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The traditional story is here tested against the evidence. ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ of 1605, also known at the time as the ‘Gunpowder Treason Plot’ or the ‘Jesuit Treason’, was billed as a failed assassination plot against Protestant King James I of England by a group of English Catholics led by Robert Catesby.
The official story was that the “conspirators” were going to blow up the House of Lords during the opening of England’s Parliament on 5th November by igniting a massive cache of gunpowder stored in the cellars under the Houses of Parliament. The alleged conspirators, we are told, hoped to inspire a widespread revolt in which a Catholic monarch could be placed on the throne.
Also allegedly involved in the plot were a number of other Catholics including Guido “Guy” Fawkes, a veteran of the military. Fawkes was supposedly given charge of the explosives. One version of the “official” story is that he was caught in the act, just as he was lighting the fuse attached to the pile of gunpowder. At their trial on 27th January, 1606, eight of the survivors, including Fawkes, were convicted and sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered. Almost all of them had confessed after weeks of brutal torture.
The Protestant ruling elite subsequently used the Gunpowder Plot to continue cracking down on the practice of Catholicism in England and to foment perpetual war with England’s neighbours.
Many more Catholics, lay and clergy alike, were hunted down, tortured and either imprisoned or executed. Many Catholics went into hiding. But was the Gunpowder Plot a “false flag,” an event in which one group frames another for a crime for some political end? And how does the evidence stand up to real scrutiny? Was the plot even possible? Was it more likely that members of a government faction had set up the plot themselves using infiltrators and double agents?
At the time (and ever since), propaganda about the event was used to unify the people against Catholics, with state-sponsored holidays in which effigies of Guy Fawkes, in particular, were burned as the public lit bonfires and celebrated the foiling of the “dastardly” scheme. What’s the truth? Find out in this special edition of an 1897 book by John Gerard, who bears the same name as one of the Catholic priests pursued for involvement in the Gunpowder Plot.
The Benedictines of the Abbey of the Holy Cross have affirmed that permission for the exhumation of Franco’s remains had not been granted by them and that armed police from the Civil Guard invaded the private property of the monastery, including the basilica.
“We want it to be on record that the actions of the security forces and the workers have been and are totally incompatible with the principle of the inviolability of places of worship and the rights of this Benedictine community.”
Furthermore the monks were denied access to their own basilica, where the Blessed Sacrament is housed, by armed goons belonging to the Civil Guard.
“……. the Civil Guard, without judicial authorisation to allow it, accessed and wandered about the premises of the abbey and, what is more serious, accessed and wandered about the basilica…….. without any ecclesiastical authorisation and occupying it 24 hours a day…….. chains and padlocks were placed on the access door between the abbey and the basilica,” despite the fact that the monks are “the sole owners and custodians of the church.”
The Benedictines went on to add that because the abbey and basilica were forcefully taken over by a hostile party “without the least supervision” the sacred character of the church was violated and the religious guardians of the basilica are left “not knowing if actions incompatible with worship, piety, or religion have taken place.”
The desecration of Franco’s grave reminds very much of the vile attacks on Christianity in the years and months leading up to the Spanish Civil War, which also involved the desecration of graves.
The anti-Christian government in Spain is about to desecrate the grave of former Head of State General Francisco Franco and remove his remains to a private family plot. Franco’s resting place is situated behind the high altar of the Catholic Basilica of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen. On Thursday, 23rd October, the anti-Christian powers in Spain are due to desecrate the sacrosanct property of the Church and trample all over her rights, just as they did in the years leading up to the Spanish Civil War.
In the two years leading up to the Civil War that began in 1936 until its end in 1939, more than 20,000 Christian churches were destroyed. The diabolical anti-Christian hatred unleashed in Spain persecuted, tortured and murdered tens of thousands of Christians in a targeted attack upon Christianity Nearly 7,000 clergy and religious were cruelly murdered. The martyred include 13 bishops, 4,172 diocesan priests and seminarians, 2,364 monks and friars, and 283 nuns. The military coup, that started the Spanish Civil War proper, was partly in response to these ferocious and murderous attacks upon the Church, her clergy and religious.
In the Valle de los Caidos, the Valley of the Fallen, the basilica, and its surrounding monument, capped by a 500 foot Christian Cross, can be seen from some twenty-miles away. It is carved out of a granite mountain and erected as a symbol of reconciliation and peace, containing as it does the remains of 40,000 people from both warring sides. All their names are recorded in the monument’s register. In a similarly symbolic gesture Franco, the reactionary right-wing pro-capitalist military General, was laid to rest in the basilica next to the popular martyred Spanish nationalist leader Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera who sought social justice for the landless and oppressed and the unity of Spain based upon the social doctrines of the Church.
