September 20, 2007

Gratuitous Toe-In-The-Tiber Posting

So we kicked off RCIA last evening. At present there are ten of us in the course, although I understand that it often happens more people show up as the year moves on. I won't go into detail about the other people in the class, except that none of them is a traditionalist Palie like self - most, to the extent they've participated in organized religion, seem to come out of one kind of Evangelical background or another. And while I'm not the oldest person there, the majority are in their 20's and 30's and still sorting out their lives. It should make for an interesting jumble of perspectives.

The first session was largely administrative in nature. In addition to our brand new Ignatius RSV Bibles and Catechisms (first assignment: memorize the first 500 pages by next Wednesday or go to hell), we also got our official beanies in the house colours, as well as our "trainee" pins.

I jest. I jest!

As a matter of fact, from the scraping of substantive matters we did start getting into, it became very obvious to me that the one thing I must take care of this week is handing in my portfolio at my current church. I had been wondering about this, whether, for example, I should wait until I was almost at the far shore of the Tiber. (My term runs out next March anyway.) However, after thinking it over, it became quite clear that I couldn't even start looking at Rome seriously and still maintain the loyalties and duties owed to TEC by vestry members. (When one signs on, one pledges to maintain the canons of the church and promote its program. I'd give a hundred bucks to any average vestry member who could even tell you what this means as a practical matter, but the point remains.) Anyhoo, I emailed the rector the other day to give him the heads up and he seems reasonably understanding. Of course, I'll still spend a fair bit of time hanging around there in support of the Missus and the Llama-ettes (indeed, the seven year old starts junior choir this Sunday), so this is hardly the sort of storming-down-the-aisle Dramatic Gesture that would cause embarrassment.

Oh, and you will be pleased that when I got home last evening, I successfully resisted the temptation to bug my eyes at the Missus, waive my fingers in the air, and say, "Opus Dei! Booogie-booogie-booogie-booooo!!!"

UPDATE: Yes, beanies:


Posted by Robert at September 20, 2007 09:02 AM | TrackBack

The RCC does seem to have a little bit of trouble accepting scientific reality. It took them about 500 years to revisit Galileo's conviction for telling the truth. (They knew he was right, they just decided to ignore reality in favor of dogma.)

The current thing they are ignoring is the germ theory of disease. If disease is caused by an organism, and that organism was created, then is God responsible for things like the Black Death in the Middle Ages, the Pandemic, Ebola outbreaks in Africa and bird flu? They seem to have learned something in 500 years because they aren't even going after this the way they did with solar system, which they faced head-on. Though to be fair, it isn't only the RCC that is ignoring stuff like this. (Or the Tsunami that hit Indonesia a while ago, or Katrina, etc.)

Galileo was threatened with all the tortures of the Inquisition, which were fairly gruesome. So he recanted and was placed under house arrest for the rest of his life.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at September 20, 2007 10:21 AM

Congratulations on your first day at school. RCIA is always a fascinating convergence of interesting people and I look forward to hearing about your expereiences.
Zendo Deb,
Are you based in Roswell by any chance?

Posted by: Father M. at September 20, 2007 10:58 AM

Beanies? When did they start giving out beanies? Oh sure, give 'em to the n00bs, but ignore the people who've been with the Church since they were born.



Posted by: Kathy at September 20, 2007 11:21 AM

"Your Delta Tau Kai name is . . . [insert name of appropriate holy martyr or Doctor of the Church here]".

I carry the compact Ignatius RSV with me in my briefcase; it's a good translation -- modern, but not colloquial.

As for Galileo, well, a slightly different view of the dispute can be found here -- .

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