Tuesday, January 31, 2006

LRC pick
Social policy is none of the national government’s business
Thou shalt do no murder.

Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
Dr Ron Paul makes some good points as always and is right in a legal sense but I can give the pro-life objection that having some places legalise elective abortion violates the harm principle of libertarianism (my freedom ends if I harm somebody else). Does Dr Paul approve of the existing laws against murder of the already born?
From Katolik Shinja
Considering Dorothy Day
LRC blog picks
Cost of war
We are not designed to kill each other, though the state--that criminal gang writ large--plays the devil's advocate here as elsewhere. Its military training is about overcoming this natural reluctance. It doesn't always work, of course. Many of the physically unwounded soldiers, especially those from the reserves and national guard who are forced to go, return from Iraq spiritually and mentally maimed. A startling number take their own lives. Here is just one horrific story of the sort that doesn't make the national media.
- Lew Rockwell

On libertarianism
...the main reason I am a libertarian is because the state, through its hired managers, seeks to impose meaning on the world and tell individual human beings what their lives mean. The state or the collective (such as the community or the "nation") seeks to impose value by telling you what you can live for (or what you must live for), what you can (or must) die for, and when. I have concluded that no one -- not George W. Bush, not Usama bin Laden, nobody -- has that right save me and God.
- Charles Featherstone

Well and good but how do you keep that from becoming a kind of Protestant private judgement, the way Modernists abuse the term reason to chuck out scripture and the rest of tradition? (Including private judgement that’s the false gospel of selfishness that libertarians are often accused of.) The answer is that the world already has an inherent meaning given by God; the Catholic faith in part involves submitting ourselves to that objective reality (what the Schoolmen and classical Anglican divines meant by reason) while the state in the bad sense talked about by libertarians wants to ‘create its own reality’ — ‘impose meaning’ — against what is real.

Monday, January 30, 2006

‘A saintly man but a lousy king’
A fair assessment by Fr Peter Robinson of King Charles I, whose martyrdom is commemorated by some today, and Tsar Nicholas II, about whom you can read by searching this blog or Google
Charles Stuart, his piety notwithstanding, was not at all shy about supporting the murder of Roman Catholics (including, among others, S. Edmund Arrowsmith) who got in the way of his political machinations.

Some of us are keeping the feast of S. Martina, V.M., and perhaps invoking the intercession of the Holy Martyrs of England and Wales against the errors of protestantism and erastianism.
- Paul Goings
From Eric Margolis
On the Hussein trial
The latest on ‘stop-loss’
US Army forces 50,000 soldiers into extended duty (after their enlistment contracts expire)

Sunday, January 29, 2006

From Pontifications
Two on the Sacrament of Confession
One serious entry from the Anchoress; the other, lighthearted, from the late Canon Colin Stephenson

If you enjoy the latter consider buying his book Merrily on High through the Amazon link on this page.
The grand list of science-fiction clichés

Saturday, January 28, 2006

From Touchstone’s other blog
The very things that made my ten-year-old heart ache for those abandoned Victorians on the Mississippi now make my thirty-year-old heart ache for the men and women who thoughtlessly reject Christ’s mercy and grace. Both are neglected stories, one infinitely more important than the other, but both in many ways the same and both very much true.
- Emily Stimpson
Linguistic boffinry
Name the Protestant hymn that’s been translated into Latin
V: Domine, lux amoris tuæ fulget,
fulgens in medias tenebras;
Jesu, Lux Mundi, nobis adfulge,
libera nos per veritatem quam nunc nobis adfers.
Adfulge mihi, adfulge.

R: Fulge, Jesu, fulge.
Hanc terram gloria Patris imple.
Arde, Spiritus, arde.
Corda nostra accende.
Flue, Flumen, flue
gratia et misericordia gentes inunda.
Domine, emitte verbum tuum et fiat lux.
From The Gaelic Starover
Can you say ‘war crime’?
From antiwar.com
How do you like your democracy now, Mr Bush?
By Juan Cole

Israel helped create Hamas to try to undermine the PLO
By Justin Raimondo
Rather like the US backed Osama bin Laden vs the USSR in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein against Iran
From Canterbury Tales

Ecclesiastical ignorance in the media
‘You mean the Pope’s also the bishop of Rome?!’ And ‘crow’s ear’, LOL.

Fr Taylor Marshall debunks a myth commonly believed by those with a passing acquaintance with Anglicanism:

The Book of Common Prayer ≠ the Sarum Mass
Even its 1549 form, which has an acceptable (but not perfect) ordo of Mass. (The Anglican Use of the Novus Ordo isn’t Sarum either.) This myth is as persistent and annoying as these commoner ones:

• The BCP and King James Bible are in Old English. (Beowulf mathelode, bearn Ecgtheowes... I don’t think so.)
Thou is the formal you. (Other way round.)
• Western Catholic traditionalism is really mostly about having everything in Latin again. A lie told by the other side, who know the rank and file don’t want that. Having given them the threat/false choice ‘it’s either us or back to Latin’ they can claim that their agenda’s got popular support.
• And the closely related lie that what RCs use now is simply a translation of the old Mass.

Be sure to read Fr Marshall’s entries on contraception too.

P.S. Fr Joseph Huneycutt on another detail that showed ‘The Book of Daniel’ was obviously imaginary:
Daniel's church is packed with people every Sunday. The Episcopal Church is actually dwindling in size, a decline accelerated by recent controversies over sex and theology.
LRC blog pick
Church and state
The Nazis tried to control churches too — the ‘German Christian’ attempt to subvert the Protestants. The American experiment — the mild English ‘Enlightenment’ put into practice — tried to offer a way out of this mess by trying to be religiously neutral. Here’s more on religious liberty as a relative good.
Put simply, a religion without a State is no danger at all...
Neocon glurge from Niall Ferguson
Though he has valid points about the decline of the West. yBeayf speaks for me here. It seems that some Greek-American ordinands (or former ordinands) at (from) Holy Cross could use a good dose of Tridentine moral theology, like what formed Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, the defender of the Roman Mass and a man of peace who wanted the church to condemn the use of nuclear weapons, full stop. A good liturgy apart from that combined with ethnocentrism doesn’t make an authentic Catholic worldview.
LRC picks
Hooray for file-sharing

The man who’s killing newspapers

That’s OK — obviously I love the Web, my language skills are entirely transferable and I already know simple HTML and would love to learn more so when it’s time to switch to being 100 per cent online I’ll be ready. Though I wonder if for my kind of small-time news — suburban-town politics and local kids in sport, as perennial as the grass and recession-proof, Deo gratias — there will always be a use for cheap paper.

