Catechism of the Catholic Church (675)

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church (675)

Monday, 6 July 2015

Hours


“The Church will celebrate the Ordinary Synod devoted to the family, deepen her spiritual discernment and consider concrete solutions to the many difficult and significant challenges facing families in our time. I ask you to pray fervently for this intention, so that Christ can take even what might seem to us impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it – by making it part of his 'hour' – into a miracle.”

The family “cannot be replaced by other institutions,” he added. For this reason, “it needs to be helped and strengthened, lest we lose our proper sense of the services which society as a whole provides.” 



Indeed, a "miracle" is needed in order to defend the Catholic Faith, the family, marriage require it most urgently. God's intervention is most surely needed in the Synod in order for the Church to resoundingly reject that which is a danger to souls, a danger to the family and a direct assault on the sanctity of marriage and upon the Holy Eucharist. So what 'concrete solutions' does His Holiness have in mind that would emerge as part of the "miracle?" What 'hour of Christ' does His Holiness mean?

Hour?

"Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour"?

"This is your hour - the reign of darkness"?

"Father, save me from this hour"?



Help me, I speak as one of the Chief Shepherd's flock. I am so confused it is as if I am looking at the world's most complicated and mysterious enigma. Christ's 'hour' is surely the final vanquishing of all evil and the full establishment of His justice, as well as the glorification of His mercy, in His Kingdom when He comes in glory as Judge, and, what is more, this will not abide by the 'law of graduality'. This will be in the blink of an eye.

A concrete proposal


Precisely what 'concrete proposals' does His Holiness believe Our Lord has in mind? It sounds like - but is not necessarily the case - that Pope Francis is saying that Our Blessed Lord is in some way going to endorse certain proposals at the Synod. Perhaps that is why what was roundly rejected by the Bishops by a majority was retained in parts of the Relatio and the Instrumentum Laboris. As for praying for the intention of 'concrete proposals'...

"...not my will but Thy will be done..."

...is surely our prayer! I hope that the 'concrete solutions' His Holiness is praying for in his intentions is in line with the prayer taught to us by Our Lord which we dare to say. Unfortunately, Pope Francis has with his 'concrete proposals' intention, given us cause to wonder if it is truly the will of God that is being sought.

Do read a good article at One Peter Five on Our Lady of Good Success

It seems relevant, given that Pope Francis is in Ecuador.

I too have a 'concrete proposal'.

Start 'hot-beading' pronto!



Saturday, 4 July 2015

Will 'Mystery Worshipper' be attending the AMEX?


Is the Ship of Fools 'mystery worshipper' going to the Diocesan Jubilee at the AMEX tomorrow? It is the question on everybody's lips in the Diocese. I suppose the rating for the rather pricey celebration will depend on the quality of the Maris Pipers in the interactive prayer room on the day.

Given the track record for ratings of parishes, I would be mightily disturbed if the Festival 50 liturgy gets 10\10. If the Ship of Fools author's ratings for parishes that revere the Blessed Sacrament and take the worship of God seriously are so low then what would a high score mean?

Paul Inwood's banal music, 'airplane carousels', a veritable marketplace of stalls, floral displays and more volunteer welcomers than you could possibly ask for will be present at the AMEX, as well as plenty of entertainment for the 'knife in the back of the priest after you have been to Mass' ratings bandit. Personally, when I experience liturgy that does not reflect what I have been taught is reverent and dignified, and then write about it, I try not to name the actual parish Church and do so using my name. I am praying very much that the Lord Jesus will not be distributed in uncleansable plastic bags or something atrocious like that. I hope very much that the Divine Liturgy will, at the very least, revere the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.



Still, so much of this carnival was not organised by the new Bishop, Bishop Richard Moth, under whose leadership of the Diocese, things are already beginning to look a little different.



The question is, will the mystery consumer of religion like the Vestments? I do, so I am guessing the Diocese might not score well on the Vestments front. Good lighting at the AMEX, though, I hear even if its not a Victorian building. Still, there are always the potatoes...and Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor and his friends. Is there a plenary indulgence for attending this event? I do hope so! A and B there! A full report following this week!

