29 January 2010

Catholic Amish? Catholic Distributists?


Have a look at this:

"Plain Catholics seek to separate themselves from the values of the secular world and to live their lives in the simplicity of the Gospels both in attitude and gratitude as well as faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus ... so that in all things, God may be glorified. Plain Catholics seek to preach the Gospel with their walk and do not engage in doctrinal debates nor door to door evangelization.

When asked, they obey 1 Peter 3: 15-16

... Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame."

H/t to the Joyful Papist.


CJ said...

Hi... I'm commenting late, I know, but the source of much of this is Joyce Laird, a lady from Dahlonega, GA, who is trying to generate interest and gather people to form a Plain Catholic intentional community.

She has another blog, "Plain Catholic in the Mountains":

and a longstanding Yahoogroup, "Catholic_Covered_Plain_N_Crunchy


The Yahoogroup bills itself as being about:

"This is a women's only list for encouragement & support in parenting & homesteading in the spirit of Titus 2. Some of us are Plain Catholics who lead a plain life both in our dress and simple homestead living. Some are Catholics who seek to lead a simple life in rural areas; some are suburban & urban homesteaders who follow a simplified lifestyle of growing vegetables & raising chickens. Some are seekers. All respect & recognize the authority of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. WE DO NOT DEBATE official Catholic doctrine or other issues. We are a source of info & support only. If you have doctrinal issues with the Roman Catholic Church this is not the group for you. We cover our hair full or part time. Reasons vary from 1 Corinthians 11 to respect for the Blessed Sacrament & Our Lady. We may cover at Mass with veils or bonnets. We dress plainly or simply, always modestly, usually wearing skirts or dresses. We practice some degree of Attachment Parenting. We may homebirth, wear our children, breastfeed, homeschool, eat organic, cosleep--basically, we parent our children. All are encouraged to pray thrice & think twice before posting. We all have times of difficulty & may not interpret a post correctly. Let us enourage one another as in: Hebrews 3:13 "But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." 1 Thessalonians 5:11 - encourage, build up one another Disclaimer: Any health advice given should be checked first with your personal physician before it is followed. We are not responsible for the content of the Yahoo ads attached.

Mrs. Laird was fomerly a frequent poster on several Mennonite/Anabaptist Yahoo groups, which is where I first became aware of her. She invited me to join her Yahoogroup, and I was a member there for a number of years, and an active poster until fairly recently, when comments to the list became heavily censored.

This spring the list was purged of most of its less active posters, myself included.

Trinity said...

I don't know who this CJ is but I'm on this Yahoo list and there is no one by that name there. I think this commenter sounds like sour grapes to me and has an ax to grind against someone.

I joined that list and find the conversation quite charitable compared to the snarkies on other lists. The Plain Catholics I know are in Indiana and Iowa, no one there is from Georgia. I'm in Montana and there's plenty of people from different parts of the world on that list including Australia.