Catholic Identity catholic faith faith of the church through the ages the faith we share with Protestants and Orthodox Divisions vs differences VS sectarianism indifferentism
DIRECTORY FOR THE APPLICATION OF PRINCIPLES AND NORMS ON ECUMENISM Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity 1993
Way of the Chur chRemorse and Responsibility for DivisionChrist / Unity / Church“subsists in”
Vatican II Sacraments in Other ChurchesAll of these [sacred elements], which come from Christ and lead back to him, belong by right tothe one church of Christ. The separated brethren also carry out many of the sacred actions of the Christian religion. Undoubtedly, in many ways that vary according to the conditions of each church or community, these actions can truly engender a life of grace and can be rightly described as capable of providing access to the community of salvation. (Vatican II 1965)
• I count among the most important results of the ecumenical dialogues the insight that the issue of the eucharist cannot be narrowed to the problem of validity. Even a theology oriented to the concept of succession, such as that which holds in the Catholic and in the Orthodox church, need not in any way deny the salvation-granting presence of the Lord in a Lutheran Lords Supper.• (Ratzinger 1993)
Role of Doctrine Religious Liberty Integrity of the Faith Inculturation All Faithful / All Disciplines Not Appendix / Organic to
Natur e of Dialogue # 28-38 Personal Dignity Exchange of Gifts Reciprocity / Truth : Hierarchy of Truths Local Structures Examination of Conscience / Confidence Sinful Structures
•Ecumenical Dialogue 28 - 30• Local Dialogue 31 - 32• Dialogue as Examination of Conscience• Dialogue as Means of Resolving Disagreements
Dialogue Goals Full Communion Mutual Understanding Pastoral Ethical Issues
DialoguesGoal: full visible unity Polish National Catholic Eastern Orthodox Oriental Orthodox (Assyrian Church of the East)
Dialogues Goal: full visible unity Episcopal (ARCUSA) Lutheran (ELCA, LC-MS observing) United Methodist Presbyterian/Reformed Reformed Church in America, Presbyterian, Christian Reformed United Church of Christ Faith and Order, NCC (Pentecostal Churches, Peace Churches, Black Churches +)
Dialogues Goal: Mutual Under standing United States Southern Baptist Convention Holy See Baptist World Alliance Mennonites Pentecostals World Evangelical Alliance
Order of the EncyclicalCatholic CommitmentFruits to DateFuture Hopes
II THE FRUITS OF DIALOGUE•Brotherhood Rediscovered 41 -42• Solidarity in Service 43• Together in Worship and Word 44 -46• Appreciating Other Christians’ Gifts 47 -48• Growth of Communion 49
SolidarityChristian Churches Together USASeparated Brethren Fellow Christians
Principles1) Celebration of full communion achieved2) Means of buildingup the communion ofthe Church
“Grave and pressing need” … means a condition in which being deprived of the Eucharist would, in the judgment of a reasonable person, cause someone to experience a significant sense of deprivation… more than casual…
When other Christiansrequest communion…efforts should bemade to determinethat their beliefs aresubstantially the sameas Catholic beliefs…
Communion should not to be withheld at the time of distribution… this circumstance should be dealt with on another occasion in an appropriately pastoral way.
Manifesting Catholic faith in the sacrament means that approximately the same knowledge and faith should be required of a Catholic in similar
Being properly disposed means being in a good relationship with God or, if not, taking whatever steps are necessary to return to a good relationship with God.
invitations to receive the Eucharist at their table may not be accepted by Catholics, we should try to make it clear that our actions flow from a different perspective on the Eucharist and do not represent disdain on our part for their service.
In like manner, it should be made clear that our inability to extend an invitation to receive communion at our table does not intend to imply an attitude of superiority on our part.
KEY EVENTS 1948 World Council, Amsterdam 1954 Father George Tavard attends WCC 1957 Fathers John Sheerin and Gustav Weigle attend Faith and Order 1960 Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher visits
1961 Vatican sends official observers to World Council in New Delhi, Second Vatican Council receives ecumenical observers 1963 Catholics participate in Faith and Order meeting 1964 Pope Paul VI meets Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem Conciliar Decrees on NonChristian Religions, Ecumenism and Religious Liberty 1965 Pope Paul and Patriarch Athenagoras lift condemnations of 1054
1966 Common Declaration of a Pope with Archbishop of Canterbury beginning the Anglican Roman Catholic Dialogue, other dialogues Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, began. 1967 Pope Paul visits the Patriarch in Istanbul 1968 Catholic Church joins World Council Faith and Order Commission (NCCB joins National Council Faith and Order) 1969 Pope Paul VI visits the offices of the World Council, Geneva
1975 The World Council publishes its Conciliar Fellowship discription of the unity of the Chruch 1982 The Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission publishes a Final Report Pope John Paul II visits Canterbury Cathedral with Archbishop Robert Runcie 1987 Holy See responds to the World Council Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry 1991 Holy See responds to the Anglican Roman Catholic Final Report
1993 Papacy introduced into the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order discussions. Holy See publishes Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism 1994 Cardinal Cassidy announces “no further work necessasry” on Anglican Roman Catholic agreements on Eucharist and ordained ministsry 1995 Pope John Paul, Ut Unum Sint
1998 Holy See publishes The EcumenicalDimension in the Formation of PastoralWorkers1999 Joint Declaration on Justification byFaith signed by the Holy See and theLutheran World Federation
Two Mistakes Differences not important. . . Differences too difficult to be overcome . . . All Catholics must be involved if this