2010 Predictions? – UPDATED

Regular readers know I have made some predictions in the past that have panned out (“…when Mrs. Clinton, in her ongoing effort to turn herself into whatever the polls says she must be, cries in public. It’s going to be genuinely ghastly.”) and some that have panned out and then flamed out.

I’m lousy at making formal predictions, but on the fly I can sometimes -in the process of reasoning- come up with something halfway credible. Others are better at it than I.

Over at Inside Catholic, there are making predictions, so are some of the folks at National Review, and you can find some sporting predictions here.

Given that nobody knows nuthin’ and people seldom remember these foolish guesses, I’ll toss out a few which will likely add up to: more of the same, only worse.

Up In the Air will win all sorts of awards and Americans will become seriously, strenuously vocal about their dissatisfaction with the job market.

Unemployment numbers will fall in the spring of 2010, due to temporary hiring of census workers. A family member predicts a “W” shaped recession, though.

The MSM will continue to prop up and strenuously defend Barack Obama because they have no choice; they shot their wad of credibility in getting him elected, so he will continue to be the most brilliant and gifted politician ever to sit in the Oval Office, albeit one who is hampered by poor advisors, a corrupt congress and the past and continued existence of George W. Bush.

Terrorism will be on the rise throughout 2010.

Within the press and the DC Beltway, blame for this will not fall -as one might expect- on the president who has scraped, bowed and apologized the world over on behalf of America, dissed its allies and made a big show of “talking” and “reaching out” to people who have admitted that they make distinctions based on what they perceive to be “strong” and “weak” horse-nations. Within the press and the DC Beltway -with few exceptions- blame for any terror attacks will either be shared with the Bush administration or will fall exclusively at the feet of George W. Bush. It simply must be, you understand.

Michelle Obama’s approval ratings will out-poll her husband’s.

IF that happens, Hillary Clinton will resign as Secretary of State and take up a humanitarian post as she begins to weigh another run for the presidency. She will be encouraged in this by polls indicating that many Dems, most Independents and even some Republicans would prefer her presidency to Obama’s.

Also, if that happens: Barack Obama will find that he rather likes being a bit of a hawk on terrorism -that going hawk wins him the approval of a majority of Americans and outweighs the sneers of the far-left- and that since every difficulty can be safely blamed on Bush, his political risk is almost nil.

Just in time for the 2010 election, the Illegal Immigration issue will heat up. A.N.S.W.E.R. will break out the Mexican flags and get the parades going, again, and many Americans on the right will become utterly inflamed again. The issue will be used to split and discourage the right, as it did in 2006, and then the flags will be packed away once more. Whether anything will ever actually be done to reform the INS is up for grabs, but I can predict with certainty that no one will take seriously my suggestion that a sort of “Ellis Island West” be created along the California/Arizona/New Mexico borders in order to help get peaceful, productive but undocumented workers onto the tax rolls, streamline the immigration process and enhance border security at the same time. I don’t know what to do about the Canadian border, though. Or Montauk. Good thing no one listens to me, anyway.

On the Catholic front: Look for an increase in Mass attendance, in the extraordinary form, and more women wearing headcoverings or hats at worship. Some Catholics are going to become “more” Catholic and other Catholics will begin to talk up the idea of an “American” Catholic Church that looks a lot like the Church of England.

A surprising number of Catholics, not inclined toward Latin, but wearying of the Novus Ordo will be sampling Roman Catholic worship in the Anglican Rite and liking it, very much. Expect to see crossover movement between newly-received Anglicans and “cradle Catholics.

Catholic Liturgy itself will be in flux, both because of the Anglican Rite and because the new translations to the Novus Ordo will finally be released and put into liturgical use, amid cries of doom and gloom from the more “progressive” side of the church, which will see them as regressive, others will see them as a welcome correction, and people will adapt to them, as they managed to adapt twice after the Second Vatican Council.

