Thursday, March 26, 2015

The '58 Plodge and more


  • The '58 Dodge Regent: the Plodge. Not well-known automotive history, at least in the United States. In the golden era, not only did American carmakers sell autos to our northern neighbour (to honour their spelling: God save the Queen and bring back the Red Ensign) — with imported parts (Australians built and drove our cars too, with right-hand drive); they came up with unique Canadian models. I've seen one, the Meteor Rideau, a mid-'50s Ford with a different style of chrome; a survivor because it's from sunny British Columbia. (Canada's winters destroyed most of them.) Then I found out about the Plodge, formally with the fine British name of Regent. Like toymakers at the time mixing different makes in one design so they wouldn't have to pay for the rights, Chrysler/Mopar (now Fiat?! — the marriage with the Germans at Daimler didn't work out) took elements of two of their Virgil Exner forward-look beauties (think Christine) to come up with this in '58. A Dodge front "face" but a Plymouth rear end, and more. Smaller and dorkier than the Belevederes and Furys but if that's all you could afford, you got some Virgil Exner style.
  • The church the way the world would have it. Written by a devout Episcopalian. Regular readers know where I'm going with this. This sounds really cool! Have the best of traditional liturgics and sound, Christ-centered doctrine, AND be charitable and fair the way the world says to. Of course I love women; why not ordain them? Now the other shoe drops. God obviously has other plans. Not only do natural law and the magisterium make sense, but this invented religion really doesn't appeal to many: you offend the real Catholics as well as fervent evangelicals, plus it doesn't impress the secular people you're trying to do that with or even convert them. They move along still thinking religion is passé. I'm actually not that religious; religion is a must, though, and what religion I have is Catholic before around 1965. Don't settle for imitations.
  • Yesterday's feast: et Verbum caro factum est. Everything else is commentary.
  • A reader of this blog has been received into the church. Gaudent angeli.

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