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We are restarting our blog page in order to be able to inform our readers about news items from the secular or religious world that need to be more widely seen or commentated about.

 

We stopped it almost exactly two years ago, when we were asked by Bishop McGee to stop blogging; (under threat against Fr. Stephen's priestly faculties).

 

We had earlier that year, told Bishop Gilbert that we would stop blogging if he wished us to, but at that time he was happy for us to continue.

 

However, we were under two different dioceses due to living in a different diocese to that in which Fr. Stephen is incardinated.

 

Now however, the world and the Churches are descending ever further into a moral morass. And as we have ended our obedience to Pope Francis - and therefore all Bishops who go along with his false teachings and example - we are free to do what we must do under God. Preach God's Truth to the people, in season and out of season, so that those who have ears to hear may turn back to God and be saved.

 

For details on why we have removed our obedience please read our Declaration and footnotes.

By The Hermits, Sep 12 2019 04:30PM

Whilst waiting for Stephen to finnish his next article I am posting for your edification a truly excellent article by Steve Skojec, the Editor of OnePeterFive:


Steve Skojec September 5, 2019


We were caught up and lost in all of our vices

In your pose as the dust settled around us


And the walls kept tumbling down

In the city that we love

Grey clouds roll over the hills

Bringing darkness from above


The pop song “Pompeii,” by the band Bastille, is an upbeat earworm that references one of the most famous tragedies of human history: the destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century A.D. The refrain points to the human instinct to cling to denial, pretending that the events around us are not, in fact, actually happening:


But if you close your eyes

Does it almost feel like

Nothing changed at all?

And if you close your eyes

Does it almost feel like

You’ve been here before?


There is a quiet moment near the end of the song, a break from the rousing chorus, where the singer asks:


Oh where do we begin?

The rubble or our sins?

Oh where do we begin?

The rubble or our sins?


It’s an unusual theme for the Top 40 charts, and coincidentally, the song debuted in early 2013, rising to prominence at roughly the same time Jorge Bergoglio was elected to the papacy. At least subconsciously, I think it has been on repeat in the back of my head all this time like an eerily appropriate soundtrack for “Francischurch,” a catchy little ditty about havoc and destruction playing beneath the endless stream of words, images, and videos depicting the 2,000-year-old Church we love crumbling to pieces in real time.


The walls have indeed been tumbling down.


Papal blasphemies, an official policy of religious indifferentism, permission for Communion for adulterers on the books, various pushes toward intercommunion, a reversal of the infallible teaching on the death penalty in the catechism, the near erasure of the definition of mortal sin, multiple denials of the existence of Hell (and thus any impetus to live virtuously), the reduction of Gospel miracles to mere naturalistic human events, the endless promotion of temporal concerns over the spiritual, papal permission for contraception, protection of the most corrupt in the Church at the expense of the weak and the vulnerable, a hatred from on high for the faithful and their deep-rooted concerns, and repeated attacks on the very fabric of the moral law itself.


It is telling that despite having written on this topic for six years, I know that the litany in the preceding paragraph is undoubtedly missing a number of key issues that should be listed along with the rest. The sheer number of errors and attacks on the Faith from this pope and his subordinates is so high that it’s impossible to remember them all, let alone be remotely comprehensive in less than a book-length exposition.


And now our pope informs us that he is “honored that the Americans attack me.”


The context of the statement was as a response to his receipt of the French-language book How America Wants to Change the Pope. The book, America Magazine tells us, is about “how a wealthy and often traditionalist sector of the American Catholic church — both clerical and lay — attacks Pope Francis”.


To that, I say the following: Dear Francis, we could never attack you as you have attacked the Faith. It is impossible for every traditionalist in America — or the whole world — all working together, to cause as much damage as you have. We criticize you because you wound the Church, we pray for your conversion and fidelity, yet you mock our concern by calling it an attack you are honored to bear.


You have no shame.


And speaking of shamelessness, the initial reports from the battlefield that will be the Amazon Synod are already beginning to come in, and they are as bad as anyone could have expected. LifeSiteNews reported this week that “[r]adical liberation theologians” are pushing for an “overthrow of Catholic doctrine” at the synod.


Citing an independent document put together by a group of priests and theologians “associated with Latin American ‘liberation theology’ who are involved in the preparation” for the Amazon synod, they cite a number of key areas of attack, including:


Advancing the notion that there is “no one true religion and that non-Christian religions are capable of bringing ‘salvation’ to people”

Redefining the Eucharist “as a symbolic act of the community”

Undermining the nature and history of the priesthood with an accompanying push for women’s ordination

Advancing “feminist ecological theology”

A rejection of the teaching that all of creation should be under the dominion of man (claiming injustice over disparity between non-human species and man)

Affirmation of the value of pagan religions

A refusal to refer to God as Father, calling Him instead “Father and Mother”

Read the whole thing for much more detail, but I recommend that you don’t keep anything breakable within reach of your throwing hand.


Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller, meanwhile — the only surviving dubia cardinals (who have still never been received in audience by the pope to address their concerns) — have written to their fellow cardinals to express their disdain over the instrumentum laboris (working document) for the upcoming synod, according to the Catholic News Agency (CNA):


“Some points of the synod’s Instrumentum laboris seem not only in dissonance with respect to the authentic teaching of the Church, but even contrary to it,” Cardinal Walter Brandmüller wrote to fellow cardinals in an Aug. 28 letter obtained by CNA.


“The nebulous formulations of the Instrumentum, as well as the proposed creation of new ecclesial ministries for women and, especially, the proposed priestly ordination of the so-called viri probati arouse strong suspicion that even priestly celibacy will be called into question,” the cardinal wrote.


Brandmüller also expressed concerns about the involvement of clerics like Cardinal Claudio Hummes and Bishops Erwin Kräutler and Franz-Josef Overbeck, all of whom fall in the “revolutionary” camp. On Hummes, who serves as president of the synod, Brandmüller expressed concern that he will “exercise a grave influence in a negative sense.”


The German cardinal expressed his hope that those fellow cardinals in receipt of his letter would begin thinking about how they might address “any heretical statements or decisions of the synod.” He also asked the recipients to “correct, according to the teachings of the Church, certain positions expressed in the Instrumentum laboris of the pan-Amazonian synod.”


For his part, Cardinal Burke wrote as well to his brother cardinals, expressing that he “shares completely the deep concerns of Cardinal Brandmüller on the upcoming Synod on the Amazon, based upon its Instrumentum laboris.”


The instrumentum laboris, Burke continued, “contradicts the constant teaching of the Church on the relationship between the created world and God, the uncreated Creator, and man, created in the image and likeness of God to cooperate with him as guardian of the created world.”


Burke warned that the working document contains “disturbing propositions” that “portend an apostasy from the Catholic faith.”


Again, read the whole thing for more of the letters from the two cardinals, and again, I suggest keeping your coffee mug out of reach as you do.


Think, for a moment, about the severity of these warnings. Two cardinals of the Catholic Church are asking their fellows to prepare a response to inevitable heresy in a synod led by a pope, and are warning about direct indications of apostasy from this official event. And then gauge your reaction: are you even a little surprised? Are you still angry? Or are you just bitterly cynical, expecting the unthinkable to happen, because these days, it invariably does?


The conclusion, at this point, is inescapable: the Catholic Church as we knew it no longer exists. Like a protracted version of that fateful day in Pompeii, we have spent the last six years watching the sky turn dark, and the fire and brimstone — metaphorically speaking — rain down. (Our allegorical Vesuvius was belching out lava and smoke as it worked up to its most destructive explosion for a century or more, but the city-burying eruption is happening now.)


It should be noted that not everyone perished in the Pompeii disaster. Some survived. And our faith teaches us that the Church, too, will survive. But she will not be as she was before. Not in a temporal sense. The Church Militant is being driven out into the desert, where God will, by means of His providence alone, keep it alive, moving it towards the promised land of the New Jerusalem.


But with the most recent round of college of cardinals–stacking still fresh in our minds, we cannot expect things to get better soon. We have no earthly reason to think the next conclave will elect a better pope. We are most likely in this for the long haul, and many of us may not live to see the other side of this crisis.


We have to mentally prepare ourselves for this. We have to spiritually prepare ourselves for this. It isn’t going to be easy.


As we continue to watch the clouds roll in, it’s also time to dig into our (metaphorical) catacombs, hunker down, and pray. And let’s hope we don’t have to build real catacombs any time soon.


By The Hermits, Aug 29 2019 05:58PM

I feel as if the Vatican is setting up its own version of a hall of mirrors in order to confuse the right-thinking members of its flock.


So many things happening all together is odd if not meant. So let us try to think it through.

