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PARIS AND THE CHURCH PART FIVE

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PARIS AND THE CHURCH - PART V NAPOLEON'S FINAL DEFEAT

The civilised world had longed for the day when the little Corporal, Napoleon, who called himself Emperor, would be no more.He had been definitively defeated TWICE. He resurrected himself politically and militarily after the first defeat, but his imprisonment on Elbe after the second defeat put any further shennanigans out of the question. Nevertheless, it was not until his defeat by Death and the need for his burial that the world could breath easily.


But, at home in his "adopted"France , what was to be done with the little Corsican Corporal's remains? With the remains of the man who had set Europe on fire and brought about the death of hundreds of thousands by his demented ambitions?The man who had imprisoned two Popes and tried to re-fashion the Catholic Church at his own convenience and whim?

Paris had a location that the authorities decided was appropriate for the man whose personal glory had for a time been syno…

THE BANNERS OF THE KING

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THE BANNERS OF THE KING

Our very first Post is reproduced here - it is worth reflecting where we are now :

BENEDICT XVI ADJUSTS THE SAILS ON PETER’S BARQUE AND SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN THE OFFICERS




The course set remains the same – toward the Master in Heaven by the most direct route. But it is obvious that the Holy Father is far from being satisfied with the way the sacred barque has been proceeding.



In the Year of St. Paul which closed on 29th June, 2009 he had us all consider the total dedication, boundless energy and zeal of St. Paul – burning with love for Christ whilst using all of his mental agility and deep learning for the spiritual good of his children in Christ. So the cry is to set more sail, and take advantage of the force of the true “Divine Wind”- the Holy Spirit of God, even as Paul did.



Just as the good mariner knows that his crew have to be trained very well if the ship is to be driven hard without coming to grief, Pope Benedict has taken the measure of his “officers” the orda…

BETTER TIMES PAPA SAYS

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E SUPREMI ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS X ON THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS IN CHRIST
OCTOBER 4, 1903 To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops and other Ordinaries in Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See.
Venerable Brethren, Health and the Apostolic Benediction
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9. Now the way to reach Christ is not hard to find: it is the Church. Rightly does Chrysostom inculcate: "The Church is thy hope, the Church is thy salvation, the Church is thy refuge." ("Hom. de capto Euthropio," n. 6.) It was for this that Christ founded it, gaining it at the price of His blood, and made it the depositary of His doctrine and His laws, bestowing upon it at the same time an inexhaustible treasury of graces for the sanctification and salvation of men.
You see, then, Venerable Brethren, the duty that has been imposed alike upon Us and upon you of bringing back to the discipline of the Church human society, now estranged from the wisdom of Christ; the Church w…

PERSPECTIVE - A SENSE OF HISTORY

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This Post from 2011 was repeated in 2016, but the recent "quick as a flash"   acceptance of Cardinal Scola's resignation, automatically tendered on his 75th Birthday, by Pope Francis, tells us a little - maybe a lot - about preparations for the next Conclave. A retired Cardinal Scola may be perceived to carry less weight, to have less chance of election, than if he had been left in place like liberal Cardinal  Wuerl in Washington now  One year and 8 months past his Retirement date.

We Australians sometimes need to pause for breath as we race ahead in pursuit of "progress" or even "reform"( have you noticed how Left inclined Governments always speak of reform when giving birth to mere change?) . A little more circumspection, might lead us to more careful reflection on where we have come from and what should be the way ahead, and how we might consolidate what we have.






Think of the Church in Australia. In 1842 Archbishop John Bede Polding became the first …

PARIS AND THE CHURCH PART FOUR

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There are many strange histories attaching to churches, but not too many more strange than that attaching to La Madeleine. The great church occupies a fine commanding site at the end of Rue Royale close to Place Vendome. It lies in the 8th Arondissment.

The site has belonged to the Church since a Royal gift in the 12th Century. Several churches have stood on the site, and have been dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalen.But in the lead-up to the French Revolution a new church was planned and the site was cleared. The King laid the foundation stone for the new church which was to resemble the grandly domed church which is now Les Invalides where Napoleon's Tomb lies in a crypt / hole at the foot of the Altar( see subsequent post). But before it was completed the architect died and he was replaced by another who intended that the new church should resemble the Pantheon in Rome ( S.Maria ad Martyres), accordingly the work already done was demolished and a fresh start was made. However, by t…

PARIS AND THE CHURCH PART THREE

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PARIS AND THE CHURCH - PART THREE We are told not judge a book by its cover ( a saying developed before Paperbacks and Dustjackets) .The same principle can be applied to the great Parisian church of Saint Eustache. Situated in the Les Halles district - the ancient produce markets area- the church was built over 100 years commencing in 1532.  It is sometimes described as a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture. Be that as it may, externally it is very far from being beautiful or even impressive. . However, internally it is truly beautiful, noble and inspiring.



But whatever the limitations of the  external design, the beauty of the interior more than compensates.The soaring walls and their graceful windows allow the great church to be flooded with light .





Every awkwardness of the exterior is trebly compensated for by the noble proportions of the interior with its three aisles beneath soaring ceilings, and at every turn, a wonderful aspect of some sublime architectural composition or deta…

PARIS AND THE CHURCH PART TWO

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The great church of Saint Sulpice is in the Jardin du Luxembourg area of the City of Paris. It faces onto a Place named for the church, which features a large fountain with statues of four ecclesiastics from French history . It is the second largest church in Paris after Notre Dame. Like Notre Dame, Saint Sulpice was desecrated during the insanity of the French Revolution and was designated a" Temple of Victory" for some time.It was built over 140 years commencing in 1646 at the instigation of  Fr. Jean - Jacques Olier a follower of Saint Vincent de Paul . Fr. Olier founded the Society of Saint Sulpice a religious Congregation of Priests educated in a Seminary then attached to the church. 



In a typically schizophrenic evolution of Parisian society the Jardin du Luxembourg area has become  a centre for many Catholic institutions, whilst Place Saint Sulpice and its fountain have become a focus of radical Left Wing political demonstrations during times of unrest. Two of the famo…

PARIS AND THE CHURCH PART ONE

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Originally Posted  :  Friday, August 17, 2012
PARIS AND THE CHURCH PART I
To love Paris is to be the essential conformist, for she enchants and captures the hearts of most normal folk who come her way. But for the Catholic, despite the ravages of the bloody Revolution, and the persecutions that followed in its wake over generations,and the still-prevailing anti-clericalism, the charm is redoubled.Our journey to Paris began on a chilly early morning from delightful Munich's Hauptbahnhof. Amongst all the deep red Deutsche Bahn trains interspersed with their white ICE trains , stood our solitary French SNCF TGV ready for its lightning run to PARIS GARE D'LE EST.

With no fuss at all, we left right on time and were soon out of the Munich suburbs  and out through the German countryside.Delightful villages, each with their several churches and their orderly appearance flashed by the broad windows of the TGV. It seemed no time at all, and we had crossed into France with its equally deli…