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Reformation Sunday 2011: How Would Protestants Know When to Return?
Called to Communion ^ | 10/29/11 | Bryan Cross

Posted on 11/03/2011 7:29:48 AM PDT by marshmallow

Imagine that the Occupy Wall Street protest continued for years, during which time the community of protesters divided into different factions, each with different beliefs, different demands, and different leaders. But the protests continued for so long that the protesters eventually built makeshift shanties and lived in them, and had children. These children grew up in the protesting communities, and then they too had children, who also grew up in the same communities of protesters, still encamped in the Wall Street district. Over the course of these generations, however, these communities of protesters forgot what it was that they were protesting. They even forgot that they were protesting. Life in the shanties in Wall Street was what these subsequent generations had always known. They did not even know that they had inherited a protesting way of life, separated from the rest of society.

When asked by a reporter what Wall Street would have to change in order to get them to return home, they looked at him confusedly, and responded, “We are home; this is home.” They no longer had any intention to ‘return to society’ upon achieving some political or economic reform. For them, camping out on Wall Street was life as normal, and those with whom they had grown up camping simply were their society.

What if Protestantism in its present form is the fractured remains of a Catholic protest movement that began in 1517, but which has long since forgotten not only what it was protesting, but that it was formed by Catholics, in protest over conditions and practices within the Catholic Church? What if Protestantism has forgotten that its original intention was to return to full communion with the Catholic Church when certain conditions were satisfied?

During the week approaching Reformation Sunday last year those questions prompted me to write, “Trueman and Prolegomena to “How would Protestants know when to return?”.” I included the term ‘prolegomena’ because before discussing the conditions under which Protestants can return to full communion with the Catholic Church, Protestants (and Catholics) must first recover the memory of our history, not only our shared history as one Church prior to the sixteenth century, but also the history by which we came to be divided during that century. Recovering that history shows not only that the early Protestants never intended to form a perpetual schism from the Catholic Church, but also helps us remember that Protestant communities are by their history, communities in exile from the Catholic Church, and thereby by that history ordered toward eventual reconciliation and reunion with the Catholic Church. According to that history Protestantism began as a protest movement initially made up of Catholics protesting the Catholic Church and seeking to reform her; it was never intended to remain perpetually in schism from her. Semper Reformanda does not translate as “perpetually in schism.” Hence in “Trueman and Prolegomena” I quoted Protestant professor of historical theology Carl Trueman, who wrote:

[W]e [Protestants] need good, solid reasons for not being Catholic; not being a Catholic should, in others words, be a positive act of will and commitment, something we need to get out of bed determined to do each and every day.

Yet even among those Protestants who retain the memory of Protestantism’s origin as a Catholic protest movement, Reformation Day is typically viewed as a day of celebration. On Reformation Sunday of 2009, we posted a 1995 Reformation Day sermon by the Protestant theologian Stanley Hauerwas, named by Time magazine as America’s best theologian. A few weeks ago I had a chance to talk with Hauerwas in person, and he said that he still affirms every word of that sermon. In that sermon Hauerwas says:

After all, the very name ‘Protestantism’ is meant to denote a reform movement of protest within the Church Catholic. When Protestantism becomes an end in itself, which it certainly has through the mainstream denominations in America, it becomes anathema. If we no longer have broken hearts at the church’s division, then we cannot help but unfaithfully celebrate Reformation Sunday.

Tomorrow will be celebrated by many Protestants as “Reformation Sunday.” To be sure, part of what Protestants celebrate on Reformation Day are what they believe to be the truths upheld and preserved within Protestantism. But without careful qualification, celebrating “Reformation Day” while remaining separated from the Catholic Church is a kind of performative contradiction, because it implies that separation, not reform, is the ultimate goal of the protest. Celebrating Reformation Day can be for that reason like celebrating a divorce, or more accurately, celebrating estrangement from our mother and from all our brothers and sisters who remain in her bosom, when in truth Christ calls us all to full communion and prays that we would be one. Moreover celebrating what is a division can blind the celebrants to the evil of that continuing division, just as celebrating divorce could blind children to its evil, or celebrating abortion could blind the celebrants to its evil.

