I'm back from Seattle -- still with the head cold. I thought my first post would be about at least one or two of the realizations I had during my time with wonderful people from these churches: Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, United Methodist Church, and the Episcopal Church, USA. Those plans changed as I read Sunday's op-ed piece by Maureen Dowd, Here Comes Nobody.
Well worth reading in its entirety, not only for what Ms. Dowd has to say, but for her quotes from other disenfranchised Catholics. Here, meanwhile, are passages that resonate with me:
I was a Catholic and I wanted to be catholic, someone engaged in a wide variety of things. As James Joyce wrote in “Finnegans Wake:” “Catholic means ‘Here comes everybody.’
So it makes me sad to see the Catholic Church grow so uncatholic, intent on loyalty testing, mind control and heresy hunting. Rather than all-embracing, the church hierarchy has become all-constricting . . . .
Absolute intolerance is always a sign of uncertainty and panic. Why do you have to hunt down everyone unless you’re weak? The church doesn’t seem to care if its members’ beliefs are based on faith or fear, conviction or coercion.
─ Maureen Dowd