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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7196)10/11/2021 9:46:35 PM
From: Joachim K
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Compulsory Vax in France?
Posted on October 10, 2021 by Baron Bodissey

It’s important to note that this French bill requiring all citizens to be “vaccinated” against the Wuhan Coronavirus is still a proposal — it hasn’t been passed. If it does pass, it will be the first law of its kind to be enacted in a Western country.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the German-language service of RT:

Forced vaccinations for everyone? According to a new French bill — Yes

The French Senate’s Social Committee has tabled a bill that would make vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory for all French citizens. If the bill passes, France could become the first country where citizens are compulsorily vaccinated against COVID-19

The Social Committee of the French Senate has introduced a bill that will make it mandatory for all citizens to be vaccinated against COVID-19 from January 1, 2022 . The proposed vaccination mandate was introduced on October 4 by Senator Bernard Jomier , a doctor and senator from Paris.

The vaccination requirement would come into force on January 1, 2022, and anyone failing to comply would be fined €135 under Article 519 of the French Code of Criminal Procedure. In the event of repeated violations of the obligation to vaccinate, the fine may be increased to up to €1,500. The French Senate will hold a public session on October 13 to discuss the proposed amendment to the Public Health Law before it is sent to the National Assembly.

On September 15, the French parliament approved the mandatory vaccination for all healthcare workers announced by Macron in July. This regulation affected over 2.5 million French people who work in hospitals, emergency services, retirement homes and for private doctors. The regulation also applied to firefighters across France.

Since it was launched, at least 3,000 healthcare workers across France have been suspended for refusing to take the vaccine. As of October 6, about 75 percent of the French population have received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, with 72.8 percent of them fully vaccinated.

If approved, France could become the first country where citizens are compulsorily vaccinated against COVID-19.

Afterword from the translator:

I have family in France, and so far they’ve successfully avoided this genocide. If this goes through, I’ve no idea what they’re going to do. I seriously hope that this will make the people of France rise up even more and break the Maquereau’s and his evil ilk’s NECK beneath Madame Louisette.

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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7196)10/13/2021 6:33:48 PM
From: Joachim K
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Archbishop of Canterbury decries Christians’ ‘history of sin of force,’ says to Muslims:

‘Let us be people of peace’

OCT 12, 2021 1:00 PM



From the looks of this article, Welby didn’t say a word about Muslims’ history of “the tragic sin of force,” or about the ongoing Muslim persecution of Christians in Nigeria and elsewhere today. Nor does there seem to have been any reciprocal appeal from any Muslim leader. The outreach, in this case as in every other case, is all in one direction only. But no one ever seems to notice, care, or ponder the implications of that.

“Welby in Egypt: Christians and Muslims must work together for peace,” by Gerald Butt, Church Times, October 11, 2021 (thanks to Henry):

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has urged Christians and Muslims to work together in the cause of peace, acknowledging that, at times in the past, Christians had failed to live up to the ideals of their faith in encounters with Islam.

Archbishop Welby’s call came in a sermon at All Saints’ Cathedral, Cairo, during a service of thanksgiving for the new Anglican/Episcopal Province of Alexandria.

“Christians are to be part of a Church that is told to conquer with love and peace,” he said. “Never, never with a sword, a bomb, or a plot. Either Christians demonstrate the truth of God or they demonstrate nothing by the quality of their lives.

“And I say to our dear friends from the Islamic community: how often have Christians got this wrong. Our history is one of the tragic sin of force. Let us be people of peace together.”…

Accompanied by Dr Fawzy, Archbishop Welby had talks with the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawky Allam, and Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar, the main seat of Sunni Islamic scholarship. “At this time of great crises in our world,” the Archbishop wrote after the meeting, “it’s especially important that we keep building bridges of friendship across different faiths. Grateful for the Grand Imam of al-Azhar’s deep commitment to this vision.”…

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From: Joachim K10/15/2021 7:41:46 PM
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France: Mosque closed after it was discovered to be preaching armed jihad, Islamic martyrdom, and terrorism

OCT 14, 2021 3:00 PM



Imagine the embarrassment of French authorities when they discover this mosque was not an outlier.

“Radical Islam: Allonnes mosque closes, government ‘uncompromising in the face of radicalization,'” translated from “Islam radical : la mosquée d’Allonnes ferme, le gouvernement «intransigeant face à la radicalisation»,” Le Parisien, October 13, 2021 (thanks to Medforth):

The prefecture of Sarthe announced on Wednesday that it had initiated a procedure for closing the mosque in Allonnes, a small town of about 11,000 inhabitants southwest of Le Mans, which welcomes around 300 faithful, and where sermons legitimize “the appeal to armed jihad.”

