Saturday, May 21, 2011

British News

Queen Elizabeth went to Ireland last week; this was reported in the Wall Street Journal:

"To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy," she said at a state dinner hosted by Irish President Mary McAleese. "With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all."

It was the only the only public address of her Irish visit, which is seen as a journey of reconciliation to Ireland.

Three plus hours of the Royal Wedding are available here on YouTube. For me it was partially of interest, as I commented at Catholic Analysis because:

Not on my knowledge but on someone from that tradition, the wedding is said to be of the form and have hymns of a very traditional Baptist church service (alteration of the Mass). I believe Baptist practice derives from Free Church practice in England; free being free of Church of England rule but retaining it's liturgy and theology. From an administrative point of view Henry VIII was well prepared to take the role he did. He was the second in line growing up and thus was educated in Church matters, e.g. liturgy and music, while an older heir apparent was raised in military matters.

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