Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Pax Tibi Marce, Evangelista Meus

Light blogging this week because of a work-related trip to Venice. What a fantastic place - I had not been there for 30 years, when as a boy I visited for the day with my parents. My recollection of the day is of lots of tourists and the Basilica di San Marco being more a museum than a house of God. Truly, it is best seen as I saw it at 7am or 8am Mass. One enters via a side entrance and you have time to pray in either the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or at the High Altar itself. You are then ushered through to the choir where the early morning Masses are celebrated. Three priests said Mass and it was a dignified, quiet, simple affair as Low Mass should be.But the joy of hearing Mass at the tomb of the Apostle, in quiet dignity, surrounded by the treasures of Catholic Christendom was awesome (and in the true meaning of that word). You feel close to the past, to the Church Suffering and Triumphant and in hearing Mass with others of all languages, close to the whole of the Church Militant.

Peace, indeed, be with you St Mark and all your Venetian children.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

They just don't get it

God forgive me for the uncharitable thoughts I have about the makers of Big Brother. They've now put Golden Tickets into KitKats in an all-too-obvious echo of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They're soooooooo postmodern they probably haven't even read the book. Anyone who gets such a ticket would do well to heed the warnings of the elderly members of the Bucket family:

‘Beastly girl,’ said Grandma Josephine
‘Despicable!’ said Grandma Georgina. ‘She’ll come to a sticky end one day, chewing all that chewing gum, you see if she doesn’t.’
‘And who got the fourth Golden Ticket?’ Charlie asked
‘Now let me see’ said Mr Bucket, peering at the newspaper again. ‘Ah yes, here we are. The fourth Golden Ticket’ he read ‘was found by a boy called Mike Teavee’
‘Another bad lot, I’ll be bound,’ muttered Grandma Georgina.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Parliamo Guardiano

This from Fr Tim's blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity:

The Guardian described Cardinal Dias as "a staunch conservative close to Pope John Paul II" which, translated, means that he is sound on faith and morals.

The Guardian nailed. Bless you, Father.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

DaVinci Code - Lemonade from Lemons

I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering how to counter the laughable pack of lies that makes the page-turning blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code. I have to confess I lasted 8 pages before I threw the execrable nonsense at the wall. I liked Christopher Howse's gentle debunking in The Telegraph two years ago (Howse was an Opus dei supernumary). The reactions of Austin Ivereigh and ordinary Opus Dei members are highlighted in this week's Spectator. They see the film as an opporunity to show the utter ordinariness of Opus Dei in particular and the Catholic Church in general. They have a point. This is in contrast to the reaction to the MoToons which I suspect did the Muslim community no favours.

By the way, have their been any objections from the albino community about their unfair portrayal in the film? I think we should be told, as the late John Junor used to say.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Harry Potter and The Holy Catholic Church

Much is made in evangelical circles of the occult and pagan elements of the Harry Potter books. Like Albertus, I'm an enthusiast for the Potter books (my boys and I are currently on Harry Potter and the Order of the Golden Phoenix) . These are fantastic tales of good and evil and Rowling is a Christian, though not overtly preachy about it. John O'Callaghan goes one step further to claim young Potter for Holy Mother Church. An interesting thesis.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.

Muhammed in Hell (Dante's Inferno - Canto XXVIII)

Melanie McDonagh makes the point in this month’s Oldie (requires subscription)that Muhammed was not a very nice man.

"There comes a time when an untruth that has been repeated so often as to become a platitude becomes suddenly unbearable. It has happened to me when journalists refer to Muhammed as a ‘peace-loving prophet’. Respecting the sensitivities of our Muslim friends and neighbours is one thing; turning reality on its head is another."

She goes on to relate the history of Muhammed from his preaching in Mecca through his disappointment that the Christians and Jews of the Arabia did not heed his message, his harassment and raids on the merchants of Mecca, the expulsion of the Jews of Medina and culminating in the slaughter of the Jews of Banu Qurayza.

I suspect a fatwa is heading Ms McDonagh’s way as we speak.