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Cardinal Kasper: Christian Division an Evil

February 22, 2007

Source: Zenit

A Scandal

One of the worst evils in the Church is the division among Christians, says Cardinal Walter Kasper. The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said this on Monday at a press conference to present an ecumenical meeting. That meeting, which ended today, reflected on the topic of spiritual and charitable ecumenism in view of the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly. The cardinal explained that at least “there is awareness that the division of Christians is a world scandal.”

“Though the theological differences are evident,” he said, there are “great points in common, such as baptism.” Cardinal Kasper explained that ecumenism is a “process to unite the Church” and it means “a rapprochement of the Churches which are separated but united in the sense that they are all Christian.”

Not only for theologians

The cardinal explained that “ecumenism is not only for those in the know and for
theologians.” Rather, he said, “the dicastery of Rome tries to bring the Church closer to the people under the pretext that ecumenism is the true heart of the Church.” He also stressed that “ecumenism is not the fusion of different enterprises but a gift of the Holy Spirit.” The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity described ecumenism as “the true path of the Church of the future.”

The need for conversion

He added that ecumenism calls for conversion, since “there is no ecumenism without interior reform.” Finally, “spirituality is not possible without theology and theological dialogue,” noted Cardinal Kasper. He clarified that it does not consist of “something of an interior or private nature but something that is born and projected to society.”

See also:

Clarifying Kasper on Ecumenism

And for those who don’t like Cardinal Kasper due to their witless investment in stereotypes created in the “orthodox” Catholic blogosphere and their trust in dilettante apologetics circles, all while refusing to produce a more informed opinion based upon reading his actual theological works, here’s a little picture to put an image to their thinking:

(click on the image for a larger picture)

Benedict XVI gives out his Christmas gifts to his closest advisors

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