They are convenient tags for the indolent or those who wish to savage idly. I am as guilty as the next person, after all, what label does a 'modern' Catholic wish to be known by? Or, for that matter, how does a 'traditionalist' wish to be classified?
I can hear the scraping of chairs and the rush for the mogadon right now...."We are all Catholics" you were about to shout at me, and this is, of course the case.
But we are all Catholics with a very distinct variance in colours and we do need a polite way of referring to each other so that we do not cause offence.
|Auntie Joanna doyenne of chintzy Catholicism|
I have a confession to make, I do take an occasional peek at Auntie J's blog. It is not quite my cup of gin but she does have a certain cosy chugginess about her that makes it like sitting down before a roaring fire eating buttered crumpets and quaffing gallons of Earl Grey and reading The Universe.
Recently, I was bold enough to make a comment (actually it was my second in about 6 weeks). I was slightly miffed (you see how easy it is to drop into character here?) by the following piece in which she referred, in a rather perjorative fashion to "Lefebvrists) by which I assume she means followers of the Society of St Pius X. Now, I am not a "follower" of the SSPX as such. They have been vital friends to me in the past and, if I was stuck for a Sunday Mass I would certainly go to one of theirs with no qualms and complete legitimacy in the eyes of the Church.
We do know, do we not, that the Holy Father is making massive moves in order to bring about a full reconciliation with these souls? We do appreciate that Catholic unity, even above Christian unity, is a goal for which we all should strive, do we not?
Well, those are my beliefs anyway and so, in a temperate manner I responded to Auntie J but....some few days later....has she published my comments?...has she? Dim as they say in Wales meaning No, she damn well has not.
You may judge her piece for yourself, my highlights are in red (the parts I object to)
here it is.....
Monday, December 13, 2010
BTW, Lefevbrists will not want to read the book, as it reveals the quiet wisdom of the Pope on significant issues where they will be at variance with him and with the Church. They will also not like an authoritative document now published: Verbum Domini, the Pope's new post-Synodical Exhortation on the Word of God. It quotes Vatican II extensively, highlights strongly the importance of the Church's friendship and dialogue with the Jews, emphasises the rich abundance of Scripture now offered to the faithful at Sunday Mass and gives good advice on how this is to be honoured in the liturgy, speaks well of ecumenical initiatives, and highlights modern saints (Teresa of Calcutta, Edith Stein, Josemaria Escriva) alongside older ones. Watch out for attempts to rubbish this document or belittle its authority. Meanwhile, get a copy and read it yourself - it's inspirational, and full of practical advice ( praying with the Scriptures, how to improve the standard of reading at Mass, importance of each family having a Bible, need to see the Scriptures as belonging to the Church, avoidence of fundamentalist interpretations.)