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DUNGEONS, FIRE AND SWORD

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Pope Pius VII attended by Cardinal Caprara
                                              observes Napoleon crown Josephine after
                                              first crowning himself DUNGEONS FIRE AND SWORD
by Tony Dixon



Within the hallowed walls of great Notre Dame de Paris, only a few years after its desecration during the period of the Revolution, on a cold 2nd December, 1804, the air was charged with great excitement. Thousands crammed the great Cathedral for the coronation of “the little Corporal” Napoleon Bonaparte recently declared “Emperor of the French” by the Senate of the Republic. The Pope – Pius VII – had been invited to officiate. Pius VII had agreed to officiate against the weighty advice of many of his Cardinals. The ceremony progressed to the crucial moment of coronation, when to the surprise of many, Napoleon took the Crown from the Altar and placed it upon his own head. He then took Josephine’s Crown and tou…

PARIS AND THE CHURCH PART SIX

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Few Cathedrals have the same iconic status in relation to their city that Notre Dame de Paris has in Paris. Six hundred and seventy two years have passed since it was completed in 1345 after one hundred and eighty two years of work since the ground -breaking in 1163.  The period of the great church's existence has been one of great turmoil, and she has not escaped unscathed. Yet, through it all Notre Dame de Paris, built close to the site of the original village that became Paris, has remained the true heart of the "city of light". 


The painting of Saint Thomas Aquinas the Angelic Doctor who was teaching at the University of Paris
The Cathedral has a very active liturgical life, here we see the procession 
forming for the principal Mass on a Sunday in 2009 


PARIS AND THE CHURCH PART FIVE

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PARIS AND THE CHURCH - PART V NAPOLEON'S FINAL DEFEAT

The civilised world had longed for the day when the little Corporal, Napoleon, who called himself Emperor, would be no more.He had been definitively defeated TWICE. He resurrected himself politically and militarily after the first defeat, but his imprisonment on Elbe after the second defeat put any further shennanigans out of the question. Nevertheless, it was not until his defeat by Death and the need for his burial that the world could breath easily.


But, at home in his "adopted"France , what was to be done with the little Corsican Corporal's remains? With the remains of the man who had set Europe on fire and brought about the death of hundreds of thousands by his demented ambitions?The man who had imprisoned two Popes and tried to re-fashion the Catholic Church at his own convenience and whim?

Paris had a location that the authorities decided was appropriate for the man whose personal glory had for a time been syno…

THE BANNERS OF THE KING

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THE BANNERS OF THE KING

Our very first Post is reproduced here - it is worth reflecting where we are now :

BENEDICT XVI ADJUSTS THE SAILS ON PETER’S BARQUE AND SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN THE OFFICERS




The course set remains the same – toward the Master in Heaven by the most direct route. But it is obvious that the Holy Father is far from being satisfied with the way the sacred barque has been proceeding.



In the Year of St. Paul which closed on 29th June, 2009 he had us all consider the total dedication, boundless energy and zeal of St. Paul – burning with love for Christ whilst using all of his mental agility and deep learning for the spiritual good of his children in Christ. So the cry is to set more sail, and take advantage of the force of the true “Divine Wind”- the Holy Spirit of God, even as Paul did.



Just as the good mariner knows that his crew have to be trained very well if the ship is to be driven hard without coming to grief, Pope Benedict has taken the measure of his “officers” the orda…

BETTER TIMES PAPA SAYS

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E SUPREMI ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS X ON THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS IN CHRIST
OCTOBER 4, 1903 To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops and other Ordinaries in Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See.
Venerable Brethren, Health and the Apostolic Benediction
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9. Now the way to reach Christ is not hard to find: it is the Church. Rightly does Chrysostom inculcate: "The Church is thy hope, the Church is thy salvation, the Church is thy refuge." ("Hom. de capto Euthropio," n. 6.) It was for this that Christ founded it, gaining it at the price of His blood, and made it the depositary of His doctrine and His laws, bestowing upon it at the same time an inexhaustible treasury of graces for the sanctification and salvation of men.
You see, then, Venerable Brethren, the duty that has been imposed alike upon Us and upon you of bringing back to the discipline of the Church human society, now estranged from the wisdom of Christ; the Church w…