Adoro te devote, latens Deitas, quae sub his figuris vere latitas: tibi se cor meum totum subjicit, quia te contemplans totum deficit.
Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart,
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.
...to bring you one of the best, if not THE best paragraph in the history of Catholic blogging. And in quoting it, I thumb my nose at the common misunderstanding of the concept of ecumenism and applaud the honesty in acknowledging actual history:
Perhaps now is the time for the rapidly dwindling band of Anglicans to realise that it is time to turn away from that brand of religion which was set up initially for no greater purpose than to enable King Henry VIII to divorce his Catholic wife, Catherine of Aragon, in order to marry that trollop Anne Boleyn, and return to the one true faith - a faith which believes in the natural order of things and at least tries to set a good example to mankind.
Friends, readers, and countrymen, the reality is that most people don't realize that the goal of ecumenism is NOT an endorsement of religious pluralism, but the unity of the Church. And there is only ONE Church, and that is the Catholic Church. Every religion is NOT the same, and while it's laudable and necessary to learn about other religious, it's important to our salvation (ALL OF US!) to work for unity, which is a nice theological way of saying it is our job to help others find their way INTO the Church.
No, this is not a popular position, which is, in fact, one of the many reasons why everyone hates us. And people hate to be disliked which is why they embrace the lies of pluralsim instead of narrow gate which is Truth. (It's only the narrow gate because so few enter it God saw no need to go to the expense of installing an industrial garage door. He already gave His Only Son...what more do you want?)
So, let me say it again: Ecumenism, striving for unity, does not mean Catholics should embrace other beliefs; it means that Catholics are to work to bring those of other religions into the CATHOLIC faith!
Period. Deal with it. More importantly...live it.
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