Thursday, June 19, 2014

America, where everything goes to die, and leftism as hubris

  • From the Anti-Gnostic: America, where everything goes to die. So, why not become a traditionalist Catholic? First, because I had a choice, and having weighed competing doctrines and prayed about things, I chose Orthodoxy. (But, I cannot stress this enough, that's just me. Anybody else crawling away from the Protestant wreckage who became Catholic, go forth and be a good Catholic.) Second, because the traditionalist Catholics are fighting the same rearguard action as their Anglican cousins. Other than self-hating Westerners going for Orientalism, converting to Orthodoxy appeals to principled old high churchmen in the Charles Grafton mode, more or less Catholic but objecting to the papacy for what they think is a conservative reason, that the development of doctrine is Modernism's cousin. (The answer is the Pope can't change our teachings.) Regarding "the same rearguard action," in practice yes but theologically and spiritually no, because trads have Catholic teaching to fall back on. The only thing really conservative in Anglicanism used to be cultural conservatism or social convention; the teachings, such as they are, are a man-made compromise to enable the king's schism, which happened to turn Protestant.
  • From Bob Wallace: Leftism and the sin of pride. I see things fairly simply. The Seven Deadly Sins. The Seven Cardinal Virtues. The worst sin of all ("sin" means "to miss the mark" and comes from archery) is Pride, or what the Greeks called Hubris. It is the basis of all the rest. The second worst sin is envy. Leftism, which I don't believe in at all, is based first on Hubris, and secondly on envy. Those two sins are why leftists think they are intellectually and morally superior to everyone, and why they are levelers - to get rid of envy (of course, as long as they rule the inferior unwashed masses). It is an impossibility for anyone to be smart enough, and moral enough, to run the lives of hundreds of millions of people. It's why I believe in the smallest possible government, liberty and the free market. Because I know I'm not smart enough to run someone else's life. Which makes me the Anti-Leftist.
  • The pro-life movement is a noble cause but for neo-Catholics (conservative Novus Ordo), did it become a substitute for Catholicism? (A rite, a culture, a real community the council stupidly took away.) And what will actually stop abortions?

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