The mainstream has outgrown the mainline (like Europeans, SWPLs don’t go to church); the mainline says it’s because they’re not yet liberal enough! (From MCJ.) They’ll keep shrinking and will eventually merge, essentially becoming Episcopalians (claiming apostolic bishops but denying they’re necessary) if not doing business under that name. American Catholicism shot itself in the foot with Vatican II, plus the (recent, 1900s) Protestant and elite promotion of birth control neutralized Catholics as a force in America. Not that it’s right, but evangelicalism has a shot at keeping America at least culturally Christian.
I wondered if Mr. Dalgarno is an ex-Catholic. Such switches are actually rare (most Bad Catholics just drop out) so my guess was no. A melting-pot American with some Italian heritage a few generations back? Looked it up and no, the name is, fittingly, Scottish.
Of course Pope Francis has points preaching against greed and about God’s love and mercy, but his mainstreamish approach is annoying. (See above about shooting yourself in the foot.) The wrong people like him. No problem. The Pope is actually less important in Catholicism than most think; unlike a royal schism or denominational vote, he can’t change the teachings of the church even if he wants to or doesn’t talk about them. He leaves me alone, I leave him alone, and in a pinch I can go to the Greek Catholics and the SSPX. (Fellay for cardinal.)
Happy Thanksgiving. Eὐχαριστία. ‘We Gather Together.’ Donna and I are doing Italian-American again, with antipasto and then the American food. It’s the official start of secular Christmas, Holiday, or whatever (let’s cheer ourselves up in the dead of winter, and why not have the church appropriate it for Jesus’ birthday celebration?), but the run-up now starts around Halloween with radio stations phasing in Christmas music to prime the pump for shopping. It’s not cool to like it but so what? Still, I remember a line from Arturo Vasquez one year: hearing ‘All I Want for Christmas Is Youuuuuu...’ ... piped in at the mall.
Hanukkah: the story’s in the Septuagint and thus the Catholic Bible but not the Protestant one. The holiday’s superseded (judaizing was rejected in the Book of Acts) but still celebrates the same God. It’s not Jewish Christmas; it’s the equivalent of the feast of SS. Peter and Paul for example. Competing with Christmas is a recent, understandable reaction to living in Christian countries.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The great college swindle, Silicon Valley and the end of the American Dream, and Modestinus reads Pope Francis’ latest
- From LRC: Credential inflation and higher education.
- From Rod Dreher: Silicon Valley and the end of the American Dream. Or it’s not greed when the cool kids do it. Reminds me of one of Steve Sailer’s points, that conservatives naturally put kin first while liberals buy abstractions about loving humanity, other cultures, etc., while actually treating people, their kin, like dirt.
- Modestinus on Evangelii Gaudium. Might this relate to what Dreher wrote and quoted above?
- From the Anti-Gnostic: So many things high-profile women do strike me as just elaborate personal ads. ... Feminism is really only oriented to women in the upper tiers of intelligence and attractiveness. I hear you but what about the fact which Roissy and others have noted that many/most feminists are envious ugly girls? Feminists don't mention, for example, that the realistic job option for most women is customer service for Team Sterling, or stuffing mail-order boxes for Team Sterling. (Women hate working for women, by the way.) Bob Wallace: Feminism is about well-to-do feminist women throwing lesser-paid women under the bus.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The stereotype of traditionalist or just orthodox Catholics as “pharisees” and “Pelagians” – that is, obsessed with rules and puffed up with pride over their supposed spiritual superiority to average sinners, whom they despise as reprobates – does not match my experience at all. I’ve known several families of very religious Catholics and never encountered such a thing. What’s more, it ignores what has historically been the most common type of orthodox Catholic. I mean the half-practicing, openly sinning, “give me chastity, but not yet” kind. A religion as big as Catholicism could never have survived so long if it were only made of pharisees and dissidents.From Joshua.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
- From Ex-Army: If he had survived. Another alternative history. I’ve long believed the one where he would have been re-elected in ’64 (Goldwater was good at the time; he should have been president) but his getting us into Vietnam would have turned the
mobmajority against this hood ornament of the golden era (as the Sixties generally would have?), so the next Democratic candidate would have lost in ’68 to Nixon, and the real timeline would have resumed.
