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Mel Gibson needs our prayers

Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Of course we all admit to being sinners, and draw comfort from Our Lady's prayers.

But does your average Catholic sinner spare a prayer for those people whom in gossipy conversation we simply write off as hopelessly beyond the Pale? Perhaps we need to develop the reflex of praying earnestly for every soul we publicly denegrate, as well as remembering to repent of our general lack of charity, good manners and discernment.

One man who has been battered by life recently is Mel Gibson, and it's no consolation for him to hear that it's all his own fault. About a year ago, when his wife of many years (and mother of his children) filed for divorce, he begged the Bishops of the Eastern Catholic Church in the US to pray for him, flying in for their conference especially to enlist their intercessory help. Since that time, a great many difficult and embarassing things have happened to Mel, and I own up to being uncharitable about hi…

Philippe de Villiers and the Vendee

The Vendee was yesterday shaken by the news that Philippe de Villiers, who has been President of the Department's Conseil Général for 22 years, has resigned.

It all follows a vote of no confidence last week, precipitated by the disillusionment of Senator Bruno Retailleau, a spiritual son of de Villiers, and Vice-President of the Vendee, who has resigned from the party (de Viliers' Mouvement pour la France). Shades of Julius Caesar and Brutus ... I know how de Villiers feels, because I have been stabbed in the back a few times in my life. Unlike Caesar, I have somehow managed to get up and keep going. And I suspect that de Villiers will do the same.

Perhaps at 61, he feels that if he is going to make his mark in another kind of public life, he needs to make a start now. He has also just got over a rare form of eye cancer; and there are other problems the family.

The national papers are speculating that perhaps he will join the government. My gut feeling is that he will move into a…