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Reminder: True ecumenism calls all persons to join the Catholic Church. False ecumenism allows others to remain in their errors without attempts at conversion, tends towards religious indifferentism and the 'watering down' of the faith.
As Scripture instructs: "After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned." (St. Paul, Ti. 3:10-11)
As the Council of Laodicea states: "No one shall pray in common with heretics and schismatics." (Council of Laodicea, 365 A.D.)
St. Ignatius warns: "Do not err, my brethren: the corrupters of families will not inherit the kingdom of God. And if they who do these things according to the flesh suffer death, how much more if a man corrupt by evil teaching the faith of God, for the sake of which Jesus Christ was crucified? A man become so foul will depart into unquenchable fire; and so also will anyone who listens to him." (St. Ignatius of Antioch, a hearer of St. John the Apostle, c. 110 A.D.)
As Pope Pius XI reminds: "So, Venerable Brethren, it is clear why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics: for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it." (Pope Pius XI, "Mortalium Animos", 1928 A.D.)
And: "Pan-Christians who strive for the union of the churches would appear to pursue the noblest of ideals in promoting charity among all Christians. But how should charity tend to the detriment of the faith? Everyone knows that John himself, the Apostle of love, who seems in his Gospel to have revealed the secrets of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and who never ceased to impress upon the memory of his disciples the new commandment 'to love one another', nevertheless strictly forbade any intercourse with those who professed a mutilated and corrupt form of Christ's teaching: 'If any man comes to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house, nor say to him, God speed you.' (2 John 1:10)" (Pope Pius XI, "Mortalium Animos", 1928 A.D.)
Even the Second Vatican Council states that: "Common participation in worship (communicatio in sacris) which harms the unity of the Church or involves formal acceptance of error or the danger of aberration in the faith, of scandal and indifferentism, is forbidden by divine law." (Second Vatican Council)
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» How Important Is It To Be Catholic? / Must I Be Catholic To Be Saved? [Geared Towards Non-Catholics]
» Does it Really Matter if I'm Catholic or Not? [Geared Towards Catholics]
» 'Why Do Traditionalists Disapprove of Ecumenism?' (Q & A / False Ecumenism) [Incl. Condemnations of False Ecumenism From Scripture, Popes, Saints & Councils; Harm From False Ecumenism; Dangers of False Ecumenism; Conversion; True Ecumenism; Truth; Error; Condemnation of Error; Etc.]
» "There once was a vacuum cleaner salesman..." (Topic: False Ecumenism / Guest Article) [Note: See column at far right]
» Who Are Included as Members of the Church? - Try Mystici Corporis Christi (On The Mystical Body Of Christ, Pope Pius XII, 1943)
» Other 'Classic Encyclicals' (Papal Documents):
On Religious Unity [Mortalium Animos, Pope Pius XI, 1928]
On Liberalism And Religious Indifferentism [Mirari Vos, Pope Gregory XVI, 1832]
On Promotion Of False Doctrines [Quanto Conficiamur Moerore, Pope Pius IX, 1863]
On The Unity Of The Church [Satis Cognitum, Pope Leo XIII, 1896]
One Holy Church [Unam Sanctam, Pope Boniface VIII, 1302]
On The Ecumenical Movement [Instruction Of The Holy Office, 1949]
On The Sillon [Our Apostolic Mandate / Notre Charge Apostolique, Pope St. Pius X, 1910]
» Reflections (Quotes From Popes & Saints...):
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» Recent Issues Involving Ecumenism...
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» Invalid Anglican Orders - See Apostolicae Curae (On The Nullity Of Anglican Orders, Pope Leo XIII, 1896)
» Challenges For Non-Catholic 'Christians':
» Prayers for Conversion - Try Prayers & Devotions Section
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