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Keyword: ecumenism

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  • Traditional Anglican Communion to Enter into Full Communion with the Catholic Church?

    01/29/2009 5:06:59 AM PST · by tcg · 18 replies · 882+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/29/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The Pope is preparing to offer the Traditonal Anglican Communion, a group of half a million dissident Anglicans, its own personal prelature by Rome, according to reports this morning. History may be in the making", reports The Record. "It appears Rome is on the brink of welcoming close to half a million members of the Traditional Anglican Communion into membership of the Roman Catholic Church. Such a move would be the most historic development in Anglican-Catholic relations in the last 500 years. But it may also be a prelude to a much greater influx of Anglicans waiting on the sidelines,...
  • Commentary: The March for Life and Christian Unity Week

    01/21/2009 4:15:42 PM PST · by tcg · 6 replies · 424+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/22/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On January 22, 2009 thousands will gather in Washington, D.C. to give their voice to our neighbors in the first home of the whole human race. These are the children who await their welcome among us upon birth. These littlest neighbors need our voice because theirs is being muffled behind the wall of their mother’s womb, once considered the first refuge of safety. There in their first experience of the interdependency which reveals the truth about our humanity, where they are supposed to be embraced by the warmth of love, they are vulnerable to the worst kind of domestic violence....
  • The Language of Love

    08/29/2008 1:40:25 PM PDT · by annalex · 4 replies · 324+ views
    Zenit News ^ | 2008-08-29 | Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap
    The Language of Love Gospel Commentary for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time By Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap ROME, AUG. 29, 2008 ( In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear Jesus who says: “Whoever wants to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. Because whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” What does it mean to “deny" yourself? And why should you deny yourself? We know about the indignation of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche over this the request of this Gospel. I...
  • Brother Roger of Taize -- Catholic, Protestant, what? [remained a Reformed Protestant to his death]

    08/26/2008 8:38:24 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies · 197+ views
    America - The National Catholic Weekly ^ | 2008-08-26 | Austen Ivereigh
    When Fr Roger Schutz, founder of the ecumenical monastic community at Taizé, in south-east France, attended the April 2005 funeral of Pope John Paul II, he received Communion from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. This raised a few eyebrows at the time -- Shutz was a Protestant pastor -- and gave rise to speculation that "Brother Roger", as he was always known, had secretly converted to Catholicism. This idea was supported by what subsequently came to light: that Schutz had repeatedly received Eucharistic communion from John Paul II and received the Eucharist every morning at the Catholic Mass in Taizé. The question...
  • An open letter to Mr. Stephen A. Baldwin, Actor, and “born again” Christian.

    08/11/2008 4:58:31 PM PDT · by annalex · 459 replies · 790+ views
    The Evangelization Station ^ | Victor R. Claveau, MJ
    An open letter to Mr. Stephen A. Baldwin, Actor, and “born again” Christian. Dear Mr. Baldwin, Praise God, you have become a strong voice in winning souls for Jesus as one who has experienced the saving grace of the Redeemer. May you always use your notoriety to spread the Good News. It has been my experience that when an individual submits themselves to Christ, they undergo a deep conversion of heart. A tremendous weight is lifted, and they receive a sense of inner peace and joy. There is also the need to share this wonderful experience with others in the...
  • Evangelicals: Change of Heart toward Catholics

    07/29/2008 4:39:52 PM PDT · by annalex · 1,140 replies · 1,562+ views
    The Black Cordelias ^ | July 28, 2008 | The Black Cordelias
    Evangelicals: Change of Heart toward Catholics Evangelicals have been going through a major change of heart in their view of Catholicism over the past 15 years or so. In the 80’s when I was in college I lived in the Biblebelt and had plenty of experience with Evangelicals–much of it bad experience. The 80’s was the height of the “Are you saved?” question. In Virginia, the question often popped up in the first 10 minutes of getting to know someone. As I look back, Isurmise that this was coached from the pulpit or Sunday school as it was so well...
  • New legal threat to teaching evolution in the US [Ecumenical Thread]

