Tuesday, April 5, 2011

He's got chutzpah !

This particular blog entry has been a long time coming. I kept telling myself that I would compose it when I had time, but never found the time to do so. I am a procrastinator by choice and profession XD. Nevertheless, it is a real pity that I had not gotten to this entry sooner.

In my now defunct association with Tradville (I'm not even sure I would technically be classified as a Traditionalist, per se.), I saw a GREAT deal of affectation present amongst many of my fellow co-religionists. Not the healthy form of affectation that each of us clings to to maintain our sanity in this world. But rather the kind that feeds into a vicious cycle of mental masturbation of rose tinted remembrances of repast, some of which weren't there to begin with and others which are just corrosive and damaging to a person's faith. By the latter I am referring to the various hangups that many utilize Traditionalism as a smoke screen for. But alas, I cannot say that this is true of ALL Roman Ritual Traditionalists (Thank GOD for that !) as many are indeed sincere individuals solely seeking to live out their faith in a Traditional manner and pray The Church (at least as regards to The ROMAN Rite. I am a VEHEMENT defender of Byzantine and Eastern Christian Rituals and Liturgy. I am NO fan of Latinizations/Romanizations, but am open to cross pollination between Ritual Churches.)will likewise follow suit (As do I !).

The above being said, I would like to take this opportunity to extend an introduction to my readers, to the blog of a dear friend of mine. I believe their blog encompasses some of the undercurrents present in Traditionalist Roman Ritual Catholicism that are usually suffocated or diverge from the brand of Traditionalism being sold (AKA: Back in my day...).

My friend (whom I will refer to by his name "A Sinner") took upon the endeavour of creating a blog that would expose those elements present within Traditionalist circles that do more damage to the cause than aid in its advancement. Lets be honest, there are indeed MANY things that have absolutely NOTHING to do with Liturgy, doctrine or dogma that SOME Traditionalists insist upon entertaining for selfish reasons. Reasons which many times have to do with "preserving" The TRM (Traditional Roman Mass (I find TLM vague given the fact that there are OTHER Latin Rituals within The Western Church that aren't being advocated for in Traditionalist circles.)) for themselves and other like minded individuals. In other words, some have taken the "cause" of Traditionalism, turned it on its head and transformed it into a pseudo gnostic cult that is the sole proprietorship of the initiated (AKA a niche group). As I mentioned previously, this is NOT true of ALL Traditionalists, but it indeed DOES exist and usually amongst those who are the most vocal (That said, the same can be said of those who are EXTREMELY Liberal in their approach to Liturgy, doctrine and dogma. However, for all intents and purposes, the liberal ISN'T fooling anyone with any facades or smokescreens.).

But I digress and return to the initial point of this entry. Namely "A Sinner's" blog (Who are we kidding, we're ALL sinners.) explores the ins and outs of not only his personal experiences within Traditionalist Catholic circles, but that of many of his readers. As such, it attempts rather well to give a voice to anyone and everyone who identifies (or would be labeled as) a Traditionalist, but have become disenchanted with many of its manifestations in their personal experience. It is no surprise why the blog itself is titled Renegade Trads .

HOWEVER, before anyone feels the need to accuse me of "scandalizing" them, please realize that my recommendation of the blog leaves you free to disagree, agree and everything else in between that may be gleaned from the blog. My own blog DEFINITELY speaks to a level of affectation on my part and as such, that would apply to EVERY layman out there. Recommendations do not imply complete endorsements of ALL content relayed therein, but rather that the content is valuable in that it creates a DIALOGUE between fellow like minded individuals united towards a cause. Perhaps ins some things we're wrong, and in others we're right, but through dialoguing in said manner, we are able to initiate a catalyst for change and edification.

Of particular interest to me, are those entries on "A Sinner"'s blog, related to The Catholicism of The People. Not only in the testimonials submitted by his readers, but those entries that deal with those scantly mentioned issues. Issues pertaining to the socio-cultural/political narratives that many dare not address, because doing so would make one a "liberal". But I ask, what pray tell does being concerned with the ill that effects us all (SIN !), have to do with being a supposed "liberal" ? Is it perhaps that we have become so accustomed to our sole lived eclessiology that we respond as Cain (Am I my brother's keeeper ?), have we truly come that far ? I'll leave that for my readers to ponder.

Likewise, many of the entries related to the sociological and anthropological developments of Liturgy (and the cultures built around them) across Rituals have proven most beneficial to me as both and anthropologist and a Catholic. It allows me to better appreciate and approach my faith as a man of both faith and reason. For this I am sincerely grateful as well as "A Sinner"'s patience with my own spiritual struggles.

So I welcome you all to take a chance, whether you agree or disagree with every claim made therein, but at least make the attempt to engage the blog for what it is. Namely a fellow sinner's attempt to sort through life as a Traditional Catholic one blog entry at a time.

1 comment:

  1. So, it seems I am the first to make a comment. XD

    I read the whole blog post, and the one below it. It's interesting. I need to read more of your posts. Lately, my blog posts have just been about quotes from books and films, and I am highly disappointed in myself for not writing more. And by writing, I mean theology-related posts or anything related to philosophy. But so far, all I can come up with is my existential life.

    I confess that I know less and less about what you have talked in this blog post. I am sure you have explained it quite well---perhaps I'm just not too involved in all the rites and the liturgy of the different denominations of Christianity. I do research, but I'm more prone to research about the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican Council than anything else.

    Also, yesterday, someone asked me if I am Novus Ordo and if I am SSPX. I was really astonished that someone would ask me that. It took me completely by surprise. I told her that I'm neither...but that I'm just plainly Roman Catholic, and I acknowledge and respect the authority of the Pope. I'm not sure why she asked me that, but she did say that most of her friends were Trads.

    Anyway, I have seen you post a lot on your Facebook from that blog Renegade Trads. I am not sure where I stand on the whole thing, but I have read some of those posts you put up.

    I apologize if I haven't contributed something in relation to your post, but I most definitely want to read more.

    You should write more! :P


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