Saturday, July 14, 2007

Dumb things the neighbors say

I really have to stop reading the paper before I say Mass. All too frequently something in it will get me riled up and it will find its way into my homily. At least today it was from the religion section. Here is the headline: Pope's declaration of Catholic primacy has protestants, other faiths miffed. Yup, as has been repeated in the blogosphere, some folks are upset because the Pope affirmed the constant teaching of the Church that the Roman Church is that which was established by Christ. (Heaven forbid that the Pope should teach the truth!) This article had reactions from the locals. No surprise that the most inane statement was from the local Episcopal bishopette.

Calling the statement, which refers to the Catholic Church as the "one Church of Christ," "disappointing and regressive," Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah wondered in a written response why, in a time already steeped in division and when ecumenism is most necessary, the pope would issue comments that "will not help our efforts to find common ground and to move forward together."

Yup that is what St. Peter was commanded to do; paper over differences and be progressive. Wrong again Hans, errr I mean Carolyn. The Vicar of Christ is to teach the truth whether it is pleasant to you or not. We do not water down our teaching to make it palatable to you or anyone else. (Got that CTA, CTSA, and Sr. Joan?)

The Mormons on the other hand have a better perspective. They recognize that being in another church mean that one will believe other things.

Scott Trotter, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, weighed in Friday saying, "We are neither offended nor concerned when other faith traditions assert their authority. As stated in our 11th Article of Faith: 'We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where or what they may.' "

(Man, I hate it when I have to praise the LDS.)

Equally sane is the director of the local Protestant seminary.

The academic dean of the Salt Lake Theological Seminary[Tom McClenahan], Utah's only graduate school for Protestant clergy, said Friday he was "surprised by the flap."

"We knew that the Roman Church insists that everyone recognize the primacy of the pope," he said. Those who are upset "seem to think this might hurt their ecumenical conversations with Rome, but it seems Pope Benedict is just saying what the Vatican has said before."

I am glad some of our neighbors aren't surprised that the Catholic Church teaching Catholic doctrine.
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