I have a very begrudging respect for Camille Paglia. I disagree with most of what she holds, but I admire her writing and her bluntness. I’m especially fond of how she calls out the cheerleaders of stupid brands of feminism (most of them).
More about Paglia and Moses in a bit.
Today, 4 September, is the feast of St. Moses, lawgiver and prophet in the Old Testament.
Many people do not realize that may Old Testament figures are considered by Holy Mother Church to be saints. Many of them are listed in editions of the Roman Martyrology, both pre-Conciliar and post.
Here is today’s entry for Moses.
1. Commemoratio sancti Moysis, prophetae, quem Deus elegit, ut populum in Aegypto oppressum liberaret et in terram promissionis adduceret; cui etiam in monte Sina sese revelavit dicens: “Ego sum qui sum”, atque legem proposuit, quae vitam populi electi regeret. Ille servus Dei in monte Nebo terrae Moab coram terra promissionis plenus dierum obiit.
Anyone want to take a crack at What The Martyrology Really Says?
Enjoy some Mystic Monk Coffee, or refresh your depleted supply, and get out that dictionary if necessary.
Also, a question/request to readers:
Have any of you ever seen a stained-glass window of Moses at the cleft in the rock in Exodus 33?
I would like a good photo.
Back to Camille Paglia. Really, there is a connection.
A few days ago in the Wall Street Journal, there was a piece about how idiot students (most of them) at the university where she teaches want her outsed. Camille, you see, is not politically correct, or “woke” enough, or something. And since the idiot students (most of them) are now entitled to be offended by everything they don’t understand (most of it), therefore Paglia has to lose her job. See the line of thought? It’s rather like how Madame Defarge at Fishwrap wants Chad Pecknold to be fired every time Chad writes something.
Back to the WSJ piece. Here’s the horrifying link with Moses.
By contrast to her flaming public persona, Ms. Paglia is positively conventional in the classroom. “As I constantly stress,” she says, “my base identity is as a hard-working, no-nonsense schoolmarm—like the teaching nuns of global Roman Catholicism.” Despite her avowed atheism, she confesses to keeping a Mass card of St. Teresa of Ávila in her den at home. [I often wonder how much of an atheist she really is.]
This fall semester, she will teach two classes, “Art of Song Lyric” and “Style in Art.” She asks me to “stress that I do not teach ‘my’ ideas in the classroom.” Instead, she teaches “broad-ranging” courses and considers herself responsible for her students’ “general education—in which there are huge and lamentable gaps, thanks to the tragic decline of public education in this country.”
She recalls a “horrifying” example from her classroom a few years ago. She was teaching “Go Down, Moses, ” the famous Negro spiritual. “The whole thing is about antiquity,” she says, “but obviously it has contemporary political references.” She passed out the lyrics and played the music, “and it suddenly hit me with horror—none of them recognized the name ‘Moses.’ And I thought: Oh my God, when Moses is erased from the West, what is left of Western civilization?”
Judging by last semester’s protests against Ms. Paglia, today’s college students seem better versed in the polemics of gender identity than in Judeo-Christian history.