Friday, 28 January 2011

Famous Welsh Baddies #1: Katie Hopkins

This is going to be an occasional series, as with my 'Famous Welsh Catholics,' but in this instance to act as a national Mea Culpa to fellow Catholics and 'men of goodwill' across the UK and the world, for the actions of what I consider to be Welsh people who have had or are having a detrimental effect on the world.

After all, we all know that to be Welsh is a grace from God, but (Original Sin and all that) some of us have let the side down.

My first choice (as with my first Famous Welsh Catholic) isn't Welsh per se, but with a name like Hopkins she must have a Welsh connection along the way - and that's good enough for me!

Yes Katie Hopkins, famous following her appearance on The Apprentice.

Why has she stirred my righteous ire?

Well, she is one of those 'rent-a-gobs' who pops up with worrying frequency throughout the media, usually on BBC programmes, to present her views as those of the uber-Capitalist. You know the kind: the markets must dictate everything; you snooze you lose; survival of the fittest.

It's a kind of Darwinian, Nietzcheist, Thatcherite melting-pot of a worldview. Cuddly it ain't.

This sort of lady wears the trousers. She knows what she wants and it's world domination for businesses who have the strength and power to brush aside all opposition. It's all very testosterone-fuelled bully-boy business in the school of Gordon Gekko. It's The Apprentice writ large.

I am sure that Ms. Hopkins plays up her image as a bone-crusher (yes, I've cleaned that up) in order to become a rent-a-gob for the Beeb and others (the more controversial or absolute in outlook, the better in order to go toe-to-toe with another rent-a-gob of the 'opposite' persuasion), but by her own arguments, the banks should have been allowed to crash during the 'Credit Crunch' and so her own Business-Darwinian outlook is flawed in the extreme, because to her and those like her, the banks are the new gods of Mammon, the big power brokers with the billions who 'oil' the business world and allow businesses to plough money into expansion.

She doesn't see the debt bubble of the banks as a burden on "the people," she sees more banking, more debt, more uncontrolled growth as the answer. The world is afire and Ms Hopkins would readily pour on more petrol.

If your very gods should have fallen, but for the "bail out" by tax-payers (their private debt being taken on by the public), how can you keep your religion?

Not that this worries Katie Hopkins and her ilk. Like the scientists who overlook the "missing link" in their evolution-religion, they too ignore the elephant in the room and quickly revert back to their default position, viz that 'the market' must dictate all, and be free to dictate all (such aberrations as morality, the Common Good, the right to a decent wage and other fuddy-duddy Catholic principles being as popular to these people as a faecal deposit in a swimming pool).

As the poor get thrown into unemployment through no fault of their own, with whole families facing penury, Ms. Hopkins still kneels at the altar of Mammon. No doubt, to her, the newly unemployed need to "pull up their socks" and get on with things!

It's ironic isn't it? The mega-rich (and I mean the millionaires and billionaires) get bailed out by successive governments, whilst those being thrown out of jobs by the downturn the bankers created, receive no such largesse.

I can hear a strange noise emanating from Beaconsfield. Why 'tis Mr. G.K. Chesterton spinning in his grave.

From the 19th Century to the 21st Century, in so many ways, so very little has changed.

Let's spare a moment and offer up prayers for the families whose head has lost his job in the last few months. As much as I wish it were the case, I don't think Ms. Hopkins will be praying for the many thousands of them.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The Welsh Valentine: Happy St Dwynwen's Day!

A St Dwynwen's Day Card
As the wonderful blog A Reluctant Sinner states:

St Dwynwen's Day (Diwrnod Santes Dwynwen) used to be kept with great joy and merriment during the Middle Ages, though fell out of fashion, for obvious reasons, after the Reformation.

Pop by his blog to read the full story.

It always saddens me that the Welsh - who ensured the survival of Catholicism and Monasticism via the conversion of Ireland by St Patrick and others - were conned into embracing Protestantism via the publishing of the Bible in Welsh (by the same forces who, before and since, sought to make Welsh a museum-piece).

