Site visitor Kelso posted the following in response to another post:
“I’ll tell you what’s abusive: Forbidding usage of the 1928 BCP in once-thriving parishes that have been declining for over 30 years now. Once the proudest denomination in America – now the last refuge of the 1960s draft dodgers and hippies. Ruining what was the Church of Beauty is abusive!”
I’m not a traditionalist myself, but this is a sentiment that is felt by many. Even though I favor the current 1979 book, I think some type of provision should be available for parishes that prefer the 1928 book.
That being said, is requiring use of the 1979 book and disallowing the 1928 abusive in and of itself? My answer would be no, unless the “powers that be” are being needlessly heavy-handed about it. I’m hesitant to use “abusive” in reference to a church too lightly, since people in many groups are subjected to weekly and even daily psychological abuse. Seeing a loved one completely turn from God due to the influence of family members still in such a group is very distressing and part of that influences how I define abuse.
Further discussion on this is welcome, I just ask everyone to read the posting guidelines on the Comments Policy page first.