Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Day TV Licensing man arrived

The TV Licensing inspector has finally knocked
on my door

After eleven years of running CUT, not paying the licence fee and campaigning that Catholics throw their TV’s out, a TV Licensing man finally knocked on my door. He didn’t know what he was letting himself in for. Poor man! “Mr Mazzeo TV Licensing” he said “According to our records you do not have a TV licence”. Ah, I said I’ve been waiting for you, do you know that I actually campaign against the TV? especially as the BBC is so anti-Catholic. I said, he is welcome to come in but I warned him that if he did I will record it on video and post it on line on our website. I know a thing or two about conducting interviews, creating a narration and making documentaries, this would be fun – I would give the whole episode a narration. But he stood outside looking slightly white by now. I’d always promised myself that when the TV licensing man did finally turn up I would ask him did he have an entry warrant. If he didn’t I’d tell him to go way and get one then I would video the whole experience. He would probably come back a few days later with the police I would then give a running commentary. However, as the local police sergeant is a friend of mine and we attend the same church, it’s probably just as well I didn’t, it would just be too embarrassing all round; and what about my long suffering wife who has often crept away from me in a store such as Currys when I start to expound to a hapless sales assistant on the dangers of the TV and children. Having the police knocking at the door especially as we’ve only been here for a few months, would mortify her.

I’m an atheist, I’m a Catholic but I’m and atheist – he said!
Back to the TV licence man, all he could come up with at the opening of my anti-Telly tirade was “I’m an atheist, I’m a Catholic but I’m and atheist”. I told him that can’t be both! He said he had been an atheist ever since as a young boy a priest came to his house and said that if he didn’t go to church he’d go to hell. After sympathising with him, but only slightly as his priest was right but there are ways and Ways of doing this and we should never forget the teaching on invincible ignorance. A good and orthodox priest will know how to teach this truth without putting people off. But you never know the full and real reasons why people give up their faith. If the priest came around to my house and said that I would have agreed with every word – but how many priests today are brave enough to teach the simple facts of the faith. Many of their congregations are able to brow-beat them into submission so that many are afraid to teach the essential truths of the Catholic faith. Their congregations have been ‘educated’ by the BBC and other media outlets. Many can reel off like rote as efficiently as most zealous Evangelical a few selective ‘truths’ about the ‘Black Legends’ of Catholic history or the ‘kinder’ more inclusive ideals of the secular zeitgeist.

I can however come up with a few reasons for  not having a TV – the Corporation’s televised litanies from hell that  sexualise the young, their bias in favour militant secularisation to the point of homophilia bran-washing and that is why this nasty box of tricks has been banished from this house. I went through a list of the BBC’s low points and explained why these programme were so bad and how they do not tell the truth about Catholic history. Ah ha he seemed to come to life again, “what about the Crusades?” I met his defiant challenge head on, having just spent the last 18 months working on a documentary on the Crusades, so I was able to defend them as having saved Christendom from Islam. He was surprised that I not only don’t have a TV I am actually a TV producer and scriptwriter. Now completely bewildered he actually refused to come in and turned to go. I gave him a list of Crusader Professors and historians that he could look up and find out what really happened and I said he could always watch EWTN’s documentary we just finished in October. I won’t be seeing it of course I do not have a TV. He said I’ll have a look, he stopped and stared at my car in the drive  – “I like Alfas” he said “I got a Mercedes but I think I’m going to buy an Alfa Romeo next”. I said I’ve had it for 14 years and it been very good I just couldn’t part with her. I see I’ve got a convert perhaps he will also think a little about his faith again as well.

Monday, 8 September 2014

A New Christendom

Is there a bleak outlook for Christianity in the West or will a new Christendom appear?

·        This post is in response to the comment left on the St Catherine of Siena post by our Prayer Crusader St Cecilia.

Prayer Crusader, St Cecilia’s comment was worthy of a post in its own right. The Crusader pointed out a number of desperately sad things that are happening to the West, an area that was once known as Christendom.