    07/11/2008 11:11:46 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 52 replies · 151+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7/9/2008 | Amanda Gefter
    New legal threat to teaching evolution in the US New Scientist ^ | 7/9/2008 | Amanda Gefter Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 4:06:06 AM by Soliton Louisiana is another story. A hub of creationist activism since the early 1980s, it was Louisiana that enacted the Balanced Treatment Act, which required that creationism be taught alongside evolution in schools. In a landmark 1987 case known as Edwards vs Aguillard, the US Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional, effectively closing the door on teaching "creation science" in public schools. ID was invented soon afterwards as a way of proffering creationist concepts...
  • A Monastery to Last 1,000 Years

    06/13/2008 1:52:30 PM PDT · by annalex · 11 replies · 441+ views
    Zenit News ^ | 2008-06-12 | Jason Adkins
    A Monastery to Last 1,000 Years Traditional Benedictines Flourish in Eastern Oklahoma By Jason Adkins HULBERT, Oklahoma, JUNE 12, 2008 ( It’s been said that when the revolution comes, you won’t read about it in the newspapers. Indeed, when the history of this part of the world is written, it may point to the recent establishment of a monastery amid the rolling hills and lakes of eastern Oklahoma as an event of momentous consequence for fostering a renaissance of Christian culture. On my return drive to Minnesota after living for a year in Texas, I chose to spend some time...
  • A Well-Rounded Pope [Ecumenical]

    06/13/2008 1:32:02 PM PDT · by annalex · 3 replies · 250+ views
    Zenit News ^ | 2008-06-11 | Gisčle Plantec
    A Well-Rounded Pope Interview on Benedict XVI's Qualities and Fundamental Ideas By Gisčle PlantecROME, JUNE 11, 2008 ( Benedict XVI is impressive in his well-rounded character -- a man who goes easily from playing the piano to visiting world leaders to explaining to children the mystery of the Eucharist, affirmed a scholar from a Roman university. Legionary of Christ Father Juan Pablo Ledesma talked with ZENIT about the German Pope -- his most striking qualities and the ideas that presumably govern his thought. ZENIT approached Father Ledesma, dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university, following a conference he helped...

    06/11/2008 2:25:41 PM PDT · by annalex · 3 replies · 257+ views
    EWTN ^ | 9/11/1996 | James Akin
    RIGHTEOUSNESS AND MERIT James Akin I. Words And Word-FightsTwo Catholic doctrines which are phenomenally confusing to Protestants are the Catholic understandings of righteousness and merit. The key reason for this—in fact, virtually the only reason for this—is the different ways in which the two key terms "righteousness" and "merit" are used in the two communities.Often a given theological term may be used in several different technical senses, and when one sense is common in one community and another sense is common in a different community, terrible confusion and hostility can result.For example, it is vitally important to distinguish the...

    06/02/2008 8:01:12 PM PDT · by annalex · 66 replies · 530+ views
    EWTN ^ | 4/1/1996 | James Akin
    THE PRIESTHOOD DEBATE James AkinI. Opening RemarksWhen I was an Evangelical, I originally held the same view of the priesthood that my opponent does. I viewed it as a man-made institution which robbed the faithful of their place as God's priests. I even quoted the same verses that my opponent does—the ones about us being a "kingdom of priests" or a "royal priesthood," depending on the translation you are using.But over the course of time, I began to realize that merely quoting those verses did not settle the issue. The Bible has far more to say on the subject.An embarrassment...
  • Hermits and Solitaries [Ecumenical]

    05/24/2008 10:35:57 PM PDT · by annalex · 10 replies · 530+ views
    Immaculate Heart of Mary's Hermitage Hermits and Solitaries Can one be a hermit without being monastic? In the Christian world the technical designation hermit tends to signify monastically vowed solitary life. The New Code of RC Canon Law for Monastic and Religious reflects this position, and gives local Bishops the possibility of vowing diocesan hermits with no connections to any established religious or monastic order, Per Se.  Per Accidens, anyone who would be a vowed diocesan hermit will at least have to have some minimal recourse to the monastic and eremitic traditions of the Church.      The founders of...

