Saturday, May 02, 2020

More with Barbara Yung 翁美玲

Austin Ruse on Rod Dreher's Writing

Which, as we know, isn't journalism strictly speaking, since it is mixed with his opinions. 

Rod Dreher and His Endism by Austin Ruse

I don't disagree with the criticisms directed against Dreher's writings, and if there is an ad hominen aspect to the article, maybe that should have been handled privately. But regarding Dreher's writing, I think Ruse is just noticing what is a general trend. Maybe only those "progressives" who comment on his articles would disagree, because they are more interested in reading Dreher being critical of Trump or "conservatives" or some other group to which they are opposed. (And not surprisingly, many of them think that Dreher is not critical enough.)

For example, there is this post Dreher wrote yesterday: Weimar America and the Michigan Mob

I am glad they can still show up armed like that at a government building in Michigan, as Michigan does not have laws against open carry, though some are agitating for such laws now. It's the last remnants of Anglo-American political liberty and the high-trust society upon which it depended. Politicians should be reminded that there are limits to the state, even if the state would like to have no limits, and that they will be opposed. Such displays wouldn't be permitted or tolerated in Canada (whose soy PM is pushing for laws banning "assault weapons"), the UK, or Australia, not to mention China.

Now a small group might be criticized for making a spectacle of themselves, but who is in a position to determine if that is the case, or to know if they are just bluffing without follow-through? Who is reaching out to these people to dialogue with them? Not Dreher or other critics of the cuckservative variety, probably. Trump is:

Trump calls protesters who carried guns into the Michigan Capitol 'very good people' and says the governor should 'make a deal' with them

God knows how much support they have among normal red Michiganers.

Some think that such displays of open carry are "impolite" or "uncivilized" or even "scary" for children and some adults. Those people need a reminder that republicanism entails the armed defense of the community against all forms of tyranny and domination, both within and without, and if they cannot bother with that duty or having others exercise that duty, they don't deserve to live in a republic.

As for such displays not being good optics for the "public," is this in part because some of those involved are not photogenic and look like extremists? Maybe it's time for the photogenic to show their support, then, to remind red America where they should stand. Such protestors may not be looking to persuade those who cannot be persuaded because of emotion (fear of guns, for example), but to rally support. It is more of a rhetorical appeal to those on their side, and to boost morale, maybe. What if it is too late to inspire red Americans to greater participation in self-governance? Then maybe some of Dreher's doomerism is warranted, though not his solutions.

Dreher cannot acknowledge that "America" is being transformed from high-trust to low-trust societies thanks to urbanization, immigration, and identity politics, and that he is contributing to that transformation with his public displays of phobia.

Would This Got Funding...

if we didn't have leftists running entertainment? I doubt it.

More Coverage on a Possible War Crime

My first post here.

Latin Devotion to St. Joseph

CWR: St. Joseph: Man and Worker—A Letter to Working Men by David Michael Phelps
Considering our own crises in light of St. Joseph’s example, we can learn to see, even here in our coronavirus exile, an opportunity to offer a more fundamental yes to the work of God in our lives.

Good luck to the Harmel Academy of the Trades. Hopefully it's not too little, too late.

Latin Integralist Thinking?


A Latin Perspective

Maybe Latin triumphalism... I would replace "Catholicism" with "[Apostolic] Christianity". But its take on the relationship of post-Christian Judaism to Christianity is better than the standard narrative that post-Christian Judaism is in continuity with pre-Christian Judaism.

Being Wary of Pitfalls

There is truth in the following article concerning the temptations and spiritual dangers for those who are zealous for the reform of the Church. But what concrete measures is the author advocating so that bishops and priests can be held accountable, when many of them are part of the problem? A second Trent isn't going to resolve the issues that were left unaddressed by the first one, if Latins aren't willing to face the institutional problems of their churches. The Protestants may have been angry but they may have been angry for the right reasons, and were the bishops sufficiently pastorally attentive to their concerns or did they double down on authoritarianism and polemics?

Social media and spiritual dangers for Catholics today by Fr. Matthew MacDonald
Priests and laity can help each other along the way of grace in different ways, cooperating so as to refine the the authentic desire to fight corruption within the humanity of the Church.

What of violence by Muslims against Christians?

Those aren't really Muslims, right? The Roman Curia is a legacy the patriarchate of Rome cannot afford, as it is involved in promoting a false Gospel.

CNA/CWR: Vatican condemns religious violence in Ramadan statement

Of Course He Would

CNA/CWR: Pope Francis raises Cardinal Tagle to new rank

Pope makes promotions within the College of Cardinals

Cardinal Tagle Homily on The Feast of Immaculate Conception

Romans 8:31

Looks like there is a new round of cracking down on dissenting views on Facebook. While social media may have some usefulness, those social media companies deserve to fade to red.

Fight the good fight.

The Agonist: The Need for Male Leadership and Authority by Christopher DeGroot

See also: Liberated for What? by Jack Trotte

Posting This for the Hymn

and not the institutional presence, as West Point is converged as hell and a clown world joke; if you don't know the stories you can see it from the video. A dishonor to the graduates of the past, famous and unknown, patriotic or ignorant.

Unintended Consequences

Guess how many incidents of fraternization, improper or otherwise, and claims of sexual assault are going to result from this? Not to mention female sailors making some extra cash selling "companionship."

