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Either their movement has been co-opted (like BLM) or they have aligned themselves with socialism. It’s also worth remembering that when you see the LGBTQ+ flag draped from a foreign embassy or government building those governments are in league with socialists/socialism. The same can be said for corporations who shamelessly exploit the movement for profit.

The placard had been discarded near anti-lockdown protests in Trafalgar Square.

Weekend 502.1

This weekend I said the Rosary at Notre Dame de France in Leicester Square. The church features a chapel designed by Jean Cocteau and was included in 100 Churches 100 Years published / commissioned by the Twentieth Century Society.

I also went back to St Paul’s Bookstore which is by Westminster Cathedral.

Weekend 502.0 (“Romly” traditions)

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest for a while.” – Mk 6:30-34

(1) More quotes from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy:

“Well might conservatives lament that ‘these new preachers now-a-days…have made and brought in such divisions and seditions among us as never was seen in this realm, for the devil reigneth over us now.'”

“On the feast of the Assumption 1537 Thomas Emans, a Worcester serving-man, entered the despoiled shrine of Our Lady of Worcester, recited a Paternoster and an Ave, kissed the feet of the image, from which jewels, coat, and shoes had been taken away, and declared bitterly for all to hear, ‘Lady, art thou stripped now? I have seen the day that as clean men hath been stripped at a pair of gallows as were they that stripped thee.’ He told people that, though her ornaments were gone, ‘the similitude of this is no worse to pray unto, having a recourse to her above, then it was before.'”

“John Husee warned Lady de Lisle in March 1538 against the use of traditional devotions: it would cause ‘less speech’, he wrote, ‘if it might be your pleasure to leave part of such ceremonies as you do use, as long prayers and offerings of candles,’ and he cautioned her against even private keeping of abrogated feast days; ‘leave the most part of your memories, and have only mass, matins, and evensong of the day.’ In a word, she must for safety’s sake conform herself ‘partly to the thing that is used and to the world as it goeth now, which is undoubtedly marked above all other things.”

“This was wishful thinking, but some of this conservative talk was clearly seditious, as in the case of William Ludeham, hermit at the chapel of St Thomas in Chesterfield, who was arrested for saying that since a man who plucked down the King’s arms was liable to be hanged, drawn, and quartered for treason, ‘What shall he do then that doth pluck down churches and images, being but a mortal man as we be?'”

“In short, the saints were to be squeezed out of the litany. And just as the Injunctions condemned the recitation of the rosary, so they struck at the cult of the Virgin Mary by forbidding the ringing of the Ave bell or Angelus. In 1481 Edward IV’s queen, Elizabeth Woodville, had consolidated an already established custom by securing a papal indulgence of a hundred days for all who, on hearing the Ave Bell at morning, noon, or evening, knelt and recited at least one Ave Maria. This charming custom was now condemned as having been ‘brought in and begun by the pretence of the Bishop of Rome’s pardon’, and the bell was silenced.”

“At St Germans in Cornwall Friar Alexander Barclay preached in honour of the Blessed Virgin. At a supper in the Priory there afterwards one one of Cromwell’s correspondents, William Dynham, ‘moved suche questions as I thought myght do good to the audyence’, evidently sounding them out on their views of the recent reforming measures. This provoked Barclay to rashness, as it was probably meant to do, and he declared that ‘I wolde to God that at the beste the lawes of God might have asmuche auctoryte as the lawes of the realme.’ Men, he said, were nowadays too busy ‘in pullinge doune of ymages without especiall comaundement of the Prynce’.”

“When all due allowance has been made for the polemical intentions of those who collected much of the material, it is just as remarkable for the light it throws on the strength and character of traditionalist beliefs under pressure. The struggle between the old and new ways was more intense and more existential than in most other parts of England, but the issues involved were not in essence different from those raised by the progress of reform, or the lack of it, in parishes up and down the country.”

“Conversely, sturdily conservative clergy might find themselves afflicted with radicals in the congregation. The Canterbury parish of All Saints Northgate had a nest of radical Protestants in it, in particular several generations of the Toftes family, who harboured the notorious Joan Boucher, and provided a base for preaching and iconoclastic sorties by radical clergy from elsewhere in the diocese.”

