The End of the High Church

Years ago, I had cause to be at the Episcopal cathedral in Albany for a mass. A friend was being ordained into the church as a priest, so I went up to celebrate the occasion with his family. I noted the subtle beauty of the church, particularly inside. It just oozed tradition, which is quite imposing in the spiritual setting. The outside of the building was rather plain, which is what made the inside impressive. I walked in expecting a utilitarian facility and instead I walked into a beautiful cathedral with arches and stained glass.

The mass was not well attended, despite the fact there were half a dozen people being minted as priests that day. My guess, at the time, was that most of the people were relatives of the condemned. Talking a bit with some people after the mass, I was told that attendance at Episcopal services in the area was down to a sprinkling and most of the regulars were old people. If what I saw in Albany is typical for the church as a whole, I’d bet they are finished in a generation at best. A church without worshipers is a building.

This is a common story with mainline Protestant churches. The local Presbyterian Church is lightly attended and the average age is somewhere in the 60’s. They used to have a grammar school, but that closed. They still run a daycare center, but I suspect that is just a business. They hope that the mothers dropping off their kids will decide to attend services at some point. Until then it is a cash relationship for services rendered. There’s a good chance government subsidies play some role as the kids are mostly black.

Part of what has destroyed the mainline Protestant churches is their full-throated embrace of Progressive lunacy. At my friend’s ordination, three of the people ordained were woman. Judging by the haircuts, all three were lesbians. Gay marriage is a huge issue in these churches, driving off the sensible and leaving only those who see Christianity as a vehicle for Progressive activism. Many of these churches are no longer Christian, as a theological matter. They are just Progressive meeting houses for the deranged.

If you are a normal person, the mainline Protestant churches have nothing to offer but endless lectures about the joys of liberalism. It’s a familiar pattern. First the women take over, then the men leave, except for the guys willing to take orders from the gals. Then the normal women bolt. This boiling off of the sensible eventually leaves the crazies in charge of the organization. Before long the freak flag is hoisted and it is the bar in Star Wars. It’s the pattern we saw with Labour in Britain and the Democrats in the US.

A similar thing seems to be happening in the Catholic Church, which had managed to resist the same fate until recently. The turning point appears to have been the sex scandals, which have been used by the lunatics to push out the sensible. It’s also emptied the pews in many parts of the world, as parishioners simply could not tolerate the handling of these cases. The conservatives in the Church should have gone on the offensive to purge the pink monasteries and the buggerers. Instead they surrendered.

It is hard to know if the Red Pope will live long enough to destroy the Church, but he will certainly cripple it. There is only one good response to the death of Fidel Castro and that is “enjoy hell.” That’s true for the Pope, as well. It’s perfectly fine for the religious to pray for the souls of the wicked, but it is not required. The Pope should be the one guy making that point, but instead he took the opportunity to celebrate the life of a homicidal maniac. The reason is Fidel belongs to the same Church as the Pope – the Communist Church.

What’s happening with the Catholic Church is it is following the same path as the Protestant churches. They are inviting in people from other religions, thinking they will be Catholic first and communist or Progressive second. It never works that way. The secular faith always comes first, which is why you can never find a liberal Catholic, who is pro-life. Their liberal faith will never tolerate opposition to abortion and their liberalism trumps everything else. A man cannot have two religions; one must be dominant.

The demise of the high church in the West was inevitable. Big, highly organized organizations need protection from the state to survive. McDonalds cannot exist without government protection. This is especially true of churches, which often challenge the wishes of the rulers. It’s why the Catholics were willing to cut deals with both communists and fascists. It is why the Orthodox Church supports Putin. No above ground church can exist at war with the ruling class. They always have to cut a deal.

When the the ruling classes of the West began to abandon their Christianity, it was just a matter of time. Students of the French Revolution know that the radical’s hostility to the Church started with economics, but quickly became ideological. As the religion of the Western ruling classes became one version of leftism or another, hostility to the high church was inevitable. It took longer in the US than Europe, but we are well on our way to see the elimination of the main churches.

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Solomon Honeypickle IV
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Solomon Honeypickle IV

there isn’t one of them that is worth a damn. all full of mush headed sheep. let their supposed brethren in the middle east, and elsewhere, be slaughtered without lifting a finger (or wallet) to help arm them,

FaCubeItches
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” let their supposed brethren in the middle east, and elsewhere, be slaughtered without lifting a finger (or wallet) to help arm them,”

Well, it’s spread the other chee…wait, turn. I mean turn the other cheek

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well that escalated quickly. Kinda harsh.

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Left the Episcopal church twenty years ago for every reason you stated. I hated leaving but ‘worshiping’ in a church community that had few actual believing Christians–the church hierarchy in particular–didn’t make a lot of sense. Bells and smells and coffee after just wasn’t enough. It seems that about all the church PTB’s do now is make sure that as many homosexuals as possible become priests and priestesses and that every social justice cause is joined with fervor and spite their remaining believing congregation in any way that they can. The priestess at my local Episcopal church is a black… Read more »
Fuel Filter
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I grew up in the “Old” Episcopal Church. Then, in the 50s and 60s, it was truly the American branch of the Church of England. Then, in the early 60s the Left started to take over the Church with COCU and other Leftist movements. My parish was literally sued out of existence and the entire property taken over by the litigious Left. I quit during the late 60s. The beautiful Santa Barbara monastery where I used to go on silent retreats was completely taken over by homosexuals and turned into a den of inequity. Now, in England, the Left is… Read more »
Joan
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http://sdanglicans.org/node/1

Meant to post to you….

