The most important news story this week

And it’s not good news. Scientists created a part-human, part-pig embryo.

That’s evil,and insane. God did mankind a favor at Babel.

“The LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the people had built. Then the LORD said: If now, while they are one people and all have the same language, they have started to do this, nothing they presume to do will be out of their reach. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that no one will understand the speech of another. So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. — Genesis 11, New American Bible

UPDATE 30 January 2017: Summary of chimera research.

People differ

“In my Travels, as I walked through many Regions and Countries, it was my chance to happen into that famous Continent of universe; a very large and spacious Country it is…

“The people are not all of one complexion, nor yet of one Language, mode, or way of Religion; but differ as much as (’tis said) do the Planets themselves. Some are right, and some are wrong, even as it happeneth to be in lesser Regions.” — The Holy War, by John Bunyan, 1682

The people differ – well, sure. But “Some are right, and some are wrong?” Isn’t that hate speech?

Carols

In Gaudete the second verse

Ezechielis porta
Clausa pertransitur.
Unde lux est orta
Salus invenitur.

is a reference to Ezekiel 44:1-4. Everybody likely to listen to Christmas carols in Latin probably already knew this, but it was new to me.

I hadn’t heard Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant, from here, for many years.

Continuing the French theme, here’s Noël Nouvelet sung by Lorenna McKennitt.

Finally one in English: Shepherds Arise, by the Richard Huish College Folk Quire.

Jesus and Mary in the burning bush

In this picture, I am the sheep.

In this picture, I am the sheep.

“Why are Mary and Jesus in the burning bush?” asks one sheep. “What does all that mean? What’s happening?” “Dunno,” says the other sheep. “Don’t worry about it. We’re just sheep.”

You can read more about it at:

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (a holiday in some countries.) As far as I know, that has nothing to do with this icon.

French people

It seems they are not all alike.

“Zombie Catholics share certain symptoms: Not only do they hail from regions where resistance was greatest to the French Revolution, but they also have taken advantage of the benefits that flowed from that seismic event. Highly educated and meritocratic, they also privilege a traditional ordering of professional and domestic duties between husbands and wives; strong attachment to social, community, and family activities; and a general wariness over the role of the state in private and community affairs, including “free schools” (Catholic private schools). — France’s Zombie Catholics Have Risen – and They’re Voting