Today is the Traditional Feast Day of St. Athanasius, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church. Although he lived nearly 1700 years ago, St. Athanasius’ example is very relevant for Catholics in our day. St. Athanasius lived in a time of severe crisis for the Church; a time when the vast majority of Churchmen and faithful followed the novel teaching of Arius, against the teaching of Tradition.
It was a time where bishops and priests “in full Communion” with the Catholic Church, not suspended or censured in any way, ran Catholic dioceses and parishes. They taught and preached Arianism from their sees and their pulpits. Catholics faithful to Tradition, led by St. Athanasius, were repeatedly banished and exiled from the “official” churches by these men and rebuked as disobedient schismatics.
I am reliably informed that the latest issue of The Wanderer has served up yet another scurrilous attack against unnamed traditionalists for doing something or other that shocked somebody or other over there in Neo-Catholicville.
My sources tell me that the broadside even goes so far as to call traditionalists "jihadists". Oh, how scary, and, for that matter, how original! I mean, nobody over at The Wanderer has rolled out the old "traditionalist jihadist" bit since the early 2000s.
After some deep reflection on this brazen effrontery…. which I haven't actually read yet but will just as soon as my dog, Cleopatra, gives birth to her puppies (expected any day now)....I have decided to come to the defense of the good names of these nameless traddies.
I am a very important man, mind you, and I can use big words like nobody’s business, and I assure my readers that I shall not rest until I have skewered this Wanderering knave, whoever he is, on the end of my ballpoint pen.
But first, a little shuteye. .