Saturday, February 22, 2014

A great lecture by Fr. Damian today - I wouldn't have minded if it had lasted an additional hour...

Friar Alessandro

Friar Alessandro, Voice from Assisi
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My mother would be eager to buy his CD to support him and because she likes that sort of music. Apparently one Franciscan I know does not like his singing...

More 'traditional' versions of the Our Father in the Roman rite.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Liberal or Illiberal?

Against the Grain: Recent Articles on Religion and Liberty, Catholicism and Liberalism (via the Pertinacious Papist)

A version of Catholic libertarianism: Liberalism, Capitalism & Pluralism: The Catholic Wars Continue

Or, another attempt by a Catholic to appropriate Austrian liberalism.

Google Fiber a Possibility for the South Bay

If it happens this would be good news for people tired of AT&T and Comcast. How about How much would service cost for home users?

Teach the Latins a Thing or Two

about sacred music...

Chant Cafe: Westminster Cathedral Choir in Rome for Consistory Weekend by Kathleen Pluth

Still Getting Publicity

From Ted this time:

Post by TED.

Sex at Dawn Medieval studies as a state-supporting power: basic problems of German medieval studies in the German Empire until the Republic of Weimar

Bishops and Citizenship

NBC News

With what credentials did John Paul II and Benedict XVI travel to other countries? As head of state for the Vatican City? No doubt Francis will do the same, and it is said that Benedict XVI also kept his German passport. Therefore, one should not see the renewal of his passport as a repudiation of the sovereign status of Vatican City. Still, if the pope were to renounce his political independence, should he not then be a citizen of Rome or the Italian state, if he is bishop of Rome? Where should his political loyalties be? To another polity or state or people? The pope, like all Christians, should love all, but if we hold to the order of charity, his political community would have priority over other political communities.

Edit. There is a "second-hand" report circulating that Pope Francis did indeed express his desire to travel using his Argentinian passport: BERGOGLIO, Jorge Mario. Is the source reliable? If so, does Pope Francis intend to do so and not use his official credentials as the head of Vatican City at all? Does Francis's decision, then, differ from what Benedict did? (I have not found "official" confirmation that Benedict XVI retrained his German passport but did not use it; this "fact" was repeated by various people on posts about Francis's renewal of his Argentinian passport.)

Latest from Socci: The Papal Games by Christopher A. Ferrara

Terminology: What is the "official" name of the Traditional Latin Mass? Is it "Extraordinary Form"?

Good Exaggeration by the Mass Media?

Christianity Today: Sign of the Ice Dancing Cross: Good News for Missionaries at Sochi Olympics
But there's this subtitle: Russians returning in droves to Christianity (though not to church), according to new Pew research.

What is keeping the Russian people away from temple and liturgy? Some speculation on this in a future post...
12 Things: Inside the world of Yuna Kim

Video of her short program (click on the link):

Post by MBC.

*spoiler warning*

More With Juliet Schor

Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth By Juliet Schor


So she does address peak oil and the restrictions on possible economies by limited useful forms of energy?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What is a Reactionary? by Christopher Malloy

Theological Flint (via NLM)

Time On Our Side: Why We All Need a Shorter Working Week

A publication of nef.

Think slow food, but for your whole life
Work Less, Live More

Counting down...

Post by MBC.

Chris Kresser on Dr. Oz

Chris Kresser - Health for the 21st century

One Story About the Impact of the Drought

Straus Family Creamery

Interview with Richard Miller on Peak Oil

"Peak is dead" and the future of oil supply by Steve Andrews, Richard Miller
Peak Oil Review Commentary: Interview with Richard G. Miller (Resilience -

The future of oil supply
Former BP geologist: peak oil is here and it will 'break economies'
Industry expert warns of grim future of 'recession' driven 'resource wars' at University College London lecture

An Interview with Dr. Sadad Al-Husseini

Limits to Growth–At our doorstep, but not recognized by Gail Tverberg (Resilience)

Health systems, neoliberalism, and the end of growth: The World Health Organization in denial by Dan Bednarz (Resilience)

All food politics is local: What’s next for the sustainable food movement? by Nathanael Johnson

Reimagining America: An Evening with Gus Speth & Juliet Schor

The Center for a New American Dream


Fr. George Rutler on EWTN Bookmark

Principalities and Powers - an introduction by Fr. Rutler
Cloud of Witnesses

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Double Like? Adore and Love..


Daily Mail: 'Find a husband before it's too late!' Princeton mom Susan Paton strikes again as she advises career women to stop watching 'Downton Abbey' and eating sushi and find a man while they're young
By Snejana Farberov and Ashley Collman and Daily Mail Reporter

Alpha Mail: Don't feel pity for the single cat lady
Alpha Mail: "Put off career" says female PhD

The Spearhead: Why Women’s Suffrage is Inevitable in Democracies

E. Michael Jones Reviews Candida Moss's Book

Made-up Martyrs (I first posted about her book here.)

