The deadliest earthquake to hit the Philippines hit a few weeks ago, with well over 200 dead.
From the Philippine Daily Enquirer:
Mormons helping Catholic Church distribute relief goods in Bohol
The Latter-day Saint (LDS) Charities, the Mormon Church’s humanitarian arm, has vowed to help Catholics rebuild their Spanish-era churches that were destroyed by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Central Visayas on Oct. 15.
Jairus Perez, manager of LDS Charities in the Philippines, said one of their leaders was scheduled to meet with Bishop Leonardo Medroso of the Diocese of Tagbilaran to discuss how they could help restore the heritage churches in the province.
Perez said they would like to help restore the damaged churches in Cebu, including the centuries-old Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, which lost its belfry, and the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, which sustained huge cracks on its facade.
“Actually, we have already reserved enough funds for the restoration of Catholic churches, including those in Cebu. We’re ready to send our donations for these churches,” he said.
But actually, that news isn’t why I started this thread. I wanted to hear what you folks thought about this part:
Msgr. Esteban Binghay, episcopal vicar of the Archdiocese of Cebu, welcomed the Mormon Church’s “good gesture.”
“The church is a symbol of unity and faith. Ecumenism means helping each other even if we belong to different churches because we believe in one God and we have one faith, one hope and one salvation,” he said.
We mormons don’t really use the term “ecumenism” - I’ve been learning about it from places like CAF. From what I understand, it means more than just different groups working together, it’s more along the lines of different Christian organizations who can respect each other’s Christianity, working together. I’ve been told (I don’t remember by whom, it may have been on some other website) that mormons don’t “deserve” ecumenism because we’re either not Christian, or not Christian enough. (I want to be clear, I’m not complaining, I don’t have some problem, I’m just trying to understand.)
So my questions to folks here:
Do I understand what Ecumenism means, and do y’all believe it’s not possible for Catholics and Mormons to be ecumenical because mormon theology is just too far away from Catholic theology (especially on the nature of God)?
If it’s not possible, why is Msgr. Binghay talking about it happening in the Philippines?