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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bishop Tom Burns of the Diocese of Menevia does not get it!

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Mass to Celebrate the Closure of the Year of the Priest

HOMILY: In most walks of life, we need back-up: e.g. reaching agreement in a family about some proposal; winning support at work for a new idea; welcoming a helpful word or a shoulder to lean on at a time of crisis; in sport, as in cricket: backing-up at the wicket to prevent an overthrow; and, of course, in the world of computers, making a back-up copy of files gives new meaning to the phrase Jesus saves! In the Church too, the sacraments back-up the living-out of our Christian calling. Indeed, the Eucharist is not just a back-up to something else; it is the very means of receiving the Lord fully into our lives. It is the major part of a priest's ministry, in which he brings the Lord to others. It is the summit of our prayer and worship as priests.

The Ministerial Priesthood functions amid today's frenetic reality. What we are doing today can seem to some a bit out of touch with reality. To some, the Priesthood appears to be a bit remote from the physical and moral difficulties of ordinary lives. Yet, as priests, we are to step into a new space, the space of the Transcendent, of Otherness. For, we are signed by a special character and - conformed to Christ the Priest. We need to see beyond the Priesthood, and delve more deeply into it, because it is our call to Priesthood that has to change people's lives. The transcendent demand needs ratification, so that the Priesthood is recognized as that group of men, anointed by Christ to stand in that daunting space, to gather the rest of God's people around that space, and to underwrite the presence of that holy space as near and accessible to each one of us. This 'other' space will provide a bridge between this world and the next, between what we are and what we shall be. So, by our ordination, we are anointed, to be Christ-like, to bring others to that goal of human history and that focal point to which the desires of humanity aim: Christ himself. We are called to a ministry of preaching and healing, to make people whole again, ready and willing to meet the Lord when he calls, to be there when others need us most. This requires us to develop our inner well-being; our generosity; our selflessness; our desire to give and encourage forgiveness in others by our word and example, and most of all by our generosity of service. We are called to have the strength and courage to contradict the ways of the world.

And to do all this, we cannot do it alone. There is another aspect of priesthood that complements the ordained priesthood. It is the priesthood of the laity. It is the priesthood conferred on all who are baptised. Yet, there is only one priesthood of Christ, within which there is a diversity of kind and function. It is the role of the ministerial priesthood to bring to its full exercise - and to its full expression - the priesthood of the entire body of Christ, in which all share in different degrees. And to remember, every ordained priest comes from among the laity in the first place.

It is difficult to convey what it means to say, for the first time, the words of consecration at Mass, and to realise that it is the first person singular - I - that we are using. It is my voice, my hands, my mind, that are engaged in this tremendous act which is central to the Eucharist, in which Christ is made present through my person. How could anyone in the priesthood ever have abused that anointing deliberately and-repeatedly, not just in a single, one-off moment of immaturity or indiscretion immediately regretted, but by knowing and planning habitually, without remorse or regret, what they were doing?

It's ironic that the Year of the Ordained Priest began as the Year of the Abused Victim. During this past year we have made no excuses; for there are none to make. The lapses and the offences of the few, who make up no more than a half of one percent of all clergy, have sadly damaged also the many. It's been a year when society has called into question the integrity of politicians and their expenses, financiers and their bonuses, and not least of all priests and their assaults on the innocent and vulnerable. All these groups have been guilty of betraying trust. All have been convinced of their own self-righteousness, almost their entitlement to do these things, their conviction that they were doing no wrong.

For priests who offended, I'm not sure that their abuses grew out of the rule of celibacy; abuse happens within otherwise good families too. I'm more convinced that it grew out of the clericalism of the past. That clericalism risks raising its head today among those who again are looking for identity in status, not service. They want to be treated differently. There are those who set high standards of morality for lay people, while they blatantly violate those same standards themselves. There are those who go to extremes to express the Mass in a particular way, whether it is in the Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form, in a so-called VAT II rite or Tridentine Rile, through the "People's Mass" or the . "Priest's Mass". Some want to put the priest on a pedestal, whilst the people are consigned to be privileged spectators outside the rails. Flamboyant modes of liturgical vestments and rubrical gestures abound. Women are denied all ministries at Mass: doing the Readings, the serving, the Bidding Prayers, and taking Communion to the Sick. To many in our Church and beyond, this comes across as triumphalism and male domination. This clericalism conceals the fact that the Church as an institution has often acted in collusion with what I can only regard as structural sinfulness. It has paid dearly for it and is untrue to its humble Founder, Jesus Christ.

This underlying culture of clericalism has to end and never happen again. In addition, where there have been victims of it, they merit our individual and collective expression of sorrow, without reservation, plus our promise of listening and healing, and our assurance of Support, These are openly given. Accompanying all this is a deeper truth without which life would be just too hard to live. It is the truth that there is a deeper power at work below the surface of our human failings and our uncertainties. The strength of the priesthood, exercised by some 99% of the clergy, lies in the daily sacrifice of self in the service of the Lord, in making him known, in a Church that all of us love and that does so much, good. We can only glimpse a horizon beyond which so little is known this side of eternity. Here, earthy symphonies will always remain unfinished. And we want a priest to ease us out of this world, who anoints and forgives us, to speed us on our journey into the next.

Together, whether you are ministerial priest or baptised priest, you are all called to be a dynamic force in the Church. You, the ordained, have to realise the power for good that you have and thus exercise your God-given gifts. None of you can measure the good that you do. Most of it is hidden. It is rarely publicised, and because of its personal and confidential nature it cannot be shouted from the roof-tops. It is known to the individual who has benefited. It is known to the Lord himself. Whereas everything else can be taken away from you, even your reason can diminish or disappear, no-one can take away your priesthood. You are a priest forever. Cherish that. You, the laity, and us, the ordained, have been given a dynamic force to be Christ and to make Christ present in this world, today and for as long as we are alive. Sometimes we need to pray as Pope John XXIII did one night he knelt by his bedside, tired and frustrated at the end of a long day. He said: "It's your Church, Lord. Get on with it!"   AMEN.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Bishop Tom acknowledges the helpful advice and comments which he obtained as a result of consulting certain individuals and resources in the preparation of this homily, which was given in St. Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea, on the occasion of the Closure Mass for the Year of the Priest' 21st  June 2010.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Sermons of Pope St Leo the Great

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I. All share in the joy of Christmas

