Comments, Comments, Comments
Just like some sort of bizarre special episode of a sitcom, here is a recap of some interesting comments made on the blogosphere lately. To learn more, click on the links:
The ultramontanism that you are advocating here, about uniformity and identity crises, only prevailed after the French Revolution and after Gallicanism was beaten. By that time, the Catholic Faith became less and less of a force within society in general, and the Papacy and the papal cult became more and more important even in the daily lives of Catholics. The flawed and biased scholarship of Dom Gueranger and his obsession to impose the Roman rite all over France is a tragic example of this. This thinking is just as much a product of our decadent age as is liberalism, and it will lead nowhere.
-Yours truly, the Confused Anglo-Papist
I have heard that on Athos the normal reverance for incorrupt remains is not the case, and in fact the opposite is true there, that they think it a sign of sinfulness if the body of a monk there remains incorrupt. I have heard several explanations for why this is so, but it is all secondhand to me, and I have heard so many weird things about Athos I don't know what to believe.
-the Ochlophobist, Canterbury Tales
And among Roman Catholics, the wrong question is this: How do we make the Orthodox become Catholic? The constructive question is rather How do we make the Catholics become Orthodox? Because Roman Catholicism should be an Orthodox-with-a-capital-O religion.
-Daniel Mitsui, The Undercroft