Saturday, January 22, 2011

Another local showing of The Economics of Happiness

Again in Berkeley:

February 17th, 7:00 pm - Berkeley, California
when: 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Thursday, February 17th


where: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita Avenue), Berkeley


there will be a $10 suggested donation at the door - no one turned away for lack of funds; first come, first seated.


for more information, please email the BFUU

Fr. Aidan Nichol's Homily for the ‘Primiz’ of Father Andrew Burnham

Fr Aidan Nichols OP: Homily

The Homily preached by Fr Aidan Nichols, O.P., at Fr Andrew Burnham’s mass in Oxford on Sunday, 16 January.
NPR: Reynolds Price: A Southern Writer, A Lyrical Gift

(mp3)

Reynolds Price Obituary
Charlie Rose



I hadn't heard of him until today. Is he a good representative of the Southern writing tradition?
The Nov./Dec. Gilbert Magazine at the printer!


And what an issue this one is! The October/November/December issue of Gilbert Magazine is devoted entirely to the difficult and sublime topic of Distributism. Helping us in this endeavor are a slew of guest contributors from The Distributist Review, our fellow warriors in the ongoing battle to educate people about the benefits of the practical appliction of the Catholic Church’s social doctrine, i.e., Distributism.
Joining us in this issue are David Cooney, Bill Powell, Donald P. Goodman III, John Médaille, Ryan Grant, and Thomas Storck. Rounding out the roster are Dale Ahlquist, Richard Alemen, Fr. James V. Schall, and of course G.K. Chesterton himself, who invites readers, at the outset, “Let us cross-examine ourselves, as if preparing for a confessional, about exactly how much there is of anything worth calling Democracy in the welter of wealth and poverty and wage-slavery and world-wide worship of millionaires, that goes to make up the fashion and public opinion of our time.”
Rebellion: Virginia considers bill to stop DADT in National Guard

Ashley MacIsaac













Fiddle Medley, Ashley MacIsaac and Friends

I took down the Sleepy Maggie MV out of consideration for the weak.
There is this one girl I've known since she was in 2nd grade, 3 years ago.

I can't remember what brought this on, I think I said no when she asked for something, but she then said, "Sh--." She apologized quickly, but I was a bit shocked. My first reaction: who has been such a bad influence upon her? One of her friends from last year, who had attitude problems? Or her sister, who must now be in middle school or just starting high school.

She has somewhat of a bad attitude now. Sometimes she can be sarcastic in her answers, and there is not a little lack of respect towards school. Earlier this week I asked her if her teacher said anything about her class's behavior and she replied, "I don't know. I wasn't listening. She just says, 'Blah blah blah blah.'"

What is wrong with her attitude towards study? Is she just lazy? Is it a real lack of interest? Is it frustration and a lack of self-confidence because she isn't getting good grades? Or has she given up on learning because she isn't very good at it and she believes this?

This suggestion might seem wrong to a liberal, but would she better off learning a manual trade and basic life skills?

At any rate, there isn't much that I can do to change her attitude, and I wouldn't be surprised if in 5 or 6 years she's a single mom. Since when have public schools acted in loco parentis rather than bureaucratic institutions that are trying to reduce their liability?

If administration can show neglect or some other failure, how long will it take for this Oakland teacher to be fired? And will any of the parents sue the district?
Maybe the actors of The Pacific are no more mature than their peers in Hollywood, but at least they look like men, not boys. (That is probably due to deliberate casting choices?) And the material requires that some version of masculine maturity be portrayed, so one sees it in how they talk and hold themselves.

(Is it possible to compare them with the actors of Band of Brothers on this score?)
Watching the first episode of the new season of Kitchen Nightmares tonight (Hulu), I was thinking that it was good I wasn't born and raised in New York or New Jersey. I'd hate to have that accent. The grandfather who originally started the restaurant is from Spain, but both of his grandsons speak with that accent. I think one of our classmates from Christendom was from New Jersey, but she didn't have a strong accent. (Besides,  her friendliness, cuteness, and intellectual curiosity would have made up for it.)