“According to the evidence collected, sermons and the activity of this place of worship, which is frequented by individuals belonging to or close to the radical Islamist movement, legitimize the use of armed jihad, death as a martyr, the commission of acts of terrorism, and the practice of violence, hatred and discrimination, as well as the establishment of Sharia law,” the Sarthe prefecture indicated in a press release.

The “inflexible” government

“We are inflexible in the face of Islamism, we are uncompromising in the face of hatred and radicalization,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said during his weekly press briefing. “When the Republic is attacked, it must respond, it must respond strongly, and therefore we have initiated a procedure to request the closure of this mosque,” he continued, recalling that it had been initiated “on the basis of the law on internal security and the fight against terrorism which was recently passed.”

“In total, more than 650 places frequented by fundamentalists have been closed. During this mandate we have dissolved a dozen structures of worship, mosques, three times more than under the two previous terms combined,” he further underlined.

110 children in a Koranic school

The Allonnes Mosque also houses a Koranic school “welcoming around 110 children, in front of whom armed jihad has been recognized and which therefore constitutes a place of indoctrination,” says the Sarthe prefecture. Also, “under the terms of the law, all of these facts constitute statements made, ideas and theories disseminated, or activities inciting violence, hatred or discrimination, causing the commission of acts of terrorism or condoning such acts.”

“In view of these elements, at the request of the Minister of the Interior, the Prefect of Sarthe initiated a procedure to close this place of worship,” the prefecture’s statement concluded. The mosque is managed by two associations, the Allonnaise Association pour le Juste Milieu (AAJM) and the Al Qalam association.

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From: Joachim K10/15/2021 11:46:28 PM
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Vatican top dogs tried to dissuade Islamocritical Anglican from converting to Catholicism

October 15, 2021 5:00 PM


“Nazir-Ali faced biting criticism from his liberal fellow Anglican bishops for not toeing the Church of England’s politically correct line on Islam.”

He won’t find the Church of Rome any different in that regard.

“Celeb Anglican Bishop Comes Home to Rome,” by Jules Gomes,, October 14, 2021:

Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, former bishop of Rochester, England — once the see of English martyr St. John Fisher — and a champion of persecuted Christians in Islamic countries, has joined the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

“I write to let you know of my reception into the ordinariate established for Anglicans who wish to be in full communion with the See of Peter,” Lord Nazir-Ali announced….

An Ordinariate priest told Church Militant that “Lord Nazir-Ali is the most high-profile convert from the Church of England to Rome for the last 100 years, probably since the conversion of the intellectual giant Msgr. Ronald Knox.”

“Michael is one of the most prodigious intellects of our time, a heroic apologist for the faith, a bulwark against radical Islam, a laser-sharp cultural commentator, a persuasive preacher, a passionate evangelist of the highest caliber, and a brilliant linguist and poet,” the priest said….

Church Militant also learned that efforts were made at the highest level of the Vatican to dissuade 72-year-old Nazir-Ali from converting to Catholicism.

“First, Nazir-Ali isn’t the kind of convert we are looking for under the Francis pontificate. Second, such a high-profile conversion is a setback to ecumenism. Third, Pope Francis seems to have always indicated he believes in the validity of Anglican orders,” a senior Argentinian-based Anglican cleric who knew Cdl. Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires told Church Militant….

The first non-white diocesan bishop in the Church of England and an Islamic scholar who is fluent in Urdu and Farsi, Pakistani-born Nazir-Ali faced biting criticism from his liberal fellow Anglican bishops for not toeing the Church of England’s politically correct line on Islam.

An indefatigable campaigner against Muslim apostasy laws in Pakistan and a prolific writer on Islam, Nazir-Ali said he regretted the church was not doing enough to convert Muslims to Christianity.

“The so-called ‘blasphemy law’ has caused considerable grief for Christians and other non-Muslim minorities since even the expression of their belief can be construed as insulting the Prophet,” he wrote in a foreword to Freedom to Believe: Challenging Islam’s Apostasy Law.

After a 15-year apostolate as the 106th bishop of Rochester, Nazir-Ali resigned his bishopric at the age of 59, announcing he would devote the rest of his life to working for persecuted Christians in Muslim-dominated regions.

In 2008, the bishop received death threats after criticizing Islamic extremists for creating “no-go areas” for non-Muslims in Britain. However, thousands of white working-class Britons wrote to him and in the media commending him for his truth-telling and courage.

Nazir-Ali, who also served as bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan, blamed multiculturalism for segregating religious groups and said Britain’s abandoning the Christian faith had led to a “multi-faith mish-mash.”

