Layman writes to the Scottish Bishops…

Layman writes to the Scottish Bishops…

June 7, 2020

Dear Bishops of Scotland,

I am writing to respectfully upbraid all of you in the Scottish hierarchy for abandoning Christ’s flock during this Covid-19 pandemic, which, as statistical evidence is now increasingly proving, was never a serious health threat to the majority of Scotland’s 5.5 million population, or indeed any other population.

Nowhere in the annals of Church history, even through periods of war and plague, is there another example of Catholic prelates ordering a national suspension of public Masses and devotions under any pretext.

On the contrary, in times of crisis the Catholic hierarchy has always led the way with faith in God’s providence, a supernatural faith that compelled popes and bishops to order a redoubling of the public prayers of the Church, especially the Mass, as per the wisdom of the saints.

Your response to Covid-19, however, is a departure from that faith and wisdom of Tradition, hardly surprising given decades of spiritual decay in the Church since Vatican II, but shocking nonetheless.

By allying with a secularist State authority, even pre-empting its unlawful “Lockdown” suppression of civil liberties by closing chapels before the evil was mandated by legislative order, you have effectively consented to the relegation of the Catholic religion to “non-essential” status in society, which, by default, exalts human endeavour above divine assistance and the health of the body above that of the immortal soul.

In other words, your collusion with the State in its totalitarian power grab represents a capitulation to the enemies of the Church and of society (Communists, Freemasons, etc.), who have long sought to supplant the supernatural order established by Christ our King with the secular order of “the prince of this world”, a new order with a new Saviour of mankind whose doctrine is human reason (science) and naturalism (materialism).

To appraise you of your utter foolishness in furthering this subversion by validating government and media propaganda in respect to Covid-19, which is geopolitically-motivated, I offer the following indisputable evidence.

At the time of writing, official Scottish government statistics place the death toll of those who tested positive for the virus at around 2,400. That number equates to a tiny 0.04% of the Scottish population and would doubtless be lower yet had post mortem examinations not been suspended for the duration along with the standard requirement for a second doctor to verify cause of death.

Of this relatively small number of deaths at least 50% have been elderly people locked down in care homes while the remaining 50% have generally succumbed as a result of compromised immune systems. In fine, these deaths could occur even with seasonal flu, which, you may have noticed, has gone on vacation this year!

Exactly the same can be said of the UK as a whole in which 39,000 deaths from a population of 66 million equates to a comparatively minuscule percentage, a fact exemplified by 40% of acute NHS hospital beds currently lying empty for the first time in decades.

Evidently these official statistics are not remotely suggestive of the plague upon us and certainly do not justify the draconian measures taken by the government and supported by you prelates of the Church.

If further evidence were required to demonstrate that the present imposition of the Beijing method to treat the Chinese virus is geopolitical in nature, i.e., a new Communist totalitarianism which is perfectly consistent with the Message and Third Secret of Fatima, then the following information should prove conclusive for those who have eyes to see.

On May 11, Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, while addressing the press during the daily Downing Street Covid-19 briefing, declared quite clearly that “…for most people Covid-19 is harmless…” This statement ties in perfectly with the official statistics I have quoted.

As for “Lockdown”, which a recent Fox News report suggested is in accord with the Chinese government’s strategy to undermine Western economies, the instigator is one Professor Neil Ferguson of University College London whose mathematical “model” on Covid-19, predicting apocalyptic death rates of 520,000 in the UK and 2.2 million in the U.S., is said to have turned both governments from their initial “herd immunity” policy to legislative tyranny and economic suicide.

You will doubtless be aware that Professor Ferguson recently resigned as advisor to the UK government when it was revealed that he had twice broken the lockdown rules he insisted the rest of us must strictly follow.

What you may not be so familiar with, however, is Professor Ferguson’s 20-year history of presenting irresponsible, even reckless, virus models to government.

In 2001, for example, his predictions on Foot and Mouth disease resulted in the slaughter of 6.5 million healthy animals, a mass culling that cost the country £10 billion and devastated rural Britain.

In 2002 he predicted 150,000 dead in the UK from BSE, yet only 177 died. Again, in 2005, he predicted 200 million dead globally from Bird Flu and only 18,500 died. And again, in 2009, he predicted 65,000 dead in the UK from Swine Flu and only 275 died.

