Saturday, January 15, 2011

  • Wonderful Catholic news from England. The English and Welsh Ordinariate is here, named the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, and its first ordinary is ex-PEV Fr Keith Newton. Almost the same job only now he doesn’t ordain. Update from Fr C: Monsignor Keith Newton, the title conventionally given to vicars general and other priests with episcopal jurisdiction.
  • Pope to beatify JPII. Me: meh. Neither EWTN/santo subito (such people 25 years ago: ‘give up that artsy old-fashioned stuff and be a charismatic’; no, thanks, and sic transit the Legion of Christ – Marcial Maciel, a con artist who made Oral Roberts look like a carny huckster – and Miles Jesu) nor snobbish (‘Dr Wojtyla’). The right people hated him giving him orthodox cred (the left don’t hate papal authority; they hate its limits: the Pope can’t change what they want because the true nature of his authority is Catholic; he can’t invent or repeal doctrine) but he was no Pope Benedict. I don’t blame him for the priestly underage gay sex scandal: 30 years ago the experts told the bishops this was curable and the bishops’ first move was to forgive and rehabilitate. (Long story short: right after Vatican II all hell broke loose among lonely gays, whom John XXIII advised should not be ordained, priested right before V2; I think that’s most of the cases.) And he deserves credit for an assist in the fall of Communism. So no problem: when somebody is beatified or sainted you don’t have to venerate him, only accept that people now have the right to in church. (Privately you may venerate anyone.) If you don’t like him (and saints weren’t necessarily cuddly and likeable), ignore him.
  • What might a perfect church be like? Sure, Catholic, which of course exists, but what version? ISTM the RC and Orthodox versions of infallibility can’t be reconciled – the only real division in what’s sacramentally the same church; unlike Protestants both believe in church infallibility – but IMO an ideal church would have Rome’s magisterium (the gold standard of moral theology) and the grassroots traditionalism (very strict on paper but also very forgiving in an easygoing Mediterranean way à la economy) of the Orthodox and of people like Arturo (historically how most of Western Catholicism long worked: lots of local variants of the rite and lots of local folk saints etc.), with the Eastern rites left alone (not a hybrid rite... no matter how long, inefficient and sometimes annoying the Orthodox rite can be or how curt and dry the Latin one can be) and without the taint of the Novus Ordo. Possible or not? (Counter-argument: was a wholesale rewrite like the NO inevitable under the RC system?) Along with grassroots, often ethnic Latin Rite traditionalism (and Anglican patrimony but not Anglicanism, which is Protestant – nice, centuries-old English prose) there’d be a sort of super-Greek Catholicism, what the OicwRs want to look like (which is what Rome actually wants the Orthodox rite to look like under it), that largely hasn’t existed (most Greek Catholic = high-ish Novus ethos).
  • Nice Orthodox quotation. Fr Alexander Tefft from here: The Householder plants a vineyard: his holy Orthodox Church, where he gives his own Precious Blood in the wine that changes us into more than we are. Around the vineyard he sets a hedge of true Orthodox doctrine; above it, a tower where men set apart to be bishops and priests oversee the making of the wine: the salvation of human souls. Most importantly, he digs his wine press: so that human souls may be living grapes, changed by Orthodox worship – the true worship of the temple – into the new wine of his eternal Kingdom. A vineyard, not a court of law. A wine press, not a rule book.
  • Pater noster, qui es in cælis...

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