Sunday, March 03, 2013

Dominica III in Quadragesima

  • Too busy making a living to blog this past week. 14-hour days: working one of my occasional jobs on top of the main one. I might disappear this week too.
  • Mostly the same stories anyway. The state and mainstream politics still a bad joke? The church still the church? The Western mainstream still hates it? Check. Right, back to work.
  • Mass: Oculi mei semper ad Dominum.
  • Today is my first Mass this year without a Pope. From last week: Today for my last time: at Mass, ‘una cum famulo tuo Papa nostro Benedicto’. (Unless the next one’s Benedict XVII!) Sorry he’s stepping down but it’s a great chance to teach about the papacy: the power belongs to the office, to the church, not the man. Ironically that’s the lesson: it’s not that big a deal; the church goes on. It’s only unusual. Why he’s Benedict the Great:
    • Fixing English Novus Ordo.
    • Freeing our Mass.
    • Regensburg.
    • Anglicanorum Coetibus (only a couple thousand people and a continuation of the Pastoral Provision but good).
    Thanks for it all, Holy Father. Enjoy your retirement.
  • Resta con noi. Hilary: As we talked, I heard the sounds of the crowd singing and praying in the background over the phone. “There’s a great sadness that the Holy Father is no longer going to be the Holy Father. But mostly there’s joy and an almost palpable feeling of gratitude and appreciation of the greatness of Benedict XVI. This is what has kept people from having that sense of loss and sadness that happens when a pope dies.” But they are sad too. “I talked to people,” my friend said, “asking what they would say to Benedict if they could, and they all said, ‘Stay with us, stay with us, stay with us,’ over and over again.”
  • An old saying: he who walks into the conclave a Pope walks out a cardinal. So no point trying to predict. Again, worst outcome: another Paul VI. We know how to hunker down in that scenario.
  • Modestinus: neocaths vs. trads. You can and should both have ‘markets and morality’/a secular test for ‘ideological purity’/basis for different faiths to get along (the libertarian non-aggression/do-no-harm principle; the golden rule we share with non-Christians) and maintain the one-true-church claim. (For all the good they do, the SSPX is wrong claiming they’re mutually exclusive.) As bad as the Novus Ordo and neoconservatism (I didn’t know Neuhaus had backed off from it) are, as far as I know, neocaths do uphold the true-church doctrine. You know my lines about well-meaning third-wayers. There’s no such thing as Catholic science (economics) vs. regular science, and when you make a great product that sells, we’ll talk.
  • I don’t know who won this year’s Oscars. Haven’t cared enough to look it up.
  • My nightstand clock radio. Like the stand, from shortly after the war. This was Sears’ house brand until the early ’70s. In use. The clock and alarm work fine; the radio just buzzes and the dial sticks. No problem: the little living-room Zenith from before the war works (the AM, not the shortwave); I listen to KYW on it.


  1. "Again, worst outcome: another Paul VI."

    Another Paul VI--2nd worse thing that could happen.

    Another John XXIII--the WORSE thing that could happen! IMHO

    1. Sure, you think that because John started the council. Setting off the bomb, even inadvertently. But all the crap happened under Paul. The Novus Ordo. I don't blame John, because he didn't start the NO and he wasn't what the liberals claim. The real John ordered seminaries to step up the teaching of Latin and told religious orders not to ordain homosexuals. He was a good-hearted, very Italian natural traditionalist. Under his short watch the church was in great shape.

    2. Paul VI would never have said, "Tell that suffragette that I shall never receive her!"

    3. It would seem to me that Pope John XXIII had a brain "eruption" one day and said, "Hey! Let's call a Council!!!!" Why? What crisis? He achieved the ecclesiastical counterpart of opening Pandora's box. This is not in any way to ignore or minimize the failures of Pope Paul VI to govern the CC robustly and exhibit any sense of real leadership.

    4. Pope John's decision resembles a 19th-century general trying to execute a complicated withdrawal maneuver while under fire. Much like the disaster at the Battle of Bladensburg, when green American militia were asked to execute an orderly retreat under fire which subsequently turned into a chaotic rout, Pope John tried to make small changes to the Church, but because She was under assault from all sides, it became impossible to maintain order and discipline in that environment (though Paul VI's inaction exacerbated the problem by several orders of magnitude).

  2. "I don’t know who won this year’s Oscars. Haven’t cared enough to look it up."

    Dave Barry once referred the Oscars as chief among a multitude of "prestigious awards that the entertainment industry gives to itself in humble recognition of its own sheer fabulousness". Its pretty hard to care after seeing them described so correctly.


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