Wednesday, 12 October 2011

When is a Priest Not a Priest? - in the Catholic Times Letters Pages

Fr Paul Kramer
It appears that the Catholic Times has published some letters attacking a priest and a lay Catholic, partly on charges of "anti-Semitism" (always a hot potato). Whilst reading through the Christian Order website I found a link to this site Christian Truth Scotland, which I used to read when I was north of the border.

It seems that whilst the Catholic Times have seen fit to publish letters with false accusations, the letters detailing the truth and putting forward a defence of the pair have not been printed. As one of the allegations is that a priest (Fr Paul Kramer) is somehow not an actual priest -- surely one of the most scandalous of assertions if untrue, as it appears to be -- I would like to think the Catholic Times would be duty bound to publish letters from those who seem to be attacked merely for defending Catholic Tradition and Truth.

After all, if some people (within and without the Church) do not like Fr Kramer and Mr. Sungenis (of both of whom I know very little) and what they have written - they can blame the authors themselves who, so they can say, will have condemned themselves by their writing. The Catholic Times surely has nothing to fear in publishing their letters, whereas at the moment certainly in regards to the slur against Fr Kramer, they would seem to have given credence to a most erroneous and dangerous lie (after all, if Fr Kramer were lying in this regard it could easily be disproved by accessing Church records).

The background to this furore can be read in another Catholic Truth Scotland issue. It seems the Faith of our Fathers conference organised by Daphne Mcleod of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (PEEP) had some speakers and its central London venue spiked by similar lies spread about it. I do not know all the ins and outs of PEEP, but I went to one of their Faith of our Fathers conferences some years ago and found it to be thoroughly Catholic and not "controversial" in any way, just very sound, and very traditional. From memory I recall going home with a wealth of Pro-Life, Latin Mass and similar materials, with a smile on my face and a spring in my step (yes, it really was that long ago!).

And not a "gay Mass" apologist in sight! ;-)

It may be that I am unaware of some sort of "office politics" going on in Catholic circles in London/England, but I do wonder why the Catholic Times would not publish a clarification from Fr Kramer (whatever they may think of his personal views), nor why anyone would wish to stop a Cardinal from addressing those seeking to uphold and defend Catholic traditions. Maybe I'm just naive.

Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice

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