Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli
Porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,
Surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti,
Natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem
Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore
Sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.
V: Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae
R: Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto
Mother of the Redeemer, who art ever of heaven
(Tr Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman)
V: The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
R: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
This is the pattern until Christmas Eve (the collect changes each week, of course: we use the Sunday collect from the Extraordinary Form of the Mass). Only then will we start to decorate the house, put up the tree and so forth.
Friday, 25 November 2011
Thursday, 24 November 2011
I see that people have been looking at this page again recently (Sept 2013) so thought it would be helpful to point you to what happened next: here)
(Victoria) State Premier Ted Baillieu: "I don't think it's appropriate for anybody to draw any conclusions other than this is a horrible tragedy."
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Dear Mr X
I am writing in my capacity as critical friend to the RE department - and also concerned parent.
I have learned from Charlie that his class has just started to watch Keeping Mum, with a view to studying how religion is portrayed in the media.
I have serious concerns about this film being shown in school:
- It blasphemes the Holy Name of Jesus
- It makes repeated use of the F*** word (and does both of these in a context of casual irreverence)
- It shows a young woman interrupted having sex in a van; showing her topless, and again being watched by a voyeur as she undresses, again showing her topless
- It shows the mother being seduced by her golf instructor, including unedifying lines such as: ‘You want our First Time to be in a car: that’s the kind of thing my daughter does, for f***’s sake.’
- It has an ethos of sexual behaviour that is casual and promiscuous (‘And I know why - you’re not getting any’ says the daughter to the mother.)
From our perspective as parents trying to raise our children to be virtuous, all that poses serious problems, breaching as it does several commandments, and the traditional practices of custody of the eyes and custody of the ears, which are how we train our children in the virtue of purity. In Catholic theology, human sexuality is sacred.
I know that ours is an unfashionable, and even counter-cultural, approach, but looking at our children, I don’t think it has damaged them too much: to be honest, I am proud of the way they are turning out.
I recognise that the children may hear this sort of language in the playground, though I lament the fact. I am sure that it would not be countenanced in the classroom, any more than a girl appearing topless would be. So I fail to understand why this is appropriate in a film shown to the students.
I have been told that it is a recommended resource for the syllabus; but that, in my understanding, does not make it either compulsory or desirable.
I suspect that if you asked other Christian parents whether they wanted their adolescent kids to watch blasphemous, profane and sexually titillating material, some others would have reservations.
But we were never consulted or informed, and perhaps that is my deepest concern. If the teaching staff really deem this suitable, their project for our kids is very different from ours: and I really don’t want to have to start quizzing Charlie and Dominique about what they’ve been taught in order to undo damage (as I see it) that may have ben perpetrated by well-intentioned but (in my view) misguided teachers.
I have every confidence that you will take our concerns seriously, and understand them, and look forward to your response.
I am confident that the response will be swift and courteous - and it may well be positive. It could scarcely be worse that Bonus Pastor's...
Friday, 18 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Sunday, 13 November 2011
A relatively new arrival on the Catholic comment scene, Scout has been putting himself or herself around a bit, with comments on many blogs, great and small. There seems to be a slight disjunct between the Scout of the comments box, who presents as a fairly reasonable and polite commenter, and the Scout of the blog, who, err... does not.
Wading into any strongly stated Catholic views (let alone those from the nutty fringes) Scout is not above hyperbole and Sun-style headlines him- (or her-) self.
However, despite all these efforts, Scout’s site does not attract the volume of traffic he or she doubtless wants, so I though I’d run a trailer here, as I’m sure my readers will appreciate Scout’s particular style and approach.
In the interests of absolute transparency (that’s my value, not Scout’s) I should point out that all that follows is written by me: the style alone is borrowed from Scout.
Hardline Catholic Bishop Hits Children: Parents Look On with Approval!
Yesterday at the ultra-Catholic St James’s Spanish Place, the Uber-traditionalist Latin Mass Society organised Confirmation according to the now-discredited old-fashioned liturgy.
That involved the children being confirmed being physically held down by their sponsors, while the hardline bishop hit each in turn on the cheek!
Given that physical punishment is now outlawed in our schools, that some imams and madrassas are being investigated for using physical punishment, it is extraordinary that the Catholic extremists still think they can get away with this! Do they not know that the world has moved on, and it is no longer acceptable to slap children?
We would encourage the children to bring an action of assault against the hardline bishop, John Sherrington, against their so-called sponsors who were materially co-operating with the abuse, and against their parents who were sat supine in the pews, watching with approval as this barbaric ritual progressed.
For more in this illuminating, expressive and insight-filled style, do rush over to Scout's place, which is dedicated to exposing Catholic lunacy, prejudice and hypocrisy on the web. You'll even find a tag with my name...