Friday, 21 April 2017

Mourning and Weeping in this Vale of Tears.

When I was growing up in the forties and fifties my life had an anchor.  In my family there was love, in my church there was certainty, and in most politicians there was a desire to serve the people.   The nation had values which kept it civilised and there was a broad agreement as to what was right and wrong.  It was such values based on Judaeo Christian teaching that built loving families, and loving families were the cells of our civilisation where young people having been loved were able to bring that love into their own family lives when they married.    Although sexual exploitation happened between men and women for always we are weak and vulnerable to sin, it was not something to boast about in public.   No, it was wrong and we knew it was wrong but if there was sincerity in the relationship then nobody cared.

But change came s with more materialism entering our lives.  One of the great changes was the Pill and contraceptives.     A multi-billion sex market started and young women were persuaded that sex was a good and healthy sport.  The men who really did not give a damn if the girl got pregnant or not were able to throw off all morals and the girls with no fear of pregnancy could do the same.   Into this  battle the Church issued Humanae Vitae which laid down what God thought of all this.   Yes, married couples were asked to refrain from contraceptives and use Natural Birth Control but the real reason behind Humanae Vitae was to safeguard Marriage and encourage the young to live chaster lives.   But the so-called educated classes would have none of it.  They even encouraged promiscuity among the young and the result was the collapse of marriage and the destruction of the concept of the loving family unit.

The result is what we have today.  Thousands of young people who never experience the love of a Father and have been abandoned by them.  And without chastity before marriage it is difficult to adapt to faithfulness and we have divorce and remarriage, or children who do not believe in God because of the mess in their lives after a divorce.  These children hurt and the Catholic Church in England gives them no guidance or help because it too has abandoned the teachings of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ as to the special bond that a marriage should forge between a man and a woman.    As I have said before - do not tell the children that God loves them when in their lives they do not feel that love and the Church itself is responsible for their mourning and weaping in this Vale of Tears.          

Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Greatest Gift.

We are at that time of the year when we remember the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.   When there were two million Catholics going to Church in the sixties there was no noticeable increase in attendance but now thanks to the Spirit of Vatican II we have less than 800,000 who go regularly, and dropping, but at Christmas and Easter those who are nominally Catholic join us for the services.

So what is the problem that keeps many baptised from Church?   The problem is that although they have been taught an intellectual knowledge of Christianity they do not see how Christianity affects their everyday lives.   To say today that people who go to Church are no better than people who do not go to Church would be widely accepted even by many within the Church.  So why go to Church at all?   I believe those who do not go to Church have a feeling that somewhere along the way they are missing out on something.  So they go to Church just as they went to School to try to find that something.  Now it should be obvious to anyone with honesty that if after 10 years of Religious Education in a Catholic School 95% of pupils leave the Church that maybe something has failed.    As someone who has been pointing out this failure for over forty years and been met by the phrase  "No they come back", and as someone who annoyed a bishop by pointing out that in his watch we had lost about 20,000 Mass goers, I count myself as having a right to say this.  To some I am just a bloody nuisance.

So it is here we go again.   Forty years ago the First Communicants were given a new Programme called "The Greatest Gift" in many parishes.   People asked why there was so little mention of the Blessed Sacrament in the programme and were told "The Children are too young to understand such things"    Now I will be 80 this year and I do not understand such things either.   But one thing I do know is that when I was seven I believed in the Presence of Christ.   I was brought to Church jjoften for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and in those days they did not just light candles on the altar but all over the Sanctuary.   And when I went for Communion I knelt at the Altar Rails and received on my tongue.   The other dishonest  story that was being circulated was that time was that we were a Community and went to Communion as a Community and an absolutely ridiculous teaching that receiving Holy Communion was not an act of personal devotion but an act of the whole Community which somehow united us.   To cut out the devotion part we were given 'bread we could chew'.  The bread which crumbled in our hands did not last for long.  Now let me make my position clear as I made it then.   If the host contains My Very God, the Jesus who died for Me, the Real Presence of one who gives himself as food when I receive that beautiful gift I do not give a damn for the Commnity.  I will not abandon by beliefs for any intellectual or even ecumenical reasons.   The Greatest Gift is Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  And may God forgive those who teach something else and destroy the Faith of little children.   As the Jesus of Sctripture said "...It would be better if a halter was put around his neck and he was thrown into the ocean".

