Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941

The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a full combatant.

Pearl Harbor remained the most infamous act perpetrated against the United States until the September 11th attacks on New York, by Muslim extremists. However, unlike the September 11th attack, the raid on Pearl Harbor solidified the country to go to war against Japan and Germany for 4 long years and thousands of casualties.

Here may be found an Online Library of Selected Images, courtesy of the United States Navy Historical Center.

I have been to Hawaii twice, once as a medivac returned to the west coast, (I didn't see much) and once as a stop on a flight west to Okinawa, Japan. I only remember the pineapple was real good both times. Someday maybe I will go as a tourist.

Let us remember these men and women whos lives were taken that sunny Sunday in 1941.

An article on the USS Arizona may be found here...

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The sisters and brothers of Marie-Antoinette

Something I have delayed for too long is the posting of portraits of the brothers and sisters of the Reine-Martyre Marie-Antoinette. Thanks to Anabel who writes a blog from Buenos Aires, Argentina called Trianon de La Reina for my inspiration. Looking at these portraits is like looking at the families scrapbook. Sometimes it brings me back to reality that these portaits had to be sat for, and these people were alive. These are not snapshots, and because they are not, to me they are more alive.

Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen

Marie Amalie, Duchess of Parma

Marie Caroline, Queen of Naples

Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor; King of Hungary, Croatia, Slavonia, Dalmatia, Bohemia, and Italy; Archduke of Austria

Leopold II Holy Roman Emperor; Apostolic King of Hungary; King of Germany, Croatia and Bohemia; Archduke of Austria; Grand Prince of Transylvania; Grand Duke of Tuscany

Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, founder of the House of Austria-Este

Other thanks go to my followers and fellow bloggers Elena-Maria and Catherine.

The family resemblance (especially among the sisters)is remarkable!

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What next?

I wonder what their uniform will look like?

Swiss Guard's new commander is open to possibility of female recruits.

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Swiss Guard's new commander said he was willing to consider the possibility of allowing female recruits.

Col. Daniel Anrig, a 36-year-old Swiss police chief and former member of the Swiss Guard, officially took office Dec. 1 after being named by Pope Benedict XVI in August. He replaces Col. Elmar Mader, who had led the 110-man corps since November 2002.

When asked in an interview after his appointment whether women would one day be able to join the elite papal guard, Anrig told a Swiss news Web site, www.swissinfo.ch, that although he was unfamiliar with the finer details of the Swiss Guard regulations he believed, "as commandant, one has to be always open to new questions including those relating to recruitment."

In an interview Nov. 30 with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, the new commander said keeping the pope safe has been the task of the Swiss Guard for the past 500 years. The corps members, however, are professionals who receive specialized and advanced security training in order to meet modern-day challenges, he said.

Even though he served as a Swiss Guard at the Vatican for only two years in 1992-94, he said his qualifications come from his experience serving with the criminal police in Switzerland from 2002 to 2006. He was named a captain in the Swiss Army in 2006 and appointed chief of police for the Glarus canton.

Born July 10, 1972, in Walenstadt, Switzerland, Anrig enrolled in a university in Switzerland after he completed his Swiss Guard service.

He earned a degree in civil and canon law from the University of Fribourg in 1999 and taught civil law there until 2001.

He is the father of four children, ages 10, 8, 6 and 4, and is married to a theologian who is currently dedicating herself full time to her family.

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Je vous salue, Marie

Christine posted this today on Laudem Gloriae. Merci Christine

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Wave goodbye to America...

by Peter Hitchens, Daily Mail

Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernize Heaven and Hell – or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.

The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilization. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.

I really don't see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.

It already has all the signs of such a thing. The newspapers which recorded Obama’s victory have become valuable relics. You may buy Obama picture books and Obama calendars and if there isn't yet a children’s picture version of his story, there soon will be.

Proper books, recording his sordid associates, his cowardly voting record, his astonishingly militant commitment to unrestricted abortion and his blundering trip to Africa, are little-read and hard to find.

