Western Rite Critic

A Balance to Contagious Enthusiasm

What are the Decisive Factors?


Fr. Alexander Schmemann: Let me begin by stating that I do not deny the existence among the Eastern rite Orthodox of the “negativism” denounced by Dr. Sopko and which indeed is very often emotional and irrational. Nor would I minimize their “ignorance of the West,” although Dr. Sopko’s somewhat condescending remark deploring the absence among Orthodox theologians and scholars of “authorities on the West”(?) seems to reveal another — this time his own — ignorance. My point is simply this: however real and regrettable, these “realities” are not the decisive factors in the failure, one after another, of the various experimentations within the Orthodox Church with the Western rite. [ full article ]

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December 30, 2007 - Posted by | Western Rite Quotes | , , , , ,

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