Posted by: Danby | May 21, 2015

Tempus Fugit

Well, time has certainly flown. it’s been 7 years since anyone has posted here. I just came in because I was cleaning up the links from my personal blog. I saw some spam links here to porn sites, and that won’t do at all. It took a good two hours to remember what email address I last used on WordPress, It wound up being my work email from a company that hasn’t even existed for 4 years.

I’m not really blogging lately. And by “lately” I mean “at all”.
Lorraine has gone into the convent.
Steve Skojec is doing pretty well with his newest venture, 1Peter5, the trad catholic news aggregation site.
Dale and Jeff are still out there, doing that thing they do.
Mark Shea is still a coward and a bully.
My best wishes to all, and anyone who sees this, pray for the Catholic Church, and if you can stomach it, the Pope.

Posted by: Lorraine | April 4, 2008

Distributist Conference

Distributism in Action

As John Médaille from The Distributist Review pointed out recently, various new endeavors are in preparation for the coming year.

We hinted in the past about a future conference. Now we are working in earnest to secure a site and date for the event. This will be a full day conference with eight speakers who have generously offered their time and support. Please return to our site for updates as developments unfold.

The original Distributist League initially met at the Devereux pub and spawned 24 like-minded branches across Great Britain within a single year.* These in turn hosted lectures and conferences, and coordinated with complimentary organizations such as Fr. McQuillan’s Catholic Land Association.

In recent years, many have made efforts to re-introduce Distributism and, as a result, discussions surrounding the topic have been increasing on the world-wide-web. These consequences are not negligible. Book publishers, online and print journals, lectures, universities, and television programs have either touched on the topic or have dedicated themselves to it.

Short-term Goals

We would like to notify our readers of the following proposed objectives we will meet:

1. The establishment of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to educate society about and in support of Distributism. This apostolate will engage in the dissemination of educational materials, semi-annual lecture series, and conferences.

2. A chronicle in print is in development with the intent of discussing solutions to our current global dilemmas. Conceptually the magazine will concentrate on both the practical application of Distributism, as well as analysis of various movements conformes with Distributist thought. This journal will include some of the writers featured on our online archive and debates with capitalists and socialists will also be welcome.

3. Fund-raising will play a supporting role towards keeping our costs down for events and all materials. All profits will be used toward our described efforts.

You Can Have an Impact

Send us an email and let us know whether you would like to be contacted with updates and information about said events. We will not release your information to any third parties and you will not have to provide your name if you desire not to do so. Just send us an email that you wish to subscribe and please provide us with your country of residence, city and state/province. This will assist us when preparing future events.

Ultimately we would like to lecture across the globe, so please support this effort by being a part of the mailing list

Establishing a database will allow us to quantify the existing support for these ventures, and inform our readers when and where they will take place.

Please contact us at:**
Country of residence:

Sending us your information will be invaluable in our efforts to coordinate these goals.

Servire Deo Regnare Est!

Richard Aleman

The ChesterBelloc Mandate

*According to John Michael Thorn’s book, An Unexplored Chapter in Recent English History, these branches were founded between 1926 and 1927.

**Upon the establishment of a non-profit, we will notify our subscribers of our new email address.

Posted by: Steve | February 20, 2008

A Word On Prayer Requests

This site is inactive at the moment, but the comment boxes remain open. Something I’ve noticed is that they continue to fill up with prayer dialogues from web-wanderers tacking their intentions onto posts here that solicit the prayers of readers.

That’s not really the purpose of this forum, and posting your conversation with God isn’t going to get you any more traction than speaking with him directly. I appreciate the need for prayers that many who have found this site have, but this isn’t really the venue for what you’re trying to do.

If you desperately need prayers and have no one to pray for you, you’d be better off finding a forum where that kind of thing is an ongoing feature and people are going to respond. Posting requests of a non-topical nature on those requests already posted here is an odd an ineffective way to get what you need.

Not to spoil the prayer-party here, but I’m a stickler for common sense.


