Monday, 31 January 2011

The Nazi's - A warning from history

The Nazi's - A warning from history is the title of an often repeated programme on Yesterday channel, or as one comedian put it as they show so many Nazi programs, The Nazi's were bad people, we get it channel.

Reading "20th Century History" magazine in the library, the following struck me from an analysis of the fall of the Weimar republic

Chancellor Bruning attempts to control the situation (the economic crisis caused by Wall St crash) by raising taxes and cutting public spending proved extremely unpopular with both the ordinary population and his fellow politicians. As he struggled to maintain the confidence of the Reichstag, people began to look elsewhere for a way out of the situation. It was in this climate that political extremism began to flourish.

Where will people look today? I fear to the BNP and the like, blaming immigrants or to the far right, laisse faire capatalism - 'every man for themselves'.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Preach the gospel in and out of season

The parish had a mission last year, the priest leading it being a probably unique fusion of no nonsense orthodox preaching which usually ended with him picking his guitar up and signing at the end. I do remember coming home and saying to the better half " A lot of that will not go down well with some of the parish."

Indeed it didn't.

Three cheers for the PP, his response at a parish meeting.

While he recognised that some of what Fr said might have been termed ‘old fashioned’, it is good to hear what the Church actually teaches rather than what we ‘think’ the Church teaches.