The ideology of Islamic extremism had further alienated “the young from the nation in which they were growing up and turn[ed] separate communities into ‘no-go’ areas,” he wrote in Britain’s The Sunday Telegraph.

“If it had not been for the Black-majority churches and the recent arrival of people from central and Eastern Europe, the Christian cause in many of our cities would have looked a lost one,” he argued.

Bishop Nazir-Ali’s comments “have angered many working in interfaith relations, who say he has undermined years of patient work,” the liberal Church Times commented….

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To: Joachim K who wrote (7200)10/19/2021 8:48:29 AM
From: Tom Clarke
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It's just like Quasimodo predicted

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To: Joachim K who wrote (7199)10/19/2021 9:06:39 AM
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It remains a mystery why Benedict was forced to abdicate.

>>For all of John Paul II’s brilliance and courage, in many ways I regard Benedict as more significant intellectually, and perhaps will yet come to be seen as the equal to JPII in consequences because of a single deed, which was his own “Be not afraid” moment. I refer of course to his 2006 “ Regensburg Lecture” that outraged the Muslim world for its criticism of its anti-rationalism. The clear implication of the lecture is that Islam needs to “re-Hellenize” as Christianity did if it is truly to live up to its slogan as a “religion of peace.” The Regensburg Lecture has been rightly compared to Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 Harvard commencement address, and it is worth jumping into the chief offending passage:

“Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7202)10/19/2021 9:37:11 AM
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G.K. Chesterton on Islam

“Christendom might quite reasonably have been alarmed if it had not been attacked. But as a matter of history it had been attacked. The Crusader would have been quite justified in suspecting the Moslem even if the Moslem had merely been a new stranger; but as a matter of history he was already an old enemy. The critic of the Crusade talks as if it had sought out some inoffensive tribe or temple in the interior of Tibet, which was never discovered until it was invaded. They seem entirely to forget that long before the Crusaders had dreamed of riding to Jerusalem, the Moslems had almost ridden into Paris.”

Dr. Thomas Madden on Islam

“Now put this down in your notebook, because it will be on the test: The crusades were in every way a defensive war. They were the West's belated response to the Muslim conquest of fully two-thirds of the Christian world.”

Piers Paul Read on Islam

“The first point to be made in defense of the Crusades is that they were initially a response to Islamic aggression. Islam, from its inception, had espoused the use of force. Where Jesus had died for his beliefs, the Prophet Mohammed had wielded a sword. Though Christianity was later to be exploited for political ends, the Christian religion as such had, in the first three centuries of its existence, spread peacefully--thriving, in fact, on the blood of its martyrs. I say this not to score a point in favour of Christianity but to emphasize an historical truth: The spread of Islam from the Arabian peninsula to south-western France in the eighth century; and to the gates of Vienna in the seventeenth, came as a result of conquest by Islamic armies.”

Dr. Paul Halsall on Islam

[Dr. Paul Halsall to CNN interviewer Jonathan Mann]” I think there is just as much bad information, for instance, in Christiane's [Amanpour] report or in your previous segment, than is in the film. For instance, the idea that the Muslim world has this memory of the Crusades is very largely incorrect. It is a recovered memory. The idea that Jerusalem is Islam's third holiest place, Islam has many third holiest places. The idea that the capture of Jerusalem in 1099 was particularly horrific. All of these things are truisms repeated repeatedly on television, but they are not in fact correct.”

Dr. William Urban on Islam

“The story we tell about the crusades is that of ambitious nobles and merchants; intolerant Christians who kill innocent Jews, peaceful Arabs, and non-conventional Christians [heretics]; and scheming popes. Most of these villains are half competent fools and knaves who enrich themselves through taxes and trade, excusing their excesses through pious hypocrisy. In these stores the Turks are somehow forgotten, as though they were not a dangerous enemy at that time, or are confused with Arabs, while the Armenians, Byzantines, and other near-Eastern Christians are ignored for lack of time and space to discuss them. What is emphasized most strongly is the moral superiority of "natives," non-Christians, and non-traditional Christians. Secondly, the victimization of culturally superior Moslems by ethnocentric Westerners whose crudeness is equalled only by their love of violence and cunning. Lastly, any questioning of this thesis is dismissed as racism. In short, an aging collection of anti-colonial sentiments has merged with mild political correctness (opposition to violence, scepticism toward Western religious traditions and practices, concern for social issues reflecting race, gender, class, and ethnicity) to dominate current historiography of the Crusades.”

