9.4.09

Tony Blair openly attacks the Pope

Why is it all the nuts come out at Easter time?

From the The Hermeneutic of Continuity Blog, Father Tim has posted a fantastic article about the former Prime minister of Britain, Tony Blair. Tony lets make a deal, Let the Pope worry about the Faith, Morals and the Church. That is all. The world is full of idiots. Tony Blair is not a Catholic.

The gay magazine Attitude is rejoicing today at the coverage of an interview that Tony Blair gave in February which they have published to celebrate their 15th anniversary. (See: A Civil Partnership) Blair accepts that the Pope stands for "many fantastic things", but that the Church is faced with the same dilemma as political parties because of changed circumstances and therefore needs to "rethink" its teaching on homosexuality.

In the interview with Johann Hari, Blair said:

"Look, there are many good and great things the Catholic Church does, and there are many fantastic things this pope stands for, but I think what is interesting is that if you went into any Catholic church, particularly a well-attended one, on any Sunday here and did a poll of the congregation, you'd be surprised at how liberal-minded people were."

Although in response to Hari's follow-up question as to whether he thinks that the average Catholic congregation speaks for the Church more than the Pope, Blair laughs and says that he wouldn't say that; he goes on to pose a spurious contrast:

"But I think on some of these issues, if you went and asked the congregation, I think you’d find that their faith is not to be found in those types of entrenched attitudes. If you asked “what makes you religious?” and “what does your faith mean to you?” they would immediately go into compassion, solidarity, relieving suffering. I would be really surprised if they went to “actually, it’s to do with believing homosexuality is wrong” or “it’s to do with believing this part of the ritual or doctrine should be done in this particular way”."

Compassion and relieving suffering are a part of what our faith should lead us to in practice, as are other spiritual works of mercy such as instructing the ignorant, counselling the doubtful, and converting sinners. In practice, our faith should also lead us to be, for example, reverent to the Blessed Sacrament because it is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ.

Faith is not about "attitudes" or "policies" but a firm belief in the revealed truth given to us by God. In every age, our faith will conflict with the prevailing consensus on some issues, such as whether slavery is acceptable, or whether duelling is necessary to preserve one's honour. The Church is always likely to be criticised for failing to move with the times. Interestingly, earlier in the interview Tony Blair seems to recognise that the prevailing consensus needs to be challenged:
"If you look back in time, through the women’s Suffragette movement, the fight against slavery, it’s amazing how the same arguments in favour of prejudice crop up again and again and again. Politicians who are dealing with it at any one time face the issue as to whether they’ve got the courage to come up and challenge the political consensus."

Blair was speaking about his triumph in pushing through legislation for civil partnerships against what was then a prevailing consensus. He does not seem to understand that the new consensus that he helped to create is now being challenged by the teaching of the Holy Father, so widely vilified in the world's media.

Several papers have mentioned the address that Pope Benedict gave to the Roman Curia last December so it is worth quoting the relevant passage in full:

If the Church speaks of the nature of the human being as man and woman, and demands that this order of creation be respected, this is not some antiquated metaphysics. What is involved here is faith in the Creator and a readiness to listen to the “language” of creation. To disregard this would be the self-destruction of man himself, and hence the destruction of God’s own work.

What is often expressed and understood by the term “gender” ultimately ends up being man’s attempt at self-emancipation from creation and the Creator. Man wants to be his own master, and alone – always and exclusively – to determine everything that concerns him. Yet in this way he lives in opposition to the truth, in opposition to the Creator Spirit.

Rain forests deserve indeed to be protected, but no less so does man, as a creature having an innate “message” which does not contradict our freedom, but is instead its very premise.

Since the MSM has widely caricatured these comments (for example the Independent today says "he compared toleration of gays to the destruction of the rainforests") it is worth also recalling what the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is on the question of homosexuality.

Chastity and homosexuality

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

All the talk about "homophobia" and being "pro-gay" is a wooly-thinking smokescreen to disguise the real implications of Blair's attack on the teaching of the Holy Father, and indeed the teaching of the Church through the ages. Compassion and sensitivity may be found within the Church generally from the person in the pew, the priest in the confessional and the preacher in the pulpit. If that were all that Tony Blair was calling for, we could all examine our consciences and try to do better. By asking for a change in the Church's teaching, Blair is clearly calling for the Church to say that homosexual acts are not sinful, that homosexual sex is in accord with the natural law, and that sexually active civil partnerships should be accepted and blessed by the Church.

