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Refuse Antinous? It is going to be hard

Our rulers in France accuse the opponents of gay marriage of not being 'straight' with their arguments. They are not putting on their cards on the table, the socialists say.
But that criticism cuts both ways. And the social reformers are hiding even more.

The transformation of birth certificates so as to include Parent A and Parent B, and the school textbooks that will follow on in order to promote the idea to children in primary schools, will have the effect of imposing a minority view about marriage and family on the majority. Schools will have to promote the excellence of the new arrangements, and little ones who say "but I have a mummy and a daddy" will be told to shut up.

It will no longer be possible for the child's mother and father to be publicly recognised as such. Acknowledging the fact of a mother and father will be become something banished to the private sphere. Discovering that new friends also come from a traditional family will be the kind of nic…

Pope Francis

We must not believe the Evil One when he tells us that there is nothing we can do in the face of violence, injustice and sin.

Pope Francis, Palm Sunday, on Twitter!

And now for the Women ...

I don't want to miss the opportunity to wish all the ladies in my life a very Merry International Womens' Day. Thanks for all the gentleness, warmth, beauty and grace you bring to my life. 

I suppose we are all glad that the canons of feminine beauty have moved on since the ninth century BC ...

"My Lady is beautiful, beautiful beyond compare; so beautiful that when one has seen her once, one would wish to die so as to see her again; so beautiful that when one has seen her, one can no longer love anything earthly."  St Bernadette.

Ave Maria!


The challenge; well, one of them, anyway.

We Catholics have not only to do our best to keep down our own warring passions and live decent lives, which will often be hard enough in this odd world we have been born into. We have to bear witness to moral principles which the world owned yesterday and has begun to turn its back on to-day. We have to disapprove of some of the things our neighbours do, without being stuffy about it; we have to be charitable towards our neighbours and make great allowances for them, without falling into the mistake of condoning their standards and so encouraging them in sin.
 - Ronald Knox, from "In Soft Garments"

Good hypocrites and bad hypocrites

A certain Scottish Cardinal is being accused of hypocrisy. Samuel Johnson reminded us that hypocrites preach what they do not believe in; not necessarily what they do not practise.

"Nothing is more unjust, however common, than to charge with hypocrisy him that expresses zeal for those virtues which he neglects to practice; since he may be sincerely convinced of the advantages of conquering his passions, without having yet obtained the victory, as a man may be confident of the advantages of a voyage, or a journey, without having courage or industry to undertake it, and may honestly recommend to others, those attempts which he neglects himself." (Johnson. Source: wikipedia)

Is the alcoholic who counsels against the dangers of drinking a hypocrite? Is the man who tells his wife he loves her a hypocrite because he has sometimes been unfaithful? (Should he tell his wife even if he thinks it would destroy her? Well, no, not if he loves her ...) And what about the Labour politican …

Gay marriage: What about Australia?

I notice that Bishop Peter Elliot told parishioners at the London Oratory recently that the Australians had just voted against Gay marriage.

Funny that the European papers kept that quiet.

Cardinal O'Brien is, we are told, a bigot because he thinks gay marriage is 'shameful' and 'grotesque', but what about the whole of Australia, which obviously came to the same conclusion, through the democratic process?

Let's not be bullied by the politically correct.

Pity about O'Brien, though. In the middle ages, oddly, a bishop could probably just have done public penance (rather like Clinton after Monica Lewinsky) and then have just got on with life.  His authority would not be diminished in the way O'Brien's has been.

I have been re-reading Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter, and there the medieval parish priest berates his flock for their moral shortcomings, and tells off the children when they deserve it, but also has no complex about providing for h…