One is the almost unstoppable rise of Islam, and another is the infiltration of homosexuality into  almost every area of Western society – even in the Church. It is so desperately sad that the sacrilegious Masses still go on at Farm Street. It not only causes scandal, it is of course extremely injurious to the spiritual well being of all of those who take part. It is of course for the poor damaged souls of the homosexuals themselves we should be most concerned, for their sin is condemned in both the Old and New Testament. The teaching and traditions of the Church are very clear on this: homosexual actions are sinful – these teachings cannot be changed, there is no wriggle room!

The reason of course why homosexuality is so prevalent in today’s society is because homosexuals and their supporters have control of the media. Through sheer blatant militancy on one hand and placing themselves at the top of the hierarchy of victimhood on the other, they have infiltrated and control the media. They have created a new type of ‘ethos’ and have turned natural law and natural morality on its head. It is now impossible to speak out against the nonsense of the homosexual argument without being labelled in the same breath as the Nazis.

I believe it is a crime against humanity that the media led by the BBC have been so encouraging of these perverted and dangerous acts. I also believe that it is an act of charity to point out the danger of homosexual acts; this is a caring act. Of course the BBC will call us bigots or nutters or homophobics.

On Muslims and the TV, I am quite sure that the Muslims are not puritans when it comes to pornography and illicit sexual behaviour, just as secularists are not. After all look what has been happening in Rotherham and Rochdale with groups of Asian men grooming and molesting young girls – these girls became uncontrollable by their parents and would run after these men.  They have been let down by their parents first for not teaching them Christian values; they have been let down by the political leaders; they have been let down by Church leaders for not teaching clearly on Christian values and last but not least they have been let down by the media!

But the grooming was not only done by the Asian men. They are not to blame alone; with a TV in the front room of every house giving out false versions of sexual ethics these children have been spoiled, leaving them at the mercy of anyone who is devious enough to exploit them. The exploiting of young children is not only done by Asian men, as the BBC’s Jimmy Savile case has shown. Homosexuals, pop stars, celebrities, and anyone who wanted, could exploit the devastation left in the wake of the TV and the secular media.

If the parents of these children had enough Christian ethics left in them to understand what is right and good they would have turned off the TV at the first sex scene, and thrown the thing out at the first same sex kiss.  The devastation that has been wreaked on Christianity has left a moral vacuum that could be filled by whatever religion or philosophy that could get its act together the quickest – at the moment the secular militants are on top – but it won’t last, they will show themselves for what they are – Satanic.

A New Christendom

By the 1960’s Christendom was already dead as a geopolitical entity – but Christendom can be re-created in the hearts of every practicing Christian. I am optimistic that a new Christendom will emerge. Through prayer and action, like persuading Catholics to turn away from the secular media, and protect their children from the influence of the militant secularists, Our Lord and Our Lady will prevail.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

St Catherine of Siena


‘Homosexuals cause Nausea to Our Lord’


St Catherine of Siena

Whenever we may become concerned that we are perhaps being a little too strong in our warnings about the media and its support of homosexuality we must turn to Sacred Scripture, the teachings of the Church and her saints. There we will find courage to keep up the fight but we must always do this out of charity for as St Paul says ‘If I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries and all knowledge and if I should have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing’ (1 Cor 13:2). We believe that warning against media promoted homosexuality is a great charity, an act of love for homosexuals and the people affected by the media.


               The great saint and doctor of the Church, St Catherine of Siena, was not afraid to exercise this work of charity towards homosexuals. For she was a mystic to whom Our Lord appeared and said :


“They [the homosexuals] not only fail from resisting the weakness [of fallen human nature] …. but they do even worse when they commit the cursed sin against nature. Like the blind and stupid, having dimmed the light of their understanding, they do not recognize the disease and misery in which they find themselves. For this not only causes Me nausea, but is disgusting even to the devils themselves whom these depraved creatures have chosen as their lords.

         For Me this sin against nature is so abominable that for it alone five cities were destroyed by virtue of the judgment of My Divine Justice, which could no longer bear their iniquity …. It is disgusting to the devils not because evil displeases them or because they find pleasure in good, but rather because their nature is angelic and flees upon seeing such a repulsive sin being committed. For while certainly it is the devil that first strikes the sinner with the poisoned arrow of concupiscence, nonetheless when a man actually carries out such a sinful act, the devil goes away.”

