The first argument against a Western rite is ‘why?’ Why have a ‘Western’ rite? Rites do not save souls, it is the spiritual contents of rites that save souls. Thus, Orthodox rites do not save in themselves: the case of Uniatism, which imitates Orthodox rites, proves this. Moreover, if great attention is paid to rites, this leads to ritualism, a particular danger in High Church Anglicanism or Anglo-Catholicism. After Anglicanism had lost continuity with Roman Catholic liturgical rites, this movement tried to recreate them in the nineteenth century.Read the rest here.
Inevitably, this resulted in ritualism, the study of dead rites and attempts to revive them through a sort of artificial respiration. Most people find any ritualism irrelevant to their daily lives and boring. They say: Why have another rite in Orthodoxy when we have perfectly good ones already? Why try to breathe life into what has been long dead? Why such interest in the glass, when it is only the wine that is interesting?
Saturday, July 03, 2010
A criticism of the Western Rite
Fr. Milovan Katanic (SOC) of the excellent Again and Again blog has posted a thought provoking criticism of the Western Rite experiment. I remain (with many caveats) a supporter of the W/R. That said, unlike most contra-occidental material one runs across on the web, this piece strikes me as cogent and well reasoned in its arguments.