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  • Josephine Reply

    I think this is hilarious – it’s about wokeness and someone who has complained that a poster about birds is “sexist” – LOL!

    May 28, 2021 at 12:00 pm
  • Andrew Reply

    This article is long, but interesting. I don’t know if I agree with his attitude to say the least:

    https://skojecfile.steveskojec.com/p/against-crippled-religion

    (caution: contains vulgar language)

    It’s one thing to blame the Catholic clergy for the crisis in the Faith. But we should not blame the Church, Whose doctrines are pure, since they come from Christ.

    June 1, 2021 at 8:56 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      Andrew

      You make a very important and correct distinction between the Church, “the spotless bride of Christ”, and the clergy. Anyone who blames the infallible Church for the sins of her fallen human members has clearly failed to make the leap from human rationalism to supernatural faith, a divine gift.

      June 1, 2021 at 9:13 pm
      • editor

        Athanasius and Andrew,

        I haven’t had a chance to check out the link but I’m suspecting it’s a report or commentary on the news of sterner punishments for clergy abusers.

        I made the mistake of clicking on a link to a report in the Washington Post on the subject earlier, and then a second mistake by reading the comments below. Truly heartbreaking.

        The Church is now held in utter contempt because of these evil-doing clergy and lax hierarchy – to the highest level.

        Unfortunately, none of said commentators made that crucial distinction between the Spotless Bride of Christ – His Church – and the seriously fallen members.

        It is truly heartbreaking.

        June 1, 2021 at 10:27 pm
      • gabriel syme

        Editor,

        That link (I had seen the story elsewhere previously) is actually about how the family of One Peter Five editor, Steve Skojec, were refused sacraments at the FFSP parish they attend.

        Mr Skojec was very angry about this and public criticised the clergy involved.

        I did not follow the story closely, but from what I gather most sympathy has been for the clergy and not Mr Skojec.

        June 4, 2021 at 3:26 pm
    • Fidelis Reply

      Andrew,

      I’ve read about half of that link abut Steve Skojec and his situation which is very surprising since he’s been running his blog for quite some time now and I wouldn’t have guessed he was that unhappy.

      I’ll go back to read the rest of it now, but I thought I would say that I think he has been treated badly by his FSSP priest. It’s really quite shocking, as is his account of his experience of World Youth Day at Denver.

      June 4, 2021 at 8:07 pm
  • wendywalker95 Reply June 3, 2021 at 11:49 am
  • gabriel syme Reply

    A reminder to all that there is a traditional latin Mass at Carfin Grotto this evening, the first Friday of June.

    Rosary & Confessions: 7.00pm
    Sung Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart: 7.30pm

    The idea is to have the mass outside, so as to allow unrestricted numbers.

    At the time of writing, the weather forecast is good, moderate temperatures with a low (6%) chance of rain. (This according to the BBC – the weather is about all they are good for).

    And so it looks like the numbers will be unrestricted.

    In the unlikely chance of rain, the mass will move inside and that will mean a cap on numbers (the indoor list is already full).

    The event has been arranged by Una Voce Scotland, seemingly with a view to establishing a more regular traditional Mass at the Grotto. And so a good turn out would make a good impression to the clergy in charge of the Grotto (no doubt they will be seeking a collection – haha)

    A regular Mass – even if not every week, at first – would be great for the Diocese of Motherwell, which currently only has the traditional Mass provided at a single Diocesan location: St Mary’s Cleland.

    I will go along tonight and hope others will too!

    June 4, 2021 at 3:22 pm
    • Fidelis Reply

      Gabriel Syme,

      I couldn’t make it tonight, but I’d like to know how it all went, so I look forward to reading a report from you. Is it Fr Liam O’Connor, I wonder, who is saying the Mass?

      June 4, 2021 at 7:42 pm
      • gabriel syme

        Fidelis,

        I am just back and would have to say the event was a major success.

        It was a beautiful Mass on a beautiful evening. The sun shines on the righteous! (Although we have been soaked a few times as well, as my friend remarked!). The grotto was a great setting on such a fine evening.

        No doubt an accurate head count will be released, but I would guess several hundred people were present.

        (I think there were 120 places available if the Mass had to move in doors, and I know they were all reserved. There could have easily been 2 or 3 times that number in total).

        There was a rosary and confessions before the Mass. The Mass started late due to the great demand for confessions.

        Yes, the Priest offering the Mass was Fr Liam O’Connor of Motherwell Diocese. There were various other priests present, to help with confessions and distributing communion.

        I recognised Fr Ross Crichton (Argyll & the Isles) and Fr Ninan Doohan (Dunkeld). I did not see him personally, but was told Fr Nicholas Monaghan (Glasgow) was present too.

        There was a large cadre of altar servers, with Tommy Taylor as MC. And the Una Voce schola was excellent, as usual.

        Sancta Familia Media filmed the event and so no doubt a video of the Mass will become available.

        I recognised many people from various latin mass locations, but no doubt many people were attending for the first time too. I am sure their experience will mean it will not be their last!

        Everyone I spoke to afterwards had only positive things to say. And so well done to all involved!

        June 4, 2021 at 10:05 pm
      • Fidelis

        Gabriel Syme,

        That sounds fantastic. I’m glad the weather held off.

        I wonder if that “several hundred” present were people who normally attend the old Mass or were they newcomers?

        As you say, we’ll probably find out when the video is released.

        Since there may be news soon of the Pope’s decision to return to the indult situation where priests had to get permission from bishops to say the Latin Mass, and the bishops didn’t usually give it, it would be good if there was a backlash here, if that should ever happen.

        As you say, well done to all involved. It’s good to see the old Mass spreading.

        June 4, 2021 at 11:12 pm
      • gabriel syme

        Fidelis,

        There were definitely new comers, as there was an announcement giving them advice prior to the mass. (It said not to obsess over trying to follow every last word, but to concentrate more on praying, the presence of God and the beauty of the liturgy).

        I recognised people from various latin mass locations and it was lovely to see everyone “come together” for this event.

        June 5, 2021 at 1:27 am
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        That all sounds very good, although personally I am not attracted to outdoor Masses. The World Youth Day debacles are a case in point. Also, my experience of the novus ordo at Bellahouston Park for the visit of John Paul II in 1982 was off-putting, due to people chatting all around me, throughout the Mass.

        Of course, I’m sure that would not be the case at a TLM; indeed, I remember when one of the SSPX priests in Ireland was forced to have a funeral Mass at the beach when the local bishop instructed the priest to cancel the Mass previously arranged. Apparently, everyone who attended was “blown away” – but not by the wind! Their first ever experience of the TLM. So, I hope, am sure, that the Carfin TLM would have been similarly edifying.

        I wonder how they managed to have everyone kneel for Communion? Did you all have to kneel on the ground or did they provide actual kneelers?

        There are other things about which I’m a little curious but they will keep for now. My beauty sleep beckons. Say nothing 😀

        June 5, 2021 at 12:12 am
      • gabriel syme

        Editor,

        I would agree that outdoor masses as usually undesirable – due to the chance of disturbance. However, as it turned out, there were no disturbances in this case. Its probably rare that an outdoor mass would work well in Scotland, so I was thankful it did on this occasion!

        For communion, each priest distributing communion had two kneelers in front of him. And so this allowed for a pretty fast processing of the communicants. The priest moved between them and the queue of lay people just went to which ever one was free (it worked so well that the priest was actually waiting on me arriving!).

        However, there were no kneelers at the general seating for the Mass, so people just had to kneel on the ground during the liturgy (which the vast majority of people did, in my field of vision).

        However, most people preferred to just stoop and not kneel on the ground during the preceding rosary – including myself: I wanted to save my knees for the Mass and so minimise the chance of putting my knees through my trousers!

        (The man who lead the rosary did so at a very sedate pace, hence my concern for my knees – haha! That is not a criticism of the man, but more an appraisal of my knees!).

        June 5, 2021 at 1:40 am
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        Sounds very well organised. I should have asked if there was seating for Mass but I assume not, since you say people “stooped” during the rosary beforehand.

        Anyway, glad everything went well.

        June 5, 2021 at 8:40 am
      • gabriel syme

        Editor,

        There was seating – ample actually, presumably for the comfort of anyone who wished to distance themselves a bit. (Even though the attendance was very good, you could tell there was a deliberate over-supply of seating.)

        (most people were very relaxed, as per St Andrews, and – other than give your name and number as contact details on entering – you would not have known there was anything amiss socially).

        The altar was set up with a canopy in front of the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. It was surrounded by seats, and then there were ample further rows on the raised concourse behind.

        The confessions were outdoor on benches further back – I did not see them personally, but my friend said there were huge queues, even though there was not the facility of confessional boxes.

        Yes I thought the event was very well organised and went very smoothly – credit to the organisers. Often Church events can be a bit rough around the edges, but this was very professional.

        No doubt there will be a video of the Mass and/or highlights of the evening. I saw men with recording cameras and they also had an airborne drone too.

        June 5, 2021 at 4:51 pm
  • wendywalker95 Reply

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ddLO5VT2jg
    Please watch this Glorious Gregorian chant rendition of SALVA REGINA…….SO BEAUTIFUL

    June 5, 2021 at 4:11 pm
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    June 6, 2021 at 2:41 pm
  • ANONYMOUS Reply

    Editor,

    I take it you’ve heard that Christopher Morris of Motherwell Diocese was ordained deacon yesterday, 6 June?

    Ed: Yes.

    Do you have any comment to make?

    Ed: No.

    June 7, 2021 at 10:13 am
  • Lily Reply

    I wonder if Meghan Markle would have been happy to be called a “birthing person” before her daughter was born recently? Or her son, Archie?
    https://www.lifenews.com/2021/06/07/joe-bidens-budget-calls-mothers-birthing-people/

    June 8, 2021 at 10:52 am
  • wendy walker Reply June 8, 2021 at 11:34 am
  • wendy walker Reply

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9665431/Plan-NHS-patients-data-GP-surgeries-hold-privacy-concerns.html………please note it has been delayed ..lets keep complaining about this total outrage thank you

    June 9, 2021 at 9:48 am
  • editor Reply

    I toyed with the idea of launching a thread on the visit of Joe Biden to the UK but having watched part of his address to the military – which was totally “yawn yawn” stuff – I decided to simply acknowledge his presence here, on the GD thread. He’s due to come to Glasgow in November, so we’ll mark that with a dedicated thread. On the other hand, If he entertains us with some of his infamous gaffes during his stay in England, I’ll think again – those are always entertaining… 😀
    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/g7-summit-2021-live-biden-lands-in-uk-to-praise-special-relationship-and-declare-us-is-back/ar-AAKS1wX?ocid=entnewsntp

    June 9, 2021 at 11:36 pm
  • gabriel syme Reply

    Edinburgh council has had to apologise and pay £25,000 damages after cancelling an evangelical Christian conference (Destiny Ministries) because the main speaker held mainstream Christian morality regarding sexuality.

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19363377.edinburgh-council-apologises-pays-25-000-damages-banning-anti-gay-us-preacher/

    While I am glad this has happened, the damages paid out seem remarkably light. Nevertheless this is a positive thing and will put the parasitic busybody wage-thieves of local authorities back in their boxes! Get back to emptying bins and fixing roads!

    There will be more of this in the pipeline, I am sure. Remember the visit of Franklin Graham was canned by various councils, including Glasgow, at the urging of reprobate Patrick Harvie MSP.

    The likes of Harvie and the Councils are insulated from the fall out of their prejudice because, of course, its the taxpayer who has to pay the damages.

    June 10, 2021 at 8:53 pm
    • editor Reply

      Gabriel Syme,

      I agree – those “woke” idiots should get on with fixing the roads because if I twist my ankle just once more through their negligence, they’ll be paying out to me and to moi and in my world, £25,000 is peanuts. Yes, I know… I’m a real wee monkey… 😀

      Seriously, they are so “tolerant” of everyone and everything except Christianity. They have some nerve.

      June 10, 2021 at 11:50 pm
  • wendywalker95 Reply June 12, 2021 at 2:27 pm
  • wendywalker95 Reply June 15, 2021 at 11:32 am
    • Margaret Mary Reply

      Wendy Walker,

      That’s some good news, at last, from the Vatican. Thanks be to God!

      June 22, 2021 at 9:19 pm
  • gabriel syme Reply

    I have heard some good news: St James Parish in Coatbridge (Diocese of Motherwell) is introducing a regular Latin mass on Saturday mornings, 9.45am.

    Apparent the parish priest offered the mass at 8am one weekday morning as an experiment – in response to parishioners badgering the priest about it – and he was pleasantly surprised that dozens of people turned up to attend.

