Letter to the Chief Constable, Police Scotland…This is not Communist China! 

The following letter, dated 6 July, 2020, was sent to the  Chief Constable, Police Scotland, authored by blogger, Athanasius, who has kindly given permission for it to be published here, for discussion…

Dear Chief Constable,

I understand that as of July 10 the wearing of face masks in shops is to become mandatory by government order, and that Police Scotland is set to back this imposition on civil liberties by means of fines.

Before getting to the point, allow me to appraise you of the truth concerning Covid-19. The best place to begin is with a declaration made by England’s Chief Medical Officer, Sir Chris Whitty, to the media gathered at Downing Street on May 11: “I wish to reiterate that for most people Covid-19 is harmless”.

This declaration coincides perfectly with official Scottish statistics showing that around 2500 Scots from a population of 5.5 million have died subsequent to having tested positive for Covid-19. That relatively small number, of which 50% were deaths in locked down care homes, equates to a mere 0.04% of the population.

Furthermore, since this virus has never been correctly isolated and identified using established scientific method (Koch’s Postulates), British test procedures and results based on flawed Chinese research are clearly untrustworthy. There is a case presently before the English courts in regard to this false science and the subsequent totalitarian legislation resulting from it.

Having spent many hundreds of hours studying the Covid-19 phenomenon, I am now fully convinced  that this Chinese virus has been politicised for the purpose of imposing a new (Communist) totalitarian rule on the free world, the “new normal” as they like to call it.

That the present crisis is manufactured is without question given the aforementioned official statistics and declarations, not to mention that for the first time in decades 40% of acute NHS beds in the UK are empty. It is also evident in such sleight of hand as Post Mortem examinations being largely suspended for the duration along with second-doctor confirmation of cause of death in the interests of conflating numbers.

Further proof of the fraud is in the fact that the World Health Organisation (WHO) is being cited in support of the new rules when that organisation is clearly in China’s pocket, which is why the U.S. has withdrawn funding from it.

You will doubtless be aware that the WHO initially silenced the Covid-19 outbreak at China’s behest and then lied to the world when declaring that it was not a transmittable virus. Months later it announced that face masks were useless, now it says they should be made mandatory. On the basis of such flip-flopping misinformation it is evident that the WHO is not a reliable source upon which governments should legislate.

Now to the point. A few weeks ago you and Nicola Sturgeon gave the nod to a gathering of thousands of anarchists on Glasgow Green. Only a small minority of those present wore face masks and none observed the social distancing rules. By permitting this you set a precedent that can be cited in court as evidence that the new mandate set to come into force on July 10 is contradictory and discriminatory.

Pictured: protest at George Square, Glasgow
(click for protest at Glasgow Green)

It tells us a lot about the ideology of our leaders when citizens are locked in their homes, churches are shut down, dog walkers are spied upon and reported by neighbours etc., while Marxist anarchists in their thousands are accorded free reign!

This is what happens when law enforcement loses its direction and sense of justice becoming instead a politicised “strong arm” of government, in this case the culturally Marxist Scottish Nationalist government which is using Police Scotland to enforce its Constitutionally unprecedented and unlawful suppression of civil liberties.

Enough is enough! This is free democratic Scotland, not Communist China, North Korea or the former Soviet Union. You will not be permitted to impose a Police State in this country under any pretext!  

From what I hear in the general population people are sick and tired of this government and its manipulation of the police to bring about its Marxist ends. It has gone on for years in the form of thought policing and now it has been expanded to full blown totalitarianism dictatorship.

When seven police constables respond to a bus driver’s report that a passenger is refusing to wear a face mask, as recently happened to an acquaintance of mine in Paisley, then it is perfectly legitimate for the public to question this new direction of the police, a direction that disgraces the uniform and the noble history of the force in fighting real crime.

For four months now I have been unable to go to work, attend church, go on holiday, have my hair cut or do any of those other things I am entitled to do as a free man of this land. Indeed I don’t even know if I’ll have a job at the end of this, if it ever does end, such is the evil visited upon our nation by this culturally Marxist government with your assistance, destroying our economy and civil liberties with impunity.

I was six years old when the Asian Flu visited the UK in 1968, killing 85,000 people. My entire family was bed ridden and I was the only one untouched by the virus. There was no Nanny State in those days so I was forced to do the shopping, make light meals and feed the baby. Not a single business closed during that pandemic and not a single resident was placed under house arrest. Why? because historically society isolates the sick, not the healthy. You see the present insanity, the counter-cultural subversion?

Since barely half the numbers of the 1968 event have died on this occasion, despite the fiddling of figures, you may rest assured that I will not be wearing a face mask for Nicola Sturgeon, for you or for any other self-appointed dictator. Our troops did not surrender their lives in two world wars to protect freedom and democracy in our nation only for subversives in high places to take it away by stealth.

