Urgent: Please Pray for My Lovely Mum Doreen
Torch of The Faith News on Friday 24 February 2017 - 08:11:35 | by admin
Mum with her 70th birthday cake by our home altar this time last year.
Please, please, pray for my dear mum Doreen today. She suffered a very frightening seizure in the early hours of this morning and has been taken by ambulance to hospital.
Tomorrow will be her 71st birthday.
By God's grace, Mum has already received Extreme Unction from our confessor/spiritual director.
We will update you once we know more.
She is precious to us - please pray for her soul and health.
Our Lady, Queen of Mothers - Pray for us!
St. Joseph - Protect and pray for us!
Bread and Circuses
Torch of The Faith News on Thursday 23 February 2017 - 18:17:18 | by admin
From ancient times, the Catholic Church has celebrated a feast in honour of St. Peter's Chair of Primacy on the 22nd February. After the establishment of St. Peter's See in Rome came to be celebrated on 18th January, yesterday's date became associated with the celebration of the seven years during which St. Peter ruled over the Church as Bishop of Antioch.
I must admit that I was less than edified last night when I logged in and read reports that Pope Francis had skipped the traditional Solemn Liturgy of Cathedra Petri to watch an outdoor circus-style performance; featuring women unchastely cavorting about the place, whilst wearing skin-tight ''cat'' costumes...
Indeed, the images that flashed up on the screen presented a near occasion of sin to any man who was not dead from the neck down. That, by the way, is why I will not post up those images or the associated - and I'm told much worse - videos here at this site.
And yet, by sitting through this performance yesterday, Pope Francis, Bishop Georg Ganswein et al, seemed strangely unmoved; and even appeared to be oblivious of the Church's teachings on chastity of dress and comportment.
Indeed, Vatican Radio reports that Pope Francis went so far as to say: ''Beauty carries us to God. It is a path which arrives at God. Continue to make beautiful things! Continue to make good things for all of us! Thank you!''
Does beauty always lead us to God in a fallen world? Well, there is a sense in which all true beauty has the capacity to lead us to God, Who is the very source of Goodness, Beauty and Truth par excellence; but it is also true that, due to Original Sin and Concupiscence, it is never a good idea to have lasses dressed like that cavorting about the place the way they did yesterday. In any case, some of their poses and gestures were far from dignified or beautiful. Actually, this whole scene comes close to the kind of public Roman performances that were condemned by St. Augustine in his classic, The City of God Against the Pagans! Indeed, when the Church became fully established, such public spectacles were at last banished from the precincts of ancient Rome.
Because of our fallen and wounded nature, we can tend to see and use good things in ways that are selfish and sinful. It has, therefore, always been the constant teaching of the Church to guard purity through chaste actions, clothing, speech and careful custody of the eyes.
I mean, come on, are these men so saintly that they are untroubled by such public spectacles?
But then again, if they were so holy, wouldn't they tell these ladies to cover up and act a bit more, you know, lady-like; as much for the sake of the womens' own souls, as well as for the sake of other weaker men who have not reached their levels of sanctity?
What then are we to make of such high-ranking clergy being so unmoved? Are they half-dead? Are they blind? Don't they believe the Church's teachings on chastity? Are they, erm, are they... No, surely not, perish the thought!
The whole debacle calls to mind Juvenal's criticisms of the ''bread and circuses'' that were given out to please the populace in the days of the collapsing Roman Empire.
Instead of reverently celebrating the primacy of St. Peter and preparing us all for the penitential season of Lent, Francis and his associates are sitting around watching performances that orthodox Catholic men, knowing that they are made of clay, try their very best to avoid, in order to remain in the peace and love of Christ. Then we end up seeing the images anyway, because they go out from Rome to every corner of the globe by nightfall.
Then, too, one cannot reflect on these things without also being troubled by the words of Our Lady of Fatima: ''More souls go to Hell because of the sins of the flesh than for any other reason... Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much... Woe to women lacking in modesty.''
It is not nice or good to have temptation put in one's path by a spiritual father; much less by a reigning pontiff. Up to now, it seems that Francis has tempted: fornicators and adulterers to continue in their sins; cardinals, bishops and priests to go along with sacrilege and heresy; orthodox Catholics to become angry and/or despairing; nominal Catholics to become confused and/or indifferent; and Catholics who like to debate to be gradually altered by his sophistry. Now, it seems, that temptation is becoming less laterally in the realms of reason and more plainly just straight in-your-face.
It was St. Padre Pio who said that impurity and discouragement were the chief merchandise of the Devil.
Does anyone still doubt that these men are trying to deliberately and systematically take down the Church by design?
We must pray a great deal for Pope Francis and the bishops and priests who condone this type of thing. As Jesus warned in Matthew 18:6: ''But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.''
Let's see how Generalissimo Arturo Sosa Abascal S.J. ''reinterprets'' that for the mores of a new generation!!!
St. Peter, the First Pope - Pray for us!
May Our Heavenly Father protect us from temptation and deliver us from evil. Amen!
Canon Gerard Wharton - Requiescat in Pace
Torch of The Faith News on Thursday 23 February 2017 - 16:34:39 | by admin
Of your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Canon Gerard Wharton, whose funeral and burial took place this morning.
Fr. Gerry is known to many Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Liverpool, due to his dedicated service as chaplain to the annual Archdiocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, between the years of 1986 and 2001.
Following his ordination at St. Joseph's seminary at Upholland in 1957, Fr. Gerry had served as both assistant and parish priest at a number of well-known parishes across the Archdiocese.
He was made an honorary canon in 1992, and served as a Canon of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter from 1998 - 2016. During his Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2007, he was also made a Canon of the Shrine of Lourdes.
From 2006 - 2012, he served as chaplain to the sisters and community at Nazareth House in Crosby. A local man, who had been born in Seaforth and educated in Waterloo, Canon Wharton's funeral took place this morning at St. Edmund's in Waterloo; followed by burial at Ss Peter and Paul in Crosby.
The official Archdiocesan obituary relates that, in earlier years, Canon Wharton had inspired many seminarians who had spent their placements with him, due to his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady, as well as the way he lived his life as a priest.
