News in Ecumenism

Why it was the world wide web that finally did for the Anglican communion

Why it was the world wide web that finally did for the Anglican communion

by: Giles Fraser - The Guardian in Ecumenism,

The archbishop of Canterbury has just announced a final throw of the dice to keep the family together. He plans a looser structure – not quite a divorce, but “sleeping in separate bedrooms”. It’s the right way forward. But it doesn’t go far enough.The Anglican communion began as the spiritual arm of British colonialism, with public-school soldiers exporting their style of prayer and hat-wearing, hymn-singing church throughout the empire.

Archbishop Welby sets up global Anglican meeting to avoid split

Archbishop Welby sets up global Anglican meeting to avoid split

by: Sean Smith-The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The invitation from the Most Rev Justin Welby to the meeting will bring together a number of church heads who have not spoken directly to each other in over a decade. Archbishop Justin Welby said in a statement: “I have suggested to all Primates that we need to consider recent developments but also look afresh at our ways of working as a Communion and especially as Primates, paying proper attention to developments in the past.

Why the Dalai Lama Won’t Reincarnate

Why the Dalai Lama Won’t Reincarnate

by: Johannes Nugroho - Jakarta Globe in Ecumenism,

Fewer and fewer governments are willing to risk Beijing’s anger by being seen to be on amicable terms with the Dalai Lama. The reincarnation of Tibetan lamas became politicized when in 2007 China’s State of Religious Affairs Bureau issued its Decree No.5, ruling that reincarnations of all tulkus or living Buddhas, were only valid once approved by the state. 

 The story of the Reformation needs reforming

The story of the Reformation needs reforming

by: Eamon Duffy - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,
The destruction of the monasteries and most of the libraries, music and art of medieval England now looks what it always was – not a religious breakthrough, but a cultural calamity. The slaughtered Popish martyrs look less like an alien fifth column than the voices of a history England was not allowed to have.
"Diversity is not a threat" says Pope Francis in Colombo

"Diversity is not a threat" says Pope Francis in Colombo

by: Osservatore Romano in Ecumenism,

For the sake of peace, religious beliefs must never be allowed to be abused in the cause of violence and war. We must be clear and unequivocal in challenging our communities to live fully the tenets of peace and coexistence found in each religion, and to denounce acts of violence when they are committed.”

A new era in Evangelical-Catholic relations

A new era in Evangelical-Catholic relations

by: Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

Last week it was my privilege to meet Pope Francis for the third time. I first met him after his installation.  I visited him in his home for a three-hour private, non-scripted conversation. Last Thursday I led a 24-person delegation of leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance for an historic official meeting.

Francis and the Evangelicals

Francis and the Evangelicals

by: Fr. Dwight Longenecker - Aleteia in Ecumenism,

 I think he wants Catholics not to be more Protestant, but more Catholic. In other words, he wants Catholics to return to the zeal and passion of the saints and martyrs. He wants Catholics to re-learn the simple life of the apostles and take joy in the most elemental levels of the faith -- a life full of the Holy Spirit in a day to day relationship with Jesus Christ.

Orthodox churches to hold first ecumenical council in 1,200 years

Orthodox churches to hold first ecumenical council in 1,200 years

by: Deacon Greg Kandra in Ecumenism,

Patriarchs of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul on Sunday calling for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine and denouncing violence driving Christians out of the Middle East. Twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches, the second-largest family of Christian churches, also agreed to hold a summit of bishops, or ecumenical council, in 2016, which will be the first in over 1,200 years.

First ordinariate monastery is founded on New Year’s Day

First ordinariate monastery is founded on New Year’s Day

by: Reporters - Catholic Herald in Ecumenism,

 Archbishop urges Catholics to support the ordinariate. ‘A Gift from God’: a stone’s throw from Maryvale, the Ordinariate’s Sisters have now moved into their new convent. Who says prayer doesn’t work? Eleven Sisters who became Catholic five months ago still seek permanent home.

Ecumenical breakthrough as Catholics move into Lambeth Palace

Ecumenical breakthrough as Catholics move into Lambeth Palace

by: Ian Dunn - Scottish Catholic Observer in Ecumenism,

Members of a Roman Catholic order are to take up residence in Lambeth Palace in a move not seen since the Reformation, the Church of England has announced. The four members of Chemin Neuf, an order founded in France,  a married Anglican couple, a Lutheran training for the ministry and a Roman Catholic sister – will live at Lambeth Palace.

What Went Wrong in England

What Went Wrong in England

by: Brantly Millegan - UK Catholic/Mazur in Ecumenism,

Christians themselves share in the downfall of Christianity through poor catechists, lack of family involvement in faith formation in the home and through Church leaders who seek the approval of the current social leadership rather than being disciples and witnesses to Christ.”

Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation in the UK, warns Lord Carey

Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation in the UK, warns Lord Carey

by: John Bingham - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,

Christianity is just a “generation away from extinction” in Britain unless churches make a dramatic breakthrough in attracting young people back to the faith, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has warned. Archbishop Sentamu told the Synod also: “Compared with evangelism everything else is like rearranging furniture when the house is on fire."