The first preaching of the Crusade.

Geoffrey de Villehardouin relates how the 4th Crusade was called, and who answered the call to take the Cross:

...Be it known to you that eleven hundred and ninety-seven years after the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the time of Innocent Pope of Rome, and Philip King of France, and Richard King of England, there was in France a holy man named Fulk of Neuilly - which Neuilly is between Lagni-sur-Marne and Paris - and he was a priest and held the cure of the village. And this said Fulk began to speak of God throughout the Isle-de-France, and the other countries round about; and you must know that by him the Lord wrought many miracles.

...Be it known to you further, that the fame of this holy man so spread, that it reached the Pope of Rome, Innocent (1) ; and the Pope sent to France, and ordered the right worthy man to preach the cross (the Crusade) by his authority. And afterwards the Pope sent a cardinal of his, Master Peter of Capua, who himself had taken the cross, to proclaim the Indulgence of which I now tell you, viz., that all who should take the cross and serve in the host for one year, would be delivered from all the sins they had committed, and acknowledged in confession. And because this indulgence was so great, the hearts of men were much moved, and many took the cross for the greatness of the pardon.

Of those who took the Cross

...The other year after that right worthy man Fulk had so spoken of God, there was held a tourney in Champagne, at a castle called Ecri, and by God's grace it so happened that Thibaut, Count of Champagne and Brie, took the cross, and the Count Louis of Blois and Chartres likewise; and this was at the beginning of Advent (28th November 1199 OS). Now you must know that this Count Thibaut was but a young man, and not more than twenty-two years of age, and the Count Louis not more than twenty-seven. These two counts were nephews and cousins-german to the King of France, and, on the other part, nephews to the King of England.

...With these two counts there took the cross two very high and puissant barons of France, Simon of Montfort(2), and Renaud of Montmirail. Great was the fame thereof throughout the land when these two high and puissant men took the cross.

...In the land of Count Thibaut of Champagne took the cross Garnier, Bishop of Troyes, Count Walter of Brienne, Geoffry of Joinville (3) , who was seneschal of the land, Robert his brother, Walter of Vignory, Walter of Montbéliard, Eustace of Conflans, Guy of Plessis his brother, Henry of Arzilliéres, Oger of Saint-Chéron, Villain of Neuilly, Geoffry of Villhardouin (4), Marshal of Champagne, Geoffry his nephew, William of Nully, Walter of Fuligny, Everard of Montigny, Manasses of l'Isle, Macaire of Sainte-Menehould, Miles the Brabant, Guy of Chappes, Clerembaud his nephew, Renaud of Dampierre, John Foisnous, and many other right worthy men whom this book does not here mention by name.

...With Count Louis took the cross Gervais of Châtel Hervée his son John of Virsin, Oliver of Rochefort, Henry of Montreuil, Payen of Orléans, Peter of Bracietix, Hugh his brother, William of Sains, John of Frialze, Walter of Gaudonville, Hugh of Cormeray, Geoffry his brother, Hervée of Beauvoir, Robert of Frouville, Peter his brother, Orri of l'Isle, Robert of Quartier, and many more whom this book does not here mention by name.

...In the Isle-de-France took the cross Nevelon, Bishop of Soissons, Matthew of Montmorency, Guy the Castellan of Coucy, his nephew, Robert of Ronsoi, Ferri of Yerres, John his brother, Walter of Saint-Denis, Henry his brother, William of Aunoi, Robert Mauvoisin, Dreux of Crcssonsacq, Bernard of Moreuil, Enguerrand of Boves, Robert his brother, and many more right worthy men with regard to whose names this book is here silent.

...At the beginning of the following Lent, on the day when folk are marked with ashes (23rd February 1200), the cross was taken at Bruges by Count Baldwin of Flanders and Hainault, and by the Countess Mary his wife, who was sister to the Count Thibaut of Champagne. Afterwards took the cross, Henry his brother, Thierri his nephew, who was the son of Count Philip of Flanders, William the advocate of Béthune, Conon his brother, John of Nê1e Castellan of Bruges, Renier of Trit, Reginald his son, Matthew of Wallincourt, James of Avesnes, Baldwin of Beauvoir, Hugh of Beaumetz, Gérard of Mancicourt, Odo of Ham, William of Gommegnies, Dreux of Beaurain, Roger of Marck, Eustace of Saubruic, Francis of Colemi, Walter of Bousies, Reginald of Mons, Walter of Tombes, Bernard of Somergen, and many more right worthy men in great number, with regard to whom this book does not speak further.

...Afterwards took the cross, Count Hugh of St. Paul. With him took the cross, Peter of Amiens his nephew, Eustace of Canteleu, Nicholas of Mailly, Anscau of Cayeaux, Guy of Houdain, Walter of Nê1e, Peter his brother, and many other men who are unknown to us.

