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on the discernment of spirits

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Dec 03, 2004

John Allen interviews Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor on ecumenism.

"If I didn't think the Holy Spirit was in this," he said reflectively, "I would probably go the other way."


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  • Posted by: - Dec. 05, 2004 7:12 PM ET USA

    I have heard it said that Cardinal "Comic" O'Connor is noted for speaking at length and saying nothing. If by saying that the Anglicans should go outwards inwards, he means that they should look around to outside Churches and see where they are going wrong and then take it inwards e.g. on homosexuality, then he's right! If by saying that the Catholic Church should go inwards outwards, he means that the Church should look inwards to the core of Catholic teaching and then give it out to the others , then he's right again. But! Is that his view of Ecumenism?! Mmmmm!

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Dec. 05, 2004 10:24 AM ET USA

    This was a gem : The Anglicans are showing that they need to go outwards inwards, . . . The Catholic church, on the other hand, has got to go inwards outwards. Huh? I know this makes some sense if explained, but I'm darned if I know what it is now.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Dec. 04, 2004 4:11 PM ET USA

    I was happy to see latinae's reaction. I, too, read the whole column and when it didn't seem to make sense I thought it was me.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 04, 2004 12:16 AM ET USA

    I read Allen's entire piece. It came from a Cardinal and it made no sense. It included gems like ""In the ecumenical field under Cardinals Bea, Willebrands, Cassidy and Kasper [presidents of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity], we've had exceptional leadership. Most bishops would not be as far along without the encouragement and guidance of that council. We should be very grateful." Huh? What planet is he on? No wonder they can't teach, orthodox or not.

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