Archive for 2001

Archive pour 2001

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Who Really Cares About Christian Unity?

by Bruce D. Marshall, FirstThings.com Future historians of Christianity may well describe the century just past as the age of ecumenism; some have already given it that label. Yet the modern ecumenical movement has almost completely failed to attain its one overriding goal: the reunion of divided Christian communities. The great labor of ecumenism has
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Posted: January 1, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=21 Transmis : 1 janvier 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=21


An ecumenist gives thanks

It seems a far cry now from the mid-1950s when Roman Catholic ecumenism was in the main led by the Abbé Paul Couturier and other French pioneers, though a church historian could look further back to the Malines Conversations in Belgium between Catholics and Anglicans, and to the work of the Sword of the Spirit during the Second World War, when Cardinal Hinsley co- operated with William Temple, by then Archbishop of Canterbury. I well remember being involved with Oxford’s Catholics in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in its refashioned form — praying for the unity Christ willed for his Church by the means he chose. With some trepidation some of us ecumenical cognoscenti went to St Aloysius’ in St Giles, where we were invited to take part in Benediction. Well, there was no harm in entering in at the deep end, was there?
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Posted: January 13, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6545
Categories: Opinion, The TabletIn this article: exchange of gifts, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
Transmis : 13 janvier 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6545
Catégorie : Opinion, The TabletDans cet article : exchange of gifts, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU


New working group to further Anglican-Roman Catholic relations

[ACNS 2357] A new high-level working group has been announced by the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church. Comprising prominent Church leaders from a variety of countries, assisted by specialists, the Anglican-Roman Catholic Working Group will have the task of reviewing the relationship between Catholics and Anglicans worldwide, consolidating the results of more than thirty
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Posted: January 25, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=22
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican, Catholic
Transmis : 25 janvier 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=22
Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic


Ice curtain in the East

On 7 January, Russia’s Orthodox Church celebrated the two-thousandth anniversary of the birth of Christ. Thousands attended the Christmas liturgy in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, triumphantly, and, many have averred, tastelessly, restored to the city’s skyline more than 60 years after Stalin ordered its obliteration from it. Live coverage of the event was marred, however, when Patriarch Alexis II arrived more than an hour late, delayed by his participation in the day’s informal meetings between President Putin and the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder.

As the television cameras panned in on the massed faithful awaiting their Patriarch, they picked out the emerald robes of seemingly the most senior cleric in attendance — Mufti Talgat Tadzhuddin, head of Russia’s Central Spiritual Directorate of Muslims. For the third year running, the chief representative of Russia’s Roman Catholics, Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, had not been invited.
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Posted: January 27, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6557
Categories: Opinion, The TabletIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox, Russian, Ukraine
Transmis : 27 janvier 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6557
Catégorie : Opinion, The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox, Russian, Ukraine


New international Anglican body glimpses ecumenical future

[ACNS 2417]By Charles Sherlock The first permanent Commission of the Anglican Communion met for the first time in early December 2000 – the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations (IASCER). The diverse group of sixteen people – men and women, lay and ordained, parish clergy, theologians and bishops, from ten nations and five continents –
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Posted: March 13, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=23
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican, Christian unity, ecumenism
Transmis : 13 mars 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=23
Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican, Christian unity, ecumenism


The Pope steps into a Greek drama

Pope John Paul is to make a brief visit to Athens in May. Many of the Greek Orthodox clergy and the monks of Athos are up in arms. Could this nevertheless turn out to be a breaking of the ice which has lasted since the Western and Eastern Church split in 1054? An Assumptionist priest who was formerly stationed in Athens looks at the tensions.
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Posted: March 24, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6730
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, John Paul II, Orthodox
Transmis : 24 mars 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6730
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, John Paul II, Orthodox


2001 Canadian ecumenical leadership award

In recognition of their contribution to ecumenism on the local, national and international levels, the 2001 Ecumenical Leadership Award is presented to Ray and Fenella Temmerman. Ray, along with his wife Fenella, are an interchurch couple who have been active in the Canadian Association of Interchurch Families since it was established in 1996. Ray pioneered
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Posted: March 31, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=24
Categories: NewsIn this article: 2001, Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Ecumenical Leadership Award
Transmis : 31 mars 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=24
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : 2001, Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Ecumenical Leadership Award


