Saturday, November 08, 2014

Remembrance: old vs. new Britains, and more

Let's have more of this (plus the truth so no more wars like World Wars I and II). "Ma'am."

And none of this.

Deport the ungrateful lot, and if they're British-born, jail time. And if they go fight for ISIS, they can't come back.

(Reminds me of another Eastern guest in the West, a refugee, the late Msgr. Laurus of ROCOR, preaching an anti-Catholic sermon about the imaginary St. Peter the Aleut. Yeah, freedom of religion, but if that's how you really feel, do us all a favor and go home.)

Civic religion. The poppies everywhere in Britain this week including politician's lapels are for the same reason as the Cenotaph in London and monuments in many towns: World War I hit them hard, much harder than the U.S. (which never should have gone in; Wilson was no good). The Central Powers should have won. The world would have been better off: Catholic Emperor Karl (the war was the Western liberals vs. what was left of Catholic Europe, so besides being anglophiles, mainliners were hawks), no Nazis and thus no World War II, and no Palestinian problem as that would have remained a distant outpost of Turkey, same as Iraq, etc. But that doesn't take away from the British people's honor.

Nor this.

  • Later TV shows set in the golden era. 1970s-2010s but set in about 1937 to 1967.
  • Standard traditional Catholic rhetoric about America's two political parties.
  • Opus Publicum on my favorite liturgical books in English: old "Catholic books translated by and for Anglicans," some of which are reprinted by convert Antiochian Orthodox (non-Roman Anglo-Catholics under new management). For example, I Vespers yesterday for the Octave of All Saints in Canon Winfred Douglas' Monastic Diurnal. Coverdale's psalms and Cranmer's canticle set (in my head) to the Gregorian chant I learned at St. Clement's (which used to have translated or Latin Sunday Solemn Vespers from the Roman Breviary), the Roman Rite collect, AND, as an alternative which I read devotionally, Cranmer's wonderful collect (which he wrote because of Protestant intent but it's not heretical). I do the Marian anthem, versicle, and collect in Latin (not in the book; inserts I copied from the Roman Breviary). Because under the hood our liturgy isn't really in English.
  • Angry man attacks pro-straight TFP Catholic rally at college. Not just ANY college; a real college, Johns Hopkins. The culture war breaks out in violence, which they, not we, started. "We're going to beat the living s**t out of you." Sounds right out of Marxism via the Sixties: "Manners are bourgeois." (Sniffle.) Y-you mean gays aren't all smart, witty, flower-planting humanitarians with great taste and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture like on TV? Say it ain't so, Joe! "Allegedly" and "appears to show" are legalese that has a point: "innocent until proven guilty in a court of law," even if you're a jerk and were caught red-handed.
  • Public transportation for youse and not for me. L.A.'s elite. It’s almost as if the liberal Democrats of the Westside aren’t really into Hope and Change and are more into I Got Mine.
  • The city's vibrant public schools. Forget it. Teachers burn out and quit because they can't teach under these conditions and most of the kids are unteachable, being socially promoted.
  • History: the pre-conciliar church.
    From the Edict of Milan until 1517, the Church had built a distinctly Catholic culture in Europe on the ashes of the Roman legal system and Greek philosophy, baptizing them into herself and allowing them to flourish in a renewed set of political structures. The emergent Catholic Europe was multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-governmental, but united by the faith, a remarkable feature the Greek and various Oriental Churches did not enjoy.

    After the Reformation, and especially the French Revolution, there was no longer a Catholic Europe, only a Europe in which the majority of inhabitants were Catholics.

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