Nick Coleman wants you at Catholic mass. I am not sure that he wants you to convert to Catholicism, just so long as you show up.
Let me explain. In his latest Minneapolis Star Tribune column, Coleman laments that fact that Lutherans and Catholics have different beliefs (a pesky little 500 year-old problem). Specifically, he cites the generous offer of a Lutheran church in St. Peter, Minn. to share space with the local Cathoic parish after the latter lost its church building to a tornado. Together they celebrated mass, including communion, under the extraordinary circumstances. The problem was that they continued the practice of joint services every Easter for years, even after the church was rebuilt. The higher ups in the Catholic church stopped the practice. Nick wanted them to keep up the hybrid church service.
SwanBlog readers will recall that Nick Coleman expressed delight on seeing a Muslim (not just a person of Arab or Middle Eastern descent, but a practicing Muslim) at Christmas Eve mass in 2004. It is great to find common ground and to pursue ecumenical goals, but one wonders whether Coleman thinks that there are any differences between individual religious denominations that are worth preserving.
UPDATE: I fixed the second paragraph to reflect that it was the Catholic church that was hit by the tornado.
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