- From Steve Sailer:
- Entertaining speculation from National Lampoon’s heyday: The overarching gag is that if Jackie Kennedy had been the one martyred in Dallas, Jack would have settled into the Irish politician's pattern of staying in power for roughly ever (e.g., Eamon de Valera, Richard J. Daley in Chicago, or James Curley, who was mayor of Boston on and off from 1914 to 1950); but JFK would have pulled this off by mobilizing the puerile energies of white baby boomers, rather like Chairman Mao's cult of personality did during his Cultural Revolution. The Lampoon issue takes on the difficult challenge of imagining how an Irish wardheeler with a veneer of media sophistication, an intuitive understanding of which way the wind was blowing, would have dealt with The Sixties. What has The Onion contributed at all to understanding the Obama Phenomenon? Cracked is disappointingly PC preachy sometimes (news flash from Roissy and his friends: not only is this not how reality works, but that article won’t get you a date, buddy) but overall pretty good: news and history of the weird and non-putdown humor. The Onion is a bunch of smug SWPLs I stopped reading a long time ago.
- From the comboxes: Alan Ehrenhalt had a nice line about the retrospective sentimentalization of the Kennedy assassination: “The only teenage males I know who were emotionally shattered by the Kennedy assassination are the ones I read about in books or see in movies.”
- Getting to the heart of the matter, a sensible answer neither the lone Commie nut (though it seems a conservative favorite) nor All Society’s Fault™ (then-conservative Dallas, the military-industrial complex, etc.): A lot of conspiracy theorists seem to lose themselves in the who-dun-it scenario. It's true that many people hated Kennedy and wouldn't have minded seeing him dead. But that doesn't mean they were involved in the killing. It's like lots of people hated Reagan, but it was Hinckley who nearly killed him. The opposite of the IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT scenario is THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE scenario where the conspiracy turns out to be much larger than anyone can possibly imagine. I guess something in between is the CHINATOWN scenario. The mystery is bigger than one thought but it's still about a handful of corrupt men doing something sordid, not a mega-conspiracy. I don’t know who (but it wasn’t then-conservative Dallas) or why but yes.
- Not about JFK but true: Have you ever noticed that basically everything you are supposed to believe in these days -- feminism, diversity, etc. -- turns out in practice to just be another way for hot babes, rich guys, super salesmen, cunning financiers, telegenic self-promoters, and charismatic politicians to get even more money and power?
- From Bob Wallace:
- Wildwood Doo Wop. A list of all the Wildwoods’ (one New Jersey shore island, three towns) remaining golden-era buildings and neo-doo wop ones.
- And on that note — the Sixties never happened — happy last Sunday after Pentecost. Mass: Dicit Dominus with an apocalyptic gospel. Next week, Advent I and the great switch in the office from Salve, Regina to Alma Redemptoris Mater.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
- From Takimag: Derb on stupid wars. Though WWI was popular among the British when they entered it (in mass-suffrage societies wars are anyway often popular), they’ve long known since that it was stupid. Of course it means much more to them than to the US because so many more, numbers and proportionally, were killed, and until rather recently (the last WWI vet died in the past few years) it was a living memory. (Wilson was scum; America should have stayed out and the Central Powers should have won.) Also, their historical foreign policy: that nation’s ancient fear of a single power controlling continental Europe: Spain in the 16th century, France in the 18th, Russia in the Cold War. Any power that attained European supremacy, the British reasonably believed, would soon turn on them.
- From RR:
- The largest, fastest failure in the history of welfare programs.
- An iron curtain is slowly descending around the borders of America. When it falls, some people will be shut in; others will be shut out. It will be up to bureaucrats and agents with guns to decide which one of those people you are.
- The new corporatism.
- From LRC:
- Obamacare even more of a threat than you think.
- President Kennedy: Accurate shots from the Book Depository impossible. As much as I hate ‘it was all society’s/the establishment’s fault’, everybody knows the Warren Commission answer’s (magic bullet) false. Still, who and why?
- From Bob Wallace: We seek true love, a love true as a sharp sword, that will not shatter in the hand, a weapon equal to the task of keeping all life’s rude attacks at bay.
- From Ad Orientem: Endless Afghanistan.
- What’s old is new again: not as good as the real thing but I guess their heart’s in the right place.
- Brooks Brothers’ Own Make.
- Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando. Vs. the real Wildwood. The Wildwood motels sit at the street with pools and parking crammed onto the lot. Heck, I think the entire town of Wildwood could fit into this resort. Nice inspiration though; the atomic-age motels are disappearing from WW or are undergoing “updating” even though the old motels are embraced. By the way, I read that the fake palm trees you see at the Wildwood motels are from the ’80s.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
- From RR:
- Is the US Postal Service ready to be sold off? A government service that’s in the Constitution and I understand takes no tax money but is a dinosaur like newspapers and magazines.
