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Upheaval in the Anglican communion over lesbian bishop
Inside Catholic ^ | December 7, 2009 | Margaret Cabaniss

Posted on 12/07/2009 2:58:05 PM PST by NYer

http://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/images/67/glasspool.jpgI don't envy Archbishop Rowan Williams. The leader of the global Anglican communion has had a busy couple of months -- on one hand, dealing with the news of the Vatican's offer of a personal ordinariate within the Catholic Church for Anglicans looking to convert... and now, on the other, with the Episcopal Church in the United States electing an openly lesbian bishop to the Los Angeles diocese. If confirmed, the Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool would be the first lesbian bishop in the Anglican communion.

But the global communion is still struggling with the question of whether practicing homosexuals should be ordained bishops, and a moratorium on electing other gay bishops (after ECUSA ordained Bishop Gene Robinson in 2003) was agreed to in 2004. Last summer, however, ECUSA voted to lift the moratorium, in spite of Canterbury's protests.

Archbishop Williams responded to the latest news:

"The election of Mary Glasspool by the Diocese of Los Angeles as suffragan bishop-elect raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion, but for the Communion as a whole," Williams wrote.

The archbishop pointed out that Glasspool's selection must be confirmed by leaders of the U.S. church before she can be consecrated as a suffragan, or assistant, bishop. "That decision will have very important implications," he said.

At the America magazine blog, Austin Ivereigh thinks "schism" is too strong a word here, but he sees big changes coming:

[W]e're looking at a future in which there will be a much smaller 'core' Anglican church -- with which Rome will do business - surrounded by satellite groupings of Anglican churches whose communion with Canterbury will be largely nominal and which have increasingly less in common with each other; or which, in the case of the Catholic Anglicans, will find their home in Rome's new ordinariate plan. . . . The restructuring of the 70m-strong Anglican Communion is under way.

Father Dwight Longenecker, however, sees it as more of the same:

[T]here's not really very much to say that has not been said already umpteen times. Archbishop of Canterbury: "This raises serious implications..." Evangelicals:  "We really are going to leave this time. We really are. We really mean it this time. We do." Liberals: "One more step away from homophobia! Hooray." Anglo Catholics: "A woman bishop and a homosexual! Does that count as two strikes or one?"

ECUSA does seem to like testing Canterbury's limits. Whether this will be the straw that breaks Williams's back remains to be seen.


TOPICS: Mainline Protestant; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: ecusa; homosexualagenda; homosexualbishop; religiousleft
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1 posted on 12/07/2009 2:58:06 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 12/07/2009 2:58:41 PM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

Time for a genuine schism within the Episcopalian/Anglican church , so that the heretics can no longer hide behind the sheen of respectability provided by that ancient English denomination. And while they’re at it, the Catholic Church is also due for a housecleaning. Let the liberals in the Catholic Church make common cause with the wayward Episcopalians, Prysbyterians, Methodists, etc., and let the Church emerge smaller but stronger to carry on the Faith.


3 posted on 12/07/2009 3:03:46 PM PST by littleharbour
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To: littleharbour
Time for a genuine schism within the Episcopalian/Anglican church

Interesting response and one that, in our current world, makes sense. Consider, however, that our Lord established one Church. According to Scripture, Christ wanted us to be one (John 17:22-23). We are all as a Church to be of one mind and to think the same (Philippians 2:2; Romans 15:5). There is only to be one "faith" (Ephesians 4:3-6), not many. For the Church is Christ's Body and Christ only had one Body, not many. Also, since the Church is Christ's Bride (Ephesians 5:29), can Christ be married to more than one wife (essentially a spiritual form of the the sin of polygamy)? No, Christ can only have one wife (i.e., one Church, not many).

Since the Reformation, "christian" churches have been established then split and divided and split again and again. The current number of churches proclaiming to be christian is beyond measurement. Some put the number at 30,000, others at 40,000 and then there are those who practice alone at home.

Only one Church has stood strong for 2,000 years. That is the Church founded by Christ. No other organization has thrived for that length of time, testimony to the work of the Holy Spirit.

4 posted on 12/07/2009 3:26:27 PM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer
Austin Ivereigh thinks "schism" is too strong a word here

Just understand that holding fast to biblical principles is not a "schism" and if it were, bring it. The people who have walked away from biblical orthodoxy are the schismatics. The people who are faithful are by definition "the faithful".

