Saturday, March 30, 2013

Archbishop Gomez Continues His Advocacy

The liberal Catholic version of the Proposition Nation.

Archbishop Gomez's Address to Jewish Leaders on Immigration Reform

This issue of immigration is crucial to us. It's also important to me personally. I was born in Monterrey, Mexico and lived there until after I graduated college. So I am an immigrant and also a naturalized American citizen. I still have family on both sides of the border.

I am also the chairman of the U.S. bishops' committee on migration, so I am active on this issue at a national level. Basically, the bishops have for years now supported a comprehensive reform of our immigration policies that secures our borders and gives undocumented immigrants the chance to earn permanent residency and eventual citizenship.

And I feel like we are seeing movement on this issue. Finally. For the first time in years.

I was just in Washington two weeks ago for a meeting at the White House with President Obama — along with other religious leaders. The Jewish faith was represented by Mark Hetfield, president of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. I think we all walked away from the meeting feeling like the President agreed with our concerns. So now is the time to get this done.

The question for us is what's our role in immigration reform, as religious people? I think it's this. I think our role is to be the voice of conscience and vision. That's what's been missing in the debate so far. If immigration was only about finding technical solutions, about fixing a broken system, then I think the system would probably have been fixed already.

The real problem is that immigration is a question about America — about our national identity and destiny, about the national "soul." What is America? What does it mean to be an American? Who are we as a people and where are we heading as a country? What will the "next America" look like? What should the next America look like?

We can't try to answer all those questions tonight. But we can start to think about them.

It was a British writer, G. K. Chesterton, who said, "America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed."

He was right. Every other nation in history has been established on some "material" foundation. On the basis of a common set of borders or territory. Or on the basis of race or ethnicity — the same kind of people all live there.

But America was founded on something else. America was founded on a vision.

And that vision is Jewish and Christian in origin. It is a vision that we find on the first page of the Bible and it continues through the Law of Moses and the writings of the prophets and it continues in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the writings of the first Christians.

America's "creed" is based on the biblical teaching that human life is sacred and has great dignity — because God made men and women in his own image. It gets expressed this way in the Declaration of Independence — that all men and women are created equal by God and endowed with God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

This Judeo-Christian creed has helped make America home to a flourishing diversity of cultures, religions and ways of life. As a result, we have always been a nation of nationalities. E pluribus unum. One people made from peoples of many nations, races, and creeds.

One of the problems we have today is that we've lost our ability to talk about issues in religious and moral terms. We are becoming a more and more secular society. And that makes it hard to talk about the values and commitments we find in America's founding documents.

Think about the great movements for change and social justice in America — the anti-slavery movement, the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the culture of life movement today. These would be unthinkable without our nation's sacred Judeo-Christian heritage.

There's a reason for that. Because in our system of democracy, human rights don't come from government, they come from God. The best expression of that is John F. Kennedy's inaugural address: "The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God."

So if we are not allowed to talk about God anymore in our politics or civic life then it becomes very hard to talk about human rights and human dignity.

And I think that's one of the problems we are having in this immigration debate. We have lost sense of the "humanity" of the men and women and children who are living in this country illegally.

That worries me as a pastor. I'm worried we are losing something of our national soul.

America is a great nation. At home and abroad. In times of war and in times of peace. Americans can be found wherever people are poor and suffering — lending a hand, saving lives, building communities, bringing people hope.

Whose reform?

Which faction does he represent, if any? While the New Scot had been a fan of Fr. Cantalamessa and encouraged me to read his stuff, my initial enthusiasm has disappeared after I read some of his homilies.

Father Cantalamessa's Good Friday Homily:
The evangelization has a mystical origin; it is a gift that comes from the cross of Christ, from that open side, from that blood and from that water. The love of Christ, like that of the Trinity of which it is the historical manifestation, is "diffusivum sui", it tends to expand and reach all creatures, "especially those most needy of thy mercy." Christian evangelization is not a conquest, not propaganda; it is the gift of God to the world in his Son Jesus. It is to give the Head the joy of feeling life flow from his heart towards his body, to the point of vivivfying its most distant limbs.

