Monday, July 13, 2020

The Rite of Coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor

Leopold II
From Canticum Salominis:
On Sunday, early in the morning, the Emperor-Elect descends with his wife to the church of Santa Maria Traspontina, near the Terebinth, and is there received with honours by the City Prefect and the Count of the Lateran Palace and his wife, the Judex Dativus,[1] and the Treasurer. He is led through the portico as the clergy of the City, all clad in copes, chasubles, dalmatics, and tunicles with thuribles sings Ecce mitto Angelum meum, up to a dais set up under the upper arch at the top of the steps before the bronze doors of the church of Santa Maria in Turri. There sits the Lord Pope in his chair surrounded by bishops, cardinals, deacons, and the other orders of the Church. (Read more.)

When They Come for You

From The Stream:
To all the wealthy, liberal elites who are cheering on the protests and riots, a word of warning is in order. The same holds true for the conservative Christians who are lining up to show their support for the BLM movement. To each of you I say: Do not be deceived. The cancel culture will soon be coming for you. 
A few weeks ago, I read about a TV sports journalist who tweeted his support for rioters in a nearby city. “Burn that s— down. Burn it all down,” he tweeted with glee. Later that same day, as the mob marched towards his private neighborhood, his tone had changed. He called them animals and — get this — noted how the crowds scattered when the police arrived. How ironic! The cry to defund the police lasts only so long. (Read more.)

We must trust in God alone. Also from The Stream:
I know that some readers will take issue with me here, not because you think Trump is the savior, but because you feel articles like this will help to deflate Trump’s base. In reality, the opposite is true. If we put our trust in the Lord, do everything we know how to do as His followers and then vote our convictions, we have a much better chance of improving the state of our nation. 
As we have seen vividly this year, not even a bold leader like Donald Trump can stop a pandemic. Or prevent an economic meltdown. Or unite a fractured nation. He can’t even guarantee that his Supreme Court appointees will live up to his expectations — or ours. So enough with our foolish, over-the-top trust in people, especially political leaders. Passing the Trump test doesn’t mean casting our vote for the best presidential candidate, whoever that may be. It means that, in the midst of our voting and political campaigning, our mantra can never be, “In Trump we trust.” That is a recipe for failure and disappointment. (Read more.) 

Henry VIII and Unicorns

From the British Library:
Did King Henry VIII believe in unicorns? That is perhaps the conclusion to be drawn from a manuscript that reveals intimate details of the final years of Henry's life (1481–1547). We also learn from the same manuscript that he was partial to dragon's blood, and that he prescribed a cure for his fourth wife's ‘colde and wyndie causses’. 
Henry suffered from poor health in his later years. In 1536, in a jousting accident at Greenwich Palace, his legs were crushed under a fully-armoured horse, as a result of which he developed chronic ulcers. These were lanced by his physicians with red-hot pokers, but our manuscript shows that they also used more subtle methods and applied medicines made from natural ingredients. Made in the 1540s, Sloane MS 1047 contains a series of elaborate medical recipes, some of which were devised by Henry himself. It is interesting to observe in this particular manuscript the king's own endeavours as an amateur medical practitioner. (Read more.)

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Death of Henri IV

From Vincent J. Pitts, Henri IV of France: His Reign and Age:
On a cloudless day in May 1610, a solitary figure stepped out of the shadows on a narrow Paris street and murdered his king with a carving knife. The assassin later insisted that he had acted to prevent his sovereign, Henri IV, from “making war on the pope,” a justification offering more than a little unintended irony. Henri IV’s success in ending decades of debilitating civil war between Catholics and Calvinists underlay the achievements of his reign. His death at the hands of a religious fanatic made him the last prominent victim in the cycle of sectarian violence he sought to close. 
The French have never forgotten the monarch so savagely slain that day. Henri’s image has undergone many transformations over the intervening centuries as generations of polemicists and historians have fashioned an Henri to their own liking. Seventeenth-century chroniclers saw him as a pious and dutiful monarch; eighteenth-century authors portrayed a skeptical, tolerant, enlightened despot; nineteenth- and early twentieth-century writers, royalist and republican alike, found use for an earthy, jovial, crowned peasant, a son of the southwest, whose personal traits were those of a French “everyman”. In all these incarnations, however, Henri remained the king who had put an end to decades of civil strife, restored his kingdom to prosperity, and reclaimed France’s place as a leading power in Europe, able and willing to challenge Spain for predominance on the continent. (Read more.)

The Uncomfortable Truth

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to retain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The ruling was a major blow to the pro-life community who had hoped to turn the tide with two conservative Trump-appointed justices. 
According to NPR, Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, joined with the court’s liberal justices in casting the deciding vote on Monday. Back in 2016, Roberts was among the dissenters when the court struck down a nearly identical Texas law. In order to promote “the evenhanded, predictable, and consistent development of legal principles, [foster] reliance on judicial principles, and [contribute] to the actual and perceived integrity of the judicial process,” Roberts wrote that the court should, in this case, stand by its precedents, adding that “the Louisiana law burdens women seeking [pre-viability] abortions to the same extent as the Texas law.” 
Justice Samuel Alito, also a Bush appointee, wrote the principal dissenting opinion, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh. He wrote that the court’s decisions in both the Louisiana and Texas cases are “used like a bulldozer to flatten legal rules that stand in the way.” In a separate dissenting opinion, Thomas wrote, “Our abortion precedents are grievously wrong and should be overruled,” and that the court has “neither jurisdiction nor constitutional authority to declare Louisiana’s duly enacted law unconstitutional.” Kavanaugh and Gorsuch also wrote separate dissents. (Read more.)