If you can believe that this undistinguished and conventionally Left-wing machine politician is a sort of secular savior, then you can believe anything. He plainly doesn't believe it himself. His cliche-stuffed, PC clunker of an acceptance speech suffered badly from nerves. It was what you would expect from someone who knew he'd promised too much and that from now on the easy bit was over.

He needn't worry too much. From now on, the rough boys and girls of America’s Democratic Party apparatus, many recycled from Bill Clinton’s stained and crumpled entourage, will crowd round him, to collect the rich spoils of his victory and also tell him what to do, which is what he is used to.

Just look at his sermon by the shores of Lake Michigan. He really did talk about a ‘new dawn’, and a ‘timeless creed’ (which was ‘yes, we can’). He proclaimed that ‘change has come’. He revealed that, despite having edited the Harvard Law Review, he doesn't know what ‘enormity’ means. He reached depths of oratorical drivel never even plumbed by our own Mr Blair, burbling about putting our hands on the arc of history (or was it the ark of history?) and bending it once more toward the hope of a better day (Don't try this at home).

I am not making this up. No wonder that awful old hack Jesse Jackson sobbed as he watched. How he must wish he, too, could get away with this sort of stuff.

And it was interesting how the President-elect failed to lift his admiring audience by repeated – but rather hesitant – invocations of the brainless slogan he was forced by his minders to adopt against his will – ‘Yes, we can’. They were supposed to thunder ‘Yes, we can!’ back at him, but they just wouldn't join in. No wonder. Yes we can what exactly? Go home and keep a close eye on the tax rate, is my advice. He'd have been better off bursting into ‘I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony’ which contains roughly the same message and might have attracted some valuable commercial sponsorship.

Perhaps, being a Chicago crowd, they knew some of the things that 52.5 per cent of America prefers not to know. They know Obama is the obedient servant of one of the most squalid and unshakeable political machines in America. They know that one of his alarmingly close associates, a state-subsidized slum landlord called Tony Rezko, has been convicted on fraud and corruption charges.

They also know the US is just as segregated as it was before Martin Luther King – in schools, streets, neighborhoods, holidays, even in its TV-watching habits and its choice of fast-food joint. The difference is that it is now done by unspoken agreement rather than by law.

If Mr Obama’s election had threatened any of that, his feel-good white supporters would have scuttled off and voted for John McCain, or practically anyone. But it doesn't. Mr Obama, thanks mainly to the now-departed grandmother he alternately praised as a saint and denounced as a racial bigot, has the huge advantages of an expensive private education. He did not have to grow up in the badlands of useless schools, shattered families and gangs which are the lot of so many young black men of his generation.

If the nonsensical claims made for this election were true, then every positive discrimination program aimed at helping black people into jobs they otherwise wouldn't get should be abandoned forthwith. Nothing of the kind will happen. On the contrary, there will probably be more of them.

And if those who voted for Obama were all proving their anti-racist nobility, that presumably means that those many millions who didn't vote for him were proving themselves to be hopeless bigots. This is obviously untrue.

I was in Washington DC the night of the election. America’s beautiful capital has a sad secret. It is perhaps the most racially divided city in the world, with 15th Street – which runs due north from the White House – the unofficial frontier between black and white. But, like so much of America, it also now has a new division, and one which is in many ways much more important. I had attended an election-night party in a smart and liberal white area, but was staying the night less than a mile away on the edge of a suburb where Spanish is spoken as much as English, plus a smattering of tongues from such places as Ethiopia, Somalia and Afghanistan.

As I walked, I crossed another of Washington’s secret frontiers. There had been a few white people blowing car horns and shouting, as the result became clear. But among the Mexicans, Salvadorans and the other Third World nationalities, there was something like ecstasy.

They grasped the real significance of this moment. They knew it meant that America had finally switched sides in a global cultural war. Forget the Cold War, or even the Iraq War. The United States, having for the most part a deeply conservative people, had until now just about stood out against many of the mistakes which have ruined so much of the rest of the world.

