How Captain Parquin received his Legion d'Honour

Denis Charles Parquin with the recommendation of Marshall Marmount was appointed to the 1st Chassuers a Cheval de le Garde in March 1813. As was customary he dropped a rank in order to serve in a Guard regiment.

In his "Souvenirs de Capitaine Parguin" he relates how he received his Legion d'Honour...

...On 6th April 1813 I was in the full dress of my corps at the head of my troop with two squadrons of the regiment at one of the reviews which the Emperor held frequently in the court of the Tulleries, after his return from the campaign in Russia. I wished to speak to His Majesty, but I was afraid because the Emperor did not bother about his Guides and often passed at the gallop without stopping near them; so I dismounted at a moment when our squadrons were at ease, and went and placed myself on the left of a regiment of infantry of the Young Guard which the Emperor was reviewing.

..."Who are you?, asked the Emperor when he arrived at the place where I was standing. "An officer of your Old Guard Sire, Sire, I have dropped a rank to serve Your Majesty." "What do you want?" " A decoration." "What have you done to deserve it?" "I am a Parisian who enrolled as a volunteer at the age of sixteen. I have been through eight campaigns. I won my commission on the battlefield and received ten wounds, though I would not change them for the number I have inflicted on the enemy. I have captured a colour in Portugal, and on this occasion the commander-in-chief recommended me for a decoration; but it is far from Portugal to Moscow and the reply has not yet come." "Very well!" "I will bring it myself! Berthier, write out and award of the cross for this officer and see that his diploma is sent to him tomorrow. I do not wish that I should be in debt to this gallant man any longer." And so I was decorated...

The Chassuers à Cheval de le Garde were considered the most expensive regiment in the Grande Armee, as may be seen by the plate below. They were dressed almost exactly as Hussars.

Chasseur in full dress. the undress uniform would be similar with exception of the fur busby, the dolmen coat and barreled sash. Over the trousers would be coveralls or leather breeches. The shako would always be at a jaunty angle, and the moustaches (obligatory for Hussars, Grenadiers, and Chasseurs) would go almost from ear to ear!

Vive le Roy!

Plate by Rousellot

La métemorphose d'un autel...

An Alter-cation Tears came to my eyes when I saw this. This parish changed hands and was given to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X. Here is another this time in Spain. Jhesu-Marie, Brantigny

The King of Spain Dishonors the Order of the Golden Fleece

From Tradition in Action.

One must know why the order was established to understand why this is such an insult to those members of this order...

You will find this article posted here.

I have posted befor on this kings lack of courage, and lack of moral stability...

I could not be more shocked if the Knights of Columbus offered a Knighthood to a Muslim.



Planned Parenthood Missing Millions of Taxpayer $$$

From An Archdiocese of Washington Catholic

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on federal tax money funneled into Planned Parenthood and similar organizations raises more questions than it answers about the nation's largest abortion chain.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America's (PPFA) audits show the organization spent just $657.1 million between 2002 and 2008 from federal government grants and programs, but the abortion behemoth's own annual reports show that it took in $2.3 billion from government grants and programs during the same time period.

Read about the rest of it here...and spread the word about their actions!!!

If nothiong else the missing money should be indicative that P/P is a department of the Federal government...


No martyrs for the faith here...

Cardinal George, And Exactly Why Is This a Secret, Your Eminence?

A spokesman for the U.S. Catholic Bishops has accused Catholic News Agency of fabricating comments by Cardinal George criticizing the Catholic Health Association (CHA) for supporting Obamacare. (The cardinal gave a talk on health care at the bishops' recent meeting in Florida.) You can read the story by clicking on the link here...

More on this article from Les Femmes-The Truth will be found here...

I have experienced this attitude recently as part of my parish's building committee. 4 of 5 members went to the Richmond Diocese to speak to the Diocesan Planning people. It was then that I found that the trip had been somewhat wasted. ...and as far as I could tell the new church could be built ion any way we wanted (which I suppose it could look like a mosque, which seems to be the shape of things. See St Bede's in Williamsburg, all that is missing is the minarets and the replacement of the cross with a crescent and star.)As long as the parish agreed. They could only told us what we already knew except for one remarkable thing. The placement of the Tabernacle. The inferred statement was, "we won't tell you where to put the tabernacle, but it really shouldn't be visible during Mass. This priest stated that the Mass is active while the Tabernacle is only a static display. (I do not remember the statement exactly but that is the gist.) Seriously, I thought the Living Christ was in the Tabernacle. I realized again that our faith was in trouble, and I should be looking to retiring to the Arlington Diocese.