Fuel Filter
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Thank you, Joan. Will visit all sites and call priests to make sure they are actual ACC parishes. Some call themselves “Anglican” when they are nothing more than lukewarm Protestants using the name, veneer and trappings of actual ACC churches. I have tried a couple out when I first moved to Escondido and was sorely disappointed.

Thanx Again!

Bill

Pdn
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You might try Missouri Synod Lutheran Church — small, but still faithful. When I was in college I went to the local Anglican church in London (Kensington). Very easy for me to assimilate — although the incense was all new to me.
Missouri Synod frowns upon politics in the service and is only included in praying for our leaders, those in the military, and our country – regardless of party affiliation.

Joan
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Severian
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It’ll be interesting to see if US churches follow their historical pattern, or if Marxism really is cultural acid in this sphere, too. “First the women show up, then the crazies” described the American religious scene from about 1820 until the late 1880s… when so-called “Muscular Christianity” took over (from whence we get the YMCA, etc.). Let’s hope.

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Could you explain this further?

Severian
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Sure. After the 2nd Great Awakening (1820s), American religion was widely perceived as a woman’s concern – abolition aside (and remember how many Americans on both sides *hated* abolitionists), “reform” and “church” were synonymous with “female.” Churchgoing — as opposed to belief — was widely perceived as the realm of bossy women and the pansy intellectuals who orbited them. But in the later Gilded Age, when everyone was worried about industrialism causing physical degeneration, some Christians got the idea to link “physical culture” with the Gospel. So you got organizations like the YMCA (Young Man’s Christian Association), where kids growing… Read more »
Severian
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So if the pattern holds, we’ll see a revival of macho Christianity, maybe something like they had briefly in the late 80s when the “Power Team” of bodybuilders went around ripping phone books in half on college campuses, recruiting for Campus Crusade. As opposed to now, where there’s a definite social penalty associated with being one of the church kids — I briefly volunteered with a youth church group a while back, and while I did my best to help them (basically, “don’t do anything I did / still do”), I couldn’t help thinking they were… losers. Great kids, hope… Read more »
Tina
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Such a move is already afoot. It’s in Cowboy churches that dot the landscape in Texas, and in Independent churches and multi-site churches all around the country. It’s in the Anglican churches that @Fuel Filter mentions above – supported originally by godly African Bishops who depend on muscle for survival against attempts on their lives in Nigeria. In all of these churches, young fathers “suit up and show up” on Sunday mornings and sit with their families in church. For all the pretense about why people voted for Donald Trump, one very strong driver of his support is that he… Read more »
DaveK
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Tina, that is a very interesting perspective of Donald Trump. I never looked at his candidacy that way. Thank you for that.

Tina
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You’re welcome!

james wilson
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Let us not forget the Pledge of Allegiance, written in 1892 by a Christian socialist. I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation (not that pesky federal style several states thing), indivisible (no going back, slackers), with liberty and justice for all (substitute for equality). Complete with the fascist salute until the 1930’s.

King George III
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Interesting point. I never much liked the Pledge, and now I know why. Also, not fascist, but Roman.

LetsPlay
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You seem to have left out ‘conveniently?’ the key part of the phrase ” … one nation under God,”

Whose the socialist here?

Beverly
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Actually, the phrase “under God” was added during Eisenhower’s term. So the socialist author never used it. [BTW, I didn’t know that about the author of the pledge.]

LetsPlay
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Twisted words above. The ‘pledge’ is to the flag, to the Republic (not the government), and you forgot the key phrase which harkens back to the Founders words “one nation under God.” The Pledge changed, advanced as did the country (the people) and now it is regressing with a complicit bunch of sheep who only now are bleeping their discontent.

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A few random, unconnected thoughts: 1. The high church is dying, but the low church is in better shape. Evangelical Christianity is where the action is at. It’s even sweeping across formerly catholic Latin America from what I hear. 2. The church, generally speaking, as gone through some bad patches of corruption in the past and its current situation isn’t entirely undeserved. Whenever the church gains power or protection from government tends to be when it goes corrupt. 3. The church of Christ in the modern world has to compete with the church of Marx. The church of Marx is… Read more »
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Taco, re:#7… take a moment to remember Al Gore’s wife harpy overreach on V-chips in TVs , Mandatory! For the Children! Her demand on TV labeling! For the children! So great it must be imposed! Some of the worst instincts of do-gooder-overreach… and it came within and during a Democrat administration. Of course, the press memory-holed the whole thing..

RKae
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But Tipper’s crusade was about state power. Hard as it may be for you to hear, Christians should be doing that job: forbidding their children to be exposed to pornography. While you’re sneering at the phrase “for the children,” keep this in mind: If parents are NOT protecting their children (not the state, but parents) then they are condemning them to lives of perversion.

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Re point 2. Since the IRS code under 501(c)3 nationalized the US church it has been all down hill. Tolerating abortion, homosex marriage, and non stop unjust war for decade after decade. Abortion and the divorce rate are the same in the churches as out. Ask a young person what the difference is between church and state and they say little if anything. Why go if your church is your state!

The Anti-Gnostic
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What is “Evangelical Christianity?”

When Jews, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists move to the West to be good Jews, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists, what is the point of Christian evangelism? If you can’t even convert your own neighbors, what are you doing traipsing around Latin America, turning Catholics into Iconoclasts?

Samuel Adams
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Raised a Presbyterian, spouse is a Congregationalist. But left a couple of years after 9/11. Our congregation has a wonderful minister, who happened to be third generation Armenian, grandson of refugees from the massacre by the Turks. After 9/11 he did nightly chapel services and gave a wonderful sermon that Sunday about the evil inherent in religious intolerance and specifically called out Islamism by name. Pulled no punches. My spouse and I were coming to grips with losing nearly three dozen of our friends, colleagues and neighbors. Not many tonics for that, but it was as close as you could… Read more »
Drake
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We attend a Presbyterian church further west in NJ I’m guessing. The current Pastor is clearly a liberal but seems to be doing a decent job of walking that tightrope. If her successor or the church itself lurches hard to the left, close to half the members will leave. Where I would go isn’t clear.

