The Archbishop of Canterbury drew criticism from across the political spectrum last night after he backed the introduction of sharia law in Britain and argued that adopting some aspects of it seemed "unavoidable". Rowan Williams, the most senior figure in the Church of England, said that giving Islamic law official status in the UK would help to achieve social cohesion because some Muslims did not relate to the British legal system. The Guardian
My, yes, social cohesion in "England's Green and Pleasant Land."
England used to have the death penalty for poachers, trespassing on royal property and hundreds of other offenses and wisely effectively dropped all capital punishments in 1965. I wonder what it will be like when muslim sharia magistrates will be chopping off the heads and hands of criminals and Muslim radtrads will be advocating the number of permitted wives to be increased from 4 to 40 based on their reading of the Koran. And of course, the divorce courts will be devoid of lawyers who will all have to retrain as accountants to figure out how to create interest free loans.
What will it be like when the long desired Muslim Caliphate, an institution that will again govern all Muslim religious, civil law and secular activities, is resurrected?
While I do acknowledge that Jesus created one Church and wants everybody to be fully in that one Roman Catholic Church, I regularly wonder about those who press obsessively for ecumenical unions.
Some church leadership just aren't at all interested in union. The Russian Orthodox church barely allows Catholic churches to operate in Russia. The Greek Orthodox aren't much better in Greece and still complain about the the sacking of Constantinople. But they never seem to complain about the subsequent capture of Constantinople, now Istanbul, by the Muslim Turks. Some of the tiny Orthodox Churches do seem to be interested
The Catholic Church as desired by protestants would be unrecognizable.
The Church of England led the charge towards allowing contraception at the 1930 Lambeth Conference, one of their versions of regular Church wide councils. That, divorce and remarriage soon followed in virtually all protestant churches and abortion is also permitted or ignored these days. The number of sacraments has dropped from seven down to two in most of them.
It seems to me that virtually all churches most likely to be targets of an ecumenical movement are abandoning the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church as fast as they can. Only a few of their no doubt powerless prelates remain with nothing else to do but attend meetings and write about how wonderful union would be.
From my limited knowledge, I sense that while many churches talk about union, we Catholics are the only Church that has made any movements towards it. We have added Protestant prayers to the Mass ("For thine is the kingdom. . . ."), We've retranslated the perfectly fine Douay-Rheims bible based on the work of St Jerome and the words of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass into a simplistic brain-dead translation that consciously mis-translates words to make them easy to understand and avoid conflict. "Hail favored one!" The Pope has just changed a Good Friday prayer to avoid offending Jewish radical Abraham Foxman who is still offended. No surprise there.
We look to be nothing but a bunch of appeasers who just think they possess the fullness of Jesus' teaching and instructions. The protestants are waiting. They are confident that someday we will come over to their beliefs.
And now the Archbishop of Canterbury, of all people, wants to abandon the Magna Carta and the other wonderful documents that created the greatness that has been England.