Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Always humbling

I know they are human. I know they sin. I know they are flesh and blood.

I still think it humbling and encouraging to see a priest waiting outside the box to have his confession heard.

There were two in front of me at lunchtime today.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Big Tam

Sad to say that I have reached my mid-forties before 'getting' St Thomas (and Aristotle). The Eureka! moment came with Dr Edward Feser's remarkable book, The Last Superstition which I thoroughly recommend.

The good professor's blog is tremendous knockabout stuff for such highbrow subject matter. To be praised by Sir Anthony Kenny as making Aquinas readable is praise indeed. To be sure Dr Feser's tone can sometimes be a little on the robust side , but he's taking the fight to Dawkins and the Dawkinseenies don't like it up 'em. In a page-turner of a treatise, written with much humour, Dawkins is shown in forensic detail to be the shallow schoolyard bully one had always suspected him of being.

By complete chance I was halfway though this book when I found myself looking through the book sale at the local swimming pool in Vancouver while waiting for the kids to finish a session and found (in amongst the Tom Clancy novels and the Mommy-porn) a copy of Maritain's St Thomas Aquinas (which I bought for 50 cents).

I'm ashamed to say that despite having attended a school dedicated to the Angelic Doctor, I can remember very little being said of him - I am pretty sure that in the spirit of the age (1976-1983) we were taught nothing of the greatest philosopher and theologian in the Church's history (Boff, Kung and Rahner got a mention, needless to say). I tried reading Copleston's account but just didn't get it.

I recommend Dr Feser's book (and blog). I'm starting a medical ethics degree later this year. Feser's grounding in Natural Law will be a good antidote to the fashionable nonsense I will no doubt encounter.

PS: note to St Mungo's bookshop - get lots of copies of The Last Superstition in stock.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Brick by brick

The Herald reports the imminent departure of Archbishop Conti, presumably to spend more time in Barga. His flock are likely to have a new shepherd in the shape of Bishop Tartaglia. More appointments of a similar ilk are likely.

Pray God, especially in these days of seeking the help of the Holy Spirit that we have bishops who will uphold the Faith, reform the practice of the liturgy and feed their sheep.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act

Archbishop Cranmer is under attack. His Grace has received an email fro the Advertsing Standards Authority, asking him to remove an advert for The Coalition For Marriage. Apparently, having a number of pictures of brides and grooms on their wedding day and pointing out the fact that 70% of the respondents in a poll for c4m see no need for a change in the law is "offensive and homophobic".

So let me get this straight. Posting pictures of married couples and the results of a poll is "offensive and homophobic" and requires withdrawal. Sorry, but it won't wash. As we say in this part of Scotland - away an' boil yer heid.

I would urge you all to download and post the "offending" picture, above and post it as widely as possible. Let's hope it goes viral - pass it on.

I fear we are sleepwalking into a police state

Sunday, May 06, 2012

The Welcoming Arms of the Ummah

The price for apostasy in Islam - often played down by the media - is death. Many of our brethren in the Middle East have found that never having been a Muslim is enough to get them killed. Even being a devout Muslim would appear to be not enough to spare you from the executioner's sword as Khalil Dale, late of Dumfries, was to find to his cost.

Mr Dale, known as Ken until his conversion to Mohammedanism, sounds to have been a good man by all accounts. He unedrtook humanitarian work for the Red Cross in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq after converting to Islam over twenty years ago and changing his name from Ken to Khalil Rasjed. He was kidnapped and beheaded by the Taliban in Pakistan for his pains. It would seem his membership of the Ummah counted for nothing with these savages.

I feel very sorry for him and his family - the reward of his labours was death. As was pointed out elsewhere: "I guess multiculturalism isn't always a two way street. The unfortunate chap learned more about his adopted Religion of Peace than he bargained for."

May he rest in peace.

Thursday, May 03, 2012


Apologies. As was pointed out on the previous post, Roodmas was never celebrated on the 1st May but on the 3rd May as the Finding of the Holy Cross, as two minutes with my dad's old St Andrew's Missal would have discovered. Blessed John XXIII united the feast in 1960 (I understand) with the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14th.

Sorry for the mistake.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

May Day

I love May - such a gentle month when Spring properly takes hold. I have never been to Oxford for May Morning, but the Hymnus Eucharisticus sung at dawn from Magdalen Tower is very beautiful in both form and content.

Te Deum Patrem colimus,
Te laudibus prosequimur,
qui corpus cibo reficis,
coelesti mentem gratia.

Te adoramus, O Jesu,
Te, Fili unigenite,
Te, qui non dedignatus es
subire claustra Virginis.

Actus in crucem, factus est
irato Deo victima
per te, Salvator unice
vitae spes nobis rediit.

Tibi, aeterne Spiritus
cuius afflatu peperit
infantem Deum Maria,
aeternum benedicimus.

Triune Deus, hominum
salutis auctor optime,
immensum hoc mysterium
orante lingua canimus.

O Thee, O GOD the FATHER--Thee,
All worship, praise, and glory be!
Thy hand bestows our daily bread,
And that wherewith our souls are fed.

To Thee, O JESU--Thee, the SON--
To Thee, alone-begotten One,
Who for our sakes didst not abhor
The Virgin's womb--our hearts we pour.

When Thou upon Thy Cross wast laid,
To GOD a willing offering made,
The hope of life first dawned below--
Our joy, our only Saviour, Thou!

To Thee, O HOLY GHOST--by whom
The Babe was born of Mary's womb,
Both GOD and Man--to Thee we raise
The hymn of everlasting praise.

O THREE IN ONE, Who didst devise
Such pathway back to Paradise;
This mystery of Love be sung
In every age by every tongue!

I did not know that May 1st was also Roodmas until the reign of Blessed John XXIII. Was there a Mass in the Sarum Rite for this?
Now, of course it's the memorial of St Joseph the Worker.

Patron saint of those who fight Communism.