Thursday, 29 November 2007

How long before the state begins to think 'Nero had the right idea' ? The persecution continues...

The Royal Commonwealth Society is at the centre of an embarrassing row after it barred a well-known Roman Catholic commentator from attacking intolerance towards Christians at its annual carol service.

Cristina Odone, the former deputy editor of the New Statesman, was to be one of the "celebrity readers" at the service in St Martin in the Fields church in central London next month, which is attended by diplomats and politicians.

But she has pulled out of the event, accusing the society of demonstrating exactly the kind of intolerance she had planned to criticise.

"I am incandescent," she said. "I was told that the words I had written were not appropriate because the congregation would include people of little or no faith who presumably would be upset. Even more insultingly, I was asked instead to read a passage from Bertrand Russell, a militant atheist."

Ms Odone was invited three months ago to take part in the service alongside George Alagiah, the broadcaster, Gareth Thomas, the Government minister, and Don McKinnon, the Commonwealth Secretary General.

As an experienced writer and broadcaster on religion, she was asked to write a short piece on the theme of "opportunities for all" that could be "political and controversial".

She developed the theme of secular intolerance towards believers of all faiths, from the British Airways worker suspended for wearing a cross to the Muslim schoolgirl banned from wearing the veil.

"When it comes to expressing their faith, this country's believers have found that opportunities are blocked," Ms Odone wrote.

"Whether it is the boss at work or the head at school, the local authority or the chattering classes, people of faith know that their worldview is under siege, and their allegiances under suspicion.

"To parade this allegiance by wearing a cross, a cap or a veil is red rag to the secularist bull. What little opportunity believers have to bear witness to their faith is being quashed. If you are black or gay or female, your plea for equal opportunity is met with respect, and your campaign is applauded by supporters. But not if you are a believer. In a culture increasingly hostile to God and his followers, expressions of faith have become taboo. The only opportunity we have is for silence."

Stuart Mole, the director-general of the society, an educational charity that promotes the Commonwealth and whose patron is the Queen, told her the script was not acceptable.

He said it did not fit in with the overall theme of the readings, adding: "We also need to be mindful of the congregation, which will probably include quite a few drawn by the occasion and by the carols but who do not hold a deep (or even a shallow) faith."

Yesterday Ms Odone said: "I think there is a tremendous move to down play this country's Christian heritage, to silence, ridicule and marginalise religious belief.

"They have shown precisely the kind of intolerance and disapproval of Christianity that I am talking about."

Mr Mole said he was "deeply sorry" Ms Odone felt unable to participate in the service but the tone of her script was too polemical for a "multi-faith" carol service

30th November - Feast of St Andrew

1st century; feast day formerly on November 3; feast of his translation, May
9. Andrew was a worrier, or so it seems, who concentrated on details. He
wanted to know where Jesus lived (John 1:38), how they were going to feed a
crowd (John 6:9), and when Jerusalem would be destroyed (Mark 13:4). Born
at Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee, Andrew was a fisherman, the son of the
fisherman John, and the brother of the fisherman Simon Peter. It's no wonder
then that Jesus called Andrew to be a fisher of men (Mark 1:16-18). Jesus
stayed with the brothers at their second home in Caparnaum (Mark 1:29), so
they must have been prosperous fishermen, which makes their commitment even
more amazing.

It's appropriate that we celebrate Saint Andrew's feast at the beginning of
Advent because he was first a disciple of John the Baptist, and, when he met
the Lord of Creation at Jesus' baptism in the Jordan, he became Jesus' first
disciple (John 1:29-40). Let's ask Saint Andrew to bring us anew to the Lord
as he also brought his brother Peter (John 1:41-42). For a time Andrew and
Simon followed Jesus intermittently, but when the Savior returned to
Galilee, he called them from fishing into ministry and they "dropped their
nets immediately and followed Him (Matt. 4:20) (may we, too, as quickly drop
our work to follow when the Lord calls). They left their families, their
business, and their possessions.

With Philip, he presented the Gentiles to Christ (John 12:20-22) and pointed
out the boy with the loaves and fishes (John 6:8). After the Pentecost he is
said to have preached the gospel in many regions, including Scythia
(according to Eusebius), Epirus (according to Saint Gregory Nazianzen), or
Achaia (per Saint Jerome). An ancient legend preserved in the Old English
poem Andreas (once attributed to Cynewulf) has him preaching in Ethiopia. A
later dubious tradition has him going to Byzantium, where he appointed Saint
Stachys bishop.

Andrew is one of the few early disciples of Jesus about whom there are few
legends. Rather than miraculous legends the story of Saint Andrew is the
story of the Apostles. We always want extraordinary saints, and we are
surprised to find that even among the Apostles there was one whose life was
without miracles. Most saints have lived a simple, everyday life, sometimes
miraculous, but only sometimes. Saint Andrew is just another indication that
we, too, can live a simple, everyday life and still be saints. We, too, can
live a life that is hidden in God and in His Church.

It's uncertain where and how he died except that it was somewhere near the
Black Sea, but an ancient tradition (4th century Acta) says he was crucified
at Patras in Achaia on an X- shaped cross (now known as a Saint Andrew's
Cross). This tradition tells us that the proconsul tied him to the cross
where he remained for several days preaching to all who came to watch the
execution. And the tradition of his martyrdom at Patras was based on an
early medieval forgery, strengthened by the translation of his alleged
relics from Patras. The forgery was intended to provide a counterweight to
Rome's more solid claim to the relics of Saints Peter and Paul.

There is an unfounded tradition that he preached in Russia, reaching as far
as Kiev in the Ukraine, from where the conversion of the country spread in
the 11th century. He is also considered to be a patron of Scotland, where
another tradition says some of his relics were brought in the 4th century in
consequence of a dream of Saint Rule (Regulus), who was custodian of
Andrew's relics at Patras. Reportedly an angel guided Rule to a place called
Saint Andrew's, where Regulus built a church to house the relics, became its
first bishop, and evangelized the Scots in the area for three decades. The
church became a center of pilgrimage. Crusaders stole Andrew's alleged body
in 1210 and took them to Amalfi, which still claims the relics. The head,
considered one of the treasures of Saint Peter's, was given to Pope Pius II
by the despot Thomas Palaeologus in 1461, but was returned to Constantinople
by Pope Paul VI.