It’s time we listened

One of the subtleties of Shakespeare’s As You Like It is the existence of layers of sexual ambiguity implied in its original performance: a boy-actor played the part of a young woman disguised as a young man who at one point is pretending to be a girl. I was put in mind of these layers of meaning when I read The Eucharist: sacrament of unity (ESU), the Church of England’s highly courteous and careful response to the British and Irish bishops’ 1998 teaching document on eucharistic doctrine and sharing entitled One Bread One Body (OBOB). There is of course one vitally important difference: whereas the play’s layers form the stages in a dialectic, i.e. an interactive process, of ambiguity, the theological document offers a dialectic of clarification, which provides a model of what is involved in ecumenical reception.
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Posted: March 31, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6537
Categories: Opinion, The TabletIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism
Transmis : 31 mars 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6537
Catégorie : Opinion, The TabletDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism


Cardinals in conflict

The recent elevation of 44 new cardinals may have seemed to show that for the Catholic Church, it was business as usual. In reality the ceremony marked a radical break. For this first consistory of the new millennium was at the same time a farewell ceremony for a whole era — the era of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The eminent prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), that capable and controversial guardian of Roman Catholic orthodoxy, had enjoyed a monopoly of spiritual power under papal primacy. Now that was challenged. The consistory was both an individual personal drama and an institutional setback to Roman centralism.
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Posted: April 28, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6706
Categories: The TabletIn this article: church, ecclesiology, Joseph Ratzinger, Second Vatican Council, theology, Walter Kasper
Transmis : 28 avril 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6706
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : church, ecclesiology, Joseph Ratzinger, Second Vatican Council, theology, Walter Kasper


Churches petition for commission on Native land rights

A dozen Saskatoon church leaders are calling on the federal government to establish an independent commission to implement aboriginal land and treaty rights.

The leaders signed a petition advocating First Nations land rights Thursday.

The petition is being circulated to faith groups across Canada and is part of the Canadian Ecumenical Jubilee Initiative, a campaign dedicated to caring for and renewing the earth.

“The church leaders are concerned about the world, they are concerned about the fact that we have, as a country of Canada, places of injustice,” said Sister Anne Keffer of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.

“It is from our aboriginal neighbours and friends that we need to learn how to care for the earth and to listen. To achieve true healing of this wounded Canadian life, there’s work to do that requires the active co-operation of Canadians as a whole,” Keffer said.
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Posted: May 4, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6093
Categories: NewsIn this article: church leaders, Indigenous peoples, statements, treaty
Transmis : 4 mai 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6093
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : church leaders, Indigenous peoples, statements, treaty


Lutheran Ecumenical Representatives Issue Statement of Concern

SAN DIEGO (ELCA) — The Lutheran Ecumenical Representatives Network (LERN) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) sent a “Statement of Concern” to its membership and staff and to its counterpart organization in the Episcopal Church. LERN outlined problems it has with a proposed bylaw of the ELCA Constitution that the church’s bishops —
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Posted: May 10, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4733
Categories: News
Transmis : 10 mai 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4733
Catégorie : News


Lutheran Ecumenism at Center of Workshop on Christian Unity

SAN DIEGO (ELCA) — Fifty of about 300 participants at the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) here April 30-May 3 were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). A list of ecumenical dialogues and agreements put the ELCA at the center of many of the workshop’s seminars, plenary and luncheon speeches, and
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Posted: May 15, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4783
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 15 mai 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4783
Catégorie : ELCA News


The Pope and the Mufti

Pope John Paul, who celebrated his eighty-first birthday this week, is a man in a hurry. In the twilight days of his long papacy, he is expanding the perspective of his by now traditional pastoral visits around the world and he is laying down markers for the future. These concern the future relations of the Roman Catholic Church both with the separated Orthodox Christian Churches, and with the other monotheistic religions, Islam and Judaism.

