St. Pius V Corner: Akko Contra Mundum

We conjure all Christians throughout the world to strive all they can to know their Redeemer as He really is… You must look upon it as a chief part of your duty to engrave upon the minds of your people the true knowledge, the very likeness of Jesus Christ; to illustrate His charity, His mercies, His teaching, by your writings and your words, in schools, in Universities, from the pulpit; wherever opportunity is offered you. The world has heard enough of the so-called “rights of man.” Let it hear something of the rights of God.

Pope Leo XIII, Tametsi Futura Prospicentibus (1900)

My grandfather and I sometimes have discussions on the subject of religion; during one of them, he shared his experience with Catholic education to me. In those days, Catholic schools everywhere, from Indonesia to New York City followed the curriculum of one St. John Baptist De La Salle; priests and nuns taught students not only on subjects like math, science, or reading/writing, but also gave them the gift of the Catholic Faith through the rigorous study of catechism, daily Mass, and a strict enforcement of morals. Such schools were seen as among the best across the district because of this attitude. My (Vatican II sect) high school, on the other hand, although hosting Catholic externals, operated much like a public school. Never once did I see a priest or daily Mass being said inside the edifice. Religious education focused on extolling non-Christian faiths (Nostra Aetate, you happy?), and 99% of my graduating class would repudiate their Catholic Faith. I wonder if the aforementioned saint would be cringing if he hears the quality of today’s Catholic schools, which although claiming to profess Christ, threw Him out to appease modern authorities.

Make no mistake; Our Lord himself wasn’t joking when he emphasized how difficult it would be to live as a Christian in today’s secularized world: “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (St. Matthew 19:24). Recently, I was pondering on Little Witch Academia, a show about a girl named Atsuko (hereafter Akko) Kagari and her quest to become a witch, where we see too her ideals on magic being challenged by others, ranging from classmates to British politicians; one can take home a few things with regards to being a modern-day Christian from her arc.

AKKO AGAINST THE WORLD

Who would have ever known Little Witch Academia could reflect the state of modern-day Christianity?

Diana: You’re a fool to think anyone here respects Shiny Chariot’s magic…

Akko: Nonsense! She was the greatest witch ever, her magical shows were renowned by all!

Diana: Sure, she was popular for a time. But it’s been ten years since she was last seen, and no one’s bothered to find her since.

Akko: You’re wrong! She gave me a dream and purpose!

Akko and Diana’s first conversation, episode 2

Prior to the events of the anime, Akko watched a magic show hosted by her role model, Shiny Chariot, whose mantra became her own: “A believing heart is your magic”. Upon entering Luna Nova Academy, Akko shared this dream of spreading her joy and love of magic to everyone, an optimism which never died within her throughout the series. Unfortunately for her, roadblocks came in her way; like her ineptitude at all things magical, and worst of all Shiny Chariot was regarded as a pariah by her peers, much to her horror. These included:

  • Diana Cavendish, a magic prodigy who, alongside her friends Hannah and Barbara look down upon Akko’s idolization of Shiny Chariot and her beliefs as “childish”. Since their first conversation in episode 2 (quoted above), Diana has constantly challenged her viewpoints, believing that it is hard work, not mere ambitions alone, that drive success, and tries at every whim to get Akko to grow up out of her own fantasies. This, coupled with her magical prowess, spurs Akko’s jealousy, and prompts her to start a rivalry with her.
  • Andrew Hanbridge, a member of the British aristocracy, who in episode 6 shares the belief of his father that magic is outdated, and initially intends to shut down Luna Nova Academy. At their first conversation, he shares the belief that “magic will disappear soon”, believing it to be useless with the advancements of science, and even challenges Akko to change his mind, which she fails miserably at. Ironically enough, his family is acquainted with Diana’s, who wishes also to see a magical restoration.
  • Professor Croix Meridies, the magical equivalent of a modernist heretic, whose philosophy is “magic must reinvent itself for the modern times”. Her abilities impress many at Luna Nova, but deep down she wishes to use magic to push her own catastrophic agendas. She harbors a resentment for Shiny Chariot following an incident during their youth, and wants to tarnish her legacy in the eyes of others.
One of Akko’s classmates, magic prodigy Diana Cavendish, scoffs at any mention of Shiny Chariot, and hates the idea of magic as a force for spreading happiness.

