Thursday, December 20, 2007

Not Quite a Becket

The door is always open,
the neighbors pay a call,
and Father John before he's gone
will bless the house and all!

A consideration to our friends the Anglicans this Christmas season: is it perhaps now the perfect time to return to Rome? Looking around at the news today the glaring headline on the internet reads: Archbishop of Canterbury says Nativity Story a Legend.

He's not quite Thomas Becket is he? That Archbishop of Canterbury stood up for his faith. And had the History Channel or the BBC been around in those days you can bet your bottom dollar (or British pound) that his answers wouldn't sound like commentary from the New American Bible. I've read the whole story both from Fox and the Telegraph. Fox's Ruth Gledhill ends with saying "Williams’s views are strictly in line with orthodox Christian teaching. The Archbishop is sticking to what the Bible actually says." Whatever. His views are exactly NOT orthodox, otherwise there WOULD BE NO STORY. You can hold to orthodox teachings and be sympathetic to his views, but it is altogether different to say they are "in line".

I would say, regardless of the legitimacy of his views it is all too blunderful that days before Christmas he comes out with this gem. As Damian Thompson said "Can you imagine Pope Benedict XVI going on Simon Mayo’s show to chip away at the naïve beliefs of millions of Christians?" I wouldn't call thinking there were sheep and wise men visiting our Savior (Word made flesh...) naive. Either way, the point is that in no way would the Holy Father say something like this. Protection from error by the Holy Spirit is a great reason to be Catholic, by the way.

Read my post from way back "Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Solstice"

1 comment:

Moonshadow said...

You're right that there would be no story if his comments were entirely orthodox.

Yet, it's in my nature to come to an irenic understanding of the archbishop's remarks, even without endorsing them.

In short, then, in so far as these traditional details distract from the "main event" of the Incarnation, then classifying them as "legend" may bring back the proper perspective.

The Archbishop is sticking to what the Bible actually says.

But, personally, I'm all for a richer story.

I glanced at the NAB's notes for the infancy narratives and didn't detect anything "cutting," except the well-known question on date in Luke's gospel.

I think a skeptic needn't look any further than the genealogies, frankly ...

Joyeux Noël!

"The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice." - G.K. Chesterton