Guild of Blessed Titus Round Up


I would like to draw readers attention to a fine and helpful analysis of the Synod on the Family, a blogpost by 'On the Side of the Angels' on The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma blog. I've written a more general piece on related issues within the Church for the Guild here.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Eulogy for Catalonia



There are fireworks here for the birthday of St John the Baptist. That will be nice. However, I have noticed one or two things about Catholic Spain which are more than worrying.

Firstly, on Sunday I went to Mass in a Church in Begur, lovely Church it was too. However, I was quite shocked by the almost total absence of any kneeling during the Mass. And I mean none. The priest did not seem to mind, but I assume that not that long ago, every lay person would be down on the knees at the sound of the bell. I have been to liberal parishes in England and seen nothing like it. The vast majority of the congregation did not kneel at any point. At the Eucharistic prayer, through the consecration and beyond the Agnus Dei. I have no idea what the priest preached other than the fact that he informed his flock that there would no longer be a midday Mass on Sundays, only one on Saturday night, because he serves too many churches in the region, so it has been moved to 9pm. No vocations you see. There are no weekday Masses at that Church.

This was related to me by an English speaking lay person after Mass. I could tell the news was bad because the sound of chatter after the priest said it was even louder than the sound of chatter 3 seconds before the Mass started. There were about two young people at the Mass, there were mostly old women and a handful of elderly gents. Organ music played O Come all Ye Faithful and other hymns on a CD player that began before Mass continued throughout the Mass on a lower setting. Please recall that this is a 'Catholic' country. It was as if some devil had decided that in this church there would be times of silence whatsoever.

The one young man present was a reader. He looked like he was visiting a retirement home in his pink shorts, or going to the beach. For the homily the priest sat enthroned in the centre of the Sanctuary where once the Blessed Sacrament had been. There were no altar servers and therefore nobody to hold a Communion plate. The person who could have done that was an EMHC who stood by the priest giving out the Lord.

As if to echo this catastrophic lliturgical landslide, today I saw two Spanish men next to us cavorting with each other on the beach, kissing etc. Well, I guess that's everyday activity in Brighton but did not expect it in Spain. I felt I should go and say something like, "For Heaven's sake, think of the children", but they would have been justified in replying that every other Spanish woman has her tits out so what's the problem? I guess that not that long ago a Spanish lady would go over to them and shake her fist while making the Sign of the Cross and put them straight on a few matters. The kind of public modesty you might find in Bournemouth is simply not here. I was reminded of His Holiness's recent ecological remark, which would make a great opener for an Evelyn Waugh novel...

'As he looked out at the world he saw nothing before him but a scene that resembled more and more an immense pile of filth...'

We haven't heard much about filth since the days of Benedict XVI. Lovely beaches here though and the food is nice. We should definitely conserve the environment as best we can but here in Spain the environment does in no way resemble an immense pile of filth. The Church is nearly dead in Catalonia on the knees on which it refuses to use to worship God and public morals thought of as innate for every generation previous to this one have been utterly abandoned but the natural scenery is really quite stunning in Costa Brava. Perhaps His Holiness could do with a break somewhere where the air is clean and the beaches are too, as long as he does not mind being witness to the most irreverent liturgy in Europe. I hope that Pope Francis feels as passionately, as passionately as to proselytise even, about conserving the Faith of our fathers as he does about conserving the fragile eco-system of earth for future generation.

I suppose that we could say 'future generation or two' if current Western societal trends concerning natural marriages and birthrates continue, and vocations dry up as much as they have here in Catalonia. You would think such issues would be important to the Pope, more important, even than the environmental sorrows we are told we will experience should no agreement be made for a planetary climate regime in 2015. His Holiness is very keen, so keen as to address his encyclical to every person on the face of the earth, to warn us of the ecological doom facing humanity unless 'something is done'. I guess His Holiness understands that that sacred faith in Europe passed down to us, and the values it gave us has all but disappeared, except perhaps in certain parts.

The Church is as fragile, if not more so, than the environment. Men can plunder, rape and pillage the Church of God as well. The Faith, and the Holy Eucharist, souls, need protection and care as well as the family and the unborn, the poor and the elderly.  May God inspire His Holiness to preserve that Holy Faith that nurtured and nourished men like St Thomas More and St John Fisher and may they pray for us. All the Saints knew that within themselves, in the pure light of God, there was little clean and pure about themselves, but today's Saints washed themselves in the Blood of the Lamb, even shedding their own blood to preserve and bear witness to the saving faith they had received. May we who claim the name of Christian, make it known by our words and deeds. May God give long life and years to the Pope, so that he may make it known, so that Europe and the formerly Catholic continents may not sit in darkness, but know the light of Christ.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Swift Justice for Magister



I am away for a while. God willing, I'll resume blogging in a week or two. Don't tell His Holiness, but I am going abroad for a while by plane, but that is okay, I guess, because like all climate warriors, he makes unnecessary flights too.

