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If the Church of England consecrates women bishops its relations with Roman Catholicism could suffer ‚Äúirreparable damage‚ÄĚ, according to a Catholic Bishops response to the Rochester report.
In the first official response to the discussions in the Church of England the Roman Catholic Bishops warn that women bishops would ‚Äėradically‚Äô impair relations between the two Churches. They also said that the reform was at odds with the ecumenical steps taken between the two Churches.
Jim, it's true that traditions are bad if they come between man and God.
In the case of the Sacred Tradition of the Catholic Church I believe that cannot happen, as I believe that these traditions are from God -- even those traditions whose precise origins are lost to history (such as those concerning Mary).
Lance, while I appreciate your thought-out commentary, one has to look at the word, "tradition." It is said that Judaism has lasted for so long, because the Jewish people kept many of their traditions alive. I would like to say that God had a hand in that.
I also would say that Catholicism has been kept alive by another supernatural being, but not God. Traditions, are Satan's tools for keeping people from the truth.
(AV) Colossians 2:8- Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Mark 7:8- For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, [as] the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
Jim, I can understand that someone, viewing the state of the RCC from certain western countries, may be under the impression that it is in decline.
In many places the RCC is in serious crisis. Nevertheless, it has the advantage of having a central teaching authority to ensure that tradition is preserved, no matter how many dissidents are calling for change.
That has ensured its survival through crisis after crisis, century after century.
The RCC is made up of humans, with all their faults and foibles, but it is built upon rock and cannot fail.
One might contrast the Anglican Church, which has no central teaching authority and little in the way of tradition. The Lambeth Conference can be convened to take a vote on whether some serious moral matter is still to be considered a sin. That sort of thing does not guarantee the surivival of Anglicanism.
33 K, what a great sentiment! Lance, what you said is also true of the Catholic Church, as it has deteriorated through the centuries. Anglicans like Catholics can only become Christians, e.g., Fundamentalists, by being the Elect of God. God picks Christians not the other way around.
I think the relationship between Rome and Canterbury is already beyong repair.
As Anglicanism goes further into decline, its adherents will head in various directions in search of a new home: Rome, Orthodoxy, Evangelicalism, Fundamentalism. The choice will depend on each person's own theological views.