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    Since the Council, an idea has been spreading that Judaism is not superseded by the New Covenant of Jesus Christ; that Jews still have available to them the Covenant of the old Law, by which they can be saved. It is therefore unnecessary for them to turn to Christ; unnecessary for anybody to convert them to faith in Christ. Indeed, attempting to do so is an act of aggression not dissimilar to theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com11
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    S Paul loved his fellow Jews, his 'kinsmen' and believed "the gifts and call of God are irrevocable". He believed that at the End, those among them who had rejected Christ would be brought in to the chosen people. He believed that they were like olive branches which had been cut off so that the Gentiles, wild olive branches, could be grafted in. But, when the fulness of the Gentiles had entered Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com3
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    Lex orandi lex credendi. I have been examining the Two Covenant Dogma: the fashionable error that God's First Covenant, with the Jews, is still fully and salvifically valid, so that the call to saving faith in Christ Jesus is not made to them. The 'New' Covenant, it is claimed, is now only for Gentiles. I want to draw attention at this point to the witness of the post-Conciliar Magisterium of theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com13
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    We have seen that the Two Covenant Theory, the idea that Jewry alone is guaranteed Salvation without any need to convert to Christ, is repugnant to Scripture, to the Fathers, even to the post-Conciliar liturgy of the Catholic Church. It is also subversive of the basic grammar of the relationship between the Old and the New Testaments. Throughout  two millennia, in Scripture, in Liturgy, in her Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com7
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    The sort of people who would violently reject the points I am making are the sort of people who would not be impressed by the the Council of Florence. So I am going to confine myself to the Magisterium from the time of Pius XII ... since it is increasingly coming to be realised that the continuum of processes which we associate with the Conciliar and post-Conciliar period was already in operationFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com0
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    In 1980, addressing a Jewish gathering in Germany, B John Paul II said (I extract this from a long sentence): " ... dialogue; that is, the meeting between the people of the Old Covenant (never revoked by God, cf Romans 11:29) and that of the New Covenant, is at the same time ..." In 2013, Pope Francis, in the course of his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, also referred to the Old Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com10
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    Please remember me when shopping online. Thanks in advance.US HERE – UK HERE Today, no news from Iceland in 1972. Let’s try an experiment. My opponent went for a Bird and I countered with From.  I hoped it would go into a King’s … Read More →
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    Ordinariate Mass

    Liturgical Diversity and My First Ordinariate Mass

     Eric Sammons August 16, 2022 0 Comments

    Growing up in the United Methodist Church I was blissfully unaware of liturgical debates and differences within Christianity. Our church was what I’d call “Middle Church”—we didn’t embrace all the liturgical riches of High Church Anglicanism, nor did we succumb to the antics of Low Church Evangelicalism. In other words, we were solidly Midwest Boring.

    When I became Catholic in the early 1990s, the Mass I attended wasn’t much different in tone than what I experienced at my Methodist Church. There was no incense, no bells, no chant; nor was there extemporaneous prayers and modern music. So I felt comfortable in that setting. Although I had converted to Catholicism, my liturgical understanding was still predominantly Methodist.

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    A few years after my conversion my pastor invited me to an ecumenical meeting of Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. Soon after that meeting I attended my first Eastern (Catholic) Divine Liturgy. I was mesmerized. This experience opened my eyes to what a liturgy could—and should—be. I began to read more and more about the liturgy, from both Eastern and Western Christian sources, and began a path to a decidedly “High Church” outlook to liturgy which eventually led me to where I am now: a regular attender of the traditional Latin Mass (TLM).

    Perhaps because it began in the East and ended in traditional Rome, my liturgical path never led me to think that one specific liturgy was the only one all Christians should attend. I loved the diversity of the Eastern rites, while also appreciating the traditional Roman Rite. As I studied more liturgical history, in fact, I began to wish that the West had kept its own diversity more than it did.

    Before the 16th century Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Church had no one set Western liturgy: the Roman, the Ambrosian, the Dominican, the Sarum, and other rites were commonly celebrated across Western Europe. Even within each rite existed differences around the continent. All these liturgies were interrelated, of course, but with various differences that had developed over time. 

    In response to the chaos of the Reformation, Pope Pius V made the Roman Rite (what we today call the traditional Latin Mass) the primary liturgy of the Church. He allowed exceptions for liturgies over 200 years old, but in practice the Roman Rite became the sole rite of the Latin Church.

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    While the pope’s decision was sensible in the face of widespread doctrinal, sacramental, and liturgical confusion, I can’t help but think it was unfortunate that Western liturgical diversity was squelched. 

    In traditional Catholic circles, liturgical diversity today is understandably held in suspicion, as it typically points to the endless options of the Novus Ordo or cooked-up liturgies like the “Amazonian Rite” that have no connection to Catholic tradition. But authentic and organic Catholic liturgical development has historically resulted in diversity.

    Organic and diverse development is what happened with the various Eastern liturgies, and that’s what happened in the West as well, at least before Pius V restrained that development. (In fact, it could be argued that the radical and inorganic liturgical changes of the 1960’s were in part an unfortunate result of bottled-up legitimate desires for liturgical development and diversity over the previous 400 years.) 

    One of the most significant ways liturgy organically develops is by taking on aspects of the culture in which it is celebrated. Diversity is found in the significant differences between the Western and Eastern rites, and it’s also seen in the various differences between the many Eastern rites themselves. Liturgical differences involve language, tone, and temperament, which reflect the culture of those who participate in it. Again, these differences aren’t something invented at meetings of professional liturgists, but develop naturally over time.

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    As a Western Christian, I have always been most comfortable at Western liturgies. I absolutely love the Eastern rites, but they’ve never felt as “natural” as the traditional Latin Mass does to me. For me, attending the Eastern Divine Liturgy is like a wonderful vacation, but the ancient Roman Rite is home—I am decidedly Western in temperament.

    But I’m not just a Western Christian; my background is more specific than that. Methodism is an offshoot of Anglicanism, being founded in England by the Anglican priest John Wesley in the 18th century. Further, my ancestry is deeply English, and because of that, I am quite the Anglophile American. So what about a Catholic liturgy that is not only Western, but English? Wouldn’t that be something?

    Well, such a liturgy exists: the Ordinariate Mass. The history of this liturgy is a bit confusing, but I’ll give the basics here. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI established what are called the “Ordinariates,” which were ecclesial structures for Anglican converts with Anglican-influenced liturgical practices. Many Anglicans, both cleric and lay, were becoming Catholic, but they lamented that they had to abandon many of their Anglican traditions that weren’t contradictory to Catholicism. So the pope generously set up a means by which they could continue to celebrate those traditions within the Catholic Church. 

    One of these traditions is a liturgy based on the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), which is the controlling liturgical and prayer book of the Anglican Church. The BCP dates back to the 16th century, and it is well-known for containing some of the most beautiful English-language prayers in existence—it brought Elizabethan English, the language of Shakespeare, to the liturgy. The BCP liturgy was also originally based on the Sarum Rite, a liturgy originating in medieval Salisbury, England and closely related to the Roman Rite. The goal of the Ordinariate then was to merge this beautiful linguistic and liturgical tradition with a fully Catholic theology and outlook.

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    As can be seen, the Ordinariate Mass has had an eclectic history, encompassing the English Sarum Rite, the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and the ancient Roman Rite, with some (unfortunate) influences from the modern Novus Ordo liturgy as well.

    I had heard about and was intrigued by the Ordinariate Mass for a long time, but recently I was traveling in a town where the Ordinariate Mass is celebrated. So with my family I attended for the first time.

    Since I regularly attend a TLM in a beautiful church and with wondrous sacred music, I was not awestruck by the Ordinariate Mass as Catholics who regularly attend a typical Novus Ordo might be. I am used to reverence in the liturgy, ad orientem worship, and theologically rich prayers. 

    In fact, because of my association with the TLM, it was jarring to witness a Western liturgy in English that was not irreverent. Decades of attending Novus Ordo Masses conditioned me to expect a certain casualness and even sloppiness to be attached to an English-speaking liturgy (yes, there are Novus Ordo exceptions, but these are few and far-between). In the Ordinariate Mass you have all the reverence and deep theology you find in the traditional Latin Mass, but the whole liturgy is in English. 

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    I know many faithful TLM-goers argue that a liturgical language like Latin is superior to the vernacular, and I respect those arguments. Latin is the language of the Latin Church, and it should always be given a certain pride of place. But I am not someone who believes the Latin language should be required for all Western liturgies. Also, it’s important to remember that the Ordinariate Mass is not in common English, it is a sacral English. For example, here is the Collect for Purity said at the beginning of Mass:

    Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

    This is not how we speak to each other, and it is fitting that we use more formal language to liturgically pray to God. It reminds our brains that what we do in the liturgy is not common speech, but the worship of Almighty God. You find a similar principle in the Eastern liturgies, which are often celebrated in old forms of the vernacular, such as Church Slavonic.

    I have to admit I prefer the liturgy in this sacral English rather than Latin. I found it helped me to focus on what was being said better than Latin does, while still retaining the mystery one should find in a Catholic liturgy. But I acknowledge that this is a personal preference, and others have good reasons for their preferences. This is where legitimate liturgical diversity should be fostered. It’s not a matter of creating test-tube liturgies in committees and then foisting them upon the people; instead, cultures influence the development of liturgies over time, under the watchful eye of the Church. 

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    Many have described the Ordinariate Mass as “the traditional Latin Mass but in English.” While not completely accurate, I can understand why this is a common descriptor. Many of the prayers and the structure of the Ordinariate Mass are similar (or identical) to the TLM, and it’s much closer to the TLM than the Novus Ordo. In fact, attending an Ordinariate Mass exposes the common misunderstanding among many Catholics that the only difference between the Novus Ordo and the TLM is the language in which they are celebrated. By seeing firsthand how different the Ordinariate Mass is from the Novus Ordo, you understand quite clearly that the Novus Ordo is not the TLM in English; the Novus Ordo is, in fact (unlike the Ordinariate Mass) a radically different liturgy from the TLM. 

    While the Ordinariate Mass is far more similar to the TLM than the Novus Ordo, it has its own history and its own liturgical specifics that differ from the TLM. For example, the Ordinariate Mass does not require the penitential prayers at the foot of the altar at the beginning of Mass as the TLM does. However, it does have a Collect for Purity and a Summary of the Law immediately following the opening Sign of the Cross, and then a Penitential Rite after the Creed and before the Offertory:

    Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all men: We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us, the burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    This is followed by a “Prayer for Pardon” and some “Comfortable Words” which repeat a few Scriptural passages about the mercy of God. 

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    The Anglican history of the Ordinariate has led some Catholics to be hesitant about embracing the Catholicity of the Ordinariate Mass; after all, the BCP and Anglicanism itself were founded on a rejection of the papacy and the ruthless suppression of Catholicism in England. How can this be redeemed? Isn’t this just an example of watered-down Catholicism, of ecumenism gone amok?

    Although I am a fierce critic of the modern ecumenical movement, I think this particular ecumenical move was a good one. The whole point of the ecumenical movement should be to unite Christians into one body, and as Catholics we know (or should know) that it is only in the Catholic Church that unity can occur. So to give a means by which non-Catholics can more easily enter the Catholic Church, without compromising our faith, is a wonderful thing. And if you look closely at the Ordinariate Mass, you can see it is fully and unapologetically Catholic.

    While I am completely happy with attending the TLM at my parish, I hope and pray for the growth of the Ordinariate. First and foremost, it makes available a clear path for the conversion of Anglicans to Catholicism. It also makes reverent, theologically-rich liturgies available to more Catholics. And finally, it brings about more legitimate liturgical diversity within Western Catholicism. 

    To be clear, this is not intended to present the Ordinariate Mass as an alternative to the TLM if the latter is shut down, nor even as a replacement for the Novus Ordo. The Ordinariate Mass is not a “safety valve” for Trads. That’s not fair to the Ordinariate Mass, nor is it realistic. There are rumors, after all, that the Vatican will crack down on the Ordinariates after it finishes abolishing the TLM, since Traditionis Custodes argues that there should be only one form of the Roman Rite (I would argue that the Ordinariate Mass is not a form of the Roman Rite but a separate Western rite, but such details are rarely considered in the current push for liturgical uniformity). The Ordinariate Mass should stand on its own, as one of many Western liturgical rites. 

    There’s legitimate reason to worry about the future of all the ancient rites of the Church, but for now I’m thankful that the Ordinariate is available to English-speaking Catholics. It is my prayer that the traditional Latin Mass and the Ordinariate Mass—as well as the Eastern liturgies and other ancient Western liturgies—all flourish in the Church, glorifying God in diverse ways.

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    Eric Sammons is the Executive Director of Crisis Publications. He is the author of eight books, including Deadly Indifference: How the Church Lost Her Mission and How We Can Reclaim It.


  10. Site: Mundabor's blog
    1 hour 29 min ago
    Author: Mundabor
    Originally posted on Mundabor's Blog:
    We cannot, strictly speaking, merit Salvation. Strictly speaking, we cannot and do not merit anything at all. Whatever we have, God has given us. Whatever we attain, God has preordained that we should be given the grace to do so. This applies to absolutely everything we do, up to…
  11. Site: Mundabor's blog
    1 hour 33 min ago
    Author: Mundabor
    Originally posted on Mundabor's Blog:
    The Vatican has apparently launched an erosary app allowing people to pray the Rosary. Let us set aside for the moment the fact that the Rosary app might actually track your use. Let us also forget that there are, in fact, plenty of free apps out there to do…
  12. Site: Catholic Conclave
    1 hour 42 min ago
    "Few things are as deafening as silence"Bianca Jagger, Mexico's ex-President Felipe Calderon and Pulitzer Prize winner, Andres Oppenheimer criticise Pope Francis for not commenting on recent events in Nicaragua. There, dictator Daniel Ortega has closed down Catholic radio stations and placed a bishop under house arrest.While police cordoned off the area in front of the church door, Bishop RolandoChris-Translator from French and German into Englishhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06227218883606585321noreply@blogger.com0
  13. Site: LifeNews
    1 hour 57 min ago
    Author: Micaiah Bilger

    Pennsylvania grandmother Peggy Koller has more grandchildren than years of her life.

    Breitbart reports the 99-year-old from Blue Bell recently welcomed her 100th grandchild, Koller William Balster, named after his great-grandfather.

    He represents the big family that Koller always wanted. Growing up an only child, she said she often felt lonely.

    “I wanted to have a big family. I think it’s difficult being an only child. It’s lonely,” Koller said.

    Eventually, she married her high school sweetheart, William, and they had 11 children, according to the report. Their children had 56 grandchildren, and the great-grandchildren keep coming.

    “First thing out of the hospital, we went to Grandmom’s, introduced her to Koller. She was absolutely ecstatic,” Koller’s mother, Chrissy Balster, said.

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    Koller was grandchild number 100, but, since his birth, another one of Koller’s grandchildren also gave birth, according to the report.

    The joy of her grandchildren, her faith and her daily exercise routine keep her going.

    “She does work out twice a day, which is insane,” Koller’s father, Patrick Balster, told WPVI.

    “I think faith is the other one, I’d say. Faith and family. That’s what’s been keeping her going,” Chrissy Balster added.

    The post Grandmother Celebrates Her 100th Great Grandchild: “I Always Wanted a Big Family” appeared first on LifeNews.com.

  14. Site: Global Research
    2 hours 7 min ago
    Author: Prof. Anne Twomey
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    2 hours 12 min ago
    Author: Michael Cook

    Israeli scientists have created the world’s first “synthetic embryos”. They used mouse stem cells to create embryos, nurtured them in an artificial “womb”, and grew them for 8½ days – roughly the equivalent of three weeks of a human pregnancy.

    Their research, which was published in the journal Cell last week, is being acclaimed by scientists as a ground-breaking development. Inside the tiny mouse embryos, the researchers can see organs developing. “We view the embryo as the best 3D bio printer,” says Jacob Hanna, of the Weizmann Institute of Science, told MIT Technology Review. “It’s the best entity to make organs and proper tissue.”

    The mouse embryos developed beating hearts, flowing blood, intestinal tracts and cranial folds in the brain – even though they were created from scratch in a Petri dish.

    “This experiment has huge implications,” says Bernard Siegel, of the World Stem Cell Summit, a group which lobbies for regenerative medicine. “One wonders what mammal could be next in line.”

    Obviously the next mammal is homo sapiens.

    Dr Hanna’s ambitions are immense. The ultimate goal of his start-up company, Renewal Bio, is “to make humanity younger and healthier by leveraging the power of the new stem cell technology” to solve ailments such as “infertility, genetic diseases, and longevity”.

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    He believes that there will be a huge market for products derived from synthetic human embryos. Renewal Bio’s website explains:

    “Since the turn of the century, developed nations have seen a clear trend: declining birth rates and fast aging populations. With significant socioeconomic implications, this trend threatens to upend health systems, retirement programs, and workforces across the globe. At the beginning of life, this is shown by a 5-10% increase in infertility treatments by U.S. couples each year. Towards the end of life, these issues are manifesting in fast-aging populations that balloon healthcare costs. In the U.S., the aging population is driving national health expenditures to increase at a rate of 5.5% per year, and are expected to reach more than $6 trillion annually by 2027.

    “The vision of the company is ‘Can we use these organized embryo entities that have early organs to get cells that can be used for transplantation?’ We view it as perhaps a universal starting point,” Dr Hanna told MIT Technology Review.


    What he has in mind is rebooting immune systems for the elderly by creating blood from an embryo. Or growing a female embryo until the gonads form and the eggs can be harvested. In other words, Dr Hanna and his colleagues want to strip-mine human embryos which have been custom-made for their clients.

    They also claim that their method of producing “synthetic embryos” also creates the placenta and yolk sac surrounding the embryo. This suggests that perhaps a baby could reach full term in an artificial womb with no need for a mother at all.

    But would these “synthetic embryos” really be human? Hanna dismisses the idea. “We are not trying to make human beings. That is not what we are trying to do,” he told MIT Technology Review. “To call a day-40 embryo a mini-me is just not true.”

    However, Dr Hanna is not a philosopher. He is just a talented technician tinkering with biological structures. Whether or not it is human is not his to decide. Even though the embryo has not been conceived naturally, it might grow into a human being if it were transferred into a womb.

    At the moment scientists quoted in the media are insisting that “synthetic embryos” are definitely not embryos. As Australian stem cell scientist Megan Munsie wrote in The Conversation: “They replicate only some aspects of development, but not fully reproduce the cellular architecture and developmental potential of embryos derived after fertilisation of eggs by sperm – so-called natural embryos.”

