Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lucia Buggery is never Ok and Heroic Priests

Last week I made a brief comment on Whale Oil Beef Hooked regarding a story Cameron Slater had commented on whereby a priest who was encouraging heresy had been prevented from continuing in spreading his dissent. Cameron's comment on that story was that, "Pity they blackballed this guy rather than stopping the buggering of altar boys."

I am unaware of any priests that have publicly promote the "buggery" of altar boys. Crimes of this nature are normally done in secret, and the Church lead by Pope Benedict XVI has gone a long way in cleaning herself of this type of filth. Furthermore, buggery is never Ok, as alluded to in Cameron's blog post title: Buggery OK but talking about Women Priests gets you silenced.

The truly positive aspect of the sexual abuse scandals that have plagued the Church have been a change in heart of most people in regards to the severity of sexual crimes against children. The secular world for a long time had been getting very lax protecting children and not severely punishing those who transgress, often preferring treatment to imprisonment. Now, the focus on the Church has reinvigorated our sense of outrage against those who would destroy a child's innocence, and the truth that treatment generally doesn't work for child sex offenders is more well known. Long may it continue.

Reinvigorated however, does not mean completely awake, unfortunately. Maybe it will even eventually stop the German Government from promoting paedophilia. Oh, if only people were more outraged about this sort of thing when it doesn't involve the Catholic Church.

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I think it's easy to forget that most priests are profoundly good men who when given the chance will act heroically, such as Fr. Thomas Byles on the Titanic.

Amidst all the tales of chivalry from the Titanic disaster there is one that’s not often told.
Fr. Thomas Byles

It is that of Fr. Thomas Byles, the Catholic priest who gave up two spots on a lifeboat in favour of offering spiritual aid to the other victims as they all went down with the “unsinkable” vessel.

A 42-year-old English convert, Fr. Byles was on his way to New York to offer the wedding Mass for his brother William. Reports suggest that he was reciting his breviary on the upper deck when the Titanic struck the iceberg in the twilight hours of Sunday, April 14th, 1912.

According to witnesses, as the ship went down the priest helped women and children get into the lifeboats, then heard confessions, gave absolution, and led passengers in reciting the Rosary.

Agnes McCoy, one of the survivors, says that as the great ship sank, Fr. Byles “stood on the deck with Catholics, Protestants and Jews kneeling around him.”

“Father Byles was saying the rosary and praying for the repose of the souls of those about to perish,” she told the New York Telegram on April 22, 1912, according to the website devoted to his memory, FatherByles.com.

Fr. Byles went down with the Titanic, giving his mortal life to ensure that those who were going to die with him didn't lose their eternal lives. That's really what the priesthood is all about, and those who spread heresy are jeopardising that.

Related link:
Buggery OK but talking about Women Priests gets you silenced ~ Whale Oil Beef Hooked
The untold story of the Titanic’s Catholic priest who went down hearing confessions ~ LifeSiteNews

6 comment(s):

JJ said...

Strange kind of Christian Cameron Slater is. Quotes the proverbs and promotes sodomy, while wearing his anti-catholic prejudice on his sleeve.

Lucia Maria said...

JJ, He's not abnormal in that respect. I've come across a few virulent anti-Catholics online over the last few years, and they seem to hate what they think we are rather than what we actually are. As for those Christians who promote sodomy, there are heaps of those.

Ciaron said...

Indeed JJ, He seems to have embraced grace and rejected repentance, not sure how that's going to work out for him...

Lucia Maria said...

Ciaron, well, it's probably early days for him at this point. I know I've changed a lot since I first started blogging (I reverted back to Catholicism because of my research for blogging), so ... I'm always hopeful for people. :)

Ciaron said...

Well then, I guess all we can do is to pray that God will continue to work in him :)

Lucia Maria said...

Ciaron, yep!

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