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].


  1. Love this post and agree with all of it! (surprised?) BTW re below, I think you are confusing Britain with the UK ,your rant (LOL) is about the UK not Britain or Britishness, which is historically the whole Island of Great Britain and all the peoples there of.
    and I think you are very conspiracy theorist about Freemasons, our current main Royals have nothing to do with it, only Duke of Kent, Phillip joined because his F-in-L G 6 made him but has done nothing since and Charles etc refused to have anything to do with it.
    Have never seen any evidence of Masonry in C of E.

  2. No - the UK includes Northern Ireland, GB does not. I am not confusing the two. I am specifically [in the other post] attacking Britishness per se, because I believe it has always been anti-Catholic whereas Englishness flourished under Catholicism.

    The CofE is Masonic in that it does not ban Freemasonry, a disgusting, inspipid and destructful creed. Read DARKNESS VISIBLE by Rev Walton Hannah - an Anglican. He wrote it after many of his masonic clerical friends asked him to join... so he looked into what Masonry is with an open mind.

    I believe it was [re]published by Carmel of Plymouth a few years back.

    The latest issue of Christian Order points the finger at Freemasons in the Vatican [it gives the evidence] for the janus-style of liturgy, politics and various shenanigans in the Vatican post V2.

    To theorise about one or more conspiracies does not mean that they have not existed -- but one needs to research carefully. To dismiss all conspiracies is foolish as most courts in the land uncover a conspiracy of one kind or another.

  3. The truth is out there huh? your pic of St Nons?

  4. yes it is St Nons. A great place to visit.

  5. 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.