Wishing a Blessed and Holy Christmas 2018 to You All!

Torch of The Faith News on Tuesday 25 December 2018 - 10:55:31 | by admin

We wish all the graces and blessings of this Holy Season to all our readers.

Let us keep one another in prayer.

Stay very close to the Crib of this most beautiful Child, especially during these days of His birth - St. Padre Pio.  

Advent 2018: Restitution to Bishop Rigoberto Corredor Bermudez

Torch of The Faith News on Saturday 22 December 2018 - 17:23:11 | by admin

On 21st January, 2017, I reported here that Bishop Rigoberto Corredor Bermudez of Colombia had unjustly suspended Fr. Luis Carlos Uribe Medina a divinis, because that faithful young priest had refused to go along with heretical and sacrilegious Amoris Laetitia instructions to give Holy Communion to adulterers.

On 3rd February, 2017, I happily gave an update to the story; acknowledging and celebrating the fact that Bishop Bermudez had reinstated Fr. Medina. The bishop had ''recognised his mistake, accepted the arguments of the priest re-instituting the priestly magisterium and announced that he forbids in his diocese to give Communion to the divorced and remarried in civil or free union. Also the bishop said to be obedient, first of all, to the Sacred Catholic Doctrine.''

At that time, I concluded: ''It is marvellous to hear that Fr. Medina has been vindicated in this manner. Whilst we think it important to keep a watchful eye on this situation as it develops, we rejoice to hear that Bishop Bermudez appears to have had this change of heart and practice. At the end of the day, this is the kind of happy outcome we all really desire - with those who have been promoting sinful adultery and sacrilege coming to their senses, repenting and making good within the unity of Christ's Church. So, hopefully, this is the end of that particular saga, and we therefore give thanks for Bishop Bermudez' restorative actions and ask for God's blessing on him, and for ongoing strength and protection for the good Fr. Medina.''

All well and good, so far.

It had always been my intention to go back and append that February 2017 news update to the original January 2017 story, so that those subsequently accessing images or news of Bishop Bermudez, especially those who may not have otherwise seen our subsequent update, would get to read not only the fact of the bishop's error, but of how he had then corrected things in their proper and just order within a few weeks.

Alas, due to a combination of laxity, forgetfulness and simply becoming sidetracked by other things on my part, I never did append that update to the original story.

Occasionally, the thought crossed my busy mind that I ought to carry out that good intention, but I never transformed that into action. At other times, I was just too lazy to do so.

That was wrong of me; I should have been as quick to append that update as I had been to issue the original strongly worded report.

By God's grace, whilst preparing for my Christmas Confession earlier today, I was strongly convicted of this fact and logged on to this site - for the first time in several months, due to various pressures, issues and a need to pray and go deeper with Christ - to check on the original story and see about inserting the update to it.

I have to say that, given Bishop Bermudez' above-mentioned corrective measures, and the positive words we ourselves had also posted here about him in the second article on the matter in February 2017, (just described above), I was mortified to see that the original - and thus not justly updated article - has been appearing high up on the list of search-engine news items about Bishop Bermudez for some time.

Under the circumstances, I also now regret that I had described Bishop Bermudez, in both the title and photograph of the first article, as a ''Bergoglian Bullyboy.'' Although the initial actions of the bishop were certainly wrong, I now hold that I should have spoken more respectfully of a prelate who, whatever human failings he may have, remains ontologically a Bishop of Christ's Church in his very essence.

Clearly, although I had provided a second article as a just update about the case, it has been wrong of me to have left the earlier article all this time without the necessary update, in a way which may have caused harm to the bishop's good name to those searching for information about him on-line for the first time. I want to apologise to Bishop Bermudez, and to anyone who may have been led by my omission to think ill of him, for this.

The action I am taking is thus to take down the original article and to leave this new one as a final on-line record on the matter, with the intention of making just restitution to Bishop Bermudez.

I will also be mentioning this in my next Confession and praying for Christ's blessings on Bishop Bermudez and Fr. Medina.

There will be some who will see my post today in a cynical light, others may think I've gone soft, or else that I have been somehow ''got at'' by someone. I categorically deny any of this; my motive is purely to repent and then make restitution for a personal sin of omission, in order that we may all celebrate the Birth of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ in a renewed spirit of hope, peace and authentic Christian charity.

In preparing this post, I have also discovered that, following a terrible murder in one of his churches, Bishop Bermudez has recently called on all of his diocesan priests to make an act of reparation in their parishes to reaffirm the sacredness of human life and to foster respect for the Eucharist and sacred places.

So, credit where it's due and all that.

Whilst on-line, I apologise for the unavoidable lack of posts here in recent months and thank all the faithful readers who have kindly continued to visit the site and most especially those who have tried to contact us.

May you all receive the blessings of Christ in these final, and spiritually important, days of Advent 2018.

May God give us all the grace to make a good Confession as we await the Birth of the Christ-Child in just a few short days.

Yours in the love of Christ - Alan John Houghton.

Keep the Faith!    

St. John the Evangelist - Eucharistic Miracles - Francis - Fr. Godfrey Aloysius Carney

Torch of The Faith News on Tuesday 11 September 2018 - 15:12:52 | by admin

Adoremus in Aeternum: Eucharistic Adoration at the High Altar of St. John's, Fountains Road, Kirkdale in Liverpool.

