5.9.08

Polish Film Celebrates the Victory of Vienna

A Polish motion picture is currently being filmed in Poland which will depict the Battle of Vienna in 1683. The site for the film may be found here... It will be called Victoria.

Mel Gibson reportedly will portray Jan Sobiesky. See article here.

Fora short film about the background for the film go here...

The date of the battle that saved the west was September 11, 1683. Not a coincidence.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Does God still care...

Does God still care?

Nun sees a divine hand in her ‘small miracle’

By Tom Sheridan
3/1/2007
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

OCALA, Fla. (Catholic Online) – Does God still care? And perhaps more important, do we notice when he does? Consider the experience of Dorothy, a retired Cenacle sister.

The 98-year-old shared her story with me, as one account of among almost 100 who recognized when God touched their lives and were recounted in the 1996 book Small Miracles, the Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary People Touched by God.

“It happened years ago at a Chicago retreat house. I was just a young sister, busy as a bee, trying to keep up with the hundreds of people who for prayer, meetings and the like,” she said.

“My assignment was to make dessert for the several groups which would meet at the same time in different rooms. I was not a gifted cook, but I was blessed with good feet and could stand for most of the day. Making dessert meant standing for hours mixing, stirring and pouring.

“Layer cake was the easiest way to serve the greatest number of people. But it was nearly impossible to mix enough for so many groups – unless I did it all at the same time. Other duties – and prayers, of course – had to fit in, too. So I often worked late at night when it was quieter.

“With a wooden spoon – and with my arms up to the elbow – I mixed the gooey batter. There was no time for mistakes; no time to do it over. Layers had to be poured into pans, baked, then iced, one after another.

“Late one night, when I was especially pinched for time, I noticed that a big chunk of the wooden spoon I was using had broken off and was lost somewhere in the batter. I was aghast at the potential implications. I tried to fish around with my hands in the big, batter-filled dishpan, but it was useless. I had no more time to waste; there were too many more cakes to bake. So I went on.

“But later that night, lying in bed, I continued to worry about the lost piece of wooden spoon. Where was it? Someone could choke on it. Lord have mercy! The next day I fearfully watched as meal after meal, including cake, was served to all those people. Where was the piece of wood?”

But in the end, all Dorothy could do was pray – and apprehensively, at that.

So, what happened to that piece of wooden spoon lost in the cake batter?

Sunday evening, after all the retreatants had gone home, the staff sat down to dinner. Afterward, they served themselves the last few pieces of leftover cake. That piece of wooden spoon that had troubled the young sister so much throughout the weekend, finally turned up.

It was in the last piece of cake, served by the woman who had made the batter – served to herself.

She told me she never forgot that moment: “I’m 98 years old now, and that was a long, long time ago. But I still remember. I said, “Thank you, God.’ And then I got goose bumps.

That was what 70 or 80 years previously? And she still remembered the goose bumps.

It’s not as important what happens as it is that we recognize the hand of God in it. Paying attention to small miracles – and recognizing them as signs of the grace of God – will always promise goose bumps.
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Thanks and a tip of the beret to Andrew Tanjung Bunga.

Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

Shaking My Head

Sometimes Satan appears in a Roman Collar.

From Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit is this article on Fr Drinan.

Thank you Unborn Word of the Day for putting together this piece.

A funeral was held at St. Aloysius Church on Thursday, February 1, 2007 for former congressman Fr. Robert Drinan. Eulogists included Senator Edward Kennedy and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Rev. Drinan was a Roman Catholic priest who served in the House of Representatives from 1971-1981. Excerpts from these Eulogies.

Last week in a post entitled: The Catholic priest who killed the soul of the Democratic Party we talked about Father Robert Drinan’s deadly influence on Catholic politicians. Here is another account of how Father Drinan and the Kennedy family actually planned a strategy that would allow Catholics to support abortion when Robert Kennedy was running for President in 1964. The account would sound like a conspiracy theory except that it is well sourced from other priests who actually attended the meeting. We have also added three other sources at the end of the account (one from the Boston Globe) which talks about this 1964 meeting.

