Catholic Truth Vs Kevin McKenna – Is He Just A Bigot… Or A Deliberate Liar?

Catholic Truth Vs Kevin McKenna – Is He Just A Bigot… Or A Deliberate Liar?

Editor writes…

Those of you who have read our articles on Kevin McKenna (pictured, left)  in the current September newsletter – click here to refresh your memory (p.7 ff)  – and who think I was too hard on him, really need to read his latest evil rant. McKenna, without a doubt, is a man in dreadful conscience. He needs help – and prayers.  But he must also be challenged, big time, because he is writing about the Catholic Church based on the pretence that he is a Catholic;  by any definition, he is no such thing.  Being baptised into the Faith, doesn’t make anyone a Catholic, any more than  –  to paraphrase G.K. Chesterton – “standing in your garage makes you a car.”  Catholics do not have the luxury of picking and choosing what doctrine they believe, or which moral law they will accept.  As Pope Benedict XVI once said: “Truth is not determined by a majority vote.” So, I’m throwing out a challenge to Kevin McKenna to publicly debate his claim to be a Catholic – but first, some extracts from his  latest nasty and very ignorant article, published online in today’s ultra-left wing rag, The Guardian.  Before you read on, though, let me repeat a suggestion made to me by a reader who rang me to speak about McKenna’s latest  garbage;  our reader’s opinion is that McKenna has read the September Catholic Truth reports on him, and is spitting blood at my articles.   Therein, was laid bare the man’s utter confusion of mind and soul. With reverence, he praises a Minister of the Free Church of Scotland for upholding the very teachings on sexual morality for which he savages the Catholic Church…   The man’s unbelievable – or should that be, unbalanced….  Just a thought.  Anyway, read the extracts below from his article headlined: If there’s a cardinal sin to be made, count on the Catholic church, with some minimum comment from moi in bold…  sub-headlines added 

Contempt For Doctrine of the Communion of Saints / Catholic Devotional practices…

A grim little vaudeville act is currently touring some of Scotland’s Catholic parishes, featuring the remains of Thérèse of Lisieux, a long-dead French nun. Thérèse died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 in 1897 and was canonised in 1925, becoming Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. By all accounts, this young woman developed an exemplary devotion to her faith and was the author of some beautiful (if slightly ripe) spiritual tracts. I’m not sure she deserved the fate of having some of her remains bumped in and out of cars and through the hills of South Lanarkshire and Paisley for the devoted titillation of the faithful. [Ed: he can’t even refer to the saint’s beautiful writings without raising a doubt – “slightly ripe”… Oh, and it’s just not possible for someone of his ilk to write – even about a saint – without using a sexually suggestive term. “Titillation” is NOT an appropriate description in this context.  He should sue, among others, his English teacher.]

The Truth about Relics…

These relics of Saint Thérèse are considered to be “first class”, this being the ultimate seal of Vatican authentication. To be accorded this distinction, they must be parts of the bodies of the saints, such as fragments of bone, skin, blood, hair or ash. Apparently, poor dead Thérèse (or parts thereof) has been getting ferried like this throughout the Catholic world since 1994. Is there no one to call a halt to this unedifying distortion of faith? Can we not let this blameless lassie rest in peace?  [Ed: why not do what even an average ability journalist would do and research a little before making a fool of yourself.  Here’s just one miracle (or rather a family of miracles!) attributed to the devout use of a relic..  A key problem for this man trying to write about Catholic devotional practices is that he totally lacks supernatural faith.  For the record, you can’t BE a Catholic without supernatural faith. ]

The Truth about The Crusades / Islamophobia

…The success of the Reformation lay in freeing people from the spiritual slavery of Rome, where the bones of saints and counterfeit fragments of the Holy Cross had become an industry. The profits from this paid for the ruinous and brutal Crusades (and the beginning of Islamophobia). [Ed: again, sheer ignorance of the facts – click here for corrective surgery…]

The Protestant Reformers Taught True Christianity – Not Catholic Church…

The reformers offered a purer and less unequal route to heaven and the mercy of God, unencumbered by profiteering, exploitation and superstition. It wasn’t just a theological revolution, but a temporal one, which seemed to say that you didn’t need to wait until you entered paradise to experience equality and fairness.

