Saturday, August 09, 2014

Wake Up To What?

I'm trying to be patient. Wake up to what? That Pope Francis isn't the Pope? That we should join the SSPX? What are you implying? Out with it, already! And the other thing about it is, you don't have to like Mark Shea. I'm definitely not his best bud or anything. He's already admitted more than once--gasp!--that he's a sinner who's been uncharitable with commenters and the like. I remember the big apology. I blogged about it. I said "thank you," and prayed for him. I had been sort of mad about what appeared to be a vendetta against Paul Ryan. That's exactly what it was, the issue. Which is not to say he hasn't gone soft, or that we're putting our faith in princes, as it were. Just that we need to try to hear people out, even if it's hard. Suffice it to say, I haven't had any more gripes with Mark Shea. Frankly, it speaks well for him that a friend of the blog really likes his stuff.

But you don't have to like Mark Shea. I don't care. But Rick Miller, I'm calling you out. Reading The Remnant will screw you up. Don't do it. Just don't. I love the Extraordinary Form, too. That's not the point. And Skojek, and Michael Voris, too. If they're not in schism, they encourage it. And we should have no part in it.

Anyway, someone else pointed out that Mark Shea has no training in theology. I hope we're not going there. The Church with buckets and buckets of unlearned saints is going to get credentialistic now?

The other thing I wanted to do was read the "About Us" page. Second paragraph:

Never before in the history of the Church has there been a Mass that featured women in the sanctuary, laymen giving out Holy Communion, Communion being given out in the hand, altar girls, polka and rock music, clowns, kissing and hugging, priests offering Mass facing the people, etc.

And I'm done. Some of these are abuses; some of these are legitimate expressions of preference. But if you don't accept the Mass of Paul VI as a valid expression of the Church's faith, as it was intended, mind you, you're not being a good Catholic. I just blogged about this yesterday. And what do I know? Well, I do have some training in theology. And I know the heart of the gospel, and when a spirit of bitterness has taken hold. Even Mark Shea doesn't deserve that.

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