Crowning Of The Poor


Billionaires in their yachts can't
Dream the life that I got can't
No they can't stop the clocks can't
Stop the crowning of the poor

Billionaires in their yachts can't
Live the life that I got can't
Zillionaires on their plots can't
Stop the crowning of the poor

Millionaires with the stocks can't
Electric gates and the locks can't
Greedy banks and the tanks can't
Stop the crowning of the poor

Palaces do fall and crumble
Dynasties do take a tumble
Birds will sing
The earth will rumble
At the crowning of the poor

Trumpets sound
And bells are ringing
Boys and girls, the grown men singing
Women with the joy they're bringing
To the crowning of the poor

Billionaires in their yachts can't
Dream the life that I got can't
Have to stand at the coronation of the
Crowning of the poor

At the crowning of the poor
At the crowning of the poor
At the crowning of the poor

I'm the son of a poor boy
Showed me nobody better than I
He's the son of a poor girl
Twirled her hair so to make it curl

I'm the son of a poor boy
Showed me nobody better than I
He's the son of a poor girl
Twirled her hair so to make it curl

At the crowning of the poor
At the crowning of the poor
At the crowning of the poor


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Communism is the greatest persecutor of the Church in the modern age. Marxism with a cross on top, Crowning Of The Poor is a ham-fisted socialist interpretation of Jesus' teaching in the Beatitudes that the poor in spirit shall be rewarded in Heaven. For someone so fond of using the word spirit in his woeful dissemination of religion, Ian sadly is blissfully ignorant of its key context in his restrictive interpretation of the first Beatitude. The Beatitudes respond to the innate desire for happiness that God has placed in the human heart in order to draw us to Himself. The beatific vision, God alone can satisfy this desire. The Beatitudes are the steps to spiritual perfection, a ladder ascending in virtues, so that the renewal constantly at work within us may be the cause of our unending joy. Fallen human nature has a gravitational pull toward sin. The seven capital sins are perverse inclinations that cloud our consciences and distract our judgment of what is good and what is evil. And if you do not do well, sin is couching at the door. Offspring of the threefold concupiscence, the seven capital sins are obstacles that impede our progress toward a wholesome, healthy spiritual life. The wages of sin is death. By sin, man contracted in the worst bargain he ever made, a debt greater than he could ever pay. Only by the Son of God bringing His infinite justice to our bankruptcy could that debt ever be acquitted. Satan craves a door into our souls for his diabolical machinations. Adam surrendered to the devil his princely role and function as lord of creation. Sanctifying Grace is the seed of eternity in our souls. Adam and Eve and the whole human race were stripped of the wedding garment of Sanctifying Grace. Mortal sin is a thief, for if it gains access to the soul, it robs it of grace, its most precious treasure. Anyone who is in a state of mortal sin is a tool of Satan. In childbearing shall be your salvation. The root of the word salvation (Latin: salus) means health. In the confessional, the priest acts as judge (for this is a juridical sacrament) and physician of the soul. Our divine Physician has provided virtues that we can cultivate to achieve the holiness to which, as children of God, we must aspire. In the Garden of Eden, Eve opened her heart to a fallen creature and hearkened to the voice of the serpent. For every capital sin, one or more virtues oppose it, for the uprooting of sin. Pride is the taproot of all sin and the New Adam plans to weed out the evil proclivities of the human heart. True perfection can only come from above. Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts. Grace perfects nature. Leaving the house of His heavenly Father, Jesus Himself became something of a prodigal son for our sakes. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that being rich, He became poor for your sakes: that through His poverty you might be rich. Jesus comes to humanity as the divine Beggar of love (le divin Mendiant d'amour). The Lord has plucked up the roots of the nations, and has planted the humble in their place. To the humble He gives grace. Every virtue receives life from love. The three theological virtues - Faith, Hope, and Charity (Love) - unite our soul to God. Virtue is health of soul, and it is this health that we must want to possess - it is the source of joy. Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect. This is not possible by our own efforts, but is a result of our cooperation with God's abundant grace. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. God hath regarded the humility of his handmaid. Mary, the Christian exemplar, is the personification of the Beatitudes, so much so that in the Gospel of Luke, she is called Blessed (in the first instance, by the angel Gabriel, Luke 1: 28). Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. The centre of gravity in the Hail Mary, the hinge as it were which joins its two parts, is the name of Jesus. Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary beat as one. What to thee to me. Her Immaculate Heart is the apostle of His Sacred Heart. The Blessed Virgin is inseparable from the Incarnate Word. She is the Sedes Sapientiae. The root word of virtue is vir, which is Latin for man. Jesus Christ is the perfect man; He is masculinity exemplar. Beatus vir, qui timet Dominum, in mandatis ejus volet nimis.

