9.10.09

Polluted Water, Polluted Culture

My wife Suzanne, a nurse, brought this to my attention. Carlos fellow parishioner and fellow Knight posted this article about what our "enlightened" culture has brought us to...

Matthew Hanley

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reacted to an August report that emissions from coal-fired power plants have led to widespread mercury pollution in our rivers and streams by saying: "this science sends a clear message that our country must continue to confront pollution, restore our nation's waterways, and protect the public from potential health dangers." Who, after all, wants toxic levels of mercury in our rivers?

But mercury is not all there is in the water. Estrogen – from artificial contraception pills, consumed daily by tens of millions of women – makes its way through sewage treatment plants and severely pollutes our waterways. Classified in the United Kingdom as a pollutant, “the pill” has led – according even to the Austrian chemist who helped invent it – to "demographic catastrophe". The oversaturation of estrogen in the environment likely contributes to male infertility, which has been rising in recent years; there is also the impact it has on aquatic life.

To take one recent example, University of Colorado scientists found that of the 123 fish they had caught at a nearby mountain stream for research purposes, “101 were female, 12 were male and 10 were strange ‘intersex’ fish with male and female features.” The director of the Colorado Genetic Engineering Action Network, Dave Georgis, reacted to these freaky findings by saying: “Nobody is to blame for this, and I don’t have a solution.”

That, no doubt, would be above his pay grade.

It does not take much effort to imagine a Dictator behind the scenes (Relativism, as Benedict XVI famously suggested), ordering him to dissemble like that. To speak the truth – even only about the science of estrogen overload, as Salazar did with respect to mercury – would be an act of gross insubordination. The inability to say what is manifestly so or not so, Romano Guardini (a mentor to Benedict) perceptively wrote nearly fifty years ago, is “the most hideous manifestation of tyranny.”

You can get away with such evasions scot-free, since the Zeitgeist cannot be bothered to target this source of contamination, even though that means making peace with harming women and the environment. How quickly its professed faith in strictly disinterested science is exposed as mere pretense, when the science scrutinizes its interests.

Is there any better illustration of the connectedness between human and natural ecology, each of which Benedict XVI stresses (in Caritas in Veritate) can only be protected by firm commitment to moral truth? Artificial contraception’s modus operandi is to thwart nature – it ruptures the intimate (“ecological”) bond between a man, a woman and future generations, splinters entire societies, and contaminates the environment.

Nature can only brook so much dissent.

Connecting the dots is a straightforward but thankless task. Anyone who is aware of ever having preferred darkness to light knows that truth can irritate before it illuminates. Indicting the tools of consequence-free sex as the culprit in environmental degradation, much less personal or social disintegration, is to court rage.

In this case, ’roid rage, since oral contraceptives are steroids (yes, think Mark McGwire), though few know it – and carcinogenic ones at that. To “work,” they must first interfere with the liver, which normally breaks down ingested substances; they are specifically designed not to biodegrade – which helps explain estrogen’s presence in the environment, and why they are implicated not only in breast cancer, but also liver cancer.

Plato timelessly remarked that “men prefer themselves to the truth.” Overcoming the all-too-human aversion to uncomfortable truth costs parts of ourselves dearly – which is why grappling with truth is a noble act.

Without a willingness to acknowledge and “love what is true,” Benedict suggests, there can be “no real social conscience or responsibility,” however much well meaning environmentalists earnestly cultivate and aggressively retail those goods. (A woman may believe that by bringing her own reusable grocery bag to Whole Foods in one hand she helps save the planet – but only if she does not let herself know that the contraceptive pill she pops with the other hand is messing with the planet’s water supply). Quite the contrary: without truth, “social action ends up serving private interests and the logic of power.”

This striking passage calls to mind not so much Plato and the human penchant to struggle with truth, but Nietzsche and the “will to power”; it evokes the cold, self-centered nihilism which lends a brutish quality to our culture.

The nihilistic assertion of the self – which lashes out at truth in its quest for power (even over the human body) – is a defining characteristic of “modern liberalism,” which Cardinal Pell of Sydney observes “has strong totalitarian tendencies.” It is a toxic cultural contaminant that shrinks hearts and minds, restricts happiness, and produces “lovelessness, fear, and despair.” It helps foment what Archbishop Dolan of New York called “the real vocation crisis”: fewer and fewer people getting married, later and later in life.

It, like truth, also imposes costs – but in diametrically opposed ways.

