Neil Oliver: Last Lockdown? Fantasy! SNP = Scotland = Even More Fantasy!

Comment: 

As talk in Scotland is turning to the May elections for Holyrood, Catholics need to listen closely to Neil Oliver’s observations about the way the SNP Government has damaged Scotland. More to the point for us, however, is the fact that the SNP is no friend of religion in general, and certainly no friend of the Catholic Church, as the Covid-19 restrictions have confirmed. Or maybe you think Neil Oliver needs to spend more time practising his bagpipes?  

And for those who may have missed it, here is Alex Salmond giving evidence at the Holyrood Inquiry into issues surrounding the Scottish Government’s involvement in his court case… pleasingly, the proceedings begin with the oath to Almighty God…

From The Telegraph YouTube platform…

Alex Salmond has launched a blistering attack on Nicola Sturgeon and accused her government of subverting the founding principles of Holyrood. The Former First Minister told a committee set up to investigate a botched civil service probe into sexual harassment claims against him had been systematically obstructed by Ms Sturgeon’s administration which he said had been guilty of a “calculated and deliberate suppression of evidence”.

He also claimed he had been left “astonished” to see Ms Sturgeon this week apparently call into question the verdict of the jury after he was cleared of all charges last year.

Mr Salmond is questioned by MSPs on what he alleges was a conspiracy by the Scottish government and SNP against him. The former Scottish first minister appears as part of an inquiry into the government’s mishandling of sexual harassment complaints about him.  Ends.

Share your thoughts  …  Is it right for any Christian to vote for a Parliament apparently chock full of corrupt politicians?  

Rebel News: Case of Scot Harassed by Police – Obscene Miscarriage of Justice…

From the Rebel News website…

Last week, I travelled to Edinburgh to cover a number of our Scottish Fight the Fines cases. Quite apart from anywhere else in the U.K. and even the world, Scotland has become notorious for its draconian enforcement of lockdown regulations.

You may have seen my coverage of an Edinburgh protest last week. If you did, you will be closer towards understanding how particularly bad things have become in Scotland. Once known as the land of rebels and fighting spirits, the country has sunk to new lows under the draconian rule of Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish National Party, who seem intent on being as tough, strict and unforgiving as possible.

The past year has seen a great deal of new madness across the world. In the U.K. we have been subjected to a stream of arbitrary new rules, and even more arbitrary enforcement of these rules by the authorities. However, the case of Paddy Hogg is one of the most obscene miscarriages of justice I have covered, which is saying something.

Mr. Hogg is a member of the North Lanarkshire Council, elected to represent the ward of Cumbernauld East, just outside of Glasgow. Yet, he has been told he is no longer allowed to speak publicly about lockdown. Just take a moment to consider the implications of such an action: an elected representative of the people has been ordered not to speak on their behalf about perhaps the most pertinent issue affecting their lives.

As you will see from my video with Mr. Hogg, he is an eloquent, intelligent and informed man. He is not peddling conspiracy theories or speaking nonsense — although even if he were, this would still not justify silencing an elected representative of the people. He takes a sober, academic approach to the issue at hand. The Scottish government, led by First Minister Sturgeon, is clearly not interested in debate. They have declared dogmatically what the truth is, and nobody can challenge that — not even elected officials.

We are going to fight Mr. Hogg’s case for him. With your support, we will restore justice and his right to challenge monolithic thought and the neo-Soviet policing of wrongthink, which we are seeing creep slowly through the United Kingdom like a slow acting poison.

We are fighting cases like this all over the country. You can support Mr. Hogg and others like him at FightTheFines.co.uk.

Comment:

Another example of the police acting against innocent people is found here, where a woman in Liverpool was given a hefty fine for praying outside an abortion clinic.  It’s been utterly  astonishing to see how the police have turned against the people during these lockdowns. Does that concern you?   Or, are they “just doing their job” as, probably, the majority of the population would say, in defence? 

Restrictions: Crime Against Humanity: Letter to Scottish Health Secretary…

The following letter was penned by our very own Athanasius aka Martin Blackshaw and sent to the Scottish Government Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman SNP, on 16 February, 2021. After briefly outlining some practical examples of how this past year has adversely affected families, Martin continues…

You will never be able to comprehend the mental and emotional anguish associated with such a nightmare, entirely inflicted by the present irresponsible Government.

If there is one positive aspect to be taken from this madness, however, it is that, being of independent mind, I have spent endless hours researching official outlets for all information relating to the Chinese virus dubbed “SARS-CoV-2” ­- a dubious designation given that this particular Coronavirus has never been isolated and identified by established scientific method (Koch’s Postulates) anywhere in the world, a fact confirmed recently by the Australian government in response to a Freedom of Information request.

Notwithstanding this false classification of the virus, my God-given common sense suggested to me as far back as March last year that locking down a nation in response to a viral pandemic is as futile as it is unprecedented in human history, not to mention unlawful, which is why responsible governments of the past never considered such an approach to pandemic viruses, especially one that is rated 24th in the list of global threats to health.

The World Health Organisation has recently vindicated that wisdom, declaring lockdowns to be both pointless and counterproductive following the utter failure of the initial 4-month effort which concluded in July 2020 with a destroyed global economy, countless millions of ruined lives and a virus still very much alive and spreading.

Whatever happened to that government mantra “we follow the science”? If you really did follow the science then you would know that on May 11 last year Sir Chris Whitty, England’s Chief Medical Officer, declared from Downing Street that “for most people Covid-19 is harmless”, a declaration that has since been echoed by experts the world over.

