Friday, 31 July 2015

Dave speaks to Frank

Minion Dave goes Bananas at the idea of Biblical Interpretation

In seminary we had a joint course with a protestant minister's training school. We were talking (incessantly) about the Bible, and as Catholics, were referring to the importance that we show to the Sacred Scriptures by quoting Dei Verbum. After a series of exasperated exchanges, this nice Baptist chap said "And anyway, who is this Dave Erbum guy?"

From then on the document was know as Dave.

Dave has a few things to say
I've been rereading Dave recently (sheesh, I'll never go to confession to that Priest again!), and came across the following passages:

Holy Mother Church has firmly and with absolute constancy held, and continues to hold, that the four Gospels just named, whose historical character the Church unhesitatingly asserts, faithfully hand on what Jesus Christ, while living among men, really did and taught for their eternal salvation until the day He was taken up into heaven (see Acts 1:1). Section 19

She [the Church] has always maintained them [the Old and New Testaments], and continues to do so, together with sacred tradition, as the supreme rule of faith, since, as inspired by God and committed once and for all to writing, they impart the word of God Himself without change, and make the voice of the Holy Spirit resound in the words of the prophets and Apostles. Section 21

If we believe this... and it is Vat II after all... how could we possible ignore the words of Christ, spoken by Christ, what he "really taught for their eternal salvation" - this "supreme rule of faith", "inspired by God", the bearer of the Holy Spirit?

Back to marriage, divorce, communion, synods and the like. It comes to something when you can be hung on the petard of Vat II by my friend Dave.

"it's all right, I've told him"
So I hope Dave does speak to Frank, and Frank listens, and tells Wally to stop being a ... well ... a self absorbed Promethean neo pelagian.*

(or a wally)

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Dangers as seen in 1964

Indeed, sometimes even the apostolic desire for a ready passport into secular society and the determination to make oneself acceptable to men and particularly to the youth of today, prompts certain people to lay aside the principles which characterize our faith and to reject the sort of dignity which gives meaning and force to our determination to make contact with others and makes our teaching effective. Is it not, perhaps, true that some of the younger clergy and religious, in their laudable endeavor to come closer to the masses and to particular groups, aim at becoming like them rather than different from them? By this worthless imitation they forfeit the real value and effectiveness of their endeavors.

Section 49, Ecclesiam Suam 1964

Saturday, 18 July 2015

I need to rule Europe

On reading the report (here) that the Euro people are planning on spending oodles of cash on nice plates, I am shocked and disgusted. Not, of course, that I have a problem with personalised plates, but just that they cost too much.

I have my own plates, of course,(and egg cups) and they cost VERY little. In fact they are from Ikea. With snazzy transfers.

They could have done that in Europe. I'd have gone over and done it for a fraction of the price.

If you don't have your own crockery, and have been affected by this story, and my wonderful dinner service, then don't bother phoning any number, just do something about it!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Catholics - Accepted since 1829, rejected by Google in 2015

In 1829 or so, it was no longer illegal to be a Catholic in the UK. This was a great emancipation and for the first time, officially you could be fully Catholic and fully British. Of course you can't if you're a member of the Royal Family, but that is a completely other story.

Although we know, and knew, that our Government would pass laws which were discriminatory, stupid, or downright evil, this did not touch the ability of the Catholic to identify with their Country, or even the Country to fully embrace her people.

Scotsman in a kilt
It is astounding, then, to see Google define what I am. I am British, and I am Catholic. In its advert on television Google is asked what "Britishness is". See here for the link. It is the "state or quality of being British" apparently.

Google then shows me what this means... Sitting on a deckchair... Watching Mo Farrah win at the Olympics...Ice cream vans... rugby teams... beach holidays... two Scotsmen in Kilts getting married...

He's not 'marrying' a bloke
Hang on a minute ... Two Scotsmen getting married ??? (See link at 44 seconds in). Does that mean that this is Britishness? Does Britishness mean accepting Gay Marriage? If I am Catholic, then, can I be British, in the fullest Google sense?

