“Even people who can be considered dubious on account of their errors have something to offer which must not be overlooked. It is the convergence of peoples who, within the universal order, maintain their own individuality; it is the sum total of persons within a society which pursues the common good, which truly has a place for everyone.”— EG §236
I think this:
Ecumenism — A Catholic Blind Spot (National Catholic Register, 22 Dec. 2013)
When Pope Francis stretches out his hand to minister to the sick, does he first ask, “Are you Catholic?” Probably not, because to live the gospel is to extend Christ’s love universally and without qualification. His Holiness practices daily ecumenism because his focus is on people’s gifts and needs, not categories of acceptability.
–is a perfect ballast of irony to this:
CDF prefect says SSPX in schism, suspended from sacraments (Catholic Culture, 23 Dec. 2013)
In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Archbishop Gerhard Müller said that although Pope Benedict XVI lifted the canonical excommunication of SSPX prelates, they remain suspended from the sacraments because “by their schism they have broken away from communion with the Church.”
Presumably Jews, Protestants, and atheists, to name only three categories, do not understand what their rejection of communion with the Holy See means, and are therefore “off the hook”–while the SSPX is held to a different standard. Along similar lines I was struck this morning by the irony those often most willing to answer, “Probably,” to Balthasar’s question, “Dare we hope that all men shall be saved?” may be just as likely to answer, “Obviously not,” if the question is modified to, “Dare we hope that Abp. Lefebvre is saved?” I am not defending the SSPX, by the way; I am simply urging some parsimony in the mania for ecumenism.
In any event, this is another instance of Pope “Who am I to judge?” Francis delegating his heavy lifting–his dirty work–to the same Curia (or at least, as on the divorce debate, to Abp. Müller) which he recently said should not be so intent on “inspecting and questioning.” Such delegation is par for the papal course, I’m sure, but it should be noted that even as the edges harden around Pope Francis’s papacy (his suppression of the FFI, his leftward reshuffling of the Congregation for Bishops, etc.), he is still praised as the Nice-Guy, Soft-Touch, Hope-and-Change Pope. As I have noted before, there is a selective invocation of many of Pope Francis’s pastoral oracles, and it’s largely biased against traditionally orthodox Catholics.