The Grinch Who Stole Ecumenism

Cardinal Kasper, with his ode to dialogue, certainly means well and his remarks are certainly worth contemplating.  Dialogue and interpersonal relationships built on mutual respect certainly play a role in any successful ecumenical endeavor.  We are human after all.  But such continued emphasis on dialogue over everything else seems permeated by a fermenting gassiness without the pleasure of beer as the end product.

It is worth noting that the most monumental ecumenical gesture in generations was not produced by such dialogue ad nauseum.  Scant was the old school “dialogue”, it emerged from consideration of the differences between faiths, the real needs of souls today, and its required generosity of action.  I refer of course to Pope Benedict’s inspired offer of a Catholic Ordinariate for Anglicans who seek union with the Church but would like to retain their Anglican traditions.

When the announcement of this great ecumenical offer came, Cardinal Kasper was a thousand miles from the nearest microphone and was apparently only informed a few moments before the rest of us were.  The rest of the old school ecumenical movement were equally surprised and uniformly aghast.  How could this be?  Where was the dialogue?  The multi-faith committee meetings?

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3 Comments

  1. I do not see how”multifaith committee meetings” could build’s God’s church. God’s plan of salvation has always been a personal offer to the individual. These individuals, collectively, are brothers and sisters in Christ. They are referred to as the church. This “holy priesthood” (I Peter 2:5) is not bound by man-made denominational lines or organizations. It exists indipendent from human authority with Christ as its head. The various groups that embrace ecumenicalism have no charter to funnel their “spiritual authority” as they percieve it into one central location. The church is already centralized under Christ. There is no need for one denomination to control everything.

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