Firstly the Head of the Jesuits has come out with the old heresy that Satan is not an ‘entity’ of itself, but is a construct. (Strange, when Christ said that He saw Satan fall from heaven.) Now this heresy is not new, some Jesuits have been saying this for a long time. So why has it resurfaced now? Who wants it to be stated now? Is the Jesuit Fr. Bergoglio’s Superior, or is Pope Francis pulling the strings? Why deny the fact of Satan?


Secondly, and maybe related, why start the promulgation of the heresy that ‘God willed all religions’ right now while the Catholic press are taken up with the Amazon Synod preparations? Satanism is now an officially recognised religion. So “God willing all religions”, if it wasn’t a heretical lie, would mean that God willed that people should worship Satan! But that might just be a heresy too great for even Francis to stomach. So, reduce Satan to an imaginary construct rather than a being that could be worshiped and adored. Of course, that doesn’t get the Pope out of saying that God willed people to worship Demons such as the Hindhu deities who wear severed heads and limbs round their bodies, and the other pagan gods who at best are simple false gods.


Thirdly the Amazon Synod. Why is there an Amazon Synod anyway? How about an Australasian Synod or an African Synod? Well an African Synod might be rather embarrassing, after the African Bishops tend to be rather conservative. But an Isle of Man Synod might be more to Pope Francis’ taste, that could include the wisdom learned by saluting the fairies whenever crossing the Fairy Bridge, I am sure that could be incorporated into the Catholic Liturgical practices somehow!


To think clearly about the Amazon Synod means separating the wood from the trees, or even rain forest. There is nothing sinful about being concerned about the rain forest, as long as concern for the physical world is not equated with the command to spread the Word of God to the whole world. ‘The poor you have always’ as Christ said. It is our duty as given to Adam to take responsible care for the world. But it is our bounden duty to spread the Word of God as revealed in the Bible, to assist in the Salvation of souls.


A few of the much touted discussion points of the synod are not heretical. Married priests – we already have them in the converted Anglican Clergy who have become Catholic priests and in some of the Oriental parts of the Catholic Church. We know that some of the Apostles were married, and that the early Bishops and Elders were chosen specifically from married believers. Yes, it might not be in the recent history of the Church, but it is consistent with Tradition. Ordaining tribal elders who have only been Christians for a short period of time or who are illiterate might be rather silly, but not heretical. However, all these controversies only serve to hide the grand heresy – that of ‘learning’ from the pagan practices and beliefs, learning from false gods, incorporating practices used in pagan rites into Christian practices. Remember what the first Council – that of Jerusalem – said: “that you abstain from the pollutions of idols (Acts. 14:19). Therefore, it seems that what is being proposed in the working paper might well be heresy.


And one last act slipped in the middle of all of this. The Pope has agreed with the Chinese Government to appoint a certain person as a Bishop. Now I know nothing of this person, he may be good or bad, he may be a government agent or just someone who can somehow justify agreeing with both God’s demands and that of a completely antichristian State. You cannot follow both God and Man. Yet, it seems that Francis can, at least when it accords to his socialist viewpoint.


Yes, the Catholic Church is like a hall of mirrors. But there is a way out of this maze. Look not at the myriads of images and ideas being repeated and reflected all around you. Some are from the Church and some from the World. The Devil is the prince of the world and he is ruler of his dominion at present. The Church both East and West is the Bride of Christ, but is bloodied and dirtied by the world. So avert your eyes from Sodom as the Angels told Lott and his family, lest you get spiritually killed by the sight. Gaze on Christ and Him Crucified. Lean on the Word of God. Suffer for the world and the Church. And Hope for the coming of Christ and the purification of the world and the Church by whatever means God puts in place.

Come Lord Jesus Come – as we need your help, for we are making a mess of it!


Colette



By The Hermits, Aug 20 2019 03:59PM

This poem is from the excellent website The Reformed Pro-lifer which has been set up by the LifeSiteNews journalist and other young fervent members of the Reformed Congregational Church of Canada.



Do You Hear the Children Crying?

Written by Justina Van Maren on Monday, 19 August 2013.


Do you hear the children crying,

Can you hear their anguished screams?

Do you hear the women sighing,

Tormented by their shattered dreams?


Can you see the tiny forms of children

Broken, beaten, bruised and torn?

Do you see tears carefully hidden

By mothers guilty and forlorn?


Do you not hear, can you not see,

The blood that rests on all our hands?

The stench of great iniquity

That covers all of our vast land?


Do you ask, now where is God?

Who lets such horrors continue on?

Do you sit and wisely nod,

It's not our fault for God is gone.


But did we not say, with voices eager

Did we not shout with loud acclaim

Did we not gesture with wild fever

Did we not mock, and tell the same;


God, Thou must remain in heaven

Stay beyond our earth's blue skies

We have eaten the poisonous leaven

Which the devil well supplies


For as we stay dumb, deaf and blind

We see no blood, we hear no cries

Our hearts we harden, and sin we bind

Close on our hearts, believing lies.


Our children suffer, are valued not

Their life not treasured, thrown away

Their little bodies left to rot,

Yet we continue on our way.


But pray our eyes be opened wide

To see the blood of children lost

To see how the Great Divide

Has polluted minds, we pay the cost.


Let us no longer remain silent,

We may no longer close our ears

Let us our best garments rent

And fill our eyes with guilty tears


Let the voiceless gain a voice

Let the hidden blood be seen

Let us no longer rejoice

In what our sinful lives have been.


Let the children come and welcome

Let your daughters gain a friend

Do not keep your lips closed and dumb,

But make the slaying of children end.


Then, do you hear the children laughing

Safe inside their warm cocoon

God-given life in our safe keeping

Remains safe in mother's womb


Take up the sword of truth all people,

Answer the call of God's just war

Fight for the rights of pre-born children

Let their blood be shed no more.


By The Hermits, Aug 1 2019 01:59PM

Unborn babies in Britain need us to rise up from our unhappy slumber and fight for their lives as we did not do fiercely enough 50 years ago.


And it is extremely urgent.


We have, 'Right to Life UK' estimate, less than three months in which to stop the pro-abortion cabel in Parliament (Diane Johnson etc) from bringing in abortion to birth, basically the de-regulation of abortion, into England, Wales and Scotland. It will then be freescale killing of unborn babies for any reason or none.

It is already shocking that the disabled here are able to be killed up to birth - discrimination of the very worse type!

But what is being proposed now will also allow those without health problems to be killed, which will swell the number of late term abortions greatly.

And all because the pregnant mother doesn't want, for some reason or the other, to give birth at that time, because of course it is the women's right to choose! Female babies apparently not awarded this right until after they are born! There will be some women who also will have late abortions not because it is their 'right to chose' but because they are being pressurised by family or partner, or because they are poor. These two last categories of pregnant mothers need help and support, not just an operation to kill their child as if that will solve all their problems.


I feel guilty, so guilty.

I always knew what abortion was, how evil it was. But after attending the first anti-abortion march in London with my mother when I was twelve years old, I never did enough to fight for abortion to be ended.

I supported the various efforts to lower the age for abortion, I spoke about it to others in private, and it informed my choice when voting. I did try to stop two hospitals I worked at from allowing the nurses in Accident and Emergency departments from being able to give out the 'morning after pill', but I was unsuccessful in both. But I could have done more, so much more; and for that I am guilty before God. I also suspect that many of the people reading this could also have done more. Well now is the time for us to put that right.


Abortion is a very personal issue for me, because I am a surviver of an abortion attempt by a Gynaecologist. I survived because my mother thought that she was giving up her life by refusing to obey the gynaecologist.

I have four older brothers, and during my mother's pregnancies she suffered repeated kidney failures. I was a surprise, conceived during her concern at her mother's final illness. Due to her previous problems during pregnancy she was seen early by the Gynaecologist, but her kidneys were already failing. At the end of the consultation he told her that I was probably fatally flawed and would not survive, and that she would also not survive, and therefore an abortion was necessary. Although it was before the 'Abortion Act' his actions were legal under UK law.

My mother refused, but he sent her away to reconsider with his final words ringing in her ears: "Remember, you will leave your four boys motherless!"

My parents had no doubt what they should do, even thougth they thought it would cost my mother her life. When they returned to the hospital the Gynaecologist, although strongly disagreeing with their decision, said that he would do all in his power to keep my mother alive until the seventh month, and if she was still alive then he would do a caesarian, incase he could save either her or me. So my parents decided that they would give my brothers happy memories of the last few months of their mother's life, apparently no one was told off for four months! They also prayed as only children can pray!

