Footage Of Hell

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then a movie speaks a million. There are very few scary representations of Hell in the world of film. Most of the time it is treated as a joke.

I watched this film with the kids when they were young, and I think it left a permanent frightening impression on them, and vicariously on me. Below is a clip from the end of Disney’s “The Black Hole” (1979). It shows the fate of the wicked, murderous and power-crazed Dr Hans Reinhardt and his robot assistant Maximilian, (made in his own image), after they both fall into the singularity. Childish perhaps, but the doomful depiction of Hell and the damned, and the powerfully gloomy music by John Barry do it for me.


The dishevelled, wicked doctor is first seen falling into the abyss and merging with his robot alter ego, then the chimera stands alone above the fiery pit of the damned for all eternity. Chilling stuff, worthy of Hieronymus Bosch, were he a film director.

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57 Responses to Footage Of Hell

  1. Toad says:

    Well, Toad won’t watch it. Too scary. He’s never been able to bring himself to watch “Bambi” again since 1947.
    But a kindly thought, Burrissimo, and thank you.

    Hell week on CP&S.
    Always popular with the readers.
    Reflecting on this and – like Burro – considering Bosch, Toad would liken the thought of Hell as a variety of pornography. It is undoubtedly an obscene idea. And obscenity never fails to pack them in. Or so it seems to Toad.

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  2. Eccles always hides behind de sofa when he sees de last act of Don Goivanni by Mozart. If dere is a sofa handy, of course.

    When Eccles wants obscene fings to read he looks at de blasphemies of poeple wot doesnt care if dey is saved or not.

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  3. Toad says:

    Eccles, good to hear from you! We feared you might be dead.
    Then who would monitor our spelling?
    You will get on famously with Roger.

    It is wise to bring your own sofa to Don Giovanni. It is very long (the opera that, is) or so Toad is told.)

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  4. Brother Burrito says:

    Eccles, did you mean this bit? (from 7:50 onwards)

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  5. Dan says:

    Surely when all people (of all religions and none) die and they come to see how great God really is, there is no need for hell, is there?

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  6. Toad says:

    Pay attention, Dan.

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  7. Brother Burrito says:

    Dan,

    Hard as it is to believe, some people at their last moment of choice will turn away from God and choose hell. Their prideful overweening will will drive them to it.

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  8. Dan says:

    What do you mean Toad?
    BB, if they experienced the reality of God then what you say would never happen. How could it?

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  9. Brother Burrito says:

    Dan, the human will is sovereign as regards its destiny. Even God will not override it.

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  10. Dan says:

    Of course the reality of God would override it – you seem to be severely underrating the experience of his majesty, BB!

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  11. Brother Burrito says:

    Dan, I am underrating nothing.If a human being chooses hell, that is where they go. A crazy choice it may seem, but a choice nonetheless. Ending up in hell is no accident.

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  12. Dan says:

    Few people are that crazy. What you say makes no sense

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  13. Brother Burrito says:

    Let us hope that it is few. What I have said makes perfect sense, if I may be so humble.

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  14. Dan says:

    “the human will is sovereign as regards its destiny. Even God will not override it” Sounds like nonsense to me. How could that be so?

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  15. Brother Burrito says:

    Dan, you are a heretic. Goodbye.

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  16. Toad says:

    Dan, I more or less agree with you.
    My point, seemingly endlessly repeated, is How can a creature with limited facilities of time and space – ever deserve a punishment limited by neither?”* If you agree with my question, you have a go asking it.
    But you will get nowhere.
    Don’t know why this is.
    But there we are.

    *Whether they actually get the punishment or not is another question.

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  17. Dan says:

    BB, perhaps you shouldn’t make such wild claims if you cannot back them up?

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  18. Dan says:

    Yes Toad: surely people won’t choose to reject God if they acknowledged his greatness and love, but because the are misguided. Being misguided would not be the person’s choice either, and is not a crime punishable by an eternity of suffering in hell.

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  19. Roger says:

    The Soul knows God the moment it is Created! Man knows there is a God!
    Your life is a free Will choice of God or Not. In other words your choice is made in this world! What do you think conscience is? Some sell their souls to the Devil in this world for Eternity. This knowledge of God is in every man!

