So by the title of this post…and the name of the website, I think it’s safe to assume that my name is Brent and that I am Byzantine. Byzantine what exactly? Well, Byzantine Catholic, Byzantine Ruthenian to be exact. I grew up Byzantine Catholic, but left the church when I was sixteen. I actually have spent more time outside of the Catholic Church, than I have as a member. Most of my time was spent in the more progressive Churches of the Anglican Communion, but no matter how far I strayed, I always kept my love for the Catholic Church, and would occasionally slip into the back of the church of my childhood, particularly during the Easter Season.
As a revert to the Church, I find myself coming home at a point in the churches history where there is a struggle. It is a struggle that I am all too familiar with, one that was prevalent in my previous church, and a one who’s battle I was caught up in on a daily basis. It was a struggle between orthodoxy and the cancer of progressivism that is infecting many of the mainline protestant denominations today. The problem is that it is not a cancer that shows itself for what it is, but instead it masks itself in the form of relativism. The idea that we must change and adapt to the world around us in order to survive, that our theology must reflect the society that we live in. There are priests in the church who spend more time acting as social justice warriors than they do as evangelists, why? Because they they want to be relevant.
When I was in my previous denomination I gave a warning in a sermon preached on Trinity Sunday. I spoke of how the lack of proper catechesis is killing the church. It was a warning that was laughed at by most, and one that got me in a lot of trouble with the Bishop. You see, he didn’t like that I was questioning the fact that we spent more time on social issues then we did on spreading the Gospel of Christ. The diocese was dying. Churches were closing, we had very few vocations, and the ones that we did have didn’t even believe in a literal resurrection and their idea of Church was nothing that the church fathers would have recognized.
So I am starting this blog today to talk about the goings on in the church, to talk theology with my friends, to complain about things that don’t make sense and to offer a place for those seeking to find the beauty in the gift that God has given us: The Catholic Church.