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Comfortable in our Catholic Skin: Reject Triumphalism, Embrace the Call to Christian Unity Comments

Triumphalism is not the way toward Christian unity. It is not being comfortable in our Catholic skin. We need to reject it. One of the most difficult obstacles in making progress toward the visible unity of the Church is the reticence of some Catholics to accept the leadership of the Magisterium, the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the clear teaching of the Catholic Church on its priority. Continue Reading

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  1. mike robertson
    1 year ago

    A beautiful article.

    I recall CS Lewis' comment about orhodox Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox being closer to each other than they are to non-orthodox members of the same denomination. Especially in these evil times when so many people identify themselves as "Christian" ( and I include those who identify themselves as "Catholic") and advocate killing girls and boys in their mom's womb. Many of these self-identified Christians support Obama, who advocates killing girls and boys outside of their mom's womb even after they survive the attempt to kill them in their mom's womb. These "Christians" also advocate calling "marriage" what God calls an abomination (i.e. homosexuality).

    I also recall St Paul telling us not to avoid contact with the immoral of this world, but to "not even eat" with a "so-called brother" who engages in immorality. I have more respect for an atheist homoseual advocating same-sex "marriage" than I do for a "Catholic" advocating the same. The atheist is being more honest and consistent (although still dead wrong in opposing God). The "Catholic" advocating such immorality is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

  2. Trinbagonian
    1 year ago

    (Deacon, I want to tell the reader that strongly objected to your article that I understand his view; he is not alone. I pray that he accepts the dialogue in good faith and love. I wish to extend a spirit of welcome to him please. He is an instrument of grace.)
    BTW I enjoyed the show last night / I wouldn't have looked if you didn't tell me because I hardly look at tv and the Robertsons' attire wouldn't have attracted me.

    My country still has several rural areas of simple living where all the religions have a love toward each other (and where my husband, a fallen away Catholic, has softened toward religion). It was a shock for me when I first experienced that non-combative religious attitude amongst villagers and family members in Tobago and Guayaguayare Trinidad. In these areas greed is despised and work of the hands with a clean heart are exalted; there is a beautiful love for village love. This love is not fostered in urban cultures naturally (Mass in Roxborough, Tobago touched me intimately). I fear though that rather than grow closer, they will grow apart ... there is so much work to be done Deacon, God help us. We must do the work.
    Satan uses us on all sides. We have all sinned against Catholic unity. He plays on the fears, faithlessness, and sense of righteousness of the Catholic and non-Catholic. In the end we are deceived. We end up sullied with sins of ego and pride, wickedness and hatred, envy and slander ....
    But God is merciful and he will listen to the prayer of a repentant sinner.
    I am a living example of Wounds to Unity 819: "Christ's Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation". For when I could not accept the fullness of the Church, still too proud to admit as a fallen away Catholic, Christ ministered to me through a tv non-Catholic pastor. I was too ashamed to be Catholic. What would my "friends" say? And Christ brought peace to sinful me. Christ was not dictatorial; He took me from my point of need gently and healed me. He allowed me much. When I forget these Kind Acts of Christ even as He is Wounded, I reject His Love.

    It has taken me a long time to get to the spiritual place that I am at. I have had to sort through much sin. I have a long way to go still, but I am at a more peaceful place a living testimony to Christ. I can understand Catholics turning on protective mode. However, we must realize Truth is Truth; don't be afraid. Share in love, pray, and discern in Spirit the ways of darkness/satan. Give love to other denominations though they injure. Assist fellow Catholics that they may remain in the One True Church for fear of souls being led to ruin. Live the Gospel. Follow the Church in its mission to unity.
    I pray for all religions (Islam too) to come as one ... as it is in Heaven. And with God, all things are possible.

  3. Tom McGuire
    1 year ago

    Great post! I appreciate the tone and content of this post. If we are serious about evangelization, we must find a way to be in unity with one another as Catholics but also with other Christian communities. Our mission to live and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people requires dialogue.

    Francis, Bishop of Rome, yesterday met with some Japanese students he encouraged dialogue. Dialogue characterized by meekness is the best way to overcome triumphalism that has plagued the Catholic Church for centuries.

    Junno Arocho Esteves reported this on the meeting between Pope Francis and the Japanese students.

    "VATICAN CITY, August 21, 2013 ( - Pope Francis stressed the importance of dialogue during an audience with a group of Japanese high school students from Japan today. Teachers and students from the Seibu Gauken Bunri Junior High School in Tokyo met with the Holy Father in the St. Damasus Courtyard of the Vatican.

    The Pope expressed his joy at their visit and hope that their exposure to another culture will help them grow in their own lives. The Holy Father explained that if one becomes in isolated, then it is impossible to grow culturally.

    “If we go in search of other people, other cultures, other ways of thinking, other religious, we come out of ourselves and begin that beautiful adventure that is called ‘dialogue’,” the Pope said.

    “Dialogue is very important for one’s maturity, because in relation with other people, relations with other culture, also in healthy relations with other religions, one grows; grows, matures.”
    However, Pope Francis warned, there is a danger if one closes themselves and fights in dialogue with another. Such fights, he continued, can be prevented if dialogue is founded in
    “Meekness, Pope Francis said, is “the ability to find people, to find culture, with peace; the ability to make intelligent questions.” Differences in opinions should not be a catalyst for animosity between two parties.

    The Holy Father emphasized as well that peace cannot be achieved without dialogue. ‘All wars, all struggles, all problems that are not resolved, with which we face, are due to a lack of dialogue,” the Pope told the Japanese students.

    “When there is a problem, dialogue: this makes peace. And this is what I wish for you in this journey of dialogue: that you may know how to dialogue; how this culture thinks.”
    Pope Francis concluded his address by expressing his hope that the students will continue grow culturally in their journey in Rome."

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