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  20. Frere Rabit says:

    No, sorry, but these images of hell are still nowhere near the experience of Year 11 Geography, Period 8 every Wednesday.

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  21. Roger says:

    There exists the Natural Law and this is commonly agreed up. The existence of God is common to all ancient cultures.So the existence of God and the belief in a place of punishment was known before 2000 AD. The soul knows God and the ignorance argument is untrue. This doesn’t of course mean that knowledge of the Faith is known by all souls!
    In our age the knowledge of Christianity and the Bible must be global with very very few if any who have never heard of Christ.
    Man and his free will is the determinate of Hell and the ignorance argument in the belief in God is against the Natural Law.

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  22. Toad says:

    “Man knows there is a God!” says Roger.
    And there’s some truth in this. Problem is, man doesn’t seem to have much idea what God is like, so we have many hundreds of versions of Him; most of them not Christian.

    ” Man turns out gods by the dozen, yet he cannot even make a worm,” says Montaigne.
    And there’s much truth in that. Thinks Toad.

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  23. Dan says:

    Yes Toad. If you were brought up as a muslim in Pakistan, for instance, why would you not think that Allah was God?

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  24. Toad says:

    I imagine so, Dan. We all believe what we are told as children. Pretty much, anyway.

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  25. The Raven says:

    We number Moslems among the heretics, not the idolaters these days, Dan.

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  26. The Raven says:

    Toad

    In the next life, as in this life, we are invariably the authors of our own suffering.

    If, at the moment of its own free choice, a soul turns away from God and towards carnal pleasure, who will gain say it?

    Enough people make that choice in this life, why wouldn’t they make it in the next?

    When they come to the knowledge of what their choice means then, no doubt, they feel the pain of their self-damnation; but if human beings choose to turn away from God in this life, what makes you suppose that we will be any better before we choose to live in heaven?

    Read Theodore Dalrymple (a non-believer): his experience among the underclass matches my own – people will genuinely choose hell in this world, will they be any different in the next?

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  27. Dan says:

    Raven, those who Theodore D writes about have pretty hopeless outlooks to start off with. They are often not particularly bright and make bad and misguided choices, but are ultimately looking for some kind of advantage. So, in the next life, why would these people choose to reject God if they came to acknowledge his greatness and love?

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  28. Roger says:

    You start with the Man knows there is a God. Man also knows right from wrong (thats conscience).
    The starting point is Man and Sin. Our Lord came to restore man to the State lost by Adam The Passion , virgin Birth is meaningless without Original Sin.
    But obviously not ALL men knew of Our Lord. But now the majority in this world do know of Our Lord.
    What happened to those who didn’t know Our Lord? Well there is invincible ignorance and God is Just so these will have been judged on what they knew. They knew there was a God and they have a conscience! But Heaven wasn’t opened until Our Lord’s Passion. It is impossible to return to the State of the world before the coming of Our Lord!
    Islam is a heresy not idolater and it recognises Our Lord but denies His Divinity.
    Now Mankind is at a cross road,
    Communication means that Our Lord is known globally.
    The West right now has Apostacised and rejected Our Lord.
    Its 2000 years (2 days in Gods eyes) since the Birth Of Christ.
    Fatima says IN THE END and the Triumph Of The Immaculate.
    Our Lady the Virgin was how Our Lord came and in this time how he comes again.
    I unhesitatingly say that the triumph of Fatima will be the One Faith over the entire world.
    We have and are witnesses to a falling away of the Faith (General Apostacy) and a Purification is inevitable. The Church will have its moment of Triumph when there will be One Faith and this I take to be the Triumph Of The Immaculate.
    In the End Man will have a choice Our Lord or Anti Christ

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  29. Dan says:

    So why would they choose the Anti Christ? Why?

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  30. johnhenrycn says:

    So why would they choose the Anti Christ?

