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If this pack of dogs are prepared to turn on one of their own and savage a good fellow bishop like Patrick O'Donoghue, just imagine what they would do to a curate."

By: Graham Moorhouse


A few days ago, Catholics received the good news that Bishop Kieran Conry was now ex-Bishop Kieran Conry.  Most genuine Catholics, certainly in the circles I move, are enormously grateful to the Mail on Sunday for ridding us of this scumbag. 

“Scumbag!” I hear the pious cry, that is not Christ like language.  Oh no? – well Christ denounced a self-serving cartel within the Jewish Church of His own time as a “brood of vipers” and “sons of the Devil”.  By what strange yardstick is “sons of the Devil” deemed to be more polite than “scumbags”?  "But," the pious will object, "we are all sinners."  I agree, and I am far too venal a man to want to cast the first stone on account of his penchant for abusing his position of  authority to take advantage of vulnerable women.

When I became a Catholic over sixty years ago there were 3,000,000 souls at Mass every Sunday and they were 99% orthodox.  Furthermore this number was growing significantly year on year.  Today, there are around 900,000 and this pitiful remnant, kept afloat by immigration, is shrinking as I write.  Furthermore, two thirds are heretics who would more accurately be described as Roman Protestants.  But the Church in this country did not wither on the vine, nor was it killed off by the laity, it was destroyed by this powerful clique within the episcopacy.  Like Pontius Pilate, they wash their hands and claim that this unprecedented collapse has nothing to do with them; it is all to do with cultural and societal changes outside their control.  Oh is it! - then pray explain why those parts of the Church that have adhered to tradition (like the SSPX), or have returned to tradition, are growing and flourishing.  If the Church was a state, these men would have been hung for treason years ago.

The pious will insist that we must pray for Kieran Conry; indeed we must, we must pray that he repents his unbelief, finds faith and saves his soul.  But while you are busy praying for Conry, spare a wee prayer for the legions of innocent victims of the cartel of faithless Modernists, of which Conry is but one, that has its jackboots firmly planted on the throat of the English Church.  Pray for the millions of children who have been callously robbed of their faith because these scumbags have brutally prohibited the teaching of the Catholic faith in their schools.  Pray also for those adults and young people, who having been cruelly robbed of the Faith by this cartel, and thus of the Church and her sacraments, are in direct consequence in grave danger of losing their souls.

And when you have finished praying for these innocent victims, pray for all the good Catholic teachers whose careers have been blighted or destroyed by the Modernism Enforcement Czars (MECs) employed by our bishops to do their dirty work.   Pray, for example, for the excellent young man whose career was destroyed  because he mentioned the name of Jesus in a class.  This was deemed by the MECs as offensive to the Muslims in the class; notwithstanding that no Muslim complained and the Koran actually mentions Jesus approvingly many more times than it mentions Mohammed.  Then pray for the young teacher disciplined by the MECs because, in answer to a direct question from a pupil, he responded that he believed children faired best with a mother and father at home.  And then spare a prayer for the excellent young teachers who was left destitute with a young wife, a baby and a mortgage to support for the high crime of saying the rosary in the school chapel during Lent.  These are just three examples plucked from the scores of letters we have on file.  If we merely pray for one scumbag who has fallen from grace, and ignore the millions of their innocent victims, we are hypocrits.

The tragic fact is that we have a mere handful of good Catholic bishops in England, men like Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and Philip Egan of Portsmouth, and two or three others, the rest are members of a cartel of Modernists, and the current Godfather of this gang, Mr Fix-it himself, is Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor.  Men are elevated to sees in this country if they are members of this clique; it’s who you know rather than whether you are a good shepherd - or indeed even a Catholic - that lands you the plum jobs in the English Church, and has done so for the last forty years.

These men live in pleasant and sometimes opulent homes, have their every need catered for by an army of servants, drive around in chauffeur driven cars, bask in the accolades of the faithful and that of a clueless sycophantic Catholic press, and retire on comfortable pensions - all paid for by the widow’s mite.  Yet these faithless scumbags loath the faith of our fathers with an intensity that is clearly diabolical, and they persecute the faithful remnant and any priest brave enough to minister to its spiritual needs.