“But where the 1538 Injunction condemned the recitation of the rosary only if it was done mechanically ‘saying over a number of beads, not understood or minded on’, the 1547 Injunction, by omitting the qualifying phrase, condemned all recitation of the rosary.”

“This radical extension of the prohibition was heavy with portent for the outlawing of all imagery whatsoever. It was also significant that the Injunction required the clergy to destroy the images not only in the churches, but also to ‘exhort all their parishioners to do the like within their several houses’.”

“The progress of the visitation facilitated, perhaps even necessitated, further radicalization. As the visitors sought to enforce Injunction against abused images they ran into fierce opposition.”

“It was not merely the prayer-book which antagonized the laity, but this determination to stamp out immemorial devotional customs, even at the cost of preventing those who continued to use the from ‘taking their rights’ by excluding them from Communion, effectively a redefinition of the community of the parish to include only the reformed.”

On St Thomas Becket

“The final clause of the proclamation was an attempt to regain the high ground for the reforming cause with a sweeping attack on the memory and cult of St Thomas Becket, whose shrine at Canterbury had been pillaged early in September, and his bones scattered. Denounced here as a maintainer of the enormities of the Bishop of Rome, and a rebel against the King, he was no longer to be esteemed as a saint, and his images and pictures were to be ‘put down and avoided out of all churches, chapels and other places’. His name was to be erased from all liturgical book, and his Office, antiphons, and collects to be said no more. This abolition of his festivals was said to be, like the earlier abrogations, ‘to the intent that his grace’s loving subjects shall be no longer blindly led and abused to commit idolatry.'”

“Sir Thomas Tyrrell, parson of Gislingham in Suffolk, was in trouble at the Ipswich sessions in January 1539 because, despite his parishioners’ timid refusal to assist him, he had celebrated the feast of Thomas Becket on 29 December, and had devoted his sermon the following Sunday to exhorting his people to continue to go on pilgrimage. When they asked where they might go, ‘seeing that Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady of Grace [at Ipswich] and Thomas Becott were put down’, he told them to go to to Jerusalem, adding that ‘if he were disposed to go a pilgrimage he knew whither to go.”

“Myles Coverdale reported in the spring of 1539 that the area from Newbury in Berkshire to Henley-on-Thames was deep in popery. At Newbury the Pope’s name and titles stood still in the ‘great Matins book’, at Henley the legend of Becket with the ‘feigned story of his death’ stood still in glass of the windows.”

“All over the country there were examples of service books unreformed, or reformed half-heartedly: clergy and churchwardens erased the Pope’s or Becket’s name by lightly gluing strips of paper over them. The great antiphonal of the parish of St Helen’s, Ranworth, a few miles from Norwich, which survived the destruction of Edward’s and Elizabeth’s reigns, and is still to be seen in the church for which it was made, was probably typical of many country liturgical books. In it the services for Thomas Becket have been neither properly erased nor removed, but merely crossed out with the feintest of diagonal pen-lines, making continued use of them perfectly possible, as was indeed to happen at Ranworth in Mary’s reign.”

“At Ashford after the proclamation against Becket had come out, the parishioners had not destroyed his image in the church, as they were required to do, but instead had ‘transposed it’, taking his archiepiscopal Cross from his hand and putting in its place a wool-comb, thereby transforming Becket into St Blaise.”

“Windows containing images of the Pope or Becket were to be selectively defaced or covered over, not smashed; any doubtful cases were to be referred to one or more of the Privy Councillors.”

(2) A quote from Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint:

“Our perception of Becket is still marked by the destructive consequences of the English Reformation. At Canterbury Cathedral today the site of his shrine is marked by a single candle; a constant light in a lost space. Light, so often used to invoke the memory of the dead at sites of special significance, is particularly apt for Becket.”

COVID Farce 1 of X

(1) Homeland Security announces border and travel restrictions for American citizens due to COVID but border will remain wide open for illegal aliens (Conservative Treehouse)

“The Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) is now announcing enhanced travel restrictions for law-abiding Americans, blocking non-essential travel into Mexico and Canada. Simultaneous to this the same, ironically named, Homeland Security is facilitating a mass influx of illegal entry into the United States.”

