Saturday, March 17, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Celebrating Fr. Buckley's Golden Jubilee: 50 Years in the Priesthood

Rod Dreher, St. Benedict on Mt. Athos (which contains a link to this 2009 post at Logismoi)
Sandro Magister, Gregory the Great Speaks English
The encounter in Rome between Benedict XVI and the primate of the Anglicans has taken place under the banner of the great pope who evangelized Britannia. With Ratzinger and Williams, ecumenism is abandoning tactics and getting to the substance
Christopher Malloy, A sinner free from a key dimension of concupiscence?

Who said the spirit of Latinization was dead?

Rorate Caeli: Are the traditional Eastern liturgies an obstacle to the "New Evangelization"?

When members of ecclesial movements that were formed within the Roman rite enter the East, do they bring a Vatican II chauvinism with them? Do they appeal to the Holy Spirit to claim that their brand of spirituality is superior to what has been sustaining those who have been living under oppression for so long?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Been wondering if I should buy some Bertrand de Jouvenel. Liberty Fund publishes some of his books, and ISI has an introductory guide.

Bertrand de Jouvenel’s melancholy liberalism by BRIAN C. ANDERSON
CNA: Bishop Aquila receives Pope's praise for reordering sacraments by David Kerr

The beginning of the change in order in which sacraments are received by Roman-rite Catholics?
Dr. Fleming's latest: Afghan Justice:

Here in the enlightened West, we know that the purpose of a criminal justice system is two-fold: to rehabilitate the criminal and protect the public. It was not always so. The ancients believed that a criminal act--murder, assault, robbery, rape--put the universe out of joint. The purpose of punishment was to put it right again. Killers are killed, robbers robbed, beaters beaten.
It was not always so simple as "an eye for an eye," and Roman and Christian law made allowances for motives, circumstances, and appropriateness of punishment, but they never forgot the primary purpose of punishment was retribution or, to use a simpler word, vengeance.
Leftist Christians will howl in protest, citing, "Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord," little understanding that the same Lord, according to St. Paul, delegates the power to punish evil to the rulers of the world. Not in vain, Paul declared in an authoritative chapter of Romans, does the ruler hold the sword, nor is it a terror to the good but only to the wicked. It follows that a ruler who casts away the sword on a humanitarian whim is no longer a legitimate ruler. The Church always begged for mercy in specific cases, but never disputed the right and duty of kings and parliaments to execute criminals.
Even Imanuel Kant, who got most things wrong, saw through the lies of all the liberal theories of punishment:
"Judicial punishment can never be used solely as a means to promote some other good for the criminal himself or for society, but instead must in all cases be imposed on a person solely on the ground that he has committed a crime....woe to him who rummages around in the winding paths of a theory of happiness looking for some advantage to be gained by releasing the criminal from punishment or by reducing the amount of it....Even if civil society were to dissolve itself by common agreement of all its members...the last murderer remaining in prison must be executed, so that everyone will duly receive what his actions are worth and so that the bloodguilt thereof will not be fixed on the people because they failed to insist on carrying out the punishment; for if they fail to do so, they may be regarded as accomplices in this public violation of legal justice.”

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wau: The Most Amazing, Ancient, and Singular Number
Heroes Not Zombies: The Science Delusion. Rupert Sheldrake