You would also know that social distancing and face coverings are science-fiction, not peer-reviewed science  fact, which explains why the virus continues to spread despite these ridiculous classroom innovations. Airborne viruses have a much longer range of inhalation than 2 metres and are not deterred by  silly open-sided face masks. Furthermore, droplets can just as easily enter the body through the eyes.

Another questionable element in this global push to impose Beijing government on the nations is PCR testing. I note that the World Health Organisation has finally downgraded this method of testing as unreliable, citing an unacceptably high number of false positives and stating that it should not be used in future to isolate asymptomatic individuals who are very likely not infected.

Of course, a good many experts said this months ago, pointing out that PCR testing was never intended for use as a diagnostic tool on human beings since it cannot distinguish between a live virus and a dead one. They further pointed out that testing is open to results manipulation depending on how many cycles are used to run samples. Interesting that the voices of these eminent scientists and medical experts were suppressed on social media!

At any rate, this unreliability of PCR testing brings me to Covid-19 mortality and the huge question mark that now hangs over accuracy in the numbering of reported dead, even though it is already relatively low as it stands in terms of global population and very small in comparison with the estimated 70 million people who die in the world every year.

Since my immediate concern is about Scottish deaths, I will restrict my observations to official Scottish Government figures. According to these, 15,000 deaths are insinuated on the government website from a population of 5.5 million, which number equates to a mere 0.27% of the Scottish population – hardly the plague upon us!

I say insinuated because nowhere on the government website is there a declaration of deaths resulting directly from Covid-19. Nor indeed are we told how many of these 15,000 deaths were of people with pre-existing serious underlying health conditions, which, as we know, accounts for most deaths.

Instead, we have the following ambiguous declaration: “6,500 have died who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 8,300 deaths were registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate”. Given what we now know about PCR testing it is quite possible that very few of these people died from Covid-19. Is this why the website is so strangely, perhaps legally, vague in the matter?

Just to emphasise how harmless this virus is for a majority of the world’s healthy citizens, the American Centre for Disease Control (CDC) released the following Covid survival statistics in September last year: Age 0-19 years: 99.99% – Age 20-49 years: 99.98% – Age 50-69 years: 99.5% – Age 70 & over years: 94.6%. These numbers have not altered in the five months since they were published.

English Rose

Now, given that at the height of virus infection in England last year 40% of acute NHS beds were lying empty for the first time in decades, and given that more people are at risk of dying from suspended testing and treatment for genuine life-threatening illnesses, not to mention rising suicides and the mental health impact of Covid lockdowns, I want you to tell me what this is really all about.

Official statistics and declarations do not lie and cannot be written off so easily as “conspiracy theory”. This lockdown business, the psychological manipulation via the media to ensure compliance, the mask and social distancing mandates, the surveillance, the misuse of police, the encouraging of neighbours and children to report perceived rule breakers, etc., these are all classic tactics of Communist totalitarian regimes.

In Scotland, the additional singling out of religion for particular lockdown persecution is further confirmation, if such were required, that our nation is at the mercy of a Communist government with a programme to trample the divine and natural law while suppressing Constitutional civil liberties and human rights through abuse of legislative authority. In effect, it is the realisation of G K Chesterton’s wise observation: “Abolish the God, and the government becomes the God.”

As with all such aggressive atheistic regimes, however, the present Scottish government will pass into infamy, as have historically-similar destructive  regimes whose leaders thought themselves elected to power rather than to serving office.

It is in the very nature of Communists to want to dictate, oppress and destroy because they are unhappy souls who have not the charity or wisdom of God in them. The ideology they serve, while masquerading as caring and progressive, is diabolic in origin and in governance, inevitably resulting in national servitude and misery.

My one consolation at this time is that the SNP is presently tearing itself apart internally, another common feature of Communist regimes, and will soon hopefully disappear completely from the Scottish political landscape, though not without first having destroyed the economy and the lives of millions.

There is also the hope that one day, when this Covid fiasco is finally revealed for what it is, a good number of people will be called to account, at a Nuremburg-type hearing, for what I consider to be one of the greatest crimes ever perpetrated against humanity. Whether this happens or not is immaterial for none of us ultimately escapes the far more rigorous justice of God in eternity for our actions in this life.

I will conclude by saying that I would rather take my chances with a real deadly plague than live isolated and oppressed under the present Sturgeon dictatorship. How quickly a few weeks of lockdown “to flatten the curve” turned into a permanent police state with loss of freedom and hope for the population, mirroring life in Red China, North Korea, and the former USSR.  Ends.  

Comment:

Thank you, Martin, for writing that first class letter – it speaks for the majority, if not all of us, on this blog.  As a matter of interest, for those who may not know, Jeane Freeman was a leading member of the Communist Party in her youth and the Communist Party is listed as one of her political affiliations on her Wikipedia page.  For now, though, do you agree with Martin that we are living through “one of the greatest crimes ever perpetrated against humanity” ?

 

Cancel Culture Comes To Scotland – Teacher Fighting Trial By Wokeness …

From the Mail Online…

With editorial commentary throughout…

A Scottish private school teacher is facing being struck off after slamming Ruth Davidson for having a ‘fatherless child’.
Ed: well, he didn’t “slam” her”.  Ruth’s pregnancy was in the news at the time and he merely used it to comment on relevant issues regarding family life in our changing (and not always for the better) society. 

Richard Lucas, a physics teacher at £35,000-per-year Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, made the comments on a video he posted to his YouTube channel.
Ed: and as far as we know, that’s still allowed in our “free” country. Yes? No?