But Reformation Day can be approached differently. It should be an annual reminder of the continuation of the evil in our midst that is the Protestant-Catholic division, a division that causes scandal to the rest of the world regarding the identity and efficacy of Christ’s gospel. In that respect, Reformation Day is a day to ask ourselves the following question:

What have I done, since the last Reformation Day, to help bring reconciliation between Protestants and Catholics?

If the answer is ‘nothing,’ then by our inaction we are in actuality perpetuating the schism which has continued now for almost five hundred years. Reformation Day ought therefore be a day in which Protestants are reminded to enter into authentic and charitable dialogue with Catholics, and Catholics are reminded to enter into such dialogue with Protestants, in order to put this schism behind us as a tragic event in Church history, through which God can nevertheless bring good. The lot of those who despair over the possibility of reconciliation is to die without seeing it. However, that generation who in faith truly believes that with God nothing is impossible will live to see it, and will be graced with the everlasting privilege of being the instruments through which this reconciliation is accomplished.

Having recollected our memory of our history, and a shared understanding of the early Protestants’ intention to reform the Catholic Church, not to form a schism from the Catholic Church, each Protestant faces the following question: How would I as a Protestant know when to return? No one Protestant can answer that question for all Protestants, because no one Protestant has the authority to speak for all Protestants. Each Protestant therefore must answer that question for him or herself.

But at the same time, the Protestant is faced with a second-order question and a second-order problem. The problem is that if we survey a thousand Protestants, and ask each what the Catholic Church would have to change, in order for him or her to stop protesting and be reconciled to the Catholic Church, we get almost a thousand different answers. When the Protestant reflects on his own act of setting conditions that the Catholic Church must meet in order for him to return to full communion with her, he is faced with an awareness that because each Protestant has a different set of conditions for return, and because he has no unique authority above that of all other Protestants to speak for all other Protestants, his very approach makes Protestant-Catholic reconciliation impossible. That’s because even if (per impossible) the Catholic Church could abandon her own doctrine and adopt a Protestant doctrine, the Church could not possibly adopt and simultaneously hold the incompatible Protestant positions on any particular theological question.

The Protestant who reflects on this cannot but notice that to approach reconciliation this way is to fall into ecclesial consumerism, as each person demands that the Church conform to his own interpretation of Scripture before he will submit to her. Implicit in the very nature of an “I won’t return unless the Church does x” condition for reconciliation is a denial of ecclesial authority, a denial that not only presumes precisely what is in question between Protestants and the Catholic Church with respect to the existence of magisterial authority, but implicitly exercises that magisterial authority. So the second-order question is this: How can a Protestant pursue an end to the Protestant-Catholic schism without falling into ecclesial consumerism?

If, as Neal and I argued in “Solo Scriptura, Sola Scriptura, and the Question of Interpretive Authority,” to make conformity to one’s own interpretation a condition for submission is performatively to make oneself one’s own authority, the Protestant’s very act of laying out a list of conditions for reunion with the Catholic Church is not a theologically neutral act. In this act the Protestant intrinsically arrogates to himself an interpretive authority exceeding that of the magisterium of the Catholic Church. He is therefore confronted not only with the changes he wants to see in the Catholic Church, but with the realization that if he sets conditions that the Catholic Church must satisfy in order for him to return to full communion with her, he is performatively arrogating to himself ultimate interpretive authority, and seeking to conform the Church to the image of his own interpretation of Scripture. So the question I invite our Protestant readers to answer is not “What would the Catholic Church have to change in order for me to return to her?” but rather, “What does the multiplicity of Protestant answers to that question reveal about both the prospects and presuppositions of that approach to Protestant-Catholic reconciliation?


TOPICS: Catholic; History; Mainline Protestant; Theology
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1 posted on 11/03/2011 7:29:49 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Simple question really but... Why are catholics so obsessed with getting protestants to quit their church and join theirs?


2 posted on 11/03/2011 7:35:13 AM PDT by fatboy (This protestant will have no part in the ecumenical movement)
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To: fatboy; marshmallow; Dr. Eckleburg; Forest Keeper; Gamecock; RnMomof7; HarleyD; fish hawk; ...
"Why are catholics so obsessed with getting protestants to quit their church and join theirs?"

