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A second Counter-Reformation?

Posted by Christopher Shea  February 9, 2010 09:18 AM

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In the American Conservative, William S. Lind argues that there's an opening for Pope Benedict to re-unite Christianity. The Pope's invitation to conservative Anglicans last fall to rejoin the Catholic church while retaining their own bishops and even many rites could be the first move, Lind thinks, in the realignment of the faith that would, at long last, sort out true Christians from "the politically correct" and "the cultural Marxism of the Frankfurt School." (The present division, Lind writes, is not denominational but "between those who believe the Christian faith was revealed and is to be received and those who think you just make it up to accord with the temper of the times.") If members of other denominations are granted some degree of strategic autonomy, all true Christians would once again be in full communion with Rome.

To accomplish this end, however, the Pope ("a good German") must display the ruthlessness of the sort that Bismarck, uniter of Germany, displayed in the 19th century. "Be a Bismarck, Benedict, be a Bismarck," Lind writes. And they say it's liberals who cling to utopian dreams.

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