When (not if) I escape NJ, I seriously doubt I would join another Presbyterian or UCC church.

Samuel Adams
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Westchester County. That should answer your question. Mostly ex NYC (now a lot of Brooklyn hipster types). The only saving grace is post 11/8 I get to see them soil themselves every day on Facebook. Hasn’t let up.

Drake
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My son attends a Catholic High School – a very conservative alternative to the public indoctrination centers. I’m not Catholic but can see the nervousness about the Red Pope. It has the same feel as when I was in the Reserves and Clinton and later Obama were elected. Real slow to change the pictures on the headquarters walls, even slower to acknowledge the cultural changes that are coming.

Al from da Nort
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Z Man; Agree about the demise of the mainline churches in the US. Specifically re Episcopal Church, there was deliberate subversion by seemingly organized homosexual operatives starting at least in the early ’80’s. My evidence: Wife and I were invited in ~’83 to attend the bar-mitzva of the son of one of my wife’s colleagues. His wife had a mid-level position inside the Episcopal hierarchy staff. I thought it unusual that they’d hire the rare, actual practicing Jew instead of, you know, one of their own, ‘but whatever’ I thought at the time. But I was really amazed by two… Read more »
Wayne Parker
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I grew up in the Protestant Episcopal Church (c.1967-1990) and everything you wrote is 100% accurate as I saw exactly the same trends.

alzaebo
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Per Mark Steyn, in 1961 a group of Belgian homosexual Catholic priests began their own cult to take over the Church- and we saw the harvest later as many lawyers tried to grab some of the Vatican’s gold.

Milestone D
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Interesting timing … you are describing to slow-motion collapse of my mom’s local Presbyterian church. 10 years ago her PC(USA) congregation appeared to be healthy and growing, full of new members with (this is important) young children. Today, half the congregation is gone – driven off by the denomination’s ordained leadership’s effort to fully embrace the Progressive cult. From what I can tell, the local church leadership seemed to do a pretty good job in holding off the worst instincts of the denomination’s leadership. Then the minister’s son entered Princeton Theological Seminary, and his other son came out as gay,… Read more »
Dutch
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Our local Congregational Church is in a consevative neighborhood. As my wife, a Preacher’s Kid, is heavily involved in the church association, I get sucked in to the whole thing. As in so many things these days, I feel like I am living in the belly of the beast. The local clergy keeps pushing the gay thing, along with trying to get the church designated “open and affirming”. My point, to all and sundry (and so far listened to by the older power structure of the congregation), is that we do have young families and quite a few children, along… Read more »
Drake
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The Congregational Churches as originally envisioned (no hierarchy, fully controlled by the local members) should have been immune to this nonsense. Then most of them joined up with the United Church of Christ (UCC) and started drifting left together. My parents are still members of a very old Congregational church in MA. Membership is falling fast. When I went through confirmation classes there, the minster was a very intellectual pipe-smoking bible-scholar. I learned something new and valuable every time we met. Now the place is a joke. My Dad stopped giving them money because they were wasting it so fast.… Read more »
Beverly
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UCC is VERY Leftwing.

Beverly
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Folks, they are demonic. Burning down the house of God is their aim.

“By their fruits shall you know them.” –Jesus Christ, our lord and Savior

The Bagman
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I’ve ended friendships with Catholics who are enthused about immigration from south of the border. “It will make the country more Catholic”, they say. And none of them can tell me what–if anything–is wrong with so-called liberation theology, or what role the “red bishop” played in the behind-the-scenes treachery at Vatican II. I used to think that the progressivization of Christianity was simply to excuse degeneracy and advance feminist ideology. I’ve since learned it was to free all that guilt from Christian sin so that it might be applied to the more properly current-year sin of being white. Our ancestors… Read more »
Dutch
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Here in Southern California we have a group called “Justice Overcoming Boundaries”. It is all about support and sanctuary for illegal immigrants. After helping put on a music program at a regional meeting, I managed to hang around and sit in on the “nuts and bolts” of their program. What they did, is they took the ministers of the congregations that were contributing sermons and money to JOB, and arm-twisted and shamed the ministers of the congregations not making an effort. Remember, these ministers are all friends with each other. The JOB person went so far as to get in… Read more »
A.T. Tapman
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Perhaps your Catholic exfriends should familiarize themselves with Santeria, that is the growing religion coming from south of the border. Buy chicken futures.

Dan
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Right you are Senor Tapman. A Puerto Rican friend one told me that she was officially Catholic, but what they practiced was not Catholicism (visions of chickens).

I was Catholic, until I knew better. The current Pope is a commie piece of shit. I would not return, even if I still believed.

Kathy
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Dan, that is very sad! I do not like Pope Francis one bit, but I am Catholic because it is the Church founded by Jesus Christ, and it is HIM whom I love. A Catholic priest, no matter his personal flaws, is ordained by Jesus to administer the sacraments, in which Jesus Himself chooses to make himself present to me in a special way and even come to live within me. I will not let commie priests, or even a commie Pope, keep me away from JESUS!

LetsPlay
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My allegiance is to God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, through the teachings of the Bible, the Holy Word; not to any man or organization said to be a church of God on earth because they are simply creations of man and man is fallible in many ways, Christian or not. Hence, one of my sins, judgmentalism. But I prefer to worship in my own way keeping my focus on Him. Same goes for government. A necessary evil but my allegiance is to America, her concepts and my inalienable rights regardless of what people like KGIII thinks. If he wants a… Read more »
Ragin\' Dave
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Dan – find a local church that offers the Traditional Latin Mass. It’s the Catholics who still actually believe in God. Once I found the Latin Mass, I never set foot in a Vatican II church ever again.

