Trending in Britain: Men will completely disappear from the Church by 2028.

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Nor are these trends confined to an increasingly secular and post-Christian Europe. Despite overall church attendance remaining much stronger in the United States, Cardinal Heenan’s predictions have also come true here.

Sixty-one percent of the average American congregation is female and 39 percent male. The gender gap is the same across all age groups and therefore cannot be explained merely by the fact that women live longer than men.

Although research shows that 90 percent of American men believe in God, and five out of six men identify as Christian, only one man out of every six will attend a church in the United States on any given Sunday.

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HSBC Britain gives Vatican and others sixty days to find a new bank

Diplomats in London have been thrown into chaos after Britain’s biggest bank, HSBC, sacked them as customers and gave them 60 days to move their accounts.

Their situation has been made far worse because other banks have been closing ranks and refusing to take their business.

More than 40 embassies, consulates and High Commissions have been affected. Even the Vatican has been given its marching orders.

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Ben & Jerry’s is trying to dictate my views on gay marriage. So I’m stocking up on Häagen-Dazs

Guess what, folks? Ben & Jerry’s – the American brand that brought you “Phish food” and “Cookie dough” flavoured ice cream – have teamed up with Stonewall to campaign for gay marriage in Britain.

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Britain’s Royal College: Abortion doesn’t increase mental health problems. But maybe it does…

The review was released Friday by Britain’s Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It was paid for by the U.K.’s department of health.

Dr. Kate Guthrie, a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said in a statement it was key that health care staff provide follow-up care to women vulnerable to mental health problems after they terminated their pregnancy. She was not connected to the review.

Guthrie said the group recently revised its own guidelines on abortion to highlight the need for health care workers to tell women about the “range of emotional responses” that might be experienced during and after an abortion.

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Editor’s note: I don’t know about the British, but abortion certainly causes mental anguish for millions, world-wide. There’s something inherently unsettling about plucking unborn babies from a woman’s belly, and brutally dismembering and killing them (not necessarily in that order.) Psychopaths excepted. 

Little Known Fact: Jordan was specifically created to be the “Palestinian Arab Homeland”.

In 1923 the British “chopped off” 75% of the proposed Jewish Palestinian homeland to form an Arab Palestinian Nation of “Trans-Jordan,” meaning “across the Jordan River.”

The Palestinian Arabs now had THEIR homeland… the remaining 25% of the original Palestinian territory (west of the Jordan River) was to be the Jewish Palestinian homeland. (Source: UnitedJerusalem.Org)

Read more about the history of the middle-east

Editor’s note: So why are Israel’s neighbors, along with the United States and the United Nations pushing for the creation of yet ANOTHER Palestinian state?

“Why is it OK for a surgeon to perform a sex-change operation, but not OK for a psychiatrist to try to ‘turn’ a consenting homosexual?”

January 18, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In yet another instance of the growing conflict between believing Christian professionals and the homosexualist movement in Britain, a Christian psychotherapist who helps individuals overcome homosexual inclinations may be “struck off,” or barred from practicing her profession.

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British Archbishop gets judgmental about protesters … but gives homosexuals a “pass”.

Asked by The Tablet whether “those protesting are making assumptions” about the “lifestyles” of the people attending the Masses, Longley replied, “I would assume that is the case, and so it isn’t for any of us to make those judgments which, in conscience, people make before God and also within the sacraments, particularly the sacrament of reconciliation assisted by the priests and other pastors within the Church.”

“The Church does not, as it were, have a moral means-testing of people before they come to receive the sacraments and it is very easy to jump to and come to the wrong conclusions about people when you don’t know them.

The people protesting and praying, however, have said that they have never been given a chance to express their concerns with the Catholic leadership and are shocked at being so casually dismissed as “judgmental”.

Editor’s note: Then why, Archbishop Longley, do you choose to judge ONLY those who are obviously NOT homosexuals, while giving a “pass” to those who openly advocate and practice the homosexual lifestyle, in opposition to authoritative Catholic Church teachings?

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A day that shook the foundations of Britain’s Protestant myth


How odd that it should be the Guardian that grasped the magnitude of what happened yesterday. Andrew Brown, religion editor of Comment is Free, and the possessor of an intellect as mighty and muddled as that of Rowan Williams, writes:

This was the end of the British Empire. In all the four centuries from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II, England has been defined as a Protestant nation. The Catholics were the Other; sometimes violent terrorists and rebels, sometimes merely dirty immigrants. The sense that this was a nation specially blessed by God arose from a deeply anti-Catholic reading of the Bible. Yet it was central to English self-understanding when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1952 [sic], and swore to uphold the Protestant religion by law established.

For all of those 400 or so years it would have been unthinkable that a pope should stand in Westminster Hall and praise Sir Thomas More, who died to defend the pope’s sovereignty against the king’s. Rebellion against the pope was the foundational act of English power. And now the power is gone, and perhaps the rebellion has gone, too.

