Friday, 17 February 2012

With Joe Stanley and a bloke in a wig and floral frock reading the bidding prayers at Vincent Nichols’ scheduled Masses for militant gays at Warwick Street, most Catholics can but weep for the once great English province of the Roman Catholic Church.

If a hairy bloke in a wig and floral frock reading the bidding prayers at Mass, cheered on by a dissident cleric, strikes you as a fantasy from Hell, then you probably haven’t viewed the new video on YouTube of the special Masses at Warwick Street for militant homosexuals and a supporting cast of dissident clerics organised by Archbishop Vincent Never-Answer-a Straight-Question Nichols.  Click here to view video now

Any genuine Catholics would of course be sick to the stomach to see such sacrilege regularly taking place with the blessing of the English episcopacy.  Nevertheless, were it not for the sacrilege, it would be hilariously funny.  Indeed, Monty Python would be hard pressed to come up with anything quite so surreal - our Archbishop has clearly missed his vocation.

How’s this for surreal: we have a bidding prayer praising God for 97-varieties of wall-to-wall “life giving” sex, which is then followed by a bidding prayers for all their friends who have been killed by that same “life giving” sex.  One honestly couldn’t make it up.

Then there is Joe Stanley’s comical flogging-to-death of the word “integrity”.  However, their litany of “joyful and life giving” sexual disorders (“orientations” they would no doubt prefer to call them) which they claim “embraces the fullness of human diversity and excludes no one,” in reality excludes a whole raft of sexual “orientation” - sadomasochism and paedophilia, to name but two of scores? 

The latter omission is especially odd given that the poster boy of the gay rights movement, the Teflon-coated Peter Tatchell, has assured us that, “Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13.  None feel they were abused.  All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great joy …”  

So why such an exclusive litany that clearly doesn’t even begin to “embrace the fullness of human diversity and exclude no one”? - what’s happened to all that “integrity” you keep banging on about Joe? 

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Archbishop Lefebvre -v- the papacy, St Pius X -v- Benedict XVI - Vat 2 has splintered the Catholic Church into factions; and, as in any conflict, truth is the first casualty. On cue, the history of the Artians and St Athanasius is currently being urgently re-written by neo-Catholics to fit their regime of novelties

Neo-Catholics are often obsessed with the SSPX (If you need a definition of “neo-Catholic” you can do no better than follow this LINK).  A certain Mr Robert William’s personal obsession with the SSPX has assumed the nature of the sort of vendetta against them that was condemned so forcefully by Benedict XVI in his letter of the 7 July 2007 (which accompanied his Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum), but nevertheless the Catholic Herald regularly publish his letters on the subject.

Mr Williams never misses an opportunity to work the word “excommunicated” into any sentence containing Archbishop Lefebvre’s name.  However, when Benedict XVI lifted the censure of the four SSPX bishops on 21st Jan. 2009, his document giving it juridical force, finished by pronouncing the censure of excommunication promulgated on 1st July, 1988 to be “void of juridical effects …”   Perhaps one of our many amateur canon lawyers can explain how one can be excommunicated by a decree that has been declared “void of juridical effects” by the highest authority in the Church?   

Neo-Catholics naturally object to the similarity between Archbishop Lefebvre and St Athanasius being pointed out.  To counter this rather obvious comparison, Mr Williams asserts that the Church and the papacy “remained resolute” throughout the Arian crisis.  He further claims that this novel view is proved by some unnamed “19th century disputants.” 

St Jerome writing at the time of the Arian crisis (admittedly without the benefit of unnamed "19th century disputants" to draw upon) famously lamented, "The whole world groaned and marvelled to find itself Arian".   One of the popes at the time, Liberius, whose instincts were undoubtedly orthodox, was plucky at first, but torn from his see and banished to Thrace, signed a Semi-Arian creed and, under pressure from the Arians, renounced the champion of the orthodox party, St Athanasius.  If that is an example of “remaining resolute”, it is somewhat difficult to imagine what Mr Williams would regard as “irresolute.”

Can anyone explain why St Paul is a saint when, in his own words, “… when Cephas [i.e. the Pope] was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed,” (Galatians 2:11), whilst Archbishop Lefebvre is a villain for doing the same (and with much greater cause) vis-à-vis Cephas’s successor?  I have no doubt that Robert William with his forte for legalistic hair-splitting will be able to explain away these episcopal double standards - leastways to his own satisfaction and that of his fellow neo-Catholics.