Sunday, July 06, 2014

Can Catholicism and libertarianism co-exist?

  • Can Catholicism and libertarianism co-exist? I think so but respect intelligent critics of that. The church seems to say liberty is a means, not an end.
  • A Roman Riter praises clerical celibacy. Online Easterners' disdain for conservative Roman Riters is annoying, but there are problems and valid criticisms. I read this as an explanation of the symbolism of celibacy in the Roman Rite, like that of only one altar in the church and one Liturgy per day in the Byzantine Rite. All good but not universal; not doctrine. When well-meaning Catholics think this is our doctrine, there's a problem. Maybe the writer doesn't know that imposing this on ALL Catholics in the U.S. caused two schisms. It just wasn't worth it. There are so many good conservative examples of married priests: Easterners including the Orthodox, and ex-Anglicans.
  • The Byzantine Catholic Cultural Center, formerly Holy Ghost Greek Catholic Church, Cleveland. Sad. This wonderful traditional rite, in both unlatinized and pre-Vatican II latinized forms, deserved a fighting chance in the church in this country. Frankly I think they'll be extinct here in a generation or two; all that will be left will be this museum and a few ethnic customs in some families. (There's no immigration from the western Ukraine comparable to that after World War II.) The Orthodox won't be but will be on life support; their theological problem is the same as Mr. Beale's: with their narrow vision they think their rite IS the church.
  • Making sainthood seem an automatic posthumous honor for Popes is a mistake.

1 comment:

  1. Holy Ghost was my parish, and two of the altar servers in the video are my sons. It may be sad that the parish (originally founded on the "ethnic social club" model and killed off by the middle-class Slavic out-migration to the suburbs) couldn't sustain itself, but the Eparchy decided to re-open the church as an outreach to the now-gentrified neighborhood and a showcase of Greek Catholicism for people who would be unlikely ever to set foot in one of our parishes. It's not a museum of a dead culture, but a functioning church with weekly Vespers, Matins, and Divine
    Liturgy, which is a fuller liturgical cycle than you will find in most parishes. There are plans for renovations and a permanent gallery and cafe. All in all, a heartening development.


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