Rod Dreher Comments on Pope Benedict’s Unification Strategy

October 24, 2009

The announcement on October 20, 2009 that the Roman Catholic Church will establish a “Personal Ordinariate” for Anglican Christians and their Clergy to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church while retaining elements of their distinctive Anglican identity is generating a lot of Press. Rod Dreher, and Orthodox convert from Catholicism, comments:

Some in the “religious” Press, like Rod Dreher who writes for Beliefnet, are zeroing in on the other implications. Dreher was impressed by the excellent piece written by European Catholic Journalist Sandro Magister entitled “Knock, and It Shall Be Opened to You. As Long As It’s According to Tradition.” He discusses Magisters claim in his own analysis entitled “Pope Benedict’s Brilliant Strategy.” However, it is more than a strategy by this Pope, it is a mandate. Dreher has just discovered that this Pope really believes that the authentic Christian Tradition is not only about preserving the past and protecting orthodoxy and orthopraxy, but also about securing the path to the future. Many who have observed his ministry for years have known it all along. What is most heartening is that Dreher, a convert to Orthodox Christianity, encourages another aspect of the work of unity undertaken by this Pope, the full communion of the “two lungs” of the Church, East and West.

Dreher writes: “What a blessing it would be if he and the Orthodox patriarchs could come to an understanding that could pave the way for reunion. Personally, I don’t see how it could be done, given the wide divergence between Orthodox and Catholic theology since the Great Schism. But with God, all things are possible — and I think as a purely secular matter (that is, for the sake of establishing a united front for the preservation and growth of the faith against a de-Christianizing world), re-establishing communion between Eastern and Western Christianity would be great for both. Long may this pope — and the ecumenism of tradition — live and prosper!” Source

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