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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • ‘Fundamentalism’ & ‘Dialogue’

    04/14/2018 8:06:51 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 04-13-2018 | Rod Dreher
    Two of the most dodgy words in contemporary religious discourse are “fundamentalism” and “dialogue”. They don’t mean what they seem to mean; in fact, they are often used as a way to gain power.To explain what I mean, consider that Marquette University, a Jesuit university, is holding a “Pride Prom” this weekend. When some outside the university angrily questioned what a Catholic university is doing sponsoring an LGBT dance, a university spokesman responded:Notice the rhetoric here. Stolarski is justifying a Catholic university holding a dance for LGBT people by claiming that the university is actually being faithful to Catholic teaching...
  • Sweden's Lund Cathedral to Host First Catholic Mass Since Reformation

    04/09/2018 6:14:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Vatican News ^ | 4/4/18 | Philippa Hitchen
    The decision by the Lutheran Church of Sweden to offer a temporary place of worship to a local Catholic parish reflects the spirit of Pope Francis' visit to the city in 2016 for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the Protestant ReformationThe medieval cathedral in the southern Swedish city of Lund will be the setting for a Catholic celebration of the Eucharist for the first time since the days of the Reformation. The chaplain of the Lutheran cathedral and the Catholic parish of St Thomas announced on Tuesday that the initiative follows on from the historic visit of Pope Francis to...
  • Founder of 40 Days for Life enters Catholic Church on Easter

    04/06/2018 9:38:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    Fredericksburg, Va., Apr 3, 2018 / 01:07 pm (CNA).- David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life, entered the Catholic Church on Easter, giving thanks for the inspiration of influential Catholics, including his wife and children. “After years of prayer, discernment, and a whole lot of wrestling with God, I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church at last night's Easter Vigil,” wrote Bereit in an April 1 Facebook post. Bereit celebrated Easter with his family at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His wife Margaret was his sponsor, and his son Patrick...
  • Pat. Bartholomew to Roman Clergy, “Even if Slow, Walk Towards Unity of Our Churches is Unstoppable”

    04/04/2018 9:11:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    “Since the XVI century, the distance the Julian and Gregorian calendars have taken from each other has led to having a different Easter date. We are sure that, as soon as the time is right, our Churches will be able to humbly and willingly implement a joint and to listen to St Paul’s invitation as a cry that sounds more urgent than ever nowadays, in a globalised, media-dependent world: ‘Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed’ (1 Cor. 5, 7-8)”. This was said earlier today by His Holiness, Bartholomew, archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, as he received at Fanar...
  • were you there

    03/30/2018 6:40:32 AM PDT · by verga · 14 replies
  • A Christian-Islamic Celebration of Annunciation for the First Time in Jordan

    03/22/2018 5:21:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 3/22/18 | Fr. Rif'at Bader
    The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan, in cooperation with the heads of the Churches in Jordan, has decided to hold an annual celebration marking the Annunciation to Blessed Virgin MaryHis Majesty King Abdullah II addressed the 71st United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2016. He said: “Jesus, whom we call ’Christ Messiah’, is named 25 times in the Qur’an. His mother Mary, called the ’best of all women in creation’, is named 35 times. And there is a chapter in the Qur’an called ‘Maryam’. The khawarej deliberately hide these truths about Islam in order to...
  • On “Partial Ecclesiastical Communion,” the Dominant Theory Behind Contemporary Ecumenism

    03/22/2018 7:25:22 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 03-19-2018 | Fr. Peter Heers
    Excerpt from: The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II by Archpriest Peter Heers "The basis for modern Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, the decree [on Ecumenism of Vatican II] established the principle of real, if imperfect, communion between Christians and their churches and communities." - by John Long, S.J. The idea of partial communion, so central to the new ecclesiology, is inconsistent with this understanding of the organic unity of the Church. Once again, in this regard as well, Vatican II was not a return to the patristic vision of the Church, but rather a further step away from it. As Metropolitan Kallistos Ware...
  • New Age Oprah Mocks God and Jesus on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    03/19/2018 2:58:38 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 30 replies
    Christian Journal ^ | 3/15/18 | Emily
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert hosted a blasphemous segment with New Age Oprah that they called, “‘Oprah Winfrey gets some career advice from a slightly less famous figure: the Lord.” During the show, they openly mocked God and Jesus. As the show opens, Steven Colbert begins to introduce Oprah, but she interrupts before he can say her name. “We’re here with” Colbert begins, then Oprah blurts out, “God.” Colbert continues, “Miss Oprah Winfrey.” Being that there was a skit planned with a character “god” later in the segment, many would wipe this off, but with all the hype around...
  • Faith and Death (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    03/09/2018 8:28:59 AM PST · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    In fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep - 1 Corinthians 15:1-58 From our conversion until we see God in glory, we are called to live by faith in the Lord, to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). This is not a call that is limited to only one area of life or to selected events. No, we are to walk by faith in every breath that we take, even our last breath as we pass into glory. In other words, just as we live by faith, we...
  • Saying ‘God Bless You’ When Someone Sneezes is Islamophobic ...

