28 January 2012

Filióque, Purgatory and Papal Primacy

Some may have been shocked to read in my post Ecumenism, Particularly Between East and West that at the Council of Florence, all but one of the Eastern bishops accepted the West’s use of the Filióque, the understanding of purgatory and papal primacy. If you are shocked, it is probably because you don't really understand these issues and most likely are more acquainted with the distorted view of these issues. The Eastern bishops of the 15th century understood these issues; however, the Eastern laity did not; hence, lasting unity between East and West was not achieved at that time. We should do better.

27 January 2012

False Irenicism

The following quote of Pope Benedict XVI come from the story The Renewal Of Faith Must Be A Priority For Church Today on today's Vatican Information Service:

Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches

Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches for Reconciliation, Unity and Peace beginning in and proceeding from Jerusalem

I found the above website while checking my news feeds this morning. This was the headline and first paragraph of today's top news post on this website:

Our Life In Christ


The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It isn’t non-denominational – it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago.

I discovered the podcast Steve the Builder and subsequently Our Life In Christ, both of which are on Ancient Faith Radio, a while ago on, I believe, the Practical Ecumenism blog on the Holy Resurrection Monastery website; although, this blog had another name, which I can't remember, when it directed me to the Steve the Builder podcast. Steve Robinson and Bill Gould are no longer producing the Our Life In Christ podcast; however, I've been going through their archives (I only have 30 more episodes to go). I thoroughly enjoy these podcasts, and even had a link to them on my list of links. I had to take this link off my list, however, as I was going through their archive of podcasts because I couldn't in good conscience direct people there without a preface. This blog post is that preface, and the links are in this paragraph.


26 January 2012

Ecumenism, Particularly Between East and West

At the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, I want to give my thoughts on ecumenism. I must point out that these are my views and are not authoritative. I'm just a simple uneducated layman that is trying to be faithful to Christ and His Church. My views on ecumenism were a little different ten years ago, and even more different twenty years ago (it was nineteen years ago that I came into full union with the Pope of Rome). And, I predict that ten, twenty and fifty years from now, my views will be different than they are now.

19 January 2012

From January 18th to the 25th is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. You may want to check out some of the documents of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, particularly the  2012 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity booklet. As well, the pope dedicated his Wednesday's General Audience to this week of prayer.

For the past 12 years, I've kept the picture below by my computer where I can see it when I write . It gives me hope that some day there will be unity in Christ's Church. It was taken on January 18, 2000. On that day Bl. Pope John Paul II opened the fourth and final holy door in Rome at St. Paul's outside the walls, a symbolic proclamation of the Jubilee year.

12 January 2012

Pope Pius XII: Friend and Rescuer of Jews

I've written a few times on my blog about the slandering of Pope Pius XII:
Today, I read an excellent article by William Doino, Jr.,  Pope Pius XII: Friend and Rescuer of Jews. I highly recommend reading this description of the true nature of Pius XII's relationship with the Jews and with the Nazis.

10 January 2012

CHAPTER 30: Critics

The self appointed lay judges in the Catholic Church, such as the persons involved with LifeSiteNews.com and RealCatholicTV.com, would do well to read Chapter 30 of The Cloud of Unknowing.