    05/23/2008 8:39:53 AM PDT · by annalex · 122 replies · 497+ views
    EWTN ^ | 4/1/1996 | James Akin
    JUSTIFICATION IN CATHOLIC TEACHING James Akin [Note: To understand the Biblical basis of some of the concepts in this paper, such as the fact that salvation is a process, see the paper "Salvation Past, Present, and Future."] The key document giving the Church's teaching on this subject is known as the Decree On Justification from the Council of Trent (1545-1564). This document contains a set of sixteen short, paragraph-long "chapters," followed by a series of canons excommunicating the teachers of false views.The first two chapters deal with fallen man's need for justification and the provision that God has made...

    05/21/2008 1:04:07 PM PDT · by annalex · 26 replies · 501+ views
    EWTN ^ | 4/1/1996 | James Akin
    SALVATION PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE James Akin I. "HAVE YOU BEEN SAVED?"This is a question Protestants often pose when they are doing evangelism, but it is a question which takes many people by surprise, including many Catholics. Some people are surprised because they never think about salvation, but Catholics tend to be surprised by it for a different reason. Catholics tend to focus on salvation as a future event, something that has yet to happen. As a result, the Protestant question, "Have you been saved?" can sound presumptuous. But the question sounds very natural to Protestant ears because Evangelicals...
  • On Salvation Outside the Catholic Church [Ecumenical]

    05/16/2008 4:46:28 PM PDT · by annalex · 166 replies · 614+ views
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | 15 June 1998 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.)
    On Salvation Outside the Catholic Church Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Monday, January 23, 2006 [originally uploaded on 15 June 1998; from The Catholic Catechism, Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1975, 234-236] ***** The Catholic Church makes claims about herself that are easily misunderstood, especially in the modern atmosphere of pluralism and ecumenism. Among these claims, the most fundamental is the doctrine of the Church's necessity for salvation. Not unlike other dogmas of the faith, this one has seen some remarkable development, and the dogmatic progress has been especially marked since the definition of papal infallibility. It seems...
  • An Update on the NDP and the Battle over Jesus Name (National Day of Prayer NDOP)

    05/15/2008 10:36:22 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 21 replies · 102+ views
    Slice Of Laodicea ^ | May 2008 | Ingrid Schlueter
    An Update on the NDP and the Battle over Jesus Name Focus on the Family is reportedly planning a two-day program series on the National Day of Prayer on May 13 and 14. They are sending out emails claiming that what everyone has heard is inaccurate about Shirley Dobson and the NDP Task Force. I stand by all that we have said. The facts speak for themselves. 1. Dr. Ravi Zacharias, 2008 Honorary Chairman of the NDP, by his own admission, conformed to government demands that there be a non-sectarian, Jesus-free prayer. That prayer was on the Task Force website...
  • Commentary: The Way of Authentic Ecumenism

    05/07/2008 5:28:33 PM PDT · by tcg · 76+ views
    Catholic online ^ | 5/8/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The Prayer of Jesus echoes in the Church at the beginning of this new missionary age. We need to make it our own: "I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me."John 17:20-23 ... Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical Letter "Ut Unum Sint" (On the Commitment to Ecumenism, literally "May They Be One") was a monumental contribution to...
  • Benedict XVI Address to Ecumenical Meeting at St. Joseph's Church, New York

    04/18/2008 4:03:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 189+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 18, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    The Holy Father addressed representatives of other Christian communities during an ecumenical encounter at St. Joseph's Church, New York, 18 April 2008. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My heart abounds with gratitude to Almighty God - "the Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Eph 4:6) - for this blessed opportunity to gather with you this evening in prayer. I thank Bishop Dennis Sullivan for his cordial welcome, and I warmly greet all those in attendance representing Christian communities throughout the United States. May the peace of our Lord and Savior be...
  • US Muslim Group Declines to Meet Pope

