Thursday, November 06, 2014

Ron Paul on the midterm elections, and more



  • Ron Paul: Two-party monopoly must be infiltrated with ideas. Here in Pennsylvania, the Libertarian Party didn't make it to the ballot this year so I went for the lesser of two evils. I don't feel too bad about that; a vote for Ken Krawchuk would have been a vote for Tom Wolf.
  • The Anti-Gnostic on the midterm elections.
  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider on the recent Synod’s final document: “radical neo-pagan ideology.”
  • Cardinal Burke interview. I'm not that scandalized by that midterm report (only discussion notes, not an official church document) from the Synod on the Family, that some bishops aren't orthodox. That doesn't change the church, unlike what whoever released the report and the mainstream media wanted you and me to think.
  • Let’s not forget that the Roman Church began celebrating Mass in Latin instead of Greek precisely because Latin was the language of the peoplethat is, the vernacular — in that time and place. I heard that one 30 years ago. It's Not About Latin™ (a point of the ordinariates) but here's a rebuttal:
    This is false and inaccurate. Are you acquainted with the life and work of the Late Dutch scholar of Latin and the liturgy, Christine Mohrmann (1903-1988). In her book *Liturgical Latin* (1957) and in a plethora of articles in Dutch, English and French, she demonstrated (and I would contend irrefutably) that the Mass-in-Latin as adapted and translated during the pontificate of Pope Damasus (366-384) was so archaizing and “sacral” as to be unintelligible to ordinary speakers of “vulgar” Latin in Italy and elsewhere, as indeed was the rather florid Latin used in those rites which are termed “Gallican” in France and in Spain (later on) "Mozarabic". But why should I write more when I can direct the interested to these?
    I'm no expert but 1) human nature: EVERYBODY has a sacral, liturgical version of language, even Protestants (for example, the Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible, especially since, for English Protestants, liturgy is in English; Catholics don't care about bad English because they "know" liturgy "isn't really in English"). Once saw a PTL Club Bible that had the King James and modern American Englishes side by side, just like the languages in my 1957 hand missal. For the Amish, it's proper German (because it's the language of Luther's Bible) vs. the dialect they speak. And 2) to me, Latin is Latin, not being that schooled or fluent in it (I know Latin — studied it because of the church — but not well). I do know that much of the traditional Roman Rite, such as the collects, is very terse and to the point, so that, it seems, just about anybody who knows Latin can understand it. Although the ceremonial was different (that evolved in the Middle Ages, same as the Byzantine Rite), by around 600 a traditionalist would be familiar with the texts of the Roman Mass. Latin is beautiful (Italian's mother), a template (because it doesn't change anymore), and a world auxiliary language. I think because it can't change meanings, the Modernists hate it. (Because they hate the church as it really is, infallible and indefectible.) They do seem to like Greek jargon, though.
  • Sidebar: "Unlike those dumb Catholics, holy Orthodoxy is both ancient and progressive, using tongues understanded of the people" should be filed under "Orientalism: Western Myths About Eastern Orthodoxy" like "the No. 1 devotion among the Orthodox is the Jesus Prayer" (The Way of a Pilgrim; it's an esoteric monastic thing) and "most Orthodox have a spiritual father." (No, they're just like Catholics, having at most a father confessor.) The Greeks and Russians use medieval versions of their languages liturgically. Much like Latin is to Italian.
  • Thanks, Anglicanism. Besides creating a congregationalist bubble in which I was formed in traditional Western liturgy AFTER Vatican II (including but not limited to Anglo-Catholicism), because of a marriage conversion a generation back (sort of like The Godfather: Michael wanted Kay and the kids to be Protestant "because it was more American"), they baptized me 48 years ago. The church has always recognized water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost as having valid matter, form, and intention. The six or so times a year I'm at the new Mass, reformed by Benedict the Great, I say the Gloria and creed from the old Book of Common Prayer from memory.
  • Interesting Synod commentary from a man who left the church so this isn't an endorsement, just some talking points. This synod was, from the moment of its inception, a parody of Vatican II, perhaps a little less genuine than it was back in the sixties. Probably one of the old libcaths' last banzai charges. Fifty years from now, the church will have righted itself but will be smaller. Eastern ecclesiology and pneumatology, when cut off from the universal church (what counts is both sides hold the same set of basic beliefs vs. Protestantism), are still a dead end.
  • On euthanasia, a cause du jour. Meanwhile, in a move that has absolutely no connection to obamacare (sarcasm), we are seeing a movement to publicize sedative overdose as a peaceful happy death. It generally is not. The dying person makes horrifying sounds that sound very much as if he is very aware that he is dying and has changed his mind very strongly about the issue.
  • Derb on CultMarx and the decline of The Telegraph. Maybe that's why Damian Thompson now writes for The Spectator.
  • Towards a redefinition of nationalism.

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