"The Last Ship": US Navy Keeping COVID-19 "Clean" Carrier Out At Sea Indefinitely

Friday, May 01, 2020

Rachel Fulton Brown on Devotion to the Theotokos

The Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds in Philadelphia

Rod Dreher Interviews Ross Douthat

AmConMag: How To Fight Decadence in the Age of Pandemic
Will we find that this triggering event purged the rot from our system, or will something much darker be left behind?

Rod Dreher: When most of us hear the word “decadence,” we think of Sodom and Gomorrah, or the late Roman Empire, or Weimar Germany. But that’s not what you’re talking about. Would you clarify what you mean by decadence?

Ross Douthat: I’m following a definition proposed 20 years ago by the late cultural historian Jacques Barzun, who argued that we should understand “decadence” as referring to periods when wealthy and dynamic societies enter into stalemate, stagnation, and decay—when they lose a clear sense of both purpose and future possibility. Which doesn’t exclude scenarios like rapid moral decline or fascist or communist takeover: a decadent society is vulnerable to both. But under decadence you’re often more likely to get a kind of moral or cultural mediocrity than either radical villainy or sainthood. And our own decadence seems to fit that pattern: in certain ways we look more stable and less flagrantly debased than in the 1970s, when crime rates and abortion rates and divorce rates and drug abuse were much higher, and our vices have a more private, virtual, numbing style.

Likewise, a decadent society can collapse under the right circumstances, and our sclerotic institutions are certainly vulnerable to certain stresses—like the coronavirus! But decadence can also last a long time: Weimar fell to Hitler quickly, but the “late” Roman empire (or the Ottoman or Chinese empires later) lasted for centuries in a condition of decay. So I don’t think you can assume that our decadence is going to turn to crisis and collapse immediately; it might be a lot more sustainable than people think.
What Douthat calls decadence we identify as one facet of collapse.

Who Can Get Out to Get a Really Good View?

AmConMag: Was That Military Flyover Really Worth The Cost to Taxpayers? by Barbara Boland
Looking at what we spend on unwanted, overpriced tanks and planes against the shortfalls in protective gear.

What's behind the promotion of remdesivir? Big Pharma?

Peak Prosperity

Barbara Yung 翁美玲

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Reconsecration Tomorrow

Bishops will ‘consecrate’ the US and Canada to Mary. Here’s what that means



A Different Perspective on SF Combat Diver Capability

A Conversation with Cardinal Burke

Catholic Family Conference This Weekend

CWR Dispatch: Online Catholic conference seeks to inspire, encourage families
The Catholic Family Conference, live-streaming on May 1st and 2nd, 2020, features a wide range of noted Catholic leaders and a wide variety of talks and presentations.


Women Choir Directors

So there are some "traditionalists" in Chalcedonian Orthodoxy who do not think that it is appropriate for women to sing in church, just as there are Latin traditionalists who think this way. As singing the appropriate parts of the liturgy is a task of all who are members of Christ's body, I don't know how they can claim this except by an unthinking traditionalism with strict separation of sex roles.
Furthermore, women have been singing in mixed choirs and even directing choirs in the Russian Church for a very long time now, and saints, such as St. John of Shanghai have not only raised no objections to it, but have blessed it to be so. So while one may make a case against women singing on the basis of the comments of some Fathers, the fact that the Church has allowed it, and that this has been without any controversy, and with the blessing of many saints should restrain anyone from making dogmatic arguments against the practice.

It is also a fact that without women singers and choir directors, many parishes would be hard pressed to pull off a decent service, and so even if you could make the argument that in an ideal world, choirs would consist of only tonsured male readers, the problem remains that we do not live in such an ideal world, and have to use the resources that we have. St. Paul’s concern in his first epistle to the Corinthians was that “all things be done decently, and in good order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). If our interpretation of his admonitions leads us to the opposite effect, then I would suggest this means we are misreading him on some level.

Does patriarchy require that men have leadership status in every group, including a choir? The ideal may be to have a male cantor who could also be the choir director, or to have two men filling those roles. What skills does a choir director need, besides leading the group and pointing out corrections that need to be made? A choir director would also need to take the initiative in planning practices and checking on members.

But what if there are no men around sufficiently trained in singing and music to be a cantor or a choir director? What if only women can read music and sing? I suppose then a woman choir director would be tolerable as all of the singers are women. Whether this will remain the status quo, or if providentially a man may be found later... should a parish or the pastor be praying for this?

It seems to me that a man who can read music and sing should be promoted to be the choir director, even if a "more qualified" woman is available, just for the sake of observing the principle of patriarchy. But what if he has no leadership skills? He can learn them. And if his personality prevents him from exercising effective leadership? In that case, maybe the more qualified woman being the choir director would be tolerable. After all, if he does not have the personality or character to enable him to be an effective leader, or if he does not have that potential, then he already has a lower SSH status. A concern with the possible loss of status by being subject to a woman choir director may not be necessary, as he may not be losing much. And if a man is willing to accept a woman as having authority in a choir over him, that is already evidence that he has lower status. But if a male singer is willing to take the initiative to learn how to be a director, and he is rightly concerned with his status among the members of the parish community, especially the women, should he not be given priority over an equally qualified or even more qualified woman? I would think so, as these considerations are important. The purpose of a choir is to sing the liturgy well, but having this purpose does not mean that it is not ordered to other goods as well. The choir, unless they are outsider mercenaries being hired by the parish for their ability, are members of the parish as well, and whatever ordering exists in the choir must also take into consider greater goods as well, such as the good of parish life, and the good of parish life requires patriarchy, if only so that men will have the respect of women. (But patriarchy has other goods proper to it as well.)