At the seven month appointment the Gynaecologist was confounded. Mother's kidneys were working perfectly and I was growing well. He apparently said that if the boys had been praying then tell them to keep it up. So I was not killed in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Folkestone Kent.

Many years later I was appointed as an Accident and Emergency Consultant at Ashford Kent. One of the peripheral units under my care was the minor injury unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital Folkestone, and God was good enough to me to allow me to save the lives of a few people in the very same hospital in which I should have been killed! The irony of it always pleased me.


So I would beg all readers to do something extra in this, our vulnerable little ones, time of need.

What you can do, what we can do, I do not know.

Everybody has different skills, has different contacts, a few may only be able to pray, but most of us can at least tell people what is happening.

The official media will not be informing anybody anything! Whatever you do, do something!


I am attaching below the article by "Right to Life" for your further information.


Sr. Colette


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(the e-mail from Right to Life UK)


THEIR NEXT TARGET: ENGLAND AND WALES


A matter of minutes after this horrific abortion regime had been voted through in the Commons, pro-abortion MP Diana Johnson was back up speaking in the chamber on their next move. She made it clear that England and Wales now have an abortion law that is 'out of line' with Northern Ireland's new 'progressive' law and made it clear that the abortion lobby would be moving the campaign focus back to England and Wales.


The abortion lobby are not hiding the fact that they will be seeking to introduce an abortion regime that is at least as bad as Northern Ireland's, if not worse. Remember that they have indicated that their ultimate goal here is to have abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth. If there is any indication that they feel they can get this proposal through Parliament, it's very likely they will be aiming for abortion up to birth, rather the 28-week cut-off proposed in Northern Ireland.


They are going to be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill to introduce their radical proposals. This Bill has just had its first reading in Parliament and amendments will be brought forward later at Committee stage. We expect the abortion lobby's extreme abortion amendment to be tabled in September or October.


WE'RE HIRING


This is an imminent threat that we will face very soon. We are therefore well underway on our preparations for a very strong national campaign to oppose these radical proposals.


We will be facing the biggest battle on abortion since 1967.


We need to ensure we have the capacity in place to defeat these proposals. We are therefore looking for hard-working, passionate, professional individuals to join us to ensure we have the team in place to win. This team will then move onto a large push across media, public affairs and grassroots to deliver positive changes to policy and culture which will save lives and support women in unplanned pregnancies.


We are seeking both permanent staff and those who are available for a short-term contract for a fixed period of time ahead of the threat coming forward this Autumn (September/October).


If this is of interest to you or you know of anyone that would be suitable for one of the positions, please click the link below to view the positions we are looking to hire for and how to apply. We are moving quickly on getting the team together, so applications close Tuesday 6th August at 5pm.


If you can help us get the word out about these positions to friends, family and your wider networks, please do. It is vital that we can get the best team possible together ahead of this big battle.


Thank you again for your ongoing support.


Catherine Robinson

Right To Life UK


Their e-mail is: careers@righttolife.org.uk





By The Hermits, Jul 25 2019 04:31PM

Two articles about the more unseen issues about the LGBT agenda. The first is a very personal article written by a 'reformed' homosexual. The second shows that the medical treatment such as given to young children here in Britain is very suspect, and now at last the medical profession is starting to look at the drugs that it is giving these poor confused children.


These articles are so clear that I do not have to comment further!


Beauty queen speaks the truth: ‘Coming out as conservative is harder than coming out as gay’


July 23, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — When a beauty queen was stripped of her Miss Michigan title because her old social media postings were deemed “offensive, insensitive and inappropriate,” she declared, “Coming out as a conservative is way harder than coming out as gay in today's society.”


Kathy Zhu tweeted a screenshot last Friday of an email she had received from the pageant’s governing organization, explaining that her title had been revoked after tweets had been discovered concerning her “refusal to try on a hijab.”

The Miss World America Organization strips conservative activist Kathy Zhu of her Miss Michigan title for refusing to Wear Hijab and “insensitive” social media posts.


“It is honestly sad that the left refers to statistics and facts as racist and insensitive,” Zhu said in a statement to The Independent, UK.

“I am very glad that I now have the opportunity to speak out about the unjust treatment of conservatives,” continued the University of Michigan student.

Zhu, who was just old enough to vote in the 2016 Presidential election, also appeared in a YouTube video titled “Why this 18-year-old is voting for Donald Trump.”

Zhu is 100 percent correct. I should know; I’ve done both.

I agree with Zhu: Coming out as conservative is far harder than coming out as gay. I should know; I’ve done both.

I “came out” as gay after my wife and I divorced in the late 1990s. I was amazed at the acceptance I experienced. No one condemned me or my predilections.

My experience “coming out as a conservative” to other gays, lesbians, and my liberal neighbors and colleagues, on the other hand, was often exceedingly unpleasant.

As I began forming friendships with other gay men in the Washington, D.C. area, one thing quickly became very clear to me: I had better keep my political and social opinions to myself. Or else.

When I began dating a man who was related to a powerful Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he felt obligated to disclose the fact up front as if it might be a deal-breaker. I felt sorry for him: The look on his face was pained, as if he were confessing some unforgivable crime. He was astounded when I congratulated him and told him I thought his cousin was one of the best men in Congress.

Once when we were about to attend an event with his extended family, he warned me to keep my mouth shut about being a conservative because it would ruin everyone’s evening. He went so far as to assure me that one of his siblings who taught political science at a prestigious Washington, D.C. university would be so enraged he would storm out of the gathering in disgust.

Another time I was confronted by his sister-in-law who was clearly mortified that her husband’s brother was dating a conservative. And more than that, she demanded to know, “How can you be a conservative? You’re gay!”

I looked her in the eye and countered, “You’re an adult. You have children. How can you be a liberal?”

I would later tell that story as I traveled around the country testifying before state legislatures and others about the dangers of same-sex marriage:

There are lots of other examples, such as the time I went to a party where most everyone was a member of the Metropolitan Community Church, with its exclusively LGBT congregation. I was engaged in a long conversation about art and architecture with the ‘wife’ of the female minister who led the Church. Thirty minutes into our discussion, I mentioned I was a conservative and she just drifted away without saying a word, as if I were suddenly a pariah.

Another time I submitted an opinion piece to The Washington Post titled “Why I oppose same-sex marriage.” Before publishing my commentary, I had to speak with three different editors because none of them could fathom that anyone who is gay could disagree with the notion of “gay marriage.” I had to repeatedly assure them that I was indeed “gay.”

Within 24 hours of the article’s publication, a page was created on a gay website with my picture, excerpts from my writings, and more than 100 mostly vile comments posted, all meant to intimidate and prevent folks like me from speaking up.

One gay man in Italy found me on Facebook and sent me this note, saying I would be responsible for the suicides of gay youth:

If Maryland would approve the repeal ... i think that every suicide of a gay young in Maryland will be caused a little by your piece.

Others said, “Call him Little Roy Cohn;” “He's the gay equivalent of Uncle Tom;” “He's just another republican house faggot. Pay him no mind.”

Needless to say, over time I lost all of my gay friends.

Happy ending

This story has a happy ending. The backlash I experienced simply for being a conservative contributed to my being radicalized. Not only did I become an outspoken critic of same-sex marriage in the years leading up to the Supreme Court’s devestating Obergefell decision, I was moved to reject homosexuality and to live chastely.

Eventually, my wife and I put our marriage back together again. That was eight years ago. Not long after that, I returned to full communion with the Catholic Church.

Moral of the story: Conservatives are tolerant and possess human compassion; Liberals have no need for you if you disagree with them.


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UK investigating study used to justify giving puberty-blockers to 11-year-olds


UNITED KINGDOM, July 23, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — When the British National Health Service (NHS) decided that hormone-blocking drugs may be dispensensed to gender-confused children as young as eleven, it did so partly on the basis of a study that’s now being investigated for poor methodology and omitted data.


Puberty-blockers are the first precursor to so-called sex reassignment surgery. They prevent puberty’s changes to a teen’s body from taking root and can permanently weaken bones. At age sixteen, patients are then given “cross-sex” hormones to develop traits resembling the opposite of their sex, such as testosterone developing muscle and body hair in girls and estrogen helping boys develop breast tissue.

Critics argue that there are numerous health risks surrounding the physical and psychological reinforcement of gender confusion

The Tavistock Clinic, run by the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), offers young “transgender” patients puberty-blockers. Until 2011, a child had to be at least sixteen to qualify, but that year, researchers from GIDS and University College Hospitals began a study into the drugs’ “psychological, social and physical effects,” which led to the age being lowered to eleven, the BBC reports.

