Apparently, I have "weird, crazy and even heretical" ideas. I'd have thought after six years of writing a blog people might better understand my views; nevertheless, here goes.
First of all, I am Christian. I believe in Jesus Christ which suffered death and harrowed Hell, as I have heard mine elders tell. I was baptised into the Papal communion as an infant and was devoted to that communion in purpose of heart and mind until about the age of twenty-two. I was a traditionalist attached to the "traditional Latin Mass" for some years until I realised that I had very little in common with other traditionalists, most of whom were, if not invincibly ignorant, actually opposed to Tradition in my understanding; and many of them holding a number of alarming political and social beliefs, such as non-recognition of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, some of them being ardent republicans (like so many Jews), and an unbelievably tribal view of the Church of England to the extent that, until the craze for "Anglican Patrimony" with Benedict XVI's ordinariates, one woman told me she would never even open a Book of Common Prayer. I was turned out of my parish soon after I stopped believing that concealing the burden of Britain's idolatry in me was virtuous. Since then I have moved further and further away from Papalism and the traditionalist movement, to such an extent that these days I would sooner endorse the Roman Catholic Womenpriest movement than Una Voce or the $$PX, and would gladly lead most traditionalists into the London Oratory, lock the doors and set light to the building.
So we've established that I don't think much (or indeed anything) of the pope, what about my other views? I'm not good at open questions but I'll do my best. As a Christian I believe that the prime purpose of life is to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. That is liturgical. As a traditional Christian who believes in the Creeds and submits to the decrees of the eight General Councils, I believe that the only way to worship in spirit and in truth is by adhering to the catholic principle of continuity with the times past; that is by dutifully following the forms and orders of worship as practiced by our long fathers of old. This is why I vehemently reject all arbitrary, abrupt and gratuitous changes made to the sacred liturgy by centralized authorities who can, with the stroke of a pen, undo what took centuries to construct. For cynical traddie types that does not mean that I think that communal worship in an upper room with basic implements and not even the luxury of a printed book is authentic or desirable but there is a qualitative difference between superstitious obeisance to an institution that makes changes every time the wind blows just because it can, and remaining steadfast in Tradition. Like the Glastonbury monks, who were later turned out when they would not relent, who refused to accept the reforms imposed on them by the Norman usurpers "because they had grown up in the custom of the Roman Church." This is the exemplar of true traditionalism, not faithless practitioners of the 1962 rite.
Notice the "Margate" one. There really ought to be no Popish bishops in England.
I've gone on long enough. Suffice it to say that my view of the Papacy is the only one I can presently think of that could be considered even remotely "crazy," or "weird," or heretical" by Roman Catholics; but I'll amplify that and say by "traditionalist" Roman Catholics. Nice Roman Catholics like Dr Robert Taft, SJ, would probably agree with me in most respects, and he belongs to the Jesuit order, an order of priests under the immediate jurisdiction of the pope. As for my other views, I make no apology for them, many of which are considered "extreme," such as my aversion to wogs and Jews, and my view of the Jewnited States of America as the greatest evil empire the world has ever seen. But do any of you really care? I have no influence anywhere. What I did find disturbing was walking past a police car the other day on my way down to Blackfen (yes, there), and seeming to hear on the car radio my name mentioned. So I wonder, given my "weird," "crazy" and "heretical" views, whether I am on some database of possible terrorists. Maybe my mother's advocacy that I am just a "harmless crank" might not come in handy next time...