Sunday, August 04, 2013

11th Sunday after Pentecost, the WaPo on libertarianism, and Modestinus has more worth reading

  • Mass: Deus in loco sancto suo. Happy feast of St Dominic, although not commemorated in the ’62 version of the missal today. Here, Sung Mass but with no smoke (until recently, I didn’t know the incense, standard here, is an exception), with Fr Check from Holy Trinity (St Clement’s Jr., now at the beautiful, long-disused old German church downtown); the organist is back, and my friend Michael Miller did the chant. Great, but I liked last week’s a cappella chant Mass: a liturgical fantasy of mine is plainchant bouncing off the stone walls of a Romanesque basilica.
  • Sermon by Fr Robert Hart. The right kind of ecumenism.
  • From Ad Orientem: The WaPo on libertarianism.
  • Modestinus on various and sundry, including Orthodoxy and American politics.
  • My usual on the mainline, liberal high church, and the modern West. I start here.
  • Good thing the church isn’t a personality cult because so far I don’t like this Pope. (We don’t have to.) Dom Hugh in England writes: Is it not remarkable that the Vatican Press Office must spend most of its time explaining what “the pope really meant” every time he speaks “off the cuff”?

3 comments:

  1. "Is it not remarkable that the Vatican Press Office must spend most of its time explaining what “the pope really meant” every time he speaks “off the cuff”?"

    Of course it isn't remarkable. They did it with Benedict all the time. And for the same reason: the press almost never has any idea what the pope means--they don't understand Catholicism, or religion generally, or context. If some buzzword gets uttered, it's repeated ad nauseum, out of context, and once the whole world is thoroughly a-twitter about something not remotely said, the Vatican press office comes in with a clarification. Happened wih Benedict, will happen with whoever comes after Francis.

    By the way, we know you don't like Francis. I don't know why you keep repeating it.

    I like him very much. I like Benedict very much. I don't see that there's some rule that we have to choose or rank. Who knows why the Holy Spirit puts certain men in that office. I suppose there was even some reason for Alexander VI.

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  2. With Benedict we had the first pope since the Council who wasn't harder on traditionalists than he was on modernist heretics. Now the Ultramontanist Iron Fist has returned, with the FFIs (an order as loyal to the pope as you could find!) getting cruelly decapitated and shackled to the Novus while the LCWR orders and the Jesuits continue with impunity.

    In other words, back to normal.

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