In Anger, Wrath, and Great Indignation

A few months ago while discussing some now-forgotten rhetorical antic of Francis, a friend wondered: So why not then have a muslim pope? To which I responded honestly: It might offend the jews.

Viewed ecumenically, the Christian church has largely become untrammeled from original intent and now seems to find its purpose keeping God in man’s good graces. It does this mostly in the manner of all modern Western social institutions: through conspicuous marketing to out-groups. The more hostile or incompatible these groups are to the institution’s own core constituency, the more frantic its expressions of fealty. Whether the sons of hinduism, judaism, or islam, it seems the Christian God most covets his neighbor’s flock.

One extreme example comes from the nation whose preening suicide has been most flamboyant in providing them. That, of course, would be Sweden. And you will be relieved to learn that its church approaches dissolution with no less alacrity.

The Bishop of Stockholm has proposed a church in her diocese remove all signs of the cross and put down markings showing the direction to Mecca for the benefit of Muslim worshippers.

Eva Brunne, who was made the world’s first openly lesbian bishop by the church of Sweden in 2009, and has a young son with her wife and fellow lesbian priest Gunilla Linden, made the suggestion to make those of other faiths more welcome. The church targeted is the Seamen’s mission church in Stockholm’s eastern dockyards. The Bishop held a meeting there this year and challenged the priest to explain what he’d do if a ship’s crew came into port who weren’t Christian but wanted to pray. [Correct answer: Embrace Christ as your savior and worship here in fellowship, or fuck on off to whatever minaret Allah may provide]

Calling Muslim guests to the church “angels“, the Bishop later took to her official blog to explain that removing Christian symbols from the church and preparing the building for Muslim prayer doesn’t make a priest any less a defender of the faith. Rather, to do any less would make one “stingy towards people of other faiths”.

The bishop insisted this wasn’t an issue, after all airports and hospitals already had multi-faith prayer rooms, and converting the dockyard church would only bring it up to speed. Regardless, the announcement has aroused protest.

Father Patrik Pettersson, one of the priests in her diocese and active in the same parish as the Seaman’s mission church has hit back in a blog of his own, complaining there is no way you could equate a consecrated church with a prayer room, remarking “I should have thought a bishop would be able to tell the difference”.

Do you imagine clerics like Ms. Brunne fly to such positions as a result of God’s fickle fashion…or man’s?

There is a way in which people would behave who genuinely feared crossing the designs of an omniscient creator whose judgement defines eternity. A much different behavior would be expected from those who use “God” as a blank screen upon which to project their own virtue for social status. Observe current Christian leadership and determine which model of conduct you are witnessing. As always, men lie with their tongues and speak the truth with their feet.

You got anything stronger than "abomination?"

You got anything stronger than “abomination?”

19 thoughts on “In Anger, Wrath, and Great Indignation

  1. As a former Catholic, a sedevecantist no less, I’d say this is why you don’t allow fucking women. Lesbians, become priests much less bishops and fuck up your shit. This is why Paul didn’t want married men to serve. You are to be married to your church, whether you are man or woman, wholly dedicated to your God and your mission. For fucks sake, if you can’t commit to your religion then don’t have one. You don’t get to pick and choose. This woman is about as Christian as the Muslims she seeks to serve.

    • “The Latin Church, which I constantly find myself admiring, despite its occasional astounding imbecilities, has always kept clearly before it the fact that religion is not a syllogism, but a poem. It is accused by Protestant dervishes of withholding the Bible from the people. To some extent this is true; to some extent the church is wise; again to the same extent it is prosperous.

      Rome indeed has not only preserved the original poetry of Christianity; it has also made capital additions to that poetry — for example, the poetry of the saints, of Mary, and of the liturgy itself. A solemn high mass is a thousand times as impressive, to a man with any genuine religious sense in him, as the most powerful sermon ever roared under the big top by Presbyterian auctioneer of God. In the face of such overwhelming beauty it is not necessary to belabor the faithful with logic; they are better convinced by letting them alone.