The "faithful", catholic and non-catholic alike, have much more in common with one another than they do with the schismatics who are destroying churches.

Out of everyone, you would think the "protestant" groups would understand that it isn't your position in the org chart that matters, its whether or not you are faithful to the word, and faithful to your calling. Do you know God and are you in obedience. To see "protestants" following an apostate leadership out of loyalty to tradition is a sad thing.

5 posted on 12/07/2009 3:36:16 PM PST by marron
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To: sionnsar

FYI..Merry Christmas


6 posted on 12/07/2009 3:36:27 PM PST by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: NYer; Mr Rogers; Iscool; Dr. Eckleburg; Gamecock; HarleyD; Ottofire; Frumanchu; the_conscience
Since the Reformation, "christian" churches have been established then split and divided and split again and again. The current number of churches proclaiming to be christian is beyond measurement. Some put the number at 30,000, others at 40,000 and then there are those who practice alone at home.

More dishonest numbers, I see.

7 posted on 12/07/2009 3:39:44 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job 13:15)
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8 posted on 12/07/2009 3:53:27 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: sionnsar

Merry Christmas...

This isnt the Anglican Church of my childhood...


9 posted on 12/07/2009 3:55:57 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: NYer
next time, maybe they can find a trans-sexual lesbian, then they'll have a trifecta...
10 posted on 12/07/2009 4:25:41 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: NYer

I don’t disagree with your analysis, but my belief is that for the Church to become whole again, those who are dragging down both the Catholic Church and these other denominations need to be set apart so that those who are genuinely attached to the Faith can come home. The Catholic Church’s outreach to faithful Anglicans is a sign of things to come.


11 posted on 12/07/2009 4:27:01 PM PST by littleharbour
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To: littleharbour

Excellent observation! Thank you.


12 posted on 12/07/2009 4:40:10 PM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

Just continuing their march toward religious irrelevance.


13 posted on 12/07/2009 4:41:18 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: NYer
Whether this will be the straw that breaks Williams's back remains to be seen...

Which begs the question...is he suspected of possessing one?

14 posted on 12/07/2009 5:15:35 PM PST by gogeo (Lefties...making small minded pettiness seem...well, fashionable.)
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To: NYer

At the rate they are “progressing” all the Bishops will be gay soon. It can be the gay church of liberation theology -for all those liberated from Christian theology.


15 posted on 12/07/2009 5:18:13 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: littleharbour
My diocese broke ranks with ECUSA back in 2007. It formed together with a couple other break-away dioceses and non-Episcopalian Anglican-style churches to form the Anglican Church in North America. It's a young movement at the moment but there are quite a few of us who are devoted into making it something bigger. I bring this up only to state that significant action IS being taken, albeit not yet on the necessary scale. At any rate, it's a start.

I know that many Catholics have hope that conservative Anglicans will move in their direction. I believe that is a wonderful sentiment but not likely to happen on a massive scale anytime soon. Speaking for myself, I am still very much Protestant in my outlook, albeit using traditional forms that historically reflect Catholic belief and practice.

16 posted on 12/07/2009 5:58:28 PM PST by MWS
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To: NYer

Mary Cesspool is a diesel dyke with a radical agenda. She so butch she makes Vicky Gene look like the fat old girl she is.


17 posted on 12/07/2009 6:51:43 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: NYer

My thoughts...

1. Yawn...
2. I hope they have enough seating for the stampede of LGBT folks that will be coming to church now...they should have picked a constituency to pander to that has some remote interest in being in church...
3. TEC couldn’t fill the pews if they taped $20 bills to the Sunday Bulletins...
4. Yawn...


18 posted on 12/07/2009 7:27:06 PM PST by Gman (Anglican Priest)
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To: NYer

***Since the Reformation, “christian” churches have been established then split and divided and split again and again. The current number of churches proclaiming to be christian is beyond measurement. Some put the number at 30,000, others at 40,000 and then there are those who practice alone at home.***

Oh, I see, we would have better off staying Roman Catholic with the ultimate consequence of having our small boys molested by Priests. < sarc>


19 posted on 12/07/2009 9:50:33 PM PST by Gamecock
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To: Alex Murphy
I guess to some folks honesty is not necessarily the best policy when it comes to "christians."
20 posted on 12/07/2009 9:57:56 PM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: Poe White Trash

To some folks the ends justifies the means, doesn’t matter what those means are.


