Sunday, May 24, 2015


VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS  ( At the end of the choral chant, listen for the solo chant - marvellous.
Veni, Sancte Spiritus,
et emitte caelitus
lucis tuae radium.
Veni, pater pauperum,
veni, dator munerum,
veni, lumen cordium.
Consolator optime,
dulcis hospes animae,
dulce refrigerium.
In labore requies,
in aestu temperies,
in fletu solatium.
O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.
Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.
Lava quod est sordidum,
riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium.
Flecte quod est rigidum,
fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.
Da tuis fidelibus,
in te confidentibus,
sacrum septenarium.
Da virtutis meritum,
da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium.
Come, Holy Spirit,
send forth the heavenly
radiance of your light.
Come, father of the poor,
come, giver of gifts,
come, light of the heart.
Greatest comforter,
sweet guest of the soul,
sweet consolation.
In labor, rest,
in heat, temperance,
in tears, solace.
O most blessed light,
fill the inmost heart
of your faithful.
Without your grace,
there is nothing in us,
nothing that is not harmful.
Cleanse that which is unclean,
water that which is dry,
heal that which is wounded.
Bend that which is inflexible,
fire that which is chilled,
correct what goes astray.
Give to your faithful,
those who trust in you,
the sevenfold gifts.
Grant the reward of virtue,
grant the deliverance of salvation,
grant eternal joy.

There is nothing more to say.

Friday, May 22, 2015



The Gospel of the Mass to-day is a very special one. My affection for it grew , when in my teens I learned something important about it from the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, but the story is told in the following item which I posted in 2012 :


Saturday, May 26, 2012



The Gospel is John 21 : 15 -19 in which according to our translations Jesus asks Saint Peter three times "Do you love Me?" Most preachers and teachers go with it as we see it, But the late Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J Sheen brilliant Scholar, Preacher and Retreat master and TV Star in the 1950s, pointed out that two verbs are used for "love "in the original Greek text : Jesus' first two questions use "agape" which is an unconditional all-consuming, sacrificial love - even unto death.However, both times, Peter, in responding, uses "phileo" - the normal  natural love between friends.For His third question, Jesus lowers the bar to meet poor Peter's more feeble responses : He Himself uses Phileo on this occasion to accommodate Peter.

If we cast our minds back to Holy Thursday night, we recall Jesus'prediction , and Peter's triple denial of Him, and how Saint Peter wept following the Lord's glance as He was taken away ( "conversus Dominus" Luke 22:61 the Gospel tells us - "the Lord turned" and looked back at Peter). Clearly Peter's heart and mind went straight to that painful memory when Jesus asked "Do you love Me more than these"(first question) He  was not going to condemn himself again by any rash assertions, such as those he had previously made. He knows he had no right to judge the degree of love the others had for Jesus. So , his head and heart swimming in painful memories, he responds to the Lord's use of agape with phileo.

But so great indeed is the Divine love for him that God made Man, Jesus Christ, lowers the standard to accommodate Saint Peter. 
It is an amazing story of God's Love at work. Saint Peter redeems himself somewhat with his heartfelt response : "Lord, You know everything, You know that I love You...."

The discourse concludes with Our lord's prophecy of Peter's death and the price of his Primacy.


Have you ever heard a Homilist advert to this aspect of the triple questioning? At 75 yrs of age I have  heard it done in Australia for the first time, and would have otherwise remained in ignorance had it not been for Archbishop Fulton Sheen's Radio Broadcast ( audio from the TV Shows in the U.S.A.) in 1950's Sydney,  when I was in my teens.
 Remarkably, I understand it is a routine part of homilies on that Gospel in Nigeria! Then again, they receive Communion on the tongue whilst kneeling, as if in the Presence of God Himself! ( Of course they are, as are we - what is wrong with us?)

Oh ! And lest you think the Greeks forgot something! There was a third Greek word for "Love ": "Eros"for physical intimacy. And actually a rarely used Fourth word "Storge"for a general love such as for a group or team or college student body for example. 

As the saying goes : "The Greeks had a word for it."!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015


 Yesterday we looked back to 2013 to review the evolution of the attacks by the mainstream media on Cardinal George Pell. Let's look a little more closely at what is going on - what is it really about? Why , and how , are the events of 30 to 50 years ago being kept in the public mind?

