Tuesday, December 31, 2019

First Cow

SJW story-telling? Does it advocate the melting pot myth of American identity? Or something more? Or something less?

Italian Localism

The Cascina San Benedetto Vision

What about the ethnic homogeneity?

Phalanx vs Legion : Battle of Cynoscephalae


Monday, December 30, 2019

A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life is the best movie of this year, best Christian movie certainly. IMO.

The Gospel According to Terrence Malick
August Diehl and Valerie Pachner, stars of "A Hidden Life," on what it's like to work with cinema's most famous recluse

Reflections on Filmmaker Terrence Malick and His Rumored Life of Christ
Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ is an Example of What Great Christian Art Can be

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick by Eric Benson
The world’s most private director turns his lens on the place where he’s always been most public: Austin.

Terrence Malick and the Christian Story by David Roark

Brad Pitt talks about Terrence Malick and The Tree of Life
What happened when Hollywood's most photographed actor teamed up with Terrence Malick, its most reclusive and paparazzi-shy director? Brad Pitt tells all


AmConMag: The Pope’s Appeasement is Making Catholicism More Chinese by Don Giolzetti
Be warned: the thaw between the Vatican and Xi Jinping brings the faith one step closer to sinicization.

More Girl Power Garbage


Sunday, December 29, 2019


Democracy Too Soon?

Liberal democracy + feminism, ideals of some of the Chinese revolutionaries of the last century.

Johnnie Hunnicutt

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Haven't Been Paying Much Attention to Events in HK

thanks to the social media purge

Mere Rhetoric?

Any appeals to the US Constitution or the state constitution of VA at this point? Who thinks they hold power?

Worth Posting Again


Friday, December 27, 2019

Andy Williams

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Define Justice for Us, Holy Father

Where is the conservatism here? The caution that is supposed to mark the exercise of his office by the bishop of Rome? What authorities can the pope cite in support of his claims?

Here we have the following issues:
1. Judging that particular actions are to be categorized as forms of injustice.

Which is consequent upon:
2. The claim that certain actions according to their species are forms of injustice.

Neither claim is explicitly linked by Pope Francis to Sacred Tradition, and it is doubtful that he could make such a claim, even if he were to cite the hospitality required of the Israelites, as that precept would have to be analyzed first (an obligation imposed upon them by God as a way of showing gratitude or recognition that they had been delivered from bondage after being treated badly in Egypt or something of the Natural Law?).

What constitutes inhospitality? And how is it a form of injustice? What is justice or injustice? How is the word justice used in the Greek scriptures or the Hebrew?

Pope Francis makes a lot of assumptions in his claims but are his assumptions supported by what the Latins consider the Magisterium? To what authoritative documents could he cite for support?

One would think that if a pope wanted to be magisterial on this point then he would write a document on this issue, an exercise proper to a bishop acting as moral theologian with the clarity required of a bishop of Rome acting in accordance with Rome's claims about the papacy.

Christmas 2019: Woke Pope Attacks ’Walls’

Migrants Centerpiece of Annual Message: ’Injustice rejects them and makes them die’

Shades USA from Vatican: Knocks ’Inhumane detention camps’

"Assault Weapons"

Monday, December 23, 2019

Hard Times...

The New 6.8 Ammo

Ip Man 4

How to Enforce Accountability?

This is the current problem for the patriarchate of Rome.

Rod Dreher: Cardinal Sodano Deserves A MillstoneNo molester himself, but he was biggest protector of Father Maciel -- who personally abused 60 boys, says new report

A National Platform

and hence a statist one... could its platform be modified so that it is more localist and respectful of local traditions and identities? Or would that just undermine the Spanish national project too much?
Unlike American conservatives who prefer decentralization of power, the Vox party is centralist. It would abolish the regional parliaments of the 17 autonomous communities and create a unitary state with provinces as the next level of government.

Thus, Vox opposes the Catalan independence movement and is stronger in parts of Spain where people identify as Spaniards and not as Catalans or Basques.

SAID IN SPANISH: VOX’s Victory—Spanish Patriots Get A Spain-First Voice In Parliament

First That Statue of Migrants and Refugees and Now This

CWR: The Cross, the life jacket, and the dangers of idolatry by Ines Angeli Murzaku

The recently unveiled cross carrying the life jacket of an unknown migrant, now hanging in the Vatican, raises serious questions and concerns, as the Crucifix for Christians knows only one occupant: Jesus Christ.

