"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Monday, January 18, 2010

The TRUE CHURCH is Irrevocably Committed to Ecumenism

The Catholic Church through the leadership of the Successor of St. Peter, Benedict XVI has reiterated the Church's commitment to unite all Christians.

Benedict XVI: The Church is irrevocably committed ecumenism [Source: H2onews.org]

“The Second Vatican Council committed the Catholic Church irrevocably to following the path of the ecumenical venture.” This is what Benedict XVI said during his encounter with the Ecumenical Delegation of the Lutheran Church of Finland that is currently visiting Rome. The Pope said he was pleased with the commemoration the 25th anniversary of their traditional visit to Rome for the celebration of the Feast of St. Henrik.

In regard to relations between Lutherans and Catholics, Benedict XVI praised the recent work of the Nordic Lutheran-Catholic dialogue on questions deriving from the “Joint Declaration” and expressed the hope that this dialogue “will contribute positively to the path which leads to the restoration of our lost unity.” The unity of Christians, the Pope noted, is in fact the duty of all Christians so as to carry out the path that Christ indicated to humanity and the Church.

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