This is my first foreign trip in 4 years, so I guess my carbon footprint is considerably
less than that of His Holiness. We all know, however, that being 'green' isn't about what you do, but what you believe and if you don't believe in it, its much-debated, falsified science and its human-hating, anti-life, anti-family agenda then you are a 'very bad person'.




Time and time again the elites show us that so long as you believe in this green ideology, 
you can take as many flights as you want. You can be like David Rockefeller and own private jets, traverse the globe regularly while still advocating and funding the 'climate agenda'. You can be like Nathanial Rothschild and support the 'eco-agenda' while owning the biggest coal-mining company in Indonesia.

I'd like to hope that this papacy - and its 'eco-encyclical' - does not publicly signify the capitulation of the Catholic Church to the forces of darkness but like the Catholic Church's credibility as a moral force upholding the immutable Truths of the Gospel, during this pontificate, that hope, like this world, is passing away.

The Catholic Church cannot work for Jacob Rothschild and David Rockefeller and their extensive mafia and claim to be serving Jesus Christ. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Mercy, mercy me.

Mercy, mercy, all of us.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Great Video on the Priesthood



Lord, bless this priest and give us more priests who desire to serve You in Your Church.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

A Day With Mary

A parish newsletter today informed me that Bishop Richard Moth will preside at 'A Day with Mary' on Saturday June 27th at Arundel Cathedral. The Day With Mary is from 10am - 5pm.

The Day with Mary website doesn't seem to be working terribly well at the moment but I am greatly heartened that His Lordship is making a space for Mary, as did the Beloved Disciple who, having received the Lord's instruction from the Cross, henceforth took His Blessed Mother into his own home.

So should it be for every Christian. The Bishop's predecessor (perhaps someone can correct me if I am wrong) did not make Our Lady or her importance to the Christian greatly known so this is wonderful news.

May the Lord Jesus and His Blessed Mother bless the ministry of our Bishop, so that he may govern and teach People of God with charity, zeal and wisdom.

Deo gratias!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Praying with Potatoes...

Praying with potatoes: How it was then and how it is today...
...will be just one of the many devotions promoted at the AMEX stadium for the Golden Jubilee for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. In the glossy and expensively produced brochure for the 50th anniversary of the Diocese, this 'interactive prayer room' experience is given as much prominence as the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Yes, the Lord God on the Altar is just as important as 'interactive prayer' with King Edwards and Jenga bricks. Yes, that's right, Jenga bricks. I kid you not.


I often pray with potatoes as a matter of fact. I go outside for five minutes when I am steaming my Vivaldis, have a cigarette and ask the Lord that they might be done soon. Perhaps miraculously - though I cannot say for sure until a Vatican investigation is completed - after these sacred five minutes, when I get back into the flat they are ready to be served up. Praying with potatoes: don't knock it until you've tried it. I might be praying with potatoes during the speeches by keynote speakers like Rowan Williams and others. Oh what joy this event will be. Praying with potatoes, eh? The harvest is rich, but the labourers are few. Surely there is no link between the overhang of the Conry years, this kind of Diocesan Jubilee crassness and a local dearth of vocations. Whoever would even think such a thing must be out of his mind. This is post numero uno of our Festival 50 preparations. I hope that the other posts are more king ed-ifying.



Solanum tuberosum: Laudate Dominum omnes gentes

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Today's Must Read...



Corruption, which is always something done 'in secret' seems to be 'one of the greatest evils' 
in the world today, according to His Holiness.

Therefore, the cloak of 'anonymity' should not be enforced upon those present at the Synod.

Let the Bishops and Cardinals speak their minds and be seen to be accountable, not only to God, 
but to the People of God for having said it.

If it is anonymous, it isn't really Parrhesia.

