Deacon Nick stands down from Protect the Pope for a period of prayer & reflection

As Nick’s wife I am writing to thank you for all the kind messages, prayers and gifts that Nick has received.  You may have noticed that he has not posted for a while and I did not want you to be worried, as although he is still far from better, this silence has not been caused by his illness.  Rather Nick has been asked to observe a period of prayer and reflection.

Please continue to pray for Nick during this time.

122 comments to Deacon Nick stands down from Protect the Pope for a period of prayer & reflection

  • Bob Franks

    Best wishes to you both for a fruitful Lent and a speedy recovery. God bless you

  • shaun the sheep

    I will indeed. God bless Nick and his wife.

  • Fr Alan

    I would be surprised if Deacon Nick doesn’t have sky high blood pressure as he seems to get hugely annoyed at everything and everything. A priest friend recently called him a ‘Catholic Ian Paisley’ which I thought was very apt.

    • katherine

      Fr Alan – with friends like you, who needs enemies?

      • Margaret Allain

        The TRUTH is hurting those who wish to destroy it. As an ancient catholic I have seen the destruction of so many who are true and loyal priests and faithful……not ‘nutty’ right wingers or opting to restore this that or the other, just objective and sound as to what the ‘enemies within’ are trying to do, I refer you to what happened to a state Catholic School in Westminster, the Cardinal Vaughan School, The Maryvale Institute etc., etc. whatever happens they can’t let the truth be heard, to check it out see what has happened to our beloved Church over the last fifty years.

        It’s like the emperor’s new clothes syndrome, if we begin to realise why the convents and seminaries are closed, why nun’s have come out of their habits, with rare exceptions, why so few really have been given the catering of the Church via catechism in schools, it must be banished at all costs…………makes you think of St John Fisher and St Thomas More…. God bless Deacon Nick his wife and family and all those true and faithful priests and laity who are clinging to the ‘Rock ‘….

    • Gary

      What a horrible and nasty comment

    • Lynda

      Deacon Nick only gets “annoyed” at that which is the enemy of the Faith and morals.

    • Fr Stephen Brown

      No idea who Fr Alan [above] is; I don’t mind at all my identity (Catholic priest, Diocese of Leeds) being known. Just wanted to say this particular priest greatly appreciates Deacon Nick’s analyses and comments. Prayers for you both.

    • CatholicBlogger

      “A priest friend recently called him a ‘Catholic Ian Paisley’ which I thought was very apt.”

      Forgive me for misunderstanding, but when ever did Ian Paisley write anything negative in any way about ministers and laity of the church to which he belongs?

      I am well aware that Ian Paisley often made negative comments about a church other than his own (i.e. the Catholic Church), but never of his own church.

      If Deacon Donnelly is a Catholic Ian Paisley, please respond by highlighting all the posts in which he has attacked a church other than his own (i.e. other than the Catholic Church)

      If on the other hand, Deacon Donnely’s comments are primarily aimed the cburc to which he belongs, then he is by definition the antithesis of Ian Paisley.

    • Dave Smith

      Jesus had a temper too, didn’t he? Throwing the money changers out of the temple?

    • When a member of the clergy, although a deacon stands up for the truth it was like a breath of fresh air – please Deacon Nick keep going and ignore the Judases’ within the priesthood like Fr Alan.

      • donna

        I need to exhort you, faithful who love The Faith, to speak up now for the Truth! While you still can. Defend the tenets of our Faith as this man and his family has done. Where one has been silenced, let many more voices rise up. It is not, and never has been, just the role of one man or of the Ordained. Do whatever you can! So that the Lords Truth and ALL His teachings may not be twisted, watered down or obscured or ignored. That the body of Faith given to the Catholic church may be protected. Don’t you see this is necessary? If you fail in your duty to Christ, you too may be held accountable for every soul that you allowed (or even encouraged) to waltz comfortably into hell.