Catholics would love nothing more than to be able to admire their bishops and revere them as successors of the Apostles; instead, whenever they appear in public, we are reduced to cringing, wondering which teaching of our Church they are going to sell out on this time to appease the secular Zeitgeists.  "Pastoral" is the mealy mouth word these men favour to try and put a positive spin on their serial betrayals.

These hypocrites defend the right of the followers of every crack-pot religion under the sun to publicly practise their faith (endlessly citing Dignitatis Humanae, the controversial Vat 11 document on religious freedom - which seemingly for these men carries more weight than sacred scripture) to justify this tolerance, yet openly persecute those fellow Catholics who refuse to abandon or have returned to the orthodoxy and orthopraxis of our forefathers, saints and martyrs; as witness the recent orgy of wanton vandalism at Blackfen.  The same prelates who shamelessly persecute the faithful remnant, regularly give public scandal by handing out Communion to rampant pro-abort politicians like sweets, men collectively responsible for the deaths of more innocent people than the Nazis.

Most evil of all, this cartel of Modernists, have, with malice and intent, cruelly robbed our children and our grandchildren of their faith by ruthlessly enforcing their corrupt Modernist agenda in the schools built by our forefathers.  Only three per cent of children leaving their schools practice the faith, as against eighty per cent before this Modernist mafia hijacked our English sees.  Indeed, a child has a better chance of practicing his faith on leaving school if he goes to a state school than to one of their so-called Catholic schools.  When Bishop Patrick O'Donaghue of Lancaster (now retired) sought to return his schools to teaching the faith well he was so taken back by the hostility towards him from this brood of vipers, that he exclaimed to a good friend of mine., "I never dreamt for a moment they would be so hostile." - poor, good, naive man.

Conry himself was your typical bog-standard one dimensional Modernist, forever poised, as befits the genre, between a banality and a sell-out; his entire reading seemingly consisting of that compendium of Modernist errors, the Pill (aka the Tablet).  The priests of Arundel and Brighton didn't want Kieran Conry in the first place, but he was forced upon them by Mr Fix-it, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor (a man whose vanity cannot resist boasting of his clout in Rome).  One can only imagine the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing going on to ensure that yet another of his chums got this plum job.

Curates in Arundel and Brighton, behind closed doors, would joke about their bishop having a nice wife,  Indeed even laymen like Rod Pead, the editor of Christian Order, knew and published this information over a decade ago!  Further, Daphne McLeod, then chairman of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, wrote to the Apostolic Nuncio over twelve years ago, drawing his attention to this issue.  So when men like Cardinal Vincent Nicholls and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Conner claim they didn't know, they are either utterly incompetent or lying.
There is a certain deja vu in this story.  When Rodney of the Isles was discovered to have a couple of women in tow, Cardinal Winning appeared on primetime television wringing his hands and crying crocodile tears to tell the world how shocked and let down he felt, plus the usual bromides about praying for all concerned.  It eventually transpires that Winning had known all about it for at least four years!  Rodney's housekeeper had sought a meeting with Winning four years earlier and told him what was going on and even presented him with the smoking gun, copies of love letters she had stumbled on when clearing out Rodney's trash.

Genuine Catholics loath these men because they are imposters, they are not Catholics, they despise our Faith, and clearly, blinded by their own pride, have nothing but contempt for our intellects – as witness their utterly unbelievable protestation of ignorance about the hanky-panky of their ecclesial club chum, Kieran Conry.

To add insult to injury, Conry announced he hadn't done anything illegal (by which he meant that he hadn't sexually molested any children) and added that he didn't believe he was a bad bishop.  That is a measure of how low this Modernists clan has dragged the Church: the measure now of a good bishop is someone who hasn't raped little girls or sodomised little boys!

But watch this space: there is no doubt that Conry's chums in the episcopacy, once the dust has settled, will find him, if he wants, a nice little job somewhere out of the limelight, comfortably remunerated, and paid for by the widow's mite whose faith they never cease to despise and betray at every opportunity.

Thank God, at last  the laity are beginning at last to wake up to the machinations of this brood of vipers.  There are also hundreds of priests, if not thousands, who agree with me, but they will not publicly speak out for fear of reprisals at the hand of this Modernist cartel who have the power to ruin their careers and are vicious enough to not hesitate to do so.  If this pack of dogs are prepared to turn on one of their own and savage a good fellow bishop like Patrick O'Donoghue, just imagine what they would do to a curate.

