Wednesday, March 05, 2008
They're at it again!
Earlier this week, one of my dear church-going relatives said that she was "ashamed of the Catholic Church's past regarding their treatment of the Jews." Another relative, with whom I enjoy even closer ties, said, "Yes, the Church does have a shameful past...."
Well, heads up, girls. Here's the latest from the old white boys' Vatican network formerly known as Propaganda Fides--the Congregation of the Propagation of the Faith:
The Pope has declared that unless the male members of the Trinity (Father, Son, and, um...I guess the Holy Ghost/Spirit is male, too...the Vatican seems to feel they're all male...GOD is male) (we'll leave the issue of God's MOTHER for a later post) are mentioned specifically by name in the baptismal ceremony, the baptism is no good--doesn't count. No more baptising in any gender-free language--"I baptize you in the name of the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier," etc. Babies' baptisms done under the illegitimate formulae have to be redone to get it right.
This is, as one writer said, "breathtaking devotion to control. They actually feel they get to decide what GOD will accept and what GOD won't."
Germaine Greer said the best thing that could happen is that the Church would irritate women so profoundly they'd feel totally burned up and leave. Gee...ya think?
Somebody else said, "Where there's smoke, there's fire...and it ain't incense burning!!"