Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Socialist booze, clericalism, and more

"You doity rat, Pennsyvlania! People can get good wine from us, see?"

Rome: Former blogger Fr. Jim Tucker and friends?

  • Retiring Washington state liquor chairwoman on privatization: "Dumbest thing we ever did." I live in a "socialist liquor regime." Pennsylvania never entirely repealed Prohibition (but is less Mafia than New Jersey), because of a teetotaling governor in '33. (By the way, Republicans weren't always conservative.) So you're stuck with the state stores, like Sweden, for a mediocre wine selection. NJ has both great Italian-American wineries (most don't know it but NJ is "The Garden State"; much of it is still rural/agricultural, the difference with Missouri being everybody's Italian; South Philly's East Annex) and a great selection of wines in the private liquor stores. Still other states treat you like a grownup and sell alcohol at the supermarket. So no to this state official: hooray for liberty and the free market. And we still have a liquor tax for Johnstown flood relief!
  • Clericalism. I knew some of this. Even in the Middle Ages and the Counter-Reformation, "secular" (diocesan) priests' lives weren't quite like the 1800s Catholic model we traddies and Anglo-Catholics know and love, "Good, Father, night, Father," 39-button cassocks, birettas outside of services, and all. Lay clothes and "Mr." were common. The poor medieval village Mass priest (curate doing the pastoral work — what his job title means, the care of souls — while the absentee rector lived off one or more parishes' income, which the Anglicans retained) wasn't much different from his congregation in lifestyle and education (he could read well enough to say Mass). We more resembled Orthodoxy in some ways (monks vs. everybody else; unschooled village priests). The Catholic clerical culture we assume as the norm was really a reaction against "the French Revolution and 1848 revolutions," rather like the exposition craze among conservative Novus Ordo Catholics reacts against heresy and liturgical abuse (bring back the old Mass; don't distort our rite; thank you). Also: as Fr. Rutler says, Catholicism is sacerdotalist (the bishop fully sharing in Christ's priesthood, offering his sacrifice and the grace of absolution, ordaining, confirming, etc.); clericalism is a parody of the faith that some Catholics fall for too. My point here is while liberals are anti-sacerdotalist ("don't call me Father," "presider," etc.), they are the biggest clericalists. It's why some old Catholic women want to be priests: they DON'T believe the church's teaching about the Mass, apostolic bishops, etc. POWER. (Feminist cr*p: Freudian envy.) "Fake religion is always about self." Same as the long-running circus of failed clergy wannabes (except they're often orthodox on the basics and high-church like us), vagantes. P.S. Unlike in the Roman Rite, I think Byzantine priests have long been "Fr." to their parishioners and worn a cassock. But "Priest Name Surname" in writing to their bishops. Only the bishop is a reverend father in God in his own right. (Did A-Cs ever claim Prayer Book precedent for "Fr."?) Their professed monks are "Fr. Name in Religion" whether they're priests or not. P.P.S. It's actually traditional for Catholic priests in academia to wear lay clothes.
  • An intersex story. Hermaphroditism; actually the story of a man with a rare birth defect, not the "transgender" one the media want you to believe (World Wars G and T propaganda and clickbait) and would have the state force you to believe, out of misguided charity. Actually his story proves there's no such thing as "transsexual"; he's a chimera with some parts of his body XX and some XY. His story refutes the "gender is a construct; nurture is everything" brigade: because he has XY in his body, he's in fact a he. His case was horribly but probably ignorantly (not maliciously) handled; trying to raise him as a girl even with surgery and fake hormones (cancer risk?) didn't work. It never does. World War T (il)logic: "I feel I'm as handsome as Antonio Banderas and I'll make you lose your job if you don't play along." Seriously, be nice by treating people as they want to be treated as long as they're not a public health hazard.


  1. "(Did A-Cs ever claim Prayer Book precedent for "Fr."?)"

    Don't know - but what I do know is that well into the 17th Century, zealous English Reformed Protestants (including those we term "Puritans") gave the honorific "Father" to ministers who were famous for giving spiritual counsel and advice. I suppose that this is a sort of continuation of the pre-Reformation English Catholic practice of referring to one's confessor ("ghostly father") as "Father." I think that some Lutherans retained the title, too.

  2. I knew a hermaphrodite once. Doctors keep trying to mutilate them instead of just leaving them alone.


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