More Contempt:  “The Ghostly Tour” (i.e. Tour of  St Thérèse’s Relics)

…While Saint Thérèse’s relics continue on their ghostly tour up and down the hills and glens, the visit to Scotland takes place of the American cardinal Raymond Burke, perhaps the most powerful Catholic churchman after Pope Francis. Burke, who has long viewed the current pope’s relaxed and compassionate views on human sexuality and the environment with deep suspicion, has become his greatest critic… Perhaps it’s merely a coincidence that Thérèse’s posthumous visit to Scotland is occurring at the same time as Burke’s live one, but I hae ma doots. [Ed: who cares?  Cardinal Burke is not the “traditionalist” McKenna believes but I really don’t have the time, space nor inclination to correct his every error. Life’s too short…]

Cardinal Burke (not Catechism of the Catholic Church) quoted on “gay” relationships…

…Among the cardinal’s wide range of reactionary views is that female altar servers are a wretched sign of the increased “feminisation” of the church. “The introduction of girl servers led many boys to abandon altar service,” he has said. “Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural.” This is rubbish, of course. [Ed: er, no, it’s not, as I found out from the loud protests coming from some of my students who doubled as male altar servers, at the time when the girl altar boys were first introduced.]  Where I grew up, if young female altar servers had been allowed there would have been a stampede among the boys to toil in the Lord’s vineyard alongside them. [Ed: note the blasphemous mocking tone – disgraceful.] Burke also views any form of gay relationships as “evil” and has encouraged Catholics not to expose their children to close relatives who are actively gay. He’s had less to say about why the God he purports to serve and who does not make mistakes created, in His wisdom, gay people. [And, well, maybe He’ll also explain why He created bank robbers and murderers.  That would be good.]

McKenna – a Catholic?  Really? 

The familiars and acolytes attending this false prophet will include a shadowy assortment of arcane organisations that seek to preserve unfettered clerical control and power by means of exclusion and unholy inquisition. Spare a thought for us Catholics at this time. [Er.. “us Catholics”?  This nutter is about as Catholic as my mobile phone, with sincere apologies to my mobile phone.] Not only are we seeking to deal with Brexit in the secular world but leave this shower of ecclesiastical Blimps in the spiritual one.   Source


The Editor of Catholic Truth challenges the False Prophet Kevin McKenna to a public debate – we suggest the motion Kevin McKenna is an imposter Catholic – or any other similar motion OR…. HE can choose the motion, for it is just not possible for Kevin McKenna to demonstrate that he has a Catholic thought in his head.  The fact is, he is either deliberately posing as a Catholic, i.e. he’s a liar, knowing perfectly well that he dissents from essential Catholic teachings and/or he is just a simple bigot, and, believe me, they don’t come more… bigoted 😀

For now, hopefully readers and bloggers who are on Twitter will take this man to task for his insulting and highly anti-Catholic articles, of which this is but one in a long series. I’m not on Twitter or I’d be after him like a five year old who’s spotted Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.   It would be great if you would report back with your tweets, but the main thing is that he is challenged. It would help us if you would include the link to this thread  in your tweets, but, whatever, please challenge him;  he is highly unlikely to  take up my challenge to a public debate (turkeys really don’t vote for Christmas) – and, to be fair, no other dissenter has ever taken up my challenge to a public debate.  However,  he needs to know about it, so thank you in advance, all your “twits” (!) for your help in calling this imposter Catholic to account.
Kevin McKenna (@kmckenna63) | Twitter   



Comments (39)

    • editor


      Apologies – I meant to answer your comment by promising that we will be discussing the Amazon Synod when it comes along. I will post a thread dedicated to the topic, be assured.

      September 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm
  • Laura


    I think McKenna has obviously read the Catholic Truth articles – he even uses the description “false prophet” which you called him and he is definitely spitting blood, as you say so I’d wager a bet that he’s seen Catholic Truth and gone for broke to try to get at you!

    As for the question is he a bigot or a liar – I think he’s both! He must know it’s not possible to be a Catholic and deny the indefectibility of the Church and Christ’s guarantee to be with his Church until the end of time, so if he thinks God changed his mind and decided to save us through the Protestant Reformers, then he must know he’s a Protestant himself and not a Catholic. That makes him a liar, and judging the things he’s said about the Catholic Church, those came out of the mouth of a bigot.

    If only he would take up the challenge to debate you – as if !

