Scottish Bishops’ Diabolical Pentecost Pastoral: No Mention of Holy Spirit!editor
Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of Scotland
on the Sixth Anniversary of Laudato Si’
God saw all that he had made and indeed it was very good. 
God’s creation is a great gift to all humanity, and humanity itself is an integral part of that creation. We are blessed by having the earth for our common home. It is a place of great beauty, teeming with life of all kinds, a world full of wonderful resources which enable us not only to live but to enhance our way of life. In nature, God’s glory is revealed for all to see.  St Francis of Assisi was prominent among the saints in giving praise to God for the wonder of creation. 
We have been entrusted by God with the care of the earth,  but sadly we have not just used the earth we have abused it. We are destroying the seas, polluting the atmosphere and consuming the abundant but limited resources of this world while neglecting the
needs of our poor brothers and sisters and showing no concern for tomorrow. The earth, our common home, is given to all of humanity and its resources are not just for us to use now but to be preserved and passed on to future generations.  As Christians we thank God for gift of creation, but, because we have taken that gift for granted, when we look at creation as it is now, we are conscious of the failings of humanity; we are conscious of the need for what the gospel calls “metanoia”,  not just sorrow for the abuse of creation, not just a change of heart, but a change of life and how
we live our lives. 
A very solid scientific consensus  tells us that human activity has brought the earth to a crisis point and that action is needed that is both urgent and deep rooted, particularly due to CO2 emissions. Governments have a responsibility to work together, and with haste, to reduce emissions to a safe level. Governments also need to be concerned about adopting an economic model that no longer embraces consumption and waste, nor
neglects the welfare of poorer nations.
But this is not just an issue that we can leave to government to deal with. The COVID pandemic required us to undergo a complete change in our way of life in order to defeat the virus. Likewise, a radical and sustained change in our lifestyle is required if the abuse of our planet is to stop and the damage be reversed.
The environmental crisis raises questions about how we live, how we work, how we holiday, how we travel, how the goods we purchase are manufactured and transported to us. This is an issue of both environmental and social justice.  It is not only that we must stop polluting the atmosphere, we need to recognise the right of all humanity to the world’s resources.  The Christian message, that we are all part of one human family and that we share a common home, means that our earth’s resources must be shared and used for the benefit of all and are not to be claimed as the exclusive property of any people or nation in whose territory these resources happen to be located. 
Not just as individuals but also as a Church we must discern what changes we have to make to the way of life we have taken for granted but which we now recognise to be unsustainable.
The dioceses of Scotland are in the process of divesting from fossil fuel investments. The Bishops’ Conference is aiming for carbon neutrality for its agencies, as are the dioceses in as sustainable and timely a way as possible.
We applaud the Catholic schools who have signed up to be Laudato Si’ schools and we encourage our parishes to join the Eco-Congregation initiative and to examine what practical measures can be undertaken at a local level.
All these efforts are a start, but much more is required if we are to undo the harm caused by generations of neglect and abuse. Scientists tell us that time is limited. All of us must, therefore, work with a sense of urgency to discern what needs to be done and to make the changes required.
God has honoured us by giving humanity the task of being a co-operator in the work of creation.  In recent years we have seen in our brothers and sisters throughout the world a growing determination to change the destructive practices of the past. This gives us hope. Like the Creator, we look at what God has created and see that it is very good. A sense of gratitude compels us to ensure that human activity enhances and builds up that
That same gratitude prompts us to pray:
We praise you, Lord our God, for the gift of life.
We praise you, for the beauty and diversity of created things.
We praise you, for the rich resources of the earth and seas.
We praise you, for entrusting to humanity the care of our common home.
We praise you, for the opportunity to change our wasteful ways.
We praise you, for your boundless compassion and forgiveness.
