Articles by Raoul Dederen
TEN YEARS AGO the "Dutch Catechism" stunned Roman Catholics. It was a daring discussion of divine rev elation, very much in tune with the spirit of Vatican II. Earlier this year, the publication of an ecumenical catechism, The Common Catechism,1 ushered in a new era in the ecumenical movement. . .
THERE IS a curious ambiguity about the ecumenical situation at present. Optimists and pessimists seem drawn up in confrontation, regardless of church allegiance or lack of it. One need only survey the present scene and compare it with the situation a decade ago for it to become evident that the ecumenical euphoria of the 1960's has drastically diminished. . .
SOME OF the bright halos of hope that have caused many to anticipate an updating of the Roman Catholic Church as called for by Pope John XXIII have been tarnished in the past ten years. In no case is this more evident than in what has happened with the Synod of Bishops. . .
THAT THE PAPACY is "the great est obstacle on the road to Ecumenism" was acknowledged by Pope Paul VI in an address to the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity on April 28, 1967. Yet several of the bilateral consultations in which the Roman Catholic Church is currently engaged have built up enough confidence to take on the most difficult question of the role of the Papacy in a reunited Christian church. . .
A FEW months ago, in another attempt to implement the guide lines of Vatican II, Pope Paul VI named thirty new cardinals, raising the number in the College of Cardinals to a record high of 145. The new appointments were part of his plan to reform the Roman Curia, the Catholic Church's central government. . .
CALL it revival, spiritual renewal, or whatever, something big and of unusual significance is happening in Roman Catholicism. Singing with great enthusiasm, holding hands in the air while praying, speaking and singing in tongues, tens of thou sands of Catholic Pentecostals claim a deeper prayer life, praise God for an ongoing conversion and are studying the Scriptures on a scale rarely seen in Catholic history. Written off by some as "sheer emotionalism" and feared by others as "just another divisive factor," Catholic Pentecostalism is coming of age. . .
Revised Rites for the Roman Catholic Sacrament of Penance
HAS THE ecumenical movement gone as far as it can? Or is the present lull merely a rest period before another surge toward Christian unity?
ROMAN CATHOLICS are Johnny-come-latelies on the ecumenical scene. In fact, their ecumenism has been in large measure a response to Protestant and Orthodox initiatives. . .
What is Opus Dei?
Opinions are divided as to where the Catholic renewal movement is heading next.
IS THE World Council of Churches, and in particular its Faith and Order Commission, shifting from a "churchly" ecumenical orientation to a more social-activism form of ecumenism? Has the Faith and Order Commission, traditionally concerned with doctrinal and theological issues, set a new course away from an essential interest in faith in God and unity of the church toward an over-preoccupation with ethical action programs in the world?
TO BELONG to the church of God is a unique and soul-satisfying privilege. It is the divine purpose to gather out a people from the far corners of the earth to bind them into one body, the body of Christ, the church, of which He is the living head. All who are children of God in Christ Jesus are members of this body, and in this relationship they may enjoy fellowship with each other, and fellowship also with their Lord and Master."
IT IS often said that there is a crisis of authority today. It is, indeed, a time when values that have come down to us from the past are being widely questioned both in the world at large and within the church.
This is a condensed version of a talk given at a seminary chapel program, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.
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