That Man in Rome…That Man in the White House

2019-11-17 16.00.31Just saw the tweet at the right.  I think it’s hilarious that people have started to refer to the Occupant of the See of St. Peter as “that man in Rome.”  American history buffs will remember that some Republicans, unable to utter his name, used to refer to Franklin D. Roosevelt as “that man in the White House,” and I’m sure that my grandfather muttered ripe language when he had to visit him to help promote his 1933 Langley Day air meet.  Even the thought of FDR made Republicans’ blood pressure rise and veins bulge in the temples.

I used to refer to Barack Obama as the Occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I’ve thoughtfully transferred that to the Occupant near the Tiber (too near as it turns out!)

It’s also worth noting that some of the strongest people in Catholic Twitter are women.  Such turns many peoples’ feminist construct upside down, but it was that way in the Anglican Revolt and the tradition continues with conservative Catholicism.  Besides, it’s worth noting that the founder of #straightouttairondale Catholicism was no other than Mother Angelica, without a doubt the most influential American Catholic since Vatican II.

Millennials Wasting Time with Astrology

As documented in this piece today on CBS This Morning:

I can remember growing up on the Miami Herald and seeing the horoscope buried well past the front page.  Now publications like Cosmopolitan put it front and centre.

That piece reminded me of a pithy observation by John McKenzie in his The Two-Edged Sword:

The more petty evils of the demons could be met by magical means and the tremendous mass of magical literature which Mesopotamia has left us is a pathetic witness to the superstition of one of the most intelligent, ingenious and charming peoples which the race has developed.  Bouché-Leclerq concluded his researches into Greek astrology with the desperate remark that it is not a waste of time to study how other people have wasted their time.

I always took a dim view of my contemporaries who suddenly became “scientific” with climate change.  Right or wrong, most of them have neither the aptitude nor the temperament to be really scientific about anything.  Evidently that hasn’t changed down the line either.

Additionally this is just another aspect of the idolatry that’s taking over our culture and even our churches.

The Coming Continuing Roman Catholic Church — Ad Orientem

“The Burke critique is simple enough. Church teaching on questions like marriage’s indissolubility is supposed to be unchanging, and that’s what he’s upholding: “I haven’t changed. I’m still teaching the same things I always taught and they’re not my ideas.” What is unchanging certainly can’t be altered by an individual pontiff: “The pope is not […]

via The Coming Continuing Roman Catholic Church — Ad Orientem

Key principles of building on the indie web — Ad Orientem

(from https://indieweb.org/principles) Key principles of building on the indie web, numbered for reference, not necessarily for any kind of priority. ✊ Own your data. Your content, your metadata, your identity. 🔍 Use & publish visible data for humans first, machines second. See also DRY. 💪 Make what you need. Make tools, templates, etc. for yourself first, not for all of your […]

via Key principles of building on the indie web — Ad Orientem

I’m Kristen Karman-Shoemake and This Is How I Mesh — Another Fine Mesh

I was born in Arlington, TX and spent most of my childhood in and around the Fort Worth area. When I was in high school, my family moved to Chattanooga, TN. I then went on to UTK for my undergraduate degree. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life and ended […]

via I’m Kristen Karman-Shoemake and This Is How I Mesh — Another Fine Mesh

Kristen and I went to graduate school together, along with her husband Lawton.  Their wedding–coming as it did at the end of many of our dissertation defences in 2016, was a delight and “the event of the season” for weary graduate students.  She is also a Roman Catholic, and the wedding was, as I like to say, #straightouttairondale.  (Which we had to explain to our fellow students from Iran and China and Ghana and…)

Three Anglicanisms — Ad Orientem

There are now, in truth, three Anglicanisms: These are, (1) the First Millennium Consensus, or Anglo-Catholicism, now mostly found in Continuing Churches, (2) Liberalism, now found in the Lambeth Canterbury Communion, and (3) Evangelicalism, mostly found in those bodies adhering to GAFCON. The Elizabethan Settlement has for all practical purposes collapsed and has ceased to […]

via Three Anglicanisms — Ad Orientem

Pope Francis to Bossuet: Hold My Beer — The Bossuet Project

Earlier this year I posted Bossuet’s Elevations on Original Sin, and the last post in the series was on the horrors of idolatry. When I posted this, I thought: this is probably the lowest danger that Bossuet worried about, especially in the West. (We have idolatries of other kinds, but he was talking about the […]

via Pope Francis to Bossuet: Hold My Beer — The Bossuet Project

Elevations on the deliverance promised, from Adam to the Law: 1, The Promise of the Liberator from the day of the Loss. — The Bossuet Project

It was the very day of our fall that God said to the serpent, our corrupter: I will put eternal enmity between you and the woman, between race and his; she will break your head. First, it is unbelievable that God intended to actually judge or punish the visible serpent, an unconscious animal: it is […]

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