Anti Catholicism In Britain

Rocco whispers about the BBC planning a drama about ‘what it would be like if the Pope were put on trial for covering up sex abuse’ which will be broadcast during the Papal visit while Britain’s notoriously left wing, immoral and atheistic television Channel 4 has commissioned a documentary from the country’s leading homosexual activist Peter Tatchell. It seems Britain is unashamed to be in the forefront of anti Catholic bigotry and intolerance.

I had dinner with Joseph Pearce and some other friends last evening and we lamented the slide of modern Britain down the relativistic and now aggressively anti Catholic toilet. The level of sheer ignorance, ugliness and savage bigotry now on display in that once polite, well mannered and Christian country is truly shocking.

Not to be discouraged however, we went around the room asking for contributions to the ‘best and loveliest sort of English eccentricities. Joseph volunteered Morris Dancers. At which point our American friends were befuddled so Joseph and I manfully stepped up to demonstrate the art. It’s a pity my video camera was not turned on so I could post it for you here. My contribution to the English Eccentricity Hall of Fame was the pantomime dame while my wife Alison mentioned baked beans for breakfast. The Last Night of the Proms made the list and when our hosts were unfamiliar with the singing of Jerusalem, Christian, Joseph, Ali and myself gave them a rousing rendition. Word perfect. Both verses. To the tune by Parry. I even improvised the organ interlude. Joseph (being from the East End of London) concluded by explaining Cockney rhyming slang and giving us a classic list.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10503510474554718305 Just another mad Catholic

    Only last Easter as I was making my way from the Morning Service a woman and kids stared at me in the park (I was in a Suit and had my Rosary in my hands), I politely asked her if she had ever seen anyone in a suit before at which point she asked me if I was a 'bible-basher' I promptly said that I was a Roman Catholic and that if that made me a 'Bibile-Basher' then yes I was one. – the look on her face spoke volumes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00650938872732748697 Bee’s Blog

    How very sad. Living out of Britain for so many years I hadn't realized that the population is so anti Catholic. I knew from reading the British press on line that there many non believers but am quite shocked to know that we Catholics have been singled out. But I suppose the reality is that it's only to be expected given the bad publicity we have had due to the few who should have known better.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11652447286252910371 Gregory the Eremite

    the "best and loveliest sort of English eccentricities"?I think we'd better start explaining the laws of cricket…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14531024393615051496 veritas

    I have said many times that this all started 500 years ago with Henry VIII. Once the English decided to back his move to set up his own "give me what I want" church then the rot set in.From then on it has been a steady downhill run as far as any proper Christian faith goes in Britain. Once you start on the path of building the Church and God in your own image the end can only be anti-Christ.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09627986880884206811 flyingvic

    veritas, you give yourself the name 'truth'; should that not oblige you to offer serious historical judgements rather than glib one-liners? "Once the English decided to back [Henry's] move…" You speak as if sixteenth-century England was a democracy.Christ's temptations included a stark choice between spiritual authority and temporal power: he recognised that he could have either one or the other. How much better the history of the world might have been if the medieval papacy had not decided to strive for the acquisition of both!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09627986880884206811 flyingvic

    As a British citizen, lambasted here for sheer ignorance, ugliness and savage bigotry, I can only reply how sad I am that someone who should know better is content to descend to thoughtless generalisation and silly stereotyping. Britain has long cherished a robust freedom of speech, believing that its people are intelligent enough to make their own judgements about distasteful or extremist views. Does America not hold the same belief about its own people? And is it really true that all Amurricans are hideously obese, are obsessed with having 'perfect' teeth and watch 'World Series' of sports that no-one else in the world can be bothered to play? Have I missed anything?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05491715189342848805 Edward

    The anti-Catholicism of Britainseems very odd to me, given thefacts that Catholics such as ThomasAgustine Arne ("Rule Britannia") andEdward Elgar ("Pomp & CircumstanceMarch #1" / "Land of Hope and Glory")composed music which is soinstantly recognizable tothe patriotic Brits. Odd, indeed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487748842744745860 StevieD

    Bee, I still live here and don't get the impression that the people I meet are anti-Catholic at all. They might think that religious people are eccentric but religion is just not a matter that they generally think about or get worked up about at all. However the 'media' generally is anti religion and they see us as an easy target. (Muslims are dangerous when provoked and are also generally brown, they are therefore mostly immune to media attacks. Anglicanism is seen as mostly 'progressive' and therefore harmless.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13769697942265014482 Francis

    But isn't that just the point, StevieD? Religious people are regarded as eccentric in England, in complete contrast to the US, where churchgoers are the mainstream. The contemporary English allergy to spirituality and refusal to be open to God are the root of England's social and attitudinal sickness.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487748842744745860 StevieD

    Hi Francis, I was replying to the specific comment that Bee made that "the population (of Britain) is anti-Catholic", which I feel sure is not the case. I do not get the impression that things are significantly worse here than in the US.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14531024393615051496 veritas

    "veritas, you give yourself the name 'truth'; should that not oblige you to offer serious historical judgements rather than glib one-liners? "Once the English decided to back [Henry's] move…" You speak as if sixteenth-century England was a democracy." No it was not a democracy but the Church leaders and the the secular leaders of the time joined Henry's power grab. Only the heroic saints stood out against Henry. The nobles were only too happy to push the Pope out so they could reap the benefits of Henry's generous redistribution of Church property and valuables.And I will say it again – this was the beginning of the rot that has created modern day Britain, where it is becoming increasingly more difficult to be any type of Christian but so much easier to be a Muslim or atheist. You said my post had a glib one-liner. Have another look at your last post – it is a string of glib one-liners.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09627986880884206811 flyingvic

    I asked, "Have I missed anything?" I think you have missed the attempted irony…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12979831428268753359 Natasa

    I can say from my own experience that most PC and supposedly open minded, Guardian-reading lefties have no problem openly insulting Catholics these days. It is considered absolutely normal.