Daily Archives: March 7, 2012

Fifty Years Later

The “Spekpater”, Fr. Werenfried van Straaten

Aid from a strong man: Fr Werenfried van Straaten

From the blog Norbertine Vocations, a short but beautiful blog post about Fr Werenfried van Straaten, the founder of Aid to the Church in Need and a Norbertine himself.

Particularly moving is the fact that Father van Straaten first success was in favour of refugees of the country then most hated in Europe. In addition, one could say hated from no one more than from the Dutch (of whom Van Straaten was one), for reasons I do not want to describe here but many  of you will know.

Rest in Peace, Spekpater!


Martyrdom Then And Now

Very fittingly, Father Z reminds us of a time when to give witness as a Christian meant to choose death. The stories of Perpetua and Felicity do not fail to move to this day.

I read this blog post and tried to remember a similar episode of forgetfulness of self and conscious choice of martyrdom from our days.

I found it, and present it to you here.

In the first photo, St Vin “Quisling” (the patron of sodomites, and nuanced Catholics) is shown in the act of being horribly hit on his head by an angry Hindu priest, after the Saint had refused to sacrifice in front of his altar.

Preparing for martyrdom

In the second, rare photo we see three images: the first depicts the temple where the saint received his martyrdom; the second shows him at the mercy of the insults, spits and violence of a group of angry Hindus. In the third the Saint (like Perpetua in the blog mentioned above) grabs the hindu man’s sword and points it at his own throat.

Bloody Ordeal

In the last series of photos, we can see a moving example of this great saint’s devotion to Hinduism Catholicism:  In order:

1) he stays in front of an Hindu altar and denounces heathenism, pledging allegiance to His Lord;

2) he is terribly tortured in front of a vast public, so that microphones are put near him in order for the presents to hear his groans;

3) he is, in the hand, horribly thrashed to death by an angry mob.

Martyrdom in the end

Who says there are no martyrs anymore?

O for more bishops like him.

Hinduism Christianity Catholicism Peace and Love would be flourishing


After Supertuesday, A Time For Choosing.

The numbers don't stack up: Newt Gingrich.

At this point, it seems to me the logic of the electoral contest does not leave much time for hesitation.

We know this year the distribution of the delegates is of a more “proportional” nature. This allows candidates who considers themselves credible to keep their hopes for longer. Look at Gingrich winning in Georgia (playing home, granted), when with the winner-take-old system he would probably have finished the money a long time ago. I also note Romney has won six of the ten Supertuesday races and still is if not nowhere – which would be ungenerous – rather far away from imposing his presence and charisma – if any – as the Republican candidate. The way he continues to outrageously outspend his opponents for a summa summarum rather disappointing return (a win of around 1% in Ohio; really?) goes to show an awful lot of Republicans just don’t like Romney and they might vote for him – obtorto collo – only for the sake of getting rid of Adolf Hussein.

I had said in the past that the new proportional system doesn’t make it so decisive to have a quick decision between Gingrich and Santorum, as they continued to accumulate delegates who wold unavoidably vote for the one of them who remained. This was when Santorum and Gingrich together had around the same delegates – acouple more, in fact – than Romney alone.

This does not seem to be the case anymore, though. Last time I looked, Romney had 380 delegates and Gingrich/Santorum together less than 200. Basically, this means the clock is ticking fast and if they go on this way, by staying in the race Gingrich will only manage to destroy Santorum’s hopes of winning the nomination, without even a hope of being picked up as vice president because he and Romney are not exactly best friends, and Romney would probably prefer to pick up Santorum to give himself a conservative virginity.

Romney must, then, now hope Gingrich stays in the race as long as he can, because this is the only way he can avoid the emergence of a candidate the Republican people can really perceive as Republican, and as the alternative to him. It seems to me the time for choosing has now come, and Gingrich should very seriously consider quitting and supporting Santorum, sharpish. It is true he might do better in places like Alabama and Mississippi, but again Santorum could do better than him anyway. Santorum appears to be just better at mobilising the clearly conservative electorate, whilst the more moderate Gingrich cannot profit from his more expendable profile to take away many votes from Romney. If you are distant third after now many races, and could only win in your own state on Supertuesday, how realistic are your chances?

Romney won Ohio for around 1%, but in Ohio Gingrich got around 15%. In Alaska, Santorum lost for only 3 percentage point, and Gingrich got 14%.

What does this tell us?

I still think Gingrich would have better cards than Santorum in November but hey: he will not make it to November, one way or the other.

The time for skirmishes is coming to an end. I think it is now time for Gingrich to admit Santorum has the better cards (or alternatively: that he can damage Romney’s chances more if he quits the race) and supports Santorum.


Politically Incorrect Cartoon

Courtesy of www.thepulp.it and www.catholiccartoonblog.blogspot.com

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