DID HE PRAY?
DID HE NOT PRAY?
WHAT DID HE REALLY DO?
"I went to Turkey as a pilgrim, not as a tourist. And I went especially for today’s feast celebrated by Patriarch Bartholomew . When I entered the mosque, I could not say: now I’m a tourist! I saw that marvelous place; the Mufti explained things very well to me, showing great meekness; he quoted the Quran when he spoke about Mary and John the Baptist. At that moment I felt the need to pray. So I asked him: Shall we pray a little? To which he responded: “Yes, yes”. I prayed for Turkey, for peace, for the Mufti, for everyone and for myself ... I said: Lord, let’s put an end to these wars! It was a moment of sincere prayer.”
Prayer is always a Breakthrough.
Pope Francis is not only The Pope Of Christian Unity, he is also (for that very same reason) The Pope Wing Nut Krazies Hate.
Father D muses: "Why didn't these converts become Orthodox? They already have the thuribles, the brocade, the ornate liturgical tastes, the wives and the facial hair .... Just do it!"
Oh wait. The Greeks don't want them and their patrimony. The Russians will take them, providing they adopt the Julian Calendar (what a mess that issue is in and of itself among the Orthodox.) and use one of their already established Western Rites, and
Oh wait, yet again. Pope Francis said Uniatism is a dated word. One of the most significant political issues with the Greek Patriarchate has been the Eastern Catholic Churches.
"If we wait for theologians to reach an agreement, that day will never come! I am skeptical: theologians work well but Athenagoras said: “Let us put theologians on an island to discuss among themselves and we’ll just get on with things!” Unity is a journey we need to go on together, it is spiritual ecumenism, praying together, working together. Then there is ecumenism of the blood: when they kill Christians, bloods mix. Our martyrs are crying out: we are one. This is what ecumenism of the blood is. We must follow this path courageously and carry on moving forward. Perhaps some are not able to understand this. The Eastern catholic Churches have a right to exist, but uniatism is a dated word, another solution needs to be found.”
I'm sure many of you who follow Church Stuff know about this interview. If not, you can find it here. Please take a few moments and read all three pages. It is well worth it.
Interesting and exciting times. Unity (not uniformity) in Diversity. In Catholicism we need to listen to one another and to respect one another. For thirty years those seeking freedom of the Traditional Latin Mass fought and struggled for it. They should not have needed to do so. But, once Summorum Pontificum gave them their hearts desire, many took this to the extreme and have attempted to impose their preferences on the rest of the Church through "mutual enrichment." Either or, not both and.
I can be stubborn. I can be opinionated. I can be uncharitable. Especially in the blogosphere where names, faces, thoughts and feelings are relegated to words on the screen. The Pope calls us all to mutual respect and dialog. Is it a challenge we can rise to? Perhaps, if we open our minds and hearts to the movement of the Holy Spirit.