• History,  Religion

    Armed Violence is as Christian as the Pope

    Most of our freedoms today are as a direct, or indirect, result of actions by the Christian church, specifically, by the Pope. At least two, and possibly all three, of the decisive battles fought by Europeans to defend our civilization were either organized, or supported, by the Vatican. First let’s look at the list: Frankish King Charles Martel defeated Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi at the battle of Tours in 732, John of Austria led the combined fleet of the Holy League against the Ottoman navy at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, and Polish King John III Sobieski lifted the siege of Vienna in 1683. Charles’s victory stopped the northward…

  • St. Peter's sword
    Religion

    Christ and God Had Armed Guards

    This post begins an occasional series on religion. Many Canadians think they have to be pacifist to be good Christians. This isn’t so and they should understand why. The above image from the church in Gacé, Lower-Normandy, shows St. Peter sheathing his sword after defending the Lord on the night he was arrested on Gethsemane. It’s an odd grip he has on it, his thumb should be against the hilt, but no matter. The more interesting fact is that St. Peter is wearing it from a belt or baldric over his shoulder. This isn’t surprising since an early Roman short sword, an xiphos, copied from the Greeks, was between 18 and 22-inches long,…