    And so this new mass is the result. What good news! I am sure it will not be long before this translates into a regular sunday latin mass at this location too.

    I grew up in Coatbridge, so I am very pleased with the news personally. I was in a different parish to this, but nevertheless I am delighted to see the Mass return to such a strongly Catholic town (it has nine parishes and the town is its own deanery in the Diocese). Of course many of the population will be superficial or nominal Catholics, but there will be no shortage of interest in this, I am sure.

    And if Bishop Toal is sick of it, then so much the better!

    June 27, 2021 at 9:02 pm
  • Andrew Reply

    https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/06/urgent-abolition-of-summorum-pontificum.html

    Cardinal Parolin, “We must put an end to this mass forever!”

    What sickos. They are truly inspired by the devil. – “Abolition” of the Latin Mass coming soon. – Of course, we traditionalists know that the Latin Mass can never be abolished or destroyed. It is what produces grace in souls, unlike the Novus Ordo.

    June 30, 2021 at 4:02 pm
  • Athanasius Reply

    Well, Andrew, if they do abolish Summorum Pontificum then we will see a separation of the true Catholics from the false Catholics. The FSSP, SSPX, ISK, etc. will have to make the decision to join forces against this wayward Pontificate and hierarchy once and for all, or else lose the Mass of the saints and martyrs and quite possibly their immortal souls.

    There has been a lot of indifference creeping into Tradition with the status quo these past years, a bit of persecution ought to open their eyes and get them back on track with what really matters.

    June 30, 2021 at 8:29 pm
    • editor Reply

      Andrew and Athanasius,

      You speak/write as though you haven’t heard the very latest… that Pope Francis is on film (Rome Reports, I think) telling a couple of visitors that “we” have a problem with “traditional groups” but he, Papa Francis, thinks “we” can “heal” them…

      Gimme a break!

      June 30, 2021 at 8:52 pm
      • Athanasius

        Editor

        His own words cause him to fall under the condemnation of St. Pius X as a purveyor of Modernism – “the synthesis of all heresies”.

        June 30, 2021 at 9:52 pm
    • Andrew Reply

      Meanwhile protestors in Canada toppled statues of Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II.

      July 2, 2021 at 4:09 pm
  • wendy walker Reply

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    July 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm
    • abigail wandsworth Reply

      Third secret revealed :

      The last pope will be under the control of Satan, will seek to destroy the church
      A divine chastisement of no lamb on the alter or forgiveness of sins for three and a half years , then Christ will reveal himself

      Editor – Source? Since the Third Secret has not been published, you need to make clear your source. That is, you need to name the genius who has worked this out, please and thank you.

      August 10, 2021 at 7:29 pm
      • Athanasius

        Abigail Wandsworth

        The three and a half years (or 42 months) is from a biblical prophecy concerning the reign of Antichrist and cessation of the sacrifice just prior to the end of the world and the last judgment. That is not applicable to these present times since, as Our Lady told the children at Fatima, there must first come the triumph of her Immaculate Heart and a period of peace in the world. So, someone is quoting Fatima (the Third Secret) out of context. They sound like a sedevacantist with such a ridiculous interpretation.

        August 10, 2021 at 11:04 pm
  • Victor Reply

    Pope Benedict XVI Says Vatican II Was Initiated Because of the “Error in the Case of Galileo”

    http://www.galileowaswrong.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Pope-Benedict-XVI-Says-Vatican-II.pdf

    May be old news but this is the first time I heard of this! In context of the alleged statement of the Third Secret of Fatima and the wicked council.

    July 12, 2021 at 10:11 pm
    • editor Reply

      Victor,

      I don’t have time to read the article properly but as soon as I saw the name of the author of the piece – Robert Sungenis – I more or less wrote it off.

      A man who could write (correctly) that the Consecration of Russia has not been done, and the Third Secret not fully revealed and then – when things worsen dramatically – change his mind to proclaim the opposite… well, this is not a man whom I would trust to tell me it was raining, if he turned up on my front doorstep, drenched and with his brolly dripping.

      July 12, 2021 at 10:19 pm
      • Victor

        Ah, I wasn’t aware of that of the author’s flip flops! I was mostly interested in Benedict’s farewell address to priests quoted in the document which I’d never heard. Published in L’Osservatore Romano which has since gone to subscription-only access but I’ve found it reposted in full on another site in the Italian. Here’s the main quote from Benedict on Vatican II that got my interest:

        . . . we knew that the relationship between the Church and the modern period was a bit in conflict, beginning with the error of the Church in the case of Galileo Galilei; we thought we could correct this wrong beginning and find the union between the Church and the best forces in the world . . .

        July 12, 2021 at 10:43 pm
  • wendy walker Reply

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9781507/Parents-disgust-Labour-council-hires-actor-rainbow-coloured-monkey-costume-fake-penis.html#comments……..please note shocking photograph but this is reality at what is being foisted on poor little children ..unbelievable

    July 13, 2021 at 11:53 am
  • Santiago Reply

    Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem. I’ve been adding my signature to a lot of online petitions against abortion, LGBT education in schools, satanism, etc, etc . I’ve been receiving a lot of really nasty sexually explicit spam and wonder if this is just a coincidence?

    July 14, 2021 at 10:53 am
    • westminsterfly Reply

      Santiago
      I’ve had a similar problem. I can’t say any of it’s been sexual in content – it’s mainly just scam / spam stuff – but I’ve been bombarded recently. These General Data Protection Regulations that were mandated by the EU (and we’re still lumbered with) just don’t seem to work. There’s always a way round these things. I still get spam letters through the door, but now just addressed to ‘The Occupant’ instead of my name. Apparently, this is quite legal.
      There have been instances of mega-hacks recently where millions of people’s names, email addresses, passwords and details have been harvested by hackers. You may have been in one of those data breaches. You can check if your email address has been the subject of a data breach here:- https://haveibeenpwned.com

      July 14, 2021 at 12:33 pm
      • Santiago

        Thank you for that info – very helpful.

        July 14, 2021 at 1:05 pm
    • editor Reply

      Santiago,

      I’ve signed lots of petitions on pro-life and other moral issues and I can’t say I’ve ever been inundated with such material – Deo gratias, and hope I’m not speaking too soon.

      July 14, 2021 at 5:57 pm
      • Santiago

        Glad to hear that you haven’t been subjected to anything like this. I’ll keep on signing the petitions!!

        July 14, 2021 at 7:28 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    Great news! The incomparably brilliant trilogy of books on Fatima by Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite ‘The Whole Truth About Fatima’ are now back on line, and can be found here. https://fatima.machado-family.com These books are a mine of information.

    July 15, 2021 at 10:31 am
  • westminsterfly Reply

    Please be aware of a scam that is trying to look like the genuine apostolate LifeSite News. They are sending emails out and if you click on any of the links, it tries to download a trojan virus. Fortunately, my Norton antivirus picked up on it and blocked the site. DON’T click on or open any emails from news@lifenews.com Just to clarify – these emails are not from LifeSite news, which is a genuine apostolate.

    July 18, 2021 at 11:36 am
  • RCAVictor Reply

    Any of you bloggers heard of “Common Purpose”? It was cited in a Pat Condell video on “hate speech,” so I looked it up:

    https://wikileaks.org/wiki/Common_purpose

    Here’s the transcript of Condell’s video:

    https://rairfoundation.com/pat-condell-hate-speech-is-a-progressive-term-and-like-most-progressive-terms-it-is-a-shameless-lie-video/

    July 24, 2021 at 5:57 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      RCAVictor

      Very interesting – the first time I’ve heard of this “Common Purpose” lot. Note the abbreviation “CP”, not a million miles from CCP! Sounds like Communist/Masonic infiltration into every aspect of national life with reminiscences of the Vatican II operation.

      I can’t connect to the transcript you linked, something to do with website signature verification. No matter, I learned all I need to know from the Wikileaks link.

      July 24, 2021 at 11:42 pm
  • gabriel syme Reply

    Several very concerning incidents for Catholics in Scotland in recent days:

    St Simons Church in Partick (Glasgow) has burned down:
    (reminiscent of recent attacks on Canadian Churches).

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/19473341.fire-st-simons-church-glasgows-partick-nearby-homes-evacuated/#comments-anchor

    A priest was attacked by a bottle in St Marys Cathedral, Edinburgh. In a prolonged incident, the priest was attacked after being asked to confirm that he was a priest; the priest was ultimately forced to defend himself using a chair as a weapon.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-57989939

    https://twitter.com/Call_It_Out_/status/1419979366205988871/photo/1

    Sacred Heart Church, Bridgeton, Glasgow, has suffered repeated vandalism. This has not even made the news seemingly.

    https://twitter.com/Call_It_Out_/status/1409850696489447424

    Had any one of these incidents targeted Muslims in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon would be all over it- press conferences etc, you name it. But not a peep from her here.

    July 28, 2021 at 10:09 am
    • editor Reply

      Gabriel Syme,

      Thank you for posting that news – none of which I’d heard.

      St Simon’s is the church where a couple of the CT team attended a “gay” Mass, reported in the newsletter. So that is of particular interest. Sacred Heart, Bridgeton, too, made the newsletter front page.

      I haven’t yet read the report about the priest being attacked in the Cathedral in Edinburgh – shocking.

      As you say, had this news been about the Muslim community Nicola Sturgeon would have been vocal in the media.

      And to think a few short years ago she was invited to address a Conference on Catholic Education. We live in incredible times.

      July 28, 2021 at 10:50 am
    • gabriel syme Reply

      Further to my post above about St Simons, a man (24) has been charged with wilful fire raising, according to a very vague BBC report:

      https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-58246158

      Apparently someone had to be “assisted from the building” during the fire – I presume its the man who has been charged.

      Had this been a mosque, I am sure we would know all abut the man and his background by now, with people lining up to condemn him.

      Of course, given the useless Scottish Bishops have – as usual – failed to utter a syllable, I suppose we cant criticise others for keeping quiet too.

      The man who has been charged can thank his lucky stars he was only burning down a Church and not attending a TLM – the latter would have had +Toal down on him like a ton of bricks (that is not a reference to the good Bishops weight – boom boom!).

      Speaking of +Toal, I have heard two alarming reports recently that he is in the running for the vacant post in Glasgow. The other candidates are a tailors dummy, a stuffed gonk, a parrot which can say “Bless you” and the former moderator of the Church of Scotland. Apparently its too close to call.

      Maybe +Toal is to be a brought in as a hatchet man to stamp out the 4 regular Sunday TLMs in the diocese? (Immaculate Heart, Sacred Heart, St Brigids – all Glasgow City – and St Peters, Dumbarton). Please God, no.

      August 20, 2021 at 9:24 pm
  • crofterlady Reply July 28, 2021 at 3:06 pm
  • Antoine Bisset Reply

    A Catholic Church was ablaze in Glasgow yesterday.
    In France a Catholic Church is set ablaze every week, by muslims.

    July 28, 2021 at 9:58 pm
    • Lily Reply

      A man has been arrested for the attack on the Edinburgh priest, so that’s something.

      July 28, 2021 at 10:07 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    The new full-length Archbishop Lefebvre movie is free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf9oy7wDkms

    July 30, 2021 at 11:37 am
  • Catherine Reply

    Dear Editor and Bloggers,

    I would like to ask if this blog would consider adding another permanent thread for Catechism and Apologetics as one topic for people who want to ask questions and discuss the various topics instead of going on the general thread.. I think it would be very useful for many people,. In my case, I would like to teach my children catechism and later apologetics with more confidence. I often have many questions, it would be useful if my young adult students or myself can post a question and discuss it. This will help us also to prepare ourselves to defend the faith better, when family and friends ask us questions we struggle to answer. I know we could use the general thread but if it was a dedicated thread, other people, e.g. homeschoolers may already have asked it and the answer will be easy to find. May be this would be of interest to others already on the blog but even people looking for catechism answers will find this blog when they search these questions, and hopefully become more informed and it may even help to convert people. I definitely think it would be easier than on the general thread. I would be grateful if the editor would consider this idea.

    July 30, 2021 at 1:21 pm
    • editor Reply

      Catherine,

      I know that sounds like a great idea but believe me, if home-schoolers and others keen to learn about the Faith were that interested, they’d be here right now.

      I’m not keen to post another “sticky” thread (in fact, not sure I would know how on this new site!) but you are always welcome to post questions on this GD thread and one of us will attempt to respond.

      I will, however, keep your request in mind and maybe in the future, there will be an opportunity to do something along the lines which you suggest. For now, though, you have both the GD thread and the Pro-Life thread. Feel free to ask anything on either of those threads – and you can always use the topic threads when appropriate, as well.