The dour nature of Protestantism just does not fit in with the Welsh national character. We love songs, tales, heritage, traditions and in that sense are far more like the Catholic Irish than the dour Protestant characteristics of suppressing song, Saints and pilgrimage.

If any other evidence is needed, the National Museum of Wales's site says:

Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and was, by all accounts, one of the prettiest of Brychan Brycheiniog's 24 daughters. 

Did you ever here of a Protestant with 24 daughters? That's positively Catholic! ;-)

Brychan Brycheiniog, was the King of Brecon and again referring to the National Museum of Wales, his part-Irish dynasty left a lasting legacy on Welsh history and Welsh princes. You can see news on the Museum's excavation of the King's artificial island palace here.
Llanddwyn Island today

The place on Anglesey where the Welsh Saint built her hermitage became known as Llanddwynwen (today it's Llanddwyn), literally the "Church of Dwynwen" along with all the many Holy places throughout Wales with the prefix Llan.

Her Holy Island became so popular as a place of pilgrimage that a new church was built on the site in Tudor times, the remains of which can still be seen on the island today.

So Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus (Happy Saint Dwynwen's Day) to you all.

 "Nothing wins hearts like cheerfulness" - St Dwynwen.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

300 More Converts to Catholicism

The BBC is reporting that 300 Anglicans are converting to Catholicism.

According to their report, "300 members of six congregations" from "three parishes in Essex, and three in east London" will join the Ordinariate.

Quite frankly that is an incredible number, circa 50 per parish (I know... all those years sat in Maths classes finally paid off!).

I have to say, despite my hopes and fears regarding the Ordinariate, this is wonderful news.

It does show that a large number of people, even in that small area of east London and Essex, are sick to death of the creeping liberalism and its 'good intentions pathway to Hell' agenda.

The handful of nutters who call themselves Catholics who call for women priests, homosexual "weddings" and so on can see for themselves the damage their agenda does.

Thank God the Pope had the courage to move ahead with his plans for Anglican converts without endless conflabs with a man who pretends to be an Archbishop, otherwise these 300 souls (and the many others who will follow) would have been left in the wilderness.

Let us all pray for the fortitude of the converts, that may grow in the Catholic Faith. Their forefathers in the Church Triumphant will be overjoyed!

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Crime Does Pay: The Pontarddulais Example

From the Walls of Jericho to Pontarddulais
I remember reading an article several years ago written from a Protestant point of view, which stated that the Bible dealt with many societal issues, not least governance.

Included in the latter category was crime and punishment.

The author concluded (if I remember right) that circa 25-30% of the Bible was dealing with personal issues, but 70-75% of it dealt with society, government etc.

Naturally as a Catholic I found this very interesting, not least because Catholics (should!) believe in the Kingship of Christ, viz that societies should be officially Catholic, their laws be Catholic etc.

I found the article very interesting, but wondered in later years (without the original piece to reference) if he had included Old Testament laws ( I am 99% sure he did) and if so, would these kind of societal laws be made null and void by the Birth of Our Lord.

But didn't Christ Himself say:

Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 

Does this mean the Old Testament (OT) laws still stand? I know Catholics still use the OT, for example, to oppose the Sodomite agenda. But on the other hand don't we chastise the Pharisees and their descendants for their rigid adherence to OT laws, even to the extent they sought the death of Christ. or was this because they had twisted the OT laws?

Anyway, forgive me for digressing. That's just me thinking aloud.

Where am I headed with this (I hear you plead).

On the local news last night there was the story of Pontarddulais Brass Band who had their instruments stolen and sold for scrap. The story was that the "head thief" went to jail.

