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The Abolition of Bishops

Blogged by James Preece 3 Years ago...

I realise this is old news to anybody who reads blogs, but I think as many people as possible should see this...

An excellent vacancy has arisen for a Diocesan Secretary to fulfil the role of Chief Executive within the Clifton Diocese


We seek a person who embraces the values of, but is not necessarily a member of, the Catholic Church.


People often accuse me of disrespecting the Bishops. It's true that I have occasionally crossed the line and gone too far with my funny pictures but the fact is that fundamentally at the heart of everything I write on this blog is the rock solid belief that the Bishops are central and essential to the Church.

Sometimes priests say that if I don't like what the Bishops do then I should keep my mouth shut, ignore the problems and get on and do what good I can. That would be reasonable enough.. if I were a protestant.

If you want to see real disrespect for Bishops, look no further than Clifton Diocese where they have decided that the administration of a Diocese is a job better done by a non-Catholic professional than by a Catholic Bishop.

Embrace the values!

How The Bishops Stole Christmas

Blogged by James Preece 4 Years ago...

Every Catholic
in Pew-ville
Liked Christmas a lot...

But the Bishops,
Who lived just North of Pew-ville,
Did NOT!

It could be that their heads were not screwed on quite right.
It could be, perhaps, that their shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that their hearts were two sizes too small.

"Tomorrow is Christmas!" they snarled with a snort.
"WE MUST find a way to keep Christmas short!!"

For soon they knew all the Catholics who’d lapsed,
Would come to the Church for their once a year Mass!
They would want to sing carols of shepherds and kings,
of Mary and Joseph and Jesus and things!

The Bishops don't seem to believe in such stuff,
they seem to prefer sociological fluff.
So we hear how Mary probably wasn’t a maid,
and Jesus just came to sell us Fair Trade.
The whole thing is stories, the star is a myth!
Three women would have brought more practical gifts...

"WE MUST keep Christmas short!
...But HOW?"
Then they got an idea!
An awful idea!

(An Epiphany!)

"We know just what to do!" They Laughed with a whistle,
as they pulled out their 60’s vernacular missal.
We’ll take the last day of this whole twelve day season,
the day when we all go Mass for a reason.
We’ll take that last day and we’ll move it aside.
The previous Sunday is where it will hide.

The twelve days of Christmas? Best make that eight!
The Bishops were laughing, they thought it was great.
Then they did the same thing to some other big feasts,
Like Ascension and Corpus Christi - the beasts!

A happy ending is not yet in sight,
so pray for a Christmas miracle tonight.
To melt the hearts of these grumpy old men,
and ask can we please have our feasts back again?