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?
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.
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
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.
The silence from the Catholic community, however, is embarrassingly deafening.
In the next day or so, I will be emailing each Scottish Bishop (we only have 8) to send them the link to this thread, and I’ll send it, also, to the Bishops of England and Wales.
To date, the UK Bishops have facilitated and thus effectively condoned the corruption of young people in the Catholic (add inverted commas) schools. The least we can do, as informed laity, is to shame them by publicly calling out their negligence.
Don’t forget, as far back or recently, however you see it, as 3 February, 2017, the Scottish Catholic Observer reported the shocking fact that – to quote the headline – LGBTI ‘safe spaces’ [are now provided] in Catholic schools in Scotland; and, applauding this sinister development all the way, was Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, pointing out that this was a response to “LGBTI bullying issues, while respecting parents’ wishes that their children be educated within the Catholic vision of the dignity of every human person.” Note: not educated within the vision of the Church’s prohibition on homosexual activity.
We’re still waiting for safe spaces to be provided for pupils who are bullied because they have ginger hair, are too fat, too thin, or simply not liked. No safe spaces announced for them, so far. We’ll keep you posted, though, be assured…
There will not, of course, be any such “safe spaces” provided for the traditional victims of bullies because the schools, including Catholic schools, are being permeated with homosexual propaganda for the purpose of eradicating all opposition to that “lifestyle”. The “safe spaces” / bullying strategy is nothing more than a tactic, a means of getting the LGBTQ++ message quietly embedded in schools. That’s the plan. Don’t be fooled.
“Hate crime”? The only “hate” accompanying discussions about homosexuality / transgenderism emanates from the “Gaystapo”, who will not tolerate any questioning of their sexual behaviour. We may question the (lack of) wisdom of cohabitation, extra-marital affairs/adultery, you name it, and “hate crime” will not be mentioned. So, before the Pink Brigade and their supporters start trolling us, be assured, we hate no-one. Not a person in this world.
We are not only forbidden to hate anyone – and that by Christ Himself – but we are commandedby Christ to love our enemies, and to do good to those who hate and persecute us. So, let’s get that nonsense-allegation out of the way. It’s a devious means of stamping out all opposition. Don’t be intimidated by it.
Comment on the issues surrounding the ongoing propaganda blitz in schools from those promoting homosexuality, transgenderism etc. with a particular emphasis on the downright apathy of the Catholic community – especially parents, teachers, priests, and bishops.
Finally, please spread the above video around – it’s important that no parent, teacher, priest or bishop can pretend not to know the extent of this infiltration of schools, even at the earliest stages of education, because what is going on, as revealed in the above video, is nothing short of child abuse.
Remember this? Anti-Catholic Culture Reigns In Scotland – the press release from the Scottish Catholic Media Office which featured on our blog back in June, 2017 claiming that “a culture of fear prevents people from being open about their [Catholic] faith in Scotland”? Anthony Horan, Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, that is he is speaking on behalf of the Scottish Bishops, “highlighted testimonies from a number of young people who had experienced anti-Catholic prejudice in their school…” Clickhere to refresh your memory…
Then clickhere to remind yourselves that a few months later, in November, 2017, we discussed more complaints from the Scottish Bishops about “hate crime” against Catholics…
So, try to get your head round this news, fresh off the printing press this very week…
EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 26, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― The Catholic Church in Scotland has rejected proposals for new anti-hate laws despite Catholics being disproportionately singled out for attack…The director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan, said that the current law against hate crime is adequate. “We do not believe there is a need for sectarianism to be specifically addressed and defined in hate crime legislation,” he said. And then this jewel: “Christian communities in Scotland enjoy a positive ecumenical relationship and we are concerned that government is proposing unnecessary legislation that undermines the development of community relations between them,” he said. Astonishingly, too, it seems the Bishops of Scotland do not wish to “risk becoming an intolerant, illiberal society.” Click here to read the entire article Scottish bishops reject proposed hate crime laws, fear criminalization of religion
The penny has still not dropped. Catholicism is not “tolerant” of error, heresy and sin, and it is definitely not “liberal”: the way to life is narrow… (Matthew 7:14)
Don’t misunderstand: we, at Catholic Truth, are not in favour of the concept of “hate crime” (we hate it!) but our rationale differs somewhat from that of the Scottish Bishops, it would seem. We are clear: we must be free to preach Christ, undiluted. And that entails appearing to be intolerant and illiberal in the sense understood by our unbelieving world. The Bishops appear to be backing away from their previous claims about anti-Catholic prejudice, in the interests of not annoying their ecumenical partners and appearing to be “liberal” and “tolerant” (of sin, error, heresy, you name it). Given their previous statements on the subject, however, the question remains: IS Scotland an anti-Catholic country… or not? And if the answer is “yes”, we’d like to know exactly what the Bishops intend to do about it… What can they do? Ideas welcome….
