The vigilante has decided this lent to cut down on his time browsing other Catholic blogs and focus on more productive endeavors (including this blog). I have also resolved to never comment on Patheos or The Remnant again. The former is run by (in Fr. Robert Taft’s words) neocon wackos while the latter are full of people entrenched in ignorance and delusion. Rather than respond to them and escalate a fruitless flame-war, I’m going to pray God graces them – and me – with the light of His Love. I don’t have the time to deal with self-righteous witch-hunters or fundamentalist intellectual lilliputians. Let the pharisees count their accomplishments, their “loyalty”, and their rosaries. I will count my sins.
As a side note, I do find it amusing that I have been accused of “creating straw men” in my description of Ultra-Trads. Such an act is unnecessary. If I want to describe fundamentalism, all I need to do is describe just about anything that actually happened in the churches of my childhood or adolescence. I was raised in the fringes of “Tradistan” and, as a result, experienced firsthand what happens when non-dogmatic things are held up as dogma. Someone can use any ultra-Traditionalist argument they wish against me, but I guarantee that I have heard it before.
“You merely adopted the Trad. I was born in it, molded by it. I did not know anything else until I was already a man.”
Back to business. I will do a two-for on the Malabar and Malankara Christians soon.