I read this story in the UK Daily Mail, and would have let it pass as another mildly entertaining story on nostalgic ads from the past, except for the one above, which hits a little close to home.
As the Commander in Chief has been apprized of a design form’d for the observance of that ridiculous and childish custom of burning the Effigy of the pope – He cannot help expressing his surprise that there should be Officers and Soldiers in this army so void of commons sense, so not so see the impropriety of such a step at this Juncture; at a Time when we are soliciting, and have really obtain’d, the friendship and alliance of the people of Canada, whom we ought to consider as Brethren embarked in the same Cause.. The defence of the general Liberty of America. At such a juncture, and in such Circumstance, to be insulting their Religion, is so monstrous, as not to be suffered or excused; indeed instead of offering the most remote insult, it is our duty to address public thanks to these our Brethren, as to them we are so much indebted for every late happy Success over the common Enemy in Canada.
— from an order issued November 5, 1775, banning the “celebration” of Guy Fawkes’ Day (h/t to Fr. Rutler)
(Click here for a discussion of Washington’s possible deathbed conversion to the Catholic faith)
In this second installment of reflections on the flushing of civilization, we read of really nifty developments in the world of junk science:
Test tube burgers could hit kitchens this year after scientists create meat with taste of quarter-pounder
They used to just raise cattle, then slaughter them, then sell the meat. This sounds so much better. Current price is about $350,000/lb. I guess that government funding is in order for that bargain price.
Animal rights activists like the idea, as it is–to them– an “ethical” way of producing meat. They show little concern for the slaughter of human children, but cows, hey, that’s cruel!
Aren’t there laws against child abuse?
See, he “chose” to be a boy, so the parents “had to” give in. And the British government supports the decision. My young girls say they are princesses. Can we get our kingdoms, castles and courtiers now, please?
At this point, I hope that you have your Lenten plan ready to roll. If not, why not consider this whimsical plan devised by John Zmirak some years ago. This is taken from the archives of the now defunct “Godspy” site, but perhaps Dr. Zmirak will forgive the liberty if I provide this link to Crisis Magazine, for which he now writes.
Did your Lenten penances get lost in the desert? On April 1st, here are one bad Catholic’s ideas for making Holy Week suitably grim.
By John Zmirak
10. Schadenfreude: That warm, grim feeling of satisfaction you get from watching planes crash, stocks plummet and presidential candidates debate. Best to dampen this enthusiasm in preparation for a Holy Easter.
9. Foxhunting: Bloodsports are generally discouraged in the 40 days before Our Lord shed His.
8. Discussing the “spiritual problems” of a friend with everyone you know, “so they’ll remember to pray for him.”
7. Writing single-spaced letters of complaint to: a) The local bishop, b) The Vatican, or c) The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights.
6. Forwarding emails of the following types:
5. Hand-rolled cigars or French cigarettes (smoking the cheap ones is a penance).