Akko persists in her want to spread the love of magic, and the gospel of Shiny Chariot to all, but in order to do this, it becomes apparent to her that she must change from within. Her character is prone to certain faults; she is impatient, hotheaded, and does not take kindly to harsh criticism. The only people who are there to encourage her in her goal are her friends Sucy and Lotte, as well as her mentor, Professor Ursula Callistis – who we learn in episode 16 as, unbeknownst to the former, Shiny Chariot. Outside of her small circle, she is all alone in her quest – Akko, contra mundum; against the world. The turning point comes in episode 11, when, during a visit to the Blue Moon Abyss’ spirit, she is tempted with a very attractive proposal: to become like Shiny Chariot, at the cost of her own soul. Realizing that her personal ups and downs is what drives her, she rejects the offer, proclaiming that success will come from within her, and not on a silver platter.

Akko: I won’t give up on becoming like Chariot! No matter what I have to endure, I’m going to work hard and become an amazing witch! Just like Professor (Ursula) told me: dreams can’t be grasped alone, but only through practice, day after day, will you find yourself where you want to be!

Akko’s resolve established in episode 11

Through the Seven Words of Arcturus, a crucial item for resolving her faults, this leads to her magical abilities improving, as evidenced by her taming of a vengeful Vajarois, her adventure in Finland and her support of Constanze’s battle machine during the Wild Hunt. In turn, this begins to affect those around her positively, even her former doubters. First is Diana, who, during an excursion to her family home, runs into Akko, where she not only admits her admiration for Akko’s persistence and optimism; later she reveals, much to the latter’s surprise, her own true feelings about Shiny Chariot; her former critic would turn to her best ally for encouragement. Andrew would later denounce his past skepticisms, and encourages the British government to support Akko and her friends when going up against Croix’s weapon of mass destruction. Lastly, Croix, who in episodes 22-24 manages to get Akko to doubt Shiny Chariot’s message, faces a change of heart after witnessing Akko’s spectacle, and reforms her magical duties to the service of good in the end.

LOSING A SENSE OF THE SACRED

“A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us.”
– St. Anthony the Great

Akko wanted to live the ideals of Shiny Chariot, even amidst a world that derided her, refusing to compromise her ideals; a task that many Christians often face amongst today’s secular whims. On the subject of compromising faith and worldly ideals, St. Paul writes:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.

St. Paul to the Romans, 12:1-2

Akko’s world saw magic as an outdated tool, and the subject of public mockery, as seen in The Enchanted Parade. Even today, in countries with a Christian majority, the Faith is often found denigrated much in the same way as above. See for yourself:

  • Secular discouragement of religion. Akko grew up in a world when magic was awesome, and Shiny Chariot was her proof for this. Fast forward several years later, and she arrives at a completely different world where her ideals are regarded as worthless, and even out-of-date. So too does secular society with its treatment of Christianity, where religion is de facto discouraged. Think I’m exaggerating? After 1965, Sunday Mass attendance, religious vocations, and the number of baptisms and Christian marriages have been on a steep decline – even in staunchly Catholic places like Quebec (Canada), Ireland, Spain, and Italy; and among those who profess this faith, the average person is unaware of terms like the Real Presence, the Immaculate Conception, or the Ten Commandments. Yet, you can deny science and claim to be a gender that you’re not, fight for the right to kill an unborn child, and keep Christmas and Easter commercial; but as soon as you attempt at professing Christianity publicly, you become the target of derision.
  • Open skepticism. Diana, Andrew, and Croix are no strangers to questioning Akko’s ideals on magic, and have challenged her in these numerous times throughout the show. Here, the Internet is home to large swaths of resources attempting (and failing) to disprove Christianity. Users on social media sites like Twitter also openly encouraging others to question the existence of God, the historicity of the Bible, call on Christian beliefs to “get with the times” or pinpoint the “evils” that Christians did throughout history, ignoring that that these were done in spite of what Christ taught. Some will even pull out Bible quotes out of context to “prove their point” and jive at Christians, proudly proclaiming their ignorance like a “medical expert” who got his knowledge by screening WebMD.
Professor Croix: Little Witch Academia’s proverbial “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.
  • Emphasis on humanism. I know of a very intelligent person, who graduated with honors from my high school’s advanced placement program, who rejected God because, in their words, He didn’t play a role in her life. Yes, the same God who brought her into this world, helped overcome her darkest moments, and bestowed the talents she was gifted with; somehow He wasn’t involved with that. This is humanism at its finest; the idea that man, not the divine, is what ought to be exalted, and seems to be the emerging ideology practiced by many people, even if they’re not aware of it; this trait can also be seen in Little Witch Academia, especially when characters discuss the merits of the supernatural against that of science.