Our Saviour, dearly-beloved, was born today: let us be glad. For there is no proper place for sadness, when we keep the birthday of the Life, which destroys the fear of mortality and brings to us the joy of promised eternity. No one is kept from sharing in this happiness. There is for all one common measure of joy, because as our Lord the destroyer of sin and death finds none free from charge, so is He come to free us all. Let the saint exult in that he draws near to victory. Let the sinner be glad in that he is invited to pardon. Let the gentile take courage in that he is called to life. For the Son of God in the fullness of time which the inscrutable depth of the Divine counsel has determined, has taken on him the nature of man, thereby to reconcile it to its Author: in order that the inventor of death, the devil, might be conquered through that (nature) which he had conquered. And in this conflict undertaken for us, the fight was fought on great and wondrous principles of fairness; for the Almighty Lord enters the lists with His savage foe not in His own majesty but in our humility, opposing him with the same form and the same nature, which shares indeed our mortality, though it is free from all sin. Truly foreign to this nativity is that which we read of all others, no one is clean from stain, not even the infant who has lived but one day upon earth Job 19:4 . Nothing therefore of the lust of the flesh has passed into that peerless nativity, nothing of the law of sin has entered. A royal Virgin of the stem of David is chosen, to be impregnated with the sacred seed and to conceive the Divinely-human offspring in mind first and then in body. And lest in ignorance of the heavenly counsel she should tremble at so strange a result , she learns from converse with the angel that what is to be wrought in her is of the Holy Ghost. Nor does she believe it loss of honour that she is soon to be the Mother of God. For why should she be in despair over the novelty of such conception, to whom the power of the most High has promised to effect it. Her implicit faith is confirmed also by the attestation of a precursory miracle, and Elizabeth receives unexpected fertility: in order that there might be no doubt that He who had given conception to the barren, would give it even to a virgin.

II. The mystery of the Incarnation is a fitting theme for joy both to angels and to men

Therefore the Word of God, Himself God, the Son of God who in the beginning was with God, through whom all things were made and without whom was nothing made John 1:1-3, with the purpose of delivering man from eternal death, became man: so bending Himself to take on Him our humility without decrease in His own majesty, that remaining what He was and assuming what He was not, He might unite the true form of a slave to that form in which He is equal to God the Father, and join both natures together by such a compact that the lower should not be swallowed up in its exaltation nor the higher impaired by its new associate. Without detriment therefore to the properties of either substance which then came together in one person, majesty took on humility, strength weakness, eternity mortality: and for the paying off of the debt, belonging to our condition, inviolable nature was united with possible nature, and true God and true man were combined to form one Lord, so that, as suited the needs of our case, one and the same Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, could both die with the one and rise again with the other.
Rightly therefore did the birth of our Salvation impart no corruption to the Virgin's purity, because the bearing of the Truth was the keeping of honour. Such then beloved was the nativity which became the Power of God and the Wisdom of God even Christ, whereby He might be one with us in manhood and surpass us in Godhead. For unless He were true God, He would not bring us a remedy, unless He were true Man, He would not give us an example. Therefore the exulting angel's song when the Lord was born is this, Glory to God in the Highest, and their message, peace on earth to men of good will Luke 2:14 . For they see that the heavenly Jerusalem is being built up out of all the nations of the world: and over that indescribable work of the Divine love how ought the humbleness of men to rejoice, when the joy of the lofty angels is so great?

III. Christians then must live worthily of Christ their Head

Let us then, dearly beloved, give thanks to God the Father, through His Son, in the Holy Spirit , Who for His great mercy, wherewith He has loved us, has had pity on us: and when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together in Christ Ephesians 2:4-5, that we might be in Him a new creation and a new production. Let us put off then the old man with his deeds: and having obtained a share in the birth of Christ let us renounce the works of the flesh. Christian, acknowledge your dignity, and becoming a partner in the Divine nature, refuse to return to the old baseness by degenerate conduct. Remember the Head and the Body of which you are a member. Recollect that you were rescued from the power of darkness and brought out into God's light and kingdom. By the mystery of Baptism you were made the temple of the Holy Ghost: do not put such a denizen to flight from you by base acts, and subject yourself once more to the devil's thraldom: because your purchase money is the blood of Christ, because He shall judge you in truth Who ransomed you in mercy, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Head of the Belgian Church makes shocking comparison of comparing pedophilia and floods

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Le chef de l'Eglise belge choque en comparant pédophilie et inondations

The head of the Belgian Catholic Church, Andre-Joseph Leonard shocked MPs on Wednesday saying that the Belgian Church could compensate victims of pedophile priests, just as it has shown "solidarity with flood victims ".

"The Catholic Church could freely participate with all other sectors of society in the creation of solidarity funds, not because it is legally obliged, but because there is a duty of solidarity with all victims, not only of floods and epidemics, but also sexual abuse, "said the Primate of Belgium.

He spoke in particular cases where the abuser is dead or the actions under statute of limitations, for other cases being for him the responsibility of Justice.

Archbishop Leonard, a conservative at the head of the Catholic Church in Belgium since the beginning of the year, was speaking before a committee of the Chamber of Deputies set up after the publication of the testimonies of nearly 500 people accusing the clergy of abusing them during their youth, mostly from the 1950s to 1980s.

"You were provocative in comparing the victims of natural disasters and those of pedophile priests," responded the Flemish Green MP, Stefaan Van Hecke, saying that he himself was "deeply shocked".

"By saying that you would respond in the same way as to floods, you send a signal of indifference to victims, to be seen as misplaced irony", echoed the French-speaking Green MP Olivier Deleuze.

"This is a total failure to take responsibility," the Socialist deputy, Valerie Déom told AFP stressing the special role played by the Catholic Church in Belgian society.

Known for his controversial statements - he has recently described AIDS as a "kind of poetic justice" - Bishop Leonard has again ventured into the minefields at his hearing, which lasted four hours.

The Archbishop of Malines-Brussels has warned the Members of Parliament of risks for institutions - political, medical ...-- who have not committed crimes but might in future be called upon to give compensation.

"Medical studies say there is reason to believe that children who were conceived by artificial reproduction could after a while be more vulnerable to certain genetic diseases," he said, suggesting that some of these children seek redress from the legislator who authorized the practice.

"There are also people who are doing studies on the possible psychological sequelae of children who grew up with two moms or two dads. What will happen if people begin to ask for compensation?" he said.

Moreover, the Belgian courts have announced on Wednesday that much of the spectacular June 24 searches in the heart of the Church by a Belgian investigating judge were valid, dismissing the claim of the Archdiocese.

Seizure of documents at the headquarters of the Church in Mechelen and the home of Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Archbishop of predecessors Leonardo, are "valid," said the Court of Appeal in Brussels.

However, documents seized at the headquarters of the Adriaenssens Commission named after its chairman, who had heard the testimonies of victims, will be returned, the court decided.