Wilson Combat Colt 1911

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Is Leadership Tyranny?

This seems more blue pill than not, even if the problematic paragraphs could be interpreted in a way that explains patriarchy rather than overthrowing it. For example, joint decision-making does not mean that the wife has a role equal to that of the husband; rather she aids in his deliberation by providing information that he may have missed or be ignorant of.

Naval Aviation '80s Nostalgia

Task and Purpose on the Army Next Gen Squad Weapon


Pat Mac!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Obligatory Photo of a Woman

Primacy as Christ Intended It?

Pope Francis: Trust in Multilateralism Is ‘Indispensable for Building a Peaceful World’
Pope Francis: Migrants Are ‘Voice Crying in the Wilderness’

Yes, But...

There is that nationalism that is a product of the state and a tool of the state. Civic nationalism is a form of that, even if civic nationalists are ignorant of the fact. But there is ethnonationalism, which historically has had no necessary connection with the state or a specific opinion about the legitimacy of the state, and is not reducible to "nationalism" in all instances, as some have written about ethnonationalism in reaction to civic nationalism.

The question really should be, "Can a Christian be a statist?" -- Can a Christian be a Nationalist? by Marc Barnes

Even Conservative Inc. Operatives Know Nationalism Can't Ignore Race. Will Hazony/ Lowry-Style Neutered Nationalists Get The Memo?

Latins, You Have Problem

A problem with the lack of accountability and masculinity, and this problem plagues your clergy, especially your bishops.

via Rod Dreher: It's the Child Abuse, Stupid

What is Noteworthy is the F:M Ratio

Friday, December 20, 2019

Master Leia or Master Organa? Not Mistress Solo.

In Star Wars Rise of Skywalker they have a scene where Luke is training Leia and of course, Leia beats him... can't have any depiction of a woman losing to a man, can we? And if Luke were to beat Leia there would be cries of him being a bully.

What a screwed up mass culture.

He Doesn't Wear the Pants in the Family

Andrew Yang: ‘Our Country Is Deeply Misogynist’ — but Legalize ‘Dreamers’

The wannabe Tiger FLOTUS...

On the wrong tack...

"Let's all get closer to unity by being wrong on the order of charity!"

The last symposium for the Huffington Ecumenical Institute: Immigration and Healing with Ecumenical Dialogue: West, East, Orient, and Refugees

Still Going On

Becoming Fully Latin

Former Queen’s chaplain to become Catholic by Nick Hallett

The Two Actors of The Two Popes

'You couldn't help but be moved spiritually': Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce interviewed by Gabrielle Donnelly

Two Popes, Too Many Untruths by John Waters

Nathaniel Peters on A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life: The Story of a Marriage by Nathaniel Peters

Happy Anniversary!

May God grant Fr. Rutler many years.

Fifty Years On by Fr. George W. Rutler
The year of 1969 was a time of the finest and the worst, when most institutions, equipped with the polished trophies of new science, seemed to be having a mental [...]

A Tribute to Father Rutler by Crisis Magazine
Editor’s note: Fr. George William Rutler was ordained in the Anglican Church 50 years ago today. All of the friends and followers wishing to mark the occasion with him wouldn’t [...]

Thursday, December 19, 2019

American Princess

Christopher Nolan's Tenet

No Grace Kelly Character in This One...

Rear Window x Vertigo x ...?

What is George Lucas's Legacy?

He was pretty much a feminist and left Kathleen Kennedy as his heir (on purpose, because she was a woman) and sold his intellectual property to Disney, who mashed it up. Does he merit the Cuck of the Year Award?

Any SUT Training?

New Helmet Liner from Team Wendy

Glock G43 +2+ Mag Extension

Wednesday, December 18, 2019



Pope Francis's Mistake on Nationalism

Sandro Magister: Between Nationalisms and Right Idea of Nation. The Political Misstep of Pope Francis

But Roberto Pertici is wrong too about the nationalism that is tied to the state, as it serves the state and not the other way around.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Army Lost

But still a nice dig...

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Fr. Woznicki Reviews A Hidden Life

CWR Dispatch: Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life is filled with deep and challenging treasures by Fr. Don Woznicki
This is a film that will challenge viewers to embrace the true, good, and beautiful as presented through the transcendent and eternal values of love and marriage, family, loyalty to God and country.