        • Hi Donna. I too believe that we must speak the truth about the faith. This is also something that worries me sometimes because of the saying “”If anyone causes one of these little ones -those who believe in me-to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). However, I remember always that God is a God of love and that He will help me if I stay true to Him and remain in His love. I know that hell is a reality but I try to fix on wanting to love God so that all my actions will proceed from true love of God rather than fear of hell. I know that my personal preference is to look for the ‘carrot’ rather than the ‘stick’ or the ‘honey’ rather than the ‘vinegar’. I pray that for love of God I may do what is right – God’s will, God’s way.

  • Reverso

    We will pray for Deacon Nick and for a conversion of heart !

  • Sparxz

    “been asked to observe a period of prayer and reflection.” Is this a new expresion Wives use
    to say they have pulled their Husbands from extra Cirricular activities? Kidding !

    I can understand Nick with a Family to take care of and major Church landmines blowing up in unexpected
    places would fray anyone.

    As the Church (only appears to, go mad). It is an illusion the enemies said they would construct in the Alta Veditia,
    then one could be wrong footed, confused, and worn down(as intended) by false-flag enemey operations(False flag spirtuality),
    where as Cicero said the enemy inide the gates, that looks like you and sounds like you, is the most dangerous of all.

    The latest anouncement of Francis:
    Pope Francis has now sent a video message to wealthy Evangelical ‘Word of Faith’ father Kenneth Copeland, via their mutual friend Anglican Episcopal Bishop Tony Palmer.
    When you see the video you could be shocked. I have responded quickey to friends with this response, to inform them
    of what the Church teaches, and has always taught, and can only teach:

    No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church

    The Official and Infallible teaching of the Catholic Church on Salvation:

    Ex Cathedra: There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside of which no one at all is saved. [Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215]

    Ex Cathedra: We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff. [Pope Boniface VIII, the Bull Unam Sanctam, 1302]

    Ex Cathedra: The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his Angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the Sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, their almsgivings, their other works of Christian piety and the duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved, unless he remain within the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church. [Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441]

  • Please assure Nick of our prayers!

  • Joseph Matthew

    God bless Deacon Nick. He has said what needs to be said.

  • Maureen

    “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me;if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from the place from which I sent you into exile” (Jer 27:11-14).

    May God bless you both. Yours in Christ. Maureen

  • Brandon Parker

    You both are very much held in prayer, God often speaks very clearly through the silence

    God Bless

  • Genty

    Thank you Deacon Nick for bearing the Catholic standard in the face of the storm force winds blowing through the Church. Your incisive posts will be greatly missed, though I hope not forever. Be assured you and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Mersey Mercy

    Prayers offfered immediately for the good Deacon’s health and I will continue!

    What a great shame that it has come to this – while the ‘great’ and the ‘good’ continue with their dissent, those who are indeed good suffer.

    Sacred Heart of Jesus – we place all our trust in Thee.

  • Chloe

    Love to Deacon Nick. Hope he’s better soon and that we will be allowed tomave him back soon also

    Chloe xx

  • ms Catholic state

    God protect you and bring you back soon, Deacon Nick. Your website is a blessing in these sad days.

  • Dear Deacon Nick and Mrs. Donnelly

    Please be assured of our sincere prayers for you throughout this time of prayer and reflection.

    Your courage and witness to the Truth are inspirational and we have been greatly encouraged by the Christian witness and leadership that you have shown in days when others have remained painfully silent.

    We believe that God will use this time for your good and that still greater things are ahead for you. We will be praying for that intention.

    May Our Lady comfort and console you and may Jesus Christ uphold you.

    Hope you can also shift that virus.

    You have awoken many living stones in the Church and they will cry out for you (Luke 19:40).

    ‘In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act’ – George Orwell.

    St. Joseph – Pray for us.
    St. John of the Cross – Pray for us.
    St. Padre Pio – Pray for us.

    Love in Christ
    Alan and Angeline

  • Iggy O Donovan

    Best wishes to Nick. I can identify with anybody who has been asked to observw a period of “prayer and reflection”

  • Lynda

    Thank you, Deacon Donnelly for your great service to Holy Mother Church, and the truth, generally, both through the blog and otherwise. I hope you benefit from the break in every possible way. Of course, I hope this break has not in any way been related to the intimidation and efforts to stop the good work you do through the blog. I will keep you and your work in my prayers. God bless you and your wife. Lynda

  • polycarped

    Will keep Deacon Nick in our prayers – I do hope this isn’t a situation he has been forced into by those who may object to his courageous stance on so many important issues raised on this blog. God bless.

