This is a part of me that is comfortable with the Pope’s stress lately on “reconciled diversity” and building relationships and brotherhood with non-Catholic believers, trusting the Holy Spirit will do His job in bringing about unity.
There is another part that is highly uncomfortable because “reconciled diversity” is fine when you are talking about diversity in worship styles —Anglican patrimony here; charismatic hands in the air contemporary music there; Gregorian chant here, Traditional. Latin Mass, —or other kinds of distinctive patrimonial characteristics—Byzantine rite, etc. But there has to be an agreement on what the Apostolic faith is, what the Church is, what the Eucharist is and so on.
Pope Francis told the priests at Caserta (scroll down and you’ll see a link to the Q&A on this blog) that in dealing with ecumenism one had to be secure in one’s identity. Well, maybe Pope Francis is secure in his identity as a Catholic–as he once said, “I am a son of the Church” but wow do I not see much faith formation among Catholics.
Someone I was discussing my quandary with sent me this image: