The Lefebvrist theology of the body?

20 09 2019

An old blogger acquaintance recommended the mandatory reading of an interview by the Society of St. Pius X’s new superior, Father Davide Pagliarani. It is an informative interview but it doesn’t really break new ground. In general, it represents the same entrenchment of the SSPX against “modernist Rome”. Read the rest of this entry »

In praise of bad marriages

22 04 2019

In my intellectual traversing around Hinduism, I encountered the above clip of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada [Founder of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), popularly known as the Hare Krishnas] speaking of his former married life. Prabhupada left his family once his children were grown to become a sannyasi, or renounced monk, but his marriage was apparently not a happy one. In this clip, Srila Prabhupada speaks about how as a young man, he went to his father to complain that he didn’t like his wife. At that time, marriage to more than one woman was permitted in colonial India, and the insinuation was that he was asking what his father would think if he were to take another wife. Instead of giving the blessing to take another wife, the father told his son that he was most fortunate not to like his wife. For by having a wife he didn’t like, it would be easier to leave her aside and go back to Godhead (that is, Krishna). We all have to give up what we love in this life sooner or later, and loving your wife less would mean that leaving her would be easier. Read the rest of this entry »

If it’s not illegal, it shouldn’t be a sin

11 02 2019

This is my flippant “hot take” of the week. I’ve been thinking some about the “culture wars” since my post on Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option. For the longest time, I’ve thought it a rather problematic idea that once established religions supported by the state (such as Roman Catholicism) need to “go underground” once their beliefs and morality once backed by power suddenly become persecuted by the same power. Why not just go with the flow then? The Peace of Westphalia brought us the principle of “cuius regio, eius religio” (the religion of he who governs is the religion of the realm). Under that principle came an emphasis on all sorts of things that modern people find repugnant. Sin and legality aligned relatively well, at least on serious sins. Sure, there were always prostitutes who were tolerated, but their behaviors were regulated. People could lie and cheat, but it was still frowned upon as it is now. So is murder (of post-birth people at least) and theft. There was hypocrisy of course, that’s another given. Read the rest of this entry »

My Catholic post for the month

6 07 2011

Short and sweet:

Some people say that the problem is that most people in the pews are cafeteria Catholics.

I say that the problem is that the Church is being a cafeteria secularist.

You want to make noises about the rights of immigrants, the religiously persecuted, etc.? Well, other people make noises about an entirely different set of rights.

Marriage “not for all”

23 01 2011

I am surprised that this has not gotten more coverage among Catholic talking (or typing) heads. Perhaps such an idea is now obvious among “informed Catholics”. To be married in the church, it is not enough to be in love, to want to have sex, or even to want kids. There is some sort of strange Gnostic illumination one must undergo (“be properly catechized”), otherwise, your marriage isn’t really valid. Of course, this isn’t really the position of the Vatican, but it can seem to be when faced with an explosion in the American context of annulments, often for frivolous reasons.
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On duty and the married state

10 02 2010

Do not look elsewhere for the sources of such heroism. In the events of family life, as in all the circumstances of human existence, heroism has its basic roots in the profound and surpassing sense of duty, of that duty with which it is impossible to compromise or bargain and which must prevail over and above everything. This sense of duty is, for Christians, the conscious recognition of God’s sovereign dominion over us, of His sovereign authority and His sovereign goodness. It teaches us that God’s clear mandate will brook no arguments but imposes complete surrender. Above all else, it makes us understand that this Divine Will is the voice of infinite love for us. In a word, this sense of duty is not abstract, nor a reaction to an inexorable, hostile, and overpowering law which overwhelms freedom of human will or action. It responds to the exigencies of love, of an infinitely generous friendship, transcending and sustaining the multiform vicissitudes of our life in the world.

-Pope Pius XII, from the book, Dear Newlyweds