Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Traditional Catholic speaks out in favour of Europe

Boris and Nigel, the Laurel and Hardy of the Leave EU campaign.

I have been considering for quite some time whether or not to do a blog post on the EU referendum. The figureheads for the vote leave campaign to me appear to me to be a couple of comedians, bungling Boris and someone who appears to be drunk most of the time. But this is too serious an issue to make too much light of the issues.

The media, particularly the populist press, are all for leaving. And for some reason most of the Catholics that I have heard express a view on the referendum, are for leaving Europe. However I think we are much better off in the EU therefore I'm finding as usual my views on contemporary issues are at odds with the majority. 

Among traditional and orthodox Catholics vote leave sentiment is almost unanimous and I am baffled by this. Do they think that Britain will suddenly become Catholic if we leave, that the abortion laws will be overturned, that homosexuals and gender benders will be halted in their relentless infiltration into every part of society? That the BBC will suddenly become fair and unbiased? That immigration, particularly Muslim immigration, will suddenly stop? And that the country will become better off economically? I believe the opposite will be the case in all of these areas. Or perhaps it is down to people like Boris telling us we will not be pushed around by a load of Brussels Sprouts telling us that tomatoes are now to be labelled fruit!

However, seriously my two main reasons for staying in are immigration (or rather the type of) and the economy. Most of the immigrant problem for us was with Muslims from the commonwealth, mainly Pakistanis - and not Catholics from the EU (Central Europe) most of whom eventually go home again speaking perfect English. My second reason is that I think Britain has done very well in Europe economically; before joining we were struggling below France and Italy now we are the 5th richest nation in the world the 2nd in Europe.


So what do I think will happen if we leave?

Immigration
Immigration will increase but they will no longer be EU citizens and Catholics they will I believe be mainly Muslim. Where will they come from? I believe where they have always mainly come from; the Commonwealth - Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. There are already reports that Ukip/leave are dangling visas in front of Britain's ethnic minorities.

The French may ask us to remove our borders from French ports and put them in England. So the second source of Muslims will be the Middle East via Europe, a thing that the French are helping us stop - at the moment. So what would we rather have: the Pakistani taxi driver or the Polish plumber?

On The economy 
We will have no say on European laws but will still need to conform in order to trade in many areas.

We already have a taste of what will happen to the pound, it's already dropping like a stone at the moment because of opinion polls - this will put up fuel costs and therefore pretty well everything.

The Bank of England will need to protect the pound so they will put up interest rates therefore raise costs for businesses putting a fragile economic recovery in jeopardy.

Foreign companies who moved in to set up when British industry was struggling after the squeezes of the 1960s like the car industry, may reconsider. In fact when we entered Europe in the early 70s we were known as the "sick man of Europe" now we are its second largest economy. Britain has done very well out of Europe but we can't see it. 

Bungling Boris at London Gay Pride march
On Culture
On influence and culture we are right at the top, we are simply the most powerful country in Europe, and it's not always been a good thing for Europe. Our language is the second language of most people in the EU, our music is heard throughout Europe, our strong links with the USA give us even more power and cultural influence.

There is of course a down side to all this cultural influence, we were one of the first countries to legalise abortion and homosexual acts. We have the biggest "Gay Pride" marches in Europe, London being one of the biggest in the world let alone Europe. All pushed via an English speaking media that everyone respects and is led by the very "fair and balanced" BBC. I'm beginning to think that it will not only be a bad thing for Britain to pull out of Europe but a good thing for Europe if we leave.

On Sovereignty 
Whilst we all need to conform with the same trading and work practice laws as the rest of Europe because it's only fair and right, This is probably a greater burden on the smaller states of Europe than on its 2nd most powerful economy. There needs to be a level playing field for all trading and manufacturing EU nations. On Sovereignty this is not an issue there are areas of the law where Europe cannot nor does intervene. 
On other major differences between the UK and the EU, we have the pound, we drive on a different side of the road, where are all the rest Europe have things like compatible electrical plugs etc we do not. And no one is forcing us to change.

