A Kick at the Broad-Bottoms! i.e. Emancipation of “All the Talents”. Vide, the Fate of the Catholic Bill.
This is what we should do to Farley et al... but would it shut them up?
The toddlers are trying to tell real people how intelligent and “committed” they are (by implication, how stupid and bovine we are). Of course, it’s a hubristical arrogant former Episkie telling us how we should “live” our religion. Click here for the whole megillah. Read it… and understand that the writer hasn’t the slightest notion of what Christ and His Church truly mean (it’s one of those things that’s superficially “correct”, but devoid of real lived experience).
Firstly, my Canadian Cabineteers tell me that there’s not many konvertsy in Canada, thank God. The Good Lord must be smiling upon them! Farley is an aberration. The Church in the Great White North isn’t as overrun with half-baked semi-converted Episkie and Evangelical “spokesmen” as we are here in the States. Secondly, Farley had an Anglican formation before he went to Orthodox seminary. That is, one can see where his “Orthodoxy” is a merely bolted-on exterior shell (he’s still an Anglican at heart, and it shows). Mr Farley should’ve stayed a layman, but no doubt he fancied himself a “professional clergyman”, and there were SVSniki who “enabled” him. It’s better if a prospective clergyman has no baggage… for example, Fr Andrew Phillips is more legit than Farley will ever be (I didn’t consult Fr Andrew on this, I merely read several of his posts on his life), but that’s because Fr Andrew came from NOTHING. I know of other converts who’ll make good priests… they’ve spent years amongst us… they’ve gained insight into the Faith that Farley will never have (Farley’s twisted and ruined by being jumped up too early and too fast).
Thirdly, and most importantly, Farley doesn’t understand the essence and ontos of Orthodoxy at all. Orthodoxy is the most Zen-like part of Christendom… Farley’s very emphatic use of the Via Positiva is at variance with all Holy Tradition (but quintessentially papist and Proddie). As an acquaintance told me about thirty years ago, “Orthodoxy’s the freest form of Christianity out there”. That’s why the RCs “read” us wrong all the time.
But Alfeyev agrees with us completely!
Yes, he certainly does, but the Church hasn’t defined that, so, good Christian people are free to disagree on that.
Huh? You’ve been smokin’ good kick-ass weed… hook me up with some! He and his pals have been sayin’ that for years. Fr Vsevolod says that His Holiness is going to meet the Pope of Rome in Antarctica… so, there!
The konvertsy and Catholics don’t “get it”. They truly don’t know that the Church’s ethos isn’t that of Rome or Canterbury, not at all. As Vladimir Romanovich pointed up recently, the Church doesn’t cudgel sinners… it loves them into the Truth. It doesn’t preach the way Proddies do… it doesn’t have an Inquisition the way Rome does… in fact, it doesn’t thunder forth anathemas unless it must. Then, it usually condemns the idea, not the person, as it did in the case of the heretical notions of Florensky and Bulgakov. The REAL Church is reluctant to withdraw people from the Chalice… the only visible exception is that the Church shows no mercy to those who set up opposition candy stores such as Denisenko and Rusantsov. Odd… the Farleys, Freddie M-Gs, and the konvertsy gang are the exact opposite! They rush to associate with oddbod schismatics and Uniates (and condemn real Orthodox who don’t), yet, they don’t hesitate to cudgel people and bar them from the Chalice (Schmemann brought that lunacy amongst us and the konvertsy lap up all of his unhinged pabulum).
In short, Farley lacks an “Orthodox heart”… and the unformed konvertsy at oca.org can’t see that. I hope that God offers Mr Farley the onion (also see this, from Japan). He’s going to need it… as will all of us (especially, me). He’s got nothing “special” of his own to impart… but then again, that’s true of all of us. Farley’s screed was unformed and immature… it shows you what happens when we propel those with alien formation into the priesthood without proper discernment. It does take all kinds…