Is it any wonder, then, that the man has no faith in his own predictions, breaking lockdown twice to meet with his left wing activist mistress, a married mother of two? The same question can be asked of Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer and of senior UK government adviser Dominic Cummings, both of whom broke lockdown rules because they know them to be useless in controlling a viral outbreak that now appears to have started earlier and spread wider than first believed, a revelation that confirms the relative harmlessness of this virus for the majority of the population.

Speaking of lost faith, I return to where I began, to a comparison of your response to this virus with the historical response of the Church’s hierarchy in times of real plague. what is absolutely clear from such a comparison is that the supernatural virtue of faith was far stronger then than now, inspiring Popes and prelates to place their trust in divine providence rather than in secular politicians and science.

Those were the days when Christ Crucified was boldly preached to fallen humanity, when the evils of the world, the devil and the flesh were zealously exposed and opposed; whether religious heresies, public immoralities or abuse of State power to the detriment of Christian society.

Since the fateful Vatican II with its “new humanism”, to quote Pope Paul VI, this faith has gradually given place to the principles of the French Revolution, a false liberalism that accommodates rather than accuses “the Prince of this world”, a tragedy that Paul VI recognised and lamented as “the smoke of Satan in the Church”.

Hence today there are no heresies to be fought, no immoralities to be condemned, no false religions to be challenged, no ancient rite of the Mass at high altar to impede ecumenism, no kneeling to receive Holy Communion on the tongue to strengthen belief in, and reverence for, the Blessed Sacrament, no mention of the infallible dogma Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus or of the doctrines on Hell and purgatory, etc., not a single element of Traditional teaching and practice left undiluted or silenced.

Everything from the post-conciliar re-ordering of churches and the Mass to the new Socialist doctrines on climate change, migration, social injustice, religious pluralism and a subjective moral embracing of those living on the “peripheries”, that is, the divorced and remarried, active homosexuals, unmarried couples and others who demand repentance-free “inclusion”, is indicative of a 5-decade shift in the Church from God-centred worship to man-centred worship.

And now complete subordination of the Church as a “non essential” entity within the State, like a social works institution to be closed down on a whim and without a whimper of objection. Well did a certain venerable prelate observe of this tragedy in our time: “The martyrs sacrificed their lives for the faith, now they sacrifice the faith.

And what are the bitter fruits of this Conciliar “reform”, this “new humanism”? They are precisely what one would expect from the “Smoke of Satan” having obscured the teaching of the Church: vocations have dried up, seminaries, religious houses and chapels have closed in their thousands (including all 5 seminaries in Scotland), proselytising, especially through the missions, is outlawed, millions have apostatised from the faith, Catholic politicians publicly offend against the Church’s moral teaching with impunity while governments likewise boldly legislate against the Commandments of God and the Christian family, etc.

If this is the “progressive” “New Pentecost” of Vatican II, then we can assuredly declare that humanity has progressed all the way back to its pagan past when brutal State atheism ruled and religion was a worthless subordinate trinket available in multiple choices.

The sickness you prelates should be concerned about is this spiritual sickness in the Church caused by Modernist “poison having been injected into her very veins”, to quote St. Pius X, the death toll from which is numbered in immortal souls, each one more precious to God than the whole of Creation.

I make no apology for the length of this letter as it was necessary to counter well-orchestrated propaganda in relation to Covid-19 while laying out in some kind of chronological order how the Church has come to appear like an accomplice in the present falsehood.

Though forthright, I have written to you as a subordinate to his superiors, in charity and in hope after the example of St. Paul who publicly “resisted” a wayward St. Peter “to his face”.

I urge you to please reflect on your actions thus far with a view to a radical change in direction from apparent spiritual indifference to a bold re-establishing of the Church’s supernatural faith and divine authority, bearing in mind that the state of the world at any given time is a reflection of the health or otherwise of the Church, which is the world’s moral compass.

There is no question in my mind that when Pope John XXIII figuratively opened the windows of the Church with a Council that was supposed to be merely pastoral in nature, “to let in some fresh air”, a doctrinal/liturgical hurricane entered instead and wrecked the House of God.