(As for the interpretation of 1 Corinthians 14:34, the author article interprets it in light of the surrounding passages regarding prophesying and speaking in tongues, so that the rules governing prophesying and speaking in tongues are the rules guiding when a woman must be silent. I think it is correct that 1 Corinthians 14 does not apply to women singing the liturgy so I agree with the article on that point. 1 Corinthians 14:35 clearly prohibits them from asking questions. Are they allowed to share the fruits of their charismatic gifts (14:26)? Or should this done by an intermediary, either their husband or male guardian? Are women allowed to interpret tongues? Giving a word of instruction would be forbidden to women, if we consult the other commands given by St. Paul. It is probably the case that the structure of worship of the ekklesia was not so formalized as later became, so that there would be periods of time when the members could share their charismatic gifts in addition to the prayers and readings or maybe even with the Eucharist?)

Too Bad an Exit Poll Can't Be Taken

Rod Dreher: Where Did All the Catholics Go?

Why are the Latin churches losing members? Maybe some are just tired of the BS or alientated by the nuChurch and nuGospel. Some may have fallen away from sin but did their parish teach about salvation or did it provide some version of therapeutic moral deism instead, leaving them with the impression that it doesn't really matter if they sin or not, since God will love them anyways? It appears the strategy of importing new congregation members hasn't worked out for the Uhmerican bishops. Did they bother to try to harness male energy in the service of God? No; the bishops have been content to let the continued feminization of their churches to take place.

Latin traditionalists may think they are exempt from this, as they are attending the "true Mass" and learning the "true Catholic Faith" but are they living it, or do they remain content that their works set them apart from their Novus Ordo brethren? How many of their children will be alienated because of poor parenting which they associate with traditionalist Latin Catholicism? And then there are the attitudes of Latin triumphalism, Latin integralism, and anti-Americanism which can be linked and reinforce one another. Even if they do not think a reform of the reform is possible, might it be that children and teenagers attending more "traditional" OF Masses are psychologically balanced than their traditionalist peers as they have less toxic influences? This is especially the case with sons! I'll take the influence of a typical Opus Dei priest over the average Latin traditionalist father who is inclined to be a strict disciplinarian.

Dreher writes:
If I’m a pastor of any sort, I’m going to be worried about the people who aren’t going to come back after the Covid lockdown is over. People who were coming simply because they were in the habit, but who now, having had that habit broken by the pandemic response, will stay home on Sundays.

How many with poor prayer lives and only rote attendance of Mass and reception of Holy Communion will just fall away? What have their churches done to teach them how to pray?

A reader responds to Dreher:
By the way, Rod, your point about people who don’t come back after COVID is well-taken, but I wonder, at what point will churches stop the numbers game and focus on quality of disciples over quantity of members? Obviously, we should be concerned for the state of everyone’s soul, but if the church (speaking of the broad Christian church, not the Catholic Church) is full of people who are sort of bland about their faith, then it’s just going to continue to decline. Public Masses are resuming in Texas this weekend (obviously with changes in how they are conducted). But if you are so weakly attached that a 6-week interruption breaks your attachment completely, can you really even be said to have been that attached in the first place?

I think the brute reality is that churches have to slough off the weakly attached before any sort of real reform can take place. When this topic comes up, I see many people on the comment threads always talking about how “nobody can take the bad music and irreverence at the Novus Ordo Mass, so they just leave” but that’s not my experience in parish life at all. It’s actually quite the opposite: most parishioners DON’T want changes to the music, they DON’T want Latin re-introduced, they DON’T want more reverent liturgies, they are quite happy with the sort of vanilla wafer Mass that is par for the course in most parishes.

The reader seems unaware that those who hold power in parishes are Boomers, who most likely have much ego investment in their ecclesial participation, having made their ideas the rule of faith rather than Tradition. Those who fall away probably do not have much skin in the game to begin with. And the reader misses that attrition has already taken place, those who were alienated already left before COVID-19, leaving only those who are committed to the nuGospel (an aging population).

The problem lies instead with priests and bishops who enable the laypeople holding power within parishes to control parish life. The next generation of priests and bishops may be more orthodox in some ways, but they may still be attached to the SJW Gospel and their "human development" may be incomplete, leaving us with a problem of a feminized church that will not have been corrected yet by their mere assumption of authority within the local churches.

via Rod Dreher:

Thanks, Kathleen Kennedy!

for burning the Star Wars franchise to the ground and damaging Disney.

Warrior Kid Podcast with Jonny Kim

星語心願-張柏芝 歡樂今宵-古巨基 聽見下雨的聲音-周杰倫 小幸運-Hebe Improper 我的最愛 電影金曲 medley cover by 許靖韻 Angela Hui

A Blue Collar Defense of Latin Integralists

Alas it isn't a good one.

AmConMag: A Workingman’s Case for Integralism by Ian Bothur
The blue-collar mind instinctively understands many of the things libertarian Catholic professors seem to miss.

James Patterson's critique would have been more effective if he had elaborated upon the "theoretical issues" but when the proponents of Catholic integralism, namely Ahamari and Vermeule, have not written treatises themselves, it might be difficult to write an academic response. Hence the essay for Law and Liberty which was probably unsatisfying for those looking for a deep discussion. Patterson's essay is not without weaknesses as well, but he is more correct than Vermeule with respect to understanding the Constitution, regardless of whether he is correctly characterized as a libertarian or not.