    September 8, 2019 at 10:19 pm
    • Nicky

      I agree – he’s surely read the CT articles and it’s maddened him no end. Keep up the pressure, CT!

      September 8, 2019 at 11:21 pm
    • Daniel

      I absolutely agree – he is both a bigot and a liar, for the reasons you give.

      Just been speaking with a friend who mentioned the September newsletter and singled out the McKenna articles – I quote: “They are excellent. She (Editor) had an answer for everything that man had written in his columns”.

      Game set and match – he knows he’s no chance of winning any argument with Catholic Truth’s editor, although I, for one, would love to see the debate. He’s crude and rude, and I do wonder how he manages to make a living as a journalist.

      September 9, 2019 at 11:26 am
    • Margaret USA

      He can’t hold a candle to Madame Editor let alone St. Therese. The nerve of him insulting St. Therese! 😫This guy needs an exorcism, general confession and then maybe become a hermit.

      September 9, 2019 at 11:59 pm
  • Josephine

    I’ve read the whole thing now and that man is no Catholic. Not even remotely, and that is by definition, not just an opinion.

    It would be fantastic if he would agree to debate with editor but, as she says herself (with characteristic humility, LOL!) turkeys just don’t vote for Christmas!

    He’s only got those columns, obviously, because he is anti-Catholic. If he was to write about Islam the way he writes about Catholicism, he’d be out of a job in no time. His ignorance seems to know no bounds. I agree he needs prayers but Jesus himself said that some devils are only driven out by prayer and fasting, so maybe we need both to help him.

    September 8, 2019 at 10:31 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      “Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas” – correct, LOL!

      McKenna would be made mincemeat of, if he debated with editor and he knows it.

      September 9, 2019 at 11:21 am
      • Margaret USA

        Well said, MM.

        September 10, 2019 at 12:00 am
  • Nicky

    I agree – if he’s a Catholic, so are half of the Rangers Football Fan Club, LOL!

    It’s usually because they’re using contraceptives that lapsed Catholics get so filled with hate against the Church – at least that’s been my own experience. When I get into a conversation with a LC who is bitter, I find a way to ask them what they think of the teaching in Humanae Vitae and it all spills out – like poison!

    September 8, 2019 at 11:20 pm
    • editor


      You are so right about the contraceptive connection with dissent. No question about it.

      September 10, 2019 at 12:19 am
  • editor

    I’ve been checking McKenna’s Twitter account and it really does make me wonder. Two readers have told me that they’ve commented, but I can’t see either of their comments – indeed, I can only see the same comments that I read when I first checked it. And that includes clicking on the “replies”. I do wonder why people rave about Twitter – I don’t get it. Having said that, it’s been put to me that I ought to sign up to have my say, but I’m holding off for now Like Facebook, I am not impressed.

    One of our readers, who is not online, is incensed by this latest McKenna garbage and he is copying it to send to all and sundry, including the Bishops, to point out that while they can hardly be expected to know about and react to everything in every newspaper, they do have “spokesmen” and “media” people who should be doing exactly that. This elderly man’s zeal never ceases to amaze me. He spends his own time and money responding to this sort of baloney – and has been doing so since the 60’s ! He’s now in his 80’s!

    Let’s hope we see some level of zeal here – the same kind of instinctive Catholic response to a man who is being paid by the Church’s enemies to attack her in the pages of secular newspapers in a Protestant/secular country. So far, I don’t see it.

    Remember, there was something of a fightback when I intimated my decision to close this blog. I was pressed not to do so, since “there is no other outlet for us ….” So, while I say “thank you” to those who have commented so far, to the rest I say…

    Well, use it!

    September 9, 2019 at 9:48 am
    • Daniel

      As one reader who was very thankful that you decided to keep the blog open (and not to mention closing it again, LOL!) I feel moved to comment on this, because it is very important indeed that McKenna gets the message that informed Catholics are on to him. He’s really not worth bothering about – his own Twitter feed has only a few comments on it, and I’m not on Twitter or I would tell him what I think of him. I’m sure he’ll read this though so my message to him is “stop pretending you’re a Catholic – you are definitely not.”

      September 9, 2019 at 11:31 am
      • editor


        Thank you for taking the trouble to move from being a reader to being a commentator – excellent.

