Sunday, August 7, 2005

MH - New Additions to Blog Links

It's been awhile since we've updated the blogroll, so I thought I'd call your attention to a couple of new additions that we've been tracking for awhile here.

The New Liturgical Movement - according to their subheading, they're "Dedicated to promoting the New Liturgical Movement called for by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in all the sacred arts and in the unity of legitimate liturgical diversity." As readers of this blog know, that kind of thing is right up my alley. Some familiar names are contributors to this blog, including Matthew from Shrine of the Holy Whapping, and Fr. Peter Stravinskas, author of the popular Catholic Answer Book series.

Then there's Musum Pontificalis, "the pope's blog" - or at least what the pope's blog might look like if he had one. Equal measures of outrageousness and truth, as the best satire often is. It reminds me of the very funny "Letter From Al" that used to appear during the Clinton years in National Review. Take this hilarious excerpt from a recent post, for example, dealing with the pope's recent encounter with spyware:

You see, dear children, your Papa was unwittingly operating contrary to the principles laid out in the encyclical by Pope Leo XIII of happy memory, Rerum Novarum. In using the browser that came packaged with my computer’s operating system, I was supporting the efforts of a monopoly bent on dictating the market and denying computer programmers their dignity to create and market superior products that will benefit all of society, especially the poor.

As is so often the case with issues of social injustice, you can find Relativism in operation behind the scenes. Considering the web browser issue, the relativist would say the common good is defined by whoever controls the market. To them, the only operating principle is the power to control, and there are no principles directing the means to gain that control.

The resulting consequences are price gouging, lack of innovation, inconsistently applied standards and their forfeiting of security in order to maintain their dual monopoly in the market place.

For this reason, Fr. Norbert is going to install something called Firefox. He informs me that it will change the way I browse forever. He has also assured me that it is the product of benevolent individuals working for the common good, rather than the fruits of a monopoly or some socialist utopian scheme thought up by some Jesuits.

Done laughing yet? (I don't think this humor is restricted to Distributionists). Check out the site for more!

And then there's The Roamin' Roman, by the author of Veritatis Splendor (fellow Minnesotan!), who will be spending the next year studying in Rome. This promises to be a fascinating account of what's going on in Europe, along with the insightful commentary that I've really come to enjoy from Veritatis Splendor.

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