This is pretty strong stuff, but remember who is saying it, not St Catherine but Jesus himself. The Jesus in the New Testament didn’t mince his words either, using language such as hypocrites, and brood of vipers and whited sepulchres outside but inwardly all full of dead men’s bones and all filthiness, to the Pharisees. Some would like to paint the orthodox Catholic as the Pharisee of today but they would be wrong: the Pharisees and Sadducees of today are those who teach the new secular law – the politicians and the Militant Secularists in the media.

Friday, 22 August 2014

The BBC and ISIS

Is the BBC radicalising British Muslims?

How the BBC do a ‘better’ job at radicalising young British Muslims than any radical preacher

Before you say, ‘he can’t blame the BBC for this, I would have thought the opposite would be the case’, let us first look at what is happening to ordinary orthodox Catholics because of the Media led BBC.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for Christians to work in the Main Stream Media (MSM). Or should I say, for Christians who follow the teachings of Sacred Scripture and the traditions of the Church to work there. Perhaps fewer are doing so of late, but we still exist. If Christians are prepared to pay lip service to - or indeed actively dissent from - Church teaching, they are welcomed, even championed, by the politically correct media establishment. On the other hand, if you say: No; abortion, sodomy, contraception, euthanasia etc. go against the teaching of the Church and you cannot accept them, you will be labelled a bigot or a nutcase. There is no longer any tolerance for traditional Christian moral teachings. You go along with the secular flow, or you shut up, or you will not be employed. And all forms of employment are following the MSM’s lead, e.g.  midwives, social workers, etc., even B & B owners find it impossible to earn a living unless they accept the new ‘norm’.
               The politically correct world of the MSM is not a world that tolerates either the masculine or the feminine. The female must become more masculine and the male must be more female or at the very least be neutered. Hence the consistent vilification of the Catholic Church by the media, in particular the fanatically Politically Correct BBC. We have after all a male hierarchy; we accept the male and the female as God created us. We have Our Lady and hundreds of female saints but these are not role models that are acceptable to the MSM. You won’t get the BBC making a documentary about St. Margaret Clitherow or Bl. Mother Teresa unless it is to attempt to undermine them.
               Consistently the BBC uses its sports radio channel Radio 5 Live, whose audience is overwhelmingly male, to push a feminist and homosexual agenda. This is where you will most often find the militant secular brainwashing used against anyone who still dares to stand up for the traditional understanding of male or female. The world of sport is the final frontier of the broadcast world - well almost. Even the BBC Songs of Praise are considering a ‘Gay’ Christian singer songwriter as a presenter. I heard a Radio 5 Live interviewer being very positive to this singer. Once sport and its predominantly male audience are conquered, Christianity will be the next target.

               If Catholics become so disenchanted with the Main Stream Media that they feel they need to take the radical step of throwing away the TV in order to maintain a sense of loyalty to their faith, then what about Muslims? Do they throw the TV out when explicit immorality, either of images or sentiment, is beamed directly into their front rooms? Or do they find another way?  After all, the Muslim faith is not attacked in the same way as the Catholic faith is. It could even be said that the MSM media portrays the Muslim faith in a positive way, depicting Islam as the victim of Christianity.  For example, documentaries and films are not made about the Muslim conquest of Christian lands, but the Christian response to the Muslim conquest, namely ‘The Crusades’ is acknowledged, and portrayed in a negative way. If, because of the media, even Christians believe that the Crusades were nothing more than a brutal and unprovoked attack against a sophisticated and tolerant Muslim world, then what are Muslims led to believe?
               So perhaps because of the BBC we should not be surprised that so many British Muslims are fighting for Islamic State (formerly ISIS).  A report recently said that there are about 500. Could it be that the immorality of the MSN on the one hand, and the persistent attacks of the BBC on orthodox Christianity (and in particular Catholicism) on the other, have combined to promote the radicalisation of young Western Muslims? It is a desperately sad fact that it was a British Muslim who executed the American photo journalist last week and recorded the execution using High Definition equipment; then used social media to terrorise western viewers with this horror porn of their own.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Children and TV

