Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembrance and more




  • For Veterans'/Remembrance Day, bigger in Britain and Canada than in the U.S. because they lost more people in World War I than we did. Our Veterans' Day is British countries' Memorial Day (our Memorial Day comes from our Civil War). These celebrations are a challenge for serious Christians, who must steer between the Scylla of jingoism (charity puts your country before the rest of the world but doesn't make an idol of it) and the Charybdis of pacifism (which the mainstream Western left, a Christian heresy, favors until one of their sacred cows is gored: see how the Communists changed their mind about World War II). The church says few wars have been just. My late rector served in the Royal Navy twice, as a rating in WWII and as a chaplain in the '60s (the British navy being much more Anglo-Catholic-friendly than the army). Pictures from Free Canuckistan. Update: More from him on this paragraph's subject.
    • Martinmas: poppies and corn.
    • Gallipoli. It's been said that Australians, a happy lot, will joke about anything, except that. Another quagmire in an immoral war, not really the British's fault (the first time Australian officers led in a battle).
  • The real Synod on the Family and the synod of the media. As blogger A Real Live One observed, the whole thing, including the media circus, is playing like a parody of Vatican II. Burke for Pope.
  • U.S. Catholic bishops try to calm anxiety over Pope. A fog of liberal bias, disappointing from AP; same way the media reported Vatican II. The kernel of truth: Pope Francis' vacillations, including holding the Synod on the Family, have made it that much harder for the bishops to fight the culture war in America. Again, he didn't make the cover of Rolling Stone for doing his job.
  • David Mills: Which Episcopal priests are more likely to become Catholic: graduates of Nashotah House or Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry? Observers of the scene have noticed this too: we get ex-Evangelicals much like Fr. Longenecker while the spikes stay and b*tch. After all, Newman was originally an Evangelical, not an old high churchman. Casual observers might assume the very high-church all became Catholic 40 years ago; only logical. But the American ones long weren't Rome-oriented, though they copied our ceremonial, and of course the gay element ("the sanctuary is our stage") in both America and Britain comes up with an excuse to stay. But three of Philadelphia's Anglo-Catholic parishes, St. Clement's (once America's only Tridentine Anglo-Papalist parish), St. James the Less, and Good Shepherd, Rosemont, had dominant "Catholic" factions that are all now Catholic. They really believed. Real thing that kept them back: the church's inhospitality after Vatican II (the liberal coup: "Progress!", an attitude going back to the '50s) vs. Anglican semi-congregationalism as a hedge. And to be fair, if you grew in a "Catholic" version of Anglicanism, it's hard to figure out the truth. P.S. Come home, St. Anthony's, Hackensack.
  • The Russians reach out to ACNA. That's nice. Probably nothing will come of it. ACNA = less liberal Protestant denomination. Converting to Orthodoxy is for self-hating Westerners; the Orthodox ultimately want to byzantinize everybody. My impression is ACNA's not only Western but too Protestant to go over (remembering the speech to them that Msgr. Jonah, then of the OCA, gave). But the Orthodox get a few principled "non-Roman" high churchmen. Although the Reformed Episcopal Church has high-churched itself of late, its roots are ANTI-Anglo-Catholic. Also intriguing: the Free Church of England (their Reformed Episcopal Church) and the Polish National Catholic Church of America (liberals with a conservative Polish Catholic veneer) are having talks. Orthodoxy: traditional liturgy and Anglican credal orthodoxy (well, slightly better, having the first seven councils as defined doctrine) plus either folklore masquerading as magisterial teaching (ROCOR and the Old Calendarists) or a ripoff of Western liberals (St. Serge and St. Vlad's seminaries).
  • The untold story of the Toth schism? Unconfirmed by me. Been told that Archbishop Ireland wrote in a private letter that Fr. Toth had gambling debts, asked the archbishop for a loan, and was turned down. The Russian bishop gave him the money. Every story has two sides.
  • Roissy: Herman Wouk on women. Fallen human nature is of course perennial, and the cultural rot had set in here back in the golden era he came from.
  • Dying co-creator of "The Simpsons" is giving away his millions to charity as he enters his final days. You can't buy your way into heaven but of course that's nice; very sorry he's dying, of course.
  • Ex-Army: Voting: a right, a privilege, or a duty? The older idea, that the franchise should be limited to intelligent or educated people who have a stake in the welfare of the country as a whole, is deemed hopelessly old-fashioned if it's even remembered at all. Now, of course, the prevailing idea is that you have a right to vote so that you can vote for candidates who will do stuff for you and give you free junk and make other people pay for it. Especially interesting is the fact that we now allow eighteen-year-olds to vote. Since they almost completely lack experience or mental training of any sort, the only reason for them to vote is to get cool stuff for themselves.
  • From Rational Review:

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