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William Lind has gotten all giddy over Pope Benedict’s invitation, issued last October 20th to the Anglican church, to “come home to Rome” (in the latest edition of The American Conservative). Lind says, “[The Pope] invited [Anglicans] to move in—individuals, parishes, whole dioceses—while retaining their Anglican identity. They could keep their Book of Common Prayer, their liturgies, their priests—even married ones.”

Right . . . with one small proviso, “The Apostolic Constitution stipulates that Anglicans would have to accept ‘The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church as the authoritative expression of the Catholic faith professed by members of the ordinariate.’” Ok, so that means that you can remain Anglican except you now have to believe in papal infallibility, transubstantiation, the doctrines of Mary’s immaculate conception, assumption, and perpetual virginity, praying to departed saints, etc., etc. — in other words, you are free to be Anglican so long as you give up the primary historic distinctives that have been at issue since the Reformation (and before). If you reject what Anglicans have always believed contrary to Rome, you can still be one. Got it?

Oh, and the Pope also reminded Anglican ministers that the Roman Church does not recognize the validity of Anglican Holy Orders. So, though this agreement will allow married Anglican clergy to come into the Roman Church, if they want to continue to minister to their congregations, they will have to be ordained again by the Roman Church after their “conversion” in order to do that. And in addition, they cannot be ordained as bishops.

Well, as Uncle Boudreaux says, “Dat’s a fine kettle of catfish.” When it’s all said and done, the Pope’s invitation amounts to nothing more than another call to become a member of the Roman Church. Nothing new here. There is no mention of a willingness to study the differences that have historically existed between the two communions. No willingness to submit the peculiar views of Rome to a fresh scriptural examination. No acknowledgment that Rome could possibly be “wrong” (shudder) in some of its dogma. Nothing that would open Rome up to any “reformation” at all. At bottom it’s merely an invitation to become a Romanist while pretending in your head (if you’re capable of that sort of trick) that you’re still an Anglican.

This is what Church unity looks like from the perspective of the Vatican. Church unity is easy, just become one of us! If the Baptists did this, it would be received with outrage and an uncontrollable case of the giggles. But Rome does it with a straight face and expects all the rest of us to take it seriously. And then, if we don’t, we’re portrayed as intractable, unyielding, and stubborn. Pretty neat trick, that.

The only appropriate response to the Pope’s “Apostolic Constitution” of last October (after making sure it is not a joke) is, “Please. Repent of your divisive sectarianism and come back to the Catholic Church. Really. You’ll be welcome — oh, and we promise not to make fun of your funny hat.”

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Ok, so we’re back to purchasing tickets out of purgatory again, eh?

The NY Times reports:

“In recent months, dioceses around the world have been offering Catholics a spiritual benefit that fell out of favor decades ago — the indulgence, a sort of amnesty from punishment in the afterlife — and reminding them of the church’s clout in mitigating the wages of sin. . . . According to church teaching, even after sinners are absolved in the confessional and say their Our Fathers or Hail Marys as penance, they still face punishment after death, in Purgatory, before they can enter heaven. In exchange for certain prayers, devotions or pilgrimages in special years, a Catholic can receive an indulgence, which reduces or erases that punishment instantly, with no formal ceremony or sacrament.”

Not that we needed this for evidence, but it is more and more clear that the Roman Church’s claim to being Catholic is false. (ok, something that’s been glaringly obvious for over 500 years is not exactly a news flash, but it needs saying all the same).

So, the real answer to the question, “Is the Pope a catholic?” is “Not until he repents and leaves this sectarian, divisive church which has its headquarters in a really nice old building in Rome.”

[and I’ve been corrected, this is not something “new” (i.e. something resurrected that had been buried) rather, indulgences were never done away with, they’ve been around all along, you just can’t sell them for money anymore, as did our friend pictured above. Now, you simply have to pray or do some other works to get them.]

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