Becoming a Bad Rad Trad
Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were to be in collusion with the Church’s enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith. —St. Peter Canisius.
You must not abandon the ship in a storm because you cannot control the winds….What you cannot turn to good, you must at least make as little bad as you can.—St Thomas More.
I recently received the latest (September-October 2015) issue of The Brandsma Review, which proves, reassuringly, that editor Peadar Laighléis is still struggling manfully to overcome his ongoing production problems. The layout, I am sorry to say, is still dire, but there are some excellent and up-to-date articles—notably, as one would expect, by Joe McCarroll and David Manly on the Eighth Amendment and abortion. However, one glaring and regrettable omission is any mention of what seems to be becoming one of the most serious crises the Church has ever faced.
I refer, of course to the Holy Father’s ongoing attack on the Church’s Tradition, most notably in regard to matters of sexual morality, in Amoris Laetitia. I have referred before to this failure to face facts as “tiptoeing around the Argentine elephant in the living room”. If The Brandsma Review is not going to face squarely up to this problem, then what other Irish outlet will?
Is Stramentarius morphing into a Bad Rad Trad? Well, if so, that’s regrettable, but I really don’t see how it can be avoided.