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Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

4.9.08

Courte Consécration à Saint Michel Archange

Saint Michel Archange, je me consacre à Vous. Je me place moi-même, ainsi que ma famille et tout ce qui m'appartient, sous Votre puissante protection. Faites grandir la ferveur dans mon coeur et souvenez-vous qu'à dater de ce jour, je suis sous Votre protection.

Obtenez-moi la grâce d'aimer de tout mon coeur : Dieu, mon Père, Jésus, mon Sauveur, mon Sanctificateur et Marie, ma douce Mère.

Ainsi soit-il, Amen.

Holy Michel Archangel, I consecrate myself to You. I place myself, as well as my family and all which belongs to me, under Your powerful protection. Increase the fervor in my heart and remember that this day , I am under Your protection.

Obtain for me the grace to like of all my heart: God, my Father, Jesus, my Savior, my Holy Spirit and Mary, my sweet Mother.

Thus it be, Amen


Par Le Sacré Coeur de Jésus, Merci, J'enlève mon béret à vous!

Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

Vocations begin with the parents

As parents we know how important it is for our children to be taught to be open to a vocation. Parents, let your children know the greatness in heeding the call from God. Expose them to the religious life at every opportunity. Let them see the peace and serenity that is found in the religious life.

Vocations to religious life and priesthood begin with parents

Excerpts from Bishop Vasa's column:

A recent issue of L’Osservatore Romano, the weekly Vatican newspaper carried this headline: “A key to holy priests? Holy parents.” That headline led into Pope Benedict’s reflection of May 7, 2006, in which, among other things, he said: “The priest’s mission is irreplaceable, and even if in some regions a scarcity of clergy is being recorded, we must never doubt that God continues to call boys, young men and adults to leave everything and dedicate themselves totally to preaching the Gospel and to the pastoral ministry.”

Then we come to the paragraph that gives rise to the headline: “Moreover, let us not forget that Christian marriage is in all respects a vocation to holiness, and that the example of holy parents is the first favorable condition for the flourishing of priestly and religious vocations.”

If it is true, as the Holy Father offers, that “the example of holy parents is the first favorable condition for the flourishing of priestly and religious vocations,” then clearly prayer for vocations needs to be coupled with a very strong emphasis on the vocation of parents to holiness. The home, with holy parents, without a doubt, needs to be a nursery of priestly and religious vocations. It is in the home where those first inklings of a call to service in religious life are received, heard and fostered. This necessarily involves parents who have a deep and abiding faith and who are eager to respond affirmatively and encouragingly to their sons and daughters when they hint that perhaps they would like to pursue a religious vocation.

We are reminded to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life and to pray fot holy families.

. . .
From †Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam†

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

Catholic Vocation links, just a few...
The Jesuits
The Franciscans
The Redemptorists
The Trinitarians
The Dominicans
Catholic Bridge
the Carmelites
Poor Clares
Sisters of St Joseph of Orange
The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne
Little Sisters of the Poor
More are found here

Fra Junípero Serra

Todays date, 4 September 2008 is the aniversary of the founding of Los Angeles, California. It caused me to think of Fra Junípero Serra. One need not go far in California to see a mission founded by Fra Serra. Living in El Toro, California during the 80's my wife and I often journeyed the few miles south along US Interstate5 to San Juan Capistrano. I first learned about Fra Serra while I was in St. Andrews School in Chicago. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would go to California let alone Majorca, Spain and see the birth place of this great Saint.

Junípero Serra was born Miguel José Serra in Petra, Majorca, Kingdom of Spain on November 24, 1713. He later took the name of "Junípero" in honor of Saint Juniper, who had also been a Franciscan and a follower of Saint Francis. On September 14, 1730 he entered the Order of Friars Minor. For his proficiency in studies he was appointed lector of philosophy before his ordination to the priesthood. Later he received a doctorate in theology from the Lullian University in Palma de Mallorca, where he also occupied the Duns Scotus chair of philosophy until he joined the missionary College of San Fernando de Mexico in 1749.

