Thank you. I bite my tongue over much of this discussion and would prefer that we stick to things liturgical. We all have other outlets to share our personal feelings.
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"...we are in a age in
which the church is misunderstood and as a consequence the object of
irrational speculations about motivations and in which much of the
secular press simply has an ax out for the church, particularly in it
Roman Catholic manifestations."
My poor attitude stems from recent disillusionments. Something definitely off-topic for this list, so I won't go there.
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:09:52 -0500
Subject: Re: [liturgy-l] The ending of a pontificate
Thursday, February 28, 2013, 12:22:03 PM,Jim . wrote:
This is not directly a response to Jim's comments, and as tangentially relevant to "liturgy" as most of the rest of this thread:
|One suspects that when the time comes, B-16 will be buried with full honors, mainly because most of the red and purple hats still alive even then will have been appointed by JP2 or B16, so they'll want to give their patrone a big send off.
It seems to me (a Lutheran serving as Interim Rector in an Episcopalian Parish) that if we did not notice it before, we are in a age in which the church is misunderstood and as a consequence the object of irrational speculations about motivations and in which much of the secular press simply has an ax out for the church, particularly in it Roman Catholic manifestations.
Yes churches are human institutions; yes the churches' leaders err.
I heard part of an interview this morning between a BBC correspondent, a female Catholic from somewhere in Africa, and Fr. Thomas Reese, Jesuit.
On almost every question, the first response was to correct the interviews question--example, doesn't the church's stance on birth control hurt growth in Africa? From the woman: not Africans respect life; From Fr Reese, 98% of American Catholics ignore the Church's teaching. The interviewer: Pope Benedict really hasn't dismissed priests for instances of sexual misconduct: Fr. Reese--he may have been slow to start but over the last few years he has responded quick and dismissed hundred of priests. Interviewer: Isn't Benedict leaving a church in crisis? No, he has rebuilt trust, and confidence.
Perhaps it is in part from the Lutheran side of things that I (we) have some continuing regard from this Pope. Had it not be for Cardinal Ratzinger, it is far less likely that a decade or so ago the Vatican would have signed on the the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification that set aside the mutual condemnations of the Reformation era and moved our two churches into agreement that one basics we are in more agreement than not.
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The greatness of Christianity lies in its being hated
by the world, not in its being convincing to it.
--Ignatius of Antioch