We must do everything possible so that the Church may never look like that complicated and cluttered castle described by Kafka, and the message may come out of it as free and joyous as when the messenger began his run. We know what the impediments are that can restrain the messenger: dividing walls, starting with those that separate the various Christian churches from one another, the excess of bureaucracy, the residue of past ceremonials, laws and disputes, now only debris.

In Revelation, Jesus says that He stands at the door and knocks (Rev 3:20). Sometimes, as noted by our Pope Francis, he does not knock to enter, but knocks from within to go out. To reach out to the "existential suburbs of sin, suffering, injustice, religious ignorance and indifference, and of all forms of misery."

As happens with certain old buildings. Over the centuries, to adapt to the needs of the moment, they become filled with partitions, staircases, rooms and closets. The time comes when we realize that all these adjustments no longer meet the current needs, but rather are an obstacle, so we must have the courage to knock them down and return the building to the simplicity and linearity of its origins. This was the mission that was received one day by a man who prayed before the Crucifix of San Damiano: "Go, Francis, and repair my Church".

Paul Craig Roberts Interview on KPFA

Guns and Butter (mp3)

In the combox it is said that he will be back for a longer interview in April - something that was mentioned in this interview?

Jesus Christ Conquers

A close relative passed away this morning at 9:51. Kyrie eleison.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Dr. Hirsch, "The Nexus of Energy and Risk in the 21st Century"

MGTOW - Dalrock: Why aren’t men responding to economic signals?

The world you have made:
Of the people I know who have graduated college, less than half are gainfully employed. Worse, most of the ones who are employed are women. In my major, women made up the majority. 2/3 of them have jobs in the field. I’m unaware of another male I graduated with who has a job in it. Worse yet, a lot of the men like me doubled down and took extra concentrations and minors in with our degrees. Along with writing, I studied media/critical analysis and Public Relations. Essentially, I crammed an extra year into college into my four years to stay competitive in a competitive field.

As to whether the girls could write better, I must answer with a resounding “NO.” Their research papers, which I often proofread, took naive positions and failed to argue articulately whereas I typically chose an uphill position and argued it with robust reasoning and heavy sourcing. More than a few profs privately admitted my papers constructively challenged their world-views. So why, then, did the girls get the jobs? Surely companies want to hire better writers, particularly ones with GPAs above 3.5 and other honors associations, additional education and accreditation in the field, and a robust sense of communication and argumentation. (White women college grads are second only to Asian men in post-baccalaureate employment levels

It all comes down to the shifting corporate environment. A half century of government puppeteering, law suits, and sensitivity trainings have rendered companies deaf to reality. The corporate attitude takes no risks. The productivity of one man cannot compare to the financial risk that he might make an off-color remark that somehow triggers a woman to sue him and the company for supposedly subjecting her to his comment. The supreme irony is that, despite the playful joking attitudes of men in the workplace, women accomplish much less. Companies either willfully ignore this or are too scared to act on this fact.

And now, let’s return to what men have been doing. I call this the Scott Pilgrim phenomenon. Where men have encountered resistance to even their most sincere and dedicated efforts, they have assumed a fatalistic attitude towards achievement, especially since they have no family. With very few reasons to give more than a minimum hoot that they have accomplished nothing, they settle into the solipsistic world of drinking, video games, bad TV and other nonconstructive pursuits. (I grew up with video games and still enjoy them, however I treat it as I do TV and limit my use)

The truth is that when faced with difficulty and no rational cause to weather it, men retreat to the hibernation state and care only about basic comfort and enjoyment. Men, by nature, are not lazy. However, a combination of the “everybody’s special” culture, institutional resistance to their presence in the labor force, and the lack of real liabilities like a family hardly persuades men to better themselves and become more productive. The reason men marched into coal mines to do back-breaking labor had little to do with personal motivation and everything to do with familial provision.

Slow Food Quickens the Pace

The Trader Joe's Lesson: How to Pay a Living Wage and Still Make Money in Retail

A Prepper Series: The Lights Out Saga

We Are Made for Cooperation

Another Instance of White Flight

A Reader In Occupied Sugarland TX Reports Multicultural Propaganda From The University Of Houston

Tenebrae at Norcia

From today - mp3.

