Posts Tagged ‘ Ecumenicism ’

Ecumenism in a Time of Cancer

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Both of my parents grew up in large baby-boomer Catholic families. My father, the eldest of five, traded Catholicism for the “hippy” lifestyle, though he spent some of those wayward years getting drunk with Catholic priests at Auburn University, which I suppose reflects some continued connection to the Church. My mother, also one of five, […]



Reformation Day 2013: The Most Love-Filled Sect I Have Ever Seen

Oct 31st, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

We have come up on another October 31. Though Reformation Sunday has already passed, this date is the anniversary of the 95 theses, though of course it is difficult to separate fact from legend even in such an important thing as this. In any case, I recall that I used to celebrate this day, the […]



Virtue and Dialogue: Ecumenism and the Heart

Jun 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

A number of years ago, before I became Catholic, I received a phone call from a moderator of a private internet discussion group to which I had belonged for nine years, informing me that I was being removed from the group. The news was painful. Officially I was being removed because of my views, which […]



“Bartholomew is Seeking to Reinvigorate Dialogue With Roman Catholics”

Dec 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Unity in the News

A recent article points to a renewed effort on the part of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople to seek unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The article begins with the following:



Anglicans Becoming Catholic

Dec 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Unity in the News

Earlier this year, Bishop Richard Gagnon of the Diocese of Victoria in British Columbia, received into the Catholic Church the members of the Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman, formed by members of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada who were seeking full communion with the Catholic Church under the terms of the Apostolic Constitution […]



Reformation Day 2012: Remembrance and Reconciliation

Oct 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In the United States, the Reformed and Lutheran traditions celebrate tomorrow (October 28) as Reformation Sunday, in memory of Martin Luther’s act of nailing his ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenburg Church on October 31, 1517. The celebration is understandable because that event marks the beginning of the Reformation and of the resulting […]



Ecclesial Unity and Outdoing Christ: A Dilemma for the Ecumenism of Non-Return

Nov 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In an article titled “Finale: A Unitive Vision of Christendom,” PCA pastor Mike Hsu, the pastor of Grace Chapel in Lincoln, Nebraska, recently claimed that I would treat a call for “united hearts” rather than “united ecclesial structure” as ecclesial deism. In that same article Mike then wrote, “The problem with Cross’ argumentation is that […]



Robert George and Russell Moore on the State of Evangelicalism

Oct 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Recently I referred to Russell Moore, in reference to his article published earlier this year titled “Where Have all the Presbyterians Gone?” in the WSJ. He is Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Last Monday he sat down with Catholic philosopher Robert George (McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University) at an […]



On “Christ’s Test of our Orthodoxy” by Pastor Jack W. Sawyer

Jul 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Jack W. Sawyer Recently I had the pleasure of coming across an article entitled “Christ’s Test of our Orthodoxy” on Ordained Servant, a Journal published by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. I was a member of this denomination for six years, and the title immediately caught my attention. Pastor Jack W. Sawyer’s article can be read […]



Kallistos Ware: Orthodox & Catholic Union

Jun 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Yesterday, June 29, was the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. In recent years it has become a custom for the Pope and the Patriarch of Constantinople to exchange official delegations on the patronal feasts of their respective sees. In this year likewise, the Orthodox sent a delegation to Rome for the feast of Sts. […]