The Common Places of Siliconía
2 min readJan 10, 2024


I gotta hypothesis but to prove it I gotta read this motherfucking thing to even start to prove it.

Previous to the Council of Trent, the Mass was not completely standardized. After Trent, the Rite stayed mostly unchanged until Vatican II.

This tracks the changes from a Manuscript culture of the Middle Ages to the Typographical Culture of Early Modern and Modern Europe through to the Electronic Culture (which begins in the mid 19th Century, but truly takes off after WWII). The Tridentine Rite and Protestantism are simply warring brothers, a trope found over and over again in both the OT and the NT. (Hell, this trope is fucking universal, actually.)

These information processing paradigms are also reflected in the difference between the Medieval Orders like the Dominican and Franciscans against the Jesuits (the Platonic Archetype of a Typographical Order!)

By the Franco-Prussian War, the pressures of the external world and the new era finally breached the walls of the Vatican, quite literally. The Vatican reacted by being a bunch of little bitches and whining that they were prisoners in the Vatican and that everything they didn’t like was Modernism. How do you say “whaaaa whaaaa boo hooo” in Latin?

Finally, the Scholastics and Neo-Thomists viewed the Nouvelle Theologie with fear and contempt because it was an attempt to bring Catholic theology into the Electric Age. Since the RCC viewed anything that wasn’t pure Scholasticism and Thomism as Protestant heresy, there was little development of Print Catholicism (perhaps the School of Salamanca and Suarez, et al. But I am so unread on those guys that I am talking out of my ass with this part. More research.)

The attempt by Lubac et al to bring the tools of Biblical Criticism to bear on Catholic Tradition (not solely on the text of the Bible itself) was the equivalent of quitting Scholasticism cold turkey. The RCC has been in the throws of night sweats and blow back insomnia ever since.