Am I just very old grumpy (probably yes) but it is only the 16 of November and I am already fed up with the secular world's idea of Christmas. The battle of the best TV Ad, the plethora of Christmas supplements proffering a bewildering array of possible gifts that will give the recipient everlasting happiness and joy, at least until they have finished unwrapping them. Is this really what it is all about? I used to think that a pregnant woman giving birth had something to do with it, judging by the mass media I am sadly deluded.
The by-election results make interesting reading. I know that
by-elections are not always a good guide to general election "form" as
people often vote knowing that the result will not change the governing
party. Whilst the result in Clacton was expected as Douglas Carswell was by
all accounts a good constituency MP; the fact that UKIP came so close
in Heywood and Middleton will worry the Labour party. We live in
With regard to the resignation of Bishop Kieran Conry I see that the bloggers are out in force blaming Vatican II and/or the decline in use of the extraordinary form of the Latin Mass. Throughout Church history there have been priests, bishops and popes who have fathered children and broken their vows of celibacy. There have been priests, bishops and popes guilty of heresy throughout Church history. There have been been priest and bishops guilty of sexual abuse throughout Church history. To assign errant behaviour on preferring one style of Mass over another or saying that it is the fault of Vatican II, Vatican I or the Council of Trent is to stretch credulity to breaking point. The simple fact is that we are a Church of sinners who are seeking to know Christ. All we can do and all we should do is pray for each other, that is to pray for the sinner and not condemn. I for one have too many motes in my eyes to worry about the specks in the eyes of others.
Bringing the weight of Southampton Hospital, Hampshire Police and the
Spanish authorities to bear on a loving family desperate to save the
life of their little boy, to isolate him from his family and to handcuff
and detain his parents fills me with dismay and anger. This is a
despicable way to treat decent people and contrasts sharply with the
sickening betrayal and neglect of those 1400 youngsters in Rotherham.
It's disgraceful to see soft targets bullied and coerced while awkward,
belligerent ones are given an easy ride.
This has become a
distorted, twisted country with warped values as, once again, we see a
legal instrument, the European Arrest Warrant, sold to us on the pretext
that it will bring criminals such as gangsters, terrorists and sex
offenders to justice, being used instead to attack the law abiding and
respectable. If this sort of nightmare can happen to the King family,
it can happen to any of us.
I have heard very little as to what is being done to help the 1400+
children who were abused. They have been severely traumatised and their
lives shattered. Where is the mass publicity advising them of where they
can get help? They should be the number one priority, sorting out and
punishing those perpetrated the crimes and those who allowed them to
happen can come tomorrow. Today we need to help the abused.
Napac - the National Association for People Abused in Childhood is one charity - 0808 801 0331 is the helpline.
I am a retired Consulting IT Specialist. I have been married to Julia for 42 years and we are blessed with four children; David, Andrew, Lawrie and Helena. In addition we now have a grandson - Henry Thomas, son of Lawrie and Emma.
I am now ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the RC Church - date of ordination 8 June 2013 so am just starting out on my ministry.