Across the world 918,960 unborn babies have been murdered through abortion during the first seven days of 2014

2014 should have seen the births of these 918,960 baby girls and boys. 2014 should have seen these baby girls and boys sleeping in their cribs and being fed and cuddled by their mothers and fathers. 2014 should have seen these babies laughing and giggling , crying and having temper tantrums. 2014 should have seen these 918,960 baby girls and boys enjoying their mother’s milk and being snuggled in warm towels after being bathed. . . . → Read More: Across the world 918,960 unborn babies have been murdered through abortion during the first seven days of 2014

Pope Francis and Robert Hugh Benson’s apocalyptic novel ‘Lord of the World’

In 2013 Pope Francis made a reference to Robert Hugh Benson’s apocalyptic novel ‘Lord of the World’ when talking about progressive Catholics seeking to change the Church’s teaching. For the past couple of years I re-read Robert Hugh Benson’s ‘Lord of the World’, and Michael O’Brien’s ‘Father Elijah’ as a way of orientating my thoughts and sensitivities to the ‘signs of the times’ at the start of the new year from the perspective of eschatology. . . . → Read More: Pope Francis and Robert Hugh Benson’s apocalyptic novel ‘Lord of the World’

Many within the Church are forgetting what it means to be Catholic – Bishop O’Donoghue, Prophet of the North

It is obvious to any fair-minded observer of The Tablet’s recent proposal that there is a new way of being that is pro-abortion, contraception, euthanasia and gay marriage that there is a crisis in the observance of the Church’s moral teaching and authority among many of today’s Catholics. It’s as if, according to Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue, the former Bishop of Lancaster, that many within the Church are forgetting what it means to be Catholic. Many Catholics hold their own private, individual consciences as the unique and supreme judge of what is good or evil set free from the moral authority of the Church. In effect, implicitly declaring their autonomy from the moral teaching and authority of the Church. Through living as if one’s conscience were autonomous from the moral teaching and authority of the Church, one is no longer in full communion with the Church, and consequently, no longer in full union with Christ. In other words, such individuals are no longer Catholics. . . . → Read More: Many within the Church are forgetting what it means to be Catholic – Bishop O’Donoghue, Prophet of the North

A Call to Action needs to be told by the bishops that we can’t have a dialogue on principles that are non-negotiable

The news that the excellent Mgr Patrick Burke has been appointed the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Edinburgh and St Andrew has led Fr Ray Blake to post Mgr Burke’s famous interview on Newsnight with Christina Odone and Jeremy Paxman. The interview includes this revealing exchange to which members of A Call to Action should pay heed because Mgr Burke points out the impossibility of them realising their objective of ‘dialogue’ about women and gay priests, contraception, communion for divorced and re-married, etc. . . . → Read More: A Call to Action needs to be told by the bishops that we can’t have a dialogue on principles that are non-negotiable

The Holy See’s policy of swamping dissent with truth rather than condemning and punishing dissent has utterly failed

The calculated decision taken by Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the President of the German Bishops Conference, and Frieburg’s Pastoral Office to abandon the Church’s discipline that divorced and re-married Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion starkly exposes the complete failure of the Holy See’s policy since the Second Vatican Council of swamping dissent with truth rather than condemning and punishing it. In his advice to Archbishop Cushley Pope Francis said ‘being merciful doesn’t mean being soft. It means being gentle and firm at the same time.’ The excommunication of Mr. Greg Reynolds, former Catholic priest, for supporting the ordination of women and gay marriage shows the exercise of true mercy that is aimed at bringing a notorious sinner to his senses. It is to be hoped that over the coming week the Catholic world will witness the Holy See exercise a mercy that is both gentle and firm to the Archdiocese of Frieburg before the open defiance spreads from Germany to other dioceses. After 50 years of this failed experiment of swamping dissent with truth it is time to re-assert the traditional methods of safeguarding the regula fidei through condemnation and punishment of heresy, schism and apostasy. . . . → Read More: The Holy See’s policy of swamping dissent with truth rather than condemning and punishing dissent has utterly failed

Fr Michael Clifton’s modern history of dissent in the Church in England and Wales, part 2

Fr Michael Clifton is famous among faithful and loyal Catholics for his painstaking work exposing the network of deliberate dissent that has infiltrated the Church in England and Wales. He published his the fruit of his invaluable research in ‘The Alliance of Dissent: Turning the Church upside down’, which is sadly out-of-print. Fr Clifton’s work shows the historical context from which modern dissent groups have sprung, such as A Call to Action, Archbishop Nichol’s LGBT Farm St group, Quest and Catholics for a Changing Church. Fr Clifton has written summaries of his original work which he has given Protect the pope permission to put on-line. This is the second part of Fr Clifton’s history of dissent in the Church in England and Wales. . . . → Read More: Fr Michael Clifton’s modern history of dissent in the Church in England and Wales, part 2

On being taken aside by other clergy to be reminded of the rules of the club

I know of clergy in this country who have been, on occasions, outspoken about the dissent and disobedience rampant in the Church in England and Wales who have been taken aside by fellow clergy to be reminded of the rules of the club. The rules of the club must not be transgressed if one wants to avoid being judged ‘not one of us’ or even worse a bounder. The rules of the club are a code of conduct that are separate from the Code of Canon Law, and which you’ll not find written down anywhere, but once you’re ordained you learn them through a kind of clerical osmosis. These rules ensure that the Omerta, the code of silence, about the dissent and disobedience at every level of the Church in England and Wales are not talked about in public, or even at all. . . . → Read More: On being taken aside by other clergy to be reminded of the rules of the club

Fr Michael Clifton’s modern history of dissent in the Church in England and Wales, part 1

Fr Michael Clifton is famous among faithful and loyal Catholics for his painstaking work exposing the network of deliberate dissent that has infiltrated the Church in England and Wales. He published his the fruit of his invaluable research in ‘The Alliance of Dissent: Turning the Church upside down’, which is sadly out-of-print. Fr Clifton’s work shows the historical context from which modern dissent groups have sprung, such as A Call to Action, Archbishop Nichol’s LGBT Farm St group, Quest and Catholics for a Changing Church. Fr Clifton has written summaries of his original work which he has given Protect the pope permission to put on-line. . . . → Read More: Fr Michael Clifton’s modern history of dissent in the Church in England and Wales, part 1

The world should be ashamed over 31 million babies killed through abortion so far in 2013

According to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day. Pope Francis is right to say that the world should be ashamed over 70 plus African migrants who drowned near Lampedusa, Sicily. We should all be ashamed that 31 million babies have been killed through abortion so far in 2013. . . . → Read More: The world should be ashamed over 31 million babies killed through abortion so far in 2013

To do the strong things required of a Christian meditate on Christ’s suffering and Mary’s sweetness – Pope Francis

‘The Gospel, he said, is demanding, it requires “strong things” from a Christian: the ability to forgive, magnanimity, love for enemies… There is only one way to be able to put it into practice: “to contemplate the Passion, the humanity of Jesus” and to imitate the behaviour of His Mother. It is precisely to Mary, whose Holy Name is celebrated in today’s Feast, that the Pope dedicated the first part of his homily. At one time, he said, today’s feast was known as the feast of the “Sweet Name of Mary.” Later this title was changed — but in the prayer, he observed, this “sweetness of her name” remains . . . → Read More: To do the strong things required of a Christian meditate on Christ’s suffering and Mary’s sweetness – Pope Francis