Special Consensus - She Took the Tennesse River

Sexual Revolution

STUDIES: When highly developed cultures undergo sexual revolution and license they collapse with monotonous regularity within three generations

Dig deeper -- there is no sexual revolution without some form of radical egalitarianism for women, probably. Why? Because... pareto principle.

James Martin Will Be Pleased

Breitbart: German Bishops Pronounce Homosexuality ‘Normal’ and ‘Unchangeable’

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Monday, December 09, 2019

Sir Anthony

The Whistleblower

Fleece Cap

NATO Special Forces

A New Sound?

I haven't kept up with Depeche Mode's most recent releases...

Trump Derangement Syndrome in Hollywood

Some of that BS popped up in the latest Ray Donovan too, with the white supremacist group donning red hats that looked like MAGA hats.

The best part of this trailer is the use of "Blue Monday" by New Order.

This Does Not Reflect Well on Francis

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo really should just keep quiet. The time for using clerics to function in diplomatic roles is over.

Breitbart: Vatican Bishop: ‘China Trusts Pope Francis’


Sunday, December 08, 2019

Cardinal Zen Interview

Team VTAC Episode 69

Saturday, December 07, 2019

石詠莉 Sukie S - 狂潮 Official MV

ISS Movie Guns 2019

Pearl Harbor Day

Fairfax County Virginia 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County Speech: Civil War


Girl power thanks to movie magic. There is no way she could have been a foot soldier for imperial China.

Friday, December 06, 2019

Rich Lowry Trying to Sell a Book

A review by Bradford Littlejohn: Can Nationalism Unite Us?

But what exactly does Lowry mean by “nationalism”? Lowry approvingly quotes Anthony Smith, who defines nationalism as “a belief that all those who shared a common history and culture should be autonomous, united, and distinct in their recognized homelands.” We can break this down into two distinct propositions, both once widely held but now sharply contested.

A relic of 20th ce Yankee civic nationalism.

Opens Next Week!

But in limited release...

Sig Sauer Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW)


Holy Nicholas, Pray for Us.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Too Old to Be A Boomer

Arriving early for the party, just like Joe Biden...

Sandro Magister: A Pope With the “Myth” of the People

Next Generation Squad Weapon



《小心華之里》(Dec 03) 李婉華邀請到特別嘉賓 - 李佳芯

He Deserves a Nickname

The tiger cardinal?

CNA: Cardinal Zen: 'Parolin is manipulating the Holy Father' on China deal
Cardinal Zen: Pope Francis Is ‘Killing’ China’s Underground Church

The interview.

What if all Latin Catholic mass media outlets were to go out of business?

Maybe finally the ultramontanist cult surrounding the bishop of Rome would finally die out as it should. But instead we will continue to have scandals.

CNA/CWR: Pope Francis tells Jesuits he is shocked by anti-immigration narratives in Europe

This is amusing:

“I dream of a young Church, very close to the people, fresh," Pope Francis said.

In so far as his patriarchate has been corrupted by liberalism, it is dying and deservedly so. He cannot see the divine chastisement that is taking place.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Andrew Yang Gang

What an idiot.

00XX v. James Bond

Looks like it will be as bad as the leaks and news have made it out to be.

Should Have Spent Some Money on Using the De-Aging Software

It's not as if Disney/Marvel can't afford it, right? The trailer for the Black Widow movie that should have been made when the MCU was first started.

The Avett Brothers,"Sun, Flood, Or Drought"

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Gospel of Niceness

Kindness is an important virtue, whether one identifies it with benevolence or with one of the lesser social virtues. But it is not all there is to virtue, and there are other necessary virtues as well, ones dealing with aggression and assertiveness. Why do people latch on to this counterfeit gospel? Loneliness, atomization, a harsh world. But while community-building requires kindness, it also requires the appropriate response to threats and evil from other people. Do children need care and guidance? Yes, and Mr. Rogers appeared to provide that to children through his show and in real life. But children need to be taught how to live in the world as it is, not a imaginary community. Was Fred Rogers as bad as today's SJWs? No, but he could be as big an activist as others from the 60s, in his own quiet way, and people have latched on to him perhaps because they are not ready to respond to the world as it is. His version of the gospel of niceness is easily subordinated to the needs of the state, even if he didn't intend it to be -- did ever reject the Civil Rights legislation of the 60s? And what was his response to feminism?

