On trying to find unity without stressing doctrine

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:

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1 Response to On trying to find unity without stressing doctrine

  1. Rev22:17 says:

    Deborah,

    You wrote: 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.

    Yes, of course — and don’t think for a minute that the Vatican does not recognize the importance of doctrinal unity! Indeed, the requirement for the ordinariates for former Anglicans to profess the fullness of Catholic doctrine is explicit in the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, and is also manifest in the extensive program of formation that took place in your congregation and in every other congregation that has come into an ordinariate intact. This is also the necessary condition for reconciliation of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and any other group with valid orders that wants to join the Catholic Church.

    You wrote: 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.

    It appears that Catholics whose faith formation is lacking — and perhaps even Catholic clergy whose faith formation is lacking — is precisely the problem that Pope Francis is trying to address, albeit somewhat obliquely, in this comment.

    But guess what! This is also precisely the issue that Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI were trying to address in calling for a “new evangelism” and a “year of faith” to implement it!

    Norm.

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