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Et Lux in Tenebris Lucet! has just opened by fellow French Monarchist, Matthew Palardy. Matthew has contributed to this blog before and he will be a welcome addition to the Royalist family.

Here may be found some of Matthew's work.

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The Sears Tower is no more...

My sister Diane works on the 103 floor of the new Willis Building renamed after being sold. This is picture of my sister standing and waving on "The Ledge" on the side of the building 103 three stories up. The Channel 2 TV has a camera man behind filming.

(This is one of the reason I cannot believe in the myth of global warming. during the last ice age in North America, the ice sheet extended 1 mile above this building. There were no carbon credits and no one lived there as it was too dry and cold. The ice receded because the sun warmed it up. Sorry Al, no industrialization to grow green house gasses, just the sun.)

Caryn Rousseau (1), Associated Press Writer – Thu Jul 16, 3:47 pm ET

CHICAGO – The Sears Tower, one of the world's iconic skyscrapers and the tallest building in the U.S., was renamed the Willis Tower on Thursday in a downtown ceremony, marking a new chapter in the history of the giant edifice that has dominated the Chicago skyline for nearly four decades.

Mayor Richard Daley unveiled the tower's new name on a large black sign in the lobby with the help of Joseph Plumeri, the Chairman and CEO of Willis Group Holdings, the London-based insurance broker that secured the naming rights as part of its agreement to lease 140,000 square feet of space in the building.

"We believe in Chicago," Plumeri said. "You will find over time that Willis is not going to just have its name on the building, it's going to have an impact in society, in the community."

Plumeri said the company plans to bring hundreds of jobs to the city and help in the community. He presented a check for $100,000 to the volunteer organization Chicago Cares, said his company's 500 Chicago employees would help out the group and pledged to donate another $100,000 to Chicago 2016, the city's bid for that summer's Olympic Games.

I am told that with the peculiar Chicago humour the building will be nicknamed the, "Big Willie".

I prefer the woods.


(1) For that name I should have not published this article...

The hidden face of Versailles,

...and the apartments of Mesdames.

Catherine Delors starts my day with a portrait of Mdme Henriette and comments on the sate of the Greatest Palace on earth.

...In Versailles sculptures and original plaster casts quietly decay, far from the public eye. Thanks to Didiier Rykner for rescuing these Ghosts of Versailles from oblivion in the www.thearttribune.com/The-ghosts-of-Versailles.html. Yes, this is indeed Louis XVI's face under the plastic wrap. If only a fraction of the money spent on the literally dazzling new gates had been allocated to sorely needed conservation efforts...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Catherine Delors and Versailles and More.


Pope has surgery after breaking wrist in a fall

AOSTA, Italy 23 min ago– Pope Benedict XVI broke his right wrist in a fall in his chalet while vacationing in the Italian Alps and underwent successful surgery Friday, hospital officials and the Vatican said.

The operation was performed under local anesthesia and went well, said Tiziano Trevisan, a spokesman at the Umberto Parini hospital in Aosta. Surgeons operated on the wrist to reduce the fracture, a procedure to realign the broken bone fragments, he said.

A Vatican statement said the 82-year-old pope fell in his room in a nearby chalet overnight and despite the accident, celebrated Mass and had breakfast before going to the hospital.

Doctors took an X-ray of the pope's right wrist and found a fracture, Trevisan said.

Benedict has been healthy during his five-year pontificate. There have been no reports of medical problems.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said earlier Friday that Benedict had slipped and was hurt, but that it did not seem serious.

He said the pope went to the hospital in the northwestern Italian town for an examination after the accident. ANSA reported that Benedict arrived at the hospital by car and walked into the first aid ward with an aide.

Benedict has been vacationing at a chalet in the village of Les Combes in the Valle d'Aosta region near the French border since Monday.

His predecessor, Pope John Paul II, also spent several summers at Les Combes. While John Paul liked to hike, Benedict spends most of his time inside the chalet that looks out on Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps.

Benedict has spent two summers at Les Combes in recent years. He said upon arrival that he expected to rest and work during his vacation.

Benedict is scheduled to be away until July 29, making at least two public appearances in the Valle d'Aosta area, including the traditional Angelus prayer on Sunday. He is expected to stick to his schedule despite the accident.

