Blessings to all for St. Brigid’s day today and the Feast of the Presentation tomorrow. Here are some recent musings. I come into frequent contact in a non-church setting (at a dinner, while shopping, after cycling, walking to class at university, in other words in settings where most of us live most of our time) with people who feel either constrained or compelled to inform me that they are not “religious.” How to parse this? Here are some of my thoughts.
The Great Schism between Eastern and Western Christianity is arbitrarily dated at 1054. A host of problems, missteps and misunderstandings preceded the split. Since then, Orthodoxy and Catholicism went separate ways. Catholicism formulated the doctrines of the immaculate conception of Mary (1854), papal infallibility (1870), and the assumption of Mary into heaven (1950). Neither the Orthodox Church nor Protestant groups accepted these doctrines. Ironically, the concept of papal infallibility was a step toward a model of shared church governance – at least the Roman Church – but the model was never complet ed because the first Vatican Council ended prematurely when Italy was drawn into the Franco-Prussian War.
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- 4:00pm | Sacrament of Repentance
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