I encountered Canon Wharton, or ''Fr. Gerry'' as he preferred, a number of times in Lourdes in the late 1990's. I remember that, at a time when some priests were going over to Lourdes in bright t-shirts (and even shorts), he was always smartly dressed in his black clerical suit and collar.
He always seemed to me to be a gentle, humble and kindly priest, who took an interest in other people and their needs. At the same time, he was very down-to-earth and prepared to ''muck-in'' with everyone else.
Several years ago, Angie and I were encouraged when we visited Nazareth House and heard Fr. Gerry defending true marriage; and calling on all who were present in the chapel of the Sisters of Nazareth to both pray and stand up for this important intention. Early in 2013, Canon Wharton was one of the priests who signed the letter to MPs and The Telegraph, defending natural marriage between one man and one woman, and calling for the proposed same-sex ''marriage'' laws to be rejected.
Fr. Gerry died on 12th February at the age of 86. It was just one day after the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, in his 60th year of priesthood. May he rest in Christ's peace.
Eternal rest, grant unto Fr. Gerry dear Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him, and may he rest in peace. Amen.
Agnus Dei, Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi - Miserere Nobis!
Torch of The Faith News on Tuesday 21 February 2017 - 11:11:44 | by admin
I often recall the exactitude of Laurence England's question to Cardinal Raymond Burke, during His Eminence's visit to Chester in March 2015.
In the question-time at the end of the evening, Laurence had asked to what degree the cardinal thought the present crisis in the Church was related to a Eucharistic crisis. To this question, Cardinal Burke had replied that there is a definite link between the loss of belief in the Real Presence, together with the correct understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and the associated call for the divorced/re-''married'' to be given Holy Communion.
The gravity of this situation is borne out by the awful matters I discussed here yesterday. The spectacle of a laicised priest mocking Jesus Christ, during an entertainment show on a major feast day in a formerly Catholic country, is nothing short of apocalyptic. Even one generation ago, nobody would have deemed such evils to be possible in Ireland. Neither would such things have been tolerated.
I know a priest who, about 25 years ago, was once cutting through an alleyway in Ireland during a visit to the sick. Two thugs suddenly appeared and blocked his path in an attempted mugging. When they realized he had with him the Blessed Sacrament, the muggers hesitated, grew fearful, backed off and then rapidly fled the scene. Sinners they might have been, but they knew better than to mess with the good God.
In some sense, these characters were not as bad as those who scoffed at Jesus on RTE. They still had some handle on the hierarchy of reality, and a sense of what is right and wrong. There is even a certain humility in their action of running in fear. Please God, that shock might have been the grace they needed to bring them to repentance.
I read this morning, at 1 Peter 5, that the Judas-Bishop Charles Scicluna down in Malta has suggested that seminarians who ''do not agree with Francis'' will freely find that ''the seminary gate is open''.
What he seems unable to see, blinded as he must be by a remarkably narrow ultramontanism - and who knows what else - is that it is the truth which sets us free (John 8:32).
Indeed, Charles Scicluna needs reminding that the very gates of Hell yawn open for him if he does not repent of his present course.
Scicluna's promotion of heresy and sacrilege is made even worse by his not-so-subtle attempt to coerce others into joining in his sins with him. This is all very grave indeed.
Unlike those muggers who backed off when they were faced with the Presence of God and the gravity of their crime, Scicluna has an inverted sense of the hierarchy of truth.
He would place the confusing subtleties of Francis above the clear Truth of Jesus Christ, the dignity of Holy Matrimony and the salvation of souls.
Therefore, his is a worse kind of crime, because he does not hesitate to steal Christ; mugging his own priests, seminarians and lay faithful in order to throw Jesus to the very street dogs. And, unlike those thieves who attempted their misdeeds in the shadows, he even has the temerity to promote sacrilege to the public in broad daylight!
There is a beautiful account recorded in St. Bonaventure's classical Life of St. Francis. It tells of a sheep that was given to St. Francis.
St. Bonaventure relates: ''The pious man admonished the little sheep to praise God attentively and to avoid giving any offence to the friars. The sheep carefully observed his instructions, as if it recognized the piety of the man of God. For when it heard the friars chanting in choir, it would enter the church, genuflect without instructions from anyone, and bleat before the altar of the Virgin, the Mother of the Lamb, as if it wished to greet Her. Besides, when the most sacred Body of Christ was elevated at Mass, it would bow down on bended knees as if this reverent animal were reproaching those who were not devout and inviting the devout to reverence the Sacrament.''
No doubt those who mocked Christ on RTE would scoff at this story. However, it shows that, when God gives His grace, even a dumb animal is capable of discerning the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Unlike them, this sheep could see because it was innocent, humble and without guile.
Those who would laugh at this story should recall that St. Bonaventure, who carefully relates it, was not only one of the greatest minds of his age, but was also holy and therefore trustworthy. Not only that, he had made an honest research into the life of St. Francis from the saintly men who had actually lived with him and witnessed many of the miracles associated with his life.
This story reminds me of a small spruce tree in one of the quadrangles at Ushaw Seminary in the 1990s. My late-friend Fr. Mike Williams and I noted how it was growing about 20-ft from the chapel wall, at an angle of about 60 degrees from the ground. This meant that its tip was pointed directly at the Tabernacle. Fr. Mike observed to me, ''Because Christ is not loved or respected here, even the very trees pay Him homage''. This certainly does call to mind Luke 19:40: ''To whom he said: I say to you, that if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.''
Again, whilst post-moderns would scoff at this type of piety, it demonstrates the purity of heart that sees Christ in all things; and above all where He most certainly is, in the Blessed Sacrament.
I've related here once before how a highly educated Nigerian priest, a man with several university degrees, once told Angie and I that he had been giving a retreat back in Africa.
One evening, after an Adoration and Benediction service in which he had blessed the congregation with the Monstrance in the chapel, a small Protestant boy from the nearby village came up to him. The child asked, ''Who was that baby?'' When the priest wondered which baby he meant, the boy replied, ''The one you were carrying in the church''.
