Saturday, January 15, 2005

From blog member Samer al-Batal
Both got from Fr James Tucker:

Archæological damage in Babylon (better titled ‘When Amorites and Philistines meet’)
The British Museum has released a report describing the results of troops’ Philistine behaviour in this ancient and biblical city, which in its early history reached greatness under the Amorites, notably during Hammurabi’s reign in the 18th century BC.

Archaeologists were horrified by the confirmation of reports which have been filtering out of Iraq for months.

"Outrage is hardly the word, this is just dreadful," said Lord Redesdale, an archaeologist and head of the all-party parliamentary archaeological group. "These are world sites. Not only is what the American forces are doing damaging the archaeology of Iraq, it's actually damaging the cultural heritage of the whole world."

Tim Schadla Hall, reader in public archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, said: "In this case we see an international conflict in which the US has failed to take into account the requirements of the Hague convention ... to protect major archaeological sites - just another convention it seems happy to ignore."
Eastern churches
Mainline Protestantism on the Eastern Orthodox convert boomlet in the West
Which is not without its probs but what strikes me is the liberal condescension. After its Broad Church theological and modern pseudo-liturgical makeovers mainline Prottiness, as shown by Ms Johnson Frykholm’s friend in the first paragraph, is as anti-Catholic as it was when it bought into John Calvin. Certainly socially ROAC is part of the phenom being reported but technically it isn’t (as the article fairly mentions). It’s a cult, not an actual Orthodox church, though some of the phenom in the latter shades into that as well.

Am ‘smells and bells’ without apology and it’s not just a fashion statement.

(So are the high-end-of-Central people and Broad Churchperson pseuds ‘pong and gong’? Got that one from the Ship of Fools.)

Feedback on this article on Amy Welborn’s RC blog

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