"We are satisfied because the most important documents are being retained. The investigation will now be allowed to continue," exclaimed a lawyer for the victims, Joachim Meese.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Danneels, the do-nothing Cardinal

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Pédophilie: Un ex-primat belge se dédouane de toute responsabilité - 20minutes.fr

Pedophilia: Former Belgian primate to shirk responsibility

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, former primate of Belgium, said Tuesday before a parliamentary commission to investigate sexual abuse by clergy that he was not responsible for other Belgian bishops.

A report published in September by a commission set up by the Church has identified 475 victims of priests, including at least 13 suicides.

Based on recordings made this summer in Belgium, Cardinal Godfried Danneels was aware of sexual abuse by the Bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, but he discouraged the victim from making an immediate public statements on this matter .

"I cannot give orders to other bishops. I have no authority over other bishops and I think that is the basis for many problems that have been cited here, Danneels defended himself.

Closure of Ushaw College

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The trustees of Ushaw College announced on 8th October that the seminary would close at the end of the academic year (ie next June) if a development partner could not be found. Presumably this meant that they were looking for some business to take over part of the site and relieve the college of some of the running costs of a large complex of buildings. Following a further meeting of the trustees, who are the bishops of the northern dioceses, under the chairmanship of Archbishop Kelly of Liverpool, it was announced on 14th December that the ancillary businesses including the hosting conferences would cease at the end of December 2010, and that all bookings after this date would have to be cancelled.

By eliminating the conference activities, and the healthy income stream that they generated, the trustees have struck a severe blow at the possibilities of the rescue plan, that, according to their earlier announcement, they were seeking. It seems that this decision was ill judged and taken without regard to the financial consequences. No longer is any mention made of a business partner, although it is known that a proposal has been made.

Ushaw College has very fine buildings, many designed by distinguished architects including members of the Pugin and Hansom families, St Cuthbert’s Chapel and the library being particularly notable. It also occupies a major place in the cultural, religious and educational heritage of the Catholicism in the north of England. Many are dismayed that its future is being dismissed without consultation and that there seems to be scant regard for those who have supported it during the last 200 years.

Anyone sharing this dismay is invited to sign a petition

Archbishop Kelly enjoys closures- witness the devastation to the ecclesiastical patrimony of Liverpool.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Feast of Our Lady in Expectation

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In Bavaria, a statue of Our Lady in processed from house to house in the parish in memory of Our Lady and St Joseph's search for lodgings.

The Feast was removed from the Roman Calendar during the reign Pope St Pius X (in the name of simplification!). The Feast is long overdue for restoration in the calendar, not least as an antidote to the rampant commercialism of Christmas that Pope St Pius would never have dreamed of, and as Our Lady under this title is a most excellent Patroness of Expectant Mothers.

Our Lady in Expectation is venerated in Bavaria at Bodenburg

and in Austria in the Parish of Ohlsdorf (see first picture)

Our Lady in Expectation often shown with her arms crossed, as in this statue in the Dominican Museum in Rottweil


Our Lady in Expectation venerated in Italy.



Venerated in the Church of St Catherine in Bergamo, Italy.


And the most famous of all, Madonna del Parto, also known as Our Lady of the O, recalling the "O" Antiphons.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Vatican on WikiLeaks list as 'hacktivists' rally to the cause | Ekklesia

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Link to full article

"Meanwhile, WikiLeaks is continuing to release documents, with assistance from mirror sites, campaigners and individuals across the world - who have ensured that the site remains functional, despite cyber-attacks from the US government, China and others.

Material relating to the Vatican and Israel is described as 'in the pipeline', and could be released within the next few days.

The political storm around WikiLeaks has now turned into a fully fledged cyber battle, with grassroots groups on one side and large corporations and governments on the other."

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The indifference of the Belgian Church

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Abus sexuels: l'Eglise n'a jamais envisagé d'indemniser les victimes

Sexual abuse: the Church never considered compensating victims
(Belga) The Church never intended to compensate victims of sexual abuse by priests, Godelieve Halsberghe, President of the Interdiocesan Commission responsible for this issue from 2000 to 2009 said on Wednesday, before the Parliamentary Committee on Sexual Abuse by those in a relationship of authority.

On 28 August 2000, Ms. Halsberghe received a letter from an employee of the archdiocese of Malines-Brussels indicating that it was impossible to pay damages for two reasons: on a practical level, such a decision would have resulted in a string of lawsuits and, in legal terms, the recognition of fault by the Church. Ms. Halsberghe, the magistrate who carried out this work without charge, has also sown confusion in the Commission stating that the Church could have hidden files relating to these abuses. "I think that there is a secret place where those records are kept" she said, before giving details of the statement in camera. In the corridors of the Parliament, counsel for the Bishops Conference of Belgium, Paul-Olivier Quirynen, protested against these statements. The word "secret" is borrowed from canon law and in fact covers records relating to appointment people or about people which need to be treated confidentially, like that of doctors or lawyers, "he said. The magistrate resigned in 2009, partly because the Church no longer responded to her letters for a year. The child psychiatrist Peter Adriaenssens succeeded her. (OSN)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Feast of All Saints of the University of Oxford

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Over the years, the most Catholic of all the colleges was Exeter College, of which I have the profound honour to be a member, providing many of the staff and residents of the Catholic colleges on the continent when the times of persecution came and also many of the leaders of the Oxford Movement, a good proportion of whom saw the logic of their position left the Anglican Church, which then as now, no power on earth can save, and God even in his mercy will not preserve.

St Ralph Sherwin, also of Exeter College was martyred on this day.

His last words Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus!