That year he traveled to North America, first to Mexico City, where he taught. While riding on a mule from Vera Cruz to the capital, he injured his leg in such a way that he suffered from it throughout his life, though he continued to make his journeys on foot whenever possible. He requested a transfer to the Sierra Gorda Indian Missions some 90 miles north of Santiago de Querétaro where he spent nine years. During this time, he served as the mission's superior, learned the language of the Pame Indians, and translated the catechism into their language. Recalled to Mexico City, he became famous as a most fervent and effective preacher of missions. His zeal frequently led him to employ extraordinary means in order to move the people to penance: he would pound his breast with a stone while in the pulpit, scourge himself, or apply a lit torch to his bare chest. He established nine missions.

In 1767, Serra was appointed superior of a band of 15 Franciscans for the Indian Missions of Lower California. The Franciscans took over the administration of the missions on the Baja California Peninsula from the Jesuits after King Carlos III ordered them forcibly expelled from "New Spain" on February 3, 1768. Serra became the "Father Presidente." On March 12, 1768, Serra embarked from the Pacific port of San Blas on his way to the Californias. Early in the year 1769, he accompanied Governor Gaspar de Portolà on his expedition to Nueva California. On the way, he established the Misión San Fernando Rey de España de Velicatá on May 14 (the only Franciscan mission in all of Baja California). When the party reached San Diego on July 1, Serra stayed behind to start the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the first of the 21 California missions (including the nearby Visita de la Presentación, also founded under Serra's leadership) which accomplished the conversions of all the natives on the coast as far as Sonoma in the north. When he reached Monterey and founded Mission San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo, Serra remained there as "Father Presidente" of the Alta California missions. In 1771, he relocated the mission to Carmel, which became known as "Mission Carmel" and served as his headquarters. Under his presidency were founded Mission San Antonio de Padua, Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission San Francisco de Asís, Mission Santa Clara de Asís, and Mission San Buenaventura. Serra was also present at the founding of the Presidio of Santa Barbara on 21 April 1782, but was prevented from locating the mission there because of the animosity of Governor Felipe de Neve.

In 1773, difficulties with Pedro Fages, the military commander, compelled Serra to travel to Mexico City to argue before Viceroy Antonio María de Bucareli y Ursua for the removal of Fages as the Governor of California Nueva. At the capital of Mexico, by order of Viceroy Bucareli, he painted up Representación in 32 articles. Bucareli ruled in Serra's favor on 30 of the 32 charges brought against Fages, and removed him from office in 1774, after which time Serra returned to California. In 1778, Serra was given dispensation to administer the sacrament of confirmation for the faithful in California. After he had exercised his privilege for a year, governor Felipe de Neve directed him to suspend administering the sacrament until he could present the papal brief. For nearly two years Serra refrained, and then Viceroy Majorga gave instructions to the effect that Father Serra was within his rights. During the remaining three years of his life he once more visited the missions from San Diego to San Francisco, travelling more than 600 miles in the process, in order to confirm all who had been baptized. He suffered intensely from his crippled leg and from his chest, yet he would use no remedies. He confirmed 5,309 persons, who, with but few exceptions, were Indians {"neophytes") converted during the 14 years from 1770.


Los Angeles, California, was founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola) by 44 Spanish settlers on September 4, 1781. The settlers consisted of 11 men, 11 women, and 22 children. The spot was founded by Fra Junípero Serra and Fra Juan Crespí.

More on Fra Serra, here...
More on the Franciscans, here...

Note: As far as I can tell the only original, unpaved, existant part of the road travelled by Fra Serra, el Camino Real is on the Camp Pendelton, Marine Corps Base, just east of the Naval hospital, the portion between the missions San Diego de Acala and San Luis Rey.

Matthew 11:-29 Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.

Blessed Fra Junipero Serra pary for us.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

...though none dare call it yellow journalism.