CONFORMING THE WORLD TO CHRIST, ONE AT A TIME

But just because the world can be cruel to Christ is no reason to lose our Faith, but rather we should strive to remind others of His presence without being asked to by them. Akko managed to change the perspectives of many through her practices and strong faith in her ideals; so too can Christians achieve this in several ways, including but not limited to:

  • Praying to overcome doubt. In St. Mark’s Gospel, we read a story about how a father of a sick child cried out to Christ to cast away his unbelief, so that his child could be healed. Of course, there are times when our faith can be shaken, such as when we see other professing Catholics act out in a manner unworthy of the name, or if someone provides proof of the “falsehoods” of the Faith. In any case, I find that praying the words of St. Mark 9:24, “I do believe, Lord; help my unbelief” a good first step.
With the help of allies like Professor Ursula Callistis, Akko’s personal growth materializes and allows her message to reach others.
  • Studying the Faith from reputable sources. Just as how you would study a scientific paper to understand how the physical world works, so too should you learn the Faith from theologians’ works. In my life, I’ve found that taking a lunch break or two to read some books and dissertations on Catholic dogma have helped me to get a better understanding on what we believe, and how to respond against typical arguments from non-believers. I recommend looking at pre-Vatican II dogmatic theology books, such as James Cardinal Gibbons’ Faith Of Our Fathers, Fr. Joseph Deharbe’s Catholic Catechism or the complex theology manuals by Frs. Ludwig Ott or Michael Muller.
  • Making an honest effort to change. All the knowledge of the Faith won’t be enough to get you to Heaven: “For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.” (St. James 2:26) Like they say, your behavior will affect the way others act around you; and so you should be careful that how you speak and act, whether it’s on Twitter or in public, is representative of your Christian identity. It also helps to take notes from spiritual books; apart from Sacred Scripture, classics like Fr. Thomas a Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ, St. Francis De Sales’ Introduction To The Devout Life or Fr. F.X Lasance’s guides for young boys/girls are helpful resources for living Christ in the modern world.
  • Going on the offensive. We should use every opportunity possible to profess the Faith through evangelization, and help others see the true Catholic teaching on particular subjects, no matter how controversial. However, we ought to carry this out with respect and gentleness, if we are to reach them; much unlike the Vatican II sect preachers at Anime North who bullhorn their way to the crowds. Additionally, rather than have to answer question after question of misinformed positions by others who don’t understand the faith, it is we that should try to convert them; study their arguments, and question them openly to try and get them to change their minds. Questions like, for the Protestant, “Explain how true Christianity was founded some 1500 odd years after Christ?”; “Where do the origins of humanity come from?” for atheists; and for the Modernist even, “If truth can change, how can I be sure what you’re saying is the truth?”, are some good starting points when faced with objections.
“It is well for everybody to select some special virtue at which to aim, not as neglecting any others, but as an object and pursuit to the mind.”
– St. Francis De Sales

Akko: These people need Shiny Chariot. Once they see her show, they’d laugh and get all emotional. And then, the world will be at peace!

Andrew: No doubt, that’s quite ideal, far better than what we’re facing right now.

