Friday, April 24, 2015

Shock sex eduation in a Catholic school....

...yes, I thought that would get you reading.

More info here

There is evident fear about what might happen if pupils become influenced. And the organisation involved is active, apparently, in giving talks to other schools and to youth groups. Info here...


If you do not know...

...why  thousands of Australians and New Zealanders , young and old, will be getting up at dawn tomorrow morning, then you must find out.

This is a day that never goes uncommemorated in the Bogle family (Australian, and grateful and proud of it)  because, as for so many other families, it resonants with family names, family history.

An Australian friend sent me an ANZAC link which includes the words from Ataturk on the Gallipoli memorial: 
Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives ... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours ... You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.

St George's Day...

...and  Mass and celebration supper at this London cathedral,

I was due to give a lecture in the cathedral hall, as part of a whole series of talks on the Catholic faith, organised by the Catholic Formation Centre, and  it drew good numbers, extra chairs brought in etc. Topic was a suitable one for the feast of St George, who is patron of chivalry...we were tackling male/female relationships, marriage, family...

St John Paul the Great gave us a rich new way of teaching all this, with the Theology of the Body, and there are now some good resources on this to enable useful discussions, especially with the young.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

University Chaplain...

...Fr Mark Vickers of Hatfield, spoke at LOGS.  As  Catholic Chaplain to students at  the University of Hertfordshire, he welcomes students from all over the world, many of whom are baffled by the (often ugly, sordid, and drunken!) lifestyle of modern Britain. African and Asian Christians find a home-from-home in the Church. It was fascinating to get a picture of what the Church can offer to students at a modern university and to realise the creative part played by things like the FAITH Movement, World Youth Day, and the whole vision of the New Evangelisation...and the day-to-day life of a welcoming Catholic community.

A useful, upbeat and informative evening - and we also had a lot of planning and discussion because the LOGS activities are endlessly increasing as the Ordinariate activities expand and our own evangelistic outreach grows...projects for primary schools, meetings, pilgrimages, and we've got to look ahead and book our slot for carol singing in December (yes, I know that sounds daft but the big London railway stations get booked by dozens of groups each year!) and we're thinking of  our programme for 2016 too...

Monday, April 20, 2015

...and meanwhile in San Francisco...

...a major on-line secular newspaper ran a questionaire on the topic of the Archbishop's upholding of Catholic moral teachings in Catholic schools.

The thing began because the San Francisco Chronicle ran an advertisment paid for by rich Catholics demanding that the Archbishop be sacked: they are angry because he is upholding the teaching that Catholic teachers in  Catholic schools should abide by Catholic moral teaching on sex and marriage. The rich-team think that as "prominent Catholics" they must tell him to stop doing that.

Here's the latest, reported by the CWR Blog,  and you can read more here...

The San Francisco Chronicle, the newspaper that published the appeal, is the largest circulation daily in northern California, owned by the Hearst group. Its online twin is SFGate, with 22 million visitors monthly.
To reinforce the impact of the appeal’s publication, SFGate also launched a questionnaire with four pre-determined answers—two pro and two con—to this question: Should Pope Francis remove Archbishop Cordileone from the San Francisco archdiocese?
And what came of it? The overwhelming majority lined up not to fire the archbishop, but to defend him.
For the sake of accuracy, at noon on Sunday, April 19th, here are the results of the questionnaire:
77% answered: “No, the archbishop is upholding the values of the Catholic Church.”
11%: “Yes, the archbishop is fostering a climate of intolerance.”
10%: “No, the archbishop is right to oppose same-sex marriage.”
2%: “Yes, his morality clauses for teachers in parochial schools defies the law.”
Evidently, the signatories of the appeal are “prominent Catholics”, but they have neither the pulse nor the following of bulk of the faithful, not even in the U.S. city depicted by the media as the most “liberal”.

Privacy...

...a couple of correspondents have written in demanding that I give out more information about my family - and especially about my closest elderly relatives.  I deliberately protect their privacy by not revealing any information: not their names, not the specific relationship, not their address, not any information that will reveal the address. So please stop seeking it. We have discussed this in the family and agreed to protect our privacy.

