On Labels and Catholics
Much discussion the past week or two about labelling Catholics. I've tried to classify myself -- "conservative with traditionalist leanings" is about as close as I can get to describing my positions, and still
it isn't accurate enough.
I want to be merely Catholic.
I want to be faithful to the entire Deposit of Faith handed down from Our Lord through the ages.
I want to be faithful to my Pope, my Ordinary, my priests, and my brothers and sisters in the Faith.
I want the Liturgy to accurately reflect that Faith, to be Heaven come down to Earth and not be used as a political tool by one group or another, or as an ever-changing vaudeville show. I want it to be celebrated by the book, reverently and rubrically.
I want to practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy without ideological jargon attached to them.
I want priests and religious to be living signs of their calling, both in their conduct and in their garb.
I want to be simply Catholic.