The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Bishop Williamson interview

Angelqueen Forum has done yet another interview with Bishop Richard Williamson, SSPX:

I have come to think that the hard line of the SSPX is really like standing on Jello. Be with the Pope, but not as the actual Pope is.

What really encourages me, however, is the fact that the SSPX is actually moving towards the ecclesiology of Eastern Orthodoxy: tradition trumps authority. They, of course, would never admit this, but it is true. According to the Russian Orthodox theologian, Protopresbyter Georges Florovsky, just because you assemble a bunch of bishops together and call it an ecumenical council does not mean it actually is one. The Church must receive it as such, and this could take centuries. Vatican II ring a bell here?

Bishop Williamson is an odd duck. Although I like some of his eccentricities (I once saw him in seminary say Mass in a comfortable pair of sandals- quel horreur!), he really is becoming a church of one (or of himself and his buddies). He seems a fascinating man, nevertheless, and I do not judge him in these confusing times.


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