We deny to claim "any Superiority to ourself
to defyne, decyde, or determyn any Article or Poynt
of the Christian Fayth and Relligion,
or to chang any Ancient Ceremony of the Church
from the Forme before received and observed
by the Catholick and Apostolick Church."

Norman Simplicity

Norman Simplicity
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Psychotics are tone deaf, cannot tolerate dissent, and most prone to utter crowd-pleasing platitudes. The fact that they are neither in touch with reality, nor very bright, does not prevent them from being accomplished manipulators of the delusional beings who gather round them. They function best in the small 'in-group', although even that bubble-world may find itself projected into a world stage. Often narcissists or predators or both.

Of course, as Freud correctly noted, we are all a little psychotic: reality is simply too much for us (at times). But there remains a question of degree. And of tested experience. And of proven judgement. And of the steady hand. What the modern world is lacking are the manly virtues, in particular: actual andreia. Instead, "princes" and "princesses" of some exquisite fairy kingdom have somehow wrested the wheel away from true captains. Sad.

Old-fangled: Courtesy of here.

Cardinal Heenan: “When you are dealing with the problems of social life, you need to consult those who know and live in the world.

“Now, let me ask, how many Parish Priests, how many of the Faithful, how many husbands and wives, how many doctors, economists, scientists — especially experts in biochemistry and nuclear physics — were at work on this Commission?

“It is useless in these matters to seek advice only from those who, since their youth, have spent their lives in monasteries, seminaries or universities.

These eminent men may hardly know the world as it really is. The world can be unpleasant and cruel. These scholars often have a child-like trust in the opinions of men in the world.”

New-fangled: Courtesy of here.

I can't bring myself to watch the video. But consider the source: an itinerant dabbler. She has advanced degrees, but she is no research scientist or teacher (or even 'expert') and she believes that our present understanding of any number of issues to be all-sufficient (not very scientific, I'm afraid). Never having been the rector of even a single parish (no pastoral chops), yet swiftly raised to the episcopate and, thence, to the very empty (but PR) position of "presiding." No scholar, no philosopher, no theologian, no "dean" of any "school" of "theology." No sustained effort at or record of achievement in ... anything. A renaissance failure. Promoted beyond her station.

O Captain! My Captain!

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