Sacraments

Feast of the Purification of Our Lady … The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple – Candlemas

Editor writes... In order to pay due tribute to Our Lady on this beautiful Feast, I tried to find the hymn O Purest of Creatures, sung to the tune with which, I believe, most of us in Scotland grew up. YouTube is awash with a very different tune, however, so I've had to settle for...

Happy Feast of St John Bosco, Model Teacher & Priest – Catholic Education’s Best Kept Secret…

From Franciscan Media... John Bosco’s theory of education could well be used in today’s schools. It was a preventive system, rejecting corporal punishment and placing students in surroundings removed from the likelihood of committing sin. He advocated frequent reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion. He combined catechetical training and fatherly guidance, seeking...

Africa: The Great Vatican II Success Story … Not!

From New Liturgical Movement... In a recent episode of “Word on Fire,” Bishop Barron responds to Ross Douthat’s two NYT pieces on Vatican II and its failure, by making two arguments: Argument #1: To blame the collapse of Catholicism in the West on Vatican II is a “post hoc propter hoc” fallacy.  [i.e. "after this, because of...

Demanding An Apology – A Growing Fashion

From Demanding an Apology | Psychology Today... There are some people who command an apology! “I’m waiting for an apology,” a young woman texts her friend. A mother says to her son who forgot to pick her up from the train station: “If you don’t apologize, I’m not going to your graduation.” What good is an...

Is Govt Health Policy Masking More Than Faces?

From Spiked - The ideology of lockdown lingers on   Wait, we’re still being asked to save the NHS? To limit our lives so that we don’t get injured or sick and put pressure on this sacred institution? Nearly two years after the first lockdown, when we were put under house arrest to protect the NHS...

Resignation of the Bishop of Dunkeld – Catholic Truth Laments Huge Loss to Catholics in Scotland

Editor writes... Over the years, from time to time, I've had occasion to write to Bishop Robson and he has been unfailingly courteous.  We celebrated his positive attitude to Catholic Tradition recently here, and his generous provision of the traditional Latin Mass (TLM)  and sacraments is well known within traditional Mass-going circles.  He will be sorely...

Advent According to the Archbishop of Dublin

Noel Kelly (YouTube) writes... Your grace, with respect, the "synodal process" is essentially a trojan horse which is being used to bring about changes to moral doctrines. When it comes to doctrine, the Church must take a top-down approach. The bishops have a duty to preach the truth, however difficult that might be. Bending to...

Catholic Schools: Mass-Going Optional?

Editor writes... Recently, I stumbled across a magazine entitled The Scottish Catholic, featuring a pupil on the front cover, querying "What's our future?" beside his photo a list: Catholic Climate Change, Cost of Living, Mental Health, Hope (image below). Turns out this is a special Catholic Education Week Edition of the magazine which had been handed over...

England & Wales: Christians Now A Minority – Surprised, Anyone? Does God Actually Care?

Christians now a minority in England and Wales - The News... By AFP November 30, 2022 LONDON, United Kingdom: Fewer than half of people in England and Wales identify as Christian, according to census data released on Tuesday, underlining a landmark shift towards secularism in multicultural Britain. The findings from the 10-yearly census, carried out in 2021,...

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS): It Is No Longer Appropriate To Quote Parts of Bible in Public

From News Letter... A statement by the UK's main prosecution service that it is "no longer appropriate" to read parts of the Bible aloud in public has been dubbed "ill-judged" and "concerning". Evangelical activist David Smyth and barrister Gavin Millar were reacting to a little-noticed statement from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), made during a recent...