19.11.10

Over 2,000 Fetuses Found in Thai Buddhist Temple

...A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not... Matt 2:18 Douay-Rhiems

Abortion is the greatest evil ever fashioned by the hands of satan. Satan the great deciever, performs his greatest parody in abortion.

Rescue workers arrange bags containing dead fetuses found in a Thai temple. (Photo: AP) I really don't know what they are rescuing here. Brantigny

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police investigating a strong smell emanating from a Buddhist temple have found more than 2,000 fetuses hidden in the complex’s morgue that appear to have come from illegal abortion clinics.

During an initial investigation at the temple in Bangkok on Tuesday, police discovered piles of plastic bags containing more than 300 fetuses. Police Lt. Col. Kanathud Musiganont said workers pulled more bodies from the temple’s morgue Friday. More than 2,000 have been unearthed from vaults where bodies are traditionally interred pending cremation, which under some circumstances can take place years after death.

Abortion is illegal in Thailand except under three conditions — if a woman is raped, if the pregnancy affects her health or if the fetus is abnormal.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Friday that more must be done to prevent illegal abortions but that his government would not revise the abortion-related laws. He said his government has discussed the matter and believed that “the existing laws are appropriate and flexible enough.”

Several people have already been arrested in the case: two undertakers for hiding bodies to conceal the cause of death and an abortion clinic employee on charges of operating an unlicensed medical clinic and performing abortions. The undertakers could each be sent to prison for up to one year and fined 2,000 baht ($67). The clinic employee — who police said confessed she had delivered the fetuses to the morgue workers starting early this year — could face up to five years in jail and a fine of 10,000 baht ($333).

Police Col. Sombat Milintachinda said the fetuses found Friday seemed to have been for a longer period of time than those found earlier in the week.

According to the police, Suchart Poomee, 38, one of the undertakers being questioned by the police, confessed Tuesday he had been hired by illegal abortion clinics to destroy the fetuses. He said he had been collecting the fetuses since November last year. It was not clear why they had not yet been cremated.

Despite having a huge and active sex industry, many Thais are generally conservative on sexual matters, and Buddhist activists especially oppose liberalizing abortion laws.

Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisith said around 1 million Thai women get pregnant each year, with 60,000 suffering miscarriages, and another 80,000 getting legal abortions. He gave no estimate for the number of illegal abortions.

Illegal abortions, he said, reflects a problem in society. “It requires efforts from both the government and the private sector to promote better understanding about sex among the Thai youngsters,” said Jurin.

Suriyadeo Tripathi, the director of Thailand’s National Institute for Child and Family Development, said young people were getting mixed messages, and sex education needs to be improved.

“On the one hand, you see many campaigns trying to promote safer sex, but on the other, a lot of people still strongly encourage abstinence and retain a stigma against premarital sex,” he said.
CNN article to this posts here... Posted on November 19, 2010 at 9:52am by Jonathon M. Seidl Print

Tonight as I leave work I will be going to my youngest grandaughter's 1 year old birthday party where I will hug her and her parents for having her.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

18.11.10

World War II on face book? "OMG, WWII on Facebook!"

History can be so fun sometimes. This is an interesting way to teach history... UGH...

Jhesu+Marie
Brantigny

Good King Stephen and Queen Maud

Elena-Maria has posted an interesting article and link about a noble King and his Queen and their devotion to each other and to the faith. Sometimes we have to look to the past for examples. More...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Four in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete

WASHINGTON – Is marriage becoming obsolete?

As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. More people are accepting the view that wedding bells aren't needed to have a family.

A study by the Pew Research Center, in association with Time magazine, highlights rapidly changing notions of the American family. And the Census Bureau, too, is planning to incorporate broader definitions of family when measuring poverty, a shift caused partly by recent jumps in unmarried couples living together.

