Saturday, February 28, 2009

This Is Not My Mass #7

Liturgical Abuse. The natural alternative to HRT.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Stop This Bill

I would encourage you all, within or outwith Scotland to write with your comments and alert as many people as you can to the Bill euphemistically known as the End of Life Choices (Scotland) Bill. It's a euphemism because it's about killing the unwell. I'm sorry if that sound shocking but I'm afraid it's true: vulnerable people are being asked to put themselves in a position where a physician will effectively kill them by prescribing a lethal drug. The sources of abuse are obvious - the "right" to die will pretty soon become a duty, as is outlined in '"Right to Die" can become 'duty to die'. Roger Scruton gives a measured argument in an address to a group of lawyers in 'Dying Quietly'

This Bill is outrageous. I don't really know where to start. As above, it will corece the dying, the ill or just plain old into assisted suicide to avoid being a burden. It will corrupt doctors whose relationship of trust is based on the tenet "first do no harm". It turns on its head 2500 years of the Hippocratic Oath and the tradition longer than that of "Thou Shalt Not Kill". Could anyone set to inherit say they did not have an interest in any such decision?

What takes the biscuit is the "consultation". Have you ever seen such a weaselly set of one-side questions? My sardonic responses are given in red.

Q1: What are your views on applicability requirements?
I don't believe in killing people unless in self-defence. Or a Just War.

Q2: From what minimum age should a person be able to specify an end of life choice? Please give reasons for your answer.
120? Probably about the age any of us is wise enough.

Q3: Do you feel a waiting period of 15 days is enough? If not, what would be a sufficient waiting period and why?
I don't think a period of 15 years or 15 decades is long enough to wait before killing oneself.

Q4: Do you have a view on what constitutes a “valid and documented request”?
Yes. The request to kill oneself begs questions ("Are you depressed? Why are you asking?"), help and a polite refusal. I've done it lots of times. No one ever regretted it.

Q5: Are there any other responsibilities you would add to the responsibilities of the attending physician?
To dissuade said physician from doing something so immoral.

Q6: Are there any other responsibilities you would add to the responsibilities of the consulting health professional?
Yes. To do everything in his power to stop this nonsense.

Q7: If the proposed Bill did not specify a review committee, do you have any views on alternative arrangements or safeguards?
You know these safeguards don't work. We've had 40 years of unlimited abortion on demand - the same will happen with this. Can you not see the evidence with your own eyes? Or are you wilfully blind?

I don't think the Scottish Executive will start running buses full of old people around Cumbernauld or Kilmarnock with the exhaust pipe in through the window, but I do think vulnerable people will be killed, quietly and without much fuss in nursing homes and hospitals and their own beds in much the same way we have normalised the killing of children through abortion.

Read the document. Email your (considered and polite and well-argued) response to Margot MacDonald here:

Do it as soon as possible (you have until 9th March)

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

This Is Not My Mass #6

Fr Eminem-Mask. It's for Da Kidz. Ya know.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This Is Not My Mass #5

Fr Potato-Head.

Very dignified.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

This Is Not My Mass #4

Ya do the smokey-pokey and you turn around, that's what it's all about - SEE!

Monday, February 23, 2009

This Is Not My Mass #3

You can dance, you can ji-ive, having the time of your life....

Sunday, February 22, 2009

This is the Mass: a Spartacus Moment

I have thought and prayed today about the whole Fr Finigan/Elena Curti thing. One thing struck me about the title of the piece and the reaction reported in it by one lachrymose, oppressed parishioner of Fr Finigan was the idea that this was in some way her Mass. Mass is Mass, full stop. It's not your Mass, or the priest's Mass it is Christ's Mass - His giving of Himself to The Father. Of course, any valid Mass - celebrated by a validly ordained priest with the correct words of consecration and the right elements is Mass, however irreverently celebrated. We are lucky to have priests at all. But the Holy Father is doing something pivotal in the history of the Church, as other Pontiffs have before him - restoring beauty and dignity to the celebration of the Sacraments.

I have made no secret of the fact that I am not an advocate for the universal adoption of the EF. My own preference would be for the OF celebrated in Latin, ad orientem and chanted, as I believe the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council intended, with dignity and reverence.

Bloggers have stood with Fr Tim and I know he appreciates this but I want to do something with this moment and I would like you to join me: for this to become a chance to stand up for the beauty and dignity of the Mass. The request is simple. Post a picture of the Mass celebrated well, with dignity in a manner fitting the heights of Catholic worship. It could be EF or OF. The only stipulation is that it is said with dignity and reverence and in accord with the GIRM. It might be a Mass you have celebrated, one that you've attended (Merton? Cardinal Castrillon?) or one you wish you had attended (The Pope's OF Mass in the Sistine Chapel ad orientem?) It might be as high as it gets (The Oratory?) or an early morning Low Mass with hardly anyone there.

Please pass this on to as many other bloggers as you can.

It's not about being eclectic or snobby, but showing Tabletistas that there is an alternative to polyester horse blankets and Kum-Ba-Yah ("It's for the kids". Yeah. Right.). It's a chance for this to be a Spartacus moment: to say THIS is Mass

I'll start you off: OF, Latin, ad orientem, St Pat's Anderston.


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This Is Not My Mass #2

You started it, Ms Curti...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Here's a wager

I don't know how we could settle it but I bet the 'worship song' that goes

And they'll know we are Christians
By our love, by our love,
Yes they'll know we are Christians by our love.

is in Elena Curti's Top Ten....


