My stats page informed me that my blog had been linked to by a blog run by a Lutheran pastor in the US. The article in question is Must Orthodoxy be Byzantine? He refers to my earlier article – Western Rite Orthodoxy – with my translation of Dr Jean-François Mayer’s article in French (link to the original given).
My reflection on reading this posting is that each Church has its tradition, and does not seem generally to be able to assimilate another tradition with any real completeness for the purpose of receiving “refugees”. Efforts have been made by several Orthodox Churches, notably the Antiochians and the Russians to integrate liturgies of Anglican and Roman Catholic inspiration with a minimum of modifications to conform to eastern theological particularities. Rome has had Byzantine and other oriental rite churches for centuries, and is now developing the Anglican Use among the various Ordinariate communities. Rome has also reintegrated its pre Novus Ordo rite through the various indults and the more recent Papal legislation. The Church of England has tolerated the Roman rite in Latin or English for about the past one hundred years. There is some measure of osmosis, but such limitations are placed on them that some are left disappointed.
To what extent should Churches welcome the widow and the stranger, the exiles from other Churches? These Lutheran reflections are greatly appreciated.
This blog has often been the theatre of disputes concerning the willingness of Orthodox Churches to allow and foster the western tradition. At the same time, Orthodoxy remains a traditional religion like the Latin west before about the fourteenth century. That is rare in our days of globalism and secular humanism / materialism.
I have often read that it is not advisable for people to convert to Orthodoxy because they have been convinced by the sales pitch of a “true church” apologist. If that’s what a reader is considering, go to a parish, quietly attend the Liturgy without receiving any Sacraments, and perhaps after a few months or a year talk quietly with the priest about going further. I no longer allow my blog to be a theatre of disputes or sales pitches of those who compass heaven and earth to make a proselyte to make him twice the child of hell.
Constructive input would be most welcome.