Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Rembrandt displayed in the Vatican for the first time

    12/04/2016 11:18:02 AM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | December 4, 2016
    ARNOLD NESSELRATH Curator, Vatican Museums "Sweden is a particularly Protestant country. Holland is a particularly Protestant country. So if you want to set an ecumenical sign through creating events as we've seen on the 31 of October, and this is what we wanted to contribute to with this exhibition.”
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church on the Council of Crete "It was neither Great, nor Holy, nor Pan-Orthodox"

    12/02/2016 12:25:13 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-02-2016 | Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church
    Sofia, November 29, 2016 Photo: http://bknpk.com/?p=8976     At a full session meeting on 11.15.2016, protocol № 22, the Holy Synod reviewed the text “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World,” adopted at the Council on Crete, Greece in June of this year, and adopted the following declaration: At its session on 06.01.2016, protocol № 12, the full body of the Holy Synod decided to propose a postponement of the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church, in order to continue preparing for it. Otherwise, the Holy Synod declared, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church would not take...
  • Pope in Santa Marta: With fidelity, there is no fear of judgement day

    11/26/2016 5:22:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | November 22, 2016
    In his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta, the pope said that those who have been faithful to God should not fear death. POPE FRANCIS "Fidelity to the Lord does not disappoint. If each one of us is faithful to the Lord, when death comes, we will say, like Francis (of Assisi), ‘come sister death…’ We won’t be afraid. When the day of judgement comes, we will look at the Lord: ‘Lord I have many sins but I have tried to be faithful.’ And our Lord is good. I give you this advice: ‘be faithful until death – said the...
  • Pope Francis Gives Patriarch Kirill Birthday Gift of Relic [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    11/23/2016 6:47:05 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 23, 2016 | N/A
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has given Patriarch Kirill of Moscow a relic of St. Francis of Assisi, to mark the Russian Orthodox leader’s 70th birthday. The President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, conveyed the present to Patriarch Kirill at an audience granted him at the Patriarchal residence on Tuesday. A statement from the Moscow Patriarchate on the meeting is below ************************************ On 22 November 2016, at the Patriarchal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity,...
  • Interview: Feminine Diaconate: ‘Only Study, No Decisions Right Away,’ Says Archbishop Ladaria

    11/18/2016 4:35:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 11/18/16 | Silvio Giamperi
    Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Reflects on Role of Ecumenism in Pope Francis’ PontificateThe opening of the new academic year took place in the Aula Magna of the Marchigiano Theological Institute of Ancona. Archbishop Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was invited to give the inaugural address on ‘Justification through Faith in Relation to the Ecumenical Dialogue.’ Here is an interview done with him on that occasion: **** In light of Pope Francis’ recent meeting with the Lutheran world, what is at present the status quaestionis of the...
  • Vatican Bishop Lays Out 'Roadmap' for Dialogue with Islam

    11/08/2016 5:40:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/8/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Nov 8, 2016 / 12:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There is a roadmap for dialogue with Islam, and its three landmarks are peace, justice and education, says a leading bishop on the subject. Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, explained: “on a theological level, differences still remain, and they are known. Beyond any theological difference, however, we take each other’s hand, to build together the common good.” There is a “diverse and rich dialogue with many Islamic institutions,” the bishop told CNA Nov. 4. Bishop Ayuso discussed how the dialogue with Islamic institutions...
  • Op-Ed: "Kneeling Before Luther", by Roberto de Mattei

    11/04/2016 10:57:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 2, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    It is with deep sorrow we say this. What surfaced during the ecumenical meeting between Pope Francis and the World Lutheran Federation on October 31st in Lund, seems to be a new religion. A religion that has clear starting points, but murky, disquieting ends. The slogan that resounded the most in Lund Cathedral was the need for a “common path” which would carry Catholics and Lutherans “from conflict to communion”. Both Pope Francis and Pastor Martin Junge, Secretary to the Lutheran Federation, made reference to the evangelical parable of the vine and branches in their sermons. Catholics and Lutherans would...
  • Aquinas Is Not A Safe Guide For Protestants