Mr Lucas is now being investigated by the General Teaching Council for Scotland for his April 2018 video titled ‘Ruth Davidson and the fatherless children’.  Ed:  oops!  Seems I was a bit previous there…

Private teacher rants about Ruth Davidson having ‘fatherless child’ Ed:  he didn’t “rant” at all.  He spoke very calmly. Indeed, I once attended a meeting at which Richard was present. He didn’t so much as raise his voice during some very lively discussions.  So, that’s a porky pie, for starters.  But, decide for yourself – click here to view the video which may cost Richard his registration with the Scottish Teaching Council for Scotland – and thus, end his career, remove his livelihood. 

He also says: ‘There is cause to be concerned about same sex marriage.’ Mr Lucas made reference to statistics published by American sociologist Mark Regenerus, he said: ‘The statistics always show worse outcomes for children from lesbian and gay parented households.

‘But then the statistical jiggery pokery kicks in and by controlling for one thing or another eventually you can make those effects disappear and claim that the children turn out just as well.

‘There’s good reason to think that there are problems associated with/correlated with same sex parenthood.’
Ed: Mr Lucas is hardly the first person in the world to suggest this – check this report

Mr Lucas now faces being removed from the teaching register altogether following a complaint by a parent.
Ed: which is a total disgrace. And this parent will, no doubt, pay lip-service to the importance of teaching her offspring to be tolerant of everyone, all opinions and none. Hypocrite. 

The GTCS charges read: ‘The meaning and effect of these statements in the 2018 video, is that homosexuality is undesirable as it causes physical and mental health problems. ‘That same sex parenting is inferior to, and is of less value, than heterosexual parenting and should be discouraged as it is harmful to children. The charges continue: ‘Such statements are offensive and/or communicate intolerance, prejudice, discriminatory and/or, are potentially discriminatory. ‘…as a reasonable and properly informed member of the public, having regard to the content of your statements, would conclude that you were intolerant of and prejudiced against same sex parents and would discriminate against them and their children in the course of your duties as a teacher.’
Ed: I beg to differ  On the contrary, any and all thinking persons will conclude that it is the GTCS and the parent responsible for putting Richard Lucas on trial for his beliefs who are intolerant, offensive, prejudiced, and discriminatory. Any “reasonable and properly informed member of the public” will reach that conclusion in jig-time.  Those, that is, who are not yet fully brainwashed – not to say terrified – by the Woke Witch-hunters. Those who can see through the persecution of Richard Lucas. Those, in other words, who can think for themselves. Outside the Woke Box. They know exactly what is going on here. And it’s got absolutely nothing to do with tolerance. 

Speaking today to the panel, Mr Lucas said: ‘I admit to making the comments – I do not think that I am unfit to teach.’
Ed: Bravo, Mr Lucas.  That’s the only way to deal with bullies – stand your [righteous] ground. 

Mr Lucas also took to his Facebook page on Saturday to defend his actions. He said: ‘I still hold the views expressed in the ‘offending’ video and I will continue to articulate these views regularly and publicly as I see fit.
Ed: Bravo, Mr Lucas!

‘Whatever the outcome, I will immediately restate my views publicly and explicitly reject the right of GTCS to restrict my freedom of speech in this way.’
Ed: Bravo, BRAVO! Mr Lucas.

Mr Lucas, who is representing himself at the hearing, today cross examined former Headmaster of Merchiston Castle Andrew Hunter.
Ed: Oh, that is one wall on which I would love to have been a fly.

Mr Hunter told the panel how he had tried to talk to Mr Lucas about his views, saying: ‘I tried my hardest to nurture you to see that your views had always put you on a collision course. ‘It is in my personal view that in such a vocation we cannot adopt such a view that was expressed in the video. ‘I don’t think it’s our right to irrespective of what any religious texts may say. Whether it’s the bible or the quran.’
Ed: WOW! He’s a treasure, eh?   His patron saint is Pontius Pilate. Hand him a bowl of water and a clean towel (or maybe sanitizer would be more woke). As an aside allow me to opine that maybe he should be on trial himself:  for a Headmaster, his command of the English language isn’t the best – and isn’t “Headmaster” a tad sexist?  Just sayin’ … 

Mr Lucas then quoted the Catechism of the Catholic Church to which legal advisor Gareth Jones interrupted, saying: ‘The purpose of the witness is not to descend into personal attacks during cross examination.’
Ed: note:  Richard is not a Catholic but a committed Evangelical Protestant – that he quotes from the Catechism, is evidence, right there, that he’s no bigot. 

Mr Lucas closed his questioning by asking: ‘Is your honest belief that because I believe in mainstream Christian beliefs it makes me unfit to teach?’
Ed: that’s it in a nutshell. Answer: yes.  Now, read on for the Head’s waffle…

The former headmaster replied: ‘I tried to say to you, do not you think you have to moderate these views to context and meet people halfway. I tried to get you to acknowledge that if we have faith we can not say such things when there are people around us who have some faith or no faith at all.
Ed: this is the bit where Pontius Pilate slaps on that sanitizer…

‘I wanted the best for you and the students.’
Ed: false:  what you wanted was what was best for you – an easy life; what you wanted was to get a pesky parent off your back. There’s not a teacher in the land who can’t “picture the scene”. 

