The bishops of the Anglican communion can revel in their fancy titles and the power that comes with them as much as any of their secular counterparts, if not more. But if I was to compare them to the Roman Catholic episcopacy it would be like comparing hamsters to the Schutzstaffel.
The following was posted by colkoch at ENLIGHTENED CATHOLICISM - do go and read the rest.
Of course, the "Covenant" could easily give "those in authority over us" exactly the same level of unchallengeable authority. A less trusting commentator than myself might even think that is exactly what our bishops are after.
Archdiocese of Detroit is warning Catholics in metro Detroit — including priests and ministers — to stay away from a national conference of liberal Catholics to be held in Detroit next year. And Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron is calling upon organizers of the conference to cancel their plans, saying they are in opposition to the Catholic faith.
The American Catholic Council, which calls for church reforms and greater openness, is set to hold a national gathering in June 2011 featuring progressive Catholic leaders near the 35th anniversary of the ‘Call to Action,’ a Detroit gathering in 1976 that urged reform and was held by the late Cardinal John Dearden of Detroit.
The liberal group claims there is too much secrecy and hierarchy in the Church; it also calls for greater acceptance of gays and lesbians, and women in leadership roles. It wants women and married priests.
“Serious sexual and financial abuses have resulted,” from problems in the Catholic Church, the group says in a newsletter.
Their conference next year is to feature a range of Catholic speakers who have been critical of the Vatican, including controversial Swiss priest Hans Kung. The liberal group says its efforts are done in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, whose 50th anniversary is also next year.