Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

When politicians do theology...

...it is not a good thing!

The Archbishop of St. Louis was asked about whether a pro-abortion politician, in this case Guiliani of New York, should be denied Communion, he replied in the affirmative. This is Church teaching because to promote a position such as this is a mortal sin.

Guilani's response?
"Archbishops have a right to their opinion, you know. There's freedom of religion in this country. There's no established religion, and archbishops have a right to their opinion. Everybody has a right to their opinion."

Wow - what a terrible rationalization/self-justification. Truth is truth, not an opinion. And Church teaching (particularly if you call yourself a Roman Catholic, which he does) is Church teaching, not an opinion. Establishment has nothing to do with it. If you call your self RC it means you ascribe to a set of beliefs - Roman Catholic ones.

Guliani better be careful, with beliefs like this he might find himself becoming a liberal episcopalian like the former governor of New Jersey who left Rome and is now studying at the Episcopal General Theological Seminary in NYC.