Sunday, August 23, 2009

Two Thoughts

First, the Lutheran (Evangelical) Church has decided to follow in the footsteps of the Anglican mother Church in allowing openly gay priests within their midsts (although I'm not even sure if the Anglican's have ever definitively allowed that or not). I'm praying for the more "orthodox" Lutherans (oxymoron?) that they might think about coming home to Rome. The Catholic Church is once again looking more and more like one of the only people holding out in a new cultural war (see birth control).

Secondly, in today's gospel, we see those following Christ reject him because they could not understand his teaching on the Eucharist (John 6). They reject him and leave because these teachings are hard. I was thinking about this in terms of Protestants who can't accept that they must eat of his body and blood.....Father Andrew as usual stole thoughts out of my mind for his homily. Remember Peter's great words:

Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life;
and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."


cheryl said...

You know I keep having this dream that the christian world is being persecuted and that everyone is having to go underground (literally and figuratively). All the churches have been burned to the ground so no one can run to their individual churches forcing christians to all flock together. But Rome (or the pope (sometimes Rome gets burned to the ground too)) is the last bastion and everyone flocks to him well, not exactly to him as a person. Actually it's kinda weird because somehow there is room for everyone to hide beneath his robes. When Rome isn't burnt to the ground, then all the Christians take refuge behind the Vatican walls. But the meaning seems the same. That the pope and the Vatican are some sort of fortress.

I know some of this comes from learning that the Vatican has political independence, and living among post-christian, violent countries, I keep having this idea that we (Christians) should all move to Rome. I know in the past a Papal State didn't work out so well. It's part of what sparked the Reformation. But, what the heck..let's try again!

~Joseph the Worker said...

I have a feeling that before I die we will see a pretty large persecution of Catholics rise up. I also don't think the United States will be immune to that persecution either. We'll see what happens, but it might make the Church stronger.