The author of the essay writes:

Out in the real world, people say things like “it’s my right to do such-and-such” or “you can’t tell me what to think about such-and-such” and so forth. Such arguments are framed as though rooted in a liberal philosophical tradition, but they are not. Rather, the liberal “order” has merely furnished the masses with a rhetorical mallet. The unlettered man of the real world does not really think like a liberal. He thinks in terms of right and wrong, good and bad. When a plumber says, “you’re entitled to your opinion,” he means that he thinks your opinion is garbage, but does not consider it a valuable use of his time to persuade you otherwise. When an electrician says, “the government shouldn’t force people to do what they think is wrong,” what he means is that he has no faith in law enforcement and is therefore terrified at the prospect of having his weapons confiscated just as the world seems to be growing more dangerous. When a lathe operator says, “it’s not hurting anyone, so who am I to judge,” what he means is that he hates it but is unwilling to damage his already tenuous family dynamic in a failed attempt to stop it.

If people in the real world no longer understand the "rights of Englishmen" or political liberty, than that's not a sign that their simpler worldview is better but that the Anglo-American political tradition has largely disappeared and the institutions of "public education" have failed at handing it on. (Or rather, they have been deliberately used to advance an ideology opposed to republican liberty.)

Aside from his colorblind approach to politics, the average (Catholic) blue-collar worker does not have “republican associations.” He does not, as far as liberals are concerned, participate in the public sphere in any meaningful sense. His life is divided into weeks. In each week, he spends the majority of his time at work and commuting to or from work. He savors every Saturday as his time to recuperate from the drudgery of the previous five days. His Sunday is spent at Mass in the morning and with his family in the evening. In short, the working-man’s whole existence is divided unevenly into employment, entertaining himself at home, and going to Mass. In the liberal worldview, these are all “private” endeavors: He never sets foot in the public sphere.

This is where integralism can enter the heart of every normal, real-world person; in the realization that even the meek and the uneducated are not prisoners of “private enterprise,” but actively participate in the social order; in the sobering sense that one’s life is presently ruled not by himself, nor by those he already yearns to serve (i.e. Christ and His Church), but by a power that is inimical to the common good; and in the knowledge that the claims of liberalism are a farce and do not grant him the benefits of liberty, but in fact justify and enable the most oppressive forces in his life.
If he has no republican associations, that is because he does not live in a real community. That is the public sphere; he doesn't participate in a social order but a social disorder, whether it be the living arrangements where he resides or in reference to how power is exercised over him by those who rule.

We are all in dire need of reasserting the reign of Christ over every single area of our lives. 

The Word of God offers no specific regime for men, nor does it require Latin integralism or for Latin opinions about "Church and state relations," that is the relationship of the authority of bishops to polities, to be fulfilled.

Rod Dreher on the Lincoln Diocese Scandal

When "conservative" or "traditionalist" is not enough...

Lincoln Diocese Admits Kalin Wrongdoing

Mountain Warfare and Cold Weather Operations

Some BTS for Extraction (and a Short Review)

Having seen the movie, I'll say this for Extraction: it is an ok portrayal of the stereotypical male hero who is flawed but does everything he can in defense of the weak.

The director seems to be a male feminist, though. Stunt star turned Extraction director Sam Hargrave: 'Charlize Theron is the bravest actor I know'

The story itself is a not PC -- white male savior who is also a father figure, as the [brown] Indian teen's own father is a drug lord. Sure, the drug lord has an Indian former special operator in his employ who also works to save the teen, but Hemsworth's Tyler Rake is the protagonist. I suppose Netflix is trying to expand its business in India and some Indians who receive Netflix $ may not complain, but I bet some nationalists will.

Extraction, despite some nods to PCness (but not enough for SJWs) is decent shelter-in-place entertainment. It may not belong in the same league with the other pro-men movies of last year, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ford v Ferrari, A Hidden Life, and 1917 (which are not equal in quality), but it is definitely better than the woke garbage on Netflix. As for realistic combat sequences... probably not, just more stylized dramatic stuff in the vein of Strike Back and John Wick.

Joe Russo on how Extraction reaches for the greatness of Heat
Collider Joe Russo Interview

More with CR Wiley

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Government by Unelected Bureaucrats

For the county of St. Clare: Sarah Cody authored the original shelter-in-place order and the new one. The county board of supervisors needs to be held accountable.

Where in the state constitution or the county charter can this authority be delegated to an unelected official?

This Is California Going Down the Drain

A plan for 10,000 new state employees, and more obligations for CalPERS. Technobureaucrats don't know any better.


Robert Sarah and Pope Francis Ideologically Aligned?

CLJ: Cardinal Sarah's Warning to the West by Chase Padusniak

While the African prelate sometimes sounds not unlike a vocal America-first Catholic, a thoughtful reading of his statements make clear that these are incidental similarities, not ideological concurrences. Take, for example, his stance on the European refugee crisis. In an interview with the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles, he appeared to contradict Pope Francis’s position on immigration, saying “It is better to help people flourish in their culture than to encourage them to come to a Europe in full decadence . . . It is a false exegesis to use the word of God to promote migration.”

His reasoning, however, is not that migrants pollute or corrupt the cultures they enter. Instead, in The Day is Now Far Spent, he notes that Europe displays oligarchic tendencies.

Sarah is concerned that migrants will be corrupted by the host societies; but he is concerned with the ethnic and cultural changes that mass migration brings as well. The choice of "pollute" or "corrupt" to characterize the odiousness of "America-first" Catholics or conservatives is most likely deliberately, but even Aquinas warns against having too many foreigners in a polis in terms of the harmful effects they will have on the rule of law.

As for "oligarchic tendencies," those tendencies are much more than that, they are the system and the state. In fact, Sarah himself would probably use stronger language than that to describe the state. Similarly, many "America-first" American patriots are also concerned with the oligarchy in this country, and how it profits off importing foreign workers. Are "America-first" Catholics aligned with Pope Francis, then? Does Pope Francis see things that way?

This is the sort of fluff piece aimed at downplaying what might be taken as "extremist views" from a churchman yet untouched by scandal and who is popular among "conservative" Catholics.

The "MacIntyre" Approach to Ecumenical Dialogue

One must show how the Apostolic Tradition (not neoscholasticism or a dogmatic tradition based upon it) is able to explain the meaning of Scripture better than a Protestant alternative, and not only explain but embodies it, so that one can see how an Apostolic Church is in continuity with the early Church.

Get Them Out of Syria

Tactical Made Shooting Gloves


Hardening One's Residence

A Simplistic Narrative

1P5: The Conflicted Legacy of American Catholicism

So it was that the American republic — with its subdued secularism in comparison to the guillotine of the French lies of “liberty, equality, and fraternity” — convinced, in no small part, the partisans of the New Springtime that Jacques Maritain’s vision could become a reality. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for Catholics who seek to investigate the effects of the Vatican II springtime to evaluate the legacy of the American republic as it regards the social and political doctrine of the Church, especially in the foundational error of the separation of Church and State, which we will return to below.
A historian must make judgement about motives as a part of constructing a narrative. But reliance on a caricature of the federation of American states and "subdued secularism" (which many Latin traditionalists will blame on Protestants rather than on the elites who hold power in the state) is wrong and offensive to faithful Protestant Anglo-Americans who trace their descent to the very beginning. Latin traditionalists sound like the ugly duckling who never belonged in the first place and unfortunately will never become a swan, having become crippled by envy and pride (Latin triumphalism)--sounds almost gamma.
Except for places with a pre-1776 dominant Catholicism — like the formerly New Spain American southwest and the formerly New France New Orleans — by and large, the Catholicism of America was of immigrants. This meant that at best, they created ethnic ghettos and national parishes speaking their mother tongue with little influence on American Protestant society. At worst, they were immigrants seeking acceptance at any cost — including the Catholic faith and identity. The impetus to convert all of America and the whole republic into a Catholic republic that submits to Christ the King was greatly hindered by this conflict.
We can generalize to say that the legacy of American Catholicism was conflicted between conformity to the Protestant American society and non-conformity to it, taking refuge in ethnic enclaves. The Irish immigrants led by prelates such as John Ireland and James Gibbons dominated the conformity party. The German immigrants dominated the non-conformity party. A third force in this legacy was those Catholics who accepted wholeheartedly the fundamental doctrines expounded by the Pian Magisterium (1799–1958) and sought to convert America to Christ the King.
In what shape was an immigrant Latin Church to convert their Protestant neighbors, when most of its members had chosen to live in large cities for the sake of economic opportunity?  There is nothing preventing Latin traditionalists to try their great experiment in evangelization now. At least they will have results right away as to whether their strategy is as easy and fruitful as they think it would be.

Don Troiani, "Battle of Guilford Court House"

No Comparison Indeed

 "Williamsport Crossing" by John Paul Strain

Grant and Sherman, promoters of Total War in the modern era. They deserved the Black Flag treatment and guerrilla harassment, but it was probably too late to shift the Confederate war-making effort in that direction, despite the service of men of talent like Gen. NB Forrest.

Abbeville: No Comparison Between Grant and Lee By James Ronald Kennedy

Did he help clean up the order?

Or are there more scandals to be uncovered?

Grand Magistry Announces Death of H.M.E.H. Grand Master Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto

The Order of Malta may be more deserving of being called "elites" than members of TFP, but do their works of philanthropy just disguise their moribund state? What have they done to promote communal life in their native countries?

CNA/CWR: Grand Master of the Order of Malta dies at 75


Don't Pay Any Attention to Fake Conservatives

Especially AJFLs.

Makes one wonder what place on the SSH her husband holds.

Generating More Disgust and Sorrow

An addendum to this post about disassociation.

/CWR: Lincoln diocese reports on ‘wrong and inappropriate conduct’ of former vocations director

“Despite Msgr. Kalin’s many positive contributions to build a faithful community at the Newman Center, the investigation findings regarding his wrong and inappropriate conduct are disturbing and painful,” reads an April 29 letter from Archbishop George Lucas, the diocesan apostolic administrator.

Can his contributions be said to be "positive" if they were based on the same sort of disorderd self-love that motivated his reprehensible actions? If only God can judge, then why say anything about his "career" at all?

Bishop Robert Barron's latest: The Quarantine’s Three Lessons About the Church

At the liturgy, we are meant to come together in close proximity so that we can pray in unison, sing in unison, process together, embrace one another, gesture in harmony with each other. In all of this, the incarnational quality of the Church becomes concretely expressed. And this is what has made the last six weeks so particularly difficult for Catholics. Our faith is not primarily an internal business, something negotiated between the individual and the invisible Lord. Rather, it shows up physically and publicly, through bodies. Once again, I would hope that our fasting from togetherness will heighten our appreciation for this incarnational density of our faith.

So Catholics, don’t get discouraged. Rather, use this time of deprivation and abstention to awaken a deeper love for the Church in its Eucharistic, symbiotic, and incarnational distinctiveness.

Seems rather inadequate. If I am not even sure if they are orthodox Christian, or have reason to believe that they are not, why should I wish to pray with them?

Needlessly Upsetting Voters

I don't know what Pence is thinking.

SSPX Statements

This would be url for the first and the url for the second, but "access is denied."

Has it been deleted? Google Cache still has a copy of the two statements, and the second was apparently copied by Google on April 22 even though CM has it dated for April 25. April 22 is also the date the Church Militant story was published. CM tagged articles on the SSPX.

Steve Skojec's video on the CM article doesn't have anything substantive to say about the Church Militant story itself; he merely criticizes CM for undermining its own credibility with its "editorializing" and "bias," while agreeing that there should be an investigation done if necessary in order to ensure that justice is done. He has an article on 1P5 to explain his perspective further, and responses in the combox to the CM story has been mixed.

Whether those within Roman Catholic mass media should examine themselves for some form of Latin triumphalism, even if it finds refuge in a "remnant mentality"...

Whatever some Latins may think, there is more to the Church Universal than the patriarchate of Rome, and even if other jurisdictions are not free from problems, arguably the institutional problems besetting the patriarchate of Rome, exacerbated by Latin theological opinions about the office of the pope, are arguably more severe.

The SSPX statements after the jump.

Philosopher of the Heart

Kierkegaard’s Way by Rod Dreher

MacMillan: Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard by Clare Carlisle

Church Times review
Kirkus Reviews

The US Should Have Taken Action Earlier

I am completely in agreement with Taleb on that point, and California was negligent for a little more than a month.

The Psychological Need to Disassociate

from an organization or even a church.

Following up on these posts about the Latin churches:
A Church of "Social Justice" and "Solidarity"
More Disappointing Words from Cardinal Ouellet
How Will SSPX Latin Rad-Trads Deal With This?

What is one to do with a leadership that is out-of-touch, unaccountable, preaching a heterodox alternative to the Gospel, and refusing to observe proper boundaries between men and women?

Some may be driven for the sake of one's integrity to disassociate from these pastors, because they do not represent Christianity or Christ as he thinks is appropriate. Why be tainted by such an association, or be judged as giving approval to their brand of "Christianity"?

CR Wiley, Man of the House

The Story of Fr. Walter Ciszek, SJ

What a prisoner-priest in the USSR learned about isolation: Diocese to livesteam Tuesday lecture on Fr. Walter Ciszek

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Praying at Home

English Translation of Le Figaro Interview with Pierre Manent

First Things: Time to Wake Up by Pierre Manent

Pierre Manent: While waiting for things to unfold we note the return of the least likeable features of our State. In the name of a health emergency, a state of emergency has in fact been established. In the name of this emergency, the most primitive and brutal of measures has been taken: general confinement under police surveillance. The speed, the comprehensiveness, and even the eagerness with which the repressive apparatus was set in motion painfully contrast with the delays, the lack of preparation, and the indecisiveness of our policies of sanitation, whether concerning masks, tests, or potential treatments. Innocent or benign missteps are punished with exorbitant fines. We are forbidden from leaving our residences without passports, but the reestablishment of national borders is still considered a mortal sin. I do not believe the crisis is rehabilitating that State. 

As for the nation, it has been abandoned, discredited, and delegitimized for two generations—just as any thought for industrial policy has been abandoned, discredited, and delegitimized. We have renounced the very idea of national independence. Oh, to be nothing more than a soft and pliant node of specialized expertise in the great network of global trade! And above all, the flux must never slow down! Are we discovering that we are dependent on China for almost everything we need? But we have organized ourselves in order to be dependent! We have willed it! Do you believe that, when we emerge weakened by the economic destruction brought about by the health crisis, there will be many who will be willing to reverse the course that we have been following for forty years?

Plough Feature Interview with Stanley Hauerwas

Plough: Schooling Hope


That’s an indication that we are living in a technologically advanced civilization that is dedicated to efficiency and that has lost the tradition of wisdom. The elderly should be held accountable for helping us become articulate about how to live. That we think their primary task is to return to childhood robs them of responsibility and us of the kind of wisdom that we need to live well. If in a hundred years, Christians are identified as the people who don’t kill their children or kill their elders we will have done well. Terrible things can happen in the name of compassion.
In order to live well, we require people of wisdom who have insight about the goods that make life livable. In craft traditions, there are those who know how to respond to particular challenges in, say, building a house. The answers to those challenges are not always there in a book, but are there in a person who learned how to respond. We must understand ourselves to be people who depend upon others who have learned how to live wisely. The world needs grandparents.

Ah yes, well, what have the Boomers done for those who have come after them? Many of these Boomers do not want to be involved with their grandchildren, preferring to live in their sunny retirement location.

The Importance of Written Correspondence

AmConMag: When You Care Enough Not To Send The Very Worst by Rachel Taylor
Human contact is scarce under quarantine, and we could use more color in our mail.

