right?

          Well, I dare say my Confession will be ‘in-valid’ too, since it will be administered in a church that only entertains Novus Ordo!

          The real issue here is this ‘dikey baptism’ thing. Anyone care to comment about THAT?

  99. Pat,

    I can’t answer your question about the “bad fire” because, obviously, I am not privy to the graces, information, knowledge, understanding, intellect etc bestowed upon you by God. For sure, though, we know that it’s not only mass murderers who end up in Hell (no pun intended!) – so I, personally, never make light of the (very real) danger of ending up there myself. Being baptised is no guarantee of salvation, if that is what you are implying by “this dikey baptism” thing.

    I, too, confess in a novus ordo parish (not least because I can go any day of the week, almost any time, whereas when I’ve tried to go into the traditional church confessional, the queue is so long and the time spent hearing confessions so short, that I’ve only once managed to beat the clock). But, with respect, comparing Confessions with Mass is apples and oranges.

    In Confession, I listen carefully for the words “I absolve you…” and I know that the Sacrament has been validly administered. It’s not quite so clear with the new Mass but that notwithstanding, it surely cannot be pleasing to God that the ancient Mass has been replaced with a new Mass specifically designed to Protestantise us – or do you disagree?

    Because, that’s the nub of the matter. If the new Mass is pleasing to God, there’s no issue with it at all.

  100. Has anyone heard of the book called Bernadette of Lourdes, Life, Death and Visions by Therese Taylor. It’s on Amazon but I don’t seem to be able to link to it. I would like to know if it is reliable and accurate.

  101. Dear CT readers. Please could I ask your prayers for my mother Eileen, who has been diagnosed with dementia, and for other family members as it is taking its toll on them as well. Thank you in anticipation. Please pray also that we may leave the Eurpoean Union completely on Oct 31st with no half measures, and that those who are trying to thwart Brexit may be stopped by the powerful intecession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
    thank you.

  102. Westminster Fly,

    I will definitely pray for your mother Eileen – and for the rest of your family and yourself. Dementia definitely takes its toll on the whole family in a way that other illnesses don’t, not in the same way.

    You might find consolation from reading about and praying to St Dymphna, she is the patron saint of those suffering with mental illness or disorders

    I agree, too, about leaving the EU on October 31st, definitely, we need to do that although it is clear that the remainers in Parliament are as determined as ever to stop it.

    • Westminster Fly,

      I will also pray for your mother and family. It’s a terrible illness, Dementia, and I think most families have someone with it now.

    • Westminster Fly,

      Me, too. I meant to post when I first saw your request for prayers, so I will keep on praying for your situation, as it is a very big cross to bear for all concerned.

    • Catholic Convert,

      I do not think so and – as a Unionist – I hope not.

      I think Brexit holds great promise for Scotland, notably as regards gaining control of our own waters and the fishing rights therein.

      I think this could be a great boost to Scotland, in terms of employment and the economy and revitalising moribund coastal towns – which could then have a knock on effect as regards our (typically western) problem demographics – birth rate etc.

      That the SNP do not want these benefits and instead would prefer that europeans continue to benefit from fishing Scottish waters, instead of Scots, show them up for the charlatans they are.

      It also highlights how the type of independence they campaign for is such in name only.

      • Gabriel,

        The SNP always puzzled me by wanting Scottish Independence and yet were prepared to accept all the rules, regulations and diktats from Brussels. Another thing that made me laugh was the fact they would still use British passports and the pound in Scotland.

  103. One more thing – please email Kolnect Norwich regarding the suspension of that poor bus driver for refusing to drive a bus featuring rainbow number as it promoted homosexuality. Make your indignation known.


  104. Charles Moore of the Telegraph, a Catholic convert, has attacked the University of Glasgow’s “woke” efforts to make reparations for benefiting from donations of people who profited from slavery.

    He asks, if reparations can be made bu UK institutions for slavery, then why not for the persecution of Catholics? He points out slavery was never legally recognised in UK law, while the persecution Catholics was (and still does, in some ways).

