Saturday, March 7, 2015

Future of the Blog: A Middle Ground

As I iterated earlier, I enjoy the discussions (mostly) and interactions on this blog. I no longer enjoy the obligation to post something thoughtful several times a week and would not be content with less material, which is the reality of this blog now. Perhaps there is a compromise to be made here.

At university, both in the USA and UK, I enjoyed the seminar more than the lecture hall. Similarly, I find conversations in dining rooms supplemented by red wine far more educative than "talks" given by experts. What if this blog were to be run in such a manner? Imagine if a few regular commentators were to be registered with this blog and we exchanged articles over the course of a week or a month on a given topic set and moderated by His Traddiness? Topics would retain the "hermeneutic of continuity" with the blog's current subject matter: liturgy, liturgical restoration, parish life, the Fathers, good literature, and applying it all to the everyday believer's experience. Articles could be as long and sophisticated or as practically concise as the posters wish. Of course, I would contribute myself.

Of course there would be some caveats. Not all the readers on this blog are Catholic. This blog is and will remain a Catholic blog. If you wish to participate you may, aware that this is my dining room, my seminar. 

What say ye?


  1. LOVE the idea, R.T.

    One ought not be so selfish, especially during Lent, but the knowledge and personal praxis you possess is a crucial component of all efforts to restore doctrinal sanity and virtue as we are all looking for love and reasons in the modernist ruins.

  2. A reasonable plan. Let's talk.

  3. Great idea. I am also a big fan of the seminar method (I go to a college which employs that method). That I think would be an ideal compromise for this blog.

  4. For our first topic, I submit:

  5. Well, firstly, whilst I do understand the difficulties, I am sorry that we are not going to see your articles on the early traditionalists (if I may use that slightly oxymoronic term). Understanding the origins of the current 'traditionalist' movement is crucial to understanding its current preoccupations. Also, the early traditionalists were characters, no doubt about that.

    The idea of a seminar is an appealing one, but I wonder how it could actually work? The seminar room, or, dare I suggest, the public house, are more obvious and agreeable venues for such discussions, than the aether.