I wonder why there are some out there in social media who have a fascination with everything regarding the Ordinariates—from the size of our communities, the buildings we own or do not own, the seminarians in the pipeline, upcoming vacancies that need to be filled, you name it.
And I would hazard a guess many of these people are not members of the Ordinariate. Some, like Norm who comments here, have a benevolent interest but an interest that puzzles me nonetheless. Norm, have you ever gone to Mass at St. Athanasius and St. Gregory the Great in Boston? Why so interested in us?
EPMS also frequently comments here and seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of every community, but are you a member? Why so occupied? And there is sometimes something of the character of Eeyore from Winnie the Poo in your perspective—-it can be somewhat dour, no?
Then there is a certain blog that relies on anonymous contributors who also seem to scour parish websites, social media like Facebook. These contributors seem to be disgruntled individuals eager to pounce on anything in the area of news so as to spin a negative caricature of the Ordinariate communities.
I will not name this blog or link to it so as not to give it oxygen. But I do think it traffics in detraction if not downright calumny from time to time and gets many facts wrong.
Why am I bringing this up, and by doing so, risking giving oxygen even directly to this blog?
Mainly, what I see in the blog’s constant negativity regarding the Ordinariate reminds me of Aesop’s Fable of the fox and the sour grapes. The fox could not jump high enough to reach the cluster of ripe, luscious-looking grapes, so he consoled himself by telling himself the grapes were sour and not worth the trouble.
So for the sake of shorthand,let’s call the blog the Sour Grapes blog.
I believe bitterness darkens the perspective of Mr. Sour Grapes and contributes to his drumbeat of doom and gloom.
Secondly, it struck me in looking at a recent spate of posts how lacking in supernatural faith Mr. Sour Grapes’ perspective is.
All the circumstances are viewed from the steely-eyed perspective a worldly manager with seemingly little or no understanding at all of how God works in miraculous ways, and how He rewards trust in Him, perseverance and faithfulness in the small things.
As a friend wrote: “We start small like an acorn. Even though we’re now small, Anglicanorum Coetibus has been a big success in that it has brought more fully the Anglican heritage and identity into the Catholic Church.
“We’re going to grow with time and our Anglican heritage and identity will be preserved for the glory of God herein. Focussing on the worldly managerial stuff completely misses all of this, which is the real item of importance in the ordinariates.”