The Notre Dame Fire: Our fault, Our most grievous fault

A visual reminder of the inferno that is engulfing Western civilization.

FPM: Milo Yiannopoulos-

Buildings like Notre Dame do not erupt into flames spontaneously. That’s not how God works, even to punish a civilization as deep in moral ruin as ours. My suspicions, and those of almost everyone I know, are hardly calmed when we see Fox News—yes, even Fox—repeatedly refusing to host an honest discussion of the possibility, even as experts tell French TV that eight hundred year old timber simply doesn’t burn that way without an accelerant. I mean, it’s not as though news networks restrain their hosts from wild speculation during other crises.

So, understandably, the first reaction from anyone who has been reading the news lately was: “Muslims, right?” Alas, even Right-wing newsreaders are terrified of saying the wrong thing when the perp might be a member of the Religion of Peace. Attacks on Christian churches in Europe have become so numerous that even Newsweek has had to admit it—though the magazine hilariously claims that no one knows why these attacks are happening, and the words “Islam” and “Muslim” are nowhere to be found in its reporting.

Anyway, as of now, no solid evidence has emerged, and our media refuses to discuss the context in which this fire occurred. And it’s also true that a few of these desecrations have been accompanied by Satanic imagery, more likely the work of feminist anarchists. So, in the interests of being responsible, we are compelled to say we have no idea how this particular fire began. Yet.

We can say, however, that the loss of Notre Dame is an especially Christian tragedy. It is a tragedy emblematic of the rapid destruction of Western civilization in the past few decades, a visual reminder of the inferno that has already gutted the Academy. It’s a wonder they didn’t finish off some of these churches first, though of course the cultural warriors of the Left can only squeal in excitement at the sort of brazen defacement they would never be brave enough to commit themselves. Those watching news coverage on Facebook were tormented—or delighted, depending on their wants—by a sea of Arabic names clicking on smiley faces as the jewel of Paris collapsed into ash, a spectacle that was, in turn, posted on Twitter by gloating social justice warriors.

That’s not to say that only Christians are mourning. Notre Dame wasn’t just the spiritual heart of Paris but remains its literal geographic center—the place from which distances are measured. As a cathedral school, it was the center of medieval intellectual life. Peter Abelard and Thomas Aquinas both taught there. Whatever the later horrors of French postmodernism and poststructuralism, the University of Paris once had a reasonable claim to be the locus of the Western intellectual tradition, leading the world in the study of Aristotle, scholastic theology and reason applied to the mysteries of faith.

Notre Dame is considered the ultimate example of High Gothic style, a popular form for churches because it symbolizes the body of Christ. It is significant and—again, to let my suspicions run amuck—surely no coincidence that this happened during Holy Week, since hope for the resurrection is at the heart of Gothic design. But Notre Dame transcended its role as a place of Catholic worship. As the recently departed Fr. James Schall once remarked about the great cathedrals of Europe, “Each of these extraordinary structures, built somehow in a way I do not wholly understand by ages far poorer than our own, incited me strangely in the thoroughly unexpected way that something which need not exist at all surprises and awakens us when, contrary to our private illusions and expectations, we suddenly discover that it exists and that it is lovely.”

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16 Comments on The Notre Dame Fire: Our fault, Our most grievous fault

  1. Remember many years ago the wiseguys proclaimed that God Was Dead. This is true in Europe and only a few old people are faithful. Notre Dame is merely a tourist attraction and they are now saying that the steeple should be rebuilt as a minaret with a 10 KW public address system to show the world how sophisticated and modern the Europeans are. And BTW, since about two churches are torched each day in France, how come they didn’t have a platoon of soldiers on duty guarding the joint?




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  2. …the title for this thread appears to be a variant of the “Confiteor”, the rote prayer Catholics are taught to say from an early age during confession

    “Confíteor Deo Omnipoténti,
    beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini,
    beáto Michǽli Archángelo,
    beáto Joanni Baptístæ,
    sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo,
    ómnibus Sanctis, et vobis, fratres,
    quia peccávi nimis
    cogitatióne, verbo, et ópere,
    mea culpa, mea culpa,
    mea máxima culpa.
    Ídeo precor
    beátam Maríam semper Vírginem,
    beátum Michǽlem Archángelum,
    beátum Joánnem Baptístam,
    sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum,
    omnes Sanctos, et vos, fratres,
    oráre pro me
    ad Dóminum Deum nostrum.”

    Translated;

    “I confess to Almighty God,
    to blessed Mary ever Virgin,
    to blessed Michæl the Archangel,
    to blessed John the Baptist,
    to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul,
    to all the Saints, and to you, brethren,
    that I have sinned exceedingly,
    in thought, word, and deed,
    through my fault, through my fault,
    through my most grievous fault.
    Therefore I beseech
    blessed Mary ever Virgin,
    blessed Michæl the Archangel,
    blessed John the Baptist,
    the holy Apostles Peter and Paul,
    all the Saints, and you, brethren,
    to pray for me
    to the Lord our God.”

