Wednesday, November 21, 2018

I don't want to be rude, but...do our bishops know what they are doing?

...in fact I sometimes wonder if they are in charge at all...

What bureaucrat put out that ridiculous Tweet,and why?



On the wretched "trans gender" question...

...it is time to speak out in defence of children who are being treated with drugs and surgical mutilation.

The Catholic World Report has published this on the subejct. Please read.


Anti-Americanism...



...is ubiquitous  in some quarters. Read ...here...






and on a more cheery note, please put these dates in your diary for December and for 2019......

...London at Christmas
Sunday 16th December, 3pm. A walk through St James' Park and on to the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square. Meet at Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria.

2019
London in the New Year
Wednesday 2nd January, 3pm. Enjoy London in the New Year, as we walk to Whitehall and Trafalgar Square, visiting crib-scenes along the way. Meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria.

The City and Tower of London
Sunday 13th January, 3pm. A walk through the city with its turbulent history, as we hear the story of brave heroes such as St Thomas More and St John Fisher, walking towards the Tower of London. Meet at Monument Tube Station.

The City and Tower of London
Sunday 20th January, 3pm. A walk through the city with its turbulent history, as we hear the story of brave heroes such as St Thomas More and St John Fisher, walking towards the Tower of London. Meet at Monument Tube Station.

A Royal Walk
Sunday 27th January, 3pm. A walk exploring the history of the Royal Family and Catholicism, through St James' Park and on to Buckingham Palace. Meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria.

Richmond-upon-Thames
Sunday 10th February, 3.30pm. Discover the history of this river-side town, with its pre-Empancipation Catholic Church and ancient royal history. Meet at St Elizabeth's Church, The Vineyard, Richmond, TW10 6AQ. Nearest station, tube, and overground: Richmond.

A recent gathering in Parliament...

...with a Cardinal: read about it here....

And meanwhile the ghastly fall-out from the sexual-abuse scandals in the USA grinds relentlessly onwards, with the Pope's recent actions showing a tragic failure to understand how people are feeling and reacting in the USA...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

In pouring rain, to Maryvale...

...where there is now always a sense of coming home, of things feeling comfortable and familiar as one turns in at the drive.

Funeral Mass for Mgr Paul Watson in Maryvale's chapel, known and used by Bl JH Newman: like so many Maryvale graduates, I owe Mgr Paul a lot...

Refreshments and lots of chat...

Then the Redford Lecture, given this year by the Bishop of Northampton.

And now today, I've just been in the laundry, pressing my gown for the graduation ceremonies which will take place in St Chad's Cathedral. I enjoy wearing my St Mary's (Twickenham) MA gown, with its special lining of Challoner rose-coloured silk.

I return to Maryvale next weekend to lecture to the BA students on apologetics...

Monday, November 19, 2018

PRAY FOR THE POPE:...

...he's been getting this whole McCarrick business mostly wrong so far. Read here...and pray for the Pope. I wouldn't like to have his job. He merits and deserves our prayers.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Young nuns...

...were busy at St Elizabeth's Church in Richmond, raising funds which they badly need - because they have good numbers of young women expressing interest in joining them...but have insufficient space to ccomodate them! PLEASE HELP these wonderful sisters.They are the Sisters of  Mary Morning Star and you can find out about them here...

And you can help them by sending a donation :Sisters of Maria Stella Natutina, Harvey House,Headley Road, Grayshott GU26 6DP

I was at the church to talk to Fr Stephen the parish priest about CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS in this beautiful riverside town in the spring. There is rich Catholic history here...evidenced by names like Friars Stile Road and indeed The Vineyard in which St Elizabeth's stands...and there is Bl John Henry Newman's childhood home at Ham...watch for info in due course on the Catholic History Walks website...

I stopped to chat to the Sisters - we met at Youth 2000 a couple of summers back. These are young nuns, and it is somehow fun to have that mix of youth -  the way they talk ("It's, like. amazing, like, to be, like, praying" etc) -  along with traditional nuns' robes...

I bought some of the sisters home-made produce (bikkies, cake, some Christmas gifts) , enjoyed a cup of tea with them...

Home on the bus with lots of cheery Twickenham  Rugby crowds...

Saturday, November 17, 2018

WISDOM...

...on Church/State relations...an important matter: read here...

The sound of...

...a roomful of young men saying the Creed together. Rather impressive. I was at the Faith Club at the John Fisher School. It meets every Friday, in a room marked with pictures of St John Paul. An enjoyable meeting, good questions and a lively atmosphere. The boys relish buttered toast after the talk, a tradition established by my mother some 40 years ago.  The school's chaplain, Father James Clark, is a former Fisher boy. The chapel has recently been repainted, in cream and white, much lighter than before, with  pictures of the patrons  of the various Houses, done in stained-glass style on the arches leading up the aisle. The great Pilgrim Cross, which founder members of Faith carried annually to Aylesford on pilgrimage, hangs on the wall at the back, with the date of each pilgrimage hammered into it in nails...

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Been busy working on issues of "gender ideology"...

..and realised that we must see this wretched thing as part of the crude damage that is being done in so many ways to the natural world.  We understand the horrible mess that is being made in our oceans with the dumping of plastic waste and so on. The horrible mess that is happening to human beings with this wetched gender-rubbish also needs to be addressed.

 "Valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it". Pope Francis, in Laudato Si.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Useful analysis...

...of the situation in which the American bishops have now been placed...here...

Difficult days for the Church. Pray...

The work of the Church goes on. Today, a gathering in Parliament organised by Catholic MPs and peers, at which Cardinal Peter Turkson spoke, tackling issues of human dignity and human trafficking. There is some good work being done by Catholic groups on this...including nuns who run places of refuge for young women caught up in this ghastly life of prostitution...

The recent Catholic Women of the Year lunch raised funds for Bakhita House...

Today's meeting was in the Speaker's House, approached via a rather grand staircase and entrance just off New Palace Yard. We gathered in rooms lined with enormous portraits of bewigged former Speakers. A gentle reflective  moment of history before the talk turned to the matters in hand:  Cardinal Turkson recalled singing "God Save the Queen  at school as a child in Ghana...

...and this is what it is like...

...going on a Catholic History Walk with some of Mother Theresa's nuns...read here...