Friday, 17 October 2014

Feast Day of Blessed Emperor Charles I of Austria

Holy Mass

will be sung

in the

Church of St Gregory and the Assumption of our Lady


Warwick Street, London W1B 5LZ

for the

Feast Day

of His Imperial and Royal Highness

Blessed Emperor Charles I

of the House of Austria

last Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia, Lodomeria and Illyria, King of Jerusalem, etc., Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta,


Tuesday 21st October 2014

being the hundredth anniversary year of the commencement of the First World War



followed by veneration of the relic and prayers for the repose of the souls of deceased members of the imperial and royal family.

Chant choir of Corpus Christi                       With the kind permission of the
and of St Bede                                                Right Reverend Monsignor Keith Newton
                                                                        the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate
[Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus]                  of our Lady of Walsingham 

“Emperor Karl has offered to make peace; here is the only decent man who has appeared in the course of this war — they didn’t listen to him…he sincerely wants peace, so everyone detests him…" – Anatole France, the French writer
"Karl was a great leader, a prince of peace, who wanted to save the world from a year of war; a statesman with ideas to save his people... a king who loved his people, a fearless man, a noble soul... a saint from whose grave blessings come." ­– Herbert Vivian, the English writer 

Charles will be the future Emperor of Austria and will lead his countries and peoples to great honour and many blessings--but this will not become obvious until after his death...He will be Heaven’s reward to Austria for faithfulness to Pope and Church" Pope St Pius X 1911
 “He sought for peace and found it in God” – Pope John Paul II (himself baptised “Charles” in honour of the Emperor) 2004

Saturday, 11 October 2014

7 October - Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto

The battle of Lepanto, 7 October 1571

On 7 October 1571, Don John of Austria, son of the Emperor Charles V, commanding the navies of the Pope and the Emperor, together with the navies of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and of Spain and Venice, defeated a much larger Muslim Turkish navy off the coast of Greece at a place now called Naupactos.

To the men of his day this place was called by its Roman name:


How did this extraordinary victory come about?

The answer is simple enough. it was obtained - yet again - by the most powerful weapon known to men: the holy Dominican Rosary chaplet of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prior to this, one of the greatest naval battles of Roman Christendom, the Pope, St Pius V, himself a Dominican friar, ordered the praying of the Holy Rosary throughout the length and breadth of Christendom, just as was later to be done before the Battle of Vienna in 1683.

As a result the feast of our Lady of Victory (later our Lady of the Rosary) was instituted by the popes for an everlasting memory.

Let us hear what Abbot Prosper Gueranger OSB of Solesmes says of that great battle and feast in his great work, The Liturgical Year (the book read to St Therese of Lisieux when she was a child):

"Soliman II, the greatest of the Sultans, taking advantage of the confusion caused in the West by Luther, had filled the 16th century with terror by his exploits. He left to his son, Selim II, the prospect of being able at length to carry out the ambition of his race: to subjugate Rome and Vienna, the Pope and the Emperor, to the power of the crescent.

The Turkish fleet had already mastered the greater part of the Mediterannean, and was threatening Italy, when, on 7 October 1571, it came into action, in the Gulf of Lepanto, against the pontifical galleys supported by the fleets of Spain and Venice.

It was Sunday; throughout the world the confraternities of the Rosary were engaged in their work of intercession. Supernaturally enlightened, St Pius V watched from the Vatican the battle undertaken by the leader he had chosen, Don John of Austria, against the 300 vessels of Islam.

Don John of Austria

The illustrious Pontiff, whose life's work was now completed, did not survive to celebrate the anniversary of the triumph; but he perpetuated the memory of it by an annual commemoration of our Lady of Victory.

His successor, Gregory XIII, altered the title to our Lady of the Rosary, and appointed the first Sunday of October for the new feast [now celebrated on 7 October, the actual day of the battle - ed], authorising its celebration in those churches which possessed an altar under that invocation.

A century and a half later, this limited concession was made general. As [now Venerable]Innocent XI, in memory of the deliverance of Vienna by King Jan Sobieski, had extended the feast of the most Holy Name of Mary to the whole Church, so, in 1716, Clement XI inscribed the feast of the Rosary on the universal calendar, in gratitude for the victory gained by Prince Eugene of Savoy [commander-in-chief of the Imperial forces] at Peterwardein, on 5 August, under the auspices of our Lady of the snow. This victory was followed by the raising of the siege of Corfu, and completed a year later by the taking of Belgrade."

