Sep 3, 2006

Just a note about bishops...and orphans

Did you see the French movie "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc" (1928) tonight on TCM? I saw the second half of it. I might as well say it: It is hard not to notice the part that bishops played in the imprisonment, trial and execution of the noble, holy martyr St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431).

They were bishops; should the people have abided by their bishops' decisions and made no protest during the serial heinous injustices done to 19-year-old St. Joan? The crowd at the execution cried out, "You have burned a saint!" Should they have kept silent?

If that crowd 575 years ago could call out, "You have burned a saint!" may we cry out to the hierarchy today, "You are doing violence to children!" in defense of the many orphans whom Catholic Charities of San Francisco will imminently help adoption-shuttle to homosexuals?

What will it take to peel the blinders from people so they open their hearts to California's orphans and OPPOSE the heinous injustice the Church will help perpetrate on them?


Anonymous Father G said...

I saw only the end of the film but am familiar enough with the trial of St. Joan to know that it was pre-ordained by English authorities that she should die; Church authorities were manipulated to bring about the end desired by the English. Of course, in due time, the Magisterium of the Church repudiated and invalidated the actions of the Church tribunal that had convicted Joan on charges of heresy and witchcraft. Unfortunately, the English had already burned her at the stake in one of history's great injustices.

Will we see a similar repudiation by the Holy See of the situation in San Francisoc regarding Catholic Charities and the adoption of children by same-sex couples? We shall see.

Thank God, communication today is instantaneous so we won't have to wait years as they did in the case of the Maid of Orleans.

1:34 AM  
Blogger Jeff Miller said...

I have seen it before and it is far and above the best movie ever made on St. Joan and one of the best saint movies ever.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Jeff,

Thanks for your mini-review of that powerful film.

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us!

9:31 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Reverend and Dear Father G,

Yes, thank you for pointing out the involvement of the English. Through the centuries, the British Crown has manipulated or confused some bishops and clergy in several lands, such as Ireland.

It would be wonderful if the Holy See would save California's kids.

Our Lady, Honor of the Sky, pray for the children and for those who have the power to save them. Amen.

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...

I hate to say it, but do not hold your breath for the Vatican to act. The faithful laity must demand that this be stopped.

I can possibly go to Sadcramento tomorrow in support of the demonstration at 10:45 AM, but I can spend that time in front of the Blessed Sacrament in support of those courageous souls demonstrating, and I urge others to do likewise.

Kenneth M. Fisher

10:49 PM  
Anonymous DAve said...


Vintage Q!!!

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can watch The Passion of Joan of Arc online here: Movies Online

8:02 PM  

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