Saturday, July 09, 2011

The MD and her family returned from their trip to the Midwest last night. We went to New Port for lunch (dim sum) -- too many carbs for me. We went to KK's house later to spend some time with the kiddies and my mother and KK got take out from KK's current favorite.

Back to the real world...
The high cost of restaurant culture
Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Book (EB)

Peak university
Ugo Bardi, Cassandra's legacy (EB)
St. Paul Denn: Martyr of the Boxer Rebellion in China
Ordinariate Portal: Mgr Andrew Burnham: What is Anglican Liturgical Patrimony?

The paper he delivered this week at the Anglican Use Conference.

Anglican Use Society
The Anglican Use of the Roman Rite
Ordinariate Portal: Mgr Andrew Burnham: Paper on Anglican Patrimony

Anglican Patrimony

We have already had plenty of fun with Anglican Patrimony. There was the occasion when the Principal of Pusey House met an Oratorian on Oxford Station. ‘I’m waiting for my wife’, said Fr Baker. ‘Ah, your Anglican Patrimony’, said the Oratorian. ‘Don’t you mean my Anglican Matrimony?’ said Fr Baker. And then there was the Music List for St George-by-the-Gasworks with San Juan de Fagondez and Our Lady of Fatima, Dalston’, published in New Directions in April of this year. What better for Palm Sunday Mass than Hummel, Schűtz, Allegri and Gesualdo? Other examples of Anglican Patrimony in the week’s Music List were a Bruckner Mass, a Cherubini motet, the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, and Duruflé’s Ubi caritas. One loses count of the number of times someone has quipped ‘Anglican Patrimony’ in various exotic circumstances of the kind found usually only in Anglo-catholic circles, the processing of the Christmas bambino on the humeral veil, the grating noise of the rattle on Good Friday. But, as with any joke, there is always an underlying truth. Anglican Patrimony has preserved things that continental aggiornamento perhaps prematurely discarded.

Friday, July 08, 2011

GearJunkie: U.S. Army Bans Vibram FiveFingers

Who will support an "irregular" (in all aspects) force?
I wish Dr. Wilson would write more essays, but he is getting advanced in his age. The Republican Charade: Licoln and His Party.

What's the status of Alethes Press? I would wish to purchase a set of the works of John Taylor of Caroline in the future.

Items of Interest, 8 July 2011

Medieval News: Latest News on the theft of the Codex Calixtinus

Breaking the Spell of Money
To fix the economy, we first have to change our definition of wealth
by Scott Russell Sanders

Uranium Supply Update

One home grower is hit by the city's tyrannical code: Does Michelle Obama Know About This?

Shannon Hayes, The Unsupportive Partner

Basketball patches and plastic jug blossoms
Gene Logsdon, The Contrary Farmer, Mulligan Books

John Michael Greer, Salvaging Energy

Ten Steps to Save the Cities
The new economics agenda for thriving local economies

Alberto's Paleo Transformation

SF and Army stuff

7th Special Forces Group Change of Command

Inside SWCS: Cultural Support Team Assessment and Selection

Selection for the females attached to SF units.

Ft. Benning: 2011 07 06 Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment

Whitney Miller

Reality Wanted interview

The first US MasterChef winner's new cookbook, Modern Hospitality Simple Recipes with Southern Charm.

Her website and blog.

Southern Miss Media

More interviews:
Reality TV Magazine

Circe Institute events

Circe Institute: The Art of Inquiry: A Special Retreat for Headmasters and Teachers

University Press of America: Norms and Nobility: A Treatise On Education by David Hicks


2011 Conference Promo from CiRCE Institute on Vimeo.

2011 Conference

2007 Conference Downloads
Book of the Week: Ironies of Faith by Anthony Esolen
NYT: Will Google+ Become a Refuge for the Facebook Weary?

Why would I want to add another social networking tool to my daily schedule? As it is I don't think anyone pays attention to the items I post on FB.

The Google+ Project
The Official Google Blog
Why Google+ Business Profiles Will Trump Facebook Pages
Transition Voice: Voluntary poverty -- it could save your life, but it's a hard sell by Erik Curren (EB)

Charles Bowden on Mexico

An Interview with Charles Bowden by David Zlutnick
War on the Border

Upheaval Productions

Charles Bowden, Murder City

"Now Calderón is a very devout Catholic and he believes deeply in free trade. He belongs to a party there that would be like the Republican Party here."