So what's the real problem? Is it just perceptions generated by poor quality journalism?

However I think leave will win, perhaps this will be a good thing and remove the influence of the most morally liberal country in Europe - the UK.

So many people who have Irish ancestry are applying for Irish passports that the Irish passport office has recently needed to employ an extra 200 staff. However I will be sad if we leave and as a British Catholic, perhaps I will apply for dual nationality as I can. 

 
Cheers Nige, another fine mess you are trying to get us into 
By the Prayer Crusader with St Philomena 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

A poem by John Medlin


Some readers may know of John Medlin who used to be the General Manager of the Latin Mass Society and editor of their magazine, ‘Mass of Ages.’ Since retiring from the LMS he has devoted some of his time to his great love for poetry. His work can be seen on his poetry blog www.medlin-the-writer.blogspot.co.uk All of his work is influenced by his commitment to religion and a good number of his poems reflect specific Christian commitment (i.e. Catholic!)
   His recent poem, ‘The Anthropological Turn,’ is a timely dissection of how we arrived at our current horror of “the dictatorship of relativism” and proposes the heroism of St Damien of Molokai (the leper priest) as a corrective. It can also be read on his poetry blog here
   The term “the anthropological turn” was used by Catholic thinkers, such as the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, to describe the revolution in thinking in the 1960s (at least in the West) which put man rather than God at the centre of all things.

 


THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL TURN          


A fist of lightning sunders the packed cloud
On Sinai’s peak; thunder engulfs the slopes;
Moses, exultant with the Tables, browed
With light, descends to mould men’s fears and hopes:
Moral truth is given and hence endowed
Is beauty – golden cherubim and tropes
Adorn the Ark. A proud propitiating
People is created, lacking but one thing.

The Nazarene, transfixed with the Divine,
On Shabbat day completes the Torah’s lack:
“Stretch forth thy hand” – a flesh-transcending sign            
Is given, pity more flagrant than God’s back
Seen by Moses in the cloud. Like sweet-scent wine
Compassion infuses dogs-in-a-pack
Humanity, and though men riot like fools
Their wounds are bound by hospitallers and schools.

Later, the harmonic circle is smashed:
Vaunting men, in love with experiment,
Scrub Revelation’s face until it’s washed
Raw. Diderot’s book swells to a testament,
Newton by the sea of knowledge is splashed,           
Paine’s pot of rights boils to a sacrament;
Hume demands freedom to die in his sins;
In France the clash of guillotines begins.

The wheel turns. A Sixties scientist re-presents
The fruit; Eve swallows and fecundity
Is balked. Man centres self and the ornaments
Of being are smashed in a futility
Of drugged desires. Harsh New Age hierophants
Propose fault-free fulfilment and absurdity                          
Is raised a god. Two thousand years of symbols
Are overthrown by dancers beating timbrels.

Destruction triumphs. Pornography swamps
The internet; man’s primal itch inflamed,
Aggression surges and motel room romps                             
Turn rapes. Enthused, unnatural rights are named –
Gay marriage, gender choice – what tawdry pomps!
Careerist women have the boardroom tamed;                       
Children are objects, abortion’s in demand:
Moloch counts dollars with a blood-stained hand.                

Saint Damien sweats in Hawaii’s heat,
Dressing ulcers, digging graves. The leper priest,
In the eternal wrapt, with bandaged feet,
Scarred face and dragging legs, dies for the least
Of his charges. There’s no despair, nor bleat
Of woe, instead a pure-eyed grasp of the feast
Of being. Fulfilment’s not in drugs or vice
But in hands gone leprous in sacrifice.

====================

© April 2013 Revised June 2016

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour review

"Where are the Protests?"

Exploitive scene from the play
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

That was the question asked by one of our members and Prayer Crusader under the patronage of St Anthony of Padua when he saw posters advertising a nasty little play called "Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour" in Liverpool. I did some research and it looks as appalling as the title suggest. It is a play about Scottish Catholic schools girls and their exploits in areas of drink sex and death.
Here are some quotes from a review in the Chronicle Live, North East based on line news app.

