J. Peter Nixon at Commonweal linked to PrayTell as we published his very fine master’s thesis on the translation debate. Lots of interesting comments at Commonweal on Peter’s work. Here is my favorite, from Nancy Danielson:
Peter, I am wondering how you view the Filioque and the Primacy of the Pope in regards to the Sacred Liturgy debate? I am also wondering if you view the rejection of The Church’s teaching on abortion, homosexuality, in vitro fertilization, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, female priesthood, as stemming from the failure to understand the essence of The Lord and Giver of Life Who proceeds from The Father and The Son, and the complementary relationship of Perfect Love that is The Blessed Trinity. Do you believe that the failure to recognize an affirm the fact that The Petrine Office is the foundation of Church unity is part of the problem?
And Peter didn’t even reply to her! Peter, how would you translate ad rem?!
The day PrayTell went online Grant Gallicho at Commonweal gave us a nice shoutout, then added this: “God help the poor souls who have to moderate its comboxes.” Actually, we enjoy it. Only very rarely does it get us down. No doubt God is helping us. Still, we heartily advocate prayers for the poor souls.
We’ve noticed a few things in our first seven months. Quite regularly a comment comes in from the Angry Right which is rather close to the line. We want to give a newcomer the benefit of the doubt and approve the comment. But only a first name is given. So, per our policy, we email the person and request a real full name. It bounces back, no such email address exists. I can vouch on the Catholic edition of the Bible with deuterocanon and on the ’62 missal that this has happened almost once a week from conservatives, but not yet once from moderates or progressives. What do you make of that?
I suppose some readers are already offended at the label “Angry Right.” Relax, relax: if you’re a regular PrayTell contributor, perhaps the term doesn’t apply to you. But it applies to some people, and you know it.
I think we have a problem in the Catholic Church – and not only there, I’m sure. For sure we need a wide diversity of voices – not least in confusing times like these when it’s not always easy to discern the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We need conservative, traditional voices. But we don’t need the Angry Right. These are the folks who don’t understand any position differing from their own, are unable to engage in dialogue, and have nothing new to say which would interest or challenge anyone. Oh, and lots of times they are utterly uninformed or misinformed.
Despite PrayTell’s commitment to the liturgy, including the liturgical calendar, the fact is that our lives are largely organized by the academic calendar. Which is to say, we’re now gearing up for what feels like a new year. And we’ll be thinking about new contributors to PrayTell. We would like a few new conservative or traditional (or whatever you call it) voices on our roster. Really bright people who can engage and challenge others’ assumptions. People who aren’t afraid of the Big Bad Middle – perhaps because they’ve already been there and moved on for good reasons.
We’re now taking applications. Be sure to indicate your position on the Filioque and the Primacy of the Pope – especially if you’re not Roman Catholic.