I opened my snail-mailbox and found my copy of The Remnant, freshly arrived.
In this offering (31 January 2020… late?) you find their coverage of the event in Munich, the Acies Ordinata, in protest against Card. Marx and the antics of the Germans. I wrote about it HERE.
At the time I was critical not so much of the fact of the protest and presser, but the fact that it was organized by invitation only and it had a secretive aspect to it. Post factum, the organizers said that they were worried that it would be shut down or that counter-protesters would show up.
In any event, my post did not go unnoticed by Michael Matt, whom I respect and like. He mentioned my reaction in his piece’s 2nd paragraph:
I am perfectly okay with Michael reacting in this way to my own reaction.
I also appreciate that he wrote without rancor.
Much of what I see from the trad side of things is, when they disagree, redolent of self-absorbed adolescents.
Moreover, I am still on board with his Michael’s call to “Unite The Clans”… if he is. Is he? I hope so.
We have to be able to talk civilly to each other, even to disagree. In the end we have to close ranks, giving up smaller perspectives for the sake of a much larger view of an increasingly dark horizon.
I still think that the Acies Ordinata event in Munich, though perhaps good in motives, was not done well on the level of tactics. We shall see what they choose to do in the future. It’s over now, and we turn to the future.
What is without question is that the antics of the Germans threatens the whole of the Church. Not even Francis can rein them in. They have huge power through their monetary clout and they aren’t going to be guided by anyone. In the Illustrated Ecclesiastical Dictionary, next to the entry for “loose cannon” find a photo of the German Bishops.
BTW… a loose cannon is dangerous because, as it runs free on a deck, it can plunge down a hatch and crash through the hull of the ship, or crush people in its path as it rolls around. That’s Germany. Peter’s Barque is full of loose cannons and we are all endangered by them. Sailors did all that they could to “trip” a loose cannon over onto its side.
So, the bottom line is that, I appreciate Michael Matt and his call to #UniteTheClans. Some have written to me by email and called me “naive” for that … and called me a lot worse than naive. I also appreciate that, though we disagreed on Munich, Michael remains civil and the gentleman I have for years known him to be.
I’d rather be naive and hopeful, than bitter and divided into easily picked off weakened, inconsequential cliques. I’d rather be optimistic and trying to create a stronger and united coalition than remain like Japaneses soldiers on far flung islands who didn’t get the memo.
In token of which, here is the subscription page to The Remnant. HERE