21 posted on 12/07/2009 11:54:36 PM PST by Gamecock
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To: MWS

As a Catholic, I don’t see the movement of conservative Anglicans into our Church as such a positive step; we have our own problems with dissent, and this would complicate it. The fact that they’ve accepted so much liberalism for years, only to balk at the homosexuality question, doesn’t lead me to think they have much in common with Catholic ideology.


22 posted on 12/08/2009 4:22:49 AM PST by Carlos Martillo II (Guernica was a work of art...and I don't mean the painting.)
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To: Gamecock
To some folks the ends justifies the means, doesn’t matter what those means are.

That can't be right! As everybody knows, saying that the ends justifies them means flies in the face of RC ethics, the CCC, and at least 12 1/8 papal encyclicals. Don't be a hater! /sarc

23 posted on 12/08/2009 5:35:39 AM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: NYer

If the AoC gives TEC (they don’t style themselves the ECUSA anymore) an ultimatum over this issue they will vote to leave the Anglican Communion. Which will remove about 2% of the members and 90% of the money (O.K., I haven’t checked those figures and they’re not precise - but I bet they’re in the right ballpark). Hence his reluctance to do so.


24 posted on 12/08/2009 7:14:01 AM PST by RonF
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To: NYer
There is only to be one "faith" (Ephesians 4:3-6), not many.

True. That does not eliminate the acceptability of multiple denominations. Jesus did not prescribe the offices of Pope, Primate, Metropolitan, Bishop, etc. He didn't establish forms of liturgy. It is possible for two groups to have conflicting opinions and practices on what the proper polity is for administering the Church, different forms of worship, etc., etc. and still hold and pursue a common faith.

But what we have here with TEC is actually a different form of faith. They have proclaimed that what the vast majority of Christians recognize as sin - homosexual sexual practices - is NOT a sin and in fact in some circumstances can be celebrated. That's the sticking point to me.

25 posted on 12/08/2009 7:20:16 AM PST by RonF
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To: Alex Murphy
More dishonest numbers, I see.

And the real number is................??

26 posted on 12/08/2009 7:24:02 AM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: marshmallow; Gamecock; Poe White Trash
And the real number is................??

One that includes at least 242 Catholic churches that call themselves Christian but all disagree with each other.

27 posted on 12/08/2009 7:36:55 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job 13:15)
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To: Alex Murphy
OK, so we've got 242 "Catholic" churches. Thanks for that info. It wasn't what I asked but thanks anyway.

You've stated that the 30,000-40,000 Protestant figure quoted is incorrect. Fine.

Provide us with the correct answer.

To save future conflict, what number should we quote when referring to the number of Protestant churches?

28 posted on 12/08/2009 7:45:33 AM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: marshmallow; markomalley
Provide us with the correct answer. To save future conflict, what number should we quote when referring to the number of Protestant churches?

They're your apologetics - do your own homework.

"Now that I understand the methodology used to arrive at the 30,000 number, I won't use it any more..."
-- markomalley, post #1 on his thread The Facts and Stats on "33,000 Denominations"

29 posted on 12/08/2009 7:52:41 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job 13:15)
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To: Alex Murphy
They're your apologetics - do your own homework.

Lovely.

I don't mind doing homework but I was hoping you might save me the trouble and simply provide us with a figure with which you're in agreement. A claim of error presupposes knowledge of the correct answer.

The thread to which you link (thank you) gives a figure of 9,000 Protestant "denominations".

Are you in agreement?

30 posted on 12/08/2009 8:13:50 AM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: marshmallow; Gamecock; Poe White Trash
The thread to which you link (thank you) gives a figure of 9,000 Protestant "denominations". Are you in agreement?

Can you name all 9,000, any better than you can name the 20,000 30,000 40,000?

31 posted on 12/08/2009 8:18:53 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job 13:15)
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To: Alex Murphy
Um....... I can name one.............is it more than one?
32 posted on 12/08/2009 8:37:07 AM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: marshmallow
Um....... I can name one.............is it more than one?

One down, two-hundred and forty-one to go....

33 posted on 12/08/2009 8:54:09 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job 13:15)
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To: RonF
Jesus did not prescribe the offices of Pope, Primate, Metropolitan, Bishop, etc. He didn't establish forms of liturgy.

