Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Theories about Robin Williams, and Catholic vs. Orthodox

  • Two theories about Robin Williams.
    • Demonic? Maybe. What a creepy pile of crap this article is. The author seems to have no grasp of the word "demon" used metaphorically. You win some; you lose some. Considering the great evil that just happened, I wasn't going to rule out the demonic including a Faustian bargain.
    • Roissy: "Robin Williams will return to TV after nearly three decades – because two divorces have left him short of cash." Looks like a clue, Watson.
  • Clips from favorites: His grown-up standup I saw in person, which started it all, early Mork when he was edgier and less cute ("Happy Days" was dreck except its first year, when it was great: see below), The Fisher King, and Awakenings. Another great one self-destructs.
  • byzcath: going round and round and round.
  • Liturgy facing the people... in a Greek Orthodox church.
  • That an acceptance of the union of the Churches does not lead to the destruction of our traditions, but to peace in Christ, because the Churches agree in their understanding of doctrine. That's it!
  • Restore the sense of the sacred. Standard high-churchifying, strict-constructionist Vatican II interpretation. "Reform of the reform." With Pope Benedict's reforms you'd get the effect of being at Mass around 1965. Nice. Except: the Traditional Latin Mass at the Parish of Quo Primum on the corner of Lunatic and Fringe. As I say, Novus Ordo conservatives are our worst enemies in church politics. This guy's brand of high church is a rival, or maybe he sees it that way, and the liberals don't take us seriously. In the '80s, if you suggested these things to these guys, they would have jumped down your throat, defending the council and accusing you of leaving the church. It wasn't until Benedict that you could say these things in the official church.
  • Fraternité Notre Dame. Don't leave the church for a cult, but this seems like an honorable last resort (we're far from that scenario). They believe in the Pope and they're about spirituality and charity, not church politics.
  • How Anglicans and the Chinese schism are alike. This is so perfect, from so many angles. And our own leftoids will not even come close to getting a clue from it. So depressing it’s funny. Canon Reid’s endorsement of Communist China is indeed old news, but nice post. Meanwhile, he has put St. Clement’s “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” signs back out; it no longer identifies with the Catholic Church. After all, it IS Episcopal. Because of him, the many formerly there who identified with pre-Vatican II Catholicism (it was a refuge when Vatican II made the mother church inhospitable) are now Catholic (again), at the old German church, Holy Trinity, downtown. The Episcopalians got control of their church back, fair and square, and some wandering souls have come home to the church. Guess it’s a win-win.
  • Those darn kids. This day turned out like a Millennial with massive student-loan debt and a master's in sociology: it totally failed to launch. Then again the millennials who DO launch can be insufferable: running the office like their high-school clique and using corporate PC niceness as a weapon against the uncool kids or no-longer-kids. Lived through that a year ago. Lord of the Flies.

Milwaukee, 1962: "Get a haircut!"


  1. I’m told that there is a tendency in Greece to resurrect ancient liturgies such as those of James, Sarapion, Mark, or Gregory the Theologian, along with some liturgical experimentation. This can mean the priest faces the people, or Communion is given separately rather than by intinction.

    What crap; and what a good instance of Gresham's Law! The idea that "facing the people" was the normal, or even the frequent, practice of "the Early Church" (unless one means the Church of Never-Never Land), as opposed to "facing East," was exploded years ago, among scholars beginning as early as the 1940s, and "carrying the day" in the 1960s. And there is certainly no evidence that it was the practice in the Liturgy of Sarapion (cf. the deacon's cry before the anaphora in the Egyptian liturgical tradition, Eis anatolas blepsate!).

    To think that some Orthodox are beginning to gobble down the same liturgical ordure that has done such damage in the West, and with far less excuse to boot, is not encouraging.

    1. We are sadly only about 1-2 decades behind most Western stupidity. And I don't say that as a slight as the West bears the brunt if the cultural assault. I just hope we hold out long enough for the collapse to be in full swing allowing the traitors to expose themselves and move on.

  2. I have come to the conclusion (quite a while ago, actually) that without rites and rituals there can be no sense of the sacred.


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