Akko: I must say, you’ve come to accept magic far more than you did before, haven’t you?

Andrew: I’ll admit, my opinion of you has improved over time. But let me be frank with you – you say you want to spread happiness to others with your magic. But you can’t get there if you just rely on Chariot to do it. Don’t you think you should take action first?

Akko: You’re saying I should do it? No, you’re right!

Akko vows to change the world, episode 22

CONCLUSION

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St. Athanasius, Doctor of the Church and defender against Arian misinformation

The title of my post is based on the Latin phrase, “Athanasius contra mundum” – in reference to St. Athanasius, the Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, who pastored his flock during the Arian crisis of the 4th century – the biggest crisis to affect Christendom until the Protestant Revolt a millenia later. In his day, many bishops succumbed to the heresy of Arius, an apostate priest, who flat out denied the divinity of Christ. St. Athanasius fought tooth and nail to defend Christ’s divinity, and for his many works he suffered a lot, being exiled numerous times from his patriarchal see and often left alone to fend for himself against the attacks against his position and person; hence, Athanasius contra mundum; him against the world. Yet he was emboldened by his struggles, and ceased not to write treatises defending the Catholic understanding of the Trinity, and practiced an asceticism with some monks sympathetic to his cause. In the years after his death, his position would triumph over that of Arius, who for his blasphemies (literally) ended up crapping himself to death. His story is quite representative of the many conflicts between Christianity and worldly expectations; one among those of Sts. Thomas More, Louis IX, Catherine of Alexandria, and many others.

For Akko, her gift was the one that Shiny Chariot gave to her a long time ago: bringing happiness through magic. She fought to ensure that its legacy would live on, and made sure to practice it wholly, gaining many allies to her cause. Traditionalist Catholics can learn a thing or two from them – rather than let the world conform us to their ways, we should let Christ be an example in our lives, and through Him, influence others to do the same.

Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ.

St. Athanasius

11 thoughts on “St. Pius V Corner: Akko Contra Mundum

  1. I have a question. Which is relatively irrelevant to this post and completely irrelevant to Anime – but I can’t comment on your ‘Why I’m a traditional Catholic’ page – and this is getting to me this morning. Not particularly because of you, it was another blog that got to me, but it’s been an intermittent concern over recent months so I’m raising it here in the hope of finding a satisfactory answer. I’m not commenting on said other blog because I think it will be ignored if I question things…

    Before I begin, since there is no tone of voice, I want to say I am not in any way irritated, and I don’t want to bicker. I want to see someone edge towards some sort of a logical resolution for this issue. I will speak freely as I know you have the option to moderate this before it appears, if you would rather not engage feel free not to approve the comment, I won’t be offended. I also don’t make my points with any lack of respect for traditionalist leanings, I’ll happily stick a scarf on my head and I would always receive on my tongue if it were always an option, I’ll go to any valid Mass where I can receive Jesus but I do acknowledge that these days a Latin one is much less likely to provide occasions for annoyance than a typical N.O… And I think God for the ministry of the FSSPX in my country, for providing the Sacraments at a time when most other Churches were closed for business. Within the world of clergy who owed obedience to the bishops who supported the governmental restrictions, and were therefore a bit more constrained, I also recognise that certain traditional communities were amongst the best at doing as much as they could for souls in the circumstances – though they were not the only ones. In many ways it’s probably an increased engagement with traditionalist elements, both personally and in the lives of those I know, that has raised my present concerns.

    All of that said – here’s my question:
    OK: If the Church is
    One
    Holy
    Catholic
    Apostolic
    …why is being a traditional Catholic a separate ‘thing’? It doesn’t make sense to me

    If it’s One, a Catholic is a Catholic whether they attend Novus Ordo or Tridentine Masses – or both.
    If it’s Holy, then we are obliged to accept that the Holy Spirit endows it with a certain sanctity and protection – not that there can’t be errors or issues to deal with within that, but this applies to its essential constitution, no?
    If it’s Catholic – well – then it’s universal, and includes the spectrum of those within it who hold what is validly Catholic – I know that doesn’t mean accepting heresies and all that nonsense, but it does mean not setting things up in such a way as to be in a kind of ‘superior compartment’, I think…?
    And if it’s Apostolic, then we can’t just turn around and tell all the bishops they’re wring about everything. Even if sometimes most of them are. There’s a got to be a filial relationship there, even in correction.

    I know I don’t tackle anything there with any substantial depth or subtlety, but there is time for that if the conversation progresses.

    Whether or not you choose to reply,
    God bless you!

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    1. Hi Máire,

      Good morning from Canada 🙂 I understand your concern and I’m happy to provide an answer however I can. Don’t worry about the comment not being related to the original topic at hand; it happens! I really appreciate your commendation of Traditionalist Catholic communities first of all, and I’ll always be happy to engage with your comments here since they have been respectful and not vulgar. Let me say too that all that comes afterwards is in my layman’s opinion: I am not a priest, nor theologian or canonist.

      Regarding your main query on why Traditionalist Catholic is a “separate thing”; I would say it’s not.

      Take for example, those Catholics who use the Greek liturgy and devotions: they’re referred to as the “Eastern Rite branch” of Catholicism. Both still recognize the same core teachings, use a fully Catholic liturgy, and accept the existing hierarchy of the Church. Likewise for the Novus Ordo too; despite all my reservations about it, the Mass they say is, in principle, a valid Sacrifice, and I’m not gonna quibble with those who attend one with a good priest. The moniker is just a minor differentiator to the different branches of the Church each person belongs to, and does not compromise unity nor Catholicity. They’re still part of the same Church, founded by Christ, despite their external differences.

      Yes, holiness means that the core teachings, rites and the divine nature of the Church will NEVER be compromised by contradiction, or ambiguity. I’m guessing your asking because of my statements regarding Vatican II: well, it’s an interesting enigma though, because – in my opinion only – there are some things it says which run contradictory to previous Church teachings. To that I’ll quote the words of a 19th-century theologian, Fr. Michael Muller, CSSR: “Neither any priest nor bishop, nay, not even the Pope, can give you permission to violate any of the commandments.” Ergo, we aren’t obliged to accept unorthodox statements, coming from the average Joe or a prelate; I believe this is the position that the FSSPX takes, and it seems reasonable enough.

      Regarding apostolicity: I don’t know of any Traditionalist who says the bishops are “wrong about everything”. Sure, some of them can be a bit uncharitable towards certain bishops and priests who are relatively unorthodox (certain Jesuit priests come to mind), but I wholeheartedly agree with you that there needs to be work on that, as 1 Peter 3:15-17 commands.

      May I ask which blog you’re referring to that’s troubling you?

      God bless and hope you have a nice rest of the weekend! Let me know if you have any further questions; I hope I helped.

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      1. Good evening from Europe! Thank-you for your reply.

        So firstly it’s grand that it’s a layman’s opinion. I’m more concerned about what I’m seeing of traditionalist laymen’s opinions and how they are expressed than I am with any theology per se in the movements. It’s not that they may not be rooted in theology at times, but my main issue there is a separate kind of culture going on with most people who define themselves as Traditional Catholics and at the moment I’m seeing quite a bit of division and confusion on account of it. I think said problems are often not theologically necessary, but I’m exploring that and the conversation is part of that. Theology and Canon Law can be researched, so relevant as they are to the reasons why people choose these things, and part of the exploration as they need to be, I don’t necessarily need you to be a trained expert to answer my questions, it’s enough to be able to give a relatively coherent idea of where you’re coming from, to help me understand where Trad. Catholics are generally coming from…

        On the naming thing, I get it as an explanation so no real arguments on an objective level, however my thing is I guess that I feel that the traditional tag is a little different than the others because there is one Roman Rite in two forms, no? So technically we’re all Roman Catholics… It’s not a big thing in some ways, but – I think it will make more sense when I explain my issues with the other blog so will leave it there for now.

