this article on facebook. I find it troubling. It bothers me that the Catholic church sees converting people to the Roman church as an ecumenical act. I disagree. I do believe that we as Christians have more in common than not. I do believe all the Christian faith traditions should work together to do God's will. I believe we should love and respect one another. I see very little respect in this article, particularly to female and homosexual clergy and lay people. Let me go on the record saying that the MOST influential spiritual leaders in my life have been two female priests and one openly homosexual priest. That's not to say that they are better priests than male heterosexuals, but they are just as good...or bad.
I would love to see the Anglican Communion and the Roman Church in full communion with one another. I honestly believe we have most things in common with one another. We both have full apostolic succession (sorry, Rome, but we do. All the way back to Peter and then to Jesus. Deal with it.) We both believe that Jesus is present at Holy Communion (granted, in a different form. Anglicans don't believe in a physical presence.) Why can't we just get along. It infuriates me that if a Roman Catholic comes to an Episcopal Church we will allow him or her to receive communion. As a matter of fact, we'll allow any Christian to receive communion. It's the Lord's table. Not Mother Anita's table. Not Charles' table. Not even the Episcopal church's table. The Lord's Table. But when I attend mass at a Catholic church, the sacrament of communion is denied me. I am not good enough for it, so says the pope. Well, the pope can go suck an egg. I don't need his permission to love and serve the Lord.
Whew! I get emotional over this. I should just let things go, but it's hard. I believe that Jesus came in the form of man to live among us to save ALL of us. I don't believe the Catholic church should change their doctrines on Holy Communion. I have no theological problem with them believing in transubstantiation. It doesn't undermine my faith at all. I do believe that they should say the same about my rejection of transubstantiation. Every time I receive communion I do it in the remembrance of Christ. So do they. We all accept Jesus' sacrifice. We all thank him for it. We all rejoice in the immeasurable love God has for us. I will publicly state here that I believe that any member of the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church and the Presbyterian Church and the Lutheran Church, and whatever church that sincerely serves God is my brother or sister in Christ. I believe we should just get along.
So quit fishing for our people, Rome.
Of course, on a side note, as a rather liberal Episcopalian, I'm ok with all the conservative cooks going over to Rome. Rome can have 'em!
Now, I know that at least some of my Catholic friends must read this blog. I'd honestly like to hear your comments. You know I love you.