I don’t really have anything informed to say about this quote one way or the other, but it reminds me so much of my father that I’m posting it here:
“It’s hard to make sense of it all, but, damn if you don’t find an Irishman smack in the middle of every bad political deal American Catholic leaders have ever cut.”
Or their diametric opposite?
“People are now leaving who came to the Church for something else, and not for the sake of salvation. And of course, sooner or later they are disappointed. If they don’t come to the Church for Christ, temptations begin immediately.
“Some don’t even make it in the door — they come and some granny leaps at them, and they walk away. These grannies are a crude filter in the church. They are often scorned and criticized, but they filter out those who came to Church not for Christ but for something else.” — Says Bishop Pitirim of Dushanbe and Tadjikistan, in The Folly of Comfortable Christianity, seen here.
“The use of automatic instruments and machines, such as the automatic organ, phonograph, radio, tape or wire recorders, and other similar machines, is absolutely forbidden in liturgical functions and private devotions, whether they are held inside or outside the church, even if these machines be used only to transmit sermons or sacred music, or to substitute for the singing of the choir or faithful, or even just to support it.” —
Show Push the Video
So I guess Youtube is right out.
Here are several that I haven’t managed to read yet:
- medieval matters – Stephen Read interviewd by Richard Marshall – something about medieval logic
- St. Peter’s Basilica Renamed ‘Tiber Creek Community Church’? pretty sure this is a joke
- Racial dysphoria – more humor, right?
- Rescuing Aristotle – it sounds like he was a pretty smart guy after all.
- Debating moral relativists – for the links
- The Entitled Illegal Alien – stuffy old people and their rules!
- Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ – “From the Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreeft and Fr. Ronald Tacelli, SJ (Intervarsity Press, 1994)” – Peter Kreeft, a Jesuit priest, and Intervarsity? What’s up with that?
- Wait, Adam and Zoe? Who’s Zoe?
- Usury FAQ, or, money on the Pill – I’d really rather not think about this.
- Zmirak on Usury – It sounds the rules have never really changed, just the, um, practical application of the rules. Yeah, maybe that’s it.
- The Devil’s Bargain – there’s a picture of a flying car, and something about UNIX
- On the 4 Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance – thought that list was deprecated…
“Tamara laments the rise of a utilitarian mentality in the church – in which business models are imposed and buildings are regarded merely as assets. One could add that this same mentality has led to the mediocrity and at times downright brutality of modern church architecture. The church is seen as no more than an auditorium and not only the clergy, but the people too have lost any sense of the need to construct a temple and are intent on building a preaching hall.” — Closing Churches Closes Faith, by Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I’m not sure a church should be exclusively a temple, or exclusively a preaching hall. If it must be one or the other, I’d rather go worship God in a temple. I can watch a sermon on tv, or read a book. I can sit and talk with friends at a restaurant. I can watch goofy Youtube videos, or listen to someone sing along to recorded music about anywhere; certainly in more places than I want to.
“An Episcopalian is a Presbyterian with a trust fund; a Presbyterian is a Methodist with a college education; and a Methodist is a Baptist with shoes.” — quoted by Mary Catelli in religion and class
When they elect a Pope, the Catholics have the meeting in the actual Sistine Chapel. That’s just way more impressive than having a meeting in the fellowship hall, or even in the big conference room out at the Ramada Inn.
Instagram is a photo-sharing and social-networking website. It’s the hot new thing; or maybe it was the hot new thing last Tuesday but isn’t anymore; things change so fast it’s hard to keep track. But hot or not, Instagram isn’t really innovative. Walk With a Doc is innovative. A local doctor walks in the park every Saturday. Whoever wants to, joins him. There’s not much more to it.
The hot new social networking platform is dinner with friends
This approach has succeeded with a couple of long-running small groups I know of. “Small groups” are a big deal in Christian ministry right now. Those I know of that last for more than a year are like Walk with a Doc. As an example, a few members of the Methodist Church might eat dinner at Lois’s Cafe every Tuesday evening at six. Anyone who wants to join them is welcome. It’s not a 501(c) anything. There’s no list of members; no collection is taken; there’s rarely any overtly religious discussion.
Several loose ends:
- I’m not sure the preacher entirely approves of the small-group-that’s-about-nothing, but he rarely shows up and hasn’t tried to stop it.
- When I say dinner with friends is the hot new platform, I don’t mean we should use it to monetize or commodify our social relationships.
- Many small groups are short-lived. Longevity isn’t everything. If a few people get together to read Romans or paint someone’s house, and they do it and move on, that’s great.
- “Organic small groups are the hot new thing. Let’s start some, and have a big drive to get everyone to join one. Ask the nominating committee for the names of six people to be the organic small group leaders, and I’ll contact District Headquarters about a charter.” This approach does more harm than good.