    Because they’re so embarrassed by how they’ve led their earthly lives, they cannot bear the thought of being exposed, of having to confront the people they’ve hurt or let down. Most people have done things they are deeply ashamed of, almost wishing to die when they think of them, and never wanting to look in the eye the people who know of their shame. I know I have.You may be the exception proving the rule. The sacrament of Confession helps prepare us for that “dreaded day, that day of ire, when the world shall melt in fire…” [from the old funeral Sequence]…
    when we will feel the loving gaze of Our Lord upon us as the way we’ve lived is made manifest to one and all. Confessing our sins trains and prepares us to endure, and indeed, happily accept the exposure of the hurt we’ve caused; but some people, such as people who’ve never confessed to anything wrong in their lives – and there are many such – may not be able to cope with that experience and may choose Hell as a less painfulalternative. Think (theoretically in your case, of course) of the wrongs you’ve inflicted on people who don’t realize what you’ve done to them, and which you’ve never been able to admit, and of how emotionally devastated you would be if they ever found out. Now multiply that a trillion-fold, and think about standing in front of Christ the King, and every angel and saint there ever was or will be, as they witness the unfolding in full of your life. Is it so hard to understand why some of the worst of the worst will not be able to withstand that awful exposure, and will instead choose Hell, where at least they will find others of their kind?

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  31. Brother Burrito says:

    Perfect contrition is gained by having sorrow for having offended our lovely God. It is not gained by being horrified at losing Heaven and gaining hell.

    Sorrow, not horror is the motto. It is not spiritually healthy to spend too much life thinking about hell. It is a bit like contemplating the rails as the train draws in to the station: dangerously and compulsively fascinating.

    Far healthier it would be, I suggest, to think of the journey and destination, with and amongst friends.

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  32. Toad says:

    If what Raven and JH claim about choosing is true – (which I very much doubt, but we will get that go) but if – it is, then the choice is made out of simple ignorance and stupidity. And as Burro rightly points out from time to time – people are daft. Not always wicked, just daft.

    My dogs are daft.
    But would I let them condemn themselves to eternal sorrow and suffering if I could prevent it?
    No, of course not.

    If my dogs could talk, and said to me, ” We hate you Toad, and we want to go to Hell.” my answer would be, “Well, you can hate all you like, and you can want all you like, because I love you and you’re not going anywhere unless I say so, and that’s that. You daft bleeders don’t know what’s good for you, and you haven’t got the sense to come in out of the rain without a kick up the backside – so you’ll just have to leave it all to me.”

    If you see what I mean.
    Not very theological, I know.
    But loving, maybe.

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  33. Brother Burrito says:

    Equating dogs and humans is a bad equation.

    Dogs have a simpler life, they just have to obey their instincts. Humans have instincts too, but also conscience and free will to choose.

    We tend to judge poorly those adult humans who live only by instinct, without reference to their conscience and free will. Such people are commonly termed “dogs”.

    Some people’s lives are so wretched and beyond their control that we say they “have a dog’s life”. This saying is not meant as a compliment, to men or dogs.

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  34. Toad says:

    It is certainly true that Toad’s dogs live better than about 90% of mankind.
    But what he wrote was by way of a ‘parable’
    Normally popular on here.

    Madrugador* Burro!

    *Early riser.

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  35. Roger says:

    HELL was shown the three childen at Fatima for a reason! At Garbandal in 1962 the girls were shown HELL. In fact the dreadful message of June 1962 “Many cardinals, many bishops and many priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them!”
    Leo XIII vision of the “sifting of the Church” over 100 years should be seen working in the background of 20th century.
    Peter was sifted! and went on to deny Our Lord three times! So we understand what sifting can do. This is why HELL is important because we must be aware of the dangers to Our Souls. Your Soul knows even if the senses and the Body dulls your reasoning. We have a conscience. Nobody falls stupidly into Hell. Father Malachy Martin as an exorcist had much to say on the matter. He said that there were people who had knowingly given their soul to the Devil and in all walks of Life. People in high places throughout Society. He also said that in 1963 Satan had been Enthroned in the Vatican, that Satanism was practised in the Vatican. Remember St Pio expressly confirmed Garbandal.
    The most repeated message of Fatima is that Satan would enter the Church.
    Anti Christ? Lucifer means Light Bearer and he can appear as an Angel of Light. Anti Christ isn’t an atheist BUT the path from Our Lord to Anti Christ would be through Atheism which opened the way to the worship of a False Christ! Marxism in Russia was Atheist and Atheism has spread like wild fire in the West.
    Fatima is yet to be completed so we are NOT out of the danger are we? Lowering the guards on your souls is a very foolish thing to do!
    Can you not see that the scandals rocking the church and undermining her are forwarned in the 1962 message and the visions of Hell seen at Fatima and Garbandal!
    Blindly following or watering down the Faith is like a soldier disarming himself int he face of the enemy! What Heaven has asked for is victim souls (full armed and prepared to fight the world, the flesh and the devil) to make the necessary reparation!
    Victim Souls (Christ like) to counter balance Satanism in 20th century.
    A depressing subject? or necessary reality check?

