21 September 2008

Are They Coming Into The Open?

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I was alerted by an interesting Portuguese site to the existence of a proudly "antitraditionalist" site; it is in fact called "Antetridentino" and is subtitled: "Against Traditionalism". The rather offensive photo I've attached is up there on the website banner. If your Portuguese is up to it, take a deep breath, say a prayer to St Michael the Archangel, and dive in.
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"In Portugal, happily, there are few outlets for traditionalism", the author of the site congratulates himself and his fellows at one point.
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This isn't "against" traditionalism in the sense of being sort of the other way inclined, or preferring English to Latin: this is "against" in a really contrary sort of way.
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"The Institute of the Good Shepherd is a very recent foundation with few members at present, but, unfortunately, people from all over the world wish to join it. The process of creating the IGS was a shameful act by the Ecclesia Dei Commission."
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You are beginning to get the point.
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What interests me is that this is the first time I have been aware of somethng that attacks Tradition directly: head on; and does so from a point of view defined as Catholic. Fr Z (whom God preserve!) has found something similar in this weekend's Catholic Times. Might we be approaching the tipping point?
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As another, much greater, writer put it:
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"But now, splendidly, everything had become clear. The enemy at last was plain in view, huge and hateful, all disguise cast off. It was the Modern Age in arms. Whatever the outcome there was a place for him in that battle."

3 comments:

gdr said...

In fact, that site is the only one against tradition I know in portuguese. Maybe it´s a sign of fear, don´t you think?

Thank you for reading GdR.

Ttony said...

"Maybe it´s a sign of fear, don´t you think?"

Amigo GdR

pode ser, pode ser.

Ttony

John said...

I see that today's date is given as:-
Terca-feira,23 de Setembro de 19108

That, in itself, surely gives some insight into the sort of person posting this blog.
It hasn't got a lot of material and I certainly got the drift of what it is saying. My guess is that it will have little appeal and will simply wither on the vine.
As to Bas. Loftus!
I was at school with him in the same year. He was appointed Head Prefect in the Upper Sixth, a decision taken by the then Head Mgr. Morgan Vincent Sweeney and the decision was very unpopular and Mgr. Sweeney later has said that it was one of the worst decisions he ever made. You will have to take this as hearsay evidence but I am sure of my source on this.
Bas. was always an oddity.
After his ordination he wangled himself into the Vatican Diplomatic Service. I am reasonably sure that he went to Thailand and that posting gave him his Monsignorship.
He left the Diplomatic service and then had to face up to being a priest in his home Diocese of Leeds He never took on the task of being an inner City priest but wangled himself comfy country parishes. At one time he was in Settle and at another time in the very plush parish of Clifton. He now resides in Scotland and is retired, a situation which he acquired long before the statutory age of 75 because he isn't 75 years old yet, although he is now close to that age.
Bas. always thought that he was made for great things!

JARay