- US Census “faked” 2012 election jobs report.
- Seven score and 10 years ago yesterday: The Gettysburg Address: still balderdash after 150 years. The more vehemently a president equates democracy with freedom, the greater the danger he likely poses to Americans’ rights. On that note, from Joshua: Gettysburg gospel, or a false, civil religion using Christianity’s style (the rhetoric of the King James Bible) but not its content. (Lincoln was an unbeliever but smart and of course steeped in the country’s Protestant culture.) As Joshua and Modestinus would agree, the Americanist heresy.
- President Kennedy: again, who/what killed him? Lone Commie nut, Society™ (the left’s narrative: evil right-wing, racist, anti-DC Dallas in ’63) or something else?
- Was Oswald a CIA operative? I don’t like the left’s spin, that somehow it was conservative Dallas’s fault or the establishment’s, but there are so many loose ends.
- From Mark in Spokane: A man who wouldn’t be at home in the left or mainstream now. I wouldn’t try to go as far as appropriating him for conservatism but that sounds about right. He was the handsome hood ornament of a better era. Also: JFK and Nixon.
- From Ex-Army: It's too bad that Dallas wasn't more of a city of hate. If it had been, one of the right-wing haters might have squished the dorky little communist Lee Harvey Oswald before he had to chance to shoot Kennedy. Ever think of it that way, pundits? "Hate," of course, was defined then and now as opposition to liberalism in any way, shape, or form. This included running against liberals even if you were a slightly more moderate liberal yourself, as was the case with poor old wannabe liberal Nixon.
- From Takimag: TV in ’63.
- From Roissy: A modern corporate harem.
- From Bob Wallace: Feminism has exposed some pretty bad things about women.
- More from Ex-Army: Jack Donovan on Veterans’ Day and the military. Perfect. Neither excusing the government that misuses the troops nor attacking the military.
- From LRC:
- From MCJ: The Obamacare flop is hilarious.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
- From Bob Wallace: Resentful matriarchy.
- From Dusk in Autumn: Hazing: elite infighting, not solidarity/community-building. Rather than initiating someone into the community, it’s jerks trying to one-up each other.
- From Takimag: You don’t mess with the tsar. Putin.
- From LRC: WWI soldier’s diary. Regular readers know my line: anti-war, pro-military. WWI was unnecessary; immoral. Taki’s right: the world would have been better off if the Central Powers had won.
- From the Anti-Gnostic: Whither Christendom?
- From Mark Shea: Our Nobel Peace Prize-winning god-king murders funeral attendees and 16- and 12-year-old kids in cold blood and, surprise!, creates 40 to 60 new enemies for each person murdered. Who can fathom the mind of these foreign devils and their mysterious and unforgiving ways? Is he still boomer and SWPL Jesus? Give the prize to man’s man Putin.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Sunday, November 03, 2013
- Went to the second earliest Novus Ordo Mass at my parish for All Saints’. Not too bad. We’ve all known somebody holy but not a church celebrity and thus unlikely to be canonized. An unsung hero. All Saints’ is the closest the church comes to canonizing them. A few years ago I went to a funeral at which I really was asking the departed to pray for me. That kind of thing. Privately you may venerate anyone.
- Catafalque from All Souls’ Day; on that note, Fr Franklin Joiner on purgatory.
- It’s autumn in Pennsylvania.
- Somerville Center Antiques. A new favorite, and while you’re in Somerville, don’t miss Incogneeto. Got four ties there.
- Derb on faking sincerity.
- Modestinus on Orthodox criticism of Catholic liturgy.
- RIP Bishop John-David Schofield. From what I can tell, a fine person. I don’t know why, for all his Catholic beliefs, he remained outside the church, instead opting for a slightly less liberal Protestant denomination. My guess is it was because American Anglican high churchmen believe in what they think is Anglicanism, objecting to the papacy, as it has evolved, as a dangerous innovation. (As opposed to Episcopalianism?) Anyway, I’m grateful that Anglican churchmen somewhat like him kept something like pre-conciliar Catholic belief and practice around for me to learn, back when the official church wanted nothing to do with it. (American conservative Anglo-Catholicism tends to be pre-conciliar; British went Novus Ordo many years before it became Catholic.)