|A destructive force - Japanese Knotweed|
It was brought to Britain probably on the return journey made by the same woolly minded souls that took wild rabbits to Australia and released them into an environment so bountiful that their already advanced reproductive mechanisms went into overdrive.
For a while the 'weed' was admired in the gardens of the great and good until it showed its true nature by smothering all other flora and fauna by its leafy greediness and by moving out of the gardens of the stately homes and into the highways and byways of the country.
Its root system is so strong and pernicious that a mere fragment left in the ground will thrust through any concrete base laid over it.
Impervious to weedkillers and professional herbicides it advances unseen at the rate of knots (sorry) until is too late.
It attacks from all angles and causes millions of pounds worth of damage to building foundations; indeed, it is capable of reducing a house to rubble.
So it is with the group calling themselves 'ACTA' - A Call to Action'.
From their website it almost appears as if they are a quite attractive positive force aiming to enhance the development of the Faith by harnessing laity and clergy in a drive to support change.
But, in fact, the roots of ACTA are seemingly busy worming away into the hearts of parishes before revealing their true aims, women priests, married clergy, homosexual marriage, concurrence with contraception and, who knows....abortion?
In short, from a seemingly harmless group, a network of dissent and disaffection emerges and all regard for doctrinal truth goes out the window.
If left to their own devices they are capable of smothering all in their path unless, of course, the Bishops of England and Wales act to halt their advance.
But then, most of those appear to support ACTA's agenda.
We live in interesting times.