Australian dog recieves a host.

It is not intentional that I should mention Australia in two consectutive posts, however this is so despicable that I can not ignore it.

"...For many will come in my name saying, I am Christ: and they will seduce many..."
Matthew 24:5 Douay-Rheims bible

FATHER Greg Reynolds wants his church of dissident Catholics to welcome all - ''every man and his dog'', one might say, risking the non-inclusive language he deplores - but even he was taken aback when that was put to the test during Mass yesterday.

A first-time visitor arrived late at the Inclusive Catholics service in South Yarra with a large and well-trained German shepherd. When the consecrated bread and wine were passed around, the visitor took some bread and fed it to his dog.

Apart from one stifled gasp, those present showed admirable presence of mind - but the dog was not offered the cup!

Father Reynolds, a Melbourne priest for 32 years, launched Inclusive Catholics earlier this year. He now ministers to up to 40 people at fortnightly services alternating between two inner-suburban Protestant churches.

Advertisement The congregation includes gay men, former priests, abuse victims and many women who feel disenfranchised, but it is optimistic rather than bitter.

Yesterday a woman, Irene Wilson, led the liturgy and another, Emmy Silvius, preached the homily. Two more passed the bread and wine around.

Father Reynolds - his only clerical adornment a green stole around his neck - played as small a role as he could.

Inclusive Catholics is part of a small but growing trend in the West of disaffiliated Catholics forming their own communities and offering ''illicit'' Masses, yet are slightly uncertain of their identities. The question was posed during the service: ''Are we part of the church or are we a breakaway movement?''

Father Reynolds was a thorn in the side of Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart when he preached in 2010 that it was God's will to have women priests. He resigned as Western Port parish priest last August and had his faculties to act as a priest in Melbourne removed.

He is still a priest, though now on the dole. Mary Fenelon, who usually worships in Abbotsford, comes to this Mass because ''these people are forward-thinkers, and the church is going backwards. This is inclusive and welcoming.''

Another member is Michael Kelly, long the public face of the Rainbow Sash movement that sought acceptance for homosexuals in the church. He finds it a step forward to see a Catholic priest prepared to ''break through the intimidation and threats and oppression of a very frightened institution''. ''People have just had it,'' he says.

''There's a sense of hopelessness and despair when you look at the hierarchy, and nothing one says gets through to these guys. They are wrapped up in their own sense of entitlement.

''Intelligent, educated, adult Catholics have had enough.''

But if there's one thing that unites Inclusive Catholics and the mainstream church, it's their reliance on hard-working women behind the scenes. The volunteer who made the name tags given out yesterday turned 88 during the week.

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Ok for those who do not know it this is the epitome of heresy. These people by their abuse of the Sacrement have Excomunicated themsleves.



Sheap poaching

This sounds like a crime happening in Australia or New Zealand, but no, it's the acusations of certain Episcopalians toward the Catholic Church. Somewhat of a laugh actually...

See the post from the Catholic Knight here.



Charlotte Corday

Charlotte was born July 27, 1768 in Les Champeaux near Vitmoutiers, in the province of Normandie in France. A portrait (below) of her two days before she was guillotined shows us a strong Norman face, with a set jaw, sense of purpose and a visage of that pride of race known to all the French but especially so prevalent in Normans. She was through her mothers line a descendant of the great French Dramatists, the "Father of French Tragedy" Pierre Corneille, this being perhaps a self fulfilling prophecy. She was born into an aristocratic albeit poor family. Charlotte was educated in a convent in Caen, a usual way to obtain an education in those days and when money was scarce. She was a Royalist but possibly due in part to her state she sympathised with the ideals of the enlightenment. These sympathies found her with the moderate faction the Girondists, who though not royalists were in fact much more moderate than the Jacobins.

In September 1792 savage "September Massacres" occured in which prisoners believed to be counter revolutionary were murdered. Three Bishops and any non-juring Priests found were horribly killed and mutilated. The Princesse Laballe, friend and confidant of Marie-Antoinette was beheaded, her lifeless body was sexually abused and her head was placed upon a pike and brought to the window of the temple to "show the Queen". The massacre was the work of the san-cullotes, the trouserless ones, who felt that Paris and the de-facto government would be in danger should they leave to fight the Duke of Bruswicks forces assembled for an attack to restore the throne. More unspeakable atrocities took place, but it seems today unbelievable that it could have happened. The "September Massacres angered Charlotte Corday. She blamed the Jacobins and especially Jean Paul Marat for the atrocities.

