Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ron Paul interviews in SF

July 13, 2007 - Ron Paul KNEW interview (Fair Use)

pt. 1 Ron Paul Int..SF Chronicle Editorial Board

pt. 2 Ron Paul Int... SF Chronicle Editorial Board
pt. 3 Ron Paul Int... SF Chronicle Editorial Board
pt.4 Ron Paul Int... SF Chronicle Editorial Board

Not sure if this is the latest

video from ginagoddess

The Bonnie Blue Flag

From Gods and Generals:


The Bonnie Blue Flag
Harry MaCarthy

We are a band of brothers and native to the soil,
Fighting for the property we gained by honest toil;
And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far,
"Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star!"

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

As long as the Union was faithful to her trust,
Like friends and like brothers both kind were we and just;
But now, when Northern treachery attempts our rights to mar,
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand,
Then came Alabama, who took her by the hand;
Next quickly Mississippi, Georgia and Florida,
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Ye men of valor, gather round the banner of the right,
Texas and fair Louisiana join us in the fight;
Davis, our loved president, and Stephens statesman are,
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

And here's to old Virginia, the Old Dominion State,
Who with the young Confederacy at length has linked her fate;
Impelled by her example, now other states prepare,
To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Then cheer, boys, cheer, raise the joyous shout,
For Arkansas and North Carolina now have both gone out;
And let another rousing cheer for Tennessee be given,
The single star of the Bonnie Blue Flag has grown to be eleven.

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Then here's to our Confederacy, strong are we and brave,
Like patriots of old we'll fight our heritage to save;
And rather than submit to shame, to die we would prefer,
So cheer for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

(Source. You can hear a midi rendition of the song here as well.)


Flags, Uniforms & Insignia
Bonnie Blue Flag "Flag Of Secession"

Confederate Flags
Flags of the Confederacy

Are we blind because of our own fault?

I do think that part of the reason why young people do not have a proper sense of what the "lay" vocation is due to a loss of understanding of communal obligations and duties to others, a consequence of the loss of culture and tradition and the disintegration of community. But could it be that spiritual progress is only given to those who take the evangelical counsels seriously and return to a more simple lifestyle, ridding themselves of the consumption-ridden practices of our society as much as possible? Might it be that for us lay faithful, even those who are orthodox and well-catechized, that we seek a religion that is suited to our comfort level, and are unwilling to change our lifestyles in accordance with what may be demanded of us at this moment of time? And as a result we do not advance in becoming closer to God, even though we may go to Mass every Sunday and receive the sacraments, saying our prayers at the appointed times, and that the problems of the local Church are not only problems in themselves, but indicators of this deeper spiritual sloth plaguing the entire local Church?

While the consequences of our lifestyle may be apparent to the few, do the rest of us rest complacent in it, expecting it to continue forever, and taking offense if anyone should tell us that it is counter to reason and will exhaust itself and the communities that are addicted to it if it continues?

The Archdruid Report: The Innovation Fallacy

Roger W. Garrison, Hayekian Trade Cycle Theory: A Reappraisal

Hayekian Trade Cycle Theory: A Reappraisal

via Rolf Englund, "What has Happened to Monetarism?

Michael Shedlock, Economic Ripple Effect vs. Housing Containment Theory

Economic Ripple Effect vs. Housing Containment Theory

Marini strikes again

Fr. Z has the news.

Hyori Vidal Sassoon cfs

Lee Hyori - Vidal Sassoon CF 2 (Hyori's Morning)

alt, another

lee hyo ri's morning making

Hyori Vidal Sassoon CF

lee hyo ri vacance!!!

Lee Hyori - Interview Vidal Sassoon CF (Entertainment Relay)

Other cfs:

Hyori Lee - Anycall Slim & H CF (60 sec) [HQ]

Hyori - Hyundai Tuscon CF

Hyori Lee - Black Bean Therapy CF


Lee Hyori - Black Bean Therapy (CF) 30s

Lee Hyori - Black Bean Thera Tea (CF) 20s

Lee Hyori - Black Bean Therapy (CF) 15s

Lee Hyori - Making BBT CF

Lee Hyori - Making BBT 2 CF

[CM]李孝利LeeHyoRi----Black Bean Therapy(2)

Lee Hyori - Black Bean Thera Tea (CF) 15s

Lee Hyori - Tings (CF)

Michelle Reis videos


Healing Hearts

"Fallen Angels" MV

Shiseido pn CM-1997


L'OREAL重點去斑修護精華-香港首席狐妮李嘉欣 (MPEG2 Version)

李嘉欣 LOREAL廣告

李嘉欣 新LOREAL廣告

【經典MV】我的灰姑娘 黎明/李嘉欣 198x/4min2sec


F《畫魂》 劇組做客 - 《影視俱樂部》 (部分)


061221 麗柏CN21報導



Familia Sancti Hieronymi

their website

Uh... I can't remember their last names right now... Tim and his brother from Christendom, I believe their parents are associated with the organization. (Ugh, I can't even remember his brother's name right now.)

The Haliskys! (Thanks to Sarge)

Commentarii Latinitas MMVI-

Friday, September 14, 2007

Whoa, do my eyes deceive me?

Youths look on under a flag in the field where Pope Benedict XVI is expected to meet youth during his pilgrimage to Loreto, central Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007. The pontiff is taking a new step in the Vatican's environmental campaign, leading a Catholic youth festival this weekend where participants will use recycled prayer books, biodegradable plates and recycling bags for their trash. (AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi)

And which flag might that be?!?

Hyori & Jessica Alba vids

Jessica Alba and Lee Hyori in Isa Knox commercial

[CM]李孝利LeeHyoRi & Jessica Alba----Isaknox(2)

30 sec

Hyori Jessica Alba Making of Isa Knox CF

Lee Hyori & Jessica Alba - Isa Knox CF Interview & BTS


Lee Hyori - Biotherm (behind the scenes)

G. Tracy Mehan discusses Austen and O'Brian

My Summer Vacation With Jane Austen

via Mark Shea

EWTN roundtable discussion of Summorum Pontificum


Thanks to NLM. I didn't get a chance to watch the program, but I'll definitely listen to the audio.

Oh wow! Fr. Joseph Lee was on the panel. My mom should have watched this.

Yukie Nakama Daihatsu Move cms

【CM】 仲間由紀恵 - DAIHATSU MOVE 「広々スタジオ篇」


【CM】 仲間由紀恵 - DAIHATSU MOVE 「MOVEで筋トレ篇」

【CM】 仲間由紀恵 - DAIHATSU MOVE 「室内空間キスギテマス篇」

【CM】 仲間由紀恵 - DAIHATSU MOVE 「広さにびっくり篇」

【CM】 仲間由紀恵 - DAIHATSU MOVE 「みんなでハンドパワー篇」

Nakama Yukie Lotte XYLITOL CM (30 seconds version)

Nakama Yukie Lotte XYLITOL CM (15 seconds version)

Nakama Yukie starring in a Lotte XYLITOL CM

Shiseido commercial

【CM】 仲間由紀恵・他 - SHISEIDO TSUBAKI 「新春篇」メイキング

Shiseido Tsubaki CM (2007 新春篇)

I don't know if I recognize more than 1/3 of the bijin... but it's a fun cm.

【CM】 仲間由紀恵・他 - SHISEIDO TSUBAKI 「美髪ヘアマスク篇」

Shiseido TSUBAKI Shampoo CM in April 2007


SHISEIDO tsubaki CM 60s

Shiseido Tsubaki Summer 2007

蒼井優[CM] 資生堂「'07 TSUBAKI 光」編

SHISEIDO tsubaki CM 30s for summer

黒木メイサ ハウス食品ギャバンポテトチップス

Yukie Nakama vids

[cf]Nakama Yukie-Takeda Pharmaceutical:benza-block






愛してる ~ 高橋克典 with 仲間由紀恵


au CM Nakama Yukie January, 2007

JA kyosai Car Kyosai Nakama Yukie

SHISEIDO PROUDIA Nakama Yukie Uehara Takako

【CM】 仲間由紀恵 - 大塚製薬 Amino-Value 「Mop Kung-fu 篇」

chikin ramen commercial (w. Yukie Nakama)

chikin ramen commercial (w. Yukie Nakama)

【CM】Yukie Nakama - SHISEIDO Super Mild

不倒美女仲間由紀惠 Yukie Nakama Don't Fall

Pocky Commercial #2 仲間由紀惠 Yukie Nakama

Nakama Yukie Latest Lotte XYLITOL CM in 2007

Hmmm... lots of her vids are being removed due to copyright violations... the Japanese seem to take this seriously.

ビビアンスー 上原多香子 [資生堂CM]

葉月里緒菜 資生堂 プラウディア CM 2000.08

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14

Exaltation of the Cross
Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Roodmas)

The icon of the Holy Cross

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The Sacred Monastery of the Exaltation of The Holy Cross Entrance Page
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Church Bulletin - Holy Cross Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Exaltation of the Holy Cross Cathedral

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Monastery of the holy cross
Holy Cross Monastery - Beaumont, Texas
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College of the Holy Cross
College of the Holy Cross Complex Academic Template

McNichols Icon: Holy Cross of New Advent

Congregation of Holy Cross - Office of Vocations - University of ...

Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Foundation
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Order of the Holy Cross Home
Holy Cross Monastery

Pope's Address at Prayer Vigil in Loreto

Pope's Address at Prayer Vigil in Loreto
"Christ Can Fill Your Heart's Deepest Aspirations"

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 13, 2007 ( Here is a Vatican translation of Benedict XVI's address to the youth gathered in Loreto, Italy, on Sept. 1, for a prayer vigil.

* * *

Plain of Montorso
Saturday, 1 September 2007


Dear young people who are the hope of the Church in Italy! I am happy to meet you in this remarkable place, on this special evening, rich in prayer, song, periods of silence, full of hope and profound emotion. This valley, where in the past also my beloved Predecessor John Paul II met many of you, has henceforth become your agora, your square without walls and barriers, where a thousand streets converge and from which they branch out.

I listened with attention to those who have spoken on behalf of you all. You have come to this peaceful, authentic and joyful place of encounter for thousands of different reasons: some of you because you belong to a group or were invited by some friend, some by deep conviction, some with several doubts in your heart and some merely out of curiosity.... Whatever the reason that drew you here, I can tell you, although it requires courage to say it, that it was the Holy Spirit who has brought us together. Yes, that is exactly the case; the Spirit has led you here; you have come here with your doubts and certainties, with your joys and your anxieties. It is now up to all of us, to all of you, to open your hearts and offer everything to Jesus.

Say to him: here I am; of course, I am not yet as you would like me to be, I cannot even manage to understand myself fully but with your help I am ready to follow you. Lord Jesus, this evening I would like to speak to you, making my own the inner attitude and trusting abandonment of that young woman who, 2,000 years ago, said her "yes" to the Father who chose her to be your Mother. The Father chose her because she was docile and obedient to his will. Like her, like little Mary, each one of you, dear young friends, should say to God with faith: "Here I am; let it be done to me according to your word".

What an amazing spectacle of young and stirring faith we are experiencing this evening! And this evening, thanks to you, Loreto has become the spiritual capital of youth; the centre towards which multitudes of the young people who populate the five Continents converge in spirit.

At this moment, we feel as though we were surrounded by the expectations and hopes of millions of young people across the world: at this very minute there are some who are watching, others who are asleep, yet others who are studying or working; some are hoping and some despairing, some believe and others are not able to believe, some love life and others, instead, are throwing it away.

I would like my words to reach them all: the Pope is close to you, he shares your joys and your pain, and he especially shares in the most intimate hopes that are in your soul. For each one of you he asks the Lord for the gift of a full and happy life, a life filled with meaning, a true life.

Today, unfortunately, all too often a full and happy existence is seen by many young people as a difficult dream -- we heard so many testimonies -- sometimes almost impossible to accomplish. So many of your peers are looking to the future with apprehension and ask many questions. Worried, they ask: How is it possible to be integrated in a society marked by a multitude of grave injustices and suffering? How should I react to the selfishness and violence that sometimes seem to prevail? How can I give life full meaning?

With love and conviction, I repeat to you young people present here, and through you to your peers throughout the world: Do not be afraid, Christ can fill your heart's deepest aspirations! Are there dreams that cannot come true when it is God's Spirit who inspires and nourishes them in your heart? Can anything block our enthusiasm when we are united with Christ? Nothing and no one, the Apostle Paul would say, will ever separate us from God's love, in Christ Jesus Our Lord (cf. Rom 8: 35-39).

Let me tell you again this evening: if you stay united with Christ, each one of you will be able to do great things. This is why, dear friends, you must not be afraid to dream with your eyes open of important projects of good and you must not let yourselves be discouraged by difficulties. Christ has confidence in you and wants you to be able to realize all your most noble and lofty dreams of genuine happiness. Nothing is impossible for those who trust in God and entrust themselves to him.

Look at the young Mary; the Angel proposed something truly inconceivable to her: participation, in the most involving way possible, in the greatest of God's plans, the salvation of humanity. Facing this proposal, Mary, as we heard in the Gospel, was distressed for she realized the smallness of her being before the omnipotence of God; and she asked herself: "How is it possible? Why should it be me?". Yet, ready to do the divine will, she promptly said her "yes" which changed her life and the history of all humanity. It is also thanks to her "yes" that we are meeting here this evening.

I ask myself and I ask you: can God's requests to us, however demanding they may seem, ever compare with what God asked the young Mary? Dear young men and women, since Mary truly knows what it means to respond generously to the Lord's requests, let us learn from her to say our own "yes".

Mary, dear young people, knows your noblest and deepest aspirations. Above all, she well knows your great desire for love, with your need to love and to be loved. By looking at her, by following her docilely, you will discover the beauty of love; not a "disposable" love that is transient and deceptive, imprisoned in a selfish and materialistic mindset, but true, deep love.

In the very depths of their hearts, every young man, every young woman who are looking out on life, cherish the dream of a love that will give full meaning to their futures. For many, this is fulfilled in the choice of marriage and in the formation of a family in which the love between a man and a woman is lived as a definitive gift, sealed by the "yes" spoken before God on their wedding day, a "yes" for their whole life.

I know well that today this dream is always less easy to realize. How many failures of love surround us! How many couples bow their heads, give up and separate! How many families fall to pieces! How many young people, even among you, have witnessed the separation and divorce of their parents!

I would like to say to those in such sensitive and complex situations: the Mother of God, the Community of believers and the Pope are beside you and are praying that the crisis that marks today's families may not become an irreversible failure. May Christian families, with the support of divine Grace, stay faithful to that solemn commitment of love joyfully assumed before the priest and the Christian community on the solemn day of their marriage.

In the face of so many failures these questions are often asked: Am I any better than my friends and my parents who have tried and failed? Why should I myself succeed where so many have given up? This human fear can be daunting to even the more courageous spirits but in this night that awaits us, in front of her Holy House, Mary will repeat to each one of you, dear young friends, the words that she herself heard the Angel say to her: Do not be afraid, do not fear!

The Holy Spirit is with you and will never leave you. Nothing is impossible to those who trust in God. This applies for those who are destined to married life and still more for those to whom God proposes a life of total detachment from earthly goods, to be dedicated full time to his Kingdom. Some of you have set out towards the priesthood, towards the consecrated life; some of you aspire to be missionaries, knowing how many and what risks this entails.

I am thinking of the missionaries, priests, women religious and lay people, who have fallen in the trenches of love at the service of the Gospel. Fr Giancarlo Bossi, for whom we prayed when he was kidnapped in the Philippines, will have much to tell us about this and today we rejoice to have him with us. Through him, I would like to greet and thank all those who spend their lives for Christ on the frontiers of evangelization.

Dear young people, if the Lord calls you to live more intimately at his service, respond generously. You may be certain: life dedicated to God is never spent in vain.

Dear young people, I shall end my talk here, not without first having embraced you with a father's heart. I embrace you one by one and greet you warmly. I greet the Bishops present, starting with Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, President of the Italian Bishops' Conference, and Archbishop Gianni Danzi who has welcomed us into his Ecclesial Community. I greet the priests, the Religious and the animators who have accompanied you. I greet the Civil Authorities and all who organized this Meeting. We will be "virtually" united later and we will see one another again tomorrow morning, at the end of this night of Vigil, for the crowning point of our Meeting when Jesus makes himself truly present in his Word and in the mystery of the Eucharist.

From this moment, I would like to make an appointment with you young people in Sydney where, in a year's time, the next World Youth Day will be held. I know Australia is far away and for young Italians it is literally at the other end of the world.... Let us pray that the Lord who works every miracle will grant that many of you may be there. May he grant it to me, may he grant it to you. This is one of our many dreams which tonight, as we pray together, we entrust to Mary. Amen.

© Copyright 2007 -- Libreria Editrice Vaticana

Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos on "Summorum Pontificum"

Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos on "Summorum Pontificum"
Prelate Hopes Eucharist Is Not Motive for Discord

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 13, 2007 ( Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos says he hopes that the Eucharist is never a motive for discord, but only love.

The president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei said this on Vatican Radio today, the day before "Summorum Pontificum" -- Benedict XVI's letter issued "motu proprio" (on his own initiative) on liberalizing the use of the 1962 Roman Missal -- goes into effect.

The cardinal spoke about the true meaning of the pontifical document.

Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos: I would say that John Paul II wanted to give to the faithful who loved the ancient rite -- some of whom left to join Archbishop Lefebvre's movement, but who later returned in order to maintain full unity with the Vicar of Christ -- the opportunity to celebrate the rite that was nearest to their sensibility.

The Holy Father Benedict XVI participated from the beginning in the Lefebvrite question and therefore knew well the problem created for those faithful by the liturgical reform.

The Pope has a special love for the liturgy -- a love that is translated into a capacity for study, of learning more about the liturgy itself. This is why Benedict XVI considers the liturgy from before the Council reform an inestimable treasure.

The Pope does not want to go backward. It is important to know and underline that the Council did not prohibit the liturgy of St. Pius V and we must also say that the Fathers of the Council celebrated the Mass of Pius V.

It is not -- as many sustain because they don't know the reality -- a step backward. On the contrary.

The Council wanted to give ample freedom to the faithful. One of these freedoms was that of taking this treasure -- as the Pope says -- which is the liturgy, to keep it alive.

Q: What has changed, really, with this "motu proprio"?

Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos: With this "motu proprio," in reality, there has not been a big change. The important thing is that in this moment, priests can decide, without permission from the Holy See or the bishop, to celebrate the Mass in the ancient rite. And this holds true for all priests. It is the parish priests who must open the doors to those priests that, having the faculty, go to celebrate. It is not therefore necessary to ask any other permission.

Q: Your Eminence, this document was accompanied by fear and polemics. What is not true about what has been said or read?

Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos: It is not true, for example, that power was taken away from bishops over the liturgy, because the Code of Canon Law says who must give permission to say Mass and it is not the bishop: The bishop gives the "celebret," the power to be able to celebrate, but when a priest has this power, it is the parish priest and the chaplain who must grant the altar to celebrate.

If anyone impedes him, it is up to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, in the name of the Holy Father, to take measures until this right -- which is a right that is clear to the faithful by now -- is respected.

Q: On the vigil of the "motu proprio" taking effect, what are your hopes?

Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos: My hopes are these: The Eucharist is the greatest thing we have, it is the greatest manifestation of love, of God’s redemptive love who wants to stay with us with this Eucharistic presence. This must never be a motive for discord but only love.

I hope that this can be a reason for joy for all those who love tradition, a reason for joy for all those parishes that will no longer be divided, but will have -- on the contrary -- a multiplicity of holiness with a rite that was certainly a factor and instrument of sanctification for more than a thousand years.

We thank, therefore, the Holy Father who recovered this treasure for the Church. Nothing is imposed on anyone, the Pope does not impose the obligation; the Pope does impose offering this possibility where the faithful request it.

If there is a conflict, because humanly speaking two groups can enter into conflict, the authority of the bishop -- as written in the "motu proprio" -- must intervene to avoid it, but without canceling the right that the Pope gave to the entire Church.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Douglas Macgregor, The Unlearned Lessons of 9/11

The Unlearned Lessons of 9/11

by Douglas Macgregor


Winter Sonata MV

How important is the Peace of Westphalia

for the creation of "modern" political theory and international relations theory?

Rod Dreher mentions Martin Van Creveld in this post today; as you may know, he is the author of The Rise and Decline of the State (on sale at Labyrinth, along with Sword and the Olive: A Critical History of the Israeli Defense Force). Or you can read his "The Fate of the State."

Wiki entry

I associate with the rise of the nation-state the centralization of political power, followed by the consolidation of economic power among the elites, which was eventually supplanted by a new business class.

According to Wikipedia, "The Peace of Westphalia is crucially important to modern international relations theory, with the Peace often being defined as the beginning of the international system with which the discipline deals."

Is this true? Is there a danger of looking at a specific treaty as embodying the principles of international law, or of ius gentium? Might it not be possible that the treaty itself is based on presuppositions about the nature of political community and law that go against natural law or reason?

What is the traditional Catholic view of the Treaty of Westphalia? Here is something from an outline on Church history prepared by Dr. Rao, The Black Legends and the Timeless Drama of Truth, A Series of Essays Based on the Gardone Lectures, 1993-2004:

Holy Roman Empire, Thirty Years War, and Treaty of Westphalia (1648).

Replacement of Imperial Ideal with Balance of Power politics,. Dynasties and wars, 1648-1799 adjusting borders. Britain and non-dynastic. Troubles of other non-dynastic. Constant concern for war and what will prepare for war externally and internally. Backed by Regalism: Imperial tending to national already in the 1200’s through to Republics. Legalism, patriotism, reason of state, spiritual aura (glory and program of connection with divine wil, exercised through monarchs).

Chain of consequences for religion and regalists. International organized religious influence on foreign affairs retreats. Too dangerous. Demands on Papacy (Italy and extent of influence internally, nuncios, communication, papal elections, cardinals, etc. ) Demands on religion internally (appel comme d’abus, control of appointments and teaching). Splits unity of Tridentine Catholicism. Ultramontanists who are pro papal. Ultramontanist who are regalists, because kings support religion. Gallicans who are regalists, because Kings support religion. Gallicans who are pro independence from kings. All using theology to defend their positions.

Long term problem for regalists too. Illogical. It is not a rational ideal, nor are the mystical powers of the king. Offset for a time by continued faith of rulers and influence of religion and religious custom (Coronation Oath). Works towards exhaltation of the will. Disaffects different groups. Serious Ultramontanists if king not faithful. Serious Gallicans if king not faithful. Serious Gallican regalists if he is faithful. Those scandalized by power-religion connection. Competing secularist regalist forces ready to pick up pieces. Then secularized: Dutch Republic: Holland and Orange. France with Law Courts-Parlements versus King.

Empire. Problem of Imperial Church. Emperors power restricted. Staatskirchentum-local-uncanonical. Wittelsbachs in Bavaria. Even Hapsburgs. Problem of prince-bishoprics. No reason for existence. Play various powers versus one another and dynasty build. Twist Churchers in their realms to support. Versus Rome. Support canonical anti-Romanism. Hontheim/Febronius.

France. Kings, bishops, Leagues, Parlements and Tridentine Catholicism. Richelieu, Mazarin, and crushing of the Fronde. Louis XIV (1643-1715) after 1660. Anti-papal, Alexander VII, Innocent XI, Gallican articles of 1682. But controlled Gallican. Dependent bishops made supreme in their realms. Anti-parlementary/nobles, and hence Versailles. Academies and Glory.

Spain. Anti-papal measures for political and internal ecclesiastical reasons (for example, bishops versus chapters). Worsening under Bourbon. Philip V, due to greater efficiency and fall out from War. Then aimed versus Church internally as well.

Portugal, 1640, problems with Papacy due to dispute over independence. Later, most severe.

Italy. Naples/Sicily and Monarchia Sicula and Venice. Tuscany, Lombardy with the Hapsburgs. Parma-Piacenza with the Bourbons. Savoy/Sardinia.

Worse still, when talking about colonies and missions.

I do think that the imperial ideal is a bad one--but the questions is, how does one phase it out as peacefully as possible? And how was the role of the Church in society weakened by the struggles of the 16th and 17th centuries? The "altar and throne" ideal of that period is actually not how things should be, with respect to Church-state relations; the Church is reduced to being an instrument of the state, which attempts to accrue all power to itself. (I need to find a good online essay that talks about this more.)

Archbishop Burke on Canon 915

The Discipline Regarding the Denial of Holy Communion to Those Obstinately Persevering in Manifest Grave Sin

Via the Pertinacious Papist and Ed Peters

HK 416 full auto

The Distributist Review: The Investor's Dilemma

The Distributist Review: The Investor's Dilemma

I asked John Médaille about the business cycle and the explanation offered by the Austrian School.

Here's his answer:


I believe the Austrian "explanation" is a set of closed assumptions that are not "falsifiable"; that is, they can neither be proved nor disproved. The theorist is therefore at liberty to devise clever explanations that fit the ideology rather than the economy, and no one can say him nay. The whole explanation rests on the unknowable "time preference for money." Thus, it is adaptable, rhetorically, to any situation. You can say any particular cycle fits can be explained in the Austrian way because the explanation can be adjusted (after the fact) to fit any cycle. Who needs such explanations?

That doesn't mean the entire explanation is wrong. It means that it is worse than wrong: it is very nearly right. If the banks or the govmint start printing up money, they will inflate both the currency and expectations, expectations that must soon come back to earth. Often with a hard crash.

The real cause, in my opinion, is injustice. When rewards of production are not equitably distributed, you get an imbalance of supply and demand. It's really that simple. Printed money is part of an imbalance (so my explanation can include the Austrian one) because generally the loaned funds go to a limited group.

I believe that in general, when the means of production are widely dispersed throughout society, business cycles are much flatter, because there are so many more decision makers. Disequilibriums tend to be local and short-lived, as it is easier to move capital among a large variety of small enterprises than between large enterprises.

The Investor's Dilemma is a phenomenon that repeats itself with appalling frequency (see Hyman Minsky). There should be no reason for the economy to be in such cycles, and the fact that they do occur is a symptom of a problem with whatever theory or practice is guiding the economy.

I'll have to think about this more and see if I can find another intelligent question to ask...

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Catholic Beer Review

Thanks to John Médaille at The Distributist Review.

Benedict XVI's Q-and-A Session With Youth in Loreto

Benedict XVI's Q-and-A Session With Youth in Loreto
"The Pope Is Close to You, He Shares Your Joys and Your Pain"

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 12, 2007 ( Here is a Vatican translation of the question-and-answer session Benedict XVI held with the youth gathered in Loreto, Italy, on Sept. 1.

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Plain of Montorso
Saturday, 1 September 2007


Question posed by Piero Tisti and Giovanna Di Mucci:

"Many of us young people in the suburbs do not have a centre, a place or people with whom we can identify. Often we are without a history, a perspective or even a future. It seems that what we really wait for never happens. From this come the experience of solitude and at times, an improper dependence on others. Your Holiness, is there someone or something by means of which we can become important? How is it possible to hope when reality negates every dream of happiness, every project of life?".

Response of the Holy Father:

Thank you for this question and for your very realistic presentation of the situation. It is not always easy to respond concerning the peripheries of this world with great problems and we do not want to live an easy optimism; but on the other hand, we must have the courage to go forward.

I will therefore anticipate the essence of my answer: Yes, there is hope today too; each one of you is important because each is known and desired by God and God has his plan for each one. It is our task to discover and respond to it, so that despite these precarious and marginalized situations, we will be able to put into practice God's plan for us.

However, to go into detail, you have realistically presented to us the situation of a society: in the outskirts it seems hard to move ahead, to change the world for the better. Everything seems concentrated in the great centres of economic and political power, the great bureaucracies dominate, and those in the outskirts truly seem excluded from this life.

Then, one aspect of this situation of marginalization that affects so many people is that the important cells of social life that can also build centres on the fringes are fragmented: the family, which should be the place where generations meet - from great grandfather to grandchild -, should not only be a place where generations meet but also where they learn to live, learn the essential virtues, and this is in danger.

Thus, all the more should we do our utmost to ensure that the family survives, that today too, it is the vital cell, the centre in the periphery.

Therefore, the parish, the living cell of the Church, must also really be a place of inspiration, life and solidarity which helps people build together centres in the periphery. And I must say here, there is often talk about the Church in the suburbs and in the centre, which would be Rome, but in fact in the Church there are no suburbs because where Christ is, the whole centre is there.

Wherever the Eucharist is celebrated, wherever the Tabernacle stands, there is Christ; hence, there is the centre and we must do all we can to ensure that these living centres are effective, present and truly a force that counters this marginalization.

The living Church, the Church of the little communities, the parish Church, the movements, must form as many centres in the outskirts and thus help to overcome the difficulties that the leading politics obviously cannot manage to resolve, and at the same time, we must also think that despite the great focuses of power, contemporary society itself is in need of solidarity, of a sense of lawfulness, of the initiative and creativity of all.

I know that this is easier said than done, but I see here people who are working to increase the number of centres in the peripheries, to increase hope, and thus it seems to me that we should take up the initiative. The Church must be present precisely in the suburbs; Christ must be present, the centre of the world must be present.

We have seen and we see today in the Gospel that for God there are no peripheries. In the vast context of the Roman Empire, the Holy Land was situated on the fringe; Nazareth was on the margins, an unknown town. Yet that very situation was, de facto, to become the centre that changed the world!

And thus, we must form centres of faith, hope, love and solidarity, centres of a sense of justice and lawfulness and of cooperation. Only in this way will modern society be able to survive. It needs this courage, it needs to create centres even if, obviously, hope does not seem to exist. We must counter this desperation, we must collaborate with great solidarity in doing our best to increase hope, so that men and women may collaborate and live.

The world -- we see it -- must be changed, but it is precisely the mission of young people to change it! We cannot change it with our own strength alone but in communion of faith and in journeying on together. In communion with Mary, with all the Saints, in communion with Christ, we can do something essential, and I encourage you and invite you to trust in Christ, to trust in God.

Being in the great company of the Saints and moving forward with them can change the world, creating centres in the outskirts, so that the company of Saints may truly become visible and thus the hope of all may become realistic, and every one may say: "I am important in the totality of history. The Lord will help us". Thank you.

Question posed by Sara Simonetta :

"I believe in the God who has touched my heart, but I have many insecurities, questions and fears that I carry within. It is not easy to speak about God with my friends; many of them see the Church as a reality that judges youth, that opposes their desire for happiness and love. Faced with this refusal, I feel all of my solitude as human and I want to feel near God. Your Holiness, in this silence, where is God?".

Response of the Holy Father:

Yes, even though we are believers, we all know God's silence. In the Psalm we have just recited, there is this almost despairing cry: "Make haste to answer me, O Lord... Do not hide your face!", and a little while ago a book of the spiritual experiences of Mother Teresa was published and what we already all knew was a little more clearly shown: with all her charity and the power of her faith, Mother Teresa suffered from God's silence.

On the one hand, we must also bear God's silence in order to understand our brothers who do not know God.

On the other, with the Psalm we can always cry to God once again: "Answer us, show your face!".

And without a doubt, in our life, if our hearts are open, we can find the important moments when God's presence really becomes tangible even for us.

I now remember a little story that John Paul II told at the Spiritual Exercises he preached in the Vatican when he was not yet Pope. He recounted that after the war he was visited by a Russian official who was a scientist and who said to him as a scientist: "I am certain that God does not exist. Yet, if I am in the mountains, surrounded by his majestic beauty, by his grandeur, I am equally sure that the Creator does exist and that God exists".

The beauty of creation is one of the sources where we can truly touch God's beauty, we can see that the Creator exists and is good, which is true as Sacred Scripture says in the Creation Narrative, that is, that God conceived of this world and made it with his heart, his will and his reason, and he found it good.

We too must be good in order to have an open heart and to perceive God's true presence.

Then, hearing the Word of God in the solemn liturgical celebrations, in celebrations of faith, in the great music of faith, we feel this presence. I remember at this moment another little story which a Bishop on his ad limina visit told me a little while ago.

There was a very intelligent woman who was not a Christian. She began to listen to the great music of Bach, Handel and Mozart. She was fascinated and said one day: "I must find the source of this beauty", and the woman converted to Christianity, to the Catholic faith, because she had discovered that this beauty has a source, and the source is the presence of Christ in hearts, it is the revelation of Christ in this world.

Hence, great feasts of faith, of liturgical celebration, but also personal dialogue with Christ: he does not always respond, but there are times when he really responds. Then there is the friendship, the company of faith.

Now, gathered here in Loreto, we see that faith unites, friendship creates a company of travelling companions. And we sense that all this does not derive from nothing but truly has a source, that the silent God is also a God who speaks, that he reveals himself and above all, that we ourselves can be witnesses of his presence, and from our faith a light truly shines also for others.

Thus, I would say on the one hand, we must accept that God is silent in this world, but we must not be deaf to his words or blind to his appearance on so many occasions. We see the Lord's presence, especially in creation, in the beautiful liturgy, in friendship within the Church, and full of his presence, we can also give light to others.

Thus, I come to the second part, or rather, the first part of your question: it is difficult to speak to friends today about God and perhaps even more difficult to talk about the Church, because they see in God only the limit of our freedom, a God of commandments, of prohibitions, and the Church as an institution that limits our freedom, that imposes prohibitions upon us.

Nonetheless, we must try to make the living Church visible to them, not this idea of a centre of power in the Church with these labels, but the community of companions where, in spite of all life's problems that exist for everyone, is born our joy of living.

Here, a third memory springs to mind. I was in Brazil, in Fazenda da Esperança, this great community where drug addicts are treated and rediscover hope, the joy of living in this world; and they witnessed what the actual discovery that God exists meant for their recovery from despair.

They thus understood that their life has meaning and they rediscovered the joy of being in this world, the joy of facing the problems of human life.

Therefore, in every human heart, despite all the problems that exist, is a thirst for God, and when God disappears, the sun that gives light and joy also disappears.

This thirst for the infinite that is in our hearts is also demonstrated even in the reality of drugs: the human being wants to extend the quality of life, to have more than life, to have the infinite, but drugs are a lie, they are a fraud, because they do not extend life but destroy it.

The great thirst that speaks to us of God and sets us on the path that leads to him is true, but we must help one another. Christ came to create a network of communion in the world, where all together we might carry one another, and thus help one another together to find the ways that lead to life and to understand that the Commandments of God are not limits to our freedom but the paths that guide us to the other, toward the fullness of life.

Let us pray to the Lord to help us understand his presence, to be full of his Revelation, his joy, to help one another to go forward in the company of faith and with Christ to increasingly find the true Face of God, and hence, true life.

© Copyright 2007 -- Libreria Editrice Vaticana

Old Roman Chant

Pes writes in response to my query:

David Hiley's Western Plainchant: A Handbook (Oxford, 1993) has a large chapter on Gregorian chant and other chant repertories. Helpful bibliography, too.

It seems the main sources of Old Roman melodies are three graduals and two antiphoners. The earliest of these is dated 1071, the latest from sometime in the 1200's. Hiley says broadly that Old Roman (OR) and Gregorian chant share many of the same formal characteristics; they differ mostly in "surface detail" (Hiley's words) in that OR chant is more ornate. It has more notes, not as many leaps, and its melismas tend to be longer. Hiley concludes: "one would hesitate to say the OR was a decoration of the G, or the G a simplification of the other. They are rather two realizations of the same basic idea, one in a rather restrained, the other in a more florid idiom" (533). The similarity extends to the office antiphon repertory as well.

In general, Hiley adds, the two repertories share the same texts very consistently.

Differences arise in the Offertories, where OR ones are more formulaic. The kinds of melismas diverge, too. Alleluias are also more formulaic, but in a way that really attracted comment on the Gregorian side. There is evidence of a continuing oral tradition in OR chant, right up to the point it fell to the wayside by the arrival of the written beauty of the Gregorians.

If you want to really get into the details, Hiley says the man to read is Helmut Hucke, but the bibliography is all in German.

The original post, Psallite sapienter: A Report for the NLM by Dom Christopher.

Books by Dom Daniel Saulnier:
Chant - Gregorian Chant, a guide, by Dom Daniel Saulnier The Abbey ...
Chant - The Gregorian Modes by Dom Daniel Saulnier The Abbey Shop ...

Other links:
Academy of St. Cecilia
Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music
Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music - The Musical Offering in MP3

CUA - Institute Of Sacred Music
PIAMS :: Pontifical Ambrosian Institute of Sacred Music
lulu: Gregorian chant; CMAA

Peter Brimelow interviews Ron Paul

via Conservative Heritage Times

The interview. Bede at CHT criticizes Paul for the following exchange, and rightly so:
Brimelow: What do you think of the H1-B program?
Paul: I’ve supported that because it’s legal. I know some people say they don’t follow the law…. The argument is that it’s a form of corporate subsidy—powerful interest groups have arranged to break down their workers’ wages by bringing in temporary workers. Well, the market always works to put pressure on the businessman to spend the least amount of money to provide product. So what some may call a corporate subsidy is also a subsidy to the consumer. The consumer is the one protected in the free market. The object of labor is to push wages up as high as possible. The object of business is to get the most efficient labor at the best price. In the free market, that works out. But the problem is we have too much welfare and we have a currency that’s losing value.
Brimelow: If you’re President, various interest groups are going to come to you and say, there’s a shortage of nurses or teachers or (goodness!) possibly journalists; therefore we have to have these temporary work programs to bring in labor in this area. If the labor is organized, it’s going to say to you, look, the problem isn’t that there’s a shortage, the problem is business doesn’t want to pay higher wages. What will you do?
Paul: Well, whatever we do will be legal. Congress has to have a say, they have to pass a law, and the President has to decide to sign it or not. And I would lean in the direction of saying, if there is indeed a shortage, and this is a legal process, this shouldn’t be threatening to us.
Brimelow: How would you determine that there was a shortage?
Paul: Well, I don’t think it would be easy but if there’s a need and immigrants can get a job, that means there’s a shortage. If there was no shortage, they wouldn’t have jobs. Obviously the companies can’t fill some of these jobs and they’re looking for people to fill them.

Ron Paul is not a distributist, and he probably will never become one; he is committed to his brand of economic liberalism. Still, he is willing to limit the Federal Government, and the rest of the work that must be done is up to those who believe in strengthening local community and sovereignty, states' rights, "subsidiarity," and so on...

Interview with Michael McCarthy

Papal Coat of Arms Still Relevant
Interview With Expert on Ecclesiastical Heraldry

DARLINGHURST, Australia, SEPT. 12, 2007 ( Ecclesiastical heraldry is as relevant today as it ever was, and should be valued as part of the Church's rich cultural and artistic patrimony, according to an author of a book on papal arms.

Michael McCarthy, founder and proprietor of Australia's Thylacine Press, argued that point in his book "Armoria Pontificalium: A Roll of Papal Arms 1012-2006."

In this interview with ZENIT, which McCarthy gave before his sudden death Aug. 3 at age 57, he spoke about the place of ecclesiastical heraldry in the modern Church.

Q: What is ecclesiastical heraldry?

McCarthy: Heraldry, of which coats of arms are the central part, is a system of pictorial identification making it possible to determine a person's identity, rank and standing in society.

In heraldry, rank is always denoted by headgear. For example, kings are denoted by crowns, and bishops first by miters and then, from about 1600, by a series of flat broad-rimmed pontifical hats with cords and numbers of tassels. The various colors and numbers of tassels show the rank of the user from cardinal down to priest.

Additionally, in northern and English-speaking countries most dioceses have also adopted arms, and these are incorporated into the shields of their bishops. Displayed on seals, documents and buildings, these identify what belongs to whom and in whose name acts are carried out. A perusal of the Web sites of dioceses and bishops will bear this out and demonstrates their continued relevance today in the Internet age.

Q: Who was the first pope to have had a coat of arms?

McCarthy: It is not known which pope was the first. Heraldry emerged in the 12th century as a means of identifying people in battle. Because most of the knights were illiterate it also very quickly became a form of general identification, especially on seals, etc. From there it was a short step for ecclesiastics to do the same and this unique system of identification came into its own. Popes have been credited with coats of arms back to St. Peter, but it is generally accepted that Innocent III -- 1198-1215 -- was the first.

Q: Benedict XVI has altered heraldic custom, using the miter instead of the papal tiara and adding the pallium. Why do you think he did this?

McCarthy: All things evolve and heraldry is no exception. Benedict XVI, on becoming Pope, made it plain to the designer of his arms that he did not want a crown because he did not wish to be seen as a king. He added the pallium because he wanted to indicate the importance of communion with the Church. The pallium is used by metropolitans to show communion with the Pope and this seemed a logical step forward.

The papal tiara had a long history of development over a period of about 1,700 years. Originally in appearance it was merely a tall conical hat known as the camelaucum, which might have evolved from a miter sewn together at each side to mark the wearer as different from his fellow bishops.

However, it is more likely that it had its origins in the Phrygian Cap which the Emperor Constantine presented to Sylvester I -- 314-335. It should be remembered that the miter, when it emerged in the 10th century, was originally worn with the points over the ears, suggesting that the papal miter had been opened for the use of bishops but was incomplete to show the lesser status of the wearer.

The first coronet seems to have been used by Nicholas II -- 1059-1061. Given the historical context of that period, the reason for this is not hard to fathom. As well as being the Pontiff, he was a temporal ruler and presumably this was expressed by the coronet; the feudal mind liked to have everything clearly defined.

This single coronet remained in vogue until the end of the 13th century, but with the ascension of Boniface VIII -- 1294-1303 -- a gradual change began. Benedict XII -- 1334-1342 -- is credited with the addition of the third coronet, once again for obscure reasons, although his successor Clement VI -- 1342-1352 -- seems to have been the first Pope to have actually used it. Perhaps the way forward is to restore the camelaucum in its original form to show the unique nature of the papal office, devoid of any allusion to kingship.

Q: What is the story of Benedict XVI's shield?

McCarthy: The elements of the Pope's shield, including the Moor's head and the bear wearing a backpack, both commemorate St. Corbinian, a seventh-century bishop of Freising -- now Munich and Freising. The bishop was supposedly black-skinned and he, on a pilgrimage to Rome, encountered a bear which killed his horse. The saint then compelled the bear to carry his baggage for him instead.

Today the Moor's head is the emblem of the Diocese of Munich Freising, while the bear is the emblem of the town of Freising. Along with the scallop shell -- the symbol of the pilgrim -- the Pope uses these elements to show his origins.

Q: Ecclesiastical heraldry constitutes part of the Catholic Church's rich cultural heritage, but is perhaps not well understood today. Is it still relevant today?

McCarthy: In spite of claims to the contrary, heraldry in general is an expression of the Church's rich cultural heritage, rising as it did as a byproduct of the Crusades as an expression of piety and pilgrimage. Heraldry has been incorporated into the fabric of art and buildings ever since.

Its use in the buildings of Rome, for instance, helps place the context of each building and shows which Pope or cardinal was responsible for it. Similarly, in all the dioceses around the world, the use of heraldry helps to enrich and identify the cultural life of the building.

The Internet is helping to create a new interest in the use of heraldry. Immediately after the Second Vatican Council, the use of arms by ecclesiastics went into a decline and it seemed to be on the way out.

However, there is now a resurgence in heraldry and the fact that the Pope's use of the miter on his shield created a furor in certain quarters shows that a lively interest still exists.

Q: What do you hope your new book will achieve?

McCarthy: This latest book, "Amoria Pontificalium," is the last in a series I began in 2000 which include lists of all cardinals created since 1198 and their arms.

In doing this I have attempted to preserve this rich information for posterity and to demonstrate the richness of our ecclesiastical cultural heritage. The current work, on papal arms, which has been produced in color, is the last chapter is this work and demonstrates clearly what I set out to achieve.

I must admit that I do have my doubts about ecclesiatical heraldry... some may say that a Church that needs to become more militant may be in greater need of it, but I wonder if the opposite isn't true. Then again I tend to associate reform with "primitive simplicity"--so which monastic order should I join? (Sarge, am I thinking of Cluny or the Cistercians?)

Ecclesiastical Heraldry; Catholic Heraldry; Ecclesiastical Heraldry

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Monsignor Gaenswein to become a bishop?

Found this item at the EWTN Television specials:

EPISCOPAL ORDINATION LIVE (2 HOURS)First Episcopal Ordinations done by Pope Benedict--Ordaining his personal secretary.Sept. 29 4:00 AM LIVESept. 29 8:00 PM Encore

Hrm! An interview with Monsignor Gaenswein.

Pope Benedict XVI cape is blown by a gust of wind after a holy mass in St. Stephens cathedral in Vienna September 9, 2007. Pope Benedict urged Catholics to keep Sunday a special day for God and rest and make it a time to reflect on the need to protect God's endangered creation. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (AUSTRIA)

Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary Georg Gaenswein helps him to fix his mantle after a gust of wing put it on his head during the Angelus prayer in Vienna's St. Stephen's Square, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. Several thousand faithful packed a Vienna square on Sunday as Pope Benedict XVI reaching out to disillusioned Catholics across Europe wrapped up a three-day visit to Austria with a Mass and a stop at a medieval abbey. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito) Email Photo Print Photo

Mariza vids


Mariza - Maria Lisboa (ao vivo)

Fabuloso e Arrepiante !!! Gente da minha terra - Mariza


Mariza - Fascinação (ao vivo)

Mariza - Chuva


Quando me sinto só (Quand je me sens seule)

Mariza singing 'Primavera' in Aveiro 06/07/07

Mariza & Gilberto Gil's 'Transparente', Aveiro 06/07/07

Mariza & Gilberto Gil performing 'A Paz' in Aveiro 06/07/07

Carlos do Carmo & Mariza (Estranha Forma de Vida)


1-Fado:Amália Rodrigues,Maria Lisboa

TEL - Portus Alacer - MARIA LISBOA

Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung Teaser

Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung 칼잡이 오수정 - Teaser 01

Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung 칼잡이 오수정 - Teaser 02

I'd probably watch Uhm Jung Hwa's new drama, not only b/c she's in it, but also because of the plot--apparently the tables are turned on her character, when the man she left at the altar becomes more attractive with time (after losing a lot of weight), while her attractiveness and viability for marriage decline. (Did I get that right?)


Vids: Apostles' Feast, Coptic liturgy

Apostles Feast, Divine Liturgy after all night praise 1
Apostles Feast, Divine Liturgy after all night praise 2
Apostles Feast, Divine Liturgy after all night praise 3

@ St. Mark's in DC

Info about the Apostles' Feast.
Coptic Centre, UK

Vids: Coptic wedding

Part 1

Part 2

Not sure which St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church this is... perhaps the one in Toronto.