Friday, August 12, 2005

"My Name...Is Neo!"

+JMJ+

A little while back, I first came across a piece by Fr. Joseph O'Leary about a group he referred to as "neo-Caths", short, I suppose, for "neo-Catholics". I have never heard this term before, but having read his description, I think I am able to offer a better description of this
group.

The neo-Catholic is anything but that, really. They come from a long and proud line, a 2000 year long line, to be precise.

They are people who love the sacred liturgy at the mass, who view it as an encounter with God, and wish to see its music and ritual be different from anything found in the world. For many, this means a use of Latin througout the liturgy, for others, just having music such as Gregorian chant will do. If nothing else, performances of the hokey-pokey during the consecration of the Eucharist done in order to remind people that mass is really "what it's all about" are quite frowned upon.

Passionately in love with the Church, they eagerly accept any and all of her teachings. They defend her with equal vigor against those who reject the Second Vatican Council and those who reject every other council.

Because they love these teachings, they wish to understand them with a greater depth, and turn to the great teachers such as St. Ignatius of Antioch, Augustine, Aquinas, and the popes and bishops througout the ages, to name but a very few. They wish also to pass this instruction on to the next generation, and feel strongly about giving young Catholics the best possible education in their faith.

They seek to comprehend how a Church which has given such perfect teachings has also come to be associated with decidedly imperfect actions, and probably find a succinct explanation in the proverb "God writes straight with crooked lines."

And last but certainly not least, following the example of G.K. Chesterton, the art of apologetics is not just a thing of spiritual edification in their hands. It is very much a form of entertainment as well.

These are the "neo-Caths", and I am one of them.

+Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam+

"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress."
-John Adams

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