“[W]e have the hard task of carrying on simultaneously a war on two fronts. We have to oppose, by arms, the aggression of the external enemy, and at the same time to resist the enemy within – the growth in our society of the evil power we are fighting against. And this second war is the more dangerous of the two, since it may be lost by victory as well as by defeat, and the very fact that we are driven to identify the evil with that manifestation of it that threatens our national existence, tends to blind us to the more insidious tendencies in the same direction that are to be found in our own social order. The disintegration of Western culture under the moral and economic strain of war is not a danger that can be lightly dismissed. Nor can it be accepted by Christians in the same spirit in which they accepted the fall of the Roman Empire. For that was an external disaster that left the sources of spiritual vitality unimpaired, while this is a spiritual catastrophe which strikes directly at the moral foundations of our society, and destroys not the outward form of civilisation but the very soul of man which is the beginning and end of all human culture.”

- Christopher Dawson 1940



As if it isn’t bad enough, the newest phase in the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) debacle is the widespread practice of administering blessings during the distribution of Holy Communion - usually to children accompanying their parents. An example of how inappropriate this is, can be illustrated by an example of it going badly wrong:

A woman approaches to receive holy communion, however, the EMHC pauses before administering the sacrament, and instead gives the woman’s abdomen a blessing – the EMHC being under the mistaken belief that the woman was pregnant. She was not.

Please, please can we stop this? Who do I have to talk to?

How about more of this?


and less of this:


This three-cornered comparison must be one of the best things Chesterton wrote, which is saying a lot. It’s also an insight into his first conversion: not to the Catholic Church, yet, but to revelation. Maid of Orleans, on your feast day, pray for the English, whom you loved well, chez eux.

Joan of Arc was not stuck at the cross-roads, either by rejecting all the paths like Tolstoy, or by accepting them all like Nietzsche. She chose a path, and went down it like a thunderbolt. Yet Joan, when I came to think of her, had in her all that was true either in Tolstoy or Nietzsche, all that was even tolerable in either of them. I thought of all that is noble in Tolstoy, the pleasure in plain things, especially in plain pity, the actualities of the earth, the reverence for the poor, the dignity of the bowed back. Joan of Arc had all that and with this great addition, that she endured poverty as well as admiring it; whereas Tolstoy is only a typical aristocrat trying to find out its secret. And then I thought of all that was brave and proud and pathetic in poor Nietzsche, and his mutiny against the emptiness and timidity of our time. I thought of his cry for the ecstatic equilibrium of danger, his hunger for the rush of great horses, his cry to arms. Well, Joan of Arc had all that, and again with this difference, that she did not praise fighting, but fought. We know that she was not afraid of an army, while Nietzsche, for all we know, was afraid of a cow. Tolstoy only praised the peasant; she was the peasant. Nietzsche only praised the warrior; she was the warrior. She beat them both at their own antagonistic ideals; she was more gentle than the one, more violent than the other. Yet she was a perfectly practical person who did something, while they are wild speculators who do nothing. It was impossible that the thought should not cross my mind that she and her faith had perhaps some secret of moral unity and utility that has been lost.

From Plutarch’s essay “On the failing of the oracles”.

The father of Aemilianus the orator, to whom some of you have listened, was Epitherses, who lived in our town and was my teacher in grammar. He said that once upon a time in making a voyage to Italy he embarked on a ship carrying freight and many passengers. It was already evening when, near the Echinades Islands, the wind dropped, and the ship drifted near Paxi. Almost everybody was awake, and a good many had not finished their after-dinner wine. Suddenly from the island of Paxi was heard the voice of someone loudly calling Thamus, so that all were amazed. Thamus was an Egyptian pilot, not known by name even to many on board. Twice he was called and made no reply, but the third time he answered; and the caller, raising his voice, said, ‘When you come opposite to Palodes, announce that Great Pan is dead.’

On hearing this, all, said Epitherses, were astounded and reasoned among themselves whether it were better to carry out the order or to refuse to meddle and let the matter go. Under the circumstances Thamus made up his mind that if there should be a breeze, he would sail past and keep quiet, but with no wind and a smooth sea about the place he would announce what he had heard. So, when he came opposite Palodes, and there was neither wind nor wave, Thamus from the stern, looking toward the land, said the words as he had heard them: ‘Great Pan is dead.’ Even before he had finished there was a great cry of lamentation, not of one person, but of many, mingled with exclamations of amazement. As many persons were on the vessel, the story was soon spread abroad in Rome, and Thamus was sent for by Tiberius Caesar. Tiberius became so convinced of the truth of the story that he caused an inquiry and investigation to be made about Pan; and the scholars, who were numerous at his court, conjectured that he was the son born of Hermes and Penelope.

A rather frightening post for Catholic parents. Two young boys, 2 and 4, from a Catholic Slovak Roma family, are to placed in the custody of gay parents according to the BBC

The children have been removed from their parents by the local authority for concerns over their parenting.

The most concerning thing, is that the family’s desire for them not to be raised by a gay couple has been overruled by the courts.

Catholic parents everywhere should be frightened. Should the unexpected happen, sudden death, or otherwise, the state will do with your children as it pleases.

Make arrangements for your children – we don’t all have close families who would be willing or able to care for our children. Have a discussion now with your brothers, sisters or friends about what to do – what if something also happens to them – etc etc? Who is going to raise your children in the faith?

Put it in writing! I need to write a will!

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate are now under visitation according to a report on Rorate. What is behind suppression of the Franciscans of the Immaculate?

As an outsider who only has access to information in the public domain - it seems that suppression of  this order represents an escalation of persecution and the removal of a great consolation.

Why these Franciscans? They promote devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady and the secrets of Fatima through their apostolate  ‘A day with Mary’. They are young, vibrant, faithful and orthodox with a preference for the vetus ordo.

It seems like the Devil wouldn’t need much help in picking a target.

Pray for them, they are suffering with Christ – and so shall we.

The SDLP and Sinn Fein no longer hold Christian views on moral issues. Sinn Fein have tabled a motion for the third time calling for legalisation of same sex civil partnerships, which had to be vetoed by the Democratic Unionist Party. The SDLP are not much better, except are perhaps slightly less pro-abortion than Sinn Fein.

Catholics in northern Ireland should now consider quietly voting for their local unionist candidate, who can probably be considered a safer pair of hands on such issues.


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