Britain, the New Soviet

There appears to be quite a lot of us "nutcases"

By: Graham Moorhouse (Inspired and adapted from an article by Piers Paul Read in the Catholic Herald)

Back in May there was an exchange on Newsnight between Jeremy Paxman (a man whose liberal reflexes are so predictable he makes a Pavlov dog appear utterly fickle) and Nigel Farage.  This exchange underscored the media’s intolerance of anyone who dissents from the party line.

Farage was defending his party, UKIP, from the charge that it was filled with “nutcases”, a collective noun that in liberal speak includes everyone who has not embraced all the latest secular liberal dogmas; indeed, to fall short of endorsing them with passion without the tiniest mental reservation would be sufficient to earn one this label.

The particular “nutcase” he had in mind was Roger Helmer who twelve years ago had said that some people find homosexuality “viscerally repulsive”: a statement of the bleeding obvious that was about as controversial as a declaration that grass is green.

Listening to this exchange one could not help but recall how the Soviet Union used to use a diagnosis of insanity (and “nutcase” presupposes that one is insane) to confine those who were brave enough to dissent from the party line to an asylum.  And listening to Farage’s wretched apologies for Helmer’s comments reminded one of the grovelling confessions rung from the accused during Stalin’s show trials of the 1930s and in China during the Cultural Revolution.

Doctrinaire liberal zealots now command the heights of our culture and their ideology of intolerance is now default mode in government, the media and academia.  The British Film Institute, which is responsible for investing public money in the film industry, for just one example, has declared that applicants must be able to “tick the gay, female and ethnic” boxes.  Ed Vaizey, minister for culture has praised this initiative.  The CEO of the British Film Institute has stated that “this is just the beginning.”  Yet again one is reminded of the Soviet Union, where the livelihood of artists, writers and film makers was dependent on them fawningly towing the party line. 

The aim of government, the media and academia now is to demonize the recalcitrant and brainwash the malleable young.  “A Labour government,” Yvette Cooper announced recently, “will introduce compulsory sex and relationship education into schools”.  This, she added, would empower our daughters, “and we need our sons growing up as powerful feminists too”.  The aim of modern education, as in the Soviet Union, is not to educate, but to produce cloned zealots who will slavishly parrot the party's dogmas.

In higher education this philosophy is promoted in gender studies, a creed described by one Polish bishop as an ideology worse than Nazism and Communism combined.  This statement was picked up by the Economists and used to imply that Poland had more than its fair share of nutcases.  The article acknowledged that the bishop had some impressive philosophical and theological qualifications – clearly a scholarly nutcase, but nutcase none the less.

It is rapidly becoming a crime to hurt the feeling of anyone the cultural elite have declared a victim group – even if what one says is patently true, as witness the grovelling of Farage on Newsnight.

For those who are still not totally sold out to the brainwashing of the secular liberal Left, there are two must reads.  Neither of these books brings religion into the equation, they adhere strictly to the scientifically demonstrable social consequences of undermining the traditional family.

The first is The Sex-change Society by Melanie Phillips.  Its subtitle is Feminised Britain and the Neutered Male.  She lays bare that the denigration of men as husbands and fathers (as found in Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch) is now the default setting of government and academia: “it appears to have become perfectly acceptable to do without an identifiable father from conception onwards.”  

The second book is The Marriage Files by the sociologist Patricia Morgan.  Both Philips and Morgan clearly demonstrate the all important role of the traditional nuclear family in nurturing the young and identifies those forces currently seeking to destroy it.  Both clearly show the suffering of children divided from one of their natural parents, usually the father, and the consequential harm down to society in terms of delinquency, depression, academic underachievement, poor employment prospects and failed relationships.  Morgan proves convincingly from studies in countries that have brought into the same-sex “marriage" canard, that David Cameron’s claim that it will strengthen the institution is not only baloney but baloney on stilts.


From the traditional Catholic perspective one should also point out that by confusing the roles of men and women, the Devil has an agenda that goes far beyond the misery and disorder resulting from the breakup of homes.  A loving father is the image used by Jesus to convey the nature of an otherwise unknowable Creator.  Children raised by single mothers and same sex couples will find it difficult to envisage God and therefore to have a meaningful relationship with Him in their adult lives.

