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 Recently the Spanish Website "INFOVATICANA" published a list of the " Seven Qualities of a Good Bishop". my grasp of Spanish is slim and relies on my knowledge of Latin and Italian. Nevertheless, I believe that I can show here a faithful Summary of that list. We are fated to "live in interesting times" as in the old Chinese curse. Some will look at certain episcopal appointments and long for better days. The list might serve to give us food for thought as well as the basis for prayer when appointments come up.

The seven qualities, which, it is suggested, should be  considered in assessing a candidate for Episcopal Ordination are:

1. Radical following of Christ:   In his life and ministry, does the Priest manifest a pastoral conversion to Jesus Christ and a conscious decision to abandon everything to follow Christ?

2. Apostolic Energy:  Does he preach the Gospel with conviction and clarity? Is he able to present the Christian proposal to those who do not bel…


A Warning from St Thomas More on Luther: “The gentle reader must forgive me if much that occurs offends his feelings. Nothing has been more painful to me than to be compelled to pour such things into decent ears. The only other alternative would, however, have been to leave the unclean book untouched.”
The Real Luther “I have greater confidence in my wife and my pupils than I have in Christ.” Martin Luther (Table Talk 23976)
“For, like his doctrines and his writings, Luther’s life was a mass of contradictions arising from the neurotic temperament” (Funck-Brentano).

From early youth, Luther was a very neurotic character. He had an extremely strict upbringing and tells us himself that
“My mother flogged me until I bled on account of a single nut”.
At school and university it was not much better. He was whipped by his teachers as often as fifteen times a day, all for ridiculous offences. “The undue severity of which he was the victim as a little boy left its mark on his character; he always remai…

MARTIN LUTHER with Pope Francis

"Francis was the first pope to visit Sweden in 27 years, and only the second pope to visit the Scandinavian country. In Lund, he met with King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. “We, too, must look with love and honesty at our past, recognizing error and seeking forgiveness,” Francis said. " New York Times 31st October,2016 "“I do insist on the certainty that sooner or later—once we hold power—Christianity will be overcome and the German church, without a Pope and without the Bible, and Luther, if he could be with us, would give us his blessing.”
(“Hitler's Speeches”, edited by Professor N. H. Baynes (Oxford, 1942), page 369)

What was it about Martin Luther that so inspired the loving admiration of the Nazis? Three things :
His radical German Nationalism
His hatred of the Catholic Church, and most of all
His vicious anti-Semitism.

The extent of Luther's anti-Semitism its depth and hate-filed horror is astounding. Consider the f…




"Serious research into the figure of Luther and his
critique of the Church of his time and the papacy  certainly contributes to overcoming the atmosphere  of mutual distrust....."  Pope Francis 31st March, 2017 Vatican Radio 

Let us see how serious research contributes to overcoming the atmosphere of "mutual distrust" :What was Martin Luther's attitude in principle, to those who opposed him: "Defensive wars are not merely as just self-defence, but they are also revenge." "A war declared out of revenge, is a just and orderly work"("Table Talk" ,3478)"
Yet we, of course, are committed to following Jesus Christ, how can we look to Martin Luther, in the light of our commitment to Christ, in "mutual trust"?
It was Luther who said : " I have greater confidence in my wife and my pupils than I have in Christ," he said on one occasion quite shamelessly("Table Talk " 2397b) When I beheld Christ I seemed t…

MORE MARTIN LUTHER with Pope Francis

"Nowadays, Lutherans and Catholics, and all Protestants, are in agreement on the doctrine of justification: on this very important point he was not mistaken."

Pope Francis    
(Inflight Press Conference -  From Armenia to Rome - Sunday, 26 June 2016)

We are able to read Luther's view of his own spiritual condition :
“I am but a man prone to let himself be swept off his feet by society, drunkenness, the torments of the flesh”(W9, 215, 13), I have quoted already. There are many similar passages. “Instead of glowing in spirit, I glow in the flesh.” “I burn with all the desires of my unconquered flesh”(Enders 3, 189). “I rarely pray. . . . My unruly flesh doth burn me with devouring flame. In short, I who should be a prey to the spirit alone am eating my heart out through the flesh, through lust, laziness, idleness, and somnolence.”
Perhaps it tells us a little about his thought processes. Justification by Faith alone might become very pre-occupying. And Saint James' " S…

MARTIN LUTHER with Pope Francis

"“At the same time we keep alive in our hearts sincere contrition for our faults,” the Pope said. “In this spirit, we recalled in Lund that the intention of Martin Luther 500 years ago was to renew the Church, not divide Her."    

Pope Francis
 (quoted in the Catholic Herald 19th January, 2017)

This is a very ecumenical statement is it not? No doubt very palatable to those who like niceness. It would have surprised Martin Luther himself.

Fortunately the published words of Martin Luther are still available to us in considerable volume, though like Saint Thomas More we will apologise for quoting them in detail. Luther was not shy in his use of language and abuse of persons and institutions.

What did he think of the Catholic Church which Pope Francis tells us he did not wish to divide?

Against the Roman Papacy, An Institution of the DevilMartin LutherThe Most Hellish Father, St. Paul III, in his supposed capacity as the bishop of the Roman church, has written two briefs to Char…


From time to time some of our "separated brethren" to use that now fading term so popular thirty years ago, will try to question the Primacy of Saint Peter, As often as not, these good folk will describe themselves as "Bible Christians". Funnily enough, these "Bible Christians" never think to ask where the Bible came from, or who said what constitutes the Bible? The answer to both questions is , of course, the Catholic Church. This can easily be demonstrated from the well-recorded History of Sacred Scripture.

But more fundamentally, we have to ask ourselves - and them - how well do they read their Bibles?

There are three landmark passages in Sacred Scripture which establish the claim of Petrine Supremacy : 

Matthew XVI 17-19

Luke  XXII   31-32, and

John XXI     15-17                                                                                                                                                                                                     …