    03/05/2018 6:06:46 PM PST · by ebb tide · 42 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 5, 2018 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    March 5, 2018 by Cassandra Fairbanks 167 CommentsIn the latest absurd news to come from liberal college campuses, a group of librarians at Simmons College in Boston have declared that saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes is Islamophobic.The group has created the Anti-Oppression Library Guide, which also dictates that saying “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Easter” is an act of “Islamomisic microaggression.” “Islamomisic Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicates hostile, derogatory, or negative slights in relation to the beliefs and religious practices of Muslims,” the librarians argue. “They are structurally based and invoke...
  • Catholic Church sets out a vision for closer ties with Islam

    03/03/2018 4:52:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 58 replies
    The Sunday Times ^ | March 3, 2018 | Michael Binyon
    Catholic Church sets out a vision for closer ties with Islam Cardinal Vincent Nichols planting a sapling at the Oxford Centre for Islamic StudiesHow can dialogue between faiths lead to a deeper spiritual understanding? Is there not always a danger that both sides will talk across each other without listening or just agree on the bare minimum they have in common? These questions were raised this week by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, when he made the first visit by the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, the dazzling...
  • Vatican confirms Pope to visit Geneva to mark World Council of Churches milestone

    03/02/2018 1:48:03 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Crux ^ | March 2, 2018 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    ROME - Making official what the Swiss government had already announced, the Vatican confirmed on Friday that Pope Francis will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, on June 21 to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches in one of the traditional centers of the Protestant Reformation.“His Holiness has in mind to visit the World Council of Churches in Geneva on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of its foundation,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke announced on Friday in the Vatican’s daily news bulletin.“The visit will take place Thursday, June 21, 2018,” Burke said. “The program of the trip will...
  • Doctorate in Theology

    02/27/2018 12:57:23 PM PST · by BEJ · 59 replies
    Vanity | BEJ
    Has anyone done their doctorate in theology in the required four years or does it generally take longer? I'm thinking of doing my doctorate and am curious to know if there are some general tips or good practical advice to follow. I have heard that you are being rigorously trained and it requires a big commitment where other things in life are pushed aside as less important. I don't know how true any of this is. Thanks.
  • Church Holds Renaming Ceremony For Transgender Pastor

    02/23/2018 8:27:45 AM PST · by Maudeen · 24 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 2/23/2018 | PNW Staff
    Starting on February 11th, 2017, the congregation of St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, New Jersey began referring to their pastor as Peter. Peter, formerly Rose Beeson, was the center of a renaming ceremony Sunday that was led by Bishop Tracie Bartholomew of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ceremony also coincided with the celebration known as Transfiguration Day for Lutherans.
  • Hillsong Sponsoring Contemplative Alpha – Allows Catholic Mass at Conference

    02/20/2018 2:35:01 PM PST · by fishtank · 14 replies
    Emergent Watch ^ | 2-15-18 | Mark Jefferies
    Hillsong Sponsoring Contemplative Alpha – Allows Catholic Mass at Conference ON FEBRUARY 15, 2018 BY MARK JEFFERIES In what appears to be a one of the latest atrocities in the ecumenical war against God’s church, Hillsong churches are partnering with Alpha – a contemplative program that originated in the heretical Anglican Holy Trinity Brompton – the church that was the European home of the ‘Holy Laughter’ heresies.
  • [Church of England] Synod Shows its Enthusiasm for Closer Unity with Methodists

    02/17/2018 5:02:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Times ^ | 2/9/18 | Tim Wyatt
    THE Church of England and the Methodist Church moved one step closer together last week. After a wide-ranging debate, the General Synod approved Mission and Ministry in Covenant, a report that proposes creating full interchangeability of ministers between the two Churches, moving towards full communion, if not full unity (News, 26 January). Although a number of concerns were raised on the floor of the Synod during the debate, the report was given overwhelming support, and in the vote received comfortably more than a two-thirds majority in each of the Houses: Bishops, Clergy, and Laity. As a prelude to the debate,...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, February 8, 2018 [prayer]

    02/07/2018 8:45:30 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 21 replies ^ | February 8, 2018 | FR prayer intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us today to pray for the National Prayer Breakfast events being held for U.S. and international particpants in Washington, DC all day today.
  • Three European Alliances Warn Evangelical-Catholic Unity Is Going Too Far

    01/31/2018 5:39:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 1/30/18 | Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
    World Evangelical Alliance explains why Italy, Spain, and Malta leaders shouldn’t fear that global group has fallen for the ‘Francis effect.’During last year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation, many groups examined or asked: Is it over? The loudest “no” has come from the conservative Protestants closest to Rome. Last month, the national evangelical alliances of Italy, Spain, and Malta—all members of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)—wrote an 8-page open letter charging their parent organization with “moving away from its historic position” of holding the line against Catholic and liberal Protestant theology. “In recent years we have sensed that the leadership...
  • Bosnia: Sarajevo, Joint Prayer of Catholics & Orthodox in Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

    01/22/2018 6:29:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, tomorrow, Thursday 18th January, in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Sarajevo, the cardinal of Sarajevo Vinko Puljic will officiate an ecumenical prayer in the presence of the Orthodox Metropolitan of the Bosnian capital, Hrizostom (the highest rank in the Orthodox Church of Bosnia Herzegovina, which is under the jurisdiction of the Serbian Orthodox Church). The Orthodox leader will give the sermon. The prayer will also be attended by the Orthodox priests of Sarajevo. Catholics will reciprocate the visit on January 25th in the Orthodox Cathedral of the “Most Holy Mother...
  • Church of England Braced for 'Controversial' Next Step in Ending 200-year Split with Methodists

    01/21/2018 5:41:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 1/19/18 | Harry Farley
    The Church of England's ruling synod is set for a 'controversial' debate moving towards ending a 200-year-old schism with the Methodists. The two Churches split in the 18th century when John Wesley, a CofE cleric, reluctantly founded the breakaway movement after trying to reform Anglicanism. Proposals to bring the two closer together are likely to face strong opposition from some when the next stage in a two-year long process is debated by the CofE's ruling General Synod next month. The plans, if eventually implemented, would mean that ministers from one Church could practise in the other. 'Acceptance of the proposals...