On the Mount of Beatitudes, like a new Moses, Jesus sketches the Kingdom's constitution, a more interior reality than that of the Old Testament. A light has dawned for the just; joy has come to the upright of heart. The Beatitudes are a series of juxtapositions between Joy and Pleasure, only one of which will endure to eternal life ("Rejoice and be glad..."). I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. Saint Augustine writes that "Joy in truth is happiness". Happy the man who is instructed by Truth itself, not by signs and passing words, but as It is in itself. In the first Beatitude, the word poor represents an Aramaic 'ányâ (Hebrew 'anî), bent down, afflicted, miserable, poor; while meek is rather a synonym from the same root, 'ánwan (Hebrew 'ánaw), bending oneself down, humble, meek, gentle. Some scholars would attach to the former word also the sense of humility; others think of 'beggars before God' humbly acknowledging their need of Divine help. But the opposition of "rich" (Luke 6: 24) points especially to the common and obvious meaning, which, however, ought not to be confined to economical need and distress, but may comprehend the whole of the painful condition of the poor: their low estate, their social dependence, their defenceless exposure to injustice from the rich and the mighty. Besides the Lord's blessing, the promise of the heavenly kingdom is not bestowed on the actual external condition of such poverty. An abnegation of the self, the Beatitudes are more a crowning of the pure than a crowning of the poor. Nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven. Our Lord would have no kingship based on the economics of plenty. The Commandments show us how to be just to God and man, and are the minimal requirements of love; the Beatitudes, for their part, show us the virtues or dispositions of Divine Love, God's gift of self. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus insists on the filial trust that cooperates with our Father's providence, taking up the promises made to the chosen people since Abraham. They fulfill the promises by ordering them no longer merely to the possession of a territory, but to the Kingdom of heaven. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God. (Mt 6: 33). Our Father who art in heaven. To those who seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, he has promised to give all else besides. Since everything indeed belongs to God, he who possesses God wants for nothing, if he himself is not found wanting before God. True joy is only possible for those who make seeking, loving, and serving God in all things their mission. The principle and perfect happiness is that which is promised in heaven. The secondary and imperfect happiness is given here by the interior consolations of the Holy Ghost. A canticle to suffering, the Beatitudes are the paradoxical promises that sustain hope in the midst of tribulations. Exortum est in tenebris lumen rectis.

