Saturday, December 17, 2005

And speaking of the 13th century ...

a good, solid, excommunication.

[Ok. That seems to imply that I'm waiting with eager glee for the Inquisition. But then, no one expects the Spanish Inquisition .... oy ... Anyway. I'm not. Excommunication is hardly common, and hardly something to be gleeful about. This is an extremely messy and sad situation. Please do keep the Church in St. Louis in your prayers.]

[And lest anyone get snotty about this being "conservative" Burke, the last time we had a situation which led to excommunications in the US Church was in the "liberal" bishopric of Matthew Clark, over the Corpus Christi affair in Rochester.]

Rocco has some decent comments on this.

And, it seems, there's an actual heresy trial underway in San Bernandino California, against a priest who left and started his own church. Um. That is, he became a protestant? :)

Oh dear. Why can't we all just get along?

Because, boundaries are important. Because unity means something concrete, and not just a nebulous nod towards good intentions. Because some things are important enough that one has to disagree and go our separate ways. Here's a recent Christianity Today article that talks about this from an evangelical Christian perspective, that is quite applicable to the Catholic Church as well.

Of course, there has to be some kind of a balance -- one doesn't fracture based on just anything (this may be the temptation of Protestant Christianity really). But nor is unity at any cost a goal either. Especially if the cost involves being true to the Gospel. That is indeed the tragedy of the Anglican Communion right now. (And, it should be pointed out, each side feels quite strongly, of course, that it is being true to the Gospel.) And not just them. This is the tragedy of the division of the Body of Christ.

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