Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 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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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Another interesting quote from the Pope's ecumenical speach

Catholic News Service quoted this from the talk given by the Pope for Christian Unity.
Although the Episcopal News Service article mentions the issue of Churches splintering over "so called prophetic actions" of people making it up as they go along, the CNS continues with the positive truth of Christian revealed TRUTH -holding to the faith that Jesus entrusted to His Apostles and which we proclaim at St. John's (by His Grace)!

From CNS - Christians cannot pretend that there is no such a thing as Christian truth, he said. The Christian faith is not a matter of picking and choosing what to believe and what to discard from the Scriptures and Christian tradition. When Christians think they only need to follow their own consciences and find a church that suits their individual tastes, the result is a "continual proliferation of communities which often eschew institutional structures and minimize the importance of doctrinal content for Christian living," he said. Pope Benedict said that when a church, like the Catholic Church, asserts its doctrines, it is not throwing up an obstacle to progress in Christian unity. "A clear, convincing testimony to the salvation wrought for us in Christ Jesus has to be based upon the notion of normative apostolic teaching," he said. Christians must hold the faith that Jesus gave to his apostles. Only by holding on to the sure teaching of the Gospel, he said, will the Christian churches be able to find the basis for unity and for a united witness to a troubled world.

ENS article - http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_96543_ENG_HTM.htm
CNS article - http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0802148.htm