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“Who cares? Soon I’ll be in a wooden box in front of the altar. What matters is the bigger picture. God matters, the truth matters. We as individuals don’t matter. We think we matter but we don’t.”


— The Anglican Bishop of Fulham, the Right Rev. John Broadhurst
on giving up his title of bishop if he becomes Catholic.
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posted October 26, 2009 at 8:55 am

How sad! Each of us does matter,if not in our mortal selves but spiritually,if not it wouldn’t matter which of us sinned or who asked forgiveness. Who is not forgiven is not forgiven, who ever asks for forgiveness is forgiven.

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posted October 26, 2009 at 9:36 am

Jesus says that we do matter as individuals…
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

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Peter Brown

posted October 26, 2009 at 10:27 am

Rick, DML:
In context, I don’t think Bp. Broadhurst meant that individuals don’t matter *in general*; I think he meant that our dignities and honors and hierarchical positions don’t matter. Note that he was being asked specifically about his episcopal state; he answered that God matters and the truth matters, but his episcopal state exists only as a means to the end of serving God (and serving the truth, since a bishop is charged with guarding the Faith).
In particular, I don’t see Bp. Broadhurst as discounting the importance of individual actions–after all, the whole reason he was being interviewed was that he’s considering an individual action: specifically, a choice that is likely to be costly either way, and a choice for which he will be accountable before God (“in a box before the altar”).
As always, I could be wrong. But I do think it’s right in general to go for the most charitable interpretation that’s consistent with the known facts.

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Irish Spectre

posted October 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Read in context, the good bishop was unquestionably speaking hyperbolically, to emphasize the point that what matters is the pursuit of eternal Truth, irrespective of the cost, which in this case is his ego. The Roman Catholic Church will welcome him home with great joy.

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