Suspicious of welfare addiction, feeble justice and high taxes, totally committed to preserving its own national sovereignty, unabashedly Christian in a world part secular and part Muslim, suspicious of the Great Global Warming panic, it was unique.
These strengths had been fading for some time, mainly due to poorly controlled mass immigration and to the march of political correctness. They had also been weakened by the failure of America’s conservative party – the Republicans – to fight on the cultural and moral fronts.

They preferred to posture on the world stage. Scared of confronting Left-wing teachers and sexual revolutionaries at home, they could order soldiers to be brave on their behalf in far-off deserts. And now the US, like Britain before it, has begun the long slow descent into the Third World. How sad. Where now is our last best hope on Earth?

Peter Jonathan Hitchens (born 28 October 1951 in Sliema, Malta) is a British journalist and author. A reporter for the Daily Express for most of his career, he left the paper in 2001 and currently writes for the The Mail on Sunday. Hitchens was educated at The Leys School, the Oxford College of Further Education, and the University of York. He married Eve Ross in 1983; they have three children. Although raised as an Anglican, Hitchens learned soon after his marriage that his mother, who had committed suicide when he was in his twenties, was of partly Jewish ancestry[1]. His older brother is Christopher Hitchens, also a prominent journalist.
The night we waved goodbye to America... our last best hope on Earth

Thanks and a tip of the beret to my brother in law Raymond...

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This is cross posted on my sarcastic blog "Of Jacobins and Girondins".


Jacques Marquette

Being of French and Canadian desent and a native of Chicago, I have long been thrilled by the stories of the early French Jesuit Missionaries who not only converted the indians of early North America but did much of the exploration of this continent. The Jesuits braved not only the unknown but also the possibility of martyrdom in their efforts to bring the faith to the natives.

On this date in 1674 Father Jacques Marquette founded a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan to minister to the Illiniwek, this mission would later grow into the city of Chicago, Illinois.

A Jesuit missionary and discoverer of the Mississippi River, born in 1636, at Laon, a town in north central France. He came of an ancient family distinguished for its civic and military services. At the age of seventeen he entered the Society of Jesus, and after twelve years of study and teaching in the Jesuit colleges of France was sent by his superiors (1666) to labor upon the Indian missions in Canada.

Arriving at Quebec he was at once assigned to Three Rivers (Trois Riveres) on the Saint Lawrence, where he assisted Druillettes and, as preliminary to further work, devoted himself to the study of the Huron language. Such was his talent as a linguist that he learned to converse fluently in six different dialects. Recalled to Quebec in the spring of 1668 he repaired at once to Montreal, where he awaited the flotilla which was to bear him to his first mission in the west. After laboring for eighteen months with Father Dablon at Sault Ste. Marie (the Soo) he was given the more difficult task of instructing the tribes at the mission of the Holy Ghost at La Pointe, on the southwestern shore of Lake Superior, near the present city of Ashland.

Here we meet for the first time the account of the work of Marquette as told by himself and his first reference to the great river with which his name will be forever associated. To This mission on the bleak bay of a northern lake came the Illinois Indians from their distant wigwams in the south. They brought strange tidings of a mighty river which flowed through their country and so far away to the south that no one knew into what ocean or gulf it emptied. Their own villages numbered eight thousand souls, and other populous tribes lived along the banks of this unknown stream. Would Marquette come and instruct them? Here was a call to which the young and enthusiastic missionary responded without delay. He would find the river, explore the country, and open up fields for other missionaries. The Hurons promised to build him a canoe; he would take with him a Frenchman and a young Illinois from whom he was learning the language. From information given by the visitors Marquette concluded that the Mississippi emptied into the Gulf of California; and on learning that the Indians along its banks wore glass beads he knew they had intercourse with the Europeans.