We praise you, Lord our God, by our actions, in responding to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
We praise you, Lord our God, Father, Son, and Spirit. Amen [Ed: this is the only mention of the Holy Spirit in this entire nonsense letter – and even then, “Holy” is omitted…)
 Genesis 1: 31: “God saw all that he had made and indeed it was very good”
 Ps 19: 1: “The heavens proclaim the glory of God”
Ps 148: 5: “Let them praise the name of the Lord”
Wisdom 1: 7: “The spirit of the Lord, indeed, fills the whole world”
Romans 1: 20 “Ever since God created the world his everlasting power and deity –
however invisible – have been there for the mind to see in the things he has made”
 St Francis of Assisi, Canticle of Creation: “Praised be, my Lord, for all your
 Genesis 2: 15: “To cultivate and take care of it”
 Pope Francis: Laudato Si’, 159. “The world we have received also belongs to those
who follow us.”
 Matthew 3: 8
 Pope John Paul II, Message for World Day of Peace 1990, 13: “Modern society will
find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its life
 Pope Francis: Laudato Si’, 23
 Pope Francis: Laudato Si’, 139. “We are faced not with two separate crises, one
environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both
social and environmental.”
 Gaudium et Spes, 69: “God intended the earth with everything contained in it for the
use of all human beings and peoples”.
Pope Francis: Laudato Si’, 95. “The natural environment is a collective good, the
patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone. If we make something
our own, it is only to administer it for the good of all.”
 Pope Francis: Fratelli Tutti, 124. “Nowadays, a firm belief in the common destination
of the earth’s goods requires that this principle also be applied to nations, their
territories and their resources.”
 Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 37: “[humanity’s] role as a co-operator with
God in the work of creation”
Read more at: Scottish Bishops establish a ‘Care of Creation Office, SCMO
Not only does the above letter from the Scottish Bishops betray a lack of Faith – which has been the subject of commentary at Catholic Truth for many years now, but it shows, frankly, a lack of elementary common sense-cum-intelligence. The whole Pentecost account in Scriptures reveals the wonders of God’s grace in the mission of converting and saving souls – that is to say, the essential purpose of the Church, the essential vocation of every Baptised and Confirmed Catholic is to co-operate with God’s grace in the work of the salvation of souls… Our own souls, and the souls of others. Yet the Bishops make no mention of this essential mission, this key work of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.
Goodness gracious, instead of that central focus, the bishops are, yet again, fixated on the nonsense of “saving the planet”. Don’t they realise how ridiculous they appear to those of us who know that, to date, every stupid prediction of “existential threat(s)” to come in twelve years, then in ten years blah blah didn’t happen… Won’t happen. When the world ends, it won’t be because there are too many cars on the road, for Pete’s sake. Gimme patience.
Unless the next Archbishop of Glasgow is streets ahead of his brother bishops in these twin departments (Faith and intelligence/common sense) it is difficult to see any future for the Catholic Church in Scotland. If you disagree, make sure you have a very good argument up your sleeve because that appears to this simple gal to be one very self-evident truth…
Your wonderful ‘Weegie’ expression Gimmei strength is all that I can come up with.
It is beyond comprehension how grown up Clerics can come up with such marxist propaganda.
No one will ever convince me that these bishops still have the Catholic Faith. They have the Masonic faith and the Communist faith, but not the Catholic Faith. Woe betide the lot of them if they meet the divine judge in their present state of apostasy.
Forgot to mention that the reason they deliberately insulted the Holy Ghost by omitting mentioning Him on Pentecost Sunday is because they don’t want to incur the wrath of their Islamic neighbours. They are a disgrace to the Church, every single one of them, and the faithful should dump their Modernist poison quickly for a return to the traditional Mass and true Catholic doctrine.
This is surely a new low for the Scottish Bishops, a powerful reminder if the poverty of leadership in the modern Catholic Church.
Its embarrassing really, that this is what is served up to people seeking spiritual nourishment.
Lately I have been referring to novus ordo Catholicism as “slop Christianity”. Slop liturgy, slop catechesis, slop preaching.
Thank you to the Bishops for highlighting the need to reference slop leadership too.
They are a bunch of wasters.
Well, folks, I have decided to share something with you that I was planning to keep for publication in the July edition. Let me explain – all will become clear…
Those of you who have read the May newsletter, will know that I reported on the 27 Protestant Ministers who challenged the Scottish Government on the closure of churches, and won the case. I sent a copy of the newsletter to Dr William Philip, the minister who led that case, and he replied with a very encouraging email which will be published in the letters page of the July edition.