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I think a lot of it depends on where you live. The Bible Belt is still the Bible Belt from what I hear, and what Z Man describes sounds like it’s coming from the deep blue northeast. I was raised as a non practicing Catholic. I don’t think I’ve participated in organized religion since elementary school. My observations on church are second hand accounts of people I associate with in life as well as observing the physical churches as I drive past, taking note of the amount of cars I see in the parking lots and the church names changing… Read more »
doubletrouble
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One area that appears to be growing is the Catholic Traditional Latin Mass. Here in NH, they just re-opened (!) an old church for the Old (pre Vatican II) Rite exclusively. Interesting to see how many younger people are attending; just about a full house every Sunday. First growth I’ve seen in the Church in many years.

rgarand3006
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We have been attending Catholic Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) for 11 years, so our four children consider it the standard now. We are uncomfortable in the pseudo-Protestant “Novus Ordo” masses and only attend them when there is no TLM option during road trips. Our local TLM parish has jumped from 40 regulars to 160 each Sunday in the last 7 years, with scarcely any positive attention from the diocese or national church. From what I have read, TLM parishes are enjoying the largest growth in North America, but they have to swim against a steady tide of resistance from the… Read more »
doubletrouble
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I should have noted, rgarand3006, that the priest at our ‘new’ parish is also FSSP. God bless ’em!
( I prefer the M1A, though ;^)

fodderwing
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Z Man, you’d make a pretty good Bible teacher. When soon to be kind David and his Good Book Evangelical band of misfits hid from the persecutions of King Saul (High Church and government of the time) it was in the cave of Adullam. Saul knew they were out there, he just didn’t know where they were and he didn’t understand what was coming. Today there is a church in the cave of Adullam. The elites know they’re out there, they just don’t know where they are. Your post today is straight out of the O.T., and you are right;… Read more »
Tina
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Well stated, @fodderwing. Thank you for the analogy

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Another thought: you say that the Church needs protection from the state to thrive? It’s been the Church of Marx, especially in Europe, that has enjoyed state sponsorship and protection.

Al from da Nort
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I’d say that history indicates (not proves) that the church HIERARCHY needs the state to thrive_! The early church thrived and spread under intermittent Roman persecution. The church today is spreading and thriving under intermittent Chinese persecution. Stultification often comes when church and state converge.

As you say, the church hierarchy is fully intact and well paid in Europe, they just have no congregants. Were European churches to be only voluntarily funded, they’d collapse in a week.

james wilson
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The great advantage that Marxism and Islam have over most Christianity is the frequency with which they practice their religion. Muslims, presumably, five times a day. Marxist never miss an opportunity. Christians,generally, once a week if that. The exception I see to that is the bible study group of Christians. I see many examples where they believe that practice makes perfect.

Lulu
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I have to think about that “practice their religion”. I’ve known far too many who attend church on Sunday, take part in various church-related groups, and are meaner than dirt. Muslims practice their religion five times a day and are given permission by their “belief” to murder, destroy, commit terrible acts of terrorism. My late Mother used to talk about her Catholic high school friends who’d go to confession and then go out and raise hell.

Formal practice does not necessarily make perfect. A foundation in a Christian family that “practiced” 24/7/365 can assure a better outcome.

james wilson
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Where a Muslim practices his religion he is often committing a crime in a Christian or post-Christinan society. When the Christians I spoke of practice their religion it is taken directly from their Gospel reading and discussion, and cannot be separated from charitable thinking and practice. This is why Christianity is no longer popular. Tocqueville claimed that what made America great were it’s religious fervor from it’s Protestant congregations. America is an increasingly foreign country. Read Dickens 1841 essays in America. Dickens loved America but at the same time found the extreme friendliness and charity of Americans unnerving. Just a… Read more »
LetsPlay
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Do you have any religious experience to speak of James? It sounds like you don’t. I say this because your comments are based on superficial observation of what “practice” means in terms of religious ceremony. I personally cringe at public displays of religiosity because that should be done in private. The primary goal of congregating to worship is for fellowship and learning. The fellowship is to encourage each other and to let each other know that they do not stand alone in their daily challenges to act the Christian life. A society that barks at its people five times a… Read more »
Lulu
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An excellent essay. A longtime Presbyterian, I had to leave the organized church when it became so liberal that I no longer felt comfortable there. And no other organized church beckoned. They seemed more like social and political organizations that offered little spirituality. And an ingrown snobbery of sorts put the lie to their supposed lovingkindness. I I didn’t leave our church organization; it left me. It did not take my Christian belief with it. I still pray and try to be a decent person. Every day, all the time. Not just on Sunday morning.
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Amen. I am a converted Catholic (20 years ago) and haven’t been to mass in years. It left me, too. But I pray every night and try to be a good Christian.

Paul D.
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Here is the site for the Society of Saint Pius X, Pre-Vatican II Church, Mass said in Latin and no SJW BS!
http://sspx.org/en

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I don’t think I’ve heard the acronym W.A.S.P. used in the present tense since the early nineties.

Yankee Girl
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The W.A.S.P. way of life really had a religious basis. The institutions of higher learning in this country were among the very first corporate entities, e.g. Harvard, founded to train ministers in Puritan doctrine. My collateral ancestor, Dr. John Clark, left Mass. for Rhode Island, along with Roger Williams. They were Baptists, who, along with Quakers, were denied citizenship in Mass. Clark made several trips to England and succeeded in getting a charter for the RI Colony from King Charles II which permitted religious freedom. Some of Clark’s words are inscribed in the dome of the RI State House. I… Read more »
Dutch
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Keep your eyes and ears open. New institutions will rise. They will not look or feel like the ones of old, but they will fill a need.

