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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...

No Wokery Here – Jokery Welcome…

Editor writes... It seems a very long time since we've had a Jokes thread - so let's hope this one has been worth the wait. Note to the woke:  no offence is intended by any of our jokes - any offence caused is purely coincidental :grin: The one and only rule is that the jokes and funny...

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...

Anti-Catholicism in Irish Dáil Forcing Catholics to “Live in the Closet” – Congratulations, Bishops!

From the Irish Daily Mail... ANTI-CATHOLIC rhetoric in the Dáil is fuelling hate and attacks against churches and worshippers, several TD's have said. They were reacting to a recent attack in Kerry in which a group set fire to an altar, as well as a protest by two people who loudly disrupted Mass in Cork city. ...

An American On The Apostasy – Featuring The Catholic Church in Scotland… You Don’t Say!

Editor writes... American commentator, Anthony Stine, offers some biting comment on the shocking dereliction of duty of the bishops across the world, who closed churches and effectively declared God to be unessential during the Covid-19 fear-fest.  The bishops are now suffering the consequences of that faithless decision. Given that Scotland rarely gets a mention in...

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...

St John Vianney (Curé d’Ars) Patron Saint of Priests – Sermon on The Gift of Every Day

THE GIFT OF EVERY DAY Before beginning your work, my dear brethren, never fail to make the Sign of the Cross. Do not imitate those people without religion who dare not do this because they are in company. Offer quite simply all your difficulties to God and renew from time to time this offering, for...

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...

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...

Cardinal Requests Encyclical on Gender Ideology… Can We Have One On The Easter Bunny As Well?

(ZENIT News / Rome, 21.11.2022).- During November the Dutch Bishops have carried out their ad Limina Apostolorum visit to the Holy Father, which all Episcopates worldwide do every five years. The leader of the Dutch Episcopate, Cardinal Willem (Wim) Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, made a special request to Pope Francis: an encyclical on gender ideology. The proposal...