    He concludes that such reparations to Catholics are inconceivable, and yet elsewhere the Church has had success in this vein, at least as regards getting confiscated property back,

    Certainly in Scotland, there are some buildings which the Church could “get back” although I would not believe our fleshy, pampered “nice” Bishops would have the nerve to even ask. Probably this is why Moore concludes as he does.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      I visited that link but could only read part of the article (introduction) without paying and I ain’t paying – not least because my own first thought on hearing that news item about Glasgow University was what about the persecution of Catholics, dear old university of Glasgow? A bit too close to home, perhaps.

      I think this is what they call, these days, “virtue signalling” – another daft coinage which simply means an empty gesture to make themselves look good and with “with it” – racism being all the rage these days (or rather, being very publicly anti-racism). To my unworthy self, who can make absolutely no sense of the idea that anyone is discriminated against because of the colour of their skin or race, claiming to be “anti-racist” is the equivalent to saying “I’m totally opposed to starving myself to death.”

      What on EARTH is the point being made by the university?

  105. With all this talk about White Nationalism and Supremacy, and the associated fears of white decline, how should Catholics respond to changing demographics and growing racial polarisation. I do not espouse these views, but the more I hear, see and read, the more I am starting to become concerned. Take Savile Town, near Dewsbury, which according to the 2011 census, had a population of over 4 thousand and of this only 48 were white. What should we charitably, make of this?

    • Catholic Convert,

      You do seem to worry about strange things! I’m not sure there is a “Catholic” position on this. It’s perfectly fine to be concerned about immigration, but absolutely wrong to engage in any form of (real) racism. Common sense, really.

      What I would say is that married Catholics should follow the teaching of the Church and be open to the transmission of life. Perhaps the indigenous population wouldn’t be dwindling if all Catholics did this.

    • WF,

      Brilliant. I forgot that I said I would try to search out that pamphlet, but even better that you have found it online. I’ll go now and post the link on the Pius X thread.

      Many thanks.

  106. Having read through the excellent Crusader pamphlet posted by WestminsterFly, I would have to return to my original comment in response to Margaret Mary talking about a “nuclear war” having to do with the Vision of the Bishop Dressed in White.

    There is no mention of a nuclear war in this pamphlet. Moreover, if you think about it, there could be no Bishop dressed in white and his hierarchy climbing a hill if there had been a nuclear war. Everyone would be dead from either the blast or the radiation that followed.

    Unless, of course, there were small groups praying the Rosary who were spared, like the Jesuits in Hiroshima. But (he said grimly), what are the odds of modern-day Jesuits, or the current corrupt crop of homosexual prelates, praying the Rosary??

    Only one small consolation: at least they won’t be praying to Satan, since they don’t believe he exists….

  107. Does anyone know of a good DVD of Saint Joan of ark? This is one I found; does anyone know if this is sound ?

  108. Can anyone give me advice on morning prayers? I wake up at 4.15 and get to work at 6pm, leaving home at 5.30. What can I do that is quick clean and clever, so to speak? It’s not feasible to say the rosary or mental prayer at that time. I’m a bit of a zombie at 4.15am!

    • Catholic Convert 1,

      All you need to say is the Morning Offering, IMHO:-

      O Jesus, through the most pure heart of Mary,
      I offer Thee all my prayers,works, joys and sufferings of this day,
      for all the intentions of Thy Divine Heart and the Holy Mass,
      and particularly for the intentions of our Holy Father, the Pope.

      I’ve read very good articles answering people who are concerned about praying for the Pope’s intentions now that we have this very bad pope, but the answer is that we are not praying for an individual pope’s intentions but we are praying for the intentions that are fitting intentions for the pope to have and which any sound pope would have.

      I hope this helps.

      • Catholic Convert,

        You could make the sign of the cross as soon as you open your eyes, and say Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

        Thank you God for another day, Jesus and Mary, have mercy on me and help me through this day, then make the sign of the cross again.

        I hope this is a help too.

  109. I wondered if I could ask again for advice on the best flim for Joan of Arc. I have just read the book to my children and would like to get the DVD. There are a few out there and would appreciate knowing what would be the best one eg; Ingrid Bergman is one actress that has been pointed out to me, May be that would be a good one. Any advice would be good.