The Billy Elliot author has called it “Trainspotting for girls” and likened it to his own Cooking for Elvis.
Anyone familiar with that early play will recall its stand-out sex act as a crude but funny surprise.
Here the crudity is more of an onslaught and may offend some, not only Catholics. A description of a sexual encounter in a hospital was too much for me.
I’m pretty sure the girls weren’t quite as bad as this when I was at school. And it was a rough school.

The play is obviously pandering to the perverse, has nothing to do with Catholicism and has probably more to do with the authors own fantasies than real life. It is exploitive in its very nature and to portray young girls this way when there has been so much child abuse and exploitation by so many in media is discussing in its own right. It should go far in the secular media's sex filled world. As the reviewer put it "Sex is the rocket fuel that powers this latest play by Lee Hall."

The question asked was where are the protest, yes indeed where are they have we been so badly brow-beaten by the media that we Catholics who should so something now feel so helpless?
This is one of the blasphemies against the Immaculate of Mary and for which we are called to make reparation.

to see full review . http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/ladies-perpetual-succour-review-lee-10178663

Thursday, 19 May 2016

BBC Woman's Hour arrogance towards Poland's laws


Re: BBC Woman's Hour – irresponsible support for pro-abortion activists in Poland




On 9th May, Woman's Hour included a 10-minute discussion about the availability of abortion in Poland, and in particular about attempts to make it more readily available by distributing the abortion pill, RU 486, via a drone which was launched in Germany and crossed the border into Polish air space. This action was taken by “Women on Waves”, an organisation which has previously provided abortions to women from countries where abortion is legally restricted, by taking the women to a boat in international waters and performing the abortions there. A “Women on Waves” representative was one of the two interviewees taking part in the Woman's Hour discussion; the other was a “pro-choice” (i.e. pro-abortion) woman from Poland.






RU 486 is not the “morning after pill” which prevents a pregnancy from being established, but a succession of two doses of hormonal medication designed to be taken during the early stages of pregnancy. The first dose disrupts the nourishment provided by the mother's body to the foetus, so that the foetus dies. The second dose, taken a few days later, causes birth-type contractions of the uterus so that the dead foetus is expelled. This is called a “medical abortion” and is intended to be used only in the early stages of pregnancy, the “first trimester”, from conception to about 3 months (12 weeks). In later stages of pregnancy, abortion is carried out by surgery (“surgical abortion”).  



Listening to this programme (not as it was broadcast, but a few days later) I became concerned about three issues.



Firstly, accuracy.



One of the interviewees stated that a “medical abortion” is no more dangerous than a spontaneous miscarriage, at least in women who are 4 to 10 weeks pregnant. This assertion was not challenged by the interviewer.



However, the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (January 2015) has reported on a study carried out over 12 months between 2013 and 2014 on a group of women in India who had self-medicated with RU 486 (available to them over the counter) without medical oversight. Nearly three-quarters of the group had taken the pill before 63 days (9 weeks) of pregnancy; nevertheless, there was a high proportion of complications, and more than 50% of the group had required post-treatment surgery, in some cases including treatment for sepsis, and in some cases requiring blood transfusions. The researchers concluded that “unsupervised medical abortion can lead to increased maternal morbidity and mortality. Strict legislation is required to monitor and also restrict the sales of abortion pills over the counter”.



Wikipedia quotes a scholarly article “Diagnosis and management of miscarriage” from The Practitioner of May 2014, which states that most miscarriages will complete without additional interventions. So medical abortions clearly are far more dangerous than spontaneous miscarriages.