Thursday, 6 April 2017

THIS IS THE AGE OF TWO POPES WITH DIFFERENT TEACHINGS.

March 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- On March 16, speaking publicly on a rare occasion, Pope Benedict XVI gave an interview (English translation) to Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference, in which he spoke of a “two-sided deep crisis” the Church is facing in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. The report has already hit Germany courtesy of Vaticanist Guiseppe Nardi, of the German Catholic news website Katholisches.info.
Pope Benedict reminds us of the formerly indispensable Catholic conviction of the possibility of the loss of eternal salvation, or that people go to hell:
The missionaries of the 16th century were convinced that the unbaptized person is lost forever. After the [Second Vatican] Council, this conviction was definitely abandoned. The result was a two-sided, deep crisis. Without this attentiveness to the salvation, the Faith loses its foundation.
He also speaks of a “profound evolution of Dogma” with respect to the Dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church. This purported change of dogma has led, in the pope's eyes, to a loss of the missionary zeal in the Church – “any motivation for a future missionary commitment was removed.”
Pope Benedict asks the piercing question that arose after this palpable change of attitude of the Church: “Why should you try to convince the people to accept the Christian faith when they can be saved even without it?”
As to the other consequences of this new attitude in the Church, Catholics themselves, in Benedict's eyes, are less attached to their Faith: If there are those who can save their souls with other means, “why should the Christian be bound to the necessity of the Christian Faith and its morality?” asked the pope. And he concludes: “But if Faith and Salvation are not any more interdependent, even Faith becomes less motivating.”
Pope Benedict also refutes both the idea of the “anonymous Christian” as developed by Karl Rahner, as well as the indifferentist idea that all religions are equally valuable and helpful to attain eternal life.
“Even less acceptable is the solution proposed by the pluralistic theories of religion, for which all religions, each in its own way, would be ways of salvation and, in this sense, must be considered equivalent  in their effects,” he said. In this context, he also touches upon the exploratory  ideas of the now-deceased Jesuit Cardinal, Henri de Lubac, about Christ's putatively “vicarious substitutions” which have to be now again “further reflected upon.” 
With regard to man's relation to technology and to love, Pope Benedict reminds us of the importance of human affection, saying that man still yearns in his heart “that the Good Samaritan come to his aid.”
He continues: “In the harshness of the world of technology – in which feelings do not count anymore – the hope for a saving love grows, a love which would be given freely and generously.”
Benedict also reminds his audience that: “The Church is not self-made, it was created by God and is continuously formed by Him. This finds expression in the Sacraments, above all in that of Baptism: I enter into the Church not by a bureaucratic act, but with the help of this Sacrament.” Benedict also insists that, always, “we need Grace and forgiveness.”

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

YOU WILL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND ALL YOUR SOUL...........................

"We have done everything to bring young people to Church"   This is a sad comment from many priests as young people take their first Communion and are never seen again, or reluctant young people turn up to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.   Indeed were there no Catholic Schools the majority of the boys and girls would not be there at all.   But they still cling to the myth that they come back when the evidence is that they do not.  There were two million people going to Mass in the 1960's and the last count I read was about 5 years ago when thee were less than 800,000 and this figure contains the bonus the Church received from 2 million Catholics emigrating from Europe

"OK, OK there I go again.  Talk, talk, talk.  What solution do you have?"

The solution is there before our very eyes in the First and Greatest Commandment.  "Thou shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart and all your soul, with all your mind and all your strength"   Loving with your heart is the emotional part of our nature, we want to prove love by giving flowers, saying loving things,  doing things to show others of our love.   The reason young people abandon the Faith is because their emotional side is not satisfied in a Church that has abandoned devotional practices in favour of the intellectual side of loving with our mind and strength power.  We are intellectual and emotional creatures.

