Sunday, 31 July 2011

An Interview with GKC

GKC: larger than life
Do read this fun interview with GKC: it is very amusing (with some pearls of wisdom thrown in, as usual):

Necessary Therapy.

Just heard GKC quoted on Radio 5 Live on the matter of drugs (as taken by Louise Mensch MP) and the legalisation of dangerous narcotics, to the effect that it is the ignorance of experts that imperils men.

When the widespread misuse of drugs are destroying communities and a good percentage of a generation, how can making them any more widespread be any kind of answer? But then we Catholics have heard all these failed arguments before when it comes to more extensive and gratuitous sex education, increased availability of contraceptives and the increase in teenage single mums and abortion.

As Peter Hitchens has said, the anti-drug policy has not failed, it has not been implemented (rather akin to GKC's quote on Christianity).

Oh for a GKC today to pop the balloons of pomposity of today's experts!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Irish Politician 'Misspoke' Over Paedophila

David Norris excused paedophilia
Here's a great post showing the hypocrisy of the Irish press and media over the recent clerical abuse scandal: The Hermeneutic of Continuity.

A friend of mine who is a true and faithful Catholic in Ireland (the media would have us believe he is in a band of very few) said to me quite some time ago that the state there relaxed the rules so that anyone could come forward and claim they were abused without having to go through a process that could charitably be called 'stressful'.

With the burden of proof being laid to one side there was a huge rush of 'victims' eager to claim their compensation and/or to bolster the numbers claiming against the Church. He said it was common knowledge that some/many of these were opportunists out to make a fast buck, whilst the "system" was happy to have over-inflated figures for clerical abuse.

Last week when the Pope recalled his nuncio in Ireland I heard one news reporter (sorry my memory doesn't spring into action with a name/place) saying that this showed the Vatican were taking this very seriously etc. Most other reports made play of Irish government statements that it was unhappy at the lack of action/apology by the Church and comments such as 'things will never be the same again' viz the relationship between church and state.

I know it does not for one moment justify even one terrible/heinous act by one priest, but we should thankful that Irish state-run care homes, schools etc. are/were free from all abuse (ditto our own in Britain),

In closing let us pray for all the Catholic children abused by bad priests, that they may find peace and justice, and that they may keep their Faith and find solace with Our Lady who can soothe their wounds. Let us also pray that Holy Mother Church tightens her control over Seminaries and their intake, and that we may receive Holy, Catholic Priests so that more souls may receive the Sacraments and scandals be replaced by saints.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Amy Winehouse - A Lesson for the World

Fame, fortune and the adulation of the world
"For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?"
Mark 8:36

Therein lies the lesson for us all.

Amy Winehouse did not have "the world" but she could be said to have the world at her feet. She had a promising music career, thanks to gifts received from God. She was a "celebrity" and put on a pedestal. She had wealth and chose a hedonistic life.

In the Gospels there are various references to the "thief in the night"

"For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall so come, as a thief in the night."
1 Thessalonians 5:2

"But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief..."
2 Peter 3:10

"But know this ye, that if the goodman of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would certainly watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open."
Matthew 24:43

In various texts I have read this has been interpreted as the end of times, Judgement Day etc., yet I believe it also refers to each and every one of us; because we never know when our time will come, when we will die, and so when we will face the four last things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell.

If we choose to abuse the gifts that God has bestowed on us for our own ends rather than for His glory, then we had better be prepared for that ultimate Judgement.

We can think (for we have free will) that God does not matter or does not exist, that the Church and her Sacraments are irrelevant, that we must amass wealth, power, glory and the other trifles of this world. We can even chose a life of hedonistic excess.

However, just because we have free will does not mean we should surrender to our concupiscent nature, for our own death, and therefore our own Judgement, will come "like a thief in the night" to so many of us.

We Catholics pray for a good death. We plead with the Holy Trinity that we may have a good death, that we are prepared. In reality there can be nothing more important for each living person.