Reasons not to put a yellow-ribbon sticker on your car (more)
Like John DeHope I’m not a pacifist, and I realise many of the soldiers are there against their will (they signed the motherf*cking contract as the US Marines say so they had to go unless they were ready to take the consequences like the heroic Camilo Mejia and Kevin Benderman — search the blog for more on them), but good points

Stop abusing soldiers: bring ’em on... home.

How Iraqisation is going

The symbiotic relationship between Mr Bush’s minders and Osama bin Laden

Or at least the threat of Mr bin Laden, if indeed the latest tape is really of him. He’s worth more to the neocons alive and at large than dead or caught.

And on the other end...

Iraq war a recruiting bonanza for terrorists
As if the world didn’t have a reason to hate the American empire before 9/11
Bush has succeeded in displacing secular moderates from Middle Eastern governments and replacing them with Islamic extremists. It boggles the mind that this disastrous result makes Americans feel safer!
From blog member Lee Penn
Mark Fiore’s latest. Mr Bush’s minders are probably green with envy.

And while there don’t miss...

Greater Georgelandia
It’s no joke
Commenters, you haven’t been banned!
Haloscan is wonky right now: please try again and if you’re still locked out e-mail me your comments and tell me the entry you’re answering, and I’ll add them.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Eastern churches

Meanwhile among the Julian-calendar Orthodox today is something of a triple crown: St Nino, who Christianised the country of Georgia (which makes the best wine in the world, Kindzmarauli — sorry, Italy); St Sava, the bishop who was the father of the independent Serbian Church (both countries use the Julian church calendar); and the leave-taking (отдание) of Theophany. С праздником!

So Georgia, which confusingly shares the ancient name of Iberia with Spain and Portugal (just like there’s a Spanish/Portuguese Galicia and a Ukrainian one), has been Christian since 330. Neighbouring Armenia (Hayastan) is the world’s first Christian country, beating the Roman Empire by a few years. So I reckon Georgia is the third nation to adopt Christianity officially.

Armenians are Oriental Orthodox (as are the Eritreans); Georgians Eastern (Byzantine) Orthodox like the Russians. They speak completely different languages (Armenian is distantly related to English; Georgian not). Interestingly both the Armenian and Georgian patriarchs have the title Catholicos.
LRC blog pick
Kill, kill, kill because God said so
Barking mad
From truthout
New political-action committee for anti-war US veterans
Now that’s cred
Now Hugo Chavez is paying for poor people’s heating oil in Philadelphia

From Slate
Hamas: Palestinians are pissed off
In other news dog bites man and most people enjoy sex. Coincidentally in Spanish that name — jamás — means ‘No more! Never!’
Asperger syndrome
An open letter to ‘The Dr Phil Show’
Michael Carley of GRASP writes, very well:
Dear President Moonves, Ms. Pennington Stewart, and Dr. McGraw:

We are representatives of eight autism organizations who watched the episode of “Dr. Phil” that co-featured Asperger syndrome (AS) as its topic. The January 17 airing of this CBS daytime talk show shared subject material with another diagnosis, Tourette’s syndrome, that we are unqualified to judge. But from both a medical and ethical view, we found the portrayal of AS to be disturbing. Your show reaches a huge audience. We recognize that in the past, the non-threatening demeanor and natural charm of the host, Dr. Phil himself, has allowed for much relevant change and information to reach an audience that otherwise might not have been influenced. And it is within this context of the show’s proven potential for good, that we are driven to write.

At one point in his remarks to the audience, Dr. Phil mentioned that it was the exception, not the rule, for people diagnosed with AS to display violent behavior. This is quite true. And yet everything else intimated by the show contradictorily depicted otherwise. The episode opened with the tragic Los Angeles incident in which a young man with AS killed two neighbors before killing himself. Camera angles on the episode’s young man in question (Alex) were implemented to suggest psychosis. And the parents’ fears for their safety were given great respect.

What was especially troubling was that at no time in the show was it suggested that Alex’s violent potential might be heavily, even overbearingly caused by having two parents that constantly seemed to be yelling at him. Also, Alex’s mother admitted to having said to her teenage son that she hated him. Teenagers are bound to say they hate their parents every once in a while. Yet parents that say that to their children must be held accountable for the damage they have caused, and not get to blame the problems on their child’s diagnosis.

The parents’ needs were also unmet by Dr. Phil. In a situation where parents have spun so out of control that they can become so abusive to their child, usually the problem is that they are not getting the help they need. A requisite step to this is admitting they need help themselves, and oddly enough, these parents seemed to be doing that. They seemed to be reaching out. But instead of being steered towards the serious counseling and support they clearly need, all the blame was thrown their son’s way for a diagnosis that he was born with. And the son, Alex, by contrast, seemed much more capable of improvement.

The latter is true because AS does not have to be the curse that your show portrayed it as. Not only are individuals with AS able to lead happy, productive, and often amazing lives providing they have the right supports, but also because from a medical standpoint AS is not a “mental illness” or a “disease” as the show implied. Mental illness is different than a neurological condition, and for something to be a disease it has to be something acquired - not something you’re born with. Most of the enlightened world knows that autism is at its root, genetic, and therefore by definition it is not something that can be considered “curable” or a “disease.”

We were also concerned with the highly questionable “Brain Matters, Inc.,” the company represented by Dr. Hixster (sp?) that received airtime in the episode. From our standpoint, these are most certainly not known people in the autism/Asperger world. Now just being known to us obviously does not imply good quality. But contrary to the show’s suggestions, educational and therapy-based interventions are the best hope that people diagnosed on the autism spectrum have for leading happy lives. The after-scan treatments that this company was offering to the family were vaguely presented - perhaps with good reason. Using phrases like “brain-based” and “we go directly to the brain,” Dr. Hixster suggested to that poor family that there was great hope for their outcome. We know of no such therapy that is of any proven worth. Please understand that you are dealing with a very vulnerable parent audience. You might consequently deprive them of appropriate and effective interventions. Ones we can help lead you to.

After the Los Angeles incident last year, there was a great and inspiring effort amongst the world’s media to refrain from using the tragedy to demonize people living with Asperger’s. To say from a journalism standpoint that the aftermath was “responsible” would be an understatement. The burdens of running a daily television show are those we can only imagine, but the January 17 episode of “Dr. Phil” did much to nullify the good work attempted by the majority of media giving airtime to AS and autism-related issues. In the future, we hope you will contact one or all of our signing organizations to help guide you through what can be a very complicated world. We would be more than happy to help as your show is indeed capable of enormous good.
I missed the episode. Did any of you see it?

