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?