    11/03/2016 7:55:13 AM PDT · by fishtank · 9 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 10-16-16 | Dewey Roberts
    Aquinas Is Not A Safe Guide For Protestants Reading Aquinas with care and caution. Written by Dewey Roberts | Sunday, October 16, 2016 In his Summa Theologica, Aquinas clearly stated his view that the sacraments perform their work through a virtue in themselves. He also stated unequivocally that the sacraments confer the new birth, justification, the grace of the Holy Spirit, sanctification, inward enlightenment, the washing away of guilt, and forgiveness of sins on every person who partakes of them. From time to time, I come across articles by Reformed authors wherein they encourage the reading of the Summa Theologica...
  • Pope in Sweden Heaps Praise on Luther, but no Breakthrough on Communion

    11/01/2016 7:25:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/31/16 | Austin Ivereigh
    Although he made no reference to the issue of the Eucharist, Francis in Sweden has issued some of the most positive language ever used by a pope to describe Martin Luther and his beliefs. The question that haunted Martin Luther about God’s mercy is “the decisive question of our lives,” while the doctrine of justification “expresses the essence of human existence before God,” Pope Francis told a joint Catholic-Lutheran gathering in Lund, Sweden today. Francis’s words at a joint prayer service at the city’s eleventh-century cathedral to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s protest at Wittenberg in 1517 are the...
  • The Ecumenical Fiasco in Lund: A Game of Let’s Pretend

    11/01/2016 1:12:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | November 1, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    And so Francis has completed his “ecumenical journey” to Lund, Sweden, where the long-planned fiasco elicited nothing but yawns from the post-Christian Swedish populace. The press laughably reported that “hundreds” greeted Francis upon his arrival at the airport. At Lund, in the very cathedral Lutheran rebels stole from the Catholic Church centuries ago, the one who is supposed to act as the Vicar of Christ participated in a joint “ecumenical prayer service” with pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-divorce, pro-homosexual, pro-women’s “ordination” Lutheran laymen and laywomen masquerading in clerical costumes. The cast of clerical fakes that Francis dignified with the presence of a...
  • Catholics and Lutherans Must ‘Move Beyond Controversies of the Past’, Says Pope Francis

    10/31/2016 5:30:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Francis was speaking at a service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant ReformationPope Francis urged Catholics and Lutherans to take decisive steps toward unity and “move beyond” the controversies that have divided western Christianity. However, the Pope nevertheless offered no new openings to the idea of sharing Communion before full unity is achieved. “We Christians will be credible witnesses of mercy to the extent that forgiveness, renewal and reconciliation are daily experienced in our midst,” the Pope said on October 31 during an ecumenical prayer service in the Lutherans’ Lund cathedral, which was built as a Catholic cathedral...
  • The reformer pope heads to Sweden to mark Luther's reforms

    10/31/2016 8:31:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2016
    Pope Francis is heading to secular Sweden to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a remarkably bold gesture given his very own Jesuit religious order was founded to defend the faith against Martin Luther's "heretical" reforms five centuries ago.
  • Catholic and Lutheran Churches Pledge to Work for Shared Eucharist

    10/31/2016 8:26:42 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    Crux ^ | October 31, 2016 | Austen Ivereign
    At the conclusion of a historic ecumenical celebration in Lund, Sweden, Pope Francis and the general-secretary of the world's Lutheran churches agreed to work together for a shared Eucharist. Pope Francis and the global Lutheran leader have jointly pledged to remove the obstacles to full unity between their Churches, leading eventually to shared Eucharist. They made the commitment in a joint statement signed before a congregation of Catholic and Lutheran leaders at the conclusion of a joint service in Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. The statement was signed by Pope Francis and...
  • Martin Luther to be canonized

    10/30/2016 7:43:54 PM PDT · by fishtank · 62 replies
    Eccles and Bosco ^ | Oct. 16, 2016 | Mr. Eccles
    Sunday, 16 October 2016 Martin Luther to be canonized As part of the celebrations of the Reformation, and to mark his excellent relations with the Lutherans - "After all, they're far more Catholic than the German cardinals Kasper, Marx, and their cronies" - Pope Francis has agreed to canonize Martin Luther himself.
  • Catholics Should Learn from Luther, Pope Says in New Interview