    04/15/2008 12:52:10 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 36 replies · 103+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 4/15/2008 | Rachel Zoll
    NEW YORK - Unease with Pope Benedict XVI's approach to Islam has led a U.S. Muslim group to decline joining in an interfaith event with him later this week. Several other U.S. Muslim leaders expressed similar concerns about the pope, but pledged to participate in the Washington gathering, saying the two faiths should do everything possible to improve relations. "Our going there is more out of respect for the Catholic Church itself," said Muzammil H. Siddiqi, chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America, which interprets Islamic law. "Popes come and go, but the church is there." Siddiqi, co-chairman of...
  • Editorial: ?Evangelical Catholic? Commends Deal Hudson for meeting with Pastor Hagee

    04/01/2008 4:08:32 PM PDT · by tcg · 8 replies · 149+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | Deacon Keith Fournier
    When I read of Deal Hudson’s outreach and encounter, I rejoiced. It shows that the work of authentic ecumenism continues. Deal used a difficult situation to make progress with another Christian.
  • Dalai Lama coming to Seattle with message of compassion; tickets going fast (Doug Pagitt, Rob Bell)

    03/18/2008 5:09:44 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 12 replies · 751+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 3-7-08 | Seattle Times staff
    Tickets to see the Dalai Lama in Seattle next month are going fast. The Tibetan Buddhist leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner will be in Seattle April 11-15, joining other global leaders in discussions about the importance of nurturing compassion in children....
  • Vatican spokesman calls rumors of rehabilitation of Luther groundless

    03/11/2008 8:05:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 44 replies · 684+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Mar-10-2008 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Rumors that the Vatican is set to rehabilitate Martin Luther, the 16th-century leader of the Protestant Reformation, are groundless, said the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi. News reports in early March alleged that Pope Benedict XVI was dedicating a planned September symposium with former doctoral students to re-evaluating Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy. The story "does not have any foundation, insofar as no rehabilitation of Luther is foreseen," Father Lombardi told the Italian news agency ANSA March 8. Vatican officials said the topic of the pope's annual summer gathering of former students...
  • That Martin Luther? He Wasn’t So Bad, Says Pope

    03/05/2008 8:13:07 PM PST · by Dajjal · 213 replies · 1,351+ views
    Times Online (London) ^ | March 6, 2008 | Richard Owen
    The Times March 6, 2008 That Martin Luther? He Wasn’t So Bad, Says Pope Richard Owen in Rome Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate Martin Luther, arguing that he did not intend to split Christianity but only to purge the Church of corrupt practices. Pope Benedict will issue his findings on Luther (1483-1546) in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians — known as the Ratzinger Schülerkreis — at Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence. According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic....
  • Megachurch Pastor Warren Calls for a Second Reformation

    02/05/2008 4:47:35 PM PST · by HokieMom · 51 replies · 60+ views
    The WashingtonCompost ^ | February 5, 2008 | Michelle Boorstein
    Rick Warren, a megachurch pastor and philanthropist who is courted by political leaders worldwide, says he thinks Christianity needs a "second Reformation" that would steer the church away from divisive politics and be "about deeds, not creeds." Speaking today to a group of Washington Post reporters and editors, the evangelical author said he had an "epiphany" in recent years due to his wife's battle with cancer and the success of his book, "The Purpose Driven Life," which has sold more than 25 million copies. Humbled and scared, he said he decided to focus on helping the needy and the sick,...
  • Rick Warren's Inquisition

    11/30/2007 6:53:14 AM PST · by pby · 17 replies · 59+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/30/07 | Joseph Farah
    While mega-pastor Rick Warren has joined a group of 100 church leaders calling for interfaith dialogue and the building of "common ground" with Muslims, he has a slightly different outlook toward Christians with whom he disagrees. In his latest missive to fellow pastors, he writes: "You've got to protect the unity of your church. If that means getting rid of troublemakers, do it."
  • Begging forgiveness of Islam? by JOSEPH FARAH

    11/29/2007 6:28:10 AM PST · by alpha-8-25-02 · 16 replies · 69+ views
    Begging forgiveness of Islam? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: November 27, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern It was predictable in this age of wishful thinking. After 138 Muslim leaders last month wrote an open letter to Christendom calling ostensibly for peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding, self-proclaimed Christian leaders and other celebrity Christians took the bait. The appropriate response would have been to search their own Scriptures, to get down on their knees to beseech God to give them wisdom, to seek the counsel of others, particularly those expert on Islam, history and the persecution of the church in Muslim lands. Instead, some get-along-with-the-world Christians...
  • Vedic Recitations in a Christian Church on Thanksgiving

