Monday, August 31, 2015

The death of discussion and more

  • The death of discussion.
  • No, cupcake, there is no right not to be offended.
  • Individualism and alienation in popular love songs, 1930-1999.
  • A consecrated virgin. Like being an oblate or tertiary in a religious order but one step closer to the full members, being celibate, but consecrated virgins don't necessarily belong to orders. I think traditionally nuns do the bride thing at their professions (initiation ceremony) too. Not everybody's called to marry or be in a religious order; the church is really for everyone. She's pretty; what a big offering to God.
  • Priest bails on church; joins secular world under guise of Anglicanism. Two questions naturally come up: "What's her name?" and if not that, "Are you gay?" The Tablet, a.k.a. the Pill, is only one jump removed from this, not really Catholic.
  • Pope Francis, allegedly: Self-consciously orthodox Catholics are a self-righteous nuisance. Spiritual pride's a problem but with "friends" like these, who needs enemies? Reminds me of the '70s and '80s, when the victorious left was on board with homosexuality and almost OK with sex with kids, so when the long-suffering Wanderer-reading Catholics noticed Father acting funny with the altar boys and told the bishop, like Pope Juan Perón he told them to get over themselves and mind their own business. Anyway, let's turn this argument on its users: the self-consciously fake-friendly, formally informal "faith community" is only celebrating upper-middle-class decorum, including political correctness, and is really cleverly designed to weed out misfits ("people are offended"), as opposed to traditional Catholicism, which is not really a bragfest or cultural snobbery but truly for everyone. Same teachings, same ritual, no matter who you are.
  • Law and gospel. Evangelicalism explained. I'll guess that the Catholic understanding of the gospel and the law isn't that different. (Of course any theory of Christianity that comes up centuries after Christ and the early church is suspect. If it goes against past teaching, don't believe it.) Like evangelicals, we don't believe the law saves us; we can't fulfill it. (Bad religion: fulfill the law and/or do the ceremony correctly and God or the god owes you one, like a contract.) The difference between us and them is we believe the sacraments actually do what they stand for and that man is actually changed by them, through the grace given through Christ, not unchanged but with Christ covering for you. The church is the means of grace; it's not salvation through works.
  • Remembering American Anglo-Catholicism: Resurrection, New York, in the '50s and '60s.
  • Why I don't hate St. Gregory's, San Francisco, even though they're wrong. Links. Well done and well meant, but without the church or even small-o orthodoxy, who or what are they really celebrating? Themselves; same problem as with less talented Catholic liberals. Traditional Anglo-Catholicism, on the other hand, like traditional Catholicism, tried to obey something bigger than a priest's or congregation's fancy, instead of trying for novelty; humbling.

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