The grand Episcopal and Presbyterian churches will make nice museums and places of abstract meditation. God’s work will be done in other places, perhaps even in people’s basements.

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As I said in an above comment, in my area the mainline churches that die and shut down end up being reborn as new evangelical churches.

Samuel Adams
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Descended from William Witter on my maternal side, he was one of early Baptist converts in the Bay Colony, though due to ill health never moved to Rhode Island, remaining on the north shore property he purchased from the Indians. My Dad’s side left Dorchester after a dispute with John Winthrop, or as their minister put it, “we came here to found the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, not that of the Winthrops” and moved overland to found the Hartford Colony in 1636. 1600s New England was small place. We’re likely cousins of some stripe.

Yankee Girl
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Yes, we could be cousins as another direct ancestor was William Kelsey who is listed as one of the Founders of Hartford. He and offspring then settled in Killingworth and Clinton CT. Also, the Holcombs, Gaillards, Ellsworths, etc. founded Windsor, too. My late brother’s widow is descended from Mary Dyer, who was hanged as a witch in MA. Doing this genealogy research recently made me realize that half my forebears were, a. all English (some Huguenot thrown in) and came to the colonies in the 1600s, and that b. no other ancestors emigrated to the US until my mother arrived… Read more »
Samuel Adams
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Well, here’s a clue, my name is the same as the one on the Founder’s monument, you just have to guess which one. Technically am the “7th”. It is funny though, as those original settlers migrated west, they pretty much were genetically isolated until until the 1900s. On my fathers side it was a big to do when my uncle actually married a Catholic (and straight Irish to boot!). Both sides came west after the war, since the original colonies paid many of the soldiers in “land bounties” in the new western territories. Have to say it was an incentive.… Read more »
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In his essay on the Jewish question Marx makes the point that the Christian Church would be paradoxically at its peak of power when it is driven completely from the public square. If you aren’t making deals with the state you can concentrate on your core mission and beliefs.

Red Headed Stranger
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If you really want to know what happened to the Catholic church then you should read JESUITS and THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN CHURCH, both by Malachi Martin. The first is about how the Society of Jesus changed from being the Pope’s shock troops to whatever the hell they are now. The second title speaks for itself. I attended a parochial school from 1st through 8th grades (1960 – 1968) and got the full religious indoctrination experience. Our parish was supervised by an old-school Irish Jesuit. In one episode of HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS the Andre Braugher… Read more »
A.T. Tapman
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Liberation theology was originally formulated to bring third world peoples into the Catholic church, but it took on a life of it’s own. The results are obvious. What would Baal do?

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Robert Mugabe was raised and educated by Jesuits. All you need to know right there.

Hades
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Be careful with Malachi Martin, he was one of the responsibles for the Vatican II but later abandoned the Church and became a ‘traditionalist” denouncing the Vatican.

Brooklyn
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“Part of what has destroyed the mainline Protestant churches is their full-throated embrace of Progressive lunacy.” Who wants to waste their time on a progressive lecture in a church when you are getting it everywhere else? School, work, television and now the Internet all amount to the same message so why get dressed up to hear it? Why take a taxi when you can get an Uber straight to your door so to speak? Plus its not just the churches; every mainstream religious denomination has drifted this way. Yom Kippur in a Reform or Conservative synagogue might as well be… Read more »
King George III
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Good point. Progressivism is eating its competitors alive and then shuffling around in its skin like an ill-fitting suit. Only Islam seems to have much immunity. And Orthodox Judaism is drifting too, I might add, though not as much as fast.

Brooklyn
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Islam is probably much less immune than we think; its main advantages are that it was largely quarantined for the last in the last two centuries, has been introduced relatively late into the post-war West and benefits from our era of multicultural theory run amok. Progressives don’t seem worried about it which could suggest confidence (you could alternately say naivete) that they can roll them over like they did with the other religions in the west. I’m inclined to say they are probably could do it given enough time but do they have that time? Orthodox Judaism has a major… Read more »
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I would disagree and say that islam is very much immune and it is dangerous to western civilization like a virus that could never be truly apart of the body of western culture/civilization but like a virus waits for other things to weaken the host before making a play to empower it’s self over the old body. Islam is decentralized hard to make orginizational changes as leftists have done when infiltrating christian denominations and islam is based on submission with core tenants of violence to in force compliance, spreading the faith by the sword is completely acceptable to muslims and… Read more »
Wayne Parker
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I grew up in the Protestant Episcopal Church (c.1967-1990) and everything you wrote is 100% accurate as I saw exactly the same trends. My family was military so we rotated duty stations every three years. As a result, we attended Episcopal churches in five different states at one point or another during my childhood. Given that I was born in San Francisco and my mother’s side of the family lived scattered throughout the Bay Area, we frequently returned there to see family for the Xmas holidays. The trends toward liberal indoctrination at the church where I was baptized was clear.… Read more »
Al from da Nort
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Wayne; upon reflection, I think the beginning of the slide occurred in the ’50’s when ‘Niceness’ somehow became a key element in mainline protestant theology. It is tempting to trace this to 2nd wave feminism since the desire for no in-group conflict is a cross-cultural female attribute and elite female demands came to the forefront of society. Thus Cultural Marxism has historically advanced itself through appeals to not hurt the feelings of various social deviants. Once biblical Christian orthodoxy can be questioned and shamed as not being ‘nice’ it has found itself in constant retreat within any church. At the… Read more »
Dutch
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Ministers found that asking people, in the name of God, to live up to some sort of expected behavioral standards was much more difficult than finding ways to intellectually excuse such behavior. Hence the sermons and articles of faith that go around in circles and say nothing.

