Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 | Uncategorized | 81 Comments
The left-wing line on Pope Benedict XVI’s Anglican initiative has begun to emerge. It’s all about bigotry. At feministing.com, someone called Jos writes:
The Vatican is trying to capitalize on fear of teh gays and teh womens within the Anglican Church. There are plenty of Catholics struggling against patriarchy within their own faith community, but now the Vatican is basically saying they’re the church for Christians who only want supposedly straight cis men in positions of power. And they’re saying bigotry trumps almost everything that’s divided the two churches since the Reformation. It’s a pretty disgusting recruitment strategy.
The kid’s got me dead to rights. Hell, I can’t even look at a woman without going into a panic attack. That’s probably why I never get dates. And brilliant “argument” there, Jos, whoever you are. Toss in the B word and that ends the discussion.
You don’t have to educate yourself about the Anglican situation or the Christian religion for that matter. Because you’ll be damned, if you’ll pardon the expression, if you’ll dignify anyone’s “bigotry.”
Susan Russell takes the same line.
The Vatican Welcome Mat:
Then, THE VATICAN WELCOMES YOU! (Lock, stock and liturgical patrimony!)
In a nutshell, the Vatican has announced a protocol to “make it easier for Anglicans uncomfortable with their church’s acceptance of female priests and openly gay bishops to join the Roman Catholic Church while retaining many of their traditions.”
So there you have it. If you want a church that looks like “that” … there is one. A perfectly good one. So I say, go for it. Take His Holiness Father Infallibility up on his kind off to “come on down” and go join his church.
Juvenile name-calling(and particularly lame juvenile name-calling; “I’m rubber and you’re glue” would be less embarrassing) like that, does not become you, Miss Russell.
Integrity adds its two cents. According to them, any Anglican who takes the Pope up on his offer is deliberately choosing to be on the wrong side of history.
The recent announcement that the Vatican would set up a special canonical structure to accept disaffected Anglicans, choosing to leave over the inclusion of women and the LGBT faithful, is viewed by Integrity as another sad indicator of the church hierarchy’s misguided commitment to staying on the wrong side of history.
“There is some clarity in all of this, however,” said Integrity President David Norgard. “Anglicans will now have a clear choice: a church that welcomes all or a church that excludes some.
“It is also ironic that this announcement comes just days after the Vatican unveiled plans for an exhibit honoring Galileo–who was condemned by the church 400 years ago,” said Norgard. “Let us hope for the sake of the gospel we share, that our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters don’t have to wait 400 years for their church to get on the right side of history on the full inclusion of women and the LGBT baptized in their work and witness.
“Integrity will continue to work for the full inclusion of all the baptized in all the sacraments within the Episcopal Church and to offer the good news of congregations and dioceses whose welcome to all is growing the church.
“God is not finished with the Episcopal Church yet. But we are deeply grateful to be part of a church working toward full inclusion.”
Growing the church? Growing the church?!! How do you figure? According to TEO’s 2008 numbers, two-thirds of TEO outlets have an ASA of less than 100. What, are you requiring new Episcopalians to come to church disguised as empty pews?