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Ecumenism or Indifferentism

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 Contents - Jul 2005AD2000 July 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Can Catholic "salt" flavour the secular culture? - Michael Gilchrist
Christianity: Church challenges secular culture of Europe - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Year of Eucharist: The Eucharist: heart of our faith - Cardinal George Pell
Society: Catholics must play an active role in public life - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap
Rockhampton: Year of the Eucharist: a time for clear thinking - AD2000 REPORT
Evangelisation: Why many Catholics join fundamentalist sects - Frank Mobbs
Vocations: John Paul Il's Milwaukee connection - Fr John Walter
Man of the Year: How John Paul II converted a 'Time' journalist - NewsMax.com
Living Stones: Church architecture: can a sense of the sacred be recovered? - Christian Xavier
Science: God, physics and Stephen Hawking - Fr Matthew Kirby
Letters: Courageous example - Raymond De Souza
Letters: Silent apostasy - Fr. G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Hard teachings - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: More priests needed - Jenny Bruty
Letters: Reverent silence - Rosemary Chandler
Events: St Patrick's Cathedral Latin Mass 16 July
Letters: Ecumenism or Indifferentism - Edgar Bremmer
Letters: Confession 'Sin bin' - P.W. English
Letters: Need help with home education?
Letters: Latin-English Hymnbook and CD - Veronic Brandt
Books: Letters To a Young Catholic, by George Weigel - David Birch (reviewer)
Books: The Catholic Community in Australia, by Robert E. Dixon - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: More Good Reading from AD Books
Reflecton: The soul: what reason and revelation tell us - John Young

I think John Young is spot on in his view that ecumenism has resulted in less zeal to convert people to the Catholic faith (April AD2000).

For example, on quizzing a missionary priest who had spent ten years in India on how he went about bringing Hindus into the Church, he looked at me as if I had tried to steal his wallet: "Conversion? That went out years ago!" Then he went on to explain that he only tried to make Hindus "better Hindus".

He added that "ecumenism is our only hope" and that when Jesus commanded his followers to "make disciples of all nations", he didn't mean these days.

In my view, ecumenism has in effect become another gospel indistinguishable from pluralism and indifferentism. To many ecumenists, Catholic truths are "bigotry" and conversion "imperialism". Imagine St Paul setting out to make pagans "better pagans"!

It is time the present perverse brand of ecumenism is consigned to the rubbish bin of history.

EDGAR BREMMER
Gladstone, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 6 (July 2005), p. 16

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