Anglican leaders respond to clergymen’s same-sex ‘wedding’

I repost this with out comment, Catholic Bulletin, June 19, 2008.

Posted: 19 Jun 2008 11:32 AM CDT

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

London, Jun 18, 2008 / 10:15 pm (CNA).- The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York on Tuesday released a statement in response to news that two Anglican clergymen who exchanged vows in May in a version of a marriage ceremony. The archbishops voiced “very great concern” and referred to previous Anglican teachings against sexually-active same-sex unions.

The same-sex ceremony, which used formal rites, took place at St. Bartholomew the Great Church in London in May. It was conducted for Reverend Peter Cowell and Reverend Dr. David Lord, who were already civil partners. According to BBC News, the couple reportedly exchanged vows and rings in front of hundreds of guests.

The ceremony was criticized as blasphemous, not in keeping with the regulations of the Anglican Church and for adding to the controversy over homosexuality within the global Anglican Communion.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Archbishop of York John Sentamu, the two highest-ranking clergymen in the Church of England, said in their Tuesday statement “We have heard the reports of the recent service in St. Bartholomew the Great with very great concern. We cannot comment on the specific circumstances because they are the subject of an investigation launched by the Bishop of London.”

“Those clergy who disagree with the Church's teaching are at liberty to seek to persuade others within the Church of the reasons why they believe, in the light of Scripture, tradition and reason that it should be changed. But they are not at liberty simply to disregard it."

The archbishops said the “various reference points for the Church of England’s approach to human sexuality,” such as the 1987 Synod motion, the 1991 Bishops' Statement “Issues in Human Sexuality,” and the House of Bishops' 2005 statement on civil partnerships, “are well known and remain current.”

The 2005 statement said entering a domestic partnership is “not intrinsically incompatible” with Anglican holy orders, provided partners affirm the standards set out in the 1991 statement “Issues in Human Sexuality.” That earlier statement said clergy “cannot claim the liberty to enter into sexually active homophile relationships.”

On homosexual marriage

From Mark Amesse's Blog, Durandal [1]. Mark has reflections from the early church about homosexual marriage. Mark is a very convincing and prolific writer, he was instrumental in my decision to place aside my whigishness. For all that do not know what Durandal was... It was the sword carried by Roland, boyhood friend and companion of King St. Charlemagne.

Quo Usque Tandem?

When a man marries and is ready to offer himself to men in a feminine way. . . We order that norms be established, that the law be armed with an avenging sword, and that these infamous persons . . . receive the supreme punishment. (Law of December 16, 342 of Emperors Constantius and Constans that was included in the later Theodosian Code)

All persons having the shameful custom of condemning a man’s body to play the role of a woman . . . (for they seem not to be different from women) shall expiate this type of crime in avenging flames before the public. (Law of August 6, 390 promulgated by the Emperors Valentian II, Theodosius, and Arcadius)

In cases of penal suits, public prosecution will be guided by various statutes, including the Law Julia de Adulteris . . . that punishes with death [gladio] not only those who violate the marriages of others, but also those who commit acts of vile concupiscence with other men. (Law of December 30, 533 of Emperor Justinian)

Whereas certain men, overcome by diabolical incitement to practice among themselves the most unworthy lewdness and acts contrary to nature, we exhort them to be fearful of God and the coming judgment, and to abstain from such illicit and diabolical practices so that the just wrath of God may not fall upon them on account of these heathen acts, with the result that cities perish with all their inhabitants. For Sacred Scriptures teach us that similar impious acts caused the demise of cities with all their inhabitants. . . .

#1. And since such sins are the cause of famine, earthquakes, and plagues, we warn men to abstain from these acts so as not to lose their souls. But if, after this warning of ours, it should be discovered that any persist in such iniquity, they render themselves unworthy of God’s mercy and further will be subjected to the punishment established by law.

#2. Thus we order the most illustrious Prefect of the Capital to arrest those who persist in the aforesaid illicit and impious acts after they have been warned by us, and to inflict upon them the most severe punishments, so that the city and the State do not end by suffering on account of such iniquitous acts.
(Law of the year 538 of Emperor Justinian)

Posted on the Feast of St. Antidius, a.D. MMVIII.

