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)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Eyes Wide Shut

Time for more thoughts out loud about organized religion. And other forms of incompetence. Sure to piss someone off. (No flame wars, please.)

Last night I was lured to see a film that, given its provenance, would have been shot -- and, hence, should have been screened -- in standard Academy ratio:

Academy ratio: 1.375:1.

What I got was a projected Blu-ray, in a perfectly square format, which produced sharp anamorphosis along the vertical axis, as the sides were forcibly squished in. After thirty minutes, I left.

I'm sure everyone else was perfectly happy. This is the curse of those who know, while those who do not know are supremely content in their blissful ignorance. It is all-too-easy to apply the same principle to liturgy: "However, as I have argued many times before, the average Catholic in the pew would hardly know the difference." Those who protest are labelled non-constructive "squabblers."

Given certain facts about me and about the world, this augurs strongly for Eastern Christianity after all. I can now assume the position of the blissfully ignorant, as I don't know a troparion from a kontakion. Instead of marching out of church in a huff, I can simply rest content in what it is not.

That is my new pattern for happiness: At least, it is not that. “Pray as you can, not as you wish you could.”

Not that.


  1. Bravo! I believe the principle is: Agree with me = discussion; disagree with me = squabble.

  2. It's a form of elitism, isn't it? It goes hand-in-hand with clericalism. The contempt for the mere laity. The attitude that says: "Let's put on some crap 1962 liturgy, dress it in lace and call it Tradition. People will never know!"

    I see myself as saying things that rather a lot of people think.