Freedom is important to Bishop Peter Hickman. So is being Catholic.
On Saturday, he will talk about how he found both. Hickman is the bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, which allows priests to marry and women to enter the clergy.
The free day-long event, “Renewing the Roots of Catholicism” is at The Pathfinder Community of the Risen Christ church in Bermuda Dunes. Hickman invites people of all faiths, as well as disillusioned Catholics.
Originally a Baptist minister, Hickman converted to Catholicism because he was attracted to the liturgy and spirituality.
However, he said, he did not find comfort in the authoritative manner and claim of infallibility of the Roman Church.
“Really, it’s contrary to the original meaning of what is Catholic,” Hickman said, which means universal.
He said changes, such as accepting gay and lesbian couples, are inevitable for Catholicism to be a viable religion of the future.
He certainly has gotten the idea of universal totally backwards. The fact that the church can teach authoritatively on faith and morals is what ensures it’s universality. If every person/church can proclaim it as they deem then that is the total opposite of being universal. As for me I find great comport in the “authoritative manner and claim of infallibility of the Roman Church.” That I am freed from the concern of weighing every possible idea in the realm of faith and morals to determine for myself that it is true. Also, since I know that it is the true church; when I do delve deeper into something the Church teaches as true I revel in how that truth is supported by reason.