Gangs of New York for Television

Miramax and Scorsese Developing Gangs of New York TV Series

Do we need another show about New York City's past? Isn't Copper enough? A NYT article that reviews the second while referring to the GoNY movie: Slums of New York Teem With Life and Death.

Making History with the Pioneers of Bluegrass


News on the Kickstarter campaign.

Lawrence Auster Has Passed

VDare. Kyrie eleison.

Jared Diamond's Talk at the Commonwealth Club

Here - for his book The World Until Yesterday (mp3)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Noble Simplicity

Noble Simplicity and the Liturgiologist Edmund Bishop (NLM Reprint)

Last night I came upon a reference to Bishop in Aidan Nichol's book on Adrian Fortescue. Bishop's The Genius of the Roman Rite.

The genius of the Roman Rite and the identity of the priest
The Genius of the Roman Rite: Historical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspectives on Catholic Liturgy

Quod Facis?

Pope Begins Easter with Liturgical Abuse
The Official End of the Reform of the Reform - by example

Pope Francis washes feet of 12 jailed minors, including two girls, at detention center

Pope Francis to jailed teens: I wash your feet to remind you that we have to help each other

Does the detention center fall within the diocese of Rome? If so, it could be argued that he was still acting as the bishop of Rome, even though he was not celebrating the liturgy at St. John Liturgy. If not... then it is hard to see how the personality cult surrounding the papacy is not being deliberately cultivated, though it such prominent public actions may be ostensibly acts of humility or some other Christian virtue or "servant leadership." The pope as global spokesperson, even when he is acting locally?

Zenit: Pope Francis' Holy Thursday Homily at Casal del Marmo Juvenile Detention Center

Fr. Z. What is Pope Francis Really Saying?

Homily for Chrism Mass (Vatican News)
Ignatius Press to Release Four Books by Cardinal Bergoglio (Pope Francis)
The Last Words of Bergoglio Before the Conclave

Thomas Fleming on Conservative Opposition to SSM

Conservatives Back Gay Marriage

Dr. Fleming does not mention Wendell Berry, but this is somewhat pertinent - a more sympathetic view of Wendell Berry's remarks on SSM.

Over in the UK

They're still not learning. What vocations crisis? The first photo jumped out at me when I saw it on FB -- the Chrism Mass in Liverpool (full album):

Even at Westminster cathedral (full album), though it's not as bad...

Maundy Thursday

Tenebrae at Norcia today. (mp3)

From the March issue of Adoremus:
Bene et Firmiter -- Well and Permanently: A Short History of Reservation of the Eucharist by Father Cassian Folsom, OSB
Summa and Sacrament: Josef Pieper on the Thomistic Principles of Liturgical Reform by Lance Byron Richey

Pope Francis presides over Chrism Mass with 1600 priests at St. Peter's Basilica

His homily.

"I desire mercy, and not sacrifice."

During the time of the prayer symposium in February, I was driving to San Francisco and I heard on the radio the audio of an [un-]wise Latina woman promoting herself and her book at the Commonwealth Club. (And now she is hearing arguments concerning same-sex marriage?) I was thinking about how she and her ilk were destroying the country and leading souls astray through their actions. Our Lord told us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us; he did not say that we must pretend that they are not our enemies, or that what they do is not evil. (As for forgiveness, that can be a convoluted question.)

So what of anger and the desire for vengeance? While one may legitimately feel anger at the evil that is done, to be in a perpetual state of anger is not healthy for the soul. One must find a positive outlet for such emotion. If our responses to that evil are limited and we are unable to prevent that evil from being done, we can still exercise charity towards our enemies and pray for them, while striving to protect and defend those around us. We are recipients of God's mercy and should bear it towards others. Charity does not preclude constitutional or political reform, and true growth in charity and its manifestation towards one's neighbor cannot but have an impact on the political sphere, properly understood as the community in which we live.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on 'My Beloved World'

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Commemorating a Sad Event in Korean History

Twitch: ND/NF 2013 Review: JISEUL, A Mournful, Beautifully Photographed Depiction of a Historical Tragedy

Didn't You Expect This?