What has since been presented as the faith of the saints and martyrs is a shadow of what once was, the mustard seed instead of the great tree. Indeed, such has been the timidity and human respect in the post-conciliar hierarchy, so silent before the world and its falsehoods, as to represent less a “New Pentecost” than a return of the Apostles to the fear of the Cenacle prior the first and true Pentecost.

Well, it’s time to open your eyes, dear bishops, and see the devastation around you. The Church is in crisis and the world is rapidly heading to Hell in a handcart, deprived, as it has been for decades, of any meaningful Catholic voice to slow the decline. What is urgently required now is a fearless restoration of all things in Christ and an end to the hand washing abdication of duty exemplified by Pilate. Salvation is not by Socialist Catholicism but by Supernatural Catholicism.

May the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady obtain for you the grace to see the present spiritual chastisement, this universal revolt against God in our time which lies at the heart of the Third Secret of Fatima, as well as the resolution to act swiftly and definitively to end it.

With this hope and prayer, I enclose with my correspondence a copy of the June 7 letter of Archbishop Vigano to President Trump because it is intrinsically linked to everything I have stated regarding Vatican II “reform” and the apocalyptic crisis it has created in both the Church and the world in our time.

You will see in his letter that Archbishop Vigano speaks clearly of taking sides today, more than at any other time, either as children of the light resisting present evils or as children of darkness tolerating them.

In respect to the latter, two maxims came to mind. One was: “Evil abounds because good men do nothing”. The other was “Only dead fish flow with the current”. I recommend you reflect on them as I often do when thinking of my judgment and eternal destiny.

Respectfully yours in the most Holy Trinity
Martin Blackshaw    

Comment: 

At the time of this writing, Martin has received only two replies; Bishop McGee (Argyll and the Isles)  and Bishop  Robson (Dunkeld) have responded.  Thus, we feel the letter ought to be placed in the public forum. 

It’s an excellent letter and should have resulted in grateful replies to the author, with promises to think deeply about the issues raised. Given the nature of the crisis through which Catholics are living today, however, we know that this is something of a fond hope.

All the more reason, then, that we all redouble our prayers for the graces necessary for the Pope to obey Our Lady’s Fatima request for the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, the urgency of which various bishops elsewhere are now acknowledging. 

Share your thoughts about Martin’s superb letter. His zeal is self-evident, writing to priests and bishops, always courteously, in the pursuit of building the Faith – in fact, he’s probably  now written more letters than did St Paul !  Indeed, his letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the subject of the lockdown and changing nature of Government is published in the current edition of our newsletter, available to read on our website.  So, if he’s motivated you to write a few lines to your bishop, let us know – that’s what we need; more and more members of the faithful to prod the consciences of the clergy, priests and bishops. Most bishops, if not all, can be contacted by email via their websites these days.  Over to you!  

Comments (139)

  • gabriel syme

    A great letter from Martin and one which deserved much more than just 2 replies .

    Bishops really ought to be bound to engage with every letter, replying at least once – otherwise its hard to avoid the suggestion that they think they are unaccountable and above question (not to mention rude). I suppose that, in Pope Francis, they have an excellent example of someone who thinks like that.

    Yes, they have a position of authority – but a good application of authority is one which listens when appropriate and engages with those people under the authority.

    The Bishops have really made a mess of this virus scare, because they have sought primarily to please politicians rather than care for their flocks.

    The last thing the mainstream Church – more a house of cards than a mighty fortress – needed was to broadcast a message that access to the sacraments is really not that important.

    I wait with baited breath to see how many people actually return to the Diocesan Churches when this is eventually all over.

    I had one funny thought – we can console ourselves that, even with all the restrictive rules in place, at least going to confession in the Diocese will be unaffected in terms of more queues (almost no-one goes anyway!).

    I was talking to a friend recently, who said he was very disappointed that each diocese did not seek to purchase at least one protective suit (maybe something akin to a HAZMAT suit) for use in emergencies, so that people might still have received the last rites etc.

    No doubt such things are expensive, but I am sure rich Catholics or a fundraiser would have helped fund it. Possible organisations or the military would have donated or loaned items, in response to an appeal.

