Thursday, October 22, 2009

VATICAN BASHING

There is no shortage of ignorance in the blogging world. The recent Vatican/Anglican news has given new fuel to those convinced the Church is on a campaign to recruit conservative, gay hating, anti-women in the pulpit, clergy and congregations. What nonsense. What the Vatican bashers fail to understand is that the Church is not a civil institution. The Church is obligated to teach the truth of faith. That the Church is opposed to homosexual behavior does not mean that the Church hates gays. That the Church does not allow the ordination of women does mean the dignity of women is lessened. These are matters of theology based solidly on clear biblical teaching and two thousand years of sacred tradition. One may disagree with the Church's teaching, but to characterize the Church as some sort of hate filled club is not only ignorant but displays a cruel bigotry.

VATICAN ALLOWS ANGLICANS TO COME HOME

The recent news from the Vatican regarding Anglicans returning to the Church is welcome. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out in the coming weeks and months. It certainly raises a host of questions. What will the number of returners be? What is the future of celibacy for those Anglican communities that return to Rome? What will be the effect of the initiative be on the dialog with the Eastern Church (positive, I think)? When will we know the details of the process?
There has been some criticism that Benedict is fishing outside of the Catholic pond. However, is not that the mission of the Church. Do we content ourselves with the status quo or are we obligated to share the true faith in order that all may come to the fullness of faith?