This Is Not My Mass #1

While I have been in vacanza (about which, more later) all Hell seems to have broken loose in the blogosphere. I refer, of course, to the cowardly, sneering attack by Elena Curti on Fr Tim Finigan.

Thousands of words have been expended by bloggers far more eloquent than me in defence of the good Fr Finigan. Sometimes, pictures can say much more. There will now follow a week of liturgical horrors. As they say on the telly, please look away now.....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Der Lambeth Walk

Several studios back in the 40's manipulated newsreel footage of Hitler and his goose-stepping troops. It is rumoured that Nazi officials were enraged by this short clip.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Blighty: a musical interlude

Gorblimey, guvnor.

Which do you prefer?

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Chant in Edinburgh

Glad tidings of great joy. Embra - so far behind Glasgow in so many things has at last got its own Schola. You kind find out what they are up to HERE:

Our hope is to praise God, to preserve the ancient music of the Church and to facilitate it and promote its use throughout the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh

Our plan is to set up a schola which will meet for a two hour slot on a weekday evening for rehearsal and chanted Latin vespers.

Mgr Regan has kindly allowed us to use St Mary’s Cathedral in the east end of Edinburgh as the base for our weekly practices and liturgy.

I hope many of them can make it to the Plainchant and Polyphony Weekend, 28-29th March 2009.

It's in Glasgow. But, hey, it's in Lent. We all have to make sacrifices.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Diary Date: Plainsong and Polyphony Weekend

As part of the Archdiocese of Glasgow's Lentfest, Dr James MacMillan and Fr Gerard Byrne are hosting a Plainsong and Polyphony Weekend:

Scotland’s world-famous classical composer, James MacMillan, and director of the Schola Glasguesis, Father Gerard Byrne are offering enthusiastic people the chance to join them in a weekend of plainchant, part-singing and polyphony as they prepare Solemn Vespers for the 5th Sunday of Lent in the beautiful church of St Patrick’s, Anderston.

Saturday 28th March at 11am – 4.30pm*: Preparation of special chant, part-singing and polyphony.
Sunday 29th March at 5.30pm**: Rehearsal for Solemn Vespers
Culminating in Solemn Vespers for 5th Sunday of Lent
with Archbishop Mario Conti
at 7.00pm on Sunday 29th March in St Patrick’s, Anderston

If you would like to be involved in the plainsong and polyphony weekend to sing at Solemn Vespers, please contact Lentfest on 0141 225 2605 or e-mail:
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and give us your contact details along with any singing experience you may have.

PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND DENOMINATIONS WELCOME and school choirs are especially welcome to take part. There is NO FEE for taking part.

Well? What are you waiting for?

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Diary date: Roger Scruton

The University of Glasgow's Centre for Faith, Culture and Education is based within the Department of Religious Education in the Faculty of Education (which I think is what became of the old St Andrew's Training College when it was absorbed by the University)

Professor Roger Scruton will be speaking there on Monday 23rd February 2009 in St Andrew's Building, Woodlands Road. His topic is Faithless Culture and Cultureless Faith.

I will be there.

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Comrade citizen, I accuse myself of the following crimes against the State....

Just to make the process of my inevitable show trial smoother for the authorities I hearby accuse myself of having said the following to patients and staff:

Bless you.

God bless you.

I'll pray for you.

Say one for me.

Happy Christmas/Happy Easter.

As my Baptist friend (a soon-to-retire consultant physician) said last night: the End Times are coming.

Pray for the strength to be ready.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

You call it Mumbai, I call it Bombay...

I'm looking forward to seeing Slumdog Millionaire. I think Danny Boyle an interesting film director. He was interviewed by Mark Kermode on the BBC's Culture Show a while back about the new film. There was a question and answer session with an audience in London of Indian ex-pats and Bitons of Indian extraction.

It was interesting to note that Kermode and Boyle referred to the city as Mumbai whereas the Indians referred to it as Bombay.

Go figure.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Work That Must Be Done

My friend The Black Monk has been in another country for the past couple of years, with the task of revitalising a failing monastery. He now has hands on true power: the liturgy.

"I'm choirmaster." he writes, "It's a mess. My predecessor based things on some fine c17 and c18 Protestant hymns but for the Mass they are barely liturgical, let alone monastic"

He's slowly getting them round to the basics of The Chant.

If that's how it is in the monasteries, then its all hands to the pumps....

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Hours of harmless fun

See how much fun you can have on the Atheist Bus Slogan Generator.

Miltant Dawkinsite Atheists: as we say in Glasgow: Get it right up ye!

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So far, so good...

No foxy footsteps in the snow last night. They have been warned....


P*** Off, Reynard

We have had some trouble with foxes in the garden. We found two of them lounging around under the trampoline in the garden at 11am last Saturday and I think they are checking out suitable sites for a new lair. This is a worry with the rabbit.

So I did a search on how to dissuade Monsieur Reynard and his chums. Apparently one good way is to distribute male urine around the garden. Hence my boys have been instructed to urinate around the back garden (when the neighbours aren't watching). I've been, ahem, voiding into old plastic (disposable) bottles and sprinkling the stuff hither and yon.

I'll let you know how it goes.


Monday, February 02, 2009

The Light

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:
Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

Please pray for all for whom today is their last.

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Sunday, February 01, 2009


I went to Mass in a parish other than my own last week. The priest preached well and powerfully about St Paul (but was a little annoying in the way he switched the words of the Canon of the Mass around). Still, Mass is Mass. There were loads of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion which is when a thought struck me:

Will the Benedictine reforns truly have struck home when the Extraordinary Form of Mass is celebrated in as many parishes as there are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion?

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