Note: The quotations come from Atila Sinke Guimarães’ appendix to IN THE MURKY WATERS OF VATICAN II, Volume I

Thanks and tip of the beret to Mark Amesse.

de Brantigny

Note:As told in the Matter of France, Durendal. According to Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso it once belonged to Hector of Troy, and was given to Roland by Malagigi.

In The Song of Roland, the sword is said to contain within the hilt one tooth of Saint Peter, blood of Saint Basil, hair of Saint Denis, and a piece of the raiment of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the poem, Count Roland attempts to destroy the sword to prevent it from being captured by the ambushing Saracens and creates La Brèche de Roland in the Pyrenees in the process. But Durendal proves indestructible, so he hurls it into a poisoned stream instead.

Local folklore claims Durendal still exists, preserved in Rocamadour, France. An inscription on Ogier the Dane's sword Curtana read My name is Cortana, of the same steel and temper as Joyeuse (sword of Charlemagne) and Durendal.

Gloucester Teens Had Pact To Get Pregnant

When I got up this morning I turned on the Fox Cable to watch the morning news. When this was reported I almost dropped my coffee. 18 girls made a pact, an agreement to get pregnant. Some thoughts passed through my head:

1. The prophecy of Pope Paul VI is proven correct again, the availabity of contraceptives has increased, not decreased, the promescuity of teens.

2. The Pro-abortion faction in this country will have a field-day telling us that if these girls had only had contraceptives open to them, (Condoms are not given out at this school which is located in a mostly Catholic town.) and planned parenting classes this could all have been averted.

3. I will be watching for the first reference to the Texas polygamy case and how the two are parallel. I will lay money on this... the media will be outraged, not because they became pregnant but because they chose to get pregnant, and the children in Texas were "forced".

4. In the end how many more will come forward. I have heard a report that as many as 150 freshmen girls were in on the pact. Where were the teachers? I will be waiting for the report that it was reported but that the report was ignored.

5. Lastly how many will be given up for adoption, and how many of the girls will be convinced by their parents and relatives to have an abortion? Just forget about it. Act like it never happened. Go on with your life. I think I am going to be sick...

Of course this falls on the same day that Britney Spears' 17-year-old sister Jamie Lynn, star of Nickelodeon's popular TV show "Zoey 101," has given birth to a baby girl. Jamie Lynn Spears gave birth to Maddie Briann on Thursday morning at a hospital in Mississippi. A high school student who lives in Louisiana, Jamie Lynn Spears reportedly met the father, Casey Aldridge, the son of a Tennessee paper mill worker, at church. The couple are engaged. "Zoey 101," which wrapped production on its fourth and final season in September, revolves around a headstrong student at a co-ed boarding school in California.

The article below has my comments in italics

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (WBZ) ― There's a stunning twist to the sudden rise in teen pregnancies at Gloucester High School. Seventeen students there are expecting and many of them became that way on purpose. (It is now 18)

Time Magazine first reported that nearly half of the girls confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. None of them is older than 16.
(Pacts to have a baby should be doen by a husband and wife, not by a group of girls sitting around a picnic bench."Im bored' says one, "Me too" saye another. "I know says a third, lets all go out and get pregnant!" just as if they were going to have an ice cream.)

Schools Superintendent Christopher Farmer told WBZ's Bill Shields Thursday the girls had "an agreement to get pregnant."

Farmer said these are generally "girls who lack self-esteem and have a lack of love in their life." (lack of self asteem is not a reason to get pregnant.)

"The common threat is the lack of self-esteem and purpose in life, and a lack of a sense of direction," said Farmer. ( I thought that is why children got to school. If there is no direction then he is to blame for that.) "Young women wanting and needing affection."

Principal Joseph Sullivan has not returned calls from WBZ for comment.

Sullivan told the magazine that the pact wasn't the only shocking incident.

"We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy," he told Time. (Well that makes it better, no home, no money, just a hookup for a half hour. That is beter than the Muslim terrorist can look forward to.)

Last month, two top officials at the high school's health center resigned in a fight over contraceptives distribution. (Not because they didn't want to pass it out but because the school doesn't allow it. Looks like #2 Is answered) Medical Director Dr. Brian Orr and chief nurse practitioner Kim Daly support confidentially giving contraceptives to students. They were outraged about resistance from Addison Gilbert Hospital, which administers the state public health grant that funds the school clinic.

