This culture of consumerism has also affected the consideration of the Apostolic Churches against each other. If a man considers Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy as equally available products, and chooses whichever he likes more, he is acting in a spirit that is inimical to both Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and really to any traditional religion. Such a choice is neither Catholic nor Orthodox; it is simply consumerist. It fails to treat conversion as a response to prevenient grace, and makes it a matter of having the necessary taste and intelligence to pick the best Church.
Often this takes the form of a series of contingencies: If the Catholic Church were to do this, then I would leave it. If the Catholic Church were instead to do that, then I would return. The most obvious objection to this is that it is not his prerogative to demand that problems be fixed within his lifetime. But worse, that sort of thinking in itself places a man outside of the Church; if not sacramentally, at least intellectually. It places him outside of any Church, for he regards them from a superior vantage. Or to continue the previous metaphor, he regards them like a consumer in a grocery store picking out a jar of peanut butter. This sort of thinking is poisonous to any real sanctification, because he who engages in it is never a member of the Church, of any Church, in the guileless and entire way that Christianity demands.”
Lion and the Cardinal (link is dead now, but I have had this quote saved in my other blog since 2008)
A very interesting and timely point, IMO.
I really am getting tired of this site already, it depresses me, makes me angry, and places an undue burden on me. It might be for the best if I delete my Tumblr. (Edit: Cool your jets guys, as of now this is only a 85-15possibility :p)
Most traditional Catholics amuse me by their recourse to the argument that the ad orientem position must be adopted out of this strange and very positivistic notion that all pre-VII traditions are inherently good. No. We worship facing the East because the sun is rises in the East; the true light comes from the East. This is also the reason why, traditionally, the Mass was only celebrated in the early morning, and never after the noon hour (VII abolished the canonical hours of Mass and substituted a system premised on the weakness—er, convenience of the clergy, such that one now has the unthinkable notion of a 9pm Mass). Catholics are pagan sun worshippers (the true ones) first. We are a distant second as doctrinnaires.