    • Catherine,

      I have only seen the film “The Messenger”, quite a long time ago when I was not practising the faith. From what I recall It was really just an action movie, rather than an attempt at accurately portraying the Saint and her life.

      I think I liked it at the time, chiefly for the dramatic battle scenes. I do not recall any religious element (I suspect both me and the film were at fault!) but I found some reviews which say these are offensive – I wont post links as the reviews are from websites like TIA (which I believe are not allowed on the blog) and another was from Marian Horvat whom I believe is associated with TFP.

      So, I would not recommend that!

      I think the Ingrid Bergman film is your best bet. Doubtless a safer watch, even just as a consequence of the higher standards of the time when it was made.

      There is a version on youtube – but the comments say both the picture and sounds are poor and so is probably unwatchable.

      However the DVD can be purchased for under £10 on amazon.

      I found this website, but cannot vouch for how reliable it is.

      It pans the “Messenger”, but actually carried links to a now deleted youtube version of the Ingrid Bergman film. So that is an endorsement. (Note the fact it has been deleted suggests any youtube version breaches copyright.)

      I would go with Ingrid, if i were you.

      I found this media about St Joan by chance, when looking for reviews on “The Messenger”:

      A half hour animated film: (perhaps good for younger kids)

      (erroneously referred to, in a title, as a “Bible story”).

      And a 2 hour narration of a book by scottish author Andrew Lang (1844 – 1912):

      I have not watched these myself, so would recommend previewing them first.

      • Gabriel Syme,

        Thank you. I will need to study your post and the videos carefully tomorrow, but wanted just to say thank you for your trouble – I’m really glad to have my choice of the Ingrid Bergman version confirmed as a good choice. Thanks again.

        • Catherine,

          No problem – please do give us a review of the Ingrid Bergman version, if you see it. I might watch it myself!

          • Thank you. I will tell you about the film when I get it. I have since watch the modern one, and I thought it was worth watching.

  110. I saw this tweet recently, where Austen Ivereigh accuses Cardinal Burke of being in formal schism.

    This seems to have been one of the attacks on Cardinal Burke after he said (some weeks earlier) that Pope Francis’s condemnation of the death penalty is a “personal opinion” and so “not Catholic teaching”.

    While, of course, I would support Cardinal Burke over the likes of Ivereigh and co, I could not help see the similarity between the Cardinal’s situation above,and his own previous comments about a certain group which was allegedly schismatic because it would not accept aspects of the Second Vatican Council as being Catholic teaching.

    (I am reminded of the saying “what goes around, comes around”.)

    I would hope that, nowadays, the Cardinal’s understanding and appreciation of the SSPX is significantly more healthy and accurate than before!

    • OOps I should clarify that Ivereigh is quoting an article, rather than making the accusation himself.

      Thouigh I think it is clear enough that he is doing this to make the accusation in an roundabout way.

      In any case, the comparison I was drawing above is still valid, regardless of who made the accusation.

    • GS,

      Whoever the author of “WherePeterIs” is, I recommend he change its name to “WherePeterIsn’t.” Another case of an ignoramus blog owner claiming theological and intellectual legitimacy….gee, just like Ivereigh…..

      I’d have to express serious doubt as to whether that blogger’s hot air puts Cardinal Burke into any sort of “situation,” but perhaps you’ve hit on something about a little “karma” regarding the SSPX.

  111. This email was sent to me today by the Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success:

    Dear Friends,
    Please pass this on to your own personal email lists as it seems as though this news is not well known….
    We were recently made aware of the terrible situation in Quito with violent protests over the President of Ecuador’s, Lenin Moreno, move to end state fuel subsidies in the very beginning of October. When we learned of this a few days ago, we were immediately concerned about the monasteries in Quito so we wrote to both of them asking if they were safe. We received a reply early this morning from the Mother Abbess of the Conceptionist Monastery. We were relieved to know that they are safe but Mother Abbess begs for prayers for them and the country!
    [Protesters kidnapped more than 50 military personnel amid ongoing unrest.]