“All patients were seen regularly by mental health professionals,” GIDS claims. “They concluded that there was no evidence of harms that could be directly attributed to the treatment and that continuation of the study was appropriate."

However, an investigation by the BBC program Newsnight uncovered evidence of key information that was withheld from the participants’ parents and from health officials, as well as of problems with the study’s methodology.

Clear cause-effect relationships cannot be reliably determined due to the study’s small sample size of 44 kids and lack a control group against which to compare the results, according to the report. More concerning, neither the participating children nor their parents were told that “transitions” normally follow up the puberty-blockers with cross-sex hormones.

“I don’t see that the parents and their children could really have given informed consent given the lack of information that was provided,” Oxford sociology professor Michael Biggs said. “They were not given the information they needed in order to take this momentous life-changing step.”

Most alarmingly, follow-up data showed a “significant increase” of kids in the study answering that they “deliberately try to hurt or kill myself” after being on the blockers for a year.

Prof. Susan Bewley, who chairs Healthwatch, a charity for science and integrity in health care, is one of a number of doctors raising concerns about the lack of evidence in this area of medicine.

That change “is very worrying,” Bewley said. “Good medical practice would normally be very reflective about an increase in harms.” Yet these findings weren’t passed along to the Health Research Authority (HRA).

“The information that Newsnight has brought to our attention has not been raised with us before,” HRA chief executive Teresa Allen said in response to Newsnight’s revelations. “We will therefore investigate further, which may include a review of the original ethics opinion.” NHS England claims its policies on hormone-blockers “was based on international evidence and developed with clinical experts and publicly consulted on,” as well as an evaluation of the 2011 study (a copy of which the BBC says NHS has failed to provide). Nevertheless, in light of the new revelations, “the specification will be reviewed.”

In April, five former clinic workers resigned from Tavistock in protest, accusing GIDS of carrying out “life-changing medical intervention” for children and teens “without sufficient evidence of its long-term effects” and sometimes without even diagnosing a cause for their confusion or establishing that they truly suffered from gender dysphoria.

Last year, the NHS came under fire for administering puberty-blockers to as many as 150 children who were incorrectly diagnosed with gender dysphoria when they may have instead been autistic.

The BBC notes that the latest scandal comes as GIDS is facing scrutiny for how it presents puberty-blockers’ long-term implications to gender-confused children and how it treats dissent from gender orthodoxy.

“GIDS clinicians tell children and families that puberty blockers/hormone blocks are ‘fully reversible’ but the reality is no one knows what the impacts are on children’s brains so how is it possible to make this claim?” Dr. Kirsty Entwistle, former GIDS clinician, wrote in an open letter last week. “It is also a problem that GIDS clinicians are afraid of raising their concerns for fear of being labelled transphobic by colleagues.”






By The Hermits, Jul 19 2019 09:27AM

All I can say is: can the rest of the world please pray for Britain. We are now living in the world of the 'post-apocalyptic' film genre. We have a dictatorship controlling the UK and it isn't the Prime Minister, the Queen, or even Parliament (although it is acting as the Dictator's agents as were the Law Courts in the cases of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans). It is the Forces of Evil, embodied as the anti-life zeitgeist of the 'liberal' agenda. Satan is the de-facto ruler of Britain, and what a price we will have to pay when God eventually steps in to purify or destroy this nation.



BREAKING: UK Parliament votes to impose abortion on Northern Ireland


July 18, 2019 (SPUC) – Today, Members of UK Parliament (MPs) have voted to disrespect Northern Ireland’s delicate devolution settlement by imposing abortion upon the region and people of Northern Ireland. The vote, which took place in the House of Commons this afternoon, saw MP’s scandalously support the Northern Ireland Executive Formation Bill, which would see unborn children stripped of protections by 328 to 65 votes – a majority of 263.

What Next?

The Bill will see the repeal of section 58 and section 59 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act which are currently the only safeguards protecting unborn children from the threat of abortion in Northern Ireland. As well as imposing abortion on Northern Ireland, pro-abortion MPs are making clear their intention to ensure England and Wales are also facing abortion decriminalisation. Diana Johnson commented to this effect during the short parliamentary debate this afternoon. Unless the Northern Ireland Assembly reconvenes, abortion will be imposed upon the region by the 21st of October 2019.

Michael Robinson, Director of Parliamentary Communications for SPUC, said: “The UK has one of the most extreme abortion regimes in the world. Since 1967, our laws have permitted the killing of more than 9 million babies and injured countless women physically and psychologically. The Abortion Act has brought only misery and destruction. No society which is genuinely committed to equality and human rights could tolerate such a law. We are now faced with the prospect of an even more extreme situation being imposed on Northern Ireland. The people of Scotland, England and Wales cannot simply stand by and watch as this cruel and unjust legislation is enacted in their name.

Mr Robinson added: “Upon leaving office next week, Theresa May will only be remembered as the Prime Minister who undermined devolution in Northern Ireland and ushered in one of the most ruthless abortion regimes in the world. Anyone who values human life must urge the new Prime Minister to refuse to implement this inhuman and unconstitutional law.”

A Disgraceful Abuse Of Power

Liam Gibson, SPUC’s Northern Ireland Political Officer said: “What has happened today is a disgraceful abuse of power by Westminster. It is outrageous that MPs and peers from England, Scotland and Wales cared so little for the rule of law that an overwhelming majority were prepared to disregard the right of the people of Northern Ireland to maintain legislation which has saved the lives of over 100,000 children since 1967.

“The speed with which this Bill has been imposed has made a mockery of the parliamentary process. There is a complete lack of clarity regarding its provisions and the government has refused to allow time for any proper consideration of the consequences of the decriminalisation of abortion.

“By ramming abortion on demand down our throats Parliament has torn-up the devolution settlement and is treating Northern Ireland as a colony.

There are very serious questions about the constitutionality of this legislation which the next Prime Minister will have to answer.

Mr Gibson added: “What is most shocking is that all this has been done in the name of human rights. Abortion is not a human right. It is an act of lethal violence directed at an unborn child and is never justified.”


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Italian hospital offers help to 5-year-old girl who UK doctors want to unplug from life support


GENOA, Italy, July 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – An Italian hospital has offered to treat a little girl who suffered a sudden stroke and is now fighting for her life against doctors who have taken legal steps to remove her from life support and let her die.

According to Italian news site Genova 24, the Giannina Gaslini Institute, a world-renowned children’s hospital in Genoa, has confirmed that it received a request at the end of June from the parents of five-year-old Tafida Raqueeb for a “second opinion” regarding her condition.

Tafida suffered a ruptured blood vessel in February 2019, and is now lying in Royal London Hospital in a minimally conscious state. Although her parents Shalina and Mohammed believe that her condition is improving, Tafida’s doctors have gone to court for permission to remove the girl from a ventilator, which they believe will hasten her death.

Genova 24 reported that in response to Tafida’s parents’ request, the Gaslini Institute has organized a team of specialists to treat the girl. The team sent a document to Tafida’s London doctors, and subsequently had a video-conference with them.

Tafida’s parents hope to transport their daughter to the Italian hospital at their own expense. The local news site added that treatment of patients does not end in Italy until the patient is “brain dead.”

Italian media are comparing the case of five-year-old Tafida to those of Charlie Gard, who died in 2017 at the age of 11 months, 24 days, and Alfie Evans, who died in 2018 eleven days before his second birthday. Charlie had been diagnosed with Mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome and Alfie with GABA-transaminase deficiency. Both boys were treated by doctors who went to court for permission to bring about their deaths by removing their ventilators, and both had parents who wished to transfer them for experimental treatment in foreign hospitals.

In the Charlie Gard case, both New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome were willing to treat the sick child. The Bambino Gesù was similarly willing to treat Alfie Evans, whose father attempted, and failed, to remove him from Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital to a waiting helicopter. However, in both cases British judges ruled in favor of the hospitals, and the boys died after being removed from life support. Charlie died the next day; Alfie hung on, breathing on his own, for five days.

Both cases attracted an enormous following in Italy, Poland, and the United States where there was a great outpouring of sympathy for the children and their parents and criticism of the English hospitals involved and the British justice system.





By The Hermits, Jun 22 2019 10:54AM

Nazi Germany did forced abortions, Japan used to do forced abortions but has now apologised, China still does forced abortions, Britian is now about to do a forced abortion!