If you discovered that everyone who is biblical realized your organization was a cult, you might want them all to come back and play nice again, too. Sorry, marshmallow. What we returned to already is the biblical form of Christianity. Come and join us...if you can.

3 posted on 11/03/2011 7:44:30 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: fatboy
Simple question really but... Why are catholics so obsessed with getting protestants to quit their church and join theirs?

Personally, I don't care myself.

4 posted on 11/03/2011 7:48:11 AM PDT by Hacksaw (I don't hate Mormons. Is that okay?)
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To: marshmallow
More recent archaeological examination of the roots of Protestantism (and there are MANY roots, not just the small intellectual dispute in a couple of German states) demonstrates that the overarching problem is two fold:

(1) Most Protestant groups rose up in areas PREVIOUSLY part of the Orthodox world, or converted by Orthodox missionaries after the various schisms that separated Rome from the Church.

(2) During a long period of Western political/imperial expansion North and East Rome appears to have failed to follow up with priests trained in the Roman tradition leaving many millions of people in Congregations without clergy which allowed them to develop their own independent Christian traditions of congregational self-governance ~ later missions may have not have effectively met the challenge.

Except for the British Isles, including Ireland, and Northern France and Western Germany there were some exceptions and Rome imposed/reimposed its authority in those regions. That process has been studied to death but is still worth reading.

I suspect we haven't seen the end of studies into the Protestant phenomenon, nor is it all that readily answered by reflecting only on the experience of the Roman church. Beyond the Orthodox links OTHER earlier Christian traditions were also absorbed, or "disappeared".

NOTE: I've been reading recently about the life and times of St. Gildas ~ he's one of those "bridge people" who lived during the end of the pre-Dark Age and into the beginning of the Dark Age itself (and who may have actually seen the comet or asteroid that destroyed civilization in China, Central Asia, and Northern and Western Europe at about 535AD.

5 posted on 11/03/2011 7:49:01 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: fatboy
Simple question really but... Why are catholics so obsessed with getting protestants to quit their church and join theirs?

As it has been since the fall of adam, it is the goal of carnal man to control religious doctrine rather than just taking YHVH at His Word. By separating that of old and calling it just that “old”, “outdated” & “only for Jews”, Christendom created their ‘new’ religious dogma. As it has always been, the one that controls the religious dogma of the ‘new’ is the one that holds the power over the religious class.

It existed at the time of Messiah via the House of Shammai & the House of Hillel. The House of Shammai was in control and were killing members of the House of Hillel for following Torah rather than the dogma(oral traditions) of Shammai. It was the House of Shammai that covertly worked to kill Messiah not realizing that his death was not of their control but in under the control of the Creator who was controling them via their ignorance of the prophecy of Messiah as they held their religious dogma as having higher authority than that of the Creator. The RCC is Christendom's House of Shammai and while they do not promote death, they do seek to regain control over all religious dogma.

6 posted on 11/03/2011 7:56:16 AM PDT by patlin ("Knowledge is a powerful source that is 2nd to none but God" ConstitutionallySpeaking 2011)
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To: Dutchboy88

I’ve never wanted people to “be a part of my particular church”, I’ve just wanted them to accept Jesus and find a church that teaches from the bible. Even if that means catholic. As long as they try to ignore that Apocrypha stuff and ever virgin Mary.


7 posted on 11/03/2011 7:56:38 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: muawiyah

In the Roman Catholic Church, there are different “rites”, not just only the very well known Latin rites. There are Eastern rite Catholics and also Anglican usage rites as well.


8 posted on 11/03/2011 7:58:49 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: marshmallow
What if Protestantism has forgotten that its original intention was to return to full communion with the Catholic Church when certain conditions were satisfied?

There are conditions I would have of the Roman Catholic Church that I'm sure they would not be willing to abide by. I simply don't believe as they do on some things (i.e. works + faith, the eternal virginity of Mary, the physical presence of Jesus' body in the communion wafer, etc.)

If Catholics want to believe those things, that's their choice. I don't, and so will not become a Catholic.

