Catechism: Pope Francis Considering New Sin – Well, it had to come…

Catechism: Pope Francis Considering New Sin – Well, it had to come…

The environment

According to Pope Francis, acts such as the massive pollution of air, land and water resources, large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem should be regarded as “ecocidal” and must not go unpunished.
In this regard, he recalled the Synod for the Panamazon Region, which proposed to define an act or omission against God, against one’s neighbour, the community and the environment, as “ecological sin”.  Click here to read entire report on Vatican News…

One of these days, he just might mention GOD!


Well,  it had to come eventually.  We’ve had a new Mass, new Sacraments, new Rosary, new Catechism, new Evangelisation,  new everything, just about, so it’s time for (drum roll) a new sin.  Obvious.  Now all that has to be decided is, will this new sin be a mortal sin or a venial sin?  What sort of penances will the priest give in confession – picking up litter in a street near you, at least three times (I get 3 Hail Marys a lot, so I’ll be livid if the litter picking penance is less than three times…) or maybe abstaining from driving your car for three days (three should always be the minimum, in my humble opinion…) OR what about sacrificing a holiday abroad for the next (you guessed it) three years? 

Your (printable only)  ideas welcome…   

Comments (71)

  • Lily

    For goodness sake – what a nutcase this pope is! A new sin, LOL! As if we don’t have a hard enough time battling the old ones!

    November 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm
  • Helen

    Oh dear, what a fiasco. The “new” religion. We were always taught to respect the environment, animals etc., because it was God’s creation. To consider it possible to sin against a sea or a sky or earth is mind boggling! Perhaps our papa would consider cutting down on that nasty jet setting?!

    November 17, 2019 at 4:34 pm
    • Lily


      Exactly! He jets off all across the world and then tells the rest of us we are sinning for doing the same thing, LOL! I can’t believe how awful he is.

      November 17, 2019 at 5:07 pm
      • editor


        I can’t believe it either – here’s his latest baloney, including the question we are to ask ourselves: “Do I, as a Christian, have at least one poor person as a friend”? Flakes, ALL of my friends are poor! We’ll need to get him over here on a visit to Glasgow and take him on a tour of … well… Glasgow… We’re ALL poor! 😀

        I should really be more charitable and maybe send him a copy of the poster I used to hang on the nearest wall, when I moved house: Of all the things I’ve ever lost, I miss my mind the most… It might help keep him calm when afflicted by these ridiculous thoughts and imaginings…

        November 17, 2019 at 9:12 pm
      • RCAVictor


        You mean you haven’t heard of the new Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor, for they shall have well-heeled friends”?

        As for self-examination, here is the question I am asking myself: “As a Catholic, do I have a Catholic Pope?”

        November 17, 2019 at 10:57 pm
  • catholicconvert1

    This all reminds me of the hypocrisy of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle and their environmental crusading. They lecture us on the perils of climate change and lo and behold, they are doing more damage to the world than I am. I have never been abroad, I cannot drive and hence do not own a car and mostly I use public transport. Otherwise it’s shanks’s pony. This is nothing new, however, as I saw sins against the environment in a book on how to make a good confession. One of the sins was littering I think. In the old days, a sin against nature was sodomy, now it’s dropping a mars bar wrapper.

    November 17, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    • editor


      Laughed heartily at your closing sentence. Priceless!

      November 17, 2019 at 8:28 pm
  • Helen


    ” In the old days, a sin against nature was sodomy, now it’s dropping a mars bar wrapper.”

    Hilarious and spot on!

    November 17, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    • catholicconvert1

      It’s the way I tell ’em!

      November 17, 2019 at 6:58 pm
  • RCAVictor

    So uh, if I commit a “sin” against the environment, will I have to make an act of nutrition?

    You know, like promise to eat tofu instead of meat for 3 months, ’cause it’s “better for the planet”?

    November 17, 2019 at 7:16 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Never having tasted tofu, I’m hoping I don’t get that for my penance. In fact, with my ecological sins and unrepentant attitude, I’m liable to be excommunicated!

      November 17, 2019 at 8:30 pm
  • editor

    Well, I have a suggestion for Papa Francis.