      My worry now is that I’ll be removed from your Christmas card list… 😀

      July 30, 2021 at 9:35 pm
  • wendywalker95 Reply

    Here’s the Sexual Revolution’s next step: pornography for children.

    A tweet spread sent out by British Broadcasting Company (BBC) suggested to viewers the possibility of “age-appropriate porn” [sic] to “teach” children about pornography.

    CLICK HERE to sign the petition to BBC, demanding that they apologize and retract their dangerous suggestion

    According to reports:

    “BBC Woman’s Hour asked social media followers to submit opinions about ‘the best way to inform teenagers’ about ‘age-appropriate porn.’

    The women’s radio magazine program — which has been on the air since 1946 — tweeted on [August 3]: ‘What’s the best way to inform teenagers about porn? Should there be age-appropriate porn as has been suggested so they can learn about consent and what’s respectful and what’s not? What do you think? Email us your opinions.’…

    “As Operation Underground Railroad founder Tim Ballard recently explained to The Daily Wire, sex traffickers rely upon pornographic material to ripen children for abuse: ‘If they can get access, they will try to desensitize them by showing them sexual things.’ ”

    (Source: DailyWire.com; emphasis added)

    Sign the petition to BBC, demanding an unequivocal and unreserved apology for its suggestion of pornography for minors

    The consequences of this would be devastating.

    Besides the destruction of innocence and the addiction to pornography, which is already a pandemic, there is also the danger that these under-age teenagers would emulate the perverse things they see.

    Worse, teaching “age-appropriate” pornography and softening it with “consent” can very well lead to the worse sexual crimes: “consensual” pedophilia.

    We must nip this danger in the bud.

    Please sign our petition, demanding an unreserved apology for even suggesting that pornography should be available to minors.

    I remain,

    Sincerely,


    John Horvat
    Vice-President, Tradition, Family and Property (TFP)
    http://www.ReturnToOrder.org

    August 9, 2021 at 9:38 am
  • gabriel syme Reply

    A Catholic priest has been murdered in France: Fr. Olivier Maire, French provincial superior of the Montfort Missionaries.

    The suspect – who handed himself in to Police – is an illegal immigrant from Rwanda, Emmanuel Abayisenga.
    Apparently the man had been helped by the Church, as regards his illegal status and avoiding deportation etc.

    Remarkably, the murder suspect is already the subject of another Police investigation, having set fire to Nantes Cathedral last year.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248621/breaking-catholic-priest-murdered-in-france-says-countrys-interior-minister

    While I understand why the Church wishes to help those on the margins etc, it could certainly do a better job as regards its duty of care towards clergy and the general public. It seems naive to the point of stupidity to continue to entertain an obviously very dangerous individual, with these tragic results.

    August 9, 2021 at 4:31 pm
    • editor Reply

      Gabriel Syme,

      I second your closing comment, 200%. Admittedly, I can be prone to exaggeration…

      I had hoped that, following the murder of the Polish student Angelika Kluk thanks to the ridiculous social-working mentality of the then PP of St Patrick’s church in Glasgow (now deceased), the hierarchy across the world might have learned the very obvious lesson. Leave the various institutions of State and social/charitable groups to give practical assistance to those in need rather than endanger lives for the sake of a Gospel which does not require such worldly activity as priests accommodating waifs and strays on church premises – the particular “stray” who, in the case of the Glasgow murder, turned out to be serial killer using a false name. At the time, I rang the Salvation Army in Glasgow and asked if they ever – for any reason – had to turn any homeless person away. Answer: no, never. So for these priests to seek the role of social worker, instead of referring those in need to relevant agencies, is really irritating.

      Now this latest French murder. Again, it’s not the role of any priest to take on the case(s) of illegal immigrants. Frankly, I think that is, in and of itself, tantamount to criminal activity. The only legitimate role for any priest meeting with an illegal immigrant seeking assistance, is to hand them the address of the relevant immigration agency.

      August 9, 2021 at 4:43 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      Gabriele Syme

      This highlights once again the very real threat illegal immigration poses to all countries. Donald Trump highlighted this perfectly with that ruthless South American gand known (I think) as M13. In Europe the threat is twofold – general criminals of all sorts slipping through the net into our communities and radical Islamists bent on getting into Europe to Kill non-Muslims. In France, sadly, the killing of priests and burning of churches by this latter element is all too common, so common in fact that I think it is beyond doubt the globalists running our world, the ones behind the flood of illegal immigrants, are using them as a tool to further eradicate Christianity from our culture. I think some writer somewhere recently made this connection between Communists and their use of radical Islam. It is truly shocking.

      No less shocking is the false charity of our Pope, bishops and certain priests who aid this mass criminality under the pretext of helping the marginalised. There is a proper set of rules for those in the world who are genuinely fleeing from danger to their lives. These can seek asylum in Western countries if they can prove that their lives are at risk. The vast majority, however, are either criminals or economic migrants flooding into our countries and overwhelming our systems and our culture. Supporting this is not charity, it’s insanity! This is what happens when men of the Church lose those special gifts from God called supernatural faith and wisdom.

      August 9, 2021 at 5:13 pm
  • gabriel syme Reply

    In the latest remarkable sign of Pope Francis’ contempt for Catholics – and how un-seriously he regards his role – it is reported today that he interrupted his weekly general audience in order to take a mobile phone call.

    He then walked out on the audience, returning after a while in order to greet those present.

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/holy-calling-pope-francis-has-phone-chat-during-audience-with-public/ar-AANc8e8?ocid=uxbndlbing

    We can only guess at who or what was so important that this behaviour was necessary.

    Who could imagine (for example) Queen Elizabeth taking a mobile phone call – or walking out – during the Trooping of the Colour at Horse Guards?

    (Obviously there is no direct comparison, but the point is about the conduct and priorities of public figures).

    August 11, 2021 at 1:26 pm
  • wendywalker95 Reply

    https://theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2021/05/new-boss-for-edinburgh-rape-crisis-centre/…Transgender woman who is head of Edinburgh Rape Crisis lashes out at attacks by bigots

    August 12, 2021 at 10:38 am
  • wendywalker95 Reply

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9888899/Scotland-let-pupils-aged-FOUR-change-gender.html………..UNBELIEVABLE SURELY THIS CANNOT BE HAPPENING ?

    August 13, 2021 at 10:36 am
  • gabriel syme Reply

    I had meant to post this good news previously (it is a few weeks old now, and readers may have heard it from elsewhere).

    The SSPX has become the new owner of the famous Minoritenkirche in Vienna (foundation stone laid 1276 AD).

    My understanding is that the “Minoriten” were a branch of Fransiscan Friars. The Church building has had quite a convoluted history, it seems that it was previously seized from the Catholic Church by some errant ruler and then gifted to a private Italian organisation.

    Most reports I have seen claim the building was gifted to the SSPX, though one or two say the Society bought the Church (if so, likely for a nominal fee).

    I have read that the previous owner first offered it to the FSSP, which declined, fearing conflict with Cardinal Schoenborn (in whose diocese it is situated). And so it went to the SSPX as apparently the owner was determined that the diocese should not get it. However, I cannot vouch for the veracity of these claims.

    Anyway, the SSPX now owns a beautiful and imposing Church, in a prominent location of central Vienna. Hooray!

    No doubt the upkeep of the building will be a financial challenge and I expect the SSPX will generate extra income by hosting concerts of sacred music there. (just as they do in the stunning St Wilibrords Church, Utrecht).

    Photos of the Church and its interior can be seen here:

    https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/minoritenkirche-wien.html

    August 17, 2021 at 8:45 pm
  • wendywalker95 Reply

    TO OUR CHRISTIAN MEDICS AND TO PRO-LIFE CHRISTIANS

    I suggest discussing and debating this subject now among Muslim and medical medics
    for PROPER INFORMED CONSENT
    I presented myself a paper before on the concerns regarding vaccines which was published in 2011 in the US.
    I will be happy to discuss the issue .
    Please see below new Christian instructions

    From: Liberty Coalition Canada
    Sent: 17 August 2021 04:24
    To: Abdel
    Subject: How to Resist Vaccination Coercion

    Liberty Coalition Canada
    View Online
    August 16, 2021

    How to Resist Vaccination Coercion

    Option A: For Christian Use Broadly​

    Step 1 – Read and Sign online the Christian Declaration on Freedom From Vaccination Coercion. ​

    Step 2 – Print off the Declaration, sign, and use to declare your sincerely held beliefs.

    Step 3 – Document all instances of discrimination and email support@libertycoalitioncanada.com

    Option B: For Christian University/College Students

    Step 1 – Read and Sign online the Christian Declaration on Freedom From Vaccination Coercion.

    Step 2 – Read and understand the Demand for Accommodation Letter by LCC Chief Litigator James Kitchen.

    Step 3 – Print off both the Declaration (PDF) and the Letter (PDF). Take them into whatever campus office that deals with human rights and state that you are demanding the vaccine passport policy not be enforced against you because you religiously object to the COVID vaccine.

    Alternatively, do the above by email, attaching the same documents.

    Step 4 – Then, assert your rights by continuing to attend your classes, go to practices/games, live in your dormitory, etc.

    Step 5 – Document all instances of enforcement, penalty, or discrimination and email support@libertycoalitioncanada.com​​​​​

    A CHRISTIAN DECLARATION

    ON FREEDOM FROM VACCINATION COERCION

    In view of national and provincial regulations mandating vaccination passports, thereby limiting or denying access to goods, services, businesses, public venues, universities and colleges, as well as employment opportunities for unvaccinated persons, and in view of the fact that such mandates violate the conscience rights and bodily integrity of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons alike, we the undersigned issue the following sincerely-held declaration of Christian truth grounded in scripture, upholding the solemn and inherited right of every person to assert their freedom to decline any unwanted medical treatment or procedure, including vaccination without fear of discrimination, punishment or reprisal:

    WHEREAS devout Christians have for centuries made invaluable contributions to the natural and medical sciences, the establishment of hospitals, the development of life-saving treatments, and the care of the sick and dying – manifesting the biblical view that God created the world, including our physical bodies with treatable properties, and that we are integral beings created in the image of God with inner (invisible) and outer (visible) constituents (Gen: 1,2, Exo. 20; Exo. 34, 1 Tim. 5:23);

    AND WHEREAS Christians are commanded to live in light of God’s moral commands, including expressing love for one’s neighbour by resisting oppression and injustice, whether it be as a result of individual conduct or the actions of any State, agency or bureaucracy – including any immoral or unethical development such as coercive vaccination programs (Isa. 1:17; Matt. 22:39; Jam. 5:14);

    AND WHEREAS Christians are instructed by Scripture to view their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit and to steward their bodies accordingly as creatures ultimately accountable to God (Rom. 12:1: 1 Cor. 3:17-20, 6:19-20, 7:1).

    AND WHEREAS Christians are required to honour the sanctity of human life, including pre-natal human life and therefore protect unborn children from medical experimentation in the production of some vaccines (Gen. 1:27; Gen 9:6; Ps. 139:13-16);

    AND WHEREAS Christian parents are instructed to nurture, provide for, and raise up their children in the Lord, a responsibility not given by God to the State or any other human agency (Deut. 6:5-9; Eph. 6:4);

    AND WHEREAS every Christian is commanded not to pass judgement upon others over disputable matters, but rather to honour personal religious convictions and individual liberty (including anything one understands to be unhealthy such as certain foods, smoking, drinking alcohol, or employing experimental drugs for treating illness) (Rom. 14:19; 1 Cor. 8:1-13);

    AND WHEREAS Christ is our supreme King and Lord, and we are subject to his final authority alone in all matters of life, faith and conscience (Eph. 4:4-6; Col. 1:16-18);

    AND WHEREAS Christians recognize that they will one day stand before God to give an account for their lives and do therefore seek to exercise wisdom and discernment in all their decisions (2 Cor. 5:10; Rom. 12:2);

    AND WHEREAS God created human beings and all the earth’s resources and called them to work and enjoy the fruit of their labour as a pre-political duty and right (prior to the existence of the state) and further clarifies this requirement by commanding people to work six days and rest on each sabbath in order to develop culture in obedience to God and provide for their families, thus freedom to work is an inalienable right that no person should be unjustly denied (Ex. 20:9; 1 Tim.5:8);

    AND WHEREAS Christians are commanded to gather for worship and have done so weekly for centuries in recognition of Christ’s resurrection and are only restricted by Holy Scripture from participating due to unrepentant sin (Heb. 10:25; 1 Cor 14:1-40);

    AND WHEREAS Christians and all Canadians are entitled to freedom of conscience and religion, expression, thought, opinion and belief, as fundamental freedoms in section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;

    WE THE UNDERSIGNED, representatives of various confessionally orthodox churches, denominations, organizations, and fellowships, ASSERT AND DECLARE that the following religious articles be honoured, maintained and protected in all the Provinces and Territories of the Dominion of Canada:

    Article 1: That Christians shall remain free to decide for themselves whether to be vaccinated or unvaccinated, and shall maintain their bodily integrity by asserting their God-given freedom to decline participation in any medical experiment or vaccination program that violates their convictions and conscience before God.

