February 10, 2010
Things appear to be on schedule for a return to Communion with the East by 2054.
Catholics out there, get used to the world “Protos.”
The dialogue remained frozen until, in 2005, the German Joseph Ratzinger ascended to the throne of Peter, a pope highly appreciated in the East for the same reason he prompts criticisms in the West: for his attachment to the great Tradition.
First in Belgrade in 2006, and then in Ravenna in 2007, the international mixed commission for theological dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches started meeting again.
And what rose to the top of the discussion was precisely the question that most divides East and West: the primacy of the Read the rest of this entry »
January 31, 2010
5 bob to Opinionated Catholic.
In a surprising departure from protocol, the Queen has sent the Lord Chamberlain, the most senior official of the Royal Household, to see Archbishop Vincent Nichols, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, to discuss Pope Benedict XVI’s offer to Anglicans wanting to convert to Rome en masse. Read the rest of this entry »
January 31, 2010
America magazine recently gave it’s Campion Award to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. St. Edmund Campion is one of the great and courageous English Jesuit martyrs, himself hanged in the 16th century by the Archbishop’s Anglican forebears. His feast is observed by both churches. In receiving the award, the Archbishop referred to a concept of Pope John Paul II, martyrial ecumenism by which Christians of various bodies honor one another’s martyrs as heroic witnesses for Christ, particularly when they died at the hands of other Christians. He pointed to St. Paul as the first to honor the sacredness of his own victims: Read the rest of this entry »
December 15, 2008
It is me or does it seem that Catholic blog comboxes have recently become more civil, thoughtful and sometimes as rich as the OP.
I found this nugget which explains so much so well and felt the urge to share: Read the rest of this entry »
July 4, 2008
Fr. J in Benedict the Re-Gatherer put it best and most succinctly… Our Holy Father is making great efforts to reach out and gather the faithful. In these troubled times, now more than ever, we need it.
B16 understands and recognizes what is at stake worldwide. Islam is growing because of its continued value of fertility, and many non-Catholic baptized Christians are adrift in a sea of unknowing. What the future holds for the places they called home is uncertain. Re-gathering the ranks, and strengthening the brethren is no small task.
Can you think of anyone else on the world seen remotely close to being up for this task? Any other Church that could go toe-to-toe with Islam, secularism, the sexual revolution, the post-modern era and actually stand a chance? Is any other cohesive expression and manifestation of Christianity actually growing? Read the rest of this entry »
May 24, 2008
Anglicans must choose between Protestantism and tradition, says Vatican
I am hoping that with these remarks we are seeing a new +Kasper the Friendly Cardinal…
That is to say, friendly to those parties looking to unite in communion and love to the Holy See.
As it stands right now, he and his ilk have been instrumental in discouraging or disparaging talk of accomadation for groups like the Traditional Anglican Communin (TAC) which are outside of the mainstream Anglican communion and wish to be united to Rome. Also the Russian Greek Catholics (Russian Orthodox who have pledged their allegiance to Rome, sometimes by demanding Rome accept their allegiance!) have been denied a bishop of their own, and priests have been turned away and discouraged from unia left and right. We don’t – or so the thinking goes – want to alienate the churches and ecclesial communities from whence these groups hail. Read the rest of this entry »