Monday, October 06, 2014

A liberal evangelical favorite son leaves, some of our saints, and on liberal high church

  • The apostasy of Bart Campolo, who seems to have taken his father's credally orthodox but liberal Christianity to its logical conclusion, secular humanism, the ultimate Protestantism. Good self-criticism from Christianity Today, America's conservative Protestant journal: are we discipling our kids, introducing them to Jesus, or just socializing them as churchgoers? Tony Campolo's a local Christian celebrity, long the pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in West Philly and a professor at Eastern College, part of the liberal (Tripp's) northern Baptists. He didn't leave the church; his Italian immigrant parents did, I think before he was born. The most dangerous errors are half-truths; far more than the late Fred Phelps (a false flag, a boogeyman the liberals invented?) I fear the peace-and-justice Sojourners, another try at getting orthodox Christians to give up the public square to their secular-humanist bastard. (When I was a kid, a born-again evangelical taught me that picking on homosexuals is wrong. I don't know of any conservative Christians who take Westboro Baptist Church seriously.) Also, Jim Wallis sided with the North Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge vs. those materialistic folks in Saigon, the ethnic Chinese merchants pushed out in boats to die. That and abortion: no, the religious left is not the faith of compassion.
  • Reminds me of a Catholic tragedy (success to the world) I was acquainted with, Fr. Ray Jackson, an Augustinian friar. He was a casualty of Vatican II. Big second-generation Irish guy from the Bronx (parents from County Armagh), '50s Marine, traditional vocation (inspired by a Navy chaplain), Legion of Mary, ordained in '65 by Cardinal Spellman, then graduate work right after V2 flipped him so he spent the rest of his life obnoxiously trying to liberalize the church. People like him were rightly taught we are the true church, so instead of leaving they stayed and bitched. People loooooooved him because he was all about social justice, man. RIP and God have mercy on him.
  • RIP Fr. Benedict Groeschel. A latter-day Fulton Sheen and reviver of Franciscan life. EWTN's Novus Ordo's not my thing but I acknowledge the good they do.
  • Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich. As I like to say, everything in our polity except the papacy and the episcopate is negotiable. So now we beatify people locally, with the same rules throughout the church, a lot like the Orthodox. That's great. Since Roman Riters can be called to be Eastern (Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky should be their patron), it's only fair that the reverse can happen; possible patrons are her and Catherine de Hueck Doherty, an interesting Russian with a bigger-than-life personality. Born Orthodox and a Revolution exile, in Canada (she was a citizen) and sometimes New York, a contemporary of Dorothy Day, very much part of Catholic Action. (Her mother was an ethnic German ex-Lutheran and devout Orthodox like the empress Alexandra.) Her specialty was improving race relations. I think infighting did in Friendship House; she started over with Madonna House in Canada. Like Day, small-o orthodox to the bone; Novus Ordo and a fan of the charismatic movement. Should have been Russian Catholic and maybe canonically she was, but never really Eastern as a Catholic. Due to real or imagined prejudice, she tried to hide her Orthodox origins (one of her faults was lying if she thought it would help her cause). The Eastern stuff at Madonna House was really her good friend Melkite Archbishop Joseph (Raya), of Byzantine Daily Worship fame; he received Fr. Serge (Keleher) back into the church from Russian Orthodoxy in 1973. By the way, Blessed Teresa's liberal order doesn't show her in her habit, trying to rewrite history.
  • Theologically Modernist, liturgically traditionalist. A new blog. Not something I endorse but a good challenge to your faith makes you think. As I like to say, if I were trying to come up with a church both pleasing to me and which I thought would bring in and please the most people, it would look a lot like the "affirming" Episcopal renewal, credally orthodox and liturgically high but hip too. But you don't get to invent a church; it doesn't work that way. And it DOESN'T pack them in; the Episcopalians and other mainliners are losing people like the liberal evangelicals lost Bart Campolo. I used to think the few, the self-important, the OicwRs were a kind of this (libcaths with a cool liturgy); maybe they are but I try to be rational. They're like the Anglo-Papalists used to be in Anglicanism (in the Episcopal Church you had the Graymoor Franciscans and St. Clement's and that was about it; the first long Catholic, since 1909; the core group of the latter now so), a largely uninvited volunteer fifth column trying from within to turn their church into another which they think is the true one, commonly called traitors. In practice a church largely imaginary, little to do with their hosts' teachings or rank and file. By the way, Graymoor became Catholic the year after General Convention voted to allow other Protestant ministers to preach in Episcopal churches; the friars and sisters wanted to be Catholics, not squishy ecumenists.

1 comment:

  1. What is the liturgical impetus for creating new ecclesial bodies? Given how often the liturgies reference the assembled congregation, one would be hard pressed to argue with any historical precedent that one communion is just as good as another.


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