Bishop speaks out against dissenters on ecumenism

Citing Pope Benedict XVI's statement that moves towards Christian unity are irreversible, Parramatta Bishop Kevin Manning has cautioned those who regard themselves as model Catholics while "pay[ing] scant attention to the Church's teachings on ecumenism".

Bishop Manning has written in the August issue of the Dicoesan newspaper Catholic Outlook that hostility to Church teaching on ecumenism was highlighted recently when one of his priests reported that a parisioner had compained about his preaching on the Vatican II Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio, in his Sunday homily.

The objection was: "We only want the true faith preached here!"

Bishop Manning commented: "Sadly, I found the objection not unique for there are people who wouldn't dare 'tell lies or be disobedient', yet pay scant attention to the Church's teachings on ecumenism."

He said that the Decree on Ecumenism remains "one of the more neglected documents of the Second Vatican Council".

"Pope John Paul II gave us a wonderful example of how to work for Christian unity, and Pope Benedict XVI has indicated that he, too, will make the quest for unity one of the primary goals of his pontificate," he said. "On 16 June this year he assured the Secretary-General of the World Council of Churches that the commitment of the Catholic Church to the search for Christian unity was irreversible."

Bishop Kevin Manning: Ignorance, prejudice or pure apathy (Catholic Outlook August 2005)

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12 Aug 2005