Deputy head Alan Johnston was also cross examined by the former school teacher. In his statement, Mr Johnston said: ‘He was getting close to crossing the line, a line he hadn’t previously crossed. ‘Richard is clever, he never explicitly says the words I think. He thought the school thought he had extreme or radical views.’
Ed: anyone who thinks the Ten Commandments make sense, is thought to hold “extreme or radical views.”  Thanks for the tip. We know which private school we won’t recommend to our wealthy friends when we make some said wealthy friends. 

Mr Lucas was adamant during the hearing that the school was monitoring his political party the Scotland Family Party.
Ed: and that is without a doubt.  Check out the Scottish Family Party short introductory video here… With widespread publicity, the new Scottish Family Party is a real threat to the inhabitants of Holyrood – they could entirely change the shape of the next Scottish Parliament. 

When he questioned Mr Johnston about this, the deputy head said: ‘I think initially we thought that people have the right to an opinion – we were not monitoring your online behaviour.
Ed: well, initially you were right. You should have stuck with that thought and told the pesky parent what to do with her woke complaint.

Mr Lucas questioned Mr Johnston further, asking: ‘My video supposedly infringed aspects of Merchiston Castle – did it?’

Mr Johnston replied: ‘Voicing an opinion which makes anyone feel less accepted is intolerable. Our values are to be accepting.’
Ed: well, the best way to teach is by example, so you need to show Mr Lucas that HE is accepted; that HIS values are accepted.  Simple, really. 

The hearing continues.    Source

 

Comment:

Well, it’s officially here.  Cancel Culture. We must not deviate from the politically correct path or we face “re-education” at best and sacking at worst. To find out where this “cancel culture” is heading, just look across The Pond… Anyone who doesn’t agree with Joe Biden and his fellow Communists can’t even purchase a pillow, for goodness sake.  We have to nip this in the bud – if it’s not too late. What thinkest thou?   But first, spare a prayer for Richard Lucas, who is undergoing a most disgraceful persecution. Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for him…

Scots TV Presenter On Covid-Generation: “What’s The Point?” Future Bleak…

Comment: 

It is my considered opinion that there is no point any more in writing to politicians at any level. Things are too far gone now – lockdowns have become an accepted method of controlling the population. Generating fear really does work, and it makes no difference if we remind folk that the Government’s own alleged experts said at the outset that there is a 99.98% recovery rate in those who become infected with this virus.  In other words, most people recover. At least two people in England, who were aged over 100 recovered way back at the beginning – wheeled out of hospital to a parade of staff cheerfully applauding. Doesn’t matter. There is a tiny risk of becoming infected, so best to stay at  home, close schools and businesses, ban church-going, insist on mask-wearing and (anti) social distancing, with heavy handed police tactics, including hefty fines, imposed on anyone who dares to disobey.  Too bad about those suffering with other illnesses;  last time I checked Covid was #24 on the list of causes of death in the UK – or was that England, can’t be sure, but you’ll get my drift…it’s certainly not #1 cause of death in Scotland, or anything like it, that’s for sure.

In that context, I have every sympathy with Neil Oliver’s views, and I’m not at all surprised at the perfectly understandable attitude of his 17 year old daughter and her friends who ask “what’s the point” of studying and working to succeed in education in preparation for the world of work, when, on the whim of a Government our personal and religious freedoms may be removed, with education and work brought to an unceremonious halt. 

What I find hard to fathom, though, is why someone with Neil Oliver’s obvious  intelligence (and ditto Mike Graham) hasn’t apparently realised why we are in lockdown for the foreseeable future; that this is not about a virus at all, never was about a virus – that we are actually living under a system of totalitarian governance, stealthily established with the willing, if naïve, co-operation of the majority of the population; that, almost overnight, Communism has arrived.  They don’t appear to be joining up the dots to reach that conclusion. Too busy, I suppose, rightly focused on encouraging the teenagers in their circle not to lose hope, but to keep planning ahead…

In any event, Neil Oliver hits a number of nails on the head in the above interview, and I fully sympathise with his response to this ongoing and apparently never-ending series of lockdowns.  Do you?    

Church Closures: Are Catholics Obliged to Obey Govt Ban On Worship Of God? 

Comment: 

Martin Luther King, as pointed out in the above video, quotes Catholic teaching on unjust laws to legitimise the civil uprisings in the USA against the segregation of black people from the rest of the population. King points out that those who invoke this right to disobey unjust civil laws must be prepared to take the consequences – such as imprisonment. Thus, it is made clear that the motive for such civil disobedience is conscience, not malice. 

At this time, when we are prohibited from the worship of God in our churches because of “the virus”, what should Catholics do – pressure priests for “secret” Masses or openly attend churches, bearing in mind that the priest is the person most likely to have to pay the consequences. We’re hearing of a Scots priest who has been handed a hefty fine for allowing parishioners to attend his Mass recently.  Such is the confusion around us that I’m not clear in my own mind whether or not members of the congregation are also liable to fines – informed contributors please enlighten me on that score. It’s not the virus of which people are afraid when it comes to assessing the restrictions, it’s the fines and the fear of losing hearth and home which is forcing compliance. My entirely unsolicited and unqualified legal advice to anyone found breaking a “Covid law” is, in any case, to refuse to pay fines and let the matter go to court in due course. I’ll pray for you 😀   

It should go without saying (but I’d better say it anyway) that if you happen to know of any underground Sacraments which you suspect may be on offer, you must not say so on this thread, or anywhere else on this blog for that matter.  This thread is to discuss the principles of law and our obligation (or not) to obey all laws – even perceived unjust laws. Do the current Covid laws,  especially the prohibition on attending churches, fit the definition of an unjust law, according to the thinking of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Augustine…

IS is true that “an unjust law is no law at all” ?   

