Monday, March 15, 2021

The religious answer

The religious answer for me wasn't neatly in a box and gift-wrapped. I had to figure out how to put together everything good I learned from several churches and use it as a Catholic. Many of the Romans I knew weren't much help, to be blunt. To be fair, something bigger than us all wrecked their community 50 years ago. Not their fault. Part of the answer for me was as simple as going to the Orthodox for Saturday Vespers and to the Catholics for Sunday Divine Liturgy. I love and support the traditional Latin Mass community, literally as I buy my coffee from them. Spent four years in it full-time last decade, most Sundays. I've worked for the SSPX and would do so again. Their integralism is the true seamless garment, a complete Catholic worldview. Yet the emphases in my religion and even the words of the psalms I read are directly from my Anglican roots. It's not at all about the Pope's person. Gospel, creed, authority, liturgy, and sacrament, not devotional sideshows and racy clerical political gossip. Newman, not Manning.

I'm Catholic because of contraception, remarriage after divorce without annulment, and anti-Westernism. I couldn't buy the Orthodox on those - play at being a super-strict Christian by denying your non-Orthodox baptism and making a show of fasting while joining the secular world on contraception - but am fine being Orthodox otherwise. And regarding my Anglican roots and women's ordination, nothing personal against them but nothing gets between me and the larger church and its sacraments. Nothing.

What most Catholics who even know about the Orthodox know and think, a bit condescendingly: pretty Mass, icons, and valid sacraments, but not under the Pope because they're mad at Catholics for saying the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and Son.

Anyway, even though God didn't become man, suffer, and die for niceness's and middle-class decorum's sake, "getting along," "be excellent to each other."

2 comments:

  1. I believe similarly to you re: Catholicism. What keeps me Catholic? Catholic moral theology on marriage and the family which covers divorce, annulments (which I hate anyway for its juridical white washed sepulchre characteristics), contraception, and abortion. I in no way marginalize dogma and doctrine. It's just that moral theology is about this world mostly and is something at least a person living in temporal life can get his mind around somewhat. The dogmas of the Church must be taken on faith even when a rational presentation of such beliefs is given.

    It is not easy being a Catholic and lately not much fun at all . . . well I would say the same for Christianity in general, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  2. Why create diss-harmony among d'brethren?
    Peace, bubba! be@peace...
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    GBY

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