Friday, May 24, 2013

RENEW Still Exists

Not gone yet - RENEW International

NCReporter: Small communities offer a path to 'renewing the priestly heart' by Brian Roewe

Smaller parishes would help priests perceive themselves more as spiritual fathers and ministers rather than bureaucrats and dispensers of the sacraments. But is changing attitudes enough, without changing habits of acting? Contemporary ideas about "servant-leadership" is supposed to counter clericalism, but is it also counter to authentic patriarchy? Can "servant-leadership" still be tied to erroneous ideas about the authority of priests (or bishops) and their areas of competence?

Related: Renewing the Priestly Heart

Father James Siemens on the Language of the Liturgy


Gordon Ramsay on 94.5 Kfm Breakfast

Go here for the embedded videos.

Two from Zen Belly

Marinated Flank Steak with Mushrooms
Char Siu Style Spareribs

Michael Pollan and Ruth Reichl Hash out the Food Revolution

George Weigel Reviews Russell Shaw

U.S. Catholics: Overly Assimilated?

And seems to give the nationalist, neo-Yankee proposition-nation view as the basis of his critique (which would not be surprising given his reputation as a theo-con):

To read the history of the Catholic Church in the United States as a centuries-long struggle for assimilation and acceptance certainly sheds light on one dynamic in the development of the Church in America. Yet too close a focus on the question, “Is it possible to be a good Catholic and a good American?” is to argue the question of Catholicism and America on the other guy’s turf. Once, the “other guy” challenging Catholics’ patriotic credentials was militant Protestantism; now, the other guy is militant secularism. To play on the other guy’s turf, however, is to concede at the outset that the other guy sets the terms of debate: “We (militant Protestants/militant secularists) know what it means to be a good American; you (Catholics) have to prove yourselves to us.”

That’s not the game, however. It wasn’t really the game from 1776 through the 1960 presidential campaign—when militant Protestantism was the aggressor—and it isn’t the game today. The real game involves different, deeper questions: “Who best understands the nature of the American experiment in ordered liberty, and who can best give a persuasive defense of the first liberty, which is religious freedom?”

The nineteenth-century U.S. bishops and intellectuals whose enthusiasm for American democracy Russell Shaw now views skeptically (and, yes, they did go over the top on occasion) did get one crucial point right: the American founders “built better than they knew,” i.e., the founders designed a democratic republic for which they couldn’t provide a durable moral and philosophical defense. But the long-despised (and now despised-again) Catholics could: Catholics could (and can) give a robust, compelling account of American democracy and its commitments to ordered liberty.

Mid–twentieth-century Catholic scholars like historian Theodore Maynard and theologian John Courtney Murray picked up this theme and made it central to their reading of U.S. Catholic history. Murray presciently warned that, if Catholicism didn’t fill the cultural vacuum being created by a dying mainline Protestantism, the “noble, many-storied mansion of democracy [may] be dismantled, leveled to the dimensions of a flat majoritarianism, which is no mansion but a barn, perhaps even a tool shed in which the weapons of tyranny may be forged.”

Religious freedom and the need to wake up by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
NLM: An Interview with Fr. Guy Nicholls of the Birmingham Oratory on the Propers of the Mass

BSA Embraces the New [Dis-]Order

Boy Scouts to Admit Openly Gay Youths as Members

Some Reactions:
Thomas Fleming
I do not say all Scouting leaders are of this type, but I will say that I do not much trust grown men who want to spend time with boys. In some cases, of course, fathers in a community accept such positions as one of their obligations, and if they have woodcraft, they enjoy sharing their skills with their sons and with the sons of their friends. Otherwise, such people tend to be at best of the social worker/youth pastor type: people who get a kick out of bossing the young and vulnerable.

I understand and agree with the ideals of the early Scouting leaders. We have to be good barbarians before we can become civilized, and spending time outdoors is a great antidote to the corruption of urban life. But, whenever possible, these ideals should be communicated by families and by friends of the family, not by do-gooders who give out medals to boys who help their mothers around the house.

And then there are the den mothers...

The Thinking Housewife: here and here

Why I'm Starting a New Boy Scouts: My Catholic Scouting Manifesto ~ Dr. Taylor Marshall (The piece has been picked up by Rorate Caeli. How are the Catholic scouting groups in Europe? Many are linked to the EF of the Roman rite.)

Anothyer alternative? Federation of North American Explorers

While it might be a relatively "good" thing to work for the etasblishment of a new, more tradition-observing group, I still have doubts about earning a livelihood in a support position.