London Mayor: Non-Compliance Serious – NHS Theatre of War! Stay At Home! 

Comment: 

According to Lockdown Sceptics, Government is very concerned about the lack of compliance this time around – and I have to say my own experience driving down the motorway last Wednesday was not what I expected.  The M8 was packed, traffic no different from any other week night.  So, it may be that people are, at last, waking up to what is really going on and, hopefully, will find the courage to fight this ongoing tyranny.

I still hear people say “We’re sleep-walking into Communism…”  To which I reply: “NO!  It’s here!  We’ve marched into it… We’re living under Communist governance, right now.”  Before we know it, we’ll be in the later stages where, as the cheerful Communist-inspired motto goes,You’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy about it.  Those of us who who want to keep ownership of our own homes and hearths, must refuse to comply with these disgraceful restrictions on our freedoms, both personal and religious freedom –  we must not, we cannot allow them to be taken away from us.   

This police state activity took place in Scotland, just a few days ago…  a neighbour reported this family for having too many people in their home, when the people she saw entering were actually para-medics bringing their seriously ill daughter home from hospital… Snitches are not only nasty people, but they’re dangerous people as well…  

We keep asking what we can do about this tyranny being imposed on us and the answer seems to be – nothing.  Protests are squashed; remember the 35,000 plus people who protested in London in recent months (reported on the TV news as “a few hundred”) – we are, literally, under totalitarian dictatorship, we are living in a police state.  Obviously, we must pray hard and we must do everything possible to signal our unwillingness to accept this new way of life – this “new normal”.  No thanks!  We must call out the propaganda for what it is, at every opportunity. That apart, without some form of seriously organised protest which will garner meaningful support from the public and force the Government to stop their fear-mongering over a virus with an almost 100% recovery rate in those who become infected, it seems we have no option but to bow down and accept what’s coming to us:   Full blown Communism.  

An offer…

If anyone can come up with a likely-to-work plan, for example, to bring top speakers to Glasgow to lead a protest, Catholic Truth will fund it.  Contact us on editor@catholictruthscotland.com  

Christmas Gift From Scottish & UK Governments – A Brand New Virus! 

Comment:

This was inevitable. At the first mention of a possible easing of restrictions over Christmas, complaints were raised by “the experts” and those who are demonically keen to keep us all locked down and under strict surveillance, come what may. We were told that a drastic lockdown would have to be imposed in January, if we insisted on celebrating Christmas. “Too bad” was the silent message from those of us determined to mark Christmas as free people living in a supposedly free country. Then, hot on the heels of this defiant silence, came  the expressions of a “fear” that there was a new strain of “the virus” coming to get us.  I remember smiling a wry smile when I heard that, and thought “Christmas WILL be cancelled, after all”.  Who needs to know how to work a crystal ball, these days?  Is there a new virus?  You’re asking me?  Answer: not in a million years.  I do not believe it. Not for a nano-second. 

Now, there are plenty of other much shorter (1 minute +)  clips on YouTube with Nicola doing her pitch for an Emmy but I chose the full blown message because I’m curious to know if other bloggers see what I see – utter insincerity. She really does deserve an Emmy. That is one actress.  She’ll be on Piers Morgan, Good Morning Britain first thing on Monday, be assured – he swoons over these Sturgeon Statements, misreads her “concern”, believing it to be the real thing.  Listen: her concern is to hammer home that she’s not to blame for any of this, she’s empathetic, she doesn’t want to do this, sob, sob.  But when it comes to “tough love”, she’s the queen. She knows what’s good for us, sob, sob, even if it makes her unpopular, sob, sob.  Gimme a break. 

Well, you tell me…  is there a new virus – or did the powers-that-be who are pulling the (purse) strings on this, decide that we might get too used to having our freedom (almost) back if the rules were relaxed for a few days over Christmas, and so the noose had to be tightened?  That’s my best guess – what’s yours? 

Archbishop of Glasgow: “The Church has never said that [anyone] is in Hell” … Eh?

The following reflection, dated 22 November, 2020, is taken from the website of the Archdiocese of Glasgow – editorial comment added…

COVID restrictions and salvation

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

In a far-reaching reflection this week, Archbishop Philip considers the new pandemic restrictions, our duty to live with charity and solidarity during this period, and our final judgement by Christ the King: “Two things make me hopeful for our eternal destiny … I have never met anyone without a scrap of love and charity in their heart.
Editor: allow me to introduce myself…

Secondly, the Church has never said that any individual person is in hell.
Editor: allow me to introduce you to Saint Jacinta – one of the Fatima seers, solemnly canonized by Pope Francis at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, in Portugal on 13 May 2017.  After the vision of Hell, when the seers saw the souls (plural) of those suffering there, Jacinta was so desperate to help poor sinners avoid Hell that she made many sacrifices. Read all about Fatima here  –  you really need to know about it, if you want to make sense of what is happening in the world today. Oh, and to know that there ARE souls in Hell.  Lots, sadly, of individuals.  Our Lord told us that, even before Saint Jacinta… Don’t you remember?  He mentioned “the furnace of fire” where there would be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:5).  Don’t you remember?  And it is the tradition of the Church,  the teaching of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, that Judas Iscariot is in Hell. I’m not sure that we’ve ever covered this in our newsletter, so watch out for our January 2021 edition – we’ll find a spot for it there. Interesting, isn’t it, that the Fathers and Doctors of the Church agree unanimously that there is, at least, one bishop in Hell… Er, moving on…

Jesus is the one who has the authority and the power to look into our souls and find there the love that will permit us to enter eternal life.
Editor: allow me to introduce you to Our Lord’s definition of “love” – He told us that if we love Him, we will keep His  Commandments and voila! Then we will be admitted to eternal life. It’s a tad misleading to speak of Jesus finding “love” in our souls when the word is so misused and abused these days.  Don’t you have a duty to make sure that those hearing and reading your words understand the nature of the love required to achieve eternal happiness?  “Love” (in the sense of the pop song) is NOT “all you need”. 