Children and TV
By Dr Joseph Shaw

I recently took my two oldest children, aged ten and eight, to see a Shakespeare play in Stratford on Avon. We were greeted with incredulity wherever we went. One of the theatre employees remarked that his own children didn’t have the attention span to watch a whole episode of Neighbours. That struck me as a revealing remark.
               The world created by television is an adult world, not because it is profound, but because it is shallow. There is more wisdom in a Victorian fairy story than in twenty episodes of a soap opera.  There is a more sophisticated vocabulary, a wider range of styles, and even an appreciation of more different cultures. In reading The Blue Fairy Book or Treasure Island to my children, I was consulting dictionaries, maps, and Wikipedia to keep up. But children are content to understand things at their own level, and to fit what they don’t know in with what they do.
               Indeed this true of everyone’s appreciation of what is genuinely profound in literature or art. We don’t understand it all; we don’t suck it dry; we take from a parable of Jesus, or a great painting, something, not everything; perhaps something we need at that moment. We needn’t be afraid of children having the same experience. Simple art and simple stories need not lack depth, but what is presented on the TV nearly always does. TV producers need to feed the short attention-spans they have created, and they are prisoners of a conception of human life which lacks a spiritual dimension, and sometimes even an emotional one. Which came first, a medium which creates passivity, or a world view which assigns value only to pleasurable sensations? It would seem they have grown up together.
I’m unable to do a ‘before and after’ study of my children with TV, because we haven’t had broadcast TV since before the oldest was able to watch it. My children have watched DVDs: their favourite is a 30-minute animated version of Mozart’s Magic Flute made by Welsh TV, followed by The Taming of the Shrew in the same series. But while there are advantages to them knowing what moving pictures look like (they aren’t instantly mesmerised when they see them in a friend’s house), it is true to say that the telly doesn’t play a significant part in their lives.
               What do they do all day? Chesterton remarked that it is perfectly possible to turn the clock back; it is just a matter of effort. In their free time my home-schooled children do the things children did fifty or a hundred years ago. They play; once they learn to read, they read. They play card games. They’ve just learnt to play draughts, and that has become quite a craze. Last Summer they discovered croquet; it was set up on the lawn and on fine days they’d be playing before breakfast. They aren’t especially precocious: they don’t actually understand Shakespeare plays without it being explained, and I can still beat them at chess. But they are having a childhood.

Dr Joseph Shaw is a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, he is the chairman of the Latin Mass Society and runs St Catherine’s Trust  which promotes Catholic education in accordance with the traditional teachings of the Church. He is a regular blogger on Traditional Catholic Issues. His latest series of blogs has caused quite a debate and explores what happens when religion is used for nationalist purposes. See To understand ISIS, look at Anglicanism To Understand ISIS, look at Anglicanism

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

BBC license fee

The BBC and the license fee
The BBC’s charter is to be reviewed in 2016. The question of how the BBC should be funded will be one of the items under consideration. At present it is funded through the license fee, and everyone with a TV has to have a license, whether or not they actually watch any BBC programmes.
Mr. Ryan Bourne, at
addresses two blog posts put out by the BBC’s Director of Policy James Heath, who maintains that the license fee is the best way of funding the BBC, while direct subscription would be a worse option.
Mr. Bourne points out that when the license fee was established during the early post-war period, the broadcasting situation was very different from what it is now. He asks, “If the BBC did not already exist, would anyone today seriously suggest creating it?” He examines in detail the changes that have taken place in the broadcasting world during the past sixty or so years, concluding that almost everything which the BBC provides can be – and indeed is – now provided through commercial channels. One of the few exceptions is children’s television, as regulations make it impossible to place advertising on programmes aimed specifically at children.  Mr. Bourne points out that “There is nothing democratic about someone in the BBC deciding what to produce divorced from the wants and needs of customers – and it is vastly economically inefficient. In modern broadcasting, it is simply not necessary for one broadcaster to provide a full range of services”. He adds that “There is no real mechanism for consumers to hold the BBC to account for the quality and content of its output”.
The BBC’s charter requires it to provide news, information and comment with impartiality. Mr. Bourne feels that this is an impossible requirement for an organisation such as the BBC, when “all editorial decisions of what to cover and how to cover it entail partial judgments”. Indeed, he says “Everybody believes the BBC is biased against them (see Gaza coverage, the debates over welfare reform, discussion of the EU etc). We would never complain that the Guardian is biased because we know its broad worldview and can judge what it says against that”.
Mr. Bourne concludes that “The real unfairness of it is not that it costs poorer people a higher proportion of their incomes, it’s that there is absolutely no link between the amount you pay and the amount of BBC you are willing to pay for the option to watch - to the extent that you have to pay even if you want to watch no BBC television. This final point may not affect many people, but it seems to me an utterly indefensible principle.”
By the Prayer Crusader under the patronage of St Theresa of Avila

