Why do some Easterners continually denigrate Latin tradition?
Before I opened this thread, I assumed, against my wishes, that the first post by an Eastern Catholic would indeed jab at the Latin tradition. Sure enough, Father Deacon Paul’s post ended with an insult to how the Mother of God is most often venerated in the Latin tradition.
Then Diak feels the need to point out that the Akathist to the Theotokos is 600 years older than the Rosary. I am sure he will defend his comments by saying he was just trying to give the questioner a feel about how ancient is Eastern devotion to Our Lady. Still, the need to compare and contrast in a way that seems to belittle the Latin Tradition is uncalled for, but unfortunately par for the course.
Remember how many Eastern Catholics supposedly had an inferiority complex before Vatican II and had to legitimize their Catholicism by importing Latin practices? My, how the pendulum does swing in regards to inferiority/superiority complexes.
If I had seen these sorts of comments only once, or twice, or a thousand times, it would be one thing. But over the course of years, I have seen untold numbers of comments slamming Latin tradition, as if it is not somehow just as legitimate (and often, just as ancient or moreso) as Byzantine tradition.
In the interest of Christian charity, I BEG our Byzantine Catholic brothers and sisters to extoll the virtues of your own Rite without disparaging our venerable and ancient Latin Rite in the process.