“Jesus is the one who, despite our sins and frailties, has the authority to validate our existence and our activity forever. Jesus, the Universal Judge, in calling us to unselfish charity, is the one who scrutinises our souls for the spark of divine love that will permit us to live forever with the saints in heaven.
Editor: allow me to introduce you to my previous response. Except I need to mention “validate our existence and our activity forever” – if this is the latest way of describing The Judgment, I’d say ditch it. The Four Last Things is much easier to understand:  Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell.  Nobody needs to run for a dictionary.

“Covid-19 is a particularly nasty virus, and we do not want people to become ill or die. Practical charity in this pandemic may just be that spark of divine love in us that the Lord will look for.”
Editor: allow me to introduce you to St Thérèse of Lisieux, one of the many great Christian souls who longed for death: “During this prayer, I would begin thinking that the day of rest was coming to an end, that the morrow would bring with it the necessity of beginning life over again, we would have to go back to work, learning lessons, etc., and my heart felt the exile of this earth. I longed for the everlasting repose of heaven, that never-ending Sunday of the Fatherland!” Indeed, can you believe this, Archbishop, we’re all going to die of something, some day.  And horrible as this virus is (you are right about that – well, even a broken clock is right twice a day 😀 ) some deaths may be much worse. 

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And then there were 20 … It seems like a huge joke on the Church to proclaim Jesus Christ as King, while being under such severe restrictions that only 20 people at a time are allowed to come together in Church for Mass to celebrate this great feast. I never imagined for a second that I would mark my fifteenth anniversary as a bishop under these circumstances.
Editor:  well, this is one “joke” that’s not leaving any of the faithful amused.  Not one little bit.  I’ve yet to meet any Catholic  anywhere in Scotland who finds this situation remotely funny. I take your point, however, and it is true that we find it disgusting that the bishops would preach Christ is King while effectively handing His crown to Nicola Sturgeon.  An uncharitable soul might accuse the hierarchy itself of being “a huge joke”.  So, your point is not without merit. 

I consoled myself by remembering the crucifixion of Jesus when the soldiers mocked him. “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
Editor: well, don’t console yourself. What you ought to be remembering is the fate awaiting false shepherds, because Scripture reveals that Christ warned against false teachers  more than He preached about love or any other desirable quality. To teach that the Government’s authority is greater than that which Christ the King bequeathed to His Church, is not something which should console you – it should worry you, dare I say it, to death…

When we proclaim Christ as King, we need to recognise that He is a King who reigns from the Cross, and, from the Cross he is the King who can promise paradise. To one who was crucified with him, you remember, and who recognised Jesus’ innocence, Jesus promised, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” Jesus is King because, through his Cross and Resurrection, he is the Saviour who has won for us the crown of eternal life.
Editor:  the “Good Thief” was promised Paradise despite his sins and crimes; but why? Because he confessed his sinfulness, unlike the other thief who doggedly taunted Our Lord and refused to accept his own sinfulness before God. We’re still waiting for that “Good Thief” confession from any of our Bishops; nothing, so far.  All we are hearing is that you’re all doing your bit to “save lives” and “protect the NHS”.  No repentance for designating God as non-essential in a public health “crisis”.

Jesus is the King who reigns from the Cross, and those who belong to his kingdom are called to carry their Cross and follow him to the glory of the Resurrection. Because of this pandemic, we are once again suffering even more severe restrictions to our freedom to come to church to worship God. Part of our suffering is the fact that it is not particularly clear why 50 had to drop to 20 in the Tier 4 regulations. It could, however, be worse. In England, Ireland and France, all churches are just closed full stop. We do not want that to happen, so we will bear this cross with dignity, patience and forbearance, hoping that the Tier 4 restrictions are lifted on 11th December as has been promised.
Editor:  this is not a “cross” – this is a dereliction of duty.  A cross of suffering we must accept with peaceful resignation.  Episcopal and priestly neglect we rightly abhor. It is a scandal which we are duty bound to publicly correct.  God is never “non-essential” especially at a time when we are being  frog-marched into totalitarian governance.

If you are frustrated by the Tier 4 restrictions on your personal freedoms, let me point you to today’s Gospel. Jesus is King also because he is the universal judge of every human being, with the authority to admit to eternal life or to condemn to the eternal fire.
Editor: that is a non-sequitur.  There is no connection between my loss of my personal freedom, for which the hierarchy (and each individual member of it) is largely to blame, because the Governments of the UK could never have imposed these restrictions on our religious liberty without the co-operation of the hierarchy, so, to recap, there is no connection between the loss of my personal freedom and the authority of Christ to Judge us in eternity. Unless, that is, you are saying that those politicians responsible for removing our personal (and religious) freedoms are going to face a very severe judgment.  Is that what you mean?  If so, you have a duty to warn them very publicly and very clearly, not hide your warning behind a  vague, generalised statement. 

In this scenario of the last judgment, the measure Jesus will use for his judgment is love and practical charity. Here are his words: “I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me drink, sick and imprisoned and you visited me, a stranger and you made me welcome. When you did this to the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”
Editor:  another non-sequitur.  What do those [beautiful] words of Our Lord have to do with your insistence on obeying a wholly secular and heavily Marxist-leaning Government which is responsible for the introduction of evil laws to destroy the family and legitimise (and promote) sexual immorality, a Government which is planning further evil through its shocking Hate Crime Bill and which is now wielding authority over the Church?   We’re definitely in waffle territory here.

We are told that we are under Tier 4 restrictions because the rate of Covid-19 infection in Glasgow and the West of Scotland remains, in the First Minister’s words, “stubbornly high”. At the beginning of this pandemic, we were all in it together and it was easier to accept lockdown. Now we are not. In some parts of Scotland, people are shopping normally, going to pubs and restaurants freely until fairly late in the evening, and socialising with each other more than we are.
Editor: it’s very interesting – and telling – that you found the first lockdown “easier” to accept, and that you quote the ridiculous slogan “we’re all in this together” which, is balderdash. The fact that the churches were closed meant that no Catholic found the first lockdown remotely easy.  We found it painful and doubly so because you, our bishops were happily going along with the Government’s authoritarian rule. We can’t even accuse the politicians of a coup d’état because the bishops were happy to co-operate and hand over their authority to the Government.  I find it very interesting that, for all the quotes from Scripture relating to Judgment, you do not seem to apply any of them to yourselves.  Your confidence in “love” being the passport into Heaven is troubling.  When Christ pointed out that that the infamous sinner, the woman who anointed his feet with oil would be forgiven her many sins “because she hath loved much”, she had first washed his feet with her tears of repentance. This was no superficial or emotional love – it was the kind of love required of us all, the love that takes us to the confessional box. (Luke 7:37-48).  It is misleading for priests and bishops to speak of “love” as if it pleases God and brings us to salvation, without repentance of our sins. 

Part of this disparity is that in four Catholic dioceses, 50 people can be at Mass; and in the other four (which contain the vast majority of the Catholic community of Scotland), only 20 people can be at Mass. If this makes you frustrated or angry or feel a sense of unfairness, just try to bear it as our commitment to practical charity and to the love of our neighbour, so that infection rates will come down, and we will all be able to enjoy more personal freedoms at the end of this period of Tier 4 restrictions.
Editor:  there are just no words in any dictionary to describe the frustration and anger  (to use your words) felt by Catholics shocked by your subservience to the Government throughout this period.  To speak of “practical charity” and the “love of neighbour” as being the correct response to the limitations set on numbers of faithful who may attend Mass simply beggars belief. Charity and Justice must first be offered to God.  Of course, since the introduction of the new Mass, the emphasis has been on the people, the “community”, making the Mass more enjoyable, fun even, for them but – of course – that is the wrong way round. Charity is first and foremost, the love of God.  Our concern for justice, too, must first be directed to Justice for God to Whom we owe true worship.  The Ten Commandments are more important than any Coronavirus restriction. Thankfully, there ARE some (not many) priests who are defying Government rules – I’ve just been reading about a priest in Ireland who has re-opened his church despite his bishop cowering behind the propaganda about the need to “suppress the virus” – such idiocy!  This priest reveals more insight than any bishop into the reality of what is going on when he says: “There is a suspicion that they want to stop people believing in God … to stop people practising their faith.”  Got it in one.  In Scotland – and indeed across the UK – the bishops, complicit with the Government, are succeeding in doing this, whether deliberately or unwittingly, where the Protestant Reformers of the 16 century failed. 

More than that – much more than that – Jesus the Universal King will judge us at the end on our love and charity.
Editor: to quote  Groucho Marx,  if I’ve told you this before, don’t stop me, I want to hear it again…  (I repeat): we will be judged on the kind of love which leads us to obey the Commandments:  “If you love Me, you will keep my Commandments” (John 14:21-24 ). 

Two things make me hopeful for our eternal destiny … I have never met anyone without a scrap of love and charity in their heart. Secondly, the Church has never said that any individual person is in hell. Jesus is the one who has the authority and the power to look into our souls and find there the love that will permit us to enter eternal life.
Editor: again, in the spirit of Groucho Marx, allow me to repeat myself by introducing you to Saint Jacinta – one of the Fatima seers, solemnly canonized by Pope Francis at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, in Portugal on 13 May 2017.  After the vision of Hell, when the seers saw the souls (plural) of those suffering there, Jacinta was so desperate to help poor sinners avoid Hell that she made many sacrifices. Read all about Fatima here  –  you really need to know about it, if you want to make sense of what is happening in the world today. Oh, and to know that there ARE souls in Hell.  Lots, sadly, of individuals.  Our Lord told us that, even before Saint Jacinta… Don’t you remember?  He mentioned “the furnace of fire” where there would be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:5).  Don’t you remember? And it is the tradition of the Church,  the teaching of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, that Judas Iscariot is in Hell. I’m not sure that we’ve ever covered this in our newsletter, so watch out for our January 2021 edition – we’ll find a spot for it there. Interesting, isn’t it, that the Fathers and Doctors of the Church agree unanimously that there is, at least, one bishop in Hell… Er, moving on…

Jesus is the one who, despite our sins and frailties, has the authority to validate our existence and our activity forever. Jesus, the Universal Judge, in calling us to unselfish charity, is the one who scrutinises our souls for the spark of divine love that will permit us to live forever with the saints in heaven.
Editor: once more, in the spirit of Groucho Marx, allow me to repeat myself.  If by “validate our existence and our activity forever” you mean The Judgment, I’d say ditch it. The Four Last Things is much easier to understand:  Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell.  Nobody needs to run for a dictionary.

