Some readings around the blogosphere

Here are a couple of links to posts by Ordinariate priests in England.

Fr. Ed Tomlinson muses whether Pope Benedict XVI’s “reform of the reform” is dead, or whether at the grassroots the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction from modernism and conforming the Church to the zeitgeist.  He writes:

Men will not sacrifice much for a church lacking supernatural emphasis that ever bends the knee to moral relativism..

“Project Modernity” has failed.  Is it not OBVIOUSLY  time then to end it?

Pope Benedict XVI thought so. Hence he encouraged us to revisit the documents of V2 and counter the errors that later took place. He wanted an embrace of the council alongside appreciation for what went before. The creation of a church able to speak to the world of today, but also reconciled to the church of the ages; renewal not rupture. And the Ordinariate was amongst the first fruits of his effort at revival. The reform of the reform, in the few years it was practiced, bore fruit. There was a renewed confidence in the church in the wake of Pope Benedict’s visit to England. Bishops began to think differently. Blogs sprang up, vocations were rising…but then came a moment of shock which threatens to turn back the clock.

Father John Hunwicke also hearkens back to the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI.

He writes:

Next time, we could do with a much quieter and less visible and more considered papacy. A pontificate along the lines of the Petrine Ministry as it was so admirably defined in the careful and balanced words of Vatican I; as it was publicly demonstrated in the quiet and gentle Petrine Ministry of Pope Benedict. Perhaps we may even now pray for that man who, in God’s omniscient foreknowledge, will be the next Roman Pontiff?

I recently finished watching season one of The Crown on Netflix about the early days of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.  Well-written, well-acted, beautifully presented, I cannot recommend this series highly enough.  It’s story arc concerns the change the office of Queen and its traditions and duty imposed on the character of young Elizabeth, who experiences a series of painful and costly clashes between her own natural desires and the duties imposed by the monarchy.

We are in an age where the notion of high office somehow changing or endowing with character the office holder has given way to the idea that it’s the duty of the individual holding the office to put his or her personal mark on the office.

Thus we get novelty after novelty.  I wonder if all these popular series about monarchy, aristocracy and tradition such as The Crown,  Victoria, Downton Abbey represent a hunger for old certainties, timeless truths and archetypal representations of proper authority and hierarchy.

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