Interestingly, perhaps a sign of providence at work, Franco went to his eternal judgement on 20th November, the same day, but 39 years later, that Jose Antonio was martyred by the anti-Christian regime just a few months before the beginning of Spain’s Civil War.
With the removal of Franco’s remains and the desecration of the basilica, Spanish Catholics are expecting an increased wave of attacks upon what is left of Christian civilisation in Spain.
Even the New York Post, the 4th largest-circulation newspaper in the U.S.A., found the “allegations were utterly implausible” enough to provide an opinion-piece with the straight-to-the-point headline “Catholic-haters have just convicted an innocent cardinal”.
Against a worldwide background of genocidal-level attacks, widespread desecration of churches, and general hate directed against Catholics, it’s encouraging to see that public acts of hatred against Christianity are not being tolerated in Poland.
A criminal has been arrested for “carrying out profanation” of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, after posters depicting a sacrilegious image of Our Lady and the Child Jesus appeared in the city of Płock. A raid upon the woman’s home uncovered a supply of the offending posters. If convicted a prison sentence of up to two years could await the offender.
“……. they made things up about them, and there was more than a whiff of anti-Catholicism in the hatred they heaped on these kids.”
“We now know that what was said about the boys wasn’t even true. A longer video has emerged showing what really happened at the Lincoln Memorial. It was the boys who were subjected to bigoted abuse, not Nathan Phillips. One of the Native American activists says to the boys: ‘White people, go back to Europe.’ They hurl the F-word at the boys. For more than an hour the boys, who were waiting for their school bus, were subjected to obscenities by a small group of Black Hebrew Israelites, a black nationalist religious outfit. The boys were called crackers, faggots, paedophiles, the products of incest. They are told, ‘Your president is a homosexual’. The boys do not shout any insults back. Nathan Phillips enters the picture after the boys had suffered an hour of racialised and homophobic abuse and he starts banging his drum in the boys’ faces. Here is the worst thing about the Twittermob’s globalised naming and shaming of these boys: they were humiliating the victims of the strange events at the Lincoln Memorial.”
The Holy Family Church in Mossend tell us on their Facebook page that “If you have listened to BBC Scotland’s Call Kay Show today you would have heard a number of alarming views proposing that Nativity plays are offensive and should have no place in modern Scotland!
So Who loves Nativity plays?!”
Official figures show that the great majority of *hate crimes* recorded in Scotland are directed against Catholics. The institutionalised anti-Catholicism inherent in the British State and its discriminatory laws against Catholics encourage anti-Catholic attitudes.
The Gunpowder Plot: 17th-Century False Flag
The Anti-Catholic Story Tested Against the Evidence.
“The Gunpowder Plot” of 1605 – known at the time as the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason – was billed as a failed assassination plot against Protestant King James I of England by a group of English Catholics led by Robert Catesby.
The official story was that the “conspirators” were going to blow up the House of Lords during the opening of England’s Parliament on the 5th November by igniting a massive cache of gunpowder stored in the cellars under the Houses of Parliament. The alleged conspirators, we are told, hoped to inspire a widespread revolt in which a Catholic monarch could be placed on the throne.
Also allegedly involved in the plot were a number of other Catholics including Guido “Guy” Fawkes, a veteran of the military. Fawkes was supposedly given charge of the explosives. One version of the “official” story is that he was caught in the act, just as he was lighting the fuse attached to the pile of gunpowder.
At their trial on Jan. 27, 1606, eight of the survivors, including Fawkes, were convicted and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Almost all of them had confessed after weeks of brutal torture.
The Protestant ruling elite subsequently used the Gunpowder Plot to continue cracking down on the practice of Catholicism in England and foment perpetual war with England’s neighbours. More Catholics – lay and clergy alike – were hunted down, tortured and either imprisoned or executed. Many Catholics went into hiding.
But was the Gunpowder Plot a “false flag,” an event in which one group frames another for a crime for some political end? And how does the evidence stand up to real scrutiny? Was the plot even possible? Was it more likely that members of a government faction had set up the plot themselves using infiltrators and double agents?
Propaganda about the event was, and still is, used to unify the people against Catholics, with state-sponsored holidays in which effigies of Guy Fawkes, in particular, were burned as the public lit bonfires and celebrated the foiling of the “dastardly” scheme. What’s the truth? Find out in a reprinted edition of an 1897 book by John Gerard, who bears the same name as one of the Catholic priests pursued for involvement in the Gunpowder Plot.