  • harry crofton

    Deacon Nick my prayers and best wishes to you and your family i hope you have not been silenced we live in very dark times both inside and outside the church we need people like you Nick with intellect and courage to help those of us who are not blessed with these gifts. May God bless you Nick

  • My prayers and best wishes for both of you.

  • Michael Cole

    Is this code language for “Deacon Nick has been silenced”?

  • tro

    “Is this code language for “Deacon Nick has been silenced”?”

    Does it get dark at night?

    More than a few enemies of the Catholic Church (internal as well as external) will be rejoicing at the news that a faithful, orthodox Catholic voice has been shut down.

  • Augustine

    May God bless you both.

  • Chrysostom

    I hope you are soon better, Deacon Nick: many thanks to you and to your wife for devoted service. Some wiser words than mine:
    St. Thomas Aquinas
    “If the faith is in imminent peril, prelates ought to be accused by their subjects, even in public.”

    Pope St. Pius X
    “The greatest obstacle in the apostolate of the Church is the timidity or rather the cowardice of the faithful.”

    And, from the same saint:
    “on the other hand, and this according to St Paul is the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, man has with infinite temerity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; in such wise that although he cannot utterly extinguish in himself all knowledge of God, he has contemned God’s majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored. ‘He sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God’ ” (II. Thess. ii., 2).

  • AkP

    Prayers for you Deacon Nick and your family too. May God bless you all.

  • Lola

    Many thanks for today’s post, Mrs Donnelly. My prayers for both of you.

  • “A period of prayer and reflection”

    Lenten medication?

    We can all benefit from a good retreat every once in a while.

    Good luck Nick!

  • Bob Hayes

    God bless you both. Prayers and best wishes for a beneficial period of prayer and reflection Deacon Nick.

    ‘He who ponders the law of the Lord day and night will yield fruit in due season.’ (Communion Antiphon – Mass for Ash Wednesday)


  • Peter

    May the blessings of God be with you and all you love. May those who care for you be especially blessed at this time.

    Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
    my memory, my understanding
    and my entire will,
    All I have and call my own.

    You have given all to me.
    To you, Lord, I return it.

    Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
    Give me only your love and your grace.
    That is enough for me.
    Inigo of Loyola

  • Wake Up England

    Of course this is a shameful attempt to silence Deacon Nick and Protect the Pope

    It is also an attempt to silence all the holy and good people who comment here.

    It is an attempt to silence the inconvenient truth.

    Attempting to silence this blog is striking at the heart of the layperson’s eight and duty of comment as enshrined by Vatican Two.

    It is a demonstration of the total intolerance of liberalism

    Attempting to silence this blog is a sin against The Truth.

    Please Deacon Nick whatever the consequences, do not abandon integrity, conscience and truth.

    William Weber.

    • Pedro de Luna

      “It is a demonstration of the total intolerance of liberalism”

      Ah, yes, the Worlwide Liberal Conspiracy strikes again!

      Hate to burst your bubble WUE, but there is only one person who can silence Deacon Nick and that is his bishop, and the Bishop of Lancaster is not exactly a card carrying liberal.

      It could be coincidence, but wasn’t it only a couple of weeks ago that Deacon Nick started taking his first pot shots at Lancaster Cathedral?

      I too, however, share your disappointment at the gagging order aginst Deacon Nick. This blog has become one of the most entertaining sites on the WWW.

    • Doh

      Glad you said that WUE; d’you want to talk about this while we wait for Nick to come back?

    • Augustine

      William – when he was ordained Deacon Nick made a solemn promise to give obedience and respect to his bishop.

      I’m sure you remember the old catechism question and answer about obeying our religious superiors in all things but sin.

      So – IF it was his bishop – then Deacon Nick really has no choice.

      But that doesn’t stop any lay person from setting up a similar blog…”Protect the Pope 2″

      • Wake up England

        Dear Augustine,

        Let us all hope and pray that this invaluable blog continues somehow or another.

