Friday, December 01, 2006

The Pope and the Patriarch on Western Tradition

Pope Benedict XVI and His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch BARTHOLOMEW I issued a joint statement following their meetings. Among its statements is this:
As Pastors, we have first of all reflected on the mission to proclaim the Gospel in today’s world. This mission, “Go, make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19), is today more timely and necessary than ever, even in traditionally Christian countries. Moreover, we cannot ignore the increase of secularization, relativism, even nihilism, especially in the Western world. All this calls for a renewed and powerful proclamation of the Gospel, adapted to the cultures of our time. All this calls for a renewed and powerful proclamation of the Gospel, adapted to the cultures of our time. Our traditions represent for us a patrimony which must be continually shared, proposed, and interpreted anew.
That sounds like an important rationale and commendation of the Western Rite, especially in its traditional Latin liturgy (the much-derided "Tridentine" Mass of St. Gregory).

1 Comments:

Blogger Abu Daoud said...

Could someone tell me why the following scenario is not possible:

The bishops of Rome and Constantinople simultaneously call for a universal synod where the (non-filioque) Creed will be affirmed as well as some basic reafirmations from the first ecumenical councils, and the right of appeal to Rome?

I think this would be a reasonable and quite workable issue, with considerable compromises on both sides.

Meanwhile, Islam continues to overcome both Orthodox and Catholic Christianity every day here in the Middle East. Pray for fruit for us, as we share good news with the folks here.

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