Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In response to enquiries...

...the Martyrs' Walk is this coming Sunday, June 23rd, starts 1.30pm from the churchyard of St Sepulcre-without-Newgate, near the Old Bailey.

More info from the Catholic History Walks website here.

The Walk was booked for the same day as the annual Corpus Christi Procession through London - a stupid mistake on our part. I am urging people to make their own choice between the two...I won't be disappointed if the Martyrs' Walk is smaller this year, and we'll check to avoid clashes on future dates.

Monday, June 17, 2019

The conference on THE GENDER AGENDA....

....organised by the Association of Catholic Women was packed out and was a superb day. Excellent speakers: Kerri Christopher from The Humanum Institute and Louise Kirk from Alive to the World.

This whole question of being male or female, of the importance of the truth about our human identity, is a major issue.  A grim aspect of it all is the pressure on children to "trans" and the way in which lobbying for this is financed out of our taxes.  There are some cruel and tragic things happening.  I found this website helpful.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Researching...

...London's history for forthcoming History Walks I came across this fascinating piece. Note the author...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Catholic women...

...have issued a statement re the new Vatican document on gender ideology....


CATHOLIC WOMEN HAIL NEW DOCUMENT

The Association of Catholic Women expresses its warmest gratitude to the Congregation for Catholic Education for its  statement on the question of gender ideology, Male and Female he created them:towards a path of dialogue on gender theory in education (issued June 10th 2019). https://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2019/gender-ideology-is-opposed-to-faith-reason-vatican-office-says.cfm


The document, which offers a practical and well-grounded approach, is timely and important. Catholic families and schools will welcome this insightful message,  which offers a genuinely helpful intervention in the confusion that surrounds this delicate subject, and shows a way forward. The topic is discussed with charity and an emphasis on human values and human dignity.

We look forward to co-operating with other Catholic organisations in furthering the Church's mission of teaching the truth and meaning of our humanity, created male and female.


Association of Catholic Women  (UK)  June 10th  2019



Monday, June 10, 2019

NEW VATICAN DOCUMENT CHALLENGES GENDER IDEOLOGY....

...and it's a good read.  Info here...

And the BBC has become the spokesman for lesbian and homosexual activists who are angry and appalled...

without even a pretence at getting a balance on the subject.




On President Trump and D-Day and so on...

...read Auntie's analysis and discussion...

Here...



Friday, June 07, 2019

And then...

...invited by friends to a lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine. It was on a topic of particular interest to me, concerning health issues at the original London Airport: Croydon Airport.  Over forty years ago, with two colleagues, I began what was to become a four-volume history of Croydon Airport and  the books are still available: you can find them here   and here  and here...

Croydon Airport began as a small airfield in WWI with heroic pilots learning to fly before being despatched to the battle fields of Flanders...it went on to beome the cradle of British aviation.  From here the air routes across the world were carved out....and then it played a central role  in the Battle of Britain...

Working on this, over many years starting with my election as a local borough councillor in the London Borough of Sutton in 1974, was a big part of my life, and the lecture at the RSM brought it all back.  It was touching to be greeted at the start of the lecture, and Iwas suddenly deeply moved...warm memories...my father was an early member of the Croydon Airport Society, ran its newsletter for many years, and helped to bring to birth the fine Museum which now stands there...

Thursday, June 06, 2019

With LOGS...

...the Ladies Ordinariate Group,  at The Borough, London Bridge, - a very happy evening, celebrating the life and work of Bl John Henry Newman, with Sarah de Nordwall giving readings from his work. Wine, delicious food, and great sense of conviviality...and we finished by walking across the Thames to his birthplace in the City.

It had been a busy day...I  had spent the afternoon very agreeably with residents from the nursing home where my mother lived for some years - they have regular outings to pleasant places and a number of us help out with the wheelchairs etc. We explored Morden Hall Park - the sparking river Wandle, tumbling over little waterfalls, great horse-chestnut trees in their summer glory, baby moorhens squeaking fluffily on the ponds among the reeds...and a delicious Cream Tea to complete the pleasure...

Travelling home late after all this,  trundling a suitcase, I was helped s by a kind Polish gentleman, who briskly took the heavy case up the stairs. I thanked him and held out my hand, which he took and gallantly lightly kissed.