Thursday, June 05, 2008

What we can learn from the separated brethren ...

Over at Intentional Disciples, Sherry asks the readers of the blog to share what they have learned from non-Catholic Christians.

It's worth reading!

In a separate post, new Siena Institute intern Joe Waters shares his own experiences from his days at Duke. Most of this is focused on Methodists. (Incidentally, Joe and I were colleagues in campus ministry, for a little bit, back in SC.)

The posts are entitled "Whatever is truly Christian," which is taken from this section of the Council's Decree on Ecumenism.
"Nor should we forget that anything wrought by the grace of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of our separated brethren can be a help to our own edification. Whatever is truly Christian is never contrary to what genuinely belongs to the faith; indeed, it can always bring a deeper realization of the mystery of Christ and the Church."
Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio) (1964), I, 4.
The Decree also notes that non-Catholic Christians have also witnessed to their faith to the point of shedding blood. Just this week we marked the memorial of Charles Lawanga and his companions, the Ugandan Martyrs, which included faithful Catholics as well as Anglicans.

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