Saturday, September 26, 2009

Year of the Priesthood #14


[The Cross] is behind him -- he is signed with it -- that he may gladly suffer for God any adversities inflicted by others.


-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Year of the Priesthood #13


[The Cross] is before him, on the chasuble, that he may look closely upon the footsteps of Christ and try to follow them fervently.

-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Come quietly




When hoteliers, Christians, in conversation with guests, maintains that they think Mohammed was a 'warlord' (he was) and that some Muslim dress for women is 'a form of bondage' (a perfectly legitimate opinion) should we be worried when they face court under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 and Section 31 (1) (c) and (5) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

The facts of the case must be established in open court but am I right to worry that an Enabling Act might not be too far away?

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Year of the Priesthood #12



He has before and behind him the sign of the Lord's cross that he may always remember the Passion of Christ.

-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Atheist t shirts #5

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Keepsakes


You would think that the atheists/non-believers who poured such bile on Melanie McDonagh had never kept a photograph of their spouse in a locket or on a mantlepiece, a lock of hair of their children or a favourite piece of jewellery of a parent after their death.

Do they fear that Catholics will love their God more and their neighbours more by visiting the relics? I can only assume that they hate and fear that our love should increase in much the same way that they fear and hate Our Blessed Lord.

Pray for them

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Atheist t-shirts #4

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Atheist t-shirts #3

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Atheist t-shirts #2




But will it get into the top 20?

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Atheist t-shirts #1



Just thought I'd help the atheists along in their quest for t-shirts.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Two masters


No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
-Matthew 6:24


Some Catholic bloggers (Fr Tim, Laurence England, Catholic Action) are scratching their heads at why supposedly Catholic charities can at times openly dissent from the teaching of the Magisterium. The bewilderment is obvious - these bloggers are themselves loyal to the Holy Father and the Teaching of the Church and cannot understand why anyone who might call themselves a Catholic and especially a Catholic institution might want to rebel.

The answer is, I think, a simple one and has been highlighted by a group of bloggers who have developed an online list on fake charities at fakecharities.org. A fair definition of a fake charity would be one which gains a substantial proportion of its funding from central or local government or the EU. The fake charity thus becomes an arm's length arm of government and any deviation from the ruling agenda is likely to result in the teat of funding being taken away.

I was amazed that CAFOD has a total income of £47M and that over £2M of funding comes from HMG (6.9% of total income). I'm not sure 6.9% makes them a fake charity but I can imagine that it would become easy to be reliant on a regular injection of £2M pa. Likewise, PROGRESSIO (formerly the Catholic Institute for International Relations - see what they did there? Progressio as in Populorum Progressio, but also a name that might appeal to a certain end of politics). PROGRESSIO had a total income of £4,973,133 in 2008 - £3,131,734 (63% of all income) came from HMG and the EU.

Consider. If a substantial chunk of your income is coming from a government with a particular agenda, whose tune are you going to dance to?

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Year of the priesthood #11


A priest clad in the sacred vestments acts in Christ's place, that he may pray to God both for himself and for all people in a suppliant and humble manner.

-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Don't You Want Me, Baby?


Elton John wants a baby. Apparently. No celeb should be without one, of course. Thankfully, Andrew Pierce, has wise words. I doubt whether anyone is better qualified to comment than a gay man who was himself adopted as a child (by a Catholic couple and through a Catholic adoption agency IIRC):

As an adopted gay man, I have had no interest in having children of my own. I support those who want to but would never denigrate those who think it is in the best interests of the child to be with a man and woman. On balance, I think it is.


The Ukrainian government appears to have more sensible ministers than we have over here.

"Foreign citizens who are single have no right to adopt children... and the age difference between the adopter and the child cannot be more than 45 years," family, youth and sports minister Mr Pavlenko said. "The law is the same for everybody - for a president, for a minister, for Elton John."


You see you have to be married to adopt in the Ukraine. Elton John isn't married. Capisce?

Year of the Priesthood #10


His way lies not among the vulgar and common habits of men but with the angels in heaven and the perfect men on earth.

-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Year of the Priesthood #9


A priest ought to be adorned with all virtues and show the example of a good life to others.

-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Year of the Priesthood #8


You have not made your burden lighter. Instead, you are now bound by stricter discipline and held to more perfect sanctity.

-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cormac calls for amnesty for minstrels

Friday, September 11, 2009

Year of the Priesthood #7


Behold, you have been made a priest, consecrated to celebrate Mass! See to it now that you offer sacrifice to God faithfully and devoutly at proper times, and that you conduct yourself blamelessly.

-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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The Day Irony Died #2


Last month Tony Blair addressed the Comunione e Liberazione Conference in Rimini. Among other things he spoke of how:

The pace of modern life and the restless search for short-term material gain in a globalised economic system constitute a threat both to the planet and to human identity.


