Reviewed by Jim Spencer
Islam at the Gates: How Christendom Defeated the Ottoman Turks, by Dr. Diane Moczar (published in 2008 by Sophia Institute Press, Box 5284, Manchester, NH 03108; 1-(800) 888-9344; www.sophiainstitute.com. ISBN 978-1-933184-25-8. Softcover, 8.5” X 5.5”, 243 pages. $17.95 plus s&h.)
The Turks belatedly developed sea power, but during the 16th century they came to dominate the Mediterranean Sea.
One major reason for Turkish success through these ten centuries conquest was that various countries of Europe failed to cooperate for their mutual defense. They were often too busy squabbling with one another to present a united front. More than one country went so far as to side with the Turks against another European country. One Italian State even provided oceanic transportation for Muslim soldiers and the Muslim slave trade!
Of course, we’re all familiar with the story of Pope St. Pius V and the victory of Don Juan of Austria in the sea battle of Lepanto in 1571. We’re also familiar with the story of the Polish King, John Sobieski’s successful defense of Vienna in 1683, when he routed the Turkish army, which retreated in disarray, never to return.
Forced conversions were common under such a terrorist regime. But what about those who refused to convert? They, the dhimmi, were taxed heavily but allowed to live, provided they recognized themselves as “subdued.” They had to wear identifying clothes, step aside with visible humility to allow any Muslim to pass, and so forth. Any dhimmi who failed to act properly subdued could be (and usually was) summarily killed.
Overall, this is a very timely book, It’s also a very well organized and a very well written book.
Copyright, 2008, by James B. Spencer. First Serial Rights
In Denver Celebrated By Bishop James Conley
Here is an excellent gallery of pictures from the Solemn High Pontifical Mass at the Cathedral Basilica in Denver Colorado. Celebrating is Bishop James Conley, formerly the pastor of Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, and liaison and co-celebrant (along with Fr. Jarrod Lies) to Bishop Jackels for the Latin Mass Community (EFLR) of St. Anthony, Wichita.
I'm digging those groovy shoes and gloves...can someone tell me the proper names for these accoutrements (leave in comments section below)?
Follow link here for a great gallery of pictures.
We started as a support team built around a professional, central writer (thank you Jim Spencer) then moved to less formal writing and contributors...missing a few issues now and then, losing some readers and gaining some fans...stumbling here and soaring there...but always with the spirit of the ancient liturgy in our hearts...so impassioned with the love of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite and Mother Catholic Church.
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Thank you Bob Walterschied and Bob Wells for the longevity of faith and all those great old stories that you tell and don't think anyone really remembers...and to all, thanks for the donuts and coffee, for showing up in the pews with bleary eyes, sleepy thoughts, but open and loving hearts...thank you Your Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for your Apostolic Letter "Summorum Pontificum" issued Motu Proprio but most of all thank the Blessed Mary ever virgin, St. Michael, St. John, Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints and Almighty God for the sacrifice for our sins: Jesus Christ.
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Video: Godspeed! Chapel of Bones, Évora, Portugal
The Santo Niño de Atocha is a Roman Catholic depiction* of the Infant Jesus and is popular in the Hispanic cultures of Spain, Mexico, and the southwestern United States, especially New Mexico. * If I am correct the Nino de Atocha is NOT a saint but, again, a depiction of Jesus Christ as a child.
San Lorenzo/Saint Lawrence was one of seven deacons under Pope St. Sixtus and was condemned to death by the Prefect of Rome. The story goes that he was slowly roasted to death and even joked: "Turn me over, I`m done on this side!" Then he prayed that the city of Rome might be converted to Jesus and that the Catholic Faith may spread all over the world.
He is shown with a grill and garlic and is the Patron saint of cooks (apropos).
Prayer tract from 1944 with an imprimatur by samuel Alphonsus Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago.