Saturday, July 22, 2006

Ortho-liberals
An old online adversary is spot-on here — here’s a tip of the biretta!

Echoes what I’ve said for some time: those seemingly friendly to the Western churches and keen on ecumenical dialogue are often of this weird type (people who really want to subvert the Orthodox tradition and are Western liberals in disguise) whilst those who don’t want to talk often are the most fervent and authentically Catholic.

This also includes the mythology of some Byzantine Catholics, rarely born/ethnic members, which views traditionalists who take refuge in their churches because of the still-sound services (though not unlatinised as they should be) as Neanderthals.

The masterly Thomas Day rubbished these people’s claims (‘Vatican II was a move Eastward!’) in Where Have You Gone, Michelangelo? (‘two contradictory religions’) as have Archimandrite Serge (Keleher) (the changes are ‘a move away from the Christian East’) and the late Michael Davies (‘a harsh and even offensive condemnation of the practices of Eastern Christians’).

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