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How do arguments on moral issue effect Ecumenical Dialogue?

Rev. Leo A. Walsh, S.T.D. Answers:

Question: It seems like Catholics and many mainline Protestant denominations are getting farther and farther apart on moral issues like abortion, the definition of marriage, and the ordination of active homosexual clergy. How does this affect ecumenical dialogue?

It is true that just about every mainline Protestant denomination is struggling internally with the very questions you mention. As a Catholic, it is not unlike watching your very good neighbors have a knock-down, drag out, fight right in their front yard. It can be a very uncomfortable feeling. Nevertheless, you don’t quit talking to your neighbors just because they are having internal relationship issues. If anything, you pray for them even more.

That’s sort of what it is like in the relations with many of our partners in dialogue. We are not going to stop the conversations, but it certainly does give us much more to talk about than before. As a result, it looks like full communion is going to take longer than we had first imagined.

The Author : Rev. Leo A. Walsh, S.T.D.
The Rev. Leo A. Walsh, S.T.D., formerly the Interreligious Affairs specialist at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is now pastor of St. Benedict's Parish in Anchorage, Alaska. Photo Credit: Bob Roller, Catholic News Service (CNS).
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  • Naran

    Hear, hear. I would like to wish Jack the very best for his term in office. As sebomody who is an active campaigner for the university (co-founder of FUSE) I would like to echo Jack’s comment about the need for this re-designation of WIT to happen in the very near future. Waterford’s city centre is currently enjoying a moderately paced regeneration of old buildings and new developments but above all else the city needs a jobs boost and the university is a guaranteed way to bring investors and employment options to the city and equally important, the surrounding region of the South East. I have always found Jack to be a great person to talk to and a man who has great interest in local issues and community building – I’m sure that his term will serve the city very well.

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