Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Disaffected Catholics

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Disaffected Catholics

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* More than a thousand Anglicans, distraught at the thought of female or gay clergy, have left their fold to join the Catholic church. This is not good news for the Christian wing of the church.

It could be quite good news, though, for the Church of England and the Episcopal church. Without complaints from the disaffected, they could war against hypocrisy, cruelty and greed, as did Jesus of Nazareth, rather than against those who happen to have been born a bit different from the majority. In short, they could become genuinely Christian.

And the Catholic church? The Gospel is still read at Mass, and every so often the pope or some other prelate will scold the greedy or cruel in general, but the active agenda of the Roman hierarchy seems based on a line from the Book of Leviticus and a page by a fourth-century bishop, who, burnt out by his dissolute youth, condemned all earthly pleasures.

Can the church be moved back to the Sermon on the Mount and away from Leviticus? …

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