Sweet Promise and Rank Propaganda

If you missed Sr. Lisa Doty talking about talking in Church, do check her out, and while you’re over at the portal, do yourself a favor and avail yourself of some thoughts on promises and propaganda.

First, read Max Lindenman — typically sharp, sweet and funny — On Dating Nice Catholic Girls:

Annie Proulx once ascribed to a crippled ex-rodeo cowboy “a carved-wood quietude common among people who had been a long time without sex, out of the commerce of the world.” That’s it: the visible sign of an invisible buzzless-ness.

I was approaching carved-wood status, though not quietly, when I met—really met—my first nice Catholic girl. It was at a vocational discernment retreat. I was standing on the monastery porch, peering through the French doors toward the living room, wondering whether I should bolt now and apologize later, or vice-versa. I heard tires on gravel. Turning, I saw a girl step out of a Honda wearing a tight pair of jeans. They were not, I hasten to add, skinny jeans; they were cut ’80s-style, high at the waist.

When the girl faced me, I saw that her glasses, too, were cut in the style of the Reagan Revolution: square, in every sense. But her legs—timeless. Perhaps her ensemble seems to spell out a mixed message? Not for me. I read: I am beautiful, but either don’t know, or don’t care.

Why, you could be my vocation, I thought, as she skipped past me, smiling.

This may become your favorite read of the week, and the one you want to send to your kids, your nieces and nephews.

You might also want to send them Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s third Luciferian Lesson from the demon professor Slubgrip: on Pop-Culture as Propaganda :

This is not what we want. Instead the poor nincompoops must be given an image not of reality, but of some idealized future that they might one day attain. This is what we call propaganda. Through images, speeches, plays and entertainment and music, literature, and every kind of communication possible we build up in their minds a beautiful world that they want to attain.

Of course they will never attain such an idealized future because it was only ever manufactured by us to start with. It never did exist, never will exist because it never can exist because it was never real. If you turn to pages fifty-seven through sixty-nine in your textbooks you will see some examples of our most successful campaigns in the past.

Better yet, buy them The Gargoyle Code for Lent!

Also, if you’re still feeling Hollywoody because of lastnight’s overlong show, and if you like Edward G. Robinson (and I know you do) read Joseph Susanka on Scarlet Street; Film Noir Loves a Telltale Heart. A movie that might have its own Lenten undertones!

Santiago Ramos on The King’s Speech

Completely unrelated: hope for those of us stuck with ugly churches

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Brian Cook

    I just came across this. Would you consider this to be rank propaganda? Perhaps Johnson is distorting Lopez’s column, but I’d like to know how.

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/38163_Shock!_Kathryn_Lopez_Wants_to_Turn_Back_the_Clock

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Whose propaganda are you talking about, here, Brian? Lopez’s, or Johnson’s?

    Johnson himself is extremely far left, and not the most reliable commentator on anything. H’es extremely hostile towards social conservatives, Christians and anyone who disagrees with him. As for Lopez, it doesn’t seem like propaganda, so much as expressing her opinion on the current state of affairs between men and women, and the long term effects of birth control. You can disagree with it, but propaganda seems a bit extreme.

  • Brian Cook

    I should have been clearer. I meant Johnson. I did recently detect a very biased coverage of the Mother Church (for example, neglecting to bring up the hierarchy’s side of the story on recently revealed documents on sexual abuse). Yes, I am beginning to doubt his reliability.

  • Brian Cook

    I should have been clearer. I meant Johnson. I did recently detect a very biased coverage of the Mother Church (for example, neglecting to bring up the hierarchy’s side of the story on recently revealed documents on sexual abuse). Yes, I am beginning to doubt his reliability.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Oh, Johnson’s reliability tanked a long time ago! I suggest you just ignore him. He has a bee in his lizardoid bonnet about Republicans and conservatives, and religous people, as you can see by his comments on Lopez’s article: Conservatives want women barefoot and pregnant, back in the kitchen! Republican war on women, etc. You don’t even have to agree with Lopez, to find that a bit, um—off the wall.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    And he definitely has a thing against the church.

    He thrives on attention; best he doesn’t get too much of it.

  • Joseph Marshall

    I certainly would agree that the Texas cathedral is quite beautiful.

  • Ky Catholic

    I used to like Charles Johnson very much. He was a breath of fresh air, but a couple of years ago, he did a total 180 and got…..weird. Very weird indeed. I ignore him now.