Anglican Samizdat

March 30, 2009

The status quo is no longer an option redux

Filed under: Diocese of Niagara — David Jenkins @ 5:11 pm

True, it’s not an option, it’s a cliché; one of many that fall effortlessly from bishop of Niagara, Michael Bird’s lips.

Here is an excerpt from a diocesan propaganda video; Michael “Pinocchio” Patterson enlightens all on how to do church:

After what was clearly a lot of head scratching – or, in Anglicanese, discernment – the dynamic Bird-Patterson duo has come up with a solution to the waning interest in Canadian Anglicanism.

For many decades the ACoC has ignored the fundamentals of Christianity: mankind is sinful; God loves us anyway; instead of punishing us, He punished his Son; because of this, our relationship with God is restored; we are free to accept or reject this gift of salvation; our decision has eternal significance. Instead, the ACoC prefers to concentrate on social justice; the plain fact that they have been doing that for 50 years and no-one cares doesn’t matter.

The path forward is clear: more social justice, poverty reduction and care for the environment.

As Einstein said: “one of the signs of madness is to keep doing the same thing and expect different results”.


1 Comment

  1. “Signs of madness”? To check for signs of madness (AKA “Not normal”) our local nuthouse warden has a simple plan. He has a bathtub filled with water and hands the prospective client a bucket, a cup, and a teaspoon and asks how the subject intends to empty the bathtub. Many choose the bucket but the ones who pass the test and are considered “normal” are the ones who just pull the plug. They should just pull the plug on Niagara and be done with it instead of emptying the pews buy the bucketful with all this grand sounding “social justice” codswallop.

    Comment by Gawk — May 7, 2009 @ 8:21 am

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