Sadly for Amy Winehouse she did not get a good death. Christ did come for her like a "thief in the night," suddenly and unexpected. All the money and fame in the world will not sway her Judgement; that will be down to her actions, her prayers and the state of her soul when she died.

There is a lesson for us all.

"Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour."
Matthew 25:13

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Original Sin: On Concupiscence, Jesus Christ and Evolutionist Heresy

I have a tendency towards sin. I am not proud of it. Quite often when I hear a holy man's sermon my ears burn.I suppose you have the same problem. So does everyone up to and including the Pope.

Concupiscence - the tendency to sin - is something that every human being in history (bar Adam, Eve, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ) were and are born with.

It's a result of Original Sin.

Now there's two issues I'd like to chew over with you on that subject, if you'll permit me.

The first is that I am a Catholic, that I have all the weaknesses associated with Original Sin. Therefore as with all those before me (and after!) I need the help of Holy Mother Church to stay on the straight and narrow. My very concupiscent nature makes me susceptible to fall off that road, all too often.

Thus I need the "props" that Our Faith provides, not least the Confessional. Regular Communion fortifies and strengthens us all. But there is also the example, "rules" and order laid out by the Church.

Heaven knows (yes, it really does) that without these I would be like a blob of jelly, spineless and weak.

That is why I am convinced we all need the help of the Church. Our Lord was not stupid. He left us His Church, with His Sacraments, for exactly this reason. His Love, His Charity, meant that as well as suffering His Passion and dying for us all, he left behind all we need to attain Heaven.

The world says that the Church must become "softer." The Church must become more "realistic" and (I shudder as the word enters my mind!) "relevant."

What "the world" really wants is a Church that is powerless to help us, that is as jelly-like, weak and floppy as we are. They want an emasculated Church, that would result in the blind leading the blind. Why does the world want this?

Never forget that the devil offered Our Lord the whole world if he would fall on His knees and worship him. The world today is a conglomeration of media-men, politicians and other opinion-formers, most of whom are anti-Catholic in nature if not in fact. Through omission or commission they seek to make the Church relativist.

Behind this herd of cats lies Satan. He wants a Church that is powerless to help us avoid sin, and certainly powerless to help us get up, dust ourselves off and get back on the narrow way. He wants the pews emptied - less bums on pews means less souls saved (as Linen on the Hedgerow blog wrote the other day, not attending Mass on Sundays and Days of Obligation is a Mortal Sin, and that is a victory for Satan).

The more Catholics are turned away from the Church, via false pride, sloth, greed - whatever the perceived motivation ("right" or "wrong") - then the more souls are in danger of falling away, forever. Didn't Our Lady show the children at Fatima the many souls falling into Hell?

God knows (yes, He really does!) that without His Church I would have fallen away too. There are 101 reasons for not going to Church, and the devil will always find the one that most appeals to you, dripping honey words in your ears that appeal to your pride.

The response to the paedophile scandal has been more souls lost. I know this because I hear this from family members, friends and acquaintances. The Church, to many (via the world's media) has become synonymous with this scandal, with hypocrisy, with absolute evil.

These people are human of course. They are concupiscent. They are open to the devil's honeyed-words. Souls are being lost.

The first job of the Princes of the Church is to save souls. One day they, like we parents, will have to answer for the souls under their charge.

So why is this scandal being allowed to go on and on and on? Certainly the media is milking it, but there can be no doubt that their ability to do so is the fault of the Church in not acting like Catholics in the first instance.

And why is the Church putting Pope John Paul II on the road to canonisation via the "fast track" system, when it must be said that most of this scandal happened under his watch? This does not sit well with people outside the Catholic bubble. Not addressing the issue smacks of the same cover-up that hit us in the face after the years and years of this abuse scandal.

I am sorry if I have genuinely offended any good and faithful Catholics, but I think we need to wake up and smell the coffee. The truth is that the paedophile scandal (which correct me if I'm wrong but happened primarily through the 70s, 80s and 90s?) has destroyed the image of the Church in the eyes of many -- including many Catholics.