Sensationalist headlines in the mass media, repeated ad nauseam all over social media, give fuel to anti-Catholic bigotry and encourage physical attacks, abuse and discrimination against ordinary Catholics as well as Catholic clergy and religious.
Just recently a Catholic priest, Fr. Basil Hutsko, whom it should be stressed has never been accused of any sexual crime, was attacked and beaten unconscious in the sacristy of his church in Indiana, USA. The attacker reportedly said when launching the attack, “this is for all the kids”, in reference to the lurid and unrepresentative coverage in the media.
So, actually, how common is child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church according to the official data from independent investigative reports? And how does it compare to child sexual abuse in society as a whole?
We can get a very good idea by comparing the number of victims identified in independent investigations with the length of the period under investigation and the number of Catholics who experienced their childhood years during that period. By doing so we learn the approximate percentage of Catholic children who suffer sexual abuse in an institution like a school, church or orphanage run by the Catholic Church.
The extensive 2004 John Jay College of Criminal Justice investigation, covering the entire USA, found that there were 10,667 reported cases of child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions over a 52-year period. It can reasonably be said that during that 52-year period at least half of the seventy-million-strong Catholic population of the USA went through their childhood years. In other words, the official data records that approximately 0.03% of Catholic children in the USA were victims of sexual abuse in Catholic institutions over a period of fifty-two years.
Staying in the USA, the very recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury investigation reported that 1,000 children were recorded as victims of sexual abuse in Catholic institutions in Pennsylvania over a 70-year period. With seventy years being roughly the average length of a human lifetime it can reasonably be said that three-million, two-hundred thousand children, which is the size of the Catholic population of Pennsylvania, went through their childhood during this seventy-year period. In other words, the official data records that approximately 0.03% of Catholic children in Pennsylvania were victims of sexual abuse in Catholic institutions over a period of seventy years.
In Ireland, the extensive Commission to Enquire into Child Abuse revealed in its Final Report in 2009 that, over a thirty-four year period, 170,000 children passed through Industrial and Reformatory schools run by the Catholic Church. A total of 369 people made complaint to the Commission during its nine-year-long confidential investigation that they had suffered sexual abuse in these institutions. In other words, the official data records that 0.2% of Catholic children in Ireland were victims of sexual abuse in Catholic institutions over a period of thirty-four years.
Finally, in Australia, another extensive investigation, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, found that 4,444 claimants reported sexual abuse in Catholic institutions. This was recorded over a period of 35 years, which is approximately half a lifetime. The Catholic population of Australia is 5,440,000 and it can reasonably be said that roughly half that number of Catholics experienced childhood during the 35-year period under investigation. So, in other words, the official data records that approximately 0.16%.of Catholic children in Australia were victims of sexual abuse in Catholic institutions over a period of thirty-five years.
It’s often claimed that many victims of sexual abuse don’t report it through fear, or embarrassment, or for other reasons, so the true number of victims will be higher. Unfortunately, whilst this may well be true, we cannot know it if they are not reported and recorded. If a guess is made as to what percentage of victims do not report child sexual abuse the same rule and measurement must also apply to the officially recorded data for child sexual abuse in the rest of society.
Horrifically, the U.K.-based National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) records a study published in 2000 by Cawson et al, called ‘Child Maltreatment in the United Kingdom: A Study of the Prevalence of Child Abuse and Neglect’. The extensive study records that an enormous 16% of children under sixteen-years of age suffer sexual abuse.
In the USA, Rind et al found in 1998 in a meta-analytical study compiled from 23 independent studies, that between 22% and 23% of children under eighteen-years of age suffer sexual abuse
So, the next time you come across an anti-Catholic bigot trying to whip-up hatred against Catholics and against Catholicism, using clerical sexual abuse as an excuse, be sure to make use of the facts and figures from the official data to demolish the myths and the lies that are being used in an attempt to overwhelm and undermine Catholicism. Be sure to point out that child sexual abuse is a hundred times worse, or even thousands of times worse, in so-called “normal” society than it is in institutions run by the Catholic Church.
As the famous Catholic convert G.K. Chesterton once said: “When people impute special vices to the Christian Church, they seem entirely to forget that the world (which is the only other thing there is) has these vices much more.”
It was revealed by Labour Party MP, Elaine Smith, in the Scottish Parliament’s General Question Time, that “Catholics were subject to more attacks than all other religious groups combined.”
This anti-Catholicism, integral to the British State, is still reflected by the fact that any member of the ‘royal family’ who becomes a Catholic is forced to renounce any claim to the Throne.