Monday, 24 October 2011

BBC Reports on Young Women Becoming Nuns

Sister Jacinta
There's an interesting story on the BBC website on how more young women are turning to a religious vocation in a world that is giving them many problems, pressures and false hopes which quickly fade and die.

We can only hope Holy Mother Church recognises that there is a terrible spiritual vacuum in many peoples' lives. If Catholicism isn't forthright enough to offer itself, with 'the Truth that sets you free' at its core, then many youngsters will turn to any number of evils and errors which will plunge all too many souls into damnation.

There are many false worldly choices offered to the young, which is why I think Catholicism needs to stand apart from the "modern world" with its relativism, decadence and hostility to the family. By being apart from the mess of the modern world it can attract those who have seen through the half-truths and miasmas of the modern world or who have witnessed its empty promises, whatever their age.

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

Pope Pius XII - Empty Tabernacles?

Suppose, dear friend, that Communism was only the most visible of the instruments of subversion to be used against the Church and the traditions of Divine Revelation ... I am worried by the Blessed Virgin's messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul. ... A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God ... In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them, like Mary Magdalene weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, “where have they taken Him?”

Pope Pius XII, quoted in the book Pius XII Devant L'Histoire, pp. 52-53

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Communion in Both Kinds - two Bishops Speak Out

Good intentions? Paths? A Mass in Chicago
A super post by Fr. Z on WDTPRS. A timely reminder that Communion in both kinds gives rise to far too many abuses, and (I would argue) causes scandal to some Catholics (including me!)

I pray that Catholic Bishops would defend Our Lord, present on the Altars of our land, from abuses. I know it can seem a tad hypersensitive, but the idea that Our Lord might be dishonoured, even once, should have all Catholics very, very concerned - if not outright angry.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

A Reluctant Sinner on Gay Marriage

The cartoon characters Calvin & Hobbes deal with moral relativism
That wonderful, wonderful blog - A Reluctant Sinner - hands us clear, pristine and Catholic guidance, yet again! Please take the time to read his thoughtful, insightful posts on this matter.

In these times of moral upheaval -- the moral relativism that the Pope warned us about last September, to which the Archbishop of Westminster and the Prime Minister nodded like those little nodding dogs one sees in the back of cars -- it is uplifting that so many sound, sincere and brave Catholic voices are raised in dissent to the moral anarchy that is gripping the upper echelons of politics and religion.

Would that the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, as a body, gave clear and precise leadership to every Catholic to be proactive against this push by a Prime Minister who has his priorities all wrong.

In the meantime it is vital that Catholic Truth is proclaimed by as many Catholics as possible, so that the clear leadership of Pope Benedict can be matched by pressure-from-below. Then perhaps, just perhaps, the leadership of we Catholics born, by the Grace of God in Wales and England, can find the courage to espouse Catholic Truth.

We should expect no less from our Catholic leaders. Sad to say the moral relativism of this world, the weasel words and the modernism and newspeak of an anarchic, pagan age seems to have seeped into the palaces of too many Bishops. Is this perhaps a small part of the "smoke of Satan" entering the Catholic Church that Paul VI warned of as he witnessed Bugnini's liturgical changes? Time will tell.

Friday, 7 October 2011

John Smeaton on Gay Marriage

An excellent post by John Smeaton of the SPUC on the Tories and Homosexual marriage (sic).

Time for the Catholic Bishops to lead the way. Please.