Who are the players in this elaborate drama :

The principal "player" is the Catholic Church which has more active members at Mass every week than all the other religious bodies in the country combined. Her schools educate more children than all other Private Schools combined . Her Hospitals care for the majority of AIDS patients in the country. Her Aged Care facilities are spread throughout the country. BUT ....she is oppose to Contraception, Abortion, Homosexual Activity, Same Sex "Marriage", Divorce , fact she is the opponent of every banner immoral cause the modern mainstream media espouse.  She is the enemy in their view.

As the highest ranking Australian Catholic Prelate  Cardinal Pell became for the media the "face" of the Catholic Church they hate. And, as if that were not enough, he had the gall(!) to repeatedly state that " I do what the Catholic Church does, teach what the Catholic Church teaches....and let the chips fall where they may." If I may mix my metaphors that was "red rag" to a pack of rabid dogs.

CARDINAL GEORGE PELL - "teach what the Catholic Church teaches"

Ranged against the the Catholic Church over a long period of time there have been several other players.

In Melbourne , the Capital of the State of Victoria, FAIRFAX PRESS prints The Age newspaper which in times past - when such things were taken seriously - would have been described as the journal of record for that city. The paper has long had a virulent anti- Catholic character and has built -up a stable of journalists hostile to Catholic morality and the institutions and personalities of the Church. It has also been sympathetic to the Labor side of politics, which is closely aligned in recent decades with secularism, and "libertarian" immorality.

In Sydney, the Capital of New South Wales and the largest city in Australia , FAIRFAX PRESS prints the Sydney Morning Herald which traces its origins back to 1831 .Many decades ago it held an even loftier status than The Age did in Melbourne.But in recent decades it has fallen heavily on the Left side of the fence espousing every cause of libertarian immorality, and a particularly keen pro- active homosexual streak. It has also, along with all this, become strongly anti-Catholic.

At the National level, The Australian is printed by News Limited (Rupert Murdoch) .It was founded in July, 1964. For some years it had been better than even-handed in its treatment of the Catholic Church and included on its staff a number of senior well educated Catholics. Rupert Murdoch had become a Catholic and many things were achieved including some elaborate coverage of the Catechism of the Catholic Church when it was launched, and surprisingly good coverage in some detail, of some Encyclicals. However the aging Mr. Murdoch divorced his second wife and re-married and there has been a slow decline in quality coverage of the Church ever since.


Also operating Nationally , there is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Radio and TV) which is often mockingly called the GayBC and, more lately, the ALP BC because of its exceptional level of bias in favour of the Australian Labor Party. The organisation - far from the obligations of its charter - is not impartial , but has evolved and prosecutes a distinct "libertarian" immorality, aggressive radical feminism, left wing political views and bitter anti-Catholicism.

And the last of the players is the Australian Labor Party. This was founded in 1901 as an authentic working class Party.This fact , and the lowly standing of most Catholics in early Australia -  which was dominated by a Protestant ( often Masonic)  Ascendancy in Government, Law and Commerce - had the effect of causing the new Party to have a very largely Catholic membership.However in the late 1940s and into the 1950s a  systematic incursion into the ALP was organised by Communist groups. Vigorous anti-Communism on the part of Catholic members led to a TRAUMATIC SPLIT IN THE ALP and the formation of an effectively Catholic "Democratic Labor Party". 

For some years this achieved political success - holding the balance of power in the Senate of the Federal Parliament and keeping the ALP out of office by allocating its preferences to the conservative Coalition.  However, in the interim, Labor politics took a radical Left turn toward all the "Libertarian" and "Environmentalist" and radical Feminist agenda items. Those Catholics who remained in the ALP were not strong enough in numbers , or in some cases, in conviction, to stem the hostile flow. 

The "new" ALP became increasingly secularist,libertarian and anti- Catholic.  


So we have gathered the players, The Church herself, her Principal Australian representative and a host of hostile Media and Political forces sullenly observing her progress, resentful of her opposition to their causes and of  the apparent  strength of her position. But what is this? She stumbles, falling into the mud and they pounce and begin to tear at her .

What has happened? In the early 1980s in the United States there began to surface stories of "pedophile" activity by some Catholic clergy over the preceding 30 years - particularly during the post-Conciliar church- quake. The American history of " investigative journalism" dovetailed with the American " no win no fee " practice of Law (at the time illegal here)  and another American legal practise called "Plea Bargaining" combined to create a new industry.And the developing " victim culture" in the society at large proved fertile ground for it. The Catholic Church was seen as a " soft target" unlikely to fight hard to defend herself , worried to avoid scandal and able to pay - " look at all those Churches and Schools!"

