The Society of St. John the Evangelist
— John Higgins, ‘Merton’s Theology of Prayer’. (via reflectingthomasmerton)
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Let us not tire of preaching love;
it is the force that will overcome the world.
Let us not tire of preaching love.
Though we see that waves of violence
succeed in drowning the fire of Christian love,
love must win out; it is the only thing that can,
We have never preached violence, except the violence of love,
which left Christ nailed to a cross,
the violence that we must each do to ourselves
to overcome our selfishness
and such cruel inequalities among us.
The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword,
the violence of hatred.
It is the violence of love,
the violence that wills to beat weapons
into sickles for work.”
Archbishop Oscar Romero
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Catholicity is not determined by allegiance to a specific bishop. Catholicity is not a ecclesial marker, but an ancient form of the Christian faith and a deep spiritual practice. The Anglican church did not separate in conjunction with the Protestant Reformation, and the English church has practiced its form of the catholic faith since Augustine of Canterbury. We have the creeds, we have the sacraments, we have apostolic succession (and valid orders), and we are a Eucharistic church. I pray for church unity, and I admire Pope Francis, but allegiance to the bishop of Rome is not the sole marker of catholicity. Our faith is the faith of the ancient church.
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One of the earliest records of the term “Catholic Church” is in a letter written in 106 by Ignatius of Antioch, who was martyred for his Faith and is now a Saint. In it, he uses the term to designate the whole church, the universal church. In his time, the only religions who believed in Jesus Christ were the “Catholic Church,” know more commonly has Christians, who all claimed allegiance to the Pope, and heretics, who disagreed on points in the Church’s doctrine and persisted in their errors. Ignatius says that these heretics, who did not believe all the Pope taught yet still believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior, were not to be considered a part of the “Catholic Church.” The Catholic Church has then be called “Catholic” since, at the latest, the very early second century.
The nature of Christendom, the Roman church, and of the papacy are all very different now than from when Ignatius wrote regarding the term. The Apostles were only recently deceased, and the church existed in what we call the Great Church period. To craft papal infallibility as the sole litmus test for the faith is absurd: even Orthodoxy wouldn’t be considered part of the universal church under this metric.