As I like to say it’s no more a mental illness than being colour-blind or dyslexic, also problems/learning disabilities hard-wired into the brain.
From Huw Raphael
A trackable plan
I think it's interesting that the Orthodox Saints have often prophesied of the Antichrist sitting in churches - not just one Church in Jerusalem, but all Churches. Of course, if one lived in an Orthodox world, this would mean all Orthodox Churches, but in the geographical West, this clearly means those churches most common: the Megachurches with multimedia projection screens and stereo entertainment systems. Conveniently, it is exactly these churches that have been duped into supporting the Neocons and their Generic language.
From Mark Shea
Becoming the enemy to fight the enemy
Or why the US became militarised and otherwise glorified the state like the Nazis to fight World War II and why Bill Buckley defended Soviet-like expansion of government during the Cold War
From antiwar.com
Killing for democracy
LRC* picks
The curious rise of anti-religious hysteria
Or why, though I like C.S. Lewis very much and enjoyed the Narnia books as a kid, I’ve sat out this culture-wars red herring

... and speaking of such tempests in a teapot, did anybody else catch on the news the Bushling’s aw-shucks performance on being asked if he’d seen Brokeback Mountain? (No, I don’t want to see one cowboy roll another over, then spit in his own hand either.) Possibly sincere but he is rather people-smart. (He’s been cultivating his likeable-rube persona — ‘nucular’ — at least since Andover.) He knows what his fan base want to hear.

The worst word in the language
Or the linguistic lesson taught by Paul Fussell in Class — my marching orders as a newspaper sub-editor — nicely summed up

*A site that Lew started 7 years ago tomorrow to protest Clinton’s bombing of Serbia. You can hear him describe this in the first hour of an interview with Karen Kwiatkowski. Clinton looks relatively good now in comparison but back then it was Wag the Dog for real. Bush campaigned in 2000 on a platform against ‘nation-building’ unlike them pot-smokin’, blowjob-gettin’ libruls, but those who were paying attention knew what the PNAC had up their sleeves and could predict the war hysteria coming from people like Mr Goebbels Rove today (it’s post-9/11, doncha know). Praise the Lord and shred the Constitution.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

From blog member Lee Penn
IT trade-journal article on government snooping
Lee writes: The business world knows what is going on, and does not like it.
From blog member John Boyden
Hitler planned to build nearly exact replica of St Peter’s Basilica in Berlin
Creepy and naff at the same time (a statue of Mussolini?)
From The Gaelic Starover
Now that the US military are about spent and have helped Iran achieve its objective in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s (in which the US backed Saddam Hussein — Google the famous pic of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with him), the neocons... want to attack Iran?

My head hurts.
Warrantless wiretaps ‘designed to protect civil liberties’
Eastern churches
Ship of Fools
James Bernstein, one of the founders of Jews for Jesus, is now an Orthodox Christian priest.

As I understand his story, he grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home, and was converted to Christianity in an evangelical context. That was the only form of Christianity he knew about, and although he believed it was
true, it was never really comfortable for him.

When he discovered Orthodox Christianity, he felt like he'd discovered the Christianity he'd always wanted. Our worship has clear and obvious connections to its roots in synagogue worship; our orthopraxy is different from Orthodox Jewish orthopraxy, but it makes sense to someone from an Orthodox Jewish background.

In fact, a friend of mine who is an Orthodox Jew now living in Israel says that the experience of Orthodox Christianity and Orthodox Judaism in the US are very similar: we have days of religious obligation that no one else observes, dietary restrictions that no one else understands, and old men in beards sitting around arguing about things that no one else cares about.
- Josephine, northwestern US

I’ve thought that for a long time, having been at least acquainted with the Orthodox tradition for over 20 years.

I’ve heard of Fr James: really part of the convert boomlet from American evangelicalism.

A true home for the Jews is in this part of the Catholic faith, not in the Messianic movement, which is evangelical Protestantism in Jewish drag (and very offensive to Jews).

Hard to sell considering the history of Eastern European anti-Semitism but Josephine still has a point. It’s rather like Orthodox and Muslims: they’ve lived next to each other for centuries and resemble each other but hate each other. Lots of Muslim stuff was originally Eastern Christian (they’re the Mormons of Orthodoxy); this Ship of Fools thread says the Hasidim got their idea of charismatic rebbes from their Russian neighbours and their monastic старцы (elders).

Then there’s the phenom I’ve only recently learnt about of some evangelical Protestants joining Messianic groups (my girlfriend says a lot of their members aren’t Jewish but the one I visited once wasn’t like that) to adopt current Jewish practice in order to be closer to God. A noble intention but an issue that was settled in the Acts of the Apostles! The Messianic thing is a revival of the judaising heresy rejected by the first Christians.

Another fun fact from the girlfriend: most people who buy kosher food in the US are... Seventh-Day Adventists.
The terrorist in the mirror
By Noam Chomsky
From Slate
King George
But as a recent National Geographic special showed, with interviews with the kings of Nepal, Tonga and Buganda (no longer a sovereign nation, now part of Uganda), a really fatherly ruler wouldn’t do what he’s doing

More on monarchy

BTW the Bugandan kings are Anglican (as were the Hawaiian, overthrown by the US), the Tongan Wesleyan and the Nepalese Hindu (in the world’s only officially Hindu country).

Think Canada and Australia will become republics? One reason against that given by the monarchist leagues in both countries is that, interestingly, keeping the Queen as head of state, a figurehead who lives far away, means less government and more freedom for the people, better than an American-style president.
LRC pick
Wayward Christian soldiers
The twisted gospel of the Protestant religious right

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

From Daithí Mac Lochlainn
College Republicans
“I think that it’s nice that he went to go visit the troops and is showing his support, but I do kind of think that he’s using this as a photo opportunity,” said UW-Madison College Republican chair Jordan Smith, who added she did not think the tactic would resonate with voters because the war in Iraq was more a national issue than a state issue.
Daithí in a letter to the editor:
Why the hell are there such creatures as “College Republicans” at this time?

Oughtn’t they become “Desert-Sand-Trench-Blood-Guts-and-Body-Parts Republicans” until their beloved war is over?

Hey, Jordan, please call your local military recruiting office! Here is your opportunity to show your support of George W. Bush’s foreign policy.