Scripture clearly established "offices" and a "hierarchy" among Christians. The offices of "bishop, priest (presbyter) and deacon" are mentioned in Scripture (1 Timothy 3:1,8; Titus 1:7 ). This is "organization" Not every believer can "claim" to be a bishop, priest, deacon or even "apostle" The word "office" is specifically used in Scripture (1 Timothy 3:1) to describe these positions. Webster defines "office" as "A special duty, trust, charge, or position, conferred by authority or God and for a public purpose; a position of trust or authority." And the office of "apostle" is to be continued (Acts 1:20-26) to the present day. Not all believers are "equal" nor have the same gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10; Ephesians 4:11). The Church is to be a "visible, earthly" entity. Christ directed us to the Church to resolve disputes (Matthew 18:17).

It is possible for two groups to have conflicting opinions and practices on what the proper polity is for administering the Church, different forms of worship, etc., etc. and still hold and pursue a common faith.

The only example that comes to mind is the Orthodox Church but with limitation.

34 posted on 12/08/2009 9:54:06 AM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer
My statement - that Jesus did not prescribe the offices of Pope, etc. or establish forms of liturgy stands uncontradicted by your comments. Scripture does, indeed, mention the basic offices of deacon, priest and bishop, and many churches have these, although in many cases they call a priest a "minister" instead. But certainly there's plenty of aspects of these offices that are subject to some local variation. An obvious example is whether or not priests can marry. While scripture can be interpreted as advising on the matter it does not command, and the Catholic Church itself had married priests for 1000 years or more.
35 posted on 12/08/2009 10:05:13 AM PST by RonF
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To: Alex Murphy
Excellent........progress indeed!

There you have it folks, there's more than one Protestant denomination...........LOL!!

In view of your alacrity in disputing the numbers provided by others but profound reluctance or inability to provide any alternative, perhaps we should refer to the number of Protestant denominations as an "unknown". Let's call it "x"; x is the unknown.

Therefore we can express the number as follows; 1< x < 40,000.

If we were to express the number of Protestant denominations in terms of this mathematical expression, would that occasion any dispute??

36 posted on 12/08/2009 10:08:19 AM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: RonF
An obvious example is whether or not priests can marry. While scripture can be interpreted as advising on the matter it does not command, and the Catholic Church itself had married priests for 1000 years or more.

Priests may not marry - not in the Latin, Eastern Catholic or Orthodox Churches. Married men may become priests but priests may not marry. And here is the basis for that.

What the Catechism of the Catholic Church says on "Celibacy of the Clergy:"

1579. "All the ordained ministers of the Latin Church, with the exception of permanent deacons, are normally chosen from among men of faith who live a celibate life and who intend to remain celibate 'for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.' [Mt 19:12 .] Called to consecrate themselves with undivided heart to the Lord and to 'the affairs of the Lord,' [1 Cor 7:32 .] they give themselves entirely to God and to men. celibacy is a sign of this new life to the service of which the Church's minister is consecrated; accepted with a joyous heart celibacy radiantly proclaims the Reign of God. [Cf. PO 16.]"

1580. "In the Eastern Churches a different discipline has been in force for many centuries: while bishops are chosen solely from among celibates, married men can be ordained as deacons and priests. This practice has long been considered legitimate; these priests exercise a fruitful ministry within their communities. [Cf. PO 16.] Moreover, priestly celibacy is held in great honor in the Eastern Churches and many priests have freely chosen it for the sake of the Kingdom of God. In the East as in the West a man who has already received the sacrament of Holy Orders can no longer marry."

1599. "In the Latin Church the sacrament of Holy Orders for the presbyterate is normally conferred only on candidates who are ready to embrace celibacy freely and who publicly manifest their intention of staying celibate for the love of God's kingdom and the service of men."

My Eastern rite pastor chose celibacy; his great grandfather, however, was a married priest.

37 posted on 12/08/2009 10:52:54 AM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer; RonF
The only example that comes to mind is the Orthodox Church but with limitation.

A millennium-long schism is a fairly significant "limitation," you must admit. And it was dicey at times before 1054.

38 posted on 12/08/2009 11:19:29 AM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: Poe White Trash; RonF
A millennium-long schism is a fairly significant "limitation," you must admit.

A Catholic-Orthodox Joint declaration of 1965 lifted the mutual excommunications dating from 1054.

