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The Rise of a False Ecumenism

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I have to scratch my head in confusion and disbelief when I hear or read much about what is happening in the Church, today. Certain traditionalists have long warned us about the dangers of ecumenism and we dismissed their concerns. We argued that a true ecumenism spoke from the heart and not with a stick so that separated brethren might come home to Catholicism. We have seen some returnees, but more so from those who intellectualize their faith than those who “feel” their religion and enjoy fellowship. When it came to non-Christian religions, the attitude was one of peace or seeking understanding or working together for a better and more humane world. Despite arguments that Islam was a religion of peace, extremists have used violence to suppress the Christian faith and to persecute Christian minorities. Will any of us ever forget the photo of brave Christian men standing loyal to the Lord even as Muslim extremists held knives to their throats? But, alas, we are quick to forget and to forgive— even when there is no sign of contrition or sorrow. A Europe that has renounced her Christian roots will stand no chance against the invasion of Muhammad’s followers.

See also DOCUMENT ON HUMAN FRATERNITY.