With all due respect to our Holy Father, he has erred on this entire subject of ecumenism, as have our council fathers. He can keep putting out those quotes, but the laity does not buy into it, as we know we are the One True Church. Eventually either he or his successor will go to far, and the laity will rise up, as they are now. I was watching a talk show on EWTN last night and the people were asking the priest what exactly is going on with the teaching in the catholic schools today. And when you get something like what happened below, which was spearheaded by the Vatican, the people are not going to allow it, that is why there are many like me who are there to let them know what is really going on, as the average person at mass every sunday does not know what is going on at the Vatican or Fatima, but they are starting to take notice and this was an extreme embarrassment, and in 2007 if this guitar shaped shrine opens and Hindus are there, there will be a price to pay I am sure for that
**The *Zenit ***Report
Zenit news posted on January 1 the article “What is Happening in Fatima?” in which the alleged plan to turn Fatima into an Interfaith Shrine was discussed. The article contained various falsehoods, mostly coming from Shrine Rector Msgr. Guerra.
http://www.oltyn.com/Buddhist.jpg[left]A** Buddhist at the pan-religious 2003 Fatima
Fatima Congeess invites members of the
audience to visit the Zenkoji Buddhist Shrine
in Japan. Fatima Shrine Rector Msgr. Guerra
stated at this Fatima Congress, “…we rejoice
in the brotherly presence of the representatives
of the various spiritudal schools and we are
sure that their presence here opened the way
for a greater future openness of thes Shrine;
[a] Shrine that seems already vocationed,
thanks to Divine Providence, for contacts
and for dialogue.”"**
Reporter Delia Gallagher said that Zenit received a three-page fax from Bishop Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva (written in Portuguese) dated December 28, in which the Shrine Rector at Fatima alleged that Father Nicholas Gruner was responsible for the original November 1 *Portugal News *report “Fatima to Become an Interfaith Shrine”.
“It is our conviction”, said Fatima Shrine Rector Msgr. Guerra, “that the article in Portugal News has been guided by some members of the group led by Father Nicholas Gruner”. Msgr. Guerra’s assumption was completely false. I can state categorically that Father Gruner has absolutely no connection with Portugal News and is in no way responsible for the November 1 report.
I attended the Fatima Interfaith Congress at the request of Father Gruner’s organization and filed my own report on Father Gruner’s web page “Fatima to Become an Interfaith Shrine? An Account from One Who Was There”.1 It was also published in the December 2003 issue of Catholic Family News.
In that report, I quote the Portugal News article, and I also quote a local newspaper from Fatima, Noticias de Fatima, that ran the headline “Sanctuary for Various Creeds”. But absolutely no one from Father Gruner’s organization had anything to do with the articles appearing in the Portugal News and Notícias de Fátima.
*Zenit *also claimed that Father Gruner was involved with the “We Resist You to the Face” statement. This is not true. The Resistance statement was a collaboration between Atila Sinke Guimarães, Michael Matt, Marian Horvat and myself. Father Gruner did not know of or read the “We Resist You to the Face” statement until after it was first published in the May 30, 2000 issue of The Remnant.
"Significant Gestures" of Ecumenical Dialogue Urged
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 16, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II encouraged “significant gestures” of ecumenical dialogue on the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
“I invite every community to offer significant gestures of meeting and ecumenical dialogue and to implore God for the gift of full unity among all the disciples of Christ,” the Pope said in today’s Angelus address.
The Week of Prayer, which will be observed in most countries Jan. 18-25, has as its theme, “Christ, Only Foundation of the Church.”