JOINT CATHOLIC-ORTHODOX DECLARATION OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI AND THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH ATHENAGORAS I

39 posted on 12/08/2009 11:31:03 AM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: marshmallow
Therefore we can express the number as follows; 1< x < 40,000.

If we were to express the number of Protestant denominations in terms of this mathematical expression, would that occasion any dispute??

Of course it would occasion dispute, since such expressions are being proffered in an apologetic spirit, not in a spirit of seeking truth and clarity.

Personally, I think that 1< x < 40,000 best expresses the number of times non-Protestants have re-packaged for sale the old canard that "The Protestant, Bible in hand, is his own pope."

I ain't buying it.

40 posted on 12/08/2009 11:40:05 AM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: Poe White Trash; Alex Murphy
Of course it would occasion dispute, since such expressions are being proffered in an apologetic spirit, not in a spirit of seeking truth and clarity.

I'll supply you with a months free beer or wine if you can link me to anything in this forum which is not proffered in an "apologetic spirit". BTW, as Alex is fond of reminding us, intimating that I'm not "seeking truth and clarity" is making it about me, reading my mind, if you will and that, apparently, is a no-no.......right Alex?

So provide some "truth and clarity".

I've asked Alex on multiple occasions for the correct number and received no reply.

It's a straightforward question.

How many are there?

Or is it such a sore point that you don't wish to discuss it?

41 posted on 12/08/2009 12:00:24 PM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: NYer
A Catholic-Orthodox Joint declaration of 1965 lifted the mutual excommunications dating from 1054.

This is from your own link:

5. Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I with his synod realize that this gesture of justice and mutual pardon is not sufficient to end both old and more recent differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.

Get back to me when the Eucumenical Patriarch of Constantinople recognizes the papal plenitudo potestas, or when the Bishop of Rome formally removes the filioque from the Creed. I'll wait.

42 posted on 12/08/2009 12:18:23 PM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: marshmallow
I'll supply you with a months free beer or wine if you can link me to anything in this forum which is not proffered in an "apologetic spirit".

Don't be modest -- this part of your post is a fine example of truth and clarity!

I agree with you for the most part, except I believe that T&C show up more often than one might expect. Even on Religion threads.

I try my best. Others do, too. Sometimes truth and clarity just pop up by accident.

How many are there?

I'm not a sociologist of religion, and have no idea.

Or is it such a sore point that you don't wish to discuss it?

Oops! You're getting to be "apologetic" again! Not a sore point, just don't want to stray too far from my "reading list."

43 posted on 12/08/2009 12:31:31 PM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: marshmallow; Religion Moderator
....as Alex is fond of reminding us, intimating that I'm not "seeking truth and clarity" is making it about me, reading my mind, if you will and that, apparently, is a no-no.......right Alex?

That would be the Religion Moderator who reminds you about all of those things. Saying that I am "fond of reminding you" about them would be "making it about personal" and would be "reading my mind".

44 posted on 12/08/2009 12:50:55 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job 13:15)
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To: Poe White Trash

What’s your point?


45 posted on 12/08/2009 12:54:33 PM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: Poe White Trash
I'm not a sociologist of religion, and have no idea.

Thank you.

I appreciate the honesty.

46 posted on 12/08/2009 12:56:33 PM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: Alex Murphy

Saying that another Freeper personally “is fond” of a thing is reading his mind and therefore “making it personal.”


47 posted on 12/08/2009 12:58:04 PM PST by Religion Moderator
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To: Alex Murphy; Religion Moderator
That would be the Religion Moderator who reminds you about all of those things. Saying that I am "fond of reminding you" about them would be "making it about personal" and would be "reading my mind".

My humble apologies.

The word "fond" is indeed a form of mind reading.

I should have said "....as Alex frequently reminds us.....".

48 posted on 12/08/2009 1:02:32 PM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: marshmallow

Post 47 should have been addressed to you.


49 posted on 12/08/2009 1:02:48 PM PST by Religion Moderator
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To: NYer
What’s your point?

The obvious point that, all "gestures" aside, the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church are still in schism, something my Eastern Orthodox friends are always quick to point out to me. And that this schism entails that each side thinks the other is deep in error to the extent that to say that they share a "common faith" in any real sense in absurd.

50 posted on 12/08/2009 1:08:42 PM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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