Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What happened to ’50s Catholicism?
To this? The e-mail Dr Tighe forwarded to me says the writer is a Calvinist. Interesting point: somebody hijacking the central command, impossible in a locally based traditionalism, even one with Western practices (Johnstown, WRO), the way the Eastern churches are run. Rebuttal: Pius IX’s ‘I can’t. I’m only the Pope.’ You can’t blame the collapse on the magisterium which of course can’t teach heresy. Huge mistakes in prudential judgement? You bet. Vatican II was a marketing campaign like the fairly successful Counter-Reformation only it backfired like New Coke.

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