Wayne Parker
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I think you nailed it, Dutch. Priests and ministers are people, too. Far too many ministers/priests realize that asking people to adhere to a rigorous set of behavioral standards is a futile exercise, at the best of times. Better instead, to tell the congregants how their failings either are not so bad or the old standards no longer apply because with modern technology and science, the rules of good conduct vis-a-vis your fellow humans has changed or must change. Bottom line: it’s good business to tell congregants how good they are despite their flaws and make them feel good about… Read more »
LetsPlay
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Just a bit of a personal nit of mine, especially with Christmas coming up, have you ever considered your use of Xmas? I think that is part of “liberal” indoctrination more than convenient shorthand. It crosses out the ‘Christ’ part of Christmas. And as the saying goes “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”

Are five more characters really that much trouble to type or write to do it properly?

guest
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The Z Man: I noticed that the blog doesn’t have a “favicon”, but that you do have a disqus icon.

So why not reuse the later for the former?
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How to:

“Since WordPress 4.3, you can add a favicon or site icon from WordPress admin area. Simply go to Appearance » Customize and click on the ‘Site Identity’ tab.”

or “Go to Administration Screen > Appearance > Customize Click Site Identify “

Dan Kurt
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Dear Zman,

The Catholic Church was captured by the Modernists. The battle was recognized more than a century ago and specifically addressed by Pope Pius X. The culmination of the overthrow was Vatican II in the early 1960s. One traditional Catholic group that has partly removed itself from the current Catholic Church is the SSPX organization which is growing worldwide. It began in the early 1970s with a handful of priests and one bishop brow away in Switzerland. Now the community spans the globe with nearly a thousand priests and four bishops. Read about the American branch here: http://sspx.org/en

DAn Kurt

Member

A long-time traditional Catholic fortnightly newspaper with a growing website can be found here: http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php

Member

“Claiming to be wise, they worship creation rather than the Creator.” Paul wrote this in 57 A.D. There’s no need for churches high or low if we worship ourselves. This is why pride is the first deadly sin.

meema
Member
And there it is. I’ve spent 60 of the last 69 years as an outlier. I don’t do man-made religion. I have a personal relationship with Christ that does not require organization or building. And yet I am as much a Christian as anyone who belongs to a designated denomination. But then, that’s just me. I’ve always understood that Christ did not come to start a new religion. He came to restart a way of life. In fact, the first Christians were known as followers of The Way. But humans need structure so they build it and then they tweak… Read more »
LetsPlay
Member
Seems we are two who think alot alike. Being raised in a military family, I was not encouraged to speak my mind but I did think. Raised Catholic, I wondered especially when attending Parochial School, about some of the teachings and rituals that were part of the ‘faith.’ Something just never clicked for me, didn’t add up. It wasn’t until I was thirty and introduced to a Bible teaching non-denominational church that the lights went on and my real learning began. A babe drinking milk. Thirty years old and so much to learn. Just like that Christmas when I first… Read more »
meema
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I understand what you are saying completely and I also know it’s hard to explain. It’s been a journey and it takes, first and foremost, not caring what anyone else thinks so remaining in the wilderness is not for everyone. I’m heartened to report long the way I’ve met genuine Christians who are both in and out of organized religion which confirms for me that the most important factor is that His sheep know the Shepherd’s voice wherever they are pastured.. When someone, and there have been many, challenges my choice with the Scripture about not forsaking the assembly I… Read more »
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Z, I thought you had a similar essay awhile back on women’s influence on churches in the US, when you wrote about the protestant churches, heyday, peculiar time in the 1920’s-1950’s? As the church , in the US, lost it’s appeal in the 50’s, one by one, the denominations decided to either modernize to keep up with the new times, and/or to openly throw canon to the wind and allow “empowered” women to overtake and “improve” …. and they did… most evident in the Methodist and Episcopalian in the 60’s and 70’s, and then expounded greatly in most others in… Read more »
Dr. Mabuse
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I used to belong to the Episcopal/Anglican Church, and even blogged a lot about it. My husband and I weren’t just High Church, we were Anglo-Catholics! Our churches were like Catholic churches of 75 years ago. But even our parishes weren’t safe from the liberal freak parade. The promises about how precious and valued our witness was gave way to bare tolerance, and then to sadistic torment. I finally quit when I realized that we were really living a lie. All the things we said we believed blatantly contradicted what the church was officially promoting as doctrine, and there was… Read more »
Yankee Girl
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We took our kids out of the Episcopal Church in a nice suburb and became members of an inner city Anglo-Catholic Church. Was very interesting for a while. Our two grade school kids and one other, maybe a couple of teenagers dragged there by their parents, Very high church, no women serving at Mass. Kindly rector, but largely gay undercurrent, many former Catholics. Fun and tasty coffee hours;-) We did this again in the city where we now live, but that church was busted up by the Diocese and forced off their property. Don’t think they or the Diocese handled… Read more »
Dr. Mabuse
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You have it right: Anglo-Catholics were naive about power, and figured that part of their “charism” included childlike submission to the bishop, because he’s their father and loves them and never would hurt them, right? It got them just what you described: crushed by the ruthless pervo-Marxists once they had the whip firmly in their hands. They were losers with no hope of ever winning in the clerical power games, but it’s worth noting that even their insignificance couldn’t protect them. They were no threat to the left, but they were destroyed anyway, because no one can be permitted to… Read more »
George Eliot
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Key points: “Episcopal” is a term used by many churches, much the same as the word “catholic” is used by non-catholic churches. The first means, “having bishops” and the second means “universal.” Now, The Episcopal Church as a denomination didn’t use to exist. It was a church that was Anglican in concept and creed, episcopal in its organization. Much like you see some churches touted as “Apostolic.” It’s a clue for the pilgrim looking for that type of spiritual oversight. The Anglican Communion is a vast and global affiliation and The Episcopal Church is a very small, and getting smaller,… Read more »
Tina
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I was an adult convert to TEC, and my husband was a cradle Episcopalian. We left when they went off the rails (endorsing abortion was the final straw) There’s an Anglican (formerly TEC) congregation in coastal SC that our son & his family belong to (although they have since moved out of state). We’ve visited when we are there and it is wonderful. Powerful preaching by youthful priests who are family men, and a full house for each service we’ve been to. They recently completed a building project, enlarging their space. May God continue to bless South Carolina for standing… Read more »
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In 2002 I joined the Orthodox Church Each Sunday we celebrate the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom as we have since the middle of the Fourth Century. We regard Marriage as one of the established Seven Sacraments. When the “marriage” crisis deepened Father denounced the new innovations, and declared that would not happen in our parish. Marriages would be performed only for members of our church, in communion, after a period of preparation. .If a “happy couple, or threesome” want a fancy civil ceremony in high drag, they can go to the county registrar or to one of those non-religious… Read more »
Karl Hungus
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which Orthodox church?

