Sunday, May 31, 2015

Anglicanism, the Pope and U.S. politics, and competing handbags

  • "Convince me that Anglicanism is false." Here goes.
  • Bishop Williamson on T.S. Eliot. His e-newsletter articles are archived in a blog (kept by someone else) again. An unexpected appreciation of an Anglo-Catholic, maybe not that surprising from an English patriot.
  • Michael Smerconish thinks Pope Francis can sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election. I disagree. Part of the story of the Sixties in America is it was when American Protestants finally got their wish of absorbing, neutralizing, the country's huge Catholic minority; ironically, it was immediately after we'd peaked here. An effect: there is no more Catholic vote. The practicing minority, getting more orthodox again as the old liberals die out and young unbelievers drop out, votes Republican as its only recourse as do other religious Americans. (Better the Stupid Party than the Evil Party, a.k.a. the Abortion Party.) The lapsed majority? Peer-pressure liberals plus: they continue the old ethnic labor tradition of voting Democratic; now they think political correctness (a Christian heresy) is Catholic social teaching. They'd do that, Francis or not. Popes have long criticized capitalism and advocated a third way economically (such as distributism). I think I'm open-minded the right way: for all its faults, capitalism created the greatest country. Before capitalism, life in the West was nasty and short. With the late Joe Sobran I thank American Protestants for the change. The state can't own the church: the church has never fitted into political categories; the faith of course is apolitical. Republic? Monarchy? Dictatorship? We can work with that.
  • Hooray for the old, predominantly English America: A high-school valedictory speech from 1957.
  • Justin Raimondo: Why Bernie Sanders is no Ron Paul.
  • Roissy:

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