Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ
Happy ‘Lady Day’, Roman Riters and new-calendar Eastern Orthodox.

Today, Julian-calendar Orthodox remember St Gregory the Dialogist, Pope of Rome, who is credited with the origins of the Byzantine Rite Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts used during this season of Great Lent.

Book pick
An Unbroken Circle: Linking Ancient African Christianity to the African-American Experience
While most black Americans are descended from West Africans, not related to the Oriental Orthodox Churches' members in Egypt, Ethiopia and Eritrea, this book is a great idea.

News of the weird?
I understand that a niece of Osama bin Laden lives in London and is trying to get a recording contract to become a pop idol. It’s said that she sings like Natalie Imbruglia (the Aussie gal from ‘Neighbours’). BTW, FYI, the rest of the family spell the surname Binladen and have nothing to do with Osama. Originally from Yemen (where Osama was born), they became rich living in Saudi Arabia, I think in the construction business.

If he’s still alive, why hasn’t he released some audio or video statement about the war? Either he’s keeping a low profile or al-Qaeda are playing ‘Weekend at Osama’s’.

At the opposite pole of Mr bin Laden, Aussie pop sweetheart of the ’60s Judith Durham now has an official website. Hey, there, Georgy girl.

Catholic and Anglican primates of England join in prayer and in condemnation of war
From The Guardian

My friends at the York Forum have described A conservative blog for peace’s stance as ‘classical Liberal’ - not to be confused with liberalism today. Thank you!

Michael Moore at the Oscars
I didn’t watch the Academy Awards so I heard about this after it happened, which is why it hasn’t turned up here until now.

I’ve seen and liked Roger and Me, Pets or Meat and The Big One. And while I don’t agree with Moore’s sophomoric remarks rejecting the Catholic moral teachings of his childhood, I agree with this:

‘We live in a time where we have a man who’s sending us to war for fictitious reasons, whether it’s the fiction of duct tape or the fiction of orange alerts. We are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush. Shame on you.’

Sorry to dent your hip self-image, Mr Moore, but the Pope agrees with you.

The warmongers have been getting a lot of mileage out of this story. A conservative blog for peace and others opposing this war on Christian and libertarian grounds never have claimed stupidly that Saddam Hussein is a great guy. It’s still not America’s or Britain’s war.

Medieval English church building now Greek Orthodox
A little church with a big name, Holy Fathers of the First Oecumenical Council Greek Orthodox Church is housed in the former St John’s parish church in Sutton, a building more than 1,000 years old. Interesting fact cited on the site: it claims Eastern Orthodoxy is the only episcopal church in Britain that is growing. Claiming Britain was Orthodox pre-1054 seems dishonest, though - there was no split in the church but the West was known as Catholic even back then and the church of the eastern Roman Empire, culturally Greek, Orthodox. Britain never was in that part of the empire. But because Catholics and Orthodox were in communion then, a Greek monk, Theodore, became archbishop of Canterbury.

From lewrockwell.com
The pseudoconservative National Review: CIA front
And a little about Robert Taft, the man who deserved to be President

Obedience to orders
VMI vs. the federal military academies: the best vs. the worst of our military, plus a voice against the federal OK to torture POWs

Fact of the day
Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society, wrote an editorial opposing the Vietnam War.