So far had he gone in his preparations for the trip that he sent presents to the neighboring pagan tribes and obtained permission to pass through their country. However, before he could carry out his designs the Hurons were forced to abandon their village at La Pointe on account of a threatened attack of the Dakotas. The missionary embarked with the entire tribe and followed the Indians back to their ancient abode on the northwest shore of the Straits of Mackinac. Here a rude chapel was built and the work of instructing the Indians went on. There is extant a long letter from his pen in which Marquette gives some interesting accounts of the piety and habits of the converted Hurons (Jesuit Relations). But Marquette was yearning for other conquests among the tribes which inhabited the banks of the Mississippi. He concluded this letter with the joyful information that he had been chosen by his superiors to set out from Mackinac for the exploration which he had so long desired. In the meanwhile accounts of the Mississippi had reached Quebec, and while Marquette was preparing for the voyage and awaiting the season of navigation, Joliet came to join the expedition. On May 17, 1673, with five other Frenchmen, in two canoes, Marquette and Joliet set forth on their voyage of discovery. Skirting along the northern shore of Lake Michigan and entering Green Bay, pushing up the twisting current of the Fox River, and crossing a short portage, the party reached the Wisconsin. This river, they were told, flowed into the great stream which they were seeking. The report proved true, and on the June 17 their canoes glided out into the broad, swift current of the Mississippi. Marquette drew a map of the country through which they passed and kept a diary of the voyage; this diary with its clear, concise style is one of the most important and interesting documents of American History. He describes the villages and customs of the different tribes, the topography of the country, the tides of the lakes, the future commercial value of navigable streams, the nature and variety of the flowers and trees, of birds and animals. Down the river the party sailed, passing the mouth of the muddy Missouri and the Ohio until they reached the mouth of the Arkansas, and learned with certainty from the Indians that the river upon which they were navigating flowed into the Gulf of Mexico.

This was the information which they sought; and fearing danger from the Spaniards if they went further, they turned the prows of their canoes northward. "We considered", writes Marquette in his diary," that we would expose ourselves to the risk of losing the fruits of the voyage if we were captured by the Spaniards, who would at least hold us captives; besides we were not prepared to resist the Indian allies of the Europeans, for these savages were expert in the use of firearms; lastly we had gathered all the information that could be desired from the expedition. After weighing all these reasons we resolved to return." On coming to the mouth of the Illinois they left the Mississippi and took what they learned from the Indians was a shorter route. Near the present city of Utica they came to a very large village of the Illinois who requested the missionary to return and instruct them. Reaching Lake Michigan (where Chicago now stands), and paddling along the western shore they came to the mission of Saint Francis Xavier at the head of Green Bay. Here Marquette remained while Joliet went on to Quebec to announce the tidings of the discovery.

The results of this expedition were threefold: (I) it gave to Canada and Europe historical, ethnological, and geographical knowledge hitherto unknown; (2) it opened vast fields for missionary zeal and added impulse to colonization; (3) it determined the policy of France in fortifying the Mississippi and its eastern tributaries, thus placing an effective barrier to the further extension of the English colonies. A year later (1675) Marquette started for the village of the Illinois Indians whom he had met on his return voyage, but was overtaken by the cold and forced to spend the winter near the lake (Chicago). The following spring he reached the village and said Mass just opposite to the place later known to history as Starved Rock. Since the missionary's strength had been exhausted by his labors and travels, he felt that his end was fast approaching; he, therefore, left the Illinois after three weeks, being anxious to pass his remaining days at the mission at Mackinac. Coasting along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, he reached the mouth of a small stream near the present city of Ludington, where he told his two companions, who had been with him throughout his entire trip, to carry him ashore. He died there on May 19, 1675 at the age of thirty-nine. Two years later the Indians carried his bones to the Mission at Mackinac.

In 1887 a bill was passed by the Assembly at Madison, Wisconsin, authorizing the state to place a statue of Marquette in the Hall of Fame at Washington. This statue of Marquette from the chisel of the Italian sculptor, S. Tretanove, is conceded to be one of the most artistic in the Capitol. Bronze replicas of this work have been erected at Marquette, Michigan, and at Mackinac Island. Thus have been verified the prophetic words of Bancroft, who wrote of Marquette: "The people of the West will build his monument."

by Henry S. Spalding

I retrieved and reformated this article from the Catholic Encyclopedae

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Feast of Saint Barbara

Barbara -- one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers -- was the beautiful daughter of a rich and powerful pagan named Dioscuros. She grew up in Nikomedia (in modernTurkey). To keep her a virgin, her father locked her in a tower when he was away, a tower with only two windows. Upon his return from one journey, he found three windows in the tower instead of two. When he asked Barbara about this, she confessed that she'd become a Christian after being baptized by a priest disguised as a physician, and that she'd asked that a third window be made as a symbol of the Holy Trinity.

