General Discussion (10)

General Discussion (10)

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  • David Roemer

    I just posted this essay about evolutionary biology. It discusses the treatment of creationists and advocates of intelligent design in the United States:

    January 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm
    • Andrew Paterson

      The acceptance of certain views is essential for scientists. Acceptance of evolution is one of these views. Although I heard David Attenborough talking about flightless birds in a TV programme some little time ago. Before the discovery of DNA there was a theory as to the development of flightless birds in all of the Southern Continents. Naturally the scientific commmunity was totally committed to it. After the discovery of DNA, testing on flightless birds demonstrated unequivocally that the theory was wrong. So now the scientific community is 100% committed to the new theory.
      This is the mentality of the lynch mob and it is evident when anyone questions the nature of evolution. The scientists are very good at determining the factors relating to “What?” and “How?” and are generally at a complete loss as to the “Why?” because they are atheists, and blindly so.
      Those of us who believe in God have the anomalous expansion of water on our side.

      February 2, 2016 at 4:20 pm
      • Nicky

        Andrew Paterson,

        Great post. “Blind atheists” sums it up.

        April 29, 2016 at 10:59 am
  • Who alone can judge?

    It strikes me that the decision by Tesco, recently announced, to end 24 hour service in 76 stores is good news. The UK Government is intent on ignoring past promises made about Sunday trading. Let us never relent on calling on Society to Keep Sunday Special.

    January 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm
    • westminsterfly

      The reason Tesco have announced this is because no-one is using the stores late at night / early in the morning, so it isn’t commercially viable to keep them open. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with Sunday trading. Go to any shopping centre in or around London on a Sunday and they are all packed. People want Sunday trading so the Government are hardly likely to take it away from them. And employers can’t be trusted either. Many moons ago I worked in retail and supported the Keep Sunday Special campaign. We were all given (as it turns out, false) assurances that our jobs would be safe if we didn’t want to work on Sunday for religious reasons. I left retail anyway, but shortly after I heard that the company I had worked for renewed all staff contracts, and the new contracts included Sunday trading.

      February 1, 2016 at 9:10 am
      • Who Alone Can Judge?

        The Tesco decision undermines the claim that there are not enough hours to shop.

        The Government is unlikely to further restrict Sunday trading but, as with Fox Hunting, it wants to re-visit the issue, and liberalise the law(s) even more.

        We should resist that further liberalisation with all the support we can muster.

        Sunday Trading has had an impact on wages, as most do not get extra money for working anti-social hours, even nights, as there is no such thing as anti-social hours now.

        In an ideal world |I would want to overturn Sunday trading, but that won’t happen, but I do I know we can still resist further liberalisation. The Trade Unions, if they had any sense, would support us.

        February 1, 2016 at 11:08 am
      • Who Alone Can Judge?

        Even now today Tuesday 2nd February, live in The UK Parliament, The Government is trying, through the back door, to amend Sunday Trading Legislation under their new Enterprise Bill.

        February 2, 2016 at 3:42 pm
  • Athanasius

    Just wanted to post an update on my uncle, Vincent Murphy,

    Sadly he passed away today at the age of 71 years, having failed to recover from a stroke. I am very grateful for all the prayers offered for him by bloggers during his last illness and would very much appreciate prayers now for the repose of his soul. Thank you all in advance for your charity.

    January 29, 2016 at 10:08 pm
    • editor

      Sincere condolences, Athanasius, and of course, promise of prayers for the repose of the soul of your uncle. May he rest in peace.

      January 29, 2016 at 11:05 pm
    • perplexed

      be assured of prayers for the repose of your uncle Vincent; may God console and strengthen all your family. Requiescat in pace.

      January 30, 2016 at 6:14 am
    • crofterlady

      I’ve only just seen this. Of course, be assured of my prayers for your dear uncle.

      January 30, 2016 at 2:39 pm
  • Therese

    My condolences to you and your family, Athanasius.

    On whose soul Sweet Jesus have mercy.

    January 29, 2016 at 10:20 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    Athanasius, may I pass on my condolences to you and your family, and will keep him in my prayers.

    January 30, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Athanasius

    May Our Lord reward you all for your charity.

    I will get back on to the blog at some point early next week.

