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228 responses

  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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Olaf,

      What makes you think this is a good video on Jacob Rees-Mogg?

      Apart from pulling the interviewer up on her religious intolerance, which he does very mildly, he then goes on to prove himself to be just one more liberal Catholic. I’m not impressed at all. I don’t know why anyone is worried that he might become PM – he’s vowed to make no changes – not even on abortion law! If “society” wants it, that’s fine. Some Catholic!

      • 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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:-

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

    • 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!

  24. 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:

  25. 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.

  26. Look at this utter shamelessness from the Church of England. Apparently these martyrs “died” – and here was me thinking they were murdered.

    • 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.

  27. Upon reading the life of St. John Ogilvie on the Homepage the following jumped out at me:

    “It was the betrayal of the Church by his country’s ecclesiastical leaders that deprived the faithful of their faith and it would be an apostate archbishop who would betray John Ogilvie.”

    Now doesn’t that just ring bells? How, but how, can the hierarchy celebrate this Saint’s feast day and NOT join up the dots? They too are betraying the faithful and they can’t, nay won’t, even see it!

    • Olaf,

      It certainly does ring bells. I just can’t believe how blind the hierarchy is right now. It’s beyond belief. Let’s hope St John Ogilvie will bless Scotland soon with at least one faithful bishop coming out of the woodwork to speak out.

    • 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….

  28. 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.

  29. 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”)!

  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.

    • 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!”

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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

  42. 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.

  43. 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?

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