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    Worst Traveling Experience?

    Once while traveling on a package tour the agency chartered a plane because the tour was part of a larger group heading to Europe together. The airline was "World Airlines", they do (or did) a lot of charter for the military. The service was abysmal. While handing out bread rolls from a large...
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    Purgatory

    Valid points around from both of you :) I will get back to the topic at hand now, my apologies for getting off course :)
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    Purgatory

    Well, sure. But that kind of statement harks back to what I was saying earlier: all churches make similar statements. Would the Anglican Communion say that the person chosen to be the Archbishop of Canterbury was not directed by the HS? Would the ELCA say the HS did not direct the correct...
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    Purgatory

    Valid point, but the same can be said of all the different Christian denominations....if the HS is leading each one, why do the doctrines differ? The selecting of a pope is certainly one aspect the RCC needs to address, but all Christian denominations will have something akin to it in regards...
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    Purgatory

    Well, the RCIA class was just the basics of the doctrine, the homilies were more touching on it than teaching. But then, in depth theology isn't really the point of the homily or the Mass anyways.
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    Purgatory

    FWIW, it was mentioned in my old parish on occasion, particularly around sermons or discussions on Reconciliation as well as being talked about in the RCIA program.
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    The RCC Claim

    Well, the first is more or less opinion, so we can certainly "agree to disagree" on that. The second claim is supportable based on the letters of St. Clement, among other reasons....but it is also debatable. I honestly think both of my claims are entirely debatable for being correct and...
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    The RCC Claim

    Well, as Albion said, it is because the RCC can trace their origins back to the 1st century, and with a reasonable claim to the apostles and Peter. While the claim has historic debatably, the mere fact that it can be debated means there is at least some reason to believe the claim. Can other...
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    The RCC Claim

    That's a pretty good summary of the Lutheran position, thanks for taking the time for it. I like the term that is often used to account for the unaccountable: "shrouded in antiquity" or "shrouded in mystery".
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    Volunteering

    I was involved in the Knights of Columbus at my old Parish, I intend on becoming active with them again when my annulment is processed. The Knights tend to do a fair amount of community work and general things at the church around the year. My recent ELCA church did not really have a lot of...
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    The RCC Claim

    At first Luther was OK with the idea of a Pope, but as his theology progressed he went the opposite direction. In general Lutherans don't understand Apostolic Succession, and by extension the Papacy, in the same manner as Catholics or Orthodox. As to whether Luther agreed with the succession...
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    How has church changed for you since this pandemic started?

    No. I do not write in cryptic messages and code. OK.
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    The RCC Claim

    Well, the disagreements between Luther and the RCC are really more in depth. Theology, history, politics, etc. are all behind the schism. Many theological views that Luther held in opposition to the RCC have been smoothed over by time and dialogue. Thinking about either position on purely a...
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    How has church changed for you since this pandemic started?

    Basically as you describe, a non denominational church service that happens to have communion at one service (out of three) on Sunday. "Low" as in their liturgy, the "smells and bells". In general, a "High" view of the liturgy would have the Divine Service being very similar to a Catholic Mass...
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    How has church changed for you since this pandemic started?

    In the past I have, the LCMS church is actually the closest church to my home in general. But theologically neither really works for me. for a number of reasons. The LCMS church near me is also pretty low, liturgically, the WELS even more so. The ELCA church I was a member of had a Traditional...
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