    Article 2: That Christian parents shall be afforded their divinely-inherited rights to decide whether their children shall be vaccinated or unvaccinated, that the State shall not interfere with this God-given right, and that their children shall not be subjects of discrimination, State-sponsored coercion, or stigma for their vaccination status.

    Article 3: That Christians shall remain free from any coercion to receive, administer, or promote any vaccine that was derived directly or indirectly from aborted human fetal cell lines.

    Article 4: That Christians shall remain free to pursue gainful employment, work, and engage in commerce without discrimination, and be free to maintain their God-given and inherited liberty to decline vaccinations in keeping with their conscience.

    Article 5: That Christians shall remain free to enter houses of worship without having to provide proof of vaccination.​

    Article 6: That Christian students and teachers shall remain free to teach and attend at educational institutions without providing proof of vaccination status.

    In keeping with the Word of God we call upon all citizens, public officials, courts, medical institutions, businesses, corporations, places of worship and education, to honour the conscience and sincerely-held beliefs of Christians, and refrain from drafting or implementing policy or legislation that violate or disallow the long-established freedom to decline participation in vaccination or medical treatment.

    This statement summarizes the deeply held conviction of the undersigned and of all those citizens who join us in signing this declaration:​​​

    ————————————​​

    Initial Signatories

    – Rev. Dr. Aaron Rock
    – Rev. Dr. Michael Thiessen
    – Rev. Dr. Joe Boot
    – Rev. Dr. Rick Baker
    – James S. M. Kitchen, J.D.
    – Pastor Timothy Stephens
    – Pastor Trevor Stephens
    – Pastor Riley Toews
    – Pastor David Harness Jr.
    – Pastor Steve Bainbridge
    – Pastor Greg Armstrong
    – Pastor Chris Eelman
    – Constable Jonathan Coote
    – Marty Elson
    – Michael Slauenwhite
    – Jonathan Meadows
    – Pastor Andrew DeBartolo

    Sign the Declaration
    Printable Declaration (PDF)
    View All Signatories

    Demand for Accommodation Letter

    by LCC Chief Litigator James Kitchen

    LCC Letterhead.jpg
    August 16, 2021​

    RE: Demand for Accommodation from Mandatory COVID Vaccination​

    I write as litigation counsel with Liberty Coalition Canada (“Liberty Coalition”). Liberty Coalition advocates for the liberty of Canadians, such as freedom of conscience and religion, the right to bodily autonomy, and the right to make personal health choices free of coercion. We represent the interests of students who have expressed to Liberty Coalition their deep concern regarding the recent move by universities and colleges to demand all or some of those on campus receive COVID vaccinations under the threat of penalization should they exercise their right to decline.

    Duty to Accommodate Students who Decline COVID Vaccination due to Religious Beliefs

    Pursuant to section 1 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, Ontario universities and colleges must not discriminate against students by denying accommodation, including accommodation for students unable to receive COVID vaccines due to their “creed”.

    Any exclusion or penalization of students who decline to receive COVID vaccines due to their Christian or pro-life beliefs will be unlawful discrimination, including any testing requirements not imposed on all other students. Universities and colleges must accommodate students to the point of undue hardship. Refraining from excluding or imposing restrictions on unvaccinated students does not impose undue hardship on universities and colleges, as detailed below.

    The Scientific Reality of COVID Vaccinations

    The COVID vaccines available in Canada are “experimental” insofar as they have not been properly tested, are the result of accelerated development, use novel technology, and have only received “interim authorization” by various governments, not “approval”. This necessarily implies a degree of long-term risk associated with receiving a COVID vaccine, and, indeed, the long-term risks of the available COVID vaccines are entirely unknown.

    Further, it has recently come to light that the COVID vaccines carry an alarming degree of short-term risks, up to and including serious cardiovascular harm, neurological harm, and even death. Unfortunately, like so many things regarding COVID, the COVID vaccines have become politicized and information regarding their potentially dangerous side effects is being suppressed.

    However inconvenient, the fact is the COVID vaccines are not “safe”. As just one example of how the effects of some of the COVID vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines) are not what was initially promulgated, it is now known the spike protein does not stay within the area of the vaccine injection site, but rather travels to every part of the body, and that the spike protein may act as a toxin and collect in certain areas of the body (such as the ovaries), potentially causing permanent damage. The recent report by viral immunologist and Guelph University Professor, Dr. Byram Bridle explains how the COVID vaccines work, their experimental nature, and why they can be dangerous, among other things. ​​​​​

    COVID-19 is Not Serious Enough to Outweigh the Risks of the COVID Vaccinations

    COVID-19 is not an extremely severe or uncommonly deadly respiratory illness. Despite media fear-mongering and government propaganda, COVID-19, including any of its so-called variants, is not of “pandemic proportions”. The reality is COVID poses no credible threat to anybody under the age of retirement, except the very few who are significantly immunocompromised or have serious health conditions such as obesity. Further, asymptomatic people, otherwise known as “healthy” individuals, do not meaningfully contribute to the transmission of COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.

    Further still, it is now known (if not widely, due to the suppression of inconvenient information) that natural immunity is both widespread and provides even more effective protection than the vaccines against both the original strain of COVID and its subsequent variants.

    In short, COVID vaccinations are not required to protect the “health and safety” of students, faculty, staff, or visitors to the reasonable degree required by law. Any reasonable accommodation or duty of care obligation on universities and colleges to the few individuals with physical disabilities or medical conditions that actually put them at any measurable degree of risk from COVID-19 can be discharged without incurring the incredibly undue hardship of mandating all students receive COVID vaccinations, even the ones who do not consent.

    Students’ Charter Rights to Decline COVID Vaccinations

    Any requirement that students unwillingly receive a COVID vaccination in order to attend classes, live on campus, or participate in athletics is unreasonable in light of the above. Any attempt to penalize a student for the reasonable decision to not receive a COVID vaccine will be unlawful. ​​​​​​​

    As recently noted by the Court of Appeal of Alberta, public universities and colleges are bound by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms regarding certain aspects of the institution’s relationship with its students. In addition to being unlawful due to its unreasonableness, excluding students from full participation in all academic or extracurricular activities due to their unvaccinated status will infringe their rights to liberty and security of the person as guaranteed by section 7 of the Charter in a manner not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice. For students who object to receiving COVID vaccines for religious or conscientious reasons, their section 2(a) Charter rights will also be infringed. These rights limitations are incapable of being demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

    Security of the person protects the right of students to be free from action by their institution that threatens physical harm to their bodies. As already detailed, the available COVID vaccinations are potentially dangerous and unnecessary. Any coercion to accept a high risk and low benefit medical intervention such as the COVID vaccines implicates security of the person. ​

    Liberty under section 7 of the Charter protects students’ right to bodily autonomy. Ownership and autonomy over the body and the ability to freely choose what does or does not enter one’s body is a critical aspect of individual liberty. Universities and colleges do not own or control students’ bodies and must never be permitted to act as if they do by coercing students to take COVID vaccines without their consent by penalizing them if they don’t. Liberty is egregiously interfered with by the threat of being excluded from classes, varsity athletics, or other programs and services if students decline to be unnecessarily injected with foreign, experimental substances that carry serious risks and limited benefits.

    Freedom of conscience and religion guarantees the rights of students to manifest in their daily lives their sincerely held religious and conscientious beliefs. Students who are precluded from receiving COVID vaccines due to their pro-life and/or Christian beliefs have the Charter-protected right to decline COVID vaccination without being penalized by their university or college through the loss of access to classes, dormitories or athletics.

    Requiring the indefinite twice weekly testing of students who decline COVID vaccines and/or refuse to disclose their vaccination status does nothing to justify the above rights violations. COVID testing is notoriously inaccurate and entirely useless in the face of the scientific reality that natural immunity is effective and widespread. Such an approach will only result in further rights violations when students are inevitably excluded following a “positive” test result. Further still, any exclusion or extra hurdles imposed, such as invasive testing every few days, as a result of a student’s refusal to receive, or disclose whether they have received, COVID vaccines is also an unjustified infringement of section 8 of the Charter, which protects students’ right to privacy regarding personal health decisions. ​

    Conclusion

    The decision to receive a vaccine, particularly the potentially dangerous, unnecessary, and experimental COVID vaccines, is a deeply personal health decision and, for some, a matter of deep personal conviction. Any student’s decision to decline the COVID vaccines that is rooted in a protected ground such as creed must not result in discriminatory treatment by the student’s university or college. ​

    Liberty Coalition is prepared to take whatever steps necessary to defend the rights of students to not be excluded from any aspect of campus life because they decline COVID vaccines for religious or conscientious reasons. ​​​​​

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    Regards,
    James S. M. Kitchen
    Chief Litigator
    Liberty Coalition Canada

    August 18, 2021 at 10:47 am
  • wendywalker95 Reply August 18, 2021 at 12:58 pm
  • wendywalker95 Reply

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/nhs-data-grab-hold-millions-071529856.html………PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THANK YOU

    August 23, 2021 at 3:51 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      Wendy Walker

      This is shocking – yet another indication that the government is gradually assuming ever greater control over our personal lives. Thank God so many people opted out but what we actually need to see for the good of the world is for God to completely wipe out digital technology. The world was a much happier, safer and holier place until the advent of information technology.

      August 23, 2021 at 4:51 pm
  • Athanasius Reply

    Wendy

    Yes, I read about this last week. I don’t think Francis would have replaced him had the information not gone public and viral. Had it been kept “in-house”, so to speak, then I suspect arrangements would have begun to give this filthy bishop the Cardinal’s hat. Tragic indeed, but it’s the realistic state the Church finds hersilf in with these immoral people who have infiltrated the clergy.

    August 23, 2021 at 4:54 pm
  • wendywalker95 Reply

    PANDA – Pandemics Data and Analytics
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    The Pathway to Persecution
    By Dan Astin-Gregory
    The screenshot below is a worrying indicator of how vulnerable society is right now and is most concerning for those who are unable to be vaccinated or choose not to be.
    Do you really want to be part of a society that is divided and segregated, where some members of your family, friends and colleagues will be regarded as secondary citizens and unable to participate in society alongside you?
    History has shown us the pre-cursors to persecution, or worse, and unfortunately we are rapidly traversing this path:
    Stage 1. Classification: All cultures have categories to distinguish people into “us and them”. Unvaccinated are classified as the “other” through discrimination.
    Stage 2. Symbolisation: Individuals become labeled and stigmatised as ‘unvaccinated’ based upon whether they have been vaccinated. Vaccine passports are a way to digitally symbolise ones immunisation status.
    Stage 3. Dehumanisation – Dehumanisation overcomes the normal human revulsion against harm to others.
    One group denies the humanity of the other group. The unvaccinated falsely become equated with transmission of the virus and disease.
    At this stage, propaganda in media is used to vilify the unvaccinated. The majority group is taught to regard the other group as less than human, and even alien to their society. They are indoctrinated to believe that “We are better off without them.”
    Stage 4. Discrimination: The unvaccinated have rights removed and are unable to fully access society. This is already happening.
    History shows what these pre-cursors can lead to. Let’s hope this does not progress to stage 5 and beyond for the sake of humanity.
    These horrors are only overcome by the majority of society standing together against this type of behaviour and saying NO.
    We can begin to live with the virus responsibly and manage the risks the vulnerable whilst still enjoying nights out with friends, dinner with family, afterwork drinks with colleagues, watching our favourite teams play, attending gigs and festivals, TOGETHER.
    It’s time to take a stand for a free, fair and open society that is grounded in a foundation of love, compassion and unity.
    Let us work together to ensure that this public health crisis does not become a crisis of humanity.

    August 24, 2021 at 11:13 am
    • Athanasius Reply

      Wendy Walker

      The blindness in society is a result of its godlessness. The people have long wanted to be rid of God and His divine laws so that they can enslave themselves to sinful habits. Well, they have their way – only it’s not just enslavement to sin they now have for their reward, they have totalitarian enslavement of their lives also. Very soon now all the self-indulgent pleasures they left God for will be taken away from them and their lives henceforth will be lived in utter subservience to their new Communist totalitarian masters, unless of course they turn back to God, which is unlikely.

