Ryan has my favorite because it covers an experience my wife reminds me of in our former evangelical church. The “elders” of our ecclesial community were asked to annoint a sick person a few years ago. The elders got together and having never done it asked the following questions:
What oil do we use?
How do we annoint a sick person?
What do we say?
After doing it they swore never to do it again because it made them feel far to uneasy. I’d say that priests are very intimate with us since they deal directly with our frailties…Now take this with a twist in dealing with the Eucharist…bring up the eastern Church to both parties and that will give them both an uneven foot. The eastern rite is so misunderstood. How do we know what the early church christians practiced? What did it look like [the answer is that they looked very much like the eastern Divine Liturgy]. Why did Paul walk around wearing tassles when he was a Christian and why did the early Christians meet in synagogs as if they were still practicing Jews if they were Christians. Katholicos, St. Ignatius, St. Jerome, why did he want to do away with the deuterocanonical books? Why did he shut up. How did we get the bible? What about the KJV version with the “apocrypha” integrated in the pages just like the Catholic bible? Why was the canon of scripture brought to being in the first place [root out heresy of the time]? John 6 and the Eucharist. 2 Thes 2:15 hold fast to the traditions and teachings… Suffering and the Christian 2 Tim 2 something to think about. Heirarchy by comparing Catholicism to the Eastern and Oriental churches and “real” history, not made up. The view of the didache and its implications on Pro Life, just one of many.
Oh my I could go on forever. Tradition vs Man’s tradition is one more.