This was sent to me and comes from the Huffington Post, my comments at the end! Sheldon and this skit pretty much sums up my feelings about the article below:
(RNS/ENInews) 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.
MY COMMENTS: The author of this blather is a deacon of the Church of England, which itself is in such decline due to its liberalizing reforms that one wonders if this author can be taken seriously when suggesting ways for the Roman Catholic Church to improve. We all know going the liberal way as Liberal Protestantism is wont to go is a disaster and has led to the near extinction of the liberal Protestantism and the Church of England and its American counterpart, the Episcopal Church aren't too far from total collapse.
The only Protestant Churches that are faring well and even growing are the Evangelical Conservative ones and the Mega non-Denominational Churches which are highly congregational and individualistic.
The Catholic Church has always had to deal with heresy and schism and has never resolved it, even in the Great Schism or the Protestant Reformation by giving in to heresy or schism. It won't happen now either although there may well be schism. The FSPX has the potential for it because it has such strong top down leadership, but I doubt it will happen in terms of left leaning liberal progressive Catholics who despise authority and have a contempt for top down leadership which means their schism is doomed to failure and multiples of fragmentation.
One cannot really take Deacon MacColloch thesis seriously, in fact given its source, it is to laugh and like Sheldon!