It is stupid of course. Google does not define who I am. But this advert is being broadcast over and over again, subconsciously entering into minds of people up and down the land.

This is Catholic Britishness
This isn't Britishness, this is nonsense. Worrying nonsense.

Saturday, 27 June 2015


As the world crumbles, and the edifices of Church seem to be destroyed, the faith remains in its midst.

The world may declare truth as falsehood and lies as truth, but THE truth will never be vanquished.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Gearing Up

St John Paul the Great - statue outside Notre Dame in Paris.
Although most right minded people don't want to think about it, I suppose we should be starting to pray with fervour for this upcoming Synod.

We know it is going to be a down and dirty fight. And we know that the devil and his legions will be there spreading confusion and lies, so we need to marshal our forces, We will not be there in person, but I'm sure we will be ably represented by those going on our behalf. I'm sure that they will stand by the plain meaning of the words of Christ, and not collaborate with mealy mouthed sentiments which will rip apart society, the family and ultimately the Church.

So we have our prayers to offer, and I suppose we should start there. We could add an intention to a morning offering or a night prayer. Lots of people will be doing this already. It is a reminder to myself as much as anyone else.

I am going to beg the intersession of St John Paul the Great. He had it right on the family. And I wouldn't mess with a Polish saint.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Having an Art Deco day

I have always loved the clear lines and shapes of the Art Deco movement. It may be something to do with watching a lot of Agatha Christie's Poirot as a boy, which in the TV version in the UK has the most sumptuous Art Deco sets.

I eventually got round to making some altar cards in the style.

You can easily produce altar cards nowadays. You just have to use a computer publishing program, I use Publisher, and really the only difficult thing is to type in the texts and the put them as you want them. The standards of modern printers are excellent. The side cards I do are A4, and the central one I take to a colour printer shop to be blown up to A3. A colour photocopy is a couple of pounds - or take a USB and get them to print it from that. Then you just need to get them framed.

For about £80 (depending on your frames) you have a unique set of altar cards. You can also do cards prayers at the foot of the altar. All you need to do with them is laminate them.

The Chalice and Paten in the picture are my favourites. I bought them on eBay!

Go on Fathers, make yourselves some altar cards!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Defilement explained

Just in case you were a little confused by the suggestions in the previous post, then this is a good example of how a little note can be added to a Missal.

The Altar Missal is 18th century, and at some point an addition has has to be made to pray for the Emperor, Joseph. And so it was written ever so carefully and then delicately glued into the Missal.

No defilement there!

Monday, 15 June 2015


Please do not be put off by the title of the chapter in this book "The Defence of Religious Pluralism", that is not the defilement of which I speak, though some would argue that religious pluralism is of itself a defilement of Catholicism... but I digress.

I mean the defilement of the book! Some blighter has been through this book, and it is a LIBRARY book, and highlighted sections in green. It is not their possession and yet they have felt that they could simply go through it and deface it, defile it, besmirch it.

And they underlined rubbish bits, thus destroying a plain reading for anyone else (me included) who wants to read it.

We should hunt them down and make them wear an 'I write in library books' hat. And not in cool giving-it-to-the-establishment way.


So I must ask myself how I am going to insert the old offertory prayers into the Missal, link here. Cardinal Sarah is urging this new situation. As well as the old confiteor.  And if we have learnt anything at all from the liturgical trailblazers of the 1950s, we should not wait for 'official' approval, but put it all in the Missals now.

Of course we have all seen the corrected Missals of the 1960, huge black lines scarring the pages as crosses and words and whole sections were excised. We can't do that.

Now with new added extra bits
But we do have wonderful computers nowadays, so we could just print the relevant sections on thin paper and then place them in our new Missals in the relevant places.

That seems like a good idea, and does not involves green markers or the defilement of books.

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