    January 30, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    • gabriel syme

      Sorry to hear of your bereavement Athanasius; my condolences to you and your family and I will say a prayer for the repose of the soul of your uncle. May he rest in peace.

      February 1, 2016 at 12:20 am
      • Christina

        I was so sorry to hear about your uncle, Athanasius. Requiescat in pace.

        February 2, 2016 at 9:38 pm
  • catholicconvert1

    I also extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family. May Our Blessed Lady comfort you all in her maternal embrace.

    My father’s aunt by marriage (his uncle’s wife) died aged 73 last Thursday after a long struggle against a brain tumour. She died in a hospice. She was not Catholic but pray for her all the same.

    February 2, 2016 at 11:57 am
    • gabriel syme

      CC, I will say a prayer for your uncles wife.

      February 4, 2016 at 12:04 am
  • catholicconvert1

    In the case of the Zika Virus in Brazil especially and Latin America as a whole, would the Church permit the use of contraception, i.e. condoms, with the intention of reducing the risk of infection?

    February 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm
    • Who Alone Can Judge?

      The women are presumably bitten by mosquitos, and a condom wouldn’t help!

      February 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm
    • editor


      No. Apart from the fact that we may not do evil even to achieve good, nobody knows if a particular baby is affected or not. It’s (as contraception always is) like walking around in glorious sunshine with an umbrella in hand just in case it rains. Ridiculous.

      February 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm
      • catholicconvert1

        Thanks for that answer. I wasn’t expressing a view, because I wasn’t sure on these extreme situations, as Benedict XVI said something along the lines of couples where one partner has AIDS then condoms could be used. I imagined the traditional position would be the one outlined by your good self. Zika can be spread by sex now, I read it in the paper this morning. Someone in Texas contracted it after intercourse. The anti-Catholic lobby will use this virus as a stick to beat the Church with and try to spread contraception and abortions. People who know they are infected should abstain from sex. People in affected areas should also abstain lest they are infected but not showing symptoms. I never understood why people had such difficulty with abstinence.

        February 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm
  • gabriel syme

    See the link for a great interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Some highlights from his thoughts on the SSPX:

    When the SSPX tries to believe, to worship and to live morally the way our fore-fathers and the best-known Saints did during a millennial period, then one has to consider the life and the work of these Catholic priests and faithful of the SSPX as a gift for the Church in our days – even as one of the several instruments which the Divine Providence uses to remedy the enormity of the current general crisis of the faith, of the morals and of the liturgy inside the Church.

    I consider their General Superior, His Excellency Monsignor Bernard Fellay, as an exemplarily and true Catholic bishop.

    February 2, 2016 at 1:20 pm
    • Theresa Rose

      Gabriel Syme,

      Thank you for that link about the interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider
      It is well worth reading..

      February 2, 2016 at 6:28 pm
      • Christina

        We must thank God for him, and pray that He will protect and strengthen him, and grant him a long life.

        February 2, 2016 at 9:36 pm
    • editor

      WOW, Gabriel Syme, thank you for posting that.

      February 2, 2016 at 10:41 pm
    • RCA Victor


      A very interesting interview. I’d like to add that Louie Verrechio’s blog post on this interview, as well as some truly idiotic comments in his commbox which smacked of “Resistance” lies, has caused me to remove his blog from my daily reading.

      February 4, 2016 at 3:09 pm
  • Athanasius

    I would like to thank everyone again for the kind prayers and thoughts extended to my family and I during this sad time.


    I will pray for the soul of your uncle’s wife.

    February 2, 2016 at 10:29 pm
    • catholicconvert1

      Thank you for your kind words. Your uncle is in my prayers.

      February 3, 2016 at 12:09 pm
  • Athanasius

    Gabriel Syme

    Thank you for posting that very interesting link. Bishop Schneider is certainly not alone in his support for the SSPX. There are other high prelates who appreciate the Society’s stance against the liberal rot in the Church.

    February 2, 2016 at 10:31 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Look at this story from Monday, a very interesting volte-face from Peter Tatchell (a prominent homosexual activist based in the UK):

    With regard to the Ashers bakery in Northern Ireland being penalised in court for refusing to make a cake with a pro-“gay marriage” message on it – he has abruptly changed sides and now says the bakery should not have been penalised.

