UK And The Death Of Christianity

In another stunning example of how stupid we have become, one of the auxiliary bishops of Westminster has joined the choir of those reacting with dismay at the findings of the recent report of the UK health Ombudsman.

Let us leave aside the specifics (an organisation titling their report “dying without dignity” is obviously affected by compulsive busybodying, political interests, pathological attention whoring or desire to safeguard its own existence), and let us delve into the real news.

An entire Country sinks into the deepest pit of atheism, and a chap who apparently has the title of bishop finds he must go to the press to express a purely secular grievance: that this army of atheists runs some risk of not going to hell in sufficient comfort.

The article – published in a Catholic weekly, and therefore not suspect of having kept out the spiritual part – has only the vaguest mention of “spiritual care”, but the fact that the vast majority of people doesn't ever think of dying with any sort of sacrament – real, or Protestant – or even the slightest sort of preparation (as in “forgive me, Father, because I have sinned”) does not register at all with the bishop. Does he have idea of how many people die in utter atheism? Of course he has! He just doesn't care! But look, that chap there died suffering! How horrible!

It all makes sense, of course. If the bishop believes in God, it is obvious he has no thought of hell. If you are not worried about hell the immense drama of all those people dying in their atheism is just nowhere to be found; but let an ombudsman whose existence many of us did not even know make some noise with some extreme and isolated cases, and there you have the man on the barricades.

The bishop complains people can't die well anymore. What he does not say is that in order to die well you need to think well; which is something he is unable to do in the first place, but demands from other that they get it out of he does not say what; because hey, damnation and hell are taboos in modern Catholic publications.

But hell is exactly the matter: once upon a time people knew how to die because they accepted the brutal reality not only of life after death, but of an irrevocable judgment to be passed immediately after death. This obvious knowledge coloured their entire existence, and obviously greatly influenced their way of dying.

The bishop asks people to die better, but does not even mention what radical re-thinking is necessary in order to be able to do so. Worse still, he sinks himself into the same pit of wordliness by making of a purely wordly concern the main reason of his intervention.

Hell is not mentioned with a word, as the complaint is uttered that an already extremely pampering health system (one that would have been beyond the dreams of comfort of countless generations before us) does not pamper well enough.

This is the reality of the Catholic Church in this beginning of the XXI Century; as the West dechristianises, led by its own shepherds.



Posted on May 21, 2015, in Bad Shepherds, Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Dear Mundabor,
    I personally knew Fr Sherrington when he was the parish priest in Nottingham, and can relay he is a thoughtful, orthodox and inspiring priest.
    In fairness, he states”As a society we also need to reflect more honestly and deeply on the reality of death, and help to promote the quality of professional care and pastoral support needed.”… And for him pastoral support would certainly include preparation for final judgement …
    Anyhow, one of the few topics in which I have knowledge of those involved, and the report does not do justice to the faithful priest I knew him to be…just for your own information

    • Even mindful, this i sthe kind of thinking that put us in this mess.

      From the words that the biship does not say, you – who claim to know him – infer what he has not said, but you are sure he means…

      Wake up, man. A bishop isn’t there to give interview reading which those who know him say “I, I know what I think he certainly wanted to say, though he did not say it”.

      Also note that the social cares are the main problem of the man. In XXI century’s England. Foe heaven’s sake, let us not hide ourselves (and him) behind a finger.


  2. Since when was death ever “dignified”?
    Death itself is not dignified, it is an abberation, an ugly, alien, inhuman and uncreated monstrosity that infects creation; it is the result of the most undignified of all things imaginable: sin.

    To die with the dignity with which the great martyrs of the faith have faced death: there is dignity way beyond the reach of such misuse of concepts as the modern ideology propounds. Dignity is in the person dying, and not the care they receive (though of course, may everyone caring for the dying do so in a dignified and honorable way — not that one could ever plot a course to such a end with this world’s ideology as a guide).

    • Yes, that is another emotional word of today. There is no dignity in dying and going to hell, either. There is immense dignity in dying and being welcomed in Purgatory, no matter how strong the suffering.


  3. This is sad on many fronts as you point out. One that strikes me is the complete disbelief in the value of suffering. If priests and bishops preach that all suffering must be alleviated it is a denial of the infinite value of Christ’s suffering on our behalf. So no imitation of Christ.

    This is similar to the complete disregard for the objective Truth of the Holy Catholic Faith for the complete regard for so-called religious liberty.

    St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.

    • One could answer to that, though, that the suffering should be chosen and welcome.

      But again, I am astonished that with a country now to 90% or more de facto atheist, the man feels he must join the choir of the social attention whores.


  4. I think you nailed it at the very end, Mundy. The chaos and destruction of the West is led by it’s shepherds. For whether anyone in the world wants to admit it or not, the shepherds of the Catholic Church are the ONLY ones who can lead whole civilizations into glory or ruin. God bless~

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