The blog by this name, until now a newly-opened blog with no articles, is now in business. The sub-title I know nothing. There is nothing that I know. But the heart senses certain things might seem an anti-intellectual point of view, but joins the Romantic message I have conveyed in some of my articles as well as the Franciscan tendency in the middle ages to give primacy of the heart over the faculty of reason. We also see a reflection of the via negativa in eastern Christian theology and spirituality.
I thank Xryztofer for his article Liturgical Sun-Tzu, in which he refers to a previous article of mine. His main question is what to do in the present situation of the Roman Catholic Church. The situation is unenviable, but it seems rather simple:
- Go along with everything as it is,
- Join a traditionalist group,
- Get out and join another Church,
- Give up religion.
There’s not a lot else I can say. The choice is limited if you are bound by the “true church” stuff, which obviously does not concern me. I was only an unwelcome guest in their Church for about fifteen years. I find the subject tedious and tiring.
Xryztofer has been to visit an Anglo-Catholic parish (A visit to the Anglo-Catholics). I looked at the church website, and found a church building in somewhat garish taste. I would encourage him to continue his exploration outside the ECUSA institution and look around some of the continuing Churches. Here are the official sites of most of the major jurisdictions with links to their parishes in the USA and elsewhere:
It is entirely up to him. We Continuing Anglicans have other problems of our own, and we are all human. At least we have no major issues causing problems of conscience. We are there but exert no pressure on anyone to join us.
I was quite amazed at the time when the Ordinariates were emerging that those involved felt that some new liturgy had to be invented. In the end, it was an improved version of the Book of Divine Worship with some bit and pieces of the old Roman rite via the Anglican Missal being reinstated. Some suggested Sarum, and I wrote some articles in the now-defunct blog The Anglo-Catholic when the question was being discussed:
- Sarum What?
- Sarum: Answers to a Few Difficulties
- The Use of Sarum Explained
- The Future Liturgy of an Anglican Ordinariate: Why not Sarum?
It was not to be, but I made the point that there was no need to invent something new. The Use of Sarum has already been translated into Cranmer style English and can be used as it is. If anything, it is simpler and more sober than the Tridentine Roman rite and no more complicated than the Dominican rite. But, it is taboo and “smacks” of archaeologism and irrelevance. So be it. I do it with the blessing of my Bishop and I really don’t care if no one else is interested.
I used to get very demoralised about all this stuff, but I have developed a thick skin. I beat my own drum on this blog, and it does good for some but not for others. You can’t please everybody. The Orthodox have their own problems with their reading of history and anachronisms. That’s their problem. We all have our own problems. I only conclude that most religion in the world is a front for a sick and deluded mind, of disordered personalities and various forms of evil. It is for each of us to distinguish between the gold and the dross, the baby and the bathwater, the spiritual and the narcissistic cult of power and domination. I do think the world would be much worse without faith and spirituality.
I think that the disarray of all church institutions makes us all ask questions and seek the essential, the very things that no one can take away from us. We see the parallels between our own time, that of Tyrrell and that of William Blake. Perhaps Modernist is not a very good term to use. I prefer Romantic.