Obama sells out U.S. citizens by signing Monsanto Protection Act into law

Outer Liturgical Vestments

Specifically for priests (and Roman-rite bishops)...

I know an Indian priest of the Roman rite, who has on occasion worn something resembling a Roman cope (not only for Syro-Malabar liturgies but for a Roman-rite baptism, too). Is it the same as the paina, and can it be worn during the qurbana? (I thought the paina was more like the Roman-rite chasuble, being closed, not open in the front.) You can find some examples of what I am talking about here. (The mitre is similar to what I was talking about in a previous post as a replacement for the current Roman-rite form, but taller.)

Paattu Kurbana : Syro-Malabar Qurbana [Holy Mass] in Malayalam

Syrian Orthodox:

The Holy Penta Mass Malankara Orthodox Church Anchinmel Qurbana
Malankara Orthodox Holy Qurbana
St.John's Orthodox Valiyapally,Vakathanam - Hindi Qurbana - 24/06/2012 Sunday

I see only the cape in these videos. Is the closed paina still in use, or is it an example of a Latinization that was rightfully abandoned?

The chasuble and the Byzantine equivalent, the phelonion, had to be modified in shape (from their common source, the Roman paenula) in order to allow for more movement of the hands? Is it easier perhaps to make something that is not closed, like a cape, to look less awkward and more elegant? (Like the blue cape of the Swiss guards.) A open cloak or cape-like vestment might also allow for better ventilation and cooling of the body?

I know Byzantine-rite bishops wear capes that originated as "streetwear" but are now formal "casual"; I do not think they have any liturgical "capes." While the phelnion has grown on me, I have to say that some instances still look odd to me, being too "wide" and puffy, truly resembling a little house. (A form more common among the Slavs?) I prefer those versions which drape/fall closer to the body more. (Is there a chance of Byzantine-rite bishops returning to their version of the phelonion, the polystavrion, and dropping the use of the sakkos?)

Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Wedding
The Short Phelonion in the Byzantine East

White or Black Cassock for the Pope?

A comment at Fr. Z's:
Personally for less than formal occasions I think the Pope should not wear the white soutane, but rather a black soutane with white trimmings. Like a papal version of a Cardinals Black Cassock with red piping, buttons, fascia and zucchetto; all would be white instead of red. The pope after all is not a Dominican, why should he wear white? And how is he supposed to eat spaghetti wearing papal white? (j/k on the last one, but otherwise my suggestion is quite serious). Also this would allow him his black shoes, but then for formal occasions requiring choir dress or vesting he could switch to the white soutane, red shoes, mozzetta, etc. Best of both worlds, a Catholic both/and.

I am personally inclined to agree with this, and might even go so far as to say that for formal occasions black would be retained. But what color fascia? Someone else suggests that he adopt a red cassock. Then how would he be distinguished from cardinals in choir dress? His ring? A manifestly different pectoral cross? (Or by the abolition of the college of cardinals?)

Andrew Nikiforuk, The Energy of Slaves

D&M Publishers
The author's website.

The Energy of Slaves: Andrew Nikiforuk

Interview: The Energy of Slaves

Calgary author Andrew Nikiforuk trains pen on Energy of Slaves
Andrew Nikiforuk denounces the Energy of Slaves
Can We De-Friend Oil? Andrew Nikiforuk Speaks Wednesday

Yes, the Church Needs to Be More Feminist!

Ten ways Pope Francis can renew the Catholic church's relationship with women
The realm of sex and reproduction in particular is an area where the Vatican needs to improve its approach to its female followers.

Another Catholic feminist, apparently.

