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Producer of Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ dies #21878
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George Harrison is dead.

"After the Beatles broke up in 1970, Harrison … produced films that included Monty Python's Life of Brian" (Associated Press).

The importance of George Harrison for Catholics is critical. His "Life of Brian' spoof on the life of Jesus is even being studied in Histerical Jesus classes at “Catholic” universities.

What influence has he on your life?

Re: Producer of Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ dies #21879
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Dear Edwin,

My condolences to George Harrison's family and friends and fans!

For me, George represented the spiritual confusion of the sixties that got injected into subsequent decades.

His "My Sweet Lord" apart from the controversy and nice tune, is an attempt at syncretism, a fusion of Christ and pagan Asia by someone of a generation that didn't believe in absolute Truth and so didn't see the differences between one religion and another.

As for the "Life of Brian," if we were like some Muslim states, George Harrison would have probably gone to his reward before now . . .

And this represented the kind of political correctness whereby all other religions are to be respected while Christianity can be flogged publically by anyone with impunity.

Alex

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Your assessments are, of course, right, Alex. George was wrong but sincere — a favorite of mine among the Beatles, in spite of the blasphemy of "The Life of Brian', which I admit I haven't seen but have heard and read about. (The bit with the Roman soldier drilling the Jewish graffiti writers in Latin grammar like an English schoolmaster sounds really funny.) There is a small tribute with two news links on the main page of my site.

AFAIK he was the only baptized Catholic among the Fabs but never taught the faith as a child. (John and Paul were nominally Church of England, even though they were partly of Catholic Irish descent; Sir Paul may well still be a nominal Anglican) and I don't know of what faith Ringo was originally or is today. (Many English poor people of Ringo's background were free-church Protestant or even out and out secular, even back in the 1940s when he was born.)

George ended up (since around 1970) functionally a Hare Krishna (following the HKs' Westernized Hinduism minus the caste system) but not a formal member of the group.

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Re: Producer of Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ dies #21881
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Dear Serge,

We used to joke about the different church labels in my teenage years.

If someone said he was a non-practicing Catholic, we said that that meant he was a "Protestant."

If someone said he was a practicing Anglican, we said that he was a Methodist.

If someone said that he was a nominal Anglican, we said that he shouldn't confuse people with "nominal" and just say he was a "true Anglican."

And of course there is my favourite categorization by my friend, an Anglican canon on the three types: "Low and lazy, Middle and hazy, High and crazy."

O.K. O.K. I'll stop - I can almost hear Kurt murmuring in the background.

Alex

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I remember seeing the film just after it came out and while I remember some of the stuff made me uncomfortable, some of the sight-gags had me rolling in the aisle. (Yes, I remember the "latin drill" and the entire palace walls covered with "romans go home" in fake Latin.)

For me, when confronted with satire, I am forced to really examine what I believe about the thing being satirized and have to make sure that I am believing in what is of the essence -- and not 'canonizing' tangential baggage.

A few years back I saw a Christmas card with a shepherd running from a stable calling out: "It's a girl!" Satire, sure! But it makes ya think, eh?

Blessings!

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A few years back I saw a Christmas card with a shepherd running from a stable calling out: "It's a girl!" Satire, sure! But it makes ya think, eh?


Not a shepherd, but the Blessed Mother, waving her arms in joy & excitement! I bought a few myself for mailing to select friends.

K.


Martyered Victims of Nicholas Romanov, Pray for us!
Re: Producer of Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ dies #21884
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Dear Dr. John and Kurt,

While I won't tell you my view on that card, I wanted to point out that St Maximos the Confessor personally believed that, after His Resurrection, Christ was no longer "just a man," but both man and woman, having united all things to himself.

I know I sound like an old fogie, but I wouldn't be too accepting of anti-Christian barbs.

Alex

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Alex,

Regarding Maximus' statement, it is all pious speculation.

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Dear Edwin,

Indeed, indeed, and I certainly don't believe that.

That was his opinion. I just threw it into the "mix" so to speak for those who feel tempted by modern feminism and other avant-garde views to try and "play around" with our faith.

The first time I saw that "Christmas card" our two friends mention above was in a cartoon presented to me by a university colleague. Both he and it were Marxist-Leninist.

Alex


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