'That is not Catholicism.'
The American mainstream liberal Protestant church takes another step forward in its progressive self-definition as the 'United Church of Self-Affirmation.' They really should learn to put big quotation marks around "Communion" though.
"It's any Christian's concern when somebody takes so exclusive a view of who the church is, because Jesus was just the opposite," [Methodist Pastor Harvey] Martz said. "We're not trying to be anti-Catholic, we're not trying to attack other people. What we're really trying to say, 'This is who we are.'"
Last month, the General Conference of the 10 million-member denomination approved a document urging pastors to alleviate fears about unworthiness, saying people "are assured of the forgiveness of their sins"in the act of taking Communion [?].
Colorado Methodist Bishop Warner Brown: "By saying that, I do not intend to make critical observations about anyone's else's understanding [especially not local Colorado Catholic Bishop Michael Sheridan]. I'm only speaking affirmatively about our own."
Says Sheridan's assistant: "If in the Methodist church anybody can approach the table doing whatever they want to do in their lives, then that's Methodism. That is not Catholicism." Bingo.
# posted by Jamie : 11:42 AM