- From RR:
- Obama proposal would let religious groups opt out of contraception mandate. What about the Hobby Lobbys that aren’t religious but that religious people own?
- Trying to unlock the secret of the disco clam.
- “Maybe we should just brand all the babies.” With this joke, Ronald Reagan swatted down a national identification card — or an enhanced Social Security card — proposed by his attorney general in 1981. For more than three decades since, attempts to implement the proposal have all met with failure, but now national ID is back, and it’s worse than ever.
- What would a free society look like?
- From Cracked: 33 facts about famous people.
- Socialized medicine: UK: thousands of NHS staff admit they wouldn’t want their families treated in their own hospitals because care is so poor.
- Libertarianism 101: 10 things.
- From LRC: Stalin’s secret agents in Roosevelt’s government.
- From Takimag: myth of the effeminate poet.
- From Daniel Nichols: peace martyrs (sort of an American Indian version of Shenandoah) and: Life is full of surprises, and so is grace. We must, it seems, be slow to conclude anything about anyone based upon what we can see, for only God knows the heart. The inner life is a great mystery; today's sinner may well be tomorrow's martyr, while the righteous may be heading for a fall.
- From Rod Dreher: ecumenism. Answering this.
Of course I see the bitter irony that well could be due to Modernists in the official church. That said, born non-Catholics justly get the benefit of the doubt; the SSPX hasn’t been re-regularized (yet; yes, it was founded in the official church). So this predicament is exactly because the SSPX are Catholics being censured. The non-Catholics go scot-free. And yes, sharing churches looks like indifferentism. And a kind of ecumenism 40-50 years out of date, from when many Catholics and mainliners thought union was about to happen.
Orthodoxy and Catholicism are on parallel tracks; two one-true-church claims. (Catholics should dump the Vatican II liturgical changes and learn from Orthodoxy’s folk traditionalism.) Union means one side would have to give in. The much larger Catholic Church won’t; at most from the Orthodox you’d get another split/more Greek Catholics and a smaller Orthodox Church. Forget the mainliners: fallible, fungible church (they can vote themselves Unitarian, out of Christianity) that doesn’t really want to come back. (Their excuse for leaving Catholicism was they claimed the Pope claimed too much power; now they claim more power than the Pope, by ordaining women and being homosexualist… their version of a one-true-church claim?) We’ve gone as far as we can with ecumenism: the sides pretty much know what the others really teach and are no longer trying to kill each other.
The Episcopalians have the right to govern themselves, including defending and selling their property, so they had the legal right to do what they did in Binghamton, selling a church to Muslims instead of to former members. But they were jerks there.