Andrew's feast was universal in the West from the 6th century. There are
church dedications in his honor from early times in France, Italy, and

Saint Andrew is generally pictured as an old man, generally with a book and
transverse or saltire cross. Sometimes the image may contain (1) fish or a
fishing net; (2) rope; (3) Andrew sitting in a boat. In the most
ancient images, he is depicted with a normal Latin cross. The X-cross was
associated with him from the 10th century at Autun, but became common only
in the 14th century (Farmer). There are several images available on the

He is the patron of Avranches, Brabant, Brunswick, Burgundy, Holstein,
Luxembourg, Minden, Pesaro, Yetminster, Russia, Scotland, and Greece. He is
the protector of fishermen, fishmongers, and sailors. He is invoked against
gout and stiff-neck

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

They had every opportunity - but now we have no other choice but to complain.

Damian Thompson - Editor in Chief of The Catholic Herald , Owner of the Holy Smoke Blog and Modern day Victor Hugo has composed his "J'accuse" and sent it to 'Ecclesia Dei'...Here it is straight from the horse's mouth:

I’ve just written a letter to the senior Vatican cardinal in charge of the Pope’s liberation of the Latin Mass, complaining about the English bishops’ disastrous attempts to block the reform. I urge you all to do the same – there isn’t any time to lose.

Catholics should write to the Vatican to defend the Pope's reforms

Letters should be addressed to:
HE Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos,
Ecclesia Dei,
Palazzo della CDF,
00193 Roma,
Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11.

He needs to know just how serious the situation has become.

You do not have to be a fan of the Tridentine liturgy in order to make a protest. What is at issue here is obedience to the Pope – and truthfulness.

Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum gives parishes the right to choose the ancient liturgy, now known as the Extraordinary Form (EF). Yet English bishops, including the Archbishop of Westminster and the Bishop of Leeds, are behaving as if power to grant permission for the EF is still in their hands.

Their unhelpful attitude (to put it mildly) is sowing confusion among the faithful and causing great distress. Moreover, there are reports that the English bishops have consulted their own canon lawyer to see how they can get round the Pope’s ruling. That’s disgraceful.

Cardinal Castillon Hoyos is head of the pontifical commission Ecclesia Dei, which has the final say in these matters and is drawing up guidelines to clarify Summorum Pontificum. If you care about this subject, write to His Eminence now, using measured language, so that he realises the gravity of the situation in England and Wales.

I am about to follow suit by composing my own diatribe - but I urge everyone to please pray for all involved in this regrettable state of affairs - We may all desire Peace and Unity - but the price of a compromised Church which defies the successor of Peter is too high and utterly unacceptable.

Archbishop Ranjith Interview [translation]

available here:

Wonder if I can buy some Judas dolls for the Bishop's conference ?

Faith based toys for Christmas

Talking Jesus toys, bearded Moses models, and muscle-bound Goliath figures are part of a range of faith-based action toys being marketed by a US company.

Independent Catholic News reports that One2believe's products are designed to offer an alternative to dolls and toys that promote and glorify evil, destruction, lying and cheating.

"In the girls' aisle where the dolls would be, you see dolls that are promoting promiscuity to very young girls. Dolls will have very revealing clothes on, G-string underwear," Mr Socha said.

“What we offer instead is something faith-based that is not only fun to play with but also is solidifying a person's spiritual journey", he said.

Mr Socha said all the toys have been tried and tested on Sunday school and church groups who loved them.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Bearing witness ?

Gregory - a poster on the holy smoke blog has just announced to a thread that he truly believes in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and all that it teaches....

My response ?

What planet are you on ?

orthodox ?

dogmatic ?

faithful ?

rational ?

Oh dear - oh dear- oh dear...

All this namby-pamby , starry-eyed, head-shrinking pragmatism, situationism , relativism and conspiracy with secularism for you to jump into , revel in and thrive amongst the professional laity - such an opportunity to progress - and you defy it !!

You masochist you - you anachronistic glutton for punishment - next thing you'll be telling me you believe in original sin !!!

There will be tears before bedtime - taking up your cross and following Christ ? so passe dude ! have you considered chromatherapy, shiatsu or being reborn in the spirit at renewal ?

Is it possible that your prayer-life is indicative of bipolar disorder ?

Your adherence to these 'written in stone' tenets and morals hint that you could be slightly autistic ?

Do you hear voices ?

You seem to be talking of and talking to invisible entities rather than the spirit within you - rather than self-empowering the geist within you you seem to be making appeals to some external spiritual bogey ?

Could you possibly be suffering from schizophrenia ?

How is your relationship with your mother ? did your father beat you ? did a priest touch you in your bad place ? do you think all this religious fervour is overcompensation because you have a small....????

You're in trouble dude....[ref John 21]

The Sadness & The Scandal

Catholic Action UK has two terrible news stories :

b] A Poll for the hideously reprehensible antinomial 'catholics for choice' has 'revealed' that more than a few self-proclaimed catholics are far from against the culture of death

Hate to depress you; but you really should read these.

In an age of ambitious seeking promotion perhaps today's saint might teach a lesson ?

November 27th - St. Maximus of Riez

Born at Decomer (Châteauredon near Digne), Provence, France; died 460. Saint
Maximus was baptized in infancy and raised in a Christian home, where he lived a
reclusive life at home in order to mortify his senses and train his will.
Finally he decided to enter religious life in the community of Lérins, which was
then under the direction of its founder, Saint Honoratus. When Honoratus was
consecrated archbishop of Arles in 426, Maximus was chosen to be the second
abbot of Lérins to succeed its founder. Saint Sidonius records that the
monastery acquired a new luster because the prudent conduct and bright example
of Saint Maximus were such that the monks did not mind the severities of the
rule; they obeyed him cheerfully and quickly.

Maximus was also favoured with the gift of working miracles which supplemented
his reputation for great sanctity. So many came to consult him that he
eventually had to hide in a forest to escape those seeking to make him bishop of
Fréjus. Later he was promoted to the see of Riez in Provence and much against
his will, in 434, received the episcopal consecration from Saint Hilary. (He had
fled to the coast of Italy in an attempt to shun the dignity.) He was one of the
most prominent prelates of the church of Gaul in his time. Throughout his
episcopacy, he continued to wear his hair shirt and habit, and observe the
monastic rule as far as it was compatible with his episcopal functions.

Among the sermons wrongly attributed to Eusebius Emisenus are several now
ascribed to Saint Maximus. He attended the councils of Riez in 439, Orange I in
441, and Arles in 454. His body now rests in the cathedral of Riez, which is
dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and Saint Maximus

He's at it again !!! Who needs liberal condemnation when we have 'traditionalists' like this ??