Would it not be tragically ironic if Nigel Farage, having spent the best years of his life fighting to free us from an unelected Brussels bureaucracy, should then by sycophantically paying homage at the shrine of political correctness, play no small part in enslaving us to the ideology of an unelected intolerant cultural elite - the very same political classes who constructed the EU behemoth in the first place?  This fawning to the Zeitgeist could also prove politically very expensive given that polls have shown that three out of ten people who voted for Cameron at the last election, say they will not be doing so at the next - precisely because of his heavy-handed promotion of gay “marriage”.

There appears to be quite a lot of us "nutcases".

A very Balanced (non-SSPX) Commentary on the Upcoming Fellay/Muller Meeting

File photo of Archbishop Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at Vatican

In a report that seems not 100% verifiable is now confirmed, the National Catholic Register has picked up a story that there is a September 21 meeting date between Cardinal Müller, head of the CDF, and Bishop Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X.

You may recall that there were ongoing talks during the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI between the traditionalist society and Rome, seeking possible grounds for reconciliation and regularization. During that process, Pope Benedict lifted the excommunications on the four SSPX bishops — excommunications that dated back to Archbishop Lefebvre’s illicit episcopal ordinations (without the necessary mandate from Rome) in 1988.

The canonical status of the SSPX is anything but clear, which has been brought to light again recently by the refusal of Bishop Zubik of Pittsburgh to sell the SSPX a parish that was for sale (despite their history of selling closed parishes to other religions) and when he subsequently issued a warning to Catholics of the diocese after the SSPX was ultimately successful in completing the purchase of a different closed-down parish building that had been for sale.

In that announcement, he wrote: MORE

A Litany for the Church in Our Time

With the possible exception of the Arian crisis when some estimates suggest that in some areas ninety-seven percent of the bishops were heretics, there has never been a worse crisis than the one we are currently in.   Christ is suffering a great passion in his members, His Mystical Body, the Church.

Assaulted by Islamic barbarians abroad and secular barbarians at home, and putrefying from within from the Modernist barbarian infestation of the episcopacy and priesthood (even at the highest levels) the faithful remnant can but emulate Our Lady, Mother of the Church, and stand faithfully at the foot of the Cross of her crucified Son, praying.

The following litany is a beautiful prayer for the Church that is especially appropriate for the current hour.  Say it often and encourage one another in hope; for as one of our great saints said during the Arian crisis, "They may have our buildings, but we still have the Faith." - and we all know what happened after the Crucifixion.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, Divine Founder of the Church,
hear us.
Christ, Who didst warn of false prophets,
graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
 God, the Son, Redeemer of the World,
have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.
St. Michael, Defender in Battle, pray for us. 
St. Peter, the Rock upon which Christ built His Church, pray for us.
St. Paul, Protector of the Faithful Remnant, pray for us.
St. Francis of Assist, Re-builder of the Church, pray for us. 
St. Anthony, Hammer of Heretics, pray for us.
St. Pius V, Restorer of the beauty of the Sacred Liturgy, pray for us. 
St. Pius X, Foe of Modernism, pray for us.
All ye Holy Angels and Archangels, pray that we may resist the snares of the Devil.
St. Catherine of Siena, pray that Christ's Vicar may oppose the spirit of the world. 
St. John Fisher, pray that bishops may have the courage to combat heresy and irreverence. 
St, Francis Xavier, pray that zeal for souls may be re-enkindled in the clergy.
St. Charles Borromeo, pray that seminaries may be protected from false teachings.
St. Vincent de Paul, pray that seminarians may return to a life of prayer and meditation. 
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray that religious may rediscover their vocation of love and sacrifice.
St. Thomas More, pray that the laity may not succumb to the Great Apostasy.
St. Francis de Sales, pray that the Catholic press may again become a vehicle of Truth.
St. John Bosco, pray that our children may be protected from immoral and heretical instruction. 
St. Pascal, pray that profound everence for the  Most Blessed Sacrament may be restored.
St. Dominic, pray that we may ever treasure the Holy Rosary.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the  promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray.

Jesus, our God, in these dark hours when Thy Mystical Body is undergoing its own Crucifixion, and when it would almost seem to be abandoned by God the Father, have mercy, we beg of Thee, on Thy suffering Church. Send down upon us the Divine Consoler, to enlighten our minds and strengthen our wills.