Psalm 26
1 Dominus inluminatio mea (the first threee words are the University Motto) et salus mea quem timebo Dominus protector vitae meae a quo trepidabo
2 dum adpropiant super me nocentes ut edant carnes meas qui tribulant me et inimici mei ipsi infirmati sunt et ceciderunt
3 si consistant adversus me castra non timebit cor meum si exsurgat adversus me proelium in hoc ego sperabo
4 unam petii a Domino hanc requiram ut inhabitem in domo Domini omnes dies vitae meae ut videam voluntatem Domini et visitem templum eius
5 quoniam abscondit me in tabernaculo in die malorum protexit me in abscondito tabernaculi sui

6 in petra exaltavit me et nunc exaltavit caput meum super inimicos meos circuivi et immolavi in tabernaculo eius hostiam vociferationis cantabo et psalmum dicam Domino
7 exaudi Domine vocem meam qua clamavi miserere mei et exaudi me 8 tibi dixit cor meum exquisivit facies mea faciem tuam Domine requiram
9 ne avertas faciem tuam a me ne declines in ira a servo tuo adiutor meus esto ne derelinquas me neque dispicias me Deus salvator meus
10 quoniam pater meus et mater mea dereliquerunt me Dominus autem adsumpsit me
11 legem pone mihi Domine in via tua et dirige me in semita recta propter inimicos meos
12 ne tradideris me in animas tribulantium me quoniam insurrexerunt in me testes iniqui et mentita est iniquitas sibi
13 credo videre bona Domini in terra viventium
14 expecta Dominum viriliter age et confortetur cor tuum et sustine Dominum

1 The psalm of David before he was anointed. The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the protector of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?
2 Whilst the wicked draw near against me, to eat my flesh. My enemies that trouble me, have themselves been weakened, and have fallen.
3 If armies in camp should stand together against me, my heart shall not fear. If a battle should rise up against me, in this will I be confident.
4 One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. That I may see the delight of the Lord, and may visit his temple.
5 For he hath hidden me in his tabernacle; in the day of evils, he hath protected me in the secret place of his tabernacle.

6 He hath exalted me upon a rock: and now he hath lifted up my head above my enemies. I have gone round, and have offered up in his tabernacle a sacrifice of jubilation: I will sing, and recite a psalm to the Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, my voice, with which I have cried to thee: have mercy on me and hear me.
8 My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O Lord, will I still seek.
9 Turn not away thy face from me; decline not in thy wrath from thy servant. Be thou my helper, forsake me not; do not thou despise me, O God my Saviour.
10 For my father and my mother have left me: but the Lord hath taken me up.
11 Set me, O Lord, a law in thy way, and guide me in the right path, because of my enemies.
12 Deliver me not over to the will of them that trouble me; for unjust witnesses have risen up against me; and iniquity hath lied to itself.
13 I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Expect the Lord, do manfully, and let thy heart take courage, and wait thou for the Lord.

And of your charity on this day, pray for the repose of the soul of the Revd John Davis, sometime deputy principal of the Anglican theological college, St Stephen's House and who taught theology at Harris Manchester College who died October 2009. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pope says Williamson was "never Catholic in the proper sense"

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Jewish group urges pope to ban Holocaust denier | Reuters:

"In a book due out next week, Benedict says he would not have lifted the 22-year excommunication ban on Williamson if he had known of his far-right views. The pope said the Vatican's poor communications in that row was a 'total meltdown.'

'Holocaust survivors call on Pope Benedict to categorically assert moral authority and reinstate the excommunication of Bishop Williamson which was lifted last year,' Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, said in a statement.

'Williamson's grotesque comments denigrating the tragedy of the Holocaust are now compounded by his engaging a notorious right-wing extremist as his lawyer,' he said."

....

"Benedict said in a new book, Light of the World, that Williamson was "never Catholic in the proper sense" because he converted from Anglicanism to the SSPX. "That means that he has never lived in the great Church" under papal authority, he said."

Wolfram Nahrath- Bishop Williamson's new lawyer

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One newspaper haa described him as the in-house lawyer of the right wing scene. Among other cases, which he has actively sought out, he defended five neo-nazis from charges of attempted murder following the beating up of a group of punks and in another case of actual murder of a Farid Gouendoul committed by a Steffen Henze plus 12 accomplices. Farid jumped out of a window to avoid his attackers, but died in the attempt to save himself.

"one of the most renowned advocates of neo-Nazi scene"

"Leading member of the Brown lawyers network" (Brown was the original colour of the Nazi party uniform)

He is so notorious four years ago the left organised a mass demo outside his office.

Both father and grandfather were leading Nazis.

The end of the road- SSPX Press Release on Bishop Williamson

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PRESSEKOMMUNIQUÉ DES GENERALHAUS | DICI

PRESS COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE GENERAL HOUSE
11-20-2010
Filed under From Rome , From Tradition , News , The Church in the world
The Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay has learned from the press that Bishop Richard Williamson has decided to dismiss his lawyer ten days before the trial to be defended by a lawyer who has open links to the neo-Nazi movement in Germany and similar groups.

Bishop Fellay has ordered Bishop Williamson explicitly to withdraw this decision and not to be exploited by political theories that have absolutely nothing to do with his duties as a Catholic bishop in the service of the Society of St. Pius X.


If he does not obey this command, he must reckon on expulsion from the Society of St. Pius X.

Menzingen on 20 November 2010
Father Christian Thouvenot
Secretary General

SSPX threaten to expel Bishop Williamson

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Rechtsextremer Anwalt: Piusbrüder drohen Bischof Williamson mit Rauswurf - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Panorama



The SSPX member convicted of race hate, Richard Williamson will be defended according to SPIEGEL information by a right-wing lawyer. The SSPX who are making efforts at reconciliation with the Vatican, thinks this is not acceptable - and threatens the controversial bishop with eviction from their order.

Hamburg - For his appeal against the conviction for race hatred before the District Court of Regensburg, the controversial SSPX member, Richard Williamson has hired a right-wing lawyers: Wolfram Nahrath was last "federal official" in the Viking Youth which was banned in 1994 and is currently a member of the NPD.



The lawyer, who once denounced the Federal Republic as a "victors democracy", completed an internship with the neo-Nazi lawyer Jürgen Rieger and sees himself as a fighter against "insults to our nation and our history." Williamson's previous defence lawyer, a Green from Coburg, Matthias Loßmann, gave up the mandate. His successor, sought last week in Regensburg for a postponement of the scheduled hearing in late November, in order to be able to read the files.

The SSPX, which is currently negotiating with the Vatican on their recognition, said "commissioning a neo-Nazi lawyer would not be acceptable". This will inevitably lead to the eviction of Williamson from the SSPX, said Secretary General Christian Thouvenot. The SSPX member was asked to withdraw his appeal before the court and to accept the penalty imposed in April of 10,000 €.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Press release on behalf of Iraqi Christians

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Handed out at the rally on Saturday