Covid-19 is hardly the plague upon us, but let me tell you that I would rather face a plague with freedom than live subjugated as an automaton under people like you and Nicola Sturgeon.

I should inform you that I intend to send this letter to the media for publication in the hope of exposing what is really occurring in our society right now. In the meantime, Please find enclosed a proper scientific document exposing the falsehood of face masks.

Sincerely

Signed…

Comment: 

On this day, when the Scottish Government, supported by Police Scotland, seeks to enforce the wearing of face masks / face coverings on the population, we have to wonder if Athanasius is correct.  ARE we heading into a full blown police state?   I spoke to a gentleman yesterday who is a total believer in the lockdown;  when I tried to offer some facts, his hand flew up and he announced that he didn’t want to hear “my theories”.   Then earlier today, a reader spoke to a lady during her shopping trip explaining that this is a very worrying time, with Communist China on the rise… To her astonishment, the woman replied that she had often thought we needed a “wee bit of Communism” in order to make us  appreciate our democratic way of life.  Our fellow-reader did not have the heart to tell  her that there’s no such thing as “a wee bit of Communism”.  You can have a wee bit of chocolate, or a wee bit of a break from blogging, but Communism comes as a package – with totalitarian government and … well…  you know…

I’ve already congratulated Athanasius on his excellent  letter.  I’m sure you will want to say a few words of thanks, too, for his untiring efforts to do everything possible to alert the authorities to the terrible road down which Scotland (and the wider UK) is heading – unlike the clergy, from the Pope down, whether modernist diocesan clergy or traditional (so-called) priests, all of whom have remained silently complicit throughout this removal of our civil and religious liberties.  Where are their voices now,  in all of this, as the imposition of face-coverings takes this authoritarian governance to a new level?  Where, more to the point, are their consciences? 

Share your own thoughts, too, on where this is all going:  are face-masks/coverings here to stay?   I know two people who’ve been shopping today and refused to comply.  I’ll be refusing to comply when I next head for the shops.  Is that the right thing to do?  Is it “spoiling for a fight” (asking for a fine? 😀 )  I don’t think so – I’m not going to pay any fine, and I suspect others who are non-compliant will be non-compliant all the way, as well.   Over to you – share your thoughts…   

Wuhan Virus: Is it immoral to force people to wear masks when they are not safe?

Comment: 

Scots are to be forced to wear face masks/coverings when going into shops as from Friday 10 July (it’s already mandatory to wear them on public transport).  Those who fail to comply, will be liable to a £60 fine.

Me, I’d prefer to have my freedom, thank you very much.  I’ve yet to hear any expert claim that wearing a face mask will protect me from becoming infected. Indeed, it may, on the contrary, cause me to become sick.  This because what I am breathing out is trapped in the mask, and will re-enter my body.  No place else to go.  

Consistently, over weeks and weeks, we were told (by none other than the World Health Organisation) that wearing masks was pointless for the mass of the population. Now we’re being fined if we don’t wear one on public transport or in shops.  How long before we are forced to wear them all the time – after all, it’s a very simple, easy and visual way for a Government to gauge the obedience, the compliance of its population with the very new normal. 

I’m sick, all right.  Not due to any virus but sick of watching a fearful, almost feverish population who don’t know the facts about any of this, from the truth about the infection and death rates, to the uselessness of wearing face masks.  Sick of watching the unthinking compliance. 

This pointless fear has affected every part of our lives – our daily travel, shopping, already a chore due to lengthy queues, signposting, (anti)-social distancing and now face masks.   Shockingly this same irrational fear has struck the clergy from the top down, so that we are denied the Sacraments, and God is denied the public worship due to Him.  This cowardly behaviour on the part of priests and bishops will not be easily forgotten by the scandalised laity. 

It’s painfully obvious that this is not going to end. The “easing” of restrictions means, in effect, nothing more than a change of restrictions.  Face masks are simply the latest totalitarian measure to control us. Talk of a “second wave” is already all the rage.  The erratic World Health Organisation – in a panic because the economy of the USA shows amazing signs of recovery already – is bleating on with its “warning” of a second wave which means, of course, more lockdowns.

Either we sleep-walk – or, more accurately, continue to march – into permanent authoritarian governance, or we refuse to go along with this charade. Are we really to be criminalized for refusing to wear a face mask?  When it really makes no difference in the matter of safety from the Wuhan virus, and can, on the contrary, cause us to become ill? Isn’t it immoral –  sinful – to risk abusing our bodies in this way?   

Scottish Government does not truly believe virus claims – response to Sturgeon letter 

Those of us living in Scotland are receiving a letter from Nicola Sturgeon this week (I hope they publish the financial costs involved in sending out all the propaganda we’ve been sent about this virus).  There is  no copy of this latest letter on the Government website that I can find, although the following notice is posted: 

Households will be sent information explaining how the Test and Protect system works and setting out what to do if someone develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

NHS Test and Protect is being delivered by NHS Scotland to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. People with symptoms are urged to get tested straight away, with positive cases then referred to contact tracers.