It came to light that when this boy had looked up at the Blessed Sacrament, held aloft by the priest in the Monstrance, he had seen the Christ-Child. And so, when the priest explained to him about the Real Presence of Jesus, he had no trouble understanding or believing! Some time later, after a period of catechesis and the permission of his family, this boy became a Catholic.
Again, what we see here is the innocence and humility that, when aided by grace, is able to recognize Christ in the Eucharist.
Angie and I know a priest who was once concelebrating Holy Mass with another priest, during a time of spiritual searching that he was going through. After the Consecration, the main celebrant suddenly gestured to him to look at the Sacred Host on the paten. He told us that, with the other priest, he was amazed to see Jesus looking back at them both from the Host with great joy and love! This priest told us that the Lord looked back and forth at them, from one to the other, each in turn. When he gasped ''It's Jesus!'' to himself, this priest told us that the Lord seemed to be exuding a great sense of delight, as if to say, ''Well, Who did you expect... Of course it's Me!''
When that priest told us his account of this event, he was giggling with a child-like innocence. Don't think this means he is a bit soft in the head. On the contrary, his personality is normally serious, and he has served for a prolonged period of time in a difficult placement.
Finally, we once heard a Franciscan priest in America preaching about a mission he had given in Latin America.
He did not have sufficient Hosts to give out to all of the devout locals who flocked to Holy Mass.
Choked with emotion, this priest related how he had prayed trustingly to the Lord, and had just kept on giving out Holy Communion to the crowds of faithful until, in a manner reminiscent of the Multiplication of the Loaves in Sacred Scripture and the similar Eucharistic Miracles of St. John Bosco, all who came had received Holy Communion. Only then, did the supply of Hosts cease to be there. The priest said with simplicity: ''This is how it is on mission.''
What all of these accounts have in common is Catholic Dogma, the Real Presence of Jesus, God's gift of grace and the humble faith of those who received these unfathomable gifts.
Whilst God sometimes allows such miracles to remind people of His Presence in the Eucharist, most of us are called to believe in faith based only upon His Word and the testimony of His holy Church.
To quote Gerard Manley Hopkins' translation of St. Thomas Aquinas' Adoro te devote: ''What God's Son has told me, take for truth I do; Truth Himself speaks truly, or there's nothing true.'' And we know from Sacred Scripture and Tradition that God's Son has told us that the Eucharist is His Body and Blood.
These stories are shared here to remind us all of that fact; and to encourage and edify readers in these grimly faithless times.
In the midst of this present crisis, may Jesus give us all the grace to recognise Him in the breaking of the bread (Luke 24:35). Let us especially pray this prayer for those who are choosing to be His enemies, and for those who deny Him, or who lead sinners into even worse sins through a wrong notion of mercy.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus - Have Mercy on Us!
Reparation to the Lamb of God
Torch of The Faith News on Monday 20 February 2017 - 12:55:54 | by admin
John 6:53: Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you shall not have life in you.
I remember the first time I went to Ireland to visit Angeline's parents in 2001. As we settled down to watch the 6pm news one evening on RTE, I was impressed to witness the bell chimes being broadcast before the traditional minute's silence, to give viewers some space to pray the nightly Angelus prayer. Those church bells and prayerful silence had a particular resonance, given the location of Angie's family home out in the wilds of Co. Mayo.
Alas, by then the broadcast had changed from its earliest days in the early 1960s. At the beginning, the Angelus had originally been aired to the accompaniment of classical paintings of the Annunciation or other appropriate images of Our Lady.
By the time I encountered RTE's daily Angelus, the religious iconography had given way to footage of happy families, pleasant scenes from nature and beautiful sunsets.
Still, I could not have known of these changes at that time; and as I was coming from the totally secularized culture of England, I was still impressed by a major broadcaster providing a moment for the praying of the Angelus.
Of course, in the last couple of years the traditional slot has morphed further as secularism has made further inroads into Ireland's religio-cultural heritage. The latest version of the silence before the news is now described in RTE corporate-speak as being, ''conducive to prayer or reflection for people of all faiths and none''.
This is all a far cry from a talk that we heard over in Dublin back in 2003. At that time, the missionary priest Fr. Tom Cusack was reflecting on his formation in the Faith, during the years that he had grown up around the West Clare peninsula on Ireland's Atlantic seaboard.
Fr. Tom Cusack giving a presentation during a pro-life retreat we attended in Dublin during 2003. He spoke of the demise of Ireland from her Catholic civilization, through the increasing dominance of secularism. Fr. Tom reminded his hearers that, in the days of persecution from the British, Ireland's Catholics had preferred to die, rather than to abandon the One True Faith. He reminded everyone that, in the end, the power of Christ's Truth and Resurrection will prevail; in the meantime our job is to remain faithful through regular Holy Mass and Confession, devout praying of the family Rosary and continuing in fidelity to the true teachings of the Church.
Fr. Cusack recalled a devoutly Catholic local community. In those days, the Catholic Faith held the village communities together, and nourished their minds, hearts and culture. It was the norm to see women at the village water pump, and men who were working in the fields, suddenly stopping what they were doing to reverently pray the Angelus, as soon as the parish church rang its humble bell at noon.
How much things have changed in Ireland!
Of course, in the present day RTE's general programming can be, shall we say, less than edifying from a Catholic perspective... Apparently, during Dublin's Eucharistic Congress of 2012, some courageous souls actually held aloft banners protesting that ''RTE is Anti-Catholic!''
The ongoing demise of RTE was painfully demonstrated to us this weekend when we received an e-mail notification from the good people of HLI Ireland.
This drew attention to a disgraceful edition of the Late Late Show, which was sadly broadcast on the Feast of the Epiphany on RTE One.
It seems that the show's host Ryan Tubridy, laicised ex-priest Michael Harding and two other guests openly mocked the Most Holy Eucharist during the broadcast.
A transcript of the broadcast which HLI Ireland has provided demonstrates how these characters spoke very sacrilegiously of the Blessed Sacrament.