It did not take long for the  Australian enemies of the Church to see that this could be their chance. In no time at all we had our own investigative journalists, our own victims were identified and there were cases, and tragic ones too, as well as some fakes, and our very own "victim support groups" . Go!

For a time the Media had all the running, followed by the "victims support groups"  . The ALP approached the fray cautiously sniffing around the edges of the melee - wanting to be sure that it could get into the attack without suffering any electoral backlash. It has been in a parlous state these last decades with a series of disastrous "leaders" even short spells in Government always ended in ashes. So Caution was the rule. 

To be continued - Rabid Dogs from Strange Directions.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015


The vile attacks on Cardinal Pell continue in the Media , year after year, the same old hoary distortions are trotted out at the latest propaganda inquiry into events of decades ago - the same old distortions are re-hashed. Here is our post on the 2013 campaign by the enemies of the Church .



Tuesday, July 02, 2013


Having read the vicious Channel Nine webpages I am moved to re-post this original item. The anti-Catholic bigotry on the Nine website is sickening.

It is no exaggeration to say that the Australian Media relish hating and persecuting Cardinal George Pell. Every device imagineable is employed to denigrate His Eminence and no depth is too deep for them to plumb in the effort.

His offence against the persecutors is not hard to find. His Eminence has, on a number of occasions stated that his practice is to "teach what the Catholic Church teaches,do what the Catholic Church does, and let the chips fall where they may...". Could anyone be more guilty in the eyes of the mainstream media? Outrageous! Against Abortion,Homosexual activity, Euthanasia,Contraception, Same Sex "Marriage" - and loyal to the Pope!!! Plainly guilty no need for trial.

They systematically fail to accurately represent his role in the Church in Australia, and one might  puzzle over whether this is the sheer malice of convenience for their purposes, or invincible ignorance. For Cardinal Pell is always presented in the Australian Media as if he were the head of Catholic Church Australia Inc. This of course is very convenient for their purposes he is " the big fella" in every way, physically tall, a Cardinal and therefore close to the Pope in a formal way,he symbolises the Catholic Church for their purposes. But they proceed from that symbolism to try to make Cardinal Pell administratively responsible for every act of every cleric past and present throughout Australia.

Uninformed they may be, but one is inclined to believe that they are not so stupid as to really believe that. No, it is just a convenient lie to sell to a readership generally ignorant of the details of Church structure and administration. And it seems the intention is malign - to crudely strike back at the most senior and effective advocate

The fact that carefully organised "Victims Support Groups" have been successful in getting no less than three Child Sex Abuse inquiries running simultaneously, one in NSW related solely to the Hunter Valley region, one in Victoria related solely to that State and one National Inquiry into all institutions  dealing with children, has created a marvellous media circus .

As a former Archbishop of Melbourne, Cardinal Pell was called to testify to the Victorian Inquiry and no doubt will ultimately testify to the National Inquiry. The questioning of witnesses in the Victorian Inquiry seemed at times to resemble the courts run by the Nazis in Germany, with members of the Inquiry Panel engaging in some cases in scurrilous lines of comment and  examination.The lurid suggestions made there were then taken up by the Media and amplified for sensational and deceitful purposes.

A classic example of this was questioning of Cardinal Pell about Domus Australia. This is the Australian Pilgrim House and Chapel recently Blessed and opened in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Pell has the use of an Apartment in the complex for the multiple visits he has to make to Rome each year, on account of his numerous responsibilities to the Holy See.The total cost of the Domus Australia project was in the vicinity of AUD $ 30,000,000 apparently. This is not inordinate given the size of the project and to-day's price levels. But it came to be represented as Cardinal Pell's $ 30,000,000 Palace in Rome, conjuring up images of Renaissance Prince Bishops etc. etc. This grotesque bit of Propaganda was worthy of the Nazi Josef Goebbels.

And this grew out of the equally dishonest assertion at the Victorian Inquiry that the Church ought to have sold the property in order to pay more compensation to victims of sexual abuse by a few clergy. This propaganda twist was of course, intentionally dishonest, since no such victim had gone without compensation adequate in terms of Australian law.One  passes over the question whether or not money can really compensate genuine victims of such abuse. But for the people representing them , the money aspect is important - especially for lawyers on a no win no fee basis and dependent on a percentage of any award as their fee. Perhaps even victims support groups now perceiving their raison d'etre dwindling as these matters from the distant past are dealt with, are also coming to see a diminishing future and thus a need to " maintain the rage" or perish, along with their high profile leaders' media "life" - and the onset of attention deficit syndrome.