Our prayer is that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Prayer is a surge of the heart, embracing both trial and joy, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Formed by divine teaching, we dare to say Our Father who art in heaven is in the hearts of the just. Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just. O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways ! The Beatitudes make known to us the path of life. "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." (John 10: 10). The Beatitudes comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Money is a great servant, but a horrible master. The poor trains himself against envy, the rich trains himself against greed. Jesus said that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. He did not say that the latter was impossible. Money is not the root of all evil. The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Jesus prompted the rich to become poor, not the poor to become rich. Lazarus was rewarded, not because he was poor, but for his virtuous acceptance of poverty; the rich man was punished, not because he was rich, but for vicious neglect of the opportunities given him by his wealth (Luke 16: 19 - 31). After death, the tables are turned; the heavenly banquet is begun. Where Lazarus is poor no longer may you find eternal rest. A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. (Proverbs 21: 2). Being poor is in itself no stairway to heaven. In the same way as poverty helps the poor to develop humility, wealth allows the wealthy to nourish their poverty in spirit, and to grow in charity. What counts is the humility, the poverty in spirit, the love of God. There are two kinds of poverty: material and spiritual. Note the qualification: 'in spirit'. The meek are blessed qua meek. The peacemakers are blessed qua peacemakers. The poor are, emphatically, not blessed qua (financially) poor, somehow rebaptized as a victim class. They are blessed only if, and because, they are humble. As are the rich, and those in between. To take Ian's train of thought to a hypothetical extreme, let us imagine for a moment that Adolf Hilter went into a Berlin casino in March 1945 and placed his entire worldly finances on Black, without success, leaving him boracic. Would the Kingdom of God have been his a month later ? No, the blessed ones are the poor in spirit, who by their free will are ready to bear for God's sake this painful and humble condition, even though at present they may be actually rich and happy; while on the other hand, the really poor man may fall short of this poverty 'in spirit'. Detachment from riches - in the spirit of evangelical poverty - and self-abandonment to divine providence free us from anxiety about the future and prepare us for the blessedness of the 'poor in spirit'. Inasmuch as poverty is a state of humble subjection, the 'poor in spirit' come near to the 'meek', the subject of the third blessing. Judging from the sophomoric content of the My Way LP, Ian unfortunately seems to have leapfrogged the importance of this third Beatitude. Indeed, where does Ian himself fit into this grand scheme of things ? Roaming around in a Lexus, checking on the safekeeping of his gorged Adidas collection in various storage facilities. At the same time unwavering in his conviction that he is going to enter the Kingdom of heaven, does the singer see himself as some glistening exception to his own rule ? Such a defiled Marxist reading of scripture is precisely what should be expected from a man who believes that Jesus was the world's first communist, from which base, the singer operates to immanentize the eschaton. Marxist-Leninist ideology is founded on a doctrinal edifice that consists of two parts: dialectical materialism and historical materialism. Dialectical materialism is both a theory of reality, or world-outlook, and a methodology; it is based on the evolution of the natural sciences and affirms the continuous transformation of matter and the dynamic interconnectedness of things and concepts. Historical materialism is the associated theory of society and deals with the problems of ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophies of history and law. From this sprouts the idea that we are our own saviour, that every man is his own God. "Pantheism," wrote John Henry Newman in 1838, "indeed, is the great deceit which awaits the Age to come." Attempting to create their own paradise on earth, the atheism of the dedicated communist and the pantheism of the New Age movement are not as far removed as you might think. "Nature is my god." (Mikhail Gorbachev). Instead of a state of grace, we have a state of nature.

Lenin is credited with saying, "Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed I have sown shall never be uprooted". The expression 'The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation' is found by revolutionaries the world over to be true in its reverse too: 'The hand that rules the nation rocks the cradle'. In 1915, Communist Antonio Gramsci boasted of a sweeping infiltration of the institutions of society: "Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. ... In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society." A culture war is what Chairman Mao called 'a permanent revolution' (cf. The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita). In Moscow, Gramsci shocked his hosts by daring to dismiss Marxist nostrums on dialectical materialism, economic determinism, and the violent overthrow of capitalist systems by the proletariat. Instead, he argued that Marx's 'Workers' Paradise' could not be realized as long as Christian culture had a hold on the masses. An intensified dechristianisation of the West was paramount for Gramsci, and therefore, the number one enemy was the Roman Catholic Church, not capitalism. Russia has indeed spread her errors throughout the world. The predominant error which Russia unleashed on the world was not so much atheistic communism as organised naturalism, for the former is very much the product of the latter.

The French Revolution was all about the terror. The Church and the monarchy were declared the enemy of man, and both were marched to the guillotine. The revolutionaries butchered tens of thousands of Catholic clergy and religious in a wave of blood and gore. Liberty, equality, fraternity - or death. The totalitarian regimes of the last century embodied some of the Enlightenment's boldest dreams. The role of the Enlightenment in twentieth-century terror remains a blind spot in western perception. Two hundred years together in the shadow of Hermes, the hidden hand here is Freemasonry. In its symbolism, chess is the most significant of all games. It has been called "the royal game" - the pastime of kings. A killing of the king, Freemasonry is dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of Satan. As Communism and Socialism might be looked upon as the secular and political arm of Masonry, Modernism could be considered its theological arm. The French Revolution (to a great extent, a masonic enterprise) reduced a nation to a mob, unleashing the greatest organized persecution of Christians since the Emperor Diocletian. This was the first modern genocide, targeting Christians in the Vendée region of France in 1793. By its end, up to 300,000 civilians had been killed by the armies of the Republic. The local government opened a museum marking these atrocities on their 200th anniversary in 1993 - with a visit by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who noted during his address that the mass murders of Christians in the Soviet Union were directly influenced by those in the Vendée. The Bolsheviks, he said, modeled themselves on the French revolutionaries, and Lenin himself pointed to the Vendée massacres as the most expedient means of dealing with Christian resistance.

