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(Religion News Service)   Notre Dame Cathedral installs new bells for the first time since the 19th century, finally alleviating disfiguring back problems for their bell ringers   (religionnews.com ) divider line
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2013-03-27 12:22:00 AM  
so now they'll only need a halfback..
 
2013-03-27 12:51:36 AM  
I had a hunch they'd do something like that
 
2013-03-27 02:06:04 AM  
Yeah, but how will the priest get his daily up-smock view of the Altar Boy jibblies now?
 
2013-03-27 02:06:45 AM  
...still no match for the Tide...
 
2013-03-27 02:12:43 AM  
That'll be a historic peal. Hope they record it somehow. I'd listen.
 
2013-03-27 02:18:29 AM  
The Hunchback got older and changed his name to Mr Burns.
 
2013-03-27 02:21:37 AM  
As someone who was at Notre Dame about nine hours ago and heard the bells in person, I am getting a kick...

/Oui, am really in Paris
//Always wanted to use this Fark meme
 
2013-03-27 02:23:55 AM  
I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS
http://youtu.be/E7jgvv_wTnU
 
2013-03-27 02:31:21 AM  
Replacing them has been no small feat, complicated by a 1905 law separating church and state, which makes the bells property of the French government and not the Roman Catholic Church.

... huh.
 
2013-03-27 02:41:29 AM  

Pincy: As someone who was at Notre Dame about nine hours ago and heard the bells in person, I am getting a kick...

/Oui, am really in Paris
//Always wanted to use this Fark meme


Cool, I saw some of those bells in the process of being made this summer at Villedieu-les-Poeles.  It was amazing, visitors could just walk around the foundry while craftsmen were working.  IIRC the bell 'Benoit-Joseph' was still in its pit...

/I know, I know, css
 
2013-03-27 03:12:05 AM  
DING, fries are done!
 
2013-03-27 03:44:24 AM  
I change my ringtone all the time. Should I have been alerting the media?
 
2013-03-27 04:46:05 AM  
i will judge the new bells against the memory of the old bells in 4 mos.

/hell's bells
 
2013-03-27 06:35:49 AM  

Pincy: As someone who was at Notre Dame about nine hours ago and heard the bells in person, I am getting a kick...

/Oui, am really in Paris
//Always wanted to use this Fark meme


Very cool!

Enjoy your trip!
 
2013-03-27 06:39:39 AM  
I'm not sure if this is a repeat, but it certainly rings a bell.

/here all week
 
2013-03-27 08:01:15 AM  
Well, I hope they at least give the poor bastards some water.
 
2013-03-27 08:25:07 AM  
The last time Notre Dame hired a bell ringer, the first applicant was a double amputee with no arms. When the priest asked how he intended to ring the bells, he replied that he would demonstrate.

He was allowed up to the top of the tower to inspect the bells. He took a running start and slammed his head face first into the largest bell. Then he slipped and fell to his death from the tower.

Passers by were horrified, and one of them asked the priest if he knew the man. "Not really," the priest replied, "but his face sure rings a bell."

About a week later, another man came by the cathedral, he said he was the first man's brother, and that he'd like to take the bell ringing job in memory of his deceased brother. He too was allowed up to the top of the tower to inspect the bells. He also took a running start and slammed his head face first into the largest bell. Then he slipped and fell to his death from the tower.

When asked if he knew the man, the priest replied, "Not really, but he's a dead ringer for his brother."
 
2013-03-27 08:30:10 AM  
PirateKing:

**shakes tiny fist**
 
2013-03-27 08:36:15 AM  
Pun thread. Very good. Carillon, citizens.

/old joke is old
 
2013-03-27 08:55:29 AM  
Go Irish!
 
2013-03-27 09:15:56 AM  
Des grandes cloches sont grandes
msnbcmedia.msn.com
Big bells are big
 
2013-03-27 09:33:48 AM  
How did I know the bells were from the Cornille Havard Bell Foundry in Villedieu-les-Poele. Beautiful town, beautiful people and it's where I bought my copper pots!
 
2013-03-27 09:53:22 AM  

austerity101: Replacing them has been no small feat, complicated by a 1905 law separating church and state, which makes the bells property of the French government and not the Roman Catholic Church.

... huh.


My guess would be that the old bells were paid for by the government and so when the 1905 law came in they become the property of the givernment.

The French are one of the most Catholic of all european nations, yet one of the only ways a teacher can get fired is to wear a cross in class. They are crazy about the seperation of church and state.

/we are one of the most godless nations in europe
//yet we have a state religion
 
2013-03-27 11:10:54 AM  

Norfolking Chance: The French are one of the most Catholic of all european nations, yet one of the only ways a teacher can get fired is to wear a cross in class. They are crazy about the seperation of church and state.


Nominally Catholic, it has to be said. When I worked in France, most of the people in my office were oblivious to the reason for a holiday that was a major Catholic Holy day (although most of them would have claimed to be Catholic).

Conversely, France has strictly civil marriage. Sure, you can have a wedding in a church, but the state doesn't recognize it unless you also go to the town hall for the legal formalities. At the same time, France also has massive demonstrations against the proposal of gay marriage equality.

So yeah, like you said: France is odd about church and state, and in many ways the antithesis of England.
 
2013-03-27 12:15:59 PM  
klck1400.com
 
2013-03-27 12:32:37 PM  
SANCTUARY!!!
 
2013-03-27 01:43:34 PM  
I like big bells, and I cannot lie...
 
2013-03-27 02:19:18 PM  
Walking from my apartment to Easter mass in 2010 with the bells tolling was one often highlights of my month-long stay in Paris.  Wish I could be there this year, too.
 
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