The advice is being issued as the country moves into phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s exit strategy routemap with more restrictions being lifted and the new message to ‘Stay safe. Protect others. Save lives’. End of extract.

Martin Blackshaw (aka Athanasius) has been busy on his keyboard, again challenging the powers-that-be on the matter of the ongoing lockdown – this time writing to Nicola Sturgeon.  I plan to do the same myself, a little later and I urge everyone reading this who receives her letter, to do the same.  It’s outrageous that we are being patronised in this  way – clearly she, like the other politicians promoting this lockdown, works on the assumption that we’re all daft and don’t have any other source(s) of information.  I’d like to prove her wrong. 

Martin’s letter is incomplete at the time of this writing, but he has kindly granted permission to publish it anyway.  Perhaps this reminder of some key facts, together with some new information, will encourage us all to let Nicola Sturgeon know that we’re not fools, we don’t believe the propaganda.  

Martin writes…

I completed my letter to Nicola Sturgeon and sent it off today, copied to Jackson Carlaw and Richard Leonard on the opposition benches.

Here it is:

Dear First Minister,

A few days ago I received your general letter to the Scottish people in which you thank us for our “admirable” help in tackling the Covid-19 crisis. It is a letter that I believe will be historically recorded as one of the most condescending and untruthful letters ever written by a national leader.

The Scottish people, as you well know, had no choice in the matter of how Covid-19 was tackled. You simply assumed to yourself a totalitarian authority beyond your remit, as did Boris Johnson, and used it with police backing to suppress civil liberties and human rights. In effect, you imposed the Beijing method to treat the Chinese virus!

The people did not willingly co-operate in this appalling abuse of authority, they were coerced into compliance. If many resigned themselves to the power grab and its dire consequences it was only because government and the media terrified them into submission with propaganda to the effect that the plague was upon them. Fear is a great persuader, especially irrational fear induced psychologically by a government-sponsored ‘silent assassin’ narrative.

The ruse was finally exposed on June 7, however, when the Scottish Government in conjunction with Police Scotland permitted an anti-racism demonstration to take place on Glasgow Green. There were thousands of people present at that rally, very few of them wearing face masks and none of them observing social distancing rules.

This single event was proof positive that the Scottish Government had never truly believed Covid-19 to be a threat to the general public, a fact borne out by official statistics showing that less than 2500 people from a population of 5.5 million have died with the virus, though not necessarily of the virus.

This relatively small number equates to 0.04% of the Scottish population, of which around half were elderly people locked down in care homes while the remainder were largely people with compromised immune systems. In fine, these were tragic deaths of people who would have been at risk from any respiratory virus.

The same can be said of statistics south of the border; a relatively low percentage of deaths in terms of overall population conflated with deaths from all manner of other causes due to a general suspension of post mortem examinations and similarly questionable methods.

If 40% of empty NHS acute beds in the UK at the height of the “crisis” tells us anything it is that there was never a plague, just a virus which, as Sir Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, declared from Downing Street on May 11, “is harmless for the majority”.

Both the Scottish and UK governments have terrorised the British public for three months now in the matter of this virus, using it to suppress democratic freedoms in an unprecedented manner and placing the economy in a serious downward spiral. It is a surreal turn of events that is Constitutionally radical and evidentially unjustifiable.

Furthermore, both governments have imposed the most disgraceful restrictions on religious worship while allowing massive anarchist gatherings and riots to take place in the public square to the great detriment of the established order. This tactic of simultaneous oppression of religion and toleration of public anarchy is classic Marxism.

Given that the same cultural Marxist subversion is being mirrored in the Democrat-led States of America right now, always with the approval of the left wing media, I think it not unreasonable to suspect that the free world is undergoing an orchestrated geopolitical assault on democracy with a view to replacing it with the “New Normal” of Socialist Totalitarianism.

Whatever the end game, official statistics and declarations conclusively prove that this Police State phenomenon has nothing whatever to do with a genuine health threat. Rather, it is our Western democratic culture that is under threat and the informed public are catching on.

Given the unprecedented nature of this bold assault on British freedom it is now evident that the UK desperately needs a new system of politics, one in which patriotic men and women recognise anew that they are elected to serving office and not to self-serving ruling power.

Until that happy day dawns, let me assure you that I will never abide by mandatory face masks on public transport, the 2m distancing rule or any other unscientific imposition on my freedom. Neither will I submit to surveillance methods such as track and trace or abusive legislation to force mandatory vaccination. This kind of government overreach belongs in Communist China and north Korea, not in free democratic Britain!

