Archbishop Vincent Nichols ‘offered flowers at the altar of Hindu deities’

Traditional Catholics are baffled and angry, as discussion on the internet reveals. One blogger writes:

After wagging an admonishing finger to the incoming Traditionalist Anglicans that they may not “pick and choose”, Archbishop Nichols chooses to go to Europe’s first Hindu temple to receive a pagan blessing.

You can understand this anger. The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales doesn’t mind taking part in Hindu ceremonies, but try asking him to say Mass in the Extraordinary Form and you won’t get very far.

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Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux tour England and Wales

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British Doctors Let Premature Baby Born at 22 Weeks Die. National Health Service Policy Blamed for Death.

London, England (LifeNews.com) — British doctors are coming under fire for letting an unborn child born just before 22 weeks of pregnancy die.

The National health Service, the government-run health system that Congress may replicate in legislation in the United States, is blamed for guidelines disallowing treatment.

Sarah Capewell begged physicians to save the life of her tiny son, whom she planned to name Jayden, but they said national guidelines preventing treatment on newborns born so early prevented them from caring for him. Capewell told the London Daily Mail newspaper that doctors refused to see her son, who lived almost two hours on his own without any medical support before dying.

She said Jayden (pictured above right) was breathing on his own without any medical assistance and was moving his arms and legs, but medical staff refused to transfer him to a neonatal intensive care unit.

The newspaper indicated Capewell said medical staff told her they would have been able to treat her son had he been born two days later. The Nuffield Council drew up the guidelines that are not mandatory but followed closely by doctors and medical workers. The guidelines are based on the belief that unborn children born so early in pregnancy have very little chance of surviving and that any medical care and treatment is futile and a waste of money and resources.

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Practical lessons about prayer from the late Father Basil

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In his prayer life Father Basil had a number of rules, for as he said: “I have to be disciplined and ordered and stick at it,” even though he accepted that “the best way to pray is the way that suits you”. His rules were: do it, make up your mind; make space in the day for a quarter to half an hour; decide what to do the next day — like a lover waiting for the beloved, preparing what to say, thinking of a word to describe her, repeating a phrase he wants to say, just thinking about her. He recalled that “in monastic life you were always supposed after Compline in the evening to prepare your meditation for the next day”.

Other rules were: don’t look for success, don’t give up; do spiritual reading, for “the mind needs to be fed in order to stimulate prayer”; start with the New Testament and the Psalms — read the Gospels as being addressed to you personally. His final rules were: give thought to what we say because through the thoughts we discover the God about whom the thoughts are; make distractions part of your prayer; plan it!

He said: “The effect of prayer is to interiorise religion, open us up to the values of another world and at the same time and profoundly open us up to each other. . . Through perseverance in prayer we are gently led to see more clearly that we are not the centre of everything but God is.”

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