TO THE PUBLIC
On Sunday 31st October 2010, a barbarian attack took plaoe against Syriac Catholic Church Seydit El
Nacat (Our Lady of Salvation) located at the quarter of Karrada, Baghdad. With this deadly attack,
according to official statements, 58 persons died and 67 wounded. According to some other sources dead
toll is more than 100. The list of wounded people is also more than estimated. If we take official statement
into consideration, we see an atrocious massacre that killed dozens of women, children, young and old
Syriacs and left dozens of wounded people. It’s well known to the world public 'opinion that such regular
attacks are carried out against Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac and other groups during last years. However, the
eye-catching point here is that, the civil and unprotected Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac had been targeted by
this attack just because of their different ethnic identity and their religious belief
Since 2003 dozens of churches and religious centres of our people had been attacked and at these temples
many people died and had been wounded Besides at the certain centres like Mosul and Baghdad, there are
systematic attacks against our people. 'Iherefore hundred of thousands Asyrian-Chaldean-Syriac had to
flee their homeland. Moreover, Iraqi govemment and authorities did not provide any adequate sectuity
measures to change the situation. The legitimate and rightful autonomy demands are out of consideration
and there are not constitutional works for this. Our people are open target for attacks because ofthe lack of
safe autonomy region. Therefore, evay day with different methods and ways, families, students, religious
leaders and businessmen are attacked. Becauseof the oppressions on our people, demographic changes
happened and from various powers a gmocide policy is carried out against our people.
These inhuman attacks did nottak: enough places around the world in the public opinion and govemments.
The interest of some policy malgs, media institutions and other groups remain weak and insuflicient.
Consequently, if this silence continues, aggressors will take more courage and they will continue to
perpetrate such inhuman crimes. Therefore, our demand to all media, institutions and representatives of
these institutions is to be responsive to the situation of our people and explain realities to the world.  We are
also organising demonstrations in Brussels (13 November 2010), ,Paris 14th Novemeber 2010) an
Stockholm (14 November 2010), to supportthe Iraqi Christians EEE support the following demands:
1. hnmediate end of oppressions and attacks against Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac in the whole Middle
East.
2. Providing necessary measures to protect life of our people in Iraq.
3. Increasing security measures of the churches of our people to accomplish their religious services
peacefully and freely.
4. Giving back all goods and chatells of our people that had been seized.
5. Providing state aids to the attacked people and families and recompense their damages.
6. Immediate_ application of safe autonomy region demanded by oin people. For this to happen, make
necessary constitutional and legal arrangements.
7. Take away all reasons, issues and attacks against our people that caused huge migration from our
homeland. '
We kindly invite all media institutions ll) be rxwent at the mentioned place, day and time to record
democratic mass activity and publish the voice of our people to The world public opinion and also to
highlight the inhuman attacks against the Christian Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriacs and putting their
contribution to stop these atrocities. _
Organisation Committee

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Demonstration of Support for Christians of the Middle East

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Present in their countries for more than 2000 years. Peace for the Middle East.

Put a STOP to extremists.



Preserve the cultural and religious diversity in Iraq. Protect the Christians of the Middle East.

Saturday 13th November 2010 11.00 am

Bringing together all the groups, churches and parties of Europe who condemn the hostage taking and massacre in the Al-Najat Church of Baghdad.



Am on my way.  All Saints and Martyrs of Iraq, pray for us!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Ecclesiastical and Political Call to Arms- my speech to the Traditional Britain Group

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I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favorable presumption that they did not wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way against holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.

So said Lord Acton after the declaration of the Infallability of the Pope in 1870, to which he so bitterly opposed and which is rather so applicable to so much wider a constituency today. And it is the presumption of the elites in their attack on traditional forms and institutions (which Blessed Pius IX could never be found guilty of, at least in his later years, when he had overcome an unfortunate tendency to liberalism in his early ecclesiastical career) that I am here to condemn today, notwithstanding the fact that traditionalism since 1855 has been a condemned proposition of the Catholic Church, when the Curia sought and obtained corrections to the erroneous views of one poor Augustin Bonnetty on matters of faith and reason. But there again, there is one notorious Papal document condemning polyphony, which will never do, not least because that the present Pope, with his profound aesthetic and musical sense would himself be condemned. Blessed Pope Pius IX even managed to condemn himself when he did not observe his own strict prohibitions on protestant service in Catholic lands in his own Papal states.

If by chance, that my excommunication is sought, I would defend myself that traditionalism, divided off from Scripture and the teaching of the Church is indeed an error. My objections are based on the removal of traditionalism from that tri-form foundation of truth (Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium) often with the simple device of identifying tradition with the Church, which may have been an appealing idea at the time of the declaration of Papal infallibility but after the Second Vatican Council simply beggars belief.  The idea of there being no radical break at the Second Vatican Council, is likewise unsupportable in logic or in historical reality. The Council was not only a break but an unmitigated disaster- an auto-da-fe of all that was good and holy in the Catholic Church. No wonder the Orthodox Church looks on the Catholic Church with such suspicion if they were capable of doing what they did to traditional forms of Catholic life and liturgy. An ecumenism that we can all believe in is solidarity between traditionalists in all communions, Catholic, Orthodox and the Anglo-Catholics.

St Paul has the great gift of making the demands of Christianity real. Faith, hope and charity and the greatest of these is charity. These three are but a derivation of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity, Father, Holy Spirit and Son, to put them in the proper order of analogy. The Trinity cannot be divided, Quicumque vult salvus esse- whosever wishes to be saved, shall hold firm the Catholic Faith, but maybe I am being a little optimistic when I then use the words of James Bond and say that you know the rest of the Creed of St Athanasius.

So likewise Faith, Hope and Charity cannot be separated. It is useless to pray for the Poor Souls in purgatory, no good for you or for them, if in charity, you cannot honour father and mother, yet living or fail in obligations to your neighbour. Incidentally, Our Lord when asked who is our neighbour, answers with the parable of the Good Samaritan- it is somebody who is passed by- so much for the socialist view of universal charity at others people’s expense. And so much, by the way, for the increase in the overseas aid budget, stretching the idea of neighbor to the globalised, all one village world.

But these demands have also to be made real in the ecclesiastical world, so just as I have already described one analogy, Tradition (passed down from the very moment of creation) , the teaching of the Church (inspired by the Holy Spirit) and Scripure (describing the life of the Son, also prefigured in the Old Testament, so many in the Church live in Obedience, Poverty, Chastity- indeed the degree to which this equivalence is valid affects the view of the claims of the Catholic Church- is a nun bound by vows leading a life according to the Gospel and the intent of the Divine Founder.

Turning to the secular world, I would be the first to make claims for the primacy of the spiritual, the idea of the great Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain. To ascribe proper realms, and with realms, clear borders to ecclesiastical and political life. However, since the French revolution, we are in the position of the Irishman when asked for directions to Limerick and the United Kingdom Chancellor when seeking to balance the national books, we can’t start from here, given the enormous damage which has been already done to the whole fabric of society, both in institutional and moral aspects.

The reason for this is the utter catastrophe of the French Revolution, which sought to reinvent humanity without faith, hope and charity and to make them free, equal and fraternal.