    Instead of creating daft new “sins”, he ought to write a personal letter to the clergy – well, certainly the clergy of the Archdiocese of Glasgow – to remind them of a very old sin, which at least one Glasgow priest thinks nothing of blatantly committing – namely, telling lies.

    I am unable to give details at the present time, to protect identities, although not HIS identity which I’d LOVE to divulge, but I can say that when a parishioner in a Glasgow parish asked about the possibility of having a traditional Latin Mass for a deceased relative, that person was informed by the PP that “That Mass was banned years ago.” A downright, outright, blatant lie. Either that, or unbelievable ignorance.

    Now, it is false to claim that the ancient Mass was EVER “banned”, it was not. But all and any doubt was removed back in 2007 when Pope Benedict issued his Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum asserting the right of every priest to offer the TLM if he so wishes. Is this apparently economical-with-the-truth priest so ignorant that he doesn’t know about that Motu Proprio of Pope Benedict, at which time he confirmed that the TLM had never, in fact, been “banned” at all, or is he, not ignorant, but an outright liar? Which is it? I’ll keep my opinion to myself, if you don’t mind, at least for now…

    Utterly disgraceful. Having met this priest briefly some years ago, though, I can’t say I’m astonished, amazed blah blah. I do, however, remain determined to be shocked, whether or not I am entirely unsurprised at his dishonesty. And I am. Entirely UN-surprised. Believe me…

    How has it come to pass that priests like him SO hate the “old Faith” – the Faith of our Fathers – that they would actually lie to hide the truth that the Mass for which the martyrs gave their life’s blood, is still available, albeit in short supply? How come? Can they not satisfy themselves that they have the appearance of legitimacy, that the majority of Catholics have fallen for the deceit, that the majority are following the counterfeit Catholicism foisted upon us after Vatican II? Can they not be magnanimous and allow us this little crumb of comfort – that the ancient Mass IS permitted and available, if only here and there, and frowned upon by the bishops and their fawning career clergy?

    As for Pope Francis’ letter writing – I wish he would write to me to ask if I care about the “environment” because my reply would be short and not-so-sweet: I couldn’t care less!

    November 17, 2019 at 8:28 pm
    • Fidelis

      It tells you all you need to know about any priest that he would lie about the Mass!

      November 17, 2019 at 9:47 pm
    • RCAVictor


      My cynical response to your question – why priests (and bishops) hate the old Mass – is that it doesn’t grease the skids, as the new Mass does, towards acceptance of their personal corruption, i.e. homosexuality, as we can see happening now.

      The only other reason I can think of, which is also cynical, is that saying or allowing the old Mass places their status in jeopardy with the dark powers-that-be in the Vatican, who remain unmoved by such minor difficulties as Summorum.

      I think it was Cdl. Brandmuller who stated recently, in response to the blasphemous events at the Sham-a-Zon, that this worship of paganism has been years and years in the making, ever since the Catacombs Pact made during Vat. II.

      Likewise, the normalization of perversion has been years in the making, and has now reached its fruition (pun intended) with the sorry likes of Fr. James Martin, SJ, who even has the Pope’s blessing to continue his “ministry.”

      In fact, let’s put it right out there: the “ministry” of the Vatican II religion is actually to destroy the Faith and to lose souls to Hell.

      November 17, 2019 at 10:35 pm
  • Josephine

    I do agree that it’s terrible that the family have been denied a traditional Mass if that’s what they wanted, and I do hope the priest did so out of ignorance, not by lying.

    It’s not my thought, I need to make that clear, but there are people reading this blog who think it’s so disrespectful of the priesthood, i.e. to call a priest a liar. How can I answer that, in a convincing way?

    November 17, 2019 at 11:12 pm
    • editor


      That’s an easy one to answer. Think about it…

      If we must respect priests just because they are ordained, then we must respect Judas Iscariot.

      We’re told that he was a thief, and that his complaint that the money which Mary (friend) had spent on an expensive perfume to anoint Jesus’s feet would have been better spent on the poor, was a lie, because – the evangelist tells us – he didn’t care for the poor at all; he was a thief.

      So, if one of the very first ordained, chosen by Our Lord Himself, was branded a thief and a liar in Sacred Scripture, which is inerrant and infallible, it should be clear that ordination per se does not require the faithful to be uncritical and accepting of any and every bad behaviour.