Monday, 28 July 2014

Interview with Slovak Catholic Newspaper

Left to right Michal Benko (camera/editor),
Stefano Mazzeo (Producer/Presenter/Script)
Marek Poleck (Driector).

Battle for the hearts and souls of Christians on the TV screen
He has an Italian name but comes from the UK and considers himself a Celt. Thus, very briefly, we could imagine the writer, screenwriter and producer of documentary films, Stefano Mazzeo. He was visiting Slovakia a few days ago for the third time. The reason? Successful partnership with LUX communication.
Q – You’re visiting Slovakia for the third time. What project brought you this time to Kapitulská Street and the studios of LUX communication?
SM - I first came here in 2012 when we were preparing a documentary series about the history of the Catholic Church in Wales. You may have seen it, as Lux TV recently aired it with Slovak dubbing. I’m working as a television producer for the EWTN. This is now the largest religious television station in the world. Our intention is to shoot quality Christian programs, but in the UK we do not have the facilities. So we had to find a good Catholic television studio outside England. The choice fell on Slovakia. And we created our first partnership project - the documentary series Wales, The Golden Thread of Faith. Since this cooperation
proved to be successful, I was commissioned to write and produce another series, this time on the Crusades. We are finalizing the four parts of the cycle now where the controversial subject of the Crusades is handled from a Catholic perspective. We are convinced that the secular media do not give a true picture of this issue. So the opinions of ordinary people on them are not always correct. Christianity in Europe has existed for centuries but if it was not for the Crusades then maybe Europe would be Muslim.
Q - You took the Golden Thread of Faith in Britain to reveal something more? What inspired you to embark on something like that?
SM - For a full answer let me explain that my father came to Britain from Italy in the 1950s. My father married my mother, who came from Cornwall, she is a native Celt, and I also consider myself a Celt. Residents of Cornwall were once very Catholic.
The ancient Britons were Celts and knew two languages, British for everyday use and Latin for formal use and for the Church, as evidenced by many ancient inscriptions on Crosses and Bibles etc. But as the British media do not give a true picture of the history of the Catholic Church, I wanted to make a program that’s faithful to the history of the Church. I wanted to tell the story of the history of the Catholic Church since ancient times; since the days of King Arthur - if he ever existed - and before him the Romans. The Wales like England was Catholic. They did not want the Reformation. In fact, the people of Cornwall revolted, because after the Reformation the Mass and prayers were translated from Latin into English, and at that time they spoke Cornish and did not understand English. Again, this is information that today's media ignores. Since we wanted to put the facts right, EWTN allowed me to produce the documentary and sent me to TV Lux. I have to admit that until then I had not heard about LUX communication and TV Lux. EWTN recommended Lux as a strong Catholic station with excellent facilities and faith. At first I was afraid that they will not understand what I want, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Director Marek Polacek speaks excellent English, Michal Benko is extremely passionate and an excellent cameraman. Both are committed Catholics, which I consider very important.
Q - Why should we be aware of how much power the media have and what they are capable of?
SM – The battle for the hearts and souls of Catholics and Christians is being played out in the media and in particular the television screen. Many people do not realize this, but there it is. Secular television affects them and dictates to them their views and values, which they are gradually adopting. This is evidenced by this year's Eurovision contest. In order for Eurovision to be won by someone who acts weird and unnatural, ordinary Europeans must vote for him, - everyday people from all over Europe - and this is the result of long-term brainwashing, hence the termhanging out” in front of a television screen, and exposure to its impact. To give a simple parallel: if you throw a frog into cold water it will be happy. If you throw it into hot water, it hops out. But if you put it into cold water, and slowly heat the water until it boils, the frog will not notice the change in temperature. When it realizes that it should jump out, it will be too late.
Q - How do you perceive the faith of Slovaks compared with the British?
SM - Slovakia has an extremely rare religious quality. A large proportion of people still go to church, they are pious, and friendly. Please, do not look to the West, because it has been spoiled. Take for example my country, Great Britain. If you went to any large city on Friday or Saturday evening, you would meet on the streets a large amount of drunken people. Half-naked, drunken girls, dressed provocatively and lying around the streets - it's a horrible sight. And do not be charmed by our culture, because we in Britain have lost faith and young people have lost the meaning of life. The suicide rate is very high, there are even internet-based suicide clubs and websites which explain in detail how to commit suicide. Your Christianity here is very strong and is bearing fruit.

