It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The UK Is Anti-Catholic

(LifeSiteNews.com) – In a televised debate last week, all three leaders of the major British political parties accused Pope Benedict XVI of failing sufficiently to recognize and deal with the sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church.

With Britain’s next general election looming and the country gearing up for an official papal visit, the televised debate featured the leaders of Britain’s political class scolding Pope Benedict for upholding Catholic teaching on homosexuality, contraception and abortion, and for what was alleged to be his inaction on the sexual abuse of minors by priests....

read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Their answers were in response to what was clearly a loaded question from a member of the audience. Still, the fact that not a single candidate dared to even question the accusation against our pope demonstrates once again, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that after 500 years, the UK is still an overwhelmingly anti-Catholic country.

This comes on the heels of an embarrassing memo leaked to the press in which members of the British government circulated an anti-Catholic "joke" that mocked the pope and the teachings of the Catholic Church. The British government has since apologized to the Vatican over this.

In this latest anti-Catholic scandal, we now have clear evidence that the leaders of all three British political parties are anti-Catholic. This is demonstrated by their willingness to presume guilt on the pope without sufficient evidence against him. Of course this is the very definition of prejudice in a legal sense.

British anti-Catholicism has a long history going back five centuries and reaching the highest levels of British government. It began in the early 16th century when King Henry VIII failed to receive an annulment from the Vatican and subsequently broke English Christianity away from the pope and declared himself the absolute spiritual ruler of the Church of England. He then proceeded on a campaign to persecute and murder all who opposed his personal claim to the "English papacy." Things only went downhill from there. In subsequent generations the throne passed between Catholic and Protestant heirs, each persecuting their political enemies. The final result came under Queen Elizabeth I which settled England as a Protestant country. In the following centuries, England became the leading herald of anti-Catholic propaganda around the world, as the British crown persecuted Irish Catholics and waged war against the Catholic kingdoms of France and Spain.

Anti-Catholicism took firm root in all of England's colonies, especially the thirteen American colonies. This is how the United States came to be so anti-Catholic. The venom was inherited from it's British colonial past and continues even today in the form of radical Fundamentalism and leftist Liberalism.

Sadly, the more things change the more they stay the same. The world may have moved into the 21st century, but British politics is still locked in the 16th century. To date Catholics are still forbidden from the British royal family. Government officials still mock the pope and the Church behind closed doors. Leading party officials not only refuse to defend the pope's right of innocence until proven guilty, but actually participate in promoting anti-Catholic presumption. Way to go England! Thanks for reminding the world just how little you've progressed in five centuries. Just brilliant! Jolly good show!

9 comments:

Ben Vallejo said...

Anti Catholicism surfaces all the time in Britain's national life. Let us just pray to the 40 martyrs of England and Wales so that the British people become more understanding.

scotju said...

The poor British! They lost their Catholicism in the 16th century. Liberalism/socialism has caused them to lose what remenant of Christianity they had by the 21th century. If they don't stop practising birth control, they might be Muslims by the 22th century. But, unless they repent and reembrace the Catholic faith, they can still be anti-Catholic into the 23th century!

Peter said...

Mr Knight, anti- catholicism is as British as tea. But even with this, they have reached a new low. Britain needs a new Augustine of Canterbury to re-evangelize that island. Pete Frey

Young Canadian RC Male said...

I think what Britain also needs alongside St. Augustine of Cantebury is a tag team with a new "Man for All Seasons," like St. Thomas More.

Anonymous said...

ah yes, young Catholic, Sir THomas More, St John Fisher, Margaret Clithrow, and all the martyrs of Henry and Elizabeth. Pete Frey

jimw said...

Ah, I see your not Irish...

billguy said...

not that we need more evidence...

Damian Thompson seems a good albeit lonely watchdog on British anti-Catholicism journalism. He's been kept busy and must not be able to respond to all of it though...
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/damianthompson/100030737/whoops-the-anti-catholic-times-jumps-the-gun/

Although I'm sure there are several causes for someone to be "anti-[anything]" I would take anti-Catholicism many times as an expression of frustration of one's own faith, however. I remember on The Colbert Report how a young Episcopalian priest and author commented on how he characterized the Pope's letter to Episcopalians recently (while they suffered some fracture due to the gay issues) as "cynical" because the Pope "needed to increase his flock". Of course, it didn't make sense that the Catholic Church was in any membership crisis, so I began to wonder what was motivating this priest to be so cynical himself against the Pope. It came to me that maybe HIS faith was not showing the sturdiness that Catholicism was, and he was simply lashing out. Maybe we should see such lashing out as part of a natural process toward conversion, and not see it as an assault of initiative.

Joseph said...

Actually, England's fight with the Roman Catholic Church goes back to John Wycliff (1324-1384), and if you want, you can trace Britains struggle with Rome all the way back to Boudica of the Inceni.

Barry Ainslie said...

Sadly we have Bishops who are not courageous enough to simply state to the faithful that the British Labour Government has gone down the line of actively persecuting the Catholic Church for having moral doctrines which differ from that Party's own philosophies. As a result the laity get no guidance at all other than advice to just look at what candidates think about issues before casting votes (an easy way out for Bishops as it makes them appear kind and caring towards politicians and not supportive of one party or another). If really the Bishops cannot advise the faithful about which party is best to support because the major ones are all tarred with the same brush then they should simply say "Vote out the Labour Government that has brought in anti-Religion laws in the last 5 years and if the new Government goes down the same path we will be advising you to get rid of them too." Because no Government wants to be voted out this is giving power to the Catholic voters to stop the UK becoming a horrible anti-Religion country.