She was then denounced by her father, who was ordered by the local authorities to put her to death. She escaped from her tower, but her father caught and killed her. When he dealt the death blow, he was immediately struck by lightning. She is depicted in art holding a small tower or standing near a tower or near a canon, and holding a chalice and/or the palm of martyrdom.

During her time in the tower, she kept a branch from a cherry tree which she watered with water from her cup. On the day of she was killed, the cherry branch she'd kept blossomed. From this comes "Barbarazweig," the custom of bringing branches into the house on December 4 to hopefully bloom on Christmas (some reserve the custom for the unmarried). more...

Today is the Feast day of my sister Diane Barbara's patron Saint.
Happy Feast Day!

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An Inadvertent Commentary?

I deliver this without comment.

From Fatima Perspectives

Cardinal Tauran’s
Inadvertent Commentary

by Christopher A. Ferrara
Dec. 2, 2008

Reuters News has reported an amazing statement by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Vatican’s useless — actually, worse than useless — Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. During an address to some theologians in Naples, Tauran declared that “It’s thanks to the Muslims,” that religion is being talked about widely in Europe today, because “Muslims, having become a significant minority in Europe, were the ones who demanded space for God in society.”

Reread that statement carefully: Muslims were “the ones” — not among those, not one of many groups, but the ones — who “demanded space for God in society.” What an inadvertent commentary on the abysmal condition of the Catholic Church since the “new Pentecost” of the Second Vatican Council! For what Tauran is really saying by necessary implication is that the Catholic Church has utterly failed to “demand space for God” in society since the Council. Which, of course, is the truth.

In fact, since the Council the Church has ceased demanding anything from the powers that be. The Church Militant, utterly debilitated by the absurd project of “dialogue with the world” — a world that despises everything the Church stands for — has become the Church Timid, a body of experts in worthless palaver with heretics and secularists. The connoisseurs of dialogue who are now running the show at the Vatican no longer call upon the world to convert or perish, as Our Lord did. Nor would they even think of asserting the primacy of spiritual authority over temporal authority as the Church had always done before the Council, in the spirit of the famous letter of Pope Gelasius I to Emperor Anastasius (494): “There are two powers, august Emperor, by which this world is chiefly ruled, namely, the sacred authority of the priests and the royal power. Of these that of the priests is the more weighty, since they have to render an account for even the kings of men in the divine judgment.”

And notice Tauran’s phrase “demand space for God in society.” Since when do Vatican churchmen request only an allocated “space” for God in civil society, as opposed to the permeation of all society, its laws and institutions, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Answer: Since the Church de facto abandoned the Magisterium’s perennial teaching on the Social Kingship of Christ.

Consider also precisely what would occupy the “space for God” that Muslims are demanding: mosques, Muslim worship and Muslim law, of course, precisely as we are seeing in England, where even Sharia courts have been established alongside the existing judicial system.

The Muslims are certainly not interested in creating social “space” for Jesus Christ and His Church. And neither, apparently, is the Cardinal. Quite the contrary, during the same address at Naples the Cardinal declared that “[t]here is no civilisation that is religiously pure,” and that according to the program of “interreligious dialogue” — his specialty — “Every religion has its own identity, but I agree to consider that God is at work in all, in the souls of those who search for Him sincerely… Interreligious dialogue rallies all who are on the path to God or to the Absolute.”

So, God is at work in all religions, and all religions are on the path to God “or to the Absolute” — whatever that means. Consequently, according to this way of thinking, the only thing people like Tauran consider desirable in the Age of Dialogue is “space for God” — the God your choice — in society.

The Cardinal’s remarks are, finally, an inadvertent admission that the Church of the “new springtime of Vatican II” is in a state of apostasy. Consider his linkage of the emergence of Muslims as a “significant minority” to their ability to “demand space for God” in society. Have believing Catholics, then, ceased to be even a significant minority in Europe? What else can one conclude from the Cardinal’s remark, given that nominal Catholics comprise the overwhelming majority of Europe’s population?