    He says he still disagrees with them, but ultimately the bakery rejected a message they did not want to support – which is fair enough – there was no evidence that they discriminated against someone based on their disordered sexuality:

    To justify his decision, he gives an analogy of a far-right group being able to force a print shop to print anti-immigration leaflets against their will, but I am sure there must be some reason closer to home (ie regarding homosexuality) for this.

    In the comment section, its hilarious to see the Guardian readers rush to support his “sound reasoning” – the same Guardian readers who heaped insult and vitriol upon the bakery owners when Tatchell originally set out his stall against them.

    But then, Guardian readers are typically shallow, without principle and intellectually bankrupt. Kevin McKenna sometimes writes for the Guardian/Observer group – say no more.

    February 4, 2016 at 2:57 pm
    • Athanasius

      Gabriel Syme

      Yes, I read the story of Peter Tatchell’s about turn yeasterday in the papers. What was really interesting about the article was that the last paragraph made mention of his current involvement alignment with a Christian group in the fight against some injustice or other. I can’t remember the name of the group or the cause being fought, but I did wonder at the time if it has influenced his stance against those bakers.

      As for Kevin McKenna, I wrote a letter to the SCO destroying a hideous article he wrote against 40 Days For Life and it went unpublished. I know what kind of “Catholicism” Mr. McKenna wants. The problem is it’s not Catholic!

      February 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm
  • RCA Victor

    I’ve been wondering if Psalm 71 provides the answer to where the Magi came from. Any thoughts?

    The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts. (Verse 10)

    We had a lecture on this in Adult Catechism class several years ago, including the theory that the Magi came from some community of Jewish mystics that had been founded by the prophet Daniel (not sure where that came from!), but Psalm 71 was never discussed.

    February 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      At least ONE of those three kings had to come from Scotland – “the islands” is a clue. Shetland, possibly, or Stronsay – there’s monastery at Papa Stronsay – so there’s proof positive… 😀

      February 4, 2016 at 4:15 pm
    • Athanasius

      RCA Victor

      Note that the Psalm you quote speaks of “the kings of the Arabians and of Saba,” the plural rather than the singular. I think the Psalm refers to something other than the Magi, possibly in anticipation of the Redemption and conversion of the world to Christianity.

      Strangely enough, I heard a priest preach about this just a few weeks ago. He suggested that Church Tradition has the Magi as kings representing the black, white and yellow races of the East. That does make sense.

      February 4, 2016 at 4:22 pm
      • RCA Victor


        Doesn’t that assume that there were only 3 Magi?

        February 6, 2016 at 12:43 am
      • Athanasius

        RCA Victor,

        It does assume that, yes, but on the premise of what is recorded in Sacred Scripture, including the three names of the Magi. It’s probably safer in these days of doubt to trust in what is Traditionally held.

        February 6, 2016 at 1:16 am
      • Who Alone Can Judge?


        You write “but on the premise of what is recorded in Sacred Scripture, including the three names of the Magi”.

        Please quote the Scripture reference as the names don’t appear in additions held by other people. Further, which of The Church Fathers mentions black, white, and yellow Magi? Please do give exact sources. Thank You.

        February 6, 2016 at 6:18 am
      • Who Alone Can Judge?


        *for additions please read editions! But both work as your claims sometimes don’t add up!

        February 6, 2016 at 6:36 am
      • editor


        Instead of gleefully pointing it out when you believe you’ve caught Athanasius out in a mistake (or anyone else – but you seem to be gunning for him in particular) why not do the charitable thing, re-read his posts, and realise that, since he has intermingled Catholic Tradition with Scripture when writing about the Magi, he may simply have made a simple error/typo or constructed his sentence in a way that might be misinterpreted? Why the demand for “sources” when you seldom, if ever, give a source to back up your ridiculous claims?

        Tradition names the Magi as Balthazar, Gaspar, and Melchior. And it was “Catholic Tradition” that Athanasius cited when he quoted the priest who spoke about the Magi perhaps representing different races.

        Instead of scouring Athanasius’ posts here to look for what you consider to be errors, why not spend your time more fruitfully in educating yourself on the nature of Christ’s Magisterium so that YOU don’t constantly make whopping errors in matters very much less obscure than the identities etc of the Magi? Now, there’s a thought. Order Father Gruner’s book, Crucial Truths To Save Your Soul – it’s a must-read for all Catholics trying to live faithful Catholic lives during this crisis.

