Sunday, November 09, 2014

Russia remembers, on Cardinal Burke, and more

  • The Crimea's attorney general, Natalya Poklonskaya, is not only cute; her heart is in the right place. Poklonskaya handed over more than 80 photos of Nicholas II, some of them unique, to the museum of Livadia Palace, the summer retreat of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The photos were given to her by a priest from the Assumption Monastery of the Caves in Crimea. “We have to make certain conclusions from what we’ve lived through, learn historical lessons,” Poklonskaya told TASS. “Nicholas II sacrificed himself, his family and what he had for Russia. We should remember and show this achievement so that young people love, value and protect their homeland,” she added. I'm not promoting schism and worshipping the state, but she loves her country like a normal person and isn't a liberal. By the way, after reading Robert Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra, like some other Catholics I think they're saints. Friday was the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Господи, помилуй. Our liberals loved Russia when it was the USSR; now they hate it. That says it all.
  • Cardinal Burke demoted. It's like firing the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court if that were constitutional. Even Fr. Longenecker isn't making excuses. May this backfire on Pope Francis and may Cardinal Burke be our next Pope, finishing Benedict the Great's work.
  • The Church of England appoints a token conservative suffragan bishop. The only such Anglicans I have any sympathy for are priests who need their pensions. You have the right to enforce your teachings as we do ours: women’s ordination is the law of your church. As happened in the Episcopal Church about 10-20 years ago, might you have more priests than congregations to serve, since few English people still go to church? “Does women’s ordination increase the attendance at services?” someone on Facebook asked. It didn’t in the Episcopal Church, which is in a demographic death spiral. My guess: in the C of E, “traditionalist Anglo-Catholic” now means “not Evangelical” and “merely doesn’t like women” as in a kind of gay. But vs. the Evos, the girls have the gays’ back, so the gays owe them one. Because all the would-be Catholics have gone to the ordinariate, I can imagine FiF merging with Affirming Catholicism/the SCP: both credally orthodox and sacramentally and liturgically high, a self-styled alterna-Catholicism, a non-Roman one, something many Anglicans have believed in. See me above on what I think is its lack of appeal to most English people, for whatever reason. “I’ve always supported the absolute equality of women and men in all orders of the Church’s ministry.” Reasons I don’t: 1) we can’t change the matter of a sacrament and 2) women aren’t attracted to male feminists; quite the opposite. (Right, nothing gets a woman’s desire and respect like a man who won’t stand up to her.) In the Catholic Church, there is no groundswell among the devout for women priests. Finally, begging to be tolerated for the sake of Anglican comprehensiveness and inclusivity, whining “But you PROMISED!”, is antithetical to the Anglo-Catholicism I used to identify with, which saw itself as the truth and all other Anglicans as wrong, which frankly is what the winning faction regarding women bishops believes. No, the future of Anglican high churchmanship is “Affirming.” Any A-Cs thinking otherwise are kidding themselves. We need to pull the plug on official talks; they obviously don't want to come back. And I'm with Damian Thompson on soi-disant Anglo-Papalists: you said no to the church so cut it out.
  • Quotation: Might Sandra Fluke's election loss mean the mainstream is getting wise to the "alpha f*cks, beta bucks" scam?


  1. "Our liberals loved Russia when it was the USSR; now they hate it. That says it all."

    In Cambridge, MA, there's still a Communism-themed bar called "The People's Republik". Evidently, they think it's cute and ironic. I'd love to open a bar across the street called "The Fourth Reich" and see how cute and ironic they'd find it.

  2. "It's like firing the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court."

    Except that justices of the U.S. Supreme Court serve for life.

    There's been so much hype in the media about the "firing" of Cardinal Burke, so much rejoicing here and gnashing of teeth there, it got me to wondering what the typical term is.

    It looks like Cardinal Burke has had five predecessors since 1988. That makes their average term roughly four years each, making his tenure of roughly six years about fifty per cent longer than average.

    (I see that the terms tend to be longer if you go back before 1977--eight to ten years.)

    So, rather than some kind of retaliatory firing, this looks more like the end of a slightly-longer-than-average term.

  3. Personally, I think that the firing of Burke is simply the beginning of a long line of conservatives that will get the axe.

  4. "Personally, I think that the firing of Burke is simply the beginning of a long line of conservatives that will get the axe."


    And, a question I think it's appropriate to ask, does your impression come from something that the pope himself has done or said, or from the media's characterization of what his real intent is (or the internet echo chamber repeating in hope or fear what the pundits have assured us is his "real" agenda)?


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