Reader’s letters - Wednesday February 04, 2015

Police dog Max who was mauled by a pit bull while investigating a burglary (see letter)
Police dog Max who was mauled by a pit bull while investigating a burglary (see letter)
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Sentence is no deterrent

Here we go again, soft sentences being handed down to people who commit terrible crimes.

I refer to the youth whose pit-bull dog ultimately caused the death of a heroic police dog Max and also injured his handler whilst the owner was carrying out a burglary (LEP January 30).

And what does this lowlife get, six months suspended,18 months supervision,£80 fine and banned from keeping a dog for five years, in other words nothing!

When are these judges going to get in touch with real life,this is no deterrent. The dog handler could easily have been killed by this dangerous animal. I think now this type of person will think nothing of taking dog with them when committing crimes as they know they won’t go to jail so why not.

Arthur Addison, via e-mail

Changes lead to falling figures

I was interested in the letter from JM (letters January 27) re: Catholic Mass. Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, the law of prayer is the law of belief. We believe as we pray. Catholics cannot pray as Protestants and believe as Catholics. The greatest prayer of the Church is the Mass. The traditional Catholic Mass goes back in all essentials 1,500 years to the time of Gregory The Great.

It was codified in 1570 by St Pius V, it had come as near to absolute perfection as anything on this earth can do. The definition of this Mass is this.

The Holy Mass is the sacrifice of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, really present on the altar under the appearances of bread and wine, and offered to God for the living and the dead. Cranmer entitled his 1549 service ‘The supper of the Lord and the holy communion commonly called the Mass’. The New Mass was entitled ‘The Lord’s supper or Mass’. Cranmer’s Lord’s supper celebrated in the vernacular, the New Mass celebrated in the vernacular. In Cranmer’s 1552 rite, communion was given in the hand to signify the bread was ordinary bread and the priest did not differ in essence from the layman. Communion in the hand is given at the New Mass.

Thomas Cranmer, the apostate Archbishop of Canterbury, destroyed the faith of English Catholics - not by indoctrination with Protestant teaching - but by forcing them to worship with a Protestantized liturgy. He used a liturgical revolution to implement a doctrinal revolution. This is what has been happening in the Church since Vatican II. The New Mass did not evolve from the traditional Mass, it was a complete break with tradition.

When the New Mass was introduced Cardinals Bacci and Ottaviani advised the Pope that the New Mass represents, as a whole and in detail, a striking departure from the Catholic theology of the Mass which was formulated by Session XXII of The Council of Trent.

For those who think the New Mass evolved from the Old Mass, or there is no difference between the two, listen to what Father Gelineau has to say: “To tell the truth it is a different liturgy of the Mass. This needs to be said without ambiguity: the Roman Rite as we knew it no longer exists. It has been destroyed”. And he should know, he was a member of the Consilium, together with Archbishop Bugnini and six Protestant Ministers, who concocted the New Mass.

As regards Communion in the hand, Pope John Paul ll observed correctly that to touch the Host is a privilege of the ordained. In the early 1950s Mass attendance stood at over 70 per cent, by 1995 this was less than 15 per cent.

I do not have the latest figures but I am told it is now nearer to six per cent which would seem to be correct with regards to my own Parish. The traditional Catholic Mass produced all the great Saints and Martyrs, the New Mass has produced empty Churches and millions of lost souls. Those who did not attend Mass before Vatican II are not brought back by the New Mass.

G Marlow, via e-mail

Help tell stories of fallen troops

I am a volunteer with the Museum of Lancashire, with several others.

We are researching the men of the Parish of St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Street, Preston who died in WW1 and are named on the memorial in St Mary’s Church (now the conservation studios of the Museum of Lancashire).

The men that I am researching are: Samuel Cottam, Private 6024 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment who died in France on September 14 1914 aged 35; Richard Cowell, Private 14981 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment who died in France on November 2 1916 aged 22; George Cook, Private 8066 Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) who died in France on September 22 1916 age 34; and Albert Dawes, who served as a Gunner in the Royal Marines on HMS Aboukir (RMA113515) and died aged 20 when the Aboukir was sunk in the North Sea on September 22 1914.

An exhibition featuring the men named on the memorial is to take place at the Museum of Lancashire, opening in the summer 2015.

If you are descended from or have information about any of the above four men, I would be pleased to hear from you either by email mscott1248@blueyonder.co.uk or phone (07747 842920).

M J Scott, Fulwood

City treasures deserve note

At last, some recognition of the many remaining features along our city’s streets that deserve to be appreciated along with the parks and classic buildings (LEP January 24).

Recently, I walked up Marsh Lane and stopped to admire the railway bridge in its fully restored glory, a testimony to all concerned.

Given the ever increasing size of HGVs it would seem advisable to install the kind of protective ‘coat hangers’, like the ones on the A49 Wigan Road railway bridge.

These would surely help to defend the narrow arch at Fylde Road, besides other railway bridges in that area, where numerous accidents have been reported over the years.

For all that we may deride ‘health and safety’ which often seems rather over the top, there is a vital need to be careful and alert to possible dangers. Let me enjoy life in safety and good health.

G.W Richards, Bamber Bridge