    …the thing is, it’s after a confession of PERSONAL sins one says that, and this is more a COLLECTIVE sin, and not even of OUR collective. Many of us sounded the alarm early and frequently concerning Islam, and have only become more strident over time. It is not OUR fault that “progressives” in power worldwide have, at best, turned a deaf ear to the warnings, and at worst persecuted the messengers; I feel I have no personal guilt to confess in this matter as I never joined in this madness, and most of the readership here is in the same way.

    As such, the Confiteor is not appropriate for those of us who know what Islam TRULY is.

    Those who DO bear the burden of this sin will NEVER even admit that they DID sin, let alone accept fault for it. And praying to any god but Moloch would be anathema to them, and if they prayed for ANYTHING, it would be for MORE destruction of the bulwarks of Christianity and the West, not LESS. So the group that need accept the fault would rather CELEBRATE it.

    …anyway, I’m done being assiged blame for nebulous sins of groups of other people any way. The Left would have us pay for the sins of slavery with our blood and treasure for simply being of a certain hue; pay for the sin of rapes elsewhere for simply being male; pay for the sin of being a successful Country by “green” wealth transfers, etc., etc., etc., and I’ve had a bellyful of it.

    So no. Not MEA maxima culpa, not MY most grievous fault. Turn elsewither for blame placing. O do not take this upon myself, so visit the wages for THIS sin on the liberals who have SO justly EARNED it.

    …and we all know what the wages of sin are, n’est-ce pas?




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  3. My wife and I were just in Paris in Feb. On Sunday, a nearby church had a traditional Latin Mass. I had always wanted to see that but never made it to one in the States. We both went and I was really shocked to see how packed the church was. It was clear that we were some of a handful of tourists there. The rest were Parisians of all ages. The number of young people was striking. Normally I’m quite pessimistic about the decline of Western Civilization but this gave me hope.




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  4. Given the results of catholic priest leadership why wouldn’t God start tearing these bastions of abomination down? Given the state of religion (not faith) in the world it’s about time Jesus comes back to judge the world and it’s people.

    The message of Yeshua’s death and resurrection is the choice humanity has: rebellion or reconciliation. There will be no middle way.




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  5. So. Is this a Cassandra or a Bastille moment in time? With the already active Yellow Jackets
    stirring the pot at this time and at this place it has me thinking that one of those momentous historical waves is forming to sweep across history.




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  6. “……even to punish a civilization as deep in moral ruin as ours.” Anyone else thinking it ironic that a practicing sodomite decries the moral ruin of our civilization?….. just me? okay never mind.

    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell




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  7. …you’ve definitely got a point there, @Crackerbaby, not sure God hears the prayers of those who openly defy Him on SOME things, even if they follow him on OTHERS…

    “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”
    -John 9:31




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  8. When a building is covered with scaffolding, one has easy access to places normally unreachable. You put up a jungle gym, the monkeys are going to monkey around. Should have had a wall, like the one around the Eiffel Tower.




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  9. God bless Milo. And IOTW.
    God has blessed us with Milo and other beleaguered misfits (you know who you are) who have nothing left to lose and therefore have found courage to speak the truth.
    And who wants to fit in this distorted doublespeaking world anyway?
    Wishing my fellow readers a blessed Easter and a resurrected church –in buildings and spirit.




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  10. As Mr. (Orange Man) Garrison would say, “Phuque them all to death.”

    As I would add, “Then enjoy a tasty Ak-bar.”




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  11. If Macron decides that this rebuilding will allow for all religions to worship there (read Islam) and that the investigation into who started this fire will be stopped then it’s time for a Sixth Republic and the overthrow of Macron and his eurocentric appeasement mice. MFGA hats will be for sale as soon as the illegals are shipped back home, the border secured, old alliances with the British are reestablished and an elected honest government that rule for benefit of the people is in place.




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  12. Milo did get several spiritual facts wrong for example, “Buildings like Notre Dame do not erupt into flames spontaneously. That’s not how God works, even to punish a civilization as deep in moral ruin as ours.”
    Truth is God uses fire for judgement and purification; Leviticus 9:24, 2 Peter 3: 6-7;11-12.
    Yet. Milo might be seeking the Truth, and I respect his seemingly sincere dedication to the conservative cause. He’s a decent man, and I pray for his salvation. Glad he’s on our side, politically.
    He makes some great points in his article, mainly whoever set fire to the Norte Dame, they are sending a message they have a complete evil, hate-filled disregard for history, especially the historical landmarks influenced by Christianity.

    BTW, As a Christian, no destruction of a building can destroy my faith in Christ.




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