- Oct 30, 2015
I have befriended a Russian Orthodox girl here and we have Theological arguments over the nature of the Atonement, Original Sin, the Immaculate Conception and Toll Houses versus Purgatory. The thing is that I have never heard a sermon preached on any of these issues in Ireland outside of SSPX chapels and main line "Latin Masses". Never once in the two Parishes we have been members of here. I know a lot of people consider the SSPX schismatic but I don't as such, though I do find them much to rigid and narrow thinking for me (that said the people who go to their chapels tend to have large families of beautifully behaved kids, to be well read and very serious about their Religion). The "Conservative" Catholics (Traditionalists/Integralists should never be confused with "Conservatives" in Catholicism) if they are middle class tend to see Catholicism almost as a political ideology and are focused on it's pragmatic sociological aspects to the total neglect almost of everything else. The working class and small farming "Conservative" Catholics are as people much better but they seem to easily fall into messy heterodox stuff such as the "House of Prayer", "Divine Mercy" (I know Pope John Paul II gave his blessing for this but that was out of his rabid Polish Nationalism- it had been previously condemned for extremely good reasons) and Medjugorje. Through little fault of their own a lot of them are at sea in many ways. A lot of Priests rather than seeking to help and improve such people seem a lot more keen in making sure that they do not become an embarrassment in front of "The ISIS Times" readers they want to impress. The problem is that a lot of these people suffer from the error of Clericalism and give false respect to Priests even though Hosea in particular but also other Prophets in the Old Testament railed in blood curdling terms against the corrupt Priesthood of their day. I do think the SSPX in Ireland has a future. The mainline Catholic Church doesn't seem to have one as things stand now.