Q – The history of the Catholic Church in the UK is complex. What are the most puzzling, and perhaps the most dreadful, aspects of the Church’s history?
SM - The history of the UK overall is complex, as well as the Catholic Church having a complex history in the UK. Catholics have made many mistakes, but Jesus Christ came to make us saints, and to save sinners. I know very well that in some periods some Catholics may have committed many evil deeds. King Henry VIII asked Rome for a divorce. When it was refused he founded the Anglican Church, making himself head of the Church in England. He went on to have six wives in all, some he divorced and others he had executed. So the Anglican Church is founded on divorce. Some would argue that it was Henry’s daughter (by his second wife) Elizabeth I who founded the Anglican Church on Calvin's principles. But perhaps this would not have occurred, if previously there had not been a separation from Rome. Mary I, who was the daughter of Henry VIII and his divorced first wife Catherine of Aragon, restored Catholicism in England during the five years after the death of her half-brother Edward VI (son of Henry’s third wife). During this period, many Protestants lost their lives. However, there were centuries of suffering for Catholics, for whom participation in the Mass was considered treason. Hundreds of Catholic priests died, and were not allowed to celebrate Holy Mass publicly and had to hide. These people were heroes who sought to maintain the faith and pass it on.

Q - How do you see the status and current situation of the Catholic Church in the UK today?
SM - Worship in the Catholic and Anglican Churches is in decline. The UK, has about 5 million Catholics, of whom about 850 thousand practice their faith regularly. The same number of regular churchgoers applies for the Anglican church groups, which, however, has 35 million members. So percentage-wise, Catholics are doing better. Anglicans consider their religion as part of the national heritage; some of their ceremonies are also attended by atheists - who do so to be part of the tribe. There are also other Protestant religious communities, whose members go to church in smaller numbers. Muslims practice their religion as strongly in the UK as in traditionally Muslim countries. And a strange phenomenon occurs: many young women convert to Islam. The do not accept Islam just because they have married a Muslim. They do it out of conviction; - perhaps they are tired of the secular world.
Q – How do you engage Catholics in Great Britain, and are there Catholic faith communities?
SM – There some pro-active groups, and many other communities. Together with friends we founded the apostolate called the Crusade of Prayer; we Adopt a Celebrity, so we pray regularly for some famous person. I chose one influential radio presenter,-  whom I do not like, I have to admit. In his work he is very good, convincing, eloquent. Not everything he says and presents is true or fair, it just seems like it to the majority. But I pray for him, for his family, for his success, but above all, for him to accept the Catholic faith. Many other members of our group have chosen personalities from the world of music they like, although they find their lifestyles are not always compatible with Christianity. We also have another type of apostolate called Catholics, Unplug your TV! We are trying to convince people to turn off their televisions and not follow the secular media, because we know what they are capable of - we have a team of well over 50. If someone in our country turns off the TV and does not watch programs live they do not pay the TV license fee, and thus do not support the operation of TV channels that promote abortion, homosexuality and euthanasia. I can watch TV shows, including TV Lux (as long as they are not live), over the internet. As a producer, I have a lot of knowledge about how television works. When I see something that does not seem appropriate to me, I write articles, blogs, and draw attention to the biased media’s everyday activities. On our website you can learn more about this initiative.

