The sad news reached me today that Father Finigan had a stroke.
Many of you will not know, or will barely remember, The Hermeneutic of Continuity, a blog much followed in years past. Father Finigan was his writer, and a very good one he was. He was, also, always good to this little effort. I liked his blog as a blog, and him as a priest.
At some point, Father started to write less and less, and the suspicion was not far that he was… ordered to, as his blog was clearly outside of the usual Vatican II narrative, albeit not as militant – understandably so, seen the position of the author – as others.
Gradually, I stopped visiting the blog, whose posts were becoming less and less frequent. I always thought that something was going on there, “under obedience”, that could not be said openly.
I always kept holding a high opinion of the blog’s sincere, faithful, worthy author.
It is sad to hear of a stroke, it is worse to hear that he can write “fairly” fluently, and “has considerable difficulty reading”. Bad stuff.
Whether you know him or not, whether you used to read his blog or not, I ask all my readers, in charity, to say a Hail Mary for the good Father.
I must confess to not having known, until today, what a Flashmob is. I might not be the only one, though…
In a flashmob, people gather in a place and start, one after the other, to do something unexpected, or witty, or meant to amuse and entertain the public.
What you see here is a Christian flashmob, and this is a spectacular one. What is clearly a group of a couple of dozen choristers (the text says more than 100, but it includes those who decided to sing along) start to sing the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s “Messiah”. You can clearly see in the video how the process starts and how the people react: when the first girl (with the mobile phone) starts singing out of the blue, the reaction is rather the puzzled, “what’s going on” one; but then another chorister starts to sing, and then another two, and it goes on and on; at that point everyone just relaxes and enjoys the show.
The red poppies clearly tell you that the scene takes place in the United Kingdom, which is encouraging. Also encouraging is that there seems to have been no attempt of disruption from angry atheists, of which there must be much less around than the atheists would want us to believe.
This video has become a Youtube favourite and has been seen more than 30 million times. It has inspired a second one, this one in Lebanon, as reported on The Hermeneutic of Continuity.
You’ll see that the technique is the same, and that here, too, after the first reaction mobile phones and compact cameras pop out everywhere to record the event.
I found both videos particularly nice, and the second almost moving given the past and not-so-past troubles of Christians in Lebanon.
This is, I must say, a kind of mob I like.
We are all aware (or better: we should all be aware) of the fact that the secular society tries – with increasing energy and a more and more aggressive behaviour – to ban Catholic thinking. This is a disease common to lefties the world over (they have it in their genes, I suppose), but it is particularly evident in the formulation of legal heresies like the “hate crime” and all it is being used to justify.
We are informed from the “hermeneutic of Continuity” blog that steps have been undertaken to allow the police to block whatever site is – according to the judgement of said police – used to “commit crimes”.
Whereto this can lead is easy to see. In a world where political correctness is at a premium over the old activity of thinking, almost everything controversial can be considered “hate crime” and the removal of relevant pages be asked of the police without any need to have this view upheld by a court. This is the wet dream of Heidi’s governess and of all those like her and a poof, lesbian, and every other pervert’s paradise.
If this goes on, the pressure will be on the police to act according to the wishes of all those who consider themselves “victims”. Catholic thinking and in particular catholic bloggers will be a very obvious target.
It is astonishing that a country so proud of individual liberties as to even refuse the obligation to carry identity cards can tolerate such an intrusion of what would be a true police state into his right of freedom of expression and information.
If anyone knows of Internet petitions meant to put an end to this madness please let me know and I will give publicity to the fact as soon as possible.