Church establishes yearly Day of Prayer for victims of abuse
The Bishops of Scotland [pictured above] have established A Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse, to be marked on the Friday following Ash Wednesday.
The Church issued resources to every parish in Scotland to be used this Friday, March 8, during a ‘holy hour style Service of Acknowledgment, Prayer and Reflection,’ or during Mass.
A spokesperson for the Catholic Church said: “The Bishops of Scotland have established A Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse to be marked each year on the Friday following Ash Wednesday.
“This allows the Church to renew its apology to anyone who has suffered and to stress its commitment to the essential work of safeguarding across our parish communities.”
In February, Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen Diocese, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, attended a Vatican meeting of Episcopal Conference Presidents from across the world in Rome to discuss the Protection of Minors.
The format of the day of prayer on Friday—after the SCO went to press—included prayers for victims of abuse of all kinds and a penitential rite to seek forgiveness for abuse committed by Church personnel.
The Church has proposed that during Mass on Friday the intercessions provided could be used either as intercessory prayers or as an extended Penitential Rite.
An opening hymn reads: “We cannot measure how you heal, Christ be beside me, Christ be our light, Be thou my vision.”
In Dundee, the service took place at 7pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral.
In Motherwell Diocese St Columbkille’s Church in Rutherglen held a ‘Day of Prayer’ for those who have suffered abuse.
A spokesperson for the parish said: “Our parish community will acknowledge and pray for all those who were the innocent victims of some in the Church whom they trusted to protect them.
“We shall pray that survivors of abuse will experience healing, justice and renewal in their lives.
“We shall also pray that the Church, which has been scarred by the grave sin of abuse, will, through repentance and reparation, resolve always to protect the young and the vulnerable.”
The Divine Mercy Novena at 3pm in Rutherglen’s St Columbkille’s would help provide a ‘focus for acknowledgement, prayer and reflection.’ END.
Read the current edition of Catholic Truth, which you can download on the Newsletter page of our website here, to uncover the years and years of neglect on the part of the Scottish Hierarchy, where dissident and sexually deviant priests have been (and continue to be) allowed to live as they please, without suffering so much as a rebuke. Not even discipline-lite. All, of course, except Father Matthew Despard who had the temerity to write a book exposing the level of homosexual clergy within the Church in Scotland 5 years ago and remains suspended from priestly ministry for his trouble.
Yet now, we find these same Bishops subjecting faithful priests and laity to an annual reminder of the abuse scandals – as if the clergy don’t feel tainted enough – whereas, what the Bishops should be announcing is that they will be making a Lenten retreat of repentance for their own negligence in so many ways, such as allowing dissidents platforms to spread their poison, and failing to discipline priests who have been promoting the LGBT+ agenda, and in certain cases continue to do so at the present time.
They’re good at superficiality, the Scottish Bishops – that’s for sure. And this is just one more example of it. Makes a change, I suppose from the annual “Lentfest” – where the faithful in the Archdiocese of Glasgow were encouraged to use the six weeks of Lent, not to do penance for our sins but to get better acquainted with the arts and to, well, enjoy ourselves. That seems to have fallen by the wayside – or at least, I didn’t find any mention of it just now on a quick visit to the archdiocesan website. So, hopefully, the penny has dropped that having fun isn’t really true to the spirit of the, er, penitential period of Lent. I heard a priest tell a really comic-tragic story about this Lenten “fun” mentality just last week during his sermon, when he mentioned a young woman who had decided to throw a party on Ash Wednesday to mark the start of Lent and the main dish was some kind of fancy Ham dish. Truly, it was impossible to keep a straight face. Father didn’t bother to try.
This annual service to remember clergy abuse is pointless. It is but one more way to scandalise the faithful and to belittle Christ’s Spotless Bride, the Church, which has not, and cannot sin. Only the members of the Church can sin, and we make up for those sins through prayer and penance, certainly, but not in a manner which suggests that “the Church” is to blame. Churchmen certainly are to blame – priest abusers and their negligent bishops – but not “the Church”. Such priests should always be removed from active ministry and again, this would be the case if only the Bishops would invoke Canon Law. Unless the Bishops add a prayer acknowledging that they are refusing to use their authority to rid the Church of these deviant priests, then such a “Day of Prayer” is nothing but a pretence. Indeed, this annual reminder service is not only misleading – it is, in and of itself, a cause of scandal.
The Usual Introductory Blurb… Editorial comment injected
All schools should have robust policies that seek to ensure the safety and inclusion of all children. Ed: except those whose parents send them to a Catholic school foolishly expecting them to be protected FROM the “inclusion” baloney, “inclusion & equality” being cover terms for permissive sex “education” – more accurately described as “exploitation”.
