Saturday, August 9, 2008

"The Gates of Hell shall not prevail"

Any kind of Catholic (i.e. devout, cafeteria, ChriEaster, lapsed, etcetra) is probably well aquainted with the Gospel story in which Jesus Christ names the apostle Simon Peter the "rock upon which I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against It." Although I take the liberty of considering myself an earnest Catholic, I cannot deny the very true fact that I most certainly am a rough work-in-progress, which is why a couple of days ago while attending weekday Mass, I allowed the thought, "Yeah yeah, I've heard this one before" to pass through my mind as this Gospel story was being read. However, about an hour ago, my appreciation for this Gospel was both renewed and increased after reading that the Traditional Anglican Communion has sent a letter of request to The Holy See for "full, corporate, sacramental union" with Rome. (The full article: ).

I found this news very exciting and time-appropriate in its release, being that we have so recently heard the Gospel story in which we are assured of the strength and eternity of the One, True Church. Even though it has been a good 500 years since the beginning of the Protestant Reformation and its subsequent churches, and it seems like every week presents a new challenge and/or threat to the Church, Its teachings, and Roman Catholic life in general, news such as this (the Anglican petition) is not only encouraging, but it is also proof that the "gates of Hell shall not prevail against" the Truth that the Church holds.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Obama Fitzwilliam Darcy

Young women are incessantly comparing the objects of their admiration, infatuation and adoration to Jane Austin's enduring hero, Mr. Darcy. When friends finagle the conversation into these waters, one usually smiles politely at the raptures and moves on with life as quickly as possible.

Yesterday, this religion moved into an entirely new dimension, into a stratosphere one would never have believed possible. In the New York Times, there was a delightful op-ed piece that took the blighted trio, Obama, Hilary and McCain, and fitted Austin's masterpiece to their odious interactions.

The odd thing is that Obama bears a distinct resemblance to the most cherished hero in chick-lit history. The senator is a modern incarnation of the clever, haughty, reserved and fastidious Mr. Darcy.

Like the leading man of Jane Austen and Bridget Jones, Obama can, as Austen wrote, draw “the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien. ...he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased.”

The master of Pemberley “had yet to learn to be laught at,” and this sometimes caused “a deeper shade of hauteur” to “overspread his features.”

The New Hampshire debate incident in which Obama condescendingly said, “You’re likable enough, Hillary,” was reminiscent of that early scene in “Pride and Prejudice” when Darcy coldly refuses to dance with Elizabeth Bennet, noting, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me.”

Allow me to propose yet another remake of the marvelous A&E (five hour) Pride and Prejudice. The picture above confirms that he could give Firth no small competition for the brilliant lake scene, yes?

The cults of Hope and Austen have finally converged with glorious result.

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Rover Editor-in-Chief Rachel and Production Chief Dan were married on Saturday. (Now Dan can never get away from his boss) The lovely couple who have been "madly in love" since freshman year are headed off to Hawaii before returning to South Bend to lead the Rover into its 6th glorious year.

This is the second Rover wedding that I know of (Elise and Nick), hopefully there will be many more to come--Catholics need to take back our status as world's largest religion.