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Archbishop Nichols: Royal baby is a source of joy for Britain

By on Tuesday, 23 July 2013

A crowd celebrates the news outside Buckingham Palace (Photo: PA)

A crowd celebrates the news outside Buckingham Palace (Photo: PA)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said the birth of a new prince is a “source of joy not only for the Royal Family but for the peoples of the United Kingdom and beyond”.

In a note congratulating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on behalf of the bishops’ conference of England and Wales, the archbishop said: “I assure Their Royal Highnesses of the prayers and best wishes of the Catholic Church in England and Wales for their new family. May Our Lord Jesus Christ bless and protect them, and may the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Joseph intercede for them.”

  • Brian

    Thank you Archbishop Nichols, for this truly Catholic congratulatory message.

  • Benedict Carter

    I am announcing my retirement from Catholic blogging. It’ll be hard to resist the temptation to start again, but with the help of Our Blessed Mother I will do my best. I’ve been commenting in various places for about six years now, mostly because I am passionate about my views, but also because I was able to, with time on my hands.

    As time has gone on, I have begun to feel that 95% of it is a useless distraction from one’s spiritual development, can even represent a rejection or a non-cooperation with Grace, and definitely involves a measure of intellectual pride and a love of combat for its own sake.

    The state of the institutional Church is one of wholesale collapse and doctrinal chaos, but the Church is Christ’s Body, not mine, and His hands are safer than those of any number of Catholic bloggers. Time therefore to put my energies elsewhere.

    All the best to all readers who have kindly supported my views over the years and may we all meet merrily in Heaven, as St. Thomas More once famously said!

  • NatOns

    A sad decision, BC. Let the Holy Ghost be your lead, and a soundly orthodox Father Confessor guide you .. not your own (endearing) personal weaknesses (or there is no hope for any of us in the Lord). Whatever you do, in response to the Light of Faith, do not deprive the Catholic Church of a sterling witness .. your strengthening of the brethren, like Peter’s, arises all the better from humble service, frail flesh and utter devotion to Jesus Christ.

    God go with you and bless you in all your ways.

  • Kevin Beach

    I have often found myself disagreeing with what you have posted, but I can understand your need and desire to concentrate on your spiritual development. We can’t hear the still small voice if we keep shouting ourselves. I include myself.

    May God bless and keep you and lead you to an ever greater understanding of His Truth – whatever it may be! [grin]

  • paulpriest

    …make it an enforced sabbatical.
    Only eight months ago things were potentially so very different – I’m very serious – things could change for us all in a matter of hours…God’s in charge not us…but yes your duty is to your own soul [and your blood pressure]
    keep in contact you git!
    and know the prayers constantly fly upward

  • mikethelionheart

    I’m sure my last priest will be jumping around the presbytery in excitement at this bit of royal news. I’m sure he’ll have posters of the royals up on his wall. Shame he couldn’t be as passionate about the Catholic laity.

  • mikethelionheart

    Are you sure about this BC.
    You may not realise the good you are doing. You could cut down rather than stop.

  • teigitur

    I really hope you do not Benedict. I sometimes do not agree with you, but you are totally consistant, and Orthodox. Catholic blogs sorely need people like you to counter all the nonsense we get from liberals and non-believers. Please reconsider.

  • Julian Lord

    I’ll be very sad to see you go, dear Benedict, and you are one of perhaps a handful of “comboxers” that I have truly learned from.

    Notwithstanding our continuing disagreements on perhaps a bare handful of issues, and notwithstanding the deep importance of that handful in the Catholicity itself, you have been, are, and will continue to be a brother in Christ, a friend, and a true Catholic.

    May God Bless you, Saint Michael protect you, Saint James guide you, Saint Mary help you in your greatest need.

  • Abulhaq

    and from Scotland, silence, thank God…..every cloud does have a silver lining after all.

  • Romulus

    You have been an ornament to this site. I hope you will not be going away permanently.

  • Tridentinus

    Thus saith a ‘good’ Christian.

  • James Moriarty

    That was uncalled for, and not a Christian sentiment.

    Good luck, Ben.

  • Tridentinus

    You may well be right. Does anyone change anyone’s mind, I don’t know?

    I have lately been reading the National (Non-)Catholic Reporter which if you are retiring, I don’t recommend you read it because if you do your fingers, like mine, will never be off your keyboard. It is incredible the number of people who deny nearly all and often everything, that the Church teaches and has taught throughout the ages yet still look upon themselves as Catholics; no, not only Catholics but the very Church itself.

    I believe that the heresies which currently beset Christ’s Church from within should be challenged and exposed to be what they are; the work of the Devil. Sadly, the Church is rather reluctant these days to censure or canonically punish those who preach against it from within (Hans Küng is still a priest in good standing despite his antipathy towards the Church).

    You were one those who exposed the hypocrisy and double-speak of the Modernists who have had a vice-like grip upon the Church over the last 50 years.

    The state of the institutional Church is one of wholesale collapse and
    doctrinal chaos, but the Church is Christ’s Body, not mine, and His
    hands are safer than those of any number of Catholic bloggers. Time
    therefore to put my energies elsewhere.

    I couldn’t agree more especially when many of the bishops of the world and a multitude of their priests ignored and thwarted the wishes and decrees of the last Pope at every twist and turn.

    You are right, however. “And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

    Vale, Benedicte, I will sadly miss your support and your posts..

