By the by, part of why I’m not blogging much:

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Knights Templar

Interesting article from Catholic Answers magazine.

Thankfully, available online.

A taste from somewhere in the middle of the article:

Membership in the order grew as a result of the writing and preaching of Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153). Bernard wrote a treatise entitled On the Praise of the New Knighthood in which he exhorted knights to renounce the dangers of fighting for temporal reasons, which threaten the soul, in exchange for fighting for Christ and the Church, in which to die is to gain eternally:

Life indeed is fruitful and victory glorious, but according to holy law death is better than either of these things. For if those are blessed who die in the Lord, how much more blessed are those who die for the Lord?

As the order grew in membership it also increased in prominence and influence in the Holy Land and Europe; by 1150 the Templars could muster 600 knights, which, combined with the Hospitallers, amounted to half the total available knights in the Latin East. Their power in Christendom was rooted in the 9,000 feudal lordships and manors they owned, which provided a large base of resources and financial influence.  Templar houses became known as important financial centers in Europe and served as places of deposit for Crusaders traveling to the Holy Land. They inaugurated the first primitive system of ATMs, allowing those who deposited funds in a Templar house in Europe to withdraw that amount minus a fee at Templar houses in the Latin East.

Re-posted from TAC.

Foolish Demands

If you’re trying to hear Catholic Answers Live and your local station is Relevant Radio/Immaculate Heart Radio, you’re out of luck.

They tried to get exclusive rights to the show as a requirement to broadcast it.

Well, I’m not donating to Relevant Radio anymore.

Catholic.com’s statement is here; quote:

In 2017, Relevant Radio merged with the West Coast-based Immaculate Heart Radio, a network that had carried the two-hour call-in show live 3-5 p.m. Pacific Time. Catholic Answers, which for twenty years has produced the popular franchise, could not come to an agreement with Relevant Radio, who approached Catholic Answers seeking exclusive broadcast and branding rights for Catholic Answers Live as conditions for continuing to air the show.

Math, the Dickens?!?

15bob = 15 shillings = 0.75 pounds. Assuming no vacation that’s 52*0.75 = £39 in a year. So what is 39 quid when Dickens wrote the book worth today?

Hint: it’s not over $27k, no matter what the meme that got him going says.

Let’s figure that Dickens wasn’t totally up to date on the going cost in 1943.  Let’s say that he was almost a decade behind, and go with 1935…oh, wait, that’s the exact same as ’43….

Go ahead and check his math.

In Defense of Santa Claus- Crisis Magazine

When the word is mentioned today, one’s mind is immediately brought to the old stories of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans; the tales of the Norse, the Germans, Persians and Chinese, perhaps even some of the stories from the American Indian tribes. The one element which all these stories from different times and cultures share, we are told, is that they are all false, all make-believe. But that is looking at things backward. Myths and mythological figures are not false but real. Mythology, as G.K. Chesterton put it in his book, The Everlasting Man, is poetical truth; it is the striving of the imagination to the true, good, and beautiful. It very often does not encompass the whole truth but it snatches up some of it. Chesterton even used Father Christmas himself as an example of this, saying that Father Christmas was more than just fallen snow and holly and cheer; he is bigger and warmer than all that.

J.R.R. Tolkien said much the same thing in his lecture, “On Fairy Stories” at one point in which he argued that while Arthur was more than likely a real man, he had been so stewed in the “cauldron of story” that he was now far bigger and more real than he was in the few mentions he had in the history books. Far realer things were to be found in stories, said Tolkien, than were to be found in the real world because they stood for real things. An ogre’s castle, in this case, was more real than a lamppost because it was an incarnation of real evil. It was because of this essence of myth that C.S. Lewis could say, as brilliantly as ever, that Christianity was a myth like Greek and Roman myths; what set it apart from all the others was the fact that it had actually happened, the myth had come down and touched the earth. Saying that Santa Claus is a myth, therefore, is acknowledging his reality that resides on a much bigger plane than what we are usually accustomed.

 

Read the whole thing.

(Yes I took two paragraphs– carefully chose the ones where he is paraphrasing Chesterton, Tolkien and Lewis!)

I wonder what the suicide rate is

Worse, there are a lot more that happen that you never hear about, and not just babies, either. There are also elderly people, handicapped people, and people whose course of treatment is too expensive and/or too difficult and who are quietly condemned to death by bureaucracy.

The reason you don’t hear about them is that most people either don’t realize what happened or are bullied into agreeing that it’s the only solution. One of the creepiest lines in the linked article is the hospital saying that most of the time they get the parents to agree.

Imagine it: your job is probably called something like “guardian liaison.”

And among your jobs, is getting parents to agree that their kid, or their mom, or their injured spouse, doesn’t need food, doesn’t need water, doesn’t need air.

I cannot even imagine the personal abuse and suicide rate that likely go with that.

Too Far

via Instapundit:

Recently I saw a friend—a man—pilloried on Facebook for asking if #metoo is going too far. “No,” said his female interlocutors. “Women have endured far too many years of harassment, humiliation, and injustice. We’ll tell you when it’s gone too far.” But I’m part of that “we,” and I say it is going too far.

Ditto.

But we won’t count, to the hysterical.

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