        Just to clarify, though, I did mention that I had agreed when someone had urged me to keep the blog open and never to mention closing it again. That’s true. I should have added, next time I feel it needs to be closed, I won’t BE mentioning it again! There will be a fait accompli notice posted on our website!

        As for McKenna not being worth bothering about – if it were not for the fact that he keeps insisting that he is a Catholic, that would be the case. Unlike members of other religions, we don’t take drastic action against opponents but in this case, this man is leading people astray and causing confusion about Catholic doctrines and the Church’s God-given moral authority. He is extremely ignorant and not to be taken seriously – he just regurgitates a combination of ancient heresies and pseudo-philosophy. He is only a danger to those more ignorant than himself, but, sadly, due to the awful state of Catholic education today, there’s more than a few of those around! Not to mention the scandal to those who are NOT Catholics caused by his writings – remember, “scandal” means “obstacle” – he and his ilk are actually actively engaged in keeping possible converts out of Christ’s Church. Shocking in the extreme. His own Catholic education clearly lacked the basics in sound formation – and so I think he should add his RE teacher to his “who to sue” list which definitely has to including his English teacher…

        September 9, 2019 at 12:24 pm
    • Margaret USA

      Dear Madame Editor,

      Providence! If you had closed down CT (perish the thought!!!), you wouldn’t have been able to defend St. Therese so valiantly. Remember Proverbs 31!

      Thank you for keeping CT open, and keep fighting for St. Therese!

      In Christ,

      Margaret 🇺🇸

      P.S. Please see my reply to MM.

      September 10, 2019 at 12:08 am
      • editor

        Margaret USA,

        Thank you again – I saw your reply to MM and your other kind comment… Your unfailing support is appreciated more than words can say…

        September 10, 2019 at 12:24 am
      • Margaret USA

        As Benjamin Franklin said:

        “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

        Margaret 🇺🇸

        September 10, 2019 at 2:15 am
  • Margaret Mary

    I’m not on Twitter or I would definitely comment on his feed. He’s a really angry person, with issues against the Church, which means issues against Christ, although he won’t be able to see that. Spiritual blindness, as pointed out in the latest newsletter, means certain people just don’t recognise Jesus in his Church. It’s very sad. Especially in Mr McKenna’s case because he sees Jesus in the Free Church of Scotland and It only began in the 19th century LOL! The Holy Spirit took his time there!

    September 9, 2019 at 11:20 am
    • Marc

      Margaret Mary,

      I wouldn’t exactly consider myself a fan of Mr McKenna – quite the opposite, in fact; but he isn’t the only catholic completely disconnected from the church. Surely, “spiritual blindness” is not the only reason why hordes of catholics “don’t see Jesus in his Church” and are leaving, en masse.

      “It’s very sad. Especially in Mr McKenna’s case because he sees Jesus in the Free Church of Scotland and It only began in the 19th century LOL! The Holy Spirit took his time there!”

      Certainly did take His time but better late than never. Where the catholic church is free-falling into another schism, the Free Church continues to grow in numbers. The reason? Precisely because people DO see Jesus in this Church. Your condescension masks a bitterness which wholly exemplifies your church and is one of the many reasons why so many people are choosing to leave.

      Another reason, which is clearly evidenced by this blogs very existence, is because the leadership simply cannot uphold the most basic of Christian values which the Free Church does well to maintain, particularly in the public sphere. Where the Free Church hierarchy were brave enough to challenge the moral relativism in our society and strove to ensure that our traditional God-given values are protected, the Bishops, Cardinals and Popes bent over and led their flock into into spiritual oblivion.

      Perhaps you could show the Free Church a little charity and gratitude for doing the kind of work that we all benefit from and which your church leaders were too cowardly to do.


      Editor: the reason McKenna prefers the Free C of S is because it makes no personal demands on anyone. McKenna is the quintessential ignoramus posing as an expert on Catholicism. As for charitable works: the Catholic Church was doing “the kind of work that we all benefit from” centuries before the Free C of S (or any other man-made “church”) came into existence. And the Catholic Church doesn’t “fall into schism” – that happens when people (like the dissident priest, Martin Luther) break FROM Christ’s Church. Christ prayed over His Church at the very beginning bestowing His unity on that Church: “that they all may be one, Father…” So, the Church of Christ remains united, and schism only occurs when individuals or groups break from that Tradition. Finally, I don’t recall any bitterness in any of the comments posted here by regular bloggers. That’s a subjective judgement made, possibly, by someone who is himself, a bigot. Just a thought…

      Would bloggers note that Marc’s comments are moderated, so if you reply to him, and use his name, your comments will go to moderation as well and will languish there until I see them. I suggest, therefore, that you either doctor his name, or avoid using his name at all, if you choose to reply to his comments.