He has no domestic policy, so there is no need for you here!
News of the weird
Holy hooters, Batman
As I’ve written there’s a place for the celebration of beauty, an expression of desire, of healthy sexuality. This isn’t an example of that. It’s a Novus Ordo priest looking craven, begging for the secular world’s acceptance by blessing a sleazy business that the left (having ripped off Christianity) rightly abhor. As a libertarian, and remember, the church historically has been so about prostitution*, I’ll defend this business’ right to exist. As a churchman I object to ‘blessing’ what is for many an occasion of sin.

*As alluded to by Jeff Culbreath:
Before Christendom was rent asunder, every Catholic society had its own unique "bestting sin" or vice that was winked at by the majority, and the same goes for individuals and factions in the Church today - even the right factions.
De obœdientia
I want to say this about authority and obedience. It seems that there are two kinds of obedience... etymology will help... obedience comes from the Latin 'audire', to listen... adding 'ob' makes it 'to listen well'. I can voluntarily give my 'obedience' to another who is over me if we are both listening to the same 'voice'; this is genuine, human obedience... This is true obedience, while the other obedience is inhuman... and not genuine... but used to triumph over others...it is called 'blind' obedience. We all know the meaning of blind. We are NOT called to this. It is immoral, i.e. like planting turnips upside down, because 'I said so.'
- Fr Michael Mihalick
From The Rockall Times
70 Russians die of exposure; whale population spared
Taking the mickey out of Dianamania (remember that?). Seriously, sympathy for animals is wonderful but point taken.
From Fr Joseph Huneycutt
The gospel according to Hank Williams
He was honky-tonk, not Opry, but likewise steeped in the American South’s religion
Eastern churches

The turf war over St Sophia’s* Cathedral, Kiev continues
The mother church of Ukrainian and all Russian Christendom, literally Byzantine (built by Greeks after St Vladimir’s conversion) but decorated with baroque finery (the cupolas: Ukrainian-style onion domes), still not a full-time working church because of this row. The furore ended up cancelling an exhibit of a copy of the Shroud of Turin: cui bono?

This year’s Chair of Unity Octave
Nice but again the UAOC and UOC-KP aren’t Orthodox but opportunistic schisms whose friendliness with the Ukrainian Catholic Church seems based at least partially on nationalism

And here’s a word from Newman on today’s Roman Rite liturgical feast that ends it.

Ukrainian president: Give St Nicholas, Kiev back to RCs
A fine Gothic church obviously built for the Roman Rite that had been turned over to secular use. Fair’s fair.

*Holy Wisdom, like the Greeks’ mother church in Constantinople, Hagia Sophia.
‘Re-branding’ domestic spying
‘The Book of Daniel’
All but done
Told you so. After only four episodes — the only show I can think of that did worse was ‘girls club’.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

From The Nation
Impeach Bush
And elsewhere, Anthony Latta reminds us of the case against Nixon
SS. Gregory and Augustine, Oxford
An example showing the slightly better shape the RCs in England are in compared to the States. ‘Priest trained at this house: I slightly knew the once and again Fr Saward (worth a Google search to read what he has to say) during his long interim period as a layman... once saw him at a Mass after he received Communion and he was, in short, recollected and Godward. I dare say this parish (apparently dedicated to the first post-empire missionary to England and the Pope who sent him) is in good hands. I vaguely remember seeing the church once as well but have not been in it.

But as Paul Goings will point out, alas, no Sunday Vespers.
From Slate
How Google makes it easy for the government to spy on you

Miss America goes to Vegas: blah

Now off free TV, I give it about five years before it goes under like America’s Junior Miss did recently

Beauty contests are in themselves unobjectionable celebrations of healthy desire. This one is rather silly, most so when pretending to be first and foremost a scholarship contest (how many women go off to university wearing bathing cozzies and heels?) and trying to be hip and conscious of feminism (watch some of the production numbers from the 1970s for craptacular fun).
Miss District of Columbia glowed orangely, her tan putting me in mind of former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green. Miss Virginia spoke of her community service: "I'm a beauty queen who hangs out at maximum security prisons. It's incongruous." Accent on the gru. Miss Texas had platinum hair and a uranium smile.

Only since 1997 have contestants been permitted to don bikinis for the swimsuit competition. This year, all of them did, and it still managed to be anti-erotic. The pageant might objectify women, but it certainly doesn't turn them into sex objects. "Physiological specimens" is closer to the mark. There is an infantilizing force at work that denies standard-issue desire. Reviewing the telecast for the
New Republic in 1957, Philip Roth remarked that "all those lovely legs are really girls … who, when asked what they admire most, will talk to the flesh's distraction about their brothers and their daddies."
Nudity in itself isn’t sexy. The evening-dress part has some potential there but the same thing happens:
Half a century later, nine of the 10 semifinalists flowed onstage for the evening-wear competition with their fathers at their sides and their accompanying voice-overs ripe with filial devotion. Miss Oklahoma: "I chose my daddy as my escort." Miss Virginia: "All of us here are sort of our dad's girl." How about you, Miss Alabama? "I don't know if I'm really a daddy's girl, but we do have a special relationship. ..."
I see a book or at least a research paper/doctoral thesis here.

Vanessa Williams is about the only winner people still remember.
LRC pick
Mark Oaten, rent boys and the secret police
From antiwar.com
Concern grows in Ireland over use of Shannon airport as US military and CIA ‘rendition’ stopover
Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Peace: pray for us
antiwar.com blog pick
What should be Bush’s official portrait, made with the faces of the fallen
From Laurence Vance (search the blog), an evangelical not fooled by him
From perhaps a famous stopped clock:
My name is Adolf Eichmann. And the Jews came every day to what they thought would be fun in the showers. People say I should have been hung. Nein. Do you recognize the whore in the middle of you--that you would have done the same if you were there yourselves? My defense: I was a soldier. I saw the end of a conscientious day’s effort. I watched through the portholes. I saw every Jew burned and turned into soap. Do you people think yourselves better because you burned your enemies at long distance with missiles without ever seeing what you had done to them? Hiroshima. Auf Wiedersehen.

... If we would have lost the war, they would have strung [President Harry] Truman up by the balls...
- Lenny Bruce

Monday, January 23, 2006

From Joseph Oliveri
Women’s Ordination Conference now resorting to eye-candy

Aisha Taylor is the new executive director of these RCs long gone bad.

Looks like they’ve learnt the art of the soft sell!

