Posts Tagged ‘ Ecumenism ’

One thing that I seek as Bishop of Rome is communion with the Orthodox Churches

Nov 30th, 2014 | By | Category: Unity in the News

Pope Francis today concluded a trip to Turkey where on Saturday, November 29, he participated in an ecumenical prayer in the Patriarchal Church of Saint George in Phanar, Turkey, with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. At the conclusion of this prayer, Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis each gave a brief address to one another. On Sunday, […]



Pope Francis Apologizes to Pentecostals

Jul 31st, 2014 | By | Category: Unity in the News

Pope Francis and Giovanni Traettino On Monday, July 28, Pope Francis traveled to Caserta, Italy, and in an historical event met with nearly 350 Pentecostal Christians, among whom was the Rev. Giovanni Traettino, a friend of Pope Francis’s from his days as Cardinal Bergoglio. News stories about this visit can be found here and here. […]



Overcoming the Scandal of Division

Jan 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts

On this last day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, let’s consider the events of the past week, and petition the Lord to help us overcome the scandal of our continued division.



“Made Perfectly One”: A Reflection for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jan 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The 17th chapter of the Gospel according to St. John is an essential missional treatise for this year’s “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,” as it has been in years past, and as it is to the mission of Called to Communion.  I recently saw a phrase from Christ’s prayer in this chapter used in […]



Ecumenism of Tears: A Reflection for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts

As I quoted from Pope Francis in yesterday’s post, in our times there is an ecumenism of blood binding together persecuted Christians. Without meaning to detract from this rich expression, it seems to follow from it that Christians also can share in an ecumenism of tears. Do we shed tears over our divisions? If not, […]



“Their Blood is Mixed”: A Reflection for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jan 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts

We have a tradition at Called to Communion of observing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This event, with over a century of history behind it, seeks to promote visible Christian unity through an octave of prayer. Its goal, like the goal of Called to Communion, is to pursue the fulfillment of Christ’s High […]



Two Rights Declare a Wrong-on Appeals to Orthodoxy

Mar 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Throughout the past year on Called to Communion, the various blog posts and full-length articles by the contributors have been met with objections of various stripes and sizes. It has been a mixture of excitement, hope, prayer, frustration, and calls for mercy for me to read many of those posts and the dialogue that has […]



What is the Significance of the Pope’s Anglican Ordinariates?

Oct 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

[Look for a Called to Communion podcast on the Anglican Ordinariates this week. Tim Troutman, Andrew Preslar and I recorded on Friday evening.] The Holy Father has announced the formation of a “personal ordinariate” for Anglicans coming into the Catholic Church. A lot of people are confused by what is meant by “personal ordinariate.” The […]



Why the Claim that Catholics Don’t Understand Reformed Theology is not Uncharitable

Sep 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Suppose a Catholic is discussing Reformed theology with a Reformed Protestant and that the Catholic is explaining to the Reformed Protestant why he doesn’t agree with particular aspects of Reformed theology.  And suppose the Reformed Protestant tells the Catholic that he (the Catholic) just doesn’t understand Reformed theology, and that the Reformed Protestant’s evidence for […]