Normally, the school has about four pregnancies per school year.

According to Time, school officials started looking into the spike in pregnancies after an unusual number of girls came to the school clinic for pregnancy tests. Some came by several times.

"Some girls seemed more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were," Sullivan told the magazine.

The pregnant girls and their parents turned down requests to be interviewed.

A recent graduate who had a baby during her freshman year told Time she knows why the girls wanted to get pregnant.

"They're so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally," Amanda Ireland, 18, said. "I try to explain it's hard to feel loved when an infant is screaming to be fed at 3 a.m."

Ireland also spoke with WBZ about her young pregnancy.

"I don't call it a mistake because the way I look at is everything happens for a reason," Ireland said. "But, no, she was not planned."

Ireland will soon become the godmother to her 17-year-old friend's baby boy. Kyla Brown is one of the school's 17 pregnant girls. She says her pregnancy was not planned. Her baby is due in mid-September.

WBZ has also tried to contact Mayor Carolyn Kirk and Public Health Director Jack Vondras. Both are said to be out of town this week.

Beyond the social implications of the pregnancies, there are some legal questions being asked, including whether the men who fathered the babies will face charges of statutory rape. (In North Carolina rape is a Life sentence.)

de Brantigny


Blaise Pascal

Mathematician, Convert from Jansenism, and developer of Pascal Wager, today is the anniversary his birthday.

Blaise Pascal
Born at Clermont-Ferrand, 19 June 1623; died in Paris, 19 August 1662. He was the son of Etienne Pascal, advocate at the court of Aids of Clermont, and of Antoinette Bégon. His father, a man of fortune, went with his children (1631) to live in Paris. He taught his son grammar, Latin, Spanish, and mathematics, all according to an original method. In his twelfth year Blaise composed a treatise on the communication of sounds; at sixteen another treatise, on conic sections. In 1639 he went to Rouen with his father, who had been appointed intendant of Normandy, and, to assist his father in his calculations, he invented the arithmetical machine. He repeated Torricelli's vacuum experiments and demonstrated, against Père Noël, the weight of air. He published works on the arithmetical triangle, on wagers and the theory of probabilities, and on the roulette or cycloid.

Meanwhile, in 1646, he had been won over to Jansenism, and induced his family, especially his sister Jacqueline, to follow in the same direction. In 1650, after a sojourn in Auvergne, his family returned to Paris. On the advice of physicians Pascal, who had always been ailing and who now suffered more than ever, relaxed his labours and mingled in society, with such friends as the Duc de Roannez, the Chevalier Mere, the poet Desbarreaux, the actor Milton. This was what has been called the worldly period of his life, during which he must have written the "Discours sur les passions de l'amour", inspired, it is said, by Mlle de Roannez. But the world soon became distasteful to him, and he felt more and more impelled to abandon it. During the night of 23 November 1654, his doubts were settled by a sort of vision, the evidence of which is in a writing, always subsequently carried in the lining of his coat, and called "Pascal's talisman". After this he practiced the most severe asceticism, renounced learning, and became the constant guest of Port Royal. In 1656 he undertook the defense of Jansenism, and published the "Provinciales". This polemical work was nearing completion when Pascal had the joy of seeing his friends, the Duc de Roannez and the jurisconsult Domat, converted to Jansenism, as well as his niece Marguerite Perier, who had been cured of a fistula of the eye by contact with a relic of the Holy Thorn preserved at Port Royal. Thenceforth, although exhausted by illness, Pascal gave himself more and more to God. He multiplied his mortifications, wore a cincture of nails which he drove into his flesh at the slightest thought of vanity, and to be more like Jesus crucified, he left his own house and went to die in that of his brother-in-law. He wrote the "Mystère de Jesus", a sublime memorial of his transports of faith and love, and he laboured to collect the materials for a great apologetic work. He died at the age of thirty-nine, after having received in an ecstasy of joy the Holy Viaticum, for which he had several times asked, crying out as he half rose from his couch: "May God never abandon me!"

Pascal left numerous scientific works, among which must be mentioned "Essai sur les coniques" (1640); "Avis à ceux qui verront la machine arithmétique" (1645); "Récit de la grande expérience de l'équilibre des liqueurs" (1648); "Traité du triangle arithmétique" (1654). He shows himself a determined advocate of the experimental method, in opposition to the mathematical and mechanical method of Descartes. In his "Traité sur la vide", often reprinted with the "Pensées" under the title "De l'autorité en matière de philosophie", Pascal clearly puts the question regarding progress, which he answers, boldly yet prudently in "L'esprit géometrique", where he luminously distinguishes between the geometrical and the acute mind, and establishes the foundations of the art of persuasion. As to his authorship of the "Discours sur les passions de l'amour", that essay at least contains certain theories familiar to the author of the "Pensées" on the part played by intuition in sentiment and æsthetic, and its style for the most part resembles that of Pascal. The "Entretien avec M. de Saci sur Epictète et Montaigne" gives the key to the "Pensées"; psychology serving as the foundation and criterion of apologetics, various philosophies solving the problem only in one aspect, and Christianity alone affording the complete solution.

But Pascal's two masterpieces are the "Provinciales" and the "Pensées". The occasion of the "Provinciales" was an accident. The Duc of Liancourt, a friend of Port Royal, having been refused absolution by the curé of Saint Sulpice, Antoine* Arnauld wrote two letters which were censured by the Sorbonne. He wished to appeal to the public in a pamphlet which he submitted to his friends, but they found it too heavy and theological. He then said to Pascal: "You, who are young, must do something." The next day (23 Jan., 1656) Pascal brought the first "Provinciale". The "Petites lettres" followed to the number of nineteen, the last unfinished, from January, 1656, to March, 1657. Appearing under the pseudonym of Louis de Montalte, they were published at Cologne in 1657 as "Les Provinciales, ou Lettres écrites par Louis de Montalte à un provincial de ses amis et au RR. PP. Jesuites sur le sujet de la morale et de la politique de ces pères". The first four treat the dogmatic question which forms the basis of Jansenism on the agreement between grace and human liberty. Pascal answers it by practically, if not theoretically, denying sufficient grace and liberty. The seventeenth and eighteenth letters take up the same questions, but with noteworthy qualifications. From the fourth to the sixteenth Pascal censures the Jesuit moral code, or rather the casuistry, first, by depicting a naîf Jesuit who, through silly vanity, reveals to him the pretended secrets of the Jesuit policy, and then by direct invective against the Jesuits themselves. The most famous are the fourth, on sins of ignorance, and the thirteenth, on homicide.

That Pascal intended this to be a useful work, his whole life bears witness, as do his deathbed declarations. His good faith cannot seriously be doubted, but some of his methods are more questionable. Without ever seriously altering his citations from the casuists, as he has sometimes been wrongfully accused of doing, he arranges them somewhat disingenously; he simplifies complicated questions excessively, and, in setting forth the solutions of the casuists sometimes lets his own bias interfere. But the gravest reproach against him is, first, that he unjustly blamed the Society of Jesus, attacking it exclusively, and attributing to it a desire to lower the Christian ideal and to soften down the moral code in the interest of its policy; then that he discredited casuistry itself by refusing to recognize its legitimacy or, in certain cases, its necessity, so that not only the Jesuits, but religion itself suffered by this strife, which contributed to hasten the condemnation of certain lax theories by the Church. And, without wishing or even knowing it, Pascal furnished weapons on the one hand to unbelievers and adversaries of the Church and on the other to the partisans of independent morality. As to their literary form, the "Provinciales" are, in point of time, the first prose masterpiece of the French language, in their satirical humour and passionate eloquence.

