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Reformation Day: No reason to celebrate

Catholic World News - October 29, 2010

Francis Beckwith, the noted Evangelical scholar who returned to the Catholic Church in 2007, notes that even during his days as a Protestant he had only a “modest” enthusiasm for the celebration of Reformation Day on October 31:

I say “modest appreciation,” since it always seemed to me rather unseemly to get too excited about schism and mutual charges of apostasy and heresy. It would be like celebrating the tenth anniversary of your divorce.

In a short, perceptive essay with a clever ending, Beckwith explains why all Christians should recognize that the followers of Christ ought to be united, and the focus of unity is inevitably the Catholic Church.

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  • Posted by: www.petersboat.net - Oct. 29, 2010 11:03 PM ET USA

    I'm no scholar; I'm just a parish priest. But, this audio meditation (http://www.petersboat.net/3/category/sacred%20scripture/1.html) is my small contribution to this conversation regarding where our separated brothers go quite wrong. Thank you for everything, catholicculture.org. How grateful we all are for you and your love for the Church. - father ketcham www.petersboat.net

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