    10/29/2016 4:25:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    Pope Francis said that Catholics can learn a great deal from Lutherans, in an interview published as he prepared for a trip to Sweden to join in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Holy Father’s latest interview appeared in the Italian Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica. The Pope was interviewed by Father Ulf Jonsson, the editor of a Swedish Jesuit magazine, Signum. Speaking about what Catholics should learn from Martin Luther, the Pope said: “Two words come to my mind: reform and Scripture.” He explained that Luther set out to reform “a complex situation” in the Church, but because...
  • Pope’s Statement Raises Questions Among Swedish Catholics

    10/29/2016 4:14:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    You cannot be Catholic and sectarian. That’s why the Pope didn’t plan to celebrate Mass in Sweden. The statement was made in an interview with Pope Francis, made by Swedish Jesuit and editor Ulf Jonssons in September. It was recently published in the Jesuit magazine Signum as well as in the Swedish newspaper Dagens nyheter: ”We must strive to be together with others. «Catholic» and «sectarian» are two words in contradiction. This is why at the beginning I wasn’t planning to celebrate a Mass for the Catholics on this trip. I wanted to insist on an ecumenical witness.”Later on the...
  • Kenyans paint churches and mosques yellow as a symbol of dialogue

    10/29/2016 10:18:51 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | October 29, 2016 | LORENZO SIMONCELLI
    Churches and mosques have been painted yellow in an attempt to fire up interreligious dialogue in a predominantly Christian Kenya where jihadist infiltration by Somali militant group Al-Shabaab is making it increasingly risky to profess one’s faith. The “Colour in Faith” project as it is called, is co-ordinated by Colombian artist Yazmani Arboleda and Nabila Alibhai, founders of Nairobi-based civic group inCOMMONS . A total of nine places of worship (five churches and four mosques) have been painted across Kenya, uniting both religious communities. Muslims painted church walls, while Christians did the same with the African state’s traditional white-green mosques....
  • Ecumenism: More Important than the Holy Sacrifice?

    10/28/2016 3:47:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 28, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    The pope is scheduled to visit Lund, Sweden, on Monday, for the joint Luthern/Vatican “commemoration” of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant “Reformation”. In a newly-released interview with La Civiltà Cattolica (excerpts of which have been translated by Crux), Francis indicates that he originally did not want to offer Mass in Lund, because he saw it as an obstruction to the ecumenical symbolism of the event: In the interview with Father Ulf Jonsson, a fellow Jesuit, the pope also discusses his relationships with Lutherans from his days as a Jesuit and later archbishop in Buenos Aires, and said Catholics could...
  • Into the Heart of Godlessness, Pope Francis Heads for Sweden

    10/28/2016 11:36:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/27/16 | Alistair Scrutton
    Usually feted ecstatically by Catholics across the world, Pope Francis may face a far more muted reception when he arrives next week in Sweden, one the world's most secular nations, with openly gay Lutheran bishops and special cemeteries for atheists. Add to that the fact that Francis will be there to take part in a joint Catholic-Lutheran service in Lund to mark the start of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's anti-Catholic Reformation that led to a bloody schism in Europe. In the first papal visit to the country in nearly 30 years, Francis, who is seen as breathing freshness...
  • Pope Explains Reluctance To Celebrate Mass in Sweden

    10/28/2016 9:28:26 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Crux ^ | October 28, 2016 | Austen Ivereigh
    ROME — At first, Pope Francis did not want to celebrate a Catholic Mass in Sweden in order to preserve Monday’s ecumenical witness at the joint Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of the Reformation in Lund, he revealed in an interview released today. He later changed his mind after reflecting on his role as pastor of the Catholic community, and in response to a request from the local Church. But he put the Mass on the following day, Tuesday, in order to “avoid confusing” the ecumenical event with the Catholic one. The pope revealed his decision-making process in an interview with the Swedish...
  • Pope Francis creates anticipation for intercommunion between Catholics and Lutherans

    10/28/2016 8:16:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 27, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    It’s gearing up to be one of the hottest topics in Sweden and around the Lutheran world. As the October 31 kickoff draws near for the yearlong celebration of Martin Luther’s launch of the Protestant Reformation, Lutheran and Catholic bishops are expressing their expectation of the ability to receive Communion in the Catholic Church, a practice that is not lawful. Pope Francis, who will travel to Lund, Sweden, to participate in the ceremonies, has himself elicited the excitement by suggesting that intercommunion is a possibility. The Lutheran Church of Sweden to which Pope Francis is going for the celebration accepts...
  • A statue of Luther in the Vatican and a new papal definition of ‘lukewarm’

