Posted by: readerjohn | October 25, 2014

Saturday, 10/25/14

  1. More absolute than the Puritans
  2. Catastrophic victory
  3. TGI Yuval Levin
  4. What’s next for non-gnostic Churches?
  5. At home in exile
  6. Lipstick can’t obscure the misogyny

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Posted by: readerjohn | October 23, 2014

Thursday, 10/23/14

  1. The whole is less than the sum of the parts
  2. American idealism and values returning?
  3. Lesson #5 from the Extraordinary Synod
  4. Parish, auto, megachurch

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Posted by: readerjohn | October 22, 2014

Wednesday, 10/22/14

  1. More on the Synod and …
  2. Still More on the Synod
  3. Elma Mae Wombat and the Zither Kings
  4. More pressing things on their mind
  5. Consumers of Bandaids and Genders
  6. One ipse dixit on Prayer Books

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Posted by: readerjohn | October 20, 2014

Synod wrap-up of sorts

Given the sometimes intense debate that surfaced during the two-week synod, the final document is probably an honest reflection of where they stand — which is that for every bishop ready for daring change, there’s another worried about abandoning Catholic tradition.

(John Allen at Crux)  Even without preceding “intense debate,” I would hope that every bishop would be “worried about” abandoning the Church’s tradition even when enticed by “daring change.” But that’s just a starting point. Read More…

Posted by: readerjohn | October 19, 2014

Sunday, 10/19/14

  1. What if few can understand?
  2. Exceeding the low standards of the desperate
  3. Creating growth on the cheap
  4. Help yourself
  5. The Synod’s allure
  6. Thoughts on a vacuous but mellifluous neologism
  7. The living faith of the Ancient Church

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Posted by: readerjohn | October 17, 2014

Friday, 10/17/14

  1. The Grammar of Creation
  2. Mapping the Slippery Slope
  3. What is the Church Ultimately For?
  4. Eyewitness at the back of the bus
  5. Sola scriptura revisits the letters to the editor

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Posted by: readerjohn | October 14, 2014

Tuesday, 10/14/14

  1. Political anthrax
  2. Brian Howey, judicial ignoramus
  3. Pro Tip (too late) for Richard Roberts

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Posted by: readerjohn | October 13, 2014

Monday, 10/13/14

  1. Organic Goodness
  2. Hacking the Rule
  3. Ipse dixit du jour
  4. Interrogating myself
  5. Shorter Catechism update

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Posted by: readerjohn | October 12, 2014

Sunday, 10/12/14

  1. “I never heard the Gospel there”
  2. The history should leave them speechless
  3. For the cure of mankind
  4. Progressive consistency
  5. Parochial Liberalism
  6. The birth of the pill
  7. Truth wrapped in falsehood

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Posted by: readerjohn | October 11, 2014

Oh! How we love the poor children of backward lands!

I couldn’t help myself. I heard about the Nobel Peace Prize recipients, but couldn’t stop thinking about something else.

The Nobel laureates were chosen for their work to assure the right of children (and of girls in particular in one case) to an education. And we Oooh! and Aaah! and Coo and inveigh against those barbarians who put children to work, or marry them off to old goats at age eleven, and how enlightened we are to celebrate their liberators with one of the world’s topmost honors.

Meanwhile, closer to home, children increasingly become commodities to be

  • gestated in rented wombs, where they may be
  • inseminated by designer sperm donors,
  • purchased to adorn our empty and sterile lives, and
  • aborted by contractual stipulation if they’re “defective” goods.

Then we tart up our little girls starting around age ten or so, and get them (and now, their boyfriends, too!) their Gardasil shots. But no old goats for our daughters (at least until they’re 16). And our notion of “education” for our designer babies is “college or career readiness,” not a humane and rounded life.

So we’re civilized and they’re barbarians because we prostitute our daughters to males closer to their age and start our wage slavery ten or fifteen years later?

If anyone made an effective case that this is barbarianism, too, and that children have rights to be born free, to be raised by biological parents wherever possible, to know the heritage of those biological parents, and to have actual childhoods instead of vicarious re-enactments of how we dream our adolescence could have been, he or she would surely be branded a bigot – if not shot in the head.

So kudos to the heroes and heroines of the International Children’s Rights Institute (and a tip-o-the-hat to Matthew Dugandzic). May they irritate, and indict, and expose hypocrisy, and rip the curtain back to expose child and surrogate quasi-slavery, until there’s no mistake that some of the world’s barbarians have advanced degrees, with homes on Beacon Street or in Santa Barbara, or condos in Manhattan or Michigan Avenue, and firm control of the levers of Official, Sanctioned public opinion.

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.

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