Friday, April 30, 2010

The hippies weren’t cool
From LRC
Deacon Jim on the Arizona bill

Talking on the Ship about Eastern Catholics
My post
Clegg and Trident
A quandary. On one hand does one really need more missiles to blow up the world several times over? But on the other, Britain giving up her nukes would make her even more of an American protectorate, going against the good goal of putting Britons, not the US government, first in her foreign policy. Such deterrence seems a necessary evil. From Daniel Larison.
From RR

Ecclesiastical bibs and bobs
On the 35th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and a tribute to Vietnamese culture
From Jeff Culbreath

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Ghosts, demons and deliverance
From Fr L
From Chronicles

A networked world is not inherently a more just world
Of course not! ‘Wherever you go, there you are’, original sin and all. From RR.
From Joshua
Did the Vatican let Benedict XVI take the rap for the sex scandal to protect the memory of John Paul II?
From Damian Thompson
Another reason not to vote for Pat Toomey
The local Tea Partiers don’t get it
GeoCities-izer: make any webpage look like it was made by a 13-year-old in 1996
GeoCities, gone but not forgotten, LOL. From John J. O’Sullivan.
Libertarian conundrum of the day
Does the no-harm principle extend to animals (right, what about food?*) when the intent is to make them suffer or (as argued when Michael Vick was convicted) are they just property according to the law? (We’re talking about, erm, animal-torture porn.) Is this a case where we’ve painted ourselves into a corner, forced to defend something horrible for freedom’s sake?

You find farmers who are unsentimental about animals: many ‘puppy mills’ (factory-style breeding of pet dogs) are here in Pennsylvania and I understand Amish own many of them.

*Vegetarians: turn against abortion and we’ll talk.
Ecclesiastical bibs and bobs
  • The mysterious, immutable Newman. Someone neither his conservative nor liberal commentators could put in a box but that didn’t make him a Modernist. Rejected by the Anglicans (rightly so according to their principles, which we see being played out among them now in their fights) for being Catholic; not trusted by the ultramontanes because he kept that cool Oxonian ‘patristic tone’ to the end. One of his own points, in his apologia, was that the middle’s not necessarily right but a muddle. From Arturo.
  • Western Christianity’s spiritual amnesia. Yes! But why doesn’t this mainline fave become Catholic then? My guess: it’s like when the neocons thrown out of power imitate us libertarians to get back at the Democrats in charge. The Modernists play high-church to score points against the fundygelicals, ‘the wrong sort of white people’. Like the neocons and the left both are parts of the same thing. In this case you see two progenies of English Calvinism, mainliners and fundygelicals, that, as usual, don’t like each other. Anyway the amnesia/manufacturing of history began at the ‘Reformation’ — there were no Protestants in 1095 — and accelerated among the upper classes in the 1700s, with much of the rest of the mainline still giving lip service to credal orthodoxy and orthodox morals (Catholicism’s cultural capital) until very recently (arguably they’re catching up with the Unitarians). From Tripp.

Pictures of the Church of the Transfiguration, Philadelphia
Originally a humble wooden chapel built on a parcel of farmland in 1905, the Church of the Transfiguration’s parish flourished to such a degree that a lower church was built for the parishioners in 1925 and the upper church was finished in 1928. Capable of seating over 2,500 people, it was one of the biggest and most magnificent churches in Philadelphia, but by the 1970s demographics had shifted in the urban center around it and it was eventually closed in 2000. after its closing it was purchased by a conman whose real-estate swindles imploded and all the while it sat unused, until 2009 when it was demolished and its stunning architecture relegated to the landfill.
More. From John Boyden.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Revolutionary phoniness
The faults of the Tea Party. From @TAC.
Administrative bloat in education
Something virtual and Walmart colleges can get rid of if the government would get out of the way

