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Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Episcopal Church Welcomes Cafeteria Catholics

Attention Cafeteria Catholics...

Do you believe women can be priests too? Are you open to allowing homosexual couples the right to marry? Should birth control be allowed? Are you in favor of a woman's right to choose?

If you've answered "yes" to any of the above questions, there are two things you should know...
  1. The Vatican is not going to change it's archaic positions on these issues, and considers you to be in mortal sin if you subscribe to them.
  2. The Episcopal Church is a catholic organization that embraces you, and your ideals, without reservation.
According to the official teachings of the Vatican, you are in mortal sin, and profane the blessed sacrament, if you receive communion after answering "yes" to any of the above questions. According to the Vatican, this is even grounds for excommunication! And recent developments in the U.S. Catholic Church indicate that a crack-down on this policy is soon coming to a Catholic parish near you. (read more here and here)

Within the Episcopal Church you will find...
  • Traditional Catholic worship, offered with care and reverence
  • Worthy liturgical music, including Gregorian Chant
  • A respectful approach to Scripture and Tradition, without fundamentalism or authoritarianism
  • A diverse congregation that embraces divorced persons, gay men, and lesbians as fully as it embraces all others.
The Episcopal Church is not a Protestant denomination. As John Macquarrie, sometime Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford, wrote, "Anglicanism has never considered itself to be a sect or denomination originating in the sixteenth century. It continues without a break the Ecclesia Anglicana founded by St. Augustine [of Centerbury] thirteen centuries and more ago…" The Episcopal Church is Catholic in polity. It has maintained the threefold ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons. It faithfully ministers all the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Its liturgy affirms the sacrificial character of the Eucharist and the real, objective presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Nevertheless, its members differ widely in their theological positions. Since the sixteenth century many Anglicans—at times the majority—have embraced Protestant ideas; but other have always remained faithful to Anglicanism’s Catholic heritage, and the Anglican Communion has never departed from it in any essential. - source
The Episcopal Church offers Cafeteria Catholics safety and refuge from the authoritarian policies of a Roman hierarchy that doesn't understand them and seeks to persecute them simply for their beliefs. Everything Cafeteria Catholics have wanted for years is fully embraced in the Episcopal Church, in a fully catholic environment, without the restrictive rules and regulations found in Catholic parishes under the traditional hierarchy of Rome. The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Anglican Communion, which respects the pope and fully acknowledges his apostolic succession from St. Peter. The Archbishop of Canterbury regularly confers with the pope about important ecumenical matters. However, because the Anglicans hold to the same position on the pope's authority as the Eastern Orthodox, catholics within the Episcopal Church are not bound to the pope's authority. Therefore catholics within the Episcopal Church are not bound to the archaic rules of the Catholic Church that discriminate against women and gays. If you're a Cafeteria Catholic, and you're worried about the Catholic Church's hard right turn toward ultra radical conservatism, you may want to take a close look at the Episcopal Church.

Please forward this message to all whom you think may be interested.