      August 24, 2021 at 12:40 pm
  • gabriel syme Reply

    Further to recent speculation about Pope Francis’ health, rumours of an impending conclave gather pace:

    https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/08/socci-buzz-in-vatican-conclave-is-in-air.html

    Surely Francis would not resign while Benedict lives, and so create a “former Popes club”? Though maybe the idea of giving a final instance of “the fingers” to the Church and all Catholics in this way might appeal to him.

    August 24, 2021 at 4:31 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      Gabriel Syme

      I’m not sure that Pope Bergoglio would relish the thought that a successor might overturn the destruction of Catholic faith and morals that he has so assiduously worked towards, so I can’t see a resignation unless he’s already plotting his successor from a stacked conclave! It could be, though, that his health is in more serious decline than we’ve been told and that he simply knows that he will not be around much longer. I still wouldn’t put it past him to try to rig the next election to make sure there is no roll back on his destructive papacy.

      August 24, 2021 at 5:09 pm
      • gabriel syme

        Athanasius,

        It seems Bergoglio might not be finished yet.

        It is reported that the leadership of the canonically regular traditional groups – FSSP & ICKSP – have been summoned to appear in Rome in September.

        It is expected that this is for some kind of loyalty test regarding Vatican II, as well as to discuss implementation of Traditionis Custodes.

        This from Taylor Marshall:

        https://taylormarshall.com/2021/08/740-pope-francis-calls-latin-mass-leaders-rome-fssp-icksp-will-loyalty-tested-podcast.html

        It could be that Bergoglio is seeking to quash or bully these groups, just prior to bringing the curtain down on his miserable pontificate.

        If these men are indeed to present themselves in Rome, I hope they have the backbone to stand up to Francis. If asked to affirm Vatican II, they could say that they will gladly do so after it is reviewed and subjected to a syllabus or errors – as Bishop Schneider and others have previously called for.

        In this way, Francis’s actions could blow up in his face, but it all depends on these groups having the backbone which Archbishop Lefebvre had.

        August 25, 2021 at 11:41 am
      • Athanasius

        Gabriel Syme

        I know what he intends to do, he intends to get these leaders to agree to force all priests to celebrate the Novus Ordo as well as the TLM. If they cave into that blackmail then I’m afraid they will lose all credibility and become hypocrites before God. I hope they have the martyrs’ spirit and not that of Judas Iscariot!

        August 25, 2021 at 11:53 am
  • wendywalker95 Reply

    Majid Katme
    Tue 24/08/2021 14:26
    MORE AND MORE MEDICAL TYRANNY !!!
    MORE AND MORE DRACONIAN LAWS!!!

    Power to remove you from your home and your family and be forcibly vaccinated!!.

    Coronavirus Bill: emergency Covid-19 legislation – House of Lords Library
    The bill proposes new laws that would provide the Government, and various public bodies, with powers to manage the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK.

    The U.K. govt new bill is terrifying – lawfully dissenting is our reproach under common law…

    Coming into law-UK

    Coronavirus Bill (HC Bill 122)

    The emergency Coronavirus Bill will be rushed through as LAW( public do not know about it)

    Today sees the 2nd reading, if passed it will immediately proceed to 3rd and on. And contains the most draconian powers ever proposed in peace-time Britain.
    This WILL BE rushed through Parliament and the powers will last two years

    New powers WILL affect OUR freedom and take away OUR rights – And this is how the main body, potentially translates as…

    * Forced detention and isolation can be of anyone, including children, and for any amount of time.
    KIDNAPPING with no accountability

    * Authorities can FORCIBLY take biological samples from your body.
    Human rights REMOVED

    * There’s no clear access to legal rights from as-yet unidentified isolation facilities.
    Financial crisis or remedies DENIED

    * Powers last up to 2.5 years
    Lockdown powers could prevent protests against measures.
    DELIBERATELY included

    * State surveillance safeguards weakened.
    Track & Trace will be used as the equivalent of monitoring travel, and where ELECTRONIC TAG – Your mobile

    * Protections from forced detainment and treatment under Mental Health Act lowered.
    If you put up any belligerence or defensive, the establishment can SHUT YOU DOWN and a permanent record placed against you

    * Cremations can be enforced against personal and religious wishes.
    TO DENY EVIDENCE of murder by lethal injection for no medical reason

    * Changes to the Court system. The total REMOVAL of personal and civil rights, under Common Law

    * Registration of deaths, will state Covid

    * No inquests into suspicious deaths!
    DENYING challenges, the BS of dying from an earache justifies death by lethal injection

    * No requirement for any medical certification for burials or cremations!
    FAST TRACK covers up

    It also indemnifies the Health Service should they fail for whatever reason to provide care.
    They can literally murder, with no investigation

    The most frightening part?

    * Only ONE medical ‘officer’ is required to sign off COMPULSORY TREATMENT ORDER which means…

    In the real world you can be forced to accept medication. Or held down and injected with whatever is seen fit

    THAT is the biggest and worst threat to your own freedoms

    Schedule 8 Pt1.**

    Local Authorities will now be exempted from compliance with their duties under The Care Act 2014. Schedule 11

    The BBC won’t be telling you that bit…

    So If someone dies in police custody or any type of custody, they can simply dispose of the body without any paperwork medical exam or certification or inquest

    Get the facts…

    * https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/58-01/0122/cbill_2019-20210122_en_1.htm?fbclid=

    * https://lordslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/lln-2020-0086/

    OUR GOVERNMENT HAS DECLARED WAR against us all – For a non-pandemic, they classified as a flu

    Now tell me THIS IS ABOUT stopping the spread of Coronavirus that’s factually a weaponised Seasonal flu

    MORE MEDICAL TYRANY….!!!
    NEW DRACONIAN LAWS…!!!

    WE NEED TO STOP THIS NEW UNJUST BARBARIC LAWS!!!

    Please SHARE WIDELY with all your contacts

    Thank you

    August 25, 2021 at 11:18 am
  • wendywalker95 Reply

    The above is really scary horrific in fact …………

    August 25, 2021 at 11:19 am
  • wendywalker95 Reply

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000x4dj………….MONDAY 28/8 BBC 1..7 PM ……ABOUT A PRIDE MARCH IN ULSTER …ENTITLES PRIDE OF PLACE ……….PLEASE WATCH

    August 25, 2021 at 7:55 pm
  • wendywalker95 Reply

    https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2021-08-25/beer-glasses-at-the-ready-for-real-ale-festival-at-suffolk-cathedral….WOULD YOU BELIEVE A BEER FESTIVAL IN A BURY ST EDMUNDS CATHEDERAL AND 2 MEN DRESSEDAS BARMAIDS ACTING OBSCENELY

    August 26, 2021 at 1:41 pm
    • Josephine Reply

      wendywalker95,

      That’s a disgrace about the beer festival – I’m just relieved it’s not a Catholic cathedral, I suppose that’s yet to come.

      August 26, 2021 at 9:00 pm
  • leprechaun Reply

    Dear Fellow Traditional Catholic,

    Traditional Catholicism is under threat from the powers that be. Never before has a Vicar of Christ tried with so much determination to cancel the age old Teachings of the Church.

    As Traditional Catholics, we ought to demonstrate our allegiance to Holy Mother Church by attending the annual pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday September 11th, 2021. Depart from the Slipper Chapel near Houghton St. Giles at 12.00noon prompt. Website: https://fsspx.uk/en/news-events/calendar/walsingham-pilgrimage-2021-49212

    Our Lady has promised us that: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will Triumph”, and by undertaking the penances of the journey to Walsingham and of the pilgrimage, we can show our love for her, and merit the graces she will bestow on us in return. These are graces that we are going to need as the pressure to suppress Tradition increases. The event will also be an opportunity to pray for more vocations in these times of threat to our Seminaries, and to dedicate our country to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    For the gentlemen reading this, do not overlook also the rescheduled Men’s Ignatian Retreat at St. Saviour’s House in Bristol between 25th and 30th of October – this is truly a life-changing experience. Website: https://fsspx.uk/en/news-events/calendar/mens-ignatian-retreat-67097

    God bless the work,

    Leprechaun

    August 26, 2021 at 4:59 pm
    • Josephine Reply

      leprechaun,

      I’d love to go to Walsingham, but can’t make it this year. I hope the pilgrimage is fruitful, though, and I’ll be with you in spirit and prayer.

      August 26, 2021 at 9:01 pm
    • westminsterfly Reply

      Hi Leprechaun
      Saturday is the 10th of September? Did you mean Sunday 11th or Saturday 10th?

      August 24, 2022 at 1:22 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Ignore that – I’ve just realised I’m looking at a comment made in 2021. Doh!

        August 24, 2022 at 1:25 pm
  • wendy walker Reply

    Dear wonderful all regarding my request for Prayer re a suspected blood clot in my leg I had to attend another very detailed scan yesterday Sunday and mercifully there was no clot
    To say I am relieved is an under statement and I just cannot thank you enough
    BLESS YOU ALL

    August 30, 2021 at 9:42 am
    • editor Reply

      Wendy,

      That is WONDERFUL news! Thanks be to God!

      August 30, 2021 at 10:19 am
  • Bernie Reply

    Greta Thunberg is criticising Scotland ahead of the climate conference in Glasgow. That’s a big mistake!
    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/environment/greta-thunberg-cop26-host-scotland-not-a-world-leader-on-climate-crisis/ar-AANVRNt?ocid=msedgntp#comments

    August 31, 2021 at 12:45 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      Bernie

      That wee girl should be under permanent psychological supervision – she’s clearly mentally disturbed.

      August 31, 2021 at 2:48 pm
      • Lily

        Athanasius,

        I couldn’t agree more. She’s had her childhood ruined by the vested interests pushing her to be their icon. This is interesting.
        https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/2019/10/03/opinion-real-tragedy-greta-thunberg/3830224002/

        August 31, 2021 at 3:06 pm
      • wendy walker

        ABSOLUTELY SPOT ON …….re Greta …and of course by D Attenborough yo u see so many young people involved in stardom who by their own admission and put on WIKI have very serious mental illness also many environmentalists who are on our TV constantly pressing Veganism……melting ice bergs etc on us and Joe public all fall for it

        September 2, 2021 at 2:10 pm
  • wendy walker Reply

    Dear Dr. Majid Katme,

    It’s hard to believe that a respected news source would even suggest the idea of pornography for children. But that’s just what happened!

    A tweet spread sent out by British Broadcasting Company (BBC) proposed the possibility of “age-appropriate porn” [sic] to “teach” children about pornography.

    CLICK HERE to sign the petition to BBC, demanding that they apologize and retract their dangerous suggestion

    According to reports:

    “BBC Woman’s Hour asked social media followers to submit opinions about ‘the best way to inform teenagers’ about ‘age-appropriate porn.’

    “The women’s radio magazine program — which has been on the air since 1946 — tweeted on [August 3]: ‘What’s the best way to inform teenagers about porn? Should there be age-appropriate porn as has been suggested so they can learn about consent and what’s respectful and what’s not? What do you think? Email us your opinions.’…

    “As Operation Underground Railroad founder Tim Ballard recently explained to The Daily Wire, sex traffickers rely upon pornographic material to ripen children for abuse: ‘If they can get access, they will try to desensitize them by showing them sexual things.’ ”

    (Source: DailyWire.com)

    Sign the petition to BBC, demanding an unequivocal and unreserved apology for its suggestion of pornography for minors

    The consequences of this would be devastating.

    Besides the destruction of innocence and the addiction to pornography, which is already a pandemic, there is also the danger that these under-age teenagers would emulate the perverse things they see.

    Worse, teaching “age-appropriate” pornography and softening it with “consent” can very well lead to the worse sexual crimes: “consensual” pedophilia.

    We must nip this danger in the bud.

    Please sign our petition, demanding an unreserved apology for even suggesting that pornography should be available to minors.

    I remain,

    Sincerely,


    John Horvat
    Vice-President, Tradition, Family and Property (TFP)
    http://www.ReturnToOrder.org

    September 12, 2021 at 3:49 pm
    • editor Reply

      Wendy,

      So much for the NHS being “overwhelmed”. Not if they’ve time and money to waste on this baloney.