Please forgive these lines being repeated here, but we do this so that you will realize the gravity of this matter, and pray in an appropriate spirit of reparation.
Tubridy scoffingly claimed that it was ''a great expression'' to speak of the Eucharist in terms of ''haunted bread''.
Another guest suggested that it was a ''scary concept'' to speak of the Body of Christ; even suggesting this was akin to ''cannibalism''.
To the accompaniment of laughter, one guest even suggested: ''They are asking us to eat the ghost of a 2,000 year-old carpenter... It's a ghost and human flesh at the same time.''
The laicised priest Harding added: ''The medieval idea of Jesus or haunted bread cannot stand up.''
This mockery of the Real Presence of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist is downright satanic.
It shows that when people go away from the truth they fall prey to all manner of demonic suggestions and activity; becoming increasingly worse all the time. This is a perilous situation in terms of the state of their souls.
Really, it was up to the bishops and priests of Ireland to make a massive protest against this public afront to Our Lord Jesus. They ought to have organized widespread protests and reparation for it. Then, too, they should also have warned those involved, especially the former priest, of the gravity of this public sin and of the need for all involved to repent publicly if they are to avoid going to the eternal punishment of the fires of Hell.
Anyway, may God bless the good people of HLI Ireland, who have asked their supporters everywhere to please join them in making the following prayer of reparation for this evil travesty.
HLI Ireland asks: Please recite the Golden Arrow prayer below three times in reparation for this ugly mockery of Jesus in the Eucharist.
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God, be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.
Please pray this reparatory prayer and intercede for the conversion of those hard-hearted people who so hate Our Lord and His Holy Church.
If you access HLI Ireland via our Links Page, you will be able to take part in their Novena to the Holy Face of Jesus, which is also now underway.
Please Join in the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - Wherever You Are
Torch of The Faith News on Sunday 19 February 2017 - 11:50:51 | by admin
EWTN GB has posted these photographs of yesterday's event at Westminster Cathedral with a H/T to Fr. Jeff Steel. I also notice that a gentleman called Andrew Cusack has more splendid images on his Twitter page. When you still see mothers humbly kneeling in public before Our Lady like that, then you can bet that things will be alright in the end!
Deacon Nick Donnelly has reported for EWTN GB on the high turnout at Westminster Cathedral for the reconsecration of England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Yesterday's event was led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and included: a Marian procession; Holy Mass; the reconsecration of England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; the crowning of the pilgrim Virgin statue; the Rosary; and the opportunity to venerate the relics of Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francesco Marto. In the early evening, a symposium was also held in the cathedral hall.
This special day in honour of Our Lady marked the beginning of a series of 18 visitations, which will take place with Marian days being held at cathedrals, abbeys and shrines, throughout England and Wales, from May until October, in order to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Apparitions at Fatima.
Deacon Donnelly has posted up Ven. Pope Pius XII's Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
We also include this below, inviting all our readers, wherever you are, to please join with us in making a heartfelt consecration to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart.
It is heartening to see that such a large number of Catholics turned up at Westminster Cathedral yesterday to honour the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mr. Cusack's Twitter page describes massive crowds; and includes several images that prove it!
Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfil the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to Your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.
Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.
We come with confidence to You, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed Your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes Your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with Your rule, triumph in every heart and home.
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary - Triumph and Reign!
Battle of Britain
Torch of The Faith News on Friday 17 February 2017 - 18:55:22 | by admin
To misquote Jane Austen's fictional Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Are the shades of Canterbury to be thus polluted?
''Coincidences are Spiritual Puns'' (G.K. Chesterton).
Deacon Nick Donnelly has reported for EWTN GB on the fact that the Anglican leader Justin Welby is allowing a full Masonic ceremony to take place this Saturday, 18th February, 2017, in the ancient Canterbury cathedral. Even more remarkably, this travesty will take place on the very same day that Cardinal Nichols will reconsecrate England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Westminster.
News reports suggest that £300,000 has been donated by the Masons for a 3 hour use of the cathedral to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry. Surely, there is some Masonic numerology in all of that...
Having described the violent history of Masonic hostility to Our Lady of Fatima, Deacon Nick's article reflects: ''In view of this history of Masonic anti-Catholicism, is it more than an unhappy coincidence that a major Masonic service is being conducted in the ancient mother Church of the Catholic faith in these lands on the very same day that England is reconsecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in honour of Our Lady of Fatima? Even if it is coincidence, it is a conjunction of events that is profoundly significant and meaningful.''
It would perhaps be difficult to overstate the full gravity of this situation in terms of where we are up to in the spiritual warfare of these present times. Clearly, things are hotting up...
Public Rebellion Against God
To give a bit of background, let us quote some words that we first featured here a couple of years ago. In Humanum Genus (1884), Pope Leo XIII wrote: ''At this period, however, the partisans of evil seem to be combining together, and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldy rising up against God Himself. They are planning the destruction of holy Church publicly and openly, and this with the set purpose of destroying utterly the nations of Christendom, if it were possible, of the blessings obtained for us through Jesus Christ our Saviour... that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view - namely, the utter overthrow of that political and religious order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism.''
Last October, we spoke out here against the religious indifferentism, and false impression which misled many in relation to the objective invalidity of Anglican orders, that Pope Francis promoted by giving a ''mixed blessing'' (pardon the pun) with Justin Welby in Rome. At the time, we mentioned the unusual diamond-shaped hand-sign seemingly being displayed by Welby. It is notable that, just a few months later, he is permitting Freemasonry, the sworn enemy of Catholic Truth, to hold rites in the ancient Canterbury Cathedral. During the week of Welby's visit to Rome, the dome of St. Peter's was again struck by lightning...
A booklet worth reading in this context is John Vennari's study, The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita - A Masonic Blueprint for the Subversion of the Catholic Church. It is a text that certainly makes for a sobering read, given all that is happening in the Church and society today.