The "Pensées" are an unfinished work. From his conversion to Jansenism Pascal nourished the project of writing an apology for the Christian Religion which the increasing number of libertines rendered so necessary at that time. He had elaborated the plan, and at intervals during his illness he jotted down notes, fragments, and meditations for his book. In 1670 Port Royal issued an incomplete edition. Condorcet, on the advice of Voltaire, attempted, in 1776, to connect Pascal with the Philosophie party by means of a garbled edition, which was opposed by that of the Abbé Bossuet (1779). After a famous report of Cousin on the manuscript of the "Pensées" (1842), Faugère published the first critical edition (1844), followed since then by a host of others, the best of which is undoubtedly that of Michaut (Basle, 1896), which reproduces the original manuscript pure and simple. What Pascal's plan was, can never be determined, despite the information furnished by Port Royal and by his sister. It is certain that his method of apologetics must have been at once rigorous and original; no doubt, he had made use of the traditional proofs -- notably, the historical argument from prophecies and miracles. But as against adversaries who did not admit historical certainty, it was stroke of genius to produce a wholly psychological argument and, by starting from the study of the human soul, to arrive at God. Man is an "incomprehensible monster", says he, "at once sovereign greatness and sovereign misery." Neither dogmatism nor pyrrhonism will solve the enigma: the one explains the greatness of man, the other his misery; but neither explains both. We must listen to God. Christianity alone, through the doctrine of the Fall and that of the Incarnation, gives the key to the mystery. Christianity, therefore, is truth. God being thus apprehended and felt by the heart -- which "has its reasons that the mind knows not of", and which, amid the confusion of the other faculties, is never mistaken -- it remains for us to go to Him through the will, by making acts of faith even before we have faith.

Another curious argument of Pascal's is that which is known as the argument of the wager. God exists or He does not exist, and we must of necessity lay odds for or against Him.

If I wager for and God is -- infinite gain;
If I wager for and God is not -- no loss.
If I wager against and God is -- infinite loss;
If I wager against and God is not -- neither loss nor gain.

In the second case there is an hypothesis wherein I am exposed to the loss of everything. Wisdom, therefore, counsels me to make the wager which insures my winning all or, at worst losing nothing. Innumerable works were devoted to Pascal in the second half of the nineteenth century. Poets, critics, roman-writers, theologians, philosophers have drawn their inspiration from him or made him the subject of discussion. As M. Bourget has said, he is not only one of the princes of style, but he represents the religious soul in its most tragic and terrified aspects. Moreover, the problems which he presents are precisely those which confront us nowadays.

Catholic Encyclopedae 1917
Mathiew, "Revue de Paris", 1906
Abel Lefranc "Revue Bleue", 1906
Strowski, "Pascal", Paris, 1908

de Brantigny

Funny election storys

One more reason to think democracy is stupid.

Democratic Party officials plan to file a new lawsuit to compel federal regulators to investigate whether Sen. John McCain violated election laws by withdrawing from public financing.

The Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday it will sue next week in U.S. District Court. It will ask the court to order the Federal Election Commission to examine, within 30 days, the legality of McCain's decision to reject $5.8 million in taxpayer funds.


WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Thursday he will bypass the federal public financing system in the general election, abandoning an earlier commitment to take the money if his Republican rival did as well.

Obama, who set records raising money in the primary election, will forgo more than $84 million that would have been available to him in the general election. He would be the first candidate to do so since Congress passed 1970s post-Watergate campaign finance laws. Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee in waiting, has taken steps to accept the public funds in the general election.

Obama officials said they decided to take that route because McCain is already spending privately raised funds toward the general election campaign. Obama has vastly outraised McCain, however, and would likely retain that advantage if McCain accepts the public money.


So let me get this right, The DNC wants the FEC to investigate McCain for not accepting public funds, and Obama decides not to accept public funds. Hmmm...

What gets me is the hypocracy of the whole system.

The public funds are derived from the $3 box you check on your tax return.

I never check this box. No one is going to run on my funds.

Diue Le Roy,
de Brantigny

Rembrandt laughing

Art, that is real art before the advent of Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, etc... to me has always been the expresion of God through the eyes of men, and not the expression of man through the eyes of man. I am struck by the realism of paintings done by the old masters, both religious and secular. His portraits are like an Icon into the past, photographs of another time. I enjoy Rembrandt, he brings life to a time which one usually associates with the dour. I remember spending my Bohemian youth at the Art Institute of Chicago, but that is another story...

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - The auction house thought the portrait was a 17th century Rembrandt knockoff, and valued it at just $3,100. But the British buyer who paid about 1,500 times more than that apparently knew what he was doing.

Experts have confirmed "Rembrandt Laughing" — bought for a bargain price of $4.5 million at an English auction house in October — is a self-portrait by the Dutch master himself, depicted with his head tilted back in easygoing laughter.

