Great Trials of January

THE ceremonies marking the advent of the new US Congress and Presidency will coincide almost to the day with the 500th anniversary of the Diet of Worms. No disrespect to the German city intended, but to an English speaker the diet of worms is a perfect description of both the current American legislature and what it certainly has in store for the world. Bon appétit. The Diet of 1521, however, was – in essence – the trial of Martin Luther conducted under the auspices of the Holy Roman Empire pursuant to the bull Exsurge Domine of Pope Leo X. You know how it ended: the wilful German Augustinian was declared a “notorious heretic.” Here’s something amusing and strange in equal measure: those whose philosophy of living and thinking might, in earlier times, have led them to claim a connection to Luther’s rebellion – however fatuously – are now the ones brandishing bell, book, and candle to shoo excommunicants on an almost daily basis. Which makes sense: what the global left and their dogmatic theologians in communications media (new and old) are now seeking to establish is a new catholicum, a universal woke pseudo-religion.

Already mindful of Worms, when I read this morning that Donald Trump’s trial for heresy might be extended even beyond his departure from office, my mind turned to another famous – more aptly, infamous – January arraignment: the Synodus Horrenda or Cadaver Synod of 897 at which Pope Stephen VI presided. This was the vengeful trial of the deceased Pope Formosus whose body was exhumed, seated upon a chair, accused, cross-examined and convicted. Nobody can predict the fallout from Nancy Pelosi’s Incitement Impeachment Hoax but the House Speaker – an enthroned corpse herself – should be aware (but isn’t) of how show trials can have very nasty consequences for their ringleaders. Tossed in the Tiber, Formosus’ body washed up on its banks and was regarded as a miraculous relic by the common people. They turned on his judge in classical Roman style. Stephen was deposed and thrown in prison where he was strangled to death.

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25 Responses to Great Trials of January

  1. min

    Pelosi works herself up into such a lather it is a wonder she does not have a stroke or a heart attack .

  2. Andre Lewis

    Whatever Pelosi manages to ram through her depleted but still Democrat majority Congress any impeachment act has to be voted in the Senate by a 67% majority. Despite the turncoat Republicans in that chamber the chance of it being carried is zero. It is more theatre for the Trump hate brigade and flies directly in the face of Biden’s lame call for ‘healing’. If there is a better indication that Joe, the senile near cadaver, is nothing but a glove puppet for the Dem deep state I don’t know what it is.

  3. Tintarella di Luna

    Goodness me reminds me of the exhumation and trial of Oliver Cromwell for treason – he and a couple of others — but Cromwell’s body was exhumed, tried, found guilty, hanged and then beheaded – now instead of the physical we have the legislative and metaphorical happening every day — where the very essence of some is excoriated, hung, quartered, all in what is now the public square of the social media internet —

    Look at what legislatures are doing — here in Australia the Senate (may a 10th circle be created for them and their ilk) did to Bettina Arndt and what the Demonrats and RINOs in Congress are doingto Donald Trump, people are literally being rubbed out – and the salivating media, the banksters, orligarchical corporatists and tech giants – but we live in hope — Lord Acton’s speech in 1877 looked at the History Freedom in Antiquity – these current times will add another chapter in that

  4. Texas Jack

    Pelosi and Schiff and Nadler failed in 2019/20, blowing off their electoral feet in the process. They lost ten seats in the House in November. And they’ll fail again, only more bigly in 2021. Trump should be egging these numskulls on.

  5. Tintarella di Luna

    It’s all theatre for the Cadaver in Prada

  6. Mother Lode

    Here is a question – tangentially relevant.

    Biden has stated that he intends to expand the SCOTUS (so as to dilute the influence of the conservatives and truly politicise it). The Founding Fathers would surely have been aware of the danger of the Executive meddling with the Judiciary and wisely adopted the principle of Separation of Powers.

    Is there a way for Biden to actually increase the number of judges in the SCOTUS?

    Also, is it possible to do away with the Electoral College? Each state would have joined the Union on terms that would have included that. Can the Federal Government change the agreement without the states’ agreement?

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    I was amused by this one a few days ago:

    Greek ‘Anarchists’ Call on Church to Respect Govt Lockdown (10 Jan)

    Anarchists wanting more government! Meanwhile I should commend Francis for actually saying something reasonable:

    Pope Francis: Christ’s Light Spreads Through ‘Witness,’ ‘Martyrdom’ (7 Jan)

    It’s a nice change for him to preach the Gospel instead of leftist dogma. Although the martydom comment is rather threatening. I have to agree with him about that too: burnings at stake seem no longer to be beyond the mindset of the Left, in light of what has been transpiring in the last couple of weeks in the US.

  8. Faye

    “Dear Patriots
    When Nancy Pelosi contacted the Joint Chiefs to request the nuclear codes be kept from me, it appears she committed a seditious act. Her attempts to interfere in my administration are a national security threat. We are looking at the various Federal Criminal Statutes we will use to charge her. Some of the penalties include up to 20 years in prison and in some cases the death penalty. We also have evidence that she has connections to the Chinese Communist Party, which will lead to additional charges.”

