See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Queering the church.

In more ways than one.
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That bishop lady - Katharine Jefferts Schori - she appears to be something of an apostate, along with Gene Robinson, the gay bishop guy. (Ya think?) They dress like bishops and talk like bishops and act like bishops, well, maybe not so much, since Katherine is openly expressing views contrary to Christian teaching...
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"The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori derided individual salvation calling it 'the great Western heresy: that we can be saved as individuals, that any of us alone can be in right relationship with God.'
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In her opening address to the church's General Conference in California, Jefferts Schori said it was a "heresy" to believe that an individual can be saved through personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ acknowledged in a prayer of repentance." - Story
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Another retired woman bishop, Barbara Harris, speaking at a service presided over by Gene Robinson - the gay bishop guy - made it clear that she doesn't believe in the sacrament of matrimony.
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"Lets move on to what some people call the sacrament of marriage," she said before enlarging on the theme, "marriage is basically a civil contract" to which the Church "adds... the sacrament of blessing."
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"What right does anyone have to draw lines beyond to whom God's grace, care and favor extend," queried Harris?
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"God has no favorites. Yet again, we gather at convention to debate and resolve who should and shouldn't, who can and can't receive God's blessing." - Story
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All sarcasm and snarkiness aside, these people are apostates - they have a working theology that sounds authentic and believable, but it is erroneous and false. So why should we as Catholics care? These people are Episcopalians and protestants - it has no bearing upon Catholic teaching.
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Really?
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I'm reading Roman Catholic Archbishop Weakland's memoirs - he just might agree with these people, albeit while putting a more Catholic spin on things. If you read gay-Catholic blogs - you detect similar, if not the exact same lines of apostasy. The new sexualized theology and spirituality is badly infected and corrupted with immorality. Dressing it up in miters and vestments and Catholic jargon doesn't make it Christian.
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Interestingly enough, Mexican Cardinal Rivera, addressing a conference of exorcists in Mexico City this past week said, "that the existence of the devil must be taken as fact... Throughout human history, he recalled, “there has been a hard battle against the powers of darkness, which began at the origins of the world and will endure until the last day, according to what the Lord has said.” - Source
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Photo: Bishop Schori - doesn't she look like the one guy - Simon Helberg - from Big Bang Theory in this photo?
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(My screen has been working for awhile, so I'm posting and answering emails as best I can - the new computer arrives next week.)

6 comments:

  1. What I don't understand is why these imposters aren't called heretics?

    Very few could give me a good definition of "apostate:" One who has abandoned one's religious faith.

    Most could give a decent definition of "heretic:" One who holds or advances controversial opinions, especially, one who publicly opposes the officially accepted dogma of the Roman Catholic Church.

    Most of the dissident religious and clerics antagonizing the Church these days don't leave. They stay and attempt to chang it. Therefore, they are heretics and should be called such.

    Don't be surprised if you see this on a familiar blog around here.

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  2. We should care Terry, because these folks are no doubt validly baptized making them a part of the Body of Christ (although imperfectly joined at the present). Anything that hurts the Body of Christ affects us all.

    I find this whole Episcopal thing beyond belief...

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  3. To the heretics/apostates/schismatics: I'll take the narrow road, thank you very much!

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  4. I can only think of sweet Jesus at Supper in the Upper Room, "How I have longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." Judas, he who thought himself more *savvy* than the Master --just like today-- went out. A while later, Jesus is falling on His face in Gethsemane, begging the Father for there to be some other way than this cup. What cup? The cup of looking ahead throughout His upcoming agony and death, to see the sacrifice of His Flesh and Blood all so adulterated one day, an utter abomination.

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  5. You just don't like the way she dresses, that's all.

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  6. Schori's statements should be seen in proper context: she is the Primate of the Anglican Church in the US, the shepherd. She sees her local church being torn apart by evangelicals who deny any sort of Catholicity (and who don't like yours, either, fwiw), and she's doing what she can to stop it.

    I'm not offering personal opinion about this, only a little context. She's doing her job as shepherd to keep the sheep from scattering.

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