Friday, October 03, 2003

Happy feast day of St Thérèse of Lisieux, traditional Roman Catholic readers. I've read in more than one place that Russian Orthodox living in France have a private devotion to her. (One may privately venerate anybody.) Her style seems startlingly modern, not the structured, liturgical way I like (a full-fledged nun*, she didn't like chanting the office in choir), but some people have drawn a parallel between her free-form, small-c charismatic spirituality and St Seraphim of Sarov.

*Many so-called nuns weren't/aren't true nuns! True nuns are monastics, cloistered, living in community and praying the full divine office. (Eastern Orthodox nuns are one example of this.) Most so-called were/are 'religious sisters' doing active works who, so the good old understanding went, were given the privilege of wearing full habits like real nuns.

From blog correspondent Lee Penn
World War III watch: Russia powers up its military
Lee Penn: Both the US and Russia are adopting more aggressive military postures, and the US is totally overextended.

Watch and pray. [End.]

Church of England and BBC plans to ‘spin’ sodomite controversy
By doing puff pieces on 'Rowan Williams, poet', for example. (Hey, look, everybody - a distraction!)

Lee Penn: In June, the PR man for the Archbishop of Canterbury proposed that the Church of England use American "spin doctor" tactics to divert peoples' attention from the crisis now dividing the Anglican Communion. What a far cry from the way of Christ, who said, "Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No;' anything more than this comes from evil." (Mt. 5:37)

In one of Karl Marx' few accurate predictions, he said in 1867, "The English Established Church, e. g,., will more readily pardon an attack on 38 of its 39 Articles than on 1/39 of its income." (Karl Marx, Capital, vol. I, "Preface to the First German Edition," p. 10 of the International Publishers edition, 1967). His prophecy is still true, nearly 140 years later, as we watch the Church of England and ECUSA abandon the Faith and hold onto their property and endowments. [End.]

Reminds me of Lisa Birnbach's satirical, fad-establishing Official Preppy Handbook 20 years ago on the Duck Motif - 'real ducks don't matter; it's the picture of the duck that does'. So it is with such perversions of 'church' - worship the system, the process, the buildings, the money, and exalt it over content.

Good blog about Anglican doings
by the Revd Kendall Harmon

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