When in fact most members of this movement are like this:

That is blatant false advertising!
- Otto, the stoner bus-driver
Blackcurrants may prevent dementia
Stock up on Ribena?
From Slate
Goodbye, Vietnam
33 years ago today Richard Nixon submitted to the will of the American people and started to withdraw all of the troops
LRC pick
‘Conservatives’ ♥ torture
Is there one thing that Saddam Hussein did to his people that we are not now doing to someone somewhere in the Middle East?
Bishop Tikhon of San Francisco on pro-life hypocrisy
After filtering out his convert bragging (Vladyka was born a Lutheran) and rudeness to the bishop of Colorado Springs* (perhaps he is a right-wing ‘jerk’, a Novus Ordo neocon in the Republicans’ pocket, or perhaps not, but if so he’s one who happens to be Roman Catholic), and considering the libertarian arguments against government control of labour, there is little if anything I can disagree with here. If Mr Kerry had said he would stop the war the good Coloradan bishop would have been wrong thanks to double effect. The Republicans won’t stop abortion, as the bishop notes, and so that is cancelled out as a voting issue.

And to temper the bishop’s bragging I can point out that most rank-and-file Eastern Orthodox outside the convert boomlet are either stonily, deafeningly indifferent or have accepted the secular mainstream’s cop-out (‘I’m personally opposed but support a right to choose’ — George Stephanopoulos, call your office).

With due respect to the libertarians, I should think that any Christian would be horrified at a legalised Dickensian workhouse on a Pacific island, and one that forces its pregnant de facto slaves to have abortions at that.

As I’ve written before, the approaches I criticise here are different to that of the most conservative Orthodox who of course oppose abortion but realise that activism isn’t stopping it.

Marching, etc. such as the March for Life is in theory a noble cause — I’ve done it and even tried to block the door of a clinic in a rescue and am proud of it — but 1) the right side of that often hypocritically support Mr Bush’s minders (the bishop doesn’t mention Iraq but it fits in with his point), 2) it doesn’t stop abortions and 3) it becomes an excuse for charismatic** RCs to get together and have a party essentially. As the bishop alludes to, if you’ve got a decent Mass you don’t need a substitute and pro-life isn’t just for once a year.

But, again, to temper the bragging, the Liturgy without good scholastic moral theology (like a dose of St Alphonsus) and catechesis doesn’t cover all either.

From Fr Joseph Huneycutt
Fact for the day
Approximately 93% of the women who have had abortions cited they did so for social reasons.
*I’m fairly sure that St Tikhon, of San Francisco circa 1900, didn’t talk about bishops in other churches that way.

**Like this a substitute for the traditional Catholic religion.
From blog member John Boyden
Recording juveniles’ DNA in the UK
Another threat to freedom

Quotation from Archbishop Michael Ramsey
Added to this entry

Biretta tip to Fr J.W. Reich.

From David Holford
Some numbers
For all their posturing, no, the Republicans won’t stop it

Speaking of whom...

From Mark Shea
Tie-in to torture
I'm getting misty at all the ecumenism that's breaking out between the Left and the Right.
As opposed to the real kind that’s needed as described by Huw Raphael.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Ireland is no refuge of the faith anymore
On Catholic worship
There is an inherent worth in ancient liturgies. I imagine they are strange at first to anyone. If they afford some kind of soul connection that was not there before, then the new manner of worship with the physical element and the incorporation of all the senses will eventually fit as a legitimate aspect of this life that is truly apart from this world, and appreciated as transcending what is normal and regular. The worth of it, I think, is exactly because it is not normal and regular... it is a more perfect expression of a supernatural relationship.
Many thanks to Laura (dormitantius).
Happy 500th anniversary, Swiss Guard
From Mere Comments
‘Safe, legal and rare’

Eastern churches
Speaking truth to power (more)
St Philip, metropolitan of Moscow (head of the Church of Russia) and one of this blog’s patron saints/heroes, was murdered in his jail cell for standing up to Ivan the Terrible. Today the Russians observe his feast-day: с праздником!
From Fr Will Brown
On Mass-and-office Catholicism
From Huw Raphael
A different kind of pro-life entry
As I wrote starting out on the Web six years ago the anti-WTO protesters had a point. There are those on LRC who defend Wal-Mart. I think what Huw is getting at is granola conservatism (search the blog) which I agree with.

I’ve been told that now-Metropolitan Herman got his church involved in pro-life to impress his then-opposite number, Bishop James Timlin in Scranton. In any event it’s a good thing. At the US national march in Washington, DC, in an ocean of charismania, his contingent are an example of Catholic worship.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

At the cinema
Breakfast on Pluto

It’s got the church, Ireland and Britain a couple of generations ago, Oscar Wilde-ish camp and a gentle in-joke based on The Crying Game (with one of the same actors)
From antiwar.com
Drafting ‘Sesame Street’
Elmo the Muppet: ‘Who wants to die?’
LRC pick
A history of US peace movements
I’m more inclined to say that peace through strength (true up to a point, crossed when the military-industrial complex started gobbling money not really for defence but for its own sake) and the Soviet Union’s internal contradictions (economics) caused the fall of Communism
The latest blog meme
Four jobs I’ve had:
• One of my first jobs was when I was in high school, doing yard work including having to climb a ladder and get on the roof to clean out the gutters — I didn’t last very long
• Telemarketing — it took me six years to land on my feet after I set out on my own, which meant a few jobs like this. But this was relatively cool because it was to sell theatre tickets — fairly nice, artsy people (they threw a good party while I was with them) and I got to see a couple of free shows (Noël Coward’s The Vortex and the musical Me and My Girl).
• Film and theatre critic for a newspaper: getting comped to see many of the latest movies, good (Lone Star, Chaplin, Courage Under Fire) and bad (The Pest, very bad indeed), and meeting more fun theatre people
• Newspaper or magazine sub-editor/copy editor (11 years and still going, Deo gratias)

Four movies I could watch over and over (I don’t usually do that, but... ):
• The first Star Wars — it holds up even after 29 years!
What’s Up, Doc? or Foul Play (same idea really)
The Sixth Sense (apparently M. Night Shyamalan’s only good one)
The Family Man, not all the time but once a year during Advent/Christmas... and/or Scrooge, the musical with Albert Finney

Four places I’ve lived:
• Johnson County, Kansas — a suburb of Kansas City, Mo. and not as boring as you might think. Lovely people, or at least they were 25 years ago.
• Morris County, New Jersey
• Cowley, Oxford, England
• In and near Philadelphia — not perfect but good enough. Close enough to New York if you want some excitement but cheap enough to be liveable.