    But even if this is true, Dr Hanna’s ultimate goal seems to be to create “synthetic embryos” which are as close as possible to “natural embryos”. If they are not human initially, might they become human later on, as the field advances?

    With so many unknowns, the need for regulation of this new technology is urgent.

    The post Scientists Create Synthetic Mouse Embryos. Next Step: Making Synthetic Humans to Kill for Parts appeared first on LifeNews.com.

  16. Site: The Orthosphere
    2 hours 27 min ago
    Author: JMSmith

    “‘No, I am not weak on transgender,’ Milley replied. ‘I just don’t care who sleeps with who.’”

    General Mark Milley, quoted in Susan B. Glasser and Peter Baker, “Inside the War Between Trump and His Generals,” The New Yorker (Aug. 15, 2022)

    Professing not to care who sleeps with whom is a shibboleth of today’s enlightened thought.  Professing indifference to what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom is another way to perform this  obeisance to the priapic god of erotic liberation.  But the sentiment behind these shibboleth is, like that behind so many modern shibboleths, profoundly retarded because the future health and happiness of our race depends on nothing so much as who is today sleeping with whom, and what those adults do when their bedroom doors are closed.

    Demography is destiny in this sublunar world, and all demography is, in the last analysis, a question of who sleeps with whom and what they do when they are “sleeping.”  As an old eugenicist might have said, it would be a very queer horse farm where no one cared which stallion mounted which mare, or whether that stallion discharged its semen within swimming distance of the mare’s uterus.  Likewise queer is a society in which no one professes to care that

    “Brainless numbskulls cross with opium victims; misshapen dwarves marry measly maids; insane idiots beget babies by besotted bums . . .”

    And yet General Milley shows us that we are that queer society.  In the spirited words of the shameless author just quoted,

    “Americans . . . of all the earth, have been the most disregardful of proper race-breeding.  In fact, since the old colonial days, we have actually imported all sorts of stuff from all parts of the planet, and taken blood of all shades up into our veins by converting the United States into a kind of procreation-pen, in which experimentation is going on, apparently with the view of observing how many different kinds of crazy creature we can turn out!”*

    America has more recently effectively gelded many of its males by suggesting that they might prefer to ejaculate into a mouth, an anus, an armpit, or even, fourth-of-July-fireworks-like, into the free American air.  I yesterday quoted an old English ballad that mocked the Puritans as sexual libertines, but that did not dream that they might go so far into sexual depravity as to one day forget that Puritan rutting was essential to Puritan reproduction.

    Lo in this Church all shall be free
    To enjoy their Christian liberty;
    All things made common, t’avoid strife,
    Each man may take another’s wife,
    And keep a handmaid too, if need,
    To multiply, increase, and breed.

    If this stanza were rewritten to describe the present inhabitants of this Sweet Land of Erotic Liberty, it would perhaps go something like this:

    Lo in this Land all shall be free
    To claim erotic liberty;
    All poking equal, t’avoid strife,
    Here man may take a man for wife,
    And those who still for handmaids lust,
    Plant seed where it shall dry to dust.

    * * * * *

    It is fitting that this Sweet Land of Erotic Liberty is defended by a man like General Milley, who is absolutely sound on an American’s Constitutional right to poke whatever, wherever, and whenever he pleases, but who is also wary of endorsing any unpopular applications of this libertine principle.  In the quote at the head of this post, Milley was assuring then President Trump that he would not put a uniform on an American who was born equipped to poke, but who had for some reason decided he was not a poker.  We may suppose that this Napoleon of our Nookie Nation was likewise, at least officially, opposed to the enlistment or commissioning of an American who was born pokable, and pokable in a place where poking can be prolific, but who had for some reason decided that she was, in truth, a poker.

    It was in this principled ditch that that General Milley was for the moment prepared to die.  But the moment naturally passed, and the ditch was naturally abandoned, because a man who does not care who sleeps with whom cannot honestly care what hangs, or what formerly hung, or even what might in future hang or fail to hang, between a pair of legs.  A man who is indifferent to what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom, and who smiles on the sodomite and wanker just as warmly as he smiles on a father of five, must be likewise indifferent to what surgeons and patients do in the privacy of their consulting rooms and surgeries.  If one cannot judge a man because he regularly indulges a taste for buggery, one certainly cannot judge a man because he has chosen, with a surgeon’s assistance, to remove the instrument with which he might indulge that taste.

    So here is an old song re-sung in the spirit of this Sweet Land of Erotic Liberty

    My country did decree,
    Erotic liberty,
    Of these I sing;
    Though spermatozoon have died,
    Blushes here sterile bride,
    Yet from every mountainside
    Cries of climax ring!

    My native country, thee,
    From procreation free,
    Thy name I love;
    I love thy titty bars,
    Bill Clinton’s dank cigars;
    Gender reassignment scars,
    Below, above.

    Let sex talk swell the breeze,
    Make leaves fall from the trees—
    Parades of pride;
    Let lusty tongues awake;
    Let all whoopee partake;
    Spouse and priest their vows break,
    No itch denied.

    Our fathers’ god to thee,
    Author of lechery,
    To thee we sing.
    Long may our land delight,
    Birth control our birthright,
    No proscribed appetite,
    Eros our King!

  17. Site: Steyn Online
    2 hours 30 min ago
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  18. Site: LifeNews
    2 hours 35 min ago
    Author: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg

    I guess you can’t be a celebrity and a mom after all.

    Hollywood’s largest union, SAG-AFTRA,  just announced that it will reimburse actors for out-of-state travel and lodging expenses.

    The decision to include reimbursement was supposedly unanimously approved in order to “ensure participants will continue to have access to safe abortion services regardless of where they live or work.”

    The release indicated that even if a member lives in a state where abortion access is illegal, she can travel out-of-state to obtain the procedure — full expenses paid. Essentially, SAG-AFTRA is offering to pay for an all inclusive vacation to terminate a pregnancy.

    It’s not surprising that this Hollywood union is encouraging the slaughter of the unborn. Think about it. Celebrities who are actively working in shows or movies cannot all of a sudden become pregnant as it won’t fit for their character within the story. Similarly, it is a lot less time off for a woman to take a weekend and travel for an abortion then it is for her to spend nine months pregnant then have a child to tend and take care of. Not to mention, its cheaper for healthcare insurance providers to cover a one-and-done abortion than it is for them to cover pre-natal care. Of course SAG-AFTRA is promoting abortion.

    SAG-AFTRA has an estimated “160,000 members,” Breitbart reported. That’s a hell of a lot of potential abortions being offered and encouraged.

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    The union, however, is behind the curve. Netflix, Disney, and Warner Bros. Discovery have all pledged to support these abortion vacations.

    Newsbusters also reported Hollywood’s history of boycotting certain areas in protest to abortion bans.  The Writers Guild of America East urged Hollywood to abandon filming in states that affirm life.

    Hollywood celebrities themselves are also huge fans of abortion and routinely use their platform to push their radical abortion views.

    Even CA Governor Newsom demanded that Hollywood return to California for filming in order to help them gain access to abortions.

    It really is a shame that our entertainment industry has the desire to slaughter unborn babies running through its veins. Hopefully things will turn around and Hollywood will start to value life. Don’t sit on the edge of your seat waiting though.

    LifeNews Note: Tierin-Rose Mandelburg writes for Newsbusters, where this column originally appeared.

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  21. Site: LifeNews
    2 hours 44 min ago
    Author: Micaiah Bilger

    A Florida teenager may not abort her unborn baby without a parent’s consent, a state appeals court ruled Monday.

    Like many states, Florida requires parents to give their consent before their underage daughter has an abortion. However, pro-abortion groups often help teens get around the requirement by asking a judge for permission instead, known as a judicial bypass.

    That is what a 16-year-old girl did in the current case, according to the News Service of Florida. The girl told the court that she is mature enough to make the decision to have an abortion on her own, and neither she nor the baby’s father are ready to parent.

    However, Escambia County Circuit Judge Jessica Frydrychowicz disagreed and denied the girl’s request. A First District Court of Appeals panel upheld the ruling Monday, the report continues.

    “The trial court found, based on the non-adversarial presentation below, [the teen] had not established by clear and convincing evidence that she was sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy,” the appeals court wrote.

    The girl was 10 weeks pregnant when she appeared before the first judge, according to the report. It is not clear how long ago that was or how far along she is in her pregnancy now. Florida law prohibits killing unborn babies in abortions after 15 weeks.

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    At 10 weeks of pregnancy, unborn babies already have beating hearts and brain waves, fingers and toes. They respond to touch, and their own unique fingerprints already are forming.

    On Monday, Judge Scott Makar, who partially dissented from the ruling, described the teenager as “parentless” because she lives with a relative and has a guardian.

    “She is pursuing a GED with involvement in a program designed to assist young women who have experienced trauma in their lives by providing educational support and counseling,” Makar wrote. “The minor experienced renewed trauma (the death of a friend) shortly before she decided to seek termination of her pregnancy.”

    However, the girl may not understand that aborting her unborn baby may have added to her trauma. Many women later regret aborting their unborn babies and suffer mental and emotional problems for years as a result.

    Parental consent laws protect unborn babies and young girls by preventing minors from making hasty and dangerous decisions about their unborn babies’ lives. These laws also protect abuse victims by making it more difficult for a rapist to hide a pregnancy from a young victim’s parents and force her into an abortion.

    Former sex trafficking victims have spoken out about the need for parental consent laws to protect young girls. Frequently, sexual predators and traffickers use abortion to cover up their abuse of young girls.