    [Protesters have blocked major roads.]

    Please read the message from her below – English translation follows as well:

    Estimada Katy, gracias por su preocupación, la situación en el país es muy crítica y necesitamos mucha oración por favor.
    Nosotras gracias a Dios estamos bien aquí al centro histórico no se les permite pasar a los manifestantes pero con mucho dolor
    por lo que pasan los policías y militares, en verdad que esto es diabólico hay que pedir y clamar a Dios que nos devuelva la paz
    Dios te pague por todo, gracias pidan por nosotras y por nuestra Patria que está en caos.

    Hna. Angelita

    English translation:

    Ave María Purísima

    Dear Kathy,
    Thank you for your concern. The situation in the country is very critical and we need a lot of prayer – please.
    We thank God we are well here in the historic center and blessed to not be touched by the protesters who have been not allowed in this area. However, what great pain [sorrow] the police and military people are going through.
    In truth, this is diabolical. We must implore and cry out to God who can restore peace to us.
    May God repay you for everything. We thank you for asking about us and our country that is in chaos.
    Blessings, Hna. Angelita

    Dear Friends, We should not be surprised to see that Ecuador seems to reflect the state of affairs in Society and the Church at large! Our Lady prophesized many events for this poor country… many uprisings etc but She did promise that Gabriel Garcia Moreno’s work to Consecrate Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus would sustain the faithful in these times!

    Let us not forget to pray for our fellow Catholics in Ecuador at this time!!!!

    Pray for the police there that prayed the Our Father in the main plaza as a reconsecration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on October 8th the anniversary!

    Click on link below for video:

    Also From an Ecuadorean we received this message:

    Un día como hoy, 08 de Octubre de 1873 se firmó el decreto de Consagración del Ecuador al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús.
    Pongamos nuestra Patria y familias bajo su amparo. Que el Sagrado Corazón de Cristo Venza , Cristo Reine, que Cristo proteja y nos auxilie en los momentos de peligro. Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, en vos confío.

    Which translates in English:
    A day like today, October 8, 1873, the decree of Consecration of Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was signed. Let us put our country and families under their protection. May the Sacred Heart of Christ Come, may Christ reign, may Christ protect and help us in times of danger. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in thee.

    For more information on the terrible happenings there in Quito go to these links:

    Quito in upheaval due to increase in gas prices! Government moves from Quito to Guayaquil to avoid coup!

    Isn’t it very interesting that some of the best news reporting is coming out of China and Russia with Russia covering it LIVE along with all of the other protest taking place around the world…???

    Russian LIVE station on Youtube:

    In closing, we ask for your continued prayers for the good Catholics in Quito and Ecaudor for perseverance in these times and also for those
    who have been misled into believing that anything good can come out of this kind of violence!!!
    We ask for your prayers as we begin our fundraiser for the sisters in Quito and also for this apostolate to continue its work here!!!

    Our Lady, Our Queen and Our Mother, in the name of Jesus, for the love of Jesus,
    Please take this cause into Thy hands and grant it “good success”!

    Thank you! The Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success

    “Star of the Stormy Sea of my mortal life, may your light shine upon me so I do not stray from the path that leads me to Heaven.”
    (From the Last Will and Testament of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres)
    The Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success
    1288 Summit Ave Suite 107
    Oconomowoc, WI. 53066
    phone 262-567-0920

  112. I’m currently re-reading the books on Our Lady of Good Success and was struck by the fact that Our Lady ordered that images be distributed of the Child Jesus of the Cross of Pichincha – a vision seen by Ven Mother Mariana in which Our Lord spoke to her. Our Lady said “You saw my Divine Child crucified on Pichincha Mountain,” Our Lady continued. “This was not by mere chance. Since this mountain dominates the city, my Most Holy Son wants to sanctify this place, where the Sacred Heart of my Jesus wants to exercise His dominion.

    “And just as, by my command, my statue will remain upon the Abbess’ seat in the upper choir of this Convent to govern and defend it and for the well-being of the whole country, so also do We desire that you should have pictures made of this vision, availing yourself of the present Bishop, a prudent and virtuous Prelate who governs with great meekness of heart.

