with Such a Corrupt Church?
Thank you for that post. I copied a few quotes into my folder of “Documentation”, particularly those you offered from Belloc, because I find them as useful “ammunition” to reply to some friends who doubt the Church because of the sins of some of its members and leaders, whenever such sins make headlines… – while forgetting that we are all sinners but are not all publicly exposed!
Oh! And I think this is a real gem: “It’s like sizing up the whole apostolic band simply by the behavior of Judas. Short-sighted.”
I wonder what the writer’s disparagement of Holy Week in Seville was all about. Did he experience something in particular that deserved to be called corrupt, or did he just have a negative gut reaction to something culturally foreign?
A fine post. I always appreciate it when people manage to tackle this question without resorting to the No True Scotsman fallacy.
Great article! Though for some reason I now have REM Shiny Happy People in my head. Oi.
Also, not sure if you’ve seen this, but Meg Hunter-Kilmer has written a great post that goes nicely with yours. She reflects on the “comic relief” given by the apostles, who were, as you quoted Chesterton, “men.” http://www.piercedhands.com/okay-to-laugh-at-the-apostles/
Even in the Bible it is clear that just because God’s followers are corrupt and sinful, doesn’t make His word any less true. However, I do have say considering the modern theology of the church: a corrupt Bishop of Rome that invokes infabillity is something to be reckoned with.
Yes, he is, which is why Vatican I created the doctrine of infallibility, to define when the Pope is fallible (which is actually most of the time).
This is a great read