Martha Coakley Fought To Keep Innocent People Behind Bars

Saturday, January 16, 2010 \PM\.\Sat\.

That a Republican candidate is within reasonable striking distance of winning the US Senate seat which until recently was filled by the late Ted Kennedy underscores what a horrifically bad job the state Democratic Party did in selecting their candidate. State attorney general Martha Coakley has rapidly gained a national reputation for saying incredibly stupid things. As it turns out, however, there are serious reasons why no reasonable person, of either political party, should want to see Coakley in higher office.

Many remember the wave of bizarre day care child abuse cases which swept the country in the ’80s, featuring headline hungry prosecutors taking children to “recovered memory” counseling sessions in order to “discover” abuse which had been perpetrated upon them. Clinton era attorney general Janet Reno made her made her career, in part, by successfully prosecuting cases of ritual child abuse — which later turned out to be false charges.

One of the first of these highly publicized cases in which therapists extracted accusations of ritual abuse from very young children was the Amirault case in Malden, Massachusetts. Dorothy Rabinowitz (who received her 2001 Pulitzer Prize in part for her work in exposing ritual abuse witch hunts that resulted in false convictions) writes about how as Middlesex County district attorney, Martha Coakley fought to keep the surviving members of the Amirault family behind bars even it became clear that the charges against them were false: Read the rest of this entry »

Monteverdi – Dixit Dominus/Duo Seraphim

Saturday, January 16, 2010 \AM\.\Sat\.

My two favorite parts from his Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610. Monteverdi is fast becoming one of my all-time favorite composers, and this is why:

From the wiki: “The text Duo Seraphim (“Two angels were calling one to the other…”) begins as a duet. When the text (which melds lines from Isaiah and the Gospel of John) mentions the Trinity, a third tenor joins. All three sing in unison at the words, “these three are one.””

I own this version.

400 years ago exactly, Monteverdi wrote the songs of the angels, who give endless praise and glory to God. Today, unscrupulous, mediocre hacks write films about angels defying God. How far we have fallen!

Jesuitical 10: Campion Award to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Saturday, January 16, 2010 \AM\.\Sat\.

Hattip to Midwest Conservative Journal The latest in my on-going series on the follies of some modern Jesuits.  Proving yet again that they have the charism of being impervious to irony, the editorial board of America magazine announced that they were awarding the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the Campion Award.  Considering the fact that Saint Edmund Campion, SJ, was martyred for his efforts to give spiritual succor to Catholics unwilling to desert the Faith for the Church of England, one might think that even the denizens of the editorial board of America might regard this as a trifle odd.  However, it actually makes sense when you think about it.  First, it allows them to take a backhanded slap at the Anglican initiative of the Pope, and, second, what the Church of England has morphed into, a left wing pressure group with prayers, is frankly what America has been championing for years in the Catholic Church.  Their hopes have been crushed, but they can by this award salute Rowan Williams, and give another gesture to the Pope.

I Vow To Thee My Country

Saturday, January 16, 2010 \AM\.\Sat\.

Something for the weekend.  In 1921 Gustav Holst set to music a poem by Cecil Spring-Rice.  The song movingly reminds Christians that they have two homelands, one they can see and one they cannot.  This song is a favorite for Remembrance Day ceremonies in Britain and the Commonwealth. Read the rest of this entry »