Here's how the BBC reported it online:

Four men have been sentenced for stealing £15,000 of instruments from Pontardulais Town Band, which were sold to a scrap dealer.
Andrew Beer, 39, was jailed for 24 weeks at Swansea Crown Court. Christopher Davies, 23 and Jason Power, 36, were given suspended sentences.
Dealer Marcus Egan, 34, was given a suspended sentence for handling stolen goods.
The instruments, sold on for £61, were crushed at Egan's business.

One of the band members on the BBC last night decried how the total fines levied were £500, yet their insurance head risen to £700 p.a. because of the theft.

So let's study this:

  1. Thieves steal and scrap instruments worth £15K.
  2. As a result the band's insurance rises to £700 p.a.
  3. The main thief gets 3 months (he'll serve circa 1 and a half months).
  4. For stealing £15K's worth they are fined £500.

Doesn't something seem wrong there? The thieves (assuming they are on benefits) will pay a pittance, unnoticed for months to come, and the ringleader will get B&B for 6 weeks ate tax-payers' expense.

The only ones seriously out of pocket will be the honest brass band members who will have to pay extra insurance for years to come, leaving them hundreds (if not thousands) of pounds out of pocket, not to mention some of their original instruments may have held sentimental value and so be irreplaceable to all intents and purposes.

Now, again from memory, the article I read which dealt with The Bible and society said that:

  • If items are stolen and returned the thieves must pay the victim the value of the item(s).
  • If the items are stolen and not returned (eg destroyed/damaged) then the thieves must pay the victim twice* the value of the item(s).
  • if the thief did not have the money, then he would be forced to work until he had earned the money to repay the victim.**

Now in a land when a thief steals a car (eg worth £3K) smashes it up, gets a smack on the wrist (often to re-offend ad infinitum), leaving the victim to claim the loss on his insurance, rarely getting the value of his car, and facing increased insurance bills for years to come, wouldn't it be a great idea to implement something like the above (Biblical or not)?

It seems to me as a Catholic, that the current state of affairs not only flies in the face of Christian values and common sense, but also natural law.

I am not (Deo Gratias!) a lawyer, and I am no expert in the laws of the land, I can only speak out on what I see, and when I see injustice am I not (are we not!) honour bound to speak out? Especially when the weak, vulnerable, and victims in society are being unjustly targeted by the justice system that should not only be protecting them in the first place, but giving them succour and (obtaining for them) remuneration after any crime.

It's easy to be populist when dealing with crime (why do bank robbers get 15 years for taking bits of paper and paedophiles get 5 years for ruining the lives of dozens), but regardless of cheap point scoring (rightful or otherwise) we must surely seek the implementation of a justice system that is intrinsically fair and just, with victims and criminals.

I have long thought that at the moment we have a system that uses a sledgehammer to crack a nut (intrusive laws, Orwellian tactics etc. against the innocent majority) yet when criminals are eventually caught, as in the Pontarddulais Brass Band case discussed herein, they are not given sufficient reprimand to make them reassess their lives and realise the harm they have done.

We owe it to the victims of crime to make the criminal justice system fair, correct and just; inasmuch as we it to the criminals to make the criminal justice system fair, correct and just.

I believe the only way to make it so for the victims to make sure the thieves et al recompense the victims; just as to make it so for the perpetrators is to make the jails places where they can get an education and become rehabilitated.

At the moment the criminal justice system fails on both counts, leaving victims worse off and leaving criminals in a cycle of crime.

I would be interested in knowing what other Catholics think, as well as examples of Biblical laws or the teaching of the Magisterium of the Church on victims and criminals.

I apologise for the rambling nature of this piece, but I am thinking aloud on this matter and searching for answers...

* This may have been 1.5 times the value of the item(s)
** I think it may have mentioned selling his property to pay, but that may be wishful thinking on my part.

Scrap Dealer Crushes Brass Band's Instruments

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Welsh Shame as Homosexuals Target School Children

Homosexual lobbyists in Wales are targeting children in schools by promoting the idea that children, that may be going through emotional turmoil, trouble at home, hormonal imbalances, 'relationship issues' (e.g. being jilted) or 101 problems that teenagers face, and who think they are attracted to someone of the same sex should be "helped" by the same lobbyists and those with an agenda to embrace their "homosexuality."

According to the BBC:

Their new campaign 'It gets better ... Today' tackles homophobic bullying. 

They have swallowed the homosexual militants' li(n)e that it is about bullying. In reality it is about promoting homosexuality as a 'lifestyle' to impressionable schoolchildren, and in pushing those who may be emotionally, hormonally or mentally imbalanced - temporarily or otherwise - into a fully fledged homosexual mindset.

That all the political parties are supporting this nefarious campaign is scandalous in and of itself.

Where is the voice of reason, the voice of tradition, the voice of the family, to oppose this targeting of our children by militants whose ultimate aim is to recruit more children and lie to them that being "gay" is normal, as opposed to being a gross abnormality and an affront to nature and God.

When reading Fr Gabriele Amorth's book, An Exorcist Tells His Story, it struck me how much the sordid homosexual underworld is involved in Satanic possession. Surely that should tell Catholics all they need to know!

Our Lady of Walsingham & Bl Cardinal Newman: England Converts

Many Anglicans feel abandoned by their own leaders
Well, England hasn't converted yet, but this is surely a sign recognised in Heaven that more Englishmen are reverting to the Faith of their fathers.

England is returning to Walsingham. Our Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary is reclaiming her dowry.

All is not rosy in the Church, but the conversion of souls must lift all our hearts (especially coming after decades when conversion seemed like a dirty word as a false ecumenism took root) and remind so many people in England (and the Celtic nations around it) that their home is in Rome.

As a first step, Damian Thompson's blog entry is a start, and he has links to many other good sources.

Let us hope that the new Ordinariate, under the direct guidance of Rome, leads more to seek conversion and for more Catholics (in England and elsewhere) to open their eyes and realise that if Christian unity is to be achieved, then it must be in the One, True Fold of the Catholic Church.

With more souls seeking conversion to Rome, in effect coming home after 450-odd years of wandering in the wilderness led in the most part by weaklings, hirelings and heretics, at least this must be an end to that false ecumenism that had some Catholics putting over the message that salvation could just as easily be found in the Anglican church.

There was only one Church established by Our Lord Jesus Christ, and that Church has descended from His first choice as Pope, St Peter (with all his failings), to the Roman Catholic Church today with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at its helm.

That simple Truth can, indeed, set you free.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Redemptorists Promote Horoscopes and Buddhist Prayer to Catholic Youth

I think, and I am sure that many will agree with me, that one of the biggest 'turn offs' for young Catholics in the last 40 years has been the kind of "happy clappy" catholicism (with a small c) which has deliberately played down the unique nature of the Catholic Faith and like some comprehensive school's social studies class has tried to hug all 'faiths,' nuclear disarmament, lets 'understand' the hatred homosexuals have to put up with, etc.

Believe me I know, having sat through those very lessons, put off by that very church, not truly understanding my Catholic heritage, Faith and morality.

Often in the guise of appealing to the youth, the worst kind of social worker garbage and rainbow-coloured tapestry covered church walls outrages have been allowed to occur.

I sometimes wonder if more young people would be in our churches, attending Mass, learning their catechisms, if the hierarchy/clergy left well alone when it comes to "youth initiatives."

Am I just an old cynic recalling the worst examples of past personal experiences? Perhaps we will see things change for the better, but reading personal accounts of events like the World Youth day in Australia, I am worried that lessons aren't being learnt.

Let me show you an example of what I mean by the 'social worker catholicism' which I find so disruptive (if not outright heretical!).

The bulletin 'Sunday Plus' is published by the Redemptorists (Redemptorist Publicatiuons, Alphonsus House, GU34 3HQ - and is designed so parish priests can use it as a useful colourful page on the reverse side of which to publish their own parish weekly newsletter.

All well and good so far (I have seen some very uplifting varieties of this kind of affair, with stories of the Saints etc.).