      September 20, 2021 at 11:53 am
  • westminsterfly Reply

    For those in or around the London area, the 36th annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation has been resurrected for 2021 after all the covid problems. It will be on Saturday 9th October at 1.45pm. Meet at Ambrosden Avenue, outside Westminster Cathedral. Process to the London Oratory, praying the 15 decades of the Rosary with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Unfortunately, because of covid restrictions and because the Crusade usually attracts a huge crowd, there will be no ceremonies after the procession inside the Oratory this year, there will just be a short outdoor ceremony. It will end approximately 3.45pm. https://rosarycrusadeofreparation.blogspot.com

    September 21, 2021 at 10:57 am
  • wendy walker Reply

    Sancta Familia
    27 ftSeptSrembenrn tcat 22ur:14d ·
    Don’t make ‘Doctor will see you now’ the scariest sentence. Stop Assisted Suicide.
    This dangerous legislation should be stopped before it begins. Share your view on the link
    https://www.assisteddying.scot/
    Some alarming news from European Nations with this already legal
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49660525
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-45117163
    https://www.theguardian.com/…/new-do-not-resuscitate…
    https://www.carenotkilling.org.uk/…/assisted-suicide…/
    https://www.carenotkilling.org.uk/…/euthanasia-in…/
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/…/allowing-assisted-dying…
    https://www.theguardian.com/…/three-netherlands…

    September 29, 2021 at 10:45 am
  • gabriel syme Reply

    Did anyone see these recent comments from Cardinal Kasper, regarding the heretical “German Synodal Path”?

    I thought it was a scream, that Kasper – a champion of Vatican 2 rubbish – wonders if the Synodal way “is still entirely Catholic” and moans that “there is no need to turn everything upside down”.

    What a hoot!

    The generation which delighted in “turning everything upside down” now complain when their heretical theological offspring now do it to them!

    What a delicious irony!

    Its notable that he doesn’t moan that the Germans are deviating from the Catholic faith, but rather that they are deviating from Vatican 2.

    https://www.ncregister.com/news/cardinal-kasper-on-german-synod-many-wonder-whether-all-this-is-still-entirely-catholic

    September 30, 2021 at 9:51 pm
    • editor Reply

      gabriel syme,

      Priceless! Absolutely priceless!

      September 30, 2021 at 10:49 pm
  • gabriel syme Reply

    Recently a friend told me about a new Catholic publication in Scotland, “The Scottish Catholic”.

    I was briefly interested, but then I found out its from the same stable as the defunct (no wonder!) Scottish Catholic Observer and is carrying an article about “faith leaders” and “climate change” on its website.

    Thanks, but no thanks!

    https://www.scottishcatholic.com/

    The reign of Editor and Catholic Truth remains secure! 🙂

    October 17, 2021 at 9:34 pm
    • editor Reply

      Gabriel Syme,

      Unfortunately!

      I was saying, only today, that if only the donations would dry up and the comments stop (slowly!) rolling in, I could say that God has other plans, shut up the Catholic Truth office and say, nice knowing y’all, ‘bye folks 😀

      October 17, 2021 at 10:18 pm
      • gabriel syme

        Editor,

        Are you suggesting the fire in your belly has gone out? Never!

        I appreciate running Catholic Truth is hard work and likely seems a thankless task at times, but I am confident you & CT do more good than you could ever imagine.

        For one thing, you brought me to tradition and surely this great and legendary success alone makes it all worthwhile? It will ring out, throughout the ages! 😛

        (But seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart – I can only imagine how things would be right now, if I were taking my 3 daughters to the local novus ordo clown show. Ye Gods!).

        Hang in there, I say! Between your family, friends and the loyal CT following, you have no end of people who will carry on your good work, should you ever wish to make more time for gymnastics / dog racing / karate / whatever.

        But, God willing, such a time is very far off yet!

        More power to your elbow! 🙂

        October 17, 2021 at 10:50 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        Well, I just keep thinking that I could be using my time in so many and varied ways – holidays, crossword puzzles, quizzes… Then I watched this clip and decided, nope! I’ll stick with what I’m doing right now, easier on the nerves, and hope for the (eternal) best 😀

        October 17, 2021 at 11:49 pm
    • editor Reply

      Gabriel Syme,

      I visited that link to The Scottish Catholic and it looks to be The Scottish Catholic Observer, the Glossy Version. “Glossy” costs a fortune so I wonder… who is behind it?

      The links are not working – I clicked on several, not all, and the ones I clicked lead through to a “Hmmmm…” nothing here page. Anyway, I subscribed to received their emails so it will be good to keep an eye on that one. Thank you for the alert.

      October 18, 2021 at 10:12 am
  • Pat McKay Reply

    Alas, more horrible news. From the Carfin Lourdes Grotto Facebook page today ….

    …..’We are very sad to report some yobs have destroyed some of the candle stands were we pray for our loved ones. Whilst there is financial damage and implications for repairs at a time when we are tight in cash, there is larger impact of intimidation and desecrating the prayers of the faithful and their loved ones. Please if you know details contact police’ ….

    If you have a Facebook account, there’s a photo and video of the fire-damaged area on both the Sancta Familia and the Carfin Grotto sites. Surely it’s time to get the Grotto CCTV system extended. There are many vulnerable areas with no coverage and alas, we can only expect more of this in the future

    October 18, 2021 at 2:59 pm
  • gabriel syme Reply

    Some good news from the SSPX – they have enjoyed a bumper year of entrants into their houses of formation across the globe:

    There are 118 new entrants across the various categories (seminarian, brothers, postulants etc).

    https://fsspx.news/fr/news-events/news/fraternit%C3%A9-saint-pie-x-entr%C3%A9es-dans-les-s%C3%A9minaires-en-2021-69375

    The link is in French, but can be translated easily via Google Translate.

    There is no doubt a “Francis effect” going on here. ~10 years ago, the SSPX would typically get 40 – 50 entrants per year – so this is a real step change.

    I wondered if some of these young men were previously destined for the FSSP / ICKSP etc and maybe had changed course due to the wicked Traditiones Custodes.

    However, that document is still very new and typically young people spend months or years in contact with religious institutions before deciding to enter them (often making visits etc first). And so perhaps we are still to see the full effect of this new attack on tradition, in terms of numbers of seminarians flowing into the SSPX. With Francis essentially gelding the other traditional orders, they will surely be attractive to far fewer postulants.

    October 24, 2021 at 8:17 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    Just when you thought Pope Francis couldn’t go any lower . . . https://www.fromrome.info/2021/11/03/bergoglio-celebrates-all-souls-day-on-tombs-of-moors-who-raped-60000-italians (P.S. Disclaimer – the owner of that blog pushes his view that Francis is an anti-Pope and that Benedict is the real Pope, but apart from that, there is no reason to doubt the veracity of this particular story, as he shows an Italian newspaper article about it.)

    November 5, 2021 at 10:37 am
  • westminsterfly Reply November 5, 2021 at 10:39 am
  • Victor Reply

    Well it’s impossible to bump a three year old thread (and for good reason) but this article on dreams appeared at the bottom of the page yesterday, and I can share a brief comment on my experience.
    https://catholictruthscotland.com/2018/01/23/does-god-speak-to-us-in-dreams/

    Not so long ago I was tempted with something sinful and while in and out of sleep I heard a voice. It wasn’t a dream, just a voice, and if I had never heard of the name before. I had heard of St. Martin de Porres (also mentioned on this blog) and the name Martin and the city Tours. I was thinking to myself about faith and evidence and what witnesses we have today? when this voice said very clearly, St. Martin of Tours. So I went to sleep and mostly forgot about it until a few days later I looked up the biography of St. Martin. It was coincidentally almost a week before his Feast Day on November 11, and it was definitely the first time I’d read of this saint. A contemporary of Athanasius and Augustine, the memorable story was of St. Martin the soldier splitting his military cloak in two to give to a beggar. Later in a dream Martin saw the Lord Jesus who said to him, “Martin, a mere catechumen, has clothed me.” St. Martin of Tours is patron saint of soldiers – and conscientous objectors. How timely for the trials of our time when the injections are being pressured or forced on people! The message is that learning about the lives of saints can be a strength today.

    November 21, 2021 at 3:47 am
  • Pat McKay Reply

    Apologies if I’ve chosen the wrong thread, but I’ve just copied this text from the Sancta Familia Facebook page. It should prove of interest to those who recently said Mass attendance obligation ‘had been permanently scrapped’ ….

    RETURN OF THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND MASS –

    Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Scotland On the Season of Christmas and the Restoration of the Mass Obligation in the Dioceses of Scotland:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    Christ is born for us, come let us adore him.

    Christmas is approaching. It is an occasion to renew our family life, to reach out to the lonely and to celebrate the core of our faith: Emmanuel, God with us.

    We have all experienced the negative impact the pandemic has had on our common liturgical celebrations and our access to the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Now that more people are attending church, the Bishops of Scotland want to encourage all the Catholic faithful to renew their covenant with the Church and her worship. Christmas seems the right time to do this. We remember how the shepherds said to each other: “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing which has happened, which the Lord has made known to us” (Lk 2:15). The Child in the manger calls to us to go with them.

    Christmas Day this year falls on a Saturday. It will be followed immediately by the feast of the Holy Family on the Sunday. We therefore strongly encourage you to take advantage of the celebrations of that weekend by attending Mass on both days, or at least once.

    We have often been asked about reinstating the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of obligation. In our fluid situation, this is not an easy judgment to make. Thanks, however, to the effort and good sense of so many, our churches have proven to be safe places. So, saving any serious worsening of the situation, we believe that Christmastide provides an opportune moment to restore the obligation.

    The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation will therefore be reinstated from Sunday 2nd January, the first of the new year. That Sunday coincides with the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. It will be an occasion for us to join the wise men in offering worship to the Infant Jesus.

    In accordance with the common teaching of the Church this obligation does not bind those in ill health or those otherwise impeded from attending Mass. Nor, in the context of Covid, does it bind those showing symptoms of the virus or with underlying health conditions, or those with responsibilities for people in need of special care.

    The obligation to keep the Lord’s Day holy by attending Mass should not be seen as a burden. It is a summons addressed to our human freedom and to the heart of every baptised member of the Church. “There is within me”, said St Ignatius of Antioch, “a murmur of living water which says, ‘Come to the Father’”. The obligation calls us to come to the Father together with our fellow-believers, to “listen to the word of God and to take part in the Eucharist, calling to mind the passion, resurrection and glory of the Lord Jesus, and giving thanks to God who ‘has begotten [us] to a living hope, through the resurrection of Christ from the dead’” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 106; 1 Pt 1:3).

    Sunday Mass can reinvigorate and refresh our Christian faith, our sense of community and our desire to live as missionary disciples in the world. This is why the Church takes this obligation seriously.

    It has been good to have access to the Sacred Liturgy online, and we encourage those unable to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays to continue making use of this. Of itself, though, online participation does not fulfil the obligation. Nothing can adequately replace actual presence. At the heart of our Christian life is the event of the Word becoming flesh and our incorporation through the Sacraments into his Body. It’s to experience this that we come to church. Our current reflection on synodality points us in the same direction: we are a people who meet together because we journey together.

    Let us therefore use the coming Christian season to return, with purified hearts and fresh fervour, to our sacramental and liturgical life. During Advent and beyond, there will be opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. And Christmas itself is more than a Day. It is a Season. Beyond Christmas Day, it includes the beautiful feasts of the Holy Family, of Mary, Mother of God, of the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord.

    In the northern hemisphere, this season falls at a dark and low time of the year. This is not by chance. It’s precisely at this time, made darker still by so many current uncertainties, that we are offered divine energy and the joy of the human birth of a divine child.

    Christ’s birth means the forgiveness of our sins and our rebirth as children of God. We sense how Mary’s motherhood embraces us as well and, at the Epiphany, the star of faith lights up our hearts.
    As the Lord is immersed in the River Jordan the waters of our own baptism can flow in our lives with new force. We are given light and strength to live a new year in the power of the Holy Spirit.
    In his Letter of the 9th of November to the Catholics of Scotland, written in the midst of CoP26, the Holy Father said, “In these challenging times, may all Christ’s followers in Scotland renew their commitment to be convincing witnesses to the joy of the Gospel and its power to bring light and hope to every effort to build a future of justice, fraternity and prosperity, both material and spiritual.”

    We echo these words as we seek together to follow God’s ways and open our hearts to the gift of his Son.

    Yours devotedly in Christ,

    + Hugh Gilbert
    Bishop of Aberdeen, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland
    + Leo Cushley
    Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh
    + Joseph Toal
    Bishop of Motherwell
    + Stephen Robson
    Bishop of Dunkeld
    + John Keenan
    Bishop of Paisley
    + William Nolan
    Bishop of Galloway
    + Brian McGee
    Bishop of Argyll and the Isles
    Monsignor Hugh Canon Bradley
    Diocesan Administrator, Archdiocese of Glasgow

    November 23, 2021 at 3:25 pm
    • editor Reply

      Thank you Pat.

