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A glorious Church is like a magnificent feast; there is all the variety that may be, but every one chooses out a dish or two that he likes, and lets the rest alone: how glorious soever the Church is, every one chooses out of it his own religion, by which he governs himself, and lets the rest alone.

Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you could do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint could think he understood.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
My own mind is my own church.
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
If church prelates, past or present, had even an inkling of physiology they'd realize that what they term this inner ugliness creates and nourishes the hearing ear, the seeing eye, the active mind, and energetic body of man and woman, in the same way that dirt and dung at the roots give the plant its delicate leaves and the full-blown rose.
Many are called but few are chosen. There are sayings of Christ which suggest that the Church he came to establish will always be a minority affair.
The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church...is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
I'm a priest, not a priestess. Priestess implies mumbo jumbo and all sorts of pagan goings-on. Those who oppose us would love to call us priestesses. They can call us all the names in the world -- it's better than being invisible.
A full-dressed ecclesiastic is a sort of go-cart of divinity; an ethical automaton. A clerical prig is, in general, a very dangerous as well as contemptible character. The utmost that those who thus habitually confound their opinions and sentiments with the outside coverings of their bodies can aspire to, is a negative and neutral character, like wax-work figures, where the dress is done as much to the life as the man, and where both are respectable pieces of pasteboard, or harmless compositions of fleecy hosiery.
What makes a church great in the eyes of God? Participation, proclamation, preservation, and propagation. Every church ought to exhibit all four.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
It's about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o clock sharp and end at twelve o clock dull.
Those who marry God can become domesticated too -- it's just as hum-drum a marriage as all the others. The word Love means a formal touch of the lips as in the ceremony of the Mass, and Ave Maria like dearest is a phrase to open a letter. This marriage like the world's marriages was held together by habits and tastes shared in common between God and themselves -- it was God's taste to be worshipped and their taste to worship, but only at stated hours like a suburban embrace on a Saturday night.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
His creed no parson ever knew, for this was still his simple plan, to have with clergymen to do as little as a Christian can.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars.
We praise Him, we bless Him, we adore Him, we glorify Him, and we wonder who is that baritone across the aisle and that pretty woman on our right who smells of apple blossoms. Our bowels stir and our cod itches and we amend our prayers for the spiritual life with the hope that it will not be too spiritual.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.