Sunday, November 14, 2010
CONFUSION ABOUT ECUMENISM AND INTERFAITH GOOD INTENTIONS RUN AMUCK PAVING THE WAY TO HELL?
I was just watching PBS's weekly religion show as I get ready for Sunday. There was a segment on Buddhist chaplains in hospitals.
In an interfaith seminar on hospital chaplaincy, a Buddhist chaplain asked a Catholic Sister-Chaplain if it was okay for him to make the "Sign of the Cross" when praying with a Catholic.
Her answer was "YES." "The Catholic will like that you identify with him/her and they might even think they are converting you." Of course she said that with a smile.
What do you think? Should a non-Christian make the Sign of the Cross which implies belief in the Most Holy Trinity and Jesus Christ who is the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity who Himself has two natures, human and divine and through whom all prayer is addressed to God the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit; and by whom those who acknowledge Him are saved and no one is saved except through Him? Or is it just play acting on the part of the non Christian and thus an act of benign mockery and thus the antithesis of ecumenism and interfaith dialogue?