December 9th, 2011 - John-792287 said:
I feel the many Orthodox Churches and Roman Catholic Church will never reunited their dogma. I feel this is impossible as a historian from looking at the 1500 years the churches have been separated. As seen with the Council of Chaceldon in 451 CE, it is clear that both the Latin West and the Greek East had huge differences. Many of these differences led to the hundreds of thousands Orthodox Christians turning to Islamic faith after the Arabic conquests of Roman territory in the seventh century. I would like to see the churches reuinted but our idea of this may not be what will happen.
Disunity within the Various Christian sects of the world is fine, however, I feel there should be some connection made. This connection could be made through allowing a council of Christian ministers, catholic , and orthodox clergy. Within the past in late Antiquity (395-630 CE) there were many christian councils. Many of the christian leaders who meet at these councils had huge differences. Why then is it so impossible today to meet with are fellow Christians if they are Anglican, Orthodox, Non-denominational, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Methodist or any other christian group. We need to meet with are brothers and sisters from these others denominations because they are all part of the same church in Christ's eyes.
Furthermore, I feel the church needs to reach out towards Jewish Communities, Islam and all other faiths in the world. We have to grow beyond judging other peoples faiths. Do we not all believe in the same God the Father?
September 27th, 2011 - Andrew-766945 said:
I think that we definitely need to reconcile ourselves with the Orthodox fully before focusing in on the various Protestant denominations, though the reconciliation with Anglicans is proceeding and should not be hindered. Heck, if it were up to me, I'd consider making an Anglican Rite, should the opportunity arise, though on the other hand, I don't really know how that would work.
I think all other Protestants would need to completely revert back to the truth though. I just don't see how it's possible to integrate some of their worship styles into the Mass or Divine Liturgy. Clearly, something would need to transpire but I just don't know what.
January 20th, 2011 - James-17080 said:
A complicated quesrtion. For the Orthodox, this may or may not be fairly easy to do. As everybody know, the mutual anathemas (or whatever they were) were removed in the 1960s. Orthodox may attend a church that is in communion with Rome, if they have no other choice, and vice versa for Catholics. A few Anglican parishes have returned to Rome, and their priests are married. The various Protestant sects present a real problem. Many of them would be hard to reconcile to Rome because of their beliefs. Not only that, some of these sects have a real antipathy to Roman Catholocism. It will be a real challenge. ☺
May 24th, 2010 - Alina-544517 said:
THE KEY to the unity is UNITING the DATE of THE RISING OF OUR LORD - ''He was risen on the THIRD DAY,as it is proclaimed in the Scriptures,third day of JEWISH PASSOVER .'' The devil knew it and taunted division of people of the book over 1,300 years ago.Christ knew the hardness of our hearts and suffered over it,saying '' I will pray my Father,so He would sent you a PARACLETE,...so you too may be ONE as I and MY FATHER ARE ONE.amen-so be it,alina
May 10th, 2009 - Brad-215564 said:
It truly would be a blessed thing if every Protestant and Orthodox person would convert and adopt the Catholic ways, but I have to agree with Joel when he asks the question of,'who this would be benifitting?' There is a reason that these other branches of the church CHOSE to break away from the Catholic church. To just accept them back without addressing the real issues of why they are a seperate branch is wrong and I would never support such a thing. I believe that our protestant brothers and sisters are equal benificiaries in the Lord's promise of salvation as any Catholic and they have chosen to worship him in their own way. The Catholic church worships him in their way. I see no problem with these remaining seperate.
January 6th, 2009 - Jon-284646 said:
How is this a legitimate question? It might as well read "should The Church obey the word of God." It's shocking to me to read many comments that appear to be elitist or anger filled. It's also encouraging to read some of the comments full of compassion.
I would be very fearful to condemn a person or group to hell as though I were granted that authority by God; no matter how wicked they appear to be.
By definition, every person who believes and confesses that Jesus is Lord and Savior are Christians, and worship God our Father. The rest is politics. People are great at making very simple things into something complex and dividing. Be aware that we are not in spiritual competition our brothers and sisters in Christ, but with those that wish to steal our hearts from The Lord.
My opinion: a well exercised intellect is only meaningful when combined with a well exercised heart and spirit.
January 5th, 2009 - Trish-317836 said:
I am a convert of 31 years. Although a practicig Catholic, I attend fellowship with Protestants like Bible discussions, and other community service. I think this is the best way to share Christ with one another. Discernment is a must, but Love of neighbor is absolute.
January 5th, 2009 - David-135801 said:
Yes, but not at the expense of compromising doctrine or Papal supremacy on faith and morals. It must be remembered that they voluntarily broke away from the Catholic Church. Unity solely for the sake of unity is not desirable. If unity is not premised on acceptance of the same doctrine then it is meaningless.
January 5th, 2009 - Mike-41230 said:
Personally I do not believe that the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary has been done properly yet. It promised to convert the Russians to the Catholic faith if done properly.
Without Heaven's plan I think George has it right by saying the only possibility is one by one.
We certainly wouldn't want to infect the Church with dispensationalism.
January 28th, 2008 - Joel-33866 said:
Am I missing something here? Why would the Catholic Church think it beneficial to form a unity with churches that have broken away from Catholicism because they didn't believe certain parts of our Dogma. Beliefs that our church was founded on. How can you justify bending on strict beliefs just to encompass a larger majority? Who is that really benefiting? Anyone? I don't get it, maybe i'm just misinterpreting the question.
January 25th, 2008 - George-166509 said:
I am all for Christian reunion. It defintely should be a top priority, but unfortunately the vatican seems to think that reunion can be effected by ecumenism. Christian reunification is only going to happen if we convert the E.O.s and the Protestants one by one.