Four TV shows I love to watch:
• The news, both local (crimes, fires and the weather) and national/international (BBC World News for example)
• All the ‘Law & Order’ shows
• ‘Crossing Jordan’
• ‘Medium’

Four highly regarded and recommended TV shows I’ve not seen:
• ‘thirtysomething’
• ‘The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd’
• ‘The Sopranos’
• ‘Desperate Housewives’

Four places I’ve been on holiday:
• With Jeff Culbreath to St Paisius Abbey in Forestville, Calif. outside Santa Rosa, part of the monastic communities co-founded by Fr Seraphim (Rose)
• London
• York, including walking on the wall that William Wallace’s troops stormed in Braveheart
• Chicago

Four websites I visit daily:
LRC, my morning paper with coffee
Fr Joseph Huneycutt
Jump the Shark

Four favourite foods:
• Hunan chicken and shrimp with broccoli on white rice from a Philadelphia Chinese place alas now closed
• Indian food: lamb saag waala on basmati rice, tandoori chicken, naan and some grapes and lime or orange slices
• Spaghetti bolognese from the unpretentious local eat-house run by friendly Greeks... with Kindzmarauli red wine from the country of Georgia (the wine that Russians drink)
• Голубцы (stuffed cabbage) and potato pierogi made by Slavic grannies or, in England, sausage rolls and ploughman’s pasties ...and a pint of good beer (red or darker, except I also like weisse beer)

Four places I’d rather be (make that ‘like to see’ for the last two):
• Here but with more money
• London
• Eastern Europe so I can say I’ve been there
• The Mediterranean coast, where the British visit or move to keep from going insane, to see what this dolce vita thing is about

• Whoever’d like to play
‘Strapped’ for cash
Yes, but read Paul Fussell (search the blog or Amazon) on the great college swindle for a more accurate picture

Friday, January 20, 2006

From The Remnant
The Arabs have a point
From Fr James Tucker
How to foil search-engine snoops
From truthout
New torture tactic revealed at trial
Chair of Unity Octave (more)
This began the other day, the feast in the Roman Rite of the Chair of St Peter at Rome (not in the 1962 Missal?), and continues until the feast of the Conversion of St Paul, the 25th January.

It began with Anglo-Catholics, specifically Fr Paul James Francis (Wattson), an Episcopal priest circa 1900, founder of the Franciscan order the Society of the Atonement and an Anglo-Papalist.

When the Episcopal Church instead voted for the wrong kind of union, with Protestant denominations, choosing at the 1908 General Convention to allow non-episcopal Protestant ministers to preach from Episcopal pulpits (the open-pulpit canon), Fr Paul and some other Anglo-Papalists, most notably Fr William McGarvey, his curates and part of the congregation at St Elisabeth’s Church in Philadelphia, made their submissions to Rome, Fr Paul and the SA doing so in 1909. The SA were received individually but allowed by Rome to continue. And Rome adopted the unity octave as well.

The octave has been adopted by Protestants but without the original intention or name, having been renamed the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The order still exists, in Graymoor, NY up the Hudson from New York City, but is a typical liberal RC enterprise now. (One gets the feeling that if they’d been around in 1908 they would have cheered the open-pulpit canon and denounced Fr Paul!)
LOOK down, most merciful Lord Jesu, our Saviour, upon the prayers and sighs of thy sinful and unworthy servants, humbly falling down before thee, and unite us all in one holy Catholic and apostolic church. Shine into our souls thine ineffable light. Put an end to religious disagreements, and grant that we thy disciples and thy beloved children may all worship thee with a single heart and voice. Most merciful Lord, quickly fulfil thy promise that there be one flock and one shepherd of thy church, that we may be made worthy to glorify thy holy Name, now and ever and unto endless ages. Amen.
- Blessed Leonty (Leonid Feodorov)

Yesterday, the 19th January, may have been chosen as the day to pray for reunion with the Christian East because it’s one of the 12 great feasts of the Orthodox calendar, Theophany (Jesus’ baptism), according to the Julian reckoning used by the Russian and several other churches, as noted in a blog entry yesterday. And/or it may simply be providential/serendipitous because the order of the days’ intentions seems to be based on how close each group already is to historic Rome: first the East, then the Anglicans and then the continental Protestants, et al. (Today is the day to pray for the Anglicans.)

Do you think I grew up knowing Marian doctrines? I grew up singing "Kumbaya" and reading catechisms that told me how much God "luved" me. The only Catholicism I really got growing up was from my simple grandparents' Mexican customs. ...to be angst-ridden over not being in the RC Church when this is the case with my entire generation is a little silly to me.
- Arturo Vasquez

Having worked alongside born nominal RCs my age and younger for up to eight years I can agree that their church membership is essentially irrelevant to me.

But here is an addendum supplying what may be lacking in Mr Vasquez’ statement. (Mr Kimel is Al Kimel of Pontifications.)
Salus animarum lex suprema.
- St Thomas Aquinas
Just to show how pervasive disunity is, the ecumenical movement is even deeply divided. In fact, there are two distinct ecumenical efforts at work today, with starkly different objectives. The old ecumenical movement, as represented in the U.S. most notably by the National Council of Churches, has drifted far left. What unites this group is adherence to a liberal social and political agenda.

Meanwhile, what's sometimes known as the "new ecumenism" brings together classical Christians from varying denominational backgrounds. This is a theologically substantive effort, built on a unifying respect for Holy Scripture and traditional biblical morality.
The second is the ecumenism of Touchstone and more in line with Fr Paul.
From Slate
The reason to say no to Alito
Pat ‘Hit or Miss’ Buchanan notwithstanding (of course he’s right about the pro-aborts here)

Here’s one of his hits:

Another undeclared, pre-emptive war?!
Four from LRC
Natural law simply explained

Websites win or lose in 1/20th of a second

I’ve learnt from my mistakes in six years: frames, lots of graphics and big ones at that, mucho Javascript (you can hear the browsers crashing all over the world) and new pages with long lists of links are things of the past.

What’s wrong with young people today
Why can't they be like we were,
Perfect in every way?
What's the matter with kids today?
Balanced by Mike Rogers:

Childlikeness vs childishness
Google 1, state nil
Score one for liberty
Pluto: Planet, asteroid or comet?
As a probe has just been sent on its way there. What do you think?

