Sunday, June 3, 2018

A Gated Church

In my religion some people idealize the past, maybe the 1950s or the medieval church.  But it has been pointed out to me that this could end up looking like a gated Christian community, that is, a group of people who wall themselves off from others who don't agree with them.  It goes counter to the idea of "Catholic" which is supposed to mean "All."  Catholic means inclusive.  This would call for a lot of acceptance, since the more inclusive you are, the more diverse you are.  The idealizers don't care for diversity.  They want uniformity, and this is expressed in rules, laws and rituals that are unbending and unchanging from the idealized time.  I have found that when I don't like change, it is usually because I am frightened.  Fear comes in various disguises.  I have found it so.

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  1. The Catholic Church has a LONG way to go to become "catholic".
    In the '50s, we were taught that it was a Mortal Sin to enter the place of worship of another denomination - I quaked, participating in my cousin's wedding in an Episcopal church...
    In midieval times, the Church BURNED dissenters...
    It is still so today, perhaps less dramatic, but Catholic congregations are still very much exclusionary, and deny the corruption of hiding pedophiles, of whom I am a victim...

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