Thou, O Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived, have promised to be with Thy Church until the end of time. Give us a mighty Faith that we may not falter; help us to do Thy Holy Will always, especially during these hours of grief and uncertainty. May Thy Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Thy Holy Mother be our sure refuge in time and in eternity. Amen.


Fr Timothy FagcliffeThe Catholic Youth Ministry Federation has invited Fr Timothy Radcliffe to their conference, which will be attended by thousands of young people in London in March 2015.

Fr. Timothy is just one more of those one-dimensional bog standard Modernists of the sort that are swarming like flies  all over the post-Conciliar Church.  One of the missions of this particular post-Conciliar Judas is the promotion of same-sex annal copulating, which he describes as "Eucharistic"!

Why do some bishops allow him free rein to lead young people astray? - one can only assume that he has something on some of them.

Please alert as many as you can within your circle of influence to the wickedness of the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation's invite to Fr Timothy Fagcliffe.  If you have children of your own involved in CYMFED it is your duty to stop them if possible attending this conference and to protest to CYMFED at what is being down to our young people by these Judases.  It may also be worth writing to the Catholic papers to protest at what is being done with your money.

You can contact the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation at 39 Eccleston Square, London, SW1V 1BX - Tel: 0752-864-3420 - Website: - Email:

You could also write to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the  Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11, 00193 Roma, Italy

To learn more about this scandalous priest, watch the following short video:

2014 Aylesford Pilgrimage

Saturday 11 October 2014.

Fr Marcus Holden, Parish Priest of Ramsgate and Minster, will lead the Latin Mass Society Pilgrimage to Aylesford on Saturday 11 October 2014.

Do come and support this splendid event, which includes Mass in the Relic Chapel at Aylesford Priory, near Maidstone in Kent (ME20 7BX). The Relic Chapel contains the relics of St Simon Stock, the 13th century Carmelite saint to whom Our Lady gave the Brown Scapular. There will be a chance to be enrolled in the Scapular during the pilgrimage.

The LMS have organised a coach from London, starting outside Westminster Cathedral at 9.45am (Ambrosden Avenue) and making a pick-up in Eltham High Street in south-east London at 10.30am (Christ Church Priory, 229 Eltham High Street, London SE9 1TX). The return fare is £15 and you will need to book your ticket before the day by contacting the LMS office on 020 7404 7284. Don't leave it to the last minute!

Here is the timetable for the day:

11.30am Arrival
12.00pm Lunch (bring picnic or use on-site cafe)
12.45pm Confessions
1.30pm Sung Mass (Motherhood of the BVM) in the Relic Chapel

Music will be sung by Cantus Magnus:
John Taverner (c.1490–1545) Kyrie 'Leroy'; Mass 'The Western Wynde'
Josquin des Prez (c.1450/1455–1521) Gaude Virgo, Mater Christi
William Cornysh (1465–1523) Ave Maria, Mater Dei

3.00pm Spiritual Conference by Fr Marcus Holden
4.00pm Tea
4.30pm The Pilgrimage concludes with Rosary & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
5.30pm Ends

The Good, the Bad and the Bizarre

---The Good---

DaphneSunday the 14th September was to prove a funny old day. 

The highlight of the day was the celebration for Daphne McLeod (the retiring Chairman of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice - an organization that has campaigned tirelessly but unsuccesfully for the faith to be taugh in Catholic schools).  The celebration took place at a south London church and was a truly lovely and memorable occasion.  The best part for me came when Daphne entered the club room beside the Church, and everyone broke out into spontaneous prolonged applause.

Father spoke warmly and movingly about her work and Daphne was then presented with a rose (the name of the rose appropriately: Absolutely Fabulous) as a remembrance of the occasion.  She was also presented with a spiritual bouquet which she obviously greatly appreciated.

This was rounded off by a splendid feast provided by the parishioners.

Daphne spent her time happily chatting with well wishers including two Irish Flock readers who had flown in from Dublin especially for this occasion - may both these lovely ladies be blessed for their kindness and devotion.

---The Bad---

A shadow had been cast over the day earlier by the news that Mrs Palmira Silva, the sweet 82 year old lady, mother and grandmother, who had been beheaded in her north London garden by a mentally deranged convert to Islam, was the cousin of members of our congregation.

