Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Anglo-Papalism, latinizations, religion in American politics, and more

  • American Anglo-Catholicism. Or, if by Anglo-Catholicism you mean believing Anglicanism is the truest Catholicism (as the English "Reformers" and old high churchmen did, before Anglo-Catholicism, and liberal high church still does — classically, other Protestants are non-churches; Catholicism and Orthodoxy are churches but in grave error), non-papal, this is its opposite, Anglo-Papalism, always almost nonexistent in America but formerly common among England's Anglo-Catholic minority, before there was the ordinariate (in Britain, conservative Novus Ordo with married priests; they had no use for the Prayer Book). Classic American Anglo-Catholicism looks Tridentine like this but believes in "Hooker minus the Erastianism" or an orthodox sort of Old Catholicism (again, trying to downgrade the papacy). Clergy and altar servers at St. Clement’s, Philadelphia in 1948. The vestments, a brocade cloth-of-gold set with blue orphreys, was constructed by atelier Grossé of Brugge, Belgium. They were gifted to the parish by parishioner Mrs. Eugene F. Caldwell, sometime shortly before 1940. The set is still in use, frequently for Marian feasts, as are the lace-trimmed albs. The rector, Father Franklin Joiner (click to read him on liberalism), stands to the extreme left in choir dress. The celebrant is Father Theodore Yardley. Understand that this wasn't one of the Episcopal Church's false-flag operations with Italians (St. Rocco's, long episcopalianized and now closed, and St. Anthony's) and Hispanics. Places such as this weren't trying to steal our people, but turn Episcopalians into Catholics in an inside job. In 1950 when Pius XII defined the doctrine of the Assumption, Fr. Joiner had the Pope's document printed for his parishioners.
  • For what it's worth, about the same as the change I just got from the diner, here are the U.S. presidential candidates' religious affiliations. The article mentions that Kennedy basically disowned the church to get elected. (But it's true we weren't trying to coerce American Protestants.) A big story of the Sixties is it made American Protestants' dream come true of absorbing the country's big Catholic minority. So chances are a candidate's nominal Catholicism doesn't mean anything. Our orthodox and practicing minority votes Republican by default as do almost all other religious Americans since the Sixties. (Me since 2004: locally almost always Republican but nationally Libertarian or nothing.) Basically a subset of the Protestant right, such as it is. (Jerry Falwell was just a footnote in the 1980 election.) That's what's left of "the Catholic vote"; the lapsed still follow the Catholic "tradition" of voting Democratic, because they're peer-pressure liberals who think they're being just and charitable. (Also, the Dems are the Abortion Party, the party of Planned Parenthood: "Free sex!" If you don't go to Mass anyhow, you're sold.) The only surprise: John Kasich is an "Anglican," which in America means "more conservative than the Episcopalians so they left." But, of course given his surname, he's an ex-Catholic (typical evangelical story: lapsed, then found God again in Protestantism), and "personally opposed" wishy-washy on the culture war in politics. Figures. He's ACNA, which is just Episcopalianism 1.0 (women priests, though they're reconsidering that, but no gay weddings).
  • More on latinizations among Greek Catholics. It's simple: the church rightly offers both the unlatinized and latinized forms of the Greek and other Eastern rites, nine times out of 10 the Eastern Catholics latinized themselves, and, alongside the unlatinized (including russophile) forms, I love the latinizations if they're pre-Vatican II and they don't take over; if they're less than half of the practices.
  • Damian Thompson: The rise and fall of the Catholic blogosphere.

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