Covid-19 is a particularly nasty virus, and we do not want people to become ill or die. Practical charity in this pandemic may just be that spark of divine love in us that the Lord will look for.
Editor:  the problem with all this talk of “practical charity” is that the Government tells us to stay away from people.  I’m surprised that the bishops haven’t picked up on that in their anxiety to obey Mz Sturgeon & Company.  There’s not a lot of “practical charity” any of us can legitimately do when we are supposed to be wearing masks (which discriminates against the hard of hearing who struggle to understand what is being said behind the muzzles) and when we must keep a distance of six feet or whatever it is now from others  – I no longer keep up with these crackpot rules. I’ve worked it out that God has given me a mind of my own for a reason.  So, really, with all due respect, we don’t need exhortations from our bishops to “practical charity” or patience in carrying this “cross”; we need to see some backbone, some pushback, some practical charity towards God by a declaration that “enough is enough”.  The virus has been used by Government to introduce totalitarian governance by stealth, using the fear of  infection and death to control us.

Shame on you, Archbishop Tartaglia, and your brother bishops for allowing yourselves to be complicit in this spread of Communism, which was foretold at Fatima.  You must seek to make amends urgently, and where better to begin – after opening your churches, refusing to pay fines and accept prison if necessary – than by asking the Pope to arrange for the Consecration of Russia to be carried out in the manner prescribed by Our Lady at Fatima. When she spoke to the Fatima seer, Sr Lucia, Our Lady requested  that the Pope, in union with all the bishops of the world, consecrate Russia, the first ever nation to publicly deny the very existence of God in its governance, the first ever Communist country, to her Immaculate Heart. Only when this is done, will peace and order be restored in both the world and the Church. 

This public giving back to God of Russia, this Consecration must be done by the Pope and the bishops of the world at the same time. A short prayer of Consecration, as requested by God through His mother at Fatima, would see off  the fear of this virus (which is not at all the deadly threat which the schemers claim) and we would enjoy the promised period of world peace. To date, we are seeing a purely worldly response to a contrived public health crisis, absent any spiritual, religious or moral leadership from the hierarchies around the world.  There’s plenty of talk of “judgment” in the above reflection but it is all askew – it is clear evidence of the lack of any Catholic sense.

At Catholic Truth, Archbishop, we are praying for you and for your brother bishops in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. But what we cannot do, is defend your negligence and your worldly complicity with the politicians who are brazenly changing the way we are governed in order to remove our personal and religious freedoms.  Of this you must repent, as a matter of the utmost urgency, in the knowledge that judgment for any of us can come at any minute, day or night. You may take refuge in the Woody Allen philosophy: “It’s not that I’m afraid of death, I just don’t want to BE there when it happens!”  Well, Archbishop, Breaking News, you WILL be there. 

St Joseph, patron of a happy death, pray for us. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us! 

To read Archbishop Tartaglia’s Reflection on Covid restrictions and salvation, click on   Source

Comments invited…  

Covid-19: Tyranny – Shouldn’t We ALL Shout At Politicians? Hmmm… YES! 

Comment: 

Well done, Julia, for telling Bob Stewart MP  that you have every right to shout at him, given that he is planning to vote for continuing/worsening restrictions in the name of Covid, without a shred of evidence for the need to do so.  He comes across as a weakling, keen to keep on the right side of his equally weak boss.  Well done!  Your show, and others at talkRadio, is about the only pushback to this shocking removal of our freedom. In saner times, we could have looked to our priests and bishops to fight, on the grounds that our liberty comes from God, and cannot be taken away by any Government.  But, to match the weak MP on your show today and the weak Prime Minister, we also have a bunch of weak priests matching their weak “bosses”;  there hasn’t been a right-thinking Bishop in possession of a backbone seen anywhere in Scotland since the outset of this “crisis”. They accepted then that God is a non-essential “item” and it’s been all downhill ever since. 

However, ever keen to be fair to them 😀 and in case I’d missed an announcement from the Scottish Bishops’ Conference opposing the continuing restrictions on our personal and religious freedoms, I paid a visit just now to their website.  No sign of any opposition there; far from it – there is a notice offering priests in Scotland an opportunity to participate in an online Advent afternoon of recollection which will take place via Zoom on Thursday 10th December 2020,  from 2pm – 4pm.   Unbelievable.  Source

Here’s a wee meditation suggestion for the clergy – would only take about 10 minutes of the two hours allocated for their “Advent afternoon of recollection” – why not start acting like real priests, ignore the Government restrictions, announce that if anyone wishes to report you to the police, to at least have the courage to give advance notice, including name and address, with a short signed note waiving their claim  to the Last Sacraments, including Confession, should they become seriously ill at any time during this contrived crisis.   You can see why they won’t ordain women, can’t you, ‘cos’ that’s exactly  what I’d do, I kid you not. 

Anyway, back to Julia’s response to that hapless Member of Parliament – was she right to shout at him?  Would you shout at your MP, given half a chance?  I’ve already had to switch off the capital letters when I email mine, because he might not reply if I “shout” over the internet 😀     Is “shouting” – for which read, more accurately, plain-speaking, vigorous discussion –  likely to get the message across that you want him or her fighting to restore our liberty?  Well, frankly, being nice and soft-spoken doesn’t seem to be making any difference, so, worth a try…  if only via the internet? 

What’s  that?  Does this question – “would/should we shout” (at them) –   also apply to Bishops? Well, now… what do you think?