Secondly, social responsibility. There seemed to be implicit approval by the BBC's interviewer of the action of the “Women on Waves” in sending the drone into Poland, although this action apparently distributed potentially dangerous medication with no safeguards whatsoever. High doses of hormones in pill form were dropped randomly with no guarantee that they would not be picked up by children, or would not be used by women into the second or even third trimester of pregnancy, when complications would be more likely and more serious. Nor was there any attempt to warn women of possible adverse effects of using the medication. In the UK, medical abortion is provided only under the guidance of a doctor, and the abortion itself is medically supervised so that any complications can be immediately diagnosed and treated.  Does the BBC think that UK legislation is unnecessarily protective of women, I wonder?

  

Thirdly, bias. Two women were interviewed, both “pro-choice”, and their underlying assumptions were not challenged by the interviewer, still less by any pro-life interviewee who would surely not have been hard to find. The BBC's charter requires that programmes should demonstrate a balance between opposing points of view in contentious cases such as this one. What is the point of having a charter if its requirements are ignored? I have had occasion to write to the BBC before on “life” issues, specifically about its documentaries relating to assisted suicide, in which a similar bias was shown,  running completely counter to its charter.



By the Prayer Crusader under the patronage of St. Teresa of Avila


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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Hollywood and gender bending



The Darkness of Hollywood


Deadpool Pansexual Superhero


I have always visited the cinema; I am interested in film as I am in TV. Hollywood and film in general has often had its bad and black moments. But at the moment I sometimes feel it is going through one of its darkest times.  I recently walked out of the cinema during a showing of the "Hateful Eight" film, I don't know why I thought I could watch it, what I actually wanted was to see the results of a film shot in Panavision Super 70mm, and see how this camera handles the vast Wyoming landscapes, how much detail it captures in the shadows etc. However, following pretty impressive opening and establishing sequences it went downhill fast. The human eye of God’s creation still is a far superior camera.


                Another dark trait in modern film making is gender ideology and all things relating to same-sex attraction. Being male or female is very straightforward, you are in fact either one or the other; this is determined at conception by your chromosomes: - you are either XX female or XY male. That some people feel they are not the sex of their body is more to do with social conditioning rather than science. Again the media, the TV and film are doing their best to confuse people, but there is a simple word for this state and it is perversion - a perversion of God's creation - and films out at the moment are doing their best to corrupt people, films like Carol: same-sex attraction between an older woman and a young woman, The Danish Girl about sex-change surgery and gender "change". Then there is the Deadpool a Pansexual superhero, now he will have sex with anyone and anything, but superheroes are for kids, are they not? The trailer to this move has received standing ovations! Western culture is in serious trouble. Now there is news that the next Star Wars film will have a strong homosexual content. If they do film part of it on Skellig Michal off the Irish coast, I don't think our patron will be happy about it. St Michael the Archangel pray for us in our hour of battle.


Here is part of an article from Life Site News, it states what we have always known at CUT, that Homosexuals and other perverts have control of Hollywood and indeed most of the Main Stream Media.


LGBTQ activists tell Hollywood: ‘Our strategy is you: The entertainment industry’

Fr. Mark Hodges 

An image from "The Danish Girl," just one of several recent big-budget
Hollywood films positively portraying transgenderism.
The Danish Girl screenshot from Life Site News

LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The 27th Annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday.
At the awards ceremony, gay activists admitted that their strategy to influence the American people toward acceptance of homosexuality was through the media of television, movies, and mainstream news.
Oscar winner Patricia Arquette introduced GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, who, now that the acceptance of homosexuality is nearly universal in American culture, could with candor explain, "With over 100 anti-LGBT bills in state and local levels, our strategy is you: The entertainment industry."


