The last two posts have caused me to wonder what causes people to be spiteful and malevolent. Deborah Gyapong writes about a blogger who has misused her photos to point fun at the Ordinariate. This particular “Cold Fish”-monger seems to have a life mission to belittle the Ordinariate movement, to dwell on our flaws and suggest that we are doomed.
Then there is Michael Davis, who wrote in the Catholic Herald about his “rubbishing” of the Ordinariate in his blog.
I can comprehend a staunch Anglo-Catholic regarding those who have joined the Ordinariates as some kind of traitors to the cause, but it was never our intention to deal a death blow to the Anglican Church or the friends we left behind.
The Ordinariate detractors, on the other hand, seem to have no other aim than to destroy the Ordinariates through their propaganda.
They can rest assured that we will not be disheartened. We will continue to report about the Ordinariate movement and its successes. We will go on enthusing about the ecumenical dream of Pope Benedict XVI of uniting the diverse Church while maintaining the many valuable traditions as treasures to be shared.
We are not blind to problems: we see small groups struggling and are aware that some of these might disappear, we hear the sceptical tones of some in the leadership of the Church who are perhaps not convinced of our mission or are perhaps afraid that our success might in some way be detrimental to them.
But we are certain in the importance of our apostolate. We have found a home in the Catholic Church and particularly in the Ordinariates. So we shall be sticking to the positive message, even if some might accuse us of being naive “cheerleaders”. I for one am happy to cheer about something I believe in to the bottom of my being.
This is the only time that we will mention these spiteful people – they cannot hurt us with their vitriol!