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(Paul Fraughton | The Salt Lake Tribune) Catholic Bishop John Wester speaks to a group of mostly LDS students and faculty at the LDS Institute of Religion on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem. Tuesday, September 18, 2012

We stand with Mormons as Christ’s witnesses, says Utah’s Catholic bishop (Is the  bishop speaking of Christ as God, or as the Mormons regarding him as a brother pf Lucifer?)

Religion » Wester’s speech at UVU spells out similarities, differences between the two faiths.

By peggy fletcher stack

| The Salt Lake Tribune

Orem • Mormons and Catholics don’t see eye to eye on theology, but they stand "shoulder to shoulder as witnesses of Jesus Christ" in the public square, Utah’s Catholic bishop told nearly 2,000 mostly LDS students Tuesday.

The Rev. John C. Wester, speaking at an LDS Institute of Religion devotional at Utah Valley University, pointed to his presence on the Orem campus as a "wonderful sign of the ongoing collaboration between our faiths" and another "important step in interfaith relations."

In a half-hour speech punctuated by humorous and poignant personal experiences with Latter-day Saints, Wester detailed Catholic foundational beliefs as well as aspects that dovetailed or diverged from Mormon teachings.

Catholics believe that humans "are created to be one with God forever," he said, that they are capable of sinning, and that God restored humanity to a "right relationship with him" by sending his son Jesus Christ to suffer, die and be resurrected.

As part of the church’s teachings, Wester said, Catholics maintain that marriage is between a man and a woman, a belief that the church has a "right to say so" publicly.

Mormons have a different understanding, he said, of human nature, the nature of God and scripture.

But Latter-day Saints and Catholics share a belief in the centrality of Christ and the efficacy of prayer, that humans are expected to be good stewards of the Earth, and, Wester said, that family life and Christian marriage are "not open to fads or new conventions."

Both faiths have been at the forefront in the fight against same-sex marriage.

Together, they also heed the call to help the poor and needy.

Wester noted that before Thomas S. Monson became LDS Church president in 2008, he attended every fundraising dinner for Catholic Community Services. Monson even did so, the bishop said, the week he ascended to the helm of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/549217...t.html.csp
why is that heretical? While we don't consider the Mormons to be Christians they do. The bishop is building a bridge for the evangelization of Utah. We build our bridges from what we have in common.
(09-20-2012, 11:37 PM)Poche Wrote: [ -> ]why is that heretical? While we don't consider the Mormons to be Christians they do. The bishop is building a bridge for the evangelization of Utah. We build our bridges from what we have in common.

Unity on moral issues are not enough. Mormonism is so far away from Catholicism theologically that any notion of unity is a joke.
Don't mormons consider Joseph Smith more important than Jesus? If so, then any talk about a common "centrality of Christ" is false.
(09-20-2012, 11:44 PM)Phillipus Iacobus Wrote: [ -> ]
(09-20-2012, 11:37 PM)Poche Wrote: [ -> ]why is that heretical? While we don't consider the Mormons to be Christians they do. The bishop is building a bridge for the evangelization of Utah. We build our bridges from what we have in common.

Unity on moral issues are not enough. Mormonism is so far away from Catholicism theologically that any notion of unity is a joke.

THIS. Yeah after all Joseph Smith claims that "jesus and god" (lower case on purpose) said that all other churches were an abomination to him/them and their creeds are doctrines of men...Joseph Smith believed that the Catholic Church was/is the mother of all harlots. Sure they're nice people, sure they are "moral" but they are in a false cult much like Mohammedans are. Fake book, false demonic apparitions claiming to be an angel, and a "prophet" that digs tons of chicks and little girls.-that's not slander it's fact.
Trad mom,

Of course, I agree with you. The entire Mormon religion rests on their claim of a great apostasy - that Catholicism and all other sects that claimed to Christian - were apostates, pagans, and harlots of doctrine. The nice shirts, bicycles, family image, and all American image can't sweep this under the road. Mormonism represents something that is truly awful
Their "baptism" is invalid. The USCCB submitted a dubium on the question awhile back and got a reply that it is categorically invalid. So there is no commonality, no standing with them as Christ's witnesses. That is hogwash.
Here is the same Bp. Wester with a Buddhist:



The event was the 9th Bay Area Zen Chan Buddhist Catholic Dialogue
(09-21-2012, 12:38 AM)Phillipus Iacobus Wrote: [ -> ]Here is the same Bp. Wester with a Buddhist:



The event was the 9th Bay Area Zen Chan Buddhist Catholic Dialogue

Which one is the bishop?
Which one is he? ???
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