As for his demeanor -- did he talk and act more like a mom or a dad? I have witnessed male teachers who act the same way with their students -- has something about their psychic development been stunted? Or is their behavior rooted in something physiological?

Why Mister Rogers Is More Relevant than Ever by John Pattison
Fr. Martin’s Neighborhood by Kevin Wells

Tom Hanks interview

Pat McNamara with 10th Mountain Division

POGs? Or do we have real female "infantry"?



Why Stay Latin?

1P5: 1P5 Podcast Ep. 54 – Why Stay Catholic (With Dr. Michael Sirilla)

The Future of the Latin Churches in the US?

Ip Man 4

Friday, November 29, 2019

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Archbishop Cordileone's Homily for the Mass of the Americas

First Things: No Unity Without the Cross by Salvatore J. Cordileone

After Tepeyac, Mexico became Catholic. Our Lady of Guadalupe unites the Old World and the New, and so a new Christian people is formed from the two—a mestizo people. A new Christian civilization is born from the union brought about by her venerated as both la Morenita and la Inmaculada.
The significance of this unparalleled historical event, especially in the Americas, was not lost on Pope St. John Paul II. In his apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in America, he writes:
The appearance of Mary to the native Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac in 1531 had a decisive effect on evangelization. Its influence greatly overflows the boundaries of Mexico, spreading to the whole Continent. America, which historically has been, and still is, a melting-pot of peoples, has recognized in the mestiza face of the Virgin of Tepeyac, “in Blessed Mary of Guadalupe, an impressive example of a perfectly inculturated evangelization.”

How is that Christian civilization doing in Ibero-America? And that Christian civilization, if it ever existed, is not the same as the Anglo-American civilization that existed in the United States and Canada.

The Church is our mother: A mother welcomes, nourishes, consoles, and unites. Where do newcomers in a strange land turn when they feel disoriented, afraid, or unwelcomed? They turn to the Church. For Catholics especially, the Church is home wherever they are in the world.

He comes close to making an overt political statement here that is related to immigration. Immigrants may feel at home in a church, especially if it is one that speaks their language. How long will that last? Fortunately no other political claims are made in this homily.

Army Rangers Climb Pointe du Hoc!

Martin Scorsese

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Don't Be Rod Dreher

He is wholly unqualified to be a leader or an intellectual for red America.

Conservatives At The Maginot Line by Rod Dreher
A Maginot Line bunker. Conservative churches today are the culture war equivalent (Alainolympus/Getty Images)

The thing is, the timidity of conservative Christians is a big part of it too. As I wrote earlier today, gay activists in a Michigan parish are trying to get the priest kicked out because he refused communion to an openly gay lesbian who is married to a woman. The activists have no problem going public, even on television, with their demands. But none of the supporters of the priest in the parish dared to show their face on camera. I get that — they don’t want to be identified as “haters”. But that cowardice has a lot to do with why conservatives are losing this fight, and will lose this fight. If we have nothing to be ashamed of, then why do we act like it? Why do we conservatives expect leaders — priests, politicians, and whatnot — to take controversial, costly public stands when we won’t do it ourselves?

Easy for him to say this when he's already secured a journalist sinecure. Let him speak about this when he is at risk of doxxing and cancel culture.

The Francis Effect

Crux: Italian bishops face blowback for opening to divorced/remarried Catholics by Elise Harris

Singaporean Feminist Cinema?

The Wet Season. More exaltation of noona romance in the name of empowerment?


Another male brand using SJW advertising to push an anti-male message. Ryan Reynolds can be blamed for cultivating the public image of a doofus but there is no excuse for Armani using this commercial.

More SJW Idiocy from Francis

Imagine that, him lecturing the Japanese of all people on this topic.

'Open arms' to refugees - pope in Japan
Francis says seeking success at any cost leads to unhappiness

Pope’s message of openness to refugees prompts social media backlash in Japan

Seems scandalous for the Japanese -- they are probably even less inclined to consider becoming Catholic as a result of this.What a winning evangelization strategy -- alienating potential converts with SJW advocacy that is not even justified by Sacred Tradition. Francis is a chastisement, and part of the problem with the development of the patriarchate is that no Latin bishop believes himself capable of offering a direct objection to the patriarch -- objections have to be couched in "dubia" or a petition for the pope to present clear teaching.

Cardinal Burke said any sort of "fraternal correction" has to be made privately first -- so has any Latin bishop attempted this in the past 4 years?

Matt Damon and Christian Bale

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Last Full Measure

This could be good...

Sunday, November 24, 2019

FOX's Modern-Day Western?

Will it be a ratings winner or will it be just more SJW garbage in disguise?

The first trailer:

Of course his wife is tougher than he is, and has to tell him to man up.

Catholic Politickin'

CWR: Why the issue of abortion is still the preeminent priority by Monica Migliorino Miller
It is the belief of this pro-life leader that those who consider abortion as merely one issue among others see abortion as just that—an issue. They don’t see 60 million dead people.

The judgment that life is a fundamental human good upon which others are founded is not identical to the claim that abortion is the most serious political problem, the first which must be addressed, nor is the latter simply a conclusion of a reasoning process from the first.

As for the "prudential" judgment about what is the worst problem? What is the fundamental problem or the fundamental injustice? I would argue that it is not abortion, which is a consequence of the problem, but the state. This judgment of particular circumstances is not the provenance of bishops or clerics but of the people who are members of a community or subject to the power of the state. The appropriate and morally correct response too may be outlined by Roman Catholic moral theology (but it hasn't really) but the judgment of whether circumstances warrant it, well, that too is left to the judgment of the people and not to clerics.

If the state is the source of all ills, we can then ask whether voting can remedy it, or whether we can only vote in order to address a limited set of issues.

The latest by James Kalb isn't of much help, unfortunately. Church and State today: What should Catholics do with politics?

Saturday, November 23, 2019

A Definition of Community with Which Statists Would Be Pleased

A community exists between a people, not between strangers.

Junger is wrong on this score:
Yeah, I mean, so first of all like the idea of banning the car, I was speaking very theoretically like if there were no cars, the communities would regain some vibrancy. But I’m suggesting we do that. I don’t think it’s feasible. But you as sort of a mental experiment, I think that would probably do it. So what I find is that people have a real longing to feel like they belong to something and they say the phrase, I'm looking. I haven't found my tribe yet. Which means you’re not going to…I mean, if you’re looking for tribe, your tribe is around you. Your tribe is your community.

You might say that there are people with sort of similar interests. Like say your sports fans or whatever. That’s different from your community and sometimes they word tribe and community get conflated. They’re actually somewhat different things. So I think the safe way to talk about it is, when you look out the window, the people that you…the houses that you see and the people that you see, that’s your community. And those are the people you need to connect with. Even if you might have more in common with people that live across town just because you’re part of a kite flying club or something or whatever.

But it’s the people around you in the neighborhood that are your community. Communities are really different, and I don’t know how to…I can't give you a sort of one-size-fits-all like how to create and bond in a community. But you have to…I think a crisis will immediately spur sort of community commitment by people. So you have to figure out how to create that commitment without a crisis and I don't quite know how to do that. I think it’s a real problem. I think people are reluctant to do it, when they don’t need to. Hold on one more second. They just had to test it. So I honestly don't know what the solution is and I'm not sure there really is a very good one.

Should Have Stuck to Music That Could Be Used for Dramas

Breitbart: Coldplay Sings Anti-Gun Anthem on Latest Album ‘Everyday Life’

Peak Prosperity Interview with Sebastian Junger

Peak Prosperity: Sebastian Junger: Is Our Material Wealth Undermining Our Happiness & Health?

So if you can't defend yourself against an outside group like that, you’re in enormous danger. That's one great threat to the welfare of a community. The other great threat is the community splitting because of that moral conflict. Often those moral conflicts are the results of unfairness. So unfairness within the society can be as dangerous as an enemy outside the society and typically, they’ve done a lot of genetic studies of this. Liberalism and conservatism are not just political ways of thinking in modern America. They those says of seeing the world go way, way back and they’re genetically encoded into us.

So there are genetic conservatives whose primary fear is threat from the outside. Conservatives are oriented toward an outside threat in a very basic sense. Genetic liberals are oriented towards an internal threat. An abuse of power. Unfairness. That kind of thing. The genetics for these political viewpoints are divided roughly 50-50 in the population. So essentially what you have is, in any human community about half the people they’re worried about outside threats and half the people are worried about internal problems. In a kind of stasis. I mean, you sort of need both just like you need both men and women in the society.

So the trick is to sort of balance those very, very legitimate concerns. But they’re sort of antithetical to each other. So like the _____ [00:15:47] sort of moral hierarchies that are good at protecting the society from an outside threat are terrible when it comes to things like that within the society. So that's where you need government. That's where you need wise government and you need the two opposing parties to acknowledge that each one needs the other in order to correctly…in order to protected and run the country in a proper way.

The distinction being made here is not between "conservatives" and "liberals" but between "Republicans" and "Democrats" but both parties serve the state and the oligarchy. (Whether it can be claimed that the Democratic Party, before the rise of urban mass population centers in the industrial period, was not statist I have not investigated yet.)

It is men who would be concerned both with external threats and internal threats arising from injustice committed by other men, and men who would be protecting the community from both threats and maintaining the common good and order -- men are the backbone of the republican form of polity ; female moral psychology is such that it is less concerned with justice and more with outcome, and this is of use to the state, which seeks to increase its power.

Strong Towns

The Localist Theory of Charles Marohn's Wonderfully Practical Strong Towns (FPR)

Strong Towns

Trying to be open-minded and in the middle...

The Dumbing Down of a Woman's Classic

A Continued Decline in Numbers

Sandro Magister: Churches Ever Emptier. Two Shocking Surveys in the United States and Italy

The USMC Continues to Be Converged


Friday, November 22, 2019

Glock Ad

With What Authority?

CWR: In a meeting with Thailand’s Supreme Buddhist Patriarch, Pope Francis encourages peace

Another appeal to natural values – if this is legitimate it should be task of the local bishops, as a representative of Catholics engaged in political life with other members of that state. But the exaggerated munera of the bishop of Rome has consequences.


VDare: Mexican Immigrant Jose Gomez, New Leader Of America’s Catholic Bishops, Has A Top Priority. It’s Not Sacking Pervert Priests

Dr. Mahrt Reviews the Mass of Americas

At the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Woke MV

From Tay Tay. Proving her SJW cred here with her choice of a fictional partner?

Is it her make-up or is she starting to look her age?

Truly Scandalous

CWR Dispatch: Vatican officials: Swiss bank suspected of money laundering led to Pell conflict
Pell was reportedly reprimanded for “interfering in sovereign business” by looking into the Vatican Secretariat of State’s dealings with a Swiss bank with a long track record of violating fraud safeguards.

Thanks, Francis

CWR: Chinese bishop in hiding after refusal to register with Communist authorities

More Words from the Archbishop of Los Angeles

CNA/CWR: Archbishop Gomez: The Church belongs to Christ

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Irishman Final Trailer

Devil Mouse Adaptation

Nor Just Industrialism

But Japanese Catholics are struggling with the expectations of Japanese society and culture at large.

CNA/CWR: Archbishop of Tokyo: ‘Collapse of traditional family system’ a challenge for irreligious Japan

Archbishop Isao Kikuchi

“I acknowledge however that the Catholic faith not being passed on by the parents to their children is a big problem. This is due primarily to the collapse of the traditional Japanese family system in the context of our present society.”

The Japanese sense of the “traditional family system” to which the archbishop refer is straightforward: a hard-working father who puts bread on the table; a mother dedicated to keeping the wallet, house, and kids in check; the children, who spend time between the home, school, and community groups such as sports teams; and the grandparents, typically parents of the mother, who help raise the children and maintain the house as best they can.

This style of family has also been called a “multi-generational household,” and is becoming increasingly rare in Japan, especially in major metropolitan areas such as Tokyo.
“The collapse is caused by the situation in the workplace that goes along with the changing Japanese economic situation (non-regular employment, overtime, working parents),” said Archbishop Kikuchi.
“And the excessive activities in the education of children," the archbishop added, noting that extracurricular activities are held on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and students are often tied up for extra hours in "cram schools" due to the deterioration of the quality of education.

Japan’s ruthless work culture is hardly unknown. The image of the exhausted salaryman working unpaid overtime deep into the night is a symbol that is recognizably Japanese in countries around the world, and one of the most enduring stereotypes of the Japanese people.

In recent generations, women have also more frequently entered the workforce – willingly or sometimes without a choice due to the economic pressures of raising children.
Less well known, however, are the strict expectations put on middle school and high school students to join and participate in after-school groups with their peers. More than just the competitive sports teams –  clubs for music, art, and dance prove to be highly demanding of children’s time.

Just as their parents are burdened with work expectations, children often spend more time out of the house than in it.