One pleasure that he is sure to be denied is playing the piano. The pope is a classical music lover and enjoys playing the instrument while on vacation.

Among adults over 65, falls are the leading cause of deaths caused by injuries. The risk of falling increases significantly with age, as older people typically have more problems with eyesight, movement and balance.

Older people are also at increased risk of osteoporosis, a condition which weakens the bones and makes them easier to break — making falls more dangerous.

Let Us Pray for the Pope...

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd, the Pope, a spirit of courage and right judgement, a spirit of knowledge and love.

By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.



Episcopal Church opens all ministry to gays, lesbians

By Laurie Goodstein

July 15, 2009

ANAHEIM California – The Episcopal Church voted overwhelmingly yesterday to open the door to consecrate more bishops who are openly gay, a move likely to send shock waves throughout the Anglican Communion, the global network of churches to which the Episcopal Church belongs.

By voting to affirm “any ordained ministry” is open to gay men and lesbians, the Episcopal Church effectively ended what many regarded as a moratorium on ordaining gay bishops, which the church passed at its last convention three years ago. The Episcopal Church is the Anglican province in the United States.

The moratorium was adopted in what proved to be a largely unsuccessful effort to calm conservatives in the Anglican Communion, which has torn itself apart in the past six years since the Episcopal diocese of New Hampshire first elected the communion's first and only openly gay bishop, Bishop Gene Robinson.

The battle over homosexuality in the Episcopal Church has been watched closely by other mainline Protestant churches. They're looking to the Episcopal Church as a bellwether that could foretell whether their denominations can survive intact the storm over homosexuality.

Many delegates to the church's convention characterized the action not as an overturning of the moratorium, but as simply an honest assertion of “who we are.” They said the church has hundreds of openly gay laypeople, priests and deacons, and that its democratic decision-making structures are charged with deciding who merits ordination.

“It's not an attempt to fly in the face of the Anglican Communion,” said Bonnie Anderson, who as president of the house of deputies, which represents laypeople and clergy, is one of the church's two top presiding officers. “It's an attempt to deepen relationships with the rest of the communion, because real relationships are built on authenticity.”

But some at the convention warned that the Episcopal Church could pay a price for snubbing its international partners.

Bishop Shannon Johnston, coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, who will take office on Oct. 1, said in an interview that he voted against it because, “I thought we would be seen as uncooperative and not a team player in the Anglican Communion.”

Zack Brown, a youth delegate from the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, begged the house of deputies just before their final vote, “Please don't vote in a way that makes more conservatives feel the way I do now – like I'm the only one left.”

The vote in both houses was more than two-thirds in favor and one-third opposed or abstaining.

The house of bishops also took up a measure that would create a liturgy to bless same-sex couples. Such blessings are being done in many dioceses, without official sanction.

“It is time for our church to be liberated from the hypocrisy under which it has been laboring,” Bishop Stacy Sauls of Lexington, Ky., told his fellow bishops yesterday.

The Episcopal Church acted despite a personal address at the start of the convention from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who as head of the Church of England is considered “first among equals” among the Anglican Communion's archbishops.

Williams had told them, “Along with many in the communion, I hope and pray that there won't be decisions in the coming days that will push us further apart.”

The resolution passed yesterday was written in a way that would allow dioceses to consider gay candidates to the episcopacy, but doesn't mandate that all dioceses do so. It also emphasizes that the Episcopal Church has “an abiding commitment” to the Anglican Communion.

It stated that many gay men and lesbians are ministering in the church and that, “God has called and may call such individuals, to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church, and that God's call to the ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church is a mystery which the Church attempts to discern for all people through our discernment processes acting in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church.”

Pamela Reamer Williams, a spokeswoman for Integrity USA, an advocacy group for gay men and lesbians in the church, said, “The church has stated very clearly that all levels of the ministry in the Episcopal Church are open to the LGBT baptized. It is a change in the sense that it supersedes the effective moratorium.”

Conservative provinces in the Anglican Communion, especially some in Africa, broke ties with the Episcopal Church after it consecrated Robinson.

The 77 million-member communion is the third-largest grouping of churches worldwide, behind Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches.