    11/02/2007 10:54:04 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 26 replies · 592+ views
    News Blaze ^ | Nov 1, 2007 | Judyth Piazza
    Vedic Recitations in a Christian Church on Thanksgiving Nov 1, 2007 Judyth Piazza, News Blaze Recitations from ancient Sanskrit scriptures will reverberate in a Christian church in Nevada on the occasion of coming Thanksgiving eve service. Rajan Zed, the prominent Hindu chaplain, will read from Rig-Veda (oldest existing scripture of the world dated from around 1,500 BCE), Upanishads (Hindu scriptures containing mystical teachings), and Bhagavad-Gita (famous philosophical and spiritual poem) in Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno (Nevada) during Twenty-second Annual Thanksgiving Service of Northwestern Nevada to be held on November 21 evening. Despite conflicts around the world, various...
  • Muslim plea well-meaning but flawed

    10/25/2007 4:58:53 AM PDT · by Antioch · 2 replies · 38+ views
    The Times Online ^ | October 11, 2007 | Ruth Gledhill
    The intentions of the 138 leading Islamic scholars who today wrote to Christian leaders urging reconciliation, are praiseworthy - who among us does not want world peace? - but I fear that the theological analysis underpinning their intervention might not light many candles in the Christian world. Unfortunately, the road to misunderstanding is paved with good intentions. Among the first to respond to the letter today was the Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, a leading Anglican expert on Islam. Dr Nazir-Ali, who was born in Pakistan, told me he welcomed the fact that so many Muslim leaders want to...
  • Moscow Patriarchate Quits Orthodox-Catholic Talks (theme for next meeting is role of the Pope)

    10/15/2007 4:45:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 49+ views
    Zenit ^ | October 15, 2007
    RAVENNA, Italy, OCT. 15, 2007 ( The Catholic-Orthodox panel that met to discuss the sacramental nature of the Church approved a joint document, but their meeting was marked by the withdrawal of the Moscow patriarchate from the discussions. The week long 10th plenary assembly of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox ended Sunday. The group studied the "ecclesiological and canonical consequences of the sacramental nature of the Church -- conciliarity and synodality in the Church" and agreed upon a joint document, the Vatican reported today. A communiqué from the panel affirmed that "the document offers...
  • Vatican Investigates American Theologian

    09/14/2007 9:53:17 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 24 replies · 307+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 13, 2007 | Eric Gorski
    The Vatican and U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are investigating the writings of a well-known American theologian who has analyzed how the Catholic faith relates to other religions. The inquiry's focus is the Rev. Peter Phan, of Georgetown University, a Vietnamese-American priest from the Dallas diocese and former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. The U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine has traded correspondence with Phan since July 2005 seeking clarification on his writings, said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokeswoman for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. "There was not complete satisfaction with his response, which is why...
  • A message from Rome hits a nerve in Albany

    08/27/2007 10:12:02 AM PDT · by sidewalk · 15 replies · 396+ views
    Albany Times-Union ^ | August 27, 2007 | Marc Parry
    A message from Rome hits a nerve in Albany Diocese seeks to address concerns of non-Catholics over Vatican statement about "the true church" ALBANY -- An international controversy over Vatican statements on the primacy of the Catholic church has the Albany Catholic Diocese moving to prevent local fallout. The uproar revolved around a document that "reasserts the position that only Catholics make up the true church, while Protestants are merely 'Christian communities' and not churches 'in the proper sense,' " as Religion News Service summarized it. The document also spoke of "defects" in non-Catholic churches. The World Alliance of Reformed...
  • Who Is Allah ? (Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God ?)