After Vienna, Peterwardein and Belgrade, the Muslim Turks were finally routed and never again troubled Roman Christendom.

Such was - and is - the extraordinary power of the Holy Rosary of St Dominic.

Beads of Paternosters and Aves have been said from very early times and were commonly said by the knights and sergeants of the Military religious Orders when in battle and on campaign, when they could not say their Office.

St Dominic formalised the current Dominican Rosary prior to the Battle of Muret in 1213 (that battle was again won on 12 September - the day after the mysterious 9/11) when he prayed for Count Simon de Montfort and his 700 knights as they sallied forth against a huge army of 50,000 Albigensians - rather like Theoden of Rohan against the massive army of Saruman and Isengard in The Lord of the Rings.

Like Theoden, de Montfort and his knights routed the Albigensians by charging straight into their midst. They gained the Albigensian headquarters and when their leader, the heretic King Peter of Aragon, was slain, the Albigensians fled.

Nevertheless, Count Simon wept over the corpse of King Peter whom he had known and admired as a soldier and whom he had hoped could be spared, powerful heretic and enemy though he was.

Thus the day was won and the tiny Catholic army triumphed over the huge heretic army. This, again, was another great victory obtained by the all-powerful Rosary of our Lady.

Small wonder, then, that our Lady has so often appeared and asked her children to pray the Holy Rosary for victory and peace, as she did to St Bernarde of Lourdes (St Bernadette) and later to the little shepherds at Fatima in 1917 during the Great War.

When we face fearful odds in the cause of right we must turn to our Lady and to her powerful weapon - the sword of the spirit - the chaplet of the Holy Rosary.


Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
St Dominic, pray for us!
St Pius V, pray for us!
Ven Innocent XI, pray for us!


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Bishop Kieran Conry - another prelate resigns...

The distinctly irreverent Kieran Conry, over-promoted ex-Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, and an excessively influential figure in the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has admitted being "unfaithful" to his vows as a priest and resigned.

Here’s his statement, to be read out at Masses in his diocese:

"I am sorry to confess that, going back some years, I have been unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest. I would like to reassure you that my actions were not illegal and did not involve minors.

As a result, however, I have decided to offer my resignation as bishop with immediate effect and will now take some time to consider my future.

I want to apologise first of all to the individuals hurt by my actions and then to all of those inside and outside the diocese who will be shocked, hurt and saddened to hear this. I am sorry for the shame that I have brought on the diocese and the Church and I ask for your prayers and forgiveness."

Not illegal and did not involve minors? What? Surely we can do better than that?

Actually Kieran Conry's biggest problem was his heterodox teaching. He was constantly traducing the Church's solemn and sacred teaching.

Time to wake up. Save the Church. Save the Catholic people. From now on, give us good men. Worthy men. Holy men.

When, oh when, is Rome going to give us faithful bishops?

The future of the Church in Britain many depend upon it.


Sunday, 21 September 2014

In a very close match, the C of E just wins the cricket match against the touring Vatican side by a narrow whisker...

It was a very exciting, nail-biting finish and a dramatic conclusion to the Vatican cricket team's first ever international cricket tour and match against the Church of England!

In a very close match, the Vatican team scored 106 runs in 20 overs, dragging its feet a little in the middle range of overs when, this being a 20/20 match, striking out was what was needed.
However, once the Vatican side went in to bowl they did so very tellingly and kept the home side down to only a few runs in the first several overs.
The home team rallied towards the last few overs and soon began to bring the game in to a very exciting and close finish.
The Vatican side let through a few extras - wides and no balls - to give the home team an advantage that was crucial.
Then, in the very last over, with only 3 runs needed, the Church of England batsman hit an impressive 4 to win the day.
The match was a huge success, with probably more Anglican and Catholic bishops together than one sees even at official ecumenical gatherings!
The match was followed by a gala dinner in the Kent County Cricket Club's pavilion with addresses from the captains and from the Archbishop of Canterbury and all proceeds went to the Global Freedom Network which campaigns against people-trafficking and modern slavery.

Here's a report from the Guardian newspaper

Vatican and Church of England cricket match

And the Canterbury Times:

Anglicans win first inter-faith cricket match

The whole concept was the brain child of Her Majesty's Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, his Excellency Mr John McCarthy QC, well-known Sydney barrister and Catholic layman.

 Her Majesty's Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, his Excellency Mr John McCarthy QC

An excellent initiative, superbly well executed. May this be the start of a regular series - perhaps like the Ashes series between England and Australia!


