Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Fall of Rome and The City of God by St. Augustine

"But the worshipers and admirers of these gods delight in imitating their scandalous iniquities, and are nowise concerned that the republic be less depraved and licentious. Only let it remain undefeated, they say, only let it flourish and abound in resources; let it be glorious by its victories, or still better, secure in peace; and what matters it to us?

"This is our concern, that every man be able to increase his wealth so as to supply his daily prodigalities, and so that the powerful may subject the weak for their own purposes...

"Let the people applaud not those who protect their interests, but those who provide them with pleasure ....Let the laws take cognizance rather of the injury done to another man's property, than of that done to one's own person. If a man be a nuisance to his neighbor, or injure his property, family, or person, let him be actionable; in his own affairs let everyone with impunity do what he will...

"...Let there be erected houses of the largest and most ornate description: in these let there be provided the most sumptuous banquets, where every one who pleases may, by day or night, play, drink, vomit, dissipate...

"If such happiness is distasteful to any, let him be branded as a public enemy ; and if any attempt to modify or put an end to it let him be silenced, banished, put an end to.

"Let these be reckoned the true gods, who procure for the people this condition of things, and preserve it when once possessed."---Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo. The City of God. Trans. Marcus Dods, D.D. New York: Random House, 1978 ...Read it all [emphasis placed throughout]

--->Learn from the Fall of Rome, US warned...

--->Evening "Sealed": The Deindustrialization of America...

--->The Stripping of the Altars: Fr Anthony Chadwick writes, "One of the most powerful descriptions I have come across of pre-Reformation English Catholic patrimony is Dr Eamon Duffy’s The Stripping of the Altars. I believe this wonderful book is still in print and can be ordered through various online bookshops...

One thing that Dr Duffy does is to demolish the argument of a popular Reformation in the sixteenth century. It was imposed from above. Medieval religion was not decadent, unpopular, or exhausted.

However, this is not a polemical work, but rigorously historical and academic. This book would certainly help us to break with the reforming ‘orthodoxy’ and demonising the late middle-ages. It is readable and accessible, and I would heartily recommend it...Towards the end of his life, as the ‘Western Orthodox’ aspiration died in the bud in the 1990’s, he seriously questioned his archaeologism and tended increasingly towards the organic development thesis....Read on

--->Madonna's New Muslim Boyfriend. One Scaramouche asks, "Next up on Madonna's multicultiral career path (which has including dabblings in Hinduism and Jewish mysticism): "reversion" and the burqa? (click)" [Let's hope not and never mock but continue to pray for Madonna Ciccone, especially for her devout parents' sake: "Her father, Tony, a design engineer for Chrysler/General Dynamics, was a conservative, devout Roman Catholic and a first-generation Italian American. Madonna's mother and namesake was of French-Canadian descent. She died of breast cancer when Madonna was five years old." Source here. I think Madonna is on a restless search to find Home again. We can help her. Restlessness is often a sign of the grace of God moving us, St. Augustine reminded all]


--->Television, now wide-screen with colors more colorful than color, inducing the double mind...

--->Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State is "My Last Public Position"...

Courtesy MAD Magazine. A self-made man--->Blowing Billions on War While American Workers Go Under...

--->America’s liberal civil war is getting vicious: Paul Krugman blasts Barack Obama’s 'moral collapse'
and policy of 'appeasement'... [There is open talk of a Democrat challenging Obama for 2012]

--->Cindy Sheehan take on the TSA...

--->Hans Kung Shocks Catholic World, Converts...

--->On a more serious note: Trouble with Islam possibly increasing in "Multicultural" Europe after Archbishop decapitated ...See shocking video of EU meeting clash... ['Multicultural' when decoded often means destroy Christianity in Europe]

--->Pakistan Cleric Offers Reward for Killing Christian Woman... [Beware the non sequitur that because this is despicable the US war in Pakistan must be good]

--->The amoral, mad 'futurists' (often code for nihilists) and technocracy: "How to become immortal: Upload your mind..."

--->New Scientist Magazine plants false story that Pope approves GM crops...(click). Anybody who knows the work of people like the physicist Vandana Shiva (click) will understand why the Vatican hesitates to take the word of the GM pushers, even as we all seek to help feed the world.
Updated 12/5/10]

"Evil may be found in anger, when one is angry more or less than right reason demands. But if one is angry in accordance with right reason, one’s anger is deserving of praise" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae II-II:158:1).

--->Church and state: The bishop hacked to death by his own king. Stanislaus (1030-1079), the patron saint of Poland, was killed by King Bolesław II after using his position as bishop of Kraków to denounce that monarch...

"Let Rome keep its crowds, let its arenas run with blood, its circuses go mad, its theaters wallow in sensuality..."---St. Jerome (342-420) "The unexmined life is not worth living"---Socrates

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