Liturgy and the Unknown Soldier

http://www.sanctepater.com/2012/05

This post moved me. I don’t know why. The blogger herself repulsed me. I think she’s crazy. If someone had given me a stack of pictures with hers thrown in, and asked me to pick out the axe murderer, I would pick her. And I’m no patriot. Our founding fathers were bad philosophers. The Revolutionary War was practically unjustifiable. Our country now actively supports abortion, contraception, divorce, gay marriage, euthanasia, the death penalty, sweatshops, and many other serious evils.  And though I don’t consider “Traditionalist” a compliment, her post still moved me. I think Traditionalists may have a point. Perhaps the Holy Spirit was guiding liturgists for the first nineteen hundred years of the Church. And more importantly, perhaps the details of the liturgy matter. Perhaps solemnity and seriousness, despite seeming alien today, really are true, good, and beautiful.

I’m simplifying my thoughts right now, so they might sound fake. But they’re genuine.

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Sex Selective Abortion? Yes. Race selective abortion? Go for it. (Says U.S. law)

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-05-31/house-vote-gender-based-abortion/55312258/1

I’m impressed by the pro-abortion consistency here. Sure, maybe they did have a few selfish political motives here, but that’s okay! They’re being honest, even when the truth as-they-see-it is so blatantly repulsive. 

If a husband wants a boy, and his wife is pregnant with a girl, he can legally pressure his wife into aborting their baby. If a woman gets pregnant with a black baby, she can abort it simply because it’s black. 

I’m not joking. I’m glad that politicians carry their beliefs to their logical conclusions. Because the logical implications are absurd. As many have argued, there’s really no good reason to say, if you don’t believe that people have equal dignity regardless of their age or mental capacity, that killing toddlers or the mentally disabled is wrong. 

Perhaps only by taking their beliefs to their conclusions will they realize just how absurd they are.

 

Contraception and the HHS mandate! (nothing like an exclamation point to cheer up a boring title)

Think you understand why the HHS mandate covers contraception? I don’t. But this link did clarify a bunch of things I had wrong.

http://egregioustwaddle.blogspot.com/2012/05/consider-source.html

The big points:

1) All the sources used to justify free contraception were funded by a major contraception manufacturer.

2) A more recent (but neutral) study disproves those sources. 
It shows that
__a) Unintended pregnancies are rarely unwanted
__b) Only 2% of young, poor, sexually active women say the cost of contraception stops them from using it.
__c) Many more women than the original sources thought get pregnant because they WANT to get pregnant.
__d) Pregnancy doesn’t make a poor woman any less likely to escape poverty. 

If you’re skeptical, I’m with you. But don’t be a dumb skeptic. Don’t just think “it seems wrong, so I’m going to assume it’s wrong.” That’s ignorant and presumptuous thinking. Read the article AND look at the study it cites. And think about it: why would two economics professors stake their reputations on refuting something that almost every academic believes?

Ratzinger’s address to catechists, on the New Evangelization.

Why read it? Because:

“God is opening before the Church the horizons of a humanity more fully prepared for the sowing of the Gospel. I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.” –Redemptoris Missio

Now dig in.

http://www.christlife.org/evangelization/evangelization.html