I have touched on the Blessed Sacrament before.   The devotions to the Blessed Sacrament were abandoned by the intellectuals in the seventies with no qualms whatsoever.  Get rid of the altar rails, stop people kneeling.   So we intellectually tell others that we believe in the Real Presence and they come along to our Church and see people taking the host in the most unworthy way ever.   Just put in their hands.  Then they hear the priest say that they receive nothing at all really it is in community that receiving Communion means something.   "Are you saying the host is truly God and yet you receive it like a sweet from your aunt or uncle?"    The person leaves and we wonder why are we not getting converts?   Come on we must use our intellect God does not mind.   Nor does my wife if I do not buy or Birthday presents or Christmas gifts?   I am sure.   God wants us to love Him with all our heart and soul, he wants flowers he wants us to demonstrate our love to others that they might love.   I have often spoken about the other problem the Church is responsible for - the thousands of children now feeling unloved and unwanted because of its abandonment and silence on the teachings of Christ on marriage.   To these children expecially there is a need to teach love in a heartfelt way- teach them to experience love by giving love.  Teach them prayers and novenas, teach them to look at a statue and see the person it represents..    Sorry, I asm not teaching an Adult Faith.  But of course I am teaching one that works.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Faith must have a holistic approach; satisfying the whole person rational and emotiona

In the seventies all kinds of intellectual people were invited into the Church in Europe to help give it a modern appeal.  It is certainly true that Faith must be based on reason but in the practice of Faith, in discovering the love of God and returning that love we need more than assent to the intellect..   I love my wife but I do not love her intellectually there is an emotional content.  There are the hugs, the flowers, the appropriate words at appropriate times, the saying 'I love you".   To make marriage work we need the whole of our person involved, rational and emotional.  Love is an emotional thing.

And if I love my spouse I do not make excuses for unfaithfulness. lying to her, purposely spending my time away from her and then claiming that after all I am only human.  In the presence of my wife I should feel guilt about such things for that is what true love is about.  So if I go against what He expects of me can I really claim to love God.  "If you love me keep my Commandments" Jesus said in scripture    But the one who does not feel guilty in marriage or the love of God because grown adults for some reason should not feel guilty has somehow lost the way.  And bishops and priests who make little of sin and thus make little of the distance people are from loving
God have also lost the way.

A great wisdom was built up in the church over the centuries about how we can learn to love God.  It was both a rational and emotional approach.  We approached God with little acts of devotion as indeed we would approach our spouses.  We would say I love you in a thousand different ways by simple words of devotion like reciting litanies in praise of God's love for us such as the Litany of the Sacred Heart.  A heart that was on fire for love of us.  And we went further.  We wanted to know the people that Jesus loved those so close to him as his own family.  We examined this background and praised his mother and his earthly father St Joseph, and we honoured them in the way that Jesus as a boy and man would have honoured them.    We asked fair their help and intercession and they and the saints became part of our family    It is even framed in the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed we pray at Mass though it is as very long time since I heard a priest comment that this was part of our Catholic Faith.   What happened was that in the seventies and eighties when Satan's Spirit of Vatican II was brought into the Church and lies abounded the bishops turned to  'scholars' and 'experts' who sneered at devoitional practices and helped them found an adult Church and those who disagreed were described as children  living in the past and we must allow children to think for themselves.  Which is fair enough if you actually give them something to think about.  It is just like the famous saying.  "We take people from where they are".  When you check in later you find they certainly did take them from where they are but they took them nowhere.   So with children all you need to do is take bout love and they will be convinced.   The truth is without devotional practices there is little chance of them falling in love with God.   Perhaps in the past the young people had a chance in a society with Christian Values. but today with the refusal by teachers ion the jjChurch to admit their failures and look at what not listening to the Commandments of God has done to our society, young people have paid the price of the Spirit of Vatican II in broken homes and broken families.   The love of God is something to talk about at school and not in their real world where they are finding little love in their lives.

Perhaps one day they will discover that it is not the fault of the children that so few go to Church but it is very much their failure to understand what they have done to the children.