Hence the first-ever visit this month by a pope to a mosque, the impressive Great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. Twenty years ago it would have been inconceivable that a pope from Rome should remove his shoes, put on white slippers and traverse one of the great Holy Places of Islam for a meeting with the Grand Mufti and other clerics in the courtyard of the mosque.
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Posted: May 19, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6735
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Christian, Christianity, Islam, John Paul II, Orthodox
Transmis : 19 mai 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6735
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Christian, Christianity, Islam, John Paul II, Orthodox


Women raise their voices

An organisation bringing together campaigners from all over the world in favour of ordaining women met in Dublin for the first time last weekend. The delegates to the first-ever conference of Women’s Ordination Worldwide, or WOW, were mainly Catholics, but other denominations were also represented. Gathered in University College Dublin, the delegates, from 26 countries, made an impressive and colourful gathering, but the most significant part of the event was what happened behind the scenes.

First, there was the case of the would-be keynote speaker on the first night, Aruna Gnanadason of the World Council of Churches (WCC). In mid-May the organisers announced that Gnanadason would not be able to attend. The reason given was that the WCC didn’t want to interfere in the internal affairs of the Catholic Church. But one of the conference organisers, Soline Vatinel, told the Irish Times: The unofficial reason was that the Vatican said it would withdraw from commissions involving the WCC if Ms Gnanadason spoke at the conference. Some observers suggested that Orthodox Churches who are members of the WCC were also unhappy about her participation. In any case, her slot was instead filled by a Jamaican-born London vicar, the Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, while the text of Gnanadason’s undelivered speech was circulated to conference participants.
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Posted: July 11, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6618
Categories: The Tablet
Transmis : 11 juillet 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6618
Catégorie : The Tablet


Man on a Mission

Man on a Mission: Incoming bishop encourages frank talk on future of Catholicism by Jason Warick, Saskatoon Star Phoenix The man who will take over this fall as Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon isn’t saying where he stands on controversial issues such as birth control or the ordination of women, but he
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Posted: August 2, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6100
Categories: NewsIn this article: Albert LeGatt, bishops, Catholic, Saskatoon
Transmis : 2 aoüt 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6100
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Albert LeGatt, bishops, Catholic, Saskatoon


ELCA Assembly Affirms CUIC Relationship

INDIANAPOLIS (ELCA) — The Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) affirmed by a vote of 892-25 that the ELCA accept an invitation to become a “partner in mission and dialogue” with Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC). The churchwide assembly, the chief legislative authority of the ELCA, is meeting here Aug. 8-14
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Posted: August 12, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4786
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 12 aoüt 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4786
Catégorie : ELCA News


A priest called Ludmila

The underground Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia in Communist times ordained married men and a woman vicar-general. The aim was to bring the sacraments to those who otherwise would have to do without. Our Vienna correspondent has been reading a new biography of Ludmila Javorova.
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Posted: October 6, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6759
Categories: The TabletIn this article: ordination, women
Transmis : 6 octobre 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6759
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : ordination, women


ELCA Bishops Hear Presiding Bishop-Elect’s Support for Ecumenism

CHICAGO (ELCA) — In a report to the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop-elect, said he is “deeply committed” to ecumenical cooperation globally. However, he left open the possibility of revisiting the church’s 10-year-old ecumenical statement, noting that a change in leadership
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Posted: October 11, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4789
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 11 octobre 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4789
Catégorie : ELCA News


Festival fosters understanding

Sunday’s 17th annual Festival of Faith is particularly significant this year, according to Dr. Ivan Wilson, one of the organizers. Given the strong feelings aroused by the attacks on America, Wilson believes the Festival is especially important. “We need to understand one another and celebrate our religious diversity,” he says. “The Festival of Faith gives
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Posted: November 3, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6106
Categories: NewsIn this article: Festival of Faith, interfaith, Saskatoon
Transmis : 3 novembre 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6106
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Festival of Faith, interfaith, Saskatoon


Ecumenism at work

Ecumenism at work: Nutana Park churches put theological concept into practice It started with one couple who wanted to practise grassroots ecumenism; today it is a grouping of nine churches of different denominations actively sharing worship experiences and learning what elements of the Christian faith they have in common. The group is the Nutana Park
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Posted: November 17, 2001 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6075
Categories: NewsIn this article: covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon
Transmis : 17 novembre 2001 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6075
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon


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