>> going into the ridiculous now."
> John wrote: Appealing to the Puritans in a
> defence of western rite Catholicism is far
> more absurd in my opinion. Nothing could be
> further from a Catholic rite than Puritans.
sw: Whoa pardner! The record will show that it was you, not me, who brought up the Puritans!
You can put your absurdity back where YOU found it! I simply ANSWERED your attempt to claim the Puritans as non-Western. That horse just ain't gonna ride 'round these parts!
>> sw: "Would you want to allow for that Latin
>> parish to open its doors and openly
>> proselytize to the Russian Orthodox community"
> John wrote: This is in a hypothetical future
> scenario where we have union right? How can
> you proselytize someone to join the same
> religion they are already in? Parishes are
> free, I suppose, to invite people to change
> parishes. I don't see the big deal. And I
> already said that, so why say I didn't
> consider it?
sw: Why say it? Because initially you didn't respond to it.
> John wrote: Obviously it is not on now, because we
> don't have union.
sw: Well, there again you are wrong! See the link here. I am quite certain there are some restrictions upon these Roman Catholic churches regarding proselytizing in Russia, but they already co-exist.
Immaculate Conception - Moscow, Russia
Sacred Heart - Samara, Russia> John wrote: But you have union with the uniates right?
sw: I am making this a different color because I didn't see this question first time around and I did not want to leave it unanswered. So to answer, first off - they don't like the term "uniates." They are Eastern Rite Catholics. They see "uniate" as a pejorative term most often used by some in Orthodoxy as a put-down. Secondly, yes we have union with the Eastern Rite Catholics. Did you have a point in asking that question? (And again I urge you to finish "Rebuttal #3" in our debate before answering more here).
>> sw: "I do not support "enforcing" rites upon those of another Rite, period."
> John wrote: So are you willing to repudiate enforcing western rite celibacy
> on eastern rite parishes in the new world or not?
sw: If the Eastern Rite parish is in the jurisdiction of a Latin Rite bishop, then they need to go through him for dispensation. It simply recognizes his jurisdiction and then he can demonstrate respect for the Eastern culture. If he chooses not to, I would call that a travesty - but within his rights.
> John wrote: You are happy for Rome to force celibate clery on
> Eastern rite in Western diocese, but you don't want Eastern
> bishops enforcing married clergy on western parishes in an
> Eastern diocese.
> Can you not see the hypocrisy?
sw: Get real, John. NO ONE is "forced to marry" in EITHER rite! In fact, even in the Eastern rites, if one is unmarried when they become a priest - they are FORBIDDEN from marriage later. This is true of Orthodoxy too.
>> sw: "Let go of the hatred"
> John responds: Accusing everyone else of hatred gets old
> really fast. it's not very becoming and certainly not very
sw: It is quite Christian to not hide the TRUTH from you! Should I just turn a blind eye toward your hatred? No, that would NOT be the Christian thing to do! You need to self-examine your own words and perhaps deeds here! I am expressing hope and movement toward reunification - you, on the other hand, are expressing complaints of alleged (and non-existent) oppression - especially when I ask about Western parishes in the East. No John, it would be unChristian of me to allow your hatred to go unanswered and uncalled - for that would then seem like I endorse your animosity toward the West - which clearly comes forth in your responses here. I am quite content to let the reader decide who is being "un-Christian" here.
>> sw: I have never supported any forced latinizations.
> John responds: So are you willing to repudiate forced latinization
> of eastern rite clergy in celibacy? Yes or no?
sw: There is no "forced latinization of eastern (sic) rite (sic) clergy in celibacy." If the Eastern Rite person/parish is within the jurisdiction of a Latin Rite bishop then, as it should be, the Eastern Rite married person who is not already clergy needs to coordinate this with his patriarchate and the local bishop with jurisdiction. Keep in mind, even where an Eastern patriarchate has jurisdiction one who is already a priest is not permitted to marry - that being said - even the concept of married clergy is not universal throughout the Eastern Rites! What you're selling here, my friend, is a pig in a poke. So I can't answer your loaded question with a "yes or no" response - it's not a valid question for the reasons I have just stated.
>> sw: "Let's say reunification has happened and thus
>> these Latin Rite Catholics would be in the jurisdiction
>> of the Moscow Patriarchate - would they need to be
>> yielding to his wishes"
> John responds: Yes they should submit to the Patriarch,
> but the Patriarch should not force them to become
> eastern rite in their practices.
sw: We agree.
> John continues: Just because I agree they should submit,
> does not mean I have to support every stupid thing the
> Patriarch could in theory tell them to do.
sw: Let the reader note who is going polemic or "un-Christian" here.
> John continues: What if there is a Catholic church in
> Moscow now,
sw: There is (see above).
> John continues: and after reunification the Patriarch tells
> the priest to get married,
sw: John, you're exposing your bigotry and ignorance here. As I have said repeatedly, even in the Eastern Rites where married clergy is permitted (and again, this is not universal amongst Eastern Rites!) once they are already a presbyter THE CANNOT MARRY! Now perhaps somewhere, somehow a dispensation MAY be granted (I don't know if this has ever happened, but it would be within the purview of the local ordinary to adjudicate this as he sees fit), but the fact remains the policy is that once a priest you do not marry. A person who was married prior to becoming a priest can remain married.
> John continues: to use leavened bread, and so forth?
> Are you happy? Probably not is my guess.
sw: As noted above, your premise is quite faulty here - and Eastern Rite Catholics use leavened bread already (though I am aware of some "latinizations" of about 40 years ago - when Eastern parishes were trying to be more ecumenical themselves - it was not "forced" upon them - and those situations, to the best of my knowledge, do not exist anymore). So again, you assert a lame question - which appears to be based in bigotry/ignorance. You may think it "unChristian" of me to label this as bigotry - but I can see no other appropriate label. You're asking loaded questions based in ignorance of actual practice and regulations.
>> sw: "They can, AND DO! (adding back in the part you snipped
>> here) practice their Eastern rites - throughout the
>> world, including the New World!"
> John responds: How so when the Pope tells them not to live
> in accordance with eastern canon law?
sw: John, I challenge you to document or retract where the Pope has told Eastern Catholics not to live in accordance with Eastern Canon Law.
>> sw: "You cannot expect that it would be OK for a
>> Latin to go into a predominately Greek culture and
>> start insisting he have all the rights he's accustomed
>> to in the Latin Rite "
> John answers: Like what? Why shouldn't he have all
> the rights of his own rite within his own parish?
sw: A Latin in a Western jurisdiction would be "free" to go out into the streets and proselytize, but this would not be tolerated in an Eastern jurisdiction - and likewise is supposed to be the case of Easterners in Western jurisdictions (though the tolerance in the West seems a bit higher and overlooks such overt proselytizing).
> John continues: You say you don't agree with forced
> latinization, but then you come out with this stuff. You
> can't have it both ways.
sw: Come on John, what "stuff" have I been putting out which is not consistent with my overall thesis here? I have been quite consistent and have not resorted to polemical argumentation (though it may seem that way to you when I'm calling you on your polemics). I continue to pray for the unification of the two Great Churches, somehow I feel like you don't want unification - it feels like you want everything to be Eastern, even in Western Churches, and if it isn't - then you will not accept the validity of Western theology and will fight and/or reject any such unification which is not precisely on your terms. You don't want reunification, you want conversion of the West - at least that is the appearance you (and OrthoCath) give here.