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  36. Dan says:

    Toad, you might as well give up as these people clearly don’t want to find the truth.

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  37. Toad says:

    Not so, Dan – we all want to find The Truth, whatever and wherever it might be.
    I have scant idea myself. But enquiry is important.
    The difference is, some on here think they’ve found The Truth.
    And what do I know? maybe they have. And maybe not.
    “Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position, but certainty is an absurd one,”
    says Voltaire.
    If you weary of the CP&S merry-go-round, you might try curling up with him, and Montaigne.
    (If you haven’t already, of course.)

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  38. Dan says:

    I don’t believe that I have found the truth either, but if I find myself twisting what I see as reality and playing with words in order to support a certain belief, I sense that I’m on the wrong path.
    I don’t see uncertainty as an uncomfortable position, but one of wonder and intrigue.

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  39. Roger says:

    “As the sun has laboured and not in vain and as the darkness draws the sun goes away but the remnant has absorbed the goodness of the sun to grow.”
    “The olive who was not an olive, the branch has been broken off to allow the darkness its time.”
    “And then shall be the roman who is not a roman for, what seems truth is not always truth but a lie with the coat of truth.”

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  40. Toad says:

    “…for, what seems truth is not always truth but a lie with the coat of truth.”
    True enough.

    I think I recognise, “The Curse of the Cat People,” here, eh, Roger.
    Right?
    Or maybe “Kung Fu?” (Loved that series!)

    ….”A rittle child may throw a stone in a pond, Glasshopper – and flifteen wise men cannot take it out again.”
    Rubbery stuff.

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  41. Toad says:

    “…It is not spiritually healthy to spend too much life thinking about hell.”

    Well, I agree. But you and Kathleen started it, Burro.

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  42. Roger says:

    Hell is also part of Creation it is for those who off their own choice do not want Heaven. Pugatory is for those who are sullied and want Heaven and through Contrition and Love clean the Souls. Free Will is Gods gift to man and Hell and Heaven implict in that choice.
    God is Love but He is also Holy and Heaven is the perfection of Love and Holiness.
    Satan is the opposite Hatred and Disgrace. The greatest in Hell are the most Hateful and Disgraceful.
    The mystery if Inquity is spiritually healthy.
    What isn’t healthy is a false Faith without the Cross and seeing in the Cross Love!

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  43. Dan says:

    On the topic of hell, I was wondering about the dreadful story of the three young women kept prisoner in a house in Ohio, USA. Surely those evil men demonstrated their use of free will sufficiently after the first day, but they were left to torture those women constantly for the next ten years, as well as the child and babies that were born. At anytime God could have found a way to help those women, but he didn’t. He just watched over the terrible suffering for a decade without doing a thing.

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  44. Brother Burrito says:

    How do you know He did nothing?

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  45. Toad says:

    Very good question from Burron, which we must all ask constantly about everything that others tell us is The Truth: “How do you know that?”

    However, it must be said that God does seem not uncomfortable with some situations that many of us would like to see something done about.
    Thinks Toad.

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  46. Dan says:

    Well what did God do? They were kept chained up for years and years – constantly abused, tortured, etc What did God do? You tell me BB, please do.

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  47. The Raven says:

    You’re not demonstrating a very good grasp of this “free will” thing, Dan.

    Tell us what you think God should have done and how He should have done it.

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  48. Frere Rabit says:

    I hope this is not going too become one of those mad blogs like the Damian Thompson,blog, where fewer than half a dozen people spend a considerable part of every day flinging pointless inanities at each other. Meanwhile many readers disappear and the discussion becomes impoverished. Get a grip, people!