    Most states require children under 18 to have a parent’s permission before getting a tattoo, piercing or medical care, but abortion activists want to make an exception for abortion. Many pro-abortion groups now are openly calling for an end to parental consent and parental notification, arguing that young girls have a “right” to an abortion without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

    In December, Illinois repealed its parental notification law despite massive public opposition. NBC 5 Chicago reported state residents submitted nearly 50,000 notices of opposition to the legislation, and a 2021 poll found 72 percent of Illinois voters support the parental notification law, including many who identified as pro-choice.

    Currently, 36 states currently require parental involvement (consent or notification) before a minor has an abortion. A 2011 Gallup poll found 71 percent of Americans favor laws requiring parents’ involvement in a minor’s abortion decision.

    The post Court Protects Baby’s Life, Blocks Teen From Having Abortion Without Parental Consent appeared first on LifeNews.com.

  22. Site: southern orders
    2 hours 46 min ago

    The National Catholic Reporter has a silly progressivist’s article on the direction of the Church that those who have participated in the synod discussions would like to see the Church go, and that is a Church that fails to be the Roman Catholic Church and her perennial Magisterium and Deposit of Faith. 

    You can read the full article by pressing its title:

    In synod reports, US Catholics call for women's leadership, LGBTQ welcoming

    Here’s the money quote which makes the case at how unsuccessful the listening sessions have been so far with less than 1% of the nearly 52 million Catholics there are in the USA:

     "I'm delighted to see that every single report I've read expresses an appreciation for and a desire to continue the synodal listening, to enter into a sacred space and engage in deep listening and discernment with one another on a regular basis," McStravog said. 

    Still, the estimated 650,000 synod participants represent a little more than 1% of the roughly 51 million Catholic adults in the United States. The diocesan reports indicate that about two-thirds of those who attended listening sessions were 55 or older, and that most of those participants were women. An overwhelming majority of synodal participants were also white — 94% in the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, for example — and were more likely to be married and attend Mass weekly.

    My comments:

    Are the bishops of the USA going to send their findings to Rome based upon less than 1% of Catholics who were 55 and older, predominantly white and aging liberals, who want to continue the dysfunction of the Catholic Church in the USA for the past 50 years so that even fewer Catholics will attend Mass in a Church where anything goes, neo-gnosticism  I think that is called?

    I ask, you react. 

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  27. Site: AsiaNews.it
    3 hours 2 min ago
    Hadi Matar's parents hail from the southern border village of Yaroun, a Hezbollah-controlled area from which they emigrated 30 years ago. Their adherenceto extreme Islam occurred (perhaps) during a sojourn in 2018. The U.S. investigation and the implications for the Middle East region. Khamenei recalls that the fatwa against the writer is "solid and irrevocable".
  28. Site: LifeNews
    3 hours 6 min ago
    Author: Steven Ertelt

    Joe Biden is announcing a new multi-part plan to ensure that as many unborn babies are killed in abortions as possible and up to birth in some states.

    The supposedly “devout Catholic” has been putting together his abortion playbook for months. Instead of providing any actual help for women or support for abortion alternatives, Biden is aggressively promoting abortion at every turn and will focus on making it harder for states to protect babies from abortions.

    The first part of Biden’s plan includes misusing a federal law to try to force states to do abortions — claiming they are necessary in emergency medical circumstances but also attempting to force states to allow aboritons as a method of birth control.

    As Reuters reports:

    The Biden administration plans to lean on two specific federal statutes, which predated the abortion ruling, to fight its legal challenges – the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) and FDA preemption under the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FDCA), the sources said.

    EMTALA requires hospitals that accept Medicare funds to provide medical treatment to people that arrive with an emergency medical condition. That includes providing a woman an abortion if her life is in danger.

    Biden has already launched this legal campaign in Texas and Idaho with the hopes of forcing the states to allow abortions by requiring hospitals and doctors to perform abortions as a condition of receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding.

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    Like every state that has banned abortions, both states already have language in their abortion bans to allow abortions in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. And in cases of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancies, both states (like very state with an abortion ban) have language in place allowing care in such situations because such care is not an abortion.

    In Texas, state Attorney General Paxton has filed a motion asking a federal court to block Biden. He said Biden’s recent pro-abortion mandate “has the effect of requiring doctors and hospitals to choose between performing abortions in violation of State law or caring for women as they always have while incurring fines and the loss of federal funding” and added that Biden is misusing a federal law designed to protect unborn children to try to force abortions.

    Paxton says Texas law has long permitted doctors to perform abortions when the life of the mother is at risk. That is still the law. EMTALA does not empower the federal government to change that. EMTALA requires hospitals to treat patients the same regardless of their ability to pay; it does not authorize the federal government to commandeer the practice of medicine.

    “While the Biden Administration continues to make up rules that are unconstitutional, I will keep holding them accountable,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I will not allow the Biden Administration to threaten doctors and hospitals with this unlawful mandate and put millions of Texans’ access to healthcare on the line.”

    The second part of Biden’s plan involves using the FDA to block states from banning or limiting abortion drugs. In many of the states that have banned abortions, pro-life laws also limit sales of the dangerous abortion pill that kills and injures women as well as kills babies. In other states, surgical abortions are banned and follow-up laws are necessary to protect women and children from the abortion pill.

    The FDA preemption argues states cannot ban an approved abortion drug because federal law preempts or overrides state law. More than 30 states have enacted legislation that restricts access to medication.

    Mini Timmaraju, president, NARAL Pro-Choice America, who also is working with the White House on the issue, said the litigation strategy is key.

    “It’s not just executive orders and policies, it’s enforcement,” she said.

    Biden’s actions will likely square off with the Dobbs decision as the Supreme Court has clearly given states the latitude to pass laws protecting babies from abortions.

    A third part of Biden’s plan includes promoting ballot measures that create a so-called right to abortions up to birth as the White House will urge public support for such proposals.

    The White House is also crafting plans to replicate the success in Kansas for upcoming races, said the sources. It is closely tracking ballot initiatives in California, Kentucky, Michigan, and Vermont and gubernatorial races like Michigan’s, where abortion has become a central issue, sources said.

    Kentucky is one that is witnessing a surge of interest along with California, NARAL’S Timmaraju said.

    The Biden administration will also compile data on how the lack of abortions supposedly hurt women — as if the blessing of a new baby is supposedly a bad thing. Abortion bans don’t force anyone to get pregnant and, instead of promoting contraception, abstinence, birth control or other alternatives, Biden ignores pregnancy prevention and assumes the only choices are abortion or being forced to have a baby.

    The White House is compiling research on the physical and mental harms women face if they’re denied access to abortion, as well as the economic impact that forced pregnancies can have on men, women, and families; and plans to communicate that to voters and come up with a consistent messaging plan, sources said.

    It will also target men in its messaging, asking them to consider how their sisters, nieces, cousins could be affected if abortions were unavailable, and the costs related to supporting an unplanned pregnancy, in an effort to broaden understanding, the sources said.

    The messaging also ignores abortion risks such as its link to breast cancer and premature birth, it ignores how men often pressure or coerce women into having abortions and ignores how abortions kill babies and how the loss of millions of people adversely affects society.

    Finally, the Biden administration plans to push abortion on Christians, with a false message that they can be true to their faith and support killing unborn children.

    Following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin have abortion bans currently in place while Idaho, Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee have heartbeat laws in place protecting babies from abortions starting at 6 weeks.

    As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.

    Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.

    Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th and Louisiana became the 5th and Ohio became the 6th and Utah became the 7th and Oklahoma became the 8th and Alabama became the 9th. This week, Mississippi became the 10th and South Carolina became the 11th,Texas became the 12th with its pre-Roe law and Tennessee became the 13th.

    Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books but there is question about whether they are applicable and will be enforced.

    Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.

    The 13 total states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

    “Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.

    “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

    Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.

    Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion and a new national poll shows 75% of Americans essentially agree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe.

    Despite false reports that abortion bans would prevent doctors from treating pregnant women for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies, pro-life doctors confirm that is not the case. Some 35 states have laws making it clear that miscarriage is not abortion and every state with an abortion ban allows treatment for both.

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  32. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    3 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick

    People in five states, plus a sixth if enough signatures are verified to place the matter on the ballot there, will be voting in the November 8 election on whether to legalize recreational marijuana in their respective states. With 19 states already having legal recreation marijuana, we could see the upcoming election results raise that count to 25 — half the states.

    Ballot measures are already qualified for voters’ consideration in five states — Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota. A legal dispute in Arkansas, though, could result in votes on that state’s ballot measure not being counted. A decision on certifying a marijuana measure for inclusion on the Oklahoma ballot will be made after completion of a review of signatures supporting placing it on the ballot.

    Read here a Monday Reason article by Jacob Sullum providing information about the ballot measures in each state.
  33. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    3 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick

    People in five states, plus a sixth if enough signatures are verified to place the matter on the ballot there, will be voting in the November 8 election on whether to legalize recreational marijuana in their respective states. With 19 states already having legal recreation marijuana, we could see the upcoming election results raise that count to 25 — half the states.

    Ballot measures are already qualified for voters’ consideration in five states — Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota. A legal dispute in Arkansas, though, could result in votes on that state’s ballot measure not being counted. A decision on certifying a marijuana measure for inclusion on the Oklahoma ballot will be made after completion of a review of signatures supporting placing it on the ballot.