The Liturgy of the Hours,, whether in long form, slightly shorter form or in its shortest form will continue to be embraced with enthusiasm among the Christian Laity, and will become even more popular. It must. It is too wonderful, and too instructive, and people of faith are going to need the comfort and discipline of the prayer.

Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life will continue to grow, around the world and in the Midwest and Southern parts of the United States.

Venerable Popes John Paul II, Pius XII (and perhaps Bl. Pope John XXIII and Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity and Bl. Teresa of Calcutta), will all see their causes for canonization advance to their next respective steps. I’m also thinking we’ll see movement on Ven. Pierre Toussaint, and Ven. Solanus Casey, and perhaps see the introduction of the cause for the mighty Cardinal, John Joseph O’ Connor.

I would like to say we’ll see movement on our dear Bl. PierGiorgio Frassati, as well, but I think it’s unlikely in 2010.

Atheism will continue to grow as a “movement” within the United States and Europe, with some adherents displaying an almost Evangelistic fervor. The Church of Global Warming, however, may lose a few members.

This young filmmaker of great promise will get discovered, this year.

Labor will lose in a big UK election. Or not. What do I know?

Webster Bull
will continue to disrespect my Yankees, and this battle will rage even in heaven!

Deacon Greg: Is going to get a book contract for a collection of his homilies.

Oh, and Blogs Lucianne Loves will have a big weekend, this weekend!

How about you guys make some predictions for 2010? I only ask that you keep it non-violent.

Off-Topic Thank You to Mary’s Aggies, for the compliment. How about some other year-end links?

Don Surber has an End of Year Post naming his choice for Man of the Year.

Jules Crittenden: Looks back in anger

Michelle Malkin: Looks at her hate mail for 2009 – CONTENT WARNING. If you can’t handle bad language, don’t read it.

Catholic Culture lists Five Positives for the church.

Reason Magazine: Best and Worst of the Decade

AJ Strata: Ever vigilant, has an extensive post up suggesting that the Christmas terror attack succeeded for reasons other than pure incompetence.

Rush Limbaugh: Hope he gets well soon. Ed Morrissey has the best piece up.

NY Yankees: Best Of

Insty on wry

Nine big stories: The MSM totally missed or ignored

Also venturing out to make predictions:
Little Miss Attila, who is rather funny.

Cassy Fiano: has a roundup

Doug Ross: Makes his first prediction

Nice Deb: Not happy

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • http://yank-rbkc.blogspot.com Anthony

    I agree about the Anglican rite. As an American recently moved to London, the pastor of my church is an Anglican convert and the Mass and music is heavily influenced by his high church Anglo-Catholic upbrining. I was at a Christmas sing along on Christmas Eve that was run by one of the local Anglican parishes.

    Say what you want about the Anglicans, but the high church Anglicans have a spirituality that we Catholics could well emulate.

    As for the election, I personally think Cameron has blown it and baring any major disaster between now and the election, Labour may squeak in a mirror of 1992. Alternatively, the Tories may win a very narrow majority (or even a minoirty government) that lasts 1 year and a new Labour leader wins the next election.

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  • dry valleys

    I hope you’re right about Britain, seriously. With each day that goes by I become more anti-government, more enraged at their kneejerk authoritarianism & spending on ill thought our projects… really more anti-statist & dare I say “libertarian”. So people have actually said to me that I sound as if I’ll be supporting Camoron given how often I rail against Brown & the particular way I do it. But given the vagaries of the electoral system, based on whoever gets a parliamentary majority forming the government, it won’t matter who I vote for as Labour always win this seat due to it being heavily working-class. (Also the local MP is widely respected, including by me, but I vote for third parties such as the Liberal Democrats because while I’d support her personally in another world but I don’t want the government being propped up).

    Yes, I do think Camoron would be something of an improvement but not much of one. Be prepared, also, for him not to last very long. But it’s a testimony to this government that I’m prepared to greet a right-wing party with something other than morbid opposition, eh? You wouldn’t catch me being so “positive” about Republicans.