    June 16, 2020 at 11:01 pm
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      What your friend clearly doesn’t realise is that there was / is no need for any kind of protective suit. The whole thing has been hyped up and it’s beyond ridiculous that people are so afraid that they’d cover themselves from head to toe in that way. Completely crackers.

      June 16, 2020 at 11:15 pm
      • gabriel syme

        Editor,

        I completely agree about the over-hyping of the situation.

        Re a protective suit – rather than to actually be protective, I understood his meaning as being that no-one could reasonably deny a priest access to a hospital if so attired.

        But you are right, everyone knows it is OTT. We are supposed to wear masks at the shops, only small minority do.

        There is reality, and then there is Sturgeon’s waffle and TV adverts.

        June 16, 2020 at 11:54 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        Yes, I understand your friend’s thinking – and that is what is instinctive, to try to co-operate as best we can, but I’m now thinking it’s a huge mistake.

        From now on, I think we need to be on red alert waiting for the second wave of totalitarianism and then say “Nope!”

        June 17, 2020 at 6:11 pm
    • Athanasius

      Gabriel Syme

      I had to laugh at the HAZMAT suit suggestion, it threw up some interesting pictures in my mind. Best not talk about it too much or some ultra revolutionary priest might replace his vestments with one.

      Seriously, though, you’re right about the bishops not responding to people’s letters. I suppose it’s one of the tragedies of our time that pride reigns everywhere, even at the highest levels in the Church, like a throwback to the Pharisees of Our Lord’s time. They simply view lay people who write with concerns as inferior and insolent human beings worthy only of silent contempt. Tragic but true.

      I should clarify again that two of the eight bishops did respond, albeit with little more than an acknowledgement of having received my letter. So we can say that two of our eight bishops at least have basic good manners.

      June 17, 2020 at 12:02 am
    • Frankier

      Gabriel

      It’s funny how the checkout operators in supermarkets or cramped Spar shops, or even the binmen and postmen, don’t need the Hazmats.

      I don’t know many churches where the congregation is within ten metres of the priest, far less two, during the service. As for confession, we could always go
      to the front door and use the letterbox or, as allegedly happened in a village in Ireland, shout your sins up a lane.

      They could even make it safer by reverting back to the past and have their backs to the congregation.

      June 17, 2020 at 12:43 am
  • RCAVictor

    I think we ought to cast a wider net than just the Bishops. Bishops never make decisions by themselves: they all have “advisers.” So the question here would be: who are the advisers to the Scottish Bishops? Are they all a bunch of secular lawyers? Representatives of far-left umbrella groups like the World Council of Churches? Yes-men controlled by pressure groups?

    These people need to be outed, as they say among the “tolerant and inclusive” crowd.

    June 16, 2020 at 11:37 pm
    • Miles Immaculatae

      RCA,

      Secular lawyers will play a big part in advising them. Novus Ordo clergy are paranoid these days.

      June 16, 2020 at 11:48 pm
    • gabriel syme

      RCA Victor,

      Apparently a lot of the lay advisers close to the Bishops (esp +Tartaglia, the head of the Bishops Conference) are very much “in bed” with the ruling SNP party.

      (as are the Bishops themselves).

      I do not doubt that this unhealthy and very much one-way and unequal relationship is directly connected to our current situation of closed Churches and silent Bishops.

      June 16, 2020 at 11:56 pm
    • Athanasius

      RCAVictor

      I don’t know who the bishops have to advise them but I will say that they’re the ones who are supposed to advise and guide because they’re the shepherds, even if superficially.

      June 17, 2020 at 12:04 am
      • editor

        Athanasius, Gabriel Syme, Miles Immaculate, RCA Victor,

        The Bishops’ Spokesman, Peter Kearney, has publicly supported the SNP.

        Absolutely incredible.

        And if you all remember, some editions ago, we published a front page report about Nicola Sturgeon’s invitation to speak on the subject of … Catholic schools! Which, of course, she praised to the skies, and why wouldn’t she? They’re spreading her evil policies on sex education and more than happy to do so – the Bishops expressed their delight in having LGBT+ “rights” embedded (that’s the word) in the curriculum.

        You truly could not make this stuff up.

