Thursday, April 16, 2009

Is this book on my side or not?

I'm not certain, but one thing I do know: inter-religious dialogue used to be a lot more spirited!

Also more alliterative.


Anonymous said...

Haha! It's indeed impossible to tell. But I hope this one is our side, because "Papists Protesting against Protestant Popery" certainly has much more of a ring to it than "A Papist not Mis..."-etc.

Mary Rose said...

Try to say that title fast five times. Ha!

Do you get Envoy Magazine? I'm just reading the issue that has a great article in it by Dr. Peter Kreeft. There is also an article about a young Protestant girl who has missionary parents to Mexico. She thinks Catholics aren't Christians. The dialogue between her and a Catholic young man is great.

Too often, Protestants just want to say, "Catholics aren't Christians. End of story." Thank our Lord that some do want dialogue!

Thanks btw, for your kind comments on my blog re:Sunday. God is awesome! And you always bring a smile to my face. :-)

Rachel Gray said...

Mary Rose, the attitude I'm more used to from Protestants is, "Well, some Catholics are probably true Christians, and I hope many of them are, and I embrace them as brothers in Christ, but I know that some their beliefs are obviously very wrong, although I don't know much about said beliefs." That sums up my own attitude until a few years ago. :)

Kreeft writes for Envoy? I'll have to look it up. :)

Rachel Gray said...

I feel an urge to start a Facebook group: "Papists Protesting Against Protestant Popery". Maybe I'll be able to tell which side I'm on by who joins the group. :)

Warren said...

I love the title. Many better Catholics than I, have noticed, with some hilarity, that if Protestants hate Popery, they do in fact create a lot of little Popes themselves.

Some put the pope's hat on their individual parish pastor. Some put their very own home-made pope's hat on a particular book, or theological school.

Some say that particular English translations of the Bible are Authorized, giving the translation an official, magisterial quality, and those who can handle the trading of quips, quotations, and proof-texts acquire a kind of realtime trading interest in some kind of divine intentional transitory magisterium.

The gospel of last Sunday, where Jesus breathes on the Apostles is just so powerful. How could I have missed the significance of that, as a Protestant? Wilfull intentional systematic dogmatic ignorance, is the answer.

What do we believe? Not the Bible. Rather, the Bible, read in a way that allows us to come to an "Anything But Catholic" hermeneutic. Whatever verses cannot be re-spun away from from their inherent and original Catholicity ("this is my body and my blood") are merely ignored completely.

The pope claims LESS authority than an individual protestant who claims to be able to ignore a verse of Scripture. The pope himself has no such "luxury".

The ultimate Papistry is to make each person, each protestant christian,a little pope unto himself. Is this not the very sin of pride, for which Lucifer fell from heaven?