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...


El Genio said...

More than an apology, I think it would be helpful to have something like this come from the prophet and quorum of the 12. An unsigned statement tucked away on a website is all too easily discarded by some, while others will point out that it is not official doctrine and continue to speculate on the reasons for the priesthood ban.

Neal said...

I tend to agree with you, El Genio. This is too important to be relegated to an obscure corner of a web page.

William Reger said...

As you suggest, however, the real elephant in the room is the issue of direct revelation to the church. This and other issues seem to have quite destroyed the notion that prophets are in communication with God on matters of importance to the church. If not, is the LDS church not just the same as any other church and left to the whims and wiles of men?

Neal said...


I think this raises a whole host of questions - none of which have easy answers.

Thanks for posting!

Duck said...

I have not seen you blogging for awhile. Are you alright? I miss you and miss reading your outstanding blog posts. I hope you will begin blogging again. :)

Happy day! Duck

Neal said...

I'm still here, thanks! I have a post I've half-written. Will finish it up soon:)

How are YOU? :)