Saturday, May 16, 2015

Tsarnaev, church-service chaos, and more

  • So Tsarnaev got the death penalty. I think everybody's cool with that. Not literally everybody as an Episcopal priest pointed out to me; she's right that blood lust (revenge) is a sin. The church is clear: the death penalty's an option; some crimes call for restorative justice like that and the perpetrator forfeits his right to live. The court can spare him but doesn't have to. Obviously, I meant that Muslims do things so reprehensible even the left doesn't really like them. (Normally, get whitey and curse Christ are the left's prime directives; even feminist women, gays, and Jews are thrown under the bus.) It's easy for white liberals to feel superior to other whites by defending the perps in race riots in Ferguson, Mo. and the slums of Baltimore. But this is like 9/11: it attacked THEM for once (SWPLs love the Boston Marathon) so next to nobody has sympathy for the Tsarnaevs. Sure, the brother was the leader but Tsarnaev's still guilty. Legally sane: this attack was obviously planned. (Paralleling the church's criteria for mortal sin: grave matter, sufficient reflection, and full consent of the will.) An American Baptist (not Southern Baptist) minister and others pointed out to me that strategically these attacks don't make sense because they turn Western opinion against the perps; that's not their motive. They want to go to heaven by becoming martyrs. So executing Tsarnaev isn't a deterrent, but it's just. God have mercy on him. But this shouldn't have been a federal case but a state one, and Massachusetts happens not to have the death penalty.
  • Inadvertently funny church clip, and it's of our friends, not our enemies. Why the church in its different traditional rites has rules for ceremonial (Fortescue, O'Connell, Martinucci, the Baltimore Ceremonial) and the traditional Roman Rite has masters of ceremonies. (High-Episcopal parishes have customaries usually adapted from our traditional rules.) Literally so people don't crash into each other in the sanctuary. A metaphor for Continuing Anglicanism (American Anglo-Catholicism, a huge influence on me, as a church unto itself): their heart is in the right place, and they borrow our good stuff such as copes, but they have no idea what they're doing (they don't know how to use it). An observer pointed out another of the Continuum's faults; this service is top-heavy with clergy. To be fair, it is the consecration of a new bishop, which usually uses three bishops. But that clericalism is a tell of vagans churches, as in episcopi vagantes (a Latinist has told me there's no such word as vagante), which have been on the fringes of Anglicanism for about 125 years.
  • Orthodox triumphalism about Latin-American converts. Born Orthodox liberal Arianna "Zsa Zsa" Huffington's journal shanks the church. Probably a drop in the bucket down there but still disturbing as when anybody leaves the church. Byzantium beats the Novus Ordo but it's not the sum of the church. When churchmen concentrate on secular goals such as politics, the people go elsewhere for spiritual help, such as the Pentecostals in Latin America and among Hispanics here.
  • Broken-home epidemic reversed since '90s babies?
  • Driving the bus. Betty Duffy remembers her free-range childhood as neglect ("most of us were latchkey kids"), skewering well-meaning conservatives' romanticized notion of that.
  • All the lonely virtues; where do they all belong? Aristotle and N.T. Wright. Wright's idea about the afterlife and general resurrection is interesting; not sure if it's orthodox.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, 55 clergy serving 550,000 Orthodox konvertski?

    Lies < damn lies 5% by the third generation, grandmother by 32!


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