My, my. Pope Francis is devoting an amazing amount of energy toward ecumenism lately. All of these conciliatory gestures no doubt irk Catholic fundamentalists but the church’s strategy since Vatican II has been to recover the “separated brethren” using “prudence.”
“When such actions are undertaken prudently and patiently by the Catholic faithful, with the attentive guidance of their bishops, they promote justice and truth, concord and collaboration, as well as the spirit of brotherly love and unity. This is the way that, when the obstacles to perfect ecclesiastical communion have been gradually overcome, all Christians will at last, in a common celebration of the Eucharist, be gathered into the one and only Church in that unity which Christ bestowed on His Church from the beginning. We believe that this unity subsists in the Catholic Church as something she can never lose, and we hope that it will continue to increase until the end of time.”
I imagine most Evangelicals are either positive about these developments or aren’t paying attention.
* 500 years after Reformation, pope knocks on Lutherans’ door (previously released as “Pope asks non-Catholic Christians for forgiveness”), January 26, 2016
* Francis is proving to be a very ecumenical pope, January 25, 2016
* Lutherans receive Communion at Vatican after meeting with Pope, January 21, 2016
* Pope Francis: for Christians, baptism is stronger than differences, January 20, 2016