    08/23/2007 9:58:47 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 129 replies · 3,455+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 08/23/2007 | Soeren Kern
    Europeans love to mock the salience of religion in American society, but they won't be laughing for very long. The de-Christianization of Europe in the name of "tolerance" is rapidly driving the spiritually shiftless continent into the arms of Islam. And now, amidst the postmodern theological confusion that defines contemporary Europe, even Catholic clergy are jumping on the Islamomania bandwagon. The latest post-Christian theological spectacle comes to us from the Netherlands (of Ayaan Hirsi Ali fame), where the Roman Catholic Bishop of Breda, Tiny Muskens, says he wants Christians to start calling God "Allah" because he believes such a gesture...
  • Russian patriarch, Pope seek meeting - Cardinal

    08/07/2007 5:54:52 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 299+ views
    MOSCOW, August 7 (RIA Novosti) - Relations between the Orthodox and Catholic churches are improving, Russia's Patriarch and Pope Benedict XVI are considering meeting, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray said Tuesday following a meeting with the Russian spiritual leader. The Cardinal, 84, who headed the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace from 1984 to 1998, and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, 78, met to discuss cooperation between European churches. The Cardinal Bishop said relations between the two churches were improving, which was demonstrated by a number of impressive initiatives that had taken place over the past year, including an...
  • Bp. Sklba on Ecumenism Document

    08/04/2007 10:37:17 AM PDT · by ninenot · 30 replies · 435+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 8/4/2007 | Tom Heinen
    One month after the Vatican reasserted its claim that the Catholic Church is the one true church, Milwaukee's Catholic auxiliary bishop is about to find himself in what some might assume would be an uncomfortable position - addressing more than 1,000 Lutherans. "I know I want to begin with the recognition of our unity in Christ through baptism," said Bishop Richard J. Sklba, who will offer a brief greeting on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops when he speaks Friday in Chicago to delegates at the national assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Sklba, who is...
  • Priest reached out to people of many faiths

    08/02/2007 1:39:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 174+ views ^ | 08.02.07 | JOHN CHADWICK
    The Rev. Tom Norton is a Catholic priest with a knack for relating to people of other faiths. Growing up in heavily Catholic Jersey City, he frequently checked out Protestant churches. When he pursued a doctorate in ministry, it was in a class of mostly Methodists at Drew University. And for the last 21 years, Norton has ministered to people of all faiths at Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood. Norton retired last month, but he still gets requests to perform funerals for people with no religious affiliation. "The funeral directors recommend me to the families," Norton, 70, said. "They say...
  • Hundreds to Mark 50 Years of Christian Unity, Discuss Future of Ecumenism

    07/18/2007 9:12:38 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 4 replies · 156+ views
    Hundreds to Mark 50 Years of Christian Unity, Discuss Future of Ecumenism Nearly 400 Christians from a score of Christian denominations will convene Thursday to assess the 50 years of Christian unity they have lived and the future of the ecumenical movement. Wed, Jul. 18, 2007 Posted: 17:23:44 PM EST Nearly 400 Christians from a score of Christian denominations will convene Thursday to assess the 50 years of Christian unity they have lived and the future of the ecumenical movement. Theologians and religious leaders from the Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical and other Christian communities are holding a July...
  • Vatican Church Declaration: A Radical Departure from Traditional Teaching

    07/18/2007 2:22:06 PM PDT · by AnthonyCekada · 15 replies · 893+ views
    Quidlibet: A Traditionalist Miscellany ^ | July 16, 2007 | Rev. Anthony Cekada
    ON JUNE 29, 2007, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), with Benedict XVI’s approval, published “Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church.” Our local paper carried a short article on it entitled “Pope Says Others Are Not True Churches.” The writer portrayed the Vatican document as anti-ecumenical and as a return to the pre-Vatican II teaching that “Catholicism provides the only true path to salvation.” Similar accounts appeared elsewhere in the popular press. Many commentators linked the statement to Benedict XVI’s approval of the Motu Mass, and treated it as...
  • Five Streams of the Emerging Church (Scot McKnight)

