It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Friday, September 29, 2006

Imagine Catholic-Orthodox Reunification

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Just stop and think about it for a second. Imagine what it would be like if the pope, and ecumenical patriarch signed an agreement ending the 1,000 year schism between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox churches -- effectively reuniting the two into what the Church once was a thousand years ago -- "One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic." Literally overnight, 250,000,000 new members would be added to the Catholic Church as Eastern Rite Catholics, bringing the world Catholic population up from 1 billion to 1.25 billion -- nearly two-thirds of all Christians worldwide. The sign of Christian unity would be the most powerful thing seen in a millennium. The sign of charity would be undeniable and overwhelming. The reunited Catholic and Orthodox churches together, could literally change the face of Christianity overnight. Together they could prove to the world, that authentic Christianity overcomes all obstacles and barriers. Not even the bureaucratic institutions of a thousand years can stop true Christian charity from bringing together separated brethren. Literally overnight, the entire Protestant world would be left dumbfounded. So far the closest thing Protestants have come to ecumenical charity has been the 'World Council of Churches' -- a liberal umbrella organization that has done little to nothing to end denominational boundaries within the Protestant world. In an instant, Evangelicals and Traditional Protestants would be faced with the reality that their denominational and organizational divisions cause scandal to the Body of Christ. They would be forced to reckon with the fact that true Christian charity demands the overcoming of differences by the dispensing of pride, and the discovery of truth. A Catholic-Orthodox reunification would do nothing less than set the stage for Evangelicals and Protestants to begin their journey back toward Catholicism and Orthodoxy...
Roman Catholic and Christian Orthodox leaders meeting for the first time in six years said they will continue their efforts to bridge the divide between their ancient branches of Christianity.

About 60 bishops, cardinals and metropolitans convened privately in the Serbian capital from Sept. 18 through Monday to restart the dialogue that broke off in 2000.

The previous talks ruptured over issues including papal authority and Orthodox complaints that Catholics were trying to poach followers in historically Orthodox territory, notably eastern Europe.

The latest meeting focused on writing a text that would serve as a basis to "seek the restoration of full communion" and close the nearly 1,000-year-old rift between the Catholic and the Orthodox, the leaders said in a statement...

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