Taking down the Vatican flag

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.

Goodbye to the Vatican flag

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 !

eeyores gloomy place


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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11 Responses to Taking down the Vatican flag

  1. cg says:

    I am sad that this Pope is so liberal and divisive. Pray for him and the church, everyday. Our Lady of Akita predicted this.

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  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Thanks for comment, Lisa. Comment has been approved but doesn’t seem to show up here. (Maybe it has been suppressed by hidden forces we are unaware of!)

    Link to your blogpost, in case readers wish to see it: http://www.catholicbandita.com/can-the-bishops-please-show-some-balance-in-silencing-people/

  4. fizzypilgrim says:

    I am glad to know this, Rabit. I ought to have at least one flag on my tower, which I totally agree with you and for the reasons you give, should not be the Vatican one. I shall have a Union flag anyway. The longer I live the more sure I am we should be cementing the Union together and not tearing it apart. We have much to apologise to the Irish for, but we should invite them back, humbly, as a race who gave much to the world. They are our neighbours. Much much love to the donks. I am so looking forward to seeing them, and you and your good friends,

  5. Fr Hugh says:

    **sigh** I hear you, brother, I hear you.


  6. cg says:

    Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses.

  7. You are not going to like what I have to say. I love this Pope. He was elected when the floor was dropping here ( here, meaning Vatican city…near where I live). One Pope retiring, a load of scandals, banking issues, etc.. You expect a lot from one man that is trying to get the cardinals off of their prince seats. I see it daily here…cardinals with limos…even OFM head ( Fr. Mike Perry) has a beautiful expensive Benz. (i know this due to I Iive 2 min from OFM hq). So many things wrong with the Church and this Pope is trying to straighten it out..instead of complaining and protesting…help in any way you can. Prayer is a start…but the Church also needs doers.

  8. Frere Rabit says:

    In fact you do not know where I am coming from either, and I knew the previous OFM General (who is now the main persecutor of the Franciscans of the Immaculate), but leaving aside that you do not know how much I know about Rome: tell me how illiberal suppression is part of the new Evangelism?

  9. I sort of don’t quite think “well done” is the right expression….but you know what I mean. Maybe something more like “In sympathy”. I would fly the SSPX flag on my non-blog if I knew how. I think you have plenty of company in the gloomy place.

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