The moratorium adopted three years ago urged Episcopal dioceses to restrain from consecrating bishops whose “manner of life” posed a challenge to the rest of the Anglican Communion. In fact, a few openly gay candidates were considered for election in the past three years, but none of them won sufficient support, and the moratorium wasn't tested.
In the end the moratorium pleased no one: neither conservatives who observed some in the church didn't really intend to abide by it, nor liberals who saw it as a codification of discrimination and injustice to gay clergy members who otherwise were qualified to be considered as bishops. The moratorium also did little to forestall the fracturing both within the Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion. Conservatives in both bodies have formed their own alliances in the last three years, asserting they represent the true Anglican tradition.

In the United States, four dioceses – Fort Worth, Texas; Pittsburgh; Quincy, Ill.; and San Joaquin in Northern California – have voted to split from the Episcopal Church (although some parishes within those dioceses elected to remain).

Last year, they joined with other disaffected parishes and groups that had splintered from the Episcopal Church over many years to form the “Anglican Church in North America.” That group held its first convention, in Texas, last month. They claim 100,000 members, while the Episcopal Church claims about 2 million.

The new group stated Scripture clearly prohibits homosexual relationships. Church liberals, meanwhile, insisted the Anglican tent is large enough to tolerate multiple approaches.

The debates at the convention in Anaheim over the past few days have made it clear the liberals increasingly have the upper hand within the Episcopal Church. At a debate over whether to develop formal rites for same-sex weddings, 50 people testified in favor and six against.

“It's a clean sweep for the liberal agenda in the Episcopal Church,” said David Virtue, editor of virtueonline.org, a conservative Web site. “The orthodox are finished.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

No authority, means anything is doctrinal.

Sr. Elizabeth McDonough, OP, JCD, STL lived near me on Kerr Lake several years ago.
Sr Elizabeth is probably the most brilliant and most humble woman I have ever met.
I would tap unashamedly her vast knowledge of the Church from time to time. She once told me this, which I paraphrase, "You can not remove a block from the wall of Church doctrine, to do so means you must continue to remove blocks to maintain the edifice.

I present a church who started removing the blocks of the Church in the 16th century which is now crumbling. It has taken a long time but the walls of the Anglican/Episcopalian Communion are falling down. Return to the True Church.




My posts and comments may be scarce for a while: family medical problems, recertification, and business may keep me over occupied. I hope I will find time to read my email and so moderate comments, but otherwise I will be absent a bit. Thanks to all those who read my blog.

Dieu Le Roy!

Mel Gibson and Joan of Arc

I do not know how I missed this being a fan of Brittany Spears(1). You may remember her in the Music Awards. We were bombarded with this @#$%^& for weeks.

Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" film waspowerful, but he was beat up by elements not friendly to Christianity as being "Jew Bashing" and a film that would cause hate and discord. None of this was true of course, and peace reigned in the street, no mobs, no Kristallnacht which must have been a disappointment to the elite mafioso who consider their opinion the right opinion.

Gibson followed "The Passion of the Christ" with a film which was radically an about turn from the "The Passion of the Christ" with "Appocolyto". A very pagan film about the Aztecs in Mexico just before the Spanish conquered it and began to Christianize the population. What he was trying to do with this film I have no idea, but I suspect that it was an attempt by him to show just how down with the whole Hollywood scene he was. ...And there was no attempt then on the part of the media to do other than congratulate Gibson on his ground breaking film, which portrayed human sacrifice other than the sacrifice of the Saviour of the world. They could only have been happier if the Los Angeles community formed churches to tear the hearts out of victims.

It appears that Mel Gibson is considering remaking the 1928 classic film the Passion of Joan of Arc. unfortunately he is considering Brittany Spears to play the part of Joan. This is not a joke. What a travesty. Can this be another attempt by Gibson to show he really is not Catholic, and that by doing this he will again be welcomed into the ranks of the crazy people in Hollywood? Or is it just a way to insult Jheanne la Pucelle? I don't know what to say. Possibly he has gone off the deep end, but must seem normal to the people who surround him. The old saying, "In the land of the blind the man with one eye, is a king." but it is more likely a Greek phrase which may be more appropriate, "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make crazy."

May God forbid this, and
Saint Joan pray for us.


(1) I am not serious.