Vatican Excommunicates 4 bishops

The Vatican has excommunicated 4 bishops in China; 2 of them were essentially appointed due to Chinese Government influence in the "official" (state-dominated) church, and the other two because they consecrated them without Vatican approval. My first reaction was something like "well the atheist, communist Chinese government has no buisiness appointing Roman Catholic bishops without Rome's approval any more than I have." After I thought about it, I found it ironic that there may be some parallels with what happened in England during the Reformation when the bishops kept consecrating Reform-ist bishops without Rome's approval and eventually broke from the Pope altogether. This latter example I considered a good thing. But I after I thought about it more I see that there really is a big difference between Reform-minded English bishops seperating themselves from a corrupt medieval Papacy for the sake of greater biblical fidelity on the one hand and an atheistic, anti-religious, anti-human rights, anti-justice, communistic Chinese regime appointing bishops in the Roman Catholic Church as a politcal power play on the other.



Blogger Chris said...

Wesley was fortunate to remain a clergyman in the Church of England following the Asbury / Coke affair.

9:32 PM, May 13, 2006  
Blogger Daniel McLain Hixon said...

Hey, that is true, maybe we could use that for the basis of a re-union strategy with the Anglicans: "Of course the Church of England approved of the ordinations and therefore acknowedges the legitimacy of our succession, otherwise they would have done something about it..." Maybe? But let's wait and see if they are gonna split or not before we re-unite with (some of?) them.

5:19 PM, May 20, 2006  

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