March 11, 2009

Voices of the Faithful

The recent (and completely out of left field) bubbling up of the State of Connecticut vs. the Roman Catholic Church has caught my eye and ear.

As a former Catholic, I am interested. And perhaps surprising to some, I am on the side of the church hierarchy here - the state ought to keep out of the business of religion.

Of course, I hold this opinion for all the wrong (and nefarious) reasons. This proposal comes from internal church reformers (not from some legislative agenda to embarass the church), fearing the mismanagement and "old boys club" of the existing priest based financial management of parish assets and resources. Watching chuches close, watching diocesan and parish resources sucked dry by legal judgements or simple pilfering related to priest malfeasance. Who can blame them for wanting to try to save their church, their parish that they and their parents have invested in all these years?

But if one is happy to see the church buckle and fall under the weight of its own corruption, its timbers eaten away by corruption, scandal, and secrecy - well - keep on doing what you are doing, I say.

Voice of the Faithful - break away. Join the Episcopals, the Congregationalists, the Unitarian Universalists. Each person who walks away, who refuses to play by the existing rules, hastens the fall of the existing structure and perhaps the day of true reform.

I am perhaps a little harsh here. VOTF seems to have their hearts and minds in the right place. I am simply a bit more cynical, and have little hope that a popular uprising withing the church will make much of a dent in how things are run. Abosulte power corrupts, all levels of the church hierarchy.

1 comment:

sandy shoes said...

I agree with you completely on this, harshness included.

To my (albeit limited) understanding, Episcopal theology re: transubstantiation, etc.., isn't significantly different from Catholic, anyhow. It's not like suddenly becoming a Baptist.

Though it muddies the waters to say so, I feel the same way about those who, with best of intentions, think they are trying to change the Republican Party from within.

It doesn't work.

I wish people would vote with their feet, in both cases.