Quenta Narwenion links to this story about a priest in her diocese and as she says these misguided folks are in need of some prayers. If this article was a parody it would be pretty funny, as it is it is just plain sad.
Several hundred people attended the first service of an independent church founded by a priest who broke from the Catholic Church, despite warnings that Catholics who affiliated with the new church risked excommunicating themselves.
“The only reason for coming to church is to learn how to love,” the Rev. Bill Hausen preached at Christ Hope Ecumenical Catholic Church, which met at the Sewickley Country Inn.
“God does not need praise. God has all the praise he needs. We don’t have to love God, because God is love.”
…Hausen told reporters that he believed 500 to 600 people attended the service. There were empty seats in the room with a posted seating capacity of 400; the Post-Gazette estimated attendance closer to 300.
It was the miracle of 600 hundred sitting in the area of only 300 hundred.
Many people said they were visiting out of curiosity or to show support for Hausen. Those included 18 Unitarians from Slippery Rock who had skipped their own service at Ginger Hill Unitarian-Universalist Church.
Unitarians from Slippery Rock must be the best congregation and geographic match up I have ever heard.
…I feel that the greatest theology today will come from your experience of yourself . . . not from above or from someone imposing stuff on us,” he said.
This isn’t preaching to the choir it is preaching towards your inner child.