This episode of Communio Sanctorum is titled, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.”
In our study of the History of the Church, we get to examine some periods when the followers of Jesus did some amazing, God-honoring, Christ-exalting, people-blessing things. In future episodes we’ll take a longerish look at how the Gospel has impacted history & world civilization for the better.
But, we have to be honest & admit there have been too many times when the Church totally fumbled the ball. Worse than that, after fumbling it, they stepped on & kicked it out of bounds!
The danger I face as we deal with these atrocious moments in Church History is of being assumed to be hostile to the Body of Christ. When I speak about the abysmal career of some of the popes, some listeners will assume I’m Catholic-bashing. Later, when we get to the Reformation era and we take an honest look at some of the Reformers, I’ll be accused of being a closet-Catholic!