St. John the Evangelist

Another beautiful church with deep significance for many Catholics in the Liverpool area is St. John the Evangelist on Fountains Road, Kirkdale. Here it was that the late, great, Fr. Godfrey Aloysius Carney ministered to souls for many years.

Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles

St. John's, Fountains Road, was also one of the venues for the International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles, which was hosted there during the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress last weekend.

The International Exhibition is a marvellous collection of photographs and factual data, which has been compiled into a series of accessible display presentations, in order to spread awareness of some of the awe-inspiring Eucharistic Miracles, by which Our Blessed Lord has, at key times, tangibly demonstrated the absolute truth of His Real Presence - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - in the Most Holy Eucharist of the Catholic Church.

The exhibition is particularly special, because it was created by Carlo Acuti, the Servant of God. He was a young lad from Milan, who was blessed with a remarkable gift for understanding and working with computers. Carlo also did volunteer work for children and the elderly.

At the depths of his heart, Carlo had received the graces of a deep Catholic faith, love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Mass and Our Lady. As such, he prayed the Rosary daily and loved to remain in prayer before the Tabernacle. He famously said: ''Our aim has to be the infinite and not the finite. The infinite is our homeland. We have always been expected in Heaven.''

It was his love for Our Blessed Lord, and for souls, which inspired Carlo to use his computer skills to develop website materials to promote the Eucharistic Miracles through an online exhibition. Data and imagery from that exhibition is also displayed on the posters and stands of the mobile international exhibition.

Young Carlo died in 2006 from fulminant leukaemia. He was just 15 years of age. He amazed others by his ability to offer up his sufferings for the Church and for the Pope.

Buenos Aires

When viewing the Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles, I was struck by the fact that, being listed in an A-Z format, Argentina was the very first on the list.

More specifically, the tremendous Eucharistic Miracle at the parish of St. Mary in Buenos Aires; a parish which was at that time under the jurisdiction of none other than, then, Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio. 
On 15th August, 1996, a communicant, who was receiving the Sacred Host in the hand, inadvertently dropped the Host. To add to these distressing facts, this person left the Host, as though it were now ''dirty''. Another person informed the priest and the Sacred Host was placed in a vessel of water, to allow It to dissolve.

On 26th August, the Host was found not to have dissolved at all. Instead, It was showing red stains. These increased by the day. The priests of the parish went to see Archbishop Bergoglio. Apparently, it was decided to wait before proceeding with investigations.

In 1999, Archbishop Bergoglio was made aware that Professor Castanon was performing scientific investigations for free and he was permitted to take up the case.

Whilst interviewing the priests, the professor became aware of another Eucharistic miracle at the same parish in 1992. In that case, the Sacred Host had also been left in water without dissolving. A lady chemist from the parish had been allowed to carry out tests and she had been surprised to find that the Host was presenting white blood cells - leukocyte formula - which were active.

Professor Castanon, having received authorisation from the CDF, took samples from these two Hosts to the Forensic Analytical forensics laboratory in San Francisco.

On 28th January, 2000, the scientists there found traces of human blood, containing human genetic code. In March of that year, Prof. Robert Lawrence, a famous legal histopathologist and top expert on tissues, found human skin and white blood cells in the samples from the Hosts.

In 2001, Professor Castanon took the samples to Professor Linoli, who identified the white blood cells and suggested that the samples most probably corresponded to heart tissue. The results of these tests were similar to those performed on the famous Miracle of Lanciano - which, of course, dates to the 8th-Century.

In 2002, Professor John Walker at Australia's University of Sydney, confirmed that the samples contained muscle cells and intact white blood cells.

At this point in the accounts, Professor Castanon impresses the fact that white blood cells outside the body typically disintegrate after 15-minutes. However, the samples were, at that time, displaying white blood cells after more than 6 years.

In September, 2003, Professor Lawrence confirmed that, in light of the new investigations, it could be concluded that the sample could correspond to that of an inflamed heart. This meant that the person who had died would have first suffered a great deal.

On 2 March, 2004, the two professors went with the samples to Professor Zugibe of New York, at Columbia University. He was the greatest expert in cardiac pathologies and forensic medicine of the heart. He was not told that the sample was from a Sacred Host.

After his own researches on the samples, Professor Zugibe concluded that the sample came from the myocardium, indeed the left ventricle, of a patient who had suffered much before death. Moreover, the patient had laboured and suffered much, because every aspiration was painful. The patient had probably also suffered a blow at the level of the chest.

Even more incredibly - and it makes me weep as I type this today - Professor Zugibe stated that the patient's heart showed dynamic activity at the moment the sample was brought to him.

Professor Zugibe explained that this was because: ''The intact white blood cells are transported only by the blood and thus if white blood cells are here, it is because at the moment you bought me the sample it was pulsating.''

When Professor Zugibe was told that the sample had been brought not from a human patient, but from a Sacred Host, he was greatly moved.

