The person I have been engaged in is really more or less nominally Catholic. He not only denies the primacy of the Pope, but also speaks the following:
In Vatican II’s teaching on the ‘hierarchy of truth,’ some doctrines are more important than others (he wouldn’t say which ones).
Ut Unum Sint aknowledged that the Papacy, in its present form, is an obstacle to unity, and asked Christians to suggest how it could be reformed to better serve the unity of the whole church. When Archbp. John Quinn wrote a book on the subject, he got his wrist slapped by Rome. (He gave the following link that supposedly bolsters his argument:
- The various theologies of liberation are all grounded in a recognition of the Crucified Lord in the suffering of oppressed peoples. (The following links were given:
If any Catholics are preaching Christianity without the Cross these days, it’s the apologists for global capitalism and free enterprise, like Siroco and Neuhaus. In there estimation, it’s wrong for elected Catholic politicians to represent their constituencies instead of the church’s teaching, but the titans of global finance and multinational corporations do nothing in the course of a day that transgresses Christ’s law. In fact, rapacious greed, union busting, economic opportunism and environmental plunder are virtuous, a vocation, to these people. It’s the welfare bums that need to make a good confession!
Ratzinger gave the Eucharist to Protestants. Card. Ratzinger probably knew they were Protestants, at least some of them. Then there’s the case of Br. Roger [of Taize], who has received the Eucharist in St. Peter’s Cathedral many times, even though he never converted.
Christians will never be united until we are living and praying together, as Br. Roger’s community makes plain. These divisions will cease to exist, when we start acting as if they don’t exist. That means ignoring a lot of antiquated statutes on the lawbooks.
Also, there seems to be a question from him about what the following means from Ut Unim Sint:
Ecumenism implies that the Christian communities should help one another so that there may be truly present in them the full content and all the requirements of “the heritage handed down by the Apostles”. Without this, full communion will never be possible. This mutual help in the search for truth is a sublime form of evangelical charity.
Anyone have any suggestions on where to start in response?