The eternal search for meaning – the Lisbon Treaty and the power of prayer… according to the Hibernian September 11, 2008Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty, Religion.
The July issue of the Hibernian had a number of great pieces. Well, a number of interesting pieces. Well, okay, just some plainly odd pieces. But why change a winning formula? It really is like a version of Ireland’s Own writ slightly larger. Newsprint with muddy colour barely adhering to the pages interspersed with black and white pages of uneven quality. And that’s before we get to the writing. Then there is the extensive use of Marian imagery.
And the articles. Hmmm… Who can but fail to thrill to reading a review of Hilaire Belloc and Cecil Chesterton’s “The Party System” by Gary Brady which starts with the words…
“Democracy has much to be said for it… however… eventually the candidates realise that appealing to the lowest common denominator can be the ideal way to gather votes…”
Of course slightly reactionary interpretations are to be expected in the Hibernian. Or very reactionary interpretations, dependent upon taste. And it may be my faulty memory, but wasn’t Belloc a favourite of further right formations in the past..?
Anyway, he continues by arguing that Belloc and Chesterton’s thoughts, with a small assist from Ron Paul (!) reflect the ‘government’s reaction to the first Nice referendum’. Very noticeable in this issue are the pieces on “American History”… perhaps a bid to attract support and finance from the US (although as noted here previously that poses interesting thoughts). Then there is a lash in another piece at Ancestral Healing Masses which descends into a fairly baroque (and bombastic) paean of praise…
…St. James had the attractive title, Son of Thunder, maybe we can pray that his successors, the bishops will become Sons of Thunder, thundering out the glorious Catholic faith.
Anyhow, all that is fascinating, but as good – in the context of the news about the Government’s latest attempt to wriggle off the Lisbon Treaty hook with the release of polling data that simply underscores what any fule no’s – is the piece by our old friend Tom Prendeville (he of Magill as well as the Hibernian) which gives the real reason for why Lisbon failed. Or as he puts it:
“The Lisbon Treaty was nobbled by Prayer Crusade”.
Now, in amongst talk of conscription, neutrality, peace, the economy and what have you as the reasons for the defeat (or success) this is surely unusual. But read on… for we learn that:
The Dublin couple in their 90s who started a nationwide prayer crusade to defeat the Lisbon Constitution Treaty believe that a massive spiritual revolution is now underway in Ireland which could change Europe forever.
“…we consider a spiritual revolution has gotten underway since June 13th. We wish to restore the Christianity we brought to Europe 1500 years ago rather than the secularisation they are imposing upon us. We didn’t have a snowball chance in defeating the Treaty due to all the forces ranged against us had it not been for the prayer Crusade to defeat it. Our prayers have been answered.”
Or so says nonagenerian solicitor Gerry O Mahoney, whose demands are simple… ‘we are praying that the law of God is given its rightful place in any new treaty or constitution’. Perhaps a trifle off message for the Hibernian which is unrelentingly opposed for many many reasons to the Treaty. One hopes that the Governments focus groups are listening to that.
And this is an international struggle, for Prendeville notes that the International Catholic television network EWNT (Eternal Word Network Television) took the first anti-Lisbon prayer crusade on board almost two months ago.
“The Alabama based television network broadcasts to 123 million homes in over 140 countries is one of the world’s largest networks”
Interesting. How good of them to notice.
Anyhow the article continues:
Lest anyone be in any doubt about the power of prayer directed at a single cause, history is replete with astonishing examples of corrupt tyrannical governments and invaders, who, when confronted with organised prayer were stopped in their tracks and comprehensively defeated.
According to leading Catholic Author and historian, Deirdre Manifold [hmmm… a space/time joke – for the month that’s in it what with CERN starting up? Hardly. Said Manifold exists, has published works such as Fatima and the Great Conspiracy, Karl Marx: True or False Prophet – you’ll guess her thoughts – and Towards World Government and moreover has had these advertised in the Hibernian. If you go on the net you can find some of her thoughts as expressed at a conference on Fatima] after the Second World War when the Russians invaded Eastern Austria and Vienna the people were persecuted and living in fear of the communists.
Aside – so like the EU today – no?
However, an Austrian priest, Father Petrus Pavlicek stood up to the communists and organised a prayer crusade which eventually resulted in the Russians peacefully fleeing the country. Something no Russian army had ever done in previous history. “In 1955 the invading Russian communist army left the country because 10 percent of the people were saying the Rosary. The occupying communists just marched out they (Russians) could not understand it”
Now I was under the impression that the course of history in the pre-Second World War period – including the small matter of something known as the Third Reich – and after, including the partition of the country into various zones was central to the ultimate departure of the Soviets, not least the fact that the Russians never managed to take more than a third of the country and that the death of Stalin and the consequent change in priorities of the Soviets was of significance. Moreover the Russians were fairly scrupulous in keeping to the terms of the Potsdam Conference and therefore were compliant with the eventual independence of Austria as long as it was formally neutral. Vienna while also partitioned remained as capital with a working national government and a fully independent government took power there in 1955. Persecution? Not a huge amount of evidence of that, although the Soviets did exercise power within their zone sometimes at odds with the national government. But, I guess I’m wrong and that Austria was invaded, the people were persecuted and it took a miracle to push them out. This critical mass of ‘organised’ prayer is intriguing. What would happen with 20 percent, or 30? The overthrow of Marcos in the Philippines apparently. Strange though how this works spottily and irregularly.
Jerry O’Mahoney is confident that with Divine help they will succeed in defeating any attempts at imposing upon Ireland a Godless slopped up rehash of the Lisbon Treaty whose band of demoralised supporters are dwindling by the day like vampires exposed to the cleansing power of sunlight.
Hmmm… yes. Indeed. Not necessarily the first comparison that would spring to mind, or the second, or even the third. It’s sort of from the Buffy school of making things simple but exciting. But no doubt he’s right.
He is also confident that Europe which is suffering from almost terminal spiritual decline can be saved and made new again.
Ever the optimist. Now, seeing as we’re talking about optimists, what about that polling data from the Government..?