NEW YORK (AP) â€” Two years into his reign, Pope Benedict XVI is finally poised to make a major mark on American Catholicism with a string of key bishop appointments and important decisions about the future of U.S. seminaries and bishops' involvement in politics.
Benedict's election on April 19, 2005, shook liberals and comforted conservatives who expected a doctrinal hard-liner. So far, they have found an easier hand â€” and someone who has not made the United States much of a priority.
Key appointments are expected in New York, Baltimore and Detroit, where cardinals have reached retirement age, 75. And retirements or appointments are likely in at least seven other archdioceses: Seattle; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Pittsburgh; New Orleans; Louisville, Kentucky; Omaha, Nebraska; and Mobile, Alabama.
Then there is the potential ripple effect â€” if some bishops move to larger cities, then they too must be...
"From the days of the Apostles there have never been a lack of quack spiritual doctors, who have professed to heal the wounds of conscience with man-made remedies. In our own beloved Church there have always been some who have in heart turned back to Egypt, and, not content with the simplicity of our worship, have hankered after the ceremonial fleshpots of the Catholic Church of Rome. To hear the Sacraments incessantly exalted, and preaching played down, to see the Lord's Supper turned into an idol under the pretext of making it more honorable, to find plain worship overlaid with so many newfangled ornaments and ceremonies that its essentials are quite buried, how common is all this! These things were once a pestilence that walked in darkness. They are now a destruction that wastes in noonday. They are the joy of our enemies, the sorrow of the Church's best children, the damage of English Christianity, the plague of our times. And to what may they all be traced? The neglect and the forgetfulness of Paul's simple prescription: "Grace, and not foods, strengthens the heart."
Ryle may have spoken these words in the 19th century, - but they certainly ring true today.
Faithful Remnant, that IS the most important thing about them in the context of the article we are commenting on. Because they were real Christians they followed the Bibleâ€™s guidelines instead of the dictates of a counterfeit organization that pretends to be the Church. Therefore, they were married men.
The â€śbishopsâ€ť of the news article are not actually part of the Lordâ€™s Church. So they are free to disobey the scriptures and kowtow to their pop (their father as in John 8:44).
Hey, it sure is good to see to brothers getting along even though they differ. And best of all â€“ itâ€™s great to see that youâ€™ve both flown from The Harlot to Jesus.