      November 19, 2019 at 11:06 am
      • Marc


        Thanks for your response.

        You’re wrong to assert that the FCoS makes no personal demands and also where you state that, “schism only occurs when individuals or groups break from that Tradition.” What will you do when, contrarily, the Church decides that the SSPX is in schism? You must be aware that that is a potential eventuality. Will you continue with it or will you return to the Catholic Church? Or do you think that someone will find some loophole contained within the Code of Canon Semantics which will keep yous licit/valid/etc.?

        One thing you did get correct Editor is that I am (by modern interpretation, anyway) a bigot. Unlike your good self though Editor, I’m just your regular, run-of-the-mill bigot with no dogma to hide my bigotry behind. Oh, how I envy you 🙂

        Take care

        Editor: I have taken a quick tour of the FCoS website and cannot find a single rule or moral imperative which is demanded of membership. They just speak in generic terms about being a “bible Church” and following Jesus, blah blah. Which, if they were actually DOING would mean they were in the Church which He founded, with Peter as Christ’s Vicar on earth. The SSPX is not and never has been in schism but I don’t have the time to go over all of that again, because unless someone understands the difference between schism (from the Faith) and an act of disobedience (to a particular pope) then they won’t be able to grasp it all anyway. You call me a bigot without offering any evidence. Interesting.

        November 19, 2019 at 1:01 pm
      • Marc


        Och, never mind


        Editor: Och, OK then… since you don’t seem to have one anyway… 😀

        November 19, 2019 at 5:09 pm
  • westminsterfly

    He needs to write a lot less and read a lot more – especially Ad Tuendam Fidem and the Doctrinal Commentary on the Concluding Formula of the Professio fidei:- “Such doctrines can be defined solemnly by the Roman Pontiff when he speaks ‘ex cathedra’ or by the College of Bishops gathered in council, or they can be taught infallibly by the ordinary and universal Magisterium of the Church as a ‘sententia definitive tenenda’. Every believer, therefore, is required to give firm and definitive assent to these truths, based on faith in the Holy Spirit’s assistance to the Church’s Magisterium, and on the Catholic doctrine of the infallibility of the Magisterium in these matters. Whoever denies these truths would be in a position of rejecting a truth of Catholic doctrine and would therefore no longer be in full communion with the Catholic Church.”

    September 9, 2019 at 2:29 pm
  • Petrus

    I commented on Kevin’s Twitter. I wrote:

    Kevin McKenna is about as Catholic as John Knox ! His articles are nothing more than the ramblings of a troubled soul. Is he a bigot or a liar? Discuss here:

    I then provided the link to this blog. However, the tweet is now unavailable. Clearly, he has read it and is censoring. So, we know McKenna is reading this thread. He’s a coward as well as a liar and a bigot!

    September 9, 2019 at 3:58 pm
    • Michaela


      That just proves the man’s dishonesty. Thank you for sharing that censorship of your tweet with us. You are right – he’s a coward as well as a liar and a bigot. No wonder he doesn’t want his commentators visiting this blog. What a scoundrel.

      September 9, 2019 at 4:58 pm
    • Daniel


      Bravo! That was a real poke in the eye – however, I think John Knox was probably actually more Catholic than McKenna !

      After reading how he censored Catholic Truth letters when he worked at the Herald, and now censoring tweets, he is coming across as a really dark figure, not to be trusted.

      Well done you, though, for calling him out on his Twitter feed and then calling him out here for his dishonesty.

      September 9, 2019 at 6:59 pm
    • editor


      Brilliant! Thank you for doing that and proving that you have the truly authentic Catholic apostolic spirit. And would the rest please note that Petrus is not exactly looking for things to do with his time, being in full time – very demanding – employment, and a husband and father of five children, into the bargain. So, again, thank you for taking the time to tweet on McKenna’s feed and then to report his censorship here. Much appreciated.

