Friday, September 17, 2010

To the streets!

I have just done a funeral, missed the Pope at Roehampton, now I'm off to London to line a street and cry, "God Bless the Pope!" with the Bones, whose letter was published in todays Guardian.

15 comments:

PaulineG said...

Roehampton, Father? How could you?!!

St Mary's wonderful University College, Twickenham.

We shall look out for you and Laurence this afternoon.

Get out there everyone!

shadowlands said...

Take some photos, please Father and post them on your blog.

Just another mad Catholic said...

I like the photograph!!

BenAdamski said...

Fr Ray, whilst you're on the streets, could you consider whether it's right that the St Mary Mag moderated blogspot contains a comment that refers to a sex abuse victim as a 'seducer of priests'? Such a phrase appeared in a contribution by Nickbris dated 12th Sept 10 at 1210 in response to the post, 'Protest the Pope - in their own words'. Such a description is quite abhorrent, as I'm sure you'll agree. The whole point of moderating a messageboard like this is to prevent inflammatory and offensive statements being published. One only has to consider the distress that reading such a phrase will have on anyone who has suffered abuse at the hands of a priest, to know that it has no place here.

Terry Nelson said...

How I wish the Holy Father was able to meet you - I'm sure he would be very impressed with you too. God bless you - I do hope you see him up close.

pelerin said...

Father Ray and the Bones have both made it on to French television for a few seconds tonight! (France 1 the JT of 20h) They are shown arguing with the protesters outside Westminster Abbey.
A great day was had by all present in spite of that small band of protesters who became quite vocal later.

shadowlands said...

Just watched the bones's vid. Looks like you had an exhilarating time!!!
Long live the Pope!!

BenAdamski said...

Fr Ray, I think you may have missed this comment I posted yesterday evening around 2130. I ask you to consider whether it's right that the St Mary Mag moderated blogspot contains a comment that refers to a sex abuse victim as a 'seducer of priests'? Such a phrase appeared in a contribution by Nickbris dated 12th Sept 10 at 1210 in response to the post, 'Protest the Pope - in their own words'. Such a description is quite abhorrent, as I'm sure you'll agree. The whole point of moderating a messageboard like this is to prevent inflamatory and offensive statements being published. One only has to consider the distress that reading such a phrase will have on anyone who has suffered abuse at the hands of a priest, to know that it has no place here.

Fr Ray Blake said...

BenAdamskui
For some reason your post ended up in the spambox, and I can't publish it.
I have removed the offensive comment.
I must say I didn't read initially, as you did.

BenAdamski said...

Thank you Fr Ray for removing the comment from Nickbris. This is much more in keeping with the sentiments expressed by Pope Benedict earlier today. What a shame though that no one else seems to have felt any offense or at least enough to raise the matter with you.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Thank you for pointing it out - I don't want that type of thing here.

Richard said...

Excellent picture, Father, well done.

Out of curiosity, when you went up to London did you see many other priests in cassocks? I wondered if the Papal visit might encourage it.

Michael Petek said...

I was in London too (on Saturday) for the Hyde Park event, but I wish I'd had the opportunity to close with some of the Protestant Truth Society people.

The two you're most likely to meet on the Internet are Michael de Semlyen and former Catholic priest Richard Bennett. They both profess that the Pope is the sock puppet of Satan.

Two reasons why the Pope can't be the Man of Sin.

First, his very job depends on Jesus' being who and what He is (and so can confer authority on Peter and on the Bishops of Rome after him), and not the private citizen Satan says He is.

Second, the purpose of the Man of Sin - if only these comedians would actually read St Paul's letter - is this. The Man of Sin will work deception not on the elect, not to try the saints, but on those who are to be damned because they did not believe the truth and so be saved.

All God's punishments in this life are medicinal, designed to bring us to repentance. The deception of the Man of Sin is retributive. God sends on them a strong delusion so that they believe the lie and so that all of them may be condemned for having rejected the truth.

So it seems that the Man of Sin will be so openly and obviously wicked that no truthful person could ever fall for him.

The other thing is that, if the Pope were the Man of Sin, then everyone (including Richard Bennett) who is or has ever been a Catholic is irrecoverably in a state sin and bound for damnation already.

BenAdamski said...

Even if the Pope were a Man of Sin I would reject the idea that this therefore damned me or anyone else! The problem with any theory or labelling is that they inevitably miss the mark to some degree or even completely. The truth of the matter for me is that the Pope is a human being like you or I. He just happens to have different talents, a different vocation and therefore different responsibilities and challenges. And just like you or I he'll have good days and bad days in using those talents and in fulfilling is vocation. This is an important point because, for example, in the case of the sex abuse scandals the world rightly expects the Church to put it's house in order in exactly the same way it would any other organisation where some of its representatives have been guilty of similar crimes.

Pablo said...

Good on you, Padre.

You were taking care of souls even unto death.

I believe the Holy Father says special prayers for his faithful sons.

With the assurance of my Holy Rosary prayers for all your good work in the vineyard of the Divine Master, I remain yours truly in Jesus and Mary Immaculate.

Viva Cristo Rey!

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