Monday, April 05, 2010

Habemus papam?


I am just not sure what to make of this.

4 comments:

Ted Badje said...

Yeah, I'm sure the Pope really wants St. Peter's cathedral to be purple. Kieschnick has really tried to centralize authority - not a good trend. Sorry for political ads, but Harrison for 2010!

Father Hollywood said...

Dear Ted:

If we really want to decentralize, maybe we need "Nobody" for 2010. Frankly, I'm not sure what benefit there is to having a general=level bureaucracy. Maybe Matt will win and then disband the COP and then resign. Hey, a guy can hope...

Ted Badje said...

Ok, so you trust that decentralization would help the Synod? I know congregations are autonomous, but wouldn't that encourage the different churches to go their own way in doctrine even more? I know alot of people say that is already happening.

Father Hollywood said...

Dear Ted:

Only as a means to start over. I think the structure is institutionally unrepairable, and it really doesn't matter who wins elections.

There will still be open communion, vested women "ministers," lay "celebration," irreverent "worship" with inane music and dancing girls even under a Harrison presidency.

What needs to happen is the "amicable divorce" that Prof. Marquart spoke of. But this will not happen as long as factions battle for control of the synodical institutions.

So, I think starting from scratch is the only way to fix anything. And I realize that is highly unlikely. So, it doesn't matter a whole lot to me who wins this election or who gets appointed to that board. Life goes on at the congregational level the same one way or the other.