I have a great aversion to recalcitrant self-publicist , SSPX 'bishop' Richard Williamson - There were never any direct intimations but there were distinct hints [from Cardinal Gagnon] that it was he and his ilk that cornered Archbishop Lefebvre
into many of his more refusenik positions and outbursts...and now we have this !!!!

SSPX Catholic bishop: 9-11 was inside job

Matt C. Abbott Matt C. Abbott
November 24, 2007

Bishop Richard Williamson, seemingly the most outspoken and
controversial bishop of the Society of St. Pius X, asserted in a
recent talk that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were
committed "to get the American public to accept the invasions of
Afghanistan and Iraq," according to a news item by Jack Kenny in the
Nov. 15, 2007 issue of The Wanderer.

Bishop Williamson, whose talk was held Nov. 4, 2007 in Bedford,
Mass., is quoted as saying:

"Without 9-11, it would have been impossible to attack in Afghanistan
or Iraq. The forces inside the United States government and driving
the United States government absolutely wanted to attack and destroy
Iraq. The destruction wrought upon Iraq is unspeakable. And now the
same forces want to do the same thing to Iran . . . They may well be
plotting another 9-11."

The news item continues: "Heat from the burning fuel of the planes
that flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center could not
have melted the 47 steel columns in each tower, causing them to
collapse, he claimed. And a commercial airliner could not have
penetrated six of the ten walls that were breached by 'whatever hit
the Pentagon,' he said."

What did hit the Pentagon, according to Bishop Williamson?

"It was a missile that hit the Pentagon. It was a missile that could
only have been fired by the American military."

http://www.renewame abbott/071124

With people like this on the 'right-wing' - small wonder many of the laity presume that anyone orthodox is some kind of paranoid repressed homophobic, anti-semitic ,misogynistic , pietistic crypto-fascist !

But then again Williamson hates the Sound of Music for its pornographic and homosexual overtones ??????? I kid you not !!!!

Somebody please put his alb on him back to front , tie the sleeves together and call for a doctor ! Sure the poor deluded fool needs our prayers , but so too do those contaminated/indoctrinated by his vile pernicious diatribes....

The Resurgence of Old Evils for the most insane of reasons....Murdering to promote life !!!!

You thought this insanity and evil had plunged the depths ? Well think again !

'Right-on' Greens aborting and sterilising to protect mother earth ????

Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love, to feel a little hand slipping into hers - and a voice calling her Mummy.

But the very thought makes her shudder with horror.

Because when Toni terminated her pregnancy, she did so in the firm belief she was helping to save the planet.
The philosophy is made clear in Toni's words:
Every person who is born uses more food, more water, more land, more fossil fuels, more trees and produces more rubbish, more pollution, more greenhouse gases, and adds to the problem of over-population.
Her doctor would not allow her to be sterilised (more than one of these strangely counter-cultural doctors appear in the story) so her husband had a vasectomy. Then, when she was 23 they divorced.

At the age of 25, she fell pregnant ("disaster struck"). Toni continues the story:
I didn't like having a termination, but it would have been immoral to give birth to a child that I felt strongly would only be a burden to the world.
Finally, she was sterlisised and her future husband sent her a congratulations note.

Perhaps the saddest quote of all is:
She excelled at her Roman Catholic school
There is a further story of Sarah and Mark who says:
"Sarah and I live as green a life a possible. We don't have a car, cycle everywhere instead, and we never fly.

"We recycle, use low-energy light bulbs and eat only organic, locally produced food.

"In short, we do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint. But all this would be undone if we had a child.

"That's why I had a vasectomy. It would be morally wrong for me to add to climate change and the destruction of Earth.

"Sarah and I don't need children to feel complete. What makes us happy is knowing that we are doing our bit to save our precious planet."
This is indeed a new form of Manichaeism: humans in the flesh are evil and some higher good is to be preferred. In this case it is the "precious" planet and the ecosphere that takes pride of place - a sad step down from the early gnostics who at least aspired to some sort of higher spiritual state. We must pray that those who hold to this philosophy do not take the logical route followed by their forbears, the Cathars, and commit ritual suicide.

[Daily Mail with comments from Fr Tim Finigan ~ Hermeneutic of Continuity ; with thanks.]

Message from the past for the National Conference of Bishops - Plus "The Answer is Love" says His Holiness.

"True knowledge is [that which consists in] the doctrine of the apostles, and
the ancient constitution of the Church throughout all the world, and the
distinctive manifestation of the body of Christ according to the successions of
the bishops, by which they have handed down that Church which exists in every
place, and has come even unto us, being guarded and preserved without any
forging of Scriptures, by a very complete system of doctrine, and neither
receiving addition nor [suffering] curtailment [in the truths which she
believes]; and [it consists in] reading [the word of God] without falsification,
and a lawful and diligent exposition in harmony with the Scriptures, both
without danger and without blasphemy; and [above all, it consists in] the
pre-eminent gift of love, which is more precious than knowledge, more glorious
than prophecy, and which excels all the other gifts [of God]."
--Irenaeus,Against Heresies,4:33: 8(A.D. 180)

The Pope affirmed this Saturday during his homily in St. Peter's Basilica.He said: "Be apostles of God, who is love, and witnesses of evangelical hope: The Christian people expect this of you."It is not the quest for power and success, but the humble gift of self for the good of the Church that should characterize each gesture and each word of ours."

In his homily, the Pontiff commented on this formula: “In entering the College of Cardinals, the Lord asks of you and gives to you the service of love: love for God, love for his Church, love for our brothers, with a total and unconditional dedication, ‘usque ad sanguinis effusionem’ [even to the shedding of blood], as is said in the formula for the imposition of the biretta and as is shown in the garments that you will put on.”“True Christian greatness, in fact, does not consist in dominating but in serving,” the Pope added.
During his homily the Pontiff also recalled Bishop Ignacy Jez of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg, Poland, who died Oct. 16 at 93, one day before the Pope made the names of the new cardinals known.

Monday, 26 November 2007

Aaarghhh Avast me hearties ! Shiver me timbers...

