General Discussion (17)…

General Discussion (17)…

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Comments (501)

  • editor

    Breaking news…

    Bill and Melinda Gates have announced that they are to divorce, after 27 years of marriage.

    Another “devout Catholic” in the Joe Biden mould…

    May 3, 2021 at 11:09 pm
    • gabriel syme


      I saw that – typically, the Gates have to broadcast it to the world.

      Bill must be weak at the knees thinking of what this is going to cost him. It would probably be much cheaper to have Melinda assassinated! Haha! 🙂

      More seriously, this is made all the more sad given that – as very rich people – they do not have the same pressures and worries of ordinary people and so they had much more time and opportunity to work on making their marriage a success.

      May 11, 2021 at 9:24 am
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        Yes, it goes to show that money really can’t buy happiness – still, I’d like to test the theory!

        Speculation was soon quashed as to whether or not they’d had a pre-nuptial agreement – evidently not.

        However, they had another kind of agreement. From the beginning, Melinda agreed that Bill would [continue to] spend one long weekend once a year with his ex-girlfriend (how “ex” seems obvious!) Of course, whether or not that had the connotations which “girlfriend” has these days, is – at least, and to be fair – slightly questionable.

        May 11, 2021 at 10:17 am
      • RCAVictor

        E & GS,

        I’ll be interested to see if Melinda starts to distance herself from the crimes against humanity being perpetrated by her ex. Yes, for some strange reason I woke up in an optimistic mood this morning…

        As for said ex, I think he should be arrested and force-vaccinated.

        May 11, 2021 at 3:36 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Look at this disgraceful nonsense from the shabby individuals masquerading as Catholic clergy in Germany:

    They betray the fact that have not a scrap of Catholicism within them, and the Vatican should respond accordingly. Surely there must be some response: silence will only confirm the strong impression that there is no discipline nor functioning authority in the modern Church.

    Everything about the faux-Church in Germany stinks. Look at the images in the article, who would ever guess these are being presented as Catholic environments?

    Eager to protect their obscenely high income, the Germans think they are being “right on” and that this rubbish will bring people flocking back eager to pay their Church taxes.

    But the fools don’t realise that people will see that (here) the Church is just following secular society and offers nothing that people can not already have from the world. And so if anything, this will accelerate decline.

    The article does contain some cheer however, in that it seems these events have been a real flop.

    The biggest attendance mentioned was 130, while others were only a few dozen. “modest numbers” (i.e counting on one hand) were reported elsewhere.

    This probably means that there was little interest among the main body of the lay people.

    I have been to a couple of small SSPX Chapels in Germany, (Trier and Hagstedt), places you could drive past 10 times without realising they are present. But they are present, and it is within them that real Catholicism endues in the German wasteland.

    May 11, 2021 at 9:08 am
  • gabriel syme

    There is good news (in Scotland) in that a sung Latin Mass is to be offered at Carfin Grotto on Friday 4th June this year.

    It is the votive Mass of the Sacred Heart.

    There is a rosary and confessions at 7pm, followed by the mass at 7.30pm.

    The intention is that the Mass will be outdoors to ensure no covid cap on numbers. However, if there is poor weather, the Mass will move inside St Francis Xavier’s Church meaning numbers will be capped at 120.

    The potential cap is not the fault of the organisers, (Una Voce Scotland), but is imposed by the Scottish Bishops – as per all Diocesan Churches – to satisfy the Scottish Government.

    I hope many people will support this initiative, as it is a good opportunity to show the strength of support for the traditional Mass in Scotland, especially at such a prominent venue.

    Interested parties have to register at the link below, and each separate household must register separately.

    Please support this worthy event if possible!

    I am sure the organisers must have worked hard to make this possible and so deserve credit and support.

    I am genuinely amazed that this has been allowed in such a prominent venue.

    A few years ago, Michael Voris tried to hold an event at Carfin Grotto and was sent packing! (He ended up being allowed to use the facilities of the Holy Ghost Fathers across the road).

    May 14, 2021 at 8:29 pm
    • Laura

      Gabriel Syme,

      I share your pleasure that the Latin Mass has come to the Grotto, but why are they complying with the restrictions? The traditional Mass attending Catholics that I know just won’t go to any parish where the restrictions are imposed, the track and trace stuff, the cap on numbers etc. So it will be interesting to find out how many attend.

      May 16, 2021 at 5:26 pm
    • Laura

      Wendy Walker,

      Can it get any worse?!! The Catholic Church needs a Muslim prosecutor to stamp out child abuse! I can’t believe it. These bishops are shameless.

      May 16, 2021 at 5:23 pm
  • editor

    As is our custom, when we reach around 500 comments, I close the GD thread and open a fresh one. Here is the link to the new current General Discussion.

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to this thread, which is now closed to comments.

    May 25, 2021 at 8:20 pm

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