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Catholic-Methodist dialogue examines Eucharist, environment

Catholic World News - July 08, 2010

Participants in the dialogue between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United Methodist Church met from June 28-30 to discuss the relation between the Eucharist and the environment.

“In our dialogues and final report we hope to help fellow congregants see how our public worship, particularly the Eucharist, shapes us to see God’s glory in creation and to care for the creation as faithful stewards,” said Methodist Bishop Timothy Whitaker.

“The very preparation of, taking, blessing, breaking, and giving [bread], imply work and communal responsibility to share all of the earth’s resources with all on the earth, lest we rape the world and leave it devastated for the next generation,” said Msgr. Kevin Irwin, dean of Catholic University of America’s school of theology. A proper understanding of the Eucharist, he said, “reveres the means of production in terms of human ingenuity and it reveres food as the gift of the God of creation and redemption.”

America editor Father Drew Christiansen, who was also a participant in the dialogue, highlighted Pope Benedict’s teaching on the relationship between care for the environment and “human ecology”-- a respect for the natural moral law.

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jul. 09, 2010 9:46 AM ET USA

    Let's see. Dialogue with Methodists about "global warming" is based on fraudulent and politicized science. The whole fuzzy-wuzzy ecumenical "dialogue" has all the makings of mutual self-abuse. Methodists ordain women, are pro-homosexual, are pro-contraception, don't recognize the Real Presence, etc -- what's the point of all this dialogue?

  • Posted by: filioque - Jul. 08, 2010 11:29 PM ET USA

    One gets the impression that the participants are more interested in the environment than the Eucharist, as if talking about the environment makes it OK to talk about the Eucharist. Notice that the connection is all about us and what we do, not about Christ and what He does as Lord of Creation.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Jul. 08, 2010 6:05 PM ET USA

    Methodists are outside the Church and have no valid Holy Orders thus they have no Eucharist and no Real Presence. Why has dialogue replaced evangelization? We should correct them with charity and try to bring them into the One True Church of Christ, the Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Jul. 08, 2010 9:13 AM ET USA

    This really gets to be so utterly hackneyed and tiresome that it ranks up there with laundry commercials for greenish, neo-Marxist soap.

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