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October 20, 2009



"What will these poor, Anglican converts do on Guy Fawkes Day?"

It would be good to recall that if it weren't for the likes of George Washington, anti-Catholic festivities like Guy Fawkes Day would have also been the norm for America:

Order in Quarters issued by General George Washington, November 5, 1775

"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 common sense, as not to see the impropriety of such a step at this Juncture; at a Time when we are solliciting, 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 Circumstances, 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."


For that matter, there are Englishmen who quip that some celebrate that he failed, some that he at least tried.

Tim J.

I have to say, if Brits feel about Parliament anything like Americans feel about Congress, then most of them have probably fantasized about blowing it up at some point.



Tim J.

BTW, thanks for that info on George Washington, e.

I think I have read it before, in some of my kids' Catholic home school material.

jim janknegt

As a Catholic convert from the Episcopal church I applaude the recent move. It was hard to give up the Book of Common Prayer. The English in it is truly poetic and beautiful. The translation of the Psalms is wonderful. In comparison the Catholic English in the Divine office translations often sound wooden and awkward. If we had an Anglican rite parish close by I would probably attend.

That being said I cannot tell you how glad I am to NOT be an Episcopalian.I love the Catholic Church!

John Kasaian

This is exciting news!
What impresses me me is how our Holy Father kicked in the afterburners on this and got her off the deck without the usual endless "pyseudo-dialoging" that has become the hallmark of ecumenism.

A Pope's got to do what a Pope's got to do! --Bravo Papa Benedict!

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