Monday, January 22, 2007

Fareed Zakaria asks...

...has Bush soured the world on democracy? Perhaps the answer is simply that democracy isn't all it's cracked up to be. Either way, the above linked article is pretty good.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Pope St. Leo the Great and Attila the Hun

Strategizing for the Return of Tradition

Lately, we've been thinking that our fellow traditionalists have not been thinking strategically enough in the fight -- and, yes, it is a fight -- to protect and bring back the traditions of the Holy Roman Church. It's not surprising, however, because our people are quite a bit less worldly than our opposition. But this may have to change drastically if we are ever to regain power. So here are some of the steps we have in mind for bringing about a Church Counterrevolution:

1. Babies, Keep Havin' 'Em: We hate to use the old cliche that the children are our future, but... the children are our future. And if traditionalists continue to outpace the birth rates of our more modernistic counterparts, eventually we will have the upper hand by sheer numbers. So far, we have been doing a good job at this, but we need to keep it up. That means no birth control!

2. Men, Bring 'Em Back: Research has shown that men are more effective at passing on the Faith than women. This means that we need a more masculine Church. That would involve having fewer sugary hymns, better, more classically themed art, and using altar boys, not altar girls. Also, remember, we are the Church of the crusades. Let's act like it.

3. Ludditism, Drop It: There has been a woefully misguided notion among many of our traditionalist friends that technology is a bad thing. This could not be farther from the truth. Yes, we know about Pope Gregory XVI's opposition to the railroad. But the fact is that those who can effectively use technology will almost always have the upper hand in getting their message out. That's why we simply cannot slack in this department.

4. The Professions, Enter 'Em: Another mistaken idea we've come across in our dealings with Internet traditionalists is that Catholics should work in the trades and not the professions. We have no problem with our fellow Catholics working in the trades and we think that that is a noble pursuit if it fits you. However, we do disapprove of any notion that Catholics should not enter into the professions or that you're somehow less Catholic if you do. It's a disastrous idea, and it ensures that traditionalist Catholics will have far less influence over the world around us. We need more traditionalists in the corridors of power and we need to encourage our young people to be doctors, lawyers, and managers. If we are serious about bringing tradition back, then we will need lots and lots of influential, powerful people to do it. Perhaps one concrete step would be to create scholarship funds for young traditionalists entering graduate or professional schools. Think about it.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Keith Olbermann on Bush's Legacy

Mr. Olbermann pretty much sums up our attitude towards the Moron-in-Chief. One need not be a liberalist to agree with every word of this.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Polish Archbishop Resigns

By now, most of you have likely heard of this Archbishop in Poland who has resigned over his cooperation with Communits. We would like to make a couple of points:

1. This should be a bit of vindication for those who have feared Communist infiltration of the Church and have been smeared as "conspiracy theorists" for it. Here's a case of infiltration we actually know about. Moreover, according to the article, respected historians are estimating up to 15% of priests cooperated with the Communist government.

When you take all of the above into account with the Marxist "liberation theology" phenomenon in Latin America and what's happening today with the Church in China, a worldwide Communist conspiracy becomes entirely believable. In fact, at this point, it's actually crazier to believe that there was no such conspiracy against the Church.

2. In worldly terms, the only thing the faithful have to protect us against the evils mentioned above is -- wait for it -- TRADITION! That is, as a practical matter, the only thing we have is the faithful stubbornly clinging to the Faith and rejecting any and all novelties. Please note that none of this is meant to put down the powers of the Holy Ghost or of prayer (although even when we pray, or pray to the Holy Ghost, for that matter, it should be done in the traditional manner).