Friday, 17 August 2012

Clifton Diocese Silences Known Dissenter

...would be a wonderful title of an article on this blog, or on any Catholic publication.

Sadly of course it is not true.


As part of a series of talks called "Opening The Windows" commemorating fifty years since the passing of the Second Vatican Council, Professor Tina Beattie will lecture in Clifton Cathedral on "Mary Mother of God and model of a pilgrim people".

This is the same Professor Tina Beattie who recently signed the public document dissenting from the constant teaching of the Holy Catholic Church which was published in the Times newspaper. LGBT organisations have reproduced the letter here. It ends
We suggest that it is perfectly proper for Catholics, using fully informed consciences, to support the legal extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples.
This is, of course, not true. The wiggle room is the "fully informed conscience". However whereas it might be possible for an individual to act in a personal way contrary to the teaching of the Church while still acknowledging that the Church's teaching is objectively true, it cannot be possible for an "informed conscience" to support something which is manifestly contrary to the teaching of the Church in the public domain. I think we can assume that the Times newspaper is a 'public domain'. Let us remember that this issue touches the matter of a Sacrament.

So I await with bated breath to hear that my Lord the Bishop of Clifton issues clarification on this matter.

We have to ask whether it would be right for the Mother Church of the Diocese to hold public lectures by someone who publicly contradicts the essential nature of a Sacrament (founded by God for the sanctification and salvation of married couples, families and all who truly seek the Face of Christ).

From Fr Finnegan, Fr Blake, et al.

As Fr Ray Blake reminds us, Pope Benedict, speaking to the Bishops of England and Wales at their ad limina visit in 2010, said:
In a social milieu that encourages the expression of a variety of opinions on every question that arises, it is important to recognize dissent for what it is, and not to mistake it for a mature contribution to a balanced and wide-ranging debate. It is the truth revealed through Scripture and Tradition and articulated by the Church's Magisterium that sets us free. 
Another noted speakers in the Cathedral is Cardinal Godfried Daneels, potted Wikipedia article here.

I also heard today that the Extra-Ordinary Form of Mass is not going to be allowed in Clifton Cathedral. This Mass, which our Diocesan Martyrs died to defend,  must be very scandalous indeed to outweigh certain speakers who are "Opening the Windows".
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