Saturday, May 23, 2015

Venerable Bede Feast Day is May 25

I always felt sorry for poor Bede because he seemed destined to forever be relegated to the minor farm leagues of Catholic Church sainthood and stuck on "Venerable".  The levels of sainthood are, from EWTN article "The Process of Beatification and Canonization" with analogue military ranks

3. BLESSED -- Field Grade Officer
4, SAINT -- Flag Officer

I, obviously, read the same outdated reference books that Mr. William did, because neither of us got the memo that Bede was promoted back in 1899 by Pope Leo XIII "The Venerable Bede
Question from William on 03-24-2003"

The Question:
"I was curious whether you know if Bede himself was ever actually made a saint? It seems odd that being such a good man, he got as far as "Venerable" in the process of canonization back in his day and no further; in its introductory materials my paperback edition does not even mention this issue"
The Answer:

"Bede the Venerable (d. 735) is actually venerated as a saint. He was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1899."

Now there's hope for us all! Bede died in 735 A.D. and it took him just over a millennium to get promoted to saint. So, if you're feeling demoralized and stuck in a rut, just hang in there, maybe your promotion will come through in a couple of centuries.

So, while I'm happy Leo XIII finally got off the dime wrt to canonizing poor, ignored Bede, I'm supremely displeased that Leo also allegedly inspired modern Commie Marxist Liberation Theology, from Julio Severo 5/24/2015 "Free republic" article "Liberation Theology, a KGB Invention? That Is Way Too Simple...":
"Although one cannot rule out Moscow’s hand in spreading this revolutionary movement, reality is much more complex: Liberation Theology was the fruit of a long process that took place inside Church sectors worked over by Modernism and imanentist modern philosophies, as well as by the influence of liberal Protestantism.
Its origins – not to go further back – can be traced to the pontificates of Popes Leo XIII (1878-1903) and Saint Pius X (1903-1914)."

Much to the chagrin of Marxist atheists, I'm sure, according to the BBC article on Bede, he was the first historian to use the A.D. dating system:

"His most famous work, which is a key source for the understanding of early British history and the arrival of Christianity, is 'Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum' or 'The Ecclesiastical History of the English People' which was completed in 731 AD. It is the first work of history in which the AD system of dating is used."

It thus seems ironic that Bede, known for being the first Anglo Saxon historian, is buried in a Norman cathedral, from the Britannia Biographies article:

"Within the walls of the imposing Norman Cathedral of Durham lies the simple tomb of a Christian monk who has earned the title as 'Father of English History.'" 
Photo of Bede's tomb from "Daily Echo" February 11, 2015 post "Discovering Albion – day 8: Durham Cathedral":

According to the "New Advent" article, Bede not only was a historian, but a musicologist:

"Venerable Bede is the earliest witness of pure Gregorian tradition in England. His works 'Musica theoretica' and 'De arte Metricâ' (Migne, XC) are found especially valuable by present-day scholars engaged in the study of the primitive form of the chant."

#ChicagoACappella 's rendition of "Prayer of the Venerable Bede":

It also seems obvious that Bede never met the Clinton family or their presumably dubious ancestors:

"Bede's motive for recording history reminds us of his deepest desires. He clearly states his purpose in his writings when he says, 'For if history records good things of good men, the thoughtful hearer is encouraged to imitate what is good; or if it records evil of wicked men, the good, religious reader or listener is encouraged to avoid all that is sinful and perverse, and to follow what he knows to be good and pleasing to God.'"

An example of Clinton horrible dubiousness from JEROME R. CORSI WND article "CLINTON AIDS CHARITY WAS SHUT DOWN IN MASSACHUSETTS: Operated for years without IRS authorization as 'tax exempt' non-profit"

"'What Ortel is revealing has all the hallmarks of a shell game in which criminals structure financial transactions to shield assets and confuse both regulators and the general public regarding how they are getting money for charitable purposes but keeping it for themselves personally,' Fitton said."

Bede wrote in order to help people do good and avoid doing evil, but the Clintons, as with most politicians, are inspired to do just the opposite, much to the chagrin of poor Jennifer that the USA doesn't have leaders of the stature of Bede acolyte, King Alfred:

A brief bio of St. Bede from Tappan, E. (1905). A Short History of England's Literature. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company.

The American Catholic article on Bede reiterates the Tappan story that Bede died reciting the Gloria, and possibly was an agoraphobe:

"Only once did he leave for a few months in order to teach in the school of the archbishop of York. Bede died in 735 praying his favorite prayer: 'Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As in the beginning, so now, and forever.'"

Woods, G., Watt, H., Anderson, G., and; Holznecht, K. (1958). The Literature of England: An Anthology and a History (Fourth ed., Vol. One). Chicago, Illinois: Scott, Foresman and Company includes an extended excerpt from Bede's writings:

Saying your prayers on your death bed might all be well and good and eventually motivate the Catholic church to canonize you centuries after you died; however, G.M. Trevelyan asserts Bede is an ethnocentric bigoted Mercian phobe suffering from Northumbria Privilege from Trevelyan, George Macaulay. History of England. 3rd ed. Vol. I. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1953. Print. p86

"it must be remembered that Mercia gets less than justice done to its importance and power in the history of Bede the Northumbrian."

Apparently, Dante didn't have a problem with Bede's alleged Merciaphobia, and included him among the "greatest scholars of Christendom in the region of the sun", from Paradiso Canto X:130-148 Isidore: Bede: Richard of St. Victor: Sigier:

"Next, see the glowing breath of Isidore of Seville flame out, of Bede, and Richard of SaintVictor, who in contemplation exceeded Man. The one from whom your glance returns to me, is the light of a spirit, who, of profound thought, seemed to himself to reach death too slowly: it is the eternal light of Sigier, who, lecturing in the Rue du Fouarre, syllogised truths that brought him hatred.’"

However, the editors at Grolier are not as forgiving as Dante. Bede's alleged Merciaphobia and Northumbrian Privilege might explain why the editors of a Junior High School level encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge. Vol. 2. New York: Grolier, 1979. 115. Print, didn't include Bede in their "B" volume:

Encyclopedia goes from Becket to Beecher and skips over poor Bede altogether:

Counterpoint on leftist false meme of so-called #WhitePrivilege:

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