      It was certainly looking like the dispensation from the obligation would be permanent, and it seems to be due to requests from the faithful that the Bishops decided to reinstate the obligation, beginning Sunday 2nd January.

      Many thanks for sharing that information. The Pastoral Letter is a very interesting read.

      November 23, 2021 at 5:05 pm
  • gabriel syme Reply

    I enjoyed this piece on Fr Z’s site. It uses a story about wagon trains settling the US, as an analogy for the, ahem, ‘progression’ of the Conciliar Church.

    https://wdtprs.com/2021/12/todays-day-thought-experiment-the-oregon-trail/?unapproved=630251&moderation-hash=ee8d4b962e822903e1d36bbaf393334b#comment-630251

    A brief example:

    The leadership votes and decides that, from this point on, the wagon train is only going to use non-wheeled means of transportation.

    One guy, let’s call him Marcel the Craftsman, thinks this is silly. He decides that he’s going to keep the wheels on his wagon. The leadership and many of the other folks expel him from the wagon train, so he and a few followers go off on their own, but keep heading in the same direction, smaller, but determined.

    The wagon train takes off all the wheels and starts slogging west. The tough going gets even tougher – but the leadership focuses on the good things: they haven’t had to stop in days to repair a broken wheel! It’s amazing! It’s like a new springtime has broken out!

    It is very funny!

    December 2, 2021 at 9:12 am
    • Lily Reply

      Gabriel Syme,

      LOL! That’s a fantastic analogy! Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre would enjoy that piece!

      December 2, 2021 at 9:38 am
  • gabriel syme Reply

    I note the Scottish Catholic Bishops have been roused from their usual ineffectual stasis.

    The cause is the SNP/Green Government’s “school sex survey” which – in line with the norm from these sinister parties – seeks to sexualise children and attack their innocence.

    Sadly, however, the Bishops & SCES seem only to be calling for changes to “terminology” rather than a complete withdrawal. They should asset themselves for once and state they will not be co-operating with it in any way. But they just have to be so “nice” all the time.

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/19771165.catholic-bishops-call-scots-ministers-withdraw-pupils-sex-census/

    If any good will come of this, it will be to damage the SNP/Greens in the public perception.
    (Though, in my experience, their supporters tend to be hard of thinking and would vote for them regardless!).

    December 8, 2021 at 10:50 pm
    • Michaela Reply

      Gabriel Syme,

      I agree that the bishops’ response is extremely weak. I can’t believe they’ve actually spoken about the need for “parents’ consent” as if it would be morally acceptable for parents to subject their kids to this sort of material which is really porn.
      I’m shocked but since the Scottish bishops are very pro-SNP, I can’t say I’m surprised. I agree with the comment that it’s the Named Person Scheme by the back door. This shows what the NPS was all about, really – sexualising the young.

      December 8, 2021 at 11:07 pm
  • Francis de sales aka DG Reply

    What’s the story regarding Archbishopric post of Glasgow still vacant for so long? Imagine 3 out of 8 Bishops in Scotland are homosexual, I don’t know who they are. But it’s nearly 50% of all bishops. I would prefer an outsider, just saying from Ireland.

    February 1, 2022 at 9:01 am
    • editor Reply

      Francis de sales,

      It’s taking quite a while to appoint a new archbishop, very true. The talk on the street is that the Papal Nuncio was horrified by what he uncovered about the state of Glasgow when he visited after the death of Archbishop Tartaglia, so who knows what is going on behind the scenes. The usual named “favourite” is Bishop Keenan of Paisley, with Bishop Nolan of Galloway next on the list, but I doubt either of them will be appointed. Still, these days, anything can happen.

      I agree with you, an outsider is preferable. But, again, who? Apart from Bishop Schneider, and that’s unlikely to say the least, I can’t think of anyone.

      February 1, 2022 at 10:28 am
  • Francis de sales aka DG Reply

    Thanks editor for your clarification. Is it true that 3 bishops in Scotland are sexually active? I can’t stand Toal over his terrible treatment of Despard plus Keenan who tried to paint his image as pr exercise aka caring modernist Bishop and the rent boys. Schneider would be great but I can’t see the Vatican appoint him cos his more recent remarks. Irish Bishops are no different as i suppose but would need more evidence.

    February 1, 2022 at 10:51 am
    • editor Reply

      Francis…

      I am reliably informed that we have unfaithful bishops as you describe, and if you expand your opinion about Bishop Toal’s treatment of Fr Despard to note that he has defended known LGBT+ supporting priests, such as Fr Morton (Cambuslang) and is about to ordain Christopher Morris (see p. 2 of current CT newsletter) well, if it walks like a duck etc…

      Trust me, the Irish bishops will be no better – their lack of strong teaching over both the same-sex “marriage” legislation and the abortion law, speaks volumes about their lack of a Catholic moral compass. That’s all the evidence I need. So, thanks, but no thanks. Don’t want an Irish bishop appointed – emphatically not.

      February 1, 2022 at 10:59 am
  • Francis de sales aka DG Reply

    Dear editor, I would love to see Fr Despard to ask for a transfer but it seems to me that he won’t apply and staying put or his transfer blocked by Toal whom God will judge him, but its not my place to say it and leave it to God. Thought treatment meted out to Despard was the worse one I ever seen so far. It sounded to me that Toal not nice, bitter as your protest didn’t work re Despard. I would be ruthless with toal if I were in PF shoes.

    February 1, 2022 at 11:02 am
  • Francis de sales aka DG Reply

    Editor, TBH with you, Irish Bishops have no moral integrity at all as I can’t see them getting a red hat. Was surprised that Scotland got more red hats than Ireland. I know re KOB from other blog – BB. Ireland catholicism is gone over the cliff and in freefall. It would take some miracle or a Saint to restore it. My Bishop refused to reconscreate church altar after being sacrileged re priest and seminarian having sex on altar. It was that same priest that I met during a family funeral. I didn’t know why I didn’t talk to him perhaps my instinct from experience in schools or supernatural alert sign. It was only after that he was best pals with my brother. I was stunned and astounded ‘what’. Thought it can’t be right but later found out they were alcoholic buddies. Wish to have one Bishop named Strickland from texas as he seemed to be sound.

    February 1, 2022 at 11:19 am
  • gabriel syme Reply

    I wonder, do any bloggers have difficulty reaching the Catholic website gloria.tv?

    My ISP (Sky) seems to block it.

    As is common, our internet service has an controllable content filter, so that harmful or obscene matter cannot be accessed. If that filter activates, a page comes up telling you that page xyz cannot be viewed, because the content filter is actively blocking it.

    However, with gloria.tv, this does not happen and instead you get am error page suggesting there is something wrong with the website.

    But – If I activate a VPN, (which makes me appear to have a different IP address, and so prevents my ISP monitoring what I am looking at), gloria.tv comes up straight away with no problem whatsoever.

    Strange, no?

    I once encountered something similar in a hotel in (muslim) Turkey, where the internet access would not allow access to Catholic websites. It didn’t say this openly, but efforts to connect would just time out, or run into supposed errors.

    It might just be a glitch, but I do find it very strange indeed and I wondered if anyone else had a similar problem with gloria.tv or other Catholic websites?

    February 3, 2022 at 11:21 am
  • crofterlady Reply

    Does anybody know the allowance / salary priests are given? I’ve heard it’s not very generous!

    February 5, 2022 at 4:54 pm
    • Nicky Reply

      Crofterlady,

      I don’t expect it will be very much, but I’ve no idea of the amounts. I don’t know where to look for the information either and TBH I don’t feel any driving need while they’re all, in one way or another, contributing to the end of the Church in Scotland. They can see it falling to bits around them but they persist in the NO madness anyway. Even when you tell them that it doesn’t matter how “reverend” they are when they say it, it is not pleasing to God, so TBH I’m not inclined to worry about their income, sorry if that sounds harsh.. When they begin to do the right thing, God will look after them. I’m even less patient with the laity that are still attend the NO and helping those priests in offering false worship to God for over 60 years now, I think it must be.

      While I’m on a roll, I got fired up about this recently when I saw a video recently, I think on this blog, where people were quoted saying they feel they have to go to the NO because there’s no TLM and they can’t do without Communion. They don’t realise how scandalous that is. The priest in the video was pointing out that the reason the Church makes it an obligation to attend Mass but not to receive Communion, is because it is more important of offer true worship to God. When will the penny drop with these folks?

      February 5, 2022 at 5:53 pm
      • Fidelis

        Nicky,

        I think you mean a really good article, not a video, which was blogged last month – I thought it was great and have quoting from it. Here’s the bit you refer to, and I’ll add the link:

        “— many Catholics falsely view receiving Holy Communion as the purpose of going to Mass, rather than being present at the august sacrifice of the Eternal Victim.”
        https://catholictruthscotland.com/2022/01/18/does-the-new-mass-validly-offered-offend-god/

        I don’t think I’d be as hard on you about the NO priests – they have to eat! I do agree though that they are taking a very long time to realise that the Church is finished in Scotland thanks to the NOM. That’s why Francis has made his last ditch attempt to get rid of the TLM, and force everyone to the NOM.

        February 5, 2022 at 8:04 pm
  • Nicky Reply

    I’ve been sickened by the way the media mob is acting all hoity toity about Keir Starmer being “abused” by a mob (i.e. shouted at and then helped to a police car!) Here is one of the GB News presenters calling out their hypocrisy.

    February 8, 2022 at 4:03 pm
  • gabriel syme Reply

    It is reported that David Pagliarani, Superior of the SSPX, has been received by Pope Francis for the first time:

    Here is a translation of a French report:

    “The American District of the Society of Saint Pius X will soon release a statement regarding this meeting.

    This Tuesday, February 8, Pope Francis received in audience Father Davide Pagliarani. Since his election in 2018, this is the first time that the new superior general of the Society of Saint Pius X has met the current pontiff. Previously, Bishop Fellay had the opportunity to meet Pope Benedict XVI (August 29, 2005) or Pope Francis (April 1, 2016). Similarly, Archbishop Lefebvre had met Paul VI and John Paul II.

    This visit underlines the maintenance of relations between the Holy See and the Society of Saint Pius X. Those have never been interrupted even if they went through a period of frost between 1988 and 2000. They seem to demonstrate that the gaze carried by the pope on the movement of Archbishop Lefebvre remains the same. The Argentine pontiff had in turn granted to the members of the Society of Saint Pius X powers to confess, to marry, to ordain, to judge in first instance, etc.

    An Italian priest, Father Pagliarani was, for six years, superior of the Argentinian seminary of the Society of Saint Pius X. He is now assisted in his government by Bishop de Galarreta, of Argentinian nationality, one of the four bishops ordained by Archbishop Lefebvre, and Father Bouchacourt, who met Cardinal Bergoglio on several occasions when they were both living in Buenos Aires.”

    https://www-lesalonbeige-fr.translate.goog/le-pape-aurait-rencontre-le-superieur-general-de-la-fraternite-saint-pie-x/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=le-pape-aurait-rencontre-le-superieur-general-de-la-fraternite-saint-pie-x&_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-US&_x_tr_pto=wapp

    It will be interesting to learn what has been discussed against the backdrop of Francis’ assaults on tradition.

    February 15, 2022 at 8:27 am
    • Josephine Reply

      Gabriel Syme,

      I suppose the pope is so pleased that the SSPX leadership went along with the vaccine and refused religious exemptions means that they are “saveable” in his eyes. I doubt if he has any good motive, TBH.

      February 15, 2022 at 3:07 pm
  • Catherine Reply

    I have been asked by a friend who lives in Spain if I could find out why Catholic priests’ before Vatican II started wearing trousers in the UK and USA instead of a Cassock?

    If anyone can give me an answer I can forward your explanation onto my Spanish friend. Thank you.

    February 21, 2022 at 2:48 pm
  • Andrew Reply

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R87gz8BDtV0

    Watch this with an open mind. I think the Earth may be flat.

    Can anyone demonstrate that this is false? A shadow from a sphere always makes a horizontal line on another sphere.

    March 3, 2022 at 8:52 pm
    • editor Reply

      Andrew,

      I’ll take a look at that asap but I’m no scientist. If they’re using technical language, for example, I’ll be lost.

      March 4, 2022 at 8:23 am
  • gabriel syme Reply

    Sandro Magister has published a copy of a text said to be circulating among the Cardinals, regarding the next conclave.

    http://magister.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2022/03/15/a-memorandum-on-the-next-conclave-is-circulating-among-the-cardinals-here-it-is/

    Its an interesting read and while I am sure we would all agree with much of it, the document probably does not go nearly as far as it should.