9 posted on 11/03/2011 8:05:47 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: marshmallow; Dutchboy88; MEGoody
What if Protestantism in its present form is the fractured remains of a Catholic protest movement that began in 1517, but which has long since forgotten not only what it was protesting, but that it was formed by Catholics, in protest over conditions and practices within the Catholic Church? What if Protestantism has forgotten that its original intention was to return to full communion with the Catholic Church when certain conditions were satisfied?

The condition being "promote true doctrine"....

Few churches ever adopted the name “Protestant.” The most commonly adopted designations were rather “evangelical” and “reformed.” ... [W]hen the word Protestant came into currency in England (in Elizabethan times), its accepted significance was not “objection” but “avowal” or “witness” or “confession” (as the Latin protestari meant also “to profess”)....unfortunate as a name because it implies that Protestantism was mainly an objection. The dissenters in their own statement affirmed that “they must protest and testify publicly before God that they could do nothing contrary to His word.” The emphasis was less on protest than on witness.
-- from the thread History Lesson: Positively Protestant

10 posted on 11/03/2011 8:11:44 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2703506/posts?page=518#518)
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To: Dutchboy88; All

Hence, the author’s question as it seems that reunion with your fellow Christians is not even an option.


11 posted on 11/03/2011 8:38:12 AM PDT by LurkLongley (Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam-For the Greater Glory of God)
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To: marshmallow

The first premise ( the analogy that Protestants are like OWS) is wrong. Protestants are like the TEA Party.

I have no desire to try and turn a Catholic aaway from their obedience to Rome, I merely desire to be allowed to show my obdeniece to God


12 posted on 11/03/2011 8:42:02 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: cuban leaf
"I’ve just wanted them to accept Jesus and find a church that teaches from the bible. Even if that means catholic. As long as they try to ignore that Apocrypha stuff and ever virgin Mary."

Certainly a commendable ambition...with some caution. Paul encountered some well-meaning Judaizers who simply wanted the new non-Jewish (you and I) converts to do these few Mosaic Law things. After looking carefully at the implications of their "small errors", Paul noted that the folks who took this position were making fatal mistakes. Christ would be of no benefit to them, if they made these add-ons a part of their theology. We feel the same way about Catholicism.

Had the organization not appended its own ritualistic, cult-like traditions onto the biblical message of grace (thereby nullifying true grace), they would be kissin' cousins. Unfortunately, things added to grace, end up replacing grace. You have noted a couple of nuisance items here (the goofy Apocrypha & the perpetual virginity of Mary), but there are more...many more. Collectively they disqualify the organization as a biblically based congregation and brought about the need to make the original truth known, again. The Reformation was not a "protest", but an utter rejection of error, a calling out of an entrenched monstrosity. It continues today.

13 posted on 11/03/2011 8:44:37 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Dutchboy88

You have no idea how much you and I agree. The hidden meaning of my post was that you cannot be a Catholic without accepting the things I mentioned. ;-)


14 posted on 11/03/2011 8:46:34 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: LurkLongley
"Hence, the author’s question as it seems that reunion with your fellow Christians is not even an option."

We certainly invite these wandering folks to come into the light of Christ, alone. Then we may fellowship with them as believers. The author misses the point as much as the organization did.

15 posted on 11/03/2011 8:47:08 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Nifster
The French Protestant movement was more a rebellion against having to attend mass at an official church building ~ particularly for the wealthy and powerful who, in fact, frequently had their own in-house priest(s).

When you look into the growth of that brand of Protestantism the disputes take place in terms of chapels and where those chapels were located, and who had authority to schedule the priests to go or not go there.

To us it seems rather innocuous, but next thing you know there were competing political movements supporting tradition or home worship, and within a single generation some quite serious civil war!

The other Protestant movements had an entirely different history.

16 posted on 11/03/2011 8:50:15 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: marshmallow
Imagine starting an article with a horrendous slanderous analogy. Obviously this guy just wants to start a fight. How christian of him.

Imagine that the Occupy Wall Street protest continued for years

17 posted on 11/03/2011 8:57:43 AM PDT by DManA
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To: marshmallow

What a sad and pathetically lacking undignified and phoney comparison.

The list of abuses, fraud, paganism, Satanism and Islamic (do I repeat myself) influences still permeating the so-called-”Catholic” Church are too numerous for the character limit of this post.