Like many other writers, I will often want to refer to personal anecdotes and will continue doing so, and will tend to refer simply to "a relation" or "a young friend" etc. Get used to it.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

St John Paul - Doctor of the Church?

...The idea has been raised and certainly has merit. Read some thoughts here...

One suggestion is that he should be honoured as the "Doctor of Mercy"  but that title really belongs  also to St Faustina...

St John Paul's teachings on marriage, family, the male/female sacranmental bond, the "nuptial meaning" of the Eucharist, and the "theology of the body", along with his work on freedom, inter-religious dialogue, and the centrality of truth, are all of huge importance. His Trinitarian emphasis, at the core of all his teachings, is of significance.


...and when at St Patrick's. Soho the other day...

...I picked up info about SPIRIT IN THE CITY, which happens in June. Events include drama, a street party, and a great Blessed Sacrament Procession through Soho. More about it all here...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A sudden gift...

... of a happy evening after a slightly frustrating day.

This is a nice story, so enjoy it.

Our washing-machine having finally given up the ghost, we spent a busy but eventually unsuccessful day trying to sort out a new machine and various other neccessary things for the house...

In the evening, I set off to visit a beloved elderly relative in a residential care home...with a big suitcase of  sheets and towels, to take to a launderette on the way back, plus some embroidery to do while the washing whirred.

I started sewing on the bus, and another passenger got chatting, noticing that I was embroidering the words "Our Lady of Walsingham". I felt that I vaguely her.We got off at the same stop, and I mentioned that I was on my way to St W's.  care home, and she said that she knew the lovely nuns who run it...and then we suddenly both remembered that we'd met some years ago, when I'd brought a group of carol singers around all the local houses - and that this lady had welcomed us in and given us wine and mince pies...  "Are you staying overnight somewhere? she asked, indicating the suitcase, and I admitted that no, it was just some washing for the launderette...

"Why not leave it in my machine while you go to St W's?   And so I ended up, after a lovely visit with my relative, back at  this kind lady's  lovely house, and a glass of wine, and lots of chat discovering mutual friends in the local Catholic parish etc etc... and at her suggestion my husband joined us and we all had a very pleasant time, and trundled back home with freshly washed sheets and towels...

A happy evening.

...

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hidden gem...

...see here...

THE FAITH MOVEMENT...

...is holding SUMMER TALKS, following the success of the winter and spring series. Venue:  crypt hall at 24 Golden Square London W1 (nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus) on alternate Tuesdays at 7.30pm.  Aimed at young people, but all are welcome:

Tuesday 5 May
The Church’s teaching on sex; time for change? Ryan Day

Tuesday 19th May
Why a male priesthood? Fr. Roger Nesbitt

Tuesday 2nd June
Clerical celibacy; should priests be married? Fr. Stephen Brown

Tuesday 16th June
The Four Last Things; truth or fiction? Fr. Philip Miller

Tuesday 30th June
Holy Communion; who can receive and why? Fr. Tim Finigan

Tuesday 7th July
Is St John Paul relevant to the Family Synod's discernment? Joanna Bogle

7:30pm @ basement of 24 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JR All welcome

Come and join in the debate...

"Is the Catholic Church anti-women and anti-gay?"

Amigo Hall, St George's Cathedral, Southwark, this coming Thursday, April 23rd, 7.30pm. Admission free. More info here...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NEWMAN on Vatican II...

...read here...

YES!!!!! And a big THANK YOU to Papa Francis....

...for common sense and wisdom on a topic on which today's muddled Western thinking has become more and more absurd. Read here

...and the NEXT Catholic History Walk is...

...on MONDAY APRIL 27th, a lunchtime walk,  starting with the 1.05pm Mass at Precious Blood Church, London Bridge.  (Nearest tube: London Bridge, or Borough).

We'll enjoy the river, the story of a Viking Battle at London Bridge, a  glimpse of the Tower, and links with Geoffrey Chaucer, John Harvard, and Charles Dickens...

All welcomre. No need to book. Come for as little or as long as you like...

...and make sure this date is in your diary: SUNDAY JUNE 21st, 1.30pm for 2pm, meet at ST SEPULCHRE's CHURCHYARD near the OLD BAILEY (nearest tube: St Paul's) for the annual MARTYRS WALK to Tyburn.