On being an everyday Catholic

There are all sorts of places where being a good Catholic conflicts with everyday life in the world. For instance, the clash of Sunday Mass obligation, with the sometimes unavoidable need to work on Sundays.

As a doctor in the NHS, I am often put in morally dubious situations, not of my own making, which I have to try to manage as morally as I can. As an example, I am asked to cover a colleague’s sickness, and end up having to anaesthetise a lady who is going to have a sterilisation. I may be able to  ask a non Catholic colleague to do this case for me, but if they can’t, what should I do? Cancel the case? Disappoint the anxious patient? Waste my employers time and resources? Throw a dicky fit and bemoan the unfairness of it all?

I’ll be honest with you, sometimes I do not know the most Catholic solution. Then I will cross my fingers and try to choose the least worst option as I see it.

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It can be hard to be chaste in these oversexed times, can’t it. Though middle aged, and married, I can still be caught off guard by the sight of a pretty young woman. Mrs Burrito helpfully applies the corrective discipline if she notices it.

I am sure I am not alone as a modern day Tantalus, as I notice even the heavyweight newspapers are full of pictures of fruity totty, clearly aimed at titillating older male readers. Perhaps this helps to sell newspapers?

I can become nervous and foolish around real life temptresses. If anyone should ask me if my gaucheness is because I am gay, I hope I will reply “It’s worse than that, I am a married Catholic!”

I also hope to find the occasion to say to one of these lovelies: “The greatest compliment I can pay you, my dear, is to say that you are a near occasion of sin”.

You will hear it first here, if either of these situations occur in real life.

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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69 Responses to On being an everyday Catholic

  1. Benedict Carter says:

    BB, good thread. Made me think.

    In my world (offshore investment) it’s all too easy to invest a client’s money in a fund which pays just that bit more trail commission. That one’s a moral temptation in my own profession and I have seen it casually acted upon hundreds of times.

    We all suffer from your second point. My advice is to stop that subscription to the Sun and the Mirror!

    Sunday working is a horror. In a predominently Catholic country, I strongly believe it is beholden on the authorities to enact laws supportive of the Church (no Sunday working) and equally, not to enact laws contrary to the Faith. The government here in Portugal (socialist) breaks both those (to me) elementary requirements in several fundamental ways, Sunday working being one of them. There is no provision in the law here that allows an employee time to attend a religious service on a Sunday.

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  2. glynbenedict says:

    Dear BB, It seems to me that the proper (and therefore Catholic) response to complex moral dilemmas is – if it is impossible to do what is self-evidently good – always to seek to do the least evil possible. In an ideal world we would exclusively do what is good; but we do not inhabit an ideal world. An example of what I mean would be the case of war: war is always an evil, but waging war might be a lesser evil than maintaining a more damaging peace in the face of oppression and tyranny; the Just War theory was evolved precisely to deal with such an ethical conundrum. Moral choices are not always as simple as the Daily Mail would suggest, and you have my sympathies, as you try to follow your own informed Catholic conscience. As for the totty: look, don’t touch seems a good motto! (Another example of the lesser of the evils, perhaps.) Tantalus was constrained by the punishment of the gods; you, however, are fortunate to have Mrs Burrito! GB

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  3. Mundabor says:

    Beautiful thread, Brother Burrito! I assume that as a doctor your profession must put you in difficult situations rather often. In my ignorance, I can only suggest a *good* confessor to whom you can describe doubtful cases after the first time it has happened.

    I do have some questions to annoy you with:

    1) Is the Hippocratic Oath still in use among doctors? If yes, it is mandatory? In both cases, how do those who swear the oath reconcile it with their performing abortion, if they do?

    2) A nurse told me some time ago that she had the impression that more and more nurses and more and more doctors refused to inflict abortions. She said that the situation has arrived to the point that in London the NHS is already unable to guarantee abortions during all the legal time in which they are allowed. She went so far as to say that a change of the law would more likely come from the sheer absence of doctors and nurses than from the electorate waking up. How do you see things?

