Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Anglican-Catholic Horizontal Transfer

It's all over the news, it's all over the blogs, it's everywhere, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a discussion of the Pope's recent invitation to Anglicans. A group of Anglican priests, upset at recent changes in their church (changes which slowly, glacially, tectonically, move the church from the bronze age into the early iron age), are considering the Pope's invitation to return to mother church. I suspect that an even more conservative sect will soon be considering Oogg's invitation to return to the trees.

You say your faith won’t let you hate?
Treat gay folks worse that you treat straight?
Be sexist? Or discriminate?
It’s time to start your search!
You want a group that’s really great,
That’s never seen as second-rate;
Where folks like you can all relate:
Come join the Catholic Church!

See, ever since your church began
When Henry lusted after Anne,
You’ve looked upon the Vatican
With envy, so it seems.
The Pope, you thought, was superman;
You’re secretly a papal fan:
Good news! Just shout that angl-I-CAN
Fulfill my Catholic dreams!

The offer that we now present
Is one way we can circumvent
Our numbers problem; your dissent
Adds members to our herd!
Of course, to open up our tent
Some ancient rules must now be bent,
But only by a small percent
We’ll modify God’s word.

So join the group that’s grand in scope;
That gives the world its greatest hope
That claims to have the One True Pope—
Your old ways, disavow.
One final thing, to help you cope
As on this brand-new path you grope:
In showers, never drop the soap—
Cos you’re a Catholic now.


1 comment:

The Ridger, FCD said...

I swear, if I were a Catholic priest, I'd be pissed as hell. First, Byzantine rite priests can be married. Then, years ago, disaffected anti-women-priest Episcopal priests could join the RC Church and stay priests AND married. Now this.

Politics seems to trump doctrine when it's convenient and/or profitable. It's getting hard to get new priests? Just poach 'em from other churches.