Benedict: Take Joy in the Good of our Separated Brethren
(10-23-2012, 04:19 PM)TrentCath Wrote: Frankly you seem disconnected from reality, if all the popes prior to vatican 2 are saying shun heretics, pray for them, they are outside the church except the ones in invincible ignorance, the rest are damned, they are mutinous etc... and pope benedict xvi is saying oh they are great, lets be happy for them, we are working together, are you going to  sit there and tell me there is no contradiction?

That's called a false dilemma. You mischaracterizing them. If we are to "shun them", then why did Pius XII open up ecumenical possibilities? And what Benedict XVI said is found in love of neighbor. Going back even to the Didache (1st cent.), "Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who persecute you. For what reward is there, if you love those who love you? Do not also the Gentiles do the same? But love those who hate you, and you shall not have an enemy. Abstain from fleshly and worldly lusts. If someone gives you a blow upon your right cheek, turn to him the other also, and you shall be perfect. If someone impresses you for one mile, go with him two. If someone takes away your cloak, give him also your coat. ... Be long-suffering and pitiful and guileless and gentle and good and always trembling at the words which you have heard." Our relationship to our enemies is one of abundant generosity, which is not in contradiction to correction. " You shall not hate any man; but some you shall reprove, and concerning some you shall pray, and some you shall love more than your own life."

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Re: Benedict: Take Joy in the Good of our Separated Brethren - by Scriptorium - 10-23-2012, 04:30 PM

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