Papal Visit to the UK.
By now it is probable you have read all the comments by Catholic Pundits and Biased News Reporters, all looking to interpret Our Holy Father, Benedict's STATE visit to the UK. That is the place from where to start. Why did the Queen, Head of the English Church by parliamentary Law, invite the Man who will decimate Her Church with his open handed offer to Anglican priests? It is her signature that authorizes whoever becomes Archbishop of Canterbury. Just as the weird way that Elizabeth the First entered a house in London and came out with a whole new hierarchy to fuel her protestant Anglican community. For those who wish to argue, especially those who know so much about the Anglican Church, let me give you some history. The, then Queen of England came from a family that had an heredity illness that killed them young. It was from the welsh side of the family that brought it from the welsh marshes and was probably T.B. Medical Historians when they discovered the body of the young princes who had mysteriously disappeared in the middle ages sought to find evidence of the sickness in the royal remains a few years ago. We also cannot dismiss the inheritance of sexual disease inherited from Henry 8th. Elizabeth 1st. could not ,due to these early deaths, could not find any priests left from Catholic Mary's times to become her priests. Memories are long in English religious lives, and if Elizabeth died young then Mary Queen of Scots was to replace her. She was as Catholic in English eyes as Mary her cousin; faced with this and the wholesale revenge Mary Tudor took upon unfaithful catholics and protestant heretics, no one would change.
Written in haste before I go out.
The invitation to make a state visit to the UK is a very important sign in the visit from two points of view the influence upon the dying catholic church in the UK and the influence, still a little warm of the Queen in the Commonwealth.Is the Queen thinking of coming over soon. Joining in the Anglican Community in the Papal Church would certainly avoid the law governing the succession to the Throne of England.
What of the attendance and I want to dwell upon the influence on the Papacy in this case and the importance or lack of in numbers. First we know that the Midlands are far more populated than Scotland and in Glasgow we find at least 100,000 saw him and joined in the Holy Sacrament of the Mass. In London at various events the numbers were not calculated.
The Midlands center of at least 5 or 6 million people withing a two hour drive there were not many at all in the sense of how many could have gone not including Bristol, Cardiff and other cities just down the highway.
I talked to my relatives and only two went to the beatification. I told you how for many religious memories are long and deep in the UK especially in the Anglo Irish parishes. We did not like Cardinal Newman. He did nothing in our eyes to build up the Church. His hymn Lead kindly Light was never sung in most parishes. As he wrote that hymn, he also wrote and published at the same time a very scurrilous letter against the catholic Church. So as my family told me why would we go to see him and they passed by the chance to see their Pope. By the way three hymns we sang very often after mass was Faith of Our Fathers, Full in the Panting Heart of Rome and Te Deum, all music and prayers from the very heart of the English Psyche. The Full in the Panting Heart of Rome was sang and it was the last time I heard it at the announcement we have a Pope for John Paul 2 in St Peter's Square. Cardinal Newman is known as the Father of Vatican two, another name would be the father of Ecumenism. Faber Knox, Manning and Wiseman, Margaret Ward and all the English martyrs, ith Teresa Higginson in Lancashire, the names of our heroes and heroines.
Cardinal Newman sorely persecuted Father Faber who wrote Faith of our Fathers. This is on record. Farther Faber built Brompton Oratory. Read on the internet his story, a priest dying moment by moment from dropsy I believe.
I saw in one of the finest churches after the Oratory, that is Westminster Cathedral, built by Cardinal Herbert Vaughan, the Archbishop of Canterbury kiss the Papal Ring. Cardinal Herbert Vaughan, Founder of the English Missionary Order gave the USA their first black priest. Cardinal Herbert was the true writer of the Papal Bull of Leo that denied the validity of the Anglican Priesthood. How must Canterbury must have suffered entering the Cathedral knowing this, not the stole the Pope was wearing. The man who truly built up the Catholic Church in the UK was present in the splendor of the building built under his auspices.
The insults, I believe offered by many of the Bishops of the UK, some of which are mentioned on the Catholic culture blog, were many you should read them. The final insult was that few of these prelates did not spend the time to say farewell to the Pope as he was leaving. This was mentioned by those who noticed, the British Press. Then we have the Catholic Pundits who never made the point of the Papal Statement made as the plane approached the UK His rallying cry. "A Church that changes to suit the times is doomed"
Let me make a statement that will cause many to faint with the suspected taint of heresy. Even those in Purgatory can cause Heaven to provide miracles. It is part of the Church temporal and like us can petition God, so be very careful of where people are in the future life. Be very aware that St Paul makes it very clear in Ist. Corinthians that building up the Church is the primary of all graces. It is the first of the Higher gifts in descending order followed by the lower gifts right down to the lowest, speaking in tongues.
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