Sunday, 3 April 2016

Mother Angelica our tribute

Our Tribute to Mother Angelica
Mother Angelica RIP - Photo EWTN


Mother Angelica and her Miraculous TV station EWTN
There have been a number of miracles surrounding Mother Angelica during her life as a nun. Recently I met someone from EWTN and he related this true story to me
He told me that when Mother Angelica was just starting up EWTN she had some huge satellite dishes delivered but she had no money to pay for them. She asked the truck driver to unload the satellite dishes and she would send the money on as soon as she found it. Mother was of course profoundly confident that she would find the money. However, the truck driver said “look Mother I have strict orders that these need to be paid-for”, he wanted $50,000 before he would unload them or he would take them back.
Mother Angelica desperately wanted these dishes so that she could start to transmit her programmes. So she tried very hard to persuade the driver to leave them but with no luck. The truck driver still said no. She asked him wait for a little while she went into the chapel to pray. The truck driver said Ok (he probably thought that he could do with a break).
After praying for half an hour or so there was still no answer and no plan came into her head so she went out again to have another go at persuading the driver; Mother never gives up! She starting to talk to the driver again, – just then one of the sisters came running out saying that mother was wanted on the phone. Mother said she can’t come to the phone now, this is just too important.
So the sister ran back to the phone to ask the caller to call back, but the caller said he would hang on. The sister came out to Mother Angelica again saying the man is hanging on and he is ringing from a yacht in the Caribbean. So Mother pleads with the driver to wait for a few minutes hoping to come back and continue with her efforts to persuade him.
The man on the phone was a Catholic multi-millionaire who was impressed by some of Mother’s booklets or literature, and he wanted to make a donation to Mother’s work and that of the sisters. Mother Angelica said you don’t happen to have $50,000 do you? The Millionaire said yes when do you want it? Mother said you couldn’t transfer it now could you? You see I have these satellite dishes in a truck outside and the man won’t leave them until he’s paid. The millionaire said: Sure, I will get on to my bank right away.  Mother goes back out to the truck driver, tells him she has the money and where should she transfer it; the driver gives her the instructions. Mother Angelica gives them to the millionaire. The truck driver then gets onto his headquarters and finds that everything’s paid for.  He is stunned, and unloads the dishes.
This is a true story, just shows the power of prayer.
Prayer Crusader under the patronage of St Philomena and Bl Dominic Barberi 

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Have a peaceful Easter Nicky Campbell



A Happy Peaceful and Prayerful Easter To all members of CUT the Prayer Crusade and people of good will

First some very good news for this Easter for everyone who has switched off the TV and no longer pays the licence fee. More and more people are throwing out the TV and they are not even bothering to catch up on-line. See Telegraph no TV report

I guess they, like the rest of us are sick and tired of the bigotry, the bias the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual/gender ideology everything nonsense which  the Corporation spews out on a daily basis.
The BBC licence fee of course also pays for BBC Radio and the more I listen to it the more  sickening it becomes. Today Radio 5s agenda of ultra-liberal bias was sadly evident again.

Cornwall County Council bullied by BBC Radio and a pop Star

Über-"Liberal" and arch bully of

Radio 5 (in our opinion)
Nicky Campbell
photo wikipedia
A noisy pop group has been ordered by Cornwall County Council to keep the noise down below 40 decibels when practicing in their father's garage. A neighbour had complained to the council and under an Environmental and Health act, and the group were asked to keep the noise down. Fair enough you may say?  Not when the BBC is involved. Anyone who has had the misfortune to suffer because of noisy selfish neighbours would applaud Cornwall County Council, but not the father of a member of the group who wrote to a pop star Dave Grohl of the Rock group The Foo Fighters. Whose lyrics encourage youngsters to play this loud music in their garages. Grohl wrote to Cornwall County Council on the group's behalf (no thought of course about the poor neighbour who's been driven to despair by the noise). The BBC got hold of the story and naturally took the side of the noisy group. 

This morning 24/03/2016 I heard the awful Nicky Campbell interview the band and their father on BBC Radio 5's breakfast show. There was no thought for those who suffer from this type of selfish and arrogant behaviour, just pressure on Cornwall to provide facilities for Rock groups to practice. The father of a group member said that they don't have anything to do on the Lizard peninsula - nothing to do! They live in one of the most beautiful parts of the Country, surrounded by wonderful countryside and sea.

So the band need a place to practice? Ok let the Foo Fighters fund a sound proof practice room, this should not be a case where Cornwall Council fund on the council tax places where noisy bands should play.