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Catholics, Mormons stand together, bishop tells Utah audience

September 19, 2012

Catholics and Mormons should stand “shoulder to shoulder as witnesses of Jesus Christ,” Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City told an audience of Mormon students.

Speaking at Utah Valley University, the bishop said that despite serious theological differences, Catholics and Mormons are natural allies in defense of human life, marriage, and natural law.

Bishop Wester observed that the invitation extended to a Catholic bishop to address a Mormon audience was a “wonderful sign of the ongoing collaboration between our faiths.” He remarked that Thomas Monson, the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has routinely attended fundraising events from Catholic Community Services in Salt Lake City, as another sign of that practical cooperation.


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  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Sep. 19, 2012 5:53 PM ET USA

    Who was it who said "if those folks (Mormons) are right in what they believe then we're all in trouble?" In a world that is increasingly secular, two disparate faiths getting along and collaborating on issues they agree on is a good thing. They learn about us, we learn about them. The common denominator in both faiths is Jesus Christ.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Sep. 19, 2012 5:44 PM ET USA

    Now this is the kind of Ecumenism I like to see!