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Do we know why the other thread was closed?
Oh, and thanks for the comments. I am looking forward to it. I ordered a couple of commentaries as well to go with it.
On another note, there is a Benedictine Oblates group on Facebook, which is kind of nice to see. There are actually quite a few members including several monks and sisters.
What isn't so great is that one of the members just came out in support of LCWR and called the report from the CDF and called upon people to express their outrage at the "intervention". Even more concerning than that is that the first person to "like" the post is the former prior at St. Gregory's. For those late to the discussion, this is the monastery whom I have been in contact about their Oblate program. From everything I have seen so far, I am very attracted to Benedictine Spirituality and also very concerned about the level of faithfulness to the Magesterium among some monasteries. It is hard for me to tell at this stage how widespread this issue is at this time.
Fidelity to the tradition of the Church in terms of teachings is an absolute requirement for me. I am not someone who needs to have the EF of the Mass, who get's bent out of shape if the Liturgy of the Hours is not done in Latin, or who is upset because the proper amount of incense was not used at Mass. However, dissension from actual Church teaching, or support for it either actively or passively, is a deal breaker for me.
I am begging to consider monasteries which allow distance Oblates, but obviously that is not idea either.
I have been a member of that FB group. Most are pretty orthodox, but there are some not so orthodox ones....also it seems to be geared to a fairly specific area of the country. No longer a member.
Remember, the monastery at Norcia accepts Oblates "at a distance" if all else fails....
(EDIT: just saw that you addressed that in your post.....gimme a sec, and I will get you the link) I agree completely with the concerns you addressed in your penultimate paragraph, BTW. Orthodoxy is what I love about "my" monks