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Seperatist religion of intolerance crap

This article on MSNBC has me FUMING. 

Pope Benedict re-released some old document of his from before he was the pop reasserting "the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church", and stating that Orthodox churches are defective and other Christian denominations were not true churches.  He says calling these other eccumenical communities "churches" is wrong and that many of the great strides forward into the 20th century made through Vatican II are erroneous and ambiguous.  

He brought back Latin mass.   Not like Latin is a dead language or anything.  Nothing like getting people to profess their beliefs in a language they don't understand.  What does it mean to an 8-year-old kid, like my nephew, who just made his First Holy Communion to learn to recite, "I believe in one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church" in a language that he doesn't understand?  It's just saying words.  Mimicry.  There's no faith or devotion in it.  

And that was largely my problem with my religious education.  I said what I was told to say.  Did what I was supposed to do.  Stand.  Sit.  Kneel.   But I couldn't believe what they told me to believe because the secular actions of the church didn't line up right with their own teachings. 

The Vatican helping the nazis.  Pedophile priests.  Misogyny in keeping women from real leadership within the church.  

The pope said, via the article: “Christ ‘established here on earth’ only one church,” the document said. The other communities “cannot be called ‘churches’ in the proper sense” because they do not have apostolic succession — the ability to trace their bishops back to Christ’s original apostles."

Um, hey, Popey, protestant churches branched off from Catholicism because of corruption, because of power struggles among the clergy, for things like plenary indulgences, baptism of infants instead of sentient adults, and lots of other crazy issues waaay back in the Catholic church, so yes, they can trace their bishops back to the apostles because they stemmed off from Catholicism itself!!! 

Why now?  What's going on that the Pope issues this garbage, after his 10 Commandments for Drivers or whatever that nonsense a few weeks ago that came out of Vatican City.  

The aritcle goes on to say that Orthodox churches have elements of sanctification and truth but are lacking because they don't recognize the Pope.  Hmmm, could this be the issue?  Does Benedict want to (ha ha, pun intended) lord over every single believer in Christ?

Grrrr.  One more step away from the Catholic church for me.


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Jul. 10th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
When I was in elementary school my best friend told me that her catechism (?) teacher told the class that "Catholics are like brand new dollar bills and Lutherans (I believe she used Lutherans to be specific) are like dirty pennies. Ever since then I've lost any respect for the Catholic church, really. Not Catholics in general - I have many Catholic friends just as I have other religions and churches. It really doesn't sound very Christian-like to me, what the pope and others say. Whatever. I am who I am and I know what I believe so screw the Pope.
Jul. 10th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
I went to Catholic grade school 1-3 and Catholic high school and I never heard anyone compare faiths to say that this one was better than that one. That kind of old-school elitism just pisses me off. I think religion is a personal thing- whether you are a member of a church or are just quietly spiritual in your own way. That's why this edict by the Pope, which is essentially him thumbing his nose at other faiths, just ticks me off. What happened to love your neighbor as yourself?
Jul. 10th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, nobody else I've talked to about it either has heard that comparison. But, I still remember it and she's not even my friend anymore (not because of this). But, yeah, that's what I was thinking with the "Love your neighbor" stuff.
Jul. 10th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
They're probably doing this to bring in the right-wing Catholics who largely rejected Vatican II and all the other reforms.

Of course, where was that unity when liberation theology was struggling to effect change in Latin America and elsewhere? The Popes had few troubles cutting off leftists.

They only roll in one direction. It's a shame.
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