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  49. Toad says:

    The problem is, Rabit, that one person’s “pointless inanity,” is another person’s “credo.”
    However, for fear of being thought pointlessly inane, I will say no more.

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  50. Roger says:

    No to begin to understand first look at the Passion
    WHY WAS IT NECESSARY FOR OUR LORD TO BE BUTCHERED?
    The Way Of The Cross is the first place to look at for human suffering and Gods reasons for Suffering. Because the Cross was because of Man and Sin!

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  51. Frere Rabit says:

    “one person’s “pointless inanity,” is another person’s “credo.”

    I could not have wished for a better example of the meaningless one-liner that demolishes discussion on this blog every day with empty non-sequiturs. This reduces discussion, intimitates potential new contributors, and is frankly becoming an embarrassment.

    Luckily for you and some other head-bangers,I voluntarily relinquished editorial control more than two years ago….It would be good to see the present editors getting a grip!

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  52. Roger says:

    “..When you become complacent to all the sin around you then you are in the kingdom of lucifer. When you see the truth about the world around you and fight it with the truth then you live in My Kingdom ..”

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  53. Dan says:

    Don’t worry Raven, I’ve got a good understanding of the “free will thing”: basically it’s the same old lame excuse for God not helping anyone in situations such as the one described earlier. Those men had ten years to demonstrate how they would use their free will – ten years! And you ask me what God could have done – unbelievable! I’m sure he could of thought of something that would have halted the dreadful suffering of those poor women and their children had to endure. Unlocking a door perhaps??
    But have you noticed how God also doesn’t help those in dire need from terrible effects of natural disasters, congenital defects, diseases, wild animal attacks, accidents etc.? You can’t dismiss this so easily with the “free will thing”.
    And should it be shocking to hear a Christian refer to these points as “pointless inanities”?

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  54. Roger says:

    Well now before there is any more of this deprecation of God look at the Early Church the martydoms. Look at the Holy Innocents. One of the constant complaints against God is this imprecation that he does something!
    The Israelites had the same notion! Judas had the same idea! Our Lord expressly did mention such things Luke 13
    [1] And there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
    [2] And he answering, said to them: Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things?
    [3] No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
    [4] Or those eighteen upon whom the tower fell in Siloe, and slew them: think you, that they also were debtors above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
    [5] No, I say to you; but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.

    This is a fallen world. There has to be reparation! Why the Perpetual Sacrifice of the Mass. Our Lord has been searching for victim souls to burn in His Love for poor sinners.
    There has to be reparation for Sin.
    Examine youselves before blaming God for God is Love!!

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  55. Toad says:

    “This reduces discussion, intimitates potential new contributors, “

    Why should it do any such thing, Rabit? How do you know what potential new contributors want or think? I would suggest you stop trying to bully everyone, as if we were the third form geography class, but then you’d only take it as a pointless inanity, as well.

    However, to cite a current example, Roger’s credo (on another ‘thread’) is that the world is only 7222 years old. I regard that as inaccurate, to the point of inanity (well past that point, in fact.) which is why we cordially discuss topics on CP&S. Seeking common ground, perhaps.
    Feel free to give us your opinion and Toad an hour’s detention for being cheeky to his superiors.

    “Luckily for you and some other head-bangers, I voluntarily relinquished editorial control more than two years ago…” …Or what? You’re not the playground monitor on here any more.
    Lucky for everyone, clearly.
    Including you, you blustering, peevish, old pedagog.

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  56. Frere Rabit says:

    It is quite a predictable response to accuse one who points out that this blog has become mired in inanity of “bullying”. What an infantile bunch you are on here these days!

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  57. Gertrude says:

    Sadly, this thread has become bogged down with inanities, the comments having nothing to do with the purposes of this blog (as set out in ‘About This Blog’).

    I would remind you that this Blog is a Roman Catholic blog, the subjects chosen to inform, edify and evangelise (since this is the \Year of Faith). We do not ask that everyone agrees with us, but we do ask for respect for our Faith, and, if you do disagree, then argue intelligently and with reason.

    I have therefore closed further comment on this thread.

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