Comment: 

Let’s all write to Nicola Sturgeon to tell her we are entirely fed up with this unnecessary lockdown; we want our freedom back.  She is so keen to act independently of England, so instead of following in Boris’s footsteps, implementing the same easing of restrictions as he introduces in England a day or so after him, why not own up to the fact that there is no real threat at all to the population of Scotland and we ought to (not “may”) return to normal, ordinary, everyday life, with immediate effect.  

That’s more or less what I’m planning to write – not going to waste an afternoon or a bunch of words on her.  Just a few lines to get the message across that not the entire Scottish population is as gullible as it may seem right now.  People are beginning to express dissent from the “new normal” so let Catholic Truth readers, lurkers and bloggers get there first!   You know it makes sense! 

Write to: 

Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP
First Minister of Scotland
St Andrew’s House,
Regent Road,
Edinburgh, 
EH1 3DG.   

Nicola Sturgeon wiping away a tear  on reading letters exposing virus propaganda, demanding our freedom back – we’d sooner have the Scottish Government give us back our civil liberties than independence from England!    

If I hear “stay safe” one more time, I’ll…

Comment: 

I know that people mean well, but every time someone in a supermarket, or anywhere else, tells me to “stay safe” I find myself “patience challenged”. 

I’ve used a number of mildly sarcastic responses to this nonsense, to the effect of wondering aloud why anyone would think I’m not safe… But, generally speaking, my witticisms tend to pass over the heads of the friendly check-out assistants and security staff.

Thus, I thoroughly enjoyed the Prager-U Fireside Chat in the video above.  I think it’s brilliant, And I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it.  Is telling us all to “stay safe” just another piece of linguistic programming, to keep the “danger” of “the virus” at the front of our minds?  It’s unnerving to see the looks I get from my well-meaning friendly supermarket staff, because when they tell me to “stay safe” it’s pretty clear that they really don’t expect to see me again 😀

And now we find – via the video clip below – that the  hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Scotland has added its own piece of linguistic programming.  In addition to “stay safe”, the Bishops want us to “pray safe”.  Crackers. 

Share your thoughts on the topic – which of the men in the two videos talks sense, in your view.  Clue:  it’s not the Catholic deacon!

 

Layman writes to the Scottish Bishops… 

June 7, 2020

Dear Bishops of Scotland,

I am writing to respectfully upbraid all of you in the Scottish hierarchy for abandoning Christ’s flock during this Covid-19 pandemic, which, as statistical evidence is now increasingly proving, was never a serious health threat to the majority of Scotland’s 5.5 million population, or indeed any other population.

Nowhere in the annals of Church history, even through periods of war and plague, is there another example of Catholic prelates ordering a national suspension of public Masses and devotions under any pretext.

On the contrary, in times of crisis the Catholic hierarchy has always led the way with faith in God’s providence, a supernatural faith that compelled popes and bishops to order a redoubling of the public prayers of the Church, especially the Mass, as per the wisdom of the saints.

Your response to Covid-19, however, is a departure from that faith and wisdom of Tradition, hardly surprising given decades of spiritual decay in the Church since Vatican II, but shocking nonetheless.

By allying with a secularist State authority, even pre-empting its unlawful “Lockdown” suppression of civil liberties by closing chapels before the evil was mandated by legislative order, you have effectively consented to the relegation of the Catholic religion to “non-essential” status in society, which, by default, exalts human endeavour above divine assistance and the health of the body above that of the immortal soul.

In other words, your collusion with the State in its totalitarian power grab represents a capitulation to the enemies of the Church and of society (Communists, Freemasons, etc.), who have long sought to supplant the supernatural order established by Christ our King with the secular order of “the prince of this world”, a new order with a new Saviour of mankind whose doctrine is human reason (science) and naturalism (materialism).

To appraise you of your utter foolishness in furthering this subversion by validating government and media propaganda in respect to Covid-19, which is geopolitically-motivated, I offer the following indisputable evidence.

At the time of writing, official Scottish government statistics place the death toll of those who tested positive for the virus at around 2,400. That number equates to a tiny 0.04% of the Scottish population and would doubtless be lower yet had post mortem examinations not been suspended for the duration along with the standard requirement for a second doctor to verify cause of death.

Of this relatively small number of deaths at least 50% have been elderly people locked down in care homes while the remaining 50% have generally succumbed as a result of compromised immune systems. In fine, these deaths could occur even with seasonal flu, which, you may have noticed, has gone on vacation this year!

Exactly the same can be said of the UK as a whole in which 39,000 deaths from a population of 66 million equates to a comparatively minuscule percentage, a fact exemplified by 40% of acute NHS hospital beds currently lying empty for the first time in decades.

Evidently these official statistics are not remotely suggestive of the plague upon us and certainly do not justify the draconian measures taken by the government and supported by you prelates of the Church.

If further evidence were required to demonstrate that the present imposition of the Beijing method to treat the Chinese virus is geopolitical in nature, i.e., a new Communist totalitarianism which is perfectly consistent with the Message and Third Secret of Fatima, then the following information should prove conclusive for those who have eyes to see.