The nihilistic “hook-up” culture dishes out debilitating and drug resistant emotional wounds that, though less quantifiable, propel many young and not so young people to “lead lives of quiet desperation” – as Thoreau put it.

But the Truth came to set us free, to heal and reconcile, to restore equilibrium, so that we do not take our quiet desperation “to the grave,” as Thoreau imagined most men do, but rather might find love and happiness in this world and the next.

With much thanks to Carlos
In Christ's Name,
Vive le Roy,
Brantigny

The National Catholic Bioethics Center will be publishing Matthew Hanley's book, with Jokin D. Irala, M.D., Affirming Love, Avoiding AIDS: What Africa Can Teach the West. © 2009 The Catholic Thing.

Louis XVI: A King Maligned

Elena Maria has posted this on her blog... A lie is persistant, especially if it comes from one in authority.

Some biographers, in seeking to change public opinion about Marie-Antoinette, attempt to redeem her at the expense of her husband, King Louis XVI. Louis-Auguste is portrayed as a repressed, impotent, dull-witted, indifferent husband, who drove his wife to gambling, dancing and spending exorbitant amounts of money as an outlet for her thwarted impulses. Stefan Zweig, a disciple of Sigmund Freud, was one of the first to impart to the public the image of the sexually frustrated teenage princess, which successive authors continue to promote to this day.

The drawback of the Freudian theory is that it does not explain why others at the French court, who were enjoying unmitigated pleasures of the flesh, were spending much more money than eighteen year old Marie-Antoinette. In vindicating Marie-Antoinette, still falsely perceived as the queen who took lovers and who danced while the people starved, it is necessary to gain a true perspective of her spouse, beyond the archetype of the fat, indolent husband, spoiling a wife he could not satisfy. One must look behind the myths, deliberately propagated and perpetuated in order to sell books and movies about alleged extramarital love affairs, as well as to justify the excesses of the French Revolution. The reality about this tragic royal couple may not be as sensational as some biographies tell it, but it is as exciting, heart-rending and beautiful as any make-believe romance. more...


Thanks and a tip of the Beret to Elena-Maria.

Dieu Sauve le Roy!
Brantigny

A New War for America?

In a move to forstall an invasion from the Moon and in order to divert attention away from the lack of intention in Afganistan the President has approved a preemtive strike on the moon.

In a statement reministent of the early days of the War in Iraq Jennifer Heldmann, coordinator for NASA's observation campaign said "This is so cool, We're thrilled."

"This is going to change the way we look at the moon," NASA chief lunar scientist Michael Wargo said at the news conference. more...

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

The devaluing of the Nobel Peace Prize

When at the end the Gulf War of 1990-91, the Marine Corps in an act of zealous generosity issued medals like free doughnuts. It was an effort to recognize the troops who fought, in addition to possibly redress the lack of medals in the previous war Viet Nam. Unfortunately it was not only those who fought and performed missions to advance the move to victory, but to the rear area marines, whose jobs was by no means less important to the mission but placed them in no real danger. The award of a Navy Achievement for sorting mail and the risking of ones life flying a mission over enemy territory when issued increased the stature of one and decreased the stature of the other. Traditionally, American veterans have been reluctant to show personal awards, and when asked about them have become ashamed that they live while the real heroes have died.

Thus it has come to pass that the Nobel Peace Prize has become meaningless. I should have thought when Al Gore won the prize for making a movie, called nonfiction filled with so many lies was the low point for this prestigous award. I was wrong. On way way home from the gym I was welcomed by the news stating that the man-god has received the preace prize for discussion with the Muslim world, and initiating a move for nuclear reduction. The thing is however, that the nomination had to be in Oslo 10 days after B.O. was inaugurated. Was the fix in? This mans metioric rise from Chicago oranizing thug to Illinois State Representive, to US Senate (with only 140 days between the time he was swore into the Senate before beginning his presidentail campaign,) to President. His voting record here which shows a remarkable inability to grasp anything in order to produce much more than a majority of no vote, votes.

OSLO – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.

Nobel observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline.

..."Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," Jagland said.
more...

After the denegration of education, marriage, religion, and the acceptace of socialism by the world it was only a matter of time.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

7.10.09

Queen 'appalled' at Church of England moves, claim Vatican moles

When Pope Benedict visits this country next year, he is expected to stay at Buckingham Palace as a guest of the Queen. The warmth of her welcome will come as no surprise to the Pontiff, if senior sources at the Vatican are to be believed.

