Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cherie to front Catholic appeal


The US Bishops have been trying to distance Catholic organisations from pro-abortion and pro-contracepting politicians and other public figures. In the UK we are a little more relaxed, Mrs Cherie Blair is to front the appeal for the Caholic charity the Apostleship of the Sea.
See here

8 comments:

Laurence England said...

Surely this is a crisis for the Apostleship of the Sea. Several, perhaps many priests will object, even perhaps openly to this?

Mind you, it is not just a crisis for the AotS. There doesn't appear to be a large pool of Catholics in public life from whom to pick to front appeals.

I wrote and told them to get Ann Widdecombe instead...Aside from her, I really can't think of a prominent Catholic in public life who is faithful to the Magisterium.

epsilon said...

I certainly know one priest in the Apostleship of the Sea who will not be impressed! - a priest dedicated to saving souls. Let us pray for all priests who are battling it on all fronts.

epsilon said...

They have a form you can respond to online at:

Apostleship of the Sea contact form (easier than email)

universal doctor said...

At least most intelligent people realise that she isn't catholic at all. But how is it that they have become so desperate? Why are faithful catholics not heard in public life? Are there none, or is it that they are afraid to uphold the teaching of the Church? If you disown Me, I will disown you.

nickbris said...

Having been a Seafarer for 30 years I have always found "the Mission" as we called Apostleship of the Sea to be a very important part of a Sailor's life.They have always been strapped for cash so a High Profile like Cherie Blair can only be an excellent choice.

Ann Widdecombe is far too good to be true.

lizard said...

Father, I see these cases as an expression of rupture from the tradition, namely a kind of erosion of the strictly hisrarchical and personalised structure of the Latin Church and a tendency to a false democratisation. This is perhaps more of a spiritual rather than specifically dogmatic nature. The Latin tradition, unlike Eastern, strongly emphasises a hierarchy, personality and personal responsibility. A concrete bishop (NOT council or conference or whatever else collective body) is in charge and in responsibility. The Church is clearly separated into two parts, those who teach and those who are taught, etc etc. This extends to all levels, up to the Suprime Priest. This clear structure significantly facilitates the extraordinary Christocentrism of the Latin tradition. In Eastern tradition, there is a rather strong tendency to concilliarism (even in Eastern Catholic Churches) and as a result, not so pronounced focus on Jesus Christ. It may have certain advantages and disadvantages and may be an interesting topic of discussion. What is important in my opinion, is that the artificial admixture is destructive. Fathers of the VII, by introducing foreign eastern elements, probably tried to facilitate the ecumenical dialogue with the Eastern Church etc etc. However, the result is just the opposite, eroding our own tradition.

Now, when the clear hierarchical structure, the distinction between the teacher and pupil are eroded and democracy is imposed, almost anyone (esp. a VIP) may think of oneself as a Chrisostom and pretend to proclaim truth, even if it clearly contradicts the Magisterium.

Dave Deavel said...

Would someone like the novelist Piers Paul Read be known enough to be a spokesman (assuming he'd do such a thing)?

nickbris said...

Can we just accept that Lizard is just "aving a laugh" I haven't got a clue what he's on about.Is he just one of those 5th columnists that we need to watch out for?