      The placing of priests on a pedestal has done untold damage, in fact, and is largely to blame for the unquestioning acceptance of the massive changes to Catholic belief and practice during the current crisis, over the past 50+ years. And as we now know, sadly, only too well, it was that same attitude of almost adulation towards priests that allowed the shocking child abuse scandals to take place, with some victims explaining that they were afraid to report what was happening because their parents were so respectful of the priest that they just wouldn’t believe their own child. Nobody should ever be placed on a pedestal. It’s not good for that person’s soul, and it can be extremely dangerous in a number of ways for others.

      So, like I say – that’s an easy one to answer…

      November 18, 2019 at 12:20 am
      • Laura


        Judas Iscariot – that is the perfect answer to that claim, that we shouldn’t criticise priests because they are priests. I’ll remember that one!

        November 18, 2019 at 1:29 pm
      • Josephine


        That’s a great answer! As Laura says, I’ll remember that one!

        November 18, 2019 at 9:27 pm
  • Chris McLaughlin

    To describe the Pope as inventing a “new sin” is wholly incorrect. The justification for The Holy Father’s statement goes back to at least 500BC and the writing of the book of Exodus.

    When I was catechised as a child (which wasn’t yesterday) I was instructed that the seventh commandment (“Thou shalt not steal”) included within it a prohibition against all crimes against property (whether private or public property), and specifically vandalism. To willfully or negligently destroy property (even property held in common) is to deny others the right to enjoy their property, and is thereby theft.

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms precisely this point at item 2415: “The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present, and future humanity. Use of the mineral, vegetable, and animal resources of the universe cannot be divorced from respect for moral imperatives. Man’s dominion over inanimate and other living beings granted by the Creator is not absolute; it is limited by concern for the quality of life of his neighbour, including generations to come; it requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation.”

    November 18, 2019 at 9:48 am
    • editor


      I cannot believe that you are unaware of the fact that the Pope’s “concern” for the environment coincides with that of the United Nations – which institution, incredibly, the Pope calls on us to “obey” – i.e. he condones their pursuit of contraceptive methods and abortion to control the population in order to “save the planet.” I suggest, with all due respect, that being taught to respect the property of others and not to vandalise anything is some way off the craze for “saving the planet.” Maybe it’s just that I wasn’t as well catechised as your good self but I have always thought that the Church, popes, bishops and priests, were all about saving souls.

      In any event, it’s not WE who are saying the Pope is creating a “new sin” – he says it:

      [Pope Francis] recalled the Synod for the Panamazon Region, which proposed to define an act or omission against God, against one’s neighbour, the community and the environment, as “ecological sin”. [see Vatican News report linked above – emphasis added, inverted commas in the original.]

      Out of interest, Chris, since you didn’t appear on the Amazon Synod/worship of pagan goddess thread, what did you think of the Pope praying before the statue of a pagan “goddess”? Anything you can think of from Scripture to support that break with Tradition the First Commandment?

      November 18, 2019 at 10:56 am
      • Chris McLaughlin

        I’d rather not get into an argument with you, I’m just pointing out that the deliberate or negligent abuse of Creation is a sin against the seventh commandment. This idea it isn’t in any way novel, and was well enough known that it was formally set out in the Catechism almost thirty years (and two Popes) ago.

        For the record I am completely opposed to Greenism, as it is a form of idolatry which believes that man’s task is to serve the Earth, when precisley the reverse is the case. I also don’t trust many enviromentalist voices, who are often closet Marxists. It’s not for nothing they are often described as “watermelons” – green on the outside and red on the inside. However my agreement or disagreement with environmentalists is wholly irrelevant to the point I made, which is that the Pope did not, as you erroneously claim, invent a new sin. Rather he restated the established position of the Magisterium, albeit by introducing a new term “ecological sin”.

        In fact the quotation you refer to states precisley this, the definition of a new term, not the creation of a new sin. That’s what is meant by “proposed to define”. The term “ecological sin” may well be new (I don’t recall having heard it before), however the sinful behaviour to which it refers is not at all new.