Indeed, not long before he died John Paul II himself publicly lamented Europe’s “silent apostasy.” What a pity the late Pope failed to link that apostasy to the Church’s virtual abandonment of her mission for the sake of “interreligious dialogue.” An abandonment whose consequences are so disastrous that a Vatican prelate like Tauran is reduced to thanking the Muslims for demanding “space” for God — the god of Mohammed — in what was once Christian Europe.

But who will demand “space” for Jesus Christ, Lord of History and King of the Universe? Absolutely no one at the Vatican, it seems. And that is why the apocalyptic crisis in the Church continues.

Dieu Le Roy!
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My friends at Le Sacré Coeur de Jésus always have wonderful article on the true Faith. Today I post a video which I found on that site, "The Magnificat".

The Magnificat also called the Canticle of Mary, is recorded in the Gospel of Luke (1:46-55). It is the Virgin Mary's joyous prayer in response to her cousin Elizabeth's greeting (Luke 1: 41-45). The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the Magnificat as "the song both of the Mother of God and of the Church" [CCC 2619], and explains this prayer's significance:

Mary's prayer is revealed to us at the dawning of the fullness of time. Before the Incarnation of the Son of God, and before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, her prayer cooperates in a unique way with the Father's plan of loving kindness: at the Annunciation, for Christ's conception; at Pentecost, for the formation of the Church, His Body. In the faith of His humble handmaid, the Gift of God found the acceptance He had awaited from the beginning of time. She whom the Almighty made "full of grace" responds by offering her whole being: "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to Thy word". "Fiat": this is Christian prayer: to be wholly Gods' because He is wholly ours. [CCC 2617]

The above quote may be found here...

Pour mes amis français, et notamment le blog, Le Sacré Coeur de Jésus... Merci!

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Cardinal Pole and Mary I - 1558-2008

I post a late entry today I apologize. I found this article from a Catholic Blogg written by a Catholic Priest in England. Who would have thought that the Catholic Church in England, once reviled and persecuted would become the voice of Christianity. The Blog is called "Roman Miscellany" and may be found here... This article was written on November 17 of 2008...

...Today is the 450th anniversary of the deaths of both Cardinal Pole, last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury, and Mary Tudor. The English and Welsh bishops met today and visited Lambeth Palace to honour the memory of Cardinal Pole; meanwhile, a number of Requiem Masses were held in Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham and London. I had the privilege of preaching at one of these:

We gather here this evening to remember a series of deaths that occurred exactly 450 years ago. At about six in the morning of 17 November 1558, Mary Tudor died at St James’ Palace, as Mass was being celebrated in her chamber and the priest was elevating the Sacred Host. Twelve hours later her cousin, Reginald Pole, Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and Archbishop of Canterbury, died across the river at Lambeth Palace. With them died hopes for an English Catholic restoration and the subsequent long reign of Elizabeth did much to consolidate the newly-founded Church of England.

The two cousins had much in common. Both had saintly mothers – in the Queen’s case, Catherine of Aragon (the discarded wife of Henry VIII, who remained loyal to the Catholic Faith and to the bonds of marriage); in the Cardinal’s case, Blessed Margaret Pole, the last of the Plantagenets and martyr. When Pole heard of her execution in May 1541, he declared that ‘until now I had thought God had given me the grace of being the son of the one of the best and most honoured ladies in England...but now he has vouchsafed to honour me still more by making me the son of a martyr.’

For more on Queen Mary, go here... and here...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Fr Nicholas Schofield of London and Elena-Maria for their articles.

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Missed the mark

I just can't put my finger on it. Liberalism departs from orthodoxy, that is the desire to do things right becuse that is the way the Church requires. Here we have a church in Australia which has missed the mark. Not being an Australian I hesitate to make a statement because it is not my diocese let alone my country, but I have to mention this.

