10 March 2014

The Fence is Pointy, and Hard to Sit on for Long

Hilary White of Lifesite News writes an excellent piece on why the "conservative" position is becoming ever more noticeably untenable in this Pontificate.  Of course, in the fight-- the "long defeat"-- for the preservation of the faith in the wake of the liturgical and catechetical destruction of the last half century, it really always was untenable.  But now it becomes more obvious by the day.

I love her blog. Chick can write.


St. Corbinian's Bear said...

I'm not sure what the "conservative" position is, unless it is whatever is left over after "liberal" and "traditionalist" are taken away, which would be a little unfair to conservatives, I believe. The Michael Voris split-personality approach of bash Cardinal Dolan, but one must never say anything about Pope Francis over the same matters, will, I predict, become untenable around October of this year when we reap the fruits of the ill-advised survey, the unnecessary synod and the whole eerie re-play of Vatican II in general. (Popular pope feels moved to try something new, well-prepared Germans steamroll conservatives.)

thetimman said...

Bear Man. You're right about the fall being a time of choosing, if it doesn't come sooner. And yet you know that many will gladly attempt to square even that circle.

One other thing, that Hilary White definitely gets (though she isn't the first or only one), is that traditionalist is not merely the right end of a conservative/liberal spectrum. It is a different animal entirely.

Shocking as it may sound, there is more in common between the conservative and the LCWR nun than between the conservative and the traditionalist.

St. Corbinian's Bear said...

Well, without defining what a "conservative" or a "traditionalist" is, it's impossible to converse meaningfully on the matter. It's not like they are established political parties with platforms. So I'll go first.

To me a conservative Catholic believes the teachings of the historical consensus of the Church, and would prefer to "conserve" as much of the past as possible against the novelties of Modernism.

A "traditionalist" is the same, except is more unwilling to tolerate the liturgical changes that followed in the wake of Vatican II.

Both suffer from cognitive dissonance by remaining in a Church that seems to have traded core beliefs for novelties, but neither feels there are any good choices.

I prefer "Bubble Catholic," which is like a reverse Cafeteria Catholic - they live in a temporal-spiritual bubble that includes things the Church has forgotten in our age.

As far as "squaring the circle" if Something Wicked This Way Comes in October, it won't be the Bear.