More BS from TED

Post by TED.

12th Annual Monterey Conference

Speaking of traditionalists {or traditionalist Catholics] and their exaggerated respect for political authority... there is the 12th Annual Monterey Conference, sponsored by Latin Mass Magazine and Keep the Faith.

March 1-2, 2014
"Defending Life from the Catacombs: Strategies for the New Age of Persecution"

Anglican Ordinariate Meetings in Rome

Ordinariate Meetings in Rome

"The leaders of the three ordinariates - the structures set up to allow former Anglican clergy and lay people to enter the full communion of the Catholic Church, bringing with them much of their Anglican heritage - have met together for the first time to forge closer ties and discuss their growth and development...."

Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace

CRW: A New Order Responds to the Lord’s Call for Unity
An interview with Sister Mary Philomena Fuire, superior of the Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace

Their website.

Traditionalist and Catholic Worship of Authority

Old habits die hard? Even now there is resistance to the novel teachings of lawful resistance, regicide and other acts against an illegitimate temporal power. I don't expect the Church to ever denounce the modern nation-state as being illegitimate in itself, much less sanction violent means to secure and protect the common good of a community from usurpers.

Over at the Orthosphere: Democracy, authority, and the moral order.

How does the temporal order enact divine justice? How does God's mercy harmonize with His justice? Over the weekend I glanced briefly at an Orthodox writer's discussion of the two. While justice cannot be sufficient, as there must be charity which motivates and directs, is "human" justice a concession to a fallen world? Or is there something more "postive" to its being necessary?

Asserting Political Authority in a Sacred Landscape: A Comparison of Umayyad and Israeli Jerusalem
When was the last time I went to Togo's? 2012? Prices have gone up and the quantity of meat has gone down? Still a better choice than Subway? What sorts of additives/chemicals are present in the ingredients used by Togo's? No Jimmy John's around here. Any other gourmet sandwich chains? There's a local one, Ike's Lair, but I wasn't impressed by the sandwiches. I could make a better sandwich, though cold cuts and bread are not healthy, from a paleo/whole foods perspective.

The Queen of Ice

She competes tomorrow. Glory to God in all things!

CNA: Olympic figure skating star hailed as example for Catholics by Addie Mena

Related: Sign of the times as Russian Olympic athlete shows her Orthodox faith

The 78 Project


NPR: That Old-Time Sound, Captured Live In The Moment (mp3)

Constantinople and the Byzantine Millennium (330-1453)

February 28-March 1, 2014
Marines' Memorial Theatre, San Francisco

Cornucopia: Constantinople and the Byzantine Millennium (330–1453)

More info: Humanities West

A DePaolis Interview

Life after RC: Those "stubborn" Legionaries

From December of last year: Cardinal DePaolis' Homily at Ordination of Legionaries of Christ

In Morgan Hill This Saturday, February 22

The Quebe Sisters Band.

Also performing: The Central Valley Boys.


Monday, February 17, 2014

G.B.F. Official Trailer 1 (2014) - Natasha Lyonne, Evanna Lynch Movie HD

Across the pond... BAFTAs 2014: The Winners In Full

Daniel Larison Has Seen the Second Season of House of Cards

The Increasingly Ridiculous House of Cards



Why ‘House of Cards” view of government rings true

Eric Hall on Confucianism

Imaginative Conservative: Confusing Confucianism with Collectivism
NCReg: Remembering Ralph McInerny
Dennis McInerny reflects on his brother’s intellectual legacy and other contemporary topics.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Real Food

Who Controls "Organic"?

Fr. Cassian on the Divine Office

NLM: Septuagesima in the Ambrosian Rite by Gregory DiPippo

Can suburbia be saved in California?

Given that we will have a severe drought this year, what sort of impact will water restrictions have on those people who have gardens and rely upon them for a substantial amount of their food? The question of whether suburbia can be salvaged in a post-peak oil age has been answered by various people - have those who claim it can be looked at the question of water? Without taking Divine Providence into account, What is the carrying capacity of California if these drought conditions are the norm for several decades or more? Are there too many people living in the Bay Area for it to be sustainable?

Would state/federal assistance and subsidies be given to all farmers and gardeners equally? Or would Industrial Ag be the main beneficiary, because the national welfare is at steak. (California produces much of the food that the rest of the country eats, after all.) What would be the response of state and local governments if more people had to resort to gardening in order to survive? (Though it is probably more likely that the on-going exodus from California would increase in size first.)