Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Oh come, all ye unfaithful

Titusonenine draws attention to this message from Grace Church in Newark, NJ:
A Message to Disaffected Roman Catholics

From the Clergy and People of

Grace Church in Newark (Episcopal)

Some Roman Catholics whose spiritual lives are grounded in the Mass and in the sacraments are, nevertheless, unable to concur with the Vatican’s position on issues such as the role of women in the church, contraception, remarriage of divorced person, homosexual relationships, or abortion. They have become increasingly disaffected as the hierarchy’s response to dissent has grown more strident and authoritarian.

If you are among them, you may find a comfortable spiritual home at Grace Church in Newark. The church is located in downtown Newark, at 950 Broad Street, one block south of City Hall, just north of the Federal Building. We urge you to visit our Web site,,, and—better still—to visit the church in person. Sunday Masses are celebrated at 8 an 10 a.m. Weekday Masses are celebrated at 12:10 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Now, will this inspire Fr. Jake to fresh fulminations against sheep-stealing?


Blogger Ellie M said...

Wow! You said it for me, Dr. Mabuse. "Sheep-stealing," indeed! It just doesn't get any more blatant than this.

And why ever would these folks be trying to recruit new members in such an aggressive fashion? Could it be that their own membership is slipping and they need to pay the bills? Nah. . .

11:19 am  
Blogger Kasia said...

I just followed the link over to Father Jake. Uh-HUH. Won't be adding THAT one to my blogroll...

As a rule, I don't think it's prudent for Christian denominations to try to boost their numbers by picking off other denominations' members. It's a terrible witness, for starters, and it undermines Christ's desire that we should be one as He and the Father are one.

That said, it sounds like Fr. Jake would rather that the people in question either stopped going to church altogether or formed their own church. I can't get down with that. When you aggressively drive your sheep out of the fold, I can't muster much sympathy for your shouts of "Thief!" at those who open up their own folds...especially with all the preying (praying? ha) wolves around.

It sounds to me like Fr. Jake sees the Catholic Church as a wolf, rather than as a legitimate Church. That's mighty Christian of him...

1:38 pm  
Blogger Mark Windsor said...

Personally, I don't think rustling (which is still a hanging offence here), is a correct way to look at it. Personally, I think we should trade.

Catholicism to receive all ECUSA's conservatives, Episcopalianism to get RCC's dissenters & liberals. To sweeten the deal, we may be willing to throw in a fourth round draft choice at a later date.

Just think how much more effective the ECUSA would be if they had Kennedy, Kerry, Durbin, Guilianni, et alia, ad nauseam. They might actually matter to someone then!

1:27 pm  

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