Saturday, October 11, 2008

Annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation - 2008

This year Rosary Crusade of Reparation was again great success, over three thousands Catholics participated in the walk between London Westminster Cathedral and Brompton Oratory. The post is adorned with the image of Our Lady of Victories from the side altar in the Brompton Oratory.

Once in Oratory reparation prayers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament were offered this year in atonement for the disaster of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill, currently almost reaching the phase of implementation by the Parliament. The Crusade was filmed by EWTN TV crew. However, there is certain specific and disturbing problem that is in obvious increase this year. In the introduction to the prayers, one of the Oratory's Fathers mentioned that this July the consecrated Host was
stolen during Mass at the Oratory
and later individuals in possession of the Host committed sacrilegious act of desecration that was filmed and posted on the internet. Oratorian Fathers therefore, no longer offer Communion in the hand, as there is specific provision from the Holy See allowing to ban this way of Communicating to prevent sacrilege when applicable. I can think how many times in the past the Host has been stolen unnoticed and that this way of Communion distribution should be definitely banned for ever from all Catholic Churches not only when 'suspicion of sacrilege' is the option. Well known website posting various home-made videos, such as Youtube, is notorious in promoting public desecration of the Host. Despite petitions and protests of Catholics they keep a channel of attention-seeking individual who had produced 43 videos depicting desecration of the Hosts stolen during Masses in some Canadian Catholic Churches. Angry and scandalised Catholics cannot even flag these videos as offensive and hateful. And ironically, as one can read in Youtube's instruction for videos flagging, Youtube declares: 'We will not tolerate videos showing disturbing images of abusing animals, depicting dead bodies' etc. However, they are happy to keep videos promoting sacrilegious desecration of the Host. Twice, thousands of Catholics sent petitions to Youtube to remove these videos, however Youtube did not act. I encourage Catholics to boycott Youtube. There are alternatives such as Godtube and LoveToBeCatholic.

Commentary from Catholic Culture journalist, Philip Lawler
Desecration of the Eucharist: a story not worth telling

Most sweet Jesus -- Act of Reparation (Iesu dulcissime - Reparationis actus)
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus