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Friday, November 29, 2013

Evangelii Gaudium and the Pilling report

Reading Andrew Brown's post, The Pilling report: a blessing for gay people but not for conservatives ...

[...] The report itself does nothing more than formalise three things that everyone who cares already knows: that there is nothing to stop determined vicars from blessing gay partnerships – the earliest English liturgy for this was published in 1993, I believe – that conservative evangelicals would rather leave the church of England than accept this, and that the question can no longer be ignored in the hope that it will go away .....

The argument that doing the right thing would be a betrayal of all those Christians who did the wrong thing in the past was one that led the Roman Catholic church into its catastrophic restatement of the ban on contraception. The Church of England can be very silly sometimes, but surely not quite as silly as that.

The fact that the Church of England is now dealing with important issues, however lamely, that the Catholic Church won't, made me think of the recent Exhortation from Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium.

As this post mentions, there are a number of issues addressed in the pope's Exhortation - the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus, of a fair economy, of collegiality, of reform, of inter-religious dialogue - but a majority of Catholic lay people and clergy have been advocating for these things for years ... what's new and exciting is not the idea of these issues, but that a pope has finally recognized their importance. And the church's stance on many of the issues that have been so divisive as to drive people away from the church ... same-sex marriage, women's ordination, clergy sex abuse and its cover-up, mandatory celibacy , women's reproductive concerns, divorce .... are either unaddressed or justified in Evangelii Gaudium.

I understand the relief and joy many feel about having a pope who finally comes close to manifesting our hopes in the areas of spirituality, economic justice, ecumenism, and horizontal governing. But those of us with particular interests .... women, LGBT folks, sex abuse victims, to name a few ... are still waiting for a pope who will care enough about us to make a difference for us in the church. I want a church where no one is left behind and I don't think it's just to settle for less.


Anonymous Victor said...

High Crystal! I mean hi crystals, we maggots, "I" mean we parasites, no, no, "I" mean we now 86% or is "IT" still we 96% godly cells of Victor's imaginary so called four per sent age of that father, mother, son and holi spirit of the last two thousand years.

Listen crystals, this Victor does not seem to care at all cause those Homophobia cells are nothing but trouble make hers, "I" mean looking for pain but we gods have listened closely to this Evange lie God hehim and the Pill report group who do care like we do now.

Long story short, you must help U>S (usual sinners) "I" mean us gods cause Victor is trying to steel our identity and "IT" is wrong to do such things. Long her, "I" mean longer story short, if those cells want to dance with us godly cells in this twenty first century then most of us gods are ready to do the Fredy with them cause we're not afraid to go beyond the limits of Victor's imagination if YA get our drift now?

Victor is trying to scare us gods by saying that he spoke to some of those cells in prayer and they are saying that they are prepared to bring all the crosses out and his imaginary gods will tie us to those cross and then let the nails slow until someone says uncle. If YA ask us godly cells that GOD (Good Old Dad) of Victor is crazy and......

END YA SAY godly maggot parasites? BE NICE! DON'T BE LIKE THAT NOW!

GO Figure brothers and sisters in Christ now? :)

God Bless Peace

10:01 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Victor :)

11:15 AM  

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