Plausible deniablity. I am sorry to see this more and more. With very few exceptions the Bishops show no leadership. This lack of leadership was reflected in the recent election. By not denouncing the Pro-abortion candidate forcefully they were elected.
We have elected a modern day Caligula. And now we are stuck with people like Biden, Pelosi, and other soi-disant catholycs. No martyrs for the faith here...

That is my deux sous.


Biden, heretic revisited

Judie Brown Renews Call For Denial of Communion to Biden After His Statement On Kenyan Constitution

Once again, Catholic in Name Only Joe Biden is making a mockery of the Catholic faith and scandalizing the world by his public actions not only endorsing, but also pushing, the murder of pre-born children both in this country and in Kenya. What the world sees is not only scandalous, but sacrilegious, as well.

The push for ratification of the new Kenyan constitution is exposing, once again, the pro-abortion scandal perpetrated by “Catholic” Vice President Joe Biden. Biden promised Kenyan officials he would work to “allow money to flow” if the struggling African nation passed the new pro-abortion constitution.
More from Catholic Fire...

God save us from the heathen.


Lasers uncover first icons of Sts. Peter and Paul

ROME – Twenty-first century laser technology has opened a window into the early days of the Catholic Church, guiding researchers through the dank, musty catacombs beneath Rome to a startling find: the first known icons of the apostles Peter and Paul.

Vatican officials unveiled the paintings Tuesday, discovered along with the earliest known images of the apostles John and Andrew in an underground burial chamber beneath an office building on a busy street in a working-class Rome neighborhood.

Click to see the paintings discovered in Rome

The images, which date from the second half of the 4th century (AD 301-400), were uncovered using a new laser technique that allows restorers to burn off centuries of thick white calcium carbonate deposits without damaging the brilliant dark colors of the paintings underneath.

The technique could revolutionize the way restoration work is carried out in the miles (kilometers) of catacombs that burrow under the Eternal City where early Christians buried their dead.

The icons were discovered on the ceiling of a tomb of an aristocratic Roman woman at the Santa Tecla catacomb, near where the remains of the apostle Paul are said to be buried.

Rome has dozens of such burial chambers and they are a major tourist attraction, giving visitors a peek into the traditions of the early church when Christians were often persecuted for their beliefs. Early Christians dug the catacombs outside Rome's walls as underground cemeteries, since burial was forbidden inside the city walls and pagan Romans were usually cremated.

The art that decorated Rome's catacombs was often simplistic and symbolic in nature. The Santa Tecla catacombs, however, represent some of the earliest evidence of devotion to the apostles in early Christianity, Vatican officials said.

"The Christian catacombs, while giving us value with a religious and cultural patrimony, represent an eloquent and significant testimony of Christianity at its origin," said Monsignor Giovanni Carru, the No. 2 in the Vatican's Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology, which maintains the catacombs.

Last June, the Vatican announced the discovery of the icon of Paul at Santa Tecla, timing the news to coincide with the end of the Vatican's year of St. Paul. Pope Benedict XVI also said tests on bone fragments long attributed to Paul "seemed to confirm" that they did indeed belong to the Roman Catholic saint.

On Tuesday, Vatican archaeologists announced the image of Paul was not found in isolation, but was part of a square ceiling painting that also included icons of three other apostles — Peter, John and Andrew — surrounding an image of Christ as the Good Shepherd.

"They are the first icons. These are absolutely the first representations of the apostles," said Fabrizio Bisconti, the superintendent of archaeology for the catacombs.

Bisconti spoke from inside the intimate burial chamber, its walls and ceilings covered with paintings of scenes from the Old Testament, including Daniel in the lion's den and Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac. Once inside, visitors see the loculi, or burial chambers, on three sides.

