Hello there. I'm a reader of Zippy Catholic's blog and I've been slowly trying to incorporate some of the other blogs on Zippy's list. I just read your letter to a priest in which you challenged his homily when he said Jesus could choose evil. I thought it was very interesting and very thorough. What surprised me the most is that a member of the laity would even bother (or even know) something like that. I can't believe after all your writing (not just the letter to the priest but other ones to Catholic newspapers) that you would get no response. You seem like a traditionalist, but at the same time one of the reasons you gave for being Catholic is the "oneness" of the faith. If things continued to deteriorate in the church would you ever consider joining the Society of St. Pius X? The more I learn about the faith the more empty the mass, and its various "innovations" seems to me. I was in shock when I saw liturgical dancers too, but I said nothing. At the same time, I do believe that the sacrifice of the mass is still authentic, that the church is still the Church. But I can't help but resent the almost inevitable direction it's going in. Which makes the Society of St. Pius X an attractive option. But its lack of unity with the One Church really bothers me. If you had to choose between the oneness of the church and the "rightness" (for lack of a better word) which would you choose?My response:
would you ever consider joining the Society of St. Pius X?
If you had to choose between the oneness of the church and the "rightness" (for lack of a better word) which would you choose?
The Church is one, holy, catholic and apostolic. These are its infallible marks. There is no "rightness" to be found in detaching any one from the other three.
Besides, after years of witnessing debates, including a recent one between Catholics and Orthodox, I've come to the conclusion that there are separated brethren among us because of one thing: that insufferably arrogant and prideful arrogation of power in a single office known as the Supreme Pontiff. Theological objections will be explicated, and historical allusions brought to bear, most complicated, diverse and wondrous to behold in their subtlety and number, but all merely excuses to escape the humiliation of bending a knee to the voice of Christ on earth. Which attitude is itself the manifestation of Pride.
There, that wasn't too didactic.