Thursday, October 30, 2008

My goodness!

An amazing thing on the BBC. Who would have thought it? Coast is a really interesting programme about the coastline of the UK and Ireland - the interaction between nature and man. In the piece about Skellig Michael the presenter says the following:

"The thing is that monks didn't just live here, stoically braving the elements and getting closer to their God through self-denial. At Skellig Michael and other tiny monastic communities in Ireland, by copying manuscripts, by going out to form new communities, they helped to revitalise a Europe bereft of faith and learning after the fall of Rome. Skellig Michael is a special place"


Did you get that?

At Skellig Michael and other tiny monastic communities in Ireland, by copying manuscripts, by going out to form new communities, they helped to revitalise a Europe bereft of faith and learning after the fall of Rome.


I may be in shock. Well done, BBC. Any chance you could pass that information to the rest of the Corporation and the implication behind it in Belloc's words:

the faith is Europe and Europe is the faith


You can see the episode on the iPlayer HERE until Saturday.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Ponte Sisto said...

NOT FOR PUBLICATION

Dear Paulinus,

Would you consider highlighting this petition, which calls for the recognition of the rights and dignity of the human person, on your blog, please.

Thanks

Phil Andrews
(aka Ponte Sisto)

11:23 AM  
Blogger Agellius said...

::CLANK!!:: [sound of jaw hitting floor]

11:48 PM  
Blogger madame evangelista said...

Am I missing something Paulinus? Europe and Faith are not interchangeable terms.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Merely, I think, that Belloc thought that Europe would not be Europe without the Faith. Colm Toibin's book on Europe and the Faith is interesting in this regard (I can't remember the title, though)

11:05 AM  

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