Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The church, England, politics, and more

  • The Society of Saint Pius X has offered traditional Latin Masses in some prominent places, including Saint Peter's Basilica and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. Add to that list the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. In about 100 years Archbishop Lefebvre will be canonized.
  • Somebody really hates high church. When you are over the target, there's flak, as Flying Fortress and Liberator pilots said during World War II. The libcaths sound like they're running scared (knowing they're slowly dying out), and while high church isn't necessarily Catholic (cf. the Episcopalians), this anti-high churchmanship sounds so Protestant (high church is "worldly"). Pictured: Msgr. Keith Newton, the ordinary for British Anglo-Catholic alumni.
  • A tiny piece of America in merry old England.
  • Anglicans themselves on their unofficial Byzantine Rite brethren. Taking in this service at face value, it seems like slightly acculturated Orthodox worship, content and all (except for the name of the Presiding Bishop), not liberal Protestant, so I'm not offended. "If they're not against us, they're with us," in spirit. But because of the true-church claim and, to sound politically correct for a moment, cultural appropriation, I understand why some Orthodox are. One of them: There's a difference between being adopted into a family and having that family's heritage become your heritage, and reading up on a given family's history and pretending to be a part of that family because you've read a lot about them in books. Is the 1979 Episcopal Prayer Book so flexible that they're allowed to have more or less the Byzantine Liturgy? Not that Anglo-Catholics closely followed the Prayer Book.
  • Not my problem anymore, but kudos to the Rev. Paul Williamson, the Low Church vicar who literally voiced his objection to Archbishop Sentamu when English history was made earlier this week: their first woman Anglican bishop, Libby Lane. We Catholics agree: it's unscriptural and the church can't change the matter of a sacrament (the Anglicans hedge on whether holy orders is a sacrament). I knew thought Mr. Fr. Williamson was Evangelical before I even read the story because he started with "Not in the Bible."
  • Ex-Army: Cultural Marxism by any other name.
  • Face to Face: Mormon morality amounts to little more than secular liberalism, stereotypically blinkered to any concerns other than harm and fairness. Notions of purity, sanctity, and taboo are not invoked, nor is the threat to communal cohesion when deviance is promoted. This story means 1) Mormonism is not conservative; it only looks so from when it tried to blend in with pre-Sixties America (hint: 19th-century America ran them out of town) and/or 2) they're politically naive, thinking the letter of the law will protect their right to act conservative.
  • Bob Wallace: Quick common sense.
  • Fred Reed via Ad Orientem: Women have never succeeded at physical things in the military becauese they can't. As West Pointer Brian Mitchell warned in 1998 (Flirting with Disaster). Women are reproductively more valuable; a sane society protects them, not sending them into combat.

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