Friday, July 25, 2008

The Mote and the Beam

When I was about to leave the UK for France for a stint in a Charterhouse, a wag asked me what I thought the difference was between the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

I fixed him with a gimlet eye and replied, "It's the difference between the whited sepulchre and the whore of Babylon."

One of the ecumenical representatives at the Lambeth Conference seems unaware of the increasingly precarious position of many Roman Catholic ecclesial claims and doctrinal declarations in light of recent scholarship.

So that while there may be some truth in the statement that the Anglican Communion has "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "ecclesial Parkinsons" it is equally true that the Roman Catholic Church is suffering from Munchausen's disease.

Prelates in glass houses et cetera.


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