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Holy Water Under the Bridge

Stephen Colbert and Randall Balmer had a pretty entertaining discussion of the Anglican-Catholic developments yesterday:

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  1. Kevin Davis wrote:

    Well, Colbert was entertaining as always. But, Rev. Balmer’s statements against “defining negatively” is obviously not a fair criticism, nor very insightful, of Rome’s position on ordination and homosexuality, both of which have been presented — agree or disagree — within a positive comprehension of gender and bodies, sacrifice and love.

    Alternatively, Rowan Williams etc. is not merely offering a “positive” and “inclusive” ethic; he/they are likewise situating these issues of ordination and homosexuality within a, e.g, “graced body” comprehension of the human person over-against R.C. natural law. Rev. Balmer manages to dumb-down and obscure both sides of the debate with cliche slogans. Of course, it was just a new bit on a comedy show.

    Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Permalink
  2. myles wrote:

    I’m really getting tired of Balmer.

    Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 7:09 am | Permalink
  3. myles wrote:

    watching this again just makes me more angry. i mean, sure, this is the Colbert show, but Balmer’s sheite is just slogany, trite, and bland, old-school liberalism. Hope you enjoy selling your books, Balmer.

    Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 7:17 am | Permalink
  4. John R wrote:

    Fr. Balmer does a very good job of smashing narrow anti-Christian stereotypes. Unfortunately, I’m not sure he said anything that could challenge the audience; it wasn’t clear in what tangible way Christianity is different from bourgeois agnosticism/deism.

    Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 7:29 am | Permalink
  5. Halden wrote:

    Yeah, I agree he didn’t really say anything helpful. Colbert was awesome though. “Why don’t you just join the Catholic church? Where there are no gay priests.”

    Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 8:37 am | Permalink
  6. Chris Donato wrote:

    Crickets after he said “infallible.” The literacy rate in America is astounds me. Colbert covered this wonderfully.

    But of course this isn’t about gays and women—inclusivism; it’s about visible unity and the lack thereof in ‘christendom’, not least in the face of an increasingly ‘post-Christian’ West.

    Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 11:07 am | Permalink

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