    10/25/2016 7:22:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 25, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    Pope Francis will travel to Lund, Sweden, next week to assist in the launch of a yearlong commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses to the door of the castle church of Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. In a lead-up event at the Vatican on October 13, the Pope received a group of 1,000 Lutherans and Catholics from Germany in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall and addressed them from the stage where a statue of Luther was erected. The sight came as a shock to many Catholics because Luther was excommunicated and his theses...
  • Pope in Sweden Could Break Ground on Inter-Communion, Bishop Says

    10/22/2016 5:15:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/21/16 | Austin Ivereigh
    The English bishop William Kenney is a key figure in the official Catholic-Lutheran dialogue, and will be with Pope Francis in Sweden at the end of the month. He believes unity is a matter of decades away, and it's possible that Francis may use the trip to make a gesture on inter-communion.To describe English bishop William Kenney as an “auxiliary of Birmingham” doesn’t capture the depth and range of his longstanding roles in pan-European church bodies - for two terms, for example, he was president of Caritas Europe, and he played a key role in organizing relief efforts for former...
  • Sending forth wolves among the lambs

    10/22/2016 7:03:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | October 21, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    According to Vatican News Service, a common declaration has been issued bearing the signatures of both “HIS GRACE JUSTIN WELBY” and “HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS” proposing to send “out on mission together 19 pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops from countries around the world.” The document is precisely what one might expect in this post-conciliar age of radical ecumenism; namely, a grave offense against Christ and an embarrassment to the faithful. It’s more than that, though; it’s yet another indication of the faith, or lack thereof, of its signatories. Welby blesses francisThe text refers, not only to the heretic layman Justin...
  • Vatican, Al-Azhar to Officially Resume Dialogue

    10/21/2016 5:30:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/21/16 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 21, 2016 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the Vatican announced it will be sending a representative to Egypt to set plans for the official re-launching of dialogue between the Holy See and the Al-Azhar Mosque and adjunct University, marking a seismic step in Catholic-Muslim relations. In an Oct. 21 communique, the Vatican said the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, will be heading back to Cairo for an Oct. 23 meeting with a delegation from Al-Azhar. He will be accompanied by Msgr. Khaled Akasheh, head of the council’s...
  • De Mattei: To which Church does Pope Bergoglio belong to?

    10/21/2016 3:42:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 19, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    Two anniversaries overlap each other in 2017: the 100 years of the Fatima apparitions, occurring between May 13th and October 13th 1917, and the 500 years of Luther’s revolt, beginning in Wittenberg, Germany, October 31st 1517. However, there are two other much less discussed anniversaries which also fall next year: the 300 years of the official foundation of Freemasonry (London, June 24th 1717) and the 100 years of the Russian Revolution of October 26th 1917 (the Julian calendar in use in the Russian Empire: November 8th according to the Gregorian calendar). Yet, between the Protestant Revolution and the Communist Revolution...
  • WAKE UP America ! Wake Up Body of CHRIST ![Charismatic Caucus]

    10/20/2016 10:20:09 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Holy Spirit , Bible
    You have allowed a breach in your walls my children! Seers awake ! Rise up to repair your borders and walls for you can not sustain what is about to come now as blind as you now are ! Awake ! Repair ! Come up higher and fast all distractions and guard your gates , replace your blind Seers with the ones that look to Me alone for guidance and KNOW I AM here. So there is no reason to tarry or allow in bitter waters that do not replenish and leave behind Asherah poles of disdain(contempt) . Am I...
  • Why Are Pius XI Documents Missing from Vatican Website?

    10/19/2016 7:00:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 19, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    It appears that Pope Pius XI’s documents are missing from the Vatican website where they were once stored. We walk you through just one of the missing documents, the link for which is still available through Google. Since the (somewhat impromptu) video below was made earlier today, we did some more digging, and it appears that the documents of other popes are still there going back to Pope Clement XII. Pius XI is the one missing page in the list. Pope Pius XI was a staunch opponent of the kind of ecumenism the Vatican now favors. He also wrote about...
  • Ptr Kirill Expresses Concerns to Abp of Canterbury About Anglicans' Apostasy from Christian Morals