Just as her 25th birthday in July 1793 approached, Charlotte left Caen and mounting a coach left for Paris. In her possession was a copy of Plutarch's Parallel Lives, a book of biographies of Greek and Roman leaders arranged in pairs illustrating the failings and successes of each.

Charlottes plan and motives for the killing of Marat were based probably in part on the Catholic teaching of tyrannicide. Though Catholic doctrine condemns tyrannicide as opposed to the natural law, formerly great theologians of the Church like St. Thomas, Suarez , and Bañez, O.P. permitted rebellion against oppressive rulers when the tyranny had become extreme and when no other means of safety were available. In other words Charlotte believed that she would be stopping the murder of thousands by executing Marat, (just as Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg believed the death of Hitler would prevent more destruction in Germany). I believe tyrannicide was at least in her mind, because at her trial, Corday testified that she had carried out the assassination alone, saying " I killed one man to save 100,000." While many believe this to be in reference to Robespierre's statement at the death of Louis XVI, it shows that the teaching was at least in her mind when it is coupled with her possession of Plutarch.

Arriving in Paris she took a room at the Hôtel de Providence. Some time later she purchased a large kitchen knife at the Palais Royale. She sat down and wrote her "Adresse aux Français amis des lois et de la paix" ("Speech to the French who are Friends of Law and Peace") a manifesto about her purpose in committing an act of assassination of Marat.

Some time before noon on the 13th of July, she went to the residence of Marat, and attempted to see him. At first she was denied admittance either by a housekeeper or Mme Marat. Later that day she slipped in as a delegation was entering the residence. She found Marat, who suffered from a skin disorder, probably as a result of celiac disease writing in his bath. On the wall Marat had written La Mort! (Death). Charlotte approached him and told him she had news from Normandy of the factionary Girondins who had escaped to Caen. He asked the for the names of the deputies and when he was told he said "Good, they shall be guillotined." At these words she plunged her knife deep into Marat's chest. His last words were "À moi, ma chère amie!" To me (help) my dear friend..

Charlotte was captured by the friends of Marat before she could escape. She was tried by the tribunal, who attempted a cover up prior to the trial. Although her attorney skillfully defended her she was condemned. Corday testified that she had carried out the assassination by herself, saying "I killed one man to save 100,000."

The outcome of the trial was never really in question, and she was condemned to the guillotine. Charlotte was executed on 17 July 1793. Legend has it that after she was guillotined the executioner took her by the hair and slapped her across the face. Her face scowled at the executioner in "unequivocal indignation"! The slap was considered an unacceptable breach of etiquette and the executioner was locked away for 3 months.

The immediate result of the assassination was a new wave of terror. Marat became a martyr, and busts of Marat replaced crucifixes and religious statues that were no longer welcome under the new regime. The anti-female stance of many revolutionary leaders was increased by Corday's actions. This in turn probably led to revenge, focused on the person of Marie-Antoinette.

Marat was treated like the martyred hero, and saviour. A great ceremony took place led by Jaques Louis David, the painter whose "Death of Marat" is shown above. The entire National Convention attended Marat's funeral and he was buried in the Couvent des Cordeliers. His remains were transferred to the Panthéon on November 25, 1793. A quasi-saint to the revolution, busts of him were placed in de-Chrisianized churches in the place of crucifixes. By early 1795, however, Marat's memory had become tarnished. In February, his coffin was removed from the Panthéon and the various busts and sculptures were destroyed. His final resting place is the cemetery of the Church Saint-Étienne-du-Mont.


St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Today, August 9, is the feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), virgin and martyr, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, who later became a Discalced Carmelite nun and was martyred at Auschwitz.

For those who deny the holocaust here, is an example of one who died at a concentration camp.




CAROLINE DE BOURBON - SICILES , Duchesse de Berry ( 1798 - 1870 )

Marie Caroline Ferdinande Louise de Bourbon est née à Caserte le 5 Novembre 1798. En 1799, la famille Royale s' est réfugiée à Palerme sous protection britanique après l' invasion de ses Etas par l' armée Francaise.