        Yes the ‘all wrong about everything’ was a little unhelpfully hyperbolic, sorry, and whilst I have read the VII statements in your other post it was intended in a more general way with regards to the general attitude I sense in traditional circles towards the hierarchy of the 21st century…

        OK it’s probably helpful at this juncture to be a little more specific about my issues – the blog I referred to was somebody wordpress reposting the following two articles:

        https://onepeterfive.com/seminarian-is-there-any-reason-why-i-should-remain-catholic/

        https://onepeterfive.com/a-reply-to-the-discouraged-seminarian-there-are-6000-reasons-to-remain-catholic/

        So here’s my thing. The first post is heartbreaking, and all the moreso because stories like it are COMMONPLACE. And I do not believe the second post is the answer, even though it makes some beautiful points at times. But this attitude also seems to be commonplace.

        It seems to me – and correct me everywhere I’m wrong, that’s the point of me asking questions – that the conclusion he reaches in the end (specifically the third last paragraph) is where most Trad. Catholics go – ‘Become a Traditional Catholic and the problems willl go away – because they didn’t exist before Vatican II and in our nice Churches there are no nasty messes’.

        OK so this clarifies my moniker issue – Eastern Catholics don’t seem to present their rite and tradition as the answer to Rome’s problems, they just assert their being distinct from the Roman rite.

        And it clarifies my bishops being wrong thing – because the only way to come to a place where one asserts that everything that went before is better is to take a stand that is contrary to the way in which the Church has developed. It’s a good thing to treasure the rite and the teachings that went before and explore authentic ways to build on them and recognise and challenge what is inauthentic about the progression. It is another thing to decide that fundamentally there are big issues with every pope since John XXIII, and all the bishops who agreed with them, and refer to all recent contributions in a relatively derisive way… And I just think i see a lot of that going in in the Trad scene.

        I feel this stuff can be an unhelpful response to the present… I don’t even know what to call it… that’s happening in Rome. And in many ways the struggles I have with the present Pope may make my issues a little hypocritical and be a sign that there are certain things – one way or another – I need to resolve in my own thinking. That, with the help of grace, will take place in time. However there are still questions that I think can be answered. I’ll let you respond before I write more, in case I’m way off and need to be corrected on anything already said. I can’t assume things about what you think and then keep writing, so it’s better to wait…

        Happy PENTECOST!!!! Veni Creator Spiritus…

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      2. Most welcome Máire! And a blessed Pentecost to you as well!

        I read that article, and you’re right it’s sad and telling of the confusion in the seminarian; especially because in some ways it relates to people I know who have lost their Faith who went to supposedly Catholic schools one way or another. It says much about the current modern Catholic culture, unfortunately. 😦

        I think there’s one significant element that’s missing from Peter’s article: one that’s from my personal experience. I became a Traditionalist Catholic because of Christ. He is my Savior and I know that He lives – and I think it’s best to cultivate that relationship while at the same time educating oneself in the Faith through various dogmatic/moral/spiritual theology books. I want Him to be the center of my life, and offer nothing but the best in my worship of Him. That’s how I would answer the question. Yes, the Tridentine Mass may help in cultivating the Faith as well as the tracts, but at the end of the day, it’s on us to let that bloom.

        As to the culture war element and the whole hierarchical dissent stuff: I’ve learned it’s best to detach from those elements, they’re a distraction. Let Christ be the center of your life; not the former. One priest I read about said it best: “Lord, I know the Catholic Church is your Church, and I’ll let you take care of it in due time.” Similar to what my dad says: “What you can control, control; what you can’t control, don’t fuss too much over them.”

        I hope this helps – let me know if I’m missing something.

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      3. The thing is I know there are issues, genuine and deep problems, in the present culture within the Church.

        However the Church remains the Church and it doesn’t seem to me the most Catholic way to respond to those issues is a detachment from its hierarchy* and a declaration that things are ok in Traditional parishes, as that article did. The protection he claims for traditional Catholicism is not, to my understanding, in the safeguarding of priests who choose particular rites… Jesus confided it to Peter. It just seems to me to fly in the face of oneness and universality in particular. It is equally problematic when Catholics react against the extraordinary rite – but it is the existence of the tension itself that I am questioning, not that there are issues.