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None dare call it conspiracy. The unholy masonic trinity of liberty, equality, and fraternity operates under the mask of religious freedom, collegiality, and ecumenism. Feeding off this Masonic infiltration, Communism is the total equalization and socialization of nations, perverting the concept of rights by breaking down the God-given institutions (Church, family) of men. A subversion of the social order, Communism strips man of his liberty, robs human personality of all its dignity, and removes all the moral restraints that check the eruptions of blind impulse. Modern communism and the anarchist movement are masonic constructs. They strike at the crown and tiara in an endeavour to uproot the entire political and religious order. All legitimate authority - both civil and religious - derives from God. Communists and anarchists are two of a kind in their outright rebellion against God-given authority. The only way to achieve absolute equality is absolute tyranny (a dictatorship of the proletariat), the remorseless redistribution of wealth by an all-powerful regime. As Prof. Billington remarks: "If the French Revolution was the incarnation, the Russian Revolution was the second coming." The Great Cardinal Pie of Poitiers defined naturalism thus: "It is more than a heresy, it is pure undiluted anti-christianism. Heresy denies one or more dogmas. Naturalism denies that there are any dogmas or that there can be any. Heresy alters more or less what God has revealed; Naturalism denies the very existence of revelation." (The Kingship of Christ according to Cardinal Pie of Poitiers, pp. 57-58. Cited in The Kingship of Christ and Organised Naturalism by Fr. Denis Fahey, C.S.Sp.). Thomas Woods makes the salient observation in The Catholic Church: Builder of Civilization that "So ingrained are the concepts that Catholicism introduced into the world that very often even movements opposing it are nevertheless imbued with Christian ideals." See also historian J. Arch Getty's remarks on Lenin's co-option of the third Beatitude. This is very much played out here, with materialistic ideology dressed in Christian terminology. Preaching that the poor are somehow magical simply because they are poor, this is Liberation Theology, pure and simple. As is the general rule, people violate the laws of God or the virtues by going to one or the other extreme. This ode to the great unwashed is a deification of man, with Ian blowing his own trumpet, casting himself as a messiah of the poor.

Fashioning an idol of the poor for the mob, Karl Marx was an opportunist who took advantage of the void created by the decline of religion in nineteenth-century Europe. He offered his program as a substitute religion and therefore, it had to parallel the Christian theology it was replacing. By absorbing individual persons into classes, Marx absolved them of any capacity for sin as well as any grounds for guilt. Further, since each person is a material product of his class, no conversion is possible. There could be no personal redemption, only a violent revolution that would purge humanity of the capitalist exploiting class. The 'rumble' envisioned in Brown's agitprop is not emanating from the God of Justice, but rather, the tremble of the ruling class at the Communist revolution. Jesus here is cast as a Neo-Marxist revolutionary peasant, striving to transform society into the classless realm of Marxist doctrine. One more attempt by liberals to pass off their theology as history, Ian Brown's Jesus is only himself writ large. Liberalism necessarily leads to collectivism and tyranny because liberals are at war with God. By its own impulse, intellectual Liberalism falls into the totalitarianism of thought. Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out. In Christianity, redeemed man finds his beatitude in paradise with God, but Marx relocated paradise to make it an earthly kingdom. He was preaching religion without worship, paradise without God. Marxist thought represents the heart at war with itself, and there could be no greater war within the self than finite man trying to become infinite God. "The first and essential thing is a listening heart so that God, not we, may reign." (Pope Benedict XVI). Ideologies of evil carry the seeds of their own destruction. And if Satan be risen up against himself, he is divided, and cannot stand, but hath an end. By absorbing the person into a class, Marx was doing something that parallels Hitler, who absorbed the person into a race. Stalin didn't pervert Marxism, he perfected it. While fascists are found on the right wing of Social Darwinism, the left wing is occupied by communists. Hilterism and Stalinism are siblings of the same birth mother. Nazism is national socialism; Communism is international socialism, a universal slavery. Pantheism is a favourite doctrine of collectivists, because it offers a concept of man which, on religious grounds, subordinates the individual to the collective. There is no recognition of any right of the individual in his relations to the collectivity; no natural right is accorded to human personality, which is a mere cog-wheel in the Communist system. Communism only works at the point of a gun. Socialism always begins with the same trajectory.  It begins with slogans about The People; it ends with the knock in the night. The socialist train never stops at Kerensky; at some point, you will arrive at Lenin. The general tendency of socialism, and its final solution, is to engineer slaughter on an industrial scale. Nazism led to Auschwitz, while Marxism's destination was the Gulag Archipelago. They offered mere existence without life, which, as history has shown, is a precise formula for death. The bloodiest and most savage century in human history was dominated by forms of atheistic Marxism (e.g., the Soviet Union) and neo-pagan Fascism (e.g., Nazi Germany), accounting for the deaths of tens of millions. So many were killed that they had to coin a new word for it. Democide.

The war between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union was a fratricidal war, two strains of the same system of thought. Marx fantasized about walking triumphantly through a desolate wilderness of humanity, and so too did Lenin: "It wouldn't matter if three-quarters of the world were wiped out, provided the remaining quarter were Communist." Felix Dzerzhinsky of Cheka regarded humanity as little better than cattle. In Nazi Germany, the extermination of 'useless eaters' in the true socialist pattern (Life unworthy of life) set the stage for the Holocaust. It was not our intellects that were primarily damaged in the Fall; it was our wills. Nazi Germany was a triumph of the will in the domain of death. Marxist atheism abhors (the one true) religion, and can bring about only a Culture of Death. And you can't be any poorer than dead. Pope John Paul II, in his Theology of the Body, refers to Paul Ricoeur's three "masters of suspicion" who might be taken as the paradigmatic model for the problems with modernist thought: Karl Marx (man is a labouring animal), Friedrich Nietzsche (man is a herd animal), and Sigmund Freud (man is a horde animal). Each of these thinkers produced what postmodernist Jean-Francois Lyotard dubbed a metanarrative: a totalizing story that seeks to explain all human history and behaviour, and which claims to be supported by objective data. John Paul II identifies each of these narratives of suspicion with a different aspect of "the threefold concupiscence" outlined in the first letter of John: Marx reduced human activity to economics, the "lust of the eyes". Nietzsche sought to replace morality with the "will to power", what John would call the "pride of life". All three reduced humanity to a single dimension and then tried to use that dimension to account for the whole. Freud assigned a strictly material function to the life processes, explaining human life according to the concupiscence of the flesh - everything comes down to lust and the fear of death. The world, the flesh, and the devil - these three elements ensnared Adam and Eve, and were also used by Satan to tempt Christ in Luke 4. These are combated, in spiritual warfare, by vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Marx sought to historicize morality, that is, to historicize the ethical and moral teachings of the Church. All social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering; crossing Marx with Freud birthed Critical Theory. The socialist vows to 'make poverty history', but in truth, he schemes to make Charity history. In so doing, he hopes to make Christianity history. Like all of us, the poor will soon be called to judgment and be spending eternity in either Heaven or Hell. When sanity returns to the social sphere, one of its fruits will be the dismantling of the modern 'social state'; a scourge of the godlessness of our times, that has substituted faith in God with allegiance to the pagan god of equality. Socialism is a new faith for a sceptical age. Men need a god and a religion, even if they deny it. Crowning Of The Poor offers the useful idiots of this world a surrogate religion that has many of the earmarks of Christianity, though in distorted forms. There is the promise of justice, redemption, joy, equality, community, and even a utopian paradise. But the one missing element of this parallel magisterium - love - renders it empty and useless. Such rabble-rousing populism is a shameful mockery of the poor. "The coronation of the crowning of the poor" ... Tautology much ? The Marxist 'end of history' is a world away from that of Christianity. For followers of Christ, the perfect world ushered in is heaven; for followers of the secular utopianism of Marx, it is the communist state. Jesus came into the fullness of time. Ever ancient, ever new, Christ is tied neither to an age nor a man-made model. He is King of ages and Lord of History, as Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen explains in 'Life of Christ': "To marry one age is to be a widow in the next. Because He suited no age, He was the model for all ages." Stat crux dum volvitur orbis. The Catholic Church is never widowed as long as the Blessed Sacrament is present.

Having been endowed with the fullness of the Spirit, the evangelizing mission described by Our Lord as His own is now proper to the Holy Catholic Church, His Mystical Body and Bride. The soul of the Roman Catholic Church is the Holy Ghost. The very glory of the Catholic Church is its timeless divine institution. In Marxist thought, man is essentially an economic animal, with no soul. Moral iniquity, rather than economic inequity, is the origin of the evils afflicting man. Patronising the poor (shilling poverty-as-salvation) from the comfort of his salubrious Bayswater residence, and promoting social envy as a way of life, Ian is preaching a strictly Social Gospel of entitlement and resentment. Your God is your belly. God wants us to act for the glory of His Name, and in charity for our neighbour. God wants a world in which charity, not envy, is the engine of social thinking. With the loss of virtue, man becomes the worst of all animals. Since evolutionists tell us we come from animals, then we can treat each other like animals. If we come from beasts, then we can act like beasts. Evolution is the religion of the secular humanist. According to the Humanist Manifesto, ethics is autonomous and situational, needing no theological or ideological sanction. Darwin's close friend Professor Adam Sedgwick foresaw what dangers the theory of evolution would give rise to in the future. He remarked, after reading On the Origin of Species, that "if this book were to find general public acceptance, it would bring with it a brutalisation of the human race such as it had never seen before." Of course, discrimination and genocide had roots in human history long before Darwin. But Darwinism crucially lent this discrimination a false scientific credibility, setting the stage for a human struggle where might makes right. Marxism is Darwinism in its application to social science. Eugenics, the self-direction of human evolution, has its origin here.

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Marxism courts Darwinism as the basis in natural history for communism, and here too, the entitled atheist finds a fabricated intellectual fulfilment. The Marxist dialectic of history views human life as a commodity of the state. Based on the Darwinian theory of evolution, if world history moves on a higher plane than morality, then man is merely a unit of some social mass. In this religion of man, everything is turned upside down: God did not become man through the Incarnation; instead, man is becoming God through the process of evolution. Survival of the fittest and natural selection were the basis in natural science for Marx's doctrine on class struggle and the progress of history by conflict. In essence, Marxism compels the populace not to look beyond the human horizon. Transfixed on the rising sun of socialism, they lose sight of the eternal destiny of man. A religion without a world to come. Charity has always been the domain of the Church. It is where people can turn to God for their daily bread. When government takes the place of the Church as the primary source of charity, God becomes an afterthought and man once again becomes a slave. Socialism makes a parent of the governmental state; Communism decrees it a god. People now rely upon the State for their daily bread rather than upon God. In a city without God, the Bread of Life is no longer sought in the tabernacle; the bread of life is now what we produce in our factory. The modern current of religion is that of Dostoyevsky's famous Grand Inquisitor from The Brothers Karamazov: "Feed us first, and then command us to be generous !". Conceived as Poland's ideal socialist city, Nowa Huta (literally The New Steel Mill) ground down the faces of the people with military might. During his epic pilgrimage to Poland in June 1979, at a moment when history seemed frozen and Europe permanently divided into hostile camps, John Paul II emphasized that human beings are not just the by-products of politics or economics. He gave back to his people their authentic history and culture - their identity; and in doing so, he gave them tools of resistance that communist truncheons could not reach. Fourteen months later, the Pope watched and guided the emergence of Solidarity, and then the entire world began to see the communist tide recede, like the slow retreat of a plague. Ultimately, Communism in the Soviet Union died because it had no soul. A tree with a rotten core cannot stand.

The Choice of Hercules by Annibale Carracci. A vigorous Hercules is depicted with two women flanking him, who represent the opposite destinies which the life could reserve him: on the left the Virtue is calling him to the hardest path leading to glory through hardship, while the second, the Pleasure, the easier path, is enticing him to the vice. Behind Hercules is a palm, which, through the leaves and the branches (a symbol of military victory and fame), hints to Hercules' future heroic life. Virtue will place thee in that blest abode, Crown'd with immortal youth, Among the gods a god !

Such a moronic leftist hijack of the Beatitudes is very much in the air in the Sarah Champion book, And God Created Manchester:

What the fuck is this shit ? Bunty does the Bible ?

The subsequent chapter finds Leo Stanley musing over the inspiration behind his t-shirt designs:

Somewhere a village is missing its idiot. For whatever reason, God put more marbles in some bags than others. That is the biggest crock of shit I have ever had the misfortune of typing out. You, sir, have shredded your Shatner's Bassoon to smithereens.

Leo is "a Catholic who knows the Bible inside out" ? I would like to talk to you about Thomas Aquinas, because I'm not seeing too much evidence here to suggest that you've been immersing yourself in volumes of the Summa Theologica.

Whether the dial happens to rest on the brattish, the boneheaded or the blasphemous, be careful who you are tuning into on matters theological. Charlatans, one and all.


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