      McKenna clearly doesn’t want his “twits” coming over here and being educated. And so, now, he’s given me even MORE “rope” to use if I ever again write about him. Not sure I’d waste any more time on him, but if I do… that is one nugget you’ve supplied. Scotland will know that he’s terrified to debate with Catholic Truth.

      What a silly, silly, SILLY man is he…

      September 9, 2019 at 10:08 pm
  • Elizabeth

    What a deeply unpleasant and disloyal article this is. That a so called Catholic would author such a polemic in the secular press is extremely distasteful. He is also disrespectful of one of our best loved Saints in the way he refers to her and to her writings.
    However, and here I suppose I will be at odds with most bloggers, I do share a very tiny bit of his distaste for the practice of displaying relics of her body and carting them about. I didn’t like it when it happened in England a few years ago and I don’t much like it now. The reason? I’m not entirely sure but it strikes me as actually disrespectful and unnecessary. I know that the thousands who queued to venerate the relics will not agree and I understand that somehow being physically nearer to a part of a saint can feel very special. I get that but I still feel an inner revulsion about it.
    As regards his comments about Cardinal Burke, surely the evidence is before his eyes that fewer boys now want to become altar servers since girls were allowed to join them. The fact that being a server was a privilege reserved only for males was important to a young lad; he could do something at church that his sisters couldn’t! Now hardly any boys serve these days and the girls have predictably taken over.
    I do not understand what causes a person to be homosexual. I’m not sure any science has got to the bottom of it either. Maybe they are born with those tendencies , I don’t know, but it is surely a cross for them to bear and some fight those tendencies all their lives whereas others we see celebrate and proclaim the ‘gayness’. I think that very few would actually choose to be homosexual if choice was offered to them. Did God create them thus? Did he create conjoined twins? Both aberrations but hardly to be labelled mistakes by God. It is very difficult but I do not think it fair to put them in the same category as murderers and bank robbers! I doubt whether anyone is born a murderer unless they have psychotic tendencies I suppose. I am tying myself in knots here so I will stop!
    McKenna is dangerous because he claims to be a Catholic so he will mislead and play into the hands of anti Catholics while at the same time causing confusion and doubt in the minds of any Catholics who read his stuff without perhaps having the proper catechesis to resist his views.

    September 9, 2019 at 4:03 pm
    • Michaela


      I am surprised at your “inner revulsion” with regard to relics. I wonder if you might reflect on the following extract from a website explaining this topic:

      “The use of relics has some, although limited, basis in Sacred Scripture. In II Kings 2:9-14, the Prophet Elisha picked-up the mantle of Elijah, after he had been taken up to heaven in a whirlwind; with it, Elisha struck the water of the Jordan, which then parted so that he could cross. In another passage (II Kings 13:20-21), some people hurriedly buried a dead man in the grave of Elisha, “but when the man came into contact with the bones of Elisha, he came back to life and rose to his feet.”

      In Acts of the Apostles we read, “Meanwhile, God worked extraordinary miracles at the hands of Paul. When handkerchiefs or cloths which had touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases were cured and evil spirits departed from them” (Acts 19:11-12). In these three passages, a reverence was given to the actual body or clothing of these very holy people who were indeed God’s chosen instruments– Elijah, Elisha, and St. Paul. Indeed, miracles were connected with these “relics”– not that some magical power existed in them, but just as God’s work was done through the lives of these holy men so did His work continue after their deaths. Likewise, just as people were drawn closer to God through the lives of these holy men, so did they (even if through their remains) inspire others to draw closer even after their deaths. This perspective provides the Church’s understanding of relics.

      The veneration of relics of the saints is found in the early history of the Church. A letter written by the faithful of the Church in Smyrna in the year 156 provides an account of the death of St. Polycarp, their bishop, who was burned at the stake. The letter reads, “We took up the bones, which are more valuable than precious stones and finer than refined gold, and laid them in a suitable place, where the Lord will permit us to gather ourselves together, as we are able, in gladness and joy, and to celebrate the birthday of his martyrdom.” Essentially, the relics– the bones and other remains of St. Polycarp– were buried, and the tomb itself was the “reliquary.” Other accounts attest that the faithful visited the burial places of the saints and miracles occurred. Moreover, at this time, we see the development of “feast days” marking the death of the saint, the celebration of Mass at the burial place, and a veneration of the remains.”

