When I joined the Jesuits eons ago, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (which we’re in right now) was a big deal. The Vatican Council was only a decade in the past and there was a real hope that somehow we might all be able to come together. These days, from what I can see, the Week of Prayer hardly causes a ripple – at least in the Catholic Church.
Over the decades, we’ve had joint statements from Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans on important doctrinal matters and we’ve gotten way beyond our first timid reachings out to one another. Despite setbacks to ongoing official dialogues caused by the Vatican’s reaction to the ordination of women and other “controversial” moves by some mainline Protestant denominations, I believe there now is an enormous ease of relations between Catholics and Protestants at every other level.
Jesus prayed that we might all be one, but I’m wondering if I want to be united with fundamentalists who think the situation in Haiti comes from a pact made with the devil or even with those who preach the “Gospel of Prosperity” which promotes the idea that God rewards virtue and tithing with an abundance of material possessions.
I’m confused. Where are you on the issue of Christian Unity?
P.S. Meredith has responded to this post on her own blog. She gives valuable context and it’s well worth reading.