Sunday, February 28, 2021

The virtues before talk of miracles

"every act of God in human existence is judged by its spiritual fruits.  It elicits prudence before talk [(Ce qui engage à la prudence avant de parler)] of signs from heaven or of 'miracles'.  Confidence in God [(L'attitude confiante)] and an openness to mystery [pre]suppose often endurance [(supposent souvent la durée)] and the crossing of many deserts."

     André Dupleix, "La responsabilité de l'église et des médecins devant les miracles de Lourdes," Bulletin de littérature ecclésiastique 94, no.1 (1993):  27 (19-36).

What is this rising from the dead?

τί ἐστι τὸ ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀναστῆναι[;]

     Mk 9:10:  "And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of man should have risen from the dead.  So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant" (RSV).

Friday, February 26, 2021

"I have been rightly told that it [my pride] will die fifteen minutes after I do."

      St. Bernadette Soubirous to Jeanne Védère, René Laurentin, Bernadette vous parle, 2 vols. (Paris:  Lethielleux, 1972), vol. 1, p. 354, as quoted in René Laurentin, Bernadette of Lourdes:  a life based on authenticated documents, trans. from Vie de Bernadette (Desclee de Brouwer, 1978) by John Drury (Minneapolis, MN:  Winston Press, 1979), 206.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

"very stupid and unworthy things on the subject of women"

Polygamia triumphatrix
(1682), p. 123
      "On the sex of souls and on the image of God in the souls of women we have . . . alluded to some [important] discussions anterior to the second Council of Mâcon [held in 585].  We sought only to indicate trajectories of research, cite some recent studies, and, at the same time, suggest a larger context for the polemics to which so many have devoted themselves [(on s'est livre)] not unwillingly, [and] in the 19th century above all, although the arrows flew low:  'perfidious falsification', 'blunder', 'enormity', 'Voltairean jokes', 'ridiculous objection', 'ludicrous tradition', 'scholars of contraband [(savants de contraband)]'.  On the precise terrain on which they fought, the Catholic apologists were right.  [It is] a matter of fact that there has not existed, in the history of Christianity, a legend as unfounded and [yet] tenacious [(aussi tenace et aussi mal fondée)] as that of the Council of Mâcon, with the possible exception of that—a legend not unlike it in character—of the She-Pope Joan.

     "And yet, the refutations, perfectly justified in themselves, were accompanied by triumphalist declarations that have not contributed to a decontamination of the atmosphere. . . .

     "We would prefer, rather, to hear from [the likes of] the distinguished Jesuit Max Pribilla, who noted in a [far] humbler tone [that] 'Over the centuries there certainly have also been Catholic theologians who said [(ont soutenu)] very stupid and unworthy [things] on the subject of women. . . .'  (Although [Pribilla] did add, in effect, [that] one cannot, all the same, impute to them a debate over the existence in them of a soul!)"

          Émilien Lamirande, "De l'âme des femmes:  autour d'un faux anniversaire," Science et esprit 37, no. 3 (1985):  350-351 (335-352).  It's pretty easy to find solid information in English on the Council of Mâcon.  See, for example, Michael Nolan:  First things, New Blackfriars, etc.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Pseudo-Ulysses S. Grant? "there are three political parties in the United States: the Republican, the Democratic, and the Methodist Church."

Here's what I've found so far.  Search hits dropped off the map behind 1900, and in the low-hanging 19th- (and even early 20th-) century newspaper/magazine fruit in the University of Washington databases, too.  Significantly, perhaps, I also encountered "three political parties in the United States"/"this country"-references with "Temperance" or "Prohibition" in that third or "Methodist" slot.  (So one could see how this could have been a variation on an established trope, or vice versa.)  I would welcome any substantive additions, but the historians I've consulted do little more than cite each other, IF anything at all:

With thanks to Douglas M. Strong for the diversion.