A Drive-by Attack On Cathedral History

I dont have time for a long post at the moment, but I thought I’d contribute a single blow to the forces tearing down the walls of the Cathedral, specifically the ‘progressive history’ wall:

Committed to protecting the “purity of White Womanhood,” the Klan physically punished those who engaged in immoral behavior, public indecency and drunkenness, wife beating, gambling, adultery, and the failure to support one’s family. Interestingly, the Klan supported women’s suffrage since women could help restore and preserve morality and traditional values by voting for Klan agendas and political candidates.

The Foundations of My Morality, According To YourMorals

This is supposedly a measurement of how much importance I place on 5 ‘foundations of morality’: harm/care, fairness, loyalty, authority, and purity. I was grouped with ‘reaction’ (the scores in grey are reactionary averages). My own scores are in green. The average liberal score is blue and the average conservative score is red.

Interesting stuff.

You can check out the test here.

A Quote on Reaction, From An Intelligent Outsider

 “But every legitimate scientist disagrees with this particular Reactionary belief!” should be said with the same intonation as “But every legitimate archbishop disagrees with this particular heresy.”

–Scott S Alexander, in Reactionary Philosophy In An Enormous, Planet-Sized Nutshell

EDIT:

It’s not quite worthy of a whole other post directly succeeding this one, but this quote from the same source is also worth sharing:

There’s a saying I’ve heard in a lot of groups, which is something along the lines of “diversity is what unites us”. This is nice and memorable, but there are other groups where unity is what unites them, and they seem to be more, well, united.

Two Christian Archbishops Kidnapped By Syrian Freedom Fighters

To borrow a phrase from Jared Taylor: Are you swine happy now?

Both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox Archbishops of Aleppo have been kidnapped by Syrian rebels.

Of course, those of us who actually read about what the rebels were doing on the ground in Syria instead of listening to the usual flapdoodle about ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ and ‘tolerance’ and other such connotation-only words bandied about as sacred shibboleths by our increasingly reality-independent élites knew that the success of the rebels would not be good for Syrian Christians.

But post-Christendom either was too dumb to figure that out, or it doesn’t care, or, most likely, it positively supports attacks on Christians.

May God protect Archbishops Boulos Yazgi and Gregorios Youhana Ibrahim and deliver them safe to their respective flocks. May He also grant that post-Christendom will henceforth mind its own business rather than constantly meddling with dictators who, for all their faults, at least restrain Moslem ‘democracy’.

Down with the rebels! Many years to Bashar al-Assad!

Deo Vindice!

EDIT: The title of this post originally read ‘Orthodox Patriarchs’. That was a typo and has been corrected to ‘Christian Bishops’. The tweet, unfortunately, presumably still says ‘Orthodox Patriarchs’, but there’s nothing I can really do about that.

Papal Humility

Of late it seems to have become fashionable among Roman Pontiffs to engage in progressively more ostentatious displays of humility. For instance, here’s a photo from the coronation of Pope John XXIII in 1958.

popejohn-1.jpg picture by kjk76_95

The successor to Pope John XXIII was Pope Paul VI, the last pope to be crowned, in 1963. His coronation looked like this:

However, in what La Wik, seemingly without conscious irony, calls a ‘dramatic gesture of humility‘, His Holiness laid down his tiara and sold it, giving the money to the poor.

This act, of course, caused Paul VI to go down in history as the humblest Pope yet. And since then the humble-off has gotten more and more competitive. HH Servant of God Pope John Paul I ratcheted up the humility another notch and even made it his motto.

Unfortunately, John Paul I died after only 33 days on the Chair of St. Peter. He was succeeded by, apparently, a big fan of his. John Paul II had his problems, to be sure:

Nevertheless, as far as I can tell the papal ceremonial did not notably degenerate during his installation.

His successor, Benedict XVI, was widely considered a conservative, even traditionalist Pope. He certainly did facilitate the use of the Latin Mass, for which he is, in my opinion, to be commended. However, dont forget that he also declared the aforementioned Paul VI ‘Venerable’. Moreover, and again according to La Wik,

During his inaugural Mass, the previous custom of every cardinal submitting to the Pope was replaced by having twelve people, including cardinals, clergy, religious, a married couple and their child, and newly confirmed people, greet him.

So we do see a bit more of a move toward the informal, the less ceremonial, and the less traditional, even in the inauguration of the relatively conservative Pope Benedict.

And then, His Holiness Benedict XVI shocked the world with his virtually unprecedented decision to resign the papacy. And his successor? Pope Francis. Heck, even his name practically oozes the kind of in-your-face humility that has become de rigueur for Roman Pontiffs.

The kind of ‘humility’ that we see from Pope Francis can be seen in a WaPo article from 29 March:

Over the past two weeks, with one act of humility after another, Pope Francis has proven he’s willing to break with tradition.

Just after being named the new pontiff, he asked the faithful to pray for him, rather than the other way around. He’s refused to stand on the customary platform above other archbishops and dressed himself in simpler vestments than his predecessors. He’s made a practice of shunning the rich trappings of the position, from paying his own hotel bill to opting out of the palatial apartment popes have lived in for a century in favor of simpler digs.

Is it just me, or does this tendency toward a reduction of the dignity of the papal office seem both endless and irreversible? Where does it stop? Will the next Pope come before the masses wearing Bermuda Shorts and a half-open T-shirt to show how ‘humble’ he is? Will he refuse to teach theology and instead ask the people to teach him? Will the tradition of having the Cardinals elect the Pope be replaced with a popular vote? Who can say? And how could any Pope ‘turn the clock back’ without appearing arrogant?

To be honest, I see this kind of humility as a form of pride. Each Pope must show himself more humble than the previous one. The truly humble thing to do would be to submit oneself to the tradition of the Church, to do just as one’s predecessor had done, and not to call attention to one’s humility.

But I doubt the Popes will do that. Yet again, the fruits of democratism are seen in the destruction of beauty, order, and dignity, for the sake of leveling hierarchies, pursuing ever the elusive and pernicious dream of ‘equality’.

And that, dear reader, is why I stand forever against equality, democracy, and the tyranny of the masses.

Deo Vindice!

Give Us this Day our Supersubstantial Bread

There is only one thing like that: God. So, the supersubstantial bread we are asking God to provide us is the ambrosia the saints and angels eat in Heaven, the manna of the Eucharist: the body of God himself (you know, the stuff that they reserve in the tabernacle of the altar, the way the Israelites reserved a portion of the manna from the wilderness in the Ark of the Covenant, together with the Torah – the Word – and the flowering staff of Aaron – the vine, the Branch of the Tree of Life). In asking for our supersubstantial bread, we are asking God – for the umpteenth time – to make today the day of our Passover, our redemption from sin and death. The Lord’s Prayer is about the Mass.

via Give Us this Day our Supersubstantial Bread.