        Deacon Nick might be down, but I earnestly pray he’s not out.

    • Lynda

      Wake up England, We shall soon know whether the intervention is benign or malign, of God or otherwise. If the latter, I would hope Deacon Donnelly will have the support of good priests, bishops and lay people in fighting the attack. Blessed Michael, the Archangel defend us in battle …

  • Gary

    Deacon Nick has done so much good for the Church, so much evil in the Church has been exposed through this site, that’s why the liberals hate this site so much.

  • Michael B Rooke

    Ad maiorem Dei gloriam

  • Amanda Peter

    Does observing ‘a period of prayer and reflection’ mean the Church Hierarchy was not happy with this blog? Can we know the full truth please. These were the same words used for Cardinal Keith O’ Brien. While there is tremendous merit in obedience, can we just know the truth please. Deacon Nick was on fire for the salvation of souls and spoke the Truth in season and out of season. Can we know the full truth please. Thank you.

  • Seaneinn

    God bless you both for the great work you do here on Protect the Pope

  • Rifleman819

    Deacon Nick,

    Two of the great sayings of my Regiment are SWIFT AND BOLD-you have certainly been that -and CEDE NULLIS-Yield to None.
    Both aptly describe you.

    The utter vehemence and animus directed against you are eloquent testimony to your effectiveness.

    Rest up -get better …pause two-three….think how to go forward.

    Perhaps the workload needs to be shared???

    You have done a great thing -you have exposed and enraged heretics and the complete uselessness of some of our bishops.
    God bless you-get well soon.

  • Paul

    Wow I have been watching for a while this blog and can say that your husband’s orthodoxy and love of God is truly inspiring. In a time of tension in the Church it is good to see a man with such integrity who puts God first rather than please the false needs of men. You are a truly blessed woman and I would just like to say I will be praying for you both in my intentions. As a man seeking the call to the Permanent Diaconate he has been a permanent source in my journey to seek a deeper understanding of my faith and the Church. Godbless you both and may the sacred heart of Jesus and Mary be always close to you


  • Michael Sheridan

    Why do some people have to look for conspiracies? I believe that Deacon Nick has not been well for some time and a break where he can enjoy peace and quiet (a period of prayer and reflection) is s very necessary part of the treatment. We all need periods of prayer and reflection to revive the batteries. Hopefully normal service will be resumed very soon and in the meantime may Nick be restored to full health.

    • Wake up England

      Michael Sheridan

      If you read Mrs Donnelly’s piece in the last post to this, you will see that you are mistaken.

      This is an attempt to silence this blog, pure and simple; and an attempt to silence all who comment here.

  • marypatricia

    Thank you Deacon Nick. Your blog was one of my daily reads. It has helped me a lot during these times when the Church seems to be becoming more and more protestant and being destroyed from within. It was good to know that there are others out there who are concerned and are not afraid to speak out.
    I am from N. Ireland and am appalled at the comment comparing you to Ian Paisley. He speaks out of sheer hatred of the Catholic Church whereas you always spoke out of love.
    You and your wife are in my prayers.


    Like many fundamentalist Catholics Nick seemed to be consumed by rage and anger. He won’t be missed…..

    • Charles

      What a nasty comment.
      Deacon Nick will certainly be missed. I admire him for disallowing personal and hurtful comments about people. I applaud him for defending Catholic Doctrine. I found him educational. I have not found him to be consumed with rage and anger.
      He set out to Protect the Pope through this blog. We support him and will defend the Faith of our Fathers.
      Prayers will be offered for Deacon Nick and Mrs Donnelly

    • Minimum

      How funny that you used the word ‘consumed’. It immediately brought to mind that lovely passage in John’s Gospel, the cleansing of the Temple, when Jesus out all those tradesmen with a whip of chords, overturning tables and generally getting very angry at the disrespect towards His Father’s house. Remember? The disciples were put in mind of Psalm 69 – ‘For zeal for your house has consumed me’. Yes, quite, that word ‘consumed’. The verse goes; ‘For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.’ Deacon Nick is a true follower of Christ. Zeal for the Truth that is Christ ‘consumes’ him with a passion. Which is why he is constantly attempting to drive out the lies, heresy and scandal that tries to masquerade as Catholic doctrine and praxis. Perhaps you are the one ‘consumed by rage and anger’. You certainly come across as such. As for Deacon Nick, the prayers of those who love him will keep him well-protected from such as you. May this season of Lent be a time for ‘prayer and reflection’ – and conversion – for you too. Pax Christi.