        June 17, 2020 at 9:05 am
      • Athanasius

        Editor

        These are all symptoms of the same lost faith and the deep spiritual crisis in the Church, right up to the highest levels. It’s also symptomatic of a certain drop in educational standards in our time. So much religious illiteracy, they don’t even know about the Church’s consistent condemnation of Communism in all its guises, including Socialism. As pius XI said: “One cannot be at the same time Catholic and Socialist”. In terms of Socialism, they don’t get more culturally Marxist than the SNP and that puts Mr. Kearney against the teaching of the Church and, by default, against Our Lord Himself.

        June 17, 2020 at 11:03 am
      • RCAVictor

        Editor,

        In other words, your Scottish Bishops are just a chapter of the SNP…

        June 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm
      • gabriel syme

        Editor,

        Your mention of Peter Kearney made me think it has been a while since I looked at the website of the Scottish Catholic Media Office (SCMO). Mr Kearney is, or was, the head of that organisation.

        I was surprised to find that its website does not work any more and instead displays an “account suspended” message.

        Has the SCMO become defunct?

        I wonder if its responsibility have been rolled into the Catholic Parliamentary Office remit? (The Parliamentary office now seems to feature much “news” as well).

        June 17, 2020 at 10:52 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        Snap! I found that same “Account Suspended” message earlier today when I visited the SCMO website. I then emailed the webmaster to ask if this were a temporary blip or what. No reply, so far. So, your guess is as good as mine.

        And apologies yet again – your posts seem now to go routinely into moderation. It’s really annoying, but be assured I do check as often as I can and release such posts as soon as I see them. Anyway, yours are always worth waiting for 😀

        June 17, 2020 at 11:55 pm
  • Sarah

    Today I saw a horrific video on social media about the planned reopening of Scotland’s chapels. I was stunned at what I saw and the lengths the bishops are going to to put people off visiting. It’s like they want people to stop practicing.

    June 17, 2020 at 8:13 pm
  • Lily

    Sarah,

    Would you post a link to that video – there’s nothing on YouTube.

    I wouldn’t think they’re trying to make people stop practising, they’re already not practising, LOL!

    June 17, 2020 at 8:29 pm
    • saraht1973

      Lily I can’t work out how to do it. If you visit Sancta Familia it might be there.

      June 17, 2020 at 8:41 pm
      • editor

        Sarah,

        Thank you for this alert. I presume this is the (disgraceful) video to which you refer… Ironically, I’ll be posting a new thread on the topic of the crackpot “stay safe” message later, to which I see the Catholic hierarchy in Scotland has added the even more ludicrous exhortation to “pray safe”. Crazy people.

        June 17, 2020 at 8:52 pm
      • saraht1973

        That’s the video. I couldn’t believe my eyes!

        June 17, 2020 at 8:58 pm
      • editor

        Well, Sarah, I’m afraid I can believe it all too easily. And if you were to follow this blog, you’d soon be in a position to play catch-up where absolutely nothing that happens in the Church in Scotland today will surprise you. And not much that happens elsewhere – especially the Vatican – will surprise you either. Very sad to say.

        Thank you again, for this alert.

        June 17, 2020 at 9:03 pm
      • Lily

        Goodness, that really is a statement of faith, isn’t it – a lack of it!

        “Pray safe” – no instructions on how to do that, LOL!

        June 17, 2020 at 9:06 pm
      • Laura

        This is Matt Hancock, the UK Health Secretary breaking the social distancing rule in Parliament. If they can’t keep the rule in Parliament, how are we expected to keep the rule in a church? The camera doesn’t lie, LOL!
        https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/matt-hancock-caught-on-video-failing-to-social-distance-in-house-of-commons/ar-BB15CHjf?ocid=spartan-ntp-feeds

        June 17, 2020 at 10:24 pm
      • Athanasius

        Sarah and Lily

        Our Lord’s words come to mind here: “He who tries to save his life will lose it…” The bishops exhibit more and more a lack of supernatural faith.

        June 17, 2020 at 10:27 pm
      • Theresa Rose

        Lily,

        I agree that this statement is saying “lack of faith”. How sad that Priests and Deacons have fallen to this level.

        The “Stay safe” needs no explanation. But, “Pray safe”? I would like an explanation for that, but I doubt that will not be forthcoming.

