Saturday, July 31, 2010

Anne Rice quit the Roman Catholic Church, not Christ

I just published a post at about the latest Anne Rice flap regarding her Facebook post saying she "quit Christianity." A more careful reading of her remarks reveals that while the novelist is disillusioned with organized Christianity, in particular the Roman Catholic Church, she's still a believer.

Rice will still quote the Bible and share her faith in Christ Jesus, but she's fed up with more conservative positions within Christianity that rebuke gays and pro-choice advocates. A recent interview she gave to the AP also indicates she was shaken by current reports on Catholic priests and sex scandals. Please read my post at the New Orleans Literature Examiner.


Anonymous said...

My Royal Family

With your word you have set me free,
Ignited my spirit, like you, I strive to be.
Free! no ties , no lies, binding me.
By your mercy, your grace, at last I can see.

Your yoke hangs gently around my neck,
easy and light, just like you had said.
If not by you, then who? This I can not fathom,
I belong to you, this is not random.

By choice?... My choice?... How can this be?
Wasn't it He, who chose to save me.

Mercy and grace, given abundantly.
Eternally grateful for adopting me.

From that day forward, I awake Free.
No longer enslaved by powers other than thee.

Royal garments, I now own.
By my Father Given , who covers skin and bone.

I Pick up My Scepter! On goes my Royal Robe!
My Fathers the king, I now sit by His throne.

First born yes! That is me,
First born of His Royal family.

By Giovanni

Maddog said...

If what is reported is true about Anne Rice, then she should quit Christianity, because she is not a Christian. Liberalism is destroying society, not building it!

Peanut Road said...

It is certainly possible to be a Christian both inside and outside any organized church. Just as it is quite possible to belong to an organized Christian church and not be a true Christian at all. There will always be a range of humanity (and inhumanity!) within any religion. But I respect the power of organizations to effect change (for the better, let us hope) in this world. At its best, independent, organized religion is a counter-balance to the tyranny of government -- or economic -- power.

At its worst, of course, it colludes with government. Despite all its failings, I recognize why the Roman Catholic church has tried to keep everything 'in house' and deal with its own problems: it has a long, long history of maintaining its independence from government control.