Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hooray for the Baath Party, and on well-meant, slightly off conservative Catholic efforts



  • The rightful defenders of Iraqi Christians is the Baath Party, co-founded by a (lapsed? apostate?) Christian and the country's rightful government (remember legitimism?) before George W. Bush led America's fool's errand there.
  • Why she doesn't use contraception. Quite good. But as retired blogger Sunshine Mary, a born Catholic turned sexy evangelical wife (I don't know or remember her view on contraception, but I know that modern evos are fine with it; heck, before the '70s or even 1980 they thought being anti-abortion was "Catholic"), would, I detect a whiff of feminism, which does make inroads into conservative churches. "You can still have it all in spite of following the church." I much prefer the manosphere on this, when it's talking about first things and not the common hack of abusing social skills for quick or temporary sex (thing is, pickup skills use a lot of home truths); realistic on human nature, it's profoundly conservative: women are simply happier when fulfilling their prime directive, being under a strong (not abusive, but lots of women accept this) man and being a mother. They hate the rat race so they drop out, the real reason for the average pay gap. The mainstream hates Sarah Palin because its women envy her. A career (she was in over her head but anyway), a strong husband of many years, being a mom and grandma, AND men still want her. By the way, I think the church does NOT teach, "Have as many children as you physically can."
  • The Catholic "man crisis." True: A lot of Catholic "men" have been exposed to "Catholic" "education" which is dominated by dwindling man-hating nuns, "liberated" women and effeminates. But this site, which reminds me of the McKays' The Art of Manliness, seems verbose, ironically like a church lady; naive about "off the books" Catholic culture. For example, in Italy and Spanish countries, men have often not been expected to participate in church. A feminist takeover worsens that, rather than causing it. There can be no New Evangelization unless there is a New Emangelization. Gay. The Church, including its bishops, priests and lay men, (must) begin to take notice and make the evangelization of Catholic men a priority. In a sense true: ditch the guitars and Eucharistic ministers and stop condescending; bring back the clergy as knights of the altar (Catholic life is in part "spiritual combat"; the sanctuary is a space for men, made of stone, for sacrifice; Jesus is the ultimate man, sacrificing himself), Thomism (a man's philosophy, for logic-choppers, not touchy-feely stuff), Latin (same precision as Thomism), and chant (it engages the mind, is very singable, and is not too girly); teach a lot of the same truths as the manosphere (simply being a good provider doesn't cut it anymore) and evangelicals about being strong husbands and fathers (including, I dare say, headship: women crave it) - "honey" and Dad as king and priest of the domestic church. Hierarchy and patriarchy. But from the tone here I sense that official attempts to market to men would be fake - condescending in a different way - and would flop because of it. Wrote about this here. Like marketing cars, women will go to a man's church; men WON'T go to "womenchurch."
  • Smart manosphere critic Bob Wallace: If women are hypergamous, then how at the same time do they like ne'er-do-well bad boys? Because with women, the hypergamy is about biology, not real status or logic. Same reason men like women with the right measurements, for example. But for them, attitude trumps looks.
  • From LRC: The case for LBJ having JFK killed. He was ruthless and they hated each other.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:44 am

    Catholicism is not a cult, nor has it been a high-intensity religion for most of its history (after the catacomb period was over in the West, Catholicism became pretty settled). It is a religion that is low-intensity for the most part, relying on cultural and social institutions to carry most of the weight for enforcing norms in the community, norms ideally and (in Catholic countries) normally shaped by Catholic values. So, your average Catholic dude over the history of the Church doesn't have to be a born-age, on fire for Jesus, here are my rosary beads and I tell them very day kind of guy in order to be a Catholic and have a reasonable chance at getting to heaven. Low-intensity personal commitment but a culture sending positive and correct messages to him, allowing for a kind of crowdsourcing of piety to occur. A secularized, generically Protestant parallel to this was 1950s America (something I believe that Jacques Maritain commented on when he visited the States in the 1950's).

    It may be that that sort of Catholic approach is no longer viable in the modern world. I am sorry to see it go, though, if it does. But as Western culture slides ever farther from the Gospel, Catholicism has to become more overt, more distinctive from the surrounding culture, and as a result, more high-intensity. Personally, I would rather be a lax Catholic dude living in a generally Christian culture than an on fire for Jesus Catholic dude living in a pagan culture, but we don't get to choose the era in which we live and its challenges.

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