I don't think I could sit through an episode of Jersey Shore, because of the accent alone.



SnookTV
Snookie



CBS cast interview

Speech Therapy (which suggests Speech Accent Archive and Atlas of North American English)

Medal of Honor for Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller


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I didn't post a video of the White House ceremony last October.

Army page
Washington Post article and video

Some other videos:





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CNN story

Kirkpatrick Sale on the Growth of the State

"Small is Bountfil: The Secession Solution" was published in the October 2010 issue of Chronicles.

There have been four major periods of great state consolidation and enlargement in the last thousand years. The first (1150 to 1300) came with the establishment of royal dynasties, which replaced medieval baronies and city-states in England, Aquitaine, Sicily, Aragon, and Castile. This resulted in rampant inflation of nearly 400 percent and almost incessant wars, with increasing battle casualties from a few hundred to more than a million.


The second (1525 to 1650) involved the consolidation of national power through standing armies, royal taxation, central banks, civilian bureaucracies, and established state religions. Inflation rose to more than 700 percent in just 125 years. There was also an unprecedented expansion of wars, a war intensity seven times greater than anything Europe had seen before, with casualties increasing to as many as eight million, perhaps five million in the Thirty Years War alone.


Third, from 1775 to 1815, the period of modern state government in most of Europe, including national police forces, conscripted armies, and centralized power a la the Napoleonic Code, inflation rose over 250 percent in just 40 years, and war casualties amounted to 15 million (perhaps 5 million during the Napoleonic Wars).


Finally, from 1910 to 1970, all European states consolidated and expanded power, resulting in the worst depression in history and inflation of 1,400 percent, not to mention the two most ruinous wars in all human history, which contributed to casualties, mostly deaths, of 100 million or more.
It appears that his focus is primarily on Western European. How do the Byzantine Empire and non-Christian empires that did not survive the modern Western powers fit into this historical analysis? To what degree did they become centralized in their later years?

You can find a version of the article at LRC.
Guardian: Retuning the brain may cure tinnitus, finds study

Jennifer Lopez - On the Floor (Marie Digby cover)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Would rationing be enough?

If Britain starts fuel rationing, could US be next? by Erik Curren (EB)

Would those with long commutes be able to adjust in time? How would the mass transfer of residences be facilitated?
William Oddie, The call for a new Syllabus of Errors, this time on Vatican II, should be heeded (via Fr. Z)

The text of the address by Bishop Athanasius Schneider (via Fr. Z and Rorate Caeli)

If such a syllabus were to come out, I do not think it would be issued before negotiations with the SSPX ended?
A comment over at The Spearhead:

Life: An Ongoing Journey from Passage to Passage
Today…rites of passage are almost extinct. Boys [or girls] lack clear markers on their journey to becoming a man [or woman]. If you ask them when the transition occurs, you will get a variety of answers: “”When you get a car,” “When you graduate from college,” “When you get a real job,” “When you lose your virginity,” “When you get married, “When you have a kid,” and so on. The problem with many of these traditional rites of passage is that they have been put off further and further in a young man’s life. 50 years ago the average age an American man started a family was 22. Today, men [and women] …. are getting married and having kids later in life. With these traditional rites of passage increasingly being delayed, many men [and women] are left feeling stuck between [childhood] and [adulthood]. College? Fewer men are graduating. And many that do “boomerang” back home again, spending another few years figuring out what the next step in their life should be. As traditional rites of passage have become fuzzier, young men are plagued with a sense of being adrift. _ArtofManliness

The long transition from the incompetence of infancy to the competence of a skilled, well-rounded, and confident adulthood, should provide many opportunities for acquiring personal competence and for discovering one’s own pace and direction of discovery and mastery over challenges. If a society — such as ours — is profoundly neglectful and negligent in providing for these successive rites and opportunities for competency acquisition, it will be rewarded with lifelong adolescents who lack both competency and confidence.

Although it may never be too late to have a happy childhood, it may be too late to learn competencies at your peak learning window. That is a pity, but only one of many, and not to be cried over. The lesson to be learned from it is to not repeat the same mistake for your students, children, or grandchildren.

If you are 30 or 40 years old and still trying to find your “vision quest” or “rite of passage”, you have been ill treated by well-meaning parents and society. Do what you can to make up for it in yourself, but try not to perpetuate the crime on future generations.

Baby birds have to first crack their way out of their hard shells. Then they have to learn to leave the nest without killing themselves. They have to learn to fly, feed, survive. Then they must find mates, raise their young, migrate with the seasons, over and over again.

Modern humans of affluent societies wish to spare their young from all of those difficulties. That is the worst thing they could do. Modern college professors too often tell students what to think rather than preparing them to competently mind-wrestle all comers. Such indoctrination — a hallmark of a modern university education — is likewise the worst possible approach. And so it goes, as government takes the place of parents and schools, creating an artificial layer of regulation and “protection” around the citizen.

As new generations of incompetents work their way further into the control rooms of government and society, expect things to get harder for almost everyone. These are the times when you want maximum competence for yourself and those around you.
Labels: competence, rite of passage

POSTED BY AL FIN AT 12:54 AM 0 COMMENTS LINKS TO THIS POST 1/19/2011

Originally posted as a comment to The Art of Manliness?

See also Coming of Age: The Importance of Male Rites of Passage.

Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) - Bonjour mon coeur

¿CON QUÉ LA LAVARÉ? - Juan Vásquez (c.1510 - desp.1560)

Organum: Alleluia - Inter natos mulierum

California, the Moral Cesspool

VFR: OAKLAND TEACHER ALLOWED 2ND GRADERS TO ENGAGE IN SEX ACTS IN CLASS--LIBERALS ARE "SHOCKED"
If Britain starts fuel rationing, could US be next? by Erik Curren

River City Bluegrass Festival 2011 Jam "Big Sciota"



(via Northern Departure's FB)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Paul Greenberg on Robert E. Lee

Shattered Glass: On Lee's birthday, 2011
Lee and the Lingering South

(via JV)

HitFlix feature on Carter Burwell

Watch: Carter Burwell settles the score in 'True Grit'



His website.

Discuss Localization

A forum for those in the SF Bay Area interested in...

Let's go to Russia...

Pravda: Religious women more successful in love than big city girls (via John Médaille)

It is difficult for me to tell if the woman who wrote this was completely serious.

Post Carbon Institute: The NEW Oil Age Poster (Dec 2010) now available

more info

Paper Airplane



Alison Krauss

A bit late...

via Schola Amicorum's FB--CBC.ca: Concerts On Demand: Nöel Première - Canada's First Carol


Misc: I still haven't visited Mary Immaculate of Lourdes.
The Huffington Post: Facebook Unveils Email Addresses, New Messaging Features

Interview with Merideth Sisco

No Depression: Interview: Merideth Sisco Discusses The "Winter's Bone" Soundtrack & The Music Of The Ozarks





Winter's Bone
Capone talks with director Debra Granik about the chilling Winter's Bone

Related:


Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School by Adam Ruben (via Dr. Helen)

Google Books

The author reads an excerpt.

Now You Know Media

Trying to cash in on the CD market for Catholics, this company sells lectures by "America's Leading Catholic Professors." Well I haven't really heard of any of them, so they are well-known to whom, exactly? See, for example, this on Fr. Donald Goergen, O.P. Other authors include Fr. John Baldovin, S.J. of Boston College. and Fr. Donald Senior of the Catholic Theological Union. The media company has a blog -- nothing objectionable that I can see, but I didn't dig deeply. When you're unfamiliar with a teacher, his name and reputation are important, and if he isn't mentioned by anyone you respect as an dependable or orthodox authority, you have to wonder if he is worth listening to. Who has time to examine every author? The information provided for various CDs leads me to believe that many of the authors are of dubious orthodoxy, and this would reflect poorly on the company. If these authors actually aren't heterodox, they should have done a better job of advertising/describing their lectures.

You're going to have to do better than that, if you want some of my money. How many Uhmerican Catholics would be willing to spend their money on their CDs in this economy? (I don't know how EWTN is faring, but I suspect the network is still receiving donations.) I've already reeived 2 catalogs from the company. I wonder whose mailing list they bought to get my address.

