An illustration. You take a perfectly nice and innocuous thread on the return of Cistercian monasticism to Norway. By post #8, you get an unsupported statement, “I know one of those Trappestines, and she is a big abortion-rights supporter and Obama sycophant.” And it goes downhill very quickly from there: I’ll have to buy my fudge elsewhere! … Unfortunatly, the Trappists have become in many abbeys, “ultra-liberal” …a radical dissenter as Abbot General (Bernardo Olivera of Spain) … I would reasonably assume that the agenda of this new Trappist community is NOT the living of traditional Catholic religious life, but rather one of accomodation, dialog, and ecumenism with the Lutherans …The Holy Spirit monastery in Conyers, Georgia also invited a bunch of Buddhist monks over for “communal prayer”. This travesty was then praised in the archdiocesan newspaper.
I suppose it’s nice and convenient to disconnect one’s advocacy for traditional liturgy and sacred music from an advocacy for traditional good manners. Great witness there, people. Just great.
A Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.