|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Ecce No Homo|
The RCC has not been a more reliable provider in years. On one level the whole point of the Reformation was the increasingly unreliable instrument that was the RCC. Now, five hundred years later it is still a valid critique to say that the institutional crud that accompanies an imperial religious order is so great as to make the institution very unreliable as an instrument of religious or moral persuasion.
As for the purpose of the church, the skit rightly pokes fun at the notion that what the church is good for is to be the instrument for contact between mortals and God. The notion that Anglicans who become Roman Catholic might be able to keep their own phone numbers is wonderful! But of course the whole thing collapse if the Church is not a telephone instrument and our prayers are not the calling code. If the church is the body of Christ there is no "instrumentality" involved. In Christ we become linked directly to God's mission and the Church structures and work becomes our collective expression in response to God, in the world, reconciling the world to God's self.
As to the number business, I believe it is of very little importance that our calling code be kept on by people who otherwise have left the Anglican context. We ought to think of our "phone number" as a matter of habit for us, we like what we have always done. But I think we ought not consider our "number" as something especially dear to God or to others. And just so we are clear... after a while those Anglicans who "go over" will end up using the RCC Number.
Still, all in all its great to see we made the Stewart News. At least they understood what is going on.