OTHER COMMENTS:
Damian Thompson: Tony Blair wants the Pope to rethink his line on homosexuality. What about Blair's line on abortion?

"Well, the Pope would rather like Mr Blair to rethink his entrenched support for abortion, but he hasn't done so, has he?"

Cranmer: Tony Blair lectures the Pope on homosexuality
"Good grief, even Cranmer knows that Roman Catholicism is not like à la carte Anglicanism: one may not choose one dimension of the Magisterium and pour scorn upon the rest"

Creative Minority Report: Dear Tony: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
"Hey, its been fun, Tony. We appreciate you stopping by. Here is your hat and your coat, time for you to go now. We thought this might work out. Sorry. We were wrong."

Ignatius Insight: The (Tony) Blair (Gay) Pitch Project
"All of those who criticized or expressed serious doubts about the former Prime Minister's dedication to Church teaching and wondered a bit about his becoming Catholic will say, understandably, "Told you so!" Some of us who took a more "wait and see" attitude will now say, "Wait, now I see." And what we see isn't very encouraging."

That the bones you have crushed may thrill: Blair Wants to Convert Pope to Blairism
"No, Tony, other way round, Pope talks, you listen..."

The Wanderer: “A sensible reformation of attitudes”
"Given such thinking, would it not be about time we rethought slavery? Being against slavery has become quite a traditional idea in the West. Is it time to ring the changes once again?"


Thanks and I tip my beret to Fr Tim...

Vivate Christus Rex.
Brantigny

The Last Supper

...And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This is my body. And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins... Matt: 26: 26-28 Douay-Rheims
Vivate Christus Rex!
Brantigny

Holy Thursday


...Knowing that the Father had given him all things into his hands, and that he came from God, and goeth to God; He riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments, and having taken a towel, girded himself. After that, he putteth water into a basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

He cometh therefore to Simon Peter. And Peter saith to him: Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered, and said to him: What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith to him: Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him: If I wash thee not, thou shalt have no part with me. Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him: He that is washed, needeth not but to wash his feet, but is clean wholly. And you are clean, but not all.

For he knew who he was that would betray him; therefore he said: You are not all clean. Then after he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, being set down again, he said to them: Know you what I have done to you? You call me Master, and Lord; and you say well, for so I am. If then I being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also.

Amen, amen I say to you: The servant is not greater than his lord; neither is the apostle greater than he that sent him. If you know these things, you shall be blessed if you do them. I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen. But that the scripture may be fulfilled: He that eateth bread with me, shall lift up his heel against me. At present I tell you, before it come to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe that I am he. Amen, amen I say to you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me...
John 13: 3-20, Douay-Rheims

A Lenten Reflection

In April of 1945 American artillery in the town of Siegburg, Germany, was shelling a nearby village, in which there were about 20 German soldiers. The natives were in constant danger of being hit by bullets from either side. Toward evening of April 12 the people persuaded the German soldiers to cease fire. Next morning the village priest carried a white flag to the American outpost to inform the commander that the German soldiers had gone and the civilian population had no desire to resist further. Instructions were given to fly white flags from all the houses. The question uppermost in the minds of the towns-people was: How will the Americans treat us?

They had heard terrible tales of cruelty on the part of the Russians. How would these conquerors act?

The Americans began a thorough search for weapons and German soldiers. Two soldiers armed with pistols came to a certain three- room home. They stopped short in the living room before a hand- carved family altar. Into the bedroom they went, to find there a beautiful crucifix. The soldiers noticed the cross. They stopped, took off their steel helmets, changed their automatics from right hand to left, and respectfully made the sign of the cross.

As a member of the family related, the members of that household feared no longer. Yes, the sign of the cross is the salute of the true follower of Christ whether he is conqueror or conquered, whether he is German, Chinese, American or Australian. It is the countersign of the Christian. In particular, it is the special salute of the Catholic. from EWTN


Dieu Le Roy.
Brantigny

8.4.09

The death of a child

I have never experienced the death of a child. I have 4, all grown and not living at home. Although they my not think so I was not pleased to see them go. But time change and the birds build their own nests elewhere.