When I was about 10, my father went back college to get ahead in life. He attended a Political Science course and of his books for the course syllabus were, "None dare call it treason", and "Splendid little War". I found these among his discarded books and, well I read it. I didn't find them a page turner but I did finish them. (Yes I was a geek.) He probably never knew I read them, but stories and the titles have stuck in the fore of my mind ever since...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yellow journalism is journalism that downplays legitimate news in favor of eye-catching headlines that sell more newspapers. It may feature exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, sensationalism, or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or journalists. Campbell (2001) defines Yellow Press newspapers as having daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion. The term was extensively used to describe certain major New York City newspapers about 1900 as they battled for circulation. By extension the term is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion, such as systematic political bias.




Bias, bias? We don't need no stinking bias.




The editor of US weekly does a squirm on Fox.



This kind of journalism is just wrong. I thought that journalistic ethic was one of the first things taught in journalism 101. Perhaps I am wrong.

de Brantigny

(1) W.Joesph Campbell, PHD

3.9.08

September Massacres

Today we remember the September massacres of 1792. Hundreds were murdered by the tolerant revolutionary government of France. I have borrowed this article from Irondequoit Catholic Communities, which may be found here...

by Father Robert F. McNamara

It is common knowledge that in France on the eve of the great revolution of 1789 there were a number of Catholic religious, priests and bishops who could scarcely be called “good shepherds.” In contrast to these worldly churchmen, there were other clerics who made up for the weakness of their brothers by defending the faith even with their lives.

Best known among these Christian heroes were the clerics executed in September, 1792. Once established, the revolutionary government had claimed the “republican” right to take control of the Catholic Church in France. In 1790 it enacted a “constitution” or law that denied to the pope any authority over French Catholicism. Each French priest and bishop was ordered to take an oath to uphold this law. Some priests did so. Most of them decided they could not, because they would then be denying the universal authority of the popes. For this refusal they would eventually suffer. The “liberty” for which the French Revolution was fought, was not very consistent.

As the Revolution moved on, its leadership came more and more into the hands of extremists. In 1792, the radical Jacobins determined to punish with death not only the aristocrats, but clergy who had refused the oath.

The “non-jurors” - those who had refused the oath - were arrested en masse in August, 1792, and herded into several Parisian monasteries out of which the resident monks had been driven. These prisoners were priests, bishops and religious from many dioceses. Then on September 2, a band of violent armed men, perhaps 150 in number, was sent by the “Committee of Vigilance” to one after the other of these temporary prisons. One detail arrived at the Abbey of St. Germain just when a number of prisoners got there, transferred from other places of detention. The executioners shot them down in cold blood. Then they went to the old Carmelite monastery, where another group of cutthroats joined them. They ordered all the prisoners to come out into the garden, even the oldest and most disabled. The clerics had already discussed once more the question of taking the oath, and all had agreed they could not and would not subscribe to it.

Now the gang fell upon the first priests they met and cut them down. Then they called out, “The Archbishop of Arles!” Archbishop John du Lau of Arles was praying in the chapel. When summoned, he came out and he said, “I am he whom you seek.” Thereupon, they cracked his skull, stabbed him and trampled him underfoot. Then the leader set up a “tribunal” before which the imprisoned were herded and ordered to take the oath. All refused; so, as they passed down the stairway, they were hacked to pieces by the murderers. The bishop of Beauvais had earlier been wounded in the leg. When summoned, he answered, “I do not refuse to die with the others, but I cannot walk. I beg you to have the kindness to carry me where you wish me to go.” For a moment, his courtesy silenced the assassins. But, when he, too, refused the oath, he was killed like the rest.

Later on the purge was carried out elsewhere in France. Some 200 clergymen fell that September, and they were only a small percentage of the 1500 clergy, laymen and laywomen who were massacred in 1792 alone.

Pope Pius XI beatified 191 of the priest martyrs, in 1926, assigning to them the title of “Blessed John du Lau and Companions, Martyrs.”

They had been the helpless victims of wild revolutionary ideology. As usual, however, their heroism in the defense of the papacy was remembered long after the names of their blood-thirsty executioners had been forgotten. They saved the reputation of France as “eldest daughter of the Church.”


Thank you Father.

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

Treaty of Paris signed today

A somber day today. Today in 1783, England and the United States signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the American Revolution.

Although Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown in the Fall of 1781 marked the end of the Revolutionary War, minor battles between the British and the colonists continued for another two years. Finally, in February of 1783 George III issued his Proclamation of Cessation of Hostilities, culminating in the Peace Treaty of 1783. Signed in Paris on September 3, 1783, the agreement — also known as the Paris Peace Treaty — formally ended the United States War for Independence.

Representing the United States were John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and John Jay, all of whom signed the treaty.

In addition to giving formal recognition to the U.S., the nine articles that embodied the treaty: established U.S. boundaries, specified certain fishing rights, allowed creditors of each country to be paid by citizens of the other, restored the rights and property of Loyalists, opened up the Mississippi River to citizens of both nations and provided for evacuation of all British forces.

Thus the American Revolution ended and sparked the flame which was to culminate in successive revolutions, beginning with the French Revolution.

From my mission statement, "I am a Monarchist and therefore I believe that a republican form of government is repugnant, and unsupported by scripture.

I believe that the American Revolution, and French Revolutions, including the Paris commune, are the inspiration for the communist revolutions.


God save the King!
de Brantigny

Governor Palin

From Tea at Trianon, Elena-Maria has posted this redirect from Lew Rockwell...

...And I wish everyone would leave Mrs. Palin's teenage daughter alone. There is no perfect family. It sounds to me that the Palins are trying to handle a difficult situation with love and grace. The Washington Post reports on how Mrs. Palin balances work and motherhood. It reminds me of how Empress Maria Theresa would be signing state papers while in labor. Or how Queen Isabel of Castile would take her children along on the campaigns against the Moors... more

I am gratified that Elena-Maria has included examples of great Catholic Monarchs in his article...

Thanks to Elena-Maria, whose blog is never left wanting.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Geneticists Obtained Genetic Code from a DNA Sample of Tsar St Nikolai II

Rejoice, O Nicholas, God crowned Tsar and great passion bearer...

Vara at Voices from Russia has posted...

Yekaterinburg, 2 September 2008 (Interfax):

Geneticists at the Sverdlovsk oblast bureau of forensic medical examination announced that they had extracted DNA from a sample taken from a bloodstain on a jacket once worn by Tsar St Nikolai II. They obtained the sample by moistening gauze with distilled water and applying it to the area, Nikolai Nevolin, the head of the bureau, reported to Interfax. “We were able to establish a genetic profile for Nikolai II. We did this with 13 loci (locus: linear section of chromosome: Interfax) of autosomal DNA and 15 loci from the Y-chromosome. So, we shall be able to carry out tests using 28 loci, this is much more than usual, in fact, it is more than twice the number usually used in such tests”, he explained.

Professor Nevolin said that it would be possible very shortly to compare this DNA sample with the DNA of the remains found at the first burial site in the outskirts of Yekaterinburg in 1991. “Our laboratory did not investigate the remains found at the first burial site that were reputed to be Nikolai II. Therefore, we do not have available genetic data on Skeleton no. 4, which according to the results of previous tests, was identified as being Nikolai II. Therefore, as soon as other labs can give us a genetic profile of the tsar, we shall have the ability to compare the data”, he said.

The blood on the tsar’s jacket, which is kept in storage at the Hermitage (large art museum in St Petersburg: editor’s note), was the result of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on Nikolai II in Japan whilst he was still Tsarevich. A Japanese policeman attacked him with a sword, wounding him. It is planned to compare the DNA sample taken from the bloodstain with profiles taken from the remains found at the first burial site on Staroy Koptyakovskoy Road on the outskirts of Yekaterinburg, which earlier were declared to be the remains of the last Russian tsar. This shall enable the remains to be identified with a high degree of accuracy.

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=26314 (in Russian)

Editor’s Note:

Watch for the Church to declare the relics buried in 1998 as genuine after these new tests. The true reason for the Church not taking such a stance in 1998 was very simple, and it was due to church politics. At that time, the ROCOR was led by a senile obscurantist, Vitaly Ustinov (He was so barmy that he was ousted three years later because his senility was harming the ROCOR… oh, that’s right… he “resigned”… believe what you will!). Vitaly and his confederates absolutely refused to accept the remains found as relics of the Royal Martyrs. The MP did not wish to queer any future reconciliation with the ROCOR (such did occur in 2007, thanks be to God!), so, the MP took a skeptical, almost agnostic, position on the remains. They were buried in the imperial crypt, but, they were not named at the pannikhida.*

In my view, if the tests are at all positive, there is going to be a grand declaration of the genuineness of the remains made by the Church, probably not in Moscow, but, at Yekaterinburg or Ganina Yama. I believe that the relics shall be translated to the memorial church of the Spas-na-Krovi (Saviour on the Spilled Blood) in Yekaterinburg and put out for veneration in many cities along the route. It shall be one of the BIGGEST religious events in Russian history. One of the first to venerate the authenticated relics shall be Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral of the ROCOR, just you see!

I believe that it shall happen as I have written because it would be the logical capstone to the patriarchal reign of Aleksei Rediger. It would be a logical time for either a resignation on health grounds (he shall be 80 in 2009) or the naming of a younger coadjutor to assist him. Somehow, I don’t believe that Kirill Gundyaev’s ambitions are going to bear fruit…



Merci and a tip of the beret to Vara.

Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

*Memorial service
ICON of the Tsar is from the Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia
Orthodox Church, Reno, Nevada

Additional posts about the Holy Imerial Family may be found on this page...

2.9.08

Sarah Palin: True Grit

from the Catholic Bulletin...

September 1, 2008
Sarah Palin: True Grit
By George Marlin

When John McCain named Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, as his vice presidential running mate, I was sitting in New York City’s oldest saloon, Pete’s Tavern, watching with my father and four of his long-time friends.

The initial reaction of these retired city cops and longshoremen was positive. A gun-toting beauty queen, mother of five, married to a blue-collar union member and small business entrepreneur, who by hard work and audacity beat a corrupt political establishment – what’s not to like? They’d all be proud to have a granddaughter with these achievements.

While the octogenarians were nodding approval, I heard snickers from the white-collar lunch-time crowd. One woman said, “A mother of five? Guess there’s nothing else to do in Alaska besides making babies.” There were other snide comments about her hairstyle, eyeglass frames, and lifelong NRA membership.

The loudest snicker, of course, came from the Obama camp: “Today John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

I was not surprised. After all, during the primary season, Obama himself complained that small-town Americans embraced guns and religion out of bitterness. Obama and his inner circle make these gaffes because they suffer from the same disease as their party for half a century – elitism.

The Democratic Party that emerged in the 1950s and 1960s was dominated by social engineers who embraced Adlai Stevenson because he was, in Michael Barone’s judgment, “the first leading Democratic politician to become a critic rather than a celebrator of middle-class culture – the prototype of the liberal Democrat who would judge ordinary Americans by an abstract standard and find them wanting.”

Stevenson’s elitism and contempt for the blue-collar worker engendered a new generation of politicians whose roots were grounded not in the “fragmented local politics which Franklin Roosevelt and his contemporaries had grown up with,” but instead in the “centralized national politics which had grown up with the large central government produced by Roosevelt’s New Deal and wartime politics.”

Blue-collar workers, mostly Catholics, fled the party. Mario Cuomo explained that they “felt alienated by a new Democratic Party which [they] thought neither understood nor related to [them].”

The new generation of Democratic elites may underestimate the power Governor Palin brings to the Republican ticket – particularly among blue-collar, pro-life Catholics in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio, and among the pro-gun western states. One person who does not is the last woman nominated for vice president, Democrat Geraldine Ferraro.

The daughter of immigrant blue-collar parents, Ferraro was born in the small town of Newburgh, New York, moved to the Bronx at eight after her father died, and worked her way through college and law school. When nominated for vice president, she was forty-eight, the mother of three, and married twenty-four years.

Was Ferraro’s political resume a little thin as nominee? Yes. Previously, she had worked for her cousin, Nick Ferraro, as an Assistant D.A. and served only three terms in Congress representing “Archie Bunker” neighborhoods.

This did not stop Mondale from praising Ferraro as highly qualified. In fact, he boasted that “she had a strong family life, deep religious convictions, and working Americans of average income will find her a vice president who knows them and will fight for them.” The New York Times editorialized:

"Where is it written that only senators are qualified to become President?...Or where is it written that mere representatives aren’t qualified, like Geraldine Ferraro of Queens?...Where is it written that governors and mayors, like Dianne Feinstein of San Francisco, are too local, too provincial?...Presidential candidates have always chosen their running mates for reasons of practical demography, not idealized democracy…. What a splendid system, we say to ourselves, that takes little-known men, tests them in high office and permits them to grow into statesmen. . . . Why shouldn’t a little-known woman have the same opportunity to grow?. . . .the indispensable credential for a Woman Who is the same as for a Man Who – one who helps the ticket."

For once, I side with The Times.

There is, however, one big difference: Palin is pro-life while Ferraro was pro-choice. Yet in a New York Post interview, Ferraro not only brushed off the claim that Palin was unqualified, but “reject[ed] the idea that all the so-called Hillary voters would be repelled by Palin’s staunch anti-abortion views. These voters know the Senate will have a veto-proof Democratic majority, so that lessens the potency of that issue.”

During this campaign, Senator Obama must be vigilant that he, his loquacious running mate, and his arrogant handlers do not make condescending remarks about Palin’s abilities. An off-comment can easily backfire and highlight Obama’s own scant experience and qualifications for high elective office.

I have no doubt Palin is up to the job. When State Senator Obama was, only few years ago, dodging sensitive votes in the Illinois Legislature to avoid political setbacks, Sarah Palin, unconcerned with the political fallout, was fearlessly taking down Alaska’s corrupt Republican establishment and Big Oil. And when Obama was sitting around fashionable Hyde Park in Chicago, philosophizing with the unrepentant Weather terrorist, William Ayers, Palin was in the Alaskan outdoors working with her hands, hunting bear and catching salmon to feed her family.

Palin will succeed because unlike the vainglorious Obama, she has true grit.

Average Americans will realize, as my father and his buddies did at Pete’s Tavern, that she is that rarity in politics – a real person who’s made it into office. John McCain hit a home run this selection of a representative of the silent majority, Sarah Palin.

George J. Marlin is the author of The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact.


Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

Bishop Fulton Sheen on "What's my line?"

The Hermeneutic of Continuity has a delightful article posted. Please go to it and be delighted...here

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Fr Tim Finigan, Parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen, UK.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Model of a Christian daughter is my wife.

Happy the husband of a good wife, twice-lengthened are his days; A worthy wife brings joy to her husband, peaceful and full is his life. A good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the LORD; Be he rich or poor, his heart is content, and a smile is ever on his face.... Sirach 26: 1-4

I am sorry for posting so sporadically last month. I fear this month will fair little better. It seems God has blessed us with travail. But this is not about us, it is about my wife. My wife, Suzanne has grown in grace by her attentiveness to our parents during these difficult last few weeks. This posting is a way to say thank you to her.

Our parents are seriously ill. My father with a cancerous tumor on his brain, which has depleted his vitality and focus, her mother who suffers from a bad heart, and lungs, and her father who himself entered the hospital for losing consciousness because his heart wasn't beating fast enough to get blood to his brain.

Through out all this my wife has been there for each one, giving of herself, steadfastly ministering to their ills and by her very presence lives up to the Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 25, which says, 39...when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee? 40. And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me. I know it has been tough on her, I have watched her, she does not complain, she is not bitter, she acts cheerfully and willfully. She has done these things not out of duty, but out of Love.

Sometimes I think God presents us with troubles, not to test us, but to give us the opportunity to become an example of our Christian Faith. I would say she has lived the Faith.

Thank you Suzy,
Richard