    Read here a Monday Reason article by Jacob Sullum providing information about the ballot measures in each state.
  34. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    3 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick

    People in five states, plus a sixth if enough signatures are verified to place the matter on the ballot there, will be voting in the November 8 election on whether to legalize recreational marijuana in their respective states. With 19 states already having legal recreation marijuana, we could see the upcoming election results raise that count to 25 — half the states.

    Ballot measures are already qualified for voters’ consideration in five states — Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota. A legal dispute in Arkansas, though, could result in votes on that state’s ballot measure not being counted. A decision on certifying a marijuana measure for inclusion on the Oklahoma ballot will be made after completion of a review of signatures supporting placing it on the ballot.

    Read here a Monday Reason article by Jacob Sullum providing information about the ballot measures in each state.
  35. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    3 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick

    People in five states, plus a sixth if enough signatures are verified to place the matter on the ballot there, will be voting in the November 8 election on whether to legalize recreational marijuana in their respective states. With 19 states already having legal recreation marijuana, we could see the upcoming election results raise that count to 25 — half the states.

    Ballot measures are already qualified for voters’ consideration in five states — Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota. A legal dispute in Arkansas, though, could result in votes on that state’s ballot measure not being counted. A decision on certifying a marijuana measure for inclusion on the Oklahoma ballot will be made after completion of a review of signatures supporting placing it on the ballot.

    Read here a Monday Reason article by Jacob Sullum providing information about the ballot measures in each state.
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  37. Site: Catholic Conclave
    3 hours 51 min ago
    Dare more synodality - and no discrimination against women, divorcees and queer people: This is the message the Swiss Church is sending to Rome.Anyone expecting tough demands is likely to be disappointed when reading the Swiss final report. The tone is matter-of-fact, the wishes are well measured. This suits the Swiss tone, where people communicate less briskly than in the large canton of GermanyChris-Translator from French and German into Englishhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06227218883606585321noreply@blogger.com0
  38. Site: La Salette Journey
    3 hours 54 min ago

    Tucker on the government lies following the FBI raid on Trump's home here.

    "Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ....Therefore, putting away falsehood, let everyone speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of another." (Ephesians 4: 15, 25).

    When communicating with others, we all have certain responsibilities.  For example, we all have a responsibility to submit ourselves to truth when communicating.  Dr. Germain Grisez explains that, “As creatures, human persons are utterly dependent on God.  Their freedom and action presuppose realities whose meaning and value cannot be changed.  Therefore, human fulfillment requires knowing and conforming to the truth, and especially to the truth about what is good.  But since genuine community is cooperation in seeking common fulfillment, it depends on submission to truth. Consequently, since all parties to communication should be open to genuine community, they should submit themselves to truth.  The alternative is pursuing what they want regardless of truth, caring about no common good beyond themselves, and so, while using means of communication, failing to promote genuine community.”

    The Eighth Commandment does not say, "You shall not bear false witness unless you have a really good reason."  Rather, the Commandment calls on us to be honest because, as God's children, we are called to imitate our Father who can neither deceive nor be deceived (Job 12: 16).  The Lord hates lying lips (Proverbs 12: 22); He hates a lying tongue (Proverbs 6: 17); He destroys those who speak falsehood (Psalm 5: 6).

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that, "The eighth commandment forbids misrepresenting the truth in our relations with others.  This moral prescription flows from the vocation of the holy people to bear witness to their God who is the truth and wills the truth.  Offenses against the truth express by word or deed a refusal to commit oneself to moral uprightness: they are fundamental infidelities to God and, in this sense, they undermine the foundations of the covenant." (2464).  And again: "Christ's disciples have "put on the new man, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness."274 By "putting away falsehood," they are to "put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander." (2475)

    How serious is a lie when it is made under oath?

    "False witness and perjury. When it is made publicly, a statement contrary to the truth takes on a particular gravity. In court it becomes false witness. When it is under oath, it is perjury. Acts such as these contribute to condemnation of the innocent, exoneration of the guilty, or the increased punishment of the accused. They gravely compromise the exercise of justice and the fairness of judicial decisions." (2476). 

    In 2477 the Catechism explains that:  "Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty....of calumny who, by remarks contrary to the truth, harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them."

    Calumny is a lie told about someone, accusing him of something of which he is not guilty.  It is a sin against charity and justice.  It is more or less serious depending on the importance of the object of the slanderous lie and also on the evils caused to the victim."

    The lying media, propaganda servant of the Deep State (read the Democratic Party), isn't interested in respecting the demands of truth.  Those who serve the Father of Lies imitate his example with their lies,  with their calumnies. 

  39. Site: Zero Hedge
    4 hours 9 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden
    Futures Reverse Early Losses As Walmart Beat Sparks Relief Buying

    US stock futures drifted modestly lower after hitting a 4-month high just above 4,300 during Monday's session, boosted by solid earnings and a guidance boost from Walmart, as attention turned back to lingering worries about the path of economic growth, how long until the NBER admits the US is in a recession and how Fed policy ties the room together. Contracts on the Nasdaq 100 and the S&P 500 were down less than 0.1% by 7:45 a.m. ET. 

    Gains in technology stocks on Monday spurred the broader benchmark equity index to its highest since May, with investors shrugging off terrible Chinese economic data. Crude oil reversed some of its recent sharp losses amid economic headwinds that clouded the demand outlook and prospects for an increase in supply. The greenback settled higher after fluctuating between gains and losses, while bitcoin traded above $24K. Chinese stocks listed in the US declined in premarket trading after a Reuters report that Tencent would liquidate its $24BN stake in Meituan to appease Beijing, sparking concerns it would do the same to its other investments.

    Among notable movers in premarket trading, Snowflake fell 3.5% after Tiger Global Management cut its position in the software firm for the first time in eight quarters, according to latest 13F filings. Chinese stocks listed in New York fell in premarket trading following the Tencent report. Pinduoduo Inc. lost 4%, while JD.com Inc. declined 2.2%. Zoom Video Communications slid 3% after Citigroup Inc. downgraded its recommendation on the stock to sell from neutral, seeing “new hurdles to sustaining growth.”  Here are some other notable premarket movers:

    • Big-box retailers gain in premarket trading after Walmart said it sees a full-year adjusted EPS decline of 9% to 11% -- less steep than its previous projection for a decline of 11% to 13% -- following a stronger-than-expected earnings report for the second quarter.
    • Zoom VideoCommunications (ZM US) down 3% in pre-market trading as Citi cuts its recommendation on the stock to sell from neutral, saying it sees “new hurdles to sustaining growth,” including growing competition from services like Microsoft Teams and macro-related pressures hitting customers.
    • Bird Global (BRDS US) shares drop 6.4% in premarket trading after the electric vehicle company on Aug. 15 posted second-quarter results that showed a wider net loss than the same period a year earlier.
    • Chinese stocks in US fall in premarket trading following a report that Tencent plans to sell all or much of its stake in food delivery company Meituan, in an effort to appease Beijing and lock in profits.
    • Alibaba (BABA US) -2.2%, Nio (NIO US) -1%, Baidu (BIDU US) -1.8%
    • Compass (COMP US) analysts at Barclays and Morgan Stanley cut their price targets on the real estate brokerage after it reduced its full-year guidance and announced plans to cut costs. The shares plunged 12% in US postmarket trading on Monday.
    • Ginkgo Bioworks (DNA US) shares jump as much as 23% in US premarket trading after the cell programming platform operator’s revenue for the second quarter beat estimates.
    • Snowflake (SNOW US) drops 3.5% in premarket trading after Tiger Global Management cut its position in the software firm for the first time in eight quarters, according to latest 13F filings.

    “The lack of clear direction is driving the markets up and down,” Ipek Ozkardeskaya, a senior analyst at Swissquote Bank, wrote in a note. “Yesterday’s data softens the case for the continuation of the steep recovery, and throws the foundation of a period of consolidation, and perhaps a downside correction.”

    A sharp drop in New York state manufacturing, the second-worst reading since 2001, along with the longest streak of declines since 2007 in homebuilder sentiment, sparked another round of "bad news is good news" and boosted hopes that the Fed may slow interest-rate hikes. However, it was soon outweighed by fears of a recession and belief among some traders the Fed could still press ahead with its tightening irrespective of a slowdown. 

    US stocks have been rallying since mid-June on optimism that corporate earnings are holding up even with higher prices and weakening consumer sentiment. The market also has gotten a boost from speculation that the Fed will slow the pace of interest rate increases after cooler-than-expected inflation data. While some strategists, especially those at JPMorgan, suggest the rebound could extend until the end of the year as investors turn less bearish, others including Michael Wilson at Morgan Stanley have said disappointing earnings are likely to spark another selloff in stocks.

    As a result of the recent frenzied positional rally, four weeks of gains have pushed more than 90% of S&P 500 members above their 50-day moving averages. That’s been a good omen in the past, with stocks showing gains of 5.7% on average in the following three months and rising 18% in the 12 months after the signal. Negative returns have been a rare exception, with stocks falling only twice. “While this is not a necessary condition for the end of the bear market, it would increase our confidence that a rally back to the old highs will come before a return to the June lows,” Jeff Buchbinder, a strategist at LPL Financial, wrote in a note on Monday.

    On the other hand, Skylar Montgomery Koning, senior global macro strategist at TS Lombard, said the bar for the Fed to stop its hiking cycle was high. “The market is betting not only that inflation comes down to a level that the Fed is comfortable with, but that the Fed reaction is timely,” she said on Bloomberg Television. “It may take until we get a 75-basis point hike in September or the new set of dot projections, and that may have to be what makes the market narrative shift.”

