Monday, September 6, 2010

Arturo Vasquez' Religion

"If there something that I have most feared about Catholicism, it is that it will become a church of respectable people," he begins — My Catholic Faith.

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Blogger love the girls said...

Why is it that Mr. Vasquez invariably takes a problem and runs off a cliff in the opposite direction?

Anyone who has spent time among the traditionalists can easily see the problems he brings up, but his solutions are just plain silly.

While organic is perhaps the last term I would use to describe most new comers to the traditionalist movement, and likewise have a rather unpleasant propensity to go off their own deep end in pursuit of purity, nevertheless, the solution is not over reaction to their over reaction.

3:39 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Come to think of it, the Church was respectable in the '40s and '50s, with movies like "Song of Bernadette" and "Going My Way" and with Father Peyton and Archbishop Sheen on TV.

Granted, all that may not be as "folk" as Santa Muerte, but it was genuine and even organic. They represented the Catholic Faith inculturated into America, love it or leave it.

If it was all too respectable there was always Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker to balance things a bit. I've always thought of her as the quintessential American Catholic.

9:35 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

And for those who long for that old time religion, daily mass downtown is always available where the tenacity and skill of the thieves is actually rather impressive.

But I think Mr. Vasquez misstates the respectable, and its not so much respectable as it is acceptable. It's not a matter of theft and the like, but a matter of transforming the Faith into a creature acceptable to American Society. With each variant in the Church striving to be acceptable to some aspect of American Society they see as most desirable to conform to.

In fact one of the problems with the new comers to the traditionalist movement is that they are often not so much Catholics as they are Americans who are seeking just a variant on American culture which fits what they want.

11:23 PM  

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