Monday, February 2, 2015

Notes: Thursday, January 1-Monday, February 2, 2015

1. Some changes to this blog's links

Just now, I've added a link to the website of The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia (that website came to my attention via this CathNews item) to my "Bishops and (Local) Churches of Australia and the world" links (and changed that links section's heading from "Bishops and Sees of Australia and the world"), and removed the respective links to the Bundarrah Days and Cooees from the Cloister blogs from my "Daily-visit blog links" (because those two blogs have gone private), and I've also removed the respective links to the Imperium Christi and Opuscula blogs from my "Weekly-visit blog links" (because those two blogs have not been updated in a long time).

Labels: blogs

2. "The American Revolution had more to do with the Quebec Act, which recognised the traditional rights of the Catholic church in Canada, than with the Stamp Act."

The quotation in that headline comes from the book review "All you’ll ever need to know about the history of England in one volume", by Mr. Daniel Hannan M.E.P., dated December 13, 2014, downloaded from The Spectator's website:

(That book review came to my attention via the version printed under the headline "Fair England's triumphs and travails", with the same byline, on pp. 16 f. (the quotation was on p. 16) in the "BOOKS" pages of the "review" supplement of The Weekend Australian, January 17-18, 2015, Second Edition, No. 15629, ISSN 1038-8761, published by Nationwide News Pty. Limited.) See also the comments at that webpage (especially the ones in the first thread) and the comment by me in the combox at this blog post by Dr. Sudlow.

Labels: Canada, colonialism, U.S.A.

3. "An extremism checklist has been distributed to line managers in the [Defence ]department, with tips for spotting warning signs that their public servants might be flirting with the hard right."

The quotation, excluding my square-bracketed interpolation, in that headline comes from the article "Defence Department cracks down on office extremists", by Mr. Noel Towell, dated January 20, 2015, downloaded from The Sydney Morning Herald's website:

(But I don't log that article just for that quotation; the whole article is worth reading.)

Labels: Defence Department

4. "I[, Miranda Devine,] have nothing but admiration for the gay couples I know who have done a great job bringing up children."

The quotation, excluding my square-bracketed interpolation, in that headline comes from the opinion piece "The horror of the boutique baby scandal", by Ms Miranda Devine, dated January 21, 2015, downloaded from the Sydney Daily Telegraph's website:

(That article came to my attention via the version printed under the headline "Boutique baby scandal", with the same author, on p. 13 of The Daily Telegraph, Wednesday, January 21, 2015, ISSN 1038-8745, published by Nationwide News Pty. Ltd. and is also available at Ms Devine's blog.)

Labels: G.L.B.T., Miranda Devine

5. Prof. Bury on the second-century Apologies for Christianity:
The Apologies for Christianity which appeared at this period (second century) might have helped, if the Emperors (to whom some of them were addressed) had read them, to confirm the view that it was a political danger. It would have been easy to read between the lines that, if the Christians ever got the upper hand, they would not spare the cults of the State. The contemporary work of Tatian (A Discourse to the Greeks) reveals what the Apologists more or less sought to disguise, invincible hatred towards the civilization in which they lived. Any reader of the Christian literature of the time could not fail to see that in a State where Christians had the power there would be no tolerance of other religious pracices.¹[ "¹ For the evidence of the Apologists see A. Bouché-Leclercq, Religious Intolerance and Politics (French, 1911)—a valuable review of the whole subject."] If the Emperors made an exception to their tolerant policy in the case of Christianity, their purpose was to safeguard tolerance.
[italics and round-bracketed parentheses in the original, my square-bracketed interpolation (quoting from the relevant footnote),
pp. 44 f., A History of Freedom of Thought, eighth impression, by Prof. J. B. Bury, published by Thornton Butterworth, London, January 1932]
See also item 1.2 of this Notes post.

Labels: Fathers, religious liberty, Roman Empire

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Candlemas, A.D. 2015