        June 17, 2020 at 11:13 pm
  • francescomarta

    Athanasius

    An amazing letter!

    June 17, 2020 at 10:49 pm
    • Athanasius

      Francescomarta

      Thank you. I wish the bishops would say that!

      June 17, 2020 at 11:38 pm
      • editor

        Athanasius,

        Except in the case of a prisoner, legally, and I quote from the first legal source that came to hand: When any person is accused of a crime, or charged with any fact, and he does not deny it, in general, the presumption is very strong that the charge is correct.

        We can take it, then, that, being unable to answer the charges you make in your letter, the Bishops are, in fact, admitting the truth of what you have written. Seems obvious to me…

        Mind you, I’m not always right about everything… Not always

        https://i.pinimg.com/originals/51/93/67/51936719bfceade6a63b89a147355cf2.jpg

        June 17, 2020 at 11:50 pm
      • Athanasius

        Editor

        Good point. St. Thomas More said something similar, albeit under different circumstances, though not that different. He said “Silence according to law betokens consent”.

        Mind you, it could just be that the majority of the bishops think me insolent and worthy only of contempt. That would indeed be a tragic train of thought for them to have.

        June 18, 2020 at 12:15 am
      • editor

        Athanasius,

        Well, I suspect that, at least in some cases, and for some reason Archbishop Tartaglia springs to mind, there will be a very deep-seated acceptance of the truth of what you have written. A combination of things – the collegiality nonsense, years of decay, the inability to say “I / we got it wrong” – is making it impossible for any of them to offer you the humble response which your letter, by its very nature, demands.

        However, forget the bishops, for a moment. I paid a visit, as is my wont, to the moderation file a short time ago, and found there yet another “new” blogger, this time called Mario, who, after condemning your letter as much too long and rude, went on to write over 400 words, all very rude! What a nut. But that’s not all. Guess what?

        “Mario” is also Dan, and Anthony and… and… and… very loud drum roll….

        Margo McGlashan! Remember her?
        https://catholictruthblog.com/2020/05/15/faithless-scots-bishops-to-keep-churches-closed-until-at-least-2021/#comments

        Yip, this is the same troll who very haughtily took me to task for posting an inaccurate headline: “…this blog headline is quite inaccurate, we have to be very careful about exaggerating the words of others. Shucks. Excuse me! Stand by for the end of the world!

        In fact, this was nit-picking. Still, being of a humble ilk, I updated the post to confess my sin of not having read the original source properly and getting it wrong, even naming dear old “Margo” in gratitude. Response? There wasn’t one. Disruption work done for the time being, there was no “thank you – I appreciate that…” You kidding? That’s not what trolls do !

        I’m now going to copy this comment onto the original thread, for the record, before I go back to my file and block the above nutcases so that they have no chance of making it onto this blog – ever, again.

        Idiot(s) !

        PS – more than one person has expressed amazement at the obsession of these clowns with this blog, saying they’ve never known anything like it before. Me, neither. I participated in a blog discussion elsewhere a couple of weeks ago and it was made very clear to me that my presence was not welcome. I apologised for upsetting things, and promised not to return. I didn’t return (even though the blog administrator told me in an email that I was welcome to return – still, I didn’t. And haven’t even thought about it until now). So, I just do not understand the obsession with this blog by some bananas who – while desperate to publish here – hate us. I do not get it. Does anybody else? If so, spill…

        June 19, 2020 at 12:12 am
      • Athanasius

        Editor

        How can any normal rational person be expected to put up with nutcase behaviour like this? I mean this is obsession and actually quite evil. Talk about getting a life! Such is the power of hate in a soul.

        I can’t count the blogs I’ve been made to feel unwelcome on and I simply stop posting comments there, unless they ban me first. It never occurs to me to use multiple logins to get back on, I just move on. These people are more to be pitied than scorned.

        June 19, 2020 at 12:53 am
      • RCAVictor

        Editor,

        Could it be that you have been visited by the ghost of video games past?

        June 19, 2020 at 1:49 am
      • Athanasius

        RCAVictor

        My nephew used to love that game.

        June 19, 2020 at 2:04 am
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Funny you should say that, (“ghosts, past”) because when I went into block “them” I found another ID, this time a foreign name, under which he/she/they/it tried to blog, way back when.