      I think we need to reflect on the use of relics, as with indulgences, applying a supernatural faith. Unfortunately, in today’s Church everything is being reduced to the “natural” and we only think of these things in very basic human terms, which means we end up thinking like everyone else, whereas when we see things through the prism of supernatural faith, we come to a different conclusion.

      I totally endorse your concluding paragraph. That is exactly correct, and I agree totally.

      September 9, 2019 at 4:53 pm
      • Elizabeth

        I should have made it clearer that it is not the relics per se that I am uneasy about but the travelling about of them. Not logical I know but an almost visceral reaction!

        September 9, 2019 at 6:05 pm
      • Michaela


        OK – I’m not really understanding but I accept that you have your own inner reaction which I don’t suppose can be helped. I just always feel sad when Catholics take the same view to certain Catholic devotions as those outside the household of the faith. When I read the link to the miracles obtained through the relic of St Dymphna, I could imagine making any length of journey to see and touch her relic. I think my own “logic” (or maybe lack of it!) is that although these kinds of things are not something we might think of doing ourselves, but because they are promoted in the Church, then supernatural graces will come if we use them in a spirit of faith.

        Thanks for explaining, though – very kind of you.

        September 9, 2019 at 6:41 pm
    • editor


      Devotion to relics (or anything else) is not a matter of dogma, so you are entitled to your own thoughts on the practice.

      So is Kevin McKenna. What he is NOT entitled to do is to – as you rightly say – treat the great Saint Therese so disrespectfully and mock the Church’s devotional life in the pages of an anti-Catholic secular rag. Some call it a newspaper. Imagine that…

      September 10, 2019 at 12:13 am
  • RCAVictor

    This individual – aside from needing a shave and a haircut – is seriously disturbed. What’s interesting is that usually leftist ideologues like himself – even third-rate ideologues, a bar much too high for him – usually try to put up a pretense of respect, enlightenment and compassion in their attacks on the Catholic Faith. Said pretenses, of course, being dressed in the usual leftist buzzwords like “inclusive,” “tolerant,” “diverse,” etc.

    There is no such pretense in his article, though. It reads like someone who just woke up from a three-day drinking binge and is looking for a scapegoat to blame for the fact that he can barely get out of bed. He tries to use the standard propaganda toolbox of the Catholic-haters, but instead exposes his own self-hatred and scorn for humanity….not to mention for all things sacred.

    (I noticed that our new blogger, Daniel, wonders how this fellow manages to make a living as a journalist. Daniel, in my experience, journalists long ago left the journalism profession. They have been replaced by lowlife propagandists who are willing to sell their souls to the Satanic New World Order for a fat paycheck. Exhibit A: Kevin McKenna.)

    September 9, 2019 at 5:04 pm
    • Michaela

      RCA Victor,

      ” It reads like someone who just woke up from a three-day drinking binge and is looking for a scapegoat to blame for the fact that he can barely get out of bed. “

      LOL! He’s a Glaswegian so you’ll have hit a nail on the head there!

      September 9, 2019 at 6:43 pm
    • Daniel

      RCA Victor,

      I do agree with you about the standard of professional journalism – it’s anything but professional these days. It seems to be one of those careers where it’s more important who you know than what you know.

      I think men like McKenna, who flit from one paper to another, i.e. are “free-lance”, are unable to pin down a permanent job because they are really not that good. I have read all the stuff available from him in Catholic Truth – the September newsletter and now this blog – and there is no quality writing in any of his articles.

      To read the nonsense he wrote about the Wee Free Minister, also shows his ignorance in religious matters. The Free Church of Scotland is about as anti-Catholic as you’ll ever meet, yet he wrote as if it was the Catholic Church’s best
      pal !

      September 9, 2019 at 6:53 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Yes, the lack of pretence is a puzzle, because, as our former media officer reminded me the other day, when he (Kevin McKenna) rang him (our then media officer) and actually admitted that he was deliberately preventing publication of our letters in The Herald, he muttered something about this being out of respect or concern or whatever, for Peter Kearney, the then spokesman for the Bishops of Scotland. His name is no longer given on the Media website, and last time I emailed an enquiry, I had a reply from a very pleasant sounding female, so I’m surmising that Kearney has slung his hook. Maybe, then, McKenna no longer has an “inside contact” to impress, and so it’s gloves off and time to show his hatred for the Church in the bright blaze of publicity.