Now maybe they are weak Catholics, but so am I! So are we all. There but for the Grace of God... etc.

The only way the Catholic Church can get to the bottom of this is to grasp the nettle. The acts and the nature of the people involved must, of course, be absolutely condemned, as I'm sure it has been. But the dualistic approach to moral relativism, immoral acts etc. such as has happened in Westminster Archdiocese viz the (homosexual) Soho Masses must be nipped in the bud by the Church authorities. It was this cowardice and relativism, this 'looking the other way' that allowed the paedophile scandal to go and grow underground.

I am reminded of a priest friend who went back to his Seminary a few years back only to exclaim "it is full of homosexuals" in a most dejected way. Catholics must learn from the ills that have befallen Anglicanism. You cannot be one thing and say another. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. If we say that homosexuality is an abomination, a disorder, then the priesthood and seminaries must be gone through with a fine-tooth comb.

Sounds harsh? Indeed. But when it comes to souls, Salvation, Heaven and Hell I do not think we can cut corners. Of course anyone with homosexual tendencies can and should be helped in a most charitable manner; but the priesthood must be closed off to them (as it should to people with other disorders such as alcoholism, an adulterous nature, etc.)

The fact that Catholic children were sexually assaulted by men with the indelible character of Christ's priesthood on their soul should fill us all with horror, grief, terror, remorse and shame.

Pussyfooting around issues when it comes to the Church, its moral character, its nature etc. has let too many souls fall away and let a tiny percentage [but one was too many!] of the priesthood become outright evil.

Let us learn the lesson and have a thoroughly Catholic Church run on Catholic principles, promoting the Sacraments and defending Catholic dogma and tradition.

The second issue is the issue of Original Sin itself.

A few months back I was at a local lecture on the Faith and the Salvific nature of Christ's Incarnation came up. It set me to thinking at the time, and its an issue addressed in the latest Christian Order (CO)mag too, that if one does not believe in Creation, in Adam and Eve, in our First Parents' fall from grace, then the Incarnation becomes meaningless.

A friend told me he overheard someone at his Church muttering that Creationism was ridiculous. Now if Creation is a "myth" then so is Christ's mission. His Death on the Cross in turn becomes meaningless because by their rationale there was no break between man and God, no rift, no loss of Heaven for Christ to remedy via His Passion and Death on the Cross.

Furthermore, as CO magazine makes clear, Creation is a Catholic Dogma. In other words if you do not believe that God created the entire world and all things in it ex nihilo (out of nothing) in an instant, then you are officially an heretic. I'm not a cannon lawyer but I think that means you should not receive Communion.

It is not a moot point. It is not open for debate. It is not an issue where there can be movement. Church Dogma is that God Created the earth and the beasts on it. Furthermore he created man; not a bit of slime that became a cell, that became a fish, that became a reptile, that became a mammal, that become a monkey, that became a man.

If you do not believe in Genesis (no, not Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel) and its account of Creation, then you cannot believe in Christ's Incarnation to break us free from the bonds of sin.

When Christ uttered the words "it is done/accomplished" He was surely referring to His Salvific mission to restore Heaven to mankind. Yet the very idea that we come from [soulless] monkeys and therefore cannot have lost Paradise through the actions of Adam and Eve, means that Jesus cannot have been the second Adam come to our rescue, nor Mary the second Eve conceived without sin to bring Our saviour into this world.

This heresy reduces Jesus to a "nice bloke" like we here atheists prattle on about on the telly. They tell us he was just a 'good guy' amongst many others (Buddha, Gandhi etc.) and we can pick n choose because really we're just talking soulless monkeys.

The Church has dogmas for a reason. It is not be constrain us, anymore than the need to breath oxygen constrains us or the laws of gravity constrain us. It is so that we my know, understand and dwell on the Truth.

"We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end." G. K. Chesterton

So what am I asking for? As usual I guess I am asking for a Catholic Church, i.e. for Our Faith, for the Pope and for the Bishops to be Catholic, to be dogmatic, to fight for the Truth and above and beyond all else, in all they say and do, to fight for every soul!

