It’s Sunday evening. We had a really blessed Mass earlier. The numbers were down, but that was almost predictably so: It was storming, Cape-style, rain pouring down and freezing cold. It was also the last day of the June/July Winter school holidays. So tomorrow is back to school! But today was good. And I am neither in the mood nor willing to spoil the day that was by engaging these (and other) negative individuals.
No doubt this article will raise some hackles, but The Anglo-Catholic is the pre-eminent space for debate, discussion and news about the Ordinariates, the Anglican Use, and, generally, the Anglican tradition in the Catholic Church. As much as we’ve been accused of kowtowing to the Establishment and holding the party line, it is consonant with the mission of the blog to explore different points of view — within the bounds and bonds of Catholic unity — and I believe that we have always striven to achieve this.
The fact of the matter is that some very poor decisions have been made with respect to the establishment of the American Ordinariate. Perhaps this is to be expected as such a thing has never before been attempted; but so too is it important that we recognise and debate issues of controversy.
The following article is by Vincent Uher, former parishioner of Our Lady of Walsingham…
It’s a pity that the blogs are such an easy place for complainers to air and spread their negativity. As I’ve said before, things cannot always go the way we want them to go. And living with a judgmental, pessimistic and embittered attitude will not help. In fact, being that way undermines the work of the gospel and has the very real potential of causing one to die spiritually.
‘Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice…’
– Eph 4:31
I honestly pray for Msgr Jeffery Steenson, the person who is having to deal with all these negative, hyper-critical, factious and unhelpful individuals.