So His Eminence was pilloried for almost anything and everything. If in the face of the hostile and deliberately baiting questioning his manner was guarded, he was " aloof", " uncaring" , " unsympathetic", did he apologise -Yes - well then he was " insincere"! Did he consult lawyers - just as the victims and their representatives did? " Outrageous and disgusting", " Hiding". 

Truly , it was always going to be a " no win" situation. Such Inquiries do not operate under the same rules as Courts of Law and one has to endure the assault. The purpose, if not of the Inquiries, of some of the participants is to vent spleen and hurl as much muck as they can. 

Perhaps one of the lowest points of dishonesty reached by the Media was a newspaper headline widely repeated over the Internet which said :

Cardinal George Pell has confessed to creation of false documents and 'reprehensible' cover-ups of child sex abuse"

The clear implication was that His Eminence had made an admission of personal guilt in the matter.

But the detail of the article we find that the Cardinal had acknowledged that he had discovered that in the time of his predecessor in Melbourne, Archbishop Frank Little, a document detail had been falsified. This reporting by the paper's Headline was dishonest. Cardinal Pell had confessed to no personal offence.

Should Cardinal Pell be surprised? Should we be surprised - at this vicious hostility of the Media to a heroically faithful Catholic Bishop?

" “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matt. 5:11

Friday, May 15, 2015


"Each month Acolyte is confronted with the spectacle of the large table at which the Editor labours to produce Foundation. It is not always an edifying spectacle for those who value order. But it enables me to see the wide variety of materials considered and then selected or rejected, whether for lack of space or perhaps lack of relationship to a theme either naturally evolving or being developed in a particular issue.

I watch him striving to avoid Foundation becoming yet another vitriolic chronicle of errors such as some other newsletters have become, as well as some Internet websites. It can’t be easy, because he is so much concerned to see right done. But he says that he tries to accentuate the positive as often as possible, for the edification of his readers – to build up rather than just tear down.

During the American Civil War the renowned Confederate General Robert E. Lee said that victories as such were not important unless they denied the Union some freedom to act. He realised that the Union’s greater preponderance of forces meant that enough victories (engagements in which Confederate casualties were less than Union casualties) that left the Union forces still in place would ultimately consume the whole Confederate Army and leave a very substantial Union Army to force a Confederate surrender.

There is a loose analogy here in considering that minor percentage of Catholics strongly and actively committed to the fullness of orthodoxy in the practise of their Faith. If they become bitter and twisted ( contrary to their professed “orthodoxy”: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another”.)( Jn.13:35) even their practical effectiveness is diminished – alienating those they might have convinced. And then the field would ultimately be won by error which the vast preponderance of the faithful, uninstructed in most parishes and schools these last 40 years, will not be able to recognise. This would allow much of the Church to drift off to “South Brisbane”.

So I watch the Editor’s efforts to make an effective contribution, not merely to “score points” but in a small way to contribute to the health of the Church, to arm others to join in the effort by trying to carefully choose what to challenge & what to promote.

Robert E Lee has other lessons for us. Before the great Battle of Gettysburg, which he lost, he said on several occasions “It is all in God’s hands.” But after the defeat he rode out to meet his retreating defeated army repeatedly exclaiming “It is all my fault.” Both assertions are true and they are neatly paired in the saying that “we should act as if everything depends on us, whilst recognising that everything depends on God”. Ultimately everything depends on God, but we are the agents through whom He daily works in the ordinary course of events. So, in a very real sense “it is all (our) fault”. We must do our part diligently and constantly act to build up His Kingdom. 

Pray for the Editor that his efforts will always be in accord with God’s will.
— “Acolyte"

I have a confession to make I was both "the Editor" and "Acolyte" when I wrote that piece in the March 2009 issue of "Foundation" which has since been replaced by this Blog. The literary device was useful and I think, effective. It remains as true to-day, when different and surprising circumstances are causing some to be even more " bitter and twisted". And pray for me, that I may ever avoid becoming "bitter and twisted" like some of those with whom I strongly agree in fact.