Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Our Lady in orthodox Lutheran thought
From this amazing site, sort of the confessional Lutheran version of Anglo-Catholicism, as is this wonderful place, Zion Church in Detroit.

Zion Church is part of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. This, from James Nuechterlein, who belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), definitely parallels A-C experience today:

Most of us ELCA Lutherans of “evangelical catholic” sensibility experi­ence a curious dichotomy in our religious lives. We are thoroughly satisfied with conditions in our local congregations, and thoroughly unsatisfied with conditions in the larger church. (That is just the reverse of what I hear from my conservative Roman Catholic lay friends, all of whom rejoice in what the pontificate of John Paul II has meant for Catholicism at large but many of whom find the banal homilies and slovenly liturgical practices in their local parishes difficult to endure.)

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