        November 18, 2019 at 11:30 am
      • Laura

        Chris McLaughlin,

        I am no spring chicken, but I have never in my whole life been taught or heard any sermon saying that “the deliberate or negligent abuse of Creation is a sin against the seventh commandment.” I’ve still got a copy of my school catechism and it makes no mention at all of “creation” in the section on the 7th commandment.

        So, would you provide links to show that “the Catechism and two popes” formally set this out as a sin?

        I would also appreciate examples of how to confess this sin, since again there was no mention of this when I was being prepared for my first confession. What sorts of things would I do that are matter for confession? This is a serious question – I’m not having a go at you.

        November 18, 2019 at 1:23 pm
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        Laura am no spring Chicken Either and personally av never read the New Chatechism also personally I was Raised ( as probably you were ) to believe that wantent waste was a Sin .I remember being on a couple of all inclusive Holidays one in Particular stands out . Where we had our own tables and every night for 2 weeks these youngsters would pile their plates high with food and leave half of it for the Bin . I actually pulled them up about it but it was like talking to the wall . We as a generation of no spring chickens were brought up as i said where waste, especially waste of food was seldom seen. Their were no fat Kids in my class at School . When Francis had the youth Synod that’s when he should have introduced the Ecological Sin . Also though as one who worked in the Food Industry for many years the waste their was without a doubt Sinful. It’s one of the things that if am sometimes in my Daughters Home she will say that something is Out of Date and won’t eat it . I can assure you a Sell By Date really means nothing. We used to take out Packets of Food from Freezers that had gone by the Sell By Date repackage them and put them back into the Freezer again. Of course I don’t think that there is a Wastage of food among lots of Cardinals and Bishops especially when one sees how obese many of them are . As far though as Ecological Sins are concerned if one of course chooses to go down that route ,I would have thought that flying 100s of Amazonian Indians with all of that paraphernalia to Rome was some amount of waste. Then again maybe am just being Obtuse.

        November 18, 2019 at 3:09 pm
      • Christopher McLaughlin

        See the Catechism link below and scroll down to paragraph 2415:

        November 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm
      • editor


        There’s no mention of matter for confession in there. We were ALL taught that the account of God’s creation in Genesis reveals that we all have a duty to take good care of God’s creation but that’s a million miles away from saying “no more humans on the planet” and use contraception and abortion to limit the population” and if you don’t do so – you sin! And, by the way, that is definitely a novel way of interpreting the 7th Commandment. Check out any previous Catechism, including the key Catechism of the Council of Trent, and interpretation is limited to theft of property, fraud etc. Not a mention of “the environment” or “ecological sin” or any other such baloney. So, the NEW Catechism of the Catholic Church is not, I’m afraid, any use to you or us as concrete evidence of anything, except yet more evidence of how modernism, in various ways, has entered into the perceived teaching of the Church.

        Putting together what Pope Francis is saying on this subject – not least his exhortation to us to “obey the UN” (which is from whence the population control policy stems) it is clear that he is saying a heck of a lot more than what God Himself said in Genesis.

        If you think I am sinning by buying petrol cars and flying on planes when necessary (not to mention when I can afford) then please say so in words of one syllable, because it’s not something I’ve ever thought of including in my confession before.


        November 18, 2019 at 7:16 pm
      • Chris McLaughlin

        When the Catechism mentions a sinful activity, the need for confession is seldom explicity stated. It is taken as read that all sins should be confessed and repented of.

        The Catechism does not attempt to list every imaginable human behaviour and make a hypothetical judgement about them. What it does is to set out the principles by which such behaviour may be judged in general. Article 2415 states that we should “respect the integrity of creation” and that “Man’s dominion…is not absolute”. Or to put it another way, Man has dominion within certain limits of respect. In other words if we consume or exploit natural resources in a sustainable, reasonable, respectful way, with the minimum of impact upon others, that’s generally fine. If, on the other hand, we knowingly, deliberately, and selfishly waste these resources and selfishly harm the lives of others when it is possible to avoid doing so, then that is probably a sin against the seventh commandment and should be confessed.

        In your case, if you drive and fly only when necessary, then that is probably fine, particularly since there are comparatively few practical alternatives. However it is possible to imagine that in the very near future, zero emission vehicles which have far less impact on the environment will be as abundant and as cheap as combustion engine vehicles. When that day arrives, the situation would have to be re-assessed, and possibly another determination reached.

