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ETERNAL GLORY AND THE DAY THAT LIVES IN INFAMY

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To quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt " Yesterday, December 7th...., a day which will live in infamy..." something remarkable happened : after 76 years, the United States navy awardd its third highest honor "For Gallantry in the face of enemy action" to Father Aloysius Schmitt Catholic Chaplain who died aboard the sinking U.S. OKLAHOMA in 1941 at Pearl Harbour.
Now read his story of Priestly self-sacrifice:THE "DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY"
A day on which we remember a heroic young Catholic Priest who gave his life acting in Persona Christi just 74 years ago today, and pray for his intercession on behalf of our present day Priests.

"Haec Dies"...This is the day, but unlike the prayer which goes on "..which the Lord has made...", this is the day, the anniversary of the day,  "which will live in infamy". For today is the 74th  Anniversary of the cowardly Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour which began the War in the Pacific.  7th…

A ROYAL COMMISSION AND THE GATES OF HELL

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This post first appeared in November, 2012, we repeat it to set the scene for some further coments as the Mid December, 2017 release of the Royal Commission's Report approaches.



The recent announcement by Australia's damaged Prime Minister Julia Gillard that a Royal Commission is to be set up to examine all sorts of institutional abuse of children from whatever source has opened the Gates of Hell and every screaming anti-Church demon has come hurtling out to attack the Catholic Church and everything about her.

Like most Australians (95% the polls tell us) I strongly support the Royal Commission. Though according to the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC known by some as the GayBC) there is growing concern that the Commission will be too inclusive. Of course they would like to confine it to the Catholic Church, or Churches only)

And those demons found no lack of human forms to serve their purpose. The army of active abortionists, guilt-ridden aborters, active homosexuals, sa…

TWO ADMIRABLE "TOUGH COOKIES" : FATHER THERRY AND CARDINAL GEORGE PELL

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Readers unfamiliar with St. Benedict's Broadway, Sydney might care to also see:


Father Therry of whom His Eminence speaks with admirable candour below, was indeed a great hero of the Church by any measure. He had born the heat of the day for many years, and it is true he was not always easy to get along with. But the cause was sensitivity and volatility and never arrogance, as the following story shows.A young Priest ordained only a few years, Dr William Bernard Ullathorne  O.S.B.( 1806 -1889) was appointed Vicar General for the Colony of New South Wales and Van Dieman's Land in 1833. He had been ordained Priest in September,1831. In less than 2 years he had responsibility for the whole of Australia as it would become, but was not yet. Born in 1806, he was about 27!
He arrived in the Colony unannounced. He already knew a great deal about the personalities and difficulties of the colonial Church via the Vicar Apostolic in London and others. He was well aware of Father Therry'…

CONVICT PRIEST FATHER JAMES DIXON

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In the days when "Brittania waived the rules" as the wags had it, it was not easy being a Catholic, if it ever has been.

Even in his native Ireland, James Dixon found that to be so. Because Erin had long since ceased to belong to its people, but rather to the English invaders. King George III sat upon the English throne for 59 years. He had the misfortune to suffer periodic bouts of apparent insanity induced by the disease known as porphyria. One of his other misfortunes was to lose the American colonies in their struggle for independence.

Closer to home, the Irish also developed the idea that they ought to rule in their own country.And in 1798, the United Irishmen rebelled against British rule. Most of the leaders of the Rebellion were in fact highly educated Protestants rather than Catholics. Nevertheless the popular support inevitably came from the Catholic majority. The Rebellion was bloodily repressed in short order. Then the fierce effort to find and punish the perpetrat…

"WITH ALL BECOMING GRATITUDE" : FEELING SECURE? IT WASN'T ALWAYS SO!

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BLOOD SACRIFICE, A PERFECT SACRIFICE, A NEW BEGINNING

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There are things we "know" so well, that we never bother to know them in detail or appreciate fully their significance. And, knowing neither detail nor full significance, we never come to reflect properly on their implications, either for those in the past or the present, or for ourselves.
Our story here is just such a case: systematic blood sacrifice, a gigantic worship place, and a strangely torn veil. When we understand each of these, and the way they touched the lives of the people they were woven into, we can begin to understand more fully the earliest days of our family of Faith: the Catholic Church.

Blood Sacrifice

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said that the Jewish religion of the Old Testament was practised in a literal " haemorrhage of blood". This was an extraordinary statement; but it is precisely the truth.

We all know that when Mary and Joseph went up to the Temple in Jerusalem for the Purification ritual at the required interval after the birt…