    “On these pictures should be written the very words that you heard from the lips of your Crucified Love on Pichincha Mountain. These pictures will travel throughout the whole world and will be the source of holy inspirations, but their origin will not be known for some time. The day will come, however, when it will be known…”

  113. This is what the Child Jesus of Pichincha said to Ven Mother Mariana during the apparition:- “I can do no more to show My love for you. Ungrateful souls, who repay the great love and attentions of My Heart with contempt, sacrileges and blasphemies. At least you, My beloved and hidden spouses, be My consolation in My Eucharistic solitude. Keep watch in My Company. Do not be overcome by the sleep of indifference to God, Who loves you so much. Always be the heroines of your country during the bitter and dire times that will come. Your humble, secret, and silent prayer and voluntary penances will save it from the destruction toward which its ungrateful sons will lead it. For these wretched ones, rebuffing and despising the good, will exalt and serve the evil and self-serving satellites of Satan.”

  114. With the feast of the Holy Souls today. I thought this short 8 minute sermon should remind us not to forget the “Forgotten Souls ” who have nobody to pray for them.
    The priest tells a lovely story about a devout a young French lady who spends her last franc on a mass for the Holy Souls.

  115. Does anyone know if it is true that Card. O’Brien’s (RIP) Vicar General Philip Kerr is being removed from St Pat’s in Edinburgh?
    Please God it is true?

    • Graeme, yes, it’s true. He’s moving to Glenrothes where he will also serve the Chapel Royal at Falkland Palace. St Pat’s will be served by the Sons of Mary, Mother of Mercy congregation.

  116. Graeme,

    No idea. Why not ring the parish to find out?

    I did that once when I kept hearing a rumour about a priest in Edinburgh; I rang to ask for him by name. The priest who answered the phone was taken aback and stumbled over words to the effect that he wasn’t there right now. I asked when would be the best time to catch him (knowing that he’d already been caught by a local teacher…) and when he continued to stumble I took pity on him and said “So, it’s true, then, that he’s gone…” Silence. “Byeeeee!”

    Sad but true.

  117. I would dearly like to find out from anyone if they think I am over-reacting but my childen (14 and 16) want to watch Die Hard. They wanted to watch the latest one and now they have agreed to watch the first one. I’ve never watched it so, they say the first one is not that bad, “even their two Catholic friends are allowed to watch Die Hard.” I would love a safe list of movies that my children could watch, it would be life easier. Any opinions on the matter is much appreciated.

    • Catherine,

      I have never watched any film like Die Hard but I’ve seen trailers and it is the usual violent rubbish. I don’t have children of that age, but I would not be happy if my teens actually found enjoyment in that sort of stuff. Also, it’s very rare for these modern films not to have sexual content.

      Just because their “Catholic friends” are allowed to watch it doesn’t mean anything these days. Most Catholic parents don’t care what their children are watching, as long as they’re out of the road and not bothering them! The days when Catholic parents applied Catholic standards in that way, to films and books, are long gone. You are a refreshing exception.

      Having said all that, if this is the usual stuff, then you may be forced to let them watch it – if they are immature, and at 14 and 16 they must be – then being strict about this sort of thing might drive them away altogether. It’s Hobson’s Choice, really – risk them losing the faith through watching unedifying films, or risk losing it because they think you’re too strict. I’d say that’s one for their Guardian Angels, LOL! Let them watch and just pray they are not too badly affected.

    • Catherine,

      Michaela’s reply to you has given me quite a bit to think about.

      Firstly, I totally agree with her that, essentially, you are fighting a losing battle by resisting this sort of film if your children are quoting “Catholic friends” who get to watch them. Most parents are “go along to get along” types, sometimes thinking that they are preparing their children for life in the big bad world. The idea that it is a sin to watch impure or otherwise unedifying material, is old-fashioned in these (enlightened) days.

      It has long been my observation, that a great deal of the fault for this laxity in Catholic families – indeed the majority of the blame – lies with the clergy.