These three concepts are inconsistent among themselves- no-one apart from the pseudo-Socialist fantasist, Roy Hattersley believes that individuals can be free and equal. Frankly, I don’t need people going around, least of all blood soaked revolutionaries telling me who my neighbour or indeed my brother is. I have a perfectly good identical twin brother, he is a vicar of the progressive kind, and is some sort of socialist. One of those is enough. Anyone who says we are the same person must have totalitarian tendencies.

As I already expressed myself in a speech on Lord Acton to the Von Mises Circle in the European Parliament, the so-called principles of the French revolution have meant more often than not the liberty of domesticated dogs, the fraternity of the wolf pack, and the equality of a flock of sheep.

The Revolution consumes its own. The naïf bleaters after equality go down to the wolves of fraternity or the dogs of liberty depending on the season and the circumstances.

Notoriously, Archbishop Gobel of Paris declared in 1791
Born a man of the people. cure of Potentruy, sent by the clergy to the Estates General, the raised to the Archbishopric of Paris, I have never ceased to obey the people, I accepted the functions which the people formally bestowed on me and now, in obedience to the wishes of the people, I have come here to resign them. I allowed myself to be made a bishop when the people wanted bishops. I cease to be one when the people no longer want them.

He stands in the first of a long line of clerics who crave popular approval at the expense of all else, including truth, crowd pleasers to a man, who have betrayed the faith of the faithful. He was guillotined in 1794, having spent the remaining three years of his life devoted to the cult of reason and as administrator of Paris.

After the 1848 revolution in the next generation, the Bishop of Langres, in the interests of preserving himself in office, declared in favour of institutionalising the French Revolution:

There is nothing more profoundly- indeed, I would say more exclusively Christian than these three words which are incribed on our national flag, liberty, equality, fraternity. Far from repudiating these sublime words, Christianity claims them as its own work, its own creation. It is Christianity and Christianity alone, that has introduced them, that has consecrated them, and caused them to be practiced in the world.

The would come as a great surprise to both the revolutionaries and the Catholics which they martyred, not least among them the Carmelite nuns of Compiegne, whose heroic deaths were the subject of an opera by Poulenc, based on a film script by Georges Bernanos, who himself drew on a novel by Gertrud Le Fort.

Once someone was so outraged with my comments on the modern Catholic Church that he accused me of rejecting the principles of the French Revolution. I pleaded guilty immediately but warned him that the death penalty is illegal in the UK - indeed to restore it, we would have to leave the EU but that is another story- lest he wanted me guillotined.

Not least among the crimes of the French Revolution is the odious sin of regicide. As a tyrant cuts himself off from God, since Bellarmine there has been not just a right but a duty of resistance formulated. The monarch rather derives his or her power from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The open question, from medieval times, is whether this is intermediated by the Papal office. The English expression of the unmediated power of the monarchs ends up in Anglicanism and in France, the expression was Gallicanism which gave ecclesiastical power to the French monarch. Who among us cannot shed a tear at Burke’s account of the martyred Queen of France.

It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the Queen of France, then the Dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she had just begun to move in, glittering like the morning star full of life and splendor and joy.

Oh, what a revolution! and what a heart must I have, to contemplate without emotion that elevation and that fall! Little did I dream, when she added titles of veneration to those of enthusiastic, distant, respectful love, that she should ever be obliged to carry the sharp antidote against disgrace concealed in that bosom; little did I dream that I should have lived to see such disasters fallen upon her, in a nation of gallant men, in a nation of men of honor, and of cavaliers! I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards, to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult.

But the age of chivalry is gone; that of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded, and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever. Never, never more, shall we behold that generous loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart, which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom! The unbought grace of life, the cheap defense of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise is gone. It is gone, that sensibility of principle, that chastity of honor, which felt a stain like a wound, which inspired courage whilst it mitigated ferocity, which ennobled whatever it touched, and under which vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness.

He who will murder the Monarch, will also crucify Christ the King, who still reigned from the Cross. There are deep ironies in all this. The fiercest opponents of the declaration of Papal infallibility in 1870 were the French minority bishops, many of whom left town rather than take place in the final vote- but it was also French bishops who were among the most vocal supporters, as the Papacy provided a substitute in day to day life for the monarchy that was no longer present.

And all this inhumane bloodletting, was not done in the name of God or of the King, but in the name of the people. This mythology of the collective will of the people is as fantastic as “institutional racism”. Ultimately, this greatest of secular dogmas leads to the persecution of minorities. No wonder its proponents are so keen on human and minority rights- they are trying to deal with their own self-created problem. It is they, not us that would deny them at the drop of a hat. Where were these rights for Catholic adoption agencies? The stern unbending mind of a liberal can be very selective when it comes to rights. The reality is that rights that are not natural but depend on the gift of the state are not rights at all.

In the name of the people, O irony, was inscribed on the Reichstag- all the criminal cases in Germany, in Nazi times and to this day are tried in the name of the people. In reality, the Nazi legal system from 1942 consumed its own children, when it became a capital offence to indulge in un-German activities.

The draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe opened with the idea of “reflecting the will of the citizens” by the time we come to the Lisbon Treaty, the will of the people is only articulated by political parties. It is a matter of legitimacy as much it is of accountability.

Before the revolution the legitimacy derived from God, through Pope and Crown in some relation, and then through the aristocracy to the people. The lawgivers were more often than not beyond the remit of the law. And in any case, much of the law was immutable and in the case of the English based on custom and precedence.

Aquinas indeed taught the following descending division of the law, eternal, divine, natural and finally human laws. Our laws should conform to the eternal and divine and not violate the natural law. And contrary to the modern view, and those of the French revolutionaries, St Paul and indeed Our Lord himself teach that the law from which all other laws derive, has not passed away, rather should be carved on all our hearts.

But now as we hurtle towards an uncertain future, from where can legitimacy be derived. In the United Kingdom, this is of course the symbolic Crown in Parliament- tyranny avoided by the Queen’s actual absence for 364 days a year. But our institutions are under threat, often with the connivance of alleged Conservatives- the negotiating away of the hereditary House of Lords springs immediately to mind. A totally unnecessary defeat- as I said earlier there is not only the right to resist but the duty- something Mr Hague forgot at the time, even if he knew it in the first place.