Another good source to draw from is Professor Plinio Correa de Oliveira's, Revolution and Counter-Revolution. In his final version of this book, the good Prof. Plinio described a ''fourth stage of revolution'' in which reason would have become so atrophied and enslaved, and true religion so widely supressed and despised, that magic would come to be presented and accepted as a form of knowledge.
Thus, in the fourth stage of the ongoing anti-Christian revolution, such as we now appear to be very much living in the midst of, the way would be opened for the public worship of the Devil.
The Catholic and Civilizational Importance of Canterbury
Although there is no documentary record of St. Augustine's Throne at Canterbury before 1205 AD, the Cathedra provides a strong visual reminder of St. Augustine's mission from Pope St. Gregory the Great in 597 AD.
We have mentioned here a few times that the papally-endorsed mission of St. Augustine to Canterbury played a foundational role in both Catholic and civilizational history. Scholars observe that the desire and work of the See of Canterbury to draw the Angles and Saxons into the unity and obedience of faith was an important factor in the emergence of a people known as the Angli; or the English to you and I.
In the centuries that followed, English Catholicism issued forth great saints who contributed so much to the flowering of European civilization. Examples include figures like St. Boniface, with his evangelizing missions to the Germanic peoples representing key moments in the development and strengthening of Christendom.
Then there was St. Alcuin of York who achieved so much for the development and expansion of the Carolingian renaissance.
Even if we just think of Canterbury itself, we can remember St. Anselm's vast contributions in the fields of reason and theology, which still reverberate to this day; and then there is the manner in which St. Thomas' lived-example, martyrdom and miraculous cult made Canterbury into a major site of pilgrimage throughout Europe, and even beyond.
Of course, all of this would come literally crashing down with the depradations of King Henry VIII and the English version of the 16th-Century Protestant Revolution; which latter so violently suppressed the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and handed Canterbury cathedral over to four centuries of Protestant ceremony.
As bad as all of that was, who would have thought it would eventually lead to public celebrations of Freemasonry? Well, perhaps no-one was looking hard enough at the connections...
England and Prophecy
Perhaps it has been part of the English character to have high notions about our importance in world history. Mad dogs and Englishmen and all that! Still, there are a number of prophecies which are worth reflecting on when considering the present intensity in the spiritual battle.
In the first instance, it is worth recalling that England was known in medieval Europe as the ''Dowry of Mary''. In those times, the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham became one of the major pilgrimage sites. It was even up there with St. James' cathedral at Compostela in Spain. Much of that history was forgotten in the centuries following the Reformation. However, since the last decades of the 20th-Century, Walsingham has enjoyed something of a spiritual renaissance. This movement increased dramatically when Pope Benedict XVI did so much for the establishment of the Anglican Ordinariate, dedicated as it is to Our Lady of Walsingham.
Then there is the vivid prophecy of the holy Italian boy, St. Dominic Savio.
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If it is working correctly, you should see a slightly foggy looking image, across which unfurl the brightening words of St. Dominic Savio's vision of England. The young saint had conveyed to Bl. Pope Pius IX the message that he had seen a vision of the Supreme Pontiff holding aloft a burning torch to guide the people of England, who were lost in a fog of ignorance and error. St. Dominic Savio said: ''The leaping flames from the torch dispelled the fog, and the people of England stood in the splendour of the noonday sun. That torch, said the one beside me, is the Catholic Faith that is going to light up England.''
If you have not been able to see the moving banner, now you know why we are called ''Torch of The Faith''! We use a capital ''T'' to signify that this is The Faith.
Then there are the words of Our Lady at La Salette about a Great Apostasty being reversed. ''A great country, now Protestant, in the north of Europe, will be converted. By the support of this country, all the other nations of the world will be converted.''
Could that be England?
Some folks think so. Especially in light of Ven. Bartholomew Holzhauser's suggestion that, ''after desolation has reached its peak in England, peace will be restored and England will return to the Catholic Faith with greater fervour than before.''
Or how about St. John Vianney's belief that ''the Church in England will recover her ancient splendour''? Or maybe St. Malachy's prophecy that Ireland would help to bring England back to the unity of the True Church?
When Bishop Mark Davies was appointed to Shrewsbury, and accomplished so much for orthodoxy and evangelization, a few of us seemed to glimpse the beginnings of the fulfillment of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman's line which held that, ''Shrewsbury will be a name as stirring to the heart as the glories we have lost.'' Certainly, the ICKSP shrine that he established in the Shrewsbury Diocese stands out as the ''Beacon of Hope'' that he called for in his sermon the day the shrine officially opened in 2012.
When St. Augustine arrived in Kent, he discovered that Queen Bertha was already a Christian with a Frankish chaplain and a small church dedicated to St. Martin. King Ethelbert gave this church to St. Augustine as an initial base. One year later, St. Augustine wrote to Pope St. Gregory and to the Patriarch of Alexandria with the news that King Ethelbert and 10,000 people had been baptized! The church of St. Martin is now Anglican and has naturally been changed several times since 597 AD. However, it still contains many of the original red Roman bricks and some entire walls are made with red Roman tiles!
An Important Day - Please Pray Saturday at 2pm UK Time
All that we have written above suggests that England may have a key part to play in the spiritual battles of our times. Whatever the truth of that, it remains the case that Canterbury has been an important See in the history of Catholicism in particular, and Western civilization in general. This is why this Masonic use of the old cathedral, itself the original Mother Church of English Catholicism, should have us all praying in reparation.
In any case, now fully aware that the ancient Catholic Canterbury cathedral - which has been in Protestant hands for four centuries - will be used for Masonic rites, and that Cardinal Nichols will on this same day be consecrating England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and crowning a statue of Our Lady of Fatima, we implore readers to please join in by: praying the Rosary, interceding for England, and re-consecrating their own hearts, homes and lands to Our Blessed Lady.
We have just a couple of caveats to mention in relation to tomorrow's event.
Firstly, Cardinal Nichols has repeatedly appeared alongside Justin Welby to promote ''ecumenism'' and Islamic immigration. Remember, this is the Anglican leader who has permitted Canterbury to be handed over to Masonic rites for 3 hours tomorrow...