Professor Castanon concludes that the myocardium is the muscle that gives life to the whole heart and to our body. He wrote: ''Rightly a theologian made me note that the fact that it was really the myocardium, was not casual but contained a real symbolism. The Lord in this miracle wanted to show us His myocardium, which is the muscle that gives life to the whole heart, just as the Eucharist does with the Church. And why the left ventricle? Because from it comes the purified blood and Jesus is the One Who purifies His Church from her sins... ''Doctor'' - Professor Zugibe said to me again - ''at the moment in which you brought me this sample, this heart was alive!''

Finally, Professor Castanon wrote that Professor Zugibe's report was sent out on 26th March, 2005. This was five and a half years after the commencement of the studies on the samples. The conclusions were: ''They are tissues of the heart, undergoing degenerative changes of the myocardium and these changes are due to the fact that the cells are inflamed and it is the left ventricle of the heart.''

Professor Castanon brought those results to, then, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio on 17th March, 2006.

A Message for Our Times - And for Francis?

Dear readers, I cannot write of these things without two things: the movement of my heart expressed in many tears to think of Our Blessed Lord's sufferings and the unfathomable gift of His Love and Real Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist; and the notable fact that this incredible miracle occurred in the diocese which was at that time being run by Jorge Bergoglio.

I was thinking last night that, as Francis' horrific deconstruction of the Church goes into overdrive - which disaster now includes ever deepening revelations and the dreadful tenacity of those still clinging to power in spite of credible allegations of predatory abuse - it is as though Our Lord had already given him a prior and excessively clear demonstration of His Real Presence.

It seems to me that this was given as an extraordinary grace, even an extraordinary warning, because of the extraordinary dangers which were coming on the Church.

Could it perhaps have been a superabundant outpouring of love and truth to confound Christ's enemies?

The more I think of these things, the more this seems to me to be the case.

And if so, how has Francis responded? Why has he not expedited this case from the heart of Rome? Why, instead does he never kneel before the Blessed Sacrament? Why has he done so much that has promoted sacrilegious communions?

At the same time, I also see, all around me in the Church and on-line, so many good souls becoming desperate and focusing so much on the evil that they are in danger of being pulled into it; and even to exacerbate the damage being done to the Church in a fury which, without the guidance of deep prayer, penance and submission to an orthodox spiritual director, can at times confuse passion for zeal.

This is a temptation for all of us.

I pray that, instead of being pulled into the darkness, that those who read this, as well as ourselves, will be able to find refreshed hope through the wonderful Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires.

And also by the other great examples gathered together by Carlo Acuti, the Servant of God, in his International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles.

Fr. Goldfrey Aloysius Carney - Priest of God

I cannot conclude today, without a mention of a great and holy priest who so influenced my life in the 1990's that he became a kind of subconscious gold standard of priesthood for me.

I speak, of course, of the late, great, Fr. Godfrey Aloysius Carney, former parish priest at the aforementioned St. John's Church on Fountains Road; the venue for last weekend's display of Carlo Acuti's International Exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles.
One only has to consider his photograph to discern that Fr. Carney was indeed a holy man of God.

It was 10 years ago last week since Fr. Carney's funeral took place at St. John's. When he died, he was 98 years of age, and had served as a Catholic priest for an incredible 74 years!

I met Fr. Carney in the mid-1990's, through attendance at the Fatima First Saturday devotions which he used to help to host.

Fr. Carney was faithful, orthodox, humble and deeply prayerful. He was also blessed with a great sense of humour, and that kind of old time Catholic mirth which one still sometimes encounters in true Catholics; who know to take life seriously, but not too seriously.

That being said, Fr. Carney, who offered the Traditional Latin Mass, had an acute sense of awareness of the spiritual battle of these times.

He also used to teach that, as a Catholic, Tradition was everything that you had and needed. One could not really be a Catholic, unless one were Traditional.

During his First Saturday sermons in the mid-1990's, Fr. Carney's words impressed on me the importance of holiness and integrity in one's walk with Christ. His words challenged me to take seriously the need for purity of heart and to discard so much of the rubbish which passes for media entertainment and popular culture in our deplorable age.

He was also very clear about the offensiveness of some such things to our Heavenly Father. When the Liverpool-based television soap-opera Brookside featured a storyline about incest, Fr. Carney railed against it and suggested that it was perhaps only down to the few faithful ladies, who prayed so devoutly during those First Saturdays, that God had not poured down His chastisements on the world for such sins.

In a much more calm and reassuring voice, he then said to those ladies: ''God bless you... You are like the 10 good people of Nineveh.''

In 2004, just days before we were going to America for two years for further studies at Steubenville, Angie and I had a quiet few moments with the great man, during the evening of celebrations for his 70th anniversary of priestly ordination.

By God's grace, I'll never forget how he said that he had felt the Holy Ghost working through him at his ordination in 1934; and how he had felt that power working through his hands every single day that he had offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass since then.

I must say that, whenever his Mass was attended, one was profoundly aware of this power and mystery; such was the nature of his reverence, devotion, manner and speech.

I remember Fr. Carney as a true shepherd, lovingly tending his flock amidst dangers, leading them to the wellsprings of salvation and warding off the wolves when they ventured too close.

Something of the measure of his impact in Liverpool could be discerned by the fact that St. John's church on Fountains Road was packed to standing room at his funeral 10 years ago.

Dear readers, in the midst of the horrors of these times for the Church, let us not lose sight of the kind of graces shared here today.

Philippians 4:8: For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, any praise of discipline, think on these things.