On May 11, Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, while addressing the press during the daily Downing Street Covid-19 briefing, declared quite clearly that “…for most people Covid-19 is harmless…” This statement ties in perfectly with the official statistics I have quoted.

As for “Lockdown”, which a recent Fox News report suggested is in accord with the Chinese government’s strategy to undermine Western economies, the instigator is one Professor Neil Ferguson of University College London whose mathematical “model” on Covid-19, predicting apocalyptic death rates of 520,000 in the UK and 2.2 million in the U.S., is said to have turned both governments from their initial “herd immunity” policy to legislative tyranny and economic suicide.

You will doubtless be aware that Professor Ferguson recently resigned as advisor to the UK government when it was revealed that he had twice broken the lockdown rules he insisted the rest of us must strictly follow.

What you may not be so familiar with, however, is Professor Ferguson’s 20-year history of presenting irresponsible, even reckless, virus models to government.

In 2001, for example, his predictions on Foot and Mouth disease resulted in the slaughter of 6.5 million healthy animals, a mass culling that cost the country £10 billion and devastated rural Britain.

In 2002 he predicted 150,000 dead in the UK from BSE, yet only 177 died. Again, in 2005, he predicted 200 million dead globally from Bird Flu and only 18,500 died. And again, in 2009, he predicted 65,000 dead in the UK from Swine Flu and only 275 died.

Is it any wonder, then, that the man has no faith in his own predictions, breaking lockdown twice to meet with his left wing activist mistress, a married mother of two? The same question can be asked of Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer and of senior UK government adviser Dominic Cummings, both of whom broke lockdown rules because they know them to be useless in controlling a viral outbreak that now appears to have started earlier and spread wider than first believed, a revelation that confirms the relative harmlessness of this virus for the majority of the population.

Speaking of lost faith, I return to where I began, to a comparison of your response to this virus with the historical response of the Church’s hierarchy in times of real plague. what is absolutely clear from such a comparison is that the supernatural virtue of faith was far stronger then than now, inspiring Popes and prelates to place their trust in divine providence rather than in secular politicians and science.

Those were the days when Christ Crucified was boldly preached to fallen humanity, when the evils of the world, the devil and the flesh were zealously exposed and opposed; whether religious heresies, public immoralities or abuse of State power to the detriment of Christian society.

Since the fateful Vatican II with its “new humanism”, to quote Pope Paul VI, this faith has gradually given place to the principles of the French Revolution, a false liberalism that accommodates rather than accuses “the Prince of this world”, a tragedy that Paul VI recognised and lamented as “the smoke of Satan in the Church”.

Hence today there are no heresies to be fought, no immoralities to be condemned, no false religions to be challenged, no ancient rite of the Mass at high altar to impede ecumenism, no kneeling to receive Holy Communion on the tongue to strengthen belief in, and reverence for, the Blessed Sacrament, no mention of the infallible dogma Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus or of the doctrines on Hell and purgatory, etc., not a single element of Traditional teaching and practice left undiluted or silenced.

Everything from the post-conciliar re-ordering of churches and the Mass to the new Socialist doctrines on climate change, migration, social injustice, religious pluralism and a subjective moral embracing of those living on the “peripheries”, that is, the divorced and remarried, active homosexuals, unmarried couples and others who demand repentance-free “inclusion”, is indicative of a 5-decade shift in the Church from God-centred worship to man-centred worship.

And now complete subordination of the Church as a “non essential” entity within the State, like a social works institution to be closed down on a whim and without a whimper of objection. Well did a certain venerable prelate observe of this tragedy in our time: “The martyrs sacrificed their lives for the faith, now they sacrifice the faith.

And what are the bitter fruits of this Conciliar “reform”, this “new humanism”? They are precisely what one would expect from the “Smoke of Satan” having obscured the teaching of the Church: vocations have dried up, seminaries, religious houses and chapels have closed in their thousands (including all 5 seminaries in Scotland), proselytising, especially through the missions, is outlawed, millions have apostatised from the faith, Catholic politicians publicly offend against the Church’s moral teaching with impunity while governments likewise boldly legislate against the Commandments of God and the Christian family, etc.

If this is the “progressive” “New Pentecost” of Vatican II, then we can assuredly declare that humanity has progressed all the way back to its pagan past when brutal State atheism ruled and religion was a worthless subordinate trinket available in multiple choices.

The sickness you prelates should be concerned about is this spiritual sickness in the Church caused by Modernist “poison having been injected into her very veins”, to quote St. Pius X, the death toll from which is numbered in immortal souls, each one more precious to God than the whole of Creation.

I make no apology for the length of this letter as it was necessary to counter well-orchestrated propaganda in relation to Covid-19 while laying out in some kind of chronological order how the Church has come to appear like an accomplice in the present falsehood.