To do all you can in your power to keep a soul on the narrow path to Heaven and to lose is a great sadness, but it is not your fault. But to be lukewarm, to let your sheep go wandering off the track and be lost in mists, in quagmire, in thorns and be torn apart by wolves, then their fate rests on your shoulders, whether you are Catholic parents, priests or Bishops.

Please God let us all be watchful and do our Catholic duty.

I am sorry that I have 'gone on' so much, but this something I feel strongly about, and not out of pride, for I am a very weak Catholic, like all of us far too prone to sin. It is because I need so much help and I do not want to fall away (and I wish others not to, and yet more to come back to the Faith, let alone be converted) that I really desire a strong, dogmatic Catholic Church.

I feel we have gone without it for 50 odd years and the pews have emptied as a result. Please. I am not, to quote Basil Fawlty, asking for an elephants ear on a bun. I just want my Catholic Church to be Catholic! It's not too much to ask is it?

Monday, 18 July 2011

Rest in Peace Jack Rees, Faithful to the Last

St Benedict - Pray for Jack Rees
Some very sad news this evening from our local Parish Priest:

"Jack Rees passed on this evening after being fortified with the rites of the Church. His death is our loss but certainly Heaven's gain.

"There will be sacrifice of Holy Mass for the repose of his soul tomorrow [Tuesday] at 8.45am.

"Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

"Jack's funeral will be announced later by his family."

Jack was a real hero. He fought at Monte Cassino, the site of St Benedict's foundation of Western monasticism, and had more medals than you would think one person could have! He played the organ in our local parish for many years, until a recent fall.

Please say a prayer for the repose of his soul.

Early Saints on Communion and the Real Presence

I wonder if some kind souls (I know you exist!) out there in cyberspace could help me in some research I am doing.

I am after quotes from early Saints, say up to the Sixth Century, but the earlier the better, on Communion, the Real Presence, Transubstantiation, basically the need for Christians to receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our lord Jesus Christ at the Altar of God.

I know Christ Himself says that we must eat His Flesh, but is there an ongoing reference of this from other sources in the early church?

Thanks for your help.

Old Computer Needed

Our local Parish Priest is after an old pc/laptop to use for parish records. If anyone out there can help please drop me a line.

If you can't, we can take it back to factory settings.

Diolch yn fawr. Many Thanks.

Above Right: Something a little more up to date might be apt! ;-)

Please Pray to GKC

This was a comment left to my last piece, by Ecumenical Diablogger (a fellow Welsh Catholic):

I just saw this comment on the American Chesterton Society website, from Daniel Collins, "Please, everyone who reads this, please pray to Chesterton for a miraculous healing of my Grandmother. She is very ill, and there is a problem in doing surgery.

Chesterton once said that he believed in miracles even though he could not perform any. But I think that he can and he will, if we ask him. Please pray for my Grandmother, and also try to make this date a real Feast day for Chesterton."

God Our Father, Thou didst fill the life of Thy servant Gilbert Keith Chesterton with a sense of wonder and joy, and gave him a faith which was the foundation of his ceaseless work, a charity towards all men, particularly his opponents, and a hope which sprang from his lifelong gratitude for the gift of human life. May his innocence and his laughter, his constancy in fighting for the Christian faith in a world losing belief, his lifelong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and his love for all men, especially for the poor, bring cheerfulness to those in despair, conviction and warmth to lukewarm believers and the knowledge of God to those without faith. We beg Thee to grant the favours we ask through his intercession, [and especially for……] so that his holiness may be recognized by all and the Church may proclaim him Blessed. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Goodbye and Good Riddance to the News of the World

The News of the World is going. I wish it was that easy - the decision came like a North Korean diktat, and is a power-play to secure Sky for news International. Furthermore NoTW will be replaced by another Murdoch Sunday paper.