        It’s a really interesting phenomenon. Any students of psychology out there who can explain this craziness, please do!

        June 19, 2020 at 10:23 am
      • saraht1973

        It must be extremely tiresome when you are running an important venture like this blog and you are having to deal with this behaviour. Some of it will just be troublemaking, but if the behaviour is truly erratic, it may be something else.

        I have professional and family experience of mental ill health. I agree with Athanasius who said earlier that this is often a symptom of a poor spiritual life, but that is not always the case. I know he didn’t say it was, but it’s an important distinction.

        You may be dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder in some people. I think for some modern technology is a trigger. It’s so easy to fire out comments online. What’s important to remember is that for someone with OCD they actually can’t help themselves. That doesn’t mean you have to put up with annoying behaviour, but it does mean we should have a firm compassion and put boundaries in place.

        Friendship is very important for people with mental ill health and sometimes the people they are closest to, love, admire etc are the people who are attacked when they are finding it tough. That can cause many to write them off and declare that the friendship is over. This then leads to a spiral of behaviours caused by hurt, anger, rejection.

        What these people need, again, is firm responses. A balanced approach. The behaviour cannot be simply attributed to mental ill health and there be no consequences . That doesn’t help. But we shouldn’t simply write them off. It may be that you explain that you can no longer be friends with them no social media, or communicate with them using technology, but assure them that you are there for them, as a friend, in the traditional way.

        But then again, some people are just out the make trouble. I hope this helps.

        June 19, 2020 at 2:58 pm
      • editor

        Sarah,

        We have done everything possible to help the person who is obsessed with this blog. So, you need not worry about that, but thank you for your kind comment.

        June 19, 2020 at 3:10 pm
  • editor

    Very good news – Gloria TV has linked to Martin’s letter
    https://gloria.tv/reply/KfBTCFiaSRKS6sg8ndRaVzNuM

    That’s the apostolic spirit in action – Deo gratias!

    June 19, 2020 at 1:53 pm
    • Mary Wood

      Fantastic news! May other news channels follow suit.

      Frank Walker’s of Canon212.com may also link it on his Catholic news page. info1@canon212.com

      June 19, 2020 at 2:55 pm
      • editor

        Mary,

        That would be great if someone – maybe yourself – would send the link to that site.

        We didn’t contact Gloria TV so they’ve either found it themselves or some kind and apostolic soul has sent it to them.

        The “staff” here have done as much as we can. Over to our zealous bloggers, readers and lurkers!

        June 19, 2020 at 3:12 pm
      • Athanasius

        Editor

        It is indeed heartening to see that Gloria TV has linked to my letter. I reckon if I was Archbishop or Professor Blackshaw then many other so-called Traditional Catholic publications would have given the letter priority on their outlets.

        Since I am essentially a nobody, however, the substance of what I wrote, highlighting where the heart of the present crisis in the Church and the world lies, seems to have fallen on editorial deaf ears. It’s tragic for me that such a letter is pushed aside for headlines that are purely worldly. Such is the depth of the crisis in the Church and the enormity of certain egos.

        June 19, 2020 at 3:35 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Mary and Editor,

        A word of extreme caution about the C212 site: the top half is to be treated with a spiritual hazmat suit on, since Mr. Walker exhibits nothing but sardonic contempt for our corrupt clergy and hierarchy, especially the Pope. This is not a Catholic attitude, but it is identical with most sedevacantist attitudes – for example, “Novus Ordo Watch.”

        Moreover, the headlines in the top half not only exude the above-mentioned attitude, they frequently misrepresent the content of the articles to which they link. In other words, the headlines, rather than being factual, are almost always Mr. Walker’s editorial comments.

        Mr. Walker no doubt thinks he is doing the Church a great service by daily insulting our clergy. I had the same indignant attitude when I was writing my newsletter years ago, but it is wrong, and it is sinful.

        The bottom half of the site, however, is useful in that it links to numerous Catholic blogs, along with a few conservative political ones. But there again, you have to pick and choose carefully, since the list includes sedevacantist blogs and Voris’ site.

