With all due respect

11 03 2008

And with special attention to the ‘judge not, lest ye be judged’ policy…

The Vatican.

Really?

The Catholic church is full of people who really love the Lord. It is also, apparently, full of nut-jobs. This is not astonishing since the Catholic church has always been full of lovers of Christ and nut jobs (some of them are both at once!). 

Allow me to introduce you to Isabella of Spain. Some of you may recall the Inquisition. “In 1480, Isabella and Ferdinand instituted the Inquisition in Spain, as one of many changes to the role of the church instituted by the monarchs. The Inquisition was aimed mostly at Jews and Muslims who had overtly converted to Christianity but were thought to be practicing their faiths secretly — known respectively as morranos and moriscos — as well as at heretics who rejected Roman Catholic orthodoxy, including alumbras who practiced a kind of mysticism or spiritualism.

Ferdinand and Isabella were given the title “the Catholic” by the Pope, in recognition of their role in “purifying” the faith.” (You can read more here.)

On the other hand we have Saint John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila and the Desert Fathers and Mothers. Now, I’m not Catholic. I admit it! Hence I feel it is innapropriate for me to haul back and give the Church a proverbial slap in the face.

However, nowhere in the Bible does Jesus say “You live by grace if and only if you follow these institutionalized religious forms.” Nor does he warn us that “Your carbon footprint will weigh heavily against you in the Final Judgement”.

So why exactly is the Vatican freaking out that trips to confessionals have decreased rapidly and there are massive amounts of greenhouse gases being released into the air? And how did those two things land on the table at the same time?!

Was the pope being served by a particularly smarmy footman who decided to confess that he doesn’t confess anymore and also drives a Hummer? Where do things like this occur?!

I’m just saying. If you’ve got people out witnessing the love of God to the lost, who cares if they forgot to confess their sins and happened to have flown to wherever they are witnessing. Let God take care of the sins. He’s more than willing to do it.

But, by all means, go to confession if that’s what the Holy Spirit is telling you to do.

Just don’t drive there.

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4 responses

11 03 2008
Jennifer James

I think the funniest “new” sin is: being obscenely wealthy.

Talk about shunning the gifts God gives you. Plus, alot of people are really confused about how a man can ‘add’ mortal sins.

Let’s face it, it would have made the movie”Se7en” alot longer….

11 03 2008
Meghan

Is that what that movie is about? I could never figure it out… (Not having seen it myself.)

Hope work is fun!

11 03 2008
Jennifer James

Yeah it’s about this ..serial killer, who kills people in the manner of the 7 deadly sins, and then there’s lots of scariness and chasing people.

Work is not fun. Work is tolerable. Ok sometimes it’s fun.

12 03 2008
Father Smith

Well put!

Father Marcarius Smith

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