New Federal Bill Seeks to Punish Adoption Agencies That Give Priority to Married, Heterosexual Couples

No Cruise for U.N.C.L.E.

Tom Cruise Won’t Go Solo For MAN FROM UNCLE!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Interview with Christopher Hogwood on BBC3's In Tune

Here. Expires in 5 days.
I'm surprised this is still up at YT.

I was thinking about the documentary today, and I was reminded that it gives examples of the expenses involved in holding a ball such as the one at Netherfield. The modern woman's Regency fantasy requires wealth and everything that goes with it to back it up - does she instinctively know this, with the lifestyle, clothing, houses and so on as signs of opulence, as opposed to being informed by a knowledge of history and the "facts" (which the documentary provides)? How many of them value English Country Dance for the community and the tradition and not because of the accidentals of clothing and wealth?

Some Good News for Tolkien Fans The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien Released Today

But how many in Great Britain will read it? Will it rouse them from their stupor? (Look at the behavior of the bystanders in the murder in broad daylight of a British soldier in London yesterday.)

What Is It?

Huge submerged mystery structure in Sea of Galilee stumps dry-docked Israeli archaeologists
Ancient Structure Under Sea of Galilee

Della Mae, "Empire"

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Western Dominican Novitiate:

"In honor of the Translation of the Relic of St. Dominic, the novices will assist Fr. Thomas Hayes, OP, at a Dominican rite Mass this Friday, May 24. The Mass will take place at 11 AM at the Chapel of St. Anne’s Home for the Aged (300 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA 94118)."

What is the Foundation of the New Evangelization?

Zenit: Pope's Q-and-A With Movements
"Don't forget: never a closed Church, but a Church that goes out"

But man is the image of God! Because of this it is a profound crisis! In this moment of crisis we can't be concerned only about ourselves, shut ourselves in solitude, in discouragement, in the sense of impotence in face of the problems. Don't shut yourselves in, please! This is a danger: if we shut ourselves in in the parish, with friends, in the movement, with those with whom we think the same things … do you know what happens? When the Church becomes closed, she gets sick, she gets sick. Think of a closed room for a year; when you go in, there's a smell of dampness, there are so many things that are not on. A closed Church is the same thing: it is a sick Church. The Church must come out of herself. Where? To the existential peripheries, whatever they are, but go out. Jesus says to us: "Go into all the world! Go! Preach! Give witness of the Gospel!" (cf. Mark 16:15). But what happens when one comes out of oneself? What can happen is what might happen to all those who leave home and go out to the street: an accident. But I say to you: I prefer a thousand times an 'incidentata' Church, involved in an accident, than a sick Church because she is closed! Go outside, go out! Think also of what Revelation says. It says a beautiful thing: that Jesus is at the door and knocks, he knocks to come in to our heart (cf. Revelation 3:20). This is the meaning of Revelation. But ask yourselves this question: how many times is Jesus inside and knocks on the door to go out, to go outside, and we don't let Him go out, because of our securities, because so many times we are in obsolete structures, which only serve to make us slaves, and not free children of God? In this "exit" it is important to go to the encounter; this word is very important for me: encounter with others. Why? Because the faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do the same thing that Jesus does: encounter others. We live a culture of clash, a culture of fragmentation, a culture in which what isn't of use to me I throw away, the culture of rejection! But we should go to an encounter and with our faith we must create a "culture of encounter," a culture of friendship, a culture where we find brothers, where we can speak also with those who don't think like we do, also with those who have another faith, who don't have the same faith. All have something in common with us: they are images of God, they are children of God. We must go out to meet everyone, without negotiating our membership.

Christians are called to love everyone, especially those with whom they come into contact. But if they do not know how to love their fellow Christians and live in friendship with them, how can they really be human?

Last Wednesday's audience: On the Work of the Holy Spirit

Pope Makes Appeal For Catholics in China

Essays on Two of Stillman's Movies

Barbara Elliot, Damsels in Distress: a Cultural Anti-Depressant
Peter Lawler, Nature, Grace, and The Last Days of Disco

Allan Wall's Latest

Memo From Middle America | The Richwine Ruckus—What Do We Know About Mexican Intelligence Anyway?