...Directly afterwards took the cross Geoffry of Perche, Stephen his brother, Rotrou of Montfort, Ives of La Jaille, Aimery of Villeroi, Geoffry of Beaumont, and many others whose names I do not know.

Montjoy et St Denys!

(1)Innocent III, elected Pope on the 8th January 1198, at the early age of thirty seven, Innocent III was one of the leading spirits of his time-in every sense a strong man and great Pope. From the beginning of his pontificate he turned his thoughts and policy to the recovery of Jerusalem.

(2)Simon de Monfort - the same one who later crushed the Albigensians and the father of the "English" Simon de Montfort who defeated the royal army at Lewes and was killed at Evesham in 1265

(3)Geoffry de Joinville - the father of the chronicler Jean de Joinville the companion of Louis IX wrote the Life of Saint Louis.

4) The author of this narritive.

A timeline of the Crusades for perspective.

Gabrielle de Polignac

Cross of Laeken has a link to an article on Gabrielle de Polignac... This portrait is remarkable. It is so very life like.


Debunking the myth of hell

the following article is not a joke. It may be found here. One may, at first glance be lead to think that this is a joke article. The woman is serious. This is the kind of junk theological thinking that passes now-a-days for well thought Catholicism. Their are no doubt those who tend to believe exactly what she says. Please don't confuse her with the facts her mind is made up. Just by the way, Hell is mentioned in the Bible 31 to 54 times depending on the translation. There are 15 places in the Bible where Jesus is recorded as using the word "hell" while He was on Earth. Was Jesus lying?

National Catholic Reporter
By Carol Meyer
Created Feb 03, 2011
by Carol Meyer on Feb. 03, 2011

I’m writing about hell because it is an unthinkable, horrible, destructive concept that can’t possibly be true. I frankly can’t even imagine how anyone came up with something so horrific. Could any wrong merit the terrible pain of burning in fire, while fully conscious, for a week or a year, much less eternity? What kind of a monster would inflict that on anyone? How could such cruelty and sadism be consistent with a God of love? I don’t buy it for a minute.

I don’t care if scripture mentions hell or Jesus talked about it, if saints had visions of it, or if it’s a time-honored Catholic teaching. It simply can’t be justified on any level. We have no proof of its existence. It doesn’t work as a preventative for wrong. Fear is the lowest form of motivation in moral development, and has probably been more the cause of the terrible crimes of humanity than any deterrent. People laugh and joke about burning in hell and draw cartoons about it, but almost no one takes it seriously.

Believing in hell doesn’t promote righteous living or love of God, but an unhealthy fear for those brainwashed to believe it is true. It is especially cruel to inflict this terror on innocent children and the uneducated and susceptible. Didn’t Jesus go around saying over and over not to be afraid? Moving from fear to love and trust in God is a central message of the New Testament. I can’t imagine how many lives have been ruined or devoid of joy because of all the fire and brimstone hurled at them.
We can readily see the arrogant and callous self-righteousness that a belief in hell engenders. The “saved” proudly assert that they are going to heaven, with nary a care that everyone else will suffer for eternity. They might even glory in the damnation of others. Come on. Can that kind of attitude, with its smugness and indifference to (or even glee in) the pain of others, possibly have a place in heaven and be pleasing to God? I think belief in a God who sends people to hell, no matter how cloaked in theological sweetness, creates cruel people. And it’s been the justification for terrible atrocities throughout history.

The bottom line in all this is the nature of God. When we look at creation (and thus at God), we see that it is essentially benevolent, kind, and nurturing. Yes, there is some pain and certainly death, but it is part of a beautiful process of life, growth and rebirth, not some never-ending punishment for being imperfect. I’m not sure where we got the idea that the meaning of life is about judgment, that it’s some kind of cosmic test almost impossible to pass. Nature is about harmony, balance, compassion, unity, interdependence, joy, and all life coming to its fullest potential. That is surely what God wants for us, not to toss us into the trash bin of hell because we missed Sunday mass or had sex.

It is an insult of the highest degree to think God could ever be so mean and evil as to create hell. So let’s banish the idea once and for all. And we don’t need the concept to justify the need for Christ. All arguments for hell, however reasonable they once sounded, are debunked by one single truth—God is LOVE. The end of the story.

By NCR Staff


A most succinct answer to the above nonsense may may be found here...



Cyclone Yasi damage assessed by Australia
Police say 2 missing after storm

Thursday, February 3, 2011 9:26 AM ET CBC News

A policeman walks past the remains of a house that was destroyed by Cyclone Yasi in the northern Australian town of Tully on Thursday. (Tim Wimborne/Reuters) Hundreds of thousands of homes are still without power after Cyclone Yasi slammed parts of Australia's northeastern coast, battering several small coastal communities before weakening as it moved inland.

Residents and officials expressed relief that no one was reported killed by the powerful storm, which roared across northern Queensland with winds up to 280 km/h.

