Some bishops not cooperating?

Implementation of the Pope’s call for openness to old-style Latin masses has been uneven, with some bishops issuing rules that “practically annul or twist the intention of the Pope,” Msgr. Albert Malcolm Ranjith, secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Divine Cult [sic] and Discipline of Sacraments, said recently, according to the Vatican’s missionary news agency FIDES.

Such reactions amounted to a “crisis of obedience” toward the pontiff, he was quoted as saying, although he stressed that most bishops and other prelates had accepted the Pope’s will “with the required sense of reverence and obedience.”

Oh.  When maverick priests hung with the Latin 40 years ago — Gommar DePauw comes to mind — they were shot down summarily.  The reformers were in the saddle, and no quarter was given.  It was like Elizabeth I’s Cecil demanding conformity 400 years earlier.  The joke was, what’s difference between a liturgist and a terrorist?  Ans.: You can negotiate with a terrorist.

Of course, after Elizabeth came Bloody Mary, and rolling of heads.  Not predicting or wishing anything, mind you.  Just taking note.

Behold this Christian, he loves government

Longtime conservative activist Richard A. Viguerie considers Huckabee’s Iowa win “bad news” for Republicans:

“Mike Huckabee is a Christian socialist. He is a good man, but with a Big Government heart,” Viguerie said in a news release late Thursday night. “He is the most liberal of all the Republican presidential candidates on economic issues.”

Viguerie said Huckabee is inclined to solve any problem by passing laws or launching another government program. “If you like President George W. Bush, you’ll love Mike Huckabee,” Viguerie said. “Conservatives in New Hampshire and the other early primary states had better wake up, and make certain the Huckabee victory is confined to the subsidized ethanol fields of Iowa.”

Well, if he finds as many right-wing Christians in New Hampshire, which we hear he won’t, it’s to worry.  Otherwise, not.

It’s marriage, stupid

In a column remarkably welcoming to Huckabee, David Brooks talks divorce as economic trouble, even devastation:

Democrats talk about wages. But real middle-class families have more to fear economically from divorce than from a free trade pact. A person’s lifetime prospects will be threatened more by single parenting than by outsourcing. Huckabee understands that economic well-being is fused with social and moral well-being, and he talks about the inter-relationship in a way no other candidate has.

“More by single parenting than by outsourcing.”  Family values here.