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By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 09, 2010

An ecumenical catechism: what a wonderful idea, Cardinal Kasper! We can work out a careful formulation of the beliefs that all professed Christians hold in common--- if there are any.

Actually, since new Protestant bodies are created every week, and even the old established groups change their doctrines occasionally, any "ecumenical catechism" would need to be updated and revised constantly. It would be a grueling, time-consuming task. And I know just the right man for the job. With so much work to be done, I suppose he'd have to give up his current post as president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, but that's a small sacrifice for such a worthy project. 

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  • Posted by: sparch - Feb. 10, 2010 10:20 AM ET USA

    Do we choose the old protestant, mainstream traditional churches or as indicated, each new sprout that has an axe to grind against the Church? Come to think of it, most mainline protestant churches have an axe to grind against the Church. Could wind up undermining our Church in favor of the obscure denominations.

  • Posted by: voxfem - Feb. 09, 2010 11:15 PM ET USA

    Actually, it might be useful. I hear people say that we have more in common than we recognize and that we should focus on the ways we agree rather than the ways we disagree. Maybe listing the areas of agreement would give a better picture as to how true that statement is.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 09, 2010 7:21 PM ET USA

    So with the ebbs and flows of various Protestant "doctrines," what we need is not a catechism, which would be printed, but a blog, that can be re-edited minute by minute. Wait a minute, that actually describes the doctrinal statements of most Protestant denominations.

  • Posted by: ChoosingLife - Feb. 09, 2010 6:33 PM ET USA

    Isn't this kindasorta contrary to what Pope Benedict said in this article? Church has ultimate authority to interpret Bible, Pope reminds scholars http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=4415

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Feb. 09, 2010 4:23 PM ET USA

    His Eminence, God bless him will soon be 77. Not old for any man with a sharp mind and orthodox spine. But perhaps in the case of His Eminence, he may want to think of a more relaxed position, say, of collaborating with his ecumenical pal, His Grace, Rowan Williams. They could be the Laural and Hardy of ecumenism.

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