Letters to the Editor
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The editorial “Ecumenical Courtesy” (10/28/2000)
takes to task the C.D.F. document “Dominus
Iesus” as being a “communications
The problem with the editorial is that ecumenical courtesy is
placed in false opposition to the truth that the Church is
always obliged to proclaim and defend.
St. Paul was indeed the “model for authentic ecumenical
and interreligious exchange”, but he did not compromise
Christ’s truths for the sake of “going along to
get along”. Let us have St. Paul whole and entire.
Was the fiery Apostle unecumenical when he judged it
necessary to warn the early Christians to “watch out
for those who make dissentions and offenses contrary to the
doctrines which you have learned, and to avoid them”
(Rom. 16:17; see also Acts 20:29; 2Thess. 3:14-15; 2Tim.
2:16; 2Tim. 2, 3 and 4)? He certainly insisted on “love
and respect” for all, but he also demanded observance
of very strict precepts regarding the purity and integrity of
Both Our Lord and His Apostles had choice words for those who
would lead the faithful astray: false teachers, false
prophets, anti-Christs, liars, deceivers, seducers, fierce
Similarly, non-Christians cannot ignore that the same Christ
who was “meek and humble of heart” and who wishes
all men “to be saved and to come to the knowledge of
the truth” (1Tim. 2:4-5) had also declared that
“he who believes and is baptized will be saved; he who
does not believe will be condemned” (Mk. 16:16).
It was also St. Paul who noted that “from among your
own selves men will rise speaking perverse things, to draw
away the disciples after them. Therefore Watch!” (Acts
20:30-31). In its various admonitions, the Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith follows faithfully in the footsteps
of the great Apostle.
— James Likoudis,
P.O. Box 852,
Montour Falls, NY 14865