According to informants quoted in The Catholic Herald, the Queen has "grown increasingly sympathetic" to the Catholic Church over the years while being "appalled", along with the Prince of Wales, at developments in the Church of England.

The usually well-informed newspaper adds that the Queen, who is the Supreme Governor of the C of E, is "also said to have an affinity with the Holy Father, who is of her generation".

In July, The Sunday Telegraph disclosed that the Queen had told the heads of a traditionalist group, formed in response to the liberal direction of some parts of the Anglican Communion, that she "understood their concerns" about the future of the 80 million-strong global church.

One leading evangelical said: "We found the letters very supportive."

Her intervention was predicted to have surprised many because the group, called the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, was feared by some to be a divisive force and one of its senior figures was this accused of being homophobic.

The then Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, called on homosexuals to repent. He said the Church of England must stick to the Biblical teaching that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

"We want to hold on to the traditional teaching of the Church," he said. "We don't want to be rolled over by culture and trends in the Church," said the bishop, who was one of the most senior religious figures in England.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman declines to comment.


I am quite sure that the liberal Anglican Church will do it's best to squash this move to orthodoxy. It is long over due. The Catholic Church has persevered through the centuries because it is the true Faith.

Dieu Le Roy!
Brantigny

Daily Telegraph

Marie-Antoinette portraits and miniatures

While looking for a photograph of Mary Queen of Scots that matched the antique engraving I have purchased I came along to the George Stuart Historical collection. I present some from the Life of Marie-Antoinette.

First Marie-Antoinette en Gaul, by Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun

The George Stuart miniature of Marie-Antoinette (approx 15 inches tall)

Marie-Antoinette and her children, by Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun

The George Stuart Miniature of Marie-Antoinette and her children.

A young Marie-Antoinette

The miniature,

La Reine-Martyr engraving

La Reine Martyr miniature,

The Queen as a widow,

The miniature,

While I have somewhat of a problem with the captions under the miniatures I can not deny the excellence of the statues. I first thought these were wax full sized figures and not a 15 inch model. These are excellent. More historical French figures may be found here... other period and countries may be located here...

Marie-Antoinette was truly a beauty.

Dieu Le Roi!
Brantigny

6.10.09

Colonial Williamsburg

My favorite city in Virginia has announced this...

Richard Charlton's Coffeehouse

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is reconstructing Richard Charlton’s 18th-century coffeehouse—which, when completed, will be the only authentic 18th-century coffeehouse in the United States. The newest building on Duke of Gloucester Street stands just across from the Capitol.

On the same site more than 240 years ago, a Williamsburg wigmaker named Richard Charlton operated a popular coffeehouse, just a few steps from the colonial Capitol. Over cups of coffee, chocolate, and tea, Williamsburg’s gentlemen and politicians gathered to make deals, discuss business, learn the news from England, and exchange the latest gossip.

One of the most dramatic encounters of the period leading up to the American Revolution took place on the coffeehouse porch in 1765, when an angry crowd protesting against the Stamp Act confronted the appointed collector for Virginia, George Mercer. The royal governor, Francis Fauquier, intervened and saved Mercer from the crowd. Mercer later resigned his position, and the Stamp Act was repealed by the British Parliament the following year.

From the building itself created with period techniques and incorporating the original foundations to the opportunity to meet Mr. or Mrs. Charlton and enjoy a coffee, chocolate, or tea in an 18th-century setting, everything about the new coffeehouse reflects the very best of what Colonial Williamsburg has to offer.

View video of the Coffeehouse Reconstruction

I have watched this building grow from the original archelogical dig to it's present form over two years. I'm ready to go...

Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting
Friday, November 20, 4:00 p.m.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Colonial Willimasburg
site...

The power of the Rosary


Many people have been taught a history which has become secular and atheistic. This is a pity. The History of the west after the birth of Christ is Catholic. For example it is widely and wrongly believed, that the the first crusade called for by the pope was a spur of the moment idea.

In 1995 former Monty Python comedian Terry Jones first episode of the Crusades by beginning with the incident at Ma'arrat al-Numan, where Crusaders massacred the population and engaged in cannibalism. Terry Jones sets off the explain the chain of events that lead to this event. The chain of events that lead to this event began, with the Seljuk invasion of the Byzantine Empire. The emperor, Alexis called on his fellow Christians of the west to aid him. So the pope called for a crusade to free Jerusalem. The church has so much influence that they ended up causing a mass migration. On the way to Jerusalem, the crusaders massacred the Jews. Finally they arrived in Constantinople, where the emperor was shocked at their arrival. This "history" is the one perpetrated upon the youth of today. It is wrong.

