Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pope Francis on Mar Dinkha IV

Pope Francis has sent his condolences upon learning of the death of the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Dinkha IV.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, March 28, 2015

Help Persecuted Christians

7 steps. Help the persecuted.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, March 27, 2015

Remember the Nazarenes: An Interview With Bishop Warduni by Alberto Carosa

Friday, March 27, 2015

Finished the bin checking task in an hr and a half; thought it might take longer...
If you're ever in Berkeley and on Telegraph avenue and can't decide between Smart Alec's Intelligent Food and Pappys, since their menus are similar (but Pappys has alcohol), pick Pappys. The salads are definitely better at Pappys, as the grilled chicken still tastes like grilled chicken. The chicken at Smart Alec's may be grilled but tastes like it was kept warm in a steam tray, and the quality of the salad itself is worse.

Branagh Should Go Back to Doing Shakespeare

Are his skills as a director really needed?

Martin Scorsese and Kenneth Branagh to bring another adaptation of MACBETH to cinemas??!

Michael Fassbender can prove his acting skills in his version of Macbeth.

Still, Branagh kept a more traditional version of Cinderella (no girl power); small wonder the feminists and manginas don't like it, while Fr. Robert Barron does: Kenneth Branagh’s Very Christian Cinderella. (See also Daniel McInerny.)

This review must not be alone; plenty of parasites who would like to subvert traditional Western mores:
Cinderella review: Disney and Kenneth Branagh's straight-faced remake is TOO perfect to be truly magical

Still, even though traditionalists may be sympathetic to this movie and its contribution to the culture war, should we give more money to Disney? At least there are no annoying songs in this one.

Kenneth Branagh: 'Cinderella made me weep'
KB on Lily James

Recoil #18

RECOIL Issue #18 is officially on-sale at newsstands today, 03/27/15.View a preview here.

Posted by RECOIL on Friday, March 27, 2015

Hvaen't browsed an issue in a while...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

RoK: Male Spaces Are Under Attack (Again) At London’s Garrick Club



The cognitive dissonance involved...

See more photos of the beautiful actresses and their various comments on living a green lifestyle in the article...

Posted by Soompi on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Freedom of the Church Versus Chinese Totalitarianism

The Cardinals Are Dueling Over China, but the Mandarins Dominate the Game by Sandro Magister

“No agreement is better than a bad agreement,” says Zen, criticizing secretary of state Parolin. The pope is keeping silent. And Shanghai remains without its bishop, under arrest for three years

The Girl Who Sees Smells

Are you excited for Girl Who Sees Smell 냄새를 보는 소녀?“The Girl Who Can See Smells - 냄새를 보는 소녀” Featuring Park Yoochun 박유천 and Shin Se Kyung (신세경) Releases Posters and Preview Video

Posted by Soompi on Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dominican Rite Services for Holy Week

Over at the Carmel of the Holy Family: Holy Week Services, East SF Bay Area


Missa Cantata according to the Dominican Rite for the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, OP.

Posted by Western Dominican Vocations on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Q&A With William Lind

Traditional Right podcast - mp3

More on the Norcia CD

NLM: Monks of Norcia Sign with Recording Label

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Jennys

They'll be performing in Livermore and at Stanford later this year.

Beauty and the Best: Catching Up With the Wailin' Jennys

Perpetual Youth? Would That Really Be a Problem for Today's Modern Woman?

The Age of Adaline

Blake Lively's Age of Adaline Timeless Beauty: See Her Stay 29 Through Eight Decades in New Movie Posters

What a load of crock, wanting to grow old with someone you love. How many Uhmerican women today really want that, as opposed to being the one who stays young while letting the man age? Many men and women may lament the loss of beauty and youth in women, but the fading of both qualities, which are connected, is also tied to reproduction, that is a drop in fertility. And so the loss of youth is both a consequence of original sin (and a punishment in that way) but also a mercy, a means to counteract a woman's pride, narcissism, and disordered self-love, though it may seem to come too late for many as their characters are well-ingrained. (How many Uhmerican women practice immodesty to flaunt their sexual power over men to feed their narcissism and pride with the attention of men and women?) But it is not too late for conversion, though if they have been squandering their youth and their ability to bond to a man through promiscuity, it may be too late for them to have an opportunity to exercise happiness in marriage.

Similarly, in the case of men, there is the suffering (or infliction?) of physical evil as a way to open the path to humility and holiness, but for men it is not physical beauty or attractiveness but the diminution of his physical or intellectual abilities (frailty and loss of memory) is.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Queen Returns

Her last TV drama was Jewel in the Palace (Dae Jang Geum)! Lee Young Ae

Posted by Soompi on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

More X-Files On the Way

6-episode miniseries. Press release courtesy of AICN.

I doubt they'll wrap up the alien invasion story arc.

Update: EW article

Slow West Trailer


The Catholic Voice: Young carmel reflects historic connection for nuns by Michele Jurich

Friends of Carmel JMJ
Time to change the blog name?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Update on Richard III

Cardinal Nichols to celebrate Requiem Mass for Richard III

Richard III: More than 5,000 people visit Leicester Cathedral coffin

Time for the Franks to Turn Japan Over to Another Church

If they are unable to evangelize, maybe someone else can. Are the cultural obstacles of Japan so high that the grace of God cannot overwhelm them?

Vatican Insider: Francis: “Hidden Christians” are an example for Japan today by Iacopo Scaramuzzi
In his speech to Japanese bishops who are in Rome on their ad limina visit, Francis recalled that they kept the flame of the faith alive even when priests and missionaries were expelled in the 17th century

Living Vicariously Through Celebs

And following their love lives... who's more likely to do that, Korean women or Korean men?

Tolkien and Hagiography

A Critique of Ostrom

On the “naturalness” of the commons and the self-interested invention of the cult of Elinor Ostrom (Resilience)

Protecting Special Snowflakes

Rod Dreher: Why America Deserves What It Gets

Dr. Wilson on the American "Reaction"

Society Precedes Government: Two Counterrevolutions by Clyde Wilson

He begins his “Disquisition” by discarding the notion that all men are born free and equal, not because he wants to defend slavery, but because he wants us to begin in the right place. All of us are born as helpless babes who cannot survive a day without society. God has created man a social animal. He needs society to survive, much less to realize his highest potential. Societies are a given, created by history and human nature. But men have selfish as well as social feelings, which demand inevitably a government of some kind to keep the peace and enforce justice. While society is created by God, governments are only creations of men, existing for the protection of society. And since those entrusted with government have selfish feelings like all other men, a good government will have a constitution, not so much a grant of power as a statement of the limits of power.

Can't agree with Calhoun on the origin of government for this reason -- it's not simply because of protection, though that is one of its functions in the fallen world, but for the sake of legislating for the common good.

Norica Benedictines to Release a CD

Fr. Z

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Another Review of The Drop Box

A Korean Pastor Inspires Us to Love Without Limits by Scott Ventureyra

Making Orthodox Coffins

Fr. Matthew had a rather simple one.