The Management

Posted by: Steve | January 23, 2008

So…Um, Yeah.

This place isn’t getting much use these days. It’s a group blog, so I’m not going to take it down, because I want it to remain accessible for anyone who wants to use it, and for whatever good the archives might serve.
I think it was an expression of something that was fomenting at the time, and now that the resurgence of orthodoxy is upon us, we’re all sort of doing our own thing in that regard and writing about it less.

For my part, I’ve decided to take my own personal blog in a different direction. It’s no longer specifically Catholic, nor tailored to a Catholic audience. It covers a much more broad range of my interests and is admittedly less delicate in its approach to life. I make no apologies for that – it’s a more sincere expression of my thought than it probably was before, warts and all – but I suspect that my audience has (and will continue to) change.

If you feel strongly about this blog and identify with the mission it had and think it has the potential to keep adding something valuable to the discussion of traditional Catholicism and the restoration of culture, let me know. I don’t intend at this time to continue to be a driving force behind this because I am focusing on other things. At some point, that could change. But I don’t want to be an impediment to this becoming (or continuing to be) an important resource for anyone.

Otherwise, please pardon the cobwebs and dust. If no one wants to take up the standard, this site will remain in its dormant state until we have need of it again.

Posted by: Lorraine | December 13, 2007

New Distributist Ezine

This is sure to be a very interesting read. Here is a description from the top of the homepage:

“A merry dance of Catholic social doctrine, permaculture, distributism, and other odd answers to pressing questions

Posted by: Steve | October 22, 2007

Why Is This Not Surprising?

J.K. Rowling has revealed that Dumbledore, a hero of the Harry Potter books and headmaster of Hogwart’s academy, is gay.

Actually on second thought, this is surprising. It just lends credence to those who think that at best, Harry Potter is pop-culture junk, not the literature of Christian allegory that the HP apologists keep trying to convince us it is.

Posted by: Steve | October 2, 2007

A Reader on Harry Potter

The post on Harry Potter remains one of the most widely read here at CR. This morning, we received a comment on it from a woman named Sara that expresses my exact concerns over the nature of the occult and its relationship, however tangential, to this type of subject matter:

Hi, I’m an ex-witch and I just wanted to give an “amen” to this:

Why do so many faithful Catholics insist on portraying those who believe in the powers of the occult as delusional? If you’ve ever known a person who has been down that road, who has used so called “white magic” and wound up having to stare down real demons at their conversion, or have to constantly seek the intercession of a priest to be rid of demonic harassment, nightmares, violent temptations, etc. – you know how real it is. Of course, most of these people don’t talk about this stuff, because they know that even their fellow parishioners would think they are crazy.

The odds are good that the Potter books are harmless fantasy, but they strike me as an irresponsible fantasy at a time when everyone is into “spirituality” without discering which spirits, exactly, they are praying to. The fact that the world has never before seen a book light up the fervent interest of so many readers at the same time in all age groups should, I think, concern us. Why is it so addictive? Why does it seem that the only other book in recent times to have anything like the level of popularity of the Potter books was the equally questionable The DaVinci Code? Why have Catholic exorcists spoken out against the Potter books?

6 years later, I struggle with the faith like no other convert I know.  6 years later, I am still hit with violent desires to go back to the faith I left.  6 years later, I still feel punched in the stomach with an almost tangible longing when I walk by a Harry Potter display, or Halloween costumes, or anything related to the occult.  It is NOT something I get out of LOTR, or Narnia, or anything like that.

Being in the occult leaves a sensitivity to these things.  Show me one ex-witch, or someone who works with the occult, who supports the HP books?

Don’t be fooled.  Many neo-pagans got their intro to the faith by watching and reading sci-fi or fantasy.  This is commonly known.  It puts the longing in them for what they’re reading about, for mysticism other then the faith.

The reason I wrote my original post on this is because I know first hand that Sara is not alone. I knew a girl in college who had similar stories, and who had to seek the assistance of one of the priest on campus regularly to deal with demonic attacks. She was a “white witch” before her conversion. I had another friend who I met shortly after I graduated from college whose experiences went even deeper. These are not isolated incidents, and Sara is right – the people who suffer from them don’t like to speak about them for fear that others will think they are crazy.

