Have you been listening to the podcast? If so, then maybe you can tell me what’s going on here, and how this thread on Twitter pretty much summarizes everything that we’ve been talking about on the podcast, especially with Fr. McCarthy, for the last year!
Watch the creepy dedication of this “military” cathedral in Russia.
“His Holiness Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and all the Rus Cyril, has consecrated the Patriarchal Main Military Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection. The Cathedral is built to thank God for the Victory of Russia in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War), and to remember all the pious and baptized fallen soldiers. This is the third largest Cathedral in Russia.”
I was recently criticized for letting this blog turn into a coronavirus blog instead of a blog against militarism — which I don’t think is true — but this is a good article that shows the clear link between them: Coronavirus Propaganda Mimics War Propaganda.
Our Socratic forbears taught us through their “Seeds of the Logos” that the reasoning man does not have to be an expert in a given field to be able to make a competent judgment regarding whether he is dealing with leaders whose advice he should heed or reject as fraudulent. Frauds demand absolute faith in their claims, treating the confused doubter with contempt for his invincible ignorance. Such imposters may seriously believe that they are omniscient experts. But when they tell young or otherwise healthy persons that they are in the same condition as the weakest of the elderly or the already ill; when they say that in order to protect itself the vast mass of the population has to abandon its livelihood, the well-being of its country, the cultural life of its civilization, and the tools required for its eternal salvation they must be dismissed for what they actually are: quacks.
On this day (May 1) 55 years ago, LIFE published Lennart Nilsson’s groundbreaking photo essay “The Drama of Life Before Birth.” It was the first-ever photographic fetal development timeline, featuring children of varying ages after they were miscarried or aborted.
To capture the images, Nilsson worked closely with the head of a women’s clinic at a hospital in Stockholm, who would call him within hours of an unborn child’s death so he could come in and photograph them. Only one of the images (the third photo here, on the spread that says “The Drama of Life Before Birth”) features a living child, 15 weeks old; it was taken with a wide-angle endoscopic camera. This image was the first published photograph of a fetal human being taken inside the womb.
In an article in The Guardian, Charlotte Jansen describes the now-iconic magazine cover: “In full colour and crystal clear detail, the picture showed a foetus in its amniotic sac, with its umbilical cord winding off to the placenta. The unborn child, floating in a seemingly cosmic backdrop, appears vulnerable yet serene. Its eyes are closed and its tiny, perfectly formed fists are clutched to its chest.”
Nilsson considered himself apolitical. He took these photos without any abortion-related agenda in mind. However, these photos revolutionized the way people see life before birth, and whether Nilsson intended them to or not, they rehumanized the tiniest members of our human family. #prolife #onthisdayinhistory
by Seymour M. Hersh
“It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida’s operations? He was hiding in the open. So America said.”https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v37/n10/seymour-m.-hersh/the-killing-of-osama-bin-laden