Wednesday, June 6, 2012

His Holiness the Pope on Her Most Britannic Majesty's Diamond Jubilee

Below, in its entirety, the text of a "letter, read out at a service of Thanksgiving in Rome," which "was attended by Cardinal George Pell, as well as Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, and Christian leaders from different denominations and ambassadors from around the world" — Pope praises Queen’s 'inspiring example':
    I write to offer my warmest congratulations to Your Majesty on the happy occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of your reign.

    During the past 60 years you have offered to your subjects and to the whole world an inspiring example of dedication to duty and a commitment to maintaining the principles of freedom, justice and democracy, in keeping with a noble vision of the role of a Christian monarch.

    Your personal commitment to cooperation and mutual respect between the followers of different religious traditions has contributed in no small measure to improving ecumenical and interreligious relations throughout your realms.
Nicely worded, but not enough to rid this blogger of his knee-jerk Jacobitism (Seacaibíteachas), sharing as he does not only a religion but also a birthday with the Old Pretender. (Long live his rightful heir King Francis II of England, Scotland, France and Ireland!) For those interested, two of my earlier posts on the Jacobite theme and how it relates to our country — Jacobite New York (1682-1688) and Jeffersonian Jacobitism.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

I've no truck for any English king of whatever stripe -- but Franz (not Francis -- do not Frenchify names to make them more high-falutin') is also the rightful King of Bavaria.

June 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Not Frenchified, but Anglicized, which is often the same thing because English is basically German with French thrown on top.

June 7, 2012 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Franz looks closer to Frank than Francis does. If we aren't going with Frank, I vote for Franz. Keep the bloody French as far from our language as possible.

June 9, 2012 at 2:23 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

"Francis" is simply English for the name Francesco, which in German in rendered "Franz."

June 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...


Are you okay?

"Francis" in French is "François", so it would appear that the bloody Frogs, with their letters unknown to English keyboards, keep far away from you.

June 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM  

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