I have been thinking more about yesterday's post, and wish to add a few things. One is that I am not claiming that people who attend the EF are necessarily more likely to do good works or support charitable organisations than people who attend the OF. Rather my contention is that they are likely to support different types of charities. In the OF, many support CAFOD, and Amnesty International (in support of the whole Justice and Peace agenda) as well as excellent organisations such as the SVP.
CAFOD and AI (who are now actively pro-abortion) are problematic from a Table d’Hôte point of view. But they are socially acceptable and much-lauded by OF people. EF people are more likely to support specifically pro-Life organisations, in their caring, educational and political work, as well as excellent organisations such as the SVP.
The second point on which I wish to elaborate is that the horizontal (community) focus of the OF can and does lead to real problems, at least from a Table d’Hôte point of view. Many innovations are introduced that are clearly contrary to the law of the Church, and yet because people like them and priests feel that pastoral sensitivity trumps the law of the Church (or in some cases because they fear that to follow the law would lose them their flocks) they continue. That simply does not happen in the EF (though I am not saying it is not prone to other problems - but hey are problems less in keeping with the dominant trends in society, and therefore less of a serious risk on a large scale). If my assumption of intrinsic links between right prayer, right belief and right action is correct, that is clearly problematic.
Finally, there is a different disposition fostered by each. The OF is the Easter People orientation. The EF is the Church Militant. I think of this in terms of the Mysteries of the Rosary. The OF seems to focus predominantly on the Glorious Mysteries: the Resurrection and the Descent of the Holy Spirit; the Sorrowful Mysteries are in the dim and distant past. The EF sees that we are still living in this vale of tears: that our joys (as Our Lady’s) and our luminous insights are shot through with the prescience of the Passion, and that, whilst we are indeed confident of Our Lord’s victory over sin and death, we are not complacent about our own. Again, I think these perspectives may influence how we engage with the great evils of our time: the Church Militant sees that fighting is our job.