Keep the Faith!

St. John the Evangelist - Pray for us!

Carlo Acuti, the Servant of God - pray for us!

Adoremus Eucharistic Procession - Liverpool

Torch of The Faith News on Sunday 09 September 2018 - 22:33:19 | by admin

The Eucharistic Procession of the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress approaches the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King today in Liverpool. 

We attended the Traditional Latin Mass today at the beautiful St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Liverpool. During Mass, I was particularly struck by a line in chapter 3 of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians on this 16th Sunday after Pentecost.

The line reads: ''To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth all knowledge; that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.''

It is a line which I believe it would do us all well to contemplate in these times, so as to enter into the Heart of Christ and keep our eyes, hearts and wills fixed firmly on Him.

It was a line which also seemed so applicable to the hopes and prayers which we expressed here last night for the Eucharistic Procession of the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress, which has taken place in the city this weekend.

Because of the Congress, it was an even more special time than usual today at St. Anthony's; with a period of Eucharistic Adoration on the High Altar preceding the Traditional Latin Mass and with a concluding Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

It was the kind of afternoon which used to make many Catholics say: ''All this and Heaven too!''

The Missa Cantata was offered by Canon Poucin from the ICKSP's Dome of Home church of Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena, across the River Mersey on the Wirral peninsula, with the accompaniment of a splendid choir.

Sadly, I had forgotten to grab my camera on the way out (again!) and this old picture does not at all do justice to the majestic interior and beautiful art of St. Anthony's; which today was further enhanced by the presence of numerous fine candlebra and a red backdrop for the Monstrance on the High Altar.
By all accounts, the Eucharistic Procession through the city was also a huge success. Led by the cardinal, archbishop and various other bishops, hundreds of priests, and thousands of lay faithful from around the UK, the reverent procession set off from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King at 1pm.

There are moving on-line photographs of women and young families kneeling down in Adoration as the Blessed Sacrament Procession passes them along the city streets in drizzling rain.

It was good to see on the photos that the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Walsingham was also carried through the streets of our home city in the Procession.

The Adoremus Congress twitter feed announces a quote made by Archbishop McMahon before the Procession began, which reads: ''Let us go forth from this Cathedral after Holy Mass with open ears and without ambiguity to proclaim to the world the love and the healing power of God in His Son Jesus Christ.''

We pray that many souls will thus have been touched by the Real Presence of Christ today.

Having moved through the city, the Eucharistic Procession returned to the Cathedral Piazza. The Cardinal then led Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament from a covered outdoor altar at the top of the Piazza steps.

I must say that I was troubled to see that the concerns which I first expressed here on Friday - regarding the potential danger of religious indifferentism - were in the event actually realised by the participation in the procession of Protestant leaders processing near to the Eucharistic canopy in their vestments.

Whilst at a human level it may be good to see that our city has moved beyond the kind of dangerous religious sectarianism which had caused harm in the long-ago past, it is nevertheless essential to uphold the certainty and dignity of Christ's own ordained priesthood in the Catholic Church, without any ambiguity or confusion of symbolism.

It is one thing for Protestant leaders to process supportively in a religious procession such as this as ordinary folk, indeed it is heartening that they would want to; but to have them process, wearing their own vestments qua Protestant leaders, appears as a sign of religious indifferentism.

On the one hand, even if unintended, this could even be understood as a sign of disrespect towards the Blessed Sacrament and to the sacred priesthood which Christ ordained to offer the august Sacrifice of the Mass; on the other hand, it could also confuse onlookers, who may think because of it, that all ministers are theologically equivalent.

At the same time, such behaviour sends out a signal to the Protestant ministers that they need not change from their present religion.

And that is very sad indeed, because the foundation of all Christian unity worthy of the name is Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Truly Present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. It is my sincere prayer that, by walking behind Our Lord's Real Presence today, these souls will be given the graces needed to follow Him all the way into His One True Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and thus find His true peace in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

All that being said, I think that we can all nevertheless remain grateful to God for the extraordinary graces which have been poured out on our city and local church this weekend, through the meeting of the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress and the concluding Eucharistic Procession through Liverpool.

Our Blessed Lord has been adored and worshipped in Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration by thousands of people in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, in the Liverpool Echo Arena, in the Blessed Sacrament Shrine, in various other local churches, and even in the very streets of Liverpool. Even mainstream media is stating that around 10,000 people took part today. Also, many souls have received holy Confession and a renewed vigour in their walk with the Lord. Then, too, society has seen that the Catholic Church is still here, doing business and bringing Christ's redeeming love to souls.

Our prayer is that the graces of this weekend will bring healing, peace and renewed strength to all who have been touched by Our Lord, in whatever way by these blessed events.

We pray this day that, wherever you are reading this from, that you shall also receive graces and blessings from Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

He has first loved us; let us make of the rest of our lives an ongoing act of love in return to Him.

Let's conclude with that line from today's Epistle. It is my prayer for you dear readers: To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasses all knowledge; that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.

