[quote=mean_owen]HagiaSophia: I’m not trying to be obtuse, but I’m not quite sure I see your point. If it is that, for some, even Baptism is cheap, I’d guess you’re right.
My own church having just gone through, with the benefit of full world headlines, the debate of Eucharist and politicians, I was surprised to find that Anglicans are having problems with people who think of sacraments as some sort of “right” rather than a privilege which must be prepared for. The bloggers comments on sacraments on demand, could have well been written by members in my own church.
[quote=mean_owen]I believe that Pontificator was saying that there should be disciplines and guidelines to prevent such abuses of the sacrament. They clearly aren’t followed in all cases. Surely you could find similar examples of such disciplines not being adhered to in other churches/ecclesial communities, perhaps even your own.
I liked very much what he had to say, I have just found his weblog and he explains to a non-Anglican the issues he feels strongly about in such a way as to make it understandable. I believe I have said in two or three other places in this forum that all of Christianity is under siege - but as an RCC, up to this time, I have been mainly aware of our own internal problems. Having some good Anglican sites has helped me understand much of what is going on there and I find it not too dissimilar to what the RCC is experiencing.
[quote=mean_owen] Incidentally, you are correct about Pontificator. To the best of my knowledge, he is still an Anglican (Episcopal) clergyman. (I “know” him from other forums.) He’s none too happy with the current state of affairs in the Episcopal Church, but he generally articulates his points without the nastiness that seems so common elsewhere.
That’s one reason I am enjoying him so. Plus he’s a good writer and gets to the point.
So far I only have one point of disagreement with him, and its the same point I have disagreement with in the RCC - perhaps it’s cultural thing. I find it difficult to deny baptism to infants based on the non-practice of their parents. But that’s a whole other thread.