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News archive for 2000

Archives d'actualités pour 2000

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Catholic diocese facing priest shortage

 — December 17, 200017 déc. 2000

Facing an unprecedented shortage of priests, Roman Catholic officials in Saskatchewan have begun a massive restructuring that will lead to radical changes in the church. Shortages have affected rural areas for several years, but now the church can’t supply a priest to every parish in the city of Saskatoon. “I am very concerned about the diminishing number of priests. It’s challenging our identity (as a church),” said Rev. Ronald Beechinor, the administrator for the Diocese of Saskatoon, who is performing the duties of bishop until a new one is named. “We’ve got to make substantial changes.”

Many of the area’s 95,000 Roman Catholics from more than 100 parishes attended meetings this fall to suggest ways to deal with the loss of as many as 10 priests by next June. The reports from the seven deaneries in the area were discussed last weekend and a final plan should be ready by February.
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Posted: Dec. 17, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6184
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, clergy, Saskatoon
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, clergy, Saskatoon

Rev Tom Ryan, CSP

Steps toward unity of great historical significance

 — December 13, 200013 déc. 2000

In the movement for Christian unity, does dialogue just lead to more dialogue, or at some point does concrete action toward unity actually come from it? You be the judge.

Canadian Anglicans and Evangelical Lutherans:
The Waterloo Declaration, prepared in 1997 between the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC), has been widely circulated in synods in both churches in Canada and around the world, and to ecumenical partners. In the light of responses to it, a slightly revised version of the declaration has been prepared by the Joint Working Group.

American Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed Churches:
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Reformed Church in America, the United Church of Christ, and the Presbyterian Church USA are now in full communion with each other.
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Posted: Dec. 13, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=20
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, full communion
Transmis : 13 déc. 2000 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=20
Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, full communion

New Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance Targets Peace Issues

 — December 7, 20007 déc. 2000

Inspired in part by the Jubilee 2000 campaign against debt and by the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines, a unique alliance to harness the collective energies of the worldwide church to promote justice and peace issues has been launched in Geneva.
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Posted: Dec. 7, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12744
Categories: ENIIn this article: Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, peace
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Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, peace

Fellowship Without Borders

 — December 1, 20001 déc. 2000

As the Reverend Ken Newell, a prominent Presbyterian evangelical, spoke on BBC Radio Ulster in 1981 about his commitment to peace in Northern Ireland, he had no idea that members of the Redemptorist Order at Clonard Monastery in West Belfast were listening in.

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Posted: Dec. 1, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12755
Categories: NewsIn this article: Northern Ireland, peace
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Northern Ireland, peace

Bernard Wilson offers Pentecostal View of Ecumenism

 — November 16, 200016 nov. 2000

The Rev. Dr. Bernard Wilson used his own family as a metaphor for the ecumenical movement in his address to the National Council of Churches General Assembly today, “A Pentecostal Vision for the Future of the Ecumenical Movement.”

“My eight siblings and I have established a scholarship fund that gives nine scholarships a year,” said Dr. Wilson, a minister of the Church of God in Christ, “but getting the nine of us to the same table, on the same day and at the same time, for our monthly board meetings is a challenge. Sometimes one is mad at another and submits a letter of resignation. What they really want is to resign from the family. They can’t, so they take it out on the board.”

Similarly, he said, Christians: mainline Protestant, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Evangelical, Roman Catholic and so forth — make up one family, as divided as we are. And as much as we’d like to sometimes, we can’t “resign” from our family, he said.
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Posted: Nov. 16, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6527
Categories: NewsIn this article: ecumenism, National Council of Churches of Christ (USA), Pentecostal
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, National Council of Churches of Christ (USA), Pentecostal

John Ford offers Catholic View of Ecumenical Future

 — November 16, 200016 nov. 2000

In an address that emphasized the personal, heart-felt dimensions of the movement for Christian unity, the Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C., Professor of Theology and Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Studies at The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., offered the image of a “family reunion” as “a possible model for expanding the relationship of the Roman Catholic Church and the National Council of Churches.”

A renowned Catholic theologian, Ford has, for 20 years, been a member of the NCC’s Faith and Order Commission, a body that focuses on the theological underpinnings of the ecumenical movement. “Faith and Order here in the United States provides a venue where Christians can meet and share their faith: both their commonalities and their differences,” he said. Where else can one participate in a theological conversation that includes Quakers and Orthodox, Pentecostals and mainline Protestants, Evangelicals and Roman Catholics?”