[Emphasis mine]

Between June 2007 and October 2008 Mr Blair earned over £12M. He owns a number of substantial properties.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Day Irony Died #1

At just the time the euthansiasts are salivating at the prospect of a change in the law to allow assisted suicide (that's killing sick people to you and me) you might like to know that we're just coming to the end of International Suicide Prevention Awareness Week

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Year of the Priesthood #6


Look to yourself and see whose ministry has been given you through the imposition of the bishop's hands.

-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Year of the Priesthood #5


In this most excellent Sacrament, therefore, you ought to believe in God rather than in your own senses or in any visible sign, and thus, with fear and reverence draw near to such a work as this.

-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Year of the priesthood #4


The priest, indeed, is the minister of God, using the word of God according to His command and appointment. God, moreover, is there -- the chief Author and invisible Worker to Whom all is subject as He wills, to Whom all are obedient as He commands.


-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Kumbayarrrrrrgggggghhhhh!!!!!!


Melanie McDonagh in The Telegraph:

There is not much that can get me out of bed early on a Sunday morning but the Radio 4 Sunday worship slot usually does the trick. It's like The Archers: you sense half the nation running, not walking, for the off switch. Yesterday the genre was at its worst, from the Church of Sacred Heart and St Theresa in Birmingham. The priest sounded lovely, but it was grim in a uniquely Roman Catholic way: a folk mass with guitars and readers with breaks in their voices.

If there were a conspiracy by the BBC's religion department to put the uncommitted majority off Christian worship, this is how it might sound. Especially given the contrast with Sir David Attenborough afterwards, talking like a good preacher about evolution. There is fine liturgy on the radio: choral evensong on Radio 3. Any chance of getting choral matins instead?



[Emphasis mine]

***shudders***

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Year of the Priesthood #3


Great is the Mystery and great the dignity of priests to whom is given that which has not been granted the angels. For priests alone, rightly ordained in the Church, have power to celebrate Mass and consecrate the Body of Christ.

-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

(The picture is Fr Tim Finigan - hope it's OK to use it)

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Year of the Priesthood #2



It is not because of any human meriting that a man consecrates and administers the Sacrament of Christ, and receives the Bread of Angels for his food.

- Thomas à Kempis The Imitation of Christ, Book 4 Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Year of the Priesthood #1




HAD you the purity of an angel and the sanctity of St. John the Baptist, you would not be worthy to receive or administer this Sacrament.

- Thomas à Kempis The Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 5

Lord, grant us good and holy priests.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

A papier-mache head?

The Usual Suspects probably know this fella, too.



Here's the original:

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Because you're worth it....


The, ahem, 'devout' Mrs Blair

Martin Kelly points me in the direction of the the latest sage words from Cherie Booth QC, aka Mrs Tony Blair.

"Cherie Blair has criticised the Catholic Church’s position on contraception, suggesting it could be holding some women back from pursuing a successful career."


Oh dear. I'm sure the Holy Father is sitting in the Vatican as we speak thinking to himself: "She has a point. 2000 years of Christian teaching have been wrong, standing in the way of busy women and their careers. How on earth am I going to break it to the Faithful?"

"Speaking at a Sunday Times sponsored event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, she said the Catholic Church was out of step with the needs of career women."


Oh Lordy, well we must sort that out that, then. Can't have the Catholic Church out step with career women, Where will it all end?


"Women of Jerusalem, weep not for me. Weep for the European Working Time Directive and the Equal Opportunites Act"

Oddly enough her husband is not the only Anglican to have converted to Catholicism. There was a more modest man who wrote the following words Mr and Mrs Blair might want to take to heart:
"And I hold in veneration for the sake of Him alone,
Holy Church as His creation, and Her teachings as His own"


As a feminist I'd have thought she'd understand that "No" means "No".



Mrs Blair giving David Beckham some tips on taking free kicks

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Walking down the road the other day....

I suspect there might be one or two people who come here who might have heard of Ted Chippington. Ches and Ttony are the usual suspects.

Ted went off the radar a few years ago but Stewart Lee and a few others appear to have dragged him back into the limelight.



To think he used to be the support act for The Fall.

My favourite Ted joke?

"I was walking along the other day, and came across three holes in the ground full of water. I thought....'Well, well, well".


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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Tell Tony what you think

You have less than a week to respond to this article in the BMJ by Tony Delamothe. I would urge you to do so (click on 'Respond to this article' on the left hand side) especially if you are disabled.

To give you a flavour of it, it starts with this sentence:

"The debate on assisted dying has been hijacked by disabled people who want to live."

Unbelievable.

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(Not so) Happy Slapping

Proof, if proof were needed of our continued progress towards the Inferno in a handcart. Evidence of girls and young women being physically abused and bullied by the young charmers seeking their affections. And there was me thinking feminism had freed women from those violent, loveless marriages in the Mythical Golden Age.

Still, there's always Islam, the Religion of Peace (TM) to offer a solution.



Now for your homework.

A little thought experiment.

Close your eyes.

The President of the Pontifical Council for the Family goes on EWTN to give husbands some guidance on the right amount of physical chastisement they might dish out to their wives. Now, imagine the headline in The Guardian and the leading story on Today and Newsnight.

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