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Vatican spokesman discusses relation between ecumenism, evangelization

Catholic World News - January 23, 2012

Quoting recent remarks by Pope Benedict, the director of the Holy See Press Office has devoted his weekly editorial to the relationship between ecumenism and the new evangelization.

“The new evangelization can be more advantageous if all Christians announce together the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and give a common answer to the thirst of our times,” Father Federico Lombardi noted, quoting Pope Benedict. Moreover--again quoting the Pope--“a profound agreement on matters of anthropology can then help society and politicians to make wise and just decisions regarding important questions in the area of human life, family, and sexuality,” Father Lombardi wrote.

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Jan. 23, 2012 8:36 PM ET USA

    What is the "thirst of our times?" Does this refer to the recent study concluding there is an alarming trend in binge drinking among American adults? Nebulous, ambiguous, vague. It can hardly be argued that Catholics and Protestants agree about much as it relates to the Church as the visible and necessary vehicle of salvation, as the authority on the Gospel message, and as the arbiter of both Tradition and Holy Writ. Thus the preliminary question becomes that of Pilate: "What is Truth?"

  • Posted by: eustachius234 - Jan. 23, 2012 5:15 PM ET USA

    Drop the ecumenical nonsense, there is no way the 30.000+ sects are going to agree on anything. Best to be missionary, and convert them to the One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church. With respect to a "common answer" for our times, I bet that if Holy Mother Church leads, a large portion of the sects will follow, and those that don't, can be written off as no longer Christian. Leadership is needed, not diplomacy, compromise & the dumbing down of the One True Faith...

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