Also, this atrocity is about to happen to a Cathoic family in the Arch-diocese of Westminster. So, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, have you spoken out yet? You are responsible for the safety of your flock, therefore protect them! Only yesterday you were strongly criticized for focusing "too much on the reputation of the church during his tenure, rather than the welfare of children and the impacts of child sexual abuse on victims and survivors,” the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) said. “Children could have been saved from abuse if the church had not been so determined to protect its own reputation above all else.” So now try to at least save one vulnerable adult and her child from the extreme abuse of a forced abortion and death by dismemberment or other means. You did not fight the State imposed deaths of Charlie Gard or Alfie Evans for their "crime" of refusing to die when the medical authorities said they should. You were even involved in removing the priest who was the spiritual support for the distressed parents of Alfie. You are getting old, soon you will be at the Judgement Seat. Do you want to be presented with your own mill-wheel and be sent to drown in hell, or will you do something to prevent it? It is not too late to repent and turn back to God, away from the State endorsed carnival of LGBT gayity and depravity to the sober and moral Laws of God.


Anyone who is in England who reads this, please spread the news, please do what you can to encourage others to also make their views known. A grandmother, mother, and child depend on all of us. And may God Himself act on the reason and mind of the Judge, so that she does not blindly follow the warped logic of the pro-abortion medical lobby, but think instead on the right to life of the three people involved.


The article below is taken from LifeSiteNews who obtained it from SPUC:


June 21, 2019 (SPUC) -- “This is an outrage which should shock every right-thinking person."


In a horrific abuse of power by the medical profession, an NHS trust is asking a judge to allow them to perform an abortion on a mentally-ill woman who is 22 weeks' pregnant – despite her mother saying she will care for the child.


Mrs. Justice Lieven began analysing the evidence yesterday in the Court of Protection at the Royal Courts of Justice complex in London. She ruled that the woman, who lives in the London area, cannot be named, and nor can the NHS Trust bringing the application.


In her 'best interests'


Fiona Paterson, the barrister for the trust, said that doctors caring for the woman, who is in her 20s and diagnosed with a "moderately severe" learning disorder and a mood disorder, believe an abortion is in her best interests.


“(Her) treating clinicians consider that on balance, a termination is in her best interests,” she said in a written case outline.


“In broad terms, (they) believe that as a result of her learning disabilities, (she) would find labour very difficult to tolerate and the recovery from a Caesarean section very challenging.


“(They) consider that (she) is likely to find the loss of a pregnancy easier to recover from than separation from the baby if he or she is taken into care.


“They also consider that (she) is at increased risk of psychosis if the pregnancy continues.”


Ignoring her wishes and feelings


The woman’s mother, who is a member of the Nigerian Igbo community, is fighting the application. She says abortion is against her Roman Catholic religious beliefs and her cultural beliefs. She also said that she would be able to care for the baby, and that her daughter’s abilities and wishes were being undermined.


Barrister John McKendrick QC, who is leading the woman’s mother’s legal team, told the judge: “It is accepted that (the woman) lacks capacity to conduct these proceedings and to make a decision in respect of whether or not to consent to a termination and associated ancillary treatment.


“That being said, (her mother) considers that the applicant has underestimated (her) ability and understanding, and that more weight should be place on her wishes and feelings.”


Mr McKendrick said, “Termination is not in (the woman’s) best interests.”


He also said that the judge had “no proper evidence” to show that allowing the pregnancy to continue would put the woman’s life or long-term health at grave risk.


“The applicants have failed to carry out a proper best interests analysis,” he said. “Their evidence is premised on a narrow clinical view. The application must be dismissed.”


The woman herself is independently represented by staff from the office of the Official Solicitor, who help mentally-ill people at the centre of litigation. Susanna Rickard, the barrister who is leading the woman’s legal team, also said abortion did not appear to be in her best interests.


Cruelty and barbarity


SPUC’s deputy chief executive John Deighan said:


“This is an outrage which should shock every right-thinking person. It is a level of cruelty and barbarity reminiscent of how people with mental health issues were treated in the 1930s of Nazi Germany. To force abortion on any person is abhorrent and to do so in the name of medicine and in the complete defiance of the religious and cultural values of the mother concerned calls into question the structures of law and justice in our society.”


Reprinted with permission from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.


By The Hermits, Jun 13 2017 11:03AM

Everything looks pretty disastrous. Rumours, half-truths, and lies abound. We hear that Cardinal Muller was forced to sack three members of the CDF on orders from Pope Francis. We hear that Pope Francis has instigated a secret commission to possibly reverse Humanae Vitae. We are told that the C9, those Cardinals were appointed to clean up the Vatican Finances and reform the Curia, have really failed to get anything done of a really reforming nature. It seems that the Jesuits have all but drifted off into heresy, especially when the Jesuit General, Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, says that the Devil is only symbolic, not real, and when there is a storm of protest, a representative of the General rather blandly says that the General holds everything that the Catholic Church believes in. Archbishop Paglia has been trying to explain why he had the homoerotic and utterly blasphemous fresco done in his Cathedral when he was Bishop of Terni, and the excuse is so lame as to not be worth reporting. The latest rumour is that the Heralds of The Gospel are going to have an Apostolic Visitation, which does not bode well for their future. To make things even more bizarre, The Pope has very recently said that God cannot be God without Man! To cap all this lunacy with utter silliness, Pope Francis has decided that all the Cardinals resident in Rome must tell him, when they are away. He is every inch the martinet headmaster without any of the wisdom.

The rubbish that emanates from Rome now, and the disappearance of truth and plain speaking, the ambiguities, and double dealing remind me of the lines from Matilda, that great cautionary tale and poem by Hilaire Belloc.

Matilda told such Dreadful lies

It made one Gasp and stretch one’s eyes.

Matilda having called the London Fire Brigade, when of course there was no fire, to say her aunt’s house was burning down, resulted in the house being deluged with water and all Mathilda’s aunts’ paintings were all ruined. A few weeks later when Matilda’s aunt had gone to the theatre to see “The Second Mrs Tanqueray”, and left Matilda at home as a punishment for lying, the house indeed burns down. Poor Matilda screams for help, but none comes:

For every time She shouted ‘Fire!’

They only answered ‘Little Liar’

And therefore when her Aunt returned,

Matilda and the House, were Burned

In some mysterious way, I believe that is what is happening to the Church. Fr.Linus Clovis recently delivered a superb talk at The Family Life International Conference in Rome, where he quoted John Paul II’s prophecy of a time when you would have an Anti-Church and the Church. What comes vividly to my mind is the film “The Alien” where the Alien has been embedded inside the character that John Hurt plays and bursts out from his chest, thereby killing him, but now able to wreak horror everywhere. There is an alien creature within the Church, which is made up of high ranking clergy and religious, and the deplorable lay liberal Catholic intelligentsia, who pride themselves on being modern and avantgarde and worst of all friends with the World. That World which, St. John the Evangelist warns us against, is the Devil’s domain. I have that chilling vision of these clerics being like the priests that Ezekiel sees in chapter 8 of his marvellously prophetic book:


So he brought me to the porches of the court (of the Temple). Then He said to me, “Son of man, dig a hole.” So I dug, and behold, a door. He said to me. “Go in, and see the lawless deeds they are doing here.” So I went in, and behold, I saw vain abominations --- all the idols of the house of Israel were portrayed on the wall around. There were seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in their midst was Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan. Each man had a censer in his hand, and the smoke of the incense rose up. Then He said to me, “Son of Man”, do you see what the elders of the house of Israel are doing, each one of them in their private bedroom? For they said, ‘The Lord does not see; the Lord has forsaken the land.’” (Ezekiel 8: 7-12)

It seems that such things are going on in the Church today, and more terrible than these. The Bishop of the Diocese of Hallam in England has been encouraging people to offer flowers and gifts when visiting pagan shrines, and kissing pagan holy books, and one wonders how this bishop, a son of St. Alphonsus Ligouri, can encourage such spiritual wrecklessness, nay devotion to Pagan gods, something utterly forbidden to the early Christians, and something in Tertullian’s mind that was beyond forgiveness? How have we ended up in this nightmare world of blasphemy and lies? The answer lies in that disastrous and ambiguous document Nostra Aetate. There is no dialogue with non-Christian religions. There is of course dialogue with Judaism as the Jews are the firstborn, the Olive tree planted by God, it is the Old Israel, and we the Church, the New Israel share the Old Testament with the Jews. Islam, as St. John Damascene said, is only a Christian heresy. So there is only room for only a very limited dialogue. It is also demonically inspired, as it is a caricature of Christianity and Judaism.