William Noortman from Noortman Master Paintings, specializing in Dutch and Flemish masters, said it's worth $30 million to $40 million, adding: "I'm very surprised it didn't make more at auction."

The 9 1/2-inch-by-6 1/2-inch painting will hang in the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam through June 29, on loan from the anonymous Briton who bought it at the auction by Moore, Allen and Innocent in Gloucestershire and had it cleaned and examined by British experts.

Art expert Jan Six from another auction house, Sotheby's, declined to put a new value on the painting. But he said the sale itself was a rare opportunity, as Rembrandt's works come on the market only once every few years.

"A self-portrait by Rembrandt, that's absolutely unique — not in my lifetime," Six said.

Rembrandt made the self-portrait about 1628, when he was in his early 20s and still in his hometown, Leiden. Already he was earning his reputation as an artist, and experimenting with a mirror and his own face to capture expressions.

"It has an incredible presence," said Ernst van de Wetering, head of the Rembrandt Research Project and an authority on the Dutch master. "The light has the most natural quality of light you can think of. ... and I love the naturalness of the laughing."

The painting previously had been in the hands of an English family for more than 100 years, according to Moore, Allen and Innocent. Some had assumed it to be by one of Rembrandt's students or a Rembrandt imitator.

Van de Wetering said he thought the auction house's low evaluation had been based on poor photographs that showed little of the painting's luminosity or depth.

But in a 23-page analysis published Friday, Van de Wetering described why Rembrandt was almost certainly the creator of the little work: Brush stroke, contour, materials and the monogram all point to the master's hand.

The auction's winner may have suspected the painting was a genuine Rembrandt from the monogram RHL, painted in a rare style that the artist only used for about a year. It stands for Rembrandt Harmenszoon of Leiden. The auction house wrote the signature as "HL" in its assessment.

The initials become more compelling proof when considering that they were painted onto the wet paint of the background, and that the direction of the brush strokes match another monogram known to be Rembrandt's.

Experts also were confused by the shape of the laughing Rembrandt's body. The clothing — a woolly blanket, metal armor and glossy shirt — appear amorphous, lying in lumpy folds with little description of the anatomy below. Yet the contour has a character of its own, one that is repeated in some of his later works.

"If you look at this contour, it has a certain autonomy," Van de Wetering said, adding that it may have been one of the first times Rembrandt tested out this way of painting the body.

The thin copper plate on which the piece is painted matches in size and type with others used in other Rembrandt paintings.

X-rays reveal a second painting underneath — its content and composition also consistent with other Rembrandt works.

It is unclear where the painting had been before 1800, when a Flemish engraver made a reproductive print and attributed the original to the Dutch painter Frans Hals without realizing the face in the picture was that of Rembrandt.

"After that there is silence about the painting; we don't know where it stayed," Van de Wetering said.

What do you think Rembradt knows that is causing him to laugh?

de Brantigny


Oudenarde 1708-2008

On July 11 1708, four European powers stood in alliance. The armies of England, Prussia and Hanover, as well as the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands were poised against France in the War Of Spanish Succession. This July those powers will again face each other as part of a reenactment to commemorate the conflict.

This will be an absolute unique historical event on a rarely seen scale in Flanders! 240 infantry, 40 cavalrymen and at least 40 guns, come to Oudenaarde for the 300th anniversary reenactment 11-13 July 2008. There will be historical reenactment groups from Ireland, Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Danemark, and Norway. Special attention will be addressed in the clothing and arms of the participants.

For more information see here...

The wiki entry on the Battle of Oudenarde is here...

Vive Louis XIV!
de Brantigny

19 June 1867, The death of Maximilian I, of Mexico

Mexico, once a Catholic country has become the poor brother of the United States, it was once not so. The Country of Mexico at once comprised what is now California, Arizona, and New Mexico. It was ruled by a the Noble House of Iturbide, and then later by the Hapsburg line. Today I write a brief preamble to the that noble line's misfortune...

In 1833 Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón was elected President and three years later he lost the vast state of Texas to Sam Houston at the battle of San Jacinto. Having learnt nothing from his defeat there, Santa Anna led the Mexican forces into a disastrous and ill advised war with the US in 1846 and went on to lose half of all Mexico’s territory. In 1853 under what is known as the Gadsden Purchase, he actually sold 77,000 square kilometres of Mexico (all of Southern New Mexico and Arizona) to the US for $10 million, pocketing most of the proceeds for himself. Finally in 1855 the appalling Santa Anna was overthrown.