Is there an equation between the two being made? How sad.

Charles Bowden on "The War Next Door"
From 2008: Orion Magazine, A Conversation with Charles Bowden
Marks' Daily Apple: Expedition Impossible Team Goes Primal

I haven't been watching the show; it's available on Hulu or ABC. (Something worth watching on ABC?!?)

Thursday, July 07, 2011 Codex Calixtinus stolen from Santiago de Compostela

Equal Time, or something

Fr. Corapi's response to the press release issued on Tuesday by SOLT.

After this I'm prompted to suspend judgment concerning the charges. It seems like a question of whose word do you accept (and why?). Pray for all involved.
Seamus Esparza: Antiquity Examiner in Pittsburg
TEDxEQCHCH - Helena Norberg-Hodge - The Economics of Happiness

Live Stream of the Anglican Use Conference

Ordinariate Portal

Video streaming by Ustream

Sufficient reason to not become a public school teacher in California.

The sex-ed programs were already of dubious morality, and then there is the complicity in American mass education. What's to prevent a more morally noxious agenda from being forced onto the public school system?

California lawmakers pass bill to teach gay history
NPR Music: Lykke Li On World Cafe

website and MS

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Zenit: Benedict XVI's Address to FAO
"The Rural Family Is a Model"

My thought goes to the situation of millions of children who, as the first victims of this tragedy, are condemned to an early death, or to delay in their physical and psychic development or who are obliged to forms of exploitation to be able to receive a minimum of food. Attention to young generations can be a way of resisting the abandonment of rural areas and agricultural work, to allow whole communities, whose survival is threatened by hunger, to see their future with greater confidence. We must say, in fact, that despite the commitments assumed and the consequent obligations, assistance and concrete aid is often limited to emergencies, forgetting that a coherent concept of development must be able to design a future for every person, family and community, favoring long-term objectives.

Food and Agricultural Organization

George Kordis

Iconographer brings unique talent to Columbia church

webpage for George Kordis?
Fine Art America
The Making of the Pantokrator by George Kordis

From his youtube channel:

I don't think the administration will appeal this to the Supreme Court

Reuters: Court orders gay military service ban lifted
KCRW Presents: Anna Calvi by Jason Bentley, KCRW Music Director

A clip? Go to the link for the full session?

her website and youtube channel; MySpace

Items of Interest, 6 July 2011

Harmonia Early Music: Who Is Shakespeare’s Dark Lady? (mp3)

William Oddie, The Ordinariate's Liturgy is Beginning to Emerge(via Ordinariate Portal)

NPR: Service Just One Reason To Join The Military (An interview with Dr. Bruce Fleming, who wrote "The Academies’ March Toward Mediocrity.")
This interview was way too short.

30 Under 30: Futurist Foodies

Arrival of the post-petroleum human (Michael Ruppert interview)
Janaia Donaldson, Peak Moment Television (EB)

Toward a Post-Growth Society by James Gustave Speth
It’s business as usual that’s the utopian fantasy, while creating something very new and different is the pragmatic way forward.

What would happen if control over capital were redistributed, and the ability to purchase capital were curtailed. What would the wealthy do with their money? Would they spend it on consumer goods? If they didn't, would the currency that they hold lose its value in effect?

Paul Gottfried on David Brooks

The Wannabe Hamilton

Joseph Pearce coming to Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara

Sat. July 16, 7:30. The topic of his talk, "Soul in Exile: One Man's Triumph over Communist Tyranny," will be his new book on Solzhenitsyn. Tickets are $10 ($12 at the door?) and can be purchased at the Our Lady of Peace gift shop.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

How much of a dialogic character is necessary for the Liturgy of the Eucharist?