King George III
Guest

I think there’s only one, and the leadership of the US branch claims to be semi-independent but really more or less responds to the leadership in Russia. Since Putin provides the only protection provided for any Christian church, it’s likely the only branch of Christianity with any real future.

(Sorry to the Evangelists out there, but you guys are a little nuts.)

Kathy
Guest

Actually there are many Orthodox Churches — Greek, Syrian, Antiochian, Russian, Ukrainian, etc. The city I live closest to has an Antiochian Orthodox Church, whose membership is about half second- or third-generation Mediterranean immigrants who grew up Orthodox, and the other half former Episcopalians who discovered Orthodoxy after the Episcopal Church in America went off the rails. The Antiochian Orthodox Church all across America has many converts from Episcopalianism and other Protestant denominations.

Solomon Honeypickle IV
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Solomon Honeypickle IV

that’s why i asked, the orthodox church holds a lot of appeal to me, but it seems like you have to be of a certain ethnicity to join.

Kathy
Guest

Absolutely no, you do not “have to” be of a certain ethnicity to join, although perhaps some congregations are more or less welcoming than others. I know that the Antiochian Orthodox Church is actively evangelical, and has a reputation for welcoming converts from Protestant denominations. But ANY Orthodox church SHOULD welcome seekers and inquirers.

King George III
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I Wikipedia’d it. Looks like the Russian Orthodox Church claims authority over all Orthodox Christians in the states of FSU, though short of “formal ecclesiastical control” over some Orthodox churches in some countries. Of course we know better; we know that all Orthodox churches take their signals from the Russian church, though they piously declare themselves independent while in hostile territory (NATO). The mere existence of a spiritually strong Orthodox leadership in Russia is like one neverending testosterone shot in the arm, and of course most Orthodox churches were very recently fully integrated with the Moscow Patriarchate (lovely name) or… Read more »
Thud
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The Church would consider me a bad Catholic but I don’t take my orders from freaks or commies so fuck em.Like many in the past I’ll answer to God while I wait out the current rubbish in the Vatican…they will pass. Many others in my family are now Mormons….they seem to be holding the line.

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Great minds think alike, and apparently so do you and I, Z Man. At least to a certain extent; we are poles apart on the political spectrum (I’m content with TEC as it is, especially considering that no one actually cares what the House of Bishops says about anything,) but I posted something yesterday that dealt with many of these same themes, particularly the question “why the Catholics were willing to cut deals with both communists and fascists.” The title of my post was “Power Keeps Faith With Power”; that line is easily the best part of the post, so… Read more »
King George III
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You nailed it, Z. The Progressive Church is the undisputed master at eating its competitors alive and wearing their skins like ill-fitting suits.

Something, somebody needs to abort Progresivism with prejudice and permanently inoculate everyone against equality, diversity, feminism, and libertinism. That may require razing Harvard and salting the ground where once it stood, but sacrifices must be made.

The Kaigat of Wands
Guest

The interesting question, I think, is why did we let this all get away from us? The environment we face today wasn’t forcibly imposed on us – we allowed it to happen – why?

Member

There are some old stories….. I think it can be said, that man has a way of ruining good things…

Rick Allen
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“There is only one good response to the death of Fidel Castro and that is “enjoy hell.”” Except, of course, that the purpose of the Church is not to punish one’s enemies, but to love them, and to try to bring them to salvation. No one can see into the heart of anyone else, and no Christian gives up hope that even the most ardent sinner might not come to repentance at the end. “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need… Read more »
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Castro was proud of what he did, the opposite of repentance. Of course we can’t know what was in his heart, but his personal life was not a model for good Christians (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/6235286/Fidel-Castros-Cuba-full-of-his-offspring-after-years-of-womanising-by-El-Commandante.html). In his public life he was best known for enslaving his people and murdering and imprisoning his political enemies. As to Francis, I think when people call him a Communist or Marxist, they are using hyperbole to make the point that he is an ultra liberal who gives hope to real Marxists and Communists. The picture of him and Castro is nausea inducing.

