'Freemasonry' is one of those subjects about which many people know little or nothing. Popular conception sees it as a business/social organisation for men, existing for the mutual support of its members and as charitable benefactors to society.
I have just watched a long, but fascinating and informative video on Freemasonry, presented by Michael Voris, which reveals the sinister reality behind this myth, showing the rejection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by Freemasonry, with the stated aim of destroying the Catholic Church - primarily by infiltration, and replacing it with a one-world religion.
********************** 'The flesh desires what the spirit dislikes; and the spirit pants for what the flesh abhors.The false love of the flesh destroys the true charity we owe to ourselves; inordinate compassion towards the body is full of cruelty because by indulging the flesh it kills the soul' 'Thoughts from St Alphonsus' **************** 'Holy Mary, Mother of God and mother of mercy, pray for the Holy Father and all the Church, especially the faithful departed.'
I expect many have read or at least heard of the case of Fr Gordon Macrae sentenced to a term of life imprisonment in 1994 in New Hampshire, USA, for alleged assault and abuse of a minor in 1983. During the past 20 years much has been written and spoken about the glaring inconsistencies and apparent injustices in this case. Fr Macrae himself has always maintained his innocence, and over the years support for him has snowballed. In April 2005, Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Dorothy Rabinowitz profiled the case of Fr. Gordon in two complementary articles in the Wall Street Journal, under the title 'A Priest's Story'. After months of studying Court documents and combing through testimonies, Rabinowitz concluded that Fr Macrae was clearly a victim of fraud and was wrongly convicted. In May 2013, Rabinowitz followed this up with a further article in the Wall Street Journal, entitled 'The Trials of Father MacRae', in which she re-iterates her original conclusion. In 2012 a book ‘Catholic Priests Falsely Accused – The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories’ by David F.Pierre, Jr. was published, and the case of Fr Macrae was particularly highlighted. Recently it was announced on Fr Macrae’s website, ‘These StoneWalls', that an Appeal was to be taken to the Federal Court challenging the verdict in this case, with new evidence concerning both the facts of the case and the handling of the case in the original trial, casting real doubt over the judicial correctness of the original verdict . From the facts in the public domain, this is an Appeal which should be upheld. It is about more than one unjustly condemned priest receiving a fair hearing, although that alone would be more than an adequate reason, it is about justice being done for all those priests falsely accused of sexual crimes, who were never given the opportunity to defend themselves. Clearly and unfortunately, some allegations were based on truth, but an experienced lawyer has been quoted as saying that in his opinion, anything up to two-thirds of all allegations made against priests are false in one degree or another. Such allegations were either driven by malice against the Church, or/and by greed, with huge civil settlements being paid out of court by Diocesan authorities desperate to avoid Court publicity, and without any questions asked on the reliability or otherwise of the evidence. Many allegations referred to ‘incidents’ which had happened up to 30/40 years previously, and in many cases the accused priest had since died. This made no difference, settlements were still made and the good name and reputation of the priest concerned was effectively blackened. This post is not intended to portray the whole story, but I would urge you - if you are unaware of this case, or wish to refresh your memory, to connect to the link below:-
In his book 'Catholic Priests Falsely Accused', David Pierre includes an article on Irishwoman Kathy O'Beirne, who in 2005 released a book,'Kathy's Story: The True Story of a Childhood HellInside the Magdalene Laundries'. After apparently enduring harrowing abuse from her father, O'Beirne claims that aged 12, she was placed in the care of The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity at a Magdalene laundry. O'Beirne describes in frightening detail how she was repeatedly brutalised by the nuns, on one occasion suffering a broken pelvis. In addition she alleged that a priest raped her, and at age 13 she gave birth to a baby daughter who died 10 years later. With a torrent of clerical abuse allegations in the USA, and scandals brewing in the UK and Ireland, at that particular time, O'Beirne's harrowing tale found a fertile market. Her book reached no.3 on the UK's best seller list, with nearly 400,000 copies sold. Reviewers raved, the 'Irish Independent' castigated the Church, and 'She' magazine proclaimed, 'Her story is so horrific, it's almost unbelievable'. As things turned out this last reviewer was nearer the truth than she imagined, for in fact the whole of 'Kathy's Story' is complete fabrication. A year after the book was published, five of Kathy's brothers and sisters publicly addressed the media, declaring that her book was a 'hoax publication'. It transpires that Kathy was never in a Magdalene laundry or home, there is absolutely no record that she gave birth at age 14, and she was not raped by a priest. Mary O'Beirne, younger sister of Kathy, has this to say about her, 'Our sister has a self-admitted psychiatric and criminal history, and her perception of reality has always been flawed. She is very convincing though, and that is what makes her dangerous'. O'Beirne's co-author, a man by the name of Michael Sheridan, later admitted, 'There are no documents, and there is no evidence of Kathy in the two Magdalene laundries; there never was.'