It seems that a parish, (I dont know if this gaggle really qualifies) one St Mary's in the diocese of Brisbane may be(?) excomunicated if they don't comply with the Vatican's demands. ...and just what are these demands? You may well ask. This link provides a much more better word picture than I could ever say.

The St Mary's parish and its priests, Peter Kennedy and Terry Fitzpatrick, insist that they are in full communion with the Vatican. Hmm?

OK for all you at St Mary's let me say for the record that, One, you are not in full communion with any Catholic Church that I know of on this planet and, Two, the first word I learned in Catholic school after "Good Morning Sister" was "Obediance". Obediance to my parents, to the Sisters who taught me, to the Priests, to the Bishop, to the Pope and the teachings of the Church. This is not obediance. This is heresy. So are you in full communion with heresy?

This same parish placed a figure of Budda in the Sactuary in front of the Tabernacle! It was removed once, but evidently the priests moved it back with a note telling the Parishoners to be more "tolerant".

Tolerance is the catch phrase of the tyrant. "Tolarance" means that one must accept any falsehood, and blasphemy, and behaviour, and not speak ill of it because it is someone's personal choice.

As I looked at the pictures in the link, I was reminded of the desecrations of the Churches in France during the "Cult of Reason" and the blasphemies done in the name of tolerance, and the recent desecrations of the Eucharist.

I shall never submit, and I suppose I will remain intolerant to the intolerance of those who claim tolerance.

Once again thanks and a tip of the beret to Robert Banaugh.

Dieu Sauve le Roy!
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Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

Here I present another reigning Monarch with some moral courage and a inborn desire to defend the one true Church. This should not be suprising as his paternal grandfather was the younger brother of the HI&RAM The Empress-Queen Zita of Austria, the wife of Blessed Karl.

LUXEMBOURG (AFP) - Luxembourg was plunged into a constitutional crisis on Tuesday after the sovereign, Grand Duke Henri, threatened to block a law legalising euthanasia if it is passed by parliament.

Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker responded by saying the country would change its constitution to reduce the powers of the sovereign, who traditionally stays above the political fray.

"Because we wish to avoid a constitutional crisis, but at the same time respect the opinion of the Grand Duke, we are going to take out the term 'approve' from article 34 of the constitution and replace it with the word 'promulgate,'" said Juncker, a move which would scrap the sovereign's formal power to block laws.

Juncker's announcement came after Grand Duke Henri, the constitutional sovereign, warned that he would not sign off on a law to legalise euthanasia if it is passed by parliament.

It also came after two hours of talks with political party leaders, leaving little doubt that Juncker had the backing for the move.

Such a constitutional change would require a two-thirds majority in parliament.

"I understand the Grand Duke's problems of conscience. But I believe that if the parliament votes in a law, it must be brought into force," Juncker said earlier, despite his own personal opposition to the bill.

Luxembourg's Justice Minister Luc Frieden said the move was designed to avert a constitutional crisis in the micro-state wedged between France, Germany and Belgium.

The Grand Duke "will no longer participate in the legislative process, he will just sign the law to mark the completion of the procedure," Frieden said.

The constitutional revision is set to be put to parliament next Tuesday, according to Green party leader Francois Bausch.

A parliamentary source said that the 53-year-old Grand Duke, in power since 2000, had informed party leaders on Monday that he would not sign the law "for reasons of conscience," in a break from the sovereign's traditional political neutrality.

"Grand Duke Henri does not intend to sign the euthanasia bill," which would "therefore not enter into force," RTL radio echoed Tuesday.

Never in Luxembourg's history has the sovereign blocked a decision agreed in parliament.

The law, which would decriminalise certain types of euthanasia, is expected to be definitively adopted by the chamber at a second and final reading this month.

The Grand Duke, a member of the staunchly Catholic reigning family, should then normally "approve and promulgate" the law, by signing it within three months.

At its first parliamentary reading in February, the draft law was narrowly approved by 30 votes for and 26 votes against.

That vote was a defeat for the Christian Social People's party, Juncker's own party, whose members strongly opposed the move, fearing it would make euthanasia an everyday event.

It was approved thanks to support from Socialist deputies within the coalition government along with opposition liberals and Greens.

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