“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick,” Biden said in Massachusetts. Interesting that Pope Francis has called me “sick” for attending the Latin Mass, and now Biden has used the same word for gun owners. No. 27 - Frannie says we Catholics who adhere to tradition are guilty of indietrism, and as nearly as I can make that out, it means looking backward. Meanwhile, in China, there is countrywide rioting. “Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete.” - Rod Serling
Dragon’s 26th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-26) mission to the International Space Station was dispatched on 11/26/2022 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The reusable rocket successfully landed back on Earth minutes later. View on rumble.com as it happened …
This is a clip from a 1963-65 sci-fi television show I liked as a youngster. The Zantis, pronounced "zanteez", are sent from a penal colony far away. Mission: establish Earth as another penal colony.
Senate: Democrats 50, Republicans 49, one run-off election in Georgia
House of Representatives: Republicans 218, Democrats 210 (That is 428, but total house seats are 435, leaving some races, seven by my count, still undetermined.)
Seems to reflect the half-half split in the country.
I previously posted a music video whose thumbnail was the painting below. This time I wanted to comment on the art.
The painting is better than a photograph because it idealizes the subjects. At the same time, the painting is realistic in every detail. Imagine what the artist had to do. He couldn’t ask them to pose for hours while he worked. He had to work from his imagination and very likely from what other painters had done before, which required careful study.
The picture shown is named “Louis XIV receiving Prince de Condé at château de Versailles”. The artist was Jean-Léon Gérome, and the painting was finished in 1878, long, long after Louis XIV.
Gérome belonged to the category of the official painters of the French Third Republic like Rochegrosse, who were called ‘Peintres Pompiers’ for specializing in historical representations.
In 1846 he entered the prestigious Prix de Rome, Prize of Rome, but failed in the final stage because his figure drawing was inadequate, yet he went on to become one of the world’s most famous living artists.
Cannons are firing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-dlJlpjuPo Wikipedia: “During the French Revolution, Balbastre’s connection with nobility and the royal court might have endangered his life, but he adapted to the new political situation, playing the Revolutionary hymns and songs on his organ. He did lose his official posts and, temporarily, his pension. He died in Paris in 1799.” Musk not.
The Christian Institute cited a report from #WeCount, a “pro-abortion Society of Family Planning” division, stating there were 10,670 fewer abortions in the two months following the court’s decision [reversing Roe v Wade]. The Christian Institute also reported that Afghanistan has replaced North Korea as the hardest place to be a Christian.
In my 11/9/2022 post is a short story by American author Kate Chopin (d. 1904). A short bio reveals surprising details about Kate and her struggle to write while raising five boys and two girls. A son worked at the San Francisco Examiner as a cartoonist. She is compared to Stephen Crane and San Francisco author Frank Norris, whom I have read, and now one story by the lady buried in St. Louis’ Calvary Cemetery.
“The losses in Kate Chopin’s life had serious impacts on her views and writing. For example, her father’s death inspired her to write ‘The Story of an Hour,’ which was the imagined effect she thought it would have on her mother.” Quote from a biography titled, “Kate Chopin’s Life and Personal Influence,” dated 5-7-2008, by Jasdomin Tolentino, Pace University.
In fact, Kate and her mother were quite alike, they say.
Father William Bowdern, SJ, 52, lead exorcist, and newly-ordained Father Raymond Bishop, SJ, 28, his assistant, did the 1949 exorcism of a teenage boy upon which the 1971 book and the 1973 film, The Exorcist, were based. Jesuit scholastics who were present during the exorcism were Walter Halloran, William Van Roo, John O’Flaherty, and Joseph Boland. Bishop and Halloran kept diaries. During the exorcism, which lasted for days, the possessed boy punched 27-year-old Halloran in the nose. It broke. https://www.slu.edu/news/2019/october/slu-legends-lore-exorcism.php
Left Bowdern – photo courtesy of St. Louis University
Middle Bishop – photo courtesy of St. Louis University
Right Halloran – photo courtesy of The Sun
Did you know that a medieval knight’s armor was modeled after a priest’s chasuble, called a fiddleback? They resemble the back of a fiddle (violin). The fiddleback is worn during the Latin Mass. Can you guess why? Pictured is just one example.
Roman soldiers wore a breastplate, too.
California taxpayers will now pay for abortions. Update: the federal government is providing abortions to illegal immigrants. https://americandigest.com//biden-administration-caught-providing-illegal-immigrants-with-abortions/?
On the eve of the election, Father Joshua Curtis, FSSP, St. Stephen’s Sacramento, reminds us that neither party recognizes Christ as the king of this nation.