Though forthright, I have written to you as a subordinate to his superiors, in charity and in hope after the example of St. Paul who publicly “resisted” a wayward St. Peter “to his face”.

I urge you to please reflect on your actions thus far with a view to a radical change in direction from apparent spiritual indifference to a bold re-establishing of the Church’s supernatural faith and divine authority, bearing in mind that the state of the world at any given time is a reflection of the health or otherwise of the Church, which is the world’s moral compass.

There is no question in my mind that when Pope John XXIII figuratively opened the windows of the Church with a Council that was supposed to be merely pastoral in nature, “to let in some fresh air”, a doctrinal/liturgical hurricane entered instead and wrecked the House of God.

What has since been presented as the faith of the saints and martyrs is a shadow of what once was, the mustard seed instead of the great tree. Indeed, such has been the timidity and human respect in the post-conciliar hierarchy, so silent before the world and its falsehoods, as to represent less a “New Pentecost” than a return of the Apostles to the fear of the Cenacle prior the first and true Pentecost.

Well, it’s time to open your eyes, dear bishops, and see the devastation around you. The Church is in crisis and the world is rapidly heading to Hell in a handcart, deprived, as it has been for decades, of any meaningful Catholic voice to slow the decline. What is urgently required now is a fearless restoration of all things in Christ and an end to the hand washing abdication of duty exemplified by Pilate. Salvation is not by Socialist Catholicism but by Supernatural Catholicism.

May the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady obtain for you the grace to see the present spiritual chastisement, this universal revolt against God in our time which lies at the heart of the Third Secret of Fatima, as well as the resolution to act swiftly and definitively to end it.

With this hope and prayer, I enclose with my correspondence a copy of the June 7 letter of Archbishop Vigano to President Trump because it is intrinsically linked to everything I have stated regarding Vatican II “reform” and the apocalyptic crisis it has created in both the Church and the world in our time.

You will see in his letter that Archbishop Vigano speaks clearly of taking sides today, more than at any other time, either as children of the light resisting present evils or as children of darkness tolerating them.

In respect to the latter, two maxims came to mind. One was: “Evil abounds because good men do nothing”. The other was “Only dead fish flow with the current”. I recommend you reflect on them as I often do when thinking of my judgment and eternal destiny.

Respectfully yours in the most Holy Trinity
Martin Blackshaw    

Comment: 

At the time of this writing, Martin has received only two replies; Bishop McGee (Argyll and the Isles)  and Bishop  Robson (Dunkeld) have responded.  Thus, we feel the letter ought to be placed in the public forum. 

It’s an excellent letter and should have resulted in grateful replies to the author, with promises to think deeply about the issues raised. Given the nature of the crisis through which Catholics are living today, however, we know that this is something of a fond hope.

All the more reason, then, that we all redouble our prayers for the graces necessary for the Pope to obey Our Lady’s Fatima request for the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, the urgency of which various bishops elsewhere are now acknowledging. 

Share your thoughts about Martin’s superb letter. His zeal is self-evident, writing to priests and bishops, always courteously, in the pursuit of building the Faith – in fact, he’s probably  now written more letters than did St Paul !  Indeed, his letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the subject of the lockdown and changing nature of Government is published in the current edition of our newsletter, available to read on our website.  So, if he’s motivated you to write a few lines to your bishop, let us know – that’s what we need; more and more members of the faithful to prod the consciences of the clergy, priests and bishops. Most bishops, if not all, can be contacted by email via their websites these days.  Over to you!  

Scotland’s Covid-19 Up-to-Date Figures Suggest Lockdown Should End – Now!…

From Scottish Government Website Daily Update For Coronavirus…   Scottish numbers: 1 June 2020

Of the people who have tested positive:

3,695 inpatients have been discharged from hospital since 5 March

735 were in hospital last night:

20 of whom were in intensive care, with another 7 with suspected COVID-19 in intensive care

2,363 have died   Source

Comment: 

Scotland’s population is approximately 5.4 million so, lamentable as are the above recorded deaths from Covid-19, we’re hardly looking at a deadly plague. Yet, the application of the severe lockdown restrictions, with all the consequences to come, are set to continue in some form, with the First Minister threatening a return to the strict regime if the newly introduced  relaxation leads to, well, the population being relaxed and returning to “normal” everyday life.  People continue to monitor neighbours (I heard a horror story of someone I know myself and regarded as a friend snitching on people she thinks are not keeping to the rules – because she’s terrified of catching the virus) and there are plenty of people calling for the restrictions to continue because they fear a second wave or just don’t want to return to work. Whatever. 

What’s going on?  Don’t the above figures show, really, no cause for concern?  Should we be returning to normal life – not the “new normal”, the real normal – immediately, if not sooner?   

