Saturday, October 14, 2006

Gender Sensitivity Run Amok...

From the Daily Mail in England last week.

I sent this article to Dr. Ray, and like me, he had a hard time believing the idiocy of the times. This takes the cake for not only political correctness run amok, but this really does bounce into the lunacy arena. As Dr. Ray said, it makes me very thankful for the Catholic Church and Her authority to keep us on the right path and giving us SOUND doctrine, or we'd crumble into a million pieces and be tossed about with every wind of looney doctrine to come down the pike. This not only takes the cake, but also the "tea and crumpets!" ~ susie

Church of England leaders warned yesterday that calling God 'He' encourages men to beat their wives.

They told churchgoers they must think twice before they refer to God as 'He' or 'Lord' because of the dangers that it will lead to domestic abuse.

In new guidelines for bishops and priests on such abuse, they blamed "uncritical use of masculine imagery" for encouraging men to behave violently towards women.

They also warned that clergy must reconsider the language they use in sermons and check the hymns they sing to remove signs of male oppression.

The recommendation - fully endorsed by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams - puts a question mark over huge swathes of Christian teaching and practice.

It throws doubt on whether the principal Christian prayer should continue to be known as the Lord's Prayer and begin 'Our Father'.

It means well-loved hymns such as Fight the Good Fight and Onward Christian Soldiers may be headed for the dustbin.

The rules also throw into question the role of the Bible by calling for reinterpretations of stories in which God uses violence.

The guidelines also claim that abuse is common within marriage and says this is because marriage heightens a sense among husbands that they own their wives.

The document prompted an outcry from conservative clergy. They accused the Archbishops' Council, the CofE's cabinet that produced the guidelines, of distorting theology for a 'feminist agenda'. Rod Thomas, a Plymouth vicar and spokesman for the influential evangelical Reform movement, said: "There is a danger that this document has veered too much towards political correctness.

"The Bible says God has both female and male characteristics but it does not feel inhibited about referring to God as male." Simon Calvert of the evangelical Christian Institute think tank, said: "They appear to suggest seriously that we should ditch many centuries of Judaeo-Christian teaching because of some half-baked feminist theory." The guidelines - Responding to Domestic Abuse -say that centuries of Christian teaching have led to "questionable assumptions" about the Bible and moral teaching.

"Domestic abuse is fundamentally an abuse of power, and many conceptions of God derived from the Bible and the Christian tradition have portrayed divine power in unhealthy and potentially oppressive ways,' say the guidelines.

"There are particular problems in the attribution of violent actions and attitudes to God, chiefly but not solely in the Old Testament, which require careful interpretation." The document adds that Biblical violence, 'in combination with uncritical use of masculine imagery, can validate overbearing and ultimately violent patterns of behaviour'.

It quotes a feminist thinker that "If God is male, then the male is God". Calling for the Church to "correct this major imbalance", it says changes must extend to sermons, formal teaching and hymns. (and I add...OH BROTHER! or perhaps I should be more gender sensitive and say, OH SISTER!!)

There should, it recommends, be "imagination and sensivity in using potentially problematic language".

"For example, the idea of God as "Lord" may be used in harsh and domineering ways."


Tiber Jumper said...

As painful and heretical as this is, the positive aspect is it may draw faithful believers in that denomination back to Catholicism. I feel sorry for the Christians in the Anglican communion who love all things holy but their leaders love all things politically correct. Let's pray them back to Rome!

Joyful Catholics said...

Amen! That is what my friend in Wales, who sent me the article, said. She knows many who are not in favor of this disastrous PC trend. I believe as you said above, that this could very well be the "last straw" for some of the more faithful to realize as so many of us have, there is ONE CHURCH that has stood the test of time and the assaults of the evil one, and that is the Catholic Church. I think many will be dipping their toes in the Tiber and it won't take them long to dive in for the swim to SAFE HARBOR.

My prayer for them..."Dear Blessed Mother, tug on their hearts, as you did ours, and speak to them that it's okay to leave the communion that is leading it's people down this slippery slope. Give them a hunger for Truth, and eyes to see Holy Mother Church's open, welcoming arms. We pray for them all to return Home, and are confident that those who seek Truth, will find not "it" but HIM. Unchanging, undeniable, unwavering TRUTH." Amen. JMJ save souls.