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Papal Visit 2010: full itinerary

Thursday, September 16

08:10 Departure from Ciampino Airport, Rome
10:30 Arrival at Edinburgh International
Airport
11:00 State Welcome and Audience with HM Queen Elizabeth II, Palace of Holyrood House
11:40 State Reception in the grounds of the Palace of Holyrood House
13:00 Private Lunch with the Archbishop of
St Andrews and Edinburgh
17:15 Pope Benedict XVI presides at the
celebration of Mass, Bellahouston Park
20:00 Departure from Glasgow Airport
21:25 Arrival at Heathrow Airport

Friday, September 17

08:00 Private Celebration of Mass in the Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature
10:00 Celebration of Catholic Education,
St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.
n Prayer with Representatives of Religious Congregations in St Mary’s Chapel
n Gathering with schoolchildren and students, Sports Arena, including the inauguration of the John Paul II Institute for Sport
11:30 Meeting with Religious Leaders and
People of Faith, Waldegrave Drawing Room, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.
16:00 Fraternal Visit to the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Lambeth Palace
17:10 Address to Civil Society, Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster
18:15 Celebration of Evening Prayer,
Westminster Abbey

Saturday, September 18

09:00 Courtesy call from the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Archbishop’s House, Westminster
09:20 Courtesy call from the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP
09:30 Courtesy call from the Acting Leader of HM Opposition, the Rt Hon Harriet Harman
10:00 Mass in the Cathedral of the Most
Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
Westminster
Pope Benedict will greet 2,500 young
people gathered in the Piazza to welcome him
Pope Benedict will greet the people of Wales
17:00 Visit to St Peter’s Residence for Older People, Vauxhall
18:15 Prayer Vigil on the Eve of the
Beatification of Cardinal Newman, Hyde Park

Sunday, September 19

08:00 Farewell to the Apostolic Nunciature, Wimbledon
08:45 Departure by helicopter for Birmingham, Wimbledon Park
09:30 Arrival by helicopter in Birmingham
10:00 Celebration of Mass with the Beatification of Cardinal Newman, Cofton Park
13:10 Private Visit to the Oratory of St Philip Neri, Edgbaston, Birmingham
13:45 Lunch with the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales and the Papal Entourage, Oscott College
16:45 Meeting with the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales, Seminary Chapel, Oscott College
18:15 Departure Ceremony, Birmingham
International Airport

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Catholics in England suffered official repression for some 300 years (along with today’s widespread anti-Catholic bigotry)

STONOR, England (AP) — For nearly three centuries after the Reformation, Catholics in England were outlaws.

But in the turmoil and persecution that followed the break between King Henry VIII and Rome, noble families such as the Stonors clung to their faith, “in spite of dungeon, fire and sword,” as the Victorian hymn “Faith of our Fathers” put it.

“We’re just stubborn, really,” says Ralph Thomas Campion Stonor, the seventh Lord Camoys, a title bestowed on an ancestor for valor in the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

Pope Benedict XVI will recall the years of persecution during his upcoming tour of Britain Sept. 16-19. He will visit Westminster Hall, the medieval chamber within the Houses of Parliament where the Catholic Thomas More was tried and convicted of treason in 1535. More refused to swear an oath accepting the annulment of King Henry’s marriage, thus becoming one of the first of the legion of English Catholic martyrs.

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“Britain, and in particular London, has been and is the geopolitical epicentre of the culture of death.”

Senior Catholic Edmund Adamus blames UK’s ‘moral wasteland’ on equal rights.

A leading adviser to the Archbishop of Westminster has blamed abortion and gay rights for turning Britain into a “selfish, hedonistic wasteland” which has become “the geopolitical epicentre of the culture of death”.

Edmund Adamus, director of pastoral affairs at the diocese of Westminster and an adviser to Archbishop Vincent Nichols, said Parliament had turned Britain into a country which is more culturally anti-Catholic than nations where Christians are violently persecuted such as Saudi Arabia, China and Pakistan.

His comments, made with only weeks to go before Pope Benedict XVI’s historic state visit to Britain, will cause embarrassment between organisers of the visit and government officials, because they reveal how some members of the Church’s hierarchy believe that the pontiff is travelling to a hostile and anti-Catholic country.

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Anti-Catholicism lies at the heart of Englishness

At the very centre of the national psyche there seems to be a basic suspicion of Catholicism which can be difficult to pinpoint: but it has certainly reared its head recently.

The front cover of Private Eye with Pope Benedict on the balcony and the crowd in St Peter’s Square supplying the crude – but hardly unforeseeable – punchline may have shocked some and offended others, but it certainly should not have surprised anyone, as it belongs to a great tradition of English anti-Catholic satire: a tradition which has its roots in the dark days of the penal laws, and its high-water mark in the decades which followed emancipation.

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Some liberal Catholics are thinking: It’s payback time, Ratzinger!

If I was Benedict XVI, I’d be asking myself if I even wanted to visit Britain this autumn. For, when he does, he will meet English bishops, Catholic journalists and self-appointed spokesmen for the Catholic community who did not dare offend liberal opinion by defending him properly, or whose judgment was clouded by personal dislike of the Pope and his agenda.

Some Catholics – not many, but they are prominent – are actually thinking: it’s payback time, Ratzinger. If we can make this mud stick, then we can continue to sabotage your liturgical reforms. In other words, they are using the victims of clerical child abuse to fight internal political battles. Why am I not surprised?

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