"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Rev. Michael Coren?

On Facebook, recently unemployed Michael Coren announced he's going back to university to get his Masters of Divinity degree. 

Pursuit of a Masters Of Divinity degree is no mere hobby. It takes three years of full time study to complete the program. 

So why would anyone still in their earning years take three years off work to get a Masters Of Divinity degree? It doesn't make sense to do it just for farts and giggles, does it? Could it be the reason most people go to unversity?

The three jobs that come up under M.Div. opportunities are ordained ministry, chaplaincy, and counselling. Can you see Michael Coren hanging out on campus or in some community outreach centre giving spiritual advice?

However, getting a gig as a pastor with an open pulpit from which to promote your version of the good news does make sense, and guess who's hiring?

The Diocese of Toronto, Anglican Church of Canada

Of course this is just speculation, but it would make sense of things. Last summer Michael read the tea leaves and anticipated his employer's (Sun News Network) demise. Realizing his career in television was probably over, he did a 180 degree about face on a few contenscious issues in order to become more palatable to a desperately politcally correct institution. 

"You know what's funny, sister? I read somewhere female priests are un-biblical."

Michael wouldn't become the first self-promoting celebrity reverend.


The main problem with this self-preserving move is the Anglican Church Of Canada is a sinking ship.

ACoC mrmbers

However, it's unlikely the CoE in Canada will become financially desolate prior to Michael's need of a pension and medical benefits...assuming that's the plan. 

 Archbishop (Sans Apostolic Succession) Of Cantebury

Hey, with Michael Coren's lightening scruples if he did get into the Church of England clergy, he might rise all the way to the top! That would be nice indeed.

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