Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ecclesiastical bibs and bobs
  • Straight talk to Anglo-Catholics about converting: the Orthodox option and other things. This blog is not a house organ; I don’t do pollyannish The Journey Home/Again glurge. In a lot of ways converting sucks even when you have to. I never want to do it again.
  • The Roman option: My line, certainly true for Americans: everything Thomas Day’s written is true. In England ACs as RC national parishes (Andrew Burnham’s ‘bringing our folk with us’) along with the Polish immigration can make Pope Benedict’s Catholic revival of the Roman communion happen there. (But he’s got to clean house/go over the heads of the old liberals in his outfit to make it happen.) A long time ago there (no Poles yet — they were still behind an Iron Curtain) I often could find the Catholic religion because I was looking for it.
  • ‘For God’s sake look after our people.’ An AC priest on temporarily staying behind: For those of us who are pastors, it’s not just about our own souls. It’s about the souls of our people too. As St. John Chrysostom said: “A priest though he may have ordered well his own life, yet, if he have not exercised proper vigilance over others, is sent to hell with the evildoers.” I don’t want to go to hell. Running headlong into “the fullness of truth” would seem to forsake our flocks whom, were we to delay a bit for the sake of catechesis and sensitive pastoral leadership, might come with us. Or at least some of them might. From Fr Jeffrey Steel.
  • Why should we let the Enemy rob us of our heritage? The history of a mediæval parish and its place in ACism, from Fr John Hunwicke via William Tighe.
  • On ‘services to relate to the kids’, or the old want unliturgical guitar junk. Speaking personally, I like guitars quite a lot whether it is in classic country or the virtuosity of Van Halen, Hendrix, Gibbons, Morelli or others. But that doesn’t mean I want to hear that style of music in church... We have a traditional liturgy apostolate that prays Vespers and Compline from the Monastic Diurnal [my breviary] on Monday nights by phone conference, and we facetiously refer to it as our “youth ministry” because the twenty-somethings came up with the idea and implemented it (and I’m grateful they did).
  • Blogging ecumenism rocks: even though we don’t agree on particulars (because there’s a huge divide among us based on this issue; the ‘sexy’ stories grabbing some headlines are only symptoms of it) and probably in our lifetimes never will be in one church I dare say the Orthodox convert boomlet (though like Owen you can argue that bubble burst), Bishop Cravens, Derek and M, Brian M, Paul Goings, Pope Benedict’s revival and I are part of the same great movement (right, I’ll say it, of the Spirit) Catholicwards. Which is why we are at least talking to each other. The real ‘new Oxford Movement’ Cardinal Kasper is talking about?
  • While in Derek’s com-box don’t miss the Revd Vicki McGrath on immanence and transcendence not only not being mutually exclusive but feeding off each other, something the legitimate RC liturgical movement of the early 20th century and the Orthodox agree with. High and deep. If you can’t pray up, you won’t be able to pray down.
  • ‘I’ll take the high road and you’ll take the low road, and I’ll get to Istanbul before you’: I view the Ben Lomond situation as being a quintessentially Protestant fight. The essence of Protestantism (in so many words) is thinking that you have a right to defy Church authority as soon as you think a) you have a greater magisterium than the Church, or b) that those in authority have sinned one too many times for your liking. b) BTW is why the Charismatic Episcopal Church (never Episcopalians/Anglicans but Pentecostals who became do-it-yourself anglicans, for a long time a successful new denomination) broke up.

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