Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Who is Fr Martin?

If he is a priest then we believe him to be of the Archdiocese of Liverpool as the first time Orthfully Catholic encountered him was his response to our news that Archbishop Kelly had retracted his plans to set up a personal parish for the sole use of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite after his Council of Priests had rejected them.

Our second encounter has become famous in the blogosphere. When our founding member wanted to share what his PP had said in a homily Fr Martin commented that Seminarians should wait until they are ordained before giving advice to priests.

It is this member who decides which comments can be published and which should be deleted, so, thinking Fr Martin must be an old priest who believes Seminarians should be seen and not heard he apologised for causing offence and then went away for a week. Upon his return he discovered this comment had caused outrage among blog readers and published 20 comments defending us against this priest. His Hermeneuticalness and Fr Ray Blake had even posted a defence on their blogs. Not only that but it turned out that Orthfully Catholic was not the only victim of this 'ecclesiastical cyber-bully', Damian Thompson has also received unsavoury comments from him.

So who is this priest? We think its time for an investigation from The Catholic Herald!

As one of our supporters said, Fr Martin clearly needs our prayers so please pray for him.

Thank you to all those who have supported and defended us and God Bless you all.

The Seminarians


gemoftheocean said...

Guys, I personally don't think "Fr. Martin" is a priest at all. FWIW.


lone said...

Young men - let us not go on a witch-hunt.

Pray for Fr Martin and work hard to become the best priests you can be.

Thank you.

Orthodox said...

Dearest Brothers in Christ,

From one who oneday wishes to join your ranks, here are some encouraging words which I often have to turn to when faced with sometimes vehmant opposition by the clergy.

The Last Quote is my favourite

We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction." -Pius XII, AD 1953

"If you're not a thorn in somebody's side, you aren't doing Christianity right." Mother Angelica
"Ignorance is no excuse when we have neglected to learn what we are obliged toknow.
"St. Ambrose

"The persistence of Mary about the dangers which threaten the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul."
Pope Pius XII

"Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, before the Knights of Columbus, June of 1972.

I remain dear brothers, your unworthy brother in Christ and our Good Mother

Calvin James
'Summorum Pontificum Johannesburg'

Anonymous said...

I'v elong been suspect of people who who blogger ID's but no pages or profiles to view.

Not really sure why that makes me more suspicious of them being who or what they claim to be, but it does. Mostly as they always seem to be the ones with the snarky comments.

I hate it when people write degrading or hateful things on my blog (thinking of that whole Professor Myers debacle) and then run away again into anonymity....

more credibility is given in my book if you at least have a web page or profile with which to reveal SOMETHING about yourself.

I am quite sure in the end that this is a "personal problem" of mine (k*chem)but I applaud your efforts to ID the fellow.

Every man should stand behind his words if they or to have worth.

PS I do not think it is a witch hunt. They are possibly doing us all the favor of exposing yet another fraud. If not, then let the man show himself. The rest of us would.