Friday, August 22, 2008

LETS DO THIS!

The University of San Diego (a Catholic university) is standing up for the Church's teachings. It withdrew the appointment Rosemary Radford Ruether to an endowed chair because she is pro-choice, pro gay-marriage, and pro-women's ordination.

Now Catholic bloggers want YOU.

Yes, YOU.

To sign this petition supporting USD's decision: http://www.brianmcdaniel.org/?page_id=662.

Just remember what Dante Alighieri said -
If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.


So...signed it, yet?

I Bought A VHS Today For The Blurb On Its Jacket

STAR KNIGHT

Seeking the legendary elixir of life, Bothius, the high sorcerer of a remote medieval Spanish kingdom, summons into being what he believes to be a heavenly angel, an angel perceived by others to be a ferocious dragon intent on devouring the countryside! It is in fact an alien spaceship.

The King's daughter Alba falls in love with a mysterious and charming alien who reveals a world of beauty beyond her imagination. The King's best warrior Klevar also desires the hand of the King's daughter and makes a desperate attempt to confront the alien man-to-man and to kill the dragon.

This superb recreation of the clash between Medieval superstition and alien technology is enhanced by powerful special effects which draw you into a world of magic, fire-breathing dragons, maidens in distress, and an unforgettable encounter with THE STAR KNIGHT. (Emphasis mine.)
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C'mon, sounds brilliant, yes? And I like the names.. Bothius...hmm..hmm.. And "Klevar"? Ooo. How medieval. I bet KEVLAR was named after that!

Either that or these superstitious Spaniards were Norwegian!

Hello!?

I can't recall if I've linked this before, but this has always made the greatest of sense to me.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Where is my Fanclub?

This morning, while waking up to my alarm clock, I was still in a semi-dream state and to me the task of waking up seemed hugely, gigantically, monumental (more so than just normally getting up). It was like climbing Mt. Everest or eating a 10lb burger in less than five minutes! So upon actually sitting up in bed, I thrust both my arms into the air like a winner.

But no cheers greeted me.

Then I realized I was awake and that no one was cheering me.

And I was sad.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Tropic Thunder

I went, I saw, I watched.

Impressions: a funny, crass movie in which Ben Stiller does what Ben Stiller does (and does really really ridiculously well) - plays a character with a glamorous life who is (ever so slightly) out of touch with reality and with who and what he is, really.

Annnd there's not much more to say about it.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Don't Get Me Wrong.

Do not misunderstand me - people who love the extraordinary form are a-ok in my book. I do not have any quibbles with the sensible attendee of the extraordinary rite Mass. On the contrary, I do appreciate the charms of the extraordinary form of the Mass. It's beautiful, it's reverent, and I like lace.

But I've been burned, over the internet, and once or twice in person - by some attendees of the extraordinary rite. See, being called a "Kool-aid" or "Second-rate" Catholic because you love the ordinary form of the Mass just doesn't tend to sit well. It has something to do with charity.

All my writings gesture towards that contingent of radical traditionalists who tend to sympathize with schismatics - or are schismatic - and have trouble accepting the living magisterium of the Church or think that Pope Benedict XVI isn't doing a good job because - gosh darnit - there are still priests who abuse the liturgy. People who think attending the ordinary form somehow taints everything you say or do.

Listen - I live in the Bay Area. I know BAD. A church that I once attended "celebrated" (and I quote) reformation day. Yes, it distresses me. No, I don't think it's because of the liturgy.

F'rinstance. World War I and II - Europe, right? Lotsa Catholics, and some Catholic leaders, right? Extraordinary form, right? Why did millions of our young men die in a stupid, pointless war? Why has there been corruption and death for hundreds of years between 1570 and today? It's because people are people - fallen, sinful.