Thursday, January 19, 2006

From Fr James Tucker
Robert E. Lee
On his birthday. Some may find it strange that I can post admiring entries on both him and Martin Luther King (Huw Raphael understands) but:

• Lee wasn’t a racist — he was paternalistic by C21 standards but not personally hostile to blacks.
• The South had a right to secede because of states’ rights
• Lee chose the people of Virginia over the federal government — he was a hero
From Fr Joseph Huneycutt
Humanise God, deify man?
And not in the good ‘God became man in order that man might become God’ sense of the Incarnation

This and another entry of Fr Joseph’s come from ‘The Most Useful KNOWLEDGE for the Orthodox Russian-American Young People, compiled by the Very Revd Peter G. Kohanik, 1932-1934’, which shows that those who could read and were so inclined could be well catechised back then.

As I wrote to Fr J...
From Slate
Rebel without a clue
The president with no warts at all
Eastern churches
It’s cold even by Russian standards. Сотвори им, Господи, вечную память.

И с праздником Богоявления (Theophany, God making himself known to mankind — more):
WHEN thou wast baptised in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bare witness to thee by calling thee his beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of his words. O Christ our God, thou hast appeared to us and enlightened the world. Glory to thee!
This is sung to the same tune that Tchaikovsky used at the beginning of the 1812 Overture (because it’s also used for the ‘victory’ troparion about the cross).

Here is a photo of the blessing of holy water outside St Elias Church in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, possibly the ‘highest’ Ukrainian Catholic church in North America. The tradition is to cut a hole in the river ice! You can’t see that in this snap but there is an ice-sculpture cross.

As mentioned in the news story and I saw on TV the Russians have a custom of getting in the water and going under three times, not a literal rebaptism but a reminder of baptism (a sacramental, not a sacrament), like the Roman Rite practice of crossing yourself with holy water from a little font or stoup at the door only with more gusto! Хорошо.
From Huw Raphael
Not only are the left pro-baby murder; they’re hypocrites about free speech
‘Censorship is un-American’ (true) but good old Anglo-American anti-Catholicism lives on in a new, post-Protestant form. Put another way, Puritan New England and profligate modern San Francisco are, believe it or not, sequentially connected! Calvinism eventually, inevitably shatters into Unitarianism as Archbishop Robert Morse says. (The common thread is private judgement.)
"They're calling for the overturn of Roe vs. Wade, which will lead to the slaughter of women,'' said Elizabeth Creely of the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights, referring to fears of unsafe, back-alley abortions if the procedure were illegal. "The Catholic Church is very strong here and is working hard to erode reproductive rights.
Apparently Mr Bush’s minders aren’t the only ones who have problems telling the truth. Before 1973 there was no ‘slaughter of women’; we don’t all have short collective memories, Ms Creely. Medically necessary abortions — a microscopic number of abortions done today — were legal and are allowed by the church. ‘Reproductive rights’ is merely cant for childish irresponsibility for one’s actions (pig heaven for men who abuse women as Bud Macfarlane once put it), not what 19th-century workers for women’s rights wanted! She’s given her game away: numerically most abortions aren’t done for desperate poor women — such heartbroken people don’t natter about ‘reproductive rights’ — but rather well-off ones for convenience.
LRC pick
A message from Kevin Benderman
An American hero
I have served a little over 5 months of a 15-month sentence given to me because I developed a conscience and would no longer participate in a war that we were lied into.

...the American people were lied to by men who care for nothing but their own personal agenda and are willing to abuse the goodwill and patriotism of the American people in order to reach their personal goals. This is not what our founding fathers envisioned for this country. They did not want the elected representatives to use fear as a governing tool and they did not want the citizens to give over all of their rights to people who would let absolute power corrupt absolutely.

I, for one, believe in the Constitution when it says that the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that this country is run correctly lies with the American people and not solely with this government. While we do hire people to do the work of government it is up to us, the citizens, to ensure that they are doing this in accordance with the law of the land.

True freedom requires eternal diligence and it will take everyone doing their share of keeping watch to prevent freedom from slipping out of our hands.
From Joe Zollars
The K Chronicles

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

From Somedays
Why there is junk mail in the US
For future reference, after about a week try this URL instead (right now it doesn’t work)
The Gore speech
Pro from Justin Raimondo, con from William Anderson of the LRC blog
From truthout
Mining for kids: the Pentagon’s recruitment database
That parents can’t opt out of
The day the US military come for my daughters is the day they become my enemy.
- Jeff Culbreath, who doesn’t agree with this blog’s politics

Daithí Mac Lochlainn has linked a parody that shows whose daughters they aren’t coming for.
From Mere Comments
The pathetic fallacy, economics and art
A traditionalist RC site that’s also leftover Cold War neoconnish tries to use this fallacy (using ad hominem to try to discredit a work or idea, like saying ‘the sun rises in the eastern sky’ can’t be true if Hitler said it). Specifically, it’s trying to discredit distributism because one of its founders, artist Eric Gill (part of the Catholic cutting edge in the early C20, the best of the modern but in the service of the old religion), was also sex-mad, into blasphemous art, incest and pædophilia. As Cardinal Hume was right about keeping Gill’s art in his cathedral (because there was nothing wrong with the content), the point of these cultured folks at Touchstone, so it is with this — the theory stands or falls regardless of Gill’s pastimes and problems.

Reminds me of this W.H. von Dreele verse I read in National Review years ago. Don’t know if there’s any truth in it:
Christina Rossetti
Festooned in confetti
Posed for nude posters
With loud
Pater nosters.
That religious, even ultimately holy people didn’t always live up to the faith is no surprise. (Evelyn Waugh went to prostitutes.) They say you can go to hell by imitating the faults of the saints. However, Gill was pretty shameless. The funny thing is his blasphemous sex pictures do work as art — but of course they’re wrong.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

‘The Book of Daniel’
What did I tell you?
From Verbum ipsum
It’s what we do
By Ivan Eland

Rednecks and bluenecks
Country music
From Bernard Brandt
Versus populum
From Fr James Tucker
Hardwired for beauty
Or there are universal standards
From Juan Cole
10 things MLK would have done about Iraq
LRC pick
The sorry sods of empire
It’s quite ironic that the leader of the only nation ever to drop the ultimate weapon of mass destruction on civilians, US President George W. Bush, is taking you folks on the same ride that the Japanese war-time militarists did to the Japanese public, and that lots of American folks still cheer him on.

It’s not like China or Russia or Osama are getting their rowboats out to invade the States next Tuesday...
There is a place for the military and not all soldiers are like this but what Mike Rogers describes is all too common.

For a truthful account of the World War II US Marine Corps read Goodbye, Darkness by William Manchester (search the blog).

