The Portal July 2018 - Page 3

THE P RTAL July 2018 Page 3 P ortal Comment Around the Blogs Will Burton has been looking at Catholic, and especially Ordinariate, Blogs W e read at Ignatius, His Conclave - ignatiushisconclave.org - that Pope Francis abandoned his prepared speech, and spoke off the cuff to the Forum of the Italian Family Associations on 16th June: On ‘gay marriage’: The greatest gift God gave to humanity is the family, because after the story of the creation of man, God shows us that he created man and woman in his image and likeness, and Jesus himself, when he speaks of marriage, he says: ‘Man will leave his father and mother and he and his wife will become one flesh.’ Because they are the image and likeness of God. You are an icon of God: the family is an icon of God. the woman: it is precisely the image of God. He has said it, I do not say it, and this is great, it is sacred. Today – it hurts to say – we are talking about ‘diversified’ families: different types of families Yes, it is true that the word ‘family’ is an analogical word, because we talk about the ‘family’ of the stars, the ‘families’ of the trees, of the ‘families’ of animals … It is an analogical word, but the human family as an image of God, man and woman, is only one. On elective abortion: Children are the greatest gift: children who welcome themselves as they come, as God sends them, as God permits – even if sometimes they are sick. I heard that it is fashionable – or at least it is habitual – in the first months of pregnancy to make certain examinations, to see if the child is not well, or comes with some problem … The first proposal in that case is: ‘Shall we send him away?’ The murder of children….  When I was a boy, the teacher taught us history and told us what the Spartans were doing when a child was born with malformations: they took him to the mountain and threw him down, to treat ‘the purity of the race.’ And we remained stunned: ‘But how, how can you do this, poor children!’  It was an atrocity. Today we do the same. You wondered why you do not see so many dwarves on the street? Because the protocol of so many doctors – many, not all – is to do the question: ‘Is it bad?’ I say this with grief: in the last century, the whole world was scandalised by what the Nazis did to treat the purity of the race, but today we do the same, but with white gloves. Praise the Lord! Now say that in Ireland. Over at Fr Ed’s Blog - tunbridgewells- ordinariate.com/blog/ - the indefatigable Fr Ed Tomlinson has produced a series of three Blogs that deserve to be read by us all. They are entitled, “We need better bishops” “We need better priests” and “We need better laity”. All three should be studied by all Ordinariate members, clergy and lay. The opening paragraph of the third in the series, “We need better laity” will serve as a flavour for all three. Having reflected on the need for better bishops and priests, men of God who exude confident leadership, loving zeal and authentic holiness, attention must turn to the laity. For the pews are the pool from which clerics are drawn, meaning that when the laity are not living the faith in the home the sanctity of the entire church comes under threat. At Facing Islam Blog - facingislam.blogspot.com - we see that Fr Benedict Kiely is quoted as saying: We are at a Lepanto moment in Western history,” said Father Benedict Kiely, founder of Nasarean. org... Lepanto refers to the 1571 naval battle that turned the tide for Christian forces resisting the onslaught of the Muslim invaders of the Ottoman Empire in the waters off southwestern Greece. We must pray with the same fervour that the Christians prayed then to save Western civilisation, not just from the danger of radical Islamist extremism, but from radical, aggressive secular liberalism.  Has your Group booked delegates for the Ordinariate Lay Conference at Worth Abbey from 7th to 9th August 2018? There is still time. If you contact editors@portalmag.co.uk we will pass on your booking