        June 19, 2020 at 3:35 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        I thus revise my suggestion to Mary – forget about it 😀

        June 19, 2020 at 5:18 pm
      • maryw52

        RCAVictor,

        Oh dear, you’re quite right. In my haste to promote the letter I’ve already mentioned it to Frank Walker but maybe he’ll see your comment and decide to leave it out!

        June 19, 2020 at 11:57 pm
      • editor

        Mary,

        Don’t worry – you meant well; it won’t do any harm and it may do a lot of good.

        You’re on the list for a pay rise, for putting in that overtime. Although…

        https://markallenassets.blob.core.windows.net/communitycare/2019/08/Overtime.jpg

        June 20, 2020 at 12:38 am
      • maryw52

        Thank you for your kind words Editor. Loved the cartoon!

        May I use the excuse that I was up in the wee hours of the morning (Sydney time) waiting for painkillers to kick in for my impulsivity to write without thinking?🥱

        June 20, 2020 at 12:59 am
      • Athanasius

        MaryW52

        As Editor says, your heart is in the right place and it was very noble of you to try increasing circulation of the letter. I don’t care where it gets published as long as more Catholics get to read it.

        June 20, 2020 at 1:28 am
  • Mary Wood

    Done!🙂

    June 19, 2020 at 3:31 pm
    • editor

      Thank you… kinda 😀

      June 20, 2020 at 12:39 am
  • graeme

    Great letter, thank you!
    I have just received our parish newsletter telling me if I wish to adore Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament I must wear a mask and email first as only 16 people can enter the church at a time.
    I can not see my self following this government ( and bishop endorsed) propaganda of the evils of the bogeyman “Covid”
    I am unsure what else to do but write to our Archbishop myself to make it clear that I find it verging on blasphemous to cover my face in a mask in the Presence, and that I will not be cowing to government propaganda and neither should he.
    The first page of our newsletter is all about giving them money too.
    Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us all.

    June 20, 2020 at 12:33 am
    • editor

      Graeme,

      Yes, do – I urge you to write to your Archbishop – and maybe include the link to this thread, letting him know we are discussing the letter he received, along with his brother bishops. Here’s the link for you to copy in case you decide to do that..
      https://catholictruthblog.com/2020/06/15/layman-writes-to-the-scottish-bishops/#comment-81949

      That will remind him of the facts, the scientific facts, because they need to stop pretending that this is all based on “the science” – rubbish. The facts which Martin provides in his letter reveals the false science which has been used to get us all handing over our freedoms, or, more accurately, perhaps, accepting the removal of our civil and religious freedoms by both the bishops and governments. Shame on both.

      Interesting about the first page being all about money. Doesn’t surprise me at all.

      June 20, 2020 at 12:43 am
    • Athanasius

      Graeme

      I understand perfectly where you’re coming from, the absence of wisdom (let’s not talk faith) in our bishops is astounding. How these successors of the Apostles could have fallen for so obvious a scam and then dare to tell people to wear masks before their Creator and Saviour in the tabernacle speaks volumes about “the spirit of Vatican II”.

      Editor has a good point, it would be worth copying the link to this thread to your bishop, although it’s unlikely he cares enough to check it out.

      June 20, 2020 at 1:36 am
  • editor

    Martin’s letter has been published over at The Remnant
    https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/headline-news-around-the-world/item/4945-shepherds-obeying-wolves-open-latter-to-the-bishops-of-scotland

    It’s spreading far and wide, Deo gratias!

    PS – I’ve just noticed a typo in their heading: “latter” instead of “letter” – no big deal. We all make misteaks…

    June 22, 2020 at 9:53 pm
  • editor

    I have received the following email which I promised to publish here and in the next (September) newsletter. I have also sent the text of the email directly to Martin:

    Dear Editor

    Praise God for Catholic Truth Scotland!

    l wish to congratulate you for publishing Mr Martin Blackshaw’s letter to the Scottish Bishops 7/6/20.

    ln addition l completely subscribe and agree in entirely with the rationale and contents of his concerns.

    l wish to acknowledge my support and would appreciate that my name be publicly linked in support of him and his remarks in whatever capacity you think appropriate.

    Yours in Christ

    Michael Brady [Glasgow]

    July 13, 2020 at 3:25 pm

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