News in Ecumenism

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in historic step

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in historic step

by: ASSOCIATED PRESS in Ecumenism,

Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West, both churches announced Friday. Francis is due to travel to Mexico Feb. 12-18. He will stop in Cuba on the way and meet with Kirill on Feb. 12 at the Havana airport, where they will speak privately for about two hours and then sign a joint declaration, the Vatican said.

What divides and unifies Chinese Christians?

What divides and unifies Chinese Christians?

by: Michel Chambon - UCAnews in Ecumenism,

Ecumenism is not condemned to disappear from China. Indeed, we can find within the Chinese society and among Chinese Christians a certain number of mediations infusing a path of mutual respect, convergence and relative spiritual communion. Chinese Christians are all aware of sharing the same spiritual filiation and of their duty to better honor Jesus' prayer for his disciples: "they may be one so that the world may believe."

 Pope's “personal ecumenism” of encounter and friendship.

Pope's “personal ecumenism” of encounter and friendship.

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

He wants to build on this foundation but his approach is not to debate the finer points of ecclesiology. He instead operates a sort of “personal ecumenism” of encounter and friendship: a strategy that seeks to go round the structures and walls of division. One example of this is his planned visit this October to Lund, in Sweden for a gathering of October Catholic and Lutheran leaders preparing to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformation in 2017. 

Walking Together in the Service of God in the World

Walking Together in the Service of God in the World

by: Declaration after the meeting of Anglican Primates in Ecumenism,

Declaration after the meeting of Anglican Primates, the senior bishops of the 38 Anglican Provinces, that took place in Canterbury between Monday 11 January and Friday 15 January at the invitation of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. We came knowing that the 2016 Primates’ meeting would be concerned with the differences among us in regard to our teaching on matters of human sexuality. We were also eager to address wider areas of concern. 

Is the Church of England a "Church"?

Is the Church of England a "Church"?

by: Carmody Grey - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

 We are not supposed to think of the Church of England as a ‘Church’. When our sovereign was crowned, the Scriptures were placed in her hands with an awesome pronouncement: “We present you with this book, the most valuable thing this world affords.” 

Anglican Communion Avoids Schism

Anglican Communion Avoids Schism

by: Sean Smith - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

Anglican communion avoids schism by banning pro-gay US church for three years. The Archbishop of Canterbury has banned the US Episcopal Church from involvement in the Anglican Communion for three years in an attempt to avoid a general schism. The communion also voted to condemn same-sex marriage as against its teaching.

This is a very important week for the Anglican communion

This is a very important week for the Anglican communion

by: Charles Moore - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,

This week, the Anglican Communion may fall apart. The stated reason is disagreement about homosexuality. Liberal whites, especially in North America, support gay sex acts and same-sex marriage. African Anglicans oppose them because they go against what the Bible and Christian tradition say.

Has Pope Francis just opened a door for non-Catholics to receive communion?

Has Pope Francis just opened a door for non-Catholics to receive communion?

by: Christopher Lamb in Rome- The Tablet in Ecumenism,
In 1996 the late Cardinal Basil Hume wrote to Tony Blair, then an Anglican and on the verge of becoming Prime Minister, asking him to refrain from taking communion when he attended Mass with his family. Blair, married to a Catholic, reluctantly agreed but in his letter of reply to the cardinal wrote: “I wonder what Jesus would have made of it.”
Reasons I’m a Better Christian as a Catholic

Reasons I’m a Better Christian as a Catholic

by: K. Albert Little - The Cordial Catholic in Ecumenism,

When I decided, as an Evangelical Protestant, to become a Catholic it was for a myriad of reasons. The appeal of the ancient tradition, the beauty of the Liturgy, and the succinct, coherent theology are only a few of the compelling aspects that drew me in. There are many more. But what I did not realize, as I began my first tentative steps to cross the Tiber, was how becoming a Catholic would utterly change my Christian life. In ways that I, then, could never have imagined.

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.”