Things continued to go from bad to worse and became so bad that even among his opponents, many regretted the passing of Agustin and the Empire, which in comparison had been a sea of calm. Between 1822 and 1860 there were more than fifty changes of President and the actual form of government was changed no less than ten times. These fluctuated between total anarchy and outright dictatorship. In the same period there were over 140 military coups, a record that has yet to be surpassed.

In 1860 after yet another bitter civil war, with the backing of the United States, a ruthless and unprincipled radical native Indian lawyer by the name of Benito Juarez seized power. Juarez immediately instigated a bloody anti clerical policy and confiscated much of what was left of the church’s wealth. He also suspended all repayments on foreign debts, with the exception of those owing to the United States, to whom after all he owed his coming to power.

The suspension led to the principal creditors, Britain, France and Spain, sending a joint expeditionary force, which occupied the port of Vera Cruz in December 1861. Juarez fearing the worst gave in and repaid most of the outstanding interest and agreed to honour the debts. Britain and Spain withdrew, their claims having been honoured. But France continued the war marching inland and occupying Mexico City.

The France of Napoleon III had more ambitious goal in mind than merely the of recovery of her debts. Napoleon III heavily influenced by his romantically minded wife the Empress Eugenie, was bent of reviving the Mexican monarchy. He wanted to place a monarch on the throne who would promote the interests of France. The idea was not a new one but there was a new impetus. Prior to 1861 any interference in the affairs of Mexico by any of the European powers would have been viewed as a challenge to the mighty United States and no one wanted to provoke a conflict with them. However by 1861 the USA was embroiled in it’s own bloody conflict, the civil war. The war at home made the government in Washington powerless to intervene. And so encouraged by the Empress Eugenie, who saw herself as the champion of the emasculated Catholic Church in Mexico, Napoleon III took advantage of the situation.

Brother of the Emperor of Austria-Hungary Franz Joseph, Maximilian I was executed by the Mexican forces on today's date 19 June, in the year 1867. I pause to wonder if the story of Mexico had been different. If there had been no Christeros War.

Dieu le Roy.
de Brantigny

St Thomas More, Revisited

A Godly Meditation

Give me thy grace, good Lord,
To set the world at nought,
To set my mind fast upon thee.
And not to hang upon the blast of men's mouths.
To be content to be solitary,
Not to long for worldly company,
Little and little utterly to cast off the world,
And rid my mind of all the business thereof.
Not to long to hear of any worldly things,
But that the hearing of worldly phantasies may be to me displeasant.
Gladly to be thinking of God,
Piteously to call for his help,
To lean unto the comfort of God,
Busily to labour to love him.
To know mine own vility and wretchedness,
To humble and meeken myself under the mighty hand of God,
To bewail my sins passed,
For the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.
Gladly to bear my purgatory here,
To be joyful of tribulations,
To walk the narrow way that leadeth to life.
To bear the cross with Christ,
To have the last thing in rememberence,
To have ever afore mine eye my death that is ever at hand,
To make no stranger to me,
To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of hell.
To pray for pardon before the judge to come.
To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me,
For his benefits uncessantly to give him thanks.
To buy the time again that I before have lost.
To abstain from vain confabulations,
To eschew light foolish mirth and gladness,
Recreations not necessary to cut off.
Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss at right nought, for the winning of Christ.
To think my most enemies my best friends,
For the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favour as they did him with their malice and hatred. These minds are more to be desired of every man, than all the treasure of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen, were it gathered and laid together all upon one heap.

Written by Sir Thomas More, Knight, while he was prisoner in the Tower of London, in the year of our Lord, 1534.

Dieu Le Roy.
de Brantigny


La messe traditionelle à Paris

Laudem Gloriae written by Christine in Dijon has posted the following quick article and magnificant photo.

Pour la première fois depuis quelques décennies, la messe solennelle selon la forme extraordinaire du rite romain sera célébrée dans l’église Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris le mardi 17 juin à 19 h 30. Si vous êtes à Paris, c'est un évènement à ne pas manquer!