P.S. Quiz: Who actually served with the military in the Pacific during WWII, John Wayne or Gore Vidal?
The truth about Joseph P., John and Ted Kennedy
Already known to many, here in convenient outline form. The site seems neocon-biased, accusing the senior US senator from Massachusetts of abetting ‘terrorists’ (oh, please). Old Joe, a real snake, was like his friend Joe McCarthy on Communist agents, accidentally right, or right for the wrong reasons, about US involvement in World War II, his hatred of Jews notwithstanding.

One can see, in addition to ‘the end of the world’ about to take place, why a ‘Catholic moment’ in America never happened. (Camelot? Bollocks, all of it.)

Cardinal Cushing was corrupt but the No. 1 RC cleric in the States, Francis Cardinal Spellman in New York (not the most spiritual of men but not evil either), a Massachusetts man who initially made Cushing, was smart enough not to be suckered by the Kennedys. (He was for Nixon in 1960.)

The unvarnished truth about Jack makes it plausible that his assassination was a coup and Oswald really an American agent (recruited by Naval Intelligence while a Marine for a CIA phoney-defector operation).

Monday, January 16, 2006

LRC blog pick
At last a news update
What’s the Romanian word for ‘bullshit’? Yes, blame the doctor who tried to save her after you tortured her, Mr Corogeanu.

Throw the book at him.
From Canterbury Tales
Planned Parenthood’s black genocide
From truthout
Iraq, the mother of all budget-busters
Or not only do the people responsible not care about human life and peace, they aren’t really conservatives either
From Inquisitor Generalis
St Pius X on human society
Reality is. There should be equal opportunity (justice) but of course equal outcomes are impossible. (The Soviet Union collapsed from its own internal contradictions as cooler heads during the Cold War like Murray Rothbard thought it would.)

Pat Buchanan on foreign policy
Spot-on here
Eastern churches

What’s wrong with this picture?
RISU are sometimes unfair to the Orthodox by not pointing out that fellows like this aren’t... essentially a foreigner and a vagante is trying to tell the Ukraine what to do. He’s with the American branch of one of the smaller nationalist schisms there.

The Orthodox in those parts are the Russian Orthodox Church’s Ukrainian metropolia in Kiev (in Ukrainian).

OK, literally he doesn’t look Eastern, which is a hint. But to be fair there are real Orthodox like the Antiochians who look like that too.

Googling this fellow’s name things get curiouser: he was an unofficial observer at and apparent defender of Gene Robinson’s consecration. I remember blogging about this at the time, back in November 2003. So much for his cred.
From The Gaelic Starover
An LRC pick:

Dr King on war and the messianic state
This almost was my LRC pick today but I couldn’t see the film — one machine hasn’t got the right version of Flash and the other hasn’t got sound. Let me know what you think of it.

What I wonder is wasn’t he inadvertently part of the problem as he was something of a statist himself?
From Mark Shea
Within my lifetime, we will be watching people fight to the death on pay per view
Gladiatorial games and snuff films as well: been saying that for some time now

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Iconography, Eastern churches and Anglo-Catholicism
Byzantine version of Our Lady of Walsingham
It works
From antiwar.com
Proof Bush deceived America
Cronkite: Time for US to leave Iraq
Преподобный отче наш Серафиме, моли Бога о нас


St Seraphim of Sarov (Преподобный Серафим Саровский)
Today the Russian Church celebrates his main feast-day. One of the universally loved saints of the Orthodox tradition and of Russian Orthodoxy in particular.
Acquire the spirit of peace and thousands around you will be saved.
From Drake Adams
Following up on this story
Apparently this Oriental Orthodox offshoot has its own rather respectable-looking (not vagante foolishness) Western Rite experiment (obviously ex-Anglicans) just like the Eastern Orthodox

What’s amazing about the Oriental family of churches — Copts, Ethiopians, Armenians, the Syrian Church and its Malankara Church in India — is that with only three of the œcumenical councils accepted as doctrine you’ve still essentially got Catholicism. (Version 2.0, circa 451.) They separated from the larger church back in classical times, with this as the catalyst (fuelled by linguistic misunderstandings?), essentially because they didn’t want to be under the Greeks. (Who reacted thus: you’re not in our empire, so you’re not in the church.) The near-consensus now is that they aren’t and never really were Monophysites nor the Assyrians (Version 1.0, who accept only two councils!) Nestorians.

FYI: the Missale Anglicanum (early C20 — also see this) and the 1549 Communion service ‘commonly called the Masse’ are different and about 362 years apart.
From Sacramentum Vitæ
The new faithful
I’ve blogged about this before — my generation, when it’s religious, prefers orthodoxy to the mess of pottage of the ageing boomers. The latter know it and does it cheese them off!

I was sorry to read, though, that the book’s writer worked for Mr Bush. What about aspects of Catholic orthodoxy such as peace and justice? They’re too important to be abandoned to modern political and theological liberalism — the point of this blog.
The Holy See vs the EU in Slovakia

Saturday, January 14, 2006

From Slate
Keeping up appearances
Or why Mr Bush might want hearings on domestic spying
Half the country supports the idea of domestic spying.
Your rights — use ’em or lose ’em.
Anglican doings
The Rome Report
It seems that the Episcopal Church is now officially pro-abortion
No longer the church that introduced me to the Catholic faith nearly 30 years ago:
...and I believe that we shall be right to continue to see as one of Christianity’s greatest gifts to the world the belief that the human fœtus is to be reverenced as the embryo of a life capable of coming to reflect the glory of God whatever trials it may be going to face.
- +Michael Cantuar, from an address to the Convocation of Canterbury, 17th January, 1967

As if the open-pulpit canon of 1908 (at least those visiting non-episcopal preachers were Christian), the Pike affair (a generation before Spong the Broad Churchmen veered off into apostasy and got away with it), the attempted ordination of women and the clergy exchange with Lutherans (the Protestant view of ordination won) and Gene Robinson (having a gay bishop specifically to make a statement that evil is good) weren’t bad enough!

As a good friend recently wrote:
At the risk of sounding even more like Cassandra than usual, I'd say that in many ways, in most places, being an Anglo-Catholic is an impossible situation. I am one of those (and an Anglo-Papalist at that!) who remains in ECUSA, but only because of a peculiar parish history, and the desire to help maintain a tradition which has all but vanished. Even so, I can look to the day when I will be packing up and moving on. Personally, I would not suggest to anyone that they should join ECUSA or become an Anglo-Catholic in any formal sense. Those who appear at my parish are welcome to participate in what we do, of course, but most of us who remain recognize that it is a transitional situation, at best.
Lord, in thy mercy: hear our prayer.