Q - What are the relationships between religions in the UK, for example, between Catholics, Anglicans, Muslims? Is Islam really spreading in such a rapid manner, as we learn from the media?
SM - I would say that the Muslim faith is the only one that is growing in the UK. Relations between Catholics and Anglicans are good, Catholics are not persecuted in a physical sense anymore. Catholics have the Holy Father, the successor of St. Peter; Anglicans have the Queen, who is the head of the Church of England. The Queen even has the title Fidei Defensor (Defender of the faith), which was given to Henry VIII by the Pope before he (Henry) declared himself to be Head of the Church of England. Regarding Islam, it must be said, that there is a strong militant element, which does not apply to all Muslims. For example, in 2005, in a terrorist attack on the London Underground, bombs exploded and killed about 40 people; hundreds more were injured. When viewing our film about the Crusades, you will find that Muslims can spread their religion by the sword; Christians can’t do this, they must be peaceful missionaries.

Marek Polacek, for the production studio LUX communication, says about it:
Cooperation with Stefano Mazzeo and American EWTN Catholic television has opened our doors to the world. For 20 years since the establishment of LUX communication, our documentaries do not know how to cross the border of Slovakia. We did not process issues that might be of interest to viewers in other countries. We shot about what we understand and what we consider the most important ¬ - about Slovakia and Slovaks of the Church in Slovakia ... EWTN and Stefano Mazzeo, however, brought universal themes such as the Spanish Inquisition or the Crusades. For such a large topic we ourselves are gaining more of the necessary courage. But Americans and Britons simply feel at home everywhere and confidently want to produce for the world.

Stefano Mazzeo on the upcoming series on the Crusades
Professional advisers for this project include two professors of history from the UK - one from the University of Cambridge and the other from the University of London. In addition, we worked with two professors from the American University in Saint Louis. However, it is interesting that the most surprising information we received came from the professor from London who is non-Catholic. Regarding objectivity, my main aim is to tell the truth, but the truth from the Catholic point of view. If Catholics made
​​mistakes, I'm talking about it or I would lose my credibility as a producer. On the other hand, I’m not afraid to name the erroneous myths that the modern world believes. My intention was to prepare a spiritual documentary. Crusaders expressed their faith, and many of them lost everything, including their lives, so that victims of persecution could be saved. The project also looks at myths such as the myth of the Children's Crusade. We remember the siege of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem massacre and how it’s been used and exaggerated. Material relevant to both these events comes from historians. Regarding the siege of Jerusalem, Chronicler writes, for example, that people waded ankle-deep in blood, which is nonsense. In addition, he mentions that thousands and thousands of people were massacred, which at that time was not even possible - unlike today. Unfortunately, information about the Crusades were shaped by the Muslim view,  and the Enlightenment period, and modern historians like as Steven Runciman, who were not defenders of the Catholic Church, but secularized Protestants. It can be said that it was almost an agenda whose aim was to discredit the Crusades and the Catholic Church and paint them in the worst light.

ALŽBETA Šuplatová, ZUZANA Artimová
IMAGES: TIMO Pozděchov
For the Slovak Catholic Newspaper Katolicke Noviny
Notes: The article has been translated via a web translater
The new EWTN docudrama The Crusades will be shown between the 8 – 11 October 2014 before the first showing myself and Professor Thomas Madden will appear on EWTN Live with Fr. Mich Pacwa.
The Crusades contains interviews with four leading historians on the Crusades two priests and a well known Catholic Barristor.
It was filmed accross Europe and the Holyland and contains drama sequences and specilists Crusasder re-enactment groups.
For a preview trailer please click here EWTN - The Crusades