Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Answering neocaths on Paul VI, and our own convert boomlet

  • "In defense of Blessed Paul VI, he promulgated Humanae Vitae, which most of the world still knows nothing about." All that means is the church is infallible and papal infallibility is a part of that. Paul VI, one of the worst Popes, did his job, not necessarily heroic. The world knows and hates that the church is just about the only remaining opponent of artificial birth control. The sexual issues the world thinks are Catholic are really generally Christian; 100 years ago the Orthodox and the Protestants still agreed with the church on these. (Over 80 years ago the King, Edward VIII, had to step down because he wanted to marry a divorcée.) I don't like the trend of turning canonization into a politically motivated posthumous honors system for Popes. People starting to question Vatican II? Canonize John XXIII; that'll shut them up. That sort of thing. I don't have a lick of devotion to Paul VI or John Paul II. I don't have to. John XXIII was a big-hearted Italian and not the liberal he's made out to be. The real Pope John: step up Latin in seminaries and don't ordain homosexuals.
  • Our own convert boomlet: An Assemblies of God minister and much of his congregation (not all; the headline is wrong) come into the church through the Ruthenian metropolia in America. Glory be to God (слава Богу)! Eastern Christianity is endangered in America because of assimilation (my part-time parish is a merger); great to see some pushback, and in the church for a change.


  1. This is not the first example of a Protestant group converting to eastern rite Catholicism. When the former Evangelical parish, which previously converted to the Antiochians in Ben Lomond, California, blow up because of a real mistreatment on the part of the Arabs, a portion of the congregation, lead by one of the best educated clergy of the parish, went to the Ukrainian Greek Catholics.

    1. I knew that Fr. David Anderson returned to the church (he was a layman when he left); I didn't know that part of Ben Lomond came over with him. That's great of course, but in the case of the ex-Protestants from Ben Lomond, actually our immediate goal isn't individual conversions. We want to bring all of the Orthodox bishops back together; we don't want to break up Orthodox families, parishes, and dioceses.


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