Then, too, Cardinal Nichols has a history of publicly supporting sex-education, dissenting homosexualist groups and the Kasperian ''accompaniment'' party-line at the Synods of '14 and '15; all to the scandal and confusion of faithful Catholics.
It is marvellous to see that Cardinal Nichols now intends to re-consecrate England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary tomorrow; and we encourage all our readers to pray for His Eminence and for the success of this event.
At the same time, for this to be a genuine sign of commitment to Our Lady of Fatima, who warned about the sins of the flesh leading most souls to Hell, it would be appropriate for Cardinal Nichols to publicly demonstrate repentance for any of the ways his leadership has offended against that truth.
It would also be important for His Eminence to call his good friend Justin Welby to repentance for permitting Freemasonic rites in Canterbury cathedral; and to teach him of the True Faith founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ on the Apostles.
Then again, whilst we deeply respect the good people and much of the work of the World Apostolate of Fatima, not least this initiative for tomorrow's reconsecration, the evidence suggests to us that their notion that the Consecration of Russia has already been acheived is not correct.
Indeed, had this Consecration of Russia been accomplished according to the request of Our Lady, the victory of the Immaculate Heart would already be apparent to all and there would be no need for local consecrations of this nature.
Therefore, we do pray that tomorrow's consecration will: please Our Lady; draw graces down for the eventual Consecration of Russia to please her still more; draw much-needed graces for the re-conversion of our nation; protect against Freemasonic subversion; and make reparation for the further desecration of Canterbury cathedral tomorrow.
At Pegwell Bay in Kent there stands this Celtic cross to mark the site where it is believed that St. Augustine first landed and met with King Ethelbert in 597 AD.
In the late summer of 2013, we travelled to pray at Canterbury for the reconversion of England back to Our Lord Jesus Christ and the One, True, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith. Most of the pictures in this article were taken during that blessed pilgrimage.
We sense that today will be an important stage in the battle for the soul of our nation, the future of Western civilization and the souls of countless people in these tumultous times.
Please, do pray along with us today and reconsecrate your lives to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Our Lady of Walsingham - Pray for us!
That Troublesome Tank on the Lawn...
Torch of The Faith News on Wednesday 15 February 2017 - 23:22:29 | by admin
A Few Good Men
Anyone who has been reading this blog for long enough will know that we have frequently highlighted the good things being done by Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth. Their defences of Holy Matrimony and of Christian civilization have consistently been a welcome light of orthodoxy here in the British Isles.
Last weekend, Bishop Davies clearly intended to build on these achievements through a homily that he delivered at Shrewsbury Diocese's annual Celebration of Marriage day.
Rooting his teaching in Our Lord's clear words ''What God has united, man must not divide'' (Mk.10:9), His Lordship took the opportunity to defend the indissolubility of marriage and to affirm the beauty and constancy of the Church's perennial teaching in this area.
Given the present climate in both Church and society, this sermon was as courageous as it was uplifting to those who heard it.
Bishop Davies' homily added to the defence of marriage that he wrote last April; when he wrote a solid pastoral letter reassuring his flock that Amoris Laetitia does not change Church teaching on Holy Matrimony.
Again, in common with the pastoral guidelines issued by Bishop Egan around the same time, that message can be seen as nothing short of courageous in a time when so many false ideas are being so violently promoted.
May God bless Bishops Davies and Egan for all that.
A Spiritual Health Warning Needed
These things being said, when I read Bishop Davies' homily this week, I did find myself reflecting on a paragraph that I first posted here last Friday.
That paragraph read: ''It was good that Bishop Egan interpreted Amoris Laetitia in an orthodox manner last April... However, the acceleration of events now shows that it has always been the wrong course of action to suggest that Amoris Laetitia is unproblematic; and thus to blame only its interpreters for promoting errant teachings and practices. The longer that approach persists, the more disingenuous it comes to appear.''
I mention this again because, as marvellous as Bishop Davies' latest homily is, His Lordship used several direct quotes from Amoris Laetitia to underscore his points on the indissolubility of marriage.
It is important to acknowledge that every single one of those quotes is perfectly clear and orthodox.
The problem that I see here, is that by drawing attention to the ''good bits'' of Amoris Laetitia as a defence of Holy Matrimony, without issuing a corresponding warning about its hugely problematic sections - those which are the subjects of the outstanding Dubia - must be seen, at the very least, as a spiritually risky venture.
To illustrate my meaning, let me offer two images: In the first, imagine a tour guide recommending a beautiful coastal walk, without issuing any caveats about those parts of the path that led through dangerous terrain, or were liable to collapse into a deep ravine.
The second illustrative image comes from a time when I was travelling in Croatia with some friends. A guide told us of a beautiful vantage point out in the countryside beyond our hotel. During the night we set off through hills covered in thick grasses in order to be present at dawn to experience the majestic sunrise. What the guide had not told us, because she did not think we would actually seek out the vantage point for ourselves, was that the terrain that we crossed in the dark was littered with poisonous vipers! Our guardian angels must have been working overtime, because we did not come to any grief. Still, it would have been nice to have known of the dangers to which we were exposed...
Why a Warning is Needed
I was so encouraged by Bishop Davies' latest defence of Holy Matrimony that I was tempted to just let these things pass. No-one wants to criticize those who are so clearly on the side of the angels. However, there are also many souls who are in grave danger of being misled by those troublesome parts of Amoris Laetitia. You know, those parts that have been quite deliberately crafted to allow for the indissolubility of marriage to be undermined in the first place!
That danger was greatly exacerbated yesterday when Cardinal Coccopalmerio had his disgracefully heretical book launched for him in Rome. So vile are its sacrilegious errors that it is not surprising that he did not want to answer any questions in person...
It is a fact of spiritual warfare that the devil seeks and exploits our weaknesses.
That inclusion of the ''good bits'' of Amoris Laetitia without reference to the seriously dangerous bits can be seen to be a weakness, which is in danger of exploitation.
Perhaps, then, we should not be surprised to see none other than Austen Ivereigh exploiting that very weakness via his Twitter account today.
