Tuesday, May 03, 2005

How To Be a Good Liberal Roman Catholic

From the perspective of one outsider:

(1) Deny the central dogmas of RCism, and treat the gospels merely as a collection of socialist truth-texts from which one can pick and choose.

(2) Expect an institution that predates our modern enlightened mode of thinking to conform to the latest fashionable whims.

(3) Visibly wring your hands when the new Bishop of Rome won't make abortion rights, homosexual rights, and female ordination the chief goals of his pontificate. Ignore the fact that the RCC is supposed to be founded upon seemingly immutable and absolute truths.

(4) When innocently asked something like If you deny every dogma of Rome, why not start your own church body that upholds your ideals? answer something to the effect that you're working within and that some truths are worth fighting for, even while you make blanket criticisms of Rome for doing the same.

These are things that have been observed time and time again by the PP. While Rome's claims are, to this person, unsupportable by scripture and general argumentation, I do feel the pain of the conservative RC's who have to deal with this nonsense.

At the same time, good RC's set themselves up for this with their insistence of the One True Church. But, even then, liberal RCism is rather dishonest even when viewed in its most charitable sense. It wouldn't be any different than my going to the Communist Party, claiming to be one of them, speaking for them, all while visibly extolling the virtues of private property, free enterprise, and limited government.

2 Comments:

Anonymous 1689 said...

All of which savoureth of pestilent democracie rather than papistrie. Or possibly it savoureth of Anabaptistrie. Anyhow, it hath an ill savour.

Saturday, May 07, 2005 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Note: I'm more conservative than most of the people I've know who are RC's in good standing. So much for unity at a certain practical level.

Monday, May 09, 2005 10:25:00 PM  

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