    3) Do you have “Christian medical associations” or the like giving counsel and in case legal assistance to doctors refusing to perform what they consider against their convictions?

    Thanks
    M

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  4. Annie says:

    Mundabor,

    I can tell you that doctors in the U.S. are no longer required to take the Hippocratic Oath. The reason for this is that it began to conflict with newly emerging laws (Roe v Wade for instance, which legalized abortion here). There was a period when doctors didn’t know what to do, since the HO contradicted this. The government said – no problem – you’re no longer bound by that oath if laws come on board that contradict it.

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  5. Annie says:

    glynbenedict,

    The Jesuits used to say Command the eyes .

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  6. cumanus says:

    You raise some very complex issues indeed, BB, and they all come down to the question as to the point where indirect cooperation with something that an informed Catholic conscience cannot but consider objectively evil becomes sufficiently remote not to be morally problematic. An extreme example: should a cleaner in a hospital who is Catholic refuse to clean an operating room where an abortion is to be performed knowing that the abortion will not be perfomed unless the room is cleaned first?

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  7. Benedict Carter says:

    How should the conscience of that Catholic cleaner begin to resolve that one, Father? it may not be possible for him or her to leave the job because of the lack of other work opportunities, for instance.

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  8. Mundabor says:

    Thanks Annie,
    so they did see the problem, didn’t they?

    I remember when I was a child (third elementary class, say 8 years of age) and we were told of the cruelty of the Spartans leaving unwanted/sick/feeble children outside to die of cold. It seemed not only utterly cruel, but totally unthinkable in this day and age. I forgot everything about that with the time.

    The day I knew what you in the US mean with the rather anodyne term of “late term abortion”, with the child they couldn’t kill left alone to die of cold, I was *instantly* reminded of the Spartans.

    But at least the Spartans didn’t try to invent strange “non-judgmental” words for the monstrosities they committed. And they didn’t say they were Christians.

    But I’m sure if I’d say that Obama’s car is clearly bound for Hell I would be called intolerant, non inclusive, oppressive, chauvinist and – obviously – racist.

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  9. Mundabor says:

    On the other “problem” of Brother Burrito, I give to you a piece of one of the most memorable films of the golden age of the Italian comedy, “Sedotta e Abbandonata” of the great Pietro Germi.
    Family, Honor, Men, Women, Marriage, Perdition, Redemption, it’s all there.
    Extremely funny, too.

    You will not understand the audio. Be glad 😉

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  10. cumanus says:

    Well Ben, I think the point that BB is making in this thread is that in life we’re constantly faced by moral conundrums which are far from easy to resolve. That there are such is an important point in it’s own right and, indeed, the point to which BB is drawing our attention here. So, rather than attempting to resolve any one particular case as in my example, I think we ought to dwell on our situation whereby things are not always easy to resolve, appreciate it for the humbling one that it is, and reflect on its wider implications.

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  11. Brother Burrito says:

    Gee, so many points so soon. Thank you. I shall attempt to do them all justice.

    BC: The Sun, The Mirror, moi? Check out The DT, Times, Guardian etc. Totty galore.

    GB: exactly so.

    M: I am approaching 24 years as a doctor, and exactly half of my lifetime as one.
    My graduation, at Oxford, did not include swearing the HO. I do not know if the HO is still in use anywhere in the UK, but I doubt it. The HO does hark back to those primitive times, dontchaknow.

    I ABSOLUTELY refuse to anaesthetise for abortions. The hospital management have my letter, stating that, on file. Sadly, most abortions are now chemically procured.

    I tried to contact the Christian medical associations, but they are either already subverted or ineffectual. I even contacted my MP(s) but got a derisory put down.

    I feel like I am fighting alone, sometimes.

    The Faith is a great support, and so is this blog.

    Thank you, all.

