Skip to comments.SHAME IN LIVERPOOL: The bishop denies spiritual assistance to Alfie
Posted on 04/30/2018 6:37:57 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
(April 26, Two days before Alfie Evans' death, an Italian newspaper recounts the moral failure of the Catholic Hierarchy of Britain)
Doctors and judges have already denied Alfie's right to life and his parents' freedom of movement. Now the Archbishop of Liverpool and Cardinal Nichols have expelled from the hospital Father Gabriele Brusco, the Italian priest who had run to Alfie's bedside on April 16th, given the unavailability of any local priest.
The Archbishop of Liverpool goes to Rome to reassure the Pope about the bravery of the doctors of the Alder Hey Hospital and the correctness of the British judges who sentenced Alfie Evans to death; and in the meantime he drives Fr. Gabriele Brusco away from the hospital, leaving Tom and Kate without any spiritual assistance or tangible testimony of human closeness.
Even the most critical observer of the English Church (and others) could never have imagined such a scandal. The image dear to Pope Francis of the "shepherd with the smell of sheep" is changed into "shepherd stained with the blood of the sheep".
The Catholic proprietor of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon, claims that in all these months his pastoral commitments have prevented him from going the 7 kilometers (4 miles) that separate his residence from the Alder Hey Hospital; on the other hand, on Tuesday night he finds time to go to Rome to be able to attend Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience, followed by a brief private meeting. Archbishop McMahon has thus been able to repeat to the Pope the pile of lies he has been propagating since Alfie's case has gained international attention that can no longer be denied.
Read again the note the bishops of England and Wales published on the afternoon of April 18th, a few hours after the private audience that the Pope gave to Thomas Evans, Alfie's father. Here is an excerpt:
"We affirm our belief that all those who have made the harrowing decisions concerning Alfie Evans' care, act with integrity and for the good of Alfie, as they see it.
"The professionalism and care for seriously ill children demonstrated at Alder Hey Hospital must be recognized and affirmed. We know that recently published public criticism of their work is not well-founded. Our chaplaincy consistently provided attention for the staff, and [Alfie's] family. "
As you can see, the first part follows the unacceptable position repeatedly expressed by Cardinal Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life [ed. note: as recently gutted and reorganized] which is on good terms with the English episcopate.
As for the rest it is clear that McMahon has always deliberately ignored Alfie and his parents, and not only him (suffice the story of the week in Liverpool of our Benedetta Frigerio, click here ). In the report by the Archdiocese of Liverpool on the Alfie Evans case, published on April 13, 2018, by the spokesman of the diocese Peter Heneghan, it is said that the auxiliary bishop Tom Williams "offered support to the doctors and staff". As for Alfie, "he did not meet his parents who - as far as we know - are not Catholics".
Supporters who have been working hard for Alfie think it very strange that the Archbishop of Liverpool would not even know that the child is a baptized Catholic as is his father. Who knows why all the pastoral concern is for the health care staff (are they all Catholics?) And nothing for patients. After the meeting with the Pontiff, the English weekly The Tablet Mgr. McMahon said he had expressed to Pope Francis how "the Catholics of Liverpool are heartbroken for Alfie and his parents and continue to offer support and prayers".
Some Catholics may be, but certainly not their bishop. The bishop, while he was campaigning to tell the Pope how good the doctors are and how right the judges are, exerted unbearable pressure to expel Father Gabriele Brusco from hospital, who was at Alfie's bedside since April 16th. Which he finally managed today, thanks to the combined efforts of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, the diocese in which Fr. Brusco currently resides.
Before McMahon went to Rome, the Auxiliary of Liverpool Monsignor Williams had summoned Father Gabriele to his office : a 45-minute snub in the waiting room and then an hour of confrontation on the significance of his presence to Alder Hey when [Fr. Gabriele's] only purpose was supporting Alfie's family given the unavailability of any local Catholic priest.
The interview must not have been particularly friendly, given what happened next. Certainly some health workers did not like Father Gabriele pointing out their right-duty of conscientious objection, that the personnel in charge of removing Alfie's ventilator [should not cooperate]. For those who are killing, the call to conscience is intolerable, and perhaps that must be the complaint they brought up to the archbishop.
