Monday, December 15, 2014

How spikey are you?


  • Quiz: How spikey are you? Cute. For those outside of Anglo-Catholicism, spikiness refers to A-Cs' love of traditional Roman Catholic ceremonial. Even their new breed agrees with us traddies that old church is FUN; they're not like Catholic liberals. It's pretty easy to figure out what the quiz writer wants to see in order to move your score "up the candle." Should the altar severs wear plain or lace-trimmed cottas? Note that for would-be Catholics it's cottas, not big rounded Anglican surplices. (Parishes used to have worship wars over this; it was really would-be Catholics vs. "we like being Anglican.") I think the real answer in Catholic ceremonial is "it depends." Plain during penitential seasons, moderate lace on festive days. Also, it can be a sign of rank; priests and MCs (altar server who is the master of ceremonies at High or Sung Mass) can wear more lace than the ordinary servers, and they can wear lace at any service. Should the servers wear cassock-albs with attached hoods? As a kid I thought, "Oh, like a monk's habit; how Catholic." Then I learned the parishes doing it are usually Modernists. So no; not Catholic enough. Final Result: Congratulations!! After passing this rigorous test you are indeed 'Top of the flame'. Ha ha. When I was a kid I had no idea about A-Cs' homosexuality. ... a true all-singing, all-dancing 'bells and smells' Anglo-Catholic! Our videos of Solemn High Mass will have you romping in the Elysian Fields and should you be passing our door... call in and be assured of a warm welcome! And remember our maxim 'the only thing that hinders too much ceremonial is the lack of equipment!' There are lots of variations on the ceremonial now, from the old Prayer Book like regular Anglicans then vs. Sarum vs. Tridentine (the winner among A-Cs, even Prayer Booky Americans, who ironically kept much of it while the Brits went modern) to Novus Ordo-based modern and all kinds of combinations with the older ones. Pictured: my parish. Sometimes the MC has more lace. We have a four-chain censer but maybe the servers don't know how to use it. Sometimes we have two sanctus bells rung in unison.
  • A memorable moment from "Catholic" college was listening to a young man do an impression of Arius, denying Christ's divinity, then complain that our traditional Mass is so bad because the people didn't participate. To which I thought, if Jesus isn't God, boyo, why do you give a damn?
  • Original Pronunciation and the Prayer Book. Maybe there are rhymes, etc., that people miss out on today. Original Pronunciation is the reconstruction of how London English sounded in Shakespeare's time, just after the Prayer Book was written; it also shows why American English, which began with English settlement around the same time (1607), sounds as it does.
  • Roissy: The psychotic left.
  • Nigel Farage: "Me vs. Russell Brand on 'Question Time' — he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?"
  • Ad Orientem on Bill de Blasio: So yeah, how does the first Democratic mayor of one of the most Democratic cities in the country in twenty or so years deal with the recent controversial police shootings? He tells his son, who almost certainly has around the clock police protection, to be very careful in his dealings with cops. Look, I have been a frequent critic of cops over reacting to situations or abusing their authority; but this clown seems bent on elevating hypocrisy to unusual heights, even for a hard core lefty. Not surprisingly rank and file NYPD don't much care for the man, putting it as gently as I can.
  • The devalued American worker: The past three recessions sparked a chain reaction of layoffs and lower pay.

4 comments:

  1. We are each and all entrusted with the treasures we receive, charged mainly with passing them on to future generations unchanged and maybe polished up a bit here or there, but best to leave scrubbing well enough alone if you risk rubbing off part of what you inherited.

    When we fail in our duty, when we miss the mark, that's known as sin. And rather than participating in God's eternal creation and re-creation, we contribute then to decline and destruction. THAT is what happened to the western patrimony. The ball was dropped, the treasure not appreciated; hell, you westerners poured gas on it and lit the flames.

    But some westerners still want to blame easterners. Orthodox are supposed to somehow feel something other than, "Oh crap, there goes another church lost to history, best if we batten down the hatches once again." We're criticized for not self-immolating ourselves on the western bonfire, and as if by allowing our own treasures to be destroyed we could thereby somehow truly be "catholic" or "universal". And this from those burning in flames.

    Sorry, we tried to keep you on the straight and narrow, but you followed the Pope into the fire. Step out of it, and we'll give you the quenching refreshing water of Christ from the liturgical fountain He gave to us, which we are going to keep far, far away from the matches with which you burnt down yours.

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    1. Are you saying Catholics BLAME the Christian East for Modernism in the West? I don't believe that and have never heard of such a thing.

      We're criticized for not self-immolating ourselves on the western bonfire, and as if by allowing our own treasures to be destroyed we could thereby somehow truly be "catholic" or "universal". And this from those burning in flames.

      As far as I'm concerned, while you're still a part of us for having bishops and the Mass, you've already thrown yourself onto the "bonfire." Your theology of divorce and remarriage makes no sense and you've recently sold out on contraception.

      What flames? The Modernism? Nothing. Our doctrine is stronger than the Rock of Gibraltar; the crises among our churchmen don't affect it a bit. That doctrine is the same essentials we share with your church: God, Christ, the hypostatic union, the Trinity ("one in substance and undivided"), the Mother of God, bishops, the Mass, and the option of using images.

      Sorry, we tried to keep you on the straight and narrow, but you followed the Pope into the fire. Step out of it, and we'll give you the quenching refreshing water of Christ from the liturgical fountain He gave to us, which we are going to keep far, far away from the matches with which you burnt down yours.

      Sounds simply like anti-Westernism. I already have the liturgical fountain minus that bigotry: my traditional Mass is a Divine Liturgy that happens not to have an iconostasis; being Catholic, I've lost nothing and gained everything. Catholicism (meaning our doctrine) has never wanted to destroy the Christian East's treasures (most Greek Catholics have latinized themselves but that's another matter) like the Christian East, egged on by sultans, tsars, and Comrade First Secretaries (pretty much the Christian East's "straight and narrow" historically), has hated the Western Catholic Church. Your countries' leaders, including Stalin, hated us, outlawing us, because unlike the Orthodox, they couldn't control us.

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  2. Puhleeze. If it's all honkey-dorey for you, have at it, but don't go moaning about how prejudiced we are to look at it with no less a skeptical eye than Arch Lefebreve. Unless you can him anti-western too

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  3. So you're saying it's all hunky dory for *y'all*? That is seriously delusional on so many levels.

    People who live in glass houses really should not throw stones. Before you get all hoity toity about *our* mess, address your own. And don't pretend that it doesn't exist. We know better.

    This "our sh@t don't stink but yours does" garbage got old a long time ago. And trust us, Stephen, when we say we know better, we're not kidding. Do you really want to go there?

    Over the triumphalistic silliness,

    Diane

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