Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Look Who's Talking!
Hey everybody! I'm really excited because the latest issue of Thinking Catholic has published an article that I wrote. I won't reprint it here, because you should really get a subscription yourself, but I'll give you a little snippet:
...But we have to ask ourselves: if the revolution of Vatican II really liberated us, and did away with oppressive elements of liturgy and opened up a new hermeneutical triangle, then where are the congregants? Why are so many of our most progressive parishes and faith communities ageing? Where are the young? It's as if the flame repels the moth, all of a sudden, and unexpectedly.
I think the answer can only be found in searching within ourselves. Certainly there is a sort of glossolalia that affects some of our most sincere efforts to reach out to a public that has learned (rightly enough!) to distrust the utterances of organized religion. After all, one doesn't have to journey far beyond Chalcedon in order to enter into a certain cataphaticism, and that may be what binds us. We are so familiar within the oikoumene of progressivism that we naturally discount the sublime inroads made by reactionaries. We thus discount the very real effects of the potentia oboedientialis which would otherwise serve as a willing ally to the advance of our life-contexts as personified in the self-abiding that couples to the forms of the liturgy.
Anyway, if you want to read more, get yourself a subscription!