  • $63841295

    A pretty grim day for traditional Catholic – or just Catholic, as the Modernist rot demonstrably and plainly isn’t – blogging. Oddly (I hope I don’t sound crawling) your very staunch pieces of Catholic commentary have bolstered me – and I am sure others – up when the hard fight for the Mass and for Tradition seemed to be too hard to bear. Excoriating the moral, doctrinal and liturgical collapse and anarchy wrought by the ‘robber Council’ is never more needed as Modernism is as rampant today as it was in 1970. I hope, indeed, we shall all of us Traditionalists meet in Heaven, where it is always ‘Pope Pius’ golden days’.

    The state of the institutional Church is one of wholesale collapse and doctrinal chaos…
    Excellent. The ‘three-wise-monkeys’ (see no evil…hear no evil) (i.e. ‘conservative’ Catholics and the ‘hermeneutic of continuity’, reform-of-the-reform brigade) is very popular here. It is simply a hermeneutic of self-delusion – the destruction wrought on the Church by the Devil’s cohorts and the vile heresy of Modernism is inestimable.

    Ave Atque Vale, from a very amateur imitator.

  • Grass staggers

    Sorry if this is the case Benedict. I doubt we’d have much in common regarding belief systems as I’m an atheist of the stripe of never having the ability of believing. However, I admire the strength of your own belief and have always enjoyed your posts. I would like to say that you write very well and that you will be a loss to the online community. Best wishes.

  • Frere Rabit


    I can see the reasons for your decision are compelling, but do not forget to drop in to the “Other Place” to help us out with the group efforts. Rebuttal of the loony left and liberal wing of the Church has never been more important.


  • polycarped

    Dear Benedict. I was only mentioning you to my wife earlier when we offered a decade for your friend, Tatiana. Like many others here, I am sorry to hear you have made this decision as you always contribute so much and I always look for your comments. I will miss your conviction and your passion; you so often say what I wanted to say but didn’t bother or have the guts to. I think the reasons you give for having made this decision are very sound however and many of us, I’m sure, might also want to take note. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for Benedict and for all of us! God bless you.

  • scary goat


    Sorry, I’m not going to “like” your post….which is an unusual occurrence.

    I do understand why you feel the way you do….but please reconsider. I know you have a lot on your plate right now….take a well deserved break, have a couple of months rest from it….take care of yourself….and then come back…please…we need you here. I know you are busy…cut it down a bit…confine yourself to the really important threads so that you have enough time for yourself and other commitments, but we do need you here…you are the driving force behind these comments sections. You are the one who is not afraid to say (in no uncertain terms) what a lot of us think…but we don’t have the same knack of focusing everyone’s attention on the issues the way you do.

    I came here with just a vague general sense of there being something wrong…but I didn’t know why. Your posts here educated me and I learnt in 6 months what it would probably have taken me 10 years to figure out by myself. I’m ok now…you were the catalyst which enabled me to read and learn…and I’m now able to progress by myself…but when I think of all the others who might stumble in here and not have the same chance I had…I feel it would be a sorry loss to this place if you were not here causing a rumpus and challenging everyone to debate the big issues.

    There will always be those who don’t agree with you….but don’t let that bother you. There are far more people on here who want you to stay and want to hear what you have to say….even some who may not agree with you…but still it gives them food for thought.

    Passionate about your beliefs….yes. Intellectual pride and combative nature…I think you are being too hard on yourself. You have a forceful style of writing…and we are all used to it…but maybe that’s what’s needed to focus people’s attention.

    And finally, for all those “nice” people who have accused you at various times of being a bigot, misogynist, etc etc….they haven’t got a clue what they are talking about….because over the couple of years since I first came here you have gone from being my teacher and mentor to being my best friend….and I know very well what a kind and caring and genuine man you are. These subjects need a forceful writing style….don’t confuse the message with the person.

  • Benedict Carter

    Dear All,

    Am overwhelmed by the comments. Thanks so much. What is about my fifth “retirement” will therefore (inevitably) be temporary. The fight goes on. I do need a good break from the online world though, so see you all again after some weeks or maybe months.

    Polycarped and others praying for Tatiana, God bless you all. She is like Job, has had everything stripped away from her in this last year – her husband to a coma from which he will not recover, poor man; her family home; very probably now her own life. She has recently gone to Confession for the first time in her life and received Holy Communion (Russian Orthodox Church) so please God she is ready, as we all must be, for her meeting with Our Lord the other side of the door. All your prayers I know will be used for her good.

  • scary goat

    Thank God. Have a lovely and peaceful break…and we will be here to welcome you back when you are rested and ready :-)

  • $63841295

    ‘Haste ye back’, as my countrymen might say. The good fight for Holy Tradition goes on, but we – Tradition – will triumph in the end, even if that final triumph is at the end of the world.

    ”Loin de moi de m’ériger en pape. Je ne suis qu’un évêque de l’Eglise
    catholique qui continue à transmettre, à transmettre la doctrine. Tradidi quod et accepi…je vous ai transmis ce que j’ai reçu”

    So that great prelate Archbishop Lefebvre, who is a Saint in Heaven now, that St. Athanasius of the twentieth century, said – what we must, if this is not arrogance, all do – defend to the death the Mass and the Sacraments, pass on the true Faith untainted by Modernism and Conciliarism. God bless.

  • polycarped

    Splendid news! Rest well. Looking forward to your safe return.

  • Irenaeus of New York

    My prayers and best wishes for you Benedict!

  • South Saxon

    I hope that you will reconsider your decision. Your posts are informative, well argued and have done much good.

  • Burt

    We will miss your pithy dose of Catholic Truth. I bet Archbishop Nichols won’t though. You gave him ‘another source of joy’ I bet :D Good man BC. God bless you and all you love.