More from me on tradition

13 07 2010

My recent article on Inside Catholic


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16 07 2010
Vito

Today, for the 115rh consecutive year, the Mount Carmel Society of Lowellville, Ohio celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary was packed for Mass after the procession from the Society hall arrived with the statue of Our Lady accompagnied by Society members and a band.
Things change. Years ago the procession route was much longer with set stops for refreshments along the way. Today’s version is much truncated. The Mass with 7 or so priests in attendance, included readings in both Italian and English, along with hymns in Italian.
One of the characteristic features of the “Celebration” as it is known here, is the “Babydoll Dance.” You can read a brief article and see a brief video of it here: http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/jul/15/all-dolled/?print
The Celebration concludes with an impressive fireworks display put on by the Zambelli Company of New Castle, PA.
Buona Festa!

14 07 2010
eastwest

Thank you Arturo. I will admit your articles are thought provoking and challenge many of the assumptions I hold as a so-called “traditional Catholic”. I am trying to find the faith again…..

14 07 2010
Mr. Crouchback

Great article.

13 07 2010
Henry Karlson

The post above was meant to be comments on a whole series of texts you have put up and online; being busy and dealing with many issues, I am not doing as much commenting right now (and combine comments at times).

I would also say some of your posts, and some of the posts on “liturgical abuse” at other places was what led me to write on child-bishops yesterday. It’s another example of things lost in the crossfires.

13 07 2010
Henry Karlson

I am blessed to be Byzantine Catholic which still emphasizes tradition, and that means, a lot of cultural traditions. Nonetheless, as has been mentioned here before, the East has gone through its “cultural purges” of late, and ignores much of their own history and traditions. It’s not just that St Thomas Aquinas was often highly approved by major Orthodox prelates (Scholarius, I am looking at you), it is also that Palamas was mostly regulated to the backwaters of some monasteries while the rest of the Orthodox world was interested in real world issues.

Of course, I am a major fan of Palamas and I like Aquinas. I also like many ancient and medieval traditions. One of the things I used to talk about quite a bit is the medieval lore on faeries. I think there is much there to examine — it was, of course, the reformation which broke them away as “superstition” and even “Catholic devils.” So much is lost with their loss, because we have lost a perspective of the world which allows for non-human sentient beings of intellectual and spiritual worth. And this, I think comes back and hits us in many unforeseen ways.

Oh, and Iamblichus- he is my favorite pagan neo-Platonist, despite the possible reasons for his work.

13 07 2010
The Western Confucian

The best analysis I have thus far read of the American Catholic dilemma. I’m struck by the inevitability of it all, given the circumstances. I converted overseas, and confess that everything I had not picked up in the High Church Lutheranism of my youth I learned came from books, or worse yet, the Internet.

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