FOR OBLATES OF MARY IMMACULATE AND
ALL PEOPLE OF FAITH
"The Council Fathers knew that being open to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-believers. But afterwards very little was done in that direction. I have the humility and ambition to want to do something." Pope Francis to Eugenio Scalfari, editor of La Repubblica, Oct. 1, 2013.
The miracle of unity has begun....I've never
seen God begin a miracle without finishing it well. For the entire
7 minute video, go to the Pope Francis page.
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Roman Catholic and Episcopalian Bishops of Buffalo, NY: Ecumenism for Evangelization. Some Oblate Reflections.
As the oldest continual Oblate parish in the USA, Holy Angels Church, Buffalo, NY, established by the Oblates in 1851, has always been vitally interested in Christian Unity, for the sake of Evangelization. See the following. More Oblate connections in the weeks ahead.
"This photo, taken in 1998, shows Bishop William Franklin, prior to his 2005 ordination as an Episcopal priest with Father Harry Winter, O.M.I. and Bishop Franklin's father-in-law, Joseph Vircillo. We were at the home of Joe and his wife Caterina Vircillo for the traditional Christmas Eve Italian dinner. The Vircillos were members of Fr. Winter's parish, St. Rose of Lima in Buffalo, NY.
Also at table but not in the photo was Bishop Franklin's wife, Carmela Vircillo Franklin , a scholar of the Latin Middle Ages, who served as Director of the American Academy in Rome from 2005-10. During that time, her husband served as priest at several Episcopal Churches in Italy. Bishop Franklin was elected to be Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York in 2010 and was consecrated as such on April 30, 2011. The Franklin's were married in 1971. They have two adult daughters, both baptized in the Episcopal Church .
Marriages between people raised in different Christian traditions and even between individuals of different faiths are becoming increasingly frequent. Are we Oblates prepared to work with such leaders?"
Why is Holy Spirit
reversing the pyramids? So, we can reconcile two almost contradictory
truths The Roman Catholic Church is essential for evangelization, and
the Roman Catholic Church needs constant reform from other Christian
churches and other religious bodies. For a marvelous. short
presentation of this tension, see Gavin D'Costa. "A Prophetic
vision:'Dogmatic Constitution Church' 50 Years Later," America, Nov. 17,
2014, pp. 19-22
The holding of both truths in tension is necessary for effective evangelization.
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