Saturday, November 28, 2015

Guilty Pleasure

It may not be spiritually proper to listen to Christmas music before the feast of the Nativity, but when else is someone going to hear the Carpenters on commercial radio?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Last Turkey Prepped for This Year

Long day -- would be good to have some help prepping materials for evangelization but we short on volunteers. Some members of the young adult group are having a Star Wars marathon; a modified version of the machete order. The CGI of the prequels remains terrible; with time episode 4 will not hold up as a classic. And Empire remains the best of the lot, even if you shouldn't think about the timeline too much.

May the fanboys get what they deserve when they watch the movie.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The First American Thanksgiving

As one sympathetic to the South the most, I would recognize the thanksgiving celebrated at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia as the first, though the observance of the harvest festival should depend on when the harvest actually takes place, rather than separated by Federal diktat from local culture and farms.

Some Catholics would look at French or Spanish (NYT 1) celebrations of thanksgiving as being historically the first "American" thanksgiving, but it seems to me that this is Latin Catholics trying to impose the history with which they identify on others, a form of neo-Yankee behavior or (Roman) Catholic triumphalism at its worst. For example, Taylor Marshall (via Tea at Trianon) or Pro Ecclesia or Joe Carter. There may even be some non-Catholic, multiculturalist neo-Yankees, subscribing to the notion of the proposition nation, who may accept this sort of thinking, identifying "America" with the territory rather than the people living in that territory. I do not know Mr. Marshall's own family history but this seems to me to be symptomatic of an immigrant Church that never really assimilated to the natives. There is no attempt to take the Gospel to a people with which they identify, and adapt to that people, rather than assuming some sort of distinct (even superior) identity from that of the Anglo-Celtic (Protestant) natives.

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving by Joseph Pearce
Thanksgiving by Brian Miller
The Joys of Solitude: Thanksgiving! by Ralph Nader

Psalm 118

John Haldane and Christopher Hitchens

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

So Latin

Not readily adaptable as such to the Byzantine rite.

A Call to Men in Parishes from Cardinal Burke - Join the Holy League

Substitute with Vespers, confession... what else?

"Encourages consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Purest Heart of Joseph."

Is this catching on? Interesting comments about the last cult being banned in the late 19th century.

SJWs at Work at Soompi

It is amusing that the Muslim Kpop fans are reacting to the SJW comments from other Kpop fans commenting on such posts, and the non-Muslims are responding back in SJW fashion. Islamophobes. (Public school and pop culture indoctrination has been successful.)

"I want this to be a world in which no one has to fit under a label of what is ‘normal.’ I want this to be a world in which people can love themselves for who they are and in which they can live confidently."

Posted by Soompi on Sunday, November 22, 2015

More Podcasts from Dr. Fleming

The Best Revenge, Episode 0: Introduction
Latin, Episode 0: Latin’s Dead, so Why Study It?

And the Papal Example...

"Does he practice what he preaches?"

Pope Francis has sent his good wishes to the XII International Media Forum on the Protection of Nature taking place in Rieti, Italy, and sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family and Greenaccord.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, November 20, 2015

St. Mary Major

The Holy Door at the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major Basilica was unveiled on Thursday evening, after being hidden...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, November 20, 2015

The Holy Door at the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major Basilica was unveiled on Thursday evening, after being hidden behind a wall of bricks since the Jubilee year of 2000.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, November 20, 2015

Not Enough Eastern Catholics

Well, assuming that their presence at a conference put on by the Congregation of the Clery was appropriate in the first place...

Pope Francis on Friday addressed a Conference sponsored by the Congregation for the Clergy marking the fiftieth...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, November 20, 2015

Pope Francis on Friday said a good priest “creates serenity,” and a priest “that is often sad, nervous, or has a hard character” is not good for himself or his people.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, November 20, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Another Ip Man 3 Trailer

IP MAN 3's release date in Hong Kong and a few other countries around the world is just over a month away, and here's another trailer to get you excited about it.

Posted by TwitchFilm on Saturday, November 21, 2015


George Nolfi's BIRTH OF THE DRAGON has found its Bruce Lee, and it is Philip Ng! Happy, Philip?