    • Lynda

      You are an enemy of the Faith and of the truth.

      • Nicolas Bellord

        He who blogs as Alexander VI is just a fool and an idiot as he has shown on many occasions. He is just trying to wind everybody up – truly pathetic and needs our prayers.

    • Damian

      Snipey arrows from behind a wall of anonymity Alexander V1, Damian is my baptismal name That is “Deacon” Nick to you and Orthodox rather than your “fundy” insult. Sounds like you and your friend have your own fair share of rage & anger. You speak from complete ignorance of Deacon Nick, I can assure you Deacon Nick uses his passion for the Church constructively, like this blog. You on the other hand can only post insults and jeer.

    • Yorkshire Catholic

      Extraordinary lack of charity and Chrisian spirit. But then the fact that you call yourself ‘Alexander VI’ here and in the Catholic Herald says it all. You aren’t an orthodox Catholic Christian at all, are you? Nor do you care about the Church.

      The rest of us should pray for the deacon and hope that his bishop relents from this deplorable instruction as soon as possible.

  • Augustine

    Amanda – there are really only two possibilities – either Deacon Nick’s religious superiors or his employers have asked him to observe “a period of prayer and reflection”.

    They have also probably asked him not to reveal the reasons for this.

    Moreover (trying very hard to give a charitable interpretation) they may not have disapproved of Deacon Nick’s blog – but may have been concerned that the continuation of the blog may have been “controversial” and so not “in the best interests of” either the Diocese of Lancaster or of the new School of the Annunciation.

    But it does seem to me that this blog has provided a forum both for information and for healthy debate.

    And who could really object to that?

    However for a blog to be truly independent, it would need to be run by someone who is not a member of the clergy nor a member of a religious community.

    Ultimately a cleric or a religious will always have to obey their religious superiors – who may well not wish to see the ecclesiastical boat rocked.

    Readers of this blog may be interested in the Catholic Voice Newspaper, PO Box 11559, Dublin 1 – which is published every other week.

  • scary goat

    Many prayers coming your way. :-(

  • katherine

    Deacon Nick and Mrs Donnelly – there is so much I could say…. however in this season of lent I would just like to send you both love and blessings. God is so good that this should have occurred at the beginning of lent – a time of prayer and reflection for all of us.

    Know however that you are a giant among men, a person of integrity and intellect who has more than proved himself through your management of PTP.

    Praying for you both this lent.

  • Bosco

    “Jesus wept.” John 11:35

  • Kinga Gray Grzeczynska

    Several decades ago, a young man knelt in front of the Tabernacle in his parish church.He asked the Lord our God what he was to do next? His mother had died when he was young. His brother had died as a young doctor. His father had died due to hardships and longstanding illness. He listen to what the Lord may say to him. He felt oppressed by the circumstances of hunger and poverty and by guns,violence and death.He listened intensely and prayed. The Lord our God made it known to him what he should do next and also made known to him that He would not abandon him.
    The young man followed the guidance of the Holy Spirit.Despite the great struggles,pain and trepidation he carried on following the path that the Lord our God showed to him.
    The rest is now history as the young man became Priest,Archbishop,Cardinal and Holy Pontiff.
    In all adversity and in all periods of fear and uncertainty please remember the next three words: Jesu Ufam Tobie.
    The Lord our God will do the rest.

    Best wishes to you and your family.
    God Bless
    Kinga Grzeczynska

  • I am astonished. Prayers and solidarity.


  • peter

    People who have read my posts know I am a liberal/progressive catholic (let’s not get into details of what that may mean), if what is being suggested here is true and Nick is being ‘silenced’ it is outrageous, and who we has suggested a ‘silencing’ needs to be told. Let there be no doubt that Nick is a holy man of God.

