Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Now I understand where Lynne Featherstone is coming from

She has been in the news rather a lot over the past few days, commenting on marriage and stating that neither the Church, nor the State has rights over marriage (in this instance, homosexual and lesbian marriage).
The rights belong, so she claims, rather in Comrade Napoleon fashion, to the people.

I thought it strange for a Cabinet Minister to come out with a blunt claim such as this, taking on the collective might of the Christian denominations, but then I discovered that she is the Equalities Minister and a Liberal Democrat MP.

For any North American readers of this post, this party ranks as being slightly more extreme than the Loony Communist Party in my book.

And, as any fool knows, Commies and Lib Dems like to rule by coercion and bullying.

They are also, I suspect, the top party for (allegedly) having a history of MPs with rather peculiar sexual inclinations in their ranks, having long overtaken the Tories in this respect. I cite this fact only to illustrate that a moral code does not hold any awe for the party that introduced the holocaust of abortion to Great Britain.

Was it Chicago's Cardinal George who recently stated this gem of wisdom?

" I expect to die in my bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr"

The Faith is under more pressure today, globally, than, I suspect at any other period of history.
The ongoing and relentless onslaught of the abortionists, the anti-life brigade, the homomaniacs and eroticists must surely be at an all time high and, as Archbishop Sheen used to say:

"That makes it a wonderful time in which to be a Catholic"

So when the secular pressure becomes too much for me, the words of a well known hymn always spring to mind.
You seldom hear it these days and probably you would never hear it in an assembly of Nouveau Catholiques.

Here it is:

  1. Faith of our fathers, living still
    In spite of dungeon, fire and sword,
    O how our hearts beat high with joy
    Whene'er we hear that glorious word!
    Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
    We will be true to thee till death!

  1. Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
    Were still in heart and conscience free;
    And blest would be their children's fate,
    If they, like them should die for thee:
    Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
    We will be true to thee till death!

  1. Faith of our fathers, we will strive
    To win all nations unto thee;
    And through the truth that comes from God
    Mankind shall then indeed be free.
    Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
    We will be true to thee till death!

  1. Faith of our fathers, we will love
    Both friend and foe in all our strife,
    And preach thee, too, as love knows how
    By kindly words and virtuous life.
    Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
    We will be true to thee till death!

   5. Faith of our fathers we will strive
       To win all nations unto Thee!
       And thro' the truth that comes from God
       Mankind shall then be truly free:
       Faith of our fathers! Holy faith!
       We will be true to Thee till death!


  1. Excellent post, as usual, Richard...

    I hadn't come across that quote by Cardinal George before. It seems very prophetic, in the Christian sense.

  2. Last time I heard this glorious hymn was on a coach full of Anglo-catholics on the way to Walsingham!.....I know!Was rather irritated at the time,but have to say that the leader of the group is now a Priest of the Ordinariate!

  3. Richard - I'm surprised at you! Even I, born a Yank, know that the third verse goes:

    Faith of our Fathers, Mary's prayers
    Will win our country back to thee.
    And through the Truth that comes from God,
    England will then indeed be free.
    Faith of our Fathers....etc

    (Mind you - I can see how that might not go down too well in Wales.)

    It was the singing of this hymn by the Vaughan parents outside a Governing Body meeting that so outraged one of the governors that he rushed downstairs to berate the Acting Headmaster for not stopping it - not realising that he was doing so in full view of parents and pupils outside.

    Cardinal George has scored a direct hit again:


  4. Pattif - whoops! Is mine a modernist PC version (swoon)?
    I did not think to check when I copied and pasted - a bit of the dungeon, fire and sword for me I think.
    Will read HE George now, many thanks.