“Faith and Order has been like a family reunion where long-lost cousins finally meet,” he said.
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Posted: Nov. 16, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6525
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism, National Council of Churches of Christ (USA)
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, ecumenism, National Council of Churches of Christ (USA)

Andrew Britz, OSB, editor of The Prairie Messenger

The Pope and the Orthodox

 — November 15, 200015 nov. 2000

Pope John Paul II has never made it a secret: As the first Slavic pope, as a church leader from eastern Europe, he dreamed of being God’s instrument to bridge the millennium-old schism between East and West.

Over the years, out of sensitivity to the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow, he has declined repeated invitations from the eastern Catholics in Ukraine and from the Ukrainian government to visit them.

The pope is aging quickly and the rhetoric between the Orthodox and Rome is heating up rather than calming down — the Orthodox have moved beyond complaints of proselytizing; they now speak of outright “persecution” of their people by the Latin Church. All this has led the pope to change his mind and visit the millions of Eastern-rite Christians who have paid a martyr’s price for their loyalty to the Chair of Peter.

John Paul recognizes that this is a dangerous move in terms of his long-term dream of reuniting Constantinople/Moscow and Rome. To offset, as much as possible, any ecumenically negative consequences, the Vatican is continually talking about this visit as a reaching out to full brothers and sisters (see page 4).

The Slavic pope has even made a substantial donation ($150,000) toward the building of a new Orthodox cathedral in Bucharest. His generosity, however, is not limited to this sensitive trip to the East. Back in January 1995, the pope helped build the Orthodox cathedral in Ulyanovsk, the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin.

The people of Ulyanovsk, who were sorely strapped for funds, could not have been more gracious in accepting the gift: they named the pope “an honorary member of their communion in Christ.”
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Posted: Nov. 15, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=19
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox

ELCA-LCMS Discussion Panel Holds Third of Three Meetings

 — October 19, 200019 oct. 2000

CHICAGO — Representatives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) discussed their churches’ ecumenical goals and views on the “Church Growth Movement” here Oct. 2-3. The last of three scheduled meetings included talk about the possibilities of publishing papers from the meetings and of future discussions between the
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Posted: Oct. 19, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4724
Categories: ELCA News
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Catégorie : ELCA News

Word and Spirit Together

 — October 2, 20002 oct. 2000

Unless Latin America’s evangelicals, both Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal, learn to get along, church growth in Central and South America will stall sometime soon, warns a prominent Christian leader.
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Posted: Oct. 2, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12757
Categories: NewsIn this article: Evangelicals, Latin America, Pentecostal
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Evangelicals, Latin America, Pentecostal

Cardinal Ratzinger answers objections to Dominus Iesus

 — September 22, 200022 sept. 2000

During the summer of 2000, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a declaration entitled “Dominus Iesus: On the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church”. In an interview published on 22 September 2000, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung invited Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to respond to the principal objections raised against the Declaration Dominus Iesus. The daily edition of L’Osservatore Romano subsequently published an Italian translation of the interview, omitting the parts that only concern the German situation. Here is a translation from the Italian version of the interview.
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Posted: Sept. 22, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6607
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, Joseph Ratzinger, salvation, Vatican
Transmis : 22 sept. 2000 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6607
Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, Joseph Ratzinger, salvation, Vatican

Rev Tom Ryan, CSP

Problem with Dominus Iesus is one of tone, not substance

 — September 20, 200020 sept. 2000

The declaration entitled Dominus Iesus released on Sept. 5 by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has given rise to a firestorm of mixed reaction. Its context is the relatively new situation of religious pluralism that now marks the western world.

A lively debate has been under way among Christian theologians; it was inevitable that Christians in general, and not just theologians, stop and reflect on what this new awareness of religious diversity means for their own religion.

The Vatican declaration has provided that occasion. At issue in this debate is nothing less than what we as Christian believers should think about other world religions and their adherents, our new neighbours. The question at the bottom of it is an old one: “Who do you say that I am?”
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Posted: Sept. 20, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=18
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation, Tom Ryan
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation, Tom Ryan

Joint communiqué: Reformed-Roman Catholic international dialogue

 — September 19, 200019 sept. 2000

The joint commission, appointed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity of the Roman Catholic Church and by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, held its annual session at Mondo Migliore in Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Italy, from September 13 to 19, 2000. This was the third session of the third round of this international bilateral dialogue. The report of the first round, 1970-1977, was entitled The Presence of Christ in Church and World, and that of the second, 1984-1989, Towards a Common Understanding of the Church.
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Posted: Sept. 19, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2249
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic

Rite proposal stirs passion

 — September 15, 200015 sept. 2000

The United Church has dropped an attempt to substitute gender-neutral language for “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” in the baptism rite — a proposed change that caused concern among the church’s ecumenical partners, including the Anglican Church. About 100 groups and congregations last fall were asked their opinions of various new forms of the rite, said Fred Graham, liturgical officer for the United Church. The church is developing a new worship book, Celebrate God’s Presence. Conservatives, however, did not care for the changes — as Mr. Graham put it, “that sector in our church rose up” against alternate wording. Others felt, he said, that inclusive language was to be encouraged. At the same time, the United Church’s General Council Executive, which rules on matters of doctrine and faith, decided that such a fundamental change would need to be put to a church-wide vote.
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Posted: Sept. 15, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6467
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: baptism, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Trinity, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : baptism, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Trinity, United Church of Canada

A ‘public relations disaster’ for ecumenism

 — September 15, 200015 sept. 2000

A week after publishing a document which casts doubt on the validity of Protestant Christianity and asserts Roman Catholic superiority over all other churches, the Vatican continues to draw criticism both from other churches and from within its own ranks.

The general secretaries of two organizations representing major wings of Protestantism have publicly lamented the harm done to ecumenism by Dominus Iesus, on the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church, published on Sept. 5 by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The document declares that churches that do not have a “valid Episcopate [bishops] and the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic mystery are not churches in the proper sense.”

Another document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published in an Italian magazine this month orders Catholic bishops not to use the term “sister church” in reference to Protestant churches. This too has also caused dismay in ecumenical circles.
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Posted: Sept. 15, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4883
Categories: ENIIn this article: Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation
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Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation

Communiqué of the Global Christian Forum

 — September 11, 200011 sept. 2000

Thirty representatives from throughout the world gathered from 9-11 September 2000 at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, to explore the idea of a Global Christian Forum that would include a wide spectrum of churches and organisations. Those present came from Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Reformation Protestant, Pentecostal and Evangelical churches as well as Christian networks and
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Posted: Sept. 11, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8943
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Global Christian Forum
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Global Christian Forum

Disappointment and dismay

 — September 9, 20009 sept. 2000

Rev. Dr Setri Nyomi, general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, has written to Cardinal Edward Cassidy, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, to express “disappointment and dismay” following the publication this week of Dominus Iesus, a declaration by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
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Posted: Sept. 9, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2248
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Dominus Iesus, World Communion of Reformed Churches
Transmis : 9 sept. 2000 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=2248
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Dominus Iesus, World Communion of Reformed Churches

Lutherans Respond to Vatican Document and Letter

 — September 8, 20008 sept. 2000

CHICAGO (ELCA) — The general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) said Sept. 8 that he is “disappointed” that 35 years of ecumenical dialogue between Lutherans and Roman Catholics apparently were not considered when the Vatican issued a document earlier this week and sent a letter in June to presidents of Roman Catholic Bishops’
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Posted: Sept. 8, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4716
Categories: ELCA NewsIn this article: Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation
Transmis : 8 sept. 2000 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=4716
Catégorie : ELCA NewsDans cet article : Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation

Statement by Dr Ishmael Noko on the Vatican document “Dominus Iesus”

 — September 8, 20008 sept. 2000

Statement by Dr Ishmael Noko, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, on the Vatican document “Dominus Iesus” The Lutheran World Federation has received news of the document, “Dominus Iesus” – On the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church, published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the
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Posted: Sept. 8, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4718
Categories: Documents, ELCA NewsIn this article: Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation
Transmis : 8 sept. 2000 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=4718
Catégorie : Documents, ELCA NewsDans cet article : Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation

Seeds for a ‘100-Year’ Peace Process

 — September 6, 20006 sept. 2000

Prominent ecumenists have declared that the Millennium World Peace Summit of about 1,000 religious leaders, held in New York at the end of August, may well have a good result. But they also criticized the event as too cumbersome and too vague.
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Posted: Sept. 6, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12750
Categories: ENIIn this article: United Nations, WCC
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Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : United Nations, WCC

Archbishop of Canterbury’s comments on ‘Dominus Iesus’

 — September 5, 20005 sept. 2000

Statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning the Roman Catholic document ‘Dominus Iesus’ [ACNS 2219 – Lambeth Palace, 5 September 2000] By restating the long-held view of the Roman Catholic Church on the position of other Christian churches, this document breaks no new ground. But neither does it fully reflect the deeper understanding that has
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Posted: Sept. 5, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=17
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation
Transmis : 5 sept. 2000 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=17
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation

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