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The Sexual Assault Scandal in the Roman Catholic Church

What an unholy mess

There is a lot of digital ink currently bleeding all over the internet regarding this topic. I will only add a little.

In the Old Testament there are multiple examples of men rending their garments (tearing apart their clothes off of their bodies) and then sitting in sackcloth and ashes to mourn a great atrocity. I don’t know what that looks like in the modern era, but it would be nice to see someone, anyone, in the clerical ranks try at least to rise to this level of mourning.

Please do not mistake my intent here. I grieve with the victims and their families. I grieve with the Church catholic (universal). I grieve for the clergy that must make some very difficult and painful decisions. But let us not forget, it was sin that got us here. And sin will always take us places we really don’t want to go. So, with renewed conviction, let us repent and believe the Gospel: Christ came to save sinners!

Some additional thoughts and links:

A Dominican priest and professor of theology offered his thoughts on cleanup. It’s a very practical list of basic principles without pretending it will be easy to implement.

The resignation of a cardinal is no small thing. For covering up years of sexual abuse and flagrant immoral behavior himself. Then there’s this monstrosity, a Florida diocese that was more like a gay sex club. Lord have mercy.

Soli Deo Gloria

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Death and Life

So Christian, the big day is coming. The dirt nap, the big send off, the shuffling off of this mortal coil, the big sleep: our death. 

So, are you looking forward to it? Do you yearn for it? 

In the news right now is at least 20 dead at a church in Texas. 

Are you ready for that send off? Are you ready to meet your maker?

Jesus conquered death. It no longer holds power over you. The Apostle Paul said “to live is Christ, to die is gain!” 

Gain?!

Yes. Gain. 

We leave behind a broken and battered world. We leave behind broken relationships and incomplete knowledge of each other.  We leave behind evil and violence and torture and pain and anxiety and fear. 

So, yes it is gain. So until then let us live free of the fear of death. For death to this life means to rise to new life, an imperishable life. Life eternal joined to the source of all Goodness and Life. 

Soli Deo Gloria 

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Day 2! Wherein Richard visits a deconsecrated church…

Hello All!

So I’m at something called Naper Settlement here in Illinois, a mid-1800’s display of replica houses and stores. My daughter is here for summer homework for a US History class. 

So to my amazement there’s a church. I’m sorry, a Church! Not some replica. Built in 1864 it was an Episcopal Church. Amazingly it hasn’t been stripped of its artifacts. I only had a few minutes inside before I had to leave because there’s a wedding planned. 

It’s stunning, my pictures here don’t do it justice. It’s not the Sistine Chapel, but its surely isn’t a “modern American Church building.” An Altar up front that the priests would offer Eucharist facing away from the congregation. Ornate woodworking. Vibrant colors. Solemnity. 

And it has been reduced to essentially a historical curiosity. As I consider the crumbling theological structures of the Church of England it’s impossible to miss the parallels. 

Instead of Ancient traditions and solemn worship there’s capitulation to the modern times. In Europe the old churches are being torn down: here and here. The CofE thinks it can do the Theological legwork in short order to incorporate “gay weddings and transgender affirmations”. A hundred years ago I wouldn’t have to tell you this is wrong, we’d all know instinctively. 

I’m torn as to which is ultimately better when a local church community dies: demolition or historic talisman. The former is sad in the loss of majestic artistry but reflects reality; the later retains the physical beauty but is drained of any real life giving vitality. 

Fortunately, our life is in Christ and not any building. The Church, she is us, the body and bride of Christ. We Anglicans are just starting the process of rebuilding. In coffee houses, garages, borrowed spaces, the faithful’s houses, Elementary Schools and at Cathedral of the Diocese of the Upper Midwest in a renovated factory. 

The Church isn’t a building. We the followers of Christ are. She is us and we are She. Wherever we meet it is a church gathering. I’m not arguing against beauty here. I’d love some more at mine. But I’ll take orthodoxy over capitulation. We must rebuild. This new generation must be taught the Ancient ways. The way of humility. The way of submission to Christ Jesus. The way of the Cross. For in them is Life. 

Soli Deo Gloria 

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