And yes, the Church of England, once in the words of Blessed Cardinal Newman, by then a Catholic, a bulwark against errors more fundamental than her own, a shadow of its former self- ill-served by Synodical careerists and would not know a Divine Truth if it was being proclaimed by Our Lord and Saviour, himself and in person. The internet has ill-served the Church of England. Each faction now knows the day to day life of the others and they do not like what they see. Comedy has ensued with Cameron criticizing the Church of England for not being supportive of gays rights- just how much more tolerant do they have to be before the PM is happy. What irony- all those Anglicans whose very ecclesiastical life depends on the Act in Restraint of Appeals now cheerfully supporting transfer of secular power after power to the foreign jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and the Court of the First Instance in Luxembourg.

A similar media-mediated effect, but for the good, can be observed in the Catholic Church- the liturgical outrages of the modernists would be described in gory detail in the appendices of obscure traditionalist books - now are there on Youtube for all to see - and most especially Conservative Catholics cannot live in a dream world where no blame attaches to the hierarchy, even up to the Papacy for what has taken place. The last half of  John Paul II's Papacy  was disastrous- by his own admission had no idea how to govern the Church. He once even said that the notorious modernist Blondel was in fact a hammer of heretics. Given how philosophically Blondel defined truth, this would be rather surprising.

And the UK Monarchy victims likewise along with many others are victims of the media age. Let a little Youtube into your life, and the mystery has definitively run out by the back door. They have survived the typhoon better than the Lords and the Established Church in our own country, but without these two other pillars one has to wonder also about their own endurance.

But there are three profound problems for the project of renaissance or restoration or counter-revolution or what you will. The first is to ensure that the project is not about the restoration of some golden age that never existed rather to create a new age, if you will forgive the expression- perhaps better to say era. Otherwise, we should constitute ourselves as the Antiquarians Club and stop bothering the world with schemes.

The second was known even in 1848. Even as Alfred,. Fürst zu Windischgratz, the reactionary’s reactionary and indeed a man after my own heart was crushing the revolt in Vienna with considerable verve and courage, he complained that there were not enough aristocrats of any moral fibre and competence to form any sort of government. Likewise, the 1870 government of Jules d’Anethan in Belgium collapsed in an aristocratic heap- big on titles, short on basic skills of government.

If it is possible to have a restored House of Lords on a hereditary basis, we only have a limited time or the families will have died out or married out. The alternatives have been proved to be too horrible for words- an assembly of placepersons, of diminishing talent and an elected House of Lords in a perpetual war of legitimacy with the Commons.

Thirdly, the Church of England is no konger in a fit condition for active service of the nation- and the only real alternative, the Catholic Church is hopelessly compromised by the recent abuse scandals on which I am something of an expert. The cases themselves on the whole took place ten years before the Council and ten years after. Just at a time when borders were being broken down by the church, some of their members seemed to think this included moral borders.

The personification of all that is wrong with the modern Church is Cardinal Danneels, the man who went to the last Papal election convinced that he would win it. A liturgical expert who has spent his entire office in hot pursuit of the spirit of age. He who weds the spirit of the age soon becomes a widower, as C S Lewis said. When the present Pope’s brother is on record as saying that Danneels is not Catholic, I suspect he knew much more than he is saying.

It will take another fifty years at least, if at all, for the Church to be in a fit state to be institutionally recognized as the supreme teacher of Faith and Morals which She is. In this generation we are chasing out of power the last generation of people who were young priests and laity at the time of the Council.

This includes the present Pope, whose inglorious role at the Council was to draft a speech for Cardinal Frings which broke the back of the power of the Curia. The core issue was whether people could have an audience in Rome before their books were condemned. As the great Cardinal Ottiavani said. He would not presume to investigate what people were thinking, rather their writings in books claiming to be Catholic. Ironic then that the Pope has been picking up the pieces of the damage which he himself did, as a peritus and a leading light in the German group at the Council. He caused such trouble that he was forbidden from further direct lobbying of Council fathers. Vatican II was indeed the French revolution of the Church- the present Pope is its Napoleon, trying to reconcile conservatives to the fundamentally unacceptable, not least in liturgical matters.

I can explain many things in public life but for the primary role of moral guidance to be given to a church which systematically covered up child abuse would be to ask the impossible. The idea that outside the Church there is no salvation was completely perverted to keep children in abusive situations.

The good news here however is that the modernist Church in its European heartlands will be dead in about twenty five years, leaving behind in places large and vibrant congregations of traditionalists. The German Church, for which figures are available, has been in linear decline since 1944. Apart from a micro-blip, the Second Vatican Council had no effect. A caveat there- the numbers of traditionalists were always fed from the mainstream church- outreach to the great unchurched Masses will be an absolute imperative to prevent traditionalists being washed down the plughole of history with the modernists.

So given the unavailability of the fundamental building blocks of a civilized society, in the words of Tolstoy, when then must be done? All will be relieved that my solution is no Tolstoyan idealism- not least because we would all be in the fields at the crack of dawn and not allowed to touch a drop of alcohol and that would never do.

So what shall be our battle cry as we face this catastrophes prepared for us by our masters and mistresses in the political and ecclesiastical elites, both in Europe and nearer to home.

Dignity, Identity and Liberty, we shall thunder back at all those who have institutionalized the French revolution in church and state.

Human dignity is the birth right of all from the moment of conception for many, excluding only those who a profoundly evil, not least among them the great tyrants of world history, such as Stalin.

The normal condition of humanity is that we have an eternal destiny and we are made in the image and likeness of God- indeed according to St Augustine, the human is imprinted with an image of the Divine Trinity, which is mirrored also by the three operations of the human soul, intellect, memory and will.

So human life needs to be protected from the moment of conception, through to moment of natural death. The very weakest in society that really cannot help themselves need to be protected as an expression of this fundamental principle.


produced by the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, to whom I am an advisor and indeed on their Steering Committee, Special Representative to the European institutions.
whereas it is precisely the imago Dei that Man acknowledges within himself with suchprofound awe and respect to call human life sacred; and to which the moral sense testifies certain properties as being inalienable; indelible in every single human life from conception until natural death,
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whereas it is impossible to deny the source of Man’s transcendent dignity, and at the same time maintain that such dignity exists, yet the school of humanism tried to do just this, and with its inevitable failure, Man has been left in the precarious state of having no inherent rights other than those which the social community deigns to confer on him,
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Western Civilisation is a historical collection of countries with strong identities formed and influenced through the Christian Faith; and that it is only through the full, conscious and active participation of this Faith in the public square that recognition of the imago Dei can be most authentically nourished;

All excellent and I would urge you to go on line and express your support by signing.

