Tuesday, October 07, 2008

So There!

The Catholic writer Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was born in France, and became a naturalized British citizen in 1902. He was known as a formidable debater and a staunch defender of the faith. He was also known for being uncompromising in his beliefs -- not to be confused with being pig-headed -- and for bluntness and straightforwardness of language that would, in our present sissified age, be referred to as "politically incorrect."

In 1906, he stood for election to the House of Commons as the Liberal candidate for Salford South. During a campaign speech, he responded to some anti-Catholic hecklers as follows:
Gentlemen, I am a Catholic. As far as possible I go to Mass every day. This [pulling out a rosary] is a rosary. As far as possible, I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that He has spared me the indignity of being your representative.
A hush fell over the crowd. Then thunderous applause. Belloc won the election, and served as a member of Parliament until 1910.

1 comment:

  1. I adore Belloc, and how I love that story! God grant me the grace to be as firm and open in my faith.