Thursday, September 22, 2005

Eastern churches
From Anthony Cominsky

RIP Fr John Long, S.J.
Expert on the Christian East — apparently he was a Russian Catholic

But if ecumenical conference-goers are so keen on the Christian East, why do they seem to favour the Novus Ordo* and not the Roman Mass, which (thanks in part to a circa-1000 ceremonial infusion from the Eastern-influenced Gallican Rite) obviously shares the Oriental Rites’ Godwardness?

*A token deacon and tacked-on epiklesis don’t make it Eastern. Thomas Day demolishes the ‘but it’s really closer to the East’ claim in Where Have You Gone, Michelangelo?

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