    07/12/2007 11:35:26 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 31 replies · 534+ views
    Christianity Astray (oops I mean Today) ^ | 1/19/2007 | Scot McKnight
    Along with unfair stereotypes of other traditions, such are the urban legends surrounding the emerging church—one of the most controversial and misunderstood movements today. As a theologian, I have studied the movement and interacted with its key leaders for years—even more, I happily consider myself part of this movement or "conversation." As an evangelical, I've had my concerns, but overall I think what emerging Christians bring to the table is vital for the overall health of the church. ...snip... A final stream flowing into the emerging lake is politics. Tony Jones is regularly told that the emerging movement is a...
  • Responses to Some Questions Regarding the Doctrine of the Church

    07/10/2007 3:14:17 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 22 replies · 1,599+ views
    The Holy See ^ | 07/10/07 | Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
    CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITHRESPONSES TO SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING CERTAIN ASPECTSOF THE DOCTRINE ON THE CHURCH IntroductionThe Second Vatican Council, with its Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentium, and its Decrees on Ecumenism (Unitatis redintegratio) and the Oriental Churches (Orientalium Ecclesiarum), has contributed in a decisive way to the renewal of Catholic ecclesiolgy. The Supreme Pontiffs have also contributed to this renewal by offering their own insights and orientations for praxis: Paul VI in his Encyclical Letter Ecclesiam suam (1964) and John Paul II in his Encyclical Letter Ut unum sint (1995).The consequent duty of theologians to expound with...
  • Ecumenical breakthrough with Moscow? An interview with the Archbishop of Cyprus.

    06/09/2007 1:48:13 PM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 35 replies · 646+ views
    Ecumenical breakthrough with Moscow? An interview with the Archbishop of Cyprus The words of the Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II, in the following interview published in the current edition of the Italian weekly L'Espresso, seem to indicate that a future meeting of Pope Benedict XVI and the Patriarch of Moscow is almost certain. The mediator is none other than Chrysostomos himself, who reveals the current positions of those involved in the ecumenical discussions. The interviewer itself is quite ignorant of some details, including the fact that the Assisi interreligious meetings did not help at all the ecumenical relationship with...
  • Vanity (The Christian Church and Multiculturalism)

    05/20/2007 8:13:53 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies · 1,039+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 5-20-2007 | grey_whiskers
    One of the complaints made most often about Christianity (aside from the fact that it is Christianity) is that it is outmoded for today’s modern world. Why, from creation vs. evolution, to the role of women in society (“barefoot and pregnant”), to rejection of homosexuality, to tacit approval of slavery, to endorsement of—shudder—CAPITAL PUNISHMENT! There is no place for such a narrow, culturally irrelevant document. And speaking of narrow, the Bible absolutely encourages bigotry and intolerance! So goes the screed. But that got me to thinking about the whole “tolerance, acceptance, diversity” thing. (Thanks to Liddy and Hill of KKNT,...
  • An emerging Christianity is reshaping faith (emergent church) (Jesus is the founder of liberalism?)

    05/03/2007 3:00:09 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 66 replies · 819+ views
    The Decatur Daily ^ | SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2007 | James L. Evans
    James L. Evans An emerging Christianity is reshaping faith Christians may believe that they are participants in a "faith once delivered to the saints," but the shape of that faith has varied greatly through the centuries. From the stately and ornate forms of Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism, to the humble and plain worship of the Amish, Jesus is followed and revered in a myriad of ways. In fact, so great is the diversity of forms within Christianity, it may be more appropriate to refer to them in the plural — Christianities.Even now a new form of the faith seems to...
  • The TAC and The Holy See quest for Unity

    04/18/2007 6:00:30 PM PDT · by Claud · 4 replies · 369+ views
    A 15 minute video clip produced by David Naglieri of Salt and Light Catholic Television, Canada's Catholic Network ( ). highlights the Traditional Anglican Communion and the quest for unity with Rome. The Program was aired across Canada on its FOCUS program 20th February 2007. This clip has been reposted on the website of The Messenger Journal, "An Independent Journal for Members and Friends of the Traditional Communion"
  • Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue Continues 'Hope of Eternal Life' Theme

