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SEX or GENDER ? SERVING WITH THE ANGELS

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Serving with the Angels


To-day’s media pour out words in an unremitting stream. Even when there is nothing to be said, commentators feel obliged to maintain a stream of mindless blather to justify their presence, even when a televised image is absolutely self-explanatory.

The repetition of certain words and phrases is an acknowledged form of indoctrination. If it is not subtle, it can sometimes prove counter-productive. In recent times the repetitive solemn intonation of “working families” was so overdone in Australia that it became a source of national mirth. When the same stable more recently brought forth “moving forward” the community was well-primed and the universal ridicule in response made the effort explode in the face of the perpetrator.

But where subtlety is employed the effect can be devastating. Take the recent use or, we should say, abuse, of the word “gender” .Its true meaning is a “grammatical classification” of a word – whether it is, masculine, feminine or neuter in…

ENGLAND'S ROYAL MONSTER - PART II - FINANCIAL PROBLEMS SOLVED - SACRILEGIOUS PLUNDER

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Tintern Abbey
ENGLAND’S ROYAL MONSTER PART II

FINANCIAL PROBLEMS – SACRILEGIOUS PLUNDER



KING HENRY VIII now bestrode his realm like a colossus – albeit a somewhat uncomfortable colossus :physically the serious injury caused to his leg in a jousting contest in 1535 was troubling him as it would do for the remaining years of his life. Financially, his Treasury was strapped for cash. Years of foreign wars and the King’s personal gambling brought him to a desperate condition.



Henry now had as his principal agent and adviser, one Thomas Crumwell (now usually spelled Cromwell – a piece of Protestant propagandising). This Crumwell had been Cardinal Wolsey’s principal agent and frequent Commissioner. But when Wolsey’s downfall was in progress, Crumwell stole from Wolsey’s private records Henry’s license under Seal, authorizing Wolsey to exercise his Legatine powers within the Realm. He delivered the document back to the King. This was a critical event for Henry’s purposes, for he was chargin…

SAINT PAUL Part XIII SAINT PAUL THE THEOLOGIAN AND HIS LEGACY

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St Paul


The theologian and his legacy



The beginning of this Year of St Paul set us off on a path of discovery, endeavouring to see St Paul as he really was, the man in the context of his times and locations. We learned a great deal, even down to his appearance, his temperament and most importantly the great depth of his love for Christ and the remarkable extent of his apostolic activity and teaching through Christ living in him.

Now, at the end of that year, we can step back a little to consider the whole picture of the great saint’s life. Many modernists have tried to present St Paul as the” inventor” of Christianity, in effect to separate his teaching from the “real” Christ and his teachings. They claim to want to “re-discover” this “real” Christ. But, in reality their objective is to sideline the Church and “discover” a Christ who is just another very good man among many and that neither “he” nor “his” Church is essential for the complete modern man.

But neither Jesus Christ and H…

BLOG "NOVUS ORDO" A SCARY AFTERNOON

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"NOVUS ORDO" INDEED -Anew order in the appearance of VEXILLA REGIS!
I have spent a hair-raising afternoon ( despite my apparent composure in the above picture!) trying to choose a design for the Blog that is easier on the eye.

Hair-raising? Well, yes for several minutes, ALL of the text of all of the posts disappeared and all went BLACK. I freely admit I am no computer whizz, and some of my exclamations were less than edifying. But through perseverance and restoration of hope I got back to basics - and all were revealed in their pristine state! Deo Gratias!

I hope readers will find the general result pleasing. The Template comes with a few background pidgeons in scattered flight in profile - Be of good heart -they were scared off by the thorough beating of Satan in the Title picture which shows SAINT MICHAEL despatching him!

SAINT PAUL Part XII SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM ROME II

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St Paul Writes from Rome II


Letter to the Ephesians

This letter is, in many ways, among St Paul’s finest. It has also been the cause of some academic controversy in past years concerning its direction and its authenticity. On both points there is now general favourable agreement.

Direction

We know the letter as “Ephesians” because two of the manuscripts that survive contain the words “en Epheso” in the first verse of their Greek texts. But these words are not in the most ancient manuscripts and St. Basil (AD 330 – 379) affirms that in his day they were not in the manuscripts. They are not in two of our surviving manuscripts known as Codex B and Codex Aleph.