  • AndrewWS

    I can well believe that running this blog combined with being a deacon and holding down a job plus having a wife and now the new commitment to the School of the Annunciation must be a bit of a strain (certainly more than I could cope with), so a period of quiet and rest will be a Good Thing.

  • Chloe

    Would just like to add, you’ve been a source of great comfort and inspiration to me. Kept me grounded when I would have been a prey to unreasonable fears. May God bless you Nick. I hope you get to come back to us.

    Chloe xx

  • Bless you both. You are in my prayers.

  • Lynda

    Please do not use this opportunity to attack the unchanging truth of the deposit of Faith, from apostolic Tradition, Holy Scripture (canon as determined by the successors of the Apostles) and the Magisterium. Christ gave us his Holy Church as the means of salvation for souls and it is to this that Deacon Donnelly has devoted himself, meaning he is opposed by enemies of the Church, both within and without.

  • Be assured, prayers will be said for you both, Reverend Deacon and Mrs. Donnelly.

    Let us all remember our manners online, for one day we will stand before the Lord Almighty and be held accountable for all our careless words.

  • On this feast day of St Dominic Savio let us pray for all priests, deacons and ordinary faithful who are soldiering on in the face of huge apostasy going on all around them. Deacon Nick, your efforts have not, are not and will never be in vain, whether it was in blogging, prayerful silence or any other thing God will call you to do. May God bless you and yours for all your good works, and many thanks to your wife for looking after you. You are a great blessing to us all.

  • Mike

    You are aware that Anglicanism is heresy I hope.

  • Deacon Nick

    Please be assured of my prayers.

  • Wake up England

    Many comments on this particular thread appear to be labouring under the illusion that Deacon Nick’s health is the reason for his withdrawal from Protect the Pope.

    Please read what Mrs Donnelly has said at the top of this thread:



    Dear readers, please do not delude yourselves. This is an attempt to silence “Protect the Pope”. And It is an attempt to silence all of us who post here.

    • Lynda

      In all of the circumstances known to us, the only rational explanation. Priests, deacons, lay people (especially in the Media) need to come to his aid. Blessed Michael defend us in battle …

    • David Rosier

      Yes liberal Catholics are like gay activists they really hate their consciences being pricked and reminded of their sin

    • katherine

      WUE Totally agree. We have a catholic church in England run by hierarchical bullies….whose whims are executed by clerical heavies… feels like living in a gangster run environment….do they ever ask themselves why loyal faithful catholics are so scathing and lacking in respect. It is not my natural state to have no respect for members of catholic church leadership (in this country) but respect has to be earned in my view. Need I say there are obvious exceptions….

  • I am sorry to hear this, but not surprised. I am saddened by some of the comments, but again, not surprised. Prayers offered for you both and for all those who feel that they are not being allowed to speak their fears.

  • Owen Meany

    Please read what she has said even more closely than WUP is prepared to.

    Nick has been “asked” to observe a period of prayer and reflection, not told or ordered but asked. If that’s the case then surely it is his own decision as to whether he agrees to that request.

    Nor does it say who has made this request, and yet that hasn’t prevented lots of people assuming they know who it is and therefore been able to imprint their own prejudices about the situation. Although it must be said that it has allowed the almost impossible to happen – WUP has invoked Vatican II in defence of his arguments.

    • John M

      “Nick has been “asked” to observe a period of prayer and reflection, not told or ordered but asked. If that’s the case then surely it is his own decision as to whether he agrees to that request.”

      That’s how it is done. And yes he could choose to not do as he was asked, but that would mean he would be disobeying his bishop and be in breach of his vow of obedience.

      If a parents asks their child to be home by 10pm, is the child free to decide, “I was asked to be in by 10pm, but I don’t agree with that request, so I’m going to stay out until midnight”?

      Let’s not be naive here. This has come from his superior and (unless he chooses to break his vow of obedience) he has no option but to obey.

      • Owen Meany

        Really? According to a different thread on the same issue, “There is neither moral nor canonical imperative to obey an unjust order from a religious superior.”