Well the epic of the Flooded bathroom is over...but in this struggle with the forces of nature I have been wounded most grievously - it was not the talons of Scylla, nor the force of Charybdis....No Great White whale bested me - No Giant the battle with the burst pipe it was the smallest of axes that felled the great oak [well I'm more silver birch-like but...anyway]

Merely a tiny flake of plaster gently falling from the ruined ceiling which landed in my eye - usurped the place of my contact lens - and sliced through my cornea - screaming and throwing myself about the floor I managed to extract the lens, but the mote made off for the deepest recesses of the eye leaving a menacing trail in its wake.

After a day of vainglorious eye-baths and excruciation redolent of when I crushed my hand in a giant electric freezer door lock - I abandoned the workplace [to the manager's chagrin] and headed for casualty -
Nicky said my screams - emanating throughout the corridors of accident and emergency - were reminiscent of the first time we saw the Japanes Horror "The Ring" where the Demon lady climbs out of the TV set !!

Anyway it turns out my cornea is sliced and ulcerated so I'm on eyedrops and antibiotics for the next week and can only return to work on Thursday [ That's one planned Christmas present up the spout ! I'd follow Bishop H's advice and go 'on the game' but can't afford the red light bulb ! ]

Now the kids are in hysterics that for the next week at least I have to wear an eye patch - they are at present debating whether I look more like a Pirate or a Bond villain -
My problem is that the figure of my nightmares as a child was the one-eyed master miller from the german novel 'Krabat' [soon to be released on film incidentally- much better than that foul golden compass] ; so I have a tendency to jump every time I catch my reflection !

The Peace of Islam at work again...

A British schoolteacher has been arrested in Sudan accused of insulting Islam's Prophet, after she allowed her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
Colleagues of Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, said she made an "innocent mistake" by letting the six and seven-year-olds choose the name.

Ms Gibbons was arrested after several parents made complaints.

A spokesman from the British Embassy in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, said it was unclear whether she had been charged.

Embassy officials are expected to visit Ms Gibbons in custody later.

"We are in contact with the authorities here and they have visited the teacher and she is in a good condition," an embassy spokesman said.

The spokesman said the naming of the teddy happened months ago and was chosen by the children because it is a common name in the country.

"This happened in September and the parents did not have a problem with it," he said.
The BBC's correspondent Amber Henshaw said Ms Gibbons' punishment could be up to six months in jail, 40 lashes or a fine.
The school has been closed until January for fear of reprisals.
Fellow teachers at Khartoum's Unity High School told Reuters news agency they feared for Ms Gibbons' safety after receiving reports that men had started gathering outside the police station where she was being held.

The school's director, Robert Boulos, said: "This is a very sensitive issue. We are very worried about her safety.

They came up with eight names including Abdullah, Hassan and Muhammad
"This was a completely innocent mistake. Miss Gibbons would have never wanted to insult Islam."
Mr Boulos said Ms Gibbons was following a British national curriculum course designed to teach young pupils about animals and this year's topic was the bear.
Ms Gibbons, who joined the school in August, asked a seven-year-old girl to bring in her teddy bear and asked the class to pick names for it, he said.

"They came up with eight names including Abdullah, Hassan and Muhammad," Mr Boulos said, adding that she then had the children vote on a name.
Twenty out of the 23 children chose Muhammad as their favourite name.
Mr Boulos said each child was then allowed to take the bear home at weekends and told to write a diary about what they did with it.

He said the children's entries were collected in a book with a picture of the bear on the cover and a message which read, "My name is Muhammad."
The bear itself was not marked or labelled with the name in any way, he added.

It is seen as an insult to Islam to attempt to make an image of the Prophet Muhammad.

Mr Boulos said Ms Gibbons was arrested on Sunday at her home inside the school premises after a number of parents complained to Sudan's Ministry of Education.
I know Gillian and she would never have meant it as an insult. I was just impressed that she got them to vote
He said police had seized the book and asked to interview the girl who owned the bear.
The country's state-controlled Sudanese Media Centre reported that charges were being prepared "under article 125 of the criminal law" which covers insults against faith and religion.

No-one at the ministries of education or justice was available for comment.

Mr Boulos told the BBC he was confident she would not face a jail sentence.
"So far there is not any formal accusation, you see, so it wouldn't reach that, it will be just a fine. We are struggling with the authorities and our advocates to just release her, and then the whole case will be dismissed," he said.

One Muslim teacher at the independent school for Christian and Muslim children, who has a child in Ms Gibbons' class, said she had not found the project offensive.
"I know Gillian and she would never have meant it as an insult. I was just impressed that she got them to vote," the teacher said.
In Liverpool, a family spokeswoman said Ms Gibbons' grown children, John and Jessica - both believed to be in their 20s - were not commenting on her arrest.
Gillian Gibbons had been working in Khartoum since August
"I have spoken with her children and they do not want to say anything and aggravate the situation over there," she said.
Friends and neighbours of Ms Gibbons expressed their worry for the former deputy headteacher and respected educator who moved to Sudan in July.
"Gillian is a very talented and able teacher and she was extremely popular with the pupils at this school," said Gillian Jones, Ms Gibbons former colleague at Dovecot Primary School in suburban Aigburth.

Cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad printed in several European newspapers sparked violent [and murderous ! (P.)] protests around the world in 2006.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Good news on The St John & St Elizabeth Hospital

You can read all the details for yourself elsewhere,
but two cheers for the cardinal who for once, actually did his job!!!
This is surely going to cost the hospital money and contracts,
and certain hostile members of staff will certainly be abandoning ship [good riddance say I !!] but His Eminence is gaining plaudits from all
and sundry for standing by Catholic principles and ensuring a catholic
hospital by name remains one in nature - to what level have we sunk where we can possibly contemplate a situation where a Bishop doesn't do it ?

This was no brave radical act of catholic witness - this was a cardinal doing the very least of what we should have expected - and may I say this is certainly many years too late and perhaps if His Holiness had not intervened while still a cardinal -His Eminence may still be equivocating !!!

Good News from The Washington Post

Latin Makes a Comeback
Young Catholics Are Leading a Resurgence of the Traditional Mass

By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 24, 2007; page B09

Parts of it are 1,500 years old, it's difficult to understand, and
it's even more challenging to watch. And it's catching on among young

It's the traditional Latin Mass, a formal worship service that is
making a comeback after more than 40 years of moldering in the
Vatican basement.

In September, Pope Benedict XVI relaxed restrictions on celebrating
Latin Mass, frequently called the Tridentine Mass, citing "a new and
renewed" interest in the ancient Latin liturgy, especially among
younger Catholics.