I found a blog today in which the owner had lost a baby son. Her son would have been 6 months old tomorrow. Her articles about her grief moved me greatly. I was moved so much that I grieved for her.

It reminded me of Marie-Antoinette who is shown in the below portrait with three of her four children. She holds a baby, the future Louis XVII (Louis Charles), while her oldest son the Dauphin, Louis Josephwho would also be taken from her, points to the empty cradle of little Princess Sophie-Béatrix who had died while the painting was in process. Sophie-Béatrix was under 1 year old. Marie-Antoinette's oldest daughter Marie Thérèse Charlotte would be the only surviving child of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette. She is seen as standing on the right side of the queen. She was called Madame Royale.



Marie-Antoinette lived to see two of her children die, and her son Louis Charles snatched from her arms, before she was led away to be martyred.

...O all ye that pass by the way, attend, and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow: for he hath made a vintage of me... Lamentations 1: 12

Vivate Christus Rex,
Brantigny

The Trail Home

“When you're seven years old and you run away from home, it's a lot of fun at 12 noon. But by 6pm it's not fun anymore, you want to return home.” This is one man's journey home to the Catholic Church."

Here is a true story of someone returning to the True Faith...

...My Introduction to Fundamentalism.

...Now, as a married adult, I had a decision to make.
What church to go to?

I liked Jerry Falwell. I wanted a church like that. A church to teach me the Bible. So I called the ministry and asked if there were any churches, like theirs, in the city I lived in. They gave me several, but one was within fifteen minutes of where I lived.

My first Sunday there was my introduction to Independent Fundamentalist Baptist. The first time I walked into the church, what struck me was nothing was required of me (which perhaps fed into my lazy nature). No order of service, just a few songs and listening to the preacher. People had their Bibles open with pens ready to take notes. People were shouting “amen!” from the pews...

more...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Robert Banaugh, a some time contributor to my blog.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Apologies

...And he saith: Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee: remove this chalice from me; but not what I will, but what thou wilt... Mark 14:36

Holy Week is always a time for reflection and none has been more full of that relfection than this one. I have not written much in the last days, I am sorry. My thaughts have been elsewhere. I believe my Father is in the last moments of his life on earth and my attention has been directed there. My father has had his Viaticum, I am sure of his redemption.

Please keep my mother and sister in you prayers, through His grace they have been at his side this last months caring for him night and day without complaint. How could we continue if we were not Christians?

Vivate Christus Rex!
Brantigny

7.4.09

Les Chateaux du Val de la Loire

Jhesu+Marie
Brantigny

Knights of Columbus Are 'An Army of Oppression'

Pity the fool...

Sometimes I shake my head at these people of the left, who are all knowing and want the world to conform to their way of thinking. All I can say is, "Ils ont le cerveau d'un sandwich de fromage, et comme le fromage suisse, plein de trous". It would be about here, that I would make a comment which would involve a cow, but cows never insulted me or my Order of Knights.

...On March 19, Knox told the San Francisco-based gay newspaper The Bay Area Reporter, "The Knights of Columbus do a great deal of good in the name of Jesus Christ, but in this particular case [Proposition 8], they were foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression..."

New 'Faith-Based' Obama Advisor Says Pope Is 'Discredited,' Knights of Columbus Are 'An Army of Oppression' Tim Graham April 7, 2009 - 07:43 ET

Here’s another story that underlines how ludicrous the media have been in insisting Barack Obama was a natural choice for traditional Catholic and evangelical Christian voters: CNS News.com, correspondent Fred Lucas reports Obama finished stocking the advisory committee of his faith-based initiative with a bang: one new selection was Harry Knox, director of the "religion and faith program" of the gay-left Human Rights Campaign. Just last month, Knox described Pope Benedict XVI and certain Catholic bishops as "discredited leaders" because of their opposition to same-sex marriage.

In addition to his remarks about the Pope, Knox also criticized the Catholic Knights of Columbus as being "foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression" because of the Knights’ support of Proposition 8 in California last year:
more...