Christ Our Pasch and Mary Our Mother

Torch of The Faith News on Sunday 09 September 2018 - 00:58:19 | by admin

At the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow: Cardinal Vincent Nichols leads 6,000 pilgrims in Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Whilst we have expressed some of the caveats and reservations we have regarding the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress, which is taking place this weekend in our home city of Liverpool, it remains a great grace that some 6,000 pilgrims knelt before the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ, during Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, this evening at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

This happened during a day on which Liverpool's Archbishop Malcolm McMahon paid tribute to the local English Martyr Saints John Rigby, Edmund Arrowsmith and John Almond; and asked for their intercession for the success of the Congress.

Another important moment was the Archbishop's welcoming, during this great Feast of Her Nativity, of the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Walsingham; which had been brought specially to Liverpool from Walsingham's medieval Slipper Chapel, by Msgr. John Armitage.
During the liturgy, Cardinal Vincent Nichols prayed as follows:

Lord, recreate Your Church, a visible Body of Your Son, so that we may bring joy not grief, trust not betrayal, love not anger, in the hearts of all people, especially Your poor and the little ones.

In light of the ongoing sex-abuse scandals and dreadful cover-ups and denials, even from the very top of the Church, as well as the Hierarchy of England and Wales' own handling of the recent case of little Alfie Evans, we must hope and pray that this call for the Lord to recreate will not be mere lip-service, but will flow into a genuine changing of heart for all of the Church to become much more faithful to Christ than before.

A very practical demonstration of this, for example, could be for the Bishops of England and Wales to apologise for this particular failing, reach out to those who have been so badly hurt and let down, and then get firmly behind the new attempts to bring in changes to the law to protect future families from having to go through the kinds of trials that the families of little Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard had to endure.

Last night and tonight there was an intense spiritual peace on Merseyside, of the sort one encounters on Holy Thursday or Christmas Eve.

Tonight it was far stronger than it was last night. I am convinced that this is all due to the fact that the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, has been exposed and adored by literally thousands of people in the Liverpool Echo Arena, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, the Blessed Sacrament Shrine and various other churches in the city and outlying region this weekend.

In spite of all the bad things happening in the Church and society, in spite of the darkness, the sin and the errors, in spite of all our own sins and lack of fidelity to prayer and penance, Our Lord has not abandoned His Church.

He is with us.

Deo Gratias!

Please join us in praying for tomorrow's Eucharistic Procession from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King at 1pm to be a time for giving great and uncompromised honour to Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

May it also be a period of great graces for the healing and conversion of souls in our home city of Liverpool and far beyond.
We pray that the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, passing in reverent procession through the streets of Liverpool, will bring fruits of social peace, conversion of hearts, orthodox reform in the Church, healing of wounds, help to the homeless, protection for the unborn, elderly and vulnerable, and a renewal of faith, strength and hope.

May Catholics receive the grace to love Christ more; and may souls who have never yet encountered Jesus receive the graces they need to find, know, love and serve Him in this life; in order to be happy with Him forever in the next.

Don't forget: Traditional Latin Mass (Missa Cantata) at St. Anthony's on Scotland Road, Liverpool, L5 5BD at 3pm, followed by traditional Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Our Lady of Walsingham - pray for us!

Ss John Rigby, Edmund Arrowsmith and John Almond - pray for us!       

Unlike His Predecessor... A Fun Word Game for Families Everywhere!

Torch of The Faith News on Saturday 08 September 2018 - 13:13:53 | by admin

Keeping a weather eye on the global situation, we hear that Vatican officials are out searching with their ''intelligence resources'' for the good Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, with a view to prosecuting him for alleged crimes against Vatican and Church law.

All very George Smiley!

Ah, the ongoing fruits of the Year of Mercy...

At the same time, Francis has doubled down on his own mysterious silence in the face of Archbishop Vigano's allegations, by using yet another homily as a kind of Vigano-proof weathershield.

Having already tried to paint himself as the silent hero earlier in the week, he then suggested on Thursday that it was ''a bad sign'' when a Christian accuses others, when they ''badmouth'' others.

Perhaps we should be glad that he indirectly admitted that Vigano was a Christian!

In the meantime, the propaganda machine has maintained its steady pace with the release of the expert mathematician (''2+2=5!'') Antonio Spadaro's new book, Pope Francis - Open to God: Open to the World.

I see that Lianne Laurence of LifeSiteNews has already drawn attention to the electronic publicity blurb for this new book; which uses the launch as an opportunity to criticise Pope Benedict XVI.

Christian charity and all that...

And so, the offending blurb claims of Francis that, ''Unlike his predecessor, he does not sit down in a room and write learned books. He is in constant dialogue with the outside world and with the Universal Church.''

There are a number of things one might say in response to this kind of cheap shot fired across the bows of Benedict and faithful Catholics everywhere.

In the first instance, it is amazing to see such a book being released at the height of such a scandalous and ongoing crisis involving Francis and his key personnel. This certainly demonstrates that Francis and his friends seem not to have realised that - like some kind of real-world Yosemite Sams or Wile E. Coyotes who just won't look at reality - they have already run themselves right over the edge of the cliff face.

Then again, an academic might suggest that Francis did not write learned books because he was not, well, to be brutally honest, that learned... But charity would probably forbid such a retort from being made.

Plus, there is the inconvenient fact that a great deal of Benedict XVI's output was an expression of his own dialogue with the world. I'm thinking, to name but a few, of  books like: Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures; Europe Today and Tomorrow; and Without Roots - The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam.