Dr. Thomas Madden on Islam

“If the Muslims won the crusades (and they did), why the anger now? Shouldn't they celebrate the crusades as a great victory? Until the nineteenth century that is precisely what they did. It was the West that taught the Middle East to hate the crusades. During the peak of European colonialism, historians began extolling the medieval crusades as Europe's first colonial venture. By the 20th century, when imperialism was discredited, so too were the crusades. They haven't been the same since. In other words, Muslims in the Middle East — including bin Laden and his creatures — know as little about the real crusades as Americans do. Both view them in the context of the modern, rather than the medieval world. The truth is that the crusades had nothing to do with colonialism or unprovoked aggression. They were a desperate and largely unsuccessful attempt to defend against a powerful enemy.”

Dr. Timothy Furnish on Islam

“As Vincent Carroll so eloquently explains, only a historical ignoramus--or, I would add at the risk of redundancy, a tendentious PBS editor --could produce the claptrap statement that the Crusades marked the first time Islam and the West met on the battlefield. Islam began with one man in Mecca and, within less than two centuries, encompassed territory from the Iberian Peninsula to the Hindu Kush. This expansion did not happen peacefully. The Arab Muslim armies attacked and conquered Byzantine Christian territories in Syria and Egypt and, a bit later, Arab-Berber Muslim forces conquered the formerly Roman, but still Christian, cities and towns across North Africa and into what is now Spain and Portugal, ruling there for seven centuries. Muslim armies invaded the Frankish Kingdom, later to become France, in 732 and were defeated by Charlemagne's grandfather, Charles Martel. Over the next three centuries the Sunni Muslim Seljuq Turks further dissected the Byzantine Empire, beginning a process that would be completed by their cousins the Ottomans, who conquered Constantinople in 1453 and ruled south-eastern Europe for centuries. So the Crusades, far from being the first time Muslims and Christians fought, were actually merely the first time that Christians, after four centuries of defeats, really fought back. “

John Quincy Adams on Islam:

In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, [{Editor’s Note: Mohammed] combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle. Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust, by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion.

He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST: TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE [capitals in original].

Between these two religions, thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. That war is yet flagrant; nor can it cease but by the extinction of that imposture, which has been permitted by Providence to prolong the degeneracy of man. While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men. The hand of Ishmael will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. It is, indeed, amongst the mysterious dealings of God, that this delusion should have been suffered for so many ages, and during so many generations of human kind, to prevail over the doctrines of the meek and peaceful and benevolent Jesus…

The precept of the koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force. [Capitals in original]

—John Quincy Adams, “Christianity—Islamism.” “Unsigned essays dealing with the Russo-Turkish War, and on Greece,” originally published in The American Annual Register for 1827–1829 (New York, 1830).

John Wesley on Islam:

Ever since the religion of Islam appeared in the world, the espousers of it … have been as wolves and tigers to all other nations, rending and tearing all that fell into their merciless paws, and grinding them with their iron teeth; that numberless cities are razed from the foundation, and only their name remaining; that many countries, which were once as the garden of God, are now a desolate wilderness; and that so many once numerous and powerful nations are vanished from the earth! Such was, and is at this day, the rage, the fury, the revenge, of these destroyers of human kind.

— John Wesley, “The Doctrine of Original Sin, Works” (1841), ix 205

Alexis de Tocqueville on Islam:

In the 1840’s. Alexis de Tocqueville traveled twice to Algeria. He wrote to Arthur de Gobineau, October 22, 1843:

“I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Mohammed.

“So far as I can see, it is the principle cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.”

Winston Churchill on Islam:

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property.

A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

Barack Hussein Obama II on Islam:

"I also know that Islam has always been a part of America's story."

"That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn't."

"These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings."

"America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."

"So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed"

"Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality"

"As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith."

"I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month."

"My job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives."

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From: Joachim K10/25/2021 10:30:36 AM
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France: ‘F*** the Islamophobes,’ ‘To all teachers, I’ll behead you’

October 24, 2021 3:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER 10 COMMENTS

This is France’s wonderful new diversity, which is a cause for unalloyed joy.

“After the tribute to Samuel Paty, threatening graffiti directed at teachers at Jaume high school in Pierrelatte,” translated from “Après l’hommage à Samuel Paty, un tag menaçant envers les profs au lycée Jaume à Pierrelatte,” by Damien Triomphe, France Bleu, October 22, 2021 (thanks to Medforth):

Threatening graffiti was discovered Thursday, October 21 on a door of a boy’s toilet at the Gustave-Jaume high school in Pierrelatte, “To all teachers, I’ll behead you.” The academic director of Drôme calls for restraint and vigilance.