    • European bourses are firmer across the board after a relatively constructive APAC handover, the Euro Stoxx 50 rising +0.4%, though off best levels post-ZEW. IBEX outperforms, adding 1.1%. Miners, telecoms and utilities are the strongest performing sectors. Here are some of the biggest European movers today:
    • Delivery Hero shares jump as much as 14% after the firm projected 7% q/q growth in gross merchandise value in 3Q, in- line with expectations and putting the firm on track to meet its FY targets
    • Glencore and other European miners outperform the broader market after BHP posted its highest ever FY profit and said it will push ahead with growth options
    • Philips rises as much as 3.6% after its CEO Frans van Houten said he would step down in October, with the current head of the company’s Connected Care division, Roy Jakobs, taking over
    • Watches of Switzerland jumps as much as 7.1%, reaching the highest since June 7, after the watchmaker published a first-quarter trading update. Analysts found the update to be solid
    • Jyske Bank gains as much as 9.1% after the Danish lender reported 2Q pretax profit that topped Citigroup’s estimate by more than 20%, with Citi noting provisions came in well above expectations
    • DFDS climbs as much as 8.7% after the Danish logistics company published 2Q results that beat consensus estimates and boosted its FY22 revenue forecast, RBC writes in a note
    • Pandora drops as much as 8%, the most in more than three months, after the jewelery maker reported Ebit before significant items that missed the average analyst estimate
    • Sonova and other European hearing aid makers lead losses on the Stoxx 600 after the firm and Danish peer Demant cut their guidance, with analysts flagging negative consensus revisions
    • Straumann plunges as much as 14%, the most intraday since May 2020, after the oral care company announced 1H results and reaffirmed its guidance for the year
    • Hemnet falls as much as 16% after the Swedish property ad company offered 8 million shares at SEK147 a share in a secondary offering announced on Monday after markets closed
    • Hargreaves Lansdown declines as much as 1.8% after Credit Suisse downgraded its recommendation to neutral from outperform due to the personal investment firm’s valuation

    Earlier in the session, Asian equities fell as investors weighed growth risks in the region against the probability of a slower pace of US interest-rate increases. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined as much as 0.4%, and is poised to snap a four-day winning streak. Hong Kong shares fell the most, with Meituan among the biggest drags on the regional gauge after Reuters reported that Tencent intends to sell all or much of its $24 billion stake in the food-delivery giant to appease Beijing. Across Asia, energy shares slid as oil prices fell on rapidly cooling US manufacturing that followed weaker-than-expected Chinese data Monday -- offsetting gains in materials and utilities shares. After improving sentiment pushed up the region’s stocks for four straight weeks, markets are looking ahead to minutes of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting due Wednesday for hints on its rate-hike trajectory. Closer to home, China’s surprise interest-rate cut on Monday did little to allay concerns over the property sector and the broader slowdown from Covid restrictions. Economists and state media are calling for additional stimulus, which could aid a rally in Chinese stocks and Asian peers.

    “While the downside surprises across the economic calendar suggested that growth conditions have clearly worsened, market participants seem willing to ride on optimism” that the Fed may shift to a looser policy stance sooner with easing inflation, Jun Rong Yeap, market strategist at IG Asia said in a note. Japan’s benchmarks dropped while gauges in the Philippines, Malaysia and India rose. Indonesian shares were higher after President Joko Widodo said in his annual budget speech that he aims to narrow next year’s deficit to below 3% of gross domestic product for the first time since 2019.

    Japanese stocks edged lower as investors remained on the lookout for signs of an economic slowdown in the US and China. The Topix Index fell 0.2% to 1,981.96 at the market close in Tokyo, while the Nikkei 225 was virtually unchanged at 28,868.91. SoftBank Group Corp. contributed the most to the Topix’s decline, decreasing 2.6% after Elliot Management sold off almost all of its position in the company. Out of 2,170 stocks in the index, 908 rose and 1,138 fell, while 124 were unchanged. 

    Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.6% to close at 7,105.40, its highest level since June 8. BHP, the largest-weighted stock in the benchmark, was among the top performers Tuesday after its full-year profit exceeded analysts’ expectations. Challenger slumped after announcing a strategic review of Challenger Bank. In New Zealand, the S&P/NZX 50 index rose 0.5% to 11,847.15.

    In FX, the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index advanced a third day as the greenback was steady to higher against all of its Group-of-10 peers. The euro touched an almost two-week low of $1.0125 after German ZEW expecations index came in lower than forecast. Aussie recovered a loss after the Reserve Bank’s August minutes failed to bolster bearish views, only to resume its slide in the European session. Australia’s central bank signaled further interest-rate increases would come in the period ahead, while restating it will be guided by incoming economic data and the inflation outlook. The yen was steady in the Asian session only to slip in the European session. China’s onshore yuan fell to the lowest since May, tracking Monday’s losses in the offshore unit. The nation’s central bank didn’t push back strongly against the currency weakness through its daily reference rate on Tuesday but traders are watching if its stance would change in case the yuan selloff deepens. USD/CNY rose as much as 0.3% to 6.7978, the highest since May 16; USD/CNH falls 0.1% to 6.8113 after surging 1.2% on Monday

    In rates, Treasuries were mixed, pivoting around a near unchanged 10-year sector with the curve flatter as long-end outperforms. Bunds and gilts underperform with the latter following stronger-than-forecast UK wage figures for June. US yields cheaper by up to 2bp across front-end and richer by 1.5bp in long-end of the curve -- 2s10s, 5s30s spreads subsequently flatter by 1.7bp and 2.7bp on the day; 10-year yields around 2.79% and near unchanged, outperforming both bunds and gilts by over 1bp. 

    European bonds fall, with the yield on German 10-year up about 2bps, while gilts 10-year yield rises ~3bps following stronger-than-forecast UK wage figures for June. . Both are trading within Monday’s range. Peripheral spreads are mixed to Germany; Italy and Spain widen, Portugal tightens. Italian 10-year yield rises ~7bps to 3.04%. Australian and New Zealand bonds extended opening gains amid concerns over economic growth. Japanese government bonds rallied as a smooth five-year auction and concerns over global economic slowdown encouraged buying.

    In commodities, WTI traded within Monday’s range when crude futures fell around 5% over the previous two sessions. Besides economic worries, investors are also facing the prospect of rising supply as demand moderates. Libya is pumping more and Iran is edging closer to reviving a nuclear deal that will likely see higher crude flows. On Tuesday, oil reversed recent losses however, and rose more than 1% to over $90 as the prospect of an "imminent" Iranian deal once again faded; Iran responded to the EU's draft nuclear deal and expects a response in the next two days, according to a source cited by ISNA. It was also reported that an adviser to the Iranian negotiating delegation told Al-Jazeera they are not far from an agreement and chances of reaching a nuclear deal are very high. Iran's response to the draft EU JCPOA text will probably fail to satisfy Western parties, particularly the US, according to Iran International; Iran wants further provisions around economic guarantees above the one-year exemption reportedly being offered. Elsewhere, spot gold falls roughly $4 to around $1,775/oz. Base metals are mixed; LME tin falls 1% while LME zinc gains 1.9%.

    Looking to the day ahead, data releases from the US include July’s industrial production, capacity utilization, housing starts and building permits. In the UK, there’s unemployment for June, Germany has the ZEW survey for August and Canada has July’s CPI. Elsewhere, we’ll get earnings releases from Walmart and Home Depot.

    Market Snapshot

    • S&P 500 futures little changed at 4,295.50
    • STOXX Europe 600 up 0.4% to 443.91
    • MXAP down 0.3% to 163.03
    • MXAPJ little changed at 529.75
    • Nikkei little changed at 28,868.91
    • Topix down 0.2% to 1,981.96
    • Hang Seng Index down 1.0% to 19,830.52
    • Shanghai Composite little changed at 3,277.89
    • Sensex up 0.5% to 59,751.63
    • Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.6% to 7,105.39
    • Kospi up 0.2% to 2,533.52
    • German 10Y yield little changed at 0.91%
    • Euro down 0.2% to $1.0140
    • Gold spot down 0.3% to $1,774.93
    • U.S. Dollar Index up 0.18% to 106.74

    Top Overnight News from Bloomberg

    • Tencent-Backed Giants Dive on Report of $24 Billion Meituan Sale
    • Oil Extends Losses on Global Slowdown and Chance of More Supply
    • Babylon Said to Mull Take-Private Not Long After SPAC Deal
    • Chipmakers’ Pandemic Boom Turns to Bust as Recession Looms
    • Apple Lays Off Recruiters as Part of Its Slowdown in Hiring
    • FAA Warns of Monday Evening Delays at NYC Area Airports
    • Wong Says Singapore Must Compromise Over Law on Sex Between Men
    • ‘Broken’ Barclays ETN Soars to 33% Premium With Issuance Halted
    • Trump Executive Weisselberg in Plea Talks to Resolve Tax Case
    • US Congress Pushes Biden Toward Risky Confrontation With China
    • Twitter Must Give Musk Data, Documents From Ex-Product Head
    • Next Singapore PM Warns US, China May ‘Sleepwalk Into Conflict’
    • Apple Sets Return-to-Office Deadline of Sept. 5 After Delays
    • Tiger Global, Yale Cut Stocks Last Quarter as Markets Tumbled
    • Druckenmiller Sold Big Tech in Bear Market as Soros Dove Back In
    • A Century of Fed Crises Holds Secrets to Fight Future Recession
    • Compass Stock Slumps as CEO Reffkin Plots Out More Cost Cuts

    A more detailed look at global markets courtesy of Newsquawk

    Asia-Pac stocks were mostly positive as the region followed suit to the gains on Wall Street but with upside limited as economic slowdown concerns lingered. ASX 200 traded higher amid a deluge of earnings and with the index led by the mining sector including BHP shares after the industry giant reported a record FY underlying net and dividend. Nikkei 225 lacked direction amid the absence of any major fresh macro drivers and alongside a choppy currency. Hang Seng and Shanghai Comp were initially kept afloat by support-related optimism with developers encouraged after reports that China is considering issuing government-guaranteed bonds to provide liquidity to certain developers, while PBoC-backed press noted that China needs additional policy stimulus to increase economic growth. However, the Hang Seng later pulled back ahead of the European open to slip below 20k.