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  12. Caroline says:

    BB

    Don’t know if you will find this helpful (you may already be familiar with them):

    http://www.physiciansforlife.org/content/category/4/99/30

    From their “About Us” section: “this website has a tremendous task: to accurately inform large numbers of individuals regarding the above-mentioned issues, to help network and build a spirit of community for all who feel alone in their pro-life stand, and to provide lengthy resource lists for a wide range of pro-life and abstinence needs.

    We hope you will peruse our brochures and all our links so that when you leave this site, you will have a better understanding of the medical issues facing our nation today. Please pass our website address along to your family and friends.

    We invite physicians and other medical professionals throughout the USA, and even throughout the world, who do not have a pro-life organization with which to associate, to consider joining our organization.”

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  13. Brother Burrito says:

    I just came across a suggestion in the comments section of a blog somewhere, I forget where.

    The real world results of following this suggestion made my inner anarchist titter with anticipation. I paraphrase:

    To protest against the execrable BBC and its compulsory licence fee, all good people are urged to send their television sets, (untraceably), to the Director General, BBC Television Centre, London.

    Can you imagine the chaos such innocent protest night cause?

    Titter, titter, titter, titter, titter, titter, titter, titter, titter, titter, titter,…………..

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  14. Brother Burrito says:

    Thanks Caroline

    You are a star; your avatar gives it away, in fact.

    BB

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  15. kathleenm35 says:

    A really good topic BB, and highly appropriate for these challenging times we’ve been chosen to live in. Doctors, journalists, politicians, teachers (I was one), are often faced with real dilemmas in their professional careers, but it’s not limited just to them. A married couple trying to adhere faithfully to the teachings of Humanae Vitae (for example) often have to face real challenges.

    Apart from the many daily temptations against the virtues we all have to tackle, there are the crossroads in life we come to when a decision has to be made on which road to take. If they were clearly marked “This way to Heaven” or “This way to Hell”; then our choice would be easy. More often than not they are blurred and with many lanes (consequences) leading off them. Even with the knowledge of Catholic teaching and a well-formed conscience, it can still be very difficult to know which is the best path. A guide for the journey (a good spiritual director) is often vital.

    “If you intend to serve God, prepare your soul for temptation, for it is an infallible truth that no one is exempt from temptation when he has truly resolved to serve God.” St.Francis de Sales

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  16. kathleenm35 says:

    Re the burning of TV sets…… have you read Michael D. O’Brien’s “Eclipse of the Sun”? There was a wonderful example of this there! Great author btw, especially his “Father Elijah” that clearly depicts the state of the Church today.

    The trouble is, if we burn our TV sets to get rid of the anti-Catholic BBC, how could we then see EWTN? That would be a big loss……. sob!

    Kathleen

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  17. Benedict Carter says:

    EWTN can be watched online.

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  18. toadspittle says:

    ”Sunday working is a horror,” says Ben.
    Unless you are a bishop , I suppose.
    So, let us have no Ambulance crews at work, no emergency rooms ready to perform emergency surgery on journalists who contact brain fever on Sundays trying to cram all the pedophile priest stories onto one page for Monday. And tell the poor girl who has a lousy job for peanuts cleaning up abortion rooms that she is committing a sin by working on a Sunday and that she must give up her job when her chances of getting another are zip.
    Pity – as a woman – she can’t become a priest, then she could work on Sunday.
    And let’s make this a law. We need more laws, don’t we?

    ( I tried to log in as Moratinos, but apparently there is some dolt out there with my name. Bastard. Any ”toadspittle” is nicer. Some nut on Damian called me it once)

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  19. toadspittle says:

    The fellow on the left in the beanie, doesn’t look too happy about it all, does he? Turning his back on it from ”the opening whistle” in fact.

    (Hidden reference there to the World Cup, in case you miss it. Subtle, eh?)

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  20. mmvc says:

    Thanks for this thought provoking post, BB and thank God for doctors like you! I can’t help but think that even the quiet grapples in the circumstances you describe must have a salutary effect on those whose conscience has been dulled.

    I was reminded of this man’s story when I read your 00.20 post, Father:

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  21. omvendt says:

    BB:

    I’m sure your blog will make a big contribution to our all being better ‘everyday Catholics’.