Left: Do our children know more about Saints or drug-taking celebrities? Which will help them attain their place in Heaven?

It is more akin to shuffling samples from an STD clinic than getting to grips with the immorality and amorality which causes the spread of STDs in the first place.

I use that example pointedly for in many (most?) respects the NoTW is like a STD. It is (was!) a newspaper of the lowest common denominator, full of sleaze and gossip. The few people (two off the top of my head) who I know who have bought it always looked embarrassed when I asked them "why?" and replied: "it's for the sport/football."

Not good enough. The success of the NoTW and The Sun during the week, shows that we are indeed "Broken Britain."

If we are really preoccupied with salacious gossip, pictures of semi-naked women, soap plot lines and similar, then, it would seem, there is little hope for us. We deserve what we get. I can only think that many Rosaries, Novenas and Masses offered against the waterfall of sin is keeping God's wrath from us.

Those who said, this week, that they would now be boycotting the gutter rag (purchasing or advertising) should be asked what they were doing supporting such a disgusting title. And I do not think the Sunday People (the Mirror's Sunday title) is much better.

We really must re-evaluate our actions as a society.

An edited example of the NoTW sleaze
Should we really be surprised that tabloid hacks behaved in such an underhand and disgusting manner? When their output has been, for many years, highly questionable and an affront to the Faith and morals of "the remnant."

Catholics should be made aware that the tabloid media goes against everything that Catholicism stands for. Like the good people of Liverpool in dealing with Murdoch's Sun paper, we should let every single Catholic in the land know that the tabloids must be boycotted.

How else can we expect our children to be good Catholics and role models for the next generation if their parents, aunties/uncles, grandparents etc. have copies of papers lying around that push a totally anti-Catholic worldview and (im)morality?

I recall reading a few years back (and I would dearly love to be corrected - please!) that Rupert Murdoch was given a medal by the Vatican. If this is true, it shows how the "bosses" of our Church have twisted their role and (as a friend used to enjoy saying at every opportunity) "lost the plot."

Rupert Murdoch must hold the ultimate responsibility for a media empire that has spread a weltanschauung of disruptive anti-family soft porn; of money buys loyalty and gossip; of spreading tittle tattle, semi-truths and lies; of promoting an anti-Catholic agenda on so many levels.

We Catholics are the sheep guided by the Princes of the Church, who should set the example so that we can all (in our faltering Via Dolorosa, in this Vale of Tears) attain Sainthood.

"Newspapers" such as (but not solely) the News of the World have been a roadblock for many souls on that road. Now is the time for Catholic Bishops to speak out and help us pew Catholics by providing us the ammunition to fight back against a gutter mentality, promoted by Rupert Murdoch and other media barons.

Time for Catholic Action! Hurrah! Meet you at the barricades ;-)  [For humbugs looking in - that is a joke].

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Portillo, Elizabeth I, Scottish Independence & Catholicism

Come on laddie: paint your face!!!
I have never really liked Michael Portillo. Not because his father was a supporter of the anti-Catholic forces in Spain. Nor because he is a homosexual. Nor even because he flipped from being a "right-winger" to being a liberal (around the time he was forced out of the closet).

I believe he is the breed of politician who is always the "system's man." Not strictly a careerist, though he clearly wanted to be the Tory leader before being 'outed,' moreover he is well-connected amidst the politicos, bankers and media-luvvies.

It is that breed of people who will never rock the boat, will always come out on the side of the ruling class, whilst pushing from the inside for the very worst kind of laws viz morality, public decency, the family and so on.

They will never be openly hostile to the Catholic Church, but they will always say that Catholics should keep their opinions inside the Church. Like Alistair Campbell, the one-time (some might say all-time) porno-fiction writer, this breed of politico "don't do God."

The very idea of God is anathema to this breed. To them, religion should not encroach on politics (whilst their politics forever encroaches on our religion). They, like Nietzsche before them, believe that "God is dead" or at least is in His retirement home (reserved for visiting hours on Sundays) with the other 'deities of your choice' so we are free to pick n choose from Buddhism to witchcraft, Baptist to Islam.

