domingo, 15 de enero de 2017

Are the Lutheran and Anglican ecumenists eagerly searching for ways to reach out to their own separated brethren?

Time for Some Ecumenical Common Sense

by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

With the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Revolution this year there seems to be a heightened enthusiasm for ecumenism with the Lutherans.

Far be it from me to rain on anyone’s parade, but when Cardinal Kasper says he hopes the Pope’s next statement will open the way to inter-communion in special cases I wonder exactly in what kind of wonderland he is living.

Then I see in the wave of ecumenical “dialogues” that are going on, that one presentation is entitled, “From Conflict to Communion.” Hmm. Surely we need to resolve the conflict before going on to communion?

The elephant in the room is the fact that the mainline Lutherans and Anglicans don’t really give two hoots about ecumenism, and they should be called on this.

Time and again the ecumenists on the Catholic side of the table have said, “If you ordain women priests this will present a serious obstacle to re-union.” They did it anyway. “If you endorse same sex marriage this will provide a serious obstacle to communion. ” They did it anyway. “If you have women bishops, if you have gay clergy, if you have re marriage after divorce, if you endorse abortion, if you condone cohabitation…these present a serious obstacle to re-union.”

They do it anyway. Then they all sit down at the ecumenical dialogues again and pretend none of this has happened.

Surely part of the dialogue should involve some plain speaking and common sense. Catholics should ask a few tough questions like, “We said all these things would put obstacles in the path to unity. Why did you do them anyway and what are you going to do about this?”


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