Sunday, April 12, 2015

Super Sunday

  • My shop and flea-market finds this weekend: a space-age glass and an antique picture of Our Lady of the Rosary. Her, St. Dominic, and I don't know who the nun is: St. Catherine of Siena? (A Dominican tertiary; she didn't live in a convent.)
  • Super Sunday in Media, Pa. The Media Theatre's neon on.
  • A critic of the ordinariates. Followers of the scene know that the Americans' Prayer Bookiness compared to the English is our symbolic resistance to the Sixties, fitting perfectly in the frame of the Tridentine Mass in the American Missal, for example. (But I have no time for Cranmer as such. The "Reformation" was evil.) He has a point that the Continuing denominations leave a lot to be desired but this whole piece strikes me as the same Novus Ordo trash I heard in the '80s about how great the "renewal" is ("WE get lots of people in RCIA"). I've heard that rap before: give up that artsy stuff and become a charismatic. No, thanks. As for the "renewal," around here I just see a broke archdiocese closing parishes and schools. They've spent down the clout they earned before Vatican II. The basis of the proposal was that an unspecified but very large number of disaffected Episcopalians was poised to go over to the Catholic Church. Bishop Pope estimated the number in the 1993 meeting with Ratzinger at a quarter million, about 25% of then-TEC membership. No way.
  • Social-justice bullies: the authoritarianism of millennials. Lefty social justice is a Christian heresy.
  • Pat Buchanan: the long retreat in the culture war.
  • My guess for the presidency next year: business as usual. Either Jeb or Hillary (lots of people would vote for her just because she's a she): if Jeb, the media will witter about a conservative revolution but of course it wouldn't be; the usual suspects would be pandered to as the Republican Party tries to look cool. More foreign wars as "humanitarian." Because neoconservatives are really liberals. If Hillary, you'd get the same thing but going about it in a different way: she'd play the hawk to look tough (trying to please the mainstream right "despite being a woman") plus service her usual leftist constituency.


  1. The real question re: Ordinariates is whether there is anything in the Anglican Patrimony that has value that isn't already present in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. I don't think there is. Much of what we see as "Anglican" is just an attempt to bondo over the fakedity-fake nature of the Church of England and its spawn by tying back to a kind of mythical Anglican period (ala the Tractarians). Personally, the only real hope for Christians in the Anglican "Church" is to simply return to the Roman fold, into the mainstream of the Latin Rite of the West. That's where they belong, not in a kind of pseudo-rite of their own. I mean, really, what is the Anglican "patrimony" -- coffee in the loft, a vicar who knows how to wear a lace alb, and English composed by a liar & heretic who destroyed the institutional Church in England and drove faithful Christians underground? Uh, no thanks.

    1. Obviously I no longer think Anglicanism is the church or part of it, but I'm very grateful to those gracious people who had coffee hour every week and for the vicars who still wore lace albs. It beat the hell out of American Novus Ordo in the '80s. The patrimony worth saving? An English-language version of Tridentine, the American Anglo-Catholic tradition. A semi-congregationalist Tridentine Catholicism in English, NOT Henry VIII or Cranmer. What you describe is classic Anglicanism including the Tractarians. Ironically, a movement, Anglo-Catholicism, that started out by reacting against an effect of Catholic emancipation in Britain (the government was going to shut down four Anglican dioceses in Ireland, because most of Ireland's Catholic), and was not at all interested in rejoining the Catholic Church or copying it, ended up imitating the church, but at least sometimes sincerely (they really wanted to come back).

    2. Well, given the good work of B16, the Novus Ordo translation is now fine. There isn't anything for the Anglican "patrimony" to offer. Best for the Christians among them to come home to the Latin Rite.

    3. I'm fine with B16's English Novus too, as in no conscience problems, but the Anglicans' English and much of their music (which we use at Our Lady of Lourdes) are classic. Here you sound too much like the Orthodox telling me my original tradition is worthless.

    4. The new translation is (to paraphrase Spurgeon) strong in Latin, weak in English.

  2. It is rather funny reasoning to cite BXVI's retranslation of the Roman rite to trash BXVI's creation of the Ordinariates.

    Why join the Ordinariate? Easy:
    1) liturgy
    2) spirituality
    3) music
    4) culture

    Go to an Ordinariate liturgy. Night and day compared with a run of the mill parish community.


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