Traditional Catholic Beauty

 Traditional Catholic Beauty


Have you, your friends or family claimed, “Truth is in the eye of the beholder”?  Have you heard anyone say, “Truth is in the ear of the beholder”?  Thought not.  Perhaps you have heard, “Truth is an opinion of the beholder”.  If so, you have heard a Progressive, that species of being unworthy of language because incapable of truth.  Expect you have heard the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and if you have, you recognize that the person inclines to lies, toward dissimulation and poor taste.  Again, a Progressive.

Traditional Catholic Beauty, Widow
Traditional Catholic Beauty, Andrew Loomis (1892 – 1959, American).

Yes, the poetic phrase, “‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know,” untangles the previous paragraph … with this extension, “beauty, goodness, truth are triune in God”.  Bright Athenians understood the lineaments of truth, as in Plato’s Forms.  If you doubt, ask any kalo kagathoi you happen to meet and he will admit that his beauty is a singular instance of one Divine Beauty, that his good body is a singular manifestation of the one Good Body, and that when he speaks true he partakes of Truth.  You know the True.  Well, you should, it speaks to you in reprimand when you lie, in commendation when you speak honestly.  The True, the Good, the Beautiful are not merely in your mind, your personal opinion, because the True is in all minds at the same time, instructing, correcting each person toward the True, the Good, the Beautiful.

If you are guilty of saying that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” or “Truth is the opinion of the speaker,” or “Goodness is in the intent of the murderer,” do not oppose the inner voice that reprimands your lie; accept that you are a sinner, that we are all sinners who suffer for our lies.  Paraphrasing Benj. Franklin, “Lies are not hurtful because forbidden, but forbidden because hurtful,” mostly hurtful to oneself.  Go on then, admit to yourself the lie, then go and lie no more.

Traditional Catholic Beauty, Family
Traditional Catholic Beauty, Andrew Loomis (1892 – 1959, American), Going to Church.

After many failures in truth, Saint Augustine recognized the sin of ignoring the Divine voice of Truth: “My sin was this, that I looked for pleasure, Beauty, and Truth not in God but in myself and His other creatures.”  Yes, in weakness we all look to others to make us courageous in lies.  Have you noticed, a single truth can stand against a world of lies, a truthful man can stand against an accusing world.  The man true in God can stand against every demon and all the evils of this world.   Yes, truthfully I say, “The voice speaking inside you is the voice of God.

Doubt me?  Say, “The beautiful partakes of Beauty.”  Say, “The ugly partakes of Beauty.”  Go ahead, put a fine point on each statement and you will know the first saying true, the second saying, false.  Go on, sophist, try.  Make the false argument feel the sting of lying.

In the Summa Theologica, Saint Thomas Aquinas states, “The Beautiful is the same as the Good, and they differ in aspect only.  For since good is what all seek, the notion of Good is that which calms the desire; while the notion of the Beautiful is that which calms the desire, by being seen or known.”   Yes, and the Progressive moderns divide the Beautiful, the True, the Good into separate categories so that each can be reduced, weakened, destroyed.  Doubt me, look at most any progressive Modern picture, sculpture, building and your eye will know that the thing is false, bad, ugly.  In fact, the false, bad, and ugly are made to offend God, to harm you.

Traditional Catholic Beauty, gold star
Traditional Catholic Beauty, Andrew Loomis, (1892 – 1959, American), A Reading.

Perhaps you know Frank Gehry’s crooked Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health building designed to confuse brain-injury patients.  Perhaps you know David Cerný, the artist who dangles embryos and ejaculations on buildings to “piss people off”.  Perhaps you know poet Allen Ginsburg who molested young men, insulted their families, then celebrated his sexual abuse of boys in poems.  As the poet Ginsburg prevaricated, “I’m a member of NAMBLA [North American Man-Boy Love Association] because I love boys too – everybody does, who has a little humanity.”   Yes, Progressives are ugly, bad, and false.

Perhaps you know Bishop Fernandez, recently appointed by Pope Francis to lead the Vatican’s Doctrine of the Faith, a poet who when a priest composed erotic poems for teenagers … among the lines from his poems (including his book, Heal Me with Your Mouth) are, “How was God / so cruel / as to give you that mouth… / There is no one who resists me, / witch, / hide it,” and “What I like the most is the kiss of peace at Mass. That was the first kiss with the hottie I have now,” and “My boyfriend gets a hard mouth when he kisses me.  He hasn’t yet learned how to loosen his lips. Lovely!”  Perhaps you know Father James Martin, homosexual apologist whose advocacy prefigures homosexual priest marrying homosexual priest and adopting a family of boys.  Perhaps you know, Father James Martin was appointed by Pope Francis to Francis’ Synod on Synodality, a gathering intended to advance the Progressive by destroying the Catholic.


…pardon.  Must stop.  When seeing Gehry and Cerný, when hearing the voices of Ginsburg, Fernandez, Martin, my skin crawls and the voice inside cautions, “Demons!”  No need to go on as intended, expect your conscience, your inner voice  recognizes, “These are not men of Catholic Beauty in the tradition of Christ; these are Progressives, the ugly soul destroying, civilization destroying moderns of whom Pope Saint Pius X warned.” *


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Oath Against Modernism (1910)

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Traditional Catholic Beauty


Related, Confession of a Sonneteer – The Studio Books

and, Confession, Book III, Colloquies: A Review of Civilization in Little Songs.

For more on church architecture, history, manner you might visit The Beautiful Home “Houses of God” edition.

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