He also sent me, as an attachment, a Pastoral Letter penned by his late father, James Philip, (who was, for 40 years, minister of Holyrood Abbey Church, Edinburgh), from his Congregational Record of July, 1968. Entitled “The brave new world of Atheistic Scientists”, it could – as Dr William Philip points out – have been written today.
Not realising that I would have a real live recent Pastoral Letter from the Scottish Bishops with which to compare it, I had been planning my introduction along the lines that “this is the sort of strong statement we should be receiving from our bishops right now”… Read on – I’m sure you’ll agree.
7 July 1968 – Humanism: The brave new world of Atheistic Scientists.
During our holiday one of the items of news that hit the headlines was the revolt of the House of Lords against the Government, and the subsequent declared intention by the Government to modify and curb the powers of the Upper House. The merits and demerits of this proposal could scarcely be thought to be a relevant subject for a Congregational Letter, but a proposal which was given certain publicity during this time is certainly worth a second look because of its sinister implications. It was that the House of Lords should be abolished completely, and a House of Scientists set up in its place as an Upper Chamber. This, it was said, would serve to give the Government the full benefit of the immense advances, technological and otherwise, that have been made in the scientific field – a panel of experts, so to speak elected from every branch of science and the professions, would be able to apply scientific knowledge for the maximum benefit of society as a whole.
It is as well that we should understand the implications of such a proposal, impressive and plausible as it may seem to some. The basic fallacy underlying it is the assumption that scientists as scientists must necessarily be more qualified to rule the nation or the world than other men. One would have thought that the history of the twentieth century with its grim record of scientific destruction would have made most sensible and thoughtful people hesitate to make so uncritical an assumption. One would have thought that the holocausts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the 50 – and 100 – megaton tests of the nuclear powers, and the existence of terrifying nerve gases and the possibilities of bacteriological warfare, would tend to qualify the credulous enthusiasm men seem to have for the great ones of the scientific world. But apparently not. And still less does there seem to be any marked misgiving within the world itself. ‘Within this generation’, one scientist is on record as saying, ‘the scientist will cease to be the man on tap, and become the man on top. Many scientists have their hands on the controls of political action. This is one of the most optimistic things about the future of man.’ This is an optimism that we do not and cannot share, but can only view with the deepest misgiving.
And for this reason, among others: Many people will have viewed and listened with interest to the recent programme on the B.B.C. on the Health Service, which has just completed the first twenty years of its existence. Not to mention the many problems involved in maintaining a national service with anything like adequacy (and surely, with all its faults, it serves us considerably better than most other medical services in any part of the world), we simply draw attention to the nature of the comments made on the subject of the prevention of abnormality in children. Now, no-one who has had experience of abnormal children and knows the heartache and distress brought to homes and families by such tragedies could fail to be thankful for any medical research that seeks to alleviate or prevent the long agonies of afflicted parents and children. But research is one thing, the imposition of control (as seemed to be implied in the programme) is quite another. And what was so disquieting was to realise just how far medical authorities would be prepared to go (in the in advocating legislation to prevent parents having children if there was the possibility of their being abnormal.
Unfortunately, this cannot be considered to have been an isolated statement out of character with the mainstream of scientific thinking. There is ample evidence available to make it plain that there is a great deal of thinking of this nature in scientific circles today, which strikes at the very foundation of Christian ethics and Christian ideas of human dignity and freedom. Two or three years ago the CIBA Foundation, a foundation for the encouragement of medical and scientific knowledge, gathered together distinguished scientists from four continents to discuss the future of man. The papers read at this Conference, if the reports are to be believed, were alarming in the extreme: Genetics (the study of heredity) and Eugenics (the production of ‘high-grade’ offspring) should be employed, it was said, to raise the general level of genetic intelligence and increase the number of outstandingly intelligent and capable people needed to run our increasingly complex societies – this from Julian Huxley. Another scientist proposed that this could be done by a Government putting a chemical into our food or water which made everybody sterile, and then provide a second chemical capable of reversing the effect of the first for those whom it licensed to bear children. One question that all this raised was whether human beings have a right to have children. “Is it a general feeling that people do have a right to have children?” asked one scientist, and went on, “This is taken for granted because it is part of Christian ethics, but in terms of humanist ethics, I do not see why people should have the right to have children”. Another scientist agreed with this view, saying, “In a society in which the community is responsible for people’s welfare – health, hospitals, unemployment, insurance – the answer is No….” This is the ‘brave new world’ to which the men of science hope, and intend, to bring us. And those who do not care much for the idea will receive short shrift:
“Unless the average man can understand and appreciate the world that scientists have discovered, unless he can learn to comprehend the techniques he now uses, and their remote and larger effects, unless he can enter into the thrill of being a conscious participant in the great human enterprise and find genuine fulfilment in playing a constructive part in it, he will fall into the position of an ever less important cog in a vast machine. In this situation his own powers of determining his fate, and his very will to do so, will dwindle, and the minority who rule over him will eventually find ways of doing without him.