But in the end, it’s not so much about the words or the design, but the caring that they convey, the stamp of a person embedded in them: time to choose the card, work to compose and write the message, time to find a mailbox. It’s a much more involved and meticulous process than pulling out one’s phone; it feels more human. It’s a worthwhile endeavor even—or especially—with the immediacy of the internet at our fingertips, and the isolation of quarantine heavy on our minds.

ATAC Defense Enhanced Rifle

Dr. Kerry McCarthy on William Byrd



Pentagon Disinformation Possibly

Patrick Deneen Reviews Michael Lind's The New Class War

First Things

Lind follows Burnham’s basic thesis that a new elite had arisen to replace first the older land-based aristocracy, and then the industry-based oligarchy. The new elite was distinctive for its monopolization of portable skills that allowed them to manage modern firms. Running these organizations required flexibility, mobility, skills in “symbolic analysis,” and a concomitant disconnection from place, culture, and tradition. Those who exhibited such aptitudes were vacuumed from every city, town, and hamlet across the world and into the urban cores. Those lacking such abilities, or unwilling to become sufficiently flexible and mobile, became the Left Behind. This new ruling class saw itself as a “meritocracy.” It believed that its power was earned and deserved, and that those who didn’t succeed deserved their station. Noblesse oblige was replaced by calls for state welfare as adequate compensation for those who lost the meritocratic sweepstakes.

The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite by Michael Lind

Is Dune Going to Be Woke?

Midnight's Edge has a video on the photos released for the movie and the Vanity Fair article.

Here is the relevant portion of the Vanity Fair article:

The director has also expanded the role of Paul’s mother, Lady Jessica. She’s a member of the Bene Gesserit, a sect of women who can read minds, control people with their voice (again, a precursor to the Jedi mind trick), and manipulate the balance of power in the universe. In the script, which Villeneuve wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, she is even more fearsome than before. The studio’s plot synopsis describes her as a “warrior priestess.” As Villeneuve jokes, “It’s better than ‘space nun.’ ”

Lady Jessica’s duty is to deliver a savior to the universe—and now she has a greater role in defending and training Paul too. “She’s a mother, she’s a concubine, she’s a soldier,” says Ferguson. “Denis was very respectful of Frank’s work in the book, [but] the quality of the arcs for much of the women have been brought up to a new level. There were some shifts he did, and they are beautifully portrayed now.”
In an intriguing change to the source material, Villeneuve has also updated Dr. Liet Kynes, the leading ecologist on Arrakis and an independent power broker amid the various warring factions. Although always depicted as a white man, the character is now played by Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One), a black woman. “What Denis had stated to me was there was a lack of female characters in his cast, and he had always been very feminist, pro-women, and wanted to write the role for a woman,” Duncan-Brewster says. “This human being manages to basically keep the peace amongst many people. Women are very good at that, so why can’t Kynes be a woman? Why shouldn’t Kynes be a woman?”
The Bene Gesserit do fight (e.g. the weirding way) and this was not shown as much in the 1984  movie, and neither in the SyFy adaptation of the first two novels by Frank Herbert. It's been a while since I've read the first novel but the 1984 movie does have Gurney Halleck commenting about Paul's precise control and how Paul didn't learn it from Duncan Idaho or himself, and must have learned it from Paul's mother. iirc, Paul to not only learned mental discipline from his mother but the weirding way as well. But is there a distinction between the weirding way and its combat applications? If Jessica actually taught Paul how to fight as well, would this diminish the role of Duncan and Gurney in training Paul, perhaps even eclipsing them if the scriptwriters chose to take it in this direction? Or does the novel leave the interpretation Paul learn the mental and physical discipline of special self-control from his mother but melded it with the combat skills he learned from Gurney and Duncan on his own?

As for gender-swapping Liet Kynes -- I don't know if the stories written by Herbert's son and Kevin Anderson based on Herbert's notes go into his backstory more, but he is not only the imperial planetologist but also the leader of the Freman. Do the Freman have a matriarchy now? I believe in Freman culture that the leader would have to be open to taking on challengers to his power through personal combat. One might claim that in Herbert's own literary creation that there is a parity in the fighting abilities of men and women. Maybe this egalitarianism does exist in Herbert's novels but it is at odds with the division and differences between men and women that he also uses for the story. (E.g. the "messiah" being male.)  I never had the impression from the novel that Fremen males and women were on par with respect to their combat skills, but this was not the case with the Bene Gesserit and the sword masters of the empire. Perhaps the best of the Bene Gesserit were even better than the best male sword masters.

While the Freman seem to be more patriarchal in the novel, perhaps adhering closely to the historical peoples that inspired them, they do accept the influence and advice of a Bene Gesserit mother. Also, there is historical precedent for Liet Kynes' father being given a Freman woman in marriage to signal his acceptance by the Freman and to cement an alliance. Are there any examples in history of a man being given to a woman outside his tribe in marriage? I note also that Liet seems to have inherited the position of leader of the Freman from his father, though I don't know if he had any challengers.

Those who are inclined to accept the "egalitarianism" of Dune's novels may be able to easily accept these changes, but I think they ruin whatever grounding in reality the books may have had and the sex differences which Herbert himself acknowledged in building his world. I don't think Herbert was such a committed egalitarian that it determined every detail of his stories.

Midnight's Edge argues that the Vanity Fair article is just part of a publicity campaign aimed at the audience that reads Vanity Fair, and so those involved in making the movie (or the studio) are just saying what they think the readers want to read in order to get them to fill seats in the theater in December (assuming that the movie won't be postponed due to a COVID-19 shutdown). However, if the movie does not live up to this hype, won't the readers (and SJWs) feel hoodwinked? I wouldn't doubt that Villeneueve is a feminist, bsaed on the other movies he's directed.

False Dichotomy

Leadership 101

Lessons that integralists should learn before preaching about government and regime change.

What is it about the desire of some to have a king (or queen)?

Keep Dreaming

Papal "infallibility," as has been explained by Vatican I AND Vatican II, does not extend to judgments about particulars, in this case, what is and what is not just in the political realm. Maybe Latins will want to take their understanding of the pope's powers even further.

Bill Kaufmann Reads Wendell Berry


Monday, April 27, 2020

Made in Bangladesh

All manufacturing of clothing should be returned to Western countries, especially the U.S., instead of outsourcing the work to third-world countries. In fact the days of mass manufacturing are numbered, as it is dependent upon cheap energy, and we should be looking at sustainable alternatives. The third world can figure out its own solutions, since they don't need Western paternalism.

Not to be confused with this:

Rod Dreher Responds to Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair: "Call it the Tucker Carlson Wing of the GOP" The American Conservative Watns to Be the Atlantic of the Right

Dreher: The Culture War: Why We Still Fight

But we should never, ever allow ourselves to be gaslit by liberals or libertarians who tell us that nobody cares about this stuff anymore, so we should just drop it. 

Nor, for that matter, should we allow ourselves to be gaslit by figures within Religious Conservatism, Inc., who insist that we are within one election, and one Supreme Court appointment, from “victory.” It’s not true, and it was never true, and believing that the culture war was primarily a political and legal conflict was a massive strategic error of an entire generation, from which we have yet to recover. Going forward, the most important work of the culture war will be mounting guerrilla resistance within a culture whose dominant institutions were long ago captured by the other side.

The New Right, the Benedict Option, and a Second Look at Waco by Arthur Bloom
What the biggest Clinton-era law enforcement scandal can tell us about conservative challenges ahead.

Coincidentally, I later found this tweet, written by someone associated with Catholic Herald and posing as a moderate I suppose:

Lost Its Charm?

CNA/CWR: Church in South Korea growing, slowly

Like many countries, South Korea’s Catholic population is aging. About one in five South Korean Catholics are over the age of 65, and only 8.5% of Catholics are age 19 or under. A total of 14% of priests are over the age of 65.

This Is Clown World

Plump arms, plump attitude.

Mossberg 590A1

A Lesson on the Old Testament

Crisis Magazine: Waiting for the New Jerusalem by Anthony Esolen

“This is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh,” cries Man, when he sees Woman for the first time. “She shall be called woman [Hebrew ’ishah] because she was taken out of Man” [‘ish]. And that is why, says the sacred author, a man shall “leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:23-24). The key word is one, in Hebrew echad. After God created the light, and separated the light from the darkness, “there was evening and there was morning, one day” (Gen. 1:5; translation and emphasis mine). The divided nations of Israel and Judah, says the prophet, will be brought together again: “And David my servant shall be king over them; and they shall have one shepherd” (Ez. 37:24). “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord” (Dt. 6:4). In Hebrew, every one of these sentences ends with the key word one, echad. The oneness of the people, the oneness of man and woman in marriage, and the singularity of the light all derive their being from the one God. The story of the Tower of Babel shows what happens when man attempts to found His unity upon any other principle.

We know the invisible things of God, says Saint Paul, in part from the visible things of nature (Rom. 1:20), not, I might say, from our feelings about them or about ourselves, for, says God to Noah, as it were in exasperated mercy, “the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Gen. 8:21). But Noah at least was a righteous man, and so God had commanded him to preserve the birds and the beasts and their seed, not in gross, but in pairs, literally and delightfully “the husband and his wife” or “the man and his woman” (Gen. 7:2; Hebrew ’ish w’ishto). There are other Hebrew words for male and female, which the author has used to speak of the beasts generally that are to enter the ark (6:19). But when it comes to the specifics, the animals are Mister and Missus.

Rachel Fulton Brown on Academia

Makes Too Much Sense

Coming Out of Lockdown Unprepared

And from today: If We Lose Our Focus on Coronavirus It Might Bite Us Again

Because Diana Rigg... and John Barry

Lazenby's Bond is a bit too lovey-dovey and cheerful -- what if Sean Connery had been Bond in the movie instead?

TOB Still Around

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Two WW2 Movies

With the current COVID-19 lockdown, both will probably go straight to VOD/streaming services.

Enemy Lines

Torpedo: U-235

Two Genealogies

Of the various intellectual trends that have culminated in current identity politics.

Gnostic Liberalism by Robert George

Taking a somewhat different tact, Douglas Farrow writes No More Lies: Exposing the Roots of Gender Ideology.

Can we say that the Natural Law is not only "written in our hearts" but in our bodies? (Which is not to imply some sort of dualism, and there can be a philosophical discussion of how our bodies are "parts" of us and how our bodies are more than "parts") We have natural inclinations proper to us as rational animals, and some natural inclinations will differ according to sex.

ANDY STUMPF Navy SEAL Interview on First Class Fatherhood

Using a Secondary Light

Guerilla Art

I think it's funny and I'm not offended, but the SJWs and the identity politics agitators don't care about my opinion.

"Wuhan Plague" Plaques Featuring Chopstick-Wielding Pooh Holding Bat Appear In Atlanta