I think it was the late Fr. Neuhaus who quipped that the purpose of the Church of England was to make irony redundant.
Today I read this at AP. No, this is not Eye of the Tiber or the Onion. It’s AP.
Church of England says Sunday services no longer mandatory
LONDON (AP) — The Church of England has acknowledged the reality of shrinking congregations and overworked priests and lifted a 400-year-old rule requiring that all churches hold services every Sunday.
Canon law dating from 1603 required priests to hold morning and evening prayers and a communion service each Sunday in every church they oversaw.
But after decades of declining attendance, many priests are now responsible for multiple churches, especially in rural areas. Until now, they have needed permission from a bishop not to hold Sunday services in each church.
The change was approved Thursday at a meeting of the church’s governing Synod.
Bishop of Willesden Pete Broadbent, who proposed the change, said it “just changes the rules to make it easier for people to do what they’re already doing. It stops the bureaucracy.”
There it is, folks!
“Just change the rules to make it easier for people to do what they’re already doing!”
Remind you of something?
Trick question: That’s how libs have ruled the Church since after Vatican II. That’s how they want to work now, more than ever. By “rules” they mean things like the Ten Commandments, what Christ says in Scripture, the constants of mathmatics such that 2+2=5… though I don’t see how that makes things easier. I digress.
To all my Anglican (etc.) readers out there, I have two words for you…
Thanks to Benedict XVI, the “Pope of Christian Unity”, there’s a wonderful place for you in this side of the Tiber.
And, just to show that we are fair-minded, you libs who are envying (or already putting into practice your non-practice) Anglicans for their spirit-filled and prophetic anti-institutionalism, you could have your own Romanorum coetibus as we begin the Herculean task of clearing our the Augean Stable that Holy Church has, under your mis-guiding hands, turned her into.
Romanorum coetibus would be that document by which we Catholics might offer a safe-haven to liberals who want to keep their large puppets and pottery, their 60’s music and the ordination of women, their prayer to the earthmothergoddess… all without the spirit-repressing domination of masculine Rome! And they can use whatever translation they want!