Being ‘Welcoming and Opening’ to Those Outside of the Faith

When it comes to the Anglican Communion, it’s not only possible to believe anything, it’s also possible to develop a high-church liturgy for everything.

Consider the text of an April 2015 motion proposed by the Diocese of Blackburn for review during the upcoming July 2015 General Synod of the Church of England. The text marks an individual’s gender transition, stating:

…to move on behalf of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod:

“That this Synod, recognising the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person’s gender transition.


The Rev. Megan Rohrer, an openly transgendered Lutheran pastor in San Francisco who is overseen by the local Lutheran and Episcopalian bishops

Studying the motion, one particularly astute commentor authored a collect for a welcoming/affirming ceremony. The commentor asks: “What will the collect look like?”

Here’s the text:

“Partially mighty God, who makes mistakes by placing female souls with male bodies and male souls with female bodies; we thank you for the gift of surgical techniques which can improve upon your justice. As we place our trust in the ‘social construct of gender fluidity’ rather than the waters of baptism, we claim the goodness of a new name for our transgender (brother/sister) and repent of our cisgender pride. Hail Cobra!”

The essence of humor is a kernel of truth that’s stretched beyond credulity.

This couldn’t possibly be what Pope Francis had in mind when he said “the Roman Catholic Church must be opening and welcoming to those outside of the faith,” is it?





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  1. Despite many I have with things Pope Francis has said, he has denounced “gender theory” pretty strongly.

    And that proposed opening prayer nails it.

  2. MikeS, PF, having admitted Bp. Sorondo-Sanchez, Hans Schellnhuber, and now (outrage of outrage) Naomi Klein to the Pont. Academy of the Social Sciences, is not worthy of any trust at all. I don’t believe or trust anything this Pope says.

    And dont forget his personal appointment of Timothy Radcliffe, an utterly reprobate cleric, to a position with the Pont. Academy of Peace and Justice.
    The Pontifical Academies are a joke. On all of us.

  3. Megan Roher – is that a he or a she or an it? Regardless, this person is a shameless blasphemous pervert.

  4. Excuse me but God does not make mistakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s about time the catholic church grew a backbone or your going to lose all the faithful followers. (me being one of them)

    I WOULD rather walk away from the church and just do all my praying at home then to mock god by going along with all this craziness . Also God made Eve for Adam not a another man and also the bible says marriage is between a man and a women!!!!!!!

  5. The soul is the form of the body until some scientists get to work on it, body and soul. Caitlin Jenner did not do that to himself. He had plenty of help, a whole legion of demons.

  6. Mordant comment, Doris Bates, but how can one not understand your experience. You and persons who think like you (and the rest of us to whatever degree) are worth ignoring, since we are only troublesome and “contrarian”.

    For “visionaries” like Pope Francis and his “cuate”, Bp. Sorondo-Sanchez, dissenting opinions and their espousers are to be ignored generally, while occasionally throwing them a palatable “bone” (such as n 120, in Laudato Si’, bothering to mention abortion). Visionaries never have to prove their facts, their research analysis, their balance sheets. They are right—and you (we) are not. Tidy.

    Should that fail, they will next screw themselves up to their full intellectual-dwarf height and browbeat you (us), declaiming their spiritual authority and your obligation to abject submission—a familiar redoubt during the abuse crisis.

    Recently, this past week while on convention-style vacation, I was stunned how this topic came up at the convention I attended—the crisis in the Catholic Church, and how many are considering the Doris-Bates option. It was a secular-type convention, and I did not prompt or initiate the responses. It is clear it is on everyone’s mind, and since we at the convention shared a common professional background, people felt safe to, cautiously, voice their mind. People are tired as hell of having Mass, even Novus Ordo Mass, hijacked to the Rio+20 agenda.

    So, I think a lot more people are doing as you are doing, staying home, reading the Missal for the day and reciting the Rosary for an hour. And bonus: NoDiocesan Appeal, No Peter’s Pence collection!

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