About 29 percent of children under 18 now live with a parent or parents who are unwed or no longer married, a fivefold increase from 1960, according to the Pew report being released Thursday. Broken down further, about 15 percent have parents who are divorced or separated and 14 percent who were never married. Within those two groups, a sizable chunk — 6 percent — have parents who are live-in couples who opted to raise kids together without getting married.
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First we allowed the Pill. Then we allowed abortion. We had the decade of love. We didn't really learn anything. We call ourselves enlightened, (I heard that before.) so we allow euthanasia. Divorce is common place. Unwed mothers are common place. Fathers of children abandon them before they are born to sire other children. We have become irresponsible, pleasure seeking narcissists. We turn a blind eye to drugs. Our churches divide and sub divide, and divide again. I am frightened for humanity.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

16.11.10

An anecdote from Syria, learning Christianity from a Saracen

Jean de Joinville relates...

John the Armenian, who was the King's master of artillery, went about that time to Damascus to buy horn and glue to make cross-bows, and saw an old man far advanced in years sitting in the booths of Damascus. This old man called him and asked him: whether he were a Christian? And he told him: Yes. And he said to him: " You Christians must hate one another: for I have seen the time when King Baldwin of Jerusalem, who was a leper, routed Saladin, though he had but three hundred men-at-arms, and Saladin three millions; and now your sins have brought you to such a pass, that we capture you in the open like beasts."

Thereupon John the Armenian told him, that he might hold his peace about the sins of the Christians, seeing the sins the Saracens commit which are much greater. And the Saracen replied: That was a foolish answer. " Why? " asked John. He said he would tell him; but that first he would ask him a question. And he asked him, whether he had not a child? "Yes," replied John, "a son." "And would you," asked he, "be more angry with me, or with your son, if either of us were to strike you? " He answered: With his son. "Then," said the Saracen, " thus do I answer you. You Christians are sons of God, called after His name, Christ; and to you He has shown grace in giving you teachers, whereby you may know good from evil; wherefore God is more wroth with you for a little sin, than with us for a big, who know no better, and are blinded. For we deem ourself free of all sin, if we may but wash in water before we die; since Mahomet hath said: in death, by water shall we be saved."

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Joinville, like his king, was obviously very attached to the Christian religion, to its doctrines, its morality and its practices. For proof of this there is a small work of edification, composed in 1250, titled li romans as ymages des poinz de nostre foi, where Joinville makes a brief commentary on the Credo. But his deep and sincere faith contrasts with the almost exalted Christian heroism of King Louis IX. The Christianity of Joinville is closer to that of the common people of that era.

Astrid Queen of the Belgians

Tomorrow will be the 105th anniversary of the birth of Astrid beloved Queen of the Belgians who was tragically lost in a motor accident. I chose today to repost this article because Price William has announced his engagement to Kate Middleton.

Upon her return from France my daughter Genevieve brought me some historical magazines and books. One of them is "Actualite de Histore", the November 2005 edition. In it I found an article on Astrid, Queen of the Belgians. As the inquest on the death of HRH Princess Diana came to a close I took a second to ponder the parallels of history.

Many people know that I am not a great admirer of Diana, due mainly to her lack of nobility in unburdening herself of her predilections to the world. They were better left unstated. As a woman she was very beautiful, graceful and intellegent, yet not overly wise.

However, certain events in human history seem to be replayed over and over. On August 31, 1997 Princess Diana and Dody Al-Fayed were killed in an automobile incident in Paris. Today, (07 April 08) in Britain, the inquest into her death was ruled as gross negligence of both Diana's driver and the paparazzi.

Diana was sometimes referred to as the Queen of Hearts...

There once was another Queen of Hearts. Her name was Astrid Princess of Belgium. This is her story...

At an evening ball, Astrid, a ravishing Swedish princess, danced all night with one of Europe's most handsome princes, Leopold of Belgium. A little timid, Astrid did not dare look into the eyes of her handsome companion.

Leopold's furtive eyes only made Astrid feel that all control was being lost to the charms of her dance partner. And as the night progressed, Leopold and Astrid never left each other's side.

