Ecumenism: March 2009 Archives

The Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) published their 2009 Lenten reflection that portrays Jesus as a racist who reformed himself after being challenged by the Canaanite woman (see St. Matthew's Gospel). The ACoC was apparently hijacked by the politically correct establishment who teaches in this "reflection" Jesus is a sinner. Well, this is a basic heresy. Here's the key point of the reflection:


"... a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, 'Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.' He answered, 'I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.' But she came and knelt before him, saying, 'Lord, help me.' He answered, 'It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs.' She said, 'Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table.' " - Matthew 14:22-27

This not a story for people who need to think that Jesus always had it together, because it looks like we've caught him being mean to a lady because of her ethnicity. At first, he ignores her cries. Then he refuses to help her and compares her people to dogs. 


But she challenges his prejudice. And he listens to her challenge and grows in response to it. He ends up healing her daughter. What we may have here is an important moment of self-discovery in Jesus' life, an enlargement of what it will mean to be who he was. Maybe we are seeing Jesus understand his universality for the first time.


Interesting. The authors of this reflection are the same people who would insist that Jesus' way is true only for us but may be not for everyone. Perhaps the Anglicans of Canada ought to read Dominus Iesus.  This reminds me of the Office of Black Catholics in the Chicago archdiocese accusing the white priests of racism because they were white. Here it seems that the round heads want to re-educate their ecclesial community to think of the divine nature of Jesus in a way that corresponds to the liberal North American sensibilities. How typical!

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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