O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

To Each His Own Tradition...

From Symposium via Ramblings of a Byzantine Catholic comes this post about Latinizations:
The Eastern Catholic equivalent to Roman Catholic liturgical abuse is the issue of ‘Latinisation’. Those of you who are of the Eastern Tradition will understand what I mean, but for those of you reading this from a Latin (or Roman, or Western) perspective, it is important to understand that this is no insult to the venerable Latin Tradition. It is merely to say that what properly belongs to one Church’s life should not be co-opted by the other in what ends up being a pale imitation of the other’s practice. 
Read the rest there. Fr. James goes on about how each Rite needs to be faithful to it's own Tradition: that each Tradition is great and venerable in it's own right (no pun intended), but they cannot be mixed-each has it's own appropriate place and each person needs to be faithful to his own Tradition, otherwise they end up in a banal, made-up practice that's flaccid and neither one way or the other but rather destructive of both sides.

Indeed, Latinized Eastern Churches are neither Eastern nor Western but destroy both identities by mixing them together into a self-contradictory "have it both ways" pseudo-identity that gives you neither and destroys both. Similarly, Modernized Western Churches are neither Catholic nor secular (for modernism is the syncretism of Catholicism and secularism) and distort both what it means to be Catholic and what it means to be a God-less secularist by attempting to mix pious sobriety with atheistic hedonism in what can only be called a hypocritical self-contradictory belief system that tries to have both and ends up with neither.