Ecumenical Catechism?

by Steve Ray on February 11, 2010

Cardinal Kasper calls for ecumencial catechism
Speaking at a Vatican symposium, Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said that an ecumenical catechism would help Catholics and members of major Protestant communities adhere more faithfully to the foundations of the Christian doctrine. Such a catechism would promote “an ecumenism of basics that identifies, reinforces, and deepens” Christians’ “common foundation in Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity as expressed in our common creed and in the doctrine of the first ecumenical councils.”

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Tom Nourse February 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM

This is the same Cardinal who a couple years ago said “ecumenism cannot mean conversion back to the Catholic Church” … seems to me that he is fine with watering down the true faith to make it more suitable to others… I wonder what the Lord thinks of this plan as He never watered down the truth for anybody (see John 6) even to the point of people abandoning Him… “in the doctrine of the first ecumenical councils” – show me one document from any of those where the early Church abandoned the truth for others! I don’t think so…back then they called ‘the others’ heretics and defined dogma to settle the particular heresy once and for all. I’m not one for handing out the term heretic so lightly but this whole “I’m OK, you’re OK b.s. is coming even from our Cardinals…such a shame.

Josh Cordonnier February 11, 2010 at 2:33 PM

What’s the point? Is it just making it easier to have people pick and choose? This would also be very
dangerous for Catholics- this kind of catechism could be promoted as “all you need in order to be Christian.” Seeing as how we defer on how Grace works, the place of the Bible in Christian life, Authority, Tradition, the Eucharist, the role of the Blessed Virgin, the saints, the priesthood, many of the sacraments, sexuality and contraception with many of them, etc… Although our “common creed” is very profound (Christ is Lord)…our understanding of even that are in majorly different contexts of who ALL Christ was and all that He ordained and taught. I think it is a good thing to build from our common values- but not in a “catechism” which gives the impression of an overview of all beliefs. Publish documents on the different things we have in common- that could do good- but our beliefs about Christianity are to varied and divergent to be safely and faithfully encapsulated in anything that could be termed a “catechism.” A document on “Christ our Savior” or the Trinity is able to build common ground while still being faithful to Catholic teaching.

Michael B. February 12, 2010 at 7:38 PM

## Sounds like an excellent idea :) There was something similar in the 1970s IIRC, and as there has been much convergence in doctrine between the various Churches (see the Lima Report, ARCIC, etc.,) since then, an ecumenical Catechism is, if justified at all, more justified now than then.

Such a catechism would also be a logical step after the recommendations in 1993 to Catholics to collaborate as far as possible with other Christians. If there could be a Common Bible in 1973, a Common Catechism sounds entirely in accord with that, and with other examples of liturgical and other collaboration.

Jackie February 23, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Something inside is telling me this isn’t right.

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