I saw in WaPo that the homosexual Episcopalian ex-bishop of New Hampshire is telling Catholics what their doctrine and discipline should be.
This serves as a follow-up to my post about Protestants who deign to determine for Catholics what ordination really is and what Mass really is. That is to say, when Protestant churches host a women-priest circus, they are either blatantly protesting the Catholic Church concerning her most sacred rites, or they are dictating to the Church what Catholics ought to believe.
So much for ecumenism!
Similarly, the openly homosexual Robinson takes it upon himself to tell Catholics what to do. We should conform ourselves to his private homosexual life-styles choice. And if we don’t, we are bad and backward and will lose all our membership in the Church, because, after all, no one believes what white male Catholic prelates say.
If you do read his piece, take note that Robinson thinks that the clerical abuse scandal we Catholics endured – and have pretty much cleaned up – has provided him and everyone else under the sun with carte blanche when it comes to telling Catholics what they ought to believe. Never mind the fact that Protestants have their own black swamp of child abuse problems. Oh no! They get a pass from the media, and from themselves, because they are not Catholic. And shall we forget Robinson’s colleague in the episcopal episcopate? The female bishop – subsequently their presiding bishop – who ordained an ex-Catholic whom she knew was accused of child abuse? HERE
I won’t go into all the details of Robinson’s condescending diatribe, but I will comment on this, from the very first paragraph:
Polling shows that ex-Catholics are the third largest religious group in the United States. Many Catholic laity are experiencing a painful disconnect between the official teachings and pronouncements of the Catholic hierarchy and what they believe in their hearts. It’s no wonder they are voting with their feet.
First, even if he is right and fallen-away Catholics are indeed the third-largest religious group, that still makes them a lot bigger than the pro-sodomy, pro-abortion Episcopal Church.
Second, as much as I would like to recover our fallen-away brethren, if they will not embrace their Catholic Faith in its fullness, then they should go join Robinson. His churches are emptying too.
UPDATE 22:06 GMT:
A reader sent this…
Gene Robinson was elected Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003. This was the dawning of the New Age when “All sorts and conditions of men,” as the Prayer Book would say, would begin flocking to the Episcopal,Church. Especially in New Hampshire…
AVERAGE SUNDAY ATTENDANCE
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE:
2001 5,289 people attending
2011 4,083 people attending
DECLINE 2001-2011 -23.0%
UPDATE 23:03 GMT:
Ed Peters, the trouble-making academic and canonist, comments on Robinson HERE.