I recently received an email from Brian Coyne, the editor of the Catholica website recommending this article by Dr Andrew Kania (a regular contributor to Catholica)in the Tablet: “Let other lights shine”.
Except for a slight uneasiness in the way in which “new” rites emerge in the Church (the Latin Church recently experienced the imposition of a “new rite” prepared hastily by a committee and it wasn’t all that happy), I would say that what Kania says is true, and is recognised as true by the Church.
But I do note one paragraph that might not be entirely to Brian’s taste despite his energetic defence of the article:
For the call to ritual diversity within the Church – the establishment of new rites, and new sui juris Churches, is one that demands from the architects of such planning a strong sense of dogmatic certitude and faithfulness. A compass is only useful inasmuch as it tells the traveller where a certain direction lies from the place in which they are holding the device. If one does not know where they are dogmatically speaking, all they will do is eventually lead others into a nowhere land.
Can Brian honestly say that Catholica is a website which encourages “a strong sense of dogmatic certitude and faithfulness”? When leaders (lay or clerical) urge the Church in directions that are not characterised by such a sense, the final destination is indeed, as Dr Kania so wonderfully puts it, “nowhere land”.
Note that Kania is not suggesting that a “strong sense of dogmatic certitude” alone is sufficient, but also “faithfulness”. I am sure that Brian has “dogmatic certitude” in spades, its just that by his own admission, “faithfulness” to the dogma of the Church is not such a strong point…