But the gem is on the ceiling, where the four apostles are painted inside gold-rimmed circles against a red-ochre backdrop. The ceiling is also decorated with geometric designs, and the cornices feature images of naked youths.

Chief restorer Barbara Mazzei noted there were earlier known images of Peter and Paul, but these were depicted in narratives. The images in the catacomb — with their faces in isolation, encircled with gold and affixed to the four corners of the ceiling painting — are devotional in nature and as such represent the first known icons.

"The fact of isolating them in a corner tells us it's a form of devotion," she said. "In this case, saints Peter and Paul, and John and Andrew are the most antique testimonies we have."

In addition, the images of Andrew and John show much younger faces than are normally depicted in the Byzantine-inspired imagery most often associated with the apostles, she said.

The Vatican's Sacred Archaeology office oversaw the two-year $73,650 (euro60,000) project, which for the first time used lasers to restore frescoes in catacombs, where the damp air makes the procedure particularly difficult.

In this case, the small burial chamber at the end of the catacomb was encased in up to two inches (five centimeters) of calcium carbonate. Restoration using previous techniques would have meant scraping away the buildup by hand, leaving a filmy layer on top so as not to damage the painting underneath.

Using the laser technique, restorers were able to sear off all the deposits by setting the laser to burn only on the white of the calcium carbonate; the laser's heat stopped when it reached a different color. Researchers then easily chipped off the seared material, revealing the brilliant ochre, black, green and yellow underneath, Mazzei said.

Similar technology has been used on statues, particularly metallic ones damaged by years of outdoor pollution, she said. However, the Santa Tecla restoration marked the first time lasers had been adapted for use in the dank interiors of catacombs.

Many of Rome's catacombs are open regularly to the public. However, the Santa Tecla catacombs will be open only on request to limited groups to preserve the paintings, she said.
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jun 22, 4:16 pm ET

Yahoo news.



Spanish bishop: No Islamic worship at cathedral

The Bishop of Cordoba, Demetrio Fernandez, said today that "sharing" the Cathedral of Cordoba and former mosque that some Muslim groups want, "is a euphemism which means: get Catholics out of here". Faced with this and in an interview with Europa Press, Fernandez wanted to make clear that, "therefore, the answer to the question about sharing the Cathedral is that no, we're not, because this place has been a Catholic Church 16 centuries, while Muslims have been four and half centuries".

Consequently, the Catholic Church, which is the holder of the temple through the Cathedral Chapter of Córdoba, has "a good relationship with Muslims" and want to collaborate with those who profess Islam in constant search of "peace, justice and coexistence between peoples, but that is one thing and another, very different, you want to share the same temple for worship, which is not possible, either by Muslims or by Catholics".

Therefore, Christians, "which are those using the cathedral, have said they will not go unless they kick us out, because there has been 16 centuries of Christian worship in this place". In this regard, the bishop of Cordoba said " if I let in the Muslims pray in the Cathedral of Cordoba, it is equivalent to Catholics saying goodbye, and good night, it would be irresponsible".

Thus, in the argument for not sharing the use of the Cathedral of Cordoba in response to a fundamentalist position, Fernandez said that "there are things that are shared and others that are not, and the Cathedral of Cordoba is not shared with Muslims".

The Bishop is right...


Muslim prayers every Friday in Belgian Church

Catholic Church Conservation.

While their mosque is being restored, Muslims are being given the use of St Lambert in Jumme. Every Friday, (for Jummah) the Cross is removed, prayer mats laid and images hidden.

Henri Remy, the 89 year old parish priest rejoices in the dialogue in the spirit of the Council, "We pray to the same God, each in their own way", he says with emphasis.

Muslims believe once a building has been used for their prayers that they retain the right of use forever.

My dear Cure', what are you thinking? This is just another example of the New Ecumenism, "SHARE dialogue, EXAMINE commonalities, SEE past differences, but DON'T share the Gospel.

Do you think that while the Church is being remodelled that you could borrow the mosque to Celebrate the Mystery of the Mass?

Incidently the way things are goiong in Belgium with the increase in muslims it would only be a matter of time before your church became a mosque anyway.



