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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Francis X. Clooney SJ on the Epiphany


- detail, Adoration of the Magi

Fr. Clooney has a post at America magazine's blog on ecumenism ....

[...] Finally, this Sunday, January 8, we celebrate the feast of Epiphany .... The story of the three wise visitors from the East .... We do not know what they think the meaning of this child is, but we see no effort — by Mary or Joseph, or by the Evangelist — to convert the visitors, or to get them to give up their own religion. They come in peace, following their own religious instincts, weave their way through the intrareligious tensions of the scene, and leave to assimilate what they have learned, in their own way. Whatever else we discuss in the Church this year, let’s honor this feast by recognizing a key fact about the way the world is today, and taking seriously the interreligious dimension of every aspect of being Christian, being Catholic today ...


3 Comments:

Blogger Deacon Denny said...

A thought-provoking article. I don't agree with a "litmus test" idea, but do feel that our interreligious understanding IS very impoverished. I think there's even a huge chasm between Catholics and many other Christians, especially those on the more evangelical side of things.

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Blogger crystal said...

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Blogger crystal said...

Hi denny,

Did he mean that there should be a litmus test for advancing in the church and part of it should be knowledge of other religions? I guess there's always some litmus test, but it seems to change depending on who's in power ... I think, for instance, that there was some litmus test for the choice of those new cardinals chosen - something that mattered persoanlly to Benedict. If high-up church guys had some knowledge of other religions, it might really help ecumenism.

It's true about the chasm between us and other Christians - the Personal Ordinariates for Anglican and Episcopalians are a sign of the impovrishment you mention.

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