Why are not the church authorities, the Scottish Bishops and priests pastorally responsible for providing traditional Masses, not insisting that the churches re-open, as has happened in other parts of the world. Or are they to be counted among those who simply don’t want to return to work?   The above figures speak for themselves.  So, what, I repeat, is going on?

Tell Nicola Sturgeon that we want our freedom back NOW! Sign Petition… 

Comment:

Today, 21 May, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon told us all, very solemnly, that she had decided to give us back our civil liberties, bit by bit, as she sees fit, when she thinks it’s all in our best interests.  No thanks.  We are adults.  We’ll decide for ourselves if and when we want to stay in our homes, visit our families and friends and we’ll also decide what we want to buy – not just what she deems “essentials” (food and medicines).

We’ve had enough.  Martin Blackshaw,  one of our bloggers (Athanasius),  has organised a petition demanding an early restoration of our personal rights and freedoms, entitled Lift the lockdown, which opens with the following observations: 

It has become very evident recently that the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has chosen to politicise the Covid-19 virus by refusing to co-operate with the UK government in its efforts to begin lifting restrictions on “lockdown” for at least many more weeks, possibly months. There is also a strange rhetoric emanating from Holyrood about a “new normal” in our lives, rhetoric that should worry all who value freedom and human rights, not to mention the economy.  At the time of writing, deaths in Scotland from suspected Covid-19 stand at around 2,200 from a population of around 5.5 million, a figure that can hardly be construed as the plague upon us requiring the severest of measures never before witnessed in the history of our nation.  Click here to sign the petition, and please spread it far and wide.

Then share your thoughts – IS the rhetoric emanating from Holyrood about a “new normal” in our lives, sinister?  Should it worry us all?  Obviously by “worry” we understand – as Catholics – that we are in the constant care of Divine Providence, but in a purely human sense, should we be concerned that we may, like the poor Chinese and citizens of other totalitarian nations, emerge from this unprecedented lockdown without our personal freedoms fully restored?  Is that what is mean by the “new normal” – less personal freedom?  Fewer civil liberties? 

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Faithless Scots Bishops to keep churches closed until AT LEAST 2021…

Correction:  with apologies, the headline here is misleading.  The churches are not to remain “closed” until 2021, but won’t fully reopen until a vaccine or treatment has been found, which the Bishops believe will be at least 2021 – see the article below. Special thanks to commentator Margo, for highlighting this error. 
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A working group has been set up to deal with the impact coronavirus has had on the Catholic community in Scotland.
 
Parish life for Scotland’s Catholic communities is not expected to return to normal until 2021, according to the church.

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has formed a Covid-19 working group to look at how best to meet long-term pastoral needs during the pandemic.

It will aim to ensure the church is prepared for extended measures on the operation of parishes and dioceses.  Activities within parishes are expected to have some form of restriction until next year, the conference said.

Bishop Brian McGee, chairman of the group, said: “After our public masses stopped and our churches closed with almost no warning, the immediate response from our priests and parishioners across Scotland was both impressive and uplifting.

“With great ingenuity and creativity, online masses and devotions were made available throughout the country every day.

“Through this and other action, many vulnerable and lonely people continue to be supported in safe ways.

“While it will be wonderful when our parishes can reopen, we recognise that parish life cannot quickly return to normal until a vaccine or a treatment is available.

“We do not expect this to happen until at least 2021.

“This means that even when churches reopen, parish activities will still be greatly restricted, our pastoral working group hopes to identify and publicise advice or resources to help dioceses and parishes face fresh challenges in a safe manner.”

Early figures indicate high numbers of viewers are watching and downloading masses and devotions online, according to the conference. Source – The Sunday Post

Comment:

This is totally disgraceful, and manifest evidence of the lack of divine and Catholic Faith in these bishops. How insulting to effectively tell God that we have no need of him now.  [Maybe] we’ll be back fully next year.  I have no words to describe the pity I feel for them, the contempt with which their faithlessness is being viewed in Heaven.   Nobody needs a Theology Degree to know that this decision cannot possibly be pleasing to God. I won’t say any more at this point, in order to leave those  of you with greater minds than mine, and probably lots more patience than I possess, to add your thoughts.

St Andrew, Patron  Saint of Scotland, pray for us!

St Margaret, Queen of Scotland, pray for us!  

St John Ogilvie, pray for us! 

Our Lady of Aberdeen, pray for us!   

Scottish Government’s Proposed Sex Change Law Dangerous: Young At Risk 

From The Scotsman Newspaper…

Changing gender could become easier and quicker before the next election, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has said.

Transgender law reform proposed by the Scottish Government would lower the age limit for applications from 18 to 16, remove the need for medical evidence and reduce the required time spent living in the new gender from two years to six months.

Transgender law reform proposed by the Scottish Government would lower the age limit for applications from 18 to 16, remove the need for medical evidence and reduce the required time spent living in the new gender from two years to six months.