“Does it have a meaning? Is it a matter of stupidity? In any case, it automatically puts us on alert,” the academic director of Drôme, Pascal Clément, assures us. And for good reason: extremely threatening graffiti was discovered Thursday, October 21 at the very beginning of the afternoon on the door of the boy’s toilet at the Lycée Gustave-Jaume in Pierrelatte. It said “F*** the Islamophobes,” “To all teachers, I’ll behead you,” among other things.

The principal lodged a complaint. The graffiti was obviously erased in the wake of its discovery. A message was sent internally to the staff of the establishment. “The best way to deal with this is to inform so that everyone is vigilant,” the academic director explained. Threats written by one or more young people may not reflect their intentions, “we don’t know how genuine the message is,” warns Pascal Clément.

Tuesday, October 19, a hooded individual already burst into a class in progress and threw a chair in the direction of a teacher, who avoided it.

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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7202)10/27/2021 9:27:37 PM
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Hermits excommunicated after accusing Pope of heresy

by Madoc Cairns

Fr Stephen de Kerdrel, founder of The Hermits

Three hermits living on an Orkney island in Scotland have been excommunicated from the Church after accusing Pope Francis of heresy.

The Black Hermits of Westray in Orkney – Fr Stephen de Kerdrel, Sister Colette Roberts and Brother Damon Kelly – received notice of their excommunication from the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles on Christmas Day.

The diocese’s action was in response to a declaration’ signed by the hermits in April 2019, in which the they state that Catholicism is “being transformed inexorably into [a] False Church” and that the pope, “by his utterances, his behaviour, his teaching and his actions, has shown himself to be...a great heretic."

The three hermits' excommunication means they will no longer be able to receive the sacraments licitly unless they reconcile with the Church.

The diocese has clarified that, given the declaration contained a statement by the hermits that they have withdrawn “obedience from Pope Francis and sever[ed] communion with the Holy See”, the group had, canonically speaking, excommunicated themselves.

Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, Brian McGee, wrote to the Hermits on being informed of their intent to sever communion with Rome, warning them of this, and urging them to reconsider.

The Black Hermits were founded in 1999 by Fr Stephen De Kerdrel, a former Capuchin novice master, for "young men seeking a more primitive form of life". He runs a Hermits' Blog for the three.

The group has attracted controversy in the past: in 2015 the Diocese of Northampton requested they leave one of the diocese’s properties following complaints about one of their number’s behaviour.

Brother Damon Kelly has been arrested over a dozen times, including for sending hate mail to a prominent Episcopalian priest and invading two Scottish Prestyberian services.

Speaking to the Tablet, Fr. Stephen emphasised that he had taken this controversial course of action only because he felt there was no other way to draw attention to what he sees as the failings of the current Pope. Despite having had no interest in church politics, what he termed as “ambiguities and outright heresies” on the part of the Pope had driven him to speak out about the “False Church” he sees as now controlling a large part of the Catholic Church.

Unusually for such a strong critic of Pope Francis, Fr. Stephen sees many of the roots of the current unrest in the church in the proclamation of papal infallibility at Vatican I, and sees the Pope as similar in certain ways to Bl. Pius IX, the Pope who presided over that Church council. Catholic tradition has become “overgrown, luxurious, almost jungle-like”, in comparison to the “remarkably stable” Eastern Orthodox tradition, he noted, arguing that the temporal power of the Papacy, historically and contemporarily, has become a “millstone around the Church’s neck”. Despite his appreciation for aspects of Orthodoxy, however, the hermits have no current plans to convert to an Eastern church.

To the surprise of the three hermits, given their reluctance to seek vocations, the recent controversy has caused interest in joining their way of life to rocket. The three hermits, who currently live in three mobile homes, have visitors only rarely, internet access infrequently, and are dependent upon a wind turbine and two solar panels for electricity. Given their isolated way of life, very little practical changes are likely to occur as a result as the excommunication: Fr Stephen, who sees the excommunication as “null and void”, will continue to provide the group with the sacraments.

He does, however, have a serious personal issue as the result of the excommunication: it will be very difficult for him to find another priest to act as his confessor. In spite of this, Fr Stephen remains convinced the hermits have done the right thing in spite of the difficulties: “We are a scapegoat, in the biblical sense, for the sins of the current Catholic Church; the sins of the Church are heaped upon us”.

The hermits currently live on Westray, an Orkney isle with a population of around 600 people, and share their dwellings with five cats.

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To: Joachim K who wrote (7205)10/30/2021 6:58:58 AM
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Why is he bothering these nice people? He needs to get back to addressing climate change and vaccine mandates.

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