The original ‘Zou Bisou Bisou’
Silly song but she’s gorgeous.I understand she’s still around and she guessed, correctly, that ‘Mad Men’ would sex up its version.
Today, Christians make up about a tenth of Syria’s 22 million people. Half of these two million souls belong to the Orthodox Church of the Patriarchate of Antioch, the preeminent Christian institution in the country. As many as 500,000 people belong to the Syriac Orthodox Church*, and another 125,000 belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church**. Catholics number around 400,000 people and belong primarily to the Armenian and Melkite Greek Catholic*** churches.From Daniel Nichols.
At bottom, conservatism is the desire to remain true to type. So American conservatism is the desire for America to remain American.But what does that mean? WASPs/northern Protestants only? Whether or not, why shouldn’t WASPs like being WASP, Germans like being German, etc.? Nothing wrong with that. Or a concept not an ethnos, a propositional nation (but with a few English values that can be universal)? The Old Republic? Freedom, live and let live, as long as you don’t harm others? (Government limited to that phrasing of the golden rule so we can all get along. Works for immigration: welcome! We don’t want to turn you into Protestants but play by this one rule of ours, which is not exclusively any faith’s; if you don’t, bye.)
The problem is that a good answer to such questions would require a coherent tradition, but too many features of American life are anti-traditional.Right but those first few things shouldn’t be matters for the law.
At one time, the effect of those features was limited by other aspects of American life: religion, localism, family values, ethnic ties, limited government, and an emphasis on law.
American conservatism was a series of attempts to keep the current situation from coming about.Yes, authority. As a believer in a religion, Catholicism, based on it (revelation and immemorial custom in an institution we believe the Holy Ghost infallibly directs), that makes sense to me. So minarchy not anarchy; somebody to enforce the rule of law. Fallen human nature minus authority = selfishness or mob rule. (Mark in Spokane: yes, rights, but what about responsibilities?)
That effort required a strong emphasis on traditional limitations, which required some sort of authority to back them up. At the popular level the authority was usually the will of the Founders as embodied in the Constitution, together with Biblical religion and a concept of America as (as Lincoln said) an “almost chosen” nation.
That view also tells us that all preferences, and all actors, are equally preferences and actors, with no higher standard to make one better than the other.So they want a confessional state like Ireland and Spain used to be.
I am still trying to wrap my head around the concept of “fare bella figura.” It literally means “to make a beautiful figure,” but most people would translate it as “a good impression.” Truthfully, it’s a little of both – and it’s singularly Italian.From here.
In order to possess a bella figura, you must look put-together. If you’re a woman, your hair is perfect. You have a fresh manicure and pedicure. Your clothes are stylish and flattering; your makeup is flawless. Your bag, shoes, and jewelry are coordinated and tasteful. Needless to say, you have exemplary posture as you make your way through the city streets. If you’re a man, you’re wearing a tailored suit, an impeccably pressed shirt, and polished dress shoes. Your grooming is likewise impressive. You’re fit and you smell good.
But this is just the most basic level of the bella figura, the surface clues to a more complex outlook on life. Deep down, it means appreciating good design – combining beauty and necessity in the most harmonious possible way. It means caring about detail and quality. It means having poise, being hospitable, and appreciating those qualities in others. It means hope – because you’re noticing beauty everywhere you look.
Drink a round to Ireland, boys, I’m home again
Drink a round to Jesus Christ who died for Irish men.
Aren’t all Presidential Executive Orders outside the boundaries of the Constitution? (President Obama wrote 111 EOs; GW Bush 291; Bill Clinton 366; Ronald Reagan 380.)From LRC.
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The brave middle-aged schoolgirl had the courage to stand up in public and demand that someone else pay for her sex life.
How a government treats its own people is not a particularly reliable guide to its treatment of its neighbors and other countries in general.The president’s religion shouldn’t matter, to ensure freedom for the church, nor even his personality, but that said I’d rather see a macho prez photographed at traditional (such as Orthodox) services than an agnostic snob like ours. (My candidate Ron Paul’s a casually churchgoing Protestant.)
When asked about the possibility of writing a book outlining the most significant blunders of statesmen, Hoover replied, “I am going to tell you what should be the first chapter... When Roosevelt put America in to help Russia as Hitler invaded Russia in June 1941. We should have let those two bastards annihilate themselves.”
The church has spent nearly two millennia crushing attempts by secular rulers to dictate the way it carries out its charitable ministries.
