Hong Kong, tear gas, resourceful students, Bishop Ha, and Friday abstinence

With all the political excitement in the UK at the moment, it is important for us not to forget those in other parts of the world whose political turmoil has a more physical and menacing manifestation.

Innovative tacticsIt is impressive to see the resourcefulness of the protesters in Hong Kong as they have come up with effective home-grown tactics for dealing with tear gas canisters when they are continuing to bellow out their incapacitating fumes. A traffic cone placed over the top will contain the smoke to the extent that it goes upwards instead of spreading laterally. Then water poured down into the cone will dampen the gas completely. Here is the video demonstration:

When tear gas shell comes in, they place a traffic cone on top creating a “chimney” to stop the gas spreading; then pour water into the chimney to douse the shell. pic.twitter.com/sTfjbs3ifT— Antony Dapiran (@antd) July 29, 2019Another chap was in a viral video going up to a canister with a vacuum flask, shaking it up and then emptying the neutralised contents. After much speculation that he was using liquid nitrogen (there would have been billowing clouds of gas) the chap himself had contacted someone to let them post out on twitter that the flask contained mud. Being wet, it took care of the contents of the tear gas canister.

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Mother Teresa’s Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Poorest of the Poor

Students have now flocked to university, where they will be subjected to four years of indoctrination in various aspects of modernism, for want of a better and more accurate term. What they will not receive is any sort of integral formation based on the truth, which is to say, with more accuracy perhaps, Catholic. I will have more to say on this, as we begin our own attempt at just such a Catholic intellectual formation here at Seat of Wisdom College. Ora pro nobis.
Mother Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who did not go to university in any sense that we know that term,

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Cardinals, Climate and McCarrick

Pope Francis plans to appoint 13 new Cardinals in a consistory on October 5th. There are currently 215 members of the sacred college, of whom 180 of whom are voting –that is, they are under the canonical limit of having reached the venerable limit of being octogenarian. Ageism! I dare say, for there are any number of them I would rather have vote after that venerable milestone than others a good deal younger.
What this does mean is that a majority of the cardinals who will cast a vote in the next conclave will have been appointed by Pope Francis. Take

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