When Catholics speak of “Christian Unity,” what they mean is the eventual conversion of Protestants

Christian Unity: The Next Step
By Kevin E. Mackin, OFM (Order of Friars Minor aka the Franciscans)
WestBow Press (A Division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan), 2020, 92 pp.

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I stumbled across this short book written by a Franciscan priest about the future of the ecumenical movement and was curious to see what he had to say. Based on its short length, I suspected this was some sort of academic dissertation, but was surprised to read the author is eighty-two years old.

Priest Mackin begins with a look back at the Roman Catholic church’s radical redirection at the Second Vatican Council with regards to its attitude towards Protestants, from that of militant confrontation to concerted rapprochement. But Catholicism’s concept of “Christian unity” has always meant Protestants’ eventual reabsorption. The goal since 1964 has been to bring the “separated brethren” back into the fold under the authority of the pope. Paranoia on my part? Read the RCC’s own words:

When such (ecumenical) 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.

– from Vatican II document, Unitatis redintegratio, (Restoration of unity), chapter 2, 1964

Mackin describes some of the post-conciliar ecumenical talks between Catholics and mainline Protestants focusing on the issues of Scripture, tradition, and authority. He notes that “progress” has definitely been made, but the hoped-for, large-scale reabsorption of Protestants remains elusive.

When Mackin speaks of “Protestants,” he’s generally referring to members of the old, mainline Protestant denominations. The RCC is also making a concerted effort to interface with evangelical Protestants. Ecumenically-minded evangelicals who embrace the RCC with its false gospel of sacramental grace and merit are pawns and polezni durak, “useful fools,” in this calculated endeavor. The genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone has nothing in common with Rome’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit.

Mackin notes that the RCC has been sidetracked by the two-decades-long scandal involving pedophile priests and hierarchical cover-up and needs to “reform” and rededicate itself so that ecumenism can advance once again.

This book “disappointed” in that the theological jargon is sometimes as thick as mud and friar Mackin fails to provide much insight into what the concrete “next step/s” might be in the RCC’s plan for the reabsorption of Protestants. What will it take for Protestants to finally shutter their churches’ windows, padlock their doors, and mosey on down the street to the nearest Roman Catholic church on Sundays? I’m of the opinion that it will take some type of global, catastrophic event for unwitting non-Catholics to submit to the pope en masse and I do believe such an event is coming. In the meantime, misguided, ecumenically-minded evangelicals bemoan denominational divides and long for the day when all “Christians” can worship together under one roof. The pope and his prelates are most assuredly working on it.

Above: Cardinal Kurt Koch (2nd from right), President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, meets with representatives from the World Evangelical Alliance in 2018.

24 thoughts on “When Catholics speak of “Christian Unity,” what they mean is the eventual conversion of Protestants

  1. “What will it take for Protestants to finally shutter their churches’ windows, padlock their doors, and mosey on down the street to their local Roman Catholic church on Sundays?”

    Tom, that’s a very interesting. I’ve thought for many years that the pope would place himself at the head of a global religion, a false religion, but never thought much about how that could come about. Could it be that this “pandemic” has provided the opportunity, as it seems it’s advancing the Globalist Agenda, given that many churches are submitting to governmental calls to close, and are pretty apostate anyway?

    Have a great week.

    L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .

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    1. Thanks for the thoughts, Wil. No one could have imagined the “strides” that have been made on behalf of ecumenism and inter-faith cooperation since Vatican II. The popes and the RCC have taken the lead in these efforts. I don’t like to speculate about endtimes/eschatology specifics, BUT the C-19 pandemic has shown that a global event leading to extremely dire consequences is not far-fetched. There’s no other religious leader who comes close to receiving the attention and the respect that the pope does.

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  2. Dropping by with a hi! Day is going slow which is good, I’m recovering from a weekend of teaching an apologetics Friday session, a Berkhof systematic theology study, Sunday service and also youth group though I had help with Youth group with Mandy sharing!

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  3. “What will it take for Protestants to finally shutter their churches’ windows, padlock their doors, and mosey on down the street to their local Roman Catholic church on Sundays? I’m of the opinion that it will take some type of global, catastrophic event for unwitting non-Catholics to submit to the pope en masse and I do believe such an event is coming.”

    We think the same way over here. And considering everything else that’s going on, I wonder what we’re going to see in these last few days of our lives.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy. Yes, we’ve seen amazing events in the last 12 months. And Francis continues to promote the papacy in the eyes of the world even during this pandemic. I’m thinking of his recent allowance of same-sex civil unions as an example.

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  4. Sigh, what are the clear commands in scripture? These ecumenical minded evangelicals are silly and naive.

    Psalm 26:4
    I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.

    Psalm 119:128
    Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right; I hate every false way.

    Romans 16:17‭-‬19
    I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.

    And for those pastors and evangelical leaders:

    Titus 1:7‭-‬9 ESV
    For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

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    1. Thanks! I “appreciate” the fact that Catholic clerics don’t mince words when it comes to their ultimate goal for “Christian unity.” It’s sad that evangelical ecumenists aren’t troubled by this. It’s like a mouse attempting to “make friends” with the cat.

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  5. When Protestants are re-united with the Catholic church, then we’re but a moment away from the Tribulation Period (or well into it). Certainly the united “church” will not yet be one with all the other religions, but it will happen soon afterwards.

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    1. There is only one genuine Christianity that preaches the genuine Good News of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. There are also many pseudo-(c)hristian churches and denominations in the world that teach false gospels, like the Roman Catholic church.

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      1. You must not be genuinely born-again. No child of God would desire to mix the Gospel with pseudo-Christianity. Should we also embrace other false gospelers such as the LDS, Watchtower, Christian Science, etc., etc. So naive Tikno-C.S. Lewis.

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