    Congratulations!

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  22. toadspittle says:

    In case anyone else is puzzled by my last post, His Holiness’s face has now been obscured almost entirely, leaving only The Pope’s Nose (see left) Some obscure symbolism, no doubt.

    Congrats on the blog. Damian’s is now a ‘naufrago.’

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  23. Benedict Carter says:

    Toadspittle:

    You are very welcome, dear sir. What a mad week!

    I hope it wasn’t me who first called you that …!

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  24. Mundabor says:

    Welcome toadspittle,

    completely free of charge, I’d like to inform you that you can change your screen name to “Moratinos” any time you like. You will continue to log in with “toadspittle” (sorry for that, old chap; you wanted it) but I doubt that anyone may have taken Moratinos as name on this blog.

    Your observations about the poor girl are, as almost always, rather intelligent; as always, very witty and also as always, argued from the wrong point of view.

    In the spirit of relaxed communication we have on this blog, I’ll allow myself to cook and eat my dinner (roasted Australian feminist; a strong dish; you must leave her in water 3 weeks to let her/it become tender) before I go back to you.
    You will, no doubt, understand.

    Welcome to your new home, old bastard 😉

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  25. Benedict Carter says:

    Sunday working: I would prefer there to be none (police, hospitals etc. of course are exempted). But if there is – then let there be a statutory exemption for those who want to attend their place of worship.

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  26. cumanus says:

    Mundabor, isn’t cooking your dinner working on Sunday? How do you justify it then? And Ben, whence the “of course” when you accept that “police, hospitals” should work on Sundays. What’s the criterion here employed by both or either of you worthy gentlemen? Once it’s clear, we could investigate what else may enter within the ambit of its permissiveness.

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  27. Sue Sims says:

    Hi, everyone.

    I haven’t anything much to say on this thread – I think the whole thing about Sunday working needs an updated definition of ‘servile work’, anyway. But I’m pleased to be back on a Holy Smoke spin-off: I couldn’t manage to re-register on the proper HS blog after its, er, modernisation* – when I got the email from the site where I was supposed to click on the link, there was no link. So I’ve been lurking for the last few weeks.

    *Just shows what a c–p idea modernisation frequently is.

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  28. Mundabor says:

    Toadspittle,
    after dinner, my personal and highly subjective reflections on the matter.

    1) Very intelligently, you point out to the fact that if we start to forbid everything which has a causal link to an abortion, there is no way out. I could add the example of the catering company providing food for the hospital canteen, or of those who work for the providers of the medical equipment of an hospital where abortions are executed.

    2) As you certainly understand, at some point this causal link must be interrupted. Personally I would see a problem in every activity which is related to the abortion with such a proxymity that, *if it were done by someone else, I would consider him directly accessory to the abortion*. Not a very exact criterium I would say, but one which probably would give an answer to most of the everyday questions, including yours about the cleaner. BB seems to think in the same way.

    3) Always personally, I would not have the gut to advocate or to ask to a person whose livelihood depends from such activities to lose job, home, possibly wife and every security for his family in order to stop working in that place, even if he is directly involved in abortions and has, say, finally grown up to understand the atrocity of it. I wouldn’t for the simple reason that I do not think that I would be strong enough to do it myself if my livelihood depended on it, let alone if the lives of others who trust on me for their livelihood depended on me.

    4) What I think can be safely suggested to everyone, is that:
    a) they seek the advise of a good confessor (this is, you will notice, the advice I gave to BB myself for every doubtful cases) and
    b) exert a great effort to get, as soon as reasonably possible and in case also paying a price (but without endangering the livelihood of people entrusted to me) *out of the situation*. Heroic virtue would require to be able to starve serenely to avoid being instrumental to abortion, but I’ll leave the exortation to heroic virtue to those who have it.