I protest them not because of some idiotic 500 year old forget me not nonsense but for their very apostate deeds precipitated to this very hour.

Good day sir.


18 posted on 11/03/2011 8:58:10 AM PDT by Waywardson (Carry on! Nothing equals the splendor!)
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To: muawiyah
"The French Protestant movement was more a rebellion against having to attend mass at an official church building"

It was a lot more than a disagreement over where to hold mass that resulted in the French Catholics massacring hundreds of thousands of Waldensians back in 1545.

19 posted on 11/03/2011 9:03:30 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Waywardson

I requested the moderator remove this article. It is deliberately provocative and insulting.


20 posted on 11/03/2011 9:03:55 AM PDT by DManA
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To: cuban leaf
"You have no idea how much you and I agree. The hidden meaning of my post was that you cannot be a Catholic without accepting the things I mentioned. ;-)"

Thanks for the clarification. I was fairly certain from other posts of yours I've read that we were on the same sheet of music. Grace to you, my brother.

21 posted on 11/03/2011 9:08:36 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Dutchboy88

I’m confused. Which one of you is right?


22 posted on 11/03/2011 9:09:20 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: stuartcr
"I’m confused. Which one of you is right?"

Yes. you are.

23 posted on 11/03/2011 9:12:04 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: patlin

Is that true? Could you send me a link to that, please?


24 posted on 11/03/2011 9:12:21 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Biggirl

Roman Catholic
Marionite Catholic
Alexandrian Catholic
Coptic Catholic
Chaldean Catholic

just to name a few of the many rites of the CATHOLIC Church.


25 posted on 11/03/2011 9:15:24 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Alex Murphy
"The condition being "promote true doctrine"...."

Great post. And, yes, this is the real condition necessary, a condition it appears as though they will never meet...unless God opens their eyes. But, we stand waiting.

26 posted on 11/03/2011 9:15:32 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Biggirl
THE RITES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH -- There are many!

27 posted on 11/03/2011 9:16:12 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Dutchboy88

I knew it, that makes 2 of us. thanx


28 posted on 11/03/2011 9:16:43 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Dutchboy88

You stand in ignorance.


29 posted on 11/03/2011 9:18:21 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Waywardson
Interesting then that a lot of people who study the Catholic Church in depth DO become members!

You have no idea how many people, even here on FR, have come to the Catholic Church!

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30 posted on 11/03/2011 9:18:58 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

Some of us haven’t forgotten what our brothers and sisters were burned at the stake for, and we find no basis for agreement between Christianity and Catholicism.


32 posted on 11/03/2011 9:27:57 AM PDT by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: Salvation

If protestants felt the need, I’m sure they could churn out just as many articles about Catholics who converted to Protestantism. So, what can that prove?


33 posted on 11/03/2011 9:32:04 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Salvation

Bah. Islam is growing even faster.

Should that persuade me too?

I do not care that I would be the last true believer on the Earth.

The great apostasy is here and now.


34 posted on 11/03/2011 9:36:27 AM PDT by Waywardson (Carry on! Nothing equals the splendor!)
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To: Salvation; Waywardson
>>You have no idea how many people, even here on FR, have come to the Catholic Church!<<

Not surprising. That was predicted a long time ago.

2Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

35 posted on 11/03/2011 9:38:01 AM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: CynicalBear

Could be talking about the next pope.


36 posted on 11/03/2011 9:39:13 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

I think Revelation 18 would apply.


37 posted on 11/03/2011 9:41:42 AM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: CynicalBear

Babylon is the Roman church.


38 posted on 11/03/2011 9:44:48 AM PDT by DManA
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To: RoadTest

I’d like to know if the Catholic Church has even repented of approving torture and death for heretics. Maybe they can’t satisfy all the different Protestant demands, but I think every believer in Christ should be able to agree that was a big mistake.


39 posted on 11/03/2011 9:59:11 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Also they need to repent of their besmirching the Body of Christ with all their meddling in temporal politics. In many places and at many times they literally were the government.


40 posted on 11/03/2011 10:05:25 AM PDT by DManA
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To: marshmallow

If we could just get some Mormons (keeping Mitt out of it of course) in here, this could top 1000


41 posted on 11/03/2011 10:09:34 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Boogieman
They haven't yet rescended the more than 100 anathemas, curses, that were issued by the Council of Trent, to the Reformation evangelicals. In fact, Vatican II reaffirmed the canons and decrees of previous key councils. Including the Council of Trent.