This deadly philosophy is not new: it found expression and was put into practice with fateful consequences for the world in the Third Reich in Germany, when Hitler’s megalomaniac dream of a pure Aryan race led, to the appalling genocidal atrocities of the gas chambers and concentration camps all stemming from the philosophy of the superman dreamt up by the brilliant intellectual madman, Nietzsche. One critic at the Conference said, “It is just as well that the first cycle of eugenics did die because we have seen in Nazism where it may lead. I think that it is no accident that the Nazi’s doctrines about sterilisation were closely linked, intellectually and morally, to Nazi doctrines about genocide. That is why I am so alarmed to see what is happening today”.
Alarmed indeed! Well might we all be alarmed as we see the dangerous and fanatical arrogance of men of science and realise that there are those bemused enough by their intellectual brilliance to think that this qualifies them to rule the country. Long ago, King David uttered timeless words when he said, “He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God” (2 Sam 23:3). This is still the Divine prescription today, and it is neglected at our peril. To put man in place of God as the master of things is to abolish all absolute standards of morality and to invite disaster in society and in personal life alike.
This is one more reason why Christian people should be actively involved in public affairs, and take a responsible share in public life, standing for Christian moral values and being prepared to defend them vigorously when they are attacked or subtly undermined. Are we to remain dumb and unprotesting when we see what remains of our Christian heritage contemptuously swept aside by atheistic decadents in favour of this bleak and devilish programme? We must not contract out of this urgent responsibility. In this, as in so much else, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
Well, folks, recall that the above was written way back in 1968. If only we had ONE Scottish bishop with the insight of the above named minister.
Instead of treasuring that pearl of great price, our Catholic Faith, and proclaiming it from the rooftops, these shallow bishops have chosen, instead, to promote the baloney of climate change, environmental (non) concerns, saving the planet, call it what you will. I call it selling their souls. Reminds me of this clip from A Man For All Seasons… towards the end when St Thomas More asks to see the traitor’s chain of office…
Not for Wales, of course, but for the entirely UN-scientific, anti-Christian new environmental religion have the Scottish Bishops, to all appearances, given their souls. God help them at their judgment.
Ed i read all of that Good Protestant Ministers letter, but as for the Scottish Bishops like their Boss ,they are as far as True Catholicism is concerned a Write off . I especially liked when you Dug them about Saving the Planet Garbage. Maybe just Maybe they are not Required to run around in Mercs Etc. But then again most of them Live off the Fat of The Land Literally and could not be expected to fit into a Small Kia or God Forbid a Fiesta. Also why do they all need Servants or are they the Modern Day Richy Riches. Rich being the definitive word.
Just as a little light heartedness Ed . Probably the Good Bishops Cardinals and even the Acting Pope ,should now be asked ” What Does it Profit a Man if He Gains the Whole World and Suffers the Loss of His Soul. But for Whales dear Clergymen for Whales “. And no av not spelt anything wrong. At least I don’t think so anyhow. 🦈
Faith of our Fathers,
“Whales” (environment) – LOVE it! LOL!
That minister had some foresight and a great intellect – puts our godless Catholic bishops to utter shame. Everything Mr. Philip feared back then has come to pass in our time together with even greater evils that he could not have imagined possible. Great letter and so appropriate in the present circumstances.
