A rather sweet person has found their way on to this blog and made comments expressing dismay at my ‘unloving’ attitude to Anglicans. I am supposed to ‘respect their journey’ and ‘affirm their good will and faith.’ I am blamed for not being open to dialogue and serious discussion of the issues.
August 9, 2009 by 42 Comments
I guess I do come across sometimes as Mr Grumpy. Mr All Stick and No Carrot. I’m not really the touchy feely type I’m afraid, but that’s me.
To tell you the truth, I’m real tired of dialogue. Usually dialogue is promoted by people who dissent from the truth, don’t want to submit to the teaching authority of the church and want to change the Catholic faith. In my experience their disagreement with the church is almost always of a sexual nature. They’re either contracepting or they in favor of remarriage or married priests or homosexuality or some such. The call to ‘engage seriously in the issues’ is usually code for ‘let’s talk about how we can lobby the Catholic Church to change her teaching about sex.’
It’s a waste of time. If people seriously want to know what the Catholic Church teaches so they can understand it more fully I have all the time in the world to dialogue. If they have problems with a discipline or dogma of the church and seriously want to understand so they can obey better and more fully I’ll stay up late. If they really want to know how to grow closer to Christ, learn how to pray and walk in the footsteps of the saints I’ll walk with them the extra mile and try to learn with them.
Otherwise, readers should remember this is a blog. That means it is where Dwight Longenecker expresses his views. I don’t claim that they’re all right all the time. I’m a sinful and arrogant person and I wish I weren’t, and I’m trying hard not to be, but what you’ll get here is a blog. If you want a discussion group they’re available elsewhere on the net.