Condensed, elapsed, and selective run-through of a discussion held on this blog in the last week, re: Father Robert Barron's "Catholicism" series:
Me: "Everything about the "Catholicism" series - what I've seen of it so far -
is renewing my faith in the Catholic Church. It is giving me hope...It is
reminding me that Christ is bigger than the petty arguments between the
liturgy police and the uber-orthodox, etc....The sad thing is, I'll bet many Traditional Catholics have refused to
watch the "Catholicism" series. I've had thoughts like this through
every episode...I hope I'm wrong, because
there is a big, beautiful wide world of Catholic faith out there, and I
get the sense that some dedicated Catholics are missing it. I share
these thoughts because they are just that, my thoughts and impressions,
and not to enflame a liturgy/rite war."
Eulogos: "Why would you think that "traditionalists" would not like it?"
Me: "I can't specifically identify
exactly what it was about the handful of "Catholicism" episodes that I
believe the Traditionalists would dislike. I wasn't taking notes. It was
just a sense and feeling I got, at times overwhelming. Perhaps it was
the presentation of the Church as broad, open, living, and loving. That
shouldn't be at odds with any form/rite of Catholicism, but I am
convinced that it is."
Love the Girls: "...if it's popular among the common Catholics odds are it's likewise very annoying and well worth avoiding."
Commbox in General: Long, drawn-out discussion re-hashing what is or is not a Traditional Catholic. People making arguments FOR Traditional Catholicism. People trying to point out that not everyone is a stereotypical, judgemental TRAD. Me responding to all of this, cringing the whole time because I know from previous experience this is all going down a rabbit hole and fast. This is all spinning off topic from the intended praise I had for the "Catholicism" videos.
Me: "I would just like to point out here that this post wasn't supposed to be
a discussion on the TRAD thing. Far from it. I simply mentioned it
because it was a personal thought, just a thing floating through my head
as I watched....REALLY wish this discussion hadn't veered in this direction. My thoughts
in the original blog post were, again, as if I were just airing out a
few stray thoughts in my happy, warm lovey-dovey feelings for Father
Barron's video series. Just goes to show that if you mention "Traditional Catholic," there is ALWAYS a price to pay for it."
Dave, trying to more specifically outline the long-held issues I have with some Traditional Catholics to another commenter: "If you want a concrete example of all the [Traditionalist] tendencies I've listed (and
then some), I invite you to visit http://www.traditioninaction.org . And
then get out of it as soon as you can."
Allison (who prefers and mainly attends the Latin Mass): I'm impressed with what Fr. Barron is doing with Youtube from a Catholic
social media perspective. He is reaching people where they are...Perhaps most interesting to this conversation is that my Latin Mass
pastor is hosting his Catholicism series videos weekly and having
Me: "Allison, that's what I want to
hear: Latin mass crowd being open to the universality of the Church. Not
being afraid. Not throwing something out without trying it first. Not
pre-supposing that because it's something new that it's total trash.
Good for your pastor and good for you."
Dave: "If you could believe it, I have come across a sedevacantist website which had some grudging praise for the Catholicism series...strange but true..."
Love the Girls: "I asked my good friend Patrick, a Feeneyite and occasional writer for Tradition in Action about the Fr. Barron series. And
his reply fits with what I would have expected. Fr. Barron is a
creature of the new orthodoxy who toes the company line very well."
OK, I know that Love the Girls is just one human being on this planet. But here is proof positive of the loose, floating thoughts that I had all the while I was watching the "Catholicism" series. Though some wanted to argue with me about how my broad-brush picture of TRADS is totally off-base, I think this one, final comment brings the whole thing full circle.
It's also proof that maybe those who want to diss it the most are the ones who ought to watch it.
Tempted to close the commbox on this one, but oh well, I'm all for free expression and all that, even if it makes me question my sanity in wanting to blog again.