    I can’t explain it better than this way; I am sure my approach will be much criticised but I do not think that I would have in me the strenght to act any differently, so we are in case back to the issue of the confessor; I hope you now see why I wanted to have dinner beforehand 😉

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  29. Mundabor says:

    Cumanus 20:47,

    I certainly have not said that Moratinos was right in condemning the cleaner. I have merely pointed out to his perceptiveness of the causal relation and the problems it may lead to.

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  30. The Raven says:

    Sue Sims

    I acknowledge that this is a “bloat post”, but can I say how very glad I am to see that you have commented here.

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  31. Mundabor says:

    “I couldn’t manage to re-register on the proper HS blog after its, er, modernisation”

    SueSims, a warm welcome fro me too!

    isn’t it ironic that this little group of a handful of angry ex-bloggers sets up something more easily accessible than the big an dpowerful Daily Telegraph? 😉

    And.. up to now, no trolls… 😉

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  32. heracletian says:

    Fine post, Burrito, old bean. Concupiscence, alas! And all the best with the blog. The more Catholic orthodoxy out there, the better, as far as I am concerned.

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  33. Benedict Carter says:

    Father Cumanus:

    Minefield for the unequipped. That means me.

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  34. Mundabor says:

    On Sunday,
    I was always taught that sunday work must be avoided when possible.
    It is not conceivable that policemen, soldiers, doctors and nurses in emergency duty refuse to work on a Sunday.

    In sensible Catholic countries (Italy when I was a child) on Sundays shops were generally closed, but you could still buy, well, what was sensible: newspaper kiosks were mostly open, as were the “bars” (which in Italy is a place which unites a dairy seller, a tobacconist, a spirit seller and sometimes a patisserie).

    You see how sensible it was: servile work was limited as much as possible, but life was not paralyzed and if you had a car breakdown you’d still have the assistance service coming, only later.

    If I had to work on a Sunday I’d use the same criteria expressed above for abortion. When it happened to me I tried to move Sunday meetings to Saturdays and when asked why I simply answered “because I am Catholic and on Sundays I am requested to go to Mass and to avoid employed work if I can” 😉

    When absolutely necessary, though, I have worked on a Sunday and have hated every minute for more than a reason.

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  35. teresa says:

    heracletian, so nice to see you here again.

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  36. heracletian says:

    Thankyou, Teresa. My first of, I hope, many visits.

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  37. teresa says:

    Heracletian, That’s great!

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  38. lutonia says:

    I don’t know if I shall discover a way of logging on here as ‘Fr Jonathan’ but thanks for this thread. One thing that comes across is that while there is no question as to what is right and wrong in an absolute sense, rules are not of themselves enough to give us all the guidance we need. Should a doctor work on a Sunday? We have no problem with that – indeed the words and acts of Jesus support it. Should a man work at fixing the ovens in a concentration camp because he has to feed his family? I expect most of us would say no – there are prices too high to pay. Should a man clean a theatre scheduled to be used for an abortion? Probably less of us would give a categorical no here.
    While in no way wishing to espouse a situationalist approach to ethics, the situation must be understood in order to understand the decisions a person makes. There may be times when even if the action is wrong the culpability is diminished.
    Thanks for a thought-provoking thread

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  39. Mundabor says:

    Father Jonathan, welcome to the blog!

    You might not be able to log as Fr Jonathan but you can change your screen name in that way if you wish.
    Just click my account/users/my profile and type the screen name of your choice.

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  40. lutonia says:

    has it worked?

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  41. Caroline says:

    OMG. I have just been wrestling for more than an hour with wordpress. Words cannot express how much I detest that system. [Yes they can, but I would be banned for life….]

    I am happy to see everyone, but especially The TOAD. Such a delightful name. You don’t mind if I abbreviate it do you?

    French proverb: “La bave due crapaud n’atteint pas la blanche colombe.”

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  42. Brother Burrito says:

    Fr Jon,

    Try logging out and back in again

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  43. cumanus says:

    Perhaps one of the really important lessons than can be learnt from the complexity of such moral conundrums, where it’s obviously not easy to decide readily what is to be done, is the need to avoid being hurriedly adversely judgmental of others – I think it’s a key Gospel lesson as well.

