ECUSA Continues its Downhill Slide into Irrelevancy

The latest:

Episcopalians endorse evolution. Notable not so much for the fact of it as for the reasoning behind it. "Scientists say it, it must be true." Boy is that a slippery slope. This is a church we're talking about. Isn't it their job to filter scientific theory through the lens of faith, and not the other way around?

So, the ECUSA:

1) No longer believes in Jesus as savior.
2) No longer believes God created Earth.
3.) No longer believes Scripture to be true (see: homosexuality, female priests, Jesus "just a good guy," Earth not divine in origin).

At what point does the ECUSA lose their tax-exempt church status and make the final legal transformation into just another social club of pseudo-intellectuals getting together once a week for wine and crackers?

Because I'm not really seeing the "religion" thing working for them anymore.

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I wonder if insurance would pay for this

Check this out. NFP for the extremely lazy (that's me).

All you do is take your temperature with it once a day and it does the rest. Don't ask me how, I have no idea. But a lot of people seem to be happy with it. It even tells you if it thinks you're pregnant as early as four days after conception, and whether it will be a boy or a girl.* (*results not guaranteed, says the disclaimer)

It's $500, but I'd never have to chart again. Or buy a pregnancy test. Or touch mucus. Or look at mucus. Or think about mucus.

Yeah, I think I'm sold.

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Wow. Just wow.

The Episcopal Church (ECUSA) votes against upholding the uniqueness of Christ, equates orthodox Christianity with Nazism. Must be read to be believed.

I pray for the faithful within the ECUSA, that they would come out from under her. I hope they know they're always welcome in the Catholic Church, and that we have Anglican Rite churches for those who are irreversibly attached to that Old English style. Come, my brothers and sisters, jump into the Tiber River, the water is just fine. It's not nearly as deep and scary as it looks from that side.

But frankly, I have to say that even a separate Anglican communion that proclaims salvation through Christ would be a step up from the mess that is currently Episcopalianism in America. At least then we'd have something to discuss. As it is, the church of my Baptism is dead to Christ and dead to me. Forgive them, Father, even though (and especially because) they know EXACTLY what they do. Only an extraordinary act of Your mercy can save them now.

"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy."

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Speaking of Theology of the Body....

Let me count the ways in which this article disturbs me.

From the article:
"But some sociologists and medical ethicists say that using liposuction — which can cause complications ranging from infection to death — for such tweaks raises profound questions about the increasing risks cosmetic doctors and patients are willing to take in the name of perfection. They say these microprocedures may signal a shift in beauty standards in which people come to regard the body the way they do their cars or kitchens: as an object able to withstand never-ending renewal and modification.

And they worry that the idea of precision liposuction carries an inherent suggestion that everyone should have surgery, even those who are already beautiful.

'The goal posts are changing so rapidly that what was once considered cosmetically unnecessary is now considered helpful,' said Victoria Pitts, an associate professor of sociology at the City University of New York, who teaches a course called Sociology of the Body. 'As calves, ankles, knees and even genitalia become zones of perfectibility, we will feel more and more pressure to get involved in projects that improve them.'" (emphasis mine)
When the body exists, not as an invaluable gift with which to live a life of worship and service, but as a fashion accessory used to seek power, status and sex, this is what happens.

I confess I never really 'got' why the Church warns against cosmetic surgery until now. Mea culpa. Like the slippery slope of the contraceptive mentality, the cosmetic enhancement industry devalues God's creation bit by bit and allows mere mortals to believe they can do better than He can, whether it's to decide which lives are allowed to come into this world, or what the ones who are already here should look like.

Don't assume that this will stop with the privileged classes in New York and Sao Paulo. Twenty years ago, breast enhancement surgery was something that jet-setting millionaire models, actresses and trophy wives had done in Beverly Hills. These days, it's just a graduation present. Even people of modest means are willing to save, beg, borrow or steal the $5,000 they need to buy "perfect" breasts, often at the far greater expense of being unable to use them for their intended purpose (infant nutrition) down the road. Nonetheless, it's seen as an "investment." In another ten or twenty years, I can see little Junior and Juniorette begging Daddy to pay to get rid of their knee fat. "But DA-A-A-D-DY, no one will ever want me with these chubby knees! I won't even be able to get a job!" (The sad thing is, their whining probably won't be too far off the mark. Witness a culture that calls anyone over a size 2 voluptuous-- or worse. Criticizing the size 2'ers for their "knee fat" can't be far off.)

When society gets to the point that even God's most beautiful creations are viewed as ugly mistakes and human meddling is viewed as "fixing the problem," we are in dangerous territory, indeed. Wanting to be the best you can be is admirable (though a focus on physical improvement to the exclusion of spiritual and mental improvement is worrisome). Wanting to be something entirely different than you were created to be is a disorder. Unfortunately, this culture is all too encouraging of disorder (see: homosexuality, divorce, fornication, etc.). Let's pray to God and work to change that, before it's too late.

ETA: Check out this timely post from an atheist who gets it:

"Preferable is the Biblical ideal -- '[t]he LORD does not look at the things man looks at . . . [m]an looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.' Even so, the LORD is not portrayed as completely insensible to looks. He recognizes physical beauty, which implies he perceives 'ugly,' too, and all the gradations in between. His talent, then, is apparently in disregarding it in favor of each person's moral worth."

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