Keeping informed – The long haul ecumenical strategy


Vatican Files

141. “Greater Oneness in Christ”: What Does it Mean?

September 1st, 2017

 

“In the journey to overcome internal divisions separating Christians, the top leadership of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF), World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), and the Vatican’s officials for promoting Christian Unity met together, for the first time, in a historic meeting, spending two days facilitating their support of the Global Christian Forum (GCF)”.

– Global Christian Forum press release, May 27, 2017

 

“. . . ‘Historic’ may be an overused description, especially when the term is applied not by historians writing 3-4 generations in the future, but by reporters talking about current events. According to the event’s press release, the ecumenical meeting was historic because these leaders – representing almost the whole of present-day Christianity – committed themselves to work towards ‘greater oneness in Christ’ and pledged to reinforce such a direction in a series of events that will take place in 2018. . .”

Leonardo De Chirico

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Keeping informed — The confusion and grief of fatherless children


The Church of Rome has so many laws, why did no one think it right and just and compassionate to provide legally for the children of priests?


Children of Catholic priests live with secrets and sorrow

By Michael Rezendes | Photos by Suzanne Kreiter | Videos by Emily Zendt, Globe Staff August 16, 2017

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“. . . By any reasonable measure, there are thousands of others who have strong evidence that they are the sons and daughters of Catholic priests, though most are unaware that they have so much company in their pain. In Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Paraguay, and other countries, in American cities big and small — indeed, virtually anywhere the church has a presence — the children of priests form an invisible legion of secrecy and neglect, a Spotlight Team review has found.

“Their exact number can’t be known, but with more than 400,000 priests worldwide, many of them inconstant in their promise of celibacy, the potential for unplanned children is vast. And this also comes through loud and plain: The sons and daughters of priests often grow up without the love and support of their fathers, and are often pressured or shamed into keeping the existence of the relationship a secret. They are the unfortunate victims of a church that has, for nearly 900 years, forbidden priests to marry or have sex, but has never set rules for what priests or bishops must do when a clergyman fathers a child. . .”


HT: Tom, excatholic4christ

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Keeping informed: About Rome

2016-06-10 Vatican Radio

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Today I read the following at The Antipas Chroniclesfrom a NEWS.VA (Official Vatican Network) article: 

“Pope Francis I quoted in a June 10 news article: Today, we must above all be grateful to God for our rediscovered brotherhood… There is urgent need for an ecumenism that, along with theologic…”

Source: Pope Urges Reformed Churches To Join Him

Quoting Vatican: Pope urges Reformed Churches to promote shared mission of service

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