Historian (and Anglican Deacon) Predicts Catholic Schism

The Washington Post has the details:

Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes Christianity faces a bright future, but predicted the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching.

“Christianity, the world’s largest religion, is rapidly expanding — by all indications, its future is very bright,” said MacCulloch, 60, professor of church history at Oxford University and an Anglican deacon. His latest book, “Silence in Christian History,” will be published in the fall by Penguin.

MacCulloch said in an interview that “there are also many conflicts” within Christianity, “and these are particularly serious in the Roman Catholic church, which seems on the verge of a very great split over the Vatican’s failure to listen to European Catholics.” He predicted that Catholicism faces a division over attempts by popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI to “rewrite the story” of the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council by portraying it as a “minor adjustment” in church governance, rather than as a “radical move to change the way authority is expressed.”

“Conflict in religion is inevitable and usually healthy — a religion without conflict is a religion that will die, and I see no sign of this with Christianity,” MacCulloch said. “But the stance of the popes has produced an angry reaction among those who want to see the council continue. No other church in history has ever made all its clergy celibate. It’s a peculiarity of the Western Latin church, and it looks increasingly unrealistic.”

The Vatican’s refusal to allow Roman Catholics to talk about married or female clergy was “not the reaction of a rational body,” MacCulloch said.

MacCulloch, a specialist in early modern history and a fellow of the British Academy, co-edits the Cambridge-based Journal of Ecclesiastical History and was knighted in early 2012 for services to scholarship.

Among numerous awards, he was the 2010 recipient of the Cundill Prize in History from Montreal’s McGill University for his 2009 book “A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years,” which was accompanied by a BBC television series.

Now read how a Catholic Deacon deals with the above:

Diarmaid MacCulloch, Church historian and anti-Papist, has gleefully predicted schism in the Catholic Church due to ‘bad’ Pope John Paul II and ‘Bad’ Pope Benedict not listening to Europe’s Catholics. (This is Diarmaid MacCulloch’s ’1066 and all that’ childish version of contemporary Church history)

‘MacCulloch said in an interview that “there are also many conflicts” within Christianity, “and these are particularly serious in the Roman Catholic church, which seems on the verge of a very great split over the Vatican’s failure to listen to European Catholics.” He predicted that Catholicism faces a division over attempts by popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI to “rewrite the story” of the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council by portraying it as a “minor adjustment” in church governance, rather than as a “radical move to change the way authority is expressed.”

“Conflict in religion is inevitable and usually healthy — a religion without conflict is a religion that will die, and I see no sign of this with Christianity,” MacCulloch said. “But the stance of the popes has produced an angry reaction among those who want to see the council continue. No other church in history has ever made all its clergy celibate. It’s a peculiarity of the Western Latin church, and it looks increasingly unrealistic.”

The Vatican’s refusal to allow Roman Catholics to talk about married or female clergy was “not the reaction of a rational body,” MacCulloch said.’

Protect the Pope comment: No doubt the BBC will commission another anti-Papist TV series from Diarmaid MacCulloch based on this uniformed and childish account of the modern history of the Catholic Church.

Just one example of how dumb Diarmaid MacCulloch is, is his claim that ‘No other church in history has ever made all its clergy celibate’. Obviously this ‘informed’ commentator on the Catholic Church hasn’t heard of married permanent deacons. After all we’ve only been around nearly 50 years.

And to write that ‘popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have tried to “rewrite the story” of the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council just shows Diarmaid MacCulloch to be a card carrying member of the ‘hermeneutic of discontinuity’ fraternity.

Apparently Diarmaid MacCulloch  was knighted in early 2012 for services to scholarship. The Queen should ask for it back. Horrible Histories has more credibility.

 

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12 Responses to Historian (and Anglican Deacon) Predicts Catholic Schism

  1. Matthew the Wayfarer says:

    Only an Anglican could come up with this nonsense trying to make sweet lemonade out of rotten lemons. Even if the Roman Catholic Church does have a schism it will be a minor inconvenience. Glad Diarmaid MacCulloch has his fingers on the pulse of the The Holy Spirit.

  2. Charles A. Coulombe says:

    Hmmm. Isn’t listening to European Catholics? You mean a diminishing minority who are contracepting themselves out of existence – alongside their non- and other-religious fellow continentals? (Okay, so some aren’t, but they are the ones who accept the Faith as the Popes pronounce it it). Why not get economic advice from old Soviet apparatchiks? A proved record is a proved record!

  3. Ioannes says:

    I sense that this Protestant is projecting what is happening with his own hell-bound “church” onto the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

    It is the destiny of the Protestant church to disintegrate and be absorbed into the secular culture, like an atrophied limb that has cut itself off the life-giving body only to be broken apart by the forces of the world.

    The Roman Catholic Church may be bombed, bled, insulted, and mocked, and there may be a lot of influential counterfeit Catholics and cowardly liberal bishops, but they will never spell the division and destruction of the Roman Catholic Church.

  4. Wow! People just never read or listen, but always ready to jump to opinion! With the SSPX situation, Roman Catholics like “Ioannes” should tread lightly! And in reality Christianity, and especially dogmatic and Christianity biblical & theological is in great danger! As the culture goes, so goes the church, sadly… and note it is the day of the worst of postmodernity!

    Btw, MacCulloch is a historian, rather than a theologian strictly speaking.

  5. Joseph Golightly says:

    Why is he called Influential?

    • MacCulloch has written many historical religious books: Christianity, The First Three Thousand Years, (2009), as The Reformation, and perhaps my favorite: Thomas Cranmer, A Life. He also has several British Awards for his books and writings. He is the Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford.

  6. Conchúr says:

    I’d be concerned if McCulloch had any credibility. But he doesn’t, so I’m not.

    • One cannot but wonder “Conchur” if you have ever read a line from one of McCulloch’s books? For his book: The Reformation, he won the National Book Critics Award, the Wolfson Prize, and the British Academy Prize. And back in the 90′s he won the Whitbread Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and the Duff Cooper Prize for his book on Cranmer! So someone reads and likes his books!

      I have myself his three books (and have read them!): Christianity, etc. The Reformation, and my fav, Cranmer, A Life. I don’t always agree with every historical conclusion, and certainly not always his theology therein, but he is always worth reading!

      Beware people again of that old religious bigotry, that we can especially see in the so-called biblical Pharisees! And remember that our Apostle Paul was a member of this ancient Jewish party or fellowship that so carefully observed the written law, as too the the accepted oral, or traditional law. They advocated democratization of their religious practices; and especially opposed the Sadducee’s. WE can see this whole “Judaistic” struggle in the life and writings of Saul/Paul! (Note, Acts chap. 21-23; not to mention the Letter to the Romans!)

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