This issue of Sunday Plus (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24th October 2010) has a section "Meet Amy..." with a picture of a trendy looking young person, we assume (rightly?) is a Catholic.

So that I don't spoil the enjoyment for you, or get accused of partial editing, let me give you the whole text of the 'Meet Amy' bit, including the emboldened quote placed at the front so it stands out amongst the whole page:

"I think that Catholics would benefit from hearing more about what other religions have to offer."

Amy's mum is a Catholic and Amy was baptised as a baby, but she does not have a sense of a Catholic identity now. Although she is open to different religions and beliefs, she really rejects the prescriptive nature of Catholicism. Amy doesn't believe in a personal God, but believes in a higher power which binds living things together on earth. She reads her horoscopes every day and has recently started trying Buddhist prayer.

What are the Redemptorists trying to prove with this Grade A guff?
  • That horoscopes are fine and dandy?
  • That Buddhist prayers are fine?
  • That losing one's Catholic identity is de rigueur?
  • That being open to  'different beliefs' is welcome?
  • That Catholicism is "prescriptive" and hence bad?
  • That vague belief in a 'higher power' is sufficient?

All this is put out there by this Redemptorist publication without qualification, and so is being promoted by "Catholics" in Catholic churches to the Faithful, including young, impressionable Catholics,

And we wonder why so many youngsters are losing their Faith?

Click on the images here and read the piece for yourself.

Personally I think it is scandalous.

If someone told me this piece was written by a New Ager, an aggressive atheist or a homosexual militant as a means to draw young Catholics away from the Church by overwhelming them with meaningless goo, I would readily believe them.

Yet this was published by - if not written by! - Catholic priests with a duty of care to many Catholic souls.

It shows the terrible state of our Church that not one iota of outrage is expressed at this kind of material (never mind that it was published in the first place).

If we and our children really had to "Meet Amy" in the weekly newsletter (and I wonder how many parishes took this tripe) might we not have met her in the format of being instructed by a thoroughly Catholic priest? Could we have had right opposing wrong? Might we have expected some guidelines for Catholic children and teenagers on how to be loyal to the 'Faith of their Fathers' -- instead of what was dished up in the form of an uncritical advert for what GK Chesterton warned us of all so many decades ago:
When a Man stops believing in God he doesn't then believe in nothing, he believes anything.
...including horoscopes.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

When Soldiers Did Penance for their SIns

There's one thing I love about our Church and that is that it is Catholic. OK, call me Mr. Obvious, but I mean of course that it is universal. It is like the bedrock on which nations are established, grow and are nurtured.

When I have been to Catholic churches, from my local parish, to on pilgrimage, to on holiday, I love seeing the variants in statues, styles and congregations. Even in our own land (Wales!) we can see in our own congregations the Welsh, English, Irish mixing freely with the Poles, Spaniards, French and even the Asians and Africans.

Like the nations, we as peoples are nurtured and our own cultures grow in the bosom of the Church.

St Guthlac receiving the tonsure
A part of the Catholic nature of the church of course goes back in history and so we can read of the Catholic Church's growth in various nations and cultures, some of which have since died out (primarily the Roman Empire) and other places which have since lost their Faith through the Reformation (Wales being an example). Then of course there is the brave example of those like the Jesuits who took the Faith to India, China and Japan.

So it is I enjoy stumbling upon stories, pictorial or written, and histories of Our Faith and especially of Saints I've never heard of before.

Just the other day I picked up an old school text-book entitled 'The Medieval World' from a charity shop and in that there's a picture of St Guthlac receiving the tonsure (as pictured here).

So I couldn't help but look up St Guthlac and discover something more of who he was and what he did.

I think St Guthlac is the kind of Saint that can set a good example for Catholics today. The England of his own day (freshly taken from the British/Welsh [boo], still fractured and yet to be unified) would have still been a heavily pagan land, and he himself must surely have killed in his role as a Saxon soldier prior to his becoming a monk and undergoing years of penance for his sins.

