Monday, June 19, 2006

This is why liberal branches of churches loses members.

Religion: Via NRO Corner this hilarious piece of "What the hell are you thinking?"

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The divine Trinity - ``Father, Son and Holy Spirit'' - could also be known as ``Mother, Child and Womb'' or ``Rock, Redeemer, Friend'' at some Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) services under an action Monday by the church's national assembly. Delegates to the meeting voted to ``receive'' a policy paper on gender-inclusive language for the Trinity, a step short of approving it. That means church officials can propose experimental liturgies with alternative phrasings for the Trinity, but congregations won't be required to use them. ``This does not alter the church's theological position, but provides an educational resource to enhance the spiritual life of our membership,'' legislative committee chair Nancy Olthoff, an Iowa laywoman, said during Monday's debate on the Trinity. The assembly narrowly defeated a conservative bid to refer the paper back for further study. A panel that worked on the issue since 2000 said the classical language for the Trinity should still be used, but added that Presbyterians also should seek ``fresh ways to speak of the mystery of the triune God'' to ``expand the church's vocabulary of praise and wonder.''
Politically correct speech is why the liberal sections of the Presbyterian and Episcopal Church are losing members while conservative sections that try to stick to the script are gaining. You can't do an all you can eat buffet religion and expect people to stick around. Its trying to be good at everything and end up being the the master of none. Its the same kind of meh talk that goes along with the election of Katharine Schori. Bishop Nazir-Ali already calling for a split within the church as he sees it as the liberal side is creating a new religion.
He said the US Church has become detached from its Anglican roots. "Nobody wants a split but if you think you have virtually two religions in a single Church something has got to give sometime," he said. A decision by its House of Bishops to back civil marriages for gay couples showed this, he said. "In the House of Bishops on Friday, they were passing resolutions that affect the Anglican understanding of marriage at the deepest level without theological debate," he said. "It is not only what was done but the way it was done. It was so serious that things like gay bishops are just an interesting footnote." Bishop Nazir-Ali said he also had concerns over the liberal direction the Church of England was heading. "My fear is that the Church of England has made a number of moves in the liberal, Protestant direction," he said. "That gives me concerns that the Bible will become less important and that the Church is moving away from its traditional Catholic order. "If you move in that direction you become a kind of options Church, where you live by preferences."

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