  9. Some History

    maligNancy Pelousy. 🙂

  10. Tony from Rockhampton

    SCOTUS does not need a constitutional change to vary the number of Members. Biden can do it by passing the decision through both houses of Congress. The number has varied on a number of occasions. To get rid of the Electoral College requires a Constitutional change which must pass Federal Congress and then 67% of State Congress’ must pass the change also. I am not sure if a referendum is required.

  11. Kneel

    “Nobody can predict the fallout from Nancy Pelosi’s Incitement Impeachment Hoax “

    Polls indicate that 80% of Republican voters and 70% of Democrat voters do NOT want Trump impeached again, and that doing so would have an impact on who they vote for – taken in swing states with roughly the same demographics as the actual election, IIRC.
    “Cwack suicide squad – ready!” – yes, very Python-esque if the Pel-lousy proceeds and the above polling is accurate.

  12. Roger

    Here’s something amusing and strange in equal measure: those whose philosophy of living and thinking might, in earlier times, have led them to claim a connection to Luther’s rebellion – however fatuously – are now the ones brandishing bell, book, and candle to shoo excommunicants on an almost daily basis.

    Er…no.

    The radical Leftists of Luther’s day repudiated him when he failed to support their uprising.

    Someone even wrote a play about it.

  13. Roger

    Polls indicate that 80% of Republican voters and 70% of Democrat voters do NOT want Trump impeached again…

    But Pelosi & crew are terrified at the prospect of Trump running in 2024.

    Therefore he must be impeached.

  14. tombell

    strangling is too good for Pelosi…

  15. C.L.

    I was talking about the 1960s generation of phony rebels for ‘conscience’ over authority, Roger.

  16. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    A little bit of history can do a power of good. Exhumations were quite a thing in the olden times:

    I was fascinated in Coimbra, Portugal, to hear of the legend of Ines de Castro, who was exhumed and crowned by her lover, the Prince of Portugal, after being killed by her father-in-law, his dad.

    Inês de Castro (Portuguese pronunciation: [iˈneʃ dˈkaʃtɾu]; in Castilian: Inés; 1325 – 7 January 1355) was a Galician noblewoman best known as lover and posthumously-recognized wife of King Peter I of Portugal. The dramatic circumstances of her relationship with Peter (at the time Prince of Portugal), which was forbidden by his father King Afonso IV, her murder at the orders of Afonso, Peter’s bloody revenge on her killers, and the legend of the coronation of her exhumed corpse by Peter, have made Inês de Castro a frequent subject of art, music, and drama through the ages.

    The story of Ines pervades Portuguese poetry and literature.
    Coimbra is where the University there has one of the world’s grandest libraries. Quite a place.

  17. Paul

    An execution or even a lengthy jailing of Trump, will no doubt satisfy the baying mobs in the lefty msm.

    Just as the jailing of Lindy Chamberlain brought joy to the mobs, but the awakening of the media to their injustices to Chamberlain brought some introspection, but never apologies.

    For the media mobs to realise what they have done is tantamount to admitting to lying, which they will never do, politically its painful.

    Trump will be trashed and buried and the mobs will continue to the next one they hate. Thats how fascism now works.

  18. Paul

    Mother Lode

    The Founding Fathers would surely have been aware of the danger 

    They were, but they never countered on the intimidation of SCOTUS, they are supposed to be infallible, not cowards. No doubt intimidation or great rewards were applied.

  19. Rayvic

    What? The MSM apologise? Never!

  20. Professor Fred Lenin

    Diet of Worms? Is that what the plebs can expect from paedo ratfaces illegal swamp government?
    Suppose there are a lot of worms in a swamp .
    Paedo ratface is a nonperson in the Fredhouse , no sign or mention of it ,we dont waste time on vermin ,call the Flick man , thats yer answer or a big Jack Russell ,they are good at exterminating vermin .
    Career politicians are vermin ,oarasites .

  21. Mother Lode

    Polls indicate that 80% of Republican voters and 70% of Democrat voters do NOT want Trump impeached again…

    Let this be a reminder that a lot of Democrat voters are not the rabid mongrels that take up seats in DC or fester in the MSM. If we assume that the 70% includes all of the 30% who think the election was rigged, there is another 40% – getting close to half – who think it stupid or pointless.

  22. Albatross

    those whose philosophy of living and thinking might, in earlier times, have led them to claim a connection to Luther’s rebellion – however fatuously – are now the ones brandishing bell, book, and candle to shoo excommunicants on an almost daily basis

    Radically false.

  23. C.L.

    Don’t keep us guessing, Albatross.
    Why is it radically false.

  24. iain russell

    Thank you for a wonderful reminder of the Petrine Succession and all its ‘Truth’.

  25. Paul

    Mother lode
    a lot of Democrat voters are not the rabid mongrels

    But they voted for the rabid mongrels

    they choose rabid mongrels and their fascist violence.

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