How unlike the political class today who send men off to die in highly dubious wars, often in the name of Christianity (or at least dressed in its terms), but far from doing penance for killing innocents, they sell books, get on the lecture trail and more to try to justify their unjust wars and rake in the millions.

St Guthlac had blood on his own hands, understood that he would pay for his sins in this world or in purgatory and so did penance.

Sadly, I cannot help but think our own times are more pagan than the Anglo-Saxon lands of the 7th Century.

St Guthlac

Friday, 7 January 2011

Famous Welsh Catholics: Author Michael Davies

Michael Davies on pilgrimage to Chartres
In an effort to bolster the Faith of the Welsh and remind Catholics and non-Catholics alike of our heritage and roots in the Catholic Church, I thought I'd start an irregular series of posts on Welsh Catholic figures that will inspire, educate and enthral.

Just the other day I came across a booklet I hadn't seen/read for many years. The booklet is entitled The Barbarians Have Taken Over and is by the author Michael Davies.

I thought I'd check online to see if his other works are available and found a Wikipedia page on him, which states:
He was brought up in Yeovil, Somerset,[3] although he was said to be proud of his Welsh descent.
I haven't read his weightier tomes, but my understanding is that Davies' outlook is that Vatican 2 did not mandate many of the changes in the liturgy and the layout of Churches -- rather it was the misinterpretation of Vatican 2, or vague and ambiguous texts used to justify what many have since called "the spirit of Vatican 2" -- spearheaded by Arbishop Bugnini.

One things is for sure, Michael Davies was a serious scholar and researcher, was a devout Catholic concerned at the loss of Faith by so many souls in our times, and his writings make for disturbing, but essential, reading.

Michael Davies, Catholic apologist, Defender of the Faith who when asked what he'd like to see before he died, in his last interview, replied:
"I want to see Wales win the Six Nations [rugby championship] once more."
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Michael Treharne Davies.

Michael Davies on Wikipedia
The Last Interview
The Catholic Sanctuary & The Second Vatican Council by Michael Davies
In Memoriam

Monday, 3 January 2011

We Must Celebrate the Ordinariate, But Be Watchful

John Broadhurst, ex-Anglican Bishop of Fulham, now a Catholic
Of course like every Catholic in England & Wales I am very excited about the conversion of Anglicans to our Faith.

As the Catholic Herald reported here the largest steps to date were taken by three ex-Anglican bishops, who converted to become, as I understand it, simple Catholics [like me - I'm a simple Catholic ;-)].

Now I have had all manner of opinions on this thrust at me by friends, but let me put my own out there.

I have to say that I am pleased at events, because it shows many Anglicans that their real home is in the Catholic Church. It also reminds more people that Anglicanism is a very strange heresy started by a Catholic king who wanted a divorce, and later taken over by Protestants (hence the Heinz 57 Varieties of Anglicans available!).

At the same time, my worry is that 'liberals' (maybe quasi-Catholics or media hirelings) who are always trying to nibble away at authentic Catholicism, will try and use these events to apply pressure for a married clergy, planned family mentality, etc. - in short to move the Catholic Church closer to the former Anglicanism of the converts, than bringing all the Anglican converts over to Catholicism as outlined in our catechisms (which kind of undermines the point of them converting in the first place!).

Of course we all know of the Eastern (Greek, Russian, Ukrainian) Uniat Churches that keep their own liturgies but moved back to recognise the Pope. Do some see the Ordinariate, established by the Pope, as being a version of this? But then I believe I'm right in saying that the Orthodox Mass is legitimate, whereas no Catholic seriously believes that transubstantiation takes place under Anglican auspices.

So is this a clever way to get Anglicans to convert en masse (but with free will) to the Faith of Our Fathers? Or a way to try and validate Anglican liturgy in a Catholic setting?

