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.”
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