You really think they are going to admit that torture and death for heretics was a mistake?

42 posted on 11/03/2011 10:11:35 AM PDT by smvoice (Who the *#@! is Ivo of Chatre & why am I being accused of not linking to his quote?)
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To: stuartcr

It is unfortunate he posted this horrible slander.


43 posted on 11/03/2011 10:14:06 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA; Boogieman

That’s the hideous beauty of being your own independent State/Religious institution. You can have ambassadors and concordats with the political world whenever you choose. You can even have an observer’s seat at the U.N. And THEN you get to announce yourself as Christ’s Vicar on earth. They are BOTH a political and religious institution. Who Rev. 17 and 18 vividly describe.


44 posted on 11/03/2011 10:20:30 AM PDT by smvoice (Who the *#@! is Ivo of Chatre & why am I being accused of not linking to his quote?)
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To: Dutchboy88; All
What we returned to already is the biblical form of Christianity.

Who's "we," and what "biblical form of Christianity" are you talking about?

Lots of anti-Catholic invective on this thread, and very little effort expended in actually coming to grips with the point of this thoughtful article from a thoughtful website.

So I have a question for you. Suppose, tomorrow morning, Pope Benedict woke up, slapped his forehead, and said, "Ach! I really AM ze Antichrist!" An announcement is made, to the effect that not joining the Reformation was a big mistake, and all Catholic churches, and presumably all Catholics, after a suitable period of transition, will be joining the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Of course that implies signing up to all doctrinal aspects of the OPC faith.

So here's my question. Do you think the Wisconsin Evangelical Synod Lutherans (as sternly conservative and rooted in the 16th C. group of Lutherans as OPC'ers are sternly conservative Calvinists) will join, also?

How about any of the really hardcore, violently anti-Catholic, "fundamental independent Baptist" churches? (You know, the folks who say they aren't Protestants, they're Baptists?) Will they join up with the now 1.2 billion strong OPC?

What about the conservative wing of the Mennonites and the other continental Anabaptist groups? Nobody can accuse them of liberalism, cultural, religious, or otherwise. Will they join?

Now do the same experiment with Rome joining the WELS instead of the OPC, and ask yourself if the OPC would join. For that matter, would even the LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, also a sternly conservative Lutheran Church) join?

Notice I haven't even bothered to consider the über-liberal Protestant groups like the PCUSA, the ELCA, or Episcopalians.

45 posted on 11/03/2011 10:29:44 AM PDT by Campion ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies when they become fashions." -- GKC)
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To: Dutchboy88
"Why are catholics so obsessed with getting protestants to quit their church and join theirs?"

Because that is what cults do. If they want you to pray to Mary or any mortal besides Jesus, then they are a cult.

46 posted on 11/03/2011 10:33:32 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: marshmallow

Maybe the same day when Catholics drop the nonsense and become Christians?


47 posted on 11/03/2011 10:34:47 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Campion

Suppose Pope Benedict woke up tomorrow and said, “The Eucharist is NOT what we have been proclaiming. The Scriptures are correct. There was ONE OFFERING, ONE TIME, FOR ALL. We ARE saved by grace through faith. It is NOT of works, lest any man could boast. I am NOT infallible. Obviously. I shall make the truth known today and apologize to those who have been right all along. Beginning with God and His Word.” What would the “faithful” do about this?


48 posted on 11/03/2011 10:38:17 AM PDT by smvoice (Who the *#@! is Ivo of Chatre & why am I being accused of not linking to his quote?)
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To: Campion
Don't play the martyr here. A Catholic provoked this by printing this slander. It was a deliberate attempt to start a fight. Which is a real shame.

Lots of anti-Catholic invective on this thread,

49 posted on 11/03/2011 10:38:49 AM PDT by DManA
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To: marshmallow
How Would Protestants Know When to Return?

How Would Roman Catholics Know When to Return to Pure Doctrine and Sound Practice? That is the question.

50 posted on 11/03/2011 10:43:35 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor, LCMS)
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