Let the record state that I appreciate that Bottom is not, himself, in favor of the Church being A-OK with same sex marriage. To characterize what Bottom as offering as an argument in favor of same sex marriage is to oversimplify what he has written. But what Bottom's article does do, pretty undeniably, is present a sort of case for drawing back from direct engagement in the debate. Not because Bottom thinks the Catholic position is wrong, but because he thinks—given the current cultural situation, and the way the debate has gone so far—that it is more advisable, strategically, to draw back, regroup.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
I went to see Superman a few weeks ago (with a friend—Batman III has been the only movie I watched in theaters alone, and I rather regretted that decision). It was with low expectations that I sat down, fifteen minutes late with five minutes of trailers to go. It might seem that those low expectations paid off, as they generally do; but even low expectations can be disappointed, in proof of which I submit as exhibit A my evening with Star Trek earlier this summer. (It was all downhill after the red forest with the white natives in the yellow thingamajiggers. But as usual with movie watching, the company was good.)
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
I know how to respond to "The Lord be with you." The new Mass was rough on some of us, and I'll admit to still stumbling every now and then over the Gloria or Creed; but really it wasn't that difficult to learn. A dozen newly translated responses for a basic low Mass. Not like Vatican II or something radical. Not like priest holes or something scary.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I was hankering after some Sigismund Neukomm, whose two-voice Mass in C was the first polyphony my siblings and I cut our teeth on. Unfortunately, the only version I could find on YouTube was painfully slow and over-vibratoed. It must be the heat.