      I attend the Traditional Latin Mass and even there, I have yet to hear much guidance from the pulpit, of a practical nature, for young people.

      While the children where I attend Mass are mostly well behaved, I watch some either fidgeting during the sermon or playing with various items; I was distracted recently by a father who handed his watch as a plaything to his already fidgety son.

      The one exception to this inattention/boredom during sermons was on the recent First Communion day when the priest spoke about things relevant to the First Communicants – naming typical sins, disobedience etc. and I was delighted to see my six year old Great-Niece turn her head and listen closely to the priest.

      Teenagers in that congregation, however, are not hearing about the need for careful viewing – there is a rather naïve assumption that nobody has a TV (or shouldn’t have – ridiculous) and no teenager in that congregation would dream of going online! Thus, they are all safe. Gimme strength. Nor are the parents exhorted to be strict. It’s very sad and compounds the problem for good parents because even the best of children need to hear the sound teaching of parents reinforced by priests – otherwise they write it off as their parents being too hard on them.

      So, I’d be tempted to ask your priest to visit this thread and read these comments. I’d be happy to answer his questions!

    • Catherine,

      You are not over-reacting, it is natural and responsible for any parent to wish to ensure their children only view suitable material.

      I believe the original Die Hard(1988) was originally Rated “18” but was subsequently revised to “15”.

      The plot is that a Policeman is travelling to attend a Christmas Party with his estranged wife, hoping to reconcile with her. The party is thrown by her employer in an office block. On arrival, the Policeman and party guests become caught up in a take-over of the building, by a group claiming to be terrorists but whose real aim is to steal from the buildings bank vaults.

      The Police start a siege of the building and the story largely concerns the cat-and-mouse interaction between the lone Policeman inside and the takeover group trying to catch him (because he is a fly in their ointment).

      The film is violent with a lot of shooting, but pitched in an exciting way (if that makes sense) not in a sadistic or brutal fashion. It is a “action” film aimed at the male psyche. This is the main reason why the film received 15/18 rating. The film is realistic in that there are some other adult themes, such as a few swear words, but contains nothing I would describe as being morally subversive or offensive (such as blasphemy, homosexuality or gratuitous nudity/sex).

      There are a few elements of genuine humour in the film. Although it is undoubtedly for a mature audience, ultimately the themes are positive: reconciliation and the bravery of a lone hero trying to do what is right.

      It is also reassuring that the film was made some time ago, before a lot of modern problems such as Godlessness and LGBT madness took hold of society. Accordingly, no such rubbish features in the film. If it was made today, there would undoubtedly be a “gay” character or a few digs at religion etc.

      Knowing how mature, responsible and level headed the young men in question are, I would not be concerned about them watching it, if it was my decision. They are of course mature, moral individuals easily able to discern that the negative themes (violence, theft) are wrong and to identify the positive elements (as above).

      They will not be negatively influenced by the film in any way, nor have their Christian values undermined or called in question.

      However, of course it is not my decision, but yours!

      Why not watch the film with them, both to reassure yourself and ensure viewing can quickly be curtailed if you object to the content? (I remember my Dad watching a film with me when I was of a similar age, for exactly this reason.)

      The film has good acting performances by Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman.

      Others have made good points too, especially the difficulty parents have in finding balance between rightly banning unsuitable films, and being overly strict which might mean children do not take advice in future but instead seek to watch things in secret.

      • Gabriel Syme,

        Your remark about the young people watching being mature, responsible etc so therefore unaffected is very surprising.

        Our tendency to sins of the flesh has nothing to do with our level of maturity etc. but a weakness in our human nature following that Original Sin of our first parents. Not for nothing does Scripture record that after their act of disobedience/pride “they realised they were naked” (and hid).

        We are ALL supposed to protect ourselves from the danger of falling into sexual sin and from what I’ve seen of modern films, there isn’t a writer, producer, director who is capable to creating a film which does not include explicit sexual content and vile language – including the Holy Name of Jesus, used as a profanity.