I totally agree. The pastoral letter from the minister is first class. It is astonishing just how insightful he was, even back in 1968.
It’s a true saying, “like father, like son” as we have his son to thank for the defeat of the government in court over their unlawful closure of churches.
The bishops should be hanging their heads in shame but they are so spiritually blind that they just won’t see what they are doing wrong. They don’t realise that they are, as you right say, “godless”. It’s truly shocking but that is the truth of the matter.
If Our Lady hadn’t been sent by God to Fatima to warn us of this “diabolical disorientation” to come, can you imagine the even worse state we’d be in, thinking God had abandoned his Church?
These Scottish Bishops should meditate on the words of Archbishop Lefebvre who, when asked why he stood firm in the Traditional Catholic Faith despite constant persecution from the Church’s Modernist hierarchy, said in response:
“When I stand before my judge and He asks me what I did with my priesthood, I do not want to hear from Him these terrible words: “you helped destroy my Church along with the rest of them”.
The saintly Archbishop also made another relevant observation, one that fits Scotland’s Bishops perfectly: “The martyrs sacrificed their lives for the faith. Today, they sacrifice the faith”.
Here’s a link to a Archbishop Lefebvre’s sermon at Fatima in 1987 – it explains the tragedy that has befallen the Church’s hierarchy in our time and why. From the Pope down, almost all of the bishops have lost the spirit of Our Lord and are now imbued with the spirit of the world. Hence the reason why they have ceased preaching the Gospel and are now preaching naturalism, the doctrines of Freemasonry and Communism. Our Lady foretold it in the Third Secret.
I was thinking just now that Archbishop Lefebvre would be horrified to see how easily the bishops today have dispensed with the Mass and other church services, in the name of this virus. I was astounded to see this American bishop giving instructions which the person who made the video sums up as “No jab, no service”. It’s another pastoral letter, even worse (if that is possible) than the one we are discussing here.
Yes, indeed. I think he would also be pretty horrified by the SSPX advice that these abortion-tainted vaccines may be licitly taken in cases of grave necessity. He would have been of like mind with Archbishop Vigano and Bishop Schneider that under no circumstances whatsoever can Catholics benefit from anything related to the murder of innocents, no matter how far down the line.
Here is a paraphrase of their second paragraph:
“We have been entrusted by God with the care of souls, but sadly we have not cared for them, we have abused them. We are destroying the liturgy, the priesthood, the episcopate, the Magisterium, the art and architecture, the very language of the Church, polluting her with the rank odor of Marxism spewing from the very top, rejecting the abundant grace available to the Church while neglecting the needs of the souls under her care and showing no concern for our eternal destination. The faith, our common heritage, is given to the faithful to be preserved and passed on to future generations. But we have rejected that gift in order to curry favor with our corrupt leader and his sleazy, earthbound pontificate. We are no longer conscious of the need for “metanoia,” only of our need to surrender to the world and to human respect. We refuse to repent and amend our lives, seeking only to dig ourselves into a deeper pit from which we may never emerge.
LOL! For a minute I thought I’d misread it, and then I saw “paraphrase”!
It’s incredible that they think they’ve been entrusted with saving the planet and not saving souls. It’s Twilight Zone stuff.
Josephine it would do these Bishops and Absent Catholic Clergymen good to go out and do a Little Work. I E you know ,and I know ,and probably everyone else knows on here ,I E the works that makes one sweat. As I said before WHY do they need Servants to do their every whim. God Forgive Me but they remember me of That Monty Python Film when if someone said ” Let’s do something Positive ” the others would say something like
” Let’s not Rush into this Let’s have a Meeting First ” they are as Shepherds without Sheep. It’s no wonder no one takes them seriously now .
Also as regards the Weather. Climate. Global Warming. Etc Etc. Maybe their getting in some Practice for the Godfather coming here in November.
If this Months weather is anything to go by The Godfather should look out His Fur Coat . Of course no doubt if we have a Summer in June probably a week of no rain. The Climate Doom merchants will be out in force.
I’ve flicked through it (not exactly read it) and something which always strikes me about these modernists is the way they address the faithful as if the latter were children or a bit dimwitted. A few years ago, just before leaving the NO, I had the misfortune here in Scotland to be treated to a moronic stand-in Priest (one of a number we had to suffer – at least I suffered!).