Then again, one could only splutter into one's coffee at the suggestion that Francis is so busy in dialogue with the Universal Church.

Perhaps if the new book's blurb had stopped with its claim about Francis' ''dialogue'' with the outside world, then that might have been fair enough.

After all, he is good friends with the likes of the secular mass-abortionist Emma Bonino.

But dialogue with the Universal Church?

Excuse me, while I mop up the coffee...

How anyone could make such a claim when Francis has ignored the requests of the 790,000 faithful Catholics who asked him to uphold the Church's teaching at the ''marriage synods'', the requests of the 4 Cardinals to have their vital Dubia answered, the request of the 16,000 to disinvite his homosexualist buddy James Martin from the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, or the whole world full of Catholics now wanting answers about Archbishop Vigano's claims, is simply beyond telling.

But then, poor Antonio isn't terribly good at mathematics, is he?

Neither, would it seem, theology...

Anyway, whilst those kind of retorts could be made, I thought it would be a bit more fun to consider some rather more accurate lines for a future updated advertising blurb for Spadaro to draw on, next time around.

Such as for example:

Unlike his predecessor, Francis never kneels before the Blessed Sacrament.

Or even...

Unlike his predecessor, Francis engineered two synods in Rome to subvert the traditional teachings on Holy Matrimony, Confession and Holy Communion.

How about...

Unlike his predecessor, Francis' efforts in this regard caused untold amounts of confusion, heartache, anger and loss of faith all around the world.


Unlike his predecessor, Francis' efforts led to countless sacrilegious Holy Communions being made all across the world.

Very troubling indeed, that one.

Then there could be...

Unlike his predecessor, Francis encouraged even Protestants to receive Holy Communion in a similarly sacrilegious manner.

It's a wonder the world hasn't been fried yet, isn't it really?

Or, unlike his predecessor, Francis protected, and if claims are proven true, even enabled, a cabal of predatory homosexuals to hide themselves in the episcopate and priesthood, piling up victim lists of the innocent.

May God heal the souls of those poor children and young seminarians who were so filthily harmed and scandalised.

Don't forget the warnings of Akita, Fatima, La Salette or Quito.

Or how about...

Unlike his predecessor, Francis refused to answer simple and honest questions when reporters tried to get to the truth about allegations made against him by a credible, conscientious, prayerful and widely respected archbishop.

Or maybe...

Unlike his predecessor, Francis is free to come and go as he pleases; speaking to all people everywhere and anywhere, without the omnipresence of someone like Georg Ganswein constantly hanging about. 
The German Bishop Oster with Pope Benedict - He's the one with the bruised eye.

Hey, after 5 years of all this, maybe you could come up with a few ''Unlike his predecessor'' lines of your own. It could even be a fun word game for all the family. Go ahead: Knock yourselves out!

Stay Calm - Keep the Faith! 

The Peace of Christ - Let Us Adore Him

Torch of The Faith News on Saturday 08 September 2018 - 00:54:48 | by admin

The Blessed Sacrament Shrine on Dawson Street Liverpool - as viewed on the Twitter feed for Adoremus 2018.

There is a tangible peace on Merseyside tonight, which must surely be due to all the Eucharistic Adoration happening around the city for the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress.

We've just been heartened to learn that some 450 people entered the Blessed Sacrament Shrine on Dawson Street, during this evening alone, in order to pray before the Real Presence of Our Blessed Lord in the splendid Monstrance there.

The Blessed Sacrament Shrine on Dawson Street has been an important place in the faith journey of so many of us Catholics from in and around Liverpool.

It was an oasis of peace that helped my late father to convert and come into the Catholic Church in the late 80's. It was also a favourite place of prayer for my late friend Fr. Mike Williams. If I ever popped into the shrine to pray, Fr. Mike would invariably be there already - kneeling bolt upright with his eyes fixed on Jesus in the beautiful, golden Monstrance. He could sometimes spend hours in silent prayer there.

The shrine was also always one of my own favourite places to pray and to go to Confession whenever I was in the city.

Perhaps we could say a prayer this night for the shrine's former superior, Fr. Gary Walsh SSS, who died young just a few years ago. Like the shrine, Fr. Gary was also an important part of the faith journey of so many Liverpool Catholics. He'd have loved to think of so many souls coming to adore Our Lord in the chapel there. May he rest in peace.

I've just been reading Bishop Mark Davies' encouraging Adoremus article on the need for a return to the Most Holy Eucharist in the Church and in society. It really is a most heartening piece.

I was particularly struck by something quite remarkable whilst reading it.

For so long, I have been identifying and articulating for others the stages of decay which have led from the 16th-Century Protestant Revolt, down through the Enlightenment, French Revolution, Sexual Revolution and two World Wars through to the collapse into the Post-Modern relativistic society of today.

Reading Bishop Davies' inspiring article, I was struck by the fact that he focuses not on the stages of decay, but on the fact of restoration. And it is clear from what he writes that, with the sight of faith, he understands the start of this restoration as a fact.

Indeed, I was most intrigued, and even moved, by his identification of the start of this restoration, this re-evangelization, as being focused on the life and times of St. John Vianney, with his awesome apostolate in the small town of Ars.