        If you don’t care about knowing the truth and prefer to go along with the Modernism currently dominant in the Church, although not for much longer, then don’t buy it.

        February 6, 2016 at 9:57 am
      • Who Alone Can Judge?

        Your understanding of a typo and mine differ, and I think the world would see what I see.

        February 6, 2016 at 10:26 am
      • Who Alone Can Judge?

        Btw I have never heard on homily, or read one commentary, that said they were different race. Their importannc ei sin the fact they were not Jewish, i.e Gentiles, and some attribute symbolism to the gifts they bore. Anything else is fanciful speculation.

        February 6, 2016 at 10:30 am
      • westminsterfly

        WACJ doesn’t even have to buy it – it’s free to read online here:-

        February 8, 2016 at 3:38 pm
    • Who Alone Can Judge?

      Central to any tradition about The Magi, as Traditionally held, is that they were gentiles, and highlight that Jesus Christ came to save all peoples and nations. That surely means they were NOT Jewish, and, therefore, it is surely nonsense to associate them with Daniel or Jewish mystics.

      And people attack the modern Church, and Schools!

      February 6, 2016 at 6:25 am
  • Margaret Mary

    A teacher who was the Named Person for 200 pupils has now been found to be a child sex offender and won’t be working with young people again!

    February 4, 2016 at 4:53 pm
  • RCA Victor February 6, 2016 at 12:43 am
  • westminsterfly

    Good one-hour long video here:- called ‘Akita and the Fatima Secret’. This video was shown to Sister Agnes Sasagawa who received the messages of Our Lady of Akita, and Sister Agnes approved of it and wanted it to be shown. It’s a good resource for newcomers and those not really acquainted with Akita or Fatima. Fr Gruner’s work on Fatima is praised in the video.

    February 6, 2016 at 6:54 pm
    • editor


      If nobody picks this up I think it may be worth launching a thread on it. I’ve just dipped into it, but looks extremely interesting.

      Thank you for posting it.

      February 6, 2016 at 9:04 pm
  • westminsterfly

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    February 7, 2016 at 3:09 pm
  • Andrew Paterson

    From the Christian Institute: “Monday 1st February, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) gave the green light to UK researchers who want to genetically modify human embryos.
    Subject to ethical approval, experiments on unwanted IVF embryos could start in the next few months. The current law does not allow these embryos to then be implanted.
    Professor Dickenson, Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of London, said that subsequent generations may not welcome a “future free of genetic disability”, and they will have no way of changing “our decision” to genetically modify embryos.”

    Today on R4 we learn that researchers wish to combine human elements into laboratory animals for research. The vision is to grow human compatible replacement organs in animals, such as pigs.
    Our political classes are, as we know, all supportive of murder when the victim is still in the womb, and very relaxed about murder when the victim is in the street. Now they will certainly agree to these developments which mark great steps forward in medical “progress”. The comment was made in the news segment that there would be “certain people” against this, with the clear implication that these people are Stone Age Luddite fundamentalist religious nutters. I guess that I am one.

    February 8, 2016 at 9:28 am
  • editor

    Rorate Caeli point out that to boost the failing “Year of Mercy”, the Vatican has had to resort to Catholic Tradition – click here to read more

    And click here to see a very comical cartoon on the subject

    February 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm
  • Prognosticum

    Can anyone give me news of the great Gerald Warner?

    I was used to seeing an occasional article of his on Breitbart News, but he appears to have fallen silent. He is sorely missed.

    February 9, 2016 at 4:03 am
    • gabriel syme


      I am a fan of Mr Warner’s writing too. He attends the same Church as me!

      As far as I know, this linked website is currently where his main output goes – he seems to have been contributing to it since October ’15:

      February 9, 2016 at 10:38 am
      • gabriel syme

        In fact, Ive just seen that his contributions there go back much further than October 2015 – -that was an erroneous comment from me! Sorry!

        February 9, 2016 at 10:40 am
      • Prognosticum


        Thank you for this. I was really missing my fix of Warner’s wisdom.

        February 9, 2016 at 9:43 pm

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