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

Monday, December 04, 2006

Editorial Note

This post is to inform you the reader that I have decided to start practicing again as a Roman Catholic. This decision is a result of neither a doctrinal breakthrough nor a repudiation of anything I have written on this blog heretofore. It is merely an acknowledgement that I am a Roman Catholic to the bone, in spite of my difficulties, flights of fancy, and quasi-heresies that I have written here against the Roman Church. The Roman Catholic Church is home, even if I will always be a pariah within it.

This decision will not affect how I write nor my criticisms of Catholicism, of the Pope, or of Catholic history in general. So do not hold me accountable for being inconsistent with the ethos that dominates the Roman Catholic Church or the traditionalist movement within it. I am going back to being a plain old Roman Catholic (with heavy unorthodox Lefebvrist sympathies), and not joining the Pope Benedict XVI Fan Club nor the Church of Pope Pius XII Re-Enactment Society.

As for my reasons, they are entirely personal. Please e-mail me privately if you want to know them.

God bless,

Arturo Vasquez


At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deo Gratias!

At 7:37 PM, Blogger Ochlophobist said...

God grant you many years, Arturo. I will pray five decades of the rosary this week for your plain, old soul, which is, of course, the best sort of soul. I like very much what you write in your second paragraph.

We cannot escape our personal reasons. In the end this is really what it comes down to. One must give Thanksgiving where one is thankful.

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is SO about a late 16th Century naval encounter, isn't it? :-)


At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God.

At 5:00 AM, Blogger Young fogey emeritus said...

I am fairly sure you're in good hands and think I know how you feel. My blog isn't anybody's house organ either.

As for my feelings about the holy, Catholic, apostolic and Roman Church, in case they weren't already clear my entry on a recent New York Times interview makes them so.

At 6:17 AM, Blogger Anagnostis said...

Yip. Makes sense to me.

Many years, Arturo

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Sean Roberts said...

Apparently, Penny's novenas to the Infant of Prague have finally paid off!

At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are in my prayers Arturo!! Welcome home!!

At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll miss you in the Anglican world, but I wish you God's grace! My reasons for being Anglican are largely personal as well, so I know where you're coming from. God bless!


At 10:10 AM, Blogger Arturo Vasquez said...

Fr. Anderson,

You are not rid of me yet. I will still be creeping around Anglican websites in order to fend off RC trimphalists trying to poach good Continuers with questionable reasoning.

And I am still going to Anglican Evensong everyday. Nothing wrong with a little communication in sacris.

Thank you everyone for your kind words and prayers and God bless.


At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The key is to be where you have the best chance at salvation. I think doctrines of economia in all the major communions would require any decent pastroal hierarch to quietly (to avoid scandal) acknowledge this.

You are RC with reservations. I am Anglican with reervations. That just means we are both sentient, fallible, striving, Christian brothers.


At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it even possible to become an RC? I thought you could switch rites only once, and you were a BC monk...

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Arturo Vasquez said...

Yeah, I suppose you're right. But in reality, being Byzantine Catholic is really just a formality. If I wanted to get married at some point, I will probably have some canonical issues that means that the Papal Nuncio will have to stamp something at some point. Also, my children if I am blessed with any will technically be under the Byzantine rite, which means that they will probably be dunked. However, at the the age of fourteen they are free to choose the right of either parent, assuming I don't marry a Byzantine Catholic, which seems far from likely.

Just some bizarre Roman canon law. Seeing as you can count the number of Byzantine Catholic Churches (Ruthenian - Pittsburgh Metropolia) on one hand in this part of the world, you cannot honestly expect me to go out of my way to go to one. A change of rite is pretty much a legal fiction: you are still free to receive the sacraments in any rite of the Catholic Church, with the exception of ones that confer character or marriage, in which case some legal mechanisms have to get rolling.

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He despertado y he vuelto a dormir...
no quiero despertar y sentir sólo nostalgia
no quiero despertar y tener sólo recuerdos...
sigo adelante, despierto y duermo...
sigo adelante...


At 5:48 AM, Blogger Visibilium said...

I've found the Anglicans to be more collegial and less clerical, but both Anglicanism and Romanism are respectable stepping stones to Orthodoxy.

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