Elle était la fille de Francois Ier, Roi des Deux- Siciles, et de Marie- Clémentine d' Autriche, fille de l' Empereur Léopold II.

Après avoir passé son enfance et sa jeunesse à Palerme et à Naples, elle est venue en France pour épouser Charles Ferdinand d' Artois, Duc de Berry, second fils du Comte d' Artois ( futur Charles X ). Bien que son époux ait eu vingt ans de plus qu' elle et qu' il s' agit d' un mariage arrangé, ils semblent avoir formé un couple assez uni. Le Palais de

l' Elysée à été aménagé pour eux.

Le Duc et la Duchesse de Berry ont eu quatre enfants, dont deux n' ont pas survécu plus de quelques jours :

D' abord Louise d' Artois en 1819, puis l' année suivante Henri d' Artois, né en Septembre 1820 au Palais des tuilleries

Après l' assassinat de son mari, la Duchesse de Berry s' est installée aux Tuilleries. Elle avait un tempérament assez opposé à celui de sa belle- soeur la Duchesse d' Angoulème : elle était peu attachée à l' étiquette, aimait recevoir et était très sensible à la mode. Elle avait surtout vingt ans de moins que sa belle- soeur et n' avait pas vécu les souffrances de la fille de Louis XVI.

Elle aimait s' éloigner assez souvent de la capitale, et elle a eu un role non négligeable dans la vogue des bains de mer, en particulier à Boulogne- sur- Mer et Dieppe, pratiquant volontier ce loisir à la belle saison. C' est également elle qui inaugura une section du canal de la Somme.

Du 14 au 18 Juillet 1828, elle séjourna à Bordeaux, qui la recut somptueusement, afin de " ranimer les fidélités à la Couronne " des habitants de la première ville à s' etre ralliée à Louis XVIII en 1814.


A la suite des évenements de fin Juillet 1830, elle suivit Charles X et la cour en exil, mais elle cherchait à se faire proclamer Régente pour son fils, le jeune Henri V. Elle retourna donc clandestinement en France en 1832, ou elle débarqua dans la nuit du 28 au 29 Avril en Provence avant de rallier la Vendée. Elle tenta de relancer les guerres de Vendée et de rallier la population à sa cause. La mobilisation locale fut assez faible, et l' opération échoua rapidement.

La Duchesse chercha refuge dans une maison de Nantes mais trahie par Simon Deutz, après s' etre cachée toute une nuit dans un réduit situé derrière une cheminée dont l' atre était allumé, elle fut arretée le 8 Novembre par la Gendarmerie, dirigée par Adolphe Thiers qui, depuis le 11 Octobre, venait de remplacer Montalivet au Ministère de Interieur.

Détenue dans la citadelle de Blaye et soumise à la surveillance la plus rigoureuse, elle accoucha d' une fille prénomée Rosalie le 10 Mai 1833 devant des témoins désignés par le Maréchal Bugeaud à la demande de

Louis- Philippe, qui voulut profiter de l' occasion pour flétrir son honneur aux yeux des Légitimistes et discréditer définitivement la cause du jeune Duc de Bordeaux. La Princesse déclara alors qu' elle avait épousé secretement en 1831 Hector Lucchesi- Palli, Duc Della Grazia. La petite Rosalie mourut au bout de six mois, le 9 Novembre 1833.

Avec ce nouveau mari, elle eut ensuite trois filles et un garcon, après avoir perdu un enfant à la naissance.

Après quelques mois en prison, la Duchesse fut libérée et expulsée vers Palerme; elle se vit tenue à l' écart de la famille Royale, qui lui refusa la direction de l' éducation de son fils.

Ayant perdu à deux mois d' intervalle début 1864 sa fille, Duchesse de Parme, et son second époux, qui l' avait ruinée ( six millions de Francs de dettes ), elle s' installa en Autriche où elle vécut les dernières années de sa vie, entre le Chateau de Brunnsee et Venise, où elle avait acheté le Palais Vendramin, que son fils lui fit vendre en échange de son aide financière.

Elle mourut à Brunnsee le 16 Avril 1870.