Posts Tagged ‘Ecumenism’

Goal of ecumenism is unity, not leveling differences Comments 0

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

In an example of ecumenism in unity, Pope Francis and Orthodox Archbishop Job of Telmessos left mass together down the stairs under the main altar in St Peter’s Basilica and prayed together at St Peter’s tomb. Job was representing Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at the pope’s celebration of the feast of Sts Peter Read more

Don’t wait for theologians – share the Eucharist now Comments 0

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Until now, church officials have always said theological agreement between the various Christian churches is needed before Christian unity or Eucharistic sharing could be possible. That may have changed during an in-flight press conference on Sunday as Pope Francis returned to Rome after visiting Romania. Asked what advice he could offer Romanians about the relationship Read more

Why the ecumenical movement is a historical event on par with the Reformation Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017
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A hundred years ago, Catholics were not interested in celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, except to remember how a bunch of reformers led people astray. How times have changed! This year, Catholics, led by Pope Francis, are celebrating the Reformation with their fellow Christians. However, it is important that we not simply Read more

Anglican and Catholic theologians look at ordination rites Comments 0

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Catholic and Anglican theologians have been meeting near Rome to discuss ordination rites in the two communions. The members of the Malines Conversation group also considered the ecumenical implications of Pope Francis’s recent document Amoris Laetitia. A communique issued after the encounter said the theologians from seven different countries discussed “contemporary and historic ordination rites”. Read more

Lutheran pastor says Pope opened door to intercommunion Comments 0

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Rome’s Lutheran pastor and many in his flock believe Pope Francis has opened the door for intercommunion between Catholics and Lutherans. Pastor Jens Kruse of Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran Church told the National Catholic Register that Lutherans has felt this door was closed “for an eternity”. But last month, during a visit to Pastor Kruse’s church, Read more

Catholic-Anglican ecumenism pioneer was a paedophile Comments 0

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

A Church of England bishop given the Anglican equivalent of a saint’s feast day was a paedophile, the church has acknowledged. Bishop George Bell of Chichester, who died in 1958, sexually assaulted a child in the 1940s and 1950s. The Church of England has issued a formal apology to the victim, who wishes to remain Read more

Hopes for Anglicans to have Catholic Communion more often Comments 2

Friday, October 16th, 2015

A UK archbishop has signalled that the circumstances under which Anglicans can receive Communion at Catholic Masses could be broadened. Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, who is Catholic co-chair of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) stressed he was expressing a “personal view”. In an interview with the Church of Ireland Gazette, he said Read more

Francis takes different ecumenicism track from Benedict XVI Comments 0

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Pope Francis’s approach to ecumenism is setting him apart from his predecessors, says the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Cardinal Kurt Koch told a German Catholic website that Francis lays more emphasis than Benedict XVI did on strengthening ecumenical relationships through joint prayer, activities and encounters. The reason for this is Read more

Anglican leader warns against pretending all faiths same Comments 0

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Religious leaders risk fuelling extremism by pretending that all faiths are basically the same, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned. The Telegraph reported Archbishop Justin Welby saying faith leaders seemed desperate to hide behind “bland” and “anaemic” statements about what they have in common. This is instead of facing up to the “profound differences” between Read more

Pope says modern martyrs foster new ecumenical commitment Comments 0

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Pope Francis has said the martyrdoms of modern Christians of many denominations will nourish “a new era of ecumenical commitment”. The Pope said this during a meeting with members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) in Rome. The Pope said ecumenism is not a “secondary element” in the life of the Church. Referring Read more