Why would the rulers of today’s world care about public Christianity, heterosexual marriage, and freedom from infanticide in one small European backwater? Because they always fear a return of the ancien régime, no matter how inconspicuous it may appear. And given the Hungarian government’s two-thirds majority, it apparently represents the views of their countrymen.Same reason the Modernist munchkins went beyond the Thomas Day factor and quickly and thoroughly suppressed the old Mass and even architectural reminders of it 40 years ago.
While Hungarians have a tortured historical relationship with their neighbors, they resemble them in many ways. There are many – perhaps a majority of – Slovaks, Poles, Slovenes, Croats, and others who would agree with the constitution’s social provisions. Therein lies the danger for the moral munchkins in Brussels and Washington. Eastern European national identities are supposed to be slowly eroded through EU membership. But what if Hungary succeeds in saving herself culturally and demographically and her neighbors follow her lead?
Results for U.S. Republican Presidential Primaries, 03/06Me:
AK: Gingrich, 14.1%; Paul, 24.0%; Romney, 32.4%; Santorum, 29.2% = 100%
GA: Gingrich, 47.2%; Paul, 6.6%; Romney, 25.9%; Santorum, 19.6% = 100%
ID: Gingrich, 2.1%; Paul, 18.1%; Romney, 61.6%; Santorum, 18.2% = 100%
MA: Gingrich, 4.6%; Paul, 9.5%; Romney, 72.2%; Santorum, 12.0% = 100%
ND: Gingrich, 8.5%; Paul, 28.1%; Romney, 23.7%; Santorum, 39.7% = 100%
OH: Gingrich, 14.1%; Paul, 9.2%; Romney, 37.9%; Santorum, 37.1% = 100%
OK: Gingrich, 27.5%; Paul, 9.6%; Romney, 28.0%; Santorum, 33.8% = 100%
TN: Gingrich, 23.9%; Paul, 9.0%; Romney, 28.1%; Santorum, 37.2% = 100%
VA: Gingrich, -; Paul, 40.5%; Romney, 59.5%; Santorum, - = 100%
VT: Gingrich, 8.2%; Paul, 25.5%; Romney, 39.8%; Santorum, 23.7% = 100%
WY: Gingrich, 0%; Paul, 2.9%; Romney, 53.7%; Santorum, 29.1% = 100%
Source: AP via Google.
His ambition is to accomplish three things. First advance the libertarian cause and lay the groundwork for an ideological revolution that will profoundly reshape the GOP. Like Moses he knows he is unlikely to live to see the promised land. But he has lead the faithful to it. This is a battle that will be waged over many elections. The next generation is much more libertarian and they will be the future of the Republican Party if Ron Paul is successful. Secondly, in the near term he wants a voice in the platform committee and a speaking slot at the convention. If he has enough delegates he could reasonably expect that. And lastly if there is a brokered convention (still unlikely but not beyond the realm of possibility) he may play a role in naming the GOP nominee.– Ad Orientem
Take Virginia, a state where the party establishment pretty much rigged the election for Romney by making it as hard as possible for candidates to get on the ballot, and then prohibited write-in candidates, and then topped it off by requiring a loyalty oath from all voters that they would support the nominee of the party in the general election.That’s wrong. Is it even enforceable? With that coercion, in VA I wouldn’t be a Republican.
... what I like to call the “Confessional Frump look”.
Money quotes:I suppose girls and women don these things as a sort of modesty uniform, a sartorial placard reading “I am a chaste and modest woman who would not have shoddy, unthinkable affairs with local tradesmen while you are at work.”
Modesty is a good and noble thing, but it is all the sweeter when it is subtle. The virgin who reminds people constantly that she is a virgin is not as modest as the virgin who keep her mouth shut on such a personal subject.
If a man wants back all the beauty, romance and fittingness of the Mass before 1963, he might very well want back all the beauty, romance and fittingness of men’s fashion before 1963. And if he is that interested in men’s fashion before 1963, imagine how he thinks women should dress. The Well Dressed Woman of 1948 was not wearing what Americans call a jumper, people.
You should not be thinking Laura Ingalls Wilder; you should be thinking Veronica Lake.
