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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More on Lambeth

The last day has provided some news about the Anglican Communion's Lambeth Conference .....

Live: Sudanese primate calls on Robinson to resign (updated) from the Episcopal Cafe ....

The Primate of the Church of the Sudan, the Most Rev. Daniel Deng called on the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson to resign to preserve the unity of the Anglican Communion ..... “Gene Robinson should just go away from the Anglican world and be a normal Christian,” said Deng. He said he could not predict the future of the Communion if Robinson did not resign ..... Asked whether there were homosexuals in Sudan, Deng said, "They have not come to the surface, so no, I don't think we have them." ...

And Cardinal Ivan Dias of the Vatican’s Congregation for Evangelisation, also at the Lambeth Conference to remind the Anglicans, I guess, that they're making a terrible mistake in allowing women bishops, gave a statement comparing the disunity of the Anglican Communion to a disease process ....

The Cardinal said: “Much is spoken today of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. By analogy, their symptoms can, at times, be found even in our own Christian communities.

“For example, when we live myopi-cally in the fleeting present, oblivious of our past heritage and apostolic traditions, we could well be suffering from spiritual Alzheimer’s. And when we behave in a disorderly manner, going whimsically our own way without any coordination with the head or the other members of our community, it could be ecclesial Parkinson’s.”
- TinesOnline

He goes on, int the TimesOnline piece, to rant about the horrors of secularism ....

He described modern secularism as being engaged in “spiritual combat” with the Church. The Cardinal said: “This combat rages fiercely even today, aided and abetted by secret sects, satanic groups and New Age movements, to mention but a few, and reveals many ugly heads of the hideous antiGod monster: among them are notoriously secularism, which seeks to build a godless society; spiritual indifference, which is insensitive to transcendental values; and relativism, which is contrary to the permanent tenets of the gospel.”

I'm so tired of reading that people who don't believe in God are without ethics or morals. If you ask me, western secularism, with its recognition of the rights of all citizens, whatever their sexual orientation or gender, is more representative of the teachings of the Gospels than either of these two guys quoted.


Blogger Liam said...

It's like what Jeff said about Benedict: all the criticisms are directed outwards, none of them inwards. The mote in your neighbor's eye, if you will.

5:14 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

It does seem that way.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Dias is there??? Wow. Talk about putting the wrong guy in the wrong place...

7:08 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Jeff,

I don't know about him - why is he the wrong guy? Actually, there are three cardinals sent to Lambeth by Benedict - Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and Walter Kasper of the Christian unity council too. There have been quite a few posts about Lambeth at America magazine's blog, In All Things.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Ivan Dias is one of those ultra-conservative cardinals associated with Opus Dei that they've been trying to give higher profile responsibility to for the last few years. The last place he belongs is in an ecumenically-sensitive environment.

Kaspar and Murphy-O'Connor may have their concerns about Lambeth too, but they wouldn't make such rude remarks at a conference in which they are invited guests. Furthermore, Dias's comments can be construed as insensitive to sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's as they are to the Anglicans.

9:12 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yes, I read that the Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease groups complained about his talk. Opus Dei - yikes!

11:06 AM  

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