The Catholic Faith is an anachronism to these breed, one of many beliefs to pick n choose as long as you keep it to yourself. They are free to ram their constructs and beliefs down our throats via the school system, the mass media and the political system, so that we believe in "Liberté, égalité, fraternité." 

Over the years, they have used this Masonic hydra to make the majority believe that contraception was acceptable, then that abortion on demand was acceptable, then that homosexuality was acceptable. Now they are all pushing for the acceptance of euthanasia.

Of course we will be told this will be "for love." Or "to stop suffering." The modern god "choice" won't be far behind. And so eventually, through BBC docudramas, through Eastenders plot-lines and via the Chinese water torture of political and media pressure, the majority will go with the flow. Oh they will lie, tweak, fabricate and concoct "surveys" and even use very sad individual examples (in that Roe Vs Wade style). But the end result will be euthanasia on demand. Mass murder.

They'll get us coming and going! Both ends of the hospital will be death mills; with one end seeing sad women pressurised into killing babies by uncaring boyfriends, husbands, married lovers etc., whilst the other end sees sad old people who think they are a "burden" signing their lives away whilst relatives rub their hands with glee and flick through holiday brochures and paperwork from car showrooms.

The only people with "yooman rights" will be hardened criminals. The rapists, paedophiles  -- all will have their rights enshrined; whilst the innocent unborn and the pressurised elderly will be killed by the thousands.

We can see it happening a mile off. Abortion was meant to be for a small number of women. Their lives would be in danger. Two doctors would have to sign off the "procedure." All manner of checks and balances would be in place.

Now we have abortion on demand with abortion profiteers (sorry, 'providers') advertising their referral or confidential helpline services as if they do not have a vested interest (or profit motive) in promoting abortion as the pain-free option with no physical, mental or moral ramifications.

Do the people now pushing euthanasia not realise that the same thing will happen again? The Death Clinics will advertise "helplines" and suchlike, where they will present suicide as a "valid lifestyle choice" and those who bother to protest outside the clinics will see doddery old men and ladies taken in by relatives with pound-signs in their eyes.

So why pick on Michael Portillo?

Well he thinks that none of this is "extreme." He thinks we live in a wonderful land where everything that is liberal and free is accepted by the majority. I have no doubt his own twisted proclivities colour his judgement, as is the case with so many people embroiled in the political sphere.

The other evening he was involved in a discussion on the BBC's Newsnight about "Britishness" and "Englishness," which were being discussed in the shadow of the SNP's victory in Holyrood and the prospect of Scotland going independent.

Mr. Portillo painted a bizarre picture of English/British history, wherein Britishness was essentially an all-embracing liberalness that avoids extremes. This was, for him, rooted in Elizabeth I's stance against Catholics and Protestants, choosing instead the "centre ground."

Excuse me? Methinks Mr. Portillo needs a history lesson. Bloody Bess was a tyrant. She murdered many  Catholics in the most gruesome manner. This is an ample example of the re-writing of history in which Mary I is painted as "Bloody Mary" for killing circa 500 Protestants in the legal manner of the day, whereas the Protestants: Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Elizabeth I killed many, many times more - in the multiple of thousands. Men, women and children often killed in reprisal attacks for mass movements in defence of Catholicism such as the Pilgtrimage of Grace and the Northern Rising.

You see what Portillo and his ilk do not tell you is that England was a thoroughly Catholic country. The Protestants were small in number, but agitated to control the State. And so Elizabeth, who swore an Oath to be a Catholic queen, turned against her people. She put a rift between England and Europe for centuries. She put the country at risk from Spanish/Imperial armies. And she ruined the beliefs of the whole country, forcing people to go underground to celebrate Mass as their parents and grandparents had done, openly.