    Top Asian News

    • China's NDRC said macro policies should be strong, reasonable and moderate in expanding demand actively, while it will roll out practical measures to support starting up businesses and job employment, according to Reuters.
    • PBoC-backed Financial News front page report stated that China needs additional policy stimulus to increase economic growth, while Securities Times suggested the recent surprise PBoC rate cut could be the first in a series of measures to stabilise growth.
    • China is to consider issuing government-guaranteed bonds to provide liquidity to certain developers.
    • RBA Minutes from the August 2nd meeting stated the board expects to take further steps in the process of normalising monetary conditions in the months ahead, but is not on a pre-set path and seeks to do this in a way that keeps the economy on an even keel. The minutes also reiterated that members agreed it was appropriate to continue the process of normalising monetary conditions and that inflation was expected to peak later in 2022 and then decline back to the top of the 2%-3% range by the end of 2024.
    • Australian Bureau of Statistics will begin publishing a monthly CPI indicator with the first publication on October 26th to coincide with the release of the quarterly CPI data, while it added that quarterly CPI will continue to be the key measure of inflation.
    • China is reportedly to enhance policy to increase new births, will boost housing support for those with additional children, via Bloomberg.

    European bourses are firmer across the board after a relatively constructive APAC handover, Euro Stoxx 50 +0.4%, though off best levels post-ZEW. US futures are in contained ranges and pivoting the unchanged mark at this point in time, ES -0.2%; HD and WMT in focus. Home Depot Inc (HD) Q1 2023 (USD): EPS 5.05 (exp. 4.94), Revenue 43.79 (exp. 43.36bln); confirms FY22 guidance.

    Top European News

    • Delivery Hero Sees Path to 2023 Profit Powered by Asia Unit
    • Pandora Sells Lab-Grown Diamonds in US as Mined Ones Dropped
    • UK Real Wages are Falling at Their Fastest Pace on Record: Chart
    • Hearing Aid Makers Plunge After Sonova, Demant Cut Guidance
    • DFDS Gains on Guidance Upgrade; RBC Sees Future Growth Potential
    • Turkey Limits Resales of Newly Bought Cars by Dealers


    • DXY breaches last week’s peak as Treasury yields rebound and Yuan weakens further amidst Chinese growth concerns, index up to 106.860 vs 106.810 on August 8, USD/CNY and USD/CNH approach 6.8000 and 6.8200 respectively.
    • Euro stumbles after unexpected deterioration in German ZEW economic sentiment and Pound slips following mixed UK jobs and wage data, EUR/USD down to 1.0125 and Cable low 1.2000 area.
    • Yen and Franc retreat as risk sentiment improves and bonds back off, USD/JPY tops 134.00 and USD/CHF above 0.9500.
    • Kiwi cautious ahead of RBNZ, but Aussie holds up better post-RBA minutes flagging more hikes, NZD/USD eyes bids into 0.6300 and AUD/USD hovers just under 0.7000.
    • Loonie underpinned awaiting Canadian CPI as crude prices stabilise to a degree, USD/CAD straddles 1.2900.

    Fixed Income

    • Debt futures retreat further from Monday's lofty levels in corrective price action and as broad risk sentiment improves.
    • Bunds down to 156.07 having been closer to 157.00, Gilts to 116.52 vs 116.99 earlier and 117+ yesterday, T-notes to 119-19 from almost 120-00.
    • UK 2029 and German 2027 supply snapped up amidst given some yield concession.


    • Crude benchmarks pressure, but off worst levels and well within yesterday's ranges, as the EU receives Iran's response to the JCPOA draft.
    • Initial indications are that a deal is in reach, though, caveats/unknowns remain in focus - particularly the US' response.
    • EIA said US oil output from top shale regions in September is due to increase to the highest since March 2020, according to Reuters.
    • Iran sets September Iranian light crude OSP to Asia at Oman/Dubai + USD 9.50/bbl, via Reuters.
    • Major European zinc smelter (Nyrstar Budel) reportedly to shut due to elevated energy costs, via Bloomberg; will shut as of September 1st.
    • Spot gold under modest pressure as the USD lifts, but still near the 50-DMA while base metals recoup from Monday's data-driven pressure.

    US Event Calendar

    • 08:30: July Housing Starts, est. 1.53m, prior 1.56m
      • July Housing Starts MoM, est. -2.0%, prior -2.0%
      • July Building Permits, est. 1.64m, prior 1.69m, revised 1.7m
      • July Building Permits MoM, est. -3.3%, prior -0.6%, revised 0.1%
    • 09:15: July Industrial Production MoM, est. 0.3%, prior -0.2%
      • July Capacity Utilization, est. 80.2%, prior 80.0%
      • July Manufacturing (SIC) Production, est. 0.3%, prior -0.5%

    DB's Henry Allen concludes the overnight wrap

    Here in the UK we’ve had quite a historic weather spell recently. Last month was the driest July in England since 1935, and a new record temperature just above 40°C was also recorded. But as this dry spell finally comes to an end, there are now weather warnings about thunderstorms over the coming days. My wife and I discovered this to our cost on our evening walk yesterday, when we hadn’t packed an umbrella and got soaked. One thing I hadn’t realised until watching the news the other day was that healthy grass actually absorbs water much quicker than parched grass – I had assumed like humans that the grass that’s been without water for days would drink it up rapidly. So while I’m not paid to give you my bad hunches on how weather works, the risk now is that the water just runs off the hard ground and leads to flooding. Let’s hope we can catch a break from this in the days ahead.

    Markets were also struggling to catch a break yesterday thanks to a succession of disappointing data releases that brought the risks of a recession back into focus. That marks a shift in the dominant narrative over the last couple of weeks, when there had actually been a small but growing hope that central banks might be able to execute a soft landing, not least after the much stronger-than-expected US jobs report for July. But ultimately, a number of leading indicators are still moving in the wrong direction, and yesterday’s releases served as a reminder that hard landings have historically been the norm when starting from a position as unfavourable as the present one.

    In terms of the specifics of those data releases, the more negative tone was set from the outset by the Chinese data we mentioned in yesterday’s edition, which showed that retail sales and industrial production for July had been weaker than expected by the consensus. But we then also got the Empire State manufacturing survey for August, which plunged to -31.3 (vs. 5.0 expected), thus also marking its worst performance since the GFC apart from April and May 2020 during the Covid lockdowns. Lastly, we then had the NAHB’s housing market index for August, which similarly fell to its lowest level since May 2020 at 49 (vs. 54 expected). That marked its 8th consecutive move lower, which comes against the backdrop of one of the most aggressive Fed tightening cycles in decades, with housing one of the most sensitive sectors to rate hikes.

    Growing fears of a slowdown led to a decent risk-off move across multiple asset classes, but one of the places that was most evident was in oil prices, where both Brent crude (-3.11%) and WTI (-2.91%) underwent sizeable declines on the day. In fact on an intraday basis, Brent crude traded at $92.78 per barrel at its lows, which exactly matches its previous intraday low on August 5, and prior to that you’ve got to go back before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February for the last time that oil prices were trading lower. That decline in oil prices was offered further support by the latest developments on the Iran nuclear deal, where Iran sent its response to the European Union’s proposed text to revive the deal. While the specific contents of the response are unknown, it’s been reported by the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency that Iran expects a response back from the EU within the next two days, so there could be tangible progress this week. Furthermore, Iran’s foreign minister said that an agreement with the US could be reached in the coming days. That trend towards weaker oil prices has continued this morning as well, with Brent crude down a further -0.87% at $94.27/bbl, and WTI down -0.62% at $88.86/bbl.

    Whilst oil prices fell back yesterday, the seemingly inexorable move higher in European natural gas continued, with futures up +6.79% on the day to €220 per megawatt-hour, which is just shy of their March peak at €227. Prices have been bolstered by the latest European heatwave, which has seen rivers dry up and caused issues with fuel transportation, further compounding the continent’s existing woes on the energy side. That gloomy backdrop saw Germany’s government announce a levy of an extra 2.419 euro cents per kilowatt hour for natural gas, which comes as policymakers are hoping that measures to reduce demand will help the continent get through the winter. Meanwhile, German and French power prices for next year rose to fresh records yesterday, rising +3.67% and +3.24% respectively.