After one of the parishioners had read the readings which included a few ‘big’ long names, he actually said something like ‘wasn’t that great – reading all those names and being able to pronounce them’ as if it had been a child reading something slightly advanced for its age, and in the same toe-curling manner someone might use in that particular situation. It would embarrass most five-year-olds, never mind adults. They write like they speak “It is a place of great beauty, teeming with life of all kinds, a world full of wonderful resources which enable us not only to live but to enhance our way of life.” Who the heck do they think they’re addressing? Five-year-olds again?
I don’t get why they do that but boy, I bet a sermon or letter addressing some serious theological matters would be a hoot! Could they even do that in the language they use to communicate? Obviously the Holy Ghost has eluded them.
You’ve hit upon a key characteristic of leftists: they preach compassion for the masses ad nauseam, but in reality they have nothing but utter contempt for us. Their fake compassion is nothing but a passport to power, prestige, and plenty of $oro$ bucks.
I have experienced exactly what you describe. They think that by reducing everything to the lowest common denominator that they are making the faith more accessible to ‘ordinary’ people. It’s inverted snobbery actually (and inverted snobs are just normal snobs who feel guilty about being snobs). Consequently, modern Catholicism is so dumbed-down that it bores people out of their skulls. No wonder young people have been leaving in droves.
When I was a young person I felt very alienated from the Church and I didn’t feel wanted or welcome. I bought a copy of YouCat (so-called ‘youth catechism’) when I was 21 years old. The content was so banal and dumbed-down that is was unreadable. The text was actually meaningless. I asked for bread and was given stones. I have since read pre-Vatican II catechetical literature for school aged children and I am astounded at how sophisticated it is.
It’s hard to believe – and I don’t think I would have believe it if I hadn’t read the Bishops’ pastoral letter myself – but to omit the Holy Spirit from a letter about Pentecost is like forgetting to mention the Resurrection at Easter! These are not men of faith – definitely not the Catholic faith.
It was not only the people of Scotland who had to endure that disgraceful “Pastoral” letter, it was inflicted on the whole of the UK.
I listened with incredulity and then anger. To think that mishmash of ecological nonsense was the best they could come up with for the great feast of Pentecost was appalling. I’m sure however that Papa Francis would have been delighted.
I’m amazed that this pastoral letter was read in the whole of the UK. I’m sure that’s a first, because usually, it’s the bishop of the diocese who writes his own pastoral. That is significant – or maybe the word should be “sinister”.
Trying to make lemonade out of lemons, I think there might be some good to come out of this scandal, for any couch-potato Catholics who are willing to turn off their TVs and think. This shameful bilge actually reveals the true nature and intent of the constant modernist use of the word “pastoral”: indoctrinating the flock into naturalism, paganism and earth-worship, while convincing them that it is their Catholic duty to abandon the Faith.
Yep, Vatican II was a “pastoral” Council, all right!
I find it beyond belief that the bishops could write a pastoral letter for Pentecost and not even mention the Holy Spirit. That is just amazing. What on earth could they have been thinking to not even mention the Holy Spirit!
On the other hand, the letter from the minister from 1968 is spectacular. How that should shame our bishops.
Well, Pope Francis did give the Holy Spirit a nod in his remarks on Pentecost Sunday but, well, read the following report yourself to discover (as if we don’t already know) that Francis’ “vision” for the Church is very far from being in harmony with that of the Holy Ghost!
Athanasius, why do you say “because they (the bishops) don’t want to incur the wrath of their Islamic neighbours.”?
As regards that letter from the minister, it is tremendous. A mind as clear as St. Thomas of Aquinas! It puts our lot in the shade, it really does. Can one imagine Archbishop Fulton Sheen taking their weak and woke line?!! I heard that it was the US episcopy that halted his beatification process.
The Islamic religion rejects the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity – it does not accept that Our Lord is God made man and it does not believe in the Holy Ghost. If our bishops had reiterated Catholic devotion to the Holy Ghost on Pentecost it would have meant the end of inter-religious dialogue with the Muslims.
Ah, get ya. Thanks!
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