Saturday, June 01, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Dominican ordinations tonight. Long Saturday ahead... Someone almost crashed into me on the drive to San Francisco; he was too close and his braking was quite audible.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Common Good and Scale

Thaddeus Kozinski and James Chastek respond to the Robert George-Michael Hannon debate on the common good. Maybe I will eventually write my own post, which will be a rehash of things I've already written before...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Russell Shaw Responds to His Critics

CWR: My response to criticisms and questions regarding "American Church"

Conceding the rightness of the liberal viewpoint - "Yes, America has moved ahead on some fronts—racial justice and women’s rights are notable instances."

Others are willing enough to grant the truth of that, but fault me for not championing their preferred understanding of the historic roots of the present situation. Apparently I’m to be faulted for not lining up with their side (whichever it happens to be) in a long-running quarrel between two opposed groups of Catholic intellectuals arguing very different positions in regard to the American founding.

One group (David Schindler is an exemplary figure) sees something radically at odds with Catholicism in the philosophical-theological premises of the founders who, after all, were men of the Enlightenment with more than a dash of Deism flowing in their veins. An interviewer for a conservative blog expresses this by citing Leo XIII in support of the proposition that the founders’ liberalism is flat-out incompatible with natural law. But others (call them the John Courtney Murray-Michael Novak School) hold that the founders were operating, albeit unknowingly, within a profoundly Catholic tradition. In an oddly equivocal column on my book, George Weigel argues that Catholics should now busy themselves filling in the natural law foundations of the admirable democratic system they built.

No doubt about it, this is an interesting debate, but it’s not one I saw—or see—any particular reason to enter into in American Church. My thesis, as I’ve said, is much simpler: Uncritical Catholic assimilation into American secular culture as it is today is a grave threat to the faith and one we need to address with no further delay. Time enough to argue later about the founders and the American founding.

The question of the founding and the resulting narrative is important, though, if we are to understand how Catholics have assimilated. It's not just the push to be "secular" (which can be a vague descriptor) but the adoption of a certain mindset or culture, not one that necessariliy belonged to all of the Founding Fathers. What is the origin of the worldview that competes with Catholicism in its adherents, and in what ways is it erroneous? What if the "two opposed groups of Catholic intellectuals" are wrong and Mr. Shaw does not offer a viable alternative to either?

A Dominican Tribute to Doc Watson

Can Bluegrass Save Your Mortal Soul? by Dominic Verner

The Saint

Learned today that there is a new television adaptation of the novels by Leslie Charteris, starring an actor unknown to me, Adam Rayner. Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress plays another kickass girl, this time another character from the novels, but "updated" to fit contemporary [PC] sensibilities.

Bleeding Cool
Teasr on IGN
Yahoo: The Most Popular Fast-Food Outlets You’ve Never Heard Of (Yet)

Some Music Videos for Today...

Del McCoury Band "John Henry" Delfest,Cumberland, MD May 24, 2013

Aoife O'Donovan - Lay My Burden Down [Live at WAMU's Bluegrass Country]

(She wrote this song for Alison Krauss.)

Doc Watson - Summertime - Romp Bluegrass Festival 2010 (Owensboro, KY)

Abel - WKO 205 per viola da gamba - Nima Ben David

An Introduction to Owen Barfield

Owen Barfield: Effective Approach to Social Change (part I) by Bradley J. Birzer

The Art of Manliness Continues Its Series

Are You a Sheep or Sheepdog? Part II: 8 Reasons You’re Hardwired for Sheepness
Are You a Sheep or Sheepdog? Part III: Your Roadmap to Becoming a Sheepdog

The Lincoln-Garibaldi Connection

From 2000: Garibaldi asked by Lincoln to run army
Pravmir: Turkey’s Continuing Siege: Remembering the Fall of Constantinople by Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou
Masterpiece Mystery 2013 Season

Watch Masterpiece Mystery 2013 Season on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

For Jordi Savall Fans

Jordi Savall y el barroco del Nuevo Mundo
20 abr 2013
Jordi Savall es una autoridad mundial en materia de música antigua. Le conocemos por su maestria con la viola da gamba, y ahora es noticia porque nos presenta una propuesta distinta: el barroco del Nuevo Mundo. Se trata de una música única, fruto de la mezcla de ritmos y melodías de africa, la españa renacentista y barroca y temas originales del continente americano. Músicas pensadas para el baile con un fuerte componente de improvisación y que siguen vivas hoy día.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Orthodox Advice on the Use of the Internet and Social Media

Keeping our Faces in a Facebook World by Fr. Lawrence Farley
The Spiritual Life and the Virtual Landscape: Technology, Internet Addiction, and the Society of Simulacra by Valeriya Posashko

Theaters Showing Copperhead

A list. Nothing in California.
No Name Anime is shutting down...
With some sadness, the organizers of No-Name Anime have decided to make 2013 be our last year. We are grateful for the Santa Clara library's seven years of support. We'd like to thank all our attendees and staff since our founding in 1993. Some of the regular attendees would like to form a new successor club for 2014. They welcome ideas for the name of the new organization and people interested in volunteering to help. Until they have their own online presence, meet them in person at the next NNA meeting or contact NNA and we'll forward your message.

Hadn't been to a meeting for a very long time; does it continue to attract the same people even now? Anime might be readily available these days through the internet, but there aren't many organizations here that provide anime fans with an opportunity to gather and socialize.

Cold Eyes Trailer

Han Hyo-Joo

Monday, May 27, 2013

Paul Gottfried's New Website

The Gottfried Report (via CHT)
Fabius Maximus: Update about one of the seldom-discussed trends shaping our world: 4GW

Photos from Bishop Barber's Ordination

SJ Mercury

I didn't know he was over at St. Patrick's from 2002 to 2010. Did he help improve things at the seminary?

Province of Saint Joseph, 2013 Priesthood Ordinations




Related: Providence College Commencement 2013

The Western Province will have its ordinations this Friday.

I don't have much connection to the Southern or Central Province. You can read the announcement for the May 11 ordination for the Central Province.

Fr. Reginald Foster on the Venerable Bede's Latin

The Venerable Bede and his 'Life of Saint Cuthbert'...

Vatican Insider: Francis' new Legion
Today the Pope received Cardinal De Paolis, the Legion of Christ's “chief”, in audience, confirming that the Congregation would have new superiors and constitutions by the end of 2013

Leftists Get Some Things Right

But it can be difficult to read the other things...

Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal by Robert Jensen (Transition Voice)

Even more ideological silliness: Masculinity and the End of Time
Patriarchy is identified with every significant moral failing, while the author is not willing to go to the extreme of radical egalitarianism, he tries to blend masculinity with femininity to create the new "man," who is not equipped by nature to be any sort of authority with respect to wife.

Memorial Day 2013

Rhonda Vincent, Darrin Vincent & Carolyn Vincent - "Wounded Soldier"

Dailey & Vincent - "More Than a Name on the Wall"

Krista Branch, "Foreign Land"


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Wendell Berry Interviews Michael Pollan

I previously posted about this event here. The YT video doesn't have any actual video from the event.

"The Mad Famer's Gay Liberation Front? Wendell Berry and Gay Marriage" at Georgetown College

In which he responds to some of his critics regarding his position on same-sex marriage.

Chrissy Crowley and Rachel Davis

Chrissy Crowley - Last Night's Fun

Rachel Davis - "Coig Tunes"

Rhonda Vincent & the Rage - Freeborn Man (Josh Williams)