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Sunday, November 27, 2005

What we have lost

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- must-see video. Takes some time to download.

Lost sheep

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"No wonder those from the closed parishes feel abandoned. Where is the reaching out from the bishop to shepherd the faithful and by those from the remaining parishes?":

Bristol Cathedral

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The old and the new.

Ronald Reagan's A Time for Choosing - 1964

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on the choice between collaboration and resistance, true for politics and true for the Church when it accomodates to the world.

"Admittedly there is a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson in history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face--that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight and surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand--the ultimatum. And what then? When Nikita Khrushchev has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we are retreating under the pressure of the Cold War, and someday when the time comes to deliver the ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary because by that time we will have weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he has heard voices pleading for 'peace at any price' or 'better Red than dead,' or as one commentator put it, he would rather 'live on his knees than die on his feet.' And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don't speak for the rest of us. You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin--just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard 'round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn't die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well, it's a simple answer after all."

To praise, to preach, to bless

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Dominican sisters become the last word in the decadent fashion of modern religious life. Thanks to Kronika Novus Ordo. See also the "Clown Nuns" and many more photos here.