Princess Astrid of Sweden was born on November 17, 1905. She was the youngest daughter of Prince Charles of Sweden, Duke of Vastergotland, and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark. Astrid's grandparents were King Oscar II of Sweden and King Frederick VIII of Denmark. Astrid's sister, Princess Martha, married the future King Olaf V of Norway. Her eldest sister, Princess Margaretha married Prince Axel of Denmark, while her only brother Prince Carl, Duke of Ostergotland, married morganatically*.

Some months later, King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium invited the press to the royal palace in Brussels. "The Queen and I, declared Albert, would like to announce to you the impending marriage between Prince Leopold, Duke of Brabant and the Princess Astrid of Sweden. We are convinced that the princess will bring joy and happiness to our son. Leopold and Astrid have decided to join their lives without any pressures or reasons of state. Theirs is a true union among people with the same inclinations." Queen Elisabeth, incorrigible that she was, insisted in saying "It is a marriage of love...tell it to our people. Nothing was arranged. Not a single political consideration prevailed in our son's decision." Leopold and Astrid were married in Brussels on November 10, 1926.

Astrid was immediately adopted by the Belgians. She was tender, understanding and profoundly human. Her public and official engagements irradiated enthusiasm. Leopold was her most fervent admirer. The love shared by the young couple was evident to all. In more than one occasion people could see them holding hands, even during official engagements.

Queen Astrid of Belgium (1905-1935)

On October 11, 1927, the Duchess of Brabant gave birth to her first child: a beautiful baby baptized with the name of Josephine-Charlotte. Almost three years later, an heir was born. He was given the name of Baudouin in memory of his deceased great-uncle who was supposed to have been king. Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium married Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg; while Baudouin married doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón. The couple's youngest child, Albert, married donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria and inherited the Belgian throne from his brother Baudouin in 1993. The present heir to the Belgian throne, Prince Philippe, is the eldest son of Albert and Paola.

In 1930, the Belgian press gave extensive coverage to the birth of the long awaited royal heir. Leopold was on his way to visit some areas away from Brussels when the Duchess of Brabant went into labor. The royal palace immediately sent him a telegram that reached Leopold at a stop during his journey. The royal palace's message announced the impending birth of the couple's second child. Without thinking twice about the day's engagements, Leopold returned to Brussels immediately.

Prince Leopold and King Albert walked anxiously in the garden at Stuyvenberg Palace while the Duchess of Brabant began her labor. Next to Astrid were her mother, Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, and her mother-in-law Queen Elisabeth. At 4:15 pm the royal physicians proudly announced the healthy birth of a little prince. The sound of cannon silenced the general happiness expressed by the people of Brussels.

At Stuyvenberg, not far away from Laeken Palace, the young Duchess of Brabant, raised in the simplicity of the Scandinavian courts, joyfully raised her growing family. At a small villa in the palace grounds, Astrid cooked for her family. And every time she could, Astrid would stroll along the Avenue Louise with her children. The Court Marshall vehemently protested against these promenades. "They break protocol," he would say. Yet in her simplicity, Astrid would retort by saying "But I'm just another mother, am I not?" (a statement similar to another queen, Marie-Antoinette) She even went as far as joining the crowds during a military revue in an effort to see her promenading husband at the head of his regiment.

On February 23, 1934, just days after the tragic climbing accident which claimed King Albert's life, Leopold and Astrid made their solemn entry into Parliament. The new monarchs were accompanied by Josephine-Charlotte and Baudouin. Leopold swore allegiance to the country's constitution while claiming that he "would give myself entirely to the country." Astrid, transported by the events she was witnessing lifted her young son and offered him to the country. A new reign was inaugurated.

A few months later, on June 6, 1934, Astrid gave birth to yet another little prince, Albert. The popularity of the Belgian royal family new no bounds. Astrid's only regret was not being able to spend more time with the children. In August, 1935, the royal couple, accompanied by their two eldest children, traveled to their villa Haslihorn, on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. The placid vacation allowed Leopold and Astrid to spend considerable time walking and climbing in the countryside. The day before their return to Brussels, Leopold and Astrid decided to go for one last excursion. Like his father, Leopold was an avid mountaineer, and had climbed the Dolomites several times. The children had already returned to Brussels.