    10/19/2016 5:37:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/19/16
    London, October 19, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in his talk with Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury said he was concerned that the Anglican Church deviates from norms of the Christian teaching. "The patriarch paid attention of the Archbishop of Canterbury that the Russian Orthodox Church is seriously concerned with liberalization of the teaching of the Anglican Church in questions of church rules - consecration of women to priests and bishops, and in morals and family issues," head of the patriarchal press service Priest Alexander Volkov told the journalists on Tuesday evening in London before the...
  • Francis and “Saint” Martin Luther: Perfect Together

    10/18/2016 5:30:42 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 17, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Our series on the font of error that is Pope Francis continues with his performance before an audience of Lutheran “pilgrims” from Germany at the Vatican on October 13. That date was the 99th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima; but Francis, who is supposedly devoted to the Blessed Virgin and had his pontificate consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima (which accounts for my early optimism concerning his disastrous pontificate), completely ignored the occasion. Instead, he devoted the day to celebrating the memory of Martin Luther in the Paul VI Audience Hall. A statue of the arch-heretic...
  • Proselytism Venom Against Ecumenism-Pope

    10/13/2016 6:57:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    ANSA.EN ^ | 10/13/16
    (ANSA) - Vatican City, October 13 - Pope Francis told a group of mostly Lutheran pilgrims on Thursday that proselytism was a potential threat to Christian unity. "The last thing you must do is 'to say, to convince'. It's not right to convince someone of your faith," he said. "Proselytism is the strongest venom against the path of ecumenism". The pope was speaking to around 1,000 pilgrims in the Vatican - most of them German Lutherans - who are in Rome as part of ecumenical preparations for the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran reformation. "The Apostle Paul...
  • Benedict XVI: liturgy which points East expresses a desire for salvation

    10/13/2016 5:04:44 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 13, 2016 | Catholic News Service
    Pope Benedict XVI has contributed to a book marking the Ecumenical Patriarch's 25th anniversary The Pope Emeritus has praised worship ad orientem in a book which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the election of Ecumenical PatriarchBartholomew of Constantinople. In his book extract, the retired Benedict XVI writes: “A shepherd of the flock of Jesus Christ is never oriented only to the circle of his own faithful. The community of the Church is universal, also in the sense that it includes all of reality.” He continues: “This is evident, for example, in the liturgy, which does not indicate only the commemoration...
  • My only Trump Column...(I hope)

    I have a lot of friends and readers who are baffled by what they consider to be the misguided “evangelical Christian support” for Donald Trump in America.It doesn’t make sense, especially in the light of the recent appalling locker room comments , revealed by Trump’s enemies(and by God, for there is nothing hidden that won’t be brought to light and nothing secret that won’t be shouted from the housetops!) . It just doesn’t make sense that although Trump is so manifestly immoral, Evangelicals would stick by him, even when the ‘brave’ leadership of the Republican party runs for the tall...
  • [Catholic] Cardinals, Bishops From All Over Europe to Come to Minsk in a Year

    10/10/2016 4:57:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfac ^ | 10/10/16
    Minsk, October 10, Interfax - Minsk was selected as the venue of the plenary session of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE) in 2017, the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus said on its website. "The next plenary session of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe will be held in Minsk in the period between September 28, 2017 through October 1, 2017. The capital of Belarus will be visited by over 40 cardinals and bishops from all countries of Europe and from the Vatican, which has never happened before," the report said. Commenting on the decision...
  • Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops “Sent Out” for United Mission

    10/08/2016 4:03:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Anglican Communion News Service ^ | 10/5/16 | Gavin Drake
    The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis have commissioned 19 pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from across the world to take part in united mission in their local areas. The bishops, selected by the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (Iarccum) were “sent out” for mission together by the Pope and Archbishop from the same church were Pope Gregory sent Saint Augustine to evangelise the English in the sixth Century. “Fourteen centuries ago Pope Gregory sent the servant of God, Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, and his companions, from this holy place, to...
  • The Download—Double Standard in Philadelphia

    10/05/2016 5:59:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/3/16 | Christine Niles
    Pro-abortion politicians get white-glove treatment while faithful Catholics are ignoredOn September 6, Catholic News Agency — owned by EWTN — published a laudatory piece on Sen. Tim Kaine, highlighting his early connections to Liberation Theology in Honduras and how it transformed his worldview and helped kickstart his political career. Nowhere does the article mention Kaine's abortion and same-sex marriage advocacy, nor does it make clear that Liberation Theology is an ideology explicitly condemned by the Church. Multiple commenters beneath the article expressed disbelief that EWTN would allow CNA to run such a piece praising a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage Catholic during...
  • Anglican-Catholic Events in Rome This Week Raise False Hopes of Unity