John Derbyshire Asks: Do We Need More Smart Foreigners?
Something from Mark in Mexico: "The Last Word On Mexico" --A Dangerously Insightful Essay On Mexican History
From Under The Rubble: Is The Rule Of Law Immoral (Part II)? More Bishops Weigh In

You can find some commentary on the Richwine controversy at Conservative Heritage Times or AmCon. I don't have the time to dig them up at the moment.

Infamous Stringdusters at WOW Hall

Chris Hedges, Morris Berman, and Dmitry Orlov on The Extraenvironmentalist

Extraenvironmentalist Episode 60: Days of Destruction (hi/lo)

Kevin Carson on Our Health Care System

Health Care and Radical Monopoly

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jack Yee's Training Tips

His story was featured in Free at 50 - a fit 50-year-old Asian-American male, his is an inspirational story. Here is his guest post at MDA: Mental Toughness Training in the Primal World.

Chris Hedges's Call to Action

Chris Hedges: Rise up or Die

There was another video featuring some speaker against plutocracy but I can't find the link at the moment...

Patrick Deneen Reviews E.J. Dionne's Book

And criticizes left communitarianism:
Community or Leviathan?
Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, E.J. Dionne, Bloomsbury USA, 336 pages

Gokhale Method Institute Has a Blog Now

Here. My Quest for a "Just Right" Chair

Tried some sitting on my knees (calves) on Sunday; hadn't done that for a while, I should do it more often but I have few opportunities. to do so. In Japanese dojos one is not supposed to sit with the legs very wide apart, only enough for a man to be comfortable. But are there other cultures in which men sit with their legs far apart? Seiza is obviously more comfortable than kneeling ("Christian" style) on a hard surface.

seiza sitting

The meaning and value of sitting in seiza
Seiza flexibility exercises

Jeffrey Tucker Reviews Copperhead


Pessimists or Realists?

Rod Dreher: Conservatism is Depressive Realism

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bill Kauffman on Copperhead

An interview by Gerald Russello (via FPR) - Copperheads, Community, and Those Who Have Lost

Ron Maxwell:

2nd South Carolina String Band

"Don't Say That. It's Not Nice."

Dr. Esolen:
Word of the Day: stupid

It’s hard not to like our only word that rhymes with Cupid, and actually ought to do so, so foolish are we when the bold boy shoots us with the arrows.

The brilliant and urbane and wicked Emperor Frederick II, ruling from his palaces in Sicily and Cosenza, was called, or had himself called Stupor Mundi. He didn’t mean, Stupidity of the World. He meant that his glory would strike the beholder dumb with wonder. It would, literally, stupefy the beholder; the stupor then, is active and passive in sense at once, referring to the world’s reaction and to Frederick’s causing it. Dante admired Frederick and put him in Hell with the materialist heretics. He admired a second cousin of Frederick a lot more – the man who really ought to have been called the Wonder of the World, then and still now: Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Over the course of the centuries, the word stupor lost its sense of marvel, and, retaining its sense of speechlessness, slud over to kinda mean being reely dum. That sense, though, always was lurking in the wings, waiting to take over. The Latin suffix –idus almost always refers to something at least faintly unpleasant or feeble or ugly. The pejorative nuances survive in English: putrid, pallid, horrid, flaccid, lurid, viscid, acid, acrid, stolid, rabid, torrid, humid, tumid, vapid, timid, rancid, fetid, torpid. Some are neutral: solid. A few are words of praise: lucid, valid.

When I was young, our English textbooks advised us to pronounce the vowel in stupid as a diphthong, just as in Cupid: styoopid. But in northeastern Pennsylvania, that diphthong in such words has all but disappeared if it follows any consonant other than c, f, m, p. So we said stoopid; and the university in North Carolina is Dook, and the lies paraded on television are called the noos, and you listen to toons at the dance hall. It may have been stoopid, but so it was.

Preserving Liberty

Inescapable liberalism? Rescuing liberty from individualism and the State by Patrick Deneen
Defenders of a true human liberty need at once to "get bigger" and "get smaller." Rather than embrace the false universalism of "globalism," a true universality - under God - shows us the infinite narrowness of "globalization" and points us to the true nature of transcendence. And the only appropriate way to live in and through this transcendent is in the loci of the particular, those places which do not aspire to dim the light of the eternal City.

We need rather to attend to our States and localities, our communities and neighbourhoods, our families and our Church, making them viable alternatives and counterpoints to the monopolization of individual and State in our time, and thus to relearn the ancient virtue of self-government, and true liberty itself.

We have to attend to our States because of how sovereignty is currently understood and claimed, but even some of them are too big.