My first news video: ‘Armenians remember and pray’
More on the Armenian Church
From LRC
  • Government Motors is using government money to pay back government money to get more government money.
  • Ron Paul: Obama’s not a socialist. He’s a corporatist.
  • UK: Богатые русские бегут из Лондона. Taxes are driving away rich, enterprising immigrants.
  • An argument for eliminating state schools. They seem morally neutral and charitable but... Catholic immigrants 100 years ago found them Protestant and started their own schools, and today arguably the state schools are preaching for a bastard of English Calvinism, the American version of secularist humanism. (I’m secular: impartial as in fair.)
  • Get out of Korea.
  • Crisis, martial law and black-market operation.
  • The new Vegas mob war: rival museums! Hey, they stole my idea, the mooks. In Cherry Hill, NJ there used to be two rival chain Italian restaurants (one of which sort of plays on these cultural tropes and which I admit I like*; I choose to see it as a tribute) across the highway from each other and I had an Onion-like story idea based on that. One museum glorifies the state; the other the mob, like the Godfather trilogy. This is of interest to libertarians because look at Prohibition: often but not always organised crime is simply selling goods and services (alcohol, drugs, gambling, prostitution) that customers want but are demonised by the meddling government. That some of them are immoral is none of your business. (*So do some Italian-Americans — Donna and her family from New York have some respect for the place — but its number of stores in a place is interestingly inverse to the Italian population, who of course cook good food at home; there are none in NYC, North Jersey or Long Island for example. The places are full of mementos making them like fun museums: they even acknowledge the church. And yes, some of the food is good.)
  • On that note: the Western states like freedom; Californians say legalise pot.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Patrimonial/ordinariate stuff
  • From Dr Tighe (thanks for lunch on Saturday): audio of Eamon Duffy at Anglicanorum Cœtibus Conference at Pusey House (more pictures). I used to slightly know two of the priests in the pictures! (Before they were priests.)
  • Followers of conservative Anglican doings know who he is/was: Fr Tony Clavier on Anglo-Catholicism (from here: anti-Catholic hackwork from the New Yorker). I fear that many Anglo-Catholics who convert will discover swiftly that they miss the freedom and liberality – not the same as liberal – of the Anglican tradition. The tragedy of English Anglo-Catholicism is that it lost its nerve and wandered into an internal ghetto and thus became powerless. It ceased to drink from its own tradition and fell in love with a very selective and romantic vision of modern Roman Catholicism. And that last part’s (Rome as it should be, all according to Rome’s own teachings, with liturgical panache: ACs’ version of Italian style) bad because...? And Protestantism (never mind that he’s in a liberal Protestant denomination) is defensible because...? He’s right that part of ACism’s charm is the liberality, not liberalism (Modernism: heavens, no!), combined with conservative liturgics. The key, and I think the Holy Father’s fit for the job, is to sift the liberality from the liberalism, and besides those coming in are consciously saying no to the latter so no problem. Saying no to Anglicanism as an ism has been many/most English ACs’ point all along. Now the Pope, in order to shore up his Catholic revival in English-speaking lands (a working model of what he wants with roots in their culture) and not primarily as an ecumenical rescue (although it is and that’s nice), is giving them a solution. BTW it’s fitting that the woman curate in the New Yorker story is at Littlemore (which I’ve been to, long ago) and is friendly with the local convert RC priests; she’s proof that Newman’s apologia was right. Patrimony, ; the Anglican tradition, no.

May procession: some of the Anglican Society of Mary last year. ‘This way, chaps!’

Sunday, April 25, 2010

From RR
The celebrant--Fr. James Mayer, O. de M.--carrying the Sanctissimum.

Church photo galleries


Art: the weight of the world on the Pope.


Seen around Rome: a sweet proper nun from France.


Italian style: a bishop in a Borsalino (I’m wearing a thin-brim one here; my hat’s a Christys’).


A monsignor.


A 1950s hand missal: tradition literally passed down, or the kids are picking up where Grandpa left off.
Ukrainian church rumour
From what appears to be a vagante in Ohio so take it as you will. Comment.
Commemorations
From Fr Hunwicke

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Penicillin not condoms for Africa
From Joshua

Sea power: retro is usually wonderful but not here
Fred Reed, like Bill Lind on land warfare (we’re in the guerrilla/insurgent/4GW age), says the US Navy is wasting mucho bucks (of course: it’s a government agency existing partly for its own sake) to refight WWII in the Pacific. Like an Iraqi homemade bomb on land there are crafty ways to sink today’s capital ships, the aircraft carriers. Looking forward to expert remarks from my comboxes’ retired naval officer. From LRC.


95 years ago today: the Armenian genocide began
Starting the big change from making newspapers (to be phased out over five years) to online video reporting, I went to a school assembly and service yesterday commemorating this, at a place run by proper nuns (not bad modified habits), Armenian Catholics from Armenia. As it’s the only Armenian school around it gets many Armenian Apostolic families (they have several local churches; I’ve been to one). At the end four priests — one Armenian Catholic (I’ve been to his church), vested (the Armenian chasuble/phelonion is cut all the way in front so it looks like a cope), and three Apostolic (not vested, in choir habits including a hooded monk) — and an Armenian Congregational minister (!) sang the requiem service, all in Armenian.

Essentially the Turks have been trying for years to wipe out the Christian presence in the lands they took and now call Turkey (especially Asia Minor: part of Greece).

Of course I hope to post a link to the video (can’t embed from that site) when it’s finished.




Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, Son of God, forbearing and compassionate, have pity in thy love as our creator upon the souls of thy servants who are at rest, especially upon the souls of thy servants the one and one-half million Armenians who lost their lives as victims of a genocide perpetrated against the Armenian nation during the First World War, and for whom we are offering these prayers. Be mindful of them in the great day of the coming of thy kingdom. Make them worthy of mercy, of expiation and forgiveness of sins. Reckon them and glorify them with the company of thy saints at thy right hand. For thou art Lord, the creator of all, judge of all the living and the dead, and to thee is befitting glory, dominion and honour, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Quantum physics and Christianity?
From Joshua
  • Quit Korea. More. Our true policy toward North Korea should be one of benign neglect.
  • Obama’s not black. More. But because of the coincidence of his absent African father he’s long wanted to be and learnt how to use that politically. I don’t think it necessarily gave him the presidency: being handsome, generally appealing and not George W. Bush did. (McCain was Cheney without the Bush sock puppet.) A sepia JFK on whom people projected their dreams (including Obamacon with honour Andrew Bacevich). Tried the Dem thing in ’06 and it didn’t work. (In ’04 I voted for Badnarik and honked for Kerry.) Still more. Also, from Steve Sailer, what about the CIA?

From LRC


How to buy a used car

Thursday, April 22, 2010

From truthout
The presidentialisation of the prime minister
Blairstrip One. More. From Steve Sailer at Taki.
Internet ad mash-up
This just in: Dentists don’t want you to know how the health reporter mom from [your hometown here] who lost 50 pounds in two days by obeying this one rule discovers the shocking truth behind acai berries [picture of pretty French newsreader nothing to do with berries] when Obama tells her to go back to school after getting her house refinanced for free discovered how to whiten your teeth all naturally.
From Kevin Mellis.
Conservation and stewardship of God’s creation are good but...
In the grand tradition of the Jefferson Bible and the Conservative Bible, there’s... the Green Bible. From LRC.

Conservation and stewardship are nothing new and essentially are environmentalism minus the self-righteousness.


The other prayer of the church besides Mass
The daily office
How do I plan to spend Earth Day?
‘I pledge’... to light a candle for Holly Maddux

Also, as this said last year, more people died in a certain Philadelphia apartment more than 30 years ago than at Three Mile Island.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

From RR

Time is running out for a great reforming Pope
From Damian Thompson
Predictable mainline mush
Including from the wishy-washy conservatives (whether they want to keep their pretty church buildings or collect their clergy pensions soon).

A religion pretending there is such a thing as gay marriage is one seceding from the human race and one that will shrink. But don’t try to outlaw it.

How many think this will get Frisco, Fire Island, Greenwich Village and Philly’s Gaybourhood flocking to Lutheranism?

Me neither.

Reminds me a little of the myth of sex-mad Swedes (which comes from a 1960s Italian porno). The Scandie attitude to sex is matter-of-fact but hardly any hanky-panky goes on, certainly not out in the open.

Yawn.

From Dr Tighe.
Priest: Russian society dominated by ‘baptised godless’
A bit harsh but preaching is part of a priest’s job. As Arturo will tell you, ‘numerous “magical and pagan prejudices”’, the poorly catechised, the not very bright and the Bad Catholics are completely normal and will always be with us. From Samer.
A lethal hypocrisy
Bill Clinton on violence and government. From CounterPunch.
Benedict XVI confronting ‘self-destruction’ of society, says French historian
From Joshua

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

School-spycam case: district official admits 56,000 pictures taken
Peter Hitchens defends church and Pope
From David Lindsay via Joshua

As Fr H said of the many screaming hypocrites, he says:
What precisely is the moral basis on which the atheist critics of the church found their ferocious disapproval of this activity, while they take a pretty much Kinseyist anything-goes attitude to almost all other sorts of sex?

