The Daily Chesterbelloc – The Past – 06/10/2006

June 9, 2006

"It is true that I am of an older fashion; much that I love has been destroyed or sent into exile." – G. K. Chesterton

Rochester Cathedral



The Daily Chesterbelloc – Excusable Evil – 06/01/2006

June 1, 2006

"Many do not differ much about what they call evil; they differ enormously about what evils they call excusable." Chesterton The Wit and Wisdom of G. K. Chesterton

Example: "I'm not pro-abortion, I'm pro-choice. No one wants to see more abortions but it has to stay legal."

The Daily Chesterbelloc – Scandal and Truth – 05/19/2006

May 19, 2006

"There is a case for telling the truth; there is a case for avoiding the scandal; but there is no possible defense for the man who tells the scandal, but does not tell the truth." – Chesterton

I saw a headline today claiming that Fr. Maciel had been abusing seminarians for 50 years. The editor missed that the accusations are from 50 years AGO, not for 50 years.

Pray for Fr. Maciel and the Legionaires of Christ.

The Daily Chesterbelloc – When Does Toleration Become Suicidal? – 05/17/2006

May 17, 2006

"These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own." – Chesterton

Didn't this used to be called sacriledge? There have got to be Church owned buildings that aren't actual churches where the downtrodden could be housed. I guess, though, that if you don't use your church for holy things, anything goes.

Or how about this?

Nope, you can't complain about Gnostics bashing your religion either.

The Daily Chesterbelloc – Excuses, excuses – 05/16/2006

May 16, 2006

What's Wrong With the World"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." – Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World

"I can't believe you have that many kids!"

"How can you possibly expect priests to be celibate?"

Enter your example here…. 

The Daily Chesterbelloc – On Modern Art – 05/14/2006

May 15, 2006

"By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece." Chesterton

Have you noticed that most modern art (churches included) is only appreciated by those who make it and those who want to pretend that it means something?

The Daily Chesterbelloc – The Worship of “New” – 05/12/2006

May 12, 2006

"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." – Chesterton

Gnosticism, paganism, bell bottoms – somethings are always just wrong.

The Daily Chesterbelloc – The Joys of Being Catholic – 05/10/2006

May 10, 2006

"Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine,
There’s always laughter and good red wine.
At least I’ve always found it so.
Benedicamus Domino!" Hilaire Belloc

My sister has this on a sign at her front door (it keeps away JW and Mormon missionaries) but I was reminded of it by the Sober Sophmore.

The Daily Chesterbelloc – The decay of an empire – 05/09/2006

May 9, 2006

"To Imperialism in the light political sense,therefore, my only objection is that it is the illusion of comfort; that an empire whose heart is failing should be specially proud of the extremities, is to me no more sublime than a fact than an old dandy whose brain is gone should still be proud of his legs." – Chesterton What's Wrong with the World

I find this especially pertinent after reading this post on the quality of Education education in America. While we build stadiums to rival the Romans and technological wonders, our educational underpinings are rotten at the roots. We are running on inertia.

The Daily Chesterbelloc – Islam – 05/06/2006

May 6, 2006

For today's quote we wandered over to Tremendous Trifles.

"The Turks besieged Vienna and nearly took it, less than a century before the American Declaration of Independence. Islam was then our superior, especially in military art. There is no reason why its recent inferiority in mechanical construction, whether military or civilian, should continue indefinitely. Even a slight accession of material power would make the further control of Islam by an alien culture difficult. A little more and there will cease that which our time has taken for granted, the physical domination of Islam by the disintegrated Christendom we know." – Belloc

Anyone want to guess the date on this? 1990? 1980? 2000?

How about 1929?