        As for Jesus being the centre of my life – I believe He Is, He Himself may judge to which degree. And I believe that my primary motivation in engaging in these conversations love of Him and a desire to see unity within His Bride, as He Himself prayed for the same before the Passion. Again, Jesus may judge the purity of that motivation; I shall not, execept in so far as the Holy Spirit may raise any inconsistencies to my attention for repentance.

        *I understand the temptation to this detachment in the light of the issues, believe me! I am just not sure it is a thoroughly Catholic response, though I stand to be corrected! I also don’t mean detachment in the formal sense of separation, rather the general attitude of needing to be set apart from the Church as a whole…

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      4. I agree that Dr. Kwasinewski is wrong in saying that Traditionalist parishes are the *only* bastions of Catholic orthodoxy; there’s also the other 23 Eastern Rite groups to choose from as well, although I personally haven’t experienced an Eastern Rite Catholic liturgy myself. To me, his statement does seem kind of marginalizing at best.

        That’s why I strive for a balance with these things. The hierarchy ought to be respected yes, and be prayed for, but all in all we should all individually do our best to live the tenets of the Faith without compromising the former.

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  2. =) I’m writing a blog post on the rest of my thoughts so never mind. I decided it was more charitable than annoying some guy who just wants to write about Anime and glorify Jesus!

    The post has gone kinda long and quite rambly, may never post it, but writing it was a better vehicle by which to process my thought regardless.

    God bless you… d’Artangan! I refuse to call you ‘weeb’ but have decided your picture looks like a musketeer, and that’s the only name I know as I’ve never actually seen or read the three muskateers. So sorry if that’s not what it is, that’s your new name.

    PS. I have been to an Eastern Rite Liturgy. Several. Actually one Easter a few years ago when the dates happened to coincide I decided to go to:
    7pm vigil with Franciscans
    9pm vigil with Dominicans (both N.O., second much more formal)
    Midnight at an Orthodox Church the other end of town,.. that went on till about 3am…
    Then I walked across to the far end of town from that for dawn Liturgy with the Byzantine Catholics
    and finished with Tridentine Mass – again at the far end of town from where I was but I think by that stage I was done walking and caught a bus. Didn’t have a car at the time…

    It was interesting, but not particularly something I’d recommend haha…
    Unless you want to make it the feature of an East vs. West blog!!

    OK OK I’m signing off. Definitely too late to be typing, am a bit hyper.

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    1. You’re right on the dot! My profile photo is D’Artagnan, played by Gabriel Byrne in my favorite film, “The Man In The Iron Mask” from 1998.

      Please don’t feel that I was annoyed. I enjoyed the conversation very much and I really appreciate hearing what you had on your mind, and it’s always a pleasure to gain some great insights to the matter, thanks to you 😀

      Wow that’s quite an interesting experience with that one Easter. All the more because those two dates for Easter in the two camps are different. Interesting proposition with the “East .vs. West” thing, but given I’ve only been to one Eastern Orthodox liturgy as a spectator, I don’t know what to write on it. It was back in my university days, there was a Russian church close to campus so I checked it out one day and needless to say, I was lost in translation XD

      Anyways, thanks for sharing your thoughts and feel free to drop by anytime 🙂 I will also be looking forward to your post.

      God bless you too Máire, and may He continue to bless you in all your efforts!

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      1. Sorry for delayed response – was planning to post blog first but that has now been put off till next week as this has been busy – plus it’s a ‘Monday Musing’, makes it awkward to post other days. Thank-you for the encouragement, would probably have dropped it altogether otherwise.

        On the ‘annoyed’ thing – it’s kind of a distinctively Irish usage that’s intended to be self deprecatory without accusing the other person of being annoyed in a negative way… which makes no sense in terms of literal wording when one stops to think…

        And your experience of Eastern Liturgies is about as extensive as mine of Comic Cons! We all have our areas I guess 😉

        God bless =)

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