        Surely the corollary is that there is moral and canonical imperative to obey a just order.

        Of course, that assumes that the ‘request’ came from within the church and not the medical profession, family or friends, that it was anything to do with the blog itself, that it was an attempt to silence certain views and all sorts of other guesses that fit the prejudice of the writer.

  • John M

    “A period of prayer and reflection” It is pretty clear what that means, he has been asked by his Bishop to back off a bit and hold his tongue for a period of time.

    The ‘progressives’ within the Catholic Church in England and Wales are pushing hard and wanting to push forward in establishing the ‘Spirit of Vatican II’ and make up for what they see as lost time under the the last two popes. Ultimately they will fail, as they all tend to be of a ‘certain age’ and do not have the support of most of the laity, but they will do a considerable amount of damage to us all in the process. The tentacles of the likes of ACTA are now reaching into the offices of our bishops, and even decent bishops are now giving them air time (no doubt in the spirit of charity). That some bishops now seem to be allowing dissenting organisations to spread their heretical views to ordinary Catholics with what seems like diocesan approval is very worrying.

  • Mark Thorne

    Dear Deacon Nick,

    Thank you for all the work you have done and continue to do for the Church, via the Protect the Pope website and also your booklets for the Catholic Truth Society (which certainly should not be overlooked). I will keep you in my prayers for your full recovery to health, and for your unrestrained freedom to continue to do what you have done. I am sincerely hoping to be able to study for a course at the School of the Annunciation in Buckfast Abbey, God willing.

    God Bless,
    Mark Thorne.

    • Wake up England

      Mark Thorne:

      It is important to absorb Mrs Donnelly’s header at the top of this post: Deacon Nick Donnelly has NOT been asked to observe a “Period of prayer & reflection” because of ill health; she makes this quite clear.

      Whatever the church’s reasons for wanting to silence this blog, they have nothing to do with the Deacon’s health.

      • Mark Thorne

        Dear William (that’s right, isn’t it?)

        Thanks for reading my comment. I understood what Mrs Donnelly was implying in her comments, and I believe you are clearly right in your assessment, reading between the lines. I feel somewhat deflated by it at the moment, I can tell you. Mrs Donnelly also said that Deacon Nick was far from feeling better, hence why I wanted to offer him prayers for his continued recovery.
        I’m sorry my post caused some confusion in this regard.

        Best wishes, Mark

  • Owen Meany

    It isn’t clear at all. In fact I suspect it is deliberately unclear and vague.

    If you really want to describe the Bishop of Lancaster as ‘progressive’ then we really are speaking a different language.

  • Ian

    As an atheist and a secularist, but most impoprtantly a human being I wish him a speedy recovery.

    • Wake up England


      Deacon Donnelly’s wife has made it crystal clear (in the header) that his health is not the reason he was asked to stop posting on Protect The Pope.

      It seems pretty obvious that his bishop has told him to stop. Permanent Deacons take a promise of obedience to their bishop at ordination; therefore Deacon Nick has no choice but to obey this “request” which, in reality, is an order. I suspect the bishop himself has been put under pressure from the Bishops’ Conference; this in turn may have come from Rome.

      In attempting to silence this blog the Church Authorities are denying thousands of its readers the “right and duty” to be heard. For many faithful Catholics Protect The Pope is the only conduit of communication they have to voice their worries regarding the widespread dissent amongst bishops and priests from the Catholic Faith as summarised in the latest edition of the Catechism.

      This is not only a draconian attempt to silence Deacon Nick Donnelly, but also a shameful attempt to silence the Laity who have a right to be heard.

      Protect the Pope is (was?) one of the very few bona fide Catholic blogs which tells the whole truth about what is really happening within the Church (particularly in Britain). As such it is invaluable.

      Let us all hope and pray it is not shut-down; but that it evolves, through this adversity, into an even stronger force for the Common Good – and The Truth.

      • Ian

        @WUE: Thank you but I had worked that bit out, I merely wanted to wish a fellow human being a speedy recovery. At least he gave me the opportunity to state my case and some of the debate has been fun.