"A synod without freedom is not a synod. It is a conference. The synod, instead, is a protected space in which the Holy Spirit can work. And for this reason the persons must be free. This is why I will not allow the things that each one says to be published with name and surname. No, it should not be known who has said it. I have no problem with revealing what has been said, but not who has said it, in such a way that one may feel free to say what one wishes." ~ Pope Francis

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Bishop Richard Moth Installation Mass Homily



Bishop Richard Moth was installed today as 5th Bishop of Arundel and Brighton on the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the Diocese at Arundel Catherdral, Arundel. You can read his homily here.

Deo gratias!

Pray for him.

Pray for this Diocese.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Top Ten Causes of the Irish Referendum Result


As the Irish Bishops and clergy commiserate themselves, or celebrate, at the result in Ireland, an in-depth review is taking place within the Church in Ireland as to what or who is to blame for the massive 'up yours' that the Irish people have delivered to Almighty God.

1. The leaked memo details the 10 main causes of the terrible result with the Pet Shop Boys leading the names blamed in the analysis. While this band are not said to be Irish, their influence is global and will have had some effect on the outcome.


2. The influence of Graham Norton cannot be underestimated in the Bishops view.



3. Meanwhile, this leprechaun is thought to have played a major role. According to the memo, the Bishops would like to find him and give him a good talking to, but in a non-judgmental, inclusive way, on the subject.



4. This rainbow caused quite a stir in Dublin with a nation seldom known to be in any way superstitious, taking it as a sign that God was casting His vote for same-sex marriage, neglecting to recall that this arc in the sky is more likely to be either a reminder that God sent this sign to Noah after the Great Flood as a sign of His covenant with him or that the Irish Government's reasons for changing the law was all to do with a 'pot of gold'. Unfortunately, while God promised to never flood the whole earth again, it was not lost on St Patrick that he made no such promise to the land called Eire. St Patrick prophecised that the nation would one day be submerged by a single wave, and that the sole reason for this wave would be...


5. Bono.



6. The O'Bama Effect has been noted by the Irish Bishops who, unlike the US President were unable to bring round the Irish people to their lacklustre campaign for 'No', perhaps because every time an Irish Bishop made an announcement to say something in defence of natural marriage, another Bishop said something lame, or another Irish clergyman came out as an unaccepted homosexual and told everyone he thought it was a great idea. O'Bama, however, has, since he was elected at least, always maintained a firm line and stuck to it, making it not right or moral, but more credible.


7. God has been seen by the Irish clergy and Bishops to be somewhat of an embarrassment during the campaign and seldom was He mentioned. If only God had not deigned to issue commandments binding on the consciences of His creatures then none of this would have happened. Surely, therefore, God must be in some way to blame for this unfortunate situation. So went the logic of the Irish Bishops, so much so in fact that when the Irish Archbishop of Dublin accepted defeat, he issued a statement to say the language of the Church must change, which will in all likelihood mean that God's law has to change.


8. Much of the Bishops' review focuses on the perceived menace of the laundrettes of Ireland, where it is believed the 'Yes' campaign made major in-roads simply by talking of days gone-by in which every laundrette was owned by the Catholic Church which worked to death slave girls whipped by nuns if they refused to work. Therefore, went the logic of the 'Yes' campaign, you simply must vote for 'gay marriage'.



9. Whiskey. It is alleged in the review of the Bishops that while 62 % of the Irish voted against Jesus Christ and His Truth that it is most likely that 100% of these voters were intoxicated, because people were allowed to vote after 12 o'clock in the afternoon. They do not rule out applying to the Government for another referendum, because the first one does not reflect a sober opinion.

10. The Bishops maintained in the review that there may be a very small outside chance that their covering up of horrendous sexual and physical abuse with the State and their handling of the abuse crisis was, perhaps, "not helpful in maintaining the levels of faith" in Ireland and that rampant levels of homosexuality and a form of liberalism diametrically opposed to the Gospel have dominated the clergy to the point that many question whether these individuals, along with Bishops, actually believe in God.

It is expected that the Irish Bishops will rule this option out and concentrate on the other nine possibilities along with the nefarious influence of a host of literary figures who expressed through their literary genius their relationship with the Catholic Church in only miserable, regrettable terms that made 'I really hate being a Catholic' the waking sentiment of at least half the population.

The official response to this calamity can be read here. 'It has nothing to do with us. It was the 'cultural revolution' wot won it.'

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