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  44. joyfulpapist says:

    I am fortunate to be in an industry where I can plan my work around not working on Sundays. I even have the lovely people I work with trained not to expect a reply to phone calls or emails!

    But I have been a mother, and if that’s not work, what is! If an ox falls in a ditch (or a two-year old for that matter), pulling it out is definitely the right thing to do, Sunday or not!

    I don’t blog on Sundays – I figure there should be one day a week when my family can rely on having my attention. 🙂

    Brother Burrito also commented on the sexualisation of society – I just want to suggest that the old idea of modesty is overdue for a comeback, and failing that, the equally old concept of custody of the eyes.

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  45. toadspittle says:

    I was going to make the same point as Sue re ‘Servile work.’ Strikes me that there should be no work more servile than that of a priest – assuming he is doing it right.

    I suppose Ben’s notion that Sunday work should be made ( with exceptions) illegal – was what piqued my interest. He pointed out that police would, naturally be allowed to go about their business, which under his system no doubt, would include maintaining the ring of secret spies needed to ensure that Garcia was not secretly mending a neighbor’s car on the sabbath for a few extra euros ( six months, at least for that) And the number of uniformed ‘bobbies (robertos?) would need to be greatly increased to cope with it all.
    All this would greatly help reduce the unemployment figures and inculcate a cozy sense of ‘security, would it not?

    And.. I will read Mundabor’s rogue Catholic atheist, O’Thingmy.

    And I don’t mind being called ‘toad’ ( It’s what I call my dogs when they are naughty.)

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  46. toadspittle says:

    …And I wouldn’t mind being able to have a funny face as my ‘atavar,’ like Mundabor and Joyful Pape do, but am clueless on technology. Barely understand wheelbarrows.

    And, this type face is far better than D****n’s. (Written too much. Sorry.)

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  47. Greetings to you all

    Thanks for your email and invitation, Teresa. Just a quick message to say hello and let you know I am around……RR

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  48. Mundabor says:

    Toadspittle,
    on Sunday work I think that a new statutory regulation keeping shops, supermarkets etc. closed on sunday would satisfy most people without letting anyone feel that he is leaving in Cromwell’s England.

    In Germany this was also seen as a major quality of life issue: that even people in less paid jobs in shops or offices have the possibility of enjoying a good rest and quality time (and church if they want).

    Also please consider that for Catholics Sunday is the day for worship and recreation. In Italy football was traditionally on Sunday, I assume Spain was the same.

    Seems rather reasonable to me.

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  49. Maybe I am a little broad-minded on the issue of Sunday opening for shops but it seems to me that there should be complete freedom on this for all. No one has to go shopping on a Sunday so if the faciltiy is not wanted by sufficient customers, it will not be a commercial success. Just my view. Personally I go flying on Sundays.

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  50. Dear Teresa

    Thank you for your kind welcome. I will look forward to talking with you.

    I see no wabbit or even Yoda…….where are the little chaps?

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  51. churchmouse says:

    Hi, teresa — Am hoping that Rabbit will keep his avatar, which was brilliant.

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  52. toadspittle says:

    REALITYRETURNS…at 11.21 (am? pm?)

    I suppose, as class clown, I must ask the obvious. Don’t your arms get tired?

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  53. Hi toadspittle

    No, I leave the Avenger in the A10. But thank you for your concern.

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  54. Mundabor says:

    “I must ask the obvious. Don’t your arms get tired?”
    “No, I leave the Avenger in the A10.”

    This must be one of the most brilliant exchanges ever 🙂

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  55. misticmouse says:

    Just changing the subject…. I could just imagine a modern day crusade….. Instead of the cause was catholics being abused by Islam its a crusade on the BBC. Not to take land but to get back the way catholics used to get treated from other religions because in the med evil times it was against the law in Europe to be any other religion other than catholic except Greece they were not a catholic country.

