Jigsaw Puzzle Ecumenism

Here’s my latest article  for InsideCatholic. It’s looking at where and why and how Ecumenism with Anglicans might move forward.

See what you think.
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  • I understand your intimate connection with this question, Father. I also have a personal interest. (I am writing a novel, Red and White, set in the English Deformation.) However, I recognize in this article, and in other pieces of yours, a tendency to try to fit the larger issues into the smaller one on which you’re so focused. This is not the same as a general-to-specific method of development; rather, it’s an indication of an inflated significance of the smaller issue. I think you should be able to see that by the recent responses of your blog-readers to the Anglican conference. Among your Catholic readers, only those who are fretting over the loss of tradition in the Church got excited by the prospect of mass entry by disgruntled Anglicans.

  • So…?

  • Sambo, I don’t know if your “so…?” is directed at Father’s post or my comment on it. Since it’s unclear whether I’m being addressed, I cannot respond. So…there.

  • Sorry, Estiel, I ought to have used more words. It was your comment that puzzled me. You were either (it seemed to me) pointing out something that was pretty obvious, or saying something else more obscurely; and, if the latter, I was wondering what.

  • There’s nothing obscure here. Fr asked for feedback on his post. Some might call his interest in that topic obsessive; it isn’t–it’s just that he has history there. So do I, though a different sort. Therefore, my interest, like his, is greater than the average Catholic’s. However–and here’s my point–one errs when one sees everything *in relation* to that topic of interest–in this case, ecumenism has no logical association with the possibility of Anglican mass conversion.