However, after the interview with the Archbishop, Father Gabriele remained in his place, alongside Tom, Kate and Alfie, knowing he could count on the tacit support of the Secretariat of State (after the Pope's intervention). But after McMahon's visit to Rome yesterday, Vatican support had begun to falter, and at the same time Cardinal Nichols - who, through his auxiliary Mgr. Sherrington, had already sent an email to Father Gabriele - had him recalled in London, by the pastor where he served for some time. Given the moral and spiritual level of the characters involved, we will not be surprised if we soon discover Fr. Gabriel has been forced to leave England and find another mission land. Obviously the Archbishop of Liverpool claimed that spiritual assistance will be guaranteed by the chaplain, but is anyone really willing to believe those who do nothing but say lies?
In the end, however, the shameful fact remains of a Catholic archbishop who, in cahoots with the cardinal primate of England, takes away Alfie's parents' spiritual and human comfort, after doctors and judges have already taken away the little child's right to life and his parents' freedom of movement. A shame for the whole of the English Catholic Church, whose tradition rich in martyrs does not deserve such unworthy successors. It makes one wonder what strange intertwining and interests there are between English bishops and the Establishment represented by the caste of doctors and judges.
This must anger the angels in heaven. Astoundingly, the English hierarchy left Alfie's suffering family completely pastorally abandoned. They even banished the one visiting Italian priest who was not only comforting the family, but telling hospital staff it was their moral duty to refuse to cooperate with Alfie's medical murder.
St. Thomas More, pray for us!
St. John Fisher, pray for us!
St. Margaret Clitherow, pray for us!
Pray these wicked clerics' hearts be broken, and their eyes flood with penitential tears.
Or pray they be deposed by the Pope or by the thousands of faithful English Catholics who sided with Alfie and not with his executioners.
Jesus says, “In as much as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it unto Me.” In this case, that is a condemnation.
Had a buddy from a big catholic family lose a child soon after.
The padre told them they baby would not go directly to heaven, so at that moment the family became baptist
Sorrow and indignation.
WHO demanded that Alfie be dead?
The British Health Service.
The British Catholic Church.
The British government.
And that Jesus' tenderness toward children caused him to say: 'Let the children come to me."
I suppose the baby was expected to fork over some dough first if he wanted to get into heaven?
Here’s the reality, as I see it. It’s way past time for all of us to bypass ‘leaders’, and stop depending on others to lead us forward as human beings. It has become clear that those who promote themselves into positions at the upper rungs of our contrived societal hierarchy tend to be mediocre in their abilities and their ethics. We can’t wait for ‘saviors’ from their ranks. We need to ignore them, bypass them, and find our own solutions. This also goes for religion, and in fact might be most important in matters of faith. Each of us has our own unique experiences of and conversations with God, and we don’t need a Bishop or anyone else to translate for us what God is saying to us.
Oh Mrs. Don-o, doesn’t it just break your heart? And the vile, evil humans who chose MURDER over compassion.
Absolutely shameful, on all fronts: Catholic Church, medical, and government.
Clericalism has been strongly condemned by the pope. Yet here is a massive group of clerics spanning two nations and many dioceses, colluding in real murder. Pope does nothing to break up the cabal. Cowardice, at the very least.
RCINC decided no financial upside in crusading for a helpless toddler. RCINC directors (bishop) decided cost benefit not in RCINC favor;so they took a pass. Remember- RCINC is oldest most profitable multinational corporation on the planet
The Vatican had offered free medical transport to Italy and proper hospital care at no cost to the Evans’ family.
What are you babbling about?
These people are EVIL.
Have they no fear of God?
We all have Jesus, He died for us. I pay no attention to any other hucksters. The whole Catholic church was setup for one reason...control. Do some research to get an idea how many babies have been murdered by the Catholic church to keep up appearances.
Jesus alone is the answer. Alfie is with Jesus now, no lousy child baptisms needed, or any other Catholic permissions.
Do you need any more proof that the Catholic Church serves the beast?