I touched upon this question most recently in this post. There is a marked contrast between the old Roman rite and the Byzantine rite in this regard. Turning to the section of Joseph Ratzinger's Feast of Faith dealing with orientation during the liturgy, I read this:

It always impresses me that our Protestant brethren, in transforming the medieval liturgical forms, have achieved a real balance between, on the one hand, the relationship of the community to its leader and, on the other, their common relationship to the cross. Their whole basic approach laid great weight on the community character of worship and the interplay of leader and congregation, whereas in the Catholic liturgy of former times this only consisted in the priest's turning round for a brief "Dominus vobiscum" or to invite the people to pray. But when it is a question of praying together, Protestants, people and leader, together turn to the image of the Crucified. I think we should seriously try to learn from this. (144)

Elsewhere Ratzinger praises Romano Guardini for his work on the liturgy; does he also praise him for the introduction of a version of the dialogue Mass? It is understandable then that he would appreciate this aspect of the missal of Paul VI. If he envisions a revision of the old Missal, would it be in this direction? Did the prayers of the Roman rite lose a dialogic character during the medieval period, as Ratzinger seems to imply, or has it always been like that? (Would Jungmann have an answer to that question?)

I don't think Lambert Beauduin explains the dialogic character of the liturgy with respect to the roles of the priest (or the ordained ministers) and the faithful, though I do believe that the leaders of the liturgical movement urged a return to solemnity and a sung liturgy. But is that enough, when it is the schola doing most of the singing?
Why the War Machine Keeps on Running by Franklin C. Spinney

The Bush-Obama perpetual war on terror is now the longest and second most expensive war in US history, exceeded only in cost by WWII, even if one removes the effects of inflation from the comparison. And this war comes on top of the incessant warmongering during the 1990s, including the bombing of air defense sites in Iraq, the drive by shootings with cruise missiles in the Sudan and Afghanistan, and the bombing in Bosnia and Kosovo during the Wars of the Yugoslavian Succession. Anyone who opposes the meddling and warmongering is labeled an isolationist by the defenders of the status quo, like Senators McCain, Graham, and Lieberman. But this is absurd name calling, as Sheldon Richmand cogently explains in this essay. This absurdity of the isolationist label has a long lineage dating back to the misrepresentations by so-called 'internationalists -- ironically, liberal mostly democrats -- of the foreign policy views of Senator Robert A. Taft in the
1940s and 1950s.

Today, the United States is locked in a throes of perpetual war, and our politics are dominated by its political handmaiden, perpetual fear. If you doubt this, just think about the recent expansion of drone assaults to Libya and Somalia or your next invasive pat down in an airport or the continuation of the onerous Patriot Act. Some critics believe perpetual war is driven primarily by the lust for empire. No doubt, empire lusting is a factor, but for the reasons I explained in The Domestic Roots of Perpetual War, I believe perpetual war is primarily the issue of a deadly mutation of domestic politics, particularly the imperative to prop up a sclerotic Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex (MICC) -- a political-economic faction that lost its raison d'être when the Cold War ended, and now needs the perpetual threat of war, to pump money through it, if it is to survive and flourish on its own terms, at the expense of others.
The New Scot once asked me (both in jest but also as a serious question) why so many nail salons were owned by Vietnamese. CNN has the answer--

Saint Basil the Great Orthodox Mission

Byzantine, Texas: A special missionary effort in Oklahoma


What future for Los Angeles?

Begun on July 5 at 11:20 A.M.

A post I needed, for reasons that will become apparent in a future post on the same topic, based on something more recent. (An address of Archbishop Gomez at the Napa Institute Conference became available.)

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, What is most important for America (EWTN article).

Archbishop Gomez states that America is diverse, and yet he holds on to a rather monolithic conception of it as a political entity, or nation-state. Well, it's not a surprise -- the nationalist (as opposed to federalist*) conception has prevailed in education and the media.
Although it was founded by Christians, America has become home to an amazing diversity of cultures, religions and ways of life.

This diversity flourishes precisely because our nation’s founders had a Christian vision of the human person, freedom, and truth. It is a basic American belief that men and women are created equal — with God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Once again, proposition nation, the American creed. No mention of Anglo-American cultures and identities. So it shouldn't be a problem for Anglo-Americans to adopt Spanish missionaries and history as being important to our history, because they have no culture or identity of their own?
I believe American Catholics need to begin to see how these memorials belong together. America’s story starts with those Spanish missionaries. Our national character and identity are deeply marked by the Gospel values they brought to this land.

Holding up Spanish and French missionaries in high regard is not a problem for me; they are Catholic Christians after all. In fact, as saints they are owed dulia.  But I react badly to what the archbishop writes here because he seems to be no better than his predecessor with regard to protecting the natives and their culture. Is he just dealing with the demographic reality of Los Angeles and addressing the local church? Or is this intended for a wider audience? His words can be interpreted as pushing for the Hispanicisation of the Church. Is this an unwarranted? Am I jumping to conclusions because of my suspicions?

It is true that Anglo-Americans may not have any immediate Catholic predecessors to look to because of the Anglican schism and heresy. But staunch white Protestants will probably not accept the archbishop's historical claims concerning the founding or their history.

The feast of Junipero Serra is on July 1. He did not contribute to the American founding, but he has a place in the history of California. But who remembers what California was like before it became a republic? Who identifies with pre-Anglo California? Whose family has roots in that period of time, other than the Amerindians, whose history goes back further than that? The California Amerindians are  not the same as the ones in Mexico, and so the claims of Mexicans is second to that of the aborigines. (Who is still around representing the natives? I haven't met any, as far as I know.)

Honoring the same saints is not enough to create a sense of shared history, or to gather two peoples into one. The Church is the people of God, but that is a super-added identity; it does not replace or destroy ethnic identities. Immigrants from Catholic countries may be more open to identifying with these saints, but because their own sense of identity and history is malleable. There can be a blending of cultures, but I don't see how this can occur except for certain aspects of one being grafted onto the other (and intermarriage taking place). I may study the Carthaginians and their history, but does that make me a Carthaginian? I bet the Turks don't consider themselves Greeks after taking Constantinople, and they don't perceive a need to study Byzantine history and culture.

Besides, who will there be left to convert if more and more whites decide to leave the area? Ibero-American immigrants do have a great need for pastoring, as it is. Why preach to the non-Hispanics? Do non-whites take California history seriously, as a part of their identity? Those who have been here several generations and are established, such as the  nisei might, but their history is more of a local, lived sort, I would think, than one learned from a textbook. How many non-Hispanic Catholics will continue to live in [Southern] California if it becomes more and more Spanish-speaking?

Finally, do Mexicans themselves have an affinity for colonial times?  Or do they lack deep roots as well, being motivated more by nationalism and the desire to recover territory? Is the Church too "European" for many of them, especially the militant Atzlan groups and the like? How many think of themselves as heirs of Rome and its culture? How many would be willing to accept the history given by the archbishop as their own story? Perhaps they'd rather forget European colonialism.
From the beginning, Los Angeles been a meeting place of indigenous and immigrant cultures. We sit at the crossroads of continents — uniting North and South America and opening the Americas to Asia and the Pacific Rim.

In our new evangelization we must be an icon of what God intends his Church to be — one family of God that joins peoples of many colors, races, nationalities and languages.
A recognition that Los Angeles is "diverse." Inter-ethnic harmony is important, but is this the way to accomplish it?  (Does Los Angeles have a future if it is not sustainable?) Are the (militant) Hispanics accepting of non-Hispanics? How welcoming will they be once they are the majority in California? Will the attitudes behind what happened last month, with the booing of Team USA at the Gold Cup game in LA, be taken even further? (Soccer - The Patriot's Game)

A thought:
Hmmm... Are whites more likely to trusting because they are sheeple and take certain behaviors and attitudes for granted? Whereas members of other minorities are more likely to be suspicious, because they are aware of the unfamiliarity, lack of closeness? Does Putnam cover differences in attitudes according to ethnicity?

*Instead of nationalist, would unitary be a better word? But the word nationalist captures other aspects of the narrative, that there is just one people, one nation, with the exact same culture, and so on.

The City of Angels goes to hell. by Joel Kotkin
"Lost Angeles"

Decline and Fall of the Anglo Empire by Charles A. Coulombe

Edit. Archbishop José Gomez from Los Angeles receives the pallium from Pope Benedict
Dr. James Hitchcock's Recovery of the Sacred is available online. Apparently it's no longer in print by Ignatius Press. Long time ago, I flipped through the book. He is an advocate of the reform of the reform, but he was also an extreme defender of the OF, rejecting the claims of traditionalists concerning the importance of the OF and how reform was implemented after Vatican II. I don't know if he has changed his tone (if not mind) since Summorum Pontificum.

Update regarding Fr. Corapi

Jimmy Akin

Let us pray for him. I can see a time when his name will no longer be mentioned in [Catholic] polite society.