It aims to make it simpler for trans people to get a Gender Recognition Certificate to legally change their gender.

Shirley-Anne Somerville told STV’s Scotland Tonight programme the Scottish Government is “determined” to change the law before the 2021 Holyrood election, adding she wants to build “maximum consensus” for the plans.

Arguing trans and women’s rights are not “mutually exclusive”, Ms Somerville said there has been “a lot of misunderstandings” alongside legitimate concerns about the proposed legislation.

The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill would continue to require applicants to make a declaration they have lived in their intended gender for at least three months and intend it to be a permanent transition, as well as having a three-month period of reflection after applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate.

Concerns have been raised about potential abuses of the easier process – for example, men using it to access women’s spaces – although making a false declaration to change gender would remain a criminal offence. In the interview, which will be broadcast by STV on Thursday evening, Ms Somerville said: “I absolutely appreciate that women’s rights are exceptionally important.

“They have been long-fought for and long-campaigned on and there is absolutely nothing I would do as a member of this government to jeopardise any of that.

“So that’s why I really do make sure that I listen to the concerns that are out there on the issue because we not only want to protect what we have as women but we want to make sure our rights are extended.”

Ms Somerville said she was confident the legislation could be passed before the Scottish Parliament elections next year.
The Scottish Government is currently running a consultation encouraging people and organisations to submit their views on the proposed changes by March 17.
She said: “We have women’s rights and we have trans rights – I don’t see those aspects as mutually exclusive.

“What we’re talking about here isn’t something that’s new. These people are in our community, they’re part of our community.

“But they talk to us very specifically about how the current system deeply impacts on them, about the state of their mental health and particularly the high suicide rates within the trans community because they can’t be recognised for who they are.”   Source – The Scotsman

Comment: 

Click here to read the Scottish Government’s Consultation on the proposed Gender Recognition (Scotland) Reform Bill

Then click here to read the help offered by the Christian Institute in participating in the Consultation. Note responses must be submitted by 17 March 2020 – so there is not much time.

Catholic Truth strongly urges all our readers and bloggers to take the time necessary to complete the Consultation.  This latest diversion from the Scottish Government’s record  (as reports on its management of schools and hospitals leave quite a bit to be desired) has been described as the “Named Person Mark Two” – in other words, just as the Named Person Scheme turned out to be a humiliation for the Scottish Government, so, too, will the Gender Recognition (Scotland) Reform Bill, if the population, in sufficient numbers, makes its opposition felt.  

 

Elaine Smith, MSP on Contribution of Catholic Schools in Scotland… Priceless! 

Comment: 

Present in the public gallery watching this recent discussion in the Scottish Parliament, we see Leo Cushley, the Archbishop of St Andrew’s & Edinburgh, Barbara Coupar, the Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES), and a group of students. 

Not one  item on Elaine Smith’s list singles out Catholic schools as being any different from any other school in Scotland or anywhere else in the UK.

Yet, (or which explains why) one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) after another, praised Catholic schools to the skies. 

The buzzwords are all there – inclusive, diversity blah blah, how Catholic schools are teaching about all religions, nothing to worry about here. Hiding in plain sight as ever, of course, the fact that the one religion not being taught in Catholic schools is Catholicism.  Nobody asked why Catholic pupils are leaving Catholic schools able to name the five pillars of Islam but unable to name the precepts of the Church.  I mean who teaches that Sunday Mass attendance is obligatory, any more? Or that sex outside of marriage (between one man and one woman) is sinful?  Who teaches that any more?  Nothing to see here, move along…

One useful comment in the video comes from Baptist, John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston – scroll to 39.50, to hear him argue that there should be room in “the  public square” for the expression of faith-based values, just as humanists are allowed free rein to express their views.  

John Swinney, MSP, SNP Minister for Education, the one and same John Swinney whom we saw squirming in another video as he defended the disgraceful sex teaching materials in use in Scottish schools, also sang the praises of Catholic schools. Pause for thought, right there, folks…  He makes a point of telling us that his own son attends a Catholic (shared campus) school, no problem.  And why would there be a problem?  His son, like every other pupil in any Catholic school in Scotland, is never going to be taught that “outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation” – and other key dogmas. Not in a million years. Which is about as long as it is likely to take to end the current crisis in the Church and get back to teaching the Faith, entire and true, without any watering down to accommodate “society”. 

If you  haven’t yet booked your ticket for the Catholic Truth Education Seminar scheduled to take place next May, we strongly recommend that you do so as soon as possible – there is, after all, plenty to discuss…

As a matter of courtesy, I’ve emailed the link to this conversation to the three MSPs named in the above commentary – Elaine Smith, MSP, John Mason, MSP and John Swinney, MSP / Minister for Education in the Scottish Government. So, remember the House Rules – no personal remarks, no politics – stick to the issue(s).