    In light of the decline in oil prices and the more general risk-off tone, sovereign bonds rallied on both sides of the Atlantic yesterday, and yields on 10yr Treasuries came down -4.3bps to 2.79%. Inflation breakevens led the bulk of that decline amidst the moves lower in commodity prices, with the 10yr breakeven down by -2.9bps, whilst the 2s10s curve (+2.1bps) remained firmly in inversion territory at -40.0bps, even as it underwent a modest steepening. For Europe there were even larger declines in yields yesterday, with those on 10yr bunds (-8.8bps), OATs (-8.1bps) and BTPs (-6.5bps) all moving lower on the day, which came as investors moved to price in a less aggressive ECB hiking cycle over the coming months, with the June 2023 implied rate down by -9.9bps on the day. In overnight trading, yields on 10yr USTs (-0.9bps) have posted a further decline to 2.78% as we write.

    One asset class that didn’t fit this pattern so well were equities yesterday, as they pared back their earlier losses to move higher on the day, building on a run of 4 consecutive weekly moves higher. In the US, the S&P had opened -0.54% lower, but reversed course to end the session up +0.40%, which brings its advances from its recent low in mid-June to more than +17% now. It was a fairly broad-based advance across sectors, and the NASDAQ posted a similar +0.62% gain as well, whilst in Europe, the STOXX 600 (+0.34%) also strengthened in the afternoon to post a 4th consecutive daily advance.

    Those moves in US and European equities have been echoed in Asia this morning, with the Hang Seng (+0.12%), Shanghai Composite (+0.24%), CSI (+0.13%) and the Kospi (+0.31%) all edging higher in early trade. The main exception is the Nikkei (-0.08%), which has lost ground modestly after reaching a 7-month high in the previous session. That said, there are signs that equities may be losing momentum as well this morning, with futures on the S&P 500 (-0.12%) and the NASDAQ 100 (-0.12%) both pointing lower following their strong run of gains recently.

    To the day ahead now, and data releases from the US include July’s industrial production, capacity utilisation, housing starts and building permits. In the UK, there’s unemployment for June, Germany has the ZEW survey for August and Canada has July’s CPI. Elsewhere, we’ll get earnings releases from Walmart and Home Depot.

    Tyler Durden Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:20
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  45. Site: Novus Motus Liturgicus
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    The Church has always seen the need for art as part of the communication and sustenance of the Faith. The Seventh Ecumenical Council which closed in 787AD did not simply permit the use of images, rather it mandated the veneration of images of Christ, Our Lady, and the Saints as an essential aspect of devotional prayer and worship, where appropriate, of the prototypes that the images depict.

    Every Catholic church therefore must have images that inspire in the faithful right worship and devotion. Such images will not only have the right content - what they portray - but also must portray that content in the right way - how it is portrayed. The style of the art is just as important as the content, in that it enables the artist who understands what he is doing to convey both visible and invisible realities through his painting.

    The visible realities are conveyed by conformity to natural appearances. Put simply, we know that we are looking at a painting of Jesus because it looks like what we all believe Jesus to have looked like, as handed on to us through tradition. 

    In a past post entitled The Fallacy that Christian Art Generally Portrays Christ as a Northern European Man, I discuss this last point in more detail.

    The invisible realities are conveyed by partial abstractions - slight deviations from natural appearances that are introduced by the artist in such a way that we perceive truths about that person that appearances alone could not convey. For example, a man has an invisible and immortal soul. It is the ways in which the artist deviates from a strict naturalism that a skilled artist can communicate to the viewer that this person is alive and possess a soul, and is not simply a model that is identical to a man in every visible detail.

    The precise way the artist deviates from strict naturalism gives him or her a distinctive and recognizable artistic style. We recognize a Fra Angelico, not by his adherence to natural appearances, but by the way he consistently deviates from them. Further, we recognize Fra Angelico as a great Christian artist because tradition has judged his stylistic vocabulary to comprise a partial abstraction that abstracts, i.e. “draws out”, and hence reveals, even greater truths than mere naturalistic appearances alone could portray. This is why, for example, the modern style of photorealism or the 19th-century realism of artists such as Bouguereau are not considered authentically Christian. They are too naturalistic.

    Similarly, this partial abstraction can be done well or badly. Consider, for example, the work of Picasso. His works were a deliberate distortion of naturalistic appearances, originally inspired by traditional west African artistic styles. He wished to portray man as the innocent noble savage, uncorrupted (as he saw it) by a society of Christian values. This Romantic anthropology, which originated with Rousseau in the 18th century, manifests itself in Picasso as both a false (and not to mention highly patronizing) view of west African society and culture, and of Christian society and culture.

    Given what Picasso was setting out to do, we should be highly suspicious of any attempt to portray Christian subjects in his style, or those that are consistently wrong in their anthropology. A painting of the Crucifixion in, say, a 20th-century expressionistic style will very likely have within it an inbuilt contradiction. The content might speak of Christ, but style speaks directly against it by design. To admit such works into our churches is to risk undermining the Faith. Picasso himself painted a Crucifixion which is so distorted that it is just about unrecognizable, and one should not be surprised that an avowed atheist should be so disrespectful of the subject. However, we see also what is to my eye a grave distortion of the 16th-century Isenheim altarpiece - or at the very least a significant departure from the Christian tradition - in the expressionistic style of the crucifixion painted in 1946 by the British artist Graham Sutherland. Sutherland was a convert to Catholicism, and so was presumably sincere in trying to portray the Christian message. This ignorance goes all the way to the top - a version of Sutherland’s Crucifixion is held in the Vatican Museum.

    The reason that such works of art do make it, and so often in the recent period, into our churches, is that so few artists or those who commission their work, even committed Catholics, understand Christian traditions of art and, most especially how both style and content can work either for against the Gospel. There are some who hate the Faith and seek deliberately to use art to undermine the Church. However, they would not get very far if everyone else understood the traditional ways in which Christian traditions in art balanced naturalism and idealism so as to convey the mysteries of the Faith.

    There is a need, therefore, for the re-establishment of the principles of a traditional Christian approach to the formation of taste and artistic skill. The essential elements of such a formation are as follows:

    First, the observation of natural appearances, and the study, with explanation leading to understanding, of past works of great Masters. For those who wish to learn to draw and paint, this would involve copying nature and past Masters from a canon of works. The choice of Old Masters copied by artists in their training dictates the natural style of the artist. So while there is always a distinctive individual component as well, those who want to paint icons should copy lots of icons, and those who want to paint in the Baroque style should copy many examples of 17th-century Baroque art.

    Second is the study of the mathematics of beauty. This is the traditional mathematical system of visual harmony and proportion that informed art and architecture prior to the 20th century. It comes from the study of musical harmony, the beauty of the cosmos, and the numerical patterns and symmetries that exist within the isolated world of mathematics itself. The figures most commonly given credit for Christianizing this field of study are St Augustine and Boethius.

    And third is a general Christian inculturation and spiritual formation. This would involve not only the study of the Faith and Christian culture, but, for the greatest effect, a living of the Christian life according to this pattern. It would not have been so necessary to teach this in the classroom in the past. Artist would have been immersed in a Christian culture in which the very pattern of Christian living impressed itself onto the hearts of the faithful. Even those who rejected the Faith could not but help but reflect unconsciously aspects of a Christian culture in what they did. Today we are not so fortunate, and are at a point where even Catholic artists require such a formation.

    Someone who went through such training would immediately understand why this 12th-century crucifixion, the San Damiano Crucifixion in Assisi, looks as it does. Every aspect of this style is carefully worked out to portray someone suffering as man, but immune to suffering as God.

    The San Damiano Crucifixion; this version is painted by the author.
    If we look at mainstream art schools at our modern universities, I cannot name one that offers such training. In fact, most have abandoned every single element described above. Even where the skills of drawing and painting are taught at all, it is rare that they be taught at the level that one would have expected 200 years ago. Most do not even acknowledge beauty as a property of being, and so most faculty at such schools would not even be aware that mathematics of beauty exists.

    Finally, most not only do not offer a Christian inculturation, but also enforce an anti-Christian inculturation. This will be either a modern twist on the Romantic worldview that emphasizes any subjectivity and emotion, provided that it does not coincide with a Christian worldview, which is generally forbidden, or more commonly nowadays, an explicitly anti-Christian, anti-Western formation in which the neo-Marxist theories of Critical Race Theory dominates. Art departments, next perhaps to the English literature departments in our modern universities, are the most aggressive in pushing this propaganda and excluding people who dissent from their orthodoxy.

    One thing is certain: I would not willingly send any children to any of our modern universities to study art. They will almost certainly be expelled for failing to conform or emerge as radical revolutionary Marxists.

    This article first appeared in Angelus Magazine.
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    Republicans Cannot Comprehend What They Are Up Against

    The Republicans keep warning their enemy that his rank and file are telling on him, thus giving their enemy more incentive to complete their putsch and seize power.


  49. Site: PaulCraigRoberts.org
    4 hours 39 min ago
    Author: pcr3

    How Taliban Stormed Across Afghanistan, Smashing NATO-Trained Army in Ten Days

    Washington has not won a war since 1898 against feeble Spain.
    Washington will never again win a war except its war against the American people. The dumbshit Americans will aid and abet the war against themselves.


  50. Site: PaulCraigRoberts.org
    4 hours 41 min ago
    Author: pcr3

    Ukraine’s Finance Minister Reports Problems Finding Cash to Pay Troops Despite West’s Aid Bonanza

    The reason is that Zelensky and his gang of Nazi cutthroats have stolen all the money the dumbshit West gave them.



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