        November 19, 2019 at 10:05 am
      • editor


        I’m about to take my car and drive to one of the local supermarkets. I could get the bus. Don ‘t want to. Much easier to bring shopping home in car.

        Even in 2030, if I’m still here, I’ll drive my car “unnecessarily” for convenience. Ditto 2050 and any other daft date which the politicians pick for the end of the world scenario, assuming that their prediction about 2030 (11 years to “Armageddon”) – like every other prediction – doesn’t come true.

        However, I will NOT include any of that in my confession because I seem to recall Our Lord’s exhortation not to worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will take care of itself. Pope Francis clearly doesn’t agree with that.

        On the other hand, Christ specified – without ambiguity – that anyone who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery. Pope Francis, equally, doesn’t agree with that, either.

        Question: do YOU drive or fly “unnecessarily” Chris, or are you “obeying the United Nations”?

        PS I notice you still have not addressed my question about your (obvious) support for the Pope’s worship of the pagan “Mother Earth” goddess statue. Shocking. You appear to be placing your fidelity to this [dreadful] Pope above fidelity to the First Commandment. It’s going to be fun watching you papolatrists squirm when the next traditional pontiff comes along and condemns this one out of hand. What a dilemma for you, then! Who do you defend? The bad Pope Francis or the new, faithful Pope [Pius XIII !]

        November 19, 2019 at 10:48 am
      • westminsterfly

        Didn’t Cdl Schonborn help to draft the new Catechism? If so, what about all that waste of rubber for the balloons at his clown masses . . .
        Good video here of E Michael Jones giving some background history to Greta Thunberg’s disordered world view:

        November 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm
      • RCAVictor


        I thought Cdl. Schonborn was responsible for the “YouCat” version of the Catechism, but this link makes him a General Editor:

        I watched most of that video, and it is excellent, thank you for posting.

        November 20, 2019 at 6:07 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Yes he was the General Editor of the 1994 Catechism

        November 21, 2019 at 9:50 am
      • editor


        I am somewhat shocked at your statement that you would “rather not get into an argument with [me]” on the matter of the Pope praying before a statue of a pagan “goddess”. That is a clear enough statement that you think nothing wrong with the Pope’s participation in pagan worship and that within the Vatican itself.

        I am incredulous.

        November 18, 2019 at 7:22 pm
    • Frankier

      Chris McLaughlan

      We`ve been hearing about these “generations to come” for about the past fifty years now. Have I to turn my heating off when the weather is Baltic so that someone in the future can lie cosy in their beds beside their same sex partners?

      I don`t think you will have noticed, but these “GTCs” are already here and do you know what? I see them hammering past me regularly in their Gas Guzzlers on their way to the nearest airport or ferry terminal.

      I remember Cardinal O`Brien (God rest him) a few years ago advising people (the common five-eighth I would presume) to start thinking, like right away, about holidaying at home, before turning around and jumping on a plane with Alex Salmond. The next time I saw him was standing in a Paddy-Field (no, not in Ireland) for a Far East magazine photo shoot.

      Don`t do as I do, etc., comes to mind.

      November 18, 2019 at 5:41 pm
  • Patrick Healy

    Well thank you Chris for reminding us of our Catechism.
    So I looked it up.
    Nowhere could I find any reference to sins of (Carbon Dioxide) Emissions.
    I find many references to sins of Omission though. Perhaps you are mistaken.
    As CO2 is plant food to make our wonderful world green, and every warm blooded animal breaths it out, I consider it a gift from our God – not the pagan goddess Gaia who is head of the new eco religion.