St. Thomas More

The feast of St Thomas More, which falls on the June 22, has a special piquancy this year. On Friday, September 17, Pope Benedict XVI will address representatives of British society in Westminster Hall, the very place where More was put on trial and condemned to death on July 1 1535. There is a plaque in the floor of Westminster Hall commemorating this event; among the representatives of British society gathered to hear the Pope will be, one imagines, the current Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Speaker of the House of Commons, and the Lord Chancellor - all offices that were once held by Thomas More himself.

That trial, back in July 1535, was a disgraceful event. More, being a lawyer, knew that he could not be convicted if he kept silence; however, Richard Rich, an enthusiastic servant of the Crown, testified that More had told him in conversation that he did not believe in the Royal Supremacy, and it was this perjured evidence that led to More's conviction and death. Richard Rich has subsequently suffered the fate of being held up as the epitome of all that is bad in politics. There was certainly something wrong with Tudor justice, and More was not its only victim; very few of those who fell foul of the Tudor monarchy deserved death even according to the laws of the day. More was the victim of arbitrary rule, an example offered to England and the rest of Europe of what happened to those who stood in the way of the royal will.

But the whole point of England, as More certainly believed, was that the King was not all-powerful. The royal will had to take account of Parliament, the rule of law, as well as the highest law of all, the law of God, known to humans through natural law. These were necessary breaks on the tendency to tyranny. And history has proved More right. Henry VIII was the nearest thing we ever had to an absolute monarch, but his reign marked the furthest reach of royal power. No monarch after him was ever able to wield so much power, though several would have loved to have done so. It is thanks to Thomas More, and people like him, that the temper of this land has never been sympathetic to dictatorship.

Dictatorship is something that Benedict XVI knows something about. His teenage years were spent in a Catholic land, Bavaria, which had, and still has, a very profound sense of itself as a country under God's law, and which never fully embraced the outrageous claims to state power made by the National Socialist party in the way that other parts of Germany did. Shortly before his election Benedict XVI coined the memorable phrase "the dictatorship of relativism". He said, in his sermon of April 18 2005: "Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labelled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be 'tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine', seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognise anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires."

What was the Pope talking about here? The last phrase is perhaps instructive, for it brings to mind the philosophy of Nietzsche which promoted the will as the fundamental basis for human action. In other words, the right thing to do is what we choose to do, and the force of our will makes it right. This lay beneath the National Socialist idea called the Führerprinzip; but it was the guiding principal of all tyrants such as Henry VIII, whose personal will had to be given the force of law - a will, moreover, that was never constant, but always changing. But faced with the ego and desires of his royal master, More, ever the King's good servant but God's first, would not abandon the truth that there are certain principles that cannot change, no matter how many people take an oath to say that they have. It is worth dwelling on this matter, for it is central to the problems we face today. Are good and evil absolutes, or are they things that really all depend on circumstances? Can Parliament make something that is wrong be right, if the circumstances are pressing enough, or if the right set of conditions make that something expedient? Can a court, for example, condemn someone to death on the grounds that, though not guilty, political necessity demands that they die, as was the case with More?

Put like that, no one would ever agree with such a statement, to wit, that your life or mine depends on the right set of circumstances constantly assuring society that no greater good would be achieved by our deaths. For if that were the case each of us would be living a most precarious life. If there is no absolute or definitive value that underpins my right to life, I must spend my entire life looking over my shoulder. That would be intolerable: personal security must be an absolute, if any form of social life is to be possible.

Not everything, then, can be reduced to purely utilitarian terms. If all is relative, then it will be the most strongly held opinions that will prevail; in other words, every conversation will descend into a shouting match, and anyone who disagrees with those who shout loudest will be bullied into silence. Thomas More espoused the minority view and was bullied to death by the Tudor state, which denied the absolute value of respect for conscientious objection. In our own day anyone who refuses to accept the dictatorship of relativism - that is, the idea that you can believe anything as long as your belief is not a belief in an absolute truth - is abused, ridiculed, slandered, threatened with arrest, accused of crimes without any serious evidence to back up such accusations, and told to shut up. Thus it has been with Benedict XVI in the British press: he has been bullied and slandered while many who ought to have been on the side of freedom of conscience have stood by in silence. So it was with Thomas More, a martyr of conscience. Not a voice was raised in England when he went to the block, though all must have known that this was judicial murder.

