The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0476  Tuesday, 19 February 2002

From:           Martin Steward <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 18 Feb 2002 17:49:02 -0000
Subject:        Proto-Catholilcs? Proto-Prods?

Sam Small says,

>I have to remind Mr Bloom that since 1066 there has been a struggle between
>Catholic southern Europe and the northern Scandinavian countries, which,
>historically, included England.  However, Scotland and Ireland retained
>their strong Catholic connections - and still do.  Of those northern
>countries England was the richest and most successful due to its climate and
>trading position.  However, from William the Conqueror onwards the Catholics
>have tried to bring England back into the Catholic fold"

I had no idea that, in 1066, there was any other Church but the
universal Catholic Church of Rome. Unless Sam is suggesting that England
and Scandinavia were Eastern Orthodox...

Fretting about Roman Catholic conspiracies might have been politically
acceptable back in 1606 (indeed, evidently well-founded), but nowadays
it seems a little distasteful, don't you think? I am neither Scottish,
Irish, nor Roman Catholic, but I found this posting rather unpleasant -
as unpleasant as Mel Gibson's disgraceful movie, for the same reasons.


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