Oh my! I've been outed as a "hardliner," a positively radical traditionalist! As I had to waste my time with this, and because I want to get as much mileage as possible out of my reply to "Henri" on Foolishness to the World (as yet unmoderated), I (partially and with a few minor revisions) reproduce the comment here.
[J]ust a few observations/questions about another "pointed" and very substantially incorrect comment in the Anglican-Catholic blogosphere.
I'd really love to learn more about my personal agenda… and how, were it to exist, it deviates from that of the vast majority of traditional Anglicans — for whom these Ordinariates were so generously imagined and brought into being by our beloved Pope Benedict XVI.
I am not a partisan for the Usus Antiquior. I am a devotee — and with God's help — defender of Tradition. That the genuine, peculiar liturgical and devotional patrimony of those Anglicans well-disposed to the Ordinariates is more closely aligned with the practices of the Universal Church before the reforms of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council is simply a fact.
I do not resist the New Order as such: I love and maintain a legitimate and holy tradition — and, according to the Holy Father, a treasure to be shared.
I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X. The fact that I am a layman should be ample evidence to support this claim. That said, I deeply admire the Work of Archbishop Lefebvre, and I recognise that the position of Catholic Tradition in Christ's Church would be much weaker today were it not for the saintly man and his Societas Sacerdotalis.
Finally, I am happy to repeat what I wrote in the comment box on The Anglo-Catholic, perhaps with a bit less sarcasm — but with the same simple honesty. I know that, being the prodigal sons, we former Anglicans are meant to listen and learn and not presume to question or contradict our elder brethren in The Faith, but my notion of being Catholic is not unquestionable attention to every media report of the personal preferences of the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or the members of any top secret liturgical committee.
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