One friend of mine has said he is worried that the conversions are being 'fast tracked' and that the Anglican converts therefore won't know their Catholicism, possibly bringing heretical ideas with them (thus bolstering heretical ideas held by a vocal minority within the Church)

Another has said that the Ordinariate is a clever move by the Vatican to keep the Anglican converts under the direct control of the Vatican, and thus free of the "ecumania" of the Bishops Conference.

We have to be ecstatic at the turn of events that has brought more souls to our Church, and the fact that it is women 'bishops' and homosexual 'clergy' that has pushed Anglicans in recent years into the Catholic fold should be a warning to all Catholics to keep our Faith orthodox on the issues of married clergy, female clergy, homosexuals etc. because we have all seen the damage such moves have made to the Anglicans.

As the Catholic Herald article says:
We all received Communion (five of our new brethren, including all three former bishops, on the tongue) and, lo, it was done. We are in communion.

Perhaps more Catholics receiving Communion on the tongue, together with the demand that Papal Masses can only have Communion on the tongue, might see a move for more Catholics to move away from the horrifying and unedifying sight that is Communion being placed in unconsecrated hands (which Mother Theresa said is the worst thing in the world!).

In short we as Catholics must receive our formerly separated brethren with great joy and charity, hope for many positives, yet be watchful as always, certainly against ecumaniac suggestions as this.

I think the advent of the Ordinariate will give the many millions of Catholics in Britain renewed vigour in their Faith (following on from the Pope's visit) and a sharp lesson that what GK Chesterton would have labelled as 'fads' in churches only lead to people losing their beliefs or walking out of their church. If anyone tries to use it as a fop to more ecumaniacal behaviour then it will only lead to Catholics (of the 'old' or 'new' type) losing their Faith.

These good people wanted to join the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church: not to see the Catholic Church become another variant of the liberal, all-things-to-all-men/women/transgenders mess they left behind.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Bears Still Go in the Woods, but are Peace Mala Catholic?

I was looking at an old Damian Thompson post about the Cardinal Vaughan School 'argument' and this comment - the first in reply to his post struck a chord:

The problem is that the Diocese of Westminster employs so many people who do not believe in the vision of the Church, that being the vision of Jesus our Lord and Saviour. They readily employ people who have a beef with the Church and its teachings on so many issues. You wonder why these people flock to the Church to a body that they seemingly hate so much. I know this is the case because I work in the Diocese in an influential department and only probably a few people believe in the Church teachings. And you wouldn’t believe how many souls these people get to effect with the rubbish they sprout. We need to good orthodox Catholics to apply for jobs with the Diocese. But also to box clever in the interview for such jobs and not come across as too rigid or not ‘mainstream’ enough, otherwise these left-wing trendies who interview will never employ you. Above all we must pray and pray and do penance, the Lord is punishing us for turning away from Him and apostasy is sadly rampant in the Church endangering many souls.
The article and comments are here

When I consider recent articles I've read on the Diocese of Westminster allowing the homosexual "Soho Masses" and the uproar over the Catholic Education Service (plus the fact that the ex-head of CAFOD thinks he is "married" to the man who acts (or has acted) as an "Eucharistic minister" at the Soho Masses... it doesn't take a genius to work out that there are far too many homosexuals, atheists and (literally) God-knows-whats working in the Catholic Church in England & Wales.

As Andrew says above, "You wonder why these people flock to the Church to a body that they seemingly hate so much."

Today is apparently Epiphany (5 days early I make it) or as Catholic and Loving It blog says, How the Bishops Stole Christmas. We only get 12 Days of Christmas as it is and I'd like to celebrate all 12.

I am not Super Catholic. Far from it. I am just another miserable sinner who needs all the help that God gives us, especially through the auspices of His Church. That is why I feel betrayed when bits of the Church are taken away, when I hear that Catholic education is being whittled away.

