Sunday, 30 January 2011
Saturday, 29 January 2011
Thursday, 27 January 2011
- Popular and right
- Popular and wrong
- Unpopular and right
- Unpopular and wrong
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Saturday, 22 January 2011
The Daily Mail Online (not something I am given to reading, but someone twittered about it...) carries an extract from his book which really gets under the skin of BBC bias. Well worth reading, including lines such as:
In my view, ‘bias’ is too blunt a word to describe the subtleties of the pervading culture. The better word is a ‘mindset’. At the core of the BBC, in its very DNA, is a way of thinking that is firmly of the Left.
This week a study revealed that one in eight UK children rarely or never see their father.
So can one man have 13 children by eight different partners, have married six times and still be a good father? Well, ask Steve Ginger.
"I try to be a good dad," says the 49-year-old, who lives in a Bedfordshire village along with wife number six and three of his four stepchildren.
Steve's first two marriages lasted just a few weeks and yielded no children. He admits to spending a wedding night with someone other than his new bride.
The next four marriages were more productive, as were the relationships with four further women.
Steve has 13 children, plus one of disputed paternity who calls him dad. Their ages range from four to 27, and around half are now adults.
The BBC, ever mindful of its mission to educate and to present balanced stories, naturally accompany this with both the research on the impact on children of broken relationships, and comments from a prominent pro-traditional-family campaigner.
Oh, wait a moment...
Perhaps more surprisingly, they didn't even comment on the fact that the man had clearly had 'unprotected' sex with a series of women.
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
and is one of the most popular and longest established gay
hotels in Blackpool, catering for gay couples, singles and
groups who want a gay environment
with quality accommodation.
Previously voted 3rd best gay hotel in UK!!
That means it is a hotel owned and run BY gay people FOR gay people,
but beware there are some straight owned ‘Pink Pound’ friendly Hotels
locally that display the pride flag trying to cash in on gay money,
and it isn’t until you check in that you discover they may be mixed, or even have
STAG & HEN parties staying.!!!
If you are specifically looking for a Gay Hotel be sure to ask if it is exclusively
gay when booking to avoid possible disappointment.
Monday, 17 January 2011
Then today we have reports of widespread grooming and abuse of children as young as 10, with the average aged down from 15 to 13.
The advice to parents from Ms Anne Marie Carrie, Barnardo's new chief executive, is that there are a few typical signs that parents should look out for.
"First of all, that children get gifts they couldn't possibly pay for on their own - they're given mobile phones and various things, they're taken out, they're treated [with] things.
"Secondly, that children begin to be a bit more quiet and secretive about their friends.
"And thirdly, that they have very suspicious sleep-overs. Suddenly, sleep-overs become more prevalent."Should that even need saying? What are parents about if they need to be told this?
In another story, it seems mums are lying about how they raise their children, rather than admit that they are not raising them as they, or other parents, think they should.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
The CES Scandals, taking the Catholic out of Catholic Education, and promoting the culture of death;
The various CAFOD Scandals, including but not limited to condomania and bankrolling dissent
The Soho Masses Scandal
The Vaughan School Scandal
The Birmingham Oratory crisis
Connexions in Catholic Schools facilitating abortions for our children,
The widespread capitulation on contraception
The closure of seminaries, religious houses, parishes
The lack of the most rudimentary education and formation in the Faith in so many areas
The inability or worse of the bishops to address these and other issues effectively
...and so on.
And then I look in the mirror: at my own inadequacies in addressing any of these issues, or even addressing the basic obligations of my state of life; my habits of sin and reluctance to go to confession, ... and so on.
At such times all I can do is throw myself back on the promises of Our Lord, in particular those in the Tu es Petrus:
Et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam.
And the gates of Hell shall not prevail against her (The Church).
Saturday, 15 January 2011
It has committed parents, children from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and from all social strata, including a disproportionate number from poorer backgrounds; it has a higher than expected number of children with special educational needs.
The children attend Mass weekly, say the Angelus daily, and make the sign of the cross at the start of lessons.
It has outstanding academic results, and has produced vocations from both staff and pupils in both of the last two years.
Clearly it is a failing school.
Fortunately, the diocesan education service has recognised this as a priority to address, and has ousted the governors, replacing them with people whom the diocese can rely on to impose the necessary changes to bring the school into line.
For more information, you could try contacting the diocese - but you will get no response, of course. Or you could look at the information put out by the disaffected parents. And then pray.
Thursday, 13 January 2011
To the uninformed, there may be a reasonable case for the gay masses: to reach out to people of a homosexual, lesbian, or other disordered sexual orientation and lead them back into the church. In fact that is the gloss put on them in comments on blogs by someone signing himself Terence or Terry.
Strangely a character called Terence runs a blog called Queering the Church. This Terence is involved in organising the Soho Masses, and a quick glance at his blog reveals that his agenda is not at all about bringing queers (his word...) back to Church so much as making the Church queer. Hence the title and content of his blog.
Archbishop Nichols said, referring to critics of the Soho Masses:
and anybody from the outside who is trying to cast a judgement on the people who come forward to communion really ought to learn to hold their tongue.
What he doesn't get is that it is his policy we are criticising: this whole debacle is causing grave scandal and risks losing souls.
Saturday, 8 January 2011
Inter alia, they write:
The remedy is to be found not so much in the imparting in public of fuller and more systematic knowledge of sex from the physiological or biological standpoint as by the removal of external temptations and by the general and determined inculcation of the practice of Christian virtue and our dependence on divine grace.
They also quote Pope Pius Xl:
‘...ignoring what is taught by facts, from which it is clear that, particularly in young people, evil practices are the effect not so much of ignorance of intellect as of weakness of a will exposed to dangerous occasions, and unsupported by the means of grace’.
Later, they assert:
Information alone will not produce a healthy and sound nation; much less will it be sufficient to prepare souls for their eternal destiny in the next life. It is not so much information as formation which is required — formation of character, the training of the mind, the heart, and the will with the necessary assistance of religion.
And they include this wonderful statement:
We regard our Catholic schools as sanctuaries wherein our children are mightily strengthened in the faith and its practice.
Why is it that I do not need to tell you that this is not from our current bishops, but from those of a previous generation? Can you imagine the current bishops expressing such sentiments? Especially in such terms?...
Go to Lux Occulta to read the whole thing: it is well worth it!
Thursday, 6 January 2011
It's quite rare for us to get to a Low Mass, and it was wonderful; so much space for prayer.
Next it's supper by the light of the Christmas Tree candles before we de-decorate.
The cribs, of course, will stay up till 2 February (after all the kings have only just arrived!)
And a Happy Epiphany to all my readers.
Sunday, 2 January 2011
We had a great New Year: a counter-cultural family came to stay (as they do every new year) and so we went for lots of walks in the day time and played lots of games as the evenings drew in, as well as musical and dramatic entertainment from the kids.
This year's show was Peter Pan, including the adaptation of a current hit (originally by Elton John) for the Crocodile (played by Goldie decorated with green tinsel) which began:
It's a little bit funny - this ticking inside...
And as they are a Catholic family too, they came to Mass, joined in saying prayers and so on. As ever, what we strive for is that mix of Faith and Fun: it seems to be a winning combination.