Sunday, January 29, 2017

A very belated reflection on the papal visit to UK - United Kingdom (September 16 to September 19, 2010)

This was written after Benedict visited but before he resigned. I found it on my computer and decided to  belatedly blog it.

I have the greatest respect for Benedict as a politician, not as a church leader. I am going to write a review of the official booklet for his visit. It shows a view of becoming a Christian that has little to do with repentance from sin and everything to do with joining the RCC. I found it impossible to understand that salvation is by grace alone and received by faith alone from this booklet. Rather salvation is in the RCC alone is the implication. Of course many RCs are truly Christian but I believe that is in spite of the RCC which obscure savings grace and tries to monopolise it. Here is a parallel with Islam. Most Muslims one meets on the UK are people of peace. I think this is in spite of their religion, not because of it. Both the RCC and Islam are different animals when they rule the roost to when they are minorities. Muslims have been much better at exploiting minority status in the UK than have RCs. I do not think the world my grandchildren will inherit is under any real threat from the RCC. It is under threat from secularism and Islam.I have the greatest respect for Benedict as a politician, not as a church leader. I am going to write a review of the official booklet for his visit. It shows a view of becoming a Christian that has little to do with repentance from sin and everything to do with joining the RCC. I found it impossible to understand that salvation is by grace alone and received by faith alone from this booklet. Rather salvation is in the RCC alone is the implication. Of course many RCs are truly Christian but I believe that is in spite of the RCC which obscure savings grace and tries to monopolise it. Here is a parallel with Islam. Most Muslims one meets on the UK are people of peace. I think this is in spite of their religion, not because of it. Both the RCC and Islam are different animals when they rule the roost to when they are minorities. Muslims have been much better at exploiting minority status in the UK than have RCs. I do not think the world my grandchildren will inherit is under any real threat from the RCC. It is under threat from secularism and Islam.

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