We can't look up to many priests and religious because of their failings... but as lay people should we be looking to them as models for the lay vocation? (As opposed to general models of sanctity.) What are lay people to do? They could look to Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, or Catherine Doherty of Madonna House. Too ascetic? Too celibate? What can we do to embrace simplicity and build up our local communities?

"You gotta wait until they're dead..." An application of Aristotle's dictum about happiness applied to the supernatural and judging their personal holiness?

Who should be giving inspired preaching and leadership to the faithful? Our bishops and their collaborators the diocesan priests. They may not have the gift, as Fr. Corapi supposedly did, but they could ask for it. There is much they could do to improve their homilies, making them more immersed in doctrine, the Fathers, etc. Perhaps the homily itself needs to be revisited. At least it is arguable that the preaching codified by Trent was effective.

Dorothy Day Library on the Web
Peter Maurin, Saint and Scholar of the Catholic Worker by Mark and Louise Zwick
Peter Maurin’s Personalist Gift to the Catholic Worker


Monday, July 04, 2011

Oz Conservative: The Roman virtues: gravitas

Too reliant upon internet sources, perhaps, but an educational piece nonetheless.
From the Wilderness: Michael C. Ruppert's Speech at Green Life Eco Fest 2011

Otto von Hapsburg passes

Requiescat in pace.

Lew Rockwell

Part 2

The Uncrowned Emperor by Gordon Brook-Shepherd

Hapsburg Family Today
Inside the Vatican

Kevin Gutzman on Secession/Independence Day

Daily Paul Radio, Gutzman’s Firecrackers on Independence Day History (mp3)

Dehlia Low, "Tellico"

official, FB

Another vid for today...

Belief in the Proposition Nation at TAC

Richard Ferrier, Declaration's principles good guides for living freely in the U.S.

Reading the text you might think it was written by someone affiliated with the Claremont Institute.

The propaganda from the Union Army is rather humorous, if you're in the proper state of mind to read it that way. Otherwise it might be infuriating. On Facebook, from US Central Command:
On this Independence Day, we send out thanks and wishes to our troops as they continue to protect our nation and preserve her liberty. Thank you for your service!

And from the National Guard:
Happy Independence Day! As you celebrate our great country today, please take a moment to remember the true meaning of independence and to thank the men and women who fight for our Freedom. Land of the free because of the brave!

Protecting liberty? What of the encroachments on liberty by the National Leviathan? Add to that imperial wars that are not necessary for the defense of the Union -- I think those early American separatists would have a thing or two to say about the way things have turned out.

Something a bit more positive (or more constructive)... Distributism and the Modern Economy by Donald P. Goodman III.

See "American Diversity" and Open Thread at Traditional Christianity.

Edit. Someone posted this for the FB page for the American Chesteron Society: "Happy Birthday America, the only nation built on a creed." Wow.

Gareth Porter, Despite Troop Surge, Taliban Attacks and US Casualties Soared
Dave Lindorff, Our Incredible Shrinking Constitution

The Declaration of Independence

Source of the picture to the right: Founding.Com (the west-coast Straussians...) The Charter of Freedom
Declaration of Independence - transcript

A selection of letters of Thomas Jefferson
The Avalon Project
The Thomas Jefferson Papers

First Principles: The American Experience
Kevin Gutzman, There is No American Creed
Joseph Stromberg, The War for Southern Independence: A Radical Libertarian Perspective*
Southern Partisan: How Should 21th Century Americans Think about the War for Southern Independence? – This is Clyde N. Wilson’s speech given at the 13th Annual Gettysburg Banquet of the J.E.B. Stuart Camp, SCV, in Philadelphia on 03 November 2007.
Jefferson, Madison, and the American Founding

Forrest McDonald, States' Rights and the Union: Imperium in Imperio, 1776–1876
Novus Ordo Seclorum
A Constitutional History of the United States - Study Guide

For the Fourth

American Scripture by Pauline Maier

Author Pauline Maier and the Declaration of Independence

Sam Adams Alliance interview with Pauline Maier: Part 1 and 2.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

On the way to KK's we had to make a stop in Milpitas. One Abbott I saw something that I hadn't seen before -- St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Church. Did the community acquire the building recently? Should I check out the liturgy?

Bearfoot - When You're Away