Numerous American leaders tried, including Republican Senator Charles Sumner and Republican Secretary of State John Sherman, but none were Catholic. Sherman’s brother was Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, whose son became a Jesuit. Father and son’s conflict over Catholicism constitutes an affectionate brawl worth your attention.
Father Curtis said that he was directed to accept money from the federal government in connection with the virus, and he declined. Our parish takes no money from any government. This parish and any other legitimate church, charity, or private school that also refuses all federal aid benefits only from its tax-exempt status. No individual at this parish is receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars, and I possess the financial statements to prove it.
However, for a relevant story about government interference with churches, read
Here is 1916 home footage of Tsarevich Alexei with his spaniel, Joy, his French tutor, Gilliard, and his sailor-caretaker, Nagorny. Alexei was executed in 1918 at age 14.
Rory, Antonio, Andrew, Jacob, Jacob, Josh, Jeff, Jeff, Augustine, Johnny, Kateri, Maria, Elena, Elena, Tony, Liam, Elisha, Gregory, Joseph, John Paul, Ryan, Bill, Bill, Barbara, Marilyn, Jerome, Martha, Keven, Kathy, Sandie, Bob, Mickey, Les, Anne, Leonard, Josef, Jill, +. I am lucky. Kisses all around. Easter all year. The second video is in Russian, but N and A talked and wrote to each other in their best shared language, English, while he spoke to his children in Russian, their primary language.
1916 Planned Parenthood
1930 Lambeth Conference
1960 Sexual Revolution
1962 Engel v. Vitale (school prayer)
1962-65 Vatican II
1967 Land O’Lakes Statement
1969 New Mass
1973 Roe v Wade
2013 Pope Francis
2020 The Great Reset
1891 Rerum novarum
1907 Pascendi Dominici gregis
1962-65 Vatican II dissent
1968 Humanae vitae
1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church
2007 Summorum Pontificum
2021 Mass of the Ages (film)
For more on Mass of the Ages, see https://latinmass.com/ If you are not interested in the Latin Mass, just look at the statistics.
Christopher Lee (1922-2015) starred in B-movies and famously played Dracula. Happy Halloween. Lee identified as an Anglo-Catholic. After WWII he was a server at St Stephen’s in South Kensington, London, during the time T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) was a parishioner there. Lee supported the Conservative Party. According to Aquinas, ghosts are saints, the souls in Purgatory, or even the damned if God permits. Jews acknowledged them. I haven’t seen a ghost. All Saints Day tomorrow.
This is the second time. I like reminders on historical dates (always did); they place us in history.
The cross represents date of death, and the red drop of blood represents a martyr’s death.
That's the Twitter lobby on Market Street in San Francisco where Musk is carrying a sink. Symbolic?
I’m adopting a new patron, Robert Southwell, SJ (1561-1595). He was a poet-martyr and came from a distinguished family, some of whom knew Shakespeare. He boarded at the English College at Douay and studied at the Jesuit College of Anchin, both of which were associated with the University of Douay. With Rheims, Douay produced the first English Bible. There have been other notable Roberts in history, none I can think of in American history, except Robert Frost. The Jesuits of today can claim Southwell as one of their own no longer. They no more resemble him than a sling shot resembles a patrone.
Patrone 88; clip for the Mauser Rifle 88 (WWI); 9 September 2011; author RidgebackAttack
One Euro is about one dollar. Distillery/refinery - OMV refinery at Schwechat.
Pictures sent to me by Dr. Josef Ketzer, Vienna, my friend and tutor. The pictures are of Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuß, 1892-1934. Joe lamented, “A very fine painting of ‘Hero Chancellor’ or ‘Martyr Chancellor’, as he was sometimes called, hung until a few years ago in the parliamentary office of the Austrian People’s Party and now hangs in the provincial museum of Lower Austria in her capital of St. Pölten, named after a rather unknown Saint Hippolyt.”
Wikipedia on the Austrian People’s Party: “The ÖVP … has also been described as a catch-all party of the center-right … For most of its existence, the ÖVP has explicitly defined itself as Catholic and anti-anarchist, anti-communist, anti-socialist and anti-liberal, with the ideals of subsidiarity as defined by the encyclical Quadragesimo anno and decentralization.”
Dollfuss, trained in law at the University of Vienna and in economics at the University of Berlin, opposed Nazism, communism, and socialism. His widow, Alwine (d. 1973), and two surviving children, Eva (d. 1993) and Rudolph (d. 2011), fled to Switzerland after his murder. For more about the Austrian Heimwehr, see