Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pink Is Beautiful Sunday

  • Yes, I know; "rose." Mass: Laetare, Jerusalem, et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam. The word "convent" comes from the idea of Christian community, believers coming together. The epistle: Christianity supersedes the old covenant, changing the faith from Judaism's tribal one to universal. The gospel: the loaves and fishes, a miracle that's a type of the Eucharist, and no, it wasn't that Jesus inspired people to share.
  • The crucifixion of Patricia Jannuzzi. No surprise: under the Christian heresy now our de facto state religion, we are not allowed to criticize homosexuals (as well as blacks and Jews). Conservative self-pity posts are a dime a dozen but what's striking here is her putatively Catholic employer doesn't have her back. As far as I know, all she did was repeat common conservative talking points about a political agenda, in line with Catholic teaching, with her personal Facebook account (not a school or church one; did she post from a school computer?), not harming or threatening anyone (not yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater). Conservative Christianity has taught me it's a sin to pick on homosexuals. The agenda she wrote about is not "tolerance." It is about conquest. Standard in these stories: force a confession (again, this is twisted Christianity)/apology out of the person, then suspend or fire him anyway (lesson: don't apologize), but it seems they only forced her to take down her Facebook page. Not every churchman is a Cardinal Burke or Archbishop Cordileone; of course it's always been so. (St. Peter renounced Christ three times.) While I'm sure there are diocesan schools just as cravenly politically correct, I think technically Immaculata isn't a Catholic school, meaning it's not diocesan. I think all such private schools, left and right, just call themselves Catholic. Like Catholic colleges: under Fr. Theodore Hesburgh they cut their ties to the church in 1967 to get government funding. Legally that's even how conservative (sound) ones operate. Rod Dreher says the diocese betrayed her, not the school, but: Jannuzzi is still working as Director of the New Evangelization and of the St. Thomas More Ministry at the parish. The "chilling effect" the left complains about except when they're doing it: why is the local Catholic Church, a diocese, letting an actress and a "reality TV" star order it around? Since Vatican II, a generation of Catholics has been chasing American respectability (they think PC's the same as Catholic social teaching), but that generation's fading.
  • Speaking of which, USA Today notices the "Latin Mass"'s little comeback.
  • My personality clash with Pope Francis. He seems like a jolly Italian (but with a great man's trait, an iron will that doesn't fit an ideology) who thinks introversion's a sin.
  • Kathy Shaidle from 2008: The truth about "Mad Men" fans. Actually few watch it but the elite does. Online some sound very much on board with Matthew Weiner's agenda: accurately re-create America's golden era in order to smash it like a piñata, celebrating its fall. The nostalgia's (post-algia) probably unintended but the real secret of the show's popularity. Feminist Peggy's plausible deniability for girls of a certain class to watch and fantasize about being ravished by Don. Chicks dig jerks: Jon Hamm's right that Don's a miserable drunk and that Ken's a catch, one of the show's few nice people and good-looking.
  • From romanticism to traditionalism. Contemporary Traditionalism picks up where Berdyaev, Guénon, and the mid-Twentieth Century anti-modernists, and again where the Romantics, in their century, left off. René Guénon, who inspired Fr. Seraphim (Rose). Catholicism is anchored partly in reason (in the classical sense of conforming to objective reality) as seen in the medieval scholastics; Anglo-Catholicism a product of Anglican churchmen's claims about their church (that it's the purified, that is, mildly Protestant, continuation of the original, medieval Catholic Church in England, restored to square with the ancient church of the fathers) plus the romantic movement reacting against the "Enlightenment" and Industrial Revolution. (Their framers retained our view of reason.) Romanticism can be very compatible with Catholicism but can't be the only thing. By the way, before "traditionalism" meant "old-fashioned orthodox Catholicism in the present day," it referred to an obscure heresy that I think had a romanticized view of the faith in which you don't need rational proofs, just the authority of the church's tradition.
  • The Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian. Amidst the sound and fury of religion online, this may sound passive-aggressive but it's sincere: Yea, my Lord and King, help me to know my sins and not to judge my brother, for thou art blessed unto the ages of ages. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. Today's gospel's obvious message, as Fr. Matthew's sermon pointed out: "stay the course," anticipating a feast when we're still in the middle of technically a fast. By the way, the 1662 and 1928 Books of Common Prayer's collect and readings for Communion are the same as ours today.


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