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Pope Francis Dropping The ‘VICAR OF CHRIST’ Title — Canon Anthony Churchill, STL, From The U.K. Has This To Say.

by Anura Guruge


Father Anthony Churchill, STL, of Sussex, U.K. is one of my closest collaborators when it comes to my papal work. Do a search on this blog for ‘Fr. Churchill’.

He, as the STL, denotes (see below) is extremely knowledgeable on theology. He has spent much time in Rome and has has concelebrated Mass with Paul VI in Rome and Pope Benedict XVI in London.


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The Vicar of Christ

The interesting fact about this new layout of the Vatican Year Book is political rather than theological. Such a change could hardly have been made without the knowledge and approval of the Pope himself. It is at once strange and, to my mind, most inappropriate.

Theology 

This kind of decision does not in any way alter Catholic theology.

In Catholic teaching the Bishop of Rome is in virtue of that office the successor of St Peter, and as such he is the visible sign and instrument of the unity of the Church worldwide.

Various titles have been acquired over the centuries, which reflect historical realities. Thus the Pope is considered as the Primate of Italy and Archbishop of the Roman Province. Neither title is essential to his office, but have developed over the centuries.

The most important titles are “Servant of the servants of God” invented by Pope St Gregory the Great in the sixth century. It describes what Pope ought to be.

The other is “Vicar of Christ”.

This expresses the Pope’s function as Peter’s successor. I believe that it came into use in the late Middle Ages. Before that it had been more common to speak of the Pope as “Vicar of Peter”.  Either way these titles describe what the Pope is called to be and to do.

Whether or not we use these titles does not take away from what we see as the God given function of the Pope as Peter’s successor,  all that goes with that.

Politics 

That said, I think this is a most odd decision. It seems to elevate the importance of the particular individual who happens to be the Pope at any one time.

In my view these ancient titles are part of our Catholic tradition and reflect the historical development of the Papacy over the centuries.

This decision, whoever was responsible, was ill judged.

The Pope is not to impose his own will on the Church without regard to the Faith and practice handed down. He is called to “preside in love” over the whole Church and to serve the unity of the Church as shepherd and teacher.

I fear that the present Pope does not always act wisely in this regard.


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Crusader Rule Of The Holy Land Came To An End This Day 726-Years Ago; May 28, 1291.

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That was the fall of Acre,
a strategic sea-port,
in the North of the Holy Land.


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An event that goes uncommented now given that so much water has flown under the bridges on the Tiber since then — over 700-year ago.

But, a turning point in both political and religious history.

The crusades were quite the thing. The fall of Acre was a body blow to those in the West.

So, on this Memorial Day weekend, spare a thought for how the Crusades to Jerusalem came to an end.


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“Alice In Wonderland” Lewis Carroll’s 185th Birth Anniversary — In Lieu Of Google Doodle.

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There has never been a Google Doodle for British polymath Lewis Carroll, real name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

Other authors, artists and mathematicians, of course, have been honored.

I have a hunch, and that snippet, above, on the left his painting of a young lady, who was his muse for “Alice in Wonderland”.


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Founding Father Benjamin Franklin’s 311th Birth Anniversary — In Lieu Of Google Doodle.

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It is hard to credit BUT there has yet to be a Google Doodle for Benjamin Franklin!

Go figure.

Ditto as that for Alexander Hamilton.

Yes, I appreciate that Google wants to remain apolitical when it comes to its Doodles but the “Founding Fathers” aren’t exactly what you would class as political.


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Cambridge Christmas Revels 2016: “Acadian – Cajun Celebration” — Was OUTSTANDING!

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Absolutely brilliant!

Bravo. Kudos & a HUGE Thank YOU.

Made MY Christmas. Feel rejuvenated — which is what these wonderful pagan celebrations of the Winter Solstice are supposed to be all about.

Yes, of course, I am an unashamed sucker for Revels. There is a visceral connection — which is probably not surprising given my truly pagan blood. I love and savor all aspects of Revels. Of course, I get up and dance the “Lord of the Dance” — and let me please tell you, that doing “Lord of Dance” at the stunningly beautiful ‘Sanders Theatre’, with three real buglers bugling on the stairs, is like nothing anywhere else.

That said, I am also fussy about MY Revels. This was at least the 10th I have been to — and for the last 7 years or so we have gone to at least one Revels each Christmas. I know what I like, I know what works, I know what elements need to be there and I know when I am treated to a good performance.

And the Cambridge “Acadian – Cajun Celebrations” exceeded my expectations, and given that this is Cambridge, the ‘Revels Mothership‘ as I refer to them, I had, as ever, very high hopes. This was my third Cambridge Revels, the second in two years.

The music, the songs, the presentation, the costumes, the props were all truly marvelous. It was a good story and they told it well. I learned quite a bit.

The French songs were captivating. The fifth act, ‘La Rose au Bois‘ (The Rose in the Woods) was truly amazing.