For better or worse, I have been accused of being a “traditionalist”... My response has always been to say that I am interested in traditionalism, albeit with the concession that to be interested in these sorts of things is to typically become sympathetic to them as well. “Sympathy,” however, is not tantamount to “agreement” or, at least, not “full agreement,” which is something I reserve for a very narrow realm of claims which have been made in human history. But why be interested in traditionalism and not, say, one of the more moderate or even liberal wings of Catholicism? Though this isn’t the post in which to hash out all of the details, I think I can briefly summarize the reasons. First, traditionalism, unlike other camps within Catholicism (or even Orthodoxy), rarely gets a fair hearing in the so-called “mainstream” and therefore represents a more enticing subject to study since it demands some actual legwork and sifting which is typically done in advance within other circles. Second, traditionalism offers certain “high level” claims about the meaning and integrity of Catholic Christianity which are not typically in play within other realms. Whether these “high level” claims are right or wrong are important to figure out, but first one has to find out what they are and why they are being promoted in the first place. Last, the seemingly uncompromising nature of traditionalism offers two possibilities which, in my mind, ought to be enticing to most serious-minded individuals: internal coherency and an alternative to the present state of affairs. Whether these two sub-elements are fully actualized within the context of traditionalism is another matter. But to the extent that they are at least promoted, I find that the traditionalist camp is worth examining.
None of this is to say that I think of myself as a “bridge.” I lack the requisite background and sophistication to mediate between all of the various claims out there, even though it is necessary, to some degree, to make semi-blind choices between contradictory claims from time to time. In other words, some sort of decision-making process or standard has to be adopted at some point lest one remains in stasis forever. And it is here that I probably find the real “value” or “utility” of traditionalism: A decision for or in alignment with traditionalism is the one which, in my mind, carries the lowest costs (or, to put it another way, lowest risks) with respect to abrogating my duties as a Catholic. Does traditionalism always offer the most fashionable path? No. Does it always offer the most convenient path? No. But does it offer a path which, if faithfully followed (which is something I can make no claim to being good at), will be more likely to keep me on “the narrow way which leadeth unto life”? Well, yes.
The Ordinariate is sometimes attacked for being rather small, and therefore fairly insignificant in the ecclesiastical landscape. We are sometimes laughed at. We sometimes make others angry or bitter. Given that Anglicans are famous for being attached to particular churches, and part of particular communities, it sometimes amazes me that anyone at all joined the Ordinariate. Yet 1,000 people did so, barely twelve months ago, and others are presently undertaking the Lenten journey, with their eye on being received and chrismated this Easter. Meanwhile, we have 60 clergy, and there are some more on the way.The old churches were stolen in the 1500s but the Anglicans have the right to control their property including not sharing.
For fun, I thought I would have a look on the Internet and see what a small church in this country should look like. Slightly larger than the Ordinariate – with 120 clergy, some sixty centres, and a considerable band of faithful – is the archdiocese (as we would call it) of the Greek Orthodox Church. The Russian Orthodox are in two groups. The diocese of Sourozh, linked with the Moscow Patriarchate, has a couple of dozen active clergy, serving the liturgy in a couple of dozen centres, and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) in this country is about half that size. So the Russian jurisdictions, combined, are smaller than the Ordinariate, though they have some property and a good number of lay people. I looked then at a Catholic diocese, and I looked at the one associated with our patron, Our Lady of Walsingham. In the diocese of East Anglia, there seem to be some 90 clergy and just over 100 places of worship: in terms of priests and centres, a bit bigger than the Ordinariate. In terms of laity, no doubt much bigger – but much more long-established.
In short, as a brand-new particular Church*, we are doing very well indeed. We are part of the universal communion tracing its history back to Caesarea Philippi, when Christ called Peter the rock and said, ‘on this rock I will build my Church’ (Mt 16:18). And we are learning what it feels like to be a Catholic. I now fully understand and increasingly share the feeling that mediæval churches and cathedrals are really ‘ours’, stolen by Tudor apostasy. I cannot see why their ownership and use, if it cannot be restored, cannot at least be shared. This is a view I have held since, as a cathedral chorister, I watched, fascinated, as a modern Catholic Church was built in Southwell. ‘Why duplicate?’ I thought.
The General Synod has made it entirely plain that, whatever space is given to Anglo-catholics, the historic justification for being an Anglo-catholic – bringing the whole Church of England to understand and embrace an inherent Catholic Faith and Order – has now gone for ever. Meanwhile we long for our Anglican brothers and sisters to come and join us in the full communion of the Catholic Church, not because of this or that issue, but because Rome is home. RITA – Rome Is The Answer – as people used to laugh at me for saying. And perhaps still do.