Spoken or sung entirely in sometimes inaudible Latin by priests who
face the altar instead of the congregation, it is a radical departure
for most Catholics, who grew up attending a more informal Mass
celebrated in their native tongue.

"It's the opposite of the cacophony that comes with the [modern]
Mass," said Ken Wolfe, 34, a federal government worker who goes to up
to four Latin Masses a week in the Washington area. "There's no
guitars and handshaking and breaks in the Mass where people talk to
each other. It's a very serious liturgy."

And it is a hit with younger priests and their parishioners.

Attendance at the Sunday noon Mass at St. John the Beloved in McLean
has doubled to 400 people since it began celebrating in Latin. Most
of the worshipers are under 40, said the Rev. Franklyn McAfee.

Younger parishioners "are more reflective," McAfee said. "They want
something uplifting when they go to church. They don't want something
they can get outside."

For some, the popularity of the service represents the gap between
older Catholics, who grew up in the more liberal, post- Vatican II
era, and their younger counterparts, who say they feel like they
missed out on the tradition that was jettisoned in the move to

Although Chris Paulitz's parents never questioned the switch to the
"new" Mass, Paulitz and his wife, Diane, only attend Latin Masses.

After each such service, "you feel like you've learned something and
you've grown a bit," said Chris, 32, in an interview after a recent
Mass at St. Rita's Church in Alexandria .

Priests, musicians and laypeople are snapping up how-to videos and
books, signing up for workshops and viewing online tutorials with
step-by-step instructions on the elaborately choreographed liturgy.
For example, the rubrics dictate that a priest must hold together the
thumb and index finger of each hand for much of the Canon of the
Mass, the central part of the liturgy that culminates with the
consecration of bread and wine.

"I knew there would be some interest, but I didn't know how quickly
it would spread and how really deep the interest was," said the Rev.
Scott Haynes, a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago who started a
Web site in August offering instructions in celebrating the Mass.

So far, the Web site, http://www.sanctami , has received 1
million hits, Haynes said, adding that he receives several hundred
e-mails a day from fans of the service. "I was surprised by how many
people have latched on to this," he said.

Portions of the Tridentine Mass date back to the sixth century, but
it was standardized at the Council of Trent in 1570 -- hence the name
Tridentine. It was largely supplanted by the reforms of the Second
Vatican Council in the 1960s, which modernized the Mass liturgy and
translated it into modern languages.

The modern Mass, or Novus Ordo, can be said in Latin, but it is a
radically different service from the Tridentine Mass. Until
September, when the pope issued his Motu Proprio allowing greater
freedom in celebrating the Tridentine Mass, priests who wanted to
celebrate it needed special permission from their bishop, and it was
celebrated at only a few churches in the Washington area.

In the Diocese of Arlington , where the bishop and priests are
considered more conservative than in Washington, the number of
churches where the service is celebrated has increased from two to
seven since the Motu Proprio. The Arlington diocese, which stretches
from Northern Virginia south to Lancaster and west to the Shenandoah,
has sent six priests to a training center in Nebraska , at the
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter seminary, for an intensive seminar.

In the Archdiocese of Washington , no more churches have added the
Mass. Monsignor Charles Pope, who celebrates the Mass at St. Mary's
in Chinatown, thinks that it's because of the number of parishioners
demanding the Tridentine Mass is small. But those who want it "are
very interested and very passionate about it," he said.

Priests who know the ritual are training other priests, and the
diocese plans to offer training next year, said archdiocese
spokeswoman Susan Gibbs.

But the service is not without controversy. Jewish groups have
protested a Good Friday prayer in the Mass that refers to the
"blindness" of the Jews and calls for their conversion. Vatican
officials have suggested that the prayer could be removed but have
not done so.

For those who have fallen in love with the Mass, though, it is a part
of what marks Catholics as unique among Christians.

"Before Vatican II, there were a lot of things that marked Catholics
as Catholic: the Tridentine Mass in Latin, fish on Fridays, those
kinds of things," said Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean of the School of
Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University . "And I think
that 40 years after the [Second Vatican] Council, there is a revival
of questions asking what is Catholic identity, and for some, this is
an external manifestation of saying, 'We're Catholic.' "

At St. Rita's Church, more than 150 worshipers listened and watched
in silence as four black-and-gold- robed priests, accompanied by a
half-dozen servers and a five-person choir, spoke and sang the
hour-long liturgy. There was no homily, no English and no lay
participation. In a throwback to the past, some women wore lace head

In a crystalline tenor, the celebrant, the Rev. Paul D. Scalia,
recited the Lord's Prayer :

Pater noster, qui es in caelis: sanctificetur nomen tuum . . .

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name . . .

Scalia, St. Rita's parochial vicar, added the Mass within days of the
pope lifting the restrictions.

Scalia, 36, said he loves "the beauty of it, the silence . . . the
antiquity. . . . It has a much more a contemplative feel to it. . . .
This is the Mass that so many saints were raised on and themselves
offered and prayed."

The Telegraph tells us the Blair 'Conversion' is "Done and Dusted"

Cardinal urged Blair not to reveal conversion
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones

Tony Blair was on the brink of announcing his conversion to Catholicism on a visit to the Pope until a last-ditch intervention by Britain's Roman Catholic leader.

Tony Blair at an audience with Pope Benedict XVI
The former Prime Minister was planning to make the historic statement on a trip to the Vatican, but was persuaded not to at the 11th hour.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, advised Mr Blair that it would be unwise and inappropriate [how about impossible ?]to use such a high-profile occasion for such an important private event, particularly coming just days before he was due to leave Downing Street.

He was preparing to make a declaration about his faith [????]as one of his last acts as Prime Minister. But the cardinal recommended that it would be better to wait until he had left Number 10, amid fears that the announcement could cause a political storm. [What about a religious one ? Our Cardinal Archbishop conspiring with a potentially 'judicial murderer' [starting an unjust war is canonically considered judicial murder] who has conspired in the culture of death]
It is understood that he has received instruction from Fr John Walsh, a chaplain at RAF Cranwell, and Fr Mark O'Toole, the cardinal's secretary, in preparation for conversion. He had already told aides that he intended to convert to Catholicism and was believed to have been planning the visit to the Vatican in June as the perfect opportunity to announce the momentous step of becoming the country's first Catholic Prime Minister. [Every Prime Minister apart from Disraeli was a Catholic - they were all baptised into the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church - just because they excommunicated themselves from it does not prevent this being the case - anyone baptised is a catholic !!!! Pedantic I know but I'm making a point about the religious position of Mr Blair - during his time as PM he was a baptised catholic - and therefore MUST recant and repent his actions contrary to the Church - This is not a situation where the council of Trent can be invoked and all previous sins of the unbaptized can be cast aside - Blair was laready baptized ]

However, The Sunday Telegraph has also learnt that he has since put his plans on hold, despite leaving office, because of fears that it could jeopardise his work as an envoy in the Middle East. [Oh Such devotion to his beliefs - so like the Ethiopian asking St Philip to baptize him upon the spot !!!???]