From LRC


‘Mad Men’ video recap

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ron Paul’s desk
From Taki
Where this blog comes from much of the time
I added the shelf yesterday
Binghamton, NY mayor to put cost-of-war sign on City Hall
What’s right and wrong with this story?
Sorry, no link. The ‘lede’ as we call it in the newspaper biz shows you what you need to see.
Philadelphia Pentecostal clergy endorse Joe Sestak for commitment to community and public service.
I’m a (not secularist) secular (classical) liberal so of course I say for fairness’ sake (including the free public practice of religion) that religion has no direct say in government. So why should a politician try to get a denomination’s endorsement? Why should a denomination have a PAC? That said, hooray for public displays of religion. But obviously Pentecostal here is code for black. (Here Northeastern white pols are being condescending and wouldn’t tolerate this from whites.) Blacks shouldn’t be a bloc either: no collectivism in the form of identity politics. Funny how two progenies of Calvinism that didn’t like each other, the old Dutch rule in South Africa and SWPLs, want to lump people together like that.

BTW Sestak is my congressman. He was part of my last venture of trying to tactically vote Democratic (in which I voted a mostly D ticket for the first time) to cause a good change (the great referendum on Bush and the Iraq war in which the GOP deservedly lost Congress): I was being an Obamacon two years before Obama’s election. Never again. It didn’t work so of course I didn’t fall for Obama.

From Joshua
  • Corn syrup, a government creation.
  • Populism left and right. New from Justin Raimondo.
  • Hear, O Israel. David Lindsay touches a politically incorrect third rail: why so many Jews are of the left and how their worldview is different from Christians’. It’s been noted elsewhere that it’s partly a reaction to persecution but also that the values and behaviour (like being enterprising) that not only saved them from extinction but made them thrive in Western countries are not leftist! (They didn’t get where they are by asking the government to take care of them.) Also, Zionism plays so well among evangelicals because they don’t know or don’t want to know about Levantine Christianity, forms of Catholicism.


Ron Paul on the Fed’s money machine

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Car show in Lumberton, NJ: 1955
Catching up with Tobias Haller


Ron Paul at DC Tea Party rally


Milton Friedman teaches Phil Donahue
From Karen De Coster
Ecclesiastical bibs and bobs
  • Pædocommunion: discuss! I’ll start. It’s obviously not doctrine so saying it’s necessary, like claiming services must be in the vernacular to be valid like some Protestants did, was condemned by Trent. That is, you can do it in your rite but a Catholic doesn’t have to. BTW I’ve been told some Metropolia Slav parishes — Russian Orthodox dioceses, Ruthenian parishioners — in the rust belt at least used to have Solemn First Communion for the 7-year-olds right after they first go to confession, because these churches used to be Greek Catholic.
  • Old article on English in the Byzantine Rite. Thanks to Isabel Hapgood who AFAIK published the first complete translation of the Orthodox services about 100 years ago you hear a lot of Coverdale; the Russian Church Abroad recently printed a psalter using it. Greek Catholics seem stuck with Novus Ordo-ey English, a problem that’s getting worse (more).
  • Of course baroque is da bomb but NLM also rightly appreciates The Other Modern, the artistic branch of the legit liturgical movement (Mass-and-office and really interested in the East as well). The first half of the 20th century, through the early 1960s, the good ’60s: not pastiche but original art that follows the principles of Catholic doctrine and the old Roman Rite.
  • History: As the Continuum turns.
  • Why Fort Worth has gone for 1970s-1980s Episcopalianism doing business as ACNA not Rome. Typical mainline thing. There still will be a small American ordinariate including the Texan parishes that are most of the Anglican Use now; of course I don’t know yet where else.
  • Some of my comments in that thread (warning: long convert manifestos but with a few nuggets of Catholic truth), one and two. Not to be harsh, and like Perry I don’t believe in the thing either, but I appreciate the irony of writing a 2,500-word post about being completely over something. Then again there’s Newman’s autobiography.
  • For articles more learned and spiritual than I can come up with there’s Fr Stephen Freeman.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

What would happen to missile silos if the government no longer existed?
From Thomas Knapp
The Pope-hunters
From LRC. The left are out for blood. Non-Catholic libertarians aren’t normally ‘haters’ (to use one of the left’s favourite putdowns) like this but the few such respect his rights.
An increasingly desperate secularism can only find meaning through ridiculing the religious.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Republican anti-elitism
... is limited specifically to those areas where there are the fewest Republicans: Hollywood, academia, and the media. Whenever similar attitudes start to be directed at corporations or Wall Street, party leaders and activists become very hostile to populism.
Daniel Larison
On liberal high-culture vultures
By Jeff Culbreath

I’ve long been acquainted with a version of this. In this case the political leftism is either of the modern kind or comes from the intended charity of orthodox Anglo-Catholicism past (which often described itself as socialist), in this resembling the Democratic politics of city and rust-belt American Roman Catholics and 1930s Catholic Action (Dorothy Day). Theologically sound but economically naïve and politically wrong.

