Friday, August 27, 2010

Te Deum

My son's biopsy results came back last night and he does not have the progressive, life-threatening illness we (and his consultant) feared he had. He still has some tests but does not have to go onto unpleasant medication.

Thanks be to Almighty God, and to his saints who prayed for us - especially John Henry Newman & St Therese. Thank you to all you who prayed for him.

God bless you all. Holy Mass will be offered for your intentions and in thanksgiving.

A weight is lifted from us.

"For the yoke of their burden, and the rod of their shoulder, and the sceptre of their oppressor thou best overcome, as in the day of Median." Isaiah 9:4

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Qualified Bidding Prayers

I have a bit of a thing about bidding prayers. I think the Holy Father should just issue a motu proprio banning them and institute a standardised Bidding of the Bedes (they could use Fr Sean Finnegan's excellent version of the Pre-Reformation prayers).

In recent weeks I have found myself adding a few mental qualifications to those read from the ambo. Here are a couple of examples:

Let us pray for the people of Pakistan, that the wealthy nations of the world may be generous and help them in their hour of need...[and that their corrupt officials will keep their thieving hands off the donations and that their government might, you know, spend a bit of money on their own people rather than top-of-the-range fighter jets]

Let us pray for Pope Benedict, that his coming visit may open him up to be inspired by the Spirit [and that the hierarchies and people of these Islands might start listening to Peter and adhering to the Catholic faith]


[Let us pray for the composers of bidding prayers. That they might quit their agenda-laden-We-Are-Church-BS and shut the____up. ]

Lord in your mercy.....

Monday, August 23, 2010


I used to follow Mary Jackson's comments on Harry's Place until I finally despaired of leftists' inability to engage in rational argument, about the same time Mary came to the same conclusion and stopped posting there.

She has an interesting observation on Pakistan:

What has Pakistan got that Holland hasn't ?.
" Nuclear Weapons".

What has Holland got that Pakistan hasn't ?.
"Flood defences".

I rest my case.

Amazing then that as a country we have been exceedingly open-handed bearing in mind a sizeable part of the population of that country see us as the enemy and a significant proportion of that country's intelligence service is aiding those who would kill British servicemen and women.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Safe and sound. Deo gratias.

Thanks to all of you who remembered us in your prayers.

Fringe 'benefits'

Further into the abyss:

One of Britain’s leading abortion providers has come under fire for offering free terminations for staff as a perk of the job.

Staff are also offered a reduced-rate membership at one of more than 1,700 participating gyms and leisure centres and ‘access to special rates and discounts on a wide range of additional benefits, including travel, theme parks, experience days, weight-loss programmes, cycles and accessories’.

A nurse working for Marie Stopes could get a free abortion for herself or her teenage daughter if she had an unwanted pregnancy, saving hundreds of pounds, or in cases of late termination, more than £1,000.

Great. Not only can you collude in the murder of someone else's child, but you get to kill your own for free.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My youngest

My younger son is in hospital again for a planned procedure under anaesthetic. Please pray for him.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Have you got a licence for that coffin, brother?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

"Yeah, you know, the D to the V to the LA..."

My academic duties take me to South Wales a few times a year and I've grown very fond of my Welsh colleagues. This made me larff.

For those of you who are Amish or don't get the references for whatever reason, here's the original

There is a fracture. I need to fix it.

Fr Tim has discovered the delights of xtranormal. An anaesthetist colleague sent me this. My colleagues and I liked this one.

It might not appeal to non-medics. Or orthopods.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

The dhimmitude continues.

Secular saints, incurious journalism, double standards

Have you seen anything by Christopher Hitchens or Johann Hari about the company that Saint ex-President Nelson Mandela keeps? Funny that, eh? It's a rum business having supermodels, former Pakistani cricketers with political ambitions and flaky actresses kipping at your house after a slap-up dinner. Then you get big blokes creeping round the house after lights-out with bags of diamonds offering them to said, lithe, if rather thick, supermodels.

Good job the Holy Father sticks to a light supper, a little piano practice and an early night of an evening. Doesn't stop him being called a 'criminal'.

What an odd world we live in.

Monday, August 09, 2010

How often...

...should 9 and 11-year old boys go to confession? Advice from priests and experienced fathers of young lads particularly welcome.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Papal visits and public money

There is a choreographed piece of lazy journalism you'll have all seen or heard of late. Almost every discussion of the Holy Father's coming visit to the UK on TV or on the wireless will include a talking head from the NSS, usually Terry Sanderson talking about the use of 'public money' on the visit. They have an internet campaign that's raised 28,000 signatures (although to put that into some context 35,000 punters signed up in support of the late Raoul Moat).

Now in the past year I've run a half marathon and three 10ks. I've completed a couple of (mini) triathlons. I've been to a dozen or so rugby matches (international and Magner's League) and a one-day Test match. At every event - many of them, like the Holy Father's visit, with tens of thousands of people attending - there were scores of police to deal with traffic and crowd safety. This used public money - it used public money because these were public events and the public who participate in them require safety and protection and that includes the public services. This money does not belong to the civil authorities - it belongs to you and me because we gave it to them to administer as taxes.

So if the NSS or Johann Hari or Polly Toynbee don't want 'public money' expended on the Holy Father's visit, they had better be prepared to ban every 10k run, every Premier League football match, every Orange walk, every trade union rally and protest march. After all, how can we justify the use of 'public money' on these fripperies at a time of economic constraint?