The Sword Dance which incorporated some impressive tap-dancing was magical as was the Mummer’s Play.

And this year, for the first time ever, it was POLITICAL. This being ultra-liberal and superlatively educated Cambridge there were at least three digs at the President-Elect, one having to do with his small hands. They had Trump’s doctor starring in the Mummer’s Play and that was appreciated by all. But, the most telling was when David Coffin, the M.C., stressed at the start that the Hallmark ‘Dona Nobis Pacem‘, the Peace blessing, was more important this year than ever before.

Overall it was a BLAST. Loved it. Bought the CD and it got player, in its entirety, twice before we got home (around 12:40am in the morning).

The Cambridge show is on for a few more days. Try and catch it if you can.

Welcome YULE.

Merry Christmas.


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There Has NEVER EVER Been A Google Doodle For Abraham Lincoln!

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I did a thorough search, yet again, of Google’s Doodle Archive to make sure. Nothing!

Yes, I know that Google has some policy about avoiding politics and (U.S.) political figures.

But, there have been Google Doodle’s for Martin Luther King DAY (and the key here is that the Doodle is ostensibly to mark the ‘Day’ as opposed to MLK per se), Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

Way I see it is IF you can have a Google Doodle for Mandela YOU can have one for Lincoln. They were BOTH presidents — so as such were on the same rung politically to speak of. Only difference is that Nelson wasn’t American. Seems wrong.

I can’t see anybody (even from the Confederate States) objecting to a Google Doodle for Abe.

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>> Dmitri Mendeleev of Periodic fame.

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Reconciling Acceleration Of Philadelphia Amtrak 188, by Brandon Bostian, With Possible Projectile Is Hard To Do.

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One could, and lawyers will, argue that Brandon Bostian accelerated, per his ‘flee or flight’ instincts, when he heard, saw or felt a projectile hit the train. And in the end it would be just his word on that.

That he can’t remember anything is so convenient to him and his lawyers.

But is it the normal the thing to do — accelerate a train to THAT EXTENT IF one believes one is under attack?

I, like others, are fairly sure that NO PROJECTILE on its own caused the acceleration.

The acceleration was done by Brandon Bostian — by the use of the accelerator lever. No projectile was involved in that.

So the only argument is whether the prospect of more projectiles is what caused him to accelerate. I am sure his lawyers will milk that to death.

I personally think the projectile or projectiles were a coincidence and now a Red Herring.


Philadelphia Amtrak 188: Was Brandon Bostian Trying To Make A Powerful Political Statement (Rather Than Suicidal)?

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Brandon Bostian mental status?
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>> Philadelphia Amtrak 188: Business Class car.
>> Amtrak handling of crash ….
>> Philadelphia, Omni Hotel Independence Park …

≡≡ Was Germanwings Lubitz on antidepressants?
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Lufthansa to file Bankruptcy to avoid Germanwings liability?

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Click to ENLARGE and read. Acceleration in the last 49 seconds. Yes, 49 seconds. I did a graph to show that it was straight line acceleration. 40% in 49 seconds!


Now transpires that Brandon Bostian was some kind of zealous ‘travel safety’ advocate plus a confirmed loner.

So was he, most likely extremely aware that Congress, in D.C., was in the process of debating Amtrak funding set out to make an indelible statement?

Think about it.

Scary.

Was this the ULTIMATE in a graphic Political Statement!

Interesting that nobody is coming forward about his girlfriend, wife or even any other partner. Seems to have been a loner.

Obviously had to have had some mental issues, even if he was not getting treatment.

I have concluded that today’s incessant social media is aggravating mental unease. All this non-stop ‘relationship’ chatter on Facebook, Twitter etc. makes those susceptible to such anxious, rattled and depressed. I see it all around me.

Definitely some destructive element at work. The brake were working.

The sudden braking may have been in his plan ALL along. Sudden, straight line acceleration followed by applying the emergency brakes, on a sharp corner, was GUARANTEED to jackknife and derail the train. So the braking could have been the ‘belt-and-braces’ — making doubly sure that the train would derail.

But I am beginning to think that there could have been a political statement aspect to this tragic crash.

Food for thought. Maybe we might be getting to the point that we might be better off with driverless trains and even planes.


Lets Find Out The True Facts About The ‘Common Core Curriculum’ Before Opposing It For Purely Pavlovian Political Reasons.

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Click to access very well balanced, well presented 'National Review Online' article from just LAST month.

Click to access very well balanced, well presented ‘National Review Online’ article from just LAST month.


Click to access more balanced coverage. It should not also be opposed just because it is new. Yes, old folks tend to be scared of anything and everything new. But, we have to start with an open mind, an open slate.

Click to access more balanced coverage. It should not also be opposed just because it is new. Yes, old folks tend to be scared of anything and everything new. But, we have to start with an open mind, an open slate.