    November 18, 2019 at 11:50 am
  • Faith of Our Fathers

    Come on Ed get with the Program. Common Rubbish in Black Bins except for Plastic Straws which by now we should all know is a Sin . Bottles and Cans including all Plastic Milk Bottles including the Tops in Green Bins . All Used Paper including Half of the Amazon Forest which must be distributed alone in my Town Every Week going by the Flyers for Tesco Asda Liddell and Uncle Tom Cobley and all Stores in Blue Bins . All Garden Rubbish . I.E. cut Grass Cut Trees Etc Etc along with Food Waste
    ( of which their is none in my Home ) which includes Banana Skins. Egg Shells. Orange Peelings . Apple Cores Etc . Now all of the above I observe rigorously as one doesn’t want to waste anything and I certainly wouldn’t want to get a Lecture from Little Greta who is now the Useless United Nations ( as far as am concerned) pin up Girl. My God I know that the Swedes’ aren’t renowned for their sense of humour but do they Really Deserve Her on Top of it . Actually as you said of Francis it had to come. Will he now though go after our Mining Ancestors you know those White Supremacists . Who worked 12 Hours a day in terrible conditions to start and to keep the Industrial Revolution going what next from this Man . He really is a Legend in his own lifetime. At least as far as my young days are concerned I have a free Ecological Conscience as 5 of us used to share the same Bath Water . As for the Priest above who said that ” That Mass was Banned Years Ago ” shame on him and he should be named these Men as we know are Wolves in Sheep Clothing. I thank God for our own Priest who says a TLMass every week. He also said to me that if a Catholic puts it in their Will that a TLRequiem Mass be said at their Funeral that that request has to be carried out . I would like hear your view on the Theological Law on this . The reason that he told me,was that someone in the Motherwell Diocese had died and requested a Latin Requiem Mass and he was asked to say it . Am sure though that that wouldn’t bother the said so called Priest above as he would just probably say that I am wrong.

    November 18, 2019 at 12:13 pm
  • editor


    I’m interrupting this thread to post the following request for prayers from Crofterlady…

    My brother, Dermot, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and my sister, Helen, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. There is presently no known prognosis for either. Both siblings left the Church many years ago and really do need prayers.

    Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick, pray for them.

    November 18, 2019 at 2:46 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      Lord watch over both of them . It was discovered that My Brother had lung cancer about 5 years ago . They removed half of his diseased lung and he was given the all clear . It came back again in the same lung and he was given extensive radiation treatment . Again thank God he is in remission. There are lots of negative things said about our NHS but the treatment he got was second to none . And there is a spiritual story about how they discovered the Cancer at the first stage of which is too long to go into. Just let’s say it was one of those things that if one didn’t believe in God would have been called a coincidence.

      November 18, 2019 at 3:20 pm
  • Theresa Rose


    Be assured of my prayers for both your brother Dermot, and, your sister Helen.

    Have just come across this article.

    Endorsing abortion? The Vatican should be upholding the Catholic faith instead of helping and promoting the murder of unborn children.

    November 18, 2019 at 3:57 pm
  • RCAVictor

    I’ve been making my way through a book called “Commentaries on Private Prophecy,” by Yves DuPont. This from the visions of Ven. Anna-Katarina Emmerick:

    June 1, 1821 “Among the strangest things that I saw, were long processions of Bishops. Their thoughts and utterances were made known to me through images issuing from their mouths. Their faults towards religion were shown by external deformities. A few had only a body, with a dark cloud of fog instead of a head. Others had only a head, their bodies and hearts were like thick vapours. Some were lame, others were paralytics, others were asleep or staggering.” “I saw what I believe to be nearly all the Bishops of the world, but only a small number were perfectly sound. I also saw the Holy Father, – God-fearing and prayerful. Nothing left to be desired in his appearance, but he was weakened by old age and by much suffering. His head was swaying from one shoulder to the other, and it dropped onto his chest as if he were falling asleep. He often fainted and seemed to be dying. But when he was praying he was often comforted by apparitions from Heaven. Then, his head was erect; but as soon as it dropped again onto his chest, I saw a number of people looking quickly right and left, that is, in the direction of the world.” “Then, I saw that everything that pertained to Protestantism was gradually gaining the upper hand, and the Catholic religion fell into complete decadence. Most priests were lured by the glittering but false knowledge of young schoolteachers,and they all contributed to the work of destruction.” “In those days, Faith will fall very low, and it will be preserved in some places only, in a few cottages and in a few families which God has protected from disasters and wars.”