“From abroad, we even hear voices pointing out that school and community events held on Saturdays and Sundays are silently persecuting religion,” laments the archbishop.
Many athletic groups demand members to practice on Saturday and Sunday – the time when most families should be going to mass.

“In addition, such a collapse in the traditional Japanese family system has caused marriages to break down, with single mothers raising their children in poverty,” said the archbishop.
“Under such circumstances, it has become difficult to find time to bring children to church on Sundays, and likewise difficult to find time to share the faith at home.”

Monday, November 18, 2019

Nordic Combat Uniform

More BS

Another Latin Cult?

They broke away from TFP. Any distinctions in dress between male and female lay members?

Colegio Internacion Heraldos del Evangelio Femenino

1P5: Vatican Investigates Heralds of the Gospel: A Cautionary Tale

Brazilian website - the founder
US website - FB

Pope Francis appoints Brazilian cardinal to watch over ‘Heralds of the Gospel’
Heralds of the Gospel reject papal inquiry as 'illegal'

USASOC MOH Recipients

Unleash the Gospel

What the archdiocese of Detroit has been up to...

CWR Dispatch: As Pope Francis calls for a ‘synodal’ Church, some US dioceses are holding synods by Matt Hadro

Archbishop Vigneron on Unleash the Gospel

Unleash the Gospel
Detroit Archdiocese unveils 'Unleash the Gospel' missionary movement
Detroit Archdiocese launches new publication to build up discipleship

Everyday Evangelism for Catholics


CWR Dispatch: “All Christians are called to evangelism”
Author Cathy Duffy on the universal Christian call to spread the Gospel, and why certain approaches to doing so are more effective than others.

But how does the Christian relate to others? As an isolated individual without sex? Should women be evangelizing men?

Core Values

Nothing New or Enlightening Here

Crisis: ‘A Crisis of Saints’: An Interview with Archbishop José Horacio Gómez by Michael Warren Davis

To me, the promise of America, America’s exceptional place in history, is to carry forward the beautiful Judeo-Christian vision of the sanctity and dignity of the human person—created in God’s image, endowed with God-given rights and responsibilities, and called to a transcendent destiny.

So, individualism, secularism, relativism—a society where a lot of people don’t believe anymore that it’s even possible for us to know God—this is all mission territory for us as Catholics, as Christians.

We need to be salt and leaven, to use our Lord’s terms. And there’s that beautiful image from the early Church: “The Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body.”

We need to work to purify our culture and our politics, and our own hearts and intentions. And we need to work to restore the centrality of the human person, the sanctity and the mystery of the human person. At least, that’s how I see it.

Liberal exceptionalism.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Feminization Continues

CNA: Pope Francis: Women’s voices are needed in Vatican leadership

Square Notes Interview with Cardinal Sarah, Part 2

Square Notes Podcast

(Part 1 here)

USCCB Prattling

CWR Dispatch: Analysis: The USCCB ‘abortion debate,’ and what came after by JD Flynn

A comment there:
All this noise about a letter that most people and in all likelihood most Roman Catholics won't read...

Clueless bishops - pastoring through useless publishing. Do the laity need another voter's guide for 2020? Bishops do not have any special competence with respect to moral theology, including that area of moral theology which would encompass moral life. Nor is their judgment regarding the conclusions of moral theology infallible. At best, it might be possible that the majority opinion regarding the soundness of a conclusion might be worthy of consideration - so long as they acknowledge that they have the option of abstaining because of their lack of competence. When bishops cannot even get the first principles of political community correct (look at the incomplete state of Roman Catholic social teaching in this regard), does it really matter what they think about political matters. At best they could give discuss evils that are prohibited and what obvious voting choices are prohibited because they facilitate or involve formal cooperation in evil. But they would also have to acknowledge that it is possible that they are ignorant about other voting choices that facilitate evil or involve formal cooperation in evil, as these are known only to the experts in the moral theology.

Friday, November 15, 2019


1P5: The Theology Behind Women Wearing Veils in Church by Peter Kwasniewski

It is ok in so far as it goes though I found the talk about "equality" a bit blue-pilled. And the author does not talk at all about the necessity of the virtue of modesty for women, which too is a sign of being blue-pilled.

Also from 1P5: The Catholic Identity Conference: A Call for All Catholics to Rise Up by Timothy Flanders

The mouthpiece of Tradition, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, formed the centerpiece of the conference, delivering the keynote address as well as a short talk against Communion in the hand. He has been increasingly vocal against the Vatican II springtime, which has been a welcome relief of honestly facing the crisis as it has been continuing to unravel for decades.
His comments on the liturgy were salient on this. He said the New Mass is “substantially a clear weakening of the truth of the sacrificial character of the Mass.” It represents a “shift to the Protestant meaning and sense of the meal … in the text [of the Mass] itself.” Indeed, “The Novus Ordo is the Extraordinary Form.

What Would Endo Say Now?

Has anyone attempted to inculturate Christianity in Japan by referring to Christ as the rising sun? Would Endo's objections or doubts about Christianity be eased if he had been exposed instead to a non-Latin form of Christianity? Would a Byzantine soteriology be more amenable to the Japanese mindset, or Endo's at least?

CWR: Catholicism in the Land of the Rising Sun (and declining population) by Ray Cavanaugh
Japanese Catholics are such a small minority—less than half of 1 percent—that sustaining the faith throughout succeeding familial generations has been difficult.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

A Model of a Communal Life?

Abbeville: Overextending Political Loyalties by Walt Garlington

The USCCB VP Speaks

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit

CNA/CWR: ‘We need to become an evangelizing Church,’ says new USCCB VP

Is what Latin Catholics have to offer to their non-believing neighbors a true witness of Christ or a scandal to those who, even if imperfectly, adhere to the Natural Law better than Catholics who have been infected by liberalism?

The New Pope


Because fiction is more humorous than reality. And it's not real. I hope Pius XIII wakes up from his coma and there is a struggle for the see of St. Peter.

The first teaser...

ChiComs at Work

Sandro Magister: The Accord Between China and the Vatican Has One Sure Effect: More Persecution. A Dramatic Report from the Diocese of Mindong

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Ant Middleton

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ominous Signs for the Latin Churches in the US

But not unexpected -- they continue to travel their path towards irrelevance and rejection.

CWR: ‘I just wanted to be a priest’: Archbishop Gomez elected president of USCCB

The face of the modern American church, aligned with the left on issues of political order in the name of a distorted moral theology that ignores the order of charity and its analogues at the natural level, and hence irrelevant to American “conservatives.”

Only the laity can restore credibility of the Church to their non-believing American neighbors, and they will have to do it by denouncing the pronouncements of the USCCB as not being representative of Tradition or authentic apostolic Christianity. The bishops will not learn, not even if Robert Sarah were to object to their liberalism and globalism.

CNA/CWR: US bishops approve updated seminary program, Hispanic ministry efforts

Bishop Felipe de Jesus Estevez of St. Augustine, Florida, in floor discussions preceding the vote, said that in the last two years both he and Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop of St. Paul, Minnesota, had been working as part of a larger group on a “deepening” of understanding of priestly celibacy in seminary formation.

This understanding of clerical celibacy, he said, is “based on an effective maturity” that is “both spousal and paternal.” Estevez said that he and Bishop Cozzens would be working to publish a book on this called “Spiritual Husbands, Spiritual Fathers.”
Who exactly do they have to judge effective maturity? "Professionals"? Women? Celibate male clerics who have been part of the system for a while and may be part of the problem? The blind leading the blind. As for the whole sacramental theology surrounding "in persona Christi" the implications, i.e. the priest being "married to the Church like Christ, and being a "spiritual husband" should raise a few eyebrows but Latins are used to this sort of talk by now.

The votes were followed by a discussion of the V Encuentro meeting of 2018, a national gathering of more than 3,000 Hispanic Catholic leaders in the U.S. The bishops discussed some of the results of the Encuentro as providing a blueprint for the future of the Church in the U.S., and how the conference needs to incorporate those results at the parish level.

More than a year after the close of the V Encuentro, the bishops voted on Tuesday to start the process of incorporating the meeting’s conclusions and findings into its strategic plan for 2021-2024.

Recently, a Pew Research report on religious identity in the U.S. found that Catholics no longer make up a majority among Hispanics. The percentage of Catholics among Hispanics fell by 10% over the last decade.

Bishop Nelson Perez of Cleveland, Ohio, said a statement from the conference in response to the V Encuentro should emphasize leadership development among Hispanic Catholics, as well as vocations to the priesthood or religious life, successful models of ministry, and a vision of the Church as a defender of social justice and human dignity.

The Latin churches are bleeding members, and the "new Catholics" are not as Catholic as they hoped. So their solution? To double down on catering to multiculturalism and diversity.