“Orthodoxy is Overrated”

One of the blogs I like to follow is “Prickliest Pear”‘s Far From Rome: Orthodxy is Overrated. (The prickly pear, Opuntia  spp., grows in arid climates, has vicious thorns, but also produces beautiful flowers and delicious fruit. Quite an appropriate image for attempts to produce comfort and nourishment from the surface aridity of so much of orthodox Vatican doctrine.)

Last month he described how (like many of us who try to write about the Catholic Church), he has a constant struggle between writing about the positive things in theology and spirituality that he most wants to write about, and responding to the fluctuations of the news cycle with digressions on the failures of the bishops. He declared then that he would no longer be writing about the bishops, and would instead be developing a series on obedience and dissent. Read the rest of this entry »