      Preaching is not an essential part of the Latin ceremonial. It was very little employed in the early church, and I am convinced that good effects would flow from abandoning it today, or, at all events, reducing it to a few sentences, more or less formal. In the United States the Latin brethren have been seduced by the example of the Protestants, who commonly transform an act of worship into a puerile intellectual exercise; instead of approaching God in fear and wonder these Protestants settle back in their pews, cross their legs, and listen to an ignoramus try to prove that he is a better theologian than the Pope.

      This folly the Romans now slide into. Their clergy begin to grow argumentative, doctrinaire, ridiculous. It is a pity. A bishop in his robes, playing his part in the solemn ceremonial of the mass, is a dignified spectacle; the same bishop, bawling against Darwin half an hour later, is seen to be simply an elderly Irishman with a bald head, the son of a respectable police sergeant in South Bend, Ind. Let the reverend fathers go back to Bach. If they keep on spoiling poetry and spouting ideas, the day will come when some extra-bombastic deacon will astound humanity and insult God by proposing to translate the liturgy into American, that all the faithful may be convinced by it.”
      ― H.L. Mencken

      • Mencken had it right. Those who have not seen a traditional Latin Mass have missed a truly beautiful and poetic thing. The Catholic Church went to hell with Vatican 2 and the attempt to bring women and minorities into positions of power.

  2. I suppose it’s no coincidence that a pair of dykes are trying to ruin the Seamen’s church.
    [Correct answer: Embrace Christ…] He should have strapped her to a table and shouted “The Power of Christ compels you” until a herd of pigs ran off the docks, and she was human again.
    People always pooh-pooh the Slippery Slope, but it is undeniable that this snowball started when we allowed women into church with their heads uncovered.

      • When women got the right to vote it was over from that moment forward or should I say backwards. Sounds draconian however, tradition has it that man is the head of the household and one vote per household is all that needed to prescribe a particular directive. But then again today’s world has many “enlightened” versions of family and household. Giving the woman of the house a vote creates division, opps there’s that diversity thing again.

  3. I have no problem with spiritual witches like this delivering the final death blow to the rump remains of their zombie churches; especially in foreign countries. This mellow amusement quickly turns to red hot anger when their ideological brethren here in America, feasting on the remains of churches which were once great houses of worship (and moral clarity), add insult to injury and augment their empty coffers with the trade of 3rd world immigration importation.

    These shit-stains are a prime example: http://www.ucc.org/justice_immigration

    Shit: you triggered me again!

  4. The idea of a practicing homosexual involved in any aspect of church leadership is sacrilege, let alone a pastor or bishop? I’m not exactly sure which Bible they read And pretend to preach. They might as well get their religion from the back of a Jethro Tull album…”man created God, and made him in his own image”

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  6. Bear in mind that the the institution she’s dismantling has its origins as an instrument of the state. The job of the Church of Sweden, since its inception, has been to faithfully rubber-stamp whatever the ruling powers want.

    This rather reminds me of a story I once heard from a Catholic priest who worked at Harvard University. He was asked to participate in an inter-faith prayer service (he rolled his eyes a little when he mentioned it, but had agreed to join out of politeness) conducted in a Protestant chapel on or near campus. The various ministers made their increasingly pushy demands for changes the venue, until one of them (possibly a Muslim Imam, but I don’t remember) demanded that the Bible be removed for the duration of the service, because it’s presence might “offend” someone. The Protestant minister was quite willing to oblige, but the Catholic priest finally felt forced to object- “You cannot demand someone remove a BIBLE from PROTESTANT church!” They’ve wandered far from the spirit of Luther and Calvin, indeed.

    • I think that fealty to the state is an important point to remember. A man–or in this case something mannish–can only serve one master. With the Church of Sweden God came in second.

    • We have lost all confidence in our culture and beliefs. I think we can push back on Islam successfully if we stood up. It would be bloody and costly of course, they have a ready supply of brain washed third world and increasingly, first world fanatics. However, if the realization came to those elites within Islam that there is resistance then the tactics would change.

      This is where Islam would become dangerous as there would be a softening into something more palatable to Western tastes. It’s easy to stand against the craven misogyny, slavery, butchery and blatant supremacist tendencies inherent in Islam now. A watered down but more dangerous Islam will come and it will conquer if we don’t reject the version we’re presented with now in full.

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