Monday, March 31, 2014

Smokescreens #2

Richard Dawkins also spoke against Pope Benedict during his visit, a visit when the subject of clerical child abuse was raised again and again.

Let me remind you of the teaching of the Catholic Church on child abuse:

2389 Connected to incest is any sexual abuse perpetrated by adults on children or adolescents entrusted to their care. The offense is compounded by the scandalous harm done to the physical and moral integrity of the young, who will remain scarred by it all their lives; and the violation of responsibility for their upbringing.

That's pretty unequivocal, yes? What does Dick think:

In an interview in The Times magazine on Saturday (Sept. 7), Dawkins, 72, he said he was unable to condemn what he called "the mild pedophilia" he experienced at an English school when he was a child in the 1950s.
Referring to his early days at a boarding school in Salisbury, he recalled how one of the (unnamed) masters "pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts."
He said other children in his school peer group had been molested by the same teacher but concluded: "I don't think he did any of us lasting harm."

So, RD uses child abuse, which the Church unequivocally condemns, as a stick to beat the Holy Father, yet thinks it does not lasting harm. Protest the Pope was a smokescreen for people with some pretty loathsome views. The two I've mentioned thus far are the least obnoxious. Watch this space.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Smokescreens #1

In the furore over Harriet Harman's involvement with NCCL at the time it was affiliated with the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), you may have missed mention of Geoffrey Roberston QC, author of The Case Against The Pope and a speaker who addressed the Protest The Pope rally.

So now it turns out Geoffrey Roberston QC, now a Recorder, I believe, was on the board of NCCL in 1974 at the time it was affiliated with PIE. So a man with supposed oversight of the governance of an organisation affiliated to a bunch of paedophiles nearly all of whom ended up serving time for paedophilia and/or child pornography offences decides to point out the mote in the eye of Pope Benedict.

Looks like he's been trying one of the oldest tricks in the book to divert attention from his own protection of paedophiles, by omission or commission, malice or ineptitude, by throwing mud at a man who finally, properly addressed one of the biggest scandals to hit the Church when others had dodged it.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

On pointing out the Emperor's sartorial inadequacy.

Sorry to keep banging on about it, but there are no more married gay couple than there were last night in England. Any more than there is a validly ordained Archbishop of Canterbury or that Her Majesty's Government could change the Laws of Physics.

Pointing out The Real and The True remains a duty for Catholic Christians.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Gay marriage. Civil marriage. Meh.

So, the (as Martin Kelly terms it) soi-disant, ersatz Scottish Government will enact a law to allow same-sex couples to marry (in the legal sense of the word). You never saw this coming? Thought you could stop it? Whatever. It's here. So what does one do with it? The answer, I think, is that we treat anything other than sacramental marriage with utter indifference.

I would favour the Church petitioning the S-D ESG to remove its powers to solemnise marriage in Catholic churches. Catholics, if they wish to marry should follow the French pattern and visit the mairie to get the civil  registration and marry sacramentally afterwards in church as joyfully as possible - full High Mass, best fig, smartest vestments, bells pealing , preferably on another day.

But here's the rub: Catholics should be encouraged to make as little fuss as possible over the civil part: turn up casually dressed, say, with two witnesses who are random strangers. Stay just within the law, but treat the whole process with all the solemnity of applying for a tax disc. Because that's just how dignified civil marriage became last night in Scotland.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”   Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
-1 Cor 1:11-13

It has been n interesting week. We have a new Pope. God bless him, keep him and guide him in the time he has as our Holy Father.

I have to confess to a degree of trepidation. After the last years of Pope John Paul and the years of bishops and priests playing fast and loose with sexual morals, liturgy and theology, it seemed as though we had a gentle pastor who would secure the passing on of the Faith in continuity with the Faith of our Fathers and who would be firm in ensuring that clerical (and lay) morals would be reformed, that the liturgy would be celebrated with dignity and that theology would be in line with mind of Christ and His Church.

I grieve the loss of Pope Benedict from the public life of the Church (though it may be that his private life of prayer brings fruits we are unaware of) and feel vulnerable to the wolves who will no doubt roam again, thinking they have carte blanche to live in accord with the mores of the world, to abuse the liturgy and play games with the the Faith. But I have to have trust in the Shepherd the Lord has given us. I am oddly stirred by his desire to be a Church of the poor (we have always been that, whatever our detractors may say). I will not say "I am for Benedict" or "I am for Francis". I will say "I am for Christ" and I will be obedient to His Vicar.

That said, Benedict set us on a road of dignity in liturgy, strength in good morals and joy in the Truth of the teaching of His Church.

I am fearful, but still filled with joyful hope.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


He has done valiantly with the strength of his arm, driving the proud astray in the conceit of their hearts; 
He has put down the mighty from their seat, and exalted the lowly

There is something rather neat and in keeping with the words of Our Lady that fits with the news that the beautiful church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick St is to be given to the Ordinariate, and that the notorious 'Soho Masses' held there are to cease.

Given the use of the word 'Pride' and indeed the cosy links between 'London Pride' and the 'Soho Masses' it is all the more appropriate and in keeping with the words of the Magnificat, that a group of Christians who have sought shelter in the Catholic Church with remarkable humility - abandoning positions of influence in the Church of England and submitting to the local ordinary and the Catholic Church to begin afresh - should have been given a precious gift with a chance to enhance the life of the Church in E+W in such a central location.

How ever it happened, well done Archbishop Nichols.

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Priest Forever

My priest friend is making a slow but steady recovery from his major surgery.

He told me about an event that moved him today. The nun who has been bringing him Holy Communion each day (I know, I know...) asked him if he could see another patient. He walked gingerly to see the frightened old chap who was having drastic surgery done that day and even though feeling pretty rotten himself, administered the Sacrament of the Sick to the old chap.

God uses us, but especially His priests, even in our frailty.