This is a blog about donkeys. It is a blog that connects to the Catholic pilgrim tradition of the Camino de Santiago. A small and dedicated group of followers read this blog mainly for its content about donkeys. Most are not concerned very much about the Camino de Santiago nor any Catholic views I occasionally post. Nevertheless, I have flown the Vatican flag prominently on my blog, simply to align myself with traditional Catholic bloggers.
Today I am hauling down the flag from the mast.
The text that always accompanied the Vatican flag on my blog was: “¡Ultreya peregrino! El camino es catolico!” – a reference to the ancient Santiago pilgrim hymn, and a reminder that the pilgrimage to Compostela is a Catholic tradition: for these days it seems to have become a mystical journey for new age enthusiasts of ley lines and Templar fantasies, etc., with a corresponding transition into a commercially oriented tourist attraction. So it was always with that in mind that I kept my Vatican flag flying: this blog – about donkeys and about the way the Camino inspired my involvement with donkeys – was intended as a reminder that the Camino is Catholic.
Today I have removed the Vatican flag.
My reason for doing this is not that I have ceased to be a Catholic. It is quite the reverse. The Catholic Church under the present Pope Francis and the current regime in the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the Inquisition) is currently doing its best to disassociate itself from its core traditional support. Consequently, in protest (a small and quite insignificant protest, but all that I am able to do), I remove the Vatican flag. I am no longer proud to fly it, just as I cannot be proud of a Church that intimidates its own faithful members.
If you wish to read more about the ways in which the current illiberal Catholic regime is censoring and bullying traditional Catholics, the blog Rorate Caeli has an excellent summary of the situation: “The Sound of Silence” http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/03/editorial-sound-of-silence.html
This blogpost is dedicated to the Franciscans of the Immaculate whose traditional Franciscan life and liturgy has been brutally suppressed by the new “liberal” regime, and also those bloggers who have been silenced or given strong warning signals by the hierarchy. Why would I want to fly the flag for this repressive nonsense, while heterodoxy flourishes and is even welcomed by bishops !