There had been speculation that he would formalise his Catholic beliefs in the next few days, but it is understood that it is likely that he will not convert until next year, probably at Easter. [Well? If you're going to commit the sin of Scandal - why not make it a whopper ? Desecrate the Mystical Body of Christ on its most Sacred Day!!!???]

A source close to Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said the Archbishop had advised Mr Blair that any statement on his conversion "should be done reflectively". [No. It should not be done at all until Blair publicly condemns his previous actions and apologises !!]

"There was a question over whether this was the time to make such an announcement," the source said. "The cardinal's concern for Mr Blair was pastoral and he told him not to do it then, but to wait for a more private occasion." [How about a public recantation of the public crimes against life via his conspiracy with the Votes for Abortion, his reticence[absence] to vote against Euthanasia - and his starting of an illegal unjust war - and lying to parliament about it to get the vote through !]

The cardinal was called to the papal study in the Vatican for a private meeting with Pope Benedict XVI and the former Prime Minister, which lasted around 10 minutes.

"For him to be invited to the audience [with the Pope] is significant," said a Vatican insider. "It is unusual for a representative of a local Church to be present at an audience between the Pope and a prime minister."

After the meeting - during which Mr Blair gave the pontiff a frame containing three photographs of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the most famous of English converts to Rome - the cardinal hosted a lunch for him at the English college.

Mr Blair's desire to become a Catholic has been an open secret for years, but doing this while still at Number 10 would have been controversial as some lawyers believe that the 1829 Emancipation Act, which gave Roman Catholics full civil rights, may still prevent a Catholic from becoming prime minister. [Well technically catholics are being prevented from becoming doctors [because they have to participate in an abortion during their training - it's only a neglect of the rules which prevents this becoming an insurmountable barrier] or pharmacists [because they must either provide abortifacients or refer the patient to someone who will !!!] - but Abortion never seemed to be a problem for our beloved ex Prime Minister - one need only refer to his voting record regarding life issues - on every occasion he has voted against the pro-Life lobby]

Clauses in the Act state that no Catholic adviser to the monarch can hold civil or military office. Also, it would have caused a potential conflict with his role in choosing Church of England bishops. [Screw the legal ramifications - A catholic cannot call an invalidly ordained schismatic a 'bishop' and nor can he conspire in a sacrilegious emulating travesty of the process/rite of their initiation !!!]

Despite being asked by Cardinal Basil Hume, the previous Archbishop of Westminster, to desist from receiving Communion because he has not converted to Catholicism, Mr Blair received Communion from Fr Michael Seed while he was at Downing Street and from Fr Timothy Russ and Fr Walsh at Chequers. [was Mgr Gerald Moorcraft - Parish Priest of Princes Risborough and Pastor to the area including Chequers - informed of this ?]

He also attended Mass at Westminster Cathedral with his family, who are all Catholics - his two sons attended the London Oratory, a Catholic school.

Areas that he must cover before he can become a Catholic include the Creed, prayer life and the Church's doctrine. [Which isn't exactly conducive to murdering babies, the sick and elderly and actuating illegal unjust wars !!!]

It is believed that he will be received into the Church by the cardinal. During the service he will recite the Nicene Creed and make a formal declaration that reads: "I believe and profess all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, teaches and proclaims to be revealed by God." [like his wife does ????]

Mr Blair was initially introduced to religion by Peter Thomson, an Australian priest, during his time at Oxford University where he was prepared for confirmation by Graham Dow, an evangelical Anglican cleric who is now Bishop of Carlisle.

[NOW GET THIS !!!!????]
More recently he has developed a friendship with Prof Hans Kung, the respected [Where ?]theologian.

So Now Blair thinks he can join the Catholic Church without actually believing in it or its teachings ??? Well it's not exactly surprising - he led the Labour party without believing in anything social democracy stood for !

Chaldean Leader elected to cardinal

NEW CHALDEAN CARDINALPope Benedict XVI grasps the hands of Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad during the consistory Nov. 24. The Chaldean patriarch was among 23 churchmen who joined the College of Cardinals.
When Pope Benedict XVI placed a red hat on Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad during a Nov. 24 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, he was honoring not just the patriarch of the Chaldean church, but was elevating the plight of Iraqi Christians to the world's attention. The pope "told me 'I hope this gesture will be a sign of reconciliation not only among the people, but especially among Sunnis, Shiites and Christians, because Iraq is a country dear to me,'" the patriarch told reporters during a Nov. 23 press conference after a meeting of cardinals and cardinals-designate with the pope.
During the Nov. 24 consistory, Pope Benedict said in his homily that elevating the Chaldean leader was a way of "concretely expressing my spiritual closeness and my affection" for Iraq's Christian minorities. "They are experiencing in their own flesh the dramatic consequences of an enduring conflict and now live in a fragile and delicate political situation," the pope said. Among the thousands of pilgrims crammed inside the basilica were hundreds of Chaldean Catholics from Iraq, Syria, Jordan, the United States and Europe. Pilgrims who did not get inside the standing-room-only ceremony in the basilica watched in St. Peter's Square. One large group waved two immense Iraqi flags, devoid of Arabic script, cheering and ululating loudly when the pope announced their patriarch's name. Chaldean Father Basel Yaldo, 37, was among those who came to Rome to see his patriarch elevated. Father Yaldo was kidnapped for three days in September 2006, just after Pope Benedict's controversial remarks about Islam in Regensburg, Germany, inflamed part of the Muslim world. Death threats against the priest were so serious that he was transferred from Baghdad to a parish in Michigan.
Jerry Yono, a Chaldean businessman in Southfield, Mich., said Father Yaldo had been beaten so badly by his captors that he was unable to walk properly for a long time. "He's only just now back to normal," Yono said. Speaking to CNS through a translator, Father Yaldo said Nov. 23 that he had not been kidnapped for money, but that his abductors instead "had some conditions." Yono said one of the conditions was to tell Cardinal Delly that all Christians were to leave Iraq. Father Yaldo said his and his family's lives had been threatened and that it was still too dangerous for him to return to Iraq, where his family remains. "They cannot afford to leave, they can't get visas, and if they leave their house will be taken away" by Muslims, he said. Cardinal Delly said he would stay in Iraq and continue to lobby political and religious leaders to work together to create peace and improve security in the country. He said that now when he travels abroad as cardinal he "will try to convince everyone who left the country to return to Iraq and work to build Iraq together."