    04/15/2007 3:53:39 PM PDT · by lightman · 10 replies · 508+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 15 April AD 2007 | John Brooks
    CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Round XI met March 15-18 at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., for its fourth meeting to discuss "The Hope of Eternal Life." The Lutheran and Roman Catholic co-chairs described the meeting as constructive and precise, helpful to both Christian traditions as they search for greater mutual understanding through the dialogue. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops chose the topic at the end of Round X in 2004, to examine issues related to the Christian's life beyond death. The conversation stems from principles...
  • Pastor: Idea Christ died for sins 'insane'

    04/02/2007 8:42:44 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 37 replies · 963+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 1, 2007 |
    TESTING THE FAITH Pastor: Idea Christ died for sins 'insane' Calls Easter message 'repulsive' – makes 'God sound like a psychopath' Posted: April 1, 20071:00 a.m. Eastern © 2007 Church of England traditionalists, wearied by the battles over homosexuality in the church and the clergy, are about to take it on their spiritual chins once again when a leading "gay" cleric will tell listeners to BBC Radio 4 that Christianity's traditional teaching on Christ's crucifixion for the sins of mankind is "repulsive," "insane" and makes "God sound like a psychopath." Rev. Jeffrey John, who was forced to withdraw before assuming a...
  • MAY 5, 2007 Day of Prayer and Fasting for the United States of America

    03/12/2007 7:50:38 PM PDT · by kerryusama04 · 17 replies · 252+ views
    Church of God, Kansas City ^ | 2/3/07 | Lenny Cacchio
    In my last sermon I stated that I was going to set aside a personal day of prayer and fasting for our nation. This note is to invite you to join me, if you are able, in fasting and prayer on Sabbath, May 5, 2007 or at a time more convenient for you. As I pointed out, we are involved in a spiritual warfare, and that this warfare is one we face daily in our personal lives. But the battle is also a national one, and I am tired of watching the attempts to shake this nation from its moral...
  • Catholics and Anglicans in reunion plan

    RADICAL proposals to reunite Anglicans with the Roman Catholic Church under the leadership of the Pope are to be published this year. The proposals have been agreed by senior bishops of both churches. In a 42-page statement prepared by an international commission of both churches, Anglicans and Catholics are urged to explore how they might reunite under the Pope. The statement, leaked to The Times, is being considered by the Vatican, where bishops are preparing a formal response. It comes as the archbishops who lead the 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion meet in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to avoid...
  • Muslims face hatred in US heartland (and just what do non-Muslims face in Muslim world?)

    02/12/2007 6:40:00 PM PST · by PRePublic · 62 replies · 1,580+ views ^ | 02, 12, 07
    Muslims face hatred in US heartland CINCINNATI: Tala Ali, 25, has seen the good and the bad of being a Muslim in heartland America. People have leaned out car windows to scream at her: “Terrorist go home.” But strangers curious about her headscarf have also approached her apologetically to ask about Islam. “I love it, actually, when people ask me questions,” said the pink-scarved Ali, who came to the United States with her Jordanian father and Palestinian mother when she was five. “Out here, I’m the only Muslim some people may meet,” said Ali, waiting for friends after Friday...
  • Strange Yokefellows

    01/27/2007 3:02:14 AM PST · by AncientAirs · 1 replies · 159+ views
    The Institute on Religion and Democracy ^ | January 10, 2007 | John Lomperis and Alan Wisdom
    The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) defines itself as "a community of Christian communions, which, in response to the gospel as revealed in the Scriptures, confess Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God, as Savior and Lord." It boasts of being "the preeminent expression in the United States of the movement toward Christian unity." But the council spends much of its time and resources on political advocacy in the name of "the churches," "the religious community," and "people of faith." For 25 years the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) has questioned whether the...
  • The World Awaits The Joint Testimony Of Christians

    01/26/2007 3:06:27 PM PST · by siunevada · 15 replies · 208+ views
    Vatican Information Service ^ | January 26, 2007 | Staff
    VATICAN CITY, JAN 26, 2007 (VIS) - Yesterday afternoon in the Roman basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls, the Pope presided at the celebration of the second Vespers of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. The ceremony, which marked the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, was attended by representatives from other Churches and ecclesial communities. In his homily, the Holy Father recalled how the theme of this year's Week of Prayer, taken from the Gospel of St. Mark - "He even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak" - had been proposed...