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Alternative Orthodoxy: An Oxymoron?

Richard Rohr' meditattions on Fransciscan spirituality lasst week bore, for some reason, the heading "alternativve orthodoxy.  Without refeerence to the content of these meditations, i thought that this was a strange juxtaposition of concepts.  Would orthodoxy still be orthodoxy if allowed for alternatives.
I don't much care for orthodoxy in any situation.  Success may depend on unity; but unity is not the same thing as uniformity with which it  is too often confused.

A university prfofessor in an adjacent community.may be in danger of losing his job.  He might even be tried for heresy which would mean that he could not get a job in a facility run by his church or preach in its churches,

His Church is The church of the Nazsrene, which broke  away from the Methodist Church in the late 19th century.  Methodism started as an Angkican heresy in the early 18th century; the same Anglican Church which seperated itsekf from the Roman Catholic Church in the early 16th century amid violence and  persecution and acccusaations of heresy.

It was to avoid this kind of difficulty, and the problem of denominationalism which has fragmented protestantism. that prompted the Catholics to permit the fraternal and sororal orders which can be very diffferent from each other and still remain within  the  orgganizationas structure of Mother Church.

The Franciscans are one such "holy order."  As such they are safely ensconsed within th arms of "Mother Church."  Individual members of some orders have been punished by the Church. and perhaps a few have been excommunicated.  But no established order has ever been dissolved from above.  No need for "alternative orthodoxies here,

Of course, there were the Knights Templar. whose members were practically exterminated.  But i  don't they were ever an official order within the Church.  Am i right (orthodox) on that point?


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Jun. 7th, 2017 12:39 am (UTC)
I don't know much about the Templars sir, except for Wikipedia perhaps, but I do know this: I got out of the habit of visiting LiveJournal after I moved elsewhere, and I sincerely missed encountering your words. You had my mind thinking at "Would orthodoxy still be orthodoxy if allowed for alternatives." Thank you for that.
Jun. 7th, 2017 02:36 am (UTC)
I believe the Knights Templar were an "official" order, yes. The Jesuits were suppressed at one point, in the 18th century, but they obviously came back -- so far back, the current Pope is a Jesuit.

That's an interesting take on how the non-monastic orders came to be. Will have to think about that.

Jun. 7th, 2017 06:49 am (UTC)
Wanting to be right is too cheap-- it clutches the celluloid comb on a beach lavish with pearly shells and sea-smoothed glass.
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