Also from Activist Mommy:
In his dissent of the court’s recent ruling against restrictive abortion regulations in Louisiana, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas fiercely reminded his fellow justices that a right to abortion exists nowhere within the text of the Constitution. On Monday, the court overturned a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to retain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in a 5-4 ruling. If not for the ruling at least two of the state’s three clinics would have been forced to shut down. 
Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, joined the court’s four liberal justices in striking down the law, arguing that the court must follow the precedent it set four years ago in striking down a nearly identical Texas law seeking to protect women from botched abortions. 
In dissent, Justice Thomas, a George H. W. Bush appointee, wrote, “Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction.” 
“Our abortion precedents are grievously wrong and should be overruled” Thomas went on, adding that the court has “neither jurisdiction nor constitutional authority to declare Louisiana’s duly enacted law unconstitutional.” 
Thomas’ dissent suggests that the abortion activists who brought the lawsuit before the court didn’t even have legal standing to do so as petitioners who file lawsuits are supposed to file such suits on their own behalf, not on behalf of others. (Read more.)

The Latin Mass Among Millennials & Gen Z

From FSSP:
Fr. Kloster directed his study not at a general Catholic audience but at those within the age range who at least prefer the Latin Mass. And his findings are remarkable. The survey showed an astounding 98% weekly Mass attendance in the 18-39 age group . These adults would have been born roughly in the range of 1980-2001, and therefore largely represent the Millennial generation (1981-1996) and the earliest individuals in Gen Z (1996-2010).
How does that compare to statistics in the church at large? Research done by Gallup shows dramatic declines in church attendance since 1955 in all age categories: with the 21-29 age group consistently at the bottom, at 25% weekly Mass attendance. The Gallup data shows a steep drop from 73% attendance in 1955 to percentages in the mid-30s by 1975. This drop began with the members of the Silent generation (born 1928-1945) and the early Baby Boomer generation (1946-1955). After holding steady for a decade, it dropped to a low point with Generation X (1964-1979), where it has largely remained for the Millennials.
Although a large majority of the respondents said that their parents regularly attended Church, only 10% of those surveyed were raised in Traditional Latin Mass households, and only 16% reported that their parents had led them to the ancient liturgy. (Read more.)

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Coronation Souvenir, June 11, 1775

Commemorative print from the coronation of Louis XVI.
The hands of Divinity
Louis, sends you the crown
The scepter, the sword, the law gives to you
But it is your virtues and your kindness
Which assures you the throne in our hearts
–verse written in honor of the coronation of Louis XVI, 1775 Share

Are the Churches Next?

Leaders like Leo III of the Byzantine Empire believed chopping statues was a good way to get God on their side at the next battlefield. Sometimes, images were destroyed simply because it was believed icons needed to be smashed since they represented an evil to be defeated. Such was the motivation for Protestant sects who destroyed Catholic statues in the Netherlands and Muslim populations who destroyed Christian icons in the Middle East and Africa. 
Recently, Shaun King, a champion of the Black Lives Matter movement, called for the destruction of Christian iconography, statues, and stained glass, if they represent Christ, His mother, or any of the apostles as white. This, according to King, makes the iconography nothing more than a “gross form of white supremacy” and “racist propaganda” created to be “tools of oppression.” To King, the only proper response to any fossil of racism or oppression is to destroy it. As any depictions of Christ or the Virgin Mary with light skin represent “white supremacy,” according to King they’ve all got to go. (Read more.)

From Breaking Israel News:
The ongoing racial tensions in the US have been characterized by tearing down statues of historical figures with racist associations but this has expanded to include other historical figures with no racial associations. Shaun King, a controversial leader in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, called for expanding the destruction of statues of historical figures to include churches and the Christian figure of Jesus, who the New Testament describes as being a Jew from Bethlehem but King described as a “European.” (Read more.) 

From The Catholic World Report:
 While Catholics have watched the desecration and destruction of war memorials and secular statues in our public spaces, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist has encouraged his followers to destroy statues, stained glass, and icons that feature what he considers “European” depictions of Jesus. Such images are a “gross form of white supremacy,” claimed Shaun King on Twitter, that “should all come down.”

The attack on Catholic images has already begun. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has decried the destruction of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park statue of St. Junipero Serra—the Franciscan priest canonized by Pope Francis who played a key role in the evangelization of 18th-century California. Archbishop Cordileone defended Father Serra as having made “heroic sacrifices to protect the indigenous people of California from their Spanish conquerors”; acknowledging, “The memorialization of historic figures merits and honest and fair discussion as to how and to whom such honor should be given,” Archbishop Cordileone said that in the case of the toppling of the St. Serra statue, “there was no such rational discussion; it was mob rule, a troubling phenomenon that seems to be repeating itself throughout the country.” (Read more.)

From LifeSite:
Black Lives Matter, according to its own website, wants to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
The term “villages” likely refers to Hillary Clinton’s book “It Takes a Village,” the title of which was based on the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Clinton argued for society’s shared responsibility for successfully raising a child. Catholic Senator Rick Santorum eventually wrote a rebuttal, titled, “It Takes a Family.”
In addition to wanting to “disrupt” the traditional family, Black Lives Matter fosters “a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).” The website’s section on “What We Believe” mentions transgenderism in several other places. “We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead,” the movement stresses. “We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.”
The term “cisgender” simply means that a person does not buy into gender ideology, but science, instead. In other words, a “cisgender” woman is a biological woman, and a “cisgender” man is a biological man. The Black Lives Matter movement claims that liberation movements for black people “in this country have created room, space, and leadership mostly for Black heterosexual, cisgender men — leaving women, queer and transgender people, and others either out of the movement or in the background to move the work forward with little or no recognition.” (Read more.)