Regarding Amoris Laetitia, a questioner asked: ''Both Bishop Egan and Maltese Bishops ''accept'', but interpret differently. Which interpretation's (sic) correct?''
To this Ivereigh claims: ''The Maltest bps are in accord with the authorative interpretation of AL defined by the pope.''
Of course Ivereigh typically overreaches himself here, because Francis' letter to Modernist bishop friends in Buenos Aires can hardly be described as an ''authorative interpretation'' that is in any way ''defined'' by Francis.
See how Ivereigh is trying to make it look like Francis has issued a dogmatic definition binding on all the faithful here?
Of course, as Ivereigh should know, Francis has done nothing of the sort; because he can do nothing of the sort.
In this, we see that Ivereigh is to orthodox Catholic Apologetics what a sawn-off leg is to walking.
Still, as much as it grieves us to have to say it, Ivereigh's attack on the approach taken by Bishops Davies and Egan demonstrates that this attempt to focus only on the good is a dangerous weakness that can be exploited.
Everyone now has to publicly admit the problematic parts of Amoris Laetitia and vocally support the Dubia.
Ivereigh's exploitation of this weakness shows that pretending not to see the enemy will not only fail to discourage that enemy, but it will actively encourage that enemy to make greater strides.
That Tank Won't Leave On It's Own
Last week, I suggested that Amoris Laetitia can be understood in terms of a tank parked on one's lawn, with the barrel pointing in through the front window. I also said that attempts to ignore it were akin to debating the patterns the half-tracks had made in the flowerbeds.
Ivereigh and Coccopalmerio's interventions this week make it clear that we cannot ignore this threatening tank, or its potential devastation, by pretending that it actually makes a nice garden feature; or even that it serves our purpose for us.
To make fully clear what I am saying, let us hear the words of Pope Leo XIII from Satis cognitum in 1896: There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit barely the whole cycle of doctrine, and yet by one word as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition.
My Lords, you are good men who have given us all so much encouragement in the Faith. We want to encourage you for this. It is because of your consistent orthodoxy that many lay people do become confused when they see the problems in Amoris Laetitia; and then see that you present only the solid parts without acknowledging those seriously problematic parts. Those who are subverting the truth rightly see this as a weakness which they can exploit, to the further confusion of the faithful. My Lords, please come out publicly and call for the Dubia to be answered. Countless souls depend on it.
In Defence of Truth, Justice and Fr. Stefano Manelli
Torch of The Faith News on Tuesday 14 February 2017 - 13:30:47 | by admin
Lanherne Convent 2009: Fr. Stefano Manelli receives the Solemn Professions of two of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate; they are the ones wearing the crowns of thorns.
In the summers of 2009 and 2010, we were blessed to spend our annual vacations near to the convent of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in Lanherne, Cornwall. This meant that we could easily attend for the Traditional Latin Mass and for periods of silent prayer in the open section of the chapel, beyond the sanctuary and enclosure.
During our earlier visit, we were amazed when it was announced that Fr. Stefano Manelli - co-founder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate and spiritual child of our hero St. Padre Pio - was being flown in to receive the Solemn Professions of two of the sisters.
Angie and I still look on those weeks in Cornwall as an important stage in our ongoing conversion and developing journey in the Faith.
A key part of all this was the purchase and reading of an important book from the convent's book stall.
I speak of Msgr. Brunero Gherardini's masterpiece, The Second Ecumenical Vatican Council - A Much Needed Discussion. In this book, Msgr. Gherardini carefully analyses several troubling issues in the actual content of Vatican II, which have long needed to be addressed.
This book proved to be a game-changer for me, mainly because it helped to answer questions that I had first begun to ask in the late 1990's.
It is a must read for all Catholics.
I would say that the translation, publishing and sale of such revealing books by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate has had as much to do with the heavy-handed suppression of them under Francis, as did their faithful adherence to Sacred Tradition in Liturgy, Doctrine and community life. Someone powerful has clearly not liked what they were doing and saying...
The censure and restrictions placed on Fr. Manelli, as well as the destruction of his previously flourishing religious community, have been much commented upon by orthodox Catholics. Indeed, this dire treatment represents one of the more unpleasant stains on the much besmirched leadership of Francis. As the respected historian Roberto de Mattei described it, the treatment of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate has been nothing less than a ''systematic destruction''.
And yet, Rorate Caeli was able to report back in December that all the gravely unjust and even defamatory charges that had been made against Fr. Manelli had been dropped.
At the time, Rorate justly asked: ''And now that the legal authorities have made their ruling, and it seems that Fr. Manelli hasn't raped, abused or killed anyone, the question returns, to pose for the Congregation for Religious, to its prefect, and to its secretary: what has Fr. Manelli done; and what have the Franciscans of the Immaculate done to be treated with such harshness?''
And harshness indeed it is.
Just this morning, Deacon Nick Donnelly has tweeted the following information: ''Latest news of the oppression of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate... This is what is planned for the entire Church... The Vatican has ordered that Fr. Stefano Manelli is to perpetually keep silent, make no public appearances, and not be part of any discussions in his own community. Even though he is the founder. And he is to live only where the Vatican says he can live.''
There are amazing parallels here to the unjust treatment that was meted out to St. Padre Pio; a saint from whom Fr. Manelli actually received his First Holy Communion as a small boy. And, too, there appear to be parallels in the manner in which Fr. Manelli is receiving his treatment with obedience and without complaint.
Whilst this is virtuous behaviour, it seems that those of us who are still able to speak out must protest as loudly and as clearly as possible against the unjust suppression of orthodoxy which is spreading like a cancer in the days of Francis.
There is something gravely wrong when holy men like Fr. Manelli are being carted off and silenced, whilst promoters of heresy, sacrilege and theological trash like Cardinals Cupich, Kasper and Marx are given places of honour.
Just this morning we have read that Francis' advisory Council of Cardinals has suddenly issued a statement of allegiance to Francis. Clearly, someone in power is getting unsettled by the unexpected kickback from the faithful against the heresies of the hour...
