Today’s Clergy: An Observation

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Yup, this post is going to be one of those religious ones, and in the wake of the Pope’s recent (last week) encyclical, it was just a thought I reckoned I had to share (Don’t I always?). More

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Christianity 2.0

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Christus Rex

It seems that Christianity and “The Church” (and to be even more precise, as most people call it, “organized religion”) is a completely changed creature since the beginning of the new millenium. The pendulum has swung so far to the left that many people don’t even want to be associated with any kind of religious institution for fear of being branded in some way. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone proclaim to me, “I’m spiritual, but not religious,” I’d be retired and living in Puerto Rico by now.

It’s like the term “religious” connotes something negative and evil – and with the state of so many churches and religions these days, with their abusive behaviour sex scandals and the financial guilt inflicted on those left behind, I can’t really say that I blame the public for feeling that way.
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My! How Things Change!

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High Mass

The only constants in life are death and taxes. Or so it’s been said.

However, one could also say the only constant in life is change. And it’s that constant change that can get very wearying – especially when it affects things that are best left unchanged (like one’s faith and traditions). In my opinion (and yes, I’ll agree that opinions are like bung holes: everybody has one and they all stink), there are some things that just should not change. Just like the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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Standing Up for What You Believe

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Apparently, religion is no longer a very important part of people’s lives. I’ve written before about religion, and how it doesn’t play a major role in people’s lives any longer. I’ve written about changes I’ve seen personally, and changes in general. I’ve written about secularism invading religion. But the chasm grows ever wider, separating those who feel it is important in their lives and those who couldn’t give a lesser crap about religion, provided they’re still getting their paycheck. This mind-set even moreso affects clergy, who (some) get paid a hefty salary, even though they’re not doing the job for which they’re getting paid. More

Ascension of Jesus

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Now, I’m not perfect. I’ll be the first one to say it. But at the very least I know not to say things that are contrary to what I do (and things people can clearly see I’m doing).

I’ve recently been made aware of a post on the blogosphere on the topic of the Ascension. Sadly, the author of that blog clearly missed the irony of his own words. [Note: I’m offering the link to his blog here, but I’ve also saved it as a PDF here in case the posting later disappears (as has happened with another controversial posting of his). I’m also blogging about it here to voice my disagreement, as any kind of comments I’ve attempted on his blog in the past have been rejected or deleted; so I don’t even attempt that any longer.] More