      Who knows? He’s quite a few sandwiches short of a picnic, that’s for sure and if he ever has a Catholic thought enter his head, he’ll need hospitalisation, fearing some sort of deadly infection…

      God help him – he really does need to sit down and think…

      September 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm
  • gabriel syme

    I have long thought McKenna is just someone who uses his nominal faith as a punchbag, which is a means to easily selling his articles to a broadly anti-Catholic media.

    For all the world, he sounds like the protestant he longs to be (effectively is) with these disparaging remarks about relics. Just like the ‘catholics’ who sneer that “you don’t understand what he is saying” at the mention of the latin mass.

    I have always been baffled to objection to relics, which often seems to be squeamish. No-one would bat an eyelid to hear of someone visiting a graveside, or having an urn of ashes at home.

    On some level, this is obviously comparable to relics – except in famous cases, the relics do the visiting, rather than individuals having to trapse to the local cemetery!

    Anyway, Kevin knows where the door is, if he is genuinely so exasperated with the Church.

    September 16, 2019 at 11:02 pm
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      Well said. I’ve been, today, to venerate the relics, so here is my brief report, which I’ve just posted on the Relics thread.

      Veneration of the Relics…

      I paid a visit today to venerate the relics at St Theresa’s church in Possilpark, Glasgow, where I made my First Holy Communion quite a few years ago now. I was immediately saddened at seeing no altar rails. The Vandalism of Vatican II had been and gone…

      One of my nieces, with two of her children (6 and 14 years respectively) accompanied me and we arrived in time for the short relics service conducted by the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia. We were early enough to secure a front row pew. The Archbishop’s homily on the saint was good – he did mention the saint’s Little Way of self-sacrifice as an expression of her love of God. The various prayer cards handed out, were disappointing in that they merely noted that the saint was known for her “acts of kindness” and we should pray to her so that we are always kind as well. That’s the gist of it. Always, the supernatural is ripped out of the lives and teachings of the saints, where at all possible. So, the Archbishop’s homily went some way to filling that vacuum.

      The procession included a “girl altar boy” – which my 6 year old Great Niece singled out for comment later (screwed up nose! Didn’t seem right even to her young mind). My fourteen year old Great Nephew who has been serving the traditional Latin Mass since he was 8, was horrified.

      The choir were on the other side of the aisle from us – beautiful singers, with a very active lady doing the conducting. I’ve always found it distracting when there are musicians at the front of the church – much better, in my humble view, to sing from the choir loft. However, the singing was beautiful, especially the spectacular Ecce Panis Angelorum (Behold the Bread of Angels). There are various renditions of it on YouTube, but I selected the video below…

      My over-riding emotion throughout the entire event was one of sadness – for what we’ve lost and for the ensuing, ongoing confusion: altar rails gone, but beautiful tribute to the Real Presence sung beautifully, without anyone, apparently, joining up the dots. No altar rails, a church packed with chatterboxes, people, including clergy, going to and fro with barely a nod in the direction of the Tabernacle; applause for the Rector of the St Therese shrine in Lisieux, introduced by the Archbishop with an exhortation for us to show our gratitude. I didn’t applaud, nor did my family but those who shared our pew, who attend the traditional Mass in Balornock, whom I recognised on arrival, pleased to see them, like us, with heads covered, they DID join in the applause. This is an example of what we mean when we speak of the differences between the diocesan-permitted traditional Latin Masses and the SSPX Masses. It’s the whole picture; yes, it’s great to be able to find a traditional Mass in a parish church, but it’s not possible, it seems, to find a parish church, however “traditional” , that has managed to shed the novus ordo culture.

      We were given little petition cards, so that we could write our personal petitions and place them in the basket in front of the reliquary when we approached to venerate the relics.

      Anyway, here, in conclusion, is the beautiful hymn of adoration to the Blessed Sacrament, words by St Thomas Aquinas, sung beautifully by the choir in St Theresa’s, Possilpark today. Not sure if that was the parish choir or diocesan, or whatever, but their singing was glorious. And Ecce Panis Angelorum was my absolute favourite… Enjoy!

      September 16, 2019 at 11:41 pm

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