Should Have Called Him Out On It

Several weeks ago someone complained that I didn't let him know I was out on the playground doing yard duty, since he wanted to go to the restroom. I responded, "Sorry about that," though even at that moment I thought he was being rather childish. (Which was somewhat disappointing, since I remembered him from many years ago, but he had forgotten me.) It was a habitual response, trying to "smooth" things over in order to avoid problems in the future. But I probably should have told him that it was his responsibility as an actual member of the staff to talk to "visitors" to let them know what procedures were available for yard duty during recess. He should have been man enough to take the initiative to ask for a bathroom break. And as a regular member of the staff, shouldn't he have been aware that there was an unfamiliar face on the playground with the children? Who exactly did he think I was, anyway, if he noticed me at all?

"P-education is so lame."

How Many "Failure Stories"?

A FB wall post got me thinking about Catholic institutions of higher learning, whether they be the older, more established, heterodox sort or the more recently founded, smaller, "orthodox" colleges. Such institutions are likely to use their alumni's success stories to market the value of the education they provide. How many are willing to consider the failures? "It's not our problem."

I know a few men who could not find decent work with a B.A.; at least one had been wandering for a while. He had some personal issues to work through, but he ended up going back to school to get another degree (in order to work as a librarian). How many [male] alumni have been unable to find decent work that would enable them to marry and raise a family?

Then there are the women... some are lucky to find a husband at the school, but many others do not. The [heterodox] Catholic universities follow sex egalitarianism. But the case is also true of the new small Catholic colleges. There is the commodification of liberal education and marketing to both young men and women alike, without any recognition of sex differences. There are a quite a few Catholic alumnae who did not get married until their late 20s or early 30s. Now we might say that this is their fault, or the fault of their parents, but do not Catholic colleges and universities share in some of the blame too? We can't really say that they're just selling a [liberal] education, when they claim to be developing the whole person as well. (And all Catholic institutions make this claim.) How can they do so, without informing young women of what we take for granted in the androsphere - the decline in fertility with age, hypergamy, the wisdom of looking for a husband when young, and so on? If it is a better use of their time to learn the necessary skills and arts for being a wife and to look for men who are established and can support their family, how many of them should be in college? Is there not a conflict of interest, when colleges must be looking for warm bodies to fill classroom seats (and none are willing to entertain the idea of going single-sex)?

That Gun Control Debate with Peter Hitchens

Via Peter Hitchens:

The debatecommences in 38 minutes.

My Lady Boss Trailer

A follow-up to the posts on Catholic Feminism and hypergamy - the movie stars Marian Rivera:

Sure it's supposed to be a romantic comedy, but would such a careerist woman really fall in love with the rich playboy, if she knew that he didn't have any money? What sort of qualities does he display that make such an attraction realistic?

At any rate, I think this is another example of how the mass media is a ideological vehicle aiming to subvert traditional culture.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Grassfed Girl Recommends...

Paleo Friendly and Gluten Free Restaurants in San Francisco Part 1

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Paleo Friendly Eats in San Francisco Part 3

The Wild West

Wyatt Earp Turns 165 and The Cowboys and Wyatt Earp by Thomas Fleming

Introduction to The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West: Towards a New Economics for a Full World

Paul Craig Roberts, Americans’ Economic Prospects And Civil Liberties Have Been Stolen

Michael Bublé's Newest

Catholic Feminism, Again

Who Were the Early Feminists in the U.S.?

The first generation of Uhmerican feminists are ok because they were "pro-life"; never mind what their other beliefs were - sounds like the Catholic support of the Republican party, doesn't it? And it sounds like the author doesn't disagree with the goals of contemporary feminism, either: "Forty years after abortion was legalized, women have not achieved pay equity in the workplace, and they’re still doing most of the work at home."

Why U.N. Feminists Should Want to Partner with the Holy See by Erika Bachiochi (via Mirror of Justice)

Is any sort of argument defending tradition because women benefit evidence of "the feminine imperative"? She may cite John Paul II about the domination of women by men, but what of the domination of men by women? Or the abuse, disrespect, and maltreatment of husbands by wives?

The Automatic Earth: The Lesson from Cyprus: Europe is Politically Bankrupt

Shouldn't all that has been happening with respect to the EU finally show that those Catholics who enthusiastically support such utopian projects as the EU (or the UN) in the name of peace or the "common good" are idealists who have little understanding of the struggle for earthly power? They lack the wisdom of serpents.

S. Trifkovic, The Sick Man on the Senne

Duncan Stroik's Latest Book

Duncan Stroik: Church Architecture—Tradition in Continuity

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hypergamy Unchained

imnobody on Central America:
It’s hard to say because there has been a complete change here. When I moved to Central American (in 1997), it was hard to find a single childless woman in their mid thirties. They had married or they have been single moms (out of desperation of not finding a man). A 26 y.o. woman was considered old in those days.

This has changed very quickly and I think it is because of American influence (mass media, Internet and Central American immigrants living in the United States).

Now, in 2013, I see lots of single women in their thirties with no children. I think they are the majority of girls of this age. I would say the percentage is about 50% in the girls who go to college (that is, middle class or high class women) vs about 30% of women who married and divorced so they are looking for a provider (alimony doesn’t exist here and child support is not very high). In the low earning classes, most women are single moms.

It’s hard to say, though. I wish I had statistics. I don’t recommend people coming to Central America to marry. It was true a decade ago but now things have changed.
Haven't wee seen the same trends in East Asia? Feminism is just an added toxin, but not necessary to suppress the fertility rate, marriage, and family formation - mass education, mass media (tv and movies), industrial capitalism in search of workers and consumers - all of these undoubtedly have impacted women's expectations of mates and of material comforts.

Given Uhm Jung Hwa's career (especially some of her movie choices) and life choices up to this point, it seems unlikely she will marry, unless she accepts the proposal of some rich 60 yo man.

Moore Brothers, "Wayfaring Stranger"

Wayfaring Stranger @ the Hunger Games Site - Moore Brothers

Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars - Safe & Sound

Massad Ayoob Interview


The Band Perry, "Better Dig Two"

Who Runs America?

Monsanto Protection Act Proves Corporations More Powerful Than Government by Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society
Tell President Obama to veto the Monsanto Protection Act!

I don't think he will veto it.

So who writes the laws and rules? Is it accurate to say that in the United States, commercial justice is paramount and trumps all other rights, duties, and obligations? It's a very narrow understanding of commutative justice. What then, of the rule of law, when the law is in the hands of the few, who write it for their own benefit, privileging the few who hold [economic] power, for the sake of profit and control?

Just a few weeks ago, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Merrigan resigned. What were her reasons for doing so? Any connection to the continued dominance of Monsanto and Big Ag over the Federal Government?

New Hope 360 blog post
Beginning Farmers

Good Ol' Persons "Reunion" at Freight and Salvage

April 3. Kathy Kallick is one of the original co-founders. Here is an interview with one of the original co-founders, Laurie Lewis.

CD Baby

Also on April 3. Choir of New College, Oxford at Stanford.
(A program celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten.)

Open Rehearsal: Choir of New College, Oxford -
Edward Higginbottom, director with guests Stanford Chamber Chorale; Stephen M. Sano, director
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 7:00-9:30 pm

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Taiwan: A Fukushima Disaster Waiting to Happen?

The Radioactive Ghost Of Chiang Kai-Shek

Other articles at Counterpunch:
The Self-Delusions Of Empire by Joseph Richardson
The Sociocide Of Iraq By Bush/Cheney by Ralph Nader
America’s Willing Executioners by Rob Urie
The Madness Of King George Revisited by Franklin C. Spinney

A Sad Waste of Time

Not even good enough for a laugh - Olympus Has Fallen - it was ok until the gunship was brought down. Then the lack of plausibility to the action sequences and the behavior of the military destroyed my enjoyment of the movie. And the terrorist plot was like something cribbed from 24. Nice PC White House, too.  Gerard Butler needs to stop slumming it up in his choice of movie roles, but he may have no options.


Will the other White House Die Hard movie, White House Down be any better? (Better CGI probably, if it has any.)

The trailers shown before the movie reminded me of how Uhmerican Hollywood is - Tyler Perry's Temptation and then the riff on university advertisements was well-done, but it reveals the lack of originality in the promos for American higher education:

Where Higher Education Went Wrong

Joseph Stromberg, Land to the People Who Till It

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