Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Quote du Jour: Historico-Spiritual Amnesia

Western Christians have forgotten that before the coming of Islam utterly transformed the situation in the eastern Mediterranean and Asia, there was a good chance that the center of gravity of Christian faith might have moved east to Iraq rather than west to Rome. Instead, the ancient Christianity of the East was nearly everywhere faced with a destiny of contraction in numbers, suffering and martyrdom which still continues.
xxx ~ Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Can you picture conservative Irish or Bostonian Catholics lobbying for a return to the traditional Arabic Mass?