Saturday, September 17, 2011

Just a Pope

"Catholicism," reminds Vaticanologist John L. Allen, Jr., "is a remarkably decentralised system with regard to everything other than doctrine, so the correlation between Roman instructions and application on the ground is rarely exact" — The Vatican policy myth.

As recently as five years ago, I fell for this myth, actually getting my hopes up when I read this news item — Pope demands end to crappy church music. Turns out the Vicar of Christ has less say in such things than your local parish liturgist.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...


Uncannily, I've been reading Hans Urs von Balthasar's "Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church" this past week. The book is all about this "myth", actually. You would enjoy it, I think.

He even brings up Soloviev a lot.


September 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Perhaps true, but we do know he demanded an end to crappy church puppets.

September 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM  

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