Originally Posted by TertiumQuid
*If I were a Roman Catholic, I would cease debating:
… Read the whole thing for yourself:newadvent.org/cathen/05034a.htm
Thanks to David T. King for finding this quote for me!
You and your friend Mr. King don’t seem to understand the difference between canonically imposed discipline and immutable de fide dogmas. The former is not immutable, whereas the latter is. The 1909 Catholic Encyclopedia discusses canonical disciplines that were in effect in 1909, but are not necessarily in effect today. If we lived in 1909, your advice would be useful, but since we don’t, it’s rather absurd.
In 1917, the canonical prohibitions discussed in the article you quote were codified by the 1917 Code of Canon Law, canon 1325, which forbade Catholics to engage in debates or conferences with non-Catholics without dispensation.
Yet, in 1965, Pope Paul VI wrote in Nostra Aetate:
The Church, therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men.
In 1964, Pope Paul VI wrote in Unitatis redintegratio:
"The Sacred [Vatican II] Council exhorts all the Catholic faithful to recognize the signs of the times and to take an active and intelligent part in the work of ecumenism. … Catholics, in their ecumenical work, must assuredly be concerned for their separated brethren, praying for them, keeping them informed about the Church, making the first approaches toward them. … The attainment of union is the concern of the whole Church, faithful and shepherds alike. This concern extends to everyone, according to his talent, whether it be exercised in his daily Christian life or in his
theological and historical research." (Unitatis redintegratio, 4-5)
Furthermore, the 1983 Code of Canon Law, states:
[font=Arial]Can. 755 §1 It pertains especially to the entire College of Bishops and to the Apostolic See to foster and direct among Catholics the ecumenical movement, the purpose of which is the restoration of unity between all Christians which, by the will of Christ, the Church is bound to promote.
§2 It is a matter likewise for Bishops and, in accordance with the law, for Episcopal Conferences, to promote this same unity and, in line with the various needs and opportunities of the circumstances, to issue practical norms which accord with the provisions laid down by the supreme authority of the Church.