Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Getting There?

A few months ago I posted about the Priesthood Ban (here); and this week, lo and behold the Church has posted something exciting and new that somewhat addresses my concerns!

Race and the Priesthood

Actually they posted it last Friday. Quietly. Without comment.

Its surprisingly blunt. (Spoiler - here's the important part):

Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form.23

The good news - they finally admit it was all a big mistake! They blame it on Brigham Young, and they state - for the record - that they disavow and condemn all racism past, present, and future! Amen!

The bad news - they finally admit it was all a big mistake!  Why did it take so long to cough this up? What does that say about other "doctrines" the Church seems to insist on? What else is a mistake?  Where does that put us, exactly?

Yes, the questions this raises I'm sure will boil and bubble for some time to come. But, at least for now, we have an absolute admission that the pet theories of the past regarding 'fence-sitters in the pre-existence", or "descendants of Cain" were nothing but plain 'ole HOGWASH!

P. S. -  I still think an apology would be nice...