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To: annalex
I was assuming before that you were a confused Catholic. Now I have my doubts whether you are even a Catholic. You are totaly winging it. Where do you get your material, or do you just make it up yourself? Your ideas are total novelties.
33 posted on 05/26/2010 5:48:25 AM PDT by Leoni
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To: Leoni; annalex
I rmember hearing a talk years ago by Dr. William Marra, concerning the true meaning of religious liberty, which is to move into an every-greater fidelity to Catholic truth. He was a great defender of the Church, and I want to share this based on my memory of the way he explained it: if there are any errors, here, they are entirely mine, not his!

Marra used this analogy: an archer must not only intend for his arrow to strike the target, but must also intend (or allow) the arrow to pass through every intermediate point in space that comes between the archer and the target.

To hit the bulls-eye, the arrow has to traverse a very large number of points as it makes its approach. To the observer it may be uncertain as to whether it is more-or-less inaccurately approaching the "overal area" of its destination, or destined to hit only the general target (which might be 3 feet wide!), or whether it will fly perfectly true, and hit --- perhaps just a fraction of an inch in diameter --- the actual point of the bull's eye.

If you see the arrow flying toward the mark, it makes little sense to complain that a freeze-frame video shows it not (yet) perfectly zeroed in. A gust of wind could blow it wide, or make it fall short. That same gust of wind could take it to precisely the right spot! But if the intention is to hit the bull's-eye, it has the "right" to pass through every intermediary point.

So I think we should look with hope and charity toward the growing goodwill and cooperation between the Orthodox and the Catholics. If it's aimed toward the Lord Jesus Christ, it's aimed at the bulls-eye.

I like to think of the Parable of the Prodigal Son (or you could call it the Parable of the Prodigal's Father.) The father didn't spend his time mentally listing all the faults of his erratic estranged son. He apparently spend his time watching the road.

"But while [the son] was still a long way off,
his father saw him
and was filled with compassion for him;
he ran to his son,
threw his arms around him
and kissed him.'

I'm for that.

34 posted on 05/26/2010 3:18:14 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Romans 12:5)
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To: Leoni
The siutuation indeed changed when the mutual anathemas were lifted, so in that sense you can say that it is a novelty. As to the source, consider "The Special Consideration of the Eastern Churches" in Unitatis Redintegratio, as well as RESPONSES TO SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE DOCTRINE ON THE CHURCH.

With respect, you don't seem to know what you are talking about.

35 posted on 05/26/2010 4:57:09 PM PDT by annalex
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