Today we have two great columns from The God Squad (can you be a squad if you are only one guy?) and Billy Graham. The arguments are so poor in both that only together do they provide enough fodder for one post. Since I know I have quite a few Christians following my blog, I invite you to comment on these columns here. I also ask, that if you ever use my posts as source material for your own (and please feel welcome to do so), that you please let me know.
First up, we have Rabbi Gellman addressing that age-old question: Are women and men spiritual equals? If they are, and a woman has a calling, why shouldn’t she be able to fully participate in the (Catholic) Church and be a priest? Well, if we look in the bible, either the OT or NT, the answer is *no* men and women are not equals. Some Christians claim they are and cite the bible; some Christians don’t and cite the bible. We get treated to the rabbi’s version in his column.
The person asking the rabbi if women were equal cited a quote (the bolded part) from the rabbi about the new pope in reference to his question. Rabbi Gellman says he “loves” the Catholic Church. Hilarious, I know since the Catholic Church is sure that he’s going to be tortured in hell. The rabbi said this about Pope Francis:
“So what I pray is that Pope Francis loves tradition, not because it’s old, but because it’s true. Old practices that are true but unpopular need to be preserved. Old practices that are just old and not true need to be let go. The only way to distinguish between them is to have a firm grasp of eternal truth. This is the hardest task. Therefore, I hope the new pope is a wise man.”
Why, if the rabbi loves the Catholic Church, he doesn’t need to “hope” that the pope is a wise man. If Gellman loves the church, I would think he would have to believe that his god is at work there and would never put someone “unwise” in the position of pope. But since the good rabbi isn’t a Catholic, I seem to sense some doubt about how great the Catholic Church is. The rabbi also must doubt that the Catholics have a “firm grasp” of the “eternal truth” since the rabbi isn’t running to be baptized into the RCC.