Doctor Who: The Auntie Matter Amazon Review

auntie matterMy Review of the 4th Doctor Big Finish Episode The Auntie Matter Staring Tom Baker as the Doctor and Mary Tamm as Romana #1 is available at Amazon.com here

It really drives home the loss from Tom Baker not joining up with Big Finish right at the start.

You can get these and other great Big Finish Doctor Who Videos in the US at Mike’s Comics

Two Generations is all it takes

There were some who were indignant. “Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil? It could have been sold for more than three hundred days’ wages and the money given to the poor.” They were infuriated with her. Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you make trouble for her? She has done a good thing for me. The poor you will always have with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them, but you will not always have me.

Mark 14:4-7

One more thought about the decline of the Protestant Churches and the National Council of Churches.

Like Andrew Breitbart when I was a kid I devoured news. While other kids ran out to play I sat transfixed before the Watergate Hearings and as both a news consumer and a kid in Catholic Schools I noticed something.

It was very rare that anyone talked about the Catholic Church on the news. If a Pope or Bishop died (Paul VI) it might make the news but you were much more likely to see Billy Graham on a newscast than a local bishop or even a Cardinal.

The Dynamic Changed in the 80’s. As mainline protestants became more irrelevant the evangelical wing continued to both grow and become more politically active.  Their fear arose when Ronald Reagan was elected (the milquetoast Baptist version of Jimmy Carter didn’t faze the MSM one bit) and the liberal media always had a club to throw at a Jerry Falwell.

At the same time John Paul II was not only fighting his own battle against Godless communism he was globe-trotting urging the young around the world to “Follow Christ” from Boston to Brazil electrified the world and planted the seeds of the growing Orthodox Catholic Church worldwide.

Meanwhile liberal wings of the church objected but were overshadowed by the dynamic leader in the Vatican. Groups like the LCWR objected emphasizing “social justice” over faith and were backed by the Media. Looking at the media coverage you would think they were invincible.

But as generations passed a funny thing happened. As people of faith continued to be “fruitful and multiply” and as the public school continued to fail their students and people sent their children to religious schools where they were taught an orthodox faith. Denominations without faith started to die, and Catholic splinter groups and liberal organizations like the LCWR found themselves marginalized as young people of faith found nothing in them to inspire them to join until finally they fell under the scrutiny of a Vatican no longer ignoring those who decided to stray.

But DaTechGuy” you might ask, “Isn’t the Church afraid these people will leave? The media keeps hinting they will.

First of all job one of the church is this: SAVE SOULS! It’s the Church’s job to lead people on the narrow path, not widen the road.

Second of all where would they go as Father Z pointed out: (emphasis mine)

At one point Sr. Joan was at one point asked, according to the linked article, “whether women religious should live outside formal church structures.”

In summary, it looks to me as if these women really don’t want to be women religious in any sense that Holy Church recognizes. However, they are afraid to quit because the instant they do, they will be irrelevant.

A group of rebellious nuns fighting against the Church, that’s a story the media will bite on, a group of rapidly aging women of some new denomination railing against the church? YAWN!

As the Motley Monk put it:

Withdrawing from the LCWR as the official U.S. representative organization for women religious and forming a distinct, non-canonical organization free of Vatican control would represent a self-inflicted death sentence. Looking at the ages of these women, the new group will not survive very long and “the Vatican” will prevail. All the dissenters will have accomplished is to “get up and die.”

Dissident Catholics have very little impact and only get press because on occasion it suits the secular media’s purpose. As for the multitude of protestant denominations, tell me other than my post and the one at Juicy ecumenism how many stories have you seen on the downsizing of the National Council of Churches?

Meanwhile you have Anglicans clergy becoming Catholic, the Church rising in Africa and South America and people after bouncing from one cookie cutter Protestantism to another finding their way back home to mother church.  Turn on the TV and when issues are discussed you will see a prince of the Church giving comment.  When do you see a protestant Bishop on the set?  You don’t.  Oh a denomination might get a quick blip when they allow gay marriage or transgender clergy,  then after that they are never heard from again.

It only took two generations for Mainline Protestants to make themselves irrelevant in America. One generation to abandon faith and a second to not have anyone to pass it down to. To be sure faithful remnants exist but they have as much relevance on the national dialogue as the Fitchburg City Counsel has on Congress.

Ronald Reagan once said

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

The same is true of faith as our protestant brothers have learned to their regret.

The Greatest Least Surprising Story Ever Told Ignored

Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters VII (Glasgow: Collins, 1942)

As the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church prepare for the Papal Conclave and the media admits that the odds of the Church turning left on Abortion and Gay Marriage are about equal to me being signed as a non-roster player by the Yankees as insurance, at a blog called Juicy Ecumenicism we a story that would have been unthinkable 50 years ago:

The once prestigious and now nearly bankrupt National Council of Churches is quitting its famous New York headquarters built with largesse from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and whose cornerstone was laid by President Dwight Eisenhower. Down to a handful of staffers, the NCC will consolidate into the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

This was to be the jewel of mainline protestant answer to the Vatican but more worried about collective action than doctrine. The great and powerful embraced them but there were warnings at the time

At the Interchurch Center’s 1960 dedication, a German Lutheran bishop presciently warned against the “institutionalization” of churches, noting that a beautiful building and organization were of “no avail without true faith.”

And sure enough it was the beginning of the end:

Ironically, nearly all the Mainline denominations housed there would begin their nearly 50-year membership decline just a few years later. A sanitized Protestantism without doctrine or distinctions simply became too boring to sustain. In the early 1960s, about one of every six Americans belonged to the seven largest Mainline denominations. Today, it’s one out of every 15.

When you take away Christ as the center of Christianity you have to substitute something else, guess what they found?

The mainstream, Mainline Protestantism that Ike, himself a Presbyterian, embodied began its decline into radicalism in the mid 1960s, mostly in reaction to the Vietnam War. No longer moored to a firm theology, groups like the NCC were easily susceptible to take-over by radical activists. And having tied themselves to American culture and modern secularism, they were ever anxious to stay abreast of the latest social and political fad, primarily from the perspective of New York-based elites.

with the loss of believers came the loss of clout and with the loss of clout came the loss of people interested in those who have clout and the move to smaller more quiet quarters in DC.

There is a reason why “mainline” protestant churches rarely make the news and the Catholic Church does when people want to hear opinions about faith in the US The Church Remained orthodox on Abortion, birth control, Homosexuality and Divorce all things mainline protestants once objected to. Now the eyes of those who report on followers of Christ are turned to Rome and news organization fight for the chance to cover it, the once rich and powerful symbol of Protestantism in the US slowly walks away from its HQ in the largest city in the nation.

The real question is will anyone notice?

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