A Tissue of Lies
Veteran writer Hermann Kelly investigated O'Beirne's claims, and found the whole story a virtual fraud. He recounted his findings in his own book, 'Kathy's Real Story'(Ireland Prefect Press 2007). Particularly upsetting to the O'Beirne family was Kathy's claim that their father was an abusive and terrifying man, an angry drunken thug. The reality was quite the opposite, 'My father never once lifted his hand to us. Never,' Mary O'Beirne has said. 'It was a normal happy childhood. He was a very proud, good man, and it breaks my heart to see the terrible lies Kathy has written about him'. Even after the author's credibility was destroyed, another publisher announced that it had won a bid to publish a sequel, and it was only as a result of action by the O'Beirne family, that the publisher announced that it was dropping the project because it had failed to resolve 'legal issues' with the author. In spite of everything the book continues to sell well in England and Wales, and unbelievably receives 5 star reviews on Amazon's UK site. I decided to mention this particular case because I'm sure that very many people would have been understandably scandalised when the story first came to light, and they may not be aware of the truth. As I remember, the media made great play of this story, with the Irish nuns depicted as cruel and unfeeling bullies with little or no thought for the well-being of the girls in their care. Yet it was a tissue of lies, but was the good name of the nuns restored? I do not remember much publicity from the media to put right the lies and innuendos that they had originally promoted. Maybe I missed something, but I must confess that I was ignorant of the outcome until I read David Pierre's book. The truth needs to be shouted from the housetops, and I don't think that we can rely on the media to do this. (Ack. 'Catholic Priests Falsely Accused. The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories' by David F Pierre, Jr. published 2012, Mass. USA)
'Humiliation is the touchstone of sanctity.You will acquire more merit by meekly receiving an affront, than by fasting ten days on bread and water.' (St Alphonsus de Liguori C.SS.R)
'May Our Blessed Lady guide and protect our Holy Father, PopeFrancis' Amen.
The above words of GK Chesterton are as valid today as they were when first written.
'Same-sex marriage' has been approved by the UK Parliament, but is still being considered by the Scottish government. We hope that proper consideration is given to the rights of those who are opposed to this legislation, particularly in the field of employment. It seems that employees,
especially in the public sector, could find themselves
discriminated against if
they don’t endorse the new definition of marriage. Teachers,
the police and especially civil registrars are among those who
particularly vulnerable. There have already been examples of extreme intolerance
certain people, such as the former SNP leader Gordon Wilson who
was voted off
the board of Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau for publicly endorsing
marriage. Also the case of the Rev Brian Ross, a Church of
and Chaplain of the Strathclyde Police, forced to resign for the
same reason. A belief
traditional marriage must never be used to dispute someone’s
diversity and equality. It should therefore be stated clearly on
the face of
the Bill that the view that marriage can only be between a man and
a woman is
“worthy of respect in a democratic society” – which is a key test
used by the
European Court of Human Rights. ( ack.Scotland for Marriage) ************************
Mary, Mother of God and mother of mercy, pray for us *******************
Is this a foretaste of our new tolerant world? The following extract is from the website 'turtlebay and beyond', (see link on my sidebar), and needs no explanation:-
'Homosexual hate crimes drive Christian couple out of business'
Posted on | September 25, 2013 by J.C. von Krempach, J.D.
With the gay lobby pushing for new 'anti-discrimination' legislation at EU level, it becomes increasingly clear that the predominant purpose of such legislation would be for gay bigots to bully and harass all the rest of society. EU law makers should take a close look at the United Kingdom, where the owners of a Bed & Breakfast have to pay a high price for having refused a twin bed room to gay couple Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy. Hazelmary and Peter Bull, who run Chymorvah Hotel at Marazion, Cornwall, have also faced death threats over their decision to in 2008 have no option but to sell their beloved home and business after failing to attract enough custom and paying their legal costs after high profile court cases over the issue.
No way forward: Hazelmary and Peter Bull say they can't face another winter like last year when they went 'cold and hungry' because of money worries (copyright: the Daily Mail)
But it is not only the lost court case that forces them to close their business. According to a report in the Daily Mail, the Bulls have gone through a year of organised hate crime from mostly anonymous enforcers of the new moral order. They have received death threats, vandalism and had their website corrupted with pornography They have had the bolts removed from the wheels of their car and most recently found a dead rabbit nailed to their fence all over the issue of who they allow to stay in their guesthouse. Isn’t it strange how legislation that purportedly aims to promote “tolerance” is actually used to bully and harass, and to destroy the economic and social existence of an elderly couple whose sole “mistake” was to believe in the sanctity of marriage? And isn’t it revelatory how some in the gay community, so squeamish about so-called “hate crimes” of which they claim to be victims, themselves appear to indulge in the very behaviour that they condemn? In the EU, the debate over the proposed “Anti-Discrimination Directive” is far from over. However, the probable effects of such legislation can now be studied in the UK: it would effectively cancel out contractual liberty for all and everyone. And that is nothing less than an assault on liberty at large, given that the conclusion of contracts is one of the most important ways in which people interact socially. Limitations of the freedom of contract can therefore only be justified where otherwise people would be cut off from goods and services of primary necessity. But this was not the case here: firstly, it is not a primary necessity for homosexual couples to spend a weekend in a given B&B in Cornwall. Secondly, there were plenty of other hotels in the area that would have accomodated them. Thirdly, there was no risk for them to spend the night in the cold, given that even the owners of the Chymorvah hotel would have accomodated them, albeit in two single rooms. So, what is this all about? The true purpose of this type of legislation is not to guarantee access to life-necessary goods and services, but to provide a legal basis for bigotry and bullying. And the bigots and bullys that use it are from the gay community.
Ack. to 'Turtle Bay and Beyond' - September 25 ***************** 'Thoughts from St Alphonsus for every day in the year.' by Rev C Mcneiry CssR. 'If after this life there were neither hell nor heaven, could Christians think less of these places than they do at present? It is this forgetfulness that makes them lead so wicked a life. My brother, if you wish to live well, spend the remaining days of life with death before your eyes.' (September 27th)
Slightly frayed around the edges and still trying to pretend that I'm not really as old as that! I thank God for all my blessings, particularly my Catholic faith; my wife a 'pearl of great price'; my children and grandchildren; my friends; our dog Hector; and our good neighbours and spiritual mentors, the F.SS.R community from Papa Stronsay.