Politicians prate on endlessly about Islam being a religion of peace.  We should challenge them by asking them to name a single country on the planet that has embraced Islam other than at the point of a sword.  One could also ask these politicians to explain why, if Islam is a religion of peace, the Middle East is the least peaceful place on the face of the Planet, and has been so for as long as most can remember.

The barbarism of this deranged young man had me reflecting on what we mean by the word "barbarian".  It sums up those who gratuitously destroy what is beautiful, holy, living, growing, thriving and healthy, those who wantonly tear down what others have painstakingly built. 

---the bizarre---

Which thought brings me neatly to the "bizarre", the tragedy unfolding at the nearby parish of Blackfen that up until a week ago had been home to a beautiful thriving traditionalist community, full of young married couples with lots of children and young people.  The parish had also provided a warm welcome for homeschoolers, with scores of homeschooled children and their parents regularly meeting in the parish.  Half a dozen good and clearly hurting folk were "crying on my shoulder" this Sunday over the mindless destruction of this (their) spiritual home.
A new priest, Fr Steven Fisher, took over a week ago and was  clearly hell bent on the senseless demolition of what his predecessor had built.  Indeed, he gratuitously upset so many trads in the course of the first hour, he made the proverbial bull in a china shop look like Margot Fonteyn.  Space forbids me relating a string of grievances, sufficient to say that he kicked off by announcing at his first traditional Mass that Holy Communion could be receive in the hand!  A bizarre announcement even from the angle of man-management and simple human prudence.  All it could achieve would be to delight half a dozen contracepting post-Conciliar Modernists (who would sooner be found dead than at a traditional Mass in any case) while needlessly upsetting a hundred or more trads.

The mendacious excuse for this immature, loutish behaviour is "unity."  Oh what crimes O Lord are committed in the name of the sham unity of the post-Conciliar Church!  If there was any tension in the parish it certainly would not have come from the trad side.  Trads are the most generous when it comes to contributing to the parish coffers, invariably play an active part in all parish activities and have no interest whatsoever in interfering in the worship of their Novus Ordo brothers and sisters.  If there was ill-will, it was being stirred up by a handful of elderly contracepting post-Conciliar Modernists.  A priest's role in such circumstances is clearly to be a mediator, a bridge builder, not to indulge in an orgy of wanton destruction.

The tragedy is that the man carrying out this wilful vandalism was, I can personally vouch, once a good priest.  One can only weep and wonder when and why he decided to sell his soul to the dying dregs of the Revolution and become part of the problem rather than part of the solution.  At this hour of decisive battle for the soul of the Church, we must of course expect the Devil to go after good priests, so we must redouble our prayer for our many good priests (not to forget a few bishops) that they may stand firm.  We must also pray for ourselves, lest we too through pride, fall.

It is difficult to understand what the powers-that-be hope to achieve by this sort of boorish carry on.  No trad that I know is going to quietly melt back into the post-Conciliar Modernist wallpaper merely because one priest is putting a special effort into being unkind and tactless; most, I suspect, would rather seek out the SSPX than go down that particular cul-de-sac. 

It is crucially important not to allow these setbacks to discourage us too much.  In any war there are bound to be set backs and reversals.  Our post-Conciliar Modernists are currently running around trying to put out the little forest fires of tradition breaking out all over the Church.  They no sooner damp down one in front of them and two spring up behind them.  Pretty soon some of these fires will join up and become bigger fires, and then these bigger fires will join up and become infernos.  Our Lady has promised that ultimately her Immaculate Heart will triumph, so the question is not "if" but "when".  In the meantime, we must expect our post-Conciliar Modernists, as they become increasingly desperate, to become even more intolerant, insensitive and cruel than they already are - for such has been the final days of all revolutions.

Just reflect that the average age of a Novus Ordo priest in France is seventy-five.  That means that the post-Conciliar Church in France and its bizarre regime of post-Conciliar Modernist novelties is tottering on the brink of a very steep precipice, and other countries cannot be too far behind.  And no amount of persecution of those who have retained or reverted to the orthodoxy and orthopraxis of their forefathers, even if emanating from the highest echelons of the Church, can avert the inevitable.

