Well, Ol' Jimbo White has decided that Dr. Francis Beckwith needs to be "disciplined" for deciding to return to the Catholic Church. Speaking "ex cathedra" from his high horse in Phoenix, AZ, Jimbo has declared that "whatever church, if any" Dr. Beckwith was affiliated with needs to punish him by excommunication. He also has the bad taste to insist that his own sister, Patty Bonds, should have received a similar punishment but -- he is disappointed to say -- she did not. It seems that Mr. White doesn't care what Protestant Church anybody belongs to but when they become Catholic they deserve vilification.
Gosh! Do you think it is possible that some non-Catholic Christians are realizing that Catholics are Christians too and some of the bigotry and hatred that has marred relations between Catholics and Protestants from both sides needs to be discarded? Is it possible that not everyone in the Protestant world HATES Catholics like James does?
I am reminded of what my Lord and Savior once taught us:
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
I must ask humbly in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, how Mr. White is showing his love for his fellow Catholic Christians by his wholly negative and uncharitable attitude? We have suffered vilification and misrepresentation at his hands for many years without a single apology from him. Now he rabidly denounces being a practicing Catholic as "a denial of the gospel." A quaint idea since this would necessarily excommunicate EVERY CHRISTIAN from Apostolic Times until Luther made his "discovery."
Is it not just POSSIBLE, Jimbo, that you are NOT infallible and that we Catholics might have a point in our criticisms of the Deformation? After all, in your Protestant systems, you insist on private interpretation of the Bible and freedom of conscience. Why not extend that same privilege to those of us who interpret the Bible in a Catholic manner?
Jimmy, we love ya! And we would love you to join us in fellowship. But right now we are welcoming our brother Francis back to Catholic unity. Any gestures of spite from you or your co-religionists will sit in judgment against you and have no effect on him or us. Francis is part of the Body of Christ and your spite cannot touch him.