- Sep 24, 2020
Three common objections that arise anytime the conversation turns to the next pope turn out to be all bunk.
The 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s encyclical “Ut Unum Sint” should remind Catholics “the way of ecumenism is the way of the church” and they are “called to espouse a strong commitment to building Christian unity,” Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, Pennsylvania, said May 25.
When it comes to reform efforts of any sort, the Vatican doesn’t just face challenges in the here-and-now. It also faces a historical trust deficit, grounded in genuine episodes of cover-up and scandal which have been part of the Vatican’s history almost as much as Bernini’s colonnade and the Swiss Guard.
Marking the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s encyclical on Christian unity, Pope Francis said he shares “the healthy impatience” of those who think more can and should be done, but he also insisted that Christians must be grateful for the progress made.
Twenty-five years ago, St. John Paul II’s encyclical on ecumenism, “Ut Unum Sint,” put the papal seal of approval on a shift in the Catholic Church’s approach to the search for Christian unity.
Young men and women today can learn from the example of St. John Paul II, who proved that life’s difficulties are not an obstacle to holiness and happiness.