Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Mgr Newton: The Future of Ecumenism
Until the establishment of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham Ecumenism in the Catholic Church has been about dialogue but with the establishment of the Ordinariate it has become about Unity with the See of Peter. This is a dynamic change which reflects what the Second Vatican Council taught about the unique role of the Catholic Church. It also points to what the Church actually understands to be the fruit of Ecumenism: organic and visible communion with Peter.
The establishment of the Ordinariates of former Anglicans highlights what Lumen Gentium says, that the Church of Jesus Christ subsists within the Catholic Church. "Subsists" because in its structures: the Episcopacy, the Papacy etc, the sacraments, Revelation and in the Saints it is the Church of Jesus Christ. However, in so far as it contains dissident American nuns, barking heretical bishops, wickedly dissenting priests and uncatechised lay people the Church's unity is seriously damaged, and it deviates from Christ's intentions yet outside of the visible unity of the Church there are, as in the Anglican Communion, men and women who can actually with absolute sincerity sign the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Where is the Church, with the dissenters in it or with believers outside of it?
Through the internet these lectures we have been putting on have become international events: more people in Fiji have seen the last one than attended it in the Church! More Bishops and Archbishops have seen the videos than came here to listen, the same with members of Vatican dicasteries, enclosed nuns etc.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake