Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Youth Information Service Van in Catholic School Showdown

'Hi, I'll have a massive bag of condoms please. No flake, thanks...'
A part of the reason - among the many other facets of the State's incremental take-over of British society - that I believe we're headed for a dystopic situation in this country is the way in which central and local Government groom our children and feel it perfectly natural that the State should be the prime moral educators and indeed general educators of children.

The phrase 'to groom' is particularly apt for this blog post as well, because on my way home today from a local park, I saw a Brighton and Hove City Council 'Youth Information Bus'.

Standing a little further away from the vehicle than the little nipper pictured above, you could be forgiven for thinking Preston Park had an ice cream van. It's a sweltering day and I may have even considered a 99 with a flake myself, but on arrival at the scene, I realised the only things of different flavours available at this little van would be condoms.

So, what is a van manned by two Council workers with leaflets, some seating inside and an array of prophylactics doing in Preston Park? Well, the youth workers wait there inside or outside the 'youth bus' for young people coming back from their schools and colleges just in case they 'need a chat' with some youth workers.

Of course the 'service' involved here is one of State to child. So, young people want to talk about things that are bothering them. It could be bullying at school, it could be a sensitive issue at home, or it could be that the young person wants to talk about the fact they drink too much alcohol or something. Or, it could be that they just need to top up their 'C-Card' so that the youth can carry on having sex with whoever they happen to be having sex with, safe in the knowledge that condoms are a not entirely successful way of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.

So, naturally, with my eager Catholic blogger hat on, I approached the workers and asked whether they are involved in abortion referrals. For some reason, the idea of what resembles an ice cream van in a local park preying on young teenagers in order to get them into abortion clinics, I thought, would make for an interesting blog post. The workers replied that only GPs can refer abortions but that if someone approached them telling them they had an unwanted pregnancy and they wanted an abortion that they would be able to "signpost" that person to an abortion clinic. Personally, I thought that wasn't that much of a juicy story, but I did spy some leaflets in their windows from Brook, advertising their 'counselling services' to young people who just wanted a 'confidential chat' about issues that affect them. It's not a juicy story because we've all known for a long time how involved youth 'services' have been in State schools.

If anything, its a surreal, rather 'Big Brother' situation when the ice cream van is absent from the park but the condom van is regularly there waiting for children to come and pick from their selection. I was just about to leave when, astonishingly, the worker decided to voluntarily divulge extra 'information' of which I was certainly previously unaware.

Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Hove
The youth service worker decided told me that the Council's Youth Information Service (not to be confused with Connexions - who in Brighton, at least, - lost their funding) have been doing some work with the children of Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove.

I replied that what with the Catholic Church's teaching on contraception being what it is, that the fact they are doing this 'sexual health service' thing with Cardinal Newman is rather odd.

She replied that for that reason the 'youth information bus' is not allowed on the school premises. But, she added, instead they situate themselves about 100 - 200 yards away up the road near the Texaco garage, so that Catholic children can access their 'services'. So, naturally, I asked them how the school feel about that situation. The worker replied that the school are 'not unsupportive' of their work.

I wonder, how 'not supportive' of their work with Cardinal Newman's children would the school be if all the parents of Cardinal Newman children knew that there was a van distributing condoms to their children and 'signposting' their children for abortions? How 'not unsupportive' of the work of the youth information bus with Cardinal Newman children be if the Bishop was aware of it? How 'not unsupportive' would the school be if the presence of the bus just yards away from the Catholic High School with the school's tacit consent were a fact known by the Catholic Church on a local and even national level?

It appears to me that the fact that Cardinal Newman don't have the minibus on their premises but have no objections to the youth service's 'work' with Cardinal Newman children just yards down the road means that the school have a 'hear no evil, say no evil, speak no evil' policy towards the Council's 'safe sex' service. Of course, whether a Catholic Bishop with Crozier in hand and Mitre on head, whose chief 'safeguarding' job is to defend Catholic children from those who wish to destroy his little flock members body and soul would take the same view of this situation is perhaps a question which could be directed to His Lordship, once he is fully informed of these affairs. If I were in the Council's youth information service team, right now, I would be very, very worried, because I cannot imagine any Catholic Bishop being in any way happy about this situation in which the State is encroaching on the religion, morality and beliefs of Catholic schools, teachers, parents and, indeed, children.

You (and I) can contact Bishop Kieran Conry to alert His Lordship to this situation by emailing him at: bishop@dabnet.org and/or His Lordship's Secretary: sue.jennings@dabnet.org

By all means, feel free to quote from this blogpost. Oh and do say a Hail Mary that the Youth Information Service bus gets told to clear off from preying on Catholic high school kids and young adults in Brighton and Hove. As a Catholic who may one day be a parent with a child at school, it would certainly worry me if the Catholic School in my local area did not engage in some kind of a showdown with the Council over this matter. After all, wasn't it the Council who recently cut the local bus transport service to Cardinal Newman Catholic School?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dystopia Song


Dystopia

Develop a pill that can prevent fertilisation
And another that can seek out and destroy
The embryo
Drop them like a megaton A-bomb
All across the sheer face of the Western world

Stand back and watch like J. Robert Oppenheimer
Declare "I am become Death, the destroyer of Worlds"
Make it easy, make it free to all nations
Do it all in the name of women's liberation

