Tuesday, February 13, 2024

So I have been trying to figure out what to do.

 Those who have followed this space no doubt noticed a bit of an eastward drift, spiritually. 

Largely, but far from entirely, due to Catholicism's current CEO, who seems to have certain similarities with a failed American business executive when I think about it

I can't quite pull the trigger on Orthodoxy for a clutch of reasons. I think a lot of the Catholic apologetic against Orthodoxy is unpersuasive to laughable, especially in light of the last decade.

But I also can't shake that there was a real primacy in the undivided Church, if not of the Vatican I variety. I may post about my thinking over the past year and a half one day, as it may be of some value. We'll see.

Where does that land me? It lands me in the Catholic branch of the Church of Antioch, better known as the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. The most ambivalent and independent of the Eastern Catholic Churches (though the current pontiff is also teaching the Ukrainian Catholics a valuable, if painful, lesson), the Melkites have spent the last three-plus generations recovering their Orthodox traditions, with full encouragement from That Council. And my wife is intrigued, which is essential. 

 So off we go. May God grant you and yours a blessed (Great) Lent.


  1. I recently got this book and have started working my way through it. I dunno if it's quite your thing or not BUT if you want to "try before you buy" I'm pretty sure these books are kind of a compilation of the author's podcast which you can listen to here.

    Good luck in your quest!

    1. It looks like an Orthodox version of Warren Carroll's books--I will have to give it a look. Ancient Faith generally runs a quality publishing house--I have a few of their books. And it gets a thumbs up from Melkite publications, too.

  2. "one of the most aggressively unsuccessful tenures in retail history"

    Johnson himself was said "to have a disdain for JCPenney’s traditional customer base."

    Johnson did not blame the new policies. Instead, he offered the assessment that customers needed to be "educated" ...

    L. O. L.

    1. I'm glad he failed--the nearest JCP has been a god-send. It even still has changing rooms.


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