A correspondent envisions a
“conservative ecumenism that would bring about a revival of Christendom, with Catholic, Orthodox, and even theologically conservative Lutherans and other Protestants finding some way to join as the reunified Body of Christ.”
I think my correspondent’s remark may have been prompted by a comment I made that
“it is important for Christianity to understand what it is in its integrity. That would include the creeds, sacraments, defined dogma, the Pope and so on.”
So which is it? Or is it somehow both? It certainly seems that in public life 95% of the truth is better than 0% of the truth. Also, an orthodox Catholic is likely to have more in common materially with an orthodox Orthodox than with Cardinal Keith O’Brien.
On the other hand, it also seems to me that the papacy is essential to Christianity. Part of the reason it’s essential is that in a struggle it’s important to have a practical way of resolving disputes among the allies, and if need be determine that someone isn’t an ally but an enemy or fifth columnist. The Church needs Peter, especially in hard times.
It seems the best one can do is to avoid fuzzing the importance of Catholic distinctives, while minimizing irritants and on particular issues working with whoever is willing and keeping relative degrees of agreement in mind. Not a brilliant suggestion, but I have nothing better to offer.