You see when I enter a Catholic church with a High Altar, with a tabernacle smack bang in the centre, with the altar rail in place, with statues to the Saints, with stain glass windows, and the other 'essentials' to a Catholic Church it lifts my soul.It helps me pray. It helps me feel that I am in the presence of God (as I said I need all the help I can get).

But when I enter a Catholic church that looks like a roller-disco, with the tabernacle tucked out of the way, with "God 'hearts' U" tapestries etc. I find it does not lift my soul at all. I feel like I am in a waiting room to see a social worker, not in the presence of Almighty God.

All I want my Catholic church to be is... Catholic.

For millennia the Church fine tuned its ceremonies and buildings. Corruption could come and go. Heresies could come and go. Saints and sinners, empires and monarchies could all come and go - but the Church would stay, would raise up wonderful Cathedrals, churches and chapels, all designed to raise the minds of the faithful to the Holy Trinity and bring focus to Our Lord in the Tabernacle and the Holy Eucharist.

Countless Saints have told us of the many Angels present during Mass, when Our Lord comes to us in Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Do we envisage that when we are in a "roller-disco" church? I certainly do when I am in a beautiful Catholic church.

I know the Mass can take place in a back room as in Elizabethan England & Wales. I know it can take place on a rock in the wilderness as in Elizabethan and Cromwellian Ireland. But surely when we have the opportunity to do so, with a Church hierarchy in place, we should be making the church per se, from its altars, to its schools, to its orders as Catholic as possible?

Just today I picked up a copy of Menevia News from my own diocese and front page news was how a Catholic youth group was given a talk by a (Catholic?) group called Peace Mala which 'promotes friendship, respect and peace between people of all faiths and none, regardless of race, colour, religion, sexuality, size age or ability'

To quote their own website:
Peace Mala (The Peace Mala Youth Project for World Peace) is an award winning, non-political, non-religious charitable organisation. We do not support any political party, movement or belief system over any other.

Our aim is to contribute to education for global citizenship by inviting all people to treat each other with respect regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, sexuality, size, age or ability. Our compassionate wish is for people, animals and the environment to be at peace.

A Peace Mala is a symbolic bracelet that focuses on the Golden Rule. It promotes friendship, respect and peace between people of all faiths and none; all cultures and lifestyles. Its intention is to educate and remind everyone that this rule is recognised by many scholars, teachers and philosophers. It is also universal to all compassionate faiths.
I think the above speaks for itself and there are several aspects to the above that make me, as a simple, stumbling Catholic trying to lead a Catholic life and give good example to my own children, deeply uneasy.

It even has a Rainbow coloured logo. It's also supported, according to Menevia News, by "many national and international religious leaders" with many wonderful and exotic names (Anglican, Buddhist and Muslim included).

And we are celebrating this on the front page of our own Catholic newspaper?

What are we teaching Catholic Youth Groups? That Catholicism is one of a pick n mix group of religions? Or that the rights of homosexuals are to be defended?

Whatever it is - it's not Catholic
Can't we just teach them that they belong to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church? That the ultimate charity is to bring homosexuals, Anglicans and Muslims into that fold and away from sin, heresy and idolatry, not to fawn to them or make them think their false ways are equal to or acceptable to the Church established by Jesus Christ.

My worry is that their are others out there like me: poor Catholics, ill-educated Catholics, Catholics who need help, struggling sinners trying their best and often failing. If there are, and I'm sure there are, then we need a Catholic church, with Catholic principles, with Catholic youth groups etc.

The Church should be the one dependable in this mad, materialist, all too atheist world. Sadly, in many instance it seems that the Church is not as dependable as we'd like.

From Westminster to Menevia, from the Soho Mass to Peace Mala.

Can I please just have a Catholic church that's Catholic?

Peace Mala (It's not Catholic!)

P.S.Among the links on the Peace Mala site (You know, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Taoism and 101 other types -- what is Yungdrung Bon? Is it legal?) are the following "Earth Religions":

Should the Catholic Church be promoting such evil links to our own young folk, as well as on the front page of the Diocesan newsletter?