Dr. Ed Peters continues

Addressing questions on clerical continence requires attention to Holy Orders as well as to Matrimony
Four options regarding continence and married clergy in the West (the longer version)

Of course there are those Vox Novatians who have their own understanding of his arguments and his main points. Strawman, anyone? Then there are their guesses about his motivations (and character). They could get a better idea of what he is arguing from "Four Options" ("I think it very important, both for the operation of law and for the stability of the faith community, that such a complete change in clerical practice be formally recognized in law if it is genuine, or be reasonably but firmly removed from practice if it is not. . . .") and his blog posts, and by re-reading his original paper.

Kudos to Dr. Peters for attempting to discuss this civilly over at that website. What they need is not arguments but grace. Equating attention to canon law and advocacy for its coherence is not "legalism."

As for there being different theological anthropologies, which in turn give rise to different clerical disciplines...

"How do your actions look in the light of eternity?"

One might think that one's daily actions are usually insignificant, but actually, they can be very powerful. How one understands eternity is what makes the difference -- does one live in an universe in which nothing is permanent and abiding except the material universe itself, or does participate in the Eternal God through grace?

What do atheists really have to look forward to? Everyone dies, so do good actions really matter in the long run? How many avoid the temptation of the life of virtue to abandon it for an easier cost-benefit analysis of action?

Modern Uhmerican Womyn

Hawaiian Libertarian, in Women Aren't What They Used to Be, links to Proverb 28: Women Can Age Beautifully (Caution! Language!). And then there is Mormon Woman Reflects on Virginity, Exposes Truth about American Men.

The Elusive Wapiti on the impact of feminism on Christian women: Feminism In The Body, Part 1.

More of Alasdair Fraser





If a woman says she wants to have a career, why marry her just on the possibility that she may change her mind when under the influence of oxytocin? If she is committed to the view that her happiness is dependent upon being a modern career woman, what could one possibly say to persuade her to reconsider? Wouldn't it be better to check her attitude at the beginning, rather than waiting until later?

Fr. Z: The Instruction for SP is Coming

The Instruction concerning Summorum Pontificum

Here in San Jose at least, the EF is restricted to the Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Sunday sung Mass was  celebrated at Five Wounds but it was discontinued because of opposition among some at the parish. So now the EF "community" is back to having 4 very packed Masses at the Oratory. (Or so I imagine.) I am thinking that having more Masses leads to a loss of community, even if people regularly attend one Mass rather than another and may socialize with other regulars after Mass. Hence, some friendships may be formed, but it will be difficult to promote life of the community as a whole.

The current policy may also strengthen the service station mentality of some Catholics with regards to the liturgy and the reception of the sacraments, as well as the lack of integration with OF Catholics. (Though it is clear that the use of an OF parish does not mean that there will be no conflict.) Making the liturgy and  the sacraments available in the EF is not enough -- a bishop should be concerned with strengthening the local Church through the building of community. It seems to me that it may be better for there to be EF communities spread out in the diocese, ideally served by the local parish priest (in accordance with SP). (Though I imagine someone could appeal to the low level of interest in parishes as evidence of the absence of a stable group.)

But the American bishops really seem unaware that the urban/suburban model of the large parish is inadequate as a locus for the practice of charity among Catholics. But I could be wrong--there may be a USCCB document somewhere discussing this problem.
Microcredit: The good, the bad, and the ugly by David Korten

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Captain Andrew Haldane


(source)

He seemed like a very good officer...

Bio at HBO
Haldane's spirit lives among us
Arlington Cemetary

Captain Andrew Haldane as remembered by R.V. Burgin


Plus:








The Archdruid Report: The Onset of Catabolic Collapse

The Archdruid Report: The Onset of Catabolic Collapse: "I’ve commented more than once in these essays on the gap in perception between history as it appears in textbooks and history as it’s lived ..."

See his original paper too.

More from Ed Peters

Debating complex points of law is hard enough; having to repudiate false quotations is too much (via Pertinacious Papist)

As one might expect, Dr. Peters has written quite a few other responses to those who have raised objections to his article, including:
Some thoughts on Dcn. Ditewig's comments on diaconal continence
The difference between personal status and the objective requirements of law

Sandro Magister on the latest with the Neocatechumenal Way

In Japan, Kiko's Way Doesn't Fly (via the Western Confucian)

He answers one of the questions I had concerning the vote -- the Japanese bishops were unanimous:

But there are also many bishops who have been annoyed by the Way, after seeing it at work in their territory. For example, the bishops of Japan.


On December 15, 2007, on the "ad limina" visit to the pope, their president at the time, Tokyo archbishop Peter Takeo Okada, told Benedict XVI that "the powerful sect-like activity of Way members is divisive and confrontational. It has caused sharp, painful division and strife within the Church."


The Japanese bishops were demanding the closure of the seminary that the Way had opened in 1990 in the diocese of Takamatsu. The Way put up resistance. In 2008, the bishops had to go to Rome twice to plead their case. Vatican secretary of state Tarcisio Bertone studied the question, and agreed with the bishops. Within the year, the seminarians and their rector would have to move to Rome.


But the members of the Way present in Japan did not accept the matter peacefully. The bishop of Takamatsu, Francis Osamu Mizobe, wrote them a letter complaining that they celebrated separate liturgies, and asking them to obey the dioceses instead of their leaders.


From Rome, the congregation for the evangelization of peoples sent to Japan an inspector favorable toward the Way, Javier Sotil Vaios Espiriceta. The inspection took place between March 20 and 25, 2009. But nothing came of it.


So much so that in 2010, the Japanese bishops came to a unanimous decision to end it. At the beginning of Advent, they made public their decision to suspend the presence of the Way in the whole country for five years.

Some believe that the Neocatechumenal Way is being protected because it is perceived to be an orthodox movement. How many members of the Neocatechumenal Way are there in Japan? How many converts has it made? I don't know with certainty what the spiritual health of the Japanese Church is like, but I have the impression that the percentage of Catholics relative to the the total population in Japan has stayed the same or decreased, and they are located primarily in the areas that were first evangelized many centuries ago. So is the Neocatechumenal Way making new converts, or is it just gaining members among those who are already Catholic? And if that is the case, what is it about the Neocatechumenal Way that is so attractive? (Perhaps that need is something the Japanese bishops should address, instead of relying upon contemporary Jesuits for pastoral theology.)

The Higher Education Scam, Quantified

An epidemic of ignorance by Dave Cohen (EB)

Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

Inside Higher Ed
NYTimes blog
From a comment at Rorate Caeli:

The eminent Italian scholar, Father Enrico Zoffoli - a Passionist - studied the NCW
extensively and wrote about his findings. His conclusion was: the basis of the Neocatechumenate is heretical. He called the NCW 'A Fearful Danger to the Faith'.


One of his most important works on the subject is 'Eresie del movimento neocatecumenale', quinta edizione migliorata e arricchita di nuove sconcertanti testimonianze, ed. Segno, Udine, 1992 (Heresies of the Neocatechumenals).
A later work was 'Verità sul Cammino Neocatecumenale'. Testimonianze e documenti, ed. Segno, Udine, 1996


Fr. Zoffoli taught at the Lateran University and was a member of the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas. He was the author of numerous works of theology, philosophy and lives of the saints. His masterly 1400 page exposition of Catholic theology 'Christianesimo: Corso di Teologia Catholica' was published in 1994 to wide critical acclaim.


To examine Fr. Zoffoli's abundant credentials go to


http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Zoffoli
NLM: Q Sings Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories
BY BR LAWRENCE LEW, O.P.

The group's MySpace.

Discussion of the CD at Musica Sacra Forum.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Helena Norberg-Hodge Lecture on Local Knowledge and Sustainable Development

Prompted by the Western Confucian's link to his review of her talk given in S. Korea two years ago, I went to youtube to see what videos were available and found these:





Lessons from Ladakh
Part 1, 2, 3

L'Angelus, "Au Ciel"



(via Jeff Culbreath)

official website
CD Baby



Tonight's episode of NCIS dealt with same-sex attraction and as you might expect, DADT and homosexuals in the military came up, and it was clear with sort of message the show was trying to get out there. Was the show completed before the so-called repeal of DADT?

More temptation to just surrender and be "nice" and say SSA is "ok" and homosexuality just another "expression" of "love."

Bob Newhart was a special guest, and I suppose he was there to help us remember those who suffer from Alzheimer's.
Gareth Porter, 50 Years After Ike's Speech: From Military-Industrial Complex to Permanent War State
Andrew Cockburn, Pentagon Ecstatic Over New Chinese "Threat"
Rorate Caeli: Benedict XVI: Neocatechumenal Way is "a particular gift aroused by the Holy Spirit"

Mr. Palad writes, "By the way, I don't think any bishop will dare ban the NCW from his diocese after this speech. CAP."

Benedict XVI's Address to Neocatechumenal Way

Monday, January 17, 2011

Women at Sandhurst

No Male Officer Cadets Allowed

Sandhurst

The Dylan Ratigan Show: The Economics of Happiness

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


The Economics of Happiness

Underground Wellness interview with Gary Taubes

UW

Apparently the debate continues

Some Thoughts on Point Shooting By Roger Phillips
Harmonia: Music of the Americas with the Boston Camerata
By BERNARD GORDILLO

(mp3)
GI Jane And the End of Conservatism by James Kirkpatrick Comments Print
Gear Scout: Glock gives the G26, G27 and G35 the Gen4 treatment

New Melleray Abbey

Personalized, custom wooden caskets made by Trappist Monks (via RA)

The above has link to Compline -- Sarge, what's up with the guitar stuff?

New Melleray Abbey
Trappist Caskets



New Melleray Abbey: A Unique Iowa Retreat with Monks
Visit a Trappist Moastery in Peosta, Iowa

Some thoughts on the oxytocin research

This is written with reference to this post.

I don't have full access to the study, so I don't know if these questions are addressed; I can only rely on the NYT article. It would appear that oxytocin does not create preference, it merely enhances or facilitates its expression (or lowers inhibitions to expressing it)? Are the preferences themselves being interpreted correctly? Do the researches take into account how assumptions or judgments concerning identity are made? How do we judge who belongs to the in-group and who belongs to the out-group? (What would have happened if pictures were shown along with the names? And if the faces shown went against one's expectations? An Arab with a Dutch last name, for instance.) The researchers relied on the subject's presumptions about ethnicity/nationality filling in the blanks in information.

It may be that the subjects have not be so indoctrinated that they still hold on to "innate" preferences. But how many of them refused to make decisions based on the lack of information? If I were a test subject and I was asked to pick someone to sacrifice based on the last name, I could walk away from the test because I found the moral dilemmas poorly constructed. Or I could stay and be bound by the limitations of the tests (and the researchers). If I choose to withhold judgment, I could be a poor test subject, and yet just because I respond (quickly or slowly, it doesn't matter), it doesn't mean that my response is untutored, "natural" instinct or emotion. I could be reacting with bias or bigotry. My preference may even be "moral."

The point is, I don't think one's determination about who is in the in-group and who is not is based on sense data alone--there is more to it, and it involves judgment, an act of the intellect. I don't think membership is reducible to "who looks like one of us" but why shouldn't that be considered as well? That way we get a better idea of the interplay between instinct, emotion, and understanding in the forming of group identity. But I guess that might take us too far from the original point of the research, which was to look at the effect of oxytocin.
Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism (via Mirror of Justice)

This is probably more a project inspired by Robert P. George than the Straussians, but the effect is the same, especially when you see that Lincoln is held as an exemplar of American Constitutionalism. Can natural rights be rehabilitated so that the concept is palatable to paleos and traditional conservatives? Perhaps, but it is unlikely to be done here. Show me Robert George endorsing an authentic understanding of American Federalism and maybe I'll change my mind.

