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This blog will be our Witness for the Faith. We see a need for good, traditional, Catholic fellowship. Witness will strive to be imbued with charity. Love of neighbor - and yes, love of enemy. We should be a "witness" for our Faith.

"As Jesus, I will use the stick against pedophile priests...and even bishops and cardinals...and others, more numerous keep silent....I find this situation intolerable"

I am a loyal son of the Church... today, we forget everything, even the Magisterium of the Church" Pope Francis

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pope Benedict XVI receives President Lech Kaczynski in private audience

In 2009 President Lech Kacynski and his wife (now both deceased in the horrific plane crash?  on their way to honour the dead of Katyn) were honoured to be received into private audience by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.

Burke on Kasper: Be assured, the doctrine of the Church will not, and cannot be changed

Cardinal Burke has spoken out on a number of statements made by Cardinal Kasper. The full story is carried by Vox Cantoris. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the upcoming Synod of the Family

Cardinal Vincent Nichols Speaks to Journalists about the Family Synod from Catholic Church (England/Wales)

Solemn Latin Mass: St. Cecelia's Church, Toronto, Ontario on October 7th

The Knights of Columbus Council 4976 St John XXIII and the Toronto Traditional Mass Society- UNA VOCE TORONTO are sponsoring a Solemn Latin Mass at St. Cecelia's parish in the west-end of Toronto. Mass will be at 7 p.m, with Celebrant and homilist, Fr. Paul Nicholson. 

The Holy Rosary will proceed the Mass at 6:30. Please try to attend and encourage family and friends to come with you. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Of Christmas and Mathoms... A Modest Proposal

Anything that Hobbits had no immediate use for but were unwilling to throw away, they called a mathom. Their dwellings were apt to become rather crowded with mathoms and many of the presents that passed from hand to hand were of that sort. LOTR
Christmas is always a bit of a conflicted time. One wants to observe the season and the gift giving that is so much a part of it but there is a difficulty. In today's society Christmas has been so secularized and commercialized that one is tempted to crawl into a hole around the end of November and not emerge until the new year is several days old. The question of how to observe the season without falling into the morass of shopping and commercialization has occupied my mind for some time now.

Perhaps Tolkien's "low philological jest" might provide some way out of this difficulty. The word mathom is descended from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning treasure. In that context it referred to something valuable, perhaps made of gold, a rich gift.
To the Hobbits of the end of the Third Age mathoms were things that they “had no immediate use for, but were unwilling to throw away”. Weapons “were used mostly as trophies, hanging above hearths or on walls,” or collected in the Mathom-house, a word that is another Anglo-Saxon revival. In Anglo-Saxon mathum-hus meant ‘treasure house’ or ‘treasury.’ In The Shire, it is only a museum.
As fond as Hobbits were of gift giving, they had no department stores, online shopping or Christmas shopping frenzy to cope with. Their houses were cluttered with trinkets, bric-a-brac and other items for which that had no use. That certainly describes my own humble dwelling. They gave these as gifts to one another on birthdays so that one mathom might be passed from hand to hand, sometimes finding its way back to its original owner.

I would suggest that this custom might prove to be an antidote to the Christmas malaise that affects many of us at that time of the year. I am going to ask family and friends to restrict their gift giving this year to mathoms and avoid paying tribute to the commercial gods. Don't descend into the Christmas shopping maelstrom on my account. I will in turn do the same. This will be a "mathoms only" Christmas.

mathom, n.

Pronunciation:  Brit. /ˈmað(ə)m/ , U.S. /ˈmæðəm/
Forms:  OE madm, OE maþm, OE maðm, OE maþþum, OE maþðum, OE maðþum, OE maððum... 
Etymology:  Cognate with Old Saxon mēðom ... 

1. A precious thing, a treasure, a valuable gift. Obs.

eOE   Metres of Boethius (partly from transcript of damaged MS) xxi. 20   Gylden maðm, sylofren sincstan, searogimma nan, middangeardes wela modes eagan æfre ne onlyhtað.
OE   Maxims I 154   Maþþum oþres weorð, gold mon sceal gifan.
OE   Beowulf 41   Him on bearme læg madma mænigo.

 2. A trinket, a piece of bric-a-brac.

1954   J. R. R. Tolkien Fellowship of Ring 15   Anything that Hobbits had no immediate use for, but were unwilling to throw away, they called a mathom. Their dwellings were apt to become rather crowded with mathoms.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Modernist Scottish hierarchy caught out pandering to the separatists

Damian Thompson carries a very disturbing article that exposes the Scottish bishops as supporting the separatist movement in Scotland. I consider this a shameless attempt to manipulate mainly simple, working class people; predominantly Irish immigrants in the direction of a vacuous separation that would play into the hands of the enemies of Britain on the Continent and elsewhere. It took years for Catholics to convince their ignorant protestant neighbours that they were not traitors - yet, here we have it in black and white - vile bishops throwing in with the treacherous SNP. 

But I say: Rule Britannia! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mercy in the Marriage Debate

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard... Mt 20:1-16

One of the insights I gleaned from today's gospel is that you cannot legislate mercy. The householder gave the latecomers a free gift for such is the nature of mercy. If he had somehow changed the rules and the agreed upon wages then this would have no longer been a gift but the required wages. The ones who worked the entire day, the ones who followed the rules, grumbled saying they expected more. They felt cheated. They wanted the rules to change so they would be paid more.

The press coverage leading up to the upcoming synod seems to reflect the sentiments of the workers who labored all day. Everyone seems to want the rules to change regarding marriage and communion and that is the one thing that will not happen. These things are matters of doctrine and cannot be changed. This sort of change would not be an act of mercy but legislation. 

Let me switch the discussion to another, more obvious example. Murder is morally wrong and almost universally a crime. Now offering a pardon to a murderer for extenuating circumstances of some sort would be an act of mercy. This is at least a conceivable situation... I will leave it to your imagination. Offering a pardon to all murderers regardless of their circumstances would not be an act of mercy but a change in the law. You would be saying to people that murder is no longer a punishable crime. It would be a license to kill.

The mass media seems to be leaning in this direction. They want a change in the law so that people will be given a license to commit adultery. This is completely consistent and quite understandable given their bias but it is utterly deplorable. Moreover the thing they want changed is no human invention but divine revelation. The synod fathers are quite aware of this. No one in the synod is going to stand up and say that Jesus was mistaken in his comments on marriage.

There may well be specific situations and circumstances that require special consideration. There may well be opportunities for the exercise of mercy. But it will not be in the pages of your newspaper, in a CNN newsbyte or even in the interviews given by prelates. And it most certainly will not be a license to commit adultery.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

75th Anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland

At 3.30 am on 17 September 1939, the Polish ambassador in Moscow was handed a note, in which Moscow announced that the Polish state had ceased to exist.

In the wake of the Soviet invasion, mass arrests and deportations were carried out. By June 1941 over one a half million Poles were herded into trains, to work as slaves and forced labourers near the Arctic Circle and in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

In Poland, the invasion has often been described as a ‘stab in the back’, which Poland received from the Soviet Union seventeen days after the Nazi attack and less than a month after the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.

In Warsaw on Wednesday, President Bronislaw Komorowski unveiled the Katyn Epitaph – the first batch of plaques with the names of over 20,000 Polish officers murdered by the Soviet NKVD police in 1940.

The epitaph is located in the Warsaw Citadel, the site of a future Katyn Museum, now under construction.