But their perspective should not be dismissed, and their heightened sensitivity and intuition about things that are at the very least compatible with (if not directly supportive of) the occult should be listened to by those of us who have the sense to realize that God has taken evil from them and left them with a gift, even if it is a very disconcerting one.

I strongly believe that we should listen to them.

Posted by: mlalexand99 | September 26, 2007

Announcing The Latin Mass Network

Having been absent from these pages for longer than I care to admit, I have an excuse and I hope it will be a worthy one. With a small group of laypeople a project has been begun to compile all approved Latin Masses in the United States and Canada. There is a search feature so that you can search by your zip code or your state. We used the Ecclesia Dei listings and the Traditio listings and have been getting submissions from readers- additions, corrections, and updates.

We also hope to create a social networking function- it will be “Myspace” for Traditional Catholics. This is still in the planning stages. There is also a library of documents, sermons, we will be writing short articles and commentary and providing newslinks.

Please come visit us at Latin Mass Network.

We look forward to your suggestions and comments.

Vive Cristo Rey!

Mary Alexander

Posted by: Lorraine | August 29, 2007

Musical Query


I am choosing the choir music for my sister’s wedding. Does anyone know of worthwhile polyphonic arrangements for the Introit, Gradual, or Communio of the Tridentine Wedding Mass?

So far, we plan to use Palestrina’s “Missa Aeterna Christi Munera” for the Ordinary, Victoria’s “Jesu Dulcis Memoria” for a communion motet, and Victoria’s 8-voice “Ave Maria” for the newlyweds’ prayers before the statue of Our Lady.

Posted by: Steve | August 16, 2007

Treehuggers and Distributists – Strange Bedfellows

I was looking over a trend briefing this afternoon at work, and it was entirely focused upon the strong surge in ecological consciousness amongst consumers and the companies who want to sell things to them.

In the briefing, there was an article put out by a group known as WorldWatch, self described as “an independent research organization that works for an environmentally sustainable and socially just society, in which the needs of all people are met without threatening the health of the natural environment or the well-being of future generations.”

But the article, at least in the first couple of paragraphs, sounds a lot like the kind of thing some of us here at CR are all excited about:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Municipal leaders from San Francisco to Melbourne are engaging in sustainability actions from banning plastic bags and water bottles to making commitments to address climate change. But within and beyond cities, growing numbers of local communities are also going green, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. Worldwide, the 379 “ecovillages” currently registered with the Global Ecovillage Network are sharing innovative solutions that connect residents socially while collectively lowering their ecological footprints— including local food co-ops, community-supported agriculture programs, and carpooling.

“Planned communities tend to evoke over-developed suburban neighborhoods and mini-malls,” says Erik Assadourian, Worldwatch Research Associate and author of the Update. “But increasingly, planned communities will come to mean neighbors living with a purpose beyond consumerism, embracing a sustainable lifestyle and forging meaningful connections with their neighbors.”

These “planned communities” used to be called “towns” or “villages” and found a purpose “beyond consumerism” in their parish church. It’s both odd and interesting that the current socio-economic environment requires that such communities be planned, rather than naturally occuring.

I’m not so sure that I’m up for “shared dining halls” and “other spaces” as part of a move toward self-sustainability, and I’m less interested in this sort of thing for the sake of reducing my “eco-footprint” than I am for quality of life and a more adequate filter on cultural influences, but I’m ok with a neighborhood barbecue with all my fellow Catholic homesteaders and seeing these same friends at Mass every day.

The ends, and even some of the means, differ – but the essential concepts are strikingly similar. In the war against rampant consumerism (a war I frequently fall victim to due to my admittedly cosmopolitan tastes) it seems that many in the environmental movement are our unwitting allies.

After years of making fun of them, it’s sort of a strange feeling.

I’ll still make fun of them though.

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