Monday, May 06, 2013


  • From the Bovina Bloviator: why correct liturgy should come first. As we readers of the great Thomas Day know, exactly the opposite of the American Catholic way past and present, which the European liturgical movement was trying to fix but the council squashed it. (Instead of the congregational High Mass and Sunday Vespers it wanted, all junky Low Mass, all the time, the old American norm with a facelift.) From Low Mass’n’sappy hymns, comin’ up, to the libs 40 years ago with their guitars, to the JP2 conservatives telling us to get with the program: forget that artsy old-fashioned stuff and turn charismatic (forget your culture and worship like the libs). And then there was Benedict.
  • Derek Olsen: behind liturgical spirituality.
  • Fr C on not fitting into the churchmanships around you, even if they’re conservative. I was too Anglican to be a good Roman Catholic and too influenced by the Tridentine forms I sought out to be a good Anglican. I sought out a third way in the light of my experience in France in parishes like that of Fr Montgomery-Wright. Despite our doctrinal difference — finding a place in the Catholic Church vs. finding one in Continuing Anglicanism — we’ve always had a lot in common. His lasting point: the molds familiar to trads — Counter-Reformation religious order, militant laity — are neither the fullness of pre-conciliar Catholicism (the ’50s moderate/liberal French priests he knew, who didn’t go Novus but weren’t reactionary either: ‘they are not what we were’) nor for everyone; they’re not perfect. We’re both just old enough to have grown up naturally learning high-church forms, if not necessarily high-church theology, from the Anglicans before they became more obviously liberal, sort of parallelling Catholics who grew up right before the council. There are parallels and lessons for trads from the old Gallicanism, etc., a traditional church that largely runs itself and is locally based. But I’d say our religious culture isn’t necessarily Anglican. (Leaving the Pope on principle and accepting the English ‘Reformation’ even filtered through high churchmanship are not options.) But there’s a third way for me too. Peter Robinson, a Continuing cleric like Fr C, has described my answer when I couldn’t. Mass-and-office is pre-conciliar’s version of high-and-dry in a good way. Super-high and baroque liturgically like Gricigliano and Bourne Street, but Christ- and Eucharist-centered (why the Mass is so emphasized), very theological; devotionally moderate. The pre-/non-conciliar church is a big tent; different versions of the ‘mix’ I describe are of course welcome. (I don’t mind seeing the charismatics at the new Mass when I’m there on holy days or flea-market Sundays.)
  • Justin Raimondo: liberty in the age of terrorism.
  • Takimag: we’re idiots about the Middle East. Not only propping up Israel, needlessly angering the oil-producing Arab countries (we pay twice as much for gas because Bush invaded Iraq for no good reason), but, again, helping extreme Muslims (like the Saudi 9/11 hijackers were) overthrow one of the area’s last secular governments (Assad in Syria: they hate him because his religion isn’t really Islam, like Mormonism is to Christianity). That’s right: we’re helping the terrorists. Why I listen to truthers.

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