A Reminder: The Teaching of the Catholic Church on Marital Obedience

Second only to the Church’s teachings on usury and the duties of the state to the Catholic faith, the Church’s teaching on obedience in marriage is one of the most maligned and ignored by those tasked with defending it. When you encounter the modern view on this question, as with the others, simply quote the Church’s teaching and demand that the defender of the modern view produce a verbatim retraction (which of course will not be forthcoming):

“On the other hand, the duties of a wife are thus summed up by the Prince of the Apostles: Let wives be subject to their husbands. that if any believe not the word, they may be won without the word by the conversation of the wives, considering your chaste conversation with fear. Let not their adorning be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel: but the hidden man of the heart in the incorruptibility of a quiet and meek spirit, which is rich in the sight of God. For after this manner heretofore the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling hint lord.

To train their children in the practice of virtue and to pay particular attention to their domestic concerns should also be especial objects of their attention. The wife should love to remain at home, unless compelled by necessity to go out; and she should never presume to leave home without her husband’s consent.

Again, and in this the conjugal union chiefly consists, let wives never forget that next to God they are to love their husbands, to esteem them above all others, yielding to them in all things not inconsistent with Christian piety, a willing and ready obedience.” [i]Catechism of the Council of Trent: The Sacrament of Matrimony[/i]

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A Donald for a Caesar

I don’t approve of having a republic as a form of government. That said, it’s certainly true that some republican systems are better than others. For example, the ancient Romans wisely had a practice whereby, in a situation of national crisis, a dictator would be appointed on a temporary basis. While the emergency continued, the dictator’s rule was absolute.

It should be clear at this point, that on January 6th, after the electoral votes were officially counted, Trump should have stated something to this effect:

“Much like us, the ancient Romans had a republic, and it was a wonderful republic, believe me. Now, in order to keep things on track, they would in times of serious national crisis appoint one man to be a temporary absolute ruler, whose word was law. Now, it’s apparent that draining the swamp will not be possible if I have to work within the current legal apparatus, therefore I will take my election as such a mandate. So, upon taking office, I will unilaterally promulgate any law, budget, or executive order that I deem necessary to Make America Great Again, and I will not allow for any judicial or other review.

Now, I’m not for true dictatorship of course, so I’ll allow a little bit of oversight in this: if Congress finds this unacceptable, either now or in the future, they can impeach me, and I’ll step down voluntarily. I’m even giving them two weeks fair warning, in case they want to preempt me entirely. Personally, given a choice between career suicide and an eight-year paid vacation, I’d take the latter, but it’s up to them.”

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A note on the CIA

Just a note:

The CIA is, by virtue of its publicly acknowledged purposes, a group of dishonest execrable liars who encourage people to commit treason against their countries. If the government were just, its members would be executed from the top down for espionage.

Carry on.

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My condolences to the Austrians – Mein Beileid an die Österreicher

I figured you guys were going to vote for the right candidate, and had a pretty good idea of what I was going to write about it.

Oh well, at least the Italians voted correctly.

Google:

Ich dachte, ihr wollt für den richtigen Kandidaten wählen und habt eine ziemlich gute Vorstellung davon, was ich darüber schreiben wollte.

Na ja, zumindest die Italiener stimmten richtig.

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The alt right, the alt alt right, and the alt alt alt right

(try saying that five times fast)

Note: this post is designed both as advice for NRx and Classical Reaction, as well as an intro for anyone who happens to find this blog by looking into the alt right.

The alt right, a loose online network of what can best be described as people who are to the right of both Republican and Libertarian parties, has recently come into the national stage by being two steps removed from Trump. The focus of the majority of the alt right is on the question of race realism.

Next of all, there’s NRx, which I’ve dubbed the alt alt right. I’m not really sure what the essence of NRx is, but the promotion of a corporatist style of monarchism seems to be a substantial part of it.

My advice for NRx would be to cling to the label “alt right” as strongly as possible. If, as is probable, the alt right will become mainstream, then it’s in the interests of NRx to associate itself with it, and thereby come into the national stage in the same way it did.

Next, there’s Classical or Religious Reaction. Check out anything written on the Orthosphere other than by Alan Roebuck* to get an idea of what this is about, or for that matter look at the individual blogs of the authors there. In summary, Classical Reaction involves support for the order that existed before the French and American Revolutions. Monarchism, Antidisestablishmentarianism, etc. I also wrote a piece about it here, and it is my own view.

For us, we need to maintain close ties with NRx, and likewise identify with the alt right label. We don’t have near the numbers to directly attempt a “coup” in the alt right, so our best bet (still a extremely long shot for becoming mainstream, though still the best foreseeable path) would be to associate with NRx, since we both use the “reactionary” label.

*Note, for both those who know what I’m talking about and those who don’t, that I’m not trying to insult Alan, only observing the fact that he is a classical liberal, so his views do not represent those of the other Orthosphere writers.

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Advice for bishops: how to get men back in the Church

The next time one of your priests does something completely outrageous (i.e. clearly articulated the Church’s moral doctrine) and catches a ton of media flak for it, call a press conference to discuss the matter, and then denounce the “crooked media” to their faces, call them liars, dishonest, etc.

That will make people interested in what you have to say.

While America’s “magisterium” is having its credibility and moral authority questioned and mocked, would be a great time for the real one to assert itself. Sadly, most bishops will probably try to ally themselves (to no avail of course) with the crooked media, because they believe in its authority and not in their own.

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