Friday, June 22, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Women must continue to be promoted, he said, in Vatican roles.
Lack of unity among Christians is not only ‘openly contrary to the will of Christ,’ but is also ‘a scandal to the world and harms the most holy of causes: the preaching of the Gospel to every creature,’ Francis said June 21.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
I’m not sure when last you heard a Hollywood A-lister tell people to pray, because it’s good for their souls, or that grace will make up for their imperfections. Don’t we all need to hear this?
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Is CNA just doing "neutral, objective" reporting? Or is it complicit in advancing a certain agenda?
Eastern Catholic bishops should withdraw their participation from the synod and stop aiding in the illusion that it is a synod of the Church Universal. Leave it to the patriarchate of Rome to sort out the mess.
Were Robert E. Lee and the Confederates “traitors” who violated their oaths to the Constitution and attempted to destroy the American nation? Or, were they defenders of that Constitution and of Western Christian civilization? Over… »
Monday, June 18, 2018
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” —Revelation… »
Is Secession Treason? by Brion McClanahan
Southern Cultural Genocide by Philip Leigh
Austin Ruse: Robert George Says Believe James Martin
About to depart for the @HdxAcademy conference. Can barely contain my excitement. Looking forward to hearing brave, truth-telling scholars from across the political spectrum whom I greatly admire. Can't shake the sense that this conference is going to change the game. #thisisbig— Robert P. George (@McCormickProf) June 14, 2018
From commencement remarks I offered recently at the Mount Academy of the Bruderhof community and the Wilberforce School in Princeton. My speech at the Mount Academy was given on the 40th anniversary of Solzhenitsyn's commencement address at Harvard. https://t.co/XzhmOL8XJY— Robert P. George (@McCormickProf) June 11, 2018
I love teaching at a co-ed university. It's great to have both male and female students, and to have them together in class. But that should be one option and the other should also be available to young men and women. Neither is necessarily better or worse. Just different. https://t.co/LCKONd3XGL— Robert P. George (@McCormickProf) June 6, 2018
This is how academics usually roll: operators posing as moderates who are of the center.
The day of the Catholic academic taking for granted a role as a member of the Catholic intellectual leadership is coming to an end.
Is there any "New Natural Lawyer" who isn't a liberal and a civic nationalist, and thus a useful idiot for the state?
It should not be necessary to say this, but even Roman Catholics can be cuckservatives.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
A Podcast on Communism's revival as a great pink blancmange of political correctness and sexual revolution
MoJ: A note about the Georgetown conference on "polarization" in the Church
I was scheduled to attend, but then -- unexpectedly, and to my regret -- had to miss, the recent conference at Georgetown, "Overcoming Polarization in a Divided Nation Through Catholic Social Thought." (Learn more about the conference, and watch some... more »
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Fr. Justin Brophy on "The Practice of Catholicism and Modern Identity." Rick Garnett at Mirror of Justice
In Notre Dame's (excellent) Church Life Journal is an essay by my former student, Fr. Justin Brophy, O.P., called "The Practice of Catholicism and Modern Identity." Here's a taste: We are products of our zeitgeist more than we sometimes understand... more »
Murray, "The Return to Tribalism" Rick Garnett at Mirror of Justice
I recently read both Patrick Deneen's Why Liberalism Failed and Jonah Goldberg's The Suicide of the West. Good times. In the latter, I came across mention of a John Courtney Murray piece that I'd read before but forgotten. It's called... more »
More than half of Millennials expect to be millionaires someday
Monday, June 11, 2018
The last time we had been in Houston, arranging for the move, we talked to a little Indian man who was working at a truck-rental outlet. He said he had previously worked as a welfare inspector, so I asked what he had inspected, and he told us: He was supposed to investigate Medicaid and food-stamp fraud.
I nodded at him. Is that so?
Yes, it’s so—as a matter of fact, that’s all there was. Fraud, he meant. His supervisor told him he was investigating far too much. He was told not to look so closely. As a matter of plain fact, he was told, don’t really look at all. Since he was an honest man, he quit. And he landed at the truck-rental place, where he said another guy who worked there—a young guy, also from India, according to the little man—only wanted to work so many hours a week, not too much.
Is that so?
It’s so—it’s because he wants to keep up his qualification for food stamps. The little man nodded knowingly, raised his eyebrows, and said, “And you know who is paying for that, yes?” and we both said, yes, we know. And he nodded knowingly again. I heard a police siren in the distance.
As we walked out, without feeling any personal hostility for that particular little Indian man, I thought that, as praiseworthy as his attitude was, an American could be holding down the job he had. According to “conservatives” of a certain persuasion, he’s probably a better “American” than a lot of real Americans, since he’s “hard working” (he will work for less), and he’s for “welfare reform,” and, anyway, he’s not white, so there, we “true conservatives” are not “racists,” which is the worst thing anyone can be or be accused of, which is the same thing.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Marlow White: Pinks & Greens Information
Changes to Army’s ‘Pinks and Greens’ Will Make it the Best Uniform Ever by Eric Milzarski, We Are The Mighty
Saturday, June 09, 2018
Friday, June 08, 2018
Thursday, June 07, 2018
This part is objectionable:
"though the public arena should ultimately be placed in the service of hearth and home, rather than hearth and home merely supplying a temporary haven of relief from the arena."
Is the community or the common good or the "public arena," the domain of men and their fraternal cooperation, subordinate to the good of the household? Or is the good of the household part of the common good?
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Our culture has, of late, become rather fixated on the idea that every historical figure in our past should have anticipated how moral worldviews would evolve after his or her death. Now, clearly, this is… »
I’ve always been fascinated by those tricky slogans politicians and social activists use to dupe the public. These cleverly crafted catchphrases are short, simple, easily understood and tend to stick with people. A currently popular… »
Related: Boyd Cathey, Defending the Monuments
Monday, June 04, 2018
Archeologist spends over 35 years building enormous scale model of Ancient Rome. Scale 1:250. Most of it is based on the Forma Urbis, a huge marble topographical plan made during the empire of Septimius Severus. pic.twitter.com/CVmoOgwktJ— Marina Amaral (@marinamaral2) June 4, 2018
The plaster model was created by archaeologist Italo Gismondi, who worked on the piece throughout his life. pic.twitter.com/7pOW4Qb5Xb— Marina Amaral (@marinamaral2) June 4, 2018
Sunday, June 03, 2018
Saturday, June 02, 2018
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
An International Christian Confederation by Rod Dreher -- the full strategy page
So do they concede areas that are still culturally Catholic to the enemy? And do they have the wrong answer for the JQ?
Monday, May 28, 2018
On Memorial Day, Getting Beyond ‘Thank You For Your Service’ by John Q. Bolton
What veterans need is an engaged public—one that even scrutinizes the military, and the policies that send them overseas.
Why You Should Read These Military Classics by Andrew Bacevich
They tell us much about service life and futile imperial adventures.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Friday, May 25, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Monday, May 21, 2018
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Friday, May 18, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018
‘English Only’ is a Distraction, Not a Solution by Paul Gottfried
We all care about American culture. But forcing people to speak our language isn’t the way to preserve it.
Wellstone, Wolfe, and America’s identity-politics future
Farewell, Tom Wolfe
The great American journalist has died at 88
Tom Wolfe’s Tribalist America by Matt Purple
Remembering the late great reporter-novelist who ventured into our mists and foresaw our present crisis.
What exactly does it mean to be a Southerner in the 21st Century? Is it spending countless hours finding out who your Confederate ancestor is and joining up with the local Sons of Confederate Veterans?… »
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
A consideration of The Right Stuff is an especially fitting way to remember Wolfe: it is a portrayal of Stoic manliness, reasserting human dignity in the face of political crises and technological changes.
“I like to say that I was not ordained to be irrelevant,” says Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island. “The Church, and bishops in particular, have a prophetic role.”
Secularism gets the blame, but how about the infiltration of heresy (like liberalism and feminism) into the Church? No mention of how the Church has become feminized and men have been emasculated, while any sense of community has been destroyed from without but also from within.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Mel Bradford has argued that no individual has exerted more influence upon the development of a profession of letters this century in the South than Donald Davidson. The poet, essayist, and social critic is well… »
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Monday, May 07, 2018
The joylessness of materialist sex
Want to know why we failed in Afghanistan? Ask a soldier who was tasked with solving everything.
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Friday, May 04, 2018
No discussion of Southern conservatism, its history and its relationship to what is termed broadly the “American conservative movement” would be complete without an examination of events that have transpired over the past fifty years… »
Thursday, May 03, 2018
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
A Time Of Tribalism by Rod Dreher
Someone should do a write-up on the empowered, high-achieving Asian female and her marriage to a presumably milquetoast Pharisee.
Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations
Mr. Baskerville overestimates the power of the Latin churches. The Latin churches, severely compromised on issues such as gun control, feminism, multiculturalism, egalitarianism, immigration, and statism, can offer no resistance to the attacks of the state on other issues. They have been too complicit too long in the state's destruction of traditional norms.
Is NCReg sorry to have hired Simcha Fisher now? Catholic men have been too nice and the problem of entryism has taken hold in all of their institutions.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Carlson gives some good reasons for thinking that the state will not allow alternative communities to exist in peace but will eventually attempt to repress or impose leftist controls on them. But then the alternatives Carlson offers would seem to require an even broader scale to be successful. How can these be alternatives if they are even less likely?
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Friday, April 27, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Once my wife and I were shown a house we were thinking of renting. As we walked through it with the agent, we could see that the family living there at the time were very conservative homeschooling Catholics. You could tell by the art on the wall and the books on their shelves. Normally this would have encouraged me, but the more time we spent at the house, the more the place struck me as a factory for manufacturing either totally docile conformists, or anti-Christian rebels. The parents seemed to take the moral and spiritual formation of their children seriously, but also seemed to think that the only way to form faithful Catholic children is to keep them from seeing, reading, or listening to anything that’s not the product of an extremely narrow, rigid, dessicated, and sentimental piety.
They created a “safe space” for their children, but I doubt very much that they created a “good space,” in the sense of a space in which the kids could refine their human desires and learn how to guide them to good ends — this, as opposed to learning how to deny those desires entirely. Goodness is not the absence of sin any more than peace is the absence of war. Brave New World presents not the same kind of dystopia as 1984, but it still depicts an inhuman tyranny.
Are there homeschooling families who are not raising their children properly and are sheltering them too much? Probably. But is it so easy to tell from their home, as opposed to the behavior?
This essay attempts to supplement the Benedict Option with the writings of Benedictine priest and liturgist Virgil Michel: How Can Catholicism’s Truth Be Known if Believers Build Walls Around Themselves? by John Sikorski
Michel emphasizes that charity and the liturgy should transform the world. But how is this to be done? There are insufficient details in the essay.
How did Michel envision the spirit of Christian justice and charity, sustained in the mystical body’s corporate act of worship, to be applied in “modern practical life”? Rather than taking an institutional or structural approach, as did other Catholic social ethicists of the twentieth century, such as Msgr. John Ryan (1869-1945) and Fr. Charles Coughlin (1891-1879), Michel begins with the liturgically-formed person, who while a member of civil society, is also first a member of the Church, and exists subject to the different orders (ecclesial, political, social, domestic) in the one providential ordering of God. Indeed, given his influence on Dorothy Day (1897-1980) and the Catholic Worker movement, which certainly espoused a vision of social renewal based on the personalist philosophy of Peter Maurin (1877-1949), and Michel’s influence on other social reformers and friends such as Baroness Catherine de Hueck Doherty (1896-1985), one might argue that Michel’s approach is anti-institutional. If he was amenable to institutional reform, it would be a form of solidarism or corporatism, perhaps such as that articulated by Heinrich Pesch, SJ (1854-1926) and the German school of Catholic social thought, or the vision of the Central Catholic Verein in Saint Louis, which drew upon the German school.
Is there really one order as he and other Catholics believe? Or is the state something new to the experience of the Church? What assumptions from the disorder caused by the industrial capitalist state have been assumed? In same ways Michel can be seen as a proto-feminist and SJW, and St. John's Abbey can be said to be following in his footsteps.
Michel argues that such families and parishes can be citadels of Christian culture radiating into their neighborhoods, ones in which the liturgical life extended into daily life forms the center of social, cultural, spiritual, educational, and recreational life. Practically, Michel argues that these roles find concrete expression in the “works of mercy administered to the needy and the poor,” since we have “at times been guilty, all of us, of an . . . alienation of the toiling masses.”
This may be the ideal, but how much of it is practiced today, or even practicable, given the real divisions that exist in identity and viewpoint?
He criticized some Catholic thinkers as having “lived entirely in the past,” and who easily dismissed non-Catholic thought and labeled it as “pantheistic, idealistic, hedonist, materialist, etc.” How were non-believers supposed to see any truth in the Catholic intellectual tradition if “we are actually building a wall around ourselves and closing to them all avenues of approach”? The liturgically formed Christian, we might say, sees all people as potential members of the body of Christ, as those for whom Christ has also died, and seeks to encounter them in the truth by engaging them on an equal level.
What is the value of dialogue if there is no concrete witness to back it up, or entangling of lives? Do academics with contrasting viewpoints socialize outside of their daytime job?