Splitting the country between the "pro-Catholic" and "pro-Protestant" factions in turn led to the disastrous Civil War, with the forces of Cromwell all but raping Ireland. Cromwell the mad Protestant who banned Christmas is, of course, a darling of the politicos because he was an extreme anti-Catholic nutter. Despite banning parliament and replacing a King with himself as Lord Protector, he remains the darling of "democrats."

It had (and has!) nothing to do with democracy. If a popular vote was taken the population of England would have remained Catholic through all the turmoil. The people loved their Church, and their devotions.

What Portillo and his ilk believe Britishness to be (and here I concur) is a worship of the State and the State's religion (Anglican hotch-potch at first, and now "tolerance" of goodness knows what).

The SNP spokesman on the programme did interject in Portillo's ramblings of Britain being against "Catholic extremism" at one stage by stating that the British Union was a construct to keep the State Protestant and for the benefit of the Hanoverians.

Of course to Portillo regicide and overthrowing the lawful King to replace him with a Dutch or German puppet is a great example of Britishness and not "extreme" in any way! Just as it is not extreme to have an Anglican Queen sign off laws that go against her Oath of Office to uphold the law of the land and the Bible, in particular laws which legalised homosexuality, abortion and which will legalise euthanasia.

Britishness and Anglicanism are State worship. That is why the head of the Anglican church is the queen (also head of the Protestant, Presbytarian Church of Scotland), and so Britishness has always been about being anti-Papist; as such one could argue that Britain was the first Masonic State (whose regicide led the way for the French revolutionaries).

Certainly John Dee, the man who is said to be the founding  father of the British Empire and Elizabeth I's right-hand man was a known occultist. Then we have Cromwell the murderer who was the nuttiest Brit to rule the country. Then there is William of Orange (the "King Billy" so beloved of Protestants), a usurper who sold England to unending debt by establishing the Bank of England.

Portillo thinks all of this and more proves that Britain is all about tolerance and fairness. Tell that to the Irish circa 1845. Tell that to the Scottish circa 1746. Tell that to the Welsh children banned from speaking their mother-tongue. Tell that to the Boers who were put in the first ever concentration camps. Tell that to the English forced from the land and into slums.

Britain is a construct designed to promote worship of the state and money (coming together in the Empire), which is why the City of London has been the centre of finance for many centuries. Anglicanism is state worship with a healthy dose of anti-Catholicism at its head. They have bent over backwards (Houses of Orange, Hanover and Saxe-Coburg/Gotha - aka Windsor) to stop Catholic rule, hence we still have anti-Catholic legislation on the statute books.

I know it's hard - and many Catholics have fought and died under the Union Jack, not least in my own family - but I believe Scottish independence will be a good thing, because it will make us all re-evaluate patriotism, who rules us, and the means of ruling us.

There is no hard and fast rule for Catholics, but when the law was recently changed to give the Welsh Assembly more law-making powers, the Catholic Bishops put out a statement broadly welcoming it, as the nearer to people power is held, the more accountable it is (very Chetsertonian of them).

I do not think "splitting up" (as the likes of Portillo so manically portray it) the UK will end the hegemony of Mammon, Freemasonry and other anti-Catholic forces, any more than it will change the day-to-day lives of all of us, whether we are Welsh, English, Scottish or Irish. There will be no barbed-wire borders. I do not even think the moral-framework of the laws (let along the Social Reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ) will come into force.

But might the Scottish, Welsh and English nations look to their Catholic roots as well as their futures in all this political change?

I doubt it somehow, but the end of the British Union may yet give Catholics hope for the future and be part of God's plan. With the Euro stumbling and even America unable to "pay its bills" the era of small nations may take us back to a more Catholic way of doing things...

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Regeneration and Renewal: Lessons from Stoke-on-Trent

There was a great piece on tonight's Newsnight about a programme of regeneration and renewal, which actually delivered ruined communities, wrecked lives, increased crime and just a total mess out of areas that were once vibrant, full of life and jam packed full of homes and families.

Did the authorities base their Regeneration and Renewal project on Vatican 2?

Why is mankind never happy with what works? Why the constant need to innovate for innovation's sake?