Monthly Archives: November 2012

Wish You Were Here

Musicam novam præsento. I stumbled across a recording that I (apparently) did of Wish You Were Here (from the eponymous Pink Floyd album) in June. I have no recollection of recording it, but if such a recording should exist, it would apparently have a double-tracked 12-string acoustic guitar, panned hard left and right, a dreadnaught panned […]

The Church of England rejects women bishops

N.b., A revised version of this post will follow in coming days. Today, the General Synod of the Church of England was all-but universally expected to approve a motion authorizing the consecration of women as bishops, eighteen years after the Anglicans first ordained women to the priesthood in 1994 and twenty-five years after their first […]

Meatless fridays

Timothy Card. Dolan talks about confession, penance, and abstinence. My own previous post on this subject is here.

St. Crispin’s

Recordatus erimus; nos pauci, nos pauci fortunati, nos cohors fratrum! Namque qui cum me hodie sanguinem effundit frater meus erit.

Fratres Cæruleorum

Elwoodus: Sicagum CVI mille passuum hinc est; habemus cisternam plenam petrolei, dimidium sarcinæ sigarettarum, obscura est, et vitra pro sole gerimus. Iacus: Feri id.

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

We again mark the eleventh armistice. We were in Sydney earlier this year, and I was struck by their war memorial; most commonwealth countries have something like the Cenotaph in London, bearing the legend “the glorious dead.” The ANZAC memorial is quite different. Its heart is a statue titled “the sacrifice,” and it was one […]

Won’t back down

Musicam novam præsento. Feeling some slight post-election petulance, I took a stab at Tom Petty’s defiant classic.

The day after: Now what?

“Conservatism is heading into a period of acute discomfort in which it will have to choose openly between standpatism (that is, sulking in its tent), reaction (that is, striking the tent and marching angrily into the past), and activism…. This cannot be a happy prospect for men of genuinely conservative temper and purpose … [I […]

The day before

Pax Christi tecum sit! Tomorrow, America votes. Whether you will be voting for Romney or Obama, please take a few minutes to consider Wednesday morning. Roughly half the country will be elated, and the other half, despairing. The result will be close, and whichever side you’re on, part of you will want to scream “how […]


A Pharisee asks: “’Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind … [a]nd a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two […]