    I am not sure what impact it will make, given many of the current Cardinals have been created by Francis himself.

    And who knows if they could take time away from their homosexual meetings / money laundering schemes / general criminality to even read it?

    March 17, 2022 at 11:12 pm
  • Michaela Reply

    I’ve just read about Nicola Sturgeon being reported to the police for breaching her own mask rule. This is not the first time she’s been caught doing that, but this is the first time she’s had so much publicity over it so maybe she’s losing her shine, at last. She’s saying she is confident most Scots will continue to wear face masks after the law changes to guidance, as from today. I wonder if she’ll keep wearing hers. It will be interesting to see.
    https://www.gbnews.uk/news/nicola-sturgeon-reported-to-police-over-apparent-face-mask-law-breach/273931

    April 18, 2022 at 8:35 am
    • Josephine Reply

      Only one Scottish bishop has signed that letter – says it all.

      April 18, 2022 at 4:49 pm
      • Marcetetitet

        Well, I thought that no one would sign it – none from my country Spain -; I have been positively surprised by the bishops of Dunkeld and Shrewsbury and I thought Bishop Egan would too but no.

        April 18, 2022 at 5:04 pm
      • editor

        Well, the Scottish bishops have, for years, posed in the solidly orthodox camp so we’d have expected more than one to sign such a letter. Thing is, will Pope Francis sign it? Silly question.

        April 18, 2022 at 6:42 pm
  • Marcetetitet Reply

    Bishop O’Toole, bishop of Plymouth, is the new archbishop of Cardiff.

    April 27, 2022 at 2:51 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    Lily
    GloriaTV says this about Bishop O’Toole. https://gloria.tv/post/DbKXbTdPkKpD1B728seKvZAUC Time will tell . . .

    April 28, 2022 at 9:49 am
    • editor Reply

      WF,

      Thanks for that – Bishop O’Toole sounds like a “hopeful case” so we can dispense with the prayers to St Jude 😀

      April 28, 2022 at 10:21 am
      • Marcetetitet

        Editor, what does “cat woman” mean? What magazine is that of Regina? I’m Spanish and I don’t know it. Thank you. Thanks.

        April 28, 2022 at 3:52 pm
      • editor

        Marcetetitet

        I’ve no idea.

        April 28, 2022 at 3:54 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    Marcetetitet
    I have heard of Regina but know nothing about it – it is online here: https://www.reginamag.com/current-issue I wondered about that ‘cat woman’ thing as well. There is such a homosexual culture in our seminaries, it isn’t unusual to hear of seminarians and seminary staff – homosexual or otherwise – being given female nick-names.

    April 28, 2022 at 4:30 pm
    • Marcetetitet Reply

      Ok, thanks; then bishop O’Toole could be homosexual… Bad business.

      Editor: yes, and I could be a millionaire. But I’m not.

      April 28, 2022 at 4:43 pm
  • editor Reply May 11, 2022 at 9:00 pm
  • Josephine Reply

    This is shocking news, that the Pope is renewing the secret Vatican deal with China
    https://catholicherald.co.uk/as-vatican-deal-with-china-set-for-renewal-are-too-many-blind-eyes-being-turned/

    I know Francis is bad, but this is truly unbelievable, even for him.

    July 6, 2022 at 1:16 pm
  • Marcetetitet Reply

    Hello. What do you think about this article?
    https://www.pillarcatholic.com/p/the-search-for-the-next-archbishop
    I am from Spain and I don’t have much information about the British Church but I am surprised that Archbishop Wilson is said to be unelectable as he was an auxiliary at Westminster. Bishops Stock, Arnold and Gilbert I don’t know and Roche and Longley would be terrible. Greetings.

    July 15, 2022 at 4:43 pm
    • Margaret Mary Reply

      It’s obvious that if he’s not popular with the LGBT lobby, he is unlikely to be promoted. End of.

      I don’t think it said he was unelectable, though – I didn’t take that from the link you posted.

      July 15, 2022 at 6:04 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      Marcetetitet

      Popes and prelates never retired in the Catholic Church – this is an entirely novel change since Vatican II designed to portray the priesthood as like any other job rather than as a vocation to serve Our Lord unto death, as did the Apostles and every Pope, prelate and priest in good health up to that fateful Council.

      That’s why I don’t lend credence to this retirement lark, for it was introduced to detract from the supernatural mission of the Church and the supernatural nature of the priesthood, a means of portraying the Church like any other human(ist) institution with board members who do so much and then step down to enjoy themselves. Definitely not Catholic.

      As for those candidates, there’s not a single one apart from Archbishop Wilson who has shown himself to be possessed with the spirit of the Good Shepherd. I liked the moral stance Archbishop Wilson took against the LGBT cultural Marxists, but I’m afraid his devotion to the law of God will exclude him from selection. Pope Francis doesn’t want that kind of candidate for the top position in the Church in England, he wants a man entirely imbued with worldliness.

      July 15, 2022 at 7:09 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Athanasius
        I could be wrong here, but wasn’t there eventually some compromise in that issue with Abp Wilson and the LGBT supporting schoolteachers? He wouldn’t be my first choice. I’d have Bp Mark Davies of Shrewsbury or Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth. Not that either will get it, not in a million years. I would wager that Bishop John Arnold will end up with it.

        August 24, 2022 at 1:31 pm
  • editor Reply

    I’ve just read this article about a Wendy House given to the Queen 90 years ago. The article is interesting, but the comments from the public are hilarious. Enjoy.
    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/lifestyle/other/queen-s-clear-message-to-beatrice-on-gift-for-princess-charlotte/ar-AA10VmIW?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=9fdd019ef328434a88e4d697dac508ad#comments

    August 23, 2022 at 9:23 am
  • Leitourgos Reply

    It has come to my attention — belatedly — that the infamous Archbishop Rembert Weakland, Archbishop Emeritus of Milwaukee, has departed this life, aged 95. An out-and-out modernist and one of the most implacable opponents of widening access to the Old Mass, he has to rank as one of the most damaging figures in American Catholicism of the post-Vatican II era.

    I quote from Wikipedia: ‘Weakland retired on May 24, 2002, at the mandatory retirement age of 75. His retirement was overshadowed by revelations that he paid nearly a half million dollars of diocesan funds to prevent a lawsuit. Weakland stepped down soon after it was revealed that the diocese had paid $450,000 to Paul Marcoux, a former Marquette University theology student, to settle a claim he made against the archbishop more than two decades earlier stemming from a long-term relationship with Weakland. The archbishop admitted to the affair and apologized after the story broke. He came out as gay in 2009, in his memoir A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop.’

    Rod Drehr, as usual, does not mince his words:

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/recalling-randy-rembert-the-church-wrecker/

    I remember very clearly how Weakland’s demise was a turning point in my own understanding of what, at that time, we could still call the ‘crisis’ in the Church with a straight face. I also remember a lay friend of mine (sadly no longer with us) saying at the time that Weakland illustrated her theory that behind instances of doctrinal and liturgical infidelity there very often lurk sexual and/or financial misconduct. In Weakland’s case it was both. May he rest in peace.

    Weakland’s passing has been an occasion for me to take stock of my own rather slow ‘conversion’ to tradition. Like many, I was never overly sold either on the ‘spirit of Vatican II’ or on the liturgical reform. Like many, I put my reservations to one side and tried just to get on with it. Like many, I ended up by being slapped painfully hard in the face by reality. How could I not have seen for so long?

    Probably because I did not trust my instincts. Going back to my lay friend, she was far less knowledgeable than me theologically, although nobody’s fool in that or any other department, but her instincts were as sharp as a razor and she followed them. She just knew — doubtless the product of her sensus catholicus — that, notwithstanding all the dishonest, rhetorical guff spouted by prelates and priests about imagined springtimes of the Holy Spirit, the post-Vatican II Church was actually an exercise in collective madness as she saw the faithful deserting their parishes in droves. This led her to cling to her own faith like grim death, growing in her love for Our Lord, his Blessed Mother, and the Mass, taking all that is good from the Church, but firmly closing the door to any nonsense. I now try to do the same, but, boy, has my awakening been rough.

    August 24, 2022 at 4:40 am
  • Leitourgos Reply

    I see that Father James Martin, S.J. is a man who has the courage of his convictions:

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/praising-a-perverted-prelate

    August 25, 2022 at 12:20 pm
    • Margaret Mary Reply

      Leitourgos,

      That’s some nerve, that Fr James Martin has – I copied this from the CM article about it, quoting Archbishop Weakland:-

      Years later, in an attempt to defend pederast priests, Abp. Weakland wrote in the diocesan paper that “not all adolescent victims are so innocent. Some can be very sexually active and aggressive and often quite streetwise.” Weakland even admitted to a reporter that “what happens so often in those cases is that they go on for a few years, and then the boy gets a little older, and the perpetrator loses interest. … That is when the squealing comes in, and you have to deal with it.”

      I was going to say Fr Martin has some nerve but he probably thinks the same way! It’s absolutely shocking that he is still in ministry, and other priests like Fr Altman (and Fr Despard here in Scotland) are suspended. It makes no sense, except diabolical sense.

      August 25, 2022 at 1:47 pm
      • Leitourgos

        Father is an evangelist for vice. He needs our prayers, but those whose souls he has and will destroy need them more.

        August 26, 2022 at 3:43 am
  • Leitourgos Reply

    Editor,

    May I respectfully suggest a thread on the following:

    https://youtu.be/x3sM61U5xpE

    https://youtu.be/TUNbc77Z0cE

    Simply unbelievable, but all too believable, if you know what I mean.

    August 26, 2022 at 3:39 am
    • editor Reply

      Leitourgos,

      Thank you for the links – I had thought about posting a thread on those when I first came across them but decided not to do so, because I find Taylor Marshall videos can be too long and repetitive. I haven’t actually watched the longer one, and I tend to not post videos when I haven’t watched them myself. However, since you are close to being on the six figure pay scale here (£000.000 pa) I will do as you ask, and post a thread a little later today.

      So, hold off commenting folks. New thread coming…

      August 26, 2022 at 9:32 am
  • Leitourgos Reply

    Great!

    August 26, 2022 at 10:13 am
  • Gabriel Syme Reply

    The Hollywood actor, Shia Labouf has converted to Catholicism. He previously described himself as a Jew (his mother is Jewish and he had a Bar Mitzvah etc) and he is someone who formerly had a troubled life at times.

    His conversion came when studying for a role where he was to play Padre Pio and staying in a monastery. He stated that experiencing the traditional Latin Mass was a key factor in both his conversion and his performance in the role.

    He has since discovered that his uncle had baptised him as an infant, which he had been unaware of.

    He discussed all this in an interview with Bishop Robert Baron, an unfortunate choice of prelate (given his muscleman fetish etc).

    Unsurprisingly, this story has not gotten a lot of attention – Francis & co will be as appalled about the Latin Mass, as the main secular press will be about Catholicism.

    https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/shia-labeouf-converts-catholicism-studying-padre-pio-movie

    August 27, 2022 at 9:18 pm
  • Josephine Reply

    This made me livid – while the streets of Edinburgh (and now Glasgow) are covered in filth, with uncollected garbage littered everywhere due to the binmen’s strike, Nicola Sturgeon gets her rubbish uplifted outside her official Edinburgh home. Once again we see one rule for thee another for me, at work. Everyone equal? I don’t think so.
    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/bins-outside-nicola-sturgeon-s-official-edinburgh-home-bute-house-are-collected-by-waste-firm/ar-AA11duRt?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=74c1f3951f3e9878ee849557bcf51efc

    August 29, 2022 at 6:05 pm
  • Marcetetitet Reply

    Hello. I am from Spain and I would like to know something: on Monday Bishop Tripp, who was an auxiliary of Glasgow, left and I would like to know if any reader knew him and if he was or was not a good priest and bishop. Thanks.

    October 5, 2022 at 2:58 pm
    • editor Reply

      Marcel,

      I do not recall any Bishop Tripp from Glasgow, but there was an auxiliary Bishop Tripp in Southwark (England) – he died yesterday (didn’t “leave” in the usual sense!)
      https://rcaos.org.uk/news-events/news/death-of-bishop-howard-tripp-former-auxiliary-bishop-of-southwark/

      I know nothing about him, except that now we should say a prayer for the repose of his soul!

      Sorry about your comment going into moderation. That should not happen now that I realise your good intentions and that you are not a troll. Deo gratias!

      October 5, 2022 at 5:37 pm

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