Vivate Christus Rex!
Brantigny, KOC

100,000 secular Britons seek 'de-baptism'

...And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying, and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matt. 26: 39 Douay-Rhiems Bible

I would submit that any one who is paying for a "De-Baptism Certificate" has just been looking for an excuse to deny Christ. They are saying, "Not as You will but as I will." The temptation of satan to Eve is being reenacted, "You will be like gods". This comes from almost 5 centuries of Protestantism.

LONDON (AFP) – More than 100,000 Britons have recently downloaded "certificates of de-baptism" from the Internet to renounce their Christian faith.

The initiative launched by a group called the National Secular Society (NSS) follows atheist campaigns here and elsewhere, including a London bus poster which triggered protests by proclaiming "There's probably no God."

"We now produce a certificate on parchment and we have sold 1,500 units at three pounds (4.35 dollars, 3.20 euros) a pop," said NSS president Terry Sanderson, 58.

John Hunt, a 58-year-old from London and one of the first to try to be "de-baptised," held that he was too young to make any decision when he was christened at five months old.

The male nurse said he approached the Church of England to ask it to remove his name. "They said they had sought legal advice and that I should place an announcement in the London Gazette," said Hunt, referring to one of the official journals of record of the British government.

So that's what he did -- his notice of renouncement was published in the Gazette in May 2008 and other Britons have followed suit.

Michael Evans, 66, branded baptising children as "a form of child abuse" -- and said that when he complained to the church where he was christened he was told to contact the European Court of Human Rights.

The Church of England said its official position was not to amend its records. "Renouncing baptism is a matter between the individual and God," a Church spokesman told AFP.

"We are not a 'membership' church, and do not keep a running total of the number of baptised people in the Church of England, and such totals do not feature in the statistics that we regularly publish," he added.

De-baptism organisers say the initiative is a response to what they see as increasing stridency from churches -- the latest last week when Pope Benedict XVI stirred global controversy on a trip to AIDS-ravaged Africa by saying condom use could further spread of the disease.

"The Catholic Church is so politically active at the moment that I think that is where the hostility is coming from," said Sanderson. "In Catholic countries there is a very strong feeling of wanting to punish the church by leaving it."

In Britain, where government figures say nearly 72 percent of the population list themselves as Christian, Sanderson feels this "hostility" is fuelling the de-baptism movement.

Theologian Paul Murray at Durham University disagrees. "That is not my experience," he said, but concedes that change is in the air.

"We are in an interesting climate where Catholicism and other belief systems have moved into the public, pluralist arena, alongside secularists," he said.

De-baptism movements have already sprung up in other countries.

In Spain, the high court ruled in favour of a man from Valencia, Manuel Blat, saying that under data protection laws he could have the record of his baptism erased, according to a report in the International Herald Tribune.

Similarly, the Italian Union of Rationalists and Agnostics (UAAR) won a legal battle over the right to file for de-baptism in 2002, according to media reports. The group's website carries a "de-baptism" form to facilitate matters.

According to UAAR secretary Raffaele Carcano, more than 60,000 of these forms have been downloaded in the past four years and continue to be downloaded at a rate of about 2,000 per month. Another 1,000 were downloaded in one day when the group held its first national de-baptism day last October 25.

Elsewhere, an Argentinian secularist movement is running a "Collective Apostasy" campaign, using the slogan "Not in my name" (No en mi nombre).

Sanderson hopes rulings in other European countries will pave the way for legal action in Britain, since European Union directives require a level of parity among member states' legislation.

"That would be a good precedent for us to say to the British Information Commissioner: Come on, what's your excuse?" said Sanderson.

The bus-side posters that hit London in January sported the message: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

The scheme was in response to pro-Christian adverts on buses directing passers-by to a website warning those who did not accept Jesus would suffer for eternity in hell.

Comedy writer Ariane Sherine, mastermind of the British bus campaign that saw a copycat version in Barcelona and other cities, said she backs the "de-baptism" movement but insisted the two initiatives were separate.

Sanderson meanwhile remains resolute. "The fact that people are willing to pay for the parchments shows how seriously they are taking them," he said.


Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

6.4.09

The Code of Chivalry

I had not yet read my favorite blogs until late, Going over to Tea at Trianon, I found that Elena-Maria had written an article on the Code of Chivalry. Amazing that two Great minds coincide or possibly it is because real Chivalry is noteworthy by its absence. (But that is another story for a different blog.)

The Code of Chivalry was the precursor the rules of war. Elena-Maria states that Chivalry was not universal, indeed it was not and by the time of the Hundred Years War was all but forgotten. This lack of Chivalry was lamented by La Pucelle who seriously strove, (to some good effect at least while she was in command) to restore it's better tenets. For example it was considered a breach of Chivalry top besiege Orleans while the Duc of Orleans was held prisoner in England. It was considered a breach of Chivalry to make prisoner her herald Guyenne. You see that these where both on the part of the English who held the Maid in no esteem.

I have digressed enough...

Elena-Marian article begins...

Here is a picture of a squire making his vigil before the Blessed Sacrament, praying for the grace to measure up to the code of chivalry, as was the custom before being knighted. There was no set code of chivalry for the medieval period; it changed according to region and century. However, here are some codes which were attributed to the Emperor Charlemagne:

To fear God and maintain His Church.
To serve the liege lord in valor and faith.
To protect the weak and defenseless.
To give succor to widows and orphans.
To refrain from the wanton giving of offense.
To live by honor and for glory.
To despise pecuniary reward.
To fight for the welfare of all.
To obey those placed in authority.
To guard the honor of fellow knights.
To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit.
To keep faith.
At all times to speak the truth.
To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun.
To respect the honor of women.
Never to refuse a challenge from an equal.
Never to turn the back upon a foe.
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More on Knighthood tomorrow...

Jhesu+Marie
Brantigny

Jheanne la Pucelle's Heralds

Joan was honoured with the extraordinary privilege of two heralds: Ambleville and Guyenne.

Heralds served a very intricate and indispensable role in medieval warfare, that of being a messenger between warring sides. The performance of this role as messenger allowed them with diplomatic immunity as we would know the term today. Their person was sacred and inviolable. Capturing them was not only considered bad manners it was a violation of the Rules of Chivalry.

Jheanne complained of this to the English in a letter dated around late March or early April 1429...

"I would have sent you this letter in a more suitable manner, but you keep back my heralds: you have kept my herald Guyenne; I pray you to send him back, and I will send you some of your people who have been taken at the Fort of Saint Loup, for all were not killed there."(1) FATHER JEAN PASQUEREL. Order of Hermit Friars of Saint Augustin

Not having a herald she sent the message via an arrow.

Heralds were classed as Officers of Arms. They began their carriers as a pursuivant, then after a time became heralds, and then King of Arms. All heralds changed their surnames to their provence or had them changed as the result of enobling as a reward for their services.

These two heralds were no doubt persuivants, Dukes, Counts and Viscounts had the right to heralds, Kings of Arms were reserved for a King, Prince and Sovereign Duke, (The Duc de Bourgogne was a sovereign Duke), lesser forms for nobility did not have pursuivants.

The actual identity of Ambleville was perhaps to Julien des Essars, husband of Isabeau de Vendôme (2nd sister of Jean de Vendôme, vidame of Chartres, companion of the Maid) who was Lord of Ambleville in Vexin, member by alliance of a family of an exemplary faithfulness to Charles VII and to the Duke of Orleans. As to Guyenne, he was without doubt part of the king’s household. It was a serious insult to the King of England to have an herald named Guyenne, as this province was claimed by the King of England, as a descendant of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Heralds were often represented as a figure holding broken chains, perhaps reflecting his role as a neutral messenger.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

(2) the full text of this letter is:

"You, men of England, who have no right in this kingdom of France, the King of Heaven orders and commands you by me, Jeanne the Maid, that you quit your strong places, and return to your own country; if you do not I will cause you such an overthrow as shall be remembered for all time. I write to you for the third and last time, and shall write to you no more."

Signed thus

"Jhesus Maria, JEHANNE LA PUCELLE."

And lower:

"I would have sent you this letter in a more suitable manner, but you keep back my heralds: you have kept my herald Guyenne; I pray you to send him back, and I will send you some of your people who have been taken at the Fort of Saint Loup, for all were not killed there."