Thursday, February 23, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos and Catholics in Orthodox countries

I'm not disowning Milo Yiannopoulos. Some sanity from a priest.
Milo Yiannopoulos was abused by a priest when he was only 16 years old [13?]. Milo himself has never abused a child (a small miracle considering what he had been through.) Today, he apologized for the dark humor he used to deal with that horrible abuse of his past. He even admitted it sounded like a promotion of such sin. But he didn't mean it as such, and a skeptic like me actually still believes him. Milo remains an orthodox Catholic, despite having being abused by a priest and turning him gay. Think about that. That can mean only one of two things: 1) It's all a show. *or* 2) Milo seeks the truth more than a political party. So, Milo might be obnoxious and even tragic in his pursuit of free speech in America, but the man is authentic and real. Fear has led not only liberals yesterday, but even conservatives today to cast the first stone at this man who is clearly broken, trying to figure things out. A fifth-century African orator (orator: one very clever with words, like Milo) was once famous for saying "Lord make me chaste, but not yet." You see, sometimes people can be convinced of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but not yet have the strength to live the calling to sexual purity. (That crafty orator became the great and simple St. Augustine.) So, I'll respect any conservative *or* liberal who has the guts to admit that one's ideal (Christianity) does not yet match one's lifestyle (sin). These people actually become the favorites of Jesus Christ Himself: St. Peter, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Augustine. All of them were courageous but not perfect. So lay off Milo, or just have the guts to cast the first stone.
I was surprised that he's Catholic, given his name. Anyway, in politics and, I hope, friendship, homosexuality isn't a dealbreaker. Gore Vidal was an ally. In the clergy, if you don't commit crimes and don't attack the church's teachings, no problem; a lesson Anglo-Catholicism at its best taught me.

His Greek father didn't raise him. And there are Catholics in Greece, actually more Roman Riters than Greek Byzantine Catholics. ("Greek Catholic" means Byzantine Rite Uniates generally. "Uniate" cheeses off anti-Catholic Byzantine fetishists. Good.) The former are descended from converts on Venetian-owned islands centuries ago; Taki is a lifelong one. The latter were largely a rather recent, early-1900s missionary project of ours (plus a few Orthodox converted) that flat-out failed, plus that Orthodox country, the world's only official one, understandably defended itself.

The Russian Catholic Church was different but also a failure. Late tsarist intelligentsia read their way into the church so St. Pius X commissioned this project. It remained small and the Soviets squashed it. Like the tsars, they hated a church they couldn't own.

Going head-to-head with the Orthodox fails. The Ruthenians started a parish in Anchorage to bring in the Tlingits; it didn't. Likewise, the Orthodox going head-to-head with us fails; their Western Rite experiment (almost all converts) is microscopic and Eastern-rite churches generally fail within three generations in the West. (Their convert boomlet was mostly Protestants.)

It seems obvious to me that God wants their return to the church to be deep and whole rather than through piecemeal individual conversions; possible and desirable because they have real bishops ("corporate reunion": ideally, all of the bishops would come in at the same time), although of course we accept those conversions, as the late Catholic-turned-Orthodox-turned Catholic Fr. Serge (Keleher) said, quietly.

And once they were in, we would pretty much leave them alone. No latinizations.

Clip: Catholicism in stereo. Eastern rites (only the Byzantines in this are Orthodox) and the Tridentine Roman Rite, with Msgr. Kirill in Moscow and Cardinal Burke, among others, like dueling banjos.

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