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Highly Recommended Fantasy Novel for all ages....

A highly unusual fantasy novel in its Grail-like quest, this book introduces all manner of eccentric characters and peoples in the form of myth and folk-tale. No elves, dwarves or hobbits. No magic swords, evil dark lords, dragons, or mines called Moria.

This book has a completely unique feel and story. Set in the mythical land of Fraglund it tells the tale of a young man called Listener who inherits a magical stone and later a magical flute. In his quest to unravel the secrets of the stone, Listener encounters many strange folk : Gisa, the evil mistress of Barlebogue castle; the Gentle Fluter, Listener's grandfather; the minstrel Barlo who is not as he seems; the bewitching Narzia, whose magic commits Listener to the life of a fawn; and Arnilukka whose eyes mirror the colors of Listener's magic stone.

The story covers many years and many adventures and misadventures as Listener slowly realizes life's true values and mysteries through all of the many people and animals he encounters who inhabit Fraglund.

Well written and conveniently broken into three separate sections ; gripping without being truly exciting . A gentle story of relationships and human interaction rather than "thud and blunder" it was quite a change in pace from more common fantasy styles.
Certainly more "moralistic" than most novels, if you want a change of pace or are fed up of axe wielding barbarians called "Thrang" get this book! The German author has a strong religious background (the Catholic Convert son of an evangelist Lutheran) . With the book focusing on one character (who cannot really be called a "hero," at least early on), you'll soon become quite strongly attached to Listener for his struggles and failings are all the more gripping.

p.s. If you like this book, check out The Broken Goddess by the same author.

The Secular evils....

Population Control, Avoiding Responsibility
The insistence from Al Gore and others that "an overcrowded world is inevitably a polluted one" [The Life-Sapping Human Virus], and the tendency to compare human beings to a "virus" has two disastrous consequences.

First, human beings are made self-serving automatons which can only have a parasitic relationship with the things that sustain them; stripped of personality, they become dispensable and even undesirable.

Second, the effects of our sinful nature, especially our collective mistreatment of the environment, is considered an inevitability, perhaps even part of our nature. This strips away the notion of moral responsibility for human actions and makes human beings, not human behavior, the problem and target.

This kind of thinking leads to contraception and abortion, self-hatred, and utilitarian thinking, and prevents what would really help the environment problem -- people and nations taking responsibility for the effect their actions have on the world.

Antoinette Rispoli
Catholic Student Union, Florida State University

Hail Redeemer King Divine

Extract from 'Quas Primas' [1925] [Pius XI]

7. It has long been a common custom to give to Christ the metaphorical title of "King," because of the high degree of perfection whereby he excels all creatures. So he is said to reign "in the hearts of men," both by reason of the keenness of his intellect and the extent of his knowledge, and also because he is very truth, and it is from him that truth must be obediently received by all mankind.
He reigns, too, in the wills of men, for in him the human will was perfectly and entirely obedient to the Holy Will of God, and further by his grace and inspiration he so subjects our free-will as to incite us to the most noble endeavors.
He is King of hearts, too, by reason of his "charity which exceedeth all knowledge." And his mercy and kindness[1] which draw all men to him, for never has it been known, nor will it ever be, that man be loved so much and so universally as Jesus Christ.

But if we ponder this matter more deeply, we cannot but see that the title and the power of King belongs to Christ as man in the strict and proper sense too.

For it is only as man that he may be said to have received from the Father "power and glory and a kingdom,"[2] since the Word of God, as consubstantial with the Father, has all things in common with him, and therefore has necessarily supreme and absolute dominion over all things created.8. Do we not read throughout the Scriptures that Christ is the King? He it is that shall come out of Jacob to rule,[3] who has been set by the Father as king over Sion, his holy mount, and shall have the Gentiles for his inheritance, and the utmost parts of the earth for his possession.[4] In the nuptial hymn, where the future King of Israel is hailed as a most rich and powerful monarch, we read:

"Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; the scepter of thy kingdom is a scepter of righteousness."[5]

There are many similar passages, but there is one in which Christ is even more clearly indicated. Here it is foretold that his kingdom will have no limits, and will be enriched with justice and peace: "in his days shall justice spring up, and abundance of peace...And he shall rule from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth."[6]

From The Papal Household Preacher - Fr Raniero Cantalamessa

The solemnity of Christ the King was instituted only recently. It was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in response to the atheist and totalitarian political regimes that denied the rights of God and the Church. The climate in which the feast was born was, for example, that of the Mexican revolution, when many Christians went to their deaths crying out to their last breath, “Long live Christ the King!”

But if the feast is recent, its content and its central idea are not; they are quite ancient and we can say that they were born with Christianity. The phrase “Christ reigns” has its equivalent in the profession of faith: “Jesus is Lord,” which occupies a central place in the preaching of the apostles.

Sunday’s Gospel passage narrates the death of Christ, because it is at that moment that Christ begins to rule over the world. The cross is Christ’s throne. “Above him there was an inscription that read, ‘This is the King of the Jews.'” That which in the intention of his enemies was the justification of his condemnation, was, in the eyes of the heavenly Father, the proclamation of his universal sovereignty.

To see what this feast has to do with us, we need only recall to our minds a very simple distinction. There are two universes, two worlds or cosmoses: the “macrocosm,” which is the whole universe external to us, and the “microcosm,” or the little universe, which is each individual man. The liturgy itself, in the reform that followed Vatican II, felt the need to accent the human and spiritual aspect of the feast over the, so to speak, political aspect of the feast. The prayer of the feast no longer asks, as it once did, “that all the families of nations, now kept apart by the wound of sin, may be brought under the sweet yoke of [Christ’s] rule” but that “every creature, freed from the slavery of sin, serve and praise [Christ] forever.”

