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A New Reformation February 16, 2010

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.

As kids in Catholic grade schools, we were taught about the errors of the Protestant revolt. Yes, in those terms.

The current crisis in the Roman Catholic Church sheds new light on those earlier days. And perhaps a more benevolent view of the motivations of Luther, Calvin and others.

A church out of touch with its faithful, with higher clergy covering up the sins of younger clergy, moving them to new assignments to hide their crimes. Continuously denying women a participation as partners in the work of salvation. The lack of priests in the U.S. Ever expanding scandals regarding priests and young boys, not only from parish to parish but now from country to country. The U.S., Ireland, Germany so far.

I’m sorry, but I cannot imagine Our Lord tolerating this in His church. “What you bind on earth remains bound in heaven…” surely applies to the Church first. Our Lord had no cardinals, no bishops, no Curia, no wealth. He named Peter the rock upon which He built his church; the Italians named Peter’s successors “Pope”, and they ruled the church for centuries.

Start the healing: fire the cardinals, archbishops, bishops. Then appoint holy priests to head the regional church. Open the clergy to women. Fire pedophile priests, and turn them over to the courts. And start listening.

Or prepare for the next reformation. This time, we take the Roman Catholic Church with us, and leave the old men out who have failed so badly for so long.




1. Robert Landbeck - February 16, 2010

The new reformation is well underway and picking up momentum:

On the horizon is an approaching religious and cultural furore so contentious, any clash of civilizations may have to wait. On one side, a manuscript titled: The Final Freedoms, against all the gravitas religious tradition can bring to bear.

The first wholly new interpretation for 2000 years of the Gospel/moral teachings of Christ is on the web. Redefining all primary elements including Faith, the Word, Law, Baptism, the Trinity and the Resurrection. This new interpretation questions the validity and origins of all Christian tradition; focusing specifically on marriage, love and human sexuality, it overturns all natural law ethics and theory. At stake is the credibility of several thousand years of religious history and moral teaching, and will certainly impact other fields of intellectual inquiry.

What first appears a counter intuitive challenge to the religious status quo is worth closer examination; it carries within its pages ideas both subtle and sublime, what the theological history of religion either ignored, were unable to imagine or dismissed as impossible. An error of presumption which could now leave ‘tradition’ staring into the abyss and humble all secular, atheist speculation. This new teaching has nothing whatsoever to do with any existing religious conception known to history. It is unique in every respect. What science and religion have agreed was not possible, has now become all too inevitable.

Using a synthesis of scriptural material from the Old and New Testaments, the Apocrypha , The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Nag Hammadi Library, and some of the world’s great poetry, it describes and teaches a single moral LAW, a single moral principle, and offers the promise of its own proof; one in which the reality of God responds directly to an act of perfect faith with a individual intervention into the natural world; ‘raising’ up the man, correcting human nature by a change in natural law, altering biology, consciousness and human ethical perception beyond all natural evolutionary boundaries. Intended to be understood metaphorically, where ‘death’ is ignorance and ‘Life’ is knowledge, this personal experience of transcendent power and moral purpose is the ‘Resurrection’, and justification for faith. Here is where true morality, called righteousness begins.

Here then is the first ever viable religious conception capable of leading reason, by faith, to observable consequences which can be tested and judged. This new teaching delivers the first ever religious claim of insight into the human condition, that meets the Enlightenment criteria of verifiable and ‘extraordinary’ evidence based truth embodied in action. For the first time in history, however unexpected, the world must now measure for itself, the reality of a new claim to revealed truth, a moral tenet not of human intellectual origin, offering access by faith, to absolute proof, an objective basis for moral principle and a fully rational and justifiable belief!

This is ‘religion’ without any of the conventional trappings of tradition. An individual, spiritual, virtue-ethical conception, independent of all cultural perception, contained within a single moral command and single Law that finds it’s expression of obedience within a new covenant of marriage. It requires no institutional framework or hierarchy, no churches or priest craft, no scholastic theological rational, dogma or doctrine, stripped of all myth and ‘worship’ requires only conviction, faith and the necessary measure of self discipline to accomplish a new, single, moral imperative and the integrity and fidelity to the newly created reality.

If confirmed and there appears both the means and a growing, concerted effort to test and authenticate this material, this will represent a paradigm change and advance in the moral and intellectual potential of human nature itself; untangling the greatest questions of human existence: consciousness, meaning, suffering, free will and evil. And at the same time addressing the most profound problems of our age.

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Providing the ‘means to ends’ this new teaching is asking humanity, choose the future you prefer? The status quo, where existing religious traditions, mired in their own contradictions, corruption, hypocrisy and hocus-pocus, offer little but pretensions and divisiveness, and where existing political process can only feebly respond to the growing chaos of more war, terrorism, economic turmoil, environmental degradation, injustice, spin and whitewash, natural disaster, plague and pandemic; or learn to comprehend that human nature, prisoner to its evolutionary root, exists within fixed limits of understanding, and by taking new personal and moral responsibility, in a single change of mind, heart and conduct, by faith, transcend those limits and blow the status quo strait to oblivion.

Trials of this new teaching are open to all and under way in many countries, colloquial evidence already suggest confirmations are taking place. For those individuals who can imagine outside the cultural box of history, who have the moral courage to learn something new, to stand against the stream of fashionable thought and spin and will TEST this revelation for themselves, an intellectual and moral revolution is already under way, where hope meets reality and the ‘impossible’ becomes inevitable, with the most potent Non Violent Direct Action any human being can take to advance peace, justice, change and progress.

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2. Bob - March 17, 2010

Sounds like politics as usual. It would seem a house cleaning is in order.

3. gregquill - March 18, 2010

Bob, absolutely right. Notice that very few of the groups which started their own churches during the Reformation had any problem with the theology. No, most had problems with the men running the Roman Catholic Church. It always comes down to the mistake prone people, not the Lord. Same today: politics, as you say.

P.S. Don’t get me started on Papal infallibility!

4. Bob - March 18, 2010

There is a huge article (many columns) in today’s North County Times about trouble in the Church. Many questions about celibacy and the need thereof. A separate article about a French Priest getting kicked out because he has been living with a woman since 1985. The heirarchy kicked him out and his parishners are raising all kinds of hell because of it. They want him back, saying they would rather have him than some could-be pedophile.

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