I have no idea what the Pope will say when he stands at the spot where St Thomas More was condemned, but I am sure he will stand up for truth with all the fortitude of St Thomas More. The very fact of his presence will be an assertion of the right to freedom of conscience, and freedom of association, both freedoms so very repugnant to this present age.
- Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith for The Catholic Herald, 18 June 2010
More on More here...

Cuthbert Tunstall

Cuthbert Tunstall was the Bishop of Durham in most tumultuous times.

Under Henry VIII he buckled and capitulated to that king's break with Rome.

He was a friend of Sir Thomas More and Desiderius Erasmus

Under the more radical reformers in the days of Edward VI, he rediscovered his backbone and was imprisoned for his defense of the Catholic Faith.

Under Mary he was restored to favor.

He refused to join Elizabeth I in breaking with Rome once more.

She remanded him into the custody of Matthew Parker who kept him at Lambeth Palace for the rest of his life. Elizabeth and Bp. Tunstall were both in the tower for a time and became friends, so while she deprived him of his office, she also assured that he was treated gently and with grace for the remaining days of his life - a rare act of mercy in those times.

The above is a short Biography sent to me by Fr Donald Lowery. He wrote me a letter to tell me he had recieved from an English bookseller a collection of prayers written by Bishop Tunstall.

Here I present a redirect to the Catholic Encyclopedae of 1914 entry on Bp Tunstall...

"...Bishop of London, later of Durham, b. at Hackforth, Yorkshire, in 1474; d. at Lambeth Palace, 18 Nov., 1559. He studied both at Oxford and Cambridge, finally graduating LL.D. at Padua. Being an accomplished scholar both in theology and law, as well as in Greek and Hebrew, he soon won the friendship of Archbishop Warham, who on 25 Aug., 1511, made him his chancellor, and shortly after rector of Harrow-on-the-Hill. He became successively a canon of Lincoln (1514) and archdeacon of Chester (1515). He began his diplomatic career as ambassador at Brussels, in conjunction with Sir Thomas More, and there he lodged with Erasmus, becoming the intimate friend of both of them. Further preferments and embassies fell to his lot, till in 1522 he was appointed Bishop of London by papal provision. On 25 May, 1523, he became keeper of the privy seal; but neither the work this entailed nor fresh embassies prevented him from making a visitation of his diocese. A visit to Worms (1520-1) had opened his eyes to the dangers of the Lutheran movement and the evils arising from heretical literature. In the divorce question Tunstall acted as one of Queen Katherine's counsel, but he endeavoured to dissuade her from appealing to Rome. On 21 Feb., 1529-30, he was translated by the pope from the Diocese of London to the more important See of Durham, a step which involved the assumption of quasi-regal power and authority within the bishopric. During the troubled years that followed, Tunstall was far from imitating the constancy of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, yet he ever held to Catholic doctrine and practices. He adopted a policy of passive obedience and acquiescence in many matters with which he could have had no sympathy. With regard to the suppression of the monasteries, the king's ministers so feared his influence that they prevented his attendance at Parliament... " more...


Banana Raspberry Frozen Parfaits

News flash…the heat is scorching here down south….
Something frozen, quick and satisfying.

Banana Raspberry Frozen Parfaits:
Serves 8 -10

2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup pureed bananas
1/2 cup mascarpone*, at room temperature
1 cup heavy cream
1 pint raspberries

In an electric mixer bowl, whisk the egg yolks and 1/4 cup of sugar until pale and fluffy. In a separate bowl, stir the banana puree and mascarpone until smooth. Fold the yolk mixture into the banana mixture. Whisk the egg whites until firm peaks. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 Tb. at a time and continue to whip until glossy. Fold the whites into the banana mixture. Whip the cream to soft peaks and add to the banana mix. Line the inside of a narow loaf pan with plastic wrap and let it hangs over the sides. Pour half of the banana parfait in the mold. Scatter raspberries on top and add the remaining half of the banana mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm.

Cut out slices and plate.

*A Marscapone Substitute, Marscapone being expensive, use this instead...

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, Softened
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, softened

In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cream and butter until well blended.

Bon apetite!