    November 18, 2019 at 5:16 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      As you know I’m not a fan of these private prophecies, even those from Ven Catherine Emmerich. I just see no need for them given what we are witnessing with our own eyes. Clearly, she was not describing Papa Francis in that “God-fearing and prayerful Holy Father” remark…

      Now, if someone had foretold the coming of YouTube with film of the Pope and Bishops promoting a pagan “goddess” within the Vatican – that would have caught my attention 😀

      November 18, 2019 at 7:26 pm
      • RCAVictor


        I don’t think she was describing Francis either, or even Benedict, for that matter, but I posted that because I thought it was a startlingly accurate description of the state of the modern hierarchy and the Church,

        November 18, 2019 at 10:13 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        I understand the rationale but I just find these private revelations a distraction. Fatima, a public prophetic revelation, is in a unique category and I think it is sufficient for these times, not least because it is coming true, daily, before our eyes.

        If you could see the number of emails I receive with various alleged private revelations (and I know Catherine Emmerich is in a different category again) you would appreciate my decision to simply stick with what I know to be true and avoid wasting time on the rest, especially when they require quite a bit of interpretation…

        It’s for good reason, surely, that St Paul tells us to avoid seeking signs and wonders…

        November 19, 2019 at 11:02 am
  • crofterlady

    Thanks to all who are offering prayers as I don’t think that most of the LARGE family will even think of it.😢

    November 18, 2019 at 7:44 pm
    • Josephine


      Your siblings are also in my prayers, especially that they make their peace with God before he calls them.

      November 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm
  • Lionel

    In the Vatican it is no longer the testimony of the Faith nor the salvation of souls that preoccupy them, but the instrumentalization of the Church institution for exclusively political purposes.
    I fear that we are witnessing a widespread apostasy.

    November 18, 2019 at 11:42 pm
    • editor


      Even the modernist Pope John Paul II said we were experiencing, what he termed “a silent apostasy” in Europe. No more silent! It’s screaming from the rooftops!

      November 19, 2019 at 11:05 am
  • editor


    This is a very personal request for prayers for a member of my extended family.

    My niece has just returned from a hospital appointment with her 14 year old son, Anthony, who suffers from a back condition. This is worsening and the Consultant has said that Anthony needs to have an operation as soon as possible.

    My niece is keen for this request for prayers to be published – she is very strong in the Faith – but asks that those of you who know Anthony are discreet when you meet him at Mass etc.

    Please pray very hard for him…

    Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick, pray for him…

    November 19, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    • Petrus

      Some bloggers may not know, but Anthony is my youngest daughter’s godfather. He is a wonderful role model for my three sons too. We will add him to our Rosary.

      May St Anthony and Archbishop Lefebvre pray for him.

      November 19, 2019 at 3:34 pm
      • editor


        Thank you very much. Anthony has strong Faith – he loves the Faith and reads lives of saints etc avidly. He has been reading a book about Purgatory and says it has helped him loads.

        He is a beautiful boy – I love him to bits, so thank you sincerely for your promise of prayers both here and by email.

        God bless

        November 19, 2019 at 4:24 pm
    • Lionel

      I shall pray at your intention.
      Please, be assured of my closeness in this event LD

      November 19, 2019 at 4:08 pm
      • editor


        Thank you – Anthony has been on the Chartres Pilgrimage and LOVED it; he has been in Notre Dame cathedral and says he is so glad he was there before the fire.

        Your prayers appreciated.

        November 19, 2019 at 4:25 pm
    • crofterlady

      Be assured of my prayers for young Anthony, a dear boy.

      November 19, 2019 at 4:24 pm
      • editor


        Thank you for your promise of prayers and be assured, your siblings continue to be remembered in mine, for what they are worth.

        November 19, 2019 at 4:26 pm
      • Elizabeth

        My prayers too for your delightful nephew, and for his mum and his great aunt who must be worried too.

        November 19, 2019 at 4:31 pm
  • RCAVictor

    The latest issue of my Diocesan newspaper contained this news brief, apparently a result of the Amazon Synod, which somehow escaped the attention of us traditionalists:

    “…Pope Francis restructured several dioceses in the Brazilian Amazon to better address the needs of local Catholics…” The Diocese of Belem de Para was cut in half to create a new Archdiocese of Santarem; Francis also divided the territorial prelature of Xingu and erected two new ecclesiastical regions (I’m summarizing)

    This action was to address the challenges of “large dioceses with few resources to minister to Catholics in remote areas.”

