Thursday, April 12, 2007

Anglican priest writes a history of the Roman Catholic Church
Here is the Amazon link

Independent reviewer Michael Arditti, seemingly unsympathetic to the church, starts off:
No institution has exercised a more profound influence on Western civilisation than the Roman Catholic church.

... his position here is impeccably orthodox. He is clearly one of those who "believe that the Church as Christ's body on earth participates in its indefectibility".

"To be a Christian is to be part of the original apostolic tradition conveyed to the world by those appointed by Christ himself."
Authentically Catholic.
He has no problem with the doctrine of papal infallibility, which, while accredited since earliest times, was only codified in 1870 during the pontificate of Pius IX.
Explainable as a function of church infallibility that belongs to the office not the man. The Pope can’t contradict already defined doctrines. Then there’s the matter of whether this rank of bishop is divinely instituted like the apostolic ministry itself or a good thing but man-made for the good order of the church just like other ranks of bishops (which is how the Orthodox see it: they commemorate pre-schism Pope saints as Popes).
[Fr Edward] Norman has boundless sympathy for his subject.
As any Catholic would.
This is not the place to look for an account of the decadence of the Borgia popes, still less the controversy over Pius XII's conduct during the Second World War.
Hint regarding the latter: believe The New York Times 60 years ago not The Deputy (a work of fiction) nor any popular work after that.
Norman has no truck with contemporary political correctness. He rightly asks why the Church is asked to apologise for the Crusades while no such demands are made of Islamic bodies regarding their invasion of the Byzantine provinces and Holy Land three centuries earlier.
Good call!
He dismisses the myth of a pre-conquest Golden Age [in Central America] and points out how the [Spanish] missionaries ended mass human sacrifice (just as they later secured the abolition of suttee rites in India).

He dismisses ecclesiastical and monastic failings as inevitable in institutions run by human beings not by angels...

From LRC.

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