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Coping with Clare

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Having a hard day? Struggling to keep it all together? Feel like you are finding it difficult to maintain that calm, swan-like exterior while underneath your little legs are going like the clappers?

Have a read of Clare's blog today and I'm sure you will feel better.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O-Connor - requiescat in pace.

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Today sees the funeral at Westminster Cathedral of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor requiescat in pace.

Daniel Blackman has this honest and thorough analysis of the Cardinal's legacy:

He trained for the priesthood at the Venerable English College, Rome, where two of his brothers, Brain and Patrick, were also studying. He was ordained on 28 October 1956.

Ten years later he was chosen as private secretary to Bishop Derek Worlock of Portsmouth, a post he held until his return to the Venerable English College, Rome as its rector in 1971. The appointment as private secretary and rector were indications that the young Fr Cormac was being prepared for higher office.

Bishop and ‘Renew’

Blessed Pope Paul VI named Cormac bishop of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in 1977. Among the usual duties of a diocesan bishop, two things stood out during his 23 years of service.

First, he introduced the American ‘Renew’ program into the diocese in 1988, with the aim to make his diocese an engaged …

The Price of Appeasement

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Well I do hope the CES are proud of themselves!

Any human being with any iota of common sense would be appalled at the treatment of Nigel and Sally Rowe the parents of a six-year-old boy who have removed him from his primary school after another child in his class began wearing a dress to school.

The couple said under the school's bullying policy their son faced being disciplined for misidentifying the gender of the six-year-old pupil.

They've been subjected to this sort of madness on television:
"What gender are your children?"

LGBT rights campaigner Jane Fae challenges parents who withdrew 6yo son from school with transgender child pic.twitter.com/pTSEEupfUz — Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) September 11, 2017 And also from the likes of Stella Creasy and Anna Soubry. It is incredible to see MPs detracting and abusing an ordinary couple who just want the best for their child.
So sad to hear parent teach their child to hate like this- hope that both kids in get s…

JC receives JC

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I'm struggling a lot with this article in The Catholic Herald attacking our Lord Jeremy Corbyn for receiving the blessed sacrament at a funeral.

The article states:
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of disrespecting the Catholic faith after allegedly receiving Holy Communion despite not being a Catholic.
The New Statesman reports he that he received Communion at the funeral of GMB union president Mary Turner, at Sacred Heart Church in Kilburn, north London.
Under Canon Law, non-Catholics are forbidden from receiving Holy Communion except in extreme circumstances.
The Labour Party declined to comment on whether Corbyn had received Communion, but did confirm his attendance at the funeral. They also confirmed he was not a Catholic.
Clare Bowskill of the Latin Mass Society told the Telegraph: “Most Catholics would think that was disrespecting the faith quite considerably. Even Anglicans are normally told at Mass that they are welcome to come up for a blessing but the…

Catholics and the Culture Wars

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There is a huge lack of engagement with the serious cultural issues society faces today from a Catholic perspective. As I blogged recently, engaging with these ideas and leading the way forward is the job of our bishops, however, apart from a tiny vocal minority, we hear only silence. This is once again true with respect to the recent Jacob Rees-Mogg interview.

Both Bishop Egan
Well done Jacob Rees-Mogg! Thank you so much for standing up for Catholics and clearly yet gently proclaiming the teaching of Christ. — Bishop Philip Egan (@BishopEgan) September 6, 2017 ...and Bishop Davies have spoken out supporting the Conservative MP's Catholic line on abortion and same sex marriage amid a storm of vitriol from all corners suggesting Catholics are not fit for public office. From everywhere else, Westminster and Southwark included, (so far) silence.

Dan Hitchens found the most interesting dimension to JRM's public profession of faith – as with the rage against Tim Farron – to be the …

The Second Vatican Council was not only unsuccessful or a failure: it was a catastrophe for the Church.

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Further to my recent post on Brentwood's centenary lecture, a friend drew my attention to some recent comments from Professor de Mattei about the Second Vatican Council which seem strangely pertinent and somewhat contradict Fr Martin's thesis. The Professor said:
On the historical level, however, Vatican II constitutes a non-decomposable block: It has its own unity, its essence, its nature. Considered in its origins, its implementation and consequences, it can be described as a Revolution in mentality and language, which has profoundly changed the life of the Church, initiating a moral and religious crisis without precedent. If the theological judgment may be vague and comprehensive, the judgment of history is merciless and without appeal. The Second Vatican Council was not only unsuccessful or a failure: it was a catastrophe for the Church. [my emphasis]Addendum:
I've been asked to removed the post linked to above and have complied as it was never my intention to upset a…

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Catholic Integrity & Intelligence

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Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg gave a wonderfully fearless, articulate and intelligent defence of his Catholic faith on national TV this morning. I couldn't help wonder when we last saw a bishop so brave and so articulate?


It is all over the news today, with many commentators announcing it is his "Tim Farron moment". But should it be? Tim Farron failed to address questions about his Christian faith when asked, but Rees-Mogg is unequivocal and indeed makes Susanna Read and Piers Morgan look petty and bigoted in their attitudes towards the Catholic faith and their lack of understanding about politics and the political system.
This is what we need more of, Rees-Mogg gives a great account of what true Liberalism means: being able to hold opposing ideas in tension without excluding them. He clearly draws a line between personal beliefs and Parliamentary policy, demonstrating his integrity.
The obvious direction of travel in the interview is aimed at exposing Rees-Mogg as an…