    (First ever comment 🙂 )

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  56. misticmouse says:

    (a)

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  57. Hi Mundabor

    Thank you sir. I perhaps should have explained that the Avenger is very heavy.

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  58. churchmouse says:

    Hello, Misticmouse

    Agree with you that something must be done about the BBC.

    Have you checked out the Coalition’s Your Freedom site? Lots of proposals there about the licence fee and the Beeb in general:
    http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/repealing-unnecessary-laws/all_ideas?sort_order=latest&b_start:int=0

    Your fellow …
    Churchmouse

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  59. Brother Burrito says:

    If I may explain the above post from misticmouse (sic).

    This, it turns out, is from my eleven year old son, (mentioned in an earlier thread) who unbeknownst to me, managed singlehandedly to find this website, navigate the WordPress login system, and post that comment.

    (I have been regaling the family over the weekend with the happy adventure we have all been doing here. Its all my own fault, then).

    (Eyes moistening) I am feeling paternal pride somewhat! (as Cutley might say).

    The spelling and punctuation, though, are atrocious. Where is the little rascal.

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  60. churchmouse says:

    Well, Brother Burrito, either the first comment was his — and a stroke of genius — or it was the second, in which case we easily excuse it. If it was the first, he must take after his father — look forward to reading more!

    (This is much better than Holy Smoke.)

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  61. Brother Burrito says:

    Church Mouse,

    Can I thank you for your gentle treatment of the little mite. God alone knows what he thought when he stumbled in here. Immediately before I discovered his presence on the blog, he had been bending my ear over these issues, and I failed to realise what he was on about. I had sent him off to bed.

    He is a very innocent lad, with a teeming brain. He must be learning about the Crusades at school, and also listening to every word that comes from his father’s jaded mouth.

    Aren’t kids wonderful!

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  62. churchmouse says:

    It’s great that he’s learning about the Crusades at school (I didn’t) and that he is a ‘very innocent lad, with a teeming brain’ — more power to him and you!

    You may wish to tell him in passing that the BBC’s Mark Thompson (Catholic) told the (Muslim) head of religion to stop mentioning his faith. Aaqil Ahmed said that he wasn’t mentioning it — everyone else was:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/7856370/BBC-boss-Mark-Thompson-tells-head-of-religion-Aaqil-Ahmed-not-to-discuss-his-faith.html

    Where does it all end? Ahmed (in the Radio Times recently), btw, said he had no intention of increasing Christian (or any other religious) programming. (Sigh.)

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  63. toadspittle says:

    realityreturns:

    I suppose ‘the Avenger’ is a plane. Why do some plans and cars have such aggressive names? I was pleased when ‘The Picasso’ came out, but let down when the makers failed to put both the headlights on the same side of the hood.

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  64. Hello Mr Toadspittle

    You are on the right track, sir. The Avenger is in fact a 30mm cannon firing about 3000 rounds per minute (it weighs about a tonne). The A10 is the plane (the A10 Warthog – the flying tank) …standard mount for Knights of Delingpole in the Troll Wars…lol

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  65. toadspittle says:

    I was thinking the A10 was a motorway, or something. What an old silly!
    ‘Warthog’ would be a good blog name, though.

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  66. misticmouse says:

    Thank you church mouse for your comments and you dad.

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  67. Mundabor says:

    “I perhaps should have explained that the Avenger is very heavy”.

    He who doesn’t know is not worthy of enjoying the joke anyway 😉

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  68. toadspittle says:

    ”It can be hard to be chaste in these oversexed times, can’t it.”

    Re-reading Burro’s post, a bit of belated advice. If you are being chaste, don’t run so fast.

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  69. Brother Burrito says:

    Toadspittle,
    An astounding coincidence: I have JUST been telling my pretty young ITU nurses how their chasing me around the ward waving charts at me, makes me feel like Benny Hill*.

    Sadly, they are all too young to know who that expunged genius is.
    Nobody mention Yakety Sax, please.

    *(This is the honest truth; have we got a psychic connection, TS?)

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