Posted by TwitchFilm on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Too Late for a Vikings Movie by Mel Gibson?

If you like your period epics to be, you know, epic, then Andrey Kravchuk's VIKING is just the ticket. Good golly.

Posted by TwitchFilm on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Not Shrinking With Age

Shelagh Rowan-Legg reviews Paul Weitz' GRANDMA, and says it's an intelligent film with fantastic dialogue, and great acting from both leads. Read her full review:

Posted by TwitchFilm on Friday, November 20, 2015

But a role model for American women? Doubtful.

Fr. Schall References EF Schumacher

Will the Poor Really Always Be With Us? by Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.

Though does he understand Schumacher's critique of the contemporary understanding of "growth" and development?

But Where are the Statistics?

And do they give a complete picture of why marriages between American Catholics "fail"?

Pornography: Our Greatest Ongoing Spiritual Threat by Fr. C. John McCloskey

"Although pornography is overwhelmingly marketed to and viewed by men, a substantial number of women also sample it out of curiosity and generally are disgusted by it (although a small number fall into the trap of using it themselves)."

As a commentator points out, why is Father McCloskey ignoring pornography geared towards women? This is socon white-knighting at its worse and does nothing to address the actual problem of pornogaphy use for members of both sexes. At least Matt Fradd deals with the problems of pornography for members of both sexes. But is porn use the big problem or more of an effect of deeper problems that remain unaddressed by Roman Catholics?

Written by a TFP Author

The “Strong Money” of Good King Saint Louis by John Horvat II

But is it in accord with good economics?

More from James Kalb on Immigration

More Thoughts About Immigration—and Some Suggestions

Austin Ruse on Cultural Marxism

Cultural Marxism is at the Heart of Our Moral Disintegration

Approval of Tyrannicide?

The Plot to Kill Hitler and the Vindication of Pius XII by Fr. George W. Rutler

As Christian as St. Monica's Marriage

The Mystery of Christian Marriage: Felix & Elisabeth Leseur by K. V. Turley

If he did not convert (or "revert") until after his wife's death, can we really say the marriage itself was Christian? Of course her life of charity and intercession had a role to play in his conversion but that does not mean that the marriage (or their married life) itself was Christian. (Would we say that the marriage was sacramental, even if he had been baptized?)

Buw which Jesuits are listening?

Papal nuncio calls on Jesuit educators to re-affirm their Catholic identity (Cal Catholic Daily)

The time for talk is over; what is needed now is the enforcement of discipline (or "consequences").

Catholic schools can embrace their identity through familiarity with Christ, devotion to the Virgin Mary and a...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Community of Sant'Egidio Enters Oakland

Prayer, service group gets new start in East Bay by Michele Jurich

"Social justice" and "service" -- but any recognition of what is missing in Catholic Social Teaching?

Archbishop Chaput on Mercy

A Jubilee Year of Mercy by Charles J. Chaput

Again, the Latin opposition between "justice" and "mercy," though some may find this more theologically erudite than the writings of the current patriarch of Rome.

Then there is this piece written by the directrix of worship for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose: Why a Jubilee Year of Mercy Matters by Diana Macalintal

Do Catholic dioceses give a living wage to their employees, one that enables fathers to support their families while the mothers care for the home? In the Silicon Valley this may be difficult, but if those who are being hired (mainly women -- hence the implicit endorsement of at least "material" feminism) are hired because it is not a living wage but a second income for the family, what does this say about the adherence (or witness) of Roman Catholic chanceries to Roman Catholic social doctrine? If Roman Catholic churches cannot pay their employees, then maybe it is time to reconsider how they do things.


Turkey playing chicken with Russia.

RT: Russian Su-24 fighter jet shot down over Syria - Russian MoD (VIDEO)
Turkey backstabbed Russia by downing the Russian warplane - Putin

Abbeville Institute Podcast Episode 1

with Brion McClanahan

Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 0

Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 0: Government Will Not Save Us

Godley and Creme - Cry

Monday, November 23, 2015

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Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, November 23, 2015