In reality the Crusades began when the final straw broke the proverbial camel's back. Until the beginning of the Muslim invasions all of Europe was Christian. Forcibly converted to Islam and invaded on all sides it became obvious that soon all of Europe would be overrun by the Muslim. Thus the Crusades became a defence of Europe and not a land grab. Those Crusades, began in 1098, while being called something different have continued. Those who beleive this view can not believe that it was through the Power of the Rosary that Lepanto was won.

In 1571 Turkish Muslims amassed a huge naval fleet of galley ships in the Bay of Lepanto off the coast of Cyprus in an attempt to control the Mediterranean Sea, destroy the Christian fleet and invade the whole of Europe. Don Juan of Austria, the exiled illegitimate son of the king of Spain found himself selected as commander-in-chief of the outnumbered Christian fleet in what history would record as the bloodiest deck-to-deck sea battle in naval history.

Pope St. Pius V, a former Dominican monk, strove to unite the naval forces of Venice, Spain and the Holy See to meet the Muslim threat and entrusted the Christian fleet to the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The pope sent his blessing to the fleet commander, Don John of Austria, recommending him to leave behind all soldiers of evil life, and promising him the victory if he did so. Realizing the importance of the impending battle, the pope ordered public prayers, and increased his own supplications to heaven and led the people of Rome in vigils and processions from dawn to dusk as they prayed the rosary to Our Lady of Victory.

The rosary became the spiritual weapon of the Christians as thousands joined together in prayer on the day of the Battle of Lepanto, October 7, 1571. That night while meeting with the cardinals, he suddenly stopped and opened the window and looking at the sky, he cried out, "A truce to business; our great task at present is to thank God for the victory which he has just given the Christian army". He burst into tears over the victory which dealt the Muslim power a blow from which it never fully recovered. The decisive victory in the Bay of Lepanto destroyed all but a third of the enemy fleet and drove-off those that survived the conflict.

Pope Pius V established October 7 as a feast day of Our Lady of Victory in honor of the Blessed Virgin’s assistance in securing the victory, freeing some twelve thousand Christian galley slaves and securing the safety of Europe. In memory of this triumph he instituted the first Sunday of October the feast of the Rosary and added to the Litany of Loreto the supplication "Help of Christians". He was hoping to put an end to the power of Islam by forming a general alliance between the Italian cities and those of Poland, France, and all of Christian Europe.

Two years later Pope Gregory XIII changed the name of the feast day to Our Lady of the Rosary because it was through the praying of the Rosary that the battle had been won. October became the month of the Most Holy Rosary in the Church’s calendar. Pope Leo XIII added the invocation “Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us” to the Litany of Loreto.

An earlier article of mine...

Our lady of the Rosary, help of Christians, pray for us...
Brantigny

5.10.09

Movie review, the Invention of Lying

It is getting to be easy to identify the anti-Christians in Hollywood.

The Invention of Lying

Venomous supposed comedy, set in a world where lying is unknown and every word spoken is accepted as truth, and where God does not exist until a failed documentary screenwriter (Ricky Gervais) discovers the ability to deceive and, to comfort his dying mother (Fionnula Flanagan), invents the fable of an afterlife, going on to fabricate the story of a "man in the sky" who rewards good deeds and punishes evil, all of which is eagerly accepted by the credulous masses who flock to hear his message. Along with his co-writer and co-director Matthew Robinson, Gervais launches an all-out, sneering assault on the foundations of religious faith such as has seldom if ever been seen in a mainstream film, despicably belittling core Judeo-Christian beliefs and mocking both the person and the teaching of Jesus Christ. Pervasive blasphemy, some sexual humor and references, and a few rough and crude terms. O -- morally offensive. (PG-13) 2009

The Invention of Lying (Full Review)

The fashionable "new atheism" -- popularized in book form by such authors as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens -- unexpectedly slithers its way into the neighborhood cineplex with the arrival of "The Invention of Lying" (Warner Bros.).

Though its trailer gives no clue as to its true agenda, this venomous supposed comedy is set in a world where lying is unknown and every word spoken is accepted as truth and where -- not accidentally, the screenplay implies -- God does not exist. Until, that is, failed documentary screenwriter and all-around loser Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) spontaneously discovers the ability to deceive.