On August 29, 1935, the monarchs left their villa for a last fateful climb. Driving his sports car along the winding, narrow roads of the region, Leopold was looking forward to the day's events. Seated next to him, Astrid helped her husband with directions to their destination. Just a few minutes before arriving at the village of Kussnacht-am-Rigi, Astrid pointed out something to her husband. Leopold took his eyesight away from the road for an instant. Suddenly, the car plunged down a ravine. Queen Astrid was violently ejected from the automobile. Her lifeless body laid on the grass near the wreckage. Witnesses recalled a single scream, "Astrid," as a devastated Leopold held her bloodied body next to his chest.


The date of her death was 27 August 1935 almost 62 years to the day of Diana's death. Diana's car accident happened in the Tunel d'Alma, which runs under the Astrid Bridge, named after the Belgian Queen.

FromThe Snow Princess
Queen Astrid of Belgium (1905-1935)
By Art Beeche

Dieu Le Roy.
Brantigny

*Morganatically-definition. A Royal marriage to a noble of lesser rank or a commoner which results in the title not being passd down to the issue of that marriage. The wife is styled "Serene Magesty "and the issue are referrred to "Serene Highness".

15.11.10

Roundheads!

This last week I watched a film called "To Kill a King" which is barely recognizable as a historical film. Cromwell was portrayed as a blood thirsty tyrant (that is how he is remembered thus in Ireland), replacing one King with a dictator. While the King was portrayed as intransigent, self- absorbed ruler, who was so full of himself that parliament had no other choice but to execute him. The film is unfortunate, while the costuming is fairly accurate the story is not. Another case of not allowing the facts to get in the way of a story.*

Which leads me to one group of the antagonists in the English Civil War...

>"Roundheads" appears to have been first used as a term of derision toward the end of 1641, when the debates in Parliament in the Bishops Exclusion Bill were causing riots at Westminster. Some, but by no means all, of the Puritans wore their hair closely cropped round the head, and there was an obvious contrast between them and the men of courtly fashion with their long ringlets. One authority said of the crowd which gathered there, "They had the hair of their heads very few of them longer than their ears, whereupon it came to pass that those who usually with their cries attended at Westminster were by a nickname called Roundheads." According to John Rushworth (Historical Collections) the word was first used on 27 December 1641 by a disbanded officer named David Hide, who during a riot is reported to have drawn his sword and said he would "cut the throat of those round-headed dogs that bawled against bishops".

However, Richard Baxter ascribes the origin of the term to a remark made by Queen Henrietta Maria at the trial of the Earl of Strafford earlier that year; referring to John Pym, she asked who the roundheaded man was.

The principal advisor to Charles II, the Earl of Clarendon remarked on the matter, "and from those contestations the two terms of 'Roundhead' and 'Cavalier' grew to be received in discourse, ... they who were looked upon as servants to the king being then called 'Cavaliers,' and the other of the rabble contemned and despised under the name of 'Roundheads' ".

Ironically, after Anglican Archbishop Laud made a statute in 1636 instructing all clergy to wear short hair, many Puritans rebelled to show their contempt for his authority and began to grow their hair even longer (as can be seen on their portraits), though they continued to be known as Roundheads. The longer hair was more common among the "Independent" and "high ranking" Puritans which included Cromwell, especially toward the end of the Protectorate, while the "Presbyterian" (i.e. non-Independent) faction, and the military rank-and-file, continued to abhor long hair. By the end of this period some Independent Puritans were again derisively using the term Roundhead to refer to the Presbyterian Puritans.


Dieu Sauve le Roy!
Brantigny
*There is a story about a Confederate veteran who was found telling his grandson about a great battle he had taken part in during the late unpleasantness. Each time he made a point this fellow would correct him saying, "No, no, it happened this way, or no that unit was on this flank" -etc. The man interrupting so frustrated the fellow telling the story that he threw up his hands and said, "Another good story ruined by an eye witness!"

The Kings Speech... Film Trailer



Opens November 24, 2010

God save the King
Brantigny