"Ecumenical Follies" Update
Cardinal Kasper Summarizes
by Christopher A. Ferrara
According to a January 23, 2007 report by Catholic World News (CWN), Cardinal Walter (“the apostolic succession is not a historical fact”) Kasper has just given reporters a briefing on how “the past year has been unusually fruitful in the realm of ecumenical progress.”
Kasper told reporters that the unusually fruitful ecumenical progress of the year 2006 consisted of the following: “the Pope’s trip to Turkey in November, and his meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I [and] the meeting of the joint Catholic-Orthodox theological commission… the first such meeting to take place since the talks broke down in 2000.”
So, it was an “unusually fruitful year” for “ecumenical progress” because the Pope made a trip and there were two meetings. But haven’t there been trips and meetings throughout the past forty years of interminable ecumenical palaver?
And what have all the ecumenical trips and meetings produced by way of Christian unity in the only sense that matters: the unity of one Lord, one Faith and one baptism in the one Church founded by God Incarnate? The answer, obviously, is precisely nothing.
Or rather, worse than nothing, for since “ecumenism” — whatever that word means — began after the Second Vatican Council, the Protestants and the Orthodox are further than ever from the Catholic Church. The Protestant sects especially have undergone an accelerated moral decomposition so dramatic that even the likes of Martin Luther would view present-day “mainstream” Protestant denominations with horror.
As for the Russian Orthodox, according to CWN “Cardinal Kasper told reporters that ‘for the moment nothing concrete has been decided’ about the possibility of a meeting between the Pope and Patriarch Alexei II of the Russian Orthodox Church.” So, after four decades of ecumenical palaver with the Russian Orthodox, the Vatican cannot even obtain a meeting between the Pope and Alexei II (a/k/a “Drozdov,” a Soviet-era KGB agent).
And 2006, mind you, was an unusually “fruitful” year for “ecumenical progress”! If this is ecumenical progress, what would constitute ecumenical retreat?
On and on the ecumenical follies go: trips and meetings, meetings and trips. Endless hours and who knows how many dollars have been wasted on an enterprise that has not only failed to produce Christian unity but seems to make it less attainable with each passing year. Meanwhile, souls are being lost to error and immorality in “churches” that cannot save anyone, but rather are vehicles of moral and spiritual corruption, as the state of our civilization makes clear.
“Ecumenism” is madness, but the madness goes on without the least sign of remission. Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us!