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Katharine Hepburn died on St. Peter's Day, June 29, 2003.
To Katharine Hepburn as the Madwoman of Chaillot:
"Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no
true-story teller who would keep that from you."
-- Ernest Hemingway,
Death in the Afternoon, Ch. 11
"There is never any ending to Paris...."
-- Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Three Days Late
and a Dollar Short
THE BOOK AGAINST GOD
This is a book that attempts to recreate the myth of Saint Peter.
See the New York Times review of this book from today, July 2, 2003, three days late. The Feast of St. Peter was on June 29.
The price, $24, also falls short of the theological glory reflected in the number 25, the common denominator of Christmas (12/25) and AntiChristmas (6/25), as well as the number of the heart of the Catholic church, the Bingo card.
For all these issues, see my entries and links in memory of St. Peter, from June 29 (See below).
The real "book against God," a novel by Robert Stone, is cited there. The legend of St. Peter is best described by Stone, not Wood.
Tuesday, July 01, 2003 5:37 PM
Jew's on First
This entry is dedicated to those worshippers of Allah
who have at one time or another cried
"Itbah al-Yahud!" ... Kill the Jew!
(See June 29 entries below).
Dead at 78
Whatever. We may imagine he has now walked, leading a parade of many other stand-up saints, into a bar.
From my May 25 entry,
Matrix of the Death God:
R. M. Abraham's Diversions and Pastimes, published by Constable and Company, London, in 1933, has the following magic square:
The Matrix of Abraham
A summary of the religious import of the above from Princeton University Press:
"Moslems of the Middle Ages were fascinated by pandiagonal squares with 1 in the center.... The Moslems thought of the central 1 as being symbolic of the unity of Allah. Indeed, they were so awed by that symbol that they often left blank the central cell on which the 1 should be positioned."
-- Clifford A. Pickover, The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars, Princeton U. Press, 2002, pp. 71-72
Other appearances of this religious icon on the Web include:
In the Picasso's Birthday version, 22 of the 25 magic square cells are correlated with pictures on the "Class of '91" cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Number 7 is Rod† Stewart. In accordance with the theological rhyme "Seven is heaven, eight is a gate," our site music for today is "Forever Young," a tune made famous by Stewart.
Katharine Hepburn died at 2:50 PM EDT on the Feast of St. Peter.
"The Consecration and Sacrifice effected by the priest (standing in the place of Christ) is, then, the visible manifestation of an eternal and timeless act. After the Consecration, as Gueranger says in The Liturgical Year, 'the divine Lamb is lying on our altar!' Thus we see that the Mass is the visible reality, here and now, of the timeless eternal Mass of Heaven, described in the Apocalypse. Through it we participate in the Celestial Liturgy; through it the gates of Heaven are opened to us and the possibility of eternal life is made available to us."
The Church Militant recommends
Defense of the Inquisitions.
For a different viewpoint,
see my May 12 entries.
Sunday, June 29, 2003 4:22 PM EDT
Every Boy Has a Daddy
Today is the Feast of Saint Peter.
The most timely quote I know of for today's religious observances is from Oh What a Web They Weave, by F. John Loughnan:
"Every boy has a daddy."
This was written as part of an attack on the father of a Latin-Mass Catholic who authored the website Ecclesia Militans, which has the logo
Note the resemblance to the Iron Cross.
Soldier of Fortune magazine, April 2002, contains a brief discussion of the German motto "Gott mit uns" that is relevant to the concept of The Church Militant.
Soldier of Fortune,
The actor on the cover, Mel Gibson, also serves to illustrate our meditation for today, "Every boy has a daddy." See Christopher Noxon's article in the New York Times Magazine of March 9, 2003:
Is the Pope Catholic... Enough?
Noxon attacks Gibson's father Hutton -- like his son Mel, a Latin-Mass Catholic, and author of
Is the Pope Catholic?
A related "Every boy has a daddy" attack appears in the June 2003 issue of Playboy magazine. An entertaining excerpt from this attack on Joseph P. Kennedy, father of JFK, may be found at Orwell Today.
Finally, let us meditate on the ultimate "Every boy has a daddy" attack -- by novelist Robert Stone on the alleged father of Jesus of Nazareth:
From the mosques, from the alleys, from the road: "Allahu Akbar!" ....
Then a voice shouted: "Itbah al-Yahud!" .... Kill the Jew! ....
"Itbah al-Yahud!" the crowd screamed....
Then Lucas saw the things they had taken up: trowels and
mallets and scythes, some dripping blood. Everyone was screaming,
calling on God. On God, Lucas thought. He was terrified of
falling, of being crushed by the angry swarm that was whirling around
him. He wanted to pray. "O Lord," he heard himself say.
The utterance filled him with loathing, that he was calling on God, on
The New York Times Magazine article mentioned above was prompted, in part, by
Mel Gibson's current movie production, "The Passion," about the final 12 hours in the (first, or
possibly second) life of Jesus. If I were producing a Passion play, as
Peter I would certainly cast Stone.