Should Christians Reunite?


#1

Do you believe that the various Christians Faiths of the world should strive for unity?


#2

Yes it would be wonderful if all the religions that had broken off, came home!:amen:


#3

Yes! Than the world will belive

“May they be one in us as you are in Me and I am in You so that the world may believe it was You who sent Me.”

Blessings,
May this unity come soon and may we become living examples of unity to draw all peoples to the complete Truth!
Kaily


#4

I voted Indifferent, due to the question asked:

Should the many Christian Religions of the World strive to reunite?

While it would be great that all of Christianity united, and in fact in our dicoese (maybe everywhere?) it’s Christian Unity Week, I don’t believe anyone from the Pope down to little old me would be willing to compromise my beliefs to make it happen. On the other hand, if it happened without that compromise that would be wonderful.

So Reuniting is a means not an end of itself, hence my only accurate answer could be Indifferent :confused:


#5

[quote=awalt]I voted Indifferent, due to the question asked:

Should the many Christian Religions of the World strive to reunite?

While it would be great that all of Christianity united, and in fact in our dicoese (maybe everywhere?) it’s Christian Unity Week, I don’t believe anyone from the Pope down to little old me would be willing to compromise my beliefs to make it happen. On the other hand, if it happened without that compromise that would be wonderful.

So Reuniting is a means not an end of itself, hence my only accurate answer could be Indifferent :confused:
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AMEN!!!


#6

I realize how selfish I am when I see this poll. Yes, I think it is important to reunite, but I am not willing to cede or amend most of the essential beliefs that keep us divided, like the Communion of Saints (no way will I put Mary in a closet) or vitality of sacraments. I don’t want the mass to be watered down to just another prayer service. Nor do I recognize the abridged Bible as a valid doctrine of scripture or that revelations of faith are only in a book, because that makes faith dead in my opinion. In fact, maybe the only areas of compromise that my conscience could accept is the role of the Pope and the ability of clergy to marry.


#7

I would love that. But it won’t happen.


#8

Unity should be the goal of every Catholic. However, this unity must have as its primary aim the reunion of these denominations with the Catholic Church, that is, to bring them back into the fold of the Catholic Church. However, I don’t believe we will see this within our lifetimes.

Gerry :slight_smile:


#9

It’s the thing I struggle with most I think…I suppose discension is human, but why would God allow such confusion?

Frustrating!!


#10

I believe unificaton will happen because God is outside of time and already knows the outcome. We just have to let history play out. We may not see it in our lifetime but it will happen.

With Islam on the rise, God may allow our unification to take place.

It’s the work through the Holy Spirit that will ake this happen. Let us take what we have in common with all Protestants and Orthodox and let the Holy Spirit do his thing.

God IS with Us!
Edwin


#11

If unity means that all Christians should re-vert and become Roman Catholics, then a definite “NO!!!” If unity means that all Christians should unite around points of agreement and work together, and not against one another, then a definite “YES!!!”

There is unity in diversity…many members, one body. Not all human cultures are the same. Not all people are the same. Some people become astrophysicists…others do not.


#12

[quote=4 marks]If unity means that all Christians should re-vert and become Roman Catholics, then a definite “NO!!!” If unity means that all Christians should unite around points of agreement and work together, and not against one another, then a definite “YES!!!”

There is unity in diversity…many members, one body. Not all human cultures are the same. Not all people are the same. Some people become astrophysicists…others do not.
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Why not? For a Catholic, that should be the final aim, though it may take centuries to see it grow and bear fruit. One cannot deny that the Church, after all is said and done, after all the lofty phrases about Christian ecumenism and dialogue has died down, is still primarily tasked to evangelize, which should never be sacrificed, nor watered down nor abandoned, for the sake of some “unity”.

Gerry :slight_smile:


#13

[quote=4 marks]If unity means that all Christians should re-vert and become Roman Catholics, then a definite “NO!!!” If unity means that all Christians should unite around points of agreement and work together, and not against one another, then a definite “YES!!!”

There is unity in diversity…many members, one body. Not all human cultures are the same. Not all people are the same. Some people become astrophysicists…others do not.
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4Marks,

You seem to have a different idea of unity than myself. I’m curious, what do you think of John Paul II’s form of ecumenism? In your opinion, is he seeking the type of unity you desire, or is he seeking the kind of unity I desire, which is that that all non-Catholics must return to the Roman Catholic Church “outside of which is not salvation”.

This is not a sarcastic post, I am really serious. Do you read many of the writings of John Paul II. If so, is that where you are getting your view of unity.

I am also curious what you think of this encyclical, which was written in 1928 (not too long ago).

dailycatholic.org/mortaliu.htm

Thank you…


#14

I believe in unity, however…it must be the Protestants and Orthodox that convert to Roman Catholicism. In other words, we must not water down or alter our Dogma, Doctrine, or Tradition in order to appease our separated bretheren, because then…we become protestants like them…I want unity more than anything, and as a convert from the Southern Baptist…I think it is possible for all to see the light and convert. I pray for the Church to be unified once again…JPII is extending his hand to these people…it is their choice to either grab it or slap it away. There are just some tenants of our faith, such as True Presence and Apostolic Succession, etc., we can not and will not change in order to please them and they need to come to truly believe in these things…until that time, they will remain separated. Furthermore…I pray even more for our brothers and sisters who are involved in schismatic groups such as the SSPX…It hurts even more to have members of your own family separated from you. Let us pray for the fast unification of all of our separated Christian bretheren.


#15

[quote=Curious]I would love that. But it won’t happen.
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With God, all things are possible. :slight_smile:


#16

To my fellow Protestants,

If you had to choose between
a) every Christain being in unity with the stipulation that everyone had to be Catholic

or

b) never ever becoming unified.

And yes yes…I know some think there is some kind of ‘beauty’ in being so freakin fragmented and say there is ‘unity in diversity.’ Pretend for a minute you don’t think that way and that dis-unity is BAD thing.

Which would you choose?


#17

[quote=dumspirospero]I believe in unity, however…it must be the Protestants and Orthodox that convert to Roman Catholicism. In other words, we must not water down or alter our Dogma, Doctrine, or Tradition in order to appease our separated bretheren…
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I agree, kind of, with this statement. I also hope for unity, but not “conversion” to Roman Catholicism (unless of course, you equate “Roman” with being in union with the Pope). For example, Eastern Catholic Churches are certainly Catholic, but not Roman. For me, I want the Orthodox to come back into communion with Rome (without becoming “Roman Catholic”) while keeping their own identity and traditions, but with acceptance of correct doctrine, of course.

I suppose in the case of Protestants, however, it would be more of a “reversion” as the vast majority of their traditions were derived from the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.


#18

And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mark 3:25


#19

It is the prayer of the Lord. That all may be one. I don’t want to go against the Lord’s wish.

Pio


#20

Yeah…that is basically what I meant by “Roman Catholic”…but truly if we all unified, then there wouldn’t be any more “Roman” or “Eastern ORthodox” to describe the different Rites…we would just be Catholic :slight_smile:

[quote=mtr01]I agree, kind of, with this statement. I also hope for unity, but not “conversion” to Roman Catholicism (unless of course, you equate “Roman” with being in union with the Pope). For example, Eastern Catholic Churches are certainly Catholic, but not Roman. For me, I want the Orthodox to come back into communion with Rome (without becoming “Roman Catholic”) while keeping their own identity and traditions, but with acceptance of correct doctrine, of course.

I suppose in the case of Protestants, however, it would be more of a “reversion” as the vast majority of their traditions were derived from the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.
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