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ecumenism lives on

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 23, 2009

Don't listen to those people who say that by spreading the welcome mat for Anglicans, the Vatican has ended an era in ecumenism: an era marked by pleasant conversations which produce agreements on dates for future pleasant conversations, with an eye to continuing pleasant conversations unto countless generations. No, don't you worry; those pleasant conversations will continue. Why, already the Anglican Bishop Anthony Provenzano of Long Island has engaged the Catholic Church in respectful dialogue:

At the heart of all of this is the reality that the Roman Church is willing to welcome angry, reactionary, misogynistic, homophobic people.

The general thrust of the argument is that the Episcopalians of Long Island-- mellow, progressive, feminist, and diverse-- aren't likely to seek entry into the Catholic Church. A grave disappointment, to be sure. We had so much in common, and the spiritual vigor of Long Island Episcopalians is the stuff of legend.

Still, don't despair. The friendly dialogue continues.

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  • Posted by: Christopher_Johnson - Oct. 27, 2009 12:42 AM ET USA

    Tony Pro is a newbie, his election was just confirmed last GenCon. And Tony? What are we supposed to do with the fact that the Episcopal Organization was perfectly willing to cash the pledge checks of all those "angry, reactionary, misogynistic, homophobic people?" Inquiring minds want to know, T.

  • Posted by: FrPhillips1125 - Oct. 23, 2009 6:34 PM ET USA

    Would it surprise you to learn that Bishop Provenzano attended a Catholic seminary, was a memeber of a Religious community for a time, was married in 1983, and was received into the Episcopal Church as a priest in 1984? I'm sure he brought no baggage with him...

  • Posted by: sparch - Oct. 23, 2009 4:03 PM ET USA

    Ecumenism is alive and well in the Catholic Church. It is in this spirit our gracious offer was made. We can continue in our 'discussion' with those more 'mellow'. We may some day win them over as well. People will come to the Catholic Church on the Church's terms, not the terms of those outside the Church. This is the way it must be.

  • Posted by: k9annie - Oct. 23, 2009 4:00 PM ET USA

    the Roman Church is willing to welcome angry, reactionary, misogynistic, homophobic people. Like St. Paul

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