Today is one of those days when there are several good reads on the interwebs. I can recommend two more from Crisis both from today.
First, there is an important piece from Aaron Seng, “The Catechism Crisis”. He is the head of the initiative Tradivox, which is collecting and reprinting old catechisms.
In a nutshell, he says that if the Catechism of the Catholic Church is perpetually to be amended, then it is hardly a sure reference. It is even less sure if the things being added produce confusion rather than clarity through unprecedented innovation, as in the case of the change about the death penalty. What will happen is a Protestant-like requirement to be up to date with the latest evolution (devolution?) of teaching, whereas in the past Catechisms over the centuries presented the Faith in a consistent way. As Seng ironically quips: “Oh, you have the 1997 edition of the Catechism? Sorry, we don’t believe that anymore. Check the new edition.”
It is said that more changes to the CCC may be coming. Imagine what they might be.
The perennial harmony of teaching on faith and morals seems to be teetering on a knife’s edge.
If you don’t know your catechism, friends, then you don’t know yourself. And our modern catechisms are being compromised by certain additions which suggest that faith and morals are moving targets.
And yet we still have to know our catechism. If we don’t, …. well….
Next, there is a terrific piece by Paul Krause, “Reclaiming Homer”. As someone who was in Classics, this got my attention.
I’ve written recently about the “woke” attack on the Western Civilization through attacks on the Western Canon. Everything ever produced by dead white European males… with the exception of eugenics and communism… has to go.
At the top of their hit list will be Homer. Mind you, they don’t understand Homer, for the most part. They haven’t read Homer, except for a few of them. But they viscerally understand that Homer is the enemy.
What Krause does, and does masterfully, is show how Homer, properly understand, really confounds the objectives of woke cancel culture … if such a chaotic, anarchic, will-to-power ignorant rage mob can have objectives that aren’t handed to them by their puppet masters.
Go over there and read Krause’s description of the contrast between Hesiod’s view of the universe and Homer’s. You might want to rush out to get yourself a copy of the Iliad. I used to like the translation by Robert Fagles.
If you don’t know Homer, well….
Finally, as a perfect addition to the above, Robert Royal of The Catholic Thing, is going to have an online course on Dante’s Divine Comedy. That could be a great pursuit. HERE I think it will be quite good. He knows his stuff.
And if you don’t know Dante … well.