Pentecost: Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Pope Francis' Homily at Pentecost Mass
Pope at Pentecost: Newness, harmony and mission
Pope Francis: 'Be Open to the Newness of the Holy Spirit'

Pope's Pentecost Mass: The Holy Spirit drives our mission, promotes unity in the Church

Pentecost Vigil with the Lay Ecclesial Movements

Pope Francis to Catholic Lay Movements: Get out of your comfort zone

Neocatechumenal Way Initiators Meet with Pope Francis
Pontiff Calls Movements and Communities Part of the Riches of the Church

On the Catholic Charismatic Renewal:
CWR: The Charismatic Renewal and the Catholic Church (via Insight Scoop)

Pope to Catholic Charismatic Renewal: Tell Them I Love Them Very Much
Archbishop Rino Fisichella Relays Pontiffs Message to Participants at Rimini Meeting

Jesuits on the Rise

Vatican Insider: Jesuit superior, Nicolas, appointed head of religious orders
The “black pope” has been placed in charge of the International Union of Superiors General for the next three years
Chiesa: On the Case of Shanghai, a Letter from Cardinal Zen
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong corrects and clarifies some passages of the last article from www.chiesa on China. The difficult relationship between official and underground bishops. The disputes in the Vatican curia. The unknowns of the new pontificate

What Is the Place of the Monastery?

The Distributist Review: The Gospel of Hospitality by Dale Ahlquist (who visits Clear Creek and Casa Juan Diego)
In medieval times, the monasteries were the center of culture. Wherever a monastery was built a town grew up around it. The monks provided the focus of faith, which always has practical implications that are seen in art, craftsmanship, education, and simple economic stability. Interestingly enough, Catholic families have already started to settle around the edge of Clear Creek Monastery. This is where they want to raise their children. It is the medieval model working perfectly, a place done right, right from the start. Chesterton predicted: “Whenever monks come back, marriages will come back.”

The monastery must be the center, not a satellite, in a thriving Catholic community. The Houston Catholic Worker house also does things right, but in a place where everything has gone wrong, because it went wrong almost from the start. The Zwicks are dealing with one soul at a time in a place where people are cold statistics. Their hospitality cannot solve the large problems that plague huge cities, but it can treat each of the problems that show up at their door each day. Their source of strength and love is their faith. Each house has a chapel. Jesus is always present, both in the souls of the poor and in the Blessed Sacrament.

This may be historically accurate for the spread of growth of monasticism in Western Europe, but if the monastery is to the center, has something gone wrong with the local Church (and the cathedral community)? Monasteries should be places of evangelical witness, but for it to replace the local Church (and its communities) as the center of a Christian community seems less than ideal.

FSSP Ordinations 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013. Catch the broadcast on

Sunday, May 19, 2013

More on Christians in the Near and Middle East

The Precarious Position of Christians in the Holy Land
Middle Eastern Christians struggle due to American foreign policy, Jewish nationalism, and Muslim jihad

Gut Flora

Say Hello to the 100 Trillion Bacteria That Make Up Your Microbiome
Are Happy Gut Bacteria Key to Weight Loss?

"Keep Dreaming, Sister"

Teresa Forcades, the radical Catalan nun on a mission - video

I'm no expert on the Spanish Civil War - did the Communists have a strong presence in Catalonia? She speaks like a Protestant, sola scriptura, when discussing the papacy and holy orders.
Flipping between channels, ACM Tim McGraw special on CBS and the Billboard Music Awards on ABC. Haven't missed much by ignoring mainstream Uhmerican music. Lady A exemplifies the pop and rock transformation of mainstream country. M. Louise Ciccone showed up to receive an award, dressed as her usual scandalous self. Taylor Swift wears too much make-up, and on the Tim McGraw show she was sexing it up unnecessarily for "Highway Don't Care." She's overcompensating or something...

"Uhmerica, F- Yeah!"

But a nice appearance by the main singer of A-Ha at the end of "Feel This Moment."

Syriac Christianity in China

From the Oxus to China (via Eastern Christian Books)

I attended the Chaldean-rite Liturgy celebrated at St. Albert's Priory yesterday - the singing was beautiful. I don't know how much of it was in Aramaic (all? part?), but its "Easterness" didn't bother me. I would like to learn more about the Western and Eastern Syriac rites.

Big Finish's Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special

Den of Geek

Normal edition
Limited Collector's Edition

*Spoiler Warning for the TV series*