It's Throw Back Thursday.
Who's this handsome guy?
Don't know? Here he is a little older.
I'm sure most will get it right away now.
I am blessed to have some very smart friends. They challenge and educate me. Recently one asked indirectly (when talking about the issues of others) I.."wonder too about why you guys can't get along with the lacy crowd and vice versa. Both sides have many external enemies."
He makes a very good point.
Here is a portion of my reply. (With some modifications)
"I really do believe that the Roman Catholic Church could be (is somewhat?) a Big Tent. I think The Church needs to be. Unity in diversity. Many expressions of One Faith. Pope Benedict and Pope Francis both contributed to Christian unity in different ways.
Even though I was born after the end of the Second Vatican Council, I grew up (from birth until age 8 or so) only attending either the Ukrainian Catholic Liturgy an hour away from home or the Latin Mass at Benedict Center, also an hour away from home, until my parents (who were nominally Catholic as opposed to my grandparents who had more of an influence on my faith and spiritual life) moved to a small town, when I first attended a folk Mass in English with music from Ray Repp, David Haas, Carey Landry, St Louis Jesuits, The Dameans.
Most of the lacy crowd is more concerned about the lace and brocade paired with the rigid liturgical dance outlined by Fortescue (Even he came to loathe all the minor intricacies some delight in so much.) and insist on imposing their views on others. Their attitude has created two Roman Rite Churches. Forget the Ordinariate and all they bring with their patrimony of being disgruntled.
It seems we can't. Not until we all realize just how big the Church is and how inclusive our Lord and Savior is. Thank goodness for His Mercy and allowance for the issues and baggage we all seem to carry.
By The Way...
Father Hunwicke took a rather big swipe at Archbishop Marini here.
I read A Challenging Reform by Archbishop Marini. I don't have the time nor the brains to take on a break down his review. If anyone wants to do so (even anonymously) drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org