Bishop Davies wrote that he contends that the new evangelization of Western society began there at Ars with St. John Vianney.

This is certainly a fresh, positive and thought provoking perspective; and it is clear from what he writes that this has come as the fruit of much prayer offered before Our Lord in the Tabernacle.

His Lordship explains: ''In later years when the Cure was asked how Ars was converted (along with many other people in France), he would simply point to the place where he knelt in prayer before the Tabernacle... In this same place we too must begin the wider renewal of faith in the Holy Eucharist. We might say it is something that can only be accomplished on our knees.''

By God's grace, many people have begun to do just this today before the Blessed Sacrament at the various Adoremus venues for Eucharistic Adoration.

This Adoremus Congress is certainly turning out to be a time of unexpected graces and blessings.

Please join us in praying that it will be a time for: renewal and reform in the Church; for a return to orthodoxy in our bishops, priests and lay faithful; and an opportunity for new people to come to know, love and serve our Divine Saviour in the Most Holy Eucharist. May this weekend draw down many graces for our city, our dioceses of England and Wales, and also far beyond.

St. John Vianney - pray for us! 

Adoremus Eucharistic Congress - May it Be a Time of Grace Leading Souls to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament

Torch of The Faith News on Friday 07 September 2018 - 14:22:05 | by admin

With Archbishop Malcolm McMahon's official welcome having been given at the Liverpool Echo Arena, the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress is now underway in the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

Although there are a number of key events on the schedule which one would look askance at - such as the participation of Westminster's Cardinal Nichols in a Liverpool still reeling from his handling of the case of little Alfie Evans; the screening of episodes with live commentary and discussion led by Jimmy McGovern on his TV-series Broken, inside of St. Francis Xavier's church; the incorporation of a Beatles 'sing-a-long' evening at St. Anne's and St. Bernard's church in Overbury Street; and the obvious dangers of religious indifferentism which, depending on how this is done, could be inherent when local Protestant leaders have been invited to take part in the Eucharistic Procession through the city on Sunday afternoon - this is nevertheless an opportunity with tremendous potential for the giving of glory to God, the restoration of faith for many people and of bringing new souls to Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

There are splendid opportunities across the city for Eucharistic Adoration (visitors to the city are strongly encouraged not to miss the oasis of peace that is the Blessed Sacrament Shrine at 4 Dawson Street in the city), Confession, the Traditional Latin Mass, silent prayer, vocational discernment and chances to meet up with other Catholics who are keen to keep and spread the Faith in our times.

A particularly good highlight of the congress looks to be the archive exhibition of items from the 1908 Eucharistic Congress, taking place at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.

Another not-to-be-missed aspect has to be the presentation of the International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles, which was designed by the Servant of God, Carlo Acutis.

This Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles may be viewed at both the Gibberd Room at the cathedral, and also at the beautiful St. John's Church at 70 Fountains Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool, L4 1QL.

In time for the event, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has written a heartening article, which points us all back to the Real Presence of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist.

To be fair to them, the Catholic Herald has made this a prominent feature article for this weekend, under the title: Amid the darkness in the Church and the world, there is one constant source of light.

Regular readers know that we often speak out here, and with good reason, over the internal deconstruction of the Church and of family life, both locally and internationally.

Nevertheless, we hope and pray that this weekend in our home Archdiocese and city will be a time of giving glory to God and of opening hearts up to great graces and blessings for the local Church and the people who do not even yet know Our Lord, or of His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament.

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon has started the Congress off by expressing his hope that the event will be a time for people to feel at home, not just in the city of Liverpool, but also ''at home in Jesus, in the Blessed Sacrament.''

Also, the Adoremus Congress has issued an important prayer request, which reads: ''Please pray for those in Liverpool who will see our Eucharistic Procession on Sunday, that it may stir within them a curiosity and that that curiosity may lead them to seeking Jesus Christ.''

That would certainly be our prayer for the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress now taking place in our home city of Liverpool.

May it be a conduit of grace to bring honour to God and salvation and sanctification to many souls who, by His grace and the prayers of the faithful, might find Him in the Blessed Sacrament.

Above all, may Our Lord Jesus Christ, Really Present in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Tabernacles of our Catholic Churches be loved, honoured, worshipped and adored by all hearts.

Sacred Heart of Jesus - Have mercy on us all!

Traditional Latin Masses - Liverpool

Torch of The Faith News on Thursday 06 September 2018 - 13:54:33 | by admin

As many of you are aware, the Adoremus National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress is taking place in the city of Liverpool from 7-9 September.

The event is to be attended by all of the dioceses of England and Wales and will be centred on Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

A good and wholesome fruit is the provision of extra Traditional Latin Masses, at Liverpool's famous and beautiful St. Anthony's church on Scotland Road, during the period of the congress.

One of the encouraging things about Catholic and cultural life in Liverpool is that, when travelling on buses along Scotland Road - ''Scottie'' in Scouse parlance - one still sees passengers reverently making the sign of the cross as the bus passes by the front of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Thanks to the hard work of the local LMS representative, Mr. James Pennington, the generous priests and altar servers on the rota, as well as other supporters, there is normally a Traditional Latin Mass every single Sunday of the year at St. Anthony's at 3pm; with Traditional Latin Masses also normally offered there at 12 noon on each of the Holy Days of Obligation.