        As for removing the temptation to watching things in secret – the answer is to create in children, from their earliest days, a “Catholic sense” a “Catholic culture” so that they are not attracted to immodesty and impurity and, in fact, are repulsed by it. Parents watching bad films which contain impurity and blasphemy, merely serves to reinforce the deadening of conscience to which such recreational activities lead.

        • Editor,

          Our tendency to sins of the flesh has nothing to do with our level of maturity etc. but a weakness in our human nature following that Original Sin of our first parents

          I agree with what you say here, but in my post I identified that the specific film in question is not problematic regarding depictions of sexual sin or impurity. The plot is about an attempted robbery on a grand scheme.

          I completely agree that impurity is a danger to anyone, regardless of their level of maturity.

          When I said that people would not be badly affected by this specific film, I meant its unlikely they would be led toward theft and gun violence as a result!

          the answer is to create in children, from their earliest days, a “Catholic sense” a “Catholic culture” so that they are not attracted to immodesty and impurity and, in fact, are repulsed by it.

          This is a good point and something completely missing from the mainstream Church now. I remember having my eyes opened by the traditional notions that we should hate sin and be repulsed by it.

          • Gabriel Syme,

            I met a young non-Catholic mother of two daughters some years ago when I lived in Aberdeen. She told me about her interaction with her daughters’ non-denominational primary school Head Teacher when she asked that her children not have to undress/dress for PE lessons in front of others (I’m not sure if she meant in the presence of boys or if she was asking for complete privacy – memory not 100% and this was quite some years ago.)

            The 26 year old mother was asked by a very puzzled Head Teacher why she wasn’t happy with her children undressing along with everyone else, and when mother replied that she wanted her daughters to learn modesty, the Head’s look switched from puzzled to incredulous. She glanced at the other staff member present and repeated… modesty? As if the parent has asked that her daughters be allowed to engage in drug dealing…

            That’s now the way it is within the Church. Remember, that young mother was not a Catholic at the time, although she was, in due course, received into the Church. Sadly, she later lapsed, singularly unimpressed with what she was witnessing. I’ll put it no more strongly than that.

            I’ve lost touch with her, unfortunately, because she emigrated to far flung places, but I’d ask everyone to pray for her. She was an enthusiastic convert who became very disillusioned, and she had lapsed before she left the UK.

            My point is, however, that unless young people are inculcated with a truly Catholic sense of modesty, in speech, dress, behaviour etc then they will not recognise anything wrong in films and books when they encounter impurity, blasphemy and whatever other immodesty is on offer from the “entertainment” industry.

            Parents, like teachers, need to avoid the danger of wishing to be as tolerant as possible, not to incur the disapproval of their offspring. It is very easy for our consciences to become dulled and eventually deadened. We can see that wholesale on a national, if not worldwide, scale with the way behaviours, previously unthinkable and even illegal, are now tolerated and approved. LGBT+ springs to mind, but also divorce and “remarriage”, and promiscuity in general. Young people think all of the this is normal, so Catholic parents must grit their teeth and be prepared to seem out of touch, as they educate their children.

            In short, we need to make sure that young people understand the need, not to think like their allegedly Catholic friends, but to think like God.

            It was only when they did that, that Adam & Eve hid out of shame for their prideful disobedience, their rebellion (sin) against God’s moral law.

            Sorry if this comes across as a sermon but they won’t let us women be priests… We will now stand and sing all verses of Faith of our Fathers 😀

  118. Catherine, I’ve just asked one of my grown up sons about it and herewith his answer:

    ” I think it has a fair amount of violence (but nothing nasty, just fighting and shooting etc), otherwise I think that’s about it.”

    I’ve further asked him about impurity, so when he replies, I’ll let you know.

  119. My son’s reply about the impurity question:

    “Not that I recall, but it has been so long I can’t remember.”

    • Crofterlady,

      I’ve now discovered that Our Lord’s Name is taken in vain throughout.

      So, add “blasphemy” to the “impurity” question.

      As for your son’s description of the violence as “nothing nasty”… remind me to keep on his right side 😀

  120. He further said: “you used to block out the screen with your dressing gown if anything untoward came on”.

    You said: “I’ve now discovered that Our Lord’s Name is taken in vain throughout”. Oh, have you seen it? I haven’t.