That the Modern Church has completely forgotten or chosen to ignore all those great saints and Popes who warned against the evils of Islam is truly staggering, but Moslems, like the Anglo-Saxons in 5th century Britain, will soon take over Europe, as the Anglo-Saxons took over England. If the true Faith, so long derided or compromised by leading Church leaders, does not revive then our religious leaders will see much of the Church destroyed and countless souls lost and it will be their doing. They, like the people of Jerusalem seen in Ezekiel’s vision, will be cut down by the Man “clothed with a full length robe, with a belt of sapphire about his waist” (Ezekiel 9: 2) who is ordered by God, to go through the city and mark the just with the mark of the Tau, while the others, not marked with the Tau, are handed over to destruction at the hands of his companions. Pope Innocent III, in his opening sermon at the Fourth Lateran Council saw himself as the man in white, but the Orthodox Study Bible rightly sees the Man in White as prefiguring Christ.

The Church, the New Jerusalem, will be handed over to be punished with fire and sword. Her leaders at present are betraying Christ, with regard to his teaching on marriage, morals, the Devil, Hell and Heaven. The men who surround the Pope, and who advise him, and flatter him, remind me of the appalling associates of Joseph Stalin, so brilliantly portrayed in Simon Sebag-Montefiore’s magnificent book “At the Court of the Red Tsar”. Those who have said they would correct the Pope have, seemingly failed to do so. They do not have to do anything particularly remarkable, they simply have to present the Pope with the words of Christ, and the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. Nothing could be simpler. Christ talked of Hell and the Devil many times. Either one believes in the Bible or one does not. You cannot have it both ways as the present status quo would have it.

Soon we will see terrors and chaos beyond our wildest imaginings. We will see the seeming destruction of the Church. We must be brave, and be filled with hope. Walking in the steps of the great martyrs, and confessors of the Early Church we must, with palms in our hands, go through the fires of persecution for the sake of truth and, with love high in our hearts, we must welcome the Cross even to martyrdom. Christ did not call us to comfort and an easy life. Why? Because He did not have a comfortable and easy life himself, and why should we? If we claim to be his followers, then we should be like his disciples, and the Apostles sharing in Christ’s life. Are we so blind as to not see the joy and the romance of the truly Christian life? Do we not see that it requires everything? We may not be called to be like St. Paul, St. Athanasius, St. Catherine of Siena, St.Vincent Ferrer, The English and Welsh Martyrs, but we are called to great holiness by being obedient to the Gospel, and to be true friends of Christ suffering all that he suffered in his life. If we want to know how to behave then all we have to do is to live the life proposed by Christ to us in the Sermon on the Mount, whose two wings are the Ten Commandments, and the great parable of the Last Judgement. It is as simple as that.

However, we will look upon a Rome burning once again, and a Church apparently destroyed by those within, and by enemies without, but we must not fear because the Church is not the Pope’s, nor does it belong to Cardinals, Bishops, and priests, neither is it the domain of religious, and it does not belong to this shibboleth, “The People”, a notion that always sounds redolent of a Marxist viewpoint. The Church belongs to Christ. She is his bride, who at present looks like a Harlot, but Christ will clothe her again in his righteousness, his beauty, his glory, and his holiness. We should not be afraid, and how could we? For he so often sends his own Mother, Our Lady of Victories, to console us, and encourage us, and lead us in the great army that will, along with the great Heavenly Host, finally defeat Satan, his cohorts of devils, and all those who rebel against Christ and who will not serve him, and refuse to love him.

It is as simple as that. The West is passing away, and what will take its place we do not know. All we do know is that the World will be visited with such disasters that it will look a very different place, as different as the world looked before and after the Flood. We must not fear, but simply cast ourselves upon the Divine Mercy and trust with all our might and main.

Christ has won the victory, but we must do our part. We are not asked to be passive, but throw ourselves into the fray with all the ardour of love as true Crusaders of Christ determined his Honour, his Truth, and this Law.




By The Hermits, May 14 2017 10:03AM

It must surely be one of Our Lady’s most delightful gestures, and fragrant with all that is truly motherly and comforting; that the miracle that has been recognized as authentic and necessary for the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta Marto should be the healing of a 5 year old Brazilian boy called Lucas, who fell 20 feet from an upstairs window with terrible brain injuries.

Jacinta always stressed the great need of purity, and Francisco spent his time praying the rosary that he might comfort the suffering Christ. Together with their cousin and great friend Lucia, stand not simply as visionaries but as prophets to a century in which bloodshed, cruelty, sexual immorality, and scientific perversion have all but drowned humanity in a sea of Satanic degeneracy.

The Woman clothed in the Sun came to these peasant children to ask them to pray for the conversion of Russia, to warn them and the Church and the World that the sin that casts most people into Hell is the sin of impurity, and that if the World did not repent then there would be a Second World War. Despite the continual and at times acrimonious controversy as to whether John Paul consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Fatima said that finally her Immaculate Heart would triumph and the World would be given a period of peace, which no doubt will end with the coming of the Antichrist. There is, to my mind, little doubt that the great miracle of the Sun at Fatima is what we see described in chapter 12 of the Apocalypse.

What is so wonderful about Jacinta and Francisco is that there is a quality of martyrdom. Both fell victim to the terrible Spanish flu that raged through Europe and the United States in the aftermath of World War I. Both children knew they were to die, and at least Francisco died at home, whereas poor Jacinta was moved from hospital to hospital, but to no avail and Jacinta dies alone in a hospital in Lisbon.

In a Church where many are obsessed with sex, the question is being discussed by the highest ecclesiastical dignitaries as to whether people who are having sex sinfully can receive communion. Whereas these children stand as rock like witnesses to the truth that impurity damns, and that our highest obligation is to love God with every fibre of our being, and that the road to heaven is not one of ease and comfort, but is the way of the Cross.

Francisco by nature was somewhat lazy, liked playing his flute and liked being on his own. Jacinta had a sweet singing voice and a talent for dancing; being the youngest of the family she was understandably spoilt. They were very normal children. It is to my mind amazing that Pius XI felt that these two children could not be canonized during his time, as they did not understand what heroic virtue entailed. I quote from Wikipedia this illuminating extract.


“In 1937 Pope Pius XI decided that causes for minors should not be accepted as they could not fully understand heroic virtue or practice it repeatedly, both of which are essential for canonization. For the next four decades, no sainthood processes for children were pursued. In 1979 the bishop of Leiria-Fatima asked all the world's bishops to write to the Pope, petitioning him to make an exception for Francisco, who had died at age 10, and Jacinta, who had died at age 9. More than 300 bishops sent letters to the Pope, writing that “the children were known, admired and attracted people to the way of sanctity. Favors were received through their intercession.” The bishops also said that the children's canonization was a pastoral necessity for the children and teenagers of the day.

In 1979 the Congregation for the Causes of Saints convened a general assembly. Cardinals, bishops, theologians and other experts debated whether it was possible for children to display heroic virtue. Eventually, they decided that, like the very few children who have a genius for music or mathematics, "in some supernatural way, some children could be spiritual prodigies." They (Jacinta and Francisco) were declared venerable by Pope John Paul II in 1989.”

Two things spring to mind. When the three children are abducted by the authorities, they are interrogated and threatened to boiled alive if they do not retract their testimony that Our Lady has appeared to them. The children, believing that their final hour has come, refuse to recant. This is heroism to the point of martyrdom. Then 42 years later there is a meeting of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to discuss the possibility of the two children becoming saints and they equate Francisco and Jacinta with child prodigies. What has an intellectual or artistic talent in the very young got to do with heroic sanctity; surely it is about co-operation with grace. Did Pius XI read the accounts of their lives? Did he not know, and did not the Congregation for the Causes of Saints know what anyone brought up on the Penny Catechism knows, namely that a child can commit a mortal sin at the age of reason, which is about the age of seven or thereabouts. Heaven help us when such a fine Pope as Pius XI can miss the point, and that the Congregation can come out with such nonsense. How far we are from the Gospel, which is so simple and whose fishermen apostles have so much in common with these little shepherds, who knew nothing of luxury and comfort, but who intuitively knew the language of Heaven, the power of prayer, and the salvific quality penance. How the Church needs them today. The Christian LGBT and sadly the Catholic LGBT along with their Cardinal, bishop, priest, and religious supporters should hang their heads in shame, and so too should the divorced and remarried Catholics wanting to receive communion. They are not worthy to hold a candle to these wonderful children.


What then do these two wonderful children have to teach us? In a word utter simplicity. Their lives were lived amid the cycle of the seasons for they were from farming stock. They had the liturgical life of the Church to guide them through the Church’s year and there was the joy of the big festivals like Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, The Ascension, Pentecost, and the great feasts of Our Lady. Heaven was close to them as was the liturgical cycle and occasionally these met when the Angel of Portugal gave them communion.