    RE: Anthony’s comments, due also to the electoral system being what it is, Camoron has to gain a massive surge in support & bitter hostility to Labour before victory can be his- they say he needs something like a 10% lead.

    As for immigration. You’re really leaving it too late in my view, as in decades too late. I dissent from other leftists as I consider their pro-immigration stance not to be reality-based. But then, weren’t Bush & McCain both in favour of a relaxed regime? It should, in my view, have been dealt with. But so long as the left want immigrants to vote for them & the right want immigrants to work for them the antis will get ignored.

    I have no particular predictions to make, but something does tell me that after a few grim years we’ll be slightly better off at the end of the decade than we have been for a bit. Pessimism was never really my way of doing things.

  • http://pitofuzzi.blogspot.com Andy

    The situation appears out of Obama’s control who should go on worsening his ratings,keeping the dems on the defensive

  • Fuquay Steve

    My prediction for next year is the same as last – The Lord is in charge and His will be done. Mercy and forgiveness will abound and light will be shone. Human reactions to the events will vary.

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  • Joe

    Dear “A”

    Will the be changes in the transaltions to the Novus Ordo affect the Liturgy of the Hours as well?

    Will we need to get a “new” LOH?


    [I haven't read anything about the LOTH - I think the new translations are simply for the NO. And I spent a fortune on my LOTH, it won't be replaced soon, regardless...but I'm pretty sure we're in good shape, there -admin]

  • Jim Hicks

    I hope the Anglican Rite Catholic Use catches on here in the States. I loved the time I spent in a Anglo-Catholic church in Philadelphia, which used the Tridentine Mass, the Rosary and daily Even Song. I have joined my wife in the Orthodox church, but since it is affiliated with the OCA, there are issues. At some points most days, I listen to a web stream from an Anglican Use parish in Texas which runs a music station called Radio Walsingham. Our Lady of Walsingham is an English appearance of our Holy Mother, who is honored by the Romans, the Anglicans and the Orthodox! This web site includes music from all three Catholic traditions and makes for great listening.

    The British need for the Conservatives to regain their footing. But I share the view that if they do win, it will be a very short term government. I expect the Queen to be busy in the coming year with new prime ministers.

    I agree that the Litergy of the Hours needs to become more common among the Catholic Laity (and among the clergy!). But I am seeing something else that is interesting. I belong to both an Anglican Breviary and Roman Breviary group. The Anglican Breviary is simply the Roman version aligned to the traditional Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Both groups are experiencing tremendous growth. There is a hunger out there that is not being met by the modern language in the LOTH. Just as the traditional form of the Mass is making a comeback, so is the traditional Daily Office making a comeback. I expect to see more of that in the coming year. (I also expect us to elect a Republican Congress, but I digress!) I am also meeting people who are learning Latin just so they can pray the Roman Daily Office in that language. The yearning for the traditional faith practices is showing itself more and more. In addition, I belong to a LOTH group. That group has very little activity.

    Although I will vote for the Republican candidate in 2012, I do expect Mrs. Clinton to be the Democrat candidate for President.

    [I am also seeing the LOTH being picked up by non-Catholics. I know a Methodist who prays it, and two Presbyterians. And a Baptist fellow, but he's a different sort of Baptist, I think. Runs his own way. -admin]

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  • Gordon Savage

    My predictions:

    *As domestic terrorism continues to flourish and outrage about the KSM trial among New Yorkers reaches toxic levels, the President will say that our intelligence community has uncovered the existence of a real and credible terrorist threat to justify moving the trial to Guantanamo. The specifics of the threat will remain “classified.” This will give him the excuse he needs to keep Guantanamo open and a way out of the most foolish decision of his administration (a high bar indeed).

    Or not, and the KSM trial will be a daily fiasco that will do for Obama what the Iran hostage crisis did for Jimmy Carter.

    *Polling will not catch the depth of the American electorate’s outrage. Democrats lose 75 in the house, 11 in the Senate. MSM will spin this as denunciation of the politics of the past decade, that is, of George W. Bush. Chris Matthews will weep that America just isn’t good enough for Obama.