Right on cue: here's a fine example of the "Yes" campaign bigotry...

A "Yes" campaigner posted this comment to my last post, proving my very point:

"Whoever you are, you've understood nothing about has happened. I'm sure you think the question is closed, too. You're in for a shock."

There you have it folks!

The Scottish people may have decisively voted in favour of staying in the United Kingdom but this geezer is not going to let a mere vote of the entire people of Scotland put him off.

Oh no!

He's going to "shock" us into an independent Scotland, whether we like it or not!

How, exactly?

By the kind of intimidation tactics that were used by some of the "Yes" campaigners in the campaign?

And yet this is from a person who claims to be an Eastern Orthodox Christian, judging by his Blogs and links.

In fact, this person does not even live in Scotland but in Hastings or Eastbourne!


Here are some unsavoury examples of the intimidatory tactics used by some of the more extreme "Yes" campaigners.

Huffington post had this to say:

NUJ asks to cover the Referendum story free from intimidation

And here is Bruce Ogilvie, one of the leading activists for Siol nan Gaidheal ("the Seed of the Gaels"), who stated in online postings last week that “we have been following [former Scottish Secretary Jim] Murphy” for “in-your-face confrontations”:

"Yes" campaigning racist Bruce Ogilvy of "the Seed of the Gaels" represents no-one but a tiny few like himself who do not know their own Scottish history.

Notice that this fellow claims the right to wear the blue bonnet and white cockade of the Jacobites, so besmirching the good name of Jacobitism and publishing his own ignorance.

The Daily Telegraph summed it up thus:

Anti-English terrorising the No campaign in Scotland

Campaign tactics that discredit the Yes campaign

There can be no excuse for intimidatory behaviour. Is this the shape of things to come from "Yes" campaigners? One hopes not...


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Message to Scottish Nationalists: The Jacobites were NOT Scottish Nationalist Socialists...

Here is the map of Scotland showing how the Scottish independence vote went - red for "No" and green for "Yes"...

I think the noes have it!

In fact, the only part of Scotland that voted yes were the cities of the worst turn-out to vote, Glasgow and Dundee.

These, coincidentally, are the parts of Scotland where one hears the most whining and whingeing and racist nonsense about the English and the most feckless twaddle spewed forth about the benefits of Socialism.

Thank goodness, not all Glasweigans and Dundonians are like that. They are let down by those who are but now it's time to call time on the bigotry, hatred and narrow-minded nationalism.

And above all to learn the basic lesson...

The Jacobites were NOT, REPEAT NOT, Scottish Nationalist Socialists!

National Socialism was tried in Germany and failed dismally as a blinkered, totalitarian, racist, violent and murderous creed.

Any sensible person should reject that kind of creed.

The Jacobites, by contrast, were the supporters of King James Stewart as king of all the Three Kingdoms of Scotland, England and Ireland and they were Crown Unionists, not whining, whingeing Nationalist Socialist Republicans, looking only for perpetual hand-outs from a centralised Socialist state.

The Jacobite programme was as follows:
  • Loyalty to the legitimate Monarch and Constitution.
  • A free people in a free state under a Stewart Monarch and the ancient Constitution of these islands.
  • Devolved parliaments under one Crown.
  • Parliaments of King, Lords and Commons or King, Barons and Lairds.
  • Christianity, the religion of the state but toleration for minority religions following the Declarations of Indulgence of King James (Stewart) II and VII of England, Scotland and Ireland.
  • Christian Social teaching to inform the laws of the state, protecting all the people, rich and poor, of whatever estate, race, creed or colour, in justice.
  • The protection of religion and public morals and both the material and spiritual welfare of the people, including the economy, trade, education, justice, employment, relief of the poor and an adequate defence force.
The Bonnie Prince was a Crown Unionist as is clear from his programme.

He always wore the Garter Star because he was not a narrow nationalist but a defender of our ancient Constitution.

See below the entry of His Royal Highness Prince Charles Edward Stewart wearing Highland dress and the Garter Star, flanked by Cameron of Lochiel and MacDonald of Clanranald:

Aymez loyauté!

...and a white rose for the Royal Stewarts...

Alba gu bràth!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Message to fellow Scots - do you wish to be ruled by this man?

Cowboy Alex mocking the national dress, pretending that Jacobitism is the same as Nationalism and claiming to be somebody worth taking seriously...

Otherwise known as Kim Jock Un since North Korea supported his bid for power...

No - me neither!