So let us hope that Saints Francisco and Jacinta will today bring to the Pope a great grace whereby he can fully understand, what so many Catholics have forgotten; that purity and chastity are fundamental virtues that are absolutely necessary if we wish to enter Heaven. This purity is not simply about virginity and chastity. It is about purity of heart. It is about the sixth beatitude.

Blessed are the pure in heart,

For they shall see God


It is interesting to note that the first beatitude, and the last are about inheriting the Kingdom of Heaven, but the sixth is about seeing God. Francisco, and Jacinta and their cousin Lucia, the main seer, and who was destined to outlive her cousins by 84 years, saw Christ, saw his Mother, saw St Joseph and saw the angels; because they were innocent, and were brought up to be natural and unaffectedly pious and devout, because they were taught the simple truths of their faith, and taught what was right, and what was wrong. God sent his Mother to write on the tablets of their hearts what men and women must do to be reconciled to God. What was at the heart of Our Lady’s message? That we repent, that we consecrate ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and that Russia be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as well. Our Lady’s Heart is Immaculate and Pure. Of all of the human race, with the exception of her Son, who after all was God, Mary was utterly pure of heart, and perfectly humble, the utter personification of being “poor in spirit”.

Francisco and Jacinta and their cousin Lucia are not only spiritually allied to the Anawim, “The Quiet in the Land” as the simple humble and devout Israelites were described, but they are also prophets like Elijah, like Isaiah, like Ezekiel. They call us to repentance, and call us by their lives to be people of simplicity and peace, who obey God’s commandments not out of fear but out of love; love for God, and love for Our Lady. If we wish for a world of goodness, love and peace then let us live our lives with the simplicity and whole heartedness of this radiantly good, and utterly natural brother and sister, who died out of love for God and for the salvation of sinners,



By The Hermits, Apr 30 2017 04:36PM

Malcolm Muggeridge, in his book entitled “Jesus Rediscovered” is seen very much as a prophet for our present times. When he was writing these articles in the 60’s, and giving the interview to Roy Trevivian, you see the conversion of a notorious womanizer, and drunk, albeit one who was a brilliant journalist and T.V. interviewer, into a profound, if somewhat unorthodox Christian. He was able as something of an outsider to view the Church very accurately. Here are two excerpts from his Chapter “Am I a Christian?”

One may marvel, that when pretty well every item of Christian belief and Christian ethics has been thus subjected to some degree of denigration and attack by those ostensibly responsible for upholding and propagating them, congregations of sorts none the less continue to assemble in parish churches on Sunday mornings, and ordinands and novices, though in dwindling numbers, continue to come forward with seemingly authentic vocations. The Church of Christ has to stagger on under the guidance of those who increasingly sympathise with, when they do not actually countenance, every attack on its doctrines, integrity and traditional practices. By one of our time’s larger ironies, ecumenicalism is triumphant just when there is nothing to be ecumenical about; the various religious bodies are likely to find it easy to join together only because, believing little, they correspondingly differ about little. I look forward to the day when an Anglican bishop in full canonicals will attend a humanist rally on the South Downs, or a Salvation Army band lead a procession of Young Atheists to lay a wreath on Karl Marx’ grave in Highgate Cemetery. It cannot be long delayed if it has not happened already. (Jesus Rediscovered, p. 38).

Far worse has of course happened with gay weddings being acceptable in the Church of Scotland. Such a volte face is unbelievable, but for the fact of the very remoteness of Calvin’s God, and his terrifying theory of Double Predestination. If you are predestined to Hell you might as well enjoy yourself now, and as your Church says that from all eternity some are destined to Hell, then the ministers of that dour Church should happily tie the knot, for there is nothing you can do about it. Then there is the spectacle of the Archbishop of Canterbury lamenting that he cannot do a gay wedding. On a sadder note we remember St. John Paul II being manipulated into the inter religions meeting in Assisi in 1986, which his predecessors prior to Paul VI would have been appalled at. An English Bishop in full canonicals attending a humanist rally is somewhat put into the shade after the Assisi episode.

The second excerpt from “Jesus Rediscovered” then develops the theme of the Church on a path to auto-destruction.

The surrender of institutional Christianity to the promoters of a kingdom of heaven on earth has been so abject, the assumptions of scientific materialism so widely accepted and arrogantly stated, that an aspiring Christian today is left in a kind of catacomb of his own making, utterly remote from the debates and discussions going on around him, whether about “permissive” morality (divorce, contraception and abortion ----- those three panaceas for all matrimonial ills), or about the basic dogma of Christian faith.

In my copy of the New Testament I underline passages which take my fancy. Nearly all of them are about the deceitfulness of this world and of riches, about how concupiscence and vanity separate us from God, and about glorying in tribulation which brings patience, experience and hope, about the flesh lusting against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh, these being contrary to one another so that we cannot do the things that we would do, and so on. It is difficult to think of any sentiments which would be more intrinsically unsympathetic in most clerical circles. They, are I should say, about the most unpopular sentences it is possible to utter today; at religious gatherings they cause malaise and irritation; on radio and television panels derision and incredulity. When I use them I am often accused of insincerity and affectation, so rooted are the opposite assumptions --- that by caring about this world we shall all make it better, that we must aim collectively to get richer in order to get happier and happier, that the unrestrained satisfaction of earthly hopes and desires is the way to physical, mental and spiritual contentment.


However, I love these sentences, and often say them over to myself. I should like them to govern my every thought and activity for the rest of my life. They seem to me to be true, and the notion of making the world better by caring about it, and achieving happiness through material prosperity and sensual pleasure, quite nonsensical. In face of the otherworldliness which I still unfashionably find in the Gospels, as far I am concerned the whole edifice of twentieth-century materialism --- and utopian hopes that go therewith ---- falls flat on its face. One is delivered from the myth of progress. The terrible vision of a Scandinavian-American paradise, with longer lives, more and better aphrodisiacs and more leisure and amenities for all, dissolves into a nightmare, awaking from which one advances gingerly upon the sublime truth that to live it is necessary to die, that a life can only be kept by being lost--- propositions which strike contemporary minds as pessimistic, but which seem to me optimistic to the point of insanity, implying as they do, that it is possible for mere man, with his brief life and stunted vision, to aspire after universal understanding and a universal love. Is this being a Christian? Ask me another. (pp.39-40)

Quite what Muggeridge would make of Pope Francis would be hard to imagine, for the present Pope, whose heretical utterances and endorsement of such scandalous people as Emma Bonino, Paul Erlich, and George Soros, who are undoubted enemies of both Christ and the Church, would perhaps be made clearer when we remember that Muggeridge thought that “Good Pope John” was the most disastrous Pope in History. What must be stressed however is the utterly erroneous perception of the World that far too many ecclesiastics, great and small have had since the 60’s. The love affair with the world is sadly damnable and condemned by St. John; “Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John; ch.2 vv. 15-16) and then we have the Pope and goodness knows what other deluded ecclesiastic worried that the planet is in danger because of Global Warming, which has not been scientifically proved. We pause and wonder at such stupidity. Why we must ask ourselves are people so concerned with over population, which is another myth, and even if it wasn’t (There is no overpopulation in Western Europe, and there is definitely underpopulation in Russia), it is a strange way of looking at things. It is a lack of trust in God. It is his creation, and not ours; we are only stewards and pretty incompetent ones at that. The Pope’s real problem is the political and ideological atmosphere that he has been reared in.

Unless I have completely misunderstood Pope Francis’ parents’ decision to emigrate to Argentina in the 30’s, it was because they could not stand the thought of remaining in Mussolini’s fascist Italy. Unfortunately it was out of the frying pan into the fire. Juan Peron was a great admirer of Mussolini, and wanted to reproduce something similar in Argentina. He might have managed it, if his glamorous second wife Evan Peron had not died prematurely. The entry for Peron in the 2002 Chambers Biographical Dictionary is illuminating and very helpful:


Juan Peron was born in Lobos, in the province of Southern Buenos Aires. He joined the army in 1913, and took a leading part in the army revolt in 1943 which toppled the pro-Axis President, Ramon Castillo. He was well read, a hypnotic speaker and a close student of Benito Mussolini; he developed a broad base of popular support, augmenting his rule with force.

He used his position as Secretary of Labour to gain union support, while using his other position as Under-Secretary of War to cultivate junior officers. He organized the descamisados, a civilian paramilitary organization which, like Hitler’s Brownshirts and Mussolini’s Blackshirts, was drawn from the lower classes. Their affections were secured by his politically astute wife, Eva Peron, and when she died in 1952 they greatly mourned her. In 1945, senior army and naval officers, alarmed at Peron’s mobilization of the masses, imprisoned Peron, but released him after thousands gathered in the public squares demanding his return.