    *Obama’s delayed reactions to crises will continue and get longer, more enigmatic. Speculation begins that he suffers from depression. Keith Olberman will assure us that this is just the price he must pay for “bearing the sins of the world.” Obama will turn strangely upbeat when the Republicans regain the Congress, since he will be freed from the burden of leadership. His golf game will improve dramatically.

  • http://withouthavingseen.blogspot.com Ryan Haber


    I wonder why you believe Bl. Pier Giorgio’s case will not advance.

    On the New Order of the Mass…

    I do not see it going anywhere. I do see, over the next two years or so, an slight-moderate increase in the use of Tridentine liturgy among Latin Rite priests. This will, over several years, provide an outlet for folks who are tired of the “Good morning, folks!” feel at Mass, and also apply gentle pressure to priests to be more reverent at Mass. The lack of reverence is the problem – not the new liturgy itself. At Mount St. Mary’s, where I attended seminary for several years, it was conducted smoothly and elegantly, with a deep reverence and prayerfulness. Nobody sane could have objected. The translation (what we have now is not so much a translation as a paraphrase) of the liturgy will also add this, because just saying words like the dreaded “ineffable” causes one to speak more seriously.

    I *doubt* that Latin is going to replace, or should replace, English any time soon. The simple fact is that English is the new Latin, the new international trade language. When Latin was introduced into the liturgy, and then became the language of liturgy in Rome, around the early AD 300s, it was because of the mass conversions of people, most of whom knew little Greek. It must have distressed the purists, but the Church was more interested in catechizing the little people who struggled even with Latin, let alone elegant, lofty-sounding Greek. The same pattern repeats at numerous times in Church history with the introduction of Slavonic and even Uigur (!) translations.

    While in seminary I wrote a paper on the topic, and you can read it here. My prof, a rather traditional, dual-ritual (Latin and Byzantine) priest who was a convert from Lutheranism by way of Anglicanism, thought it was excellent.

    Lastly, I do not think there is anything inelegant about the New Order. I am comfortable with Latin, and think the Latin of the NO very elegant, simple, and clear. It is like drinking cool water on a hot, dry day. The English “translation” (paraphrasing) and accompanying nonsense are the problems.

    Those, please God, will continue to recede during 2010 into smaller and more irritated little enclaves of dying off babyboomers and a few young hipsters that they’ve “educated” (mostly at Jesuit schools like my beloved alma mater, lolol).

    Lastly, I agree with the Anchoress’s predictions about Obama. Except that I believe the media will get more willing to critique him – they already are. The media are essentially followers. Idiots always follow. The media is desperate for their jobs and they will say what they think people want to hear. And people are just gonna get more and more tired of O.

    [ I simply think Pier Giorgio's case won't advance THIS year. People are only just coming to know him, and I think even if there is a miracle that can be attributed to him, nothing firm will happen THIS year. -admin]

  • Katie

    Oh, I’m glad you mentioned the head-coverings thing again, since I thought of you and the subject over Christmas. I’m Lutheran, so growing up, we never talked about these things (too Catholic, dontcha know? :) Except it’s…in the Bible…)

    Well, anyway, I really enjoy reading your blog, and find especially your religious posts extremely interesting, helpful, and faithful. I’ve been intrigued by your experimentation with head coverings, if for no other reason than that I’m kind of an introvert and I don’t like people looking at me in my vulnerabilities, which prayer definitely is. So last Saturday night I was at church with my parents, and during the prayers of intercession I folded my hands and sort of leaned forward in my seat. Quite without any intention, my longish-hair fell forward, all in front of my face and around my whole head, and created a nice, quiet, private space for me to pray. Afterwards, I immediately thought of you and how helpful you’ve found head-coverings to be. I may be trying them out in the new year…

    Blessings to you and your family!

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    A family member predicts a “W” shaped recession, though.