During the days of the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress, the schedule for Traditional Latin Masses in the city will be as follows:-

Friday, 7th Sept: 9:00am - Low Mass.

Saturday, 8th Sept: 9:00am- Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady - Missa Cantata.

Sunday, 9th Sept: 3pm - Asperges, Missa Cantata, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 

The address for sat/navs is St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Scotland Road, Liverpool, L5 5BD.

This is a tremendous opportunity for regular attendees, visitors to the Congress and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the treasures and beauty of the Traditional Liturgy and Faith, to attend and support local priests and people of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, in keeping those Four Ends of the Mass: Adoration, Thanksgiving, Reparation and Petition.

Don't miss this important opportunity!

St. Anthony - Pray for us!     

The Truth Will Not Be Silenced!

Torch of The Faith News on Tuesday 04 September 2018 - 10:34:36 | by admin

The Catholic News Service (CNS) and the Catholic Herald have put up an article headlined, Pope says 'silence' is the best response to 'people lacking good will'.

The sub-heading to that article suggests: ''The Pope advocated silence with people who only seek scandal, with those who look for division.''

Beneath those headings, there follows a remarkably anodyne article, which explains that Francis was speaking during a homily on the Gospel of St. Luke, 4:16-30.

The CNS and Catholic Herald article also acknowledges that it is just over a week since Archbishop Vigano accused Francis of reversing sanctions on Theodore McCarrick; and recalls that Francis had told reporters on 26th August to read Vigano's document for themselves and make their own judgments.

Who can now doubt that Francis' non-answering response was not only an attempt to dodge the questions, but also an invitation to his fellow-travellers in the media world to come to his aid? It was that phenomenon which I was pointing to in Saturday's article on Veritas!

Anyway, in the CNS and Herald article, we learn that Francis said: ''With people lacking good will, with people seeking only scandal, with those who look only for division, who want only destruction, the best response is silence. And prayer.''

That article also notes that, according to the Vatican News report, Francis had said that, with His silence, Our Lord had defeated the ''wild dogs'', and the devil ''who had sown lies in the hearts'' of the people.

He went on, ''This teaches us that when there is this way of acting, of not seeing the truth, silence remains... Because the truth is meek. The truth is silent. The truth is not noisy.''

To which, in the present circumstances, an honest person can only reply: NO, FRANCIS, NO! A THOUSAND TIMES, NO!!!

It is horrendously distasteful to hear Francis speak in this way; almost blasphemously likening himself to Our Divine Saviour and, given the context and timing, implying that Archbishop Vigano, and all others who want clear answers to Vigano's credible claims, are somehow divisive and evil ''wild dogs'' with divisive motives.

It is shocking to hear this kind of hubris and mud-slinging, when the whole world awaits an honest answer from Francis to genuine questions about what and when he knew about the serial sexual predator Theodore McCarrick; and also whether, knowing what and when he did, he nevertheless rehabilitated McCarrick.

It is beyond scandalous to hear Francis use the Sacred Scriptures, and even a homily during Mass, to try to elevate himself and to wound the truth-seekers in this underhand way.

Francis has been accused of covering up for a gravely abusive sexual predator, a man who has soiled not only his own priesthood and soul, but also the souls of countless other people; as well as besmirching Christ's holy Church in the eyes of the entire world.

Souls are being damaged and even lost because of all of this!

No, this is not a time when silence is virtuous.

It is a time for shouting out from the rooftops a demand for the truth and for justice to be brought out into the clear light of day.

And neither is this a time for the Catholic mainstream media to generate such lukewarm piffle, in the form of articles which merely give Francis and his minions such an easy pass. They really do this by reporting on these things in a detached manner, devoid of any critique and with headlines that even seem to support Francis. That's why, like so many of you, I don't waste my money on their blathering blandosity!

No, not when so much is at stake. It is just not acceptable.

So, Francis suggests that the truth is meek, the truth is silent, the truth is not noisy.

Well, actually, the TRUTH can sometimes be as forceful, loud and as searingly bright as thunder.

No amount of enforced silence will, eventually, be able to hinder the outright victory of truth.

How sinister it is to see this sanctimonious attempt to enforce silence, and at once to make oneself seem to be virtuous for the very act of refusing to answer honest questions from truth-seeking journalists.

How especially so, when it is just this sort of behaviour which has been used to ''gaslight'' so many child and seminary victims of the sexual abuse of evil predators, and those who have wickedly covered up for them, in the first place.

Wild dogs indeed!

You've probably already seen or heard about the on-line footage of a courageous woman repeatedly calling out ''VIGANO!'' from the crowd at Francis' Sunday Angelus in St. Peter's Square.

This follows on from the group who reputedly chanted ''Vigano-Vigano-Vigano!'' during last Wednesday's General Audience there.

As these examples demonstrate, this is not a time for collaborative silence, much less for self serving hubris; but it is beyond the time for the calm establishment of the truth of the case, by an integral and lawful examination of the facts proposed by that faithful son of the Church, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.

And that must happen now!

It really must if we are to remain faithful to Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, He Who is TRUTH Itself!
In the meantime, and seeing as I cannot get to St. Peter's Square myself, please permit me to use the remaining space of this article to add my own final word:- 


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