LetsPlay
Member

You should check out Ann Barnhardt and her research on this “Pope.” It is not just hyperbole. This guy, Francis, is the real deal. Evil incarnate.
http://www.barnhardt.biz/

Al from da Nort
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Rick; With all due respect, while you are right about many of the inclusionary aspects of the Gospel, you seem to miss its exclusionary aspects as well as the proper role of the parties involved. Yes, we (me too) are all sinners in need of the savior and are called on to be forgiving of our fellow believers. But the Bible is also quite clear about the consequences of willful rejection of Jesus’ gracious offer of forgiveness and salvation. By embracing athiestic communism Fidel Castro explicitly rejected Jesus offer. It is indeed presumptuous to pretend to speak for God, but… Read more »
Dutch
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There is Christian forgiveness, but there is also the Word of God which places expectations on each one of us. To practice forgiveness without practicing some sort of legitimate attempt to understand what living your own life, and how others should live their lives, in a way that is acceptable to God should be, is a doomed exercise. To treat the norms of behavior and attitudes as a cafeteria from which one can pick and choose, is folly.

Ann K.
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Eastern Orthodoxy is growing somewhat in the U.S. in part because of this.

Member
The medieval Catholic Church was the foundation of European culture and civilization and the Euro-Christian heritage of art, architecture, music, etc. is the equal of any world heritage. All this has been discarded by many fools who find “beauty” in the aberrations of modernism and “truth” in the cant of “progressivism” or whatever one might wish to label an anti-natural, deracinated and delusional “philosophy”. The Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican, among others, were deliberately infiltrated by saboteurs and subsequently destroyed or at least gravely weakened. Time will tell if the gormless well-intentioned one day awaken and try to reclaim… Read more »
UKer
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I knew a guy who, despite having a degree in law and practicing as an attorney, gave it up to become a priest — or as we would recognise it in England, a vicar. He liked being a vicar more than defending some scumbag in court and was happy to do his bit for the Church of England. However he was far more ‘high church’ than ‘low church’ and loved the ritual and the pomp. He was also utterly and implacably opposed to the ordination of women. When I asked him about it, he made no apologies. Women, in his… Read more »
Henry James Ford
Guest

Great post, matches perfectly my experience with the church I grew up in

Member

It seems to me, Zman, that it was the Catholic church that got infested with Commies before the Protestant church did. During the 60s, the Catholics started their Vatican II, which brought with it feminazis in the church denouncing the chapel veil. Now, only with the Traditional Latin Mass will you see women wearing the mantilla veil. It’s all very sad, indeed.

Joyce Harrison
Guest

I agree wholeheartedly. I left my church for the same reason. I then visited other denominations and am happy to say we found a wonderful Baptist church that still adheres to the Bible. I urge you to give it a look. After all, we are commanded to not forsake gathering together. That pleases God.

R Daneel
Guest

Finally, someone else gets Bergoglio. He is a South American Jesuit = Liberation Theologist => small ‘c’, catholic communist.

Mr. Bee
Guest

Actually, the church is doing great. It’s the church you attend every day of the year, the materialist secularist church you watch on your video device. With few exceptions, every program presents news, drama, humor or documentaries that have secularist base assumptions about the world. How can going to church for an hour on Sunday compete with the 30 to 40 hours/week you get subtly indoctrinated by your “entertainment”?

Tim
Guest

Wow, this mirrors my experiences with mainstream protestants exactly. Presbyterian, then episcopal. I turning Roman Catholicism, with no where else to go, but even they’re going off the deep end.

Member
Some interesting points, but I think you’ve put the cart before the horse. Politics is downstream from culture, and that’s downstream from the spiritual life of a culture. The rush to embrace modern liberalism is nothing more than the natural outgrowth of where Protestantism, in general, began: with the elevation of the human intellect to the role of God. Also, the Moscow Patriarchate does not the Orthodox Church make. I don’t think the Romanians, Ukrainian, or Georgian Orthodox embrace Putin. And the Greek Orthodox Church was abandoned by the Greek people for Marxism decades ago, hence the position they’re in.… Read more »
RKae
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Sadly enough, and no matter how bad it sounds, it is indeed about the women. When they take over, they immediately want to mommy the world; to take care of everybody. So they give away the farm and open the gates to the barbarians. The moment women took over in Europe, they started doing nonsense like taking down crosses and taking out pews “so Muslims will feel at home in a church.” It’s almost like St. Paul knew something when he told men to be in charge of speaking in the church. The more this all goes downhill the more… Read more »
JCL
Guest

Putin supports Orthodoxy, not the other way around. Come home.

old mick
Guest

Sorry but you seem to know little about the Catholic Church which actually created the term “Social Justice” and began the modern SJW movement one and half centuries ago. Look up Dorothy Day, Pope Leo XIII’s Encyclical
Rerum Novarum of 1891, Cardinal Henry Edward Manning (15 July 1808 – 14 January 1892)…

Otherwise I like this essay. But then I’ve always thought that Protestants and their individualism slide into solipsism and narcissism.

Robert
Guest

Churches have abandoned the faithful, so the faithful will abandon the churches. Anyone who wants to join together with other traditional white Christians should check out http://www.knightsofthewest.com

Chip Johnson+
Guest

Sad, but true! I left TEO because of the inclusiveness foisted upon her thirty years ago. Ordained Anglican, now out in the cold due to Provincial closure. Adrift in the morass! Alas!

Thomas LaBelle
Guest

I watched the same thing happened in government employee labor unions.

benning
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I attended a Presbyterian church, with my parents, for about two years. Not my cuppa, but it made my folks happy, and the small, old congregation was nice. When the interim pastor announced that the Presbytery had voted to accept Gay Marriage, I knew IU was done there. I never went back. I found a local Assemblies of God and have attended there ever since. My folks left their church for another, then settled on a Lutheran church. My present pastor is not as resounding and thundering as I’d prefer. But my sensibilities were honed by Doc Scott in the… Read more »
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