Sunday, June 08, 2014

Leapfrogging loyalties, local news about the Christian East, and more

  • From the Fedora Lounge: One of the things that's always bugged me about upper-middle-class white people is how they tend to bleach any possible hint of a working-class background out of their lives and their speech -- and then turn around and start appropriating parts of other peoples' cultures in an endless quest for "authenticity." That's just very, very sad. Liberal leapfrogging loyalties as Steve Sailer explains. Like most of what they believe, a distortion of Christianity, in this case its universality (part of the meaning of Catholicism). From the opposite extreme (based on the faith as incarnational, so it's at its best as the Church Local) of worshipping your culture, country, or government, they "love humanity" in the abstract but hate real people, particularly other, conservative whites.
  • From Ex-Army:
    • Taki Theodoracopulos is a bit of an international treasure. He maintains the essential site, Takimag, which I send you to all the time, with writings from a wide range of thinkers from all sides of what is often called the "realistic right." Not neocons, not doctrinaire libertarians, but the kinds of people who treasure Western civilization and want to preserve it. Indeed, most of them prefer any kind of civilization, I think it's fair to say, over the wretched state mankind traditionally finds itself in, from just plain savagery to the even more depressing decadence-savagery the West seems to be determined to plunge us all into.
    • Thomas Sowell: One of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people's motives, make bold assertions, repeat slogans-- anything except reason.
    • Parabarbarian: Liberty is cruel. She requires you to stand and take responsibility for your choices. Tyranny is a kind master who requires only that you kneel and surrender your choices.
  • The shrinking Inky notices the Orthodox. Surprisingly sympathetic treatment of conservative high-churchianity, probably because this version's small and ethnic so it's not a threat to the status quo, plus the new bishop's an ex-Catholic, which doesn't exactly make me feel warm and fuzzy. That cathedral's an acrimonious split (jurisdictional war about 50 years ago) from a parish that originally was a Ukrainian group that left the church about 100 years ago (I think due to Slavic infighting - these were Galicians, proto-Ukrainians, who didn't like their Slovakized or Hungarianized cousins at the Greek Catholic parish - more than Roman Rite churchmen not respecting their culture); the part of this faction that did not leave became the Ukrainian Catholic cathedral. Nitpicks in the reporting: the service is in Slavonic, not Russian, and the Orthodox rite isn't really ancient/1st-century but as medieval as my Mass.
  • The Ukrainian Catholic Church in America is dying out; here in Delaware County a parish merger's being handled in an unusual way: close a ghettoized parish and one near me with no parking, etc., and take over a recently disused historic Presbyterian church. The Clifton Heights one had no iconostasis or chant; if all you wanted was a valid Mass, maybe it was for you.
  • Because conservative Catholics had the traditional Mass taken away from them, they fell into the mistake of thinking the source of their identity was the person of the Pope.
  • Christopher Lee, badass.

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