In 1946 after a populist campaign laced with strong nationalist and anti-American rhetoric, ‘El Lider’ was elected President and set about building a corporatist state. He reduced the legislature and the judiciary to rubber-stamps, tried to crush all opposition by any means including torture, and sought to modernize and industrialize the economy through large-scale government intervention and by nationalizing foreign-owned enterprises (including railways). In 1955 with the government in a shambles and having alienated the church, the military, the middle-class and some of the labour movement, he was deposed by the army and fled to Spain.

Peron did return in the last two years of his life, and when he died in 1974 his third wife Isabelita Peron was briefly President until she was toppled by the Military Coup of the Generals.

Pope Francis’ rule has all the hall marks of Peron’s method of ruling. Both are populists who wish to be popular with the masses. Pope Francis behaves as if the Papacy is his own. He allows a plate dinner to take place in the Sistine Chapel. He demotes those with whom he disagrees, namely Cardinal Burke, and refuses to give them audiences. He endorses PICO (People Improving Communities through organizing ---- anything more communist sounding would be hard to imagine) a leftist group with ties to George Soros, a Globalist who among other things is Anti-Christian and who helps destabilize regimes, such as the Ukraine in 2014. George Soros with the aid of Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, the epitome of a left wing prelate and saturated with the ideology of Liberation Theology, pressured the Pope in his 2015 U.S. visit not to mention abortion, but emphasize economics and racial justice. The Pope’s treatment of the Friars of the Immaculate, and his treatment of Fra Matthew Festing, the former Grand Master of The Knights of Malta is an offence against International Law, as the Knights of Malta constitute a Sovereign State, and is also deeply uncharitable. His support of Emma Bonino and Paul Erlich who are open enemies of the Catholic Church and of Christ leave one speechless. A Pope, who says such things as, God would not send people to Hell, atheists can go to Heaven, who denies the miracles of the loaves fishes, and says Christ on the Cross becomes the devil like the Bronze servant has now crossed the Rubicon and become an Antipope?

The problem with the Left wing agenda is that, true to its Marxist ideology, it sees people as simply the masses, never is the encounter with a human being, a person made in the image of God. That is why both Hitler and Stalin, not to mention Mao and Pol Pot, saw people as the masses. When one views Hitler and Stalin’s huge armies on film, you are overwhelmed by the gigantic and monumental. Soviet art, and Nazi art hangs between the tasteless and the gargantuan. There is nothing intimate about these Nazis and the Soviets. One is overwhelmed by Speer’s model of Germania, the new Capital of the Third Reich, a model of the grotesque, the grand and the utterly superficial, and one is bemused by Stalin’s Moscow University. Both men were monsters, and produced the monstrous. Both turned on their own people in different ways. Both wielded power arbitrarily. Pope Francis should heed what happens when one does such a thing. He need look no further than one of his patron’s, namely St. Francis of Assisi.

In, what I consider the finest of the modern biographies of St. Francis, namely Omer Englebert’s biography, which I have recently been re-reading, I came across a footnote by the Franciscan, Father Hilarin Felder. It deals with the mistaken notion that St. Francis was a conscious social reformer, especially with regard to the founding of The Third Order, the order of Franciscan Tertiaries. What made the tertiaries so extraordinary is that they were not to carry weapons, and should not take oaths. At one stroke the whole feudal system was challenged. However let us read Father Hilarin’s comment.

That St. Francis was a social reformer such as, since Jesus Christ, the world had not seen, is generally admitted to-day. There is no doubt much truth in this and other similar views, but it should be said that neither in his writings nor in his discourse was St. Francis preoccupied with social and political needs. Like Christ he seemed indifferent to the temporal fate of parties and groups. It was the individual alone and his salvation that counted in his eyes. Certainly he preached the love of one’s neighbour, peace and interior happiness, the right of each to accomplish his supernatural destiny. But that is the Gospel, the practice of which, as we know, is entirely favourable to the temporal happiness of both individuals and of societies. It would be better then to say that the political and social role of the Poverello was to give the Gospel to souls.’(Omer Englebert; St.Francis, footnote 2, p.238 Burns and Oates, 1950)

Sadly this gift of the Gospel the Pope seems unable to manage. He does not give the Gospel to souls, but a social programme that is taken up with the plight of young people without jobs, the care of elderly, and the migrant crisis (The supposedly greatest catastrophe of the present era) all good things, but not ends in themselves, which is why his pontificate is so disastrous, and which unfortunately lends plausibility to the theory that the Jesuits are Machiavellian; namely that the end justifies the means. And so the Pope can appoint a priest as one of the consultors for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who has likened gay sex to the Eucharist, be close to Cardinal Daneels, a protector of sex abusers, and give back to the well known sex abuser Fr. Izzoli his right to practice his priesthood, which had rightly been taken away from him by Pope Benedict. Pope Francis then attacks Catholics just for being Catholics, as Matthew Schmitz noted in an op-ed in the New York Times last September, and which was quoted by the utterly admirable Steve Skojec in his brilliant article on Pope Francis in Onepeterfive only recently; entitled Four Years Later: Reflections on an Unprecedented Pontificate.


[Francis] describes parish priests as “little monsters” who “throw stones” at poor sinners. He has given curial officials a diagnosis of “spiritual Alzheimer’s.” He scolds pro-life activists for their “obsession” with abortion. He has said that Catholics who place an emphasis on attending Mass, frequenting confession, and saying traditional prayers are “Pelagians” — people who believe, heretically, that they can be saved by their own works.

Christ meets the individual and convicts them of sin, such as the woman at the well, and the woman taken in adultery, or Matthew the tax collector. He does not accompany the woman at the well and slowly gets her to get rid of her lover, nor does he say to the woman taken in adultery “There, there you didn’t really mean any harm, and adultery is so understandable and not such a big thing after all.” No! He tells the woman to go and sin no more, and he certainly doesn’t tell Matthew to remain where he is and try and make the tax gathering system more people friendly and less corrupt. He simply says “Follow Me.” precisely what he says to St. Francis and all the saints. So how has Pope Francis made such a huge and disastrous mistake in his conception of Christianity? It has been put with utter succinctness by Hieromonk Damascene in his massive biography of that great prophet to the Christian world of 20th century, Father Seraphim Rose:

The religion of the “Grand Inquisitor”, Eugene(Seraphim Rose) maintained, takes fundamental Christian values ---peace, brotherhood, unity, love --- and distorts them to be used for the furtherance of purely earthly aims. It does not do away with Christianity; it only reinterprets it, so thoroughly that sincere Christians are eventually led to work for the same goals as secular idealists to build their kingdom of heaven on earth. (Father Seraphim Rose, His Life and Works, Hieromonk Damascene; St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, p.242)

Returning to that marvellous character, and journalist cum prophet, Malcolm Muggeridge, it is good to remember that he never felt that he belonged in this world and this feeling went back to early childhood. Throughout his early life he had to struggle with his fairly appalling sensuality and hard drinking, allied to a world weary cynicism until he returned to Christ and realized that the flesh availeth naught.

In Eden Adam and Eve were, though physical, utterly permeated with the spiritual. They had no need for excitement, wonderful meals and a healthy sex life, which is neither healthy, nor fecund. In Paradise our first parents would have reproduced themselves in a totally different manner to the way we reproduce ourselves in the fallen world. All was bliss in Eden, but not excitement.

With the Fall, the longing for Heaven, a purely spiritual thing, has got muddled up with our fallen nature. We feel alien in the Fallen world, because that is the truth of the situation, but to escape this Fallen world we too often take the road of pleasure, which leads to Hell. Our longing for love and Heaven, our innate desire for God gets diverted into the pursuit of beauty and all that is seemingly good and ends in despair, and in our modern world this means a life steeped in drugs, drink, sexual perversion, and violence, which makes us even more aliens in an alien fallen world. The only way back to Paradise and to God is by living the life of the Spirit, living the life of the Gospel, and not living in an Utopia of social advancement, comfort and jobs for all, because after all, Jesus himself had no job, no home, and no comforts, so why should we cling so stubbornly to such things, and pursue them with a frenzy bordering on craziness? As Christians we should long to live in Christ’s company and imitate him as far as we are able.

So if the Pope really wants to change the world, I would suggest that he should look to reviving the Third Order of St. Francis with all the rigours of its original rule, and then we will really see the true reformation of a Church which looks as if it is about to die at the hands of priests and religious who have fallen in love with the contemporary world and who have rendered to Caesar what belongs to God, which is why so many of them have betrayed Christ, discarded their vows, and sold their souls to the World, the Flesh and the Devil, not realizing that in the Cross they will find joy inconceivable, love unimaginable, and life without end.








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