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1ltcomdata
Jun 4, 2011, 3:15pm

Hello:

Just to inform everyone about a more active Catholic group:
http://www.librarything.com/groups/catholictradition

If you like this group (which has been mostly dormant), you will enjoy the other one.

2timspalding
Jun 5, 2011, 11:38pm

I think there's some confusion over whether the latter group is a Catholic group or a traditionalism Catholic group. Maybe I'm wrong.

3campusdan
Jun 7, 2011, 5:26pm

Yes I believe you might be one to something there Tim.

That has been my limited experience with the Catholic Tradition Group not all people are Roman Catholic but like traditions for the Church.

Speaking of which I was hoping to start posting in this group about some apologetic works that I have read and thought might be interesting.

Even if some one on here wants to get things going talking about their experiences with Catholic apologetics that would be awesome.

4John5918
Out 18, 2012, 2:14am

I've only just come across this group and joined it. I'm not a great fan of the term "Apologetics" as it always sounds a bit defensive to me, although I realise it has a technical meaning which does not necessarily imply defensiveness.

I post fairly regularly on the Catholic Tradition group. It is certainly a far more active group than this one. The group introduction says:

For LT'ers of any religion/denomination who love reading/collecting books on Catholicism, The Tradition, Catholic Apologetics, the Magisterium, Popes past and present, etc.


That doesn't sound to me like "traditionalist" in the sense that the term has been hijacked by certain "conservative" groups within the Church. In a very real sense all Catholics are traditionalist because we are a Church which values tradition and magisterium as well as scripture. Thus I include myself as a "traditionalist" even if some might consider me part of the more progressive wing of the Church. "Progressives" don't necessarily reject tradition, but they often interpret it differently from "conservatives".

5timspalding
Out 18, 2012, 10:12pm

I dislike some of the implications of the both the "Catholic Tradition" and "Catholic Apologetics" group. Can't we start a new group? I propose The Catholic Group, or perhaps CatholicThing: Discussions about Catholicism.

6John5918
Out 18, 2012, 11:53pm

>5 timspalding: Go for it. I'll join. But I still object to the idea that the term "Catholic Tradition" should be hijacked by those who have a very narrow view of tradition (usually the 400 years or so between the Council of Trent and the day before Vatican II!) because as Catholics we are all, by definition, traditional. At this very moment I'm sitting with St Augustine's Confessions, Benedict XVI's Africae Munus, the Ordo Missae, the Daily Missal and the New Jersualem Bible on my desk in front of me, as well as a public message that my own archbishop has issued just this week; this is the living tradition of the Church, from the earliest times until right up to date.

7timspalding
Out 19, 2012, 12:12am

But it narrows it. Catholicism is a religion with a concept of tradition, but not everything about Catholicism is directly about that tradition.

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