Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Non-news: the church's teachings remain, and more


  • The Synod on the Family's a non-story. It's now quite certain that Pope Francis' big summit on family issues won't endorse any changes to church doctrine on the church's teaching about homosexuality or whether civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion. Anybody who knows Catholicism could have told you that. But the anti-Catholic media are still trying to make something out of nothing, as if dissident churchmen are anything new or can change anything vital: And yet, it seems, everything has changed. You wish. It's all just talk. As for decentralization, the Washington Post quotes Pope Francis: “The pope is not, all by himself, above the church but rather inside it as a baptized Catholic among other baptized Catholics, and inside the episcopal college as a bishop among bishops,” he said. At the same time, he added, the pope is called “to guide the church of Rome that presides in the love of all the churches.” Which is true. A lot of people don't understand, but Catholics who know history (Newman: to know history is to cease to be Protestant) do; the doctrine of papal infallibility wasn't defined until 1870: the church isn't infallible because the Pope is; the Pope is because the church is, and the church is because God is. Exactly why the Pope can't change essentials. By the way, decentralization can be a hedge against Modernism, as it has been in the Christian East (estranged Catholics) and among a few Anglicans. (The various alterna-Catholicisms, rival "true churches," aren't the church but we can learn a thing or two from them, on matters other than doctrine.)
  • A difference between Catholicism and liberal high church. Recently watched a pledge video, professionally done, for a city Episcopal church that claims it's still Anglo-Catholic. Such in the late 1800s confidently preached basic orthodoxy about God first, as is right, and then got into their rival true-church claim, much like the Orthodox convert boomlet does. (Some Anglo-Catholics have always pushed their rival claim; others, as suspected, wanted a "reconciliation with honor" with the church: what's now the ordinariates.) I respect that. Granted, the video was for insiders who presumably already know the basics, but it was more "see how cool we are: we have women in the priesthood, we do charitable work," etc. Beautiful architecture, art, and music, of course. But what struck me is people in the neighborhood aren't going there no matter what, whether they like the clergy or the music or not, for the good of their souls, like Catholics do. It's a private club. Granted, one you can join, but a club nonetheless. Not the universal church. I belong to a parish I don't live in because the old Mass is better (a matter deeper than clubbiness) but if Pope Benedict's new Mass is the only option, as it is when I'm on vacation, I'm there.
  • Roissy:
  • Bob Wallace links to: The four-year itch, feral female behavior.
  • Historic motels.
  • How to read and work a room.
  • The card catalog is officially dead.

1 comment:

  1. So, how does one reconcile the Bob Wallace piece on the fickleness of (some) women with the indissolubility of marriage? Are the victims (husbands) of these women bound to them for life despite having been permanently abandoned by them? Or are these crazy women psychologically incapable of contracting a valid marriage? The German bishops' solution is wrong, but the problem is real.

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