02 December 2008

You Couldn't Pay Me to Live in England

When not only the country's political leaders have gone off the rails, but the Catholic hierarchy is more solicitous of catering to Muslim students in the "Catholic" schools than they are of pastoring their own flock who want the liturgy of the ages.

Maybe Bishops should be elected. Just kidding. No, they shouldn't.

From Gateway Pundit:

Roman Catholic Leaders in England want Muslim prayer rooms opened in every school.

The Daily Mail reported:

Muslim prayer rooms should be opened in every Roman Catholic school, Church leaders have said.

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales also want special toilet facilities in schools to be adapted for Islamic cleaning rituals.Their demands will shock both Catholic parents and the Government because they go way beyond the legal requirements on catering for the rights and needs of religious minorities.

But the bishops are keen to answer critics who say religious schools sow division - and to show that they are leading the way in building bridges between people of different faiths.

The bishops acknowledge in a new document proposing the measures that 30 per cent of pupils attending Catholic schools hold a non-Christian faith.

"If practicable, a room (or rooms) might be made available for the use of pupils and staff from other faiths for prayer," the bishops said in the document, Catholic Schools, Children of Other Faiths and Community Cohesion.

"Existing toilet facilities might be adapted to accommodate individual ritual cleansing which is sometimes part of religious lifestyle and worship,” they said.

"If such space is not available on a permanent or regular basis, extra efforts might be made to address such need for major religious festivals."

The Islamic cleansing ritual, called "Wudhu", is carried out by Muslims before they pray.

Islam teaches that Muslims are unfit for prayer if they have not performed Wudhu after breaking wind or using the toilet.


This right in line with the dreaded "Spirit of Assisi"-- about the only phrase more lethal than the "Spirit of Vatican II". Rowan Williams would be in full agreement. Bring on Sharia law, UK.

As I have pointed out before, in my opinion the United States are about ten to twenty years behind the curve in Europe on the road to suicide. This is just wake-up call number 23,000.


Fr. Andy said...

Error has no rights. Tolerance of such things in Catholic schools is a last gasp of a people who no longer believe that the Church is the true church and that Jesus Christ is the only answer. This is not oppressive, it is divisive, because we need to divide ourselves from error and falsehood.

Enough already from weak shepherds!

thetimman said...

Great to hear from you, Brother Andrew!

Anonymous said...

Bro. Andrew said...

"This is not oppressive, it is divisive, because we need to divide ourselves from error and falsehood.
Enough already from weak shepherds!"

and Shepherds in Wolves clothing...

BLIND FROGGY Litto froggy cross da pond
Hope some fairy's got a wand
Hit you hard up-side yo head
Shed some light...yo brains is bread.

You ain't got sense, no nuffin'
Brains is made of bran-flake muffin.
Wolfy-sheep done called you near
Ups you hopped, ran like a deer.

Him brother froggies followed too
And jumped right in wolf-sheepy's stew.
Then there you be all puffed with pride
And one by one them froggies died.

Then froggy Pop, he called, "My sons?"
And wolfy-sheep, his meal all dones,
Says, "Litto frog get outa' hea'.
Tomorrow bring yo sistas dea'."

And litto frog, he hop away
'Cause litto frog, he do obey.
And litto froggy hopped, hopped, hop,
Tumbled, tripped into Frog Pop.

And froggy Pop asked, "What you say?"
Said litto frog, "I do obey,
And all my litto brothers, too,
They helped the wolf make sheepy stew."

Then froggy Pop, him hung him head,
And took him son away and led
Him hoppin' down the woodsy lane
And put in froggy's hand his cane

All shiney white to help him see...

Anonymous said...

Next they will be requiring the whole school, Catholics included to pray with the Muslims during a special time set aside just for this. I hope our pope does something about this horrible abuse of power by the English bishops.

Anonymous said...

The Catholic schools receive government funding and are almost state schools in some sense in the UK. I fully agree that the Catholic schools should not offer these things; they should wait for a request and fight it tooth and nail until the government forces it on them. Then urge parents to homeschool, or close the schools as well. Teach only parishioners in the church basement or something. [I thnk EU law is against homeschooling. Yikes!]

God save the Queen, indeed!

Anonymous said...

If they dont believe they have the right answer, that being the catholic church, why do they continue to associate themselves. I know that is harsh and un christian to say, but come on..... No salvation except through the church.....unless of course we think you are really swell or it makes us feel good and PC to do things for you.... this is getting silly

Anonymous said...

Hopefully, indivdual Catholic schools in the UK are like those in the US (very autonomous from the Bishops authority) and will reject the "guidiance".

Sadly, I am surprised that some U.S. Bishops and one Cardinal in particular have not followed the British "lead".