But intrinsic dignity, not dependent on society as the socialists would have us believe, is not enough on its own. We have to know who we are- literally to look in the morning in the mirror and to be able to be honest about our past and our self- narratives. Socialists would have us live in a perpetual day- zero, alienated from our past by our lack of tradition. I have a splendid book by E J Hobsbawn, The Invention of Tradition which seeks to do exactly that with each of the nations which make up our United Kingdom, saying all our national culture is of recent invention. A convenient fiction to serve socialist purposes.

So starting with who we each are as children of God, we develop identities which can be local, regional, national- which are shared narratives and in the end, real cultures and societies. Society that is validated by the state is a fake. The Big Society programme comes to mind- it is a programme of the political elites against we the people.

But this is how the concept of we the people can be redeemed- when the idea, as was done by Ronald Reagan, of eternal memory is set in opposition to the political elites. It is the fundamental reason for the success of the Tea Party movement in the US and God willing this can now be repeated in each and every nation state of Europe.

From Reagan’s valedictory to the American people.

Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: "We the people." "We the people" tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us. "We the people" are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which "We the people" tell the government what it is allowed to do. "We the people" are free.

and also as the great satirist, P J O’Rourke has pointed out

We are the champions of freedom. Liberals are the champions of statism, dependence and oppression - let us not forget that basic point. And because we conservatives are the champions of freedom, there is always going to be a lot of arguing among us. Arguing is what freedom is all about.

While we are doing that arguing, let us not lose sight of the fact that there is a place for everyone under the conservative rubric. For men, for women, for born-again Christians, for Catholics, for Jews, for Muslims, for mainstream Protestants, for African Americans, for native Americans, whites, Hispanics, for everyone in between, for young people, old people - it may surprise you to hear me say this - for gays, for people on welfare, even for people who teach college.

And it is to the liberty of the people and peoples to which I now turn. As I said, universal fraternity and equality are the most bogus cheques ever made out in the name of the people, but liberty indeed can be validated. What is precisely meant by liberty is not just one disputed question among others- it is the disputed question,

For liberty cannot mean a license for vice, as it has come to mean especially in modern society. Weimar Europe is a fitting description for much of European society today. The insatiability of human desire in material terms is heading for a face to face clash with the grim economic realities.

But liberty has to mean more though than a choice of the good, which is in all decent people, hopefully more or less obligatory. Liberty is indeed best defined by its absence- you probably do not understand its depths and its grandeur unless you have had to fight for it, as our country has had to all too often and has to do again in future years- for we now have enemies of our national and individual liberties both within and without the realm. As Ronald Reagan once said the extinction of liberty is never more than one generation away.

But it also the un-relativised truth that sets us free, a Biblical principle. Truth that many politicians in the elites are having increasing difficulties understanding. The control of power comes before any truth is their shrinking and miserable world.

So Dignity, Identity, Liberty- inseparable. Don’t tell me you are free if you have lost your identity and dignity. Indeed, the phrase puts liberty in its proper context. I will leave it up to each of you however to decide which of these is the greatest- personally I will opt for liberty any time. My good friend, Ben Harnwell, who runs the Dignitatis Humanae Institute has just delivered an excellent paper called Jesus, the First Libertarian, so no doubt where he stands.

Indeed, we are in the image and likeness of God and creation out of nothing, before it is anything, is a free act of the Divine Will, in all His splendid Providence.

All three have the most profound implications for public and political life- under this banner we can begin the back fight against the poisonous principals (although that for sure is a misnomer) of the French revolution.

To arms!
Great battles are coming- and the only option, in the name of God and our shared humanity, is total victory.

Archbishop of Brussels/ Mechelen orders crackdown on liturgical abuse

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This cartoon appeared on the same day in the Belgian press, which says it all about the state of the Church in Belgian bequeathed to Arcbishop Leonard by Cardinal "Know-Nothing" Danneels.

 
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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Anglican vicar supports environmental group than thinks killing children is a joke

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The environmental group, 10:10 that launched a campaign to reduce carbon dioxide emissions decided that the best way to promote their cause would be a video, produced by the famous Richard Curtis, he of Four Weddings and a Funeral and the Bridget Jones films.

This has all gone disastrously wrong for them as this involves the gruesome explosive decapitation of children who are less than 100 percent behind the idea of climate change.

Caution- strong stomach required for this.


The video was withdrawn with this half-hearted “apology” about which I will say more shortly.

But it appears from the website that the campaign still has the support of various members of faith groups, including an Anglican cleric in unclerical green, who prefers to boast about wearing the 10:10 rather than the Cross on which Our Lord was crucified.




Cathcon conducted a very swift investigation and the identity of the hapless cleric is non-other than the leading clerical light behind the Church of England’s National Environmental Campaign., David Bookless, who is director of an outfit called A Rocha UK

Their motto, "We live in a wonderful world which God has asked us to look after together"

Will the Church of England dissociate themselves from a child-decapitating environmental group who surely must have Herod as their patron saint, rather than Jesus as their Lord?

The twenty one bishops and all the Dioceses who support the Anglican campaign need to give answers to this and quickly. Churches are meant to be safe places for children, and where they can be free from fear, not terrorised by environmental ideologues.

Doubtless it is the same people that would accuse the Catholic Church of indoctrination- imagine if the Church had produced a video to warn of the dangers of not paying attention during catechism classes.

Islamic Aid also supports the 10:10 Campaign.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Call in Belgium for Pope to resign

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Pédophilie: appel à la démission du pape

Pope Benedict XVI should "resign" because of the pedophilia scandal affecting the Catholic Church, the Belgian psychiatrist Peter Adriaenssens who examined hundreds of cases abuse by priests in Belgium.

"The pope should not be content to express his regrets, but it should also consider his position and resign," said Peter Adriaenssens in an interview published by the Flemish daily De Morgen.

"There is a difference between being responsible and taking responsibility," says the child psychiatrist, who said that two Belgian ministers who resigned after the brief escape in 1998 of pedophile Marc Dutroux, were not his guardians.

"We must also be able to say after all that has happened within the Church, a person must take responsibility [...] Because the problem does not only exist in Belgium but is globally widespread, the Pope should lead by example ", adds Peter Adriaenssens.

Professor Adriaenssens presented on Sept. 10 the report of a "Committee for handling complaints of sexual abuse in a pastoral relationship" which he directed from January to June. He revealed that nearly 500 people had informed him of abuses committed by priests since the 50s and that 13 victims had committed suicide.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Saying goodbye slowly to liturgical abuse

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Lay Eucharistic ministers not entitled to position, Archbishop Burke clarifies :: Catholic News Agency (CNA):

"Archbishop Burke clarified, however, that the reality of the matter is that neither the presence of girls at the altar, nor the participation of lay faithful 'belong to the fundamental rights of the baptized.'"