Weekend 501.0 (ex opere operato)

“in surety of salvation we be felowes with angels.”
– Thomas More

More quotes from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy:

“Four times a year the parish priest solemnly pronounced the Greater Excommunication or General Sentence to his parishioners. This formidable curse listed a comprehensive range of offences against the Church, its personnel, and precepts…Since much of the General Sentence was aimed at those who laid hands on the property or challenged the jurisdiction of the Church, including its monasteries, Henry VIII was to forbid the reading of it.”

“It was true that a Mass said by a sinful priest was nevertheless effective, but that was because the sacraments worked ex opere operato not ex opere operantis: the true author of the act here was not the individual priest, but the whole Church, which subsisted perpetually in grace and charity.”

“In attacking monastic “superstition”, then, Cromwell’s men were striking at institutions with a central place in popular religious practice, perhaps most unexpectedly in the domestic intimacies of pregnancy and childbirth. In such widespread evidence of the integration of monastic shrines into the fabric of popular religion, however, visitors saw, or chose to see, nothing more than evidence of large-scale exploitation of simple believers.”

“…increasingly the break with Rome meant a change of priorities…the orthodoxy which mattered most to the regime was adherence to the new doctrine of royal supremacy [emphasis mine].

(1) Fr. Don Calloway, MIC: The Rosary: Spiritual Sword of Our Lady (YouTube)

(2) End Times: What Signs to Look For (Part 1) (YouTube)

The scan is from the The Art and Craft of Stained Glass by E.W. Twining

There is no such thing as fake news…

…just control of the narrative (and the sloppy subversion necessary to organize and maintain the charade). We can debate the cost in another post.

Here are the facts – actual, confirmed facts – that shape their perspective: 1) The FBI/etc spied on the 2016 Trump campaign using evidence manufactured by the Clinton campaign. We now know that all involved knew it was fake from Day 1 (see: Brennan’s July 2016 memo, etc).

Source: Instapundit and Ann Althouse

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the American Federation of Teachers

From Critical Race Theory (CRT) to ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ the American© progressive is nurturing your child.

Weekend 500.0

“wher soo ever the devyll…doo see the syne of this crosse, he flees, he byddes not, he strykys not, he cannot hurte.”

(1) Quotes from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy:

“If prayers like the “Fifteen Oes” or the “Obsecro Te” take us into the mainstream of late medieval affective piety, and the centrality of the Passion of Jesus as a focus for prayer and meditation, these prayers for deliverance from evil seem to point rather to a devotional underground of dubiously orthodox religion in which the dividing line between prayer and magic is not always clear. Confronting such prayers, we seem worlds away from the élite piety of the disciples of Rolle, of the Carthusians of Sheen and Mount Grace, and of well-to-do lay devotees like the Lady Margaret. In fact, as we shall see, the issues are not so simple: the “popular” religion revealed in these prayers has more in common not only with the élite piety of the devout, but with the official liturgy of the Church, than might at first appear.”

“The printing of the Charlemagne prayers and related invocations and charms in the Horae does not bear out these generalizations, and neither does the provenance of many of the surviving manuscript versions. There certainly are indications that such devotions were attractive to peasant Catholics of “symple” outlook…This is not the devotional underground, it is the devotional mainstream, and the prominence within it of the Charlemagne legend and other related invocations and prayers suggests that any attempt to explain this dimension of late medieval piety in terms of pagan survivalism among the uneducated peasantry is misconceived. These prayers were clearly a manifestation of popular religion, but it was a popular religion which extended from the court downwards, encompassing both clerical and lay devotion, which could place the Charlemagne prayers, without any apparent sense of incongruity, alongside classic devotional texts such as the “O Bone Jesu” or “Anima Christi”.

And in any case, it would be a mistake to see even these “magical” prayers as standing altogether outside the framework of the official worship and teaching of the Church. The world-view they enshrined, in which humanity was beleaguered by hostile troops of devils seeking the destruction of body and soul, and to which the appropriate and guaranteed antidote was the incantatory or manual invocation of the cross or names of Christ, is not a construct of the folk imagination. Such ideas were built into the very structure of the liturgy, and formed the focus for some of its most solemn and popularly accessible moments.”