For the first time in decades, Mass in the extraordinary form will be held at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday, June 17th, at 7:30 p.m. If you happen to be in Paris, this is not to be missed!

Merci Christine.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

Immaculate Conception

..............................."I am the Immaculate Conception." .......

Two New Blogs and a Site added to my Blogroll

I am adding 2 new blogs to my blogroll.

In the first the owner calls himself by his Nom-de-Plume, Pope Peter. The blog (located here) is a Catholic news blog, and is titled Pope Peter-Catholic News.

Bienvenue, Pape Pierre.

Catherine Delors has changed the name of her blog to "Versailles and more". Catherine is of Norman desent, as was Charlotte Corday. She resides at the center of the world, Paris.
Catherine is an authoress and has just published a work called Mistress of the Revolution.

Salut Madame!

I have also added a site called Vérité pour la Vendée , (truth for the Vendee). This is not a monacrhist site but one which in a humble way isatempting to reveal the true horror of the Catholic and Royalist uprising in the southwest of France during the Terror, and expose that which has been covered up for so long, Genocide.


de Brantigny


Vendée, un génocide censuré

On the 28th of February 2008 a proposition was delivered to the National Assembly to recognize the genocide in the Vendée during the French Revolution. They refused to recognize the War on the Vendeans as Genocide.

There was no news coverage. It was censured by the media. Why?

Original French text.

Une énième proposition de loi fut présentée à l'assemblée nationale (le 28 février 2008).

Elle a toujours été censurée par les médias!!!

Et refusée par l'assemblée nationale qui ne veut pas reconnaître les crimes de la république.

« On appelle crime de gé­nocide la conception ou la réa­lisation partielle ou totale, ou la complicité dans la conception ou la réalisation de l'extermination d'un groupe humain de type eth­nique, racial ou religieux ».

Deux lois furent votées par la Convention en préparation du « génocide vendéen » : celle du 1er août 1793 : « Anéantis­sement de tous les biens... » et celle du 1er octobre 1793 : «II faut que tous les brigands de la Vendée soient exterminés avant la fin du mois d'octobre : le salut de la Patrie l'exige ; l'impatience du peuple français le commande ; mon courage doit l'accomplir ».

Vérité pour la Vendée! Dieu Sauve Le Roy!
de Brantigny

Bush Mull converting to Catholicism

I volunteer to teach him the Catechism. Of course the conspiracy theorists will have a field day with this. I will welcome him to the true faith.

Bush Becoming a Catholic?
Monday, June 16, 2008 11:05 AM
By: Jim Meyers Article Font Size

President Bush may follow in the footsteps of his brother Jeb and convert to Catholicism, several European papers are reporting.

In the wake of the president’s visit to see Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, Italian newspapers, citing Vatican sources, said Bush was open to the idea of converting to Catholicism.

The Italian newspaper Il Foglio referred to such talk about Bush’s possible conversion and stated that “anything is possible, especially for someone reborn like Bush.”

Noting that Tony Blair converted to Catholicism after leaving office as Britain’s prime minister last year, the paper also stated that “if anything happens, it will happen after he finishes his period as president, not before. It is similar to Blair’s case, but with different circumstances.”

President Bush welcomed Pope Benedict XVI warmly when he visited the U.S. in April. And Vatican watchers noted that Bush met privately with the pontiff in the private gardens of the Vatican last Friday — an unprecedented place for the Pope to meet a head of state. Typically, the Vatican gardens are used by the Pope for private reflection.

A Vatican spokesman said the Pope used the unusual locale to reciprocate for the “warmth” Bush showed when the two met in Washington.

Though the Catholic Church has criticized the U.S. war in Iraq, Bush has been an ardent supporter of pro-life issues; he has staunchly opposed stem-cell research; and he opposes gay marriage — all issues important for Rome.

Currently Bush belongs to a Methodist church in Texas and attends an Episcopal church in Washington, D.C.

A friend of Bush, Father George William Rutler — who converted to Catholicism in 1979 — told the Catholic News Agency that Bush “is not unaware of how evangelicalism, by comparison with Catholicism, may seem more limited both theologically and historically.”

Vérité pour la Vendée!
de Brantigny