However, in contrast to the “antipolitical” politics (as proposed by Dreher), Michel saw the need for active political and social engagement. Like a true Thomist, Michel recognizes the importance of making important distinctions between the eternal and timeless principles, safeguarded by the Church, and contingent, context-dependent realities. Although the natural and the supernatural orders could not be identified, they remained interrelated, and Michel saw clearly how the natural political, social, and economic order affected the supernatural, and believed, following Pius XI, that what was needed was not only a change of spirit among Christians, but also of institutions.
Can Catholics be successful in co-opting a party platform or advancing their own candidates? If not, then what sort of "politics" is possible?
What is needed today is the living of a saintly life that shows the “world how the daily routine and concerns of life can be raised to the supernatural and so sanctified,” and this is the “type of sanctity . . . needed in our day.
Again, what sort of witness is possible in the modern nation-state?
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
Shania Twain on abuse, betrayal and finding her voice: ‘I wanted a break – but not for 15 years’
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018
CNA: Spiritual Guidance Belongs in Politics, Bishop Tobin Says
Friday, April 20, 2018
At first glance, the father has a passing resemblance to the dad in Calvin & Hobbes. But he is more like a useless soyboy of now. The book is supposed to be a humorous role reversal written by a man, with the dad experiencing worrysickness instead of the child or the mom; but the book makes both the character and the author look like cucks. If the father can't model courage in trying good new things (let's assume for the moment that public education is a good thing), then from whom is his boy supposed to learn it from? Of course, the mom.
The book is supposed to foster father-son bonding through reading and so that is probably the reason why the mom is absent in the story; I doubt the dad is divorced 9he wouldn't get custody). More likely the mom character is a careerist modern gal.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Catholic feminism, regular or lite? If it is being endorsed by X...
When the website quotes Susan B. Anthony, what could possibly go wrong?
"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations, can never effect a reform. -Susan B. Anthony"
Essayist William Deresiewicz recently lamented that modern college students, and college life in general, have become “profoundly unintellectual.” The “snowflake” generation is the byproduct of educational institutionalization. Will this be on the test, and will… »
A review of Nullification and Secession in Modern Constitutional Thought. Sanford Levinson, ed. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2016. The undead walk among us still, or so asserts Sanford Levinson, the editor of an… »
A Bloodless Victory by Karen Stokes
Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, is known as the place where the “Civil War” began. The South is normally portrayed as the aggressor, the side which fired the “first shot,” and is thus given… »
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
But I also saw first-hand, there and in other communities, how Christians are tempted to ignore serious problems, thereby making them much worse.
Monday, April 16, 2018
So what is required for the efficient mining/extracting of these minerals from the ocean? How much energy would be needed?
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Show Some Faith
Afraid to Hope
A flood of disinformation
Is This the Beginning of the End for the Trump Presidency? by Boyd D. Cathey
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
Of all the presidents of the United States, none save Washington and Lincoln have inspired half so much historical writing as Thomas Jefferson. Books and articles by the score have dealt with the Sage of… »
“Conservative” writer and classicist Victor Davis Hanson hates the Confederacy and the South; he has demonstrated this repeatedly in recent years through his articles published in National Review (where he is a senior contributor) and… »
Eminent historian Dr. Clyde Wilson in one of his many books on American history expresses this sentiment about the “old-style history:” History is not an expression of abstract laws, or the record of progress. It… »
A review of I’ll Take My Stand by Twelve Southerners (LSU, 2006). In this age where the homogenization of our culture is nearly complete, thanks largely to widespread media and rampant industrialism, I’ll Take My… »
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Monday, April 09, 2018
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Saturday, April 07, 2018
Friday, April 06, 2018
Andrew Lytle’s “The Hind Tit” is the best essay in I’ll Take My Stand (1930), not only because it focuses on the small, independent farmer, the class the Agrarians most admired, but also because Lytle nails the volume’s primary thesis to the church door, the dilemma his region and nation faced in 1930—the choice between virtue and practicality.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Basically the areas over-represented fit into long held Chinese regional stereotypes. Northern beauties are tall and fair, Jiangnan cuties are feminine and cultured, Sichuan hotties are extra “spicey”. Guangdong women, and to a lesser degree Fujian are generally stereotyped in China as short, dark, and worst of all shrewish. What hits them worse than their physical shortcomings is the stereotype of them as unpleasant and demanding women prone to henpeckery.
Who Does a Guangdong Actress Have to Sleep with to Get a Break in This Town?