After playing on the absolute trust of everyone around him to inflate his bank account and in an abortive attempt to compel an attractive stranger to have sex with him on the grounds that, should she refuse, the world will come to an end, Mark graduates to white lies, encouraging his suicidal neighbor Frank (Jonah Hill), for instance, to remain alive by promising that he has a bright future ahead.

In a similar vein, Mark tries to comfort his dying mother, Martha (Fionnula Flanagan), who is tormented by the prospect of eternal nothingness, by inventing the fable of an afterlife in which she will be reunited with everyone she has ever loved and live in a mansion, experiencing perpetual joy.

The hospital attendants who overhear Mark's reassuring fabrication are thrilled, and word soon spreads that he has some kind of secret knowledge. As crowds besiege his house, Mark works out a ludicrously simple-minded creed which he proclaims at his doorstep, a latter-day suburban Moses with a pair of pizza boxes taking the place of the tablets of the Law.

The main tenets of Mark's freshly minted religion concern a "man in the sky" who controls and directly causes everything that happens -- including both disease in individuals and large-scale natural disasters -- and who rewards good deeds and punishes evil, though three serious sins per lifetime are forgivable. His credulous listeners accept his teachings with pathetic eagerness, but obsess about the smallest details.

Though he goes on to worldwide fame and great wealth, Mark pines in vain for his elusive friend Anna (Jennifer Garner), who rejects him as a spouse on the grounds that his genes are far inferior to hers.

In a particularly disgraceful scene, Mark, who has become a reclusive heavy drinker, answers the doorbell one day to find Anna on his threshold. She stares at him, and tells him he looks terrible. The next shot reveals that -- with long hair and a new beard and wrapped in white bed sheets -- Mark in fact looks like a seedy version of Jesus.

Gervais, who co-wrote and co-directed with Matthew Robinson, launches an all-out, sneering assault on the foundations of religious faith such as has seldom if ever been seen in a mainstream film, despicably belittling core Judeo-Christian beliefs. Not only Catholics but believers of every stripe and, indeed, people of good will generally will be well-advised to shun this calculated cinematic insult.

The film contains pervasive blasphemy, some sexual humor and references, and a few rough and crude terms. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Robert Banaugh, a some time catylist for my articles.


Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

Is the world coming to an end?

First it was the construction of a monstrosity of a pyramid and now...

McDonald's restaurants to open at the Louvre.!

Via The London Telegraph
It is a move which has managed to get both France's art lovers and gastronomes choking on their Gitanes.

By Henry Samuel in Paris
Published: 2:55 PM BST 04 Oct 2009

Lovers of France's two great symbols of cultural exception – its haute cuisine and fine art – are aghast at plans to open a McDonald's restaurant and McCafé in the Louvre museum next month.

America's fast food temple is celebrating its 30th anniversary in France with a coup -the opening of its 1,142nd Gallic outlet a few yards from the entrance to the country's Mecca of high art and the world's most visited museum.

Fries with the Colosseum? The chain faces a groundswell of discontent among museum staff, many already unhappy about the Louvre lending its name and works to a multi-million pound museum project in Abu Dhabi.

"This is the last straw," said one art historian working at the Louvre, who declined to be named. "This is the pinnacle of exhausting consumerism, deficient gastronomy and very unpleasant odours in the context of a museum," he told the Daily Telegraph.

Didier Rykner, head of The Art Tribune website found the idea "shocking".

"I'm not against eating in a museum but McDonald's is hardly the height of gastronomy," he said, adding that it was a worrying mixture of art and consumerism. "Today McDonald's, tomorrow low-cost clothes shops," he said.

McDonald's confirmed that a restaurant will open next month. The Louvre confirmed it will be positioned in the underground approach to the Louvre, known as the Carrousel du Louvre.

The stonewalled gallery was opened in 1993, five years after the famous Louvre pyramid. The Carrousel's initial remit stipulated that its "commercial activities will be regulated and restricted to cultural or tourist activities".

The Louvre has the right to protest against boutiques it considers fail to meet such criteria. However, the museum told the Daily Telegraph it had agreed to a "quality" McCafé and a McDonald's in place by the end of the year, which it said was "is in line with the museum's image".

"The Louvre welcomes the fact that the entirety of visitors and customers, French or foreign, can enjoy such a rich and varied restaurant offer, whether in the museum area or gallery," the museum said in a statement.

The McDonald's would represent the "American" segment " of a new "food court", and would be situated "among (other) world cuisines and coffee shops," it wrote.

It added that the franchise owner "has taken the utmost care in ensuring the quality of the project, both in culinary and aesthetic terms".

Louvre Pour Tous, a website whose aim is to "inform and defend" museum visitors, said: "Henri Loyrette, president of the Louvre museum just had to say one word to stop the whiff of French fries from wafting past the Mona Lisa's nose. He chose otherwise."

There was already an outcry last year when Starbucks opened a café perilously close to the Right bank museum's entrance. Employees and art aficionados sent management a petition in protest; the café opened regardless but was asked to provide a cultural corner of brochures and catalogues as a placatory measure.

"Starbucks was bad enough but McDonald's is worse," said the Louvre art historian.

A new ticket hall is due to be built in the next three years by the site of the new McDonald's to cope with the eight million annual visitors.

"Once this happens, the first thing visitors will likely see when they arrive are big golden arches," he said.

Many in France view "McDo" as the Trojan horse of globalisation and the scourge of local produce and long lunches.

José Bové, the mustachioed anti-GM crusader shot to fame after bulldozing a McDonald's in 1999 to protest against malbouffe (junk food).

However, even if there were a last-minute u-turn at the Louvre, statistics suggest the battle of Le Big Macs has already been lost. France has become McDonald's biggest market in the world outside of the US, according to the chain. While business in traditional brasseries and bistros is in freefall, the fast food group opened 30 new outlets last year in France and welcomed 450 million customers – up 11 per cent on the previous year.


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Dieu Le Roy!
Brantigny

The Art Institute of Chicago has not yet succumbed to the temptation of McDonalds.

A conflict of interest?

Powerful Player Joins Polanski Team

LOS ANGELES — While a backlash emerged Tuesday among French politicians of all stripes about whether their government and others should have rushed to embrace the cause of the jailed film director Roman Polanski, his American legal team picked up an influential new member: the lawyer Reid Weingarten, a well-known Washington power player and close friend and associate of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. more...

Let me see, a pal of Eric Holder the Attorney General of the United States, the office of whom all foreign extraditions are processed is a friend of Polanski's law team. I wonder how vigorously this extradition will be pursued. Time will tell.

Dieu le Roy.
Brantigny

4.10.09

Scandal

Scandal: an action or object which in an of itself may or may not cause some one to sin...



More information...

I have read no other views or comments from the USCCB.

Dieu Le Roy.
Brantigny

Roman Polanski and the rationalization of morality


Last week Roman Polanski was arrested by the Swiss at the behest of the LA district attorney on 32 year old charges for raping a 13 year old in 1977. Polanski initially plead guilty but absconded to France.

What has puzzled me is the chorus of his supporters, most notably to me is Whoppi Goldberg who states that it really "wasn't rape-rape". So all this talk about her being a feminist now baffles me. ...We've had Woody Allen, of all people, other famous film directors and actresses signing a petition demanding "the immediate release of Roman Polanski''. The actress Debra Winger, the president of the film event, described the arrest as "philistine".

In France, where Polanski has lived for 30 years, the Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, described his arrest as "sinister" and the Culture Minister, Frederic Mitterrand, said: "In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face.''

Back in the land of the casting couch, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein issued a statement: "Whatever you think of the so-called crime, Polanski has served his time.''
more from the Brisbane Australia Times.

Local radio too surprised me. It boiled down to an approval of sex with a 13 year old. I guess that is what we have become enablers. I can not remain silent. Silence implies consent.

Working in a prison where several of my case load are pedophiles. They all have the same thought, being "I have spent my time." The major problem is they are only serving time for the crimes that they were caught in*. An example is, one of my former case load, was serving a 4 year term for indecent liberties. He was married, had two sons, a loving (idolizing) wife, mother and father and a preacher. He had convinced them that he was only guilty of the indecent liberties. Unfortunately he had sexually molested 100's of boys. He was charged by the federal court for maintaining child pornography, and transmitting pornography over state lines via an electrical device, (his computer).

Perhaps Roman Polanski is guilty of raping a 13 year old girl or that is the only one he has been charged with.

The rape victim who now wants the charges to be nullified is not the aggrieved party in this drama. The aggrieved party is the State of California. Justice will be served when Polanski is serving time. This is justice not vengeance.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

*It is a common thought by inmates that any crime they where not tried for (or got away with) they have no guilt in.