November 21, 2018

PGIC, Liz Bruenig before she Bruenigs you, and Tolstoy

I'm impressed if not edified by the PGIC (professional grievance industrial complex) for making "public hanging" a dog whistle and/or insulting.  Tons of whites got hung; ain't nobody seen no Westerns?

Hyde-Smith didn’t say "lynching".

It was a joke.

There hasn’t been a public hanging in almost a hundred years.

It's kind of strange how this culture has become so strange.

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Listened to the lovely and exotic Elizabeth Bruenig on her podcast. It's not every day you hear a Catholic Marxist.  Of course it's all good until somebody gets hurt (i.e. the country, by going socialist).

the 18-yr old WaPo columnist
Then listened to her and Ross Douthat and JD Flynn talk about - what else? - the sex abuse scandal via a Livestream.

Interesting to hear the panelists respond to what one thing they'd advise the pope to do, and the three responses seemed pretty spot on (none of which have much chance of happening):

1. Tell the truth.
2. Exercise penitence, not for PR but because “it’s who we are”
3. Put a mom in charge of the abuse scandal.

Another thing that won’t happen is transparency around disgraced McCarrick. Apparently it’s impressive it’s gotten even this far - word has it that Dolan had to fight to expose McCarrick. And I’m not sure what I’m looking for really.  Not sure of my motives. Not payback for McCarrick, but perhaps payback for those who enabled him.

The European attitude is that Americans are obsessed with a “cold case”. Ancient history. Nothing to see here. Which I get on one level. I’m not interested in McCarrick's laicization since if he’s not repentant now he never will be, though perhaps it would be good as a future deterrent to others. But ultimately what bothers me is the lack of anyone owning up to it. Not looking for a penalty per se. To my knowledge there’s been a shortage of apologies. You could ask, “how did this happen?” and assume “he was glib and a good fundraiser, that’s how” but ultimately it’d be nice for someone to officially acknowledge that, maybe.

Towards that goal, I immodestly offer a USCCB press release:
"We would like to acknowledge that we supported the promotion and enabling of former Cardinal McCarrick because he was glib and a good fundraiser and we felt that uprooting the tares would disturb the wheat. We apologize and will do acts of penance." 
The other way to view it is a case where corruption is warping doctrine, where the lavender mafia that protected McCarrick has a vested interest in seeing doctrine on sexual matters change.

One wag said that the difficulty lies in that Americans are sacramentalized Puritans and Southern Europeans are sacramentalized pagans. I'd rather be the former.

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I did not know the story of Leo Tolstoy’s last days, and how haunted he was by the fact that he felt he was “playacting” as a Christian due to his wealth:
In October 1910, at the age of eighty-two, he ran away from home, seeking to escape the world and find true peace. He did not get far. After collapsing at a train station at Astapova, he died on November 20. His last words were, “To seek, always to seek.”
A quote:
“If a person knows that he will die in a half hour, he certainly will not bother doing trivial, stupid, or, especially, bad things during this half hour. Perhaps you have half a century before you die—what makes it any different from a half hour?”—Leo Tolstoy

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