    • Crofterlady,

      No, I’ve never seen that film nor do I have the slightest desire, thank you. I’m sticking with Columbo and similar… I like my murders to be violence-free, thank you very much.

      I asked a mother of a 17 year old if she knew about these films and she said that that is what she knows – the taking of Our Lord’s name in vain.

    • RCA Victor,

      I’ve taken a quick look at that link but although it looks interesting, my opinion about such books has remained unchanged for quite a few years now, and that opinion is – for what it’s worth – that they are unnecessary and can cause confusion.

      I have always found that the lives of the saints and the spiritual writings of the saints and Fathers of the Church, with a couple of classics thrown in (Sheen’s Life of Christ being a favourite, and the Imitation of Christ) are sufficient, at least for my simple soul. And I do mean “simple”!

      Regarding “confusion”…

      I’ve had the experience, more than once, of someone citing something about Hell or Purgatory or whatever, which they believe to be revealed truth and only after probing does it become clear that this is something they’ve read in a pamphlet or book. So, I tend to discourage people – especially at this time of massive crisis in the Church – from risking becoming even more confused! Stick with the tried and tested, is my humble advice.

      For me, just knowing that I am going to suffer pain (of any kind) for all eternity, is all I need to know about Hell. That fact alone keeps me in the confession queue – regularly… 😀

      Having said all that, if you go ahead and purchase a copy, let us know if you found it helpful or not – and what would be very helpful to know would be, whether the author’s opinions about Hell chime with Catholic dogma… or not…

      • Editor,

        Thanks for that – I did read the Inferno in college, but as the old joke goes, “If you remember what you did in college, were you really there?”

        And the analysis of it was probably through the lens of a leftist professor, to boot.

        If I do purchase it, I will dutifully return and write a book report. Meanwhile, regarding Bp. Sheen’s book Life of Christ, I received that book as a present several years ago, but was eventually turned off by his analogies, which I thought were very contrived, so I never finished it.

        However, I did think his book on Communism was superb (I forget the title – haven’t had my coffee yet).

        • RCA Victor,

          I can’t think of any contrived analogies in Sheen’s Life of Christ, so I would be interested if you can remember one to share here.

          I think the way he can apply the various Gospel incidents and reports to contemporary life is masterful. But then, as I keep telling you, I really am a simple gal, so if I’ve not recognised a contrived analogy, I’d like to be enlightened immediately if not sooner!

  121. The following news just in from the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Officer…

    On Tuesday 26th November around 5pm the Scottish Parliament will host a debate on the positive contribution of Catholic Schools in Scotland. The briefing, below, has been sent to every MSP in advance of the debate, which will be led by Elaine Smith MSP.

    Please contact your MSP and encourage them to attend. You can find their contact details here: Many MSPs are also active on Twitter.

    You might also want to tell your MSP about the positive contribution of Catholic schools in your area and encourage them to speak about this during the debate.

    You can watch the debate live on Parliament TV here:

    Thank you for your support.

    Catholic schools, good for Scotland!

    Kindest regards

    Anthony Horan
    Catholic Parliamentary Office

    If it’s possible to post a copy of the video debate, I will do so as a fresh thread. I just can’t wait to hear what the MSP & Co consider to be a “positive contribution” from Catholic schools given that they do not, emphatically do not, teach the Catholic religion. Watch this space!

    N O T I C E. . .

    This thread has almost reached the 500 mark, so will be closing soon. I’ll open the new GD thread soon, so be aware, so that you are not cut off in mid sentence!

    • The one contribution which Catholic schools have made to Scotland is keeping the debate on bigotry alive and how Catholic schools are to blame for it! LOL! I can’t wait to see that debate!

    • CC,

      I marvel at y our ability to find the most obscure information – I’ve never heard of the Odd Fellows so I assume this is they, so to speak?

      If so, sound very like the Freemasons which membership is prohibited to Catholics.

      Since your zeal is leading you towards joining some form of active service, why not look into the possibility of joining the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP)?

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