Monday, January 07, 2008


the grim statistics of decline

World-wide before Vatican II 36,200 Today: 18,711.

Brothers: Before Vatican II- 5,204 Today: 1,306.

Seminarians (USA only): Before Vatican II- 5,500. Today, 140.

USA Jesuit priests: before Vatican II, 8,000. Today, 2,640.

Jesuits(Italy): Before Vatican II: 4,000+. Today : 640.

Jesuits(France): Before Vatican II: 3,500+ Today: less than 500.

Jesuits: Canada -Before Vatican II ( 1,500+). Today: less than 250.

Jesuits: Ireland and the United Kingdom: Before Vatican II: 1,740+. Today: less than 300."

Georgetown University

Carol Quigley(The Hoya, Friday, April 28. 1967)- yes, that's 1967.

Long study of the history of many social organizations has convinced me of one thing: When any such organization dies -- be it family, business, nation, religion, civilization, or university, the cause of death is generally "suicide." Or, if we must be more specific, "suicide by self-deception."

Like most truths, this one has nothing very new about it. The Hebrews and the Greeks, who are our cultural parents, and our own western civilization descended from these two, have always agreed that the only sin, or at least the greatest sin, is pride, a particularly aggressive type of self-deception. And anyone who is concerned with the health of individuals knows well that neuroses and psychoses are basically simply forms of self-deception, combined with an obstinate refusal to face the facts of the situation.

This kind of illness is prevalent in all American higher education and in all the sub-divisions of it, existing, indeed, in a more obsessive and virulent form in the aspirant "Great Universities" than in the so-called "Great Universities" themselves. It is to be found in its acute form in Catholic education, in Jesuit education, and at Georgetown.

Of course, that is not what we are being told. Today, in education, as in government and in everything else, the propagandists flood us daily with rosy reports on how well things are going. Larger and larger expenditures of manpower, money and facilities (such as floor-space) are devoted to telling the world about the wonderful job being done in every organization worthy of the name from the Johnson Administration down (or up) to Georgetown University. Fewer and fewer people are convinced, or even listening, but in the process the money and facilities (if not the manpower) which could have been used on the goals of the organization are wasted on propaganda about what a wonderful job is being done, when any sensible person with half an eye can see that, every year, a poorer job is being done in the midst of self-deceptive clouds of expensive propaganda.

Our Lady of the Wayside


pray for the Jesuit Order, as they elect their new General today.
And, of your charity, pray for the repose of the souls of the five members of the Gillibrand family who were Jesuits. What do/ would they think of the Order today?

The Must Read Book of 2008


Publication date as yet unknown. Episcopal palaces however will not be thrown open for extravagent book launches, in a great roadshow, coming soon to the United States.

The Man with Two Lives

Meet Timothy J. Gilfoyle, PhD. Associate Professor of History, Loyola University, Chicago. Dr. Gilfoyle teaches American urban and social history. He has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, a Senior Fellow at the Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution and a N.E.H./Lloyd Lewis Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He is currently completing a book on crime in the late nineteenth-century American city. Gilfoyle received both his B.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1979 and 1987, respectively.

But he has another life.

He is the author of City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920 which was awarded the Allan Nevins Prize by the Society of American Historians.

He serves on the advisory board of the New York Museum of Sex, along Actress and Activist, Veronica Vera, creator and founder of Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girl in New York City and Annie Sprinkle, Performance Artist and author, and also with a maker of feminist erotic films and with a professor, who is presently cataloguing the world's largest collection of erotica.

Sometimes his two lives get mixed up, as the Professor is seen here teaching his child how to read using his book, City of Eros (the image is hosted on Loyola's website!)

Nice work if you can get it, from a Catholic University. And he surely should pay a visit to Bavaria. Quite his cup of tea in the cafeteria of modern Catholicism.

And the Vagina Monologues, the play which has much more to do with "Oh, look, we are just so radical" rather than violence against women continues its rounds of Catholic universities.