Let us consider again the inscription placed above Christ: “This is the King of the Jews.” The onlookers challenged him to manifest his royalty openly and many, even among his friends, expected a spectacular demonstration of his kingship. But he chose only to show his kingship in his solicitousness for one man, who was, in fact, a criminal: “‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied to him, ‘Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.'"

From this point of view, the most important question to ask on the feast of Christ the King is not whether he reigns in the world but whether he reigns in me; it is not whether his kingship is recognized by states and governments, but whether it is recognized and lived in me.

Is Christ the King and Lord of my life? Who rules in me, who determines the goals and establishes priorities: Christ or someone else? According to St. Paul, there are two ways to live: either for ourselves or for the Lord (Romans 14:7-9). Living “for ourselves” means living like someone who takes himself to be the beginning and the end; it is a life closed in on itself, drawn only by its own satisfaction and glory, without any perspective of eternity. Living “for the Lord,” on the contrary, means living for the Lord, that is, with a view to him, for his glory, for his kingdom.

What we have here is truly a new existence, in the face of which, death itself has lost its definitiveness. The greatest contradiction that man has always experienced -- that between life and death -- has been overcome. The contradiction is no longer between “living” and “dying” but between living “for ourselves” and living “for the Lord.”

It Never Ends!!! Has he absolutely no shame ????

This from Damian Thompson's 'Holy Smoke' Blog

The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Kieran Conry, has written a letter in which he describes Pope Benedict XVI’s solemn apostolic letter liberating the Latin Mass as merely an “opinion” that contradicts the views of earlier Popes.

Bishop Conry has flagrantly misrepresented the Pope

Conry has misrepresented the Pope in the past, but never so flagrantly as this. It is time for him to resign.

This is what the bishop wrote, to a traditionalist complaining about his hostility to the Pope’s letter Summorum Pontificum, issued in July:

“I would stand by all that I said, but I would reject the suggestion that [my comments] imply in any way a rejection of the Holy Father’s Petrine role and authority. But the matter is not one of doctrine or morals, and the Holy Father has expressed an opinion about the appropriateness of the so-called ‘Tridentine Rite’, in contrast, it must be pointed out, to the opinion of his predecessors, with whom, presumably, he disagrees. He has the same right.”

Where do we start? The apostolic letter is not an “opinion”; it forms part of the law of the Roman Catholic Church and it is the bishop’s duty to implement it. Pope Benedict does not disagree with his 265 predecessors – with the possible exception of Pope Paul VI (though I am sure that if Pope Paul could see the state of liturgy in the Church today he would welcome the Motu Proprio).

The Catholics of Arundel and Brighton are entitled to a bishop who is loyal to the Pope. Conry must go.
Is His Lordship being sincere ? If so, then he is too stupid to remain a bishop...
Go in Peace my Lord, but Go !!!

Friday, 23 November 2007

Paul Claudel : "I Believe"

1. God is the perfect Being, in whom all power is action, inaccessible to our senses, of whom we can only state what he is and what he is not.

2. How do we know a living being whom we cannot see? By the movement of which he is the cause. The, mole under the ground, the hare in the bush, the heart beneath the fingers. For we see that the whole universe is in movement. In this world all is movement, all bears witness to the divine restlessness of nature, always in a state of creation, incapable of existing by itself or in the presence of an unmoving Creator; everything betrays perpetual change.

3. Faith permits us to penetrate farther into the mystery of divine physiology and to distinguish three aspects or functions, roles or Persons: the Father who begets; the Son or Word or Reason who, by his existence, perpetually defines the Father to himself, the Holy Spirit, or Emanation or Love, which is the current running between the two, the Breath exhaled and inhaled.

4. God, being all-powerful, has created only good things. A thing is called good that is well suited to its function. A good pen, a good horse; more or less good because more or less suitable. God has only created things that are very good, that is, perfectly suited, according to their class, to bear him clear testimony, to clarify him. Imperfection in the work can, in fact, only be the result of some obstacle outside the will of the Creator.

5. We see, however, that at the present time things are in fact no longer very good, that is, perfectly suited to bear clear witness to their Creator. We no longer understand their language. And what are we to say if we turn to ourselves?

6. We live, then, in a state of disorder. There has been a corruption of the original order, of the order that charged all things to become visible; there has been a warping of certain wheels, which causes friction throughout the mechanism. The disorder cannot, by definition, be the work of the Creator, because everything that proceeds from him is, by definition, good. Therefore it can only be the work of the free creature, free to choose himself as an end, instead of God who has no end.
Difference, preference ... this false preference is the so-called original sin, which is the result of this original difference away from God in which the creature delights, and delights as an end in itself.

7. The consequence of original sin, by which the finite being chooses himself as end, is the End, either death or separation-separation for the rebel angels forever banned from life, death for man who loses his body, or the essential difference in which he delights.

8. By his sin, man withdraws from God his body and the service of his body, to which all nature is bound in solidarity. He is no longer "adjusted". What he robbed while in a state of grace he cannot now restore in a state of sin. God alone can restore God (or God's work) to himself by a sort of recreation or regeneration. "Fiat," says the Father, "voluntas mea". "Fiat voluntas tua," answers the Son.

9. After the fall, man hides, confesses, recognizes, and buries his origin and crime in the womb of woman: after the generations are accomplished, God emerges from the womb of Mary Immaculate.

10. Through the fall, man accepted the end, or death, or finitude, or separation; through the Cross, the Son of Man accepted the end, or death, or the destruction of finitude and separation.

11. The body of the faithful is restored to God in the visible unity of the Church, through our union with Christ, the Head of the Church. Communion with Christ is essential. To relate to the Head, there must be a single Body. We are the Body of the Church through our acceptance of her form, that is, the sacraments that are her arteries.

12. Christ is with us. He never ceases to be present to his Church, as teacher through the pope and the hierarchy, as doctor through the sacrament of Penance, as sustenance through the Eucharist.

13. Thus eternal joy is not far from us. It is not a dream or a morbid appetite; it is a fundamental, natural, and legitimate organic need. "The Kingdom of God is within us." It lies in a free act of our will, in our acceptance of the invitation of grace. Kingdom means submission to an accepted "order". It consists in the reestablished order of the creature in his proper place, obedient to his Creator, participating in his life. Fiat voluntas tua.

14. This is why Catholic truth is best apprehended, not theoretically, through the brain alone, but empirically, by placing our whole self in its proper order, like words in correct sequence, by orientation to our surroundings, and by service with the body. (Corr. Saurès, 204)