“The application of the sacramentals to this-worldly concerns, which some historians have seen as a mark of the superficiality of late medieval Christianity, was amply legitimated by the liturgy itself.”

“We are not dealing here with some obsessive bureaucratic tidy-mindedness but with a religious act. This degree of comprehensiveness was aimed at so the dead might receive the prayers which were their due, in charity and in justice. But the names of the dead were also preserved because the bede-roll was integral to the parish’s sense of identity, both in conserving a sense of a shared past and in fostering a continuing commitment to the religious ideals and the social and religious structures embodied in the parish church.”

Biden’s Mental Decline (Gain-of-Function)

Chronicling Biden’s mental decline (his dotage) is going to be a recurring post. This is the man who requires the acumen to make split second decisions in an unpredictable and unforgiving world. I know he’s NOT actually in change of anything BUT what sane person can watch this and not think we’re in a world of hurt.

The more you know
Understanding Elder Abuse (Centers for Disease Control)

“You may have been exposed to harmful extremist content recently.”

Read some Orwell, get radicalized, and flex your extremism proudly.

(1) Facebook goes full Big Brother with new “extremism” warnings (OffGuardian)

(1a) Facebook asks users to report their ‘extremist’ friends (YouTube)

Does belief in the Austrian School of Economics versus the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) make you an extremist? How about being a TRAD? I’m asking for a friend.

Hollywood, politics, and the intelligence community

(1) Intelligence Has ‘Six Ways From Sunday Of Getting Back At You’ (thefederalist.com) (The Federalist)

(1a) Schumer Warns Trump: Intel Community Has Many Ways to ‘Get Back at You’ (YouTube)

(2) BOMBSHELL: Defector Claims to Have Evidence That Chinese Military Coordinated Creation and Release of COVID-19 (PJ Media)

Last week, Jen Van Laar at our sister site RedState broke the news that a high-ranking defector had been working for months with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), unbeknownst to either the FBI or CIA.

(3) Ex-FBI lawyer admits to false statement during Russia probe (AP)

(4) What do you have?

Biden’s Mental Decline (Fortification)

The video is startling.

Fortification and Gain-of-Function

(1) Jim Jordan says he can prove Fauci LIED (YouTube)

(2) Fauci funded ‘bat-human interface’ research in China to avoid an outbreak in the US (YouTube)

(3) Fauci Awarded $1 Million Israeli Prize For ‘Speaking Truth To Power’ Amid Pandemic (NPR)

Weekend 499.0 (July 4th)

(1) Fig. 37 (cutline for the “Sir Galahad’s Vision” panel) – This is from The Art and Craft of Stained Glass by E.W. Twining.

(2) Embarkation of King Henry Fifth at Southampton. A.D. 1415 (Horizon Magazine)

(3) NY Islanders postscript from Lou Lamoriello

(4) Source content 1 and 2 for Weekend 498.1 colour swatch

(5) Genesis – Home By The Sea / Second Home By The Sea (Official Music Video) (YouTube)

Images of sorrow, pictures of delight
Things that go to make up a life
Endless days of summer longer nights of gloom
Waiting for the morning light
Scenes of unimportance, photos in a frame
Things that go to make up a life

(5) Kingdom Hearts Chaotic Storyline Is a GOOD Thing for the Franchise (CBR)

“There is also a degree of loneliness as they reach out to find something to grasp and nothing is there.”

*The image is from The Spirit of ’43 by the Walt Disney Company. It was a short released during WWII. I can’t imagine them producing something as patriotic today. It’s more likely it would be an ANTIFA, PRIDE, BLM, or CCP flag.

Useful Idiot (Romney)

(1) Mitt Romney’s malicious envy (American Thinker)

“He’s a traitor to his declared party and to the values of the Latter-Day Saints he has long espoused: the primacy of family and country. He’s a nasty piece of work.”

Iron and Rust

(1) Can more local self-rule save a collapsing, ‘late Roman’ America? (NY POST)