We deny to claim "any Superiority to ourself
to defyne, decyde, or determyn any Article or Poynt
of the Christian Fayth and Relligion,
or to chang any Ancient Ceremony of the Church
from the Forme before received and observed
by the Catholick and Apostolick Church."

Norman Simplicity

Norman Simplicity
Click image for original | © Vitrearum (Allan Barton)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

"The Eighth Day"

Things have been going wrong for almost 40 years now (or, the vast bulk of my poor existence). In our Babylonian Exile, there seem to be four lively possibilities, of which the last is now looming larger and larger.

  1. Popovtsy, or the "Continuing" movement dating from the 1977 Congress of St. Louis. Create a new hierarchy out of whatever tatters one can manage to glue together;
  2. Beglopopovtsy, or the "Run-Away" movement dating from the formation on 22 June 2009 of the ACNA. Here the hierarchy simply ran-away intact from the established structure;
  3. Edinovertsy, or the "Personal Ordinariate" of 4 November 2009. Here the hierarchy is remade by accepting a kind of Uniate status, upon a new ordination; and, finally,
  4. Bezpopovtsy, or the Anglican equivalent of "Catacomb Catholicism." Here one, quite literally, becomes nothing more than an "underground man," completely hierarchyless.

Continue (as if nothing has changed), run-away (like you mean to get away with it), submit (to a greater, countervailing force), or go underground (into loveless, internal exile). AGTOW.

He's a real nowhere man
Sitting in his nowhere land
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody

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