Of course you can be friends with all kinds of people and God uses any means he wants but both as Catholics and as libertarians our alliances with the left just like with the right are always only provisional.
From RR
The good news and the bad news on the Tea Party
They’re not the rubes the mainstream media make them out to be but they seem to be mainstream Republicans putting on a show, ‘just another worthless conservative, anti-liberal, anti-Democrat movement with no real principles’ as LRC says. From Steve Sailer.
From Joshua
From Rod Dreher
Seven reasons for the American empire’s collapse
From LRC

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New York City’s Manhattan’s last Catholic hospital closes
I’m shocked. From Ad Orientem.


2011 Toyota Avalon commercial
I like it! They seem to be trying to ride the popularity of ‘Mad Men’.

From Mark Shea
From Cracked
Local Tea Party tax protest
Listen and watch (AFAIK I can’t embed this): so much potential but what’s wrong with this picture?

Patrimony: Easter Sung Mass at St Peter’s, London Docks
This is what Pope Benedict wants to reintroduce: not import Protestantism!

Newly learnt word of the day: sphygmomanometer

From LRC in honour of America’s tax day
My feelings about the Fabs are mixed. As one critic said both one of the best and most overrated bands, in the beginning sort of a karaoke of the best American ’50s sounds (Paul McCartney started off doing impressions of Little Richard), then original early-’60s smooth pop, retro whimsy and finally then-cutting-edge rock. But an instrument of great evil (as an old friend who largely formed my worldview once told me), an emblem of the cultural destruction in their decade. The world may have been better off if they’d remained a cult phenomenon in Liverpool or at most the UK for a couple of years, end of story. That said, as you can hear in this number, songwriter George Harrison had a good libertarian streak (as well as a sincere but misguided religious one) as does everybloke Ringo Starr: ‘Everything government touches turns to crap.’ I guess the boomer fans missed/forgot that. Enjoy the song.

I understand Walter Cronkite is to credit/blame for Beatlemania. After JFK was killed he thought his audience needed cheering up so he reported on this teen craze in England.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Katyn and ‘the good war’
From Taki
Hilary learns to draw on the right side of the brain
Turning off your Talking Brain, which wants to take short cuts, and rather drawing what you see
From RR

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tax time: mainliners think they know what’s best for your money better than you do
Because they think they’re better than you

Stealing is not charity any more than if like a digital Robin Hood I borrowed your identity, siphoned a few bucks out of your bank account and gave that to somebody I thought needed it. Interesting line about tithing: the state as substitute church, or the devil is the ape of God.
Anglican patrimony: the old unity, good and bad
  • Liturgical uniformity? No. It’s not traditional and we’ve seen enough of the bad kind of uniformity. So have the American Missal for the Americans, Ordinary Form with panache for the Brits and English Missal (the Extraordinary Form translated with style) as an option for all.
  • Defining churchmanships. In the combox, the Revd Vicki McGrath remembers the old Episcopalianism: the stress on apostolic succession essentially defined it against (other) mainline Protestantism and gave us in the late Anglo-Catholic movement (which we didn’t see as a movement) the idea that we were in the Catholic Church, as odd as that now seems. The other Bishop Robinson like David Virtue rather sees us historically as at least misguided. In a way they’re right: what we thought was Anglicanism isn’t (answering this). As for the centrism he likes, without strong doctrine and ecclesiology that centre boogies around a bit — so for example in Episcopalianism gay marriage is centrist — and as Newman wrote in his apologia, historically the middle’s not always right, viz. Monophysitism. Starting at old-school Central and coming on board high churchmanship early on, I was just a kid taking in at face value the good liturgics, sonorous prose and, more important, the Catholic doctrine sincerely taught. To the larger church we go!

Monday, April 12, 2010

A nice First Communion
At St Paul’s here on Easter. More. From Ernst.

Some good ecumenism
From Fr Cantrell
From Richard Viguerie
Gavin McInnes on health care
From Taki

From LRC
The cover-ups that exploded
From CounterPunch

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rethinking international adoption
On the occasion of the recent Russian case gone horribly wrong. From Joshua.
The Digital Economy Act
Now British law. Anti-theft or anti-liberty? From AKMA.
From T1:9