    10/05/2016 5:34:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/4/18 | Edward Pentin
    Despite many worthy Anglican-Catholic initiatives this week, true unity remains a distant dream.As part of a week of festivities marking half a century of Anglican-Catholic dialogue, nineteen pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops from around the world will be commissioned tomorrow to embark on a joint mission to spread the Gospel. The initiative will be launched at an ecumenical vespers service in Rome’s San Gregorio al Cielo church, attended by Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby. The joint mission is the fruit of dialogue undertaken by the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission on Unity...
  • Russian Orthodox Church: Collaboration Between Orthodox and Catholics More Important Than Ever

    10/04/2016 5:12:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Asia News ^ | 10/3/16 | Marta Allevato
    Interview with hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), secretary for relations between Christians from the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations. The recent agreement on the primacy and synodality signed in Chieti. The difficulties of the pan-Orthodox Synod. The memory and the value of embrace between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Havana.Moscow (AsiaNews) - An all-round cooperation between Orthodox and Catholics to be "peacekeepers" and "moral reference points" in a world marked by armed conflicts, terrorism, persecution, consumerism, materialism. This is what it hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), secretary for relations between Christians from the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations hopes....
  • Bishops Begin Historic Canterbury-Rome 'Pilgrimage'

    10/04/2016 5:05:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Thirty-six Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from 19 countries are in Canterbury at the start of an historic week-long summit marking closer ties between the two traditions. Events will include a service in Rome on Wednesday (October 5) jointly led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Francis at which the bishops will be formally commissioned to work together in pairs. Services at Canterbury Cathedral over the weekend have illustrated the deepening relationship between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church. On Saturday the Suffragan Bishop in Europe, David Hamid, delivered the homily at a Catholic Vigil Mass in...
  • False Messiahs, Wars, and Natural Disasters (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    10/04/2016 4:58:07 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/4/2016
    “Jesus began to say to them, ‘See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, “I am he!” and they will lead many astray’” (vv. 5–6). - Mark 13:5–8 Twelve American football fields could fit within the first-century Jerusalem temple complex, and many of the stones used to construct the building weighed more than one million pounds. Thus, it was hard for any Jew of the time to believe that such a magnificent structure could be destroyed, as Jesus said it would be. So, to confirm such an improbable event, Peter, James, John, and Andrew...
  • Pope to Pray with Anglican Chief for First Time in 500 Years

    10/03/2016 5:45:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Pope and the head of the Church of England will say prayers together for the first time since England’s break from Rome gave rise to the Anglican church, the Vatican announced Monday. The historic and hugely symbolic move will come on Wednesday at vespers, or evening prayers, in the ancient church of San Gregorio al Celio in the Italian capital. It will be the first time a pontiff has joined with an Archbishop of Canterbury in joint public prayer since the schism in 1534 was triggered by English monarch Henry VIII’s clash with Rome. The Archbishop, Justin Welby, will...
  • Pope Presses Georgian Orthodox Agenda Despite Mass Absence

    10/01/2016 6:08:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Pope Francis' efforts to improve relations with the Georgian Orthodox Church suffered a setback Saturday after the patriarchate decided at the last minute not to send an official delegation to his Mass and reminded the Orthodox faithful they cannot participate in Catholic services. Francis still pressed on with his agenda, insisting that Catholics must never try to convert Orthodox and bowing in prayer alongside the Orthodox patriarch after they both lit a candle in the Orthodox cathedral. Francis called for the historical divisions that have "lacerated" Christianity to be healed through patience, trust and dialogue. "We...
  • Aggression of Greek-Catholics Should Become Main Topic in Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue - Met. Hilarion

    09/30/2016 4:30:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/30/16
    Moscow, September 30, Interfax - Dialogue between Orthodox and Catholics should focus on the actions of the Greek-Catholic Church and the theme of the Uniatism, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk believes. "Statements of UGCC supreme archbishop Svyatoslav Shevchuk with attacks against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Moscow Patriarchate sow distrust between Orthodox and Catholics," the metropolitan said in his interview with Interfax-Religion summing up the results of the 14th plenary session of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue held in Italian Chieti. He reminded that a historic meeting between...
  • The Decisions of the Church of Greece on the Council of Crete and Final Outcome (long)

