- Dec 20, 2005
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Thanks, Father Deacon. That was an interesting read.A recently published article by one of my mentors, Archpriest David Petras:
One of the major objections that is made to the existence of Eastern Church united with the See of Rome is the resultant "latinization" occurring from these unions. The accusation is that by virtue of their union with a much more powerfulwww.academia.edu
That said, a random bit at the end struck me the most - something interesting to ponder.
The second reform [representing roughly each generation of the Ruthenian church since 189x] was what some have called the “americanization” of the Liturgy. The leaders of the Church felt that to fit in with the American culture, the Liturgy had to be shortened, and efficient Western type rituals that would not be a burden on the people were introduced. This, too, was not a true reform, since it abandoned the gospel mission of the Church to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and instead surrendered to the culture and created a minimal form of worship that did not demand much of us except, of course, that God always acts in his Divine Liturgy, even if celebrated poorly. Nor should we necessarily condemn the bishops and priests who did this, since they acted according to their conscience and wanted to keep the numbers of people in the Church. It is clear, however, that there has always been a force for authentic tradition in the Church, and though there remain powerful challenges to faith in modern culture, the Eastern Church in America has substantially returned to most of its tradition.