The internal evidence from the letter itself also suggests that it was not directed to the church at Ephesus. When St Paul wrote to a specific church – especially one he was extremely familiar with – he constantly makes reference to his relations with its members. There is nothing of that here. His customary personal tone is entir…

SAINT PAUL Part XI SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM ROME I

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St Paul Writes from Rome I




The chain that secured him to the wall and the constant attention of the Praetorian Guards reminded Paul that he was a prisoner of the Emperor Nero. But the wall was in a house he had rented at his own cost possibly near the Jewish quarter of the City, and the regular stream of visitors reminded him of the relative privilege his Roman Citizenship afforded him. Imprisoned by the authorities in Jerusalem and Caesarea at the behest of the Jews, Paul had used his Roman Citizen’s right to be tried by the Emperor himself to ensure the fulfilment of his long held desire to visit Rome. It seems he arrived there around March AD 61.

Being a prisoner of the increasingly demented Nero was a very insecure position. Nero had ordered the murder of his own mother in circumstances that degenerated into blackest “comedy “in AD 59 and would have his wife murdered in AD 62. What hope could a humble imprisoned preacher hold out for himself?

Only three days after arriving in the…

SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

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070707 The memorable date - in more ways than one - on which our beloved Holy Father signed the MotuProprioSUMMORUMPONTIFICUM freeing the celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Missal of Pope John XXIII, that is the traditional Latin Mass.

The Holy Father's intentions were several:
-to aid in the reintegration of Lefebvrists into the life of the Church
-to offer comfort to those already devoted to the Latin Mass, and
-to institute a gradual process whereby greater exposure to the ancient ritual would inspire greater reverence in the celebration of the NovusOrdo.

Three years on,  progress has been solid on all fronts. Though some Episcopal Conferences have, to put it mildly, dragged their feet, the progress has grown up around them. Perhaps the most unco-operative have been the French Bishops. Yet their own Mass attendance figures suggest that the number of people attending Sunday Masses in France is almost identical with the known numbers of people attending the Latin Mass…

ENGLAND'S ROYAL MONSTER - APOSTATE, MURDERER AND PLUNDERER OF CHRIST'S CHURCH - PART I OBSESSION AND SACRILEGE

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He was the most dazzling King of his time. Noted since his youth for his handsome good looks, athleticism and intellectual achievements, his court was the destination for the great achievers of his time. But, of late, things had begun to sour a little. Foreign adventures and his heavy gambling had left him cash-strapped. His wife had failed to produce a male heir, and his Chancellor , the Pope's Legate a Latere, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey had failed to secure from the Pope an Annulment of his marriage. This was particularly irritating because he did want a male heir, and his roving eye had fixed its attention on a very likely lass among his Queen's Ladies in Waiting : Ann Boleyn, He was of course King Henry VIII of England.
                                     Cardinal Wolsey Archbishop of York Several possibilities, which would address his problems seemed to fall into alignment.Their realisation, one after another, could be achieved if only Henry acted boldly enough. Firstly Wol…

THE GALILEO MYTH PART II

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POPE  URBAN  VIII                                          ST.ROBERT BELLARMINE
                                                               The Galileo Myth


… Continued from Foundation January 2008 p.12.

IT WAS NOT UNTIL FOUR YEARS LATER that trouble arose, the ecclesiastical authorities taking alarm at the persistence with which Galileo proclaimed the truth of the Copernican doctrine. That their opposition was grounded, as is constantly assumed, upon a fear lest men should be enlightened by the diffusion of scientific truth, it is obviously absurd to maintain. On the contrary, they were firmly convinced, with Bacon and others, that the new teaching was radically false and unscientific, while it is now truly admitted that Galileo himself had no sufficient proof of what he so vehemently advocated, and Professor Huxley after examining the case avowed his opinion that the opponents of Galileo “had rather the best of it”.

But what, more than all, raised alarm was anxiety f…

THE GALILEO MYTH PART I

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The Galileo Myth




GALILEO. Born at Pisa, 15 February, 1564; died 8 January, 1642.






The boy Galileo Galilei at an early age manifested his aptitude for mathematical and mechanical pursuits and his native genius speedily placed him in the very first rank of natural philosophers.


He became a fierce controversialist, who, not content with refuting adversaries, was bent upon confounding them. Moreover, he wielded an exceedingly able pen, and unsparingly ridiculed and exasperated his opponents. Undoubtedly he thus did much to bring upon himself the troubles for which he is now chiefly remembered. As Sir David Brewster (Martyrs of Science) says, “The boldness, may we not say the recklessness, with which Galileo insisted on making proselytes of his enemies, served but to alienate them from the truth.”


The Aristoteleans would not accept even facts in contradiction of their master’s dicta. They held that these were best learned by authority, especially by that of Aristotle, who was supposed to have…