The French Take on the Familyphobes of the Godless Left

On Sunday the 5th of October Manif Pour Tous organised massive demos in Paris and Bordeaux in support of the family.  Four things stand out for me:

The numbers involved: something in the order of 500,000 turned out in Paris alone.

The organization: the organization involved in getting that number of boots on the pavement and ensuring that it goes off smoothly is mind blowing.

Youth: the average age of the demonstators was probably late twenties, and the number of youth marching was very inspiring and sign of hope for the future.

Fear: the Godless left fear Manif Pour Tous so much that their tame media, who would report a hundred homofascists demonstrating for gay "rights", ordered a total news blackout - again.

Don't you just love the following poster?

Manif Pour Tous Poster

The following gives one a feel for the numbers involved and the youthfulness of the demo:


Help beat the Left's news blackout by passing these pictures on to your contacts

Many Catholics are aprehensive that the synod on the family taking place in Rome will come up with yet another betrayal.

Many Catholics are apprehensive that the synod on the family taking place in Rome will come up with yet another betrayal of our faith.  The following, lifted from an email from James Bogle, puts a more optimistic spin on the situation.  Lets hope, and more importantly, pray, that he is proved right.

I think the African and Asian bishops are going to turn the tables. They have to deal with polygamy and Kaspar’s proposals are not helping. This could be the synod where the Western bishops finally realise that they are a minority in the Church and Kaspar and his allies get booted into a corner.

Let’s ask St Maurice the African, Knight Commander of the Theban Legion IX, martyr of Agaunum, Patron Saint of the Holy Roman Empire at whose altar in St Peter’s Basilica the Holy Roman Emperors were anointed during their coronation, to pray for truth to prevail at the Synod.

St Maurice of Theba

Saint Maurice became a patron saint of the Holy Roman Emperors. In 926, Emperor Henry I (919–936), even ceded the present Swiss canton of Aargau to the abbey of St Maurice-en-Valais, in return for Maurice's lance, sword and spurs.

 The sword and spurs of Saint Maurice were part of the regalia used at coronations of the Austro-Hungarian Emperors until 1916, and among the most important insignia of the imperial throne. In addition, some of the emperors were anointed before the Altar of Saint Maurice at St. Peter's Basilica.

In 929 Emperor Henry I the Fowler held a royal-imperial court gathering (Reichsversammlung) at Magdeburg. At the same time the Mauritius Kloster in honour of Maurice was founded. In 961, Emperor Otto I was building and enriching the cathedral at Magdeburg, which he intended for his own tomb. To that end, in the year 961 of the Incarnation and in the twenty-fifth year of his reign, in the presence of all of the nobility, on the vigil of Christmas, the body of St Maurice was conveyed to him at Regensburg along with the bodies of some of the saint's companions and portions of other saints. Having been sent to Magdeburg, these relics were received with great honour by a gathering of the entire populace of the city and of their fellow countrymen. They are still venerated there, to the salvation of the homeland.

St Maurice is traditionally depicted in full armour, in Italy emblazoned with a red cross. In folk culture he has become connected with the legend of the Spear of Destiny, which he is supposed to have carried into battle; his name is engraved on the Holy Lance of Vienna, one of several relics claimed as the spear that pierced Jesus' side on the cross. Saint Maurice gives his name to the town St Moritz as well as to numerous places called Saint-Maurice in French speaking countries.

Over 650 religious foundations dedicated to Saint Maurice can be found in France and other European countries. In Switzerland alone, seven churches or altars in Aargau, six in the Canton of Lucerne, four in the Canton of Solothurn, and one in Appenzell Innerrhoden can be found (in fact, his feast day is a cantonal holiday in Appenzell Innerrhoden).

Particularly notable among these are the Church and Abbey of Saint-Maurice-en-Valais, the Church of Saint Moritz in the Engadin, and the Monastery Chapel of Einsiedeln Abbey, where his name continues to be greatly revered.

Several chivalric orders were established in his honour as well, including the Order of the Golden Fleece, Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus and the Order of Saint Maurice. Additionally, fifty-two towns and villages in France have been named in his honour.

Here is a medieval representation of him talking with the bishop, St Erasmus of Formio, a fellow martyr

 And here is a statue of the sainted martyr

On the Lighter Side

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