Sit back and laugh as the birth rate suddenly plummets
Pour your cash into Planned Parenthood and into Marie Stopes
Watch the hounds tearing children to pieces
Call it "safe, legal, rare reproductive health"

Spread at home and abroad State sex education
Get them starting nice and early
Then watch their inhibitions go!
Divorce marriage from all previous notions
That held families together
Generations ago

It's a dysto-oh-oh-oh pia!
Dystopia
Oh-oh-oh-oh pia
It's a dysto-oh-oh-oh pia!
Dystopia
Oh-oh-oh-oh pia

Raise the standard and the cost of everyday living
Make it harder to have children than it was all those years ago
Ensure motherhood's a temporary measure
A brief interruption in her economic cycle

Erase the Cross, Resurrection and your civilisation
Your conscience and crown a new dawn of atheism
Hold the Church up to public scorn
Declare your faith in reason infallible

'Why are we here?'
We're not sure but science must have the answer!
Let the new priests experiment on human embryos
Call it progress 'medical advancement'
(of Dr Josef Mengele's warped imagination)

Now you've made a lonely aging population
And the State can't afford to prop up all the care homes
Sell the public euthanasia
'Kill your grandma and you can take the inheritance!'

Manipulate markets and exploit global finance
Watch livelihoods crumble and watch as democracy falls
Like dominos amid a currency collapse
Just like they did before in the last World Wars

The people think you're just a regular rocker, a'fella
Associate your name with the humanitarian cause
While your politicians use threats of Terror
To take human liberty and show it the door

Use your influence in supranational institutions
Use your might to direct the UN Population Fund
Use your media for eugenic agendas
As summarised by Agenda 21

Convince the countries we're a cancer over population
Use your wealth to 'save the planet' it's oh so Malthusian
The West gets so drunk that it wakes in the morning
In bed with some godless 'Chinese model'

Help perpetuate and spread the 'errors of Russia'
The Euphrates to the Gulf of Mexico and Norfolk Broads
You didn't 'bank' on coming forth round the corner
Fair as the morn and bright as the sun...

Quae est ista quae progreditur
Quasi aurora consurgens
Pulchra ut luna,
Electa ut sol
Terribilis
Ut
Castrorum acies ordinata?

O, O, O pia
O, O-O-oh-oh-oh pia
Virgo-oh-oh-oh
Mar-aria-aria-oh-oh-oh-oh
Virgo-O-O
Maria
O pia Maria
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Bye bye to, bye bye to, bye bye to your
Dystopia-Oh-oh-oh-oh

Quae est ista quae progreditur?
Quae est ista quae progreditur?
Quae est ista quae progreditur?
Quae est ista quae progreditur?

O, O, O, O, O, O,
Our Lady of Fatima

Justice and Peace Have Kissed

'Mercy and truth have met each other: justice and peace have kissed.' 

Of course, The Tablet and the bureaucratic monolith that is the Diocesan justice and peace machine don't like what Bishop Mark Davies has done.


As James Preece asks, why don't you hear The Tablet whinging when Churches close?


Say a prayer for those who have been made redundant in the Diocese of Shrewsbury that they find proper jobs soon.

Sullivan's Messiah



Andrew Sullivan is a writer for Newsweek. He also claims to be a Christian. May I suggest that Mr Sullivan believes in the man with the halo, but not in the Man with the Crown of Thorns. It's interesting to note to whom he attributes divinity.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Ascension Day Confusion

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith has posted at the Catholic Herald on the dangers with moving such great Feasts of the Church such as Ascension Day to Sundays.

Because of attending a Church which embraces both the ancient rite and the Novus Ordo as two forms of the one rite, I was pondering whether Catholics in Brighton could be forgiven for thinking the Lord ascended twice.

'So, the Lord Ascended Thursday, came back down from Heaven to say some choice words to some of His Bishops, then went back up again on Sunday?'

If you were a child who attended some parish Masses across the United Kingdom on both Ascension Days, that's the message you might walk away with.



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mgr Keith Newton at St Mary Magdalen


Mgr Keith Newton of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is talking at St Mary Magdalen Church this Thursday on Ecumenism. Not to be missed!

A Solution to the 'Hail Mary Problem'?

The answer to Bishop Kieran Conry's concerns over the Hail Mary in Mass?
The Catholic Herald this week carried a story that the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton has criticised the use of the Hail Mary in the Mass, I believe because it is a national custom not mentioned in the rubrics of the Universal Church.

English Catholics are, however, fond of the Marian prayer at the end of the bidding prayers in the Mass and many would be sad to see it disappear.

Is His Lordship perhaps hinting that it would be prudent to overcome such innovations and abuses by introducing the Faithful in England and Wales to Masr in the language of the Universal Church, perhaps in the ancient rite? After all, this would bring an end to national customs, the aforementioned and other liturgical abuses such as the use of pottery chalices.  This, I believe, would be a sensitive and pastoral way in which to bring to the Mass in your average parish both a universality in keeping with our communion with our brothers and sisters abroad as well as with those who have gone before us. Problem solved and the Faithful get to say the Hail Mary at the end of Mass during the Leonine prayers, as well as the prayer to St Michael.