Female Peace Corps volunteers raped and sexually assaulted

Bill Luse, Putting Our Women in Harm's Way

There is also this post at VFR.
No peak oil yet? The limits of the Hubbert model by Ugo Bardi, The Oil Drum (EB)


The frontier economy and the culture of monotony (EB)
by Jim Bannon
Leon Podles, Santo Subito? (via Life After RC)

May is still far away... who knows what could happen then. And iirc, beatification is not guaranteed to be infallible, unlike canonization.

Holiness cannot be separated from the concrete exercise of the virtues and the fulfilling of one's duties, according to one's role and function in Creation.
This afternoon while I was in my carb-induced food coma, an older women rapped on the car window and asked if I could give her some money for gas. Apparently her car ran out of gas and she was stuck in SF with her daughters. The car was parked in Civic Center, near City Hall and the SF Library. She told me she could pay me back, and that she was starting work tomorrow (at Chipotle?), and she gave me her name and so on. She said $10 would probably be enough for gas, to get her to where she needed to go. I wasn't sure if she was going back to Kansas, or if she had moved out here recently. I was still a bit groggy; I did give her some money, but I didn't ask her for any details (to determine the truth). Afterwards though I was thinking about whether her story was plausible or not.

A blog post by Dr. Peters on the diaconate and celibacy

Dr. Ed Peters, Why Canon 277 § 3 does not allow bishops to exempt clerics from the obligation of continence (via Fr. Z)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Jeff Culbreath, Co-Ed America

"Permanent deacons are deacons."

Pertinacious Papist passes on some links concerning a thesis put forth by Dr. Edward Peters regarding the obligation to celibacy for all deacons. If the thesis is correct and the obligation is restated, that would close the "cheat" for Catholic men who are tempted to seek the "best of both worlds."

"I Am Strong" - The Grascals with Dolly Parton

A dramatic shift in the peak oil discussion: "You don't have to take my word for it"
Kurt Cobb, Resource Insights (EB)

Two interviews with Andrew Bacevich

The Semantics of Semiwar
Foreign Policy in Focus

Some youtube clips:




Poster boy for the Republican Party

This morning the repeat of Hannity featured a short interview with Donald Trump -- I caught only 5 minutes of it or so, but he did say he was seriously considering a run for the president as, you guessed it, a Republican, proclaiming something like, "I've always been a conservative Republican." I could be wrong about the use of the word conservative as an adjective, but I think it would be fitting if Donald Trump ran. Who else could better represent the historical nature of the Republican party? He is prevented by election laws from making an official announcement until after the next season of Celebrity Apprentice ends, which will be some time in June.
Fr. Augustine celebrated Mass today; I enjoyed his homily, a discussion of sacrifice and why Christ is called the Lamb of God rather than the Goat of God. (He claims that in Aramaic the word for lamb is a pun, which sounds similar to the word for servant.) He talked about differences between the Protestant and Catholic conceptions of atonement and salvation. It was a good homily, and that is why I usually like listening to Dominicans preach. If only more priests would give learned homilies like that. I don't know when he will be back again, but I'd like to be there when he comes. But next week I may attend the Sunday liturgy for the community of St. Basil the Great, which takes place at nearby St. Albert the Great. KM is still in town, which surprised me. I guess the Spring term hasn't started yet?

More on the Anglican Ordinariate in England and Wales

Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

The ordinandi: John Charles Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham

Statement from Keith Newton, First Ordinary for the Personal Ordinariate in Great Britain
Archbishop Nichols' homily: Ordinations to the Personal Ordinariate
Decree erects first Personal Ordinariate

(links via The Papal Visit to the UK FB page)

Ordinariate Portal has official statements, including one by the head of the CDF, Cardinal Levada.

Photos (via Atonement Online, same link posted at NLM)


Kelley Vlahos interviews Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer

Kelley B. Vlahos, Lt. Col Shaffer vs. the Pentagon
An interview with the embattled author of Operation Dark Heart

Hayley Westenra, "Down to the River to Pray"



Down In The River To Pray - THE KEANETTES
Dmitry Orlov: Social Collapse Best Practices

Good for Food Month

website and schedule of events