Anti bullying, Nurture, Safeguarding and Safe Spaces are all positive aspects of the Equalities and Inclusion work of our schools. Ed: these would be the “safe spaces” for “gay” pupils, as reported in the Scottish press In 2017
However, there is always more that could be done to ensure that staff feel confident, informed and enabled to put the policies into practice. Therefore, as well as creating resources for use in classroom, materials will be added to this page for use at whole school level and to inform policy and practice relating to the Equality Act and the protected characteristics. Ed: yet again, we see the so-called Catholic educators showing more concern for the law of the land, than for God’s law. They use the law of the land as an excuse to corrupt children. In fact, no Inspectorate could find against a Catholic school refusing to teach this garbage, because, by defending the right of Catholic schools to teach Catholic Faith and Morals, they are, in the very nature of things, unassailable. By teaching immorality in Catholic schools, all of those responsible, from the Bishops down, are – literally – Hell bent. Millstones and depths of the sea, spring to mind. Check out Matthew 18:6
All of the materials note that the starting point for any work with young people in the area of Equality and Justice is rooted in a vision of what it means to be in relationship with others. Ed: note, “a vision…” not “God’s plan…”
The materials hosted on this page should be used in conjunction with the existing RSHP/HWB/RERC resources for Relationships and Moral Education – Called to Love (Secondary schools) and God’s Loving Plan (Primary schools)
Extracts from year themes follow – after setting the scene with wish-washy emotionally based thinking in the first two years, the attack of the morality of the young attending Catholic secondary schools gets down to brass tacks…
THIRD Put aside differences and starting anew Rights of the Child Justice, Respect and Equality Challenging Prejudice – case study homophobic language and bullying
FOURTH What is the Equalities Act & why should I know about it? * Hate Crimes – case study on homophobic, transphobic and biphobic *
SENIOR PHASE Growing up in the 21st Century Values V Tolerance (I don’t need to agree with you to like, respect or value you?) Catholic Social Teaching – preference for the poor, protection of the vulnerable Protected Characteristics – why are they protected, what is the history, how can we remove prejudice
Learning still to be developed: Modern Studies/ History What has influenced the law in Britain regarding the protected characteristics.
A historical review of the facts that led to the various changes in law and what that has meant for people within these protected characteristics – women’s rights movement, race relations act , religious hate crimes, stonewall riots, disability rights etc. Cyber bullying Ends.
Regular readers of this blog will know that the above involvement of the Scottish Catholic Education Service in the corruption of young people using the excuse of Government legislation is not exactly breaking news. We have discussed it before, more than once. What IS new, however, is the likelihood that those ultimately responsible for this corruption of young people will face justice – and not just in the next world. Little by little, we are seeing victims of sexual abuse turning on the perpetrators of their abuse and demanding that heads roll. To date, this has been limited to those who have physically sexually assaulted children and young people, but the day will come when those who have effectively groomed the young will also be called to account. Bishops take note.
The key question for this discussion has to be this: why are the educators so keen to follow the secular laws of so-called equality and inclusion when they are diametrically opposed to Catholic teaching – i.e. to God’s moral law? Why not just explain to the Inspectorate that by teaching elementary Christian purity, pupils will learn to live in a healthy manner, in time building stable homes, and, by learning basic Christian charity, they will know how to live by the Gospel imperative to love everyone – even enemies! They will learn NOT to be unkind to people who are different.
* What is purity and why should I know about it? * Young famous Catholics – case studies: Maria Goretti [ and others…]
What’s wrong with those for challenging headings in a teaching programme for Catholic schools in Scotland?
Yesterday, 7 June, the Polish Bishops’ Conference ended its General Assembly in the Polish city of Zakopane. According to the official website of the German bishopsKatholisch.de,the speaker of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Pawel Rytel-Andrianik said that the teaching of the Church with regard to Holy Communion for those people who live in non-sacramental relationships “has not changed” after the papal document Amoris Laetitia.
In their public declaration, the Polish bishops explained that Catholics in such relationships should be led “to a true conversion and to a reconciliation with their spouse and the children of that bond.” Here, the Polish bishops refer to Pope John Paul II’s post-synodal exhortation Familiaris Consortio which allows access to the Sacraments only if such “remarried” couples live in a loyally chaste relationship as brother and sister. Click here to read entire report from One Peter Five…
We know that, soon after it was released, Archbishop Tartaglia of Glasgow established courses to teach his priests and teachers how to implement Amoris Laetita – which will go down in history as the first (and, we sincerely hope, the last) ever document from a Pope which openly undermines and attacks Christ’s teaching on divorce, remarriage and adultery.
Perhaps now that the Polish bishops (and some other notables) have spoken out in defence of Christian marriage, the Scots bishops will see the light and follow their good example. Or are they too far gone down the modernist road? Who knows – they may even have written to congratulate the Scottish Episcopalians on their vote to permit same-sex “marriages” in their churches. Who, as I say, knows…
It is certainly worthwhile thinking about enquiring of your local bishop as to whether or not he has or intends to instruct HIS priests and teachers to teach ONLY traditional Catholic doctrine on marriage and the Ten Commandments – all of them. Share your ideas here, on how this might best be achieved.