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YIKES: Who Had A WORSE Week, The Vatican Or Canterbury?

It was kind of a tough week for Christians in liturgical churches as the people in the pews watched their leaders make a mess of things in public.

On one hand, the Pope stepped out into politics. He has a spectacular record of horrible political takes — and this week was no different.

This time it came in the form of a public rebuke of Catholics who don’t share his political outlook.

During the meeting, a Portuguese Jesuit told Francis that he had suffered during a recent sabbatical year in the United States because he came across many Catholics, including some U.S. bishops, who criticized Francis’ 10-year papacy as well as today’s Jesuits.

The 86-year-old Argentine acknowledged his point, saying there was “a very strong, organized, reactionary attitude” in the U.S. church, which he called “backward.” He warned that such an attitude leads to a climate of closure, which was erroneous.

“Doing this, you lose the true tradition and you turn to ideologies to have support. In other words, ideologies replace faith,” he said.

“The vision of the doctrine of the church as a monolith is wrong,” he added. “When you go backward, you make something closed off, disconnected from the roots of the church,” which then has devastating effects on morality.

“I want to remind these people that backwardness is useless, and they must understand that there’s a correct evolution in the understanding of questions of faith and morals,” that allows for doctrine to progress and consolidate over time.

Francis has previously acknowledged the criticism directed at him from some U.S. conservatives, once quipping that it was an “honor” to be attacked by Americans. — AP

An ‘evolution’ on the understanding of questions of faith and morals? Does that ‘evolution’ allow for a refutation of things that were directly taught by Christ and his Apostles?

Because last we checked, the whole point of the Roman Catholic church taking on the form that it has was to preserve faith and tradition… The Faith Once for All Delivered.

Another liturgical church — the Church of England — embraces a very similar phrase: “the faith once delivered to the saints”.

The idea of both the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church was that there was to be an unbroken line of leaders through the generations passing down the words and teachings of Christ and His Apostles so that parishioners could be taught to live by the light of Christ.

If the Pope is taking heat for chastening his own adherents for being too rigorous in holding to that belief and too slow to conform to dictates of the ‘evolving’ morality of a secular materialist world, the Church of England is a different story.

The traditional leadership of the Anglican Church — in Canterbury — has been openly rebuked this by the numerous Archbishops from around the world. He has been deemed apostate by his peers and someone else will be taking the overall leadership role.

ClashDaily covered both the Synod that precipitated that vote, and the rebuke itself. Tellingly, the rebuke included a declaration that the Archbishop had denied orthodox faith and called upon him to repent and return to Christ.

This summer the Church of England (CoE) followed suit with the secular activists in claiming that there is no official definition of ‘woman’.

A survey of ordained priests within the CoE showed a shocking degree of beliefs that their own resolutions, just a few short years ago, would have defined as heretical.

A majority of priests of the Church of England want the church to offer same-sex weddings and allow premarital and gay sex, according to a major survey.

The survey, conducted by the Times, found most Anglican priests think church teaching should be brought into line with public opinion on moral issues.

Most priests support a change to allow gay couples to get married in church, with 53.4 percent in favor and 36.5 percent opposed, revealed the survey, which assessed responses from 1,200 active Anglican priests.

The Church of England currently allows blessings for gay couples but only permits church weddings between a man and a woman.

A significant majority of the priests surveyed (62.6 percent) said the church should change its teaching on the immorality of premarital sex, with 21.6 percent accepting all fornication and 41 percent saying sex outside marriage is fine for people in “committed relationships.”

A little over a third of the priests (34.6 percent) said the church should not change its teaching on sex outside of marriage.

Similarly, 64.5 percent of priests said the church should end its opposition to gay sex and more than a quarter of those surveyed (27.3 percent) saying homosexuals should be allowed to have sex with whomever they want. — Breitbart

Something tells me that the Global Anglican conference is looking a a survey like this one and feeling perfectly vindicated in their decision to take the public stand they did.

Speaking of Synods, the Pope never DID come back with an explanation for why he participated in a ritual that involved bowing to two female fertility figures, while another figure (this one male) was nearby with an erect penis.

Before he criticizises the American Church for their ‘lack of faith’ he might want to make sure he is not endorsing actual idol worship.

Last we looked, God still has a strong opinion on the worship of ‘other gods’.

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