Friday, January 16, 2015

Religion: don't settle for imitations

  • Pope Francis on being nice about religion. Seems not to go far enough: "be nice to all religions," not "don't publish dirty cartoons of the Trinity because the Trinity is true."
  • Gabriel Sanchez: Religion in the public square: projects, seeing, and options.
  • Liberal high church: some are would-be Catholics except for women's ordination and gay marriage. Self-evident modern "truths" all respectable Westerners believe in. Why that doesn't make sense: From what I have read about them they are gnostics, not catholics. They seem to think that catholicism consists entirely of fancy vestments, the centrality of the Holy Eucharist, the sacrament of penance, and having a spiritual director. But what they seem to ignore is the fact that there is a theological anthropology that underlies all of this! Inasmuch as they affirm WO and same-sex relations and the like they align themselves with gnosticism. And gnosticism is, unfortunately for them, entirely at odds with the incarnation and tradition, and, therefore catholicism. They are not SCP (Society of Catholic Priests) in my opinion but rather SGP (Society of Gnostic Priests).
  • Ex-Army: Christianity vs. Asatru. Being honest and proud about white accomplishments is good; worshipping your race obviously not. Asatru: idolatry and as fake as New Age and Kwanzaa.

1 comment:

  1. They seem to think that catholicism consists entirely of fancy vestments, the centrality of the Holy Eucharist, the sacrament of penance, and having a spiritual director.

    First, to give credit where it's due, Fr. J. Gordon Anderson, a Continuing Anglican, wrote the quotation in this post. Second, to give liberal high church credit, you must add that they include the creeds in their idea of Catholicism; they believe them much like we do. But in their case, on whose authority? Their main difference with us centers on the nature and authority of the church. With their embrace of modern "truths" they seem to have rendered the historic church superfluous in their beliefs: nice to have, a lot of fun (all that history, all those saints, those old liturgies; unlike Catholic liberals, they love them like we traditionalists do), but ultimately not essential. Quintessentially Protestant.

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