Thursday, December 13, 2012

Today's links

  • British ordinariate news: half of a small historic order of Anglican nuns is coming in. The mother superior and 11 other sisters from the Community of St Mary the Virgin at Wantage. (Most people: ‘Anglicans have nuns?’ Very few; part of 19th-century high-church people’s emulation of the Catholic Church.) About to become what they were long taken to be. They seem to have been well-meaning relative conservatives; not traditionalists like the wonderful American All Saints Sisters of the Poor (full ‘penguin’ habits; no women priests), now an order of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. (I’d still like to take that road trip to Mount Calvary for High Mass some Sunday.) One of these English sisters was a C of E priest. Patrimony here: not importing Protestantism (these people weren’t Protestant in their beliefs) but more like many Americans’ notion of the English: a sober, rational approach that’s orthodox, grounded in studying the church fathers and based more on the Mass and office than devotions, and without the mistakes Vatican II caused. Also, at least in the American version (the American Missal: Tridentine/1928 mix), the tradition of praying well in English, in forms that share the traditional Roman Rite’s Godwardness. (It’s Not About Latin™ but many Anglo-Catholics rightly loved Latin and much else about the church.) The Anglo-Catholics taught this kid high churchmanship back when locally the official church wanted nothing to do with it; thanks! Pope Benedict wants to give Anglosphere trads a boost: more troops. (Sure, 12 nuns isn’t much but still. A leaven. Jesus started with 12.) By the way I heard that my parish, a local trad magnet, has a group from Good Shepherd, Rosemont getting ready to come in. Welcome aboard!
  • North American ordinariate: High Mass in Canada.
  • Sidebar: giving the charismatics their due. Normally I only see the Novus Ordo on holy days, but with Pope Benedict’s version at my parish that’s not a big problem. There it’s not only us trads and Anglo-Catholic alumni but the charismatics from the ’70s and ’80s. Back then they were big and touted as the great hope of the church. The movement has its problems — based on the Pentecostals, it started as part of Vatican II’s protestantization, so the liberals loved it at first; both were liturgically low-church. But if you weren’t a Modernist, often in the official church locally it was the only game in town, credally orthodox and believing in miracles, connecting with folk Catholicism. (The Medjugorje fraudsters took advantage of that well-meant devotionalism.) What’s left of it in the church is sound and even more high-church now, in sync with Pope Benedict and even going back to John Paul II in the ’90s. They still come to Mass. Anyway, I’m ‘decorum in the sanctuary; come as you are for the laity’. I’m not one of them but I like seeing them do the orans position with their hands at the Our Father, alongside our mantilla’d ladies and young families with three-plus kids. Wouldn’t be disruptive or out of place at our Mass.
  • From LRC:
  • Part of my nearly daily winter gear: the overcoat.
  • From RR:
  • From Joshua: uptalk and vocal fry. Uptalk may be feminized (it’s like the deferential tone women traditionally use) and annoying but seems to be younger people’s way of trying to be polite, not sounding too bossy; their version of ‘asking’ somebody to do something when it’s really a command.
  • From man with black hat: What has America become? No one forces us at gunpoint to settle for the version of the truth as told by the mainstream media. We are free and able to seek out reliable alternative sources. No one forces us not to believe in God, and we can still (for the time being) worship him as we choose. Those of the Muslim faith, to the extent that they get their way in the public square — remember, “Allah” is simply the Arabic word for “God” — do so because they have learned to show collective outrage at any affront to their beliefs. Do not blame them for something that Christians in America used to do without hesitation. They hold sway because they frighten us. The extremists among them know this, and the moderates among them take advantage of this. No one took over this country by force. We sat back and allowed an effete and articulate minority to influence opinion, to the point where they have taken over the bully pulpit, and have cowed us into submission. They earn personal fortunes, and enjoy the good life, by mimicking the cry of the poor, showing generosity with someone else’s money.
  • From Hilary: Is it any wonder that the English are kind of freaking out right now? The only thing holding them together at all since the Anglican takeover and the forcible suppression of The Real, has been the social rules. Well, we got rid of those, didn’t we? Right. They and their American cousins the Episcopalians mostly lost their faith at the ‘Enlightenment’ (America’s founding fathers: deists like Washington and Jefferson) so in America’s golden era 50-75 years ago, when they were the Republicans at prayer and had the right ideas about the government (Landon, Taft, Goldwater), it was all only social rules. (They made good secular conservatives. Interestingly the few devout among them, like well-meaning Catholics then and now, leaned left economically.) The Sixties took that away and now ‘they’ve got nothing’.


  1. Re: Pope Benedict & Anglicans entering the Ordinariate & the language reform of the modern Roman Missal---->

    reasons to be called Pope Benedict the Great.

    Jim C.

  2. Ingemar9:42 pm

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  3. I am thinking that the monastic groups have their place, regardless of that pesky 'Anglo-Catholicism'. I wish them all longevity.


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