Question Time Or The Fiona Bruce & Emily Thornberry Show? Your Verdict…


Fiona Bruce’s took over the chair of Question Time for the first time last night, Thursday, 10 January, 2019.  Don’t ask me why, because the BBC bias is nowhere as predictable, but I do try to watch it every week, either live or recorded.  Last night, I watched it broadcast right after the news, and I found it very frustrating viewing, indeed.

There were only two topics:  Brexit and knife crime in London.

Only Melanie Phillips’ contributions on both topics were meaningful, in my view.  Yet, Fiona Bruce allowed her to speak only once on Brexit – notice she is not called on to join in the toing and froing between the other members of the panel when controversy arose – while the Labour politician, Emily Thornberry is given free rein to say what she wanted, as often as she wanted, more or less unchecked. 

I’m also puzzled as to why the Tory politician, James Cleverly MP, appears so frequently on Question Time and other programmes where Brexit is the hot topic.  He is a weak “LEAVER”… oops!”  Just answered my own question.  There’s the reason he’s invited onto these shows and not Jacob Rees-Mogg or Owen Paterson.  

In any event, this thread comes in the wake of the call from the Bishop of Galloway (south of Scotland) to Catholics to become more involved in politics. 

Watching the media bias in matters political, the prevailing (and worsening) political correctness, is there really any point in Catholics becoming more involved in politics – and what, precisely does that mean?  Joining Parties which promote the evils of homosexuality and abortion? 

Finally,  IS it fair to describe last night’s Question Time as the Fiona Bruce & Emily Thornberry Show?  Your verdict, please! 

If The Church Sins, It Cannot Be Divine

A reader in the Diocese of Galloway texted me, as follows, this afternoon: 

“[I was shocked] when I saw the following announcement in a local parish bulletin today, advertising a penitential service: 

The theme of the service is… A Church seeking forgiveness… This will be a non-sacramental service during which God will be asked for his mercy on the Church for the ways in which it has hurt, wounded and offended its members and the wider society.  End of bulletin notice.

Words fail me. What a disgrace this Ayrshire deanery is.”   End of text message.  OneHolyetc banner

Yes, words always fail me, too, when I read this heresy being perpetrated at all levels in the Church.   The above advertisement appeared in the bulletin of St John Ogilvie’s parish, Irvine, while the same advert, almost word for word, appeared in this bulletin  as well. 

It is, in fact, an article of Faith that “The Church” cannot sin.  That the Church of Christ is holy, is one of the four marks by which we recognise the true Church: it is one, holy, catholic and apostolic.   Yet, they’re not teaching and preaching that in Galloway. They’re teaching the opposite. Parishioners in at least two parishes — St John Ogilvie’s, Irvine and St Bride’s, West Kilbride – are being taught that,  contrary to essential Catholic teaching, “The Church” is NOT the Spotless Bride of Christ, but is blameworthy, guilty of sin.  That is disgraceful. 

St Francis de Sales has written brilliantly on this subject in The Catholic Controversy, so if you haven’t already obtained a copy, buy one now. Below is a taster…

“Was [it] not the true Church which S. Paul called the pillar and ground of truth and the house of the living God (I Tim 3:15)? Certainly; for to be a pillar of truth cannot pertain to an erring and straying Church. Now the Apostle witnesses of this true Church, the house of God, that there are in it vessels unto honour and unto dishonour (2 Tim. 2:20), that is, good and bad.”   Source

Yes, of course there are good and bad within the Church.  The members sin, but not Christ’s Church. The distinction is crucial, for if The Church, the Bride of Christ, is guilty of sin, then she cannot be “the pillar and ground of all truth” – she cannot be divine. Click on the image above to read the Catholic Encyclopaedia distinctions if you are not sure about the difference between the sins of individual members of the Church, and  the holiness of “The Church” itself which is holy by virtue of its unique relation to Christ who is the Head of the Mystical Body – His Church. 


Can it be that so many bishops and priests (and even Pope Francis) do not know that the holiness of the Church is an article of Faith, that is, in fact, a belief that is binding on the faithful?  Or is there something mischievous going on here?  Why would the hierarchy and clergy want the faithful to believe that the Church is guilty of sin?  Why is this heresy being peddled all over the place, without challenge?  Is it just that the clergy and hierarchy don’t know how to answer the legitimate criticisms from the media, atheists et al,  of those members of the Church who have caused such scandal in recent years? Is that it? 

Will The New Bishop of Galloway “Embrace Change”?

mitreThe latest  press release from the Scottish Catholic Media Office (SCMO) reports the news of Pope Francis’ appointment of the new Bishop of Galloway.  Below is a particularly interesting extract:

“Commenting on the appointment, Fr. William McFadden, Vicar General of the diocese, said: “On behalf of the priests of the diocese I welcome the appointment of Fr Nolan, and can assure him that the clergy of Galloway will support him in every way. We are aware of the demands that await him, particularly in the process of Embracing Change, but he can be sure that there is enormous goodwill and a real commitment to collaborative ministry awaiting him. I would also like to take the opportunity to express the gratitude of the priests of the diocese to Bishop Cunningham for his ministry as bishop, and to wish him well in his retirement.”  End of Extract

“Embracing Change” got me Googling and while – curiously – there appears to be no mention of this project on the Diocesan website, there is here

Fr McFadden is a former Rector of Scotus Seminary, which closed on his “liberal” watch.  He  has featured prominently in our newsletter over the years, and there is no question about his agenda.  So, it’s not surprising that his welcome to his new bishop is far from being unqualified. If the Bishop pursues Fr McFadden’s agenda, and “embraces change” he’ll be welcome in Galloway.   That’s how I read it.  Interesting times ahead in that neck of the woods.  Let’s hope and pray that the new Bishop is not of the same  “liberal” mindset as his Vicar-General.  That, frankly, would be the nail in the coffin of the Diocese of Galloway which has been in meltdown for years. It goes without saying that we wish the new Bishop every grace and blessing in his appointment to a diocese which a Galloway priest once told me was/is  the most sterile spiritual soil in Scotland, second only to the Diocese of Aberdeen for it’s impoverished Catholicity.

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