General Discussion (9)

General Discussion (9)

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  • gabriel syme

    Pope Francis has formally changed the rules about the Holy Thursday foot washing rite, women can now officially be included.

    I think in practice most parishes ignored the previous rules and did what they wanted anyway, as with most other things.

    And while that was tolerated, I bet anyone breaking the new rules to keep it restricted to men wouldnt be tolerated haha!

    January 21, 2016 at 3:05 pm
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      We’ve been discussing this on the Pope Francis/Rebels thread here

      January 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm
  • crofterlady

    Did + John Fisher, Thomas More et al die for nothing?

    January 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm
    • editor


      This is currently being discussed on the Rome Rabbi Admonishes Pope thread here

      January 25, 2016 at 4:08 pm
  • crofterlady

    Oops! Soz!

    January 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Remarkably – but hardly surpisingly, in the wake of the normalisaiton of homosexual behaviour – MSPs are considering a petition which is asking for incest to be legalised for consenting persons over 21:

    January 26, 2016 at 11:02 am
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      Incredible. Just incredible. Who in their right mind would want to legalise incest. Crazy, madness, and, er, diabolical disorientation!

      As is this report on the latest about the Planned Parenthood scandal. Incredible – the Grand Jury won’t indict them, but indicts, instead, the man who made the film! Isn’t that like refusing to blame Hitler for the concentration camps and blaming the film makers who keep reminding us about it! Unbelievable.

      N O T I C E . . .

      This thread should have been closed by around 500 comments, but I’ve just not had time to organise the new thread. Plan to do so by 550 comments, so just be aware in case you are in the midst of the 551st comment when it suddenly disappears!

      January 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm
  • Athanasius

    May I ask of bloggers’ charity urgent prayers for my uncle, Vincent Murphy, who suffered a massive stroke yesterday and is not expected to live. I won’t be around the blog much today but please accept my gratitude in advance for your kindness.

    January 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm
    • perplexed

      United in prayer for Vincent and all those closest to him. God bless you all.

      January 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm
    • editor


      I’m very sad to hear that news about your uncle. Be assured of my prayers, for what they are worth.

      N O T I C E . . .

      I’ve now, at last, prepared the new General Discussion thread so will close this one at 550 comments and post the new one at that time.

      January 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      Praying for your Uncle and your family. God’s will be done.

      January 28, 2016 at 9:38 am
  • Therese

    Certainly Athanasius. I will remember your uncle in my Rosary tonight.

    January 27, 2016 at 2:24 pm
  • Christiana2

    Of course, and for all your family.

    January 27, 2016 at 3:22 pm
  • Athanasius

    Just popped in for a moment to thank every one of you for your charity. God bless you all.

    January 27, 2016 at 9:18 pm
    • crofterlady

      Me, too, Athanasius, Be assured of my prayers.

      January 27, 2016 at 10:11 pm
  • Athanasius


    I am very grateful, thank you.

    January 27, 2016 at 10:38 pm
  • Athanasius

    With all that has been happening today, I forgot to post this letter I sent to the Scottish Catholic Observer for publication. I have no idea if it will be published in said paper, so I’m putting it up here as well. It’s a response to a shocking article by Kevin McKenna in last week’s SCO attacking 40 Days For Life. Here it is:

    In his rather shocking article of January 22, Kevin McKenna expressed his “sincere hope” that our Catholic hierarchy is not supportive of the international anti-abortion initiative called ’40 Days for Life’.

    His objection to this organisation appears to be that prayer and fasting peacefully outside abortion facilities in reparation for the killing of unborn children constitutes a disgraceful act of psychological warfare on vulnerable women. In other words, vulnerable human emotions are more important than vulnerable, more innocent, lives in the womb. But surely this is simply the pro-choice argument wearing the mask of false liberal Catholic sentiment?

    Abortion has claimed a conservatively estimated 57 million child lives in the US alone since 1973. That’s a higher death toll for one country than the entire global body count of World War II. Catholics have a Confirmation duty as ‘Soldiers of Christ’ to publicly oppose such an outrage, regardless of whose feelings may be hurt by the truth.

    In this respect, Mr. McKenna will be disappointed to learn that the hierarchy of the Church remains steadfast in its militancy against this great sin and does, in fact, support the 40 Days for Life initiative.
    The Vatican Secretary of State, for example, speaking for Pope Francis, declared: “The Holy Father greatly appreciates the dedicated work that you and everyone involved in 40 Days for Life are engaged in to promote respect for the lives of all unborn children. His Holiness assures you of his prayerful support for you, your colleagues and all those whose prayer, fasting and sacrifices are saving countless lives and giving glory to God.”

    Cardinal Renato Martini of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute in Rome announced: “I am delighted to support 40 Days for Life, which is doing immense work witnessing to the importance of every single human life – each one of us made in the image and likeness of God, our Creator. Thank you for your tireless consistency in opposing what Pope Francis has so often identified as the Culture of Waste – and what is more wasted than a human being before it has even had the chance to be born?”

    But it is from the mouth of Fr. Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life, that Kevin McKenna’s error is most clearly exposed: “Abortion will end when local communities say it will end — no sooner, and no later. We have the power to stop abortion, even while it remains legal. Now is the time to mobilise, sustained by prayer. Priests for Life and I are delighted to have been involved in 40 Days for Life from its inception, and to share the vision and trumpet the call that the Body of Christ belongs in front of abortion centres.”

    January 27, 2016 at 10:43 pm
  • Margaret Mary


    That’s an excellent letter. If the editor of the Scottish Catholic Observer doesn’t publish it, that will be a disgrace.

    January 28, 2016 at 9:33 am
  • editor

    It is an excellent letter, but that doesn’t mean it will be published in the SCO or published uncut. Let’s hope it is, of course, but it’s great to have it here anyway, to make sure it is “out there”.

    Thanks for posting it, Athanasius.

    January 28, 2016 at 8:16 pm
  • editor

    I’m about to close this thread now. The new GD thread is here

    Thanks to all who contributed to this one.

    January 28, 2016 at 8:19 pm

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