    Thank you, Pope Francis, for addressing the needs of Catholics instead of trying to legitimize pagan idol worship…but one wonders, if the original dioceses/prelatures were short on resources, how these new regions will be staffed. Or was this a move to create a handy platform for women deaconesses and the infamous vir probati?

    November 19, 2019 at 3:57 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor

      I note that there is no specific examples of how the “restructuring” is to be conducted.

      “Father Mary of the Ever-burning Lamp” to oversee 10 parishes with “Father Jane of the NEVER-burning lamp” to oversee another 10?

      November 19, 2019 at 4:28 pm
      • RCAVictor


        That’s way too gender-specific……

        November 19, 2019 at 6:39 pm
      • Michaela

        RCA Victor,

        Or is it “dual-gender”? Have I just created a whole new category in the “trans” world, LOL!

        November 19, 2019 at 7:15 pm
      • RCAVictor


        The other day I was at a meeting at a coffee shop whose bathroom sign read “All Genders,” with the accompanying symbols.

        I keep wondering, have we reached the bottom of the barrel, or is there even more ludicrous and perverse politically correct insanity to come? If we surrender to this, what will the next demand be?

        November 24, 2019 at 11:00 pm
  • crofterlady

    Word fail me regarding this pope, they really do. I suspect the Church is in free fall now and only Christ can save it. I think it’s humanly impossible although we must do our bit, so to speak.

    November 19, 2019 at 4:28 pm
  • Cbucket

    “Whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad.”

    Perhaps they should replace the Act of Contrition with the Hypocritic (sic) Oath.

    “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin” – the writing is clearly on the wall.

    November 20, 2019 at 5:57 am
  • John

    Well said Michael Matt this video should be seen by every Catholic!

    November 21, 2019 at 11:27 am
  • Elizabeth

    Just watched this very sobering and heartfelt video. Powerful indeed. I pray that even if Francis does not see it, it will be seen and reflected upon by many bishops and clergy. Thank God for Michael Matt a true and faithful Catholic.

    November 21, 2019 at 12:08 pm
  • crofterlady

    I’m delighted to tell you all that my sister, Helen, has been given the all clear. Deo gratias! Still awaiting news from my brother, Dermot. Thanks for all your prayers!

    November 24, 2019 at 7:18 pm
    • Josephine


      That is great news about your sister. Thanks be to God! I will continue to pray for Dermot and hope the same good news comes for him, as well, soon.

      November 24, 2019 at 11:09 pm
  • westminsterfly December 4, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    • editor


      Priceless. Some of us will be in the confessional for a very long time from now on!

      December 4, 2019 at 3:11 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Hopefully now those who use contraception – either barrier methods (using up latex – all those rubber plantations) or oral contraception – will now confess this grave sin – as it’s a grave eco-sin as well because both damage the environment – particularly oral contraceptives as it has been shown that estrogens which are excreted into the environment interfere with the endocrine systems of both humans and animals:-

        December 4, 2019 at 3:35 pm
      • editor


        A brilliant point! Let’s see if wee Greta campaigns on that one…

        A little later…

        I Googled “environmental blogs” and emailed the link to the first one to appear on the list. If I ever receive a reply – highly unlikely – I’ll report back…

        December 4, 2019 at 11:21 pm
      • westminsterfly

        I’ve also e-mailed and sent the info to the ‘Catholic’ Ecological Conversion Group mentioned in the Telegraph article. One day later, no reply. Will keep you posted on that one . . .

        December 5, 2019 at 12:12 pm
  • westminsterfly

    I just got a reply from the ECG – please see below:-

    Thank you for your email and apologies in the delay. The launch of our campaign has meant i am now catching up on emails.

    The environmental issue of hormonal birth control is a well noted but under discussed issue. I remember studying it at university as part of my Biology degree ten years ago. I would trust Human Life International to present factual information.

    The ECG is a catholic lay run group, adhering to church doctrine and commits to promoting catholic values such as natural family planning.

    “Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away”. Laudato Si

    Many thanks for your question.

    December 11, 2019 at 4:05 pm
    • editor


      Then why did they not include those “views” on their website?

      December 11, 2019 at 6:57 pm

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