Tidal surges sent waves crashing ashore two blocks into seaside communities and several small towns directly under Yasi's path — including Mission Beach, Cardwell and Tully — were hit hard by the powerful storm.

Authorities are still trying to determine the extent of the damage but as many as 180,000 homes in northern Queensland were still without power Thursday, officials said.

"Hundreds of homes have been damaged, their roofs ripped off and some have been flattened all together," freelance reporter Roger Maynard told CBC News.

The strong winds and rain also devastated large tracts of banana and sugar cane crops.

Lisa Rawsley sat out the cyclone at her house in Mission Beach.

"We heard an almighty bang, an almighty crash. We didn't know whether it was our house, what it was or a big tree coming down," Rawsley said.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said several thousand people would be temporarily homeless due to the powerful storm. The Australian Red Cross and local governments were working on registering people in need and finding places to house them, she said.

Maynard said the larger towns of Townsville and Cairns didn't see as much damage as the smaller communities.

"The wind wasn't quite so strong in Townsville and in Cairns," he said. "They weren't seriously affected in the major populated areas."

Officials said no major structural damage was done, though parts of Townsville were flooded.

Bligh said emergency workers surveying the damage would need several days to do a proper assessment.

"In Cardwell, for example, police have not been able to get in yet and it's far too early I think to even start talking about dodging bullets," the premier said.

Forecasters expect Yasi to be downgraded to a tropical low as it reaches the town of Mount Isa later Thursday, some 900 kilometres inland from where it first made landfall.

No deaths reported
Authorities said that so far, there have been no reported deaths, though Queensland police said at least two people were reported missing in the Innisfail area, south of Cairns.

Overturned caravans are scattered around a caravan park after Cyclone Yasi passed the northern Australian town of Tully on Thursday. (Tim Wimborne/Reuters) Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said one of the reports relates to a person who may have been on a boat, and he is still optimistic both men will be found alive.

"We are hampered in those investigations by the fact that we have many mobile phone towers which are actually damaged and not working at the moment," he said.

The storm damage was north of Australia's worst flooding in decades. It swamped an area in Queensland state the size of Germany and France combined, and killed 35 people during weeks of high water up until last month.

But the storm added to the state's woes, and was sure to add substantially to the estimated $5.6 billion in damage since late November.

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Sarah in Sydney sends this request... "Please pray for Mission Beach, Tully and Innes Fail; these towns were very badly damaged by cyclone Yassi as it crossed the Far North Queensland Coast last night. Thankfully, there has been no loss of life but damage to farming and industry has been extensive."



Fears For Church 'Defections' At Lent

"Qui tacet consentit." (1)

Last night TCM broadcast the films "A Man for All Seasons" and "Anne of a Thousand Days" both of which revolved around Henry VIII, his divorce and the Anglican Reformation. Now after more than 400 hundred years the brick which was removed from the church is being replaced. The Church which was built upon the rock remains on a solid foundation.

8:45am UK, Sunday January 30, 2011

Tadhg Enright, Sky News reporter

Hundreds of disillusioned Anglicans are expected to defect to the Roman Catholic Church in time for Lent.

It follows a campaign by Father Keith Newton to leave the Church of England in protest at its stance on the ordination of women and gay clergy.

Fr Newton has encouraged Anglicans to join the Ordinariate - a special branch of Catholicism established by the Pope - to welcome protestant defectors.

The efforts of the Archbishop of Canterbury have not been enough to stop hundreds of Anglo Catholics making the split that he had hoped to avoid.

In mid-January it got off the ground with the conversion of three Anglican bishops who are now bringing others on board.

The Church of England says that 1,000 of its 13,000 parishes are opposed to the ordination of women.

At St. Barnabas church in Tunbridge Wells, the parish priest says that a majority of his parishioners want to defect - and he's considering going too.

Father Ed Tomlinson believes that traditionalists who oppose the ordination of women have been badly let down by Church leaders.

Yet the priest has been told by the diocese of Rochester that if he and his followers leave they will no longer be allowed to hold services, even on a shared basis, at St Barnabas - a nineteenth-century red-brick church where First World War poet Siegfried Sassoon was baptised.

The firm stance has infuriated Fr Tomlinson, the vicar since 2006.

"The whole thing stinks to high heaven," he said.

"The Archdeacon made it abundantly clear that he does not want to entertain the notion of shared worship space and that he would resist my remaining here in any capacity."

The Ordinariate talks of recruiting members in waves with the first beginning training at Lent and they hope many more will follow.

"A little acorn it may have been at the moment, it could grow into a mighty oak," one local church-goer said.

"Was this the thing that started to undo the reformation?"
original article, read the comments, writen mostly by the "progressive left" who trying hard to justify error, and call those leaving as hypocrites. It is a hypocrite who endevours to change the teachings of Christ to justify his own version of error and call himself a Christian.


(1) "Silence implies consent."