    09/30/2016 11:59:17 AM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 09-28-2016 | Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos
    Wednesday, 28 September 2016Translated, for the Holy Metropolis of Nafpaktos and St. Vlassios, by Anastasios Filippides Original Text in Greek: Ναυπάκτου κ. Ἱεροθέου: Οἱ ἀποφάσεις τῆς Ἱεραρχίας τῆς Ἐκκλησίας τῆς Ἑλλάδος γιὰ τὴν «Ἁγία καὶ Μεγάλη Σύνοδο» καὶ ἡ κατάληξή τους. AT ITS MEETINGS on 24 and 25 May 2016, the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece, as was its right and responsibility, studied the texts adopted by the Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conferences and Summits of the Primates, further to the decision and proposal of the Standing Holy Synod. Having taken into account Article 11 of the Organisation and Working...
  • Georgian Church reassures believers—Pope's visit not to cross into ecumenism

    09/29/2016 10:56:06 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-29-2016 | Pravoslavie
    September 29, 2016      In response to some strong reactions among the clergy and faithful to the Pope's upcoming visit to the country of Georgia, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, which will include meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II, the Patriarchate has released a statement aimed at reassuring those concerned. "We note that prayerful-sacramental communion between us and the Catholic church of Rome has been severed since medieval times and as long as there are dogmatic differences between us, according to Church law, Orthodox believers do not take part in their services," the statement reads. The release notes that Pope Francis'...
  • Dear Lord, Please Let Your Truth Be Revealed Tonight

    09/26/2016 5:45:54 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 37 replies
    Amen.
  • The New Orthodox-Catholic Agreement is a Landmark – but There’s a Long Way to Go

    09/26/2016 4:47:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 169 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/26/16 | Fr. Mark Drew
    The Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue announced a substantial agreement but healing the historic schism still requires plenty of workAs of last Thursday, the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church announced that it had reached substantial agreement on the questions of primacy and synodality in the Church. It was described as a “landmark agreement”, and one source asked excitedly whether Orthodox Churches might soon “recognise the Pope”. Has there really been a historic breakthrough in the process towards healing the thousand-year-old schism between East and West? That the issue is a thorny one...
  • Catholic and Orthodox Theologians ‘Reach Landmark Agreement’

    09/22/2016 7:31:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/22/16 | Staff Reporter
    Scholars reportedly achieve breakthrough on synodality and primacyCatholic and Orthodox scholars have reached a landmark agreement on synodality and primacy in the early Church, it has been reported. According to a Russian Orthodox Church website, the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church has approved a joint document called “Synodality and Primacy during the First Millennium: Towards a Common Understanding in Service to the Unity of the Church”.Differing views on the synodal structure of the Church and the primacy of the Pope are regarded as two of the greatest obstacles to unity between...
  • With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: - II of III

    09/22/2016 4:09:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper & Catholic Family News ^ | September 22, 2016 | Michael J. Matt, Christopher Ferrara & John Vennari
    With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis Part II of III "As you revealed in your manifesto (Evangelii gaudium, 94), you are filled with contempt for tradition-minded Catholics, whom you rashly accuse of “self-absorbed Promethean neopelagianism” and of “feel[ing] superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past.” You even ridicule a “supposed soundness of doctrine or discipline” because, according to you, it “leads instead to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others…” A Joint Statement from The Remnant and Catholic Family...
  • “Let us Free Ourselves from the Heavy Burdens of Fundamentalism and Hate” [Assisi]

    09/20/2016 5:25:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 9/20/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    In his final speech in Assisi, Francis said “no” to “the paganism of indifference”. “Our path leads us to immersing ourselves in situations and giving first place to those who suffer; to taking on conflicts and healing them from within”“No” to a “paganism of indifference”, “our path leads us to immersing ourselves in situations and giving first place to those who suffer; to taking on conflicts and healing them from within… let us free ourselves from the heavy burdens of fundamentalism and hate”. In the heart of Assisi, warmed by the afternoon sun, Pope Francis, along with hundreds of men...