With the arrogance of youth, I determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and blessed, and the work goes on. -- William Morris

Thursday, August 17, 2006

A Beginning Is A Very Delicate Time...

Moreso when one starts a new blog. What is its purpose? What is to be its function? Why should someone be interested in this blog when there are many others out there?

There are many Catholic blogs on the internet. Yet when one looks through them, one finds that many popular blogs tend to be reactionary, mean spirited, and often run by people influence more by their political background than their Catholic faith. A new, twisted form of Americanism has set itself as the guide of all that is Catholic, and bloggers with little or no theological training and no ecclesiatical authority judge the Church and her shepherds in light of their Americanist tendencies. When the Church agrees with them on one issue, they act as if it makes them one with the Church in all issues. When leaders of the Church disagree with them, while claiming to be conservative or traditional Catholics, they find ways to mock Church authority and to dismiss the Church's teachings as irrelevant or unnecessary when they do not suit their Americanist agenda.

Catholics deserve something better. Catholics deserve loyal, intelligent blogs striving to maintain Catholic principles over and above the Americanist Culture of Death. This, then, is the goal of The Well at The World's End. Commentary not only on current world events, but also on current theological debates, will be provided by the four administrators. Each of them have dedicated themselves to being a scholar the theological sciences. The unique blend of their diverse viewpoints, knowledge, and wit should allow for The Well At The World's End to be a blog like no other!

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  • At 8/24/2006 3:00 PM, Blogger Brendan Sammon said…

    Henry - very well put!
    Although I think that when Catholics, who are more influenced by either a liberal or conservative political ideology, encounter opposition in any form of Church teaching, they tend to reinterpret it in light of said ideology. This, of course, is implied in your thoughtful comment. I just wanted to draw it out with greater emphasis.

    Further, we don't want to become the very thing beyond which we are trying to advance - it would be all too easy for us to become "reactionary" and "mean-spirited" against those whom we have designated thus. Just a thought to bear in mind.

    That said, let's hold hope in our hearts, and a prayer on our lips, that the faith of our Lord may find a fruitful avenue upon which its tremendous beauty and attractiveness may be illuminated.
    This is the truly Catholic!
    (Though I don't think we want to eschew apologetics altogether...Perhaps that can be a topic: the aesthetics of apologetics)...and so... off we go!

     
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