        However from the outside looking in there it has been obvious for some time an internecine struggle is ongoing within certain elements of the RCC and it is interesting to read many of the comments.

  • Margaret Allain

    So agree with John M – it is truly very serious. My only sadness is that so many people think it is a ‘certain age’ that encouraged all that is called the spirit of Vat II and the damage done thereafter. For some of us of a ‘certain age’ have sympathy, we have watched the awfulness of the destruction done by liberals from the beginning, and were never given even the slightest understanding when objecting, unlike ACTA, to what we saw as the ‘protestantization ‘of the Mass, etc. but were scorned and dismissed. Please God there will be a true renewal and stability.

  • A Well-Wisher

    I can’t pretend I am sorry that such a vehicle of hate, spite and ignorance has been silenced for a while. The man seems to delight in spreading discord, ill-feeling, half-truth, innuendo and misinformation. He appears a volcano of hate – and usually when such souls hate, make use of scape-goats and blame politics it is something very wrong at the centre of their own being they are attacking. Let us hope with some prayer and reflection he can see where the problem lies (which is probably a little nearer home than he would like to admit – how easy it is to point the bony finger of accusation at others and how difficult to turn a mirror on our own wounded souls!). But I do hope he is prevented from engaging in a pastoral role for the foreseeable future. Deacon Nick is clearly a very dangerous individual who should not be placed in a position of power in a congregation – he could do a great deal of damage (which given the fact he has been silenced, suggests he’s probably already done this!). As Jesus said: ‘You will know them by their fruit…’

    • Oh dear! This is factually incorrect in so many ways and is just not true but at least it is not attacking the Pope..

      • Doh

        To be fair Mrs Donnelly, there have been some questionable ‘stories’. One stays with me in particular, the case of the bobbies who called at a cafe? about a complaint concerning a religious text on the wall. Putting the precise details to one side, the gist of the editorial seemed to be that the boys in blue have it in for Catholics…..

        As against having to react to all complaints, and probably wishing they didn’t have to. Too much enthusiasm for a cause can start to look odd at times.

        Good luck to Nick as a person tho’.

    • Lynda

      And your fruit is truly rotten.

    • What a scurrilous load of twaddle you write. Deacon Nick has done a superb job of speaking the truth to power, of challenging those who think they have the right to mock God’s law, and of holding to account those who abuse their ecclesiastical status to trample on the rights of all the faithful. The fact that he has so rattled your cage suggests that you are just another parasite cleric who sponges off the donations of the faithful while offering them only poison and despair in return for their generosity. If you have any integrity about you at all, refute his arguments rather than attack the man. As for his pastoral suitability, I would be proud to have him address my parish at any time.

    • katherine

      “A Well-Wisher” – I find your pseudonym rather amusing given the vitriol of your comment. At least Deacon Nick and Mrs Donnelly have the courage of their convictions. Whether you agree with them or not is up to you but at least have the honesty to stand up and be counted. Its so easy to savage your opponent when he does not know who you are or from which direction your attack will come. Have you been instructed by certain members of our hierarchy? Quoting Our Blessed Lord at the end was the giveaway…..

  • Some time back, I was suddenly barred from Deacon Nick’s Facebook page. This was most unfortunate. For I have always promoted and defended the Church’s Magisterial teaching. But I was blocked nevertheless. I submit the following quotation from Blaise Pascal. I doubt it will receive a hearing. But I offer it all the same. Good luck.

    “It is as much a crime to disturb the peace when truth prevails as it is a crime to keep the peace when truth is violated. There is therefore a time in which peace is justified and another time when it is not justifiable. For it is written that there is a time for peace and a time for war and it is the law of truth that distinguishes the two. But at no time is there a time for truth and a time for error, for it is written that God’s truth shall abide forever. That is why Christ has said that He has come to bring peace and at the same time He has come to bring the sword. But He does not say that He has come to bring both the truth and the falsehood.” – Blaise Pascal.

  • sandygrounder

    Deacon Nick

    I will pray for you, Mrs Donnelly and your family. My God bless you and strengthen you.

  • Nicolas Bellord

    For a moment I thought Well-wisher might be a Bishop but I see that his icon says it all!

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