As for the rest of us, the ordinary lay faithful: who of us would welcome words of affirmation from figures like Reinhard Marx and Oswald Gracias? Any decent God-fearing men would distance themselves from the affirmations of characters like this. They have shown themselves to be Modernistic Judases, men who crucify Christ and His Church afresh in our own days.
Seriously, Cardinal George Pell - are you really happy to sign up with these men? With them, are you truly supportive of Francis' divisive leadership, and the manner in which his Amoris Laetitia is being used, with his sophisticated aquiescence, as a lever to bring in the desecration of the Eucharist, the weakening of Holy Matrimony, the destruction of souls and the subversion of the very credibility of the Church? Happy with all of that, are you, Eminence?
Down here at the cliff-face, we ordinary Catholics are just sick and tired of hearing about good men being silenced and suppressed.
We are fed up of witnessing orthodox vocations getting crushed; whilst effete and dissenting modernists are given free reign.
We're dog-tired of seeing faithful men like Fr. Stefano Manelli, Fr. Marcel Guarnizo, Deacon Nick Donnelly, Fra Matthew Festing and countless others being hushed up and sidelined.
We are furious to read of homosexuals using the priesthood as a vehicle to prey on young boys; and then being filthily protected by the interventions of the likes of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto and Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio. All three of whom have played a leading role in the ongoing subversion of Holy Matrimony being played out before the eyes of all of us...
We are fed up of it, do you hear?
We are tired of it all. That does not mean we are exhausted. On the contrary, you merely motivate us more and more to resist your evil attacks on the Catholic Church.
It has to be said that the more one reads of men being forced to resign and shut up - and Hilary White has a hair-raising piece on this, in relation to research done on Jorge Bergoglio's past in Argentina, over at What is up with the Synod? - then the more similarities one sees in relation to the abdication of Benedict and the subsequent efforts to reverse so many of his key policies by his enemies.
Nay, their attempts to reverse the very teachings of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself!
On behalf of men like Fr. Manelli, we cry out with the words of Holy Scripture: ''Thus saith the Lord of the Hebrews: Let my people go to sacrifice to me''! (Exodus 9:1).
There is one thing in all of this that we can all be sure of: In the end, the full truth will come out for all to see.
God is not mocked; and God will not be mocked!
In the meantime, with God's grace to preserve us, let us stand up for the True Faith with integrity.
Be heartened today by the words of St. Paul: ''And we know that to them that know God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints'' (Romans 8:28).
Keep the Faith!
For the Good Priests of Malta
Torch of The Faith News on Monday 13 February 2017 - 12:46:45 | by admin
Charles Scicluna in Malta: Hey, go easy with the Kool-Aid!
On 25th January, the sacrilegious communion-promoting Charles Scicluna gave a sermon in Malta.
With an ultramontanist fervour that would have made even the good Cardinal H.E. Manning wince, Scicluna asserted: ''Whoever wishes to discover what Jesus wants from him, he must ask the Pope, this Pope, not the one who came before him, or the one who came before that. This present Pope.''
What Scicluna failed to see was that this extreme papal positivism only served to underline just how much Francis' Amoris Laetitia - and Scicluna and Grech's blasphemously sacrilegious interpretation of it - can be seen to represent a radical rupture from 2,000 years of Sacred Tradition.
Indeed, the conception of religious leadership presented by Scicluna's homily seemed to have much more in common with the cultish Jim Jones of Jonestown infamy, than with anything remotely approaching orthodox Catholicism.
And we all know how things went in Jonestown...
Such narrow-minded fanaticism was further underlined when Scicluna advised Malta's Catholics to avoid blogs. In normal times, his advice to instead seek the will of Christ in ''the Church'' would be totally orthodox. But when the blogs he derides are merely those which are pointing out the fact that it is he who is departing from the Church, and not those Catholics who continue to follow the continuity of Christ's teaching through all of the previous popes, then his guidance becomes positively toxic.
In any case, the ''nudge, nudge, wink, wink'' approach employed in Amoris Laetitia's footnotes can hardly be said to be a clear teaching that Catholics are obliged to follow.
That Scicluna's approach in this homily was not a one-off was confirmed last week when Fr. Ray Blake's blog shared an e-mail from a concerned priest, who is presently serving in Malta.
This priest affirmed that the orthodox priests in Malta became desperate following a meeting with Scicluna, in which he repeated the blinkered mantra of his homily.
As Fr. Blake quoted: ''The mantra is this: We have one Pope, the present Pope - Francis - and reminded his parish priests that this principle is the most traditional of principles: we follow whatever the Pope says. He went on to say that if the next Pope says something else, we will then follow what he says.''
From this little snippet it appears that Scicluna is oblivious of the truth that Popes can only defend the objective Deposit of Faith; and the fact that we must obey superiors in all things except for sin.
This being the case, and given the desperate feeling amongst the clergy and laity of Malta, we wish to dedicate the following ditty to encourage the good priests of Malta to do the right thing.
O Good Priests of Malta!
There once was a chap called Scicluna,
whose theology suddenly went lunar!
He held that the Pope
had unlimited scope;
like declaring that Goldfish was Tuna!
On the road down to Heck,
with his neighbour called Grech,
he issued his good priests a warning:
If Pope Frank says it's right,
to set your own hair alight,
then, by jove, you'll do it by morning!
'Coz Pope Frank can't be wrong,
when he speaks with his tongue,
or shows us by way of instruction:
That short is now long;
and right is now wrong;
and goodness is outright corruption!
'Til Pius Thirteen
arrives on the scene,
he conceded by way of deflection,
then 'neath Frank's yoke we shall lean,
like there never has been,
ought else in our holy religion!
The priests of those isles,
though they wore their best smiles,
feared they might get suspended.
For Kasperian wiles,
stretching miles upon miles,
had left all reason upended!
O good priests of Malta,
by God's grace do not falter;
join up in a reverent union.
You must tell that chap Charles,
though he sulks or he snarls:
''We'll not give adulterers Communion!''
Please say a ''Hail Mary'' for Archbishop Scicluna and Bishop Grech to repent and return from their present course.