    Probably more like a backwards N.

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  • grace

    Reverence is only a part of the problem.
    Latin is not the issue.
    We have lost our Catholic Tradition after Vatican II.
    We were robbed. The Lord is at work restoring His Church.
    The problem was and is rebellion.
    This disobedience to the teachings of the pre- Vatican II Popes, who warned the faithful about the dangers of Modernism, is apart of the this New Order.
    Today, the real problem is ignorance of what the True Church is and/or Pastors and Catholics who have grown too comfortable in these errors.

  • Andre

    Does this site ever print anything positive? Everything is gloom and doom. So negative! What’s up with that?

  • Nancy W

    Isn’t it interesting that the same problem we are having in the U.S. with two generations not knowing the true story of the Constitution and our Founding Fathers is eerily familiar to the loss of reverence and ignorance of our Catholic tradition.

    I don’t like saying this, but the baby boom generation sure did a number on this Nation and in a lot of ways the World. I’m a 1964′er…ala Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, etc. That’s the most interesting part of this. The youngsters have learned and absorbed so much more than the older members of the Boomers. We know that what they tried did not work too well and we don’t like it.

  • Nancy W

    To The Anchoress….thanks for your blog. I am grateful for it every day. God bless you and your family. Happy New Year!

  • Dr. Bob

    My prediction for the political scene is for the MainStream Media to continue their sickeningly sweet support of President Obama. He’s their guy and they won’t admit that they bet on the wrong horse. They and Obama will continue to blame the Bush administration for everything bad in an attempt to avoid accountability. That’s very similar to what the Anchoress has predicted.

    I’m going farther and predicting that the majority of the American population will not “buy the lie” and will not be fooled by this. The MSM will continue to lose credibility and readers/viewers resulting in a major newspaper being forced into bankruptcy.

    I think that Obama’s approval ratings will improve slightly over the next year unless a major terrorist attack occurs on US soil, but the will not significantly change how Obama does business.

    I give the healthcare bill a 50/50 chance of passing – the differences between the Senate bill and the House bill will not be able to be bridged and there is not enough thuggery by Pelosi and Reid to overcome the survival instincts of moderate Democrats.

    If the healthcare bill passes and is signed into law in any form, heads will justifiably roll in November. The odds for the Republicans taking over the house are 50/50 if it passes. Senator Reid may end up as Ambassador to Outer Mongolia.

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  • dymphna

    I never cared for Pierre Tousaint.

  • http://jscafenette.com Jeanette

    My New Year’s resolution this year is to draw myself closer to Jesus. It is I who drifts and Jesus is always right beside me. So, more Bible study and more prayer time to just praise God and not make out a wish list in store for me this year.

    Pray I can keep that resolution with the help of the Holy Spirit.

  • SKay

    If the healthcare bill does indeed pass–and it probably will since this is not really about healthcare–we will be paying for abortion with taxpayer money even though it has to come in through the back door or side window. The abortion groups have been strangely quiet-so I think they have been assured that their wishes will be granted at some point.
    Of course abortion is not the only horror in this bill they are trying to hide until it is too late.

  • Fuquay Steve

    I predict The Anchoress will provide thought provoking and inspirational comments on faith and politics throughout the year! Unfortunately there will be no new podcasts – sigh.

    [Once my routine gets back to normal, I may be able to rescue the podcasts - admin]

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  • http://semperjase.com Jason

    I put my predictions here:

  • CBI

    [Hillary Clinton] will be encouraged in this by polls indicating that many Dems, most Independents and even some Republicans would prefer her presidency to Obama’s.

    Do you know of any Republicans who would not prefer Ms. Clinton to our current Dear Leader?

  • Elaine

    I predict (as I did on another blog) that at least one prominent pro-abortion “Catholic” politician will be publicly banned from receiving Communion — perhaps even formally excommunicated — by his or her bishop. This issue seems to be coming to a head and building to a point where at least one bishop will conclude that he has no choice but to act.

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